Hi all, I just thought I'd start a new thread and ask the question, are you Irish, Irish wanna-be, or could care less about St. Patty's day and the whole "kiss me, I'm Irish" ordeal?
Personally, I was born into a good Irish family in the midwest. My grandfather was very proud of his Irish heritage and would never fail to remind us where we came from. I love St. Patty's day, as it reminds me of the many stories and beliefs of my grandfather, in his healthy days. (Plus, I love my beer, and this is the kind of holiday for me!!!!) I go all out for St. Patrick's day. I make authentic Irish dinner (Beef Stew, Boxty, and Soda Bread). My dh, on the other hand is about as far from Irish as you can get. He thinks that the whole St. Patty's celebration is silly, and will only eat Soda Bread and Boxty once a year, so I relish today!
I hope that everyone has been doing well. I'm actually doing pretty good myself. I've been in a good place since I started my new resolve. I may not be losing the weight like I wished, but I am trucking along. I have more energy than before, and I simply feel happier. With your support, I know that I can do this, and I will do this. Last weekend turned into a pretty nice one for me. It rained all day yesterday (I love rain) and I got to snuggle in the house and cook and just relax. Saturday, I took my Drew (3) to the train store to get my dad's old trains fixed. He loved it, and now that we have a working train, I think I need to build a big old table for it, so he can play with them more. I remember how much fun it was to play with my trains as a kid, and how much it meant to my dad to love them as much as he did. I hope to pass those feelings on to my Drew.
03-17-2003, 12:42 PM
My grandfather's nickname was Paddy, my mother's name was Colleen, and my daughter is Erin (although I wish I would have spelled it in the Celtic fashion). Somewhere in my ancestry someone came over on the boat!
I used to meet a friend named Sheila Connor down at an Irish pub for an Irish coffee, but there's no Irish coffee for me this year! Don't want to have to count those points. Can't convince anybody in my family to eat corned beef either. So maybe I'll just color all my water for the day green?? LOL!
A train--what fun! You'll have to give him a car for each birthday, and then you'll need a whole train room. I have a friend who built a special addition on his house just for trains. It's pretty darn cool.
03-17-2003, 12:59 PM
i'm about 75% irish.. my last name was "killeen" before some great-great changed it. green is my favorite color, so i love the dressing up part. and i eat corned beef and cabbage every year, yummy. i'm just not a beer fan.
03-17-2003, 01:18 PM
Sheila funny you mentioned about the water, I work at a water plant and we were joking this morning that we were gonna dye the water green and freak everyone out :lol:
03-17-2003, 01:21 PM
I actually forgot today was ST. Patrick's day all together until I pinched for not having any green on - they had to take it back after I showed them my undies!! :D
Well, today is a new day, a new start. No feeling bad about wasted weeks, pretty happy they weren't wasted months. I'll get there, one screw up at a time.
It's is in the low 70's today. I think spring is exactly what I needed to get me going again.
Have a great week everyone!!!
I updated my avatar..this was taken at a baby shower on Sunday.
03-17-2003, 01:36 PM
I'm not Irish-grandparents on both sides are Russian Jews, but my husband is (McGuire) I'm more Irish than he is though -I LOVE Irish music, read tons of Irish authors, see movies set in Ireland, etc., etc....bought my own claddagh ring, although I know you're not supposed to buy one for yourself, but my husband didn't pick up my hint to pick out one for me. I hope I don't offend anyone here who actully IS Irish. I've just always been fascinated by Irish culture/music/books, etc. (see the U2 quote in my signature)
03-17-2003, 01:52 PM
I'm 3/4 Irish and have always enjoyed the music, literature, stories, etc. Not too fond of the stereotype of people going crazy on the green beer etc. but have celebrated with it occasionally. Would rather have a Bailey's Irish Cream.
I'm wearing my green, stew is in the crockpot and soda bread almost all gone. My totally Croatian husband likes that a lot (and the stew as well). He took me to Ireland for our 25th anniversary and enjoyed it a lot himself. But he's certainly not a "wannabe" Irishman, enjoyes being who he is as do I. But I've learned to make a few of his national favorites and to enjoy the music, dance, etc. of his culture as well. It's our kids who are confused . ;-)
03-17-2003, 02:29 PM
I guess I'm one of the few here with no Irish heritage. My grandparents were English or Welsh, no Irish at all. Generally I do wear something green but completely forgot about it this morning. I have some nice green 4 leaf clover earrings that I wear too.
03-17-2003, 03:05 PM
One of my grandparents is a little Irish somewhere in there.... but that all calculates out to me being about 1/9 Irish, LOL. Nothing special going on here... I might make "Pots of Gold" for dinner if I get to feeling better. :D Have a great day. -ApRyL-
03-17-2003, 03:25 PM
Well we are not Irish, however St. Patrick's day is a very special day to us. Today is my son's 3rd birthday. It's so hard to beleive that it was 3yrs ago today that he was born.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHRISTIAN
03-17-2003, 03:50 PM
:hb: Happy Birthday Christian :hat:
03-17-2003, 06:09 PM
Happy Birthday Christian.
Jen, you haven't updated us lately, how is he doing? I hope that he is still doing well!
Sandi, I love the new picture. I meant to tell you that earlier. I think that you are looking really good, and really happy.
03-17-2003, 06:34 PM
Not a big St. Patrick's day fan...I'm more of a St. Valentine's girl, myself.
03-17-2003, 08:44 PM
Not the least bit Irish. I like Valentine's Day better, too. :)
03-17-2003, 08:58 PM
Not at all Irish but do like the music and the accent.
Sandi - I love your new pic, you can really notice the difference, your face is looking much slimmer, keep up the good work!
My eating has been pretty much on track but am stressing out a bit about the looming war. Anyone find it hard to worry about eating well when world events are so stressful? It's hard but I guess I just have to stay focused and remember that stress about events doesn't have to mean I pig out.
Hope everyone is doing well,
03-17-2003, 09:55 PM
Sandy, great new pic! I noticed it right away. Not Irish here, but I did wear a green top today anyway. A friend brought up some soda bread this weekend. Ohh, was that good. I ate way too much of that this weekend, but I really enjoyed it. I think I won't lose anything this week because I lost so much last week and because I ate alot more than usual this weekend, but that's ok. I'm back in the swing of things today. I think it's actually good to mix things up a little now and then - to eat a lowcal diet for a week or a few weeks, and then to have a day or two of eating more.
03-18-2003, 12:41 AM
Ah, yes, me lads and lassies ~ I've Irish on both sides of me family! :)
I wanted to post earlier in the day ~ this is my favorite day of the year (outside of the Biggie holidays like Christmas and Easter) and I've been partying today!
I wore a huge Leprechaun Hat and lots o' green! I direct a children's handbell choir on Mondays and we had a St. Patty's party! Those girls were so cute! They started dancing to the Irish music I had playing, and then we all joined hands and danced in a circle, even the parents! I was really tired but at least got exercise today!
Hope everyone has had a great day with lots of shamrocks and pots o' gold!
Your handbell choir sounds like so much fun! My dh direct one for a couple year before me moved to Arizona. I know that he misses it (and I miss hearing it). You must have gotten great exercise yesterday dancing! I wish I could have done the same, but I got a big fat 0 point day. I'll do better today, I promise!
03-18-2003, 03:06 PM
Hey Denise! That is so cool that dh directed handbells! They are so much fun, and what's really great, even if a child doesn't read music they can still play music with bells!
I bet there is a great church somewhere there where you are in Arizona that would be THRILLED and OVERJOYED to have him direct a bell choir! Great volunteers are so hard to find! And working with the kids is so rewarding, they are so sweet; and when I see them succeed, it just warms me heart, all the way to the tip o' me soul! *smiles* irishwings :lucky:
03-23-2003, 01:42 PM
What a great group you have here - so much support and comraderie! Wonderful to see "roosters" posting too! Have been away for about 2 years now. Big mistake! Gained back what I lost through emotional eating when my Dad was diagnosed with terminal cancer. We took care of him at home for about a year before he died. It took a huge toll on all of us, however, we would do it again in a flash. There was by far more joy than sadness but it is a two edged sword and it hurts, no matter what.
The benefit is that we all had lots of one on one time with him throughout the year so we were able to say everything that we wanted to before it was too late. He was a wonderful person and showed just how much so in the way that he dealt with having three daughters take care of him. We never heard him say one negative thing to us regardless of what inept thing we did as we learned how to do the things he needed done. And the role reversal was very hard on him (an Italian Papa never imagines his children will be taking care of him!). He did his best to take care of us until the day he was gone - making sure that all the arrangements had been taken care of, his estate was all in order, the will was updated, etc. He made sure that after his death everything would be as easy as possible for us.
The whole family is just now beginning to return to "normal" (like it will ever be normal without our Dad! He was the center of the family!) We all put on wieght but are now actively working to get it back off. All of us are using WW to do so and it makes for great family dinners - no worries about going off plan at them unless we don't watch portion sizes. We are all doing pretty well but have our moments as shadows from the last year pop up at the subconcious level and grab us before we understand what is happening. Once we realize what is going on, we are back in control and can stay on track once again.
I'm glad to be back reading and posting again. Lurked for a few days before I posted but the feeling here is the same as it was 2 years ago. Caring and concern for others seems to be a predominate feature of this group. And you are all so positive in your replies to each other - that is a real plus for everyone! You will be a big part of my journey to goal weight. I don't have as much time to read and post as before but will make every effort to be here everyday.
Thank you all for being so supportive to others. Take good care of yourselves!
03-23-2003, 07:46 PM
Welcome back! I'm so sorry about the loss of your father My father passed away from cancer in 1995, so I know what you've been through. My biggest regret is that he was not alive for the birth of our son, Matthew. But I see some of Matthew in him-his mischevious grin comes right from my father! The pain never totally goes away, but after a while you stop feeling like your heart was ripped out.
03-24-2003, 06:46 AM
Ginny! I remember you!!! :D Glad to see you back!!! I'm so sorry about the loss of your father. No matter how much you know it's coming, you are never quite prepared. Hugs to you.
03-24-2003, 09:32 AM
Ginny, I'm glad that you have found us again. I am so sorry to hear about your dad, but I am glad that you have found such peace.
Welcome back! I have only been around for about a year, so I don't remember you, but am looking forward to getting to know you!
03-25-2003, 03:02 PM
Been a while since I just Posted to say Hi!!
Life is pretty good, Jacob is healthy, everyone is working and there are no family crisis to speak of. Of course, there is the WAR, I just pray that it ends swiftly and safely for our troops.
On the diet front, well, March hasn't been my month. Where I lost 11 lbs in Jan...10 lbs in Feb, I have gained 8.5 so far in March. Kinda fell off the wagon. I know I will be getting it together soon. The one thing that I will NOT do is run and hide or make any excuses to myself. What I need from you guys is to call a spade a spade. If I start feeding you guys a line of crap about how I don't need to journal or I'm not going to count calories, just make smart choices. Stop me right there!!!! That's what I do when I don't want to be accountable anymore.
I also want to tell you guys how much I just love each and every one of you!! You guys are always there for me. I can't imagine where I'd be on this journey without you!! And a special thanks to Dana who supports me on a daily basis and Sherry who always checks on me! You guys are the greatest!!!
03-25-2003, 03:13 PM
Something AMAZING happened today...
A girl (skinney, beautiful) in my office caled my office and said:
"I need your help!"
My response (which is usual) was:
"But I'm not a licensed psychaitrist."
"No, I need a licensed nutritionist."
I laughed and asked her what was up and she said she needed some suggestions for lunch, good carbs, high protein, etc.
I WAS SO FLATTERED! I am the fattest girl in the office and she was asking ME for help! Omigawd! So, I asked her what kind of protein she wanted, what kinds of carbs, etc etc and gave her two excellent choices for lunch. She was so excited because she had never thought of them.
Hee! It doesn't take much to make my day!
03-25-2003, 03:22 PM
Originally posted by JacobsMommy
On the diet front, well, March hasn't been my month. Where I lost 11 lbs in Jan...10 lbs in Feb, I have gained 8.5 so far in March. Kinda fell off the wagon.
take it from us, maybe having the "perfect" month isn't the way to go. i lost 6 in feb, gained back 3 of it. that was my first real "gain" issue since i started. burning yourself out is NOT the way to go.
03-25-2003, 03:32 PM
Amen to that!!
03-25-2003, 03:32 PM
I have been really stressed out lately. Life is definately a challenge right now. Let me just tell you about my last week. It is kind of long, so bare with me (or just skip over it and pretend you read it).
Last Wednesday, the little girl I babysit for (she's 6) didn't come over because her mom was sick. I had a good friend of mine come over instead. She parked in my driveway. They were here about 1/2 hour and I get a phone call from the little girls dad. They were at the doctor's office and getting ready to take mom to the hospital via ambulance. He asked if I could pick Shelby up. I said yes, I'd be there in ten minutes. So, I get in my truck and back up and SMASH into my friends car. My mind was just trying to get to this little girl who was alone at her mother's doctor scared out of her wits. So anyway, I did a good amount of damage to her car and my insurance is going to go up.
So then Thursday, my wedding ring kept falling off my finger. I was taking the kids swimming and I didn't want to lose it. So I took it off and put it on the counter. I thought about putting it back on Thursday night, but decided to leave it off because I was taking the kids back to the pool on Friday and didn't want to forget to take it off again. So, when I went to put it back on Friday, it was MIA. I have looked everywhere and haven't found it.
Well, I am finally beginning to feel better about everything and get this frantic call from my dh yesterday and all he says to me is "I don't think that I have a job". We do not have the $$ for him to lose his job. Well, this war has really taken a toll of the travel industry and the airline announced yesterday that they are laying off 10% of all management (which my dh just so happens to be, as well as the having the least amount of seniority and experience in his department). So, I am very nervous.
Sorry for the long complaint, I just thought I'd get it off my chest.
Sandi, I you did just awesome in Jan and Feb, so don't get too worried about March. We all have our falls, as long as you get back up and start over again that is all that matters.
03-25-2003, 03:52 PM
Denise! I'm sooo sorry!
What a miserable week! I hope things get better. My Cute Boyfriend is getting laid off at the end of April and I know what it feels like to be going through that. Come vent anytime!
03-25-2003, 03:56 PM
HUgs to you Denise!! What a week!!! DH did the smash into a car in the driveway bit a few years ago and I have almost done it twice since. Your just not used to having a car in the driveway!! Sorry about the missing ring...did you ask the kiddos?? Losing your job can be so scary, just keep posting and we'll get you through this!!!
03-25-2003, 04:20 PM
Just a quickie check in here..
Life is about the same, except that my Dad has lost his job, and my brother's car engine siezed... and my pastor has been shipped off to Kuwaite, and i know someone on the front lines in Iraq.
We spent the weekend near Philly with my parents, as my mom turned 50 on Friday. It was great to see them, but they are quite disheartened by the lack of employment.
Weight loss.. well it happens. I don't know exactly how to get this to work, but I just keep trying. However, my body seems to very much like the 250s and not be interested in leaving them. Hopefully if I just keep plugging away something will happen eventually.
I do keep checking in on you guys, and I hope you are all doing well!!