Living Maintenance - Maintainers Weekly Chat May 20 - May 26




BillBlueEyes
05-20-2013, 05:35 AM
These hints of summer are such fun, like the college kids out in shorts and t-shirts ahead of the rest of us.

I'm looking forward to summer eating habits when I'm outside and excess food is inside. There aren't many calories in watermelon.


Shannon in ATL
05-20-2013, 07:54 AM
Ah watermelon... Love it.

bargoo
05-20-2013, 08:58 AM
Watermelon, one of my favorites.


alinnell
05-20-2013, 09:20 AM
DS was studying at his friend's house when an old teacher called for help. They interrupted their studies to go over to her house. DS came home with the haul--they harvested peaches for her. We must have 5 pounds peaches--some of which are so tiny they can't be more than pit and skin, but there are a few that should yield fruit.

And so it goes. DS graduates high school on Thursday. DD takes her last final Thursday as an undergrad. She isn't walking in graduation, though--just picking up her diploma. We'll soon be empty nesters.

The in-laws leave Friday for their summer travels. They're heading east this year instead of sticking to the west coast. I wonder how they'll like Minnesota in July? Humid and full of mosquitos is all I can imagine!

bargoo
05-20-2013, 10:59 AM
DS was studying at his friend's house when an old teacher called for help. They interrupted their studies to go over to her house. DS came home with the haul--they harvested peaches for her. We must have 5 pounds peaches--some of which are so tiny they can't be more than pit and skin, but there are a few that should yield fruit.

And so it goes. DS graduates high school on Thursday. DD takes her last final Thursday as an undergrad. She isn't walking in graduation, though--just picking up her diploma. We'll soon be empty nesters.

The in-laws leave Friday for their summer travels. They're heading east this year instead of sticking to the west coast. I wonder how they'll like Minnesota in July? Humid and full of mosquitos is all I can imagine!

Allison, you are so right about Minnesota , I was born and raised there. You are not exaggerating about Minnesota summers, it is a very beautiful state, though.

krampus
05-20-2013, 12:20 PM
I've blown up like a balloon after a weekend with BF's family eating his mom's cooking and a cheeseburger and pie at the AA sober club with his dad. For a place that caters to AA, ACOA, OA and SAA (sex addicts anonymous), it sure isn't OA friendly. I saw a lot of very overweight people going back for third and fourth cheeseburgers. But I can also see how if you're clean off booze or pills, food is the remaining comfort.

traveling michele
05-20-2013, 12:21 PM
Allison, you are so right about Minnesota , I was born and raised there. You are not exaggerating about Minnesota summers, it is a very beautiful state, though.

Is it hot there already? My dd is going there this weekend for a conference. She is doing very well so far on her weight loss journey and is hoping the few days at the conference don't derail her. She is bringing snacks but isn't real sure if she'll be fed food or have some choices.

I'm quite proud of myself from my choices yesterday. I suggested to dd that we have acai bowls for dinner and she agreed. I was out walking with a friend and she called asking if we could try this amazing sounding sandwich spot instead. I said yes because I'm trying to do stuff with her and not be too rigid. I looked up their menu and the sandwiches sound very intriguing but not at all healthy! Here's their menu if you want some food porn: http://ilikeikesplace.com/menu

I called dd back and told her that I'd be happy to go with her to get a sandwich but that I'd prefer to go pick up an acai bowl for myself after. She said fine and later changed her mind about the sandwiches and we both got bowls. A much healthier option!

And while the scale wasn't down today, it wasn't up either. I'm still three pounds over my redline and I'm glad it isn't more.

I also love days when you wear pants that are slightly big. My pants today are making me feel skinny!!

bargoo
05-20-2013, 12:31 PM
Michele, Wow !! Those are really some sandwiches and some of them are $20.00 !!!

PS , Weather forecast for Minneapolis today 1s high of 75 degrees, not that bad, give it a month , though, starts out hot in the AM and stays hot all night. I love Northern Calif weather can get hot in the summer but always cools off at night.

Sheila53
05-20-2013, 07:06 PM
Hello, maintainers. I haven't been reading this thread too much because of the whirlwind of activity since my DH was offered a job in Seattle in April. We spent April downsizing, then moved into a temporary corporate apartment for a week while I looked for housing. We're in a 2 bdrm. apartment a mile (uphill) from DH's work, and it has closets that you'd see in older apartments--teeny. So we're downsizing some more. I've been walking or riding the bus everywhere because I don't want to drive. After our stuff was moved into the apartment, I immediately went to Arizona with my sister. We had an awesome time in Bisbee and Sierra Vista, the hummingbird capital of the U.S. My sister added lots of birds to her life list. I was her spotter so she could photograph, and I was proud of myself for spotting a Montezuma quail, something that isn't uncommon, but isn't spotted that often.

Allison, hopefully you'll be okay with being an empty nester. And let me tell you that even though they leave, they often come back again and again. My youngest came back to live with us in April, but, surprise, we moved out. Anyway, it's fun to watch our "birds" learning to fly on their own.

Krampus, I've heard that AA and NA meetings are full of sugar, coffee and smoke. If you've got an addictive personality, it's probably easy to switch from one addiction to another.

Michele, good for DD! I didn't look at the link, but saw Bargoo's note about $20. Wow!

Mudpie
05-20-2013, 07:12 PM
We are on holiday here - I forgot it was Monday as the days have all blurred together at the dogsit. I'm going to go see fireworks alone tonite - DH installed two small AC units and is beat. I'm OK with that - we are constantly bickering about the new house and right now I'm preferring the company of the dogs. They are happy and cheerful and always glad to see me, despite my having to insist one wear a cone on his head.

Good week all!

Dagmar :tired:

alinnell
05-20-2013, 07:20 PM
Shiela~you're another person I know who has relocated to Seattle! Hope you like the rain. A friend from here, who I have known since DD was in kindergarten, is moving up there in less than two weeks. They found a place that must be outside the city because they have a huge amount of land. Her DH spent 5 hours mowing the lawn this weekend! They're looking for a riding mower now.

Dagmar~good luck with the dogsit.

Steph7409
05-20-2013, 08:58 PM
I have watermelon in my fridge! I'm lazy and get the pre-cut packages.

I bought some dried apple slices yesterday, Seneca brand - delicious! I wish I had bought many more bags. I was at a grocery store I rarely go to so I'll have to go back and stock up, as I've never seen them at my usual store.

I didn't watch any live TV yesterday so am just learning about the horrible tornado in OK. I can't imagine how awful it must be to lose everything in a matter of minutes.

Dagmar, I'm a cat person, but dogs are such wonderfully joyful creatures! A friend brought over her 4-month old Aussie last week and it was such fun to get snorgled by her.

ICUwishing
05-21-2013, 09:21 AM
:wave: Dad came home Friday, and is recovering very nicely. Another big thank you to everyone for your prayers and good wishes - I do believe that they make a difference!

Now I've got another one - my mom emailed me at 1:39am that my 97-year old grandma fell and broke her hip last night. Replacement is required and could be as soon as today. Could we fire up the positive thoughts one more time? I have to admit, I'm kind of scratching my head about the wisdom of replacing parts on a 97-year old, but only because I had a conversation with this lady about the very same topic not long ago, and she found the idea ridiculous and wasteful. I hope she has changed her mind, although this particular family matriarch does so very rarely.

I'm not good with this stuff. Not at all.

alinnell
05-21-2013, 09:29 AM
Sorry about your grandma, Becky. Prayers for a full recovery! I know when my great-aunt broke her hip at about age 91 the recovery was slow but she was okay and lived another three years. Glad your dad is home and doing better!

Mudpie
05-21-2013, 09:46 AM
That's a really hard one Becky - 97! But she must have a really strong will to live. And it's not like she's taking an organ away from another person who would benefit more. I guess she will make the final decision?

I asked DH to fake some enthusiasm for the new house this morning. We'll see how it goes. I am going to get very excited when I do the first house "visit" in July. I have 2 1-hour long visits to the house before the closing and I plan to make the best of my time there.

Only 12 more days @ the dog sit. I'm not ready to kill the conehead yet but we're both pretty frustrated. One really good thing about staying with dogs is that it's really hard to binge eat - they are there :drool: staring.

Dagmar :yoga:

bargoo
05-21-2013, 09:49 AM
Becky, praying that your grandma will have a full and complete recovery.

Shannon in ATL
05-21-2013, 10:01 AM
Wow Becky, 97 and they think she is even strong enough for hip replacement? That is awesome. :) I'm sending positive thoughts for you guys, hope she does well with whatever decision she makes.

traveling michele
05-21-2013, 10:18 AM
Prayers for your Grandma Becky!

Dagmar-- are the AC units at your new house? Are you in already?

Great news!! My older dd was offered and accepted a teaching position yesterday. We are so relieved. They offered her the job after two phone interviews-- not even meeting her yet! It's in Katy (a suburb of Houston) which is where she wants to move. When we go there next week (she has to take the Texas test to teach there), instead of stressing and interviewing, she will get to go meet everyone at the school and then we can spend time looking at apartments, cars, the area, etc.

Great news for her so why did *I* want to celebrate by going out to eat?! I didn't, but that's always where my brain goes-- let's celebrate by eating a large fatty meal! Ugh.... it took all my will power to cook a healthy meal at home. And she's not even here (she's in Washington and I'm in California)...

bargoo
05-21-2013, 10:21 AM
Michele, great news for your daughter ! I don't think it all surprising that you wanted to celebrate with food.....I would have thought a hot fudge sundae would be appropriate.....dream on !

Shannon in ATL
05-21-2013, 10:38 AM
Congrats to DD Michele! Woo!

BillBlueEyes
05-21-2013, 10:59 AM
Sending supportive thoughts for Becky's 97 year old grandmother. May the healing happen.

And super congrats for the job in Katy, Texas for Michele's DD. Love the thought of eating over any good news - don't know how many years it will be before I lose that desire.

Shannon in ATL
05-21-2013, 12:27 PM
I always want to eat over good news. And bad news. And middle of the road news. And no news. Etc.... :o

traveling michele
05-21-2013, 01:26 PM
I always want to eat over good news. And bad news. And middle of the road news. And no news. Etc.... :o

This is so me. I always say that I'm an emotional eater. Doesn't matter the emotion-- good, bad, happy, sad....

Shannon in ATL
05-21-2013, 03:01 PM
I'm tired today. Tired tired tired.

saef
05-21-2013, 07:44 PM
I have to admit, I'm kind of scratching my head about the wisdom of replacing parts on a 97-year old, but only because I had a conversation with this lady about the very same topic not long ago, and she found the idea ridiculous and wasteful. I hope she has changed her mind, although this particular family matriarch does so very rarely.

Oh, I like her already. In my family, after a woman reaches 80, she's allowed to say whatever she wants, whenever she wants, to whomever she wishes to say it to. It's one of the few things about aging that I'm looking forward to. Best wishes to her, Becky, and do forgive me for remarking on the family resemblance regarding the ability to calculate a cost/benefit analysis, even on personal stuff.

Michele, yes, I understand your wanting to eat. Seems to me that I like my emotions to remain within a certain range, like, practically flat-lining. Whenever they start zigging or zagging, whether it's up or down, elation or sorrow, I start to believe that putting something into my mouth is going to even them out. Maybe it's the meditative focus of chewing. Or the distraction of a piercingly strong taste. I don't know. But it's a relief to know that others feel the same way. I know you're a worrier, particularly on behalf of your daughters, and when the pressure valve is allowed some release, it must feel incredible.

BTW, I'm still thinking of that funny Bikram yoga story, the guy trying it out, suffering and putting his mat up on Craigslist. What fascinates me is that he thought he could smell peoples' most recent meals in their sweat. Is that true, Michele? I can imagine smelling asparagus or curry but I wondered about other stuff.

I ought to be at the local Zoning Board meeting tonight, silently sitting in a painfully hard oak pew for three hours while the matter of our flood wall comes up again. We first brought it to a hearing in February. Every month since, it's been dismissed and moved ahead. Now it's May and I've heard that it may be dismissed again. I can't stand it anymore. I didn't go. I know my neighbors will be reproachful, but I also know that my particular presence in the room will not make the vote go either way. Besides, a lawyer in the complex who was chatting with me the other day told me that no matter the decision, the losing side is likely to sue and once again bring matters to a standstill. Thus I'm here in my apartment, feeling stoic and resigned, and contemplating an early bedtime.

Steph7409
05-21-2013, 09:16 PM
Dagmar, you have visitation rights for the new house? :) Those 2 hours will fly by as you start making plans. I hope you enjoy this exciting time.

Michele, such great news about your daughter! And I too understand the impulse to use any emotional event as a reason to eat.

Becky, good luck to your grandmother.

saef, your flood wall saga sounds draining. It seems ridiculous that such things can take so long to get resolved. I think you've earned a pass - not everyone needs to go to every hearing.

Shannon, I'm tired today too. I'm actually thinking about going to bed. I've been trying to get to work early so I can leave a little early on Fridays, and that means getting up by 6:15 - which is oddly easy to do on Saturday when I want to get to the flower market, but much harder during the week.

neurodoc
05-21-2013, 09:50 PM
I sooo did not want to go to the gym today. DH saved me by offering to go with; we went from 7:30-8:30 (way later than I usually work out) and it wasn't the most vigorous activity I've ever done, but so much better than just sitting on the couch surfing the net for that hour (or worse, raiding the pantry).

Michele, what's in an acai bowl (acai berries, obviously, but what else)? Is it frozen? Where do you get them? I'm intrigued, although I don't think there's anything like that here in mid-Michigan.

Shannon, me too. Both on the tired, and the "anything is a good reason to eat" thing. Requires constant "mental surveillance" to correct the mindset.

Bill - I love watermelon too, and every other "red" fruit :>) Summer is great for that - almost makes up for the heat and humidity.

alinnell
05-22-2013, 09:45 AM
BTW, I'm still thinking of that funny Bikram yoga story, the guy trying it out, suffering and putting his mat up on Craigslist. What fascinates me is that he thought he could smell peoples' most recent meals in their sweat. Is that true, Michele? I can imagine smelling asparagus or curry but I wondered about other stuff.

While I can't say that I smelled anything that anybody ate while at my one and only Bikram class, I did smell myself! They said not to wear perfume, so I didn't. No makeup either, which is a good thing--even mascara would have run all over the place! But I did wear anti-perspirant. Not a good idea. It basically melts the first 2 or 3 minutes and then the scent lingers. Not that it's a bad scent, but it was strong enough that someone could have pointed a finger at me stating I was wearing perfume!

My social calendar is clearing up and I can see blue sky ahead! What that means is I'll have more free-time to myself. I can do whatever I want on the weekends and I'm so looking forward to that! I bought that darn yoga DVD a couple months ago and I've watched it to get a base knowledge of what the poses should look like but I have yet to actually DO it. I want to do it! Soon!

CherryPie99
05-22-2013, 10:07 AM
Hey all!

Been at a training. The training material was good, but rather then hold it at a hotel meeting room, this one was in a large auditorium at a college and the seats were uncomfortable and restrictive to sit in ALL DAY.

I DO NOT travel well at all. I was tired and cranky and made some bad food choices. Even when I think I am doing well. We ate Monday night at Ruby Tuesdays - I got the salad bar. Good choice, huh? Not when you eat your BODY WEIGHT in sunflower seeds and croutons!

I did take our lunch break yesterday to run - felt sorry for myself as everyone else was eating in a nice air conditioned restaurant while I was in 86 degree heat in 90% humidity. BUT, I was Sooooo glad I did it!

Slept well last night - looking forward to being back in my normal routine today.

Becky - I hope everything goes well with your grandmother! My father-in-law is 94 and has needed a hip transplant, but they will not do it because he is considered too high risk for surgery. He is sharp as a tack and it is terrible to see his body fail him.


Sounds like a lot of great things are happening for maintainers and their families! We are long overdue, so high five everyone!!

Jen

ICUwishing
05-22-2013, 10:11 AM
Good news yet again - because Grandma has been very active all her life, there was plenty of good strong bone still present, and they were able to use a couple of rods and screws to put her back together. She will be back on her feet today (for a bit), and has already commented that she's looking forward to physical therapy. :D That's my gram! I am so incredibly blessed with fabulous genes from both sides ... and for my fellow 3FC'ers. :grouphug:

Michele, congrats to DD on winning the teaching position!

Andrea, I'm in mid-Michigan too (Fenton) - and am also curious about the acai bowl. Closest I've come to something like that is dark chocolate-covered acai berries, which are just a little too good to be able to keep around the house!

saef, yes, Grandma is a remarkable woman and epitomizes the "Queen Mother". As she ages, she is definitely loosening her filters on the things she says, and it does cause some serious friction at times. However, none of it is untrue and she remains extremely perceptive, making her a very interesting meal companion. ;) There can be harsh but helpful lessons ... Best wishes for some sort of resolution on the flood wall. It seems that every important thing is being strangled by somebody's need to be right; we are losing the art of compromise on major issues that could at least take us a step in the positive direction. Instead, we stagnate and nobody benefits.

dagmar, I love the concept of the visitation with your new house. Sounds like a great opportunity to take tons of "before" pictures!

shannon, I started falling asleep about 10am yesterday, after two nights of sub-par sleep. Last night was a little better, and hopefully tonight will be better yet. It is SO hard to function when tired - nothing works right! Hoping you're back on your game today!

Bought a new toy yesterday after running with my training group. It's called "The Stick" and I'm betting more than a few of the runners here already have one. Its purpose is to locate and destroy muscle knots, in a simple, painful, and highly effective way. I am determined to loosen my hamstrings!

traveling michele
05-22-2013, 10:32 AM
Wow Becky! That's amazing! So glad to hear she is doing so well. I, too, look forward to being old enough to say and do anything I want to (and maybe eat whatever I want to as well).

So far as Bikram Yoga and smells.... I have almost zero sense of smell. This can be a very good thing. So, I rarely smell anything in yoga. Once in awhile I smell someone who hasn't bathed or (hope I don't offend) what we jokingly call "the curry people". The demographics where I live have a high percentage of Indian and Asian people, so you can imagine. My dh does yoga with me occasionally and he says the smell isn't usually too bad. My experience is that "clean" sweat doesn't have a bad odor-- it's just when someone is already stinky and then starts sweating that it gets bad. I always take off my makeup before class (have had burning mascara in my eyes and it hurts) but I put perfume and deoderant on in the morning and I think it has mostly dissipated by the afternoon when I go...

Sounds like you did great Jen!!

Andrea-- I wondered the same thing too. Acai is a fruit I guess? They blend it with soy milk, flax seed and a few other good things (can't remember) and top it with sliced strawberries, bananas, a little granola and a little honey. They have other bowls with different ingredients but that is the only one I've tried. Oh! They also top it with goji berries which are supposed to have tons of anti-oxidants-- I actually bought some and put them on my oatmeal today.

I'm on day three of my oatmeal experiment and so far so good. I had been eating the same breakfast almost every single day-- a egg white "mug" with salsa and boca crumbles with berries and a fiber one brownie. Decided to change things up and am enjoying my oatmeal. I'm making a chocolate banana oatmeal with berries (including goji!). I am getting hungry earlier but I think it's because I'm eating a smaller volume of food.

Two pounds above my redline. I can almost see the light. I'm wearing my skinny jeans today-- they are TIGHT but my bigger size are BAGGY. Hoping they stretch as the day goes on.....

Shannon in ATL
05-22-2013, 10:51 AM
Oh Becky, I covet your 'stick'! I've used them after races at vendor tables before but have never bought one myself. I want one desperately! I'm glad that your grandmother is well. I had her in my mind all day yesterday.

Dagmar - enjoy your visit to the house! DH and I visited ours often while it was being built and it really allowed us to make plans early.

Jen - great job on the lunch run! Woo!

Allison - what are you going to do when your schedule clears? It sounds wonderful! I can't imagine having a free weekend right now.

Andrea - I'm glad that you guys went to the gym, I know that felt better than sitting around.

Saef - I'm sorry about the drama with your wall. I just don't understand the fundamental reason behind why they are denying it. I know its frustrating.

I got some sleep last night but am still tired. Some PMS this week is killing me.

alinnell
05-22-2013, 11:04 AM
Allison - what are you going to do when your schedule clears? It sounds wonderful! I can't imagine having a free weekend right now.

The main difference will be that my in-laws are gone for the summer. That means no more Sunday afternoons and dinners with them, so more freedom to do what I want.

For the past several months, my schedule (on the weekends) was golf, shower, grocery shop (Saturday) and most of the late afternoon off. Sunday was golf, shower, laundry, lunch, movie, fix and eat dinner and then be too tired to do much else.

While we'll still try to fit in some golf in the mornings before it gets too hot (although I'd rather take lessons) there will be the main part of Sunday that will be free from just about everything. I want to do yoga and then clean up and relax and read some of the myriad of books I've downloaded over the past several months (reading the end of Defending Jacob right now). I know that once I start doing some sort of exercise, the remaining morning will be easier for me to mentally get into it. Besides, no more getting DS up and fed in the mornings gives me more time for myself!

paperclippy
05-23-2013, 10:38 AM
Hi folks, I am at home today trying to get over a cough I picked up a couple days ago. DH is over at the hospital with the girls where he is still working remotely. This cough is so frustrating! If I go to the hospital I have to wear a mask, and I'm constantly afraid of infecting the babies. If I stay home I feel bad for not being with them and not putting in the time to work on breastfeeding with them. I'm hopeful that if I stay home and rest today tomorrow the cough will have improved. It's kind of strange because I don't think I've ever had a cough like this that didn't come with any other symptoms. It started as a tickle in my throat, and is now one of those nasty chest coughs with lots of phlegm. Yuck.

In other news, the girls are doing well and are now both over 4 pounds!

Becky, I'm glad your grandma will be home soon. It is a mixed blessing of old folks to be able to say whatever they want -- on the one hand, it must be liberating to be completely honest. On the other hand, I find that old people tend to say a lot of really racist or otherwise offensive things.

bargoo
05-23-2013, 10:50 AM
Hi folks, I am at home today trying to get over a cough I picked up a couple days ago. DH is over at the hospital with the girls where he is still working remotely. This cough is so frustrating! If I go to the hospital I have to wear a mask, and I'm constantly afraid of infecting the babies. If I stay home I feel bad for not being with them and not putting in the time to work on breastfeeding with them. I'm hopeful that if I stay home and rest today tomorrow the cough will have improved. It's kind of strange because I don't think I've ever had a cough like this that didn't come with any other symptoms. It started as a tickle in my throat, and is now one of those nasty chest coughs with lots of phlegm. Yuck.

In other news, the girls are doing well and are now both over 4 pounds!

Becky, I'm glad your grandma will be home soon. It is a mixed blessing of old folks to be able to say whatever they want -- on the one hand, it must be liberating to be completely honest. On the other hand, I find that old people tend to say a lot of really racist or otherwise offensive things.

Jessica, I thought of you Sunday. We had a baby baptism this Sunday at my church. This baby was so tiny I was surprised when they said he was two months old, turns out he had been a preemie, but he is fine, growing and healthy and beautiful, too.

Shannon in ATL
05-24-2013, 09:52 AM
Jessica, I'm so glad that the babies are doing well!

traveling michele
05-24-2013, 10:27 AM
Jessica-- are you feeling better? So, are you able to breastfeed them now (when you aren't sick)? That's awesome!!

saef
05-24-2013, 10:55 AM
Jessica has kennel-cough.

I didn't infect you through my laptop screen, did I? I was hacking and spitting into tissues at work the other day like an old coal miner with emphysema. (That would describe my grandfather, so I know of what I speak.)

Have you done that twin photo yet where the mother's got one in either arm, nestled kind of like a pair of footballs? Yes, I want that for your new avatar.

I'm whistling bravely over here because, yet again, the Zoning Board postponed making any determination on our flood wall. They want reports from three more engineering firms, those that aren't part of the dispute. But our lawyer is certain that no matter how the decision goes, there'll be a lawsuit, either from us or our opponents.

And I am reading that the National Weather Service is predicting a more severe hurricane season than we had last year, the year of Sandy.

I am starting to wonder if I am looking at a situation where I've got to cut my losses in my real estate investment.

bargoo
05-24-2013, 12:28 PM
No hurricanes in California although we did have a mild earthquake last night. I was sitting on my couch watching TV when my couch moved ever so slightly. I was surprised to see reports that it was a 5.7 quake. I would have placed at at a 3 as I barely noticed it.

alinnell
05-24-2013, 12:36 PM
I have a friend in Yuba, CA who felt the quake, too, bargoo. While 5.7 isn't huge it is usually one that is easily felt. It's hard to feel those 3.0 ones.

bargoo
05-24-2013, 01:09 PM
My guess that it might have been a 3 as the movement was so slight and very gentle, I even questioned for a minute if there was an earthquake. A 5.7 quake can surely be felt, I am a little ways from the epicenter, though., about 167 miles from here.

paperclippy
05-24-2013, 04:04 PM
Michele, I'm still sick. :p I can sort-of breastfeed them, which is to say, they attempt to latch on and eat, with varying degrees of success, then they get a tube feeding either concurrently or afterward. I haven't tried to feed them the past couple days because I have been coughing so much. They get my pumped breastmilk in their tube feedings in any case so nutritionally it is the same.

Saef, no, I have not gotten to hold them at the same time yet. I am looking forward to being able to take that photo though! Now that they're both off breathing support they are easier to take in and out of their isolettes, and the nurses say that maybe next week they can move into cribs in the same room. (Right now they have two adjoining rooms with a sliding door in between.)

Bargoo, 5.7 is a decent size earthquake, but 167 miles is a long ways! It's funny because out here since there are not regular earthquakes, when a 3.0 or something happens everyone freaks out.

bargoo
05-24-2013, 04:11 PM
I have been in many earthquakes including a 7.1 . The 3 was my guess and nothing official.

Steph7409
05-24-2013, 06:07 PM
My sister lived in San Fran for several years and I've still experienced more earthquakes than she has - 3 in total. All small, but noticeable. A very weird feeling.

saef, I share your anxiety about rain. My neighbor continues to refuse to fix his roof, so the rainy weather we're having now means I have water in my basement and coming in through my kitchen cabinet - all caused by the water flooding off his roof. I took pictures this time and am going to call my insurance company. I think I'm going to have to take him to court. UGH. Anyway, my sympathies on having to make a difficult decision about your home.

jessica, I hope you feel better soon and the girls progress enough that you can hold them both together!

I've had a pretty good week. I've been exercising every day and doing better with my eating. I'm finally feeling more comfortable at work and am starting to enjoy some of my young coworkers. But I'm glad for the 3-day weekend!