Living Maintenance - Maintainers Weekly Chat September 24 - September 30




BillBlueEyes
09-24-2012, 05:54 AM
Let a new week begin! I'll use this to take a fresh approach to the extra snacking that I've been doing - deadly to a sane eating plan. Think I'll become an astronaut where there are no extra snacks available. Now that's a rational plan rather than just planning to ignore the urge to grab a handful of unnecessary whenever feelings arise.

Have to get my old car inspected this week. I went on Saturday and found . . . duh . . . a line. A looooong line. So I'll try again today either early or late and hope for a smaller crowd. As the end of the month approaches, I join the procrastinators - a group I recognize, LOL.


Mudpie
09-24-2012, 06:49 AM
Going to be a hard week. I am not really even watching what I eat - that's kinda on the back burner for now. Exercise is still going on - that is a good habit I have maintained since I was 21 - 34 years now.

As hard as it is to know what's in someone else's mind I think I now know why my father is still trying to get back to his house. It's his way to deny that death is approaching.

I have to have "the conversation" with him Wed. night. Alone. Despite all my ranting and railing against him I will be as kind as I can. He obviously doesn't want to die yet and I have to tell him he is.

And then I have to have it backed up by a white male doctor so he will believe it. :lol: and SIGH.

I will check in when I can. Good week all (and the end of yet another month - :eek:)

Dagmar :yoga:

ICUwishing
09-24-2012, 06:58 AM
A new week, a new start! As in, start swimming again. I spent several hours wide awake in the wee hours thinking about why I avoid doing something I enjoy (speaking of things not particularly rational).

No deer taken this weekend. They saw three, plus a barred owl. DS was a zombie after two days of getting up at 4:15, but he claims he had a good time and wants to do more.

My task list didn't shrink too much. I decided to talk to a Kohler tech before I tackle the faucet repair - the part didn't come with instructions, and it's not readily obvious how this assembly slides or twists or pops out. Couldn't find anything on line for it either, so I guess I'll have to talk with a real human being. :lol: I did make the promising discovery that the tub wall liner material I investigated (and fell in love with) last year now has a distributor, who's down the road from DS's choir practice. Hooray! Maybe ... they even do installations?

Bill, I can relate to the urge to grab. In my case, I think I did it for so many years that it isn't even an urge any more, it's just a lingering habit. As long as it's out of sight, I'm okay. Cherry tomatoes are the only thing safe to leave out at my house.

Dagmar, sending you strength for the week. Hugs, and good luck!


WardHog
09-24-2012, 07:13 AM
Good morning! I am off for a swim today, as well. It turned cold overnight; maybe the pool won't be crowded (and the water will feel warm).

Good luck, Dagmar. :hug:

Hi Bill!

saef
09-24-2012, 09:00 AM
Morning, all. Just "morning." I am not yet declaring it a good one.

Do I believe in the furniture restorer's promise last Friday that he would deliver some finished work to me today? Keep in mind that twice now, since late July, he has set dates and never showed up or even called to tell me he'd decided to cancel. My expectations are low and I'm trying to carry on with working from home as though nothing is going to come my way. My problem is, I attach too much importance to whether I'm going to get some stuff back. Probably much, much more than the usual person who sends furniture out for repair or rework. Each piece returned indicates to me the growing extent of my recovery from the flood, and the resumption of normality. I wish it weren't so, but it's hard to bring the mind & emotions back into order, hard as I work at being my own border collie nipping at the heels of the herd.

In the meantime, I've got enough work to do without taking on that particular worry. The usual: My own writing deadlines, and training new hires, "bringing them up to speed" as the popular work phrase goes. Also signing flood insurance papers, hitting the bank and picking up a birthday card for my mother. Who's probably coming to visit this upcoming weekend or the one after, bringing me clothes that I need. I moved in with only summer clothes and as everyone has remarked, there's a chill in the air lately which is calling for long sleeves, sweaters, jackets & heavier materials. Which is a good thing, as I love fall clothes, all their colors & weights & textures, particularly the tweedy English outfits. In the fall, I want to walk around looking like a woman in a Ralph Lauren ad who just climbed off a horse after a vigorous morning hack.

bargoo
09-24-2012, 09:20 AM
saef, you are a remarkably patient woman. I would be all over that furniture restorer like a bad rash. I would be calling that restorer every day until he would deliver it so he wouldn't have to hear from me anymore.
I will think positive for you today , I am expecting to hear good news from you , tomorrow.

alinnell
09-24-2012, 09:39 AM
Fall is in the air! We took the dogs for a short walk last night (I'm still afraid to tax Chico's single front leg). We got home and went out back with the dogs and cats and DH stood in the pool for a minute and declared the water "perfect." So of course I had to stand in it, too. Yes, perfect. No more summertime bathwater temperatures. This is the best temperature for swimming and the dogs both went in for a dip. This was Chico's first swim since his surgery and he didn't falter a bit. I'm so happy for that.

I'm starting my Monday off with a healthy egg white breakfast. I found last week that this breakfast often stayed with me until lunch meaning I could reduce my calories by not having a morning snack. I do have the healthy snacks available at the office should I get hungry, though.

Speaking of work, I must get running. Have a great week all!

Shannon in ATL
09-24-2012, 11:54 AM
Hi guys, I'm back. Our uncle died on Friday morning at about 2:30 am, so the weekend was a flurry of information gathering, visitation and funeral services. Not much sleep, lots of on the feet but no exercise, lots of bad 'on the go' food. But we survived it. My MIL is taking it hard, DH is sad and might not have hit the hard part yet. We had DSS this weekend so he went to all of the events with us. After the funeral yesterday he lamented "this has been the worst weekend ever, I didn't get to play at all" so we had to have a replay of the 'sometimes bad things happen and you have to be a big boy and accept it' discussion. It was hit or miss. He is only with us every other weekend and one day a week most weeks. The last two weekends he has been with us have been consumed by this, I know he is feeling stressed about it. Right after the service wasn't a good time for his exclamation though, I can tell you that.

I'm covering our catering office this week and am desperately behind in my own job so this week is going to be crazy. We didn't buy groceries last week, so we are out of everything. It is cold in the office I'm working in today. I'm tired, stiff and overall grumpy. I'm trying to snap out of it.

Dagmar - :hug: My heart is with you this week with your dad.

Saef - I would want to beat the restorer to death with something by now.

:wave: Bill, Becky, Allison, Ward, anyone I missed!

bargoo
09-24-2012, 12:21 PM
Shannon, so sorry for your loss, we all grieve or accept loss in our own way, it may take dh some time to come to terms with it, these are things we can't predict. About dss, remember he is just a little boy and most likely has no idea what death and funerals mean.
I was in third grade before I remember being touched by death at all. This was not a relative but a grade school friend who passed away suddenly. I still remember it to this day and that was many years ago, at the time the whole thing was a mystery to me. All part of the life experience, there will be many things as we go through life that we don't understand.
As for you, take one day at a time, one minute if necessary, everything will straighten out in time, try not to stress !

krampus
09-24-2012, 12:33 PM
Hi all -

Not an easy time for a lot of us it seems. My organization's co-founder and former board president died suddenly on Friday, which has turned everything on its head. I feel more upset than I think I "should" be given I barely knew her, but we did have little interactions almost daily and she was a badass who was super dedicated to her cause. Rest in Peace. Her Facebook page said nothing except "I AM AN ATHEIST."

Megan1982
09-24-2012, 01:14 PM
Afternoon everyone,

I almost started with "morning all" and realized it's not morning anymore. Last week I worked some extra hours so I took the morning off today, as I will likely work some more extra hours this week too. I've got to use them or lose them. It was nice at least to get a long wog in with the dog before the hectic week, and make some personal business hour phone calls (phone company, car insurance) before I came into work. I'm not really sure what I did most of the weekend. Walked the dog, cleaned the house, made Chinese chicken salads for lunches for the next few days. I think my allergy meds are putting me in a bit of a fog. I didn't track my calories over the weekend, but I'd guess they were around 2000/day. Right back on the straight and narrow and tracking this week.

I had girls night Friday to celebrate my friend's bday. We went to a city about an hour west away and I bumped into one of my childhood babysitters at the bar. It was so random but good to see her! She was visiting the city for a girl's weekend. Our moms are friends so her mom sent the pic of us to my mom by the next day. Of course my parents called me and my mom immediately asked "What were you doing in a BAR?!" Sigh. I'm 30, mom.

Saef, perhaps if you have low expectations of this restorer actually showing up, if he does you'll be pleasantly surprised. I guess waiting for the furniture restorer is like waiting for the phone/cable/gas company?

Becky, sometimes we must talk to human beings for help. I hate it too and always put it off (this is when I tell myself "Megan, you're 30" rather than telling my mom as above, lol). Chalk it up to never outgrowing childhood shyness. I'll bet the bath distributor knows who locally can install the tub, if they don't do it.

Allison, eggs stick with me in the morning, too. Glad Chico is recovering fine.

Shannon, so sorry for your loss. It can be tough to explain death and why that is more important than playing to any young child. :hug:

Krampus, :hug: to you too.

Have a good week everyone. I'm sending positive, calming thoughts out to the group. It sounds like several could use them this week.

Kery
09-24-2012, 01:39 PM
Morning.afternoon/evening maintainers (hey, it's past 7:30 pm here, after all, so I don't know what it makes anymore XD).

Shannon - Sorry for your loss, and my condolences. As for DSS, yeah, kids have a tendency to do that... I hope it wasn't too awkward.

Allison - Same with me, and I do like my English-like breakfast with eggs (not the fried/bacon stuff, though, now that's too fatty to start the day). Protein keeps me full much longer than puny starch. And whatever goes to avoid snacking on useless things, right?

Krampus - Good luck with that hectic moment at the org. Because we don't know a person too well doesn't mean we can't feel sad or upset when something happens to them... (When a coworker committed suicide last year in October, the whole staff went kinda bonkers, each of us in his/her own way. I had said 'hello' to that person, like, twice in my life, and yet it still affected me too.)

Please send positive vibes my way, too. I'm probably about to murder a pupil or two in class this weak, by crucifying them on my Wall of Shame and Snark, complete with detention and reports sent to the parents and form teachers.

paperclippy
09-24-2012, 01:59 PM
Shannon, sorry about your uncle. :hug:

It's definitely fall here. There was frost on the ground this morning and I piled on multiple layers of blankets on the bed last night. I also broke out my robe and slippers! I guess it's good that I was sick of summer food and ready for casseroles and soups. Our CSA is still going but I will be kind of glad when it stops, because not knowing what veggies I'll have on hand makes it hard to plan meals and I gained a couple pounds. I'm just over red line today (but it is also TOM, so there's that), and I need to get down to business to clean up my act. I've been slacking on exercise way too much.

alinnell
09-24-2012, 02:34 PM
Oh, fall and casseroles! And soup! Yum!! Even though the temperatures here are not quite fall (under 100, but just barely), I am getting a bit tired of the summer foods as well. This weekend I tried my hand at lasagna using zucchini instead of pasta. It was really good, but I wonder if any of you have the answer to this: in order to get the zucchini to release the extra moisture, I laid them out on paper towels and then sprinkled them with salt. After I noticed a lot of moisture collecting, I turned them over but didn't salt the other side. Should I have? And is it advisable to rinse them before I use them to get rid of the excess salt? To me that would be defeating the purpose. It tasted only slightly too salty, but if I make this for my in-laws, they can't have so much salt.

Anyway, it turned out really, really good and I have tons of leftovers for DS to eat this week.

I also made chicken enchiladas and have leftovers of that for DS. He sure likes my cooking better than the frozen meals he's been subjected to most of this year!

Bill~I think it'd be horribly difficult to be an astronaut and plan out everything for such a long trip! I'm good for a week at a time, but beyond that I'd go crazy! But yes, you can stop the snacking!

Dagmar~hope all goes well with you and your confrontation with your dad.

saef~hoping that the restorer comes as promised with all that he has of yours.

Shannon~sorry to hear about DH's uncle. The day you announced it, we had just gotten news that DH's cousin died in a car accident (the second in that family).

Kery~I'd advise against murder. It might get you locked up!

Krampus~sorry about your boss and the upheaval at work. Hopefully everything settles down soon.

Becky~good luck with the continuing renovations. My Dad said they are getting bids on restoring his basement. My brother is advocating for re-wiring the basement first (and I'd think the whole house as it is over 50 years old!). It would be something that might be a selling point when that time comes.

Kery
09-24-2012, 03:41 PM
As a sidenote, I've come to realize I must've a magickal cupboard: the Laphroaig I've stored in it not even one year ago has definitely got better while in there. I'm not going to complain. (Yes, yes, I know, I'm battling a budding cold with whisky. But so far, it's been working. :p)

Mudpie
09-24-2012, 05:15 PM
As a sidenote, I've come to realize I must've a magickal cupboard: the Laphroaig I've stored in it not even one year ago has definitely got better while in there. I'm not going to complain. (Yes, yes, I know, I'm battling a budding cold with whisky. But so far, it's been working. :p)

I always wondered if the booze (vodka in my case) actually helped or that the hangover felt worse than the cold and thus cancelled out the cold a bit? Now I don't ever get colds and use only nasal spray and aspirin - how boring!.

I suddenly have one less dog walk so have some time. DH is making dinner - snarling raging feral bear that he is (his boss sent him an email that destroyed his mood for at least the next week I'm sure). I should be putting out fall clothes - since I'm dogsitting for 10 days starting this coming weekend I guess I better get to it right now.

Dagmar :tired:

bargoo
09-24-2012, 06:53 PM
Mudpie and Kery, My mother was a total teetotaler but she always had a bottle of bourbon on hand for medicinal purposes. When I had a cold, out came the Hot Toddy...I looked forward to having a cold.

JohnKY
09-24-2012, 08:40 PM
Hopefully over the hump of whatever bug we've been dealing with. Back on exercise today. Marti is still fighting it off, but insisted on part of a hike tonight. Fall is coming on quick. Temps in the mid-30's last night. Leaves beginning to turn. So much to do before winter.

Bill - The astronauts have that freeze-dried ice cream but they all look pretty fit. Maybe a long passage on a little sailboat?

Dagmar and Shannon - Thinking of you both. I never know what to say in such times.

bargoo
09-25-2012, 10:34 AM
Is there anything more frightening than a beautician with a scissor in his/her hand ? I am almost ready to ask my beautician to take a blood oath that she will not cut my hair. I am in the process of growing out a layer cut which she is bound and determined to layer cut again. I, on the other hand am thinking of something like a blunt cut which means letting the layers grow out. My idea is that if I let it grow and hate it I can always have it cut. Her idea is the layer cut would look so much better. True , but I want a change, darn it, it is my hair !

alinnell
09-25-2012, 10:36 AM
So funny, bargoo. My DD for years wanted a layer cut but no one would do it for her (she has very fine hair and they said it wouldn't work). I finally got her to go to my stylist who agreed to do it and it was super cute!

Just speak your mind and tell her to leave it alone!!!

bargoo
09-25-2012, 10:43 AM
Allison, I have fine hair, too and the layer cut looks good, I am just tired of it.

WardHog
09-25-2012, 11:25 AM
Allison, I have fine hair, too and the layer cut looks good, I am just tired of it.

same here! But if I get it blunt cut to the shortest layer, it will be too short. What to do?

bargoo
09-25-2012, 11:28 AM
same here! But if I get it blunt cut to the shortest layer, it will be too short. What to do?

That is why I am letting it grow out first.....just have to live through the awkward stage.

ICUwishing
09-25-2012, 11:52 AM
Hair always grows out. I am currently sporting a spiky, very short cut because I had it whacked all the way back to my gray roots. It's taking some getting used to - in my age bracket, this color is probably about as common as lime green. :D

Re the colds, we have always downed a shot at the first throat tickle, on the theory that we could "sterilize the area". It might actually work. Could this be the origin of "It's worth a shot"? :)

I visited the bath remodeler yesterday, and have been floating on air ever since. Not only does it cost less than I thought, they do install this material and it goes up really fast. AND ... to order it takes 2-2 1/2 weeks, which is exactly when I will need it. Cha-ching! I almost cried. We could have this bathroom completely done in a month! :dance:

Megan1982
09-25-2012, 12:04 PM
Is there anything more frightening than a beautician with a scissor in his/her hand ?

My BF goes to a woman to get his haircut who is a pyromaniac but didn't do any time for reasons of insanity. Literally. He's on the volunteer fire department... he got called to the fire. Since she lit charcoal on her ex's living room floor it didn't do much damage. Charcoal takes a while to get going. I can't believe he still goes to her. His response: "Well she's fine when she's on her medication! It's only $10... besides, I've never done anything to p!$$ her off."

I'm one of the fine-haired people whose hair does look bad in layers. Well, it doesn't look bad when it's freshly washed and styled, but when it's in longer layers it tends to get dirty and stringy looking quickly. I've been doing the sideswept bangs this year and like those, though. I think one's stylist should give an opinion, but if it's rejected, go ahead and do what the client wants!

Yesterday I ended up working in the lab until 9:30 PM and had to miss my play rehearsal. I felt terrible, and plan to apologize to everyone on Wednesday at our next rehearsal. The samples were time-sensitive and I had to get them on dry ice immediately or they would be no good, and it was also a situation where I couldn't have done this on another day, and didn't know I'd be getting such a big amount of the samples to process ahead of time. I was at the store getting more dry ice this AM and ran into one of my cast who asked if I would be at rehearsal Wednesday in what I thought was a sort of snarky tone. It just made me feel worse even though I'm probably being oversensitive. I don't feel like I'm being a very good director this time around. I have tonight off so I'm going to try and sit down for a few minutes and brainstorm about the show. I'm left feeling generally unsettled and disorganized today.

I think the astronauts work out on the space ship to try and preserve their muscle tone. How boring, though. What if you get a craving for something on the spaceship? I guess you have to wait. I couldn't live without fresh fruit.

Shannon, how are you and DH holding up? :hug:

bargoo
09-25-2012, 12:11 PM
Megan your BF is braver than I would be , I don't need any insane haircutters....the sane ones are fearful enough.
Good luck with the cast I would expect that most will be understanding but there is alway one who has to be snippy about the inconvenience or whatever.

Kery
09-25-2012, 12:42 PM
Re the colds, we have always downed a shot at the first throat tickle, on the theory that we could "sterilize the area". It might actually work. Could this be the origin of "It's worth a shot"? :)
A friend of mine also does that, except his whisky is something like 60 (maybe even a little more). I bet nothing can survive that. (Including his oesophagus, but that's another story.) ^^

Shannon in ATL
09-25-2012, 12:48 PM
My dad used to give my brother and I shots of whiskey when we had colds - my mother used to hate taking us to church on Sunday after a Saturday night cold. Said we smelled like we'd spent the night at a cheap bar. Dad said that there was nothing cheap about his whiskey. ;)

DH and I are holding up okay, but tired. Things move so fast in life, things like this don't slow them down a bit.

bargoo
09-25-2012, 12:51 PM
Kery, Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirit is 101 proof. No virus or bacteria can survive that, I don't think.

BillBlueEyes
09-26-2012, 05:38 PM
Just encountered a word in a British novel and came to realize that we don't own an epergne (which you all know is pronounced to rhyme with 'a fern'). It's obviously too embarrassing to ask friends in real life - they're probably already laughing at me.

I can grab one using Buy It Now eBay: Silver Epergne (http://www.ebay.com/itm/150890566593?hlp=false), but think I should check out Costco as well.

I feel so out of it.

When do I use my epergne? Will it be considered ostentatious? What do I put in it?

bargoo
09-26-2012, 05:53 PM
Is there a purpose for this ugly item priced at $100,000.00 US ?

traveling michele
09-27-2012, 12:43 AM
Just encountered a word in a British novel and came to realize that we don't own an epergne (which you all know is pronounced to rhyme with 'a fern'). It's obviously too embarrassing to ask friends in real life - they're probably already laughing at me.

I can grab one using Buy It Now eBay: Silver Epergne (http://www.ebay.com/itm/150890566593?hlp=false), but think I should check out Costco as well.

I feel so out of it.

When do I use my epergne? Will it be considered ostentatious? What do I put in it?

Oops. Just hit buy it now button. Guess I'm now the proud owner of an epergne.:dizzy:

Mudpie
09-27-2012, 05:29 AM
Just encountered a word in a British novel and came to realize that we don't own an epergne (which you all know is pronounced to rhyme with 'a fern'). It's obviously too embarrassing to ask friends in real life - they're probably already laughing at me.

I can grab one using Buy It Now eBay: Silver Epergne (http://www.ebay.com/itm/150890566593?hlp=false), but think I should check out Costco as well.

I feel so out of it.

When do I use my epergne? Will it be considered ostentatious? What do I put in it?

:rofl: You could convert it into a chandelier and put votive candles in the sticking out bits. Tres tres chick! Or serve the Halloween candy out of it - how practical!

Dagmar :lol3:

Mudpie
09-27-2012, 05:34 AM
So I had a big screaming match :mad: with my dad last night. I am going to a lawyer to see what legal measures I can take to keep him out of MY house.

I believe the hospital is stuck with him. As long as I keep repeating that I don't want him back and that it isn't safe they can't just shove him out on the street (I hope). They will have to talk him into palliative care.

I am not going there again. The next time I see my father will be when he's dead. A half-century of abuse :coach: and bullying :rollpin: is enough.

Dagmar :tired: :mad: :faint:

bargoo
09-27-2012, 08:53 AM
Dagmar, in the US it is possible to have Hospice care in the home. Is Hospice Care available in Canada ? I am thinking HIS home, of course.

saef
09-27-2012, 09:58 AM
Bill, dude, how will you survive if you are invited to Downton Abbey?

An epergne ought to sit on a sideboard, a tea table or a long dining table. Each of the epergne's arms would display a selection of tiny cakes or bon-bons or other sweets.

At dinner, the epergne could be used as a centerpiece on your dining table -- but usually that would be your flowers. Ideally, you'd have two epergnes, one in the first third of the table, then the flowers, then the other epergne.

At tea, which is more intimate, there would just be one big round table, and the epergne would probably be the centerpiece.

Or so is the understanding of saef -- who, for the record, does not own an epergne or aspire to. Too much polishing.

traveling michele
09-27-2012, 09:58 AM
Bargoo-- how is your weight holding up? Or down as the case may be.

Dagmar-- many hugs.... stay firm....

saef
09-27-2012, 10:00 AM
Dagmar, my father had hospice care in his and my mother's home, where I stayed toward the end while he was dying. As Bargoo asked, is this an option in Canada?

Was reading about the Film Festival & thinking of you.

bargoo
09-27-2012, 10:03 AM
Bargoo-- how is your weight holding up? Or down as the case may be.
....

Michele, my neighbor brought me a huge, warm, cinnamon roll. I ate it. My body got a taste of that sugar and said, more, more. I obliged.
I was still at 113 this morning but I am afraid it just hasn't noticed the sugar overload yet. We'll see what tomorrow brings.

saef
09-27-2012, 10:06 AM
My body got a taste of that sugar and said, more, more.

Yeah, they do that, don't they? Bodies, I mean. Anything for a bit of momentary sweetness. They'll bargain away your peace of mind, health and better nature just in return for instant gratification.

Ask me how I know this.

bargoo
09-27-2012, 10:11 AM
I have found that sugar is a bigger enemy to me than fried foods, of course I rarely eat fried foods , but I could have bacon, fried eggs, hash browns and buttered toast and not see the damage that one teaspoon of sugar will cause.

traveling michele
09-27-2012, 10:32 AM
I tried "almond dream" dessert bites last night after dinner.

http://www.tastethedream.com/products/product/5077/745.php

I ate 5 which was a nice size portion and it tamed my sweet tooth. I bought the chocolate and vanilla but tried the chocolate last night. Anyone else see or try these?

alinnell
09-27-2012, 10:45 AM
I have found that sugar is a bigger enemy to me than fried foods, of course I rarely eat fried foods , but I could have bacon, fried eggs, hash browns and buttered toast and not see the damage that one teaspoon of sugar will cause.

I can totally pass up on desserts. In fact, this morning I was checking the contents of my garage freezer: 4 individual New York cheesecakes, 4 caramel apple tartlets, and some frozen mango ice cream on a stick. The first two were part of a Christmas gift via Omaha Steaks.

But cheese? Nope, can't pass that up. Even the gross stuff (Velveeta). I've been wrapping Misty's meds in Velveeta. And Chico's chemo drugs this morning, too. And every morning I have to pop a chunk in my own mouth.

Eggs, hash browns, bacon (or ham in my case) and toast is a "go to" dinner for us. It pleases everyone.

saef
09-27-2012, 11:38 AM
Bill, go with this one. You'll save a lot on postage and it will serve the same purpose.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/EXTRAORDINARY-BRASS-AND-GLASS-EPERGNE-22-HIGH-MAKER-ORIGIN-UNKNOWN-/150851624830?pt=Antiques_Decorative_Arts&hash=item231f751f7e

Shannon in ATL
09-27-2012, 12:07 PM
Bill - PhotoChik says to tell you that your epergne needs to be placed on the formal dining table and can be removed to the sideboard for casual family meals. I say of course you must have one, we all should. Obviously. LOL Though not the silver EBay one, more like the one Saef suggests above. No home is complete without it. ;)

Dagmar - :hug:

Bargoo - homemade cinnamon roll would kill me. Seriously.

Mudpie
09-28-2012, 05:41 AM
I'm off to my dog sit this evening - 10 days. I'm looking forward to it - Lucy is a very active affectionate dog - as a break from all of the stuff going on.

DH is making me go with him to visit my father this weekend. If my dad starts yelling DH will intervene. Sweetie as bodyguard - hmmm . . .

Dagmar :cool:

CherryPie99
09-28-2012, 09:47 AM
Hi everyone!

I have been MIA all week because we were staying in a cabin in PA and had no internet access.

The cabin was gorgeous - much nicer then I anticipated! PA was doing a pilot program to allow dogs in some of their cabins this year so we brought our 2 Boxers.

This was my first vacation at maintenance. I feel like I did okay, but I seemed to be eating good things, but eating A LOT! The scale says 121.5 this morning, so I'm pretty upset about that, as I was 118 when I left.

We were very active. On Wednesday we hiked part of the "Ghost Town Trail" from Ebensburg to Nanty Glo. It was a total of 15 miles.

Here we are the day we left.

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I know I haven't gained 3 pounds of fat in a week, but it still makes me feel a little like a failure.

Hope everyone is doing well, it will take me a couple of days to catch up!

Jen

bargoo
09-28-2012, 10:07 AM
Oh! Jen, you are so not a failure. You are an inspiration, you have lost twice what I now weigh ! That boggles my mind.

alinnell
09-28-2012, 10:15 AM
You're not a failure, Jen. You'll lose those three pounds before you know it. And I love your dogs!!!

DH, DS and I went to school last night for a senior parent meeting. Basically we were given a timeline of when to apply to different colleges and what senior events are scheduled for the year. If it weren't for the fact that DS is so deep in homework all the time, it sounds like he'll have a good year. And graduation is 3 weeks earlier than I expected which is nice--they do it outside and 3 weeks can mean a whole lot in temperature change here.

Tomorrow DS has to get up at 4 AM to drive himself and two others to USC for a JSA meeting or debate or something. He had to go and buy a new dress shirt to wear! He's so funny--he showed me his pants and tie and asked what shirt to buy. I said a plain white shirt or perhaps a tan shirt (black pants, blue, white, black and tan striped tie). He took the tie with him and said he asked for assistance and the guy at Macy's did help him get the right size, but suggested a maroon and white striped shirt. It totally clashed with the tie, so then we had to go through DH's ties to find one that would work (sort of). Either that or he'd have to go buy a new tie.

Looking forward to a movie or two this weekend. We could go to see Hello I Must be Going tonight as Melanie Lynsky (the star) is doing a Q&A after the movie. She's funny as all get out, but I'm not too interested in the movie. I do want to see The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Maybe Looper. Maybe Won't Back Down. Also, going to a movie tonight means no dog walkies and we missed walkies last night due to the school meeting. I think walkies are more important!

ICUwishing
09-28-2012, 10:19 AM
Well, the drywall is up in the bathroom! Nothing quite like watching a pro at work. He was in and out in a few hours, coming back in this afternoon to sand. Wow, what a huge relief it is to not have to look at the underside of the roof any more ... :D Now my weekend is all about painting!

I think my great-grandma had an epergne. When I saw the pictures, I was having serious flashbacks to her dining room. I must have been all of 4 or 5 years old. :chin: Pretty cool! I have moments where I think it would be fun to live in the formal way - but I do detest dusting.

bargoo
09-28-2012, 10:48 AM
Yes, Becky, the times they are changing. I remember when I used to go to church in a hat and gloves, white gloves, and my two little boys wore a shirt and tie just like their daddy did. Now, I even wear jeans to church , and no hose , horrors !

traveling michele
09-28-2012, 02:51 PM
Dagmar-- enjoy your dog sit! I'm sorry you have to see your dad. I hope it doesn't go too terribly.

Jen-- you should know that the weight you gain on a trip is often mostly just sodium, etc. from eating out, different foods..... give it a few days to see where you actually are.

Speaking of dog sitting, I called a dog sitter and am going to meet her next week. While I've always been happy where I board my dogs, it is frightfully expensive and the past two times they've come home with upset tummies (stress I'm sure). Plus I always have to find someone else to feed the cats, so it is very costly. I found someone with great reviews and she is coming over. She is available for the weekend in October that I need her, but she has been booked for Christmas for months. I'm hoping she'll fall in love with my crew and find a way to squeeze us in. We booked our flight to Houston and booked Dewey with us (the dachshund) but the Great Dane and kitties won't be coming. The great thing was that she used to work at the kennel that I use so she remembers Jozi well (my Dane). She made me sad because she also remembered my Ozzie (Doberman) that died.

Kery
09-28-2012, 04:12 PM
The problem I thought I'd never have to face, being rather on that part of the spectrum when you gain weight every year:
Clothes bought to me by my parents for my b-day (August) are too large. o_O

I haven't even been "dieting" or making extra effort to watch my food intake or whatever... just going to my new work place on bike, 4x15 minutes 5 days a week, for a solid month.

In a way, it's quite shocking. I mean, when you've been brought up on the certainty that you'll always end up gaining steadily every year... and that "if you hesitate between two sizes, in doubt, choose the largest"... Well, I picked the largest when I told my mother on the phone, two months ago, and there's the result.
(Somehow, it's a good thing. On the other hand, those are for $100 worth of nice, elegant clothes suited for autumn/spring! I hope I can get them altered, I've barely had the opportunity to wear them!!)

bargoo
09-29-2012, 10:29 AM
The problem I thought I'd never have to face, being rather on that part of the spectrum when you gain weight every year:
Clothes bought to me by my parents for my b-day (August) are too large. o_O

I haven't even been "dieting" or making extra effort to watch my food intake or whatever... just going to my new work place on bike, 4x15 minutes 5 days a week, for a solid month.

In a way, it's quite shocking. I mean, when you've been brought up on the certainty that you'll always end up gaining steadily every year... and that "if you hesitate between two sizes, in doubt, choose the largest"... Well, I picked the largest when I told my mother on the phone, two months ago, and there's the result.
(Somehow, it's a good thing. On the other hand, those are for $100 worth of nice, elegant clothes suited for autumn/spring! I hope I can get them altered, I've barely had the opportunity to wear them!!)

Congratulations ! Get the clothes altered !

Kery
09-29-2012, 10:55 AM
I definitely will. They're nice clothes, and good enough quality, so it'd be a shame not to. I just hope it won't be too expensive. (But yeah, waistcoats are supposed to be sort of snug, so if I don't do it, I might as well never wear it at all...)

bargoo
09-29-2012, 11:12 AM
I definitely will. They're nice clothes, and good enough quality, so it'd be a shame not to. I just hope it won't be too expensive. (But yeah, waistcoats are supposed to be sort of snug, so if I don't do it, I might as well never wear it at all...)
Kery , my attitude would be , I didn't have to pay for them , initially so I can afford the alteration costs.
One other thought, here in the US some stores(not all) will recognize their own merchandise and will allow you to exchange for a smaller size even though you have no receipt. No cash back but maybe an even exchange.

alinnell
09-29-2012, 11:22 AM
I had to get up at 4:30 this morning. Well, didn't HAVE to, but felt the need to. DS was getting up to get ready for his 3 hour drive to Los Angeles for the Junior Statesman conference. His attendance wasn't required, but his best friend's was (all presidents must attend, others are simply invited). So I got up to make sure he was up (he was), I offered to make his breakfast (he declined) so I fed the animals and went back to sleep until 7 AM. Despite getting up and doing all that (which took nearly 20 minutes) it did feel good to sleep in.

I was feeling rather sickly yesterday. Nothing I put in my stomach made it feel good except dinner which was pizza (NutriSystem so it's ok). Even taking my nightly supplements burned my stomach and made it hard to get to sleep. That and DH's snoring.

I didn't have time to do any shopping yesterday due to my tummy issues so I have lots to do today. We didn't walk the dogs either. And we were going to this morning, but here it is almost 8:30 and we're still in our PJs drinking coffee.

Mudpie
09-29-2012, 11:22 AM
Kery , my attitude would be , I didn't have to pay for them , initially so I can afford the alteration costs.
One other thought, here in the US some stores(not all) will recognize their own merchandise and will allow you to exchange for a smaller size even though you have no receipt. No cash back but maybe an even exchange.

Straight exchange is usually ok here in Canada too.

Probably no visit with my dad. He's going through some sort of melt-down and accusing all sorts of people of all sorts of things. They have a palliative care bed ready for him in a good nursing home. They are probably going to declare his mentally incompetent and sedate him and then transfer him.

Finally the monster in my closet all these years is having some pretty strong flashlights shone in his face. It is quite a revelation to realize how afraid of this guy I have been all these years. I do get some satisfaction from knowing others now see his insanity too but just want to move on with my own life.

I just want him committed to the nursing home. They can look after him until the end. I am done with being cursed at and hectored.

And for some reason not known to me yet I have not been eating and eating and eating. Now if only I could get the dog under control life would be good! She's a young monkey - chewed my toothbrush this morning. Fortunately this was AFTER I had brushed.

Dagmar (is there a tiny light shining at the end of this long black tunnel?) :cool:

Kery
09-29-2012, 12:04 PM
Unfortunately, I can't exchange them. They were bought from a catalogue, and the exchange delay is now over. :(

Granted, it's my fault. I did try them on this summer, but it was in a hurry, and I chalked the somewhat-too-big-factor to "oh, that's because I'm only wearing a very thin T-shirt underneath; they'll fit just OK once I wear thicker clothes." Except that "thicker" in that case would mean wearing a whole winter coat under the waistcoat. :lol: See, I'm still not too used to think in terms of "hey, I'm *normal* now, not obese". *grumble*

bargoo
09-29-2012, 12:32 PM
Unfortunately, I can't exchange them. They were bought from a catalogue, and the exchange delay is now over. :(

Granted, it's my fault. I did try them on this summer, but it was in a hurry, and I chalked the somewhat-too-big-factor to "oh, that's because I'm only wearing a very thin T-shirt underneath; they'll fit just OK once I wear thicker clothes." Except that "thicker" in that case would mean wearing a whole winter coat under the waistcoat. :lol: See, I'm still not too used to think in terms of "hey, I'm *normal* now, not obese". *grumble*

It took me awhile to get my mind around needing smaller clothes. I remember going to the gym and bragging that I was able to buy a pair of size 10 jeans, I had never in my life worn a size 10. Somebody said, "well, they are too big". She was right I exchanged them for a size 8 and now I usually wear size 6.
As for your dilemma ,back to alterations. Last resort Ebay.