Living Maintenance - Maintainers Weekly Chat December 16 - December 22




BillBlueEyes
12-16-2013, 05:34 AM
Yesterday was a great exercise day. The snow dumped on us was wet. Shoveling had to be done quickly because freezing temperatures were predicted to make the bottom layer solid ice. I did my duty. It's gone. What's not gone is now frozen to the ground.

Perhaps I can celebrate that I got all that exercise without having to pay a trainer at the gym. Now that's one ripe Pollyanna thought for a Monday morning.


Mudpie
12-16-2013, 06:19 AM
We too had a "snow gym" all weekend Bill. Our snow wasn't wet but it kept coming and coming and coming. DH wielded the snowblower for the double driveway and the neighbours (2 quite "chubby" sedentary guys) were thrilled. I cleared the foot or so off the deck and the front porch yesterday. And I cleared the front walks of both pet households I visited this weekend.

The cats supervised from inside the sliding doors at two houses and the dog rolled around crazily all over the place in the snow at the third. :lol:

Dagmar :brr:

paperclippy
12-16-2013, 08:31 AM
Good morning! My mom seems to be recovering well from her shoulder surgery. She's disappointed that she can't do all the holiday stuff she had wanted to do and that she can't come see her granddaughters, but she and my dad will probably come out in Jan or Feb instead.

We got about six inches of snow here over the weekend. I took Carter for a walk after the girls were in bed Saturday night and let him run around off the leash in the woods. Six inches isn't deep enough for him to really have a lot of fun, but he definitely liked going for a walk and sniffing around! Sad to say he probably had not had a walk in two weeks. No wonder he's been so grouchy lately. Our new goal is to have one of us take him for a short walk every evening after we put the babies to bed. He's also reclaimed the couch now that the babies are too big to sit up there safely! It's pretty cute, in the morning I come downstairs after my shower and DH is feeding the babies on the floor and Carter is curled up fast asleep on the couch.

We are starting to have to pay closer attention to where those little hands are going. Yesterday while we were feeding them carrots in their high chairs, Carter came over to try to lick up what they were dropping and C reached out and grabbed his ear. He was too occupied with licking things to mind that time but in general he will lift his lip and growl if they grab at him. I need to figure out how to teach Carter that if he doesn't want to get grabbed he needs to stay farther away from the babies, and if he doesn't like them reaching toward him he needs to just walk away, because the babies are too young to learn not to do it. In general we try to shoo Carter away while we're feeding them in any case. Also yesterday I was holding C and sat down at the kitchen table, looked away for a minute, and suddenly realized C had grabbed a pen off the table and was about to shove it in her mouth! I know we're in for a lot more when they start crawling. :lol:


ICUwishing
12-16-2013, 08:48 AM
We had about 4", I think. DS14 handled all snow removal in between study breaks. Poor kid has 3 tests this week. He needed a reminder that that means a lighter homework load over the holidays (hopefully).

jessica, agreed, it is going to get really interesting when you can no longer count on them staying where you leave them. :D

Mudpie
12-16-2013, 09:40 AM
Jessica Cater and the babies outnumber you and your DH. There will be interactions so it's best if everyone learns the word "gently" right now. Carter in particular has to learn that growling or otherwise showing any sign of aggression toward the girls is a NO, no matter what they might be doing to him.

I would suggest getting a dog trainer in there ASAP to show all of you how best to interact with each other. Explain what it is you want beforehand so any of the precious little spare time you and DH have isn't wasted with trainers who specialize in other things.

Dagmar :dizzy:

Shannon in ATL
12-16-2013, 09:41 AM
No snow here this weekend. Lots of rain and cold, but no snow. I always say I would like that kind of snow just once, then I remember out little blizzard a few years ago and change my mind.

Megan1982
12-16-2013, 09:48 AM
Morning all,

No complaints about the weather or driving conditions here. I'll just keep my mouth shut. I'm sort of like Saef in that I find it hard to be satisfied with what I do over the weekend. There's always something to be cleaned, laundry, etc. so I tell myself I've been "lazy" if I sit and say, watch TV when there are chores to be done. I did spend the weekend cleaning, crafting (I'll post a pic of my nieces gifts when they're done - making custom nameplates to hang on their doors/in rooms), and yes, more online shopping. I'm still riding high because last night I sent my sis a bunch of links to sweaters, and she actually liked two of them. She was one of my difficult ones so another gift down. I decided I didn't want the hassle of spending the whole day traveling to the city to shop without a clear shopping goal in mind, and felt like I was productive enough at home.

My office party was Saturday night and I spent many hours Saturday making a "light" recipe for the party. I don't think it was light enough. The next party is Thursday. I'm getting tired of the endless treats everywhere but am not exercising good willpower. :o Could someone please smack me?

Jessica, you know, dogs are pretty smart. I'm sure Carter will learn. I've watched my older niece train several dogs to steer clear, except during meal time when they come in for the dropped treats. It sounds like the girls' curiosity about the world around them is really kicking in! They are so cute. :D Glad your mom is doing ok.

Shoveling is good exercise! Bill, maybe you could advertise your own training services. Then when people show up, give them a shovel and point them to the driveway. If only. :dizzy:

Artic Mama, glad your headache went away and things were calm in your house yesterday.

Dagmar, my dog gets frisky enough in the cold weather. I'm sure she'd freak out if she ever saw snow (maybe one day...). I thought behind the fridge is where the gnomes live. They don't like to be disturbed.

Andrea, oh man, teaching 3 teenage boys to drive sounds scary. I don't envy you. I'm sending you calming, sanity-maintaining vibes. :goodvibes

Saef, I think you were right not to drive around in the snow. I did it for a few years before I moved south and the thought scares me now. There are a lot of people who just don't know how. I hope you got your car cleared and to work and back safely today.


We're halfway through December. We're 5 days from the winter solstice on December 21 and after that, we start getting our sunlight back. I hope everyone has a good, safe, and warm week!

alinnell
12-16-2013, 10:16 AM
No snow here! LOL We golfed both mornings and I was doing really, really well. In fact, I beat DH and MIL both days (which never happens). FIL isn't golfing. He has been having some issues with his heart racing so he went in for a stress test last week and has been ordered to "rest easy" until he sees his cardiologist on Friday when they'll schedule him for another stent placement.

Chico has once again stopped eating. It began Thursday when he'd eat a little and refuse more. I added all the enticing foods, too. Tripe, pumpkin, chicken. He'd eat one item one meal and refuse it the next meal. Sunday morning I scrambled two eggs and added a little cheese and he loved that, but Sunday night he wasn't as happy eating that and this morning refused everything except the chicken. He won't eat cottage cheese. I even mixed peanut butter into some of his food and he refused that. It was weird, however, a couple times, after refusing tripe and eggs he sniffed Misty's empty bowl, so I put some kibble out for him and he ate that. So the next meal, I started with kibble and he refused it. If anyone has any suggestions, please share.

DS is home for the next three weeks. He's happy to be home and so am I. He got his score for his first final yesterday, 97% and an A+ for the class. Two more grades will follow. Next quarter he has 5 classes (although one is only one credit and very easy).

We went to see the Hobbit yesterday. Both DS and I had similar complaints. Has anyone else seen it?

After the movie, DH was listening to his voice mails that came while we were watching. First our alarm company stating our fire alarm at the new building was going off and they were dispatching the fire company. Immediate thoughts were of the cat, Culley. Then two more voice mails from one of our employees (who is the #2 contact for the alarm company to call). He said he was on his way over and he'd call when he got there. All this happened just as the movie was letting out so it's all happening NOW. So we drive from the theater to the office getting updates as we go. First they say that it is not our building on fire, but one across the street. By the time we arrive 15 minutes later, the fire is out, the fire department has opened our office and they, with our employee, has turned off the alarm. It turns out that the fire was next to the train tracks, behind the buildings across the street. The tracks are hidden by massive tamarisk trees that are notorious for dropping huge amounts of needles and when the needles go up in fire, it takes more water than usual to get the fire out. The fire department used the hydrant in front of our building which caused our fire alarm to go off. Anyway, all was well except for one severely traumatized cat who was in his usual hiding place behind my file cabinets. He wouldn't come out so I left him some treats. Poor baby.

Arctic Mama
12-16-2013, 10:22 AM
Megan - I'm counting the days until solstice, for the sake of daylight! We're still a few hundred miles below the arctic circle, but it is dark until 10:30 am (twilight-ish, the sun is usually visible by the time we begin our schooltime) and it has completely set by 4:00. Nothing wrong with that, but even the solar noon is spent in halflight!

And it may be the weather, but I am badly struggling with my eating. Mainly eating dinner, then eating again a few hours later because I'm munchy or even downright hungry.

Some is hormonal, as my body is back to being cyclical but I'm still nursing and need more calories.

Some is related to the days - I'm up at 5 am and in bed at 9-10 pm, but I'm usually done eating by 3-4 pm. This is physiologically good, but actually not snacking while I continue to cook for my family into the evening is HARD.

Some is definitely seasonal, with the dark and cold it's easy to want to sleep and eat and not do much else. I'm trying to defeat that as much as possible.

Anyone else having seasonal munchy issues? Grr!

If I'm not pregnant again by the end of December, I've decided to throw myself back into weight loss in earnest to lose another 20–30 pounds, if I can. I hate putting off another child, but I also don't want to spend another year (this will make over three of them! out of my time trying to lose weight, as I was morbidly obese for my first two children and then progressively smaller for the next two, and whenever we have another) benched on losing more, as it were. So we'll see.

traveling michele
12-16-2013, 10:42 AM
Arctic Mama-- how many kids do you have now? 4? Do you know how many you want?

Allison-- what was wrong with the Hobbit? Haven't seen it yet but want to. Poor Cully! My dd's cat hid behind the toilet for a full month after she moved to Houston. He's been fine until the other day when he randomly got spooked and starting hiding again! He seems to be recovering after only a couple of days this time. Also, poor Chico. I'm sorry that I don't have any other suggestions. It sounds like you're offering him lots of yummy stuff.

Jessica-- yes, you probably need eyes in the back of your head now-- and sides! One memory I have of dd (that is a warning) is when she got shots at the doctor. They put a bandaid on her and we got in the elevator to leave. In the elevator we realized she was choking and couldn't breathe. Dh started the Heimlich on her and we rushed back to their office. The bandaid came out and she was fine but we chewed out the doctor's office! They should know better.

Brrr Bill-- I'm cold just thinking about your snow shoveling.

I hear you Megan on the temptations!! I decided not to go to something this weekend for many reasons-- one of which was I didn't want the food temptations.

Dh came home from China yesterday and he HATES the food over there. I told him we could go get whatever sounded good to him. Unfortunately he chose a very unhealthy choice and my weight is up 2.5 pounds today. I will be chugging the water as my choices were more or less good so I think a lot of it was sodium. My weight was finally down a smidge and now it's back up and more. So, I need to stay very focused this week.

It doesn't help that my staff party is this week. It will be tricky to exercise that day, not to mention the food porn there.

Hopefully the kids/parents don't give me any hard to resist treats this last week of school before break!

saef
12-16-2013, 11:02 AM
I was lying in bed last night dreading my morning, specifically, having to walk and drive across the slush, hard-packed snow and wet pavement that I knew would freeze hard overnight into glassy surfaces. Then I remembered that I had my YakTrax to pull on over my boots, and I slept better.

And yes, when I picked my way down the sidewalk at 5:45 AM on my usual walk to the gym, I was walking on unrelieved ice for about a half a block. But the rest was dry pavement. And the drive in was, if anything, easier than usual, with traffic a bit lighter. The amateurs aren't out on mornings like this.

So I'm feeling like I surmounted half the challenges of the day, which also makes me think Christmas & then the winter is survivable, with some planning and effort.

bargoo
12-16-2013, 12:03 PM
No snow here! LOL We golfed both mornings and I was doing really, really well. In fact, I beat DH and MIL both days (which never happens). FIL isn't golfing. He has been having some issues with his heart racing so he went in for a stress test last week and has been ordered to "rest easy" until he sees his cardiologist on Friday when they'll schedule him for another stent placement.

Chico has once again stopped eating. It began Thursday when he'd eat a little and refuse more. I added all the enticing foods, too. Tripe, pumpkin, chicken. He'd eat one item one meal and refuse it the next meal. Sunday morning I scrambled two eggs and added a little cheese and he loved that, but Sunday night he wasn't as happy eating that and this morning refused everything except the chicken. He won't eat cottage cheese. I even mixed peanut butter into some of his food and he refused that. It was weird, however, a couple times, after refusing tripe and eggs he sniffed Misty's empty bowl, so I put some kibble out for him and he ate that. So the next meal, I started with kibble and he refused it. If anyone has any suggestions, please share.

DS is home for the next three weeks. He's happy to be home and so am I. He got his score for his first final yesterday, 97% and an A+ for the class. Two more grades will follow. Next quarter he has 5 classes (although one is only one credit and very easy).

We went to see the Hobbit yesterday. Both DS and I had similar complaints. Has anyone else seen it?

After the movie, DH was listening to his voice mails that came while we were watching. First our alarm company stating our fire alarm at the new building was going off and they were dispatching the fire company. Immediate thoughts were of the cat, Culley. Then two more voice mails from one of our employees (who is the #2 contact for the alarm company to call). He said he was on his way over and he'd call when he got there. All this happened just as the movie was letting out so it's all happening NOW. So we drive from the theater to the office getting updates as we go. First they say that it is not our building on fire, but one across the street. By the time we arrive 15 minutes later, the fire is out, the fire department has opened our office and they, with our employee, has turned off the alarm. It turns out that the fire was next to the train tracks, behind the buildings across the street. The tracks are hidden by massive tamarisk trees that are notorious for dropping huge amounts of needles and when the needles go up in fire, it takes more water than usual to get the fire out. The fire department used the hydrant in front of our building which caused our fire alarm to go off. Anyway, all was well except for one severely traumatized cat who was in his usual hiding place behind my file cabinets. He wouldn't come out so I left him some treats. Poor baby.

Re: Chico, I know where he is coming from, I am in chemo and chemo has side effects one of which is loss of appetite, I have lost 26 pounds and am downright scrawny.I get hungry and food looks good but 2 bites and I can't eat another bite.The doctor is going to give me an appetite stimulant you might ask your vet about this, People do everything to encourage me to eat,that is not the problem, they just don't understand I try but just can'l eat no matter how much I try. Chico might be having the same problem.

alinnell
12-16-2013, 12:18 PM
Allison-- what was wrong with the Hobbit? Haven't seen it yet but want to. Poor Cully! My dd's cat hid behind the toilet for a full month after she moved to Houston. He's been fine until the other day when he randomly got spooked and starting hiding again! He seems to be recovering after only a couple of days this time. Also, poor Chico. I'm sorry that I don't have any other suggestions. It sounds like you're offering him lots of yummy stuff.

The cinematography is what bugged us. Too theatrical. Too up close and in your face. Too contrived. Too sunny and fun. I guess I expected more dark stuff ala Lord of the Rings. Good story, though. Long movie!

The pills that my vet prescribed for Ringo (to relax his sphincter so he can empty his bladder) are also prescribed for high blood pressure and PTSD. Since the vet only gave him 20 pills, and he's doing fine, I stopped giving them to him. Until yesterday when the in-laws brought their cats. I gave him one and he had a fabulous day! (Usually he'll hide and/or fight with the other cats.) Sometimes he acts a little loopy when I give him the meds. I'm now keeping the remaining pills for next week when DD brings her cats for us to babysit while she goes to Seattle for Christmas.

Re: Chico, I know where he is coming from, I am in chemo and chemo has side effects one of which is loss of appetite, I have lost 26 pounds and am downright scrawny.I get hungry and food looks good but 2 bites and I can't eat another bite.The doctor is going to give me an appetite stimulant you might ask your vet about this, People do everything to encourage me to eat,that is not the problem, they just don't understand I try but just can'l eat no matter how much I try. Chico might be having the same problem.

I have an appetite stimulant for him and it doesn't do much for him. I don't think the chemo is making him sick. He's been on the chemo for over 1 1/2 years and until now has never had a problem eating. I think that the spread of cancer is getting worse and that's causing his not wanting to eat.

krampus
12-16-2013, 12:21 PM
Hi maintainers!

We got about 14" of snow in the NY Capital region and I threw my back out shoveling it yesterday, but at least I cleared out a parking space on my block. My city is broke and can't afford to do a good job plowing, so it's been an adventure driving around.

Weight is up. I saw The Hobbit with BF on Saturday and we had crappy food court Chinese food for lunch. I went out with a couple friends Saturday night and had pizza and beer and dessert. Then was snowed in, shoveled and ate all day on Sunday and closed the evening by continuing to eat at a Solstice party.

This week is going to fly. So much going on. Going to my old HS's holiday concert tomorrow night, banging out crafts and cards and last minute shopping, rehearsing music and deep cleaning the apartment for my birthday party on Saturday (we are continuing our tradition of playing a Christmas concert), and figuring out what to give the cats of course :)

Rusty is SO CUTE and his scab is all healed. He also appears to look younger by the day, can't believe he's going to be three!

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saef - Glad your week is off to a good start. It always pays in hours of restful sleep to be prepared for the weather.

michele - Welcome back DH and good luck with the bonanza of sweets that will surely be shoved at you. My roommate is a preschool teacher and she gets caked, brownied, and cookied all day every day at work.

Taryl - I definitely feel like a bottomless pit in winter but it might be a self fulfilling prophecy from eating so many carbs and desserts in my case.

alinnell - I don't want to post Hobbit spoilers here but I saw it and have opinions of my own. :)

Megan - must be great to cackle as we Northerners get slammed with terrible weather! I'm envious you've checked off a "difficult" gift recipient - I am very behind on that still!

Shannon - Snow is pretty, but it's cold and wet and icy and there are awful car accidents and tons of damage from salt. :D

Becky - Glad your son cleared the snow for you. I wish I had done more to help my folks during my childhood/years at home.

Jessica - Great news that your mom is healing well after surgery!

Bill, Jessica - Snow gym indeed! Shoveling and such absolutely "counts."

Arctic Mama
12-16-2013, 12:58 PM
Michele - I have four children so far. My oldest daughter is six, then I have a five year old daughter, a three year old son, and a nine month old daughter.

As to how many more kids - as many as we can care for and are blessed with. I re-evaluate after every baby but my health has been great and I have no compelling reason to wait for another child - I've been ready for months, actually :). We cash pay our births so saving up for those is really the only mitigating factor at this point. My husband and I assume we'll have another four or five children, at least, before I hit menopause. But that assumes we have no complications in life or health :shrug:

Arctic Mama
12-16-2013, 01:01 PM
Bargoo - bummer on the appetite issues, I'm sorry you're struggling with appetite issues. Boo to chemo.

Krampus and Allison - I want to see the Hobbit so badly. We'll see if a babysitter can be scrounged up.

Saef - I hear you on surmounting the day's challenges. I feel so much better when I have most of them out of the way by late morning. It's very encouraging when things are dark and challenging!

Jessica - yay for your mom! Woohoo!

Bill - organic exercise is the best, isn't it? You get your fitness while you accomplish something necessary, all at once. I almost wish out snow was heavy and wet, though. It's the light fluff that flies right off the shovel and blows around endlessly, which makes cleaning up the 15-ish inches of it a bit tricky :(

Shannon in ATL
12-16-2013, 01:11 PM
I'm at home today waiting on the plumber who installed the sink and garbage disposal to show up. We realized this morning that the dishwasher now isn't draining, assuming it is something to do with the way he hooked it up to the new disposal. Bah. Been waiting all day and he still isn't here yet. Other than this whole dishwasher thing the new sink is fantastic, though.

traveling michele
12-16-2013, 05:48 PM
Hugs to you Bargoo. I think of you often.

Krampus-- kitty is adorable!!

Arctic Mama-- you must be one busy mama! I'm surprised you find time to come here or to worry about your weight at all!

I had to laugh at the irony today in my break room. I was trying to get to the microwave to warm up some veggies. The microwave is on the "fat" table. On the fat table today, we have multiple HUGE cakes that were made by a parent-- there's a trifle, sticky toffee pudding and many more... I couldn't get past them to warm up my healthy meal. But I did.... I should lose weight just for my Herculean effort-- right?

Arctic Mama
12-16-2013, 07:47 PM
Yes. Absolutely. That gets bonus points of weight loss karma for sure.

ICUwishing
12-17-2013, 09:49 AM
Michele, I totally agree with Taryl. There should be at least a pound of universal good will available to you. I don't know how you did it ...

shannon, I saw the pic of your sink and it's lovely! Hope the plumber is properly apologetic and quick with the repair.

Tired today. I am glad a lot of people are already gone on vacation, but it does make the few important things I have to do more difficult.

Arctic Mama
12-17-2013, 10:13 AM
Ditto the tired. I got to bed late last night and the night before, I'm going on maybe 6 hours of sleep and that won't do. It was worth it to stay up late, but the next few nights I hope we have less late evening projects and can get the kids in bed on time.

Right now I'm just nursing my coffee and trying to wake my brain up enough to finish my bible study and drag the kids out of the house to it. Stringing together words is haaaaaard *whine whine*.

traveling michele
12-17-2013, 10:29 AM
Ditto the tired. I got to bed late last night and the night before, I'm going on maybe 6 hours of sleep and that won't do. It was worth it to stay up late, but the next few nights I hope we have less late evening projects and can get the kids in bed on time.

Right now I'm just nursing my coffee and trying to wake my brain up enough to finish my bible study and drag the kids out of the house to it. Stringing together words is haaaaaard *whine whine*.

How cold is it where you are? I would think it would be very difficult to drag kids or myself out into the cold!

My great willpower resulted in a .2 gain on the scale. Sigh. I did lift weights yesterday though and that usually results in a gain. I haven't lifted in a long time due to my sciatica so I'm very sore today. My rings are still super tight as well so I'm guessing I'm retaining water too.

gardenerjoy
12-17-2013, 10:46 AM
saef: I also forgot about my YakTrax until after I initially needed them. Big help when DH brought them to me while I was shoveling our steep driveway but kept sliding away from the snow I was trying to clear!

bargoo: I'm a long-time cancer survivor (1985). I lost weight during chemo at a time when I had little to lose. I drank lots of gatorade as recommended by my oncologist. In fact, I haven't drank it since because I associate it with that time. But it was useful then.

krampus
12-17-2013, 12:23 PM
Goodness the roads are awful today. I slid off into a snowbank on my way to work. Someone somewhere must want me to live to see my 27th birthday, because I could have easily slid into three lanes of traffic but instead slid to the right. No damage to the car and I was able to turn around. But a scary start to the day! I might leave my car at work and ask BF to pick me up in his 4x4 pickup truck - it's really bad out.

michele - how cruel to make you wade through junk to heat up your lunch! Sciatica is the worst. Shoveling snow has me back to square one and sitting on tennis balls all day.

Becky, Taryl - hope you find energy somewhere somehow!

Shannon - how wide was the range of when he'd arrive? Did he get there yet?

CherryPie99
12-17-2013, 01:52 PM
Hi all!

I'm cruising along here - I got a good night's sleep last night after a week of terrible anxiety and insomnia.

It has been MISERABLY cold and we have tons of snow here. So I have been relegated to the treadmill which I hate. I know some runners consider it almost a badge of honor to run in freezing cold temps, but I just cannot do it. It was -10 this morning and it has been snowing all day.

It feels like it has been MONTHS since I've seen the sun and I'm trying to keep depression at bay. I think I'm hanging in there all things considered. Shortest day of the year is this week, right? Then it's all uphill!

Krampus - How freaking scary! So glad that you are okay!!

One of my favorite former clients that I have ever had died this week. He was a grizzled Vietnam Vet with a dirty mind, a horrific alcohol problem and a heart of GOLD. He kept in touch with me after completing my program. He was in his early 70's and died having several years sober - which is wonderful. BUT he left me a message last week on my voice mail and I didn't have a chance to get back to him and I feel horribly guilty. Just another reminder not to delay contacting people you care about - sometimes you don't get a "tomorrow". I haven't been able to make myself erase his message. Is that creepy?

Jen

traveling michele
12-17-2013, 02:44 PM
How terribly scary Krampus! Thank goodness you are okay. I would be so shook up from that experience. I was in a flash flood as a teenager (totaled the car-- it was totally under water) and I still get anxious driving in rain.

Jen-- So sorry to hear about your client. He knew you cared about him. I understand about the messages though.

Off to brave my workroom in a few minutes to eat my salad and ignore the junk. Today's gifts from kids to me have been trail mix, a Cold Stone gift card, and coffee and tea-- I will enjoy the coffee and tea at least-- my dh will eat the trail mix and my dd will use the ice cream card.

Shannon in ATL
12-17-2013, 03:23 PM
Krampus - glad you are okay! The plumber finally showed up at 2:30. The window was 9-2. It took him two minutes to repair a stupid mistake from last week. I was annoyed. Oh, do you watch Grimm? The episode last week was titled '12 Days of Krampus', which made me look up what Krampus meant. I'll never look at your avi the same way again. LOL

Mudpie
12-17-2013, 06:32 PM
Working in a snowstorm this morning. Greasy :eek: hills, snowbanks from Saturday everywhere, and garbage trucks totally blocking off the streets. I had a small spontaneous cry in my shower after work and it cut the anxiety enough that I could eventually turn my head again (my neck muscles were so tight by the end of the day that I couldn't when I got home). Another 3 months of this. SIGH.

Dagmar :tired:

saef
12-17-2013, 08:50 PM
I'm heading to bed without completing an assignment that I'd promised by close of business. I said that I'd do it yesterday, but that was before my 9 AM meeting, where my manager announced her husband had to go to the hospital for a medical procedure (turns out the poor fellow needs a cardio catheterization, and then possibly a stent or angioplasty) and she was therefore taking the rest of the day and tomorrow off. So now, in her stead I've got to handle a WebEx meeting tomorrow morning with a guest speaker and take the team out for our expensed Christmas luncheon. My taking over making the arrangements for this ate up the morning, and then I had five different planned meetings, mostly centered around training and introducing the new hire.

So that's what the tight shoulders and neck mean, huh, Dagmar? I did manage a full lifting session in the morning and thought it could also be that.

It snowed nearly all day long here. I'm very fortunate to be able to work from home on the laptop. After I'd given up on using my brain or phone voice for even a minute longer, I cleaned off my car, managed a load of laundry. I'm pretty much done in.

What, again, is so good about this season? Sometimes we've had snowless Christmases. Not this time. The winter has closed in very early. Every year I'm astonished by how brief the daylight lasts and how, once it's dark, it's really dark, and some atavistic instinct says to me, "Go straight home and don't go out again."

But Dagmar, you know there will be periods of thawing, and brilliant sun when everything looks like a fine artist's etching, and that winter is not, in its entirety, just a series of moments of striving and fighting snow banks, skidding and feeling your brakes go while the car keeps moving toward some immovable object.

Be of good cheer, all. I'm trying really hard here myself. Even though I had to cancel my visit to my therapist this afternoon due to impassable parking lots and driveways.

neurodoc
12-18-2013, 08:46 AM
So far, every day this week we've had some amount of snowfall, holding out the tantalizing hope of a snow day to my 3 boys. And every morning, the hoped-for phone alert fails to sound at 6 am. Such sorrow in the Bozann household -- at least, on the part of those under 21 :>). Since I don't get to skip work regardless, I'm quite pleased that the new director of transportation for our district has a backbone and some nerve, since the roads are kept very clear in our town in all but the heaviest storms by an army of snow-removing trucks.

Michele, for as long as I've had school-age children, our Christmas gifts to teachers have always been gift cards (and, ideally, also hand-made cards from the child though I admit that many years that doesn't happen). Do you get mostly food gifts? Or do you just mention the gifts that are food on this thread, because those are the ones that cause frustration?

I've started a new "200 minutes a week" campaign in my clinic. I'm a proselytizer for exercise, trying to educate all of my seniors (I'm a geriatric neurologist) on the importance of vigorous movement at least 30 min/day. It's striking how many people tell me that I'm asking the impossible (all of them retired). And how many tell me that they "must get at least that much" by walking around their 1000 ft home over the course of a day. Have any of you had any luck getting older family members to start moving more? If so, what worked?

Megan1982
12-18-2013, 08:49 AM
Morning all,

Same old here. I'm getting my winter itchies from sitting at the computer too much. I have things to work on, but they involve sifting through lots of old excel spreadsheets and no solid deadline for anything. :faint: Christmas presents aren't done, but are coming along. I'm disappointed that BF's present that I started the process on 2 weeks ago won't be here in time for Christmas. He insists on giving me my present before I leave so I feel bad.

My mom has been suffering from her first ever bout of sciatica over the last week. She spent 4 days in bed after my dad said she collapsed on the kitchen floor. She says she's doing a little better and went to work with a walker (they were able to borrow one) yesterday. She's 59 and I always think of her as what I will be when I get older. We look exactly the same, have similar personalities, and both walk our dogs 4 miles every day and have trouble sitting idle. I'm worried about her, but also selfishly hope she's feeling well enough to travel by Christmas.

I'm on my computer at work, so I'm NOT going to look up Krampus right now. Thank goodness I had the common sense to look up taint at home the last time this happened...

Krampus, how scary and how lucky you went into the snowbank and not the other way! Did you have your BF pick you up from work? Be safe out there!

Jessica, how is your mom feeling? What good suggestions about clothes that button in front, etc.

Saef, could you do a phone consult w your therapist if you can't make it there in person? Also does your promotion and new position come with an admin assistant? I think it should. Make it so. (jk, but it sounds like it would be nice).

Dagmar, sorry to hear about the snowstorm. It seems like this is already a snowier winter than average.

Shannon, waiting for anyone to come fix something during a business day is annoying. :dizzy: I'm glad it's fixed now.

Michele, you have definitely received some universal karma for wading through the fat table to that microwave. Stay strong. :dust:

Taryl, Mondays are hard. Sometimes Tuesdays, too. Hopefully Wednesdays isn't so bad. ;)

Jen, I'm sorry to hear about your client. You're right, you never know how much time you will have with anyone. :hug:

Back to excel spreadsheets. Have a good day all. :dz:

ICUwishing
12-18-2013, 09:47 AM
Megan, I'm pretty sure that I have a few items that aren't going to make it by Christmas. I am planning a weekend run to Ann Arbor, which has lots of very cool spots downtown where I can find neat things to pad the list. Extending rapid-recovery wishes to your mom!

bargoo, thanks for checking in. I hope the chemo is doing exactly what it's supposed to do and you can move on from it soon. :hug:

Krampus - there's no adrenalin rush quite like being out of control of a car, is there? Bet you didn't need any coffee! Very glad your slide went the right direction, if there has to be one!

Taryl, whine away. Homeschooling that pack and getting them around in the winter has to make for some incredibly full days. :)

michele, I hope your soreness is better today. I like to give Panera gift cards to teachers, as they have a wide variety of things from the good to the bad. A couple of my kid's teachers deserve something more - like a Caribbean vacation ... but I do what I can. :dizzy:

Jen, sorry to read about your client's passing. I have two books that were loaned to me by people who died before I could return them; I've now made a point of telling people NEVER to loan me books! I see nothing odd or creepy about keeping the message as long as you need to. But thanks for the reminder about not always getting a tomorrow.

Dagmar, it is truly amazing what a good cry can let loose. :hug:

saef, I'm glad you had the option to work from home. Commuting is such a crap shoot in lousy weather, and there's no time wasted worse than sitting on the freeway, IMO. You are absolutely right about treasuring the (fleeting) moments where winter is beautiful. That being said, I think I'd prefer to look at them in photos while I'm on a beach somewhere, :lol:

Andrea, if your clients could meet my Grandma, who's 93 and teaches senior aerobics 4 days a week for an hour and a half (plus water aerobics in the summer), they would be convinced. I often tell her she needs to consider some public speaking about what's possible. She's totally sharp, probably in better shape than I am, and didn't start lifting weights til she was in her late 70's, though she was always on-her-feet active. She lives in Waterford; PM me if you think she might be able to help. She is ... a powerful personality. ;)

Got a rockin' good night's sleep, and I'm looking forward to making it a good day.

traveling michele
12-18-2013, 10:10 AM
Michele, for as long as I've had school-age children, our Christmas gifts to teachers have always been gift cards (and, ideally, also hand-made cards from the child though I admit that many years that doesn't happen). Do you get mostly food gifts? Or do you just mention the gifts that are food on this thread, because those are the ones that cause frustration?



Since I'm not a classroom teacher (I'm the librarian), I don't get too many gifts. I do think the classroom teachers mostly get gift cards but if I get remembered (out of 1100 students I probably get something from 10-15), it's usually with something small. I just love getting thought of!

alinnell
12-18-2013, 10:19 AM
I'm not having a good morning. Slept fine. Work is fine. Everything is fine. Except Chico is really going downhill. He's still happy, wagging his tail, following me around, but he's hardly eating. I can give him something for a meal or two and then he refuses it. He did enjoy the chocolate covered JoJo's from Trader Joe's that we had for dessert last night. I thought them to be a bit too sweet, so I'd take a small bite and he'd get the rest. DH did the same. I've instructed DS to give him a little of everything he's eating himself this morning. I think I'll stop by the deli tonight and see what looks a bit tempting for him. Meatloaf might be good. He did enjoy half a can of cat food last night and he'll still eat a little deli turkey, but it's clearly not enough to sustain him.

Sorry if I'm a little down. It's kind of hard to contribute to the conversation when I feel so bad.

traveling michele
12-18-2013, 10:28 AM
So sorry Allison. Fur hugs and kisses to you and Chico. As long as he seems happy, keep him happy.....

ICUwishing
12-18-2013, 10:53 AM
Allison, :hug:

Megan1982
12-18-2013, 10:59 AM
:grouphug: to you and Chico Allison.

traveling michele
12-18-2013, 11:40 AM
Wow Becky! Your grandma sounds amazing! My bikram teacher was talking yesterday about her mom who is aging. Her mom is 85 and lives independently, drives, etc. I was quite impressed by her but your grandma may have her beat!

Megan-- sorry to hear about your mom. The chiropractor has really helped with my sciatica but it doesn't sound nearly as severe as your mom's. Is she seeing a doctor I assume?

And I agree Saef-- you could probably do a phone meeting with your therapist. My girls have done that. In fact, my younger dd called me last night with some confessions-- she is having a great time in college but her grades are not stellar to say the least. She said she will be contacting her therapist to start back up-- my dd is extremely gifted (genius IQ) but the balance between her intelligence and trying to fit in has been a challenge. She puts zero effort into her schoolwork and it is catching up with her. Her (our) therapist specialty is with gifted children. We didn't know that when we found him but it's been a lucky happening.

CherryPie99
12-18-2013, 12:02 PM
Allison - I am thinking about you and Chico! At least he does not appear to be in any pain! Hope you find something that he wants to eat!

Mudpie
12-18-2013, 03:44 PM
Allison :hug: to you and Chico. If it is Chico's time to go try to remember that you had a lot of good years and some extension of his time with you with the surgery and chemo. It's very hard to lose a loved pet but we can remember the good times we had with them after the grief passes.

Dagmar

saef
12-18-2013, 04:02 PM
Allison, looking in briefly at the office, thinking of Chico.

Of course, remembering my mother's loss of Fritz earlier this year. She could tell that he wasn't enjoying life and had withdrawn deeply, that he was exhausted and just eking out an existence. The blood tests confirmed what she already knew from his mien and behavior. That was what made the decision a little clearer, though it wasn't any easier.

We still miss him.

Love to you & to Chico.

alinnell
12-18-2013, 04:20 PM
I just heard back from the vet. I'm to give him Immodium to combat the bit of diarrhea he is having and I'll stop by their office on my way home to pick up an appetite stimulant. Then I'll stop at the grocery store for a bunch of items that I hope he'll eat (rotisserie chicken, meatloaf from the deli, sardines, ice cream, cookies and yogurt--all things he likes and hopefully will be excited for).

Speaking of excited, you should have seen him this morning as I was getting ready to leave for work. I think he thought this was Thursday (the day I usually bring him to the office). He wouldn't eat his treat but he was ready to hop in the car. Let's hope he'll eat tonight so he'll be happy at the office tomorrow.

BillBlueEyes
12-18-2013, 04:51 PM
Sending supportive thoughts, Allison, for you and Chico. It's tough to walk the last mile with beloved pets.

gardenerjoy
12-18-2013, 06:17 PM
After saying, here, that I was doing better with my to do lists...two days in a row, I've written completely untenable ones. I'm going to take the next hour to regroup and see if I can come up with a better plan for tomorrow.

Hugs for Allison and Chico.

alinnell
12-18-2013, 07:48 PM
I'm happy to report that Chico ate a nice dinner! A huge slice of meatloaf from the deli and the meat from the leg and thigh of a rotisserie chicken. I guess his new appetite stimulant is working.

neurodoc
12-18-2013, 08:44 PM
Becky, I would LOVE to meet your grandma. I get so much joy out of seeing "super seniors" - those who are well into their 80s or beyond, still living a full life with vitality.

Allison, I am so sorry your beloved dog is not doing well. I can only echo what others have said- enjoy the moment and take comfort in your many happy memories.

Dagmar, I'm headed up in your direction this weekend. We're going to visit my cousin in Dundas and probably go into Toronto on a couple of those days (as well as one day on Blue Mountain). Sorry the weather hasn't been more cooperative. Do you own Yak Trax? In your line of work, I imagine they would be a virtual necessity. We've had plenty of snow here in Lansing but I don't have to walk around in it all day.

Mudpie
12-19-2013, 06:20 AM
Andrea Don't know if you like art or not but this is on right now at our AGO - Art Gallery of Ontario.

http://www.ago.net/the-great-upheaval-modern-masterpieces-from-the-guggenheim-collection/

As for the Yak Trax or similar I get in and out of the car at least 40 times a day. Taking those off to drive and putting them on again to walk is too much time and trouble and frustration. I have learned to walk expecting to fall and also to still fall pretty well (I try to land on my butt or side - there's padding there :lol:) rather than relying on artificial means. I do balancing exercises with my yoga to help that too.

That's all part of my plan for staying fit and active as a senior. I have been laying the foundations for a couple of years now. My major problem will be injuries sustained now getting worse. I think there will be a lot of Aleve (or similar) in my retirement but that's OK.

Dagmar :D

Mudpie
12-19-2013, 10:01 AM
Looks like I'll be spending the pre-Christmas weekend alone. At this point that's fine with me. I don't really want to listen to DH *****ing all weekend long about his boss and he'll be so hung over Sunday night that he'll be quiet then too.

So much for "new house, new life". At least for the two of us together.

Dagmar :coolsnow:

ICUwishing
12-19-2013, 10:23 AM
Aw, Dag - :hug: Living with another human long-term ain't easy. It's good that you have some other interests and are now in a neighborhood. Sounds like an opportunity to go for a walk and maybe meet some new faces, note what landscaping has interesting winter forms, skate off to a movie that only you want to see ... or just cuddle up with a lonely book.

Andrea, "Super Senior" fits her perfectly! The woman painted her kitchen, walls AND ceiling, just last year. She's so stinkin' cute - she's 4'10" tall, with a beehive red hairdo that gets her up to about 5'4", and tells me proudly (with good reason) that she still weighs the same as she did in high school. And she can benchpress 75# 8 times, which I'm pretty sure is more than I could do right now.

traveling michele
12-19-2013, 10:23 AM
Glad Chico had a yummy meal Allison! I hope he continues to have a ravenous appetite! Is your other dog jealous (do you have another dog or am I forgetting?)?

Arctic Mama
12-19-2013, 10:24 AM
Dagmar - is it okay for me to ask what is going on, that you have so much contempt for your husband? That makes me so sad to read, it has to be hard to have that enmity in your home :(

Rough start to my morning here, primarily because I haven't been getting to bed on time but am still committed to waking up at 5:00 or so. Between being sick and now running on 5-6 hour of sleep nightly, I'm struggling to keep my eyes open this morning. It's the last day of our swimming and piano for the kids this year, and I have cookies to deliver for goody plates for the swim instructors. I'll be glad for a two or three week break! And I was bad, I ate two of the cookies and some dough, which isn't going to contribute to my feeling energetic, either. Boo!

Arctic Mama
12-19-2013, 10:26 AM
I'm so glad to hear that you got Chico to eat, Allison!

ICUwishing
12-19-2013, 10:27 AM
Allison, I'm also happy to hear Chico's eating. Meatloaf sounds pretty good to me right now, too! :drool:

alinnell
12-19-2013, 10:54 AM
Glad Chico had a yummy meal Allison! I hope he continues to have a ravenous appetite! Is your other dog jealous (do you have another dog or am I forgetting?)?

He ate well last night but is refusing everything except turkey deli meat today. I even heated up some steak tips with gravy (people food) and he won't eat that. And yes, Misty is a little jealous but she'll get over it. The cats feasted on roast beef deli meat, sardines and canned chicken this morning in addition to their usual cat food.

paperclippy
12-19-2013, 11:33 AM
Allison, I am sending good thoughts to you and Chico.

krampus
12-19-2013, 12:12 PM
HDKFHDfdhkkfhdkfhsdsdkhsdk just wrote personals to everyone and then spazzed out and closed the browser window.

Short form -

<3 to Chico and Allison and the family.

Hope everyone here can manage to escape from negativity if only for a little while today and find some peace in the chaos of Christmas mania, consumerism, terrible weather and loved ones not being the best they can be. And thank you for the support when I drove like a moron in upstate NY winter - a real "duh" moment.

Jen - BF is in Ogdensburg today with King Cuomo. Maybe you'll see him there!

Megan1982
12-19-2013, 12:16 PM
This week my office has had daily treats appearing on the conference table 25 feet from my desk. I've discovered brushing my teeth after I finish my coffee is a successful deterrent to getting a second breakfast. My willpower has been better this week but not perfect. Tonight we have BF's company's Christmas party which is hosted at a really yummy restaurant. If the buffet is the same as past years it's not overwhelming but I'll need to exercise portion control/one plate rule. I'm driving us home and working tomorrow so at least I can't drink.

Michele, my mom did go to a doctor (not sure - probably her gp) when the sciatica started to get an mri or cat scan or something to make sure she didn't have a blood clot, and I assume that is the dr who gave her some pain meds and muscle relaxers. She said she made an appt w a neurologist since it's related to nerve pain but they couldn't get her in until Jan 22. I suggested a chiropractor and she said someone else had told her that, too. I don't know if she'll try to go to a chiro this week. She's one of those "I'm too busy to go to the dr" types. She said she's slowly feeling better and went to work again yesterday.

Dagmar, I agree w Becky's suggestions. You've been needing a break. Enjoy the weekend wo DH's negativity. Curl up with the cats and read a good book, take a nice bath in your new tub, etc, and then see if any of the neighbors who came to you Christmas party want to walk around and look at lights or come over for tea.

Becky, I hope I'm a super senior like your grandmother! She sounds like a neat woman.

Taryl, sorry about the lack of sleep. I really suffer when I don't get enough and have to make it a priority, but I don't have kids to take care of so I suspect it's easier for me. I hope you get more rest soon.

Andrea, enjoy your getaway with your family. Stay warm!

Allison, I'm glad Chico had a nice dinner last night. I hope the appetite kicks back in. Maybe it's a time of day thing - maybe he didn't want breakfast but will eat again tonight. :hug:s to you guys. Did you bring him into the office today?

bargoo
12-19-2013, 01:13 PM
I'm not having a good morning. Slept fine. Work is fine. Everything is fine. Except Chico is really going downhill. He's still happy, wagging his tail, following me around, but he's hardly eating. I can give him something for a meal or two and then he refuses it. He did enjoy the chocolate covered JoJo's from Trader Joe's that we had for dessert last night. I thought them to be a bit too sweet, so I'd take a small bite and he'd get the rest. DH did the same. I've instructed DS to give him a little of everything he's eating himself this morning. I think I'll stop by the deli tonight and see what looks a bit tempting for him. Meatloaf might be good. He did enjoy half a can of cat food last night and he'll still eat a little deli turkey, but it's clearly not enough to sustain him.

Sorry if I'm a little down. It's kind of hard to contribute to the conversation when I feel so bad.

I understand how much you love that dog , sorry he has to go through this. Know that I , and others ore thinking of you at this sad time, wish I could do something to help. Does he like Greenies ? Most dogs do.

alinnell
12-19-2013, 01:21 PM
I understand how much you love that dog , sorry he has to go through this. Know that I , and others ore thinking of you at this sad time, wish I could do something to help. Does he like Greenies ? Most dogs do.

He's never liked Greenies (although the cats do). He'll eat jerky type treats and my friend sent me an Omaha steaks order for Christmas and it has two bags of jerky treats. He gets some each night.

He'll usually eat something if I take the first bite. This morning that meant two peanut butter sandwich cookies that I bought just for him. I took a nibble and he ate the rest. He does like cookies!

DH might be bringing him a couple cheeseburgers for lunch.

gardenerjoy
12-20-2013, 09:39 AM
Popping in to say Good Morning. Hope Chico is eating well today.

I have a quiet weekend planned, enjoying indoor days while we have some rainy weather.

alinnell
12-20-2013, 10:03 AM
Last night, when I announced it was time to eat, Chico ran for the utility room, hopping all over waiting for me to open the door to the garage. I offered him some dog food. Nope. Back inside I offered turkey deli meat. Nope. DH brought home some braunschweiger and he ate three small pieces of that. Then he ate a large piece of Omaha Steak's steak jerky. I offered a cookie. Nope.

This morning I scrambled two eggs, added a little cheese and fixed that on a plate with turkey deli meat and braunschweiger. He ate three small pieces of braunschweiger. Louie ate most (if not all) of the turkey deli meat and some of the eggs. Then he ate a medium piece of steak jerkey. Misty was a bit miffed that she didn't get any jerky.

When it was time to leave, once again Chico got all excited and ran for the utility room (I give treats when I leave). I offered a treat, but no, he refused.

So he's acting totally normal (not throwing up, thankfully) but he just won't eat. I'll stop and get some more jerky treats for him today and I'll pick up a rotisserie chicken, too.

traveling michele
12-20-2013, 10:30 AM
Sounds like he's feeling chipper at least Allison and eating some. It sounds like what Bargoo described with herself-- feeling hungry but then not being able to eat much.

In totally unimportant news-- I stopped by Starbucks this morning-- I'm "allowing" myself a starbucks (nonfat) latte on Friday mornings and I realized when I got there that my wallet is in my gym bag. Sigh. I usually brew my own coffee at home so I always have some at work-- none today. Hope the green tea I have here kicks in soon. Last day at school. It will be a long one.

Megan1982
12-20-2013, 11:24 AM
Morning all,

I did pretty well limiting myself to one plate of food at the Christmas party, and no dessert was served. I had 3 glasses of wine over the course of the evening (last one when we got home, I don't drive on more than two glasses and had eaten dinner after I drank them), then drank a bunch of water at home. I felt hungry for breakfast this morning and use that as a gauge that I didn't overeat, too. It was a fun party and they gave BF and all their captains really nice fleece jackets with their names embroidered on them.

Santa came early last night and brought me an iphone 5! I've resisted smart phones for years, but lately have been wanting one and BF picked up my hints. He gave it to me right before we left for dinner. What terrible timing. I had to leave it at home during dinner so I wouldn't play with it in the corner and ignore everyone.

Michele, it's my last day of work before my break, too. I fly out Monday to my sister's outside of DC, and my parents will get there before me on Saturday or Sunday. I finally finished my shopping last night, but I still have to finish making my nieces gifts. I tried to spraypaint another coat of paint on the picture frame last night and the paint got messed up, so I have to sand it down and try to fix it this weekend. If it works it's doable but it's been really hard to get the paint to stick to the frame well. This weekend I'll work on that, laundry and pack, and try to wear the dog out a little bit before I leave for a week.

Michele, not getting one's coffee is very important! I hope you make it through the day. :faint:

Allison, I'm glad Chico at least seems energetic and happy, even if he won't eat too much.

Hi Joy. Stay dry in the rain!

What is everyone up to this weekend?

bargoo
12-20-2013, 12:17 PM
Allison, Chico is not being stubborn or a picky eater , he can't help it, poor boy. You are doing everything you possibly can for him. How fortunate he has been to be a member of your family.

CherryPie99
12-20-2013, 08:51 PM
What a day this has been!!

First off I hope Chico has eaten dinner!!!

So as I type this a horrific ice storm is moving through my area. We are predicted to get ice now through SUNDAY night! And we have NO ability to heat our house and will have NO WATER should we lose power - which seems inevitable.

They announced it was coming this morning - DH has worked himself into hysteria about it. I spent this morning at work getting ZERO of my work done and instead anxiety eating my bodyweight in chocolate and other goodies piled there for the holidays.

I finally left early and we beat the ice and went grocery shopping to get what I need for Xmas and Xmas eve which I was really worried about since that was my plan for this weekend and we may be housebound now.

You would have thought that would have eased my mind but with DH acting like the apocolypse is coming, his anxiety is transferring to me and I CAN'T STOP EATING!

Grrr....thanks for letting me vent!

Jen

Valkyrie1
12-20-2013, 09:35 PM
Hey, I think you get a free eating pass with the giant ice storm approaching. Stay warm!

gardenerjoy
12-21-2013, 09:35 AM
We have a very gloomy day, but it's supposed to stick to rain so I'll consider that lucky.

alinnell
12-21-2013, 10:26 AM
Chico ate about 1/3 of the rotisserie chicken last night and has had two pieces today. I'm sending DH to Costco for another chicken. Theirs cost either $4.99 or $5.99 and are HUGE! The one from the grocery store was $6.99 and half the size.

We went to a holiday party last night that was interesting. The hostess is a huge fan of North Dakota State University and her Bison were playing football so the TV was on and she was really crazy about the game. Apparently she has not missed a home game in over two years. She goes back and forth weekly (she's dating the university president) between her job here and her school there. That's a lot of time flying if you ask me.

saef
12-21-2013, 04:43 PM
It's so warm down here today that most of the snow has melted, even in the wooded areas, and I have been walking around with a light jacket flapping open and have not even needed gloves.

For a second time, I saw "12 Years a Slave," which my mother wanted to see and which magically reappeared again in a local theater after she arrived yesterday. I'll be wracking my brains for ways to keep my mother amused during her visit. I'm not sure yet when she's leaving -- in a week? two weeks? I do not have any time off for Christmas except the day itself. I'm working every day. She reminds me of an energetic restless child and I have to think up ways to keep her occupied.

I am starting to catch a little of the Christmas spirit, here and there. Just flickers of it, and I have to protect it, like a little flame that's just caught. It's a feeling of being okay, which I don't often have.

alinnell
12-21-2013, 07:38 PM
My FIL was admitted to the hospital last night. He's been having some heart pains, but passed his stress test with flying colors. He was scheduled for an angio on Thursday, but due to his discomfort and ER admission they did it today (not his first). They placed 3 stents today in one artery and his cardiologist said that he should have failed his stress test and obviously he is strong as he needed more than he had thought (and also was thankful he went thru the ER to get an angio earlier than was scheduled). DD and her fiancÚ came for the day to celebrate Christmas with all of us, but that took a back burner. FIL has to stay overnight as it was more intensive than they thought so MIL is coming for dinner (but DD and fiancÚ have left as they have a flight to Seattle).

Meanwhile I have DD's two cats and only about 5 days worth of meds for my cat who gets stressed out with the other cats in the house.

Chico has eaten very little today but when we sat down to open presents this afternoon he high-tailed it over and wagged his tail as if he were getting a gift.

gardenerjoy
12-22-2013, 09:30 AM
alinnell: that's a lot to deal with in the midst of the holidays! Take care of yourself.

saef: I hope you and your mom can find some Christmas spirit together!

I just looked outside and it's snowing. Huh. Should have paid more attention to the weather forecast.

saef
12-22-2013, 11:19 AM
I'm taking my mother downtown to see the tree and skaters at Rockefeller Plaza, and visit the Christmas bazaar at Grand Central and Bryant Park. We don't have tickets to a show. We may catch a movie, though.

I feel like I'm running her like a dog to get her good & tired & satisfied, so she will be quieter tomorrow when she's in my apartment and I'm trying to work.

Mudpie
12-23-2013, 03:51 PM
I feel like I'm running her like a dog to get her good & tired & satisfied, so she will be quieter tomorrow when she's in my apartment and I'm trying to work.

:rofl:

Dagmar :D