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11-18-2005, 01:31 PM
HELLO & WELCOME to the Jaded Ladies! :wel3fc:

We're a friendly group of women that provides support in our weight loss journey.

We also share the ups and downs of our daily lives. So come on and grab a cup of coffee, pull up a chair and join us. :cofdate:

11-18-2005, 01:55 PM

MARTI~there was a lot of people out yesterday! It wasn't too bad but I did notice everyone buying for Thanksgiving. I did some of mine Wednesday when I shopped but not all. Not having out T-Dinner until December 4th anyway so there's no rush. Just going to cook a small ham dinner for T-Day DD wants ham. Like you though, sometimes I don't mind being in the crowds and somedays I do. What I really hate is people being rude and it seems that get especially rude this time of year for some reason. Glad you are feeling better.

KATY~that show (My Name Is Earl) cracks me up! :lol: Jamie Pressley plays that part so well, of course they all do. Glad to hear little Leigh did well with the testing and the brain hat. Hope everything comes back fine.

JANE~I bought two books of the cookie stamps and then one of the Madonna. My cards are done, w/address labels and stamps. Just need to get a Christmas letter together and some pics to send along with them. So maybe they won't get mailed before we leave for GA. But at least they are done.Macy made me think of Jason when he was little. My mother took them to see Land Before Time and he was upset and cried when the mom died. I think it was someones mom. I can't was so long ago.

SUE~hoping you can make it to Vegas next June! :crossed: We thought about going out on Thanksgiving several times but have yet to do it. I'm sure whent he kids are gone we will. And thanks! :thanks: I am trying and it seems to be working. I haven't gotten much walking in this week because my back went out Sunday but will get back on track Monday. I don't want to risk it going out again so don't want to push myself. Your house sounds like it's going to be nice. And I too wish some days I could do the bewitched thing. Wouldn't that be great!

ANGIE~your outfit sounds soooo pretty! And yes, it seems there are a lot of people against Wal-Mart for their work ethics/practices, my SIL being one of them. The funny thing is she works for them in management! :lol: She likes it and makes good money so...I really hate going there sometimes but not for those reasons. I think people are always going to boycott all places for one reason or another. There's really not anywhere else to shop here except the local grocery store and their prices are a lot higher than Wal-Mart. You so exhaust me...reading your posts and seeing how busy you are all the time!

HI to everyone else! :wave:

Well, I think it is official...we are going to put our house up for sale after Thanksgiving. Probably when we get back from GA. We are going to move back to where we lived before moving here. Don't look forward to moving again but then at the same time I do. We'll see what happens...because I have gone back and forth on this for a month so tomorrow we may not. :lol: Putting poor V through the wringer. He wants to and I can't decide. One day I do and then I look at all the work we've done and I don't want to start over again. I like my house but I know I can be happy wherever I go and make the next one our home. I told him if we do this we are not moving again! Anyway...Not much on the old agenda for today. Have some e-mailing to get done and possibly work on that Christmas letter and that's about it. And that's about all I have for now.

Take care ladies and have a WONDERFUL weekend!

11-18-2005, 05:18 PM
Hi everyone.

Not too good of a day here. My daughter's surgery was postponed because her period started this morning. They've rescheduled for Dec. 23. It's hard to believe they're that busy that she has to wait another month. Well, another month to worry and pray. Not much else we can do.

I'll post again when I'm in a better mood. Just wanted to let you all know what was going on. Thanks for the thoughts and prayers. Keep 'em coming!


11-18-2005, 06:18 PM
I really dont have a place on this forum, I would like to ask a question, my question is Before i buckled down to loose weight I became very angery and resentful, and i dont know why, I'am not usally an angry person so these feelings are difficult to express. has any one experienced this and if so what did you learn?

11-18-2005, 08:25 PM
Hi ladies,

Angie - sounds like you made out like a bandit with the wool coat! And you're gonna be gorgeous in your Christmas outfit. I can just see you working on those wigs, lol.

Marti - Neal used to wait until the day before Christmas Eve to shop when we first got married. He learned early on to stop doing that, lol, when things were too picked over. But I have to admit, he hates shopping of any kind, lol. Btw, still no word from Walt Disney World! All in good time, I suppose.

Barbara - you may be on to something with the Day Camp! But I'm wondering how many people can take off work or time from their lives for such an intensive program. Maybe you could do some marketing research which would give you a better idea of the feasibility of it.

Sue - be prepared for it to be cold in Indiana. I can only hope it snows. :D YAY for ranch houses - no steps to climb!! The house will be 3 bedrooms, (but one of them will serve as a computer room), a living room, a kitchen with a large dining area next to it, a small morning room, a laundry room, and 2 full baths, and a partial basement. It's not big, but since we're retiring, we don't really need too much room anymore. We'll be staying in this house, until the new one is ready.

Cristi - thank you for the Thanksgiving card. That was really sweet of you! I didn't send any this year, but will send Christmas cards. Deciding to move is a huge step - glad you decided one way or the other. I sure don't want to go through it, and like you, this will be the LAST time!! Of course, I thought the last time was it, lol.

Connie - sorry about your DDs surgery postponement. And right before Christmas, too!

Michelle - please know that you've got a place now, if you want one. In answer to your question - I got angry about a lot of personal things regarding my weight before I began to lose, and I'm usually a very, very upbeat, happy person. I was angry at myself for the things I could no longer do, for having to shop for "tents", for harming myself with all the junk I was consuming, etc. But most of all, I was mad at myself for letting myself get to such a weight when I am normally a very organized, in-control sort of person. Feeling out of control over my own weight and eating lifestyle was almost more than I could bear. I feared where it would end. That's one reason I began a journal/diary before I even started WW. I needed to assess just where I was, mentally, before I could even thing of moving forward. One thing I refused to do was blame others for my weight. As in - "someone hurt my feeling, so I have to eat" or "the cookies are for the kids, so I have to have them in the house" or "eveybody brings food to the meetings, so I don't want to hurt their feelings and not eat". So, I guess you could say that I took responsiblity for my own actions. Have you read the thread I wrote on how I lost 85 pounds? There may be something in that to give you something to ponder. Hope this has helped. If you need to, feel free to PM me, ok? But please feel free to share here anything about your weight gain/loss you'd like to tell us about. You're doing great so far, btw!! :cp:

Neal went with Mary to Makenzie's Thanksgiving lunch at the preschool today while I watched the other 2 sweeties. But honestly, there's just not much going on around here worth talking about. Just been doing cleaning and laundry. I don't know how Neal and I can dirty so many clothes each week!

Catch ya' later!

11-18-2005, 09:26 PM
Hello Ladies, AGAIN! :lol:

Just can't seem to stay away sometimes! We finished dinner earlier than usual and I am wasting time before Reba comes on.

JANE~I too like ranch houses! Of course I don't mind a two story house either as long as there is a ladies room on the first floor. :lol: Your house sounds like it is going to be nice too! Bet you guys can't wait to get started! Yeah, ditto on not moving again!

MICHELLE~I was going to say I wasn't angry at all until I read what Jane posted. I still don't want to say that I was angry as much as just tired of being overweight. Of course I haven't lost as much as you or Jane but the little bit I have lost definitely has made a difference. And has made me want to keep on going. And :welcome: to our little corner of 3fc!

CONNIE~so sorry your DD & family has to endure another month of waiting, and right before Christmas. :hug: :grouphug: Will keep her in my prayers.

Hi to everyone else :wave:

Well, guess I am going to surf the internet and see what I can find. Still have 30 mns. left until Reba. Or maybe I'll grab my book and get some reading done.

Take care ladies and have a good weekend! See ya :wave:

da fat n da furious
11-18-2005, 11:42 PM
Cristi,,,moving? wow and you did so much work in your home. We have been snooping in the realitor guide,,bad place to look. Found a house 4 level split. 2300 sq feet. With extra large double garage. Right now we are scrunched into 1400 without garage...but 600 sq feet being renovated so soon it will be up to 2000,,,but still not enough space. Went to Home Depot this evening,,,bought drywall mud, rounded corners and lights. Looked at carpet.
The land before time,,,I think it was Longneck that lost his momma. I

Jane,,I like the sound of your house...perfect amount of space.

Sue, I swear I have only spent 20 bucks in LV in all the times I have been there,,,Im a non smoker so I do try to avoid the casinos and the smoke.

Michelle,,I think we all get angry and resentful of our weight..the inablity to lose it fast,,,or to physically do things. Hate shopping for clothes,,,cause of the styles and or the cost. What really burns me is my lack of willpower,,,or possibly my memory...there are times when Im swallowing something really bad,,,and its only after is too late that I realize hey Im on a diet! duh ...OR is it memory loss or selective memory? dang I want that sweet gooey junk food....then I get mad.
In high school,,,I was miss popularity..cheerleader, great athlete..everything. I was never ignored,,,not that Im ignored now.. But I have seen over weight teen girls in school who are they don't anything good to offer. I wonder if they were slender,,would they be ignored? That makes me angry. Don't judge a book by its cover...
Anyways geesh have I said enough?
Ladies any plans for the weekend?

da fat n da furious
11-18-2005, 11:44 PM
Connie,,,Im sorry they postponed your DD surgery...shes in my prayers.

Im hoping they don't plan to do that with me cause with the way my TOM works its more then a 50% chance I will have it. They have postponed it from Feb 9th to the 22nd already...fingers crossed they will stop at that.

11-19-2005, 12:31 PM
thankyou Ladies for welcoming me to your group.

Jane: you described all the internal conflict that was withen me, but i lacked the words, i'am sure they would have come if I was still long enough to hear me. I read your 85 loss article, and I too have come to that place of resolution. I have to learn to accept a compliments, and when men begin to notice, that I wont use weight to hide from there remarks. and to enjoy the extra attention my husband will be lavishing upon me.

Angie: I too was popular not a cheerleader,more but withen the groups i hung with and in the classrooms, I use to be fit and trim thanks to uncle Sam I served in the Army and i had killer legs.......then I got married had kids lived a sedentary life.......I lost myself in the roles I had become a mother a wife sunday school teacher etc. but I didnt know what colors attracted me I didnt know what books I like to read.....I'am now in the process of discovering me all over again.....what a shame to put yourself on hold.

for my weightloss rewards, I bought me a new bra and low and behold I was one of the few people in the world who actually wore the right size ( according to oprah bra show) I went froma 40D to a 38D after loosing 20 lbs I thought for sure I would loose the most from my chest....I guess not. and I also bought new cosmetics....its been a long time since I bought anything for myself and I felt so on top of the world.

11-19-2005, 01:30 PM
She Got IN!!!!

Katie got her acceptance letter today from Walt Disney World in Florida, to work there as part of the college program! She's at her computer right now picking a date to start. Just had to share this with you all!! :D

I'll be back later to do individuals.

11-19-2005, 03:09 PM
Hello and a very good Saturday to everyone!

JANE~Yippee!!! CONGRAT'S to KATIE!!! :carrot: :cp: :hat: :cb: :dance: :woo: :cheer: Bet that is going to be so much fun for her. So details, we want details! I truly am happy for her, and you because I know how much you wanted this for her also.

ANGIE~yes, we have done soooo much and that's making me kind of sad. I do really like my house and we just fixed it the way we want and like it. But you know what? Vince does so much for me all the time and I think that's the least I can do for him. It doesn't really matter where we live as long as I have my family. Where ever we live we will make it our home again so...I don't cherish the thought of moving though and starting over. ICK! And as I said in another post, I told him if I agree we won't be moving again after this. I am so tired of moving. Your basement sounds like it's coming along nicely. 2000 sq. ft. is a nice sized house.

MICHELLE~know what ya mean about living a sedentary life. I think at some point we all go through that, always putting the family before ourselves. I learned to take time for me though and DH encourages it. When momma's happy, everyone's happy! :lol:

MARTI~hope you are feeling better.

SUSAN~how about you missy? How are you and the girls doing? I'm still waitin' on some of thos cookies...didn't you say you were going to share?! :lol:

KATY~hope little Miss Leigh is doing fine.

MARYKATE~hope you had a great WI.

SUE~how's it going in Vegas? Wishing I was there where it's warm!

Hi to anyone and everyone I missed. :wave:

Well, ladies, I am going to do some much needed cleaning today. I have the house to myself, sort of. Jason is working, Carrie decided to sleep late, really late, and Vince is also working so it is pretty quiet around here. And I have nothing to do. Ran a couple of errands this morning early and will do a couple of loads of laundry and that's about it. So will do some dusting and vacuuming and call it a day and get some reading done.

Hope your weekend is going great so far! Take care ladies and have a good one! :wave:

11-19-2005, 03:15 PM
Happy Saturday!

Jane, WHOO HOO FOR KATIE!!! :carrot: :woo: :dance: :dancer: I grew up in LA and always wanted to work at Disneyland, but ended up going to Northern CA as soon as I graduated. Hope she has a blast working at Disneyworld :) :) :) Your new house sounds like it will be wonderful. Since you're staying in the old one until the new one is built...are you building the new one right next to it? I think you had mentioned you liked the site of the old one right where it was.

Angie, your holiday outfit sounds wonderful -- and what a bargain on that coat! I love finding hidden treasures like that. One time I was at a garage sale, and they had a whole box of books toward the end of the day...I wanted 2 of them, and offered them $5 for the whole box. Then I took out the two I wanted and took the rest to the used book store -- and got $30 in credit. Yay!!!

Connie, sorry they postponed your daughter's surgery. I'll bet she'd like to have it over and done with. Right before Christmas, too, ugh. Will it be outpatient, so she can come right home?

Michelle -- anger? Over weight issues? Who, ME????? :mad: :devil: :stress: :tantrum: :headache: :yikes: Umm, yeah I guess so... :lol: Mad that my clothes didn't fit, mad I had to buy bigger clothes, mad about all the things I couldn't/can't do because of my weight, mad that Tim and I couldn't fit comfortably in the same car on the Matterhorn, mad at people for treating me differently because I'm heavy even though I'm still me inside, mad at myself that I didn't start this sooner... yeah, mad, and sad, and depressed. I'm still struggling with all of that, but at least I know I'm in this for the long haul, and slowly but surely, even if it's hard along the way, I'll get to my goal.

Cristi, moving? ACK!!! I hate moving...well, I hate the process, but love being in a brand new tidy space and pretending to myself for one brief shining moment that I am an organized person. That feeling wears off all too quickly for me, alas :rofl: You seem to like changes and new things though...always changing your avatar and signature (notice, mine has been the SAME avatar since I started posting here), painting walls, rearranging furniture, so even though it's a ton of work, I'll bet some part of you thrives on the adventure of moving :) BTW, thanks for the Thanksgiving card...I didn't get any out, let's see if I do better for Christmas. Oh, and it sounds like you may not be cooking Thanksgiving dinner, but I'll still post a few recipes on the recipe thread if anyone is interested. :chef:

Marti, I saw a funny Thanksgiving card that made me think of you on the gazelle -- a turkey was on a treadmill, and it said something like "poultry in motion" :tread:

Barbara, I dunno about a day camp per se, hard to imagine since my weekdays are filled with work, but I'd love to do a long weekend spa kind of thing, that maybe had yoga classes, and healthy cooking classes, and yummy healthy food, and motivational speakers, etc.

Hi :wave: to Katy, and Sue, and everyone else...

Had the nerve conduction test done on my arm, :fr: never ever want to go through one of those again, it was hideous. I evidently have radial tunnel syndrome -- like carpal tunnel (they found signs of that too), but up at the elbow. Explains why I wake up several times a night with my thumb and index finger completely numb, keep dropping things, and my arm hurts by the middle of every work day and is killing me by the end of the work week. So now, I get referred back to the hand surgeon :( Not real confident in the guy the worker's comp people sent me to (he thought my left arm was the problem until he realized the xray was reversed!), but there was someone else in the same office that was recommended to me, so I'm going to see if they will reschedule me with her.

OH, almost forgot...last two weeks were really discouraging, gained 1.4 and 1.2 :tantrum: :mad: and I was trying so hard to be good, and feeling sooooooooo deprived and sorry for myself. But I knew I hadn't been drinking water like I should and had gotten sloppy about weighing and measuring portions...anyway, this week I was down 5.4! :goodscale whew! Still wasn't good about journaling, and still eyeballing a lot of measurements, but tried to be more portion-aware, and drink more water. Maybe I was retaining water, dunno. Anyway, lost the 2.6 I gained over the last two weeks and then some, so I'm headed back in the right direction :D Now, if I can just make it through Thanksgiving week without GAINING, I'll be satisfied. I added a new mini-goal ticker, since I have such a lonnnnnnnng way to go on my total loss, trying to encourage myself a bit.

Alright, gonna post a few recipes, then gotta a big bookcase-moving project in store, oh boy...

If I don't see you before... :thanks1:

Hugs, :hug:
Mary Kate

11-19-2005, 03:21 PM
Just poppin in real quick as Jhanai is here this weekend....not much time for computer until she's in bed.

But had to say two things:

:carrot: :cb: :high:Congratulations Katie!!! :carrot: :cb: :high:

And a big :welcome2: to Michelle!

I will be back on later tonight for individuals. Have a great Saturday!

11-19-2005, 03:47 PM
Hi again ladies! :lol:

Was getting ready to get off and saw that MARYKATE and MARTI had posted and thought I would say Hi-HI!

MARYKATE~you know you are probably right in that a part of my thrives on moving. But I'm not sure. You don't know how I've gone back and forth for the last month and 1/2. One day I am fine with moving and then the next, no I don't want to. I am driving Vince and the realtor crazy! :crazy: He needs to just get over here and put it up before I change my mind again! :lol: I don't think so much the moving though as being able to decorate a new house! I really don't thrive on change for sure. As far as redecorating the house or changing something like an avatar, yes, but as far as every day living, no. Oh, I am cooking Thanksgiving's just going to be December 4th and I would appreciate the recipes. We go to GA Nov. 30-Dec. 2 for Josh's turning blue ceremony and his graduation on the 2nd. And rather than stay an extra day we are flying back that night. We'll get in late and I plan on sleeping in Saturday so Sunday we will have our Thanksgiving Dinner. Just postponing it for him. Because I know he is just waiting for a big fat turkey to eat! :lol: :bravo: on your loss this week! WOOHOO! :carrot: :dancer: :cb: That's a GREAT loss! Keep up the good work! Sorry to hear about your arm/elbow. Ouch, that must of hurt.

Hiya MARTI! Have a good weekend with Miss Jhanai!

Later ladies! :wave:

da fat n da furious
11-19-2005, 04:06 PM
WAHOOO for KATIE please give her a big hug for me...and a congrats!

:carrot: :carrot: :hug: :bravo: :cp: :dance: :flow1: :grouphug: :flow2: :woo: :cloud9: :high: :balloons: :encore: :cheers: :cheer:

da fat n da furious
11-19-2005, 04:22 PM
Cristi,,,like you said you can make any house a long as you have your family. Do you enjoy the painting and such or are you going to look for a house that is mostly done other then a few color changes or possibly build or a fixer uper? IVe done the 2 new homes and wouldn't mind doing a fixer upper which we first did. Seemed more fun.

Michelle,,,you nailed it when you said you put yourself on hold! For over 10 years I was on was too hard to work and take care of 2 small boys and run a home, and be on the board of every children's program. Not that I would want it any different,,,but I do cringe when I see pictures of me during that time,,,,how I made myself look so dowdie.

11-19-2005, 09:53 PM
I'm back.... things have settled down a bit, lol.

Cristi - where does Vince want to move? CA? If you said, I missed it.

MaryKate - the house will be very close by this one, if it's approved by the planning commission. You know the red tape! YAY for the loss, and here's hoping you (and the rest of us, lol) maintain over Thanksgiving. Did they give you anything for the pain in your arm?

Angie & Marti - a big Thank You to you and the others, too, for the congrats to Katie!!

Katie has to check in on January 9th. So we'll fly down on the 8th, help her get settled somewhat, and Neal and I will come back the 10th. After she has signed all the paperwork as an offiicial "cast member", (their words for employee) we'll get resort discounts and some free tickets, but not yet. Since her birthday is March 3rd, we'll be going back then to visit and celebrate. I feel emotionally wrung out! So many calls to make, and then the flights to arrange. Then we ate out to celebrate. Now that the flight is taken care of, I need to get our resort reservation taken care of. I'm SOOOO glad Neal will be retired by then!! :D

11-19-2005, 10:42 PM
:carrot: Hi everyone,
it is saturday night, and my week before is going to be very busy, after church going to clean clean my kitchen and refrigerator (yikes) then monday some more house work and i also have a job interview at 3;30 in the afternoon......then I work tuesday and wednesday.......then the marathon cooking for the thanksgiving will be just my boys and hubby and his dad. My stove isnt big enough to put in a turkey so we will put it on the weber and smoke it roast bar-b-que it.......I already did a marathon shopping.....went to winco this morning and then trader joes. hopefully I dont need to grocery shop for another month.
And I gave myself permission to enjoy thanksgiving dinner without fretting about cheating on my diet. Because friday is a new day, right. Happy thanksgiving everyone:thanks2:Michelle

11-19-2005, 11:28 PM
Hey gals!
Welcome Michelle! I notice you are from Washington State..several of us here are in Oregon - practically neighbors!

Cristi - Thank you for the card. 'Scuse me for being so out of it, but I didn't catch why or where you're moving? I do know wherever you wind up you will make the house a beautiful home, as you have done with your current home.

Jane - congrats to Katie on the job - that sounds so exciting!

Hi to everyone else! All this talk and reflection about anger has me thinking...which is a good thing ( my DH might disagree :p ) I think my turning point came 15 years ago when DH and I were in a car accident which put me in PT for a few months. It was the first time I felt "old" because I was in pain and couldn't move very well. I felt really angry that I had been so busy with work and grad school and had let myself go. Then the accident made it temporarily impossible to get active. I resolved then that I would never take my mobility for granted and pretty much since then, my goal has been an active healthy life. Weight loss has been slow, granted, and interrupted by major weight gains with my pregnancies, but I have to say that regardless of what the scale says, it feels good to be on the right track, (even if I'm moving slow :D)

We have Upside of Anger on DVD to watch tonight - anyone seen it? Looks pretty good. We watched In Good Company last night with Dennis Quaid and Topher Grace. Good characters, but way too slow...bit of a disappointment. DH and DS8 are chomping at the bit to see Goblet of Fire.....maybe next weekend

Ciao for now

11-20-2005, 03:16 PM
Happy Sunday Ladies!

It is a cloudy day today here in KS, and colder than yesterday. Seems kind of gloomy, but I like it.

KATY~there is absolutely no rhyme or reason behind us moving...that is why I am having a hard time deciding. Today...I don't want to move. I like our neighborhood, our house and it is a good location. Plus the dreadful thought of actually moving is not appealing to me right now. I've not seen Upside of Anger, not really a fan of Kevin Costner even though I have seen some of his movies. But if it came on cable I would probably watch it.

ANGIE~Vince has had a taste of buying a new home (his first brand new one) and doesn't want a fixer upper. We love fixing up houses but as much as he works it would just be a nightmare. And I am very impatient when it comes to things being done around the house. It has some color on the walls, not white so we would paint a little and other than building a fence, again, and doing the landscaping there's really nothing else to be done to it. We actually have a house picked, just haven't moved on it yet. I don't want to talk about it because I feel I might jinx it and I don't want to bore you all so I will spare the details. I know you all were probably sick to death of me blabbing about our house and now we are going to do it all over again.

MELISSA~I always say that...that I am going to forget about eating right on the holidays but by the time dinner is actually on the table I am too pooped to eat! But you are right, as long as you don't go too overboard you might as well enjoy the day! Tomorrow is a new day. Sending some good vibes your way on the job interview, hoping you ace it and get the job! :goodvibes: :crossed: :goodvibes:

JANE~no, not CA! If it were CA I wouldn't hesitate one second! I would move back there in a heartbeat but no he doesn't want to live there. It's the small town we lived in before buying this house, about 12 miles from us.

Not a whole lot going on today. Vince and Jason both are working yet again, and Miss Marie is sleeping in because she stayed up till the wee hours of the morning. Don't know how she does it, sleeping so late. I kind of like the house being this quiet though. Counting down the days until Josh comes home, actually we go there. This month went by entirely too fast. But I am glad. I can't wait to start decorating for Christmas! Now to do the shopping! :yikes: :lol:

See ya :wave:

11-20-2005, 07:29 PM
Michelle - WELCOME!!!
Like most everyone else, I've gone through the anger thing. I still am.

Jane - CONGRATS to Katie!!

Katiecat - DD surgery is outpatient, but I can't see a dr. even doing that just 2 days before Christmas ( a Fri. yet to boot!) I'm expecting another cancellation.

DH and I went to the local animal shelter this afternoon. Our cocker spaniel, Lucky, died last Thurs. I'm more of a cat person, but he really needs to have a dog. There were a couple labs there I liked but he doesn't want that big of a dog. So we will wait for a while. Don't want to rush it. My Chloe doesn't know yet that her beloved dog is gone. I'll pick her up from pre-school tomorrow & have to tell her.

Not much else going on. Have to be at the local college early tomorrow morning for a staff meeting. They provide breakfast - muffins & sweet rolls! Nothing there for me. Even though it's pretty early, I usually eat my "healthy" breakfast before I leave home.

Yesterday was my Mom's 83rd birthday. She is really doing good health-wise and looking at her you would never know her age. I hope I've inherited her "young-looking" genes!!

We will be going to my sister's house for Thanksgiving. She only lives about 20 miles away. Our family is pretty small now that a couple of our kids live out of state but they always phone us during dinner & we all have a nice day.

Hope everyone has a nice Turkey Day!!


11-20-2005, 07:39 PM
Hi ladies,

Michelle - while I was losing, I learned to put myself first, too, which was hard for me. I've been a SAHM for 18+ years, and taking care of everyone else had been my top priority. Part of my identity was "cook & baker", and I took pride in my down home meals with gravies, noodles, pies, etc. Although WW allows any foods to be eaten, I'm not (usually) one to waste too many points on foods like that. So it was a shock to my family when, for example, peaches were ripe, and we had them fresh only, instead of in a pie. I'll say this for the fam, tho, they went along with it for me. :yes:

Katy - I haven't seen the movies you mentioned. I did, however, see Chicken Little, lol. The mobility issue is a real eye-opener regarding weight! I knew that if I wanted to play with my grandkids, the weight had to come off. You're doing great, and get an A+ for perseverence! :high:

Cristi - oic about the move. Hey, you ought to get a ticker with a countdown of when you'll be visiting Josh. Does Marie = Carrie?? I'm confused, which is nothing new, lol. :D

Had to cancel out our Gulf plans today. Since we'll be going to FL for Katie's bd in March, no way are we going over Valentine's Day, too. Tried to get the same place for March, but it's booked solid. Oh well, we'll have our own private Valentine's Day celebration here, sans kids!

Walmart was super busy today! In addition to all the Sunday shoppers, the holiday shoppers are going strong, too. It amazes me how the season of "Joy and Cheer" can turn some people into such cranks, lol. :dizzy:

Hope you're having a great weekend!

11-20-2005, 07:44 PM
Connie - you were posting while I was writing, lol. Sorry about your dog, and I hope Chloe takes it ok. You could always take some healthy foods with you to the meetings. Maybe "the powers that be" would get the hint.

11-21-2005, 12:14 AM
Rosiekate: wow we are neighbors, I Live east of you I live in washougal :carrot: so howdy neighbor :hug:

Thankyou all for sharing your repsonses about anger, I think i allowed myself to be angry and that was a big step for me because i had to face this issue I seemed to have sweept it to the backroom of my mind......I learned alot from each of you who have shared your experiences, I'am sorry if i dont call you all by name, but each response was valid.

Christi: :carrot: hmmmm I like the name Melissa but it is not my name :o :dizzy: And I will receive those feel good vibes from you anytime

Jane: you have an incredible sense of caring that really shows in your post :hug: I feel that you really really care for each one of these ladies here, you have provided a safe place here that we can find rest :p

Hi Marti, Da fat n furious and katieKat, if i forgot anyone give me time to

11-21-2005, 01:25 AM
Helo girls!!

What a weekend. Jhanai had me on the go at all times it seems. Each time I got on the computer she'd pop in and ask if I was ready to go! Had fun doing some shopping and just watching her. She's turning into such a little adult.......****sigh****my baby is growing up!

Now, I have some time for individuals. Let's see if I can catch up.

Cristi--I have to say that I was shocked when I read that you're thinking of moving again. Wow! And you've done so much painting and decorating on the house that you're in now. Are you wanting to move to the country or different town? I Hope you have wonderful Thanksgiving dinner. I think it's great that you're waiting until the 4th so all your family is together. What a great mom you are!

Jane--I'm so happy that Katie got accepted to Disneyworld! She must be estatic! So, what all is she going to be doing there? Does she even know? Or is this something that she's got to wait for in January to find out? Sorry that you had to cancel the Gulf trip. But I'm sure you'll get that " 2nd honeymoon" vacation booked again. Just may have to wait awhile for it! You're going to have one busy year next year w/Katie leaving and the building of the house! I'm tired for you just thinking about it!

MaryKate--Congratulations on losing 5lbs!! Thats fantastic! W/all that's been going on w/me, the infection and then TOM, I just haven't weighed myself lately. I haven't worked out all week, which is horrible. I will get back on that gazelle (might put on a turkey suit!) starting tomorrow. Done w/the antibiotics and such so it's time to tune back to me. So hard, but it's gotta be done.

Angie--Your outfit sounds so cute. I have a Christmas Dinner for work on the 17th. Not sure if I'm going or not. I have Jhanai that weekend and I don't particular want to leave her just so I can have a free dinner. She says that she doesn't care, especially if I can get her uncle to come watch her. I'll have to see if my brother is free that night, otherwise, not going to go.

Michelle--Hi again! I'm an Oregonian here too. I'm South of Katy, mid Oregon I suppose you can say. Heard of Eugene? I'm 20mins south of there. As for your question on anger. I don't know if I really felt anger or resentment. More of a saddness. The only anger I felt, was towards being sad. Does that make sense? Meaning, I felt anger once I realized that I was just sitting around moping and being depressed rather than doing something about it. Because the only person who is responsible for me and the way I look and the what I me. So I decided to grow up, quit being so mopey and start taking care of me. Started liking being me, and started enjoying my life. No matter what weight I'm at, at least be happy. Because who knows if I'll ever reach a "goal weight" if I'm at least trying, then I have no excuse to sit around feeling sorry for myself. I did that for way too long. And life can be too short, so enjoy every minute of it.

Connie--Sorry to hear about your dog! They rescheduled for the 23rd? I wouldn't be surprised if there was another cancellation either. So close to Christmas AND a Friday as you mentioned. Still keeping her in my thoughts.

Katy--I don't think I've heard of either of those movies. Last night Jhanai & I watched "Charlie & The Chocolate Factory" and "Ring 2" It was strange to see how much they changed the CCF movie compared to the original. I still liked it though. The Ring was better than the second one. Wanted to go see Harry Potter, but of coarse it was sold out. So we're waiting for two weeks before we go see it. The hypness will have worn down.

Oh I hope I got everyone! Did I miss anybody?

I hope you all have a great week. And are not all so busy that you don't get a chance to relax. Tomorrow James & I are planning on going to the Grocery Store to get our stuff for TG Dinner. I got some, but not all. It's going to be tiring for me on Thanksgiving since I don't get off work until 2:30 that morning. Sheesh!! I should have scheduled that night off. But oh well. It might be so slow that they'd send me home early.

Ok...I'm going to get off this computer and take my dogs out.

Hugs to you all!

da fat n da furious
11-21-2005, 01:38 AM
Hi Michelle,
So how are you going to work with this anger? Possibly make it work in your favor?

Jane,,,I have to tell you I have been telling everyone who sits near me for more then a couple of minutes about You would think I was like a proud Auntie...*smile

Marti,,,how ya feeling? Normally after antibiotics I usually get a yeast infection so be thats a great conversation eh?

Cristi,,, I know you don't want to talk about the house so,,mums the Doesn't happen here often but when the house is soooo quiet its almost
So Im thinking about my basement,,,a darker brown carpet then what I have,,,more like a mocha. So Im thinking that I will color the walls a softer mocha. Have been watching all the designing shows and that seems to be the HOT color. Im working wiht a room that has no windows so Im trying to give light but the feeling of warmth. Trim will be pine what do you think? We are thinking of not putting any furniture down there but a desk, armour and tv/sterio. *we bought the boys those video chairs... we are thinking about selling,,and it will make the room appear larger.

Connie, Im so sorry about your dog.

I woke feeling like Im coming down with something,,glands are swollen,,,and I have a mother of a canker on the tip of my tongue. I use Flether's Sore Mouth but its made my tongue swollen,,imagine me talking with a lisp.
I brought in all my wigs today,,astonished the director and cast with my handy work,,,what you can do with ribbon and Ive got to adjust 1 wig,,then Im done. I had Tanner sit and wear Snow Whites wig while i braided and added stuff. Monte wore Rupenzle's wig so I could do my thing but no one would sit for me to do Sleeping Beauty's. I pushed my luck.
Took Tanner to see Harry Potter...I loved it! I laughed cried and jumped. It was fantastic. Makes me wish a theatre would do a marathon of Harry Potter movies...

well off to bed I go,,,night all

da fat n da furious
11-21-2005, 01:40 AM
Hello Marti,,,we were posting at the same time.

11-21-2005, 11:31 AM
I just took this personality quiz and the leader I compare to is mother Teresa.....well what do you know......

you think thats fun, the movie that lined up to my answears was apoclypse how about that mother teresa and apocloypse hmmmm

11-21-2005, 02:38 PM
Good Morning Ladies--

Woke up earlier than I wanted to but I have so many things to do before work today. And today is an early day, I have to go in at 4:00, that way I get off early to get some sleep before for my VERY early day tomorrow!! I have a CE (continuing education) day at work at it starts at 8:00am. Good Lord how am I going to do it???

Angie--I hope you're not coming down w/anything!! Drink lots of fluids if you can! I'm jealous that you got to see Harry Potter!! Jhanai & I really wanted to go. We even went by the theatre yesterday to see what time they were playing in case we could find time. It was too late....8:00 and I had to get her home so she could get ready for school tomorrow. You talking about the colors for your basement got me wanting coffee! So I'm thinking it's time for a cup!! :)

Michelle--I'll have to check out that site once I'm done.

Good Morning to the rest of you gals out there.

Well, I've got to get on my gazelle this morning. It's a MUST! So off I go, then it's shower time and errands. Sheesh......I'm tired already!!

Hugs to all!!

11-21-2005, 02:51 PM
Hello Jaded Ladies~

It's a BEAUTIFUL day in the neighborhood! :sunny: Was out earlier and I am lovin' it! Going to be one of our warmer days.

MICHELLE~oopsie! :^: Not sure why I called you Melissa, sorry. :dunno: But both are pretty names. I was going to say maybe you might want to think about adding your name to your siggy but I did see on the other thread that you are going to. Then I can get your name right! :lol: Hey, went to the test site and it is kind of funny! Mine said for the movie I am Platoon-I'm an anxious foot soldier on the battlefield of life, seeking to avoid danger & preserve your security. The leader-Abraham Lincoln! Loved this one...said I am a mild mannered assasination victim! I have a peaceful nature & am good at mediating disputes w/the exception of the occasional bloody civil war! :yikes: Funny stuff!

MARTI~V and I talked and have decided to NOT move! I mentioned before I have been going back and forth on this for the last 1 1/2 months so it IS decided we are not moving. I thought he really wanted to and we were talking and he said he did/does kind of but he was doing it because he thought I wanted to! It would have been nice to have that bigger house but I am just not ready to move. I really do love this house and have it fixed the way I like it, well, almost. :lol: Just not ready to move. I hope you guys too have a very :thanks1: Glad you and Jhanai had a GREAT weekend! Would it be possible for her to go to the Christmas dinner at work with you? Or is it going to be before you go to work? She's a sweetie though, telling you it's okay to go. Maybe you should go and then bring her home a little something.

ANGIE~I can talk about the house now! :lol: It is 1627 sq. ft.-the main floor anyway. It has 2 bedrooms and 2 baths on the main floor, of course plus the living room, dining area, kitchen and laundry room and is really nice. Has a huge walk in closet in the master-what more could you ask for?! The basement is full size, so another 1627 sq. ft. but has only two bedrooms and a bath that are finished. They will finish the rest for another $15,500 but Vince loves doing that so would do it himself for a whole lot less. It also has a front porch (something I have always wanted), and a deck that curves around the back, about 1/2 the length of the house and the view in the back is spectacular! It's pasture so no one would be back there and there are some hills so it's nice. And I could go on and on...of course there's no one behind us now and the view is nice, for now anyway. Eventually, they will build something behind us but it won't be close. The good thing about this town...they are picky about what can and will be built here that's why there is nothing there now. I think your basement sounds nice, and I like the colors you have chosen. And I think it is the hot colors now! All the houses we have looked at have those colors in the carpet, kitchen and the paint. Not sure how we got stuck with white walls but they are painting the houses now, nothing drastic but adding color to the new houses and it looks really nice. So I know your basement will look GREAT! Take care of yourself and nip it in the bud before you get too sick. I don't know why the director and cast would be astonished...because you always do fabulous work! You must have really outdone yourself this time! I hope you take pictures of all the work you do. That would make a great portfolio or even a scrapbook! Trying to picture Tanner wearing the wig! You should have gotten a picture of that!

JANE~yes, Miss Marie=Carrie. That's her middle name and I have called her that since she was little. Have nn's for the kids and DH. V=husband, Jason=sunny boy and Josh=David or Davey Wavey-David is his middle name and sometimes Carrie is daughter. Jason uses his mn a lot, even has on his checks and such J. Myles-he likes that better for some reason. Which is good as I picked it out! :lol: Sorry you guys had to scratch the plans for V-Day. I know you guys will come up with something else that will be just as special though. Okay, now are you sure this internship isn't for mommy's sake, tickets and resort discounts, hmmmm....just kidding! ;) ;) This is going to be a wonderful experience for Katie, one I'm sure she will never forget. How does she feel about being so far from home though? Is she getting nervous? Where will she stay? So many questions.

CONNIE~so sorry to hear about your puppy dog. :hug: :grouphug: HAPPY BIRTHDAY to your mother.

Hi to everyone else :wave:

Not sure what I am going to do today since V is home. I have been trying to be quiet so he can sleep. I am headed outdoors in a little while to do some yard work, pick up some leaves and such after all the wind. Seems like a lot of it blows in our yard and stays here. :lol: Need to prune my roses. Didn't get to that, kept meaning to and never did. I hate pruning them when there are still flowers blooming. But now they have been frozen and are all dead so I can cut them back quite a bit now. Other than that I don't know what I will do until V gets up and is feeling better. Anyway, have a nice day ladies and just in case... :happ3: :turkey: :thanks1: I know I will post tomorrow sometime but not so sure about Wed. I know I won't Thursday...big Christmas decorating day and weekend. We are going to start early to ensure getting done that day because V will be working a lot of overtime until the following Wednesday when we leave. I'm so excited! :)

11-21-2005, 03:10 PM
Hiya Ms. Marti! :wave:

You were posting and already gone before I finished that novel. Boy, am I in a chatty mood! :blah: :blah: :blah: Just got up in such a great mood this morning, maybe it's the weather. :dunno: Try and have a nice day though, and don't think about the sleep and you will be fine. Of course working those late hours and then having to change them for the training would be a little crazy. Hopefully, you'll get to change your nights to days soon. :crossed:

11-21-2005, 03:23 PM
Taking a break from my house cleaning :carrot:

christi: you had me laughing about your leader/movie combo :D

Marti: I know where eugene is.....we take our youth group to sutherland, and we float the umpqua river, I believe that is still aways from you. I spent my teen years in woodburn oregon......

Da fat n da furious: Good question, how am i making my anger work for me? now that is going to take some deep thinking on my part......I will have to think about it, anyone up to answering this question as well.

ok off to clean the refridgerator :eek: I'am such a procastonator (spelling)

da fat n da furious
11-21-2005, 07:14 PM
Good afternoon Ladies,

Cristi, Im glad your not moving,,,specially if you both like the house..seeing as all the work you put into it. Funny about names,,,Tanner doesn't like his name and wants to be called Tobias *shrug have no idea where that came

Marti,,,Im trying,,,I drank tea today! TEA *shudder I don't like the stuff but was thinking it would help my throat,,,which isn't sore. Just feel like I have two marbles in my neck...which does kinda hurt when I turn my head. The Mother of all canker sores had doubled. Im now freaking out! I have brushed,,,flossed (nothing new) but then I gargled with mouth wash then came down stairs and did it with salt water. One woman from work told me to put salt right on it,,,I gave her the look of are you on crack?

Michelle,,,well turn the anger to motivation,,,break down how much you have to lose into easy to handle amounts like 5 lbs. Reward yourself with something small,,,nonfood. Empower yourself with lots of praise,,,even on bad days. Consider them learning lessons. And keep going. Journal write about how you feel,,,what you want out of life,,where do you want to be next week, month year 5 years. Picture yourself in a pair of jeans 1 size smaller then what you are wearing now. And grocery shop when you are feeling really high,,good on life. NEVER when you are feeling fusterated or overwhelmed. Be sure to have a menu as best you can. A menu the whole family will not boycott.
Ladies anything I miss?

well off to theatre,,,we moved in yesterday. Going to a new place,,,called the EATS Epcore Arts Theatre its

11-21-2005, 07:17 PM
Hi all you lovely Jaded Ladies, :wave:

Michelle - aww, thank you for your kind words! Marti is the co-mod here, and helps keep everything in shape. My refrigerator needs cleaning, too. When can you be here to help, teehee.

Marti - Katie will find out on the 2nd day there what she'll be doing. She keeps saying she doesn't care what it is except for one thing - she doesn't want to drive the safari truck at Animal Kingdom, lol.

Angie - it's so cool that people as far away as Oregon are excited about Katie's WDW job. When I first mentioned that she applied, I let her read your response then, and we both thought it was cool. Btw, she saw Harry Poter at 12:01 AM the day it came out, and even though it was basically midnight, the theater was sold out. Your sons are such good sports, helping with the wigs like that.

Cristi - oic about the NN. I LOVE J. Myles!!!! Sounds like a big important CEO somewhere, doens't it? Nope, Katie isn't nervous. At least, not yet. And yes, I have to admit, we're gonna love the discounts! I think there's a lot of red tape involved, but who cares?

Well, according to Michelle's test, I'm the Godfather - loves power and control. Yikes! And then was compared to Gandhi as a do-gooder, lol. Yep, that's me on both accounts!! :D

Neal is filling in for the rest of the season on a bowling league on Monday nights. It will do him good to get out there and do some male bonding, lol.

Have a good one, ladies!

11-21-2005, 11:10 PM
:dizzy: :dizzy: :carrot: :carrot: :carrot: :carrot: :carrot: :carrot: :carrot:

Christi: thankyou for the good vibes I got the was a choice between home and garden center (which I would of loved) and arts and crafts hmmmm he asked which would I want and I got to thinking about those big bags of fertilizer and bark dust....and light fluffy So I chose arts and crafts. I go for my drug test tuesday and I wait for a call back for orintation....and it is full time, and that comes with benifits.

Angie: salt would be the same advice i'd give, salt draws out the impurities and heals.......and yes it really really hurts but it works :hug:
I like your response I do set myself with small chunks of weightloss, my first goal is onederland by dec 15th and 40 lbs by febuary and I'am almost half way there. you said you were going to swanky theator we have one called cinetopia it is a decorated with art and have wine tasting events with theaters that look like big living rooms with large fluffy pillows they serve you wine and dinner and before the movie plays there is a guy who plays his accordian in the balcony and even a resturuant as well its pretty cool too.

Take care :p

movie/leaders we have
me with Mother Teresa and apoclypse
Jane with Godfather and ghandi
Christi with Abe lincoln and platoon :dizzy:

da fat n da furious
11-22-2005, 01:34 AM
I am Mr. Smith goes to Hollywood...
and Gandhi

Going to go put salt on my canker,,,its that thing I can't stop playing with...

da fat n da furious
11-22-2005, 01:37 AM
ok I don't like that salt thing,,,BURNS Now Im whinie with a lisp...grrreaat.

11-22-2005, 01:57 PM
Good morning ladies, and a Happy Tuesday to you!

So, it's supposed to get up to 64 today but man it sure was cold at the park! Brrrrr...needless to say I didn't get my full walk in so on to the :tread: later. I'm just going to have to suck it up and deal with the :tread: because I can't walk in the cold no matter how much I bundle up. I've had a sore throat for a coupld of days now and today it seems to be alittle worse so that wind wasn't doing me any good. Forgot to weigh in yesterday so did this morning and I maintained this week so that's good. Would have loved to have seen a loss but with hardly any walking last week it's understandable. No gain is always a good thing.

MICHELLE~CONGRAT'S on the job! WOOHOO!! :carrot: :cp: :hat: :cb: :bravo: I think the arts & craft dept. is a good choice! Who doesn't like arts & crafts? Yeah, the leader/movie combo cracked me up too! :lol:

ANGIE~salt?! :yikes: I've never heard that but I would be afraid to attempt it knowing it would burn like heck! Ouch! I always use campho when I get one or a fever blister, haven't had one in a long time though. It too burns but not like salt, and you don't want to swallow it! I like your combo too, Mr. Smith goes to Washington and Ghandi...hey, you and Jana are the same leader! Hey, I like Tobias and the nn Toby, but Tanner is nice also. Wonder why Tanner likes that? It has a nice ring to it though.

JANE~Jason too likes the sound of J. Myles, and I think for that reason! If it had been totally up to me naming the kids his first name would have been Myles. Katie's not nervous?! That's good though. Are you nervous about her being so far away? I think I would be biting my nails. I say that and when Josh first left I worried and worried. But I know I have to let them go and be their own person and just support them, and try not to cry in front of them! :lol: It's hard letting go, for me anyway. No one told me being a mom was so hard-emotionally.

MARTI~hope you got some much needed sleep for your early rise this morning.

Hi to everyone else :wave:

Well, a boring day for me today. Lots and lots of laundry to get done today and vacuuming since I couldn't do it yesterday with V sleeping. He's feeling better today, but stayed home. Came home from the park and he was in the garage sorting and untangling lights so he doesn't spend half the morning Thursday doing it. He also went ahead and put the icicle lights around the deck and color lights around the sliding door. We can't and won't turn them on yet. In our last quarterly newsletter they specifically told eveyrone "No Christmas decorations/lights up before Thanskgiving!" And they are to be taken down by the end of January! For the life of me I am not sure what they are talking about because I didn't see anyone put their lights up before Thanksgiving, nor leave them up and on till February...apparently someone did though. Of course Saturday evening I ran to the dairy to get milk and someone had their lights up and on! :lol: Rebels! Anyway...

Have a GREAT day ladies!

:turkey: :happ3: :thanks1: :turkey:

11-22-2005, 04:42 PM
And I'm back again...:D

Just can't seem to stay away! :D

Actually, I remembered I was going to add something to my siggy earlier and totally forgot when until I logged off. So off to do my chores for the day and I'm done and back to do it while it's fresh on my mind.

So HI again everyone! :wave:

Hope everyone is having a nice day. I went out for a bit and it is so nice, definitely feels 64. :sunny: To nice to stay indoors and keep the sun out so I have everything open!

Going to head to Wal-Mart late tonight to do my grocery shopping since I think tomorrow will be awful with too many people! Would rather do it late tonight than early in the morning. We'll see how that goes.

Take care and see ya later :wave:

:turkey: :thanks1: :turkey:

da fat n da furious
11-22-2005, 05:42 PM
Cristi, you come onver to Canada,,,its HOT here...seriously firs thing in the morning I was wearing a sweater but have even had to take that off. It seriously feels like June here.
Well I sure didn't like the salt and wont' do that again...*whimper
I woke feeling sick, my glands at noticably swollen throat hurts,,and the kanker is well still huge,,,its gonna need a postal code soon. I weent to work but with trying to talk it became too painful so I asked to leave...I guess I looked bad , everyone was asking if I was going straight to the I went and I have a strep throat. And the cankers are a form of that. I say cankers cause I have two now...both huge. Ive popped my anitbiotics and gonna go take a nap.

11-22-2005, 10:32 PM
Hiya ladies, :wave:

Angie - aww, I'm sorry you're sick with strep throat and cankers, too! Not fair!! If I lived close enough, I'd make you some Amish chicken noodle soup.

Cristi - I'm not sure the reality of The Baby leaving home has hit me yet. Look out when it does, lol. We usually put up our Christmas decorations the weekend after Thanksgiving, but I haven't even thought about it yet. Too much going on!

Bought one of those micro plush blankets at Walmart today. Feel like heaven! It's cream color, sort of reminds me a a huge super soft towel. Softer than a baby blanket, even. I got the king size and it was the same price as the twin. Cool!!

Got 1 cherry pie (Madison's request) baked from scratch today. I'm only making 1 so there will be no leftovers. Also making 1 chocolate pie - Makenzie's request. She calls it "choc - it", lol. Mary's making 2 pumpkin ones. Tomorrow I'll get the deviled eggs done, and get the potatoes peeled for mashed potatoes. Everything else has to wait for Thursday.

Have a good evening, ladies!

11-23-2005, 03:20 AM
Hello everyone.

Got my three hours of sleep and went to my CE day at work. Boy did I have a hard time w/some of the presentations that were given. Plus, I think I drank too much coffee, kept having to excuse myself to go to the girls room! :o

Cristi--I'm glad that you don't have the stress of having to move on your mind right now. Seems like you just moved in. James & I have been talking all year about buying a house. Who knows when that'll ever happen. We keep hoping next Spring, but who knows. The company dinner is for the employees and they're spouses. I believe it's because they have an open bar. She said she doesn't mind if we go, it's only for a few hours. And usually they have gift give aways, so if I get something, I'll give it to her.

Angie--Sorry to hear that your canker sore is getting worse! My grandma used to tell me to put this stuff on it to help get rid of it. I wish I remembered the name of it. It's white powdery stuff that you use when baking. I want to say it was cream of tartar. It always worked for me. Was gone the next day. Try it and see if it works....or maybe I'm just a bit looney! :D

Jane--That blanket sounds so comforting right now!! I really need to do some christmas shopping this weekend. A blanket for Jhanai is one item I want to get her. This weekend is the HUGE crafts fair at the Portland Expo that James & I go to every year. Hopefully he'll be home some time this weekend to go. We have gone every year since we've been together. Makes me smile knowing some of the things he does for me!

Michelle--Took the quiz......hmmmmm....they say I'm like Abe Lincoln. "A mild mannered Assasination Victim. You are Abe Lincoln. You have a peaceful nature and are good at mediating disputes w/the exception of the occassional bloody war" I never saw myself like that. Very interesting!

Ok...I'm off to go to bed. I'm tired and I have to get up early. I'm in charge of making the pies before work tomorrow. James got called out late tonight so he won't be home until sometime thursday. So I'm making dinner all by myself. Gotta get some baking and prepping done tomorrow or else I'll go crazy! :dizzy:

Talk to you tomorrow.

11-23-2005, 03:44 AM
Happy day before hump day...although I know when you read this it will be HUMP DAY. (I am a night owl) Hope everyone is ready for the turkey! We are eating out, so no prep. here. :) No leftovers either, which will be a plus. Sorry some are feeling poorly..get well Angie and Cristi. Sore throats are the worst! Marti...are you okay now or still feeling run down?
Jane- It is harder to let that last baby go I think. There were 11 years between my last two, so I had the "baby boy" home with me long after the others were gone. He and I spent lots of time together, so it was hard when he left. I know you will get through it, we all do...I have never heard of any mother not surviving it...but it isn't fun at first. We just have to keep remembering like Cristi said, support them and let them go. How does that work with Katie going to school and working at WDW? It will be so cool for her...and freebies for you!
Michelle- Congrats on the new job. And you are doing great with the weight loss and learning about yourself. I have found that I might channel my anger one way today and a different way tomorrow. So it always helps to be flexible.

Anybody going shopping the day after Thanksgiving? Not me, but I know some really like it. I got a Wal Mart ad today and they are going to have some good buys. I just don't want to fight the crowd.

There is supposed to be snow at home this week and I am hoping it warms up by the time we get there next week.. Not much hope of that for the first of Dec. however. Brrrrrrr.

We walked here today and it was just cool enough for a long sleeved top. Got lots warmer as the day went on.

If I don't get back in here before Thurs. have a nice Thanksgiving all Jl's.

11-23-2005, 10:08 AM
Marti: A mild mannered I have heard it is always the quiet ones :D

angie : so sorry about your throat, I didnt know you could get canker sores from that, its been years since i've had a caker sore

sue: I too do not hit the sales after thanksgiving, I dont think I have ever gone shopping on that day, many of my frineds have and the stories they tell....makes me glad I stayed home ;)

Happy thanks giving to everyone enjoy your families enjoy the meal:thanks2: and i pray that there will be no family drama :o :p
so off to work i go

11-23-2005, 10:43 AM
:coffee: Good morning, ladies!

Last day of the workweek, and I'm glad...tonight I come home to my second job as head chef at Chez Katiecat, and start working on the feast for tomorrow :chef: :hungry: I'm pretty sure I've gotten all the shopping done; if I forgot anything else, then Tim or Mike will have to go get it. Mike's coming over tonight to help with the prepwork -- chopping veggies, making the pie and green bean casserole and cranberry sauce, etc. I think he is going to just crash here overnight so he can help me first thing in the morning, too, with the turkey and the rest. I found a recipe for pumpkin pie using phyllo dough for the crust (only 4 points for 1/8 pie), so we are going to experiment with that this year. Phyllo dough is fun to play with, anyway :D

Michelle, I am "Platoon" -- "an anxious footsoldier on the battlefield of life, seeking to avoid danger and preserve your security", and I am also evidently Mother Teresa. What a bizarre combo -- I am picturing a nun in combat gear trying to negotiate her way through a field of landmines...yep, that's me! :rofl: Congratulations on your new job :) I would have picked arts and crafts, too...but would probably end up spending 2/3 of my paycheck on scrapbooking supplies... :rolleyes:

Sue, as tempting as those day-after-Thanksgiving sales may be, and as low as the prices are, nope, I just can't do that this year. Last year, at the local Walmart, a few customers and employees got hurt in the initial trample when the doors opened. Sheesh, folks, love your neighbor and be considerate! No $5 Barbies and $50 Gameboys and $3 slippers are worth people getting hurt over. This year, some friends of ours invited us along on their yearly ritual -- they drive to Concord in the morning, catch the train into San Francisco, walk around the city and watch the tree lighting in Union Square. Sounds like fun, so I think we may just join them this year. Could stand to walk off all the food from the day before, anyway, huh?

Angie, you poor baby!!! :hug: Salt is really healing, but I can imagine it burns like crazy. :flame: :fr: What about rinsing your mouth with very warm salt water? You can gargle with it, too, and it's very soothing for a sore throat. There is over-the-counter stuff you can buy for canker sores at the drug store -- antiseptic and numbing, too -- send one of your guys out to get you some. And get lots of rest! :tired: :faint: That's the best thing in the world for you if you are sick. Hoping you start feeling better very soon. :goodvibes

Jane, wish I had a new blanky like yours. We have 3 comforters on our bed, and flannel sheets -- bet you Mid-Westerners think I am wimpy for a Californian! You are a great grandma to make cherry and chocolate pies for your little ones. Those are my favorites! When I was 13, we went to Wyoming to visit my mom's aunt. She lived by herself out in the country, and worked at a little roadside cafe, making all their pies. She asked me what kind of pie I wanted, and made a chocolate cream pie just for me, from scratch. I think that was the best pie I've ever eaten :T

Cristi, sounds like you are relieved to not be moving after all. You've put a lot of love and work into your current home. And, if you get those wild re-decorating urges, you can just let 'em loose on the place you have now! Or come visit me, and makeover my house :D I am not good at moving furniture and stuff, never can figure out where to put things. We spent last weekend moving 5 bookcases from the living room to the spare room, trying to make better use of our space. We still have one huge floor-to-ceiling bookcase in the living room that doesn't look like it will fit in the other room, so not sure where to go from here. We love our fireplace, but it does limit exactly how furniture can be placed in the room. Aaaaugh, I need the Clean Sweep people to come sell half my stuff and organize the rest!!!

Marti, you better be getting enough sleep! :nono: Take care of yourself, hon, it wasn't that long ago that you were sick. OK, that's it, I'm prescribing naps for all of us! :lol: Will Jhanai be with you for Thanksgiving? Tim picked up Noah last night from his dad's house, since he has today off school. If we go to San Francisco on Friday, he'll go with us, and we'll probably take him home on Saturday. We were thinking about maybe trying to catch Harry Potter this weekend, too...

OK, time to start getting ready for's still a mess and don't have my contacts in. Have a great day, ladies!

Mary Kate

11-23-2005, 03:22 PM
:turkey: :happ3: :turkey: :thanks1: :turkey:

Hello ladies~

Crazy morning to say the least. Had to run some errands this morning and people are driving like fools. Not sure where they are going that they are driving that way, hope they make it through the day! So glad I went and did the weekly shopping last night, jeez! Talk about mad! It wasn't bad as far as the amount of people there, shoppers anyway. It was the workers! :crazy: Didn't even think about them stocking the shelves at 10 p.m. okay, so I know they stock the shelves late at night but this was awful, like trying to go through a maze. There were boxes everywhere, blocking aisles and shelves. But we made it through...didn't get home until almost midnight though. Had to make a run to the local grocery store to find a ham. Carrie wants ham and Wal-mart only had a few left that were very small for $25! :yikes: I remembered the store by our house is open until midnight and boy we barely made there. Thought I would run through the McD's drive-thru and get a small choc. shake really quick...yeah, right. You wouldn't think the drive-thru would have been so busy at 11:30. It really helped my throat, you wouldn't believe how good it felt going down. Didn't have any soup on hand at home, which was odd...I always have soup, of course I do now. Anyway, throat is a little better today. Have a killer headache though.

MARTI~gotcha about the dinner. I think if Jhanai said it would be okay that she really doesn't mind if you go. So I would go and try to have a good time. Don't know how you made it through the day on 3 hours of sleep! Hope you got more sleep when you came home and you are feeling refreshed. Try not to get stressed about getting Thanksgiving dinner together.

SUE~no after Thanksgiving sales/shopping for me either. I did that once many, many years ago and that was enough. Of course it was at the mall and we went at 7 am and it wasn't bad at all. Didn't find anything either but my mother did get in the local newspaper. They stopped us coming out of a store and asked us a few questions and quoted her in the paper.

JANE~that's like when Josh left too...I kept busy and kept it off my mind until the final week of. And man it hit me hard. Especially when I took him to the recruiting place. I lost it, I couldn't stop crying. And it's making me cry again. :cry: I think it's the week before TOM because I have been emotional all week! Or maybe it's because he's not here...probably both. I miss him lots! And just know that when Miss Katie leaves we are here for you! And the cherry and choc. pies sound delicious! What times dinner? :lol:And the blanket sounds so warm and toasty.

MARYKATE~I am relieved to not have to think about moving. But I am crazy because now I can't get that house out of my mind! :lol: :crazy: I even drove by it yesterday on the way home from the park! I think the holidays will definitely take my mind off of it. I told V if I am still thinking about it in a month maybe we should just go for it. So I am hoping I'm not thinking about it. :lol: And I would love to come over and hlep you with your house! I do enjoy decorating and rearranging, etc. Did you say 3 comforters?! :yikes:

ANGIE~so sorry about the sores, ouch. I hate when they spread, one is bad enough. :hug: Didn't even think about rinsing with salt water as Marykate mentioned, duh! I remember my mother always saying that when we had a sore throat, and it does work. I do hope you get to feeling better. And I would love to come to Canada, I have never been.

MICHELLE~thank you for posting that quiz site. It has been fun seeing what it says about everyone. I don't know why I have the name Melissa in my head but every time I go to write you name I put Melissa. You wouldn't consider changing it to that would ya? :lol: So when do you start your new job? Or have you already?

HI to everyone else :wave:

I need to get going ladies and get a few things done today. I am making just an everyday meal for tomorrow but with dessert, and not your typical thanksgiving dinner/desserts. DS wanted some brownies and DD wanted banana pudding so that's the extent of ours. And Vince likes both too. He really doesn't care what I fix, he will eat it anything just about. But I have some laundry to get done and want to vacuum again so I don't have anything to do tomorrow but spend time outside with him, helping him if he needs help. ladies take care and have a wonderful Thanksgiving tomorrow.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING to you and yours!
:turkey: :happ3: :turkey: :thanks1: :turkey:

11-23-2005, 06:44 PM
Hello gals!!

I've got a pumpkin pie in the oven and so I have some time to get in here and catch up some before I take it out. That was suppose to be James' specialty....lets see how it turns out w/me baking!! I've never made one w/fresh pumpkin before. (maybe I ought to go buy a back up one!) :D

Sue--You won't catch me up at the crack of dawn fighting the crowds to go shopping on Friday. If I go, it'll be after noon. Too much chaos and a lot of people lose their spirit and become greedy trying to get those special sales. Always watch the news about fights later on in the evening! As for how I'm feeling, thanks for asking. I'm doing much better. And I'm not as tired as I have been. So I'm feeling pretty good.

Michelle--yep...the quiet ones are always the ones to watch out for! :s:

MaryKate--I will have Jhanai tomorrow. Her dad will bring her down. Then I will take her home on my way to work on Friday. She'll get to spend the weekend w/her dad and his family over the weekend. Her grandparents just moved to a new house, so they may just go there this weekend. But at least I get the actual holiday and then most of Friday. It always works out good.

Cristi--I have no idea how I made it either! Another co-worker was there too and he got the same amount of sleep. I actually saw him dozing off at one point. (I hope I didn't do the same) It was very nice to come home early and have dinner w/James. And then I got to sleep in not having to worry about getting up early. Although, I did get up early. I'll never learn. Maybe after the holidays I'll catch up on sleep.

Did anyone watch Oprah the other week when she had the bra and jean show? How to find the right size bra and jean? Well I decided today to check the my size around my chest area where they suggested to see if I'm correct w/my measurements. At one time I was buying a 40C bra size. They measured me at the store and had 38D. Well today measuring says 36D. How crazy is that?? I'm going to actually try on a 36D over the weekend when I go shopping and see if it fits. That would be great to have a bra that fits like it should! I'll update you on that later. :)

Ok...need to do my hair........going to put it up in rollers.

Hugs to all! :hug:

11-23-2005, 08:30 PM
Since we will be down tomorrow and I'm getting ready for work....

I thought I would stop in an wish you all a Very Happy Thanksgiving! One of the things I'm most thankful this year is to have all of you girls in my life. You've all touched me in one way or the other and have been the kind of friends a person could only wish for!

:turkey: :happ3: Happy Thanksgiving Ladies! :thanks2: :thanks1:

11-23-2005, 11:39 PM
Hi ladies,

Marti - aww, we're thankful for you, too. I can smell your pie baking.... mmmmm! Hope James won't be gone too long tomorrow.

Sue - there're 6 years between Mary and Katie. I will miss her, but am ready to let her go do her own thing. We raise kids to let them go spread their wings and fly, and hope they do ok. But yes, it will be sad. Hopefully, since it's only for 4 months, she'll be back until she graduates.

Michelle - what are your plans for Thanksgiving. If you said, I missed it. Anyway, hope you have a blessed day.

Cristi - omg, banana pudding sounds soooo good! Even the WW version is good. I haven't thought to make that for quite awhile, but will keep it in mind now.

I've done the after-T'giving sales. This year, I'm sending Katie and Mary out at 4 am to stand in line for the laptop that Walmart has for $488. It's $378. in towns with more competition, but still a bargain here. I miss my laptop, and will let Katie borrow it while she's in WDW.

The site will be closed down tomorrow, but I know I couldn't be here anyway with all that's going on. Neal's brother will be here at noon for the big meal, then later, we're all going to my sister's house. Terry and Gina are going to her side of the family for the noon meal, so I'll see them later.

Here's hoping you USA girls will have a Happy Thanksgiving, and you Canadian ones will have a happy Thursday!!

11-23-2005, 11:42 PM
Hop on over to Weight loss and chit chat #152, please. See ya there! :)