Living Maintenance - Maintainers Weekly Chat March 31 - April 6




BillBlueEyes
03-31-2014, 06:53 AM
With April starting tomorrow I really believe in Spring!

I believe, despite that DW and I still haven't planted our snow peas that are scheduled to be in the ground on Saint Patrick's day. But we should be able to do that this week. If it stops raining. We had two inches of rain on Saturday - enough that we ended up with two inches in our basement. And it's raining now. We do need the stuff, so I've no complaint.

At a funeral on Saturday, I saw a couple that I hadn't seen in forty years - and I recognized them. Don't know how the brain can do that.


silverbirch
03-31-2014, 07:25 AM
Good morning!


At a funeral on Saturday, I saw a couple that I hadn't seen in forty years - and I recognized them. Don't know how the brain can do that.

It's wonderful when this happens, I agree! Someone I haven't seen for around 15 years (we first met about 40 years ago) saw a photo of me recently and commented that I 'hadn't changed at all'. I have, of course, but also I haven't.

It's a beautiful day here. I hope against hope that it's the same for all of you.

Mudpie
03-31-2014, 07:49 AM
Good Morning!

Beautiful day here yesterday and today promises more - sun :sunny: and some warmth! Big decisions were reached in out household this weekend and big changes are coming. More later.

Did yoga for the first time since my head cold started - felt great! :yoga:

I am feeling a great sadness at the passing of L'Wren Scott - have been so deep in my cold/fatigue misery :tired: that I wasn't aware she'd died until yesterday. So creative, not only at visualizing her designs but also excelled at the craft of actually producing them. And I feel sad for Mick Jagger too - L'Wren took her own life in a way that left no doubt about her intention. He must be asking himself all sorts of questions while grieving for the loss of his partner in life.

Good day all!

Dagmar :cool:


ahna
03-31-2014, 08:40 AM
Good Morning!

I have a specific Leslie Sansone dvd/or 4 miles of it that I do every morning for a week, then I will change. I have been exercising 4 miles every morning scince sometime in Dec 2013. (Ive only missed one day scince then when I did 2 miles)

This week I am doing 4 miles of the 5 Really big miles dvd. I usually start by 7:30 or before and get done by 8:30 or before.

I have 5 children ages 11 1/2 to 1 year old and we homeschool, I am a busy person!

I recently started getting in 5 servings of Fruits/veggies into my bite count. (I have 45 bites a day on weekdays) I take Wheatgrass powder and 10 prunes a day to accomplish this. (Every 1 1/4 tsp of wheatgrass powder equals 1 serving of Leafy green vegetable) and every 5 prunes equals 1 serving fruit... When I was losing wieght, I was getting virtually almost no fruits and vegetables. Now I feel better, my digestive system is working better! I am hoping to work towards 9 servings of fruits/vegetables a day eventually here.

I also started probiotics which is making my Psorasis start disappearing. saccharomyces boulardii.

There is a probiotic that recently has been proven to help weight Loss and Weight Maintenance for women. Its called lactobacillus rhamnosus I am hoping to start trying this soon. Women who took this probiotic lost almost twice as much wieght and were able to maintain weight better! ;)




Welcome Ahna!
I'd never heard of counting bites! I started looking at your blog a little bit and was fascinated. I do Leslie DVDs every morning too, but 3 miles most days

Thanks for the Welcome Everyone!


Have a wonderful On-Plan day today!

CherryPie99
03-31-2014, 09:52 AM
Morning all!

I am so glad to see this month come to an end!! Saturday we were able to get a long walk in - this is what 9 miles does to 2 Boxers that haven't gotten enough exercise this winter:

http://i60.tinypic.com/2m4q0zs.jpg

Yesterday I awoke to a major blizzard. We got at least 8 inches on top of what was already there. Bill, you talked about getting the snow peas in the GROUND??!! I can't even get in my greenhouse, forget about the ground!!

I managed to get 15 miles running in on the treadmill, but I am so OVER running on that sucker!!

Apparently some good exercise and feeling sorry for myself translates into thinking I can eat with complete and utter abandon. Which of course, I can, but then being shocked by the scale reading this morning?

Ok, so today is a new day, right?

Jen

alinnell
03-31-2014, 10:14 AM
We had to cancel yesterday morning's golf game due to high winds. It was actually nice as I got a lot of little things done in the morning that I wouldn't have had time to do otherwise.

Back to work this morning for the last day of the month which means a lot of extra work to do.

Mudpie
03-31-2014, 11:11 AM
Jen :lol3: at the expressions on your doggie's faces - they look beat!

Dagmar

traveling michele
03-31-2014, 11:32 AM
Ahna... welcome!
You do sound very busy!!
I've never heard of counting bites and while it does sound interesting, I don't think it would ever be for me for many reasons. For one thing, it doesn't sound like you eat much! I like to eat volume-- lots of veggies and fruit... But, I'm wondering if your diet is balanced? 10 prunes sounds like a lot to me but I don't eat prunes so maybe I'm wrong... are you getting protein, etc into your day?

Jen-- that picture is priceless! That's how I feel many mornings!

My weight is (knock on wood) doing well. I'm hoping to get down a pound or two before we leave on our cruise. I started thinking about how/why I gain so much when we cruise and it's not hard to figure out. If you gain 1 pound for every 3500 extra calories (and though I exercise on the boat, I'm not getting nearly as much as I usually do), if we just have a latte (non fat mind you) and a small baked item-- boom! That's easily 500 calories a day. If I go beyond that and have a dessert each day-- another pound... you get the picture. So, I'm hopefully going to keep that in mind and really plan my off plan splurges. I'll be okay if I come back up 3-4 pounds as I know I can get that off, but I really don't want to be up 10!

CalCounter1003
03-31-2014, 08:50 PM
Bill - Yes, that is amazing to see someone after that many years and still recognize them. I always run into former students and I recognize them, but their names... not so much. The funny thing is the former student's names whom I do remember, will always tell me their names in a polite way, but the ones who I have no idea on their name, will not say their name!

Jen- they look exhausted! Poor babies -- but good for them too! You are right, it's a new day!

Michele, probably just the fact that you are making yourself more aware of what the calories are will help!


Ahna, Wow, you must be busy with 5 kids at home to home school. I don't know how you have time to count bites! It sounds like it works for you which is great. I'm not sure about me, as I tend to space out while eating, even though I do try to concentrate. This why I don't ever take a bag of something without pouring into a bowl or measuring first!

Hello to everyone else!
Nothing new with me other than COUNTDOWN to Spring Break! 12 more school days... kids are ready, teachers are past ready. :)

neurodoc
03-31-2014, 09:25 PM
Ahna, do you get 45 bites PLUS the wheatgrass/prunes, or is that including them?

Michele, yes the calories really add up quick with bakery treats. Every time I go to Starbucks (which posts calories under their bakery items) I am astonished anew that an itty-bitty cake pop (Ahna, 2 bites I think) is nearly 200 cals. I also prefer volume in my food, and that may be a key to your avoiding the siren call of the myriad treats on your cruise too; can't eat a croissant if you're busy peeling a grapefruit, and you might be too full for seconds if you eat a large salad before your main course.

Andrea

paperclippy
04-01-2014, 09:13 AM
Good morning! I will probably not be around much as I am super busy at work.

Welcome, Ahna!

Jen, love the doggies! Since we finally got Carter's nails taken care of he is much more comfortable going for walks now, but he and I are both so out of shape we're beat after 30 minutes. :lol:

The weather finally is warming up here! I saw a lot of joggers out yesterday and looked mournfully at the jogging stroller I bought. We took the girls out for a walk but I am hopeful that sometime soon I can get back out jogging again. I feel like I'll need some kind of support band for my droopy saggy belly. The babies are doing well though! Having issues waking up too early but they slept from 7-5:30 last night with only one incident around 8:30pm. I'm so glad that this seems to be their normal pattern and now I can get almost a solid 8 hours of sleep again. (Dropping my nighttime pumping session has hurt my supply a little, but hopefully their milk demand will be going down soon anyway.)

alinnell
04-01-2014, 10:29 AM
On recognizing a face: Friday night, at our monthly wine dinner, we were sat with the board members of the charity that was being honored. A woman sat down near DH and I remarked, "you look really familiar." And then within a split second I realized who she was and blurted out "oh, you're our lawyer!" The whole table had quite a laugh at that. She is our lawyer, the one who drew up our will and estate planning, so it was many years ago and we've only seen her once since then.

Jessica, would wearing Spanx while jogging help with the belly?

I have a hard time wrapping my head around bites vs. calories. If it were me, I'd easily take larger bites! With calories, I know what I'm getting.

Yesterday was a crazy busy day at work. Then home to put away my Chewy order (pet food) and other chores. I was really knocked out by the end of the night. Today should be a little more relaxing.

ahna
04-01-2014, 10:56 AM
Ahna... welcome!
You do sound very busy!!
I've never heard of counting bites and while it does sound interesting, I don't think it would ever be for me for many reasons. For one thing, it doesn't sound like you eat much! I like to eat volume-- lots of veggies and fruit... But, I'm wondering if your diet is balanced? 10 prunes sounds like a lot to me but I don't eat prunes so maybe I'm wrong... are you getting protein, etc into your day?



I get protien fruits and veggies plus whatever else I want as long as I stay within my bite count. This gives me alot of freedom and helps keep me from feeling as deprived. I can "have" anything I want. But I "choose" to get some protien and stuff and then I can also have some sweets. 2 servings fruit (10 prunes) and over 7 servings Veggies.

Some poeple choose to eat lots of volume and Low Calorie foods!:) and I choose to eat higher calorie food and lower volume!:)

I also eat really slow too, one minute per bite, that helps keep me full and satisfied on a small amount of food. See link in my signature about slow eating. It really works doesnt matter what plan you are on!:D More information in my blog about that



Ahna, do you get 45 bites PLUS the wheatgrass/prunes, or is that including them?


No, Prunes and Wheatgrass are included in the 45 bites. Prunes I eat 5 bites per day (2 prunes per bite) and Wheatgrass is 3 Tablespoons per day (1 Tablespoon per bite) This equals 9.2 servings of Fruits and Veggies.



Today it is warmer here! Need to get busy and do my housework!

Have a wonderful on Plan day everyone!
Thanks for the welcome!

Shannon in ATL
04-01-2014, 05:45 PM
Heya, folks. :)

Trying to get back into posting, and getting some control back over the freefall that has become my diet and self confidence of late. Baby steps.

bargoo
04-01-2014, 07:05 PM
Heya, folks. :)

Trying to get back into posting, and getting some control back over the freefall that has become my diet and self confidence of late. Baby steps.

You can do it !!!

Mudpie
04-01-2014, 07:07 PM
Heya, folks. :)

Trying to get back into posting, and getting some control back over the freefall that has become my diet and self confidence of late. Baby steps.

Shannon :welcome2: We can always start over here, even you :lol:. Many of us have, more than once. If you don't feel like writing your posts just put up a bunch of smilies.


:dizzy: :crazy: :tired: :faint:

Dagmar (all of the above smilies right now)

Megan1982
04-02-2014, 09:06 AM
Morning all,

Work has finally hit that time each spring when it goes from "normal" busy, whatever that is, to :crazy:. Despite that I have told myself this year I can't let that interfere with life, with vacations with my family and spending time with friends and loved ones. I don't get paid enough. I've also missed a lot of yoga in the past few months due to being away for work work meetings and I'm trying to get back into weekly practice.

BF and I hope to go camping this weekend as an early birthday trip for him. He's worried about potential stormy weather Saturday and having the boat tied up, so we'll look at the forecast and decide tonight or tomorrow. We could both use a break, him especially. His sister is causing him a lot of stress right now and has told him she's disowned him. He is very hurt and stressed, and really worried about her kids. I've posted about this before, though I haven't really gone into specifics. I just wish I could make it better, or at least shield him so he wouldn't be so hurt by her.

Hi Shannon! Glad to see you.

Hi Ahna! Welcome!

Jessica, there are a lot of fitness pants (even ones called compression pants specifically) right now that are very form fitting, and fashions are such that most go up to or close to the belly button. Maybe a pair of those would help. I got some from Old Navy last year that were affordable and better quality than I thought they would be.

Jen, oh those poor babies. Yeah, I've gotten that look from mine a few times. Pitiful, just pitiful. Haha.

Allison, I'm terrible with names. It's bad in such a small town because I'll know I know someone's face and end up in conversation with them. They clearly know me. My doctor's office has a picture of each patient in their file. I sometimes think I need to carry something like that around. "Phyllis. Met at Richard's party in October. Has 2 dogs." Or whatever. Is there an app for that?

Have a good day all!

Shannon in ATL
04-02-2014, 11:18 AM
Good morning, peeps. :)

Megan - if there isn't an app for that there should be. Snap a quick pic of the person, make some notes, call it up as needed.

traveling michele
04-02-2014, 12:11 PM
Good morning, peeps. :)

Megan - if there isn't an app for that there should be. Snap a quick pic of the person, make some notes, call it up as needed.

What a phenomenal idea! I'd totally buy it! I'm terrible with names and I try so hard to remember the kids names at my school-- we have almost 1100 kids! I keep trying....

Megan1982
04-02-2014, 01:07 PM
It would definitely have to include face recognition software. It would let you covertly snap a photo of that "familiar face" you see and compare it to your database. Bing! The person would come up. I need a computer person to partner with and I'll make my millions.

BillBlueEyes
04-02-2014, 01:10 PM
Won't that come built-in to our Google Glasses?

Look at someone and their name appears on our screen along with their SO's name and conversation triggers to avoid.

Shannon in ATL
04-02-2014, 02:02 PM
Wasn't that what the bad guy was wearing in Sherlock's last episode of series 3? Some Google Glass kind of thing. That would be awesome.

Oh, and the SO name is a great add. I can't tell you how many times I've been identified by the XW's name places.

Mudpie
04-02-2014, 04:09 PM
Mudpie is belly up on our front porch, looking like she's been dropped from a great height and just splatted. It's sunny and warm out there, and she has shelter from passers by. A guy with 5 dogs in tow just passed and the Pie didn't twitch a whisker. I will leave her to sunbathe while I shower.

Poor Mishi is cowering inside. Even treats don't lure him out any more. Poor little man - he so used to enjoy relaxing in the garden. I put the weight bench near the back door so he can hide under it but he's not interested.

Dagmar :beach:

CalCounter1003
04-02-2014, 07:18 PM
Love that app idea. A former student of mine and his friends wrote feathr. Like feather, but no er, just r. Anyway it sounds sort of like what you explained. The idea was when you go to a conference and you meet people, you can get each other's info using the app, including a picture. It's sort of to replace business cards. He and his friends would go to young entrepreneur meetings and no one would have a business card, so that's how it came about. But, I don't think it has face recognition in it! They have been given a lot of investment money the past few years but not sure if it is profitable or not. But I like what you have suggested better, it's simpler and seems like would be needed by many people. I just don't know anything about face recognition software.

I'm trying to finish up an app I started about a year ago, it's a puzzle game for ms/HS kids. I have no idea how I have had time to work on these since I work three jobs, teach at a HS, teach one night a week at a college and teach online for another university! When DD graduates next year I'm going to probably just work the HS job and work on apps! We are getting her through with no debt. DH is a financial planner and refuses debt! I agree with him, but she ended up at a very expensive school. The school gives us a lot of financial aid, but we still have a lot to pay. She is very frugal though and has worked the whole time and summers and I'm amazed at how little she spends on food each month in NYC. Thank goodness she's getting a tech degree because if she was getting something where it would be hard to find a job, I don't think we would be doing this. My DS is not at all frugal, but he was in state and had a full scholarship so it wasn't too bad but I swear he spent 2x as much as she does each month on food, allegedly.

Anyway, once I release my first app, I have an idea for a second one and then I'll be able to partner with your great ideas!

traveling michele
04-03-2014, 11:32 AM
Wow Cal Counter! That is amazing re: your college kids. We haven't been so frugal and our dd's both have/will have a pretty big chunk of debt to repay. We got zero financial aid and they both went/go to very expensive schools. We help as much as possible and they do work but we can only do so much. My older dd is now working (as a Special Ed teacher) as has started to repay her student loans. My younger dd is a sophomore in college now. I have an elderly uncle that always said he'd help with college for them but I've never asked. We are well off financially (just not well enough off to afford all the college!) so it doesn't seem right. I know I'm in his will (and he is well off) so eventually we may use whatever I inherit to help the girls pay off their debts.

I just want to give a public hug to Allison. She knows why. What a sweet friend that I've never even met.....

On the subject of friends..... I have a "friend" at yoga. I'm 47 years old and I want to see about extending the friendship beyond pleasantries at yoga. I laugh at myself because I'm so awkward knowing how to do that!!! She is also a teacher and we've emailed a few times so I had her email address. I finally bucked up and emailed asking her if she wants to get coffee after yoga on Sunday. She said yes and seems excited! Hooray!

alinnell
04-03-2014, 11:44 AM
Books rule, Michele!

I don't know if I've ever shared this with you but when my kids were little and were invited to a birthday party the rule was that they could give the child anything they wanted to AND a book (which I usually chose). My DD especially has a love of books like I do. DS, if he finds the right book, also loves to read but isn't a voracious reader like DD and myself.

And thanks for the hug!

traveling michele
04-03-2014, 11:49 AM
Books rule, Michele!

I don't know if I've ever shared this with you but when my kids were little and were invited to a birthday party the rule was that they could give the child anything they wanted to AND a book (which I usually chose). My DD especially has a love of books like I do. DS, if he finds the right book, also loves to read but isn't a voracious reader like DD and myself.

And thanks for the hug!

You're welcome. I love that "rule"! I've been known to give books for just about any and all occasions and my girls did often give books for birthday gifts. While they are both voracious readers, my eldest dd is much more so than my youngest. When my youngest finds a book she likes, she will sit and read it in its entirety (and she is a fast reader). But, she may not pick up a book for a month. My eldest dd reads every day and will reread old favorites over and over. I'm kind of in between. While I love reading, I do it all day long for my job. I tend to take breaks from at home reading but read a lot during the summer and always on trips. I'm already planning my cruise/airplane reading and debating how many books to bring. I have one for my book club that looks boring but I'm thinking I should bring it over some of the ones I really want to read or I may not get it done.

Shannon in ATL
04-03-2014, 12:32 PM
I love books. My mother used to make me stop reading and go outside when I was a kid if I got in trouble, otherwise I would read all day. LOL

CalCounter - I just looked up Feathr, I may give it a try. It looks cool, even without face recognition. :)

Dagmar - Is Misha having trouble with the new house, or had he stopped going outside before that?

Michele - I get the worry over inviting your friend to coffee. I hope you guys have a great time!

I exercised last night, ate a moderately healthy dinner from a portion standpoint, though it was takeout I picked the better of the options. Have to move boxes in our work storage unit and shred the contents of some 70 or so of them today. I'm going to call that exercise I think. DH has been on vacation this week, and has DSS at our house today, then he is with us all weekend.

silverbirch
04-03-2014, 12:34 PM
:wave:

Megan1982
04-03-2014, 01:01 PM
Popping in to wave hi. I gave in a took the dog to daycare for her exercise yesterday because I knew I wouldn't give it to her, though I did go to my yoga class. By the time I went to class, then to the store, then spent an hour making a Greek salad and dressing (because I'd gotten the idea into my head and wanted one) I was tired and it was far too late to start any schoolwork, which is what I should have been doing last night.

Sigh. Treading water here and not moving anywhere.

ahna
04-03-2014, 02:21 PM
Hello Everyone!

Today is not going as good for me but I did my 4 miles this morning, And I am sticking to my plan. I haven't been getting as much sleep as I should for one thing

Judith Beck says it will be harder for a while, then it will be easier then it repeats like that over and over. So far I have found that to be true with losing weight and she says its that way with Weight Maintenance also.

ICUwishing
04-03-2014, 02:35 PM
:wave: - taking a vacation from everything and recalibrating this week!

alinnell
04-03-2014, 03:44 PM
Michele~what book is your book club reading?

Shannon in ATL
04-03-2014, 04:45 PM
Yes, Michele. Book recommendation from your book club, please. :) I bought and read all the available Alafair Burke Ellie Hatcher books, and now I'm at loose ends again. Allison, any you would recommend?

alinnell
04-03-2014, 05:28 PM
I am currently reading The Goldfinch. It's long and some people have complained that the writer is too wordy (thus making the book longer than it should be) but I'm thoroughly enjoying it.

I've looked at some of the books you've mentioned on FB and have read a couple of them. I think one was Heart Shaped Box (or was it Kara that mentioned it?). I looked into the Ellie Hatcher books but decided I have way too many unread on my Kindle to buy anything new right now.

Shannon in ATL
04-03-2014, 05:44 PM
Allison - Kara (Photochick, for those who don't know her IRL) and I both mentioned Heart Shaped Box I think. And I'm pretty sure I bought and read it. Though now I can't remember. Ah - just checked. Bought it, but don't seem to have read it. Maybe I should go through my own library. :) I read Snow Falling on Cedars after you mentioned it on FB, I think it was on sale that day on Kindle.

alinnell
04-03-2014, 06:17 PM
Snow Falling on Cedars is my all-time favorite book. I've read it twice and seen the movie.

Other books I've read recently, The Lowland, Sycamore Row (Grisham) and Orange is the new Black (never have seen the series).

It's funny looking over some of my unread books. I get daily emails from a couple sources that have free e-books available on Amazon and elsewhere. I'm sure a lot of my unread ones are the freebies. I have read a couple of the freebies and have liked those (The Boy Kings of Texas and The Dirty Parts of the Bible). I don't think they're free always--just that particular day.

neurodoc
04-03-2014, 06:47 PM
I also recently finished reading The Goldfinch and really enjoyed it. SAEF - I think you would really appreciate the author's focus on craftsmanship, artistry and antique cabinetry. I know that as a neuroscientist interested in human behavior, I was fascinated by the detailed description of adolescent excess and addiction that is a major focus of the novel.

canadjineh
04-03-2014, 06:50 PM
Sycamore Row - YES!! I'm a Grisham fan...

Mudpie
04-03-2014, 08:25 PM
Popping in to wave hi. I gave in a took the dog to daycare for her exercise yesterday because I knew I wouldn't give it to her, though I did go to my yoga class. By the time I went to class, then to the store, then spent an hour making a Greek salad and dressing (because I'd gotten the idea into my head and wanted one) I was tired and it was far too late to start any schoolwork, which is what I should have been doing last night.

Sigh. Treading water here and not moving anywhere.

Better treading the water Megan that the alternative. :p

Dagmar :cool:

Mudpie
04-03-2014, 08:37 PM
Another reader here :wave: though I don't get as much reading time as I'd like (I'm about 20 hours short every week :p). I just finished something kinda old - "Nobody's Fool" by Richard Russo (who wrote Empire Falls), and I also read and enjoyed Chris Hadfield's "An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth" (what would an astronaut do? was a catch phrase in my house for weeks).

I am proud to say I just completed a task that I initially was going to "bail and fail" on, a 600 word essay for my online Scandinavian media course. I had an aspiration to be a writer (about 1 million years ago) and was cured of that long ago. But I can still pull something semi-coherent out of my *ss on command and at extreme "back-to-the-wall" deadline. I don't write essays - never have - but I can do a reasonable job on a short piece of prose.

I'm off downstairs to set up the VCR for Vikings and then will probably go to bed at 8. :rofl: but that seems to be working to get rid of this darn headcold.

Dagmar :cheer2:

Megan1982
04-04-2014, 09:26 AM
Better treading the water Megan that the alternative. :p

Dagmar :cool:

That is very true, Dagmar. I did at least give the dog and myself a good wog after work yesterday, and did some schoolwork. BF stepped up and got dinner ready and cleaned the kitchen so I could shut myself in the office and study. And a seminar I organized for work yesterday went well. By the end of the day I felt a little better. I'm very happy it's Friday though. I just can't seem to keep up on sleep during the week no matter how hard I try.

We had to cancel our camping plans bc of uncertainty in the weather, so now I'm not sure what I'll do this weekend. If he's not off I'm sure BF will be working. His charter season is picking up. The usual, I suppose. Exercise, schoolwork, laundry, clean the house. Can you tell I'm excited?

I've never read most of these books mentioned and will have to look into them. My book club is reading Girl with the Pearl Earring right now, which I had missed the first time around but I loved it. Allison, I remember loving SFOC but haven't read it in about 10 years. Maybe I should revisit it.

Dagmar, I think the ability to BS 800 words is a skill that will get you far in life! I hope your cold goes away.

Mudpie
04-04-2014, 10:35 AM
April showers OK but :shrug: I'm supposed to be working in thunderstorms this afternoon. But the kitty and seagull barometers indicate otherwise. I'm hoping it all hits about 8 p.m. - I'll be tuning in to Vikings while wearing my version of PJ's.

Dagmar :rain:

ICUwishing
04-04-2014, 11:12 AM
Going out for sushi and sake tonight to end the week. I am craving something with avocado in it. :drool: The bathroom remodel is done and we took our first showers in it this morning - love it! This weekend will be the big but simple job of installing the closet system, figuring out a shelving concept for the linen closet, and sifting/sorting/moving everything from the floor of the bedroom to the closet. The dishwasher motor appears to be in its death throes. The noise is awful, but it is still cleaning the dishes really well. I could repair for 1/3 of the price of a new one; the old dishwasher is about 15 years old and has become occasionally a bit incontinent, so I'm leaning in the direction of new. Other than that ... planning a good swim on Saturday morning, and maybe the Hops for Hope (beer for bunnies) fundraiser.

Reading is an activity I woulda/shoulda/coulda make time to do. Since I face a computer and sit all day long, I find it kind of difficult to do even more sitting and staring when I get home. :shrug:

traveling michele
04-04-2014, 11:28 AM
Michele~what book is your book club reading?

Possession by A.S. Byatt.
Has anyone read it and what did you think??

alinnell
04-04-2014, 11:36 AM
Becky~When we built our house we installed all Amana appliances. The dishwasher was great--it had a built in disposer so you didn't have to rinse ANYTHING. But after about 6 years it started leaking and we decided to replace it. We opted for LG and were very disappointed. No disposer and really, really long cycle times. Also it was very bad at cleaning effectively. We asked around to see what others thought was a good brand to buy and the consensus was either Bosch or Miele. I decided on the Miele (beware, they're very expensive) and I'm quite happy. While it doesn't have a disposer it does have a trap and it'll tell you when you need to clean the trap. But again, the cycles are very long (about 2.5 hours on average). I understand the longer cycles are to help maintain quiet while running.

Yum, sushi. I want to go out to dinner mainly because I'm sick of cooking. I never thought I'd say that! But there it is.

Never heard of that book Michele, but I'll go look at it.

After reading some of the reviews on that book on Amazon, it looks like the type of book I'd enjoy. You'll have to let me know how you like it.

bargoo
04-04-2014, 03:38 PM
Another reader here :wave: though I don't get as much reading time as I'd like (I'm about 20 hours short every week :p). I just finished something kinda old - "Nobody's Fool" by Richard Russo (who wrote Empire Falls), and I also read and enjoyed Chris Hadfield's "An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth" (what would an astronaut do? was a catch phrase in my house for weeks).

I am proud to say I just completed a task that I initially was going to "bail and fail" on, a 600 word essay for my online Scandinavian media course. I had an aspiration to be a writer (about 1 million years ago) and was cured of that long ago. But I can still pull something semi-coherent out of my *ss on command and at extreme "back-to-the-wall" deadline. I don't write essays - never have - but I can do a reasonable job on a short piece of prose.

I'm off downstairs to set up the VCR for Vikings and then will probably go to bed at 8. :rofl: but that seems to be working to get rid of this darn headcold.

Dagmar :cheer2:

Remember age didn't hold Grandma Moses back.
I just saw some paintings by George W Bush. He is 67 and quite a good painter.
PS I am proud to say I have Vijing blood . My family comes from Norway and I have visited there.

CherryPie99
04-04-2014, 05:11 PM
Hey everyone!

Just muddlin' along here! I was an AVID reader as a kid but have totally and unfortunately fallen far away from leisure reading. The exception is Stephen King - I just finished his sequel to "The Shining" that I got for Xmas.

Today we went over and got the baby chicks! As promised here are a couple of pics!

http://i61.tinypic.com/2ih0y2x.jpg

http://i59.tinypic.com/2qc1rvp.jpg

http://i60.tinypic.com/2h87334.jpg

Jen

alinnell
04-04-2014, 05:22 PM
I'm so envious of everyone with chickens! Such a cute photo with the chick on your dog's head!

I have the sequel to the Shining, too, but have to read The Shining first. Can you believe I've never even seen the movie?

Shannon in ATL
04-04-2014, 05:40 PM
I love the picture of the chick on the dog. It was exactly what I needed right now. :)

CherryPie99
04-04-2014, 05:52 PM
Well, in that case Shannon, I'll give you just one more!

http://i58.tinypic.com/2djcppd.jpg

silverbirch
04-04-2014, 05:53 PM
Hy Brasil by Margaret Elphinstone. Published in 2002.

I've just read this on the Kindle after I found a review torn out of a publisher's catalogue.

Mudpie
04-04-2014, 06:02 PM
Well, in that case Shannon, I'll give you just one more!

http://i58.tinypic.com/2djcppd.jpg

Now put the chick on the cat's head - MWAHAHA - isn't that what he's waiting there for? Seriously though they are darn cute. For some reason I thought all chicks were bright yellow - I'm from the city, yes? :dizzy:

Thank you Jen. Just spent the entire day in rain which the wind whipped into my face most of the time so this was a nice ending.

Dagmar :tired: :rain:

traveling michele
04-04-2014, 06:48 PM
Thank you Jen for those! Made my day! Have you had chicks before? The dogs look so nonplussed! Or maybe they don't know what to think?

CherryPie99
04-04-2014, 08:34 PM
Now put the chick on the cat's head - MWAHAHA - i

Not the head - but it's close....

http://i62.tinypic.com/2v3581z.jpg

Glad you guys enjoyed the pics!

One of my first steps when I started losing weight was to build a chicken coop and begin raising chicks (for eggs not meat). Free range chickens have more vitamins in their eggs and way, way less fat and cholesterol.

So for the last 4 years we've been getting baby chicks in the spring and raising them.

And they come in a variety of colors!!

Jen

Shannon in ATL
04-04-2014, 09:14 PM
Well, in that case Shannon, I'll give you just one more!




Yay! Thanks! And I love the one on the cat as well. :)

Tonight turned into horrible drama with XW. I'm drinking a glass of wine and looking at chick pix instead of breaking things.

Shannon in ATL
04-04-2014, 09:53 PM
The line must be drawn here! (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s3RNsZvdYZQ)

Jen - thought of you when I just watched this video clip. :)

Mudpie
04-05-2014, 06:29 AM
Not the head - but it's close....

http://i62.tinypic.com/2v3581z.jpg

Glad you guys enjoyed the pics!

One of my first steps when I started losing weight was to build a chicken coop and begin raising chicks (for eggs not meat). Free range chickens have more vitamins in their eggs and way, way less fat and cholesterol.

So for the last 4 years we've been getting baby chicks in the spring and raising them.

And they come in a variety of colors!!

Jen

Too cool - making your own eggs - sorta! I'm really curious about all of this, though probably won't install a chicken coop in our backyard :lol:. Why do you have to get new birds every spring? Do hens "wear out" and stop producing eggs - I'm from the city yes? DH spent part of his childhood on a hobby farm but he doesn't talk about it at all. He did once mention that they killed their chickens for food and how to do it but that's been the sum total of his "farm stories". Thanks!

Dagmar :dizzy:

saef
04-05-2014, 09:30 AM
Trying to breathe, facing an overly busy weekend.

I have to miss my Pilates class (miss a workout! mess up my PERFECT exercise routine!) to get to the hair salon, which is not relaxing, since the place goes for that high-fashion vibe (overcompensating for not being in Soho or Park Slope) and I've got to be perfectly made up & to think about getting the casual but expensive look right just to walk in the door. But Patrick is so great with hair, that's why I put up with it.

Then a memorial service for a woman I barely knew, a coworker whom I trained but didn't manage. I'll be there with my manager. It's like the job is infringing on my time away.

And a four-mile race tomorrow.

When I write this out, it sounds manageable, but it doesn't feel like it. At all. It feels like too much.

All I want to do is drink more coffee and read the Times and unfortunately, there's work to catch up with. I've got to rewrite 10 more dense pages of text before Monday morning.

CalCounter1003
04-05-2014, 09:45 AM
I LOVE the chicks on the head!!! That made my morning!
Saef- love your explanation of the hair place! Ha! Sorry it sounds like your weekend is not that great (to put it nicely).

JayEll
04-05-2014, 11:31 AM
When I write this out, it sounds manageable, but it doesn't feel like it. At all. It feels like too much.

It doesn't sound manageable to me. It sounds like a special kind of he11. It makes me want to move to a mountain cave.

(OK, maybe not a cave. Maybe a mountain cabin with power, water, indoor plumbing.)

Megan1982
04-05-2014, 11:37 AM
I love the dog and cat with chick pictures! Thanks Jen! I have a good friend whose family has chickens so I've gotten 95% of my eggs from her for the past 4 years or so. Her husband really does a project when he does one. They have about 70 chickens of 4 varieties and he also breeds them himself. They use them for eggs and for meat. They have a huge enclosure with an electric fence to help keep the bears, foxes, coyotes, etc. out. It's quite a production! I really love to know I'm buying my eggs from happy chickens. Even when I buy the most organic, pastured, free-range eggs I can find at the store they don't taste as good. He's a pharmacist and she's a SAHM. She says when she asks how much things cost relating to the chickens or his coy ponds - another big project, he doesn't answer, but says "It's cheaper than therapy" (which is probably true for him). She sells them for $2 a dozen which is a steal.

Saef, I enjoy your description of your salon. Yes, the things we'll do for a good stylist. After having trouble getting appointments with my favorite in the city 80 miles away the last few times I went up (it's my fault - you need to book her about 3 weeks in advance and I usually can't plan my trips so far ahead of time), I tried a local person I hadn't before. She was ok... I think I will try the new Edge salon in the next few weeks. If I don't like them, it's back to the big city. I feel like I don't even do that much to my hair. I just feel so much better when it's done right. Must be the magical power of a good cut.

Shannon, :hug:. You sound like you need that. And the wine. Heck, you deserve a medal for dealing w XW all the time. Here, you should get this new fridge as your reward:

CherryPie99
04-05-2014, 04:28 PM
Shannon - you reminded me of 2 things - how much I LOVE Patrick Stewart and how much I miss having a weekly Star Trek series to watch!!

Yes, chickens do "run out" of their ability to produce eggs. But some of you might remember that last year, some foxes came through and MASSACRED our flock. Only a lucky few survived. So we actually had to resort to buying eggs this winter which as Megan said - once you've been spoiled with home grown free range eggs, you never want to go back to store bought!!!!

We also sell eggs in the summer - along with some bonus veggies we produce from our garden. DH had just finished this wonderful cart to put the eggs and veggies in that could be easily rolled back and forth to our road and storage shed when the foxes came through.

The first 24 hours you have chicks home are crucial to determining survival and I'm happy to say all 8 still are looking fantastic.

Since you "city peeps" won't know this, I'll share with you that because they need to have the temperature so high for the first week or so (like 90 degrees) their is a risk that when they defecate it sticks to them and dries and then they aren't able to go and can die.

SO I get to start my mornings by inspecting the "poop shoots" and cleaning if needed - and they say I don't know how to party!!

Jen

Mudpie
04-05-2014, 06:08 PM
Jen I'm only "partying" with one cat - aloe vera on my pinky and EWWW! TMI.

Thanks for all the chicks/chickens info - I'm always curious about other people's critters! :D

Dagmar :beach:

Mudpie
04-05-2014, 06:15 PM
Hot news from our house - I think I've talked DH into buying his first "adult" car. He's 52 years old and wants to start his own business, presenting himself as a CMA - chartered management accountant - which is the designation he studied for and earned.

He wanted a "kiddie car" cheap hatchback but I've talked him into a mid sized, mid priced sedan. Kinda like the 'blue suit" of cars, instead of jeans and a t-shirt.

I'm hoping he goes through with this. My Corolla, which I gave him 3 years ago, is going to be 14 years old on April 18th and it's dying. I will always love that car best of all the cars (all 3 of them :p) that I've owned but it's time for him to upscale himself a bit.

Dagmar :crossed:

ahna
04-05-2014, 06:29 PM
Dh is taking me out to eat tonight! I get 40 delicious bites of whatever I choose! I "saved" bites and ate a small 7 bite breakfast and an 8 bite lunch, so I could enjoy a good restaurant meal.

I have been getting a bit burnt out almost on exercise. Does anyone have any pointers for me?

saef
04-05-2014, 08:59 PM
I have been getting a bit burnt out almost on exercise. Does anyone have any pointers for me?

Stop doing your Leslie Sansone routines and try something else? Do you have access to a public library, which might have other exercise recordings or videos? When I feel burnt out, I try something new. Lately it's running, after a winter of focusing on strength training.

Well, I've made it to Saturday night. The memorial gathering is bothering me. This educated, hard-working woman, about my age, who lived alone, and finally got the condo of her dreams, in an 1850s Victorian mansion divided up into just five floor-throughs with various balconies and turrets, had an immaculate apartment. A home office with blond Art Deco desk, in a former Victorian conservatory. Four months after taking a job in my dept, a cough that wouldn't go away became what seemed to be pnuemonia, but wasn't: It was cancer, and at an advanced stage. I didn't know her well but she's haunting me tonight. Lots of analogies between our two lives. Lots of them.

Cancer is a b!tch.

bargoo
04-06-2014, 12:24 PM
Stop doing your Leslie Sansone routines and try something else? Do you have access to a public library, which might have other exercise recordings or videos? When I feel burnt out, I try something new. Lately it's running, after a winter of focusing on strength training.

Well, I've made it to Saturday night. The memorial gathering is bothering me. This educated, hard-working woman, about my age, who lived alone, and finally got the condo of her dreams, in an 1850s Victorian mansion divided up into just five floor-throughs with various balconies and turrets, had an immaculate apartment. A home office with blond Art Deco desk, in a former Victorian conservatory. Four months after taking a job in my dept, a cough that wouldn't go away became what seemed to be pnuemonia, but wasn't: It was cancer, and at an advanced stage. I didn't know her well but she's haunting me tonight. Lots of analogies between our two lives. Lots of them.

Cancer is a b!tch.

My oncologist calls it the Beast.

saef
04-06-2014, 02:16 PM
My oncologist calls it the Beast.

Bargoo, yeah, it is. How are you doing? Getting a diagnosis feels as random as a berserk person shooting up a public place, as we never know when it's gojng to happen. Since my father died of it, and my mother was irradiated for it and is doing well, I keep wondering when I'm going to discover mine, and where it will be located.

ahna
04-06-2014, 05:33 PM
Stop doing your Leslie Sansone routines and try something else? Do you have access to a public library, which might have other exercise recordings or videos? When I feel burnt out, I try something new. Lately it's running, after a winter of focusing on strength training.




Thanks! Yes, I think it probably wouldn't hurt to change up my routine.

I saw the Firm dvds, and wondered about them



Today we went to church and a potluck. I stuck to my 25 bites strict even though there was tons of delicious food around me. tonight we are hoping to go to my husbands parents. I am making a Peanut butter dessert I think

CalCounter1003
04-06-2014, 06:27 PM
Dagmar, your DH sounds like mine when it comes to cars. If he's exactly like mine he will change his mind and not go through with it. I mean I'm glad he's not wasteful and buys a new car every year like a good friend of mine's husband (and they had to file for bankruptcy a couple years ago). Of course, down here in Florida so many people had to do that because our housing market crashed and it's still not back. Anyway, hope he can figure out what he wants, gets a good deal and the business is a success!!!

Shannon in ATL
04-06-2014, 09:27 PM
Megan - I've seen pictures of those. Would love one! Expensive though. I got a 24 bottle wine chiller after Christmas instead. :)

alinnell
04-06-2014, 09:49 PM
I did Leslie Sanson once. And hated it. I can't say why or what I actually like, but I do have a couple videos of yoga stuff that is good. On line, 30-day yoga had some good workouts.

CalCounter1003
04-06-2014, 10:39 PM
I did Leslie Sanson once. And hated it. I can't say why or what I actually like, but I do have a couple videos of yoga stuff that is good. On line, 30-day yoga had some good workouts.

I think you either love her or hate her! I love her. I find her very motivating because of the things she says which keeps me going. I can see where people can find her annoying but I'm so thankful I found something I have stuck with since July. I've never stuck with any exercise before. From 1989-2013 I honestly didn't try anything. Just wasn't time with kids at home. But now I look forward to my morning walks! I'm adding to the DVDs with planking and weights. I can now plank two mins! But pretty much just Leslie. I hate to admit that I'm a person who gets in a routine with food and other habits that I know many people could never do. For example, I can pack the same lunch for months and I don't tire of it. The teachers I eat lunch with laugh at how I always bring the same thing. But I've always been that way. I think I ate PBJs for six years straight everyday for lunch as a kid. A little OCD/aspergers, I guess but at the same time I can be flexible because I understand everyone's not like me, thank goodness!