Living Maintenance - Maintainers Weekly Chat May 13 - May 19




BillBlueEyes
05-13-2013, 07:08 AM
I have a long to-do list today so my mind immediately thinks . . . what should I nibble on? When I grow up, I'm gonna be a neuro-surgeon and discover how to reroute some of our trillion neurons to work in a more useful manner.

It was back to wearing a jacket to put out the trash this morning. Down here we blame Canada for cold weather in May in the spirit of the Southpark (Canadian written) song Blame Canada (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vxPRHXgYVlk).


Mudpie
05-13-2013, 07:26 AM
Bill Yes the cold weather :brr: is all our fault. We have a FROST :yikes: warning in effect here today. I'm glad I didn't wash my parka and I'm taking my gloves out yet again. I guess this year we transition right from parka to tank tops. :crazy:

I think I finally have a handle on this maintenance thing. Six years in the making - :rofl: - but I'm finally at a point where constant vigilance is no longer required. I haven't weighed or measured or counted in 3 weeks and my weight is exactly the same. :D

Good week all!

Dagmar :goodscale:

alinnell
05-13-2013, 10:24 AM
And we're expecting the hottest day of the year here! The worst part is that the Tour de California rolls into town this afternoon. Over 120 miles up mountainous roads and then down into our valley. They'll cruise our surface streets from Palm Desert to Palm Springs with the final 3.8 miles straight uphill to the bottom of the Tram. I don't know if any of you remember, but about 22 years ago (when Sonny Bono was mayor of Palm Springs) a bus carrying Girl Scouts crashed coming down that road. Many were injured and killed. Very sad. But that is a brutal road. I really feel bad for those racers.

Mother's Day was great here. The kids got me cards and my golf game was one of the better ones (at least lately). I'm still not consistent, but I am figuring it all out. Despite poor reviews, we went to see The Great Gatsby and I was pleasantly surprised. They kept to the story quite well and I was sufficiently entertained. We went to a steak house for dinner and that was quite good. I ordered the filet medallions (3 oz) with shrimp (2 grilled) over a small amount of mashed potatoes (really only enough to hold all that in place). Shrimp cocktail and a salad as well. Most of us ordered the same except FIL who ordered the calimari which I don't normally like but these were amazing (I'm glad he shared). DS had French onion soup instead of appetizer and salad and then had a larger filet filled with Gorgonzola and bacon. It looked quite good.


ICUwishing
05-13-2013, 11:12 AM
Would appreciate some prayers/good thoughts for my dad this week. I just found out from my grandma last night that he's been in the hospital since MONDAY (he wouldn't let her call me). He let an infected tailbone cyst go too long, and it got loose in his system, causing atrial fibrillation and now pneumonia. It sounds like the antibiotics are beginning to kick in - but bugs get stronger faster than the drugs do. Family ... :rolleyes: Heading out to the hospital shortly.

traveling michele
05-13-2013, 11:28 AM
Prayers for you and your dad Becky! That sounds painful but hopefully he's on the mend now.

I just read the posts I missed while attending dd's graduation. When you're gone a few days, you miss a lot. Here's hoping for positive news for Dagmar today!!

And glad Shannon and others braved the scales.

My problem (if I can narrow it to one) is that I get on the scales no matter what. I shouldn't have weighed today. I knew I shouldn't get on the scale. I thought it wouldn't be as bad as it was. I'm hoping the number wakes me up though. Praying there's a lot of sodium in that number from the weekend, but I've used that excuse to death. The number was higher than I've seen in years.

Dd's graduation was great. So proud of her. She walked with her service dog and he made all the difference in the world for her. Last year (when she got her undergrad degree) she didn't have him and she really struggled. We celebrated that night and had mother's day brunch yesterday. Then, I flew home (solo-- dh is staying with her for a couple of days to accompany her to the specialist in Seattle)-- and younger dd wanted to take me out for dinner. So..... I ate too much.... exercised too little.... and am paying the price.

Going to try to put my nose to the grindstone and not beat myself up.

And I definitely have a cold which isn't helping matters any....

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!!

Shannon in ATL
05-13-2013, 11:29 AM
:hug: Becky

bargoo
05-13-2013, 11:34 AM
Would appreciate some prayers/good thoughts for my dad this week. I just found out from my grandma last night that he's been in the hospital since MONDAY (he wouldn't let her call me). He let an infected tailbone cyst go too long, and it got loose in his system, causing atrial fibrillation and now pneumonia. It sounds like the antibiotics are beginning to kick in - but bugs get stronger faster than the drugs do. Family ... :rolleyes: Heading out to the hospital shortly.

Becky, I will be praying for your dad that he will recover from this,

krampus
05-13-2013, 12:05 PM
Becky, wishing your dad a quick recovery. He sounds stubborn - hopefully that will also apply to his immune system.

I saw 124.6 and then I saw 125.0 this morning. I woke up feeling GRUMPY and had a bit of a tough time yesterday with my dad's anxiety almost ruining Mother's Day dinner. I am choosing to believe the first of the two numbers. My roommate is going through the rough period after a breakup and hasn't heard an official word from the new job she is supposedly going to get - not taking on others' stress as my own has never been a strong point of mine.

paperclippy
05-13-2013, 12:20 PM
It's been chilly here too, although at least it is sunny. The NICU put together mother's day presents from each of the babies -- flower pots painted with little flowers where they used the baby's toe prints to make petals, with their names painted on the flower pot and photos. They were really cute, even though Cecilia looks angry in her photo. :lol: Both girls are continuing to do well. They are two weeks old today! Hard to believe it's been that long already. My weight is continuing to go down -- 168 today -- although I still look pregnant and get asked when I'm due every time I go anywhere. How many weeks does it usually take for your belly to go back to a normal-enough size to not look pregnant anymore?

Becky, I hope your dad gets well soon. Isn't it frustrating when family members don't tell you about people's illnesses? When DH's grandpa went into the hospital nobody thought to tell us about it for over a week, at which point he was already moved to hospice. I completely fail to understand what the purpose is of not telling people things like this.

Michele, congrats to your DD!

alinnell
05-13-2013, 12:30 PM
Becky~prayers that all goes well with your dad.

Jessica~for a singleton birth usually it takes about 4 weeks to get back to the "unpregnant" look. I don't know if it takes a bit longer for multiples.

WardHog
05-13-2013, 12:54 PM
Thinking of your Dad, Becky.

My kids start outdoor swim team practice today. They are going to freeze their little tushies off.

I don't know - I had someone ask me when I was due six weeks after my son was born. Maybe it's because I had on a maternity top ...

silverbirch
05-13-2013, 01:06 PM
Becky, I hope your dad gets well soon. Isn't it frustrating when family members don't tell you about people's illnesses? When DH's grandpa went into the hospital nobody thought to tell us about it for over a week, at which point he was already moved to hospice. I completely fail to understand what the purpose is of not telling people things like this.



Becky, I'm sending best wishes too.

I don't get it either really unless the pain is too great to bear and telling someone or talking about it makes it even keener. That is my working hypothesis as the SO's mother returns home today and we expect The phone call in the next few days. Contact is always sketchy but then there was a panicky "cancer" phone call. The SO has visited but he has to ring to get any info at all. And it's far from clear at present if he will go before her death.

Mudpie
05-13-2013, 07:52 PM
:hug: Becky. Hope your grand dad's stubborness helps him beat this.

Dagmar :(

Mudpie
05-13-2013, 08:00 PM
I am starting to get all sorts of reno ideas from all sorts of people. Unfortunately they don't realize that I don't have $1 million for renos - if I did I would have bought a house that was already "done". :lol:

I did call and get an estimate for the floors - $13K :faint:. I'm scaling down the quality of the hardwood a bit and hoping to get back to the more reasonable $8K I budgeted.

We consulted with DH's boss (a renovator and contractor) and she gave us a very doable solution to the hinky basement steps. All I have to do is tear out all the existing partition walls, replace the furnace and ductwork, repour the basement floor, and then execute this in place of the existing stairs.

https://blu168.mail.live.com/default.aspx?n=2035249183&fid=1#n=1827684623&fid=1&mid=25e6947d-bbe8-11e2-8e3e-00237de4a768&fv=1

Ummm . . . I'll get back to you on that. :rofl:

Dagmar :crazy:

Mudpie
05-14-2013, 08:43 AM
Another parka day :brr:. I'm rebelling in a small way against the weather by not wearing gloves. :lol: I think I will take shorts and t shirts along to the dogsit, with my fleece, corduroy pants and turtlenecks. Lots to put in the suitcase.

I am leaving the winter boots in the closet. If there is snow then I will brave it in my hiking shoes.

Dagmar :dizzy:

ICUwishing
05-14-2013, 09:59 AM
Thanks to everyone for the prayers and good wishes. I went to see him yesterday and he looks ... like he's been through the wringer. Heart damage has been ruled out, but it's not looking quite as good for his lungs. He's had past blood clots, plus a LOT of years of heavy smoking. A pulmonary specialist has been called in - hoping to hear something tonight. Looks like he's going to be stuck in the hospital for a while. :( I think he knew the chickens were coming home to roost on the smoking - two weeks before he landed in the hospital, he'd had a lawyer draw up the financial power of attorney papers for me.

I'm glad that I have a 4 mile run scheduled tonight with my training group. I think I need it.

silverbirch
05-14-2013, 10:11 AM
:hug:Becky :hug:

alinnell
05-14-2013, 10:37 AM
Continued good thoughts for your Dad, Becky.

What's the link for Dagmar? And that situation with the stairs, wow. An easy solution? I think not.

Today is my 25th wedding anniversary! No plans other than going to work, lol. We're attending a black tie gala on Thursday night, so we'll consider that our celebration. I even got a new dress for it. Pricey, but beautiful. Dress (http://l4.zassets.com/images/z/2/0/7/5/3/4/2075345-p-MULTIVIEW.jpg)

Shannon in ATL
05-14-2013, 10:56 AM
Thinking about you and your family, Becky. :hug:

Dagmar - I'm picturing the scene from Sleepless in Seattle where Tom Hanks character is talking about a how he designed and saying 'and let's just put the entire front of the house on a hinge so I can open it with the garage door opener' as I'm reading your description. LOL

Happy anniversary, Allison and DH! That dress is lovely!

I'm at my flagship location today doing open enrollment for insurance today. Was here for 14 hours yesterday, likely another 14 hours today. Got here at 7am both days. I did take this morning to get the invitations adddressed for the baby shower I'm hosting, so hope to mail those today. Ideally I'll be able to be off work the rest of the week after today, my birthday is tomorrow and DH is off the entire week. Sadly, I can almost never take off time in May. I have open enrollment counselors from the insurance company doing the legwork for me, so hoping to be able to use them and take some time out. We'll see.

Good day everyone!

bargoo
05-14-2013, 11:06 AM
Continued good thoughts for your Dad, Becky.

What's the link for Dagmar? And that situation with the stairs, wow. An easy solution? I think not.

Today is my 25th wedding anniversary! No plans other than going to work, lol. We're attending a black tie gala on Thursday night, so we'll consider that our celebration. I even got a new dress for it. Pricey, but beautiful. Dress (http://l4.zassets.com/images/z/2/0/7/5/3/4/2075345-p-MULTIVIEW.jpg)

Congratulations on yor25th anniversary. Beautiful dress and you will look beautiful in it.

bargoo
05-14-2013, 11:07 AM
Thanks to everyone for the prayers and good wishes. I went to see him yesterday and he looks ... like he's been through the wringer. Heart damage has been ruled out, but it's not looking quite as good for his lungs. He's had past blood clots, plus a LOT of years of heavy smoking. A pulmonary specialist has been called in - hoping to hear something tonight. Looks like he's going to be stuck in the hospital for a while. :( I think he knew the chickens were coming home to roost on the smoking - two weeks before he landed in the hospital, he'd had a lawyer draw up the financial power of attorney papers for me.

I'm glad that I have a 4 mile run scheduled tonight with my training group. I think I need it.

Will continue to keep him in prayer and you, too as I know this is stressful for you.

BillBlueEyes
05-14-2013, 11:10 AM
Sending supportive thoughts, Becky, for facing a difficult time.

Mudpie
05-14-2013, 11:24 AM
Sending supportive thoughts, Becky, for facing a difficult time.

Me too Becky. :hug:

Dagmar

traveling michele
05-14-2013, 11:27 AM
Add me to the list Becky of supportive thoughts. Glad he got the paperwork done. It makes it immeasurably better-- trust me.

Happy Anniversary Allison!! Love the dress!!!

Happy Birthday Shannon! Hope you get your invites done!

ChrisMohr
05-14-2013, 11:52 AM
Becky you and your familay are in amy prayers.
Yeah Allison!
Today's my wife Karen's birthday. My 31-years-of-maintenance wife has decided to go out for a pancake breakfast and a lovely dinner. Who am I to resist? If she can do this occasionally and maintain (5'4" 109 lbs today) so can I!!

krampus
05-14-2013, 12:00 PM
Happy birthday to Shannon and Chris's lovely Karen!

Allison I love the dress - you'll be stunning in it!

Becky I am hoping for the best in regards to your dad. It seems unfair that people who have quit smoking still pay for it.

bargoo
05-14-2013, 12:03 PM
Becky you and your familay are in amy prayers.
Yeah Allison!
Today's my wife Karen's birthday. My 31-years-of-maintenance wife has decided to go out for a pancake breakfast and a lovely dinner. Who am I to resist? If she can do this occasionally and maintain (5'4" 109 lbs today) so can I!!

Happy Birthday to Karen ! Enjoy your pancakes !

Shannon in ATL
05-14-2013, 12:16 PM
Happy birthday to Karen! That sounds like a lovely day, you can handle it Chris. :)

Mudpie
05-15-2013, 06:40 AM
Mudpie apparently has a benign tumour on her liver. It is quite localized and is not really having any impact on her well-being. We could try surgery. She might pull through it and get a couple more years of life.

But we think the quality of her life would probably be greatly diminished. As might she be after anaesthesia and major surgery. She would have a great deal of pain and stress. We would be doing the surgery for our emotional needs, not her physical ones.

So we are going to let her be as she is. She's happy and content and we will let her live out whatever time she has left that way. She will let us know when it's time for her to die (typing that made me cry but that's just my emotional indulgence) and if we have to help her we will.

And yes, I did eat the jelly beans after making the decision. But it was a modest helping, not the 2 lbs. I would have mindlessly consumed several years ago. Old habits are hard to break but they can be modified quite successfully.

Dagmar :(

bargoo
05-15-2013, 09:27 AM
Dagmar, it seems that you have made the best decision you can under the circumstances. Enjoy Mudpie while you can , tears are certainly OK and even a few jellybeans , if necessary.

bargoo
05-15-2013, 09:32 AM
HAPPY BIRTHDAY , SHANNON !!

Mudpie
05-15-2013, 11:04 AM
Shannon :bday2you:


Dagmar :woo:

bargoo
05-15-2013, 11:31 AM
Shannon :bday2you:


Dagmar :woo:

I think Mudpie is singing Happy Birthday !!

BillBlueEyes
05-15-2013, 12:27 PM
Happy Birthday, Shannon Karen

And Happy life to Mudpie (cat) - I've got friends who'd think that anything benign was a gift.

krampus
05-15-2013, 01:54 PM
Dagmar, Mudpie is really lucky to be cared for so well and I'm sure she will be happily around for some time to come.

I went out to dinner (Chinese food!) and am up a bit but not by a huge margin. Feeling very at peace with food lately.

CherryPie99
05-15-2013, 02:19 PM
Happy b-day Shannon!!!! I know you've been having a rough time lately. How great that your birthday falls right now - it's a chance to wipe the slate clean. Tomorrow marks day 1 of a new year and a new you!!

Dagmar - I think that all things considered this is not terrible news. I hope that Mudpie enjoys however much time she has left and when it is time, she will slip away to the Rainbow Bridge peacefully in her sleep. She is a lucky cat to be so loved and well cared for.

jen

silverbirch
05-15-2013, 02:31 PM
Happy birthday, Shannon, and many of them!

:hug: Dagmar and Mudpie.

alinnell
05-15-2013, 02:46 PM
Happy Birthday Shannon! Any big plans?

Dagmar, thankfully it is benign and hopefully it won't interfere with Mudpie's functioning. My in-laws cat developed a tumor on or near his heart a little over a year ago. Due to previous problems with anesthesia they decided it best not to try and remove it. Over time it bothered his breathing from time to time but otherwise you wouldn't have known there was any trouble.

I'm not feeling well today. Nausea and such. I had a meeting at work that I had to cancel. It wasn't anything special (someone trying to get me to switch to their 401k program) but that probably means they'll reschedule it (unless DH let them know we really aren't interested). Meanwhile I have a hair appointment at noon and I have to go to that. Growing my hair out is hard! I'm at one of those places where I can't do anything with it. It's too long for some things and too short for others and I have that gala tomorrow and I want to look nice!

paperclippy
05-15-2013, 02:51 PM
Happy birthday Shannon! :hb:

Dagmar, it is totally okay to cry about our pets' mortality, even if they've had a good long life. I sometimes think about the fact that Carter is 9 years old and probably won't be with us more than a couple more years and cry about it, even though he's perfectly healthy right now.

Well, the magic super-fast weight loss has stalled out. I actually gained a pound today. I think I may need to pop over to the pregnant/nursing forum for some advice. I need to figure out a balance to eat enough for milk production but keep my weight coming off, since I've still got 35lbs to go. I've been eating more the past couple days because it seems to help me to not be so exhausted all the time. I admit I've been dealing with the stress of the NICU by eating a lot of dessert too. :o At least my main meals are still pretty healthy.

ICUwishing
05-15-2013, 03:52 PM
Good news to report! It turns out that one of the medications Dad was given was causing the lung crud. Once that was switched out for something different, he made a huge turnaround in under 12 hours. Today he's got color, he's eating again, and he only coughed a little twice in the time I visited with him. Now he just needs to finish clearing up the infection and get some strength back - he could be home for the weekend! I cannot thank you all enough for devoting some of your time to thinking of him - we need to bottle that stuff! :grouphug:

Dagmar, your decision with Mudpie sounds very solid. Mortality is a very rough thing to contemplate, for pets or people. You betcha tears are OK, whenever and for however long it takes. And so are a few jellybeans.

Our training group met for the first time last night, and although we planned to go 4 miles, it was such a perfect evening we went 5.6! :eek: I remember now what I do like about running - it erases the brain for a while. :)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SHANNON!!!! :woo:

bargoo
05-15-2013, 09:00 PM
Becky, good news about your Dad I hope he continues to improve.
Congratulations on the 5.6 mile run ! Awesome !

Steph7409
05-15-2013, 11:39 PM
Becky, good news about your dad. My dad had a UTI and seemed near death until they got the meds right, after which he had a very fast turnaround. I've been on the rollercoaster a lot lately so I sympathize.

Dagmar, I think you've made a good decision for Mudpie. One of my cats developed liver cancer when he was about 15 and I opted not to put him through the torment of chemo (he HATED going to the vet). He had another 2 good years. It's normal to want to do whatever we can to extend our pets' lives but it's not always what's the most humane.

Jessica, I'm glad the girls are doing so well. Do you have any idea when they might come home?

I went for a 4-mile walk on Sunday and it was one mile too many. I've been quite hobbled since. I can't believe how much worse it's gotten since last fall, when I was feeling pretty fit. I try not to get too discouraged, but it's hard.

In better news, I did a lot of work in the garden over the weekend and it looks lovely! I have a woodchuck who apparently agrees, as I see it pretty much every day out there.

Shannon in ATL
05-16-2013, 10:34 AM
Thanks for the birthday wishes all! We had a nice day yesterday. We are going to see the new Star Trek movie tomorrow with my MIL, and and maybe today as well just the two of us.

Dagmar - i think that is a good decision on Mudpie. Enjoy your time with her.

Becky - great news about your dad! It is hard to sort out when the medicine is causing the problem. Makes me want to stop taking anything.

Jessica - that is a hard one to balance. Feeding you enough to feed them. I can't imagine. Glad they are doing well.

Hope Allison and Saef are feeling better today. Good day everyone!

saef
05-16-2013, 11:13 AM
Becky, so it wasn't entirely about your father's body, it was about something outside his control, a bad choice of treatment? What a great relief to learn this. As someone who's dealing with "lung crud" today myself, though to a much lesser degree, I also want to salute your choice of words.

Shannon, actually I thought of you when I saw the advertisements for the upcoming Star Trek movie. And also, harkening back to something you said in another post, I remember how much you enjoyed your day having tea in Woodbury, the fictional town of the Walking Dead, and I hate thinking that photographs taken there later took that joy away when you became critical of yourself, even though others told you that you looked good. Remember how you **felt.** Because that corresponds with what others said.

Jessica, you definitely need to talk with the other nursing mothers here because of your body's function in nourishing the girls. My imperfect understanding is that you can eat better than a lot of us on this board, for a short, golden period of your life. Oh, and how is Carter doing with the babies? Has he met them formally at all?

Dagmar, go ahead and cry. I still grieve for Fritz. Actually it's easier than grieving for my father, because my relationship with Fritz was a lot simpler. I'm still filled with astonishment that animals & people can bond with one another. It feels like such an honor & privilege to be claimed by a cat.

I'm at the office in Connecticut today, about to go into a staff meeting that's being televised on a big screen, like a movie. I'll be there on screen with my wad of tissues beside my yellow legal pad and my laptop. I am coughing and spitting crud. I'm looking forward to a Pilates class tonight. I'm seeking some kind of reassurance that three days off hasn't resulted in irreparable physical deterioration, and doesn't mean I'll forever be unable to do unassisted pullups or bench-press my weight. It's that deadly all or nothing thinking again. It is not a friend to my mind.

alinnell
05-16-2013, 11:15 AM
Becky~such great news about your dad!

Steph~that is exactly what happens to me. While I feel fine during the walk the day or two (or three) afterward are horrible. I do believe mine is some sort of arthritis in my hips. If I work up to 4 miles I have trouble. But if I tackle 3 or 4 miles out of the blue, I'm in pain for days. Aleve usually helps me get through the worst of it. These days I can manage 3 miles without pain and I do that a couple times a week.

Shannon~we're doing the Star Trek movie on Sunday. Hope it's good!

Jessica~when I was nursing I didn't really try to lose weight. I knew I needed to drop the pounds but what I found was that trying to maintain and eat healthy led to a very easy loss once I stopped nursing (at around 6 months). I think it is because I was consuming more calories than I needed myself just to insure good milk production. Then when nursing stopped and I began a diet (back then it was low fat, IDK what I'd do these days) I lost a considerable amount (40+ pounds) in less than 5 months. The first 10 fell off in like a week. Maybe tweak your calories to maintain for a week or two and then shave some off for a slight loss?

paperclippy
05-16-2013, 12:16 PM
Steph, they can't give me an exact date for when they'll come home, but it will probably be another month. They'll be the equivalent of 34 weeks gestation tomorrow, and they typically need to be in the nicu until 38-40 (i.e. until the equivalent of being full-term).

Saef, Carter will not get to meet them until they come home, but he has gotten to sniff some blankets we brought back from the hospital. He seemed politely interested, but more interested in sniffing Ben's pants that smelled like his parents' dog. :lol: Carter has been acting more stressed in general though -- he gets nervous and upset when we leave for the day. I think it is a combination of reacting to our stress level and the fact that there have been thunderstorms lately.

CherryPie99
05-16-2013, 12:29 PM
Jessica - Do the babies wear beanies on their heads? I don't have kids but from people "in the know" supposedly sniffing something the babies have worn on their heads is the best way for dogs to get to "know" them before they come home. Also they recommend playing tapes of babies crying. I hope that's helpful - I know you didn't ask for advice, so please feel free to ignore if it's not useful!

Shannon - I am really nervous about seeing the new Trek movie. I was not thrilled with the last one and altering the universe. Let me know your thoughts (without spoilers of course ;) )

Jen

Shannon in ATL
05-16-2013, 11:43 PM
Steph - what kind of garden do you have? My vegetables are finally starting to really pop.

Saef - thanks for those words. I did feel great that day, if a tad self conscious at my short skirt. I felt like I looked good, and enjoyed the day. I shouldn't go back and second guess that happy. I do that too often.

Jen - saw it today and loved it. I am one that likes the reboot, though. I'm a big JJ Abrams fan, but and I enjoy his take on it. The classic trekkie in my questions the time frames, and wonders what about this one change caused some of the resultswe see, but overalll I like it. That being said - some parts of the plot seemed a little contrived. The beginning was awesome. The end was awesome. Some of the middle was a little slow and had some disjointed connections, but I still liked it. I love the actors, which helps. My mother is refusing to see it - she says there is no Kirk without Shatner. Dad said tonight that she might be more a fan of Shatner's fanny than Star Trek. LOL

Mudpie
05-17-2013, 06:56 AM
Started my dogsit last night. My clients were still here - and packing! They had both spent whole days @ work and were now scrambling around @ 8 p.m. I hope they turn their blackberrys off and relax during at least part of the 15 days.

I was too busy chatting with them, stowing my stuff, and then taking the two very hyper dogs for a calming walk so that we all could sleep later. No time to peek in the fridge. No milk! Black coffee (actually not bad) and frozen bread for breakfast. I'll improvise something - nothing's open before 10 around here. But I'm gonna be HUNGRY on my first walk.

TGIF!!!:dance:

Dagmar :beach:

alinnell
05-17-2013, 10:15 AM
Gala 2103 (http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z104/alinnell/Gala001.jpg)

A photo of me in my new dress. I love that dress! I was a little miffed when I couldn't find my Spanx (finally did!!).

Have a fun dog sit, Dagmar!

bargoo
05-17-2013, 10:40 AM
Beautiful !

saef
05-17-2013, 11:08 AM
Allison, you look great. What a fabulously simple, elegant, almost geometrically shaped dress. It has an old Hollywood feel, too.

I sound as nasal as a cartoon character, but feel reasonably good today. Seems that every night of sleep that I've had since Tuesday, I wake up feeling better afterward.

I have high hopes for the weekend if I get in another full eight hours tonight.

traveling michele
05-17-2013, 11:25 AM
Love the dress Allison!!

Saef-- glad you're on the mend. I'm still "snotty" for lack of a better term, but I feel okay.

Busy weekend with a lot of challenges-- I'm trying not to get stressed. Dh is here until Sunday morning so that limits our time together. He is stressed and cranky at the prospect of going back to China after being home so little. Tonight we are going to a Hebrew baby naming ceremony. Afterwards, we've been invited by the family to go to an Italian restaurant. I'm not sure if I can fit the gym in first, but I'm hoping to as dinner will surely be a challenge. Tomorrow, we are going to an Oakland A's baseball game in the evening. Dh said he wanted to get sushi before the game which would be ideal for me, but none of the restaurants open until 5 so I'm not sure that will work. We got the tickets as a block with my school so my students/families will be there-- should be interesting. I'm thinking we just show up late to the game....

traveling michele
05-17-2013, 11:35 AM
I'm looking at the menu for the dinner tonight and trying to find a healthier option. What is spiedini?
Here's the menu:
http://www.postinorestaurant.com/menus/dinner.html

I'm leaning towards the Pesce (with the prawn speidini-- I googled it and I think it means skewers?)

bargoo
05-17-2013, 12:14 PM
Michele, don't know about your entrée, but the salads sound divine, I would have a hard time choosing but would order dressing on the side.

Shannon in ATL
05-17-2013, 12:27 PM
Michele - I have no idea what spiendi is, but the entree sounds lovely.

traveling michele
05-17-2013, 01:04 PM
I have another food question. I'm trying to change up my diet and try some different things. When I was younger I would never try oatmeal (ditto for applesauce, peanut butter-- perhaps a texture thing). When I stayed with dd, she made me a delicious oatmeal with berries, nuts and a little chocolate. I'm looking up recipes and they call for rolled oats. I'm assuming those are different from quick oats? Will they be next to the other oats in the grocery? What's the difference? Can I substitute?

alinnell
05-17-2013, 01:30 PM
Quick oats are rolled oats. I don't know if there is a difference or if the quick ones cook faster. I actually prefer the Irish (unrolled) oats as they are chewier. But I like rolled ones as well. I like them cooked and then add a little brown sugar and cinnamon and raisins. Chunks of apple with cinnamon is good, too. I do find that I have to have at least a little sweetener in them. You can also take uncooked rolled oats and put them in the blender to make flour, add cottage cheese and some egg white and turn that into a pancake.

Those shrimp skewer things look good!

bargoo
05-17-2013, 01:33 PM
I have another food question. I'm trying to change up my diet and try some different things. When I was younger I would never try oatmeal (ditto for applesauce, peanut butter-- perhaps a texture thing). When I stayed with dd, she made me a delicious oatmeal with berries, nuts and a little chocolate. I'm looking up recipes and they call for rolled oats. I'm assuming those are different from quick oats? Will they be next to the other oats in the grocery? What's the difference? Can I substitute?

I went to my pantry and took out my familiar Quaker Oats in the big round box, on the back under nutrition facts it lists 100% Natural Whole Grain Quaker Quality Rolled Oats.
ON the front of the box Quaker Oats Old Fashioned

silverbirch
05-17-2013, 01:36 PM
Spiedini means skewers. Spiedini di carne, for example = meat kebabs.

One skewer is spiedino.

Thanks, Michele! I love using my huge Oxford Paravia dictionary (English - Italian).

Shannon in ATL
05-17-2013, 02:30 PM
Oh well then. I spelled the word wrong when I tried to look it up. Not a wonder I couldn't find it. Though I probably shouldn't admit that out loud. LOL

alinnell
05-17-2013, 03:24 PM
Oh well then. I spelled the word wrong when I tried to look it up. Not a wonder I couldn't find it. Though I probably shouldn't admit that out loud. LOL

That's why I cut and paste! LOL

traveling michele
05-17-2013, 03:32 PM
Spiedini means skewers. Spiedini di carne, for example = meat kebabs.

One skewer is spiedino.

Thanks, Michele! I love using my huge Oxford Paravia dictionary (English - Italian).


Thanks! That's what I thought. This will be my choice (assuming we get a choice and we don't have a set menu).

Thanks all who answered my oatmeal question as well. I'll buy the ingredients this weekend and do some experimenting...

Shannon in ATL
05-17-2013, 03:35 PM
Michele - I like steelcut oats better than rolled oats, but I've read that there isn't nearly as much nutritional difference as some try to say between the types and it is just a matter of taste.

ICUwishing
05-18-2013, 11:03 AM
Had a glorious birthday dinner last night - my mom took DH and me (our birthdays are 6 days apart) to a wonderful Italian restaurant. They have calamari done three ways - and let me tell you, calamari does not have to be little fried rubber rings! These were sliced lengthwise and grilled ... and beyond divine. I will never eat fried calamari ever again!!

bargoo
05-18-2013, 12:47 PM
Becky, Happy Birthday ! Glad you had such a nice dinner, sounds delish.

alinnell
05-18-2013, 12:51 PM
Becky, the first time I had calimari was at The Cheesecake Factory (where I'll never eat at again, except for cheesecake--which is RARE). It did in fact taste like rubber bands. And then we found an actual rubber band in it. Yeah, beyond gross. My FIL ordered calimari at an upscale steakhouse here when we went for mother's day. Beyond glorious! Divine food. I would never have ordered it again after my first experience. Glad you had a great birthday!

I'm getting ready to take one of the cats to the vet for his yearly exam. It always stresses them out so much! I feel bad having to take him.

Mudpie
05-18-2013, 07:21 PM
I will be MIA for most of the next 2 weeks. Dog sit started out really badly - 3 hours at the vet, stitches, necrotic tissue in the wound, infection etc. etc.

I now have a golden retriever with a big cone on his head, 5 stitches behind his ear, taking antibiotics 2X per day, and wearing a little purple and grey sock on his rear paw to prevent excessive banging of the cone when he tries to scratch. He is also the one with the allergies so the head cone is constantly full of drool and I have to keep wiping it out.

He's also confined to the leash for all his walks and he's starting to feel much better and also very irritated at all the stuff I'm doing to him. Poor guy! I'm glad I caught the ear injury when I did as he could have easily developed gangrene if left untreated for much longer.

Pets with long fur have to be groomed and checked several times a week for matts. Period.

Dagmar :mad:

Steph7409
05-18-2013, 08:38 PM
Dagmar, yikes! I hope the dog sit is uneventful after this. Your statement about long-haired pets and mats made me squirm a bit: my cat Zack has been getting lots of mats for the past couple of years (he's 12) and he just hates it when I comb him. I know it pulls and I try to be gentle, but some of them are quite stubborn. I've resorted to cutting them out when he won't let me comb him.

Shannon, no veggies in my garden, all flowers. I have a long, narrow yard so I have perennial beds all around the perimeter. I also like annuals so I've got lots of containers on my patio and scattered about the yard. The garden is approaching peak loveliness so I'll take some pics and post a link.

Allison, both you and the dress are lovely. And which kitty is that?

saef, I hope you're feeling better. Being sick when the weather's nice just seems so unfair.

I'm going to visit my favorite dog in the whole world tomorrow, the fabulous Newfie who belongs to one of my ex-bosses. She's very sweet and she loves me (I gave her her first taste of ice cream) so I'll get some much-needed hugs.

alinnell
05-19-2013, 03:18 PM
Steph, the cat was Ringo. He's almost three--our tuxedo cat. He just needed his yearly physical and one shot, but I got to see the vet that referred Chico to the specialist so I could give her an update on him. Anyway, she said Ringo was such a good cat that he'd be a perfect candidate for gentle dental (cleaning without anesthesia). He has just a little tarter right now, so it can wait. But I'm thinking to myself that this is the cat that hides under the couch and attacks my in-laws (because it is they who bring kittens and cat tents into the house). Good cat? Not in my book, but he was very good at the vet.

Going to go see Star Trek in 3D at the IMAX today and then coming home to make coconut chicken salad with warm honey mustard dressing. Sounds light and yummy.

Shannon in ATL
05-19-2013, 05:13 PM
Happy birthday, Becky!

Sorry about the dog injury, Dagmar. Hope he recovers well. :(

Steph - we definitely need pictures! Sounds lovely.

My garden has little tomatoes all over the place and my peppers are blooming. One cayenne plant seems like it won't make it, but the rest look good.

paperclippy
05-19-2013, 07:43 PM
Happy birthday, Becky!

Michele, rolled oats usually means the ones labeled "old fashioned" in the grocery store. Quick oats are basically kind of like regular oats that have been chopped up into smaller pieces, which makes them cook faster. If you're following a recipe, don't use quick oats unless it specifically calls for them. Old fashioned oats aren't particularly slow to cook -- 5 mins on medium heat in the microwave.

I'm losing track of what day it is since I do the exact same thing every day. The girls are gaining weight and approaching four pounds, at which point they might get to come out of their isolettes and into a regular bassinet. At that point we might get to put them in together, but I'm not sure since Cecilia still has to have respiratory support.