Another new month rolls in. I had to think fast of a new title. Hope you like it. Let me set up the transition and I'll be back...
10-01-2011, 10:46 AM
Quick post for me this morning, I have to run out and get my hair done. I could not find my appointment card and I knew it was coming due - good thing they called with a reminder.
Mel - I hope John does well in his retirement, I'm sure he is in for a period of adjustment and maybe a little of "be careful what you ask for... you just might get it". Moreso I hope everything does not fall on your shoulders. Enjoy those DVDs.
Shad - hope you are feeling a bit better today - at least enough to do some cave trolling.
Annie - baby's room sounds very cute. Have a good birthday weekend with Curtis. Good luck next week with the class - you will do fine, just relax, deep breathe and take good notes! :write:
Ceejay - I didn't realize you wanted to leave the area too. Where would you like to wind up? Better start thinking about it, time tends to creep up when one is not looking :lol:
Laura - hope you are squeezing the last bits of fun out of your vacation.
Michelle - hope you can Zumba this weekend and are not buried under month end work stuff. I hear it's cold and rainy out your way. DH said the tree colors were pretty outside of Milwaukee.
:wave: Lurkers :D
I have to hop in the shower. Busy weekend ahead but at least it's not as frantic as the last few weekends have been. Catch you later chicks.
10-01-2011, 10:50 AM
:rudolph:THERE ARE ONLY 84 DAYS AND 14 HRS UNTIL CHRISTMAS:hohoho:
THANKS SO MUCH MISS HAPPY FOR STARTING OUR NEW THREAD:hug:
I WAS COMING BACK HERE TO DO IT BUT GOT SIDE TRACKED WITH A FALSE ALARM.
STAY WARM....IT IS CHILLY OUT! :brr:
LET THE OCTOBER GRAPHICS BEGIN!!:lol3: :lol3:
CAN YOU TELL I HAVE TOO MUCH TIME ON MY HANDS TODAY?????
10-01-2011, 06:08 PM
Yes, I've been contemplating leaving this area for a couple of years. Made up my mind right after you announced you would be leaving. It will not be for another 3 to 4 years unless my social security is good enough to retire at 62
I'm going to my sister's in Missouri.
Thanks for starting up the new thread.
Oh my those alarms would drive me crazy.
I've set a challenge for myself for the next three months. It's not about weight loss but for healthier blood results for when my next blood draw comes around in January.
I've been busy doing laundry, ironing, and getting things organized to pack for my vacation trip next week. Wish I didn't have to go in tomorrow but the reports are due and my boss will not accept any one else's because they do not have a license.
Enjoyed my over night trip to Jonesboro. My bf got a lot of her errands ran. But I simply cannot clean for her as there is to much stuff in this very small apartment of hers. It looks as if she is a hoarder, but there's no place to do put things. I did a couple of loads of clothes and took out 6 garbage bags to the dumpster. She's getting stronger and I understand her back problem but she gives into pain to quickly.She's had four surgeries. I suppose I don't understand her pain because I have such a high pain tolerance. She looks every bit of 75 years but she's only 59.
Time to go get a few groceries.
10-01-2011, 07:07 PM
Thanks for getting us started Happy. I was going to do it yesterday but in the rush to do absolutely nothing for most of the day, I forgot.
We're on cutover at work and S has been busy all yesterday alternatively yelling at the referees in the footy and cursing the finance department because they haven't done their job properly. I was sitting next to him quietly with iced drinks and soothing words in between yelling at the referees and screaming at the players and loading up some photos onto webshots. It made for a jolly day. We are working from S unit today spasmodically because we can do no more until some of the others do their stuff. We think we will get a great giggle on Tuesday watching the faces as the many work orders roll off the printer. Their eyes will be bulging. Most of it is to do with counter work - ie speedo or odometer readings or hours worked. If they haven't kept these up to date in the old system, they will get a work order for every milestone missed. The computer came up yesterday and said there would be more than 240 service work orders generated for a digger. Some one has not been recording the hours!!!! Another one told us that the next work order is not due until 2038. Wrong target hours apparently. Should be fun come Tuesday.
Anyway - I am feeling much better today. Had the best nights sleep last night for ages. Only woke up once and then it was close to daylight. I went for a run/ walk this morning - the sun is out! and didn't do too bad although I am way out of shape, can only get better.
Happy - good to hear that your weekend is more settled and that you are more chipper these days.
Mel - farewells to John. Not sharing with the missus anymore. Now you will have to get the eye candy in once in a while to make up for the lack.
Annie - good luck with the class next week. You will do well.
Michelle - Hope your weekend is going okay.
Laura - Are you still enjoying the holiday? Sounded like you are having fun.
Ceejay - Sounds like you have been busy helping out BF. Shifting closer to family is not a bad option in retirement. Close but not too close
Better go sort out the laundry, get my bags packed to go back to the motel for the week. Staying out at S place has been good. Able to cook, wash, and do normal things (like nothing at all yesterday) Good stuff.
:sunny: OMG!! THE SUN IS OUT AND I SHOULD GO OUT AND SAY GOOD MORNING TO IT. WONDER HOW LONG WE WILL SEE IT THIS TIME.
WE HAD SO MUCH RAIN & COLD TEMPS THAT PEOPLE PUT THE HEAT ON YESTERDAY.
I OPTED OUT FOR A THERMAL SHIRT & FLANNEL PANTS:brr:
NOTHING NEW HERE EXCEPT I AM IN THE PROCESS OF FILLING ANOTHE BOX WITH UNWANTED CLOSET ITEMS.
THAT SHOULD KEEP ME BUSY THIS WEEK.
ONLY ONE MORE ALARM FOR A LADY THAT FELL BUT SHE IS OK NOW.
HOPE YOU ARE ALL HAVING A NICE WEEKEND :moped:
CEEJAY........I AM SO SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT YOUR FRIEND & PAIN. I HAVE ANOTHER FRIEND LIKE THAT. VERY LOW PAIN THRESHOLD. SAD.
NOT EVERYONE CAN BE STRONG LIKE US:strong:
IT REALLY WAS GOOD OF YOU TO HELP WITH THE WASH & GARBAGE.
HOPE YOUR SINUSES ARE DOING OK AND TOMORROW WILL GO BY QUICKLY SO YOU CAN BE OFF FOR YOUR VACATION!!!:beach:
SHAD.........240 WORK ORDERS?!?!?!?!?!? OMG!!!!!!!!!! :faint:
I WISH I WAS A FLY ON THE WALL WHEN THE PRINTER BEGINS TO SPIT THEM OUT!!! WAIT!!!!!! MAYBE I BETTER NOT LAUGH!!!!! TOMORROW BEGINS JOHN'S RETIREMENT!!!! MY PHONE MAY BEGINT TO RING NON-STOP!!!:rofl: :rofl:
BELIEVE YOU ME.....JOHN IS NOT MY IDEA OF EYE CANDY.....AT LEAST FROM MY POINT OF VIEW. I LIKE THEM YOUNG AND LOOKING FINE :belly:
IF I'M GOING TO "DIE" THEN I WANT TO GO WITH A GOOD LOOKER ON TOP!! :lol3: :lol3:
I AM GLAD TO HEAR YOU'RE FEELING BETTER AND HOPE IT CONTINUES.
MAYBE IT'S A GOOD THING YOU GOT TO YELL AT THE REFS AND NOT THE MEN TODAY!!!!:devil::devil::devil::devil:
10-02-2011, 08:54 AM
lol about the men. I've brought out the longer sleeves this morning. It's a mere 45 degree's. I'm loving it. The graphic is absolutely adorable.
Back to work this morning to finish the reports. Hopeing the day fly's by.
10-02-2011, 03:41 PM
Afternoon all. Back home and popping in for a quick hello.
Shad - your work assignment sounds busy as ever and hitting a critical point. Hope you're feeling good as new and the cold is done.
Mel - Hope you don't get the phone calls and that the "new order" works out without you labors.
Ceejay - Enjoy your vacation!!
Happy - I had a hair appointment yesterday too. Even thought they use Aveda products and they are supposedly gentler, the color still seems to irritate my skin the first day. Rinsed and conditioned today, so it should be fine now.
Michelle - How's it going? Hope you had a restful weekend.
Annie - Good luck with the classes & exam. Just pay attention and take good notes and you'll be just fine. :)
Friday was an all day travel day. Drove back to the Bainbridge Island ferry and would you believe we made it with only 7 minutes to spare??!! Traffic was slow, and the highways are only 1 lane a big chunk of the way. Bf was totally stressed and spazzy! Then it was back to the rental car place right downtown, then a 3-block walk to the rapid transit tunnel to take the train/subway back to the airport, and an uneventful flight home (my reading light worked, and I was seated next to a slender guy - yay!). Final leg was a taxi home. Did we hit all the modes of travel? Plane, train, automobile - as well as boat and our own two feet, LOL.
We were happy to see doggy - he appears to have been well-fed in our absence - got a couple extra pounds on him, LOL. Bf's mother must have been free with the treats...
Ordered a long awaited pizza for dinner - we deliberately didn't order any while out of town because it usually is very disappointing from my experience w/ non-chicago pizza.
Yesterday was lazy, except for my hair appt and so is today. So good to be back in our own bed!!!
Been researching steam irons - mine is on the fritz. It worked fine until I decided to use distilled water to try and avoid mineral deposits on my clothes and now it doesn't heat up for a long time - coincidence? Or I wonder if the cord was damaged. It was a retractable cord. It was several years old, but lightly used. Not happy about needing a new one.
Back to work tomorrow! Have NOT checked e-mail and not looking forward to that at all. Oh well. A lot of it will be unimportant.
Happy October all!
10-02-2011, 05:12 PM
Short post as I have decided to go caving today. Can't do any work as such. It's a public holiday here and no one will be in the office to open up the training room anyway. I might be able to get some work done without the network but because today is just super (so far) I want to move about and do something rather than be stuck in here doing nothing.
So I will deal with personals when I get back. Have a great Sunday arvo and welcome back Laura.
10-02-2011, 05:47 PM
Shad. Be careful in the caves. Every one deserves an extra day off work.
Your trip sounded like fun. You get home and I'm leaving
Just wanted to remind every one that I'll be travelling tomorrow. I'm taking my laptop so I hope we'll get free internet service.
10-02-2011, 06:20 PM
Thanks Shad. Happy Queen's Day or whatever it is. Hope you enjoyed the caves! :bat:
Ceejay - Safe travels!
10-03-2011, 07:27 AM
MORNING CHICKS. QUICK POST. THE BOSSLADY IS OFF AGAIN.
GOING TO RUN DOWN AND LEAVE REPORTS AND NOTES.
THAT SHOULD COVER IT. :dance:
COLD HERE. HAD TO PUT THE RADIATOR ON LAST NIGHT. :brr:
DEFINITELY NOT LOOKING FORWARD TT WINTER.
HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A GREAT DAY :moped:
CEEJAY.......AND I THOUGHT 51 YESTERDAY WAS COLD!!! OMG:faint:
I AM HOPING FOR A WEEK OF INDIAN SUMMER!!:beach:
SAFE TRAVELS MY SOUTHERN FRIEND. I HOPE YOU HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEK:hug:
LAURA :welcome: HOME!!!! YOU SOUNDED JUST LIKE THAT MOVE....PLANES TRAINS, & AUTOMOBILES. :rofl: GLAD YOU GOT BACK SAFE AND SOUND. I BET TOO THAT COAL SLEPT BETTER NOW YOU AND BF ARE HOME. EVEN IF HE DOESN'T HAVE A SLEEP NUMBER BED:beach:
HOPE YOUR FIRST WEEK HOME ISN'T TOO STRESSFUL :hug:
SHAD........HOPE THE HOLIDAY AND CAVING WENT WELL. HOW ARE YOU FEELING?? MUST HAVE BEEN A BEAUT OF A COLD TO KNOCK THE STUFFINGS OUT OF YOU. GOOD LUCK THIS WEEK ON THE JOB :hug:
10-03-2011, 08:54 AM
Good morning ladies,
I'm afraid I don't have much time today. Went to bed late last night and tried to add a few extra minutes on the alarm this morning. This picking up after yourself is a bunch of hooey. The house is clean but I still spend at least an hour going over little things and putting stuff away making it spotless. I will be most happy to return to my former life :rofl: DH drove one of our cars up to Wisconsin so that I won't have to freak out driving all the way. He is enjoying himself immensely. He says the night stars are just incredible. And even he says it's chilly up there - but warms up during the day. I ordered the snowblower attachment for the tractor yesterday. Now I don't feel so bad on what I spent at the grocery store and Kohl's this weekend :lol: - although what I bought was heavenly warm and soft fleece pjs and some warm boot socks for DH. And a pair of green fleece pants for him with moose all over them so he can fit into the northwoods theme :D
21 more work days for me :dance: I have a feeling time is going to fly.
Got you beat Mel - 41 degrees this morning, 63 in the house. I broke down and turned on the furnace too. Let's be warm together. Hope you can dodge in and out of the office unnoticed.
Ceejay - safe travels. Hope the internet force stays strong for you :lol:
Laura - I second the welcome home. I'm sure last night was a bummer realizing it's all over and vacation will be a distant memory by lunch time. :( But you got to see your doggie again. THat's funny that he put on some weight. I guess you decided to use BF's mom for dog walking or was she just feeding him and giving him a good doggy massage? Can't wait to see some pictures.
Shad - glad to hear you are feeling better and managed a run of sorts. You get the determined woman of the week prize :queen: That's funny about the slew of bug eyes coming into work tomorrow. They won't even know what hit them. Grumbling all around. Do fill us in on the details :lol:
Michelle - hope you are feeling good and had a nice weekend with the DH. Enjoy those last days of autumn although you've had quite the rain up your way. Are the colors popping yet?
Annie - I know you won't be posting but you will be in our thoughts. Listen well, don't fall asleep in class, don't be figetty (hard to sit still for 8 hours). You will do just fine because at least you CARE about what you are listening too.
's enough for me. I'm am running late already so better pick up the pace. Have a good Monday chick friends.
10-03-2011, 10:39 AM
Crazy busy weekend here. DH built the first two layers of the planter ring around the front tree. 45 blocks per layer to encompass all the exposed roots so that we don't have keep mowing over them. Now we just need to add dirt to keep the leveling sand from washing out, and if we don't do any more before the snow falls, we've done enough. It would be nice to get the third layer on and fill the dirt in all the way so that we can plant fall bulbs there. But we've done what was necessary.
I tried to help DH on Saturday, but the 22 lb bricks were just too heavy for me to maneuver, and the little bit I did help with hurt my back. DH is paying for all his hard work today (luckily we both took today off). I worked in the backyard clearing up some weeds, and pulling out my veggie plants since we've already had a couple frosts and pretty much all the veggie plants are dead. Also, the big wind storm we had the other night, knocked down our big lilac bush...so I dragged it off to the wood pile at the back of the yard. We may do a bonfire today since it's not windy to burn up all the branches (don't worry ladies, if we do, I'll make sure DH and I wear masks).
Today, I'm doing website work and maybe running errands later. I'll try and catch up with all that's going on with you chicks later.
Love to all,
10-03-2011, 12:37 PM
Quick pop in. Feeling overloaded about now, and I haven't even spoken to the boss yet! But I've made good progress w/ the e-mails. I will be focusing on my quarter-end schedules this afternoon.
Happy - Oh what a nice short countdown you have!! Yes, we had a dog walker, but she missed several days - three days for a tire blowout?? And then another two days missed for whatever - I don't even think we know. And she had no back up. No recommendation for her, haha. If I wanted to get ugly about it, I'd lay into bf about his due diligence (rather, his lack thereof) in hiring her. But doggy is fine, so I'll keep quiet until the need arises in the future.
I didn't get to do much stargazing when we were staying near Olympic National Park, but boy was it dark and I loved seeing all the stars! Unfortunately, our 2nd (and final) night out there was just cloudy enough to not allow us to enjoy the night sky. I woke up around 5-ish the next morning and it had cleared and the stars were much more visible, but I wasn't about to go out in the dark alone (bf was asleep) to get a better view - who knows what critters were out there???!!! Lucky you - you'll have the night sky right outside your door every night. :) Yeh, I have pics of some gorgeous scenery - I need to get them uploaded to the computer off my memory card and post a few.
Michelle - Good you got out and did some of the yardwork this weekend. I was lazy. :p I definitely need to cut back some of the perennial foliage, and I'll see if there is a final harvest before taking out the veggie patch. I need to buy a new pair of pruning shears - bf claims he cleaned the old ones, but they don't move too easily like they used to. Need to see a photo of your planter ring - I'm imagining ginormous bricks/pavers if they each weigh 22 pounds!!!
Mel - Stay warm!!! :flame:
Okay, it's lunch time and I'm more than ready for it. :hun:
10-03-2011, 03:28 PM
Hi ladies -
Here are the photos of the planter ring that I promised. These are of the ring DH built around one of the trees in the backyard. Since the ring in the front yard isn't done yet, we don't have photos of it, but the diameter of the ring is MUCH bigger as the tree is a lot bigger.
10-03-2011, 03:48 PM
Quick one until later in the day, if I make it through the day.
Today is golive day with SAP at the mine. All the bosses descended on us last night - why who knows. Probably after the glory since not much hard work has been done by them. Sorry if I sound a bit miffed.
I mean, the project manager arrived by plane yesterday and asked me how things went that day with go-live. D'uh it is a public holiday down here. We don't have go-live until tomorrow. Give me a break. D'head doesn't even know what we are doing here. Glad I had a good break yesterday. I am going to need it today I feel.
Anyway, got to go get on with it. One of the glory boys wants a ride to the mine this morning, so I might just take the opportunity of taking him for a ride and telling him where it is at all the way to the mine - all 50km or 30 mins of the ride.
HAPPY......I HAVE THIS SIGN AND NOW ALL I NEED ARE THE JAMMIES.
I'M READY TO LEAVE WHENEVER YOU ARE. :scooter: IT WAS GOOD TO HEAR THAT DH IS HAPPY WITH THE STARS AND GOT THE CAR UP THERE:hug; THINKING OF YOU BOTH STILL.
MICHELLE.....THE SENIORS GARDEN IS DYING ALSO BUT THE FALL FLOWERS ARE BLOOMING LIKE CRAZY. THE TREE SURROUND WILL BE SO NICE NEXT YEAR WITH NEW PLANTS.
PS: I EE THE PICTURES NOW. THEY ARE FABULOUS OF THE OTHER ONE. VERY PRETTY.
TAKE GOOD CARE OF YOURSELVES:hug:
LAURA......I MISS SEEING LOTS OF STARS TOO. JEN GETS TO SEE MORE DURING THE SUMMER AT THE TRAILER.
HOPE YOUR QUARTER END SCHEDULES GO WELL. HANG ON TO THE VACATION FEELING!!:hug:
SHAD....HOPE THE 50km RIDE DID THE TRICK. DID YOU STILL HAVE A JOB AFTER YOU GOT HIM TO THE MONE????:rofl:
HOPE TOO THAT THE GO LIVE WAS A GOOD ONE AND VERY SUCCESSFUL DAY!!
KEEPING FINGERS CROSSED :crossed;
:cofdate: NOTHING REALLY NEW HERE.
A FEW MEDICAL ALARMS BUT NOTHING SERIOUS.
MADE 3 TRIPS TO THE OFFICE. THE MEN NEEDED A BIT OF GUIDANCE FOR THE "NEW" RULES.
THEY ARE DOING OK WITH THEM BUT I CAN SEE DOWN THE ROAD THEY WON'T BE ENFORCED.
MAYBE I AM BEING A WET RAG ABOUT IT BUT THE OFFICE WILL GIVE UP I THINK. NO BACKBONE.
SIGH. THEY WILL ONLY MAKE IT HARDER ON THEMSELVES CAUSE I AM NOT LIVING IN THE OFFICE!!!!!!!!!!!!!
OFF NOW TO MAKE OATMEAL AND SOME PEACHES.
HAVE A GREAT DAY EVERYONE :moped:
10-04-2011, 08:38 AM
Mel, if you will wear them, I will get you a pair of the moose pants. However they are just pants so you'd have to go topless with them :rofl: I guess then you can experience that "deer in headlights" look of the people in the building when they see your "headlights" and the moose. Which do I look at? :lol3: Anyway if the nips scrape against your leg, at least it will be soft :D I have some nice peaches I got at the store too - thanks for the breakfast suggestion. As far as the office goes, sometimes you just have to let it go and let things break down. Only so many fingers you have to "plug up the holes in the dike", you know? ;)
There's a hair on the bridge of my glasses that I can't find and it is tickling my face something fierce :mad:
Shad - good luck with the cutover. I hope things go well. How nice that you get elected travel coordinator for the big guys. I understand how they all swarm and puff their chests. Do not forget to thank them for not giving enough time and budget to proper training in the hopes of saving a few dollars :s
Michelle - the planter ring(s) are gorgeous! How pretty they will be when the flowers fill in. It really highlights the tree so much. Nice job! Congrats to the two of you on a pretty add-on to your house.
Laura - welcome back. Bummer on the dog walker but at least Coal is alright and will I'm sure enjoy his walks with "momma" now that she's home again. Glad to hear you had a good time on your vacation. Nothing kills the mood as much as getting back into the office, eh? :rofl:
Hi's to Ceejay and Annie.
Got a call from the realtor yesterday. We had one house showing the next day after the house went on the market and that was it so far. I thought some agent looked at the house but it was an actually showing and the clients have narrowed it between our house and another. :crossed: :crossed: :crossed: They wanted more detailed info on utility costs and were wondering why we had closed the pool already. Well our nights are in the mid 40's and there are leaves all over. I daresay the pool water temp would be below 70 right now. brrrrrrrrrrrr. And I told the agent we'd have to clean the skimmer 3 times a day to keep up with the leaves. She said she knew that and explained it to them. It would be the answer to my prayers to get the house sold by the time we left. I really don't want to leave it empty - would be a great peace of mind to have everything all wrapped up. If you want to see the listing, PM me - I don't want to go posting my address all over the Internet and I'll send you a link to the listing. They didn't take very good pictures of the bedrooms or even a picture of the foyer or new bathroom but what can you do... :dunno: if you complain you are considered rude :dizzy:
Anyway I need to get out the door. Have a good one today.
10-04-2011, 12:13 PM
After a walk with doggy after work yesterday, I did a lot of nothing. Updated the checkbook register while watching Dancing w/ the Stars. Whoopee.
Tonight I'm going to the movies. I think we're seeing the movie "Drive", about which bf read a blurb to me, but I don't remember what it's about.
Nothing much else to report. Is it lunch time yet?
Michelle - Ooh, nice planter ring. :) I bet bf would like those around our trees because he has a hard time mowing over the roots.
Shad - Hope the go live is going alright.
Mel - Hold firm about getting too involved in the new maintenance procedures!!! Unfortunately, my "vacation feeling" left me yesterday afternoon when I had a minor meltdown - thought a whole folder of files stored in our department's directory has disappeared. Turns out they were moved out of our directory. Won't get into details, but I'll just say that this morning's bp reading was not good. Sigh. On the bright side, I don't have to formally dispute the charge from the one "cottage" we stayed at in Seattle because we were given the credit we requested. (We were booked for 6 days and left after 3 days; the proprietor decided to bill us for 4 days. She had no cancellation or early departure policies or anything posted on her site except for the 2-night minimum stay (which we fulfilled), so them's the breaks for her. She was pissy about it, but oh well. Maybe she'll get smart and post a policy to protect herself against the whims of folks like ourselves.
Happy - :crossed: :crossed: re the house sale. Funny they asked about the pool being closed. (shaking head)
Hellos to Ceejay and Annie! :wave:
On to the next schedule. Should be finished this afternoon.
10-04-2011, 08:50 PM
Hey Guurrlsszzzz....just checking in...no time for personals..so sorry...studying my arse off...so much information....my brain is on overload, but doing well with all the quizzes. There will be 160 questions on the exam and can miss 52 and still pass...I think I can do this....surprizingly enough...this has been a very good class, I am enjoying it and FREAKISHLY, I am doing great and understanding it.....maybe I am not as blonde as I think I am...lol...
Curtis has been down with a cold since Sunday..poor baby...I have been "VICKSING" him up with vapor rub and giving him some cold tabs and pain relievers...I think he is on the down hill side of it all.....he is so sweet and is being a real trooper thru it all...not a big baby like most men....
Missing my "normal" life but actually enjoying the "schooling".
Miss you chickies and can't wait till I get back to normal life....whatever the H that is...lol
Love and hugs....
10-05-2011, 07:36 AM
MORNING LADIES. I WANT TO GET A HEAD START ON THE DAY.
MAYBE GET A LOAD OF WASH IN THE MACHINE TOO.
JEN IS COMING DOWN AND WE'RE SPENDING TIME TOGETHER.
CALLED THE OFFICE AND SAID HAVE A NICE DAY ON THE ANS. MACHINE.
HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A GREAT DAY TOO :moped:
LAURA....GLAD YOU DIDN'T GET CHARGED FOR THE EXTRA DAY.
SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE MINI MELTDOWN. BUT IN THIS CRAZY WORLD OF "YESTERDAY WAS TOO LATE" IT'S LIKE THE NORM. GLAD YOU FOUND THE FILE :hug: I KEEP TELLING THE OFFICE "BE CALM"...."BREATHE".
ENJOY THE MOVIE...I JUST SAW A TRAILER AND FORGET WHAT IT WAS ABOUT:lol3:
HAPPY....HOPE YOU GET A PIECE OF GOOD LUCK AND SEEL IT BEFORE YOU LEAVE TOO.
YOU BOTH HAVE DONE ALL YOU CAN FOR NOW. TIME TO LET IT GO AND JUST KEEP AN EYE ON THE AGENT!!:hug:
PS: I CAN'T GO TOPLESS.....THE GIRLS WOULD GET RUN OVER WHEN I DRIVE THE CHAIR!!! :rofl:
ANNIE....SENDING A GET WELL WISH TO CURTIS :getwell:
GLAD TO HEAR HOW MUCH YOU LIKE SCHOOLING!! I KNEW ALL ALONG YOU CAN DO THIS. YOU WERE NEVER BLONDE!!!!!:rollpin:
SENDING GOOD VIBES YOUR WAY:hug: :yoga:
10-05-2011, 09:03 AM
Good Hump Day Morning Kids,
Don't forget to put the trash out if that's your thing today. We had another showing of the house yesterday. I was able to sneak out a few minutes early and stop at home, feed the cat outside and turn some of the lights on in the house so it looked more appealing. Got feedback from the first viewing. They like it, are still looking but definitely will consider this. I don't blame them - lots to look at. We must have looked at 100 houses when we were looking - problem is, one blends into the other after a while and then you see enough "parts" (little 'o this, little o' that) where you'd like to make a composite of 6 homes into your ideal place. I have faith we will sell. Before we move? Hope so but not pinning my hopes on it.
DH is having fun up in Wisconsin. He sounds all happy and cheery. I think he's going to like the new place - ALOT. Doesn't even mind doing the work right now. And I am glad to hear that he is taking his time and not frantically rushing to get everything done. Yesterday he went 4 wheeling with my cousin. They came to our house, hacked some brush and then went off riding again. Manly stuff :rofl:
I need to snatch the cat and get her flea and tick medicine on her. It smells very strongly of rubbing alchohol and she hates it (I can only imagine how bad it really smells to something with such heightened smell). So I like to do it when she's outside for the day so she has a chance to stay downwind of herself :lol: I am not good at 3 handed operations with a wiggly animal so we'll see how this goes. Aint gonna happen today because I had to set the trash, recycling and yard waste out and I need to get out of here. Got to leave work early and go an pick up my bone density and mammo records from the hospital before 4 this afternoon.
Sorry for lack of personals. Might not get back until late tonight. My coworker (the one I ashamedly bashed for her gum snapping :o ) has partnered with me over the last few months. We are both in the doghouse and partners in crime ;) I asked if she would teach me to crochet and much to my surprise she picked me up a skein of practice yarn and a left handed crochet hook with reverse instructions. She said she will teach me at lunch. What a wonderful person :hug: So I won't get to post at lunch.
Anyway gotta run. Love to the chicks. :grouphug:
10-05-2011, 12:00 PM
Morning all. Just sent out my quarterly stuff done - yay. :yay:
Annie - Glad to hear you're absorbing all that info and understanding and enjoying it!!! I knew you could do it!! :yes: I'm sure C. will be feeling better w/ Nurse Annie's attention. ;)
Mel - Enjoy your day w/ Jen. LOL re running over the girls!! :lol3:
Happy - You're sounding very chipper these days, and with that kind of countdown number, I can understand why!! :) Glad dh is enjoying himself in WI. Oh, I think lots of tasks become more pleasurable when they aren't in the "must do" category, and the deadline isn't yesterday or ASAP, and they aren't wedged in tight between all the other "must do" stuff.
So you're a fellow lefty - I forget if this has come up here before. I do a lot of stuff as I was taught - the right-handed way, but writing and eating are lefty. It's handy to be able to use a 10-key (adding machine) w/ my right hand and write with the left. I throw and bowl righty. Don't need special lefty scissors. Funny, never knew the crochet hook was left or right specific - I bought a set of hooks last year without knowing. It didn't really matter - I still don't get the hang of it, LOL. Have fun with that - you'll soon have a lot of time to practice it.
Ceejay - Hope you're enjoying your time off!!
The movie "Drive" was entertaining, but rather violent. It had Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Albert Brooks and Ron Perlman. Good cast. You think w/ Albert Brooks, it might be funny. Nope - he was playing a non-comedic role as a mob man. Yup. Interesting.
Bf and I came upon an artist in Seattle's Pike Place Market we liked and we actually agreed that three of his pieces would look good on our bare hallway wall. They arrived Monday (mounted on wood boards, not framed) and bf hung them yesterday. Finally done with that, nearly 12 years later...
Bf was very annoyed with his mum yesterday upon learning she was just eyeballing the dog's food and not measuring it with the cup we have specifically for this purpose. No wonder he put on that extra weight - bf and I ALWAYS measure the kibble. Bf is now fretting over how we'll get it off him. We are going to decrease his food a smidge and try to exercise him more. At this time we really wish Coal was good at retrieving so we could just throw a ball for him... Bf isn't crazy about walking him longer, but I don't mind so I will get out with Coal for longer walks this weekend and allocate part of the time for brisk walking only - no stops for sniffing!
Boss is at a seminar today, so it's quiet here. Still - only Wednesday??? Boo.
Plenty more to catch up on, so back to it.
10-05-2011, 12:38 PM
Quick post - its 3.30am and it's time I was thinking about my bed. Just got in from the night shift. Tonight the guys got me a ride in one of the big trucks doing the reject run. It was driven by a very nice young lady. She tells me she has always lived in Mudgee except for going to Newcastle to study tourism. Now she drives trucks and gives rides to people. It was amazing. Glad she knows where she is going since I didn't. Man those trucks are huge but they just drive them like normal cars. They have automatic gearboxes these days and ******ers for stopping. Most of it is push button or lever controlled. She wears full make up, looks good in mining drabs and has purple steel cap boots. What else do you need to know?
Anyway, I'd better go try get some shuteye. New crew tomorrow, same sh*t different day.
10-05-2011, 05:25 PM
Hey all ya'lll.....still loving my licensing classes...the instructors...I need to give you a run down...
Randy...a professional comedian...also teaches on the side...he is SOOOO entertaining...laughed till I cried a couple of times.
John...a former judge...lawyer...so amazingly knowledgeable. Also not boring and kept me entertained...has a bit of humor..not straight laced.
Dan...a very good teacher...also a preacher..kind...and listens well to questions and does NOT make you feel like an idiot....
Bill...well what can I say about Bill...couldn't follow his teaching, confusing, and off subject a lot....Dan did a 1 hour refresh of Bill's 4 hour class and I got more out of Dan's 1 hour refresh course...thank GOD Bill only teaches only the one time.
We had John and Randy today and will have Dan and John tomorrow....all good.
I feel VERY comfortable with all the information and no doubt I will pass the test on Tuesday next week...unless I have a complete brain shut down, I should pass...which, who knows, in my shoes...is possible.
Happy...so wondeful to see you are in a better frame of mind. All will go well..the perfect buyer will come along very soon...never fear....I am sure of it.....
Chelle...hope all is well, cannot remember what all I read...did you get my text? Thank you soooooo much for the baby gift....sissy went NUTS over it. You are so sweet to do that...thank you.
Shaddie....see you can do manly things and still look like a beautiful woman...good for the woman truck driver.....try to get on the day shift...that night thing will make you age before necessary.
Laura...look at it this way with the MIL feeding COAL.....he was on vacation as you were, therefore he ate irresponsibly also...lol.......I am sure you will get him back into shape in no time....Think I will pass on the movie DRIVE. Take a picture of paintings and post them....
MELLIE...Curtis is feeling better...he is taking me out to eat tonight....he is such a sweetie...Wednesday is his day off and he did all the laundry, bought groceries, and made the bed....I have NEVER had anyone take care of me and it is really hard to adjust to...I come home and things are done...just weird to me....
Ceejay...what the heck are you up to girl...did I miss something???
I must admit...I am in love with Curtis, as he is with me...he treats me like no other....never been treated this well or taken care of like he does me...the world must be coming to an end cause I have met my knight in shining armour.
Gotta go...got dinner, homework, and relaxing ahead of me.
Love and hugs.
10-06-2011, 07:35 AM
MORNING LADIES OF THE WORLD.
QUICKIE POST. I AM OFF TO TRADER JOE'S.
MAYBE SEE YOU LATER ON....IF NOT SOMETIME FRIDAY.
I HAVE SOME STUFF TO DO TODAY AND TOMORROW.
EVERYTHING IS FINE IN MY NECK OF THE WOODS.
HOPE IT IS IN YOURS TOO.
HAPPY THURSDAY/FRIDAY :moped:
10-06-2011, 08:45 AM
Good morning ladies,
I'm hitching a ride on Mel's bullet train this morning too. Primping the house this morning took longer than I thought. Seems like SOMETHING always catches my eye to do. Today at lunch my co-worker is giving me my first crocheting lesson. Let's hope I can get the swing of it.
I will try and come back later to catch up. Till then, have a great Thursday.
10-06-2011, 09:09 AM
Good morning ladies -
I need to catch a ride on Mel's and Happy's bullet train. Work is so crazy busy as we have requests for several new and revised reports to be implemented before the "code freeze" that starts after 10/21 and runs through January. Since we are a retail company going into our biggest season of the year, we don't allow any code/system changes to happen between late Oct and mid to late January to ensure stability of systems during PEAK (aka "HOLIDAY").
I'll catch up later.
10-06-2011, 11:29 AM
Morning all. Everyone's so busy! I'll pass on the personals for now and just wish you all a good day. :)
I'm still catching up on everything. And today we'll be giving our old software vendor the heave ho, telling them we are moving to a new vendor. Of course the account rep didn't answer her phone when we called. I hope we can catch her this afternoon... The kick-off meeting for the system implementation project will be tomorrow morning!! This will be totally new for me, and I have the major role in the project. Majorly scary for me, but I really like the vendor we selected and our team, so I'm actually sort of looking forward to this.
Nothing much else to report. Even with all the catching up to do and this project looming and other things coming up, this week has crawled! C'mon Friday!
10-06-2011, 11:55 AM
As you ladies know...I eat more packaged foods than I probably should. Therefore, I was thrilled to see this article published by Women's Health Magazine on the "125 Best Packaged Foods for Women".
Good Giggly Wiggly...class is over...I feel confident...and I WILL PASS the test on Tuesday......having a glass of wine and relaxing tonight...studying this weekend and enjoying life.....love to all you Worldlie Sisters....xoxoxo
10-06-2011, 09:41 PM
This has een a busy week. I've enjoyed my visit with my sisters. We went to Branson and saw a show called the Presley's on Monday night. On Tuesday it ws out to Silver Dollar city. and saw two more show that my neice was in. It was kinda funny that on the last number that her dress had a malfunction so she couln't perform but here she came bouncing up the steps to come see us. Today we went to Branson landing and went shopping. I've gotten in my walking up and down those hill sides. They were steep
Got the results of my lab test. My thyroid was back to normal but I'll have to take a b12 shot for the rest of my life.
I'm excited for you and here's hoping that the house sells very quickly.
I'm still around and good luck to you. I know you will ace this test. And send Curtis a get well wish from me.
I double dare you to wear the moose pants that is if Happy sends the to you.
10-07-2011, 01:44 AM
At least I think it is morning, well it is for me anyway. One more night shift and I can get back to normal and it can't come too soon. I am way too old for nightshifts.
Nothing new here at all
Ceejay - nice to here that you are enjoying the break. good on you
GOOD MORNING EVERYONE.
I THOUGHT A LITTLE CHICKEN SOUP COULD WARM US UP. :brr:
YESTERDAY WENT AWRY. I NEVER GOT TO TJ'S FOR GROCERIES.
ENDED UP IN THE BATHROOM. NOT FUN.
TODAY I AM NOT GOING DOWNSTAIRS EITHER.
JUST TAKING A MELIDAY.
WE WERE SUPPOSED TO GET OUR FLU SHOTS BUT JEN & I AREN'T IN SHAPE.
SO SHE CANCELLED AND WE'RE GETTING THEM LATER THIS MONTH.
NOTMUCH IS NEW. SAT AROUND AND WATCHED TV & TALKED WITH JEN.
HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!!:moped:
CEEJAY......I WOULD RATHER STICK MY TONGUE TO A POLE OUTSIDE LIKE THE KID IN CHRISTMAS STORY THAN GO OUT IN MOUSE PANTS TOPLESS!!:lol3: :lol3: NOT EVEN IF YOU DOUBLE DOG DARED ME!!:rofl:
HAPPY TO HEAR YOUR VISIT WENT SO WELL AND YOU GOT OUT SO MUCH!! BET YOU WERE HAPPY TO SEE YOUR SISTER!!! GLD ALSO TO READ ABOUT YOUR LAB WORK. MAYBE ONE DAY THE B12 SHOTS WILL NOT BE NEEDED. KEEP A POSITIVE THOUGHT.
MIICHELE.....HOPE THE REPORTS AND FREEZE GO WELL. WOULD BE NICE IF THE ENTIRE HOLIDAY SEASON WENT THE WAY IT'S SUPPOSED TO!!
LAURA....GOOD LUCK WITH THE NEW PROGRAM AND YOUR BIG ROLE IN IT!! STAY STRONG MY CHICKIE FRIEND. WE ARE PROUD OF YOU!!! :hug:
POOR COAL....NOW WE'LL BOTH BE ON DIETS. BUT I REFUSE TO GO ON LONG WALKS WITH YOU AND NOT HAVE TIME TO STOP AND SNIFF!!:lol3:
ANNIE.....SENDING LOVE BACK TO YOU XOXOXO GOOD LUCK!!
KEEP THE STUDYING GOING. PROUD OF YOU TOO!!
I COULD NOT BE HAPPIER FOR YOU IF YOU WERE MY REAL SISTER. SO GLAD YOU'VE FOUND SOMEONE TO SHARE YOUR LIFE WITH. KEEPING MY FINGERS CROSSED:hug: I HAPPEN TO THINK HE IS A LUCKY GUY.
SHAD....I HEAR YA ON THE NIGHT SHIFTS. HOPING THIS LAST ONE WILL BE AN EASY ONE:hug:
LOVED THE DESCRIPTION OF THE LADY DRIVER! I WOULD HAVE GOTTEN PINK BOOT MYSELF....OR MAYBE TURQUOISE!! :scooter:
HOPE THE COLD IS GONE OR YOU AT LEAST FEEL MUCH BETTER.
HAPPY......I'LL HAVE TO GO BACK A PAGE AND FIND OUT WHAT YOU'VE BEEN UP TO. YOU'RE MISSING ON THIS PAGE :hug: BE RIGHT BACK.................I AM PLEASED AS PUNCH TO HEAR ABOUT DH. I'M SURE HE JUST NEEDED A BREAK AWAY FROM THE STRESS OF IT ALL AND THINGS WILL BE FINE WHEN IT'S ALL OVER WITH. GLAD HE GOT OUT AND SPENT TIME WITH MOTHER NATURE. NOTHING COMPARES. YOUR TURN WILL COME SOON AND YOU CAN KISS THE DEER FOR ME:rofl:
10-07-2011, 08:42 AM
Busy day today. I got to work at 6am ....and at 8 am, I'm leaving for a 2-3 hour department meeting which is off-site since we don't have any conference rooms big enough to hold the 1,000+ people in our department. Then after that, I'm working from home in the afternoon.
I mowed the back lawn yesterday, which kicked up my allergies big time. And after work, I did 1/2 hour of Zumba (mostly standing up rather than sitting on the ball).
DH would love to go for a short hike this weekend to enjoy some Fall foliage...but I'm just not sure I could hike for more than 5 or 10 minutes. Hopefully we can figure some other way to enjoy the gorgeous weather we're going to have (temps in the 80s!!).
I'll try and check back later with y'all.
Love and hugs,
10-07-2011, 09:03 AM
Good morning chicks,
I can't believe the week is over already although I am truly glad to see Friday hit the calendar. We have another house showing at 9am tomorrow - THAT kills my dream of sleeping in! I really didn't get much done around here during the evening - talked on the phone to various people each night (to the point I actually hated to hear the phone ring) and most evenings I just went through the mail, made something to eat, cleaned up and went to bed after watching maybe an hour of TV. I HAVE to hit the closets this weekend. DH is coming back late Sunday night so I will still have the weekend to myself. I told him we have been apart more this year than all 39 years we've been together rolled into one! I think I'm done with him being away from me :D
He bought a sporty orange ATV. I will have to post a picture. It's a two seater so I can ride with him as I don't know how much I'd want to really drive by myself. It's cute! He said we can go take a drive down to one of the many bars on the lake and go for a hamburger. I can't tell you how excited I'm getting - more than I have in years. Many a person has told me how I've recaptured my "light" back. Both DH and I are light of spirit and I am cracking jokes left and right at work. They told me to stop being so darn happy :rofl: I just need to write this down because I will have to remember what happy feels like when I only have 8 dollars in the bank account :D
3 more weeks of work, 5 more weeks in the south :dance: :dance: :dance:
Michelle - a thousand people in your DEPARTMENT???? Holy Smokes! We generally use one of the big churches around here if we have a town hall meeting. I suggest that you and DH go for a leaf peeping drive instead of a hike. Just in case the mold in the leaves starts to bother you, which would happen to me. Easier to enjoy too if you aren't bothered by that huffin' and puffin' hiking up a hill :lol: I tried to look at that link to the packaged foods but it kept coming up with so many pop ups and commercials that it just exceeded my tolerance levels. But thanks for sharing anyway.
Mel - I'm sorry you aren't feeling well. I too have been concerned about staying in good enough shape to get my flu shot this year. It's the time of year with lots of "stuff" going around and seeing as how you are around people all the time, it's important for you to get some protection. So did you miss the TJ's run until next week or will they make you a special trip? I have some beef to use up, will make a pot of vegetable soup this weekend and send you some. Wish I had my breadmaker here to make a nice fresh loaf but it's up in Wisconsin. You will just have to settle for the Pillsbury canned kind. :D
Ceejay - glad to hear you had a most enjoyable visit with your family. Sets the tone for good things ahead and something to look forward to in a few years. Have they started picking cotton yet?
Annie - I soooo very happy that your fears about learning the new stuff never came to pass. You sound so reenergized. Study hard this weekend, the new stuff is at the very end of a crammed up brain and it tends to fall out of our ears and to the ground if we don't work hard to keep it in. Don't forget about it before you pass the exam (which you will with flying colors)!
Shad - sounds like you are a more subdued version of yourself working the night shift. Do you have a more attentive class or is everyone sort of in a coma? Fortunately it won't go on much longer. Now you can use the weekend to reset your biological clock back to days.
Laura - good luck with the new software vendor. Sounds like it was overdue time for a change. I'm sure the old vendor does not want to hear the words goodbye so they will put you off as long as possible. Are the leaves starting to change yet? Busse Woods was always so pretty. I'm kind of sad that we will miss most of the color this year. Things will just be starting to turn here and probably will be all done with once we cross the Illinois border mid November.
Gotta go finish out the last day of the week - Happy Friday chicks. :D
10-07-2011, 10:42 AM
Morning all. TGIF!!
Shad - Too difficult to go against the usual sleep patterns. Hope you get through your last night shift alright.
Mel - Sorry you weren't feeling well and up for the TJ run. Hope you're right as rain in no time. Coal is already dropping some weight just being back to his normal food routine, so I think it's less of a problem than we anticipated.
Michelle - Wow - 1,000 people in a deparment!! What a meeting that must be. I hope you get to do something fun to enjoy the nice weather we're going to have this weekend. :)
Ceejay - Sounds like you had a great time w/ your sisters. So I guess Branson Landing is back in business - I'd heard something about flooding a while back... Good news re your thyroid, and at least the b12 thing is easily treated.
Happy - I'm already enjoying the changing color of the trees in the neighborhood. Ooh, sounds fun to have an ATV to tool around in!! :D
Annie - Have a great weekend, look through your notes a bit and I'm sure you'll do great on Tuesday! :book2:
Nothing much to report. Yay for Friday. Another call to the nearly-former software account rep, right before this new vendor kick-off. Let's do this!!
Going out to my friend's on Saturday and staying overnight. Going to see her favorite local band again to celebrate the finish of her last class. Now it's really done!!
Otherwise, plenty to do, including laundry and looking at our new cordless stick vac. And using it too, lol.
10-07-2011, 04:37 PM
Hey Chicklets...thought I would post before the weekend of review and study starts....I feel confident..and if I do not pass, I am an idiot...to be proven on Tuesday...YIKES...would hate to post I am an idiot...lol
Hey Shaddie....glad to hear you are OFF the night shift...that so messes with your brain functions and your SLEEP.....get back into the swing of semi-normal life...xoxo
OOO LAURA...good for you going out with friends this weekend and partying with a band that is friends of someone...it is always so much fun to be friends with the band...everyone else wishes they are you...lol...party harty...sista.
YEAH HAPPY....hubby is coming home...maybe show him just how much you missed him...wink wink....it will be so sweet.....actually it is so silly, Curtis and I miss each other from morning til night...new love is grand...eh?
REALLY MELLIE...chicken soup...I am thinking margaritaville as your weather is supposed to get better and be grand all next week...I am thinking BERTO the pool dude and relaxing....Curtis keeps telling me what a lucky guy he is..he is so wonderful...and so sincere. I love you sista.
CEEJAY...so glad the visit with your sisters went so well and it seems you got a LOT of fun stuff done with the visit. Great vacay....Thank you for the get well wishes for Curtis...he is feeling better but still struggling with sinus and throat issues.
GEEZ CHELLE...1000 peeps in an offsite meeting..I remember those days when I worked at RCA/GE/THOMSON. No P in Thomson. We held them at a hotel conference hall room...usually a bunch of crap that meant good things for the higher ups but disguised as good things for the common peeps....hope all went well.
Tonight...Homemade cauliflower cheese soup. Homemade bread..homemade bread. and in the oven is my homemade Annie's Mile High Apple Pie. Curtis will be so surprised when he comes home to me....lol.
Have a marvy weekend...will try to post this weekend..just depends on activities...and mostly the studying....YIKES..
Much love and man hugs...and thank you for the vote of confidence and support...love you sistas..
10-07-2011, 06:05 PM
Photos of our hallway art. The guy isn't a Rembrandt, but it was at least something bf and I agreed on...
Oh, and a photo taken in Stanley Park in Vancouver. Note bf's hand/iPhone in lower left corner, lol. Yes, I'm quite the photographer! :D (This was taken w/ my iPhone camera, right after I'd filled my camera's memory card to capacity. We bought a new (larger) memory card the next morning.)
Have a great weekend everyone!!
10-07-2011, 08:17 PM
Love the art work. My sis didn't say anything about a flood. It's really nice there. I was happy with the thyroid results.
Was only kidding about the moose suit. You and Jen rest up this week end.
So we are counting down the weeks. Can't blame you.
Wow, 1000 people in one department! Do you work with groups?
Good luck with the studying this week end. I know you will do fine on your test.
I'm back home after a 5.5 hour trip. The fall folliage is beginning. I'm not going to Paragould this week end. I'm tooooooooo tired.
Every one have a good week end.
OR PERHAPS SUNDAY IN SHAD'S CASE.
HOPE WE WILL ALL BE HAVING GOOD WEEKENDS.
I WAS REMINDED THAT MONDAY IS COLUMBUS DAY BY MY BOSS AND WAS VERY HAPPY INDEED.
GOTTA LOVE A 3 DAY WEEKEND. LOTS OF DOWN TIME FOR ME NOW.
I WASN'T VERY PRODUCTIVE THIS PAST WEEK.
KEPT TO MYSELF A LOT AND STAYED UP HERE A LOOOOOT.:beach:
NOTHING NEW HERE EITHER. JUST A QUIET LIFE.
HAVE A SUPER DAY:moped:
MICJELLE.......MAYBE YOU SHOULD GET ONE OF THOS SMALL SCOOTERS FOR THE WEEKENDS AND "HIKE" WITH THE DH. IS IT ROUGH TERRAIN OR SMOOTH PATHS?? HOPE YOUR WORK DAY ENDED OK.
HAPPY.... I WOULDN'T MIND THE PILLSBURY KIND. IT'S STILL HOME BAKED!:lol3: SO GOOD TO HEAR THAT HAPPINESS ABOUNDS IN BOTH OF YOUR HOMES EVEN THOUGH YOU ARE FAR APART. IT WILL BE GOOD FOR BOTH OF YOU TO GET BACK TO BASICS WITH LIFE AND OUT OF THE RAT RACE. HAVE FUN WITH THE ATV:scooter:
TRADER JOE'S IS ONLY ONCE A MONTH :cry:
LAURA.....LOVE MR.S SNOOPY! HE IS TOO CUTE AS ALWAYS.
GLAD COAL CAN LOSE FASTER THAN ME.
I WAS THINKING WE COULD HAVE A CHALLENGE BETWEEN US BUT HE ALREADY WON:lol3:
CONGRATULATIONS TO YOUR FRIEND.
SO GLAD SHE HAS FINALLY FINISHED AND HOPE YOU BOTH HAVE FUN:encore:
I JUST SAW THE PICS.....I LOOOOVE THOSE PAINTINGS!! TREES OF ANY KIND!!! YES!!! THE PIC WITH BF'S HAND IS THE MOST WE HAVE EVER SEEN OF HIM!! NOW I CAN PUT A HAND WITH THE NAME "BF". :lol3: :lol3:
CEEJAY.......I LOVE THE KOALA BEAR AVATAR. HE IS SO ADORABLE.
GLAD YOU'RE TAKING THE WEEKEND ALL TO YOURSELF AND THAT YOU'RE HOME SAFE & SOUND:hug:I KNEW YOU WERE JOKING....IT MADE ME LAUGH ALL DAY JUST AT THE THOUGHT!:rofl:
ANNIE....LOVE YOU TOO SISTA:hug: THE SOUP WOULD BE RIGHT UP MY ALLEY....AND THE HOMEMADE BREAD. CAN I BRING HAPPY? CAUSE SHE ONLY HAS THE DOUGH BOY KINDA BREAD. :lol3: :lol3:
I AM PRAYING FOR GOOD THINGS FOR YOU. YOU NEEDED THIS "BREAK" IN YOUR LIFE:belly:
10-08-2011, 08:46 AM
Good morning chicklets,
Up early at 6am today. We have a house showing at 9. I still am not sure I will get everything I want done. And that's cruel because I only have little things to do - quick vacumn, mop floor, pick up after cats, etc. So I am typing while I gulp my coffee. I am glad it's nice and cool so I can keep the windows open. I had wanted to blow the leaves from the back and driveway (it's a daily thing now) but I don't know if I will have time. Maybe it's the last thing I can do as I leave / leaf (ha ha made a funny :rofl: )
My honey comes back home tomorrow night. I have missed him alot :hug: I'm sure the cat does too but she will act nonchalalont about it :snooty:
Mel - it's good that you scaled back this week. Let them learn how to depend on themselves and hold the office people accountable for what they are geting PAID to do. If not, unleash the crabbiest seniors on them - my Mom doesn't have any qualms putting someone in their place :lol: Sorry you missed the TJ's run. :( Hope you have enough to tide you over.
Ceejay - long trip for you. Good idea to come home and just chill out and get back into the swing of things again. I like your avatar too.
Laura - love the artwork - and the lighting. Such great pics for the location. I have an affinity to trees too. Once there was a lady on the train who did pencil sketches of forests. She was INCREDIBLE and would use white out fluid to put snow on the pine trees. I was fascinated by her and I admit to stalking her. I think she got on with me and I'd try to get a seat near her so I could watch her draw all the way in. One day I finally complimented her on her sketches and she acted really snobby about it so after that her pictures weren't quite so pretty. I also loved the bare trees in DesPlaines in late fall as they were siloutted (?) against the twilight colors of the sky. Good choice for artwork. Given the picture of BF (nice scenery too), does that make him a "HANDy man"? :lol3:
Annie - dinner sounded delish. That soup is deadly though - I think it's the kind that tastes soooo good going down that you eat too much of it. Then once the cheese hits the bottom of your tummy and cools off, you suddenly realize how FULL you are. There's no way to burp and make some room in there so you just have to feel stuffed like a turkey for an hour or so. But it was worth it - so yummy! Glad you are hitting it off with Curtis. You deserve a good partner to walk through life with. :hug: Good luck with the studying.
Shad - did you make the last night session ok? Sleeping through the weekend trying to adjust the clock again?
How did the meeting go Michelle? Did they find enough room for everyone. You have my utmost sympathies trying to get everything in under the gun at work before the year end freeze kicks in. It sounds like it's super frantic for you. Don't stress! (easy to say).
Ok ladies, I have lots to do in 45 minutes so I'd better get bustling. Happy Saturday to all.
10-08-2011, 11:26 AM
I called my uncle this morning to tell him that I wouldn't be coming this week end. They got home yesterday around 1 p.m. Told me he couldn't get his car to fly. I told him mine did that he must not have come down the same mountain side.
Today I'm unpacking my suitcase and getting the laundry done. I may make a run to the super center later this afternoon. I'm in the mood for some chili.
I need to mulch some leaves and pine needles today.
10-09-2011, 12:39 AM
Sorry, haven't been around for a while - blame the night shift. I'm getting back to 'normal' slowly.
Yesterday I laid around and dozed and watched some footy and dozed some more and then went to bed and slept solidly all night. Scotty was working 11 - 11 and Travis was wherever Travis goes to when he is not working. Lucky I don't need company isn't it? Anyway today Travis was doing the 11-00 to 11.00 shift and Scotty and I decided to clear the brain and exercise the legs and went to a place called Drip Rock. Drip Rock is a mighty big slab of sandstone which has been worn away over the years by the river and overhangs a small pool and some large rocks. The water drips down the rock face and onto the stones and then into the small pool. Slowly there is a whole eco world developing under this overhang and ferns, moss, orchids, and grasses are growing under the shelter of the rock. It is quite pretty. I have loaded up some pictures but the battery in my camera has run out so I couldn't take as many as I wished. The legs got some exercise, the brain got some company and I had a good time. Not sure what next weekend will be, maybe the great western zoo out at Dubbo or maybe some more bush trails but it should be fun. I need to source out a new battery pack - drat not thinking of mine. Not to worry. I will survive. All else fails I will get the DS2 to mail my one down from home and hope it arrives before the weekend.
Got to go pack my bags again to shift from hotel to hotel. Nomad is the name of the game. Lucky I pack fairly light although I have collected some stuff here. Needless to say it will either fit or be chucked when it is time to go home.
Personals during the week - sorry. Too much stuff going on here to stick around right now. Happy Sunday to y'all
GOOD MORNING. WHAT HAPPENED TO MY SUNNY MORNING EXPECTATIONS???:sunny:
SUPPOSED TO BE IN THE 80'S TODAY. I COULD USE A WARMING UP. :flame:
NOTHING NEW HERE AT ALL. MY NEIGHBOR GOT HOME AND IT FEELS GOOD TO HEAR HER IN THERE.
SOMEHOW I GOT USE TO HER "NIGHTIME" SOUNDS & I MISSED THEM. SHE STAYS UP LATER THAN I DO.
SITTING HERE TRYING TO THINK OF SOMETHING WITTY TO SAY BUT NOTHING IS HAPENING IN MY HEAD.
BETTER JUST LEAVE AND EAT BREAKFAST. NOT FUNCTIONING ON ALL 8 CYLINDERS YET:dizzy:
HAVE A GREAT DAY :moped:
HAPPY......... LEAVES/LEAF:rofl: :rofl: YOU MADE ME LAUGH TOO.
WAS THINKING ABOUT YOU IN THE AFTERNOON,
WONDERING HOW EVERYTHINNG WAS GOING WITH THIS AGENT. :crossed:
BET THE DH HAD A HARD TIME LEAVING HIS CASTLE! :wizard:
CEEJAY....LAUGHED AT THE UNCLE'S CAR NOT FLYING:rofl:
HAD I KNOWN YOU WERE DOING WASH I WOULD HAVE JOINED YOU!
HAPPY MULCHING THIS WEEKEND!!
SHAD........NEVER MIND THE PERSONALS. JUST GIVE US THE TRAVELOGUE STUFF.
I LOVE THE PARTS ABOUT WHERE YOU ARE AND WHAT'S GROWING OR CRAWLING THERE.
THE DRIP ROCK SOUNDED WONDEFUL. NATURE ONCE AGAIN AT HER FINEST.
I SHOULD GO AND GOOGLE THAT AND CHECK IT OUT.
JUST STAY WELL AND HEALTHY. GLAD YOU GOT OUT WITH A FRIEND.
TAKE GOOD CARE OF YOURSELF AND HOPE YOU ARE FEELING 100%:hug:
I FINALLY FOUND IT UNDER DRIPPING ROCK.
THE FAMILY WHO OWNS IT HAS A COUNTRY GARDENER BLOG.
I AM NOT AWAKE ENOUGH TO READ IT JUST YET!!
I WILL "TRAVEL" LATER ON!:ebike:
10-09-2011, 09:37 AM
Back again, can't sleep.
The blog site as given by Mel is close to where we were but the Drip Rock we went to see is not on private land, it is on a national park reserve and there certainly were no waterfalls darn it all, just drips.
Which does look like a frog - or rather 2 frogs humping. There is a winery named after Frog Rock.
Guess I really should go back to bed and try to make an effort to sleep. Back to work in the morning - or should I say later this morning since it is not 12.30am
10-09-2011, 11:18 AM
Good morning ladies,
Today is the day to buckle down and attempt several of the things I should have been working on this week, but didn't get to - laundry, filing my health care savings claim, emptying my purse which weighs as much as a small toddler, going through at least one closet and tackling the cabinets.
It will not be cost effective for me to pay to move things like personal care products or canned foods so as we hit the 30 day countdown I need to take stock of what we have and make the most of using up what I can easily get up north. I did send DH back to with a grocery bag full of dryer softener sheets - liquid fabric softener is not good for a septic system so I will have to limit my use of it. I find most laundry scented things too strong for my nose and tend to gravitate to the baby powder or lavender vanilla stuff. I did like the store brand dryer sheets at my local grocery chain and when they announced closing the store I went over there and bought out all the remaining boxes of my favorite dryer sheets. I am sure I have all sorts of baking things up in one cabinet that have been sitting there for 5 years or so. One thing I stopped doing when I got down here was baking. People at my company do not bring and eat stuff at work - freaks that they are. We also have an inordinate amount of people who are downright freakish over food left in the common area coffee room. I can understand people shying away from eating anything loose in an open dish such as candy bits because let's face it - there's alot of people who don't wash after using the toilet. As for the people who don't like common food, a few actually told me that they don't eat cakes and things left out because they don't know what people put in them and they feel that people put stuff to give others the poopies and such. :yikes: I think people who think folks doctor up stuff have a way BIGGER issue. Unless of course you have found this to be true and that being the case, maybe one would not want to work for that company anymore :rolleyes: All sorts of crazy people in the world :crazy: And I won't miss it a bit.
Shad - I loved the pictures of Drip Rock. It looks like such a beautiful and peaceful place. I'm sure the walk did you good as well as the sunshine. Bummer on the camera battery. That always seems to happen to DH also. In fact I think there is a relationship between stunning picture opportunities and the amount of juice left in the battery pack :lol: Thanks for sharing the few pictures you have. Glad you had some relaxing on the weekend.
Mel, I had a good talk with the sun and have shamed it into showing up at your door. :o I know what you mean about having sounds that are comforting that all is right with the world. It used to be that way with the low train whistle in the night here before they decided to lay on the horns and blast them at each intersection. I think too that part of the reason we get so jumpy at night is that there are sounds we don't normally pay attention to and strange sounds get us on edge. You better believe that DH did not want to leave his castle. He's only coming back to rescue his princess, knowing he has only 32 days or so left to serve on his time here. He sounded so happy this week when he was there. In fact, when he was obsessed over his blood pressure here, come to think of it, he never really mentioned it up there - I sent him with my new wrist cuff machine so I know he's taking it. I know we are doing the right thing by getting out of here soon. Ok so explain to me, I understand that Monday is one of those not so big anymore holidays, but what does that mean for you? Is the office closed - ie. you take emergency calls only and I do mean YOU?
Ceejay - did you make that chili you had such a hankering for? I love the cooler weather - time to make some old favorite comfort foods.
I have a dilema chicks. We have a cat, she was a stray that showed up in our yard years ago and we took her into our lives. She is a good kity for the most part but is very stubborn. She is also a true southern kitty and hates the cold as much as any real southerner can. Even covered in fur she was in her glory on these 120 degree heat index days we had. She pretty much lives outside during the warm months and once it cools like now, stays out all day and only comes in at night to sleep. I have made her a bed of her favorite cushy blankets on a coffee table out on the patio and many nights, like last night, she slept out there. She doesn't want to come inside, sits by the door and demands "patio dining" - I have to bring a dish of food out to her. In the one month of true winter that we have here where it's in the 20's outside, she stays in but gets really neurotic. She keeps going to the door wanting to be let out but when we open the door and she gets a blast of cold air in her face, she stops dead and reluctantly turns back into the house. 10 minutes later she forgets and wants to go out again. This happens about 5 times before DH gets frustrated and throws her outside for an hour :lol: So we have a front declawed cat (she came to us that way) and she had tiny tiny back claws that are useless for defense. She is dumb and stubborn and has challenged other cats and animals in our yard standing her ground not realizing she could get the krap kicked out of her. She is used to being outside and loves the heat. We are moving to a place that is cold at least half the year. And she would have to stay in for months at a time. We can't let her roam free in the yard as we have too many predators that will kill her in an instant. So she's mostly going to have to be an inside cat. Which she won't like at all. She is mostly a good kitty but she doesn't like change. She had some peeing accidents inside. Our new house is almost all carpet except for the kitchen and bathrooms. We can't have her peeing up the house and it's too cold to keep her locked up in the laundry room all day. We were planning on taking her with us but I don't know if that's going to work out too well for her or us. People have put fliers up at work occasionally trying to find a pet a new home and they are rarely successful. Most of our shelters are kill shelters so I won't drop her off there. And I would never abandon her on the street the way we think she was dropped off to fend for herself. I'm not sure if the Humane Society would take her - they only put down if an animal is aggressive or terminally ill. The last time we were there they were doubled up on animals - 2 to a cage - I know she would be traumatized. I know she has the best chance of staying an outside kitty if she stays down here but I honestly think it's highly doubtful she will get an opportunity to replicate the kind of environment she has here. I just don't know what to do. I guess we will take her with us and hope for the best :crossed: Most of my neighbors here - at least the ones we know enough to talk to - have dogs so that's not an option either. It really makes me :(
Well I'd better get off my duff and get stuff done. DH will be back this evening and I don't want it to look like nothing got done while he was gone although he found out for himself how much work keeping a house tidy can be while he had one to take care of himself. ;)
Have a good Sunday chicks.
10-09-2011, 04:40 PM
I'll be making my chili later this afternoon.
Just a quick fly by for me. I'm still exhausted, but have managed to clean the living room. I started to tackle my closet last night. Everything is now on the floor waiting for discard or to be put back into place.
10-09-2011, 05:23 PM
Only a short post for now. Will get back to the personals tonight when I get back to the motel.
Happy - take the cat. She will adapt eventually. They always do as long as they have their slaves (you) and are fed. Cats do like routine, but I have taken Sunday to many places and she has managed. You could try putting her in the garage when she wants to be outside. I'm sure with all those out buildings you can find somewhere for her for the time being. All things being equal she should be able to settle down. Most will when they find out that this is their lot.
Gotta go - need to hit the camera shop and see if I can get a battery pack for my camera or whether I need to ring the DS and get it sent down. Then to the airport (it ain't no O'Hare) to pick up a couple of people and then back to the mines. Catch up later.
HAPPY COLUMBUS DAY http://img7.imageshack.us/img7/3262/1272362099yq3.gif
HAVING A GOOD WEEKEND. ONE MORE DAY TO GO.
I ONLY HAD TWO NUTTY TENANTS RANTING AT MY DOOR.
NOT BAD SO FAR FOR A 3 DAY WEEKEND.
THE INTERNET WAS OUT ALMOST THE ENTIRE DAY YESTERDAY.
I THINK I HAD WITHDRAWAL SYMPTOMS. PALMS SWEATING & FELT DIZZY :rofl:
SO I STEAMED MY BEDROOM RUG AND DUSTED. I HAVE A MINI STEAMER.
KIND OF LIKE A SMALL UPRIGHT VACUUM FOR SHORT PEOPLE.
GREAT WEATHER OUTSIDE SO THE WINDOWS WERE OPEN AND I TOOK ZYRTEC:lol3:
NOTHING ELSE NEW HERE. QUIET LIFE ON THE EAST COAST.
HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A GREAT DAY :moped:
SHAD......OH I LOVE THE PICS. THE 2 FROGS HUMPING ARE HYSTERICAL
ALTHOUGH IT TOO ME A MINUTE TO SEE THEM:lol3: :lol3:
I DID SEE OTHER PICTURES BUT THOUGHT IT WAS ALL ONE PLACE.
GLAD YOU STRAIGHTENED THAT ALL OUT. I USED TO LOVE WINERIES. :cheers:
HOPE YOU FIND THE BATTERY PACK. :crossed:
HAPPY......YES THE OFFICE IS CLOSED TODAY. THE GOVT OFFICES HAVE A LOT OF HOLIDAYS.
I LOVE THEM:dance: I WOULD RATHER TAKE THE MEDICAL ALARMS ANOTHER FULL DAY THAN HAVE THE OFFICE OPEN!!:lol3:
AS FOR THE CAT....I THINK YOU WILL FIND IT WOULD ADAPT VERY EASILY.
I HAD MOVED 11 TIMES WITH ONE OF THE CATS I HAD AND HE DID JUST FINE.
GLAD THE DH WILL BE TAKING HIS PRESSURE AND I BET IT WILL BE FINE ONCE YOU ARE ENSCONCED IN THE NEW HOME.
WE HAVE HAD A FEW "FREAKS" ABOUT FOOD BUT IN THIS PLACE IT'S EVEN MORE UNDERSTANDABLE.
SENIORS ARE PIGS!!!! DON'T LET ME GET INTO THE STUFF THEY DON'T DO ON A REGULAR BASIS. VOMITROCIOUS!!:lol3:
CEEJAY............YOUR CLOSET SOUNDED LIKE MY BEDROOM YESTERDAY.
HOPE YOU FIND SOME ENERGY TODAY. VACATIONS CAN BE EXHAUSTING!! REST UP FOR WORK :beach:
10-10-2011, 08:20 AM
FOR ALL OUR LURKING CANADIANS!!
HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY TODAY!
DH made it home safe and sound. In addition to misplacing his sunglasses, he also couldn't remember where he hid his medications so spent a good half hour looking for them last night. I'm going to have to pin trash bags to that boy :shrug:
We had 4 showings over the weekend. Yesterday I got a call around 10:30am booking a 3:30 and 10 minutes later a showing right after that. I got some laundry done, washed and vacumned floors and dusted. Hopped in the shower at 2:30 with intentions of getting out of the house by 3:10, well ahead of the 3:30 appt. I got out of the shower, had my cover up on and was just about to dry my hair when I hear a knock at the front door and a "yoo hoo, can we come in?". It's 2:50. I poked my head around the corner (my hair is sticking out all over and I look a fright) and I say "You are early". Realtor says - yes, about 10 minutes. I say NO, the appointment was for 3:30. She says it should have been 3pm. I said perhaps but they told me 3:30 - I wrote it down. I told her I needed 15 minutes. They went to look at one of the empty homes down the street. I grabbed my stuff and hustled out of there. I went to dinner - Chinese buffet was not nearly as good as I thought it would be - and then went over and picked up a few groceries as I had over 2 hours to kill. Got home at 5:30 and was putting away my stuff when the phone rang again. Agent wants to show your home in 10 minutes. 10 MINUTES ARE YOU SERIOUS?????????????????? I said ok, left the produce to the side of the counter but told the person on the phone to tell the agent to give a person a little more time next time. I ran around the house turning back on all the lights I turned off when I walked in 20 minutes ago - the house shows better with the rooms lit up. As I pulled out of the driveway both the client and agent came up to me and profusely apologized and thanked me for the short notice. I explained I had just gotten home with groceries after having to be out all afternoon and excuse the stuff on the counter and help yourself to some fresh fruit :D we all laughed. I realized that this was the same couple that spent 45 minutes looking at our house on Saturday. They spent over an hour yesterday so I hope that is a good sign :crossed:
The birds are all singing outside - including the mockingbird. The mockingbirds go away in the worst heat of the summer and are with us in spring and fall. With all the songs out there it sounds like a nice spring day instead of autumn. I noticed yesterday some trees starting to turn red in the neighborhood. My sister said the woods are lovely up her way. I think I will miss the fall color season this year - we will be leaving before the colors really start to turn here and the season has ended up in the Wisconsin home and will probably get blown out by the winds up Chicago way on the move up north.
Mel enjoy your 3 day holiday. My brother used to call his wife Columbus. None of us ever knew why. :shrug: He called their home the Columbus Hotel because she loved to have guests. Sweet memories.
I am glad you survived the Internet outage. It's like having TV - you don't know how much you miss it until it's gone. Hopefully you can catch up today.
Shad I hope you find the batteries you need so you don't have to worry about your pack getting lost in the mails.
I will catch up with the lot of you later. Bye chicks. :wave:
10-10-2011, 09:01 AM
Good Morning All.....studying all day at work today...test tomorrow morning. YIKES...went to the apple orchard yesterday, got a peck of Fuju apples..yum....a pumpkin for the porch, a spaghetti squash and a 50 cent apple cider slushie...took a two hour break from studying with Curtis to the orchard. Was delightful.
Wish me luck and pray if you are the praying type that I pass the test tomorrow!!!! Thank you in advance for that!!
Gotta get this brain going....
Love and hugs.
10-10-2011, 09:32 AM
Happy Marvelous Monday ladies -
I had such a great weekend!! Amazing what a little warm weather and sunshine will do...not to mention my two favorite sports teams winning! On Saturday, we took the dogs to the groomer, and then went to a nursery and got a bunch of perenials for $1 each (end of planting season clearance sale). Yesterday, we worked in the yard soaking up the warm sunshine, then watched the Brewers and Packers both win! I also made some oatmeal cookies for my dear DH.
I'm sorry I've been AWOL for so many days. Due to the nice weather, I stayed outside this weekend as much as possible. And at work, last week was crazy busy...and I'm sure this week will be worse as 7 or 8 of my reports that need to be done and approved by end of day tomorrow are still "works in progress" thanks to lack of clear direction and system constraints. :tantrum:
I found out recently that with our insurance open enrollment this month (taking effect in January), the HMO plan that DH and I very much appreciate is being discontinued. So we will have to switch to either a PPO plan or a Health Savings Account plan. The literature they've sent out regarding the Health Savings Account plan says that it's designed for those who don't visit the doctor often and who don't take many prescriptions.
Anyway, even the work insanity isn't going to mess with my great mood (not yet anyway). :D
Annie - You'll do great on your test tomorrow. I just know you will Ace it! It's good that you're able to spend your work day studying. The cauliflower cheese soup with homemade bread and apple pie sounds so yummy. I'm not a big cauliflower fan...but just about everything is better with cheese! The apple cider slushie sounds lovely. I really like Fuji apples, and also Gala apples. I'll be sending you good vibes and prayers for tomorrow.
Laura - I really like the artwork in your hallway (and the hallway lighting)! Very nice! And the photo from Vancouver is lovely too.
Ceejay - Glad you had a nice trip with your sisters. And I hope your weekend at home was relaxing. So nice that your fall colors are beginning. We're just hitting our peak here. Of course, the trees in our yard are still green - they don't drop their leaves until December or January. :dunno: I really, really love the fall colors, especially when the air is crisp and clean...or even warm and clean like this weekend. :) Yes, we have 1,000 people in our Information Systems department. We have several VPs and each heads their own pyramid, with a few directors, several managers, and a ton of non-manager worker bees (like me). We work on project teams/groups that include people from all the various IS pyramids. It's hard to explain. But it is amusing when I run into people, and once they find out the company I work for, they'll say, "Oh, I have a friend who works there. Do you know so-and-so?" I just smile and say that I don't even know 10% of the people in my own department, and even fewer in other departments. It's a big company, but my team is great, including the manager, director and the VP. It's a very inclusive company that treats employees very well.
Mellie - A scooter would be a good idea...but the hiking we do is often rough terrain. I had a long talk with my physical therapist, and he said that I don't really have any limitations. As long as I'm not jumping or running or whatever, I won't make my condition worse. HOWEVER, it all depends on how much recovery time I want. If I overdo it (as in hiking or whatever) then I could pay for it in pain for two to three weeks. I would like to walk through a corn maze this fall. They are a lot of fun as you twist and turn and try and find your way out! :lol: I'd also like to go to a haunted house, but DH is concerned that there might be crawling or bending over (as there has been in haunted houses we've gone to in the past), and he's not sure it would be good for my back. As for home baked bread...Pillsbury has French Bread and Italian Bread loaves that are REALLY good. Bummer that you missed the TJ's trip. So glad you had a nice fairly quiet weekend. I hope today goes well for you. :crossed:
Happy - Like you, I'm going to be tackling some cabinets and closets over the coming weeks, though for a different reason. We have a lot of clutter in the house and the reason is that all the cabinets and closets where we could store stuff are full. We're putting up shelves in the basement for things we don't use often enough to take up valuable closet/cabinet space on the main floor or upstairs. Your co-workers who are paranoid of food brought in really do have serious issues! :faint: 16 days of work left? 32 days left in TN? So you have a moving date set? That's fantastic!! I'm so happy for you!! It'll be especially wonderful when the house sells prior to your moving! Definitely a very grateful Thanksgiving in the Northwoods. :) You are really in a dilemna with the kitty. I can understand all your reservations/misgivings about taking her up north. But I do agree with Shad's suggestion. Take the cat. She will eventually adapt. Is there a sunny window in the new house where she can sit and look out when it's 20 below? So glad your DH made it home. Did you ever find his meds? My DH is the same way sometimes. :dunno: Wow! 4 showings over the weekend! In addition to the other ones! Surely acceptable offers have to be pouring in soon!! :crossed: Bummer that some of the realtors showed up early and/or gave you ZERO notice! However, it does sound like a good sign that the couple has spent nearly two hours viewing your house! COME ON OFFER! And a good offer at that! You do have a really lovely home.
Shad - Glad you're getting back to normal sleeping hours. Thanks for posting the photos of Drip Rock. It's very pretty. Mellie's photo of the waterfall is especially lovely. Frog rock? Or happy frog couple? Maybe they're displaying how amorous one gets after enjoying a bottle from Frog Rock Winery. Too funny!
Well, time for me to get all this work done. Hopefully I will get what I need from other departments soon.
UPDATE: 9:15 am - Doesn't look like I'm going to get what I need from other departments/teams any time soon. So there went my great mood. Unfortunately, the deadlines still have to be met...so who gets to bear the brunt of the deadlines/pressure? Me? Even though there's nothing I can do to speed up the process. If people would only stick to my requested/suggested timelines everything would be perfect. :tantrum: I'm hoping it will get better from here.
Much love and many hugs to all,
10-10-2011, 12:25 PM
Morning all. Happy Columbus Day and Happy Thanksgiving Day to the lucky and the Canadians who are celebrating these holidays. Unfortunately, I am neither.
The weekend was gorgeous, and I spent a nice amount of time outside enjoying it. On both Sat. & Sun., I was out in the yard cutting back all the perennials so that when all the leaves fall they don't get hung up in that foliage. I've still got the veggie patch to remove, but believe it or not, there are still tomatoes ripening on the vine. So I'm holding off on that for the time being. There's still one flower bed that has daylily and hosta foliage to be removed. I told bf he could mow over it so I don't have to cut it by hand. Other flower beds in the yard are pretty lumpy because they've been built up over the years, so I cut those by hand, but this one is a small bed and relatively flat, so I'm thinking mowing would do the job. We'll see. Bf said he'd enjoy doing that, haha.
Sat. night with my friend was fun. We had dinner and went to see the band. One of her friends said they should try and get me drunk, but he ended up being the one having too much and suffered mightily for it. Now the three of us get to bring up forevermore the fact that he couldn't keep up with the girls, LOL. I, on the other hand, woke up feeling just fine, though after only 4 or so hours of sleep I still felt a little buzzed, heehee. Oh, I do enjoy the occasional visit back to 20-something land.
Saturday & Sunday I also did some laundry. Bf put together our new cordless stick vac and vacuumed several rooms before running out the battery, so he was happy with that. Hopefully he's happy enough to keep on top of the vacuuming given the amount of fur doggy sheds!
Sunday I was driven back home instead of taking the train because my friend and her sis were going on to go to the botanic garden, and I was sort of on their way. I was invited to go with them, but I declined so I could do more yardwork, which I did. After a shower, bf and I went to lunch and then we went to the Skokie Lagoons to take out a canoe for an hour., We were too late in the day for that, so we found a free parking spot near the botanic garden (it's nearby) and walked around a bit to enjoy some of the beauty. I need to get back there again - even though you can still hear the expressway faintly in the background, it's just so peaceful. :) Bf and I have decided next time we'll drive to the lagoons in the car with the bikes on the rack, park there, and then ride our bikes the short distance to the botanic garden. Hope next time can be next weekend. :crossed:
I did NOT upload any vacation photos this weekend. Not sure when I'll do that, honestly. Tonight I'll go to an exercise class. I'm sore from all the bending and stooping in the garden over the weekend, so it'll feel good to move my muscles and loosen them up. I'm just going to the Step 101 class. That's about my speed since it's probably been a month since I've done a class. :shrug:
Another exercise development is that a new gym is opening near the house and one of the membership options allows free guests on an unlimited basis (as long as they accompany the member. Bf, who cancelled his Bally's membership, has decided to join and so I can go work out with him a couple times a week in addition to my exercise classes. :exercise: One of his friends (who is younger than us and has a family history of heart disease and has been on bp meds since his 30's) will also (supposedly - we're not holding our breath) be joining bf for workouts. Hopefully, between his friend and me, we'll keep bf at the gym often enough to get him strong and fit. :D
Okay, enough chattering. I will post this and get to personals next time. Except Annie - good luck w/ the exam tomorrow, and, sure, I'll say a prayer too! Everyone have a wonderful day. :)
10-10-2011, 12:52 PM
Think I got caught up on my sleep at lest I feel better.
Looks like every one had a good week end.
I'm sure you will do fine tomorrow on your test.
Sounds like you had a busy week end outside. If I would have had the mojo I could have done more things. muself.
Thank goodness you din't have to work to hard this week end. Enjoy the extra day off.
Here's hoping that you get an offer on the house. I'm jealous that you only have 15 more working days. Those will fly by.
Glad you got to do some fun things this week end also.
Hang in there.
It is back to work for me this week. I've just finished the paper work that I was behind on but think I'll wait abit to do today's stuff.
L. called me this morning to see if I could work for her. She is having some dental work done. Got my closet put back together. At least for now you can see the floor of the closet. Tonight I need to wash a load of clothes and finish cleaning up the kitchen.
10-10-2011, 10:03 PM
Chelle...taking a break on studying...came home early been at it non-stop since 2 this afternoon. My two cents.........
PPO....great choice. has preferred docs...my suggestion is see if your docs are in the "preferred list" out of plan cost YOU more when you visit....like a 30 percent reduction in pay. I LOVED this type of plan but cannot get it anymore through Humana...go figure.
HSA...yeah, they will put in your plan up to a specified amount 5, 6 hundred bucks with a VERY high deductible. Mine was 2500K, after doing the math, I would of much rather had the no longer offered PPO. You have to pay the first whatever deductible BEFORE they pay ANYTHING....and depending on how much they put in your HSA, depends on what you want to do. Remember...they are not fooling you cause YOU put in what they match...meaning you kind of meet your deductible with some of YOUR money out of HSA...it is all a game.
That is my two cents....lol...I am sure you already knew all of that tho.
10-11-2011, 07:56 AM
just a quick pop in this morning...
ANNIE - Wishing you the very best of luck and success on your test today. Luvya, sis! Oh, and DH and I pretty much decided the HSA isn't good for us. The company contributes $500, but there's a $2,400 family deductible before the insurance pays a dime. We'd be paying 100% of ALL bills including prescriptions until we meet that deductible! :yikes: So we're both trying to schedule pain relieving procedures (his knee and my back) before our HMO insurance expires.
A big :wave: to all my wonderful friends!
10-11-2011, 08:42 AM
this is the 4th time i am trying to post.
let me see if it works
10-11-2011, 08:49 AM
OK....I AM ON THE RUN
THE BOSS LADY IS GOING TO BE LATE AND THE MMAINT MEN ARE WAITING ORDERSS.
WIILL COME BACK LATER IF ANYTHING GOOD HAPPENS:rofl:
HAPPY.....STILL HOPING ONE OF THOSE PROSPECTS TURNS OUT TO BE THE BUYER!:crossed: THINKING LOTS OF GOOD THOUGHTS FOR YOU & DH AND YOU NEED TO BUY HIM A FANNY PACK!! I USED TO WEAR ONE AND NOW THEY HANG ON MY CHIAR!!! I WAS FORREVER LOSING SOMETHING AND JEN STARTED ME USING THEM MANY YEARS AGO!! WOULD BE GREAT ON THEATB TOO!
CEEJAY....HOPE THE WORRK WEE WILL BE AN EASY ONE AND BET THE BOSS MAN MISSES YOU!! YOU ARE GOING TO TOWN ON THIS FFALL CLEANING OF YOURS....COME HELP ME FINISH MINE....I AM UP TO THE CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT BOXES NOW!!:hoohooho:
LAURA....WEEKEND ANDDGARDENS SOUNDED GOOD. HOPE THE WEATHER IS GOOD NEXT TIME FOR THE BIKES. NICE IDEA. HADA CHUCKLE AT THE BF AND MOWING THE GARDEN OVER MEND DO SO LOVE DESTROYING THINGS DON'T THEY!! :lol3: :lol3:
ANNIE..PRAYING FOR THE TEST AND I KNOW YOU WILL DO WELL. GLAD YOU GOT OUT FOR SOME FUN & SUN..I LOVE THOSE APPLES WITH PEANUT BUTTER!!
MICHELLE....GLAD YOU GOT OUT ALSO. THE SUN IS A GOOD REMEMDY FOR ALL THAT AILS US. I KNOW ALL ABOUT RECOVERY TIME :rofl: BEEN THERE AND DONE THAT!!! GOOD LUCK WITH THE WORKS IN PROGRESS.
10-11-2011, 09:10 AM
Good luck on the test today. I'm sending you good vibes.
Hope the boss lady comes in soon and you don't have to stay in the office.
I know you'll find something for the maintenance men to do.
I had a mess last night. Washed a load of white clothes and then took my bath. Except the bath water came back under the commode. ugh. And I had just mopped the floor. I had B to check the main and it was clear this morning. So now I'll have to deal with this until I can get the land lord over to fix the problem. They have to wait till I'm home to come inside. That's the way Mr. H. Land Lord wants it, this will have to be Thusday afternoon and or Friday morning. Also plug in's in living room doesn't work, one in bedroom and one in kitchen. I have to go back for a follow up appointment for ear infection and a b12 on Thursday.
10-11-2011, 11:21 AM
Ceejay – Glad you’re getting caught up on sleep and things around the house. I caught up on 3 months worth of balancing the checkbook last week and it felt good. Sheesh, sorry you’re having plumbing issues at your place – hate the cleanup. A couple inoperable electrical outlets are not as bad, but I hope it all gets resolved soon!
Michelle – Glad you also got out in the yard for some outdoor time. Sorry your HMO is no longer available. I agree w/ Annie – PPO sounds like the better alternative. If I were 10 years younger or more I might do the HSA plan, but once I started adding everything up with the prescriptions, etc., it seemed too iffy. I was comfortable with what my past expenses had been, but last year this time I was having trouble with my foot and so I was feeling pessimistic and anticipating more expenses, and now w/ the BP, and who knows what would come up w/ bf’s health…I just prefer the PPO, in spite of the incentives our company uses to try and lure folks to the HSA. I think it’s best for pretty healthy people who normally don’t have a lot of medical expenses beyond their wellness visits.
Mel – Yeh, I agree – Happy’s hubby needs a fanny pack or one of those traveler’s vests with a lot of pockets, LOL. Of course Bf enjoyed mowing over the one flower bed yesterday, although he mentioned some of the foliage did get hung up in the blade. Oops. But I like that the leaves will be easier to rake or blow from those areas without all the foliage to get caught up in.
Shad – Thanks for posting the pics of the drip rock with it’s very own environment. Nature has such a way of adapting to conditions, doesn’t it? :) Hope you’re well-rested after those night shifts!
Happy – Glad you’ve got plenty of house showings, and I hope at least one turns into serious interest, i.e., an OFFER!! Agree w/ everyone else re the cat – bring her with and she’ll adjust. (Do I have the gender correct?) And Shad’s right – you have other buildings where she can get her “outside time” safely.
Annie – By the time you read this your exam may already be over – I’m sure it went well for you. When will you find out your grade? My friend got the grade on her final paper (50% of her grade) and she got an A and so she was able to maintain a decent grade point average for purposes of her college degree.
Nothing much to report.
Yesterday I planned to go to an exercise class after work, but bf had plans and needed the car, so I did a BE workout in the basement. I was sore from the yardwork and I felt old and decrepit. But at least I moved. But I was glad I wasn't feeling old and decrepit in a class in front of other people and those blasted mirrors!! :D After that I watched tv and read all evening.
It’s so difficult for me to get myself out of bed now. I think my neighbor is leaving the house later, and so I’ve been waking up (having been woken by his car leaving the garage) about 5 minutes before the alarm. At that point, it’s still dark, so I hit the snooze a couple times and then by the time I finally drag myself out of bed, it’s getting late and I have to scramble. I kind of wish my neighbor was still leaving about 45 min. before my alarm so I could at least pretend I’m getting more sleep, LOL, even though I’m usually not able to get back into a sound sleep.
Tonight is the movies. We’re seeing "50/50" with Joseph Gordon Leavitt, the kid from that tv show w/ John Lithgow, 3rd Rock from the Sun. He was also in a movie called "100 Days of Summer", so he has some sort of numbers thing going on with his movie titles.
Okay, time to post and be productive. Ha, my co-worker was just taken away to "jail". Our fundraising kicked off last week and this is one of the popular events -paying to have someone "arrested", and they have to sit in "jail" (an actual enclosure in our atrium area) for 10 min. or bail themselves out or buy a "get out of jail" card. Maybe I should have the boss arrested. :devil:
10-11-2011, 12:21 PM
OK so I am a dingleberry dough....blonde...have to get at 67 to pass the test...I got a 66. Doesn't that suck? I now have to PAY for the retake test...75.50 blah...would it be my life if not? I doubt it.
10-11-2011, 02:30 PM
Awww, Annie that sucks. :hug: So close too!!
10-11-2011, 03:48 PM
Hugs, Don't let that one point get you down. I've done the same thing when I was taking my test for my water license. It's been well worth the trouble to retake the test.
10-12-2011, 06:05 AM
Sorry, just too tired tonight to even write the days doings. Tomorrow may be better.
10-12-2011, 08:14 AM
HERE COMES THE RAINY WEEK:rain:
BEGAN LAST NIGHT AND SUPPOSED TO BE SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS TILL THE WEEKEND.
WISH WE COULD SEND THIS SOUTH WHERE THEY REALLY NEED IT.
NOTHING PLANNED FOR TODAY.
I NEED TO GET SOME PAPERS MAILED OUT FOR THE HEATING.
WHERE DID THE YEAR GO TO?!?!?!
HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A GREAT DAY :moped:
CEEJAY.....SOUNDS LIKE YOU WILL BE A BUSY GIRL THIS WEEK WHAT WITH PLUMBING AND DR APPT. GOOD LUCK ON BOTH OF THEM. I HATE WATER LEAKS!!!:rofl:
KAURA....HAD A LAUGH AT THE COWORKER GETTING ARRESTED.....MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY USES THAT PLOY TO RAISE MONEY IN LOCAL TOWNS. WE AHAD OUR MAYOR ARRESTED!! :lol3: :lol3: WE HAVEN'T DONE IT SINCE SO I AM GUESSING HE WASN'T A HAPPY CAMPER!!!!!!! THEY SHOULD REMOVE THE MORRORS IN THE GYMS AND POUT UP MOTIVATIONAL PICTURES LIKE THE BIGGEST LOSER DOES.
YOU ARE NOT OLD AND DECREPIT!!! BUT MAYBE I COULD RING YOUR PHONE 45 MINUTES BEFORE YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO GET UP....OR SIT OUTSIDE YOU WINDOW AND REV UP MY MOTOR....WHATCHA THINK:?:
MICHELLE.....I WENT DOWN AND FOUND MY BOSS ALREADY THERE. SHE SKIPPED OUT ON HER DR APPT. BAD BOSS. :rollpin:
ANNIE....I AM SO SORRY TO HEAR AQBOUT THE TEST. SENDING BIG HUGS YOUR WAY. I CANNOT BELIEVE IT COSTS THAT MUCH!! :hug: :hug:
SHAD......HOPE YOUR WEEK EASES UP A BIT.:hug: :
10-12-2011, 08:34 AM
Good morning chicks,
Well we accepted an offer on our house yesterday. We lost so much money on this house it's not funny but we got an offer with concessions that was acceptable to us. At this point we just want to be done with it and out of here. The buyers also "took a bath" on selling there house and had to leave all their appliances and make concessions too. We got a good deal on the new house - not as good as we lost here but we are happy to be closing this chapter on our lives. Although the buyers of our house have a house they are selling, our realtor checked and it appears there will be no issues with them closing their sale so we should be good too. We will close mid November, after we move out. Don't have to be here for closing.
I am feeling yuccky today. Thought I had a cough from sinus, turned into a mild cold. I am supposed to get a flu shot today - I will check with the nurse to see if that's a good idea, might defer to next week.
Annie - I am soooo sorry about the test. Was praying for you. That really hurts missing it by one point. :mad: Please don't give up no matter how annoying it can be. You can do this!!!!
Mel - enjoy the rain although autumn rains are never as good as spring rains. We could use the water down this way, you guys have had enough there.
Shad - get yourself a good night's rest. Sounds like these long hours are getting to you. Is that because they are behind schedule?
Laura - I love the idea of the jail as a fund raiser. If I was staying on at work, I would suggest that as it would be sure to raise alot of cash. We pay 5 dollars to be able to wear jeans on certain days - that was a cash cow for whomever decided up that idea.
Ceejay - bummer on the leaky bath. The landlord should be incented to fix that before it causes all sorts of other issues. Always something to be fixed.
Good morning Michelle - how are you doing today?
Time for me to get running. I need to come home after lunch and sign papers so I'd better get out of here. Later ladies :wave:
10-12-2011, 11:28 AM
Shad -Hope you had a good night's rest and have a better day!
Mel - We are supposed to get some rain tonight/tomorrow. I know bf is hoping each time he mows that it will be his last for the season, but with the mild temps and rain, that won't be happening yet!
Happy - Congrats on selling the house!! Sorry you lost money on the deal, but as you said - it allows you to begin this new chapter of your lives. I'm so happy it wasn't a long drawn out thing!! Sometimes I feel like it's just better to just get something over with rather than strive for the "best possible outcome". Especially if you're able to swing it financially. :) Re the fundraiser - yep, jail is a very popular part of the doings. We also have jeans days, also popular. But for me, it's not worth it. Now, sneakers days or slippers days would be worth it!! :D
Annie - Hope your disappointment over missing by one point has turned into determination and you've have signed up for the next exam - I know you can do it!!
Hi Michelle!! Hi Ceejay!!
In spite of previews making it seem like it would be more lighthearted/humorous, the movie "50/50", was NOT. It was terribly depressing. Yes, a 20-something with cancer is sad, but come on - Seth Rogan was in this movie! I'm not a huge fan of his, but isn't he supposed to be in comedies???!! I don't recommend it, unless you want to cry, which I did even though I wasn't sure I even liked the main character all that much.
Tonight after work I'm doing a marketing survey for 90 min. I'll probably regret it when I'm waiting around for the train - they only run once an hour starting at 6:30 - but the money's good, so that's that.
10-12-2011, 01:58 PM
Congrats, Happy, on selling the house. I know you are anxious to get out of the South.
We have rain clouds in the area but non here. I'd like to get at least an inch of rain. We are very dry here.
Hello's to Laura, Michelle, Shad, and Annie
Nothing new here. Boredom has set in.
10-12-2011, 02:08 PM
Hi all...not really much in the mood to chat today...I did sign up for the test for Tuesday the 18th. Rain coming in tonight for us too.
Have a great evening/morning all..
10-13-2011, 04:58 AM
Weekends coming. Yeehah. Big post coming tomorrow ---- maybe.
GOING DOWNSTAIRS TO GET THINGS ROLLING FOR THE DAY.
SEEMS LIKE THERE ARE JOBS BEING LEFT UNDONE.
GUESS THEY THINK CAUSE THERE IS NO "MAN" IN THE BACKROOM
THAT THEY CAN GET AWAY WITH LAZING AROUND. WRONG.
NOT MUCH NEW HERE. HAD MY PHONE INTERVIEW FOR HEATIMG.
ONE DOWN AND ONE TO GO.
HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A GREAT DAY:moped:
HAPPY....OMG! I AM DANCING WITH JOY OVER HERE!!! :dancer:
YOU & DH MUST BE THRILLED EVEN WITH THE LOSS.
I AM SO VERY HAPPY THAT YOU WILL BE OUT OF THERE.
YOUR SANITY IS WORTHY OF THE MONEY FOR SURE.:hug:
I CAN IMAGINE DH FEELING LIKE A NEW MAN!!
ON TO YOUR NEW LIFE IN THE NORTH.:hohoho:
ANNIE....WHAT CAN WE SAY TO CHEER YOU UP? :hug:
SENDING LOVE YOUR WAY AND STAY CALM.
CHAT WHEN YOU FEEL LIKE IT BUT DON'T DWELL ON THE NEGATIVE!!
CEEJAY.....IT'S BEEN RAINY AND NOTHING NEW HERE EITHER.
BUT THEN I LIKE MY LIFE WITHOUT EXCITEMENT IN IT!:rofl:
LAURA......SORRY THE MOVIE WASN'T A GOOD ONE.
I SAW THE JULIA ROBERTS MOVIE WITH THE GUY HAD CANCER.
THAT WAS ONE CANCER MOVIE TOO MANY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
SO....THE BF WOULD RATHER SHOVEL SNOW THAN MOW??? :snowball:
SHAD......THIS JOB IS REALLY WORKING YOU TO THE BONE! :hug:
HOPE YOU HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND TO MAKE UP FOR IT.
10-13-2011, 08:20 AM
Good morning ladies,
I'm all stuffed up here - got a mild cold, sore throat and the worst is the coughing. I have been sneaking in some extra sleep and taking Nyquil at night. I still wake up several times coughing but the Nyquil keeps me sleepy enough that I cough, blow my nose, take a drink of water and roll back to sleep so I am getting rested.
We have the house inspection next week and once the buyer accepts the sold sign goes on the house. DH is eagerly awaiting that one. We don't anticipate any major issues, we finally got a quote for the cracks in the back yard wall - was about 1/3 of what we thought it would cost. That was a relief. Still too much money but not the major undertaking we were afraid it might be. The realtor said the new buyers are very excited about the house - reminds me of how we felt when we bought it. I hope they will be happy here AND won't mind taking on Mr. Feral as a charity case ;)
Mel - so who is not doing their job keeping up with the things that need to be done around the building - the office staff? Or did John just do what needed to be done on his own? Them that's getting paid need to step up and get on the ball! I know, silly girl - pipe dream, eh? :lol3: I like your latest chick graphic.
I noticed the trees are starting to turn now. Maybe I'll see some color after all. There is a huge tree on my way to work. It turns the most breathtaking color of orange and yellow. I noticed yesterday that the top of the tree is turning. It is so pretty that I have in the past stopped and admired it.
Annie - hope you wake up today in a better mood. I know it must be a big disappointment but if you felt confident and only missed by one point it must be one of those devil :devil: tests where they word things just slightly off to trip one up. Don't let it shake your confidence - you are one smart cookie!
Ceejay - did you get any rain yesterday? We went to an early dinner and when we came out it was pouring. The rain was so welcome. Things have been really dry around here too. So you're bored, huh? Guess you have to stir up some trouble ;)
Laura - I told my coworkers about the jail fund raiser idea. They all loved it. My podmate was trying to figure how they could work it at the school for a fundraiser idea. How did the focus group go last night? I remember those thngs used to pay good money - just that you got home so late. Funny you say that about BF and the mowing. DH felt the same up north except while the grass might be dormant, he had about 2 or 3 extra mowings just to mulch up all the neighbors' leaves that would blow over to our yard.
Michelle - are you still buried under all the work? Come on out for a breath of air. You must hate this time of year as much as accountants hate Februrary and March tax season. :lol:
Guess I'd better get ready - DH wants the car today so he's driving Miss Daisy. :bike: good thing because the numnuts that are on the road lately are getting REALLY bad. I have to constantly remind myself it's not worth the altercation if I wreck our only ride out of here or get myself shot. :rolleyes:
Have a good Thursday - you can almost stretch out and touch the weekend :D
10-13-2011, 08:47 AM
Yes, we got some much needed rain. You have been doing so much repair lately that I doubt the inspector will find anything.
Get those guy's moving downstairs. I like my quiet day's also.
I have a ten o'clock appointment this morning. This ear infection is worse today. I'm getting a sore throat with it. I'm asking for an injection and if the ENT doesn't give me one I'm going to have them send me next door to my doctor. If they don't I'll call to see if they can get me in this afternoon. I need to get my b12 anyway and ask about another small problem.
My neighbor texted me this morning wanting 7 dollars as she states she's out of gas. Sorry, charlie. I'm not getting back into that trap again.
10-13-2011, 11:44 AM
Annie - Glad you've got that test scheduled again. Don't be hard on yourself for missing by one point. :hug: I think you'd mentioned it had been a long while since you'd had to do anything like classes/tests. Now you know what to expect - that should make it easier for you. :)
Shad - TGIF for you - hope you catch up on your sleep and recover from those 12-hour shifts. :yawn:
Mel - Love that graphic! Sorry things aren't running smoothly right now in the building. I know you can whip them into shape - it's just sucky that it has to be done. I suppose John might be happy to hear that his absence is being felt, lol. Re shoveling - no, bf doesn't want snow, especially early snow!!! Though I must say he is very fond of his snowblower. :love: And because snow removal isn't nearly as frequent as lawn mowing (usually), he doesn't seem to mind it as much.
Happy - Feel better soon! Probably good not to drive with the Nyquil in your system anyways. Nice that the wall repair wasn't as much $$ as expected. I hope you do get to see some nice autumn color before you move on. :) The focus group went well - it was about online job sites. I have to say I've looked at them very minimally, just as a "window shopper" so to speak, but some of the ideas they presented to make them more helpful/useful are interesting.
Ceejay - Sorry about your ear infection - I hope you get some relief for that. I woke up w/ vertigo the other day so I've been taking a half zyrtec tab twice a day. I think it's messing w/ my bp - nothing major - but it's annoying because I have a followup appt with the doc today about my bp levels.
Hi Michelle! I hope you survive this ultra-busy period before the programming freeze starts with your sanity intact! :dizzy:
Raining today, and it's supposed to be cool and windy tomorrow. The gorgeous weather was nice while it lasted, and I think it's supposed to be pretty good this weekend. Righ now, however, we've got a bunch of wet leaves to deal with. Ugh!! Maybe the wind will dry them up and carry them away tomorrow. :crossed:
The market survey was interesting. A focus group, really. Funny to think of people sitting behind a mirrored wall listening in on us, but that's what it is. I received $100 for 90 minutes, and I got home about 2 hours later than I usually do, so it was worth doing. Thinking about how I want to spend my $100 Visa gift card. :spin: In consideration: a watch (my "good" one has a clasp that won't stay closed and I worry about losing it, so I want "everyday" watch with a buckle-strap; a massage; and not sure what else.
As I told Ceejay, I have a follow-up appt w/ the doc today after work re my bp. I did actually notice a positive difference after my last appointment once I started sitting quietly for about 5 minutes before taking my reading. I even pulled out an old egg timer and put it by the monitor to help me out with that because I don't wear a watch that often and there's no clock in the room where I have the monitor. And before you say it, yeh, I know the egg timer is only 3 minutes!! I turn it over and let the sand fall again, lol. Anyway, the readings have been better, but can still be inconsistent. We'll see what the doc says. I will probably push back if she wants to add/change meds. I think where I'm at now is acceptable.
Okay, I keep getting interrupted, so I'm going to get this posted. Have a good day everyone.
10-13-2011, 12:36 PM
Hi ladies -
Work has been insanely busy trying to get everything in before the code freeze at the end of the month. There's barely been time to breathe the past few days. We had to get all our develoment done, approved, testing and other documentation created, and present it at a meeting yesterday for preliminary implementation approval. Then next week, we present our projects to another meeting for final approval for implementation. DH came home early yesterday and rested for a few hours before having to go back and work from 10 pm to 6 am. He's home now and hopefully the doggies are letting him sleep.
Happy - Congrats on selling the house! :woohoo: Bummer that you lost money on it...but at least you got an offer relatively quickly and can put that chapter behind you. I know people who have had their house on the market for over a year. And my DH's boss has had her house on the market for months and has had 4 open houses that literally no one attended. So nice that you don't have to be there for the closing!! :) I hope you get over your cold soon. Despite all that needs to be done, don't push yourself too hard. You need to rest to get and stay healthy. Ooops, just saw your post today about sneaking in sleep! I'm very proud of you, girlfriend! :bravo: We have jeans days here too, which are very popular, but I still prefer shorts and t-shirts day when I work from home. :lol: As immaculate as the house looks in the photos, I'm sure the home inspection will be perfect. :) I'm glad the wall repair cost was less than expected.
Laura - How was the movie "50/50". I saw Seth Rogan promoting it on The Daily Show. And he made it very clear that it was NOT a funny movie, though he said there was the occasional funny/touching moment. Too funny about your co-worker being taken to fundraiser jail. Did you have your boss arrested? How was the marketing survey? I wouldn't mind doing one of those for $$. But I hate the telemarketing surveys where they take a long time and there is no reward. You're lucky that where you live snow removal isn't as frequent as lawn mowing. Where I live, snow removal is often two or three times a week during the winter. Scary stuff about waking up with vertigo. I'm glad the Zyrtec helped. Good luck at the doc's office regarding your bp. We're supposed to have sunny but cooler weather this weekend, though it would be nice to have 70 degree temps like last weekend rather than the 50-60 degree temps they're predicting. Nice that you got $100 for a 2 hour delay getting home. I'd go for that. Everyday watch is a good idea. Kohl's is having a good sale on watches this weekend and I posted a Kohl's coupon on my FB page. And a massage is a great idea. Watch Groupon, or Living Social deals (those coupon offer things) - they often have massage deals.
Annie - Bummer on not passing the test, and it sucks that you have to pay for it this time. But no dwelling on the negative or getting down on yourself. You are SURE to pass the test when you retake it on Tuesday AND the rewards of being licensed will more than outweigh the cost. :hug:
Mel - We're getting a bit of rain here today too, but hopefully it will be nice for the weekend. :crossed: That's awful that there are jobs left undone. Good luck with the interviews for heating. In answer to your question to Laura about shovel versus mow, I want to go on the record that I MUCH prefer mowing to shoveling.
Shad - I can tell that you're anxious for the weekend! Me too! I'm looking forward to the (maybe) big post! :lol:
Ceejay - Good luck with the doctor appointment. I hope you feel better very soon. Your neighbor's asking for money for gas? First off, how much gas can ya' buy with $7? Not much up here - that's for sure - about 2 gallons worth. And she needs to budget better and spend within her means. She's just a rude mooch.
Time to go rustle up some lunch from the cafeteria!
Love and hugs to all,
10-13-2011, 05:09 PM
Hey chicks...I am going to whip this test...got a stragetic plan...and putting it in place....
Happy...see I knew you would get that house sold...even at a small lose...if it leads to happiness...it is all worth it. Simply elated for you.
Shaddie...work work work and more work...hope it all settles down for you.
CHELLE...glad you got some fun in the sun time...keep up the great exercising all the while taking it easy on your body.
Laura...thanks for the review on the movie...think I will pass on it.
Ceejay...thanks for the vote of confidence.
MELLIE...thank you for the prayers and good vibes...I certainly need them.
Gotta work at CVS tonite...wish it was over as I am not in the mood tonite.
Have a marvy evening/morning all.
Love and hugs.
10-13-2011, 07:44 PM
Not sure who is the busiest these day's you or Shad. I'm proud of you and the group for getting things done.
You are correct in saying that the neighbor is a rude mooch.
She's trying the guilt trip again and I'm not buying it this time.
The time at CVS will fly by.
I think she's trying to drive me in the ground again so to speak thinking I'll give in and let her come back to work for me. I'm not going there either.
I had a good visit at the ENT's office. My ear infection was gone but my ear drum was perforated. From the way she described it it had collasped. She put me on a nasal spray for three months to see if this helps. I can tell there is some irritation maybe some redness back behind my ear.
THE EARLY CHICK CATCHES THE WORM.
ALREADY BEEN DOWNSTAIRS.
I KNEW ONE OF THE MEN WAS COMING IN EARLY AND HE WAS OUT YESTERDAY.
ALSO KNEW HE WOULD BE UPSET THAT THE MAINT ROOM WAS CLEANED AND A LOT OF STUFF HE SAVES WAS TOSSED OUT.
THOUGHT I COULD CALM HIM DOWN BEFORE ANYONE GETS HERE
CAUSE HE IS MY MAIN MAN THIS WEEKEND.
OF COURSE HE IS NOT A HAPPY CAMPER. SO MAD HE COULDN'T EVEN SPEAK. JUST SAY "OK MELO" AND WALKED AWAY. :cry:
THE WAY THE CHANGES ARE BEING DONE AND THE MAN THAT IS BENEFITING ARE HURTING OTHERS.
I AM IN A POSITION WHERE I CANNOT SAY ANYTHING OR IT CAN GET WORSE.
BUT IT WILL BE EASIER ON ME IN THE END. JUST SAD TO WATCH.
I NEED TO DO SOME OFFICE STUFF AND GET THE WEEKEND LINED UP.
HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A GREAT DAY AND WEEKEND!! ENJOY :beach:
HAPPY............GETTING RUN OFF THE ROAD OR SHOT IS NOT AN OPTION AT THIS POINT OF GETTING FINALLY INTO YOUR NEW HOME!!!!!
I WAS TELLING JEN LAST NIGHT HOW YOU'RE MOVING AND GOT A BUYER. SO HAPPY FOR YOU. GLAD THE PEOPLE ARE HAPPY TOO. GOOD THINGS ALL AROUND:hug: HOPE YOU WILL BE FEELING BETTER SOON. WHEN YOU FINALLY PULL AWAY IN YOUR "ONLY RIDE" OUT OF DODGE,,,,I WANT LOTS OF HAPPY SMILES & THOUGHTS FROM BOTH OF YOU MISS DAISY!!!\
CEEJAY....SORRY TO HEAR THE EAR IS GETTING WORSE & A SORE THROAT. LOTS OF STUFF GOING AROUND WITH THIS ADDED MILDER WEATHER. HOPE YOU GOT IN TO THE DR. GET WELL MY SOUTHERN FRIEND:hug:
PART 2; I SEE THE VISIT WENT OK AND GOD....WHAT HAPPENED TO YOUR POOR LITTLE EAR?!?!? HOPE IT FEELS BETTER SOON:hug: GLAD YOU AND BFF HAD A GOOD VISIT. BET SHE REALLY APPRECIATES YOUR TIME THERE.
LAURA....GOOD LUCK WITH THE BP AND I HOPE YOU CAN STAY AWAY FROM MEDS FOR THE TIME BEING. WILL KEEP MY FINGERS CROSSED TOO :crossed: KEEP A GOOD EYE ON THE SALT. HAVE FUN SPENDING THE GIFT CARD. THAT WAS A GREAT REWARD FOR 90 MINUTES. I HAVE TO DO 90 DAYS FOR $150:rofl: :rofl: SOMETHING IS WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE ON MY END OF TOWN!!:lol3: :lol3:
MICHELLE....WISHING YOU LUCK ON THE PROJECT AND PRESENTATIONS. :crossed: HOPE THE DH GOT SOME REST TOO. MAYBE THE DOGGIES TOOK A NAP WITH HIM!!! I HEAR YA ON THE SNOW!!!:brr:
ANNIE....YOU KNOW I GOT YOUR BACK!:yoga: TOLD JEN SHE BETTER SEND GOOD VIBES TOO.
:hug: BTW: DID I MISS SOMETHING ABOUT CVS?
10-14-2011, 07:56 AM
TGIF for SHO.....gonna be a weekend of studying..new approach...maybe it will help in the end. Curtis keeps begging me to let him help me get this, so I am outlining the chapters in more detail..he is going to quiz me on everything. I will be a freakin expert before Wednesday...moved the test to Wednesday for work reasons.
MELLIE....naw you didn't miss anything about CVS. They were desparate for me to stay and I didn't want to, so they suggested me staying on the payroll for emergency reasons and in order to keep my active status, there fore I have to work one 4 hour shift a MONTH. Normally that shift is the first Thursday's of the month, but got moved to last night. It is all good cause I get to keep my discount. Thanks for the good vibes from you AND Jen. You guys rock!! I know how your maint man feels about coming into work and all your chit is moved around. Bless his heart. At least he didn't take it out on you. Have a bewitching weekend, my dear sister...hugs..
CEEJAY...Bet that ear hurt like the dickens. Perforated ears are awful. Samantha had that once as a child. She peed and moaned for a few days about it, like no other. Hope it all heals up and you get back to 100% real soon. Glad you had a nice visit with your BF. BFs are the greatest. That is why I feel so blessed to have all you chickies.
Good Morning/evening to all the rest of you lovely ladies. Have a great day all!
Love and Hugs
10-14-2011, 08:27 AM
Good morning kids,
I went to bed at 10:30 last night - got a pretty good sleep even with a few drink of waters / potty stops but still am dragging today. Glad it's Friday. I really have not done anything around the house this week so I have to get really busy this weekend. My coworker invited us to a BBQ on Sunday and she lives way up north so that will kill half of Sunday for us. My cousin posted an article from the local paper on FB - they are expecting a brutal - snow and cold winter up that way. Maybe we will leave cross country skiing off until next year :D I'm thinking I will take part of my little hoard of mad money and stop at the craft store here before we leave and make me a busy box. I've taken about 4 boxes of books up north already so ready to go on that end.
Mel - it's got to be hard seeing all the changes and keeping your bazoo quiet, but I'm sure it's for the best. I would be soooo mad if I was the maintenance guy - especially if it's a big fight getting supplies and parts from the system. I know too how much it takes to step back and just let things happen. It's better for your health and sanity. I guess if you are going to come and visit you'd better check into snow tires for the chair :rofl: and get one of those Die Hard batteries too! I'll cover the moose pants tho :D
Ouch on the ear Ceejay - that had to be painful. Is this a seasonal thing too from the coughing and sneezing that is a part of autumn in the south? Glad to hear you are feeling better.
Annie - I just know you will pass that test the second time around. Don't stress over it, do a bit of brush up studying just so your mind is fresh and confident and have a nice weekend with Curtis. :hug:
Michelle - I hope you (and DH) don't have to work through the weekend. Have the rains come in to ruin the trees yet? Does this season affect your breathing any? Hope your implementations get the green light and push 'em through!
Laura - one of the doctors told my DH to take his BP standing up. Can't say we noticed a difference. I hope the new medicine works for you. Seems like it either works right off the bat or they keep tweaking things which is annoying - like getting the thyroid straight. $100 gift card - :carrot: wow - that's alot of nice guilt free pampering! I'd do that for an hour and a half of my time. Hopefully now that they have your name, you can do these on a regular basis.
Shad - so what's this you say on FB about sleeping under a bridge? Here that would mean you are sleeping with the homeless. Sure hope it hasn't gotten to that - :yikes: You'll be spending the next two weekends there, aren't you? Might as well take in some of the local flair. Have fun.
I have a feeling I am not over the worst of this cold. Feeling pretty crummy today but if I stay home I would not work so I'll head into the office and try and stay awake.
Have a good Friday ladies.
10-14-2011, 08:34 AM
Hey Happy....I would work on the packing and NOT cleaning..I mean really, it is not like you will get a deposit back when you move out...lololol I am so happy the house sold, even tho not as much as you wanted, now you can move on, my sista...YEAH!!
10-14-2011, 11:01 AM
The morning is cool. I'm loving these fall temperatures.
The ENT is trying me on Nasonex for three months. Believe it or not I can already tell the difference. But I still have fluid in my ears.
I'd take Annies's advice on the packing instead of the cleaning. Do the cleaning on the last day and mainly just do the floors. I do know that I have this thing freuently so I'm thinking that it is due to the allergie's.
Snow ususally starts early in the North. But I'm difinitely not ready for it in the South.
With Curtis quizing you this week end you are sure to pass the next test. Don't know about you but I usually know the information before the test but have an acute anxiety attack and can't remember a thing.
As my boss told me the other day everything is about politic's. It would be ashamed that they would throw away needed items. But you do have a maintenance man there to help you out.
Stopped at Shoe Carnival yesterday and bought a couple of pairs of shoes.
10-14-2011, 11:36 AM
Aargh, had a post started but lost it. Here goes again:
TGIF!! 9 am meeting done, but a longer one this aft re the software change. I suppose I'll leave that one feeling overwhelmed, sort of like the first day of school when you got the syllabus and found out you were already behind on your reading, and all the work for the term was looming ahead. But...one day at a time.
Annie - Have a good weekend, and I'm sure C's help with the studying will be beneficial. Hope CVS doesn't take advantage and call you in for non-emergency fill-ins. You haven't mentioned that since you left there, so has it not been an issue so far??
Ceejay - Ow, the perforated eardrum sounds painful! Stand firm against that moochy neighbor's pleas and ploys!! No wonder people become hermits, LOL.
Mel - Sorry about the maint/office turmoil. I get ticked if someone tossed stuff I might need in the future...remember I got into a tizzy over the network directory computer files last week?? LOL. I hope you can get this guy past it so you can at least rely on him for the weekends.
Happy - Yeh, I hope your focus on the house can now be with packing, not cleaning. At least you don't need to keep it so pristine like you did for the showings! Feel better soon!
Hellos to Shad and Michelle!! :wave:
Part of the fundraising activities were parties themed with about 8 different countries - they were held in various conference rooms, etc. What a lot of fun - we bought passports and visited each party and enjoyed the various food and drinks, decorations, music - though I'm nervous that my photo with a couple Vikings (the Sweden party) might come back to haunt me, lol.
Well, the doc still didn't think my bp had improved enough so I've got an RX for a combo pill now. Boo!!! It didn't really bug me to take a water pill, but now I really want to make it a goal to lose weight, get enough exercise, and watch my sodium intake so that I can get off the !@#$% bp med. Need some serious focus now and set some realistic goals. Ceejay, I think I need to join you on your Christmas challenge!!
Also, bf is going to join that new gym by the house and we can start going there together. And there's also my exercise classes. But the biggest thing is my eating, so I really need to focus hardest on that. Sigh.
Back to the doc appt - since I missed the flu shots offered by my employer last week, I got one at the doc's office, so at least something positive happened.
Nothing much else to report. This weekend bf and I will go to his mother's for Sunday dinner. Nothing else firmly planned. I really have to force myself to shop for some new clothes and shoes. What I have is really pitiful, especially now that the cool weather has arrived. And I need to go out and buy a new iron because the one I have has a mind of its own and today it didn't want to heat up. So I will go to an exercise class on Saturday morning, and then do some shopping in the afternoon.
Okay, back to work. Then I'm going out at lunchtime to pay my cell phone bill and enjoy some of the sun - if it's not as chilly and windy as it was this morning. At least it's not raining like yesterday! :sunny:
THE MOON IS VISIBLE AND SOOOO FAR AWAY!!
I OPENED THE WINDOW A CRACK AND IT'S CHILLY AND SMELLS LIKE OZONE & FALL ROLLED INTO ONE.
WE HAD SOME PRETTY WILD & WOOLY STORMS YESTERDAY & LAST NIGHT.
I NEED TO VENT A TEENY WEENY BIT:
I AM NOT HAPPY WITH THE WAY THINGS ARE GOING HERE.
BUT YOU WOULD BE VERY PROUD OF ME.
I WAS SO ORGANIZED THIS WEEK IT WAS AMAZING.
GOT ALL MY STUFF DONE AND HAVE MORE FOR NEXT WEEK.
JEN AND I NEED TO GET A LOAD OF STUFF DONE MONDAY & TUESDAY.
PAPERS AND PHONE NUMBERS ARE OUT AND COPIES OF STUFF ALREADY PRINTED.
THIS WAY I CAN SPEND THE NEXT 2 DAYS NOT FRETTING OVER ANYTHING.:beach:
HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND.:sunny:
ANNIE.....I WAS THINKING ABOUT YOU AND SISSY ALL DAY YESTERDAY.
2 FRIENDS OF RICHIE HAVE PREGNANT WIVES. ONE IS THIS YEAR AND THE OTHER NEXT.
THE NEW ONE IS HAVING A BOY!!:bb:
TAKE ANY HELP YOU CAN GET WITH THE STUDYING AND I KNOW YOU'LL GET THE JOB DONE.
WILL SAY GOOD PRAYERS AND SEND GOOD VIBES.
VISUALIZE YOURSELLF WITH YOUR "DIPLOMA" IN YOUR HAND :yoga: STAY STRONG SISTA!!!!!!!!!!!!!:hug:
HAPPY.....NOW YOU DID IT :ginger: YOU USED THE SNOW WORD!!
FUNNY BUT WE'RE HAVING A SMALL COLD FRONT HERE AND I HAVE FUZZY PANTS ON RATHER THAN TURN THE HEAT BACK ON!! :brr:
HOPE YOU & DH HAVE A GOOD TIME AT THE BBQ AND FORGET THINGS THAT NEED DOING OR ATTENDING TO....JUST HAVE FUN!! TELL DH THAT TOO.
A BUSY BOX IS A GOOD IDEA BUT WHAT HAPPENED TO ALL THE BEADS AND THINGS?!?!:rofl:
GET THE MOOSE PANTS READY........I CAN FEEL A MOVE COMING ON!!!!!!!
I'LL ORDER THE STUDDED SNOW TIRES AND DIE HARD TODAY!!!! HOPE YOU ARE FEELING BETTER TOO :hug:
CEEJAY.....HOPE IN TIME THE NASONEX DRIES UP THE FLUID. IT SHOULD. :getwell:
SHOE SHOPPING??? GO CEEJAY!! I AM ENJOYING THE COOLER TEMPS TOO.
HOW DID YOU FAQRE WITH THE LANDLORD AND NEEDED REPAIRS?
LAURA......OHHHHH SHOPPING!! TAKE ME WITH YOU!!! HOPE YOU FIND CLOTHES & A NEW IRON.
IT AMAZES ME HOW EXPENSIVE THEY CAN BE....JEN ALWAYS WANTED A ROWENTA!!! ROFLMAO
SHE WHO WEARS WRINKLY CLOTHES AND REFUSES TO IRON!!! :lol3:
HAVE A NICE DINNER WITH THE "MIL" AND A GREAT WEEKEND.
SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE BP BUT I KNOW YOU WILL WIN THIS BATTLE. :hug:
THAT PARTY SOUNDED WONDERFUL AND I LOVE THAT YOUR COMPANY WAS SO INVENTIVE.
NOW WHAT DID YOU DO WITH THOSE VIKINGS?!?!?! :belly: INQUIRING MINDS NEED TO KNOW THESE THINGS!!!
10-15-2011, 10:55 AM
It was nice outside yesterday. I'm hopng this is the last of the lawn mowing. Everything looks dead from the lack of rain. Fall clean up began yesterday also as the pine needles and leaves are falling now. I may get the girls down the street to help me do this.
So sad that you have to have a big bully in the crowd. Very proud of you in the way you are handling things. It's 62 the morning and I've decided to put on a long sleeve sweat shirt. A big cool down is expected on Wednesday.
I need the company on the challenge. I'm going to be logging my food on Fiday.com. This sight has improved big time.
I'm putting myself on a 7 day challenge. I'd really like to get out of the 190's before the end of October.
10-15-2011, 04:53 PM
Another lovely day in paradise, now watch someone come stuff it up.
This weekend has been a bit of a weird one. There was a stuff up over our accommodation, compounding by Scotty not reading his e-mail properly. We had jokes flying around about the type of bridges we wanted to sleep under. Anyway, I had it all sorted, there is a bridge out on the way to the mine which has a shallow ledge underneath and a path by the waters edge (the cattle and assorted wildlife use it to cross the road - or rather go underneath it). I was asking if a sleeping bag came under the reimbursable costs for the project. To cut a long story short, the powers that be decided it was not a recommended practice to have a project person out on the streets and they came up with a B & B. Now Aussies and Kiwis have never really taken to the idea of B & B apart from when they travel to the UK or Europe, so I rang the B&B from work and spoke to the lady of the house - who was quite happy to wait up for me even if I finished work at midnight or beyond. And she would be dressed as well - did I really need to know that. The couple who run this place are from the US. One from North Carolina and the other from Pennsylvania. Husband and wife I presume. She loves the garden and he loves the sheep they have here. They are some sort of South African breed that have sort of hair rather than wool. At first glance they look more like goats.
These people have a big house on 10 acres a couple of miles out of Mudgee. I think she might have been a Thalidomide child as she is missing right hand and a chunk of the forearm. There is no sign that she ever had one in the first place.
Anyway, they serve the best breakfasts I've had in a long time. I'll put some photos up asap and let you see the view from the patio and laundry.
Yesterday I went to an old countrytown called Rylstone and another called Kandos. They are right on the edge of the Wollemi National Park which is the Western end of the Blue Mountains near Sydney. I didn't go to the park itself, instead I went to a place called Ferntree Gulley which is a walking trail with views. Since I got there too late to walk the track, I had a late lunch there and then came back and went to the Iris farm near Mudgee. Iris' in every shape, size and colour. They were beautiful. The place had some water lilies as well. Photos will be forthcoming eventually. I have them on the computer but need to sort them out and post them.
Annie - Good luck for Wednesday. I just know you will get through with flying colours this time. Good ol' Curtis - there to check that you know your stuff.
Happy - Congrats on selling the house. Must be a big relief. Just do as Annie says - pack not clean. The cleaning will be much easier as soon as the stuff is out of the house. By the way I discovered some window cleaning cloths that work magic on the window and you don't have to use cleaner. Just damp one of the blue cloths and wipe over the window and dry with the white one. Damned if I can remember what they are called but they worked really well on my very dirty windows.
Michelle - hope you got all the reports covered before the freeze. Interesting concept - no changes over the Christmas/ New Year period.
Mel - sad to here that there is confusion, crud and corruption following the exit of a maintenance manager. Stupid *******s, don't they know that without direction nothing gets done. Those women in that clip art on your post are all talking at once. Hope someone is listening :lol:
Laura - Sounds like you are getting a bit of exercise in. Good stuff. By the way what did you get up to with those vikings?
Ceejay - Glad you told the neighbour to sod off. She is weird. If you get the girls to help you, will that begin all the problems you had with them before again???
Okay, time to take a walk/ run and then get ready for the breakfast (berry pancakes I believe today) and pack my stuff ready for the next weeks care packages for the blokes. Some get it, some don't. Time to work out where to direct the energy I think.
Back with more scintilating tales from the mines later.
ALL'S QUIET ON THE EASTERN FRONT. JUST COLD!
BROKE DOWN AND PUT THE HEAT BACK ON.
NEVER GOT OUTSIDE YESTERDAY BECAUSE THE WIND WAS GUSTING TO 35 MPH AND BLEW SAND OR DUST INTO MY EYES BEFORE I COULD TURN AROUND. :lol3:
THE BLDG IS QUIET AND SO ARE THE PHONES.
ONLY ONE ALARMA AND IT'S A FALSE ONE.
NOTHING NEW. SMAE LE' SAME OL'
HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A GREAT DAY.:moped:
PS: I'm going back to remove part of my rant cause I forgot I shouldn't post it in case someone finds me here........ needless to say it's all about bull chit. So you didn't miss much.
CEEJAY.......YOUR SIGNATURE AND 7 DAY CHALLENGE ARE BOTH MOTIVATING ME TO KEEP AN EYE ON WHAT IS GOING INTO MY TUMMY. I'D LIKE TO GET OUT OF THE 190'S AGAIN TOO! KEEP THE JACKETS & SWEATSHIRTS HANDY.
THINK WE'RE GONNA NEED THEM THIS WEEK :brr:
SO THE GIRLS NEVER LEFT WITH THEIR BROTHER????
HOPE THEY CAN HELP WITH THE CLEANUP.
SHAD.......WOW!!! I WANT TO LIVE IN THAT B&B! SOUNDS DELICIOUS BUT I HAVE TO ADMIT ONE THING.....FOR A MINUTE THERE I THOUGHT THE PEOPLE WE OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN BREED AND HAD NORMAL HAIR:rofl: :rofl: YOUR WEEJEND WANDERING SOUNDS GREAT ALSO. CAN'T WAIT TO SEE THE PICS. HOPE YOUR ENERGY IS FLOWING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION AND HITS THE RIGHT PEOPLE!! GOOD LUCK THIS WEEK:hug;
10-16-2011, 08:42 AM
Unfortunately the girls didn't leave. There brother had to much on his plate. Maybe one day. Hope today is also quiet. It was 55 this morning.
You mentioned the landlord in your post. I'm waiting till Thursday for them to come by. My house will not be in such a turmoil by then.
So glad that you didn't have to sleep under the bridge with the wild life. Your B and B sounds like fun. Enjoy your week end.
Nothing new here. Back to work today.
10-16-2011, 11:24 AM
Good morning all,
Sorry I didn't comment yesterday. Must be goofy from the cold medication :dizzy: Didn't do much of anything yesterday. We went out to pick up a prescription for DH, I got a few groceries to tide us over. We came home and took naps. He thinks he's coming down with whatever I have. I am coughing so hard it makes me gag and my chest hurts alot. It's mostly coughing with an occasional sneeze. I don't think I am contagious. Hoping this goes away soon as I have a 3 day tolerance for sickness and I'm on day 5 or 6 already. If nothing else I see the doctor for a follow up on blood tests, if she thinks I need anything more to fight this I can get it from her. Our nights are cool but it's still getting warm during the peak of the afternoon - DH said it was supposed to get up to 88 today. Then on Wednesday a cold front hits and it's supposed to dip down into the 50's. It's already getting below freezing up north - DH said they are talking about cold rains and snow showers by the time we move up north. Guess we'll walk right into winter up there - missed the autumn completely.
Mel - I'm sorry for what is going on in the office. Quite frankly it sounds exactly like what goes on in business nowadays. Just makes you want to shake your head at the absurdity of it all. You wonder how much worse it can get. I have to admit that I finally gave up - can't give in to it - and that's the biggest reason I am glad to be walking away. I can't change it, no use fighting it - so I'll pull into myself and ignore it. For your own health you have to also. If there is no one there to step up with good sense and force change, things will deteriorate. Just hard to watch it happen before your eyes. I'm glad you got your chair all winterized. Now you need one of those plastic snow shields that go on the blowers - have shack will travel :rofl:
Shad - glad to hear you had a nice time at the B&B. Was probably way better than sleeping under a bridge. So the woman from from North Carolina? That makes her a bit southern but in a different way than from around here. And all those flowers to admire also - sounds like a nice weekend getaway - just what you needed. Now it's back to the coal mine again - we use that as a figure of speech but you are really doing it!
Ceejay - good luck with your challenge - it sounds like a good one. I agree with the others - probably not a good idea to stir up the girls down the street. It always ends in a hassle for you.
Laura - boy you took me back for a minute there with the analogy to starting school and finding you were already behind! Been a long time since I felt that way but I can sure relate! I have to give props - your company sure takes fund raising to a new level. Sounds like you have some great ideas. If people are going to give up their money, at least have fun with it!
Annie - I hope the studying is going well and you aren't feeling at this point like your head will explode right off your body! :yikes: I'm sure you will do well - :crossed: and prayers for you to fly right through it!
Michelle- come up for air - 2 weekends left until the freeze. At least by this time next month you can (kind of ) take it easy. A shame to miss the last days of fall but that's what working in retail is all about, right? Hope you don't knock yourself out.
DH is out in the yard, guess I need to get busy here myself. Going to a BBQ this afternoon - it's a one hour drive each way but I don't want to disappoint her. Need to make some coleslaw and strawberry spinach salad to take with.
Hope you're all having a sunny Sunday except for Shad who's snoozing at this point :faint: :wave:
10-16-2011, 12:03 PM
DEAR MR & MRS HAPPY,
I FOUND A TABLE TO GO WITH MY MOOSE JAMMIE'S PANTS.
NOT MUCH BUT IT'S A START. I'LL KEEP LOOKING FOR THE REST
OF MY FURNISHINGS. LEAVE ROOM IN THE MOVING VAN FOR ME.
YOUR NEW TENANT
Not going into work early this morning as I have to meet some people at the airport. I did think of going in early and then coming back but decided nahhhh....... it's cosy in this bed.
Yesterday I went back into Ferntree Gully and walked the track, then came back and settled into my new digs - which given luck will be the last move until I go home (28th October but who is counting). Ferntree is quite a pretty place but it is not an easy walk. There is lots of scrambling over and under fallen trees, around and over moss covered rocks and underneath big rocky overhangs. But it is very doable. I took some pictures and am trying to download them now. The system is not co-operating this morning.
I'll be back with personals just as soon as I work out what the problem is.
10-16-2011, 06:12 PM
More to come later
10-17-2011, 07:57 AM
MORNING CHICKS OF THE WORLD.
I AM GOING DOWNSTAIRS IN A LITTLE WHILE AND LEAVE NOTES.
NOTHING REALLY HAPPENED OVER THE WEEKEND.
SO THERE'S NOT MUCH TO TELL.
THURSDAY IS THE MEETING SO THE OFFICE WILL BE BUSY THIS WEEK.
HOPE YOU ALL HAD GOOD WEEKENDS.
HAPPY.......YOU'RE RIGHT.....I'VE DECIDED TO JUST GIVE IT A REST AND HOPE FOR THE BEST WITH THE WORK SITUATION. NO ONE IS GOING TO CHANGE ANYTIME SOON :rofl: I SURE HOPE YOU & DH BOTH FEEL BETTER VERY SOON. :hug: WOULD HATE TO SEE YOU TRAVELING SICK :getwell:
I CAN HARDLY BELIEVE IT'S ALL ACTUALLY COME TOGETHER AND HAPPENING FOR YOU GUYS. IS IT FEELING A BIT SURREAL FOR YOU TOO???
SHAD....FERNTREE GULLEY REMINDS ME OF THE DISNEY MOVIE. WONDER IF THERE IS A CONNECTION. I NEVER WATCHED THE ENTIRE THING. THE FLOWERS ARE TOO BEAUTIFUL. THERE MUST BE WONDERFUL THINGS TO SEE THERE. HOPE YOUR NEW DIGS STAY THE SAME......BERRY PANCAKES AND ALL:hun: BET YOU CAN'T WAIT TILL THE 28TH. DID YOU NOT SAY RECENTLY THAT THEY ASKED FOR YOU TO STAY? (something about till next year?) MAYBE I AM MIXED UP:crazy:
I AM STILL LAUGHING ABOUT WHICH BRIDGE YOU AND SCOTTY WILL BE SLEEPING UNDER!! :cloud9:
10-17-2011, 08:07 AM
Good Morning/Evening All...
The weekend was long, but short. Spend ALL day Saturday studying then Curtis and I went to my older brother's surprise 60th birthday party. It was at a clubhouse at an apt complex, very nice. About 30 people showed up. He was actually surprised. Spent all day Sunday studying from about 11-6pm,then Curtis popped over and made me go to the park with him for a walk on the trails....it was a good thing as my brain was fried. Then he took me to my favorate Mexican resaurant for dinner. Quite nice. Colts got beat, Bears won...one out of two not bad. AND MY CARDS ARE GOING TO THE WORLD SERIES. Yeah. If the Cubbies can't go then GO CARDS! Of course, the Cubbies don't usually go anywhere..lol. Too sad about Indy car drive Dan Wheldon...I actually cried when I heard it. He leaves behind a wife and two little boys...newborn and 2 yrs old. He was such a great guy...
SHADDIE...love the pix. Even in all the BS work places you have to go to, seems you always find something nice to do. Good for you!
CEEJAY..hope the Nasonex works for you....it is good stuff.
HAPPY...sorry to hear DH has caught onto something..maybe it will pass quickly. It has to be a relief having the house sold and able to move on.
MELLIE...You can rant all you want, Lord knows we all do now and again. Hope you got some Mellie down time after finishing the paperwork.
CHELLE...You must be a busy beaver, hope all is well with you and DH.
LAURA...let's get that BP in check. When the pressure is up it can make other parts of our bodies hurt. Like my head....lol.
Not much else going on here, back to studying....oh boy.
Love and hugs...
10-17-2011, 08:08 AM
MELLIE...you sneaker inner you...Fern Gulley movie is what I thought of too when SHADDIE mentioned visiting there. lol
10-17-2011, 08:15 AM
Good morning ladies,
10 more workdays. ;) Yes Mel, I told DH yesterday that I am afraid to believe it's true. We have worked very hard to get to this point and I half expect someone to snatch it away from us. I was thinking this morning, I won't even have a full two weeks off as the movers are coming on Wednesday and Thursday to pack up the house. DH is making sure we are not here on the 11th :lol: After spending the last 5 days coughing my fool head off, the crud in my lungs is finally getting a bit thicker. Not sure if that is good or not. I do have a doctor's appointment this morning for bloodwork follow up - I'm going to ask her about a few things as this will probably be my last chance before the insurance switches over on the 1st of Nov. And I still haven't received my paperwork for retirement including signing up for insurance :mad: We pay an outside company for this and it takes them a month to do anything. :no: Yesterday we went to a bbq by my co-worker's house. She has a great house way out in the country. It was over an hour's drive. Lots of land, very nice spread - makes you forget you live in this crummy city but for the life of me, I can't imagine living that far out and commuting twice a day. Her DH made a pork roast on the grill - slow cooked and oh so tender. Yum. And she gave me some garden tomatoes and green beans. Tonight we are meeting a friend for dinner.
Mel - I loved your little table. It will fit right in. I see there's a cover on top where you can store your moose jammies and goose grease :rofl: Will be fun to pick out your new furniture - just get stuff that will keep you warm.
Shad - sorry you have to play bus driver to the stars. Looks like they found more to add to your job description. Makes it a bit difficult to say no once they've found someone they can impose on. Good that you hung back at the room rather than scrambling to get to work, turn around and disrupt things and then try and catch up. The orchids are just gorgeous. The brown one reminds me of some leather reproductions I saw once upon a time.
Hope everyone else had a good weekend. I'll try and catch up with the rest of you lot at lunchtime. :wave:
10-17-2011, 09:58 AM
Nothing new here. I do start my newest routine this morning. I wanted to exercise last night but only got in 15 minutes on the stamina bike before I got winded. That will improve.
Wow 10 more working day's till your out of here--the South. It will go by fast.
I would have liked to have been on that trail with you. It sounded beautiful.
Is it tomorrow you are taking the test again? Good for Curtis making you take a break.
Hope your day is a good one. I also like that little moose table.
Laura and Michelle good morning.
10-17-2011, 11:18 AM
Mel - Things must not be good over there for you to have vented and then edited out the venting - must have been some venting. All I bought this weekend was a single pair of shoes for work. Need to get back out there and shop some more. As for the iron - I just might get a Rowenta this time around. Re the Vikings - I'll never tell. :devil:
Ceejay - Good goal for October, and good idea to do a 7-day challenge. Maybe I should do something like that to jump start myself. :yes: Okay, I just logged some food on My Fitness Pal. :) I suppose I should "true-up" my ticker. I will weigh-in tomorrow morning and do that. Glad the landlord is on the schedule for this week.
Shad - Oh, the b&b sounds much better than under the bridge, LOL, especially with a good breakfast. I did a daytrip of the Blue Mountains when I was in Sydney oh so long ago, and Ferntree Gulley sounds familiar...need to open my photo album and jog the old memory. Or maybe it's the Disney movie - which I'm sure I've never seen, so why would that be what rings the bell??? Ooh, the iris farm (and water lilies) sounds like nice things to see. Very pretty - thanks for posting the photos!
Annie - I get the short weekend but long...sounds like yours was nice. Even though the Cards are the enemy, I suppose it would be nice if a midwest team won it. Yay for da Bears. Very sad about that racecar driver...
Happy - Get well wishes to you and :crossed: that dh doesn't catch what you have. Yeh, I think the country-themed parties were fun, and should be considered again for next year. The Germany party won as favorite - it was either the guys in their leiderhosen (or whatever those short pants outfits are called) or the beer tasting that made it so popular. :D OMG - 10 work days left!! Woohoo!! :carrot: I hope all the paperwork is done by then! The friend's bbq sounded great.
Kept fairly busy this weekend, so I didn't make it here. Sat. morning I went to a Circuit class. So hard getting back in the swing of things, but I will persist. Rest of day: stitched the strap on my purse - it was just about to come apart. Sorted and did a load of laundry; lunch; dog walk (we also stopped at the park and took over 3 tennis courts and threw a tennis ball around for doggy); Walmart; supermarket; dinner/tv.
Sunday morning started off lazy, then I got going - went to the market, dropped off my RX, bought a few things, picked up the RX, and then back home.
Dressed and back out to bf's mum's for dinner w/ the aunt, bf's bro/SIL/2 nieces. That was chaos. BF ended up spending most of the afternoon in the kitchen w/ his mom hovering over him. I know his mom thinks it's nice to make a favorite dish for the sons, but it's too labor intensive to make for 8 people. The dish was breaded/fried pork tenderloin. Yes, tasty enough (not a fave of mine though), but not the kind of dish for entertaining unless you want to spend all your time in the kitchen and not with your guests. And then bf decided to save her the labor by doing it for her (butterflying, flattening, breading and then frying the meat), but instead of his mom taking this opportunity to visit w/ her family, she just stayed in that tiny kitchen to hover over bf, who is completely able to make that dish without help or advice.
What was funny was that when bf wasn't in the kitchen, his 2 nieces (10 & 12 yo) would not leave him alone! He enjoyed spending the time w/ them, but he was rather frazzled by the time we left. And he was annoyed that his brother pretty much walked in the door and immediately turned on the tv and spent the afternoon watching football and racing. Oh well, next time we need to make sure bf's mom picks a make-ahead or pop-in-the-oven type meal that doesn't require constant tending. We'd also be fine with having everyone over by our place for these get-togethers, but the aunt is afraid of our dog...sigh.
Back at home, we walked doggy and then sacked out on the sofa to watch the football game and eat chili for dinner.
Okay, gotta run. Yeh, the working meeting Friday afternoon was overwhelming, and I have plenty to work on this week.
10-17-2011, 05:21 PM
Playing taxi driver again this morning and will go out to work around 10.00 and get home around 10.00 as well. Have no idea who I am looking for at the airport but will stand around in a prominent place and wear my 'team' tee shirt. Provided he isn't blind, he will see me. I refuse to hold up a sign in a place when the only plane landed carries 20 people all of whom will probably end up on a mine somewhere. No doubt the office folk have described me to him anyway. Dark hair with streaks, short, round, dressed in PPE gear, probably is frowning and looking impatient, doesn't like finance or hr people and doesn't suffer fools. Better to keep your mouth shut and be thought to be thick, than open it and remove all doubt. Oh and if you are a nervous passenger, get in the back - she drives fast.
Mel - Ferntree gully is a movie - surely it isn't the one I was in. Can't see them getting cameras and gear in there. Picture of the gully attached. More to come.
Laura - my mother used to be like that in the kitchen. She never thought that anyone could do as well as her. They probably didn't either. She was a superb cook.
Ceejay - your turn at retiring and moving will come. Let's not wish our lives away just yet.
Happy - just a word of warning here. When you finally settle down up north and start to relax, you will probably catch all sorts of doozy virus' and bugs. It's adrenalin that is keeping you going at the moment. Be prepared for doing nothing for some weeks after you get up there. DH's quest for perfection will just have to wait a while.
Annie - good luck for the test tomorrow (Wednesday is it not??? Tomorrow for me) I'll be there in the background telling you to knuckle down and concentrate! :lol: but you will get through it this time.
Missing Michelle. Hope she is just snowed under with work and coming up once in a while for air. Speaking of which I have more than enough to do to keep me going until next Easter and this must be done by end of November. So with that in mind, I have cancelled my trip to NZ in November and will instead spend a week working from home in order to get my head back together. Then we are off to Yarrabee in Central Queensland not far from the Sapphire fields of RubyVale, Sapphire and Anakie. I might get to go fossicking again. That would be fun. Wish I could say the same about work and this particular project. However I will carry on with more of the same until I have enough to retire. That will be about 20 years hence the way I am going.
See ya. Oh the pictures attached. One is Ferntree Gully and the other is the Cherry Blossom tree at the B & B. Count the birds. More photos to come.
10-18-2011, 08:26 AM
HELLO EVERYONE :wave:
WISH I HAD SOMETHING WITTY OR FUNNY TO SAY BUT IT'S BEEN SO QUIET HERE.
GUESS I SHOULDN'T COMPLAIN! :rofl:
I DID WANT TO SAY ONE THING THOUGH. I KEEP FORGETTING......
OVER THE SUMMER I HAD SPOKEN OF SENDING PAPERBACK BOOKS OUT.
BUT BECAUSE OF THE BEDBUG SITUATION, I HAVEN'T DONE IT.
ALTHOUGH THERE ARE NONE IN OUR 2 APTS, THE BOOKS WERE DONATED BY OTHER'S WHOSE APTS I HAVE NO ACCESS TO.
I ASKED THE BUG MAN AND HE SAID BETTER TO BE SAFE THAN SORRY.
IT'S A SHAME CAUSE THE BOOKS ARE ALL BRAND NEW & HAVEN'T BEEN READ YET.
I WON'T EVEN BRING THEM INTO MY APT:yikes:
BUT I AM NOT A ROMANCE READER ANYWAY.
WE ONLY HAVE THE OCCASSIONAL BUG IN THE BLDG BUT THERE WAS ONE APT THAT WAS COMPLETELY INFESTED.
SCARY STUFF THESE NASTY LITTLE CRITTERS. :cry:
I BEST GET ON WITH THE DAY AND GET SOME WORK DONE.
YESTERDAY I WAS DOING OFFICE STUFF LONGER THAN I THOUGHT I WOULD.
SO TODAY I HAVE TO GET TOGETHER WITH JEN AND DO OUR STUFF.
HAPPY TUESDAY/WEDNESDAY :moped:
ANNIE......SENDING OUT THE BEST OF VIBES THIS WEEK TO YOU:crossed:
THE PARTY FOR YOUR BRO SOUNDED SWEET. I AM GLAD CURTIS GOT YOU OUT AND ABOUT FOR AWHILE TOO.
GOTTA KEEP THE BLOOD FLOWING TO THE BRAIN!!!:hug:
HOW IS SISSY DOING??? GETTING UNCOMFORTABLE YET?!?!:bb:
CEEJAY......I AM GOING TO PEDAL WHILE PART OF THE BIGGEST LOSER IS ON
AND THEN WATCH THE REST IN BED. JOIN ME ON THE BIKE???:ebike:
GLAD TO HEAR YOU GOT STARTED ON YOUR PLAN:hug:
HAPPY......IT SEEMS JUST LIKE YESTERDAY WHEN YOU WERE CLEARING OUT THE OLD HOUSE AND RUNNING TO MOM'S PLACE.
A LOT OF TIME SEEMS TO HAVE FLOWN BY.
BROUGHT BACK OLD MEMORIES OF THE 3FC'S OLD JOURNAL DAYS.
GLAD YOU & DH GOT OUT AND WERE WITH FRIENDS. PORK ROAST:hun:
KEEP POSITIVE THOUGHTS IN YOUR HEAD TILL THE 11TH!!!:yoga:
HOPE THE DR CAN GIVE YOU SOMETHING TO GET RID OF THE CRUD.:hug:
SHAD.......OMG!! I LOVE THE BIRDIES!! HOW CUTE THEY ARE AND ALL DIFFERENT ONES.
IT'S A WONDER THEY ALL GET ALONG SO WELL BOTH BIG & SMALL.
REMINDED ME OF THE GRANDSON WHEN I HAD THE FINCHES TOO.
HE WOULD SIT ON THEIR CAGE AND THEY WOULD TRY TO PECK AT HIS FEET!:rofl:
HOPE YOU FOUND THE BLOKE OR HE FOUND YOU.
YES MUCH BETER FOR THEM TO KEEP THEIR MOUTHS SHUT THAN TO CONFIRM YOUR SUSPICIONS:lol3: :lol3:
SORRY TO HEAR THE NZ TRIP HAD TO BE POSTPONED.
YOUR ONLY CONSOLATION BEING THANK GOD THERE IS WORK. SAD.
ANYWAY....HOPE YOU GET TO FOSSICKING AND HAVE SOME FUN WHEN YOU GET TO YARRABEE.
DID I MENTION THAT "FernGully: The Last Rainforest" WAS A 1992 DISNEY ANIMATED FLICK??
IT WAS ONE OF THOSE MOVIES FOR KIDS WITH A "MESSAGE" FOR OUR TINY TOTS ABOUT SAVING THE PLANET FROM OUR PAST GENERATIONS DESTRUCTIONS..
10-18-2011, 08:31 AM
Good morning ladies,
We had a nice dinner out last night with our neighbors down the street - the only ones who still talk to us after the homeonwers association fiasco. Funny how all these righteous Christians who said grace and blessings at every event and talked about fellowship have nothing to do with you when you stop doing for them. :no: Anyway we did have a nice evening. They are from the east coast originally and the Mrs said the only thing that makes it tolerable down here is the mix of people who come in from other parts of the country because of the big businesses around here.
Did I tell you that they organized a going away luncheon at work and forgot to invite me and my co-worker? :dizzy: :^: :dizzy: :^: I am counting the days... :rolleyes:
Annie - good luck with your exam today. I will be praying for your success. Try to keep your nerves from getting the best of you :angel:
Shad - I'm sort of hoping that with all the below freezing temps it will kill off all those germy things. We opted to heat with propane for now - might look into a wood or pellet stove later. We have a whole house air exchanger I am going to be loving so I hope it brings some moisture into the house and isn't too dry. I am an excellent conductor of static electricity so I'll be able to tell the minute it gets dry. I certainly hope you don't have 20 more years of working ahead of you. You are more thrifty with money than I - I'll bet you could make a go of it too - just probably could not afford to travel which unfortunately, is the one thing you really enjoy doing. :( Lovely flower pics - apparently I don't know an orchid from an iris :o
Laura - was reading your post and thinking that Mum could have made the tenderloin ahead of time and then just popped it in the oven to finish off when the guests arrived. We do it all the time. Sounds like she figured out a way to get BF to herself! So are you getting ready with the new software rollout this week?
Michelle - I know you are busy - hope you have time to come up for air and at least get a little stretching in so that you don't get all locked up and stiff and stuff. I know how frantic this time of year can be. We are thinking of you :hug:
Ceejay - how's the exercise routine going?
Mel - are you sleeping in this fine morning? How are Jen and Ritchie doing? Did you stop doing craft projects with the seniors?
Well I guess DH is sleeping in so that leaves me to feed a hungry cat at each door. Better get on it and get myself off to work. Have a good day all.
10-18-2011, 10:26 AM
Good Tuesday morning ladies -
DH and I had a busy weekend working in the yard, and I managed to not cause myself too much back pain! :woohoo: Yesterday, I had a bit of tummy troubles, so I worked from home. I'm still having a bit of pain (reflux probably) but at least the other stuff has calmed down.
We did so much work in the yard, that I had to let the website work slide. I'm going to have to play catch up this week. Then this coming Friday night, I'll be doing the last implementations before the holiday systems freeze.
DH took my advice and has scheduled some steroid injections prior to our insurance changing. He got his first shot yesterday. They inject steroid between the vertebrae in the spine to calm the nerves in his knee. It's very similar to the shots I used to get, except that my shots were for the back pain and his for knee pain...and they work better for him. I'm going to get an appointment with the doctor to get another radio frequency ablation procedure before the end of the year.
I've got a meeting with my director today regarding goals and objectives...and I haven't had much time this year to work on either. :(
Ceejay - I hope your ear and sinuses are doing better. And I hope the Nasonex helps a lot. A perforated ear drum?! :yikes: That's GOTTA hurt. Hang in there, my friend. Please tell us about your "newest routine". I need to get remotivated. I've been in a catch 22 lately because I know I'll feel better and have less pain if I do reasonable exercise...but lately I've been either in too much pain or feeling too lousy to do reasonable exercise. :P
Mel - Bummer about all the changes causing so much grief and unhappiness. :( I am proud of you for being so organized and getting things done in advance. Thanks for the good luck wishes on the presentation...one down...and one more to go tomorrow afternoon. It has gotten chilly the past couple days...and we're delaying turning the heat on. But it does make it difficult to get out of a nice, warm, cozy bed in the morning. Good for you for turning the heat on though. I LOVE the moose table! Moose are such awesome creatures. We saw a few when we went to Yellowstone and Grand Tetons National Parks. As for the books, please DO NOT send them my way. DMIL and I are not big romance readers anyway.
Annie - So nice that Curtis is helping you study for your test! What a great guy!! :) I'm sure you'll pass with flying colors on Wednesday. Sounds like a super fun surprise party for your brother!! Glad you got a lot of studying in over the weekend, but still made time for the party, exercise and a yummy dinner. I gotta admit that I wish my BREWERS were going to the World Series rather than your CARDS, since the Brewers haven't been there in 29 years. But oh well. I didn't know you were such a fan of the Chicago teams (Bears and Cubbies)...but I guess I loves ya' anyway. It was REALLY sad about Dan Wheldon. I actually met him at a race and talked with him for a little while. Very nice guy, very polite, very British. So sad that he leaves behind a wife and two young kids. :(
Happy - Just read your post where your cousin shared an article about the predicted brutal winter. We've heard that too. MUCH colder and MUCH snowier than normal. I told DH...can't we just have EITHER colder OR snowier? At least you won't have to go out in it too much. :) The winds have blown a lot of the pretty foliage off the trees...not in our yard, of course. Most of our leaves are still green and don't turn/fall until at least after the first frost. It can be very annoying to try and rake/mulch leaves when it's so dang cold. Thankfully, it hasn't gotten below freezing here...but it's getting closer and closer. :brr: As for snow showers when you move...YUCK!! I hope the snow stays to the north until at least Thanksgiving! I definitely agree with the rest of the chicks...focus on PACKING not CLEANING. Okay...I'm just getting to your post where you're coughing so hard it makes you gag...and your chest hurts. That's awful! I hope you feel better very soon. I have a couple great recommendations for chest congestion (other than Mucinex, which is awesome). They work like Vicks VapoRub but last longer, and helped me a lot when I had pneumonia and bronchitis. The first is a plug-in and the second is a patch you place on your clothes (not your skin). I've even worn the patch on the inside of my shirt when going to work with bronchitis/pneumonia. It does help!
I'm so thrilled for you, Happy, that you're down to single digits in number of workdays left!! And then it's on to the big move, retirement and free time to enjoy the beautiful Wisconsin northwoods! Ahhhh! Sounds heavenly! Shad is right though...when you finally do move up north (especially for the winter months), make sure you get plenty of rest and either get out in the sun (when possible) or take Vitamin D supplements to boost your immune system. I remember when we moved here from CA, we definitely could've used a few days/weeks to recover from the drop in adrenaline. You have the rest of your lives to unpack and settle in, right? How did your doctor appointment go yesterday? :hug: Crazy that they organized a going away lunch and forgot to invite you! I mean, DUH!! BTW, in terms of craft supplies...what kinds of crafts do you do? I have a whole room and closet upstairs FULL to the brim of craft supplies that are just sitting there waiting for me to have time to create things. I'd be happy to send you some stuff (once you're in your new home).
Laura - How cool to have the fundraising activities themed around different countries. What a great way to enjoy/celebrate diversity and raise money for a good cause. :) As for the photo, an incriminating photo with Swedish Vikings is probably better than one with the Minnesota Vikings. :rofl: Bummer about the bp meds. Losing weight and exercise helped me get off my bp meds, even though you don't have anywhere NEAR as much weight to lose as I do. So nice that bf is going to join the gym by your house!! I got my flu shot a couple weeks ago at work. I'm up to date on my pneumonia vaccine, so that's good. I need to purchase some fall/winter clothes too - the stuff I have is too small. This past weekend was associate shop days (where we get an extra discount), but I couldn't find styles I wanted online and didn't have time to drive to the store. :( Is it getting chilly/windy down your way? Bummer that dinner with bf's mom was so chaotic, and that the brother was too busy watching TV to be sociable. How could anyone be afraid of sweet Coal?
Shad - I'm glad the B&B turned out to be so nice! Much better than sleeping under a bridge! The Iris farm sounds LOVELY!! And the photos of the irises are beautiful! DH and I purchased some differently colored iris bulbs this past weekend, which we'll plant after the first frost. The window washing clothes sound great! Post the name...if you can remember. As for the no changes from November 1 until after January 1, my company, like most retailers, does approx. 2/3 of it's annual sales between Thanksgiving and New Years. And we want to make sure our systems are stable to process all the inventory and sales transactions. I hope your latest accommodations will last you through the end of the month. :) Taxi driver followed by 12 hours of work? Too funny about your description of yourself. I love the part where he better keep his mouth shut and be thought to be thick then open it and remove all doubt! The photos of the gulley and birds are gorgeous! How fun to be planning for fossicking in November!! I will have to google the sapphire fields you mentioned. Will you be there for work or just for fun?
Seems like I don't get on here for days and then write a novel, and I'd better get back to work.
Here's to a great day/week for all of us.
Much love and many, many hugs,
10-18-2011, 11:17 AM
Shad - Was it four birds? What a nice photo - and therefore it must have been a nice place you were at. :) Hope your passenger found you without either of you looking like fools. LOL re the description of yourself that you thought would be given by your colleagues. :D
Mel - Glad it's quiet by you. Have a relaxing day. Eeew, bedbugs. Yes, very smart not to go sending the books if there's any doubt.
Happy - Glad you enjoyed your dinner. Hmmm. This wasn't a going away party for you or your co-worker was it? That would have made it pretty funny. But if not, it's more like you're the typical short-timer now. :shrug: I've already been conducting static electricity since about Sunday. Aaargh. Need to get bf to check the whole-house humidifier. We're always trying to remember when we last replaced the filters and whatnot. Need to post a chart somewhere. You know, now that I think about it, I believe bf's mom was going to do just that with the pork and it was bf who didn't like that idea, LOL. So maybe it serves him right that he was slaving away in the kitchen! :lol3: Yeh, last week we had a brief kick-off meeting for the software implementation and also a 2-hour working meeting, but the biggest thing at the moment is getting the data extract requests out - including our old vendor, who is being snakey about it. Sigh.
Annie - sending you :goodvibes: and :crossed: while you're taking this test!!!
Ceejay - Good job to just do something for exercise each day, even if it's not what you'd planned. :exercise:
Michelle - Sorry you had tummy trouble yesterday. Too much excitement with the football game?? ;) So do things calm down once the freeze takes place? :crossed: Very smart for dh to get the injection done before the insurance changes. Reminds me - our open enrollment starts next week. No changes to anything is what they say, so that's good. But we do have to figure out how much to put into the flexible spending account, and that's not easy because bf has a couple medical/dental things he is vacillating about. As it is, we need to make sure we have firm plans on how to spend the remainder of our current year FSA. Right now I'm just happy to not be spending it on foot problems! :) It is getting chilly down here - tomorrow and Thursday are forecast to be ugly - wind, rain, cold. Time to bundle up! Ugh.
Yeh, hard to believe anyone would be afraid of Coal, but the aunt is sort of nutty and fearful...and it doesn't help that a few years ago she agreed to come to a cookout at our house and bf was supposed to take care of keeping the dog away upon her arrival. But where was he when the aunt arrived?? Out buying ice! Typical - HIS family comes over and he's always off doing some last minute thing - showering, at the store, etc. Anyway, I wasn't in on the particulars of how this whole thing would go down, so the aunt suddenly appears, and of course Coal goes into his excited greeter behavior and I tried to hang onto him as well as I could ... but he was still too rowdy for her and the aunt was terrified and ended up leaving. So that's that. No more family gatherings at our house. :(
Nothing much to report. Logged all my food yesterday. Here we go again today. Forgot to weigh myself this morning. Try again tomorrow morning. Need to get a to-do list going because things are piling up and something is bound to fall through the cracks if I don't get a handle on them. Hope tonight's movie is what I voted for - "Ides of March" - it's supposed to be a good political thriller.
Okay, too much time here - need to get a move on. :running:
10-18-2011, 12:03 PM
It's raining this morning. We had a couple of loud thunder claps last night also. but oh what good sleeping weather.
Good idea for the dh to get some injections. and also glad that you didn't over do this week end working in the yard.
Where did you say that you are logging your food? May check into that sight also.
I'm glad that you are having some quiet day's to relax. I'll be joining you tonight on the pedals.
Duh, what some co-workers you have! having a going away party with out an invite. Tha's plain rude. Glad you enjoyed the dinner with the neighbor's.
Did ride the pedals for 20 minutes last night. I'm feeling better today. I've taken matters into my own hand about the b12 situation. I don't want to take b12 injections for the rest of my life, so I've started taking 500mcg tablet. I have more energy today. Food has been planned a little better. My problem is that I'm a grazer so I've set hours that I can eat today. 8, 10 12, 2, 4 and 7.30 p.m. The last one will be a bit longer but I hate to eat any thing while I'm in charge of the phone between 5 and 7 p.m.
10-18-2011, 02:53 PM
Ceejay - I'm logging at My Fitness Pal. I like that they have an iPhone app and I can log my eating while riding the train or wherever, and I can also access it on the internet via my laptop at work. (Shh, don't tell.) :sssh: Re the B12, I thought you might have already tried the pill route and for whatever reason it didn't work out. Taking a pill certainly seems more convenient than going in for a shot each month!
Well, the final movie choice wasn't "Ides of March", but I'm still going to the movies tonight. They picked a romantic comedy called "What's Your Number". I think it'll be silly, but I need that after last week's oh-so-depressing cancer story. I also need it because I'm reading a book titled Sarah's Key for book club next Friday, and it's about a Jewish girl during WWII in **** occupied France. It's been very educational and interesting, but you can guess that it's not quite an upbeat, happy story.
I forgot to mention that bf joined the gym yesterday. I'll have to ask when he wants to go in for a workout. He gets unlimited guest privileges, so I can accompany him for workouts. His membership also includes the use of tanning beds and massage chairs, but only the member and not the guest get to use them. Boo. I wouldn't have minded using a massage chair!
Back to work!
10-18-2011, 05:23 PM
I found the websight and I've logged in most of my food. Think I'm going to like this one. I'm going to use the journal there also.
The doctor immediately gave me a b12 when he saw my blood work.I'm not sure if they will work but I'll never know until I try.
something is going on at work. I've only been asked for phone numbers for the night shift people. maybe i'll find out tonight. my boss/friend almost told me before he caught himself.
Brrrrr it's cold outside. I'm not ready for this biting air. I finally broke down and have the space heater running.
10-18-2011, 06:10 PM
Another long day ahead, yesterday turned into 14 hours. Today T is going to play golf with a mine team for some charity thing. I was asked, but what I do on a golf course can not be termed 'playing golf'. It's more like Donald Duck marching through Georgia. So reluctantly I have the whole plant to look out for today. I'm starting out with the bad boys of the training room and trying to ram some info into their heads and then going up to be with my nice, friendly, clever open cut guys for the late afternoon and change of shift. I hope to be back before 11.00pm tonight.
Better go, I am starting to run late again. No taxi service today, but I had to laugh, the guy I picked up is staying at the Ardrossan B&B that I stayed at. Wonder what they will make of him??
10-19-2011, 09:29 AM
SORRY NO PERSONALS.
NOT FEELING UP TO SNUFF TODAY. MAYBE BE BACK LATER.
TOMORROW IS FOOD SHOPPING & THE MEETINGS:cry:
POURING RAIN OUTSIDE TODAY AND SUPPOSEDLY TOMORROW. :cry:
WHINE, WHINE, WHINE.
10-19-2011, 09:40 AM
It's a chilly one today at 45 degree's. I broke down and turned on the heat. Supposed to be 36 in the morning. brrrrrr
Nothing new. Except I did do 10 minutes of the pedals while watching the Biggest Loser. Then rode the bike for another 10 minutes. I'm making plans to go to the gym some time tomorrow.
The something going on at work was that the two night shift workers have to have a drug test this morning.
I'm taking thursday and friday for myself. I need to get some things done at home. Then go to my uncles on Saturday.
10-19-2011, 11:24 AM
;) I PASSED MY EXAM...I AM NOW A LICENSED PRODUCER!!! Thank you ladies for all you love and support...couldn't of done it without you. :hug:
10-19-2011, 12:27 PM
Mel - Feel better soon!! :getwell:
Shad - More lovely photos - thanks for posting. Nice to look at on a rainy, cold, windy, all-around miserable day like it is here today. Those are some long hours you're working. Be sure to get enough rest so you don't get worn down and sick!
Ceejay - Brrr, yeh we're getting that chill here too. Enjoy your Thurs & Friday off!!
Annie - Congrats on passing the exam!!! I knew you would do it!! :bravo: :cp:
Hellos to Happy & Michelle!! :wave:
Nothing much to report. The movie was "What's Your Number" and it was generally entertaining. More racy/raunchy than your typical romantic comedy, IMO. I didn't mind looking at Chris Evans (from Captain America) mostly nude - he's got a great body!
No firm plans tonight. The crummy weather makes me want to stay home even though I should run some errands and exercise. We'll see.
10-19-2011, 07:37 PM
10-19-2011, 09:48 PM
Woohoo Annie. :dance: :dance: :dance:
Well done girl. Knew you could do it.
Mel - get better SOON Y'HEAR???
Ceejay - a little cool here in the mornings too. However it does warm up during the day. I need to find a spot where I can take the computer outside.
Michelle - hope those long hours are getting behind you. Mine will be soon - at least for a short while.
Laura - sorry to hear that it has been cold and windy for you. I guess winter must be on it's way over there.
Happy is happily humming along no doubt. Maybe we were right to change the thread name to a less motivational one than we were using. Since then Happy has sold the house, is about to get on the move. Annie has found a nice man and is now qualified and Laura has been on leave. We might leave it unmotivated into the foreseeable future since it seems to work.
Is today Carla's birthday? I seem to remember she was on the same day as someone else on the thread - oh heck don't tell me we have stuffed up and missed a birthday!
Very quiet at work today, which is good since I need some downtime. T is on call for the weekend so I can go to places. Was thinking if the weather is nice I might head for Capertree on Saturday and the Western Plains zoo on Sunday - getting back in time for the Rugby World Cup final on Sunday. Go NZ - you little rippers.
Better get back to sorting out what the boss here thinks he might need to know. And I had better get my timesheets signed so I get paid. See ya
10-20-2011, 03:06 AM
Handsome Grandson is here! Christopher Jacob, born 10/19, at 11:40 pm. 3lbs 10oz, 17" long. Sam and babe are doing great!! Sis got preeclampsia, blood pressure spiked and stayed there, liver swollen, nothing will fix that except get the baby out. She had C-section, feeling a little sore, but all and all it is all good as of 2:30 am. Getting ready to head to bed. Love and Hugs:bb:
10-20-2011, 03:12 AM
Congratulations to Sam and the babe. Hope all is well. Catch up asap to learn of all the details.
Love to all
10-20-2011, 07:02 AM
Annie - Sending love, hugs and prayers to Sam and Jake. I got a text from you at around midnight or 1 am, but there was no message. I'm so glad to hear mother and baby (and Grannie Annie) are all doing well. Love you, my sista!
10-20-2011, 07:47 AM
ANNIE....I COULDN'T BE HAPPIER FOR YOU!!! OMG LOOKED WHAT I MISSED!!!!
GIVE LOTS OF LOVE AND KISSES TO THE NEW BABE AND MOM & DAD:hug: :love: :bb:
A BIG CONGRATULATIONS FROM ALL OF OVER HERE!! WAIT TILL I TELL JEN!
AND ANOTHER CONGRATS FOR THE TEST!!! YOU'RE HAVING A GREAT WEEK.
HOPE TO THAT SISSY FEELS MUCH BETTER NOW AND GETS SOME REST.
:cofdate: GOOD MORNING ALL........I WOKE LATE AND AM ON THE FLY.
JUST CALLED JEN AND SHE'S GETTING READY TOO. WE ARE OFF TO WALMARTS.
WILL TRY AND CATCH UP WITH ALL OF YOU SOMETIME TODAY.
NOW THE MEETINGS AREN'T UNTIL NEXT WEEK. I MADE NO PROMISES CAUSE THE SHOT IS TOMORROW.
USUALLY JEN & I ARE DOWN FOR THE COUNT FOR AT LEAST A WEEK....SO WE'LL SEE.
I WAS SO READY TO GET THOSE MEETINGS OVER WITH TONITE. Grrrrrrrrr.
SORRY THIS IS SO SHORT AGAIN. HAVE A GREAT DAY :moped:
10-20-2011, 07:51 AM
Good chilly morning there ladies,
Annie :carrot: :carrot: :congrat: Double congrats to you! First on passing your certification - I knew you would ;) and also on having a new man in your life to love and cherish. Just don't kiss all the hair off his head :lol: Sorry to hear that Sissy had some medical issues but very glad to hear that all worked out. Wishing you lots of love and happiness with the little guy. ♥
Happy belated birthday Carla :hb: - it was last week on the 13th - sorry I missed it :o Hope you had a good one lady!
Shad - I think you are right about the relationship between the thread title and what's going on with us. Although we certainly hit some crashing lows before we found things to :D about.
ok, well once again DH sat down and started yakking so now I have no time to post. I have a lunch meeting so might not get back until tonight. Sorry...
Hope you feel better Mel!
10-20-2011, 08:46 AM
Still pumped and jazzed, getting ready to head back to the hospital to see my amazing daughter and precious grandson....tears of happiness.
10-20-2011, 10:46 AM
Annie - Congrats to Sis and daddy, and to the grandparents and great-grandparents and aunts & uncles, et al! So glad everything worked out and that everyone's doing well. :) :congrat: :hug: :hat: :bb:
Shad - Glad you had a quiet Friday. Enjoy your weekend out and about!!
Mel - Have a good trip to Walmart. Is this a flu shot you're talking about?? Hope you and Jen are not put out of commission for a WEEK!! :nono: You two take care!
Hellos to Ceejay, Happy & Michelle. :wave:
Another ho-hum day yesterday. Food was more than my target due to American tacos for dinner. :rolleyes: Oh well, start again today.
It's still rainy and windy today. Just want to see the sun sometime soon. :sunny: Tonight will be a Circuit class.
Bf is psyched up about his new gym, and I'd like to get over there w/ him soon to try out some of the nice new equipment. However, I currently stand at having 16 classes left on my passport to use during the remaining 11 weeks of the session, so that leaves me with taking 2 classes per week for 5 weeks and 1 class per week for 6 weeks - at the most "leisurely" pace. So I want to be sure I get in my classes before fitting in the gym workouts w/ bf.
Also going to try and get my SW Veg soup going tonight.
That's all for me.
10-20-2011, 12:33 PM
Congralations on the new grandbaby. I was a bit shocked but when I read the medical reasons I'm glad all is well with both baby and new mother.
Enjoy your day shopping at Walmart. I need to go there myself sometime today. Got my flu shot yesterday.
I can hear excitment about checking out the new gym. Too bad you can't use the massage chair. I've given p on tanning even in the tanning beds. My doctor say's no to it.
How is work going?
Nothing new here.
10-20-2011, 05:00 PM
EVENING CHICKS HOPE YOU ALL HAD A GREAT DAY.
CAME BACK FROM WALMARTS AND FOUND SOME MESSES GOING ON.
TOSSED THE COLD STUFF IN THE FRIGE & FREEZER AND WENT TO WORK.
I AM JUST GLAD THERE ARE NO MEETINS NOW. LOL
THIS MORNING I WANTED TO GET THEM OVER WITH BUT I AM MUCH TOO SLEEPY RIGHT NOW.
THERE ARE SO MANY CHANGES GOING ON OVER HERE THAT IT'S HARD TO KEEP UP WITH THEM.
MAKING MY HEAD SPIN AND I HAVE TO "THINK" TO MUCH WHEN THEY NEED TO PICK MY MEMORY ABOUT INFO BEFORE JOHN CAME.
SOME STUFF IS JUST LOST TO ME CAUSE IT'S OVER 12 YRS AND ALSO JOHN MADE CHANGES OF HIS OWN AND I HAVEN'T GOT THAT INFO:tantrum:
CONSIDERING TOSSING THE PHONE OUT THE BUS WINDOW ON THE NEXT SHOPPING TRIP AND SAYING "OOPS"!!!!!! :lol3:
I DID READ ALL THE POSTS FROM THE LAST 2 DAYS BUT TOO TIRED TO POST MORE.
I AM JUST HAPPY FOR ANNIE BEYOND BELIEF AND ALSO FOR HAPPY & HER DH.
IT'S BEEN A GOOD MONTH FOR THE CHICKS SO FAR.
ALSO GLAD TO HEAR THAT SHAD DIDN'T GO GOLFING....GOD ONLY KNOW WHAT SHE MIGHT HAVE DONE TO THOSE MEN WITH A CLUB IN HER HAND!!!!!!!!!!!!:rollpin:
I DID PEDAL FOR OVER 20 MINS WITH CEEJAY WHILE WE WATCHED THE BL ON TV AND WAS HAPPY
TO HEAR LAURA HAS SO MANY EXERCISE OPTIONS STILL AND MICHELLE'S PRESENTATION #1 WENT SO WELL ALSO.
I MUST HAVE FORGOTTEN TO POST CARLA'S HAPPY BIRTHDAY WISHES AFTER I SENT HER E-MAILS.
I THOUGHT I CAME RIGHT HERE AND DID THAT BUT........ SORRY GUYS:hb: :gift:
TOMORROW IS WORK IN THE MORNING AND THEN THE SHOT AT 1PM. WISH ME LUCK.
JEN AND I BOUGHT THE USUAL COMFORT FOODS AND THINGS WE CAN EAT & SWALLOW WHEN FEELING "SICK"
AND WE GOT ALL THE NECESSARY OTC DRUGS TOO. RICHIE REMINDED US OF A FEW THINGS I HAD FORGOTTEN AND THEY'RE ALL CHEAPER AT WALMARTS:D
HAVE A GREAT DAY TOMORROW. I WILL PROBABLY POST AT NIGHT OR SAT MORNING:moped:
10-21-2011, 08:22 AM
Good freezin' morning all,
2 degrees above freezing this morning. Hard to get out of the snuggly warm bed. 6 more work days left. :dance: I am so tired of the phonies. Will be glad to be done with corporate life. They noticed the mistake of me not getting invited to my own going away lunch. At this point I don't even want to go - those people don't give a hoot about me. I'd rather sit and continue crochet lessons with my coworker. I've been taking it easy at night but once I'm off it's going to go like gangbusters. I will only have a week and a half until the movers come. We will pack some stuff outselves, especially the non breakable stuff I need to get at right away but I'm sure we'll be out of here before I know it. We still didn't hear about the inspection although DH said when they were outside they kicked over one of the decorative lights and just left it broken. :mad: The appraiser showed up a full hour past his appointment - DH was just about to leave the house when he showed up. We're going to try and see if we can get a copy of the appraisal just for curiousity although the buyers are paying for that report. I would like to have it as a negotiation if we get into it about nitpicking about repairs. The house down the street that sold a couple of weeks ago at a really reduced price is back on the market again - I'm sure it's because financing fell through. Which is good that our agent checked before we accepted the offer. It is a tighter market and I think people are finding that they can't finance as easily as they thought. One of my coworkers has 2 separate family members looking to move back here and he said both are considering renting because their credit is not so good right now even though they both are in houses now.
Mel - good for you for getting on the pedals for a while. How nice to have a riding partner in Ceejay :D Hope you and Jen don't feel too bad after your shots. Just take it easy for a few days. So you have to be John's brain right now? What did they think would happen when he had no one to turn things over to? Oh yeah, right... Mel will take care of it. :rolleyes: Tell them you have better things to do like designing your room at the Moose Lodge :rofl:
Laura - what are American tacos? The new gym sounds nice - glad you can sample with BF - gives you lots of variety in exercise choices coupled with your passport. Just what you need as we approach the cold weather munchies and foodie holidays.
Annie - did you take a few days off to help out Sissy? How long will she be at the hospital? Baby doing ok? Give him a squeeze and a sniff for me. Love how babies smell! :love:
Shad - by now your workday is over (I hope) what fun adventures do you have scheduled for the weekend?
How did you like that morning chill today Ceejay? Brrrrrrrrr...
Michelle - hope you are not running like a crazy woman. When does the year end freeze kick in? Do you also wind up with emergency implementations or is the freeze a real freeze?
I've got to go upstairs in my closet and find some warmer sweaters to wear. I guess I can pack away my summer stuff for a long, long time :lol: Kitty is already getting neurotic. She wanted to go out first thing this morning and when I opened the door and gave her a blast of 34 degree air, she stopped dead and turned around and ran back into the house. Now she is sitting on her blanket, wanting to go out but not understanding why it's so cold out. Wisconsin is going to be a real shock to her. By the time we get up there, the HIGH temp for the day will barely be above freezing. Thank God for inventing fleece is all I can say :rofl:
Happy Friday all.
10-21-2011, 09:47 AM
Christopher Jacob "Jake" one hour old. His build and hands are like daddy, lips and beautiful head shape are like mommies..toes are like mommies and NANNA's.
10-21-2011, 10:14 AM
Hi everyone -
Working from home today...and it will be a long day. Working all day, then meeting with a website client...then coming home and assisting with the report implementations from 7 pm till 10 pm (hopefully not later). Then more implementations and validations on Sunday morning.
DMIL will be coming out in early November! :yay: Can't wait to see her again. I'll have to do a bit of tidying up in her room and I also want to declutter closets so that I can put things we don't use much in the basement (or donate them), and have room to put things we do use away.
Times like these I could really use a clone...or a teenage kid that I could hire for cheap.
Annie - I'm so very happy for you, Sam and Chris! Christopher Jacob is so very precious! :hug:
Happy - How exciting! 6 work days left and them moving in just a few weeks!! :woohoo: Kitty will adjust.
Mel - I hope you feel better very soon and that the flu shot doesn't affect you badly this year. :hug: :getwell:
Ceejay - Good for you for getting your flu shot.
Laura - So nice that bf's gym has unlimited guest passes!! Between that and the fitness passport classes you'll keep your status as exercise :queen: at least for a little while longer. I haven't been to the gym all week due to stomach pains/bug. And this weekend I'll be getting my exercise cleaning.
Shad - Are you enjoying a lovely, peaceful weekend?
Gotta run for now!
Lots of love and hugs,
10-21-2011, 11:04 AM
Morning all. TGIF and the sun is shining!! :sunny: I rode my bike to the train today. But dang, I keep forgetting to get my front and rear lights on the bike for the ride home. It's getting dark pretty early now!
Ceejay - Hope you're enjoying another nice day to yourself. :) Yes, I'm also excited to see and use the new gym. It's so close to home - bf reported that if he didn't get caught at any traffic lights, it takes him 90 seconds to get there - it's going to be mighty convenient. When we belonged to Bally's, it was only two miles away, but there were train tracks and a really long traffic light that always caused hold-ups. I had no interest in the tanning beds anyway - not interesting in helping the wrinkles along, let alone risking skin cancer. Bf, however, phoned me at work, looking for his little eye protector thingy that he last used in 2008 when he used a tanning salon before our cruise....Lord only knows where those are. I'm sure he'll come across it as soon as he buys a new one, hehe. Have a safe trip up to the uncles and enjoy your weekend.
Mel - Good luck to you and Jen with the flu shot today! :goodluck: Sorry everything is such a mess there - not a good transition at all. There's only so much you can think to ask, and then the stuff that didn't get asked always comes up, doesn't it? Sigh. Hang in there and don't take on the burden for the office's failure to plan & execute this change properly.
Happy - Ah, so the going away party that they neglected to invite you to was YOUR OWN. I didn't get that from your previous post. Duh. Too funny. And you just know many of them don't care who the gathering is for, it's just and excuse to not work for a bit and get free food. Yes, I can totally see how you won't miss the corporate life much AT ALL... The boss and I were commiserating over something the other day and I said something like "Right now, dog walking sounds good." And she thought it was funny and agreed. Some days are like that, that's for sure. Re the inspection - don't be surprised if the light they broke is on the report, LOL. You must be so glad you confirmed the financing of your buyers in advance!!! Poor kitty sure has an adjustment period ahead of her - maybe she needs a warm sweater too. :D I'm actually in the market for a reflective vest of some sort for Coal - he's all black and not very visible when we occasionally walk him after dark. Oh, American tacos are what bf and I call the ones with the crispy taco shells, seasoned ground beef filling, lettuce, tomato, sour cream, & hot sauce. (vs. the more authentic ones we get at the taqueria - soft tortillas filled with cheese, cilantro, and various meats - al pastor (pork), beef, chorizo, etc.) We love both kinds!!
Annie - Your grandbaby looks like he's got pretty long legs in that 2nd photo. Gonna be tall like his daddy, huh? Thanks for posting the pics. You must be flying high this week girl!! :cheer3:
Hellos to Shad and Michelle!
Yesterday was sucky at work. I found a mistake on a schedule I had given to an auditor. It was due to an incorrect cell reference in a spreadsheet formula - which our outside vendor is responsible for and that I should have detected. Grrrr. And the dollar impact wasn't small potatoes either - though it could still be below the auditors' materiality level. I discussed it with the boss and she brought me down from the ledge, LOL.
I went to the 7 pm circuit class last night, so that was good. After showering though, I was hungry and just didn't feel like getting that soup going.
Tonight bf and I will go to the new gym. Then I will hopefully - finally- get the soup together.
For the weekend, I'll do an exercise class Sat. morning. In the evening is a Halloween party at my friend's house. We're still not sure about the dog situation - take him with and sleep over at my friend's place? drive home after the party? get someone to let him out? If we take him with us, we'll worry about him getting underfoot, people giving him table food, and getting lost (my friend doesn't have a fenced yard). Bf feels it's too far to drive home, even though I offered to be the designated driver. And we don't have many options with having getting someone let the dog out. We don't want to burden bf's mother with that, after two whole weeks last month. We definitely need to cultivate another neighbor's willingness to occasionally come in and let the dog out for us in situations like these. Unfortunately our one neighbor, my troubled former movie pal, is just not reliable enough to ask to do that anymore. :(
Anyway, bf and I are using costumes we have already from a few years ago - doctor/nurse. Nice comfy scrubs and the appropriate accessories, including phony ID badges. I can't remember what the name was I came up with... :???: Oy, I need to figure out what to bring to this party besides our chosen beverages. Add it to the list... :write:
Okay, need to post and get on with the day. Everyone have a great weekend!
10-21-2011, 11:14 AM
Hi Michelle - great to hear DMIL will be with you again soon! Full workday for you today. :comp: I sure hope you get a breather sometime this weekend!
10-21-2011, 02:10 PM
Wow you have a long week end of work to do from home. Stop and enjoy some outside time if you can.
I'm really liking the myfitnesspal websight. I knew I was consuming more calories than I thought but my heavens did it have to be over 3000. My fault though, should have been more conscience of what I was putting in my mouth.
Are you going to do more packing this week end? It isn't long before you are leaving the South.
Got out and paid the light bill then went to the Huddle house for my weekly
chicken fried steak with bake potato and salad. I'm full.
Meant to call the land lord today but I'm in the mood to get the rest of the house cleaned and call him next week. Even cleaned out the refrigerator and am in the mood to clean the oven.
My heart sank yesterday when I read a note from my uncle. Their granddaughter who is 13 has diabetes. She was born with it. as she had no pancreas. She walked 3 miles in a walk a thon for diabetes one day last week. Her blood sugar got down to 32 and she went into seizures. My aunt told me that all she had to eat that morning was a cup of coffee at the age of 13. I think her parents are still in denial about how severe this condition is for a child. She need's to be monitored more by her parents.
I was shocked when I got on the scale this morning. I've lost 2 pounds. I weigh 192.4.
HAPPY WEEKEND CHICKLETTES.
HOPE EVERYONE HAS A GREAT ONE.
WENT TO BED SO EARLY THAT I WOKE UP AT 5 AM.
SO FAR JUST THE USUAL SHOT REACTION. WE WENT DOWN LIKE A LUMP.
BUT THIS TOO SHALL PASS. MY PLANS FOR THE WEEKEND ARE ZERO!!!
RICHIE DID SOME BANKING FOR ME AND PICKED UP SELTZER.
THAT'S ONE THING I NEEDED AND FORGOT.
TIME NOW FOR SOME TV & THEN BACK TO BED I THINK.
HARD TO HOLD UP MY HEAD:faint:
HAVE A SUPER WEEKEND.
HAPPY......SOON ENOUGH YOU WILL BE OUT OF THERE:hug:
THE NERVE OF FORGETTING THE INVITE FOR YOU.
SOME PEEPS WILL ALWAYS REMAIN AZZHOLES.
WHEN YOU LEAVE THERE, PUT THOSE THOUGHTS OF UNCARING PEOPLE RIGHT OUT OF YOUR HEAD.
LEAVE THEM ALL BEHIND IN THE DUST OF YESTERDAY!!!:scooter:
ANNIE....TOLD JEN ABOUT THE NEW MAN IN YOUR LIFE AND SHE IS THRILLED TOO.
HOPE SISSY IS FEELING BETTER AS THE DAYS GO BY. WE'RE SO HAPPY FOR YOU.
LOOKS LIKE THINGS ARE LOOKING UP IN YOUR NECK OF THE WOODS :hug: :hug:
PS: JUST PRINTED THE PICS OUT TO SHOW JEN.:bb:
I'LL SLIDE THEM UNDER HER DOOR IN A MINUTE WHEN I GO & CHECK ALARMS.
CEEJAY......I AM VERY SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT YOUR NIECE AND SHE IS SOOOO YOUNG.
HOPE THE PARENTS WISE UP AND TAKE GOOD CARE OF HER.:hug:
I AM ALSO VERY HAPPY FOR YOU!! :cheer2: CONGRATULATIONS!!!:cheer3:
YOUR GOALS & PLANNING ARE WORKING OUT. THAT'S GREAT NEWS.
MICHELLE....HOPE THE WEEKEND HAS SOME DOWN TIME FOR YOU BESIDES ALL WORK.
GLAD THE DMIL IS COMING BACK. BET SHE IS HAPPY TOO.
THIS WILL TEACH YOU TO TOSS STUFF INTO HER ROOM AFTER SHE LEAVES:rofl: :rofl:
LAURA......HOPE YOU FIND THE SOLUTION FOR COAL. I WOULD OFFER BUT IT MIGHT TAKE ME AWHILE TO GET THERE :moped:
HAVE A GOOD TIME AND ENJOY.
SO GLAD THE BOSS PULLED YOU OFF THE LEDGE AND TO SAFETY!!:lol3: :lol3:
THAT TOO SHALL PASS!:hug:
SHAD........HAVE YOU COME UP FOR AIR YET?????
SENDING A HUG TO MY SISTER :hug:
10-22-2011, 11:12 AM
Good morning girls,
Only 3 more weekends left here. 5 more workdays but when I thought about the weekends, now I'm getting panicky. Lots to do in that short of a time. And we are getting invites to things that are booking up the weekends - having dinner with a friend tonight, tomorrow another friend wants me to stop by and see her new grandson - newborn and first grandchild so she's a proud grandma like Annie. DH HATES to go to get togethers of non-family where they are celebrating a family thing. Like last week's BBQ at my co-worker's house. They were celebrating her Mom and brother's birthdays - DH would not have gone there if I told him ahead of time but it turned out ok since the family gathered in the dining room for their celebration while the friends group sat on the patio and chatted. I had lunch with another friend yesterday and she wants me to stop by and see her house before we leave. So when I looked at the calendar and see the weekends coming up short, I feel guilty about doing something that is going to take a big time chunk out of it.
A couple of things I am kind of :mad: about - we had the house inspection on Wednesday - still waiting to hear the results of it. I know I shouldn't but I am stressing over this. It's the last big hurdle to sell the house. I don't know what the buyers will ask for but there's only one repair we are willing to settle on. I just want to know what's going on so we can move on with things. Also with only 3 weeks left, we have to start packing which will put the house in a controlled chaos state. Can't be showing the house if we need to with boxes everywhere. Everyone is taking their sweet time here. Another thing that bugged me is that I asked for my medical records from all my doctors. Most all of them gave them to me for free, the one that did charge me charged what I considered was a reasonable fee of 10 dollars. My primary care physican has an outside service do this. I sent the release form 2 weeks ago because I didn't want my records floating around in the mail between here and Wisconsin. The place finally got back to me yesterday and sent me a bill for almost $30 to make copies - a dollar a page. :mad: AND they force you to give out your social security number which I guard very carefully. They put my SS # on the invoice (I will get my records once I pay the bill) but the part that really frosted me was they included not only a copy of my release form but also a copy of someone else's release form. A complete stranger with - you guessed it - her SOCIAL SECURITY number on it. How CARELESS can you be???????? Well they can forget me doing any business with them. The only thing I really wanted was a copy of my colonoscopy exam results.
Mel - sorry you are crashing from the shot but at least it's a reminder to keep things low and quiet for a few days. Rest up, enjoy your movies and don't let anyone bother you.
Ceejay - they say and I believe it that a person really underestimates the amount of calories that they take in. Especially when we eyeball servings instead of measuring them out. That's one of the big reasons they recommend people keep a food diary although sometimes that can get really tedious. I'm so sorry to hear about the little girl with the diabetes. She probably has type 1 and that is so much harder on the system than late life type 2. I really hope the parents wake up and get educated about taking care of her. Also must be difficult at that age to stick with a strict diet and say no to things teens like to eat.
Laura - I hope you finally get that soup on! Too bad I moved - I would have been willing to pinch hit occasionally if you needed someone to walk Coal although I would have dragged DH with me as as dog such could outrun me! DH is very good with animals - we call him St. Francis as animals are naturally attracted to him. Can't wait to hear about the new gym.
Michelle - so glad DMIL is coming back around your way again. Won't she freeze coming from California? :rofl: Hope you don't stress yourself trying to get stuff done around the house when you already have an over the top busy schedule at work. I can't even fathom you taking on web work on top of everything else! Like Mel, keep an eye on your health too!
Haven't heard from Shad in a few days - hope it's because you are off on an adventure and not because you are buried in work or down in a mine somewhere :yikes:
Annie - hope little Jake can get out of the hospital soon. He looks like he will be a long and lean one. I'll bet everyone can't wait to get him home. I'm sure that it will be months before the little guy gets to lay down on his own - I think he's got alot of hugging and cuddling in his future! :lol:
Ok, nothing gets done sitting here at the computer so off I go. Have a good weekend folks.
COULDN'T LET THIS BIRTH GO BY WITHOUT ANY JPEGS!!!!!!!!
10-22-2011, 05:05 PM
Big congrats to Annie and the family.
Mel get better soon
Rest of you will have to forgive me - I'll be back asap. Meantime, there is work to get through, and hopefully a long walk in the bush this afternoon, a rugby match tonight where my beloved All Blacks are playing for the William Webb Ellis trophy - the Rugby World Cup, a shift to a new living space and preparing for another 12 hour day tomorrow. I will be back.
FEELING A LITTLE BIT LIKE THIS WITCH THIS MORNING.
NOTHING NEW HERE AT ALL. VERY QUIET.
DID A LOT OF NOTHING YESTERDAY AND ANOTHER DAY OF IT TODAY:beach:
HOPE EVERYONE IS HAVING A GOOD WEEKEND.
HAPPY.....I CAN IMAGINE SITTING ON PINS & NEEDLES WAITING FOR ALL THE HOUSE PAPERS TO BE DONE WITH!!
I CAN'T BELIEVE IT'S ONLY 5 MORE WEEKENDS!! HANG IN THERE.
THE MEDICAL PAPER PLACE IS SO IRRESPONSIBLE.
ESPECIALLY IN THIS DAY AND AGE.
I ONCE GOT A DELIVERY OF FOOD FROM THE "ZONE".
HEY SENT ME A COPY OF A WOMAN'S ADDIE, HER PHONE #
AND HER CREDIT CARD NUMBER.....IN FULL!!!
I CALLED AND WHEN I TOLD THEM THE OPERATOR ALMOST DIED. SOMEHOW IT GOT INTO MY BOX AND GOT FED EX'ED TO ME :rofl:
I AM STILL MAKING PLANS FOR MY "ROOM".
IT KEEPS MY MIND BUSY. LOL
HOW ARE YOU FEELING. :getwell:
SHAD....YOU ARE MOVING AGAIN?!?! WTF!! HOPE THE ALL BLACKS GOT THEIR WILLIAM WEBB ELLIS TROPHY:cheer3:
HOW WAS THE WALK??? YOU'RE GOING TO NEED FRESH AIR SO YOU CAN GET THRU 12 HR DAYS!! SENDING GOOD THOUGHTS:yoga:
10-23-2011, 11:21 AM
Good morning ladies,
Yesterday just flew by - I have a feeling it's going to be like this going forward. I sorted a bunch of papers and got things organized, we went to an early dinner with a friend of ours, picked up some ice cream on the way home and sat and watched a movie.
Today I have some shopping to do, will get my last pedicure for probably a long time :(
I like your graphic Mel - there's no other phrase that sums it up as good as that :D That's awful about getting that other woman's credit card info - just goes to show you no one cares. The people processing the orders are making minimum wage so they don't care. One of my credit cards got compromised when I ordered some grilling stuff from a big online hardware store. Good thing my credit card noticed the unusual activity and called me and denied the suspicious transactions. And they wonder why I fight so much to give them personal info... :rolleyes: I'm glad you are having fun decorating your room. If you want to take the man cave, you can pick out enough for a studio apartment! Lots of room to roll wherever you need to be! :D
Sounds like you are pretty busy there Shad. Congrats on the All Blacks winning the World Cup. Must have made your afternoon :D Hope you got a nice walk in before it's back to those long, long days.
After alot of pushing and prodding, we got a copy of the inspection report back. Nothing to note except the furnace needed a cleaning and we were going to schedule our regular winter service check anyway. New buyers have not officially responded back but this eases my mind tremendously because you never know what might be going on behind the walls that you're not aware of. I still can't relax and probably won't until we roll out of town. It's affecting my sleeping - I get good sleep until 3am and then wake up with allergy related issues - Zyrtek D doesn't work as well as my beloved Actifed. Guess I will just have to take the 3 hour drive north to Canada once we move and stock up :lol: Anyway I seem to sleep fitfully on and off past 3am.
Need to take a shower and shave the hairy legs - don't want to scare the nice ladies at the salon. Have a good rest of your Sunday folks. :wave:
10-23-2011, 03:45 PM
Remember me saying that I wanted peace, quiet, trees and water. This is what I found. Back later tonight with chat and personals. Meantime I'd better get sorted out for another week of work.
10-23-2011, 04:10 PM
I AM POSTING NOW BECAUSE I NEED TO WORK IN THE MORNING.
THE MEETINGS ARE THURSDAY AND THEY ARE BEHIND. NOT A SURPRISE.
I ALSO FORGOT ABOUT DECEMBER'S EXTRA CHECK....
NOT LIKE I DIDN'T ALREADY EARN IT:rofl: :rofl:
FEELING BETTER AND BEEN TAKING DRUGS ALL DAY.
I'LL SEE HOW I FEEL WHEN I WAKE UP.
I MADE NO PROMISES ON THE PHONE TODAY.
JEN GOT HIT HARDER THAN I DID BUT SHE IS A BIT WEAKER.
ONE OF THE MAINT. MEN GAVE ME SOME TUMMY PILLS FOR HER YESTERDAY. THEY WORKED TOO. THANK YOU MOTA:hug:
I OPENED THE WINDOW THIS MORNING AND IT MADE ME FEEL BETTER.
SUN WAS OUT AND THE BREEZE WAS MILD:sunny:
TOO BAD THIS WEEK HAS RAIN FROM MIDWEEK RIGHT THRU TO THE WEEKEND:rain:
IT WILL BE A GOOD TIME TO KEEP SORTING OUT THE CLOSETS.
TIME FOR A QUICK SHOWER WHILE RICHIE IS COOKING HIS FAVORITE PASTA DISH.
I AM HAPPY HE'S DOING THE COOKING THIS WEEKEND:hun:
HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A HAPPY MONDAY.
HAPPY.....SO GLAD THINGS ARE GOING RIGHT SO FAR.
KEEPING FINGERS CROSSED ANYWAY :crossed:
WHEN YOU GO TO CANADA....GET ME SOME CODEINE & TYLENOL.
DON'T GET CAUGHT AT THE BORDER THOUGH..
I CAN JUST READ THE HEADLINES NOW!!!
HAIRY LEGGED AMERICAN LADY WITH PAINTED TOENAILS IN BIG DRUG BUST!!!! :lol3: :lol3:
STAY CALM THIS WEEK AND KEEP GOOD THOUGHTS IN YOUR HEAD.
GO TO SLEEP KNOWING THAT WE'RE ALL SENDING GOOD VIBES:yoga:
SHAD.....I LOVE THOSE PICS!!
YOU CERTAINLY KNOW WHERE TO FIND BEAUTY NO MATTER WHERE YOU GO!!
WHERE ARE YOU MOVING TO....OR DID YOU ALREADY DO IT???
SO HOW ARE THE BOYS AT THE MINE????
KEEPING THEM BUSY????:belly:
SHADDIE'S ALL BLACKS WON THE TROPHY!!!!
I JUST WATCHED THE CEREMOMY.
:cheer3:GO ALL BLACKS GO!!!:cheer3:
10-23-2011, 08:30 PM
Good evening Worldlies. Posting now because I have an off-site meeting tomorrow morning. Friday night was alright. I got the soup made, but didn't get to the new gym because bf was selling some items on craigslist & had to meet a buyer.
Sat. Morning was my circuit class, and the bf & I took care of the leaves in front of the house. Next was lunch & a couple errands, then the dog walk.
Bf had a friend spend the evening w the dog. The halloween party was fun, mostly low key with a bit of karaoke silliness thrown in.
Went out for breakfast this morning. Party food & Brkf food did not make for easy tracking, so I didn't log it, and dinner out isn't helping matters any. Back to it tomorrow.
I'm crabby at the moment because I have to leave the house super early to get to the meeting in the morning. Grrr.
Personals will come tomorrow. G'night all.
10-23-2011, 10:24 PM
Not much going on this week end. Went to the uncles for lunch on Saturday and back home today. Working in my office this afternoon.
I enjoyed those pictures.
10-24-2011, 01:32 AM
Don't anybody ever tell me that men can be *****y and scratchy and plain ol' ornery. They are and they do! Most of the time they are good to work with, but scratch the surface and they are worse than women.
Having said that I should also say that if you haul off and tell them which day is Friday and when, they shut up and just get on with it, grumbling and stumbling but get on with it they do.
My beef for the day. I've been listening to this lot for too long already. Take care guys before you really p*ss me off.
Ceejay - glad you enjoyed the pictures. I will find some more later tonight and put them up for you all.
Annie - how's our grandson going? We need to know such things over here you know.
Laura - sounds like you had a great weekend and got plenty of action in.
Michelle - are you still head down and butt up with work - or are you having a fun weekend.
Happy - no doubt if something had been wrong with the house you would have heard about it by now. Good to hear it was minor stuff. All will hang loose when you move out of town.
Mel - So you heard about my boy's and their win over the French. It was a gripping game and the French obviously came to play which surprised everyone as we had all expected a bigger margin of winning. I hope they didn't lose the base of that cup last night. Nobody seemed to know what to do with that. They were tossing it around like it was the football. Anyway, there will be more than a few headaches around NZ today.
That's about it for now. Someone else has arrived for a ***** and grumble. I'll be back tomorrow.
10-24-2011, 08:25 AM
Good morning ladies,
Didn't sleep well again last night - this makes at least 3 days running. Good thing I don't have to pay alot of attention or care much at work :rofl: Seriously though, it's annoying. I might go to bed early and take a shot of Nyquil cold medicine just to get a sound sleep - at least it will help the dripping coughing that kick starts the interuptions all night long.
We signed and faxed papers last night - 2 minor things to address - no worries there. WE SOLD THE HOUSE. :dancer: :dancer: :dancer: Should see the sold sign up when I get home tonight. I guess in thinking about it, I am most grateful to God and all people who have intervened for me through prayer and favors. :hug: It really IS a tough market out there - there was a house down the street that sold in about 6 weeks for a bargain price - the parents died and the kids lived out of town and had no interest in moving back to the house. I see that it is back on the market again - no doubt because financing fell through. That is happening alot I hear. So not only are there fewer people looking, but that number is further reduced because a good number of them are unable to secure financing, even though the houses are selling for under their appraised value. DH said we shouldn't get big heads about our ability to sell houses fast - I said NOT INDEED - last time we were caught up in a highly successful sellers market, this time we were just plain darn LUCKY to have things working out so well. I am done with buying and selling houses and moving and all that mularkey :rofl:
Shad - so you have an onery bunch this morning. Yep, being men sometimes they can be so dumb and obnoxious. Especially I found when they get in groups of 3 or more - testosterone overload and they try and outdo each other. The opposite of the cackling hens the ladies can be I suppose. Glad you whipped them into shape :lol: What a pretty area you found based on the pictures you posted. Looks lovely and serene - looks like you needed it judging from this morning's rant :lol:
Laura - I think it's just wrong to have to get up extra early on a Monday to get things off and running for an offsite meeting. I favor those on the end of the week myself. Look at this weekend as a trial run to put a plan in place for the upcoming foodie holidays which are right around the corner.
Mel - glad to hear you are feeling a bit better but sorry Jen is getting hit harder. At least you know what to expect. Be careful when you go through those closets - don't toss out the fleece and warm stuff - you will need it up north. Summer spaghetti strap flirty tops - those you can toss :rofl: Nice to know (even though you should earn 3 times that) that you will have a bit extra come December for unexpected expenses.
I guess I should get on with things. I am not motivated to hurry to the office at all but I'm not a complete slacker. This week I turn over my how to do reports to my co-worker and when she gets tired of listening to me, she will resume my crocheting lessons :lol3:
Will catch up with the rest of the crowd at lunch time...
10-24-2011, 09:15 AM
That sounds like a good trade off--crocheting for reports.
I first thought you were saying that you were onery. I give you permission to use the rolling pin on the one that's giving you problems.
Back to work today. Not really excited to be here. Kinda like Happy in that I do have an option of retiring at 62--next year if I want to. May look into it. I rearranaged my office yesterday and threw out a bunch of paper's etc.
It was foggy this morning on the way to work. I still want to find a matress for the futon. That thing is to heavy for me to move.
10-24-2011, 09:55 AM
Hi everyone -
The weekend was crazy busy. After surviving the last (hopefully) implementation of the year that for me only lasted until 11 pm but for other members of my team lasted 'till the wee hours of the morning.
Did I mention we'd seen a few yellow jackets in the house for the past week? Well, DH and I had figured that one or two might have gotten in from outside when we let the dogs in and out. Then Friday, I killed 4 inside while I was working at home. Friday afternoon and evening, we looked all over to see if we could see how they were getting in, and I found and killed 3 in my craft loft (which is a cluttered mess). So Saturday, I woke up and went straight to work decluttering the craft loft, armed with wasp spray and leather work gloves so I could squash any I saw. I only saw one. Then I heard the blinds on the living room front bay window moving...which I thought was really odd since no windows were open and that's not typically a drafty area. I had DH come with me to investigate the front bay window. Sure enough there were yellow jackets...about 40 of them...between the blinds and the window pane. The little b**tards built a nest in the wall under our bay window. With it getting cold outside they decided let's go inside and be warm. So DH and I killed all the ones inside by spraying them with bug spray then smashing them with our hands wearing leather work gloves so we couldn't get stung. After all the ones inside were dead, I called every exterminator in the phonebook, and nearly all said, "We don't work on Saturdays." I said, "Seriously? I've got at least 40 yellow jackets INSIDE my house and you can't send anyone out?" Finally, we found an exterminator that was willing to head to our house right away, and he arrived within an hour. He found the hive inside the wall, and sprayed the poison dust. He said said all the ones in the hive should be dead in 24 hours. He said we might still see one or two in the hiding in the house somewhere, but we didn't yesterday...thank God! We are so grateful we could get an exterminator to come out on a Saturday, and he only charged $100 for his time/service! Such a bargain for peace of mind!
Sunday was mellow by comparison...which is good because I was still exhausted from all the adrenaline and wasp killing "fun" (not) on Saturday. I had to work in the morning to check a few reports, then we ran errands, then came home and watched football.
Shad - Congrats on the All Blacks victory!! It's always so much fun when your favorite team wins the championship!! The photos from your weekend excursion are lovely. Sounds like the men are causing you a bunch of grief already this week!
Laura - That's great that bf's new gym is so close to home!! Bummer about your sucky day at work Thursday. I'm glad your boss was able to talk you down off the ledge. I hope the off-site meeting goes well today.
Ceejay - So sorry to hear about your uncle's granddaughter who has juvenile diabetes. She was born without a pancreas? :yikes: So scary about her blood sugar crash and seizures. Her parents do need to monitor her more closely. Diabetes is a scary and dangerous disease if not managed properly. Congrats on your weight loss! :woohoo:
Mel - I hope you and Jen are doing okay after your shots. I'm glad the meds are helping you both deal with all the side effects from the shots. Sending get well hugs to you both. :hug: :getwell: :hug:
Happy - I'm so glad the inspection came back really good. I can totally understand how your friends are booking up your remaining weekends there. We had such short notice (7 days) when we moved from CA to WI that we literally told friends that if they wanted to see us before we left, they had to come help us pack. :rofl: My parents, some of DH's family and some friends were so helpful. :) Thanks for the concern about my health...I relaxed most of Sunday...despite having a bunch of web work to do. I'm not taking on any new clients or projects...just trying to keep my existing clients happy. As for the Actifed...see if you can order it online from Canada. We order certain over the counter and prescription meds from Canada, and the prices are very reasonable. :) I think Nyquil before bed this week is a good idea, as you need to sleep better. Congrats on selling the house!! :woohoo: I'm so happy for you!!
Annie - So Sam and Chris are calling their son "Jake"? So cute...after Private "Tater" Jake, huh? I hope the little guy gets to come home soon.
Time to get back at it.
Love and hugs,
10-24-2011, 11:19 AM
Chelle...so that would make baby Jake...Tater Tot...ba haha
10-24-2011, 11:22 AM
Annie - Tater Tot is a perfect nickname! Reminds me of when we learned that our niece named her son Matteo Kai. DH was half-asleep when he first heard the name...so he said, "Why would she name her kid Potato Pie?" And his nickname has been Potato Pie ever since! :rofl: :lol3:
10-24-2011, 12:32 PM
Mel - Hope you and Jen are bouncing back from the shot's effects. Don't work too hard today!!
Shad - Congrats to your boys winning the cup.. Sorry your co-workers are causing you grief. Maybe there's not enough women working at these mines to balance out the maleness?? Just keep looking at your beautiful photos and take a deap breath every so often so you get a break from that. :yoga:
Happy - Congrats again, now that things are more official with the house sale. :) Yeh, it seems selling in this market requires a lot of hard work AND luck. Glad you had both going for you!! I think you'll catch up fine with the packing activities once you finish out this week at work... but I love Michelle's idea to have friends over to help you pack, or at least keep you company while doing it!
I agree, it's absolutely dumb to have the early meeting on a Monday morning - I would have preferred any other day. I'm lucky I even remembered it. But it was generally worthwhile. Re my weekend eating - I would probably get an F. :( Really need to work on my strategy because of the upcoming holiday season, as well as more social events coming up this weekend.
Ceejay - Nice to have the retirement option coming up, if you can swing it and truly want to. Good for you cleaning out the paperwork!! I went through some old receipts yesterday afternoon looking for one in particular and had no luck. And it also depressed me because I know I have this weird phobia that makes tossing certain paperwork very difficult for me. I think I would get past this if I could get my paperwork more organized - and that requires time. Just don't have enough of it. Maybe I need to start taking stuff on the train again, LOL. I hope your cousin's child is stablilized now and that her parents take the steps needed for her to live with her diabetic condition. It's very serious - bf has a friend that went through a kidney & pancreas organ transplant because of complications from his diabetes - which likely arose because he didn't take steps to control it. Lifestyle management is so important with diabetes!! My heart goes out to this girl.
Michelle - OMG, that wasp thing sounds like such a nightmare!! :yikes: Thank goodness you got the bug guy out so quickly to deal with it!!! You got a great deal, which is nice because I know it must be worth 2 or 3 times as much to have the peace of mind that the problem has been dealt with. Has the point of entry been completely closed off?? Love the Potato Pie story!!! :rofl:
Annie - Awww, Tater Tot - that's very cute.
Nothing much else to report on my end - I got to my meeting okay this morning. Hate leaving the house when it's so dark.
Last night we had storms come through late in the evening. Doggy started getting anxious, so bf took him in the living room and got him to relax. Poor baby. I'd hoped we were past this for the season.
We're selling one of our vacuum cleaners and I had come across the receipt a while back, but now I can't recall where I put it (for safekeeping, of course, hahaha). So annoying. BF seems to think it'll help to have the receipt for selling it. I guess I agree, but it might have to be good enough to have all the manuals and attachments. This vacuum is good, but it's big, heavy, and awkward to use. We only have area rugs and no carpet, so we don't think we need such a heavy duty vacuum as that.
That's about it for me. Back to work.
10-25-2011, 08:02 AM
Good Morning Chicklets.....
Baby Jake i.e. Tater Tot..is doing so well. They have upped his breast milk intake to 20 ml per feeding. He is off the CPat oxygen and now on Vapotherm oxygen, just a small tube prong thing stuck in his nose. I was there yesterday when Sissy got to hold him. So sweet. He made a funny sucking noise when the binky was in his mouth. I will try to upload new pix within a couple of days.
Made pinto bean soup in the crockpot yesterday, man were they good, or I was just very hungry for them. Cooked them with a couple hunks of ham, onion, garlic, pepper and green pepper. Then sliced up smoked sausage, browned it on the stove then flung it in the beans. Made sweet cornbread to go with...YUM YUM!
Laura...I have an Oreck vacuum which I just love. It only weighs 7 lbs. It sucks up crap like crazy. Even does tiled/linoleum floors. I broom the kitchen into a pile then get the Oreck and suck up the pile, makes for a better clean up than a dust pan.
Shaddie....know how you feel about those stinking Monday morning meetings...we have our staff meeting EVERY Monday from 9-11:30 and you can tell no one really cares about what is going on. Heck mostly we are all still asleep. Loved the pictures, you do such a great job with pix....
Chelle...Yellow jackets in the house...yikes....and building a nest in the wall. That just sounds spooky, maybe a halloween thing...lol. Glad it all got taken care of, would of been bad if you were sleeping and they stung you, automatically would of thought of a spider bite instead.
Happy...you sold the house..YEAH!! It is all good. One day you will look back at all this chaos and laugh...maybe one day far off when we are all retired to the commune. I am so glad things are falling into place and you can move on to the better things in life. Hugs sista.
MELLIE....are you ready for the meetings yet? Blah! Extra check in December, yeah, just in time for the C word season. Mmmm pasta...chef Richie is in da house..yeah! Is he anything like Sven or Ricardo? lol Loved the balloon bouquet.
Ceejay..hmmm, retiring at 62, the way things are going for me, I will have to work til I die. Hope you can work things out and do what your heart desires.
Work is crazy busy getting slicks put together in booklet form for the companies purchasing Humana Insurance. We order it all through the system and it is put together at a warehouse and shipped directly to the companies, so that part is good.
Not much else going on...today's high is 75, then tomorrow the rain and cooler temps fall into place.....Not looking forward to winter, I say bypass that part.
Smiles everyone..only 146 days till Spring!!!
Loves and Hugs
10-25-2011, 08:09 AM
WOW....YESTERDAY LASTED FOREVER AND I AM TIORED TODAY.
NOTHING NEW HERE SO THIS IS SHORT.
I'VE ALREADY BEEN DOWNSTAIRS AND GOT THE ONE MAN STARTED.
THE OTHER KNOWS WHAT TO DO.
THE BOSS IS OUT WITH HER PULLED BACK.
SHOULD BE AN INTERESTING DAY :lol3:
HAVE A GREAT DAY. GOTTA RUN FOR NOW :scooter:
SHAD....YES I JUST SAW THE PART WHEN THEY BEGAN TO GET ON TO THE STAGE TO RECEIVE THE AWARD.
I ACTUALLY STARTED TO CRY WHEN I THINK A TEAM MEMBER HAD TEARS IN HIS EYES. :cheer2:
TO ME, A CLOSE SCORE MAKES THE WIN ALL THE SWEETER AND MORE EXCITING!!
SORRY THE LADS ARE GIVING YOU FITS OVER THERE.
IT MUST BE IN THEIR NATURE. HOPE THEY REALIZE WHO THEY ARE DEALING WITH BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE :witch:
HAPPY.....YOUR NEWS IS SOOOO WONDERFUL!!!! :cheer3: :cheer: :cheer2: CONGRATULATIONS ON THE SALE.
I AM SO VERY HAPPY FOR YOU:hug:
LAURA....GLAD THE PARTY WAS FUN AND HOPE THE MEETING WENT WELL.
ALSO GLAD BF FOUND SOMEONE FOR THE DOGGIE. GOOD LUCK SELLING THE VACUUM....
I GAVE THE HEAVY ONE TO JEN!!:rofl: RICHIE CAN USE IT!!!
CEEJAY....I ALWAYS WONDERED WHY FUTON MATTRESSES ARE SO HEAVY.
HOPE YOU FIND ONE THAT YOU CAN MOVE AROUND. GOOD LUCK LOOKING INTO THE RETIREMENT STUFF.
MAYBE FIND THE GOLDEN GOOSE!!!
MICHELLE....SO GLAD YOU FOUND A MAN TO COME AND GET THOSE BEES OUT OF THERE. YILES!!! SCARY STUFF.
GLAD NO ONE GOT ATTACKED BY 40 BEES EITHER!!!
ANNIE.....SO GLAD TO HEAR JAKE IS DOING WELL AND WILL BE HOME SOON. JEN HAD TO STAY A WEEK WHEN SHE WAS BORN.
I MISSED THE GOING HOME PART. SENDING SISSY A BIG HUG:hug:
10-25-2011, 08:44 AM
Good morning ladies,
Just running through with a cup of coffee saluting you all. :coffee: I left the kitchen in a bit of dis-aray last night - opted for some extra sleep getting to bed early and it took me longer to straighten up this morning than I had planned. Also am meeting a good friend for our "last lunch" :cry: :( today - wanted to write her a personal note for her card and that always seems to use up a good time chunk.
Got up this morning to feed Mr. Feral and noticed the sign fairy came in the middle of the night (because it wasn't there at 11pm) and now we have a SOLD sign in the yard. I'm sure the neighbors will be surprised. I tried to explain what that meant to Mr. Feral but he only wanted to know if I included cat treats in his dish this morning :)
Hope you all have a good Tuesday - sounds like things are going well in everyone's world. May it stay that way... ;)
10-25-2011, 09:54 AM
I'm from the old school but when I read the name Tater Tot I immediately thought of Tater in the Snuffy Smith cartoon's--usually in Sunday morning paper here. Glad he is doing well and growing.
Retiring is wishful thinking for me.
Things are winding down here in the South for you. I need to write a thank you card to my neice for when we went to Silver Dollar City.
Hello's to Larua, Michelle, and Mel
Nothing new here.
10-25-2011, 10:45 AM
Annie - So happy that little Jake is doing well! :) Yum, the soup and cornbread sounds so good. :hungry: We still have the vacuum we had before the heavy one, and that one is lighter and does a pretty good job. We'll probably use that one until we decide if we want an even lighter one like an Oreck.
Mel - Hope you get to relax today.
Happy - Seeing that "sold" sign must have made you smile this morning. :)
Ceejay - There's gonna be a lot of people working to full retirement age and beyond...you won't be alone. But we can still dream...and live vicariously through Happy, LOL.
Hi Michelle!! Hi Shad!!
Nuttin' going on. Bad food day yesterday, and today's not starting out too well either. Habits are sure hard to change.
Didn't do much of anything after work. Went through some more paperwork last night, but still didn't come across that receipt. At least I got some more paper sorted. Bf said it doesn't really matter re the receipt, what's good is that we have the manual. I will urge him to get photos taken and post an ad craigslist on Friday. That's the day when everyone really looks for what they're "shopping" for.
I tried to upload my vacation photos to the computer, but no luck. Bf determined that our card reader doesn't accept the newer memory card we bought while we were on vacation. We will need to buy a new card reader. Bf's newer laptop had a built-in card reader, but I don't want to store those photos on his laptop. Oh, this technology stuff is a real PITA, isn't it?
Tonight's movie night. I think I'm gonna skip it, given I already have something going on Friday and Saturday night this weekend.
That's all for today!
10-25-2011, 01:51 PM
Happy Tuesday ladies -
On the way home last night, my head got so congested and I started having a major sneezing fit. Something must be going on in the farms/woods that I pass by on my way home! Then I was still having sinus/head congestion even in the house. I took an allergy pill AND a Nyquil...so needless to say I fell asleep very early. :lol: I was still a bit stuffy this morning, and my throat's sore from the sneezing and post-nasal junk...but I'm feeling much better than last night.
Oh, and this morning, there was a male/worker yellow jacket flying in the kitchen. Since this is the first one we've seen...I'm sure he's just a straggler that was hiding elsewhere in the house and didn't make it back to the poisoned nest. If we see any more, we'll be calling the exterminator back out.
Just got invited to a meeting....I'll check in later or tomorrow.
Love and hugs to all,
10-25-2011, 05:12 PM
Another day, another dollar as they say. I'm looking forward to going home on Friday, however they have asked me to come back next week to help out in the coal handling plant - these are the guys who chattered, giggled and fooled their way through training and now are having problems with coming to grips with the new system. Since I have had to cancel my trip to NZ anyway, I have said okay. But I am returning with the cattle prod and the broom and my witches hat so they had better watch out.
How I am supposed to prepare for the second rollout I have no idea, but I will do it eventually, if I have to develop the asset structure all by myself. It's too soon and no one is ready anyway so why they persist in going ahead I do not know.
Mel - That bloke who had the tears in his eyes was our big bad guy. He is about 6' 6" and he was just about the oldest man in the tournament at 37. This was his last outing with the All Blacks and he will see out his career in Japan over the next two years. I think I might have converted Happy's DH to my type of footy. He seems to have enjoyed the game. Not sure how he sat through 80 minutes of it because it was a real test match - hard, punishing rugby and not very fancy.
Hope Jen gets better soon
Ceejay - retirement for me anyway is only feasible if there is enough in the kitty to retire gracefully and be able to do the things we love to do now. It's a balancing act. If I can work hard for another couple of years, I might be able to retire on those terms. It won't be easy.
Laura - when you finish that paperwork at your place, come and do mine. It's horrendous and I haven't been home to do any. It's going to be a case of 15 minutes at a time every day to get through it. Such a bore.
Michelle - hope you get over the sneezes and that the wasps just go away and leave you in peace. 'Invited' to a meeting. There's a new one.
Happy - Good on the 'Sold Sign Fairy'. Poor Mr Feral. He is going to miss you people. Only a few more days at work and then only a few more weeks to moving, then only a few more weeks to peace and retirement. Hope you have plenty to occupy yourself with after the neighbours have been met, and the rellies have been reaquainted and the furniture is in place.
Annie - so many changes in your life this month. Hope you are looking after yourself. Soup and cornbread sounds good to me. I will be right there. Have you heard when little Jake is coming home?
Okay - better go throw myself in the shower and get ready for Wednesday at the mine. I keep trying to get home early, but 9.00pm is just about the earliest I can leave these days. There are a few issues out there but my biggest is about to come on Thursday when the one person who doesn't get ANYTHING returns to shift. Still my problem will be solved eventually I guess. Gotta go.
10-26-2011, 07:22 AM
WHATEVER HAVE WE DONE WITH OCTOBER??
IT SEEMS TO BE RAPIDLY DISAPPEARING ON ME!!
TOMORROW ARE THE MEETINGS AND I DON'T FEEL LIKE GOING.
TOO BAD MELLIE ....GOTTA GO.
CHATTED WITH JOHN, JEN & THE BOSSLADY.
JOHN IS SO CALM NOW BUT I THINK MISSES WORK A LITTLE.
JEN FEELS BETTER BUT NOT HER USUAL SELF.
THE BOSS'S BACK IS KILLING HER.
AND MEL....SHE JUST KEEPS ROLLING ALONG LIKE AN OLD GOODYEAR!!!
NOTHING ELSE NEW. HAPPY WEDNESDAY/THURSDAY CHICKS:moped:
HAPPY....SO GLAD YOU GOT THE SOLD SIGN OUT!!
GOOD TO SHOCK THE NEIGHBORS!! ROFLMAO
MAYBE NEXT TIME THEY'LL TREAT THEIR NEIGHBORS BETTER.
HOPE MR FERAL FINDS A FRIEND IN THE NEW BUYERS:hug:
CEEJAY.....I FORGOT ALL ABOUT TATER IN THE SNUFFY CARTOONS. I JUST HAVE A VAGUE MEMORY.
THINK I SPENT MORE TIME READING BLONDIE!!!
LAURA.....TECHIE STUFF DRIVES ME NUTS!! BUT AT LEAST YOU SOUND
LIKE YOU KNOW WHAT YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT!!:rofl:
L;ING TIME AGO I GAVE IT A SHOT WITH WEBSHOTS THANKS TO SHAD.
HOPE THE VAC SELLS FAST!!!
MICHELLE.....HOPE THE MEETING WENT OK AND THE BEES ARE FINALLY GONE!!!!
GOOD LUCK WITH BOTH!!! FEEL BETTER SOON. EVERYONE I KNOW HAS PROBLEMS RIGHT NOW.
SHAD......LORDY KIDDO....WHAT'S WITH THESE PEOPLE THAT AREN'T GETTING IT OR PAYING ATTENTION??
DON'T THEY REALIZE WHEN YOU GO HOME THEY ARE ON THEIR OWN??
HOPE THEY LISTEN INTENTLY AND FIGURE IT ALL OUT NEXT WEEK.....
AND THE ONE WHO COMES BACK TO SHIFT THURS!!! GOOD LUCK :crossed:
I GUESS TOO THAT THE FOOTY GUY WILL BE VERY SAD TO LEAVE.
I AM GLAD HE LEFT WITH A WINNING TEAM THOUGH.
MUST BE A BITTERSWEET MEMORY FOR HIM.
I SAW 2 HUGE GUYS....ONE WHITE AND ONE BLACK....BOTH HAD ME TEARING UP.:cry:
BUT THEN I CRY WITH ANONE'S NATIONAL ANTHEM OR HALLMARK COMMERCIALS!!!!:lol3:
10-26-2011, 09:14 AM
Happy Hump Day ladies -
Was feeling under the weather still when I got home yesterday, so I took a Nyquil and went to sleep. I got up for an hour or two when DH got home from work, then back to sleep. I think it was just what the doc ordered as I'm feeling better today. My head congestion has eased up a lot. :yay:
Tonight when I get home, I should do some work for a website client...hopefully I'll be feeling up to it by the end of the day. DH is going to have another injection in his back to help with his knee pain. The first injection seemed to help a lot, and he needs at least two more for the treatment to be complete. I have an appointment next week with the back doctor to see about scheduling another radio frequency ablation treatment on my back sometime in November or December (hopefully over Thanksgiving or Christmas weeks).
Happy - I'm sure it must be a thrill each time you see the "SOLD" sign!! Each day you get closer and closer to retirement and to your move! I hope your last few days at work are good. Any more crochet lessons scheduled? Is your DH making progress on the packing while you're at work? Too bad you can't take Mr. Feral with you.
Shad - It's good you get to go home for the weekend...but too bad you have to come back because the trainees couldn't be bothered to pay attention. I hope the rest of your week goes better, including Thursday when the clueless person returns. When the Packers won the Super Bowl earlier this year, some of our older players had tears in their eyes. They'd worked so hard in their career, but had never made it to the championship game, much less won it. My DH and I enjoy watching rugby. I don't always understand it, but we both enjoy good sports competitions. As for being "invited" to a meeting...I guess the word I should've used is "summoned". :rofl:
Annie - My DH and I will likely be working 'till we die too. I hope baby Jake is doing better today and remembering to breathe. Sending lots of love, hugs and prayers to Jake, Sam, you and the whole family. 145 days until Spring? I'll take it! :D :beach:
Ceejay - I'm a long ways off from retiring in terms of $$. DH and I are enjoying life now even if we do have to work into our 60s and 70s. So many people work like crazy and never make it to retirement. A co-worker's father just passed away suddenly of a heart attack at age 55.
Laura - Any fun Halloween weekend plans? A co-worker of mine went to the Pumpkin Festival in Highwood, IL. She posted a photo of just ONE of the huge walls of carved pumpkins! Apparently 30,900 pumpkins were carved and lit! Have you ever been to that festival? I think DH and I will try and go next year.
Mel - I'm glad Jen is feeling a little better today. I hope the bosslady feels better soon too. Back pain sucks. I wish October would slow down...I'm not ready for November or December yet. And I'm sure not ready for snow.
I'd better get back to it...lots of research and doco work to do.
Much love and big hugs to all,
10-26-2011, 10:19 AM
Feel better soon. I smelled hay the other day while at my uncles. It usually doesn't bother me. but I stuffed up immediately. Are things slowing down at work?
Glad you talked to John. I'm sure he misses some aspects of work. Mainly the people. I know I would. The futon is heavy to move because it's on a steel frame.
I'm thinking that I'm going green with all this paper work.
I'm making plans on going back over to Jonesboro to help my friend move on Friday. She and another of our friend's will be sharing a house together. And yes it has a third bedroom for me. Yippee. I'm working for L tomorrow.
10-26-2011, 10:47 AM
Shad – Those are long hours you’re working these days. It’ll be good for you to have a weekend back home at least before going back. At least round two with the guys should be more focused. And your "props" will certainly help!! :lol3: :witch:
Mel – Yeh, where did October go??!! The end of the year is rapidly approaching!! I hope the meetings tomorrow aren’t too long and tiresome. :sp:
Michelle – Glad you’re feeling better - it sounds like the allergies were kicking your butt the past couple days. I hope you don’t see any more wasps/bees in the house anymore. :eek: The only Halloween plans are that I’m taking a half day of vacation on Monday to keep the dog distracted while the trick-or-treaters come to the door. I read a blurb over the weekend about a town lighting 31,000 jack-o-lanterns to break a Guinness World Record – but I couldn’t remember where, though I figured it was local if it was in our paper. That sounds like a sight to see!
Ceejay - I've read about people who scan their paperwork and save it to the computer, but that sounds like a lot of work and maybe even less pleasant than just filing it away. It seems like the bank is always bugging me to go to paperless statements, and it's tempting, but I have a feeling I'd still be printing them out for some purpose or other. I'm not sure what the solution is.
Hellos to Happy & Annie. :wave:
Nothing much to report. I skipped the movie last night and didn’t do much of anything at home. Well, I did do a BE workout, so that’s something. :D
Feeling sort of grumpy this week and I’m not sure why. It might be the shorter days. Dunno.
Tonight I’ll take an exercise class if the car is available, otherwise I’ll do another BE workout. Tomorrow I’m baking a snack for Friday’s book club – probably a cranberry-orange quick bread. Friday evening is book club. Saturday night we’re going to dinner with friends and then to a bar that has karaoke.
What else? I plugged my iron into another outlet last night and it heated right up, so I ironed a shirt this morning that I haven’t worn for a while, no problem. So I’m just not sure what the iron’s problem is when it sometimes won’t heat up. Is it a problem with the outlet I normally use, or is it the iron’s electrical cord being temperamental?? I’ll ask bf to check the outlet – he has a tool to test that. As for the cord – I considered dismantling the iron to see if anything seemed amiss, but it looks like it would be a real PITA to do.
Well, that’s all of my exciting news and thoughts for now. Have a great day everyone.
10-26-2011, 02:40 PM
I like your props especially the witches broom.
Have you checked the plug in to see if anything else works in it?
My plans have changed. L is going to have to be off the rest of the week. She's had some oral surgery. I knew it was coming from the way she talked.
10-26-2011, 07:56 PM
I guess we have to think up something nasty for Novembers thread. Nothing November or something just to keep the mojo happy.
My flight for Friday has just been cancelled due to industrial action by baggage handlers, pilots, customs and immigration officers and just about any one else involved in the airline. Don't exactly know what I will be doing at this point. Need to know soon so I can cancel a couple of appointments I have.
Not feel inspired by much today. Yesterday the HR chick came and asked if I would give a SAP demonstration regarding what and how we do to some prospective employees - after they have sat for a personality test. A what............? Whatever happened to employers actually talking with the person long enough to establish whether or not they might fit in a team or are solo flyers? Anyone can learn a computer system, it is not that difficult. Bah humbug.
Michelle - Interesting photo of the wall of pumpkins. What do they do with all the insides of the pumpkins? Do they eat it or throw it out?
Mel - so you cry for Hallmark commercials. Suck it up Princess. It's only an ad. The guys do very well out of going to play in some of the minor Rugby nations. 2 years up there should set him up for life - and that's not counting the commercial aspect and exposure. Then when he comes back, he will probably get minor work commentating on games and advertising here as well. Cry not for him old girl, spend the tears on the lost opportunities - such as you didn't turn out to be an overpaid, underworked, idolised sports MAN.
Ceejay - you and me will both be working on others jobs for the next few days. We are such nice people!!!!! :lol3:
Laura - Sometimes it is easier to chuck the iron out and buy a new one, but these days they are so expensive. Trying to find a repairer is like panning for gold in the Brisbane River - theres never anything there.
Happy - hope no one made off with the Sold sign over night and that the packing is progressing steadily. Not long to go now. Yeehah. Oh and I had and invite from your DH to visit and sit on a log in your new backyard as well. Just thought I would tell you in case he hadn't!!! :lol3: :yoga:
Better go. People to see, processes to write, idiots to knock about.
10-27-2011, 08:07 AM
GOOD MORNING CHICKS.
ON THE RUN A LITTLE BIT.
NO ONE TO GET THE OFFICE OPENED ON TIME.
LOT OF DR VISITS DOWN THERE!
I MUST BE THE ONLY HEALTHY ONE:rofl:
HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A GREAT DAY.
I NEED TO SHOWER & DO MY HAIR FOR THE MEETINGS.
CAN'T GO LOOKING LIKE THIS :yikes:
SHAD.... WE SHOULD ALL BE SO LUCKY AS TO BE OVERPAID AND IDOLIZED :love:
VERY SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE FLIGHT BEING CANCELED.
HOPE THEY GET THAT STRAIGHTENED OUT FAST.
THE WHOLE WORLD SEEMS TO BE EITHER STRIKING, HAVING SIT INS OR DEMONSTRATING FOR SOMETHING!!
CEEJAY.....SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE CHANGED PLANS.
THEY'RE LUCKY TO HAVE YOU THERE AND FILL IN LIKE THAT.
DID YOU MEAN YOU MIGHT MOVE INTO THE 3RD BEDROOM?
OR JUST FOR VISITING!?!?!?
LAURA.....GOOD LUCK WITH THE IRON!!! I WOULDN'T KNOW WHERE TO BEGIN. DON'T REMEMBER SEEING ANY SCREWS ON MY OLD ONE!! LOL
HOPE THE WEEKEND AND CLUB AND DINNER GO WELL. SOUNDS GOOD TO ME. I AM CRABBY ALL THE TIME SO DON'T FEEL TOO BADLY :rofl:
MICHELLE....GLAD YOU GOT SOME REST AND ARE FEELING BETTER. I AM TRYING TO SEE YOUR PICTURE BUT IT'S NOT COOPERATING.
I KNOW IT'SME BUT I'LL TRY LATER. HAVE A RESTFUL WEEKEND:hug:
10-27-2011, 08:18 AM
Good morning all,
I don't have time to post this morning - did a few things this morning which took up my computer time. Today is our lunch at the Brazilian steak house - I'm sure several of us (like me) are skipping the meat and just doing the salad bar. Should be fun if the rain doesn't move in and spoil our party. I will try and sneak in later to post. The clock is ticking and the days are starting to fly by.
10-27-2011, 09:08 AM
Good Morning/Night Chickies....
I made fresh autumn spice coffee in the breakroom this morning, not only is it delish, it makes this place smell good. Stop on by and join me for a cup.
Was so swamped over yesterday at work. Even stayed later than norm. Blah. I did make it over to the hospital at lunch to see baby Jake. He has finally gained back to his birth weight, off the IV and billirubin (sp) light (for jaundice). His coloring is perfect and seems to be catching onto things. Still forgetting to breath every once in a while, that freaks me out. He is up to an ounce (30 mil) per feeding. He has to gain a bit more weight and go 5 days without forgetting to breath before he can some home. Doc is guessing maybe by the end of November. Yeah! Samantha is doing well with her breast pumping and may actually get to breast feed baby Jake by the weekend. She has about 12 more pounds to go to be back at pre-Jake weight. She is looking awesome and proving out to be an excellent mommie thus far. I am so very proud of her. Chris (baby daddy) is doing such an awesome job of taking care of Sam and the babe. He is so into it. That does my heart good.
Now that I passed my insurance licensing test, I applied for my license on-line yesterday, that takes a couple of weeks because Indiana is still reviewing my app. Here is one for you...if you are 3 months or 3000 dollars behind on child support, you cannot get your license. Thought that was odd but yet a good thing. My ex would never have gotten his license as he still owes me 12K, yes 12K. Not worth the cost of lawyer, courts etc as he has no money and you cannot get blood from a turnip.
HAPPY....sounds like you are wrapping stuff up to get on with the move. I wish you could take Mr. Feral with you. We left behind our outside cat and we missed her like the dickens, however she is one of the cats that me and the kids watched being born in my laundry room. I am sure she is long gone by now as she would have been around 15 this year. That is pretty long for a wilderness cat to live.
CEEJAY...I can remember Snuffy Smith but not the cartoons or comics, and I do not remember the character Tater. I will have to google that one. Have fun in Jonesboro Friday, altho unless you have some adult beverages, that moving thing is no fun.
LAURA...I agree with SHAD, just pitch it and get a new one...the cost of a new one will outweigh the frustration of fixing the old one. Listen here missy, time to knuckle down and get on a healthy eating plan. Listen to me...ha. This is a rough time of year to be dieting...Halloween, Thanksgiving, then Christmas and New Years...blah.
CHELLE...Yuck on the congestion. Glad you are feeling better tho. Take good care of yourself and get plenty of rest and drink lots of water. We don't need you down and out AGAIN. When you get ready to move to that warmer climate (CA) let me know, I may go with. How's the yellowjacket situation, anymore stragglers? Oh and how are the doggies?
MELLIE...Meeting day for you..blah. If you are the only healthy one in the office, GO BACK HOME!!!! You don't need to get contaminated and sick from all the sicklies. Poof..I just threw up the anti-germ screen around you, nothing can enter it. Hope the meetings are short ones for you. and I love how when you take control of the men and get them off on their assignments...
SHADDIE...another day, another dollar...right..more like another day another bit of change. Hope you could get a flight out and get home. That just sucks. How about NUTTIN NASTY IN NOVEMBER FOR THE WORLDLIES???
Best be gettin on with this. Have a marvelous day/night.
Loves and hugs.
10-27-2011, 12:38 PM
Shad - sorry you can't get a flight home due to the strike. Boo!!!!
Mel - Hope you don't pick up any germs in the office.
Ceejay - Sorry you have to fill in for L. I wouldn't like my schedule to unexpectedly change like that.
Michelle - For some reason I didn't see the photo when I first read your post. I wonder when we'll learn if they broke that record.
Happy - Enjoy your lunch today - is tomorrow your LAST DAY OF WORK???!!!
Annie - Glad the little guy is making progress. End of November sounds like a long time, but I'm sure it'll fly by. You and Shad are right about the iron. If I need it and it doesn't work even one more time I'll be ticked, so better to just buy another. They are expensive though, so I have to decide if I want to go the pricey route or the basic route. I occasionally sew, and that's when a nice iron comes in handy...
Have I forgotten anyone???
Yesterday I walked home from the train (since I got dropped off in the AM) and that was nice. I like those walks when the sidewalks are clear. I also took doggy for a walk in the dark. Gosh he needs a lighted collar or that reflective vest I mentioned buying!
I also did a BE workout, so I got my exercise after work.
This afternoon is a fundraising event in which I'm participating on a team of 5 that is supposed to be similar to The Amazing Race, and there are 6 other teams we'll compete against. I'm hoping it's nothing too physical in terms of the "missions" we'll be performing in the area downtown around our office. Maybe it'll be more like a treasure hunt instead. Those I'm familiar with. Wish me luck! Oh, and cross your fingers for better weather! My umbrella went kaput this morning, but good thing it wasn't raining much (just sprinkles) and I have my lightweight water-resistant windbreaker with me.
Re the umbrella - Totes has a lifetime warranty and so if I send $5 and the umbrella to them, I will get a new one. I can't recall how much they cost (it's one of those compact ones) - maybe it's not worth the $5 and the cost of mailing it to them. Hmmm.
10-27-2011, 12:50 PM
I just learned this morning that I do not have to work Friday and Saturday. I keeping myself at home to finish up some odd jobs I have going on. Shame on those baggage handlers. Hope their problems are resolved soon. You need some much needed down time.
Did the flu shots make every one sick?
Hope baby Jake is doing well enough to go home soon. My nephew's baby had jaundice. I would be frightening to see a baby stop breathing even for a split second. As my sister would say you will be a bonefied licensed insurance rep very soon.
Enjoy your luncheon.
I don't think I'll go to Jonesboro tomorrow. I really need to be at home finishing up some odd jobs and finally have the land lord come out to the apartment to take care of some things.
10-27-2011, 01:38 PM
Laura...I think you can get the Totes umbrella from Walmart for like 10 bucks or less.
Ceejay...Sometimes it is just nice to stay home.
Went to the hospital at lunch, I got to hold baby Jake for a few minutes. First time. He is so sweet. I fell even more in love with him, if that is possible. I cried, he did not. Go figure! Samantha also breast fed for the first time. Lil Monkey took his oz thru the feed tube, then breast fed for 25 minutes. Oink....glad tho, he will grow even more.
My heart is smiling today. My momma is looking down on all of us keeping us safe. Wish she was here. She would of loved this.
10-27-2011, 04:49 PM
Ceejay - Glad you get Fri and Sat off to take care of personal business.
Annie - I think Jake's gonna gain weight as fast as he can so he can go home w/ Mom & Dad ASAP!! :)
Just finished the fundraising event about a half hour ago. It was fun, but I feel rather gross and sweaty now because I was overdressed and we were doing a lot of brisk walking to get to our locations (we walked to 4 of the 5 locations).
Tonight I'm making the cranberry-orange bread for Friday's book club. Other than that, probably nothing. Maybe throw in a load of wash and do another BE workout since I'm already in need of a shower.
MEETINGS WEREN'T TOO BAD. THE ECONOMY SUCKS.
THE PROPERTIES ARE SLOWLY GOING INTO THE RED.
LOTS OF EXPENSES AND NOT ENOUGH RENTALS MONIES.
BUT IT'S ALMOST THE END OF THE YEAR & NEW BUDGET MONIES WILL ARRIVE.
JUST BEFORE THE MEETING BEGAN, SO DID MY SCIATICA. :rofl: TOOK 2 PILLS AND PRAYED HARD.
CAME UP HERE AND COULDN'T SLEEP TILL ALMOST MIDNIGHT.
FEELS OK TODAY. SUCH A FUNNY BACKSIDE I HAVE.:faint:
ON THE RUN. THE OFFICE IS SHORT AGAIN AND I NEED SOME STUFF DONE FOR THE WEEKEND.
HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A GREAT DAY....SWEET DREAMS SHADDIE:cloud9:
HAPPY.....OMG HOPE YOU SAVED THE STEAK FOR ME:hun: :drool:
I AM STILL THE OLDE ENGLISH BEEF EATER!! :rofl: LOVE THOSE COWS!!
HOPE YOU HAD A GOOD TIME. THE TIME IS FLYING BY....ARE YOU PACKED YET????
ANNIE.....GEEZ....READING ABOUT JAKE IS SO MUCH LIKE JEN'S STORY.
BRINGS BACK MEMORIES. SENDING THE WEE ONE A LOT OF GOOD THOUGHTS & PRAYERS. SENDING STRENGTH FOR SAM. SO GOOD TO HEAR CHRIS HAS THE REINS AND IS TAKING CARE OF HIS SWEETIES. :hug"
THANKS FOR THE GERM SCREEN. IT WORKED!! BUT I THINK MOST OF THEIR ILLNESSES ARE IN THEIR HEADS:crazy:
TOO BAD THEY DIDN'T TAKE JEN'S FATHER'S LICENSE AWAY....HE NEVER PAID A DIME SINCE SHE WAS 7 1/2!!! MOMMA HAD TO GO OUT AND GET A JOB. NO RENT MONEY OR FOOD! BUT IT TAUGHT ME A LOT:dancer:
LAURA..... LAST NIGHT AT THE MEETINGS WE HEARD IT WAS A POSSIBILITY OF SNOW....I THOUGHT RIGHT AWAY OF YOU AND THE BICYCLE!! NOT SURE WHY THAT THOUGHT JUMPED INTO MY HEAD:rofl: GET THE VEST FOR THE DOGGIE AND SOMETHING FOR YOU TOO!!
SOME PEOPLE AROUND HERE HAVE THAT TAPE SEWN ONTO THEIR "DOG WALKING" JACKETS. TOO MANY NEAR MISSES. HOPE THE AMAZING RACE WAS FUN:hug:
PS: I SEE YOU HAD A GOOD TIME. SOUNDED LIKE FUN.
I THINK I SMELL THE CRANBERRY ORANGE BREAD. I MUST REMEMBER TO TELL JEN TO GET THOSE MIXES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
CEEJAY.....HOPE YOU GET THE STUFF DONE FOR THE APT.
YOU NEED TO TAKE CARE OF YOU TOO.
NOT SURE ABOUT THE FLU SHOTS BUT EVERY TIME I DON'T FEEL GOOD....THEY END UP "SICK" TOO. I THINK IT'S A MENTAL THING WITH THEM!!:rofl: A RIGHT BUNCH OF HYPOCHONDRIACS THEY ARE:dizzy:
10-28-2011, 07:42 AM
Laura...nuttin' like stinky and sweatty to feel like you have accomplished a great workout, even if walking, it does a heart good. The bread sounds quite yummy.
10-28-2011, 07:50 AM
Good Morning/Night all ya'll.....
GO CARDS! Yeah...what a game....one more time boys, one more time!
Let me know if you all get sick of hearing about baby Jake...I am just so amazed by him. He gained 10 grams over night. 30 grams is an ounce. It is not much but we take what we can get. Docs think maybe, with fingers crossed he may get to come home Thanksgiving. Sam would of been 37 weeks at that point.
MELLIE...yeah, deliquent fathers suck. There is THAT reason also why they are X's. Plus a menagerie of other reasons too many to type. Bunch of A-holes. Better keep the forcefield up even if the seniors ailments are in their heads, you are what you hang with, and you, too, may get head issues...lolol
Hidee Ho to all the rest of yuns. Have a terrific Friday/Saturday. Will check back later if I get a chance.
10-28-2011, 08:07 AM
Keep those Baby Jake stories coming. I'm so happy that hs is making progress. What does Curtis think of the new baby?
Tell that siactic nerve to behave itself. I have an aunt with that problem and she suffers too.
Save me a piece of that cranberry orange bread. What a good fall treat!
Any plans this week end that doesn't involve work?
How was the lunch?
Still raining this morning. We really need it.
Thought I heard my phone get a text message this morning but when I checked all I found was an old voice message from the doctor's office which reminded me that it's time for a b12.
10-28-2011, 10:34 AM
Morning all. TGIF!!!!
Mel – Hope the sciatica is under control again and that Annie’s germ guard is still in place when you go down to the office!! I heard about the forecast for snow out east – oh nooooooooo!!! (Mel, remember the claymation Mr. Bill on SNL? He always said that right before he got smooshed, heehee). Yeh, doggie and I both need bright stuff to wear. Must go shopping!!
Annie – Yeh, I got a good workout with all that walking yesterday. No, we don’t get tired of hearing Jake stories!! Keep ‘em coming! A Thanksgiving homecoming for baby would be so special!! Prayers out for that! I went to bed while bf was still watching the ball game, so I was wondering how it turned out... The Cards are still alive! :whoo: What a matchup. It must have been so cold during last night’s game. I’m not surprised by all the errors - how can your hands work when they’re numb???!!! All because of the greed and the extra $$ made from an extra-long season. :soap:
Ceejay – There always seems to be leftovers from the book club snacks because there’s always so much food there, so I’ll save you a slice for sure.
Shad – Hope you’ve still got your lodgings if you’ve been forced to stay where you are this weekend. If not, here you go: :ginger:
Michelle – Come on up for air! Hope this weekend isn’t quite as busy with work stuff for you!!! :)
Happy – Is today the day??? Are you sleeping in today, or did you dash right off to work, anxious to get this last day over with??
Made my cranberry-orange bread last night – it smelled delish as it was baking. What a combo, and I decided to double the cranberries and I also upped the quantity of pecans. too I suggested to bf that I pre-slice it all so we could have a slice to taste, lol, but he said I should just bring home the leftovers for him… Darn. Over the past six months I've had a couple cranberry muffins from the restaurant in our building, and they are sorely lacking in cranberries, so I've been completely jonesing for something chock full of cranberries. Hope I'm not disappointed when I finally get to eat a slice of this bread. Okay, enough food porn.
I also did a load of laundry, but didn’t do any BE last night. My muscles are still fatigued from the past couple days of BE workouts, so they need a rest.
I finally took the time to put more air in my bicycle tires this morning, and boy, did it make a difference! Less drag on the road made for an easier ride for me. :bike2: Shoulda done it last week! Next week is iffy for the bike – it’s getting so dark now, and I don’t have any lights on this bike. Need to ask bf to put them on there. Even so, it’ll be the last week regardless. :( Next Sunday (11/6) is the time change, and after that it’ll be really dark. :( That’s when I start walking to/from the train.
So I’ve got my book club tonight. Tomorrow I want to go to an exercise class, then I need to do some errands, including Walmart, the shoe store, and the pet supply store. Sat. night will be dinner & karaoke. Sunday is completely open – yay!!
10-28-2011, 02:17 PM
Hi there ladies,
Today is my last FULL day of working. Monday is my last day – probably only be here a half day, especially when they see me come in with wild Halloween socks (I’m thinking about wearing short “flood” pants to make them extra noticeable as well as my official man’s Halloween tie with the grinning pumpkins. I even got here at 7:30 this morning because DH had an early morning doctor’s appointment and had to drop me off and then drive across town in traffic and rain. The doctor gave him a clean bill of health – said he can stop fussing over taking his blood pressure 15 times a day and go on with his life. The medicine is doing its job. Some of my other coworkers who are with a division that got sold off also left today so lots of goodbyes. It seems sort of surreal to me that this is happening but I am looking forward to Tuesday morning when I can get up when it’s not so dark and cold outside. Well at least not so dark! Days will be longer up north. I’ve got a busy weekend ahead – need to get some paperwork done and start making a list to keep myself focused on the priority things next week. Lunch yesterday was just awesome. I think they reduce the size of the salad bar at lunch just as they offered a more limited selection of meats but what they had was just incredible. And the meat was delicious. I had a plate of meat and a plate of salad / vegetables and enjoyed it all and didn’t feel bloated or sick thought I see how you can get carried away. I told DH we should try and get over there before we leave. It’s just that you have to drive all the way downtown and that in and of itself is a deterrent.
Going to attempt personals – might be hodge podge as I try to catch up with you.
Laura – I would think it would be too dark, cold and wet to be bike riding. Especially with wet leaves on the ground. Your cranberry orange bread sounds delicious – that’s one of the best combinations they ever came up with – and the downfall of me and muffins Is karaoke still around? My cousin who will be moving up to Wisconsin in early 2012 is into karaoke big time. He’s spent millions of dollars on equipment (well it seems like millions) and thinks everyone should be as excited about it as he is. For me it’s one of those ok, did it once, it was fun now let’s try something else. Hope you find something fun for you to do on Sunday. How nice to have a free day. I hope you did well on your Amazing Race. Sounds like your office does some fun stuff. I’d be stealing ideas if I was staying here longer.
Ceejay – I was disappointed we didn’t get any rain yesterday but then it started late last night and like you, I’m glad because we DO need it. Did you say you were continuing or going to give up the B12 shots? How nice that you have 2 weekend days off. Hope you’re not letting the rain mess up your Friday.
Annie – I am so glad to hear that baby Jake is coming along nicely! Preemies (even today) have a tougher road ahead and it’s great that he is gaining weight. I would hate to leave him in the hospital that long but will be wonderful if he can be home for Thanksgiving. I’m sure all the lovin’ vibes from the ladies in his life will help him grow big and strong :hug: That’s so sweet to think of your Mom – I’m sure she would have been luvin’ him too. Just give him a hug for her and I’m sure she will feel it through you.
Mel – sorry to hear about the sciatica – sometimes if you can catch it early and shift yourself, you can stave off the long term pain. Hope it was just a daytime kink for you. That’s not good about the properties going red – means there will be a lot more fights and cuts. I didn’t save you any steak mostly because I didn’t know but I’ll be sneaking a baggie in my purse for the next time. :hungry:
Shad – I am trying to think of something appropriate for the new thread’s name. We still have a couple of days to ponder on it. Sorry your flight got cancelled – that’s the perils of travelling now. I guess this means no hope of getting back home until next week? Whatever will you do with yourself? As for your question to Michelle on the pumpkin wall, I’ll bet they toss out the insides. I think when you need the shell for decoration, you need the pumpkin stuff too or it will become too weak. They probably toss out the seeds and strings. I tried roasting the seeds once, liked the stuff in the bags better :lol:
Michelle – I hope you are feeling better after some Nyquil. I think one of the reasons I am glad we are getting to retire early is as you say – because so many people (like my Dad and Brother and some uncles) never made it to retirement age. My advice though to EVERYONE would be instead of planning to work until 70, you take a hard look at what you are spending now and save as much as you can so that you are not completely wiped out if you walk unsuspectingly into work one day and find that you no longer have a job. The reason we are retiring is because both of us lost our jobs with little hope of getting something else and the only reason we are going to be able to make it is because we had been planning and saving for years. It would have been better financially if I could have worked a few more years but while I might have gotten something, it would not have been enough to sustain us. And I think there are a lot of people in the boat we are in. the fact that we didn’t over extend ourselves on housing like some people I’ve met in the south or keep spending on “toys” well into the late 40’s and beyond has really saved us. I have to laugh at some people here who say they will work until they die – they ASSUME they will keep their jobs. When I started at one job we were the big fish buying the little fish and when I left we had become so fish bloated that we were a prime target for takeover by a much small company. You just never know. :no: Anyway I’ve seen enough in the last 2 years that I would tread cautiously and take nothing for granted. We’ve been told by a number of people including bankers and real estate folks that it’s almost miraculous we sold our house so quickly – lots of financial troubles out there.
Oh Lordy, haven’t I painted a gloom and doom scenario? The world has become a scary place to me…
Anyway Michele I hope you can get some rest and enjoy part of the weekend. I’m sure you are still busy with work. Hope the shot works for DH too.
They had some light snow at the new house yesterday but it melted quickly. It’s a coming though. And I’d better get back to work. Could really use a nap though…
10-28-2011, 09:08 PM
No I'm not giving up the b12 injections. My body is to low ono b12. I'm taking regular b12 tablets even though the nurse today told me that the injections get into the system faster.
I would love to retire next year but really don't see that happening. I want to work mainly for mental health.
10-29-2011, 07:06 AM
GOOD MORNING CHICKLETTES
HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND!!
http://i717.photobucket.com/albums/ww173/prestonjjrtr/Winter/WESnowplowHL.gif I AM ALREADY FOR THE NOR'EASTER.
I CAN'T BELIEVE THE PREDICTION.
WE'VE ALL BEEN IN SHOCK SINCE THURSDAY.:rofl: :rofl:
NEVER DREAMED OF A WHITE HALLOWEEN:witch: :bat:
YESTERDAY EVERYONE WAS ACTING COCKY AND GIVING ORDERS.
HOPE THEY REMEMBERED ALL THE STUFF WE MIGHT NEED
OR WE'LL GET CAUGHT WITH OUR PANTS DOWN.
FOR THE FIRST TIME I REALLY DON'T CARE.
I HAVE A VERY RESTFUL WEEKEND PLANNED.
THE HALLMARK CHANNEL IS GOING TO PLAY THE GOOD WITCH SERIES OF 3 MOVIES.
THEN THEY'RE AIRING A NEW 4TH ONE.
GETTING THE VCR GOING AT 3PM.
THIS WAY I'LL CATCH ALL 4 OF THEM FOR THE SENIORS.
THEY LIKE HER....KIND OF LIKE A MODERN DAY BEWITCHED BUT WITHOUT THE WIGGLY NOSE.
I WOKE UP EARLY AT 4:22 THEN SOMEHOW FELL ASLEEP AGAIN.
THIS ALWAYS HAPPENS WHEN A BIG STORM IS COMING.
I GET VERY RESTLESS FOR SOME REASON. WEIRD :dizzy:
OFF TO BREAKFAST. HAVE A NICE DAY.:brr:
ANNIE....YOU CAN GIVE US JAKE UPDATES EVERY DAY!!
I LOVE BABY TALK!!:bb: :hug:
I AM GLAD HE IS CONSISTANT WITH THE WEIGHT GAINS. GO JAKE GO!!
GLAD THE BREAST PUMP IS WORKING OK FOPR AISSY TOO.
HOPE SHE IS GETTING RESAT AND TAKING TIME FOR SOME REST TOO.
SHE'LL NEED IT WHEN JAKE GETS HOME.
SO HOW IS GRANDMA & GRANDPA DOING????
CURTIS SURE GOT A WHOLE FAMILY WHEN HE FOUND YOU!!!
CEEJAY..... THAT'S WHAT KEEPS ME GOING DOWN TO THE OFFICE....
TRYING TO KEEP MY MENTAL HEALTH.:crazy:
WITHOUT THE DISTRACTION...I WOULD HAVE TOO M UCH TIME TO THINK OF THE WHEELCHAIR. :scooter:
FUNNY HOW THE PHONE REMINDED YOU TO SCHEDULE THE SHOT.
LAURA.......THE WEEKEND SOUNDS LIKE GOOD SHOPPING WILL BE DONE. LOL
LOVE SPENDING MONEY!!:rofl:
HOPE THE BREAD WAS A WINNER WHEN YOU GOT TO TASTE IT.
IT SOUNDED JUST FINE TO ME....LOTSA NUTS & BERRIES!:drool:
I FORGOT THE TIME CHANGE IS SO NEAR!!!:yikes:
THANKS FOR THE HEADS UP!! I NEED TO MAKE MY SIGNS FOR THE SENIORS.
HAPPY.......THE HALLOWEEN OUTFIT HAD ME CRACKING UP!!
I CAN JUST SEE THEIR FACES IF YOU WEAR THE SHORT PANTS!!:rofl:
HOPE MONDAY GOES WELL AND HOW SAD TO SAY GOODBYES TO SO MANY PEOPLE THAT ALREADY LEFT.
AS FOR US.....THIS PLACE RUNS ON A SKELETON STAFF AS IT IS.
THERE IS NO ROOM FOR ANY MORE PEEPS TO LEAVE....UNLESS IT IS ME:lol3: :lol3:
HAVE A GOOD WEEKEND AND HOPE THE DH CAN RELAX NOW.
BET HIS WHOLE "EPISODE" WAS THE GOOFING AROUND WITH THOSE DANG PILLS IN THE FIRST PLACE.
I AM JUST SO HAPPY HE IS DOING SO WELL AND YOU TOO :hug: :hug:
10-29-2011, 07:44 AM
Got home for the weekend, baggage handlers and all. Got my hair done today so I am good to go until sometime in December.
Started to pull some weeds out of the garden. The roses are doing well although not as well as those in Mudgee - which are glorious. Found a few tomatoes ready although the bugs had got to some of them. The rhubarb has found a new lease on life as well. I can probably get a feed off it soon.
Qantas airline has grounded all planes - breaking news. These strikes have been going on for so long that the board has decided to ground the airline and lock out the employees. It's not looking good. Don't know who will break first, but the airline is bleeding money to the tune of 70 million a week right now. Not sure how I get back to Mudgee on Monday, but do I look worried? Someone will always tell me where to go.
Bed time looms. I'll try for personals tomorrow. See yah
10-29-2011, 05:29 PM
Talked to my sister in Dallas who is home alone. Her dh has a meeting in San Antonio. Went to super Walmart in BLytheville and of course forgot a couple of things so I decided to go back to our Walmart. It wasn't a cheap trip. I ended up in Jonesboro yesterday afternoon for a b12 injection. Even drove around until I found where my bff is moving. I drove by her apartment but she wasn't home. I love the area where she is moving too. I hope she likes the hill's. I'd love it there.
I would love to see the Holloween outfit.
Have you figured a way to get back to work? A few day's off would not be a bad idea.
Enjoy your day's off. The Hallmardk channel does have some good movies. Wow, snow on Holloween. It's supposed to be 37 tonight.
10-29-2011, 08:06 PM
No Ceejay, a few days off is not a bad idea, however I have the keys to the vehicle which is parked at Mudgee airport and a fair amount of my stuff is stored inside it. There are a few people from Sydney who will not be affected by the strike since we fly from Sydney to Mudgee by a different airline and they are relying on that vehicle to get them from airport to site to motel. I need to somehow get a key to someone if I am not going to be there. It is a real mess. The alternative is to drive down. I can do this but need to get the authority to do so and ensure the company will pay the costs. trying to get hold of anyone is ludicrous.
My ears hurt. I'll be back
10-29-2011, 08:44 PM
http://www.myemoticons.com/images/weather/snowy/snowy-house.gif WE ARE LIVING IN A NIGHTMARE AND I WISH I COULD WAKE UP.
MAINT. MEN WENT MISSING.
NO ONE WAS ANSWERING PHONES AND THE SNOW JUST KEPT FALLING.
FINALLY GOT THE BOSS LADY & SHE AND I CALLED EVERYONE WE KNEW.
IN BETWEEN THE FAILED SYSTEM AND MISSING PEOPLE, WE HAD A REAL FIRE IN AN OVEN THAT DIDN'T DAMAGE THE APT BUT THE STOVE IS SHOT FOR SURE.
SMOKE WAS EVERYWHERE. FIREMEN TOO.
MEDICAL ALARMS KEEP GOING OFF. PEOPLE NEEDING THE AMBULANCE.
JESUS SAVE US!!
THINGS HAVEN'T SLOWED DOWN ALL DAY AND I AM REALLY BEAT.
I ALREADY WENT THRU ONE SET OF BATTERIES....IT'S PLUGGED IN NOW.
THE KIDS RAN TO THE STORE FOR A FEW SUPPLIES.
IT'S LOOKING BAD OUTSIDE AND ....THE STORES ARE EMPTY!!!!
TO TOP IT ALL OFF, THE SUPERMARKET WENT ON FIRE INSIDE A WALL AND EVERYONE HAD TO BE EVACUATED OUT.
NO CASH REGISTERS.
MORE SMOKE EVERYWHERE. JEN ALMOST HAD A STROKE! LOL
SO THEY LEFT AND WENT TO A LITTLE SPANISH STORE THEY KNOW.
IT SEEMS LIKE EVERYTHING IS GOING WRONG AT THE SAME TIME.
LIGHTS ARE BLINKING HERE SINCE 3 PM.
TREES ARE FALLING LIKE DEAD FLIES ALL OVER TOWN..
THE ICE IS HANGING ONTO THE LEAVES AND PULLING THE OLD TREES DOWN IN THIS WIND. 40-60 MPH GUSTS. WE ARE WAITING FOR THE BACK OF THE STORM THAT'S ON IT'S WAY NOW:lol3:
ALL MY CHAIRS WILL BE CHARGED AND THE HEAT IS ON HIGH.
I AM PREPARED!! EVER THE GIRL SCOUT!!:lol3:
JUST WANTED TO SAY CABLE TV/INTERNET WAS HERE ON & OFF TODAY AND SAID WE MIGHT LOSE IT.
SO YOU WILL KNOW WHERE I AM!!
STAYING WARM IN FRONT OF A DEAD TV!!!:flame:
GOING TO SHUT DOWN CAUSE I DON'T WANT THE NEW PC HURT.
SEE YOU GALS MANANA....:crossed:
10-29-2011, 10:53 PM
Instead of working around the house, DH wanted to look at some things and we went shopping all day instead. Picked up a few things including a new bed for us. We were looking to replace the mattress in the guest room and wound up getting a new bed for us instead. It's one of those memory foam ones and surprisingly this one was much better than any I have seen. We spent a frightful amount on it - I think DH is still having misgivings - but we opted for a frame that allows you to adjust the head or feet up. DH has always wanted one of them and for me - with my allergies and wheezing and coughing being as bad as it has been the last few weeks, I am propping myself up in bed to sleep at not the best angle for my back which is now starting to bother me. The adjustable bedframe doubled the cost of the bed and that's what DH is having misgivings over. I'm looking at it as an investment. And we are getting older and more achy - getting a good rest is more important than ever. It's the last big splurge for us too. We opted for a 12 month no interest split the payments into 12 option so that we don't get hit with a big bill when we move. Perhaps this will help with the snoring too!
Mel - I was shocked :yikes: when I was checking out the weather website and saw the snow predictions up your way. Honestly, I don't think we abused the "C" or "S" words this early in the season. It sounds like heart attack snow - wet, heavy and damaging. Also with the wind gusts. Sounds pretty bad out there - I have my fingers :crossed: that you don't suffer a power outage in the building. It was good thinking to get the chairs all powered up ahead of time. Hoping that things aren't too bad for you - saw that Central Park had about 1 to 3 inches so maybe you won't get hit as bad as Pennsylvania or Conneticut. Sending you warm and lovely thoughts and a quiet night for you. Tell the seniors to toss an extra blanket on the bed and go to sleep early.
Shad - I can only imagine the mess that must be going on out your way with the airlines. However something has to be done when things come to an impass. I hope your belongings will be safe at Mudgee. Like you said, can't help it if you get stuck in one place for a few days. Especially since you made your way home. How long would it take you to drive down? Since most any place in Aus is far, would you miss the rest of the chaps even if you started now? So the bugs are getting at the tomatoes before it's even gotten a chance to get warm yet? I am starting to realize there is a blessing in having a bought of good cold weather - less bugs.
Ceejay - Not sure I'll get a picture of the Halloween outfit - DH left most of his camera stuff up north. We're trying to figure out how to get a picture of us dancing in front of the sold sign :lol: I wonder how your friend will like the hills when winter moves in - you seem to get more of the wintry mix than we do as it likes to track north. I can understand how you'd want to work to have someone to talk to and things to keep you busy. We're figuring we can get a seasonal job if we are so inclined (it gets busy with tourists over the summer up our way) and if nothing else we were told there are several organizations always looking for volunteers. So I'm sure you could find something to keep you busy - of course you don't want to be too available to the girls down the street :lol:
I hope everyone else is enjoying their weekend. I think I'm going to go for a nice tub soak - it's gotten chilly here and a warm bath sounds as wonderful as our hot chocolate and raisin toast snack was tonight. Will check in tomorrow...
This is of Raritan Twsp yesterday before the next phase of the storm hit....(not far from us) On the cliff here I would say we got between 5-6" of the white stuff and then more snow and hail. The thunder was a loud, low, angry kind of building shaking noise. Sounded like Mother Nature had transformed herself into to a huge weight wrestler!!!! :yikes:
The seniors were a nervous wreck and I don't mind saying it was scaring the crap out of me as well. :cry:
Anyway.....we made it thru the night. I have to laugh at the pics of NYC and their clean streets & sidewalks. They're all heated below with all those tunnels and subways. Maybe we need that over here :flame:
The med alarms failed again today and I really need just one night's sleep without a phone call!!! :tantrum:
Going to do nothing today except for watch TV!!
Murder She Wrote is on all morning. :beach:
Happy.......I am sorry now that I didn't buy YOUR HOUSE!!!
Maybe I should be moving South!!!!:sunny:
Tell DH he will not regret the $$ for the new bed frame.
It is an investment for the future and with all your problems between you both....it is a GOOD thing!!
I love it and sleep much better with my head elevated without the extra pillows!! Once you find your "spot" you will begin to feel the difference.
Hope you both end up liking it. Now get those boxes packed and get going!!!!
10-30-2011, 09:44 AM
Hi Ladies -
Sorry I've been away so much. Friday was busy with work, Friday night busy with work for a website client. Yesterday, DH and I went to hear a local author speak, then I had to dig out from under Mount Washmore...still a couple loads left to do. Today, DH and I are going grocery shopping, then he is working on the cars while I mulch the leaves on the lawn with the riding mower, then do a website proposal for a small website project, and also some cleaning. In the greater Milwaukee area, trick or treating usually happens on the Sunday before Halloween...and during the afternoon...supposedly to reduce vandalism and increase safety for the trick or treaters. I don't like it...One of our great joys was dressing up in costume and sneaking up on and scaring the trick or treaters (not the little ones...but anyone over 8 was fair game). Can't do that in the day time. :(
Mel - I'm so sorry things have been such a nightmare there. A disorganized, dysfunctional mess, with big snow storms and an oven fire to make it worse! Thunder snow?! wow! We get that a few times each year and it is loud and drops A LOT of snow very quickly! It is freaky. I hope that you're staying warm and safe. Sending you lots of hugs, my friend.
Happy - I've seen the memory foam bed with adjustable head and foot. They are pricey, but I've been thinking it might be an excellent investment for DH's knee, both our backs and our lungs.
You are right about saving every penny as nothing in life is guaranteed. We have credit card debt that we're trying to pay off, and then there's vet bills. Not much frivolous spending here. Now that I'm working on cleaning my craft loft so that I can actually make crafts, I'm hoping to make enough throughout the year to sell at craft fairs next autumn.
Shad - Qantas definitely put you and your co-workers in a real mess. I hope that you get there safely (if the company will cover the costs), or that you get the car key to someone so they can use the car for transport and rescue your stuff. :)
Ceejay - It's definitely getting cold down you're way. We're grateful we didn't get the snow that they did on the east coast, but we have had our first frost. So if I'm feeling really ambitious, I could plant the bazillion bulbs that we've bought throughout the year!
Laura - I hope you're having a great weekend. You had me drooling at the cranberry bread! Yumm!! Can you pls send me your recipe? you have me jonesin' for cranberries. Dang, I thought the clocks turned back THIS week! Now all my clocks are wrong.
Annie - I love the photos of little Baby Jake. What a cutie. What a bundle of joy! Sending lots of love, hugs and prayers to all.
Okay, gang, DH is saying we gotta get going. Lots to do today.
Love and hugs (and warmth) to all,
10-30-2011, 11:45 AM
I had been wondering if you were working. It's nice to stay busy.
Did I miss the pictures of baby Jake? Or did you post them on FB?
I'm not ready for this white stuff. I have my fingers crossed that you do not lose power.
I don't think you'll be disappointed in the new bed. You deserve it.
10-30-2011, 11:51 AM
A sunny Sunday morning for us down here - cool but bright. I am just finishing my second cup of coffee, tossed the first load of wash in and I figured I'd stop by and check up on y'all.
Mel - the snow picture is pretty but I'll bet the mess is not. Bet it feels really cold out there this morning :brr: My SIL was talking about the odd occurance of thunder when it was really cold out too a few weeks ago. A very unusual phenomonon but then with all the earthquakes and wierd weather happenings, maybe this is the new normal. I hope it's not a sign of the brutally cold and snowy winter they are predicting this year. I never thought about the warm sidewalks in NY melting the snow. I usually look at NYC's weather to get a guess at what you are experiencing since you're so close to there. Stay warm and out of the craziness! And trust me, you don't want my house. With all the pollen and allergies and bugs down here because they never get frozen and die off, it would make you sick for sure. I'm thinking San Diego would be perfect :D even tho I have never been there - Michelle can give us the run down :lol:
Michelle - sorry you are so busy right now but I guess you expect it. That's a bummer about changing clocks and then changing them back again :mad: I admit I'm getting spoiled as some of the digital stuff like the PCs and the cable box change themselves. Take that extra hour you have this weekend and get outside and get some fresh air before it's too cold to breathe! You are right about the adjustable foam bed and the back and knees. You can tell immediately as you change the settings how it takes the pressure off various body parts. And we are thinking that the memory foam will adjust to the bending of the bed frame better than a conventional mattress. I just wish I could claim it on my Flex Spending Health account. Oh wait - no salary anymore - I don't get one of those :lol:
It's going to be wierd - yesterday we applied for 0 interest financing on the bed to spread the payments out. I realized filling out the application that while we have near perfect credit right now, in the future we may have a bit of a rougher time with no job and a lower income. Not that we are looking at credit - we have enough established to meet our needs - but it will be strange to not have a job and mark retired on things. I am of the generation that defined themselves by their work so as much as I am over the moon delighted to see an end to corporate life, there's a (tiny) bit of sadness over not having a "job". Kind of like I felt when I skipped 2 TOM's and wasn't sure if I was pregnant or starting menopause. I took a pregnancy test and when it was negative there was a fleeting bit of sadness that the option was over for me although I really didn't want to be pregnant anyway. Anyway...
It's almost 11 and although I have been flitting and doing things while I've been typing, I need to get my act in gear here. Happy Sunday where ever you are and hope you enjoy doing what's keeping you busy!
10-30-2011, 05:25 PM
Happy Sunday Evening....Monday Morning!!!!
All is good in my world....Baby Jake has gained 3 oz in the past few days. He is up to 3lb 13 oz. It is getting really exciting, cause when he hits 4lbs, he gets to upgrade from incubator spaceship to a regular baby bed. Sissy breast feeding has been a HUGE success. He takes her breast milk that she pumps through his feeding tube then when that is done or during that time she also breast feeds. He is still very tiny. He is VERY strong...I had to hold his legs while she changed his diapers, my GOD for such a little tike he sure is strong....and the big news is I GOT TO HOLD HIM YESTERDAY for 1 1/2 hours. He just cuddled up on my chest and slept. Needless to say, I was in Heaven. My God the love of that little baby is heart melting. He is such a sweet cuddler.....
Happy...happy retirement...girl, I am jealous. Glad you had a fun last day with the Halloween clothing. I am sure when it comes down to it, they will miss you very much. Don't think they won't. A very HUGE thank you for the adoreable little outfit for baby Jake and the tub thermometer. Sissy is overwhelmed with you and all the ladies from this group. She said you all are the greatest friends anyone could want and you are a great reason why....I feel the same way...I love ya sista.
Ceejay....Curtis thinks baby Jake is the bomb....we went today to visit....I got to hold him for about 15 minutes....Curtis was right there by my side just a babbling to him...said it was guy talk...haha
Posting this then brb
10-30-2011, 05:44 PM
Shaddie...hope the ears are feeling better. Dang the BS health crap anyways.....hope you got some rest this weekend. Hugs sickly sista...now get on with it, will ya.
OK so I just went out to take a picture of the Godbillion geese by the pond and Hella B slipped out with me, barking her arse off and scared them all away.....she is a trip!
Chelle...hope you are feeling great! Our trick or treators actually come on Halloween night between 6-8 pm. I am ready. I bought all chocolate candy so I wouldn't be tempted. I HATE CHOCOLATE...however Curtis is another story so I had to hide the bags of candy....he did go with me to "PICK" the kind...just in case it didn't get all passed out he could "help" with gettng rid of it...lol Reeces PB cups. Hersheys cookies n cream bars. M&Ms and Snickers. BLAH! YUK!
MELLIE...OMG...not SNOW talk...I saw on the news that the east coast was being hit....sorry bout that but glad it wasn't us. I HATE SNOW AND COLD WEATHER. Then along with all the other crap going on there, I am surprised you are even sane. Tell the seniors to take another PM nighty night pill and go to bed.
Laura...the bread sounded wonderful and hope it went over very well....what book were you discussing...I forget this month's book. Sounds like you are getting you BE workouts in but the eating thing is out of control...if only we could coordinate the two....I either eat well and don't exercise or don't eat well and still don't exercise....lol.
Making a homemade german chocolate cake for my man...I will win him through his belly yet....lmao.
Have a great night/morning/work week.
Loves and hugs
10-30-2011, 11:51 PM
OMG Annie - 3 pounds ! Cripes at that rate it will be summer before baby Jake fits into that outfit! I was looking at your picture on FB and I thought - my God he's a tiny thing. I would be soooo scared to hold him - so fragile. I'm glad he's eating and getting bigger. They say the strength of an infant is unbelievable given their size - it's one of the few things they have going for them at that helpless state. Hang on to Mommy little baby - :lol: That's funny about Curtis helping pick out the candy. Well time for me to hit the sack... will catch up tomorrow.
Hope you aren't snowed under Mel.
10-31-2011, 07:36 AM
Good morning all,
Usually Mel beats me in here. I know I'm a little earlier than usual but I hope this does not mean her power is out. Never want to have power out when you have cold snow outside.
Today's the day I've been waiting for a long time. Buh bye corporate life. Surprisingly there's a bit of melancholy attached to it. I am of the generation that defines itself by work and tomorrow I will be unemployed. Things will be different. I don't' know quite how to describe what I'm feeling other than I am a bit uncomfortable that while I have medical and dental coverage, we are in a state of flux at the moment so I have to pay up front and then go argue with Cigna to get my money back. And we are also in a see saw bit of only here for a short time, not quite at the new place so I have to be careful of deliveries and mail. I told DH that we have to make sure we don't get into an infinite loop (those in I.T. will know what I'm talking about). We have our WI mail delivered to TN and we are about to change our TN mail to be forwarded to WI. Got to make sure we don't get stuck in things going back and forth and never getting to one mailbox or another. Of course we are dealing with the postal service. I know for a fact that have not forwarded WI mail completely to here as there is always something in the mailbox when we go up there. And I'm sure the same will happen here as sometimes they forget to hold the mail when you ask them to. Just have to make sure we notify as many as we can with the change of address. The next 11 days are going to fly by. I'm trying to mark down as much as I can so I don't forget or leave things dangling.
I also need to get out of here earlier today as I want to pull some personal stuff off my work laptop and I don't plan on working a full day at the office today. Will catch up with you tonight or later this afternoon.
10-31-2011, 07:41 AM
MORNING CHICKS. THIS IS SHORT FOR NOW.
WOKE UP LATE AND HAVE TO MEET SOME PEEPS IN THE OFFICE.
I HAVE REPORTS UP THE WHAZOO.
I DID SEE THAT JAKE HAS GAINED ANOTHER 3 OZ!!
GO JAKIE GO!!:cheer3:
BE BACK LATER:moped:
10-31-2011, 10:09 AM
on the run behind miss Mel this morning. Things were really quiet yesterday.
The bosses have been here concerning a problem I encountered on Thursday.
My main boss is over here every hour. Has to do with the chemical's.
I'm so glad that Baby Jake is gaining weight.
Last day at work. Are you working all day?
10-31-2011, 12:17 PM
Busy day today...Each director in my department has a treats table, and I'm on the committee for my director's table. So our job was to set up and decorate the treats table and keep it stocked. Then we're accepting donations in exchange for the treats people take, and we're competing with the other directors' tables to raise the most money for the food pantry.
I am exhausted! Don't know why...but I'm hoping I get my second wind (not counting on it though).
Happy - Enjoy your last day before retirement!! Hugs!
Love and hugs to all,
10-31-2011, 12:19 PM
Morning all. Will try to keep this short. I'm working a half day today so I can be home to help keep the dog sane while the trick-or-treaters visit. :haphal:
Shad - I hope you got your travel plans sorted out, or at least got the keys to the person who needs the car! Heard a blurb about Quantas (sp?) on the radio news which included a sound bite from some guy unhappy about being left in a lurch.
Ceejay - It never seems to be a cheap trip to Walmart. Yesterday we went and it was over $100 - Halloween candy, big pack of paper towels, contact lens supplies, my facial cleanser, etc, brought the tally up. Other times it's the purchase of dog food that jacks up the total. Even Trader Joe's on Saturday was $70 - some wine and beer made the difference there. Sigh.
Mel - Sounds like the weekend from **** is continuing. You posted, so obviously you still have power! Thank goodness. Take care my friend!
Michelle - So you've already finished with your trick-or-treaters? Awww, that's kind of strange and un-fun. Oh well. I'd give you my recipe for the cranberry-orange bread, but you can just find it on the back of the Ocean Spray cranberry bag! All I did was approximately double the amount of cranberries by using the entire bag (left some whole and coursely chopped some) and I also increased the amount of nuts. The baking time was increased - not sure if it was the additional volume or just my oven.
Annie - Sounds like Jake is doing really well!! I'm so happy to hear that! LOL re Curtis with the candy. We bought ours yesterday evening and I was digging into it, so thank goodness today is the day to give it all away!!
Happy - Hope this bed is the end-all, be-all for you and dh. I agree that the hefty price makes one give pause when taking that in. If it helps both of you get better rest and is good on the joints, then it'll be worth it. Have a wonderful final day of work. :) I'm sure the years ahead are stretching in front of you, and leaving something you've done all of your adult life is sort of scary, but you'll certainly adjust soon enough!! I hope you have zero/minimal mail snafus.
Weekend went by too fast. I realized I had a hair appointment on Sat. morning that fell too early for me to have done an exercise class and been showered before the appt. Darn. Ended up watching a Biography episode about Will Smith and doing a load of laundry instead. Afterwards was a visit to the resale shop. Bought a brand new heating pad thingy that has beans in it and heats in the microwave, as well as two packs of those closet space expanders which you can hang 5 things in the spaces of 1. One of the very few "As Seen on TV" things I ever thought was really worthwhile...
Went to the shoe store and finally got my $20 credit for the 2nd pair half off deal. Now I'm square with that, and will make a point of always buying two pair if there's a next time shopping trip! Also did a Trader Joe's and Costco trip. Costco didn't have two of the things we wanted and we had to wait 15 min. for a new batch of rotisserie chickens, so we ended up eating 4 out of 5 different cheese samples one woman was pushing, LOL.
Dinner and Karaoke was a lot of fun. When we first got to the bar after dinner, there was a guy I have now learned (from my co-worker) was dressed as Borat. I never saw the movie, but she immediately knew what I was talking about based on my description. (If you're really interested, Google "Borat photos" and you'll see it, or just picture a thong speedo w/ suspenders. Eeeew. ) Any, this guy of very average build - even a bit heavier and dumpier and hairy and tattooed - is in this "outfit" and it was like a car accident - can't help looking. But a few minutes later he left the bar, and we think he was asked to leave because of his "costume" (or lack thereof). I hope he didn't have to stop anywhere on the way home, LOL.
Yesterday was a lazy morning, and then I got out in the wind and took out the veggie garden and the fencing around it. I have two very full grocery bags of tomatoes in various stages of ripeness. Luckily I finished with everything just before the rain started!!
Bf and I went to an early dinner and then to Walmart and that was it for me. Just a little tv and reading before hitting the hay.
Okay, this isn't short at all. C'est la vie. Nothing super urgent today, so after I post I'm going to call the Help folks and ask some questions about my new Microsoft Outlook version 10, which they just installed last week.
Okay, I get to use all the Halloween emoticons today, LOL:
:ghost: :bat: :frank: :witch: :witch2: :sklol: :spid: :haphal: :dracula: :badbat:
10-31-2011, 12:25 PM
Michelle - Great fundraising idea! Today was our bake sale, also part of our fundraising activities. They were also selling raffle tickets for a variety of things. Tuesday is our finale, and I have to say I'm just about ready for it to be over!
THIS WILL BE ME BEFORE TOO LONG.....MAYBE RIGHT AFTER DINNER.
THE NIGHTMARE CONTINUES. THEN I YELLED AND FINALLY LEFT.
THIS IS NOT MY FOOKING PROBLEM AND THEY BEST GET IT RIGHT SOON.
THE STUFF GETTING SCREWED UP IS NOT ROCKET SCIENCE SO WTF!!!!
ANYWAY......WAITING ON THE PLUMBER NOW CAUSE THE PIPES IN THE ELECTRIC ROOM DECIDED WE NEED TO RUN AROUND SOME MORE TONITE. :faint: LIKE THE DAY WASN'T LONG ENOUGH ALREADY :rofl:
I PUT SOME FISH STICKS AND SKINNY FRENCH FRIES IN THE OVEN.
THE FASTEST MEAL I COULD THINK OF.
THIS WAY I CAN RUN IN THE SHOWER AND GET INTO JAMMIES AND WAIT FOR BOB THE PLUMBER'S RETURN. NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH BOB THE BUILDER.:lol3:
THE HIGHLIGHT OF MY DAY WAS SEEING VIC THE MEDICAL ALARM REPAIRMAN. GOD HE IS ADORABLE!! I CAN BARELY KEEP MY HANDS OFF HIM AND HE KNOWS IT. BUT HE'S A REAL SWEETIE.
TOMORROW IS ANOTHER DAY AND I NEED TO GET MY TJ'S SHOPPING LIST FINISHED FOR THURSDAY AND SOME MORE GOVT PAPERS OUT IN THE MAIL. NEVER GOT TO IT TODAY.
TREES ARE DOWN ALL OVER THE PLACE. SAD TO SEE SOME OF THE HUGE AND ANCIENT GIANTS LYING THERE. :cry:
THEY SAY THE GOVERNOR DECLARED A STATE OF EMERGENCY RIGHT AFTER THE FIRST TREE FELL AND THE STORM BECAME FURIOUS. VERY SAD FOR ALL THOSE WITHOUT POWER. WE LUCKED OUT AGAIN HERE IN TOWN. UPTOWN HAD SOME MINOR PROBLEMS BUT NOTHING LIKE THEY SHOWED ON TV. OK I AM BUSHED AND FRIES ARE DONE:drool:
HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A GREAT NIGHT:cloud9: AND GOOD MORNING SUNSHINE:sunny:
SHAD....SORRY THERE IS SUCH A FRIGGING MESS WITH THE KEY BUSINESS AND TRYING TO GET BACK TO MUDGEE. GEEZ!!! HOPE YOUR EARS FEEL BETTER SOON. SINUS AND FLYING??!!
STAY STRONG MY FRIEND....YOU ARE SO NEAR THE FINSIH LINE:hug:
CEEJAY........GLAD YOUR BFF HAS A NICE AREA TO MOVE TOO. I DROPPED A BUNDLE IN WALMARTS LAST WEEK!! JEN & I WENT THERE. LOL
DOES ANYONE EVER GO IN THERE AND NOT SPEND MONEY???:rofl: :rofl:
HOPE THE B12 GAVE YOU A NICE BOOST IN ENERGY :hug:
WE MADE IT THRU ALL THE POWER OUTAGES WITH ONLY SOME BLINKING!! :cheer:
HAPPY.....I HEAR YA ON THE PREGNANCY TEST/RETIREMENT STUFF. I SEE JOHN FEELING THE SAME WAY....AND HE'S NOT PREGNANT EITHER.
I THINK IN TIME YOU WILL GET USED TO THE HOME TIME AND FINDING STUFF TO KEEP YOU BUSY. GOTTA ALWAYS REMEMBER TO KEEP MOVING!!!!
IF YOU DON'T USE IT.....YA LOSE IT!!! SO KEEP THE JOINTS AND MUSCLES GOING! THINKING OF YOU TODAY WHILE WATCHING THE SNOW MELTING!! :cry:
ANNIE....I THINK I WILL TAKE THE NIGHTY NITE PILL INSTEAD OF THE SENIORS!!. SENDING JAKE AND SISSY LOVE AND THE DADDY TOO. SAVE ME SOME CHOC CAKE:hun: I THINK YOU ALREADY WON CURTIS OVER A LONG TIME AGO.......:rofl: :rofl:
MICHELLE.....HOPE YOU GET SOME OF THE WEEKEND FOR YOURSELF AND A BIT OF ME TIME. YOU HAVE SUCH A GOOD HUBBY. WHEN DID YOU SAY THE DMIL WAS COMING?? NOVEMBER??
10-31-2011, 05:13 PM
LAURA....I DIDN'T SEE WE HAD ANOTHER PAGE....SORRY I MISSED YOU. ROTISSERIE CHICKENS ARE A GREAT IDEA FOR ME NEXT WEEKEND. THANKS FOR REMINDING ME!! GLAD THE WEEKEND WAS COOPERATING WITH YOU AND THE SHOE CREDIT. DINNER AND THE KARAOKE(SP) SOUNDED GREAT UNTIL YOU GOT TO THE BORAT PART:rofl: :rofl: I KNOW JUST WHAT YOU MEAN ABOUT "CAR ACCIDENT" LOOKING!! :lol3: :lol3:
omg i am cracking up over here. glad he had to leave the bar!!!
OK....GOTTA RUN OR my FISH STICKS WILL BE COLD!
10-31-2011, 06:09 PM
Posted yesterday from the airport, but the internet link wasn't working too well and I lost the lot. Anyway lets start again.
There is nothing wrong with my ears apart from the fact that I spent 7 hours on the phone listening to rotten music and hearing that automatic woman saying 'please hold and the next available operator will be with you shortly'. After seven hours I decided that it really wasn't my job and rang the booking and accommodation person from work to do the job for me. Naturally enough she didn't because it was Sunday.
Anyway the situation is or rather was that Qantas has been having these rolling strikes for six or eight weeks. If it wasn't the Pilots, it was the Engineers and if it wasn't them it was the Baggage Handlers. Apparently the engineers want not only a pay rise, but job security as well. :lol3: :rofl: :lol3: :rofl: :lol3: :rofl: :lol3: :rofl: Wonder which century they live in. Baggage handlers and pilots have been negotiating pay increases (but not productivity increases) for quite some time and negotiations have always broken down. The CEO of Qantas through his board negotiated himself a nice little bonus ($7.1million AUD) and a wage increase to $2m Aus per year. Things were coming to a head. Finally the CEO grounded the entire airline - wherever they were! There are people stuck in places like LA, NY, London, Japan, UAR, and NZ to name just a few places with little prospect of getting a flight out for up to 12 days. Just imagine what that could do for your budget particularly if you were having to fork out for accommodation etc.
The Government then stepped in and ordered the airline to arbitration with Fair Work (department designed to sort out disputes) and they decided at 1.30 am to force the whole lot back to work. The company and the union now have 21 days to sort out their differences or back they go to arbitration.
Yesterday I got a flight with another airline to come down to Sydney and the little airline that flies between Sydney and Mudgee delayed the afternoon flight to accommodate as many travellers as they could. It's chaos in airports I can tell you. And I feel very sorry for the front line staff who caused none of this chaos, but who are taking the brunt of a disgruntled flying public. Grace under pressure is how I would describe some of those people.
Anyway, here I am at Mudgee and I wonder why. Today is Melbourne cup day (horse racing - bigger than the Kentucky Derby) and no one wants to work today. They are off to the pub for lunch, they are placing bets, running sweeps and having competitions for raceday hats - but work is a really distant second, so why the **** did I bust a gut trying to get here. Beats me.
Mel - hope the troubles get sorted shortly and you get some rest. All that snow. It's much too early for snow. Mind you I did go to a Big W store in September and they had (the C word) decorations going. I nearly walked out. What ever happened to seasonal festivities.
Happy - hope the bed works just fine. Just ensure if you are going to be riding it all the way to Wisconsin, that the wheels are up to the journey!!!
Last day of work for you. Is there an ENVY smilie????
Annie - good to hear that wee Jacob is putting on weight steadily and is doing well.
Michelle - Better sell all those treats fast otherwise you will be eying them up yourself. Get outa there fast
Ceejay - hope you get those chemicals sorted out quickly
Laura - that cranberry bread did sound good. Might have to make it myself. Yes we do get the Ocean Spray stuff over here.
Better go and see if anyone is motivated enough to need my help although I doubt it. See ya. Oh yeah and I will set up a new thread sometime today if someone doesn't beat me to it.
10-31-2011, 06:25 PM
We gotta have some new parts for one of the chemical pumps.
I've got some extra energy so I'm cleaning the lab and baathroom. I realize this is the night crew's job but it isn't getting done. I'm saving evidence to show the one who also bawk's about her getting singled out every time. She doesn't, I think she has a guilty conscience. I'm going tell her that I'm going to continue to do this but I'm getting her pay raise. The same thing I've told our supervisor Thursday.
Went to your page on FB and found the little tike. No wonder you love him so much. He's a little cutie.
Stick up for yourself.
How was your last day? Curious about your costume comments!!!!!
Like the fund raising idea.
11-01-2011, 04:22 AM
Get out of here. DON"T POST HERE ANYMORE. Click the link http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/support-groups/246256-worldlies-november-nice-nasty.html#post4091674