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MELODY525
12-01-2012, 11:12 AM
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A Winter Wonderlad where all things are possible in December!
Wishing all of you the very best of the Holiday season:ginger:



I am having a great Satuurday already.
The building is quiet.
I moved all the Christmas presents into one corner.
My bedroom is clutter free now.
Might be why I wasn't sleeping so good.
It was bothering me.
NOW IT'S TIME FOR MORE FO THE HALLMARK CHANNEL!!!!!:hohoho: :hohoho:

AND SOME CHRISTMAS CHEER FOR SHADDIE...............
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MELODY525
12-01-2012, 11:15 AM
CEEJAY SAID:


"Mel
You are up early this morning. Glad your day was quiet yesterday. Mine was too. Getting ready to go to my uncles.

Happy
I'm going to put out a few decorations on Monday.

Laura
Think I'm going to the gym next week.
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Ugh I saw a mouse last night. I dislike those creatures.

Made an appointment yesterday to get my eyes checked on December 13."

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ceejay

happy2bme
12-01-2012, 11:20 AM
Morning Mel - thanks for setting up the new thread. I like it.

Happy travels Ceejay - enjoy your vacation.

I will be back to post after I catch up on reading...

Oh and Mel - we have popcorn gift tins with that exact scene on it - called "Winter Wonderland" ;)


MELODY525
12-01-2012, 11:29 AM
:wave: WAVING FRANTICALLY AT HAPPY!! AND CRACKING UP ABOUT THE TINS!! ROFLMAO



MY SATURDAY POST:


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HAPPY WEEKEND EVERYONE.


HAPPY WEEKEND EVERYONE.

I HAD A LOVELY FRIDAY.
EVERYTHING WAS QUIET FOR THE MOST PART.
SPENT TIME WITH JEN.
ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO REPORT. BORING DAY :rofl: :rofl:
HAVE A GREAT DAY.:moped:




CEEJAY~ GOOD FOR YOU HAVING THE "NO" ANSWER READY.
IT'S YOUR VACATION....HOLD ON TO IT!!
GLAD TO HEAR THE WATER TANK GOT AN APPROVAL!! GOOD JOB.
SAFE TRAVELS TO THE UNCLES.
HAVE A WONDERFUL TIME.:hug:




HAPPY~ GOOD IDEA NOT SITTING HERE WASTING TIME.
SO DID THE TREE GET UP & DECORATE ITSELF :tree:
DID DH GO SEARCHING FOR HIS PRESENTS???
I WATCHED A MAN ON TV WALKING AROUND WITH TURKEYS HE RAISED.
MADE ME THINK OF YOU & DH!!




LAURA...CRACKED UP ABOUT THE NEIGHBORS.
I WISH I COULD BE ANONYMOUS TOO. WE THINK ALIKE. LOL
I SEE TYHE SEARCH FOR GOOD TEAS GOES ON.
I MUST HAVE TRIED A TON OF TEA & GAVE THEM AWAY.
FOR SOME REASON THEY'RE ALL BITTER TO ME.
HAPPY HUNTING & HOPE YOU'RE NOT SORE TODAY!

happy2bme
12-01-2012, 12:34 PM
Ok ladies, I am back.

Going to be a crummy work day today. I am on the 1pm to 8pm shift. And that's not counting clean up so it probably will be later than that. My tummy has been giving me troubles lately so I generally have a yogurt in the morning and sip ginger tea at work and then eat when I get home after 5. I hate this shift because noon is too early for me to eat and I don't want to tempt the tummy to act up. 9pm is far too late to eat when I get home. I did pick up some deli meat at the store yesterday - maybe I can take a half sandwich and some grapes or something light to snack on. I hope business is slow so we don't have to stay open that late this month anymore ;)

Didn't do too much yesterday - some laundry and grocery shopping. They had a rebate on chicken so I bought the required $25 worth and wrapped it in butcher / freezer paper and stowed it away. Then I read the rebate slip and I need the BAR code from the package as proof of purchase. :rolleyes: Was going to put up the tree and then I realized that while I have the tree in a box and all the lights and decorations neatly in plastic tubs, one of the most important things is the darn tree stand which was big so I had it just sitting on the decorations in the attic in TN. Now it's packed heaven knows where in a box. Problem is my tree stand is white because my tree is white (with ornaments of a champagne color, light pink and maroon). You can't find white tree stands - only the basic red and green which would look horrid - even covered with a tree skirt. So I have to rethink this a bit... trouble is it's already December so I need to get a move on with decorating. Will find out when I go in today just how bad my work schedule is going to be. Honestly I'm kinda done with this job. It was fun for a while but I don't make enough money to really make it worth while. And it's interfering with other stuff I want to do. I just feel bad about quitting. The owner's DH is working another job so she kind of depends on us for the help. And it's the busy season this month so it would leave her in a lurch if I walked out. Not sure what to do...

I just can't believe how fast this year has flown by. I guess I am also feeling guilty that I haven't achieved as much as I wanted to when the year started and I had a fresh palatte in front of me.

Annie - hope you have great weather (I hear it's warmer south of me so I hope it extends out your way). A lovely day for the wedding and a good time to be had by all. Dance your socks off, make merry and post us a picture or two when you can.

Laura - hope you have a lively discussion at bookclub tonight. Certainly an interesting book to discuss. I know what you mean about having too many foils in your head if you get a couple of colors blended into the hair. I always hoped a big lightening storm did not swing by while I was sitting in the chair - talk about being a lightning rod :yikes: :lol:

Shad - hope you are on your own in the peace and quiet, exploring some nice market. I was talking with my sister yesterday. She is an admitted honey snob. Told her I'd have to get my hands on some Kiwi honey again and she said "don't you DARE get me hooked on the really good stuff" :rofl: I guess she has a good palatte like yours for the various tastes of the honeys.

Mel - I asked DH what kind of presents he wanted - he is thinking of maybe investing in ice fishing equipment this winter. I said sure, I know just what to buy for that kind of stuff :?: :shrug: I said I'd give it a try for about 2 hours or before I got too cold or had to go to the potty. I guess you buy a tent and get a propane heater but you still have to drill holes in the ice to drop your line and it gets wet and not very comfortable in there. We'll send him fishing and we'll just sit in the warm house and chat and just cook up the stuff once he brings home the cleaned fillets, right? It's nice that you had a quiet night to spend with Jen. The thing with the bitter tea is - you brew it too long - especially green tea. This is a problem because green teas are lighter in taste and if you are used to black teas, one tends to leave the green teas steep too long and they get bitter. If you only let the bag steep for the minute or two they recommend, the taste is so light it's barely above plain water. Takes a long time to get used to it. I also find that alot of the commercial herbal teas are just not that good - taste more like sugar water and no other flavor. I am trying to get used to tea with no sweetner but that's a difficult one. I guess we just have to stick with our holiday peppermint cappachino's eh lady? :coffee2:

Ceejay - hope you have a very nice time on your vacation and enjoy your visits with the family.

Michelle - have a good weekend too. Hope you get some time to play with Santa and have some relaxation time.

:wave: to the rest of the Worldlies. I should try and get a thing or two done before I head off to the store.

Happy December chicks. :xcheer::wreath:

Hotcupojava
12-01-2012, 01:20 PM
Turtle slugging through the snow and following all you wonderful worldly ladies. Okay, there's not really any snow here. In fact, today looks very sunny and warm. It's our last football AND home game of the year, (we're playing Kansas) so I'm getting ready for a busy day at work.:cheer3:

I just wanted to answer role call (or is it roll call? I always get confused by that) and let you know I'm still lurking, reading and caring VERY much about you all. Merry Christmas, Happy New and Happy Holidays to all and to all a good day.

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Shad
12-01-2012, 06:13 PM
Morning all,
Went shopping and marketing yesterday and probably spent more than I should have. But I have enough to keep me going for the next couple of weeks and there is only about 3 weeks of this contract to go. Whether or not they will extend is still up for debate. Whether or not I will extend is still up for debate as well. Nothing much else going on in the world of training so I need to think fairly carefully about this.

Well my beloved All Blacks lost last night for the first time in 20 games in a row. It had to happen sometime and it was the last game in a very long season for them. Today Mr McCawesome starts his sabbatical.
Happy - funny you should talk about honey. At the markets 2 weeks ago, I found some Top End honey flavoured with the local flora. There was Bloodwood Honey (sort of red) Blackbutt honey ( I think) and Waterlily honey which is a very pale clear honey with a very delicate flavour. Would be lovely over a good vanilla icecream or some of Maggie Beers Vanilla Bean and Elderflower icecream. I bought some for my friend Chris who is looking after my garden. The lady I bought it from tells me that they don't know for sure that it is from waterlilies but that they are the only flower for miles around where the beehives that give that particular honey are situated. Seems like I need to stockpile honey for when I come over next. I'll look out for some good stuff. We should get her hooked :crazy: just because she is your sister. :lol3:

Ceejay - enjoy your vacation.

Michelle - hope you are getting a relaxing weekend in.

Be back with more personals shortly. Meantime I have a couple of other type of personal things to do so will be back after that. I'm going to post so I don't lose the post so far.

MELODY525
12-02-2012, 08:15 AM
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MORNING CHICKLETTES.
AND A LOVELY FOGGY MORNING IT IS HERE.
CAN BARELY SEE MY NEIGHBORS BEHIND ME. :yikes:
GUESS THAT MEANS THE WARMER AIR IS ON IT'S WAY.
LOOKING ALL OVER FOR MY SHORTS AND TANK TOPS:beach:

NOTHING NEW HERE. I DID LITTLE JOBS ALL DAY.
THEN WATCHED TV IN BETWEEN.
WENT DOWN TO LOOK FOR THE CHRISTMAS TREE AGAIN. NO LUCK.
AND OF COURSE NO ONE IN MAINTENANCE COULD DO IT THE ENTIRE WEEK :faint:
TOMORROW THE WHIPS & CHAINS COME OUT. :rollpin:
TIME TO FEED MY GROWLING BELLY.
HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY :rudolph:





HAPPY~ DON'T END THE YEAR WITH FEELINGS OF REGRET.
THERE IS A NEW PALLETTE AND IT'S CALLED THE NEW YEAR!!:hug:
LET IT ALL GO. IT IS WHAT IT IS. LOOK AT ALL YOU DID DO THIS YEAR.
IS THE JOB NECESSARY TO THE FINANCES?
IF NOT THEN QUIT AFTER THE HOLIDAYS IF YOU CAN HOLD ON.
I AM ALWAYS ONE FOR BEING CAREFUL NOT TO BURN BRIDGES. lol
HOPE THE WEEKEND HELPS YOU FIND YOUR TREESTAND!!!:tree:




MARY~ I HAD TO LOOK IT UP....AND GLAD YOU ANSWERED THE ROLL CALL!!:lol3: :lol3:
WISHING YOU AND MR POOH BEAR A VERY HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON. :hohoho:
GOOD LUCK WITH THE LAST GAME....RO WAS IT YESTERDAY? :cheer: :cheer1: :cheer3:




SHAD~ I GUESS YOU GOT LOST. SENDING OUT THE SEARCHING PARTY!
I WELL UNDERSTAND THE DILEMMA ABOUT "RE-ENLISTING" IN THE GOVT!!:rofl:
BUT WORK SOMETIMES IS WORK I GUESS.
THINGS ARE SLOW HERE TOO.
ONE OF OUR COMP. MEN SAID HE'S LOST A LOT OF JOBS THIS YEAR.
HE'S YOUNG AND HAS A YOUNG FAMILY TOO. GEEZ.
GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR DECISION. WE ARE HERE TO GIVE OUT:hug:

MELODY525
12-02-2012, 08:16 AM
Happy......get A Cheap Stand And Spray Paint It White!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I Just Got The Idea When I Was Logging Out. Roflmao

happy2bme
12-02-2012, 10:33 AM
Good Sunday mornin' kids,

Foggy one here. Last night DH came to pick me up from the store and while it wasn't bad in town, I was amazed at the thick fog once we got to the forested area. Couldn't see more than a couple of feet in front of us on our road. At least it wasn't icy. Still a big foggy this morning. Snow is slowly melting but we need Mr. Sun to finish the job because if this stuff freezes in it's current state, it's going to be miserable.

Yesterday was a LONG workday. 1 to 8:45pm. My feet were complaining loudly. I did a nice foot soak, talked to Mom for a bit, took some Motrin PM and I was in bed 2 hours after I walked in the door. Today is another work day. She's got us both pretty booked up this month. I'm working one day on, 2 days off and working the weekends so 4 days a week. My coworker is doing even more which is fine by her - she really needs as much money as she can get. DH is thinking about getting gear to do ice fishing - the walleye is SO GOOD in the winter. That will cost a bit of money for the auger to drill the hole in the ice, the warming tent you need to sit on the lake, a propane heater and of course the fishing gear. I decided I will work the longer schedule this month and pretty much give him all my pay as a Christmas present to get his fishing gear. Not so sure I will sit with him out there - at least not in the winter - but I said I'd give it a try. I do like to eat the fish tho. :lol:

Mel - I'm starting to think that this year I just do the small fiber optic tree again along with some festive decorations on the mantle, tables and furniture tops ;) But thanks for the painting suggestion. Did you find your shorts and skinny t-shirts? :rofl: Beware of "headlights" --- it's not THAT warm out there but maybe you will get the maintenance guys attention in finding that tree :lol3: Love the picture of the ice skates - memories of long ago. Now I'd be afraid I'd fall down and 1) never be able to get up again and 2) break things beyond all repair :lol: Maybe skates with an aluminum walker to stay upright - I'm sure the thing will slide nicely if we put the half tennis balls on the feet of the walker. Enjoy your movies today.

Shad - I was thinking of some Tasmanian Leatherwood honey. I know that's not Kiwi - hard to find the authentic stuff on this side of the globe. Sister tends to drink it mostly in tea so not sure how well strong floral notes work with that. Laughed at your comment that we should get her hooked on the good stuff :rofl: Hope you come to a good decision on the job front. I can imagine it's like juggling to decide what's best - walk away from the goofiness or just shrug it off and take the paycheck. Never an easy decision.

Hello Mary, thanks for checking in. Hope your team wins the game.

Time for me to go stand in the hot shower and bask for a few minutes. Have a good Sunday chicks. :wave:

Laura705
12-02-2012, 02:32 PM
Morning ladies.

Mel - Thanks for getting is started with a new thread. I just flipped the fridge calendar page. Glad all has been quiet in the building. Sorry you couldn't find the Christmas tree. Well, someone else probably stowed it away, and that's your excuse, and the movers stored Happy's stand, and that's her excuse. I sure hope we can find all our stuff- we'll have no excuse. Then we're left with blaming each other!! :lol: Love those wintery pics you posted. Reminds me that i want to somehow figure out if the Barbara Stanwyck movie "Christmas in Connecticut" will be aired somewhere on cable this year - one of my faves.

Happy- Sorry the job isn't working out- too many hours & hard on the body & the payback isn't worth it. :(. Hope you can stick it out for the month. Any possibility the other employee can take some is the hours? Or will the logistics not allow it?? I like Mel's idea about painting a stand, but maybe it'll be satisfactory enough to put out all the tabletop & other decor. I love the tree, but a big part of that is enjoying the glow of the colored lights, and if I couldn't have the tree I'd certainly try to string lights somewhere. The white tree does sound lovely though... Can't wait to hear some ice fishing stories!!

Ceejay- Hope you're enjoying your time at the uncles'. :)

Shad - never much thought about how honeys differ based on the nectars - how interesting. I have to say that I'm not much into honey, but I can't say I've ever given it much of a chance. Maybe I should stop trying to find my perfect tea & find the perfect honey with which to flavor it, lol. Lol, getting Happy's sis hooked on the good stuff, spoiling her for the common domestic variety, haha.

Annie - How was the wedding??

Hi Mary!!
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No longer morning here. Cleaned the kitchen in anticipation of bf's mom coming for Sunday dinner, but she was out & about yesterday & tired herself out & begged off. Kitc hen would have been cleaned anyway, but now it's sooner rather than later, lol.

Yesterday started with me arriving in the rec Plex Parking lot only to realize I'd taken the car keys out of my purse & left the purse at home leaving me with no punchcard or drivers ' license. I went back home to wait for the next class. When I got home without house keys, bf didn't hear my knocks or doorbell ringing (or dog barking, for Pete's sake). I went into the backyard to go to the bedroom window, and who should I find but our puppy neighbor, come to visit again. :D

I did get back to a class at the rec Plex- get this class title: "4G: guts, guns, glutes & glory". :rofl: but 5G might be more correct because my gams are really feeling it today from all the squats we did!! Good workout, just wish it started earlier and not at 10:40 am.

After lunch, i tried on shoes & I think I found some sneakers that will work for me. I'd feel good about shopping locally if the price weren't much, MUCH less expensive online! I'll probably order them today.

I made two batches of brownies, one sans nuts for the book club & one w pecans for bf. both turned out well. I left the remaining plain brownies at book club but I wish I'd remembered to take my platter home. Hopefully I'll get it back this week - I'll have a couple opportunities.

Book club was fun - not an excess amount of kid/mom talk, and there was even some book talk! We all liked it & are looking forward to getting together Friday to watch the movie version. The ornament exchange was fun too, some very cute ornaments.

Well, probably should get busy with getting the outdoor lights & decor out & hung before we get more rain. Off to get dressed.

Everyone have a great Sunday/Monday. TTFN.

ceejay52
12-02-2012, 08:07 PM
I'm back home after a nice visit with the uncles. One uncle couldn't make it due to a pulled hamstring.

My aunt and I went shopping afterwards. I tried on a couple of tops but my body shape is to outta whack for any type style right now. It's time to get serious again with the weight loss.

Mary
Thanks for checking in. We miss you when you don't post.

Mel
Thanks for starting the new thread. Luckily I know where my Christmas stuff is and I'm getting it out of storage tomorrow. My small apt. doesn't need a lot to make it festive but I do like some Christmas decorations. This is the first year in a long time that I have some Christmas spirit.

Happy
Can you sit down for while there is no customers? And possibly start cleaning a bit early if there are no customers.


Laura
I like the title of the exercise class. I hate squats mainly because of the knees. I'm trying to modify some of my excerise dvd's. but they are still a bit much.

Shad
Are things getting a bit better at work?

Shad
12-02-2012, 10:04 PM
Guess I got lost in the personals yesterday. Can't think straight these days. Got one of the project members who lives downstairs from me doing the DRAMA QUEEN thing and I just let her rant and rave in between stuffing slices of cheese, biscuit and tomato down her throat. She is off to Katherine today and tomorrow so don't have to worry about it for a couple of days.
Keep calm and carry on stuffing the chicken while the words pour over my head.

Mary - good to see you on board again even if it is a once a month only check in. Patty should be in soon too I guess.

Happy - the Christmas tree stand will be in the last box you look into. After that you stop looking :lol3: Tasmanian Leatherwood honey - well at least it was Tasmanian. Good Food place the little island.
Keep calm and see if that p*sses the sister off.

Mel - I came back. Wouldn't mind being in the surf at the moment. BUT, there is crocodiles out there, some kid got taken by one over the weekend. It is darned hot here and the thunder clouds are building up again. Guess we will get another 'Darwin shower' shortly. Think 10 mins under the shower on the top blast force and you have a Darwin Shower. Don't last for long but an awful lot of water falls from the sky. The winds blow and the humidity climbs, then everything carries on much as before.
Keep calm and hold the umbrella steady.

Ceejay - our problem is that we have a whole lot of chiefs and not enough indians. Everyone runs around telling someone else what to do and little gets done. I've been 'invited' to a meeting tomorrow that will provide no benefit to anything at all. And to top it off, the other half of the equation will not be there and the 'organiser' is not inviting any of the people who should be involved. Stupidity reigns supreme.
Keep calm and let them think they are the boss.

Okay - seems like I might have run out of people. I hope Annies wedding went off okay and the g/f of the ex didn't get to stroppy or at least Annie did not get too stroppy. Always where there are people gathered for a happy time (and sometimes for a sad time as well) there is those who would spoil the party. That's life.
Keep calm and and avoid the fallout

Right - going now. Have work to do, orders given which will no doubt get changed tomorrow, and I am removing myself out to Highway House to get out of the direct firing line. I can ignore e-Mail.
Keep calm and pretend to work while reading facebook and the 3FC

Shad
12-02-2012, 11:35 PM
Just saw a sign in the office:

The world would be a better place if everyone just took a chill pill.
It would be an even better place if some of them choked on it.

happy2bme
12-03-2012, 03:53 AM
Shad - love it :lol3: :lol3: :lol3: :lol3:

MELODY525
12-03-2012, 08:35 AM
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MORNING LADIES OF THE WORLD:cofdate:

THE BOSS CAME ON TO DECORATE THE TREE YESTERDAY.
IT WAS NOT THE QUIET DAY I EXPECTED TO HAVE.
I HAVE TO WORK A BIT TODAY.

HAD DINNER WITH JEN & RICHIE.
THEY WENT OUT FOR MICKEY D'S. YUM!
IT'S A NICE TREAT ONCE IN AWHILE.

JUST GETTING A LIST AND MY STUFF READY FOR THURSDAY.
TRADERS IN THE MORNING AND THE MEETINGS THAT NIGHT.
THAT'S ALL THE HEALINES FOR TODAY.
HAVE A GREAT MONDAY:moped:




HAPPY.....I THINK OF "GRUMPY OLD MEN" WHEN YOU MENTION THE ICE FISHING. :rofl:
SOME GUYS REALLY GO FOR THAT SPORT. HOPE HE LIKES IT.
THAT WAS A LONG DAY YOU PUT IN. HOPE THE FOOTSIES MAKE IT THRU THE WEEK.
MAYBE WE SHOULD JUST PUT THE SAKTES ON THE WALKER!
THEN YOU CAN GLIDE ALONG WITHOUT THE TENNIS BALLS!!
NO HEADLIGHTS FOR THE MAINTENANCE MEN.
AT THIS POIINT I WOULD RATHER SMACK THEM THAN SACK THEM!!!:rollpin:




LAURA....THE WEEKEND SOUNDED NICE EXCEPT FOR THE BF GOING DEAF!!:rofl:
LUCKY NO ONE CALLED THE COPS ABOUT A STRANGE LADY GOING THRU A WINDOW:lol3: :lol3:
THE 4 G CLASS .....5 G CLASS?
OMG I AM CRACKING UP OVER HERE!!
I TRIED AN ORNAMENT EXCHANGE IDEA HERE....BUT THERE WERE NO TAKERS.
NOW WE DON'T EVEN HAVE A GRAB BAG OR SECRET SANTA.
BUNCH OF SCROOGES!! BAH HUMBUG.




CEEJAY....HOPE THE ONE UNCLE FEELS BETTER:hug:
I AM TRYING TO BE SERIOUS BEFORE I BEGIN GAINING WEIGHT FOR THE HOLIDAYS.
HOPE YOU ARE HAVING A GOOD TIME ON YOUR DAYS OFF:encore:
WELCOME TO THE WORLD OF CHRISTMAS SPIRIT!!:xcheer:




SHAD....KEEP CALM AND DON'T LOAD THE GUN!!
YOUR POST CRACKED ME UP BUT I KNOW IT'S NOT NICE WORKING THERE.
RICHIE TOLD ME LAST NIGHT HE WAS WATCHING SHOWS ABOUT THE WORLD ENDING ON THE 12TH. MAYBE I'LL WAIT TO PAY BILLS TILL THE 13TH!!
I HAD A DRAMA QUEEN YESTERDAY. WAS IT YOURS??
IF SO I'LL SEND HER RIGHT BACK TO YA!:rofl:
SO....IF I COME THERE AND TALK DRAMA, YOU'LL FEED ME CHEES., BISCUITS & TOMATOES??? OK....IT'S A DEAL!! :scooter:
HOLD ON TO THAT UMBRELLA. THEY SOUND LIKE UNREAL STORMS!!
YOU'LL BE A BLODDY MARY POPPINS!!!

diyana
12-03-2012, 09:31 AM
Good morning ladies -

I have to keep this very short as I have a ton of work to do. I spent Friday evening and most of Saturday getting caught up on "work stuff", then spent Sunday over at the old house doing laundry, watching the Packer game on the ex's big screen TV, and working on divorce paperwork. The ex was putting out the lawn decorations since it was so unseasonably warm out.

After the Packer game, I went with the ex and ex-DMIL to the Humane Society's Festival of Trees. Local businesses and organizations decorate artificial trees and wreaths in a variety of creative themes. The trees and wreaths/arrangements are always gorgeous, and are put up for raffle. The ex and I are getting along well enough to spend time together. This event was a little difficult though, becasue this is something we used to go to every year as a couple, and it was weird being there and not being a couple anymore. Oh well, at least it's my last Christmas in WI, so I'll be making new traditions next year.

It was far from a relaxing weekend, and this week will no doubt be very busy as well. Sorry I don't have time for personals. I really miss being able to catch up with y'all on a daily basis.

Much love and many hugs,

annie175
12-03-2012, 09:48 AM
Happy Monday....the first after a beautiful weddling.....it was gorgeous. I have not had a moment to myself to upload pictures...I did share a few on FB from my DILs page. One of the wedding party. It was all too cute. My dad did his best to get up and dance with the bride for a song. She joined him at his table/chair as he doesn't walk to well and had put in many steps he does not normally do already. My BFF from St. Louis and I hugged and bawled our eyes out when they danced. As did my DD and DS, even Curtis had a tear in his eye. C said that was the first wedding he ever got teary eyed at...haha. X and his GF were civil, neither one said two words to me or Samantha. I however went over a spoke to his sister and her hubby, as they all loved me and are Samantha's Godparents. We had a nice visit, they even came over and said hello to my dad. I am sure it burned Xs GF. hahahahahahahahhahahahahahahhahha, I LOVED IT...I guess that is a little evil. Forgive me father for I did not know what I was doing....NOT...bad Annie. Xs GF only did one thing out of line that wasn't too bad. Me and my nephew looked at each other, shrugged our shoulders and laughed. LIL man did not want anything to do with riding in the wagon being pulled by a stranger so Samantha (who was dressed to kill and looked like a model) carried him. Beautiful! MELLIE would have loved this wedding...Christmas themed....Christmas pines everywhere, decorated. White Christmas lights everywhere, the flower girls dropped fake snow and snow flakes instead of flower petals. Just beautiful! It was 60 and no snow!

We have a huge finance meeting that start at 10 am that is going to take up most of my time today and tomorrow, so I don't know how much I will be able to post after this....

Hello everyone..70 degrees here

Loves and hugs.

Laura705
12-03-2012, 12:54 PM
Morning all. In the 60's today, but sprinkly. The winter weather can wait as far as I'm concerned!

Ceejay – You must be in the Christmas spirit because you got a bonus check, right? :lol: So how’s vacation so far?? It’s not your body, it’s the styles available that don’t flatter. Not only are there still skinny jeans, but now they are brightly colored – nothing like highlighting that part of the body! :yikes: Those are for very few women (or should be), perhaps just pre-teens, LOL. There are alternatives to squats, such as doing leg extensions while wearing ankle weights, or doing the machines at the gym. As long as you don’t overdo on the reps or the weight and your form is correct, you can work your quads safely somehow, just remember Rule #1 – if it hurts, STOP! ;)

Shad – OMG, that’s horrible about the boy being taken by the croc. Stay out of the water!! Love that quote about the chill pill!!! :p

Mel – Yes, when I think of ice-fishing, I think of the movie “Grumpy Old Men”. :D I also think of an episode of Frasier. I also think of the NPR radio show "Prairie Home Companion" and the host whatshisname’s monolog “The News from Lake Woebegon”. Re trying to get in the house - bf said that perhaps the reason he didn’t hear the knocking/doorbell was that my brother had phoned and he didn’t pick up the phone, so the answering machine kicked in (right on the nightstand next to him) and my brother’s voice (rather loud, I agree) drowned everything out! I wasn’t quite at the point of having to break into the house, I was just going to rap loudly on the bedroom window closest to him... We had a Secret Santa in the department last year and I’m crossing my fingers they don’t want to do it again. I feel no closer to the other half of our joined department than I did last year this time.

Michelle – Sorry you had to spend a lot of your weekend working. At least you had time for relaxation on Sunday. The Festival of Trees sounds so nice! I love checking out holiday decorations. Bf and I have a couple tickets to the Omnimax theater at the Museum of Science & Industry to use before year’s end, so we should be able to see the MSI’s “Christmas Around the World” exhibit when we go there. We miss you here too, but right now work has got to come first!! Come visit when you can.

Annie – The wedding sounds like it was wonderful! Glad you had such a nice time. Love the snowflakes being dropped – all the more memorable because of the unseasonally warm weather you had. I bet C will also get teary when you two wed…
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Nothing much to report for me. We didn’t get the lights/décor up yesterday and bf and I argued about that. I pointed out that the weather might not be quite as nice today or tomorrow and he’ll have to do it on his own as well…whatever. He probably wants the weather to be crummy and to do it on his own so that he can complain about it. Whatever…

I decided to try making a loaf of wheat bread in the bread machine yesterday, but the yeast must have been an old packet. It didn’t rise and it came out like a brick. I will try again with fresh yeast. And fresher wheat flour for that matter. Our instant read thermometer went out and the display is still intermittently out even after changing the battery. It was a cheapo unit, so we’ve decided to buy a nicer one. We still have $$ on a Williams-Sonoma gift card, so we’ll go there for it.

I walked doggy, did a couple loads of laundry, and ordered my sneakers. We watched some tv and that was about it for yesterday.

Nothing planned tonight. My legs are still sore, but I should do an exercise class, or maybe go to the gym. We’ll see. I’ve decided I’ll probably skip the movie night on Tuesday, especially since I’m going to watch Delores Claiborne with the book club on Friday.

happy2bme
12-03-2012, 12:56 PM
Good morning fine ladies of the world,

I have 3 days off :dance: feels like vacation. I did go in yesterday and only had 1 little bitty sale and that was right as I was calling the owner after sitting there for 4 hours doing nothing. Closed up and went home - what a waste of time. Across the street from the store is a hot dog place with yummy hot dogs, Chicago style Italian beef and Italian sausage sandwiches. I have gotten to know the owner quite well since it's often been a quick lunch or dinner for me when working. She came over Saturday and hand delivered my dinner and told me that she is closing her business for good this week. I was so sad - I will miss her and her food. I also hate to see any business close down here. Her's is the 4th restaurant to have closed this year and I am starting to notice that many businesses have For Sale signs on the properties. This is a seasonal town and it's really hard making a go of things year round. Ours is the bigger town that everyone comes to, would hate to see this become one of the ghost towns like the smaller communities around us. I guess people are also dependent on the snowmobiliers and hunters business and so far, we're not getting much snow either. Right now it's very very foggy out - so much so that I'm glad I have groceries to tide me over and I'm planning on hanging out here at least today and tomorrow. Was thinking of dinner at a local diner since we've been trying to catch "Burger Monday" for a few weeks, but if it's dense fog, we'll stay home.

Annie - the wedding sounded like it was absolutely gorgeous - so happy for all that it was a good day. Good that the ex stayed in the backdrop where he belonged. So sad that he did not even speak to his own daughter. :( Guess that's why he's an ex, right. But the important thing is that it was a good and special day for the wedded couple. Nice that Dad had some fun too. Ok, I am having issues with one of the advertisements and my post again. I am typing in advanced mode so I see a subset of smilies on the side of my post. The dancing carrot occasionally freezes, then starts dancing again and I am having issues typing. Going to post this and refresh and try again.

happy2bme
12-03-2012, 01:26 PM
ok, carrot man is continually dancing so I guess I'm good to go :rofl:

Now that I refreshed I can see Laura posted too. Lemme go read up...

Oh and Annie - I love the idea of dropping snowflakes at the wedding. Must have been lovely...

Laura - I guess I must make bread seasonally since it seems like my yeast has always expired when I'm in the mood to make a loaf - been thinking about the wonderful smell of a fresh loaf lately :cloud9: Last week at the Girls Night Out shopping party I picked up a box of the Pampered Chef bread mix - love it made with a can of ginger ale or beer. I'm glad you finally got BF's attention before you tried climbing in the window and he'd have to hit you with a broom :lol: I think ladies have keener ears or maybe the guys just tune so much out that they don't hear what they should ;) I call it "forgot to listen and or care...." Sounds like the last bookclub meeting was fun with both the discussion and the ornament exchange. That's a pretty neat idea to discuss the book and then see the movie and compare. I vaguely remember that I saw the movie too and thought Kathy Bates did an outstanding job of bringing Delores to life. Enjoy.

Michelle - Festival of Trees sounded like fun - glad you got to go and see it. I guess if this is going to be your last Christmas in Wisconsin, you'd better soak up the snow - to me it's not Christmas if it's 60 degrees outside - except for you Shad where Christmas is in summer ;) I understand how busy you are, just post when you can - always good to hear from you.

Mel - kinda sad that the oldsters don't want to do an exchange - could be fun but there's always a bunch of Crabby Appleton spoilers :rolleyes: Do you do the craft things anymore? Haven't heard you talk about them very much. Do you have a tree up in the lobby or is it too windy in there? LOL on the Grumpy Old Men - I'm sure there's a bunch of them on the lake fishin' - especially if I was to go there and heaven forbid - talk - when I went out with DH. I don't understand the appeal of sitting on a thick bed of ice and being quiet staring at a hole :shrug:

Shad - is it nice and quiet today with the drama queen gone? Maybe you could actually get something done. So I'm taking it that there are better honeys than the Leatherwood - I'll keep looking. I was a bit put off as they say some people remarket the honey and heat it which ruins the good properties of honey. If nothing else we have a local apiary which my sister absolutely loved. At least then you know what you're getting. Your description of the rainstorm reminded me of Memphis - never saw it rain so hard. Then the sun comes out and the steamy humidity creeps in.

Ceejay - not really possible to sit down at work. There is a chair in the corner but it's high and hard to get into and they have a stool but it seems the minute you sit, someone comes into the store. Once in a while when I work on some computer stuff, I can sit on that chair for a bit and give my feet a rest. Glad you had a good trip to visit the uncles. Are you off for a few days more now? I know what you mean about the clothing styles - they seem to forget there is more than one body type buying clothes. Most seems to be made for tall, skinny young girls with very fitted clothes. Reminds me of the 70's where everything was tiny and stylish and if you were above a size 11/12 - it was polyester frumpy hhe-lll. I've been looking for some winter pullover sweaters as a change of pace and not finding anything out there. I guess you'll run across something when you're not really looking for anything :D

I think I'm going to do some house cleaning and get some of the decorations up. I have 3 days off and that's the biggest block of time I'll have to myself until Christmas so I need to make the most of it. I'm debating about sending out cards - alot of people have just given up on it. Guess I'll mull it over as I'm setting out the decorations.

Yummm DH just made some toast and the smell is wafting up here into the loft area. Makes me hungry - think I'll snitch a piece when he's not looking :lol: Have a good one ladies...

Shad
12-03-2012, 05:38 PM
Quick one,

Happy, cast an eye over this. http://www.justfoodnow.com/2010/12/22/honey-the-five-best-in-the-world/. Should I order some of the most expensive stuff??

ceejay52
12-03-2012, 08:29 PM
Happy
My vacation started on Saturday. I'll go back to work on Sunday.

Michelle
Glad you had a nice outing to go see the Festival of Lights.

Laura
Yes, I did get both my Christmas bonus at work and the one I had at the bank. I think the reason that I'm in a mild Christmas spirit is that I'm not as depressed as I once was.

Mel
It's sad to think that the seniors do not want to have a gift exchange. Sometimes a simple Christmas card will do to get them is the spirit of things.

Shad
I like that saying. Maybe I should put it up at the water plant.

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My vacation started Saturday and I'm beginning to feel less stressed.
It was beautiful today so I decided to get outside and mulch the leaves. Think I started a chain reaction as I heard other lawn mowers start up.
My neighbors down the street must have been coming to my neighbors next door but she was gone. They stopped and asked me to take them uptown. Actually thought I'd stop what I was doing and take them as they told me they needed to go then. I told them I was going to finish and then I was going to rest an hour. I told them I would but after that. The went somewhere else and stopped back by--hoping that I jump up and take them. I stood my ground. While they were sitting there I told them this was my vacation for me and me only. If they come back I'm not accepting visitors.
Watched Santa Clause 3 with Tim Allen late this afternoon.
My neighbor is supposed to come and clean tomorrow. I'm going to have to say no to her also if she ask again this month to clean. It's only been two weeks since she's cleaned. And I'm saying no to her tomorrow if she want to use the lawn mower to mulch her leaves. The lawn mower needs a new handle.

happy2bme
12-03-2012, 09:15 PM
Shad - I've heard of a couple of those honeys. The thing that worried me as I was researching them was that some - like anything - are less than pure, heated or not as carefully produced just to make a quick buck. So outside of dealing with an apiary directly, not sure who to trust. But that did look good enough that I think I'll make a nice cuppa tea and have a dash of the local stuff. I wonder if it tastes like pine needles? :lol:

Ceejay :cp: for standing your ground, finishing your task at hand and not being a doormat for the pesky people around you. I'm glad you are enjoying your vacation and in more of a holiday mood this year. Now all you need is a little snow, no? :D

Shad
12-04-2012, 03:11 AM
www.airborne.co.nz/processing.shtml

Gives the facts about heating honey.

I know this place, it is run by a friend of a friend of a friend. 6 degrees of separation doesn't exist in NZ.

MELODY525
12-04-2012, 08:56 AM
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GOOD MORNING CHICKS.

NOT REALLY MUCH TO REPORT.
WORKED A BIT AND THEN DID NOTHING.
THE WARMER THE WEATHER GETS, THE CRAPPIER JEN & I FEEL.
THIS IS NO FUN!! ALL SINUS REALTED THOUGH.
HOPE YOU GUYS HAVE A GREAT DAY:moped:
I NEED TO CLARIFY SOMETHING I SAID...IT'S NOT THE SENIORS WITH THE CHRISTMAS SCROOGE FEELINGS, IT'S THE OFFICE & MAINTENANCE STAFFS. SO BECAUSE OF THEIR ATTITUDE, EVERYTHING WAS CANCELLED. :cry:





ANNIE....I AM SO GLAD THE WEATHER AND THE WEDDING WERE SO FINE!!
YAY!! :cheers: HOPE THE 2 OF THEM WILL BE VERY HAPPY TOGETHER:hug:
I CRACKED UP AT THE EX & GF. VERY FUNNY INDEED.
THEY MUST HAVE BEEN STEAMING. I KNOW WE'RE NOT SUPPOSED TO GLOAT BUT THEY DESERVED HAVING TO WATCH THE VISITING WITH DAD.
HOW CUTE WAS THAT WITH DAD DANCING. NOW I AM TEARY EYED.
ALSO SORRY I MISSED A CHRISTMASSY WEDDING!!!!:tree:



LAURA....“The News from Lake Woebegon”. ...I FORGOT ABOUT THAT GUY!!
I SAW THAT AND CRACKED UP. HE IS VERY FUNNY.
IF THE BF DOES THE DECORATIONS HIMSELF...HE DOESN'T HAVE TO LISTEN TO WHERE THINGS REALLY SHOULD GO:rofl: :rofl:
HOPE THE LEGS LOOSEN UP A BIT:hug:




HAPPY...GLAD TO HEAR YOU HAVE DAYS OFF IN A ROW:dance:
BUT SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE HOTDOG LADY.
KLITTLE BUSINESSES ARE CLOSING ALL OVER.
I SEE PEOPLE ARE CUTTING BACK ON EATING AT THE DINER OVER HERE.
THEY USED TO GO ONCE OR TWICE A WEEK BUT NO MORE.
EVEN THE GUY DOWN THE STREET HAS LOST "DELIVERY" BUSINESS.
HIS PRICES ARE TOO HIGH FOR ME TOO.
ENJOY YOUR TIME OFF:beach:
WE DON'T DO CRAFTS ANYMORE, JEN CAN'T PAINT THE WINDOWS BECAUSE OF THE SLIDING FEATURE AS I SAID, THE TREE IS 1/2 THE SIZE THIS YEAR AND IN A CORNER AND MY BOSS CAN'T GET ANYONE TO HELP OUT. SO I AM GOING DOWN TODAY TO GET THIS TRAIN WRECK BACK ON IT'S TRACKS ONE WAY OR THE OTHER.SAD HUH???
ALSO.............




CEEJAY....GOOD FOR YOU!!! THE POWERE OF THE WORD "NO"!!!
THE NERVE OF SOME PEOPLE. MAKES ME ALL THE MORE ADAMANT IN NOT GETTING COZY WITH THE NEW TENANTS HERE FROM NOW ON. GOOD FOR YOU!
HOPE YOUR VACATION IS GOING ALONG FINE OTHERWISE.
THE WEATHER IS COOPERATING AT LEAST.
TODAY WILL BE OUR HOTTEST 64! THEN IT BEGIONS TO DROP AGAIN.




SHAD...NOW I WILL HAVE TO LOOK UP 6 DEGREES OF SEPARATION LATER.:rofl:
A NURSE TOLD ME ABOUT MANUKA HONEY FOR MY ROSACEA.
I THINK YOU & I DISCUSSED THAT ONCE.



MICHELLE....HOPE YOUR NEXT WEEKEND WILL BE BETTER.
THIS ONE SOUNDED LIKE AN EMOTIONAL ROLLERCOASTER RIDE.
FOOTBALL, THE FESTIVAL, THE EXes AND DIVORCE PAPERS.
NOT A GOOD COMBO FOR KEEPING A LIGHT HEART.

ceejay52
12-04-2012, 11:31 AM
Morning

Mel
Bah humbug on the staff. I can't blame you for not wanting to get cozy with the new tenants.

Laura705
12-04-2012, 12:01 PM
Mornin' all!

Ceejay - Good for you standing up to those who try to pressure you because they know it's worked in the past, or just know that if they bug you enough you'll give in. Your time is YOUR time, spend it how you choose!! Nice you got to spend it outdoors. I'm glad you're in the holiday spirit this year!! :wreath: We had mild weather again yesterday - I think we nearly broke a record by hitting 70 degrees yesterday. Cooler today, but still mild.

Mel - I'm sorry the warm weather is giving your & Jen's sinuses problems. Probably a lot of mold in the air around too. Too bad the building staff are not in the holiday spirit. :( I guess I sounded like a scrooge when I said I didn't want to do a Secret Santa with our joint department this year... I think the limit last year was $20 or $25 - a little bit more than I want to spend on a virtual stranger (because last year I ended up with someone from the "other side" of the department). I'd much rather have an ornament exchange with a lower limit, or a white elephant exchange - it doesn't have to be expensive to be fun. We'll see how the decorations look if bf is wise and does them today because tomorrow the weather is turning cold again. My legs are finally feeling better. But we'll see what tonight brings, lol.

Oh, and wikipedia says this: "Six degrees of separation is the idea that everyone is approximately six or fewer steps away, by way of introduction, from any other person in the world, so that a chain of "a friend of a friend" statements can be made, on average, to connect any two people in six steps."

Happy - I suppose I might have to partially blame my failed wheat bread on the honey?? It was a half container of crystallized product that I had to set in a cup of hot water to partially de-crystallize. And of course I was impatient to get my bread going, so it wasn't completely liquid when I added it to the other ingredients - I figured the warm water the recipe called for would do the rest. Huh. If I try the machine again with fresher ingredients and if fails, I will probably try a mix and see how that goes. Otherwise I will give it a go by hand and/or with the Kitchenaid with the dough hook. Re sitting at work - I think you should get a normal height stool on wheels and scoot around that way as much as you can! Enjoy your 3 days off! :ginger:

Hellos the rest of you, hope you're having a good week.
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It's been quiet here without the boss. We'll find out today when she'll return to the office. It's that time of the year to see how you've done against your performance goals, and to prepare a self-appraisal. Ick, hate that stuff. Necessary evil.

Last night I went to the "Step Essentials" class. I hadn't been to that class in quite a while. I got a good heart-pumping workout. The last part of that class includes a good amount of pushups (on the ballet barre) and crunches, so I'll probably be feeling sore this afternoon/evening.

Nothing planned for tonight. They are seeing the movie "Lincoln" and even though I know it's good and Daniel Day-Lewis will surely get award nominations for his role, I just don't want to see it!!!

My sneakers have shipped! Looking forward to getting them. If they feel good, I just might buy a pair of black ones to wear for my work commute. I still need to shop for some tall snow boots. Sigh.

Okay, I'll get this posted and get back to work.

:cofdate: :coffee2: :coffee2:

happy2bme
12-04-2012, 12:44 PM
Good morning chicks,

Hi Laura :wave: I see your little egg light on. Pushups on the barre, eh? Well that would give me the wobblies afterwards - probably give me the zombie look if I was doing the legs too :lol: Sounds like things might have not been the right temp for the breadmaking - it's a tempermental thing - a bit off and it's ruined. I'm glad to hear you warm your plastic honey bottle in warm water and not in the MICROWAVE like my Mom. :yikes: Sis and I are trying to explain how bad BPAs are and why you don't want to heat plastic bottles. Had to laugh at your comment of a chair on wheels. After working in an office for so long and breaking my leg or hurting my back a few times, I was a champion office chair "roller" :rofl: Only problem with bringing in an office chair with wheels is that the counters are higher and that would put me at chin height - aka Edith Ann / Lily Tomlin and I certainly could not reach the popcorn warmers - sorry folks no butter, cheddar or mix today :lol3: But a great idea none the less. Did I miss something? What kind of sneakers did you get? Sounds like you get a very good workout from your classes. And boy am I envying your 70 degree temps... It was low 50's here but with the patches of snow still melting it was rather damp and felt a tiny bit mild but nowhere near what 70 would feel like. :^:

Mel - I'm sorry the office staff is just RUINING the holiday. What a bunch of buggers. :rollpin: I think you should send some of the loudest, crankiest seniors to go stage a sit-in and complain :rofl: Sorry to hear the sinuses are acting up. Go dump some eucalyptus beads in a pot of simmering water and breathe deep. Hopefully that won't bother you. Or just make a cup of nice tea. I would not get close to new tenants either since that mostly means more work for you. Unless of course you meet the odd off one who is a wanna be fun Worldly Chick who doesn't have access to a computer. :lol3:

Shad - thank you for the very informative article on honey. Always something new to learn. Saw your post of FB this morning. Care to elaborate or should I just speculate???

I did make a cup of tea yesterday. We have a coffeemaker with dual ports. One side for coffee, the other you can put water into and it makes hot water for teas, soups, oatmeal or anything you need water in. I decided to be lazy and use the machine instead of warming water in a kettle. While the water reserviors are completely separate, it seemed to me that the hot water smelled and tasted faintly of coffee - such like you'd get if you put water in a coffee pot and had not rinsed it first. Totally ruined the tea and good honey for me :P DH was delighted that I made him a tea also and when I commented on the odd taste, he said he didn't notice anything and it was good tea for him. Sometimes I get a taste or smell in my head that I swear is real and DH says is not there. cue Arnold Swarzeneggar saying "it's NOT a brain tumoh..." :lol:

I don't remember what I did yesterday but I blew most of the day away. Oh yeah, DH and I went to a local diner (actually it's a 45 minute trip each way). Monday is Burger Monday day where they grind their own meat and the only thing they serve is burgers. I'd been wanting to try it. DH got a cheddar bacon burger and I got a cheddar burger topped with cole slaw (southern style). I was shocked when we got the bill - DH's burger alone was $12. Mine was $10. Plus extra for french fries and we split a chocolate malt because if you can believe it I've never had one in my life - on the rare occasions I have one, it's always a chocolate milk shake. We only had 1/3 of the malt because we were stuffed from the burgers and fries. The bill with tip came to $40. :yikes: And while good, we won't be running back there for that any more. Came home, watched some TV, chatted with Mom for a bit and then I killed 2 hours on the Internet. I think I want to try my hand at drawing and painting with watercolor pencils. I found a couple of online sites that give basic lessons - you can always buy some courses too. Then I was searching to try and find the best prices on a set of pencils, paper and a basic introductory course. Turns out Amazon had the best prices (as usual) over the craft places - even with their discounts. The problem with the craft stores is that they only give one discount. Either you get a percent off or you get free shipping. One pretty much cancels the other so that's disappointing. Anyway I should have my supplies in 2 days. And that will be my Christmas present this year. I can work on that while DH is off ice fishing ;)

We were thinking of taking a ride into Duluth - DH wants to check some things out at the home improvement store but now he's not sure what he wants to do for the day. Doesn't matter to me, I have things to do one day, the other is open for doing something else so I'll just pick one over the other.

With that I am off, hope you all have a good day. :wave:

ceejay52
12-04-2012, 08:50 PM
Laura
I had to look up the six degrees of separation too. We've been having this warm weather also. I'm loving it. Even have the air condition on although I don't think it's ran but a couple of times. My sister and her hubby went to see Lincoln and really liked it. I usually wait for the dvd to come out. I hate going to a movie theater. It's to loud for me to enjoy--guess I could take ear plugs. It's that time of the year for our evaluations also. Luckily our bosses do that and we don't have to.

Happy
Wow, 12 dollars for a bacon cheese burger! That would have to be a treat for me once in a while. Bet they had Wisconsin cheese on it though. Yum.

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It was a slothful day for me today and it rained. So I took a nap. My neighbor came and cleaned house. It looks so good.
I rode the bike last night for three miles which was only 14 minutes. Tonight I'm going to ride the bike and do some floor exercises. I've given up on logging my food. I did go on line and found a beginner's Biggest Loser dvd. I'll do that when it gets here. It has Harper and Dolvett.

annie175
12-04-2012, 09:32 PM
My dad and Kristin dancing
Me and son dancing
Jake and Samantha at alter being silly

annie175
12-04-2012, 09:33 PM
I will try to get to personals tomorrow. Finance meetings are over and will have one day before LV meetings start on Thursday. End of year is h*ll.

MELODY525
12-05-2012, 08:39 AM
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GOOD MORNING CHICKS.
KIND OF CHILLY ALREADY. JUST TURNED UP THE HEAT A NOTCH. MORE THAN LIKELY I WILL NOT BE POSTING TOMORROW. WE'RE GOING TO TRADER JOES AND THEN JEN WANTS TO SPEND THE DAY TOGETHER AND EAT DINNER WITH RICHIE.
NOTHING NEW YESTERDAY. DID SOME WORK AND LEFT.
SAME OLD SAME OLD IN THAT DEPARTMENT:rofl:
HAVE A GREAT DAY.





LAURA...I HAD A LAUGH YESTERDAY. "THE PRARIE HOME COMPANION".....
I WAS SURFING CABLE AND LO & BEHOLD THERE WAS THE MOVIE!!
I CRACKED UP. I FORGET THE GUYS NAME OFF HAND BUT HE WAS THE OLD COWBOY AND HAD JUST DIED.
I SAW KEVIN KLINE. TOO FUNNY. TALK ABOUT A DYSFUNCTIONAL GROUP. btw~ YOU DID NOT SOUND LIKE A SCROOGE.
THEY KEPT UPPING THE PRICE OF THE GIFT HERE UNTIL THE WHOLE IDEA FELL APART.
I JUST CAN'T BELIEVE THEY CANCELLED THE PARTY HERE.
THANKS FOR THE DEFINITION OF 6 DEGREES.
I KNEW I HAD HEARD IT BEFORE. LOL
HOPE THE MUSCLES AREN'T TOO SORE FROM THE BARRE EXERCISES. OUCH!





CEEJAY....MAYBE OUR MOTTO FOR 2013 SHOULD BE NO NEW FRIENDS!!:lol3: :lol3:
I ALSO HATE THE MOVIES WITH THE LOUD VOLUME.
IT MAKES MY HEART RACE. lol
I LOVE DVDs!!! aLSO LIKED HARPER & DOLVETT.
THEY ARE BRINGING JILLIAN MICHAELS BACK THIS YEAR.
THERE WILL BE 3 TEAMS AGAIN.




HAPPY......NOT EVEN IF IT IS A POSSIBLE WORLDY CHICK AM I GOING TO MAKE A NEW FRIEND!
SOMETHING ALWAYS GOES WRONG IN THE END.
I GET THAT COFFEE SMELL FROM THINGS DOWNSTAIRS IN THE OFFICE KITCHEN. MAYBE IT'S A WOMENS THING.
MEN HAVE LESS ACUTE SENSES OF SMELL I HEARD.
IT'S EXPENSIVE TO EAT OUT. A FRIEND OF MINE WAS BIOTCHING ABOUT A DINER -TYPE PLACE CALLED JOHNNY ROCKETS.
NOT SURE IF IT'S STILL OPENED. SAFE TRAVELS TO DULUTH:scooter:




ANNIE....THANKS SO MUCH FOR THE PICTURES.
THEY CAME OUT GREAT. LOVE THE ONE WITH DAD ESPECAILLY.
WHAT A GREAT KEEPSAKE.
GOOD LUCK WITH THE MEETINGS AND HOPE THE REST OF THE WEEK GOES OK:hug:

MELODY525
12-05-2012, 08:55 AM
:cry: WAIT TILL JEN WAKES UP AND I TELL HER WE FORGOT THE HOUSING MEETINGS ARE TOMORROW AFTER TRADERS!!:rofl: :rofl:
I JUST GOT THE "DON'T FORGET" EMAIL FROM MY BOSS!!! HA!
AND THEY WILL BE LONG ONES TOO.
WE DON'T MEET AGAIN UNTIL THE END OF JANUARY.

annie175
12-05-2012, 10:33 AM
THis site is acting rediculous here at work, jumping up and down, can barely keep up with it. I will try to post tonight from home. Sassy has her final vet appt for shots. I have her scheduled for Friday, December 21st to be spayed. That way I can pick her up that evening and be with her all weekend long through CHristmas. God love her. I feel so badly for doing that to her. SHe is so little.

Chat at cha tonight, hopefully!

Love and hugs

happy2bme
12-05-2012, 10:36 AM
Good morning ladies,

We took a ride into Duluth yesterday - picked up a few things at the Home Depot store. I wanted to look at the Christmas decorations but DH said they were seconds and rejects and were not for sale. :lol:

:censored: man I HATE HATE HATE this adverts that mess with the postings here. :mad: :mad: :mad:

Ok, trying again. We did have dinner at Olive Garden (Italian restaurant). Certainly got more for our money this time. I had an appetizer and the salad and told them to box up my entree right at the kitchen. We had an early dinner so I ate the ravioli later that evening. Yum it was good. Most of what we get around here is burgers or fish so it was nice to have something different. Today I have to run errands in town then when I come back I have some laundry and picking up to do. Still debating about what / if I want to decorate.

Garrison Keillor - ok, had to look that one up before it drove me crazy. I tried listening to him when the Prarie Home Companion and Lake Wobegon (?) were so popular and I just never got into it. Now I can let it fly back out of my head :lol:

Mel - Pretty little cart full of flowers you have there. My cart is just full of frost this morning :lol: I got the cutest little miniature poinsettia plant at the store yesterday. I will have to take a picture of it. It's adorable. I hope I can keep it alive. Wasn't 6 Degrees of Separation a movie with Will Smith and Stockard Channing? They do a funny spin off of that concept with Kevin Bacon - the actor. They say that every actor in the business can be traced back to someone who played in a movie with Kevin Bacon. It's pretty funny. And I think we ate at a Johnny Rockets diner once - in the airport at Las Vegas I'm thinking???? You're making me remember stuff from long ago this morning :lol: Good luck with those long, boring meetings tomorrow.

Annie - thanks for the pictures. Looks like it was a great wedding. Cute dress that you have on. Hope work is not too horrid for you.

Ceejay - we rarely go to the movies anymore for the same reason - volume way too loud. Don't give up on the food logging - I know it can be a pain but it's so revealing when you are watching things and I think it really makes one more aware of what's going in the mouth.

Guess I'd better get ready and get on with the day. Talk to you later ladies...

happy2bme
12-05-2012, 10:37 AM
Annie - I was having alot of problems typing my post too. Grrrr.

ceejay52
12-05-2012, 11:52 AM
Happy
Logging my food is a pita but you are right it sure lets you know how much you are going over. When I think of Deluth I think of Georgia. That's where my niece lives. I've put out a small amount of decorations which has really lifted my spirit. Think you should put out some also.

Mel
Ah, meetings after food shopping. Maybe you can get together with Jen after that. Or spend all day tomorrow with her. I would like to have some sister time myself.

Annie
Those are very good pictures. Glad that there was no drama at the wedding.

Laura and Shad hello :wave:

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Up this morning at 7.30. I've got to get back into that 5.30 a.m. groove for work Sunday morning.
I rode the bike last night for 20 minutes. I'm trying for 30 minutes tonight.
I was barely out of breath at 20 minutes.
My dvd has been shipped, so I'm hoping that it will get here Saturday.
Cleaned out the fridge this morning. I want to clean out the car this afternoon.
Bought myself a Christmas present. I'd been seeing those Ninja roasting ovens advertised on t.v. I didn't find the Ninja but I bought a Rival at Walmart. I also want a tea maker but didn't see those.

Laura705
12-05-2012, 01:14 PM
Morning all. So everyone's having problems with this site today? It seems to get hung up when I try to navigate from page to page. When I post and it gets hung up, it seems like it happens when someone else apparently has tried to post at the same time as me. Maybe it's a coincidence - I'm sure it's those ads.

Happy - Wow, $12 for a burger!! That's like hotel room service prices, LOL. I've had malts, but I prefer shakes. Now you've got me thinking of Happy Hour at Steak n Shake - half price shakes! Glad you enjoyed your meal at Olive Garden. Very good idea to have the entree boxed right away. I always (belatedly) think I should ask for a to-go box right when the entree comes because they usually are way too large to eat in one meal. More and more frequently, bf and I will share an appetizer or each have a cup of soup and split one entree and it's enough.

LOL re the decorations being seconds and rejects! :joker: Re heating plastic - nope, not gonna do it. I don't use my plastic storage containers for that anymore, and I notice in the sale ads that there seems to be more glass storage container sets being offered now. Re the sneakers - I went to Rogan's (shoe store on Dundee in Buffalo Grove - was it there when you lived in AH?) and tried on a bunch of sneakers. Found the one that felt good, price $70 at the store, $46 online. Yes, the store always has a "buy one, get 50% of the 2nd pair" deal, but it still didn't beat the online price. And bf didn't find a pair of sneakers he liked in his size/preferred color, so we didn't have a 2nd pair. And I really just wanted to focus on a pair of sneakers, not start looking at snow boots, dress boots, etc.

Gonna have to look up watercolor pencils, never heard of that. I have a little set of pastels that I don't even know how I ended up with them. I always think I'd like to play with those - the colors are so intense. Have you done any painting/drawing in the past? I'd like to take an art class sometime - maybe sketching.

Never saw the Six Degrees of Separation movie, and, yes, heard of the Kevin bacon variation of that theory, lol.

Ceejay - Sounds like a good vacation - naps, letting someone else do the housework. :D I don't usually find the volume at the movie theater too loud. Guess I'm a bit hard of hearing, or I prefer it a bit louder when I'm trying to decipher foreign accents.

Annie - Great photos! Thanks for posting them. :) Sorry your year end work is a PITA. :( I'm sure Sassy will be fine. Nice that you'll be home with her after it's done.

Mel - Sounds like a busy Thursday for you. Hope the meetings don't go too long. I liked that Prairie Home Companion movie - I thought Kevin Kline's character was so funny. So the cancelled party - was that the one for the tenants/seniors, or was it for the building staff?? Either way, too bad about that. We're not having a big holiday party at work, but they just sent an invitation for a holiday luncheon. It's on a Monday and I'm pretty sure I'm going to take a vacation day that day - why wouldn't they have it on a Wed? I'm sure there are a lot of people using up their vacation days by taking Fridays &/or Mondays off. There's also an all-employee meeting that day, but I still think I'm taking that day off. Bad scheduling decision if you ask me...but they didn't. :shrug: PS, love the flower cart photo!

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Nothing much too report for me. Didn't do anything last night. Bf made meatloaf for dinner - tasty. Bf's keen on unlocking our iphone 4's, selling them, and buying iphone 5's. This made me cross with him because I'll have to figure out (again) how to upload my photos and whatever else I have on there without losing it and making sure it can be transferred to the new phone. I just hate iTunes. I have a lot of stuff in the "notes" app that I don't want to lose. Sigh. But I know I will like having a faster phone, so I will get through it.

Probably will exercise tonight, be it a class or a gym visit. And I guess give the iPhone sync/backup a try.:p:p

On the bright side, today is my Thursday because I'm taking vacation on Friday. I might also take Monday off work - still have two more days of vacay to use that haven't been scheduled yet.

TTFN!!

Laura705
12-05-2012, 01:31 PM
Ceejay - yeh, the food logging has been very helpful for me. When you don't log it and you know you're overeating, not knowing how much over is a form of denial, and then it makes it easier just to continue.

Happy - I agree with Ceejay - do a little bit of decorating, it'll make you smile when you see some of your favorite things on display. :)

annie175
12-05-2012, 09:28 PM
Good Evening/Morning Shaddie....

What a whirl wind I have been in since about last Friday. Finally settling down a bit. Poor Curtis has a terrible cold so I have been babying him for the past several days. Vicks rub on the chest and throat, extra C, ibuprofen, and mucinex. He seems to make it through his day but totally exhausted in the evening...dinner and bed. Bless his hard working heart and job.

Sassy's vet appt was a bust. They got mixed up on her shots so when I got there, she was already caught up...so I left work an hour early, rushed home, got Sass, then hurried to the vet. I received a free nail clipping for SaSS for my time. Better than nothing and she needed her nails clipped in the worst way.

LAURA....meatloaf is my go to when I cannot think of anything else to make for dinner. I do make an excellent meatloaf. Samantha used to request it for her birthday dinner....she has moved on to more time consuming items like fried chicken. Enjoy your day off on Friday...I am looking forward to the four days at Christmas, even tho taking care of my lil Sass after her surgery.

CEEG...enjoy your vacation even tho you have to work on Sunday...just makes you appreciate your days off even more. Hugs

HAPPY...OMGoodness, 12 bucks for a burger? Holy Crap! I can buy enough beef to make burgers for 12 people with that. Next time pay half the price and come to Annie's kitchen...sure to get great service and free extras! Decorate to your hearts content. It is all about you sweetie.

MELLIE...have fun with JEN at TJs and then dinner with Richie. I honestly think TJs is a bit expensive, but have such great fresh produce. I truly stick to my grocery list when visiting that store and do not stray at all from the list due to high prices. I do like to go when they have the free try-a-bites. Friday's are good for that.

SHADDIE...interesting article on honey. I am still working on a jar of my brother's beehive honey that he canned himself. Taste great to me, but in my eyes, honey is honey as I do not use it that often. I like all my beverages natural with nothing added...iced tea, coffee, hot tea, etc.

JAVA...glad you keep up with us by lurking and even jumping in now and then. Have a great holiday...

CHELLE...sorry your weekend played on your emotions. Maybe not a good idea while in this rebuilding, recovery time to expose yourself to times with the ex and his momma. Maybe just schedule a bit of time, but not too much with ex-MIL. Just sayin'. Don't make all this any harder than necessary...hugs to you sister.

Hello to all the worldlies...just heard the washer of towels go off, want to dry and fold before bed.

Have a great day/night.

Love and hugs

ceejay52
12-05-2012, 10:22 PM
Letting my heart rate settle down. I rode the bike for 30 minutes and I've logged my food.

Annie
Sending healing vibes for C. Hope he feels well soon. At least Sassy got her nails done while she was at the vet.

happy2bme
12-06-2012, 12:10 AM
Hi all,

Think I will post tonight instead of tomrorow morning. I got somewhat tricked into working today. Got a call asking if I would create some invoices that could be emailed for a recent order. Then could I maybe help with a technical issue? Of course it could not wait until I was working tomorrow - had to be done today. Since I had to run some errands in town, it wasn't too much out of my way. I thought I'd be there 30 minutes tops. Turns out since I was there could I mind the store while they did a delivery? Ok... I was actually there 3 hours. 3 HOURS. I was miffed actually because I had alot of things to do. My very young coworker was funny - she said but you get an extra 22 dollars. I'm sure to her this is gold but not to me - she could not comprehend that having to get things done was more important than a few extra bucks. :rolleyes: I also got conned into coming in for a while next week one day on one of my other days off to be the person who understands when the technical guy explains something. I think Ceejay and I need to be locked into a room with a stern teacher who will drill it into our heads that we need to think of ourselves before saying yes to things we don't really want to do. :dizzy: The art of saying NO NO NO :no: :no: :no:

I guess my sister ears were listening tonight - guess what we had for dinner - Meatloaf :lol: Didn't come out too bad but I did get a late start on it an consequently I let DH convince me to have dinner downstairs in front of the tv. I got distracted and ate too much. Bleh. Won't make that mistake again.

Ceejay - good going on the bike riding. Sounds like you have enjoyed your vacation. I think you and Laura are right about some Christmas decorations cheering up the place. I sure would love some garland and lights - got a few places that would look great in but that's a bit ambitious for right now. I do admit to sticking my nose and smelling all the lovely pine wreaths and natural Christmas trees I see out at the stores. Love the smell of balsam and Frasier fir trees. Ahhh. I'm sure Duluth, MN is a far cry from Deluth, GA - both in scenery and temperature. Duluth sits right on Lake Superior so it has stunning views of the water. And it's a very hilly town too. Not as bad as San Francisco but rolly enough that I can't imagine driving around there in the bitter winter snows. They must take outstanding care of the roadways.

Annie - sorry to hear that C is sick - hope you can avoid it. Sounds like there's no time off to get well and he just has to muscle up. Poor guy. Good thing he has such a nice person to take care of him. You must not be putting enough spicy peppers in your cooking lately :lol: Believe me, there's no way we would have stayed if we knew the burgers were 10 and 12 bucks. Should have known - no prices on the menu board. And yes, I'd like to visit Annie's kitchen sometime but you need to turn down the heat for me and Mel :rofl: I think we'd all have a grand time cooking at the commune. God bless you for being able to take your drinks au natural. Milk is about the only thing I drink plain. And water of course.

Laura - oh my Steak and Shake's half orange, half chocolate shake. My one guilty indugence in the summer - but I had to work out extra hard to earn that one. Just looked - nearest S&S is in Milwaukee - 6 hours away, ok you can talk about it all you want :lol: As for Olive Garden, we did enjoy our meals but both felt that they have reduced the portions substantially. At least from what we remember them being. DH got the Zuppa Toscano and there used to be large pieces of kale, sausage and potatoes. He said his dish (which might have been from the last of the pot) had only tiny pieces of sausage and kale in it and no potatoes to speak of. His pasta and bell peppers was smaller than half the plate. Not that smaller portions are a bad thing, they just never reduce the price to match. As for your question,I have not done any painting other than those ceramic / plaster houses and figurines you get at Michaels. :ginger: Watercolor pencils caught my eye - you rub the pencil on paper and then pick up the pigment by brushing a wet small paintbrush over it which you then apply to a sketch or drawing. And in some cases people trace a picture using a carbon pencil and then paint and layer the colors using the watercolor pencils. It looks really interesting. I do like to draw - always have - not that good at it but like singing and music - I do it anyway for myself. I kind of agree with you about the volume at the movies - the speaking parts now that you mention it do seem to be quieter but the music sometimes - just booms and blasts one out of their seat. I do want to see that new movie with Barbra Streisand coming out on the 19th - Guilt Trip. I hope it's funny and not just one of those where the best part is the trailers they show. Bummer that you will miss the luncheon at work. I know in the past some people voted for a Monday luncheon so that people would have more time to make a dish on the weekend, rather than the limited time on a worknight. Also they never wanted it on Friday so that there would be several workdays left to eat all the leftovers. :rolleyes:

Boy oh boy am I rambling. And sniffling too. Hope I am not catching C's cold. I think I'm going to take a slug of Nyquil and hit the sack early. Tomorrow starts 3 long days of work I am not looking forward to. I'll be packing Christmas tins full of popcorn. LOTS of Christmas tins. Oh well - goodnight ladies. Hope you all get a good sleep. And a bit of quiet time for you too Shad. ;)

Shad
12-06-2012, 07:57 AM
Gotta get ready to go home tomorrow. I will then be able to chat to you all. It's been a bit hectic around here last couple of days. Seems that the budget has caught a few by surprise. Haven't heard anything about coming back after Christmas yet, but the GM of WBS (who I am working through) will be up here next week. Probably get to hear then. Still haven't made up my mind although it really is money for jam most of the time. Catch you all on the other side of the Great Divide tomorrow.

annie175
12-06-2012, 08:43 AM
SHADDIE....safe travels...home sweet home!!

HAPPY...you and CEEG, both are ones for getting "tricked" into working...that stinks...but then again a little extra cash. Can't wait till we all meet at the commune to cook and bake...What a great plan...

Sissy text me this morning at 6 am and asked that I not bring Sassy over today and she would explain later. Wonder what is up. Curious to find out.

Have a great day worldlies!!

Love and hugs

annie175
12-06-2012, 11:24 AM
Thought of my sisters HAPPY and MELLIE last night as I made the brushetta chicken and pasta...going to have it for lunch today also. xoxo

ceejay52
12-06-2012, 12:42 PM
Not much has happened last night except for the unexpected male visitor. That makes me feel awkward. I'm not wanting a relationship with him.
Been there done that. I think he wants me to come back to work at the packaging plant where I worked before. I can't do that. I will not do that.
He said that the turn over there is unreal.

Happy
Glad that I'm not the only one that get's conned into working.

Annie
I'd be anticipating what's going on at your dd's also. Maybe she's decorating for Christmas.

Shad
A week end home must sound divine.

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Texted my friend in Utah who told me she was ready to come back to Jonesboro. She should be in Jonesboro December 17th or 18th.

Laura705
12-06-2012, 12:52 PM
Morning all. Happy Thursday to you. It's my Friday, so TGIF to me and to Shad!

Shad - Safe travels to you. Hope you get home to some treasures in the garden and enjoy your weekend.

Annie - I'm gonna have to try that chicken bruschetta recipe! Yum. Hmmm, don't bring Sassy by...wonder why. (There's no morning sickness involved is there??!! :yikes: ) Poor C, I sure hope he's feeling better soon. It must be hard to recover when he works such long days. And you know it was brought on by too much partying at the wedding, LOL!! God bless you for nursing him through it!

Happy - Sorry you got dragged into work for much longer than you expected. That's really pretty crummy to take advantage of you that way - three hours!!! :mad: Ridiculous. You're right, the time was more important than the $$. You might think - in advance - of responses (and practice them!!) so when these requests come up you've got something ready. Don't forget the apologetic part - "Oh, I'm sooo sorry I can't do it that day, I already have plans." "Sorry, I can only stay until x o'clock, I'm meeting my cousin." Bf just hates when people (solicitors) come to the door - he likes to avoid them. I hate that too, but I don't have much of a problem just shaking my head (because I really can't be heard over the dog's barking anyway) and trying to control the dog. And on the phone it's even easier for me - I just say "I don't do business over the phone, do you have something you could send me in the mail? Good luck with that!

I saw the trailer for Guilt Trip - looks funny. Unless it gets really horrible reviews, I'd go see it. The watercolor pencils sound fun - not as difficult as traditional watercolor painting, which I understand is pretty hard to do. Have fun with that! I like the side by side shakes at S &S too - banana and choc or strawberry & choc. Wow, orange sounds fantastic! Right up my alley - one of my favorite holiday treats are those chocolate "balls" that are segmented like oranges - with the orange flavor. Yum! I'll have to make a point of finding the Terry's brand, because I tried the copycat one by the Ferrara company, but they're not nearly as tasty. Okay, I better stop before I get :rollpin: or :frypan: or :club: for the food porn.

Ceejay - Great job on the exercise! Keep it up! Enjoy the rest of your vacation. :) No pestering from the co-worker allowed, right?? :D

Hellos to the rest of the Worldlies!! :wave: Have a great rest of the week!
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Nothing much to report. I'm on my own today. The boss is STILL out of the office, family illness. In fact the other two dept members are also out tending to family medical issues. At least it's quiet.

Didn't do much of anything last night, but I finally did sort through my pile on the end table - catalogs, mail, etc. Much tidier, ahhh. My new sneakers arrived yesterday and I wore them around the house for a couple hours. Not much of a test since a lot of that was spent on the sofa, lol. Tonight I will either go to the gym or go to an exercise class, and so I will wear them indoors only to test them out "in motion".

I'm trying to think of the right response to a party invitation I received right after book club last Saturday from a book club member that I like a lot. It's for this Saturday. Even though we have no plans for Saturday night, my antisocial tendencies and/or social phobias just make me want to decline. Bf will do whatever I want to do...I'm sure we'd probably enjoy it....though it would be the third time I'm seeing these movie/book group people this week...I think I'll convince Bf to go to a movie with me instead. I wish I had other plans. People with kids always have good excuses at hand to use as needed, or excuses to show up late, making a brief appearance. It's an e-vite, so I think I'll just reply "no, thanks for the invite" and leave it at that.

For my vacation day tomorrow, I'd like to go to the Omnimax theater at the science museum and use my free tickets (won in a raffle at work), and then to see some of the museum exhibits - it's been so long!! If not, maybe a workout/class, a thrift store visit, outdoor decorating, and just some slothing about. Oh, and a dog walk.

I forgot to mention I walked over to the Art Institute for another gallery walk the other day at lunchtime. It was about Christmas in art, and it was really interesting. The focus was on the Nativity scene in art, and it was really interesting. I just love learning about the symbolism and history surrounding these artworks. :)

Okay, waaaay too much rambling. I have to get back to work.

Laura705
12-06-2012, 04:36 PM
For those interested in honey:

http://www.fortnumandmason.com/c-365-fortnums-bees-fortnum-and-mason.aspx

Believe it or not, this was from an industry organization's digest of postings to their forum of posting which I receive daily via e-mail. The topic was inquiring as to risks associated with beekeeping on roof-top gardens.

MELODY525
12-06-2012, 09:09 PM
http://www.teoulmoonsc.com/events/Christmas%20%20Party.jpg

THE 3 BOARDS OF COMMISSIONERS HAD OUR CHRISTMAS PARTY AT THE MEETINGS TODAY. I HAD A WONDERFUL TIME. EVERYONE WAS HAPPY AND SMILING FOR A CHANGE. WE HAD A TON OF LAUGHS. IT WAS LIKE OLD TIMES WITH THE "BIG" GUYS. THEY EVEN SAID IT WAS GOOD TO BE TOGETHER AGAIN. I DON'T SOCIALIZE WITH THEM AT ALL THE POLITIAL PARTIES ANYMORE FOR YEARS NOW. SO IT WAS NICE TO BE WITH THEM AGAIN. I ALMOST FORGOT WHAT IT WAS LIKE TO BE FLIRTED WITH. :belly:

THE TRIP TO TRADER'S WAS EVEN BETTER THAN EXPECTED. I CASHED MY EXTRA CHECK AND WE WENT WILD. JEN AND I LAUGHED THE WHOLE TIME WE WERE THERE. IT WAS GREAT FUN TO FIND NEW FOOD ITEMS AND DECIDE HOW WE WOULD USE THEM. JEN BOUGHT STUFF I NEVER THOUGHT SHE WOULD. RICHIE THOUGHT WE WERE NUTS WHEN HE GOT HOME. :rofl: BUT HE LIKED ALL THE STUFF WE GOT. IT'S GOING TO BE A VERY MERRY CHRISMAS OVER HERE. I CANNOT WAIT.

I SEE ALL YOUR POSTS AND WILL READ THEM TOMORROW AFTER WORK. IT'S BEEN A LONG DAY, I'M TIRED AND I HAVE TO GO DOWN EARLY. WE LOST ANOTHER TENANT AND THERE IS SO MUCH STUFF YET TO BE DONE. IT'S JUST A CRYING SHAME MY BOSS CANNOT GET CO-OPERATION INSTEAD OF PEOPLE SAYING "IT'S NOT IN MY JOB DESCRIPTION". VERY SAD. WE TRIED TO GET SOMEONE TONITE TO FORCE THEM BUT WERE TOLD IT HAS TO BE ON A VOLUNTEER BASIS. YEAH RIGHT. BUT I WILL NOT LET THIS SUCK THE JOY OUT OF MY HOLIDAY SPIRIT:hohoho:

WILL DO PERSONALS TOMORROW AFTERNOON OR EVENING.
STAY WELL AND BE HAPPY:santa: :mrsclaus:

annie175
12-07-2012, 10:23 AM
Good Morning and TGIF....

Sis called me at 7 last night crying that she, Chris and the babe were in Carmel (an extension of Indy actually on the North side) and her radiator had blown. Thank God I belong to AAA so got the first 3 miles of tow free then it was 4 bucks a mile after that. Ended up costing 44 bucks for the tow, which is still cheaper than just calling a tow truck. Had it towed to Chris's work for their mechanic to look at it. Will be a lot easier on the wallet if he looks at it and fixes it. I think it was just a hose and not the actual radiator. Plus coolant. Praying for the less expensive fix. I paid for the tow and will pay for the repair...Merry Christmas to them, that is all they are getting. Got home at 10, finished the laundry and was in bed by midnight, actually slept all night, well till 3 when C got up, then it was hit or miss til I got up at 5. Somehow that was a successful night's sleep for me.

MELLIE...the Christmas party sounded like you had lots of fun and shopping at TJs was even better with the extra check...You and Jen sound like Sam and I when we get together. My nephew called and asked if he could bring a deep fried turkey Christmas eve...well like YES! So I will make my homemade noodles for chicken and noodles. SIL is bringing mashed potatos. I will probably have a couple of sides and a dessert. YUMMY

LAURA...I guess I am sucked into seeing the Hobbit when it comes out on the 14th. My brother is a hugs fan of that type of movie as is Curtis. I can sit through it but not really my cup of tea. Would rather see Guilt Trip with you.

Have a great day/night...

Love and hugs.

MELODY525
12-07-2012, 10:46 AM
http://www.imaginethatmuseum.com/happy-chanukah.jpg

HAPPY CHANUKAH BEGINS TOMORROW. I HAD A FRIEND AND THEY USED TO INVITE ME INTO THEIR HOME AT THIS TIME OF YEAR. I LOVED THEIR CELEBRATIONS.


NOTHING NEW SINCE LAST NIGHT EXCEPT I WAS SO WOUND UP IT WAS NEAR 1 O'CLOCK BY THE TIME I FELL ASLEEP. WILL BE DRAGGING MY BUTT TODAY. BUT ON A GOOD NOTE...I CALLED SOME TENANTS ALREADY(THEY ARE EARLY RISERS) AND THEY AGREED IT'S TOO COLD TO BE DOWNSTAIRS. IT WAS 20 AGAIN LAST NIGHT. I AM NOT WARMED UP YET SINCE YESTERDAY :brr:
HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY.
THE WEEKEND IS HERE!! YAY! :cheer2: :cheer3:



Annie~ Hope little Sassy does Ok and gets well soon. When I got neutered, it was PAINFUL!! So give her a big hug from me too....but gently:hug: This TJ's has samples and coffee every day. They have a woman in the back just for that purpose. Some prices are a bit high but I love the already cooked stuff. :dancer:
Sending get well wishes to poor C and his cold :getwell: Jen will be jealous of your brushetta chicken!!! roflmao You really started something over here. She bought a packet and not only made the chicken but saved some spices for a small rub and sprinkled it on a salad. :hohoho: Christmas dinner sounds like it going to be delicious. I'll leave now so I get there in time:drool:






Happy~ glad to be assistance with getting your memories out of storage :rofl: I can just see your little cart filled with snow!! :ginger: You made me laugh with getting the home prairie back out of your head. HA! And tell the DH we're all wise to his tricks about decorations!!:rollpin: AND....you and Ceejay will need lessons form our Miss Shaddie about being soft touches.....God knows she could use another head to smack other than mine!!!:rofl: :rofl:



Ceejay~ let us know how the Rival oven works. I like that company. I've had many gadgets from them and they lasted years and performed well. We had an electrick skillet that must have been 25 yrs old before I got rid of it and it was STILL working. Enjoy. Hope you have a good few days before work begins:hug:
I love the avatar too. He's so cute. You're doing a great job exercising. Great. CEEJAY!!! A POSSIBLE SUITOR??? A JOB OFFER??? WHAT'S GOING ON DOWN THERE YOU LITTLE MINX YOU!! See.....my stepmother always told me it's the quiet ones you need to watch out for!! LOLOLOLOL




Laura~ meant to tell you I love your avatar too. They make me giggle. The party canceled was just the workers....both office and maintenance dept. I tried again yesterday but no dice. Guess the boss is fed up with everything. Hope you get the day off and do your own thing. Like more shopping:hohoho:
Enjoy the new phone when it comes. I All I know is that these things are complicated!!!:rofl: :rofl:
Now here's an idea: You can tell them you're needed by a friend in a wheelchair as a party excuse....I'll be the reason to avoid the season!!! ROFLMAO
But I do understand the dilemma. I am antisocial too.
I bet the Museum was wonderful. I am jealous.





Shad~ I bet it's a hard decision about renewing the contract if offered. Moneyy is such a necessary evil and it would be good cash for a retirement bumper. Prices are so ridiculous now....imagine what they will be like in a few years:faint: Safe travels home and see you then :hug:

happy2bme
12-07-2012, 12:37 PM
Good morning ladies,

My back and foot are really hurting me today. And I am on the long shift tonight. Better gulp down some aspirin. We're supposed to get a snow storm late tomorrow night into Sunday morning. They are talking about 6 inches of snow. That will be messy. Glad we have 4 wheel drive. :D I was going to have eggs for breakfast / early lunch but I just checked the refrigerator and we only have one egg left. I have lots of carby types of food but the eggs seem to hold me satisfied the best. Will have to have DH pick up a carton at the convienience store when he drops me off today.

Happy Chanukah to you Miss Mellie. Hope someone drops off a nice piece of challah bread to enjoy with your morning coffee. Maybe it will be fresh baked and you can have something to warm you up over there. A soup would be a nice touch too. How nice that you had a little bit extra to binge shop at TJ's. I hope you got some yummy stuff - nice to try something different once in a while. Maybe TJs has some recipes with their samples. We had a Fresh Market in TN and I loved when they would do their holiday sampling day. Such gooood stuff they had. Ok, Happy - calm down :lol:

Annie - that's so sad for Sissy. Why is it that when you don't have enough money to go around, things are always happening to suck every dime out of the wallet? That is very good of you to help them out. At least you know they will use the present ;) and I'm sure the little guy will find a toy or two in his stocking. I had to re-read your post. Less than 5 hours of shut eye and that was a good night's sleep? I feel for you sister. :hug: Yum on the deep fried turkey - what an unexpected treat. Sounds like good eating for Christmas. Set a few extra places for us, ok? I'll bring anything I can whip up in 2 hours or less :lol:

Laura - thanks for the honey video. Very interesting. I guess I will have to eat more honey and also pay attention to how it tastes. I do know from DH's reaction that the cheap stuff in the store takes like bee poo poo :rofl: I can understand the dilema about should I go out with these people or not? Sometimes I say yes, regret it when I'm getting ready and then it seems the more I dread it, the better a time I have. Then when I am anticipating something, it's never as good as I hoped and I vow now to go again. :dizzy: Follow your instincts - usually the best guide. And if she's sending out and e-invite - sometimes I find those are for large open house type gatherings - you go and the host is busy hosting and there's a bunch of strangers you don't know who won't talk to you :lol: Speaking of open houses, DH has not mentioned ours again which is good. I simply don't have time for it this year. And yes, orange flavored chocolate is the best. Shad has a delicacy from her side of town made by the Cadbury people. Can't talk about chocolate orange without a nod to Jaffas. :T :drool: Your ventures to the Museum of Science and Industry and the Art Museum sound like wonderfully different ways to enjoy the holiday celebrations. I agree - learning about some of this stuff is very interesting. Give us a review / teach us something new, ok?

Ceejay - a male suitor, eh? :D Being naturally suspicious as I am I would immediately be suspect if he's just trying to lure you to the other job to collect a finders fee for himself. :s: My first response would be that when a place has high turnover, there's usually a good reason for it. And with all the time and seniority you have at the plant, why give that up unless they were cutting your job? I'm sure your momma didn't raise no dummy :no: Hit the road buster. :snooty:

Well Shaddie - hope you are home safe and sound, enjoying the comforts of your own place. I agree, tough call on the job - I'm wondering if your reference to money for jam is what we call pin money on this side of the pond - like I get - a few extra dollars to sock away or fritter on things like watercolor pencils and paper ;) but not enough to make a serious dent in the retirement fund. Always a tough choice to make - especially when this particular contract had more than it's share of frustrations. Guess you have some time to think about it.

My package of paper and pencils came. One had a mini booklet that sort of explained how to use this (a better course is on it's way to being delivered). Looks very interesting. DH asked if I was going to clean out my hobby room so I can turn it into a studio. Right now it's filled with stuff from the move to be staged and sorted into sell/donate/keep. That's for a snowy January project I think but can't wait to get started. And oh, I need to buy a chair for down there too. :lol:

Guess I'd better find something to eat to sustain me for the day. I have to admit I much prefer the early shift - I nibble on something light and then have my big meal at supper. Too late to eat when I get home tonight other than perhaps some crackers, cheese and grapes so I'll have to find something to tide me over without being too heavy. Have a good end of week chicks. :wave:

happy2bme
12-07-2012, 12:38 PM
:wave: Hi Annie - I see your egg light on. How is C feeling. What's for supper tonight?

happy2bme
12-07-2012, 12:40 PM
Oh man, we would have SO MUCH FUN seeing the movie Guilt Trip as a group. :dance: Sure wish we didn't live so far apart. You know, I hear more from you guys than I do many of my friends...

annie175
12-07-2012, 02:29 PM
OMG Happy...I just FINALLY got it. After all these years of posting...what the heck, "I see your egg light on" means. I thought there was some kind of secret code going on when you all posted that. ROTFLMAO lol lol lol.... Now I can watch and see who is out there when I am....I am so cracked up right now. Let's see dinner tonight will be chicken salad made with leftover rotisserie chicken. I stopped on the way to work and picked up some grapes, pecans and eggs (got a carton for you too Happy), I have celery, onion, spices at home. Going to fix fried (butter Pam spray) potatos out of the two leftover baked potatos from last night. Last night was baked pork chops monterey, baked tates, and greenbeans. If you really get into your drawing and whatnot, I like butterflies, holly and animals. hint hint.

Oh Sissy didn't want Sassy the other day as she had been up all night with Ainsley puking. She spent yesterday sterilizing her house of germs. Then the car ordeal last night...poor kids.

MELLIE...that is why I like going to Costco on Friday's at lunch. By the time I get out of there I am stuffed to the gill.

Loves and hugs

MELODY525
12-07-2012, 03:44 PM
ANNIE....I AM SO SORRY TO READ ABOUT SISSY AND CHRIS.
THEY SOUND LIKE JEN & RICHIE. BUT THEY GET FLAT TIRES!
YOU'RE A GOOD MOMMA TO HELP OUT.
HOPE SANTA IS GOOD TO YOU TOO:hug:
I THINK WE ARE A LOT LIKE YOU AND SAM TOO. BUT JEN IS VERY EASY GOING WITH ME. I PUT THE FEAR OF GOD INTO HER AT AN EARLY AGE :devil:

ceejay52
12-07-2012, 09:41 PM
Mel and Happy
This guy was an ex-male friend from years past. Believe me I'm not going back to work there and neither is he setting his foot in my door again. I've been there done that.

Annie
Sissy should be happy with that gift for Christmas. Let hope it is only the hose.

Hi to Laura and Michelle
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My day started off a bit on the boring side but my friend called and wanted me to go to Blytheville with her. We went to Lowes and to Super Walmart.
Rode the bike again last night for 30 minutes then did 15 minutes of Pilates. I thought I'd be sore but am not.

MELODY525
12-08-2012, 08:52 AM
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http://www.smileyvault.com/albums/userpics/11195/mini-koala.gif G'DAY CHICKLETTES!

It seems like the rain gods of the heavens are upon us again.
All this wet weather is beginning to get a bit much here.
Now that we have our decorations & food supplies, it can snow like a banshee for all I care:ginger:
Jen was down in the afternoon.
We decorated 2 small 15" wreaths and hung them.
One for each of us. I bought real wreaths this year.
They just add the faint smell of balsam to the apt.
We're waiting to see if they kill the sinuses:hohoho:
Both of us were weak all day yesterday.
This is weather related and not a coincidence.
Our bodies are so filled with fluid we could barely move.
We could hardly move our arms and she could barely walk.
We were laughing while trying to do things.
Was just so ridiculous watching each other.
It took the 2 of us to lift this small wreath:rofl: :rofl:
Had anyone seen us they would have been like WTF is going on?
Thank God we got the job done and I walked Jen to the elevator.
She needed the shopping cart to take hers home!!
I think maybe we shouldn't do anything till Winter comes back again.
Other than that....nothing is new.
Hope you all have a great weekend.





Happy....I have lots of eggs. We can share!
Sorry to hear about the foot, back & snow.
Wish you could share the snow!!! I could use some to look at.
I got hungry all over again reading your post with samples!!:hun:
It reminded me of the deli man when we were little.
He had wooden floors with sawdust & we got to pick one slice of something free.
Those were such wonderful times with my brother.
More good memories:dance:
Hope you feel better today :hug:
Enjoy the new paper & pencil package!! sounds great.
Watching guilt trip with a bowl of popcorn would be a real treat together.
But we'd be gabbing so much we'd miss the frassing movie!!!




Annie....I was thinking about the kids all night.
They are very lucky to have you close by and always willing to help.
Hope the car wasn't too expensive to get running again:hug:
Sending good thoughts out to them both.
OK I am cracking up over here too! roflmaoffffff
When I first got on 3fc I think it was Shad that told me about the egg.rofl: :rofl:
I am leaving Happy's abode and heading for your house & chicken dinner. Be right there :scooter:




Ceejay......You are really going to town on the exercise.
Good for you and hope you like that DVD...did it get there yet? I forget now.:dizzy:
For a minute there I thought you were going to run off with this old friend!!!
Glad to hear you are staying put:rofl: :rofl: Just teasing you!
Hope your day is a good one before work begins:hug:
Super Walmarts must have been loaded with Christmas!!! :rudolph:

happy2bme
12-08-2012, 09:58 AM
Good morning girls ,
was gonna post but I'm having the problem with things "sticking" on the ads. Can't clear it and I have to get ready for work in 20 minutes so no time to fuss with this site. I'm hoping I can post at least this although it's a hassle getting everything typed at the moment. Love to the chicks, will post when I get home later.

happy2bme
12-08-2012, 10:01 AM
See Mel's wreath today? That's a perfect example of an ink drawing which has been colorized using water color pencils. You can tell by the subtle shading and tones. Boy this typing issue with the ads is a pain in the patootie. :mad: :mad:

ceejay52
12-08-2012, 03:33 PM
Afternoon

this week has flown by. Today is my last day of vacation. I do not want to go back to work but I must to pay the bills.

Mel
You and Happy keep the snow up that way please. I don't want any. It's 66 degree's today. A bit on the foggy side this morning. I know about the weather with the aches and pains. This is when my lower back bothers me. I've taken the Mobic so it should relieve it soon. And by the way, my exercise dvd came in the mail today.

Happy
Did you have to work today? How's your back and foot?

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Not much going on here. I go back to work tomorrow. Sigh. I have a few more things to do towards decorating.

Shad
12-08-2012, 05:11 PM
Morning all,
Well one has to hope that today will be better than yesterday.
Got home on Friday night to find that the gate won't open, so much to the amusement of my cabbie, I had to hoist my bags and me over the fence. Got into the house and the air con won't work and its like 100 degrees in there. Going out to the power panel, I manage to turn off all the electricity in the house and we are now really working in the dark. Got the torch out of my car and kicked over some goo that DS2 had left by the boat, belted my shins on the towbar and finally got the lights turned back on again. But not the air con. Figured I might have some more fun with the gate but can't reprogam the dongle thingy and eventually ring DS2. He's having dinner with some friends and will be around when he is finished. Might be 9.30 or so OK? Well he rings me a little after 10 and says he will be home in 20 minutes. Forty minutes later he has to jump the fence because he has left his dongle thingy at his place. Seems the aircon is on a different circuit from EVERYTHING ELSE in the house and I failed to notice that one circuit breaker tucked away in a corner is turned off. GRrrrrrr. Then we turn our attention to the gate. I have to get the car out in the morning for a hairdressing appointment so need to get it open. Where are the keys to turn it to manual??? I should know this???? Can only be in one of two places. We find it in the first. Stick the key in the slot and it breaks off. Lucky we have two keys. Get some WD40 or CRC or what ever you call it to loose things that don't move and should. And finally we get the gate open. It appears that the motor has blown in the gate opener thingy so more expense to get it fixed, meantime the gate is no longer locked. DS2 has to go to work at 5.00am so as it is now after midnight, I retire defeated to bed and he departs for his place.
Saturday comes and I am awake bright and early. Going shopping before my hair appointment at 11.00. Wrong again. Hair appointment is for 9am and I am in the supermarket with a trolley full and a list. Better get over there tout de suite. Get to the hairdressers, that takes a lot longer than anticipated, mainly because I am late. Kara doesn't get too excited, only me. She just gets others to help her out with both appointments that she now has on her hands.
Finally get home, sort out the groceries. Decide that I haven't got the applesauce and the cranberries. Off to the shops once more. Then a detour to Chris's place to inform her that her Christmas present is sitting on the counter top in Darwin. And that she needs to be at my place by 9.00am tomorrow morning so we can go on our wine cruise at 10 and that DS2 will drive us in and out so that we can become drunk and disorderly as we wish.
By this time I am not feeling very well at all and have no idea what might be causing it except................ last food was yesterday around 3.00pm Darwin time. Maybe something to eat might help. It didn't. Eventually a cup of Lady Grey tea (wife of Earl I think) and a nap on the couch did the trick. Consequently everything that should have been done yesterday now must be done this morning. So shortly I am off to create a cheese and fruit platter to go with us on the cruise and then we will have some turkey legs, a roast of beef and some pork chops with salads (home grown tomatoes and lettuce) and baked spuds with fruit and stuff to follow. Then they can all go home while I get to clean the house and pull out the remaining stuff in the garden. It is done (the garden that is) for summer apart from some bean plants, rocket, lettuce and garlic chives. Too many bugs now for it to survive.

Think I might have to leave personals for the time being. I'll be back to regale you with tales of today later tonight when I am again having to get ready to return to Darwin.

ceejay52
12-08-2012, 09:32 PM
Shad
It's time for you to get out of your whirlwind and relax.

MELODY525
12-09-2012, 08:45 AM
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Good morning Chicks.
Hope everyone's weekend is going well.
Mine has been quiet so far.
I guess I shouldn't brag.
Having a coffee treat & watching Rudolph's Shiny New Year cartoon:hohoho:
Does it get better than this??
Nothing new to report really.
Have a great day.

PS: think the balsam wreath is killing my nose:rudolph:




Shad....my little sister.....I wish there was something we could all do to make your day of mishaps go away!
I couldn't believe it as I was reading the post and not sure how many times I said OMG! :faint: :yikes:
I can only hope the next day was a better one:hug: Safe travels.





Happy.....I always wanted to be a watercolor artist.
My brother is good at it but I stunkj! ROFLMAO
Keep us posted on your progress.
I never tried the color & ink idea.
I was a big fan of India ink drawings MANY years ago.
But at the time I was doing fashions in school!:p





Ceejay....hope the day at work is uneventful!
Have a great day. Glad the DVD arrived.
I will look into the Mobic. Everything I have here is killing my stomach.
Happy decorating! :wreath:





Laura.....so how was the band??
Have a good time???

ceejay52
12-09-2012, 01:35 PM
A good morning filled with much needed rain. A couple of huge electrical storms early this morning. The electric crew worked 5 hours restoring power, but not all over town. We had 3 bad transformers, blown fuses and some burnt stingers. Don't ask me what a stinger is. This was due to the potent lightning strikes.
The aunt and uncle that I visit on a regular basis called me last night to tell me that another aunt is in the hospital with double pnuemonia. She's around 85 and very fraille.

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Mel
Hope your day continues to be quiet. The mobic works better for me than Tylenol.

Laura
Hope you enjoyed the band concert. I would really like to have been in Springfield, MO last Friday night. My nephew's band played at Cartoon's. I've never heard him play the bass guitar.

Happy
Are you snowed in? The weather map is all blue up your way.

Shad
12-09-2012, 05:32 PM
Back at the airport waiting for my flight. We had a good day yesterday and had lots to drink and eat and then I made them take it all home because I couldn't eat all the left overs. DS2 was the designated driver on the way home which was probably a very good idea since the rest of us were displaying various degrees of alcoholism. Lucky I had taken the nibbles or we might have been sillier.

Mel - hope you have now put the wreath on the outside of the apartment and no longer suffering. Told you Christmas was a dangerous time.

Happy - Hope the feet are recovered and that you have learnt your lesson about needy employees. I am trying to imagine the need for pop corn in the middle of winter but my tired brain will not compute. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that I am not a sweets type person apart from the occasional bout with dark chocolate. And of course the Jaffa. Choc and Orange are a magical match.

Ceejay - happy back to work day. Someone has to do it! That's why you are I are in the work mode.

To every one else. Enjoy your Sunday. Monday will arrive soon enough.
I'd better get enthusiastic and get down to the boarding gate before my flight leaves without me.

Laura705
12-09-2012, 05:35 PM
Hello ladies. The band/bar must have been fun, since I managed to post the same message 3 times, LOL. I just intended to delete the two extras, but it was all the same message, so they are all deleted now. No biggie.

Happy- hope your back and foot are feeling better now, but with another two days of work...hope it's no worse. So - snow?? How much did u get? We've got rain here. Cold and dreary. Bah.

Ceejay- hope your workday is going okay- did the storms affect the plant?? Good for u with the exercise!! Sometimes the soreness takes a day to hit you!! Sorry to hear about your aunt. :(

Shad - wow, I hope the river cruise made up for the weekend's mishaps up til now!! The wine probably helped, right?? :cheers: Safe travels back to Darwin.

Mel - Glad the meetings went so well & you enjoyed the socializing. Sorry your decorated wreaths are causing sinus problems - BOO!!

Annie - So glad u could help dd & Chris in their time of need. You're their heroine for sure!!

Hellos to the rest of you all. Gonna post now, only once I hope. On the train & getting close to home. TTFN. ;)

happy2bme
12-10-2012, 01:42 AM
Hi my peeps,

All told I think we got about 5 inches of snow. It snowed lightly from last night all through the day and we're down to about flurries now. And it's going to be very cold tonight and tomorrow. Only a high of about 14 - that's farenheit during the day tomorrow. I hope the store is not too chilly. Had a nice day today. Got a little decorating done - you are right, festive is nice. Didn't leave the house except for once. DH went out to refill the bird feeder and could hear the turkeys clucking in the back of the yard. He thinks they were roosting in the tall pines back there. I came out with some fresh water for the birds and we both walked to the back of the property but from their perch they weren't letting us get anywhere near them. Came back in, made some lunch and tinkered with a few things. It was nice to have a day off. Back to work tomorrow.

Shad I cannot believe what an unbelievable series of bad things you had happen to you in a single day! That's enough to make one's head hide in the sand. I'm glad you were able to recoup enough to had a good evening with friends and family. You could use some nice relaxation. Sounds like you had a lovely spread on the cruise. Was this one in which it was not catered and everyone brought something? That's a great idea - sure beats the standard boxed lunch. And so it is back to the salt mine for you. When will you hear if they choose to extend your contract?

I think my Motrin PM is kicking in - I have my portable heater on next to the computer and I am actually nodding off. So I will put this on hold and catch up with the rest of you lot with my morning coffee. Night all...

MELODY525
12-10-2012, 08:02 AM
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GOOD MORNING CHICKS.

A QUIET SUNDAY WAS HAD BY ALL.
I DIDN'T DO REALLY MUCH OF ANYTHING.
THIS RAIN IS NEVER ENDING.
IN BETWEEN WE GET TO SEE SOME SUN OR CLOUDS.
READY TO GO BACK TO BED. MAKING EVERYONE SLEEPY.
HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A HAPPY DAY :encore:





CEEJAY...VERY SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE AUNT.
HOPE SHE WILL BE FEELING BETTER VERY SOON :getwell:
THOSE STORMS MUST HAVE BEEN WHOPPERS.
HOPE ALL THE DAMAGES GOT FIXED AND IT'S CALMER WEATHER.
I GOOGLED THE MOBIC. IT'S A DRUG I CAN'T USE. TUMMY PROBLEMS.
TOO BAD CAUSE I WAS HUNTING AROUND FOR SOMETHING NEW.




SHAD.....YES THE WREATH IS OUTSIDE IN THE HALL.
IT MIGHT EVEN HAVE TO GO FARTHER AWAY:rofl:
HOPE YOU MADE IT ON THE PLANE....HOW'S THE HANGOVER??
THANK GOD YOU DID BRING FOOD!
IMAGINE THE OUTCOME HAD YOU NOT:faint:
HAVE A GOOD WEEK :hug:




LAURA....CRACKING ME UP WITH THE POSTING.
I MISSED IT!! ROFLMAO
WHY ARE YOU ON THE TRAIN ON A SUNDAY???
I AM TOTALLY LOST NOW. :cry:
NOSY PEOPLE NEED TO KNOW WTF IS GOING ON:lol3:




HAPPY....BE CAREFUL WITH THE TURKEYS.
ON THAT SHOW I WATCHED,
ONE TURNED AGAINST THIS GUY THAT RAISED THEM AND CUT HIM UP!!!
YES...FESTIVE & INDOORS GO SO WELL TOGETHER. LOL
I COULD STY INSIDE ALL WINTER. WANNA JOIN ME??:cofdate:
HOPE THE STORE ISN'T TOO COLD...14!!!!!:brr:

upswife
12-10-2012, 09:33 AM
Good morning Worldlies!!

I am trying to re-establish my morning routine, because as you can tell from my absence I don't make it here otherwise. Things are going well here, just trying to finalize christmas presents.

So after a summer and fall of not tracking my food, I at least did not gain anything back. I have started something new, mostly low carb, but incorperating lots of fresh fruits and veggies. I lost 4 Lbs last week and that was going into TOM and bloating. Missed you all!! I have a resolution to post everyday M-F so will be back tomorrow!!

annie175
12-10-2012, 09:40 AM
Good Morning Ladies...not going to post from home anymore, every time I have a decent long post, it gets zapped. Anyway.....

Saturday was filled with errand running. First to Jared's to drop off my engagement ring. A stone had fallen out. Thank God we bought the extra warranty as the replacement will be free. Much more than the warranty cost. Then went off to Buy Buy Baby to get lil man a wagon for Christmas. Got a good deal at the wagon was 119.00 and I had a 20% off coupon..making it around 97.00. Good deal. It is a very nice elaborate wagon by little Tykes. Then off to Lowes to get a tool C wants, Sassy is giving that to him for Christmas..lol. Next was grocery, then Sissy's house to give them $$ for car repair, home again home again jiggity jig. Didn't get any house cleaned only the 3 loads of laundry done. Was going to make Christmas candy and mop my floor, neither was accomplished.

Sunday, off to Meijer and Big Lots, got the majority of shopping done. Still have to get my dad's PJs and one more item for Kristin and Jake. A couple of nephew's something and that should about cover it.

Fixed baked parmesan fish (that we froze from our catch last summer), broccoli/cauliflower with cheese sauce and a new corn bake recipe that is VERY good. Salad on the side. Wrapped some gifts, cleaned the kitchen, watched some tube, C went to be at 7:30, I followed at 9.

SHADDIE...sorry to laugh at your arrival home, but it sounded like a comedy movie. Glad everthing turned out well and you even got to have a little fest of a time on Sunday...and yes, back to work on this very cold Monday. Burr.

MELLIE...glad your weekend was peaceful. You need that sister. Hope your week is just as peaceful....we can only hope!

LAURA...too funny about the band/bar. Yes, you must of had a terrific time if you posted the same message 3 times. lol. Made me laugh.

HAPPY...glad you had a good day at home and visits with the wild life. Pretty sure you should have some kind of show on TV. lol Don't work too awful hard and try to take a few "feet" breaks.

CEEG...we had a lot of rain over the weekend as well. C called me out into the garage and said, "hear that". I listened for what I thought was going to be mice or a car noise, low and behold it thundered like crazy. Sounded great. Too bad I was too busy to lay down and listen to it.

CHELLE...you must be working your arse off. Stay focused on the good things in life. You deserve every happiness. and TAKE CARE OF YOU!..hugs sister.

Hello to all the Worldlies..

GO COLTS!!!

Love and hugs...

annie175
12-10-2012, 09:43 AM
ELLEN...hello girl...good for you on losing 4 lbs. Keep up the great work....try to incorporate a little grapefruit or 100% grapefruit juice (white or ruby red) just as long as it is 100% juice and not concentrate with added sugar of any kind....why you ask...it is proven to burn fat at a quicker rate. I started it yesterday. We shall see. I bet the kiddos are getting so excited about Christmas and Santa...it is so much fun to have wee ones in the house at this time of year. Hang in there. xoxo

upswife
12-10-2012, 09:51 AM
Annie~How funny that you mentioned the grapefruit. My co-worker that got me started again said that she has a half grapefruit and a hard boiled egg for breakfast, so I tried that. I find it decently filling and I think that is what has helped drop the weight. The only hard part is I make the eggs a dozen at a time, I get one or two and my kidlets eat the rest on me...good thing no one else likes the grapefruit!! I can buy it and it is safe!!!

diyana
12-10-2012, 10:13 AM
Good morning ladies - I worked all weekend...and when I wasn't working on "day job" work stuff, I was working on the divorce paperwork. My ex and I are nearly done. I have one more spreadsheet to build, and a couple pieces of info to call about, but that's it. He and I worked on it together for about 2 hours yesterday, and then he was kind enough to let me leave Santa at his house so I could focus on what I needed to get done for work with the new website launch this week. I worked on that until 9:30 pm (which is way past my bedtime), then I couldn't fall asleep until after 11. I'm a tired chick today.

I'm so looking forward to my CA vacation. I leave a week from Thursday! :woohoo: I wish I could be fitter and look better by then...but I'll settle for just being able to tolerate my higher doses of diabetes medicine. I am doing okay so far on the higher doses (morning and night). And it's helping bring blood sugar down a little, but after talking to the doc on the phone, the numbers aren't coming down as much as she'd like, so she may add more meds. :( I have to see the doc this week to discuss the results of the bloodwork I had on Saturday.

I haven't had a chance to see what y'all are up to...but hopefully I'll be able to catch up soon.

Know that I love you all so much and am so blessed to have you in my life.

Much love and many hugs,

annie175
12-10-2012, 10:14 AM
Ellen...google the grapefruit diet...you are supposed to have bacon at breakfast also.

happy2bme
12-10-2012, 10:36 AM
Good morning all,

Will try this again.

Annie I had to laugh that you finally figured out what the "egg light" means :rofl: even funnier was that you thought we were talking in a secret code :lol: I think Mel started it actually **pokes Mel** Sounds like you were busy Lizzie over the weekend. How did the fish come out? That's my favorite way to cook it. Good eatin' at Annie's place. I just have to ask - was your $97 wagon all plastic? Just don't make those sturdy red flyers any more - held kids, dogs, a load of groceries (from when we walked down the road to the store) or anything else you could stuff in them. Did you get all of the corporate suits out of the office so you can go back to just doing excessive amounts of work??

Just a comment about grapefruit - that and pomegranate interfer with several medications so if you are taking stuff - make sure that's not conflicting.

Michelle - holy geez 1 - seems like all you ever do is work on your day job 187 hours a week :dizzy: holy geez 2 - sure is a heckofalotta work getting divorced - must be a government thing with so much paperwork :dizzy::dizzy: good thing you have a vacation to look forward to.

Ellen - congrats on the weight loss!

Mel - you could've given me the wreath - I would have loved the smell and I think that's far enough away from you where it would have not bothered you any more. :lol: Yes, we will be careful around the turkeys - not that they'd ever let us get in touching distance. Big suckers too. They are about 2/3 of my height and they have some mean looking feet - probably not as dangerous as Shad's 'roos but I do respect gas, electricity and wild animals :yikes: :rofl: So what is this little tidbit you drop about fashion drawings??? Please do tell more - inquiring minds want to know.

Laura - too funny on the reposts of messages. Did you want us to get the point ;) :lol: Glad you had a good time. Are you taking any time off at Christmas?

Shad - back at work again. Before I met you I had never heard of the word savory. It was either sweet or salty. Now I understand savory and use it often in the popcorn shop as we have both sweet flavors (which I'm not that fond of except for an occasional nibble of the kettle corn drizzled with white and dark chocolate) and the savory stuff which I find much more tempting. When I tell folks that the savory is better - I'm not sure they understand either :dizzy::?: Hope the next few weeks are not so crazy for you and you can accomplish something worthwhile.

Next 2 and a half weeks are going to be crazy busy for me at work. I am NOT looking forward to it. My foot is sore - I lean against the counter at work and lift one foot in the air like a flamingo. I just hope it doesn't get too much more inflamed. We got about 6 inches of snow altogether. It's really pretty. Looking out the window I see the pine trees all covered. Looks like someone dabbed globs of Liquid Paper all over them - or white sugar frosting. It's pretty and now DH is about to go out and plow and I need to hop in the shower. Have a good Monday chicks.

Laura705
12-10-2012, 12:40 PM
Morning ladies.

Happy - Nice you made your place all festive. I'm going to do some decorating today. Yes, taking SIX vacation days this month - have to use my vacay days, can't carry many over. Take care of that foot today at work! And stay warm - 14 degrees!!! :yikes: The snow sounds pretty though. :) I say I'm a traditionalist with my popcorn - good old fashioned popcorn popped in oil with butter, but I also like the cheddar popcorn, and I also like the Chicago mix - caramelcorn & cheddar together. I have a sneaky feeling if I tried other savory flavors I'd enjoy them. As for the sweet flavors...chocolate makes just about everything better, so I wouldn't turn up my nose to some popcorn drizzled with it. :D

Michelle - Sorry you've had to work non-stop lately - I can't wait for you to go on your vacation and get some rest time with family and friends. :) Good medicine for you! I guess til then you just have to keep your head down and get the job done, and make sure you're keeping yourself healthy. Is there going to be a break in all the hours you're putting in or is this going on indefiintely?? At least the divorce stuff is progressing and will presumably be done sometime in the near future.

Ellen - Congrats on the weight loss! See you around soon. :)

Annie - You sound like you kept busy this weekend. A wagon is a great gift for the li'l guy - it will surely get a lot of use! Wow, good thing for the insurance on the ring! Don't like grapefruit - too bitter for me. I remember when I was little I'd watch my brother prepare a half-grapegruit for himself, spooning oodles of sugar on top of it!

Mel - Glad you have the wreath out of the apartment, hope that helped the sinuses. We had rain/drizzle all day yesterday, bleh. But it'll be good for all the landscaping. Our area is breaking a record for longest consecutive time without snow - 281 days if it doesn't snow today. And if it doesn't snow by 12/16, I think we'll tie a record for latest first snowfall, set in 1965.
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Can't recall if I recapped my day off on Friday or not, and I don't recall what I did that day. Hmmm. Lazed around in the AM, then off to the laundromat to do a load of small rugs. While they were in the washer, I ran over to Hobby Lobby to buy a replacement cord for a pendant I have. Back to the laundromat, then off to the resale shop. Bought a scarf, a fleece hood type thingie, a pickle ornament for the bf (I know there's some sort of story with that, but I haven't read the insert in the package it's in, I just know bf loves pickles so this is just a fun stocking stuffer for him). What else? Oh, a tiny little christmas tree to sit on the mantle - gosh, what else? I'll remember later. Rest of the day was a dog walk and a late lunch/early dinner.

Fri. night was book/movie night - we watched Delores Claiborne. Good movie, I knew Kathy Bates would be good. Jennifer Jason Leigh played her daughter in the movie, and I didn't care for her character at first, but she grew on me by the end. After that we ended up watching some youtube videos for a bit - seems our hostess's hubby is into that and has many favorites saved. So it was a late night even though I thought it wouldn't be. I passed a totally lit up house on the way home that I have to drive by again because it was so great.

Saturday I went to the circuit class & changed into my new shoes in the locker room to test them out. I didn't think of the shoes at all while working out, so they must be comfortable! I still want to give them the treadmill test - maybe today?? Also cleaned up the 3-season room w/ bf, and returned the neighbor puppy twice - our neighbor also retrieved him one additional time on his own. He must like our yard, lol. So cute!! Coal likes him too. Dog walk, and then I packed up and caught the train out to my friend D's place.

D and her sis and another friend & I went out to eat and then to a bar - Ellen, it was Tilted Kilt, the one in Elgin - you said you went to one of thos once, right?? I also call it Twisted Quilt because I have trouble getting the name right, haha. Anyway, we watched most of the first set of an 80's band. they were pretty good, but none of us were up for a late night, so we left around 11:30. Why my post from there got posted three times, I have no idea, lol.

Slept over by D's, then we chatted in the AM and went out for lunch before I caught my train home later in the afternoon. Bf picked me up from the train and since he didn't gallantly offer to walk the dog, I got dressed in more appropriate clothes for a dog walk in the drizzily, chilly ick that was Sunday.

Today is another vacay day. Was supposed to go to the museum today, but no. Not to be. Instead I will do some decorating, visit the library, and maybe shopping - I have gifts that need to be shipped, for Pete's sake, so procrastination is not possible!! Maybe an exercise class or the gym treadmill tonight.

Okay, better get up and at it. We all know vacation days go by at least twice as fast as work days, LOL. :yes:

ceejay52
12-10-2012, 08:11 PM
Ellen
Congrats on the 4 pounds lost. We've missed you.

Michelle
At least the ex dh is being agreeable these days. Will he keep Santa while you go to CA? Hope the dr can get the dosage right for the diabetes. Will stress have any effect on that? Just curious.

Laura
6 vacation day's left to use. Sounds like you had a fun but busy week end.

Happy
I wondered about the amount of snow. Take care of the foot. Do you have any day's off due to the snow.

Annie
You are another busy beaver.

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I'm going to give up. The phone rings every time I step away from it. Not sure if I can post from home as my internet was off last night. Probably due to the strong storms. I have been busy most of the day trying to catch up on paper work.

MELODY525
12-11-2012, 08:46 AM
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MORNING CHICKLETTES.
IT JUST STOPPED RAINING AGAIN.
I HOPE WE GET TO SEE SOME CLOUDLESS SKY FOR A CHANGE.
THE FOG HAS BEEN UNREAL. NEVER SAW SO MUCH & SO OFTEN.
I WAS GOING TO GO TO THE SUPERMARKET BUT NOT FEELING UP TO IT.
I WAS JUST GOING TO BRTOWSE. DIDN'T REALLY NEED ANYTHING.
I AM READY FOR THE ALARM TESTERS TOMORROW.
HOPE THEY INSTALL NEW BATTERIES WHILE THEY ARE HERE.
NOTHING MUCH IS NEW. JUST CLEANING AND LOUNGING IN BETWEEN.
HAVE A GREAT DAY:encore:





ANNIE....I LOVES ME SOME GOOD SHOPPING TIME!!!
NICE BUY ON JAKE'S WAGON.
ANY TIME YOU NEED SOMEONE TO HELP YOU SPEND MONEY, I'M YOUR GAL!
I HAD FORGOTTEN ABOUT THE GRAPEFRUIT AGAIN. THANKS.




HAPPY....I REMEMBER THE OLD RED RADIO FLYERS.
THEY WEIGHED A TON AND LASTED FOREVER!! GREAT TIRES TOO!
GOOD REMINDER ABOUT GRAPEFRUIT & MEDS!!
I HAD ONE THIS PAST JANUARY THAT YOU COULDN'T HAVE ANY!!!
WHEN I WAS IN SCHOOL I WAS AN ART MAJOR.
I HAD TOYED WITH THE IDEA OF FASHION DESIGNING.
BUT I HAD MORE DRAWING TALENT THAN ACTUAL DESIGN TALENT.
LATER AS THE DAYS WENT ON, I FOUND IT WAS ALL A FLASH IN A PAN.
LIKE THAT PAINTER GUY ON PBS USED TO SAY...I HAD A LOT OF "HAPPY ACCIDENTS". ROFLMAO
YES...YOU ARE FAR ENOUGH AWAY TO SEND THE WREATH TO:rofl: :rofl:





LAURA... I THINK WE MUST BE HAVING SOME KIND OF RECORD FOR RAIN THIS YEAR.
AND WE HAD SO LITTLE SNOW LAST YEAR EXCEPT FOR THE BLIZZARD THINGY.
WE HAVE A PICKLE FOR THE TREE TOO.
SOMEONE GAVE ME THE ORNAMENT WITHOUT THE STORY.
IT'S WILL BE A CUTE SURPRISE WHEN YOU READ IT. I FOUND IT ONLINE. :hohoho:
WHEN YOU CALL THE TILTED KILT THE TWISTED QUILT...JUST HOW MANY DRINKS HAVE YOU HAD???? :xcheer:
Ohhhhhh.....VACAY DAYS. I GET IT NOW.
I'M JUST A LITTLE SLOW THIS WEEK. LOL




CEEJAY....SORRY TO HEAR THE DAY WAS FILLED WITH PHONES RINGING.
GUESS A LOT OF PEOPLE GOT HIT WITH THOSE BIG STORMS.
SOUNDS LIKE IT WAS A VERY BUSY DAY FOR YOU.
HOPE TODAY IS A BETTER ONE:hug:





ELLEN...HOPE YOUR MORNINGS GET MORE ORGANIZED. GOOD LUCK. PS: I USED THE GRAPEFRUIT TOO.




MICHELLE....GOOD LUCK WITH THE WEBSITE LAUNCH AND SORRY TO HEAR THE SUGAR IS NOT COMING DOWN AS EXPECTED. .

MELODY525
12-11-2012, 08:50 AM
SHAD.....I JUST OPENED THE MAIL AND FOUND THE PICS.
OMG!!! THEY ARE SO ADORABLE. WISH I COULD DRAG THEM HERE.
LOVED THE ONE WHERE DAD IS HOLDING HER.
SOPHIA HAS REALLY GROWN. :bb:
PRINTED THE SHEET OUT SO JEN COULD SEE. :hug:
OOPS.........nevermind...the page comes out blank!! that company is too shrewd for me!! roflmao

annie175
12-11-2012, 09:01 AM
The wagon...it is all plastic...but durable...can be used to haul up to 300 lbs of yard stuff..dirt etc. The sides come off as does the umbrella. It also has built in cup holders in the bottom of the wagon. Too cool!http://bbb6.richfx.com.edgesuite.net/image/media/19721618869551P_600.jpg

MELODY525
12-11-2012, 09:07 AM
I NEED ONE OF THESE FOR GROCERY SHOPPING!!!
OMG!! I LOVE THIS!!!
I COULD PRETEND I WAS A TRACTOR TRAILER! ROFLMAO
VERY CUTE ANNIE. HE'S GONNA LOVE IT.
I COULD EVEN TOW JEN AROUND:rofl: :rofl:

Laura705
12-11-2012, 02:42 PM
Hello all. Back to work today. At least it's a short week for me. :)

Mel - Hope you get some sun today. :sunny::sunny::sunny::sunny::sunny: Probably good you didn't go browsing - I always think that leads to a purchase of some sort even if not planned, unless it's window shopping and the store it closed!!! ;):D Re the bar name - I always forget the name, so I start to say "Twisted" instead of "tilted", dunno how I get quilt for the 2nd word. No drinks needed - just a weird tongue twisty thing for my brain. Though I did have a glass of red wine with dinner and one beer at the bar that night... Hope the alarm guy replaces the batteries so the alarms stop going off!!! PS - I can just see you pulling that wagon along behind your chair, with Jen as the passenger. :yes:

Annie - Love that wagon. I love the old-fashioned red ones, but they never had cup holders and an umbrella! Cool!

Ceejay - I hope the phone has stopped ringing by now. Don't they know you have real work to do??:?:

Hellos to the rest of the Worldlies. Hope your week is going well! :)
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Yesterday I did accomplish some gift shopping, yay. One thing ended up being purchased online, so I expect that to arrive soon, and hopefully by the end of the week I can have the wrapping & packing done & ready for the post office.

I took a few things down from the attic and did a teeny-tiny bit of decorating.

Bf and I were at the mall near the house last night to view their holiday light show - we weren't sure what to expect, but it was like a film that was cleverly projected on the side of a hotel building that's right off the center court of our newly created "lifestyle center". (They dismantled the old "indoor" mall a couple years ago and built a bunch of strips of stores and "streets" that weave through them and I think they now call the new "mall" Randhurst Village.) Anyway, the windows of the hotel were incorporated into this little film and it was very cute. All of 5 minutes in length, but nice. We were also there to buy bf's new sneakers, and on the way there we also drove by the nicely lighted/decorated house I'd seen last Friday.

After we returned home, bf and I went to the gym. I wore my new sneakers on the treadmill, did a mile walk, and then got on a elliptical for another mile, or 1.0 of whatever they measure as distance on that machine. Also did a little bit of ab work. Next test for my new sneakers is to make sure my orthotics fit inside them!! I've been very lucky I haven't had any foot pain from the plantar fasciatis for a couple years now, and I want to keep it that way! Even though the shoes are comfortable enough without the orthotics, I don't want to press my luck.

I'm pretty certain I'm keeping these shoes, but I'm being cautious before I order a second pair. If they're comfy enough, I would order a pair in black for my work commute. I'm not into black sneakers at all, but they'd look better than white ones with my dress slacks. I only have one pair of shoes that I like to wear to work in the colder weather - my old sneakers have too much mesh in them and my feet get cold.

Not going to the movie tonight. Not really interested in the ones selected.

Signing off before another interruptions. TTFN!

annie175
12-11-2012, 04:29 PM
Hidee Hoooo all ya'll....

The wagon is real cute. The Radio FLyer wagons were way too expensive in what I wanted to pay for a wagon. I have to be careful cause if/when my son starts having kids, I am sure to be reminded of my purchases for lil man. haha.

Sis and lil man came up for lunch. We went to Don Pablo's Mexican. I had the skinny mama enchiladas that were pretty good. Had about 5 chips too many with salsa. Dang it.

I got my Christmas decor up last night and nearly all the purchased gifts wrapped. The house looks very festive. I still need to mop my kitchen floor, just finding things I like doing better than mopping lately. Haha, I have until Christmas eve to mop, but really need to do it now and then again before CE. Slacker.

HAPPY...I have been doing the grapefruit diet. It does interfere with one of my meds for anti-anxiety..Buspar...so I have stopped taking it to see how I do without it. Continuing the juice regimen, however. I just feel like a bloated cow. Moooooooo. Hope your feet are holding up over all this working throught he holidays. Run out and dip them in the snow...at least maybe they would get numb. haha

MELLIE...I would love to pull you aroung the mall a bit in the wagon. You and Jen....Face it, I have been gawked at and laughed at before, nothing new. I once rode and Target basket cart clear through their parking lot into the Applebee's parking lot to have dinner.

LAURA....cannot believe you have all that energy to do all that exercising in the evening. You deserve the second pair of tennis shoes. There are several very nicely decorated houses in our neighborhood, most of them are young couples with kiddos. I do not decorate the outside anymore since the kids are grown.

Hello to all the worldlies.

Loves and hugs.

ceejay52
12-11-2012, 04:42 PM
Laura
I agree with Annie. You deserve a second pair of shoes. Good going with all the exercise.

Annie
The wagon is adorable. I've put up a few decorations. I wanted to hang garland that has lights built in but the place where I wanted to hang them made the sensor of the ADT alarm go off. oo[s.

Need to go back to see what Shad and Mel are up too.

ceejay52
12-11-2012, 04:47 PM
Mel and Shad.
I went back to look for the pictures of Sophia but I could not find any.

Shad
12-11-2012, 04:55 PM
Feeling somewhat brain dead this morning. Don't know what is causing this but could it please go away before I do something drastic on the roads or on the project.

There was an earthquake here in the early hours of yesterday. Quite a long rolling one too. It woke me up with the movement and I heard some building creaking and shrieking and something fell as they do during an earthquake. No serious damage though. I did find a piece of extruded aluminium on my balcony in the daylight- looked like it belonged to the window frame somewhere but didn't seem to fit too well on any of mine. Duly reported this to the management. It was gone by afternoon so I guess they found a home for it somewhere. However, wherever it went I don't think it was ever screwed or nailed into place since none of the holes looked scratched, dented or bent. Just makes you wonder how safe some places actually are.

Apart from this, I don't have much to report. I'm off out to dinner tonight. Being taken to a seafood place somewhere on the Waterfront. Where else would you put a seafood place?

Still no word on whether or not they will renew. Talk about slack. If they don't renew at least two of the contractors up for renewal, they will never get the rest of this project off the ground. I'm not talking about me here. I am dispensable, some of the others are not at least for this project.

I 'm sorry, no personals this morning. I'll try for a better frame of mind tomorrow or even later today. I'm over this.

Shad
12-11-2012, 05:00 PM
Here's a link to the photoshoot site. And no you can't download them. They want money for them
http://itsybitsy.smugmug.com/Proofs/sophia-zanon/26926292_trDcfs#!i=2257040360&k=gj3RMsp
Hope that works.

Laura705
12-11-2012, 05:49 PM
Shad - First an earthquake, and then a crummy work day. I'm glad there was no serious damage from the quake! Still, sort of concerning when parts of the building fall off...Sounds like the contract renewal is on par with the way the rest of this project has been handled. Guess it's going to be a last minute thing. Need a password to get into your photos...

Annie - Yum, Mexican food. I could eat it several times per week! Smart of you to be cognizant that you will have to match the gifting when more grandkiddies come along. :D On the other hand, I suppose the same thing might happen with grandparenting as happens when the new parent stuff wears off. By the time the last kid arrives (I was the 4th and last), there were few photos...

Ceejay - Too bad the garland caused a problem with the alarm. I put up a few bright red bows outside yesterday, but otherwise the rest of our outdoor holiday decorations are not up yet. It will be warming up later this week, so hopefully it will happen soon.
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Yes, I do deserve another pair of sneakers, but I just want to make sure they're right for me first. Otherwise it'll be a waste of money!!

Well, my mood took a nosedive this afternoon when I started working on my performance evaluation (self-assessment). I hate doing this! I think I will be dinged as far as the software project goes, but I'm darn sure I'm not gonna ding myself on it. Let the boss do it, and maybe I'll try to talk my way out of it. Anyway, this is due tomorrow, so at least I didn't give myself too much time to agonize over it.

Cheers!
:cheers:

Shad
12-12-2012, 12:07 AM
oh poop on the password. Think it was a7b4c by memory. Case sensitive as well


I'll check it tonight

Shad
12-12-2012, 03:37 AM
a7b4c1 Sorry forgot the 1 at the end. Put it down to stress.

MELODY525
12-12-2012, 08:34 AM
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GOOD MORNING CHICKS.

I THOUGHT I'D POST A PIC JUST FOR SHAD. SHE'S GETTING A SUNBURN FOR CHRISTMAS!!!:hohoho:

I WOKE LATE AND I SEE THE ALARM MEN'S TRUCKS OUTSIDE ALREADY.
NOT SURE WHO THEY THINK IS AWAKE IN THIS BUILDING.:rofl:
BUT THERE IS NO WAY THEY CAN GET AN EARLY START.
THERE'S ONLY ABOUT A DOZEN OF US UP....IF THAT!!

I'LL READ & POST LATER WHEN THEY'VE GONE.
NEED TO GET DRESSED AND EAT.
HAVE A SUPER DAY!

MELODY525
12-12-2012, 08:55 AM
THE MAINT MAN CALLED ME TO TALK TO THE ALARM MAN I LIKE.
HE CANNOT BEGIN UNTIL 9AM SO THEY LEFT FOR BREAKFAST.

THOUGHT I'D BETTER POST NOW CAUSE THE DAY IS ALREADY A MESS.
SOUNDS LIKE SOME PEOPLE TOOK OFF TODAY.
GUESS I'LL FIND OUT LATER.
HAPPY WEDNESDAY/THURSDAY!! :moped:





LAURA....I AM STILL LAUGHING AT THE TWISTED QUILT.
IT WAS EVEN FUNNIER WHEN I GOT OUT MY CHRISTMAS QUILT AND WAS DECORATING MY BEDROOM:rofl:
I LOVE LOOKING AT DECORATIONS.
YOUR TRIP SOUNDED WONDERFUL.
GLAD YOU'RE TAKING CARE OF YOUR FEET.
NO PAIN FOR CHRISTMAS!!!
I REMEMBER WHEN I WAS A TEEN, BLACK SNEAKERS BECAME THE "IN THING". LOL
THEY WOULD LOOK GREAT WITH THE DRESS SLACKS.
PS: sending you a good thought for the evaluation.
god i hated stuff like that and feel your pain.
good luck and think positive!!!




ANNIE....WE COULD PULL JEN TOGETHER!!:scooter:
I HAD A LAUGH ABOUT IF BABY BOY HAS KIDDIES AND YOUR PURCHASES NOW. :rofl: :rofl:
I MUST ADMIT THAT THE THOUGHT DID CROSS MY MIND TOO!! ROFLMAO
GLAD TO HEAR YOU ARE ALL DECORATED AND READY FOR SANTA'S ARRIVAL:santa:





CEEJAY....SORRY ABOUT THAT. WITH THE PICTURES
I WAS ANSWERING SHAD IN A POST INSTEAD OF AN E-MAIL.
I AM GETTING SENILE!!





SHAD....I DID HEAR ABOUT THE EARTHQUAKE THIS MORNING.
THEY SAID ON THE WEATHER CHANNEL THAT THEY WILL HAVE MORE NEWS LATER.
I CANNOT IMAGINE HOW SCARY THAT MUST HAVE BEEN.
JUST READING ABOUT IT GAVE ME THE SHIVERS.
AND THEN TO FIND A PART OF THE BUILDING ON YOUR BALCONY????:yikes:
I WOULD HAVE FLED THE BUILDING SCREAMING LIKE CHICKEN LITTLE!!
WE'RE ALL SENDING YOU A BIG HUG:hug: STAY SAFE PLEASE.
JEN WENT WILD OVER THE PICS.
SHE IS MADLY IN LOVE WITH THE ANGEL OUTFIT AND DS1 HOLDING HER IN HIS HAND. WE SAT THERE FOREVER LOOKING AT THEM.:bb:
I HOPE YOU HEAR SOMETHING VERY SOON ABOUT THE RENEWAL.
WHAT A BUNCH OF SLACKERS THERE!!!!

annie175
12-12-2012, 09:28 AM
OMGoodness SHADDIE...what adorable pictures...I especially love the one with the flappers headband on. That is too cute. Sophia has such beautiful blue eyes. Lil man and Sophia will make a great couple. I heard about the earthquake on the tube. I always worry about you when things like that happen down there. Especially when part of the building is not where it is supposed to be. YIKES.

MELLIE....wow, you are having alarm men for breakfast. You lucky devil....oh, they went to breakfast and will return by 9...darn! How many took the day off and left you alone...put a closed sign on the door and go back to your den!

LAURA...I doubly hate self-evaluations. It doesn't matter what you put on there, bosses always dispute your answers. At least in my experience. I always rate myself high, that way if they bring it down they will wonder if they go too low. Ah, two can play this game. lol

CEEG...how's your work week going? Blah, getting back into the groove even if just after the weekend is a horrible task for me. hugs.

Last night was dinner, cleaning kitchen, then wrapping a couple of more gifts. Watched my show "Hart of Dixie" and went to bed. Sassy is at sissy's house today enjoying lil man. He was awake this morning when I dropped Sass off, so I played with him for a few minutes, therefore was about 15 mins late to work. Oh well, who the H cares around here anyway.

That is about it for me...everyone have a great day/night.

Loves and hugs.

happy2bme
12-12-2012, 01:22 PM
Good morning ladies,

Sorry I haven't posted. I have wound up going into work on my supposedly "off" days. :dizzy: We have so many big orders, I don't know when or how we will get them done in time. Today I am truly off but I have some shopping to get done and a million other things to do. I am also trying to find something small my Mom can give as gifts to people but nothing I suggest is pleasing her or her budget which is probably why my sister gave up offering. I feel frazzled. And the worst is yet to come - starting tomorrow and for the next 2 weeks until Christmas it's going to be like taking a deep dip down a very high roller coaster. So forgive me if I don't have much time to post here.

Shad - I am truly sorry that things are so crummy right now in your surroundings. How scary with the earthquake - glad you were not rocked too badly and nothing that fell off belonged to you. Sophia is gorgeous. What incredible blue eyes - she is such a cutie, thanks for sharing the pictures. I agree she and Lil Man will be quite the hot couple. :lol: The way things are going around you, best not eat the seafood :lol: - oops, probably too late on that one, am I? I'm sure they will make the stupidist (?) decision they can on the project going forward.

Annie - what a GREAT wagon that is. Blows away the Radio Flyer and probably is built to take a pounding too. I'm sure he'll love it. Hope it's got a long enough handle so grandma won't get a backache pulling him along. ;) I saw the little trikes (bikes) with a push handle in the back too for starter bikes for toddlers - thought that was a good idea too. I know what you mean about the comparision of baby gifts. One of my nieces watches with a hawkeye at Christmas to make sure her kids get the same amount and value of gifts as the other niece's kids - those two have an intense dislike of one another. It's both funny and pathethically sad and makes me not want to spend Christmas with them. Glad you got your house all decorated - they made a new device that cleans the floors by itself - you just attach a swiffer pad. I'm sure that would scare the bejezzus out of Sassy tho. Those things only work on all tile or all wood floors tho.

Laura - good luck on the self evaluation. I hated that we'd work so long on them, and the boss would either nit pick and tweak them down (to drop the raise percent) or would sing our praises and tell us how wonderful we were and oh by the way, no raises this year because there was only enough money for manager parties and bonuses. ;) Such a worthless waste of time. :rolleyes: Glad you found a pair of sneakers that are comfortable for the exercise - sometimes it's hard to get ones that fit well. I was telling DH how they redesigned Randhurst and we both commented on how things have really changed up there in the last 10 years - just like downtown. I don't think we'd recognize it any more. My coworker came in yesterday with a sweatshirt that said Palatine. Six degrees of separation lives on :lol: You never mentioned if you liked the Twisted Quilt's food :lol: They featured them on Undercover Boss - made me laugh that the CEO's wife was wearing a Christian Cross on her neck, talked about how their girls had "class" all while she was demonstrating new push up bras that would make the server's boobs pop out even more than before :rolleyes:

Mel - remember the famous flashing blue light they used to have at Kmart stores where they'd move it around the store to highlight unadvertised -ie. Kmart Blue Light Specials? I think we need to mount one on your chair since you seem to have to race around and take care of everyone's crisises. :lol: outta my way :rollpin: How cool that you were in art school. Know you 10 years and still finding out things about you :hug:

Ceejay - I want you to know that ever since you said we should keep the snow up here it's been snowing for 4 days straight! A very fine, light snow which does make it seem quite festive. I'll keep it over your strong storms though.

Michelle - heads down - get your work done and before you know it you'll be whisking off to California for a much needed vacation. :hug:

Hellos to Patty, Ellen and Java :wave:

I need to get dressed. We have bird food to pick up because my birdies have told all their friends about us and we have an entire village in the pine trees - they clear out a 2 foot tall feeder in about 3 or 4 days. We've also had alot of deer at night eating corn. A couple of beautiful bucks too. They are sooo skittish - in order to look at them I have to go in the pitch dark laundry room and move the curtain really slow to look out the door. No sign of the bear or the raccoons. I did see a bunny scamper across the driveway last night. It was 1 degree outside when I went to bed. The snow was sparkling like it does when it's really cold. It got down to 22 percent humidity in the house which is REALLY dry. Now DH is getting shocked with static just like me. Anyway I need to get to Walmart to pick up some Christmas cards - thought I bought some earlier but they might be where ever I hid our winter caps and gloves and scarfs :lol: Have a good one ladies. I have a brutal 3 days straight of work ahead of me starting tomorrow. Might not have the strength to crawl up the stairs to the computer afterwards so my posting might be minimal until Sunday.

Laura705
12-12-2012, 01:58 PM
Morning all.

Shad - Sophia is just adorable. Those big blue eyes! Thanks for the link so we could see them (they photos & the eyes, lol). :) Sorry work is being so stressful at the moment.

Mel - Sorry the day has started out as a mess. Hope it gets cleaned up as it goes! Thanks for your thoughts re the evaluation. Part 1, submitting my self-eval today. Next anxiety will occur when it's time to discuss it with the boss. Bleh.

Annie - Awww, nice you took time out to play with the li'l guy this morning. I'm sure you've given an extra 15 minutes of work already or will do so in the near future.

Happy - Bet you never thought you'd be putting in the hours you are with this part time job! Sorry you don't have the perfect gift recommendations to help your mother - it's hard enough coming up with our own, isn't it?? We didn't eat at the Twisted Quilt, we ate at Houlihan's. Just "okay". They have this lengthy wine list (surprise!), but no descriptions, yet the staff can't answer questions about their offerings. Lame. But what did I expect? My burger was alright though. Well, re learning new things about our fellow Worldlies, we might just have to have a weekly or monthly question in which we all report something about ourselves that has not been previously disclosed - trivial or otherwise. Or just some other "getting to know you" type questions. I bet all your wildlife looks even better in the snow - more tranquil because snow seems to muffle the sounds. Hang in there for the next 3 days of work!!

Hellos to the rest of the Worldlies. Miss you all!
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Last night I made pizza dough. I used an old hand-me-down food processor and quickly learned it could not handle the heavy dough. Out came the Kitchenaid with the dough hook. I'll reserve that old food processor for making the pizza sauce since the recipe uses it - why not? We have a newer/better blender/processor, but the processor doesn't have a large enough capacity for larger quantities. We use it mostly for chopping onions, nuts, etc. Anyway, the dough sat in the fridge overnight and it rose a little bit. We'll see how it looks when it hits the 24-hour mark tonight. We'll probably make the pizza itself tomorrow night.

Thought I might walk to the Art Institute at lunchtime today, but I need to get that self-eval done and a bunch of other stuff too. This darn job gets in the way of my fun! :p

Nothing planned tonight, but I guess I should get to an exercise class. Feeling slothful, but I will try to remember to change into workout gear right when I get home.

Enough babbling, on with the day. Almost half over, hallelujah.

annie175
12-12-2012, 02:01 PM
HAPPY...sending you energy and the force of Kahn to get you through the next 3 bear of work days. I bought cards the other day and just sent to my family and Cs fam then a couple of others...all 18 cards sent. Have to make it back to the store to get another box. Haven't even started on my friends. Blah. Still need to get Dad's PJs. So far the couple of places I have looked do not carry "his" kind. Old long sleeve flannel two piece with a pocket on the shirt so he can stuff junk in it as he travels throughout the house. haha. Probably a good thing not seeing the bear. Maybe he is picking on someone else. My kids never have bickered over who got the most stuff or money spent on them, it is mainly my mom worry gene working overtime. Then again, I don't want to even entertain the thought of that one starting. Sending you fluffly cushionie foot pad thoughts!!

C is putting his house on the market. Probably won't lose his butt on it, however will maybe break even. We just do not want to mess with the upkeep or renters. PIAs. Not enough time in the day to do the things we want to do in the first place.

Better post and get back at. Later ladies.

ceejay52
12-12-2012, 03:39 PM
Shad
Your grand daughter is adorable and beautiful. I also heard about the earthquake. That had to be frightening.

Happy
Your work load is almost full time. Sorry about the snow. I'm sure that was just a coincidence.

Mel
I've not thought about decorations in my bedroom. I might try putting some in the office.

Laura
Ugh on the evaluations. We didn't get raises last year due to the financial state of the city. Not sure about this year. We usually have evaluations in December.

Patty and Ellen :wave:

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Been looking on line about the possible 12-21-12 ending of the world. I don't believe that but curiosity got me to looking into some astrology. There is a new age coming about at that time. Remember the song Age of Aquarius. We will be entering that era on 12-21-12. Now I've been humming that song.

Shad
12-12-2012, 04:59 PM
Having problems with the site today. Won't go to the next page. Let's see if we can force it with this.

Shad
12-12-2012, 05:13 PM
It did work, but now I am out of time. I'll try to get back later. Glad you enjoyed the pics and it seems that most of you agree with me as to the best of the pics. I also likes the Santa Hat. But the Hands was the one that got me most. I don't know if they are DS1's hands, they look too big to be M's . But I'm not sure if he was there for that shoot.

Anyway, I'll be back with other news later.

MELODY525
12-13-2012, 09:36 AM
http://images.sodahead.com/polls/000032636/polls_christmas_20__20penguin_20with_20presents_20 _medium__3313_827126_poll_xlarge.jpeg

GOOD MORNING CHICKS.

YESTERDAY FLEW BY AND WE EVEN HAD A PARTY FOR OUR BOSS.
SOMEONE BROUGHT IN A :hb: CAKE AND WE CELEBRATED:gift:
IT WAS GOOD TO SEE THE LAST OF THE ALARM MAN TOO.

THERE IS ONLY ONE PROBLEM....I WENT TO BED WITH A TUMMY ACHE.
THEN WOKE UP 2 X's RUNNING FOR THE BATHROOM.
THEN AGAIN THIS MORNING.
PRAYING IT IS SOMETHING I ATE AND NOT A VIRUS.
SO I AM KEEPING TO MYSELF AND WATCHING TV TODAY.
NOT DOING ANYTHING!! AND THE SIGN IS ON THE DOOR ALREADY.
FEELS A LITTLE LIKE CLOSING THE BARN DOOR AFTER THE HORSE GOT OUT:rofl:
IF I FEEL OK TOMORROW, JEN & I ARE GOING FOOD SHOPPING FOR THE CHRISTMAS DINNER ODDS & ENDS. NO PUN INTENDED:lol3: :lol3:

HOPE YOU GALS HAVE A GREAT DAY.




ANNIE....WISH I HAD THE ALARM MAN FOR BREAKFAST!
HE LOVES TO FLIRT AND LAUGHS AT EVERYTHING I SAY.
HE'S GOOD FUN. SASSY, LIL MAN AND SISSY....NICE MORNING!!





HAPPY....LET ME NOT MISLEAD YOU....
IN HIGH SCHOOL YEARS AGO YOU WERE ALLOWED TO MAJOR IN ART.
WHEN I GOT OUT OF SCHOOL MY FATHER WAS DYING OF CANCER.
I HAD TO GO STRAIGHT TO WORK AND ADD TO THE FAMILY FUNDS.
IT WAS A VERY DIFFERENT ERA STILL GOING ON IN MY HOUSE.
BUT THEN LOTS OF FAMILIES WERE DOING THE SAME...IT WAS 1965.
I HAD NO TIME TO BE A HIPPIE.....I WAS TOO FRASSING BUSY!!! ROFL
WE WILL MISS YOU BUT WORK & FAMILY COME FIRST.
THE DAYS ARE FLYING BY. ALREADY THE 13th!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:yikes:
yes....i could use a flashing light to get people to move t.f. out of my way!!
;rofl: :rofl: :rofl: good idea!!!




LAURA...I AM SURE YOU WILL PASS WITH FLYING COLORS.
SENDING GOOD VIBES YOUR WAY. :hug: :yoga:
HOMEMADE PIZZA??? YOU HAVE TO KNOW I AM DROOOLING :drool:
HOPE THE DOUGH TURNED OUT OK AND HAPPY EATING TONITE!!!:hun:




CEEJAY....NOW YOU HAVE ME CURIOUS TOO.
WE'LL ALL BE SINGING THE AGE OF AQUARIUS TODAY:rofl:
MY DAUGHTER IS AN AQUARIAN....SHE'LL LOVE IT!!
PUT SOME DECORATIONS IN THE OFFICE....YOU'LL LOVE THE TOUCH!:rudolph:




SHAD....THAT HANDS PIC IS MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE.
SOPHIA HAS THE MOST AMAZING EYES. JEN AND I WERE TALKING ABOUT HER AGAIN LAST NIGHT.
HOPE HER LITTLE EARS WEREN'T RINGING!!:bb:
SORRY THE SITE IS GIVING YOU FITS.
ONCE AND AWHILE I CANT TURN THE PAGES HERE EITHER.
HOPE YOUR BED ISN'T "VIBRATING" ANYMORE.
WERE THERE AFTERSHOCKS?? & IS THIS PART OF THAT JAPANESE QUAKE/TSUNAMI?
I GOT CONFUSED WATCHING THE TV!!!:dizzy:

happy2bme
12-13-2012, 10:38 AM
Morning chicks,

Quick check in for me. I've got a long stretch of of work the next 3 days I am not looking forward to.

Would appreciate some prayers for DH's health. He is having a time of the heart palpitations and his heart racing. It's very bothersome - I told him he needs to be more aggressive in getting this treated - get another doctor/opinion. I don't want him keeling over on me.

Shad - I think I like the hands picture too - she has the most perfect face.

Mel - hope the tummy ups subside and you are feeling better. Ginger tea. I love it and live on it. And I too put off college after high school - no money and I had to help in the support my Mom and little sister - when it came time to get married, my Mom asked if I could still send home room and board :lol: So I understand your situation. Wonder what could have been...

Laura - I could use a good pizza dough recipe *hint, hint* - my breadmaker will do one but good thinking on the mixer and dough hook instead. Last time we ate at Houlihan's we were disappointed.

Ceejay - would be good if the New Age ushered in a simpler time. We need to stop the ugly path mankind is on right now. Let the sunshine in...

Annie - thanks for the energy - I'll take all I can get. Good luck :crossed: with C's house. Price it right and walk away. Real estate is a tough thing today.

Ok... off to the salt mine. Have a good one everybody.

Laura705
12-13-2012, 12:16 PM
Morning all. Once again, I'm with Shad - it's my Friday! :carrot:

Happy - I/m sorry your hubby is having the racing heart/palpitation problem. :( will certainly keep him in my prayers. I definitely agree that he needs to keep after his doctor or find another one to find a solution to this!! Re the pizza dough - I'm a fan of America's Test Kitchen (on PBS) and I'm using their recipe. You can see their current season's recipes and watch current season's shows on their site for free, but I believe you have to register there (of course). Here's the link for the pizza/dough: http://www.americastestkitchen.com/recipes/detail.php?docid=26804
I have to say DOH! :doh: (pun intended) I forgot about the breadmaker - yep, it has a dough setting, of course. So now I have two ways to get out of hand-kneading. :) Hope the workdays go quick and easy for you with a minimum of foot/back pain. :crossed:

Mel - Loving the holiday graphics you are treating us to each day! I hope you're feeling better after a day of quiet and TV (i.e., Hallmark channel) and are able to do your Christmas dinner shopping. What's gonna be for dinner - I need ideas for ours! I do like the idea of your flashing light (and siren/beeper) to get people out of the way. It seems I'm always walking behind someone diddling with their smart phone and they have of course slowed down to a snail's pace and are veering off at an angle just at the same time that I've tried to get around them at that same angle! :mad:

Ceejay - This morning I just started reading an article in the Sunday paper (still working on it) on doomsday - interesting. I also have that song in my head now, lol. :dizzy:

Annie - The peace of mind you and C will get with not having that property to worry about is probably worth more than making a profit on the house. Just hope C can break even after the commission and other expenses. :crossed:
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Went to the 4G exercise class last night. It was mostly upper body work last night, so I won't add the 5th G to it (gams) this time. :D Quite a workout, so I'm sure to get sore very soon.

My pizza dough didn't seem to rise much more than when I'd checked it yesterday morning, so I got paranoid and played the ATK episode on the computer to see how much their dough rose - not very much - and so I felt better. And for some reason I thought I needed to put the dough in a giant bowl, so that made the dough look tiny, haha. Tonight we'll make the sauce, shape the pizza crust, top it off & bake it up. Hope it turns out tasty!

Back to the grind. Everyone have a great day!

:wreath::wreath::wreath:

ceejay52
12-13-2012, 12:24 PM
Every one have a good day. I have two days off and then I'm working Saturday and Sunday then my regular three days. I'm cleaning house today and tomorrow but there's not that much to do, mainly pick up. I do want to plan food for the next five days so I will not be stopping for fast food.

Mel
Feel better soon. If the neighbors start to bother me I'm putting up a sign on the door.

Happy
I agree that DH should seek a second opinion. Try not to over load yourself while working this week. I should have added that the new age is supposed to be peaceful. Not sure about that though.

Annie, Laura, Ellen and Patty :wave:

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Woke up with a sinus headache this morning. UGH,

annie175
12-13-2012, 04:23 PM
Good Afternoon Everyone.....

Not much to report...dinner was pizza. Kitchen clean up, laundry and Sassy and I sat in the chair and cuddled all evening. SHe is such a great cuddler.

My brother (the one in the band) called me this morning. He and his wife are coming late to Christmas eve then are going to stay over night. I am so excited. Over night company is the best. I am going to make my breakfast casserole for Christmas morning. Then they have to leave to go to my SILs sister's house for Christmas Day. C and I will enjoy ourselves, just the two of us.

CEEG...ugh on the sinus headache. I have been good in the morning but then about mid-day I have a whooper of a headache come on and make me insane. Hope you are feeling better by now. Funny, I googled the 12/21/2012 thing yesterday. I don't believe it, but it is fun reading, kind of like horoscopes, in that category.

LAURA...I always make my dough in the breadmaker. Easy Peasy....throw the stuff in, turn it on, 1hr15mns, pizza dough! Yeah! You are doing great on the exercising and hitting the gym. Maybe that is what I need a brand new pair of tennis shoes to motivate me. NOT. Won't budge me. lol

HAPPY....prayers to the DH. God love him....maybe too much coffee?? or caffeine?? Yes, we hope to break even on Cs house...but will be well worth getting out from under it.

MELLIE MELLIE MELLIE...too much party food equals trips to the potty. I feel your pain...lol. I just ate a piece of baklava shipped to us from Harry & Davids. Blah, my tummy is turning wondering what in the h*ll I did to it. Almost feel like puking. Too sweet, probably get a headache over it also.

SHADDIE...what did you force the page to turn a billy club? haha. Sophie's eyes just make me melt. What a cutie. Good luck on the job stuff.

Hello to the rest of you lovely ladies.

Loves and Hugs

Laura705
12-13-2012, 06:20 PM
Annie - Awww, I like large dogs, but have to admit that little ones like Sassy would be great for cuddling. :) Your Christmas Eve/Day plans sound nice. The way things are shaping up, bf and I will have the 25th to ourselves. His family and my family gatherings are the week after and the week before the actual holidays, and we're hosting a small gathering on Christmas Eve. If sneakers don't do it, would new workout clothing motivate you to exercise? :D A lot of my exercise clothes are getting old and ratty, so I've decided to use my still unused gift cards to buy some new stuff. Thanks for adding your recommendation of the breadmaker for pizza dough. I probably don't need to be making pizzas very often...but when I think about it...we order pizza about once every two weeks anyway. And it's got to be less expensive than ordering in! PS I've got a taste for that easy beef stroganoff recipe you shared here - it was sooo tasty when we tried it last time. :eating2::hungry:

Ceejay - Good idea to plan your meals. What's on the menu?? With all these vacation days I'm taking this month, it's hard for me to stick to my usual workday eating routine. Boo. I need to be vigilant so I can maintain my weight this month!! Hope your headache goes away - sinus headaches are the worst!
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Popped over to the art institute at lunch time and visited the Thorne miniature rooms, which I've loved to see since I was a kid. Link:

http://www.artic.edu/aic/collections/thorne

I didn't have time to see all of them, but it was fun to see some. Looking forward to going back - I'm really liking these mini-visits.

Here's a couple photos, one of the famous lions guarding the outside of the museum, and the other is of one of the mini rooms (scale: 1 inch=1foot). They actually decorated some of the rooms for the holidays, but the decorations are much more subtle than what we do now, at least in the US!

upswife
12-13-2012, 10:31 PM
So much for posting in the morning! LOL I've had these sinus issues for a while now and it is wecking my sleep. Saw the Doc today, she put me on z-pac and refered me to an ENT. Also had my foot x-rayed---think i pulled something, or have a small srtess fracture. have to go see a podiatrist...more trips. I am hoping the anitbiotic clears up my sinuses for christmas, then I can put off seeing the ENT unitl Jan.

I am officially down to 269. Have to keep trudging away and remeber that I am doing this to be healthier and to set a good example for my kids.

I will try to post tomorrrow have a great night!!

happy2bme
12-13-2012, 11:45 PM
Hi guys,

Going to try and post now - I have to get to bed soon and have an early start in the morning - hopefully it won't be a long work day. Me and the boss worked today - at least it felt like we got something done. She also made arrangements to get some help on the weekend and hopefully :crossed: we are getting one of the young, former workers to come in while she's on Christmas break from school so that will help alot - she did that so I could cut my hours back some so I appreciate her hearing me out.

DH said he had a good day today when he picked me up. And he shoveled snow and a was a busy boy. So your prayers are working - thanks :hug: We'll see how he's doing as bed time approaches as he usually gets the pangs then.

Ellen - good going on the weight loss :cp: but sorry you are feeling bad from top to bottom. Hope it's nothing too serious and the meds work on the sinuses. With the podiatrist - just remember. If they give you a shot in the foot it hurts like the blue blazes but it does make you feel alot better afterwards - like the next day.

Laura - those mini rooms look like a very interesting display. Glad you are enjoying your art education. Love the lions outside. I guess it makes sense that the pizza dough would not rise as much - it's more cracker like in texture than fluffy bread dough. Oh well, another medium to conquer ;) Actually I heard that pizza is supposed to be rather healthy - like pasta or baked potatoes - it's the toppings that make it so sinful. I've gotten used to veggie pizzas -but GOTTA have my cheese - for protein of course ;) ;) Skipping the sausage and pepperoni and most meats really saves on the fat and calories. And congrats on really hitting the gym hard.

Annie - I am excited for you that you are having overnight guests. I know how much you like company. They are in for a treat whether they realize it or not (and I think they do). I'm sure Sassy is excited about someone new to pet her and shower her with attention :lol: I can so relate to what you are saying about the baklava upsetting the tummy - tongue liked it :D - tummy not so much :no:

Ceejay - hope you do well with the food plan - that is a good strategy whether you are meal planning or going to the grocery store. Map it out ahead of time and you're less likely to make mistakes. I'm glad we don't have many fast food options here - McDs or Subway mostly - so I'm not so tempted.

Mel - I agree, loving your holiday pictures. I hope your grocery shopping for odds and ends doesn't meal cow heads and pig tails :yikes: You can tell I've been watching far too much of the Cooking Channel shows :lol: Sorry you got the crummy tummy today. I am praying it's just some funky food vs a virus for you too. Ginger tea, ginger ale. Ginger is our friend ;)

I just saw on the Interent that there's a double meteor shower tonight. Oh well, it's not only cloudy but it's also foggy so I won't feel bad about going to bed early and missing that. They are talking about a freezing rain on Saturday - I hope not, I'm working the late shift and we have a big hill going up to our road - 4 wheel drive does nothing on ice.

Good night all. I probably won't have time to post tomorrow so I'll catch up with you on Saturday. Thanks for the good wishes and prayers for DH. :grouphug:

Shad
12-14-2012, 01:46 AM
:running: :running: :running: Either nothing or flat out here.

But I found something for Mel. Might make her feel better.

MELODY525
12-14-2012, 09:26 AM
http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_ma1ifkk3w31rdq9cao1_250.jpg

Good morning Chicks.
I love these Chrismassy pics too....but you already know that :hohoho:

The weekend is near. One more day.
Yesterday was a confusing day.
I don't think anyone can read the sign on the door.
Finally I just stopped answering it and turned the house phone off.
I finally felt better last night. Must have been something I ate.
Maybe the birthday cake. It was such a small piece too.
But the icing tasted "phony" to me. ..can't explain it.

Looking forward to the weekend.
I am not going down today. Will set the weekend up via phone.

I think we're going Spanish for Christmas dinner.
No need to pick up any extras until next Tuesday.
That's the story for the day.:write:
Hope you all have a great day :encore:




Happy~ Sometimes I wonder myself what could have been.
I am very sorry to hear about DH and the palps.
Does he have them all the time & all day??
I have lived with them for years.
They come and go and no one knows why.
But they are few and far between and never got caught on the little recorder.
After many ultrasounds & the glow in the dark tests,
they decided there was nothing wrong but nerves.
Definitely sending prayers & good thoughts his way.
Another opinion would be a good idea.:hug:
PART 2: I am relieved to hear DH felt better.
Will still pray anyway.
There must be anxiety for him with the Holidays I am sure.
Hope you get all your chores done...no pig tails or heads here...
unless you mean the men I have to deal with in Maintenance:rofl:



Laura....you made me laugh with the "bread setting" on the machine:lol3:
OMG I will crack up all day thinking of that. Something Jen & I would do.
As for dinner....I think it will be roast pork, yucca, rice & beans & yams. We usually make our own veggies cause theirs are overcooked. Richie also buys different meat-filled pastries.
The pork is marinaded in citrus juices. OMG too tasty by far!!
It's a very heavy carb meal and I can only eat it once and awhile.
Even Richie cannot eat this way anymore...we have Americanized his diet!! :rofl:
So this is not a big help to you for ideas. HA!
Good luck with the pizza!!!
PART 2: I love the pic. Love the lion!! OMG how cute!!
I will look at all this later on! Thanks so much for posting this.:hug:




Ceejay.....Hope your day off today an yesterday are good ones.
Thanks so much for the card. I have not done any yet.
My online stamps have not arrived:faint:
A sign is a great idea if people read before they knock:lol3: :lol3:
Also hope your weekend at work is a quiet one. Bring a book or music!!





Annie....the piece of cake was so tiny like the baklava.
Hard to believe something so small can cause so many problems!!
I didn't even eat lunch with the girls & I stayed upstairs:lol3:
I am very happy for you that the Bro is coming to stay.
Enjoy the visit & the breakfast casserole:hun:
Hope both our tummys like Christmas!!!:hohoho:




Shad....OMG I CRACKED UP.
LOOKING FOR A BOOK OF MATCHES EVEN AS I TYPE THIS:rofl: :rofl: :flame:



Ellen...hope you feel better and congrats on the weightloss:encore:

MELODY525
12-14-2012, 09:50 AM
LAURA....THE SLIDE SHOW FOR THE HOLIDAY ROOMS AND HOW THEY DECORATE THEM IS ADORABLE.
MINI MENORAHS, KISSING BALLS AND DOGGIES......JUST TO NAME A FEW.
WHAT WONDERFUL DISPLAYS.
I AM GOING BACK THERE LATER TO LOOK MORE!!
THANK YOU. :tree:

ceejay52
12-14-2012, 07:35 PM
My two days off have flown by. Yesterday I spent most of the afternoon in the optometrists office, but I had a very thorough eye exam with state of the art equipment. Whew, my glass are costing me a fortune. After I got home the office called and wanted me to go to the main office in Blytheville for more exact fitting by the use of machine and computers. I was impressed.
I also stopped by Sears to order a part for my lawn mower but they have discontinued that model. I have an electric mower powered by a long extension cord. I'm going to look on line. Also scheduled my washer and dryer for maintenance for the 20th.


Mel
Good for you in keeping your door closed. I'm going to have to start doing that when I need to rest.

Shad
12-14-2012, 10:04 PM
Message to President Obama.
You may have been reduced to tears. You may feel saddened. You may SAY that 'something will happen'. But for Gods sake do not just TALK. The collective gun lobby should be feeling shame and remorse that they and their weird ideas allowed this to happen.
I like the good folk (mostly) of the US. Mostly their hearts are in the right place, but there is absolutely no place for automatic weapons being let loose on a civilised society. I can (almost) understand the need for hunting rifles as long as they are single shot and indeed used for the purpose that they were intended. In a civilised society there is no excuse for each and all having a method of mass destruction at their disposal. There is no excuse for mass destruction of tiny children. Look into the eyes of your own daughters and ask yourself how you would feel.
You are supposed to be a civilised nation with a huge amount of power. Behave like one. Ensure this is never going to happen again.
Gun control works in other places, it is never perfect, but it works. It doesn't have to take hunting, shooting and sporting pleasure away from those who enjoy it. How many massacres like this do you have to have before you do something about it?

Well that is my two cents worth for the day - and I am seeing little Sophia's blue eyes looking at me while I write it. Take a moment to think about it and picture the face of some little person you love. Lil man, Sophia, Ceejays nieces and nephews, our great nieces and nephews, Ellens little ones. Tell me, how would you feel if it was one of the above mentioned. You still say it is okay to have a complete arsenal in the house, fully loaded and ready to kill. HOW WOULD YOU FEEL?

Mel - glad you liked the photo of the firies. I thought of you as soon as I saw it on Facebook. As soon as the DB1 sends me some copies of the photos you shall have whatever you like. It'll be my gift to you. It's not the family photos I am getting Brendan to organise for his Christmas present. We have to wait for those. If I don't hear something from them soon, then I will go online and sort out a photographer for them.

Happy - So sorry to hear that DH is still having palpitation problems. Hope something can be done for him quickly. It must be quite frightening for you both.

Ceejay. No rest for the wicked. Back to work I see.

Laura - loved the link to the miniature rooms. Always nice to see how the other half lived, and the absolute talent that some people have to create such fun and beauty for the enjoyment of others.

Annie - Pizza sounds good. I have some pizza bases in the fridge. May get around to cooking them up soon with whatever I have in the house. To force the page to turn, I go to the bottom of the page I am in. Put in a note like I did and submit it. Because it can only put the new post at the bottom of the last created post, it has to go to the current page. Ha ha. Nothing scientific or bludgeoning about it. Posts are numbered and the numbers are set in sequence.

Ellen - well done on the weight loss. Hope you begin to feel better soon. If you find a complete cure for Sinus's and their problems let me know. I'll meet up with you in Arizona (remember the ad???) and we can exchange secrets.

The powers that be at work have decided to sign us all up for another 3 months. I will accept most likely. However if there is no improvement in the planning and implementation and training after that, it can be stuck up their collective noses. I will have some time off and reconsider life.

Right better go and sort out the washing. Nice slow day today. I am going to do some personal housekeeping, have a drink or two and read a book. Nothing like a down day.

annie175
12-15-2012, 04:28 AM
Posting from home...hopefully it will magically be there without escaping before posting...

SHADDIE...I belive in your post about Obama....I am so disgusted with the US leadership. I don't care if democrat or republican, we are in a HUGE mess. The normal average poor person...me...are the ones suffering...yes, he has done a few good things for the poor, women, middle class, but overall we are in a mess. ok off my rant.

3 am cannot sleep. Up and thinking of what to do next. C will be up in about 30 mins. Guess I will be available to give the kiss off...have a good day at work my man.

Sis and I are going to finish up shopping today. I have a few stops to make and fortunately she has some of the same. Lil man is going with then we are stopping for lunch.

Posting and finishing in next post since I seem to lose posts from home.

annie175
12-15-2012, 04:35 AM
CEEG...two days off seem to fly by rather quickly...two days at work are a lifetime...blah...

MELLIE...I swear...I am sending you some excellent signs for your door...What would you like them to say? Seriously...tell me...I can make you the best signs.

HAPPY...how is DH? Prayers tell me the best. Christmas is just around the corner, hope your poor feeties can stand it. Hugs sister...customer service is really more than we can sometimes handle. xoxo

LAURA....was going to see the Hobbit on Sunday, as it turns out I am babysitting lil man instead. What a great exchange.... Of course, at this hour, lil Sass is asleep in my lazyboy. I will join her shortly. I love her so much it is re dic.

Hey to all the rest of you Worldies.

Love and hugs

annie175
12-15-2012, 04:36 AM
ELLEN...congrats on the lbs lost. You are my inspiration at this time...keep up the great work!

MELODY525
12-15-2012, 08:51 AM
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GOOD MORNING CHICKS.

SORRY TO SAY NONE OF OUR PRESIDENTS OR THE SENATE OR THE HOUSE OF REPS HAS DONE THEIR DUTY AS AFAR AS GUN CONTROL.
IT'S ALL ABOUT LOSING A FRASSING VOTE.
MY HEART IS BROKEN FOR THOSE CHILDREN & THEIR PARENTS. DEVASTATING NEWS ALL DAY.
AND TO TOP IT OFF....400 TROOPS WERE SENT TO TURKEY ALONG WITH MISSLES AS PART OF THE UN DECIDION. . :cry:
THE WORLD IS IN TERRIBLE DISREPAIR.
IT WOULD TAKE A MAGICIAN TO FIX ALL THIS.
TIME FOR GOD TO INTERVENE CAUSE OBVIOUSLY WE CANNOT TAKE CARE OF OURSELVES.

YESTERDAY I KEPT TRYING TO FIND LITTLE THINGS TO DO.
FINALLY TURNED OFF THE TV AND JEN WENT TO VISIT A FRIEND.
RICHIE IS WORKING THRU THE HOLIDAYS AND IS ANGRY.
THE BOSS OVER-BOUGHT FURS AND THEY HAVE TO GET DONE.
HE DID THIS ON PURPOSE TO SAVE HIS SORRY BUTT FINANCIALLY.
RICHIE WILL HAVE TO GO IN AS HE CANNOT AFFORD TO DO OTHERWISE.
HE HAS HIS KIDS TO THINK OF AND NO UNION AT WORK.
I TOLD HIOM TO SUCK IT UP AND GRAB THE CHECK!
I AM PRAYING FOR A QUIETER WEEKEND.
YESTERDAY I FELT LIKE I WAS FIGHTING FOR MY SANITY ALL DAY.

HOPE YOU GALS HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND :encore:




SHAD....I HOPE THE 3 MONTH CONTRACT WILL BE OK.
SAME THING I SAID TO RICHIE...TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN!!
AT THIS POINT MAYBE A JOB IS A JOB.
JUST WISH YOU HAD ONE WITH A "HAPPY ENDING". :hug:
LOVE THE IDEA OF THE PICS!
YOU ARE TOO RIGHT ABOUT THIS COUNTRY.
CAN YOU BELIEVE THE GUNS ALL BELONGED TO THE MOTHER???
WHAT THE F__K WAS SHE GONNA USE THEM FOR???
I JUST HEARD THIS ON THE TV WHEN I TURNED IT ON:faint:





CEEJAY......SORRY YOUR DAYS FLEW BY.
FUNNY HOW THEY DON'T FLY BY AS FAST AT WORK!!
HOPE YOU GET TO FIX EVERYTHING.
HATE WHEN SOMETHING IS DISCONTINUED.
MAYBE YOU'LL FIND SOMETHING YOU LIKE.
KEEPING THE DOOR SHUT IS THE BEST THING I EVER DID. lbeach:
HAVE A GREAT DAY AT WORK :hug:




ANNIE.....WHAT THE HAY WERE YOU DOING UP??
STILL HAVING PROBLEMS WITH SLEEPING??
SENDING YOU SOME SWEET DREAM DUST :wizard:
HAD A LAUGH AT THE SIGNS OFFER.
CAN'T WRITE HERE WHAT I WOULD REALLY LIKE TO PUT THERE. ROFLMAO
THE OFFICE LETS ME KNOW WHAT I CAN SAY.
IT'S BECAUSE I AM ON THE PAYROLL AS TENANT SERVICES.
BUT THANKS ANYWAY. I EVEN USE GRAPHICS!! HA!!!!!

ceejay52
12-15-2012, 09:57 AM
Mel
Tell Richie I have to work also. Will he get over time? I'm praying for a quiet week end also.

Shad
Hope things get more organized for you to do the work. And yes I agree about the gun control, especially these automatic weapons.

Annie
I can relate to waking up around three and not being able to go back to sleep. I told myself that tonight I'm going to take Melatonin to see if that will help. It takes me a while to relax enough to be able to sleep straight through the night. It probably didn't help that I took a 2 hour nap yesterday afternoon.

---------------
Back to work this morning. I'll have five day's to work this week and yes 12 hours per day. I did get a bit done this week end. Cleaned both the living room and my bedroom and started on the bathroom. I'll mop the floor tonight. And then start on the kitchen.
I'm all decorated for Christmas. I did have to buy a few more ornaments for my small white pre lit tree but I really like it. This is the first year since mom passed that I've had any Christmas spirit.
My aunt has improved a tiny bit but she still has a long way to go.

happy2bme
12-15-2012, 12:44 PM
Hi ladies,

My heart broke when I got home from work and heard about the school shooting. I cannot imagine how ANYONE could shoot and kill tiny little kids. But then again, look at the profiles of these shooters - cold blooded killers - he probably didn't look upon them as innocent kids any more than he would if they were a room full of squirrels. When you come right down to it, we have always had demented individuals who committed mass murder - Jack the Ripper in the 1800's, I grew up with the Manson Clan, and 2 high profile killers in Chicago - John Wayne Gacy and Richard Speck. For a while there were bombings. Anyone remember where the term "going postal" originated from? Now the weapon of choice is a gun.

While everyone immediately rallies around gun control, I see this particular incident as much deeper than that. First of all, the murderer took the guns from his mother. Let's assume she got them through legitimate means - part of owing a gun is being responsible for securing it safely. Did the mother have an inkling her kid was unstable? What would stricter gun control laws have done in this case? I do agree that they should reinstate the ban on assault weapons - can't think of any reason why anyone outside of a police swat team or military would need one of those.

What I find personally disturbing is the incredibly violent video games that kids grow up on. No more Mario Brothers running, jumping obstacles and racking up points - now it's all about fighting, shooting, stabbling and bludgeoning. I can't bear to look at the "games" I see the younger people in my life playing on a routine basis. Same thing with slasher films. Tell me these people are not being desenitized to and detached from violence. I also know from first hand experience that there are so many people with mental instabilities today. And the system does not address and cure them - they get held for a while, medicated and let loose on society. There's alot of people who need to be on medication all the time, who hate how it makes them feel so they go off of it and consequently go off the deep end. You could be passing by one of these people on the street, sitting next to them on the bus or working across from one - and you'd never know it.

I fully support gun control in the context of a waiting period before purchasing a weapon, passing a background check, having mandatory gun safely courses before receiving a gun license, and being responsible for securing your weapons. What we can't control is the black market - criminals will always be able to get guns. And someone who wants one will generally be able to find it - whether he takes it from his family or finds one at a friend's house.

Anyway, I will get off the soapbox - I realize this is a sensitive issue. I don't particularly like guns myself but I have come to realize there are legitimate reasons to have one and know how to use it.

Got home from work yesterday and DH said he was about to go to the hospital as he was having palpitations. We went to the emergency room and as soon as we got in the parking lot, of course they stopped. Spent 3 hours there and everything was normal. The E/R doctor was very nice - DH expressed his frustration that something is wrong but can't ever get anyone to believe it. The doctor suggested something called an event monitor which you keep with you and engage when the palpitations start. So at least we left with a sense that there's something he can do. That evening he was in the basement watching TV and I was talking to Mom on the phone. He came upstairs, put my hand to his chest and I could not believe how strong his heart was beating. I put my ear to his chest and it was like bongo drums going on in there. Definitely NOT normal. No wonder the poor guy is worked up. And he was just sitting on the couch watching TV, drinking a non caffinated soft drink and being calm. He did have a bit of a start as I pulled my head from his chest and my glasses grabbed a few of his chest hairs and ripped them out :yikes: but his heart was already beating wildly before that. :^: I did feel badly for him. The doctor reassured him that while this is bothersome, all his vitals and his medical history (which they had access to at the hospital) was good so the likelihood of a stroke or heart attack was very minute. He will call the office on Monday and hopefully get this monitor quickly.

I'm glad we didn't get the ice storm they were predicting. It's raining now which is going to change to snow by the time I go to work - doing the late shift today :( I am glad she got some people to help at the store so I can reduce my hours - particularly Christmas week which will be a zoo as people will be coming in at the last possible moment to get the freshest stuff - geez people once you open the bag it will be gone in 2 days so it won't have a chance to even get stale. People don't understand - air is the problem as it is with most things. Our stuff is in sealed bags and as long as you don't leave it out in an open bowl for days on end, it will stay fresh. I've even eaten stuff we tossed past it's expiration date and it didn't taste stale. :rolleyes:

Ceejay - naps will definitely make sleeping at night more tricky. Hard because you get tired during the day. It's an ugly cycle to break out of. I'm glad you found some Christmas spirit again, maybe Mom is smiling down on you and would appreciate your tree also ;) Ugh on the 12 hour work days - don't know how you handle those.

Mel - sorry Ritchie has to work but as they say at the store, at least it's a few more dollars in the pocket at this time. Christmas dinner sounds yummy - all those carbs will make for a nice after dinner nap :lol:

Annie - do Sassy and Lil Man have matching red Santa hats? Glad your heart is so full of love now - you deserve happy times :hug:

Shad - glad your contract got extended - make the most of it, ignore the idiots but I'm sure you are magical at just plowing through what you need to get done. Your point is well taken about looking at Sofia and trying to protect her from the crazies of the world. I would be sooooo scared if I was a parent trying to raise a kid in this world today. Seems so much more hazardous than when we were young.

And I totally agree with you ladies about what a mess society is in - don't know how to turn it around so I took the coward's way out and went to a small quiet place where I could escape from it ;) The birds, deer, bunnies and turkeys are no where near the hassle that people are.

:wave: Hi Laura and Ellen

I need to get something in my tummy before I head off to work. Have a good weekend chicks.

Laura705
12-15-2012, 04:41 PM
Hello ladies. Very quick pop in to say hello. Heartbroken over the shooting deaths in CT. This was a very disturbed person, and it's terrible he had weapons seemingly readily available to him. Can't comprehend how horrible this is for the victims' families & the survivors.

Got my gifts shipped today, yay. The rest should be a piece of cake, right??

More tomorrow. Off to lunch.

MELODY525
12-16-2012, 08:56 AM
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GOOD MORNING LADIES OF THE WORLD.

LOVELY RAINY DAY HERE ONCE AGAIN.
THIS WEEK IS GOING TO BE A NOTHER WET ONE.
GUESS IT'S BETTER THAN SNOW FOR THE SHOPPERS.
JUST WHEN I THOUGHT IT WAS SAFE GETTING OFF THE SINUS MEDS:rofl:

I ORDERED MY STAMPS ONLINE & HAVE STILL NOT ARRIVED.
CALLED THE LOCAL POST OFFICE AND THEY SAID THERE IS A DELAY THEY ARE SO SWAMPED.
TOLD ME I SHOULD HAVE COME TO THEIR PLACE. DUH!!!
WHEN I EXPLAINED, HE WAS APOLOGETIC. ROFLMAO

I HAD A BOX OF GIFTS TO RE-GIFT IN THE LINEN CLOSET.
GOT THEM OUT AND BAGGED THEM UP.
JUST LITTLE TRINKETS AND STUFF.
JEN HAS A FEW FRIENDS THAT SHE CAN SURPRISE .
THIS YEAR THEY'LL VISIT A FEW FRIENDS IF RICHIE CAN STAY AWAKE FOR 2 HOURS.LOL
NOT MUCH ELSE IS NEW.
JUST HANGING AROUND LIKE AN OLD BAT:bat:
HAVE A SUPER DAY.





CEEJAY....YOU GOT AS LOT DONE ON YOUR WEEKEND.
I SEE YOU'RE ALL READY FOR SANTA TO VISIT:santa:
SORRY ABOUT THE 12 HOUR DAYS.
SENDING LOTS OF ENERGY YOUR WAY:hug:
I AM VERY GLAD TO HEAR THE AUNT IS IMPROVING:getwell:




HAPPY....THE SAD PART OF ALL THIS IS THE GUNS BELONGED TO THE MOTHER!:faint:
I KEEP HEARING THIS ON THE TV WHEN I SURF THE DIAL.
I AGREE TOO THAT THERE IS JUST OO MUCH VIOLENCE IN THE MEDIA TODAY.
GAMES AND MOVIES ARE HORRIBLE. THE MOVIES ARE THE WORST.
MUST WE BE SO REALISTIC WITH THE VIOLENCE?
PEOPLE TELL ME THEY GET SICK WATCHING IT.
THEN NEXT THING THEY TELL ME THEY WATCHED TO PART TWO!!!
MY HEART GOES OUT TO YOUR HUBBY.
IT IS AN AWFUL THING TO GO THRU. SCARY.
HOPE HE FINDS AN ANSWER.
BUT IN MY CASE...THERE STILL IS NONE EVEN WITH A HOLTER MONITOR.
SAYING A PRAYER FOR HIM & THE MONITOR!







LAURA....GOOD WORK GETTING THE GIFTS OUT.
NOW THE REST AS YOU SAY SHOULD BE A PIECE OF CAKE!
BY THE WAY....YA GOT ANY???:hun:

ceejay52
12-16-2012, 10:14 AM
Morning
Another work day. Nothing new since yesterday.

upswife
12-16-2012, 03:45 PM
Good Afternoon ladies. I am here at work, trying to keep my eyes open. I am exhaused, could not sleep last night, flet like I was awake and tossing all night, started to fall asleep right wehn it was time to get up. Not much going on for me, just work and Family. my brother and SIL took my older three overnight Friday to Saturday and took them to see the Hobbit. That left DD3 with Daddy since I was at work. DH took her to see Wreck-it ralph in 3 d. they had a blast.

DS also had a b-day party for a set of twins...poor guy had the mom that embarrased him. I thought it ended at 9pm, so when I showed up to pick him up he wanted to stay because they had not had cake and were all still hanging out. I was a good mom and came back an hour later to get him.

So, I better go back to work. hope everyone has a great weekend!

happy2bme
12-16-2012, 04:16 PM
Howdy all,

Looking at the pictures of these adorable little kids killed at the school - been tearing up all morning. While we'll never probably understand the whole story - still don't understand why the mother had these automatic assault rifles in the first place and then did not secure her guns when she knew her kid had big time mental issues. Just heartbreaking for the families of the victims - adult and children. I swear we are headed to Sodom and Gommora and it's time to cleanse the world of evil people...

We don't get very good radio reception at the store and pretty much the only station with Christmas music is the Christian one. Like most radio stations, they play the same 20 - 25 song list over and over. Heard a new song I like - Amy Grant - Breath of Heaven. Most people - well the ladies - who come into the store if it's playing comment on how much they like the song. I looked up the lyrics - an interesting take on a Christmas song.

Yesterday I limped out of the store - all I could do to stand on my foot the last hour. DH rubbed some medicine he had for his feet on my sore foot and it feels a bit better today. I woke up all achy feeling again - my first thought was that we had another storm coming through. It's gray and damp - wet but just above freezing which will be a real mess if the temperature drops a few more degrees. Hoping it hovers just above.

I have to work tomorrow, then I am off for 3 days. :dance: We are having our Christmas party/dinner from the store tomorrow night. I hope it will be nice and not awkward for the partners of the employees - will try to keep the "shop talk" to a minimum. I am looking forward to a glass of wine :hat: myself :D and a good steak of course. Won't have enough time to go home and clean up so I'll have to get changed at the shop unless she lets me off an hour early.

DH has a pot of chili on which smells wonderful. However, while he held off on adding habanero peppers at my request (begging actually), apparently we didn't notice that the chili powder is medium hot and the chili has a kick to it, so I won't be eating more than a spoonful or two :( My holiday tablecloths I ordered from Kohl's back around Thanksgiving finally came in so I have to decide if I want to re-do my dining room table decorations to put the new linens on. I'm thinking not. I have cards to do and right after I post this I'm going to work on my Christmas letter insert. A nap would be nice too but that will just be too hard to fall asleep tonight.

Ceejay - hope the work day goes by quickly.

Mel - I'm sorry the post office is so slow - I could have mailed them to you faster. They were pretty fast on the mail order when I called in TN - not sure if they have one place processing orders or if it's done locally. Our post office is pretty backed up too. I thought for sure they'd be open longer these last few weeks for the Christmas rush but they are doing the 10 - 4:30 and you just better wear comfy shoes for waiting. :rolleyes: Thank you for your comments about the palpitations. I told DH - just so that he accepts the idea that he might have to just deal with it although when it races, it's really booming in there. Told him sometimes the meds they give you might cause side effects / problems more intense than the original issue. I hope Ritchie can stay awake on the visits with friends - I'm sure Jen looks forward to it and the poor guy just wants to "visit" the back of his eyelids :lol: Even my 18 year old co-worker was complaining how tired she was today - goes to show you these long work days get to everyone eventually.

Laura - glad you got your gifts shipped out. That's a big relief, isn't it?

Now I should get busy myself. :wave: to the rest of the worldies.

Shad
12-16-2012, 05:35 PM
Morning all,
The weekend passed by and I had a very relaxing one. No one bothered me and I bothered no one and I went to the markets and got the last of the Christmas presents.
Whinged a bit to the people in reception in that while I love my unit - it's spacious, well appointed and very clean, it is also very dark, gets no natural daylight and it is at the end of a deadend street with 4 other high rises all very close to each other. One unit has a party, everyone gets to suffer. Guy over the street starts up his remote control car, we all get the engine noise x 5. Since my contract has been extended, I wanted to do a deal with them to change to the other side of the building and get a decent deal on a long term stay. It seems that I am to be shifted tomorrow to another unit a couple of floors higher and looking out to sea.

I was going to go into work early this morning, but can't be bothered. I'll get in at start time, and finish at finish time and that will be that. They are so disorganised they won't even notice that I am later than normal.

I'll do my personals later. Better get some face on and get some shoes.

annie175
12-16-2012, 09:07 PM
Hello ladies....what a whirlwind weekend....some things accomplished, others not so much. Shopping and lunch with DD and lil man, got home, fixed turkey manhattens...turkey breast had been in crocker all afternoon...So yummy. Lil man spent the night last night so momma and dada could have a date night. He fell asleep around 7:30 then woke at 10:30, was having nothing do to with his playpen...so ended up in be with me and pappaw....he slept the rest of the night with his head in my back and his feet in pappaws back. I didn't sleep too soundly, kept worrying if I was going to roll on him. He woke at 7, fed him brekkie, changed his diaper and took him back to mommie at 9 so we could go see the Hobbit at 10. 3D. Pretty good, it started out kind of slow, but got better toward the end. Then off to Cracker barrell for shopping and a late lunch. Home again to make Christmas Rock candy and a ham for the pitch in at work on Tuesday. Here I sit..typing and Sass asleep in my lazyboy...lol Better post before I lose this.

annie175
12-16-2012, 09:08 PM
GUess I left out some things on the above sentences...read between the lines...too tired to care. Sorry.

happy2bme
12-17-2012, 02:17 AM
Shad - hope you get better living quarters. 3 months is a long time to live in the dark - I had a cubicle once that was in the far corner of the floor - dark gray walls and no natural light made it to my place. It was horrid. Difficult to realize how much sunlight improves things. Having a view of the sea would be quite nice I imagine. Even if you have an east facing room and catch the early morning sun.

Annie - I'd be nervous sleeping with the baby too - also afraid I'd roll over all thought I'm sure he felt as snuggly safe as he possibly could. Christmas rock candy sounds interesting - is that the stuff you make with a string, sugar water and a paper clip?

I did cave and take a nap now it's after midnight and I'm not tired and I have to be up in a few hours. Bad me. :nono: Doesn't help that I had a lively conversation with DH a few minutes ago. I will fall asleep trying to figure out how I'm going to work all day, close the store and clean, get myself changed and cleaned up for dinner and over to the restaurant when I'll need at least an hour more than I'll have. Anyway - might not have time to post in the morning. If not, I will catch up later. Have a good Monday kids...

Shad
12-17-2012, 04:10 AM
Happy - Do not tell me that your conversation had to do with a certain post on facebook which you DH refuses to acknowledge that gun control doesn't mean you can't own a gun??? It's okay. I've deleted the post. We will go on to something else, like dairy cow milking of which he will have black cows and I will have white cows and we will be diametrically opposed as to how they should be separated from their milk.

Annie, not a good idea to have the baby in bed. He slept well, but seems to be the only one that did.

Mel - apparently so. So why weren't they locked up and put away from prying fingers? Okay, I have got off my soap box. I'm back to normal now.
Hope Jen and Richie manage to have fun with friends.
Good idea regifting. I should look up some of my stuff and see what I can do with it.
Funny how people get sick with watching the violence on movies but do nothing like boycotting violent movies. Nothing like drops in box office takings to make Hollywood sit up and say, we need to make different movies.
Same with games, parents need to check what the kids are up to instead of leaving the computer to babysit.
Okay off that soapbox too.

Ellen - what a good mum you are. Tired and all you went back for him.

Laura - don't bet on it that the rest will be a doddle. I keep thinking of things and people that I have to get things for - usually just after the long sigh and the heartfelt 'finished'

Ceejay - you sure have been busy.

That's about it. Have to pack for my move tomorrow. I have to pack everything up and leave it by the door and the staff will come and shift me tomorrow morning. I've just done the clothes, only the pantry, fridge, bathroom and gadgets to go. The new place should get the morning sun and be a bit gloomy on the late afternoon but morning is okay, I will see the sunrise and a lot of gloom is because the walls are painted a gloomy greeny/ grey/ beige. It's called being neutral. Bah humbug.

MELODY525
12-17-2012, 08:16 AM
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GOOD MORNING CJICKS.

HOPE THIS PIC ISN'T TOO BIG.
I COULDN'T GET IT ANY SMALLER AND I FELL IN LOVE WITH IT.
NOT MUCH NEW ON THE HOMEFRONT.
STILL NO STAMPS IN SATURDAY'S MAIL. WTF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
QUIET SUNDAY AND GRATEFUL FOR IT.
FINALLY HAD TO CHANGE THE CHANNEL & STOP WATCHING THE NEWS.

TODAY I AM TAKING OFF. HOPING THE PHONE DOESN'T RING.
LEFT A REPORT AND A NOTE "NOT FEELING WELL" ON THE DESK.
KIND OF TRUE. MY TUMMY IS STILL BOTHERING ME.
JEN GOT WHATEVER I HAD AND I AM WAITING FOR RICHIE TO BEGIN:rofl:

SO ANOTHER QUIET DAY :crossed:
HAPPY MONDAY/TUESDAY:moped:





SHAD...I WANT TO KNOW THE ANSWER TO THAT TOO.
SOAPBOX OR NOT. SHE KNEW SHE HAD A TROUBLED CHILD ON HER HANDS. :tantrum:
I LIVED WITH A COP FOR 5 YEARS AND MADE HIM LEAVE HIS GUNS IN HIS LOCKER.
AT THE TIME I WAS VERY EMOTIONAL ABOUT IT AND WANTED NO CHANCE FOR ANY ACCIDENTS!
THE COMPUTER IS THE NEW "NANNY".
OK...AS FOR PACKING...GLAD THEY ARE MOVING YOU TO A SUNNY MORNING ROOM.
THE SUN ALWAYS SETS ME STRAIGHT IN THE MORNING IF I CAN SEE IT!!
PS: I KNOW FRASSING NOTHING ABOUT COWS!! :lol3: :lol3:




ANNIE......GLAD THE WEEKEND SOUNDED GOO.
YOU AND SASSY MUST BE WORN OUT WITH COMPANY. SHOPPING AND EVERYTHING ELSE.
HOPE YOU FINALLY GOT A GOOD NIGHTS SLEEP :cloud9:




HAPPY....THERE WERE A FEW LIVELY CONVOS DOWN IN THE LOBBY.
I RAN AND GOT MY MAIL AND THEN PRETENDED I WAS TALKING ON THE PHONE!! ROFLMAO
I DID NOT WANT TO GET INVOLVED!! MOSTLY THE ME VS THE WOMEN! HA!
I WILL SEND YOU SOME ENERGIZING THOUGHT AND HOPE YOU MAKE IT ALL DAY AT WORK:hug:



CEEJAY......I FORGET IF I SAID I GOT YOUR CARD.
THANK YOU AND FYI....I PUT THE ONE FROM LASST YEAR OUT TOO!
IT WAS THE SNOW GLOBE!! FOUND IT IN THE ORNAMENT BOX.




ELLEN......GOOD MOM. BUT THEY SHOULD HAVE ASKED YOU IN!!!

diyana
12-17-2012, 08:38 AM
Good morning ladies - I hope you're all doing okay. I'm doing pretty well. I got the divorce paperwork done over the weekend, and the ex will be filing it with the court clerk this week. We may be divorced by early February. I still have mixed feelings about it...sad that it had to come to this....but I'm just looking ahead and trying to move forward.

I had to start an additional diabetes med this weekend. It causes the pancreas to release more insulin...and the doc warned me that I might experience bouts of low blood sugar symptoms....and I have been. Oh well, my body will adjust (hopefully before vacation).

And I got my hair cut and colored on Saturday. I was going for a strawberry blond or light red with blond highlights...but as can happen sometimes when you work with color...it didn't turn out as expected. The first try was BOZO the clown red. :yikes: Then my stylist tried to tone the color back, and it ended up sort of light pumpkin! :yikes: She was able to fix it so now it's a darker red with blond highlights. It's actually pretty. I will probably need to start wearing makeup, which I haven't done in years so I don't have any and have forgotten all the makeup techniques. I'll try and get a photo posted soon.

I'm sorry I've been behind on personals...and I also apologize that I won't be getting Christmas cards out until after New Years. With work being so busy, and having to take work home, and all the divorce paperwork, etc. I just haven't had time to do much of anything.

I am so excited to be leaving for CA on Thursday! I am bringing my laptop, so I should be able to post while away.

I've got a counseling appointment after work, so I'm not sure if I'll be back online this evening.

I really do love you all and miss you when I can't check in every day.

Much love and many hugs to all,

annie175
12-17-2012, 09:16 AM
Good Morning Sisterly Chicks.....

HAPPY..no rock candy is as follows.....

3 3/4 cups white sugar
1 1/2 cups light corn syrup
1 cup water

Bring to boil, simmer until hard crack stage (300 deg) on candy thermometer.

Remove from heat then Stir in (be careful fumes and heat will get you):

1 oz candy flavoring
food coloring to match flavor (orange flavor = orange coloring)

Have a prepared 9 x 13 pan covered with powdered sugar, thick enough you do not see bottom of pan.

Pour hot candy mix over powdered sugar. When it hardens, crack with hammer. Store in ziplock.

SHADDIE...packing and moving...blah...hope the new digs are better. And isn't it that white cows give white milk and brown or black cows give chocolate milk? That is what my brothers used to tell me when I was little, and yes I believed them. lol

CHELLE...safe travels my sister...enjoy CA. Glad the divorce paperwork is finally finished.

MELLIE..I agree with keeping the kiddos safe. Guns can be scary especially when they are not kept in a safe place from them. Usually we shoot the wrong people, hardly ever the intruders or such.

Hello's to all the rest of you sweet girls.

Loves and hugs.

diyana
12-17-2012, 09:42 AM
Annie - Thanks for the recipe for rock candy! The song "Rock Candy" by Sammy Hagar immediately popped into my head when I saw the recipe. Yes, I love rock n' roll, put another dime in the jukebox baby. And now I'm a "red" rocker, just like Sammy Hagar! :rofl: I'm not leaving for CA until Thursday. I'm getting so excited! Although I realize that I'm not spending enough time in either Northern or Southern CA to see everyone that I want to see. :( But I'll be back out there in the spring (hopefully) for interviews.

I don't know why I'm in such a "light" mood today. Maybe it's being out from under the weight of the divorce paperwork (although I am a little nervous that I forgot to list something in the property division and it will bite me in the arse). Maybe it's because vacation is just around the corner, and I'll be seeing loved ones who I haven't seen in years.

My job security still isn't great. But I'm working hard and doing my best. And hopefully my boss will decide to keep me.

Anyway...with that...I'd better get back to work.

Much love,

happy2bme
12-17-2012, 10:25 AM
Good morning ladies,

Can't wait until tomorrow when I'll have 3 whole days off. I didn't get to the cards yesterday, did go through the decorations, brought the little tree up but didn't do much more than that. Don't feel very Christmasy for some reason. Life is good, just not feeling the season right now.

Shad - yes, our conversation started with that post where I pointed out that he missed the point, progressed to youth in general and how I think that parents need to keep a closer eye on their kids and how the internet is another of the things that started out as a good concept and has gone terribly wrong. I love the internet as an information gathering tool - I can look up stuff, learn about new things and use it as a reference tool. However for kids there is too much availability to too many not so good things and they can do it in complete privacy. Sometimes DH has a difficult time accepting something / someone who is not of the same opinion of him - goes back to his childhood. As a result we have lively conversations - the good thing is that we still talk and in the end, kiss each other good night ;) I closed the conversation by saying I do not understand alot of what is going on in the world today and am really glad I live away from most of it out in the forest here :D And I get your points and totally agree with them... I hope all of your belongings get moved from one place to the next. At least you will get the sunrise view, and you'll be up early enough to enjoy it. From your FB post today, seems like you've finally gotten a chance to have some long overdue relaxing. Enjoy it as much as you can :beach:

Michelle - glad you got the paperwork done. Time to move on and look ahead to good stuff - like your vacation. Will be here before you know it. Sounds like you'll be quite busy hitting both ends of the state. Don't worry about cards. I didn't get mine out either :^: but there's still time for me. :crossed: I hope you can reduce / eliminate some of the diabetes meds once life gets less stressful for you. Sounds like your hair (like my sister) grabs alot of the red in dye. I like red but not so sure anyone looks good in a pumpkin color :lol:

Annie - thanks for the candy recipe. That looks like alot of fun. I will save that to brighten up a blah winter's day. Along with the cows, I heard that the color of eggs is related to the color of the chicken - white chickens lay white eggs, brown chickens lay brown eggs. If that is true, what do black chickens lay -- 600 year old Chinese putrified eggs??? :lol:

Mel - loved your pic so much I stole it for my avatar :rofl: Except it looks better bigger. I'm sure that there are many conversations going on all over the place about recent happenings. So much sadness in the world - I have to seek out the happy things - like when I dish up some popcorn out of the warmers. They have glass fronts and I can peek through the popcorn and see the adorable little faces of tiny tots looking back at me through the glass. So darn cute! Lady came in last week with a toddler who took off full steam towards the tree and store decorations. I thought to myself - 1) wonder how many times little Stevie hears his name in a day (ie. Stevie - get away from there, Stevie STOP THAT RIGHT NOW, Stevie - NO!) :rofl: and 2) I thought to myself now THERE'S a woman who goes to bed very tired :lol: This is why you should be young if you're going to have toddlers ;)

Well I should probably get to work a bit early and knock out these online orders so maybe I can leave an hour early and have enough time to look a bit festive for tonight's dinner. Hello to the rest of the chicks who are checking in. Have a good day.

Shad
12-17-2012, 05:14 PM
Morning all,

Just short note, I'll get to the rest later, but just had to reply to Happy

I get his points, and I will agree that gun control is not the only answer. There is a whole lot more there that people should be doing to 'persuade' their politicians that their votes are made on different issues and are not to be taken for granted over such lobbyists as the Gun people, the antiabortion lot, the religious fanatics and the downright dangerous. There is a whole lot more that those people can do to make life just that much safer for our precious little ones.
Anyway, philosophising will not solve my packing problems. I'm off to finish that and then take a anti dope pill and go to work. Hope the anti dope works.

ceejay52
12-17-2012, 06:41 PM
This morning it was warm enough to not wear a jacket. This afternoon I start outside and that cold North wind was blowing, I came back in and got my jacket.
Haven't done a whole lot of work today. Trying to kill time till 7 p.m. When I work extra I do as little as possible. After today it will be 36 hours oot of 60 hours.
I've been wearing new Reeboks this week and they are uncomfortable.
Talked to my friend in Utah. She will start her journey back to Jonesboro on Sunday. Hope the snow storm above her doesn't interfere in her travel plans.
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Ellen
I was sleepy both yesterday and today. Must be the weather changing.

Mel
Love the graphic. It's adorable. Pooh on the post office for not sending you the stamps. I bought mine at Walmart.

Happy
Have fun at the party tonight. Hey it's okay if your not in the spirit of things. Sometimes it's a lot of trouble when you are working to put up decorations.

Shad
Hope the deal goes through and you can get your room changed to a brighter room.

Annie and Laura :wave:

happy2bme
12-18-2012, 12:53 AM
Well fudge balls.

The good news is that we had a very lovely Christmas party dinner tonight. Nice, intimate, good food and great conversation (and drinks). We were also given a quite generous holiday gift. The bad news is that I thought I was off tomorrow, boss thought I was off tomorrow. Co-worker thought she was off tomorrow so she stopped at the store on the way home and said it was me who was on tomorrow. So off to work I go.

I had 3 glasses of wine anyway ;) hoping it puts me right to sleep.

Hope you all have a good sleep too. Forgive me if I wake up too sleepy to post tomorrow.

annie175
12-18-2012, 08:42 AM
Morning All..

First, I must say...HAPPY...I cracked up on the fudge balls, first time I have heard that one! May have to use it around this joint. Still laughing...guess I am more tired than I thought..haha. Take her easy at work, do the minimal as possible, tell they you had a hangover from last night. Didn't realize you had to work today...Oh and I would spank Stevie's little @$$.

SHADDIE....hope work is going a bit smoother for you. Just pretend it is fun and you are happy...what is it "they" say...you are what you project. Smiles everyone!

CEEG...I have not worn a coat in a couple of days. Probably needed one, but I just hate fighting with them in the car and they get in the way at the stores and restaurants. So I suffer a few feet of coldness, I am glad in the end. Change your shoes, those evidently are not the shoes for you!

Hello to all the worldlie sista's...

Today is our Christmas pitch-in. I made the ham (that our Dr. bought), and then also made turkey enchiladas. If nothing else, it all smells delish. I got a massage (deep tissue) last night. Now my bod is kind of achy now. Hoping it resolves this muscle pain in my left shoulder and tingly sensation going down my left arm. No it is not heart or stroke, was checked out in ER a few weeks ago. It is all muscle, tension, stress related.

Gonna go grab some java and try to wake up...

Have a wonderful day all. Loves and hugs

diyana
12-18-2012, 08:43 AM
Hi ladies -

I had great difficulty falling asleep last night. I was awake until nearly midnight...making it quite annoying when the alarm went off at 4:45. I've had a lot on my mind...sadness from the finality of my marriage ending (made "real" by the finishing and signing of the paperwork), the uncertainty of my job situation, the fear of the unknown (not knowing where I'll be 6 months or a year from now - where I'll be living, working and if I'll be able to find a nice place for me and Santa). Sigh. I know these are not things I should give any thought to...no sense worrying about stuff until there's a reason to worry, and even then it does no good. I think I've just been putting most of my emotions on hold until I got the move and paperwork done...and now I get to feel them. Dammit. ;)

Time to forget about the stress and look forward to my long-awaiting vacation visiting family and friends!

Gotta get some coffee and hunker down at the computer hopefully figuring out my code connundrums.

Much love,

MELODY525
12-18-2012, 09:07 AM
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GOOD MORNING CHICKS.
HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A GREAT DAY.
I DID A LOT OF NOTHING YESTERDAY & FEEL BETTER FOR IT.
JEN DID THE SAME AND WE CHATTED ON THE PHONE.
NOTHING TO REPORT ON THE EAST COAST:beach:
HAPPY TUESDAY/WEDNESDAY:encore:





HAPPY.....I LOVE THE AVATAR!!! I NOTICED IT RIGHT AWAY.
TOO FUNNY. I GOOGLED CHRISTMAS CAT AND GOT THOUSANDS.
MOST OF THEM WERE REAL CATS BUT THIS ONE MADE ME LAUGH.
ALL OF THEM WERE ADORABLE.
SORRY YOU HAVE TO WORK & GLAD THE PARTY WAS SO NICE.
HOPE YOU HAD A GOOD SLEEP.
ONLY 7 MORE SLEEPS TILL CHRISTMAS :santa:
STEVIE IS TOO FUNNY. I THINK I MIGHT KNOW HIM!!!





CEEJAY....YOU REINDEER MAKES ME LAUGH EVERY MORNING TOO.
I STILL LOVE THOSE DECORATED ANTLERS.
GLAD YOU DON'T OVER DO IT ON THESE LONG DAYS.
60 HRS IS A LONG TIME.
HOPE YOUR FRIEND HAS A SAFE TRIP.
I AM LOVING THIS MILDER DECEMBER BUT MY NOSE ISN'T :rofl:




ANNIE....NOW YOU MENTION FUDGE BALLS,
I WILL HAVE TO GO BACK A PAGE AND READ AGAIN!
I MUST HAVE MISSED SOMETHING.
WATCH OUT FOR THAT MUSCLE IN THE SHPOULDER/NECK.
IT CAN BE SUCH A BIOTCH. ICE IT!!! SENDING A HUG:hug:
I REMEMBER AN OLD COMMERCIAL....
"TENSION PUTS NERVES ON EDGE". I STILL USE THAT :rofl: :rofl:
SMELLING YOUR COOKING FIRST THING IN THE MORNING. YUM!:hun:





SHAD....HOPE THE NEW ROOMS SUITS YOU BETTER.
NO FUN WAKING UP IN THE DARK. I FACE WEST & KNOW THAT!!:faint:



MICHELLE....TIME HEALS ALL WOUNDS. HANG IN THERE.

MELODY525
12-18-2012, 11:09 AM
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ceejay52
12-18-2012, 12:43 PM
Mel
Love, love, love the graphic. Prancer must have had one to many!!!!!I may have to steal that one for an email.

Annie
I did change shoes this morning and they are worse than the Reeboks. I'm going shoe shopping this week end.
The water department is having our Christmas dinner on Friday. I'm looking forward to it.

Happy
Glad the party went well. And your co-worker sounds like mine by sneaking in an extra day off with out warning.

Laura
Have I missed your posts?

Ellen and Ellen
:wave: I know you are a busy girls.


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Nothing new for me. Trying to take it easy on this long stretch. At least this one was planned. I'm making an effort to get more sleep at night. But it's hard for me as I have to get the pumps and motors out of my head. And by the time I do s few things it's apst my scheduled bedtime.
Watched the last half of the Christmas Carol last night. I saw the tail end of an ice age cartoon Christmas that I'd like to watch. I may have to buy the dvd.

annie175
12-18-2012, 03:53 PM
MELLIE...love the flat tire for Santa...too cute. I guess I am just getting old as every day I find more and more aches and pains. I am sure if I were not on Cymbalta it would be worse. Blah

CEEG...Sounds like you need to go shoe shopping with LAURA. She seems to find the right fit at good prices.

CHELLE....ONE DAY AT A TIME! Do not worry about tomorrow, 6 mos from now, a year from now, it may never happen...so stay in today! Besides....isn't 12/21/12 the end of the world? lol.

Have a great afternoon/evening/night/morning...whatever it takes to make it good...Hugs all.

annie175
12-18-2012, 03:55 PM
LAURA...are you ok or just busy?

Hi ELLEN! Kiddos at Christmas, I miss that!

Laura705
12-18-2012, 04:02 PM
Hello Worldlies –

Ellen – Good job on the weight loss. :) How are you feeling? Is your sinus problem gone now that you’ve had the z-pack? How about your foot?

Happy – I’m glad there will be additional help at the shop. Sorry you didn’t have the 3 days off you thought you did. Bummer. :( I’m glad the party was nice, and that you were appreciated with a gift. I hope dh doesn’t have to live with the heart palps – it seems to happen frequently enough to be uncomfortable and alarming. Re the pizza, yes, it doesn’t rise as much – the amount of yeast used was smaller than for other items like bread. And it is the toppings that can add up quickly. Good thing I don’t like very much cheese on my pizza, and I like sausage and pepperoni, but again, not too much. The idea of more than one type of meat together on a pizza or double meat just doesn’t appeal to me at all. As the recipe advised, we actually poached the pepperoni slices for a few minutes to draw out some of the fat. Still...it's pepperoni. Not light and healthy.

Shad – Loved that firefighter photo you posted. :o Re the miniature rooms – yes, it was indeed a very rich woman who created them (married to a descendent of the person who founded the Montgomery Ward department stores). I can only imagine the cost of creating these rooms with so much accuracy – all the furnishings, etc being custom made for those rooms. So you’ve gotten extended for another 3 months. I hope they go better than the past couple…As Mel said – take the money and run! Good you’ll have brighter lodging for the remainder – and a view to boot! Nice. You’re right that there’s still quite a bit to get done before the holidays, but with this stuff I will be able to do it in a last minute rush, my specialty.

Mel – The Christmas menu sounds great – especially the pork. And anything in a pastry, of course. :D Poor Richie having to work, but the $$ will be appreciated, I’m sure. Gosh, I hope your stamps finally arrived! Glad you enjoyed the link for the miniature rooms. I find them fascinating. No more cake for you – you don’t seem to have my cast-iron stomach, haha. We went to the middle Eastern place for lunch yesterday and of course I had to pick up a piece of baklava to take home. It was actually about twice as large a piece as usual, so I shared it with bf. Glad you feel better after your “nothing day” yesterday.

Ceejay – Have you gotten your new eyeglasses yet? It’s good to know that your docs are using the latest technology. But it sure costs!! Hope you’ve found the part for your mower without too much cost or trouble. Ugh, long days and long week for you. Is it 2 days or 3 days left now? Hope they go by quickly. I can relate to you not getting to bed on time – after the long workdays you need to wind down a bit before being ready to hit the hay. Sorry your shoes are uncomfortable - and the Reeboks are new??? I hate that! Hope you find a pair that feels better – painful feet probably make the workdays feel longer than they already are. A Christmas dinner sounds nice - enjoy. I took vacation yesterday, and so I missed the holiday luncheon at the office. Oh well. I don’t post regularly over the weekends and I’ve been having a lot of long weekends lately, so you haven’t missed my posts, they’re just not there! (But I’m more than making up for it with this long post, LOL.)


Annie – Glad you enjoyed the Hobbit. Not my cup of tea…Tonight we’re seeing Hitchcock. Sounds like you’ve been keeping busy – shopping, babysitting, rock-candy-making! I think I was also originally thinking of the same recipe Happy was, but the process you described reminds of making brittle/English toffee. A massage sounds nice…maybe not quite a deep tissue one – a little too intense for me. But I sure hope yours helped your shoulder/arm. How was the pitch-in??

Michelle – Yay for the divorce paperwork being done! One thing off the list. Between that and an upcoming vacation, I’m glad it put you in a lighter mood. I bet your hair looks great. I don’t do too much with makeup and I feel like I’m in such a rut – I was thinking about going to a makeup counter and seeing what they’d do with me. Aside from trying to sell me $$$’s of products that is... Part 2: Sorry you were kept awake by worries. :( I’ve heard you should write them down and it supposedly helps you let them go – for a bit at least. :write: I can definitely see how the uncertainty would make for sleepless nights.

Hellos to Patty & Java!:coffee2: :coffee2:


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Another long weekend done and gone. Did I mention the pizza we made Thursday night turned out tasty? I’d like the crust to be a bit thinner, but it was a good first effort. Friday we cleaned and tidied & bf’s mum came over for dinner. We also took her over to see the mall’s light show. I got my out of town package shipped Saturday morning.

The tree is now up and mostly decorated. Oy, that tree is big. Not more than 7 feet tall, but very girthy. Takes up a lot of space and needs a lot of ornaments. And it’s a major hassle to push and pull through the attic access opening, and it gets a bit manhandled when it goes through that! I finally had a realization that we should be wrapping the tree (in its storage bags) in bungie (sp??) cords before we store it in the attic. The branches are hinged and this year when we set up the tree, the branches were really mangled! Probably needs more fussing and fluffing than I gave it, but it still looks good with its lights lit. I think I’m going to secretly purchase a skinnier tree for next year…

The wreath is up too, and a couple strings of lighted garland in the 3-season room. I did more shopping yesterday but still have a bit more to do…

I went to the gym on Sunday and did cardio on a treadmill, elliptical and an arc machine. Still not sure why an arc machine exists – mostly like an elliptical. Also did a good ab workout. Yesterday I went to the step class. Dog walks all weekend.

Okay, meeting coming up so I better get this behemoth posted!

ceejay52
12-18-2012, 07:29 PM
Laura
There you are. Looks like your week end was busy.

MELODY525
12-19-2012, 08:43 AM
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GOOD MORNING CHICKS

THE BIG DAY IS GETTING CLOSER.
PEOPLE ALL AROUND ME GOING NUTS.
I THINK I SHOULD START A MEDITATION CLASS.
WE SHOULD MAKE IT MANDATORY FOR THE ENTIRE BLDG.:yoga:
OR BETTER YET THE ENTIRE BUILDING STAFF:rofl:
WE WERE ALL INVITED TO ANOTHER TOWN FOR A HOUSING PARTY.
THE STAFF I MEAN. I AM BOWING OUT.
IT'S AT NIGHT AND WOULD REQUIRE A BUS DRIVER TO BE ON CALL.
BESIDES...THEY ALL DRINK TO EXCESS AND get loud.
I AM JUST NOT COMFORTABLE WITH DRUNKS ON HOLIDAYS ANYMORE. :xcheer:

NOTHING NEW TO REPORT...OH YES....I FINALLY GOT MY STAMPS :hohoho:
ALL CARDS ARE IN THE MAIL.
THEY'RE GOING TO BE LATE I AM SURE.
THAT WAS ALL THE EXCITEMENT FOR YESTERDAY.
EXCEPT FOR PANICKY PEOPLE.
HAVE A GREAT DAY.





CEEJAY....WHEN I FOUND THAT GRAPHIC I CRACKED UP.
HOPE YOU GET TO FIND A NICE COMFY PAIR OF SHOES.
HOW DID THE MOWER SHOPPING GO?
AFTER THIS WORK WEEK IT WILL BE REST TIME I AM THINKING??
WE DON'T WANT YOU SNORING THRU THE HOLIDAY!




ANNIE...GETTING OLD IS NOT FOR SISSIES.
I TELL THE SENIORS THAT THEY ARE BRAVE WARRIORS!!
THEY GET A LAUGH OUT OF IT.
I FORGET OFF HAND WHY I CAN'T HAVE THE CYMBALTA.
BUT I AM GLAD IT WORKS FOR YOU:hug:
I CANNOT WAIT TILL THE HOBBIT IS ON DVD OR RENTAL ON CABLE:dance:




LAURA....WE JUST GOT RID OF A HINGED TREE FOR THE LOBBY.
THE MEN HAD MANGLED IT SO MUCH THE BRANCHES WERE FALLING DOWNWARDS!
A FEW WERE TIED UP TO THE ONE ABOVE!:rofl:
A SKINNIER ONE WOULD BE GREAT.
WE SHOULD HAVE THOUGHT OF THAT HERE!
GLAD YOUR DECORATIONS ARE UP:wreath:
HOW DID MOM LIKE THE LIGHTSHOW??
JEN LOVED YOUR LINK TO THE ROOMS TOO.
THE TINIEST DETAIL WAS JUST SO CUTE.
WE LOVED THE DOGGIE ON THE RUG. HA!

ceejay52
12-19-2012, 10:42 AM
Morning
Nothing new here except after this work day today I'll have three day's off :dance:Went home last night and turned on some Christmas music then watched Charlie's Brown's Christmas.

Mel
Don't blame you for not wanting to go to the party. I don't like the loud noise anymore either. Yeah for the stamps getting there. Meditation does work. Are the brave warriors worried about the world coming to and end or just excited about Christmas?

annie175
12-19-2012, 10:48 AM
Good Morning Girls..........

Believe it or not I got a full 9 hours sleep last night. Eventually I just collapse. Only woke up two times and went right back to sleep. Of course, I took 1/2 of a PM. I could of slept a little more, but had to come in to this place. Blah.

The pitch in was fabulous. I took home some of the ham, baked beans and goodies and that is what I served Curtis. I ate nothing as I was still stuffed from eating all day long. I feel and look like a cow! It is making me miserable.

MELLIE...let me know where the meditation class is, I do believe I need to attend with you also. I need something, my body is aching, my head hurts much too often, I think I need peace for this decrepit old body.

CEEG...glad to hear you are on the look out for a new pair of tennis shoes. When our feet hurt our whole demeaner is wrecked. I tell you I love my KEDS tennis shoes...they are so comfortable.

LAURA...forgot you took an extra long vacation. Glad the pizza was tasty and the decorating is done. My little 2 1/2 foot tree came out of my attic just fine..lol. Then it folds up into a 4 x 4 inch 2 1/2 foot box. So simple. You rock on the exercising...

Hello to the rest of ya's....have a marvy hump day!

Laura705
12-19-2012, 01:27 PM
Morning all.

Ceejay - You're getting close now - enjoy your 3 days off! :) I want to watch my Charlie Brown Christmas dvd too, but we have another dvd from the library than we need to watch before it's due. I don't use the car much, but lately when I do, I've got the radio tuned to the station that's playing all holiday music. Love it. ;)

Annie - Glad the pitch-in was great. Oops on overdoing it...are you making up for it today?? Salad and water, LOL. :D We got some cookies and fudge from one vendor and I ate half a cookie yesterday and it sucked, so I tossed it. Had a tiny bit of fudge - mediocre, so don't need more of that. Glad they didn't send something super yummy. Whew!

I'm happy you got a good night's sleep - you need it to keep your immunity up to par! And maybe you should try a yoga class for the relaxation and muscle-stretching benefits. I do have a smaller tree - 4 feet high, from my first apartment & condo days. I believe I used that one last year. I just put it up on a table of sorts and it's great. I might go that route next year if I don't buy a skinny tree...

Mel - Good idea to opt out of that party if everyone's just going to get drunk and act foolish. Enough of that going around already, right??? :cheers::celebrate: :lol3: Our tree's in good shape re its hinges, but the tips of the branches just get smooshed together or slightly bent and need some adjusting. :tree: If it were getting badly mangled, I think the lights would get damaged (it's prelit) and then it would be curtains for that tree. Bf's mum liked the light show - clever and creative and short and sweet!! For some reason they were only showing it through Saturday, so I'm glad we caught it before it ended. Why they wouldn't continue it up through Christmas is beyond me. :shrug: Glad Jen liked the miniature rooms - they are something else. Another thing I love about them is how they have bits of adjacent rooms or views to the outside and natural-looking light coming into the rooms. I love to peek at the next room or what's "outside".

Hellos to the rest of you. :coffee2: Happy, hope your work day went alright (or is that today?).
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Went to see "Hitchcock" last night. It was a good movie. I had reservations because I've heard Alfred Hitchcock was kind of a dirty old man/womanizer, but I really enjoyed the movie. Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren were really good.

Over the weekend we watched a couple library dvd's - "Thin Ice", sort of recent, with Greg Kinnear and Alan (?) Arkin (the father) That had a lot of twists to it, pretty entertaining. Also an older movie "The Savages" - Laura Linney & Philip Seymor-Hoffman play siblings faced with caring for their estranged elderly father. Not ultra serious - a lot of humor in it along with the drama. I still have the dvd "Home for the Holidays" to watch. That's an older dark comedy with Holly Hunter and Robert Downey Jr. I might have seen it when it first was released, but I want to see it again.

Tonight I should go exercise. Not sure if I will... I also need to get some lists going for what remains to be done. Friday night is a friend's party, Saturday late morning is a hair appointment, Sunday will be my family's gathering at my sis's house. Monday is dinner at our place w/ bf's mum and my friend D and her sis. Have to squeeze a lot of preparations in between all that.

Okay, back to work. Had to do another blasted compliance session online because it was due today. Also had a meeting after that. Hope I can get some real work done this afternoon. Yesterday was a lot of interruptions by the boss, who will be out for two weeks after this Friday - of course she's trying to tie up all the loose ends before that. Bleh.

TTFN!
:xcheer: :xcheer::xcheer:

happy2bme
12-19-2012, 02:40 PM
Hi ladies,

I am off today. I got scared when I saw the boss' number on the phone this morning but she just had a question about an order. Today I WILL get to the Christmas cards and the decorating (either up and out or packed back up and taken downstairs ;) ). I'm off tomorrow too but we have a mid afternoon eye doctor appointment so the day will be broken up. Work was very tiring - can't wait until next weekend when the madness is over. DH got a call from the medical office, they are referring him to a heart specialist up in Duluth. This once specializes in electro something or other which I think might be the root of his problem. We won't be going home for Christmas :( - too risky with DH feeling the way he does. Talked to my sister last night - I think my Mom is starting to lose it. Not sure if it's the medication or just old age. She is starting to say whacky things. And I don't mean that joking around. Worries both me and Sis. She is staying a week with my sister so that will be good.

Last night DH made a pot of the most wonderful pasta fajioli soup. Of course he made the classic mistake of thinking there was not enough pasta in the recipe so he added more. By the time I got home it was pasta faSTEWee :lol: The pasta absorbed most of the broth - but we had it with fresh baked bread. Ummmm so good.

Laura - take care - I hear there is a big winter storm warning your way for tomorrow. I hear you on the tree taking up alot of room - been so long since I put my big one up, I'm sure I'd be shocked at the clearance it needed. Not so sure I like the newer "skinny" trees though. Especially with what I consider to be hugely oversized ornaments on them. If you're in the market for a new tree you should shop the after Christmas sales. Each year my boss donates a fully decorated tree for a charity event up here. She said she gets it for a fraction of the cost by going to Hobby Lobby or one of those places right after Christmas. On another note, you are doing so well on the exercise - good for you!

Annie - wow on the good sleep. Whatever you did, do it again. Funny that every person I talked to had difficulty / interrupted sleep Monday night. Maybe there was something in the air??? Hope you feel rested up today. Perhaps that massage loosened things up. Re: the tingy feeling in your arm - could it be tension from your neck pinching things? And what's this trip to the E/R you kinda slipped in under the wire :yikes: Be careful too when you type on the computer - don't let your arm rest on the edge of the desk which is so easy to do -aggrivates the nerve by the elbow. Sounds like your pitch in dinner was tasty and alot of fun. Glad you had enough to share a bit with a friend. :D As for the bloating, I think it's the time of year - maybe all that moisture in the air has us puffy. I've lost 13 pounds since September and I don't feel any difference - still feel pudgy and my pants feel tight - although after 30 minutes they loosen up quickly. So I'm blaming it on the humidity :lol:

Ceejay - ugh I HATE it when you can't find comfortable shoes. I've had some luck with a brand called Spring Step - they are cushy on the bottom but not a rocking/rolling motion like MBTs or Sketchers. I've also worn Nurse Mates - made for people who are on their feet and walking alot as I'm sure you do. Enjoy your time off - 3 days whoo hoo!!!! That's like a week for you :D Sounds like you are getting to enjoy a bit of Christmas tho personally I don't know how you can do that without some snow ;) :lol:

Mel - glad you got your cards out - and you still beat me. I don't blame you for skipping the party - no fun in watching drunks and if you can't enjoy the food spread, what's the sense??? However, I am blaming you for filling up my cable box - (after you were talking about it) I have been looking at the Hallmark Channel and taping Christmas movies which I have yet to have time to watch - but I think New Year's week will be a nice quiet one so I look forward to a bag of popcorn and some darn good movies - chased with a shot of tissues for those teary awwww moments :lol: I look forward to your graphics each day - you've found some really cute ones. I feel a bit more festive when I log on each morning :xcheer:

Michelle - I can understand how you might be feeling a bit down with the recent things that have happened to you. Don't give up the faith - sometimes we have to get through the dark to get to the dawn and better things down the road which I'm sure will happen to you. You're meant to be in a different place (and I don't mean that physically) so you need to tie up the loose ends on what's going on now to move forward. Perhaps there is even some new opportunity that will trigger on your vacation. Until then, look forward to that as a welcome respite and focus your energies on finding some happiness. :hug:

Shad - hope you got shifted into the new place with a minimum of effort. If I remember from your FB post, sounds like you got a bit of a chance to relax for a minute. Are you headed back home soon for the holidays and if so, for how long?

Hi Ellen, Patty and Java. :wave:

Gosh the morning is already gone. Need to work on my cards and I'm hungry so lunch would be nice too. Hope you all have a good day.

happy2bme
12-19-2012, 02:42 PM
Laura - are you planning / interested in seeing that new movie Guilt Trip (I think) with Barbra Steisand? That looked like one I'd want to see with my cousin for girls night out.

Shad
12-19-2012, 05:51 PM
Can't stop unfortunately. You will see by the pics uploaded that I am in my new pad and have a much happier view. This was sunrise this morning.

The office has gone berserk and shortly there will be a meltdown and unfortunately I will be caught up in it, but am trying my best to keep my temper and keep out of the way. Somedays it is like Mel's warriors.

Okay - time for face and feet again. One would imagine that the madness will stop on Friday for a week or so. Don't care mainly because I will be either at home or Adelaide.

If you believe in the Mayan calendar it will all be over tomorrow anyway - just when I am flying home.
Have a fun day and stay sane and sober. I will need to be able to reach out shortly.

happy2bme
12-19-2012, 07:00 PM
Well Shad - even if your walls are an ugly green/gray neutral - the view from your windows/balcony is quite pretty. Lovely shots of the morning sun.

And yes, Friday is the first day of winter, the end of the world and I have to go to work in the morning :shrug: I can almost see the boss' face if I call and tell her I can't make it in because the world is supposed to end today and I'd like to stick close to home with DH :lol3:

MELODY525
12-20-2012, 09:16 AM
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GOOD MORNING CHICKS.
I REALLY NEED TO GO TO THE OFFICE TODAY.
THIS IS MY BOSS'S LAST DAY. CAN'T MISS THAT.
NOT STAYING LONG AND HOPING I CAN GIVE MY ENVELOPES OUT.
TOMORROW WAS FOOD SHOPPING BUT IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE TERRIBLE.
JEN CANCELLED IT YESTERDAY AFTERNOON.
IF WE NEED SOMETHING I CAN GET IT DOWN THE STREET & DELIVERED.
RICHIE IS PICKING UP THE M\EALS MONDAY AFTERNOON.
SO E ARE ALL SET.....UNLESS THE FAMILY TOSSES IN A WILD CARD.
GOT A MORE FORMAL INVITE TO THE PARTY.
ALSO THE OFFER OF COURSE FOR THE BUS.
SAID THANKS BUT NO THANKS. NOT FEELING WELL.
WAS A GOOD EXCUSE AND HE KNEW IT:rofl:
THE SOONER I GET DOWNSTAIRS THE SOONER I GET TO LEAVE.
HAVE A GREAT DAY:ginger:





CEEJAY....HURRAH FOR THE 3 DAYS OFF!!
YOU'LL BE LIVING LIKE A QUEEN :queen:
I WATCHED CHARLIE BROWN TOO AND THE CARTOONS AFTERWARDS.
MY FRIENDS THINK I AM NUTS. :rofl:
ENJOY YOUR TIME OFF AND HAVE A GREAT "WEEKEND."




ANNIE....THE FREE 21 DAYS IS FINISHED NOW.
HE WILL BE HABVING ANOTHER ONE I AM SURE.
WHEN I GET A NOTICE, i'LL LET YOU KNOW.
BUT IF YOU GOOGLE MEDITATIO....THERE ARE TONS ON YOUTUBE.
YOU HAVE TO FIND ONE THAT FEELS RESTFUL TO YOU.
THE VOICE MUST BE CALM AND NOT GRATE ON YOUR NERVES:rofl:
BUT ON HIS SITE HE HAS A "FREE LIBRARY"
I HAVE NOT LOOKED AT IT YET BUT WILL PUT THE LINK HERE:
http://store.chopra.com/library




LAURA....I HAVE SEEN THE SAVAGES & HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS.
BOTH WERE GOOD MOVIES. HAVEN'T SEEN THIN ICE YET.
I LIKED DYLAN MCDERMOTT IN H FOR THE HOLS. THAT WAS SOME CAST.
GLAD THE MOM LIKED THE HSOW AND YOU CAUGHT IT IN TIME.
HOPE YOU HAVE A GREAT TIME AT THE SISTERS. :xcheer:




HAPPY....GET IN THAT FESTIVE MOOD NOW AND RELAX.
YOU AND DH DON'T HAVE TO BE ANYWHERE, DRIVE ANYWHERE OR ANSWER TO ANYONE.
MAYBE THIS WHOLE THING WORKED OUT FOR THE BEST RIGHT NOW.
STAYING HOME AND JUST HAVING EACH OTHER IS ENOUGH.
HOPE THIS NEW DOCTOR HAS SOME ANSWERS FOR YOUR HUBBY.
SENDING HIM MORE GOOD THOUGHTS AND A HUG FOR BOTH OF YOU :hug:
I AM SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT MOM THOUGH.
IT HAS TO BE HARD ON YOU & THE SISTER.
THIS KIND OF THING IS NEVER EASY ON THE RELATIVES.
SIS CAN OBSERVE HER FOR THE TIME SHE'S THERE.
BUT BE ASSURED THAT WHEN ACCUSED OF SAYING SOMETHING WEIRD, THEY COME UP WITH SOME PRETTY GOOD EXCUSES :lol3:
WE WILL HOPE FOR THE BEST :hug:
PS: LOVED THE FASTEWEEEE!!! I DID SOMETHING LIKE THAT A FEW TIMES!! GOTTA LOVE WHEN THE PASTA DRINKS EVERY OUNCE OF THE LIQUID!! ROFLMAO BUT THEY ARE TASTY MEALS NONETHELESS!




SHAD....IF THE APOCALYPSE HITS YOUR FIRST...GIVE US A HEADS UP!!
HYAVE YOU DECIDED TO GO SEE SOPHIA??
YUR CARD WILL BE LUCKY IF IT GETS THERE BY NEXT YEAR:rofl:
BUT IT'S THE THOUGHT THAT COUNTS RIGHT???
SORRY ABOUT THE DRAMA AT WORK.:hug:
THE HOLIDAYS AND THAT JOB MUST BE A TERRIBLE COMBO RIGHT NOW.
IT'S BAD DOWNSTAIRS...SO THE SENIORS TELL ME.
I TRULY BELIEVE ALL THIS PANIC AND FOUL MOODS ARE THE RESULT OF THE TV PROGRAMS & NEWS.
TOO MUCH CRAP & PRESSURE GOING ON.
HOPE YOU GET HOME SAFE AND SOUND AND RELAX A BIT:beach:
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MELODY525
12-20-2012, 09:21 AM
SHAD....loved The Pictures Of The Sunrise.
What A Great View To Begin The Day With.
Hope It Helps To Improve The Job!!!!!

annie175
12-20-2012, 09:43 AM
Good Morning My Besties~

HAPPY....you get the prize today for your comment on calling in to your boss about being the last day and wanting to spend it with DH. I literally cracked up and read it to one of my associates. We are both going to use it. The tingly feeling has been around for about a month. I believe it has to do with my left shoulder/pinched nerve/muscle issue or something. The ER trip was about a month ago due to breathing issues. As it turned out it was the shoulder area inflamed and when I would take a breath my lungs would push on the inflamation causing me not to want to breathe. Anyway they did chest xrays, ekg, etc etc...all is good. I know the feeling "just get me through the holidays at work" I went through that 3 years at CVS, working Christmas day all three years. Bless your heart, soul, mind, nerves, feet etc etc...hugs and more hugs.

SHADDIE...gotta love your pictures, especially this time of year for me. I do not like cold weather or snow. Low and behold...raining all day, turning to snow tonight, accumulations up to 3" by morning. Blah. I hope not as I have to take Miss Sassacakes to the vet for her hysterectomy. Poor baby. 3 more months of nonsense...at least the money is good?? Better view too!

MELLIE...the boss's last day?? Due to the end of the world...hahahhaa...get your work done and head back to the shack for comfort and joy!! When I get a free minute I will try to look up the meditation thing. I really just need quiet time to do it. Hope Jen and Richie and doing well and will enjoy the holidays with you~

LAURA...how was "Hitchcock"? I am not sure I want to see that one. Let me know how it went. I am with HAPPY...I would like to see Guilt Trip also...maybe we should all meet halfway and see it together...that would be fun. Good for you on exercising. Do a little for me too!

Hello to the rest of ya's!

My DSIL came up from KY and spent the night at our house~ How fun. We stayed up talking way too late. She got there just in time to have dinner with C, me and C's DD that came by we thought to visit (oh no, she needed money, of course). Seems to be the only time she comes by. Oh well. Anyway I fixed baked seasoned 1" boneless pork chops, garlic mashed potatos and fresh greenbeans....dessert was all the crap I brought home from the pitch-in. Snickerdoodle cookies, sugar cream pie, sugar cookies etc.

Lil man had his picture taken with Santa yesterday. Too cute....did not smile one time, kind of stared at the camera in the first pix, looked down in the 2nd pix and cried like crazy in the 3rd pix. Samantha settled for the first pix. Lil turd. It was still cute. She had him in kakhi's, white shirt, red vest with a red pick up truck on the front with a Christmas tree in the bed of the truck...

That is about it for me, Outlook was down on my puter yesterday afternoon so no email. It is fixed now which means an inbox full of work to do...blah

Loves and hugs

MELODY525
12-20-2012, 11:05 AM
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ANNIE...I COULDN'T SEND MY FREE DAY 1 OF THE MIND BODY EXPERIENCE.
I DON'T KNOW HOW TO MAKE A DEFAULT MAILING ADDIE!! ROFLMAO
SO I KEPT GOOGLING TILL I FOUND IT ON YOU TUBE.
HOPE IT HELPS.



OH....I JUST FOUND THE SHORTER ONE TOO.
I LIKE THIS BEFORE BEDTIME ON A BAD DAY.
ESPECIALLY GOOD AFTER A HOT SHOWER.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D56tUOdpgts


:yoga:OH OH OH.....NOW I FOUND A BUNCH:

http://www.worldofhomoeopathy.co.uk/meditation.htm


I BETTER GET OFF HERE AND CLEAN OR DO SOMETHING!!!!!



PS: I never made it downstairs.
The loo was calling to me. Guess this is not over yet.
They will just have to make do (no pun intended) without me.:rofl:

annie175
12-20-2012, 11:54 AM
Thanks Mellie...I am going to try to do some of these.

MELODY525
12-20-2012, 12:19 PM
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Laura705
12-20-2012, 12:34 PM
Morning all. We're getting the same weather here as Annie is. Fortunately, it had stopped raining by the time I left the house this morning. :rain: Temps were mild for my commute, but it's supposed to drop this afternoon.

Mel - Hope you get down to the office sometime today, or maybe just have the envelopes delivered there somehow. Feel better soon - is this ailment all going back to that birthday cake you ate?! I might just have to try out those meditation links you sent. :yoga: Maybe I could do that on the train. I wanted to read my book on the train this morning but ended up updating the check register instead. I just might be the only person in the universe who still keeps one... I didn't know Dylan McDermott was in that movie - all the more reason to make sure I watch it before I have to return it to the library!!! :drool:

Annie - Your evening sounded wonderful - good food and good conversation! :yes: LOL, I'm sure next year's li'l guy Santa picture will be cute as a button. :clause: I think it'll be fun for you to have the chronological progression of Santa photos over the next several years. I'm glad you don't have any lung/heart issues, but I hope you can get the shoulder/nerve issue straightened out so the pain and tingles stop. IMO, "Hitchcock" was well-done and I found it interesting because I didn't know much at all about AF or his life/career. It was about AH during the time he was making the movie "Psycho" and it dealt with obstacles with funding and the studio, but mostly it was about his relationship with his wife. I hope I'm not giving anything away by saying that I found it interesting how they worked the inspiration for the novel "Psycho" (and the movie version) into this movie as well as intimated some of the demons with which AF struggled. Bits of humor and an occasional creepiness too.

I want to see "Guilt Trip" too. I sort of feel bad that I didn't see several of the movies that will be award nominees (e.g., Lincoln, Argo), and I'll try to see them in the coming months, but it also makes me feel defiant and wanting to go see "fun" movies like Guilt Trip. ;) So I will! It would be so fun to have a girls night movie outing. The logistics would be a bear, but maybe we should try to have a virtual movie night - choose a dvd, sync up our watches and let the e-mails and/or texts fly! Oh, before I forget again, thank you for your card. And if you were responsible for me receiving an out-of-the-blue mailing of a freebie Excedrin Migraine, thanks so much for thinking of me!

Happy - Sorry you won't be visiting with family back in the hometown for the holidays, but it makes sense given the hubby's medical situation. I hope the specialist figures this out!! I'm sorry your mom's behavior is a cause for worry. :( Good that she'll be with your sister and she can get a better gauge on it. Enjoy your day off today. :) Yummmy, past fagioli soup. Doesn't bother me when it's more stew than soup. In fact that's the way they make it at a place I used to go to for lunch before I started brown-bagging it. Thick with past and beans, yum. I have to get back there for some - maybe bring one or two containers home. My approach to soups that call for noodles (after the same experience as your dh) is to cook them separately and add them separately when each portion is being reheated. Yeh, I'd definitely try to get a new tree on clearance, but the more I think about it, I might just settle for my old 4-footer next year. You are right about the ornaments. I don't have a lot of very large ones, but even some of the average-sized ones are pretty heavy! Makes for a challenge in hanging them. Yes, as I said to Annie, that movie Guilt Trip sounds like a fun one. I just hope it's not horrible - I just listened to a podcast reviewing "Playing for Keeps" with Gerard Butler and the reviewers just ripped it to shreds.


Shad - Nice sunrise photos - what a view. Good move for you - you need a good start to your days because they seem to go downhill once you arrive at the office. I hope you can avoid the nuttiness going on!

Hellos to the rest of the Worldlies! Ceejay - Thanks for your card!! :) Michelle, safe travels to you and have a wonderful, well-deserved vacation!! Hope the weather doesn't cause you any snafus. :crossed:
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Nothing much to report. I went home after work yesterday and did pretty much nothing. No, wait, I did one load of laundry. Now I have clean workout gear to wear to a class tonight, lucky me.

Dinner was some aging leftover meatloaf and some more youthful leftover sides. The meatloaf was rather yummy until the last 2-3 bites...then it tasted like it was past its prime. Not spoiled or anything, just...old. Anyway, I'm feeling fine today, so I can get on with my day.

Two yuckies have come my way so far today, one via e-mail and the other from the boss. The latter is a plain old PITA, not hard. The other...ick. Why now, when I just want to kick back and do some easy stuff??? Sigh. :tantrum:

Okay, better get to it.
:snowglo::snow4::coolsnow:

Laura705
12-20-2012, 01:25 PM
Mel - Love both graphics today :) Thanks. I get red x's when I'm on my work computer, but I can see them just fine on my iPhone... Must be a browser setting. :shrug:

ceejay52
12-20-2012, 03:52 PM
Mel
Hadn't thought about YOUTUBE for meditation. You are probably right about the on goings in the office due to the media and the "end of the world". I'm ushering in the new age/era of Aquarius and forgetting about the rest.

Happy
Sure hope that the dh can find out what is causing those palpitations. I know that caffeine will do it for me. Haven 't had one in a long time but I've started back on the caffeine. The other day at the eye doctor's office my pulse was 100 a good sign that I could experience those again.

Annie
We are getting that cold blustery air just before some snow fall. I'm never ready for the snow. Hope your shoulder gets better soon.

Shad
Loved the sun rises. Maybe the room with a view will make up for all the on goings in your office too. How long do you get off for Christmas?

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Sitting here waiting for the Sears repair man to come. My washer has a foul smell to it but I'm thinking it may be a leaking hose. I've seen water on the floor this morning. I'm leaving it till the man gets here.
I could be running some errands.
I pulled out my Easy Spirit's athletic shoes yesterday and wore them to work. No pain to speak of yesterday. My feet swell due to excess fluid and this may have been the reason my feet hurt. These shoes, however, are really comfortable. I looked on line yesterday and ordered another pair. The pair I have on is a medium so I ordered a wide width for those days my feet are swollen.
Been to eat lunch with a friend and then Sears has been here. Seems there's nothing wrong with the washer nor dryer. The smell is coming else where.
I'm going to make a run to walmart for some food.

annie175
12-20-2012, 11:36 PM
Hey Girls...just in case it is the last day tomorrow...I DON'T BELIEVE IT IS...

annie175
12-20-2012, 11:43 PM
Ha ha...I LOVES YA..this stupid computer posts or does not post when it is ready!

Dinner tonight was chicken crusted pecan baked....cauliflower, broccoli, carrots grilled and cheddar rice....fudge or cookies for dessert.

DSIL and her mother joined us for dinner and it was one of my best creations. Wanted to know if they started a restaurant in France would I be the head cook/baker...well yeah. I am sure that won't happen but was delighted to entertain the thought!!

Tomorrow should be short and sweet, which is good as I have a few errands that I need to accomplish. Sassy is being dropped off at the vet for her spay....then have to pick her back up by 5:00. The weather is NOT cooperating and should make tomorrow a real challenge.

I guess I had best get some sleep...getting late and do not want to lose this post..

xoxoxo

happy2bme
12-21-2012, 02:36 AM
Hi girls,

Well it's 12:01 am - world is still spinning as far as I know...

I did get my house decorated. It's just the living room and dining room with towels in the baths and kitchen. I did put up the small fiber optic tree - gotta get something better looking for next year. In Tennessee we had lighted garland around the front door - found that rummaging through a box so I strung it on the big staircase going up to the second floor. Hung some glittery ornaments on it an added some maroon and white poinsettias - looks nice if I do say so myself. It is festive looking but I honestly don't feel Christmasy at all. We got a couple of inches of snow which is nice to look at but better to stay inside instead of out.

Went to the eye doctor today. Neither of our prescriptions changed much. DH did not get new glasses - which I need to ask him about now that I think about it - I think he scratched his lens. I did get new glasses - frames that are not round, not square but are more centered in my eyes so I hope that will help me to see better. Should be here in about 2 weeks. There went a pile of money. But my computer glasses were really cheap = will probably be made out of recycled coca cola bottles and weight 80 pounds :lol: Was going to work on my cards today but they dilated our eyes and it was annoying to me because I could not focus well. Takes a long time for my eyes to get back to normal. DH did remind me at this point even if I mailed the cards tomorrow, most people will not get them until after Christmas - so I am sorry ladies :( With cards out of the picture, I did laundry, cleaned the kitchen and decorated. Last night we had frozen, store bought pizza :P :halfempty and then headed over to the casino for a night out. DH did well - made a nice little wad. I played my budget won some, lost some but had a nice night out.

Annie, not sure about a restaurant in France - the phrase "classically trained French" scares even me - they take their cooking VERY seriously. But I'm sure that any place you opened here would be a big hit with your style of yum yum cooking. Wish I had me some of your dinner tonight :hungry: Be careful running about with your errands tomorrow. Guess you got some of that dreadful storm Draco they were talking about. Poor Sassy - her first surgery :hug: Bummer that Lil Man did not want to smile for his holiday shots. Maybe he's just the serious type :D

Ceejay - yes, the E/R doctor said to avoid the caffeine, alchohol, smoking, fatty foods - but DH avoids that stuff. Well not caffeine but he tried decaf coffee and it didn't make a bit of difference. I think it's more electrical. Maybe he needs to discharge static as much as I do :lol: Have you tried running a load with just hot water and 2 cups of vinegar in your washer? Sometimes the fabric softener gums up and that creates a bad smell too. Not a bad idea to get a wider pair of shoes for days when the feet are swelled up - especially if they are bound in laces. I wear my Crocs alot at home - roomy but that's probably why I have duck feet now :lol:

Laura - I used to get red X's on the graphics on the work computer too. I figured they blocked something or other as I never had the problem anywhere else. If I was paying the bills, I'd be updating the check register too. Makes me CRAZY that DH doesn't do this - never did. Makes it REALLY hard for me to work on a budget by looking at past expenses, so I gave up. Now I assume there is always money in the checking account (hey, he made me be that way, right? ;) ) Interesting idea about having the virtual movie night - we'll have to try that. Got a big smile over your comment about the aged meatloaf and youthful side dishes :rofl: Very clever.

Mel - thank you for the mediation links. I'm going to try some of them. Hope your stomach finally settled down. Ugh. Loved the graphic of the house with the Christmas lights - I keep threatening to do that "next" year. Inthe meantime, DH is hiding all the lights. :lol: Sorry you missed the grocery run - hope the kids can pick up whatever you need yet.

Guess I'd better head off to bed. I do work the next 4 days but don't have to go in tomorrow until 1pm. One of the summer girls was supposed to work tomorrow but there's a bad snowstorm down in the part of the state where she goes to college so she's stuck there until they get the roads cleaned up. Maybe I'll be lucky and have Christmas eve off :crossed: going to be a LONG 4 days ahead. Not doing this again next year, that's for sure.

Anyway, hope you all have a good weekend - don't get too rushed with all the holiday hustle bustle and use hand sanitizer and wash frequently - this is the time of year when everyone is out even tho they are sick. Heard the flu is starting up early too. So have a snort of hootch as a preventative measure :hat: 'Night all...

MELODY525
12-21-2012, 08:50 AM
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GOOD MORNING CHICKLETTES.

YESTERDAY I GOT FULLY DRESSED AND ATE.
THEN ALL OF A SUDDEN I ASKED MYSELF WHAT ARE YOU DOING?
I LEFT A MESSAGE AND REPORTS THRU THE DOOR SLOT.
SAW THE MAINTENANCE MEN AND LEFT.
THEY TOLD ME IT WAS ALREADY NUTS AND NO ONE WAS IN YET.
ONE ELEVATOR MISSING IT'S MARK, PLUMBING LEAKS AND THEN NO HOT WATER:faint:
I LEFT AND CAME BACK UP. TOLD THEM I WILL SEE THEM ALL ON MONDAY.
LET THIS INSANITY OF THEIRS PASS AND THEN I'LL GO DOWN.
IT'S ALL ABOUT THE NEWS ON TV & THEY DO LOVE TO TURN IT INTO THEIR DRAMA!
THE SENIORS HAVE COME TO ME AND ARE IGNORING THE DRAMA NOW.
FUNNY HOW THEY TRUST MY WORD...BUT THEN I DON'T LIE TO THEM OR RILE THEM UP NEEDLESSLY.
I JUST WISH THE OFFICE WAS CLOSED ON MONDAY AS WELL.
WOULD RATHER DEAL WITH THE SENIORS MYSELF.
THE POOR PLUMBER WAS HERE TWICE. BACK AGAIN LATE LAST NIGHT.
HE HAS TAKEN TO TEXTING ME SINCE I GOT SICK.
HE WAS THE ONE LAST NEW YEARS WITH THAT CONTAGIOUS RESPIRATORY THING.
HIS TEXTS ARE FUNNY AND HE SAYS SO MUCH MORE THAN IN PERSON.
SUCH A CUTIE. GREAT HUBBY TOO. MARRIED 25 YRS AND THEY ARE SO CLOSE.
MAKES A HEART FEEL GOOD TO SEE THAT.
HE'S BEEN A GOOD FRIEND TOO.
OK I AM RAMBLING ON & ON. YOU GALS HAVE BETTER THINGS TO DO.
FYI....MY BOSS CAME TO MY APARTMENT YESATERDAY TO FILL ME IN.
WE AGREED....I AM NOT WORKING UNTIL THE NEW YEAR.
MY BOSS WILL BE BACK BY THEN:dancer:
OF COURSE I WILL HAVE THE EMERGENCIES AS USUAL.
HAVE A GREAT DAY EVERYONE :encore:






LAURA....YES DYLAN WAS IN THE MOVIE.
I FORGET WHO BROUGHT HIM HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS.
BUT I WOULD TAKE HIM IN ANY DAY OF THE WEEK :belly:
I ALSO LOVED HIM IN THE ORIGINAL "JERSEY GIRL:.
THE GIRLFRIEND IN THAT MOVIE WAS JAMI GERTZ OF COMEDY TV FAME.
IT WAS MUCH CUTER THAN THE ONE WITH BEN & LIV.
YES THE ILLNESS DATES BACK TO LAST THURSDAY.
TURNED OUT TO BE SOME KIND OF VIRUS.
JUST HARD FOR ME TO GET BACK ON TRACK. :D
.WOULD LOVE TO SEE GUILT TRIP TOO!!
HOPE YOUR DAY IS FREE IF CRAPPY EMAILS AND JOBS:hug:
GLAD YOU CAN SEE THE PICS FROM HOME...THEY MAKE ME CHUCKLE.




CEEJAY....GLAD THE SHOES FELT GOOD AT WORK.
THAT MUST BE A COMNFORT WITH RUNNING AROUND ALL DAY.
HOPE MR. SEARS REPAIRMAN GOT THE JOB DONE.
I HATE WHEN YOU CAN SMELL SOMETHING AND CAN'T FIND IT!!
HOW WAS WALMARTS?? CROWDED??
ARE YOU WORKING CHRISTMAS THEN???:cry:




ANNIE....BE CAREFUL OUT THERE.
THE WEATHER MAP LOOKED TERRIBLE OUT THERE LAST NIGHT.
SOME OF THE FILMS WERE UNREAL.
ALL WE'RE GETTING RIGHT NOW IS WINDS AND RAIN:rainy:
HOPE ALL GOES WELL WITH SASSY GIRL.
YOU CAN GO & WORK IN FRANCE...
BUT IF I HIT THE LOTTERY I AM GOING THERE TOO THEN AND YOU CAN COOK FOR ME:hun:





HAPPY....SOUNDS LIKE A NICE NIGHT OUT.
GLAD YOU BOTH GOT OUT & ABOUT. DOES A BODY GOOD.
CONGRATS ON WINNING A NICE WAD!! GREAT XMAS PRESENT:t
IT'S TOUGH TO KEEP THE SPIRIT FLOWING WITH THIS WORLD SO OUT OF KILTER.
I REALLY DO KNOW HOW YOU FEEL. WE'RE GETTING IT HERE TOO.
BUT I AM STAYING CALM & CARRYING ON!! ROFLMAOFF
NOTHING WILL DELAY SANTA'S ARRIVAL!
HOPE THE 4 DAYS OF WORK FLY BY!!
MAYBE WITH A LITTLE LUCK IT WILL SNOW SO MUCH SHE'LL HAVE TO CLOSE!!:ginger:

annie175
12-21-2012, 10:22 AM
Good Morning Chickies....

We did get the snow they predicted. It is blowing over the already plowed roads making it slick as snot. Got Sassy to the vet on time, however left the house a lot earlier than usual. The normal 25 minute drive took about 50 mins. Then had to drive from the south side to the north side to work, that was about 70 minutes. (Normally about 45 mins). At least I arrived safely. We got about 3 or 4 inches of snow, hard to tell with all the blowing and drifting.

Posting and will come back later...gotta work of all things...

Laura705
12-21-2012, 12:08 PM
Morning all. Well, it's the winter solstice today and winter is here for sure - blustery and cold, and not much snow but thanks to last night's rain/snow, slick as heck. I wore some old boots this morning but didn't bother to dig out the spikey things that go on the bottom of the boots. What a mistake that was - the boots were not comfy, and the sidewalks were very slippery. I ended up walking on the grass most of the way to the train. Live and learn.

Annie - Ugh, what a day for extra trips to and fro, and you not only have to worry about your car and driving, but everyone else out there, especially the ones who don't take heed of the crummy conditions and continue to text, etc.!! Be careful when you go pick Sassy up. Poor little Sassy - she's gonna get some special treatment tonight, huh? Your dinner sounded fantastic!! :hun: What's on the menu tonight? Might have to show up at your door for dinner, dessert, and whatever else is cookin'. :D

Ceejay - Good idea to order a wider pair of sneakers for when the tootsies are swollen. Sorry you haven't figured out the source of the smell, but good that the washer and dryer are operating properly. I've heard that the washer supply line failure is one of the big causes of water leaks, so it's good to rule that out.

Happy - Glad you've got the house decorated now. Now for you to just watch some of those Hallmark movies and we'll have you in the spirit yet!! :D I still have some stuff to drag our for the kitchen and bath, and our stockings still need to be hung!!! Nice that dh had a win at the casino. :) Ugh, four days of work. Gonna be hard, but after that...you can collapse and have a nice quiet Christmas celebration with the hubby. Will you quit this job after this busy time ends? Re the check register - yeh, I have the accountant's to-the-penny mindset, so it would drive me nuts to not know how much is in the account. It drives me nuts just to see people leave their ATM receipts behind after they've made their withdrawals! We have some leftover ham from last Friday's dinner w/ bf's mom, so there may be some more aging leftover stories to tell, though ham lasts a good long time. :p Like your advice re a snort of hooch, LOL.

Mel - I can see your graphic on my work computer today, no red x. :) Glad you're making yourself scarce around the building - who needs the madness?? And why are the tenants all riled up and freaked out? Not this Mayan end of the world thing??!! They should be more worried about the fiscal cliff!! Yes, liked Dylan in that move - watched it last night. Robert Downey Jr.'s character brought him home, but he was a bit of a mystery at first. Liked how it turned out. I hope the virus has run it's course by now, and smart of that plumber to be texting you - anyone around a lot of people is going to be at risk for carrying or catching something!!

Hellos to Shad, Ellen, Patty, Michelle & Java!!!
:candy::candy::candy::candy::candy::candy::candy:: candy::candy::candy:

It was raining for my commute home, so bf picked me up at the train. I was an exercise slacker again last night, and to make matters worse, bf picked up a couple steak burritos for dinner. :( I was a big lump on the sofa and watched "Home for the Holidays". I remembered nothing of it, so I'm thinking maybe I never did see that movie way back when. It was good, a bit frenetic, and I was disappointed that the dvd didn't have English subtitles because I missed a fair bit of the dialog, even though I kept cranking up the volume.

It was windy as heck all last night and our lighted lawn decorations fell over. When bf left the house after dinner last night (attending a mini memorial of the death of a family friend 15 yrs ago), he laid the decorations flat (well, the one that hadn't already fallen) and unplugged all of them. There was a 4th - our pengun, and he had fallen over and I uprighted him when I left the house this morning. Had a piece of mulch stuck to his nose, er, beak, haha. Poor doggy was on alert all evening because of all the noises from the wind...Ugh, hate this kind of weather. I want the snow globe weather. Peaceful gently falling flakes of snow. :snowglo:

Today the office closes at 3. I will either skip out an hour early to get the 2:24 or just a wee bit early to get the 3:10. There's a party to go to tonight. I was worried about what to wear, but now I've decided not to sweat it. It's a house party so I'll just wear jeans, flats, and my black velvet blazer (need to get some use out of it, right?). Not sure what kind of top to wear under it. I always wish I had a nice satiny blouse to wear with that - white or silver or maybe a pretty emerald green...

Before the party, I'd like to do some more shopping - bf's mom's gift (we know what we're getting, just need to get over there & buy it), a few small miscellaneous gifts, and groceries, including what we need for our Christmas Eve dinner.

Tomorrow will be an exercise class in the morning followed by my hair appointment. After that I'd like to do more decorating or maybe even baking!! My friend D threw out the idea of seeing a band on Saturday night. I feel like I have a lot to do the next few days, but I still want to have some fun, so I might just get bf and I out for that.

Sunday is dinner at my sister's place. And I will probably try to find time to make a dessert ahead of time for Monday - probably a cheesecake.

Okay, enough rambling. Back to work. Everyone have a good day!!

happy2bme
12-21-2012, 12:42 PM
Hi ladies,

Well the day dawned nice and sunny for the end of the world :rolleyes: Of course I cannot see what is out in space and I thought I might have heard the end comes from some sort of cosmic bang - just hope if that's the case it's quick ;) It's pretty cold out there - 9 degrees when I last looked and snow is blowing gently off the roof and twinkling in the sun light. If you want snow globe weather Laura, this is the place to be. Because of the dryness and the fact that we are surrounded by pine trees that block the wind, most of the time our snow is exactly like a snow globe. Kinda pretty. Then you have to shovel it - but that's DH's job.

I made myself a cup of tea last night and enjoyed the Christmas decorations inside. Will look even prettier when I turn on the fireplace. I work the late shift today - 1 to 8pm. Hate that shift. There's not enough time in the morning to get much of anything done. I can't eat anything too heavy because let's just say it's not convienient to use the bathroom all day so I'm really hungry and I'm sure the kitchen will be a total mess that will take me even longer to clean and if we are busy, I won't get to it until the end of the night. I'm thinking from today until next Monday - it's going to be nuts at the store, particularly on Sunday and Monday. Ok, enough whining. Maybe I'll just have 2 eggs and some toast - eggs tend to hold me over for a long time. Trying to figure out when I will be able to get to the store for something for Christmas dinner too. I'm thinking beef tenderloin which is fairly easy to cook and is special enough for a nice dinner. Maybe Sunday after I get off of work. DH could go to the store but I'm not sure he will know what to get.

Laura - looks like you had and might still have fierce winds by you. Not good for slipping and sliding along. Sounds like you have a busy schedule - hope you get a chance to bake. Doesn't seem like Christmas unless you make something sweet :lol: The satin blouse is a good idea - IF you can find one. I think the sequinny tops are in now. I had 3 blouses - in white, Christmas green and a hot pink - they were my go to dress up blouses with a nice jacket. Coldwater Creek had a couple of cute dressy tops too - maybe you can get one on sale but probably not in enough time for tonight. Have fun over the weekend!

Ok, the I.T. person in me is still thinking in the background. When some of the pictures show up with a red X - I'm wondering if it's because there's a direct link to the picture site and it's one of those the corporate servers blocks access to. :?: :chin: Yep, that's probably it. This coming from the person who yesterday for a moment could not remember her own zip code but techno things, no problem with that :lol: The brain is an odd thing indeed...

Annie - please be careful out there. Don't need you falling or smashing something. Doesn't matter if you only got 2 inches of snow - when it's swirling like that - just a big mess all around. Hope you got a decent sleep last night.

Shad - where are you woman? Last post I saw from you had something to do with being half naked and enjoying a beverage. Did Igor woo you away? Whatever you are doing, hope you are having a good time :lol3:

Mel - as you well know, the office depends entirely too much on you. Hide hide hide. Smart of you to drop the paperwork in the slot and escape. Just be careful of the elevator car that doesn't stop even with the door :yikes: I'm sure you are the life raft of sanity for the poor plumber too. Maybe you can have your own party in the laundry room :lol: Is the weather crappy up by you too?

:wave: Hellos to the rest of the Wordlie ladies. I have just enough time to make something to eat and shower up. Not that I need to shower - after an hour in the store I'll just smell like popcorn anyway. Not a bad thing. Have a good one all ...

Shad
12-21-2012, 01:10 PM
Morning all,
And the end of the world seems to have come and gone. I can say for certain, but I think everything is still here, me included. Mayans may have got that one wrong. The end will come when the end will come!

Now 'They say' (whoever they may be) that if you put money above all else, you set yourself up to fail. Well I guess I did that, and I am now extremely sorry that I re-signed my contract. It seems that I haven't learnt my lesson.
Flew home last night and am extremely glad I will not be back until 1st Jan. Only good thing that happened yesterday was that the airline bumped me up to business class and I had an enjoyable flight home. My car was where I left it and the neighbourhood is still intact.

Can't seem to sleep for one reason or another and here we are at 3.00am and I am talking to you lot on line.

Mel - sorry that you have all this crap to contend with as far as the maintenance goes. All comes to roost when you fail to plan as the building owners have. Feel better soon

Happy - decorating sounds nice. Have to admit that I haven't done cards at all this year, and my Christmas letter will be more like a New Year one. Good going on DH's win at the Casino and your breaking more or less even. Didn't DH win last time he went as well? They will ban him shortly.

Laura - Hope you get the shopping soon. Maybe everyone is leaving the shopping to the last minute in case the world did end. I've bought few presents this years. DS2 got his money to buy some new tool (toy) or other as requested. DS1 will get his photos paid for if he ever gets his backside into gear and sorts out a photographer.
Hope your social plans work out fine. Yum on the cheesecake.

Annie - dinner sounded yum. I'll be right over for the second sitting. Hope Sassy is okay and getting back to normal. Doesn't take long for them to get over operations.

Loved the hot tub graphic. Wouldn't mind a hot tub right now. Girl next door has one. I don't believe she would be too happy if I scaled the fence and hope in right now.

I'm hoping to snaffle some of the photos from Sophias shoot while I am there tomorrow or the next day. You can then use them for desktop 'wallpaper' and stick your icons on her nose or something.
I won't hold my breath for the permission tho' since the cd with the photos on belongs to you know who.

Maybe I can sleep now knowing that I am alive and have defied the Mayans. So I will read the new post. One came in a few minutes back - think it was from Happy. So that's two of us alive.

annie175
12-21-2012, 02:35 PM
Ok...Miss Sass has come through her surgery with flying colors...I also had her micro chipped. Gotta get back at it. SOrry...will post this weekend.

Laura705
12-21-2012, 04:45 PM
Annie - Glad Sassy got through the surgery successfully. And smart to have her chipped!! Good going.

Shad - Sounds like this trip home was much better than the last, with all the mishaps with the gate, etc. And you even got a seating upgrade! :) I hope there's a turnaround in the assignment when you return in Jan. so you don't have to be miserable for the next three months. :(

ceejay52
12-21-2012, 05:00 PM
Welcome to the new age of Aquarius.
I slept sound last night and woke up just as the garbage men drove past my house. ooops But I took that to work and put it in the dumpster.
The water department had its luncheon today. BBQ with all the trimmings. And surprise, surprise my evaluation was today. Made above 90 except an 88 in one area. I think we all got a three % raise. I told my bosses that I wanted to work as long as my health held. They both said that I had a job as long as I could fulfill my duties.

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Laura
Be careful. I'm dreading the winter weather. BTW, I got your Christmas card.

Annie
Wow, on the blowing snow. Hope Sassy does well with her surgery. Be safe

Happy
Glad to hear you put up a few decorations. I don't have that many, but it does give the house that Christmassy feel. The repair man told me to clean the washer once a month with 2 cups of bleach and hot water. The washer has a cycle for that purpose. There wasn't any sign of build up. I'm thinking the smell is a residue from the sewer backing up in the past. Going to clean out from under the washer and dryer one day soon.

Mel
Good for you in staying put. But do watch out for the uneven elevators.

Shad
I'm alive too.

annie175
12-21-2012, 09:28 PM
OMGoodness...poor lil tiny Sassy.......she has to wear one of those head cones when we cannot watch her constantly. The vet gave me antibiotics to give her and pain killers. I think too much time elapsed and she was hurting cause she was slightly making a slight whine ouchy noise. Vet said to wait till around 8 tonight to give her meds. I waited till 7 cause she was uncomfortable. Bless her heart. She is now soundly asleep on the couch under the blanket. She did finally eat a bit and drank a bit of water. Also piddled for a very long time outside, I guess making up for not piddling outside this morning in the snow, then coming in and doing it on MY BED. Yes, had to come home and do sheets and comforter. Rattling on and on about a dog...I am ate up!!!

Posting cause I always lose it from home...will continue in the next post.

ceejay52
12-21-2012, 09:34 PM
Annie
Sassy has a good momma and nurse to take care of her. By the way I got your card. Thank you.

annie175
12-21-2012, 09:39 PM
CEEG...marvelous that the eval went so well. They always have to have one area that rates lower than the others to give you something to work on that really doesn't need it. Ps me off they just cannot rank us the greatness that we are.

SHADDIE...glad you got to come home and all was good with the world. Amen! The end of the world did not happen her either....thank God I didn't take it seriously and go out and spend all the money we don't have....lol

HAPPY...I know what you mean on the late shift. Includes cleaning, sweeping, and all the closing stuff, plus just screws up you schedule as far as your LIFE! Watch the Hallmark channel....it put me in the Christmas mood, maybe it will work for you too! Decorations help also! Good you got some up!

LAURA...I skipped out of the office the past couple of days. I just do not want to be there. Today it was because I had to pick up Sass. Works for me! The winds are crazy here. I have a major drift on my driveway just in front of the garage door and one just outside my sliding glass door to the backyard. I should shovel but my body says NO!

Better get this posted before I lose it....loves and hugs....ho ho ho, snowy mess outside....working on laundry...blah

annie175
12-21-2012, 09:41 PM
Thank you ladies for the cards...CEEG...LAURA...

annie175
12-21-2012, 09:42 PM
My egg light is not on and I am here....what is up with that?

happy2bme
12-22-2012, 10:21 AM
Morning girls,

I had a horrid night's sleep and my foot is really hurting so if ever there was a day I'd have loved to just roll over and go back to sleep, this would have been it. But I have today and tomorrow on duty. At least I have Christmas Eve and Christmas Day off and I'm happy for that. Wanted to have a nice dinner / evening for DH and I. Now we can.

Annie - I don't think you can see your own egg light on. Not sure why not but I think that's how it works :shrug: Poor Sassy :hug: I'm sure she's not sure what exactly happened to her. But being young, she will bounce back. I'm glad they gave you painkillers for her. I guess she wasn't too happy with you and let you know. Our first cat used to give DH a total stink eye - it was really funny - when he'd take her to the vet :rofl: She'd ignore him for a day too. Tell me they don't have feelings and personalities :lol:

Ceejay - good going on the evaluation. I always said (and I know this from being a squeezed in the "middle manager") that we could never really rate people as well as they deserved, mostly because then we'd have to give them the best raise and that would take away from the suck ups who did less and got more for it :dizzy: True story. Again and again. One place I worked at (where I was not a manager), the boss said part of all the manager's raises were held out and put in the pool to be given to the golden boy/girl at the moment that year. But at least you did good. Don't you put your trash out the night before? We did that in TN and do it here. Would never beat the trash men otherwise. Tide (detergent) also makes washer cleaner packets. DH said he really likes how that makes the washer smell nice. The washer repairman said I could use bleach or vinegar. Bleach if I haven't cleaned the washer in a while, vinegar if I did it on a monthly basis. We have a septic tank and I hate to put that much bleach water in the tank.

Shad - I'm glad you have defied the Mayans. We live to raise more havoc I'm sure ;) Regarding your other comment, I'm not so sure it's about putting money first as much as some times our sense of duty or willingness to be a good guy and help out gets us into those situations where we'd wish we'd kept our mouths shut. So you've signed up for what - 3 more months? - of insanity? Yes, DH did win at the casino the last 2 times he was there in fact. Gave him a little bit of seed money (no pun intended) for him to spend and he mostly chose to spend it on seed feeding his zoo out in the yard. He now has the deer, turkeys and probably a few squirrels hooked on woodpecker food. It's got alot of nuts and is scented with a fruity cherry scent - probably has some dried fruit bits in it too. He tosses a cup full out with the corn and it's the go to food for all the animals and the first to disappear. This is the man who got the mockingbirds hooked on strawberry cereal bars when we were down south. He's like the candy king of the animals :lol: Glad you will be able to spend some time with DS and the baby. Look forward to seeing more pictures of that cutie. Enjoy your visit.

I guess I should trudge off and get ready for the day. Not sure a second cup of coffee would do any good. Have a good weekend ladies, I'm sure everyone is on full speed on the hustling and bustling.

happy2bme
12-22-2012, 10:22 AM
Well Annie :chin: now I don't know. When you go to post you can't see the egg lights but if you're just browsing the page you should see that you are on.

MELODY525
12-22-2012, 10:27 AM
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GOOD MORNING AND A HAPPY WEEKEND IS HERE!!

HOPE THIS PIC ISN'T TOO BIG.
I REALLY MUST LEARN PHOTOBUCKET SOME DAY. lrofl:
BUT FOR NOW. HOW IT WORKS ALLUDES ME.

THE BIG STORM FIZZLED OUT & THE RAIN WASN'T WHAT WAS EXP[ECTED.
GUSTY WINDS SO I TURNED THE HEAT UP A NOTCH THIS MORNING.
NOT MUCH TO SAY. ORDERED SOME LITE MYSTERY BOOKS FROM THE LIBRARY.
MY MAINT. MAN PICKED THEM UP ALONG WITH HIS WIFE WHO WORKS THERE.
THIS ARRANGEMENT IS VERY CONVENIENT FOR ME & THE LIBRARY.
HE BRINGS ALL THE BOOKS FOR THE SERNIORS NOW.
THE LIBRARY MUST BE THRILLED NOW THEY DON'T HAVE TO DO IT.
FEELING MUCH MORE LIKE MYSELF.
OROBABLY CAUSE THE OFFICE IS CLOSED :hohoho:

HAVE A SUPER WEEKEND:encore:




ANNIE....SORRY YOU HAD TO WORK AT THE JOB:rofl:
PITY THEY DON'T HAVE A 3FC BREAK!!!
GLAD SASSY IS FINE AND HOPE SHE HEALS FAST.
YOU EGG DOESN'T LIGHT UP???
MAYBE IT NEEDS A NEW LIGHTBULB.
WHEN DID YOU CHANGE IT LAST??? :rofl: :rofl:



LAURA....I NEED SPIKEY THINGS FOR MY TIRES!!!
GLAD YOU DIDN'T GO FLYING DOWN THE STREET TO THE TRAIN :hug:
THE SENIORS GOT NUTS WITH THE SHOOTINGS, THE END OF THE WORLD & CHRISTMAS.
THEN WHEN THE OFFICE LOCKED THEIR DOORS IT SCARED THE CRAP OUT OF THEM.
THEWY JUST BECOME LIKE LITTLE KIDS & IT'S KINDERGARTEN ALL OVER AGAIN.
I JUST HOPE I KEEP MY SENSES FOR AS LONG AS I CAN :hohoho:
What????? YOU'RE NOT DONE SHOPPING??? GET OUT THEWRE!!!
I CAN SEE I NEED TO GET THE hOLIDAY CATTLE PROD OUT.
IT'S RED & WHITE STRIPED LIKE A CANDY CANE!! :candy:
HAVE A GREAT TIME AT THE SISTER'S HOUSE & THE PARTY.
NEXT YEAR BUY SOMETHING SATING & SEXY FOR UNDER THE BLAZER.
LIKE A JEWEL COLORED CHEMISE!!! HOW CUTE WOULD THAT BE?!




HAPPY....YES IT IS THE DIRECT LINK THING GOING ON WITH THE RED BOX.
I WILL TEACH MYSELF HOW TO USE POHOTOBUCKET IF IT KILLS ME:rofl:
JUST HAVEN'T HAD THE INCENTIVE!!!
HOPE YOU GET SOME BREAKS ON THESE BUSY WORK DAYS.
I CAN IMAGINE HOW THE POOR FEET & LEGS FEEL AT THE END OF THE DAY.
WE USED TO USE BENGAY ON OURS...SOMETIMES VICKS.
SMELLY BUT IT WORKS. LOL
9 DEGREES IS TOO COLD FOR ME:brr:
THE SNOWGLOBE SOUNDS LIKE A WONDERFUL LOOK.
JUST WATCHED A MOVIE LAST NIGHT CALLED SNOWGLOBE!! LOL
HAVE A GREAT WORK DAY.
PS: THERE WAS A WOMAN WHO PASSED AWAY THIS YEAR....
SHE USED TO BRING DOWN A CONTAINER OF MIXED DRINKS....
WHEN WE USED THE COMMUNITY ROOM FOR MEETINS.....
SHE SERVED THE DRINKS IN THE LAUNDRY ROOM:cheers:




SHAD....MY LITTLE SISTER....WHAT CAN I SAY?
MAYBE YOU CAN RISE ABOVE THE REST OF THEM JUST FOR THE 3 MONTHS.
THE BANK ACCOUNT WILL LOVE YOU FOR IT & RETIREMENT WILL BE BETTER.
IT'S JUST A SHAME THIS PLACE HAS SO MANY HOOPPS TO JUMP THRU OR POTHOLES TO AVOID. :hug:
WE'LL HELP YOPU THRU THOSE 3 MONTHS & THEN GET YOU SOME PROFESSIONAL HELP!!! :lol3:
BY THAT TIME YOU MIGHT NEED IT. I'LL LOOK IN THE PHONE BOOK!!




CEEJAY....JEN & I ARE READY FOR THE AGE OF AQUARIUS!!!
JEN WAS BORN FEB 4TH SO SHE'S A REAL AQUARIAN TOO.
CONGRATULATIONS ON THE EVALUATION!!
GREAT NUMBERS AND GLAD YOU CAN STAY LONG!!:encore:
THAT'S COMFORTING NEWS.
THEY MUST LOVE YOU BEING SUCH A RESPONSIBLE PERSON.
I AM STILL SINGING THE AGE OF AQUARIUS SONG!!
IT'S ALL YOUR FAULT MISSY CEEJAY!! :hohoho:

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MELODY525
12-22-2012, 10:28 AM
HAPPY....WE POSTED TOGETHER:dancer:
HOPE YOUR FOOT FEELS BETTER AND THE WORK DAY FLIES BY!!
SENDING THE TOOTSIES A COMFORTING THOUGHT....LIKE A HASSOCK!!!

1day@atime
12-22-2012, 11:38 AM
Hello Ladies,

I'm still here.. Work is crazy as ever... Two weeks in a row I was in Tyler, TX... it's about a 2 hr drive from my house each way, so i stayed over. It made it pretty rough having to get ready for Christmas which we will be celebrating Christmas Eve at my house. AND to add to all that stress I had tendontitis in both of my feet! This is what i get for wearing flat sandles all summer long... It finally took it's toll on my feet. I was put on steroids for 1 week, which helped quite a bit, but now I am in a boot, so things are slow. But this morning I woke up feeling great. I thanked God for all that I have.. for my family, Chick sisters, my friends. Life is good.

Mel - love the picture. Glad to hear you didn't get all the storms that were predicited. Stay warm today..

Happy - sorry to hear you had a bad nights sleep... Please take care of your foot. I have learned when your feet hurt, you are miserable. I've learned my lesson.

Laura - sounds like you had a busy day. Hope your party went well last night. Is your recipe for cheesecake a easy one? I've always wanted to make one of those.

I just looked at the clock and i need to run. I have a massage scheduled for 10am and I don't want to be late. I will post later to finish post. Trying to start this holiday weekend in a relaxed mode...(right)...

upswife
12-22-2012, 12:48 PM
Hello ladies, so I am feelign so bad that I have not been able to get here. Just truging along and trying to get everything done for Christmas. Finally done Shopping...thought DH was going to kill me last night...whoo did I overspend. Oh, well,the big kiddies will be getting mostly clothes so that added up a lot faster than I anticipated. DD3 is getting a bunch of My little pony. Going to MIL today for dinner adn so the kids can open her presents. also DD3 turns 4 today so we will celebrate that too.

I am working tomorrow, so I am missingout on my extended family get together. But I can't drive up to Glenview after a 12 hr shift at work. Christmas Eve and Day will be quiet, just us all haging out at home...no extended anything. Hope everyone has a good Holiday.

Luv and Hugs!!

ceejay52
12-22-2012, 01:33 PM
Ellen
I like spending time at home alone in the quiet. I understand about the 12 hour shifts. It's both mentally and physically a challenge.

Happy
Ouch on those feet. Glad that you have off both Christmas eve and Christmas day. We have a city ordinance that we can't put our garbage out the night before. Some people do but they could be fined.

Mel
Love the picture and glad the storm fizzled out. Poor seniors they don't need all that excitement. I blame the media on most of this. They sure like to blow things out of whack.
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Think I've got rested. Now I'll have to get back into the swing of being on my work schedule.
Talked to my sister in Dallas this morning. Things are going well with them. They will be leaving Monday to fly back to California to have Christmas with their children and grandchildren. Sigh I work the holidays. This is my four day week.

annie175
12-22-2012, 02:46 PM
Hello Ladies..

I think I have my food shopping done for Christmas eve and Annie's house. If not too bad, you get what you get...lol.

Sassy is recovering somewhat OK. FINALLY she went potty outside. Of course I had to shovel the porch and the grass to make it so she would go potty. The things we do for our furry friends. Sheesh. She is still hurting as when the pain meds wear off she tends to moan just a bit,,,,God love her.

I have so much to do before all my fam arrives on Christmas eve. Trying to get some of it done...cleaning day is tomorrow,,today is cooking and baking...have a marvelous Sat/Sun/Mon.

Loves and hugs

Laura705
12-22-2012, 03:07 PM
Hi girls. At the salon for a touch up & cut. The party was fun - a lot of nice, interesting people. Late night though- got home at 3 am!!! Still, I was up for the 9 am circuit class this morning - yay me. ;) it'll be an early bedtime tonight for sure!!

Grocery & odds n ends shopping today. Still don't know logistics ( time & what to bring) for tomorrow at my sis's...

Personals later!!

MELODY525
12-23-2012, 08:55 AM
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MORNING EVERYONE:coffee:

NICE DAY YESTERDAY BUT SOOOO CLOUDY.
MR. SUN, COME AND SHOW YOUR FACE TODAY PLEASE.
I DON'T WANT A DARK OR RAINY CHRISTMAS.:sunny:

BUSY NIGHT WITH CLOGGED TOILETS.
WHAT ARE THESE PEOPLE EATING???
I REALLY HAVE TO GO DOWN TO THE OFFICE MONDAY.
THERE IS JUST TOO MUCH & THE BOSS ISN'T HERE TILL JAN.2nd.
I ALSO HAVE THE TRADER JOE'S BAGS TO GIVE TO THE GALS.
ENVELOPES FOR THE MAINT. MEN TOO.
ALTHOUGH MAYBE THEY SHOULD BE PAYING ME INSTEAD:rofl:

COLD HERE THIS MORNING AND IT'S BEEN SO WINDY.
MAYBE SOME OATMEAL OR FARINA & FRUIT IS CALLED FOR.
HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY.





CEEJAY~ SORRY YOU HAVE TO WORK THE 4 DAY WEEK ON THE HOLIDAY.
ALSO....I AM LIKE THE REST OF YOU.
THE MORE ALONE TIME AT HOME THE BETTER:beach:
I AM THINKING A HERMIT'S LIFE IS A GOLDEN ONE:rofl:
HAVE A GOOD DAY AT WORK:hug:




LAURA~ WELL GIRL YOU GIVE THE OLD SAYING "EARLY TO BED & EARLY TO RISE" A WHOLE NEW MEANING:rofl:
BUT GREAT JOB ON THE EXERCISING!
HOPE THE HAIR CAME OUT OK. HAVE FUN TODAY! :hun:



ANNIE~ HOPE YOU ARE HAVING A MARVELOUS SAT/SUN/MON TOO!
POOR LIL SASSY. HOPE SHE FEELS BETTER SOON TOO.
TINY DOGS DO THE SAD WIMPERING THING. :hug:
HAVE A GREAT DAY CLEANING!!! THEN COME DO HERE TOO!!!:lol3:





PATTY~ SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE FEET. OMG!!!
I HAVE THAT IN MY ARMS AND THAT'S BAD ENOUGH.
I DON'T HAVE TO WALK ON THEM!!:rofl:
HOPE THEY FEEL BETTER SOON & THE BOOT COMES OFF SOON:hug:
SAFE TRAVELS WITH THE JOB & HAPPY CHRISTMAS EVE DINNER:xcheer:




PATTY~ BIRTHDAY, CHRISTMAS AND PRESENTS. SOUNDS LIKE A GOOD DEAL TO ME.

happy2bme
12-23-2012, 09:42 AM
Dear Santa,

All I would like right now is a few more hours of sleep. :yawn:

Hello ladies,

I took some Nyquil last night and it really zonked me out. Work up this morning for a potty run and was really disappointed to see it was 15 minutes before the alarm would go off. Sure did want to crawl back into bed. Been cold out here and we got a dusting of snow overnight - big fat flakes. Looks pretty. I worked until 4 yesterday, full day today. Sundays are generally quiet - I expect this one to be a bit more busy but I hope it's not crazy. Not sure I want to hit up the grocery store tomorrow, so I'll have to make a run after work. Will be DH's kind of shopping trip - in and out FAST!!! :lol: Talked to my Mom and sister last night. Sis said she is disagreeing with Mom (translation - Mom is being onery) about all sorts of things. I feel for her a bit but as Sis says - nothing she can't take in stride ;)

Mel - sending you a bit of Mr. Sunshine :sunny: I think it's been generally overcast here too but the nights have been clear and full of stars. Maybe to combat the loo overflow you have to install those toilet paper dispensers like they have in the public parks that only dispense one flimsy sheet at a time - eventually their arms will get tired pulling sheets and they might use the correct amount of product :rolleyes: God bless the plumber man in a building full of seniors - worse than toddlers flushing anything and everything. Hope the office is not too busy and you don't get designated as solver of all world problems. Not your job mon!

Laura - hope the hair came out great. A round of applause and an atta girl for getting up to go to an exercise class even after a late night out. You the woman!!! :cp: I'd never do it. :lol: Thank you for the card and the article you clipped about turkeys. Very interesting, I learned some stuff I didn't know.

Annie - I'm glad Sassy is getting along although it sounds like the poor girl really had a bad time of her surgery. I agree with you about the dinner - if you don't like what I worked so hard on, starve :rofl: I'm sure everything will be delicious. Wish I could run by to sample a plate.

It appears Michelle is having a great time on her vacation. Good - she deserves it.

Ceejay - I'm sorry you have to work over the holidays. Geez, do people really need indoor running water THAT BADLY? :D Hope it goes quickly and quietly.

Ellen - bummer that you can't get to the family celebration but I agree with you - a 12 hour shift is bad enough, who'd want a long drive after that. Oops on the overspending but if it was for clothes, how frivoulous could that be? Guess you'll have to sell more. Did you win the contest they had at work for selling the most?

Patty - boy that travel schedule sounds exhausting. Ouch on the foot - hope you are feeling better and that the massage helped relax the tight bits.

happy2bme
12-23-2012, 09:48 AM
Well it looks like 3FC decided to post my post before I was done. At least I didn't lose it.

It's getting lighter outside and I can see that the snow on the deck is because it's snowing right now. Big fat snowflakes falling oh so slow because there is no wind out. And it must be rather cold out so the snow is drier and fluffy. It's really pretty.

Merry Christmas Java!

Shad - I hope by now you are back to the relative peace of your own house.

Coffee did nothing to wake me up. Hopefully a warm shower will do the trick. But first a peek at the sale paper for the grocery store. Have a good Sunday ladies.

annie175
12-23-2012, 10:20 AM
Good Sunday Morning...just got my noodles made for turkey and noods for tomorrow nite. Sassy is feeling better. She at least has come to life at appropriate times...C is at it...working to bring those stops that are ALL READY out of bread and such! God love him. I just have to get to cleaning and will start directly after this post. Or soon! lol Later gaters!

annie175
12-23-2012, 10:22 AM
Here ya go...enjoy!

ceejay52
12-23-2012, 10:39 AM
Happy
I may have to try the Nyquil zzzzz. I've heard it's good. Bet the snowflakes are beautiful. They're predicting snow on Christmas day. I'd like it if it were just snow showers and not stick to anything. We have to keep the tanks full at all times. I'm praying that these three days are quiet. City employees from the light office, electric crew, and water sewer crew are off this week end. Not sure about fire and or police departments. We're public servants.

Mel
Sending you sunshine for this week. Hold down the fort. That's what I'm having to do this week.

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Santa has already been to the water plant. He left me cookies.
Nothing new. Texted my bff who will be coming back to Arkansas today from Utah. Her niece was having some difficulties with her gps. So I went on line and did map quest. I can understand though. She was on I 80 and there's a stretch of that interstate where there is aboslutely nothing. Don't think her niece realized how far it would be from Arkansas to Utah.Bff should be eternally grateful to her for doing this.

ceejay52
12-23-2012, 10:41 AM
Annie
Morning you snuck in on me. Have a good day.

Shad
12-24-2012, 03:39 AM
Sorry, stuck in the vineyards. I hope you all have a very merry Christmas and a Happy new year, although I should manage to find my way out by then. Best wishes and love to you all.

MELODY525
12-24-2012, 09:31 AM
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SHAD....SORRY I MISSED THE ARRIVAL OF THE SANTA TRAIN DOWN BY YOU.
I NEVER GOT BACK OUT OF BED AFTER READING.
MUST HAVE FALLEN ASLEEP SOMEWHERE BETWEEN THE PAGES.
HOPE YOUR CHRISTMAS WAS A HAPPY ONE & A VERY HAPPY BOXING DAY TO YOU AND YOURS!!! :rudolph:

MELODY525
12-24-2012, 09:44 AM
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HAPPY CHRISTMAS EVE.

WE HAVE DECIDED TO HAVE DINNER TONITE TOGETHER.
RICHIE IS DOING THE COOKING INSTEAD OF THE BAKERY.
THEY WENT OUT TO GET ALL THE FIXINGS YESTERDAY.
SAME MENU. HE'S A GOOD COOK SO I AM HAPPY.

NOT MUCH GOING ON OVER HERE.
LOTS OF OVERTIME STILL FOR THE MAINT. MEN.
THEY WILL HAVE FAT CHECKS AT THE END OF THE WEEK.
IT WAS A BIT BUSY YESTERDAY BUT NOT INSANELY.
GLAD THE OFFICE IS OPEN SO I CAN HAVE THE DAY ALONE WITH THE KIDS.
HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY:hohoho:




HAPPY....WISH I COULD SEND YOU MORE HOURS OF SLEEP.
YOUR SUNSHINE ARRIVED AND JUST IN TIME.
IT' LOOKS GORGEOUS OUTSIDE THIS MORNING.
NOW WE NEED SOME OF YOU BIG FAT FLAKES OF SNOW!!
LOOKS LIKE WE'RE GOING TO HAVE A SLUSH CHRISTMAS HERE. :rofl:
HOPE YOPUR SIS CAN HANG IN THERE WITH MOM.
ENJOY YOUR DAYS OFF AND HAVE A GREAT TIME.:hug:




ANNIE.....HOMEMADE NOODLES!! YUM!!!'
SET A PLACE FOR ME AT THE TABLE!!
I'LL BRING MY OWN CHAIR :hohoho:
HAVE A GREAT TIME WITH THE FAMILY.




CEEJAY.....YOU AND I WILL HOLD DOWN THE FORT TOGETHER.
IT WILL BE A WORKING DAY FOR ME AS WELL AFTER 4PM & THEN TOMORROW.
HOPEFULLY YOUR SUNSHINE WILL GET ME THRU THE DAYS.
HOW NICE OF SANTA TO LEAVE SOME COOKIES!!:ginger:
YOUR BFF IS LUCKY SOMEONE WENT TO GET HER.
HOPE THEY GOT BACK SAFE & SOUND.
HAVE A GREAT DAY AT THE PLANT:hug:

ceejay52
12-24-2012, 09:59 AM
Mel
You are exactly right aboaut the bff having someone to go get her. That trip was 22 hours one way. They should be getting home around noon today if they don't hit bad weather. Already had one phone call about garbage pick up.Enjoy your meal with the kids this evening. That's what Christmas is about for me.


Annie
Wow, that's some noodles.

Shad
Are you having to work on Christmas Eve/day too?

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It was a foggy start today. I immediatly thought of the song Rudolph.
We have a winter storm watch out for tonight and tomorrow. It's too warm right now. We may get a white Christmas.
I haven't talked to my bff this morning but from my calculations they should be around Kansas City Mo.maybe Springfield, Mo. That's going to be one exhausted group of people.

happy2bme
12-24-2012, 01:24 PM
Good morning ladies,

Happy Christmas Eve. I have 2 whole days off. So excited. Also I'm not sure that in 40 years with DH we have ever spent Christmas with just the 2 of us. Last night after work we headed over to the grocery store to pick up things for dinner. They had some beautiful lobster tails - I would rather cook up the frozen lobster tail than boil the whole lobster live. We also got a filet mignon roast. DH fussed at the cost but I said we could use the Visa gift card my boss gave me for Christmas. Will provide an extra fancy meal for tonight, tomorrow with enough left over for New Year's Eve too. I've been busy, tired and neglecting DH so it will be nice to spend some time with just the two of us. We didn't get each other anything for gifts, I suggested that maybe we take a long weekend into Minneapolis (where we've never been) and go check out the twin cities. When it gets warmer as winters are particularly brutal in that part of the country :lol: It's cold here - temps in the teens for High temperatures. I think tonight it's going to dip below zero. Santa better bundle up. No wonder all the animals are loving the woodpecker food DH sets out for a treat - gives them a bit more fat on their bones to keep them warm. We have at least 2 bunnies out there too - I think one or both live under the deck here.

Yesterday I got a chance to work with one of the 2 girls they've had at the shop over the summer for the last 4 years. She's in college now and came home for Christmas break. What a lovely girl. Such a hard worker. No wonder G said they lucked out when she and her friend came into the store looking for a summer job long ago. She did the cooking and I did the packing and selling. It was a real pleasure working with her. We got a chance to talk and she said she is studying marine biology with a minor in zoology. Said when she completes her studies it's a requirement to spend a stint of time in Australia studying the marine life and working on the Great Barrier Reef. She said they are trying to weed out the not very serious students so the first couple of semesters of coursework are very very hard. It's nice to see someone that age with a good head on her shoulders. Gives me hope all is not lost on our youth ;)

Glad to see the world did not come to an end on Friday. :grouphug:

Thank you all for the lovely Christmas cards. I will get mine in the mail by new year's. Hoping to have some real time off after Friday of this week. It was chilly in the house yesterday - maybe because it was 6 degrees outside - :dunno: but I had the Christmas tree on, the fireplace, a lighted centerpiece on the dining room table and I turned on the lighted garland on the staircase leading to the loft area. If I must say so myself, it was very festive and pretty. I'm glad I listened to you girls and did some decorating.

Ceejay - hope BFF makes it home soon. It was a 21 hour drive from our last house to this one and it was EXHAUSTING. We always overnighted just inside the Illinois border - about 2/3 of the way. Last 2 hours was just torture in the car - could not move to get comfortable at all. So I pity them. Looks like it warmed up a bit out your way so maybe you won't get the snow after all. I agree that a few flakes on some warmish pavement that melts quickly would be just enough to make it festive. So are you working tomorrow too? Will have to get your Christmas dinner in a to-go tray :(

Annie - I agree that your noodles look wonderful. Save me a plate also please. :hungry: Hope you got all your cleaning done. I'm guessing that Christmas is at your house this year?

Shad - there are worse places to be stuck than in a vineyard. :hat: Have a glass or two of the good stuff for us. I might chill up a bottle myself.

Mel - glad the sunshine came. You have to decide - sun or snow - can't have both although it was doing just that the other day. But the big, fat snowflakes come from cloudy days. Dinner from Chef Ritchie sounds delicious. You have me in the mood to make some homemade bread - might do just that. The smell alone is worth it.

I'm assuming that except for poor Ceejay - everyone else is off doing holiday things. May you all have a very happy Christmas in the company of good friends and the ones you love in your life. I thank you for your friendship and support and consider my friendships with you ladies one of my most precious life's gifts.

Merry Christmas to all :xcheer: :tree: :ginger: :wreath: :clause:

Laura705
12-24-2012, 03:53 PM
Quick hello to everyone. :wave: Been busy yesterday & today. Bf is in Home Depot - we needed more sand for our luminarias. I'm in the car. One more stop & we'll head back home. Cheesecake is made, lasagne prep has begun. More tomorrow.

Everyone have a wonderful Christmas Eve & Christmas!!

:clause:

happy2bme
12-24-2012, 04:49 PM
Cool Laura - I always wanted to do luminaries but they never really worked out for me. Where are you putting them? Take pictures.

Have a very Merry Christmas too.

happy2bme
12-24-2012, 04:51 PM
And a Merry Christmas to you also Shad. It's already Santa time on your side of the pond. Although you should be fast asleep dreaming of sugar plums and Igor at this point.

MELODY525
12-25-2012, 08:36 AM
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MERRY CHRISTMAS WORLDLY CHICKS!
I WILL GIVE A THOUGHT TO EACH OF YOU THIS BLESSED MORNING.
SAFE TRAVELS TO THOSE GOING OUT.
HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY TODAY.

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ceejay52
12-25-2012, 09:52 AM
Happy
The bff got to Jonesboro around 10.30. They were extremely exhausted. Her niece drove the whole time so I know she is exhausted. The driver of her Uhaul would have been exhausted as well. They were using a gps and it was taking them all over the country. I texted her at one point and gave her proper directions. They were almost to Springfield MO. I use map quest when I travel and get my directions that way.

Laura
Lasgana sounds good.

Mel
Love the graphics as always.

Merry Christmas to one and all.
We have a mjor winter storm moving in this afternoon. I'm dreading it. It's already 35 degree's.
Yesterday afternoon was horrid. Had a major power outage that last for around 3 hours. People were not happy as they wanted to cook Christmas Eve dinner. My throat was sore after it. This is the part of the job I litterally hate. I'm about ready for the bop the Mayor on the head. He was a patoot yesterday.

MELODY525
12-25-2012, 11:41 AM
Good morning again. Had to leave unexpectedly.
Medical alarm but nothing serious.
Then got sidetracked with tenants at the door etc.
Been a very busy morning.
Watching Ozzie & Harriet on COZI TV.
Not sure when we got this channel!! LOVE IT!!
I emptied my mailbox too.
Thank you all for the cards.
The Worldly Sisters have a special closet door to hang on!!

And....it's been a nice day so far even with the busy parts.
People are all happy this morning.
Had a nice chat with some people on my own floor.
Now maybe I can get back to christmas with Ozzie & Harriet!!
:ginger: HAPPY CHRISTMAS ONCE AGAIN:rudolph:




:elf: Ceejay....good morning you early bird.
Your BFF is lucky you know what you're doing.
She would still be riding around!!
Glad they arrived safely andshe had the niece to depend on.
Sorry to hear about the power outages.
I can imagine the phonecalls!!
Hope you feel well this morning and the phones are quieter!
Stay safe in this terrible stromy weather down your way.
The TV showed some really bad storms:hug:






:wreath: Happy....we're thinking of a roast beef for New Years.
Now I read about your Filet Mignon....I am drooling!!:drool:
So glad there was someone nice to work with.
Helps the day go by when there is cooperation.
Hope all the birdies love the DH!!!! I wanted to make suet balls for them.
But now we have some nasty creatures from down the waterfront &
were asked not to put food out for any animals.
We've had a rat or two, lots of mice, a skunk, possums. YIKES!!!
I told the tenants they thought bed bugs were bad :rofl: :rofl:
Have a good time and enjoy the meal.




:candy:Laura....hope the luminaries came out great.
Like Happy....I have always wanted to do that.
Bet it looked great. Very Martha Stewarty!!! roflmao

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Laura705
12-25-2012, 03:00 PM
Merry Christmas to all my Worldly friends! :wreath::wreath::wreath::wreath::wreath:

Mel - Glad the medical alarm was nothing serious and the tenants are in a good mood. :) How was the dinner prepared by Richie? Or is that today?? Enjoy Ozzie & Harriet.

Ceejay - I'm sorry your Christmas Eve at work was so horrible. I can't imagine being on the other end of the phone calls from those without power trying to cook their holiday meals!!! I think we'd have been okay because we have a gas stove...but some of it runs on electricity because it plugs in - and I'm sure it's not just for the oven light, LOL. It might have electric pilot lighters. I hope today is quieter for you, and I'll have to check the weather to see what's in store for you. Thank goodness you helped out your bff with directions - the long trip would have been even longer no thanks to the GPS!

Happy - Well, you're all set with good vittles for some special meals, and so are your backyard friends too! :D Brrrr, oh so cold! It hasn't been horribly cold here (yet, knock wood), but yesterday it felt so damp, and that's chilling too of course. Our bedroom is furthest from the furnace, so it gets chilly - oh how we need to get online and order a new heated mattress pad!! I miss it so much. Tomorrow for sure. :yes: So sorry, no pics of the luminaria when they were lit up along the block, but it was very pretty. Prettier when there's snow, but we can't have everything. Hope you're enjoying you're quiet time w/ DH. Today's our quiet day too.

Shad - Hope your Christmas was enjoyable and that you enjoyed a couple glasses of vino for me. Is it Boxing Day now?

Annie - Wow, a table full of noodles!! I bet the turkey & noodles was delish! How was Christmas Eve w/ the family? Glad to hear Sassy is feeling better - is she still wearing the cone???

Ellen - Hope you're enjoying you're quiet holiday with just the family. Definitely nice to just have time with the immediate family. Clothing is practical, and they'd have needed it anyway, don't worry about overspending on that type of thing.

Patty - Hope you're having a good Christmas and you're giving your feet a nice rest! I hope the tendonitis eases up you can get out of the boots (and into supportive shoes!). To me the hardest thing about making cheesecake is remembering to get the ingredients to room temp before starting to make it, LOL! Will the travel ease up a bit for you in 2013?

Hellos to Michelle & Java!:present::candy::present::candy:
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It's been a whirlwind since Friday, but today is finally a calm, relaxing one.

Friday night was the party, very nice. Saturday was circuit class, hair appointment and grocery shopping. In the PM, bf, his friend & I watched "The Artist". I'd already seen it, but it was good, so I watched it again. I kept dozing off. Not a good thing during a silent movie where you have to read the dialog, haha. But I'd seen it before , so no biggie.

Sunday I made two pies to bring to my sis's place for dinner. The apple pie was made with fresh apples, the cherry with canned filling. Both had the prepared crusts. They turned out pretty good, but the apple, which I mounded very high with apples still cooked down quite a bit and so the crust had a good bit of hollow directly under it. But it was good because it wasn't so darn sweet like the canned filling can be.

The time at my sis & BIL's place was nice, and dinner was good, but very similar to our planned Christmas Eve dinner. They served stuffed shells with cheese along with Italian sausage. Our dinner was lasagne served with Italian sausage. Oh well, I still enjoyed both meals very much.

Yesterday morning I baked the cheesecake. I lined the sides of the springform pan w/ parchment paper and so the surface didn't crack as it cooled - yay. But I failed to take a picture of my pretty cheesecake. :(

The lasagne turned out good too - it had a lot of spinach mixed in the ricotta, so it was healthy, right??? :D The no-boil noodles are easy, but they were thin and I missed the heavier traditional lasagna noodles.

We had a nice time yesterday. I had my fireplace dvd going on the telly with the music option turned on for background music. I was glad my friend D and her sis were there. I felt bad that bf's mom wasn't feeling too great - she's still recovering from an upper respiratory infection so she left shortly after dessert and before we opened gifts. She says she's feeling better today, so we may pop over there today to give her her gifts, and some leftover lasagna, sausage, and cheesecake.

Otherwise, we're just relaxing. I will have to do a load of laundry, however, or I will be forced to go commando or dig into the "emergency undie" stash, which contains the hole-y ones that mom tells you not to get caught dead in, teehee.

Enjoy the rest of your holidays ladies!

:xcheer::xcheer::xcheer::xcheer:
:tree::tree::tree::tree::tree:
:candy::candy::candy::candy::candy:
:hohoho::hohoho::hohoho::hohoho::hohoho:

happy2bme
12-25-2012, 04:55 PM
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happy2bme
12-25-2012, 05:04 PM
Hi ladies,

Merry Christmas to all - hope you are enjoying the day. We are having a nice quiet Christmas. Yesterday we had 1 pound lobster tails (imagine the size of that creature), baked potato and a salad by candelight dinner with fresh flowers. I turned on just the twinkle lights and with the candle light it was sooo pretty. I was able to focus all my attention on hubby for a change.

Today we are having beef tenderloin with baked potato and I haven't decided on a side dish yet. It was really nice - REALLY to just have 2 quiet days to do what we wanted. Actually yesterday I did my housework and laundry during the day because today was all about relaxing. The roast is seasoning and I'm about to put the potatoes in the oven. Tonight will be watching some of the holiday movies I recorded. It's cold cold COLD outside - minus 5 last night. Snow is twinkling, stars are extra bright in the night sky. We had several deer last night but no Rudolph's ;)

Just wanted to pop in an wish everyone a happy day. Will try and get back later with personals.

1day@atime
12-25-2012, 07:56 PM
Merry Christmas!

Happy - Sounds like a lovely Christmast Eve and Christmas Day. Your dinner sounds delicious. I"m sure it's so romantic... candlelight, fireplace, woods, deer...

Laura - I'm sure the Luminaries are just beautiful. We got some snow today, it will probably be gone by tomorrow afternoon. I don't know what will happen in 2013 about the travel. I'm on a project that goes live in Oct 2013 and they are trying to decide if we are going to stay in Dallas or go back to East Texas for the training. I'm hoping they comprimise and do a 50 split.

Mel - I'm sure your days are never quite. Did you all get any snow? What was on the dinner menu?

Ceejay - Do you work for electric company too? I was thinking it was water. Oh, I would not like answering calls if the power is out. People don't understand you have no control over the weather, or if someone didn't trim the trees, or if someone hits a transformer. I hope you get to enjoy some time off. Glad you BFF made it in.

Annie - How was dinner? Are you snowed in?

Shad - Did you get to go home for the holidays?

Mitchellez - I hope you are enjoying your vacation with family. Well deserved time off.

Was pretty bummed this time. Woke up sick on Christmas Eve about 1:30am. Thought it was something I ate, felt worse at noon and by 1pm had call into doctor. He prescribed some meds for me and I was suppose to see how I progressed. We'll unfortunately I was hosting Christmas Eve at my house and didn't want to take a chance on being a stomach virus... so at the last minute we moved everything to Mom's. She was panicked at first, but I assured her I had everthing covered, so my brother in law came over and picked up the The Honey Baked Ham/Turkey, tamales, homemade breads, chips, dips/plates,cups.. you name it I had it. I was soo looking forward to seeing everyone but at the same time kept thinking what if this stomach virus and mom and dad get sick or others. They called and everything was great...I never got a stomach virus, stomach is still hurting, but I think it was what I ate.. I keep telling myself.. I can see them this weekend.

We are getting snow.. What a beautiful day.. Even thought I didn't get to see family, I am so Blessed!

annie175
12-25-2012, 08:39 PM
Hello Everyone...Merry Christmas night!

Family and friends were wonderful. Food was great, Curtis even got home by 3:30 just in time for arrivals. My bro and SIL and her momma stayed over last night. I made a breakfast casserole, pineapple fluff, toast, orange juice, coffee for brekkie. They had to leave around 11 to go to SILs sister's house.

Curtis got me a very expensive cookware set. The brand is Anolon. A gift card and of course the jewelry he gave me early. I about cried, he said anyone that cook and bake as good as I do deserved awesome cookware. 11 piece set. I just love it.

Going to post and start another post as I always lose them.

annie175
12-25-2012, 08:46 PM
Thank you for all your cards, so very nice. I have them framing one of the doors in the entry way.

Sassy is healing nicely, however she has pulled all her stitches out. Thank God it didn't open back up and is healing.

We are looking at blizzard warnings..12-15 inches of snow expected. Supposed to start around midnight. I may just stay home another day. Especially if it involves shoveling to get my car out of the garage/driveway.

My dad has decided that he does not feel comfortable living by himself anymore and would like to go into assisted living or live with one of use kids, he said he would rather live with one of us but assisted living would be fine. We siblings are supposed to get together to discuss it this week or early next. My heart is heavy.

Better post before I lose this, Oh and I got a text from Chelle that she made it to CA. Having fun and wishing us all a Merry Christmas.

Love, Hugs and Merriment!!

Shad
12-26-2012, 02:59 AM
Evening all,
I am in (very sunny) South Australia and we have spent the day (boxing day) being tourists and in vineyards and lavender farms. I am about to load up my photos from the camera. I also have copies of those photos you all saw early, so you will be getting photos for weeks to come.

I haven't been particularly well but okay enough to go out to Christmas lunch yesterday, ate too much and needed to lie down later in the afternoon. Needless to say we didn't need much dinner last night.

Today we went off and did a few wine tastings in the various wineries, R bought lots of good stuff. I don't have the room to take them home so didn't. However I did find some interesting honeys and dukkah and oils. The lavender farm was not really in bloom but you might see a purple haze in one or two photos.

Happy - sounds like fun having dinner by candlelight and the festive garlands on the stairs. Isn't it great to meet some nice, really with it young folks.

Laura - exercising??? dear lord. But the food sounded good.

Annie - that Analon cookware should just about see you out. What a man!

Ceejay - That must have been the worst thing having to answer the phone knowing what the complaint would be. The system can only take what it can take and do what it can do.

Mel - Nice that Richie cooks for you both. I will be there for dinner one year. Tell him to keep practising.

Patty - how awful to have all that stuff and feel so ill. Hope things improve soon.

So we have one my day in the vines and then I go back to Adelaide and home to Brisbane, then two days at home and back to Darwin. Not really looking forward to that.
Well sitting under this grapevine is all very well, but I probably need to get up and do something. Exercise would be good. Try and work up an appetite for dinner maybe.
I won't post photos right now. But I will be back. The battery here won't last much longer anyway. Have a great Boxing day and be careful all of you.

MELODY525
12-26-2012, 09:04 AM
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MORNING CHICKS

SANTA IS TAKING A MUCH NEEDED REST AFTER HIS TRAVELS.
MEL IS GOING TO TAKE ONE TOO.
MAYBE NOW THE SMOKE ALARMS WILL STOP.
ONE MAN SET THEM OFF TWICE IN ONE DAY.
HE WAS MAKING STEAKS IN A FRYING PAN WITH BUTTER. :hun:

THE KIDS & I DID PRESENTS YESTERDAY.
AS I SAID, THE DINNER THE NIGHT BEFORE WAS DELICIOUS.
HE MADE THE PORK PANINI SANDWICHES WITH MELTED CHEESE & HAM FOR LUNCH.

RICHIE IS REALLY A GOOD COOK & HIS FORTE IS SPANISH FOOD.
I BOUGHT THEM A SET OF RACHAEL RAY'S POTS & PANS.
HE ALREADY STARTED USING THEM LAST NIGHT:rofl:
OMG....MAYBE THIS WASN'T A GOOD IDEA FOR MY WAISTLINE!!!

I PUT THE REPORTS THRU THE OFFICE DOOR SLOT AGAIN.
TALKED TO THE BOSS OVER THE PHONE SO ALL IS WELL.

HOPE YOU GALS HAVE A GREAT WEEK. GLAD IT'S A SHORT ONE.






LAURA....THE FOOD SOUNDED SO DELICIOUS.
WE WERE THINKING OF ITALIAN CHRISTMAS MEALS.
JEN IS LACTOSE INTOLERANT & RICHIE SO WE SKIPPED IT.
BUT YOUR DINNERS SOUNDED WONDERFUL.
ESPECIALLY THE CHEESECAKE & PIES!!:drool:
HOPE THE MOM FEELS BETTER. THAT'S A NASTY BUG TO GET RID OF.
GOTTA HAVE CLEAN UNDIES WHEN YOU GO OUT.
GRAM ALWAYS SAID INCASE YOU GOT INTO AN ACCIDENT!!:rofl:





HAPPY.....LOVE THE AVATAR. TOO CUTE!!! :hohoho:
YOUR CHRISTMAS SOUNDED PERFECT.
FIREPLACE, DINNER, DH & SNOW.
DOESN'T GET MUCH BETTER THAN THAT:hug:
HOPE DH IS FEELING BETTER TOO.
KEEP US POSTED PLEASE.




PATTY....WOW! SO SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE TUMMY WOES.
I HATE THAT AND JUST HAD IT!!
YOU ARE BLESSED & KEEP THAT THOUGHT CLOSE.
YOU CAN SEE THEM OVER THE WEEKEND....YOU'RE RIGHT:hug:
HOPE YOU WILL BE FEELING BETTER SOON:getwell:
OUR DINNER WAS ROASTED PORK WITH SKIN ON, RICE & BLACK BEANS, YAMS, ASST VEGGIES, FRIED PLANTAINS AND YUCCA. FOR DESERT WAS STORE BOUGHT FLAN. RICHIE IS A GREAT COOK.




ANNIE....GLAD IT ALL WORKED OUT AND CURTIS WAS HOME IN TIME.
GIFTS SOUNDED LOVELY AND GLAD SASSY IS COMING ALONG.
BE CAREFUL WITH THE DRIVING IF THOSE BIG STORMS HIT.
I THOUGHT DAD MIGHT DECIDE SOMETHING LIKE THIS.
FALLING & BEING ALONE IS A SCARY THING.
ESPECIALLY WITH THE MORE "OLD-FASHIONED" MEN.
THEY WERE SO USED TO BEING TAKEN CARE OF.
HOPE YOU KIDS CAN COME UP WITH ASOMETHING. I DON'T ENVY YOU.
\BUT I CAN IMAGINE HOW YOU YOURSELF FEEL :hug:




SHAD....YOUR TIME OFF SOUNDED JUST WONDERFUL.
I AM SO GLAD TO HEAR ABOUT WINE & LAVENDAR & SUNSHINE!!
HOPE YOU ARE FEELING BETTER THOUGH. A COLD???
MUST BE ALL THIS PLANE HOPPING.
I DO HOPE THE NEW YEAR BRINGS A BETTER TIME TO THE JOB.
RICHIE SHOULD BE an EVEN BETTER COOK BY THAT TIME!!:rofl:

happy2bme
12-26-2012, 10:31 AM
Good morning ladies,

Happy Boxing Day to all. Hope you have lots to "box up". I think this was the first Christmas ever I did not have a single present to open up. Well technically not. Mom sent a check for us to shop on our own and I did buy some art materials. DH says every day is Christmas around here - we are free to buy what we want, when we want. Well... I tend to disagree - somewhat but not totally ;) We stopped buying for each other a few years back - after 40 years haven't you about bought it all??? :lol: Anyway we will look for something for both of us. I'm still thinking get away weekend somewhere. Would love to visit Door County Wisconsin one day.

I got on the scale this morning, held my breath and saw a number I have not seen in YEARS. :dance: Had plenty of room to zip my dress pants which I have not worn in several months. It was a good feeling. The weight is coming off slow, but it's coming off. I know that working is helping and it's the one thing that makes me reluctant to give up the job. I had a great 2 days off and sure was reluctant to get out of bed at 7 today. The house was cold (it's minus 3 out with the sun up), the bed was snuggly and I was having a good sleep for a change. I'm sure it's going to be slow at work. No after Christmas bargains at the store although she has a few holiday stocking stuffer things that could probably stand a discount to get rid of them quickly. DH is doing ok. He was sort of restless yesterday late in the day. Too much sitting around for him I suppose. And he had palpitations all day. They are coming more frequently. Going to be a long month until we can see the heart doctor... I come into bed at night and if he's totally quiet as he has been, I hold my breath until I hear some signs of movement or breathing. I don't want to wake him and then he will start snoring hard enough to suck the covers off the bed :yikes:

Was probably good we didn't go down to Chicago for Christmas. My BIL came down with a very bad flu Christmas eve. He is contagious for 7 days so that killed Christmas at my sister's house. They enjoyed a rare, quiet day themselves. Mom is walking around telling everyone that she has a much stronger immune system than my sis. :rolleyes: We will probably wind up shipping everyone's gifts to each other as we won't be travelling for a while now.

Mel - I would eat Ritchie's food any time. Looks like we have a couple of cooks for the commune one day ;) Seems that cookware was the "it" gift this year. Always a good choice. I bought some tri-ply pots when we moved here and I love them. You forget how much nicer cooking is with good pots instead of the bruised and dented favorites we are used to. The only good "old" pot is a well seasoned cast iron skillet :D Enjoy your day off - hope it's quiet and tell people to reheat their food in the microwaves :lol: Ozzie and Harriet - I can barely remember them. Must be fun to watch the old tv shows.

Shad - a vineyard and lavendar fields? That must smell sweet. Pity you could not pack a few bottles to take home. I understand your reluctance to get back to work - each return seems to take more effort. At least you have a little bit more time to enjoy - have a good visit with DS and babykins. What is dukkah? And what sort of oils did they have? Flavored cooking oils or aromatherapy oils?

Annie my dear - it is dark blue on the radar out by you so that means, heavy heavy snow storms. I do hope you stayed home - looks horrid to be travelling today. Stay in and make a nice pot of soup in those new pots. What a great gift from C. He is very thoughtful and kind. I have seen the Analon pots - they look nice and sturdy and wonderful to cook in. You will enjoy them for a long, long time. How did the noodles come out? I imagine it's both good and bad with Dad's decision - but glad to hear that he came up with it of his own decision. So much harder to fight them to get them out of their homes when they refuse to admit what everyone else sees clearly. I hope you can come up with a workable solution that fits everyone's needs. :hug:

Patty - so sorry you were not feeling well and had to miss out on the family gathering. :( There is so much going around (sickness) that I guess it's hard to avoid it. The nurse who saw my BIL said she cannot recall ever seeing so many cases of the flu this early. I'm sure your body was tired from all the hustle and bustle you've had lately. As you say, at least you can see the family over the weekend - still some holidays yet to be celebrated. On the work front - hope they decide to do the training closer to home for you.

Ceejay - I could only imagine the volume of complaints if the storm knocked power out on Christmas Eve when everyone was preparing for the holiday. Tell 'em to get to bed early so that Santa can arrive ;) :lol: Hope you didn't get whacked too hard with the storm. How was your Christmas?

Laura - your meals sound very yummy including desserts. DH loves lasagna, I'd have my face in a plate of stuffed shells :lol: Looks like you had a nice balance of Christmas - a bit of social and some relaxing time too. Are you off the rest of the week?

Guess it's time to get off my chair and go get ready for work. :( Sure don't feel like going in. I work today and Friday then hoping to take next week off. My foot needs more than 2 days to rest and with the young girls available to work, let them have the hours. ;)

Hello to the rest of the Worldlies :wave: hope you had a good Christmas too.

annie175
12-26-2012, 10:40 AM
Blizzard city here, cannot get Sassy to go out and potty,. I even went out with her, but she was having no part of it. I even shoveled a path to the grass..no dice. That was about an hour ago and now it is all blown over and still snowing. I stayed home today, pretty bad when they close the malls but now also have closed the hospitals. How do you do that. Send all the patients home? lol. Wind sounds like a scary movie. Airport is closed, flights cancelled. Thank God we have leftovers...lol. Like we would starve..NOT. Curtis did go to work because of all the idiots out there buying all the bread. He is going to do two more stops then head in and home. Gonna post before I lose it.

ceejay52
12-26-2012, 12:32 PM
Blowing snow/freezing rain is no fun whatsoever. We had thunder snow if you can believe that. We only had a dusting of snow on the ground. The roads were not bad at all this morning. The snow amount was like I like it.

The wind was furocious last night. I had a couple of spots in town that were without power befofre I went hoem. I had to potty around midnight and thought oh no the power is off again. I went back to bed and had to get up again around 3.30 a.m. to find the power was still off. I was getting a bit chilled so I added some more cover. The power finaly came back on round four. I had to get up at 5.30.
When I got to work my co-worker was on edge. I usually am. The whole town had lost power. Don't remember who asked but yes my main job is the water plant but after the light office goes home and on week ends we're elected to do the job. It's very, very stressful.
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Happy
Your romantic dinner sounded so nice. I've never eaten lobster. If dh's palpitations keep coming call the dr's office and tell them they are getting worse. Palpitations are no fun. Congrats on those pounds lost.

Annie
Think you are getting the worst of the storm. It ususally picks up speed after crossing the mississippi river. Glad to hear that sassy is feeling better and can you blame her for not wanting to go potty outside in this cold. So sad that you your dad doesn't feel comfortable living at home. He may be depressed because of the holidays.

Patty
Sorry you were sick on christmas eve and could enjoy the festivities. Hope you are feeling better.

Mel
Good for Richie in preparing the meal. I love Mexican food. Does he make tortilla soup. That's good.

Shad
You should have bought at least one bottle of wine. You travel as much as I do going here and yon.

Hellos to the rest. My mind is in a fog from all the stress this week end.

MELODY525
12-27-2012, 09:04 AM
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We finally got some snow yesterday.
But it didn't last long. The rain came and took it away.:cry:
Yesterday was a great day. Only one call & I brushed it off.
People just don't get it. If I am not downstairs there is a reason.
Jen & I sat chatting and watched some old TV together.
That was the highlight of the day.
Now it's time for some breakfast.
Have a great day.





Happy......I would love for you & DH to cook for me any day!!!
Come to think of it....I am the only one on here NOT cooking! :rofl:
So the commune has plenty of chefs to rotate:hun:
I CAN BE THE TASTE TESTER!
I hope you can give the hours to the girls & give the feet a rest.
I am so happy for you and the weightloss!!!
Congratulations my friend!! :cheer3: :cheer2:
Great way to begin the new year!!!




Ceejay....I find thunder snow storms very spooky.
I've only been in a few and they are scary for some reason.
Hope your weather calms down.
I couldn't believe the pictures on the weather channel.
Sorry the job can get so stressful.
People having fits over the phone are not helping either.
Stay calm & I hope things go better today for you:hug:
Richie is Cuban & Dominican. Not sure about tortilla soup.
But most of the Hispanic countries make similar stuff.
Come to think of it....he hasn't made any soups. :hun:





Annie....these storms are unreal. Stay safe & warm.
Seems like all my sisters are getting pummeled with this crazy weather.
When the hospitals close they send the NEW patients to another hosp nearby.
Poor little Sassy. She needs indoor plumbing!!!:rofl:
Glad you got to stay home. Call in sick!!!








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happy2bme
12-27-2012, 12:45 PM
Good morning ladies,

I am home today. Work tomorrow but then I am off for at least a week, possibly for good. Was talking to the boss yesterday, she did not make up January's work schedule because she didn't have a 2013 calendar yet. She talked about keeping the current girl through January when she goes back to school. That's ok. I know she's hoping my current co-worker will leave for college soon - the sooner the better. And then in a round about fashion she casually mentioned that it's going to be getting very slow and she won't be needing us "girls" (although I am 10 years older than her) anymore. I'll be glad to walk away from this one, it's been an adventure and I enjoyed parts of it - still a very demanding job for a pittance of pay. Sorry, don't mean to sound like a downer although I'm sure I do. Just so disappointing to me that the rules have changed so drastically and people just don't matter any more. I'm also bummed about a family thing that happened the other day. Told DH that maybe we are better off closing off and being hermits ;) :lol:

Anyway the good news is that I will have time to rest my foot - it is feeling better and I will have time to study techniques and play with my art pencils, painting and drawings. I picked up several good books as my Christmas gift from my Mom, kind of eager to get started. Not sure if we are going to have a snowy winter, but so far it's been quite cold so light up the fireplace and spread out on the dining table with all that good natural light streaming in through the windows and get busy. :D

All your talking about cooking has me jonesing for some homemade soup and a nice loaf of homemade bread. I know I have some soup beef and bones, not sure what I have in the way of vegetables though - with my hectic work schedule I didn't buy much in the way of groceries because I knew I wouldn't have time to cook. But I think I can fire up the crock pot and get something going in time for dinner tonight.

Mel - I like your snowy scene. Guess the best snow is the stuff that cleans up after itself :lol: So Ritchie is Cuban. Not so familiar with that style of cooking but I do love a good Cuban sandwich so while not the sort of Hispanic we think of, I'm sure he makes some darn good stuff. You are right - we do have alot of great cooks for our commune. Always something good to eat! And yes, you can be the taste tester. I can just see you now wheeling along the table, taking sips and making notes on index cards :write: :rofl: Ok, we'll give you a hat too :chef:

Ceejay - I think thundersnow is more of a southern thing. I love it. So cool (no pun intended) and unexpected. Like pink lighting in Atlanta. Oh man, I can't think of anything worse than being on the called end of the telephone line when people are yelling about losing their power. :yikes: Must have been pretty bad if the whole town lost power. I guess you got a clip of that storm that hit Annie. Are you working New Year's Eve too? So you've never eaten lobster? I guess that's more of a city or east coast thing. If you ever get down to Memphis and have a chance to eat at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, have the surf and turf. They do lobster tail right. It has the texture of grilled shrimp, but if it's the good cold water kind it's sweet and tender.

Annie - hope you are home safe digging out from the storm. Heck, if I was Sassy and had short legs (as I do), I'd not be wanting to wade out in the snow to go potty - even if you did shovel a path to the outhouse for me :rofl: I have heard about closing the hospitals - which means not accepting new patients - generally because they are severely short staffed and can't run things properly. Must be a pistol to be a medical person, emergency services worker, snow plow driver, electrical worker - all those people we depend on who have to get out to work no matter what. And no less important - the bread man :D - geez poor C - having to drive a not so good traction truck I'm sure in a blizzard to make sure people have bread. I might do an extra load the day before but would hate to have to go out in the thick of things to deliver. :( Hope everyone is home safe and sound.

Guess everyone else is enjoying some time off - hope you are all having a good time no matter what you are doing. Think I'll mosey down to the kitchen and get that soup and bread going. Have a good day chicks.

Laura705
12-27-2012, 12:47 PM
Morning all. Back at work today. The admin was supposed to be here for a half-day, but she called in sick. She actually did sound horrible on the voicemail message she left, poor thing. :(

Shad – Your time in the vineyards and lavender fields sounds wonderful. My pathetic memory, I can’t remember where I was this past year that had lavender fields in the area…might have been our fall 2011 trip to the Pacific NW? Or was it New Buffalo, MI this past June? Anyway, we didn’t stop to see them so I guess it really doesn’t matter. Looking forward to your photos. I hope you’re feeling good enough now, especially with travel home on your agenda. :hug:

Happy – You and your dh had a very romantic feast! :val2: Or shall I say feasts? Sounds wonderful, out in your hideaway in the snowy woods. :D A getaway weekend to Minneapolis and/or Door County sound wonderful. Nice to have something on the calendar (however tentative) to look forward to. :) Congrats on the weight loss!! Being on your feet and with your hands and mind busy certainly help keep boredom eating at bay, after the initial temptation of the goodies at the shop has worn off, LOL. Sorry to hear about the BIL being sick over Christmas. Is your mom still staying with them? I took the 26th off, but I’m at work today and a half-day tomorrow, then I'm off through the 1st. Enjoy your day off, and I hope your foot feels a little better before going back on Friday. :crossed: that the temp helpers can pick up more hours and give you and your feet a well-deserved break.

Mel – I’m glad yesterday was quiet for you. Your holiday meal sounds delicious. I think it was an excellent idea getting cookware for the kids. Get them cooking, and make sure they include meals that meet your requirements!! Especially some soups. :chef: :hungry: We went to bf’s mom’s later on Christmas Day and thankfully she was looking and sounding so much better. We were relieved.

Patty – I hope at least half of the training will be local for you. I’m so sorry you got sick for the holiday and couldn’t be with your family! :( At least nothing went to waste. How are you feeling now? :getwell: I’m glad you’ll see your family this weekend. The luminaria lighting at dusk on Christmas Eve is very pretty – both sides of the block do it. Wish I had thought to take a photo. A woman on our block keeps everyone stocked with long-burning church votives. We had a couple still burning at around 9 am the next morning!

Annie – What a fabulous gift for you – Curtis is right, if anyone would make good use of it and deserve it, it’s YOU!! I hope you enjoy using that cookware. I’m sorry your father no longer feels comfortable living in the house alone. The same thing just happened to bf’s brother’s MIL. She’s 90 y.o., had a fall, and decided on her own that she want to move into a nursing home. She spent a couple days in the hospital after her fall (they discovered a previously unknown heart problem) and I think she moved to the nursing facility yesterday, or it might be today. Even with the offer to have live-in assistance, she still opted for the nursing facility. Wow, we really dodged the bullet with these storms here! Are you back at work today, or is it still too hazardous to be out and about? Poor Sassy! Coal is the same way – doesn’t want to use the paths & spots we shovel for him when we get a lot of snow, so he ends up hopping around like a rabbit in the deep snow. Love Mel’s suggestion about indoor plumbing for Sassy!! :rofl:

Ceejay – Glad you didn’t get all the snow that Annie did. But the wind sounds awful, and I’m glad the power outage didn’t last very long. We had a lot of wind as well, but no real precipitation to speak of. Two of our lawn decorations have bitten the dust – some of the lights went out on them. They had to be anchored down because of the wind and maybe something in the wiring snapped. Oh well, they were many years old and they weren’t exactly the highest quality to begin with. Is it almost your weekend now? :carrot:

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The rest of Christmas Day was nice for us. We went over to bf’s mom for a short visit and were glad to see she’s feeling better. It’s unfortunate that she has to work at her age (78), but if she would just take it easier on her days off, she’d probably do better with keeping her immunity up. It doesn’t help that she’s always running back and forth to be with her older sister, who has become very frail since having complications after hip replacement a couple years ago. BF’s aunt is at the point where she may need a caregiver, and bf’s mother is not the one who should be doing it! We’re worried.

Yesterday I had another vacation day. I was up early and lazed around until 10 am, when I went to the 4G exercise class. The instructor is one I’ve had for Pilates on Mondays - the one who keeps up a brisk pace and uses every minute of class productively - and this was no different. We were constantly switching between strength moves with hand weights and moves with a medicine ball. Everything got worked and OMG am I sore today! But what better place to be sore and miserable than at work, LOL. :joker:

After class, I stopped at Jewel-Osco (grocery/drugstore) to check out their clearance aisle. We needed some small-sized gift bags and so I picked up some of those, along with some flat gift wrap (when do you ever see that these days??), some more gift tag stickers and some sweets. Of course I’ve had to tell bf to put the sweets away somewhere and maybe dole them out to me in small bits, LOL.

The rest of the day was ho-hum. I watched a dvd that I had to get back to the library. It was highly rated by critics, but I thought the ending was just awful (one of those “non-endings”) and the rest was okay - not worth it because there was no payoff at the end. Bah. Went for a dog walk. Went out to eat a late lunch/early dinner. After the last couple days of pasta, I was in the mood for meat, so the half price burgers at a local place near us, but the burgers were just so-so. Bf thinks they use frozen patties for the half-price day, but recalls a hand-made patty when we’ve been there before. Boo. Used up the rest of the fresh apple pie filling I had leftover from the other day and made a mini-pie.

No plans tonight except maybe to get bf to massage my sore muscles, haha. I also have to get back to the library. Naturally, right after making the short trip there after dinner last night to return books and dvds, I get home, check e-mail and see that I have a hold that’s ready for pick up. :rolleyes: It’s the first season of “Downton Abbey”. Yay! Looking forward to watching that.

Well, I better get this posted and get back to work. I have enough work to keep me busy, but I’m sure the day will feel very long because I’m sore. I guess that exercise class was my penance for not tracking my eating while I’ve been off work, LOL. Fortunately, I didn’t gain any weight after all that!! Whoohoo! And so my ticker is still spot on, for a change! :dancer:

Everyone have a good day!! TTFN!
:tree::tree::tree::tree::tree::tree:

happy2bme
12-27-2012, 01:02 PM
Hi Laura,

Guess we were typing right over each other's heads :lol: I do recommend the candlelight dinner - not sure it does as much for DH as it does for me - just makes me feel like it's something a bit more special. I am one who believes that there are certain days and times (like your birthday) when you are allowed to have something a bit more special. Now the candles are burnt down almost to the nubs and the pine boughs in the flower arrangement are dropping needles as fast as the mum petals so I'll have to come up with something for New Years Eve. Maybe we can sit out by the firepit and watch for deer. NOT! at least not when it's -7 degrees out there :lol: Good for you for getting through the first part of the holidays without the scale moving. You are still ahead of me on the ticker list. I really admire you for hitting the gym as hard as you do. This time of year I really feel like a sloth when it comes to exercising. I hope you can convince the BF to give you a nice massage. Just be prepared to give him something in return as that kind of thing always leads to something else in their minds ;) ;) ;) :rofl: God bless his mum still working at 78 years old. I do feel sad for the people at Walmart and the grocery store. Not sure if like me, they just want to get out among people - mostly I think alot of them have to work to make ends meet. Standing on your feet all day past 60 has to be especially brutal. Yum... now you have me in the mood for a good burger. A hand formed patty - not the frozen one :lol: But I hear DH banging a cereal bowl with a spoon so I guess I'm too late to suggest lunch. :( Hopefully your day at work will be quiet and then you can have some lounging time at home to enjoy.

I'm off to cook... :wave:

P.S. I like your Christmas tree border / signature! Very festive.

ceejay52
12-27-2012, 01:23 PM
Morning Folks
It's so nice to get to sleep late. Got up around 8 this morning and decided to go get the good dr to refill my rx's. Also my shoulder has been giving me fits. Come to find out I have a pulled muscle in my shoulder. How I did that is beyond me. It's been painful. I need to call the eye doctor to check on my new glasses. They are not in yet.

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Annie
This snow storm was a doozy. We were very lucky that we only got a dusting of snow. We mainly had freezing rain. Paragould had 8 inches, Jonesboro had 5 inches. I was very tempted to call in sick.

Mel
I had the electric crew out and one of them called me back and said be prepared there was a huge flash of light out by the interstate. You may have a lot of calls. I realized a bit later that what he saw was lightening cause I heard it thunder right after that. I like to watch it snow. I just pray that the next blizzard winds we have will be on my day's off. The guys got through at 6.38 p.m. last night. They had work more than 12 hours more like 16 hours to restore the power.

More later.

ceejay52
12-27-2012, 01:42 PM
Laura
You and Happy snuck in on me. Wow working at 78 would be challenging. My uncle is 83 and stills does some office work for our missionary in India. But that's not like going out in the public every day. I love those relaxing days of doing what ever.

Happy
I thought I'd make another pot of soup today. I like soup or stew in cold weather. Didn't realize we had an artist amongst us. I sometimes wish for my piano. I think it would be good therapy on my hands. My hands get stiff at times.

upswife
12-27-2012, 01:51 PM
Good Morning ladies! these days just seem to be flying by. The kids all had a blast on Christmas. DH has been sick, so we really did keep it quiet, I ran around a bit yesterday and today we are straigtening things out and tackling Mt Washmore. Not enough snow here to speak of, I know the kiddies are disapointed, but I am really ok with it.

I need to get back on the Band wagon, I Havn't lost any more weight, and I have been indulging a little too much with all the yummy food.Ok, off to finish up. Luv and hugs ladies

annie175
12-27-2012, 06:58 PM
Hi my girlies...

Went to work today. OMG...could not believe the work I did. No lunch and worked up till that last minute...that I would allow.

Just shoveled for an hour...me tired. Got, at least, my side of the drive completely done. Yesterday we just did on path down the middle, I am not fond of that cause I cannot see out the back window enough to hit the solo path. Had to ramp it out at the end of the drive this morning as the home association cleared the streets and plowed my drive shut. BLAH!

annie175
12-27-2012, 06:59 PM
I just love it when it posts without me doing anything instead of losing it. I hate posting from home...will try to post from work tomorrow.

lOVES AND HUGS

annie175
12-28-2012, 09:31 AM
Good Morning All....last one in...first one back in...hmmmmmmm.

Did the world end and I am the one that got left behind? lol

ELLEN...hope you, DH and kiddos are all feeling top notch. Glad that Christmas was a joy for the lil ones.

CEEG...the should ache and pains are horrible. THis is the first year I have suffered anything like this. My doc said to take ibuprofen, wow big help, I knew that already. I think the shoveling actually did me some good, moving the parts around and getting the stiffness out of that shoulder, arm.

LAURA...I saw on the national news that Chicago has not even had an inch of snow in 200 or so more days. That you should get a couple of inches tonight. We are to get an inch more tonight. Blah, I hate snow. If only it would snow in the grass only it would be great. I have used my pans twice since Christmas...OMG the best thing is the clean up is so stinkin' easy.

HAPPY...glad you have the rest of the week off. Maybe your feet can recover a bit. I saw this arch things for your feet in CVS. As seen on TV section. They are supposed to help your feet tremendously. I thought of you when I saw them, maybe you should watch your mail for the next week or so. I am slow on mailing stuff.

MELLIE...I wish the rain would come and take our snow away. I have 3-4 foot drifts and snow shoveled piles along my driveway and across the yard in various places. Always drifts on driveway, front walk and back porch. I mean really, give me a break. Oh I get the hospital closed thing, I was just being my stupid funny self.

SHADDIE...vineyards and lavendar farms...OMG....happy, laid back, and feeling great. Wish I was there with you. Hope you had a very nice holiday.

CHELLE...you must be enjoying CA. Good for you!

Hellos to everyone.

Loves and hugs....

PS....What is everyone doing to New Year's Eve???

MELODY525
12-28-2012, 10:10 AM
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_5W8ij4LnCxA/TBc2TMhdYUI/AAAAAAAAAMA/e3cGBAKSFn8/s200/ist2_9627237-summer-sun-cartoon.jpg

The sun is brightly shining over the top of some really dirty looking
dark grey fluffy clouds. A very strange sight. Weird.
These clouds look like they need to get washed!!!

Nothing really new here. I am resting my neck/shoulder area still.
The sick sign is still on my door.
During the day the work phone is turned off.
I am determined to feel 100% by the time the Holidays are over. :cheers:

Hope you all have a great day.




Happy......LOVE the new avatar. First thing I saw this morning.
I hope the job issue works out to your advantage.
Sorry to hear about the family issue too.
I'm all for becoming a hermit. Halfway there already!!!
Thanks for the hat!!! I'll bring a golden spoon for the testing! :lol3:
Hope your feet feel better & enjoy the Christmas presents from Mom.
Ricxhie's Dad is cuban and his Mom was Dominican.
They both made similar foods.
Sometimes there is an ingredient one uses that the other didn't.
His sammies are delicious!




Laura....better get going on Downton abby part one!!!
I am all ready for theis next one to begin.
I am glad to hear the mom is doing better.
Sad she has to work & chooses to play nurse as well:faint:
Did you get BF to do the massage???
You had a great workout. Starting the NY off right!!




Ceejay....Poor you with manning the phones during a storm.
And poor guys for being out there fixing the lines and such.
We sometimes get lightning if we get a N'oreaster.
I can imagine how it looks down south.
Even bigger clashes between hot & cold!!:yikes:
Stay safe & warm. Hope the next one is on your days off too!!:hug:



Annie.....I would never leave you here by yourself.
I'll give you plenty of notice if the world is coming to an end.
That is unless the bombs hit NJ forst instead of NYC!!! :rofl:
Sorry work was pilked up and your snow is too!! OMG!!! you got all our snow!!!
These storms are just staying north of us enough so we miss it.
Hope they stop plowing your driveway back in!! I hate that!!!




Ellen....waving back at ya :wave:

upswife
12-28-2012, 11:00 AM
Morning everyone, 2 days in a row. Quiet morning here, the girls had an impromtu sleepover with a friend last night, so they were all up too late. I am going to lay low until work this evening. Can't wait until I get to see the ENT, these sinus headaches are really bothering me.

Mel-Hope you feel better soon!

Annie-you sound busy as always. Sorry you have gotten so much snow, we are starting to get ours now, Had to walk our sleepover guest home thismorning and I was slipping around. time to break out boots.

OK, gotta run, have a great day everyone!

ceejay52
12-28-2012, 11:31 AM
Annie
Wow all that shoveling snow and then the plow blocks the driveway. You are brave by driving in it.

Ellen
We didn't get a lot of snow either. But just enough to satisfy me. I could still drive in it. Looks like we may have some more today. Hope dh feels better today.

Mel
Glad you are keeping the sign on the door. Will you have to manage things NYE and day. Thank goodness the light office is off only NY's day but I have a feeling that the Mayor will let them off early. Which really isn't fair to me, but life goes on. Hope your shoulder pain goes away soon.

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Yesterday I did some deep cleaning and moved the furniture around in the living room. This time I was smart and didn't take the wires off the dvd player and cable box. Probably didn't do my shoulder any good. I've also taken down the Christmas decorations. Today I'll put those away and try to get the back to the shed. This depends on the weather. We were under a winter weather advisory last night. They were expecting freezing rain. It's 34 degree's now and some more precipitation is on the radar. I would like to see some snow falling but not sticking.

Have a good day.

Laura705
12-28-2012, 12:14 PM
Morning all. Quick day, as I'm taking a half-day of vacation today so that I'm left carrying over only 3 days into 2013.

Ellen - So when the girls are up late, that means you/everyone else is up late too? ;) Hope you get to rest up before heading to work. Yeh, I switched to boots. Once the sidewalk gets a coating of snow or other slick stuff, sneakers are too slippery.

Mel - Love your sunny graphic today! :sunny: We've had a lot of cloudy dreary days. The days are getting longer now, but with all the cloudcover, we can't appreciate that. Of course, when we get a lot of sun in the winter, it's usually bitter, bitter cold, so I better be careful what I wish for!!! I hope your neck/shoulder start to feel better. Have you been putting any heat/cold/smelly ointment on it? BTW, when I mentioned a massage to bf, he said I needed to use my foam roller because I'm too ticklish, LOL. So I used the evil foam roller for a few minutes. I'm still sore today, but that's not a surprise given the level of soreness. I already started watching Downton Abbey last night, but only about 20 min. of it. Hope to get a lot of it watched this long weekend.

Annie - I'm here too, so that makes at least 3-4 of us left, LOL. Ugh, what a nightmare with the snow you got down there, especially when it keeps drifting onto spots you've already cleared! And boo re the plow depositing snow at the end of the driveway. That snow is always compressed and hard to remove - the worst. I hope you get something - warm temps or rain or sun to melt it soon. We got a little bit of snow overnight, but I doubt it was even an inch. I'm relieved. Is your new cookware non-stick?? So nice to clean! :yes: I've been taking Aleve for my forearm tendonitis and it helps, but when I stop taking it because I take the migraine pills for TOM, the pain comes back, and unfortunately so has my shoulder pain. (Probably overdid it with the exercise on the shoulder, because otherwise it's been feeling alright and getting back to normal range of motion.) It's always something, but it's annoying when the doc just tells you to stop doing what you're doing and/or take anti-inflammatory drugs. I want the magic cure, dang it!! Don't work too hard today.

Ceejay - Did you make any soup or stew? Sounds good about now. I mentioned chili to bf - he has a good recipe for that. I want to make a lentil soup, but a yummy Middle Eastern version like we eat at the pita joint. Yes, bf's mother must work to make ends meet. She and bf's father weren't very wise with their finances, so now there aren't any retirement funds beyond Social Security and a small pension. I think rent and the medicare supplement insurance take up a huge chunk of that. Piano huh? Learned something new. Did you have a piano in the house as a kid? Did you take lessons? Take care of your shoulder!


Happy - I'm sure you'll actually be relieved for the popcorn shop job to go away, but I understand feeling angry too that going well above and beyond wasn't recognized any differently than mediocre (at best) performance.... as well as the fact that the job wasn't offered as temporary and now appears to be. What kind of soup did you end up making? Homemade bread sounds wonderful too. I might get a batch in the breadmaker now that I have some fresh yeast in the house! Did you dig into your art books yet?

Hellos to the rest of the Worldlies!! If I'm scarce around here the next few days, I wish you a joyous rest of the holiday season, including New Years's!!
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After work yesterday, I hit the library and picked up the book club book, Room, by Emma Donoghue. Sounds grim, but we'll see how it is. Also picked up the Downton Abbey dvds. I'll be running behind for a bit because I think they're starting the 3rd season and I'm just starting the first. Oh well.

Did nothing last night except roll on the foam thingie for a few minutes and watch tv. Bf made tacos - my only contribution was shredding the lettuce. Oh, and I scooped some sour cream into a snack baggie and snipped the corner off to make a squeezey thing, LOL. So much easier than trying to spoon the sour cream onto the tacos. That's my tip of the day ladies! ;)

Today is a half-day work, then I'll take a 12:30 train home. Tonight is a gathering for the Relay for Life team to which I belong. I have to think of some appetizer/snacky thing to bring. Bf will probably not go with me - he can only take so much of my BIL, and had his fill of him back on Christmas Eve Eve, LOL. :lol:

Tomorrow morning I will do an exercise class. If the muscle soreness isn't significantly better I will probably do a Zumba class instead of a strength class. Tomorrow night is a party thrown by a couple we know, which is actually a combo family gathering for the hubby's side of the family, but with friends too. When we first went to this party I thought it was odd, especially when it came time for the family to exchange gifts, but now I guess I've gotten used to it. The son, with whom bf is close friends, has a 3-year old so it's fun to watch him open his gifts.

Sunday is the bf's family holiday gathering. Need to think of something to bring for that too. Bf needs to call and ask I guess.

Annie - for NYE, bf invited a few people over, but I'm not sure who's actually committed to attend. I'm hoping for a very small group. I'm sure I'll be feeling a bit partied out by then.

Okay, enough rambling, back to work.

:snowglo::snowglo::snowglo::snowglo::snowglo:

annie175
12-28-2012, 02:38 PM
LAURA...even the name of the book ROOM, sounds boring, unless of course some HOTTIE is in there with me. Good for you for taking the afternoon off, do something fun and enjoy yourself.

CEEG...when your shoulder bothers you, you are not supposed to move furniture. Guess I will have to rolling pin you.

ELLEN...sleepovers are so fun especially when we are adults. I love company..

MELLIE...keep the sign on the door all weekend thru new years. Maybe you will recoop somewhat if you do. Don't forget to get some cabbage for goodluck on new years.

My tip for the day: Marsh has blackberries and blueberries on sale. Buy one get one free. Ground beef 1.88 lb. Aldie's has avocados for 39 cents each, cauliflower 1.49 a head, baby carrots 59 cents a 1 lb bag. Neither one have cabbage on sale. hmmmm.

Laura705
12-28-2012, 02:49 PM
Texted Michelle this morning, her reply:

"I head home tomorrow afternoon. It's been so nice being with family. Please tell all the chicks hi for me."

Shad
12-29-2012, 06:41 AM
Evening all,
Just a short note. I'm very tired for some reason, might be because I couldn't get to sleep until after midnight last night and naturally enough woke at 5.30 when the sun came up.
I've cleaned the house except for the floors today to be ready to greet the new year and tomorrow will be in garden and trying to get that under control. Tomorrow night I better pay the bills and get myself ready to go back to Darwin next Tuesday 01/01/13. Now doesn't that look awful.
The pest control man came today to give the place a once over. Not cheap and you have to have a long and involved conversation at one point of it, but I'd rather pay the $242 and listen to the conversation than listen to my house fall down with the chomping of termites.

I hope it will be a little cooler tomorrow, but not holding my breath. Roll on winter when the humidity disappears and the weather becomes perfect. Remind me of that statement when I complain about waking up cold in the mornings will you.

Anyway, I will cart myself off to bed and do personals in the morning.

annie175
12-29-2012, 06:45 AM
Geez...woke up this morning to more snow...just when we got the porch and grass cleared off that Sassy would go potty....now I am looking at pushing about 2" of snow around. I am so over snow, cold, and winter, I could scream. I just do not like anything about it. HAPPY...I am sorry to say that when we commune at your place, I would be the cooking, cleaning hermit and you all would have to do the outside stuff including shopping etc. lol.

Today is bank and Aldi's. They have too many bargins not to go. I learned last night that C has to work on New Year's day....blah, therefore our ringing in the new year will come about 7 pm...him off to bed...me with lil man. We are babysitting lil man only if Sis and Chris decide to go out. Still planning on cabbage and beef as neither of us like corned beef for NYs day. I may go to dads while C is at work to deliver his lucky meal. I would like to get some lobster for NYs, but only if I can find it on sale.

Sassy is asleep in my chair, just wait till she goes outside to find more new snow, this will be a challenge FOR ME! Dang it.

Guess I had better get this posted before I lose it.

Have a great weekend all....loves and hugs

annie175
12-29-2012, 06:47 AM
SHADDIE....we posted at the same time.....I would love to come house sit while you are gone...beats the h*ll out of this crappy weather....hope you find time to at least have a few minutes for you! Hugs sister

annie175
12-29-2012, 09:01 AM
Just shoveled the back porch and part of the yard so Sassy could go potty. I am over this winter wonderland. I am ready to move on the January Juicy Hot Jubilee. Now have to go do the driveway. blah...and saw on the news if we do not shovel the sidewalks in front of our houses we could be fined by the city. Well fine me away! I am NOT shoveling 2-3 feet of snow and higher drifts. They can F themselves. AND no mail delivery if you do not have all the snow removed from in front of your mailbox....really...so now we have to shovel the snow the plowers pushed in front of them? I am so peed off at this city and weather. Ok rant over....

MELODY525
12-29-2012, 09:24 AM
http://www.smiley-lol.com/smiley/saisons/hiver/thermometre-2010.gif They said snow but only cold air arrived.
Guess I have to wait for the snow fairy. She must have overslept.
I have to laugh. there were alarms this week.
But all of them on company time& not mine.
Maybe I better not brag!!
Hope this Holiday weekend is not like the last.
And I also hope the man on call will answer his phone.
Not like last week where I had to track the guy down.
I seem to have sprained my pointer finger on my left hand.
WTF:tantrum:
Nothing else is new.
Peace & quiet still reign :queen:
Have a great weekend.




Ceejay...I think your snow is coming here today. :ginger:
I hear ya on the Mayor letting people leave early.
That happens here too. Yes I do ALL holidays, nights & weekends.
But I would rather handle them myself then with idiots helping:rofl:
Hope your weekend weather will be OK and not the icy rain.
Be careful out there in the backyard:hug:




Annie...sorry C has to work on NY day.
Dinner sounds good. I'll take the corned beef!!"hun:
Send the snow here...we haven't had a decent dump yet this year.
Stay safe and warm with jake. :hug:
Better send me the cabbage....none here!!!:yikes:
Thanks for the sales tips.
I called them but they refused to deliver to New Jersey:rofl:




Shad....I will gladly send you some cooler air & you send me the heat!
I had no idea it cost so much to keep termites away!! :yikes:
But it is worth it to come home to the house still standing!
Otherwise you would have to live with one of the boys:cry:
Or move to the States:dance:
All you need is 12 friends....one for each month! :rofl:




Laura....by the time you're done with 1 & 2, season 3 will be over :lol3:
You cr5acked me up with the BF vs the BIL. Too frassing funny.
Hope your weekend goes as planned.
Would be nice if the NYE party was small & cozy. Have fun that night.
Don't be falling asleep with Coal.



Ellen....Hope you feel better soon too.
Sinus problems have been a biotch this year for sure.
Jen & I are tired of the pain too. If you find a cure...pass it on!! lol

MELODY525
12-29-2012, 09:28 AM
Annie....we Posted Together More Or Less.
Sorry To Hear You Have So Much Snow!! Wtg!!!
Hope You Get No Fines And The Mailman Comes.
Not Sure What Towns Expect. Find A Kid To Shovel For Cheap.
They Fine In The City Here Too. Good Luck.

ceejay52
12-29-2012, 01:53 PM
Annie
Reason commune. I'll help you with the cleaning and part of the yard work. I don't blame you for being po'd about some of these stupid ordinances.
I'm not going to see the new year in either. I also have to work. Some one needs to bop me on the head once in a while. We have black eyed peas and hog jowl on NYD. However I don't like the hog jowl so I substitute with bacon.

Laura
Yes I did make the soup and a meatloaf. Taco's sound good. I may have that next week. How many of those dvd's did you watch. Are you still sore this morning?

Mel
Hope it stay's quiet for you this week end.

Shad
I'm also trying to get things in order for the coming New Year.

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I'm in a mood to pick up the house this week end and lo and behold here comes the girls from down the street. I refused to answer the door and I'm refusing to let myself feel guilty over this. I've told them before that if my car is in the drive way I'm resting. But they'll try anyway.
Nothing new this week end.

annie175
12-29-2012, 02:20 PM
Sassy's backyard....too much snow. Tired of shoveling.

annie175
12-29-2012, 02:30 PM
Now it is spitting little ice balls the size of BBs. Of course, now that I have everything all shoveled. I think I am at war with this weather system...lol.

The decorations have been down since Christmas day and need to be put back in the attic til next year. Altho I can say I am still in the Christmas mood regardless of this snowy mess. My yard is soaked like a flood. A muddy wet mess.

Sassy has all her stitches out. Will call the vet on Monday to see if I need to bring her to get the stitches out on Wednesday...haha. The incision looks great almost like it never happened...hmmmm I wonder.

Signing off for now...probably will be back to beeeeaaaachhh! lol

happy2bme
12-29-2012, 03:40 PM
Hi ladies,

Sorry I didn't get in here yesterday. Tried a couple of times, DH kept coming on my computer as he was trying to get some books downloaded to my Kindle and he was using my Amazon account to do it. Eventually I walked away and forgot to post.

DH is making meatballs in red sauce for supper. Smells good. Tomorrow is Olive Garden's Zuppa Toscano. I like it when I don't have to do all the cooking. I made a beef vegetable soup but it's more like a stew taste instead of soup. Didn't care for it but there's a ton of it to eat. I put leeks in it. Remind me next time that I DON'T LIKE LEEKS. :lol: Talked to Mom yesterday and Sis. Watched some TV. Lazy day for the most part. We did go to a fish fry for dinner last night. It was good. Lightly snowing out there. This morning DH was wondering whose footprints were out on the driveway. He went outside and discovered they were mine from last night. What we can't figure out is why I left footprints and he didn't :shrug:

Annie - I can totally understand how you feel about the snow. Times like that I seriously wondered how I could come up with a way to burn it with a flame-thrower or something similar ;) Only thing I can say is that living in a place that gets little to no snow (ask Ceejay and Shad) has it's own drawbacks. Namely tornadoes, bad storms and those dad burned :censored: bugs that don't die and only grow bigger and more prolific when there's no freeze to kill them off. Which is why there's a termite issue there that we don't have to deal with. Still I'm sure you're thinking nice beach, warm sun and good tan lines are a welcome trade off :beach: As for shovelling, I always tried to at least make a path so people could walk. When we lived in the northern Chicago suburbs I lived on the north facing corner lot. Talk about snow and drifts. But I always made sure people had a place to walk - unlike most of my neighbors. I guess I felt this way because I had to walk down the main road home sometimes from the train and I'd cuss out the fancy big houses that could not be bothered to shovel and made my walk home an especially trecherous one. I think there is a rule in Chicago too that if people don't shovel the stairs to their mailbox (which is located on the house instead of streetside) - the mailman does not have to deliver their mail. I am totally with you though on the hard packed crap that the snow plows leave at your driveway. That's what you need the flamethrower for. When we lived on the corner we'd have to clean out the street all the time because they'd block the sewer grate and the water and ice would build up and make a complete mess. Life is MUCH better with a snow plow on an ATV and here you can mostly clean the cement with a broom - it's so dry, light and fluffy. So snow will not be the same problem at the commune ;) Sounds like you really need a warm spot vacation right now. Save your money all year and take you and C away for week next January. Sorry that your New Year's plans have gone bust. :( I would think poor C would at least have the day off. Guess it will be you and Lil Man singing Auld Lang Syne. And he probably doesn't even have any acquantances to "be forgot" at this point in his young life ;)

Ceejay - sorry to hear the girls are back to pestering you again. Good for you for not answering the door. Maybe they will get the message. Geez didn't you have to work Christmas and now you have to work New Year's too? That stinks. Also not really fair that the mayor gives the power people time off only to shift the responsibility for the phones to your team. :( If you were good at piano, maybe you should consider gifting yourself with one of those electronic keyboards. I don't think they are too expensive and playing music is very good for exercising the brain (and fingers). Then you can play the dinner music at the commune when we are all dining ;) See - I'm finding everyone jobs :D

Mel - sorry you didn't get any snow. The skies seem to be stingy with the wet stuff this year. Although we are white, we don't have anywhere near what we should either. Ouch on the sprained finger. Did you wear it out making gestures at the firemen? Come hither, Mellie could use some help http://www.smileyvault.com/albums/userpics/12962/come_here.gif Hope you can give it some rest from dialing all the on call people.

Shad - I agree - doesn't 2013 sound way in the future??? Hopefully your next pass in Darwin will be better than the quarter you just finished. I know you've worked hard but what a nice feeling it must be to have everything all nice and tidy at the house. I still have boxes and papers and things to pick up. Sounds like you are ready to get started on the New Year. I thought you were going to visit Sophia and DS before you had to return to work. Not much time left between now and Tuesday. :( We used to pay big bucks for termite treatment too down south. Then when we were getting ready to put the house up for sale, the inspector found some minor damage in the garage where they had done a sloppy job of spraying. So the termite company had to pay to have it repaired. We also removed the railroad ties the previous owners had used for garden decorations. One chap recommended that we not use wood mulch in the yard either because of the termites. Little buggers! But as you say, annoying as the cost is, better than have your house crumble around you as I guess they are pretty good at reproducing when they have a good food supply.

Laura - sounds like you have a great deal of partying and socializing to wrap up the holidays. I'm in the market for a different kind of bread to make besides my go to egg bread recipe. I'm thinking something Italian with herbs and cheeses sounds good. Feel free to share if you have any good recipes. Thanks for posting about Michelle - good to hear she is having a good time with her family - she could use some fun times after the stress of the last couple of months. I just looked up the book Room on Amazon. Looks interesting, will be curious to know what you think of it. Thanks for the tip on the sour cream. I just bought a cheap squeeze bottle to put shrimp sauce in. They have the most wonderful crab dip over the holidays at the grocery store and it's divine on a Ritz Cracker with just a dot of shrimp sauce. :T

Ellen - hope you got something for those sinus headaches. They can be brutal and regular pain relievers do nothing for them. I was sad that my go-to over the counter sinus meds got taken off the market because the hop head meth makers were using them as a key ingredient in their nasty stuff.

We don't have anything planned for New Year's Eve. Haven't gone out in probably 20 years. Just don't want to contend with the drunks on the roads so if we did go somewhere we'd more than likely get a room too. Just costs so much to go out NYE. We usually have a plate of nibbles on the Eve. Told DH I'm thinking of steak bites - nicely season pan fried steak cut into bite size chunks with a mustard dipping sauce, some cold shrimp and cocktail sauce - maybe some cheese cubes and fruit depending on what the store has. Guess tomorrow being Sunday I should be thinking about what I need to pick up. Maybe I shouldn't have told DH we don't need to go out when he suggested running to the store today. :shrug: He came over and let me taste a meat ball. Yum they are good. Will be even better sitting in sauce in the crockpot for a couple of hours. Meat ball sandwiches for supper tonight. Got enough submarine type buns and meatballs for all to share.

And with that, I need to get off the computer and get something useful done.

happy2bme
12-29-2012, 03:45 PM
Poor Annie - you sure are getting a weather mess! Love the avatar of Sassy. She looks comfy even if you are not. Hopefully you can stay in and get some cuddle time with your family. Forget about the snow, mud and wet for a while...

I don't even want to think about taking the Christmas decorations down. DH says they can stay up until New Year's Day but then they need to get put away. I'm really liking the lighted garland on the stairs. It lights up the stairs nicely. Safety feature ;) ;) ;) Gotta figure out a way to keep it. I hate how the house always looks so blah after everything gets put away. That's when bleak winter hits me.

Ok, just wanted a quick post after I noticed Annie on. Now I am getting off. For good. Ok. :D

Shad
12-29-2012, 04:48 PM
Will be back for personals about lunch time since it is just nice and cool at the moment so gardening shouldn't be a sweat shop as it would have been yesterday. It may also rain later since we now have a cloud cover, better get out there asap.

Happy - did go and see DS1 and sproglet as I will explain later. Just not for Christmas.
See picture.

upswife
12-29-2012, 06:18 PM
Shad~what a beautiful Pic. the baby has gotten so big already!

Ok, ladies, I am so out of it, with the headache yesterday I went back to bed after I dropped off the girl's friend and slept until after 12p then after work i came home and practially went right back to bed. Had a fitful night tho, felt like I would sleep for 5 mins then wake up and toss and turn. Hoping to get a little more sleep tonight. For my sinus issues I have been taking generic Claritin D, yes have to go to the pharmacy counter PITA, and Ibuprofen or aleve and the 2 work very well together. I had a CT done last week (?) and now have to follow up with an ENT. I have a slight deviated septum and a polyup so I am interested to hear waht they think is the best course of action. I do want to breathe better, but not sure if I am up for surgery.

Well, chicks, I need to go back to work. Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Luv & HUGS!

happy2bme
12-29-2012, 09:37 PM
Shad - what an ADORABLE picture. Geez those 2 babies are cuties ;) She is getting so big. Wow.

Ellen - ooh on the sinus issues. Does not sound like an easy fix. Wish they had better over the counter meds to at least keep things under control. Good luck with that. Don't envy you at all. And you're too busy to be in an antihistamine fog.

ceejay52
12-29-2012, 09:50 PM
Ellen
I have a deviated septum, but I didn't have the polyp just a lot of scar tissue. They did surgery. My ENT was knife happy but like you I wanted to breathe. I'm glad I had the surgery but will not have it again. Hope the outcome is what you need. I'm doing well on Flonase and an antihistamine spray.

Shad
Look at the happy grand mother. The baby has grown so big and look at those beautiful eyes.

Happy
There nothing wrong with being home alone with your dh on New Years EVE. Have you thought about the rope lights to replace the garland on the stairs? That is strange that their would be only one set of foot prints.

Annie
Wow, you did get a lot of snow. You can always count all that shoveling as exercise for the day. I would have been to cold to have been outside that long.

annie175
12-30-2012, 08:44 AM
Good Sunday Morning....

C is asleep as he should be....Sassy is in my chair AGAIN. We are going to drop a truck load off at Goodwill today, then off to the pots and pans store to maybe spend my giftcard. Will go by dad's house to see how he is doing. Maybe take a meal to him.

CEEJAY...really? a day of exercise? haha, it is my year's worth as I hate exercising and do not do it ever. Bad Annie...lol

SHADDIE...Miss Sophia is absolutely gorgeous, just like her grandmomma. Too much cute in one picture....

HAPPY.....all your food sounds delish! I will drop by at 3, fix me a plate and a to go plate for dad...It is only 12 degrees out at the moment and my Cancun clan leave next week for the bi-annual trip. Not going this time. Boo! We have the storms and tornados here too so we get it all, the only thing we do not worry about is hurricanes, as we have had a few minor earthquakes in the past 5 years. I think my backyard is going to be a mud mess, maybe I will just plant it all in herbs..lol

Ellen...sorry your sinuses are giving you fits. At the moment my nose feels crusty inside and am having trouble breathing. Will have to shoot some salt water spray up there to get it moving. Hugs

CHELLE...hope you made it back home safely. Glad you had a wonderful time.

MELLIE...how's the alarms this weekend. Hope you stayed in and snuggled up with some good movies.

Gonna post before I lose it.

Loves and hugs