Living Maintenance - Maintainers Weekly Chat October 1 - October 7




BillBlueEyes
10-01-2012, 06:05 AM
It rained lightly all day until . . . time came to light the grill after our guests had arrived. Then the sun came out and the rain stopped until much later when the grilling was done when it returned. It felt like Camelot.

We spent the evening looking at their pictures of Alaska. I've always wanted to tour Alaska - even more so now.


Mudpie
10-01-2012, 06:45 AM
Good morning. Just got some good news - finally a phone # for the head doctor on my father's "team". And some bad news - roofers are coming to the dog sit. I finally got the dog calmed down - took 2 1/2 days - and now she's going to be going crazy. And no parking.

bill Your BBQ sounds like something out of a movie!

Happy Monday!

Dagmar :tired:

WardHog
10-01-2012, 08:00 AM
Good morning. We are on our second day of rain here. I need to get one of those little raincoats for the dog. She doesn't actually mind being outside in the rain; it's just when she comes back in all wet ...


ICUwishing
10-01-2012, 08:52 AM
Good morning and "happy" Monday! I am a complete and utter trainwreck from climbing around in my attic this weekend - had to use many muscles that haven't seen the light of day for at least a year and a half. I'm so sore it's actually funny. Well, it would be funny except that I didn't sleep very well. However, the insulation is handled and the solatube has been reinstalled over the hall bathroom. I picked up the flooring, I have the primer and the ceiling paint ... and now I just need to wait until I can get my arms over my head again. :D

saef
10-01-2012, 09:40 AM
We had a brief but heavy downpour yesterday. I hadn't realize it was threatening to rain but thought the sun was setting awfully early and went around turning all the lamps on in my living room. I was squinting at an 1840s printed Family Register, with that spidery faint brown 19th century handwriting in it, trying to type the names and dates into an email. See, I bought this thing at an antique show last year, before the flood, then Googled the names out of idle curiosity, and ended up in touch with a family descendent who really wanted all that information. Then the flood happened. The register fortunately was at a framing shop and so it was okay. Yesterday, finally, after a year, I finally got around to trying to read the writing and give the info to the family descendent.

I feel like the weekend got by me and that I didn't fully take advantage of it and do some things that I should have done.

And I'm still puzzling over "The Master," which I saw on Friday night. Great performances, but the story is a bit ragged at the edges.

paperclippy
10-01-2012, 10:14 AM
Good morning! I am sore from my yoga class on Saturday. I think this just goes to show I've been slacking on my workouts too much.

No other news to report here.

alinnell
10-01-2012, 10:24 AM
Bill~I recommend a trip to Alaska! It is beautiful. Take a Holland America cruise (you won't be disappointed) and afterward, do the train to Denali. I believe it is offered through Holland America. I've heard wonderful things about the train ride although I have not done it myself. But the cruise will take you to some beautiful places all the while staying in a luxurious hotel.

No rain here. Lots of sun and hot, just glad the humidity has left (probably for good).

As for turning on lamps in the afternoon: our house has huge windows. Well, really sliding glass doors. On the north side of the house, in the living room, kitchen and family room, we do not have any window coverings. We don't feel the need as it opens to the very private back yard. You'd have to be on the roofs behind us to look in and what are they going see? Us cooking, reading or watching TV. So yesterday we're at the neighbor's for the meet & greet of a guy running for city council. The neighbors have shutters on ALL their windows. It was 4 PM, super sunny, and yet their home was dark. The shutters were open, but they let in so little light. People kept going around and turning on lights. What a waste of energy IMO.

The Master is one movie I've thought about seeing--but it seems so "out there." We went to see the Perks of Being a Wallflower. It was nothing like what I expected (underlying theme of sexual abusespoiler--don't look at this if you don't want the spoiler) but it was quite good.

bargoo
10-01-2012, 11:13 AM
Friends, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. JCPenney is giving free haircuts to breast cancer patients in chemo and I believe survivors as well.Free haircuts and styling throughout month of October,in addition for each free haircut they will be donating to Breast Cancer research up to $50,000. Pass the word around to friend and relatives that qualify.
I plan to get my haircut, I am just looking for a JCP with a salon.

traveling michele
10-01-2012, 11:22 AM
No rain here. In fact, it was 99 yesterday, and forecast is for 102 today. Later in the week the temp is supposed to drop drastically. It was amazingly hot in hot yoga-- I actually had to sit down for a few minutes as I got so dizzy I thought I might pass out. The instructor was trying to regulate the temp but having issues-- so rather than 106-108, it was 107-111-- and a few degrees make a huge difference!

Dh and I went to a movie this weekend too-- which is rare for us-- so a real treat-- we saw Looper and quite enjoyed it. I had vouchers for the movie and a gift card for dinner, so we went out "free" which as nice as we are really trying not to spend money-- 2 girls in college, hot water heater repairs, etc. are killing us! Dh has to repair water damage now to our downstairs bathroom where the hot water heater leaked and the water seeped through.

Dh and I slept in this weekend which makes all the difference in the world. Rather than get up at 5, we got up at 6:30 Saturday and 7:00 Sunday. Luxurious for us!!

Thanks for the info Bargoo-- I'll pass it along. Enjoy your haircut.

Megan1982
10-01-2012, 01:30 PM
Morning all,

No rain here yet, though we're supposed to get some later today and tonight. I've been enjoying the fall weather despite it meaning I'm getting into the worst of my allergies. I woke up at 6:20 from a pretty normal night's sleep and felt drunk or hungover, of which I was neither. I had 2.5 extra hours to burn from last week so I texted my boss I'd be late, slept in a bit more until I felt better, and took the dog for a walk. It was rather strange but I hope nothing else is going on.

Last week I slipped off my clean eating train a bit. Strange work hours and a lot to do, TOM, I've got a zillion excuses. I am getting back on the train today. I've been going to the gym and walking the dog a lot, which is good.

Dagmar, glad Lucy is keeping you smiling. :D Great that DH is also coming with you to back you up on visits to your Dad. It's great to have that support.

Allison, I love natural light too. My old office had one 6" tall window about 8 feet up the wall. What? I love my big window in my new office.

Bill, your grilling sounds lovely. It's nice when the weather cooperates.

Ward, I keep an old towel directly next to the door for just such occasions. Luckily my dog seems to enjoy being toweled off, even if she does try to turn it into a game of tug of war.

Bargoo, I wish I had someone to pass that info to but my gran is gone. I'll tell our local "Calendar Girls" though. Have you seen the movie Calendar Girls? These older ladies raise money by posing nude for a calendar with strategically placed items. A group of local ladies, most of whom are breast cancer survivors, did the same. They bought a mammography machine for our local hospital with the profits. Now they are on year two, and with the profits are paying for mammographies for women who can't afford them/don't have health insurance, which is a big number in our county. What a great idea for an important cause!

Have a good week everyone.

Shannon in ATL
10-01-2012, 02:09 PM
Megan - your local "Calendar Girls" are awesome. :)

Sheila53
10-01-2012, 06:11 PM
Friends, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. JCPenney is giving free haircuts to breast cancer patients in chemo and I believe survivors as well.Free haircuts and styling throughout month of October,in addition for each free haircut they will be donating to Breast Cancer research up to $50,000. Pass the word around to friend and relatives that qualify.
I plan to get my haircut, I am just looking for a JCP with a salon.

Thanks for the tip. I called our local JCP to see if they had a salon and asked if the free cut is for survivors, too, and it is. Now it will be interesting to hear what they say when my DH calls for a free appointment. People still don't realize that men can get breast cancer, too. But he can lift up his shirt and show his mastectomy scar--or he can just show the paperwork from the cancer center. :)

bargoo
10-01-2012, 06:18 PM
Thanks for the tip. I called our local JCP to see if they had a salon and asked if the free cut is for survivors, too, and it is. Now it will be interesting to hear what they say when my DH calls for a free appointment. People still don't realize that men can get breast cancer, too. But he can lift up his shirt and show his mastectomy scar--or he can just show the paperwork from the cancer center. :)

They didn't say it was just for women, I wondered about that, too. I think they should honor him as long as he has proof. It is a good educational lesson.

freelancemomma
10-01-2012, 08:32 PM
Went to the cottage -- alone -- for the third weekend in a row. I wanted to get away from the "madding crowd" and get some writing done. Mission accomplished. I closed the place for the winter. I'm gonna miss it!

F.

Mudpie
10-02-2012, 06:28 AM
Went to the cottage -- alone -- for the third weekend in a row. I wanted to get away from the "madding crowd" and get some writing done. Mission accomplished. I closed the place for the winter. I'm gonna miss it!

F.

It's nice to have a "private" place where you can retreat from the world.

Dagmar :cool:

Megan1982
10-02-2012, 10:20 AM
I'm having some self-discipline problems here. Last night I got home from rehearsal and just didn't want to get to bed. I did some useful things - dishes, packed gym bag and lunch - and had the munchies and did non-useful things like play stupid ipad games and read blogs online. I overate on healthful things, baked sweet potato, raspberries, ryvita crackers with lowfat dip, pumpernickel bread with Smart balance, but overate nonetheless. A voice in my head was telling me to just put everything down and go to sleep, BF had gone to bed, and I couldn't make myself do it. :rollpin:

I will try not to do that tonight.

Freelancemomma, your cabin retreat sounds so nice. I'll bet it's lovely this time of year.

bargoo
10-02-2012, 10:54 AM
I'm having some self-discipline problems here. Last night I got home from rehearsal and just didn't want to get to bed. I did some useful things - dishes, packed gym bag and lunch - and had the munchies and did non-useful things like play stupid ipad games and read blogs online. I overate on healthful things, baked sweet potato, raspberries, ryvita crackers with lowfat dip, pumpernickel bread with Smart balance, but overate nonetheless. A voice in my head was telling me to just put everything down and go to sleep,.

Megan, I understand those times, it happens to me , too, it is like a runaway train that can't be stopped.

traveling michele
10-02-2012, 11:04 AM
I'm mad at myself a little today. I found excuses not to exercise yesterday. I hate when I start off the first of the month and don't exercise-- like it's going to set me up for a bad month. I was feeling tired and nauseous and dh talked me out of going. The scale rewarded me with an extra 2 pounds this morning. I'm definitely going today! I know that October will be busy and tricky with the gym so I can't afford any non days for no good reason. I have book fair this month which is always 12 plus hour days for a week, plus I will be going to Arizona for parents' weekend right after the book fair so I'm going to have about 10 days straight of crazy. Dh is here until Friday and then he leaves for a (shortish) world wide tour-- he'll be going to Singapore, Australia and New Zealand and only be gone a little over a week! It will be hellish for him as he will fly all night, get off the plane and work, get back on a plane, etc. So, I felt like if he wanted me home last night I should oblige. Back to the grindstone today though hopefully.

saef
10-02-2012, 11:33 AM
Megan, were you still wound up from something at the rehearsal?

As a former binge eater, I'm interested in these "escape valve" moments -- which is for me a useful way to think of what's happening when they occur. For me, it's usually at the end of a period when I've been running, running, running, or after I experience a strong emotion.

I nearly had one yesterday. The furniture restorer's nephew called unexpectedly and said his uncle would be arriving within an hour with some of my stuff. And sure enough, he did show up, after seven weeks of missed meetings and unreturned calls. And the pieces he brought -- a dresser with an attached mirror, and a small bedside table -- look great. They look better than they did before the flood. It felt like Santa Claus had actually materialized at my house. I can't believe how much I was pacing up & down the rooms with happiness, infused with energy and optimism.

What did I do with all that? I used to turn to food. I realize now that when I did that, I was trying to do a kind of re-set, to even out my mood, which had swung up on an unusual high. There are people who eat to comfort themselves, out of pain. I know now that's not the only reason why I ate sometimes. I ate after experiencing any really strong emotion, whether elation or anxiety.

Last night, knowing I was over-full of some kind of adrenalin, I ended up going to the gym to work it off. If there hadn't been a class, I would have gone for an evening walk and walked it off.

I can't be in the house cooped up at those moments. A book won't calm me down. Nor will TV. Nor will anything small, tight and focused & close to hand. I'll try food. Food doesn't work. But I have to eat a lot of different things to convince myself it won't, like someone who tries on different items of clothing consecutively in her wardrobe. Usually I'll go through the gamut of taste, from fruit sweet to richer sweet, like chocolate, to salty, and then back around.

Now I know movement burns off the nerves far more efficiently. I'm sorry it took me so many decades to work that out.

ChrisMohr
10-02-2012, 11:46 AM
Good luck Megan, and thanks for your honesty. I'm pretty new to maintenance. This is my second month and I'm nervous as the first red-flag holiday is the end of this month! So I'll be leaning on y'all. So far so good for me. I've had a few overeating nights like Megan writes about. Sometimes it helps for me to just feel what I am feeling. Exercise helps too. And talking about it with understanding e-friends here is a new experience for me. I love the support here and wish us all continued success!

bargoo
10-02-2012, 11:58 AM
Chris, we support and learn from each other. Maintenance does have its ups and downs. Reaching goal for me does not mean I can forget about my weight. It is an eternal process if I don't want to regain weight. I accept that.

alinnell
10-02-2012, 12:29 PM
DH was watching football last night and I was bored. I really wanted a glass of wine. Instead I got ready for bed and read for an hour before going to sleep. Sometimes you just need to remove yourself from the temptation and there's no way I'll have glass of wine a) after brushing my teeth and b) in my pajamas.

I took the dogs on a solo walk last night, too. We went a little farther--went through the park so maybe 4 or 5 blocks instead of the 2 to 3 we've been doing. It was still really got and poor Chico had a hard time cooling off afterward. Misty has not coughed for 4 days! I'm certain her pneumonia is long gone!

Shannon in ATL
10-02-2012, 12:45 PM
I think I've been tired for weeks. I need to recharge and get my mojo back.

Megan1982
10-02-2012, 02:23 PM
Saef, I don't think I was too wound up from rehearsal. I have had that feeling occasionally in the past after rehearsals or a performance. I do believe it was more of a cranky tired feeling. You know when a kid needs their nap, but they fight it every step of the way, fussing and crying bc they want to keep playing. I suppose it's most frustrating bc I knew exactly what was happening but couldn't fight it successfully. I usually have some chores to do, like set the coffeemaker, pack my lunch and gym bag, etc for the next day, setting myself up for a healthy day the next day. What I need to do is finish those things, brush my teeth, and reading helps me unwind before bed. Watching TV, internet/computer, and eating are activities that make winding down harder. Sometimes I do this successfully, but last night was not one of them. I'm going to ask BF to give me a gentle reminder that I need my sleep when he goes to bed. It's not up to him to solve the problem for me but an addition prod might help when I'm having trouble going in the right direction. Hmm... I will try to just take a few deep breaths the next time I recognize this happening. Does anyone remember Robin (airgirl or some similar username?)? She was very big on deep breaths.

Bargoo, I like that. I wasn't quite a runaway train but it was going in that direction. I need to gently put the brakes on.

Shannon, you've been dealing with quite a bit the last few weeks and being tired is understandable. Are you able to set aside an evening for yoga, a healthful meal, and an early bedtime? I'm sure even DH could appreciate the latter two.

Michele, don't beat yourself up too badly. You'll get back to the gym and in the groove today. I sometimes feel the week is shot if I don't get a healthy Monday in, but if I redouble my efforts and get in some good workouts later in the week I can still have a good week. You can still have a good month! It's only October 2nd.

Shannon in ATL
10-02-2012, 02:35 PM
Michele - you can totally get back in the groove, even missing the first day of the month. Spending some time with DH before he left was a good thing, and if you weren't feeling well a break was also wise.

Megan - DH tried to get me to exercise last night and I brushed him off. I'm not cooperating with the people trying to help me get back on track right now for some reason.

Saef - I'm so glad that you got some of your furniture back! Yay!

Chris - the support I get here is a big part in my process, as well. When I have a night like Megan's it helps to see other people talk about the same thing, makes me feel less isolated in the process.

:wave: to everyone else! In the vein of that support need I just mentioned, I'm going to try to be around more this week. I do better when I'm accountable and not putting my head in the sand.

alinnell
10-02-2012, 03:18 PM
Stress. I don't like it.

A customer wanted a particular item. DH asked me to research if we could find it. Yes! Manufacturer close by in Los Angeles. So then he has ME contact them and ORDER it. Ok. I don't do orders. I handle the paperwork. I'm not good at the ordering stuff--that's for him and one other guy in the office to do. But no, he wants ME to do it. So I do. And it was a comedy of errors from beginning to end. We just got the delivery and DH comes in to ask where is the other box? Aaaah! Have to call the trucking company and explain there were 2 boxes, not one, please send the driver back (all the while worried that it was lost and DH would be mad because I handled the whole thing). Truck came back FOUND the other box!!! Now I'm still stressed until our guys get it installed to see if the customer is happy. No. I don't like this ordering stuff. I don't like the stress.

saef
10-02-2012, 04:33 PM
Allison, tell yourself this is really a good thing because it is a sign your company is growing. You have outgrown your current building -- and particularly the issues with the horrible owner. Growth leads to stress. Also, if you don't move, and stay put, you will not avoid stress. So you are choosing the stress of moving over the stress of staying and dealing with the owner's recurring nonsense. Maybe that's life: There is no avoiding stress, just the ability to choose what is going to stress you.

Megan, as I said, I eat to "even out" my moods. I'll eat for low spirits as well as out of high spirits. My issue is usually determining between when I'm depressed or anxious and when I'm physically tired. Weirdly enough, my body signals aren't clear to me. I find it difficult to admit tiredness unless I am really exhausted. I call it "lazy" and consider a character flaw that has to be overcome. There is some linkage between "fat" and "lazy" in my mind which causes me to push myself when I am tired. I find it hard to downshift as a preventive measure when I'm tired but not yet exhausted. Food, of course, is the universal panacea for being tired. Or at least my body thinks it is.

alinnell
10-02-2012, 04:50 PM
You're partially right, saef. If we stay here we'll either have to deal with the current owner or we'll offer to buy this building which comes with it's own set of worries because there are 3 other tenants and if they leave we'll be stuck trying to find a tenant (truthfully, the office next door has been vacant since January, so we're even still looking for that). Also, this building is huge. If we were to buy it, we'd have to find financing for over $1.3 million whereas this other building is only $675,000 which is a lot more reasonable (and we won't have to find tenants).

There are pros and cons to both moving and staying. Perhaps I should make a list so DH and I can go over it.

JayEll
10-02-2012, 05:18 PM
"There is no avoiding stress, just the ability to choose what is going to stress you."

:rofl:

How's that working for you? ;)

paperclippy
10-02-2012, 05:18 PM
Saef, glad your furniture looks good!

Allison, making a list and looking at it objectively sounds like a good idea to me.

I'm annoyed because a wrench has been thrown into my exercise plans for the week. I had to go to the dermatologist for my annual skin exam yesterday (I have a lot of moles so they check them once a year), and I was planning to run in the afternoon afterwards, and do some more exercise today. Well, it turns out the red spot on my stomach that I wanted him to look at was worth taking a biopsy of, which means no showering for 24 hours, which meant no exercising. Amazingly enough, my hair actually looks pretty good despite not getting to wash it this morning.

In any case the spot is nothing to worry about but they said I should get the biopsy results by Friday. These kind of shave biopsies are always so weird. I wonder if they didn't use anesthetic if the actual taking of the biopsy would hurt any more than getting injected with anesthetic does. The whole procedure only takes like five minutes and most of that is getting the anesthetic.

alinnell
10-02-2012, 06:39 PM
DH and I just got back from looking at this property. We're impressed. I've just sent an email to our banker to see what our options are for mortgage. DH is going to work up an offer.

I did make a list of pros and cons, but after seeing the building there might be an extra pro and con involved--but it all looks extremely good!

masterptr
10-02-2012, 07:09 PM
Hey all
so good to see everyone.
I am just sad that I didn't this group until yesterday but
better yesterday than tomorrow Right?
Good job everyone!!!

saef
10-02-2012, 10:18 PM
Masterptr, are you maintaining a weight loss? Or trying to? Thanks for the kudos. Please feel free to introduce yourself. You'll find we're a friendly group.

traveling michele
10-03-2012, 11:10 AM
Going to be a tough day at work today. I am tired of people invading "my" space-- the library-- which goes on every moment of every day. This morning they will be having breakfast book club in here before school-- picture about 100 noisy 4th and 5th graders-- they are always short of volunteers so they will undoubtedly ask me to help. That will throw off my preparations for my classes. Then I start classes right at 8:00 and see 2 second grade classes and 8 kindergarten classes. The kindergarten classes all have substitutes today so the kids will be crazy. It's going to be a long day. I better hop off and get as prepared as possible!!

traveling michele
10-03-2012, 11:14 AM
And I forgot to whine about my home stuff! We just paid $2300 to fix the hot water heater. Now our dishwasher is on the fritz and our Dish Network is out. We have no TV until at least tomorrow night, so we can only watch shows on the DVR. Dh is quite grumpy that he can't watch the debates tonight but he may go to the gym and watch there. I don't know why everything falls apart at the same time. Oh, we also think we may have rats/mice in the attic and dh needs to repair the water damage from the hot water heater leak. Did I mention he's leaving Friday to go out of the country again??

But, the pet sitter is coming to meet us tonight. I hope we love her. Dewey got his nails clipped last night to meet her!

Megan1982
10-03-2012, 11:18 AM
Weirdly enough, my body signals aren't clear to me. I find it difficult to admit tiredness unless I am really exhausted. I call it "lazy" and consider a character flaw that has to be overcome. There is some linkage between "fat" and "lazy" in my mind which causes me to push myself when I am tired. I find it hard to downshift as a preventive measure when I'm tired but not yet exhausted. Food, of course, is the universal panacea for being tired. Or at least my body thinks it is.

I can completely relate to this. I also have trouble on identifying what I'm really feeling. I don't realize I'm tired until I'm exhausted, and I don't realize I'm hungry until I'm ravenous. As I've dealt with weight loss and maintenance over the past 10 years I've gotten somewhat better at identifying emotions, but still struggle with accepting them and reacting to them at times. Like you I attribute not being able to do everything I want to do to being "lazy". Adjusting to my summer work schedule has been a particularly hard one I've gotten better with. Working in the FL sun in July makes me tired, and I also can't expect myself to conduct the same full-blown gym workouts I'm used to in the winter after that. Seems obvious when I write it like that, much harder to accept and put into practice. Nighttime emotions and boredom eating still need some work.

Chris, I agree it's so nice to be able to express ourselves here. It's nice to "talk" to someone who understands, or have an insight or a tip to dealing with an issue we haven't thought of ourselves.

Allison, glad you and DH like this new space. It sounds like moving, though stressful in the short-term, could resolve a lot of long-term stress and be better financially.

Jessica, let us know the biopsy results. Sorry it threw a wrench in your workout plans.

Masterptr, welcome! Please jump right in. :)

Wednesday hump day is here. :dizzy:

bargoo
10-03-2012, 12:09 PM
Jessica, good luck with your biopsy, so important to take care of these things.
I have never had a shave biopsy, had needle biopsies and they hurt like the devil. My favorite , re physical pain , is a surgical biopsy, didn't feel a thing.

alinnell
10-03-2012, 12:31 PM
The only biopsy I had was on a mole that I got while pregnant with DS. It had all the bad characteristics, so I had the dermatologist look at it. He did a surgical biopsy that same day--I know sport a "spider" on my chest. The cut was kind of oval and then 4 sutures created the "legs" of the spider and the actual surgical site is the body of the spider. It's really weird, but then I do scar something terrible, so it's not unexpected. It was benign.

bargoo
10-03-2012, 12:40 PM
The only biopsy I had was on a mole that I got while pregnant with DS. It had all the bad characteristics, so I had the dermatologist look at it. He did a surgical biopsy that same day--I know sport a "spider" on my chest. The cut was kind of oval and then 4 sutures created the "legs" of the spider and the actual surgical site is the body of the spider. It's really weird, but then I do scar something terrible, so it's not unexpected. It was benign.

Allison, glad to hear your biopsy was benign I know that was several years ago, but good to know anyway. I am the first one to preach early detection due to at least one misdiagnosis from a doctor who did not ask for a biopsy I believe that is why I am in treatment, now, years after my first diagnosis. I am doing OK, though so I don't complain. I feel my experience with cancer is a walk in the park compared to what some others are facing.

JayEll
10-03-2012, 05:03 PM
I want to share a story I heard recently from a man I know named Alan.

When Alan was a teenager, he worked at a pizza place. He and another young man were the openers, and the other guy had a car, so they rode together to work.

One morning when Alan got in the car, the oil light was on on the dashboard. Alan said, "Hey, that light's on." "Yeah, I know," his co-worker said. "That could be serious. You better get it checked out," Alan said. "I will," the guy said, "I'll do it this afternoon after I run some errands."

The next morning when Alan got in the car, the oil light was still on. "Hey, did you get that checked out yet?" "Naw, I forgot. I'll do it later today when I get some time."

You can all see where this is heading. A short time later, Alan got a call from his co-worker saying he couldn't pick him up. His engine had seized up completely, and his car was dead.

Can't tell you're tired until you crash? Can't tell you're hungry until you are so ravenous you fall down? There are warning signs. You have learned to ignore them. This used to be me, too. But people can learn to read those signs again and avoid the inevitable.

Mudpie
10-03-2012, 05:50 PM
One of my steadiest dogs bolted from the off leash area today. I did get her back and will drop off a big stinky bone for her this evening. Too long to explain but makes perfect sense in my world.

Young Lucy has me totally bagged every night by 8 p.m. She is still ready to party on until at least 9:30. I passed out on the couch around 9 p.m. last night and woke up to find Luce trying to ram a toy up my nose. (This will be funny in about 10 years. Ditto the takeoff/bone story).

Should dogs be able to enter full triathlons (substitute "screamy" barking for the cycling part) Luce will have a shelf of first place trophies in no time.

Dagmar :tired: :tired: :faint:

traveling michele
10-03-2012, 06:04 PM
I'm sure that was scary Dagmar. So glad you got the doggy back!

The bone story is a little funnier-- but I know it isn't funny when it happens.

ICUwishing
10-04-2012, 12:54 PM
Dagmar, dogs have no respect for humans napping. I think it's because they get to do it all day long, so they have no concept about how special and rare the opportunity is for us. :D

It's been a busy couple of weeks, and I've definitely been burning the candle at both ends, along with everyone else. DH is heading out for 4 days of fishing, and that will be an immense relief. Dinner is a far smaller production when it's just me and DS, freeing up 30-45 minutes each evening. I am waffling between starting to prime the drywall or go swimming tonight - one's a need and the other's a big want. Many "linked tasks" branch off getting the bathroom painted; the sooner it's done, the sooner other people can get in to do their stuff. It would feel soooo good to be able to check just ONE thing off my to-do list ...

alinnell
10-04-2012, 01:35 PM
Becky~I think cats are worse offenders when one wants to nap. Last Friday, I went home early with a horrible stomach ache. Both dogs curled up on the bed with me and we all got ready to nap. Then Ringo the cat comes in, jumped on the bed, used the bed to launch himself onto my desk and from there onto the cabinet where our TV is. Of course, later he jumps back down via the bed. And then he goes behind the bed and starts using the mattress as a scratching pad. I tell him to stop it and he glares at me. The dogs seemed concerned about my saying "stop it" so often that they eventually jumped down and left the room. Ringo of course, stayed to harass me more.

Megan1982
10-04-2012, 01:55 PM
I am having one of those days at work. We were supposed to go do field work today. My co-worker who was going w me texted to say she had tweaked her back again, ongoing problem. We got on the boat, boat was leaking oil. Got a co-worker who knows more to come look at it... put it on the trailer, took it to the shop. On the way back from the shop the truck started making a funny noise. Transmission? One of the doors at work is broken so it slams shut really loudly and my boss freaks out if you forget and let it slam. Another piece of equipment has a hydraulic steering leak. (The only consolation is that this is not my personal equipment so I don't have to foot the bill!) I feel like this is spillover from yesterday. Last night we were supposed to go off book (off script) and most of my cast did not know their lines very well. After doing better with not munching and going to bed early Tuesday, last night was disastrous. I'm secretly glad the candy jars are empty in the office, yes, I checked, bc I would be in them right now!

Eating will not fix any of this.

I know I'm tired right now, too. Rehearsal starts, thus will end, early tonight. I can make it through, and get in bed early. In the case of tiredness I can't always do anything immediately when I do recognize it. I must get through the work day, but I can try to get to bed early. (Go to bed, Megan!)

Dagmar, I can relate to the energetic dogs! I can understand. I come home tired from a long day, she's been napping, alone, and glad to finally have my attention! Yesterday afternoon I was walking her in the rain. BF finally drove around until he found us bc it just kept raining harder. Of course she was extra frisky since her walk got shortchanged. I'm hoping daycare tires her out today. Lucy and Emma can enter those triathlons together. ;)

Becky, write "swim" on your to do list. Then you can check one thing off the list! Can't DS prime the drywall while you swim? Kidding, but still... it would be nice if you could go for a swim.

Work calls, gotta run...

Kery
10-04-2012, 03:30 PM
Eating will not fix any of this.
That's what I definitely keep on telling myself when tempted to "fix" anything with food. Not easy, for sure. :/ But the cookies won't make the pain go away in any case, only add more frustration...

paperclippy
10-04-2012, 05:22 PM
Biopsy came back benign as expected, nothing to worry about! (Benign lichenoid keratosis, for those who are curious.)

Allison, that sounds like quite a scar for a biopsy. They didn't do any sutures in mine, just took a little bit of skin and slapped on some antibiotic cream (at least, I think that's what the stuff is, it hasn't all come off yet).

Megan, sounds like a rough day. :hug:

Speaking of crazy dogs, Carter was acting nuts the other night. He was running around whining, climbing behind the bed, etc. I thought maybe he'd dropped one of his tennis balls back there because sometimes he loses them under the bed and gets upset, but there was nothing there. DH took him downstairs and let him out, then Carter came back up and was still running around and acting weird. He put his head on the bed, which he does a lot, so I petted him a little and then ignored him, and all of a sudden he leaped up onto the bed! :fr:

Aside from the fact that he's not allowed on our bed and never goes up there, he hasn't really been capable of jumping that high safely since his back injury. So I grabbed him so he wouldn't jump off (the down jump is harder on his back than the up jump), and called DH. DH came upstairs to try to lift Carter off the bed, but Carter was having none of it. He laid down, then we'd coax him to get up and DH would reach for him and he'd lay down again.

Eventually we got him off the bed! :lol: It was another hour before he decided to calm down and go to sleep though. Hasn't happened since. I wonder what got into him?

Megan1982
10-05-2012, 09:21 AM
Yesterday I just had to stop it bc after I posted I got more work-related news that provoked more stress. The stress wasn't worth it. I didn't get to bed early, but I at least stopped looking for a candy jar to dive into and ate normally. Actually, I didn't have to work to hard. Maybe I'm learning to deal with stress? Eh, better some days than others.

Tonight I'm looking forward going to a friend's house for girl's night/sushi night and will enjoy a little wine with my sushi, too. It will be nice to relax with the girls. Sunday I'm going to the city with friends to see a play. It's the start of our theatre season again. Saturday I hope to take the dog for a long walk, relax, get some chores done, and hopefully actually spend time w dear BF even though I'm sure he'll have to work during the day.

After being open for 1 month of Saturdays my gym has closed on Sat's again. They say not enough people were coming and they need to cut costs. That may be... but since they once again have no weekend hours and I've cut back on strength training I'm re-thinking my membership. It is so tough for me to get there when they're open! They're open M-F 7:30-7:30, and I work M-F 7:30-4 on normal workdays. Some weeks I only go 1-2x. After my membership expires in December I might re-think this relationship. Of course this is my only gym option for 30+ miles. I own a yoga ball, some resistance bands, small weights, a bike (I don't ride it too often bc when I go to exercise outside I walk the dog), and would consider investing in an elliptical, plus I have plenty of areas to walk/wog with the dog who needs exercise anyway. Thoughts?

Jessica, Emma occasionally freaks out like that, too. If we can't find the cause we chalk it up to "she can hear something we can't". Glad your biopsy came back normal.

Becky, did you swim or prime?

What are everyone's weekend plans? TGIF! ;)

CherryPie99
10-05-2012, 12:24 PM
Hi everyone!

I have been SWAMPED this week after getting back from my vacation! Work has been incredibly busy and I'm just getting caught up.

I had my 6 month post abdominoplasty appointment on Tuesday. The doctor was completely happy with my progress and other then the scar all the way around my body I am back to being a normal person - well, not NORMAL - I've never been that! My belly button never turned out right - I think it looks terrible. But to go in to try to revise it might make it look worse, so I'm going to leave it alone. I did get permission to get the belly button pierced from a medical POV. Do any of you have your belly buttons pierced? Are you happy with it?

This weekend DH, his dad and I are going to pick apples. It's supposed to be cool but sunny. We are going to take his 94 year old father out to eat beforehand. He loves going out to eat - it's like social hour for him!

Hope everyone else has a GREAT long weekend.

Jen

ICUwishing
10-05-2012, 02:04 PM
Megan - I did NEITHER. Thank you for asking! I need to be poked on a regular basis about keeping to the plans I make. Here's how last night wound up: I miscalculated how far away DS's soccer game was, and we didn't get home until just after 7:30. Bedtime is mandatory at our house at 9pm (I know, but we are MEGAsleepers!). We walked in the door, followed by DS's friend who had been hanging around FOR AN HOUR waiting for him, followed by his mom/neighbor who'd been wondering where the heck he was, and finally, our retired friend who mows our lawn for us finished up and started a conversation. When everyone left, it was 8:15. It didn't make sense to open a paint can, and it was way too late to hit the pool. The only progress I made was to get everything out and ready - at least I saved 20 min of prep. The next window of opportunity is 7:30am Saturday, for swimming. That gives me a good reason to not stay out too late tonight. :D On the gym membership, I can relate to your timing problems!

Jessica, glad to hear everything turned out okay! That's weird about Carter. I wonder what torqued him out of shape?

cherrypie, congrats on the great appointment! No piercings here beyond traditional earlobes although I've been toying with the idea of a tattoo. I think bellybutton piercings look pretty cool; it's just not something I'd pick for myself.

Thinking that I will schedule a vacation day next week. I'm already starting to get that clenched-jaws oh-god-here-come-the-holidays-again stress. If I were ever lucky enough to hit the Lotto, I would leave the country shortly before Thanksgiving and not return until mid January. There must be a tiny tropical island somewhere that's never heard of Christmas.

bargoo
10-07-2012, 10:00 AM
I went to a funeral yesterday, with a reception after. I walked right past that laden buffet table full of goodies, I didn't look very long but I got a glimpse of cookies, lots of cookies, yummy looking cookies also trays of luscious looking fresh fruit. I didn't even pause and kept on moving , I just knew the cookies would win out over the fruit. I do not feel at all deprived because I didn't give in to that old familiar urge.

traveling michele
10-07-2012, 12:22 PM
I went to a funeral yesterday, with a reception after. I walked right past that laden buffet table full of goodies, I didn't look very long but I got a glimpse of cookies, lots of cookies, yummy looking cookies also trays of luscious looking fresh fruit. I didn't even pause and kept on moving , I just knew the cookies would win out over the fruit. I do not feel at all deprived because I didn't give in to that old familiar urge.

Excellent job. I know myself and if my weight was at an all time low (like you), I would have given myself "permission" to indulge a bit, which would have led to more indulging and then the expected creep on the scale. If/when I can get my weight back to my happy place, I am bound and determined to keep it there. It dawned on me yesterday that I really need to get my weight where I want it before the holidays hit in full swing as I certainly don't want to creep up even more!