Living Maintenance - Maintainers Weekly Chat Apr 15 - Apr 21




BillBlueEyes
04-15-2013, 06:36 AM
Today's lesson is why one should keep one and only one appointment calendar. It's convenient to have one next to the kitchen phone to share with DW. And to have one on my desk which I think is the master. And one in my pocket to know which end is up when making choices while away from home.

Yesterday, I found myself annoyed that there wasn't space on my desk calendar to write an appointment for this morning. Then was horrified to realize that that was because I had an appointment at that time - I had double-booked all by myself; can't even blame it on DW. <sigh> . . . One was able to be juggled and I was spared. I see more of this happening in the future.

Spent the day suffering from snacks too large between meals. Gotta learn that dry roasted almonds do not resolve tension.


Mudpie
04-15-2013, 06:48 AM
Bill Sometimes too many ways to process info are available to us. I have a desk calendar/blotter for everything, a schedule binder to lay out my work week, a daily planner type book to make sure my day to day work week is in the car, and there's a calendar in the kitchen to remind DH what we are doing and when. :dizzy:

I am starting to get a realistic idea of what kind of house I can afford. I don't like it :( but hey, much better than renting and I have an asset to sell at retirement :yay: time. So I will be living with piece by piece reno for the next 10+ years. I had hoped to escape that but no go. Time to stop beating my head against the "nice house" wall and accept the "almost wreck" :shrug: as my fate.

I'm angry :mad: about this right now but I'm not eating in response. I'm actually down 1 lb. from all the other Monday weigh ins of the past 2 months.

I'll take it! :cheer:

Dagmar :dancer:

saef
04-15-2013, 10:28 AM
Spent the day suffering from snacks too large between meals. Gotta learn that dry roasted almonds do not resolve tension.

Crunch, crunch. Jaws grinding. Seems like they would help, but no, they don't. And yeah, in some moods, that texture appeals far more to me than that of raw almonds. Other times, I wonder what I saw in them. The difference seems to be entirely in my head, with my mood.

I just walked a check written out to NY State over to the post office after my morning workout. That's my own private celebration of Tax Day. Unfortunately, I owe because of my complicated shift in residency from upstate to downstate over the past year.

Yesterday's run along the Bronx River and around various ornamental ponds turned up some migrating Northern Shovelers with deep chestnut breasts and brilliant green heads, upending themselves among the usual mallards and Canada geese, as well as a small flock of Green-Winged Teal, which, when the sunlight hit that bar along the wing, made it burn like a fluorescent green laser for just a moment. What're you seeing yp your way, Bill?


paperclippy
04-15-2013, 11:01 AM
We did our taxes a couple months ago, but I did take a moment today to verify that my e-payments to both the state and federal gov went through okay.

Bill, we have a similar problem. We have a paper calendar we keep on our kitchen table at home, then we have a google calendar that is synced with our email and cell phones. Then each of us has a calendar at work. Typically if I make an appointment, I put it straight into my google calendar, then send myself an email that says "put this one paper calendar" so I don't forget. I don't usually try to coordinate my work calendar because unless I'm actually at work I don't really care about what meetings are when other than my weekly meetings.

Okay, I'm going to make a resolution: no more donuts. People keep bringing donuts in to work, and it keeps being on days when for some reason I didn't bring enough food, and I keep eating them. Too many of them. Like, four in one day too many. Compound this with the fact that I've now passed my all-time high weight and today for some reason was up 2lbs from yesterday, and I am making a rule. No more donuts. Actually, no more junk food at work. Being pregnant does not mean I can stuff my face full of donuts and cupcakes.

ChrisMohr
04-15-2013, 11:14 AM
New York, rehearsals of my opera, all went great! One of the best weeks of my life. Somehow I managed to lose a half pound that week BTW. Karen and I go back for final rehearsals and performances April 29-May 6, so for the next couple weeks I can start actually losing that winter weight! Nine degrees and several inches of snow tonight tho. Will this winter EVER end?!?!?!?

bargoo
04-15-2013, 11:36 AM
We did our taxes a couple months ago, but I did take a moment today to verify that my e-payments to both the state and federal gov went through okay.

Bill, we have a similar problem. We have a paper calendar we keep on our kitchen table at home, then we have a google calendar that is synced with our email and cell phones. Then each of us has a calendar at work. Typically if I make an appointment, I put it straight into my google calendar, then send myself an email that says "put this one paper calendar" so I don't forget. I don't usually try to coordinate my work calendar because unless I'm actually at work I don't really care about what meetings are when other than my weekly meetings.

Okay, I'm going to make a resolution: no more donuts. People keep bringing donuts in to work, and it keeps being on days when for some reason I didn't bring enough food, and I keep eating them. Too many of them. Like, four in one day too many. Compound this with the fact that I've now passed my all-time high weight and today for some reason was up 2lbs from yesterday, and I am making a rule. No more donuts. Actually, no more junk food at work. Being pregnant does not mean I can stuff my face full of donuts and cupcakes.

Jessica, before I turned my life around and got really serious about losing weight each morning I would get in my car and drive to Safeway and buy 4 doughnuts , 4 different varieties, jelly filled were my favorite. On the days I didn't do my doughnut run I would make pancakes. I guess you could say I am a sugarholic . I rarely eat doughnuts, now but still like them, a lot.

traveling michele
04-15-2013, 11:36 AM
Bill-- I also keep a paper calendar. My dh keeps telling me to use my phone/computer but I don't always check it. I like to walk by my calendar in the kitchen and double check it.

I've weighed myself the past two evenings (after saying I would only weigh once a day). Confession time. I'm back to once a day. Just not liking that scale right now.

Dd leaves tonight to go back to school. Then I've got no distractions and no excuses! Dd wanted to go out yesterday and get something BAD-- we compromised on PF Changs so she could get what she wanted and I could get something somewhat healthy. Then she wanted Cheesecake from the Cheesecake Factory! So we went there. Man, did those cheesecakes look amazing. She took a piece home and ate it while I pretended my red grapes for dessert were just as good.

Dagmar-- I hear you on the house. When we first moved to California, the realtor showed us houses. I hated them all. I couldn't believe that the prices were 4X higher than what we paid in Houston for a third of the house. After a few days, I grudgingly told her to show me the houses again that I had originally vetoed. We now live in one of those houses. I still don't love it by any means but we have done a lot of renovations and it is home.

alinnell
04-15-2013, 11:43 AM
Jessica~you're right, you are not privileged to stuff your face just because you're pregnant. I remember when I was pregnant with DS, suddenly the doctor was a little alarmed at my weight gain and gave me a list of foods to avoid (mainly salty stuff--I guess he thought I was retaining water). When I had him, he indicated on my chart that I was obese. That made me SO MAD, but it also instilled in me the need to lose the weight--which I did, but I didn't really start for at least 6 months.

We filed an extension for our taxes only because the administrator for our 401(k) was slow in getting us the information for our Safe Harbor match. We need that for our corporate return and we can't file our personal until the corporate return is done. I got the needed information last Tuesday but my CPA says he'll wait a week or so to file. We had to pay this year. Last year we got a nice refund--all of which we used to pay for Chico's treatment.

My DD filed electronically and gave all her banking information for them to deposit her refund directly to her bank account. So we were surprised when a check arrived on Saturday.

DS went on Saturday with DD to visit UCI and Cal Poly Pomona. They went on a campus tour and housing tour at UCI and simply drove around the CPP campus (no formal tours there--just a virtual one online). DS came home and almost immediately accepted his admission to UCI.

We're in the middle of a huge wind storm here. Clear and calm at home but only blocks away the wind kicked up and sand is blowing EVERYWHERE. When we got to the office, so much sand had forced it's way under our front door that we had to vacuum the tile. Everything feels gritty and it isn't supposed to calm down for another day or more. It makes it really difficult to install glass when it's this bad. And one piece we have will take all of our 10 installers to do. We were going to do it this morning, but due to the wind we've had to postpone it. I can't even imagine what it must have been like at Coachella last night. I wonder if the tents blew down.

As for calendars, I've given up on the paper kind. I have one in my office which I'll consult just to see the date when writing a check. I use my smart phone calendar which links to my Google calendar--and the appointments are easily shared with DH and my in-laws as needed through Gmail.

atmos
04-15-2013, 12:19 PM
Hi Maintainers! I wanted to pop in and a) thank you all for your very kinds welcomes a couple weeks ago and b) apologize for not coming back after introducing myself.

It's been a hard couple weeks. I had a boot put on my vehicle about a month ago (on the passenger side and nevermind that I hadn't had any tickets, let alone owed any money, when they did this) which I didn't see and drove on, resulting in damage to my car. My battery crapped out on me a couple Saturdays ago, so I took the car into the shop and had him also look at what I thought was just body damage. $1800 and an insurance claim later...I'm really hoping to get my car back. This was after another week and a half without it in Feb after the Ford garage needed to repair my parking brake and subsequent warped disk/missing brake pad because it was sticking. Even though in Jan, when I still had my warranty, I told them "my parking brake is sticking" and they couldn't find anything wrong...until after my warranty expired. Right.

But the worst of all that is the other thing that happened last Monday. My grandfather broke his hip, lingered for about a week, and passed away on Sat night. I live about 1200 miles from home and couldn't be there, and it was pretty rough sitting by the phone waiting for one of the most important people in my life to die. I'll be going home in a couple weeks for his memorial service.

So the past week I pretty much just laid around and drowned my sorrows in vast quantities of pizza. A small victory is it wasn't quite the binge eating experience I would've had this time last year, but that might just have been the difficulty in getting to the grocery store without a car. Yesterday I decided to rejoin society and ate well and exercised. Tonight I start an Irish dance class.

Oh, and did I mention it's snowing? This year is awful! Hoping this is the rock bottom and it will only be uphill from here.

ChrisMohr Ditto to winter never ending. I'm sooo ready for spring! We had a little tease of it in March, but the last couple weeks have felt like November.

bargoo
04-15-2013, 12:37 PM
Atmos, good to hear from you. I understand about your grandfather, mine was very important to me, also and like you I was thousands of miles away when he passed. Think of the wonderful memories you must have of him, some people aren't so lucky .

traveling michele
04-15-2013, 03:32 PM
I'm sorry about your grandfather atmos. It is always hard to lose a dear family member-- and even more difficult if you aren't nearby. I hope the worst is over for you. We took my car in on Friday to get tires and it was almost $900! Just for bloody tires. We are giving my car to my dd that is going to school in Arizona and apparently we needed more expensive tires there because they have monsoons.....

Shannon in ATL
04-15-2013, 03:47 PM
Ummm, Michele? Why did you need monsoon tires? What kind of car is this?

Atmos - I'm so sorry about your grandfather. :hug:

alinnell
04-15-2013, 04:51 PM
I have pretty expensive tires on my Jaguar (Pierreli) and recently had to have one replaced due to a nail that punctured the bottom and sidewall. It was $275. I'm just glad I don't drive an all-wheel drive car--you HAVE to replace all four even if you only damaged one.

My dishwasher took a dive yesterday. I don't know what happened. I ran a load while we went to see a movie (Quartet--cute movie) and all was well. Sometime during the evening, it randomly opened (something it does at the end of every cycle to aid in drying) and wouldn't shut at all. We unplugged it in hopes of "rebooting" it but it didn't work. I was able to get it to start a load this morning, but it shut off after just 2 minutes and eventually the door opened again. It's still under warranty as it is only 1 1/2 years old, but due to that, I have to go through the manufacturer who contracts the work out locally. Yeah, that company doesn't have an opening for over a week! Did I mention my disdain for doing dishes by hand?

Sorry for your loss, atmos. Is the law enforcement agency going to pay for repairs on your car? I can't imagine being able to drive at all with a boot on it! Lucky you didn't get in an accident.

saef
04-15-2013, 06:57 PM
Bill, what's up? How close do you live to Boston? Are you and yours okay?!

bargoo
04-15-2013, 08:18 PM
Bill, what's up? How close do you live to Boston? Are you and yours okay?!
I have the same question as saef.

saef
04-15-2013, 08:25 PM
Yes, and I thought we had a member named Ennay who was a Boston Marathon qualifier several years back, and ran in it.

Wondering about her, though I don't recall if she has posted recently. This was when I was active in more parts of the site than I am now, when I'm mostly in the Maintainers' Forum.

bargoo
04-15-2013, 08:28 PM
I remember Ennay, and I know we have many marathoners but don't know if they run in Boston. What a tragic day I hope those who are injured will recover , fully. My heart goes out to the families of those who died.
Just learned Davis had a running club at Boston, all have been accounted for and are OK. Sacramento had runners, also, I have heard that one is OK , don't know about the others.

BillBlueEyes
04-15-2013, 09:42 PM
We're fine - as are the kids and their partners.

Information is still sketchy.

Shannon in ATL
04-16-2013, 12:28 AM
I haven't seen Ennay in a while. I do know two ran today from here in Atlanta, both are okay. One didn't get to finish. I'm heart broken by this. What should have been a special day, a celebration of achievement for so many, was stolen and shattered.

Mudpie
04-16-2013, 06:13 AM
I haven't seen Ennay in a while. I do know two ran today from here in Atlanta, both are okay. One didn't get to finish. I'm heart broken by this. What should have been a special day, a celebration of achievement for so many, was stolen and shattered.

Just read about this - glad you and yours are OK Bill. And I'm so sorry for all the people who were killed and injured. What a horrific thing.

Dagmar

paperclippy
04-16-2013, 10:21 AM
Bill, thanks for checking in to let us know you are okay. I have a few friends in Boston who don't use Facebook much and I admit that I have been worried that none of them have checked in there, but I'm not sure how else to contact them. I'm sure they have already checked in with their families, and have more important things to worry about than posting on Facebook, but it would be nice to hear from them.

atmos, sorry about your grandfather. :hug:

Allison, good luck to your DS at UCI! I did a summer internship on that campus once, and other than having some trouble with parking it was very nice. :) Hope you can get your dishwasher fixed. (Also, FWIW, I have an all-wheel drive car, but luckily when I've damaged a tire it's either been patchable or I was due for new tires anyway.)

traveling michele
04-16-2013, 11:02 AM
Ummm, Michele? Why did you need monsoon tires? What kind of car is this?


:D:D
They're not monsoon tires, just tires with some extra traction. Arizona is so dry that when it rains they have flash floods. The car is a Toyota RAV 4.

Shannon in ATL
04-16-2013, 11:09 AM
LOL I was having all kinds of weird tire pictures in my head. :)

Megan1982
04-16-2013, 02:48 PM
Hi all,

I'm trying to wrap my brain around what happened in Boston yesterday. How terrible and senseless. My heart goes out to the victims and their families.

I had a sad weekend, for no particular reason. I was just in a really big funk and letting small things get to me more than they should. Yesterday was a beautiful day and we finally had beautiful weather to go out on the boat for work, and that helped my mood a lot. At least I was productive and got a lot of house cleaning and small chores that I'd let pile up done over the weekend, and didn't eat my feelings. Actually not eating my feelings was a big victory. Little pat on the back for that.

Yesterday I saw two bald eagles chasing and bullying an osprey to give up his catch (I was too far below to see it - perhaps a fish?). The poor osprey finally gave it up and the eagles left him alone. I think eagles are faster, but ospreys are more maneuverable. Eagles are mean - this isn't the first time I've seen it! But it is neat.

Alison, GL to DS! Glad he's all settled. Also, regarding:
Did I mention my disdain for doing dishes by hand?
Isn't that what children are for? :D Sorry your almost new dishwasher has died, but I'm glad for you that it's still under warranty.

Jessica, donuts are the devil. :devil: Why must people bring them into work constantly? They are so hard to resist. Maybe if you're having days where you don't bring good food of your own, you should keep more healthful snacks in your drawer just in case you need an emergency snack. Or you could ask DH to start packing you massive lunches again like he was doing when you first got pregnant, lol.

Atmos, I'm so sorry to hear about your grandfather's passing. :hug: And car trouble is no fun, either. If I was you I'd be arguing with the dealership about covering that brake. Irish dance class sounds fun. Do you have a lot of dance experience or is this a new hobby?

alinnell
04-16-2013, 03:28 PM
Isn't that what children are for?

But he's studying to take seven AP tests next month!

He'd certainly help if I asked. The worst part was all the dishes from the night before that were loaded in the dishwasher thinking it was working fine. I really didn't discover the big problem until the morning after so there was a lot of dried on stuff that required elbow grease to remove. Dishes washed as soon as you're done using them isn't nearly as big a problem. But DS was at his friend's house studying after school, so I had to tackle the whole thing myself.

And it didn't help to come home to a mess made by Misty the dog! She found a poster in DS's room (still in the mailing tube) from UC Riverside. He didn't want it and hadn't bothered to throw it all in the recycling bin. Anyway, she found it and obviously had quite a lot of fun with it. It was torn in pieces and she wasn't quite done when I got home. Boy was she excited to show me her new toy until I said "what did you do?" At that, she promptly dropped what was left of the tube and cowered (more proof that she was probably abused). Of course, I don't hit my animals! So I just went on and on with "what did you do?" so she'd know she had done bad.

Here's a photo of some of the mess (about 1/3 of it): Guilty dog. (http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z104/alinnell/IMG_20130415_155915_407.jpg)

bargoo
04-16-2013, 03:32 PM
You mean she didn't try to blame it on the cat ?

paperclippy
04-16-2013, 03:38 PM
LOL Allison, while I was called in to a meeting at work today (working from home) Carter started getting freaked out by stormy weather and right in front of me grabbed a roll of paper towels and started ripping it up. (Obviously I took it away from him.) Now it's still storming so he's wandering around whining and shivering, and then inexplicably he's pawing at the door to go outside. I think getting worked up makes him have to pee or poo or something, but he's afraid to do it once he gets outside, so now I have to get shoes and a jacket to go out there with him.

alinnell
04-16-2013, 03:52 PM
You mean she didn't try to blame it on the cat ?

The cat was obviously amused!

paperclippy
04-16-2013, 04:03 PM
LOL Allison, while I was called in to a meeting at work today (working from home) Carter started getting freaked out by stormy weather and right in front of me grabbed a roll of paper towels and started ripping it up. (Obviously I took it away from him.) Now it's still storming so he's wandering around whining and shivering, and then inexplicably he's pawing at the door to go outside. I think getting worked up makes him have to pee or poo or something, but he's afraid to do it once he gets outside, so now I have to get shoes and a jacket to go out there with him. Basically I open the door for him, he runs out into the yard, then runs right back in again.

saef
04-16-2013, 05:10 PM
The cat was obviously amused!

Clearly. That cat is smirking knowingly and is about to suggest that the dog take a Valium or something.

saef
04-16-2013, 05:18 PM
Yesterday I saw two bald eagles chasing and bullying an osprey to give up his catch (I was too far below to see it - perhaps a fish?). The poor osprey finally gave it up and the eagles left him alone. I think eagles are faster, but ospreys are more maneuverable. Eagles are mean - this isn't the first time I've seen it! But it is neat.

Megan, this is one of those moments when I wish I had your job, though I know we've got totally different lives and it's a package deal, and I can't just experience your most interesting moments to the exclusion of all other duties that you've mentioned on the board.

I've been thrilled by several osprey sightings along the coast of Connecticut while driving into work in the morning. Mostly when they're flying directly overhead when I'm on I-95 and I see all the white markings and the "bracelet" at the elbows of its wings. I haven't checked out any of their huge messy nests lately.

I'm going to be looking for black-and-white warblers flitting around the bare tree trunks sometime this weekend, if the weather cooperates. I have such a strong hankering for being someplace rural. When things blow up in cities, and people die, I seem to want to hightail it out of here. Security is visibly stepped up here along the commuter rail lines and a lot of us are flashing back to the post-9/11 period in our lives.

Steph7409
04-16-2013, 09:46 PM
That cat is clearly thinking "idiot." I love Nicole Hollander's Sylvia cartoons, especially her cats referring to the "big, bird-brained golden retriever." Even my laid-back kitties think they're smarter than the dogs who sometimes visit us.

The Boston bombings - gah, so awful. I too felt bad for the runners who couldn't finish, even though their damage is much less than that of the people who were killed or injured.

I have been failing at maintenance lately but I have managed to exercise 2 days in a row, so maybe there's hope for me yet. My dad's stroke was almost 5 weeks ago and I need to adjust to the new reality of my life without using it as an excuse to eat all the things.

Where is spring??

ChrisMohr
04-16-2013, 11:43 PM
Deeply sad about the Boston Marathon attack. Unimaginable!

Mudpie
04-17-2013, 06:27 AM
Megan, this is one of those moments when I wish I had your job, though I know we've got totally different lives and it's a package deal, and I can't just experience your most interesting moments to the exclusion of all other duties that you've mentioned on the board.

I've been thrilled by several osprey sightings along the coast of Connecticut while driving into work in the morning. Mostly when they're flying directly overhead when I'm on I-95 and I see all the white markings and the "bracelet" at the elbows of its wings. I haven't checked out any of their huge messy nests lately.

I'm going to be looking for black-and-white warblers flitting around the bare tree trunks sometime this weekend, if the weather cooperates. I have such a strong hankering for being someplace rural. When things blow up in cities, and people die, I seem to want to hightail it out of here. Security is visibly stepped up here along the commuter rail lines and a lot of us are flashing back to the post-9/11 period in our lives.

Even though Toronto is a big city we have retained enough natural green space that we have a lot of birds here. I am now serenaded by a cardinal each morning when I open the door for our cats to go out. BTW my cats have no interest in birds, other than watching them.

So the 3 of us pause in the doorway and listen to the cardinal's early morning song. Such a nice way to begin the day.

Dagmar :smug:

Megan1982
04-17-2013, 09:23 AM
I did see this osprey/bald eagle chase while at work, but I think it's the combination of my job that lets me be outside a lot to observe these things and where I live that gives me a chance to see them. Living in the middle of nowhere surrounded by water and forest in Florida makes for great wildlife viewing. My BF and I often remind ourselves that we may not be rich in money, but we have a great quality of life here. But of course there are trade-offs to living here. Since I can't really afford the boutique prices, if I need clothes I either order online if I know my size in a brand, or make the 1.5 hour trek to the city. I'm envious whenever you talk about going to see multiple independent films in one weekend. I really enjoy visiting cities and taking advantage of the opportunities they present. But... I'll take the birds.

If you're interested in much better photos of this area than I can take, check out this photographer Richard Bickel (http://www.richardbickelphotography.com/) or this one, John Spohrer (http://www.apalachphototours.com/). Bickel takes more people photos but with amazing backgrounds that give you a feel for the local culture. Spohrer takes more nature photos.

Steph, great job for exercising 2 days in a row! Spring is coming, just hang on a little longer.

Alison and Jessica, I'm very glad that Emma doesn't get freaked out by storms for the simple reason we can't always make it home for them, and we get some doozies. My parents lab/retriever ripped up cardboard for fun when he was a puppy. My mom gave him old cereal boxes out of the recycling as toys. A friend says the thunder shirt helps her dog somewhat - either of you tried that? Love the expression on Misty's face.

CherryPie99
04-17-2013, 10:07 AM
Last year we were camping and had hiked most of the day. We were sitting by the campfire and all of a sudden could see a storm coming towards us. We were camping right on the edge of one of the Finger Lakes, so the storms rush through those valleys like crazy.

So it starts to rain and we're grabbing all of our stuff and running for the tent and we get both of my dogs in and DH and I zip everything up and all of a sudden the wind picks WAYYYYY up and our tent is like bent over in half and the rain is coming down in SHEETS and then there is a HUGE thunderclap and DH and I come halfway out of our skins and are just looking at each other and hoping the tent doesn't collapse!

I look over at our dogs and they are SOUND ASLEEP and our brindle boy is snoring to beat the band.

So, we don't ever worry about them in storms!!

Jen

Mudpie
04-18-2013, 06:32 AM
You don't need to buy a thunder shirt - just wrap your dog in one of your long sleeved tops (I find knit t shirt material or similar works best as it has stretch) and tie it in close to their body. Even better if you've worn the top for a day or so and your scent is on it.

My cats are opposite in everything. Mud you'll find in the basement cowering in the smallest space she can find if a storm is imminent. Mish will be snoring on the couch, belly up.

Dagmar :dizzy:

Megan1982
04-18-2013, 09:59 AM
I look over at our dogs and they are SOUND ASLEEP and our brindle boy is snoring to beat the band.

Love it! The only thing that slows Emma down is the downpouring rain during storms. She wants to go out - so I open the door and let her go out. She gets about halfway out the door before the rain hits her and she turns around pretty fast. She doesn't mind a little wet but a downpour is too much for her.

Car trouble must be catching. In the grand trifecta of car problems my battery has had it. It was killed twice due to lights staying on etc before I could get them fixed with all my problems in the last two weeks. (Not that I left the lights on - my brake lights were stuck on, a piece of the circuit fell out - probably got knocked loose when we bypassed the clutch safety switch.) I think with the battery that will make it over $600 spent on my car in the last month. I'm hoping after a new battery today this will be it for a while. Glad I got that tax return early.

And my PSA for the day: If you don't have jumper cables in your car, I highly recommend carrying them! I bought the cheap pair from WalMart 9 years ago and have used them numerous times on my car and on others. They're really not hard to use and can be a lot faster than AAA.

Instead of dwelling on my car I'm going to turn around and look out my office window at the water for a minute to see if I can see any ospreys. Positive thoughts.

Yesterday at yoga our instructor showed the book she is reading re: using tuning forks for healing purposes and did some "tuning" to us during our meditation at the end. The scientist in me is skeptical, but then I thought about how music has shown to be an effective therapy in medical settings. Tuning forks create sounds waves too, so I tried to be more open minded. At least I got my usual relaxation effects from the yoga.

Have a great Thursday, all!

traveling michele
04-18-2013, 11:25 AM
Tuning forks in yoga? That would get the skeptic going in me too! But you never know, right?!

Sorry about your car issues Megan.

I was so sad to see the news out of Texas last night. Such heartache and tragedy in the world. Makes me appreciate what I have even more and realize how precious life and family are.

I need to remember that while I grumble about all of the $$ I'm spending to help dd. If you recall, she had a horrible trip to Texas for job hunting (culminating in my mom-in-law going berserk and throwing her out of the house due to her undiagnosed Alzheimers). So, she is planning a trip back there. She has to take the Texas test (in Texas-- she can't take it remotely) to get their stamp of approval to teach. Then she can start interviewing again. She wants parental support this time. Makes me realize she is and isn't an adult still. She refuses to stay with my in-laws and I don't blame her. So, we have now booked flights for her to go from Washington to California, then she and I fly to Texas for a week. After the week, we fly back to California, she stays a few more days, then flies back to Washington. In Texas, we've booked a hotel and a car. Going to be a pricey trip to say the least. I made sure we booked a suite hotel so we have a kitchenette as I refuse to eat out for a week! That being said, if she can land a job, I will treat her to any restaurant she likes!! I will also have to take off a week from work which will be very complicated as school will be winding down and I'm always tracking down hundreds of overdue library books.... sigh.... we leave the end of May so I'm focused to get below my redline before then if it kills me!!

alinnell
04-18-2013, 12:11 PM
Megan~I have something one step better than jumper cables. We got them for the kids, too. battery jumper (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00167TYHQ/ref=oh_details_o01_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1). It has come in handy for DS at least once.

I watched a video this morning that some guy sitting in a truck took of the explosion last night. I'm thinking he was just taping the actual fire and didn't really expect the explosion. He had kids in the car with him and after the explosion all you can hear is a little girl telling him to get out of here. Very scary! They said that the explosion could be felt 50 miles away. So sad.

Shannon in ATL
04-18-2013, 12:49 PM
Megan - we just had to buy jumper cables a couple of weeks ago to jump off my MIL's car and have already had to use them three times. Sorry about your car troubles. :(

We saw "42" Tuesday night. It was really good.

paperclippy
04-18-2013, 01:05 PM
Megan, I thought of you during one of our prenatal classes when two of the other couples happened to have the same vacation spot they always go to -- I'm pretty sure it was the place you live. Maybe some day I'll make it down to Florida!

We tried the thundershirt on Carter with mixed results. It doesn't calm him down during a storm at all, but it can calm him down in other stressful situations (like strangers coming to the door).

Speaking of storms, apparently we're in for some severe weather here today. There's a tornado watch for almost the entire state in effect until 5pm, plus a wind advisory, plus severe storm warnings. Of course this would be the weather on the day my mom is supposed to fly out to visit for the weekend! Last I checked her flight from LA to Denver is slightly delayed but the one from Denver to Indy is still on time. I'm crossing my fingers that the weather will have passed by the time she gets to the area, and that Denver's recent winter weather won't make her miss her connection.

At the moment though, it is lovely outside other than being extremely windy. :lol: I am feeling supremely useless because I want to go outside and pick some of our tulips and daffodils before the storm hits and destroys them, but just going out front to look at them for five minutes tired me out. I'm looking forward to the day when I can start working out again and get back into shape! Maybe I need to buy a jogging stroller. :p

saef
04-18-2013, 03:30 PM
That being said, if she can land a job, I will treat her to any restaurant she likes!! I will also have to take off a week from work which will be very complicated as school will be winding down and I'm always tracking down hundreds of overdue library books.... sigh.... we leave the end of May so I'm focused to get below my redline before then if it kills me!!

Oh, Michele. I wish I could grant you a month in which 1) you did not have to worry about either of your daughters, at all, EVER, not even in the slightest, and 2) you had more than enough time with your husband, so that you could take him for granted a little & you didn't feel as though you had to dine out together or do anything special at all to make up for all the time you have to spend apart due to his job.

I wish I could give everyone on this board a week-long reprieve from any cares that may beset them. Health, cars breaking down, financial fretting, children, spouses, partners, stepchildren, exes, in-laws, whatever. No stress allowed for seven days.

saef
04-18-2013, 03:34 PM
Jessica, now I'm going to think of you the next time I run in the park on the weekend. I'm always seeing jogging strollers there because the pathway is many miles long & it's paved over. On weekends, there tend to be couples or families on bicycles and families with jogging strollers.

You are not useless.

You in fact are making use of a body part that I, for one, have left alone and now feel is vestigial as an appendix: Your uterus.

You're a container, among other things. But not so inert as that. You're right now serving as a kind of raised garden bed with some seedlings growing in it. Pumpkins, I guess. ;-)

Steph7409
04-18-2013, 11:12 PM
saef, I like the imagery of the babies as pumpkins.

Jessica, my few tulips didn't bloom this year so I guess the squirrels finally ate those bulbs. I have 6 daffodils (I've planted hundreds of bulbs - but those squirrels!) that have been happily blooming for a couple of weeks. And now a few hyacinths are blooming. Unfortunately, the weather hasn't been great here and I haven't spend much time in the yard.

michele, I've forgotten - why does your daughter want to work in Texas? I hope this job hunting trip is more successful and less stressful for her. You're a good mom for going with her.

Jen, I loved your story about your dogs.

Shannon, my father grew up in Brooklyn and says he saw Jackie Robinson play. It's such an inspiring story, I'm glad the film is doing it justice.

Megan, did you see an osprey? I envy you your window and your view.

I have exercised 4 days in a row! Nothing spectacular, since my leg is really really bad lately, but 30-40 minutes each day. I've taken a couple of days off from visiting my dad this week and am trying not to feel guilty about it. I'm getting a lot of pressure at work to get everything done at once and am struggling to find some balance.

bargoo
04-19-2013, 09:03 AM
Steph, your story about the tulips reminds me of when I tried to grow primroses. I tried, Lordy , I tried. It wasn't squirrels im my case but snails. I have used every kind of snail bait on the market , every year I would try again. The snails just laughed at me and feasted on my primroses. I finally rrealized I just wasn't meant to have primroses and gave up.

Megan1982
04-19-2013, 09:56 AM
I'm glued to the news feed this morning, watching events unfold in Boston. My friends who live nearby are safe, but that only makes me feel marginally better bc I do keep thinking about the victims and those still in danger. It's so terrible. I can't process it all right now.

Jessica, it's supposed to be very stormy here today, too. I have a group of researchers from Delaware that are supposed to be coming in today and I'll work with them for a month, but will wait and see if they have flight delays etc. I will probably be somewhat busy with them over the weekend, giving them tours and setting them up to do their project. My weekend is rather unplanned because of it, but upon thinking about it last night I realized my main priorities are to get the dog's exercise done, to get my exercise done, and to practice my guitar. It's getting warm enough here that it's too hot for the dog to walk more than 45 min. immediately after I get home from work, which leaves me once again pondering how to successfully shift my schedule to get her enough exercise. Success is the key word. Getting up before work would be a good solution if I could actually do it.

I didn't see an osprey out my window yesterday morning, but I did see one flying on my drive yesterday afternoon. We have quite a few osprey nests here and the ospreys really like to fly along the long bridges over the bay (something to do with riding wind currents created by the bridges & traffic?) and also perching on the bridges to survey the waters below for fish. Again, I'm lucky to live in a place where I see these things so often.

Steph, good for you for getting your exercise in. Don't feel guilty for taking a few days off. Taking some time to get your body, work, and your head straightened out will make you a better daughter when you do go back to visit him in a few days. :hug:

Michele, I hope DD gets employment relatively soon and you can relax a bit. You're a good mom.

Jessica, you're growing not one but two human beings! That's very hard work! I've never met a pregnant woman who isn't tired. I know after you give birth you'll get some energy back. A jogging stroller sounds like a great idea. I can pictures you as supermom - twin jogging stroller, Carter on the leash, jogging around your neighborhood. ;)

BillBlueEyes
04-19-2013, 10:10 AM
Waving to let folks know my family is safe. Safe, but constrained to stay at home - "Shelter in Place" - with the subways closed and universities, schools, and businesses closed.

It's scary.

bargoo
04-19-2013, 10:20 AM
Bill, glad you are Ok. I am somewhat familiar with the area, I once worked for a company based in Concord and have been there for my work and spent some time in Boston as well.

alinnell
04-19-2013, 10:33 AM
The whole Boston thing is terrifying. Well, so is the explosion in Texas. Bill, glad you are safe and hunkered down. I don't know how I'd handle being forced to stay indoors knowing that there was a terrorist on the loose. Stay safe.

bargoo
04-19-2013, 10:37 AM
The whole Boston thing is terrifying. Well, so is the explosion in Texas. Bill, glad you are safe and hunkered down. I don't know how I'd handle being forced to stay indoors knowing that there was a terrorist on the loose. Stay safe.

I know what I would want to do. Since I have no comfort food in the house I would start baking. I think I would start with a custard pie.

dstalksalot
04-19-2013, 10:44 AM
You're a container, among other things. But not so inert as that. You're right now serving as a kind of raised garden bed with some seedlings growing in it. Pumpkins, I guess. ;-)

Like this. What a sweet sentiment!

traveling michele
04-19-2013, 11:12 AM
Oh, Michele. I wish I could grant you a month in which 1) you did not have to worry about either of your daughters, at all, EVER, not even in the slightest, and 2) you had more than enough time with your husband, so that you could take him for granted a little & you didn't feel as though you had to dine out together or do anything special at all to make up for all the time you have to spend apart due to his job.

I wish I could give everyone on this board a week-long reprieve from any cares that may beset them. Health, cars breaking down, financial fretting, children, spouses, partners, stepchildren, exes, in-laws, whatever. No stress allowed for seven days.

You are very sweet to say this. Thank you. :hug:
I felt like I was doing okay until dh told me that he was coming home 3 days earlier than he had planned. I was excited until I realized there are still 17 days left until he comes home. It sounds like a LONG time now.

traveling michele
04-19-2013, 12:06 PM
TGIF!
Anyone else exhausted this week? I am so tired. Just chugging my coffee trying to wake up my brain.

My weight is down slightly. Now to stay focused over the weekend and not let the exhaustion win.

Shannon in ATL
04-19-2013, 12:12 PM
Right there with you on the exhausted, Michele. I was just telling DH that I could fall asleep on my desk right now.

saef
04-19-2013, 01:03 PM
Waving to let folks know my family is safe. Safe, but constrained to stay at home - "Shelter in Place" - with the subways closed and universities, schools, and businesses closed.

It's scary.

I desperately need to shut off CNN but can't.

Just listened to the suspects' crazy estranged uncle going off in front of a veritable thicket of microphones.

I'm supposedly working from home today. I've got an analyst in Scotland conferring with Eastman Kodak in five minutes, and later reporting back on a piece I'm writing with her. I've also got an analyst in Dublin (though he originally came from Milan) who just sent me material that I need to use for a draft that will take all day.

Neither of these Europeans are really following U.S. events, but all my U.S. colleagues, especially those on the East Coast, are pretty much riveted by live reporting in Boston.

One of my colleagues forwarded a Tweet from Happy_Gilmore: "Boston is probably the only major city that, if you %$#@! with them, they will shut down the whole city ... stop everything ... and find you."

There is something awesome about that, Bill.

Shannon in ATL
04-19-2013, 01:20 PM
Saef - I've been glued to news media today, too. I just turned on a Star Trek episode in the background on Hulu to give myself a distraction.

DSS is getting in trouble at school again. The Friday before spring break he got in trouble for not doing his work, then spring break last week, then trouble three of four days so far this week. Including an incident yesterday with another student that got him sent in the hall for a chat with the assistant principal.

What were you saying about a week with no stress, Saef? Sign me up, please.

Megan1982
04-19-2013, 01:45 PM
Saef, I'm glued to the internet news here at work. Nope, let's be honest, not getting much work done.

Bill, glad you & yours are ok.

Shannon, sorry. I just want to give you a :hug:. I also wish you and everyone here a week of no stresses. I'm not really counting myself - my car problems are pretty minor in the face of things. I'm taking some deep cleansing breaths, closing my eyes, and sending soothing thoughts to those out there who need them (which also seems insignificant but I'm not sure what else to do right now). It seems there are lots of people out there who are having a bad day. :grouphug:

alinnell
04-19-2013, 02:05 PM
It'll be a quiet weekend at my house. DS is going to a JSA "convention" of sorts--leaving right after school and won't be back until Sunday night. Thankfully this time they're taking a bus so I don't have to worry about him driving!

I, too, have been glued to the internet all morning. Reading report after report and listening to a live stream of CBS news. I sure hope they find that guy. Interesting how his uncle called them both losers and criticized them for not trying to get along with people here and bringing shame to their family. He also said of his dead nephew that he got what he deserved.

It's just too surreal. All this in Boston as well as the tragic explosion in Texas. Last I heard there were 12 bodies recovered.

But like they're saying on the internet, we still live in a very safe country. We are not subjected to daily bombings or threats of bombs at every turn.

bargoo
04-19-2013, 10:33 PM
The marathon bomber has been caught and is in custody.

ChrisMohr
04-20-2013, 10:29 AM
I'm glad for my Boston family that they are OK. Surreal week, to be sure. I drop my jaw in admiration of the marathon runners who, after running 26+ miles, continued to run another two miles to a hospital to give blood!!!!! We can all get caught in pettiness and the day-to-day stresses of life, myself included, and we can all be proud of how we come together and see what is really important when we really need each other.

bargoo
04-20-2013, 11:21 AM
I'm glad for my Boston family that they are OK. Surreal week, to be sure. I drop my jaw in admiration of the marathon runners who, after running 26+ miles, continued to run another two miles to a hospital to give blood!!!!! We can all get caught in pettiness and the day-to-day stresses of life, myself included, and we can all be proud of how we come together and see what is really important when we really need each other.

Amen !

novangel
04-20-2013, 12:56 PM
I was glued to the tv last night too. For the first time in my life I really no longer feel safe in America. :( It may be over for these two but something will eventually happen again somewhere, it's just an unfortunate reality.

In other news: I own skinny jeans!! :yikes:

saef
04-20-2013, 01:30 PM
Unfortunately, I was so riveted by the manhunt and the capture that I didn't get a piece of writing done overnight and the analyst in Dublin was rightly annoyed this morning.

That kid has to be the least hard-bitten criminal I've ever seen on a "Wanted" poster. That is sooo NOT what I'd pictured a terrorist to look like. In fact, if you removed the context of the poster & online photos and asked me to guess who or what he was, and what he did, I'd guess him as a singer/dancer in a boy band that targets tween girls.

What the heck happened here?

Why did they stay in town?

And why did they suddenly snap, go berserk, shoot a guy and carjack another person?

And no, I don't feel safe, because they seem like a relative pair of amateurs, one maybe even a half-hearted copycat, and yet they managed to harden themselves & do this.

The story will be reconstructed soon, I hope.

bargoo
04-20-2013, 01:35 PM
I have a hunch that younger brother was strongly influenced be older brother. He is responsible for his actions of course but I do believe older brother was the leader.