Support Groups - Worldly Chicks - Feeling the Love for Ourselves and Our Friends in February

02-01-2014, 01:14 PM
Ok, here we go into a new month. Even though February is short, it's my least favorite month. By now I'm frozen stiff and I don't think I'll ever warm up. Even moreso with the winter we've had. Guess it's just a good reason to make some warm, hearty soups and kick the exercise programs into gear.

Hoping for success for all of us this month.

02-01-2014, 02:45 PM
Always a challenge trying to carry over personals from one post to the next.

Laura - happy trails and have a WONDERFUL vacation. Get some sun in for all of us! :beach: Hope you have a blast with your friends.

Ceejay - glad your labs worked out well. Boy that's some dose of Vitamin D !!!! I'd still rather be sitting on the deck in the sunshine getting it that way but oh well... If you want to count inches lost, that's great - whether it is calories or inches or just heck, counting days when you made better choices - whatever keeps you motivated I say.

Michelle - looks like you are at a conference this morning. Hope you enjoy it and leave feeling uplifted!

Annie - glad your cold cleared up. Hope you had a nice lunch with your friends.

Shad - First I give you a hand to jump back on the wagon again. If you still misbehave I'm coming after you with the prod! :lol: I did a Mel and looked up Wellington Harbour. You are right - just breaktakingly beautiful. Blue waters and mountains in the background. What a lovely place. Except for dripping ceilings. ;)

Hi Susie - hope you aren't working too hard!

Well time for me to get off the computer. I am starving and then I have to pick up a library book and then get some housework done. Been snowing all morning - they said just a trace but it's been "tracing". Oh boy - DH just announced he's making brunch - I knew if I held out long enough.... :lol: Have a good weekend ladies.

02-01-2014, 02:51 PM
Thanks Happy.
Thought I had posted yesterday but whatever, it is not there.

Laura - hope you have a great cruise. Take care and enjoy the warmth.

Happy - still freezing over there I see. We are enjoying a spell of fine sunny and temperate weather.

Ceejay - whenever we used to get run down and boils, my dad used to make us eat dried fruit - particularly currants. Seemed to work. We never had many.

Michelle - I am taking the ferry across the harbour today. I'll take the camera with me. On the other side of the harbour from Wellington is Eastbourne which is basically a dormitory suburb, but an expensive one. I am going to lunch with my nieces in-laws. Later in the month I will try to get over there for the walk to Baring Head and Pencarrow Lakes. It's supposed to be an interesting one. Lots of wildlife and for a change it is fairly flat. Most of my walking here is done on hills.

Annie - good on you for getting rid of that cold fast. Now to build up your immunity so it doesn't come back again.
Hope you had a nice lunch.

Happy is posting on top of me again I see. Thought I had lost my post, but it posted itself.

Susie - hope all is well in your neck of the woods.

My avatar, by the way is of Wellington City, in one of its good moods. I've attached some photos of Wellington. One is taken from the balcony of my apartment. Those hills to the left are where I take my walks and runs. As you can see they are fairly steep. The grey building, just behind the white building with the pink scaffolding is where I now work. Just down the road huh? and the other photo is of the front of parliament house and shows the building known as the 'Beehive'. Like all countries, we have too many politicians making too many strange decisions. And of course the last one is of the Peanut Smurf. My nieces little boy.

Gotta go. Need to do a few things before I head for the harbour this morning.

02-01-2014, 05:16 PM
Thanks for posting the pictures. What beautiful views! Seems like mom used to have me eat raisins when I'd get boils in my teen age years.

Glad you are feeling better. My nieces husband is a firm believer in Air Borne.

It's 68 degree's today but colder temperatures are on their way. It feels like March with the wind blowing. I've been tempted to make some soup. Has there been a day with out snow on the ground this winter?

My friend has finally made it. She may stay for a couple of day's and that's okay. Nothing else is new. Need to exercise and go back out to Walmart to get some band aids and raisins.

02-02-2014, 02:46 AM
just carrying over Annie's post from the January thread.

Laura Have fun for all of us.

I suck at personals right now. I am struggling with work. And passwords. Not related. Please forgive me.

Happy. Pork loin. Make slits in whatever roast. Cut up apple in half inch slices. Placr in slits Pour 1/2 cup maple syrup over. Put in cut up tatts. Carrots onions. Salt. Pepper. A little chicken broth like half cup. I use bullion chicken. 8 hours on low.

02-02-2014, 03:06 AM
Shad - what an adorable little peanut - I just LOVE that munchkin smile. Your family makes pretty babies. :queen: Wow lady - if you are running, walking, trotting those hills you are getting quite the workout. If you are planning on coming over this way, please walk in sand with lead weights as I will never be able to keep up with you and I'm not even smoking any more. :lol: I'm glad you are running again - you seem to like it. Or do you? I hope you had a nice day at the harbor. All our water is white and hard right now - would love to hear some surf.

Ceejay - 68 degrees???? Oh you make me cry. I think it got up to 18 degrees today and we were happy with that. Back in the freezer again. But February marked the end of winter in the south. Soon the forsynthia will be blooming and the sneezing season begins. Still 68 degrees. :love::goodvibes:cloud9: Please enjoy some for me. I think to your question underneath it all we still have the first snow of the season from October. For the first time since we have been here (and agreed to by the locals for a long time at least), we still have the original first snow of the season that fell in October. Once it started it never warmed up enough to really melt anything. .Been a very harsh winter.

I do hope that we can make it through to the summer season without having to worry about propane. There is a huge shortage up this way. We should be ok but I am conserving anyway. Which means I've severely cut back my use of the gas fireplace in the house. I think we should be ok, it's the people who don't pre-buy their gas on contract who are singing the blues. Of course many claim that this "shortage" is manufactured by the gas companies to take advantage of the cold weather. I don't know. I saw an article on the news they are asking the president to do something that would allow us to receive propane from other states which have it in abundance. So far we are fine and if it really got bad we could always go live in the basement which has electric baseboard heat - that would keep the main quarters warm enough not to burst the pipes but no where near comfortable enough to sit in all day. OR we could clear the snow and go sit outside around the firepit like cavemen - :lol: Only 3 and a half more months of winter - lets hope for an early spring :crossed:

Nothing much happening today. DH had a headache and I got one later too so we just took an easy day at home. He made a nice brunch of scrambled eggs, maple sausage, orange juice and we had bagels too. We've been eating the biggest meal of the day at midday which is good. He just had some cheese and sausage for dinner, I had a bag of popcorn which I probably could have made a better choice. I did try the Special K popcorn chips. They are ok, perhaps with a dip of some sort. Definitely addresses the crunch factor for reasonable calories. But I'd rather celery with some light cream cheese or peanut butter.

I watched Saturday Night Live because Melissa McCarthy was hosting and the last 2 shows she had some very funny bits. This show, not so much this time around. I would have been better off watching clips online. Won't be watching the Superbowl on Sunday either. Just not a football fan. Guess that's enough babbling for me. Goodnight all.

02-02-2014, 09:04 AM
Hello! I finally made it back. You know how my work goes. I worked until 7 p.m. Wed night, went in at 7 a.m. on Thursday, then had TOPS and then my "mom" time with my friend's girls, then Friday, I worked 8-6 p.m. I'm glad last week is over!

I posted on MFP yesterday and will today. I have a scale goal and a non-scale goal. My scale goal is at least a 5 lb loss this month and my non-scale goal is to post my food every day.

Yesterday we cleaned house and then we went to dinner...Cheesecake Factory..yummy but oh wow the calories! We did split a Cheesecake and I only ate half my meal. We had a 2 hour wait so we did a lot of walking the mall and standing. I hope it helped to burn some of those calories.

You all made me laugh with the cattle prod comment. :D It did get my butt in gear! ;)

Shad: What lovely pictures. I could feel the sunshine and warmth! And those hills! You will have such beautiful toned legs from walking/running them.

Laura: I am looking forward to hearing about your trip.

Ceejay: Thanks for explaining the Vit D you are taking. You must be really low and I'm glad your doctor is helping you.

I hope that boil clears up quickly; those can be very painful. I bet it is from all the stress you are dealing with at work. I'm not good at stress either. I just sort of shut down. Which is why I struggled the past two weeks with my DH's health issues. However I must tell myself that not eating right and not exercising is not going to change the stress issue. I'm working on that!

Happy: I have been hearing about the propane shortage. It is even in our area. Our local newspaper had an article about it and said that they are short filling tanks to try and have enough for everyone's orders. I guess that way, everyone gets something.

I have popcorn for dinner sometimes--especially when work late. It's ok every once in away.

Very nice the your DH made breakfast...good for you for holding out. ;)

Annie: We had a warm day here yesterday as well. Wasn't it wonderful?! I ran the car through the car wash and then helped DH shovel some of the snow/slush our of the drive way and off the walks. They say we will get a little more snow this week but they aren't acting like it will be a big amount. I sure hope not.

Michelle: I am sorry that I can't remember what you posted and I can't see it since it is in last months thread. I do remember that you are doing pretty well and I was thinking how nice it is that in a months time you have settled into your new job and location. It's nice to see that life does settle down in time.

Today is church this morning, need to visit DH's dad for a bit, and then I'm sending him for groceries while I take a nap! We are making chili this week so dinners are easy a couple of nights. We love the Wendy's salads (I get mine without any meat on them) and decided we will have them one night, not sure about the rest of the meals for the week. We always have a peanut butter on hand and keep a bag of raw veggies to add to meals.

We pack our lunches and they are usually those Healthy Choice or Weight Watcher meals or soup.

We will be watching the Super Bowl tonight. I'm looking forward to the commercials and the half-time show.

Tomorrow is DH's bladder scope. A bit nervous but ready to find get this done and over with for him.

He had the kidney ultrasound on Friday and he hasn't had any visible blood in his urine for 11 days.

Once they took him off the blood thinner it took exactly the amount of time that his doctor said it would take for it to go away if the blood thinner was causing it, so I'm trying to not worry and think of this as just a precautionary thing to be sure.

02-02-2014, 01:55 PM
We had a north wind yesterday so that made the air colder even in the sunshine. I'm like you I'm ready for winter to be over with. Looks like we may get some snow tonight.
We had reports of the propane gas shortages too.

I'm not completely off the charts with the vitamin D but almost. Glad dh is improving.

I'm so glad it's Sunday and Mr. Arrogance is not here. At least I have one quiet day. I hope he goes some where else tomorrow and let me have some alone time. They are letting enough maintenance pile up to keep him busy for a week at least. We'll see how this goes. But if he is up here tomorrow I'm sitting myself in our little lab area and let him have the run of things. He's already beginning to take over. At first I was upset about the fact that he has taken it upon himself to type out a written math formula and put it in every ones box, including mine. That's okay though. He's showing his true colors. His fortitude will clash one day with the other T.J. He sure would like to have my job. And if the bosses think's he worth it without a license for water treatment so be it. And sorry T.J. I've balanced the paper work for January. You can start on February.
That's enough of a whine for now. Thanks for listening.

02-02-2014, 03:11 PM
Morning all,
Another beautiful day here in Wellington. Yesterday was somewhat hazy and a northerly wind popped up while we were ferrying across the harbour, so I didn't go out on deck and take any photos. It was lovely and warm in the cabin and I had a whole banquette to myself so I spread out. The ferry stopped at Somes Island - well it is actually now called Matiu Island but the pakeha (european) name has stuck like glue so it is called both. Somes used to be a quarantine station for both animals and humans. Now it is a leisure spot. You can go out there and walk, picnic and look at the returning flora an faunu. Some of the birds out there are somewhat endangered elsewhere. So one weekend I might just take myself off out there and do some sightseeing. I was supposed to meet my niece and the baby at the wharf, but somehow we missed each other. How the heck we did that in a small beachside suburb, I don't know but we did. I got to her in-laws place and J asked me where are the others? No idea I said. So I rang the niece only to find that they were on one side of the road going one way and I had been on the other side of the road going the other way. Never the less we had a nice lunch of quiche and salad, homemade bread and apple and cinnamon muffins. Then we went walking down to the beach and had an icecream each. Mine was Nectarine and Muscovado. Absolutely yummy and probably gave me more calories in that little icecream than I had consumed in the whole of lunch. Oh well, and I just remembered I haven't put it on the tracker.

Next Thursday here is Waitangi Day - sort of New Zealand equivalent of July 4. I am going back to Brisbane on the Wednesday night and returning here on the Sunday. It will be nice to spend a couple of days at home. I am having the tooth implant checked, hope to see the optician and want to get a hair cut and colour. It will be nice to see the house again and catch up with the family and some friends.

Susie, glad to hear the DH is coming right. Seems that some drugs have some fairly nasty side effects. Not sure about my toned legs, but there are muscles there. And I don't run up them although I see the younger ones doing so. I run down them, generally due to the fact that it is easier to jog down them than walk. Large numbers of leg and back muscles come into play when going downward. It can be just as tough as going up them in some cases. I can now run all the way along Tokyo Lane which is more or less flat. It's not tremendously long - probably only about 1/4 mile.

Happy - not so sure I 'like' running. I do it because it's there and it burns calories. I try to go a little further each day, but there are days when the body just isn't right and doesn't want to do that, and other days where I feel I could run a marathon. I can't and I probably never will but that's life. I intend to bring back some of my fitness dvd's for the times I just can't make it out and about.

Ceejay - wow, this bloke certainly has made an impression on you. Hope you don't come to blows with one another.
Surprise - your mum and my dad possibly knew what they were talking about as far as boils goes. I havent had one for years and DS2 who practically lives on raisins and sultanas and ginger as his sweets has never had one and went through puberty with hardly a zit either. DS1 who always ate well, was plastered with them. Must be something in it.
Sorry to hear the job is going downhill. Just think that you have only a matter of months to go. Not long at all.

Annie - sounds like you are struggling a bit. Winter is a bad time for the blues - all that cold and lack of sun tends to wear people down.

Laura is off on her holiday. It will be over too soon for her, but I hope she has a wonderful time.

Michelle :wave:

Gotta go and get on with my day. It just looks so nice out there and I want to be out in it and not in this grey old building. Still they pay me for something so I had better go do it.

02-02-2014, 03:26 PM
Hi ladies,

Cold but very sunny day today. Someone dropped the ball at the grocery store and did not post today's sale ad so I guess I will hold off going to the grocery store until later in the week. Not much going on in my corner of the pond.

Ceejay - glad you got a day off from Mr. Arrogant. He will no doubt rise within the organization - those types tend to and will not win any popularity contests. He can have your job - you're leaving in 2 years anyhow. :lol: And if they sweeten the pot and buy you out early, is that so bad?

Susie - glad the threat of the prod snapped you back into place :rofl: The one thing I like about winter dinners is that they are the kind you can cook up ahead of time and just warm through the week. I'm sure it's more difficult for you with the hours you keep. When you get home at 7pm, who wants to spend an hour cooking up something? I guess crock potting would work well for you. I hope DH's ultrasound comes out ok - it sure sounds like the blood thinners were to blame. Isn't he going weekly to get his blood tested? Sounds like he might have been on too much medication. Has he given any more thought to the ablation procedure?

Speaking of crock pot, how was the pork roast Annie?

Interesting that everyone is having a propane shortage - I thought it was specific to up this way and our Canadian neighbors. It has been a cold long winter for many. We are hoping there will be no short fills on our tanks as we have a contract for x number of gallons which should see us through to spring.

Poor Shad - saw you on FB - here we are with a whole Sunday ahead of us and you are back at the desk, ready to start the work week. :( But then again, you get to start your weekend sooner than us. Did you get a nice harbor walk in?

I gotta stop getting up late - slept in today because I had a beastly headache. Now I am hungry and if I eat anything substantial I will mess up dinner plans. We bought steaks the other day and need to use them up. I guess I'll go have some fruit and yogurt or a half of a bagel to tide me over. I got some new granola and might add that to the yogurt because if I eat it with just milk the carbs will only make me ravenous. Later chicks.

02-02-2014, 06:31 PM
Just thinking about your comment. I hope they do offer me a buy out but I don't think they will. This guy will probably move up cause he is the bossy type and probably the brown noser too. I really don't care. If this happens it will be the third boss I will have trained. Don't want to do it again.

02-03-2014, 02:03 AM
Ah Shad - I had to look up Muscovado - a molasses brown sugar COMMONLY USED TO MAKE RUM :cheers: :hat: No wonder you liked it :lol:

Very interesting history about Australia and New Zealand and how they came to be. Must put it on my list to read up on one day. Forgive me, you haven't mentioned it and I have forgotten to ask but just how is the tooth implant coming along? Are you finished with all the dental work? Was it worth the time and effort after all? Sorry you crossed paths with the niece - how funny. Lunch sounded lovely - my kind of lunch. And if you can have it outside in the sunshine, even better. Ok, so maybe you aren't loving running, but you have always been good about pushing yourself.

Ceejay - an early buyout is a dream come true - as long as the health insurance is adequately covered, you can deal with any other expense that comes your way and can live on a lot less than you think provided you don't have champagne tastes which does not strike me that you do.

Just popping in for a minute. I'm really going to try and get to bed earlier tonight. Been hitting the sack way too late although I may have to take something to get me to sleep tonight. Talk to you tomorrow ladies.

02-03-2014, 09:32 AM
Good Morning All....

Indiana is in for another bad storm coming in at rush hour tomorrow evening. Mixed bag of ice and snow till midight then snow till 1 pm on Wednesday 4-7 inches accumulation on top of the ice. I may take the day off on Wednesday if it is that bad, then the weekend is bringing another snow storm in Sat/Sun. Yuck, I am over it. Right when Sassy has been going back outside to potty, here we go again. bleh

C is down with a very bad cold AGAIN. I told him if he doesn't start taking his vits regularly and get a dang flu shot I will no longer feel sorry for him or baby him, yeah know I will. He slept from Friday night till yesterday at 4 pm. With the exception of working 6 hours on Sat. Not even a full day. I have him on airborne, zinc mouth spray and sinus cold medicine, something should happen.

Sissy is coloring my hair tonight. My hair is growing by leaps and bounds lately. Well I guess it has been 4 weeks since my last color. And a cut Thursday night. I love it when my hair gets messed with. lol Sissy is 5 weeks away from delivery. Yeah!! Very excited to meet Royce Micheal. Jacob asked me if I would that Jacob, Mommy, Nanna and baby brudder Royce to the zoo when it gets warmer. Well of course!!

Baby boy and wife came over yesterday afternoon, I fixed a very simply dinner, steak, baked tates, broc/cauliflower, salad, fresh snapped green beans made in the pressure cooker...all was quite yummy. BB took home steak and veggies for his lunch today. Very enjoyable evening. They stayed for the first quarter of the game that the Broncos did not show up for at all. Too bady for Peyton Manning, but honestly he stunk as did the rest of the team.

SHADDIE...I just love the pictures you post of the beautiful country, and the lil smurf man is a living doll. He does kinda of resemble happy smurf! lol Yes it will probably be nice to get home for a few days...Shaddie clicking her heals together, there is no place like, no place like home!

HAPPY...the propane shortage has been all over the Indy news stations also. That and our shortage of salt and street cleaning chemicals. We will be in the same position as some of the southern states if we don't get any back up stuff from the states that are not using all of their supplies. Make have to stay home from work. My neighborhood streets are a straight sheets of ice from the icey rain we had over night on Saturday. Major roads are clear.

LAURA...soak up that sun and bring it on back sister. I expect sunny days once you return.

CHELLE..hope your weekend went great. I am sure you had a good time at the seminar. Especially with Wayne Dyar speaking, I really like him. I have read a couple of his books and also listened to a series on tape.

SUSIE...glad DH is doing better and you have set some decent goals for yourself for the month of February. Go gettem tiger!! I don't even go to restaurants that are not WW friendly enough and I would not be able to controll myself in Cheesecake Factory. Right now I am loving Applebees and their 550 or less meals, they are filling and quite enough to eat. Tastes delish!! least there is a light at the end of your work tunnell with retirement not too far down the road. Then you will not have to put up with men like the trainee. Funny you train your bosses and they get the pay for it. SOmething wrong with that picture.

That about does it for me, better hunker down and get busy. I very much dislike this place more and more....

Have a marvy Monday!!


02-03-2014, 12:38 PM
Happy February ladies,

Sorry I'm a couple days late in getting here. I had a very busy weekend. I went to the "I Can Do It" conference which was held just a couple miles from my home. Wayne Dyer, and a dozen other amazing authors spoke. It was two days of positivity. Other than my wonderful 50th birthday do-over weekend last September, it was the best weekend I've had in a very long time.

When I got home both evenings, I was exhausted, and just relaxed and re-read the notes I took from the conference. There's another conference coming up in March, specifically for writers who want to get published, and I'm considering attending that one as well.

I'll try and catch up with what y'all have been up to later today. I'm sure Laura is having a wonderful time on her cruise! Sounds like Ceejay and Annie are having a rough time at work.

Sending love and hugs to all,

02-03-2014, 01:26 PM
Good morning all,

Sounds like those of you south of me are going to get pounded with the weather. :( It never occurred to me that besides the propane shortage there might be a (road) salt shortage too. :yikes: what a toll this beastly winter is having on all of us. I remember one year in Chicago where they were having budget issues and after several mild winters, opted to buy only a small amount of salt for the upcoming winter. Turns out it was an awful winter, very snowy and of course they ran out of salt early. Roads were horrible to navigate. We're ok up here - they keep the main roads fairly clean, the roads in town are "ok" and we are the very last to get plowed on our road here. We are getting a bit miffed at that - sometimes takes 3 days for them to get to us. I shudder to think what would happen if we got a 20 incher. Seems to me that when we have a winter after an El Nino or is it Nina - one is warmer, one is colder - it always seems to have a lot more cold and precipitation. I think we will all collectively welcome spring this year. I was looking at some pictures on my computer and came across the garden from last spring. I've been looking at a white yard for so long it looked funny to see a green one. :lol:

Annie - I certainly hope you don't get all the snow they predict. :( I can understand your frustration with everything. Don't let it get to you. Sorry to hear that C is sick again. I'm not big on flu shots BUT when you have a job dealing with the public and their dirty nasty germs, I am all about getting the shot. I did this year and last because of working the popcorn place and the thrift shop and touching money which is notoriously dirty among other things. I would think running in an out of the truck in cold weather, working in stores - he is always around junk. You just dose him up with some Missus Annie's Sure Fire Cold Prevention and whack him :rollpin: if he doesn't mind you. :lol: Sorry work is a pain too - unfortunately the only thing I kept remembering was the famous saying that someone's new opportunity (starting a new job all excited) was someone ELSE's crappy job they just ditched :lol: Moral of the story - it's no better anywhere else. I thank the Lord each and every night that I am blessed to be away from that crap as I surely had reached the end of my rope with the B*S* - I wish you strength. How nice to get treated to a head spa day with Sissy! I take it the hair dye smell doesn't bother her at this point. And she does a great job from your pictures. I'm getting mine done on the 13th and I can't wait - roots seemed to pop out all at once. :o

Michelle - I'm glad you had such an uplifting weekend. Sometimes when I read some particularly good stuff, I am reminded that we all need some positive motivation no matter where we find it. And you are probably in a better location now to be able to take advantage of conferences like that. Will be nice to have the writing workshop to look forward to. I should get back to writing myself.

I changed up my weight loss goal in MFP. Had it at one pound a week and I think that's too many calories for me to lose anything. Weight was the same as last week. At least I didn't have any salt bombs on Sunday for a change :lol: Even though my knee is giving me lots of problems including pain which wakes me up in the night and disrupts my sleep, I am making a personal challenge to drink more water, less soda and incorporate more exercise into my week ahead.

With that, I'm going to start my day. Have a good one ladies. Hello to the rest of the chicks.

02-03-2014, 04:04 PM
HAPPY.... They have upped the snow for Indy. 6-10" Can I say how excited I am for that..NOT! I try to keep my calories at 1200. but some days I do not make to 1200. Especially with all this shoveling this winter. I expect to be doing more of it this week into the weekend. Bleh. My ankle is killing me today which I leave it up to the pending snow storm coming either that or my cortizone shot has completely worn off. How are your aches and pains with all your snowy cold weather. Sounds like your knee is giving you enough fits for everyone. Yes I need to up my water intake, however I have been drinking a lot of iced green tea/passionfruit. I like it, but get tired of drinking it. I mailed you a surprise expect it by week's end or so.

CHELLE....glad the weekend went well. I also mailed you a surprise this past Friday, you should get it sometime mid week. Not a big deal either one but just a little fun.

Later chickies.

02-03-2014, 06:57 PM
I have the building to myself for a couple of hours. What a bang we got yesterday afternoon! We had been getting rain never thought about it freezing but it was all over every thing. Last night the power went out at work when I was downstairs trying to get the frozen lock off the gate. I could see how to get inside the building and part of the way up the stairs but I had to feel the way around the control room to get to the lanterns. then I had light. Then the phone started to ring. I had a headache when I got home.
The tree's were beautiful on the way in to work. And I found out that I have all wheel drive in my Rav4. I knew I couldn't make it up the incline on my street and started up the other which would have been okay but I had to stop for traffic. I did a turn around, I didn't try to, at the corner and went down to the next street which was flat. My car kept telling me to turn on the slippery when wet button. I did and my drive in was a lot smoother. They told me that was all wheel drive. That was something unexpected.
We still have ice on the trees and power lines.
And by the way my attitude has changed a lot since my last posting.
And we got our W2 forms today. :woohoo:
Don't blame you for not going in to work tomorrow. I know every one is getting excited about the new baby. Thank for mentioning the fact that there's something wrong with that picture. My main problem is I'm not male. I've pushed some things on him today that I don't think he's interested in. He found an excuse not to do it. He missed a couple of rounds because of it too. We have two more weather systems coming this week too. I dread it especially if it's ice. Hope C. is feeling better.

I'm still going to see about retirement but they don't know about it. No harm in checking into things. I still don't have the time to post my food but I will starting at lunch tomorrow, if he goes to lunch.

Think I would take the class about the publishing part also. Always good to know what has to be done.

I'm envious of Laura somewhere on a beach or ship. Hi Susie :wave:

02-03-2014, 09:15 PM
Short post. It has been a long day. We got good news with John's procedures. His bladder and kidneys show no sign of cancer and the checked his prostrate too and it is good to. He does have prostrate stones. The are similar to kidney stones. The urologist said they are nothing to worry about and we will talk about them and some meds for them when we see him in a couple of weeks.

I will do personals tomorrow.

02-04-2014, 10:37 AM
Good Morning, hunkering down for the big snow storm to come in this afternoon and tomorrow, lucky LAURA she will miss this one. Wish I was in the sun and fun too! happy to hear DHs procedures came out ok. Never heard of prostrate stones but good to get those taken care of also.

CEEG...Not working from yet and don't plan on it. If they shut down our site, then I am shut down at home too! lol. Glad you had a bit of peace at work. Usually people eventually hang themselves when they do not do their work. Give the arrogant b*tt time a rope!

Going to try to catch up my desk just in case of a closure tomorrow. Then maybe not so hectic when I come back in.

Noting new to report...hello all you lovely ladies. Make it a terrific Tuesday!


02-04-2014, 11:23 AM
Morning ladies,

Quickie post for me. I have to go into the shop this morning so just breezin' the headlines as I down my coffee. Nothing much going on here - thank goodness. We are chilly but sunny and at least we aren't facing the snow dump that many of you are. Right about now I'd be ready to burn the stuff so my heart goes out to you. Just be careful shoveling the stuff. My sister finally gave up and got a snowblower - got tired of shoveling out the big mess the street plow made at the end of her driveway - several times a day.

Annie - stay warm - maybe you can sneak in a nap. I'd say if the office is closed, you don't have to work from home either. Hope your foot is not hurting you too bad - a warm soak helps, especially if you ice it for a bit too. Sometimes I just freeze a water bottle and then roll my foot on it and it helps.

Susie - if you were thinking cancer, no wonder you guys were freaking out. Glad to hear it's not. I used to think it was just kidney stones but I guess you can get all kinds of stones - bladder, kidney and now prostate. Makes me glad I'm not a guy - just like cats - the males seem to have more issues but then again, we have that female stuff to deal with.

Ceejay - I take it you have a button on the car with extra oomph for bad weather? I was always glad we had the 4Runner with 4 wheel drive when down there except 4 wheel drive doesn't help on ice. Be careful.

Hello to the rest of the chicks, I need to get a move on. :wave:

02-04-2014, 01:01 PM
HAPPY/SUSIE...come to think of it, the kids babysitter when little had liver stones. Those were as painful as kidney stones, which I have had twice and don't care to ever, ever have again. No thank you.

C will be home at 2:30 today. For a couple of reasons. His cold and the snow coming in.

later gaters

02-04-2014, 03:02 PM
Woke up with a took some meds and went back to bed. I'm feeling better now so I'm going to get dressed and go into work for the afternoon.

Sorry I'm so far behind on personals. I hope to catch up tonight. All my free time has been spent working on the video montage for my friend's 50th b'day...actually that's not even true...I've spent all the time working on making a medley of some songs for the audio portion of the video. Hopefully my friend who is throwing the party for his wife likes how it turned out.

Stay safe and warm all my Midwestern friends! Laura picked a good week to go on a cruise.

Love to all,

02-04-2014, 10:31 PM
afternoon all,
Back at the airport on the way to Brisbane for a 4 day or rather 3 1/2 day break. Got appointments lined up for Thursday and Saturday and hopefully will get to see some family and friends after those.

Not much to report here. I will try to get to personals later. Having some trouble connecting to the Wi-Fi here and getting onto this site. Rather than lose it, I'll make it awful short.

02-04-2014, 10:38 PM
I've had an awful day at work due to our ice storm. Be back later when things calm down.

02-05-2014, 12:03 AM
We are getting slammed with snow, ice, and sleet. I can work from home when it is weather like this but DH can't. With this ice we are hearing, I am telling him to just plan on taking a vacation day. I want us both safe. ICE scares me.

Ceejay: sorry to hear your day was a tough one at work. Between the weather and training the new know-it-all guy, I can imagine you feel like you are at the end of your rope. Tie a knot in it and hang on tight. Tomorrow is another day, or so said Scarlett! (((((Hugs)))).

Michelle, sorry to hear about the headache. Maybe you have been in front of the computer to long with working on the video. Remember to get up and move every once in a while and roll those shoulders.

Happy: were you busy in the shop today? In a earlier post you asked me if they were not checking my DH's blood levels while he was on the blood thinner . He was on one of the new ones where you don't get checked, not like with cumidan.
Yes we were thinking cancer as they told us they were doing the test was to be sure there weren't tumors there that the blood thinners were aggravating. It was nerve racking for sure. But happy for the outcome!

Shad, I am missing you on MFP. I hope your break from work is going well.

02-05-2014, 03:01 PM
Happy Hump Day ladies,

Wow! I'm the first one in today, and it's 11 am Pacific time! I hope you all are warm and safe.

Ever since my fantastic weekend at the conference, I've felt very run down. I thought relaxing Monday and Tuesday evenings would help, and it did...but not enough. So I've cleared my evening calendar for the remainder of the week, with the exception of the poker game on Friday evening.

It rained here on Sunday, which was wonderful! And it's supposed to rain tonight and into tomorrow morning...and maybe again on the weekend. We really need the no one is complaining. I just hope the rain doesn't turn drivers into idiots on the freeways.

An update on my friend who has cancer...he's going to have to take disability retirement which was a bit of a shock to him. But he can't sit for long stretches now and will probably never be able to sit for more than a couple hours at a stretch without lying down, so he can't return to work. He's going to have a needle biopsy next week, and then the surgery to remove his new tumor will be sometime after that.


Happy - You are having a brutal winter! Especially if you still have your first snowfall on the ground. I do not envy my friends (including you lot) in the Midwest. I'm glad I got out when I did. We aren't having the upper 60s temps that Ceejay is having. But it's around upper 30s overnight and into the upper 50s by mid-day. I will most definitely enjoy it for you. I hope you don't run out of propane. As for your comment about me being in a better location to enjoy conferences and good stuff like that, you're right. San Jose/Silicon Valley gets lots of great conferences/events, and the ones we don't get in San Jose, we can get in SF, which is an hour away. Living in WI, it always seemed that the best events went to Chicago and to drive to Downtown Chicago and fight the traffic, as you know, is no fun...and adding unpredictable winter weather...meant I didn't go to Chicago very often...or when I did, it was to the suburbs to see friends. I'm still waffling about the writing workshop. It's a bit pricey. :dunno:

Shad - What a lovely avatar! Beautiful hills to take your walks and runs. I will take photos of the hills near my work, but they are more brown and sparse with trees...usually this time of year they are green...they just get brown in the summer. Thanks for sharing the photos. I like the architecture of the parliament house and the "beehive" building is interesting! Somes/Matiu Island sounds lovely. Peanut Smurf is adorable! Happy is right, your family does make pretty babies! Your lunch with your niece and the in-laws sounds very nice. Speaking of beehives...when you suggested I get honey at the health food store awhile back, well, I'm still learning my way around San Jose so I don't know where all the shops are...other than downtown where it's impossible to park. But it turns out a co-worker of mine is a beekeeper. He lives in the nearby mountains and the honey he collects from his bees is a Star Thistle blend and is VERY yummy. I don't know if it has all the special properties of the ones you recommended...but I really like it. I purchased two jars and am nearly through my first jar. I use it in my tea 2 or 3 times per day while at work. You're doing a great job with the walking, hiking and running! Good on ya'! I hope you have a wonderful few days at home! :D

Ceejay - When I got this last cold, I was taking Zicam. They have a crystals pouch that you let dissolve on your tongue (and then don't drink anything for 15 minutes). I swear it helped me get over my cold much faster than usual. I'm glad you were able to enjoy work on Sunday without Mr. Arrogance. I used to have to deal with arrogant "baby geeks" as I call them...usually guys in their early 20s either still in or fresh out of college trying to tell me that the error I'm seeing which plainly states it's in the part of the code they wrote couldn't possibly be anything they did wrong. To which I used to say, "I've been programming since you were in diapers...I think I'm understanding the error message correctly." Sure enough, they fixed their code and everything worked fine. Oh no, sounds like you had an awful night at work with between the freezing rain and the power outage. It's no wonder you had a headache. And to hit icy patches on your way into work! Scary! I'm glad you have all wheel drive in your Rav4.

Annie - Thanks for the pork loin recipe and the recipe book! Do you peel the apple before you cut it up in half inch slices and place the slices in the slits? Yikes, Annie! Was the storm as bad as predicted? 6-10" on top of ICE! Be careful, girlfriend. Once C gets healthy enough to get a flu shot, he should get one. This season's shot has the H1N1 in it, and people are dying of that out here (the H1N1 virus, not the flu shot).

Susie - Good for you on posting both a scale and a non-scale goal! I'm glad your DH's procedures went well and yielded good news.

I sure hope the Midwest and Eastern states have enough propane AND road salt/chemicals to last through the winter. Southeastern WI had a salt shortage one winter and had to use sand...but that doesn't work as well.

Sending all my Worldly friends in the Midwest prayers for safety and warmth. I hope you all are ok.

Much love and many hugs,

02-05-2014, 06:34 PM
I told the new guy that he had run of the plant today, but as usual stays on his cell phone to long while doing another job. He was doing a back wash procedure today and was texting and wasn't watching his control panel. I happened to look over at the filter and said it's about to run over. It probably did out back. It was about three inches from the top of the filter. He was highly embarrassed. I didn't say anything to him just helped get the filter back under control.
My co-worker L's brother who is a line man was helping our line men with the electric outages, slipped and fell off the truck onto the concrete. He's hurt badly. She called and asked if I could work for her if and when they had do surgery on him to repair the broken collar bone.
I'm going to have to tell B about the filter not closing but I'm not going to say any thing about why. If they watch the camera they will see.
More later

02-05-2014, 09:37 PM
Hi. I worked from home today. He had 5 inches of snow with 1 inch of ice over it. DH went to work but didn't go into work until 9 a.m.

We decided to cancel TOPS tomorro night. I am not sad, as I think I would have been up a bit. Now I need to get busy and work towards a good loss next week.

Was everyone surpises with 3fat chicks new look? I wasn't sure I was in the right place.

Michelle: I have been hearig about how the rain you all are getting is welcomed. Is the migraine still hanging around? I hope it is gone.

I am sorry to hear that your friend who has cancer is going to have to do on DB. How is he taking it?

Ceejay: I think you are handling this work situation very well. Like they say...give them enough rope to hang themselves.

I hope everyone else is doing good. It's really quiet here today.

02-05-2014, 09:59 PM
New look - can't see no new look Susie. Must have missed my rollout or maybe it will just take longer to get here.

I'm still posting on MFP. Didn't for a couple of days, but am coming back slowly. Bit of a problem when you are away from your own kitchen and have no idea what's in the food you are eating.

Back later. Appointment to ensure the implant is fine soon. Gotta get on with the day.

02-06-2014, 02:28 AM
Hi all,

Sorry I didn't get in earlier. Our older cat Meadow had been barfing a bit and at first we didn't think much of it .ie occasional hair ball. She has longer hair and is still kind of skittish so you might get 8 passes at her with a brush if you are lucky. However late in the evening she was really sick - we found a couple of spots and Wednesday morning we were horrified to find a huge clump of blood in the litter box as well as more messes on the floor. We had to catch her and get her to the vet. Nina had problems with too few bacteria in her digestive system and apparently Meadow has too much. It's just the way they are - looked much worse than it was. They gave the poor girl an antibiotics shot, some fluids because she was dehydrated and another shot of some kind. They also clipped her nails as she is not in the mood to let us do it. Once we knew she would be ok, we were able to relax a bit (I had feared for the worst). As they were giving her an IV the fluids build up under the skin (as happens with cats) and she started to develop a large bulge at the neck which resembled a hump back. She already has protruding eyes which DH calls Marty Feldman eyes. With the hump back she was a perfect I-gor (from the movie Young Frankenstein).

She came home and hid under the bed most of the day but finally came out and had a bit of food and a drink. She is relaxing now on a special soft bed I made for her. Her sister caught one blink of the cat carrier and disappeared all the while DH was gone. She sat with her sister a bit, not sure if she was concerned or just wanted to chase her around as usual. $300 vet bill we did not need this month as the insurances are due as well as taxes so it's a short month with large bills. But we are both glad she is ok.

Then I had to fuss around and take care of some bills, question some credit charges and make sure I got 2 refunds that were due me. I watched American Idol for the first time in several seasons and I'm not sure why. That show doesn't hold the appeal to me it once did. Not that I watched it either but reading the press all over the internet I am again disappointed in The Biggest Loser Winner. A girl who was 5 foot 4 or 5 foot 5 lost 150 pounds and dieted down from a size 20 to a size 0 at 105 pounds. I am 5 inches shorter than her and I once weighed 106 pounds and was too skinny so I can't even imagine what she must have looked like. It's not about responsible weight loss, it's about who can pull the most tricks out of their bag to win the $250,000 at the end of the show. They get really big contestants with a lot to lose so someone who has 60 pounds to lose has no chance of staying on the show and now they are back to starvation, dehydration and holding your breath when you get on the scales for maximum loss. It's just wrong in my opinion and downright dangerous. I heard they are thinking of changing things in the next season and I hope they do. And that's all I have to say about that. It's supposed to be bitterly cold tomorrow - a high temp of 0F. I have my yoga class in the morning and then I have to walk to the thrift shop for my afternoon shift. Brrrrr. Not looking forward to that. Thursday is DH's birthday. He is 64. I don't know how he got so old :lol3: :lol: :rofl: I made a nice bbq rib dinner tonight that he enjoyed - I would not have had enough time to cook it tomorrow. He can have the left overs if he wants something fancy again :^:

Annie - :thanks: thank you so much for the cookbook. :hug: I love your comments and I enjoyed looking at the recipes. Thank you that not all of them are spicy and I WILL be trying a few. What a great idea! I'm sorry you had so much shoveling to do - I heard it was awful. At least you burned enough calories for the week but please take care of your back and your foot - is the cold bothering it much?

Shad - they changed the home page on 3FC - didn't change the content much, just the fonts and some of the graphics. Being naturally suspicious as I am, I too was a little off put when I entered the web address and saw the new page (hacked?) but no, just a spiffed up look. Glad you are back logging on MFG again - I agree - I have had things like the Chinese buffet where I just have to wing it for guestimating calories. Do what you can. Happy homefront - hope you get a lot done in your trip home. Glad to be out of the rain and wind?

Susie - you be careful too with that yucky weather. Trying to clean snow with ice on top is a real bear. That's really scary about DH not having his blood tested - guess that's a good reason why it's better to keep checking things, especially if something could have been detected earlier and alleviated time, expense and WORRY from you. I agree with your thinking on the TOPS meeting - consider it a reprieve and do well this week so that you have a happy weigh in next week. ;)

Ceejay - one of the things I have had to accept in my last job and even here at the thrift shop is that people are not going to be as conscientious as you would be. Yes, they are going to have their heads buried in their cell phones and will be ignoring the work they are getting paid to do. Sometimes there will be problems, most often they will get a finger wag if that. You have to let them suffer their own consequences. It's the "new normal" now and I think it's a sad state of affairs but it's the way it is. Just do your job, keep your tracks covered, teach him the right way and thank God that you will not have to work under him for the next 10 years :lol3: :frypan::crazy:

Michelle - I'm sorry to hear of your friend's early retirement - sometimes when things like that happen, it's like having to face your issues head on. Hopefully you can find some words of encouragement for him. Glad it's finally raining - ok yes, I am running a loop of "It Never Rains in California" over and over in my head. Glad I like that song. I'm surprised they didn't have more seminars in Milwaukee. I agree with you, I would not like the Chicago seminars because they could be anywhere across the city and suburbs and who wants to drive in that?

I agree with the others, Laura picked a great time to go on vacation. Hope she is having fun.

Time for me to hit the hay. Have a good night all.

02-06-2014, 09:03 AM
Back to work today. Lucky me. All the roads were clear. ESPECIALLY my driveway. OMG I actually was out there shoveling, non-stop for 2.5 hours when you include the back porch and yard for her hine-asssss. Needless to say my arms, shoulders and neck are killing me. The silly road crews put not one but two mounds at the foot of my drive, I had to shovel that all out too. C was in no condition to help as he is still fighingt the cold/cough, plus he needed a day of rest to get healthy. He is a bit better but far from back to normal.

CHELLE....I left the apple peel on the apple. Less work that way, skin side up. Hope your head is feeling much better by now. You are welcome for the cookbook. After I mailed yours I realized there are two copies in that spiral bound, so I guess in case you don't get it the first are very welcome for the cookbook also. Scary about Meadow, any time there is blood it gets a little nerve racking. Glad she is doing better now. Marty Feldman is just creepy looking, maybe he would look better with fur! I just cannot get into those reality shows. I did order season 4 of Downton Abbey and watched the entire thing already. It is ok.'s the implant, all good? Welcome back home. I don't know how you know if you are coming or going...

CEEG...I bet retirement is looking better and better to you now with the stress of the ice storm and the new co-worker. You need a vacation. all got the tail end of our mess. We ended up with 8" at my house plus blowing and drifting. I shoveled 2 thigh high mounds and that about did me in. Glad DH is doing well. Huncker down on your OP eating.

Hope LAURA is having a blast, has to be better than all this snow and shoveling. Can't wait to hear of her adventures.

That is about it for me. Make it a great day!


02-06-2014, 11:25 AM
Just a quick hi this morning :wave: I have to go get ready for yoga class, pack a lunch to take with me and head to my shift at the thrift shop. It's cold but sunny. Pain woke me up early - been doing that a lot, getting tired of it. But I did get the coffee made, a load in the wash and picked up a few things.

I think everyone needs a massage. :hug: Take care folks.

02-06-2014, 12:16 PM
Good morning ladies,

A very wet, rainy morning here in Northern CA, and we couldn't be happier. At least those of us who didn't get stuck in traffic jams, and there are some bad ones out there. One of our major freeways connecting people from one side of the bay to the other had a bad wreck...a big rig somehow lost control and ended up straddling the center divider blocking 3 lanes of traffic in each direction! I got up a bit early to allow for more time to deal with drivers who have forgotten how to deal with slick roads, and there were absolutely no problems on my commute! :woohoo: *knock wood*

It's supposed to rain on and off until Monday with the heaviest rain coming last night/this morning and again on Saturday.


Ceejay - It's good that you were paying attention even if Mr. Arrogant was not. So sorry to hear about your co-worker's brother.

Susie - I didn't even see the new home page. I usually just go straight to the forum pages (or to our page). I only had the migraine on Tuesday. I've felt fatigued all week, but even that seems to be getting better despite having a bit of insomnia last night. At first B, my friend with cancer, had a rough time dealing with having to take disability retirement. But now that he's had time to process this latest development, he's ok with it. He crunched the numbers and will be ok financially. I told him that now he can work on getting the mystery novel he's just about finished writing published, and that he can begin to work on the sequel. :D

Shad - I hope your dentist appointment goes well and that you enjoy the rest of your day back home.

Happy - I'm so sorry to hear about Meadow. I've had to give both cats and dogs subcutaneous fluids which do make them develop a bulge under the skin...but it eventually dissipates. So if Meadow has too much bacteria in her digestive system, do you have to give her meds...or will this one treatment do the trick. Sending happy birthday wishes to your DH. I hope you have a good day at yoga and the thrift store. That sucks that pain woke you up early.

Annie - So sorry you had so much shoveling to do. 2.5 hours...that's crazy! I don't miss that one bit. I hope you're not in pain today. :hug: You're a good "mom" to Sassy to shovel the back porch and yard...hopefully that will be good enough for her to do her bizness outside.

Since Happy brought up TBL, I agree that the winner got too thin. She looked SO much better during the last week or two on the show when she won the mini-triathlon (which won her a spot in the finale). She had tremendous muscle tone and a great figure. For the finale, it really looked like she lost muscle. When she first came out, the camera panned over to Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels and the horror showed in their expressions. You could even read Jillian's lips as she said "Oh my God!" I really hope she puts a bit of weight (and especially muscle) back on. The previous seasons' winners all look great! Overall though, I was impressed and inspired by most of the contestants. Some of the contestants who were eliminated early came back and still lost 40-50% of their body weight through their dedication at home. Tumi, the winner of the "at home" prize of $100,000 looks amazing. Yes, there are lots of faults with that show. However, I do get inspired by those who lost a reasonable and safe amount weight and look healthy. Of course, watching it resulted in an internal rant by my inner critic. Why can't I do that? Why can't I stick to ANYTHING? Why do I ALWAYS sabotage my efforts. And that rant kept me up until nearly midnight last night. Ugh. One thing I am great at is beating myself up.

Anyway, time to get some work done.

Much love,

02-06-2014, 09:38 PM
Sorry about not posting, but I have a list 2 miles long to get through. I'll be back but maybe not until Sunday (my time) when I fly back to NZ.

02-06-2014, 10:45 PM
Been relaxing at home. Went to the doctor again this morning and he lanced the boil. It feels better.
Still a lot of ice on the tree's but streets are clear. It's cold I'm ready for Spring.
More later.

02-07-2014, 09:21 AM
YUM YUM, tried an ugli fruit for the first time this morning OMGoodness it was great! And only 90 calories. many days off do you get to relax? worries on posting, we all know it is all about having time to do so when we can. Time, when we have time. Have you heard from Jen??

CHELLE...Glad you all are getting the much needed rain. Very glad you made it to work safely.

Didn't do much of anything last night. Oh got my hair cut that is about it. C made himself a couple of sandwiches. Easy Peasy night.

Tonight I am babysitting lil man so Chris and Sam can go out to dinner for Valentine's day. They are celebrating this weekend because they do not have Ainsley this weekend. Easier on Nanna. Plus they don't do sitters when they have Ains since their time with her is limited. This weekend, if we get the 3" snow, I guess more shoveling. Not as bad as last weekend tho.

Hello to all the rest of ya's.


02-07-2014, 10:57 AM
We had snow flurries yesterday. Don't mind that. I got out to run some errands and came back home. My friend who is staying with me this week should have gone home yesterday but she wants sunshine to drive in. Then she told me that she had ordered herself a couch and love seat for her apt in Walnut Ridge. Sometime later today I'm going to go get my paycheck.
My friend has always claimed that she's a great cook. She' no better than I am. And she's beginning to get on my nerves, by trying to wait on me hand and foot. She's going to make me mad one day if she's not careful.
And she's trying to take over. I'm not letting that happen. This is my domain.
My blood pressure was a bit high yesterday at 150/108. I told him it was due to all the stress at work. Just another good reason for me to leave this job. But I will not till 2015.

I can imagine how sore you are with all that shoveling. But it's great exercise. This is my four day week end. AND I'm not going to Paragould. I'm staying put.

How many time a week do you go to Yoga? I have not done any exercise this week but I am today. I need it.

I understand completely about not having time to post.

CA can get dry so I'm sure the rain is much needed. How are you coming along on your writing classes.

Hi Susie, Are you snowed in?

02-07-2014, 12:12 PM
Happy Friday ladies,

Wooo Hooo! The forecast for this weekend is RAIN! Off and on (and mostly on from what they're predicting) RAIN through Monday morning! It will mean no trips to the dog park, and Santa may not enjoy his walks in the rain...but we need this rain so much. I just hope it's not raining too hard late tonight when I'm on the way home from the poker game.

And the Sierra mountains are going to get a couple feet of snow. Not as much as they usually have this time of year, but since CA relies on the Sierra snow pack to fill the reservoirs in the spring...a couple feet is better than the sparse man-made snow the ski resorts are using now.


Shad - I hope you can get your list mostly complete while you're home.

Ceejay - Glad you went to the doc for the boil, and that you're feeling better. Good for you for relaxing at home for your 4 day weekend. I understand how hard it is to have guests stay longer than expected, and how they can get on your nerves. Maybe she's trying to wait on you because she wants to do something nice for you to thank you for letting her stay there. Just a thought. Hopefully the weather will clear up so she can head home. My writing workshops are going well. I haven't decided if I'm going to take the "getting published" weekend workshop next month in San Francisco. It's a bit pricey. I'm trying to find something closer to home and cheaper. I'm also going to look on "" where Happy has taken some classes and see what they have to offer.

Annie - I've never heard of ugli fruit. Does it taste like an orange, grapefruit or something entirely different? So nice that you're babysitting lil man tonight. So nice that Chris and Sam are having a date night. It'll definitely be less crowded at restaurants tonight compared to Valentine's Day.

:wave: to Susie and Happy!

Much love to all,

02-07-2014, 01:16 PM
Good morning ladies,

Yoga class was a killer yesterday - many of the ladies were saying that they would be really sore today. :^: It became obvious that you have to be both strong and flexible to do yoga. It was difficult but I just kept pressing forward and telling myself that each time I will get a bit stronger. They are going to continue the class again which I'm happy about. I then got dressed and walked over to the thrift shop. The building is old, the bathroom is kind of gross actually and I don't want to drink the water out of the bathroom sink so I lug water bottles with me. I have a bag with my tea, mug, water bottles, shoes and lunch so it was a bit on the heavier side. Most people have cleaned the sidewalks but in 3 spots they did not clean to the street so there was literally a pile of hard crusted, uneven snow that was about 3 feet high where the snow plow came through. It was really difficult traversing, especially with my munchkin legs. I thought it was pretty awful considering that's the section of town services - police dept, senior resources, and county government offices so there's lots of older folks milling about. I guess they figure that everyone drives although you do see a lot of people walking in town. Plus it was very cold and had a good wind kicking up. It wasn't the most pleasant of walks but I made it. We had a steady stream of people coming through, didn't make a lot but enough to pay the rent and put a few bucks towards the animals.

I mentioned it before but I am about to shut down my Facebook account. I realized that there is just a lot of drama associated with it. Let's just say a few people ruin it for everyone else and I don't need that any more in my life. I am pulling some pictures and things off - I will miss the occasional random thing worth saving that I see but it's just another step in learning to live by myself as social media fails me. :^: I will of course have you ladies here and you have my email address if anything happens that you don't want to post here. I do need to clean up my 3FC message box - I only have room for 2 open messages.

I have also come to accept after yesterday that I have allowed myself to become old, fat and weak. The old part has to do with a milestone birthday in April I am not exactly looking forward to and it's not that I allowed myself to get there, it's just creeping up on me. While I can't do anything about that, I can about the fat and weak part. I need to incorporate strength training because it's almost comical trying to get up from off the floor :) It's ok, I was sad last night, today I woke up with a renewed focus so all is well.
Meadow is doing better today too and we are relieved about that.

Michelle - yay for much needed rain in your area. Is everyone "Singing in the Rain" :rain: :lol: Bet you are really glad you have a short commute now, I can imagine the slick roads would cause some traffic jams and possible rain related water rushes on drier grounds. I would definitely check out ed2go classes. You can take a bunch compared to what it will cost you for a seminar and except for this art class I am currently taking, I have been really happy with the classes. I even got DH to take a photography class and he's planning on taking 2 more. Plus you can save the class contents to refer to later which fits better into working your writing into a busy schedule. I really should work on my writing too. :^:

Ceejay - your experience with your friend illustrates why it's so hard to live with someone - even if it's someone you like and particularly difficult if you've been on your own for a while. Some people are the "waiting on you" kind of people which can get on one's nerves. My Mom and DH's dad's wife #3 would always be pushing food on you the minute you walked in the door. Want something to drink/want some cake/want some water/I have some grapes here - want some/want some/want some.... Ack! A simple "no thanks, I'm good" at the onset should set the tone. Maybe you need to rethink moving in with your sister when you retire. Heck when I retired I found it hard being with DH 7 x 24 and I've been living with him for 40 years :lol: To your question I am only doing yoga once a week right now. There is a lady who teaches yoga classes in the area but she is very, very popular and it's difficult to get into her classes - when she offers a new session, there might only be one opening in the class. I did get into her March class but only because we have a lot of locals up this way who leave for the warmer southern climates January - April. So I'm looking forward to that. I need to step up my game, I have a couple of yoga dvds I need to start doing at least twice a week.

Shad - enjoy your time at home, can imagine you are all busy as get go. We will catch up later...

Annie - they have a big bin of ugli fruit at the store. I didn't get it because I didn't know anything about it and based on my experience with mangoes, I don't try something new until I learn more about it. I see it is a cross between a grapefruit/tangerine/orange. Sounds yummy. Do you pick the green ones or do they ripen and change color? Maybe not because as I think about it, citrus skin does not change color except for lemons and limes when they become overripe.

Hi Susie - hope you are not snowed in. You must be quite busy at work.

I think I'll go find me some lunch and get busy with some cleaning. Have a good day everyone.

02-07-2014, 03:22 PM
HAPPY...I found the ugli fruit to be more on the orange side, sweet, and very very juicy. I didn't even taste grapefruit in it. It is not something I will stock up on tho, just the ONE I bought was 2.49, kind of a splurge reward for me. This one was orange and green equally. Hence ugli Ugly orange/brownish, and green/dirtyish. I hate to see you go on FB, I know there is a lot of drama, but I try to see past it. I did delete of few of the drama queens and one gal that used to work here is athiest and made it known. What you believe is your own thing, I do not care, but do not try to get me to come over to that way of thinking or make me feel badly for not. Young gal, hippish, gypsish, has not worked since she got fired from here. Making and selling strange looking jewelry. Whatever floats your boat I guess. I am as picky about bathrooms as I am buffets and hotel beds...yik.

Got a text from Laura saying she thought it was MELLIE's bd, it is not until March 7. Just FYI.

Later gaters

02-07-2014, 08:18 PM
Quick check in before going home time...

I'm looking forward to the weekend...I hope my friend gets me the photos he's scanning for the video montage. I really need to get it finished this weekend, and right now, I just have the audio. :yikes:

Happy - I'd hate to see you leave FB. I love your posts and your photos. You can restrict certain people from posting. I've done that with a couple so-called friends who stir up drama. That's awful that people didn't clear the sidewalks. Where I lived in WI, you would actually get FINED if your sidewalks weren't clear within a few hours of a snowstorm. I'm so glad to hear that Meadow is doing better. I'm right there with you at fat and weak....but these things we can change. Speaking of the ed2go classes, I just found a website called "" that actually has FREE college classes in a variety of subjects. There's only a fee if you want a certificate for taking it! They are offered from a variety of institutions (Stanford, Oxford, Princeton). Good stuff. Not exactly the types of writing classes I'm looking for now, but interesting courses nonetheless.

Annie - I'll take a look for the ugli fruit. As I told Happy, there were people on FB who tried to cause a lot of drama on my page, but I just marked them as restricted...not exactly sure what that really means...but it's working out that I don't see their posts and I don't know if they see mine but they can't comment on mine.

Time to pack it up and head on home.

Happy weekend all!

Love and hugs,

02-07-2014, 11:15 PM
Hi Everyone. It sure was a long week here this week I am worn out! It is all due to the combination of DH procedure on Monday and then his sleep study consult on Thursday and then the snow / ice storm on Tuesday evening and Wed morning plus work.

I worked 13 hrs on Wednesday and then I work until 7 tonight.

I was going to do personals but I can't keep my eyes open and I am using the Kindle fire. It isn't easy to type on.

I will do them tomorrow.

02-08-2014, 09:58 AM
Morning every one

My patience is running thin with my company, but I know she's stranded. And we got snow last night but only a couple of inches. She's taken over the kitchen and she's not the best cook as she has always bragged she is. I'm letting her do everything, using reverse phycology (sp) to see if when the next clear spell we have she'll go home. And no I'm not sweeping the snow off her vehicle. I'm not her mate. She's a bit lazy.
Think I woke her up yesterday morning but I needed to get some things washed. She sleeps a lot.

I've blocked people on FB as well. One my friend who is always' posting religious stuff. and another who is always posting pictures of animals. It was taking a long time to down load all this stuff. If you are getting advertisements tell it it's spam.

Thanks for the information on the educational classes. I'm going to look into that.

I've been wanting a sleep study done. I'm ready to go back to work.

That's a lot of shoveling for one person to do. Think I would invest in a snow blower.

02-08-2014, 10:49 AM
Good morning. Hair appt for me this morning. I love getting my hair done. When I get back I have the house to clean. DH is under the weather. He had chills yesterday but went to work. He is still running a low temp and sleeping a lot. He most likely picked something up at the hospital. Tylenol keeps the temp down.

I need to get MPG caught up and get my act together.

Annie, I didn't realize that you had a house guest?

Happy, I am so glad to hear your kitty is going to be ok. I am a cat lover. We lost our beloved 18 year old mainecoon kitty last fall due to a cancerous ear tumor. His name was Hudda Budda and we miss him everyday. I never thought I would spend the money I did on a pet, so I hear you on that vet bill. I just finished
paying of Hudda's vet bills from when the tumor was found last April. But I loved him and did what I could for him.

Ceejay, glad to hear the boil is going away. Those things hurt!

Michelle, enjoy the rain. Buy a fun umbrella!

Shad, hope you are getting things caught up.

02-08-2014, 01:53 PM
Good morning all,

Looks like I will be picking up an extra shift at the thrift shop on Friday afternoons. At least until my buddy S returns from her snowbirding in Arizona in April. They are having a terrible time getting volunteers to work - especially the afternoons when everyone seems to be intimidated closing out the register and making the bank deposit. One lady who I think volunteered there before came back and freaked out yesterday and walked out. I feel badly - the animals still need money for care and the shelter people come in and clean and exercise the animals no matter what the weather so I felt I could step up a little more myself. The coordinator is getting tired of dealing with all the bruhahaha and he volunteers for about 5 other community things too so I figured I'd cut him some slack and help out. Yesterday we stopped at the shelter to drop off 30 cans of cat food we won't be needing since Meadow doesn't like wet food and Nina can't eat it. We also had 4 trash bags of aluminum cans. DH was going to cash them in and realized they are worth about 7 bucks a bag so we donated them to the shelter instead. While there the ladies were asking about the cats and one of the managers said funny we should stop by as our names came up - they are considering getting some shelter and animal management software to help run the business and were thinking of us. Also spring is coming which means there will be a dearth of new little kittens and they are needing someone to put together a foster contact program and just maybe I might be good for that :?: :chin: :D There is no lack of things to keep busy with up here, I tell you. Only a lack of a paycheck ;) :lol:

Susie - I get my hair done on Thursday - can't wait so I know how you feel. What "procedure" did DH have? Just tests? Sorry to hear he picked something up. Our hospital here has rubber gloves, face masks, tissues and sanitizer as you walk in the door - as well as a big sign - they do everything but tackle you to the floor and disinfect you :lol: I hope he feels better. That H1N1 flu is nasty I hear. Oh those Maine Coon cats are soooo pretty. Sorry you lost your little guy. It is a bummer sometimes that the vet bills can be so high. I think our most crazy bill was $150 for a hysterectomy for our lop eared bunny. The homeless one that just showed up on our porch one day looking for the suckers.. um I mean a safe house :rofl: Sounds like you are really putting in some incredibly long days at the office. Make sure you get enough rest so that you don't get run down yourself.

Ceejay - I am starting to unfollow some of the people who frustrate me on FB - I may not be able to disable my account because of some other stuff I'd need a link to but thanks for the input. Sorry your houseguest is getting on your nerves - just remember this - you are happy living alone :lol: I really would not like someone to come in and take over either. Hopefully she will be gone soon. So you got some snow after all? Wow - it's almost time for spring by you.

Michelle - I love Susie's advice to buy a fun umbrella. I can see you with a clear one with happy faces on it :D Thank you for the FB advice also and the link to the free university classes. The one thing I like about the ed2go writing classes are that they are developed by someone who makes her living writing so there is a lot of practical advice about publishing and stuff like that. And the prices are reasonable which always helps. I hope you get your friend's montage wrapped up. I'm sure it's a lot of work but what fun experience you'll get and I'm sure it will be just fabulous.

Annie - thanks for the run down on the ugli fruit. I guess we have all had our experiences with FB no so friends, eh? :lol: Are you going to get hammered with more snow again? They are really getting belted in Chicago. I am glad it's staying south of us. DH said he needs to go work on the driveway - each time we plow it gets narrower. I had to laugh when you talked about a former coworker who was a hippy atheist jewelry maker - I wonder if she was related to my coworker - the only thing was this person THOUGHT she was young but acted in a way that she totally aged herself by trying to be the 20 something she thought she was in her head. :rolleyes:

Shad - hope you are having fun on your last days at home.

Laura - I hope you still have a weekend left to enjoy yourself. Seems like you picked a great (weather) week to be away. I'm glad you sent some sun my way - if I can't have warm temps, I'll gratefully take the sunshine. DH was asking what I wanted to do today - I said I was getting a bit bored - this shortest month can be the longest in some ways but at least we have sunshine. If it was grey and cloudy we'd all be going bonkers. :lol:

Have a good weekend chicks. :wave:

02-08-2014, 05:42 PM
No snow today Amen. Nothing going on. Posting from phone. Sorry no personals.

02-08-2014, 09:42 PM
Morning all,
Back in the airport and waiting to fly to Sydney and then Wellington. 3 different time zones. Aaaah well I will get over it.
Yesterday the DS2 and partner J put on a Waitangi Day party although really since DS2 and I were the only Kiwis there, it was just an excuse for a booze up really, but it was fun. Question, why do both of my sons have disorganised partners who do not think they are disorganised? We were running around like bees around the hive and not achieving an awful lot at times. Okay enough of that.
I caught up with most of the family. Had breakfast with my brother (DB2) and his ex-wife, my niece J and her two little girls. Saw my friend Chris yesterday and caught up with the house sitter on Friday and Saturday night.
I got my tooth implant checked and all is going well there although, naught girl, smack hand, I not using enough floss. Too bad, aint gonna change that much. Got my haircut and coloured, but didn't get to the eye man. Never mind I will get this done in NZ sometime soon. I think I can get the paperwork sent over to another person.

And that is really about it. I don't have time for personals right now. I'm about to board the Sydney flight. See ya.

02-09-2014, 11:26 AM
I hate posting from iPhone. All is going well. Headache right now. Cs biz suffering rather scary. May have to keep working as if it were a choice. Just ready to go

02-09-2014, 01:58 PM
Morning all,

Guess I'll be holding down the fort for the team this weekend :lol:

DH and I both seem to be getting a bit of cabin fever. We went out for a drive yesterday looking for some photo opportunities. The day started sunny but got a bit overcast as we drove along. This time of year I find to be rather blah. The majority of trees here are pine varieties so while they don't lose their needles (except for one specific type), the colors are not green, a sort of blackish mucky color. The snow has blown off the trees so not much in the way of contrast. There are some interesting lines on the water of wind blown drifts but that's the sort of detail that is easier seen with the eye rather than picked up with a camera. DH took a few pictures but mostly we had a nice ride and sang along with the XM Radio station of songs from the 60's. We stopped at a place and got hamburgers for our supper. Lots and LOTS of snowmobilers out there. In fact we passed up our first place of choice because the bar was jammed with them. Quiet night spent, did some reading but couldn't get into it - I need to get another pair of glasses specificially for reading I think - the blended bifocals make it hard to focus comfortably on book print. Talked to Mom on the phone and then wasted probably too much time on the computer before I went to bed too late! I have fallen away from food tracking in MFP - no particular reason, just forgot to do it so back on the bandwagon.

Need to dig into my fairly loaded freezer and make up a menu plan for the week. Time to use some stuff up. Plus I have some papers to sort through and I bought my Mom some chocolates so I have to package that up for shipment.

Annie - I wish you were at a computer to elaborate on your post. It's rather cryptic and troubling - I hope things are ok. :hug:

Shad - glad you had a nice visit with the family. Apparently both boys have decided that opposites attract? Either that or today's generation of young adults have switched roles. Seems like the guys are doing the a lot more of the pull everything together type stuff that we are more used to women doing. And the ladies are happy to sit back and be waited on like princesses their daddies told them they were growing up. :dizzy::dizzy: I don't understand the world any more... I take it your home is still intact - is the house sitter taking care of Sunday also or is she back with DS?

And that brings me up to my last post. Sure is quiet here on the weekends. Guess I will go find me some lunch. Have a good Sunday.

02-09-2014, 10:53 PM
It's getting late but I made it! :D

I had a pretty busy day. Because DH was under the weather yesterday and today as well, I had to do the grocery shopping and most of the housework today. Also had to shovel the new 2 inches of snow we got today.

We didn't go to chuch as DH is still running a fever off and on. We have decided that this isn't from a virus but we think it is from the cyctocopy to check the bladder and kidney's and prostrate last Monday. I have been given him some cirpro that I have on hand at all times in case I get a UTI. Uti's are painful fo everyone but for people like me with IC it is HORRIBLE. And they always seem to happen on the weekend so my urologist has me keep a 10 day supply on hand. I started DH on it and I will call his urologist tomorrow. When they found the prostrate stones they mentioned he could have a flare up of prostities. I looked it up and he has all the symptoms and cipro is one of the drugs they will use so we thought there would be no harm. We will call tomorrow and see what else they might be able to do.

I logged into MFP today..trying to get back in the habit. I didn't see a lot of you there. I hope you come back.

Other than being a nurse to DH, and working all the time with work and at home this weekend, I did start reading a new book. I'm reading a Fern Michaels book called 'Forget me not'. It is purely relaxing and entertaining fiction. I need the get-a-way.

Happy: I have heard that when a person retires they can find so many chances to "volunteer" for that you actaully can work more than when you really worked! It is good to keep busy but..... I see myself volunteering when I retire.

Shad: you time with the family sounds jammed packed but nice. Hopefully you won't have to much jet lag.

Annie: I hope you are ok. Please find a real computer and post soon, so we know you are ok or what you need us to do to help.

02-09-2014, 11:10 PM
Hi Guys&Gals,

Im new to this thread. When I joined this forum I was 294 and now Im 295 from 300, I got up to 300 cause after awhile of dieting and working out I started getting lazy and I just stopped everything all together after awhile but on Jan. 16th of this year I started working out and dieting again and I've lost 5 pounds so far. I was always skinny as a kid, I didnt start gaining weight until after high school, While I was in high school I maintained a 120 pound weight all 4 years, Since I didnt have do after high school to keep me in shape I just started eating fast food alot and I wasnt in sports prior to high school so I didnt have that to fall back on either so I just didnt know what to do when I graduated high school in 2003 so I just didnt do anything and thats how the weight started piling on. I started gaining weight from May of 2003 until Jan. 16th this year, So it took me 11 years to get to 300 pounds and I know its gonna probably be just as long to get to my goal weight of 150, I know it didnt come on fast and I know its not gonna come off fast. Anyway I look forward to getting to know all of you.

02-10-2014, 01:32 AM
Hiya Terra.

Not sure whether you realise it or not, but there is a thread for people wanting to lose a lot of weight. I think it is called 200lb or 300lb club and it is in the top part of the support threads.

It's not that I don't want you to post here, you'd be very welcome and you can post on as many threads as you want anyway. Good luck with your weight loss journey. All of us on here are supportive and butt kicking and getting on with what we can do. You are starting out in a good place and 5lbs down is great. It's 5lbs you no longer have to worry about.

Good on you.

02-10-2014, 08:41 AM
How funny, I typed one sentence and lost the post. Thank God I wasn't at the end of the post and not that it won't actually happen again.

Cold but no snow today. This weather is really getting to me and bumming me out. Cs route is good it is just management screwing things up for everybody. Looks like if Flowers Baking doesn't get their management in control they will be going down the same track as Wonder Bread/Hostess Cake. C is having a hard time sleeping from worrying about it. I told him maybe it is time to let the upper management know what the local management is doing/not doing and ruining it for everyone. We will see what happens.

My brother had a little hope that the cancer was not in the lymph nodes and that they were just swollen from the prior infection. The biopsy from Friday was glim. The cancer is def in the lymph nodes. The meds they have him on at the moment is keeping the testoterone (sp) level down so at the moment it is keeping the cancer at bay. I pray for a miracle nearly every day for him.

I have been faithfully posting in MFP but still the same about of loss, no gains. I need to move more.

SUSIE...hope your DH is feeling better by now. I know I take my health for granted the majority of the time. Even tho I have issues (yes, I am mental, lol) medical issues I am fortunate that I can get up and come to this crappy job. was home? Did you get all your tests and check ups done? I do believe in flossing. I keep those little packs of Den Tek flossers in my desk and use them after lunch, I figure even if I don't get to brush after lunch I at least have the gunk out.

HI TERRA...we are a great support group. You will like us.

HAPPY...sorry didn't mean to sound cyptic in my posting. I am just over winter, the people I work with, and worrying about things. The news of my brother came on Friday evening and kind of messed with my head all weekend.

Better post this before I lose it...and the

Make it a marvy Monday.


02-10-2014, 11:49 AM
Morning Worldlies! I'm back home now, and it's bright & sunny out today. So I have brought some sun home with me at least.

Just a quick hello right now. I've got a vacation day today and will probably be busy with catching up on mail, email & your posts.

I had a wonderful time on the cruise & will try to tell you about it in my oosts this week, along with a few photos. Least interesting was my trip home yesterday. Very uneventful, thankfully. Good weather in port (new orleans) & only a short delay flying out. Anout 30 min delay in arrival but then more of a wait for a gate at o'hare and more fir the luggage. One friend forgot to pick up the bottle of rum the ship held after she purchased it in port, & since they had already left for their drive home, I picked it up for her and took it home in my forgot to bring my winter jacket with him to the airport but the car was toasty warm and I had a layered up with a few pieces of clothing so I was just fine. bf and I had pizza for dinner last night and watched a bit of TV and that was it for me. still feeling my sea legs even today- kind of a strange feeling. I recall that happening the last time I cruise.

okay, now I'm going to catch up on my newspapers and probably just putzing around some more. everyone have a good day. :) :) :)

02-10-2014, 12:15 PM
Welcome back LAURA! Glad it all went well was fun and no mishaps on the ship. Can't wait for the pictures and before returning to the grind tomorrow!

02-10-2014, 01:35 PM
Happy Monday ladies,

Sorry I didn't get a chance to check in over the weekend. I was busy working on the video for my friend's birthday. It's not quite done. I need to add a few more photos and videos that my friend's husband will have for me by tomorrow. It's coming together nicely.

Susie - You certainly did have a busy week. I hope DH gets to feeling better soon.

Ceejay - Sorry that your friend is wearing out her welcome.

Happy - The Thrift Shop is lucky to have you! You're such a dedicated volunteer. Good for you for making the food donations too. My ex and I used to do that for the Humane Society whenever the grocery store would have a sale on good pet food...we'd buy a bag or two to donate. Sometimes the food was even free after it wouldn't cost us anything in the long run, and the shelter would get good food for the pets. Glad you had a nice drive on Saturday.

Shad - Glad you had a nice weekend!

Annie - I don't like posting from my phone either. Sorry to hear that C's business is in a downturn. I hope local management gets their sh*t together. I understand his worry...but sleep is important. Has he tried Melatonin? Sending hugs your way. :hug: So sorry to hear about your brother's cancer being in the lymph nodes. Through medication to lower testosterone, my dad managed to keep his prostate cancer at bay for over a decade. I'll keep your brother in my prayers.

Terra - Welcome! Good for you on the 5 lbs you've lost already.

Laura - Welcome Back! Glad you had a nice time! I'm looking forward to hearing all about it! How wonderful that you took an extra day to get caught up!

I'd better get back to it...lots to get done.

Much love and many hugs,

02-10-2014, 03:05 PM
Hi ladies,

Monday Monday rolls around again. At least I didn't have to get up in the cold and dark and go to work :lol: :thanks: :yes:

Next week we have a HUGE cross country ski race in town. People come from all over the world to participate. The last 2 years we barely had snow up to the point of the race only to get enough at the last minute. Now we have lots of snow, it's been no higher than temps in the teens and everything looks good. Looked at the weather forecast for next week (which of course can change in a minute). It looks like early next week the temps are supposed to warm to 30 degrees - something we haven't seen since probably last November. On Wednesday they are forecasting rain and sleet conditions which will certainly mess up the groomed race trails. I'm sure the Birkie people are just shaking in their boots - I sense there will be a lot of praying next week. It would be a shame because you just can't change or reschedule the race at the last minute and with conditions over the last few years there is talk of us losing (hosting) the race altogether. We'll see what happens.

Starting to fell the effects of the long winter. I would just like to get outside for a day and breathe some fresh warmer air and feel the sun on my skin. Looking out a sunny window just isn't the same. Right now we have brilliant sun but it's only 0 degrees (1C) outside. :(

Michelle - glad to hear the montage is coming along nicely. DH once put together an online album of family pictures so I know what a labor of love this can be - most intensive - you are a good friend to do this and I'm sure the results will be amazing. Thanks for your compliments - it's nice to do something good for the animals. Great idea with the pet food and sales - I will have to watch for that. We tend to donate cat food as people tend to be more involved with the dogs so we have championed the cats. But they use the dog food a lot to dole out meds so I will pick up a few cans the next time I am shopping. Are you still getting the migraine headaches?

Laura - welcome back - glad you had a great time. You missed some awful weather while you were gone - good time to be away! Funny how DB forgot to bring your winter coat. Will be a cold walk tomorrow but you will be the only one in the office with color! That's nice that you picked up your friend's forgotten package. So what are sea legs? I thought it was the opposite - learning to walk on a surface (like the ship) that is constantly moving slightly - is your body trying to adjust to not moving now??

Annie - thanks for clarifying. It IS very sad to see the company going to the dogs due to mismanagement. In that line of business I think they have to be more forward thinking especially when it comes to bucking trends away from some of their product lines. Reinventing and capitalizing on the fact that people DO still want to purchase their goods. :shrug: Can't blame C for worrying - I think we all want job stability even if we don't go tap dancing into the office with joy each morning. I'm sorry to hear about your brother but there is still hope if the cancer has not spread beyond the lymph nodes. Will offer some extra prayers for his recovery. It sounds as if you need some cheering - I think Sissy will have just the thing for you if you can just hold out a little longer ;) My sister said that she lost some weight last week (even with not the best eating) because of all that shoveling non stop. I guess the snow even if we crab about it - is good for something. :^:

I did go back to MFP last night and added back in food for the past 3 days. Might have missed a snack or two but I got most of it. Down a pound today which really doesn't mean anything but I can't look at it that way - just make sure I don't gain it back next week. ;)

Shad - are you back on "your other" home base and into the work week? I take it you had a good time on your short visit home.

Hi Terra - welcome. You are right - you didn't wake up one morning with a bunch of new found weight - probably the biggest test of patience is do go slow so it will stay off. Looking forward to hearing more from you.

Susie - they gave me Cipro once and geez o pete is that a STRONG antibiotic. It's too harsh on my stomach but I'm glad you have enough to get in front of a UTI when you need it. We have a bunch of Fern Michaels books at the thrift shop. My Mom enjoyed her books but I guess she's taken more of a tact of romance writer now. It's good to have something you can get lost in after a hard day of working and thinking. That's why I liked watching cooking shows.

Ceejay - I hope the weather cleared enough so that your company decided to leave and you have peace and quiet back in your life again. :D

Didn't do much yesterday - did some cleaning and laundry. Went through some boxes of papers but didn't get to finish. Watched the Beatles special on TV as well as a bit of the Olympics. I like the skating. Hard to believe it's been 50 years since the Beatles changed music. I often wonder at it goes with a phenomenon like them - was it just the right thing coming together at the time - could they or Elvis been as successful if they were first starting out? Remember Helen Reddy or Anne Murray who were leaders at first and faded into obscurity... A friend sent me a website link of Old Chicago things - people, places and things that have faded away. It was a fun remembrance of days gone by. Life sure has changed...

Anyway before I wax nostalgic for days that weren't as good as I probably thought they were, better go get some lunch in my tummy. Have a good kick off to the work week.

02-10-2014, 03:39 PM
A quick post for me.

Why is it when you give some one and inch they take a mile! That's all I'll say right now. I'll put more in my blog later. Haven't had time to post in MFP or here.
I heard my company tell her sister that it would probably be the week end before she went back to WR. That's okay. I've set down some rules and if she doesn't like it so be it.
We got around 3 inches of snow Friday night into Saturday. And most of it melted on Saturday. I didn't mind it at all since I didn't have to get out in it.
They've pulled the new guy.

Welcome. Always good to see new people.

I understand about getting cabin fever.

Did you get the montage completed?

Hope things work out for C in his job.

Have a good day.

02-10-2014, 03:42 PM
Shad ~ Yes I know about the 300 club, Thanks for telling me about it just incase I didnt know

annie175 ~ Im sure I will like it here

diyana ~ Thanks, I was so happy when that first 5 pounds came off

happy2bme ~ Yeah I know going slow will keep the weight off but Im also like everyone else I want to get to my goal fast but I know thats not the right way to do it.

Thanks Everyone for welcoming me, Im excited to start posting in this thread.

I was so excited to get my 3 walks in today but because of a personal reason I have to wait and get my 3 walks in tomorrow. I walk 3 times a day for 45 mins each time but Sunday's are my day that I just relax and I dont worry about having to do my walks. Eating wise Im just cutting back on my eating and it seems to be working since I lost 5 pounds already.

02-10-2014, 07:48 PM
Long work day. I came in at 7 and I"m getting ready to leave. I feel a bit defeated; we did everything we could to get a multiple entry visa to China for my boss and couldn't make it happen. There will be two days of meetings he will have to call-into in Manilia instead of going in person. The issue is, he needs to come back into China after Manilia but he can't so he has to stay in China. We just cut it to close on his passport. We thought he needed a new one to get the Visa he needed but he didn't get back from his other trip in time to send the passport in for renewal and get it back. It all became such a mess.

Hi Terra--I'm new to this group but I sure love them. A LOT of support here. We are at the same weight so it will be good to have someone here with me as we work to get those scales down

Welcome home Laura: You sound so relaxed from your trip. I can't wait to see pictures!

Shad: Are you back to work from your holiday?

Ceejay: What does it mean they have pulled the new guy?

Annie: you have a lot going on, especially with your brother. :hug:

Happy: Will you go watch the cross country ski race?

Michelle: What a project with the video but you sound like you enjoy it!

Ok..I'm heading home and I'm relaxing on the couch.

See you all tomorrow.

02-10-2014, 08:31 PM
Afternoon all,
Yes I am back from the land of Oz and back at work (2nd day - not as bad as the first). I had a good time with the family and friends. I got my implant tooth looked at and my hair cut and coloured but due to a complete b*llsup at the optometrist (not only theirs, mine too) I didn't get to see her. Not to worry, if things get bad, then I will go to one here and get my paperwork faxed over from the other place.
I managed to see most of the people I set out to see. Missed a couple but that's okay. That's life. But everything was surrounded by food. Dinner on Thursday night - Malaysian. Dinner on Friday night - Indian. Dinner on Saturday night - barbecue. Plenty to drink and probably not more than 3 hours sleep per night. So I am not surprised that the scale hasn't moved. I would have started back on the exercise this morning, but my niece has decided to have a show and tell night of the photos taken during her pregnancy and the baby photos taken shortly after birth until now. So I am off to her place tonight for one of M's dinners which generally cater for the rank and file members of the 8th Army. Slept like a log last night I might add - although that might have had something to do with the 'Snore n Peace' tea just before bedtime. Or then again, the weekend might have caught up with me.

Happy - Sorry to hear that you are suffering S.A.D and cabin fever. Can't (and don't want to) imagine what that would be like. Here it is getting cooler in the mornings and evenings and the days are drawing in, but it isn't bad yet.
The Birken is coming around again??!! Where did the time go. Only seems like yesterday that you were talking about last years run.

Annie - Hope C's business comes right for him. It's ridiculous when the middle management can not find common ground. It's their heads on the block as well - don't they realise this? Are the other drivers feeling like C is???

Laura - Welcome home. Glad to hear you have a day off to do whatever with. Makes it worthwhile that does. Stress and the pain of getting up for work will come soon enough tomorrow.
Nice that you had a great time.

Michelle - Hope you have finished that 'little job' for the friend. Things always take longer than expected.

Ceejay - cryptic little note there. Pulled the new guy?????

Terra - walking is great exercise. It really has to be my favourite. So you are doing well with 45 minutes per outing. Is this outside or do you go to a gym?
We are a nosy lot. Tell us a bit about yourself.

Okay, best go and grovel to a bloke. I need some help to do something. He owes me a couple of favours. Maybe I will take him a banana - sweeten him up.

Oh yes someone asked about Jen. No I have heard nothing from her at all since Mel died. I sent her a Christmas letter and never heard back from that. She should be in the new apartment by now. I must try again - if I ever get a chance to stay home on a weekend. Chris (from Japan) wants to go to a craft market sometime in the coming weekend. I have to deliver a couple of gifts that I brought back with me from the family to various people and I need to do some shopping for food as well. Doesn't seem like there will be much downtime there.
Better buzz.

02-10-2014, 11:07 PM
Morning Shad
Sounds like you have had a good week end. No the new guy is still with me. Not sure for how long. Probably till B get's back from his class.

Welcome back.

My friend went home for her mom's birthday party today. I have at least one peaceful night. However, she will get the couch when she comes back. She'll do her thing I'll do mine.

02-10-2014, 11:10 PM
Guess I forgot Susie. Sorry Susie.
Sounds like you had the run around with the boss. Here we can apply for passports on-line. You just have to express post the photos down.
No sending of old passports anymore. You fill in the number of the old one and they look it up when they are reviewing the paperwork to ensure the information is the same. Same applies with Visas mostly - except for those countries who make life difficult (like the USA and Russia). I'm fairly lucky since good ol' little NZ doesn't have to have visas for a number of countries that all others do. Must be something to do with our lovely natures and of course our culture :rofl: :rofl: :lol3: :lol3: :lol: :lol: Not to mention the All Blacks Rugby team and the Haka.

02-11-2014, 08:26 AM
Morning all as it is morning....

My son and dil called me last evening saying their home was broken into while they were at work yesterday. Happy they were not there and are fine. However, most can be replaced...TV, xbox, Dvd etc etc. THe only thing not replaceable is his safe they took. Heavy 5 ft tall and 2.5 feet wide, they had to of had a dolly. They only stole one of his many guns which is kind of bizzare to me. The safe had both passports, house papers, his military graduation ring, both of their high school class rings, just a lot of important things. No idea who it might of been as the one bloke it might of been is in jail for going AWOL from army national guard. Unless he planned it to happen while he was in jail so he wouldn't get the blame. He broke in DSs house one other time and stole about 400.00. I don't know I am just angry, upset and not happy at the moment. Last night I could of fought a bear and won.

I will come back later today to do personals. Just not in the mood at the moment. Sorry girls.

02-11-2014, 11:44 AM
Morning ladies. Still not caught up on your posts, but getting there.

It's 3 degrees F out there today. Brrr. But from today forward, it only gets better for the next several days, barring any drastic forecast changes.

Other good things (sarcasm) - my performance review is in 30 min. and I have a WW meeting today.

Re the perf. review, I just read my boss's comments, and they are generally in agreement with my own self-assessment, so no big surprises. We don't talk any money today, so ho-hum.

Re WW, I weighed myself yesterday and I was a pound up from my last home weigh-in on 1/28, and unfortunately, today I was up 2 pounds from that weigh-in. But I will go face the music and get back to MFP today for tracking.

Did mostly nothing yesterday except newspapers, finishing a book I was reading, reading your posts, & watching some HGTV & DIY tv. I also walked doggy and went out to dinner with BF and his mum for a belated 80th bday dinner for her. Also showed her some vacay photos.

I'll hold off on personals for now. Likely tomorrow, I'll be wading through e-mails today.

Attached a couple photos - today vs. last week. Slightly depressing. I'll get over it. At least my land legs are back. :halffull:

02-11-2014, 01:50 PM
Happy Tuesday ladies,

Another late night for me...I just love the Olympics and can't stop watching them. I didn't want to get up this morning.

I created an original graphic for my boss (and her boss), and they are quite pleased. Probably just one minor tweak before we send it off to the printer. :D

I've also got to compile a written recommendation for a new web host based on the research I gathered for the past few days.

The video really wasn't that difficult to do. I downloaded a software for around $40, and you just add the photos and videos, add the music and then determine how you want the photos to transition from one to the next. The most difficult part was taking two different versions of the song "In My Life (I've Loved You More)" (by the Beatles originally and covered by Roberta Flack), and combining them together using the first couple verses of the Beatles version, then all of Roberta's version, then the last verse of the Beatles. That took several hours of learning the audio software program and then getting it to do what I wanted. I was able to do a pretty good job with that if I do say so.

Just a couple more photos to scan and add, and then viola!

Annie - I'm so sorry to hear about your DS's home being broken into? Do they have insurance (renters or homeowners) that will cover the cost to replace the items? It's awful that they lost so much, but at least no one was hurt. Sending you lots of love and hugs, and sending prayers to you and your loved ones. :hug:

Laura - Dang, 3 degrees is so cold! Has me shivering just thinking about it. Performance review and WW weigh in. I love the two photos! What a difference a week makes! Such a pretty picture of you in the sun hat with glistening sand and water in the background! I've had sea legs before just going out on a choppy lake or ocean to go fishing for a few hours...I can only imagine how much worse it would be after being on a ship for a week. Find something to hold on to. :rofl:

Ceejay - I read your blog post. Your roommate is definitely overstepping her bounds. I'm glad for you that she went home. She should most definitely sleep on the couch if/when she comes back.

Happy - So it's Birkebeiner time already, huh? Lots of tourists in town for that no doubt. I hope the weather and snow conditions stay favorable for the race, as I know it brings a lot of revenue to your area. Thanks for asking about the migraines. I'm noticing that I am getting them a lot when the weather changes and low pressure moves in...especially when it gets rainy...hence my headaches this past weekend. It's supposed to drizzle a little tomorrow and Thursday with another storm (hopefully) moving in Saturday night...hopefully after my friend's party. I recorded the Beatles special from Sunday night, but haven't had a chance to watch it yet.

Terra - Wow! Good for you on getting 3 walks per day! :bravo: :cp: :cp:

Susie - sounds like a real confusing mess dealing with your boss' passport. I hope it all works out in the end, even if it means calling into the meetings in Manila.

Shad - Good on ya' for getting most everything taken care of during your short stint back home. Good that if needed you'll be able to see an optometrist in NZ. What a fun evening with your niece and the photos of during the pregnancy and the baby!

Signing off for now. I'll try and check back in later.

Much love to all,

02-11-2014, 06:19 PM
For now it's as peaceful as can be at work. I'll probably jinx myself! Nothing new on my end. I actually slept in my bed last night. Ahhhh.

Wow that was some break in at your son's house toting out a 5 foot gun case. I'm with you sounds as though they knew what he had.

I'll probably watch some of the Olympics tonight. I actually forgot about it last night but I had to do some other things as well.

More later. I'm still at work.

02-11-2014, 08:52 PM
MyChoice2bfit ~ Thats cool that we're the same weight, I agree with you that its good to have someone to go down the scale with.

Shad ~ I walk outside when the weather is nice but when its not I walk inside the house

diyana ~ Thanks for commenting on my weightloss but today I found out I've actually lost 8 pounds total since I started my weight loss journey so thats really cool.

Im gonna at least walk once today and then tomorrow I'll walk 3 times for sure and of course every day after that. I was going to go to a meeting tomorrow but its been cancelled because of the snow but I hope I can still go to my other meeting on Thursday. Anyway I hope everyone has a wonderful day/night

02-11-2014, 11:12 PM
Hello Ladies,
It's been so long since I've posted here but have kept up with some of you on FB. I will try and post more here. So much has gone on these past few months. I got a new boyfriend... going on 8 months now. Life is good. We spent most weekends together, took a vacation with him and his kids (20 and 21). I joined WW 3 weeks ago and have lost 6 pounds. Tomorrow is my weigh in day. I have got to start working out.

Annie - so sorry to hear about your son and DIL break in. I'm glad no one was home, but surprised they could move a safe.. Sounds to me more than 1 person was involved.

Diyana - would love to hear more about the seminar. I'm looking at the one you told me about in Austin. I would love to hear Dr. Dyer speak...

Laura - I won't complain about our weather here. When I see the news up North I always think of you and the walk to the train station. Really loved Chicago and might go back up with boyfriend.

Ceejay - are you still at the water plant? New roommate?

Happy - I think I have SAD too. Have you looked into those lights? I know Brookstone carries them here but hate to pay the price for one.

Shad - is that a photo of your granddaughter? if yes, she is getting big.

Terra and Suzie - nice to meet you. I hope I didn't miss anyone.

02-12-2014, 04:09 AM
Hi guys,

Sorry I didn't check in. Busy day today running errands and doing stuff with the hubster.

Patty welcome back - glad to hear you found happiness with a new guy. May it last a long time :hug: Congrats on the weight loss.

I'm not sure how it got interpreted that way but I don't have S.A.D - I'm must tired of it being cold already. Thanks for your concern and suggestions anyway - we have been having lots of sunshine - it's just that the temps have hardly gone over 10 degrees and with a bit of a breeze, it's darn cold going out. I wore jeans today and just about froze in the car until the engine warmed up. Denim is NOT warm. :lol:

Terra - you go girl - walking is fantastic exercise. Keep up the good work and stay motivated. Congrats on the pounds down.

Ceejay - did you give up your own bed for your friend??? Yikes. Hope she can go home soon.

Michelle - I was hoping perhaps the change in climate might be a positive for your migraines. :( Glad the video montage is coming along nicely and it sounds as if you are making a positive difference at the new job. Good for you! It's nice to be doing something you enjoy even if sometimes you're under a crunch to learn something new. I used to love researching new stuff.

Laura - welcome back - loved the contrast and compare pics - you looked happier in the warm sun :lol: Hope the weigh in was not too bad - doesn't sound like it would be. Did you get lots of walking in? How did the review go?

Annie - I am so, so sorry to hear about the theft. It certainly sounds as if it was someone who knew them if they brought a dolly to steal the safe. Wow. I feel badly for them because I'm sure that everything in that safe was of sentimental value and is irreplaceable. I hope they catch the :censored: Guns can be easily traced which is why they might not have taken many. Sure doesn't sound like a random thing...

Shad - the good thing about the Birkenbeiner is that it breaks up the long winter here :lol: They are talking about freezing rain next week - I certainly hope not. Did you get everything done that you wanted to or are you spreading things out for the upcoming weekend?

Susie - the ski race starts 30 miles away and ends on Main street in our town. With so many visitors and racers and the streets blocked off, I have studiously avoided being around for the race. However this year I am working at the Thrift Shop Thursday and one of the volunteers is trying to persuade me and DH to volunteer at a spaghetti fundraiser at church on Friday. The race is Saturday - I will see how bad parking is and if we can get in behind the shop, we might come in early on Saturday to watch the winner and the first few people race to home. Haven't really decided yet. I hate crowds now that I am away from the city but I guess we should experience it at least once. :shrug: Hope you got a chance to relax for a bit.

Way past my bedtime. Not sure if I will be able to post tomorrow. We might do some stuff, depends on if and how much snow we might get overnight. Talk later chicks...

02-12-2014, 08:55 AM
WIcked Wednesday, hump day, trash day, week half over offically at noon, what more could a girl ask It was actually 4 degrees this morning rather than -4 like yesterday. Dang heat wave. This weather is killing my ankle. I am going next week for another cortisone shot, owie, it has been 5 mos since the last one, so the doc said it would be ok. I go this Friday to see about this huge ganglion cyst on my wrist. I have had it for years, it just keeps getting bigger, my grip is not too great in that hand. I have tried the slam the book on it ordeal, didn't work. We shall see what the doc says.

Just ate celery and cottage cheese for breakfast. Love both of them. I do sometimes feel like a rabbit. Still at -12.2 lost, but that is ok. I am not stressing over it or trying to win a race or anything. It will come. I am busy worrying and stressing over other things in life right now which may be holding me back on the weight loss. WHo knows.

Tonight is Kiwanas. I really enjoy the meetings and speakers and the best part is I am going with my brother (the one with cancer) so we have some bro/sis time also. Sometimes I just look at him and how positive he is then I get tears in my eyes for my own selfishness. Let's face it, I am a mess right now. Bleh, enough!

HAPPY...I am with you on the SAD thing. I don't have that, but also sick of cold and snow. Well I guess I do have sad but for different reasons. It is time for the race already. Sheesh, seems like you just moved up there last year. Where does time go?

HI PATTY....nice to hear your man is still around and you two are enjoying life together. That is wonderful!

TERRA...good for you on the 8 lbs lost. That is fantastic. I think walking is the best exercise ever. Keep doing what you are doing it seems to be working.

LAURA...I like the picture with the hat sitting on the beach the best. We could all use a few days like that I do believe.

SHADDIE...glad you made it back from the land of OZ. Yes the other drivers C works with feel the same way. Why can't things just be peaceful?

CHELLE...I was up during the night and got to watch the couples skating. They are amazing and so graceful. Looks like I won't ever be doing that. Lol. Good for you pleasing your boss on the project. Brownie points sister.

CEEG...I think maybe next time when this friend wants to stay with you, tell her the hotel is closed or you already have guest during the time she wants to stay. Yikes!

SUSIE...I used to do passports when I worked at another job. I also did visas for Mexico. What a pain in the arse to work with the Mexican consulate in Chicago. I feel for you sister.

I think that is everybody, sorry if I missed someone, we are getting to be a big crowd! Wonder what ever happen to Ellen? Kids and job I suppose. and Ruthie? Holly? hmmmmmmmmmm

Anyway, make it a wonderful Wednesday everyone, stay OP, and smile at a stranger!


02-12-2014, 12:18 PM
Happy Hump Day!

I met a friend after work and got two more photos for his wife's b'day video. He's going to e-mail me a couple more today.

Today after work, I have a webinar for a writing workshop I've been taking the last few months. Luckily, it will be recorded if I end up having to miss it by choosing instead to work on the video.

My plan is to get back to the gym starting Sunday. I'll go Sunday and Monday, and then continue at least 4 days a week.


Ceejay - I hope the rest of the day was quiet for you. Are you getting any of the icy bad weather like they are getting in Georgia?

Terra - You mentioned meetings. Do you go to WW meetings or TOPs or something else? I'm so impressed by your walking.

Patty - So great to see you in here! You and your bf look so happy in the pictures you've posted on FB. I'm thrilled for you! Congrats on your weight loss so far! The "I Can Do It" seminar was amazing. I highly recommend it. I came away from it feeling so uplifted. Two full days of positive motivating speakers! :D

Happy - I know how beautiful Midwest winters can be, especially when the sun is shining and it looks like it should be warm outside. Then you go outside and freeze your b*tt off. I hope that you don't get freezing rain next week during the race. I'm sure the racers are hard-core and would race anyway, but it sure wouldn't be the best conditions for them (or for the spectators).

Susie - I hope you're having a good day at work. How is your DH?

Annie - Morning temps of -4 and even 4 above? :brr: I definitely don't miss that. I'm glad you're getting another cortisone shot, especially if they help you. I used to have a ganglion cyst on my wrist, and when the slam the book didn't work for me, I started just pressing down on it REALLY hard many times a day, and sort of moving it around as much as I could. Eventually it dissipated. I'm impressed by your celery and cottage cheese breakfast, and especially by the results you're having. Try to turn all your stress over to God in prayer. I know it's not easy with your loved ones who are ill, and what just happened with your son, and with your job. Just pray, pray, pray. The cortisol your body is producing from the stress does make your body hold on to excess weight. Sending you lots of love and big hugs, sister. :hug: I would NEVER call you selfish!! You are so loving, giving and generous! It does help to spend time with people who are very ill to put things in perspective though. I think about that when I'm with my friend who has cancer. I try not to beotch about least not around him. I loved your comment about "smile at a stranger". I've always liked the saying, "If you see someone without a smile, give them one of yours." :D

Much love and many hugs to all of you!

02-12-2014, 02:19 PM
Morning all. Had a meeting first thing, but otherwise I'll continue to catch up.

Shad – Sounds like you had a good trip home, and got most things accomplished. Hope you get caught up on the all the chores now that you’re back in NZ. How was the niece’s show and tell night? The friends I cruised with are talking about having a photo party to view and share our photos. Hope you hear from Jen at some point. I know this is a hard time for her, but I hope she's managing alright.

Susie – What a mess with the boss’s visa, but it sure sounds like you tried very hard to work it out. Good goals for the month!!

Terra – Welcome!! Congrats on the weight loss – good start. I’ve been struggling for a while with my weight loss progress, but I suppose I’ve been maintaining satisfactorily. The only problem is that I’m not at my final goal yet!! All your walking should certainly help with your progress. This winter has been bad for me getting out to exercise classes at the gym, so I haven’t been getting much cardio. I have to stop letting this winter weather get the better of me!

Ceejay – Between the trainee at work and the houseguest at home, you haven’t been getting your alone time, and they both sound like they've been annoying to boot! I’d come up with a response to have ready just in case this friend thinks she'll be staying with you whenever she comes to town. It just sounds like it’s too disruptive for you, and you deserve a peaceful place to come home to at the end of your long workdays. Good luck!!

Annie – I’m so sorry you’re going through such a rough time right now. :( I hope the docs can do something to keep your brother with you as long as possible. So nice you’re going to the Kiwanis meetings with him!! Horrible that your son/dil’s place got broken into. Sad to have lost the sentimental items – it sure sounds suspicious. I guess I always think these burglars only take what’s easily movable, so it’s odd to me they took that big heavy safe as well. I hope insurance can help with their recovery. I know this weather is also getting to you, but at least you have the upcoming birth of dd’s baby as a bright spot. Hang in there kiddo!! Glad you’re getting another cortisone shot. You shouldn’t have to live with that pain!!

Michelle – I bet that video is going to be really special when you’ve completed it! It’ll be so nice for the party attendees to watch and for your friend’s wife to have that afterwards. And now you’ve learned something new. Glad to hear things are going well at work. I haven’t watched any Olympics coverage at all – most of the events don’t really excite me, but if I happen to tune in on something that interests me I’ll watch for a bit. This winter, I think I really don’t want to watch more cold/wintery activities. I’ve had enough winter in my own backyard.

Patty – Good to see you here! You seem very happy from reading your FB postings – wonderful to hear you’ve found a great guy to spend time with and that your life is good. :) Don’t be a stranger – come back soon!!

Happy – I hope you’re able to watch some of that Birkenbeiner race this year. It would be nice to actually enjoy some of the winter up there! I sure hope you don’t run short of your propane supply. Any plans to take a warm weather vacation in the future?? I went to that site of the old Chicago things – I remember waiting for the bus on the corner where the old Florsheim factory was. And Yo-Ho potato chips.

Nothing much to report from yesterday. My review went fine. On to the 2014 goals.

I had a gain of 0.6 pounds at my WW weigh-in. After the cruise, I’ll take it. :D Though I did keep rather active along with B. Four of the 7 days I took shore excursions, three of which included decent amounts of physical movement.

I’ll give a quick recap of my cruise a couple days at a time. Starting with the Saturday we left town – my friend B and I were extremely lucky we even got to fly out that day. It was snowing very heavily on the drive to the airport with my bf and we were crawling along the highway. I think the fact that our flight was early enough that there wasn’t a very large snow accumulation yet helped tremendously. The flight was only delayed about an hour.

New Orleans was off and on misty/sunny when we arrived and took a shuttle to our hotel, which was close to the French Quarter. Our other two friends had already arrived a short time earlier (they had driven down), and we all got out and took a trolley/streetcar to an area recommended for dining located on the other side of the French Quarter. We had a late lunch at a nice place - I had a shrimp po' boy that also had fried green tomato on it. Yum.

Since it had turned into a nice day, we all walked back to the hotel through the French Quarter. B and I browsed the market along the way, walked through Jackson Square, and then we met up with the other two for some more browsing. It wasn’t even 6:30 pm and the Quarter was really hopping – but it was a Saturday night, so I guess that’s not unusual at all. (My three previous times in NOLA allowed very limited nightime sightseeing.) We made it an early night. B & I watched a Jimmy Fallon tv special and enjoyed it. Wonder how he’ll do on the Tonight Show when he takes over for Jay Leno...

On Sunday we walked a short distance to a nice place for breakfast. Getting to the cruise terminal was a bit of an irritation, or should I say the planning of it was. My friend D and her sis had their car and insisted on working it out so they could also drive B and I over (even though it wasn’t far at all), but with all of our luggage, it would have been more than one trip. Turns out it wasn’t – the hotel valet managed to cram all the luggage in the car. But this wasn’t the first occasion in which D would try to plan out every last detail…

It was cool, misty & very foggy when we sailed at 4pm, but it didn’t interfere with getting settled in our cabins, eating dinner and going to the welcome show that night. Not posting any photos from Sat. & Sun. because I didn’t capture much. More tomorrow. Promise I won't be so longwinded!!

02-12-2014, 06:48 PM
Didn't think that you are long winded. I enjoy stories of vacations. I relive it through you. I'm anxiously waiting for the pictures. And only gaining a .6 pounds while on vacation is good.

Yes it's hump day and my Friday. This week hasn't been bad at all. I'm mainly sitting back and letting him do all of it. The boss man was watching us sit and talk and he called the trainee over to get some chores to do. He's been a busy man today. Glad you had some bro/sis time. By the way we had a -3 wind chill Monday of this week. Brrrrrr Ouch on the ganglion cyst.

I've been lax in my exercise also. But maybe tonight and definitely tomorrow I will start back. Hope you get the montage done.

Good to see you back.

Susie, Shad, Happy and Terra Hello :wave:

Nothing new.
I've been thinking of excuses but I'm praying that she'll decide
to stay at the store this week. If not I'm laying down some ground rules.
And I'm keeping my bed. Sis told me last night not to let her have it.
Getting accustomed to the trainee. He's been the easiest to train, mainly because he's had prior experience. And he doesn't seem as arrogant as he was. But he does keep bragging on himself. Guess some people want that extra pat on the back.

02-12-2014, 08:53 PM
Afternoon all,
Been sort of flat out busy here, and the system is not performing - or at least the program I have been using is not performing - it's called u-Perform or UPK. Personally I think it should be known as u-don't-perform but there you go. I was so cross when I got home last night that I just put myself in front of the tv for an hour with a drink and then went to bed. Better than taking it out on anyone.

I went to the show and tell photo night on Tuesday and it was nice. We had a chicken casserole for dinner with roasted vegetables and then we had the photos. Some of them were somewhat personal but I guess if they are happy to have it all hang out, then who am I.
With the package that they chose, they were able to have a long canvas, with three photos (2 smaller and 1 large) on it, and a 4 picture square canvas. Then they were able to have 1 more of the 4 photo frame free and some credits towards a number of 5x7 photos. I could see the in-laws lining up for the free large square canvas, and knew my sister couldn't afford one so I asked if, seeing that there were two sets of grandparents, whether there could be two free square canvas' - one each. After some humming and haaing, the photographer agreed that if the family agreed, he would swap the 5x7 credits for another frame. They did agree. Fortunately, otherwise I would have sprung for another frame myself. It just doesn't seem fair to give only one extra one away

Happy - sorry if I started the S.A.D saga. Yep, it was me. Hope you get to see at least something of the race. But then again, maybe the cold will get you and you will give up on the quest to see people behaving stupidly.
Nope, I haven't had time to get anything done yet. Might have to do some shopping tonight - after a couple of drinks at the Backbenchers bar (it's close to my supermarket).

Annie - how awful for your son and d.i.l. I'm so sorry for them. Hope they manage to get some of the stuff back. Fancy pinching a safe. How daring of them. Did the neighbours notice anything at all, or is it a place where you don't speak to or get to know your neighbours?
I asked the question about C's business colleagues because they might just have to get together, get a story straight and go to the bosses above their management to get some action. It's not funny when it is your livelihood.
I had a ganglion once. You were supposed to belt it with the family bible, however ours went missing a while back. Anyway the ganglion disappeared of it's own accord.

Laura - good to have you back. Hope you enjoyed the cruise and am looking forward to seeing the pictures. The shot of you on the beach looked good. Whose finger got in the way?
I'm looking forward to the stories of NO and dancing in the streets or whatever. Lucky that the guy managed to get all the cases and you all in the car as well. 0.6 gain is great going.

Michelle - you'll be glad that the video is done and dusted. Sounds like a nice thing to do. What was the software that you used. I'm sort of thinking it might be a fun thing to do with some of my travel photos - and I kind of like the idea of putting them to music - all those flowers surrounded by 'The waltz of the flowers' melody. Or some of the outback ones to the tune of 'the ride of the valkyries' or the family photos - with 'You must have been a beautiful baby'

Ceejay - you'll be glad to have the house back. There is a saying about Visitors being like fish - they go off after three days.

Terra - walking is great exercise. I wander around the hills here from time to time. I try to do it daily, but unfortunately life has been getting in the way lately.

Patty - welcome back. Congratulations on the new bloke. I've seen the pictures on facebook. You look very happy together. That's a good weight loss.

Susie - I will be back to MFP I promise, just not right now, but during the weekend sometime. I have too much on at the moment to get to the computer at home these days except to download my mail from time to time - mainly to see if there are any bills.

And that's about it from me. Apologies if I have missed anyone. I'm at work and I need a coffee and I need some time away from my desk. So a stroll around the floor might be in order.

02-12-2014, 11:03 PM
Hi Ladies.

Short post here..I'm like Shad--flat out busy-- (I LOVE that expression Shad!).
I will have to come back and post personals tomorrow. I'm getting ready to head to bed.

I had to work a few hours from home tonight as most of my day was tied up again with that dang Visa.

We found a bit of a loop hole and he can go into China the first time on a Vistors Visa that he gets at the airport and spend 72 hours and then he has to leave. from the same airport he entered China at. That works as he will then leave and go to Manilia and spend the time he needs there and then entry back into China for the second week using his single entry visa that he was issued.

We had to change some flights and hotels but it is done and he feels this will work. I'm a nervous Nelly that when he gets to China the 1st time he won't get the 72 hour visa they give at the airport. I'll cross my fingers...he has more guts than I do! But he lived there three years and feels ok with this.

I think I talked to everyone in NY and Chicago in the Visa offices about this trip and I know I NEVER want a job there!

I'll see you all tomorrow.

02-13-2014, 03:10 AM
Hi ladies,

Quick post for me before I head off to bed (on new microfleece sheets no less) ahhhh soft and warm. :cloud9:

Thursday (later today) I have to get to the thrift shop early and drop off my bag 'o stuff (tea, lunch, water bottles, change of shoes, etc) and then head over to my yoga class. It will be a lot easier navigating the snow banks and streets without this sizeable bag. After yoga I will grab a quick lunch and then train one of the new volunteers at the shop (hopefully she lasts longer than 1 day like the last one who decided the cash register was just too darn hard to figure out :( ). I then have a desperately needed hair appointment a short walk from the bank after I walk over the nightly deposit. Actually since I am working Friday afternoon too I can probably just skip the deposit on Thursday and do both days at once - not like we have hundreds of dollars streaming in the door. But I can wish... Our neighbor stopped by today. Our mail lady is a real dingbat ditz-o-rama, she must know someone. L brought over an armful of our mail. We have noticed on several occasions we don't get anything at all or just one piece of mail. This is frustrating as she has been misdelivering or not getting our mail to us ever since we moved here. DH takes special care to clear out the spot in front of our mailbox as she was tearing up the road and hitting the box - I guess years of practice have not made her a better driver. :rolleyes: Included in the stack of mail I might otherwise have never received was an invite to a Humane Society volunteers recognition and celebration event. I was planning on going anyway. It appears I will be given an award to recognize my past year's help with the Humane Society. I was very touched. The event is in early March. I think it's nice that they do something for all the wonderful people we have here in town and the surrounding area that do so much to support the animals. Friday is going to be busy too - I have the thrift shop again in the afternoon and will have to scoot out of there - DH and I are going to a Crabfest Buffet at the casino. They will have crablegs but not much else with crab but they always put together and enjoyable spread so I'm looking forward to that. They can keep the chocolates for Valentine's Day, give me some shrimp scampi :lol: Oh and I guess I forgot I have a doctor's appointment at 10 on Friday. I'm not sure if it's a follow up for my leg, I hope it is and not cholesterol testing as I have been eating far too much cheese lately. :o I hope it's about the leg as I have been very good at doing my PT exercises but am still having a lot of problems. Sometimes my knee crunches and that takes me down.

You are talking about ganglion cysts. That's actually a herniation of the tendon. Whacking it with a bible / heavy book might be an old wife's tale but that will probably cause another rupture further up the tendon. Not good or recommended. I had one on my foot which the doctor removed but I took the bound bandages off too soon after surgery and it came back 2 inches higher. I was nervous about getting it cut again but after my bunion surgery they used compression bandages and it held in place.

I'm sorry I don't have time for personals - the night is getting away from me. I spent the day going through some old papers and for lack of a journal, I am just making notes in my blog about a time line of events that have happened in my life so that I can finally toss these receipts, copies and notes that are wasting space in my cabinet.

Have a good day, I might not be back until the weekend.

02-13-2014, 12:22 PM
Quick check in....

I had insomnia last night...only got a few hours of sleep, so I'm exhausted.

I've got a couple things I need to get done ASAP and the other by end of day, so I'd better get to it.

I'll check back later.

Much love,

02-13-2014, 01:09 PM
1day@atime ~ Thanks for the welcome

happy2bme ~ Thanks for commenting on my weight loss. Thanks for the encouragement too.

annie175 ~ Thanks for commenting on my weight loss. Walking and cutting back on my eating does seem to be working so Im gonna take your advice and keep doing what Im doing.

diyana ~ The meeting I go to on Wed's is called DA4A its a disability advocate group and the Thursday meeting is called Peer Support Group. Thanks for commenting on my walking, Im glad to hear your impressed with my walking, That makes me feel good.

Laura705 ~ Thanks for commenting on my weight loss. Im sorry to hear because of the winter weather you havent been able to get to your classes at the gym, I heard that Spring is March 20th so the weather should be better next month.

Shad ~ What would you like to know? You said in one of your posts that you want me to tell you all more about myself so Im just asking what would you like to know, Im like an open book, I'll answer any questions.

Im about to do my 1st walk out of 3 for today in a few mins. Y*E*A*!!!!! Im also looking forward to going to my meetings next week. Hopefully we are done with winter for the month.

02-13-2014, 01:21 PM
Morning all. Happy Thursday. My 4-day week feels like it’s crawling by – shouldn’t today be Friday already?? :?::?:

Happy – Sounds like a busy couple days ahead for you. I’m sure you can train the new shop volunteer without scaring her away – it wasn’t you that trained the one that only lasted one day, was it?? ;) So nice the humane society recognizes its volunteers. Without them, where would they be?? Oh brother, too bad you have a crappy mail lady. You might just need to rent a post office box instead of dealing with her haphazard ways, but then again, you’d have to hope the employee putting the mail in those PO boxes is competent…a situation like that would finally convince me to go paperless on my bills, lol. Our mail carriers are very good – I feel bad that Coal barks like crazy when they deliver.

Enjoy the casino buffet tomorrow – yum, crab, shrimp…I ordered crabcakes at dinner on Monday and they were less crabcake and more like big piles of crab, served with a nice fresh basil-tomato salsa as well as remoulade sauce. Yum!! Both bf and his mom wished they’d ordered that, despite enjoying their own meals. All the talk of ganglion cysts reminds me a bit of my right knee. Years ago I had some pain and a bit of swelling in one spot – I figured it was too much Jazzercising. I was also experiencing the occasional feeling of it “going out”. But the orthopedic doc said the knee joint wasn’t going out, it was some sort of fatty tissue in there that was getting hung up on the joint when I did certain things. He drew some fluid from it, nothing bad. I think he did a cortisone shot in the knee for the pain and that was that. I still experience that “going out” feeling, but only when I’m sitting on my haunches or down in the yoga position called child’s play – essentially whenever my knees are bent all the way under me. Hope the doc can help you with your knee problems – a crunching sound isn’t good at all.

Susie – Glad you got the travel/visas worked out. Hope it all goes as planned for your boss - good thing he is familiar with travel to China. Travel arrangements are one thing I wish I could leave to other people – the way things work in the world of airlines and customs, etc. can be very complicated and convoluted!!

Shad – Like Susie, you sound very busy at work. Sorry the system is giving you fits. Boo on going home cranky – don’t blame you for chilling out with a drinky after that. The show and tell night sounded nice. Glad you got the photo package deal tweaked to work out for both sides of the family. Re the shot of me on the beach – that was a selfie and so it was my finger. As good as cameras are these days, the photographer still plays a part in the quality of the photo. :D Okay, I’ll post a couple photos from NOLA, but the one is a band playing in the French Qtr, but I didn’t get the guy who (as part of the band) danced to the music. I think that kind of band probably also does the funeral parades that are the tradition in NOLA.

Ceejay – Good for you – let the trainee do all the work while he’s with you. That’ll help him learn anyway. Is his maintenance job just for the water plant or for other city departments/utilities?? So it's your weekend now? Ah, enjoy. Hope the friend stays at her place or elsewhere and not your place this weekend!!!

Michelle – Sorry you’re going to be dragging with exhaustion all day. I hope you get a good night’s sleep tonight!!

Hellos to the rest of the Worldlies – hope all is well in your little spot of this earth. None of us out east in the US thank goodness – they’re in a whopper of a storm. Our airport looked like a ghost town on the news this morning.


Crazy awful food day yesterday, ended with going out to dinner with bf last night. Had a big cheeseburger and some of the restaurant’s homemade potato chips. Watched the Olympics last night – men’s speedskating, women’s downhill skiing and couples figure skating. Turned it off when the halfpipe or whatever it’s called came on. Not my thing.

After work I have my hair appointment. Bf wanted to use a freebie Noodles & Co offer he received in his e-mail. It’ll be sort of late by the time my appointment is done, but we’ll see how that works out. Like I need another meal out...

On with my vacation recap. Forgot to mention that Sat. night/Sun. morning in NOLA I did my two challenges, leaving two days left. Monday was Day 2 of the cruise and it was a day at sea. It was nice and sunny, and hot and humid and no I’m not complaining. :lol: I don’t think I took any photos to speak of that day, and the day is a blur. At some point we ate brekky, I did my challenge for the day in the fitness center (I might get to the gym more frequently if it had the beautiful ocean vistas this one had), visited the shore excursion desk to ask some questions, and then a couple of us got out on the pool deck for some sun. I took a couple dips in the adult pool to stay cool, but otherwise was content to sit on the lounger, listen to the band and watch people dance when the DJ took over with dance music. After dinner we went to the show in the theater. It was a magician who was a comedian. I’m not big on magic acts, but this guy was really funny, and it was more comedy than magic, so I really enjoyed it. We all did.

Day 3, Tuesday, we ported in Cozumel, Mexico. On tap was our excursion, Cozumel Highlights and Shopping. This was probably the one I was least excited about, as it was a bus tour, but we had an excellent tour guide and it was really interesting. One of the stops was (IMO) a tourist-trappy sort of place “Discover Mexico”, sort of like a museum/cultural center. If we’d gone alone and just seen a bunch of mini-replicas of Mayan ruins, I’d have been very disappointed, but it was our guide’s presentation that made it special and really made me look forward to our excursion to a real Mayan ruins later in the cruise. Another stop was a small town with both a tiny old church and a small Mayan temple sitting beside it. Then we stopped at a beautiful beach, and then a tequila tasting. The tequila stop was the least interesting for me – it isn’t produced in Cozumel…strictly for tourist biz, and I’m not into tequila. Rum would have been another matter altogether, LOL. The brief tour around town was also ho hum, but again the guide added a lot – he had a lot of passion and pride for his heritage and his hometown in Mexico and that came through in his presentations. After some dockside browsing in the shops, it was back to the ship for lunch and then my challenge. After dinner, we went to another show. This was an 80’s music show, with both singing and dancing. It was entertaining. Not sure why bf didn’t want to go to the shows when we went on our cruise 5 years ago…we really enjoyed the shows on this cruise.

Okay, better get this posted before there’s more interruptions. Dang work!!

Photos of NOLA attached: me in front of some nicely decorated balconies, the band playing in the French qtr, setting sail from NOLA on a foggy, misty day.

02-13-2014, 01:26 PM
Pics from Cozumel: our arrival at cozumel; taken from the bus, a wind surfer (featuring my infamous slanted horizons); the first towel creation from our room steward, an elephant. We got one each evening. Silly, but everyone seems to like them.

02-13-2014, 01:33 PM
Hi Terra! Re winter - I don't usually expect any hint of spring in March, but I hope. :) In April, I EXPECT, LOL. Enjoy your walks today! What's your involvement in the disability advocate group? (As with any topic here, if you don't want to get into it, no worries.)

02-13-2014, 06:33 PM
Morning all and TGIF.

Yep it is Friday here. Thank heaven. However I have a fairly busy weekend planned as well. Tonight I need to go plan some meals using the stuff in the freezer and then sort out the rest of the shopping for the week ahead or maybe the fortnight ahead. Also I need to clean the kitchen and sweep all floors and put a wash on. Saturday, I am definitely up the hills for some much required exercise. Sort of planning an early one, up the hill, down through the botanic gardens, and back home along Tokyo Lane via the historic cemetary - as long as I keep moving, I'll get out of there okay. Then I am off to Petone (pronounced Pe tony) to the Petone fair. The whole of the main street is blocked off and there are stalls and food and craft sales everywhere. Sunday I will be off to the markets for fruit and vegetables, plus any grocery shopping that I find I need between now and then. I'd like to take a trip to the zoo at some stage on Sunday, but that all depends on the weather, which currently is 'ominous and threatening'.

Laura - love hearing about the cruise. I watched a cruise ship come into harbour this morning - the Seaborn Odyssey - she's not a big ship, but she looks nice. Earlier in the week we had 2 biggies in the harbour. Over 2000 passengers on one and nearly 3500 on the other. If I was to go on a cruise, it would be a little one. All those people would drive me nuts.
I saw a tv program a few weeks back about travelling the Mississippi River from it's delta to its source. There was a segment on those funerals and the marches. The man in the white coat in your picture looks remarkably like the man that the British tv presenter was interviewing.

Terra - I am nosy. Where do you live, have you got family, are you married, do you have a dog, is that the dog is your avatar, do you work, what sort of work do you do? Like I said, I'm nosy.

Michelle - hope you get some sleep tonight.

Happy - sad indictment on the mail services up your way. How the **** can someone who drives into a letter box, be allowed to drive at all. How many more letterboxes does she drive into?
Happy training.

Susie - always some way around things, even though I would not like to try and buck the Chinese authorities. They are not known for compassion and kindness. Good luck to the boss.

So it is back to the program for me. I will either bust it or fix it. Although I have to admit that fix it is not my ideal. I really hate that program.

02-13-2014, 08:20 PM
Shad ~ I live in Wichita, Kansas, Yes I have a family, Nope Im not married, Yes my dog is the dog in my picture,Nope Im not working at the moment, Thanks for all of your questions.

I walked once today and I'll walk for the two other times before bed, I hope everyone has a good night.

02-13-2014, 11:06 PM
Taking a cruise of the Mississippi River is on my to do list. Maybe I can get my sis to go with me.

Love the pictures. Thanks for sharing.

It's a nice gesture that some one would recognize the volunteer's at the Humane Society.

Hello's to the rest.


Sounds like every one is busy today. I've been relaxing and cleaning house which wasn't to bad. I'd been keeping things picked up.

02-14-2014, 02:46 AM
Hi ladies,

Had absolutely NO sales at the thrift store today. But my hair came out a nice color - I just had her trim it, trying to grow it out a bit and frankly I can't do much with it when it's only 2 inches long. I did quite a bit of walking around town today - from the senior center after yoga to the coffee shop on the corner for some soup, coffee shop back to the thrift shop, from the thrift shop to the hair dresser. I found walking in the snow it's own challenge, can't imagine cross country skiing 30 miles for the race next weekend. One of the hairdressers did her first race last year and is doing it again this year. We got about 5 inches of fresh snow between yesterday and today and she said it was REALLY difficult - she looked wiped out and she's a very fit lady. Yoga was fun but my arms seem to have shrunk a good 12 inches since the last time I took classes. :lol: I did try and review the closing procedures for the thrift store but was informed by the new volunteer that she's been running a cash register for 30 years and would be ok. I guess she will absorb how to do things like closing out the day's receipts by osmosis - I wasn't going to put up a fuss. I went outside to shovel snow and the coordinator stopped by - I told him she said she didn't need training and I winked and he rolled his eyes. Not my problem. :shrug: I also got there early from yoga class and she proceeded to put her hat and coat on but I informed her that she had an hour to go yet on her shift - most of the time I just let the others go if I get in early but this lady rubbed me the wrong way and cut me off whenever I started to explain something so I figured she best start pulling her own weight if that's what she wanted to do. ;)

Ceejay - I think a cruise along the Mississippi would be great fun - the river starts north of where I am which puts you more than half way down - that would make for an interesting route if you did start to end. And thanks, I also think it's great that they recognize the Shelter volunteers. We have a fantastic group of people. Just like the Memphis zoo is one of the nicest zoos I've seen - because of the help and dollars of the corporate sponsors - we have a really nice shelter because of the donated manpower and willingness to fund raise. I'm glad your new coworker is calming down - he still will probably do things differently than you - shortcuts.

Terra - Kansas - are you in the open plains getting socked with these snowstorms too? I have only been in Kansas once, when we drove to Denver and we probably took I70 and were north of you. Did you get all of your walking done for the day?

Shad - oh how I envy you a walk through the botanic gardens. :( You can have the walk up the steep hill but I'd love to see some flowers. Please do not go out in "ominous and threatening weather" I know you have talked of having a broom once or twice but don't assume you can rely on it to get you safe passage. :rofl: Having a walk through the fair sounds lovely too. I take it that Wellington summers are quite wet and rainy. Heard that back home you are getting weather as over the top hot as the snow and cold we are experiencing here. As for New Orleans, I think there are parts of it that would fascinate you and parts that would downright scare you. But you might enjoy the river cruise.

Laura - love the pictures - thanks for sharing them. Sounds like it was quite a nice cruise. You did well with the weigh in all things considered and I am really proud of you for completing your challenge while you were vacationing. I agree that having a gym with spectacular scenic views would be nice. I have a few yoga tapes that were made in southern California on a nice cliff or beach.

Going to have to cut this short. Of all things a black house fly has appeared on the wall. Nina our younger cat is an avid hunter and she is crawling back and forth across my keyboard barking and chattering at this fly that is tormenting her. Of course this greatly interferes with my typing so before I lose this post I will submit it. I have another busy day tomorrow will try and finish personals with my coffee in the morning. Nite all. Nina behave!!!! :nono:

02-14-2014, 11:04 AM
Happy Valentine's Day :val1: You can extend the love over to your friends too :grouphug:

Shad - take me to the open air market with you :D

Laura - sounds like you had a very interesting bus tour in Cozumel. I think those tours would scare me unless I knew something about them. I always imagine rickety buses wheezing and rocking their way up steep mountains loaded with people and chickens :rofl: Glad you got an interesting tour guide.

Michelle - I hope you got some sleep last night. Why is it with insomnia you toss all night and then 2 hours before you need to get up, that's when you finally fall into a deep sleep, just to have to wake up all foggy and tired feeling?

Annie Annie - come out from hiding where ever you are. How was the Kiwanis meeting? Did DS take stock of all that got stolen?

Hi Susie :wave: hope your work day is more like 8 hours instead of 12.

Can't hang around - gotta jump in the shower and get ready for my doctor's appointment. I am not looking forward to the cold rinse after washing my hair but I really like this color so I will work to try and preserve it. Have a good Valentine's Day and a good weekend...

02-14-2014, 11:37 AM
The new volunteer sounds like my trainee. Oh well not much you can do. She will sink or swim.

Going to get some stuff done. Didn't want to buy any more furniture until I move but I need another bed. My sister from Tx is planning a trip soon so I want to have a place to sleep other than the couch.
One of my classmates in high school posted a picture of our senior trip on FB. Don't remember it being taken at all. My how small we all were.

02-14-2014, 11:57 AM
Happy Valentines Day to all my Wordly Chicks! :val3:

I am at work and should be working but my brain is tired and i want/need some me time, so I'm catching up on here and work can wait for 10 dang minutes!
I am VERY happy it is Friday and we are off Monday for President's day.

We finally had a TOPS meeting last night and I showed a small loss--.25 lb but hey, it was a loss. I have a new incentive. We have a friend who we haven't seen in a couple of years and his son is getting married in April and they invited us to the wedding. We plan to go and I want to be down 10-15 will give me confidence about myself. So, I have something new to work towards in the area of weight-loss. I am one that I need small goals to work towards.

Happy: When I was reading about your lost mail, I have been having the same issue. I have missed several of my magazines because of this and it ticks me off. We have a different mail person often I think and so I"m not sure how to get it taken care of.

How nice that you will be recognized for your efforts with the Human Society!

Sorry you are dealing with a "Know it all" Volunteer...I"m sure you can set her straight...the best way is usually letting them "fall on their butts" and pick themselves back up! ;)

Laura: GREAT pictures and I am in awe that you worked out on the cruise! Way to go! Sounds like you have a full weekend planned...will you do anything different with your hair when you go to your appointment?

Shad: Your walks sounds lovely. I want to walk in warm weather and see green grass and flowers!

Michelle: What is bringing on the insomina? I hope you get some good sleep soon.

Ceejay: Glad to hear that the training is going better with the new guy. Now, if you can just get your "company" situation taken care of.

Annie: ganglion cysts are not fun and nothing to mess with...I hope you get it taken care of soon.

Tara: You are doing great with walking. do you listen to music when you walk?

Ok..the work world needs me so I must go. I'll be around this weekend.

02-14-2014, 12:22 PM
Morning all. Happy Friday/Saturday. Happy Valentine's Day everyone! :val3: And it's payday for me, whoo!

Happy - We booked all of our tours through the ship, so we felt pretty safe with that. My understanding is that they also wait for you if something happens that would make you late getting back to the ship. Hope the new volunteer works out. It appears she knows it all, but what's with her wanting to duck out early? How did the housefly fare with Nina on the hunt??

Ceejay - A few hours of our cruise was sailing down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico. We didn't watch much, but then again it was a foggy afternoon, and my understanding much of that has commercial operations on the banks. Wonder how scenic the parts north of New Orleans are? I know up in the Duluth area are noted for eagle watching. How fun to see the HS pics!! I have some from ours - we chose Orlando, FL. My HS friends and I talk about it occasionally, but I haven't pulled out the photo album in a while. I might have to do that when we meet to look at our cruise photos.

Shad - I hope you enjoy your exercise in the hilly area today, especially the botanic gardens. I so enjoyed all the lush green foliage I saw on our shore excursions. I hope the weather cooperates for your Sunday and that you get to the zoo! Re smaller cruise ships - I think there's one very small line that has very small vessels that are sailboats. That sounds interesting to me, but I wonder if it just might be too few people. I'd enjoy one of those European river cruises - fewer people and I think the rivers are narrow and you really get to see the areas/towns you sail through. Wonder if the NOLA band guy I saw was really the same band guy you saw in the video...NOLA's not really a big city, it just might have been.

Terra - Hope you got all your walks in yesterday. What kind of dog do you have? Our lab mix was adopted as a pup from a rescue organization. He turns 11 years old tomorrow.

Hellos the rest of the Worldlies. Hope all is well.

Yesterday after work I had a hair appointment - touch up and cut. I had about an inch taken off - it felt like my hair was too long, especially with it having gone flat due to the dryness and the wearing of hoods and hats all winter. Of course down in the heat and humidity of the Yucatan peninsula, it went crazy and was wavy and frizzy and Bozo-like, but I didn't mind it at all after having hat/hood hair all winter.

After that, bf and I went to Noodles & co for a quick dinner - he'd gotten a 2 for 1 deal. Finally, we picked up some kibble for doggy, as well as some steaks. Doggy gets a steak (yes, cooked) every year on his birthday. I also make him some peanut butter biscuits.

That was about it for yesterday, except to report that eating was atrocious again. I will be paying for it at the scale on Tuesday if I don't get back on track.

Back to my cruise - Day 4, Wed. was Belize. When my friend B told us she'd heard that this area had the 2nd largest barrier reef in the world, we decided to do the snorkeling excursion, which also included a beach break afterwards. We all left the ship early to check out the shops, and then B & I boarded the catamaran for our snorkel trip. It was a short trip to the snorkel area. Neither of us has snorkeled in a while, so we were a bit nervous, espec. B since she'd never done it off a boat, just a beach. Something new for me was the required wearing of an inflatable vest. Before you were allowed off the boat, it had to be inflated a bit. Once you were in the water, you could deflate it if you wanted. Between your own buoyancy in the salt water and the use of swim fins, I don't think you really need that vest, but I'm sure others don't feel the same...Anyway, the snorkeling was fabulous - we saw a LOT of fish, a lot of variety, including some jellyfish. We were both so glad we did that.

The beach break afterwards was a short (1 hour) stop on a tiny little island that had little more than thatched roof structures for bathrooms, a bar, etc. It was a lovely, quiet spot, and the break was just long enough to enjoy a cold beer and chat with three Canadian gals who we met on the catamaran. It was a nice way to finish the excursion.

That night was another comedian, again, very funny.

Day 5 of the cruise was Roatan, Honduras. The excursion was to a wildife preserve/sanctuary. It was pretty, and we got to see iguanas, parrots, monkeys, other creatures and some lovely foliage. I had a very nice chat with the woman who founded it - it takes a very special person to do what she's done. After we got back to the dock area, we sought out a ship-"guaranteed shop" - too bad it was in a rather slummy area. We were not amused, but we made it there and back safely. The guest services person I spoke to afterwards wasn't receptive to my thoughts - they guarantee the shop, not the area it's located in. Whatever.

That evening the show was called le cirque bijou and it featured a lot of acrobatic/gymnastic moves on ropes, rings, curtains (LOL) as well as a couple who did amazing lifts - we all wondered what would happen in rough seas, LOL. Very talented cast, I don't care what someone like Simon Cowell (formerly an American Idol judge) would say about them.

Attaching photos.
1. Belize beach break
2. Roatan - iguana
3. Roatan - pretty foliage
4. Roatan - the suspension bridge (the alternate route was called something like "Chicken Way", haha)
5. Roatan - parrots

02-14-2014, 12:28 PM
Happy Valentines Day, ladies! :val3: :val1:

Words can't express how much I love you all and how much I appreciate all your support and encouragement!! It's had to believe it's only been 18 months since my life changed so drastically...and it's through the love and friendship I've received that I'm rebuilding my life into something even better!

I know a lot of people think Valentines Day is a rough holiday for those not in a relationship...but I look at it as a day to celebrate the love you feel for your self and others (hence the title for our thread this month). Everyone is loved, so let it in. :val3: :val1: :hug:

As I logged in this morning, I couldn't help but think how Mellie used to post fun and lovely graphics each holiday to brighten up these pages. I'm going to see if I can find something to post in her honor.

I'll check in for personals later.

Much love,

02-14-2014, 12:31 PM
One more pic from Roatan - the monkeys. Very cute mischievous creatures, and we all have pictures with a monkey on our shoulder - several in fact. We were the only ship in port that day, so the photographers took a good amount of photos, and we they sold a DVD with them on it - the $10 went to the preserve, so it was a good cause.

Anyway, no sooner had our guide told us to put away our sunglasses, hats, scarves and any other dangly things that the monkeys would snatch, than one monkey stole the little bottle of hand sanitizer dangling from a holder on my friend B's purse. It happened so fast!! The monkey actually opened the bottle and it even looked like she tasted it! She dropped the bottle shortly afterward and B snatched it back - hope that monkey wasn't harmed by the sanitizer!! You can see her with the bottle in the photo.

02-14-2014, 12:33 PM

02-14-2014, 12:38 PM
Susie - I'm also very happy today is Friday. Our office closes at 3 pm today (that's our custom, to close early the day prior to a company holiday), so that's nice. And we also have Monday off for President's Day - whoo! Enjoy your weekend. :) Re the .25 - a loss is a loss, and that's a good thing!! Good to have smaller goals along the way in this journey, otherwise it's like any other project - taken as a whole it's very overwhelming. Glad you liked the photos!!

02-14-2014, 12:43 PM
Awww, Michelle - very sweet graphics. I agree, people shouldn't get depressed on V-Day because they aren't in a romantic relationship, they need to celebrate all the other loves in their lives in the form of friends and family and especially themselves.

02-14-2014, 01:30 PM

Went to the doc this morning. Not only do I have a ganglion cyst but also carpel tunnel in that wrist. Cyst is too close to the artery to aspirate it so instead he put me in a brace to see if that helps with the carpel tunnel. Sheesh. Brace on right ankle and left wrist. Maybe just go with a body cast and get it over with.

LAURA....thank you for the recap on your vacation and the pictures. Very Nice!

CHELLE....I agree valentine's day is for everyone.

SUSIE...down a quarter of a lb. That is equal to one stick of budda! Good job.

CEEG...buying a bed opens the doors to company...yikes

HAPPY...yes, DS got things in order, finally, took him two days. Kiwanas was great. I joined this time when we went.

TERRA..great job on walking. Your doggie is cute.

SHADDIE...sounds like a working weekend for you rather than a fun weekend.

Got to get busy, didn't get in work till noon and have to leave early to get taxes done. Wish us luck, this is the first year married and Cs business. Bleh.

Hugs and Happy V Day.

02-14-2014, 02:00 PM
Hi Annie - In late, out early - that's my kind of workday, haha. :D And such a romantic V-Day - getting your taxes done!! :rofl: I should talk - 14 years ago today, bf and I moved into our house. Now that's romantic! Have a good v-day anyway and have a lovely weekend.

Sorry to hear about the carpal tunnel and the arm brace. Never fun to have yet another medical thing to add to the list. Bleh.

02-14-2014, 05:32 PM
Good afternoon ladies!

Just a few more hours 'till the long weekend!! I just wanted to celebrate two accomplishments...unfortunately neither are weight related, but that will come in time. First, I finished the video for my friend's birthday and her husband (who is also a dear friend) LOVES it!! :woohoo: And...I finished my research and report for a new website hosting recommendation and gave it to my boss and another manager. My boss isn't all that interested in the technical reasons behind my recommendation, but the other manager is, and he was very impressed with all that information and feature comparison data I compiled. :D

Today after work, I have a meeting with a nonprofit organization that I do part time website work for. And after that D and I are either going out to dinner or he's going to fix me a yummy dinner.

Tomorrow will be a busy day. A friend of mine is coming down from San Francisco and we both are getting together for lunch with a friend of mine who is in town this weekend from Wisconsin. After that, I'm heading over to the location of the surprise 50th b'day party to set up the laptop and test it out.

Then Sunday, I'm meeting some friends at the dog park and then going to a workshop in the afternoon. And on Monday, more workshops.

Somewhere in there, I need to do some writing and other work for a website client. :faint:


Laura - I'm so glad your review went well, and you're right a gain of 0.6 lbs after a cruise is not bad at all. I love all your vacation photos and stories! It was almost like living it vicariously through you! :beach: I've never been to NOLA, but I've heard it's an amazing place to experience! I especially liked reading about Belize since my step-brother lives there now. He had told me about the barrier reef there. I'm glad you enjoyed the snorkeling. I hope to get to Belize in 2015. Roatan, Honduras looks lovely too! I love wildlife preserves. I hope the monkey only sniffed the sanitizer and didn't drink much if any. I'm so impressed that you finished your challenges while on vacay!! :bravo: Wow! So nice that you give Coal a steak and peanut butter biscuits on his birthday!! Maybe next weekend I'll make some biscuits for Santa; this weekend's too darn busy. You're already off work for the long weekend, lucky lady! You and I definitely are on the same page about feeling all the love in your life on V-Day. Last year, Santa was my V-Day date, and it was lovely spending the evening with him. :D

Ceejay - I'm glad your time with the trainee has improved. Some people brag about themselves a lot. I'm glad he's getting less annoying. How cool about high school photos being posted on FB. My cousin has posted some of my pre-teen and teenage years.

Shad - The software I used for the video is called Wondershare. You can download it. It's $39.99 for a one year license or $49.99 for a lifetime license (I opted for the lifetime). It's really easy to use. You just add your images (and videos), choose the kind of transitions you want between photos (I chose random), add audio if you want to, and you can customize the intro screen and the "credits" screen at the end if you want one. I sent you a message via FB with a list of the various softwares I looked at. There are some that are cheaper or even free, but some don't let you burn to a DVD and I needed to that. I chose Wondershare because you could upload your own audio...not just choose from the software's audio library. Sounds like a busy and fun weekend ahead! I am so hoping to get my back better so I can do some hiking in the lovely hills around here. I'd love to see photos of the botanical gardens and the zoo. Have fun at the Petone fair. Be careful of the ominous weather though.

Susie - So nice that your boss was able to go into China on business after all. Hopefully it will all work out as planned. Congrats on the loss at TOPS! Any loss is better than nothing! So good that you have a new incentive to lose weight. Thanks for asking about the insomnia...what brought it on the other night is working on the video until after 10. Normally I try and start unwinding at around 8. Also, I forgot about taking Melatonin, so I took some at 11 or 11:30. I slept better last night.

Happy - How wonderful that you'll be given an award for all your help with the Humane Society!! Enjoy the Crabfest buffet tonight. Wow, no sales at the store on Thursday. Must've been boring. I'm glad your hair appointment went well. I think New Orleans is like a lot of big that are fascinating and beautiful and parts that are downright scary. I know San Francisco, San Jose, and Los Angeles are like that. Does a cold water rinse help preserve hair color? Whenever I get my hair colored "strawberry blonde" the reddish tones always fade out in a couple weeks and then it's just blonde. Good thing I like that color too. :lol:

Terra - Your dog is adorable. Good for you on all your walking...and on going to the support group meetings. Support is very important as we deal with life's challenges.

Annie - So sorry to hear about your ganglion cyst and the carpel tunnel! I hope the brace helps it heal. Good luck with your taxes. I have to compile all the paperwork. Mine are complicated this year because of working in two different states. Have a great weekend, sista!

I'd better get back to it. Still lots more to get done even if my website hosting research report is done.

Much love and many hugs,

02-14-2014, 11:03 PM
happy2bme ~ Yes, We actually got two snow storms here in Kansas. No I didnt get any of my walks in today but I did walk twice last night so thats better then nothing at least thats what I think, I'll do better with my walking tomorrow.

Laura705 ~ Yeah I got two of my walks in yesterday. My dog is a long haired chihuahua,Thats cool that you've had your dog since he was a pup, I've been Clyde's owner since 2000 but I've been around him all of his life, He turns 16 in Aug.

MyChoice2bfit ~ Thanks for commenting on my walking, Yes I always listen to music when I walk.

annie175 ~ Thanks for commenting on my walking and on my dog.

diyana ~ Thanks for commenting on my walking and on my dog, Yeah I think support groups are good to help you through life.

Im gonna get on the ball tomorrow and walk 3 times like I usually do. Im calling it a night and heading to bed, I hope everyone had a nice Valentine's Day and I hope everyone has a nice night.

02-15-2014, 11:45 AM
Trying to get things done before I go back to work tomorrow. Ugh.
Had my taxes filed yesterday and I'll be getting a refund from both the state and federal. Yeah.

Love the montage. You really put in a lot of work. Sounds like you have a busy week end ahead.

Reason for the bed-My sister from Dallas is coming sometime in the Spring and I'm tired of sleeping on the couch.

Hello's to Shad, Laura, Terra and Happy.

02-15-2014, 01:45 PM
ceejay52 ~ Hello to you too

02-16-2014, 12:06 AM
Hi. I'm taking a break from balancing the checkbook and paying bills. The bills from DH and my January health issues are hitting. We have met our deductibles. :p I am now happy that I worked all those long hours and can just pay the bills and not have to set up a payment plan.

We received 5 inches of new snow yesterday. The commute home from work was 2 hrs. But we made it before dark so I was ok with it.

Busy day today. We slept until 7:30 a.m. and then DH shelved snow for an hour while I cleaned up the kitchen and did a load of laundry and straightened up the house a bit. DH had a friend who was coming into town for a dentist appointment and so after his friend was finished with that we all went to breakfast and then DH and I went and got groceries so when we got done we could be in for the day. We took a nap, then cleaned the rest of the house. We have wood floors and all this snow and going in and out means a lot of mopping for me.

We fixed tacos for dinner and now I'm working on the checkbook and bills and he is watching the slam dunk contest on tv.

I finished the Fern Michaels book I was reading. It was a romance novel but it did have a bit of mystery to it and it was a fun quick read. Now, I'm reading the new Nicholas Sparks book. I just read the first chapter and will most likely read a little when I get into bed later.

Terra: You are doing great getting your walks in. How long/far do you go on each walk?

Ceejay: YEAH for the refunds!! We get our taxes done next Saturday. I'm hoping for a refund.

Annie: Sorry about all the braces you are dealing with now. I hope that it helps the carpal tunnel...I have heard that can be really painful.

Michelle: Great job on those accomplishments. You have been really working hard on that video and it sounds like you had a lot of irons in the good for you!

Laura: I hope you are enjoying your 3 day weekend...I know I am! I loved the picture of the monkey with the hand sanitizer bottle. He looked so cute.
Your trip sounds like a wonderful time and I'm glad you shared it with us.

Happy: How did the doctor appointment go?

Ok..back to getting this checkbook balanced and bills paid.

02-16-2014, 03:36 AM
Evening all,
Well the weekend certainly got away on me, but I got most of things finished that I wanted done. Today has been a beautiful day and I have walked and walked - to the markets, to the supermarket, up the hills etc.
Yesterday I went to the Petone fair and it was very interesting. Lots of crafts, lots of interesting stuff and lots of home made jams and chutneys and things. Yummy.

So the weekend has gone and it is back to work tomorrow to do it all over again. Just two weeks now until the guys begin training. A bit early I would have thought, but that's not my decision.

It's now time for bed. I'll be back with personals in the morning.

02-16-2014, 12:24 PM
Susie - for you - a link to a Cleveland Clinic article regarding 6 Myths about atrial fibrillation (

02-16-2014, 12:57 PM
Good morning all,

I had done a big giant post of personals and was multi-tasking (which I shouldn't do). The network has been slow lately and I went to close a browser window and impatiently clicked too many times and lost my post. :mad: Can only blame myself. Didn't have time to re-do it.

Went to the doctor on Friday. They x-rayed my knee. 2 spots of severe arthritis :yay: :no: She is recommending a better physical therapist in a town 30 minutes drive from here. The one in town who was good left to start her own practice and I was less than satisfied with the guy I was seeing. So we'll give that a try and if it keeps flaring up, I'll get another steroid shot. Our weather is warming up a bit - to the 30's even (just in time to mess up the ski race next weekend). And just that bit of warm up changes something in the atmosphere that really brings on the aches and pains. I am in a world of hurt today. We got more new snow yesterday so I have to go and help DH who's been doing most of it himself. The crabfest on Friday was very good - huge king crab legs, delicious shrimp scampi and a cheesy crab bisque as well as some batter fried cod rounded out the seafood selections. They also had an excellent roast pork with apples, baked chicken with bbq sauce and some other stuff I can't remember but it was all quite good - their new chef makes good stuff! I was a bit disappointed that they had limited side dishes and salads - cole slaw, potato salad and lots of delicious fresh fruit but we enjoyed ourselves and stuck to one dish each. We didn't bring any extra money with us so did not go to the casino which was a first :lol: Yesterday I caught up with a bunch of recorded tv shows. I have recorded the Olympics and have yet to watch them but it's nice that I can breeze right past that which I'm not interested in and just get to the good stuff without having to devote 20 hours to it.

Grocery shopping today after snow shoveling. I am running low on fresh stuff and the Mongolian hoardes will be arriving in town soon for the race and it will just be horrid maneuvering around town. I'm not sure how I am going to get to yoga and my 2 shifts at the shop later this week as yoga is right near the start of the race and they are doing the opening ceremonies just about the time I get out of there. The race ends in town right on Main street where we are so they will be blocking the roads off starting Wednesday which means I will have to walk over at some point. One of the thrift volunteers is trying to solicit us to help out bussing tables for a church fundraiser spaghetti dinner on Friday but I will have to see how my leg is holding up. They serve about 700 people in 4 hours so it's a pretty good turn out and helps out the church too.

Blah blah blah. Ok I'm done. :lol:

Shad - sounds like you had the most wonderful weekend. So nice that the weather cooperated and you were able to mill about and see the sights and stretch the legs out. I take it that your refrigerator is filled with delicious foods for the upcoming week. I hear you on the training - it was amazing to me what little importance they placed on the most important tasks.

Susie - yikes on hitting your deductibles already but at least that's out of the way. I have wood floors too and like you, noticed that they seem to need an awful lot more cleaning with the salt and snow - they are slippery with snowy boots too. Glad you enjoyed your books. I guess you got your exercise in with snow shoveling!

Ceejay - yay for tax refunds! Yes you overpaid but it's still nice getting those refund checks I think. Did your guest finally leave?

Michelle - what a lovely video you made :D I'm sure it was labor intensive but when I saw who it was, I knew it was your very good friend so I can see why you did it. I can't imagine how the wife would not be moved to tears with it. What a great gift!!! Thanks for including the info on the software - I might check that out too. Sounds like you had a busy weekend with friends - hope you had some fun. As to your question - yes, a cold rinse after washing your hair will close the hair shaft and help preserve the color. Make it as cold as you can stand it. I generally put the shower nozzle as close to the wall as possible, bend far forward and just get my head in the water, then I jump back, turn on the warm water again and warm myself up - it surely WAKES you up :lol: One of the things I like about the red tones is hair is that it not only puts some color in one's face but it also fades out nicely - just wish it didn't fade as much as it does. :( Thank you for the Mel graphics - I do miss them...

Annie - poor lady with all those braces! But they do make one feel better except for the restrictive carpal tunnel one. I hope your tax session didn't go too badly. Hey, get all the lumps and bumps done with now so you'll be raring to go when garden season is just around the corner :D

Laura - I have really enjoyed your pictures and narrative about your vacation. I guess monkeys are curious and mischievous. My ex-boss loved to go to Costa Rica. She has a little Elvis doll - think Barbie sized - that she takes with her. He is the focal point of many beautiful scenery pictures she has taken. One day she was setting up a shot and one of the monkeys grabbed Elvis and ran off with him. I think another local was able to rescue him but she said it was both funny and a potential disaster at the same time. :lol: Are you back used to your land legs and the cold again? Enjoy your 3 day weekend.

Hi Terra :wave:

Ok, time for me to get something constructive done. Later ladies...

02-16-2014, 01:39 PM
Ouch on the arthritis. I'd definitely get the cortisone injection for your knee. Yikes more snow. Please don't send it our way. And yes my company left last Tuesday, which was her mom's birthday. They were giving her a birthday party. I'm not expecting her back to stay with me. Told my sister I used reverse psychology on her by letting her do everything. Don't think she appreciated it. She commented that she didn't want to cook and gain ten pounds. She commented one day that she was taking over. I nodded my head yes. If she does come back, rules and reg's will be set. And I'm keeping my bed.

You got more snow also. I simply detest all wintery precipitation, unless it's snow flurries. I'm still working on my medical deductibles. And I need to go to Walmart for a few things I forgot. However, I can't tonight. Couldn't find my purse this morning. Should have gotten things together last night.

I wish I like to walk. On my time off this week end may go out to the nature center in Paragould and have a look see. It's been years since I've been out there.

Rearranged the office with the thought in mind of getting another bed. But I don't have enough space in that room for all the other stuff I have. If I can find a roll-a-way bed I'm thinking about getting that. I can keep it folded up and maybe put it in a closet some where. Put some of these plastic boxes out in the small shed I have.


02-16-2014, 02:02 PM
Susie ~ I walk back and fourth from the kitchen to the front room, Its quite a distance and I do that for 45 mins, Listening to music makes it less boring. Thanks for committing on my walks.

happy2bme ~ Hi back at ya. Yeah I never watch t.v when it airs anymore, I always record my shows so I can forward threw the commercials, It is nice that you can fast forward threw stuff you dont want to watch.

I know I usually take Sunday's off but I think Im gonna walk at least one time today, Im gonna do it pretty soon before my brother, his girlfriend and their baby get here and before my mom gets home from work also. The weather here has been nice and warm lately so thats been nice. I hope everyone has a nice day today.

02-16-2014, 02:59 PM
Morning all,
Back at work and none of the other serfs, slaves or smurfs are in yet - oh apart from Tim and he doesn't count. Don't tell him I said that.

Happy - yep the fridge is stuffed with stuff to last me for a couple of weeks. I have cleaned the freezer and all the meat and stuff is there marked for meals of the weeks etc. Fresh cherries, blueberries, apricots, plums and a mango are the fruits for the week. After that it will be the frozen berries and apples.
Sad to hear about the knee. Hope you can get some relief from it. Heat pads might help when sitting around. And more 'Snow' :yikes:
Crab dinner sounded nice. Which reminds me, I should go down to the 'Crabshack' one night for dinner.

Michelle - nice going on the video and thanks for the info on the software. I am still thinking about it for the time being.

Laura - loving the stories and pictures of the cruise.

Annie - how are the aches and pains holding up? Seems you had a good weekend with friends and family from what I saw on facebook.

Ceejay - new furniture. That will be nice. Hope you can find something to fold up and put away that is comfortable.

Susie - I've read a couple of Fern Michaels books. They can be good or a bit gooey. I'm not good at gooey. But I have enjoyed some of her series.

Terra - Walking is good stuff. I did plenty of it over the weekend and hopefully it will help to move some of the flab I have round my middle.

Okay - gotta go do some work. Have a good rest of the weekend. We are in for another beautiful day. The harbour is looking superb again. The sun is shining and there are few clouds around and them only light and feathery.

02-16-2014, 10:16 PM
Shad ~ Yeah walking is good stuff. Thats good that you got alot of walking in this weekend. My favorite kind of Crab are Snow Crab Legs, I could live off of snow crab legs and never get sick of eating them. Yeah its been a beautiful weekend here and its only going to get better as the week starts and finishes really.

I got 3 hours before bed and Im gonna get at least a 45 min walk in before then.

02-16-2014, 10:26 PM
Hi Everyone. I took a lovely 2 hr nap this afternoon. I have tomorrow off and I'm looking forward to lunch with a friend and just hanging out in my house--alone. DH will be at work. I might pull out a chick flick and get a cover and lay on the couch. ;)

Happy: Thanks for the link you sent. I'm sharing it with my DH. I think we are going to do this, as soon as we find out what they want to do with the prostrate stones (we have a doctor apt for that on Thursday). He might also be having a flare up of his diverticulitis. He has not had one problem in the past 2 years, but he has become lax with his diet and has been having peanuts and popcorn. I have to call his primary care doctor in the morning and get him the med that helps "heal" his colon. They usually try a round of that and if it is better then he is good, if not..we are looking at another scope. He is getting depressed and it is starting to get to me too.

Sorry you knee is bothering you. Get the shot and then do the therapy so you can feel better.

Shad: I love to get into work before a lot of people get there and get myself settled.

Terra: Did you get your 1 walk in before your family came over?

Ceejay: Maybe you could put a daybed in your office? I smiled :D when I read your comment about your purse. I can't find anything IN my purse.

Hi Annie and Michelle.

02-17-2014, 09:18 AM
Hello weekend was fantabulous!! Didn't get the taxes done Friday, we had to cancel due to the 5 1/2" of snow that shut the city down again. Took me 1 1/2 hours to get home from work, which is a normal 22 minutes drive. Saturday morning was spent with Sissy, Ainsley and Jacob. We went to Blueberry Pancake House for brekky. It is a greek based restaurant with many additional awesome goodies. Sissy got belgian waffle with fresh strawberries, Ainsley got Mickey Mouse pancakes and I got chicken and noodles and brought over half of them home. Lil man ate off of all our plates. lol Then Chris picked up lil man when he got off work at noon and us three girls went and got pedicures. That was enjoyable. Sis dropped me off at home then my bro, Mike/SIL Pia, his daughter/my neice Mandy her daughter/my grand neice Aria, my nephew Josh and his GF came over for pizza, good laughs, movies. Yesterday we went to Kentucky to my grand nephew's baptism. I, of course, am his Godmomma. What a nice time this weekend was but I must say I am exhausted today and did not to get up this morning. Bleh, yes I have a work day, we don't get it off for prezzie day.

HAPPY...I feel you knee pain in my ankle. I go Wednesday afternoon for another shot in the ole ankle. It is h*ll getting old and feable. Your therapy is only as good as your therapist. Hope you get to feeling better. MMMMMMM a crab fest. Love me some crab. Just cannot get enough of it tho and my fingers hurt from peeling it.

SUSIE...I must say, Mexican, hot and spicy are my favs. I will admit I have never in 53 years balanced my check book. I just know my balance and cross off stuff as I go. I know it is silly, but also seems like a waste of time. go girl on walking, I am proud of you.

CHELLE...I watched the entire video, you did a marvelous job on the birthday collage. I really liked it. I may send you some picture and have you do one for my brother Michael. (cancer) He would enjoy it I am sure.

SHADDIE..looks like you are kicking arse again on MFP. I didn't record anything yesterday, just too busy to mess with it. Broke my 27 days of posting in a row. Oh well.

CEEG...I knew the bed was for your sister's visit, however I was referring to the unwanted house guests that may take advantage of your hospitality.

LAURA...are you back into the swing of things since vacay? Did BF miss you?

That is about it for me.


02-17-2014, 11:37 AM
Rain, sleet, ice, snow predicted for Indiana today. Bleh. May be another early day.

02-17-2014, 11:44 AM
MyChoice2bfit ~ No I took too long to get off of the computer but Im gonna do my 1st walk at 11 am so in 2 hours

annie175 ~ Thanks for commenting on my walking

02-17-2014, 06:34 PM
My day started out good but thankfully I had "help" when I did the back wash procedure for number 2 filter. One of the valves didn't close. And ding, ding wanted to wait till B got over here to close it. Then he opts to close the valve for emergency cases. Don't think he knew how to close it manually. He told me to stay upstairs. I would have closed the valve manually then called B. I had him to check the motor and he said it was hot. I'm not sure how much more of this I can handle.

Don't think I'll have any more guest especially when I'm working. I'm expecting her back this week end when it's supposed to warm up. I'm going to Paragould on Saturday and Sunday. She doesn't have a key and I don't want her there when I'm not at home. Sounds like you had a good girls day out.
I did ride the bike for 30 minutes last night. It's getting easier but I'll need to put on some sweat pants from now on. The jeans are too rough for my back side. :lol:

Howdy's to the rest. I'll be back later to do more personals.

02-18-2014, 05:17 AM
Quick one since I should be in bed.
My nephew is over from Cairns and we headed to the beach to get a burger from the best little burger place on the parade. (There was my nephew, and my niece and her husband and the Peanut smurf and my sister and M's parents). However he is only there Wednesdays to Sundays so we ended up having a burger from a fast food place. It wasn't too bad but probably not on the list of things you should eat when trying to lose weight.
Some time later, we moved on and now I am at home thinking about going to bed.

Might be a good idea. See you all tomorrow.

02-18-2014, 10:34 AM
Morning all. You'd think I had some busy,exciting long weekend having heen MIA the whole time, but no. Very ho hum.

Friday I went w bf on the dogwalk after work and managed to tear my down coat. Before more feathers & down came out I stuck some duct tape on it. So much for my plan to launder it over the weekend.

Saturday I had a dentist appt. He ckd a tooth he thought was trouble at my exam 3 mos. ago & ended up filling it. What's with these guys who think they want to save time & not numb you up before drilling??!! No thanks. But then I was numb for 3 hours. After the dentist, I ran a few errands, but forgot to pick up an rx and never got to trader joe's.

Sunday morning was the papers, then a step class at the gym. Vere fancy choreography but a decent workout even when i couldn't follow. After that was laundry & misc puttering, tv & reading. Better post bef ore I lose this. Personals & more later.

02-18-2014, 11:48 AM
Hi ladies,

I had a crazy busy, but very fun, weekend. Seeing my friends from SF and Wisconsin was wonderful! The surprise birthday party/video was a huge success! Sunday all day and Monday morning were busy with other friends and trips to the dog park...and Monday afternoon I got home around 2 and fell asleep watching the Olympics. I woke up when D got home around 5:30.

I'll catch up on the reading and do personals later.

Much love,

02-18-2014, 12:56 PM
Back again…

Michelle – Great job on that birthday video. What a wonderful gift for your friend! :) And more kudos to you re the hosting recommendation report – it’s good to keep the bosses happy. :D After my 4th whirlwind stop in NOLA, I still feel like I haven’t had a proper visit yet, but each time I experience a wee bit more and enjoy it. It’s a really different, interesting place with an interesting history and culture. Similar to what Happy commented, I don’t think it always makes a great first impression, but many cities are like that. And all big cities certainly have areas you really don’t want to go to. One of the three Canadian sisters we met on our cruise told us that if it weren’t for the frigid cold temps we had when they changed Amtrak trains in Chicago, she thought it might be fun to get on “the bus” to explore Chicago. She didn’t realize that getting on just any bus could take you somewhere you definitely wouldn’t want to be! (These women had grown up in a small town in Manitoba and had limited “big city” living experiences.) Just saw your latest post – sounds like you had a wonderful weekend with your friends and at the party. The nap yesterday was probably much-needed and well-deserved!

Terra – Wow, Clyde is 16 years old! Those small-sized dogs are blessed with longer life spans, and you're so fortunate to have him with you for so long. I think my love of large dogs comes from my mom – she just loves them. How goes the walking? Just checked the weather for your neck of the woods – nice temps you’re getting!!! I’m so jealous!!! Enjoy the outdoor time as much as you can. :yes:

Ceejay – Nice you got your taxes done, and nice to have refunds coming. I know “the experts” advise people to adjust their tax withholding so they get bigger paychecks and smaller refunds so the government isn't the one benefitting from their money all year long instead of them, but with the very low interest rates being paid, we’re really not missing out on much income from interest. Besides, bigger refunds probably help people save a little bit more than they would have on their own. I’d much rather get a refund than be faced with possibly having to write a check to cover any shortfall in what I owe. Too bad you don’t have room for a permanent guest bed in your home office. I like Susie’s recommendation of a daybed. We have one in our spare bedroom, and it also has a trundle bed underneath that rolls out when needed. That room also doubles as my sewing room. Good job riding the bike!!! Can’t imagine doing that in jeans…

Susie – I’m one of those who has to balance the checkbook to the penny – it’s the bean counter in me! We’re truly among the fortunate to be able to get good healthcare and be able to pay for it. I just read an article in the paper about people trying to survive on minimum wage, working 2 or 3 part time jobs. What a struggle. We have wood floors too, but also have a number of throw rugs laid out all over for the benefit of our dog, who has a bit of arthritis in his hind legs and has trouble with the slippery bare wood (and laminate in the kitchen). Between the dog and the weather, I prefer the hard floors. I think carpets would be very hard to keep clean this time of year.

Shad – Sounds like you had a wonderful weekend. At least someone’s gotten prepped and organized for the week ahead. I accomplished surprisingly little over my long weekend...

Happy – Sorry to hear about the arthritis in the knee. I hope the new PT can help, but there’s always a steroid shot to help as well. I hope the weather is going to be good for the ski race this week. Are you all stocked up in preparation for the influx of racers and spectators? I hope you can get around okay – sounds like it’ll be very congested on your main drag in town. Your crab buffet sounded wonderful. With all that cra b, who cares about the side dishes, LOL.

Annie – Ugh re all the snow on Friday, glad you got home safely if not quickly. The rest of your weekend sounded wonderful, full of family and fun. You needed another day off to rest from it!! I’m still catching up from being out of town. I really should have gotten more done this past weekend since I won’t have much time this coming weekend. Live and learn! :shrug: Safe travels home today. We got a lot of snow yesterday, and I think we’re expecting the rain, snow, etc. overnight Wed. into Thurs.

I didn’t do all that much yesterday. I went to the thrift shop and bought nothing. The bakery next door was closed, so I couldn’t buy the loaf of rye bread we wanted. Finished up with a trip to Walmart. Once again forgot to pick up my rx – it had started snowing in earnest by then and I just wanted to get home. I also forgot about getting to the dry cleaner to see if they could mend my ripped down coat. Grrr. I spent the afternoon doing some reading and watching a movie I’d DVR’d a while back – “Mr. Deeds Goes to Town”. Quite the oldie. Then more laundry.

No cruise pics right now, but I’ll try to post some later. Our 4th excursion was a tour of the Mayan ruins called Chocchoben in Costa Maya, Mexico (our 4th and final port). We had another really great tour guide and a wonderful experience. Friday, our last full day on the cruise, was a day at sea. It was nice to have an unstructured day to do as I pleased. After breakfast, I took a walk on the track around part of the deck, and also ventured to the other decks above that to scope out a quieter spot to later sit and read my book. I did about a mile on the track plus whatever distance I went going up and down the other decks. I then fetched my book and other gear and sat down in a spot on an aft deck at the rear of the ship, but the air smelled a bit like exhaust (the stacks are back there), so I moved to where B. was sitting. No sooner had I settled in then the wind really picked up and it started to mist. We all ended up back at the cabin and played a game for a bit until the rain ended. After the steward finished cleaning our cabins, I finally got my shower, and then a bit of lunch, and then some packing. Later that night was dinner at the dressier dining room, to which I brought my bottle of champagne.

I really enjoyed the cruise, as did B. Unfortunately, my friend D. was limited in how much she could really do with her knee in such bad shape. She only did the one excursion, the Cozumel bus tour. At the other ports, she left the ship and did some shopping at the dock, but that was about it, and even that was too much walking for her. I think her sister S felt obligated to stay behind with her, but S did at least get to see the monkeys in Roatan with B and I, which was one of the things she’d really wanted to do on this trip.

B and I were a bit worried that D wasn’t happy that we weren’t hanging out with them more, but I don’t think that was really the case. We’d all gotten together well in advance of our cruise to plan our shore excursions, so everyone knew B and I planned to keep pretty active. Having done at least 2 other cruises in the recent past, I was sort of surprised D would choose a cruise again if she knew her knee wouldn’t allow her to do much more than a short amount of walking. I have a feeling the other times either her knee wasn't feeling as bad...or she was with a much more sedentary group of people… Anyway, I hope that this was a real wake-up call for her that she needs to make fixing her knee a priority. She's too young to be held back like that.

Yes, I do have work to do today!! Time to get to it!! TTFN!

02-18-2014, 01:12 PM
Morning all,

I am really over this leg pain thing. Being in constant pain at a level of 6 to 8 every day for weeks is taking it's toll on me. I can feel depression poking out of the shadows but I am fighting it. Today I have an appointment with a new physical therapist my doc says is really, really good. I hope so. The bad leg is throwing off my whole body and now my left side is hurting too. I can't sleep well and pain is waking me up about 2 hours after I fall asleep at night. Time for booze and pills :hat: :cheers: :lol: Not really - I have booze but no pills. ;) and I certainly don't need to get drunk and fall down and cause more problems...

This is the big race weekend and of course today it's supposed to be a high of 39 degrees F. We haven't seen that temp since oh beginning of October. The next 3 days are supposed to be above freezing and then the deep chill hits on Friday again. I'm not sure what that will do for the course - I think they like it stiff and slidey - fresh snow is like walking through sand so maybe it will work out but I'm sure the course groomers will have their hands full.

Yesterday I caught up with 2 old friends. We swapped stories and traded pictures of our fur kids and such. It was nice. I got a bit of housework done and was going to read when I was checking Facebook and the one friend got on and we started chatting so that ended that.

Michelle - glad you had a nice weekend with friends and that the video and the party turned out so well. What a wonderful gift!

Laura - I have learned the hard way with the dentist after getting zinged a couple of times - now I sit with the death grip on the chair handles and make sure they let the novacaine set before they touch me :yikes: Sorry you ripped your coat - will you be able to repair it?

Shad - bummer that you couldn't get the burger you wanted. Shame if you have a splurge in mind and then have to waste it on a fast food joint. A few walks around that "hill" of yours outside the office will make fast work of the calories. Did you give the peanut some hugs?

Ceejay - steel yourself and prepare your mindset that you only have a limited time left and new people will come and they will do things their way. It is your job to tell them the right way but not in your power to make them do it properly. Sometimes they have to learn for themselves, just cover your own back. Good job on the bike.

Annie - I love crab too and agree with you about them needed a better way to peel it - I'm always afraid I will shoot a leg across the room and embarrass myself. I was surprised at how easy it is to make crab cakes - I think you might like it too because you can spice them as light or firey as you like them. I like them mild with a sauce that has a bit of a bite to it. I hope you don't get the junky weather again. Everyone is complaining about it. I am terrified - really I am - about what's going to happen when this 6 foot bed of snow starts to melt down. I just hope it replenishes the underground water supplies.

Terra - how is your walking coming along?

Susie - I'm sorry DH is hitting so many health bumps. I can understand the depression - it's hard on him and hard for those like you who live with him. I went through the same thing with DH - I think secretly he was afraid something would happen to leave him partially disabled. Thank goodness everything worked out although it took a bit of time.

I just heard some weird noises and looked out the window. There are at least a dozen wild turkeys who decided for some reason they wanted to pick at the cleaned driveway. They are making turkey noises. We had the driveway resurfaced and it's not holding up well so it's chipping in several places. I think the turkeys for lack of small stones and rocks to make their gizzards work are helping that chipping on the driveway by ingesting small bits of cement as a poor substitute. It's also amusing to watch them as they run full speed at the crows who are trying to catch a meal of left over deer corn. Always something to see out here.

Anyway I need to get ready for my appointment. Have a good day everyone.

02-18-2014, 01:48 PM
Sheesh HAPPY...I am with you on the pain. Tomorrow cannot get here soon enough. I am getting another shot in my ankle. I am about to do a self-amputation. Hope you get some relief with this new therapist. We are 49 degrees today and 59 on Wed or THurs with thunder storms. Go figure! Back to 20 as the high end of next week. Gobble Gobble Mr. Deeds....with Adam Sandler or am I thinking of another movie? Sounds like you had a great time on the cruise. I probably couldn't do many excursions either if I went unless I had just had a shot in my ankle. It spat ice balls yesterday on the way home from work. Needless to say that was quite a long trip. This morning the roads were still icy, but now all melted with the higher temps and what is that bright shiny thing? Oh, why it is the sun! you have had more fun in CA than you ever had before. You just keep going from one party to another. Stay healthy sister.

SHADDIE...glad you are getting time with family. Nuttin like em...haha

CEEG...good for you riding the bike!


Make it a great day/night all!


02-18-2014, 03:42 PM
Annie - I am coming over - for some of that yummy sounding swiss steak and to feel what 59 glorious degrees feels like. I went out on the deck in a t-shirt to shoo the pig birds (birds that park themselves at the feeder and gorge and won't let anyone else have a turn) and it was heaven - overcast but about 34 degrees so I took a few good deep breaths of fresh air.

I take it those rocker shoes didn't help your ankle? I think the foot pain is worse than the knee pain. I have been taking a soak in a warm bath with Epsom salts and it seems to calm the pain a bit - might want to try that on your foot.

02-18-2014, 03:44 PM
and I agree with Annie Michelle - it was an incredibly painful trip to get there but you seem so much more active and happy where you are now. I'd say you have found your happy place :D

02-18-2014, 04:56 PM
I'm envious of all the wild life in your back yard. But it will not be long before Mr. or Mrs. bear will be back too. Hope the new physical therapist will help. You comment made me think of the phrase you can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink.

Bless you. I can't imagine how much pain you are in with both the knee and foot. I've been thinking of a day bed. Maybe a twin bed to make into a day bed. If both sisters are at my house, I'll put one couple in a hotel room.

More personals later
It's a beautiful warm day with sunshine. And I'm trainee free for the afternoon. His child daycare called him and told him to come and get his son. He has blister's on his tongue. It's so peaceful. I'm enjoying it while I can.

02-18-2014, 11:20 PM
Afternoon all,

Another quick post (since my social life seems to be picking up and I am going out again tonight)

If you want to see what our beautiful harbour looks like at any time of the day (probably only 6.00am to 9.00pm our time) then check here. Scroll down the link and find the webcam - click on it for a full sized view. You can go to other places around NZ checking on the weather by clicking the link on the right of the screen.

Hope that works for you. Takes an update every ten minutes. You can see my apartment on the bottom right of the photo behind some trees - second balcony from the top looking on the left side of my building. My work place is just visible on the far left of the photo. So you see I don't have far to walk.

Gotta go. Few things to do before I finish for the day. BBQ for dinner tonight.

02-19-2014, 12:15 PM
Morning all. It’s 37 F out there today, and sunny. Sidewalks are awful – icy and hazardous. I wore my rubber “zookeeper” boots today and was glad I did because there were a few spots in which the major puddles from yesterday had not frozen up overnight and I had to wade through because the snow on either side was too deep to walk through to avoid the water. I was wearing my other boots last night and was thoroughly surprised they didn't take on water going through those giant puddles. More melting on the agenda today, so I’m guessing more wading tonight. (Bf picks me up from the train but isn't always right there when I get off the train, so I always start to walk home.)

Happy – I’m so sorry your leg pain is so bad. :( How did the PT appointment go yesterday?? I think you should get some pills to get you past this!!! Any thoughts on seeking out a whirlpool to soak in? That just sounds like it would feel so good on the aches and pains. Yeh, I won’t let any drilling go on until I’m numb. That one time years ago was enough. Bf’s doc used some kind of new laser thingy to fill one of his teeth a couple months ago. Though his dentist also tried to tell him it wouldn’t be painful, bf still needed numbing. But bf said with this laser thingy there’s no drill sound, just some clicking. Huh. I dropped my coat off at the dry cleaner's shop to be repaired last night. It’ll cost me $15 and I’ll have it back on Friday. It wasn’t a major tear, just within one of the 4”x4” quilted squares. I could have tried to mend it myself, but it probably wouldn’t have looked too good. If I decide to replace that coat with another, I probably won’t be doing it until next fall, and in the meantime, I don’t want to have to live with a very visible, poorly done repair job smack on the back of my coat for all behind me to see. Re the turkeys - what do you mean that they need the stones to make their gizzards work?? Or are you just being snide about them chipping up your resurfaced driveway?? :lol:

Annie – So glad you’re getting your shot for that ankle today!!! I hope it zaps that pain away and you don’t have to even think about your ankle!!! :yes: And that you get a good night’s sleep tonight. The Mr. Deeds movie I saw was the original VERY OLD version, 1936, starring Gary Cooper. Not the Adam Sandler version. Haven’t seen an Adam Sandler movie I liked since Happy Gilmore. Not that I’ve seen many Sandler movies in my life – he just isn’t my cup of tea at all. And I don’t even know how he gets movies made anymore, I hear nothing but how horrible his movies have been as of late. Anyway…I liked the first half of the 1936 version well enough, but the last part was very mediocre. If I’m going to watch another Gary Cooper movie, it’ll be “The Pride of the Yankees” and/or “High Noon” – neither of which I’ve ever seen. In fact, Mr. Deeds was the first Gary Cooper movie I’d ever seen. That guy was one tall drink of water…

Ceejay – Glad you had part of a day that was free of the annoying trainee. His poor kid though – blisters on his tongue???!!! :yikes: Besides scalding it with hot food, what would cause that???

Shad – Thanks for posting the link to the webcam. Will check it in a couple hours. Still an ungodly hour in NZ as I write this. I think you need to put something very bright and visible out on your balcony so we can spot your apartment in the webcam, LOL. A friend of mine worked at a university in FL that had campus webcams and I once made her go out to one of the webcam spots at an arranged time so I could see her “live” back in Chicago, teehee. Have fun going out tonight. I’ve been feeling antisocial and skipped the movie last night and sent regrets for the usual movie group Oscars party coming up Sunday after next. Just not up for it this year. Kind of looking forward to sitting at home, comfy on my own sofa and watching it by myself or with BF.

Hellos to the rest of the Worldlies. :wave: Hope you're all off to a good start of your day.

Nothing much to report on my end. Finally took my coat in to get repaired and picked up the rx. Ho hum.

I’ve chosen my next fitness challenge: 30 day easy push up challenge. It starts with 3 pushups on day 1 and ends with 20 pushups on day 30 with the usual rest day every 4th day. Link here:

It says “easy” but doing them in the standard/military style, it will be very difficult for me. I've never been able to do more than one "real" pushup, and never in really good form. I’m sure I will need to do a hefty portion of the challenge using the modified “knee” version. But I will give it a go!

That’s about it for me. Back to work, it won’t do itself! ;)

02-19-2014, 12:16 PM
Good morning ladies -

I awoke with a headache so I knew that it rained overnight. Probably more like a drizzle though...but enough to get the streets slippery.

I'm going to try and catch up on personals sometime today/tonight. Right now, I've got to get some graphic design work done.

Much love to all,

02-19-2014, 02:19 PM
Morning girls,

Regarding the turkeys, cement chips and gizzards. No I was not pulling your legs... :^: "Some animals that lack teeth will swallow stones or grit to aid in digestion. All birds have gizzards, but not all will swallow stones or grit. The birds that do, employ the following method of mastication: A bird swallows small bits of gravel that act as 'teeth' in the gizzard, breaking down hard food such as seeds and thus helping digestion." The birds walk along and peck, peck, peck. They are pecking for seeds, bugs and tiny rocks. The stones they ingest eventually pass through their digestive system so they have to constantly eat more. I guess to them there is no difference between a piece of gravel and a cement chip. The chipped driveway also holds pockets of melted snow water so they get a drink and help their gizzards at the same time. This is why I am glad we have the internet so I can learn these things. :)

Yesterday was a beautiful 41 degrees and sunny. I was walking around in a polo shirt and cardigan. It was WONDERFUL. Today is more of the same and tonight they are predicting blizzard conditions as a fierce storm moves up this way after midnight. We might get 9 inches of snow. DH is out chopping snow along the driveway to make room to plow more. I offered to help him but he said it's wet and heavy because it's partially melted and lifting and throwing would not be good for my knee.

The physical therapist was interesting. He's a young guy and we talked about a lot. Said there isn't anything he can do for the arthritis and I am too young to have knee replacement right now. (I was DELIGHTED to be too young for anything at this moment :D ) He talked about options for that in the interim but they would have to be pursued with an orthopedic guy. He did check me and I have some knots in the muscles along my leg and butt. That we can work on and those are giving me pain in the hips, knee and foot so there are some options for relief. He wants to do something called "dry needling" which is acupuncture-like only in that they insert thin, sterile needles into your skin. The point is to elicit a twitch response which unkinks the knots. Supposed to be very effective since it can get deep into the muscle as opposed to tradition massages or manipulation. Is it painful? That is relative - the needles are thin, it's like a pin prick and some people find the twitch sensation uncomfortable but it only lasts a second or two. I am nervous about him hitting a nerve - that is really painful if you've ever experienced that. I also wonder since I have a good layer of fat on my leg - how deep will he have to go? (pulls out needle the size of a knitting needle :yikes: :lol: ) I am going to give it a try. He wants to see me twice a week for the next 4 weeks. I do feel badly that DH has to do that much driving but as he says - what else does he have to do and besides, up here you have fewer choices and must go farther. DH wondered why I just didn't get my knee replaced if it's that bad but I explained that even the PT said it's not something you rush into as surgery has it's own complications. I also reminded DH of what a horrid patient I was after bunion surgery and did he really want that again? He said he'd put me in the man cave, turn the heater on and bring me meals 3 times a day and I could complain all I wanted to the squirrels and the birds. :lol: I am an awful patient - no tolerance for being immobilized.

Lastly as I was watching the evening news last night at the end of the weather segment they mentioned that the Northern Lights were flaring and should be pretty good. So I watched for them out the back window. It's rather hard to see with the screen in the window but just as I was getting ready to turn in, I went outside and there they were. It was going on 3am. DH told me to wake him if I saw them so I did. I'm not sure I would have gotten out of a warm bed to go stand on a frosty deck but I have learned when it comes to nature - often you only have one shot at something and don't let the opportunity pass you by. They weren't as impressive as the pictures you see up closer to the artic circle but you could still make out the bands of light that faded in and out - like pale green fingers reaching from the horizon over the trees up to the heavens. It would have been better looking if we didn't have such a bright, almost full moon out but we stood out there for 20 minutes and watched. The stars were nice and bright also.

Michelle - sorry you are not feeling well today. Hope the headache passes and you have an interesting day with the graphics work.

Laura - Glad you were able to get your coat fixed. I agree - have it done by someone who might be able to make the repair as invisible as possible. I know you are a good seamstress, mine would look like a Frankenstein zipper :lol: My sister was talking about how much snow you got the other day (well actually Orland Park got the most of anyone) but it was also sloppy, icy and slippery. good thing you have good boots. Don't care what they say - you need rubber boots for water - leather doesn't hold up that well. It's crazy that one needs 3 kinds of winter boots - one for watery conditions (heavy sealed rubber), one for powder snow (flat bottom) and one with a good heel for digging in on old, rutted snow. How fun to stage your friend so that you could see her on the webcam. Thanks for including the push up challenge. I was thinking about that recently - because of my knee it's awkward getting up from the floor and I have realized how weak my arms have become - I could benefit from the strength improvement of pushups. I will check that out.

As well as your webcam video of the harbor Shad. Thank you for including that also. I can't say enough how much I love the picture of you with the salad bowl your nephew posted. It's just such a happy, happy picture - and a wonderful looking salad too! You are looking wonderful.

Ceejay - I agree that one of the best parts of living up this way is the abundance of wildlife. The bald eagles are returning and yesterday on the drive home we saw one sitting at the side of the road eating his dinner and saw another sitting in a tree waiting for his to crawl by. I will never get tired of that sight. I'm sure it will be hard to train the new guy the right way and then have them disregard you and do their own thing but you have to learn to shrug it off. How are you doing on your bike exercising? Are the spring flowers starting to appear out your way?

Annie - I hope the ankle shot gives you some relief. I can totally relate to wanting to hack off the offending, painful part but there's an old joke in the office about "we hired you with all your parts and expect you to keep them". ;) Starting to notice too how the weather really affects the aches and pains.

Hi Terra and Susie. :wave:

I called the Thrift Shop and spoke to the co-ordinator and said if we indeed get blizzard conditions I am not going to attempt to come in. He was good natured about it - said he was cancelling the senior bingo for tomorrow also. That means I will also miss yet another yoga class too and more importantly find out if they are planning on continuing for another session (most likely so). One can't trust the weather reports - often they are more wrong than right and if it's not too bad I will venture out but I am keeping my options open. I also have a book that is due at the library tomorrow - it's a new book so you can't renew the lending period. I can either try and power read it today and pay a late fine if I can't get there tomorrow or just turn it in unread today. I should have paid more attention :dizzy:

Anyway - on with the day. Have a good one everyone.

02-19-2014, 02:46 PM
Morning all,
Been up since 4.30am and baked a cake since there wasn't a lot else to do. I had a good time at the nieces place last night and as Happy said the rascally nephew from Aus posted a couple of photos of me on Facebook. So much for his promises. Just because he takes a good photo, doesn't mean that everyone else does. I may just get some of my own back today since he is supposed to be going to Auckland today to compete in an Outrigger competition but Wellington is completely fog bound. This is something that doesn't happen very often, since Wellington is known as the windy city and fog doesn't stick around wind. However we have had some very warm dry days and yesterday afternoon the sea fog rolled in and then it covered the land. Today our neck of the woods is truly Aotearoa (Land of the long white cloud)
Barbecue last night was good. I made the salad and sorted the bread and stuff. The niece sorted the sauce and dressings, the nephew-in-law did his whirlwind act on the steaks, chops, chicken and sausages and my sister set the table. The rascally nephew took photos of all of this activitiy. Dang kid - well possibly not kid since he is the oldest nephew and this year will turn 42 or is it 43. Certainly doesn't look it. I did a lot of walking yesterday up hills especially. Don't see anything on the scales tho'

Happy - sounds like the new guy is fairly thorough. Hope he can bring you some relief. Can't say I blame you for not going into the shop in blizzard conditions. Hope the yoga does carry on, since you will need more than one series to get the muscles limbered up and moving. That was one thing I loved about Body Balance, it gave me back flexibility and that was entirely due to the yoga and tai chi components..

Laura - hope all this cold and snow and weather go away for you soon. You'll be needing another cruise shortly.

Ceejay - maybe the new bloke will settle down shortly - maybe not.

Hi to Annie, Susie, Terra - :wave: :wave: :wave:

02-19-2014, 06:08 PM
Hi ladies,

Yesterday I learned that one of my ex-sisters-in-law has cancer in both her breasts. Thankfully, it's just Stage 1. It was caught very early. She'll be having a radical double mastectomy in two weeks, and depending on whether or not it's in her lymph nodes, she'll either have radiation or a combo of chemo/radiation. So sad that she has to go through this. She's just 45 and has a young son. But at least it was caught early...thanks to her being diligent about self-exam and annual mammograms. She is the 2nd of my ex's sisters to have breast cancer. The other sister had a mastectomy 7 years ago.

I forgot to thank you all for the nice compliments about the video. My friend was really touched. Happy is friend whose birthday it was and her husband are two very dear friends. We've been friends for nearly 35 years! At the party, two friends of ours played guitar and sang. These two friends performed at my first wedding in 1982. Among the songs they played was the couple's favorite song ("You Take My Breath Away" by Tuck and Patti - you can find videos of the song on YouTube) which they played 20+ years ago at their wedding. Tuck and Patti started as a local Bay Area act, and my friends and I would get together and go see them perform in small cafes 30+ years ago.

And Annie and Happy, you are both right. I'm a lot happier now than I've been in a long time. :D It's good to be around family and friends and to spend time focusing on what makes me happy.


Terra - Your dog is adorable. There are a lot of chihuahuas in the city where I live, ranging in size from 3 lbs to 10 or 15 (some are a bit chunky). That's cool you've been with him so long. I've been with Santa (my 8 year old white miniature Schnauzer) since he was 2.

Ceejay - Twin beds and/or day beds are good. My step-mother has a day bed/trundle bed (where a second mattress slides underneath and can be pulled out if a wider bed is necessary). Great news on getting a refund from State and Federal! I still have to get my taxes done. I think I finally have all the paperwork. My taxes are a little more complicated this year due to working in two states. Oh

Susie - I hope your DH's doctor appointment about the prostate stones goes well.

Shad - Good for you on walking so much! The Petone fair sounds like something I'd really like. I love craft fairs with homemade items. I'm going to have to see if I can find the photos your nephew posted. :rofl:

Happy - So sorry to hear about the arthritis in your knee. Bummer that the PT can't help the arthritis, but at least he can help with teh knots in your legs and butt. I think you should try dry needling. I've had acupuncturists hit a nerve (and it hurt, but only for a few seconds). Your PT is right...knee replacement surgery should not be entered into lightly. Not until you're really, really limited by the pain. My ex had to have his knee replaced at age 40. He could barely walk anymore. It took him several months to recover from the surgery, and there are risks of complications (my aunt's knee replacement didn't take well, so she has to have it redone). The problem with my ex replacing his knee at age 40 (even though he'd put it off for several years and couldn't wait any longer), the artificial knees only last 15-20 years (maybe longer now) and he'll likely have to have another knee put in when he's in his 60s. I've been recording the Olympics and fast-forwarding past the stuff I'm not interested in. Thanks for the tip about the cold water rinse for red tones. I'll try that. I really like a little red tone (strawberry blond) because it actually plays down the rosacea on my face. Chronic pain does suck. Big time. During the day, take an NSAID called Mobic (it's a prescription) for inflammation and pain relief in my back, and at night I sometimes take a muscle relaxer and/or a prescription pain med. How wonderful that you got to see the Northern Lights. We had them occasionally when I lived in WI, but not nearly as spectacular as the ones in northern Canada.

Annie - I would be more than happy to do a collage for your brother. Absolutely. You can either e-mail me the pictures or mail them to me. Don't send a memory stick though. A USB drive would work. The memory stick you sent me to put Mel's photos on...I don't know how to "attach" it to my computer. What I'll do about Mel's photos is burn them onto a DVD or a USB drive. I hope the shot helps relieve your ankle pain. I'm going to have to look through your cookbook for the swiss steak recipe. That sounds so yummy!

Laura - So sorry to hear about your coat. That's good that the dry cleaner can fix it fairly cheaply. Crazy that your dentist wanted to drill without novacaine! :yikes: That's a shame your friend D wasn't able to do the excursions. That's why I want to lose weight and get my back better. I really, really, really want to hike all the glorious trails in CA. Good for you on the pushup challenge. I don't know if I could do more than one military pushup, but I can do several of the modified "knee" versions. Good that you have the zookeeper boots to get through the puddles and slushy muck.

Ok. I've taken a long enough break. time to get back to work.

Love and hugs,

02-19-2014, 06:47 PM
I decided on getting a twin bed to act as a day bed. But first I have to get rid of something and that will be the shelves. They aren't that good so I'm thinking of dismantling them and taking them to the curb or bringing them to put in the dumpster here at work. I also need to dispose of some books and pack away or find a home for some African knick knacks. My sis brought back the knick knacks (animals) from Africa. I will probably pack the knick knacks away for now. I'm not sure if I'll have room for them if I move.
I'm at work so I'll be back later.

02-19-2014, 09:44 PM
Hi Everyone,

I kept meaning to post and now here it is Wednesday and I haven't posted since Sat or Sunday?

It is a bit quieter week at work this week. My boss made i to China and got the 72 hr visa so he got in and will go to Manila on Friday and then be able to come back into the country with his single entry visa. I'm so glad we were able to make it all happen. And I am happy to have some time to get things caught up and not have to deal with his calendar and just having him there daily where I am "on call" all day long.

I made it to the Y last night and got a 30 min workout in. Tonight I came home and sholved leaves for 45 min. Why am I shoveling leaves? Well, the city never picked them up at the curb and then the snows came and they kept pushing them and the snow close to the curb and now they are there and on the sidewalk. I couldn't get them all cleaned up--some are frozen but I got 2 bags full of them. It is a mess that is for sure!

Ceejay: sounds like you are starting spring cleaning early! :)

Happy: I have similar knee problems to yours, only in my left knee but that is enough. It can really wear me out sometimes. I hope the physcial therapy will help sounds really interesting.

Thanks for telling us about the Northern Lights. They are something I have always wanted to see.

Shad: thanks for providing the link to your area, I can't wait to check it out.

Laura: I think I'm going to do that push up challenge with you. I might have to do wall push up and knee bent ones, but I'm going to try it.

Michelle: I'm sorry to hear about your ex-sis in law but glad to hear that they caught it in the early stages.

Annie: How is the ankle feeling?

I'm going to say good night and get my kitchen cleaned up and head to bed; I am really tired!

02-20-2014, 09:09 AM
Hello ladies...

Got the shot, ankle is somewhat better today, at least they are not calling me limpin Igor! lol Not a whole lot can be done and eventually the shots won't help.

CHELLE...I can send a USB drive, no worries. The swiss steak recipe is not in the cookbook. I will post it here later. is 60 and thunderstorming here today. Snow is melting and the city is one huge lake. I may just start eating pebbles as I rarely see a fat bird. lol. Of course I would have to learn to fly for exercise. lol I have some rain boots but my feet freeze in them. I need to get snow boots.

SHAD...thanks for the webcam site, I will be checking it out later.

CEEG...put the company in the twin bed and you stay in your bed.

SUSIE...glad the visa all worked out for your boss. Good on ya for going to the Y.

LAURA....sometimes I wish I had better skills like sewing, and would love to learn to knit. I know how to crochet. are you today?

I must say I have been in a frenzy the past week or so. Humana had a re-org, positions cut, and now everyone, including my management has to re-apply for our own positions, PLUS anyone in the company can apply for the position. So several things...don't know if my position will be reposted, don't know if I would get it even if it were, and they will be offering new salaries for all positions, which most likely be cut. I am very unhappy with many things this week and trying to pull myself out of it, hence lack of posting here. Sorry to be a HUGE Debbie Downer.


02-20-2014, 12:01 PM
Hugs, you have been through a lot lately. Glad the ankle is feeling better. We're supposed to get thunderstorms this afternoon. It's very windy.
If she comes back she will get the twin bed.
I haven't heard from her either.

Shoveling leaves is a first for me. Never heard of it so thanks for explaining it. Good job on going to the Y.

I'm going to start a challenge but, like Annie I'll have to do either wall push ups or counter height push ups.

Didn't really know what dry needles was until I read your post on FB. sorry
you are in such pain.

Hope you headache is better.

I'll check out the web cam later. What a neat idea!

I need to go to Wally world for a few items sometime this week end. Been under a lot of stress this week. We've been having trouble with a valve at work. I'm getting to old to be running up and down the stairs and climbing over the pipes.
Need to get up and get started with the house work.

02-20-2014, 12:04 PM
Good morning ladies,

I'm so glad it's Thursday. This week has definitely felt long (probably due to a very busy and fun weekend, rather than a relaxing weekend). Tonight, I'm going to a workshop, and tomorrow night is poker. Saturday, I'm taking Santa to the vet since he just started limping again. Poor little guy.

Ceejay - A twin bed is a good option. A good place to dispose of books is your local library or a senior center or a thrift store. I hope you have a good day at work.

Susie - Glad your boss' trip to China and Manila got sorted out with all the visas, etc. Good for you for getting to the Y last night! :bravo: Shoveling leaves sounds like quite the workout too!

Annie - Wow, 60 degrees? That's almost as warm as it is here! I hope it doesn't cause flood damage.
I'm so sorry to hear about the re-org at your work. That's awful to put people through that stress! It's bad enough when companies do layoffs but to make them apply for jobs they're already doing - that's just plain wrong. You are definitely NOT a Debbie Downer. That's what we're here cheer each other on in the good times and support each other thruogh the not so good. I'll pick up a USB drive this weekend and put the Mel photos on it.

I'm going to sign off for now. Lots to get done today.

Much love and many hugs,

02-20-2014, 12:07 PM
Forgot who mentioned about the trainee's baby. He had cut his molars and bit his tongue.

02-20-2014, 01:07 PM
Morning all. Raining out by me, wearing my Chooka’s again today. I told bf he might need to go to Home Depot and buy a pair of those rubber boots they sell for doing concrete work. Yup, they sell very plain tall rubber boots for that purpose, under $20…. Anyway, it seemed to be coming down as rain and then slushing up when it hits the cold pavement. What a mess things will be – rain, slush, melting snow, and then it’ll all freeze up when the temps drop in a day or two.

Michelle – Sorry you had a headache yesterday. Not a great way to begin the day. :no: Thank goodness your ex-SIL’s cancer was discovered early enough!!! Best wishes to her in her treatment and recovery. How great to have those long-standing friendships! I’m so glad you’re able to have close contact with your friends once again. :) Being back in CA has done wonders for you girlfriend!! :whoo: And what better motivation to get your back better than the allure of hikes in gorgeous areas in beautiful weather!! You can do it!

Ceejay – A twin size bed will serve you well as a daybed. Good for you for doing more purging and reorganizing. Sometimes it’s fun to find new spots for small knick-knacks – you can store some and just have one or two somewhere, and occasionally rotate different ones to other spots. I have some little shelves above my kitchen sink that are the perfect spot for little knick knacks. I also switch out some of the items I keep on our fireplace mantel in the living room. Sorry you’re dealing with the valve issue at work (where's that trainee when you need him??), but try to focus on the fact that you’re getting good exercise going up and down the stairs!

Susie – Good for you getting the workout in at the Y! OMG, I thought I was the only one still seeing leaves! Our tree out in back was late to lose them, and believe it or not, there’s still a few on there that are falling down one by one. Crazy. Oh the fun of cleaning up wet leaves – NOT. That would be the only reason I wouldn’t want the snow to fully melt – there’s some wet leaves underneath!

Annie – glad the ankle is a bit better today. What’s with your company and these reorganizations?? It’s so disruptive to be constantly changing things up, how does anything get done when you’re so busy reapplying for jobs??

Happy - Very interesting about why turkeys eat stones. Thanks for passing that along – learn something new every day. :D I hope the dry needling brings you some pain relief. I’m not sure I ever bought into how acupuncture helped people – positive chi, energy, whatever they say. But I do believe that it helps people, somehow. The explanation about twitching the muscles…now that makes sense to me. :) I was ROFL at you picturing your PT pulling out the knitting needles to get to your muscles. :rofl:

I’d love to see the Northern Lights! Not sure when I’d ever be in the right part of the country to see them, so right now I’d settle for seeing a star-studded night sky. I did try it on the cruise, but it just so happened we had a very bright moon in the sky the night I remembered to look, so not many stars were visible. I agree with you re the multiple types of winter boots needed. I have a decent pair of lace-up short boots, but need taller ones for all this !@#$% snow. I’m glad I have the rubber boots now – they are taller than my other ones and good for my brief jaunts into the backyard to pick up the dog piles, and for wet weather in milder temps, like today. But they aren’t warm enough for typical winter temps. I haven’t gotten around to sewing my fleece wellie liners, but I doubt they’d make them warm enough for winter wear anyway. Gosh, you’ve got some nasty weather coming your way – too bad it’s going to interfere with your yoga class and your shift at the shop. Fingers :crossed: that the race can still go off as planned.

Shad – What kind of cake did you bake?? :hun: I liked the FB photos your nephew posted – you looked great, and awfully happy about your salad, LOL. It did look tasty, as did the grilled meats! I can’t wait for some warmer temps so my appetite for salads can return. I ate a decent number of salads on the cruise, but really enjoyed all the fresh fruits. Yeh, I certainly hope spring is coming soon – this winter has been a real bear for everyone around here, to put it mildly. It might be more apt to say it’s bringing people to the brink of I don’t know what - insanity, desperation, hibernation, LOL. Just wonder if we will keep this in mind when we are complaining about temp and humidity levels in the 90’s….Love that webcam – aside from the fog, it’s nice enjoying that bay view!

I did my pushup challenge last night. I could only do 2 standard pushups, not the 3 called for. And they weren’t in the perfect form I would strive for. Bf said, I thought this was the easy pushup challenge. He thought it meant doing the knee (i.e., easy) version. I said it meant that by day 30 you work up to 20 pushups, which would be easy/doable for someone who could already do standard pushups, or had done them in the past, or already had good strength in their arms, chest & core. Him: Aha. Then he commented that it was surprising that I found the standard ones so much more difficult to do than the knee version. I responded that they are much harder. Him: I bet you can’t even do 10 of those, or even 5. At which point I did my 5 knee pushups. :D Anyway, bf has decided to join me in the challenge. He's not exercising much lately, but he's done a lot of pushups in the past, so this shouldn't be a problem for him.

And since several of you sound interested – how about joining me in the 30-day easy pushup challenge?? I'd love that!! Modify however you need to, as long as it’s still challenging for you. Here’s the link again:

Since I’m having trouble with doing standard pushups, I’m going to have to do some of the reps with the knee version. But I also might try to do the standard pushups with my hands on my exercise step or our weight bench to make it easier for me. That’s a middle ground between a full standard pushup and the knee version.

As for tracking my eating…I struggled mightily last week and fell off tracking mid- to late last week. Today I'll get back to it. I chickened out of my WW meeting on Tuesday, but I might just face the music today at another meeting location near the office. I’m not giving up!! I’m still at a loss of 25 pounds, and I’m not letting that hard work go to waste!!

Okay, I once again have spent more time than I intended on my post, and have been interrupted way too much, so I better just finish up and get this posted. TTFN!


02-20-2014, 01:15 PM
Morning ladies,

OMG what a mess. Right now at the moment it is quiet but we are due for a whopper of a storm to hit around noon time. 8 to 12 inches of wet, heavy snow. And today is the start of the ski race. The weather is supposed to deteriorate rapidly (as will road conditions) later this afternoon when they have the opening ceremonies and 10,000 plus skiers will be coming to try and pick up their bibs (numbers). I was not planning on going out - even to yoga this morning and had already spoken to the volunteer coordinator about not going into the shop this afternoon. Got a call early this morning from this amazing volunteer. She and her husband are VERY active in the community and they are supposed to be handing out bibs this evening in the very worst of the storm. They are planning on overnighting it at the shop which I can't imagine. She said they are campers but they are much older than me and I'd be so crippled if I slept on the floor I would not be able to stand up straight. God love them for their dedication but ... all these people are coming in to town people are depending on the volunteers - there's about 2,000 volunteers who help out. I think this will be one of those races that gets talked about for a good long time. I was debating about helping at a spaghetti feed tomorrow but I think I won't be able to - my knee is really bad and I don't think I can stand for a minimum of 6 hours plus clean up time. Neither can DH - he's having some after effects from all the snow clean up he did the other day. Just a couple of gimpys we are. :no:

Annie - Limpin' Igor - I love it. I can only imagine how uncomfortable that shot was. I hope it gives you some relief. Tell me again, is it arthritis from an old injury? As for skinny birds - it's actually a misnomer to say someone eats like a bird because a bird typically eats twice it's weight in a day - that's a lot of food for us, not so much for them as they are little puff balls and quite skinny under all those feathers. Be careful walking around - wet on snow makes for super slippery conditions. I'm sorry about what's going on at work. :( It is really stressful in the corporate environment today - sorry it's a hot button for me. I keep seeing them squeeze more and more of the worker bees who are doing the work, yet the people in management are reaping the benefits. My old place had "managers" that managed 1 or no employees. How can you be a manager? We didn't get raises because of some corporate b.s. about having to conserve funds yet that didn't stop them from having a 2 day off site meeting for the managers where they all rah rah'd and patted themselves on the back about how wonderful they were. My husband's job was cut and moved to India and he was told (after 25 years with the company) that he could re-apply in India if he liked. I just think they speak one thing and do something opposite and think the sheeple won't notice (although we are afraid to complain). I hope this does not adversely affect you - I know you work very hard and living under the sword not knowing if you'll have a job to support yourself is the worst kind of torture over and over again.

Susie - hope you get some quiet , catch up time in the office now that the knots are worked out. My Mom is having the same problem with leaves she pushed them to the street in anticipation of clean up but - the city didn't pick them up and then it snowed and then a neighbor shoveled them back on the parkway so that my sister could come and have a clean spot to pick up my Mom for doctor appointments and shopping. There's a big mess to clean up and my Mom is trying not to stress over it. But nasty, cold, wet and rotting leaves are physically hard to pick up and yucky to boot. Good job you did! As for physical therapy - it won't do anything for the knee itself but may release the tightness in the larger leg muscles which pull on the knee when they tighten. Will let you know how it goes. How long have you had issues with yours?

Michelle - I'm very sorry to hear about ex-SILs cancer. Hope she will be fine after treatment - always encouraging when they catch it early. I am really surprised at how it seems to run in families - more than just a random chance. Thanks for the info on the knee surgery. I've heard it's a difficult surgery and recovery takes work. I was on Mobic for a while - it really did a good job on the pain relief but it had some side effects so I weaned off of it when I got through the worst of the pain. I'm glad it's working for you.

Shad - I agree that your nephew looks much younger than his age! I'm glad he took pictures because they came out very nice. Looked like everyone was having a great time. It's nice to see you having a good time with friends and family because some of your assignments have been rather stressful.

I'm hungry - going to go fix that. Hello to Ceejay and Terra. Talk to you later.

02-20-2014, 01:27 PM
Hi Laura - typing over me again as a couple of you were. :D

I would encourage you not to give up on the food tracking even if you miss a day - I have done the same. All to easy to get off kilter and as you say you have worked sooo hard to get the weight off, don't slip back as it happens so fast. Very funny with DBF and your push ups. I hope he makes it to the end - good for you for gently pushing him to do more. And yes, there is a big difference between acupuncture and dry needling. The acupuncture is based on energy flow and the dry needling is more physics and biomechanical principles on the muscles. So different things - the PT was very clear in explaining the differences and I appreciated that.

Ok, just wanted to post quick when I saw you. Have a great day - don't envy the mess you are dealing with. All that water will be horrid when it freezes again. Do you get dripping in the front of the house from the snow loaded gutters? Our house in AH faced north and the snow would melt, refreeze into huge blocks of ice and then drip back down on the front patio. Got so that you couldn't use the front door for about 6 weeks as the ice was so thick. And you couldn't really melt it or get it out of the gutters!

02-20-2014, 09:08 PM
It's Friday!!!!! Yeehaa. About an hour from going home time.

I wanna GO HOME.

Let me outa here.

02-20-2014, 10:20 PM
happy2bme ~ The walking is coming along pretty well, Thanks for asking.

Michelle ~ Thanks for commenting on my dog. Thats cool that there are alot of chi's in your area. Thats neat that you've had Santa since he was 2.

annie ~ Im doing good, How are you doing today?

Laura ~ Yeah Clyde is pretty old but for some reason he is still kicking lol. My walking is going good, Thanks for asking. Yeah I am going to make sure to get outside more and enjoy the nice weather while its nice.

Shad ~ *H~E~L~L~O*

I didnt get to get my walks in this morning or this afternoon but I am going to walk before bed so I'll at least get one walk in today.

02-21-2014, 11:01 AM
When I first saw your post I thought of Mel.

Did you get more snow. I know it's still winter but good grief ya'll had your fair share of snow.

Sounds like you needed some quiet time away from the boss.

Hi Terra. What's new.

Sounds like you are looking forward to your week end as well.

I did 10 counter push ups this morning and 10 squats.

Hi Annie
Enjoy these warm days as we get them. We had so much wind yesterday that I didn't want to get outside. Today is cooler but sunny.

I worked in my home office yesterday and did some rearranging. I'm still debating on getting the twin bed. Just something extra that I will have to move when that time comes. I bruised my little toe and the side of my foot yesterday. I was stepping over the vacuum cleaner and my foot grazed the top of the vacuum. I thought I'd broken my little toe but thankfully only bruised and sore this morning. It's blue and not black. I put ice on it last night.
I also watched the Olympics last night. I love down hill skiing and figure skating. There's some extremely young figure skaters this year.
I text the friend that stayed with me for a week yesterday but have heard anything. I've learned to use reverse psychology on people like her. She was to lazy to get out and get the ice off her truck and then wanted me to take her places, I said no. I left her do all the cooking in which she replied I'm going to gain 10 pounds if I stay here. And after the ordeal with the tablet she left the next day. I really don't expect to here from her.
It was storming yesterday when it was time to go get my pay check. I text B and told him I would pick it up this morning. T. brought it to me while ago. Now I need to run some errands.

02-21-2014, 11:26 AM
ceejay ~ The only thing that is new with me is we are going to get our new deep freeze when my mom gets off of work, Its gonna be so nice to have more freezer space.

I walked last night and Im gonna do my best to walk this morning and then walk again later on tonight before bed, I would walk at 2:30 pm today but we have to go somewhere at that time so I wont be getting my 3 walks in today but at least I'll get 2 in.

02-21-2014, 11:45 AM
Good morning all,

We got over 10 inches of heavy, wet snow overnight. They had to cancel the juniors race this morning (ages 8 - 18) because volunteers and participants can't get around. The trees are heavy and bent down with snow - we are concerned about how many branches we will lose (big ones affect the overall health of the tree). I'm sure the roads are a mess too although with as many people as we have in town, I'm sure they were cleaning all night long. Off areas like our street will probably not get plowed out for 2 days though... I am about to head out and help DH clean up so will be back later for personals.

02-21-2014, 12:54 PM
Morning all. TGIF!! :carrot:

Happy – Wow, sounds like the race will be an interesting one with all the snow you got. That’s a lot of skiers and a lot of volunteers!!! Had no idea it was such a ginormous event. I hope all goes well with the rest of it. Re ice on the roof and gutters: We had gutter covers installed with our new gutters some years back, and so now we will get a buildup of snow and ice on top of our gutters, and this results in icicles. We have a roof rake and bf rakes the section of roof over our front door stoop and that does the trick, otherwise we do have iclcles dripping onto the stoop and ice on the stoop as a result. So we don’t really have much trouble with that at all. Before we had the gutter covers, we didn’t get icicles…but the covers are soooo worth it – no leaf-clogged gutters to clean out!!! Re the pushup challenge – I have no doubt bf will complete it – he’s very confident with those. It was the squats that he balked at. He’s had knee injuries in the past and is very cautious about them now.

Shad – Hope you’re enjoying your weekend!!

Terra – Alive and kicking beats the alternative. :D Enjoy the new freezer!

Ceejay – Whoohoo re the squats and pushups!!! Ouch re the toe, glad you didn’t break it. LOL, the reverse psychology seems to have worked on your friend. Plus I think she knows now that you won’t put up with playing maid for her.

Hellos to Susie, Annie & Michelle! :wave:

Nothing much to report. BF and I did the challenge last night. I did mine against the weight bench in the basement and it was challenging but not impossible. I guess I will try to mix it up and do some of the pushups on the floor at first, then move to either my aerobic step or the weight bench for the remainder. I was actually sore from the past two days – I'd been focused on squats and abs and before that my Pilates/Barre classes, so I haven’t done any real upper body work in a loooong time.

I came across “Inside the Actors Studio” on TV last night and thought it would be a rerun (I haven’t seen that show in so long, I thought it was no longer being aired), but it was a new show, with Matthew McConaughey as the actor being interview. I DVR’d it and look forward to watching it.

It’s back to the colder temps today, and it’s been really windy since last night. Bleh. Bonuses were paid out today, so that’s nice. The boss is back after having been on a boondoggle for a committee on which she serves plus some more vacation days. Must be nice. My next vacation day is in 2 weeks because I have a doctor’s appointment. Whoopee. Actually, a friend from MN is going to be in town that day and a couple of us will try to get together with her then, so it won't just be a ho-hum day off.

My weekend will feel short because I have a conference out of town next week on Monday and Tuesday, and I fly out Sunday afternoon. Nice short trip, but I still have to prepare for it.

That’s about it for me. Everyone have a wonderful weekend!! :)

02-21-2014, 01:06 PM
Howdy All....

Nothing new today, just got all my crap in the talent software to apply for jobs here on Monday. I updated my resume, it looks quite nice if I do say so myself. I am really not upset this time. It is in God's hands, what will be, will be...

My brother's PSA level is down to 8.2 from the last time 13.4, prior to that was 87.7, the lower the better, meaning the meds are slowing the growth down of the cancer. It is not a cure, just slowing it down. Prayers are still needed.

Sissy is 2 weeks and 4 days from delivery. We are all excited and can hardly wait to meet Royce Michael. Her internal sonagram from yesterday indicated he is about 6 lbs 5 oz at the moment. May gain another 1 to 1 1/2 lbs more. Nice little baby. She has no more room in her belly and he is all scrunched up in there. Wall to wall babe.

Will do personals later, maybe if I get back.


02-21-2014, 01:43 PM
Happy Friday ladies,

Busy day today. We decided on the new webhost and now I'm in the process of migrating the new website I'm building so that development and testing can be completed on the new host. Moving a WordPress site from one domain name (what comes after the "www") to a new one is no easy task. Lots of backend convoluted database stuff to contend with that requires LOTS of concentration.

Happy - I hope the snow doesn't take down any branches. You and DH be careful when moving the wet heavy stuff. Hopefully the snow won't impact the rest of the race/racers.

Laura - Good for you for doing the challenge! I plan to start it tomorrow. You're smart to have the gutter covers. I tried to talk my ex into getting them, but money was too tight.

Ceejay - Well done on the squats and pushups!

Shad - I got a laugh out of the "let me outta here" post.

Terra - Good for you for at least getting some walking in.

Annie - I'm so glad to hear that your DD is doing so well with her pregnancy. I just saw the ultrasound photo of my eldest niece's baby girl due in early July. Her name will be Audrey Kate. And I'm glad to hear your brother's PSA level is going down. My dad took meds to keep in PSA levels in check for around 13 or 14 years. Sending prayers for your brother.

Gotta get back to it. Have a great weekend everyone!

Much love,

02-21-2014, 03:53 PM
I bought a twin bed. Waiting on it's delivery. I actually just stop to browse but my state income tax was in the bank this morning and I found a really nice one.
I need to run a couple of more errands.

02-21-2014, 04:31 PM
Huh, thought I successfully posted, but nope.

Michelle - Good luck w/ the migration.

Annie - Yay for the lower PSA level for your bro. Won't be long now for Royce!!

Photos of Costa Maya, Mexico - shoreline by the pier/doc and one of the temples at the Chocchoben Mayan ruins. Lovely to look at the blue water, green land. I'd misplaced my photo cd's for a few days and was sort of panicked I'd lost them, but they turned up today, in my purse, where I'd already checked 3 times. They were jammed in my checkbook, which I didn't actually pull out of my purse until today.

02-21-2014, 06:48 PM
Laura - Thanks for sharing the lovely photos. I'm so glad you didn't lose the CDs. The migration took most of the day, but it seems to be mostly ok. Still lots more testing, tweaking and downright developing to do.

Ceejay - Good for you for getting a bed. I know it's more to move, but at least neither you nor your houseguests will have to sleep on the couch. :D

02-22-2014, 10:04 AM
it's 3am and I am awake. This is getting old. Happened last night as well. Seems I get to Friday, can't stay awake, then at stupid o'clock an alarm clock goes off in my head. Grrrr

Now I can't think what else to write. Guess a drink and back to bed might be easier

02-22-2014, 11:27 AM
Hi Everyone. We have a beautiful spring-like day here today. I'm about to go out and finish shoveling leaves and get what I can cleaned up before the cold weather and the dusting of snow comes tomorrow.

We also get our taxes done this afternoon and I really, really hope for a refund. I won't get to my housework until tomorrow.

DH got a great report at the urologist. He didn't have any microscopic blood in his urine this time. The doctor said we won't do anything about the stones unless he has issues again and he told him his prostrate was a bit enlarged but his PSA is good and he doesn't want to give him any medicine for now to shrink it. He told DH to loose some weight and that will help with the frequent urination and also that getting the c-pack machine and using it (DH goes for that study this coming Saturday) will help him to loose weight and get energy to feel like trying to loose weight.

When we get him going on the c-pack machine and he is finally not getting up continually in the night then we are going to do the ablation. We are going to give it a month on the c-pack and then call to schedule the ablation as it will be at least 6 weeks before they can do it.

Ladies: I'm going to get back on to MFP please look for me there and if I am not there, make me feel guilty. I need the push please!

Happy--10 inches of snow! OMG!!! Be careful shoveling that snow and don't flare up your knee.

Laura: Where is your conference going to be? I plan to start the push-up challenge tomorrow.

Ceejay: How is your foot feeling? I loved hearing about how you were handling your friend. Very, very well done. And you bought your twin bed! Are you going to get new bedding for it? I love getting new comforter sets. It makes the room feel "new".

Terra: I find your commitment to your walks very, very motivating. Are you seeing progress on the scale?

Annie: I am so sorry to hear about what happened to you all at work and it is very stressful to be going through reapplying for your jobs. Good for you getting your resume done and feeling good about it. I'll be praying about this for you.

Shad: I finally got to check out that link that you sent and I am so jealous that you have all the beauty right our your front door! I hope you were able to go back to sleep this morning.

02-22-2014, 11:58 AM
Laura~ Yeah thats true, Yes We're enjoying the new freezer

Michelle ~ Yeah Im feeling good about the walking I've been doing

Susie ~ Nope I havent weighed myself in awhile. I hope when I do though I'll see a loss, I hope it will be a big loss but I will take anything but a gain of course lol.

Im gonna try to walk at least 2 times today, 1 time for sure, At least one time is better then not walking at all, At least thats what I think.

02-22-2014, 10:39 PM
Are you taking three 15 minute walks per day? That is a very good idea.

So happy to hear that dh's test have been good thus far. I'd like to have a sleep study done. I use reverse psychology at work on the bosses too. Works every time.

I'm at my uncles. Had a good visit with all three uncles and some more cousins today at lunch. Then my aunt and I went shopping at 3 different stores. I did see a quilt that would work on the twin bed but didn't buy it today. Going to look around for some animal prints. I may go with the accent pieces and have a plain bedspread/comforter. I have a lot of African animals in that room.
I also weighed myself on Friday to see a loss of 1.2 pounds.
I've also completed 10 counter height push ups and 10 squats. I've done a lot of walking but not at one time.

02-23-2014, 02:01 AM
Another weekend bites the dust. It's been a very relaxing one too - apart from the sleep thing.
Yesterday I wandered the wharf area until I found the supposedly best little breadshop in Wellington. I don't know if it is or not, but the bread was pretty good.
Today I went up the hill and down to the bot gardens, walked around the rose garden and then went up and down Tinakori Road in Thorndon. Then back through the cricket fields, down the hill to Tokyo Lane and wandered home - took about an hour and a half. Would have taken less but Tinakori Road has some interesting antique shops.
Thorndon is an area where the original settlers built their houses and huts around 1850 or so. There are a number of old places still there but most of the originals have gone. Thorndon also used to be the shorefront of Wellington until an earthquake pushed up a lot more land back in the late 1800/ early 1900 years.
I'm attaching some photos of the things I saw.
I also went into the rose garden - took some pictures of purple thingies and because Annie is around some pink thingies as well.
Okay, will have to do another post with some more photos on it. I've got to the maximum. The purple rose is Honky Tonk. The pink one is Strawberry Ice. Have no idea what the plant is with the small pink and purple flowers on it.

Watched the rugby last night. Good to have it back again. Beats watching cricket (similar to watching paint dry IMHO.

02-23-2014, 02:24 AM
Okay, that is some of the flowers done. Will try for the houses next.

Hope everyone is going alright in the snow and ice.

Laura - good photos of your cruise. Almost makes me want to do a cruise. I started the push up challenge today. Hope I can carry it through to the end. I did the three in the full position but couldn't quite get down to the ground so I also did three in the knee position. We'll see if I improve.

Ceejay - sounds like you are having some family time at the uncles. Funny you should say that my post reminded you of Mel. That's who I was thinking about when I typed it.

Susie - you and DH will be able to challenge each other. Keep it up.

Terra - keep up that walking. Looking forward to hearing that you have lost weight in the next weigh in

Annie - how many weeks to go before he arrives now? He might arrive on Mar 6th which is DS1's birthday. Never be able to forget it then would I?

Michelle - still keeping busy at work I see. Still it is good for the pocket and the soul to finish off something.

Happy - hows the great race going. Did you get in for spaghetti and meatballs or whatever it was that you were volunteering for. I don't think I would have been sleeping on the shop floor either.

Okay, lets attach a few more. That's another five. I might leave the last couple until tomorrow. Oh yes that funny looking black flower is a black bat lily. The next photo is St Marys Road. Goes up the hill and finally ends up in steps so you can climb the hill. The third one is a brick fence and gate. Note the steps going up to the house behind the gate. Number 4 is probably one of the few surviving original workers cottages. It is in some need of repair. You may notice that the doorstep is practically rotted away. The last one is a picture of a few old places - most of which have been extensively renovated and consequently are fairly expensive, in the Thorndon area.

Have fun. Back tomorrow some time.

02-23-2014, 02:45 AM
Howdy all,

Sorry I've been MIA. Started to get a scratchy throat on Tuesday which proceeded to a full blown sore throat which lasted until Friday. I was about to check in with the doctor but a snow storm sidetracked me. Mid Friday sore throat cleared up, now stomach was hurting badly - in the upper part where the top of the stomach is (approximately). It burned like I had eaten some firey, spicy food. Persisted into today and I figured out that I did it to myself taking too many pain relievers when my knee flared up. I only took them once a day but waited until the pain was almost unbearable and then I'd pop 4 at once. Silly me because sometimes the pain reliever did nothing. Now I am sucking down tea with honey and ginger to calm the gut. Thursday night we got a whopper of a snowstorm - 14 to 16 inches of dense snow. Not exactly heavy and wet - just heavy and dense and not at all like the powdery snow flakes we sometimes get. The trees are heavy and bent and Friday DH and I spent over 2 hours shoveling knee deep snow. He plowed and snowblew - I toted and shoveled until I couldn't any more. This did wonders for the big ski race. Those people had to deal with a bunch of logistical problems - caved in warming and food tents, having to regroom all the trails, reschedule races and deal with skiers and volunteers who were snowed in and could not be where they needed to when they needed to. But still they pulled it off. Friday it didn't start snowing until the late afternoon so they were able to run the tiny tots race - 8 years and younger. They are so darn cute - many of them dress in costumes. They had to reschedule the juniors race yesterday ages 8 to 18. After that they had the Barkie Birkie where you can "skijor" - skiing with your dog leading in front of you. About 49 people did that. Then Saturday was the big race. It was cold, the wind was bitter, and the new snow really slowed people down and made it very difficult. The announcer said those who finished really deserved their win. Many people towards the back of the pack could not finish I heard. The final leg is over a frozen lake and they said the wind was brutal. A local woman won the women's run and a German man won the race. They had 2 styles of racing and Shad - a Kiwi took second place in the classic race and an Ozzie won the Lumberjack Championship last summer so you are well represented on this side of the pond :D I did not go into town, and instead rested my leg outside of shoveling and that's just what I needed. I feel much better today - thank goodness because I cannot take any pain relievers at the moment. We are running out of room to pile the snow. I will take some pictures tomorrow. I'd say the snow is piled 8 feet in some areas. You have to be careful at intersections - the snow is piled so high from the street plows that it is difficult to see around them as you pull into traffic. Good thing we don't have much traffic but with 30,000 extra people in town this weekend, there are a lot of people who just go zipping by.

Shad - your picture are gorgeous and now you have me longing for a summer's walk in the botanic gardens again. :cloud9: It sounds like you not only had a good walk but got in a lot of exercise today. Good on yah! I laughed at your post of "get me out of here" the other day. Long week, eh? :lol3: I know nothing about cricket - must be like watching golf :lol:

Ceejay - I like the idea of a plain spread and some accent pieces - this way things don't look dated and it's much easier (and cheaper) to switch things up. I have some flannel zebra print sheets and I'm already tired of them but I just cover them with a plain comforter and no one's the wiser. ;)

Terra - now with the new freezer you have room to cook up some extra meals for later in the week. Saves money and keeps from the temptation of grabbing something otherwise not so healthy to save time.

Susie - good news on DH's health front. I'm not so sure DH said he felt so much more energetic but he definitely said he got a good night's sleep with the cpap. And bonus for me - he doesn't snore with it. Well he didn't at first. He somehow worked around it but there's not the snorting that he has without it. I hope DH is feeling a bit more encouraged. And my dear - you can go back and back enter your food in MFP - I do it and so can you. You missed a couple of days - if I don't see an entry for tomorrow you are getting detention young lady :nono: Ok, ok I'll do mine too. :o

Michelle - I'm glad the migration went well - always a million details to check!

Annie - glad to hear that your brother's numbers are improving. Will continue the healing prayers for him. Also glad to hear that Royce is not going to be the little peanut that Lil Man was - 6 pounds is small but a good start! Have you picked out a nickname yet or will you wait until you see him?

Laura - I'm glad you found your photo cd! That would be horrible to lose your vacation pictures - you'd just have to go again :lol: And you are right - gutter covers are the best!!!! We had them in TN where we were surrounded by trees - we still got pine needles and those gawd awful sweet gum pods stuck in them but they were a godsend compared to what it would have been if the gutters were open. Totally worth the price!

Sorry to be quick - I realized I didn't post and I want to get a short soak in the tub before bed so I'm posting quick. Be back tomorrow.

02-23-2014, 09:30 AM
Hi girls. Posting from phone which I hate. Will go deeper and do personals on Monday while applying for jobs at Humana. My mind is messed up at this time. Surely it will get better. Hugs

02-23-2014, 12:47 PM
Ceejay ~ I dont always get 3 walks in per day but when I walk I always walk for 45 mins.

Shad ~ Yeah I hope I've lost more weight when I weigh myself again

happy2bme ~ Yeah thats a good idea, Thanks for the idea.

I woke up at 10 am this morning to start my day. Right now Im drinking a nasty Coca-Cola to wake up, I really wish I had my regular Cherry Coke Zero but oh well, I'll have more at 2 pm when my mom gets home, She's going to Dillions on her way home from work today but anyway since its Sunday Im not gonna walk today but I'll start walking again tomorrow. I did walk last night though so that was good. I just plan to relax today though. My plans for this week is Tuesday I have an appointment to go too and when we're gonna go to Walmart and we're also gonna go to the tag office and Wal-Greens as well, Not in any order though. At 2 or 3 pm We're gonna go to a sit down restaurant just like every week and then we'll come home for the day. Wed. My boyfriend's parents are coming to our city for an appointment and then my boyfriend and I are gonna go out to dinner with them. Thursday Im gonna go to my peer support meeting and thats all my plans for this week. I hope everyone has an awesome day.

02-23-2014, 01:16 PM
Morning all,

Hi Terra - enjoy your relaxing day today!

Annie - sorry you are stressing over this job thing - I hate that's the corporate world today. Just try and remember that sometimes the best things come after the darkest times (if only we could see that at the moment) and perhaps you will find another more challenging position with people who like you and respect your strong work ethic. Concentrate on the good stuff like visiting with your brother and the new baby's arrival. Work is just a place to collect enough money to pay the bills - often we focus all our energies there and forget to give to the things that really count :hug:

I am debating about staying inside and decluttering some hot spots or going outside to help DH with the snow. Boy I wish there was a way I could vaporize the stuff. Can't melt it because we have no place to put it unless we cut down trees and build a retention pond! We didn't have many deer last night - just our usual 3. They can't get through the snow - have to walk down the roads and driveways which I'm sure is unnatural to them. And with most of their natural food sources buried - they are really having a hard time. :( So we do what we can. We have a fox that comes around - not sure if he's scaring off the deer. He is SO skinny - his tail is wider around than his torso. He eats the deer corn and the occasional chicken bones or carcass we toss out.

And that's it for me on this sunny Sunday. Enjoy your day ladies.

02-23-2014, 03:53 PM
Quick hello, on my plane to Atlanta awaiting takeoff in a few min. Have my Sunday Trib in my seat pocket. Will try to catch up with you later. TTFN!!

02-23-2014, 06:38 PM
safe travels Laura and have a good trip!

02-23-2014, 07:06 PM
Here is a couple of pics for you all taken by my co-worker. He lives in Nelson which is at the top of the South Island and he was flying back to Wellington in a small plane - so the first picture is a view of Nelson from the air at sunrise.
The next two are taken on the Interisland ferry which goes between Wellington and Picton. My co-worker went on it on Friday night to go home.
Number 2 on the list is what my co-worker describes as the 'Where the Promised Land comes into view' and the last one is taken at sunset on Queen Charlotte Sound. One of the best short journeys by boat - according to me anyway.

Enjoy the day. I'm back at work and slaving away.

02-23-2014, 09:25 PM
you're doing this on purpose to make me miserable Shad, aren't you? :lol3: Soooooo pretty. Gee I love the water. I will have to post you some snow pictures.

02-23-2014, 09:45 PM
Well just lost a post.

Thanks for your input. That's actually what I was thinking about doing. I have most of every thing on hand.
Since you've been sick think you should stay inside.

Safe travels to Atlanta. Did I miss the occasion?

Wow, I'm impressed that you walk that much. Keep up the good work.

I'm jealous of the beauty. Making me long for some warm weather.

Hang in there. I'm with Happy. I think you'll be surprised at the outcome.

Susie and Michelle
Hello :wave:

I'm back at home. I should have been doing some house work but I didn't want to. I'm always tired after that trip.
It's back to work tomorrow.

02-23-2014, 10:29 PM
Can't believe it is Sunday night already. I just spent sometime adding some new music to my ipod so I have a few new songs when I'm on the elliptical, treadmill or bike.

I'm happy to say I posted on MFP yesterday (didn't want to get in trouble with Happy! ;) ) and I will post today's there as well.

We got a nice return when we filed our taxes--I am now thinking about how I really want to redo the spare bedroom and get a treadmill and bike in there; but in a day bed and get the tv on the wall and of course new paint.

We will spend some of the return and save some.

Happy: Did you end up helping DH or stay in and take care of the hot spots?
I hope you are feeling better. My ear has bothered me for almost a week now. It might be time to see my ENT and see if I have an infection.

Shad: What amazing pictures you are taking! I love seeing them. Thanks for sharing.

Laura: Safe travels and tell us all about your conference and trip.

Annie: Hang in there lady! I know it is a very tough time when employment is up in the air. Believe in are a professional and they know it!

Terra: It sounds like you have a nice busy week planned and how smart of you for planning the walks too!

Ceejay--That is a GREAT loss! Congratulations! I didn't start the push up challenge yet...but I AM going to do it tomorrow.


Ok..Going to relax and get to bed by 10:30. I have one more load of laundry to get out of the dryer.

See you all tomorrow.

02-24-2014, 02:33 AM
Few more for your viewing
Back later

02-24-2014, 09:17 AM
Good Morning All!!

Had a wonderful small family get together with cousins from around Indiana and a few from Michigan yesterday. We kind of met at the halfway mark in Indiana. It was quite nice, lots of laughs. My cuz from Ft. Wayne (Brandi, the one with cancer) actually got to come and brought her 10 mo old daughter Lillian. What a cutie. Brandi is doing quite well and seems very positive.

For those who asked, my new lil man in my life will be here in 16 days, arriving on March 12 via C-section. Royce Michael will be born on his daddy's birthday, if Samantha makes it that long. She looks like she is about to pop. I plan on calling him Ace. We will see if that floats.

Thank you for prayers for my brother and for me and my job situation. So far I have not seen anything posted in Indiana, but it is still early this morning. HR is never fast.

I am not doing personals, however I have read everyone's posts. Again, thank you all for being such great sista's.


02-24-2014, 10:58 AM
happy2bme ~ Yesterday was really relaxing

Ceejay ~ Yeah, The 45 mins always goes by fast so thats good.

Susie ~ Yeah, I like having a busy week, Yeah planning my walks around my busy week is good.

Im gonna walk at least 2 times today so thats good. Im gonna first walk at 2:30 pm and then I'll walk again before bed.

02-24-2014, 11:38 AM
Morning all,

What I wouldn't give to be sitting on a warm beach, soaking in the sun and listening to the surf! :cloud9: I am truly tired of winter and we have quite a ways to go yet. I suppose it's a blessing that we at least have incredibly blue skies and sunny days but the temps are down in the teens and single digits with deep below zeros overnight. I imagine it's got to be very hard on the poor animals out there too. Yesterday we had 10 deer in the yard but there are some new ones who while very hungry, are also quite skittish. And of our usual 3 of mom and her 2 youngin's - Mom isn't taking kindly to others invading her steady stash of food so she's running everyone off. Sometimes it's comical, sometimes it's just sort of sad when you know everyone is cold and hungry and probably expended a lot of energy hoping to find something - anything to eat.

I am also tired of this constant hurting in my body. Every day something is hurting. A lot. I am trying to eat decently and move each day and that's all I can do for now. At least we turn the page to a new month the end of the week. One day closer to spring as I'm sure a lot of these aches are weather related. I know it's February because I have also got to the point where I am cold all the time! I can't seem to warm up unless I sit in a very warm bath - even a hot shower doesn't do it. Yesterday I was watching some tv and I remembered a friend gave me a heated throw blanket so I pulled it out the closet and despite the fact that it's a cheap acrylic material that attracts static like a power generator, it was SO NICE - like a giant heating pad. Ahhh. I am trying very hard to remember the allergies, bugs, humidity, sweating, violent storms, crowding, mold and cockroaches we had to deal with in the warm climate of the south because quite frankly on a day like today it's easy to feel like - OMG - can I really live her the rest of my life? :lol:

Yesterday I started going through some boxes in the closet which is a task that always seems to make more of a mess than it cleans. :dizzy: I did toss some things, set aside some stuff to donate and came across some stuff I need to remember to use up. This week we have doctor's appointments, I have 2 days at the thrift shop and I want to go to the big Laundromat in town and wash the blankets that Meadow the cat sleeps on. Nina sleeps wherever she feels like it. But Meadow has longer hair and sheds a lot - she is finally letting us brush her on a regular basis. I decided all that lose cat hair is probably not good for my septic system - might clog up the drainage and I don't want that so we'll go into town and spend 2 hours and get everything nice and clean - and that's all the less water to go into my holding tank!

I was very surprised to sit down and watch Downton Abbey only to find it was the season finale - geez that went by quickly! What did they film - 6 episodes? IDK - seems like they kinda skimped on this season - not so much drama and seemed to rush it along. Does that mean the 1910's were more interesting than the Roaring 20's? The more I see Maggie Smith, the more I adore her!

And then my second favorite show started - the Amazing Race. I totally hate that the tv network always seems to run late scheduling this show - you never know how late it will be (generally the sports shows that preceed it run over). I tape the show and missed the last 15 minutes of it. Fortunately I can catch up online but it is annoying because you miss to see who gets eliminated. They are doing all stars - half the teams really endeared themselves to people and half you'd love to hate. There are several teams I really like so I hope they can knock out the love to hate ones first.

Terra - how is the weather out by you? Cool but dry - at least no snow?

Annie - I love the name Ace! Hopefully it sticks. Glad to hear that Brandi is progressing along with her treatments. It's nice that you got to spend some time with her and the baby - and the rest of the family too of course. OMG - are you saying there is nothing to apply for job wise in your town at work???? How freakin' stressful is that????? Just try to stay positive and remember that maybe there are bigger plans for you and this is the road you have been chosen to travel at the moment. :hug:

Shad - I can't tell you how much I am loving all those gorgeous pictures you are posting. It looks like it's the height of the season for all things beautiful and all that Wellington rain has not adversely affected the gardens. I saw some tropical looking flowers it seemed - isn't the weather quite a bit colder in NZ compared to back at home? And good job walking those hills.

Susie - I chose to stay inside yesterday and get a bunch of housework done. Glad you got some music added to the iPOD. I know some people like to read or watch TV on the equipment but I find the music to be more motivating. Glad you got back to logging on MFP - I would hate to have to take the stick to you and the cattle prod is kind of heavy :rofl: Sorry to hear your ear is hurting - hate ear pain, no one has time for that, especially you. Get it checked out if it lingers more than 3 days.

Ceejay - back at work. How long is the new guy going to be with you? For always or will he cut off and go to bigger things?

Laura - I hope you have a good business trip. I always liked going to Atlanta this time of year because at least it's warmer there! :lol: Hope you get an opportunity to pop your head outside and enjoy the fresh air.

Hi Michelle - hope you had a nice weekend. :wave:

Guess that wraps it up for me. Have a good week.

02-24-2014, 01:40 PM
Good Monday morning ladies,

A busy, fun and productive weekend. Friday night was poker, which was a lot of fun. Luckily we play for very low stakes as I'm not that good. :rofl: Saturday I took Santa to the vet as he's been limping (and holding his right rear paw up) - turns out it was just a corn/wart on one of his pads. The vet put him on antibiotics and an anti-inflammatory and said he should feel better in about a week. Luckily, Santa has no activity restrictions. On Sunday, Santa and I went for a walk with a bunch of people I know from the dog park. After about 45 minutes, his foot and my back had had enough so we went home. Before D left for work, he helped me set up a bookcase in the bedroom so I could unpack some more of my things. Little by little I'm unpacking.

I'll be getting my taxes done one day this week. I finally have all my paperwork together. I've been debating between doing it myself or going to HR Block (or somewhere) since I've lived in two states in 2013. I'm really hoping for a refund.


Susie - That's great the urologist appointment went so well. Cpap machines really help with sleep apnea. I use mine every night and I sleep much better.

Ceejay - Glad you had a nice weekend with the relatives. Congrats on the weight loss!! That's wonderful! And good on ya for the pushups, squats and walking!

Shad - I feel the same way on where did the weekend go? The botanical garden photos are so lovely! The Honky Tonk and Strawberry Ice roses are gorgeous! The walk Santa and I did yesterday was through one of the city's rose gardens, but the roses weren't in bloom yet. The black bat lily is so unusual! Gorgeous! Thorndon looks like a very interesting and charming area. I loved the view looking down on the houses. :D

Happy - So sorry to hear about your sore throat and stomach issues. 14-16" of dense snow! Yuck! I'm glad they were able to pull off the race, despite the logistical challenges. I know what you mean about having nowhere to put the snow. In Milwaukee, especially at some of the malls, when there's nowhere to put the snow, they use heavy equipment to scoop it into dumptrucks and take it to the local dump. The website migration went well, but there are still some missing images and links that don't work that I still have to troubleshoot. Oh well, better to do it now when there's a month left before launch, than to do it a week before launch. So sorry to hear that the animals are having such a hard time with the brutal winter.

Laura - Safe travels. :hug:

Terra - Sounds like you have a good week ahead. Have a great day!

Annie - I'm sending you lots of love, prayers and good vibes for your week ahead. :goodvibes:

Much love and many hugs to all,

02-24-2014, 01:57 PM
Ok. Somehow I missed the last page of posts.

Shad - Those are lovely photos taken by your co-worker!

Ceejay - The housework will wait. It's better to rest after a weekend trip so you aren't exhausted at work the next day.

Susie - Those sound like great ideas for your spare bedroom.

Annie - I agree with what Happy and Susie have said. Believe in yourself. You are really talented and have a great work ethic. You will either keep your job or get an even better one. Sounds like a wonderful family get together in Indiana! So nice that your cousin Brandi was able to make it and that you were able to spend time with her and her baby. 16 days for baby Royce. Did I mention my other niece who lives in So. Cal is pregnant. She's due in July...a baby girl...Audrey Kate. :D :love:

Happy - Nope. I don't miss the snow and cold weather. I know that each state has it's weather or other challenges, but I gotta say, I'm happier in CA. Although I don't understand how people on a fixed income can live here. 10 deer in the yard! What a pretty sight! Definitely an advantage over Silicon Valley. I'm so sorry you're in so much pain. Can the doc give you something to ease the pain that doesn't mess with your stomach? I'm glad you found relief in the heated throw blanket. One of these days I'll get around to watching Downton Abbey. I do like Maggie Smith.

02-24-2014, 01:58 PM
Afternoon all. Just a quick hello before I'm off to my afternoon sessions. I'm in Atlanta for a users conference for the software we use. Very short trip - I flew in yesterday afternoon and will fly out tomorrow afternoon, but it's nice to have a 48-hour reprieve from winter temps.

Better post this, visit the restroom and get to the meeting room. TTFN!

02-24-2014, 02:12 PM
I have come to the conclusion that I have stress eating. I have had an egg, piece of canadian bacon, can of soup and a lean cusine. Not even hungry and all before 12:30 pm today. Yikes at this rate I will gain my 12 lbs back.

HAPPY...I hear you on the daily pain. It is always something. Do I want to live the rest of my life with all this, not so sure. Not that I would do anything drastic, but wouldn't mind heaven either. Maybe the warmer weather to come will give us some relief. We are also headed for 0 temps come Wednesday. With minus zero wind chill. Come on, it is not funny anymore Mother Nature. Hopefully no snow, who knows. I get so hot at night with sweats if I used a heating anything, I would melt into a puddle. I am with Sassy, move to a warmer climate, altho seems as if all the U.S. has been hit this year. Yes Downton Abbey went very quickly this year. I purchased the 4th season cause I didn't want to wait each week to watch. Dissappointed in the number of episodes also. are just having one big party since moving to CA. Good for you sista. So glad Santa's paw issue was no more than it was. Bless his heart. We started our taxes with Cs accountant but too soon to tell the results. Goodluck with your taxes. the pix you post. You are a great photographer. I still say you need to put together a book and publish it. Or we could do one together, photos and

LAURA...hope your trip is going well. Ahhhh, Atlanta, beats the heck out of our weather we are having. Safe travels my sista.

SUSIE...we, too, are hoping for a return on our taxes, but it is not looking good. your twin bed, yeah! Ready for sis to drop in for a visit. Fun times!

Hi Terra, hope you are have a great day!

No jobs in Indiana. 60 days to work, then 10 weeks severance. I can tell you I am going to ease on out of here.

Hugs sisters.

02-24-2014, 02:23 PM
I've been lax in MFP also and need to get back to it pronto. It does help in keeping me accountable. I had my refund from the federal and stated sent to my checking account. I looked last night and the federal was in the bank. The State refund was there Thursday. Couldn't believe how fast it got there.

We're supposed to get some more cold air this week. I can already tell it in my knees. I can only imagine the pain you are dealing with. They pulled the trainee to the waste water lab Friday but he came back over here today for this morning. He's supposed to go back over there around 1 today.

Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. Sounds like you had a good time this week end. Always good to be around family.

Little bit by little bit you'll get all things needed unpacked. Good job on the 45 minute walk. Glad Santa will be feeling better soon.

Back to work this morning. Doing my usual Monday morning routine with the exception of the chemical truck. Hopefully I'll have the plant to myself this afternoon.

02-24-2014, 03:33 PM
Annie - if I am reading your post correctly does this look like they are closing the offices in Indiana and you are going to be out of a job???? I certainly hope not and am most sorry if this is true. Start looking at other places, conserve your money. I think you need to open Annie's taco stand or street food wagon and move to the beach area in FL. I can only imagine the combined stress between you and C. Just keep your faith - sending prayers and a good outcome for you. :hug:

And I wouldn't say you are horrid stress eating - sounds like a reasonable brekkie and lunch but I know from your MFP list you've been eating very low calorie menus so I can see where that would be a lot for you. Just make good choices and don't add worrying about your food to your growing list of stressors.

All I can say is that life is cheaper up this way - except outside of the town I live in. Didn't realize until we moved here that this is a "resort town" :lol3: and we get bonked because they raise the prices for the tourists on gas and groceries and we get caught up in the suck up. :mad: But ... other things make up for it.

I hate insurance companies. I pay an ungodly amount of money for insurance - upgrade to horrific when you include the $1,000 deductibles we both have and our out of pocket maximums. Insurance rises each year. We are stuck with one single plan because we are using health care dollars we saved while we were working which locks us into our former employers rape me now pay me later plans. And on top of that all I am hearing is how they won't pay for this, they limit that. I have a limit of physical therapy sessions in a year's time. It does not matter that I might see them for 3 completely different body parts or reasons. They take my money all right and good but I'm getting less and less for it. Some people hate Obamacare - I hate insurance companies - they are the ones behind all the problems IMHO. Ok, rant over. Sorry.

02-24-2014, 07:25 PM
Annie - I'm so sorry to hear about your stress eating. I do that too. But as Happy said that's a fairly healthy breakfast and you're ok. No jobs in Indiana at all? So all the people in the Indiana office are going to be out of a job after 60 days?! That's awful!! I'm so sorry sister. Between work, taxes, family health and chronic pain, you're getting it from all angles. Sending you lots of love, hugs and prayers. As for heaven...don't rush that trip. I agree with Happy, start looking for other jobs and conserve your money as much as you can. Of course, if you leave before the 60 days you might forfeit your severance...but a long-term job is better than short-term severance.

Ceejay - Congrats on getting your refunds already!

Happy - I'm with you on insurance companies. As for "resort town"...when I lived in the Lake Tahoe area of California, I had to deal with higher food and gas prices in summer and winter, especially over long weekends or holiday periods. :faint:

02-24-2014, 10:06 PM
happy2bme ~ Yeah the weather was nice today, Nice and Sunny but we're suppose to get snow tomorrow night so thats a bummer but oh well I guess.

Michelle ~ Yeah it is gonna be a good week, Thanks I hope your having a great day also.

Annie ~ Thanks Yes Im having a great day. I hope your having a great day as well.

I didnt get my walk in at 2:30 like I planned cause we went shopping after mom came home from work but Im still planning on walking before bed.

02-24-2014, 10:13 PM
Ladies, I have some sort of bug. My stomach hurts, and I am a bit quesy and my head and body aches.

I came home from work and slept, just work up and still feel icky...I had to log on to work to push out a meeting, and now i'm going to bed.

I hope I feel better tomorrow and can post then.

02-24-2014, 10:38 PM
Susie ~ Im sorry you dont feel good and I hope you feel better soon

02-25-2014, 09:21 AM
They are closing out Sales dept. The other two depts will still be here. Provider Relations and Nurses Pod. No, there are not any jobs in those two depts. I am in a horrible mood, my throat hurts, my head hurts, **** my eyes even hurt. Insurance companies and Obamacare both suck. If you don't have a job how can you afford insurance or even Ocare. Have you checked out Ocare. It is so ridiculously high priced, right, affordable NOT.

02-25-2014, 09:23 AM
and you don't get to necessarily keep your doctors you have now. OBama was asked if he would go on Ocare, he avoided the answer and changed the subject. Rape I tell you.

02-25-2014, 11:17 AM
So I went to the Ocare site. For C and I it starts at 985 a month up to 1800 a month for insurance. Yikes

02-25-2014, 11:28 AM
Quick hello. On a break right now, heading home later.

Annie, sorry to hear about your dept./group. :hug:

02-25-2014, 12:40 PM
Annie - I'm so sorry to hear about your department/group and that there will be no jobs opening up in Indianapolis. Does your insurance stay in place through the 10 weeks of your severance? In addition to the usual job boards ( for example), I would suggest you check out and also Some employers post on CraigsList because it's less expensive. And scans the other job boards and compiles the job postings all together, so there would likely find postings there that you wouldn't see on other job boards. Also, a lot of the agencies (like Robert Half International, Manpower, etc.) can place you in a direct hire job or a contract-to-hire job. I know it's stressful now, but this may turn out to be a good thing for you. Sending you lots of love and hugs. :hug:

Susie - I hope you feel better soon. :getwell:

02-25-2014, 12:54 PM
Morning all,

Annie - I am so sorry about all that is going down. That sucks big time. Just out of curiosity, I went and checked what AHC would be for us (paying $1500 a month in insurance with each having a $1,000 deductible). The ACH for a similar gold type plan would be $100 a month more. It would only be if we could qualify for the tax credit that we could reduce that to $621 for the same plan. We are stuck and screwed with DH's retiree plan through his former employer. Even if you are eligible for the tax credit, you still would have to pay out the $985 - $1800 a month and the premium reduction would come in the form a tax break when you filed next year's taxes so that certainly doesn't help much when you have no income, does it? I agree with the not so affordable. Are you eligible for COBRA at all? Those prices are stupid too - would probably eat all your severance pay. I say hurry up and make whatever follow up doctor's appointments you need now in the next 2 weeks - if you take time off - what can they do - they already dumped you. I'm so sorry - I know the feeling - it is just demoralizing. Not much consolation but remember that Michelle and I went through some pretty hard times before we made it to better times. You're a good soul and things will work out. Don't fret, give it up to the higher power. Ok? How is the job market in general out your way?

Hi Laura - hope your conference is ok and you get an opportunity to stick your face outside in some warmer temps.

Susie - sorry you are feeling under the weather yourself. Drink lots of liquids, get some rest. Nyquil works wonders if you don't have issues with the medication. Zonks you out for the night. I'm a big believer that if you can get a lot of rest when you first get sick, you can usually reduce or beat the illness. It's when we keep pushing that we get really sick for long periods of time.

Michelle - oooh Lake Tahoe. Nature invented the word blue when she took a look at that Lake. One of the prettiest places I've been. Geez you have sampled a lot of towns, haven't you? That's nice.

Hi Terra and Ceejay :wave:

Thanks for more great pictures Shad. I often think about how nice it is out your way. Right now we are probably more like Switzerland.

Just got a call asking if I can fill in at the thrift shop this afternoon (I can't - physical therapy today). Stories are starting to pour in about the race and the storm last weekend. Interesting... still makes me glad to avoid it ;)

Anyway I have to get ready. Have a good day everyone.

02-25-2014, 12:55 PM
Good advice to Anne Michelle. :hug:

02-25-2014, 01:43 PM
Annie - I just wanted to mention something that helped me A LOT in my job search. It was the book "60 Seconds & You're Hired" by Robin Ryan. In the book it talks about crafting a good resume and really focuses on interviewing skills. I listened to the audio book over and over, and I believe it really helped me when I interviewed for jobs. Robin Ryan also has a lot of other good books, including "Over 40 & You're Hired!: Secrets to Landing a Great Job", "Winning Resumes", and "Soaring on Your Strengths: Discover, Use, and Brand Your Best Self for Career Success". I recommended Robin Ryan's books to another friend who also felt they were very good and helped her land a good job. Best of success, my dear sista.

02-25-2014, 02:12 PM
Thank you ladies, I appreciate all of you and great advice! I love ya's!

02-25-2014, 02:49 PM
Morning all,

Annie - So sad to hear the news that there is no more work where you are now. I sure hope something will turn up soon. I guess with prices like you and Happy were mentioning, a lot of people will be dropping out of health insurance and gambling that they won't need it. Just like I do, but at least I have the national medicare to fall back on and it's not bad.
Good to chat on facebook last night.

Happy - hope that you get a break shortly and that the weather warms up. Our days are getting a lot shorter here. Now not light until around 6.00am so spring must be on its way over your end of town.

Laura - hope you are enjoying the conference. Is Atlanta warm this time of year?

Susie - get better soon. Hope this passes quickly.

Ceejay - love the idea of the African theme in your office. All those lovely reds, browns and oranges.

Michelle - Some good advice to Annie in those posts. I can't comment since I haven't had a job interview in years.

Terra - Keep on walking. When is weigh in day?

Right now for some news -
DS2 was involved in a workplace accident last week. Luckily he was not hurt but is/was in shock and is trying to get around what happened.
Apparently he and his tradesman (with whom he gets on well) were working in a substation when the tradie got a call to go help out some private electricians across the way. They needed substation advice apparently and were only next door. Tradie checked DS2's work and gave him his instructions to carry on and went next door.
DS2 tells me he heard the flash and dashed into the next door, to find his tradie burnt and electrocuted but alive and the other two with flash burns to head and hands. One of the leckies (electrician) started to apply CPR on the tradie and DS2 rung for an ambulance, went to help the other leckie and rung his management to advise of the accident.
The tradie is in hospital with severe to critical burns to his head, hands and neck. He was conscious but apparently not very with it when the ambo (ambulance) arrived but could walk to the ambo. He is apparently doing very well but will be in hospital for quite some time and will need skin grafts etc. Whether he will be able to work again is another question.
DS2 then (in shock) had to front a board of enquiry which nearly tipped him over the edge until the board figured out that he was not in the room at the time and none of this was his fault. Apparently they were a bit rough on him. The company is providing counselling, however he tells me that he finds that vaguely annoying after a short period of time. Last night he said that he wished everyone would shut up about it and leave him alone. He'd had 10 phone calls and 3 visitors on the job he was on. I advised him to turn off the phone and hand the visitors a drum of cable to hold onto while he carried on working. He is now on a different project from the one he was originally on.

So thats the news. He doesn't want sympathy, so don't waste your breathe. He is alive and well and just wants to get on with it in his own style. His father is annoying him by being 'overly helpful' (read interfering) and no doubt I did too last night. Tough little bugger my son.

Okay, let me go and find some more warm up pictures for Happy.
Right so we have hot pools (and a few blokes to look over), calm water in the sun, beaches, and waves (watch out for the Orca) for surfing in.

02-25-2014, 03:25 PM
Shad - So sorry to hear about your DS2's traumatic event. Definitely a difficult thing to go through, especially the inquisition board afterward. Sounds like he's dealing with it in his own way. I'll be praying for the tradie who was injured. Thanks for the wonderful pictures. Gorgeous scenery (including the blokes)! As for the interview advice...yep, if there's one thing I've done A LOT of in the past two years, it's interview. :lol3:

I'm off to go spend my lunch hour meeting with a tax preparer.

Have a good one, ladies!

02-25-2014, 06:19 PM
happy2bme ~ *H~E~L~L~O* back at you

Shad ~ Im gonna weigh on Monday the 3rd

Today I havent got any walking in because we've been running errands since 7:15 am this morning but I'll be sure to walk tonight before bed. We didnt get done with errands until 3:00 pm this afternoon.

02-25-2014, 06:24 PM
Shaddie..... GlAd ds was ok and moving on. Amen. Hope trade is ok.

02-25-2014, 07:47 PM
I actually looked at the Obama Care sight last year when I thought we were going to lose our insurance coverage. It's outrageous. Then when I got my taxes done if I hadn't of had proof of insurance I would have been fined 407 dollars. I'm still working on meeting my 3000 dollar deductible. Have you thought about returning to school for a different vocation!!!!!!!!!

I may look into those web sights myself just to see what is out there. I would love to go to Lake Tahoe.

Feel better soon.

Glad your ds is okay. I always wonder about things like this happening to our line men when they are out working.

Hope your pt appointment went well this afternoon.

Nothing new here. I did ride the bike for 20 minutes and did my counter height push up and squats.
It was peaceful today with out my trainee here. I called my other boss to tell him that one of the pumps downstairs was leaking to much water. He told me to call T to have him come over and tighten the packing. I'll be going downstairs in a few minutes to see if that helped.

02-26-2014, 12:38 PM
Morning all,

Guess I'm the first in. Went to therapy yesterday - I like this guy. He is very upfront about what he can do and what he can't. That's one thing I noticed different up this way. In the cities they assume everyone has health insurance so they push all sorts of extra drugs and tests and visits on you. Here a lot of people don't have insurance so they are more practical about the treatments you get for medical and dental. I believe the quality of care is much better than I've had in the past. He gave me the procedure to reset the vertigo which is coming back. I told him my pain is moving around and we discussed that also. He identified some (muscle) knots in my legs and he did some manipulation stretches. When he was done I was still sore but not jumpy ouch like I was when he first examined me. And I was pleased to notice that for the first time in months I did not have the stiff gait walking as I have been dealing with because of the pain and tension in the muscles. I said my knee eased up and I skipped yoga last week so is that pressing a bit too much? And he said no, just be mindful of the pain and ease up when needed. I am still trying to find out if they are continuing the class this week for a new session. 3 phone calls and I still can't get a straight answer. I don't want to go there for nothing and then have a couple of hours to before my shift at the shop if they opt to do something different like change the class time.

Ceejay - did you get that leak stopped up? Good work on keeping with the bike and exercises.

Michelle - hope your meeting with the tax guy went well. Considering you had a more complicated situation with moving and such, I think it's wise that you had someone help you out this year.

Annie - I'm sure the mood at work must be quite glum. Try not to get caught up in it as it doesn't do your b/p or worrying any good. Still crossing fingers and sending good things your way.

Shad - my God that is awful about DS2's work mate! :yikes: Electricity is nothing to mess with and quite dangerous. Poor bloke - horrid burns. I imagine DS2 is as you say, dealing with it in his own way. I'm sure all the usual thoughts go through one's head - why not or glad it wasn't me, can it happen again, indignation that they would think he had any part of the accident, etc. I guess it's best to just play off his lead. Thank you for more pretty pictures. You live in such a pretty place.

Terra - sometimes when I have to do a lot of walking for errands, I will count that as one of the day's walk sessions.

Hello Laura - hope you got home ok. I'm sure it was a chilly walk to the office this morning.

We are back in the deep freeze again. Brrr. Supposed to be really cold tomorrow - not even getting to zero for a high. I don't relish the thought of the walk between yoga and the thrift shop. The winds have been kicking up too making it really cold. DH and I were out yesterday and both of us were shivering.

Today I need to hit up Walmart and take the bedding that the (older) cat sleeps on to the Laundromat for a good washing. Right now she is all cuddled on one of the "beds" on the floor and I hate to disturb her. She actually crawled up on the bed yesterday when DH was watching TV. That was a first. I think after 8 months she has decided we are not so bad (although some days she is super skittish over everything). I think she actually looks for some attention rather than just trying to hide out. (

Hope y'all have a nice day. Check back later.

02-26-2014, 12:57 PM
Precious picture Happy. Glad your pt appointment went well. I would love to get a message every once in a while to get the kinks out of my body. We are back to winter temperatures again also. By weeks end down to 18 degree's which is to cold for me. Yep, they fixed the leak on the pump.

I'm ready for my three day week end. Will be doing more de-cluttering
and moving furniture around stuff and getting rid of stuff.
Talked to a friend while ago. Didn't realize that she had called. I can't hear the cell phone any more especially at work. Guess it's because of the loud pumps and motors.

02-26-2014, 01:03 PM
Morning all. Happy Hump Day. Back in the office today. I was checking e-mail while I was gone, but I still have a lot of catching up to do because most of what came in needs to be done now that I’m back in the office.

The conference was good. Shorter than then ones I went to for our old software, but probably a good length, especially since this is the first conference this company has held (founded in 2009 or 2010 I believe). Besides, too long and you fall too far behind back at the office, and your brain starts to go on overload/meltdown with all the information and ideas flowing into it.


Shad – Thank goodness DS wasn’t injured in that incident!!. Does he appear to be bouncing back from the mental impact of it? I certainly hope the electrician is able to successfully recover and work again. Thanks so much for posting all the wonderful photos. Love the flower photos especially - I’m definitely going to the flower & garden show this year. I’ll probably be fighting off the crowds – all of Chicagoland needs a shot of springtime during this brutal winter. It’s usually in Mid-March, still very wintery here. I also enjoyed the pic of the “soaking blokes”, and I know Mellie is looking down here enjoying it as well. :D Good for you re the pushup challenge. I still can’t do more than one standard pushup, but I guess this gives me reason to get going on some upper body strength training. I have a feeling I won’t be able to work up to more standard pushups until I get through more of this challenge, unless I boost my arm/chest strength another way.

Susie – I hope you’re feeling better and that you don’t have the flu!!! Glad to hear your dh’s urology report came back good. I hope the c-pap machine will help your hubby get more quality sleep and hence a better quality of life. My friend has one and it’s done her a world of good as far as the quality of rest she gets, let alone the reduced risk of serious apnea issues. They think apnea might have been related to the death of her husband three years ago when he was only 53. Nice you’ll be getting a tax refund to use to set up your spare room for exercise and guests. :) I’ve got to get going on my taxes. I’m pretty good about setting aside the relevant paperwork all year long, so it’s usually not a big deal. I like using Turbo Tax online.

Annie –Nice you got together with your cousins last weekend!! I’m glad Brandi is doing well. I’m so sorry to hear that your job at H. is going away. Scary prospect looking for a job, but you have an excellent work ethic and skills and you’ll come away with something good, I just know it!! Great suggestions from the others!

Ceejay – Did you pick out the new bedspread/comforter yet? I’m looking to make a change for our master bedroom bed. I do worry about picking something in a pattern or color of which I will tire quickly.

Happy – Sorry to hear the pain meds are causing you tummy troubles now. Hope you’re keeping warm enough and getting some pain relief, and that all the positives still outweigh the negatives up there, as well as outweighing the negatives of living in the south. Re the Birkie race results – I guess it would get boring if the weather conditions were always perfect, LOL. All that snow – yes, it’s piling up. Leaving O’Hare last night after bf picked me up, we saw a huge pile of frozen snow that was honest to God as black as coal! Never seen it that bad. It’s going to be around for a long time, that’s for sure!! I still have to watch the last episode of Downton Abbey, but yeh, sort of disappointing when you want more of them!! Yeh, Maggie Smith is so great in that role!! I’m not a watcher of The Amazing Race, but my mother is a big fan of it and she also gets annoyed when the sports broadcasts run long and mess up the timing of the other shows. We watch The Good Wife, and bf is always checking to see if he has to DVR the shows that follow it to ensure we get the whole episode. Wow, those are some steep insurance premiums and deductibles! Not to be too nosey…I don’t get how you can be locked into dh’s old employer’s plan – is it part of a pension? So financially it’s still a better deal than buying it on your own or o-care?

Terra – Sounds like a long day out yesterday. Enjoy dinner w/ your boyfriend & his parents today.

Michelle – How’s Santa’s paw doing now that he’s been on the antibiotics?? If you decided to jump on board w/ Downton Abbey, it won’t be a huge time commitment, given the seasons aren’t all that long, haha.


Atlanta was pleasant – temps in the 60’s during the day. It was going to cool down a bit starting today – temps in the 40’s, but it still would have been better than what we’re getting here. Right now it’s 6 F, with a wind chill advisory. Bleh. Gonna try to stop thinking about it….but I do have to relay the saga re my long down coat, which is still out at the cleaners. Dropped it off a week ago today, then find out via a posting on the cleaner’s door that a family death has caused them to shut down for 2-3 weeks (traveling back to Korea). Items can be picked up from 3-7 pm Mon-Sat. by going to the nail salon next door, but my coat wasn’t there when promised (last Friday) when I checked on Saturday. Or yesterday. But yesterday another posting on the door referenced another dry cleaner in another suburb, who is apparently doing the repair. Bf hunted them down and has arranged that the coat be brought to another dry cleaner in our suburb today. Oy, at least I’ll get it back today, I really need it!

Anyway, it was nice to be in milder temps for a couple days. I did get out Monday night on the patio during the welcome reception – a bit breezy for no coat, but just fine standing near the patio heater. Yesterday I walked the 2-3 blocks from the hotel to the MARTA station (rapid transit to the airport) because it was nice and sunny and in the 60’s. It was good to be outdoors and to get some exercise.

I was keeping up with my pushup challenge until last night, so I’ll have to double up tonight. Luckily, it’s still early and the reps aren’t too high right now.

As for eating, I fell off logging on MFP, but I’ll jump back in today or tomorrow. Nearly all the meals at the conference were provided, and all were buffet style. My eating was okay – breakfasts always included fresh fruit and lunches included salads and veggies. It was when left to my own devices that I did poorly – Sunday night I had some pulled pork from the bbq place, and one night the dessert offered didn’t include a chocolate choice, so I ended up buying a candy bar from the gift shop to get my chocolate fix. And yesterday I bought another candy bar and a couple salty snacks at the airport. Good thing I don’t travel for work anymore, LOL.

Okay, better get this done before there are more interruptions that keep me from ever getting this posted. TTFN!

02-26-2014, 01:09 PM
I see you were typing over my head today Happy. Glad the PT guy is a straightforward, practical sort and took away some of the muscle stiffness. Is the vertigo manipulation something you can learn to do yourself?

What a cute pic of kitty! :) Awwwww.

02-26-2014, 01:52 PM
Very busy today. I'll try and check in for personals later.

Santa is still limping, but I'm hoping he has some relief by the end of the week after a few more days of antibiotics and anti-inflammatory meds.

I've got a doctor appointment with a new doctor on my lunch hour. Mostly just a "Hi. Here's what I've got going on - diabetes, back pain, etc. How can I get healthier?"

We are getting some much needed rain today and they're saying it will be off and on through Sunday. :yay:

02-26-2014, 09:59 PM
happy2bme ~ Yeah thats true

Laura ~ Yeah we had a nice time

I walked after we got home from dinner but I still have 21 mins left to do which I will do before bed. I'll be sure to walk 2 times Friday when Im homefor the day if not 3 times that day but my younger brother and his girlfriend and their child are moving in tomorrow so Im not sure how many walks I can get in because my younger brother and his girlfriend like watching t.v but maybe they'll be able to get t.v downstairs where they will be staying so that way I can still walk when I need too. Im not saying they have to always stay down stairs but that's where they're stuff is gonna be at but if they spend most of their time upstairs thats okay too, It is gonna start getting nicer outside so I'll just go outside more and walk, That way I can still do my walks no matter what.

02-27-2014, 08:31 AM
Feel like poo today, didn't come to work yesterday. I have an appt this morning with the doc anyway so I will have her address my pounding head, stuffed up nose, cough and congestion...geez I might just have a cold. lol
I just feel like I am in limbo.

02-27-2014, 11:19 AM
Morning all,

Frigid out there - air temp of minus 15. Might warm up to minus 5. Tired of being cold and achey already. Even the bright sun doesn't help. Come on spring.

After 3 phone calls I finally got confirmation that they are doing another session of the yoga class so I only have time for a short post - have to get ready and get out the door in an hour.

Annie - I'm sorry you are feeling sick but with all the stress lately and this lousy winter, I can't say I'm surprised. Just get plenty of rest and eat lots of soup and feel better quickly! You have to be healthy if you want to kiss up Ace when he arrives! I pray for you each night that this is just a blip in front of something truly good for you around the corner. :hug:

Michelle - sorry to hear about Santa's woes. Poor little guy. :hug:

Laura - to your question, yes you can do the same series of movements that resets the inner ear crystals. It's more effective if the PT does it, but you can try it which I will. As for the insurance, DH contributed part of the money that went into the retiree savings and the company contributed part. It's just their rules that you have to use one of their plans exclusively if you want to utilize the contributions they made to the account. I think that stinks. My former employer would let you use any accredited insurance plan but DH's premiums even at that shocking rate were actually cheaper than what I'd have to pay under the retiree plan of my former employer. :dizzy: Crazy. Speaking of which - how nutty that you had to track down your coat? Glad you found it - not the time of year to be coatless! Was just reading an article about the easiest ways to gain weight and having to travel and eat out for business was one of the top 5. I can see that!

Sorry to be short - gotta get ready or I'll be late and don't want that. Hello to the rest of the Worldlies :wave: will catch up tonight.

02-27-2014, 12:01 PM
I hope you feel better. This crazy weather is affecting a lot of people tthis way. My co-worker for one.

Not much going on this morning. I need to make couple of phone calls and then finish cleaning/de-cluttering. Going to take some plastic bends to the shed. Also sent a text to my friend . She said that she would be back in town but will be staying at the store. Which is where she need to stay--in her own domain.
More later.

02-27-2014, 01:02 PM
I am back among the living. I guess I had the flu. I didn't eat anything other than jello, popsicels, dry toast and ginerale and some gateraide until yesterday. Yesterday I had clear broth soup and bananna. Today I feel back to normal.

The worst for the fever that kept coming back as soon as the Advil, or Tylenol wore off. Due to the fever I worked from home and also worked reduced hours. I worked through emails when I felt like I could and that was about it.

We are FREEZING here in Ohio and the wind is blowing, and blowing. We have sunny skies but it is so cold! At least the sun is better than cold, dark and dreary. They say we are going to get an ice storm on Sunday into Monday and then a bit of snow....oh the joys of winter.

I have read back through the posts and I want to say, you are the best bunch of ladies. The way you are have been helping Annie with her job loss....what amazing people you are!

Annie--I have been where you are and it brings a lot of emotions with it. I think that you should go and do all the doctor appointments you can get in. With your severence are they also going to provide insurance with that? I hope so, it would give you a little more time on the covereage. You have been given great job hunting advice. I would also say to create a Linked-in profile as that will give you exposure and also job leads.

Also, before you go, see if you can get some formal letters of recommendations. I did that and scanned them so that I could attach them when I applied to jobs online and I had them in my profile on Monster.

Shad: I am SO glad that your son wasn't seriously hurt! What a scary thing to have happen. Thanks for the pictures...and I loved the blokes in the water! ;)

Laura: I'm glad that you are getting your coat back...I know you are dealing with this cold too and so I'm sure you need that down coat!

Ceejay: You are making such progress on your decluttering...good job.

Michelle: Good luck at the new doctor. Also, I hope that Santa is feeling better each day.

Happy: I see you are feeling the same way that I do about the winter and the cold. I've really about had it. I hope yoga was good today.

Terra: I love to walk outside as well and I can't wait for the spring/summer weather to get here.

Ok. I need to get back to work. See you all tomorrow

02-27-2014, 01:24 PM
annie ~ Im sorry to hear you might have a cold, whatever you have I hope you feel better soon.

happy2bme ~ Yes its been really cold here in Kansas as well. Im glad to hear that there is another session of Yoga that you can go too.

Ceejay ~ Do you listen to music while you clean? I listen to music while I clean and walk(work out)

MyChoice2bfit ~ Its too bad we dont live in the same city, We could walk outside together, I love having a walking buddy, Scott doesnt always like walking with me so I sometimes walk by myself which is kinda boring but when it gets boring thats when I put on my headphones and turn on my discman (portable cd player)

I'll only get one walk in today and that will be this evening but I'll be sure to walk 2 times tomorrow when Im home for the day if not 3 times that day

02-27-2014, 02:43 PM
Hi everyone -

Sorry our Midwestern chicks are having to deal with that crazy cold! We're getting rain here. It rained a little yesterday, a lot last night, and now it's cleared up in advance of the next rain coming in tonight/tomorrow. We need it so no one is complaining.

Work is going well...even though in double-checking the site after moving it to the new host, I learned that the programmer that was here before me, left a lot of links in place that point to content on the OLD site rather than on the new site! :tantrum: Since the old site is still alive, all the links work and all the images appear, but when we move to the new site, those will all be broken. So now instead of just doing a visual inspection of EVERY page, I have to do a thorough CODE inspection of EVERY page. :faint: I'll stop complaining though...after all, it is what I get paid to do. :D

Much love and many hugs,

02-27-2014, 02:52 PM
Sorry - MIA. Things just got crazy at work and I now have more work than I can handle for the time being. Lucky my shoulders are broad. A whole new skill set seems to be coming my way.

So if I am missing, I will be around, I may read but not post. It's Friday and I am going home to sleep - I have new neighbours upstairs and I don't think we are going to be friendly. The noise last night was horrendous. I think someone complained because around 10pm everything went quiet.

Saturday, my sister and I are going to Government House - official home of the Governor General of New Zealand. The Governor General is the Queen's representative in NZ.
Click the link to have a brief look at the house.

Anyway, better get on and finish off my current work before the hoardes descend on me from 8.30 onwards all trying to decide why their work should be done by me, before anyone elses.

Photos to keep Happy warm? Lemme see. Okay
Summer at the beach,
A bench, a beach, blue skies, sunshine what more could you want
Cathedral Cove
A couple of dolphins enjoying life
and the awwwwwwwww geee moment. A wedding, snow and the sun. Sorry shouldn't have put the snow in there, but they are nearly 10000 feet up.

02-27-2014, 03:09 PM
Afternoon all. I had a meeting first thing this morning. Glad it’s done. Plenty to catch up on, just not enough time!

Terra –When I used to walk for exercise, I liked listening to the radio or music. Now I like to listen to podcasts while I commute. Sure helps the time to go by. If I do cardio machines (which I don’t really like much), I like watching tv. It can be so boring without something to entertain me. Will your walks inside the house be affected because there’ll be more “stuff” to navigate around?

Susie – Glad you’re feeling better. I had the flu about a year ago, late January and it was awful. The fever was the worst – I don’t think I ever missed three consecutive days of work up to that point. Your point to Annie about obtaining letters of recommendation before she leaves reminded me that I need to decide if I should get something from my current boss – she’s retiring at the end of March. We’re on good terms, but not buddy-buddy, so I doubt I’ll be keeping closely in touch with her once she’s retired.

Happy – Very interesting about dh’s former employer having a plan that he’s required to use exclusively since the money is in there. Is that common?? I don’t use the high deductible medical plan our employer offers, so I don’t know how portable the health savings account (to which both the employer and employee contribute) is upon leaving the company or retiring.

Annie – I hope you feel better soon. :hug: I’m sure the combination of stress and inadequate sleep have contributed to that. :( Hope the doc helps. I agree with the others – get all the med appointments done that you can while you’re still there.

Michelle – How did the doc appt go yesterday? Good you’re getting the rain. You sure need it. Wish we could ship our frozen snow piles out to your area!! Sounds like a lot of work ahead for you in inspecting the entire site's coding. Good luck with that.

Ceejay – Good job continuing with the de-cluttering and cleaning. :) I feel like I can’t keep up. But then again, nothing much can happen while I sit on my butt on the sofa. Good to hear your friend won’t be a houseguest on this visit – it wasn’t easy or pleasant for you last time.

Hi Shad – Happy Friday to you!! Thanks for more beautiful pics.


Nothing much to report.

Turns out the other dry cleaner does NOT have my down coat…so I guess I’ll be waiting 3 weeks for it. I would never have left my coat with them if I’d gotten the impression they didn’t have a good plan in place for handling this type of stuff before they left for 3 weeks. I do have several other winter coats/jackets, it’s just that the long down coat is my warmest one. The one I’m wearing now is also long, with a wind resistant shell and a hood. But it’s old, so the zipper can be finicky, and it’s not quite as warm. Oh well, I’m layering up like I always do in this weather. I’ll get through it. I’m annoyed, so the dry cleaner will be getting an earful from me upon their return, as well as a negative Yelp review.

That’s about it for me. Off to post!

02-27-2014, 07:26 PM
Love the pictures, even the snow, though I thought it was sand. Don't work to hard.

I wish I had your computer skills, especially when I get myself into a peck of trouble on the computer.

Sometimes I do listen to music while I clean. It helps me relax.

Ugh on the flu. No I haven't bought the comforter yet but I have made up my mind. If I had known that my income tax money was in the bank Saturday I would have bought it. Still thinking about the animal print, leopard mainly.

Haven't done a lot today. I'd been expecting a back up battery from ADT but it hadn't arrived so I called to check on the status. Then I had to call FEDEX they hadn't seen it. So back to ADT. I'm calling tomorrow to get a new tracking code. Don't think that's very good business.

02-27-2014, 08:11 PM
Michelle ~ Yes I cant wait until the next season comes. Its been cold for too long.

Shad ~ H-I- Thanks for posting the pictures

Laura ~ Nope I dont think my walks inside will be affected by my younger brother and his family moving in, At least I hope they arent cause when it rains or snows Im not gonna want to walk outside, Thats for sure.

Im having a hard time staying awake, My caffeine soda isnt even doing the trick right now like it usually does and I still need to walk for 45 mins tonight. Grrrr.....I dont know what Im gonna do.

02-28-2014, 11:40 AM
Morning all. Happy Friday. :carrot:

Shad – Happy Saturday. Enjoy the tour of the Government House. Took a quick peek at a few pics of the interior. Now why aren’t there any plants/flowers in the conservatory???

Ceejay – Hope you get the battery thing straightened out. What a PITA when you have to go tracking down things like that. Enjoy the rest of your 3-day weekend.

Terra – Hopefully you caught your second wind and were able to do your evening walk.

Hellos to the rest of the Worldlies! :wave: I’ll check back in later.

Again nothing much to report. I’m up to date on my pushup challenge. Not trying very hard to do the standard pushups, but I’ve decided I’ll do two sets of the day’s reps to get more pushups in. Today I did a set this morning and I’ll do another set this evening.

Need to get some more exercise into my routine, but I don’t plan to go to the gym this weekend. I need to focus on doing some tasks around the house.

Oh, here’s something I keep forgetting to mention: I paid a one-time fee of $75 back in 2010 for use of the fitness center in the office building in which I work. Well, I’ve never enjoyed trying to fit in a cardio workout at lunchtime (too rush-rush), so I’ve probably used it less than a dozen times. Now we’ve been informed that the fitness center is converting to a full-service staffed facility. It’ll charge a monthly fee of $55. I definitely won’t be using it once the conversion is complete, but that won’t happen until June at the earliest, so I might try using it for non-cardio workouts until then. Might as well get my $75 worth out of it, lol. ;)

That’s it for me. Everyone have a great day.


02-28-2014, 12:39 PM
Happy Friday ladies!

TGIF for sure! I don't have a lot of set plans for the weekend, a bit of relaxing, a bit of going to the gym, a bit of writing, hopefully a trip or two to the dog park but that will depend on the weather.

I went to the gym last night and did 1/2 hour on the recumbent bike. I really didn't want to go as I felt so tired after work, and then when the parking lot was packed and I had to wait for someone to leave to get a parking space, I almost gave up. I'm glad I went though. My muscles are just the slightest bit sore today. It's not a bad sore though, they're just reminding me that I used them.

If I can get out of work early enough tonight, I might go to the Water Aerobics class at the gym. If not, then I'll do the recumbent bike. Tomorrow, I've got to get up early and get some fasting blood work done so my new doctor can have current numbers for my cholesterol, thyroid, fasting glucose and HA1C. I really like my new doctor. She seems very willing to work with me to get me fit and healthy.


Happy - I forgot to mention that was such a cute photo of your kitty. :D An air temp of -15?! :yikes: What are the movements to reset your inner ear crystals?

Laura - Sorry about all the hassles with your coat. I hope you're able to find something to keep you warm enough. It would be wonderful if the mid-west could ship their snow our way. Hopefully the rain we're getting on and off this weekend is adding to the snow pack in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, as the snow melt filling our reservoirs is what CA relies upon for water in the spring/summer/fall. Great job on the pushup challenge. Good idea to make use of the fitness center before the price raises. My work has shower facilities because a lot of the people go walking on the trails around here. Because my back sometimes limits how much I can walk, I haven't checked out the trails yet. Are you still going to the gym with your bf? (My CRS is acting up and I can't remember sh*t.) :rofl: :rofl:

Terra - How are things going with your brother and his gf all moved in? I hope you're getting your walking in.

Annie - I hope you're doing better today. It's no wonder you're feeling in limbo and that the stress has you run down. Sending you lots of hugs, sista. Happy is right, you have to get better so you can kiss BOTH your grandsons. Susie is right about creating a Linked In profile and then looking up your former managers and co-workers who can provide you with testimonials/recommendations via LinkedIn. Also a good idea Susie had about getting formal letters of recommendations and make sure you get the personal contact info of any people you want to use as a reference. I know it's super stressful on top of all the other stress going on in your life. Hang in there, sista, it will get better.

Ceejay - Good for you for all the decluttering!! Glad your friend has other lodging arrangements for this trip back to town. Even with my computer skills, I can still get myself into a peck of trouble. :rofl:

Susie - I hate the stomach flu. I'm glad you're feeling better today. You're a trooper for working from home when you felt so lousy. What a great idea about getting written formal letters of recommendation and adding them to your profile in Monster! That's something I never thought of.

Shad - Thanks for all the beautiful warm photos! Even the one of the sunny, snowy wedding was lovely. Sorry to hear about your new neighbors. My upstairs neighbors in WI were the sweetest people, but they were loud. The Outside of the Governor's house is quite impressive, please take photos if you're allowed.

Gotta get back to code checking!

Much love and happy weekend to all,

02-28-2014, 12:44 PM

02-28-2014, 12:45 PM
And before I forget...I had a couple ideas for March thread titles:

"March-ing Toward Our Goals Supported By Our Friends"

"Making Progress in March"

That's about as creative as my morning brain gets. :rofl:

02-28-2014, 01:08 PM
Morning all,

Went to yoga yesterday. Good stretches - still not easy and I need to modify some poses (wish the instructor would help but I will get in early next week and talk to her). But Michelle - like you said - don't feel like doing things but keep pushing to get it done - that's what matters and afterwards we are glad for the effort. I was a bit stiff and achey this morning - hoping a hot shower before I leave the house will unkink the last of it.

Michelle - thanks for the Friday graphics - I'm sure Mel appreciated them too - that and the "soaking blokes" :lol3: - how I love that phrase! Also thanks for the thread suggestions. I am glad to see March come because I am desperately looking for spring but as always surprised at how fast the days are flying by. Good for you for hitting the gym. Sounds like your doctor is very similar to mine - isn't it great to find someone like that? I hope your numbers improve now that you are settled in.

Laura - would have to agree with you about the fitness center at work. If you like sweaty workouts - hard to get them in and get fixed back up in time to get back to the desk over a lunch hour. So more for the casual user. Wonder if they will be successful with a monthly fee facility? You reminded me that I was SUPPOSED to start the push up challenge. Ooops. :o I'm sorry your coat got hijacked. Geez by the time you get it back you won't need it as much as you would now. Just bad timing I guess.

Terra - so did you get the walk in or give in to the sleepies?

Ceejay - I hope you got your alarm battery all settled - how frustrating.

Shad - loved your pictures. The middle one looking out of the cave over the water reminded me that we have some sea caves up this way on Lake Superior. You can hike a mile on the ice to see them in the winter :no: not for me or you I think - or you can get a paddle boat and paddle into them in the summer. You might like that. Sorry work is crazy - thanks for letting us know ahead of time so we don't worry. Check in when you can!

Susie - I hope you are feeling better and stronger today. I have heard that the flu this year has been devastating and really knocked the stuffing out of anyone unlucky enough to come in contact with it. Ugh. Especially when you have so many other things going on in your life.

Annie - hope you are doing ok. Are you helping Sissy get the nursery ready for Ace? If nothing else, you will have some time to help her out which I'm sure will be much appreciated :hug:

Ok, gotta get ready for my shift at the store today. Yesterday a man came in and we started talking - he takes in rescued abused Italian Greyhound dogs - they are much smaller than the standard racing greyhound. Very cute. He brought out not one but TWO phones and showed me lots of pictures. Talk about loving the fur babies! :D Have a good weekend all...

02-28-2014, 01:50 PM
Laura ~ Nope, I couldnt get off the computer LOL. I'll do better today though.

Im about to walk for the 1st time today in a couple of mins. Then I'll walk at 2:30 pm and then I'll walk for the last time tonight.

02-28-2014, 03:11 PM
Hi Michelle - Good for you getting to the gym! And a double bravo for doing it when you didn't feel like it and you even had to wait for a parking space!! :bravo: :bravo: BF and I have not been going at all lately - I think we've each gone only one time in the past month. If I don't get into a routine where I'm going regularly, I'm probably going to go back to just doing classes at the park district. There are many good classes and decent instructors at our current gym, but I have an issue with the setup of the room the classes are held in. I also think many of the other students are just kind of casual about the classes...I know that shouldn't bug me, but for some reason it does in a "you're a waste of space" kind of way, lol. Terrible me. :blush: And I suppose now I'm the casual student since I haven't gotten into a groove since joining this gym...Who's the waste of space now?? :D :rofl: Love, love, love those graphics you posted! Very cute and my sentiments precisely!

Happy - Keep at it with the yoga - I'm sure you'll benefit more as you go along. Re our fitness facility's conversion - they are expanding it to include a space for fitness classes, and other activities and programs...I think the convenience factor will help, but it still seems rather small in size to get the money they want for monthly dues. I guess they've done their homework on this, but I'll be curious to see the end product. Have a good shift at the store today. Awww, so cute seeing people show off their fur babies.

02-28-2014, 05:45 PM
Happy - Glad you got some good stretching in at Yoga. My doc wants me to do more stretching, along with a water aerobics class. I've made arrangements with my boss so I can leave at 4 pm on Fridays to get to the only water aerobics class offered at any of my gym locations within a 1/2 hour radius. Sadly, it's only offered one night per week. I just hope I have my swinsuit in my gym bag today. I can't remember. If not, since I won't have time to stop at home first, I'll just do 1/2 hour on the bike. I'm finding that if I keep telling myself I'm too tired to exercise (or do anything) that just sends me into a downward spiral of hopelessness and really negative self-talk...and I hate that. I did post the Friday graphics for Mel (as well as all of you), and I'm sure Mel liked the "soaking blokes"..I know I sure did. ;) I was supposed to start the push up challenge but didn't. Tomorrow being the start of the new month (easier to keep track of what day I'm on), I'll start tomorrow. No, really, I WILL! :rofl: When I lived in WI, I wanted to do the kayaking in the caves of Lake Superior but we never got around to it.

Terra - I hope you're able to get your walking in today.

Laura - Get thee back to the gym. Remember the Zumba and the Step classes you enjoy so much? Don't let the casual users get to you...just remember they're getting out what they put in. And maybe there are reasons they only go to class occasionally. $55/month does seem kind of pricey for the fitness center...but if it's in a big office building downtown amid all the high-rise office buildings and apartments/condos, and, therefore, very convenient for users, maybe they'll get that price. I pay roughly $35/month and since my gym is "a chain" (24 Hour Fitness), I can use all the gyms in the area. I wanted a gym membership that would be easily transferable to Southern Cal, in case I ever move down there. Of course, the way things are going with D, the idea of moving to Southern Cal isn't as appealing. :D I do applaud you for being so dedicated on those challenges! :bravo:

02-28-2014, 07:46 PM
Michelle ~ Yeah they are all moved in now and Im still able to get my walks in

happy2bme ~ Yes I gave into my sleepiness last night

I walked twice today and I'll walk for the last time later on tonight and then I'll do it all over again tomorrow.

02-28-2014, 11:42 PM
Checking in late and got a lot done today. Made a trip to Blytheville to J.C Penny's and found a comforter for the twin bed. It's tan. I'll use the prints as accents.
We're under a winter storm watch until Sunday night. We are getting the rain that's now in CA and with the colder temperatures it's going to be ice. UGH.

Heard on the news about the rain. Stay safe.

Not much else is going on.

03-01-2014, 08:34 AM
I started our new thread and used one of Michelle's suggestions. I hope everyone is ok with that.

The new thread is called; Worldly Chicks"March-ing Toward Our Goals Supported By Our Friends"

See you all there.

03-01-2014, 12:32 PM
Here's the link to the March Thread:

Worldly Chicks Marching Toward Our Goals Supported By Our Friends (