Living Maintenance - Maintainers Weekly Chat October 7 - October 13




BillBlueEyes
10-07-2013, 05:38 AM
At last we had a rainy day Sunday where the wet, fallen leaves track into the house. The all day drizzly rain makes me feel the Autumn.

We had weekend house guests so I got to do a tour of Boston. I never get tired of walking about gawking at the city. We also did the boat tour of Boston Harbor that specialized in stopping by the U.S.S. Constitution - the oldest commissioned ship in the U.S. Navy. Alas, we couldn't stop to see "Old Ironsides" due to the U.S. Government shutdown. Oh Well.


Mudpie
10-07-2013, 06:29 AM
We had a rainy weekend here too Bill. I'm really glad - no yards to worry about watering this week. It's still pouring here this morning - hope it stops before my noon walk where I have to introduce the new puppy to the street dog. I prefer to not be hampered by jacket hoods and things when doing stuff like that.

Too bad about the boat tour and so weird that your government has been hijacked by a segment of one of its own parties. :shrug:

I am going to be so glad to be back at my functional house tomorrow night!

Dagmar :rain:

ICUwishing
10-07-2013, 09:10 AM
:wave:

We had a significant amount of rain yesterday, too. We finally figured out that the weird wet spot on the basement floor (happily, near the sump) is due to our not having gutters ... due to the unfinished siding project. Ramping that one up a few notches, as it's been 10 months now and I think we keep getting bumped to the bottom of the pile because a) we're too patient and civilized to be squeaky wheels about it and b) they are working on stuff that they know they can finish quickly.

I survived my first week back to swim practices with a coached team. Family is adjusting, with minor griping.

Dagmar, IMO - it's not only one little segment causing the problem. It's the whole "my way or the highway" mindset that they are ALL in - drunk with power and feeling absolutely no need to represent the people who elected them any more. It's quite embarassing. Good luck with the puppy! :)


alinnell
10-07-2013, 09:20 AM
No rain here. It was absolutely beautiful this weekend. Well, Saturday was a tad bit windy and that stoked the fire at Camp Pendleton--we saw the plume of smoke in the distance right as it had started. Interestingly, there were a bunch of fireman "holding the boot" on the roads near the wineries so we stopped to donate and asked them about the fire as there wasn't any news on it that we could find (also we wondered why they weren't out there fighting it). Since it was at Camp Pendleton the local fire department hadn't been called in yet.

Sunday DH and I cleaned two of three back yard patios. First we blew off all the accumulated sand, dust and leaves. Then I removed cushions, soaped up all the furniture frames and scrubbed, then hosed it all off. Afterward, all the cushions got a good vacuuming before being returned to their respective frames. DH power washed one patio surface, scrubbed it with a soapy broom and rinsed and then cleaned the grill. Next weekend we'll do the fire pit patio and do a quick power wash on the pool patio (but the furniture there is all done).

My in-laws return on Saturday and we have to power wash the lot before they return. My kids are coming home--but DS is only coming for Sunday (he just HAS to go see is best friend in UCLA on Saturday). I had already planned on everyone coming for dinner on Saturday so now I have to change those plans. I'm not sure when DD and her fiance are coming but I assume either Friday night or Saturday morning.

Megan1982
10-07-2013, 09:27 AM
Morning all,

It rained here on & off all weekend from the remnants of TS Karen, but we never got any major weather. All of our tropical storm prep was a good drill, though I wish BF had been a little more worried so I could have convinced him to clean up more of his junk under the house. ;) I was generally responsible and actually got my bag packed for Bermuda and am treading water on my directorial responsibilities, since I won't have any time today to do anything extra unless I leave work early. I have a few last-minute things to finish and clean up at home, though BF will still be home so I don't have to totally clean the fridge etc. I have to get up at 3:45 AM tomorrow. I will just remind myself how nice it will be once I'm there and spending time with my Mom, even if it hurts a little in the morning. I also told BF he might have to help kick me out of bed. :tired:

I actually looked up the restrictions on the TSA website and you are allowed to bring disposable razors in your carry-on luggage. Just in case anyone was curious about the final verdict.

Bill, I always enjoy having company because it reminds me to go enjoy our attractions, too. Boston is such a neat city to walk around.

Dagmar, enjoy your own home.

Allison, your winery weekend sounds like a lot of fun. Aww, at least DS will be home for a day. They grow up so fast.

Michele, how was your weekend in Napa? Did you manage to relax and rest?

I'm not sure if I will be checking in from Bermuda or not, so if not, have a great week everyone. :)

traveling michele
10-07-2013, 10:08 AM
Megan-- are you meeting your mom in Bermuda then? Is your boyfriend going too? It sounds wonderful either way!

My weekend in Napa was amazing. We were only there 24 hours but it is so nice there. Weather was perfect. Great bed and breakfast. Amazing food. We had a massage yesterday. And dh and I got to relax and sleep a bit. Couldn't ask for more.

The only thing that would have made it perfect would be if my new car had happened. It is hopefully happening today. We were at the dealer Friday evening from 4:30 till 8:30 and were supposed to pick up our new car yesterday on the way home from Napa. The dealer was trying to obtain the car from another dealer and that dealer had put extra big expensive tires on the car which we don't want or need. So our dealer is trying to get another car delivered today. If it happens, we will go after work today to get it and sign the papers. If it doesn't, we may have to wait as dh leaves for China Wednesday and he has all day/evening work stuff tomorrow.

The only other downside to our Napa trip is my weight. It was already shockingly high before I left and it is up 3 more pounds. Of course, I'm back on track today and praying to flush some of it out.

ICUwishing
10-07-2013, 12:09 PM
Hooray!! Common ground! Solidarity (potentially, if we let it!)!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/literally-darling/everyone-feels-like-crap-in-the-dressing-room_b_4036670.html?utm_hp_ref=healthy-living&ir=Healthy%20Living

Shannon in ATL
10-07-2013, 12:30 PM
Oh I am not having a good start to my week at all. NOT AT ALL.

bargoo
10-07-2013, 01:02 PM
Megan-- are you meeting your mom in Bermuda then? Is your boyfriend going too? It sounds wonderful either way!

My weekend in Napa was amazing. We were only there 24 hours but it is so nice there. Weather was perfect. Great bed and breakfast. Amazing food. We had a massage yesterday. And dh and I got to relax and sleep a bit. Couldn't ask for more.

The only thing that would have made it perfect would be if my new car had happened. It is hopefully happening today. We were at the dealer Friday evening from 4:30 till 8:30 and were supposed to pick up our new car yesterday on the way home from Napa. The dealer was trying to obtain the car from another dealer and that dealer had put extra big expensive tires on the car which we don't want or need. So our dealer is trying to get another car delivered today. If it happens, we will go after work today to get it and sign the papers. If it doesn't, we may have to wait as dh leaves for China Wednesday and he has all day/evening work stuff tomorrow.

The only other downside to our Napa trip is my weight. It was already shockingly high before I left and it is up 3 more pounds. Of course, I'm back on track today and praying to flush some of it out.

What kind of car did you get ?

traveling michele
10-07-2013, 01:58 PM
What kind of car did you get ?

I haven't gotten it yet but it is a Jeep Grand Cherokee. Quite a bit larger than my mini cooper but it should suit our purposes better when the inlaws visit or dd visits with her service dog.

krampus
10-07-2013, 02:44 PM
Shannon I hope your week turns around!

After a weekend of re-enacting Burning Man celebrating BF and another friend's 30th birthdays in the rainy woods instead of the hot desert I am carrying around a few lbs of bloat, tired, and not happy about having to bust my butt all last-minute like for my organization's annual conference which is...WEDNESDAY. O_o Late nights ahead!

bargoo
10-07-2013, 06:41 PM
I haven't gotten it yet but it is a Jeep Grand Cherokee. Quite a bit larger than my mini cooper but it should suit our purposes better when the inlaws visit or dd visits with her service dog.

Sounds great !

saef
10-07-2013, 09:10 PM
Shannon, what happened? Food-related or stress-related? Actually, how can we tell between the two?

Though I'm not comfortable when my mother's visiting, I always feel sad and bereft when she's gone, coming home from work to an empty apartment. I know this will pass by tomorrow morning.

Unexpectedly I'll be helping to conduct job interviews, both on the phone and in my office, as the HR dept understandably doesn't want candidates to wait two weeks while I'm out on PTO all next week. I was hoping not to have to lump this into all the other tasks I've got to complete to attain escape velocity by the end of the week. But honestly yes I do think of these people whose hopes we've all raised and what it must be like to wait for word.

Mudpie
10-08-2013, 05:40 AM
Hooray!! Common ground! Solidarity (potentially, if we let it!)!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/literally-darling/everyone-feels-like-crap-in-the-dressing-room_b_4036670.html?utm_hp_ref=healthy-living&ir=Healthy%20Living

I find shopping online to be quite liberating re time saved, no humiliation in public, etc. I do have to deal with returns sometimes but certain companies have that figured out to a relatively painless level. Also with products that fit great one year and then are completely different the next. But in terms of clothes fitting I find I do best with the "outdoorsy" lines for work and play.

Now if I have to find a dress, on the other hand . . . :yikes:!

Dagmar :dizzy:

traveling michele
10-08-2013, 09:59 AM
Hope things are going better for you today Shannon.

I am the proud new owner of a Jeep Grand Cherokee. Picked it up last night and dh drove it home so I didn't drive it until this morning to work. I'll have to figure out all the bells and whistles! I started it remotely though which was really cool!

Picking it up knocked me out of another day's exercise though. I'm feeling absolutely huge. I haven't weighed this much in years-- probably 4 years. I was perfect yesterday food wise and tried to flush water weight out but I was only down .5 of a pound today. I'm hoping that I'll get to bikram today and work on the fluids. I can't believe it's all fat but that could be my harsh reality. Either way, dh leaves for China tomorrow and my book fair is next week (setting up this Friday) so I'll have ample opportunity to work on getting some pounds off. I usually lose during book fair as long as I'm careful-- I'm on my feet all day every day, moving boxes, etc. so I just have to watch my food and still get to the gym/yoga.

alinnell
10-08-2013, 11:00 AM
I'm feeling absolutely huge. I haven't weighed this much in years-- probably 4 years.

You and me, both, Michele.

And I've been spot-on with my daily calories so I don't get what's going on. I'll get my workout done today. I did skip Saturday due to our little day trip and although I didn't "work out" on Sunday, all the chores we did for three hours should have equaled a 30 minute jog!

Shannon in ATL
10-08-2013, 11:33 AM
I'm feeling absolutely huge. I haven't weighed this much in years-- probably 4 years.

You and me, both, Michele.

Me three. I got down to 139.9 two weeks ago. Today I was at 142. It is driving me insane.

DH has lost close to 30 pounds this year. He looks fantastic, feels good. Losing weight easily with dietary changes. Of course this made me snip out and pick a fight last night as I was already out of sorts from the day in general and something he said made me feel criticized for counting calories, which wasn't what he was trying to do at all. I'm trying to learn how to be generous and not jealous and to hear what is actually said without my own story behind it.

We are good friends with my neighbors across the street, hang out a lot. They just had a baby on 7/29. Sunday night their car broke down on the side of the interstate about 75 miles away from us. They called us to ask for help, DH went and picked them up in the pouring down rain. Yesterday I drove the guy back to garage where his car was towed. Long drive. Tired.

bargoo
10-08-2013, 07:39 PM
Me three. I got down to 139.9 two weeks ago. Today I was at 142. It is driving me insane.

DH has lost close to 30 pounds this year. He looks fantastic, feels good. Losing weight easily with dietary changes. Of course this made me snip out and pick a fight last night as I was already out of sorts from the day in general and something he said made me feel criticized for counting calories, which wasn't what he was trying to do at all. I'm trying to learn how to be generous and not jealous and to hear what is actually said without my own story behind it.

We are good friends with my neighbors across the street, hang out a lot. They just had a baby on 7/29. Sunday night their car broke down on the side of the interstate about 75 miles away from us. They called us to ask for help, DH went and picked them up in the pouring down rain. Yesterday I drove the guy back to garage where his car was towed. Long drive. Tired.

What good neighbors you are !

Mudpie
10-09-2013, 05:39 AM
Shannon Yes, what good neighbours you are!

Bargoo How are you doing? Is food tasting any better? And were you able to find something that's calorie dense that will help you gain a bit of weight back?

I'M HOME! :twirly: :D The dogsit was a tough one. :tired: :faint:

Now to start getting the new house together and to start packing up the old one. I can't wait to move! :dance:

And now I'm going to go and stretch - something I've truly missed being able to do for the last 10 days. :yoga:

Dagmar :spin:

Shannon in ATL
10-09-2013, 10:42 AM
Thanks Bargoo and Dagmar, I believe that we are good neighbors. Now that I'm not so tired I like that. :)

Particularly as I talk to one of my friends about her neighborhood where people on the HOA board are 'consulting attorneys' about the kids that play in the cul-de-sac and make too much noise. People people people.

Bargoo - how are you? You have been on my mind often lately.

paperclippy
10-10-2013, 07:55 AM
Good morning! My first big deadline at work is over. Phew. Things are fine otherwise, just busy busy busy. Feeling a bit out of sorts this morning because the babies only nursed for 5 mins then freaked out screaming, again. Every time I think we're past this, it starts again! Very frustrating. I feel bad for getting so angry with them about it. It's mostly Cecilia -- Allison nurses just fine unless she hears Cecilia crying. I think I need to give up on tandem nursing and do them one at a time, but I need DH to be around to keep the one who has to wait for her food calm, and usually I feed them while he's in the shower in the morning.

alinnell
10-10-2013, 09:47 AM
Good morning! We had an exceptionally cool day yesterday with a sprinkling of rain in the evening and woke to snow capped mountains. I think that officially means summer is over now.

Jessica~I understand how frustrating it can be to have a baby who doesn't cooperate with how you feel she should act. My son was difficult for the first 6 or 8 months. The worst being that he'd spend all the time nursing fussily and then projectile vomit it all back up again. Thankfully he did outgrow that and I'm sure your girls will, too.

Mudpie
10-10-2013, 09:49 AM
Good morning! My first big deadline at work is over. Phew. Things are fine otherwise, just busy busy busy. Feeling a bit out of sorts this morning because the babies only nursed for 5 mins then freaked out screaming, again. Every time I think we're past this, it starts again! Very frustrating. I feel bad for getting so angry with them about it. It's mostly Cecilia -- Allison nurses just fine unless she hears Cecilia crying. I think I need to give up on tandem nursing and do them one at a time, but I need DH to be around to keep the one who has to wait for her food calm, and usually I feed them while he's in the shower in the morning.

Could your DH bottle feed the screamy one first while you bathe, and then you feed the other while he's in the shower?

Not that I have any experience with this sort of thing at all but it generally works for kittens and puppies. :rofl:

Dagmar :dizzy:

traveling michele
10-10-2013, 10:45 AM
Jessica-- that does sound frustrating! Luckily my girls nursed happily and it was usually a relaxing time for us-- though we did have much projectile spitting up....
I'm so glad you are able to nurse them though.... I feel it is so important if you are able.

traveling michele
10-10-2013, 02:27 PM
Only I can go shopping during a fire drill!

We had a fire drill today and I was admiring someone's shoes (Toms). I went online and couldn't find them but found another cute pair (of course). Guess it's better than eating!

Mudpie
10-11-2013, 09:51 AM
This weekend is our "Thanksgiving" in Canada. It's the first time I can remember truly being thankful for most of the things in my life.

I think back to this time last year and shudder.

I am going to enjoy this truly special weekend in my life by celebrating with DH and both cats and by starting to decorate and really move in to our new home.

Dagmar :turkey: :dance:

Mudpie
10-12-2013, 05:53 AM
DH and I are doing a joint project :eek: today. I'm going to be really careful and mindful about what I say to him. He thinks his meeting with the proposed new owners of the business he works for and with their financial advisors didn't go well and he's quite depressed. :(

Now I'm not going to let him hang the curtains crooked or anything but the minimum of snippiness :angel: is in order for me today.

When morale is low in our house this :coach: and this :drill: are NOT effective for DH.

Dagmar :dance:

silverbirch
10-12-2013, 07:12 AM
Good luck, Dagmar.

And have a very happy Thanksgiving weekend.

Mudpie
10-12-2013, 02:18 PM
The new furniture came. It is totally AWESOME! My intuition about colour holds firm - two things that shouldn't have really gone together look amazing in the living room. And it's super comfy too which our old sofa, on which we all have to squeeze, is not.

It's starting to really be a home now. :woohoo:

Dagmar :dance: