Living Maintenance - Maintainers Weekly Chat July 29 - August 4

07-29-2013, 06:36 AM
Per the recommendation of the DB of Silverbirch, I ordered Carl Hiaasen's Chomp ( from the library. It's for ages 10 and up, in which I fit. I'm ready for a good read about Florida.

Not only did our heat spell break, I actually woke up to go find a blanket this week. The cool weather makes walking such a pleasure. I'm harvesting cukes in quantity from our community garden and the tomatoes are just starting to ripen. It's bounty time.

Another advantage of cooler weather is that ice cream is easier to avoid, LOL.

07-29-2013, 10:10 AM
I'm just back from vacation, and in that rebellious place where my former routine looks onerous to me, and I'm open to changing up my life. In my experience, this lasts about three more hours, and then I find out all the things that I missed at work and start to regret having been absent, and feel penalized for being out of the loop.

I also desperately need a trip to the grocery store, since my fridge is empty, which leads to irregular snacking rather than solid, well-planned meals.

07-29-2013, 10:46 AM
Good morning! I'm still kinda MIA - 3 houses on the go for the rest of this week - and then I'm back to a computer on which I can see the stuff on the screen.

I am not stepping on the scale at my cousin's or here. Too much going on to worry about my weight right now.

Good week all!

Dagmar :crazy: but :dance:

Shannon in ATL
07-29-2013, 11:48 AM
Good morning all. I'm in week five of my exercise and diet push and I feel better. We made it through a DSS weekend without giving in to eating the crap that he eats and ate real food, so that feels good.

Busy week coming up, I think.

07-29-2013, 11:54 AM
Hi maintainers, think I am going to "leave early sick" and work on moving stuff this afternoon. I am in fact sick but apartment isn't going to clean and move itself.

traveling michele
07-29-2013, 11:56 AM
Bill- I find that young adult and juvenile novels tend to have the most interesting plots! Enjoy!

Shannon... I'm so glad you're seeing some results. I need to get moving so I can see some too.

Dh came back from China and said he may need to drop out of the Tough Mudder we are signed up for. His knee is wrecked and getting worse. If he drops out I probably will too. But I can't use that as an excuse not to exercise.

I have a pretty quiet week planned. Thursday is our 26th anniversary and we are going out to a decadent dinner so I'm going to work hard until then!

07-29-2013, 03:03 PM
Shannon, I'm so glad to hear about your good results.

I'm thinking of Bargoo this morning, as I didn't see any posts from her during my sporadic check-ins while I was vacationing. I hope she's resting up and receiving good care.

Shannon in ATL
07-29-2013, 03:14 PM
I've been thinking about Bargoo all weekend, too. Hope to hear something soon.

Krampus - I hate having to actually work when I'm sick. True though that things don't clean on their own. I was out sick last Monday and wound up cleaning all day. Would have gotten more rest at work.

Michele - why not stay in the Tough Mudder even if DH drops? Do you have other friends in it? I remember you enjoyed it last year.

My tomatoes have cutworms - any of the gardeners around have any suggestions?

07-29-2013, 04:05 PM
Shannon - I have never dealt with cutworms (knock on wood), but my mother had them a couple years ago. I read that by wrapping aluminum foil around the base of the plant (pushing it down below the soil line) works. It worked perfect for her!

I also have read that spreading diatomaceous earth around the plants works. If you've never heard of the stuff, read up on it. It's pretty fascinating and useful stuff. We use it in the chicken coop!

Also, I know I started a separate thread for my one year maintenance-avversary because I assume most people here that are not yet in maintenance don't read our chat thread and I want to give hope to those who might read a lone thread.

But I want to sincerely thank every single one of you here for your support, love, TOUGH-love, and counsel over the past year. I've only been with your guys a year, but I feel like I know you all so well and I love you all. I truly am not sure that I could have done this without your support!! Sp big :hug: to you guys.


Shannon in ATL
07-29-2013, 04:48 PM
Ah right Jen, I used the foil trick on my parsley last year when it got caterpilllars. That will keep them from moving to other plants. Now I just have to figure out how to get rid of the ones already there. I just read something about steeping a solution of marigold and garlic. That should smell lovely. LOL

And congrats on your maintenance anniversary! Big high five, girl! Woo!

07-29-2013, 06:46 PM
Ducking in to say hi. I think the last time I posted was about a month ago. Whoops. Highlights: work is still really busy, blah blah blah. My sea turtles have laid a record # of nests this year and I've been involved in several long training classes for grad students. I have felt that a few months of summer field work has really gotten me into better shape. I'm definitely stronger and feel leaner. I haven't bothered with the scale, but my pants fit. My sister came to visit for a long weekend with her two daughters, ages 3 and 10 months, and her husband. The girls loved the beach and the playground. It was perfect timing because I haven't seen them since Christmas, and was just thinking I can't wait until the holidays to see them again. My dog also got the award for the "most mature 3-year-old" in the room. She was so good and patient with the shrieking and teasing from my 3-yr-old niece in particular. I celebrated my birthday with friends and my boyfriend, and BF and I also celebrated our 8 year anniversary last week. Getting ready for a weekend in Mobile with my book club immediately followed by a week away for work. And all this running around has caught up with me. I finally took a sick day today after learning on Friday that trying to be tough and do field work in the heat with a bad cold is a BAD idea.

Whew. I feel like I've been busier in life, but have found more acceptance about this maintenance place I'm inhabiting. Yes my secret hope would be to be about 15 lbs thinner, but this place feels healthy without all the mental stress about it. I'm ok here.

I've been lurking occasionally, though, and am thinking of you bargoo! I'm sending you lots of good :goodvibes: and :hug:s.

And I can't believe that Jessica's girls are 3 months old already! I'm so glad they're growing and doing well.

Congrats on your anniversary, Jen!

Saef, I'm glad you enjoyed your vacation and got to do some relaxing. Your massage sounds heavenly.

Krampus, good luck moving and cleaning. It's never fun but hopefully you will end up in a better space when it's all over. Plus, moving totally counts as your workout!

Shannon, glad you got DSS to eat some real food. And high five for working out!

Dagmar, congrats on finally getting keys!

Silver, I love that you and DS are doing a butterfly survey. Are you reporting your results to anyone? Take any good pictures?

Bill, I haven't read Chomp but have enjoyed a few of Hiasson's other books. They are fun, light reads. And I think I find them even more amusing because there definitely are these types of wacky characters actually living in FL. They are always entertaining. :dizzy:

Hi to everyone else! :wave:

07-29-2013, 06:51 PM
Ah right Jen, I used the foil trick on my parsley last year when it got caterpilllars. That will keep them from moving to other plants. Now I just have to figure out how to get rid of the ones already there. I just read something about steeping a solution of marigold and garlic. That should smell lovely. LOL

A dusting of any powder containing Bt ( will help with a lot of types of caterpillars. The trick is figuring out what type you have. I have used Bt on my tomatoes for several years running for outbreaks of army hornworms. Dipel dust is one of the name brands, but Bt is the active ingredient. The nice thing is that this is an organically accepted solution that just targets particular caterpillars, and won't harm other bugs, pets, or you!

traveling michele
07-29-2013, 06:56 PM
Krampus... I must have missed your impending move? Moving locally?

Also thinking of and praying for Bargoo.

Shannon.... I'm not sure. I'll have to decide if/when the time comes.

07-29-2013, 10:35 PM
Checking back in to say hi and catch up. Not a whole lot to report except that I went to Denver for 3 days with DS#2 to celebrate the Bar Mitzvah of a longtime friend's son. It was lovely to see her and spend time with her family. They always make me feel so welcome, even when they're as clearly busy as they were this weekend with all of the out-of-town guests and last-minute arrangements. And yes, I massively overate delicious Russian food on Saturday evening, but I will simply defer getting on the scale until Wednesday of this week to avoid seeing the carb-and-salt bump up, and hopefully will not have any real poundage to account for from just one meal.

Had to google "cutworm" since I'm totally not a gardener. Icky. I'll stick to buying my tomatoes from the local farmer's market, thank you.

Saef, I too was thinking about Bargoo this week. The nurse I work with has rectal cancer and is currently undergoing both chemo and radiation treatment. She is horribly miserably sick right now and hasn't been at work for 2 weeks. I'm optimistic that Bargoo isn't feeling as bad as my nurse, but I can see first hand that cancer treatment is never pretty. Bargoo- if you're reading, hope you feel better soon!

07-30-2013, 03:18 AM
Hello all, this is my first chat post. I've been in maintenance for just over a week now :)

Shannon in ATL
07-30-2013, 11:28 AM
Welcome, Underwater! :)

Megan - thanks for the info. I'm going to get some on the way home. Happy birthday and anniversary! :)

Oh, I didn't get DSS to eat real food. That isn't happening anytime soon. I did keep DH and I from eating junk with him, though.

traveling michele
07-30-2013, 11:37 AM
Welcome underwater! Love your avatar! I'm also in the Bay Area, but in the East Bay.

07-30-2013, 11:37 AM
Welcome Underwater and a million congratulations! Wow your two picture avatars are an amazing contrast and inspiration. I actually started being with this maintenance group last year while losing over 30 pounds because I wanted to start thinking like a maintainer before I even lost the weight. The support here has been wonderful. In the past, when I got down emotionally or ate too much at a party, I would kind of give up and eventaually gain all the weight back. With the support I have received here, I've been able to stay on track even with all the times I lose focus and fall on my face. I thinki you'll find us to be a very supportive, sometimes gently confrontational in a good way, generally you'll really come to appreciate what this group can offer! So congrats again and welcome to your new life as a maintainer!!

As for me, even with all the turmoil of losing my business, both my wife and I are hanging in there emotionally and weight-wise. Losing weight slowly (which is OK) as I creep back down towards my summer weight. And BTW having a job is no more secure than having a business, lots of my friends ages 55- 63 are jobless and unemployable these days.

07-30-2013, 12:13 PM
Megan, so we're going to have a bumper crop of sea turtles this year. One thing I'd like to do in this lifetime is see the eggs hatch and watch the small turtles crawl toward the sea. Does this happen in daylight, when seabirds can swoop down and eat them, or in the evening? I've got a neighbor named Warren who does some kind of volunteer work related to the sea turtles, and it's seasonal. Maybe he attends the hatching? I've got to ask him more about this, next time I see him at a social gathering.

I'm heading down to Orlando next week for a strategic meeting, but I know how these things work, and it's like being held captive. We'll be at the Ritz Carlton in Grand Lakes, so it's captivity in comfortable surroundings, but it's still captivity. What I would want to do is drive off to a state park & go birding. There's even an analyst who'd be willing to play hooky with me. But I'm afraid my absence will be noticed.

Oh, and Neurodoc? My father was Russian Orthodox; his father even studied in seminary to become a Russian Orthodox priest, dropped out & instead became a choir director, which is a complex undertaking in that church because their music is all chants and harmonies sung a capella. Yes, I like the food, but not enough to travel to Brooklyn to eat it, though I always do have buckwheat in my pantry.

Chris, it's good to hear from you and to hear that your weight is still trending downward, even if it is happening slowly. I hear a note of hope in your voice that I like hearing.

Underwater, welcome to the world of the maintainers. I've already commented on your avatar. I like how it shows someone who's in transition. I wish my own avatar was like that because it would accurately depict my identity. Half of me still sees herself as a fat girl while the other half of me tries to live in the present. I have a lot of days when I "feel fat" no matter what the scale says.

07-30-2013, 06:05 PM
saef, just a reality check. It is unbelievably hot and humid in Florida at this time of year. I don't think you would enjoy going birding as much as you might think. This is a reason not to feel like you're being held captive in the Ritz-Carlton... You'll find out when you get here. ;)

07-31-2013, 12:08 AM
Ok, I'm going to try really hard not to beat up on myself for the next week. I just had an epic, marathon, all-evening binge session, abetted by the fact that everyone in my family is out of town (except the dog), so there were no witnesses. I haven't overeaten with this little self control in months. As usual, what did it was the wonderful feast at the Bar Mitzvah on Sat. night, giving me a taste of "forbidden freedom" followed by 2 days of restrained eating (not fasting, not even super-restrictive-under-1200-cal eating, just my standard 1500 cal/day routine) which spurred a massive pity party tonight. The standard why-can't-I-always-eat-like-that, I'm-perpetually-deprived, it's-not-fair whine in my head that I couldn't silence. And I'm "smart." Instead of binging until I hurt and can't eat anymore, I pace myself so I'm just comfortably full ALL EVENING. I bet I exceeded the calorie count of the Bar Mitzvah party (if not, I came close), and now I'm trying not to let the self-loathing overwhelm me. Every time I think I may be developing a healthier/saner attitude toward eating, I take 2 giant steps backward :>(

07-31-2013, 09:40 AM
Jay, thanks for re-framing my view of the impending offsite meeting. So it's not really captivity that I'll be experiencing, it's actually a sanctuary from Florida's August heat and humidity. I've been looking at the hotel spa's menu of services and thinking that I may get a facial or at least a manicure while I'm there, something for de-stressing and releasing the tension.

Andrea, was there any point during that binge when you could paused, faced the fork in the road between continuing or stopping, and decided either way? My life got better when I recognized those decision points, which punctuated my longer binges at regular intervals, & accepted that I was at those moments consciously deciding one way or another. The next step was deciding to stop, but that came a lot later. You're right, a binge can be an adult female tantrum. How did you deal with your kids' tantrums when they were younger? Distraction or letting them scream it out or what?

07-31-2013, 11:00 AM
Underwater, welcome aboard!

Bill, agree with you that the cooler weather makes being outside, and also sleeping, much more pleasant. Not sure about the ice cream, though! I've recently finished eating a lot more of it than usual, so I am hoping that makes it less attractive.

saef, welcome back! May the transition not be jarring. I have always tried not to bother those on their first day back from vacation. It just seems mean. Regarding the Russian Orthodox choir music - DS's choir performed one piece of that type; it took them four months to get it right, but when they did ... oh my.

dagmar, hang in there. Good strategy with the scale. Whatever it reads can be dealt with later.

Shannon, it's good to hear you sounding more positive. :hug: You're already back on track - it just hasn't sunk in as the way you live yet! Ditto Jen's suggestion on the foil. We've also used slices from paper towel tubes; the nice thing about them is by the end of the season they've broken down and can be tilled in. Diatomaceous earth is a STAPLE in our garden!

krampus, I think you're being very responsible by not spreading germs to your coworkers. ;) Get better!

michele, sorry to hear about DH's knee. Nothing is fun when it hurts to move. Congrats on the upcoming anniversary!

bargoo - thinking of you and hope you're weathering your challenges!

jen - I've really enjoyed having your perspective on the thread. Looking forward to more of your wisdom!

megan, it sounds like your head is in a great spot. I've always found my best attitudes are when I'm busy. Summer colds are awful - unless you have the time to just flop outside and let the sunshine bake your head. :p Re tomato hornworms, we control them by hand. DS gives them a quick and messy demise, usually involving a bike tire. Boys ...

andrea, my SIL came over from Belarus, so I can appreciate your temptations. I think they have elevated sour cream to an art form! Understandable frustration with the wild evening.

chris - 'tis true, there is no such thing as security. Planning for a lack of security requires a lot of creative thinking. :)

Nothing much to report; we are going to Grand Rapids to do the Color Run (5K) on Saturday, and all of my cousins are coming to my house for a barbeque on Sunday. I'm sure the week will fly by!

Shannon in ATL
07-31-2013, 12:20 PM
To those who mentioned the diatomaceous earth, what does it do? I've read about it, but not much. I'm miffed with these cutworms. They don't seem to be following the normal pattern. They didn't come in when the plant was small, but showed up and mowed the top off a healthy, tall plant and are now poking into the fruit here and there. Meh.

Becky - enjoy the color run!

Saef - I agree with Jay, in this weather I think I would enjoy the Ritz Carlton more than being outside in Fl right now. :)

Andrea - I'm sorry about the binge, and I've been there. I have no great solutions for helping with it, but I can empathize with the after effect.

Chris - I'm glad that you and your wife are settling in okay. I'm sure that something is around the corner for your guys.

Shannon in ATL
07-31-2013, 12:29 PM
Shannon, it's good to hear you sounding more positive. :hug: You're already back on track - it just hasn't sunk in as the way you live yet!

This comment also took a while after reading it to sink in. It just snapped into my head that yes, I'm already back on track and doing fine. :)

Thinking about Bargoo today.

traveling michele
07-31-2013, 01:38 PM
Thinking about Bargoo too. Today and every day.

Sorry about the binge Andrea. Hope you're feeling better now.

I hate changes to my plans. I went out to go to bikram and my car won't start. Not the end of the world but sure throws a kink in my plans. Dh must be in meetings because he isn't answering my calls or texts so I called roadside assistance and am waiting for a tow. I was supposed to meet dd for lunch after yoga and she still wants me to come. Her suggestion is that I walk to dh's work and take his truck. That might work if the tow doesn't take too long and dh gets back to me so I can use his key. The only thing I really need to do is go to the safe deposit box. Apparently you need your birth certificate in TX to get a driver's license so I'm crossing my fingers that it is in there!

Trying to stay out of the kitchen so I don't decide to graze over my frustration. At least I wasn't stranded somewhere or needing to get somewhere very important.

Shannon in ATL
07-31-2013, 02:51 PM
Michele - sorry about your car. That is aggravagting. Is your anniversary dinner tonight, too?

07-31-2013, 07:46 PM
Andrea - no beating yourself up!! If this were easy, everyone would be thin and happy all the time! You know, my DH NEVER monitors my food and would never criticize my eating but sometimes when he is gone I have the thought of "Yay! I can get away with this because I am home alone!" It's so crazy!

Michele - I have a co-worker who certainly isn't perfect, but I so admire the way she just ROLLS with any changes to her plans! Me? I get SO thrown off by things not going EXACTLY as I had them planned! Hope all works out with your car!


traveling michele
08-01-2013, 12:35 AM
Michele - sorry about your car. That is aggravagting. Is your anniversary dinner tonight, too?

Dinner is tomorrow night. I've now got a loaner as the dealer didn't have time to look at it today. Such an overall frustrating day for many reasons....

08-01-2013, 10:04 AM
Yesterday, one of my direct reports seemed preoccupied and wasn't like her usual amiable self, and when we had our one-on-one meeting, she told me that her husband had an MRI done on his head because of recent headaches, and she was worried. Later in the day, she stood before my desk asking if she could talk with me, and we walked outside of the building together, and she said the MRI had found a cyst. That was what she called it: A cyst. And I couldn't help but hug her as we stood outside. And of course, I thought of Bargoo.

I drove home thinking about how life does this to us: We're plugging along, getting our work done, running our errands, grocery shopping, saving money (or not), and then ... BANG! ... a gun goes off, and life changes suddenly and randomly.

I think of Bargoo around 5 AM, while drinking coffee in the dark at my kitchen table, after thinking about all my day's plans & stresses, and it makes my concerns seem trivial.

08-01-2013, 11:16 AM
I'm here looking for bargoo too

hi all, welcome underwater - congrats!

it's shocking how much in common we, all of us, do have

hello to all -

08-01-2013, 12:10 PM
Hoping bargoo will post soon with good news.

I celebrated being back in America for 2 years yesterday with three good friends and a HUGE ice cream sundae. I am still feeling ill and my sciatic nerve pain is probably the worst it's been today - moving an air conditioner downstairs was, while very bad-arse feeling, probably not smart given my injury which has been annoying for almost three months now.

I have felt quite down in the dumps all week and TOM was a week and a half early this month. My cold, which remained a fever and a sniffle from Friday until yesterday, is finally moving to my throat just in time for my vacation week next week. Thanks, body.

Sorry for being a grump - I just feel like this today. Not at all in the mood to play music for 2 hours past my bedtime tonight at my "band" 's first paid live show.

traveling michele
08-01-2013, 06:58 PM
Krampus-- that kitty is so cute! Sorry you are down in the dumps!

Today is my 26th anniversary. I'm enjoying much more than my 25th-- I had a colonoscopy last year on my anniversary!

Dh and I are going out to dinner and then he leaves for Houston tomorrow am to help dd finish her move.

Shannon in ATL
08-01-2013, 08:02 PM
Happy anniversary, Michele!

08-01-2013, 10:38 PM
Krampus, that is the cutest kitten photo. How old is it? I admit to thinking "oh my god, it's microwaveable" (yeah, I know, I am sick...but the paper plate made me think it, I swear).

Binging like that the other night had the predictable effect of "scaring me straight" now, and I'm back on plan. I swear I will finally get on the scale tomorrow morning (first time in a week), no matter what. And I am promising myself that I won't overreact no matter what it says. I'm in this for the long haul, and wherever my weight is tomorrow, I have the power to change it (both down and up).

On the lighter side, I'm reading a book called "Kitchen Confidential" by Anthony Bourdain. Have any of you read it? It's about a chef's career in the restaurant business. EWW. The details are enough to make me eat at home for a while.

08-02-2013, 10:32 AM
I swear I will finally get on the scale tomorrow morning (first time in a week), no matter what. And I am promising myself that I won't overreact no matter what it says. I'm in this for the long haul, and wherever my weight is tomorrow, I have the power to change it (both down and up).

Hi Andrea, I'm a long time member and Living Maintenance lurker (and on rare occasions, poster), as well a 4+ year maintainer and recovering bulimic. Every once in a while I have my own lapse, usually when super stressed out... and (I'm sure you know how this goes) the worse I make myself feel about it, the more likely that the next binge isn't too far off... The last time it happened I shrugged my shoulders and went on with life... and it's gotten a little easier.

It sounds like you have a pretty good attitude, I like what you said about being in it for the long haul! ;)

Maintain on! :carrot:

08-02-2013, 12:47 PM
To those who mentioned the diatomaceous earth, what does it do? I've read about it, but not much. I'm miffed with these cutworms. They don't seem to be following the normal pattern. They didn't come in when the plant was small, but showed up and mowed the top off a healthy, tall plant and are now poking into the fruit here and there. Meh.

Shannon - diatomaceous earth is apparently a naturally occuring substance that is DEADLY to insects and slugs but completely harmless to birds and mammals. I guess it sucks the moisture from the exoskelton? A lot of people use it in their gardens and it is a staple to most farmers. Apparently some farmers feed it to their livestock to prevent or eliminate parasites (I even saw that some PEOPLE drink it for the same reason).

In our chicken coop we use it to kill all the bugs that hang around and it also has the effect of drying things up and eliminating smells - a good thing around a lot of chicken poop LOL! I have also heard that some people use it on their dogs and cats to kill fleas.

I guess there is a form of this that is used in swimming pools and is NOT safe to ingest, so you want to make sure you get "food grade".


08-02-2013, 01:25 PM
No more grumpus today - it's Friiiiiiiday and our show went very well last night. Sure the sound and mic-ing was FUBAR and no one could hear my violin playing, but I felt very confident anyway and people appeared to be impressed that I flipped tables and carried a heavy amplifier around like it was made of styrofoam. Predictably my weight is down a bit after one day of "not eating nearly a pint of ice cream" and it's vacaaaaaaaation after today is over.

Also Dayquil has euphoriant qualities for me. I don't even need to abuse it to feel awesome.

HAHAHAHAHAHA Andrea I just googled that photo, no idea how old it is! Glad you feel back on plan though being scared is not always a fun motive.

Happy anniversary Michele - colonoscopy "not fun?" You're crazy. :P

08-03-2013, 07:06 AM
Andrea I saw Anthony Bourdain on CNN with his TV show and loved him! He's one of the "bad boys" of NYC from the punk days. The show (which has 2 names - :shrug:) is about him travelling to all sorts of exotic places and eating and cooking with the locals. He did a bit of a re-creation of Conrad's "Heart of Darkness" by chugging up the Congo, went to Iceland and got lost in a whiteout, and saw the whole process for growing and harvesting the beans we get chocolate from (cacao?).

Considering how much and how he eats (and how much alcohol he consumes) and his age I am envious of him!

Dagmar :love:

08-03-2013, 07:13 AM
I am measuring up the bathroom @ the new house and going shopping for fixtures this afternoon. DH keeps thinking I am excited about all of this shopping. NOT! I much prefer to do everything online from my house, dressed in my jammies, with a big :coffee: at hand.
But it must be done and I'm the only one available. DH is priming walls and directing the flooring removal and sub floor replacement.

Good thing we have a 3-day weekend (civic holiday on Monday) so I can catch up and then move forward.

But I AM excited :hyper: about getting the new bathroom. I'll have to take pics of the old - purple porcelain and pink and yellow paisley tile - for a giggle.

Gonna go stretch now - 2 weeks of no yoga has left me tight and creaky.

Great Saturday all!

Dagmar :dance: :yoga:

08-03-2013, 06:01 PM
Hi all,

Posting from my book club's weekend trip to Mobile, Alabama. This city has some neat things but I don't know if I'll feel the need to come again. The downtown has a lot of cute shops that are all closed on the weekend, and feels strangely empty. We're near the convention center so perhaps when there is no convention, everything's slow. A lot of the buildings remind me of New Orleans. Lots of wrought iron, huge live oaks, intricate moldings etc. We left Friday morning and I worked 12 hours Thursday trying to get things wrapped at work, struggled to get laundry done and packing was stressful bc I was so tired. Typical summer, rushed me. I don't like it. I'm ready for fall.

Saef, if you want to get out at all, maybe the am before your meetings would be best! I agree w Jay, FL is a hot muggy mess right now. Bring sunblock & hat if you plan to go outside. And water. Most species of sea turtles do hatch out under cover of night to avoid predators, but birds, raccoons, ants, ghost crabs will all eat them on the way to the water. I have huge coyote predationproblems on my beach. They cause me a lot of frustration.

Andrea, my book club read KC and it was a pick by my friend who owns a restaurant. There are some gross things in there but I did enjoy the book. I've had many friends who worked in food and try to keep good faith about how kitchens are run. Like Dagmar I marvel at his trim figure with the amount he eats, drinks, and smokes. In KC he fully admits to doing a lot of drugs in his past. But we all know skinny doesn't equate healthy.

Dagmar, enjoy your stretching. It always feels so goooood.

Krampus, glad your show went well. What type of music does your band play? Cute kitten!

Happy anniversary Michele!

Ija and Underwater, welcome!

Have a great weekend all!

traveling michele
08-03-2013, 11:27 PM
That trip sounds neat Megan! What a fun book club! Had you read a book about Mobile?

I just returned from an awkward (for me) social event. I never realize how shy I am and how much I lean on dh in these events until he isn't there. It was actually a birthday party for a one year old! But the family is quite wealthy and I don't know them well or their guests. My dd works for them which is why I was invited. The party started at 3:00. I got there about 3:15 and almost no one was there yet. By 4:00, I was ready to go and some guests had just arrived! I tried to make small talk and finally begged off at 5:30. Dd is still there as she has to stay and help clean up. I feel like such a loser that I couldn't wait to get home, put on my pjs and curl up on the couch! It was catered and Italian but I did quite well and I left before cake so that was a win I guess.