Support Groups - Worldly Chicks"March-ing Toward Our Goals Supported By Our Friends"

03-01-2014, 08:33 AM
Hi Everyone. I went ahead and started a new thread for March. I hope everyone finds us.

03-01-2014, 08:45 AM
I am up early this morning. I didn't get much personal computer time this week, so I am trying to check and clean out my email and some other things.

We are going to get slammed with winter weather tomorrow. They say it will start for us around 3 p.m. and go all through Monday with maybe 12 inches of snow. UGH! :fr:

I have a 5 lb loss to report at my Thursday weigh-in at TOPS. I was pretty excited! :carrot: I know having the flu was part of it, but I'll take it and use it as a spring board.

DH has his sleep study tonight. I will be staying at my brothers so that when it's time to go get DH in the AM, I only have a short drive. I'm looking forward to playing with my nephews. They are 4 and 3 and pretty excited that "Aunt Susie" is spending the night. I bet I don't get much sleep!

I will be back later today sometime (or at least I plan to) to do personals. I must get to some other things before my self-imposed 1 hr limit to emails and posting is up.

03-01-2014, 10:26 AM
Please put the link in the old thread or let shad or happy do that if you do not know how

03-01-2014, 12:33 PM
Please put the link in the old thread or let shad or happy do that if you do not know how

All done :D

03-01-2014, 01:11 PM
Good morning ladies,

Welcome to March - it's cold outside - going to get REALLY cold tomorrow so I certainly hope that Ms. March will come in strong and ease on outta here gently in 31 days. ;) We are fortunate to escape the storm that will be pelting those of you south of us. We'll get strong cold but thankfully not much in the way of snow. Be careful out there.

Thanks for setting up the new thread Susie. We generally put a link in the last post of the old one so people can click over in case they can't find us otherwise. One thing we have stayed consistent with is that our thread titles always contain the word Worldlies in it somewhere. You're lucky Susie set up the thread - I was going to pick a title somewhere along the lines of "Worldlies are TIRED and cold and wishing for spring". :rofl: Except that would not be fair to poor Shad who no doubt is noticing the days getting shorter on her side of the equator.

Worked the store yesterday - quiet at first but we did have a few people come in and buy some stuff. It was quiet the last hour so I counted up my drawer and filled out my closing forms and was all balanced at 3:45. (We close at 4pm in the winter). Just as it always happens, someone walks in at 3:50, followed by another at 3:55. The 3:55 asked me when we closed and I said 5 minutes so she said she would be brief. The 3:50 person walked out without buying anything. 355 said she was looking for a specific book a friend said she donated to the store so I helped her look for it. We didn't find it but had a nice conversation as she is a massage therapist and yoga instructor. She did find 2 books she wanted and brought them to the register (it was now 4:10). I was about to ring her up when in walks a man who had purchased a toaster over earlier. He said it was missing a drip pan that pretty much made the oven useless. While we have a policy that all sales are final, sometimes you have to allot for things. I had to agree with him except I dreaded the refund. We have a donated cash register that is fine ringing straight sales but it does not register returns properly on the day's closing ring out. I gave him his money back, took the 355's money and hurried and locked the door. It's less hassle for me if I can get the bank deposit to the bank before they close at 4:30. Because of the sale and return, I had to recount my drawer. I could have wing'd it but I don't like to do that. DH had pulled up to get me, it's 4:22 and I am furiously counting. Of COURSE my register tally was out of sync by the $10 return. :mad: I had to write extra notes on the closing papers. Got to the bank at 4:28. *whew* DH and I decided to go out for Mexican food - we generally go to dinner on Friday nights. We really like this restaurant and I had read an article earlier in the week - if you don't know what to order at a Mexican restaurant, order pork because they slow cook it and it's generally flavorful and tender. I have to admit I can count on one hand all the times I've eaten pork at a Mexican place. DH got the combo fajitas (steak/chicken/shrimp) so we were well represented protein wise :lol: I got slow cooked pork tacos. They were ok, tender but a bit dry as it was white meat. I tasted a piece of DH's steak and man oh maneschvitz, I sure did wish I had stuck with my instinct and got that instead. But no, I have to try something different. Anyway we had a nice dinner, I had 2 small tacos with flour tortillas and some rice and beans and I was stuffed to the gills. Came home and watched some concerts I had previously recorded. Today I plan on doing a lot of housework.

Michelle - I think yoga would be an excellent addition to your workout routine, even if you do a DVD at home. The yoga teacher yesterday was talking about how it is good for stability and balance improvement besides the calming factors. I'm glad you were able to make arrangements for the water aerobics class too. Even if you run behind, you can at least do laps in the pool or water walking which will help your back. I know what you mean about fighting the urge that "I'm tired" and skip the gym. I say I'll just do 30 minutes and usually once I get going I'm good to go. If it's really bad, at least I got the 30 minutes in. Thanks for the thread title suggestions.

Susie - thanks for setting up the new thread. I like your new avatar! Ugh on the approaching storm. I hope it's not as bad as they are making it out to be. Have fun playing with the kids - good alternative plans for working DH's sleep schedule.

Terra - keep up that walking kiddo!

Ceejay - I hope you don't get too much of a mess down your way with the weather. As for the bedding, I remember seeing a picture where they painted the room a very neutral beige and then used accessories of navy blue and white to accent the room. It really popped the beige and I was impressed with how pretty it looked. Who'd a thought???

Laura - it sounds like you had a much bigger variety of classes at the park district. Didn't you join DH's gym last year or am I confused? How long is your walk from the downtown train station to the office each day?

Shad - DH asked me this morning when you first came to visit us. Didn't say why, just asking. So I looked it up. 2003. That was a long time ago :lol: I hope you walk slower now - I still remember trying to keep up with you two at the gardens. :faint: Hope work doesn't have you running in circles.

Annie - how are things going for you?

Wanted to ask those of you who were sidelined with the flu - how did it come about? I have been feeling the last few days like I have schmutz in my lungs. I am doing light coughing - just to clear the chest out. Feels like a bit of heaviness in the chest but my nose is not running. Last night I went to bed with the most brutal headache. It feels like I might be coming down with something but just teetering on the edge. I can't recall being around anyone who was really sick either but you never know what you touched that some Typhoid Mary might have slobbered on just before you got there. :dizzy: So those who got sick, did it come on gradually or suddenly? I don't have time to be sick. In fact the way my chest feels reminded me of how I used to feel ALL THE TIME when I was smoking. Geez I am so glad to be rid of that awful habit.

I guess it's enough babbling. I still have to figure out something to bring to the pot luck on Monday for the Humane Society event. Give me something to ponder while I'm mopping the floor. :) Have a good weekend all.

03-01-2014, 05:45 PM
Pneumonia is going around down here. Be careful and don't let that go to long.

Thanks for starting the new thread. I hear you on this winter weather.


It's been such a beautiful day that I've done some yard work from the last ice storm. Then in the morning the weather is supposed to change and we get another ice storm. I'm not ready for this. It's March, I'm ready for some warmer days.

03-01-2014, 06:06 PM
MyChoice2bfit ~ Congrats on your loss

happy2bme ~ Yep I am keeping up with my walking

Im about to walk for the 1st time today and then I'll walk again before bed. I had no energy to do it this morning like I usually do so Im only gonna get two walks in today but thats better then not walking at all.

03-01-2014, 07:05 PM
Hi ladies,

Last night after work I went to the gym for water aerobics and realized I didn't have my bathing suit in my gym bag, so I did 1/2 hour on the recumbent bike followed by 1/2 hour of weights.

Today I got up early to get some fasting blood work done. I hope my HA1C turns out ok. After the blood test, I ran a couple errands and once the rain stopped, Santa and I went to the dog park. We're home now, but we'll be heading back out to the dog park in an hour or so. With the off and on rain, I want to make sure Santa gets play time during the rain breaks. He's still limping and not putting weight on his bad foot, but even so, he enjoys going to the dog park and hanging out with the other dogs and their people. :D

I hope you're all having a good weekend.

Love and hugs,

03-01-2014, 07:42 PM
Morning all,
Thanks for setting up the thread Susie. nice one. Good to have someone else's brain working on the title once in a while. Usually Annie or Michelle come up with a few cracker ideas for the title.
Great weight loss. You should feel very proud of yourself. Now you just have to figure out what you ate during the flu and keep at it. At a guess I would say more fluids than foods.

Happy - love the way that everyone comes into your store at the end of the day.
It's good that yoga is helping you a bit. I loved the Body balance I used to do because it gave me back a lot of flexibility and I really need to get back to it, but I'm really not into the gym any more and haven't been able to find a dvd of it.
Do I walk as fast as 10 years ago. Probably not, but in the race to safety from a crocodile, I reckon I could give you a good go for your money. It isn't 10 years since we walked up the hill at Pennyfeather anyway. But again we will see next time I get over there.

Ceejay - unfortunately Mother Nature will decide on the warmer weather - not you. So you'll just have to suck it up.

Terra - sometimes you just have to push it when everything about you conspires to stop you from doing good. Michelle has had to push it this week, I've had to fit stuff in, generally in the dark these days so you just have to suck it up and do it too. Sometimes that's when you see the best results.

Went to Government house yesterday to have a look around. It was very nice. I forgot my camera so had to use the fairly useless one on my phone. I'll attach one or two at the end of this. Should have taken a picture of the hottie in full dress uniform on the door. Damn, Annie will be after me for that missed opportunity.
The house is not huge as big houses go. It is however bigger than Gracelands and interestingly finished - no souvenir shop there Happy. It's recently had massive renovations done to strengthen and update. Each room has a theme. For example, Lady Janine, wife of the GG has her office done with a fantail motif (native bird, tail that spreads out and sticks up like a fan). It's all soft greens, native forest pictures and paintings and the crown mouldings have the fantail in various poses. The main sitting room is done with the Tui bird in mind. I'll see if I can find a picture shortly.
There was a collection of all the armorial (sort of like coat of arms) of previous GG's and governors along with their signatures - some of which are very rare. All in all I enjoyed it. Not sure my sister was totally delighted with all the walking (uphill much of it) and other exercise, but she seemed to enjoy herself most of the time.
Today, I have been down to the bread shop, supermarket and fresh food markets and picked up the week, or really two week supplies. I have cooked up some extremely tart cooking apples, that will be my breakfasts and snacks for a couple of weeks - maybe even a dessert or two. Carted that lot home and now am resting for a couple of minutes with a coffee and computer.

There is a light show on at the Bot Gardens tonight and during the next couple of weeks, powered by the company I work for. It's part of the Wellington Festival which started during the week. I might go and have a shufti up there. Another walk coming up.

I was going to work this afternoon, but decided it wasn't worth it. I may work next weekend instead and just go in early during the week.

Anyway here are a couple of pictures from the GG house. I'd better go do some more around the house. They are:
The thrones in the Ballroom, one of the many crystal chandeliers around the place, a beautiful vase - I think Lalique, the main sitting room with the Tui theme, and one of the Pou at the main entrance. The Pou is a carving (maori style) and this particular one had some of the carving done by the GG of the time, Sir Paul Reeves. Obviously a fairly talented man.

03-02-2014, 12:47 AM
Shad ~ Yeah your right, I'll do better tomorrow

03-02-2014, 03:22 AM
Ceejay - was just checking the weather and saw the predictions of the ice storm out your way. I certainly hope you are not working and have Sunday and Monday off. It looks horrible - especially expecting downed trees and power lines. Be careful, be safe!

I'm going to be thinking maybe - 20 degrees isn't so bad. At least it's not 3/4 of an inch of ice. Good night.

03-02-2014, 09:25 AM
always love the pictures. I like the historical part.

Unfortunately I'm at work this morning and tomorrow. Sure wish I could retire on day's like today. I took some things to the recycle bend yesterday and the tree's are in bloom.

How long will your company stay with you?

Hi to Susie and Annie

I'm not usually concerned with things happening in Russia but my step nieces fiancé lives there and is expected to come to the states Monday. They are supposed to get married in three weeks. I pray he makes it out okay.

03-02-2014, 01:50 PM
Morning all,
At work exceedingly early this morning. There may not look like much to do on my desk but believe me, it is there. A pile of paperwork that needs to be finished this week and to do so I have to be able to get into the head of the person who wrote it originally. It ain't going to be easy.

Then I have another bit of work from another person in the group to finish off and everytime I look at it, the bloody system falls over, so there will be some agitation some time this week and it just might be me doing the stirring.

Nothing much else news from what I wrote yesterday. The situation around the world just goes from bad to worse.

I hope Annie is okay - see didn't seem to well last time we heard from her. So much stress in her life right now.

With that I will sign off and go check out the news for a minute or two and get stuck into this work. Roll on 1630. Happy (?) Monday.

03-02-2014, 03:23 PM
Hi all,

Another chilly one today but hopefully we will see some warm up by the end of the week. Might go out to toss a drink back with the cousins - it's her birthday and I haven't had a single glass of wine all month! Still trying to figure out what to make for the pot luck dinner at the Humane Society tomorrow. Not much else is going on. Just a bit of tinkering about the house before we leave. DH is trying to remove some more snow which just means putting it from one place to the other.

Nice pictures Shad - too bad they don't have a souvenier shop - raise some funds by selling off excess gifts and historical trivia. Looks like an interesting visit though. Sounds like you are quite the busy one. As least it's busy and not banging head against the wall frustration. Did you raise the sun out of the horizon with as early as you are on the job? I saw a couple of body balance cds online but not sure if they would work for you or if the post would let them into the country. :dizzy: Ok, what's a shufti but if it's at the Bot Gardens, it's probably worth having, right?

Ceejay - please be careful travelling. Bummer that you have to leave the house. That's when I am most happy being retired - not having to get out in the mess and worry and waste a lot of time commuting. Sounds like the niece's BF is getting out just in time. Hope he makes it ok too.

Michelle - hope you numbers come back improved. Sorry to hear that Santa is slow healing on the foot. At least it doesn't seem to be getting him down.

Hi Laura, Hi Susie Hi Annie :wave: :wave: :wave: I think I'll try and get a few things picked up before we get ready to head out. Have a nice Sunday all. Hope the weather doesn't ruin your plans.

03-02-2014, 04:08 PM
ceejay52 ~ 2 years at least

happy2bme ~ Yeah its chilly here too

Im about to walk for the 1st time today and then Im gonna walk again before bed. Its another busy week we are gonna go shopping either tomorrow or Tuesday and then also on Tuesday I have a dentist appt. and we're also gonna go to Dillions, Although we might go to Dillions tomorrow after we go to Walmart if we go shopping tomorrow and either tomorrow or Tuesday we'll go to a sit down restaurant but we arent sure where we want to eat at yet though. Wed. the group I belong to is having their lunch and bingo and then Thursday is Peer Support and then depending on if we do dollar menu on Friday or Saturday will tell when I will get out of the house again after Thursday. Thats all of my plans for this week.

03-02-2014, 04:55 PM
Shufti - strange word for "go take a look see". I think it might have been one my father brought back from overseas after the war, along with bakshee and a few other which will probably spring to mind when I am trying to sleep. Sun got up well after I did Happy. It really is getting light later these days. In fact the sun didn't come up until after I had been at work around 25 minutes.

03-02-2014, 07:08 PM
If I retire at 65 which are my plans only 1.5 months to go. On days like today, I want out of here now. My nerves are getting the best of me today.

Why are you up before the sun??????

It's day's like today that I really want to retire. And during my panic attack here at work, I texted my sister in MO and told her I was ready to retire. This is the worse panic attack yet. Now I am getting a migraine and dreading driving home in this MESS. The tree limbs are bending over and the power lines are sagging with all the ice. It does make a beautiful picture though.
I've been trying to keep the tanks as full as possible. and my favorite lineman is on duty and out working. He called my other favorite lineman for a different location so prayerfully things will not be tooooooooooo bad as the night goes on. It sounds as though it's sleeting now.

03-02-2014, 09:28 PM
Sending prayers to all the Midwestern chicks dealing with lousy, dangerous weather.

Ceejay - I hope you made it home safe. Do you have 15 months or 1.5 months 'till you retire. I hope all the city crews out working in that awful weather stay safe too. :hug:

Ran some errands today, and lunch with my friend B who has cancer. He's waiting for his next surgery to be scheduled. He'll be in the hospital for a week and then at a care facility for another week or two. I told him that I'd feed his cats on my way to and from work.

D has been working at a big bridge tournament all weekend, and he'll be at another big tournament in San Francisco this week. Since he'll be working long hours and since the tournament pays for a hotel room for him, he'll be sleeping there. I'll miss him, but it's better than him making the drive when he's tired.

I've got to go get a load of wash on and fix something for dinner.

Much love and many hugs,

03-02-2014, 09:57 PM
Evening all. Just turned on the Oscars Red Carpet show, well in progress.

Michelle – Good for you doing the bike and weights. You’re right, I do enjoy the classes, I just haven’t gotten myself into a groove with them. I need to get some structure back into my evenings, including the classes. Good luck with your bloodwork results!!

Ceejay – Glad you found yourself a comforter for the new bed. It’ll be fun to shop for the accents. Maybe I’ll do that in our bedroom – buy a solid color, or very muted pattern comforter and then buy or make some nice lively throw pillow covers/shams. Gosh, the ice sounds awful. Sorry this weather’s gotten you so anxious. I hope you get through your workday and that tomorrow’s better. Be safe!! I sure hope your niece’s fiancé gets out of Russia without any problems tomorrow!

Susie – Thanks for getting us started on the new thread for March. Wow, you’re in for a lot of snow in your area! I just heard that the federal government already shut down offices on Monday. I’m sure you’re all set to work from home, warm and safe. Whoohoo on your weight loss this week!!! Great job Susie!! The flu might have helped you a bit this week, but definitely use this as a springboard to continue your progress. I think I’m finally ready to get back to business as far as weight loss goes. I’m going to use my upcoming annual physical exam next month as a motivation to get back on plan and show a loss from my last visit 6 months ago. I believe my strategy going forward will be to stick to a firm routine during the week and be a bit relaxed on the weekend. First thing has to be having my food all planned out!! Hope your hub’s sleep study went well and you enjoyed your time w/ your nephews.

Happy – I too hope March goes out like a lamb, or at least with some more seasonally normal temps. Coming into the month…we got several inches of snow yesterday, and now we’re getting chilly temps the next few days. I never have any expectations of March weather, but I do have hopes it starts to show signs of spring. Yes, the park district has a good number of classes, but I did join the gym that bf joined because they also have classes ((no, not nearly the variety) and I thought it was a bonus to have all the equipment, the pool and the Jacuzzi. I do still want to try and take advantage of all that…Did you get out for a drink with the cuz?

Shad – Sounds like a wonderful weekend you had. Thanks for the photos, yet again. Nice to be getting out and about on your weekends. My “out and about” has been mainly limited to dog walks, for which we have a new blanket of snow to refresh the old gray/black piles. Hope you get to the botanic gardens for the light show!! At work before the sun comes up, wow. Hope you leave the office before sundown!!

Terra – Sounds like a busy week coming up when you also factor in all the walks!

Annie - Where you at girlfriend?? We're here for you sister!!
Kept fairly busy this weekend. Did some icky cleaning jobs around the house, did a couple dogwalks, some laundry, balanced several month’s worth of bank statements to my checkbook (how does that get out of hand like that?)…but not my taxes.

My former Jazzercise instructor has offered me a year for $199 and I just might have talked myself into it. Even if I just went to classes on Saturday mornings, it would be worth it. I dunno.

Okay, gonna get this posted and watch the Oscars. Ellen Degeneres is a likable host. Jim Carrey’s up on stage right now, his face just makes me laugh, lololol.

03-02-2014, 11:31 PM
We have ice and we have snow but it's less than they predicted. I hope things are in good shape in the morning but I know the commute will be slow.

DH said that he feels like he got a deeper sleep last night. Next week we will know what sort of CPAT machine they recommend for him and we will then get it.

I had a GREAT time with my nephews. They make me laugh and some time with them was what I needed to really relax for a bit.

Happy-thanks for posting the new thread to the old one. I didn't realize we did that. Do you just copy and paste it?

Did you go have a glass of wine with the cousins? I think it sounds like a good idea ;)

Are you feeling better? I didn't really have much of a cough with the flu I had, it was more of a stomach bug or something for me.

Shad: I didn't come up with the title for March--I think that Michelle or CJ posted it,

You have so many cool things going on around you. The light show is something right up my alley.

Ceejay:Hang in there retirement is right around the corner.

Michelle: You did great with going ahead and getting a workout in even if it wasn't the one that you had planned.

Also, it is so nice of you to help your friend out. You are a great source of friendship and practical help to him during this time.

Terra: It sounds like you have a busy week. I find it hard to get work outs in when things are busy for me..and that seems like every day now. Shad had good advice to us.

Laura, I have never done Jazzercise but I think it would be fun--like dancing right?

Annie...we are missing you.

I am headed to bed now. 5:30 a.m. comes early

03-03-2014, 01:49 AM
ANNIE - get back here. Don't make me pull out the cattle prod, rolling pin AND have Mellie spook you!!!! :s: If you can't use the pc at work then at least let us know. We do worry, my dear.

03-03-2014, 12:33 PM
ceejay52 ~ Thats good that your almost ready to retire.

Michelle ~ Thanks for the prayers for us dealing with the snowy cold weather

Laura ~ Yes its gonna be a very busy week but Im looking forward to it.

Susie ~ Yeah she did give us good advice

Im about walk for the 1st time today in about 30 mins and then I'll walk again before bed. Im not gonna be able to get my 2:30 walk in today cause we have to go run errands at that time. On a sad note: I've gained 5 pounds :( but that only means I have to work harder.

03-03-2014, 12:48 PM
Morning all,

Last one out, first one in I see.

Today is the Humane Society shindig. I am still trying to figure out what to make. Will head off to the grocery store in a bit to check out prices on a couple of things. I'm going to wait until it warms up to at least zero before I head out. Going to be a busy week - something going on every single day this week.

Did go meet the cousins for a burger and a couple of drinks. I had a walleye (fish) sandwich - grilled. Found the only thing that wasn't deep fried in the place :lol: It was nice to get out for a bit. Lots of snowmobilers out even though it was very cold out.

Looks like a lot of you are caught up in the winter storms that are tearing across the country. Be safe, especially those of you dealing with the icing. I'd rather have 2 feet of snow than a half inch of ice.

Susie - sounds like DH might benefit from that sleep study - that's good news. Sometimes they have to tweek the mask a bit to find one that he feels comfortable with - just be aware of that. Glad you had fun with the kids. Eeeee gads - you get up at 5:30???? Bad enough getting up early but that time of the (night) in the winter when it's cold and dark - aarrrghh. :lol:
As to your question about transitioning threads - we just include / imbed a link in the last post where you can click on over to the new post.

Annie - where are you??????????????

Terra - when I was checking out the weather today I thought I saw that it's really, really cold out your way. Are you getting bad weather too? I guess that would be good that you have inside walking to do while shopping.

Laura - geez it looks like you got snow on Saturday and more to come??? I guess the difference is that you guys are getting more snow but you have the breaks in between to allow it to melt. My sister said grass was even starting to peek out (just barely) from the edge of the sidewalk. Oh boy - the pool and Jacuzzi at the gym would be enough incentive to get me to the gym. So did you make a decision on the Jazzercise classes? Sounds like a fun activity.

Michelle - that's nice of you to look after B's cats while he's in the hospital. It's nice to have that peace of mind on at least one thing while everything else is swirling around in your head. Hope he is doing ok with his treatments. Sounds like D is very busy too. How's the weather out by you?

Ceejay - I am hoping for safe travels for you today. I see it's pretty messy down that way. I'd be hiding under the bed. I agree that there is a beauty in the ice covered branches twinkling like diamonds but the power outages and slip and sliding are so not worth it. Be careful Missy!!!

Shad - :lol: I see you also have those unique family terms and sayings. Did you made it down to the Botanical Gardens for that light show?

Well time is flying by, better get off my duff and get to the store before it's time to head out the door and I'll be empty handed. Have a good day everyone.

03-03-2014, 12:54 PM
happy2bme ~ Yeah it is really cold here but I wouldnt say its bad weather though.

03-03-2014, 01:26 PM
Taking forever to get this posted – darn work keeps interfering, hahaha.

Susie – Glad you didn’t the amount of precip you expected. Hope your commute was decent this morning. Yes, Jazzercise is like dancing, lots of great music too. In my case, I have a wonderful instructor that just makes it so much more fun than it already is. Unfortunately, I no longer live in the area in which she teaches, so it’s a bit more of a drive than I’d like. But I have occasionally gone back for limited stints. I did three months last summer. I’d forgotten how hot her one non-A/C space gets in the summer, LOL. But her Saturday morning class space has A/C, and if I were to go back, I’d likely be going only on Saturday mornings. We’ll see…

Michelle – So good of you to help your friend B with his cats.

Terra – Yeh, if the scale isn’t going the way you want, something’s got to change. I sure know I need to work harder - I’ve been slacking off on just about everything lately. Let’s do it girl!!

Happy – Good for you eating fish, and not deep fried! Kind of odd, but I’ll usually only eat a grilled fish sandwich at either Portillo’s or Hooters, neither of which we visit all that often anyway. Just too easy to go wrong at places like that... Re the snow – we got quite a bit on Saturday and it made the outdoor hockey game (Hawks/Penguins) at Soldier Field that night very interesting – glad I was at home watching it on TV! This morning it was sunny when I got on the train, but snowing downtown here. Looking at the 10-day forecast, after today I see highs in the 20’s and 30’s and am actually just fine with that. The snow doesn’t bug me that much. Haven’t decided on the Jazzercise classes yet, and I haven’t heard back from my instructor yet either – I told her I was considering it, and asked her if the offer was still good since she’d sent it last Thursday and I didn’t respond ‘til yesterday. Re the gym amenities – I suppose I should just bring my swimsuit & water shoes with me when I go and then there would be no reason not to enjoy the Jacuzzi or the sauna. I’m not much of a swimmer, but if they happen to have kickboards available, I could certainly do a pool workout. Enjoy the Humane Society event!!

Hellos to the rest of the Worldlies! :wave:


Nothing much to report after my late post yesterday. It was pretty nice watching the Oscars at home with just bf and doggy. I usually go to the movie group’s party each year, but I just wasn’t feeling it this year, so I stayed home. Gravity won so many awards, really want to see it now!

Later bedtime than usual last night, so I have a feeling I’ll be hitting a wall towards the end of the workday. :yawn:

This week I’m taking Friday off work. I have a doctor’s appointment, and then I think I’m going to get a massage. Need to set that up.

That's it for me! Everyone have a great day! :)

03-03-2014, 01:51 PM
Oh, I've been in touch with Annie via text this morning. She said she's just sad and depressed. :( I told her we're here for her!!

03-03-2014, 02:02 PM
Happy Monday ladies -

I didn't want to get up today. I didn't fall asleep until after 11, partly because I was waiting for clothes to dry until 10 pm. I like to get the clothes fresh out of the dryer whenever possible so that I can minimize wrinkles.

I watched the Oscars. I wasn't really interested in the awards per se, I just love Ellen. And in my opinion, she really made the show fun and entertaining. I loved when she appeared as Glinda. I'd never seen her in a dress before! I only saw one of the movies up for best picture (Gravity), and I thought it was very good. So now I'm interested in seeing "Dallas Buyers Club" and "12 Years a Slave". I'm not sure if I'll go see "The Wolf of Wall Street", "Blue Jasmine", "American Hustle", and some of the other movies though.

I didn't get to the gym on Saturday or Sunday, but I'm planning on going after work today.

Laura - Which of the Oscar movies had you seen? Which would you recommend? A year of Jazzercise for $199, that would be worth it if the times were convenient.

Susie - Congrats on the great weight loss!! Sorry you had to lose it in such an unpleasant manner, but definitely use it as a jumpstart to continued progress. I hope your husband's sleep study went well. If he does have sleep apnea, he should notice sleeper better/deeper at night with his CPAP machine. I love mine and use it every night and for naps. Glad you had fun with your nephews. Sometimes playing with kids and/or animals is just what you need to relieve stress.

Annie - How are you doing, sista? Sending you lots of love and hugs. We're all thinking of you and here for you.

Happy - What a hectic ending to your Friday at the store. Glad you got to the bank in time. I've got to check the class schedules at the gyms around my work and home and see when yoga is offered. Thanks for asking about my tests. Over the weekend, I received notifications that my test results have been posted online. I don't know if my doc didn't test my HA1C, but I haven't seen that result. The other results are good though. And while my LDL cholesterol is in the normal range, the doc says it should be lower for diabetics, so she's increasing my cholesterol med with a re-check in two months. The phrase "warms up to at least zero" is just so wrong. :brr: I do NOT miss that. Funny about your comment to Susie about getting up at 5:30. I used to have to do I can usually sleep in until 6:15 or 6:30. To answer your question, the weather here has been overcast and off and on rainy for a few days. And we need the rain so no one is complaining. Though in some areas of Southern CA, where they had recent wildfires, there's no vegetation to hold the dirt in place so they had some mudslide issues with the recent storms. It's supposed to be on and off rain for the next few days I think. The temps have been in the upper 40s in the morning and get up to mid 60s during the day. Have fun at the Humane Society pot luck. Let us know what you end up making, and share the recipe of course.

Terra - With all the walking you do at home and when running errands, you should consider wearing a pedometer. I'm sure WalMart or other places have fairly inexpensive ones. Some people shoot for 10,000 steps a day as a goal. So sorry to hear about the weight gain. You're getting are you doing with your eating? Do you use MyFitnessPal? A lot of us are on that, not that I'm all that diligent about tracking.

Laura - I'm working on getting structure back in my evenings and finding a balance between too crazy busy and being a sloth. :rofl: After doing laundry last night, I repacked my gym bag to include my swimsuit. No excuse for me not to do water aerobics this week. If you like Sandra Bullock, you'll like Gravity. If not...then you won't. I do really like Sandra Bullock and I liked her in Gravity about as much as "The Blind Side"...and I loved "The Blind Side". I felt like there were a few snarky comments at the Oscars that were supposed to be jokes...not sure if they came off that way though. One was by Cate Blanchett. She said to Sandra Bullock that she could watch her performance in Gravity forever, and she felt like she had. Ouch. I didn't see George Clooney at the Oscars, and I was surprised he wasn't nominated for Best Supporting Actor for Gravity. Thanks for texting Annie. I was just about to text her myself.

Ceejay - So sorry to hear about the panic attacks and migraines. The bad storms used to get me all worked up too. I used to hate the thought of driving in the awful weather and then having the weather get worse while I'm at work just to have to drive in the mess on the way home.

Shad - Thanks for sharing the photos of the GG house. Though I am disappointed you didn't get a photo of the hottie in uniform. And I loved the photos of the fresh market you posted on FB. I do hope that even though it's dark when you get into work that you leave during daylight. I used to go to work in the dark and come home in the dark when I lived in Wisconsin, and there it was too cold to get out for a noontime walk, so I literally didn't get out in the sun except for the weekends.

P.S.: Rats, my HA1C is up from 6.0 to 6.3. I'm going to shoot off an e-mail to my doc to see if she would let me try and bring it back down by eating better and exercising more. I don't want my diabetes meds increased. :-(

Well, time to get back to work.

Much love to all,

03-03-2014, 04:54 PM
Well pooh. The light office got to go home today at noon, And guess who is answering the phone. Me. Then the water sewer guys went home at 2.30 p.m. Not sure if the electric crew came in today. The worked till the wee hours of the morning. The phone hasn't been that bad though so I shouldn't complain.
We got a bunch of freezing rain and sleet and a bit of snow. Looks to be about 6 inches and that's a bunch for us. My boss was good enough to come get me last night at work and then this morning. If I had my key's I could probably drive home tonight but I walked out the door with out them. I do have a spare house key in my billfold.
The sunshine is melting the ice even though the temperatures are in the low 20's. One of the outside doors is still frozen. We can't get to the lime room.
I texted my sis in MO and watched part of the Oscars. Then went to bed at 9.30 p.m. I enjoyed Ellen as host also. Hope your doctor lets you try the exercise to see if the HA1C will come down.

I'm looking forward to my retirement. Sure wish it could be sooner than later. You are doing great with the walking.

Lucky you in getting a message. I'm going to find out where to get one around here. May have to go to Paragould or Jonesboro. Thanks for checking on Annie.

I'm not much of a fish person. Brrr on the temps ya'll are having. It was 14 when my boss brought me to work.

Hi Susie and Annie

03-03-2014, 08:07 PM
Afternoon all.
We had it all as far as weather goes yesterday, bright blue skies and sunshine, biting cold northerly wind, clouded over and got rain, then got thunder and to top it off a brilliant sunset. Have to wait till I get home to get the photo up here.

Seems like Friday was the end of summer (last day of Feb is end of summer here) and then we have unsettled, cool stuff coming in. Need to go home for a dose of heat again.

I am up before the sun because the days are getting shorter. Where we used to have daylight at 0500, it is not now daylight until after 0600 and I leave home at 0630 to start work at 0645. Yes I do leave in daylight still. I try to get out of here around 1630-1700. I go home, put my feet up for half an hour or so an then get up and either do some housework or some exercise while deliberating about what to have for dinner. Tonight it will be Thai green curry pumpkin soup. Simple, easy to prepare, have some left over for tomorrows lunch etc.etc.etc.

Laura - did I see right on Linkedin that you have a new title - same job place (new job????) Congratulations if this was so.

Michelle - you really need to come to terms with the diabetes before it gets too much of a hold. I guess diet and exercise are the only way to get around it. Keep going you'll get there.

Ceejay - 1.5 years I think you meant to retirement. Good luck with that. We just heard that the Aus government has raised the retirement age from 67 to 69 - not that that will stop me if I decide to go. It just means I can't access a pension for a while longer. I can still draw my superannuation I think.

Terra - that's a lot to gain back. Could be fluid or hormones or something. Get walking faster!!! :rofl:

Happy - grilled fish sandwich - sounds okay too. No, I didn't get to the light show. On account of the weather - see above. Doesn't look to promising tonight either.

Annie - sad and depressed is one thing. Coming here to have a laugh with us might help to cheer you up. Not long now until the babe gets here.

So here I am at work and going through some documents and I find a couple of mistakes. They give me the giggles.

1. 'Click X to close the message widow' - Message widow?!!!!! Is this something that happens when you shoot the messenger????
2. 'Lick the Enter key' - euwwwwwww - what. Come on now.

But's that's exactly what it said. See below. Come out very small, but you might be able to see what I am talking about.

Gotta go. Later dudes

03-04-2014, 01:49 AM

I can hit the golf ball any way I can and laugh if it goes in the lake. Them's the breaks. I'm just happy I can still hit that golf ball.

As I've aged, I've become kinder to myself, and less critical of myself. I've become my own friend.

I have seen too many dear friends leave this world too soon - before they understood the great freedom that comes with aging.

Whose business is it if I choose to read or play on the computer until 4 AM or sleep until noon? I will dance with myself to those wonderful tunes of the 50, 60 & 70's, and if I, at the same time wish to weep over a lost love - I will.

I will walk the beach in a swim suit that is stretched over a bumpy body and will dive into the waves with abandon if I choose to despite the pitying glances from the younger crowd. They too will grow old one day.

I know I am sometimes forgetful. But there again, some of life is just as well forgotten. And I eventually remember the important things.

Sure, over the years my heart has been broken. How can your heart not break a little when you lose a loved one, or when a child suffers, or
even when someone loses a beloved pet? But broken hearts are what give us strength and understanding and compassion. A heart never broken, is pristine, sterile and untouched and will never understand the importance of comfort and sympathy.

I am so blessed to have lived long enough to have my hair turning gray, and to have my youthful laughs be forever etched into deep laugh lines on my face. So many have never laughed, and so many have died before their hair could turn silver.

As you get older it is easier to be positive. You care less about what other people think. I don't question myself anymore. I've even earned the right to be wrong.

So I can honestly say that I like being old. It has set me free. I like the person I have become. I am not going to live forever, but while
I am still here, I will not waste time lamenting what could have been, or worrying about what will be. And I shall eat dessert every single
day (if I feel like it) because I have learned the importance of having the best and savoring it now, rather than losing it to spoil one day.

03-04-2014, 09:18 AM
I am doing fair. The meds for my sinus infection made me so sick. I had dry heaves and scoots all weekend, stomach hurt, head hurt, my mind hurt, I cried the majority of the time. Felt somewhat normal yesterday. Yesterday was my last day at work, officially termed. Oh boy. More sadness for my friends not the place or the mean people. Depression has set in. My DS and DIL finally got pregnant after over 2 years of trying only to result in a miscarriage last Friday. More sadness and tears. My DIL and I shared conversation and tears on Saturday evening. I mostly tried to be positive and encourage them. Now they know they can get pregnant. This babe paved the way for the next one. Suffereing 3 miscarriages myself, I was prepared with light at the end of the tunnel messages for them. Then after hanging up I bawled that one out. Sheesh I am so over the BS.

and HAPPY no at this time I do NOT like growing older at the moment it kind of sucks.

I will try to get back when I am in a better mood...

No worries, this too I shall overcome.

Thank you for all your concern, love, prayers, hugs and just being you all.

03-04-2014, 12:16 PM
Good morning ladies,

I have a busy month ahead. Now that we've moved the website to a new host, I keep finding more issues with it, and it's supposed to launch in 4 weeks. Well, better busy at work than bored.

Santa's paw is taking a long time to get better. He didn't eat at all yesterday. I think it might be the pain. My heart breaks for the little guy. I'm going to make a vet appointment for after work if I can.

I went to the gym yesterday and did 1/2 hour on the bike and 20 minutes of strength training. At lunchtime today, I have a physical therapy appointment for my back.

I heard from my doc yesterday increase in the diabetes meds. Her orders are for healthy diabetes-friendly eating and exercising at least 4-5 days per week, with a re-check in 3 months.

Shad - I loved the comments about the documents you're going through...closing the message widow; Lick the Enter key. You've got great material for a stand-up comedy routine there! You're right about my diabetes. I do not want to get neuropathy, blindness or any of the other horrible complications. The doc says my HA1C is still in the "well controlled diabetes" range, but my goal is to reverse this diabetes and be off all my diabetes meds. My doc at Stanford said if I lose 40-50 lbs, that's definitely a possibility.

Happy - I liked your post. There are some things I like about being older...but if I could just have the wisdom I have now with body I had when I was in my early 20s (120lbs and no back issues), that would be perfect.

Annie - I'm so sorry to hear you were termed. Does that mean no severance or insurance options? If not, then file for unemployment RIGHT AWAY. I know you're depressed and probably don't feel like doing much...but that's important. If you need/want to take a week or so before diving into the job hunt, then do so...but sign up for unemployment. Remember, your being terminated is NOT a reflection on had to do with the restructure. So sorry to hear about your DIL's miscarriage. Though you're right, at least this means they can get pregnant. I'm wondering if you should ask your doc about increasing your anti-depressants during this tough time. My doc increased my dosage when my parents were battling Stage 4 cancer. You will get through this, and so will your family. Please continue to check in with us...don't wait for a "better mood". We're all here for each other in good times and difficult ones. Sending you much love, many hugs and and keeping you and your family in my prayers.

Gotta get back to work.

Love and hugs to all,

03-04-2014, 12:19 PM
Annie - thanks for checking in. I'm very sorry to hear about your DIL's miscarriage. That has to be particularly tough with Sissy about to deliver. Take care and try and find something to give you some positive energy. :hug:

Shad - it sounds sooo odd to hear that February is the end of summer. :lol: I am wishing for an end of winter myself. Tired of being cold all the time, tired of always hurting with some sort of intense ache and pain. I liked your typos when proofreading although I had to look at one twice for a minute before I caught it!

Ceejay - how nice that the boss gave you a ride back and forth to work! Hope the ice melts quickly.

Michelle - bummer that your A1C went up a smidge. I guess this should be good incentive to make time for the gym. My sister was saying that her doctor said they around age 50 it gets harder and harder to keep the numbers where they should be. Ain't that depressing???? But we still have to try. Do avocado's raise your blood sugar or cholesterol? I hope not!

Laura - thanks for contacting Annie. I forgot you said the Jazzersize classes were a bit farther away from you. Bummer. You still have the Body Electric to fall back on. If you get Gravity - get the one with extended scenes - they said that was about the making of the movie which was pretty interesting but then again... others compared it to a behind the scenes of a magic trick - when you know how it works, it takes the fun out of it. The cinematography was amazing.

Hi Terra :wave:

Yesterday's event was very nice. The food was good - we had lots of things. I made my world famous strawberry spinach salad and DH decided to make a penne with an arribiata (spicy) sauce he noticed on the back of a pasta box. The president of the Humane Society really believes in the need for thank you's so each person who was given an award was also spoke of kindly as to their contribution(s). They had a nice slide show too of adoptions and animals who were serviced. It was 3 hours and we enjoyed it.

Now I need to flip a load into the dryer because I have physical therapy today and don't have any stretchy pants clean to wear. Off I go. Have a good day everyone.

03-04-2014, 12:24 PM
Annie - seeing Michelle's post it never occurred to me - terminated - I certainly hope that doesn't mean no severance or health coverage. :( I agree with Michelle - go file for unemployment - depending on the state - you might be able to collect after a 1 week holding period. Illinois made you wait until your severance ran out, Tennessee did not. It's to your benefit to do this and you are entitled to it.

03-04-2014, 01:10 PM
Morning all. Happy Fat Tuesday! :carrot:

Annie – I’m so sorry to hear about your DS and DIL. I know miscarriage isn’t very uncommon, but it’s still very sad when it happens. :( You were good to be encouraging and positive with them, that’s what they need right now! And I'm so sorry to hear you've been terminated too! :hug: I’m so sorry about that. You have a lot of sadness going on in your life right now, but I hope you can at least view your upcoming job search as a challenge and opportunity to have a happier work life. I know right now it seems like there’s so much bad, but I hope you can find a way to start ticking off the good things as well to get you through this hard time. You will definitely overcome!!

Happy – Gosh, I don’t know if I like getting older. There’s certainly some good and bad to it. This does not really address that question, but I think I’m actually glad not to be a young person today. The world is a different place now and I’m happy to have grown up when I did. Does every generation say that?? I wonder. The Humane Society event sounded nice. So wonderful to recognize the efforts of the volunteers/contributors. I’m starting to think about what bf and I can do for our lab rescue org. Their big fundraiser is their annual auction/dinner that comes up in April or May. I’m thinking about putting together something for the silent auction.

Shad – No, I don’t have a new job, new title, new anything with work. No congratulations necessary. I was just trying to take a baby step on Linkedin and make my work experience accurate as to job titles/years to-from, at least for my current & previous position. And apparently every revision gets announced to the world. I suppose there was a setting I should have shut off before I made the changes so that wouldn’t happen…I guess I need the “Linkedin for Dummies” book. On to other topics - that soup sounds tasty. Makes me want to go out for some Thai food!! Glad to hear you leave work while it’s still light out…but those are some long workdays regardless. I love mistake #2 – makes me giggle.

Ceejay – Brrr, still cold in your neck of the woods I see. I hope the sun is melting the ice and things can get back to normal for you. Nice of the boss to give you a lift to/from work.

Michelle – Awww, I’m so sorry Santa’s paw is not healing more quickly, and I’m sorry he’s in pain. Poor baby! I hope the vet can help. Good job with the workout yesterday. :) Glad your doc didn’t up your diabetes meds – now to work on getting the numbers right for next time!! I enjoyed Ellen hosting the Oscars. I hope she continues to host in future years. Of the Oscar movies, I saw "Dallas Buyers Club", "The Wolf of Wall Street", "American Hustle", and "Blue Jasmine". Of all of those, I think all would be worth watching except Wolf of Wall Street. It was entertaining, but a lot of people might be turned off by the subject matter, and it went on for too long. I’m not the biggest fan of the movie “The Blind Side”, but I like Sandra Bullock and so I’d definitely see "Gravity". Yeh, I thought Cait Blanchett’s comment about that was not nice, or at the very least came out wrong…but she apparently couldn’t stop babbling on and on in her acceptance speech, so I’ll give her the benefit of a doubt as to whether that was intended to be an insult. I’d also like to see the movie “Philomena”.

Hellos to Terra and Susie.
I didn’t get to the gym last night, but I did do two sets of my pushup challenge reps, one set off the weight bench and one set on the floor, knee version. I followed that with a Body Electric workout – triceps, inner & outer thighs and quads. After that I did a set of 50 crunches on my stability ball.

No movie tonight, they moved it to Thursday this week.

I have my WW weigh-in shortly. The most I can hope for is no gain, but I don’t think that will be the case. It’s Fat Tuesday - I’d much rather be eating pasczki (sp??) and king cake than stepping on the scale… fortunately, neither of those are in front of me or within reach at this moment, lol.

03-04-2014, 01:48 PM
Mr. Know it all's apple cart was upset this morning. Yesterday I had him to untangle the mess he did the whole month and the boss found another error I didn't catch. So he called us both into a conference. Everything did balance but one totalizer reading was wrong.

Hugs, hope you get your "mojo" back.

Sounds like you had a good outing at the Humane Society event.

I've missed yesterdays challenge but will make up for it today.

Yum, I'm baking my pot pie for lunch and it's beginning to smell good. Going down at noon to start my vehicle to let it run and melt some more ice off. The roads are looking really good right now. And the guys said they would help me get my vehicle out of the parking space. My car has been frozen to the ground. Yes, it's been that cold here.

More later.

03-04-2014, 05:33 PM
Happy - I'm glad you had a nice time at the Humane Society event. So nice of them to give everyone recognition for their contributions. As for your questions about avocados, since they are a "healthy" fat, I think they would either have no effect on cholesterol or a good effect. I just looked up the carb info on avocados, and 1 cup of sliced avocado has 12g of carbs combined with the 10g of fiber, that would make it a pretty good food for diabetics (in moderation of course). It's the "in moderation" that always gets me. LOL I was really pleased with my physical therapist. She did a thorough exam of my back issues and after some manipulation to re-align my pelvis which was causing some pinching pain on one side of my back, she gave me some stretches and exercises to do (some I knew about, some were new), and said that rather than repeated PT visits, I'd benefit more from a "back exercise" class that the hospital offers. I go to the first class on Thursday after work. She really gave me hope that if I strengthen my muscles (core and back) I can hope to be pain free and go for walks/hikes like I want to. I hope your PT goes well today and gives you some relief.

Laura - Thanks for the reviews on the movies. I think the movie "Philomena" looks really good. Good for you for doing so well with the pushup challenge and Body Electric workout. Keeping my fingers crossed for your WW weigh-in.

Ceejay - Your car was frozen to the ground?! :yikes: I've never heard of that before. I hope you get it out of the parking space when it's time to go home. :brr:

03-04-2014, 07:49 PM
They had to pull R's truck to get it unstuck. Thankfully mine just needed a push and I used the all wheel drive. It's really been bad this week. The street and sanitation crew have done miracles on clearing the major roads today. Glad you had good results from your pt. How's Santa today?
You commented on the truck being frozen to the ground, we also have two doors that will not budge due to the ice.
It's almost going home time and I'm so glad. It's been a cold,cold week.
Wish my phone camera made good pictures. There are ice cycles (sp) 2 foot long hanging from the aerator and some smaller ones. Looks like a chandelier. It's beautiful.

03-04-2014, 08:26 PM
Afternoon all,

Seems like cold weather has us all. Since they declared summer dead we have had cold, rain and today some snow flurries. It's not nice out there. The snow doesn't even reach the ground but it is interesting to see it wafting around out there. Our weather should improve to more autumn type stuff later in the week. Which is good because I still want to go and see this light show.
Ours is a case of March coming in like a lamb and turning into a lion. As I sit here in the office I can scarcely see the harbour or some of the buildings down the street for that matter.

Happy - good article on ageing. I enjoyed it. I am glad I have been around this long to see so many things - both good and bad - make history. Like Laura I am glad I am not growing up in todays world. It really hasn't changed for the better in my opinion.

Annie - chin up. This too shall pass. I'm sorry for the DS and DIL. However it might have been natures way of saying that things just weren't right. Next time will be better. Tell them to keep practising and to relax about the whole thing. Que sera sera.

Laura - You get to see some great bloopers in this job. They were a couple that amused me. No doubt if I had a closer look, I would find some more. Your new title in Linkedin looks quite impressive.

Ceejay - don't think we will get to the point where we are frozen to the ground over here. This is just a big low sitting out to sea just east of here. Hopefully it will soon pass.
Nice to know that the apple cart is turned over. Makes you feel really good then to know it wasn't your mistake.

Michelle - hope the vet can work out the problem with Santa's paw. Poor little guy. Avocado should be good for you. Full of vitamins and the good fat, but just don't eat too much of them. Fat is fat after all.

And that is about it. I have a beaten path to my door with stuff that others can't finish so I should go check out the e-mails. I hope you all have an above zero day.

03-04-2014, 11:35 PM
I am sick again! I stayed home from work today (doesn't mean I didn't work; I took at 4 hour nap and the rest of the time from 6:30 a.m. until now I have been working) and went to the doctor.

I have a double ear infection, and a sinus infection. I have a two week prescription of antibodics and decongestant.

I will try to post personals tomorrow.

I did want to give a shout out to Annie:

Annie: :hug::hug::hug: What you are going through is tough. I read that you said you were officially terminated. Happy is correct, apply for unemployment and get that going if you can. I hope they were good enough to give you a severence and benefits for a bit.

Now, take some time to get well, and help your DS and DIL to heal from the miscarriage (and you is such a sad thing and feels hopeless at times) and come here and get love and support.

03-05-2014, 12:10 PM
Good morning ladies,

I see some of you on FB so I assume you are trickling your way over here. Today is happy anniversary day for me and the hubster. 37 years and yes, I had to go an calculate it because once we hit 25 years, I can never remember how long we have been married. Forever. Together 42 which seems so weird as we don't feel like Gramma and Grampa Jones, but I guess we are :lol: Not sure what we will do as far as dinner today - DH wasn't keen on the 90 minute drive each way over to Duluth for a better restaurant so I think we might stick with the local steak place. Although this is Ash Wednesday - start of Lent, high holy day of Catholicism and no meat today. Although I am not a big church goer, I do try to make a sacrifice or two during Lent, so if we did go out it would have to be meatless. I was talking to my Mom yesterday and Pope "Momma" gave me dispensation if I wanted to have steak today - said I could switch up the days and go meatless tomorrow since it was my anniversary and all ;) :carrot:

Went to physical therapy yesterday. They did the dry needling in my right leg. It was not something I'd want to do on a regular basis and I don't think I'd like acupuncture either. I can't deny tho that after he was done (thank goodness) - it did relieve the muscle knots in my legs. I'm just not sure about this for the long term. I tend to agree that there must be something in my back which "moves" because the pain moves from place to place, side to side so I'm thinking this needling is a temporary fix.

Going to post this and check if there are updates from you guys before I head to personals.

03-05-2014, 12:40 PM
Good morning ladies!

Going to start off with personals today....

Happy - Wishing a Happy Anniversary to you and your DH! Together 42 years...that's so wonderful!! I hope you have a lovely day however and wherever you choose to celebrate, especially now that you've received dispensation from a higher authority to eat steak. I'm glad the dry needling helped.

Ceejay - Icicles can be lovely...and also dangerous...don't walk underneath.

Shad - Wow, winter doesn't waste any time where you are. One day summer is done, and then you get cold rain and snow!

Susie - So sorry to hear you have a sinus infection and double ear infection. I hope the meds kick in soon and have you feeling better.


I'm taking Santa back to the vet after work. I'm not sure what if they'll be able to help him heal any faster, but I hate to see the poor little guy in pain and, the latest development, not even eating well. He didn't eat anything on Monday (not at day care or at home). Since he wasn't interested in regular food Monday night, I gave him a few treats so I could give him his antibiotic. A few hours later, he vomited. Yesterday, the day care said he ate his lunch, and I bought some canned dog food and he ate a bit of that, but not much. He's been very low-energy for the past few days, and not even needing a late night potty walk. Please send him good thoughts.

Much work to be done on the website. I've got most of the database-driven pages working...just had to tweak the code a bit. Now on to the other areas of the site.

Much love,

03-05-2014, 01:29 PM
Morning all. Woke up to snow. Seems like no one is focused on it – neighbors that usually get right on with clearing their sidewalks first thing did not, and the roads don’t seem to have been cleared either. It’s only a couple inches, so maybe the municipalities are conserving their salt?? Huh. Slush city.

Ceejay – Good you had the newbie working out his own errors – hope he learns something from it and will be less of a know-it-all now that he has been proven he’s not!! How was the pot pie? I just LOVE those, but I rarely indulge. The frozen ones from the store are chock full of sodium, and the decent-sized ones are full of calories and have the nerve to be considered two servings. Naturally, I want to eat the whole thing. My strategy is to just get them at a restaurant, but not many places serve them. It’s been forever since I had one…Glad your car was able to be pushed out. That must have been a lot of ice!! Icicles are pretty, but watch out!

Michelle – I love avocados! I think I may have finally got bf on to them (though he already loves guacamole), which is good because it’ll help to use them up. I could easily eat an entire one myself, but it’s better that we share it, LOL. I hope the back exercise class at the hospital is helpful for you and you can get stronger and ultimately be pain-free!! Speaking of pain – I sure hope the vet can help poor little Santa with his paw. :(

Shad – Gosh, your weather sounds like Chicago – if you don’t like it, wait 5 min. Except for this winter – wait 5 months. Hope you get to see the light show. Re the title…I’d rather be impressed via currency, lol. Keep us posted on any more funny bloopers. :D

Susie – So sorry to hear you’re sick again!! What a doozie – double ear & sinus infection!!! But you’re still working away…just make sure you’re getting a lot of rest so as to help along your recovery. Feel better soon sistah!

Happy – Happy Anniversary to you and your hubby – 37 years is a long time! So’s 42!!! LOLOL re your mom giving you a dispensation on the no-meat Ash Wed. :lol: Enjoy your steak dinner!! :hun: So is the dry needling uncomfortable enough that you don’t want to have to do it again? See how you feel – it might be worth it if it gives you some relief.

Hellos to Annie and Terra!!!
Yesterday’s WW meeting showed a gain of 0.2 pounds from my last WW weigh-in. I’ve updated my ticker since I’ve been hanging around at a weight that’s about 5 pounds higher than I achieved last summer. I’m going to work on everything – eating, activity...attitude…

Nothing much else to report. I’m researching earphones/earbuds. Seems to be a lot of opinions out there. I don’t need anything with high sound quality – I actually listen to a lot more podcasts than I do music on my phone, so that’s not a big concern. But I’d like to get something better fitting (and there are a LOT of opinions on that subject), and longer lasting – the inline remote microphone on my current ones isn’t working so I can’t use it to answer phone calls or stop/start the audio player. Bleh.

Finally watched the Jimmy Fallon show I recorded a couple weeks ago. I only dvr’d it because his guest was Justin Timberlake, and from what I’ve seen previously, those two are hilarious together. Good show – they did a great rap song medley. I’ll have to watch for more of JT’s guest appearances so I can dvr them.

That’s about it for me. TTFN!!

03-05-2014, 01:40 PM
Nope, ok then.

Susie - sorry to hear that you are on round 2 of being sick. With both ears and the sinus infected you must be really be hurting! And still you are working - what a trooper. I hope you can zip through this quickly - ugh.

Shad - how odd to hear you talking about snow. The last time I remember you coming in contact with it was when you took that train trip up in northern Canada - the Rocky Mountain Mountaineer something or other. You must really be freezing!

Ceejay - hope things have defrosted down your way. There is a special sort of icing that happens in southern ice storms. Brrr. I can believe your car was frozen in. Yum, I love pot pies even if the crust (best part) make them calorie bombs :lol:

Michelle - glad you got a good session with the PT. Sounds like this will help you a lot. Thanks for the info on the avocados. I just bought 3 of them and am looking forward to a couple of good meals. I'm sorry to hear that Santa is slow to heal. Poor guy :hug:

Annie - hope you are doing better today. :hug: I'm sure that Sissy will appreciate you being available to help her out next week and someone will need Lil Man / Big Bro to play with him while Mom's a little busy so find your smile and remember there are some good things to be had besides the sadness. ;)

Laura - hope your weigh in wasn't too dreadful. One should get a pass from weighing in on Fat Tuesday. :yes: I think you are right about each generation loving the time when they were young. My Mom liked the 40's when they'd dress up and go downtown and meet sailors and go to dance halls - I called her a floozy picking up guys but she said nope, pure as the driven snow - no hanky panky like when I went to dance clubs and the guys were trolling for "love the one you're with" ;) I would only be young again if it were the 70's all over again. :lol: My sister is fond of the 80's herself. I would have to say my least favorite Sandra B movie is Blindside. She's sort of a supporting character in that I think. She does do a good job in Gravity and if you look at it from the point of isolation and I guess a bunch of deeper things I never gave thought to when I watched it - it was a very good acting job that she did.

I think we kind of decided we are going to put off going to dinner until the weekend. This time of year is REALLY slow around here. A lot of businesses and restaurants close up between March and May 1 so in a field of not much to pick from, now there's even less. That's ok, I have stuff in the freezer to make a good meal for us. DH just announced it's 25 degrees out - whoo hoo - heat wave!!!! Will have to go stick my face in the sunshine.

Have a good day all.

03-05-2014, 01:40 PM
Laura - I meant to say that I love your spring avatar!!!!

03-05-2014, 02:01 PM
Laura - I have these headphones -

I didn't realize they were so pricy. But they fit well - especially behind the ears with the ear wire so are good for walking / bouncing and they are noise cancelling and don't mess up your hair. However they don't have a mic so if you wanted that for your phone, I guess you'll have to keep looking.

Michelle - I really do hope they can come up with something to relieve Santa's paw :( - he must really be hurting if he doesn't want to eat. Wish I had a good suggestion...

03-05-2014, 02:26 PM
Thanks everyone for your kind wishes about Santa. To Happy's comment, that's what has me so very food oriented/treat motivated dog isn't interested in even his favorite treats. He must either be in a lot of pain, or the antibiotics must be making him feel really lousy. :-(

03-05-2014, 02:44 PM
Morning all,
Sitting here with a coffee and waiting for something to happen - not sure what that might be, but instinct tells me that crap will descend at some time of the day. The winter weather has almost gone again. We are not being hammered as Christchurch got hammered - poor sods, earthquakes, crumbling cliffs, liquefaction and now floods - Mother nature sure has done a job on them over the past couple of years.

Today is overcast and damp, and while it is not warm (as it was a week ago) it's not freezing either and the sun is supposed to shine this afternoon. Well we will see about that.

Annie- Get thee back in here woman and feel the luuuuve. You have much to be grateful for and much to look forward too.

Happy - Congratulations on a great achievement. Some marriages don't last 37 days or 37 months much less 37 years. Hope you manage to find something nice to eat for an anniversary dinner.
We don't get snow round here often. Usually with freak storms like the one just passed. There is snow on the mountains around the top of the Hutt Valley and the Orongorongo Range in mid winter which can look quite spectacular, but as for it sitting on the ground - forget it. Rarely happens.

Michelle - nice to know you are ironing the bugs out of the system one by one. 99 to go, 99 bugs in the code, 99 bugs, fix one bug 127 bugs in the system.

Laura - I can understand how you must all get tired of the snow and cold. I hate grey days. Grey is such a non-colour. Makes everything dreary looking.
Point 0.2 gain isn't much. Might have been that water you had earlier hanging about? I've all but given up on losing weight, that scale just isn't going to budge. I can change the shape of the body by exercise, but little seems to affect that weight. Maybe if I stopped eating at all................ Nah, there are some pleasures in life I won't give up.
I'm up to 9 pushups in that challenge now. I forgot to do them yesterday, so my rest day was back then and I have done the 9 this morning. How you going with that?
Oh yeah, and I love that spring avatar.

Ceejay - I've heard of things getting stuck with ice, but never thought it would happen down your way. You live and learn. Hope the bloke learnt his lesson with the mistakes he made.

Susie - get well soon. The flu is rife around here at the moment. One of the trainers went down with it yesterday and my office pal had to fill in. It's not a pretty thing. Double ear AND sinus - painful.

Terra - have you got lost walking the house?

03-05-2014, 02:45 PM
Michelle - hope Santa is feeling better today. Poor little bloke.

03-05-2014, 03:10 PM
Happy - Thanks for the link re the Sony earphones you have. I've had ear hook and behind-the-head type earphones in the past, and they work well to not fall out, but when I think of dealing with those and my winter headband, hat, scarf...they might not work or be comfortable. I'll have to figure it out. I don't, however, want to spend all that much because I seem to go through them quickly. They don't take well to constantly being shoved into and pulled out of my purse/pocket.

Shad - Hope you can avoid the flu going 'round. I've probably avoided being sick lately because I have a habit of not leaving my little cubicle often during the day, and staying home after work. Luckily there isn't much face-to-face on the train - if anyone's coughing some germs, it's at the back of one's head, eewwwww. Re the gain - yeh, not much, but they do eventually add up and, in fact, have. But I will keep plugging. It'll never be easy. Re the pushup challenge - I'm keeping up just fine, and trying to do a couple sets of the challenge's rep quantity for the day, just to up the benefit. But...I've backed off even trying to do a standard pushup for the past several days - it's just too demoralizing to barely be able to complete one in good form. I guess I should just keep on trying...

Glad you both like my spring avatar. Thinking about when I'll be able to walk Coal past the house that has a rather large bed of lily of the valley - so very pretty at their height. :yes:

Back to the grind. Finished one project and handed it off. Yessss! (fist pump). Onto the next task.

03-05-2014, 04:27 PM
Laura ~ Yep I agree I need to try harder

Michelle ~ Already have one ordered, Its on its way, My eating is okay although I might of gained the 5 pounds because I ate out 3 times last week when I usually only eat out twice a week but it was a special occasion Scott's parents came for a visit. I have an account for Myfitnesspal but I havent done anything on the site yet. Thanks for the tip though.

ceejay ~ Yeah Im very far from retirement but thats awesome that your looking forward to it, Thanks for commenting on my walking

Shad ~ I dont know why I gained 5 pounds, It could be a number of reasons, I would walk faster if I knew how.

happy2bme ~ To answer your question Yes I like getting older Im only gonna be 30 this year but when Im 50 or 60 is when I'll probably start saying Nope I dont like getting older but so far I like it

Im gonna walk after dinner tonight and then I'll walk for a 2nd time before bed. I wanted to ask why the Feb. Thread hasnt been closed yet? Just curious, Well I hope everyone has a wonderful day today.

03-06-2014, 11:07 AM
Morning all,

I'm running late today. Yoga and thrift shop. Be back later tonight to catch up. Have a good one :wave:

03-06-2014, 12:36 PM
Good morning ladies,

First, a Santa update: The vet confirmed that it is probably canine papilloma virus and despite being a virus, the azithromycin is often used and probably helped for awhile, but is now causing him too much stomach distress. So he said to stop the antibiotics and the doggie ibuprofen. He said it may take a few more weeks up to several months to heal on its own, but he did say it looked like it was getting better...the type of virus it is just takes a long time to go away. The foot doesn't seem to slow Santa down any...he still runs and plays at day care and the dog park.

The alternative is to surgically remove the papilloma (which is like a painful wart), but since it's on a pad and pads take a long time to heal, it would likely take 3-4 weeks to heal, and would be painful too.

The vet's suggestion, and I agreed, watch and wait. It should get better on its own...the sooner the better, and why put him through a possibly unnecessary surgery when he may get better faster without it.

Now I just have to get him eating. He's eating a little canned food at lunchtime at daycare, but he's not interested with the canned food I bought. I'll either try another variety of canned food tonight or make him some boiled chicken and rice which is often given to dogs to get their tummys right.

I'm very grateful for all the healing wishes/prayers you want to send his way.

Gotta sign off for now...I'll try and get back later for personals.

Love and hugs,

03-06-2014, 12:38 PM
Morning all. Sun’s shining. I walked to the train again this morning.

Happy – Enjoy your yoga class. :yoga:

Terra – Keep on walking! :running: Re closed threads...I’m not sure who actually closes them. Happy, Shad – is it one of you, or is it a 3fc administrator??

Susie – How are you feeling today?? Hope you’re feeling better and on the road to recovery. :getwell::getwell:

Annie – Sissy’s due date is less than a week away now, isn’t it?? I hope she’s doing well. :preg:

Happy Friday Shad!! :cheer3:

Hi Michelle! Hi Ceejay! :goodvibes:goodvibes
I did two sets of my pushup challenge for yesterday, and one set did include two standard pushups.

I finally ordered a new wallet to replace the one I have. The one I currently have was purchased on clearance at Target and has all the pockets and compartments I want, but it’s made of what must be the lowest grade leather that exists. I’ve probably been using this wallet for a couple years now and it has never gotten soft or worn. Sometimes I wonder if it’s really “genuine leather” as is embossed on it. It might be “bonded” leather – here’s Wikipedia’s definition: Bonded leather or reconstituted leather is a term used for a popular upholstery material, which uses natural leather leftovers that are bonded back into larger pieces. The base upon which the reconstituted leather is applied is a strong fiber, and the mix can have varying degrees of organic leather - between 100% to 60% while the rest is polyurethane. My wallet must be high on the polyurethane and low on the leather, lol. …Anyway, I ordered from Fossil because I like the quality of their products. I also ordered a purse. Looking forward to receiving them.

Today’s my Friday since I’m taking tomorrow off. :carrot: It’s also movie night and we’re seeing “Nonstop” with Liam Neeson. Just another one of those action movies he’s started doing.

I was unable to schedule a massage for tomorrow after my doctor appointment, but I set up appointments for Saturday morning for both bf and I. That’ll be nice. Tomorrow I haven’t made any firm plans for after my appointment except to bum around and shop a bit. I might hit the thrift shop, and I suppose I should check a couple stores for earphones. Maybe bf and I will go to see the movie “Gravity” at a matinee. Or maybe the Lego movie.

In the evening, I’m supposed to meet friends for dinner, including one who’s here from out of state. We still have to firm up the time and place, but it’s going to be near the subway line because our friend has to get back downtown later to catch the megabus back home. Nobody’s ever happy with the location - one friend that lives way out in the NW suburbs has declined because it’s a long drive for her on a Friday night at rush hour. Can’t blame her.

Okay, enough rambling. Back to work. Glad I finished the one project yesterday. Now to just go back and pick up the other things I’ve been putting off to get the other project done.

03-06-2014, 12:45 PM
Michelle - Thanks for the update! Soooo glad to hear that Santa's paw will eventually heal on its own. If it's not giving him pain or getting worse or stopping him...that's a good thing! I'm sure he'll love the chicken and rice. Don't all dogs??? :D

03-06-2014, 01:09 PM
Laura - Santa's paw is hurting him...causing him to limp and/or hold it up and walk/run on 3 legs. But he is getting around. Good for you on including standard pushups in your challenge! :bravo: Enjoy your day off tomorrow. I hope the doc appt goes well. And enjoy dinner with your friends, the movie(s) and the massage. Sounds like a great long weekend to me! :D

03-06-2014, 01:13 PM
Quick question for Annie and any other Worldly Chicks who want to chime in:

I've offered to cook a meal or two or three over the next few weeks for my ex-SIL (and her family). She is having double mastectomy surgery today.

You know me, I don't like to cook. Any suggestions for something easy and reheatable? The only restrictions are no mushrooms and no fish.


03-06-2014, 01:48 PM
Best wishes to your ex-SIL. I suggest soup.

03-06-2014, 02:48 PM
It's still cold today but the ice is slowly melting. I need to get out to run some errands. The side roads are still a mess but the main road has been cleared. And the sun is shining today.

I'm still disgusted with T. and I'm making up my mind as to whether or not to let him to continue with the paper work. I'm smelling a rat as a trainee doesn't usually last this long in training. I'm talking to B. on Monday. He's getting on my last nerve.

Enjoy your Yoga class today. I'm going to do a yoga DVD this afternoon.

Soup is a good suggestion. I can understand how Zythromiacin how would upset Santa's small stomach. He has a good mommy.

I know you are getting excited on the new grand baby.

I'm still doing my counter push ups. I'm up to 20.

Hello's to Susie and Terra

Think I'm going to get out and get some supplies. Hope the traffic has started moving out on the Interstate.
Only have two days off this week end, will be working for L Saturday and Sunday.
Think I'll make some soup myself.

03-06-2014, 08:02 PM
Toasted sandwiches for lunches?

Shop cooked chicken and salad?



03-06-2014, 10:07 PM
Laura ~ Thanks for commenting on my walking and thanks for trying to answer my question about who closes the threads

ceejay ~ H*E*L*L*O back at ya LOL

Im gonna be home all day tomorrow so Im gonna try my hardest to get all 3 walks in

03-07-2014, 09:26 AM
Morning All...

Whew what a way to start the morning. Toitie overflowed. Sh*tty start.

I am feeling a bit better, just worried about having no insurance. I did file for unemployment however it could take up to 3 weeks to get results. I just really don't know what I want to do, if anything. Yes the new lil man will be here in 5 days, March 12th, next week on Wednesday. I just feel really sad that I cannot provide the things I did with Jacob for them. That part is all in my head and worries. The kids don't care and don't expect anything. bleh.

I have applied for a few jobs this week, but nothing yet.

Hello to all....not feelin' it right now.

Thank you for your support, love, prayers and hugs.

03-07-2014, 10:35 AM
Miss you Mel. :hug: Hope you're having a great birthday bash up there! (

03-07-2014, 11:41 AM
Happy Birthday my friend, miss you :hug: (

03-07-2014, 12:23 PM
Happy Birthday, dear Mel. We miss you. :hug: :grouphug:

03-07-2014, 12:25 PM
HAppy birthday miss MELLIE. Say hi to momma and daddy for me. Love and miss you tremendously.

03-07-2014, 12:26 PM
Morning all,

Got a light layer of icy schmutz out there. It's overcast too so doubt it will burn off before we have to head out of here. But, according to the forecast it's supposed to warm up to the 30's this week. Sure will be nice. I didn't make it to yoga yesterday - I was having kink types of pain and I knew from past experience that yoga would most likely have made me feel worse. I did however, go into the shop for my afternoon shift. The morning volunteer E returned back. Her husband was diagnosed with pancreatic and liver cancer the end of December. He was as healthy as one could be and the prognosis for treatment was good even tho these are probably 2 of the worst cancers. He was about to start chemo when he started coughing blood in the middle of the night - they stabilized him here and air lifted him to a bigger hospital and he died that night. It was sudden and devastating and made worse because the year before they lost their only son to a freak situation - he caught a cold, it turned to pneumonia and it killed him. So she is alone now. We were chatting a bit yesterday and I feel sorry for her. She's probably 5 years older than me. Said she may have to go get a job now as 3/4 of their income disappeared when the Mr. died. I tell you - that is one of my biggest worries - being alone, unable to get by and struggling financially and emotionally. DH assures me that while we will never be rich, even if he goes for that "dirt nap", I will be ok. E is very involved in the church - has a big support group but I know that tends to drift off over time as things settle down. I am glad she feels comfortable to talk. She asked if I could come in early a few times while she attends grief counseling and I said of course.

A guy stopped by and gave us a quote on replacing our deck. No cheap feat as it wraps 2/3 of the way around the house. The prior owner did not treat and stain the wood as he should have so things are warping and splitting. We looked at some composite material but that is really heavy and our deck is raised above the house as the house itself is elevated so DH said he things redwood might be the better route to go. I just hope the stock market holds up so we can make up some of the money we have to put out. And we have to plan this in between hunting and fishing seasons as workers here tend to drop everything and it's like official Wisconsin holidays when those things are in season. :rolleyes:

I have my afternoon stint at the shop today - will finish working on the books. The shelves were a mess. I put out some new stuff too. Books are a little hard for me because I have to move my head in positions that seem to aggravate the vertigo but I go slowly. I was talking to the lady who does the books at the Humane Society Paws event on Monday and I had no idea how far she travels to town here. It's over 25 miles. No wonder she doesn't stay long but she is a huge supporter and always has been of the animals. So I will help out as much as I can.

Annie - sorry your day is starting so crappy. :( As for no insurance - hopefully you can stay healthy - did you get ANY carryover for your severance? Up here a lot of people don't have insurance and most jobs pay minimum wage so they do a lot of sliding fee scales - something to think about if you have to go in for anything. Also some companies will help with a break / coupons for meds too. Everyone can relate to unemployment so take advantage where you can. :hug: Fingers crossed, prayers said that something turns up soon for you. As for the new baby - I completely understand how you must feel wanting to do things for Ace, but if given the choice of a loving grandma or one who just throws money as the situation and moves on, I'll take love 10 times over. Fortunately this is a second boy and we all know the first kid gets all the new stuff ;) :lol: so I hope Sissy kept some of Lil Man's stuff to reuse. My SIL is the queen of garage sales and all the kids toys and stuff came from gently used things - especially the wee tots who outgrow stuff very quickly. In fact someone (and I think I know who) donated a bunch of jumpy seats and kids toys that are sitting in the back room waiting to get priced. You can still do stuff - just get creative. Check out Goodwill stores - they tend to be big stores too.

Ceejay - did you see the post I shared on FB? Apparently a bunch of good Samaritans in Blytheville decided to help out those stranded because of the ice storm. I hope the new trainee heads to another part of the plant soon. Did you get the bedding for your spare room yet?

Terra - I just picked up a book yesterday - the 90 day walking program so I'll be walking just like you. :D

Michelle - nice of you to cook for the ex-SIL. I was going to recommend a pot of soup but don't know how heavy a pot she can lift. You can make a quick chicken tortilla soup with Swanson's Chicken Tortilla boxed broth, some sautéed bell peppers, onions, frozen corn and a can of chopped tomatoes (with Mexican flavorings in them). Add sautéed chicken breast strips or just a bag of the precooked breast strips they have in the meat section at the store. Add a bag of tortilla chips or strips to add in when they heat up the soup. I believe the recipe is right on the broth box. Very easy and good.

Option 2 - brown up a pound of ground beef with some chopped onions, salt and pepper. Drain the grease. Cook up a box of pasta - spaghetti, penne or elbows. Mix cooked pasta with the ground beef. Add a jar of spaghetti sauce and some Italian seasonings. OR add a large can of tomato sauce, chili seasoning and a can of rinsed and drained kidney beans for chili mac - use elbow noodles for that. Include a loaf of crusty bread to accompany the meal.

Option 3 - can't beat the ease of a store bought rotisserie chicken and some deli sides from the grocery store.

Option 4 - Mac and cheese. Get a couple of boxes of the Kraft brand. I doctor it up by adding a bit more milk and butter and then add in either chunks of Velveeta cheese or a bunch of slices of the individually wrapped Kraft American cheese to make it more creamy and cheesy. Serve with chopped fresh tomatoes as a side.

Option 5 - easy chicken and noodles. Brown up some diced chicken breast with a bit of olive oil and some diced onion. Optionally add chopped bell pepper if desired. Drain. Add the chicken to a large pan and toss in 2 cans of cream of chicken soup with 1 can of water. Add a bag of frozen peas and carrots. Optionally add a bag of frozen corn too if desired. Add more water if needed but don't make it too thin. Cook up a bag of egg or wide noodles. Can mix in with the chicken and vegetables for one pot reheating or put them in a separate bag and they can put the chicken mix over the noodles as desired.

Stouffers also makes some family size frozen entrees like meatloaf, chicken enchiladas, lasagna, chicken and rice. They are good in a pinch when you don't want to fuss much.

Hope that helps.

Laura - how was the movie? Hope you enjoyed your massage with BF. Sounds wonderful.

Shad - poor Christchurch has really gotten MORE than it's fair share of woes. Yet still it endures. What's on for the weekend?

I have to go get some breakfast and get ready for my shift. Have a good weekend all.

03-07-2014, 12:28 PM
awwww Michelle - I LOVE that graphic. So appropriate!!!! :hug:

03-07-2014, 12:57 PM
Good morning ladies,

I had my Back Rehab orientation class last night, which was good. Since I was going to be a little bit later, I asked Day Care to feed Santa dinner. They said he ate about 1/3 can of wet dog food mixed with dry at lunch and the same amount at dinner. That's an improvement. He's walking on his foot a little more too, though still holding it up at least 50% of the time which means the pain hasn't gone away yet. Tonight's the biweekly poker game, but I'm going to go to the gym for Aqua Aerobics first.

Thanks for your suggestions about soup. One of the meals I was considering was beef stew.


Ceejay - Glad the ice is melting a bit, hopefully the sun will help get rid of it. Sorry that T is still causing problems. Good for you for doing the pushups and Yoga DVD.

Shad - So what did you end up having for lunch? Is the light show this weekend?

Susie - I hope you're feeling better.

Terra - How was your week with eating and exercise?

Annie - So good to have you back. Sorry your morning started out so crappy. You should be able to get COBRA insurance, though that's kind of pricey. The kids will understand that you can't help them financially right now. They'll be ok. As Happy said, hopefully they'll be able to re-use some of Jacob's stuff or get gently used stuff at garage sales or thrift stores. A grandma's love is worth more than anything. That's great you've applied for some jobs! It takes awhile for companies to go through the resumes and choose who to hire. Have you also thought about temporary or contract jobs? A lot of agencies even provide insurance. It could cost more than if you got a permanent position but at least its insurance and income. Be open to the possibilities and try and stay positive. As others have said, at least you'll be able to spend more time with Samantha and Lil Man next week.

Happy - I'm so sorry to hear about your co-worker's husband. It's good she is comfortable to talk with you...and that she is attending grief counseling and has her church to support her. Hmmm, a book on a 90 day walking program. Sounds good. The Chicken Tortilla soup is a GREAT idea! Thank you. I was thinking of spaghetti too. And the Chicken and Noodles sounds good and easy too. I'm shying away from grocery store options and family size frozen entrees, as that's something her husband can do.

Laura - I hope you're having a great day off! Enjoy your long weekend!!

Time to get back to the website.

Much love to all,

03-07-2014, 10:48 PM
happy2bme ~ Thats cool that your gonna start walking too

Michelle ~ My week went good with working out and eating, Im sure this weekend will be good too, How is your exercise and eating going? I hope its going good.

I walked tonight, I know I should of walked more but there's always tomorrow to try harder and that is what Im gonna do.

03-08-2014, 12:56 PM
Morning all,

Bright and sunny out there - things are actually dripping so at LONG last we might (might) be actually rounding the bend to spring. I cannot wait. I used to hate February but now March has joined in. It gets VERY boring here March and April. Nothing going on, a lot of restaurants close until May and the ones that stay open tend to have shorter hours. Even though I am out and about, I'm feeling a bit of cabin fever.

Went to the shop yesterday - it was slow. $28 in sales all day. I don't think the book lady came in on Tuesday - one is out with back surgery. The shelves were a mess and there were 2 boxes of donated books that had to be shelved. One box was overflowing with romance novels so I sorted those out between the Harlequin and Silhouette series and separated them from the other romance authors and made everything neat and tidy. DH picked me up and we went out for our usual Friday fish fry. We went to the Steakhouse which has one of the better fries. It was just past 4:30. They said the dining room didn't open until 5 so we sat in the bar and I had my 1 glass of White Zinfandel Happy Anniversary drink. They have the most delicious salad with greens, dried cranberries and walnuts. The best part is the white balsamic dressing. Going to have to experiment to try and recreate it. I tried a few bottled dressings and nothing comes close. Afterwards came home and was having a bad pain day so I caught up on some recorded tv shows, brushed the cats and decided to go to bed instead of reading for a while. Nothing exciting for sure!

Today is housework and some laundry. I also want to start my yoga for arthritis dvd because the end of the month I start a new yoga class with a really popular teacher and I'd like to be a little more "stretched". I realized the class I am going to now, she has been doing yoga for years but just because you can do, doesn't mean you can teach. Some days after yoga I feel worse which I now realize that I should be making some modifications in the postures. I did discuss that with her one day before class but nothing much came of it. So I'll try to do it on my own. I am also trying to figure out how I can start this 90 day walking program with things starting to get icy, slushy mess outside. I may just have to walk in circles around my house. I do have the treadmill in the garage but it's like the inside of a refrigerator in there and I'm not sure if I'd be stressing the treadmill running it that cold too. Hurry up spring!!!!

About your question on closing the threads Terra - the only people who can close threads are the person who started the thread and the 3FC administrators. I have to say that I don't usually close a thread when we move to a new one, because it's generally just our little group here and I don't worry about someone going back and posting after we've moved on. I did close last month's thread. Susie will have to close this one when we move to April. How are you doing on your food?

I noticed a bunch of us (myself included) have sort of fallen off the logging wagon on MyFitnessPal. Come on guys, let's get back in the swing of things. I skipped Monday because we had the Humane Society pot luck dinner and I had no way to put that in and it seems if I skip a day, I seem to miss a few days. I'm going to be more diligent in my reporting and what I'm eating too as I noticed the scale moving up 2 pounds. :(

Michelle - feel free to pass along any good tips from your back rehab class please. :yes: I'm glad to hear that Santa is eating a bit more - that's great news. I remember the stomach upset from medication - no wonder the poor guy was avoiding food - and he can't even take a Tums like I did! I hope he's feeling better. Did you decide on some meals for exSIL? Double mastectomy - is this preventative? I know of 2 situations where it runs rampant among the females and every single daughter and mom and grandma had it. Scary Mary!!!! I guess if it was that prevalent in my family - I'd be looking at some aggressive things too.

OMG - there is light snow in the air. The sun has moved to slightly overcast and there is the wispiest bits of snow gently floating in the air. NO :yikes: NO MORE SNOW PLEASE. :snowglo: Geez Louise I am so tired of winter already. Ok, off to get busy. Have a good weekend all.

03-08-2014, 01:43 PM
happy2bme ~ Im doing good with my food, Thanks for asking, Thanks for answering my question on why the thread hasnt been closed yet, I understand now.

My sister in law and I are gonna go to the mall here in a few mins and we'll be there for a couple of hours so I'll definitely get some walking in today but I'll be sure to walk again tonight also

03-08-2014, 01:51 PM
Morning all. I just had my massage. Aaaah. Wonderful. Bf is in getting his now, hope he likes it too.

Doc appt yest. was fine. I agreed to a blood draw to test for my vit d levels. I might have mentioned before, my ob-gyn is sort of an aggressive practice when it comes to offering additional services...but they did know it had been 10 year as since my tetanus shot...good she mentioned it, but I declined the booster and said I'd have my primary do it. I see her next mo. Now just waiting on my usual (pap) test results, and need to make a mammo appt.

Went to the thrift shop after the doc appt. Bought a few kitchen gadgets - two small stainless steel funnels since all I have is a large-ish one; a hand held citrus reamer, and a potsticker (or dumpling) crimper. Kind of interested in making some if those, or maybe some crab rangoon, yum. Also bought a nice pair of newish Lee jeans a size smaller and they fit perfectly. But they are also a long size, so I will give it a go with hemming them. For $1 invested, i will take the chance. I did some research and there's actually a technique in which you leave the original hem intact and shorten the leg length with a row of stitching right along the top of the original hem and it's nearly invisible.

Nice long dogwalk in the sun & mild temps. :)

I Bought a pair of headphones at best buy - we'll see how they work out for me.

Lunch was the middle eastern place, yum. Stopped at a different thrift shop on the way home. It advertised via a coupon packet. Ick, high prices and nothing special at all. Glad we didn't go out of our way to visit that place.

Dinner with my friends was nice, but the noise level was louder than I'd liked. Oh well. Good pizza & to see the girls.

Gonna post before I lose this. Back tomorrow with personals. Every have a nice Saturday/ Sunday. ;)

03-08-2014, 03:27 PM
Morning all,
It's Sunday again. I was busy yesterday went up the cable car and to the Kelburn shops. A friend at work had said there was a good deli/butcher up there and I found a German bakery, so got some good bread. Wasn't much else up there, apart from the bottle shop where I picked up a bottle of Italian Prosecco - sparkly wine - for a decent price.
Then I went to the apartment of a work mate who is back from training and we had a nice afternoon with a couple of wines, some snacky bits and pieces and I came home and watched a bit of footy and went to bed.
Today, after breakfast I intend to catch a bus out to Owhiro Bay and walk around the coastline to Lyall Bay or Island Bay. Haven't worked out which yet and maybe walk back into town from there. Feel like a trip to the sea.

So whichever area I go in, I'd better get cracking.

As for MFP Happy, I'm still there mostly. Missed a couple of day during the week and only half did it yesterday, but I will be back into it tonight. The program annoys me in that it states, after you have entered food and exercise and completed the day that if everyday was like that particular day, in 5 weeks you would weight xxxx. Well I have been there for 5 weeks and pretty much every day is like the one previous, and I have lost half a kilo - about 1lb. It lies. :lol:

Right I will be back tonight after my adventure through the wilderness and tell you what I have seen.

03-08-2014, 04:26 PM
Tried to post last night but the little thing kept going round and round so I finally gave up and went to bed. I shut the alarm off to early this morning and slept till 6 a.m. But I didn't panic just got up and did my thing and out the door on time. I did prepare my food the night before which helps a bunch.
I slipped on the ice yesterday and am sore today. Don't think anything is broken except my pride. The ice is almost gone from the streets except in the parking lots and my drive-way. I actually have to put the car in all wheel drive just to get out of it.
I'm starting my 5 day stretch of work today. But that's okay. I'll have a bit more money for vacation this summer.
I've been so curious if my step niece's fiance' (sp) had made it to the states so I called while ago to find out. He's at my sis and bil's house. So I'm thankful. With all this stuff going on in the Ukraine I'd been concerned. This is where they met.
At least 2 quiet days with out the trainee. Ahhhhh, I heard he will be moved Monday. And I was told not to let him do my paper work.

I didn't know any of those people from Blytheville. It was good to know that we have some good people left in this world. Interstate 55 was congested from Memphis up to the Missouri border. That didn't go to well with the governor.

I'm jealous of your message. I'd even take a foot message. Think I'll make an appointment for one the next time I'm in Jonesboro. Good buy on the jeans.

Have fun at the mall today.

You are getting the exercise today. I agree with the part on MFP about if you did the you'd weigh this.

Where are you?

GS #2 will be arriving soon. :)

You are going to get some good exercise in today as well.

03-08-2014, 09:35 PM
Ceejay ~ Yeah I had fun at the mall, Im considering going 3 days a week for the purpose of walking, It seemed like it didnt take as long to walk for 1 hour and 1/2 then it does walking for 45 mins. here at home.

03-09-2014, 11:27 AM
We don't have a mall in my small town but that is a good way to get in your walk. I go to our super Walmart and do the same. It's easier for me cause I've got things to look at. I try not to stop to look.

I'm on day 2 of my 5 day hitch of work. I'll have 60 hours total for the week with 20 hours overtime. Putting this back for vacation time with my sisters family near Kentucky.

Hope every on has a great day.

03-09-2014, 12:33 PM
I am back among the living. It was a rough week. I didn't miss much work as I worked from home and went in to the office for a few hours at a time.

Not the best situation when one is that sick, but things needed done and they were good to let me do what I could from home, give a few things to the other Admins and come in as I could.

While I am much better than I was last week I still have a lot of congestion and what feels like fluid in my ear. I will go back to the doctor this week and ask for a stronger antibodic. I don't think the cipro is strong enough to knock all this out. Usually I would just call and she would give me something stronger but I want my ears checked as I always have a lot of issues with them.

We have had such nice sunny and warm (in the high 50's) days Friday and yesterday. It's cloudy today but still supposed to be in the 40's.

I stayed home from church this morning and DH went. My newphew's b-day party is the afternoon and I want to be there for that, so I stayed home to get rested up a bit more.

I didn't make it to TOPS this week but my scales say I was down 2 lbs. I will work hard this week to maintain that and hope to lose another 2.

Cee-jay: You are working a lot of hours lady! At least you have a nice plan as to what you will use it for. You said that you have family near KY. Where are they in KY? I'm in Ohio you know..southern Ohio...1 hour from Cincinnati.

Walking at Walmart is a good idea this time of year. We have one in our small town. When I go there I can't imagine being able to walk without stopping because I see everyone. Maybe if I went after 8:30 or 9 p.m. it would work. What time do you go?

Annie: :hug::hug: I would be terrified to be without health insurance as I am sure you are. I am not impressed that your company did not at least give 3 months of insurance severence.
Let's not focus on all that negative for a bit. Let's focus on Ace arriving. How wonderful that he will have a granny who will have extra time to be there for him as he arrives and gets used to this world. And his big brother will also be looking for more time with you as now he isn't the only one and mamma and daddy will have their hands full with a new baby. Time is a precious gift..more than things.

Michelle: Tell me more about the back rehab classes.

Laura: I LOVE massages. So happy for you that you got one.

Terra: When you are mall walking, you can see all the new spring/summer clothes and think about how good you will look in them, with your tonned body from all that walking!

Shad: In your post you said "I felt like I had to take a trip to the sea".....sigh......that calls to me! I never feel better than when the ocean is in front of me or I am on the water.

Happy: How awful about the new volunteers husband! I'm glad that she had you to talk to.

What is the name of the 90 day walking program book?

You mentioned composite decking for your deck. I worked for 5 years for a composite decking company. I started in warranty/claims, then did customer service and then marketing. I wanted to be in Sales and I was going that way until they decided to re-org and said they needed me back in warranty. At the time the economy was pretty good and I didn't want to go back and so I said "what if I don't want to do that". They were shocked, but told me they would give me a 3 month severence package. DH had health insurance then through his company and I felt like I could get another job (which I did in 6 weeks---with P&G) and so I took the package. I have NEVER done anything like that in my life...but I am glad I did or I wouldn't be where I am now.

So, if you want some advice on composite decking, let me know. It's been a few years since I worked in it, but I do know the industry well.

Have a great day everyone. I will be back to posting daily, as I missed you all.

One last thing--I saw that Mel's birthday was March 7. I know those of you who knew her miss her very much. :hug::hug::hug::hug: to all of you.

03-09-2014, 02:16 PM
Good morning girls,

Never take a nap the same day you have to push the clocks ahead for daylight savings time - it really screws up your sleep as you are waking up an hour later than "usual" anyway. :lol:

It's finally above freezing - things are starting to melt a bit. :dance: :carrot: :yay: And we are in no big heatwave so it's just what I'm hoping - a bit of melting each day - slow enough to avoid flooding. The street curbs are a mess of ice, cold water and slush as there is no clear path for it to drain off. Walking is a bit tricky.

I do agree with you ladies about the down side of MyFitnessPal. I should be a skinny minny according to what it's telling me and the flab is still hanging on for dear life. I think it is off a bit on food calories (under) and over estimates calories burned for physical activity. I've also leaned myself that the only way I can lose weight at the rate of a pound or two a week is to eat less than 1,000 calories a day which comes down to coffee for breakfast and one meal a day and maybe a banana. :dizzy: I know this is not a healthy way of eating so I'm not advocating it. Right now with my hip and knee it limits extensive cardio which doesn't help either. WHICH IS WHY I'D LIKE TO BE DONE WITH THIS ALREADY :tantrum: In any event it's good to record the food - if I wanted to, I could do my own entries with more accurate calories (but do I want do???). As for the exercise, we talked about the frustration that they only give calories expended for cardio activities. I was doing some reading and several articles cited the difficulty of figuring out calories expended for any activity. There are so many factors - person's height and weight and build and amount of effort expended, etc. They say even the built in monitors on the treadmills and heart monitors aren't very accurate. I guess it's just best to shoot for a goal of 30 minutes or more of certain activities and try not to eat you exercise calories. :^:

Susie - the name of the book is The 90 Day Fitness Walking Program

You can get it from Amazon or one of the many resellers for basically 4 bucks (price of .01 plus 3.99 standard shipping. It's for absolute beginners - the first day you walk just 5 minutes and works it way up slow. What it is trying to do is to get one in the habit of walking. It's a bit slower than the couch to 5k running programs, but something you could easily fit into even your busy day. It also gives a new idea each day to get you into a healthy mindset. Right now with our current conditions, it's a challenge to walk for an extended time so this works perfectly for me, even if I just walk in circles up 3 levels of the house :lol:

Ceejay - one of the nice things in the south was that the churches were community based and would often open their doors to walkers as well as offering some health and wellness classes. There was a huge Baptist church a few miles from my house and they opened up their church for walkers several hours a day which I thought was great. Oh crumbs - a 5 day work week for you means extra time and effort - I'm not sure how you get through such a long stint without falling over and passing out! I hope that the trainee is at least out of your hair for most of the time. Funny that they told you not to let him fill in the paperwork. :lol:

Susie - I don't know if there is anything stronger than Cipro - a stronger dose will no doubt give you tummy issues. There was some antibiotic they gave me when I was in Memphis - I think it started with an A. I refused to take it when I read the paperwork that came with it. While it was really top of the line for respiratory infections, one of the side effects of it was that it had a tendency to spontaneous rupture your Achilles tendon in your feet. AND this could happen 6 months after you STOPPED taking this medicine. :yikes: The doctor poo poo'd my concerns - said it mostly affected runners and since I wasn't a runner I SHOULD be ok. Some of those stubborn flu's seem to warrant a second round of antibiotics to knock them out. Just make sure you are getting as much extra rest as possible. It's nice that they are getting some of the others to help out - I'm sure you are not one to call in sick lightly and these flues have been so nasty that it's more than just going in feeling a bit sniffly. Hope you get better quickly! Glad at least you dropped a bit of weight too. Unwelcome bonus, huh? I would love and appreciate anything you could offer about the composite decking. The company is recommending Trex brand and he hasn't gotten the best of reviews online about it. It's quite heavy and we have a raised deck around the house which is a concern. It's also quite expensive so he's wondering if we should instead consider the redwood option. I said I thought part of the composite benefits would be not having to stain and treat the wood and unlike wood - no warping. But any advice you can give me would be most welcome :hug:

Terra - I too noticed mall walking goes faster than just walking outside. I need something to distract me like looking in store windows or plopping on the Ipod with some good music. Good for you for getting in a long walk! Has your brother moved back in yet?

Annie - hope you are feeling better. Should be a good week with Ace greeting the world. I agree with Susie that having you there with Jacob will help to give him some attention too and transition to his big brother role. Keep us posted please.

Shad - I see they talk about Prosecco on the cooking shows. Is it like bubbly champagne just wine based? I'm not into bubbly - not even effervesant ? water so I probably would not care for that. What sort of bread did you get? I am still thinking of that lovely open air market you posted pictures of. I'd go crazy in a place like that - we'd have a farmers market in downtown Chicago in the summers and I'd always buy a ton of fresh stuff and then try and lug a watermelon and 2 bags chock full of veggies back to the office and then to the train station and home :lol: Totally worth every cuss word, every step of the way as the bags got heavier and heavier! Did you have a nice walk? A trip down to the sea sounds so lovely. Is it getting cooler there now as autumn approaches?

Laura - yay on the massage. Hope BF liked his too. My endochronologist was really big on the Vitamin D checking. I guess a deficiency can cause a lot of problems and it's true that we tend to spend so much time out of the sun (or behind filtered office and car windows) that we are all rather lacking. My regular doc also was pushing the pneumonia vaccine, a tetanus booster and a hepatitis vaccine. Since I don't travel, I opted out of the hepatitis one but let her talk me into the others. How nice on the jeans find at the thrift shop and hey, for a buck, how can you go wrong even if you cuff them? I have hemmed pants like you said at the seam - being short I always had to hem mine and at one time when cuffed pants were in style, the easiest way to shorten them was to hem them at the top seam. You're a good sewer, should not be a challenge for you.

Michelle - did you have a good poker night? Decide on something to make for dinners? How is Santa's paw doing? I hope his appetite is coming back and he's getting stronger.

Today I have 2 loads of laundry, will continue cleaning up some papers and I have a book to read which needs to go back to the library. I will probably stick my head out the door just to see what 40 degrees feels like if it gets that warm :lol: Have a good Sunday everyone.

03-09-2014, 03:38 PM
Morning all,
I'll be coming and going all day today, so posts will be short and hopefully often.

Yes I went down to the sea. (The Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner)
I must go down to the sea again,
The lonely sea and sky.
All I ask is a tall ship,
And a star to steer her by.

So, I took the bus to a place called Island Bay. It's on the south coast of Wellington and walked around the shore to Owhiro Bay and then to a place called Red Rocks. There is an old quarry just past Owhiro Bay and that is the end of the road as such. From there you walk through the gravelly sand and on unmade roads and paths to - well as far as you want to go really. The sea path goes all the way around the bottom of the island and then climbs hills and gullies and eventually gets back to civilisation. About 100km of walking tracks down there. But as I said, I only went as far as Red Rocks which is 6.5km (4.5 miles near enough) and plus the nearly 4km between Island Bay and the quarry. There I sat and watched the tide turn in and the rockpools fill up and suddenly thought that I might get back on the path since it seemed to be coming in quite rapidly. However I noticed several people chancing their luck on the way back. The whole walk took me 3.5 hours and today my feet are a bit on the sore side. I did take some photos and will try to get some up tonight after I have finished the housework that I didn't do over the weekend.
Back soon.

03-09-2014, 07:03 PM
Ceejay ~ Im sorry you dont have a mall in your town but thats cool that you go to walmart to get your walking in.

Susie ~ Yup that is true that I can look at all of the spring and summer clothes so that when I get my toned body I can imagine what I would look like in those spring and summer clothes.

happy2bme ~ Thats cool that you agree that the time you spend mall walking goes alot faster then walking here at home or outside, Yeah my brother and his girlfriend and their baby are all moved in here, They moved in a week ago on Thursday.

Im still gonna walk at night though.

03-09-2014, 08:01 PM
Happy - yes you are right, just recording the eating tends to make us realise what is going in your mouth. I've more or less taken to adding many of the same foodstuffs but taking the calories and other measurements from the packet. It is a pain, but it seems to make things easier for me. If the ingredients are not on the packet or jar (which is legal here - however many of the imported stuff doesn't have it on. Go figure) I look for it on MFP and if it isn't there, I tend to estimate what I think is in the thing. Generally I don't buy imports anyway apart from NZ, Aust and Britain. And because I am fussy, I tend to buy organic anyway.
The Prosecco is a sparkling wine - can't call it Champagne because it wasn't made in the Champagne area of France. It's not particularly fizzy - doesn't go off like a champagne cork but it is light and not sweet or dry and just a nice drink.
I got a bread made of Spelt flour with pumpkin seeds in it. It is nice, but whether the spelt flour makes too much difference I really don't know. I also got a Holsteiner loaf which is a heavy grain and rye dough. One piece is enough type of bread.
The nights are cooling off quite nicely and there was a bit of nip in the air this morning as I came out of the building to walk to work. Not enough to need a hat or scarf but it is definitely there. Haven't seen much in the way of trees changing as yet, but much of it is pine anyway. The attached is in the South Island where autumn colour is the best in NZ. Arrowtown, once mined for gold, now sees gold leaf everywhere

back later.

03-09-2014, 10:17 PM
Happy - the DS2 put the composite decking on one of his rental houses. When I chatted to him about the fact that you were thinking of using it, he said 'it's good stuff. Easy to put down, just make sure you don't have an incompetent (insert swear words)(insert nationality here) using a drill, that can't follow a string line and who misses every joist or bearer by (insert more swear words) several centimeters. Because if you do, you will have a lot of holes to patch.

Suzie - good to hear that you are on the mend and feeling so much better. 2lbs is 2lbs, I'd take it. Hope you enjoyed the birthday party. I'm afraid I would not use the malls to walk in. Some might be able to manage it, but I would be peering into shops and looking for bargains. I guess I would just have to get on a treadmill somewhere if I couldn't walk outside. No discipline.
Yep the sea was good, and I slept like a log last night. Still got sore feet, but not much else has changed.

Ceejay - hope you feel better after that slip on the ice. Take care out there, ice is hazardous - even if you only put it in your drinks like I do.

So Mel has been on my mind a lot over the past couple of weeks. Maybe she is telling me to contact Jen again or something. I wished her a happy birthday on the 7th - hers is a day after DS1's birthday. Mel not Jen just in case you were interested in my grammar there.

Okay - so maybe I shouldn't have gotten out of bed this morning. Every single thing I have touched so far has turned to cr*p. Not achieving much at all. I'm on my 5th coffee and that doesn't seem to be jazzing me up either.

Oh and while I think about it and before I disappear into another meeting, Ruthxxx's dog Disney - who was a Katrina rescue dog - passed away on Friday or the weekend, can't remember which. Such a shame, but as Ruth said, there was no telling how old she was and the poor thing was going through kidney failure so a peaceful end was called for.

Gotta go again.

03-09-2014, 10:32 PM
Shad ~ Im sorry to hear about Ruth's dog, Even though I dont know who Ruth is, Is she a former member of 3FC or is she a personal friend of yours? Just curious.

03-10-2014, 12:02 AM
Ruthxxx is one of the moderators on this forum. I have met her and call her a friend, and she pops in here from time to time. You will no doubt meet up with her one day.

03-10-2014, 03:11 AM
Now where did I get up to?

No idea, but I think I got the latest posts.

Not long now until we all become Aunties again, when Annies little Ace puts in an appearance. It will be nice to have something to celebrate.

Trying to get through to DS2. I keep forgetting that we are 3 hours ahead over here and last time I messaged him, I did it at 3.00am his time. Oooops.:o

I see we have had a few changes in the threads. I have a smilies button with all the most popular on it. The colours seem to have changed or we have more of them or something.
We can even add attachments I think. Not sure how it works but I will eventually find out.

Meantime I should go and finish the bathroom. Then sweep down that end. And do some packing and thinking about what to take home and leave there.

So I will catch you later.

Some photos attached of:
Clouds - from my apartment
Sunset - from my apartment
Red Rocks - now you can see why the place is called Red Rocks
Island Bay Beach
Some interesting embellishments on some of the houses at Island Bay. Some folk have a sense of humour

03-10-2014, 01:10 PM
Morning chicks,

Things are starting to melt and drip here. Nice to see. Got an email that there is no water at the thrift shop - busted pipe. Probably froze and when the thaw came, it broke. The building is ancient with very poor insulation. I left some water bottles in the back where they clean and price the donations and the water was frozen solid - it's that cold back there. So no surprise with the pipes. Just hoping they get it fixed by Thursday when I'm there next. Weight is up a pound today - no surprise - we had pizza for dinner last night. I have to get more stringent with what I'm eating. Always have the best intentions ...

Shad - I enjoyed the pictures - interesting look on that balcony. Guess it's appropriate to have a boat bow as a balcony if you are right at the sea. Handy if the water levels rise too quickly also :lol: I saw the new buttons on the post window - not sure if I will use them or not, but thanks for pointing them out. Also appreciate the commentary on the composite from DS - DH got a chuckle out of that as he can certainly relate. You mentioned packing - are you going home for a short visit?

Guess I will wait for the others to check in today. In the meantime it's trash day and laundry day as well as finding some other things to keep busy day. Talk to you later...

03-10-2014, 01:12 PM
Shad - interesting that you mention Mel - I think she's over our heads, poking about, still stirring a ruckus in her own way. ;) In our minds and our hearts.

03-10-2014, 02:00 PM
Morning all (barly). Didn’t get here yesterday. Not that I was so busy – but time does get away from me on the weekends. Late start today. I was wiping doggy's paws when he came in from the yard this morning and ended up with a muddy sleeve. I was already pressed for time and that just put an end to making my usual train.
Happy – Sorry you missed your yoga class last Thursday, but you know your body and how it will react. I thought you were already doing the yoga class with the popular instructor – must have missed something there. :?: I hope you get into that class in the next session and enjoy it. Why isn’t the treadmill in the house??? Sad story about E. the volunteer. My father was undergoing treatment for lung cancer and experienced the same type of death, but much more sudden and immediate. Very unexpected & shocking – we obviously thought we’d have him around for longer. Re decks – living in a ranch house, I’m glad we don’t have to deal with a deck. The maintenance seems like such a drag. Hope the trex type material is an option for you. The movie I saw Thursday night, “Non-stop” was entertaining, but of course it was totally implausible and over the top. That said, it also wasn’t as good as “Taken” – another Liam Neeson action movie. If anything, it’s something most people would rent or wait until it comes out on cable…or skip altogether.

Annie – Totally agree with Susie’s comment. This is the week!!!

Terra – Good idea to walk in the mall. The cold/ice/snow makes it very difficult to do outside!

Shad – Bread and wine – yum. I do like Prosecco. :cheers: Sounds like you had a nice day at Island Bay with all the walking by the sea. Looking forward to checking out the photos that I just saw you’ve posted. I lurk around on the threads Ruth posts to, and I know her dog Disney was on her way out. Sad, but I know there was nothing to be done, and she had a good life after being adopted by Ruth. Thanks for the update, hadn’t seen anything since Thursday.

Ceejay – Sorry you tripped on the ice – no lasting effects I hope. You’ve got a long workweek – that’s a lot of hours...but the paycheck will be nice for you. :yes: Has the trainee been moved to his permanent duties yet?? Glad to hear the niece’s fiancé got here okay.

Michelle – How’s everything going? How’s your ex-SIL?

Susie – Glad you’re back to the routine now. I hope whatever med you get from the doc wipes out the last of your infections, though I had the same thought as Happy - that Cipro was one of the stronger/strongest antibiotics out there. At least there’s the 2-lb loss! :D How was the nephew’s bday party??
Still catching up from Friday’s day off. Nothing much else to report about my weekend. After the massage (bf also enjoyed his), we had some good Polish food nearby. An old school space, dark paneling and all, but very cute/quaint. Glad we discovered it.

Finally watched “Gravity”. Wow, good story. Glad I saw it.

Didn’t do much else this weekend – a couple more long dog walks. Yesterday I twisted my knee a bit while picking up after doggy in a deep bit of snow. Very minor, just twingey.

I finally made doggy’s peanut butter biscuits. He knew they were for him, of course, LOL.

Not back to tracking on MFP – fell off once my weekend started. But the tracking part of weight loss is what works for me – whether it’s on a computer or on paper, just being aware of what I’m shoveling in makes a difference.

Okay, getting this posted and then time for lunch. TTFN.

03-10-2014, 02:50 PM
Good Monday to everyone!

Such a busy weekend! Friday night was poker. I got home around 12:30, showered and went to bed, but didn't fall asleep until nearly 2. Had to wake up at 6 to get ready and meet a friend for breakfast at 7:30 before we attended a 1/2 day workshop together in San Francisco. The workshop was amazing. Afterwards, I went to the hospital where my ex-SIL was and visited with her for a bit. She was pretty loopy on meds but at least not in any pain; a double mastectomy is serious surgery. The initial results of the biopsy show that her lymph nodes are clean. :yay: But the complete results, which will determine if she needs to undergo chemo and/or radiation, will take a few days. Then I picked Santa up from day care, we went to the dog park for an hour and then home.

I fell asleep at 8 pm Saturday night and didn't wake up 'till Santa had to go out at 7 am. I went over to my step-mom's and hooked up a new wi-fi printer for her.

Then I went to a Hypnosis for Weight Loss seminar. I thought it was just going to be a sales-pitch kind of thing with maybe one brief hypnosis session. It was actually a full workshop that reviewed nutrition and exercise, and there were four short hypnosis sessions: one where we pictured our ideal body..seeing ourselves in the body we would like to have; the next was a fattening food aversion where we vividly saw all our favorite unhealthy foods turn into something disgusting (I won't share the details for any that may be eating or have just eaten while reading this) - it was quite vivid and felt a little nauseous/revolted; in the third, we imagined a wall that represented whatever our reasons were for resisting - and then after really deeply realizing our reasons for resistance, we pushed the wall over or demolished it; and the final hypnosis session had to do with unzipping our "fat suit" and stepping out of it/taking it off, then we asked our "fat suit" what it's purpose was (to keep people at bay to protect us from getting too close, to help us not feel unpleasant emotions, whatever), we thanked the "fat suit" for doing what it thought we needed at the time, but said that we don't need that anymore, and we threw it away or destroyed it. Then we saw ourselves as healthy, vibrant, energetic and loving our it currently is and as it's becoming our ideal body. Hard to explain, but it was VERY, VERY good.

There are a lot of people out there doing hypnosis for weight loss, and some are probably not that good and some might even be scams. I started a Hypno for Weight Loss workshop in Wisconsin, but then I had to move before it was over. And when this deal showed up on either Living Social coupons or GroupOn coupons, it was only $30 for a 3 hour session and I couldn't pass it up. Granted, I thought it was going to be a private session and it was a group session, but it was still amazing. And I have no desire to eat those fattening foods...I hope that lasts.

Santa is doing better. His appetite is back and he's walking on his foot between 50-75% of the time.

Happy - Glad things may be finally melting. I talked to my ex-DMIL over the weekend and she said that while it's warmed up to 30 there, it's still too cold and she's ready for spring too. Your anniversary fish fry dinner sounds yummy. As for logging on MyFitnessPal, I do really well at logging breakfast and lunch, but sometimes I don't get on the computer at night when I'm home, and sometimes I go nearly the entire weekend without logging on. I suppose I could try and use the app on my phone if I can find it among all my other apps. I start my back rehab class next Monday, and I'll definitely share what I learn. I think I'm going to do a chicken and noodles dish and something else not sure what. Her double mastectomy was not preventative. She actually had tumors in both breasts. This is my ex-DH's second sister to have breast cancer. The first was an older sister about 9 years ago (she was in her late 40s/early 50s), and this SIL is his youngest sister who is 45. So all the females in the family will have regular mammograms, which is a good idea for everyone. I've been getting them since I was 33 which is when my older sister was diagnosed with cancer she was 41 at the time (she's alive and doing very well - this is my sister that lives in Southern CA).

Laura - Glad your massage was relaxing and nice. Congrats on having the smaller jeans fit! That's great!! I haven't seen the trailers or reviews for "Non-Stop", but I really enjoyed Liam Neeson in Taken. Never did see the sequel to Taken though ("Retaken"?, "Taken2"). Glad you liked "Gravity".

Shad - You certainly are getting lots of walking in and visiting lovely places. I loved the photos of the ocean and red rocks, as well as the balcony and the views from your apartment. So beautiful! The sea is calling to me too. I'm hoping to be able to make some time before the end of the month to drive over to the ocean on a Saturday or Sunday. It's only an 45 minute drive, but sometimes my weekends are so full I don't have time for a relaxing day by the shore. So sad that Ruth had to say goodbye to Disney. Disney was very fortunate to be rescued from Katrina and to have found such a loving home with Ruth.

Ceejay - So sorry to hear you had a fall. I'm glad you weren't injured other than the soreness. I'm glad you're step-niece's fiance made it to the States. Enjoy your days without the trainee. So glad he's going to be moved. :D Nice that you're getting some overtime and extra pay so you can save for your vacation! Just allow yourself plenty of rest in the evenings. You're working five 12-hour shifts, right? That's brutal. Take care of yourself and rest when you can. Walking at a big store like Wal-Mart is an excellent way to get exercise.

Terra - The time walking at the mall probably passed more quickly with someone to talk to and more stuff to look at. Walking there 3 days per week is a good idea.

Susie - Congrats on the weight loss. How was your nephew's b'day party? As soon as I have some of the back rehab classes, I'll share the info. :D How cool that you know so much about composite decking. You did a gutsy move telling the decking company you didn't want to go back to Warranty...but I'm so glad it worked out so well for you.

Annie - I hope Samantha is doing well. I'm so looking forward to receiving news from you regarding Ace's arrival. Happy and Susie are right that you'll be able to shower affection on Jacob so he can more easily transition into the big brother role rather than feel jealous at having to share the attention.

I'm going to sign off for now. I didn't sleep well last night. I didn't fall asleep until around midnight, maybe because I slept so much on Saturday night. I'm tired now and need more :coffee: :rofl:

Much love and many hugs to all,

03-10-2014, 04:14 PM
Hi all, I am reading but just not into posting at the moment. I am sorry not to do personals. I am sorry I am sucking the life out of you all and our fine ladies. I am really not feeling sorry for myself, I just don't feel like sharing at the moment. I have applied for about 7 positions and just waiting. Which can be the demise of me. I am very impatient. Two days til Royce. I am excited to see what he will look like as we know everything else about him. Spoiler...probably a 6-7+ lb babe. Visitor coming next week, one of my bffs that lives in Texas Diane, Corpus Christi. Will have to put on my happy face. She will only be here from Sunday to Tuesday as she will be visiting her family in Indy from Wed to Sunday. Really kind of excited as I have not seen her in the past 6 years. Sissy is doing really well. Contractions a couple of times a day but nothing to get overly excited about...just hoping she makes it to Wednesday. Got Chris. DDs SO, a gift card for Texas Roadhouse as his BD is Wednesday same as the arrival of Royce. Kind of strange, my daddy passed in June, we shared the same BD. Now my DDs babe and his daddy will have the same BD...hmmmm, daddy angel trying to communicate with me through births? hahaha.

Have a great day. Will try to be better about posting, however I cannot guarantee.

All my love to you my sisters. Have a wonderful day/ night

03-10-2014, 04:34 PM
Annie - I understand that you don't feel much like posting. You're going through a lot right now. Some not so good and lots of good too. It's so cool that you're going to be able to help with Jacob while Sissy's delivering Royce. I'm so looking forward to seeing pictures of Royce. And what great timing that you are between jobs so you can spend time with your friend when she comes into town. Sending you lots of love for this exciting and joyous week ahead! :D

03-10-2014, 06:26 PM
So good to hear from you. Sometimes I don't feel like posting either. Hang in there. I'm anxiously waiting for picture when Royce gets here.

How is Santa doing?

I've mostly been by myself today. Trainee is doing his maintenance jobs today. He's doing better than what I thought he would. He still wanted to help me but they told me to say no so I did.
more later

03-10-2014, 07:52 PM
Ceejay - Thanks for asking about Santa. His still holding up his paw sometimes but not as often. And his appetite is definitely back. He is demanding that wet food be mixed with the dry food he's had all his yes, he's spoiled, but he's so worth it. :D So nice that you don't have to deal with the trainee today.

03-11-2014, 11:39 AM
Morning all.

Happy – How is the big meltdown going? We’ve had a lot of melting over the past 4 days, but we’re in for a good amount of snow tonight. At least we’re turning the corner...

Michelle – Your hypnosis seminar sounds interesting. Are these normally repeated to "reinforce" the exercises? I’m glad to hear Santa’s appetite is back and his paw seems to be getting better. :) Your comments re your SIL’s makes me intent on getting on the phone to schedule my mammogram today – just set up the task in my calendar to remind me.

Annie – I understand not wanting to post – sometimes it seems like there’s nothing positive to say. But this week is gonna be exciting for you – the arrival of R. and the visit with your friend from TX. Exciting stuff!! Enjoy and savor and take some pics for us!!

Ceejay – Hope your workweek is moving along. How many more days of this long stretch?

Hellos to Susie, Terra & Shad!! :wave:


Enjoying the mild weather we’ve gotten the past few days. I know we’re in for more wintery stuff today, but that’s okay. It’s good enough to know we’re getting more mild temps here and there.

Bf went to the gym last night and then to a friend’s to help out with his new cell phone. I stayed home and did a BE workout (deltoids, biceps, hamstrings and glutes) and a set of pushups. It was a rest day for my challenge, but I wanted to do them anyway.

I’m currently reading the book for book club – Snow Flower and the Secret Fan. It’s about the life of a girl/woman in early 1800’s China. Very early in the book, it goes through the footbinding process. Before I even got into it in any depth, I looked online for more about that topic because I didn't really know what it was...and I wished I hadn’t. It totally set me off on the wrong foot with this book – pun intended. I’d like to say that it wasn’t necessary, but of course it is. That’s how life in China was, and otherwise I guess I’m finding the book very interesting with respect to Chinese traditions and the roles of females. Book club is this Saturday. A movie was made based on this book, and we will be watching some of it.

My wallet and purse were delivered yesterday. I will be returning the purse – the strap is too short, and overall, I think the design of the purse would make it difficult for me to quickly grab items out of it – I’m always going into it for a tissue or lip balm, etc. The wallet should be fine.

That’s about it for me. I’m skipping movie night tonight. None of the movies appealed to me. “Endless Love” was chosen. Besides, there’s a happy hour 4-6 tonight to jointly celebrate (1) a job move for someone in our partner department and (2) my boss’s upcoming retirement. Depending on how long I stay, I’ll probably get home later than usual.

Okay, I have to finish my compliance sessions. They’re due tomorrow. They just started assigning them all at once each quarter and all must be completed within the quarter, but in this case they made the announcement in late February and they have a due date of tomorrow. So much for having an entire quarter to do them on your own timeline!! Oh well, enough griping. Back to it.

03-11-2014, 01:20 PM
Good morning ladies,

Quick check in for me today. I took Santa to the dog park yesterday after I picked him up from day care. I know he gets to play at day care, but he still enjoys the dog park. He ate a really good dinner and then zonked out. He slept until D got home from playing bridge. When D plays bridge or has to work in the evenings, he always takes Santa for a walk when he gets home, which is usually after I go to bed. I so appreciate that. :D

So I didn't get to the gym last night, and I probably won't get there tonight because I'm part of a non-fiction book club with my friends from Wisconsin. I know it sounds weird...but it works. We have a conference call on Tuesday evenings to discuss the book chapters we've read. It's so nice to stay in touch with my friends.

I'll try and check in for personals later. :D

Love and hugs,

03-11-2014, 03:44 PM
Here all ok hello to all

03-11-2014, 06:30 PM
Glad all is well in your neck of the woods.

Did I read correctly, more wintery stuff!!!! It's been a beautiful day full of sunshine here and warmer temps here. Hope it stays that way.

I must be missing your posts.

Hi to Susie, Terra and Shad.

Not much going on here. Don't think my trainee likes his maintenance job, but they told me not to let him do anything that concerns my job. I've had to say no a couple of times. Almost done with this stretch of 60 hours. Tomorrow will be the last day this week.
Found out via FB that my sister from MO had to go to ER with chest pains. But she told me last night it was not her heart. They are doing a couple of more test, one for her stomach and one of her gall bladder. She said if it was her gall bladder it was coming out.
Going to try my luck at changing the battery on the monitor for the ADT system tonight. They told me to call them back to get a walk through.

That is a good way to stay in touch with your friends.

03-11-2014, 07:04 PM
Laura & Ceejay52 ~ H*E*L*L*O* 2 The Both of You

03-11-2014, 07:34 PM
Hi Everyone--BEAUTIFUL day here in Ohio. It got up to 70 degrees today. We have some cold and snow coming tomorrow but they say it will only be tomorrow and the temps will start to rebound. I'm counting on that!

I was able to get to the work gym yesterday and use the bike and I logged my food on MFP. I am going to meet my friend for a walk at 7 p.m tonight and enjoy what we can of the beautiful evening.

I actually left work on time tonight. I do need to log back on for about and hour tonight and do a report but that is ok. I am going to try to leave on time every night, unless something very important comes up and then I will get back on from home if needed. I think leaving on time and getting home earlier so that I have more time at home will be better for me. As it is, I work late, then go home, eat dinner and then work again. That isn't working for me. The money is nice in the paycheck but really, I'm ok with just getting a few hours of OT a week.

Happy: I hope the melt keeps going for you all. I know I was about at the end of my sanity when we had all that snow piled up.

The company I worked for is called TimberTech. They do have a website and you can check it out. Composite decking is more expensive than wood but it does have its advantages, as it is low maintenance. Meaning that you don't have to paint it or stain it. You do need to clean it, but it is usually easier than cleaning a wood deck. Depending on how your deck is constructed dictates the type of boards you should use. Can you take some pictures of your deck and post them here and I can give you some more information based on that. When taking the pictures, please give me ones from all sides of the deck.

Shad: That was some walk you took and I LOVE the pictures. The one with the rocks and the sea....I loved, loved, loved it.

Michelle: I had a friend who went to one of those hypnosis weight-loss things and it did help her loose some pounds. She said she thought it worked because she put "good thinking" into her mind and called it up often and it kept her motivated and working toward a purpose.

Glad to hear that Santa is doing better.

Ceejay: You get tomorrow in and you are looking at some days off...lucky you! What will you do with yourself? as for your SIL, I bet it is her gallbladder. I had mine out over 26 years ago and a friend of mine just had her's out last week. She went to the ER with chest pains and pain in her back, between her shoulder blades and it turned out to be her gallbladder.

Annie: It's good to see you here. Very, very exciting that Royce will be here soon and you have a friend coming.

Terra: What things are you seeing in the mall that you like for spring/summer?

Laura: Sounds like you got a great workout in last night. The book you are reading sounds interesting. I'm going to put it on my list to read.

Ok..time to head to the gym to meet my friend on the outside track. See you all tomorrow

03-11-2014, 08:00 PM
Hi girls

I am keeping up with all your posts. I am just not into sharing much. No insurance is making me nuts as I am on meds for anxiety depression Bp enough to make me nuts. Oh and thryroid. A major mess. I need major prayers. Please.

03-11-2014, 08:06 PM
Annie - Regarding your meds...if you have Walgreens there...they have a Walgreens prescription saver's club. I'm pretty sure it's free or cheap to sign up, and some prescriptions are at a HUGE savings. I saved several hundred dollars on mine when I didn't have insurance. Still not as cheap as with insurance, but it did help me a lot. I'm not sure if CVS or other pharmacies have the same kind of thing.

03-12-2014, 10:44 AM
Morning all.

I left work early yesterday. BF phoned me around 12:30 and said he was really in pain and was going to the ER. He'd been having pain in his gut off and on over the weekend and really didn't know what it was - he knew it wasn't upset stomach, gas, etc. Turns out it was acute appendicitis. He had the surgery to remove his appendix last night. I'm hoping he gets to come home today. I'm at home waiting to hear so I can drive him home from the hospital. One of his brothers has kidney stone, and both of his brothers suffer from all kinds of gastro-intestinal issues. BF was worried it was kidney stones or some other chronic condition like that. So glad it wasn't.

Other than that...we got about 3-4 in. of snow by us. Wet, heavy snow. I already shoveled a path out back from the back door to the garage door and alongside the garage to where our garbage bins sit. I'll get out and shovel some paths in front, but not gonna shovel everything because tomorrow the temps go back above freezing and the snow will melt quickly then.


Michelle - How nice you get to stay in touch with your friends in WI - a non-fiction book club sounds interesting. What types of books have you read in the past? Santa must be good and tired after doggy daycare AND the dog park!! In our house, we say "a tired dog is a good dog". :lol:

Ceejay - How's your sister doing? Was it her gallbladder? Hope your last day of work for the week goes quickly for you. Glad the bosses are not having the trainee do any of your work. You don't need that hassle.

Susie - I'm glad you enjoyed the mild temps yesterday - a walk outside with a friend sounds nice. I did dogwalk duty yesterday, so at least I got a bit of exercise beyond my work commute walking. Good of you to focus on getting out of work on time. There needs to be a balance between work and personal time!! I take it you're feeling fully recovered now??

Annie - Must be so stressful not having medical insurance right now. I'll keep you in my prayers. I like Michelle's idea, and you should consider contacting the drug companies to see if they can provide some assistance for you right now.

Hi Terra!! :running:

Where are Happy & Shad?? :?:

Okay, off to dress and get out to shovel.

03-12-2014, 11:14 AM
Morning all,

I'm having problems with my laptop - it keeps hanging and I'm having problems with the internet. It took 15 minutes of sitting here hanging before I was able to get to this site :mad:

We have to go run some errands today so I will be back later - hopefully.

Glad to hear that BF is ok Laura. Did he go to NWC hosp? It's a good one.

Hope all goes well for Sissy today Annie.

Will catch up with you later...

03-12-2014, 12:24 PM
Happy Hump Day!
And Happy Birth-day, Royce!

Not much going on here...just very busy with work. The website launches in just over 2 weeks and there's still lots to finish up. And I've got to go to a mandatory training today that will hopefully not last too long.

Santa's paw is getting better and he puts weight on it about 75% of the time. :D And he's eating well. :D My food and exercise have been pretty good. I'm trying to get to the gym 3 days a week and am walking on the other days. Today I plan to walk at lunch time.


Susie - Take it from someone who used to work at least 60 hours a week every week. It's not worth it. My health suffered and my relationships suffered. I feel that the hypnosis is helping me make much better choices. It's been a lot easier after the hypnosis.

Laura - I'm so glad your bf went to the ER rather than "tough it out" as some people (especially men) do. I wish him a speedy and complete recovery. Be careful shoveling. It's good you're going to get warmer temps to help melt the snow. I agree that a tired dog is a good dog (and a happy dog). As for the book club, we're on our first book. We "meet" weekly over the phone and discuss two chapters per week (so it's not a burdensom amount of reading). We're reading "Architecture of Abundance" written Lenedra Carroll, who happens to be the singer Jewel's mom. It's a good book so far if you like the "self-help" genre...emphasis taking time to meditate and get in touch with yourself.

Happy - I hope your computer and internet behave better when you get back from your errands.

Ceejay - One more day to get through before some much needed time off.

Terra - :wave: I hope you're having a great day.

Annie - Saying prayers for Sissy and Royce that the delivery goes smoothly. Please keep us posted either here or on FB. Much love, sista. Sending Happy Birthday wishes to Royce and his daddy.

Shad - How is work going?

Speaking of work...I've got to get to it. Training starts in less than two hours...I hope it only lasts for an hour or so.

Love and hugs to all,

03-12-2014, 03:35 PM
Morning all,
Flat stack busy so can't stick around although I am reading the posts. Been a bit social this week as well so haven't had much computer time in the evening.
Tonight is the light show and then bed before flying off to Brisbane for the weekend tomorrow. I will be posting between flights

So I will see you then.

Happy Birthday to Ace and to Annie's DD's DP. Good luck to all of them.

Gotta go get some bits done before the hoardes arrive

03-12-2014, 05:12 PM
Good afternoon ladies,

I just took a 1/2 hour walk on my lunch hour. My back is telling me I should've done only 20 minutes. Thankfully, there is a bench along the trail or I wouldn't have made it more than 10 minutes. It's warm outside, probably mid-70s at least. It was a nice walk though...and if I start walking on the trail at lunch time on a regular basis, eventually I should be able to go further. A lot of people at my company walk on the trail at lunch time, and some even run (since we have shower facilities).

Laura - I hope your BF is doing ok.

Shad - Enjoy the light show tonight! So nice that you get to go home for the weekend. Do you have any plans?

Much love to all,

03-12-2014, 06:18 PM
1. The lovely walking path next to my office building. The paved trail starts in downtown San Jose and heads south for over 15 miles.

2. California's State Flower - The California Poppy (it grows as a wildflower, but you can also get seeds/plants in a nursery.)

3. Not a Fiddler on the Roof, but a Fiddler on the Trail. A man who works at one of the local tech companies found a shady, scenic spot to play his fiddle and enjoy his lunch break.

4. Part of the range of hills that runs just east of San Jose. During a normal rainy winter, these hills are much greener. A few weeks ago before our recent rains, these hills were completely it's nice to see that they've greened up a bit. There's a farm/ranch on the hill and cows are often grazing on the hillside.

03-12-2014, 06:40 PM
So glad that your bf went to ER. Did he drive himself? I don't mind the 3 or 4 inches of snow. My sister's gall bladder was good. I've texted her just now and she is working today. She said she felt bad this morning but feeling better this afternoon. They will check her stomach and esophagus later. She's had a lot going on the last 5 to 6 years with school and work. She's been taking 18 hours per semester plus work.

Good for you in taking a walk at lunch.

Keeping you in thought and prayer.

I don't recommend a 60 hours work week. Mine is coming to a close today but I do not recommend it.

Enjoy the light show.

How much did you walk today?

This man is getting on my nerves. Yesterday he did repair a pump but today absolutely nothing but hide from the camera. The good thing is I do my job. I'll let him hang himself.

03-12-2014, 06:42 PM
Sounds like a good trail. I'd love something like that.

03-12-2014, 09:12 PM
Hi Ladies,

Winter has come back to Ohio. We didn't get the snow they said we could and I'm happy for that but it sure got cold. It's not supposed to last to long though.

I didn't make it to the gym at work today. Just as I was finishing the PowerPoint for our meeting this coming Friday so I could send it to the Director so he could add his slides my laptop had a Windows error and I was so afraid that they were going to have to reimage my laptop--which can take up to 8 hours. I had to go to the IT kiosk and was with them for about 2 hours. We got everything back to working and I saved that presentation on two thumb drives! After all that happened and being without a computer for 2 hours I needed to catch up the email and so I didn't make it to the gym. I will go tomorrow.

Happy: Hopefully your computer is back to running with no issues.

Annie: Is baby Royce here? Babies are so exciting.

Michelle: Your walking trail is beautiful

Ceejay--you made it! You are now officially off work for the week. Any plans?

Shad: I hope you enjoyed the light show. Wishing you a nice trip...we will be looking forward to your posts and maybe pictures?

Laura: OMG! So glad that your boyfriend went to the ER! and things turned out well.


Ok..time to go have some dinner. We are eating late tonight.

03-13-2014, 12:22 AM
Laura705 ~ Yeah I agree, Winter makes it hard to walk outside

Michelle ~ Yeah I think its a good idea too. Yes Im having a great day. I hope your having a great day too.

Susie ~ I like the shorts and t-shirts

ceejay52 ~ Sadly I didnt walk at all today but yesterday I walked alot so Im pretty sure Im still doing good.

03-13-2014, 10:36 AM
Morning all,

Let's try this again. Last few weeks our telephone and internet service have be very spotty. And we're talking good old fashioned land line for phone service here. :rolleyes: I think it was yesterday, it took over 15 minutes just to get pages to load.

Anyways... yoga and thrift shop today. I talked to the physical therapist Tuesday and he worked on my back instead of the knee and legs because while what he did worked, it only worked for one day and then the next something else was sore, stiff or problematic. So he did a lot of manipulation. Later that night I felt like someone hit me with bats but the next day I was feeling better (not 100 percent) but better than I had in a while. Still today am a bit stiff but that I hope will work itself out as I move about. We took a road trip up to Duluth yesterday. Hit up a bagel shop for my cousin - very disappointing in their selections - no fruit types, all savory and not much at that. We got there mid morning and it appears you need to get there when they open at 6am because they only make a certain amount each day and when they are gone, they are gone. Very pricy too. Then we went into the city in search of a grocery store I saw advertised on TV. What a little gem tucked in the back of a hill. It's across from the University so they have a lot of prepared foods and really interesting stuff. Sort of like a Whole Foods or Fresh Market for those of you familiar with that line. Best of all they have a sushi bar with REAL sushi made by a Japanese couple who barely speak English. OMG I was in heaven. Now I do not like raw fish, I only eat sushi like California roll that has raw vegetables but cooked fish. I got a couple of trays and it was the highlight of my trip. They had some Panini's pre-made that caught DH's attention so we bought the fixings to make our own. Good deli meat. Great service from the cashiers to the baggers. I would definitely make a stop there again when we are up that way. We didn't stop to eat since we had a car full of food. Didn't even stop at the home improvement store - I guess DH was kind of tired. It was a nice day - quite cool but sunny. Lake Superior is mostly frozen over and we drove past a big expanse of it on our way. It's odd to see ice as far as the eye can see. Lake Superior is the largest of the lakes - it's like looking at the sea frozen since it goes on and on and you can't see anything on the other side of the lake. They had tugs breaking up a line in the ice so the freighters could get through - shipping has to go on even if the water is icy. That's it for me.

Annie - welcome Royce. Hope all went well with everyone. He looks great for a newborn - not all red and wrinkled up. As for you meds, good advice from Michelle. There are many places that will help with meds - pharmacies, drug companies, associations. Just Google "help with paying for medications" and you'll find lots of stuff. Sending you prayers and good wishes that something turns up quickly on the job front, until that time put all your efforts into your grandma job. :D

Terra - I think it's ok to take a one day break from walking, just as long as one day doesn't turn into 2, 3, 4. :D

Susie - bummer on the computer breaking down. Why does that always happen when there's a crunch? Hope you are feeling better and over your flu. I agree with you trying to get off work on time and having the evening to spend on some things for you - gives you more time to cook a decent meal instead of grabbing something fast when it's late and it's nice you have a walking partner. The problem with overtime is that it starts out as "catch up" and quickly becomes the normal work day. Then you're always behind no matter what. And if something happened where you were out for a while, that work would wait or just not get done at all. Always take care of you first ;)

Ceejay - the hardest thing to do at work is exactly what you have to do at this point - deal with your own work and try to ignore everyone else around you. No sense in getting aggravated or worried about it, they certainly won't worry about you and nowadays, no one wants to learn from anyone else. They seem to all want to do things their way. I can't even imagine having the endurance to put up with 60 hour work weeks anymore. You are wonder woman. I hope your sister will be ok.

Michelle - what a beautiful walking trail you have. Yay for you for getting a walk in. And how cool is it to bring your fiddle in and play on your break. Remind you of anything, Shad?? ;) Glad Santa is getting better, even if it is taking a long time. At least he's eating better - that's important in healing. I agree with your comment about personal things suffering when you put everything you have into the job and have nothing left for the truly important things. Been there, done that too. ;)

Shad - catch you back in Brisbane. Are you just back for the weekend? Have a good time and hope you get to catch up with everything that needs doing.

Laura - how is BF doing? Were they able to do laparoscopic surgery? Hope so - it's a much easier recovery. Ugh on the extra snow - you must be so tired of it by now and this is the time of year when the stuff turns heavy and wet. I'm glad it missed us.

That's about it for me. I have to go pull together a few things before I head out for the day. I like the yoga class but it really cuts into my morning. :lol:

Have a good one everybody.

03-13-2014, 11:54 AM
Super quick post today as we're having an all company meeting today to announce the company name change, as well as show a preview of the new website. I have to go through and make sure none of the pages have the current/old company name as the name change was just approved by the board last week and there's lots of pages on the new site that had to be updated - not as easy as a global search/replace.

My back and legs are quite sore today. Not sure if that's from my walk. I might still get out for a 10-15 minute walk at lunch time to see if that loosens things up.

Have a great day everyone!!

Much love to all,

03-13-2014, 12:22 PM
Morning all.

Annie – Big congrats on the new grandson, and congrats to the mom and dad. :congrat: :bb: Hope you’re busy cooing over the baby and spoiling the heck out of little J. :D At the hospital where bf was, every time a baby is born there, they play a short portion of a lullaby over the PA. I was only there 60-90 min. and heard it 3-4 times!!

Happy – Sorry you’ve been having trouble with your phone and internet service. Gosh, wouldn’t expect problems with a land line phone… Re bf’s surgery – yes, it was at NWC, yes, it was laparoscopic surgery. He’s feeling much better, but of course didn’t sleep much at all in the hospital with the IV in his arm & all the monitors. Still not comfortable sleeping – can’t sleep on his side, too uncomfortable. But he’ll be feeling better soon enough. He’s on an antibiotic, of course. The nurse advised him to eat yogurt during the course of these strong drugs to help keep his gut happy, if you know what I mean. Enjoy yoga and the thrift shop today!

Michelle – Sounds like you’re busy at work. How was the training session?? Glad Santa’s paw is on the mend. What a nice walking path you have near your work!! Even if you just walk a bit and find a spot to eat your lunch, it’ll be really nice for you. Good job with the walking – your body told you to take it easy, so I guess you’ll scale it back next time?? Keep at it and you’ll get there. Do you have another one of those back classes this week?? Or was that a one-time thing? I’m actually not into “self-help” reading, and I don’t actually do all that much non-fiction reading, except for the newspaper. Once I finish my book club book, however, I will go back to the Patricia Cornwell book Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper, in which modern day forensic investigation techniques were used to identify that serial killer.

Shad – Hello and safe travels today. I hope you enjoyed the light show!!

Ceejay – Yes, bf drove himself to the ER. I don’t know why he didn’t just ask our neighbor K for a ride…We only have one car, so I was the one who asked her for a ride to the hospital yesterday. She said the same thing to me – why didn’t he ask me for a ride?? I scolded bf for K, LOL, and I’m sure K will scold him herself the next time she sees him. I hope your sister’s okay. Is this the one that is in the medical field? Re the trainee – sounds like he’s not all that interested in doing his job. You’d think being new, he’d be more eager. So is it your weekend now? Do you have 3 days off? Enjoy!

Susie – Bummer your computer problem interfered with your workout. That’s another thing that can happen when you try to schedule workouts into the workday. That said, I do want to give it another go for myself before our building’s fitness center converts over to a full-service i.e., expensive, facility this summer.

Terra – I should do some clothes shopping, window or real – I’ve lost just enough weight that a lot of my shorts and capris don’t fit well anymore. I was waiting until I get to my final goal weight, but my progress has been non-existent for many months. Maybe the upcoming spring/summer will help motivate me!

Yesterday morning I did a wee bit of work, then got out to shovel some paths in the snow –one up to the house, a single wide path on the walk in front of the house and two down the driveway, It’s sort of chilly today, but hopefully some melting will happen. If not today, then tomorrow, when it's forecast to hit 52 degrees.

Our neighbor gave me a ride to the hospital to pick up bf – he wasn’t supposted to drive himself home. Before they let him go, we took a few spins around the hospital floor – bf was so stiff from being in the hospital bed & hooked up to an IV all night. On our walk, we met up with a therapy dog doing its rounds. This was a large 150-pound Great Dane, a female named Caly. Oh how sweet she was! Of course bf and I had to cuddle with her for a bit. How can anyone not feel better after spending time with a gentle giant like that?? :)

After going home, bf cleaned up a bit and then we went to get lunch. After that, bf took a nap while I got his prescription filled and bought some groceries. After that I took doggy for a long walk. I did finally get around to finishing my remaining compliance session for work. Bleh. But now it's done, and by the deadline. Between the shoveling, the walk at the hospital and the dog walk (and staying up too late the night before), I was pretty wiped out by early evening, but I ended up going to bed at my usual time.

Nothing going on tonight. Trying to finish my book club book. According to the e-book, I’m 63.5% complete. Guess I’ll read some more at lunchtime.

Okay, back to work. I’ve got a wee bit of a lull before our group gets really busy again, I need to use this time wisely.


03-13-2014, 07:38 PM
Morning all,
Back in Sydney just waiting for my transfer to Brisbane. I think I have had three breakfasts of scrambled eggs so far. It's a rough world. Might have to have a bit of a sleep when I get to DS2's place since I didn't get home until 11.00 last night and had to be up at 4.00 to get sorted and get to the airport. Such is the life in the jetset lane.

Annie - so pleased that the new arrival was delivered safely. New member of the family woohoo.

The light show as good. Plenty of exercise there as we went up and down and around and down and up. I did take some photos but I have no idea how they will turn out when I load them up to the computer. Something I may well do tonight. If I don't fall asleep first.

So I need a coffee, better go see where there is one. Don't think I need any more food although it is lunch time in NZ. Then I might go look in the shops. Not that I buy much at the airport shops, they cater to a captive audience and they price the stuff accordingly.

Be back when I have something more to report.

03-13-2014, 10:45 PM
Hi all.

The new lil man is perfect. Jacob is not interested in him. Does not care and get rid of him. Lol. 7lns. 7pz. Royce Michael is perfect. Jacob has been sooooo good for me. Sleeping great And naping great. Really harfd having a 2yr old 24/7 as I am getting too old for that sh+t. Wearing me out. Nothing on the job front. Blah. Just rejection letters Later sistas. J

03-14-2014, 11:32 AM
Morning all. Happy Friday. Payday for me too, so that makes it an even better start to the weekend. :carrot:

Annie – Happy to hear the new li’l man is perfect. :bb: LOL re J not being interested. :D I bet he’s happy to be able to spend so much time with his Nanna –(I forget - what does he call you?) I’ll bet he’s wearing you out – kids that age just seem to have endless energy!! Patience and persistence on the job front sistah!! :yes:

Shad – Hope the rest of your travels went smoothly. Three breaksfasts? Reminds me of the olden days of flying – keep us fed and hydrated to keep us happy. I hope the photos of the light show turned out well. I can never tell how they come out on the phone’s camera or my digital camera until I get them on the computer. Usually they look better than I thought – no credit to my photography skills, just the quality of the cameras. :p

Michelle – Did you get all the names changed on the company site?? Big job. Hope a little movement got your sore muscles loosened up. I need to get up from my desk more frequently than I do – I hate that old lady stiffness that sets in after a bit of sitting. Weight watcher's topic this month is activity, and one thing they want you to try is walking 5 minutes of every hour. Seems like a lot over the course of a workday, but getting up every hour to do something isn't unreasonable. Might start printing more stuff to a printer away from my desk, or topping off my water bottle more frequently, etc.

Hellos to the rest of the Worldlies! Enjoy your weekend!


Nothing exciting to report on my end. I’m back to my usual amount of walking on my commute, and I also walked the dog last night. Bf is sore from the surgery and is restricted from lifting anything heavy, and controlling a pulling dog would also be a no-no. That means I’m the only dog walker for the time being. No problem, I’m glad to be getting some more exercise. Thank goodness we're not having any severe weather at the moment.

I’ve had minor throat and nasal congestion the past day or so - I guess I’ve got another mini cold. Odd, these have come on with no sore throat or nose-running. I should be thankful they are very minor. :yes:

Tomorrow morning I will get myself to the Saturday morning Jazzercise class, get a good workout, and decide if I’ll sign myself up for a 12 month deal. Later in the morning is my hair appointment. After that I will make some brownies for the book club, which is in the evening. Some friends are going out for St. Paddy’s Day, but I already had the book club going, and BF probably wouldn’t feel up for that anyway.

Okay, enough rambling. Back to business. TTFN.
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03-14-2014, 11:52 AM
Morning all,

Ugh - sometimes I wonder if yoga is helping or hurting. I sure am stiff today although she worked us out good yesterday and I attempted more (knee work) than I usually do. I took an Epsom soak last night but it didn't seem to help much. It's gradually getting a tiny bit warmer outside, I have high hopes that spring (which arrives next week) might actually be coming.

Annie - that's funny about Jacob. Sissy is going to have her hands full I suppose. Tough getting all the attention and then having to share it. I'm sure once Royce gets old enough to be a play companion, things will change. I also laughed at your comment about it being hard keeping up with a 2 year old. I noticed that a few years back. Just don't have the energy to keep up with them - I wonder how these women who put off kids until they are in their 40s and older handle things. Try not to get too bummed on the job front - I can't think of anything that is as hard on the psyche as job hunting, the ultimate rejection. Every night you get some prayers that things will turn out. :hug: And maybe this was God's plan because you were needed to help Sissy out at this time, whether you realize it or not. :^:

Shaddie - flying about town filling up on aiggs are yeh? :lol: Glad you enjoyed the light show - I imagine that would be something like fireworks which is difficult to capture in a photo. Don't stop trying though and look forward to your pictures.

Laura - yikes on BF driving himself to the hospital :yikes: Oh men, what can you say :lol: Hope he is feeling better. I know what you mean about the hospital beds being uncomfortable - best to get home to your own place and rest up. It's just that sometimes the rails on those hospital beds really help you to move around when you're incapacitated. Let us know how that book is - I'm not sure I could read it if it was very graphic. Talked to my Mom yesterday and she said that my sister in Orland got about 7 and a half inches of heavy wet snow. Did you get pounded as well? Sounds like the south suburbs may have gotten a bit more. At this point I think we are all over snow, no matter where we come from. Our pristine white snow is all dirty covered in dark brown sand and the road dirt that is finally starting to come away from the melt.

Michelle - hope the kinks worked out of your legs. I'm sure your walk, like my yoga has "woken" things up. Just do some stretches when you can. Good luck with getting the website updated. I hope there's not a ton of pages that need to be investigated. That can be quite tedious and something you just miss something no matter how hard you look. But at least it's updated - bugs me when big companies who have I.T. staffs don't keep their websites updated from dead links and such. What's all this talk about earthquakes in northern CA lately. I'll keep the snow, you can have the earthquakes :hyper: :lol:

Hello to the other fine chicks.

Yesterday started out slow at the shop but I closed out the day with almost $100 in sales so not so bad after all. The only hassle is that the majority of people tend to come in 30 minutes before we close. Which wouldn't be so bad except it's a lot easier for me if I can count up the till and get to the bank before they close at 4:30. Although if it looks like someone is going to spend some money, I never shoo them out :lol:

Maybe I can get a load of laundry done before I head out for my next shift so I'd better get off the computer here. Have a good Friday ladies - weekend is finally here :D

03-14-2014, 01:48 PM
Happy Friday and Pi (3.14) Day ladies!!

The presentation at the company meeting yesterday went well. I had all the instances of the company name changed on the website, plus a few other things tweaked. Still lots to get done before the launch in two weeks, but I'm making progress. I didn't get out for a walk yesterday. Between the company meeting and the lunch that followed, I had to focus on my work in the afternoon. I will get out for at least a short walk today at lunchtime. After work today is my Aqua Aerobics class. It's a tough workout, but easy on the back and knees if that makes sense. After class I'll pick up Santa and try and get to the dog park for a little bit if there's time.

Tomorrow, I'm getting together with some friends to take a drive up to the top of Mount Hamilton, which at an elevation of over 4,200' is one of the highest mountains in the San Francisco Bay Area. Hopefully we'll see wildflowers, wildlife (most likely deer and wild pig) and if it's clear (not hazy) we should have a spectacular view. I'll have to stop at Trader Joe's or Whole Foods today or tomorrow morning to pick up some Ginger capsules for me, and then to PetSmart for ginger tablets for Santa. Ginger works the same as Dramamine for motion sickness but without the sleepy side effects. The key is to take it 1/2 hour or more before the drive.

No firm plans for the rest of the weekend yet. I'm sure there will be a trip or two to the dog park, laundry and probably some freelance website work. It's supposed to be gorgeous weather so hopefully I won't spend too much of the daytime hours inside.

My back rehab exercise class starts on Monday. In the meantime, I've been doing stretches and muscle contraction exercises learned in the first "orientation" class. I'm hoping that in the next couple months, I'll be able to hike in the nearby mountains, redwood forests, or along the coast.


Laura - I'm glad to hear that your bf is doing better. Hopefully, he'll follow doctor's orders and not overdo. So neat about the Great Dane therapy dog. The other day when I was in the hospital visiting ex-SIL, there was a Standard Poodle therapy dog making its rounds. Good job on the commute walking and the dog walking. I hope you get over the mini-cold soon. Have a good time at Jazzercise.

Shad - I'll bet it's good to be back home. Funny about your three breakfasts! Glad you enjoyed the light show.

Annie - Glad to hear Royce and Sissy are both doing well. I had to laugh about Jacob wearing you out. My sister (who is in her late 50s) watches her grandson (who is 9 months old) two days a week, and as much as she loves it, she says he does wear her out. I imagine she'll be more tired once he starts walking more and getting into things. No worries about the job front...the right job will come along soon. I agree with Happy that the timing of your brief period between jobs couldn't have been better. It was probably His plan so you'd be available to help Sissy.

Happy - I hope the yoga is helping. Next weekend, I'm going to start a Yoga class called "Compassionate Yoga for All Sizes", which is going to focus on easier, gentle, modifiable moves. As for the earthquakes, yes, they've been having some in Northern CA closer to Oregon than to San Francisco. The magnitude 6.8 was pretty darn big, but since it was centered off the coast, it didn't do much if any damage. They say people who live north of San Francisco felt them, but we didn't feel it in the South Bay Area. Most earthquakes in CA that are below 4.5 in magnitude usually feel like a big truck driving by. Since I can count on one hand the number of times I've felt earthquakes in the more than 30 years I've lived here, and there's only been 1 in Northern CA in my lifetime that has done significant damage, I'll take earthquakes over the 6 months of freezing (and below) temps and foot upon foot of snow.

Ceejay - Enjoy your days off!

Susie - Are you feeling better? It's no fun to be ill on the weekend.

Terra - Keep up with the walking. Have a great weekend.

Much love to all,

03-14-2014, 09:14 PM
Morning all,

Just a short note as I am about to dash out of the door and get together with some old friends. Love it.

I have had a note from Jen (finally). When I get back here this afternoon, I will look at it again and let you know what's what, but it sounds like she has had her own cancer scare. That's why I need to read and inwardly digest before I let you lot know what is going on. I'll definitely be back later this day.

Love to all

03-15-2014, 01:35 AM
happy2bme ~ Yeah I agree its okay to take a day off but you dont want to do it for 2,3 or 4 days.

Laura705 ~ Yeah Im waiting to get to goal until I get new clothes too.

Michelle ~ Thanks, I sure will keep up my walking, I hope you have a great weekend also

03-15-2014, 08:27 AM
Dear Joy...i'm soooo sorry i haven't is my ddress: Jennifer Lane 525 gregory ave. apt..3F weehawken, nj 07086 ;0) i lost my internet ..can't afford it any so I wanted to send you my address & number..please let the other ladies know what happened to me... I JUST WENT TRU MY OWN CANCER SCARE!! they were sooo sure i had breast cancer...have alot of pain...losing weight..but x-rays or ok..but the blood is not...please send me your address can't find mom's address book in the mess from the to you all Jennifer

Hope you can understand that okay. I have sent a message back, but it seems she can't have internet any more. Must have sent this from the office or somewhere.

Okay. Flying back tomorrow - will catch up again then

03-15-2014, 01:16 PM
Shad - thanks for the Jen update. Poor kid, she can't afford to give up any more weight. And how sad to have to deal with something like that while trying to grieve over her Mom. Have a good weekend back home.

Hellos to the rest. :wave:

03-15-2014, 05:28 PM
Sorry I've been missing in action the last couple of days but I've been in the mood to rearrange the living room and bedroom/office. So that's been completed.
Would you believe the weather man is predicting snow flurries for tomorrow night.

Saw the picture of your newest grandson on FB. What a cutie. J. must be having some new baby anxiety, sibling rivalry.

more elatger

03-16-2014, 01:57 AM
Ceejay ~ Yeah we're getting snow flurries tomorrow morning, Grrrr...I thought the snow was over including the flurries.

03-16-2014, 01:57 PM
Morning all.

Weekend so far:
Bf walked doggy on Friday afternoon, so I didn't have to do that. I did make the thai soup from the ginger flavored broth. Turned out tasty, but took a bit longer because I had to thaw, trim, cook, and shred the chicken thighs for it.

Saturday I went to jazzercise class & signed on for a year. I plan to only go saturday mornings. Yesterday's class was sort of like an interval class - cardio routines interspersed with strength routines, the latter of which used weights or the resistance tube. I'd left my 5 lb dumbbells in my wheelie gym bag - too heavy! I've already switched those out for my 3 lb weights for the future. Next week I hear it will be another special class with a lot of boxing type moves.

Later in the morning I had my hair appointment. After that was lunch, some grocery shopping, a dog walk and making a batch of brownies for book club & another batch for bf & I.

Book club was alright. We actually discussed the book! And we watched the movie based on it. The movie was quite different & glossed over much detail (as usual).

I was a bit whooped after all that, but I didn't get to sleep right away even though I didn't get home until midnight. I was up around 7 this morning. Guess I should be glad I don't sleep in - just makes monday mornings all that much more difficult.

I'm a bit sore today from jazzercise class yesterday, but didn't feel like doing a yoga class at the gym this morning.

Nothing special planned for today, just laundry & stuff. Might hem those jeans.

No personals right now... TTFN Worldlies. :wave:

03-16-2014, 02:39 PM
I'm back at work. Ugh
Rode the bike for 2.5 miles last night.
And I'm beginning to see signs of spring. However, mother nature doesn't want to give up.

Thanks for the information about Jen. Bless her heart.

Bet your house smelled good with you baking those brownies. Brownies are my favorite. Glad to hear that the bf is doing well also after his surgery. I think I would like to do a circuit class. I know that's what Curves do. I have been doing the push up challenge.

03-16-2014, 08:38 PM
Hi Ladies. :wave:

The weekend has gone by so fast. Did all the usual things; cleaning house, laundry, paid bills.

Did some fun things too. We went out to eat with friends on Friday night and stopped at Sears to try out some of the treadmills that I have been researching. We decided on one. I need to go online and get it ordered. The customer service rep in the store looked it up and it was cheaper for me to order it online. I will need to delay the delivery for a bit as I need to get the bed in the spare room down and get the painting done.

I have someone coming on Friday to give me a quote on painting it, the bath room and maybe my home office. They told me at Sears that I can delay the delivery for 2 months. I don't think it will take too long but need to see what the painter says.

I used to do the painting myself but this painter I use is very good and not to expensive and it's all done in one day--makes it nice.

Saturday we went to Red Lobster with friends to celebrate his birthday. Between the leftovers from PF Changs and Red Lobster I have lunch for the next 2 days as well. The serving sizes are so huge but it makes it nice to have leftovers and lunch planned for at least 2 days out of the week.

I'm taking this Friday off. DH is a huge college basketball fan and he always takes off the Friday when March Madness starts. He will watch basketball late into the night on Thursday and then watch it all weekend. I will be getting the painting quotes and I need to go get the plastic that I need to have to put the mattress and the box springs from the bed in the spare room in. I'll post the headboard and the frame on the local Rummage sale site and get some money from it. It's the bed we bought when we were first married. I feel I got my money out of it--it's 26 years old.

Also a friend of mine is selling her coffee table and end tables. I'm going to go have a look at them and see if I want them. If so, I 'll have "new" ones and then I'll list mine on the site along with the bed.

On the weight-loss quest for me I made it to 3 workouts last week. Posted my food on MFP for 4 days (I think) and had a 2 lb GAIN at my TOPS weigh-in. I don't know how...I was sad, and mad all at the same time. :tantrum::tantrum:

Annie: I'm glad that Royce is here and doing well and that Jacob has you around to give him a bit of extra love. It's hard when those new babies come and you used to be the main man!

Ceejay: Good for you for getting that nice bike ride in.

Michelle: Glad to hear that things went well for your a work on Friday. How was your trip to the mountains?

Laura: You have had a very busy weekend!

Shad: Hi. I'm glad to hear that Jen has found a way to keep in touch with you all and I'm glad to hear that she didn't have breast cancer.

Terra: We have very cold weather here today. At first they said we might have a dusting of snow but haven't seen anything. I am like you--I am over the snow and the flurries and the cold.

Happy: How was your weekend? How is your knee feeling? Mine is a bit sore from the workouts last week. I just try and remember to ice it proactively after I workout.

03-17-2014, 11:31 AM
Happy Monday all. Or should I say “Top of the mornin’ to ya!” :luck2you:

Happy – Being stiff is different than actually having hurt something. Hope you only had stiffness from the yoga, and that it’s faded by now. Re Snow Flower and the Secret Fan – it was a bit graphic about the footbinding and certainly conveyed the pain and danger of it, but I think what really bothered me was having gone online and seeing photos. If I hadn’t done that, it wouldn’t have been that bad. Otherwise, I thought the book was very interesting about the culture and traditions, and it was a decent story.

Michelle – How was the hike up Mt. Hamilton? Sounds wonderful. I hope the ginger worked for both you and Santa. Was it a lot of walking, or did you see most of the sights from the car during the drive? Good for you doing all those fitness classes – and they all sound really appropriate for you and your back!!

Shad – Thanks for sharing the e-mail from Jen. Poor Jen, going through a lot. Glad the scare was just that and not cancer, but I hope it’s also not anything else serious. I take it you’re back in NZ by now??

Ceejay – How are you liking your newly arranged rooms? I haven’t done anything like that in a while. It sure freshens things up a bit. Good job on riding the bike and doing the pushup challenge.

Terra – Yeh, I’d like the snow to finally be over too. We had a tiny dusting Saturday night, thankfully that was it. Not sure what’s on tap for this week's weather though. Hope you can get out and walk.

Susie – Sounds like a nice weekend. Your plans for the spare room are shaping up nicely. Guess you’ll really get going on Friday. I have to get our powder room project going again. I hate when things get dragged out – then I start to doubt our choices on paint color, fixtures, etc. Maybe it’ll help if I look at some design sites, Pinterest, etc. so that I get more ideas before our next trip to the stores to shop.

Hi Annie!!


I didn’t do much of anything yesterday for half the day, though I did get through the mail pile, and then I walked doggy. It was very chilly and windy - Coal didn't even stop to do much sniffing. After that, bf and I went to the big sale at the big electronics store. I’d finally agreed to a bigger tv for the living room, but only because we switched up our cable plan to the “ultra”plan several months back and the on-screen channel guide is smaller and more difficult for me to read! And I realized that it would be more fun to have a bigger tv, especially when we watch the occasional hockey game.

Anyway, we made our purchase (delivery and set up sometime next week) and then stopped at Walmart. We ordered a pizza for dinner and that was about it for my Sunday. Rather slothful – no laundry and no jeans hemming got done. Good thing I have a lot of clean clothes to wear!

Okay, better get back to work. Have a great day ladies.

03-17-2014, 12:04 PM
Susie & Laura705 ~ Yeah, the flurries we got didnt stick so that was good. I think the weather is week is gonna be pretty nice so thats awesome. Yes as soon as Im done with TOM Im gonna start walking again

03-17-2014, 01:20 PM
Hi ladies -

Happy St. Patrick's Day!! May the luck of the Irish be with us all!

Had a very busy and very fun weekend. Was going from one thing to the next up until yesterday evening when I had to buckle down and get some freelance website work done.

Friday night was Aqua Aerobics, followed by taking Santa to the dog park. Saturday, I drove my friend B around on some errands and then we went for lunch. After lunch, Santa and I met up with some friends and for the drive up Mt. Hamilton. Sorry if I gave anyone the impression it was a hike. Although we did stop along the way and took a short walk out to a small lake (15 minutes each way). Because I had Santa I didn't go into the Observatory or see the big telescope, but I'd seen it before. Besides Santa and I were enjoying walking around the grounds and enjoying the magnificent views in all directions. I'll post some photos later.

After we came back down to the valley, I took Santa to the dog park since he did so well on the long car ride up/down the curvy mountain road.

Yesterday, I tried out a new church that a friend of mine recommended. After church, I did some errands and then went over to B's to do a bit of housecleaning for him. Because his leg is in so much pain and he has so much swelling, he's not able to do much in the way of cleaning. He's hiring a housecleaner for the bigger cleaning jobs, but I wanted to help a bit. After that, it was home and website work.

Today after work, I have my first back exercise class at the hospital's physical therapy department. I'll let you know how it goes. Two things they taught us in the intro classes are: (1) When sitting, it sometimes helps to put a rolled up small towel under your tailbone to make your hips slightly higher than your legs and tilt your pelvis a bit and sit up straighter (this may not be good for everyone, so if you try it and it hurts, don't do it); (2) the second thing is to engage your core while sitting, walking, standing, all the time but still breathe. The physical therapist said to engage the core muscles properly, imagine you're trying to zip up a pair of pants that are a size too small. The way you suck in the lower, mid and upper core is a good way to strengthen your core. Do it as often as possible and hold for at least 30 seconds at a time.

I'll have to catch up with what y'all have been up to later as I've got lots to get done today.

Just a mention though...

Laura - thank you for sending me back the message I sent out almost a year ago...I did find my much better life. And I'm finding new "prizes" in life everyday! :D

I hope you all are well and that today is a fantastic start to a wonderful week!

Much love to all,

03-17-2014, 01:52 PM
Morning all,

Light snow flurries in the air, they are talking a snow storm late tonight and through Wednesday. Could get 4 to 8 inches of the stuff, depending on how it tracks. It's to be expected although we are all tired of the stuff by now and ready to get on with spring that rolls in next week. I cancelled my therapy appointment as a precaution - if we do get rough travelling, that's too far to risk it. Besides I want to give it a week's break and see how things go anyway. I really think it helped with him working on my back instead of my knee.

I don't know what I did on Saturday but I managed to fill the day up. Oh wait - DH and I had a long talk about finances. All is good. Yesterday we went out with the cousins. Had a burger, a couple of drinks and a nice evening out. Today I want to focus on house cleaning mostly. I have a couple of loads of wash to do also. Got the washer repair man coming on Wednesday as the washer is incredibly loud when spinning - an airplane roaring overhead is just slightly louder than this. I guess a bearing is out. I haven't had the washer serviced since I bought it 6 or 7 years ago so I guess it's held up well. DH talked about replacing it but I don't see why - doesn't sound like it's an expensive fix but you never know...

I also have some cooking to do - need to plan out the week's meals to use up the stuff in the refrigerator. I have a feeling that I have something I need to do this week that I forgot to mark down on the calendar :?: oops.

Thanks for the back tips Michelle - those are some good ones!

Laura - when I was young I read a book Fifth Chinese Daughter and was fascinated by the culture and both interested and horrified at the whole foot binding thing. Especially when Westerners interfered and tried to unbind those poor girls feet. I had heard about the book you mention - must have been a popular book club selection. Will have to check it out. I can totally relate to your comment about when things take too long to get done, you tend to question your choices. As for the tv, we got - well rather DH selected a 60 inch tv for the basement tv room. I thought it was overkill, particularly when it was too big to fit into the custom built cabinet that was already there (he tore it out). I'm not sure it was that spectacular - all I can say is that it makes the other tvs noticeably smaller :^:

Susie - sometimes I think it's better to pay someone to do the work and have it over and done with quickly, particularly with your already busy schedule. Sounds like some nice renovations when you get done. How nice to have a treadmill too. My knee is feeling better, thanks for asking. What I noticed and what the PT told me was that the muscle was seized for a long time and I adjusted my walking to accommodate it. Now that we have alleviated it, the knee feels a bit weak but it's really that the muscle needs to "relearn" how to properly work now that it's unkinked. So while I feel a bit of a weakness in it, I am trying to walk leg forward and retrain it, rather than side stepping / adjusting to work around it. If that makes sense...

Ceejay - I will miss seeing those pretty purple trees in spring bloom. Actually all of the south is pretty as the colors come in - like autumn but with pastels instead. Sounds like you are busy rearranging your home again.

If any of you are interested - there is a website with yoga and pilates videos online - the first 2 weeks are free, after that it's a 9.95 monthly subscription. At first I thought that was pricey but I am paying 5 dollars a class at the senior center now and the end of the month when I go to the better yoga class - that's almost 10 dollars a session. This has beginner videos on it which I like as well as advanced classes. Quite a bit of content to look through. I like that you can trial it and not have to put in credit card info until you want membership or access to more videos.

I am cancelling my WW online membership after probably 10 years - boy did they make out on me :o and this will still be less than WW cost and I probably will get more out of it.

Hellos to Shad and Terra and Annie. Catch you later.

03-17-2014, 08:52 PM
Hi Everyone, Did anyone get pinched today for not wearing green? I wore green to work and most of my co-workers. I thought it was sort of cute how that has stayed with a lot of since grade school days. :cupgold:

The day was actually a bit stressful. DH woke up at 2:30 a.m. in a full-fledge panic attack. It took almost an hour to calm him down. We get up at 5:30 a.m. so not a lot of sleep.

He hasn't had a panic attack for almost 9 months and so he's not sure why it happened. We get his cpat machine on Wednesday and I'm anxious to see if it helps him at all. I think it will. He said it wasn't anything with his breathing he was just dreaming all sorts of things and he has been feeling anxious the past few days. It might be his afib as well.

So I went to work tired and then EVERYONE seemed to be very demanding of me. I finally said to my manager when he came to see how I was doing on something he said he needed, that he sent the request to me at 9:30 and I had 4 other requests that he sent me before that. He didn't indicate one was more important than the other and that I was currently on his 3rd request and hoped to be done with all 5 with-in the hour. Did he need me to bump this one request up? I mean for pete's sake! and then when I printed what he needed for that 5th request he realized he sent me the wrong thing. :stress:

I packed my workout clothes but didn't make it to the gym. I was just too tired and had to much to do. It's an excuse I's Monday and today I'm just not in the mood to push past the excuse.

A good night's sleep will help.

I will catch up personals tomorrow. As Scarlett said...."tomorrow's another day".


03-18-2014, 12:39 AM
happy2bme ~ H~E~L~L~O~ back at ya

03-18-2014, 02:21 AM
Well :( The Thrift Shop was destroyed in a fire Monday afternoon. Total loss. It appears to have been started by a light fixture in the ceiling. Everything in the store was broken, ruined or damaged beyond repair including the cash register and the computer. This is hard because the proceeds were a big part of the shelter's income. I also feel badly for the tenants in the 2 upstairs apartments who are now homeless. Fortunately no one was injured and the people in the building at the time got out safely.

Not a very lucky St. Patrick's Day at all.

03-18-2014, 03:46 AM
Happy - so sad to hear of the plight of the Thrift Shop although I was pleased that there were no accidents. Hopefully they can get up and running again somewhere else - might just be a better layout in a new shop!

Susie - totally forgot about St Paddys day. But I do have an excuse which you might get to hear about later. So no I didn't wear green.
Sorry to hear about your husbands panic attack. That doesn't sound good. Can understand you not going to the gym.

Michelle - how did the back exercise go? Sounds like you had a busy and productive weekend. Santa would have been tired out anyway.

Laura - new TV, sounds like fun. Once you get used to it, it will be fine. At first it seems that you may need to sit outside to be able to see the whole thing but that soon goes away.

Ceejay - good going on the bike.

Annie - hope you are starting to feel better. The visit from a friend usually does the world of good.

Hi Terra.

Okay - so I am back from my trip to Aus. NZ had cyclone Lusi over the weekend and apparently there was plenty of rain and wind about. My plane was delayed on Sunday night as it had come through some pretty severe turbulence and needed to be checked by engineers. After about an hour past take off time, they announced that we couldn't fly in that plane but there was another about 35 minutes away for us to take to Wellington. Go get some dinner and we will page you at the time. So we did. I just wish they had disembarked us about 1 1/2 hours before since it got really hot in the plane. Anyway about 4 hours behind schedule, in we go again and this time we take off and head to Wellington. Fair amount of turbulence around but not too bad so nothing to get excited about, until we get to Wellington where we are going almost sideways. Those pilots earned whatever salary they get going into Wellington. I reckon he dug furrows in the tarmac in the effort to keep it on the ground. Finally reached home about 2am on Monday morning. Texted the boss to say I would be in when I woke up and finally got to work about 9am. Luckily I had put the bucket on the bed before I left as the roof leaked again. But the bed was dry. I dropped into it and slept like the dead. Hence no thought of green for Paddies day.
Work is busy, busy, busy, but I have now caught up to the functional consultants and have to wait until they can make up their minds to be able to document the last of the stuff.

I've had another email from Jen. Seems to be picking up her mail using the library. So if have her addy and you want to write use it. If you don't have it send me a message.

Better buzz off and check the tv and then bed. Another day, another $$$

03-18-2014, 10:32 AM
That's so sad to hear of the fire but glad no one was injured.

Wow, you are a busy, busy girl. I heard there was an earthquake in L.A. did you happen to feel that.

You seem to be a mild mannered person when it comes to the bosses demands. Good for you. Anxiety will indeed cause panic attacks or it does for me.

Don't think I could adjust to flying in a plane that had that much turbulence.

Annie and Terra

Lucky me today as I don't have the newest person here. They called him to the lab. Thank you.
My friend is staying with me this week. She's not been over bearing either so things are working out better. I have a bed to sleep on so that's better than the couch.
Question concerning MFP--Can we go back to the day before to post food?
I've decided to delete my blog at blog spot. It kept getting errors in it for some unknown reason. I'll be using the blog on MFP.
Rode the bike for another 3 miles last night to burn 160 calories.

03-18-2014, 11:21 AM
Morning all.

Ceejay - Glad you don't have the trainee to deal with today, and I'm glad your friend's visit is going better than last time. Re MFP, yes you can go back to the previous day. When you're in the food tab, that page will show the date of the diary and arrows to go forward and backward. Keep pedaling! :ebike:

Shad - That landing sounded scary! Glad you're back safely and with a dry bed. Hope you're getting rental credit for the bother with the leaking ceiling. Imagining you sleeping in the bed with the bucket on your belly, lol.

Happy - What an awful thing that fire was. :( Thankfully no one was injured!! Hopefully the society can get up and running in a new location soon. Hope the snow storm misses you. I'm hoping we've seen the last of the white stuff by us, but there's still a good amount of March left, and we've even had it in April....please, Mother Nature, ease up on us!!

Susie - Sorry to hear about dh's panic attack. I hope the c-pap can help him sleep better and avoid that in the future. Rough day at work for you yesterday - hope you got a good night's rest last night.

Michelle - Looking forward to the Mt. Hamilton photos. :)

Annie - From your fb post, sounds like you're having a nice visit with your tx friend. Just what you need right now!! :)

Hi Terra!! :wave:

Nothing to report. Picked up a shepherd's pie for myself and corned beef for bf from a local restaurant last night for dinner. Otherwise, just watched some telly.

WW meeting today, but I might be missing most of it due to a meeting conflict, dang it. And today was the day we were going to be doing a swap of exercise-related stuff. I brought a couple unwanted pedometers and a resistance band that was too "resistant" for me.

Not going to the movies tonight - same choices as last week, and nothing appeals.

Caught up on my pushup challenge last night - I'd skipped Sunday. Today is day 28 and it's a rest day. Bf, of course, couldn't continue, so I'm on my own. I haven't been trying to do the standard version, but one set of 19 knee pushups is challenging for me. I may repeat the challenge immediately after I finish this one, trying to focus on the standard pushups. I will focus on doing them off the weight, basement stairs, or my aerobic step.

Think spring!!
:flow1: :flow1: :flow1:

03-18-2014, 01:09 PM
Good morning ladies -

I had a good back exercise class last night. First we warmed up our muscles with 10 minutes of cardio (we did the bike or treadmill). As this was the first class for many of us, we started off with the basics: finding and maintaining neutral spine position (not too arched, not too flat). This is different on every person and there are many good articles on the internet about how to find neutral spine. Then while laying on our backs with our knees bent, we did the following stretches and exercises while maintaining neutral spine (lots of good instructions about these stretches/exercises on the internet).

1. Contracting the Transverse Abdominis muscles, like pulling your belly button toward your spine, or like zipping up a tight pair of pants. Continue to breathe normally while you hold the contraction for 5 to 10 seconds.

2. Still on our backs, we were then told to raise our arms one at a time alternating over our head for 10 reps per arm.

3. Then we were told to straigten one leg at a time so it is parallel to the floor. Alternating legs. 10 reps per leg.

4. Next was with knees bent, lift one foot at a time off the mat...not very inch or two is enough. Alternate legs. 10 reps per leg.

5. The next exercise was "the bridge" (

6. Then while maintaining neutral spine, we rolled on our side and did the clamshell (, and there are other examples that can be found online). We did 15 reps. Then we rolled to the other side and did 15 reps, all while maintaining neutral spine.

After that, we did a standing calf stretch ( and a standing quad stretch (

The physical therapist made a point of mentioning that when stretching, do not push yourself to pain, and stretches need to be held for at 30-60 seconds for them to be effective.


Donna - I am so sorry to hear about the fire at the Thrift Store. I'm glad no one was hurt. I will make a donation, and I've posted it to both my Facebook page, and also the Following Atticus FB page, which has nearly 50,000 animal-loving fans.

Shad - Thanks for sharing the note from Jen. So awful that dear Jen went through her own cancer scare, and that she's in so much pain. Her comment "the x-rays are ok...but the blood is not" sounds a bit worrysome. Sounds like your plane trip back to NZ (or at least your landing) was a bit unnerving. Bummer that your roof still leaks.

Laura - I'm glad your book club went well. That's good that bf is feeling up to walking Coal. All the talk about the foot-binding, I remember reading "The Good Earth" in high school which talks about foot-binding, as Happy said interesting to learn about different cultures, but some customs are horrifying. Mmm, your dinner last night of shepherd's pie sounds so yummy. You're just rocking all the exercise challenges! :bravo:

Happy - Hard to believe you're all still getting snow. I hope actual spring, not just calendar spring, comes soon for you. Thanks for the link for the yoga and pilates videos.

Susie - I wore green yesterday so I did not get pinched. So sorry to hear about your DH's panic attack. I hope his anxiety has lessened. I hope the CPAP machine helps his sleeping.

Ceejay - Back to work so soon. Not much time off after working 60 hours. I hope you're allowing yourself some relaxing time after work in the evenings. As to your question about the earthquake in LA, nope I didn't feel it. I live and work roughly 400 miles north of LA. Even when there's a big earthquake, it's usually only felt for 100 miles. And the earthquake in LA wasn't that big. What a relief that the trainee was called to work in the lab today. :D I'm glad your friend is being a better houseguest this week.

Terra - How is the walking going?

Annie - From FB, it sounds like you enjoyed your friend's visit. How is Sissy doing with the two boys?

Well, I've got lots to get done, so I'd best get to it.

Much love,

03-18-2014, 01:27 PM
Here are some photos from the drive up Mt. Hamilton:

1. Here is a photo of one of the domes that house the telescopes. Astronomers and astro-physicists used to stay at the facility (in dormitories) for weeks and months at a time to use the telescope(s) at night, but now anyone with proper access credentials can operate the telescopes remotely from anywhere in the world.

2. Here is a photo of one of the telescopes.

3. Same telescope, but closer view.

4. A courtyard where we ate a picnic lunch.

5. The Lick Observatory owned and operated by the University of California

03-18-2014, 01:35 PM
Here are some more photos from the drive up Mt. Hamilton:

1. The view from the top

2. Another view from the top

3. A photo of me with my friends with a gorgeous view in the background

4. A photo with my friends in the courtyard

5. Walking to the small lake

03-18-2014, 04:23 PM
Today is a much better day. DH slept well last night and so did I. Being rested helps the day look better. ;)

I plan to meet my friend to walk together tonight. We will most likely be on the inside track as it is a bit chilly today in Ohio but we are in the 50's with sun.

Tonight I will be terminating my membership with the Y after 13 years. I will have access to it the rest of the month. It feels a bit sad, but I'm only going there 1 day a week and so it makes sense to get rid of it and go with the plan of the treadmill and things at home.

Happy: I am so sorry to hear about the fire at the bookstore. I am happy that now one was hurt but I understand the impact it will have. :hug:

Shad: What a flight you had! I hope work isn't to crazy to catch up with.

Ceejay: Look at you biking 3 miles! :carrot: I'm glad to hear that your friends stay feels a bit better this time. I see that Laura answerd your question about MFP and going back to log the food. Also, you can put your food in all day long and it will be right there until you push, "complete this entry". I do find it helpful if I put it in as I go during the day.

Laura: Did you make it to the WW meeting? What a great idea to "swap" exercise equipment. I might make that suggestion at my TOPS meeting.

Michelle: How did your back feel today? I think those stretches are good for everyone and I'm going to add them to my routine. I have a lot of issues with my lower back and my chiropractor gave me stretches to do every day...when I do them I always feel better. Some of them where in the ones you gave to us.

Hi Annie and Terra:wave:

03-18-2014, 05:08 PM
:( As you can tell by my ticker and what's under my name, Im not only back at 300, Im as of today at 302 but I wont let that stop me from getting back down to 292 and lower, My doctor has put me on a 1200 Cal diet and Im gonna stick with it along with my regular walking that I do.

03-18-2014, 06:30 PM
My doctor asked me if that was my true weight the other day. Guess that was a hint to get busy. I have been eating better and exercising.

I've skipped a couple of days with the push up challenge but I'll get back to it today. Maybe I can make up most of it today and tomorrow. I'll do 20 per day.

Friend will be leaving tomorrow.
We have an insurance meeting in the morning. Think the City is changing to a different insurance company. I was almost afraid they meaning the City would be dropping us.

03-18-2014, 10:12 PM
Ceejay ~ Thats great that you've been eating better and working out

I walked for the 1st time in a week today and I had a good work out. I walked outside as well and Im gonna keep walking outside since it had been getting warmer lately.

03-19-2014, 01:38 AM
Hi all,

Crazy day today and I am kind of bummed out. But we will rise from the ashes no doubt. Rebuilding will take time and as for a temporary location, in order to get the best revenue, we need to be on Main Street and the rent is high in the few places open. Also the 2 tenants in the upstairs apartments lost EVERYTHING :( One of them is apparently out of town on vacation. Can you imagine finding this out on FB??? I feel terrible for them also.

Thank you SO MUCH Michelle for sharing my post and also putting it up at the Atticus Site. You are the best! :hug: :hug: Lots of people will donate labor and goods when the time comes but the best thing is if we can get some cash in the interim to cover the lost money right now. It goes for things like food, health care and they also take in and also lend a helping hand to those in need who cannot take care of their animals temporarily as well as helping as needed with spay and neuter costs for those who cannot afford it. Finally we often arrange transport (through volunteers) when injured wildlife (hawks, loons, even raccoons) are handed to us to get to wildlife centers throughout the state. It's a REALLY good place. So thank you to all who can make a small donation.

In other news we got more snow today. Didn't start until probably 3am but when I got up we had over 6 inches. At least it's still the lighter, fluffier stuff but we are all so tired of it already. Come on spring!

Ceejay - oh boy on the doctor's comment. But I know what you mean. I guess we all need a little motivation sometimes ;) I hope you don't get screwed on the new insurance - that is never good news.

Terra - you will get back on track again, I just know it. Maybe you should try logging your food in MyFitnessPal - it's free.

Susie - today I am terminating my online subscription to Weight Watchers. After 7 years I am sad that I am still within spitting distance of my original weight that long ago. Down - but not by much. I understand your reluctance to give it up but no sense paying for something you're not getting much out of. I would imagine with your long and erratic schedule - it's really hard to plan gym time. And you have that shiny new treadmill arriving soon. :D

Michelle - what an amazing view from Mt. Hamilton. That telescope had to be awesome too. Interesting that professionals can link into it online. I didn't know that. Looks like you had an amazing day. Thank you for the detailed info on the back exercises. I am going to incorporate those with my stretches. And as to you comment, now I know why the yoga teacher holds those poses for so long - some of the more strenuous ones seem to go on forever!

Laura - what a great idea to get together and swap gently used exercise equipment - videos too would have been good. Sorry that you had to miss it. :(

Shad - oh my oh my oh my. Would not have enjoyed flying with that much turbulence. :yikes: Once when it was really bad and I was kind of scared, I closed my eyes and imagined I was on a luge racing down a track. Sounds crazy but it sure did help calm me from all that bumping around. No wonder you slept deeply that night. So you were actually flying in the cyclone????

In a nod to Mel - I see that the second of the "Two Fat Ladies" English cooking team - Clarissa Dickson Wright - has passed away. Mel did love that show. I didn't understand most of what they made. Perhaps they can cook Mel up a right and proper English meal now. I didn't realize her partner Jennifer was so much older than Clarissa (20 years) almost like a Mum and daughter team.

Guess that's enough catching up for me. Washer repair man is coming tomorrow - I hope sooner than later so I can get on with some things. I need to get to bed early for an early wake up call. 'night all and pleasant dreams.

03-19-2014, 10:11 AM
Just got back from the insurance meeting, which was to let us know that we will be changing to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arkansas. Our main meeting with BCBS is March 26th. I'm upset cause our premiums will be going up because of Obama Care. All insurances have to pay 3.8 % so they pass that along to us. And I'll still have the 3k deductible.

Thanks for the yoga web sight. I'll be looking at that later.

That was a good trip. Loved the pictures.

Thanks for telling me how to get back to the day before on MFP. I didn't see until you mention it. Only did 10 push ups yesterday but I'll do more tomorrow.

I'm ready for my 4 day week.

03-19-2014, 12:06 PM
Morning all. Rainy day here. :rain: I’ll take it. It’s going to get chillier and gusty later on today, but it’s still March. I have no expectations. Still, the next few days will have milder temps and that’ll be nice.

Ceejay – Sorry your insurance cost is going up. But is the coverage the same? At least there’s that.

Happy – So sad that the tenants of that burned building have lost everything. :( That's overwhelming to me – where do you start in trying to get back to something resembling normal life?? Same for the humane society – big hit to their budget with this event. A very old building in our downtown burned down last month and some tenants were left homeless (no one injured, thankfully). The businesses in the building and one adjoining have had to move to temporary locations, and one business is unlikely to re-open. Very sad. Gosh, more snow for you. Bleh. Hope there’s nothing major wrong with your washer. Wow, you did the WW online for a long time. What did you like best about the site? I have to say I haven’t been fully utilizing anything on that site or with the eTools subscription that comes free with my WW membership fees. When it comes to recipes, I suppose at the back of my head, I’m always thinking, “bf will never want to try a lightened up version of (fill in the blank)”. But that shouldn’t stop me from trying recipes for my breakfasts and work lunches & snacks. Re the swap – good idea, but I heard there was a rather small group yesterday and I have no idea how well the swap went. I actually buy very few exercise videos – the thought of doing the same video all the time turns me off. That’s why I like the Body Electric shows - multiple shows. What videos I have that I would consider giving away are on VHS, LOL. Who want s those these days??!!

Michelle – Your back class sounds good, I think the back is an area that gets ignored in exercise classes and regimens, and stretching gets shorted too. The cool-down in my jazzercise class on Saturday was much too short, IMO. I guess stretching is just something we all need to make time for, even if it’s just a few minutes before bedtime. Huh, both you and Happy mentioned the book The Good Earth. I’ll have to look that up. Yeh, the shepherd’s pie was good the other night. Large serving, I ate about 2/3 of it and I’m sure bf will enjoy the rest. Whenever we go to Trader Joe’s, we always pick up a couple of their frozen entree version. Thanks for posting the photos of your Mt. Hamilton trip – beautiful. What stunning views! How nice to have that within driving distance!! :)

Susie – Did you walk last night? Sad about ending your Y membership after all those years, but if you’re not utilizing it enough, it makes sense to use the $$ in another way. I've felt bad about letting memberships go to waste, especially when they can be so beneficial. I kind of feel like that with our Netflix membership…we don’t watch much on there. Bf sometimes watches stand-up comics…and I do hear about a lot of interesting documentaries that are probably available on there. Not to mention TV series I’ve been meaning to start or continue watching…Same for my art institute membership. I did use last year’s membership a decent amount. Then the winter hit and that was it for walking there at lunchtime for a quick visit. But now that the weather is warming up again, I look forward to catching some of their lunchtime gallery talks. Anyway, it’ll be good for you to have the treadmill right in the house and be able to do a quick workout without all the prep and travel for the gym.

Terra – Since the temps have been more moderate lately, I’m back to walking between home and the train station again (part of my work commute). It feels good to get that extra movement in. Bf likes to pick me up in the evenings, but I told him I wanted to walk yesterday. For some reason, I felt like the air inside was stuffy all day and it felt so good to get the fresh air last night.

Annie – Is your friend heading back to TX yet? I hope you had a wonderful time with her and found it revitalizing. How are dd and the baby doing??


Nothing much to report. We had soup and salad for dinner last night. Last Friday I finally made the thai chicken vegetable soup recipe on the carton of the Swanson ginger-flavored chicken broth. It turned out very tasty. This time around we each added a little bit of sriracha chili sauce to our bowls to add a little more kick to it. Perfect.

It was a rest day for my pushup challenge, but I did a set anyway. I also did some hamstring stretches. I was still feeling tightness from the Jazzercise class on Saturday.

That’s about it for me. Everyone have a great day. ;)

03-19-2014, 12:54 PM
Good morning ladies,

All day long yesterday, I kept trying to talk myself out of going to the Yoga class. It was too far. I'd get home too late...and then when my GPS wasn't working so I had to rely on memory (from over 12 years ago) to find the street...I nearly gave up. But I found the yoga studio. I got there quite early and I hadn't had dinner yet. I ended up eating at California Pizza Kitchen two doors down. I didn't want anything heavy like pizza, so I ended up having their Thai Chicken Salad which was amazing, even better than their Thai Chicken Pizza (which is my favorite).

Yoga class was very good. Since it was geared toward back care, the instructor listened to everyone's back "issues" so that she could appropriately suggest modifications. I was surprised that I had to do more modifications for my knees (specifically for the poses on hands and knees I needed pillows under each knee for cushioning).

The postures we did were as follows (I'm sure you can find videos/photos of these online).

1. Mountain making sure we are standing tall, our weight evenly balanced and our core engaged
2. Breath of JoyTabletop
3. Cat/Cow
4. Child's Pose
5. Standing hamstring leg behind the other both feet pointed forward, shift the weight until you feel the stretch in the hamstring of the back leg.
6. Standing forward fold or bend (bending as far as we comfortably could) - to further stretch the hamstrings
7. Kneeling lunge also called low lunge (we kept our hands on the ground on either side of our front foot). This stretches the hip flexors.
8. Seated in a chair pigeon pose (look up chair yoga for seniors). This stretches the muscle on the outside of the bent leg (called the I-T band muscle).

My back felt quite relaxed and well stretched, as did my leg muscles and hips which are generally very tight. I'm going to incorporate these stretches into a daily routine. I am doing another yoga class with this instructor on Sunday, though it won't be geared specifically for back care.


Susie - I'm so glad your DH (and you) slept better last night. I would think that with your busy schedule and working from home so much, that the treadmill does make more sense than the Y membership.

Terra - Good for you for not getting discouraged by the weight gain. Did your doctor give you any specifics about what the 1200 calories should include (how much protein, how many carbs, etc.)? If so, please share. Stick with the walking. And I agree with Happy about logging food. Try logging everything for just a week...don't worry about going over your calories...I don't. Then at the end of the day (or end of the week) see where you can make improvements. I did that and it helped. I still sometimes go a little over.

Ceejay - Good for you doing the pushup challenge! Sorry that your insurance premiums are going up.

Happy - How horrible for the upstairs tenants that lost everything, especially for the one who is out of town. I posted the news about the fire and a request for donations to a couple other Facebook groups, they aren't as big in number of members as the Following Atticus group, but even if it brings in $5 here and $5 there, that's a little more food maybe. Bummer that you're still getting snow! Yes, the telescope is amazing...unfortunately visitors aren't allowed to look through it (and in the daytime you can't see much anyway).

Laura - I was just about to post this and then I saw that you'd posted. I agree with you about stretching...I'm guilty of always skipping the stretching. I think I'll get in the habit of doing stretching and/or yoga before bed. The instructor said that since most commercials are 30 seconds, you should start a stretch at the beginning of the commercial and hold it 'till the end. I'm surprised you didn't read "The Good Earth" in school. Good for you for getting back to walking as part of your commute. I'm thinking that rather than go to the gym after work today, I'll go for a walk at lunchtime.

Annie - I hope Samantha is doing well. It's good that you're able to help her with the boys. :hug:

Shad - Are you having a good work week so far?

I've got to get another bit of functionality working on the new website, so I'd better sign off.

Much love to all,

03-19-2014, 03:23 PM
I swear I posted yesterday, but............ That which I thought I posted was from the day before, so I guess yesterday got away from me.

Not a lot to report. After Monday's short sleep, and Tuesday being a reasonable one, I sorted of faded Wednesday afternoon until I couldn't stop yawning over the computer. So I took myself off home, dithered about dinner or not and finally went to sleep on the couch and woke about 9.00pm, took myself off to bed to sleep until 5.30 this morning. So I reckon I am well and truly over the sleep lag now.
Work goes along its muddled way and we judder from crisis to crisis, but will no doubt get through it. For the life of me I can not understand why we use offshore consultants - just about everything needs to be done twice. Getting hold of them is a pain, and the language barrier is something else. Even when they speak English they either have thick accents or they use the wrong words and you waste time trying to work out what they are saying.
Enough. I've probably said too much already.

I'm off out to dinner with friends and the ex DH tonight. I will try to get personals in later in the day. But meantime, better go figure whats new to translate this morning.

03-19-2014, 11:15 PM
Happy2bme ~ Thanks for believing in me. I write down my food, Is that the same thing as logging it? Just curious

Laura ~ Yeah I like walking outside when its nice

Michelle ~ Nope she didnt give me any specifics about the 1200 Calorie diet, She said to read labels and cut back on my eating and the only way I know how to do that is by counting calories.

Since its been nice outside Im gonna start walking once in the morning and once in the evening and then when it gets too hot to walk outside I will start walking inside but Im enjoying the fresh air for now though.

03-20-2014, 11:10 AM
Happy Spring

Thanks for those Yoga poses. I'm not sure of the Breath of Joy. Is that inhalation? I really need to do my Yoga DVD today.

I need to get out later in the day and clean up some more yard waste. And am very tempted to go out to the community center to walk and use the weight room.

03-20-2014, 11:39 AM
Hi all,

I have yoga shortly so no personals for me right now. Not feeling great but I need to get out there and just do it. I will catch up on personals when I get back.

03-20-2014, 12:14 PM
Good morning ladies,

Happy First Day of Spring for most of us; Happy Autumn for Shad!

Yesterday, I took Santa to the dog park after picking him up from day care. He had a good time. He still holds his foot up a little, but now it's only roughly 10% of the time.

I've been getting to sleep too late nearly every day this week. Because of this, I haven't decided if I'm going to attend a workshop tonight or just relax at home.


Terra - Reading the labels can be very eye-opening. Definitely monitor the calories, fats (especially saturated), and if you have blood sugar issues like I do - carbs and sugars. I heard a suggestion that if you don't get a chance to write down what you eat right away, take a photo of your meal (or snack) with your smart phone (if you have one). That way you'll know what you ate and the portions, rather than relying on memory later.

Ceejay - The Breath of Joy is a "warm up" exercise. It's kind of strange. You do three quick inhalations through your nose, accompanying various arm movements, and then one long exhalation. So you don't exhale after each quick inhale, just after you inhale three times. Here's a URL of a video for it ( Here's another video ( And here's an article with the steps outlined ( Basically, you do a quick inhalation as you bring your arms forward, then another quick inhalation as you bring your arms to your side, then another quick inhalation as you bring your arms overhead...then you exhale as you bend forward. We didn't move as quickly as this video demonstrates, and we didn't bend as far forward. We did 4 or 5 sets of these to get warmed up. If you get dizzy from the different way of breathing (3 quick inhalations followed by 1 exhalation), STOP. It's easy to get a light headed.

Happy - I hope you have a good time at yoga class. I know it will see strange not going to the thrift store afterward. :hug:

:wave: to Shad, Annie, Laura and Susie!

Love and hugs,

03-20-2014, 01:02 PM
Michelle ~ Yeah Im sure it is gonna be eye opening. I'll be sure to monitor the calories & fats. Thankfully I dont have problems with my blood sugar, Im sorry you do,Thats a bummer. Nope I dont have a smart phone, Just a track phone and I only got it to keep in contact with my mom when I was out of town but now that I dont go out of town I dont use it anymore.

03-20-2014, 03:39 PM
Morning all,
And it looks like being a beautiful day again. I need to do some shopping tonight so will be off to the supermarket after work. It's becoming very hard to figure out what to do with the food I still have, which isn't much in the way of fresh stuff. Dinner tonight will be a fish curry with rice and possibly spinach if I can find it at the store - otherwise beans or similar.
Had a nice dinner with old friends last night. A lot of laughs, a lot of catching up. They hadn't known I was back in town because I haven't told a lot of people due to my work load, which is easing but will be back to chaotic around Easter when we go live. Everyone is so hospitable, you risk offending if you don't go out to their place for a meal or two which invariably ends up being a late night.

Annie - what are you up to???? Where are you???

Michelle - Glad to hear Santa's paw is getting better. Poor wee bloke. Thanks for the stretching exercises. I might just try some of them since I seem to be stiff getting out of bed these days.
Those photos you posted were lovely. Good on you for getting out and about in the wilderness.

Laura - You must be near finished the push up challenge or have you started again. I'm up to 17 today with a rest day tomorrow, only two more sets to go. I think I might continue with it from about halfway. It was quite strange the way that I had great difficulty in the beginning and then all of a sudden I could do them - not easily, but a lot more comfortably. I have been doing a set of the number on my knees and then the proper ones, so I suppose I have done 34 this morning, however I conside the knees ones the warm up.

Happy - hope you are feeling better after yoga. Is the feeling withdrawal from work syndrome or shock from the fire, or maybe you are genuinely unwell.

Ceejay - Hope the insurance doesn't cost you too much more. Don't know how you lot manage to find that sort of money every year. I'm waiting for the end of tax year in June to see what my insurance has done for my taxes. If nothing, then it is going since they have seen fit to raise the premiums in April and the sad thing is that I have paid and paid and not used it at all. I don't see why I have to pay extra premiums because some people don't look after themselves. I'm not talking about the disabled here. I pay for them and willing through my taxes.

Susie - hope you are all better now. Was good to hear that the DH is feeling somewhat better. When's this procedure he is having???

Terra - walk on. The more calories you burn, the more you can eat. MFP will add the burnt calories onto your 1200 limit, but ensure you are walking at a pace which will burn the calories. You are supposed to walk just fast enough so that you can still speak but really don't want to. Each of us is different.

Work calls. Hope I haven't missed anyone. Back later.

03-20-2014, 04:28 PM
Hello sisters...

03-20-2014, 04:35 PM
I do not deserve you all. I am trying to get past all the bunk....Sam is having major blood pressure issues almost did not get to come home. Lil man lost 11% of his body weight, went from 7 7 to 6 9. However they did come home. Sam is overwhelmed with emotions and hormones. Making my life not exist. I go over to her house as soon as I am dressed and come home when Chris comes home from work...She just freaks out, cries a river when she has to be alone. I am exhausted. Today I got to come home early as Chris got to come home early.. It is not so much the two boys as both are being exceptionally great, she just is freaked by being alone. I have been making extra dinner each evening and taking meals the next day. Sassy goes with me to Sissy's so she is not by herself in her cage all day. So......a 28 yr old new momma, a two year old, a newborn and a dog, not really all that bad but I have issues of my insurance. I am freaked by that.. Just bought my meds with no insurance. Sheesh...483.00 bucks. How in the H*ll does Obama expect me to purchase insurance with no fn job...I cannot afford it all....he is just stupid and does NOT get the middle class or unemployed. Ok rant over....

No personals cause I just cannot do it. I am sorry, if you want to kick me out, I understand.

No job leads...3 already been filled responses.

I love you all.

03-20-2014, 05:09 PM
If you are going to join in the hoopla of bashing Obama then I am done with this group. It's bad enough people spew the misguided hate all over the internet articles.

There's a lot I'd like to say but I am going to take the high road and say nothing. My blood pressure is off the charts and I don't need this garbage so I'll just walk away. Done.

03-20-2014, 05:10 PM
Why in God's name would we want to kick you out????
Get with it girl. We would rather look after you. You are at the end of your rope, so tie a knot in it and hang on tight.

Small parcel on the way for Ace. Sorry I didn't get to it sooner but life can get somewhat hectic here as well.

03-20-2014, 05:16 PM
I think that we might leave politics out of this site. We all have opinions, and as Happy says, there is plenty of expressions of opinions out there.

It is sometimes too easy to blame one thing or another when we are at the end of our tether. Later perhaps we might regret our outbursts. It's hard enough for Annie in the state of mind she is in without piling more guilt on her.

No need for any one to walk, crawl or disappear into a hole.

03-20-2014, 05:58 PM
Afternoon all. Two long meetings have eaten up most of my workday.

Michelle – Glad you thought the yoga class was good. I was going to say “glad you enjoyed it”, but that’s not the same thing, is it?? :D Soooo…did you enjoy it? I was familiar with most of the poses, but not with Breath of Joy – thanks for the explanation and links. Good idea to do the stretching during commercials, and it is good to hold those stretches for a decent length of time – good way to time them by holding them for as long as a commercial. Happy to hear Santa’s paw is almost 100% again. :) Hey, when are we starting that plank challenge???

Shad – Great job on the pushups!!! :bravo: I’m on day 30 of mine TODAY and finding a set of 20 challenging, only doing the knee version, not even the standard version. Boo. All the more reason for me to repeat the challenge, and next time around challenge myself more!! Nice to take some time to reconnect with old friends, but not an easy thing during the workweek. The mornings come much too early!! :yawn:

Ceejay – Happy Spring to you!! We had snow flurries this morning, but not any accumulation, whew! Did you do your yoga dvd today?

Terra – I agree with Shad – keep up with the walking. While eating is the bigger part of the weight loss equation, exercise/movement is essential. I’m not a huge fan of vigorous cardio, but I do like cardio classes that let me have some fun while I’m flopping around and getting all winded and sweaty. I actually prefer strength building exercise – increase muscle mass--> increase metabolism ---> I can eat a bit more – whoo! :carrot:

Annie – Sorry Sissy’s having a hard time of it right now. I’m so glad you can be there for her right now, even though you’re having your own rough patch. Don’t leave us, we don’t want to kick you out! We’re here for you, if you want to be here right now or not, that’s your option. What kind of support group would we be if we kicked people when they were down?? Hang in there!! :hug:

Happy – How was yoga today? I hope it’s getting a bit easier for you. With all this yoga talk here, I might have to get myself to the Sunday morning yoga class at the gym. It really is a good class. I’m not big on politics, but I don’t think a single offhand comment spoken out of frustration and stress constitutes bashing…


Nothing much to report. Wait… I do: I finally got my down jacket back from the dry cleaner yesterday. Only a month later. Turns out he’d gotten it back from the tear being mended by another person and LEFT IT IN THE TRUNK OF HIS CAR while he and his wife left the country for 3 weeks. :doh:

So I don’t really need it much anymore since the temps have moderated quite a bit. And the mending job isn’t very good – I could have done just as mediocre of a job, but I would've at least matched the thread color better. Harrumph. But bf got them to accept $5 instead of $15 for the repair, so I suppose it was worth that. But now that the excuse has presented itself, I will be on the hunt for a new down coat next season. Eddie Bauer had a nice clearance, but none of the coats were below the knee. I want that extra coverage.

I could probably ramble on for quite a while more, but I won’t. Have a good rest of Thursday/Friday everyone.

03-20-2014, 10:11 PM
Happy please do not walk out on my comments. I am ready to jump. You have more right to this group than I. I am very sorry to offend. I concede. Bye sweet ladies.

03-21-2014, 01:00 AM
Shad ~ Thanks for the advice on walking, I will definitely take your advice

Laura ~ I sure will keep up with the walking

Annie ~ Are you not coming back ever? We dont want you to leave but if you want too, We wish you the best of luck in your life and you can come back anytime you want, We will miss you.

03-21-2014, 02:05 AM
I think you should both stay and get over it.
We've had spats before, generally when someone is not well and it sounds like to me anyway that neither of you are feeling very well.
If you want out, then that's that. I'd rather you didn't, but don't start a fight over who is going and who is staying.

There is no bad guy here, I am not blaming anyone for an outburst of any description. But it is up you (either or both) you are free agents

03-21-2014, 02:48 AM
I'm up late watching all the March madness games with DH.

I took a nap when I came home from work and ate dinner and then woke up about 11 a.m. I'm starting to get sleepy and will head to bed in a minute.

I really hope that both Annie and Happy stay on the thread. You all have been together for such a long time and a deep rooted in the spirit of this group (which I LOVE this group and how supportive it is). :hug::hug: to both Happy and Annie.

I'll post more later--I took the day off so I have a long 3 day weekend. I am looking forward to having some time for me and that we are staying home..DH will be in front of the TV the entire weekend and I will be home just pittling. Doing things I want to do, here and there.

03-21-2014, 11:40 AM
I'm with Shad concerning Happy and Annie----No more political/insurance talk. I should not have said anything to start the ball rolling.

Did my Yoga last night and feel a lot better this morning.

03-21-2014, 12:34 PM
Good morning ladies,

Happy Friday! I'm hoping I can get enough done today so that I don't have to work over the weekend. After work yesterday, I went to the gym and did 1/2 hour on the bike. Then I went to a Self-Hypnosis workshop last night which was really good. After many previous sessions with various hypnotherapists, I FINALLY have the instructions to do self-hypnosis.

To answer Laura's question, yes, I enjoyed my yoga class. I couldn't do all the moves, but was able to modify those that I couldn't do.

I'm doing the plank challenge with some Milwaukee area friends and since they are starting on Sunday, so am I.

I'm not quite sure what I'll be doing after work today, but tomorrow morning I'm getting together with friends for breakfast and to talk about our goals. Then tomorrow afternoon, I'm pretty sure I'll be cooking and delivering a meal for my ex-SIL and her family. I say pretty sure because she went in on Wednesday to have two additional lymph nodes removed as the pathology report came back and found cancer in them.

Sunday, I have another yoga class, and I'm looking forward to it.


I hope that both Happy and Annie choose to stay with us. You both are amazing, strong, compassionate, caring women.

I agree with others, maybe we should leave politics and insurance out of the conversations. We all have opinions on political policy, sometimes based on how we or those we love are impacted by those policies. It doesn't make ANYONE the bad guy.

Let's just agree to disagree....or better yet...agree to not discuss it. There are so many other things in life we can focus on and talk about, like working toward improved health and improved quality of life for ourselves and those we love, all the blessings in our lives (kids, grandkids, fur babies, friends, family).

Annie (in case you're still checking in here to read) - I'm keeping you (and Sissy) in my prayers. I know it's been so difficult on you to be going through all the life changes and challenges and still stay strong enough to care for Sissy and the boys. I hope that Sissy can find the strength within herself to get through this. Can/has she spoken to her doctor? I've never had kids, so I don't know what she's going through, but is it possible it's post-partum and is there anything that can be done to help her (either with the assistance of her OB doc or a counselor)?

Happy - I hope your pain has decreased. Has the shelter determined what they're going to do in terms of a new Thrift Shop? Are you able to volunteer at the Shelter itself? Did you decide to do the online yoga videos rather than the classes in town?

Ceejay - Glad you enjoyed doing Yoga last night. When I did the yoga class on Wednesday evening, it really reduced my back pain.

Susie - Have a wonderful long weekend!

Shad - Any fun plans for the weekend in Kiwiland?

Laura - I'm glad you FINALLY got your coat back. Not a great way for the man to do business. Good on ya' for signing up for a year of Jazzercise. Will you be doing one class per week or more than that? And do you still have your gym membership with BF for your strength training? (of course, with all the challenges you do, and f Jazzercise does interval training, then maybe you don't need the gym membership). Congrats on the new TV.

Terra - Did you say you had a pedometer? It's probably a great way to keep track of all your walking. You could even set goals for 5,000 steps per day, or even 10,000.

Well, I've got lots to get done today, so I'd better get to it.

Much love and many hugs to all,

03-21-2014, 12:57 PM
Morning all. TGIF!!

I never mentioned that the vit d test my gyne ran for me came back low. I picked up the rx for the whopper once-a-week pills earlier this week but haven't taken one yet. Nor have I purchased the large does OTC vit D either. I suppose I'll read up a bit on it this weekend. What I find odd is that the rx only contained 4 pills, so 1 month's worth. I was told on the phone by the nurse that the regimen is for 3 months. :?: Whatever.

Last night I pinned the jeans I need to hem. I'm ready to stitch now. Have to put a bigger needle in my sewing machine and hope it all works out. I have a feeling I will have trouble with the thick part of the hem at the side seams...

Bf had his post-surgery followup appointment this morning and all is fine. He can exercise now, but it was suggested he stay away from ab work.

Tomorrow is a Jazzercise class, then a vet appointment if bf can get one on short notice. Coal hasn't had his adequan injection for a while, and also needs his nails trimmed and glands done. Bf was waiting until the doctor cleared him for exercise/lifting.

Have to tackle the taxes this weekend, and I might get together with my friend D for lunch/shopping. Oh, I finished the pushup challenge last night and will begin it again soon. I'm also going to begin the plank challenge Michelle brought up on FB. Will probably start on the same day to keep it simple, though I did notice the rest days are different...

That's about it for me.


Ceejay - Good for you with the yoga.

Susie - Enjoy your long weekend! I love puttering around the house.

Hellos to the rest of the Worldlies. Hope to see you all back here NOT talking about politics, LOL.

03-21-2014, 01:13 PM
Michelle - Missed your post! You were typing above my head. :)

Glad you enjoyed the yoga class and it helped reduce your back pain - awesome! I think I'll start the plank challenge Sunday too.

Re Jazzercise, I plan to only do Saturday morning classes. The weeknight Jazzercise classes I attended are held in a church auditorium with wonderful wood floors and a nice stage, but it's not an air conditioned space and it can get really hot in there during the summer. Both the Saturday and weeknight locations are about 8 miles away, and while it doesn't sound too bad in distance, it's further than I want to go 3 times/week. Yes, I still have the gym membership with bf, and that's only 2 miles away from home, so I'd like to keep trying to give that a go.

Have a good weekend!

03-21-2014, 02:26 PM
Laura - Good luck with the jeans hemming. Those thick side seams can be really tough whether hand-sewing or machine. Glad to hear your bf's follow up went well. I hope you can get the vet appointment for Coal. Good on ya' for finishing the pushup challenge (and starting up again). Maybe I'll add that one too...starting both on Sunday. Can you please repost the URL for the pushup challenge? Between the challenges, gym with bf and Jazzercise, you're truly the exercise :queen: !!

03-21-2014, 03:51 PM
Michelle ~ Yes I did buy a pedometer and its been great for tracking my walking.

I walked today and I'll walk again after dinner before it gets dark out.

03-21-2014, 04:02 PM
Easy pushup challenge:

By the way, here's the plank challenge:

03-21-2014, 06:18 PM
I take the once per week vitamin d. Did your health care provider state to take the higher dose of vitamin d through the week? Just curious.
I've been thinking about buying a surger for doing my own hems etc. Most all of my pants are too long in the stride and legs even if the pants are petite. I have an aunt that does things for me now, but I really need to do them myself.
I didn't do as well as you did on the challenges, but I will start them again.
I can begin to tell the difference in my arms.

I wear a pedometer. I do a lot of walking at work but not all at one time.

Glad to hear that Santa's paw is doing better. What are your plans for the week end?

I'm tempted to stay at home this week end and not go to Paragould and rest. I was light headed this afternoon so I took my blood pressure. It was 151/89 and pulse was 93. It's a good sign for an anxiety attack. I've just talked myself into staying home. I'll call tonight and tell them.
I did the Peggy Cappy yoga DVD for arthritis which is the same as for the yoga for the rest of us. She only used two people in this one. The other one she uses senior citizens.
B came today to get some more of her stuff. Her sister and bil came with her.
More later

03-21-2014, 07:08 PM
Terra - Great job on all the walking. Keep us posted on how well you do tonight and over the weekend. Also, don't forget to write down what you eat.

Laura - Thanks for the links.

Ceejay - Probably a good idea to stay home and relax this weekend. And don't answer the door for anyone. Do some more yoga to help you breathe deeply and relax. Sending you hugs. I hope the light-headedness goes away.

Much love,

03-22-2014, 12:24 AM
Hi. It was a beautiful day in Ohio and so nice to be off work. We slept in a bit and I have been doing laundry most of the day.

The lady who workds with the painter came to measure the rooms and give me a quote. She said I would have it by Monday. She told me that they usually work with the local Sherwin Williams store to get the paint (that is where I usually buy paint from) and to do pick my color (s) and let them know what it is once I get the quote and decide if I want them to do the job.

I am a very neutral color person as I like to change my color schemes with accessories so my wall colors are some variation of beige or tan. I went to the SW store after she left and picked 3 to take home and look at in the light at home and any of them work. I will make a decision this weekend.

I also went to Walmart for a bit and bought some new makeup and also took a look at digital cameras as mine died. I didn't buy one yet but I'm looking to. Just getting an idea of what I think I want (something simple--I am tired of taking pictures all the time with my phone).

DH has used the C-Pap machine two nights and he told me today that he can tell a difference; he said he feels more alert and not as groggy.

Shad: you asked when DH's ablation surgery would be. Most likely in June. Now that we have the prostrate stone issuse identified and the sleep agpena going in the right direction, we will address the ablation surgery. I need to call the surgeon and let them know we would like to do it. I know that DH will need to be on blood thinners 6 weeks before the surgery and also this surgeon is usually booked two months out so we think we are looking at June.

Laura: Good luck with hemming the jeans. I have to have most of my pants hemmed. I don't do that myself (jealous that you know how!) but I found a reasonable seamstress not to far from my work so I take my things there.

I take a over the counter Vit D daily. At one time I had to take the prescription Vit D. One thing that I learned was that in order for our bodies to absorb it, we need to take it with food.

Good luck with the taxes this weekend.

Michelle: I would love to hear about the talk you have with your friends about your goals.

Ceejay: Good idea to just chill out this weekend.

Happy and Annie: I miss you both. It seems so strange to be here without you.


03-22-2014, 11:20 AM
I have decided to go to Paragould and eat lunch with the two uncles. One uncle will not be there due to a knee replacement on Monday. I'm not going to spend the night. My sinuses are giving me fits this morning. My blood pressure and pulse is down also.
One of my step nieces is getting married this week end. Not sure if it was yesterday or today. I'm happy for her. She deserves it.
Wish I could be there.
I'm with you on missing Annie and Happy. I realize that Annie has a load on her plate at this time. I sent Happy a message in FB to come back. Hopefully she will.

03-22-2014, 01:27 PM
I will come back. Choosing my words carefully and thinking a lot about what I want to say... just not quite ready at the moment.

03-22-2014, 03:52 PM
Ceejay ~ Thats cool that you wear a pedometer but thats good that you dont do alot of walking all at once though.

Michelle ~ Thanks, I'll be sure to keep everyone posted on my walking this weekend. I am writing down all the food I eat each day.

I just walked for the first time today, I usually do it early in the day but I was watching a movie with my boyfriend so I didnt get a chance to walk until after it got over but at least I still go my walk in and I'll be sure to walk again after dinner.

03-22-2014, 05:35 PM
Happy - I am very glad you're coming back. I really hope that Annie does too. The meal I'm making for my ex-SIL is the chicken and veggies with cream of chicken soup over noodles that you sent me a week or two ago. Thank you. I'm taking that, along with a salad, and a small store-bought cheesecake for them for dessert.

Ceejay - have a great time with the uncles. It would be nice if I lived closer to my aunt and uncle (they live in San Diego, which is an 8 or 9 hour drive...or a $225 airline ticket).

Terra - Good for you for walking today. Sometimes life means we have to reschedule our exercise, which is ok as long as we keep it a priority...something I need to remember.

Susie - Glad you're enjoying your 3 day weekend. I'm about to get some laundry going while I start to prepare the meal for my ex-SIL and her family.

So I did a great workshop last night, and the get together with my friends today to discuss goals and what we want to create in our lives was really good. We had a really nice and motivating time.

03-22-2014, 08:51 PM
Morning all,

In light of what has happened on this thread I thought it might be time to revisit some of the rules that we laid down all those years ago.

1. No politics. I don't care what colour party you go for, the man in charge is the one who was elected by the majority (well depending on the voting rights of your particular country). We will not criticise him/ her and show him/ her and their respective families the respect that they deserve. I don't mind too much if we talk about (Michelle's, Margie's, Bronwyn's (cross out that not applicable)) shape, clothing, kids, dog, car or temperament as long as it shows respect for the office. Whether or not we agree with the policies, or lack thereof, is not on the menu and this is not negotiable.

2. Religion - again, we can show respect for the position, and/or the people in power, but not judge the specific religion. Also be careful asking for prayers because some of us are not the prayerful type.

3. Race. We don't care whether you are black, white, hybrid, or sky blue canary coloured. You are welcome here.

4. No Kardashians. Regardless of what you think of them as a family dysfunctional or otherwise, they will not be discussed on this thread.

5. No Beiber either.

I was thinking of including insurance as a new rule, but........ I think it might be worth discussing from time to time. I don't understand your system, you don't understand mine either no doubt, but if we can help each other out here then why not as long as it is discussed reasonably and without hysteria.

And that is about it. If you can think of any other no-nos :nono: then please let us know and we can discuss this like reasonable adults.

I am pleased to see Happy is coming back. She is under a lot of stress with the pain in her hips and knees. She is like me in that she is not a very patient patient - if you know what I mean.
We all know what happens when everything piles on top of you as has happened to Happy and Annie. A long hard winter must do your head in from time to time as well. I really don't know what it is like anymore so I will shut up about that.

Annie has been under a fair amount of stress and strain for some time. She is of the emotional kind anyway and I can feel for her in her pain. However, lashing out at something that can't be changed is not the way to go. I'd like to think she will come back. I have been trying to get hold of her on facebook, but haven't yet hit a time when both of us are on. I may have to end up sending her an email, but maybe she is reading this and will sort out some time for me. I know how busy she is with the kids and the house and C.

That's about it from me for the time being. I'd better get cracking and sort myself out for this street barbeque today with my friend Chris.
I've made the salad, but need to get myself sorted out and get cleaned up.

Figured we could do with some balm for the soul today. This is Wellington Harbour as it was at 7.30am today. Enjoy

03-22-2014, 09:48 PM
Very well said Shad.

03-22-2014, 09:49 PM
I am here and will post soon. I love you gals so very much. Sorry for the hurt to my Happy but will try to do better. Am very busy with dd and babies. She oh as been put on Zoloft but will not kick in for a few weeks. Stressful to say the least. She does not have Internet which lots me from applying or going on line. God had a plan for me. However stressing over it is not helping. Loves to all

03-22-2014, 11:04 PM
Michelle ~ Yes keeping exercise a priority is something you dont want to forget about.

I did my evening walk tonight so now Im good on my walking until tomorrow.

03-22-2014, 11:18 PM
Shad: The Rules are very well said , and helpful and the pictures are just beautiful. I hope you had a great time at the street bbq.

Michelle: It is so nice of you for making that meal for your ex sis-in-law. I'm glad you enjoyed your time with your friends and the group dicussion. It's nice that you have those you can have these discussions with and be motived with.

Ceejay: I hope the visit with the Uncle's was a good one. Also glad to read that your BP and pulse were down.

Terra: How was your walks today? Michelle said it so well when she said "sometimes life means we have to reschedule our exercise, which is ok as long as we keep it a priority" these are words I need to post around me to help me remember them.

Happy and Annie: I am thrilled you both are back! I am looking forward to your posts. :hug::hug:

I haven't been here as long as the rest of you, but this is a great group of ladies and I love you all.

I am not very open with many people, but you all are people I feel I can be open and real with. That is important to me.

So today, I did a bit more housework and I went to a informaton session of a casual friend of mine who shared her weight-loss success story and how she did it and what really helped her with her diet and nutrition. I didn't know all her story, just that she was working out everyday and watching her diet. She talked about how she wasn't really getting the right amount of calories and protein and how she rectified it. It was very thought provoking for me. She has been doing this for 3 years now and is keeping the weight off...but more than that she has energy and is happy and is going at life wide open.

I'm going to give it a try and I try to eat well and I don't see the results that I want. I KNOW it is because I don't get enough protein and I need help with this. The plan is to replace two meals with shakes that you add protein to and then have a normal meal as well as two snacks a day. I need something to get me rolling again and I think this will be good for me. I was even told if I ate something like a couple pieces of pizza for dinner, I should go ahead and have the shake so that my protein was there. They told me that keep the focus of 80/20 fo using the shakes daily. If I have one day a week that I don't, that is ok. I liked that they weren't pushy and also said, don't buy all these products. Let's start with the shake and the protein that is added and use this list to find your snack choices from--these are regular food.

I will get the stuff on Wednesday evening and so I will start it on Thursday.

See you all tomorrow.

03-23-2014, 02:45 AM
I don't want to talk about the Kardashians either !!!!! :mad: :rolleyes:

03-23-2014, 03:15 AM
I will apologize in advance for rambling which I will try to keep to a minimum.

Shad is right - I am under a lot of stress myself right now. A lot of money going out the door, my own frustrations at the amount of money I pay for insurance and the minimal amount they are covering, leaving me with a lot of continual expenses. This is dredging up some deep seated, long simmering anger about both DH and I being unceremoniously dumped from long and successful careers to fend for ourselves and I am working extremely hard to not become depressed about the pain and mobility issues I have been dealing with for the last 8 months. To add to it, vertigo came back with a vengeance at yoga Thursday. Not just slightly disorienting, but punch me in the face, eyes clicking, head spinning, unable to stand up and nauseated to the point of almost losing it vertigo. Not sure where this came from as I was lying quietly on a mat and got up to move when it hit so hard. And it's sticking around. It should also come as no surprise to those of you who may know me that save for a few, this once social creature has become increasingly disappointed in humans and generally accepted behavior in today's society. I am tired of the Kardashians plastered every where I look. I am tired of a society that does not have respect for others or tolerance of another's views. And I am really tired of internet trolls who continue to interject political rants on subjects that have nothing to do with politics. I am tired of the almost venomous attitude of people up this way who can't defend their position with actual facts. This country is in trouble no doubt - but it took way more than one man and his family to make it happen. It pains me because this started as a good concept. People were foregoing health care because they cannot afford it or they were over burdening the hospital emergency rooms in a desperate effort to see a doctor. It wasn't right, it wasn't good and it wasn't practical. So let's try to find a way to fix it so that anyone who needs medical care can get it. And in an Oscar winning example of "no good deed goes unpunished" - here we are today. A total clusterbuck. Don't blame one unless you blame them all. And I had hoped that this place here would be a welcome respite from all that stuff going on outside these walls. After all, we are chubby, not too flexible and our diets suck - don't we have bigger fish to fry???? (as I proof this I realize this statement is rather ironic from someone who just stated she is chubby and has a lousy diet... )

So I respectfully request for my sanity as well as everyone else's that we keep to the suggested guidelines that Shad suggested - and further that we agree to ban any Kardashian/Miley Cyrus Tongue Wagging/or any mention of that gawd awful term "baby bump" from our threads. Thank you.

03-23-2014, 04:11 AM
Susie - thank you and I am glad that you have found a place to feel comfortable. That is so important. When I first joined 3FC long ago, I had a hard time finding a group I fit in with, almost gave up but then Shad caught my eye and we snagged Mel and the 3 fishermen went to work snagging others along the way... Good luck with the new eating plan. That's similar to a Slim Fast type of eating plan. Not bad, suggested that you follow it for a short, defined amount of time to give you a kick start on the weight loss to give you some encouragement. I will only offer one suggestion and that is to make sure you are getting enough fat in your diet. Particularly if you still have a gall bladder. A gall bladder needs fat in order to work properly. They say if you are losing more than 3 pounds a week that stresses the gallbladder. Keep us posted, will be interesting to see your results. As for a camera, I bought a Canon Powershot 2 years ago and I absolutely love it. I am totally inept at taking pictures - they are often blurry from me shaking. This has an image stabilizer and takes amazing pictures and could not be easier to use. Glad DH is seeing a benefit from his cpap so soon - makes it easier to deal with the hassle of getting used to the mask and such. How are you dealing with sleeping with Darth Vader? *** ssssssstttttt - Luke - I AM your father, sssssssssstttt *** :lol:

Annie - I am very sorry to hear of Sissy's troubles. :hug: I know this time is soooo stressful for you but I have to believe that somehow the man upstairs KNEW that Sissy was going to need you more than those mean people at your former workplace. Keep your faith, things will work out and try not to run yourself ragged. We have seen some darkness and while it don't put cash in your wallet, trust that things do happen for a reason. I'm sure good things will come your way shortly.

Terra - can you walk for me too? I'm tired. :lol: Just kidding :D Keep up the good work.

Shad - thanks for laying down the rules. Leave it to a trainer to get things organized and tidy again :hug: I hope you have a nice visit with Chris. She must be quite happy to see you on a regular basis for a change. I enjoyed your harbor shot. Water like glass - so pretty.

Ceejay - my friend who likes to sew got a surger. She was thrilled with it. It looked complicated to me but she said it just looked that way and it was so handy for her craft work and all the sewing she did. If I might add my 2 cents - I had BCBS of AL when I was in TN. LOVED IT. We never had a problem with a doctor bill, saw any specialists we needed without referrals, meds were handled without a fuss and I could go to any of the 3 main hospital systems in Memphis without any problem at all. The bad part is that it was an expensive plan. I paid more than twice what my coworkers did for other carriers. However, in the long run we made out better. One of my coworkers said he was constantly fighting with the other carrier over his allergy meds and had no problem with BCBS. The only thing was, the company dropped it a year after I left - they said it was just too expensive - the rates increased quite a bit each year and because of that, fewer employees were signing up for that plan so they dropped it. We could not get it when we moved up here anyway. So... I'm just saying - before ACA came into the scene - it was an excellent but very pricy plan.

Michelle - I thank you again for taking wonderful notes and the exercises you have reposted. I am benefitting from them too! I wondered how you remembered such detail!!! How great that you have a group to share fitness goals with. I hope you come up with great plans for and with each other. I'm also happy to hear that Santa is making progress, even if it's slow. I guess like us, he's feeling his age. I hope your dinner for exSIL comes out great - sounds yummy and easy to warm up and serve.

Laura - good luck hemming those jeans. I have broken many a sewing needle getting over that seam. I'm sure you will do well. Talked to my friend today who said that most of your snow is gone. I am jealous. I trust there is green grass under that white stuff we have out front. Good luck with the Vit D horse pills - once a week, huh? That's interesting. Thank you for including the challenge links. I should try the push up one as I have arms as strong as wet noodles.

I guess the deer have told their friends about our house. We had 18 in the yard yesterday. Most we've ever seen. Quite a few young ones too - they are cute and on the fuzzy side. Lots of turkeys too. A group of 4 boys and about a dozen hens. I sleep with the window cracked open a tiny bit and in the morning I can hear the turkeys barking in the trees. They sound a little bit like seals. Except they are bigger and dumber. :lol:

Past my bedtime so time to shove the cat off the bed and reclaim my mattress. Have a good rest everyone.

03-23-2014, 04:54 AM
What are worldly chicks?

03-23-2014, 05:30 AM
Hi Pattience,
We call ourselves the Worldly Chicks because when we started up we had people from England, Scotland and Ireland, Canada, New Zealand and Australia. Now we only have me for Aus/NZ and the rest are from the States. It's a shame we lost some of our worldly chicks but people come and go.
The original bunch had a few from the States as well.
Welcome to post with us if you wish.
Tropical Australia huh? Queensland, Northern Territory or Western Australia?

03-23-2014, 06:55 AM
Queensland. I can hang out with you a bit if you like. But you might soon regret it.

I have never been to nz yet.

Perhaps i should introduce myself a bit. I'm 50, single, no kids. I am trying to become self-employed with a small business making and selling women's clothes.

You can see my start weight and things are going pretty well so far. I like my diet. I don't exercise much but i will work on it later in the year because i want to run in a 10km race. My sister won it last year so of course I'm hoping i could do this year. My reasoning is, all the really good (read good and younger) runners go in the longer races. But i know that's putting the cart before the horse so i shouldn't expect to win.

I haven't decided quite yet when to start training, maybe in July. the race is in November. Exercise, or coming off it, can bugger up my skinniness. As you might guess, i've been here before, a few times.

03-23-2014, 01:26 PM
Morning girls,

Everyone must be sleeping in today. :yawn:

Looks pretty outside but it's bloody cold. I am really over winter.

Welcome Pattience - nice to have you. Shad did a good job of explaining things. She and I have been here the longest and we have had a number of people come and go over the years. Feel free to join us :D I think it's a good goal with the running - some people start out with a goal to simply finish the race/marathon and if the desire to win is what drives you to train and do your best, then that's where you need to focus your energies. And running will definitely help paring down and tightening up the body.

We got some news on the thrift shop situation. The building is a total loss and will be knocked down shortly. No word if they are going to rebuild, although this is a prime retail location and they have insurance so I don't see why not. The contents of the building were also insured. They are trying to figure out a way to effectively estimate the value of the donated goods. In a way that's good because they will get a bit of money from some things that might have not ever sold (like 250 romance novels ;) ) And there are many people (like me) who have basements to clean out and are ready to donate some fresh items to the shop. I think they are scouting out possibilities for a new location, even if it is temporary. So I think in the end we will rally through this.

I finally cancelled my Weight Watchers online account after 7 years. I think someone asked me why I was doing so. Each year WW tweaks their program a bit to freshen it up and attract new members. 3 or 4 years ago they changed their points calculation system. In an effort to get people to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables, certain non starchy, low-ish sugar type fresh foods were considered to have no points. Since all foods have some sort of calorie content, even if it's low - they made up the difference by increasing the point value of other foods. This really messed stuff up. It also increased the point counts of their packaged, frozen meals. I remember one of my co-workers who was being extremely restrictive in her program who was quite angry that a couple of her favorite frozen meals were now 1 to 2 points higher than in the old program. What this also did for me was effectively "break" all the recipes I had carefully entered into WW over the years. Since foods needed to be recalculated to the new point values - it forced you to re-entered just about all of your ingredients all over again. And it was a VERY clunky process. You could not look at the recipe if you didn't convert and if you bypassed the conversion, it removed that ingredient from your recipe. And I have to admit, I didn't like the new program much. I had already incorporated a bunch of fresh fruit and vegetables into my diet as I like those. And I was already juggling to stay within my points. If I had 2 pieces of pizza on a weekend, it blew my points and I was just getting frustrated. I probably paid for WW for at least 4 years and didn't really use it. Kept promising myself and never did. Then each month when I'd get billed for the service, I felt guilty that I wasted the money. So I will stick with MyFitnessPal. It's not perfect but you can't beat the price. I wish I was the kind of person who ate a very limited range of foods - ie. same breakfast each day, same sort of lunch - would make tracking more accurate and a lot easier. But I don't. I think the biggest issue with MFP is that it greatly OVERestimates calories expended through exercise. So like with WW, probably better to get as much activity as possible and never eat your activity calories. ;)

I also called a friend last night - bestie from childhood. One of those people like Annie's recent friend - you don't see them often, but when you do you pick right up where you left off - as if you just had lunch together last week. We had a good long conversation.

I think I'll take a shower, have a light lunch and while I'm in the shower pick a project to work on and complete today. I have a couple of loose ended things that have been nagging at me. Hope you are all enjoying your Sunday.

03-23-2014, 01:58 PM
Missed your post. Sorry you had such a bout with the vertigo.
Hope the Humane Society can rebuild if not buy another building.


I'm glad I came home yesterday cause I get another day off to rest And to prepare for next week. Have a pork loin in the oven. Did another Yoga DVD last night with Peggy Cappy but I need something more challenging. My allergies flared on Thursday but refused to go to doctor. I had some things here already and if I get to it in time I can handle things.

03-23-2014, 02:07 PM
Happy ~ Thanks for commenting on my walking

Im about to do my morning walk and then I'll walk again before it gets dark

03-23-2014, 03:56 PM
Morning all,
Back at work Monday. No rest for the wicked as they say.

Went to Chris' street barbeque yesterday. It was very nice. Nice to have a community spirit for people around the neighbourhood. Something I miss in Brisbane where apart from a couple of people, I really don't know anyone in our street.

Pattience - you fit in quite well with our group. We're sort of 40's up to 60's apart from Terrra.
I hope you can get something going with your clothing range. Believe me I am right over the Chinese stuff that we have been getting and thought that I might have to start making my own again. I was telling a friend that I have 2 pairs of full length jeans and 2 pairs of cut off jeans. They are all labelled the same size, and 2 pair were bought at the same shop. Now one pair fits nicely and one pair not too bad. I had to lie on the bed to get the zip done up on the 3rd pair and 1 pair actually fell off when I moved. Well made NOT. So I am hoping for better things for you.
Good luck with the running. November is a pretty hot month for running, where is the race held?

Happy - good to hear that something good might come from that fire. Such a loss to the Humane Society and all the pups and kittens that live there. Hope you get something soon. It probably needs to be in town somewhere close to where people shop which makes things difficult with rents and things.
Weight Watchers have been doing a number of ads over here as well as Jenny Craig. If you are making it too hard to count, weigh, cost out meals etc. then in the current economic climate, people will not join. It's the nature of the beast. They want to lose weight, but not their bank accounts and they aren't going to move far to do it.
Wonderful things best friends. I have a couple of them and I count my blessings every time I think of them.

Ceejay - whats causing the allergies this time? Is it spring and flowers?

Terra - hope you got both walks in yesterday. Need to make a habit of it.

Annie, Laura, Michelle :wave:

Better go and do something for which I get paid. Another day, another dollar.

03-23-2014, 06:44 PM
Looks like I might add the Kardashians to the rules as well. I'll just edit the rules again.

03-23-2014, 09:06 PM
:yay: :yay: :yay: :yay:

:dancer: :carrot: :dancer: :carrot: :dancer: :carrot:

No Justin Bieber either. :rollpin:

03-23-2014, 09:38 PM
It has been a restful Sunday here. We went to church and to the grocery to get makings for a pot roast to give us a couple of meals for the week. I finished the laundry today and also took nap.

When I got up from the nap, I took everything out of the fridge and wiped it all out. Now it is nice a clean and everything in it us currently dated. It feels nice to have that done. Next area to tackle is the spice cabinet and check dates and toss anything expired. I'm starting my spring cleanng slowly.

I have enjoyed my 3 day weekend and I am happy to say that I too nap everyday of it!

Pattience: Welcome to the thread. I'm pretty new here. I think I joined around September last year. I think you will like it here.

Happy: Things sound hopeful for the Humane Society. Hopefully they can rebuild quickly or find another building in a good spot.

Sorry to hear abou the vertigo; I hope things are better now?

I do plan to keep the shake plan as a "quick start". I have stated I will give it 3 months and then make a decision on how to go from there. My friend who has been on it 2 years an is now at her goal weight would do it, 3 months on and then 3 months where she did one shake a day and normal food the rest of the meals and then back on the shake for 2 meals a day. Now she does the shake every other day.

I don't have my gallbladder. I had it removed 26 years ago.

DH's machine is very, very quiet. I don't even hear it. His mask is just over his nose and he says it is very easy to sleep in. Today he said, "I can't believe how much better I am feeling". I'm noticing that he is not as grumpy, but I am keeping that comment to myself ;)

Shad: I hope you are having a good Monday.

Ceejay: Good move to come home early and get an extra day to rest before heading back to work.

Hi to Laura, Annie and Michelle and Terra

03-23-2014, 09:43 PM
Anyone else off the Christmas card list?

03-24-2014, 11:56 AM
Morning all.

Ceejay – My doctor prescribed the once a week Vit. D pill of 50,000 units and also told me to buy a daily Vit. D-3 pill of 2,000 units to take the other 6 days of the week. I haven’t started the regimen yet. Do you have any issues/side effects with the weekly pill? Re sewing – I have my mother’s hand-me-down machine that has the usual stitches, including zig-zag and some decorative ones and I guess it does buttonholes too, not that I’ve used that feature. I’d like to have a’s just that I don’t really do enough sewing to warrant a second machine. And I’m not sure I want to dedicate more space for it. That said, I’m glad I know enough to do tasks like hemming and mending myself, as well as simple sewing projects. I need a new battery for my pedometer. Of course it’s almost time to get my bike out for part of my work commute, so I’m not sure if I’ll bother with the pedometer now. Good job on the yoga workouts! I’m sure it’s helpful with the stress/anxiety.

Susie – Sounds like you had a wonderful long weekend! Did you narrow down the paint color? Thanks for the tip re taking the Vit. D with food. Glad to hear the c-pap is helping your hubby with the quality of his sleep. My friend D has one, and having roomed with her a few times, I realized it’s really very quiet. She really noticed a positive change in her energy levels once she began using it. Good luck to you on the protein shake plan!! Let us know how you like it.

Terra – How did your walking go this weekend? I took a couple nice dog walks. Do you ever take your dog with you when you walk?

Michelle – Nice of you to bring a meal to your xSIL. How’s she doing??

Shad – Thanks for laying out the rules. The street barbecue sounded fun. Our block used to have a block party each summer, but as usual, it’s a fair amount of work and the same folks always did it. So no block party the past few years. The kids of those organizers are older now too, so it’s probably not as much of a priority…there used to be a bouncy house, a piñata and other games for them. Loved the photos, saw some on fb too. What calm water!

Annie – Hang in there girl, and same to DD. She’s so fortunate to have her momma with her right now!! Hope you’ll soon have more time to devote to the job hunt.

Happy – Sorry your vertigo returned at the yoga class. Has it lessened since then? I hope the humane society can get a good temporary location and get up and running again soon. I’m sure there are a lot of folks in the area with plenty to donate if the word goes out. I wish them good luck for a new beginning.

Welcome Pattience.

Saturday morning was Jazzercise class. This class was called “strike” and it was mostly boxing/kickboxing type routines. One of the routines has moves that I’m really feeling in the front of my shoulder – wow. It was a great workout. Later I met my friend D for lunch and then we hit a couple stores at the mall. I used up the rest of my Sephora gift card (and then some), so that’s all done. I’m not into makeup enough to become a regular at that place, and it’s a bit too rich for my blood anyway. I’ll stick with mostly drugstore cosmetics, thank you.

Afterwards I went to the luggage store in my neck of the woods to see if they had any purses I liked. The store stocks travel purses, so what they have is mostly lightweight nylon bags with lots of pockets. I love them!! Unfortunately, their stock was low, but in a couple weeks they will be getting in the new 2014 stuff. I’ll go back in a few weeks to check it out.

After that was a dogwalk and that was about it for my Saturday. Bf and I agreed on the height at which our tv should be mounted, so we’re ready for the installation tomorrow. Well, actually, now our tv cabinet is too tall, so we'll be buying a new one soon. I expect a trip to Ikea will happen one night this week. Bf suggested going there yesterday and I just couldn’t stomach the thought of going there on a weekend. It’s such a zoo.

Yesterday I got my jeans hemmed and they look nice. Thankfully I didn’t have much trouble at all with the thick parts at the side seams. I took doggy for a nice long walk after that. It was chilly out, but it was it was bright and sunny and that was nice.

That’s about it for me. TTFN.

03-24-2014, 12:05 PM
Hi ladies -

Sorry I didn't get in here much, if at all, over the weekend...another fun and VERY busy weekend.

This week I'll be fixing the bugs and putting the finishing touches on my company's new website in preparation for launch on Monday 3/31. UPDATE: Great news!! I just learned that due to some major contracts in the works, we won't be changing our company name officially until May 1. Therefore, we won't be launching the new website until May 1!! I get another month to take it from good to awesome!! I'm so thrilled!! :dancer:

I'll try and check back in later so I can do personals.

In the meantime, :welcome: Pattience!

Much love and many hugs to all,

03-24-2014, 05:11 PM
Morning all,
Not much happening here. I'm waiting on some of the 'offshore consultants' (read Indian) to come in and get on with the day. I have to nail them before it is time for them to go to a meeting (out for a smoke) or get into one of their huddles. So if I post this in the middle of a sentence it means that I have seen them arrive.

Fairly lazy night last night and I did not sleep well. Up at 1.00am and feeling like someone bright and beautiful. But what can you do on a Monday/ Tuesday night morning without waking the sleeping occupants of other apartments.

Work carries on and on and on. My boss lady is extending my contract until July although I won't be here that long. :crossed: She is just being cautious about who she has left at the end of training. I will probably go home mid May to early June. I only asked because my landlady is requesting a months notice of end of lease.

This glorious weather carries on and on. Can live with this indefinitely. Sorry to those who are plastered in the evil white stuff and less than sub-tropical temperatures. We're into Autumn and still getting temps around 20-23 (or around 70F). There's not much in the way to tree changes in this town. Most of the vegetation is either pine or non-deciduous native stuff. I need to go to Arrowtown in the South Island for leaf peeping.

Michelle - lucky you having an extension to get out the bugs and dolly it up.

Laura - Yeah the street party was good. Each year it is at one of the neighbours houses. They all bring their own food and share it, they all bring their own chairs and drinks. They all pick up after themselves and disappear and all we had to do (it was at Chris' place this year) was to shift the tables and chairs back in to the shed or house and clean up a few dishes.
Some nice new cosmetics sounds like fun.

Susie - the spice cupboard is the problem area in my place. I just wish we could buy it as you do in Japan by the spoonful. It would save a lot of my throwing out of out of date bottles. Good luck with that.

And that is about it from me. I had better go spy out the territory down the other end of the building and see if anyone has arrived yet, you'd think that they would be here by 9.00am.

Catch you later.

03-24-2014, 06:39 PM
Tomorrow is the fun time. I get to drain the ground storage water tank. Maybe it will get my Mr. know it all out of my hair for a while. I don't know why he's still up here. He keeps asking me to let him do the paper work. I keep saying they tell me not to let you, no offense. So here he sit's most of the day. Supposed to be doing maintenance---nope. So I ignore him and go my way.
When I took my aunt home on Saturday we had to slow down for the car in front of us and then I saw a very young deer galloping across the road. It may have been a yearling but think it was a bit older.

Sounds like you had a good week end. Think I've been Spring cleaning all year with all the purging I've been doing. I have a few more items to take to the Good Will but not as much as before. I should start cleaning out the cabinets this week end. One at a time though and put down new shelf paper.

If the doctor told me to take the extra vitamin d I don't remember it. I have another months supply to take and then a repeat of a blood test. I do take a calcium and vitamin d together. My calcium was also low.

I'm proud of you for getting the web sight done in time but it will be even better with the extension.

We're having sunshine but the wind is cold. Possible snow flurries tonight, but so far no clouds.

I agree on the Kardashian"s and Justin Beiber. How are you feeling today?
Heard anything else about the Humane Society?

Hello's to Pattience and Terra. :wave:

03-24-2014, 06:42 PM
I almost forgot. I haven't had any side affects from this high dosage of vitamin d.

03-25-2014, 03:53 AM
Hi all,

Had several PC problems today including DH working on trying to find a speedier internet service. So I wasn't able to bounce on for very long.

Had a blood draw for my doctor's appointment later this week. I do wish they'd get people who knew how to draw blood. Seems there is always someone new in there. And my veins are small and I'm not an easy stick. This guy started out sounding bad but he checked some notes and in the end was able to get what he needed. At the endocrinologist they had a person who did nothing but draw blood and those people were bip ! done before you knew what happened.

My older cat is eating litter. Not poopy stuff - the rocks. I had seen some in the water bowl and wondered where it came from. So it's a traumatic trip to the vets for her. And more money out the door. :(

Ceejay - I'm glad you are doing your thing, obeying what you have been told and not getting tangled with the new guy. That's very smart. Did you decide on what you are doing for your spare room decorations? We are seeing a lot of young deer in our yard - I'm not sure if the harsher winter had an effect on their growth. They are not spotted fawns but seem awfully young to have had to deal with the conditions we have had. Of course the ones who made it to our yard were well fed. Maybe that's why they seem to bring friends.

Shad - it's funny - they are really pushing out smoking here in the states for the most part but I have noticed many of the Indian consultants still smoke. I hope you got done what you needed to with the training. I am right there with you in agreement about the spices. They don't last anywhere near as long as you can use them up. I have learned to not be tempted with spice "blends" either. I must have 100 jars of stuff I need to sort through and toss at least half. It's far worse for you travelling as you do and having to set up temporary quarters.

Michelle - good luck with the finishing touches on the new website launch!

Laura - I am still having issues with the vertigo. This concerns me because I am having problems when I lay flat on the ground. I start a new yoga class on Wednesday and it's 90 MINUTES long. OMG - I am having issues getting through 45 minutes on Thursday. I have tried the vertigo exercises and they really aren't doing anything. I see the physical therapist next week and will have him do the procedure to reset the crystals. I can appreciate your comment about not having a lot of room for the sewing stuff. I was impressed with some of the magazine articles that use a bedroom closet as a sewing center but I don't know how you can give up a bedroom closet or how you'd have enough table space to work on patterns and sewing!

Susie - that's good to know your gallbladder is out - then you should not have issues with the protein shakes. Glad to hear that you are planning on doing it as a kick start. DH's cpap started quiet but as time went on he had issues with the straps irritating his face. I think he wears it a bit looser now and I suspect when his head turns on the pillow, it doesn't fit as tight and so the Darth Vader noises kick in. Glad to hear that your DH is getting a better rest. That has to be a relief!

Hello to Annie - hope Sissy is doing better and the babies are doing fine.

Looks like the cat wants some food. I have to watch over her so the no so little younger one does not scarf down the big one's meal. And Meadow eats very slow. Another late night to bed. :(

Night all.

03-25-2014, 09:43 AM
Thanks for the welcome everyone: happy, ceejay, my choice, laura, diyana! And hello to everyone else.

I haven't been seeing the new posts on this thread. So i have just had to catch up on everything since the last time. You guys are busy!

Shad, yesterday i was reading an industry comment about the quality of clothing from places like asia. There are apparently understandable reasons why they are so badly cut. It was an interesting read. I haven't worn jeans for many years partly because its so hot here but mainly because they don't seem to work for people with my proportions -which is not skinny thighs and no bum.

If you get the chance, i invite you all to read add your two bobs worth to my thread about clothing but in here if you wish.

What styles of clothing suits you and you like to wear - apart from jeans. Do you know your body type? It helps to have that understanding. I'm a pear - big backside, big thighs, small chest but unlike many pears i don't have narrow shoulders. Actually i 'm too tired to write out the whole post. I need to go bed but if you want to start giving me your preferences that would be good because i've been encouraged by a few people around here to try sewing for plus sizes but i am not too sure what works best. I only just began to figure out what works for me and i probably got to a size 16 in Australian. I don't understand british or american sizing systems.

My fabric is a cotton, plain weave prints. Bold and colourful prints and interesting. Its not a great draping fabric like most synthetics or fine cottons so its somewhat limiting.

03-25-2014, 10:02 AM
Here is a couple of pix of Royce. Not much hair at all but what he does have is RED. Sam and Chris both have a red hue to their hair and Sam's dad has strawberry blonde hair, so it is really not a surprise. Brown eyes already.

Will try to get better pictures to post.


03-25-2014, 10:16 AM
Happy...Sam is a bit better, I still go over there every day but not dawn to dusk. She is gaining confidence daily. The doc put her on Zoloft last Friday just waiting for it to kick in.

Pattience...welcome to the worldlies. I haven't been around much do to life getting in the

SHADDIE...saw the flooding in Sydney on the TV today. Yikes. Even a couple of deaths...

CHELLE...glad you have gained some extra time on the website launch. Thanks for the extra care of me lately.

LAURA...thank you for checking in on me also. You girls are the best.

CEEG...I take extra D via pill form, doesn't seem to bother me either. If the sun would just shine, be warm and the wind quit blowing it would be great. dad had a CPAP and absolutely hated it but was much needed.


Have managed to apply for about 5 jobs a week. Of course it has only been two weeks worth. Two "already filled" responses and that is it. I am not discouraged yet but freaked when I went and got my month supply of meds and had to pay 489.00, that is enough to get me in gear and look further into applying. Have been up and at it today since 6 am. It is just a PIA when you have to make a profile and sign in to most places to apply.

I am feeling pretty good and also down 15 lbs since Christmas. Slow but sure wins the race. I am not killing myself to do it, eating less and moving more, mostly moving more because of helping Sam and playing a LOT with Jacob.

Nothing much else going on...

Hugs All

03-25-2014, 11:56 AM
Morning all.

Michelle – Yay for having more time to get the site at its best. :yay:

Shad – Now 70 F sounds like good winter weather to me, at least from a temp standpoint. :D

Ceejay – It’s easier to brush off the trainee when you have management behind you. :yes: Good to hear you don’t have any side effects from the high Vit. D dosage.

Happy – From all the difficulties I hear about blood draws, I’m glad my veins are apparently easy to work with. It’s nice when you get someone drawing who can get the needle in without any pain and sometimes even no feeling at all! Sorry the vertigo hasn’t eased. :( Gosh, the new yoga class will be a challenge for you if you’re still unwell. And 90 minutes – yikes! I’d say it would be alright if some of the extra time was spent doing the deep breathing lying flat on the floor, but that doesn’t sound like it’ll work for you right now.

Pattience – I don’t have much of a clue what clothing suits me best. I guess I don’t necessarily want to hide my shape, but I don’t like super clingy clothing either. I wear mostly jeans outside of work. I’ve stayed away from skinny jeans because the legs are too skinny for my calves (which are much like bowling pins, lol)! At work I don’t vary much at all from basic dark dress slacks, a plain t-shirt type top over which I wear a cardigan of some sort. Body type – huh. Not sure, maybe a rectangle? :?: I have broad shoulders and wide-ish hips, but a flat bum. I can’t say I understand the US clothing sizes either! They vary greatly among manufacturers/brands. I find it’s better to not strive for a number, just for what fits best. I never seem to go into a fitting room with just one size of anything.

Annie – Awww, thanks for posting the pics of baby Royce. Lookin’ good. ;) Glad S. is a bit better and feeling more confident. It’s wonderful you’re there for her, but you’ve been run off your feet! It’ll be nice when you get some time to yourself for relaxing and of course, time to concentrate on the job hunt. Glad to hear you’re not bothered by the Vit. D either. Yeh, I’d like to be able to build my levels up naturally…but it’s still not nice enough to spend much time outdoors. But…I do wonder if all the lunches eaten inside at my desk are part of my low D levels. I used to go out for lunch all the time and get some sunshine that way, now it’s much less frequent. On the other hand, I still get outside for my work commute. I dunno. :shrug:

Hi Terra! :wave:
Hi Susie! :wave:
Nuttin’ much to report. I had to put together a rough list of ideas for my performance goals this year. Of course they have to be aligned with those of the department and the company, yada, yada, yada. Get to discuss them with the new boss shortly. Bleh.

Last night I caught up with the plank challenge. I didn’t start it on Sunday, so I did two days’ worth yesterday. I did, however, start my pushup challenge over again on Sunday. Day 1 was 3 pushups and I was able to do 3 standard pushups – yay me! Yesterday was 4 pushups and it was harder, but I did it. I will no doubt have to modify as the number goes up, but I will always begin with the standard version on the floor and do as many as I can eak out in good form, then move onto an elevated surface such as my step, the basement stairs or the weight bench.

Today’s the start of a new WW session. Fewer people, so the session will be 12 weeks in length. I’m struggling, but I’m not giving up yet!!

Late in the afternoon is a happy hour for our boss, who is retiring at the end of this month. The only thing I don’t like about this is that the happy hour is also celebrating the new position of another member of our partner department. She’s not even in our group anymore, not sure why they had to have a joint celebration – it makes each one seem less special. Oh well. The new boss is hesitant to schedule a modest going away lunch (at a restaurant) just for our boss only with our department (only 5 of us total)– thinks his new boss won’t approve it. If this is a preview of his gumption, I’m not impressed.

I believe our movie group leader is on spring break, so no movie tonight. I really should get to the gym, I feel like such a slacker when I don’t do much of anything. Tonight is a “Body Works Plus Abs” class. Tough class, but I should try to get there.

Okay, better post and gird up for my goals talk.

03-25-2014, 01:06 PM
Good Tuesday morning everyone!

I went to the back physical therapy/exercise class last night. Another great class. It's every Monday from 5:30-6:30 (although this week it went longer). You start off warming up on the bike or treadmill or elliptical for 5 or 10 minutes and then it's on to the core-engaging moves. The plank challenge is helping me with core engaging as well.

Tonight, I have my Wisconsin book club via conference call, and I've got some more reading to finish up. After that, I may go to a Chair/Office Yoga class. I might not because it is a long-ish drive. We'll see.

I hope my ex-SIL enjoyed the dinner. I haven't heard anything, but I know she's still quite tired and rests a lot. I didn't get to see her when I dropped it off because she was resting. But her husband was very appreciative.

I'm trying to catch up on personals, so I apologize if my comments are about your posts a few days ago. :blush:


Susie - Thank you for quoting me about rescheduling exercise but keeping it a priority. I know that I'm having less back pain the more I'm stretching and moving it properly. I'm also glad you feel like you can be open with us. Most of us have known each other several years...and we're all about keeping it "real". We're also about helping each other through the rough times and cheering each other's successes. Is there a name for your friend's plan? Could you please pm me the name? From having diabetes, I've learned that it's super important for me to balance my carbs and protein. To make sure that I have at least a few grams of protein with each meal/snack. And to eat quality carbs. I admit, I eat A LOT of processed foods as I hate to cook, but I am trying to eat more unprocessed foods. I am really cutting down on fast food by bringing healthy breakfast, lunch and snacks to store in my cube or in the office refrigerators (there are 3 and there's plenty of room). I'm so glad to hear your husband's already noticing improvements from the CPAP machine.

Happy - I'm so sorry to hear that the vertigo has come back. Is there anything you can do for that? I've had it a few times in the last few months from getting up or lying down too quickly, but once the room stops spinning, all is well. I hope you can find relief. I totally understand about the stress you are under with money, chronic pain and mobility issues. I just had a you carry your stress in your neck/shoulders? I remember a doctor telling me many years ago when I was having dizziness, that it could be because of the stress I carried in my neck/shoulders pulling my head out of alignment and messing with my equilibrium. Just a thought. I always say, "I'm not a doctor, and I don't even play one on TV. And free advice is sometimes worth what you pay for it." Just something you might want to think about or ask your doc about. :hug: I got a laugh out of your comment about sleeping with Darth Vader...I too sound like Darth Vader thanks to my CPAP machine. :rofl: Although I think it's kind of noisy, my ex used to say that it was quieter than my snoring. :lol3: And when I shared a room with my step-mom, she said she couldn't even hear it. I'm glad you're benefitting from the exercises I posted. Sorry to hear about the Thrift Shop building being a total loss, but it's good that they'll get some insurance money for the contents. And I'm sure as more people up there do spring cleaning, the new location, even if it is temporary, will have plenty of merchandise in no time. I did not know that cats could/would eat the litter. It's so good of you to leave out a feast for the deer, especially because of the harsh winter you've had/are having. It's no wonder they brought their friends.

Shad - Thanks for laying out the rules. I think we should definitely add banning Miley Cyrus discussions to the rules. And thanks for the lovely photos. So glad you had a nice street barbeque. We're having the same glorious weather as you, with temps in the low to mid 70s.

Pattience - Like you, I'm single with no kids. I'm 51. Married twice, divorced twice. That's great to have a goal of running a 10K. My goal is to be able to hike for 5 miles, which is why I'm doing physical therapy for my back as well as core strengthening. Since you asked about clothes and body type...I'm an apple. When I was in my 20s/early 30s, I had an hourglass figure, now the middle has expanded. I wear a size 18 in pants, and a 3X in tops, but I have no idea what that equates to in Australian sizes. I am so looking forward to getting out of the "plus" sizes. I tend to wear black twill pants to work, and jeans or jean shorts outside of work. The tops I tend to wear are loose and go down a bit past my waist or sometimes over my tummy. And like Laura, I always go into the fitting room with at least a couple of sizes of each article of clothing.

Ceejay - You're obviously doing great with the yoga if you need something more challenging! Good for you!! :bravo: I hope your allergies are doing better. Good luck with draining the ground storage tank. Sounds like the new guy is trying to pick and choose what he does, and get out of doing what he doesn't want to do.

Laura - Ever since I learned the Vit. D helps with the immune system, I've been taking 3,000 units per day. It seems to be helping. And of course, now that I live in CA, I'm outside more to get the natural Vit. D from the sun. Glad you had a great workout at Jazzercise! I hope the TV installation goes well and that you find a nice TV cabinet at IKEA. Good luck at WW and I hope the happy hour is enjoyable even if it's a shared celebration. I hope you get to the gym. Good luck with the goals discussion. I hate defining my performance goals. I hope the company I work for now doesn't do that.

Annie - Sending much love and many hugs to you and DD. I'm glad to hear Sam is doing better and gaining confidence. Glad you don't have to be there for so many hours. I hadn't heard about the flooding in Sydney. Scary. I hope both Royce and Jacob are doing well. Thanks for sharing the photos of Royce! What a cutie! :D No need to thank me, sister. I love you and am always here for you. I know your pain about having to fill out a profile wherever you apply. As for no responses...don't get news is not necessarily BAD news. Have you looked into contract positions or contract-to-hire positions? You might have to pay a bit for the benefits, but sometimes it's easier to get in the door with those types of positions. Congrats on the weight loss...nothing like chasing down a toddler to burn off some calories. :hug: :hug:

Lots of love and many hugs to everyone,

03-25-2014, 08:21 PM
Howdy peoples,

I'm glad to hear that you are getting some good from your exercise classes Michelle. It's a reminder sometimes about how weak we have gotten and like anything - you feel better when you move and stretch. As I told the physical therapist, pain is a great motivator :lol: I feel better when I do my stretches so I am more motivated to do them. Funny how things knot and kink up. As to your question about the neck, I think I have neck pain because I have lousy posture - the older I get, the more I slouch. Of course that could be because my boobs are getting lower each year (hey not TMI - it's happening to everyone ;) ) and maybe they are dragging me to pull forward as they droop. :rofl: As to the vertigo, I am convinced it is the positional crystal thing - I have some exercises to 'reset it' but the bad news is that there is no permanent cure - the crystals will float in the inner ear and when they get out of alignment, I get dizzy. :( At least I can still hear! GF - we have to get you off the processed food - not good for the salt either. I guess we will have to put our heads together and come up with the "Worldlies I Hate to Cook Book". :lol: I like to cook but I find that I am leaning towards things you can quickly put together. It bums me out when I start at 2pm and we don't eat until 6 and I realized I spent 4 hours chopping and prepping :no: :no: :no: I hope the exSIL enjoys the dinner you put together, she probably isn't feeling much like eating right now. But it's nice that hubby has something to warm for her.

Laura - one thing I learned about Vit D is that you need to have some exposed skin in order for the body to absorb it. So unfortunately, even if you are out walking for your commute - unless your arms are uncovered - you aren't absorbing much. And our cars and houses have windows which filter out the sun's rays. I used to go stand outside (far from the smokers) and push up my sleeves and get a few minutes of sun when I was working. Or take a 10 minute walk at lunch with open arms. Here our deck is warm with little wind and the warm sun so once it hits about 45 degrees I can actually manage 10 minutes with a black t-shirt if I stand on the south side of the house mid day. Easier to take a pill right now. Oh and I'm glad they FINALLY found your coat. :rolleyes: Bummer that your soon to be ex-boss has to share her goodbye party with another. And for totally different reasons. Sounds like they are trying to conserve money or opportunities for you to have fun ;) Perhaps new boss is aware of this or was once generous, got chastised and now won't step out of line. Either way, bummer... :( Good luck with those performance goals :dizzy: Geez I hated that stuff. :lol: Number one goal - to do whatever I can to maximize my raise and bonus - ok, let's at least be honest :lol3: :D

Annie - is Sissy having post partum? Is there anything that can be done to ease up the hormone flood? Shot of testosterone??? I kid but that is NOT a kidding thing. I feel badly for anyone dealing with that as people do not understand. I am glad to hear she is doing better and you don't have to be there for 14 hours a day. Is Lil Man adjusting to his new brother? Cute pictures of Royce. Will look even cuter with red hair. That kind of fits with Royce too. I hope he's a night time sleeper and not a party baby. Have you looked into maybe getting some help with your medication? Geez even a coupon or something - try writing to the drug companies if you are taking name brand stuff. That's a month of groceries there. Yikers. I pray every night that you will get some good news on the job front. Keep trying - I know it's a pain in the keester - helps too if you know anyone who can submit your name. Has the snow melted by now over your way? Is Sassy liking grass again? No more potty battles???

Pattience - with tall and lanky, short and squat, petite dolls and mediums people - no wonder our clothes don't fit! I am short and pear shaped. I prefer knit shirts because I have always had a problem with gapping with button shirts. When I worked (I retired 2 and a half years ago) - I favored dark dress pants, a knit top and cardigan sweaters or knit jackets. With a scarf or pin for decorations. Now that I am home, I wear a lot of fleece in our long winters. I find jeans to be quite cold although they are my go to in the summer time with t-shirts. I have always had a hard time with "fashionable" wear because it is generally made for people who are tall and super thin. Like now, the fashion is a skinny t-shirt with a bottom "tail" that is a good bit longer in the back. When you have a bottom - that just pokes out, particularly if you sit for a while and looks horrid. But if you look like a thin, stick bug - it looks fabulous! As for clothing, I like things that give a bit and move with me. Who wants clothes that bunch up and stick in things they shouldn't? :lol: Good luck, I hope you can realize your dreams.

Shad - enjoy that nice weather you are having. Will it become more cold as wet as you head towards June and winter? Would be a good time to pack up and leave the leaking bed and head back home to some warmer temperatures. Is Sunday with DS while you are away?

Ceejay - how did draining the tank go? Did you have as much fun as you hoped you'd have? ;)

Terra - have you ever though of tracking your steps or your mileage? Our friend Mel would use the pedal machine (her legs were weak from illness) but she would plot out how far she travelled across the country. It was a fun way to make some goals.

Susie - I'm so glad you were able to get a fews days off (all in a row too!) and have some R&R to yourself. You are on the go so much, it's hard when you never get to slow down. Did you both enjoy the conference bb games?

Nothing special for me. Quiet day today. I really am having problems lying down with the eventual onset of the vertigo. Wondering how I will get through class. Between the knee, arthritis and vertigo, boy do I feel like a mess. But I won't stop moving and I know if I commit to going to classes, even if I can't totally keep up, at least I am doing something.

Geez the day flew by. We had a late lunch and I planned on leftover Zuppa Toscano soup for dinner and here it is almost 6:30. Better eat if I'm going to, otherwise I'll be dancing with indigestion tonight.

03-25-2014, 08:22 PM
Whew, I'd forgotten how much trouble this plant is to operate on one ground storage tank. I'm a complete set of nerves right now. There has been nothing but trouble. Ughhhhhh, Called my boss while ago and told him some more issues that I've experienced since they went home and told him he might have to put me under the ground after this. I was trying to remain calm Also told him I was going to operate in hand mode.
We pumped most of the water to the system but now we're having to drain the rest of the 15 foot that lost pressure. I'm surprised that no one has called up here to tell us that there is a huge leak.

More later. I'm exhausted mentally and physically.

03-25-2014, 11:09 PM
I tried to post yesterday but the site would not load. It was annoying.

This will be a short post. My Director is getting ready to leave for a 10 day vacation (praise the lord) but he is working me to death before he leaves. I worked until 6 last night, until 5:30 tonight and I just finished working from home for 2 hours and I"m getting ready to go to bed, but I wanted to get a quick post in.

Annie loved the pictures of the grandbaby , he is very cute and to hear that he has red hair! I LOVE red-head babies...I was one of them! Also congrats on the 15 lbs gone! :carrot:

Happy: I hope you can get the vertigo under control soon. That has to be awful to deal with every day.

Michelle: I will PM you tomorrow with the name of the shakes

Pattience: I have to try on all my clothes as I never know what is going to look good.

Laura: Good luck with the goals discussion. I have that coming up..will be due end of June. I should get busy with it. I do have a file that I through things in to help me remember what I did for the year. It's just the "creative" writing we have to do with tht info. We can list them, we have to write content around them.

Ceejay; I have no idea what all is involved with draining a ground storage tank but I would like to know! I hope you can recover quickly from the stress of it.

Hi Terra and Shad.

Ok..I'm out of here for some shut-eye. See you all tomorrow.

03-26-2014, 01:14 AM
Susie ~ Im so sorry I guess I didnt see your post from Saturday but to answer your question yes I got my walks in that day and every day since then, Yesterday I got 3 walks in and today I got 2.

Laura ~ Thats cool that you took your dogs on walks with you. Nope my dog is too old to go on walks anymore, To answer your questions my walks went good over the weekend.

Happy ~ Nope I just use mine to see how many calories I burned but I could set it to see how far I walked and stuff like that, Good Idea, Thanks

03-26-2014, 06:42 AM
I haven't read your posts yet. I've just come from a day in the city. I went to see 12 Years a Slave. Anyone else seen it. I liked it but it wasn't as good as The Wolf of Wall STreet and Dallas Buyers Club. Anyone else got an opinion on that.

I enjoyed a vietnamese meal and a korean meal today.

03-26-2014, 07:49 AM
Laura, thanks for giving me your clothing style.

Reading Laura's report on planks reminded me of a good exercise that you can do in in your bedroom. Its quite cardiac and uses your whole body. Don't laugh! Its prostrations! Like what the tibetan buddhists do to the Dalai Lama. I realised this once when i was on an intensive meditation retreat and we couldn't do much physical activity. I started doing prostrations in my room where no one would know i was exercising. I wasn't worshipping anyone. I just wanted to burn some energy. I can't remember how many i did just before lunch. Maybe 100. And maybe some more in the morning. For any one who doesn't want to go running outside, this is a good alternative. There is no need to rush yourself. You will puff doing them slowly. PUt a cushion down on the floor for your knees. And if you have bad knees don't do too many. I actually think 100 hundred might be for a whole day if you are not very fit to begin with. I knew a monk who had to 400 a day which he did every day for a year because he had to do 111000 or something like that. (Note, I haven't done the maths).

Perhaps I should start doing them again myself.

Diyana, thanks for sharing your dress style. Can you give me more description of your tops? So you don't need to cover your bum. Lucky you! :-) Do you wear sleeves. Are the tops loose or fitted and empire line too or with bust darts? or gathered anywhere. Or just t-shirts.

Ceejay, if you need something more challenging than yoga, then maybe you just need a more challenging yoga class. Sometiems yoga can be very boring. It varies a lot from teacher to teacher or style to style. Have you ever tried Iyengar? I'd say its quite challenging. Its my favourite style.

Its a nice idea to track your miles on a map as if you were doing a long hike. I like that a lot because i love maps and i love travelling. I have done several cycling tours.

Happy thanks for your fashion insights.

Hi Everybody else.

03-26-2014, 11:29 AM
Hump Day, yay, don't know why I am celebrating that one since I am not at that dreaded place I worked.

Yesterday Sam, babes and I met with one of the few people I worked with for lunch. It was nice and the 3 peeps that I wanted to see the new babe got to see him. Today her friend Megan and lil one Aubrey is going over at 10:30 to visit with them so I am technically off the hook for today. She and the boys will be coming over for dinner as my son is coming over to fix my drains in my bathtubs, both are rust through. All will stay for dinner. Fresh snapped greenbeans, ham and potatos, salad on the side.

I have a phone interview scheduled for tomorrow at 10:00 am. It is with Conrad Hilton as Sales and Catering Coordinator. Fingers crossed it goes well, need to find out more about the position to see if it will be truly something I will enjoy.

I tried Chobani no fat greek yogurt, apple. It was very good and planning on getting more of it. Very very good.

Pattience..I have seen DBC and WOWS but not 12 years a slave yet. I liked the prior two movies and will let you know on the latter once I see it.

SUSIE...isn't it funny that the bosses getting ready for vacation puts you in fire mode.

CEEG...take deep breaths sister, sooth those nerves.

HAPPY...most certainly Sam has post partum blues. She is doing better daily. Thank the good Lord for that. Lil man is adjusting to the new babe, but is not his best friend as yet. lol. Hope your vertigo gets better, that must be so annoying. How are your hips and feet doing?

CHELLE...I have thought of contract work but not ready to go that route just yet.

I have to get busy, hello to all.


03-26-2014, 12:13 PM
Morning all.

Pattience – I’m curious about the prostrations, so I’ll look it up online later. I haven’t seen “12 Years a Slave” yet, but we do have the movie on dvd. To me, it’s one of those movies in which the topic isn’t one I’m enthusiastic about, but I’m sure once I saw it I’d find it was entertaining and well-done. I have seen “Dallas Buyers Club” and “The Wolf of Wall Street” and liked them both, though I thought Wolf was too long and too repetitive with all the sex, drugs and rah-rah speeches.

Terra – Glad your weekend walks went well. Too bad you can’t walk with your dog – it’s a motivator for me. I wouldn’t be going for walks on the weekend if it weren’t for doggy. :o But one advantage to walking without the dog is keeping a consistent pace – no stopping for sniffing, etc. :D

Susie – I hope you have a slower, calmer week once your boss goes on vacation! :yoga: Re the goals, now that I’ve gotten some feedback on my bullet points, I will have to put them in the correct format (i.e., SMART), and we also enter them into a software program for tracking.

Ceejay – Bummer that work was so stressful for you yesterday. :( Is today starting off better? I think I’d be very nervous myself if I were entirely in charge of keeping a whole water plant going, when I knew it supplies water to the whole town/area!!

Happy – So getting out for sun in the winter doesn’t help with Vit. D if I’m covered from head to toe except for bits of face visible outside of headband, scarf & sunglasses, LOL. Okay, guess I’ll be more accepting of the Vit. D pill regimen. Good luck at today’s yoga class. :yoga:

Michelle – Glad the back class is going well. Re the c-pap – I agree, the sound of it is surely better than listening to snoring!! :lol:

Annie - The lunch sounds nice. Dinner with both ds and dd and the 2 grandsons will be nice tonight. Good luck with the phone interview!! Sounds right up your alley.

Hi Shad! :wave:
My goals discussion went fine, now to just get the goals written up properly – specific, measurable, etc.

WW mtg was alright. I had a loss of 0.4 pounds. It is actually a miracle I didn’t gain – I think I tracked most of last week (weekdays) and my calories were never less than 2,000/day. Yikes! I’m lucky my body’s burning it off!

The happy hour for the boss and the other employee was nice – just a small gathering at a nearby bar. I didn’t get home until just after 7, so I didn’t get to the gym last night.

The TV installation went well, except for an incident with doggy. Bf unwisely left the house during the install (to pick up something needed for the installation) and decided to let doggy inside before he left because doggy had already been out for quite a while before that. Everything would have been fine…if the installer didn’t need to leave the house to get something from his truck. That’s when Coal got “upset” that someone was leaving the house, and it’s his “habit” to nip at the person going out the door. In this case, he tore the installer’s jeans and broke his skin. Uh oh. The installer phoned bf to say he better come back to the house. Bf phoned me at that point and was really freaked out…but I think the fact that Coal immediately returned to his normal calm/friendly self made the installer realize the dog wasn’t going to be any more trouble and the installation went on without any further issues. Bf gave the guy some $$ to buy a new pair of jeans, and showed him doggy's current rabies certificate.

I know it seems alarming that Coal would do that, and most people might conclude that he has a separation anxiety problem. And I guess he does, but it’s only for that moment in time as you walk out the door. He doesn’t go into any kind of destructive behavior before or after that. Kind of odd. Bf and I have become accustomed to it. We either give Coal a treat ball right before we leave the house, or we walk out the door without any attention to him.

Anyway…lesson learned for me at least is to never leave the dog alone with strangers. And warn anyone visiting about the leaving the house issue. Really, I don’t think it was a good idea to leave the house with strangers in it anyway, dog or no dog. These installers were employees of a company in which we have a high level of trust, but you never know what they might get into.

The new TV is nice. BF and I watched part of a hockey game on it and enjoyed it much more on the bigger screen. We did not end up needing a lower height cabinet under it, so that’s money saved. :)

Okay, I’ve rambled on long enough. TTFN.

03-26-2014, 12:44 PM
Happy Hump Day ladies,

I went to the chair/office yoga class last night, and it was good. We did the following:

Seated Neck Rolls
Seated Mountain Pose
Seated Half Moon
Seated Cat/Cow
Seated Forward Bend with legs wide so we could increase the gentle stretch
A modified Downward Dog with forearms resting on a chair
Then we stood up and did the triangle pose
Finally we did the seated pidgeon pose

Most of these can be found online. I really like my teacher...she always checks everyone's form, suggests modifications and wants us to stop the posture and let her know if we feel pain so that she can help us. For example, the triangle pose she demonstrated had the arm that goes down resting on the chair, but that tweaked my back in a funny way, so I just placed it on the inside of my knee and didn't use the chair at all for that posture.

For some reason, I'm feeling a little queasy I may skip the gym and go home to relax. I'm planning on trying out another new yoga class tomorrow.

Happy - Not only is pain a great motivator, so is wanting to be able to hike and be more active. I have bad posture too when I'm not thinking about it. It's only when I realize that I'm slouching that I sit up properly and engage my core. I need to get better at doing that more unconsciously. So do the exercises to reset your crystals work? Or do you have to go into the PT?

Ceejay - I'm so sorry you had such a rough day at work. I hope you were able to relax once you finally got home and that today will be better. :crossed:

Susie - Good that you'll be able to breathe a sigh of relief once the director is on vacay. How many more days until he leaves?

Terra - Good idea that Happy had to track mileage. You can set a goal like how long will it take you to walk to San Francisco...or New York City...or wherever.

Pattience - I haven't seen any of the movies you mentioned, but I am interested in seeing 12 Years a Slave and the Dallas Buyers Club. I had to google what a prostration is (this is what I found: I can see where you could burn some calories with all that getting up and down. Most of my tops are loose fitting knit. I don't have to cover my bum...but if they do, that's a bonus..I like them to cover my tummy Or at least come down a couple inches below my waist. I normally wear short-sleeves year around because I'm usually too warm in the office for long sleeves or sweaters. When my arms get more tone, I might wear sleeveless tops outside of work. But really I prefer short-sleeved. I don't think any of my tops are gathered. A few have bust darts, and I've got a couple that are empire waisted. On the weekends, I normally wear t-shirts. My yoga teacher teaches Kripalu yoga, and I've done Hatha yoga before. I enjoy them both. I've heard that Iyengar yoga and Bikram yoga are more intense...I am not ready for either of those (yet).

Annie - Glad you had a nice lunch with your friends. And so fortunate that your son can fix your bathtub drains. Your phone interview tomorrow sounds like a great position. I think you'd be great doing something like that. I'm sending you lots of prayers, positive energy and love. I prefer Dannon Light & Fit No Fat Greek Yogurt to Chobani. I like the Strawberry, Blueberry and Raspberry flavors.

Laura - Congrats on the weight loss. So sorry to hear about the incident with Coal and the TV installer. I don't think I'd leave a stranger in my house alone with my dog. I don't even like leaving Santa with my roommates other than D. I just get too nervous that they'll leave a door open or not watch him closely enough and he'd get into something. I'm glad that the installer was willing to let it slide. I don't remember Coal being nippy when Annie and I were at your place...but maybe you did the treat thing or I just wasn't very observant. I'm so glad you like the new TV and that you don't need a lower height cabinet! :woohoo:

Well, my task for today is to figure out why the website isn't sending e-mails when people fill out forms. :tantrum: It's okay though....deep breath....I'll have it figured out by this afternoon.

Much love,

03-26-2014, 01:54 PM
Hi Ladies--I actually am taking a bit of a lunch break and using it to read my email and the posts here. It feels wonderful to have a bit of "me" time during the work day.

I have ordered our treadmill and have scheduled the painting so I'm moving forward with the plans for the house and the fitness room.

The treadmill will be delivered and assembled on April 18. The painting is going to be done on April 17 and if they need to finish on April 18 they can. They will do the fitness room first to ensure that it will be finished before the treadmill arrives. I'm getting excited about all of this. I need to remember that on Saturday when I'm working on decluttering the room and also the office.

I'm actually looking forward to that work on Saturday as DH will be gone a few hours with one of our friends daughters, who calles us Uncle and Aunt. She wants her Uncle John to take her to Macy's (her favorite store) to buy a new dress for Easter. She has been saving her money (from her birthday, Christmas and allowance) as she doesn't want one from the consignment shop or to wear one that her sister previously wore. My DH is a shopper and he introduced Layna to Macy's and so he is taking her. I would love to watch my 6'2" 267 lb DH in that dress area while she tries all the dresses on! :D

I will come back later and do personals...time to head to a meeting.

03-26-2014, 03:06 PM
Hi..I'm back for Personals.

Michelle: Check your PM, I sent you the information on the shakes.
It sounds like you have a great teacher for your chair/office yoga. She is making sure that you are doing what is right for you--that is a great teacher!

I hope your queasy feeling got better.

Pattience: I haven't seen any of those movies but they are on my list of those I would like to see.

Laura: Congrats on having a loss at WW. I had that same loss at TOPS last week. At first I was like--so what..but then I got to least the scales went down which is the direction I want them to go! Glad that things worked out with the situation with your dog and the Installer.

Annie: Hump day should always be celebrated! ;) Good luck with the interview tomorrow. I think you would be good at that job and would like it. Go after it like you want it! If it turns out you don't after the interview and they offer it to you it will help you gain confidence that you have value in the work force (which YOU DO!! :hug: ). It's so easy to lose that confidence when your job situation has changed...I know..I have been there. Glad to hear that things are improving for Sissy. I have taken Zoloft in the past (after my dad passed). It was a big help to me to get back to being "me".

Happy: I hope today is a non-vertigo day for you and that your snow is melting.
I like that idea about the cookbook. The very reason I don't like to cook is the time it takes. I need simple, tasty, things to fix.

Terra: You are doing a great job with your walks. I think tracking it on a map would be fun to see how far you are really going.

Ceejay: I hope today is a better, less stress day!

Shad: It's getting towards the end of the week for you...what do you have planned this weekend? You are always doing something fun!

Ok..I must get back to work now. See you all tomorrow.

03-26-2014, 04:11 PM
Morning all,
Didn't get to post yesterday. It was one of those hectic days where not a lot got finished but a **** of a lot got started and interupted. I finally managed to get one of the Business Reps to look at the documentation and verbally agree they were fine. So that was 6 documents off my plate. I am about to send out an email to the other recalcitrants telling them that since the functional consultant has okayed them, then they will be published regardless as we don't have the time to muck around anymore. Any changes will be made after go-live now only 21 days away.

Annie - best of luck for your interview although you have probably already had it. I think you would do quite well with catering management - it's not cooking but you certainly know your food. I guess you were into sales at that other place. So it shouldn't be too difficult to slot in.
Good to hear that Sam is coming right slowly. It can be a difficult thing to get over the baby blues. One of the blokes I work with has a wife who still from time to time gets the blues. Although I am beginning to think hers might be more suburban neurosis rather than baby blues as she is in Nelson and although her family is close, she is alone in the house with the baby much of the time and she doesn't like it.
Lovely pictures of the new babe. He looks like he is doing well.

Michelle - Sounds like the yoga class is doing well for you. Hopefully it will make you a lot more supple and give you some leeway for hiking. 99 bugs in the system hey??? Always something.

Ceejay - hope the draining and refilling went well. Sounds like a fun job NOT. I can understand the stress in that one.

Happy - Have to agree, spice blends ie. Morrocan seasoning or Tuscan seasoning contains a lot of salt and if you don't use them up quickly the salt cakes together and the whole lot goes hard.
I think the Indians smoke because they are nervous about their jobs. Sometimes with good reason. I just wish I could put a team together to show big business that is not cost effective doing things this way. How can it be when they have to do everything twice. When things are not ready by due date and the favourite saying is ' oh no, can't do that. It is not in scope. Will cost x$$$ to change scope'. Business buys these programs through sales people - both theirs and SAP's. Sales people have no idea how things work and SAP isn't exactly user friendly in it's 'Vanilla' state. End of rant.
The weather will get colder here. Frosts and low temps in the winter and wind and rain no doubt. I'm enjoying it for the time being, but it is getting on for time to go back. Sunday is with the DS2. She also seems to think it is time to go home.

Pattience - I have sort of an hour glass shape. Hips and bust about the same and smaller waist - although not as small as it used to be!!!! :tantrum: I generally wear trousers and tops to work and the tops I like best are those with plenty of room in them sort of like either on a yolk with gathered front and I like them to come down onto the hips and butt with a band. I do wear t-shirts but don't like them tight. Nothing worse than seeing all the rolls over and below the bra. I like my trousers with straight legs and fitting around the butt. I don't have much of a sticky out butt, its wide but flat, which makes fitting difficult. I do have a gut roll in the front which really annoys me, but it doesn't seem to want to go away. In dresses - which I don't wear often, I like them to fit in the shoulders (of which I have a sloping pair) and the bust and skim the rest without showing too many rolls etc. Sleeves - yeah well short or capped mostly since Queensland really doesn't have a winter as such. But I have 3/4 and long as well. My skin is still smooth enough to take them and the batwings aren't too bad. I'm a 16 verging on a 14. Although I have clothes in the wardrobe from a size 12 to a 20 and they all fit - go figure.

Laura - My push ups challenge finishes this week. Only 2 more days to go. Think I might do it again and add some of the abs challenge in as well. It might help to tone up some of this gut and the batwings.
Sorry to hear about Coals little trick. Lucky the man was okay with the cash and not about to get the council involved and possibly have the dog put down. You must have to be careful with the dog around children as well or is he okay when out of his territory?

Susie - Yeah, the boss is gone. Some peace and quiet for a change. Sounds like you are in for a bit of renovation with the painting and new workout room. Good stuff.
Love that the DH is taking a young lady shopping. Hope she doesn't come home with anything too sassy for the parents.
This weekend is my nieces birthday. We will all be going out to her place. Don't know what else is on the menu, however I will be trying out for another long walk, just not sure where this time. Might think about the Palliser Lakes, but that could be just a step too far. Have to check it out. Other than that, food shopping (although the list is not long this week) and some vegetating is on the menu.

Terra - keep up the walking. It's good for you. A pedometer will help to indicate how many steps you are doing, what the calories are, heart rates and whether you are improving your time/distance which is the ultimate goal.

Okay - back to work. Timing is whizzing past.

03-26-2014, 07:46 PM
Had a very busy day yesterday but not to bad today. I had to make a few changes in the actual run of the plant late yesterday afternoon due to having the one ground storage tank. I had to call B and tell him. The plant has some how gotten air in the lines.
Our insurance meeting went well. I still don't understand all of it and I used to work in insurance but there are some changes for the better. I'm a worry wart at heart.
We've been having some of the most beautiful sunset's. Wish I had a better camera other than my phone so I can make a picture.

Happy that things are getting done to the your new exercise room. I know you will use it more. And congrats on the loss.

You asked about my renovation. It's done and nothing very extravagant. I mainly did some rearranging of the furniture and kept most of the African stuff. I still have a bit of stuff to do but nothing like before. At least I have a place to sleep other than the couch. Are you feeling better?

I'm not sure how to describe my body shape. I'm equal inches in bust, hips and waist. I just call myself rotund. I haven't worn a dress in years simply cause I don't look good in them. I'm not sure about a skirt and top. I mostly wear pants and tops. My work clothes are jeans and a top with our logo on them.

I agree with Shad. Think you will do well in the catering management business. Royce is a handsome little man. Has Jacob gotten better with the rivalry?

So things are going to print. And 21 days left to go for this job. You mentioned push up challenge and helping the bat wing problem. That is the first thing I noticed is how well my arm are getting toned. I'm going to do the challenge again.

I need to go back and see what Coal did.

Did you walk today?

03-27-2014, 05:27 AM
Good afternoon all. I must say this thread is quite demanding isn't it. Its good for me don't worry. And its sort of nice to not be totally focused on the weightloss side of things.

Nothing very remarkable about my day today. I've been sewing, took the dog to the beach for a short walk. I've committed myself to picking up rubbish there once a week. The beach is really clean now after a very short time. 3 shopping bags the first week. Today only three items. If you are an aussie, check out tangaroa website. You can do this on any beach australia wide. Now when i go to any beach, i take some plastic bags along. Although i don't detail my findings except on my beach.

Thanks everyone for sharing your body info.

Annie, Good luck on the job interview.

Laura, re 12 years a slave. What was interesting about it was that i learnt that black people were kidnapped in the north and sold as slaves in the south. Most of them died in slavery. The guy in this story survived and wrote a book about it. I agree with you about WOWS as annie usefully calls it. Its pretty full on. But isn't it a story worth knowing about given that was based on a real life person. Its crazy to see how some people live.

To do a prostration, i found this link which is a good one. Not too much talking.

Diyana, your description of yoga sounds like the way an iyengar teacher manages ones poses. Though of course its not an office class so a lot of things are done like headstands or forearm stands (which you don't have to do) which are fun when you are in the healthy weight range.

What i know about Bikram is that it sounds silly. They believe in sweating and being hot and uncomfortable. Modern science tells us that we do not sweat toxins so their idea is just wrong. I did not find iyengar intense but if you are very unfit or very overweight you might find it difficult. But a good teacher (and they are all a very highly trained) will give you poses to do that are within your range and won't expect you to do things that fitter or slimmer people can do. The first teacher i had, had a group who had physical injuries and stuff like that to deal with. He was such a great teacher. Wish i stayed with him longer. They all work with you individually, helping your improve your poses in a gentle way.

Choice wow a fitness room. You are one lucky person. I"d probably make mine a yoga meditation room and then i might actually do some occasionally. Or maybe do some prostrations lol. I didn't even think of doing prostrations today.

Shad, Thanks for your description of clothes. Useful. Since everyone else seems to know, what sort of work do you do. I have to admit for my part, i don't regret my days in offices are over.

I know i might have missed out others. but hi anyway. Have a good day all.

03-27-2014, 12:13 PM
Morning all. Rainy today, and still chilly. Guess it’ll warm up a bit later on.

Pattience – Good of you to pick up rubbish on the beach. I know some of it’s from people who leave it behind – which is maddening that they leave it for someone else to deal with . But there must be a good amount of stuff that just lands there after being carried by the wind or washed in from the water? I'm finding that to be the case now that all the piles of snow have (almost) melted away from our property. I always think I should bring along an extra bag to pick up garbage when I’m walking the dog by the green space along the creek near our house, but I've never done it. I can barely keep up with the dog, let alone stop pick up garbage! (except for what doggy leaves behind, lol) Re the movies – I do like movies based on real people, and it’s nice when they are based on a book and you can see how many dramatic liberties were taken in the movie, haha. And the book is always better, IMO.

Ceejay – Glad work wasn’t too bad for you yesterday. Is it your weekend yet?? So do you get good views of the sunset in your area?? Do you go to the top of a water tower, LOL. That might be a nice perk – if one’s not fearful of heights, haha.

Shad – Nice to get some of the documents approved and off your plate for the time being. Will you be going full speed until the go-live? Re the pushups – yeh, my arms have firmed up a bit too. But I still prefer half or ¾ sleeves because my upper arms always get cold indoors. Coal is fine with kids – either indifferent to them, or seems to like the way they taste, LOL. No, doesn’t eat them, just licks them.

Susie – Your exercise room plans are coming right along. :) Yes, you must keep the end goal (REWARD) in mind when doing the unpleasant parts. :D We started our garage re-organization last fall right before the weather got so cold. We’d stood around in the garage and discussed the best use of the space, decided what we could move elsewhere and where things should go. We shifted some things around, removed the old decrepit jury-rigged storage “system”. We bought a wall system with all kinds of hooks with which to hang all our yard tools, ladder, etc. Bought a new shelving unit. And then it got really cold and that was the end of that. :shrug: So now we have to pick up where we left off. I came across some notes I took about it the other day – I’ll have to dig them out again and hopefully we remember how we wanted to set it up. :crossed: Very sweet of your hub to take your “niece” shopping for her Easter dress. I’m glad Easter is later this year – I always feel like it’s too cold for the kids to show off their Easter outfits. Just maybe it'll be more spring-like in three weeks.

Michelle – Sounds like you’ve got a great yoga teacher! How many students are in your class? It's nice she can give individual attention to you. I hope you’re feeling better today. You’re absolutely right about leaving Coal alone with pretty much anyone who doesn’t know him well. Coal has slipped out the door as people come/go – that would be an awful thing to happen if we weren't around. I’m sure bf has also learned from this incident. Did you get the e-mail issue rectified?

Annie – Your interview might be over by now – hope it went well!!!

Hi Terra!! :wave:

Went to a Zumba class last night. I like the instructor (I’ve taken her classes before), and it was a good class. I’ll try to catch her class on weeknights since I can’t make her Saturday morning classes now that I’m doing jazzercise that day. Well, it’s feasible - if I wanted to do two classes one right after the other, LOL. Jazzercise is at 7:55 am and the Zumba is at 9:45. But that would pretty much kill me, so no thanks.

Having lunch with a work buddy today. I have to get to a Hallmark store for a couple greeting cards. Maybe right after work??

Okay, better get this posted and get on with the day. TTFN.

03-27-2014, 12:41 PM
Hi Everyone,

Posting early today as tonight I have TOPS and it is the night that I "play" surregote mommy to our friends four girls.

On Thursday's I or my DH pick them up from the afterschool activites, we all eat dinner together with their parents and then their mom and dad usually go to a movie or shopping or even just into another room of the house and the kids know not to bother them and my husband take care of what is needed---such as check homework, make sure they get baths/showers, brush teeth and we all usually play a game or maybe watch a tv show together.

We have done this since the first one was born. It really helps us to be involved in their lives and we have strong bonds with them. My friend asked me about this when the first one was born. She knew I couldn't have kids and this was a way of deeply sharing her children with me. I am forever greatful for her and this insite she had. It gives me my "mommy" fix.

I am hoping for a loss tonight at TOPS--I feel that I am down. I have worked hard with my food this week to eat well and stay in my calorie range.

Pattience: My fitness room is a spare bedroom that does't get used very often. I decided I would change it to something that I had a need for in my life and this was the choice. I used to get my workouts in at the local Y every night but now I work 1 hour from my house and so does my DH. We aren't home very long at night and can't really get to the Y so we need another option and this is it.

Right now I will have a treadmill that will be in the room. We are mounting a TV on the wall and it has a built in dvd player, that way I can do my workout videos as well. I also have other workout equipment such a stability ball, a step bench, free weights and exercise bands. I'm pretty exctied to get this room all pulled together.

I think it is really cool that you do clean up on the beach that you go too.

Shad: It seems that your work project is moving along pretty well. Will you take break between contract jobs or do you have something else already in the works? I don't really understand your job or how you manage it.

Ceejay: I need to buy a new digital camera myself. I'm tired of taking picutres with my phone. Is this a time of year that the sunsets are always pretty or is something special happening? I'm glad to hear that your work was a bit easier yesterday than the day before and that the new insurance has some changes for the better.

I want to wish Annie good luck today with her interview today. I'm saying prayers for you.

I will see you all tomorrow.

03-27-2014, 12:56 PM
Good morning ladies,

Had a relaxing evening yesterday, D and I went out to dinner. After we got home, I did my plank challenge and then watched TV. I might try out a new yoga class this evening, or I might just go home and do the physical therapy exercises, my plank challenge and some yoga poses/stretches. My left shoulder's been bothering me for a few weeks. I've been really tired lately. I've had a hard time falling asleep before 11, and my sore shoulder hurts whether I sleep on my left side or my right.

Susie - That's great the painting and treadmill delivery are all scheduled! Your DH likes to shop...that's rare! So nice of him to take Layna to Macy's to buy a new dress. I received your PM about the shakes. I'll look into it and if, since I have diabetes, there's anything be careful of. So nice that you and your DH look after your friends' kids each week! Your fitness room sounds like it will be wonderful!! Good luck at TOPS!

Shad - Glad you got 6 of the docs off your plate and approved. And good on ya' for laying down the law that the docs will be published and not edited until after go live. I've had similar experiences to yours with offshore consultants and sales people having no idea with how things work and promising the moon without running it by the people who have to make it happen first.

Annie - I'm sending you lots of positive energy, good vibes and prayers. You'll do great, sister! You're smart, energetic, enthusiastic, friendly and you know your stuff when it comes to organizing people and events, and you know food as well. :hug:

Ceejay - Air in the lines? I hope that can be resolved easily.

Happy - How is the vertigo? How are the kitties and your DH?

Pattience - Good for you for cleaning up beaches! My teacher calls her style of yoga Kripalu. I don't know much about Iyengar, only that I've seen pictures of him in all kinds of what I call pretzel-ey poses. It's been my experience that some yoga teachers who teach at gyms/fitness centers are more like the other instructors (for Zumba, kickboxing, etc.) there...they demonstrate the poses, but aren't concerned with showing modifications or accommodating everyone's individual abilities. I am overweight and do find some yoga moves challenging, and the others just feel so good.

Laura - I totally remember all kinds of trash that suddenly appeared along the roadsides after the snow melted. That's so cute about Coal liking the way kids taste! The yoga classes are small, ranging in size from 3 or 4 students to 10 students, which is probably why she can give individual attention. Good for you for doing Zumba last night! As I was watching my DVR'ed recording of DWTS, I really felt like either taking a dance class...or just getting back to Zumba. I'll look today and see when the classes are offered at the gym locations near where I live and work. The e-mail issue was half rectified. The website can send notification emails to the person who signed up, and also to an admin address (if that address is NOT behind our firewall). Meaning that my company's SPAM filter seems to block incoming emails from the new website. Interestingly if I set the admin email address to be my Gmail account, and then set an auto-forwarding filter on my Gmail account to forward emails from the website to my work email address, then the spam filter doesn't block it. :dunno: :dizzy: I'll be working on it some more today. :D

Gotta get back to it.

Much love and many hugs,

03-27-2014, 06:19 PM
I'm curious as to how many reps you did of each of the yoga poses. I like the stretches that Peggy Cappy does before the other yoga moves. These are done using a chair also.

Sounds like you had a good day out.

Yes I've started my 3 day week end. And I'm not over doing anything. Just what I want to do.
I had another good day yesterday at work. Just had to run the plant differently. I did take notes and type them up for every one so it would be easier the next time, mainly for my benefit. Seems like they schedule things like this on my shift.
I might add the air in the line were in the water pipes. and it was playing havoc with the pumps. I had to keep bleeding off the pressure in the pipes that run to the pumps. I flushed the toilet and water shot up like a gizer (sp)
We're having some rain at the moment with some thunder.
Did something different this morning by ordering my refills on line. they will be ready tomorrow

03-27-2014, 07:39 PM
We are at the end of March or at least will be on Monday. Anyone suggest an April title????

Back later, when I finish kicking this $%^&*( consultant.

Leave it to me at the moment and it might be something like Worldlies 'Awfully Aggressive and Anti in April'

03-27-2014, 08:46 PM
How about "Happy's Turning 60 and Pretty P.O.'d about the idea"????

03-27-2014, 11:35 PM
Could everyone send or post their birthdays please? I had them on my calendar at work and did not get them transferred before leaving. Thank you. Mine is 6/12.

03-28-2014, 12:07 AM
Nope - definitely not Happy. Keep your P.O. to yourself, since I will be turning 65.

Just thank your lucky stars you are retired.

Annie - I am on 25/04. Now since I am not over there, that's the 25th April, just incase anyone thought we had 25 months in the year.

Back later when I get a couple of drinks below the belt. Ie. it is nearly knock off time on Friday.

03-28-2014, 01:24 AM
60 is not bad but I had trouble with that number too. Life only get's better.

That title sounds good to me.

My birthday is 8/27.
Looking at the radar before I go to bed. But still not sleepy since I had a two hour nap this afternoon. Love to sleep when it's raining plus took a muscle relaxer. Lower back has been killing me this week.

03-28-2014, 07:54 AM
My news is that i've had a sore tummy and that has meant i didn't want to eat much so yay for sore tummies! Just kidding. Its not serious but i don't know what it is.

Other than that i have been sewing up lots of trousers today. Well working on lots they are all at different stages but I love them all because each is in a different fabric. I will be curious to see what sort of response they will get at the market on Sunday. Fingers crossed i sell some. Or even just one pair. (The market is still very quiet so i can't expect to make a lot of money really. OUr season doesn't start until Easter.

Laura, I had a go at Zumba. I was hopeless of course but i recognised a quality workout for my brain. I wish it was more motivating to go because i would have liked to do it more but i just didn't find it motivating. It was even a good price and close to home. But that was last year. But its good its working for you.

Mychoice, what is TOPS? Is it a weight loss group? My father has been building a gym for about two years. He spends a lot more time making equipment than working out on it but i have to say, i think its doing him a lot of good.

Diyana, sorry to hear you have a shoulder problem. I hope you can get it examined by a doctor. There is a physical exam that doctors do to help diagnose. There are things like tears and burs and stuff so you wouldn't want to keep aggravating it. But I hope its not serious. Do get it checked out if it persists for too long.

Iynegar instructors can do a lot of weird things with their bodies but so can a lot of other highly trained yoga instructors but don't worry those positions are for the very advanced person, not the beginner or intermediate which most classes are.

I Looked up Kripalu on wikipedia. I got the general idea now.

Ceejay, what sort of plant is it? I love sleeping when its raining too.

Shad To go with your theme, Wild and Unwieldy Worldies in April. Do i have to look out for a new thread soon. If i fall off the end, its because i've lost you.

Happy, Commiserations on your upcoming birthday. I know how that feels. I think we all do by now. The good thing is the feeling will pass.

Annie, mine is October 11. Don't send me any cake! ;-)

03-28-2014, 11:25 AM
Morning all. TGIF!! It’s raining again this morning. :rain: Well, it was sort of like slush for a short time on my walk to the train station, but that didn’t last long, thankfully.

Susie – How was your TOPS meeting last night? Your mommy (and daddy) night w/ the friends’ kids sounds fun. What did you do this time?

Michelle – Did you try out the new yoga class last night? Nice that the other class is small in size and allows for the personal attention. I hope the pain in your shoulder eases up. Kind of funny that the firewall blocks e-mail from its own website, but will accept e-mail from a gmail account…

Ceejay – Good you took notes for yourself on the alternate running of the plant. A nap while it’s raining sounds very nice indeed. We had rain throughout the day yesterday, and last night there were one or two claps of thunder, but that was about it. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!!

Shad – How about “Worldlies Up the Ante for an Awesome April”?? Enjoy your weekend.

Annie – How do you think your interview went yesterday? My birthday is July 5th.

Happy – How was your yoga class on Wednesday? I forget if you had a doc appointment or a PT appointment yesterday. Whatever you had – have you gotten any relief from the vertigo? How are hubby and kitties??

Pattience – I hope your tummy is no longer sore. Good luck selling the trousers!! Re Zumba – you’re absolutely right that the choreography is also a workout for your brain. Same thing with a step class I took a while back – much more complicated choreography than I’d had in any previous step classes, and I knew my brain was working to get my body to execute. Not all that successfully, but I guess that comes with repeated trys.

Hellos to Susie & Terra!!

Struggling with my eating lately. Today it was a victory not stopping on the walk from the train station to the office to buy a snack of some sort. I have some fruit at work I will eat between meals, but only if needed. Today I will try to drink a lot of water. My snacking is habitual and out of boredom...not from hunger. Have to get out of that habit!

Nothing special going on this weekend. I thought I might get out in the yard and rake up the leaves that have mostly piled up in the flower borders and around the edges of the lawn. The temps are supposed to be milder, but I think it’ll probably be too damp…we’ll see. I might get out there anyway, in my rubber boots.

I'll be going to jazzercise class tomorrow morning, and then I need to get the taxes done!

Okay, back to the grind. Have a lovely weekend everyone!

:flow1: :flow1::flow1:

03-28-2014, 12:57 PM
Sorry I forget that we have new people. I work in a water treatment plant for our city's water supply. Hope your tummy is feeling better.

I'm curious too how did the interview go.

I've been struggling with food for awhile. Don't really know why. I need to be out doing some yard work but right now it's too wet.

While at the grocery store yesterday I saw a bag of 15 bean soup. I have them cooking now and they smell so good. Should have looked at the package cause I need a can of tomatoes to go in them. Mom used to fix these.
I need to call my sister this afternoon and ask if I can go to Branson the first of May. I need to get away for a week end.

03-28-2014, 01:05 PM
Shad ~ It has definitely become a habit, I dont know if you were referring to me or yourself but I thought I would reply.

Pattience ~ Welcome to the thread, Im not sure if I've welcomed you yet, Sorry if I had already.

Susie ~ Yeah tracking it on a map would be interesting but Im not sure how to do that.

Laura ~ Yeah I wish Clyde enjoyed walking like he did when he was younger but your right walking without a dog lets you keep your pace.

Michelle ~ Yeah thats true, It is neat that you can track your miles.

Ceejay ~ Yes I did walk yesterday. I havent walked today yet but Im still trying to wake up.

Happy ~ Happy Birthday or Happy Early Birthday if it hasnt came yet. I hope you have a wonderful day on your birthday

As soon as I wake up some Im gonna go walk for the 1st time today.

03-28-2014, 02:01 PM
Good morning ladies,

I went to another yoga class last night. Different instructor. This was an even more relaxing and stretching class than the one I usually go to. I like the instructor well enough. She's sweet and gentle and caring, and showed modifications and made a point of mentioning which poses weren't good for bad backs (as there were other students in addition to me who have back issues). The only thing I didn't like is that she called three different poses "Mountain Pose", and none of them were the "Mountain" pose that my other instructor showed where you just stand solidly like a mountain. I might still go back to that class if I have nothing better to do on Thursday nights, but I really prefer my other instructor. I'm finding these smaller classes through I'm sure the classes at my gym would have a lot more people, but I'll give those a try too.

To answer Ceejay's question, we usually do a pose two or three times and hold each pose for 4 or 5 deep slow breaths (so around 25-30 seconds per pose), then we release the pose and go back into it.

After work, I'll probably do water aerobics, and then I might get together with some friends or if D gets home early enough, we might go out for dinner and a movie.

Tomorrow will be a spent taking care of stuff around the house, and then on Sunday a friend of mine who does housecleaning for a living will be helping me clean B's house. Since he's disabled and in a lot of pain after his cancer surgeries and treatments, he hasn't been able to keep up with the cleaning. He was going to hire someone anyone, and I suggested my friend P since she does housecleaning and could use a bit of extra cash. I'll help as much as I can without compromising my back.

Ceejay - I'm glad you're going to have a nice relaxing 3 days off! You've certainly earned some R&R. I'm so sorry you're having lower back issues...maybe some of the Peggy Cappy stretches can help? A weekend trip to Branson sounds like something really fun to look forward to. As for birthdays, I didn't know you were a Virgo too. Enjoy your bean soup!

Shad - As for kicking the consultant...been there done that. I hope you didn't damage him so much that he couldn't get the work done. I hope the drinks were yummy. Sounds like a great way to start the weekend. As for thread titles, the one Laura suggested is really good.

Happy - I got a laugh out of your idea for the thread title. But my dad always used to say, "Getting older isn't bad at all when you consider the alternative." I can't say if I'll have trouble with the 6-0 birthday. I had a bit of trouble with turning 50...but mostly because of what was going on in my life at the time...which is why I had the 50th birthday do-over in 2013. I hope the vertigo has eased up.

Pattience - I hope your tummy feels better soon. Good luck with selling your trousers! I hope you do well. :crossed: I really loved Zumba and miss it. I hope I'll find a good class so I can get back to it. I'll probably get my shoulder looked at by a doctor. As for getting lost when we start the new thread, whoever sets up the new thread always puts a link on this thread directing us to now post on the new if you get lost, just come back here, go to the last post, and there should be a link to get you to the new post.

Laura - Slushy, sleety rain is no fun to walk in, so I'm glad it didn't last long. I really like your idea for the thread title! Like you, I snack out of habit and boredom. Have a great time at Jazzercise!

Susie - I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Annie - How did your interview go? Are you still helping Sissy every day? Does Jacob get jealous when you hold Royce? Or is he dealing better with the concept of sharing attention? My birthday is 9/9.

Terra - Has the weather warmed up enough so you can walk outside? It's really great that you're walking. I hope to get my back better soon so I can walk and hike more.

Time to get some more stuff done.

Much love to all,

03-28-2014, 02:02 PM
Hi there beautiful sisters,

Sorry I have been away - things got the better of me. :o I am going to babble for a bit so if you want to skip to personals, skip this post and go to the next one...

On Wednesdays our local radio station has an auction in which local businesses offer goods, services or coupons at a discount of 40 to 60 percent off. This Wednesday they had their big spring auction that had several items I was interested in. Some can be purchased flat out (ie. a dining certificate valued at 10 dollars at a cost of 6 dollars), others are bid upon and highest bidder wins at the end of the auction block. It's very popular and I must have dialed the phone about a hundred times. I did get through several times - some things I won, some things I was outbid on. I did get a couple of dining certificates, a pontoon (boat) rental at half price good for an all day 9am to 5pm rental, a couple of discount coupons for our local gardening place where I get my spring plants and the biggest score of all was not one but two 10 punch swim passes good at a local hotel. They offered one pool punch card at the 10am auction, and one at the 11 o'clock auction. I got the 10am one at close to the retail price - it was a very popular bid item. I then bid on the second one at 15 minutes before the hour ended and got that one for 10 dollars less than the first one. All in all, I still got them for under the retail price. So now I can go swimming again after 3 long years - I do miss my pool in Tennessee even though I would not be swimming there at this time of year.

Then I went to the new yoga class. OMG - the instruction is FABULOUS. A-MAZE-ZING. Angels sing. This is exactly the kind of person you want as a yoga teacher. She is soooooo serene. I was quite nervous about doing a 90 minute class with the way I have been feeling but we spent the first session on introductions and then she led us through an hour long relaxation session. It was incredibly serene. I swear I could feel the energy flowing - at the end she said to be careful what we were doing for the next hour or so, because this sort of thing tended to make one a bit fuzzy in the head for a bit. And she was right. I felt wonderful when I walked out of there - can't wait for next week. All I could think of was how much several of you who are stressed out at the moment could have benefited from this. I wish you were on the mats with me. And she encouraged us to, and I remember some of the things so I can "practice" during the week. One lady said she was actually able to breathe out the pain she was having in her leg. I haven't gotten that good yet, but it's encouraging.

Afterwards we stopped at the radio station to pick up our auction treasures and then went to a local favorite Mexican restaurant for dinner.

Thursday I had an early morning doctor's appointment. We were due for a storm that started off with rain, progressed to icy sleet and then full on snow. I was quite happy to see that the wind shifted and the storm was coming in later that afternoon instead of starting in the wee hours of the morning. Doctor's report was good. My blood sugar A1C is just a tweet over normal at 6.0 - she said it bounces between 5.7 (normal) and 6.0 so I'm sure with exercise and a bit less sugar and carbs I can get that down. My cholesterol is elevated - HDL is great, LDL is higher. I'm sure it's those cheese and cracker snacks I am fond of. :yes: They brought up the suggestions of statins (cholesterol lowering drugs) and I politely refused :yikes: :no: :nono: Too many side effects with that including achy limbs and I already have those in spades. The doctor had a really nice, young medical student working with her and Anna said they are finding that when it comes to cholesterol, it's not so much the natural cholesterol in foods that is the problem (think eggs getting a bad rap) but it's actually the saturated fats in foods that really elevate the LDL. Again, let's give it a try with diet and exercise. She also recommended incorporating foods with plant sterols in them. I really don't like the margarine / buttery spread substitutes and asked if I can't incorporate foods like fresh salmon, oatmeal, flax seeds. She said those are good but the sterols act as a booster to lower LDL cholesterol. So I compromised and purchased some Benecol Smart Chews. My triglicerides dropped to a normal range for the first time in a couple of years so that's good. Vit D, sodium, calcium and others are all in the good range. All in all a good report so I was pleased and committed to doing better. My cousin's wife said she would love to come swimming with me and needs exercise too so we can do the water walking and I have PT water exercises. I did miss the Thursday morning yoga class (again). I was just too unsteady to be able to do it.

My knee and leg are tolerably painful - meaning they hurt but I can deal with it. However in the wee hours of Thursday morning I got up for a potty run and before I even got out of bed, I could tell the vertigo was full on. I had a difficult time getting from bed to bathroom as the room was tipped severely down and to the right. It was as if my right side was being pulled by force to the floor. I wasn't sure I'd make it. This was probably the worst I've had it in years. I woke up in the morning and it was no better. I staggered literally to the doctor's - was as if I was mildly drunk. She offered to try and get me in to see the physical therapist but I know he is booked solid. I have an appointment next Thursday morning. He is only at this office on Tuesday and Thursday. She said she'd call herself to see if he'd squeeze me in but I said no, didn't want DH having to drive 30 minutes each way with an ice storm approaching. As it was, when we left the doctor's an icy glaze was forming on the pavement. I spend all of yesterday in a dizzy stupor and didn't do much at all except for some phone calls, a bit of reading and some computer stuff.

Today I am just slightly dizzy - not as bad as yesterday. Not sure what's going on but I was betting yesterday - hoping actually - that this would pass.

Got an email from the thrift shop coordinator - they have scheduled a volunteers' meeting next week where they will offer suggestions for the short list of places to relocate the shop to. The building was covered by insurance as were the contents but apparently the insurance is not enough to rebuild :( They are going to raze the building and sod (lay grass) over the lot so as not to be an eyesore. I'm actually quite surprised about this, however I'm thinking that because it's main street, the city council probably has a number of mandates and building codes that make it cost prohibitive with new construction. Many of those old buildings are close to 100 years old - our town is a very old town that was once a Norwegian logging camp in the 1800's. One of the other things we are going to attempt to do at this meeting is come up with an inventory of donated thrift items for the insurance adjuster. They have records of the new and logo items because we purchased those but have nothing for all the books and donated goods. Because it is dark, boarded over and dangerous to be in the building, the owner took pictures of the interior of the shop and we will be attempting to come up with a list of items based on the pictures. So last night I did a paper layout of the storefront sections as best I could remember. I have taken a really good look at things the last 2 weeks I was there, as I was making a serious effort (as were a few of us) to tidy things up, spring clean and get the shop nice to view. So a lot of stuff is fresh in my memory. Still it took me about 3 hours to make the floor diagram, but it was fun to use Microsoft Word again for more than just typing.

I'm hoping with my head a bit clearer today, I can get to some housecleaning. It's on the warmer side and quite sunny out there - looks like a nice day. We have nothing going on until Sunday - there is a wine & beer and cheese tasting fund raiser for the Humane Society. I was not planning on going but DH said "Happy - when the place BURNS DOWN - it would be kind of mean NOT to go to a fundraiser, wouldn't it???? :shrug: Ok, I guess so. I'd rather just give them the money and skip the event but we will go and show our support. :hat: :cheers: Don't they know I should not be eating :cheese: :lol:

Thank you for putting up with my babbling. On to personals.

03-28-2014, 02:18 PM
Oh one last thing. My birthday is April 27 - 2 days after Shad's so let's go all out and make it a 3 day, worldwide celebration :yay: :lol: I just can't believe I am going to be 60 - even though under this hair dye I am all gray and I kind of walk with a stiff gait sometimes. I look in the mirror and see 40ish. No one believes I am my age either. I was talking to my bestie and she said she can't believe we are going to be 60 either. It's like it crept up on us. Although I am PROFOUNDLY grateful for my wonderful, peaceful life of retirement, and really would not want to be 40 or younger because of what I'd have to put up with (working, cramps, lack of personal time, stress, etc). Maybe what gets to me is that sometimes I mourn some lost things of youth - good eyesight, waking up without the whole body hurting, not being so doddering in walking, afraid to trip and fall because a fall takes a lot longer to recover from :lol:. I know now that if I lose weight my skin will not snap back into place. I was looking at the young cashier at the Mexican restaurant. She had a lower cut top on that is favored by young girls today and I was thinking - geez her boobs start right under her chin. I had forgotten that while my boobs now stare intently at my belly button (sorry if TMI :o ) they once sat high up on the chest :lol3: So there are some things I miss which are lost forever. However I am older, wiser and I love my life now. I am at peace and happier in these last 3 years than I have been in the last 30. I was talking briefly on Facebook to a former coworker who was saying how I was so lucky to escape. It is one big, long, stressful hard time for most of them (management excluded of course). They are pushed to do more and more with not enough people and 10 hour work days are the minimum you put in. No matter what you do, it's never enough and there is always an excuse to cut benefits, cut raises but management bonuses are at an all time high. What does that tell you??? :chin: So yes, if the price for what I have and what I enjoy is being 60, then I am glad for that. End of babble.

03-28-2014, 03:27 PM
Dang, lost part of my post again. Not sure if it's me, this laptop or this site. :mad:

Michelle - you are a real angel friend to help out with B. That's the kind of thing to do for someone - see what they need and just do it. Just be careful of your back while cleaning. And as far as the yoga goes, keep sampling until you find a teacher(s) that you enjoy. This one I just started - I have been trying to get into her class for over a year - she is very popular - and I can see why - as a result, there are very few openings in her classes. And you know what will work best for you. Funny when Pattience mentioned Zumba - you will always and forever be my immediate reaction to Zumba as you ARE the Zumba queen. I hope your back allows you to get back to that again because you loved it so.

Terra - when you walk, do you have specific goals in mind - do you walk a certain route or a specific distance or a certain amount of minutes or do you just walk until you are done for the night? The important thing is to just get out. Sometimes I think too much about it and miss my opportunity. It's too bad that Clyde can't keep up with you. Maybe you have to put him in a baby stroller so he can get some air with you. :lol:

Ceejay - I remember those 15 bean soup mixes! How nice - how did the soup come out? Did you add meat or just make it vegetarian? What a healthy and filling meal. I think a trip to Branson is a wonderful idea. You've been stressed a lot at work, would be nice to have a break and something to look forward to. Sorry your back is hurting - I think naps on rainy days are the best too. Especially if you have the window open a bit and fall asleep to the sounds of falling rains.

Laura - I like your suggestion for a thread title for April. Congrats on skipping stopping for a snack. There are so many places downtown that have tempting little goodies - I'm drooling just thinking of some of them :lol3: . I found that I snacked / ate a whole lot more when I was working because I was bored or stressed. Ick on having to rake up the wet leaves from the fall :lol: Oh well, frost damaged impatiens and begonias are worse to deal with. Nice to hear tho that your weather is improving. My Mom said they were talking about it kissing the 60's soon. Ahhhh spring at last! Yikes, that was kind of scary with Coal and the installer. Glad nothing serious happened. Not sure if I would have left the pup alone with a stranger. Heck I'm so paranoid I would not have left the house with a stranger in it :lol: I guess you have to know and work with your dog's quirks. Like many of them hate people with hats on for some reason. That just made me think of Geico commercials they run up this way. 2 of them involving a family of Golden Labs I think. "Dad" is driving, Mom in the front seat and 3 "kids" in the back including an adorable puppy strapped into a baby seat :lol: In one commercial they are driving along and all of a sudden Dad barks and then the whole car starts barking - including the baby. The scene flashes to the opposite side of the road where a mail truck is passing by. After they cross paths the dogs get quiet again and keep driving. The other commercial they stop at a stop sigh. Dad gives an audible "uhhhh" and walking across a street is a French poodle in all her strutting finery whispering in French. Dad is gazing at the sweetie when all of a sudden there is a low growl from "Mom" :lol3: Dad turns his attention back to driving and takes off. I don't know what the commercials are about, I just love watching them. :D I love a good clever commercial.

Pattience - as Michelle said, we change thread titles once a month and we always include the word Worldies somewhere in the title. Also the last post includes a link to the new thread to make it easier to find us. Good luck with the pants - it will be interesting to see what sells at the market. I would love working with all the different fabrics. Is your season tied to tourists or just better weather and more people out and about in the markets?

Shad - yes I am quite happy that I am retired, I think I would just be unbearable to live with if I had to still be mired in the corporate mess - particularly if it involved the insanity of converting to SAP. Is there an official age of retirement out your way (superannuation benefits?) or do you just have to work until you can afford not to? I guess nothing ever came of your friend's idea to start a training facility? That's a bummer. Did you enjoy a few relaxing drinks on knock off Friday???

Annie - how did the interview go? I was sending good thoughts your way all the time, even if I wasn't posting. It is almost time to start thinking of starting your garden. How are the grandkids doing? Is Royce a sleeper? How is C doing? Still working himself to the bone?

Susie - it sounds as if your workout room will be quite nice when you are finished with it. I think it's smart to transition it from a not very used space to something that will benefit you more. We don't get a lot of company either (not sure if that is a good thing or not) but we too decided that we will use our house for our happiness so one spare bedroom (that can be easily converted) is now DH's guitar room. And I held off getting cats because I was afraid people would be allergic. Turns out the cats were the best "guests" :lol: and they have brought a lot of love into our lives. Hopefully you can get the same pleasures from your new room. Even if you can sneak in 30 minutes a day - that is helpful. Did you enjoy your "mommy fix" ? I have to smile, I enjoyed the nieces and nephews when they were young for the same reason. Always nice to enjoy them when they are young and fun and be able to turn them over when they have the chicken pox or the puking flu. And it gives your friends a needed night out on occasion so good for all.

I guess I have totally babbled enough. I will be quite stiff from sitting her for so long. Time to find something for lunch - I am committed to eating more consciously and healthfully. Let's all have a good weekend.

03-28-2014, 04:03 PM
Happy - What a cool idea for the radio station to do an auction...kind of like ebay or groupon for local businesses. Sounds like you scored big on some really good stuff! What a nice savings you got! I'm so glad you like your new yoga class. She sounds like a great instructor. I really enjoy the relaxation parts even more than the poses. I wish I could breathe out the pain in my back and shoulder. That's great your A1C is so good!! Well done! Well done also on the HDL, that's always been a tough one for me to get up to the normal range. Good for you about the triglycerides. Thanks for the info about the saturated fats and plant sterols and Benecol Smart Chews. I'm sorry to hear that your knee and leg are still causing you pain, and that your vertigo is causing you problems. That's good you were able to come up with a floor plan of contents for the thrift store. I'm sure that will help tremendously at the meeting. It's good of you to go to the fundraiser, but I know what you mean about sometimes you'd rather just donate the money than be around the tempting, fattening food. :lol: I will definitely be careful with my back when cleaning for B. I try and help out where I can. The yoga instructor I really like teaches on Tuesday nights about a 40 minute drive away and Sunday afternoons (except for this Sunday) about a 10 minute drive away. So other than this Sunday, I'll be a regular at her Sunday class. Not sure about Tuesday nights. I will check out the yoga classes at the gym too. Thanks for calling me the Zumba queen! I really did love to do Zumba. Those commercials sound great!! :lol3: That's so cool that you turned one of your bedrooms into a guitar room for your DH.

Shad - I had another idea for a thread title "Worldies are Actively Achieving our Aspirations in April"

Terra - Happy's suggestion of putting Clyde in a baby stroller is really good if he'll stay there. Or maybe walk him a little bit and carry him the rest of the way. I had to do that with one of my dogs when we signed up for a short 1 or 2 mile doggie walkathon to raise money for an animal charity. She walked about halfway and then sat down stubbornly saying, "I'm done. I'm not moving for anything." So I carried her the rest of the way. She was about 20 lbs, so she got pretty heavy after awhile, but we finished. :D

Well, time to get back to it. I was able to get an appointment this afternoon with the doc to have her look at my shoulder. Hopefully she'll be able to do something even though she's a general practitioner.

03-28-2014, 04:37 PM
No offence but I had to laugh at your post cause that's the exact same way I felt. Even the doctor I went to at the time told me welcome to the 60's and the new norm's.-----meaning all my ailment's. sigh. Decided that this soup would be vegetarian, mainly because I've not been getting any veggies at all lately. And with my strict diverticulitis diet I have to be careful.
All this talk about yoga is making me want to do my stretches at least. Not sure if my back can with stand all of it though. It till grabs me on certain movements. I have pain meds, Mobic, but I'd rather take the Tylenol Arthritis strength.
Okay, cornbread is done so I have to go out to pick up my meds.

03-28-2014, 08:54 PM
Happy ~ I just walk until Im done for the night, I usually walk at least two times if not 3 times a day

Shad ~ Happy Birthday, I hope you have a wonderful birthday

Michelle ~ I dont have a scroller I could use but thats a good idea. I've also tried carrying Clyde before and he just gets too heavy.

03-29-2014, 01:23 PM
Morning all,

Bright sunny day. Quickie for me, about to head out the door and run some errands. Hope you are all enjoying your weekend ahead. Will come back later when I have something interesting to say :D

03-29-2014, 02:20 PM
Quick post for me too as I have website work to get done and errands to run.

I went to the doctor yesterday about my shoulder. I have bursitis and I also have tendonitis in my rotator cuff tendon. She said that if I ease up on the repetative motions and use anti-inflammatories it should feel better in a couple weeks. After all her prodding of my shoulder during the exam, I was sore, so rather than go out with friends, I picked Santa up at day care, took him to the dog park for an hour, and then we went home and relaxed. D got home from work around 9, and we watched a little TV before bed.

03-29-2014, 03:07 PM
Happy Saturday All.

Not much going on around here is rain and a bit of snow. Bleh, I am way over this winter thing.

HAPPY...Royce is a sleeper and really a way better baby than Jacob ever was even tho Jacob was a premmie. The phone interview went very well, however the $$ are not there or even in the vicinity of my requirements. HR is going to talk with the management and see if they can get a little closer, all this even before an in person interview to save time. Got another rejection it has been filled email, that makes 3 so far. bleh. Not sure on the garden this year, don't know if the money will be there to put into getting it started. Just too many expenses at the moment, and you of course know all about that too. is work going for you this time around? is your shoulder? What did the doc have to say about it?

LAURA...are you still doing challenges on line?

CEEG..yum corn bread.

Hi to Terra and Susie!!

Gotta get busy....Hugs

03-29-2014, 05:10 PM
Sorry been MIA for a while, but yesterday was my nieces birthday and I went out there for dinner as well as shopping for groceries and the bank and several other bits and pieces that needed to be done.
All **** broke loose on Friday at work and my normal easy day was completely destroyed. These things are sent to try us.

Today I am hoping for another long walk - if it doesn't rain. It is a bit of a grey day out there. I'm going to take a bus out to Seatoun and walk around the Mt Crawford peninsular. I'll be back later to tell you how it went.

03-29-2014, 05:41 PM
Afternoon all.

Ceejay – The 15-bean soup sounds good and filling. I don’t mind meatless meals, but bf isn’t all that keen on them. Sure hope you can work out the timing for a weekend in Branson!!

Terra – Too bad you can’t have Clyde with you when you walk. Do you enjoy listening to music while you walk?

Michelle – Sorry to hear about your rotator cuff issues. They can be painful – I’ve had pain in both shoulders on the past due to rotator cuff issues. None at the moment, or I should say, none that makes any difference. Right now all I feel is minor pain in my left shoulder when I try to place my arm behind my back and lift it up as far as I can do with my right arm. No biggie compared to what I’ve experienced in the past. I hope the rest and anti-inflammatories help you. So very nice of you to help w/ cleaning at B’s. You’re a good friend!!

Happy – Glad the AIC level is good. What a great idea doing a layout of the store to help recall all the inventory at the time of the fire. It’ll help w/ the insurance recovery I’m sure. Sorry to hear the vertigo and leg/back pain persist. :( Great you’ve gotten a deal on the pool passes!!! I know you’ve been wanting to do pool workouts (or was it just sitting in the Jacuzzi?? LOL). I’m thinking I’ll buy a kickboard and give the pool at the gym a try for non-swimming workouts. There are many ways to use the kickboard for both cardio and resistance workouts. I’ve seen one of those geico labby commercials, but not all. I might have to do a special viewing doggies!!

Annie – Great to hear about the interview going well, too bad the money’s not there...yet. Hope they can do something about that. :crossed: Yes, I’m still doing challenges, but not tracking anything online. I'm on day 7 of both the pushup and plank challenges!! Stopped tracking activity on mfp because I don’t get much cardio, and I don’t get calorie “credit” for the strength work I do.

Shad – How was the niece’s b-day gathering? Sorry Friday went bad for you. Bleh. Have a nice walk this weekend. This morning was gray as can be here, but now it’s sunny! :sunny:

Hi Susie!! :wave: How's the cleanup in the spare room going?

Went to Jazzercise this morning and have gotten both state and fed taxes filed. Whoohoo! Glad that’s done. Have laundry loads in the washer and dryer to deal with. And lunch and a dog walk. On with the day!