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04-04-2006, 03:48 PM
okay, here are new pages.

i want to start by jumping onto my soapbox. i am talking about myself mainly.

here's what i'm seeing.

1. i am half-heartedly doing program (whether it be core or flex) and have been functioning this way for several years now.
2. i stay around the same weight which is about 40 lbs too much.
3. i see other people join ww and lose a lot of weight. yet i stay about the same even though i "diet" almost all the time. seems they just hop on ww and lose and then hop off.
4. i get discouraged because i'm staying around the same weight and it's 40 lbs too much. i continue to half heartedly diet.
5. this cycle (or pattern) has been going on for several years now (literally!!)
6. it's almost as if i'm a "professional" half-hearted weight watcher who's stuck in a twilight zone of obesity.
7. i need to get serious and play like i'm a newbie to ww and "just do it!!!!" sometimes i think i'm too comfortable at tweaking program. maybe that's a problem for me. those who join and lose seem to eat sparingly. i don't.

i am going to rejoin ww this friday am. please don't accept any excuses from me for failure. what's the saying? "failure is not an option."

04-04-2006, 03:59 PM
Sandra, can't find the new thread. Look likes you're on the mend, hope it lasts. I found it, yeh for copy and paste.

Kathy, did you eat yet? Try not to think about the tension in the house. Just think about yourself for a change, and let everyone take care of you.

Frouf, the Dr. Praeger's were at Herb & Spice on Bank and Lewis. The Wellington location doesn't carry them. They are $6.49 for a small box. I hope they are worth the trip.

Physio gal was very nice. Apparently, my foot suffered severe ligament damage and now everything is tight and stuck. The treatment is quite high tech, with a couple of different machines and then heat and massage. I didn't ever ask how long she thinks it will take, but I only have $500.00 coverage which is seven visits. Our lousy government doesn't seem to care if we hurt or not. Seniors get physio coverage, so maybe they'll put Bernie's name as the patient. I have some stretches to do, and I go back Thursday.

It's cold and windy out there, and I'm glad to be home and warm.

04-04-2006, 04:03 PM
Sandra, you go girl. I need to jump in there with you. Maybe you could move our pea pod on down the scale a little bit. I'm rooting for you. :cheer:

Saundra, sorry to hear that your foot is giving you trouble. Hopefully 7 sessions will do wonders for you.

I am incredibly tired this afternoon and wondering if something is really wrong with me after all. I still think it's just allergies.

04-04-2006, 04:05 PM
I'm here again....

Sandra, I read your notes, and I hear you hon. I re-joined every year in the past. I got my life time in 81, and yet always felt that once I would lose, I'd be okay. Well, this time I think it's different. I started in October enthusiastic as always, and yes, I lost the weight. The difference is, I am MORE bound and determined to keep it off. I think being retired is helping a lot. I have time to fill, and WW Core, is filling that time. I know that if you put your mind to it, you can and will succede. I look forward to the time that you too will be on the maintenance journey with me.:hug:

04-04-2006, 04:05 PM
Sandra, I saw a sticker on a car today that said "Life is Good." I was wondering where they bought it so that I could get one for you. :D

04-04-2006, 04:07 PM
Melissa, I know and YOU know that you can do it! One day at a time, and you'll see the difference.

04-04-2006, 04:18 PM
I still haven't eaten anything but know I should. I hate to get up, go to the door, beg someone to come and ask me what I want but that's what I'm going to have to do. This gimpyness is no fun.

Thanks for the new pages Sandra. I feel for you! I've been doing the same thing too. For those who think it's easy to lose 5 pounds, let me say it ISN'T! I have a huge sense of entitlement, and also keep thinking it's no big deal. I also have to deal with people who sabotage me because they think they're being "nice" by bringing me all sorts of bad food. Well, good food that's bad for me! While I appreciate it, it's not helping me reach my goal. I should have been there two years ago.

I suppose I'll get up now and see if someone will bring me something. I never had my cheerios, but that just doesn't sound good to me. Ugh.

04-04-2006, 05:07 PM
Kathy - you must get them to check on you HOURLY at the very least - where is your walkie talkie radio? and is anyone answering it? I can't imagine being left on your own like that! Wish I lived closer cuz I'd be stopping by at least twice daily! Poor you! And shame on your family for neglecting you like that! (I thought Judd was home today?)

Sandra - sounds like you read my mind. I think part of the problem for me is thinking about that WHOLE amount of weight to lose - seems overwhelming - so need to break it down in bits and pieces to make it seem more manageable.

And I wish I had the answer to continued motivation - we all start off like gangbusters and then fizzle - I think being here does help. When I see Vickie and Saundra and Kathy and Angela - and how determined they are to lose the weight (no matter how long is takes) and then keep it off! Good role models for the rest of us. I too feel like a slacker and sometimes I do get a 2nd wind and try to make the best of it - at least we know what we need to do!

Saundra - await full report on Dr. Praeger's burgers! so I can determine whether or not to go get some. Hope the physio helps 'unstick' you.

Waiting for the minutes to go by so I can head home - I am so tired. Hope dh is home in time to put chicken breast in oven? (dare I dream?)


04-04-2006, 05:23 PM
Judd's home and has been in the family room watching TV. The batteries died on Shaun's radio but it doesn't matter because he won't come downstairs while Judd's here. Silly, huh? I hate being in the middle of that. Tomorrow when Judd's back at work I'll be able to get Shaun to come down here and do some housework for me.

So finally Judd opened the door to let the dog come sleep with me, and I asked him to refill my water bottle and bring me some root beer. He said "you need to eat" and I said "yes, I know" but that's as far as it went. Maybe by dinnertime I'll be really hungry and will be able to stand eating. Right now when nothing sounds good, I don't think I'd be able to force it.

I hope everybody is having a pretty good day, in spite of us all being disgusted with ourselves and our lack of progress. Just think though ... we have each other to talk to and confess our slip-ups, and we all understand what the others are going thru. I hate to think of where I'd be without this board and all of you.

04-04-2006, 05:24 PM
Kathy, mention to Judd that it would be nice if he got you something to eat? You've got to express your needs or you no one will hear you.

I picked up salmon fillets (yet again) at Farm Boy. I made a yogurt dill sauce from Turn Around and will grill the salmon later. I also put on some brown rice and am using my GE steamer. I'll add some sauteed onions and mushrooms to the rice.

I just got a call from my WW contact and am going to shadow tomorrow and Friday. I'll bring a notebook and try to write things down as I'm doing them. Maybe I'll be ready for solo one of these days.:)

04-04-2006, 05:34 PM
I would ask him and I'm sure he would bring it, but I don't know what to eat. I think I'd just rather have him bring something, anything at all, instead of me having to think of and ask for specifics. I think he's used to me making all the decisions when it comes to food. After all, I make dinner and he eats whatever it is. He has no experience with thinking of what to make and making it; he has to be told step-by-step what to do and that's more work than I have the energy for right now.

At least you have new clothes to wear tomorrow! Aren't you excited about that!!

04-04-2006, 05:59 PM
saundra, thank you for your words of encouragement. i am very impressed with how well you've done with your weightloss. i am very happy for you. i'm sorry your foot is causing you so much trouble. i hope you can get all the therapy you need.

melissa, my gf just came over for a visit and to bring me some homemade chicken soup. (she's been in california the past week. we are going to go to ww together this fri. life is good. by the way--i'd love that bumper sticker. :lol:

frouf, we're going to have to figure out how to prolong our "gung ho-ness." it's time to move down those scales. like melissa says, we need to move that pea.

kathy, i hope you're getting better attention now. it's time you had a heart to heart with judd and the clan. i know what you mean about not wanting to have to think and plan about what to eat. i'm wanting something "different" but it's not appearing. did i tell you i made chicken/dressing the other day while i still had my pain ball working? we've had several meals out of that. so i know what you're going through with folks not actually cooking for you. oh, yes, curtis brought me some vanilla ice cream but ate it all himself. i didn't need it anyway. :lol:

i have to confess there's no tension around here like you have at your house. and i am taken care of. i'm just not being properly spoiled. i miss my mother's pampering. life goes on. it's a shame we can't room together. we could watch movies, etc... and just have some girl fun while recuping. wouldn't that be neat?

04-04-2006, 06:15 PM
Most of the problem here in this house is that they're used to me being the one who does everything. Nobody else lifts a finger here and when I don't do it, it goes undone. They probably don't mean to be selfish, but they are. They just don't think of anyone else, although they know I can't do anything for myself right now. But I'll be better soon and can get back to doing the things that need to be done.

At this point, it's easier to go without than to spend my time constantly having to ask for everything.

04-04-2006, 06:18 PM
Here you go Sandra!

04-04-2006, 07:20 PM
Hi Chicks! I'm home. Jim just brought dinner home so I'm going to go run and eat. I'll try to come back later.

The Sox lost but the ring ceremony was awesome! I cried.....go figure. We are doing ok and the game was a great distraction.

I see I'm very far behind. I will try to catch up soon.

04-04-2006, 07:41 PM
kathy, i understand. curtis just told me it was time to cook dinner. he's getting hungry. lol

04-04-2006, 07:44 PM
frouf, those are cute stickers. :lol: thanks for the heads up. i'm not in a good mood right now. i don't get upset very often, but i just found out that my printer wasn't still installed on the puter since the lightning did the number on the puter. i don't know how i did it, but it is now re-installed. i was fuming. i was ready to panic. guess everything's all right now.

oh, yes. i have oven fried chicken baking now.

kathy, we need to get together.

04-04-2006, 07:44 PM
I got a nice little gift this afternoon. My neighbor is the area manager for a medical supply company (where Shaun used to work) and he brought home something called a foot positioner. Here it is:

He's one of the guys who was playing golf that day and saw my messed up foot before we left the course. I thought it was nice of him to think of me. I think I'll sleep in it because it's a nice compromise between totally naked foot and heavy boot. It hurt to sleep without the boot last night because the ankle wasn't stabilized. I think this will help out a lot.

Vickie, sorry the Sox lost but I'm very glad you had a great time! Enjoy your dinner.

04-04-2006, 07:47 PM
kathy, that's a nice gift. i hope it helps you sleep better.

guess ya'll can tell i'm not in my normal "good mood." i'll work on it. i guess curtis is doing the best he can.

04-04-2006, 07:49 PM
Yes, Sandra, we certainly do. I suggest a resort where they bring everything to us and nobody's expecting us to do anything.

Bindy, the Border Collie, was in the back yard barking her head off so I went to the back door to tell her to shut up. While there, I noticed there was grass all over the tile because when Judd mowed yesterday, I guess he tracked a lot of it in. I tried to sweep but it didn't do much good. I just had to shut my eyes and come back to the bedroom. The whole place is starting to look like a frat house.

Now Judd tells me he's leaving Friday for a 3-day motorcycle trip to Arkansas. Part of me says just go! The other part (the whiny part) says well, what about me? Then I realized he's not doing all that much anyway, so it might not be such a bad thing. Maybe I can clean house Friday with Shaun's help and at least it'll stay clean.

04-04-2006, 08:47 PM
{{{{{kathy}}}}} do you think shaun will step up to help more if judd's not home? i hope so.

i'm planning to go to the grocery store tomorrow after we go to the doctor's. i don't think that's going to hurt anything. i'm feeling much better. kathy, i wish your injury wasn't so bad. bless your heart. are you able to put any weight on your foot yet?

04-04-2006, 09:13 PM
No weight at all for at least a month. He says the bone that's being held with the screw will be damaged if I put weight on it and it starts separating. Until the bone knits back together, the screw is all that's holding the two pieces since all the surrounding tissues are also damaged and the ligaments are all torn away. The most annoying of it is that it's still numb on bottom. He says the nerves were stretched out too far so that's why there's no feeling. He also said that when they start healing it's going to hurt a whole lot! I'm like ... a whole lot more than THIS? And he said yes. OMG!

American Idol is unimpressive so far. There are so many country songs to pick from and so far, nobody has picked a good one (in my opinion, that is).

04-04-2006, 09:19 PM
oh my gosh, kathy!!! i am so sorry. your injury is much much worse than my surgery.

04-04-2006, 09:49 PM
Goodness Kathy! Please take it easy and try to take care of yourself. I know that has to be hard though. I can't believe Judd is going to leave you for three days. I would be really angry about that if I were you. You do deserve a resort vacation!

You too Sandra. I can't believe Frouf found those stickers. How cute. I hope that you take it easy as well and don't push yourself too hard. Tell Curtis you need some TLC.

Vickie, glad you had a good time today!

Saundra, hope you have fun "shadowing" this week. I'm sure there's a lot to learn.

Well we are being very lazy tonight. Both of us have been very tired and just not wanting to do anything. So I don't have much to tell!

The house inspection is tomorrow, so if anything is going to go bad in this house deal, we'll find out then. :crossed: that all goes well!

04-04-2006, 09:49 PM
Move over girls, my foot is killing me. I think she opened up a can of worms when she worked on it today, it's really throbbing. I was warned that it gets worse before it gets better.:^:

04-04-2006, 09:53 PM
Yeah, it was pretty bad. There are just a lot of different parts. All ligaments were torn, all nerves were stretched beyond their normal limits, the heel bone was dislocated and nearly coming thru the skin on the inside of my foot, the ankle bone was snapped in two and part of it rotated upside down and behind another bone. It was a mess so he said he would be taking a long time to heal since there are lots of issues to deal with.

Still though, we all hurt and pain is pain. It's too bad we're scattered all over the place -- we could keep one doctor in business just between us all!

04-04-2006, 09:54 PM
See what I mean? Nobody feels good these days!!!

Saundra, I hope with some rest your foot gets back to normal.

Melissa, do you think you're getting sick or are you just really tired? Good vibes for the house inspection tomorrow.

04-04-2006, 09:57 PM
Kathy, I'm not sure. I thought it was allergies and then one of my co-workers told me today that I looked really pale and not like myself. I have no idea. Hopefully I'll feel better tomorrow.

Saundra, I'm sorry that you're in more pain now!

I wish I had some healing power to send out there to you all!!!

04-04-2006, 09:57 PM
Oh as for Judd leaving, I should be okay. Kate is off both Saturday and Sunday, Erin should be off at least one of the days, and with Judd gone, Shaun should come downstairs more often. I'll get all of them to help me and we'll get this frat house cleaned up.

04-04-2006, 10:11 PM
how bout havin fun on core board 41?

04-04-2006, 10:23 PM
I changed the title to a generic numbered one. We had decided recently that we'd probably do it that way from now on.

In fact, we might start making a new one every Monday morning. People on dial-up have fits with everything loading and the longer the thread, the bigger the fit.

04-04-2006, 11:20 PM
Kathy I think that's probably the best way to do the chat threads.
Well at least your kids will be home to help you out this weekend. Maybe the girls will take better care of you than the boys. :)

I'm off to bed. It's early but I'm pooped. Goodnight all!

04-04-2006, 11:20 PM
Wow - we are immobilized with foot problems!

Kathy - I don't think it's a good time for Judd to go trekking? I can't believe he wouldn't go to the Rangers game without you, but would go away for 3 days? Thank goodness one (or more) of your daughters will be home. I sure hope you explain that you need to be checked on regularly - and that means BEING FED TOO! Please don't put any weight on that foot!...and I love the pretty little boot - looks very comfy.

Sandra - hope you are hanging in there as well!

Saundra - wow - I thought the physio was supposed to help - hopefully this too shall pass?

Well what happens when you don't eat a proper supper? (cuz your hubby put chicken in oven too late so when you get home you're too ravenous to care what you put in your mouth?) You eat many improper things and call it supper. I feel queasy now....

I watched american idol - was not very impressive - but then again I am not a huge country fan. Bad news is for some strange reason The Amazing Race does not seem to be on tonight - which is a bummer cuz I was staying up to watch it! How poopy is that?

Dh gone jamming to some downtown russian jazz bar? Can't wait to hear his report - I suppose I could have gone with him (when dd got home from her dad's) but frankly I was already in my jammies - and feeling very cold (wearing my warmest gray flannel bunny robe) so the thought of going out in the cold dampness was not very appealing.

Hopefully I shall sleep tonight.

Wishing everyone sweet dreams and a pain-free sleep!


04-04-2006, 11:49 PM
saundra, i'm scooting over for you. i'm sorry you're hurting.

melissa, i hope you're perking better tomorrow. do you think you're nervous over the inspection or something?

frouf, ar is going to be on tomorrow night. i was surprised, too.

kathy, what are some of the movies you've watched this week? i saw the new zorro flick the other night when mickol was here.

04-05-2006, 12:18 AM
I haven't really watched anything except for Napoleon Dynamite, which I'd seen before. It was the one he brought me to test out. I think tomorrow I'll bring a stack of them in here.

I managed to eat a big salad and half of a grilled chicken breast. The chicken was lemon flavored but was better than usual since it was grilled. It's one of the ones that MIL brought over; I wouldn't have bought it but now I might.

Tomorrow I'm going to try again to get some cottage cheese. I think that would be a good easy breakfast. I think Erin is off work but has a few classes tomorrow; she never minds going to the grocery store for me. I also need for her to mail some bills.

This morning the scale said 148. I guess with the swelling going down, I'm losing some of the fluid that was keeping my weight up and so I will stop worrying so much about it.

I'm tired but since I slept for so long this morning, I doubt I'll be able to fall asleep. I'd better spend the weekend getting back on a normal schedule or work will be miserable next week. I talked to my coworker yesterday and she said it's piling up. I hope I won't have to jump right back in working long hours and lots of overtime, but if I do, at least it'll be better than lounging around in the bed all the time. This is getting boring. I wouldn't mind being off if I was well enough to at least leave the house! This wasn't exactly what I had in mind when I said I'd like some time off work! :lol:

04-05-2006, 05:08 AM
Hey Chicks! I can't really say good morning because it's the middle of the night. I'm having some weird symptoms which I'm hoping are just stress. Some of my symptoms started before we got Jim's diagnosis so I hope it's nothing serious. I won't even bore you with the details. We are going for Jim's blood test today and then I might go to urgent care since I can't get a hold of my Doctor until Thursday. Meanwhile, I know it's my nerves that have me awake. Jim seems to be sleeping fairly peacefully except for his shoulder. Poor thing, he has to get up and sleep in the lazyboy in our bedroom for long stretches during the night. He really needed that shoulder surgery.

Kathy, I wish I knew what to say. Your injury sounds just so horrible and you sound SO positive. I admire you so much. I don't think I have the strength of character that you have. I really pray that your foot heals the way that it needs to so that you have a complete recovery. You are really going to have to follow Doctor's orders. So what if your house looks bad. It's not worth loosing your ankle bone over it. You can clean up when you are recovered. Or....maybe hire a cleaning service for the time being. I know you'd hate to spend the money but maybe it's necessary for a short while. Or maybe you could ask Judd to stay home and clean? I think they are all thinking it's no big deal because you don't complain enough? They are lucky to have you and not me! I'm so surprised that you are going back to work. How on earth are you going to avoid putting pressure on your foot? Isn't there some way that you can work from home?

Melissa, I'll be praying that all goes well today for your house inspection. There is alot of stress involved with what you are doing. I wouldn't be surprised if stress is what is making you not feel well.

Frouf, I hope you are in dreamland right now and are having a wonderful sleep. I agree that it is VERY important to not focus on the whole amount that we have to lose. It's WAY too intimidating and overwhelming. If I let myself think about the 120 pounds that I still have left to lose, I'd quit today. I'm just focused on getting to that darn 50 pounds down. And then, I'll go for 55. When I'm working the program, honestly and faithfully, I lose. That means everything; the water, fruits and veggies, oil, exercise and counting EVERY WPA that goes into my mouth. Then I lose with no problem. It just involves a commitment that I don't always seem to be willing or able to make. I try every day at every meal.

Saundra, I'm SO sorry to hear about your foot. It's really lucky that you got to have the PT. I remember my elbow hurting alot when they would work on it. I sure hope that 7 visits is enough for you. I found that it was important to do the exercises they gave me to do in between visits. Did they give you any? Is there a possibility to get more visits approved by insurance if the Doctor certifies they are necessary? Oh, BTW, I forgot to answer your question about the Dr. Praeger's burgers. I ate one with some Core guacamole on it from TJ's the other day for lunch. I had horrible gas pains a couple of hours later and then terrible diarrhea. It went away so I'm sure it was lunch. I don't know whether it was the burger or the guac that did it to me and I haven't been brave enough to try it again. The burger tasted really good. I "fried" it in a bit of Pam spray for about 4 minutes on each side. One of these days I'll try it again.

Sandra, I know you are trying hard to be positive but sometimes it's ok to just be grumpy! You went through a major surgery. None of us are as bad as Kathy, but still we are entitled to be upset that we hurt and don't feel right. I've seen Kathy tell us so. So don't feel guilty about being upset at your situation. And.....Sheesh....why on earth is Curtis asking you what's to eat when he knows you hurt? What time is your meeting on Friday? I think it's wonderful that you have resolved to be a newbie. I think it will make all the difference in the world. Maybe you'll even help me be distracted. I was thinking that maybe exercise might help my stress level. Problem is that I've been getting dizzy. I don't know....we'll have to see. I do think exercise is key. One of my friends at WW has lost 50 pounds just doing an exercise bike. I may have to look into one of those if I can't get my heal to stay calmed down. We can do this.

Coco, Angela and everyone else I hope you are all well and hanging in there. Patti, I hope your DH has some job news soon.

I'm doing as well as I can on program. Some meals, I'm perfect and others I'm not. I'm trying not to worry about it too much. The scale is not up so I think I'm doing ok. I'm planning to go to WW on Monday and stay for my meeting. I'm trying to be as positive as possible about Jim's situation. I believe we are going to be lucky with this. In the meantime, I'm holding all my nerves and fears inside so that I can be strong for him. I think it's taking a toll on my body.

04-05-2006, 10:48 AM
Morning! :sunny: It's very nice here today and the boss is gone!

Kathy, I'm glad that your weight is down so that you won't be worrying about it. That's the last thing you need to worry about right now!

Sandra, I hope that you are feeling well today. I don't think I'm stressed about the inspection, but maybe I am.

Vickie, :hug: Everything is going to be okay. I just know it is. Please take care of yourself as well as Jim. Maybe you could talk to your sis on the phone or just cry in the shower. You need to release some of your emotion. And I hope that you won't hesitate to share with us. You won't bore us like you said.

Frouf, glad to hear you had a fairly relaxing night, minus the queasy supper. :) Have a good day.

Well I better get to work. I'm moving very slowly this morning.

04-05-2006, 11:08 AM
Good morning, everybody! I'm determined not to complain today and also will try to figure out a way to at least get this place picked up, if not cleaned. Judd left late to go to work but tonight is bowling so he won't be home until 9:00 p.m. I should have plenty of time to get a few things done.

Vickie, I'm planning on taking the wheelchair to work with me. That way won't have to walk. There's no way to work from home since I'm on a classified system. If I had some unclassified work to do I would probably be able to do something here, but I don't. I'm with Melissa in feeling that everything will be okay. I like hearing that they think they found the problem early. And you definitely won't bore us if you talk to us about it.

I was disappointed in American Idol last night. I wish they'd step it up a bit; right now I'd send any one of them home without hesitation. Nobody seemed to stand out above the rest.

I'm a little hungry so hopefully someone gets up soon. Both girls worked very late last night so I'm sure it'll be a while before I see them. I tried yelling for Shaun earlier but no answer. No WONDER I'm not gaining! :lol:

04-05-2006, 11:28 AM
Good Morning chicks! I sat on the computer for 3 hours and then went on the couch at 5:30. I just woke up and now and am cooking my oatmeal. As soon as I eat I'm going to go get ready to get Jim's blood test done.

Kathy, I can't promise not to whine, worry, or complain but I'll admire YOU plenty for it! I know it doesn't do any good but sometimes it does feel good to get it out. I hope you mean you'll direct the cleaning and not do it yourself. I forgot that you were classified. I used to have an SDI (Secure Direct Interface or something like that) but I definitely was NOT doing classified government work. I LOVED working from home the few days that I got to do it. I was disappointed in American Idol last night too. I didn't even bother to vote. I hope you get some food soon.

Melissa, enjoy your boss free day! I loved when my boss wasn't in the office and I really loved it when my boss was in Washington and I was in Chicago. It was lots of time on conference calls and email, but at least it wasn't the strain of looking at them every day. What time is the inspection.

Thanks guys, I believe in my heart that Jim will be ok and that we caught it early. I think I'm just exeriencing the strain of making sure that everything gets taken care of. Jim is not good at that stuff and it is my role in this marriage. I make all of the appointments and make sure that our calander works.

04-05-2006, 11:28 AM
Good morning gals! I've come up with a great idea...we all move into our OWN frat house. :) Can you imagine it? Only Core foods in the fridge, a comfy couch to convalesce on, and I could cook for everyone, since it seems like I'm the only one who can walk! :) I think it'd be great. We could take care of us all in one centralized location.

I'm actually joining the ranks of the wounded seems I've been positioning my hand at my mouse wrong for a long time, and now am having wrist/arm pain. I never noticed it before, because I wasn't on the computer enough, but now that I play my computer game a lot, it's getting bad. I have started putting my mouse pad on my lap (on a clipboard) and it helped a little, and Matt went out and got me one of those ugly carpal tunnel wrist stablizer brace things. So, I figure if I wear the brace, position my mouse correctly, and MAYBE stay off the computer a bit more, I should be OK. :lol: But I'm glad I can still walk. :D

It's getting warmer here. My mom and I went to the garden center yesterday after weigh-in, and bought a bunch of seeds for the garden. This year, we got a greenhouse, and I'm very excited. That means we can start our seeds earlier, and get those cool-weather crops started soon enough to actually see some yield before it gets too hot. And we will be able to have tomatoes well into the fall. Yippee! There's nothing better than a fresh garden tomato.

Well, until we're ready for the Core sorority, I give my best wishes to us all for a comfortable, as pain-free as possible week. Hugs to all!


04-05-2006, 11:44 AM
Kathy - I hope that someone has responded to you and that you have something delicious to eat. Too bad about not being able to work from home. Hope you get some help with the wheelchair - do you and Judd go to work together? Maybe he can help get you set up?...and I bet your co-workers will be more helpful than those at home at checking on you and bringing you whatever your little heart desires!

I agree on just letting the house go to pot. Frankly maybe someone will figure out what needs to be done - this is a good time for them to realize how much you do for everyone.

Vickie - sorry you are under the weather - hope you feel better or get the medical attention you need. I don't blame you for being stressed but staying positive will certainlyl help - esp for Jim. That's too bad about the shoulder being so bothersome right now.

Saundra - how is the foot feeling this morning?

Sandra - how is the foot feeling this morning? (is there an echo in here?)

Coco - how are things? How is dh doing?

Patti - please check in. Any job news for dh?

Melissa - we are waiting with bated breath to hear the home inspection results! Keep us posted.

Angela - love the idea of the frat house - I get the 'pink' room of course. We also designate you as 'chief gardener' and look forward to wonderful fresh veggies from the Core garden!

Sorry to hear about the carpal tunnel thing - I had a bout of that a while ago and still have a similar ugly wrist brace thing somewhere under the bathroom sink. I also get some pains in my right wrist when I play my computer games for too long!

I of course went to bed too late yet again - was reading before bed when little ds came in - looking very peaked. Says his tummy hurt and he felt liike throwing up (wonderful news at midnight!). Set him up in bed w/towel and plastic bucket - just in case.

Dh finally shows up - ds finally throws up - lots of activity around our bathroom at 1 am! Ds back to bed and feeling better at around 1:30 am - which is when we finally got to bed.

Of course knock on the door at 6:30 am - dd does not like the note I left her - she is to be excused from school today at 1 pm as we are going to the orthodontist to get her BRACES OFF!!!!!!!!!!!!! (I think I am more excited than she is!). Anyhow seems I mentioned this on the note and god forbid the office staff should know about the braces removal. I mumble/grumble thru this 'discussion' - still half asleep and not sure what the problem is.

She shows up again a little while later with a notepad and pen and I am supposed to write another note - omitting the fact that the braces are coming off - ya like I can see what I'm writing - looks like the 7 yr old wrote the note but it was the best I could do at the time.

Managed to shower, make myself presentable and got to work by 9 - at least it's a short day? (brought a book to read at ortho as it will take around an hour to take the braces off). Dare I take a nap later today?

DD has art class tonight and a big meeting for parents at 6:30 at the school so I guess I shall attend. Also looking forward to the Amazing Race tonight? Assuming I can stay awake that long.


04-05-2006, 11:45 AM
Oh Angela, your garden sounds wonderful! I do so wish we all lived closer. We sure do like each other, don't we? I bet I could do even better at this if I had some Core sisters to share the cooking and help with chores. That really stinks about your arm/wrist. Mine will bother me if I type too much. Does the brace really help? Send the warm weather East as soon as you feel like sharing!

04-05-2006, 12:17 PM
I should be hearing within the hour about the inspection--DH is there with them now. I'll let you all know! :crossed:

04-05-2006, 02:18 PM
vickie, i am so proud of you and jim for handling stress so well. i know it isn't easy. my meeting fri is 9:30 am. if my friend backs out of going, curtis will take me. i feel bad now about complaining about him yesterday. he's actually a good nurse. he's wrapping my leg each evening so i can take a shower. probably the problem eatingwise is i'm wanting to be force fed high calorie treats, and he's not doing that. that's probably a good thing, eh?

i'm sorry you're not feeling well, but am glad you're going to get some help. jim needs you healthy now. (as i'm typing here, curtis is washing blood stains out of the sheets from where my incision leaked.) i think caring for each other is definitely a two way street. i feel bad about complaining yesterday. i guess it was pity party time.

kathy, i hope you can ease back into work next week and not have long hours. don't overdo it.

melissa, how's your day going? are you feeling better?

angela, i like the frat house idea. your poor wrist!! i hope you get some help soon.

frouf, it does sound like an echo, doesn't it? congrats to dd for losing those braces. i'll bet she is excited.

melissa, i'll check later for your report. i know it will be good.

04-05-2006, 02:47 PM
As Frank Barone would say, GEEZALOU! After posting earlier, I took a bath. It wore me out and my foot started hurting, so I took some pain medicine which put me straight to sleep since my stomach was empty. I just now woke up when Kate opened the door to see if I needed anything before she left for work. She got me some root beer, and then yelled at Shaun for me to come down here and get instructions. He's doing the dishes right now.

I'm so ready to get back to normal but I promise this isn't a complaint, just an observation! I was looking forward to getting to take a nice bath. I hate showers with a passion but really enjoy relaxing in my bathtub. I can't submerge my foot for a month because of the risk of getting the screws infected. GRRRR ... do you know how hard it is to get in on one foot, and sit there to take a bath with the other one up in the air? I feel like a contortionist! :lol: Now enough about that.

It sounds very windy outside and the weather says there's a 40% chance of thunderstorms and heavy hail tomorrow. Guess we'll wait and see.

Sandra, I'm glad you're going back to WW on Friday. And I wasn't thinking Curtis was a bad guy -- I understand the frustration that happens when people don't read our minds and "hop to" just when we want them to. These folks around here aren't very intuitive at all and have to be told every move to make. I'm sure it's because they're afraid they won't do it like I want it done, and I'll just re-do it, so what's the point? And sometimes they might be right but not now. Any effort from them is appreciated and applauded these days, or at least I try.

Tonight I'm going to write thank-you notes so I'll at least be able to keep busy while Judd's gone.

I hope everyone's having a great day! Congratulations to Miss Emily for getting her braces off!

04-05-2006, 02:51 PM
OK, the verdict is in, and it's good! The inspector said that he rarely sees houses in such good condition. There were only a few very minor things that he found, none of which we are very concerned about or didn't already know. It was a great report! :D

04-05-2006, 02:53 PM
Yay!! Yippee!! One more thing crossed off the list! I know you must be very relieved and so happy!!

04-05-2006, 03:58 PM
I'm really happy about it. Now I'm just worried something will go wrong with our loan. :o

04-05-2006, 04:08 PM
Melissa, that's great news! I know you will love your new little house. :)


04-05-2006, 04:59 PM
Melissa, Congratulations! I bet you are feeling better now. The loan should be just fine, after all, you were pre-approved.

Kathy, you are a real trooper. I'm trying to picture your bath, and it gives me a chuckle. I agree that sometimes what our kids don't do is partly our making. They do sound like they are coming through now, and that's good.

Sandra, I picture you and Curtis as real "love birds". My lord, if we can't complain a little, then we're not human. Good that you have plan B for Friday, you sound very determined.

Frouf, where was the Russian jazz club? It's a milestone to get those braces off. None of my kids went through it. Hope someone has dinner waiting when you come home.

Angela, how wonderful to start a garden now. It's so cold here that I can't even think about it. I did speak to a lady at a place near here, and I'm going to pick out flowers for a big container that I got last year. I figure if I do it now, I won't be disappointed, as they run out early. Hope the wrist is feeling better.

Vickie, we care so much about what's going on with you and Jim, and always want to know how you both are doing. We are a fraternity here, and how lucky were are for that. I do hope that you are feeling okay.

I'm a lot better today. I took a couple of extra strength Advil last night and the pain wasn't so bad. I guess when they worked on me, some things got loose, and are getting back into place. I am doing exercises every few hours. She also told me that I have to make an effort not to "favour" the foot, as I have developed a limp. This puts extra pressure on it.

Ds and Natan are coming for dinner. I'm looking forward to the visit. Bernie is working till 9:00.

I worked four hours at WW, and I'm going to go solo next week for a few hours on Thursday. I'll go in a couple more times, just to feel more confident. I think I'm getting the hang of it.

Okay, I'm going to make a cup of tea now,

04-05-2006, 09:26 PM
kathy, another saying of frank's "holy crap!!" i'm having trouble bathing, too. i'm a shower girl. i have this rubber boot type thingee that comes up over my knee and keeps my foot dry. do you have one of those? i don't think you could submerge it in a tub but it would make keeping dry easier while "hanging" over the edge.

i took a pain pill this afternoon and slept a long time, too. now i'm ready to watch my shows tonight. my pity party is over. i have me figured out. i was wanting--really really wanting!!!--junk food and curtis didn't produce. maybe i need to be "helpless" more often and i'd lose weight.

melissa, congrats on your good news. okay, when will you be closing?

saundra, i hope the advil helps. i'm to start taking tylenol. wish you were working at the ww here in missoula.

04-05-2006, 09:46 PM
Sandra, I had to do it again (the pill thing). Erin came home between classes and I told her I was out of cookies. She laughed and said she'd pick me some up on her way home. I hadn't eaten Fig Newtons for a zillion years and the other day got a weird craving for them. She bought me some but I only ate 4-5. Now I'm wanting more and someone else already finished them off.

After she left, I took another dose of medicine and was out like a light again. I slept for an hour or so and woke up with it still hurting. I still have no sensation on the bottom of my foot, but the sides are really killing me, more today than any other day. Hopefully the pain means it's starting to heal. Who knows?

I sent Shaun off with my debit card to get a haircut. He wanted to borrow Judd's clippers but they don't really work well, so I told him to go somewhere and I'd pay for it.

I'm a little hungry but nauseated again, so I better not eat. When someone gets here I'll get my water bottle refilled and hide my cookies in the nightstand drawer. ;)

04-05-2006, 09:59 PM
Thanks on the congrats everyone. I'm quite excited. Things seem to be going well. :crossed: I'm putting in our 30 day notice for our townhouse tomorrow.

Kathy and Sandra, I'm sorry that you were both hurting and had to take the meds today. I remember after having back surgery, I just hated taking them because of the strange sensations and unstoppable sleepiness!! I hope that you are both feeling better by now, and hope that both of you have better luck showering/bathing! :D

Fig Newtons sound good. I'm craving real popcorn for some reason. Like the kind you get at Target's little in-store cafe. It's like movie theater popcorn and so good. :T

Saundra, I hope that you are having a nice visit with your family tonight. It sounds like you are making progress at work. I think that would be a nice/fun job to have. Think of all the people you will be able to encourage!

Frouf, I hope that all went well with getting the braces off. It is a momentous occasion indeed!

Vickie, I hope that you all are having a great day and that you are relaxing.

04-06-2006, 12:08 AM
I guess I'm signing off for the night. I hope to sleep but somehow doubt it since I took so much medicine today. Judd brought me a real coke on the way home from bowling; I thought maybe it would help settle my stomach. I was starting to relax but then realized Shaun isn't home with my debit card. The haircut place closed at 8 p.m. which means he's off at some bar. If he loses it or gets in trouble, I'm going to be plenty mad. Now I have something else to worry about. Good grief!

04-06-2006, 09:35 AM
Good Morning Chicks! I slept until 6:45 which was great. We had a nice quiet evening.

We are geting ready for the pickup of our old entertainment center some time today. I thought I had it all timed perfectly but sometimes the best laid plans don't work out. The new entertainment center was supposed to come tomorrow. Well it's not finished so it won't be here until a week from tomorrow. So, we'll be watching TV for at least a week in the living room and hoping that the DVR will work in there. Not life's worst problems but annoying since we're already a bit agitated! I'm going to try to have the new TV delivered a week from Saturday and the new cable stuff on Monday. Good luck to me. In the meantime, I have to go clean up the old entertainment center. I thought I was such a thorough cleaner but there sure was alot of dust!

I was very lukewarm about American Idol last night. They had all been so bad, ecept for Chris IMHO, that I really didn't care who went home. I hear their is outrage about Mandissa but I haven't liked her song choices for the last two weeks.

I'm going to go read the posts now to see what I missed yesterday afternoon and evening.

04-06-2006, 10:10 AM
Melissa, CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! I am SO happy for you and Aaron. I just love your little blue house. I'm so glad that there weren't any problems found in the inspection. I really believe that this house was meant for you and Aaron! I'm sure your loan will be approved but I understand why you are anxious. Everyone is anxious until the approval process is over. I can't wait to see more pictures once you move in. How do you feel?

Kathy, the mental picture of you trying to take a bath would be hysterical if it were in a sitcom! I'm sure it's just awful for you and I'm sure that I am not agile enough to manage it on my own. So I'd have to be hungry, thirsty, AND smelly if I lived in your house! I'm glad that your family is stepping up a little bit more. I just worry about you and am really praying that your ankle heals they way it is supposed to. I love taking baths. I almost always take a bath and then a shower every day. When I really need to destress, I take a nice long soak with a book and some water. Speaking of stress.....I hope Shaun came home with your card and didn't use it for more than the haircut! Were you able to sleep?

Sandra, I'm SO very proud of you for going back to WW. Most of all, I'm very proud of you that you will go on Friday whether or not your GF goes with you. I started WW by myself this last time because I knew that I needed to be able to do this just for me. I didn't want to feel like I could quit if my GF did. I know you are going to be sucessful. I knew that you were just venting about Curtis. I know he's usually very good about taking care of you. Not many men would launder anything, let alone stain treat bloods stains. He just might be a keeper! As for the pity party, don't we all indulge from time to time? I feel like I've been attending regularly for the last 5 or 6 months. I think it's good to get it off of your chest so that you can move on. I hope you feel great this morning. I don't know how well we are handling things but we are trying to be as normal as possible. I think the distraction of all the TV/entertainment center stuff might be helping.

Saundra, you be a WW pro in no time. You're a smart lady and you'll be training newbies yourself someday, I'm sure. I have no doubt that the PT can make the target body part hurt more in the beginning. It's good that the Advil are working. Thanks so much for your sweet thoughts for me and Jim. We're trying to be normal and I think we are succeeding.

Frouf, how are you? Did you get some rest? I hope Emily got her braces off (I'm still trying to figure out why she cares if they knew she was getting her braces off. It's not like she'd have them the next time they saw her?) I'm also hoping little DS is feeling better and that he doesn't have the flu or something horrible. I'm sure sick kids are no fun!

Well, I have to go eat breakfast so I can shower and get ready. We have NO idea when the guys are coming to get the entertainment center. I have to be down here to schmooze them into moving the TV from the family room into the living room. Jim is not a schmoozer....that's my job!

I also need to call the Doctor to make an appointment for me. I'm hoping they'll let me come in tomorrow after Jim's CT scan. We'll see.

I'm sure I'll be back later to check on all of you!

04-06-2006, 10:22 AM
Morning all! I have a busy morning planned. I'm leading a parenting group this morning on secondhand smoke and how it affects children.

Vickie, it is so good to hear you sounding like you are in better spirits. I hope that all goes well with your pick-up today. Oh, and I meant to tell you that our house isn't blue! :) It's got green trim/garage door. But I hope that you like it anyway. :D

Kathy, I hope that Shaun came home quickly with your card and that there wasn't any trouble. I hope that you have a great day today!

Off to prepare for group...

04-06-2006, 10:40 AM
Melissa, I bet you are a wondeful leader. I hope your group picks up on the topic. Our first house had green trim.

Vickie, I too am the schmoozer in the house. What would they do without us?:smug: I don't like the in between stage either, but soon it will all be in place and you and Jim will be enjoying your new environment.

Kathy, I hope Shaun has come home. Try not to worry. Were you able to sleep last night? It's miserable when sleep paterns get screwed up.

Sandra, how are you doing? Will the Tylenol be enough for the pain? Big day tomorrow, I'm excited for you.

Frouf, how did it go yeserday? Were you busy with your Amazing Race?

I was up during the night, most likely thinking about what I DON'T know for next week. I can't believe how hyper I am. Maybe I was just ment to be a home body. Anyhow, I'll get through it, and will read up in my manual. My PT is at one and then I'll hang out at WW.

Now, it's time to see what needs to be done around here,

04-06-2006, 12:41 PM
Well, I'm sitting here all showered and dressed. I'm trying to be patient and not call and bug the place about when they are going to be here. I'll wait about an hour before I do that. It's just so silly that they make you sit and wonder when they'll be here. We are as ready as we can be for them to come.

Melissa, sheesh, the roof and the garage door looked blue to me in the picture. But I love green too! I especially love emerald green which is my birthstone. I'd love to be at your seminar because I'm thinking you could make a boring topic interesting. I'd be happy if the whole world was nonsmoking. I'm the worst kind of ex-smoker ever. I quit 16 years ago in July. I wanted to date Jim and suspected that he wouldn't have dated a smoker. I was right! Boy oh boy, I can hardly believe we'll be married for 15 years in November. Time really does fly when you are having fun!

Saundra, your just having "change" anxiety. I would have it too if I had to learn all new things. You are just a person who wants to succeed and there is nothing wrong with that! Try to not let it make you lose sleep though.

Well, I'm going to get off of here now and go watch some more DVR'd TV. We don't know yet if we'll lose our programs once we unplug the DVR and we don't know if we will be able to use the DVR in the living room with the different cable. We only pay for digital cable in the family room. We might have to go back to tapes for a week or so. That would be horrible after being used to DVR!

04-06-2006, 12:43 PM
Good morning! I slept for a while this morning then woke up when the phone rang. It was the recruiter calling for Shaun to make arrangements to pick him up this afternoon for a meeting, and to also tell him that he needs to do another fitness assessment on him in the morning. I don't know when he got home because the door was opening and closing all night (we have the door chimes turned on at all times) and the last time was at 6:45 this morning. I have no idea who that would have been. I'm about to get up and go yell at him now to call the chief back.

I don't know why I wake up in pain every day. I guess I should go back to sleeping in the big boot.

It is raining and thundering outside. It sounds good but will be a pain if it keeps raining all day and the dogs have to go potty. I'm not in the mood to mop up little doggy prints in the kitchen.

Vickie, that's good that the TV and entertainment center situation is moving along, but I also don't like the timing mix-ups. Hopefully you'll have something to watch for a week until it all gets fixed back.

Melissa, enjoy your group. That's an important subject that I think isn't talked about enough to some people. I always get so furious when I see people smoking a car with small children inside.

Saundra, you sound like just enough of a worrier to do a great job! I'm sure you'll be fine. Good luck at therapy. Are you going to mention how badly you hurt the other day after they worked on you?

Sandra, where are you? Frouf, how do those toofies look? Is she pleased with the results? And I'm like Vickie -- the office people are going to know as soon as they look at her that she got them off. Maybe it's a big school and they don't know her from the next school but if that's the case, it wouldn't matter anyway. Sometimes kids' thinking is hard to understand but that's okay. At least you wrote the new note.

I think I'll go yell at Shaun, find my debit card and then make myself an egg. I'll be back later. Have a good day, everybody!

04-06-2006, 01:01 PM
Kathy, your house is always so full of activity. I'm guessing you and Judd won't know what to do with yourselves once the kids are all moved out and shipped out! I'm glad you got sleep but sorry that you wake up in pain. That must be very unpleasant. So you are able to get up to make your own egg? Don't do too much. My fingers are crossed that Shaun has your card and didn't do too much damage on it.

Yay! The pickup crew will be here at 2:00. I'm sending it to a place called Quality Used Furniture. They display and sell it. Then they get 50% and we get 50% of what they sell it for. It's WAY better than what we would get for it in the little local paper or a garage sale, and we don't have to have strangers traipsing through our home to look at it. I'm hoping we get a couple of hundred dollars for it. Whatever we get will go towards paying off the new TV sooner. As it stands, I'll be paying on the new TV for about 11 months. At least it's interest free!

I'm off to watch some TV and to start thinking about what is for lunch.

04-06-2006, 01:23 PM
Thanks for the encouragement. I spoke to WW this morning and am getting my official status next week. I have a huge binder and will just have to look in it if there's something I don't understand.

Vickie, glad to hear they're coming soon. That's good about the selling of the old unit. I don't like garage sales either, and wind up giving my used stuff to Goodwill.

Kathy, it's good that you are able to be up a little. Of course you know not to overdo it. Did you give Shaun the message? Is there a chance he'll be going sooner rather than later?

Gotta share, I had my Dr. Praeger last night. It was really tasty. I was very impressed. I'm going to do up a concoction with hummus and avacado for a topping next time. The California is a keeper.

Okay, off to physio now, bbl...

04-06-2006, 01:35 PM
I got up and yelled at him but got no answer, so since I can't go upstairs I'll just have to wait until someone comes down here. I just need to know my card is safe! And am really wondering which of them came in at 6:45 this morning.

I have some lean ham slices (I think the package says 98%FF so I'm considering that to be lean) that I'm thawing now. Hopefully I can get someone to cut up a piece after it's thawed and make me an omelet or scrambled egg with ham in there. I guess it'll actually be lunch. My main thing that I need right now is water so I can take some medicine.

Vickie, I'm glad you got it all worked out with the entertainment center. That sounds like a good place to send it.

Shaun told me he has to pass that physical part before he can go early, but as soon as he does, and if something opens up, then he can go. He has to run 1-1/2 mile in a certain amount of time. He's been working on getting the time down.

I really need some water...

04-06-2006, 03:04 PM
Well, Kate checked in before going to work and I asked if she had gotten home at 6:45 this morning. She said I don't want to tell you about it. Of course that just alerted me big-time, so I made her. Seems as though Shaun was walking home from somebody's house last night, got arrested, taken to jail for some outstanding warrant that's 3-4 years old. She went to get him out and had to pay the bail of $200. She does NOT have the money to spare. I can't give it back to her right now either. His knee is swollen and leg is scraped up because he had jumped a fence and fell, a policeman saw it and stopped him, then found out about the warrant, etc. I don't know what this is going to do to his Navy situation but he's already talked to the Chief this morning.

I tell you what, I can't take much more of this. If he had called me, I would have left him in jail. I can't believe Kate went and got him. She worked until midnight, then got to the jail at 7:00, paid the ticket, then had to sit there until 9:30 when they released him. Came home and went back to bed, and just now she left for work and will be there until midnight. Those girls don't need this crap either, and I swear I don't know what else to do. I am beside myself right now.

04-06-2006, 03:39 PM
Oh kathy - you certainly don't need this now (not that you ever do) - I can't believe how unlucky Shaun is! And your daughter was very responsible in going to get him out! I sure hope he appreciates it. The sooner he ships out the better (and I don't think I would have given him my debit card at all!).

Hope you got your water and food and can relax a bit despite the ongoing excitement and stress!

Vickie - I like you am a bit of a control freak so would have planned carefully the timing of delivery/pickup of furniture and would have been quite upset if my intricate plans did not work out! Oh well - at least it's happening - altho not according to schedule.

Saundra - I too would have been up worrying - I agree this is a good sign and means you want to do a great job and we all know you will.

Here is the link to the russian jazz bar place - looks pretty cool:

Melissa - you must be so excited! How wonderful to finally have your own home (altho there is nothing I hate more than moving and packing). Good luck with the rest of the paperwork.

I am feeling lousy/crappy today and I am AT HOME! Yes it's TOM Migraine Headache Day. I am on a new bc pill which I am trying out and if all goes well i will be taking it continuously for 3 months at a time (meeaning I would only get TOM 4 times per year) which will cut down on the headache situation. Otherwise I have warned dh a vasectomay may be in his future!:D

Woke up at 4:48 am with severe excruciating pain and stumbled into the bathroom to get some advil. Took a while to kick in - I lay there trying to relax and get a grip on myself - I swear I was thinking of you kathy - that you must be in so much more pain than I am - and here I am such a wuss almost crying cuz I have a headache and can't sleep!

Of course getting up this morning was an issue....dh let me sleep and it was after 8 am when I attempted to get up. Head feeling mostly better but still a background thumping going on and I was very slow moving. Finally decided it was not worth it to be a martyr and go in and suffer all day so I called in sick, went back to bed and slept til noon.

Feeling groggy and had some 'brunch" (scrambled eggs, toast, sliced tomato, earl grey tea) which made me feel a bit better. Cleaned up our desk a bit and paid some bills. Probably just relax and read my library book some more.

And the BRACES ARE OFF - we can see white teeth. Dd is thrilled and keeps telling us how weird it feels (like slimy slippery snakes in my mouth) - and how when she eats or drinks now the sensations are so unusual. We were done at 3 pm and showed up at home to find cleaning lady's car in driveway (I actually thought she had bailed on us when she did not show but guess we were the afternoon cleaning?).

So instead of going home dd suggested we go shopping at the mall! (what an unusual suggestion ha ha ha). So off we went - had a nice time (of course she does very well when one is spending $$ on her). Got her two new pairs of sunglasses (big, big white ones and black ones), a striped black and white t-shirt, and some new undies (hello kitty and polka dotted ones - says they would make her smile when she goes to the washroom!:D ).

Had an ice cream cone snack and headed home around 5:30 pm to a clean house!

Oh ya and I must have missed the Amazing Race? I am so disappointed - went downstairs at 10 pm all prepped to watch and kids are watching something else and tell me it's not on now - was on earlier and I MISSED IT! Oh well.


04-06-2006, 03:47 PM
hi, chickies. curtis and i just finished lunch. i am sooooo excited about going to ww tomorrow. it will be like a reunion of sorts.

kathy, that's funny about the fig newtons. i hope you get some more soon. curtis is going to hollywood videos to get the weather man. should be good.

vickie, i'm glad you and jim are in such good spirits. curtis is planning to take me in the am to ww if my friend backs out. she told me she might go on saturday instead of friday. i need to have a "set" day so i'll stick to it.

saundra, i still haven't taken any tylenol. i took a regular pain pill yesterday and i took another a few minutes ago. i'm going to do some shooting downstairs this afternoon. the doctor looked at me yesterday and said, "you can shoot." he could tell i was going through withdrawal. :lol: thanks for the tip about the dr. praegers.

frouf, i hope you're feeling better. has your doctor talked to you about getting a hysterectomy? just wondering.

04-06-2006, 03:50 PM
Yay for slippery snakes in the mouth! :lol: What a crazy description, but I think I remember 100 years ago when i got my braces off and how strange it felt for a while.

I'm sorry you're feeling rotten today -- of course, I'm not surprised though because this is just the way we all are! I don't think I can remember a time when everyone was well all at the same time! I've heard of that new bc pill and hope it works. Otherwise, yes I'd also be making Mr. Frouf an appointment with Dr. Snip. LOL!

Shaun didn't even get the haircut (Him: Duh ... I don't know why I just didn't. I need one though. Me: Yes you do, which is why you left yesterday headed to the haircut place specifically to GET a haircut!). I absolutely don't understand him but maybe that's a blessing. I hope this is nothing more than the equivalent of getting and paying a ticket, because if so it shouldn't affect the Navy thing. He told the Chief that his leg was messed up and so he won't be able to do the IFA tomorrow morning. I'm sure Chief is starting to get a little irritated with him, but if so ... welcome to my world, Chief.

I called Kate (she's still driving to work) and thanked her again for being such a good girl, a good sister and a hard worker. I also told her if Shaun doesn't get to go to the Navy, I'm sending him to live with her and Devan. ;) Just kidding, of course, but I sure would like to send him somewhere!

04-06-2006, 03:53 PM
Sandra, I really need to stop obsessing over the Fig Newtons. Erin didn't get them last night (she should be grounded!) and before Kate left, she said to call her if I needed her to get me anything on the way home. I mentioned the Fig Newtons but then told her nevermind, I didn't need them.

Speaking of pain medicine, I have TWO more pills. There isn't a refill but I'm sure if I call it in, they'll call the doctor and hopefully a refill would be approved. I should do that now so Judd can pick it up tonight. I know I'm still going to need them at least at night. I really should start trying to get back in a routine of sorts; I know I can't go from completely bedridden to straight back to work with no transition. Maybe this weekend I can get up and do a few things.

04-06-2006, 03:55 PM
kathy, just make sure you don't overdo it. your body needs to rest so it can heal itself.

04-06-2006, 05:14 PM
We're still waiting for the pickup guys. First they said 2:00, then 3:00, now it's 4:00. I told them they have to come at 4:00 because we have plans later. It's sort of true but it's only dinner so we really could wait.

I'll be back.

04-06-2006, 06:11 PM
Oh, how frustrating! I hate waiting for delivery or service guys. It's like you have to put your whole day on hold. Oh well, I'd probably be frustrated at the schedule changes if I were them too! :)

I'm hosting a church ladies' group at my house today. I'm happy, because it forced me to clean house. :lol: My floor looks great now. It's a little daunting to clean my floors, because they're hardwood, and quite big. My whole main floor is basically one very large room, so to clean the floor, it takes a LONG time. But I did it, and it looks great.

I'm getting a veggie tray for snacks. None of these ladies will care if that's all we have, and I'm desperately trying to get back to Core eating. And since it's at MY house, I get to say what we're having, right?

It's a rainy day here, but that's fine. Better for the garden. The grass is getting SO green, it's wonderful. And in a few weeks, the trees will be blossomed, and it will be lovely.

Later ladies,

04-06-2006, 06:20 PM
Hey Chicks! I'm waiting for Jim to get off the phone so we can go to dinner. They came to pick up our stuff and they're gone. Yay! The family room looks nekkid. It's a 20 foot wall that used to have a 10 foot entertainment center on it. Funny.

We're going to the Texas Roadhouse for dinner. I'll be having pork chops. I think I'll go do my menu.

Angela, how's your wrist?

Kath, of course you don't NEED the fig newtons but geez have a couple if you want them. You've barely eaten anything in the last week. That's terrible about Shaun and SO sweet of Kate. She does seem like a great girl. Shaun just seems determined to mess up his life! I hope you get those pain pills. With what happened to you, you should not be without them.

Frouf, I hope you feel better soon and really I hope that the new pill works for you. I wouldn't mind only having 4 periods a year.

Sandra, you sound GREAT! I hope you keep improving.

Jim just hollered. I'll be back!

04-06-2006, 06:40 PM
Wow, lots happening in one day....

Kathy, of all the vices in the world, fig newtons can't hurt. At least they're good for you. I sure hope this incident doesn't screw up Shaun's future. It's so hard to be a mom. We have to let go and make our kids responsible for their actions. Thank goodness that Kate has shown what a good girl she is.

Yay Sandra, you sound so excited about tomorrow. Are you staying for orientation? I find that it can help to get re'enthusiastic.

Frouf, my older sis had awful PMS and now so does one of her daughters. I sure hope that the new pill will help. My niece has had her periods screwed up (only 38), and doesn't mind it when she misses six months at a time. Thank goodness your house is clean, one less thing to worry about.

Vickie, have a good dinner out. Glad your day ended fine, and all was taken care of.

Angela, have a fun social. I agree, your house, your snacks. I love my hardwood floors, but I must admit, I just use the Swiffer on them.

Physio went fine. I mentioned the pain and she said it was to be expected. She really worked on it a lot tday, and right now it isn't too bad. There were two gals there who had foot sergery with screws. I didnt' ask if was a golf cart accident.:D

I then went to WW and watched the end of day procedure. It was done pretty quickly, so I'm going back tomorrow.:?:

Okay, time to mush my avacado and hummus. I'm looking forward to the Dr. Praeger again.

04-06-2006, 07:33 PM
Do those Dr. Praeger burgers have textured vegetable protein as an ingredient? That's just code for soy protein. I'm very sensitive to soy, and probably wouldn't enjoy them very much if that's what they have. :) Vickie, your reaction the other day sounds JUST like how I react to soy protein, or canola oil. If I were you, I'd avoid the burgers. :p

I still have to go get my veggies; then I'll be ready.


04-06-2006, 07:48 PM
Hmm ... that makes a lot of sense. Here's the list of ingredients for the California burger:

Carrots, onions, string beans, zucchini, oat bran, fresh soy beans, sprouts, peas, corn, spinach, broccoli, chickpeas, soy, red pepper, arrowroot, corn meal, fresh garlic, soy flake, salt, parsley, black pepper, and canola oil

Is this it?

I wish I could find that brand here, because they have a good looking pizza bagel.

04-06-2006, 08:03 PM
Angela, they have textured soy flour, and expeller pressed canola oil????

Is that what you're talking about?

04-06-2006, 09:02 PM
angela, it's raining here, too, and our grass is greening. spring is in the air.

saundra, i hadn't planned on staying for orientation. i may just do that if curtis doesn't have to wait outside too long. we'll see. thanks for the tip. i know program backwards and forwards but a pep talk wouldn't hurt, would it?

vickie, i'm glad the guys finally got there. how was dinner?

confession time. curtis came home from town with some ice cream and m&m's. we had a pigout together.

survivor tonight. life is good.

04-06-2006, 09:55 PM
I just went through a kitchen disaster. I had moved my wheatberry salad to an open pyrex dish, and you got it, I opened the fridge door and the whole thing went everywhere, in and under the fridge and all over the floor. I now have a clean everything. I had to move the fridge and take out the crispers. CURSES! So, that's been my relaxing evening.:mad:

04-06-2006, 10:24 PM
Ooh, soy AND canola! Sounds like I oughta stay away from those things.

Saundra, what an icky way to spend an evening! :p

I'm done with things, and ready to play on the computer. Life is good.


04-06-2006, 10:30 PM
Angela, can you not eat anything with soy or canola?

04-07-2006, 12:41 AM
saundra, what a mess. not a good way to relax.

my gf is taking me to ww in the am. curtis was standing by just in case but looks like she and i will go together.

04-07-2006, 12:44 AM
Saundra, that sounds like quite a mess! I'm sure you had plenty of things you'd rather have done instead!

I have been sleeping a while and woke up to some pain, so I'm taking the last two pills and will hope that the doctor gave authorization for a refill. If so, one of the girls can pick it up tomorrow.

I've been listening for a brouhaha from the family room but so far nothing, so I'm guessing Judd doesn't know about Shaun's evening last night and that's the way I plan on leaving it. That might make me a bad person to keep it from him, but I think it's best. He does know that Shaun hurt his knee and asked me how it happened, and I said he fell. He rolled his eyes and made some sort of sheeesh sound.

There was one outburst from there earlier though and a few minutes later he came back in the bedroom and asked if I was okay with him going on his trip. I said sure, why not? (I mean, yes I'd like for him to stay here with me but I should have access to everything I need) and he said he had told his dad he was going. His dad said you're going to leave your wife in bed while you go off for three days? and Judd said the kids would be here to help me if I need it. Then his dad said I thought you told me the kids didn't help and Judd just practically screamed at him (this is what I heard) WHEN DID I TELL YOU THAT??? I think the conversation ended quickly. I told him they shouldn't fight because of me and he said too late. I guess he's feeling sorta bad about leaving and didn't like his dad pointing it out. I should be fine though, and it's going to be gorgeous weather, so there's no need for him to stay cooped up just because I have to.

I suppose I'll try again to sleep now. See you chicks tomorrow.

04-07-2006, 04:35 AM
How's everyone doing? I've been super busy with school and work. I have been eating core again though since March 1st. I had gotten back up to 163.5 and weigh 156 now. It seems I'm constantly up and's that whole moderation thing...I can't seem to grasp the concept, hehe. Kathy, I see you're in the 140's. I'm jealous. I feel so much better there. I wish I could be consistent. Talk to y'all later![

04-07-2006, 08:36 AM
Good Morning Chicks! Jim was up sick last night. Terrible chills and probably a fever. He never reads the inserts on his medicine and this time I didn't read it either. I think he's having a reaction to the penicillin. He took the 5:00 dose of the penicillin and now I'm afraid he's going to get really sick again. He's supposed to have his CT scan this morning but I don't know what's going to happen. He's thinking he shouldn't go. I'm going to get showered and dressed and call the pharmacy to see what they say. I'll call the Doctor as soon as they open at 9:30. Sheesh.

04-07-2006, 10:18 AM
Vickie, has he ever had a reaction to penicillin before? Usually it causes a rash, and in severe cases, swelling and anyphalactic shock. I'm also allergic to penicillin, so we're always on the look-out when we give the kiddos antibiotics. I hope he feels better, and can get the treatment he needs.

Saundra, since I've been avoiding soy and canola, I could probably eat a little and be OK. I'm not actually "allergic" to's called a food sensitivity I guess. If I ate more than a tiny helping of either though, I'd be hating life. I really tend to avoid prepackaged, frozen foods, since a lot of them contain both those ingredients. Plus, all that stuff out there that contains soy for "women's health," I can't have. Plus, many restaurants use canola oil. I finally figured out what it was that was triggering my troubles when I was traveling for work a long time ago, and ate at Country Kitchen a lot. :lol:

I hope everyone feels well today, and gets done what they want to.


04-07-2006, 10:27 AM
Morning ladies! I'm at work and going to be fairly busy today. It's really nice here right now but supposed to storm later on in the afternoon. Luckily I get off today at 3:30! :cp:

Big day--just sent in my 30 day notice to our landlord. How exciting! I can hardly wait to get into my new house!! :D

I hope that you all have beautiful days today!!

Kathy, I'm sorry there is always so much drama at your house. You definitely don't need it right now. I'm sure Judd is feeling guilty and that's why he reacted like he did.

Vickie, I hope that Jim is feeling better by now and that there are no complications. :hug: Let us know how he's doing (and you too).

04-07-2006, 11:00 AM
Good morning all. I slept till almost 9:00 and it is a grey day out there. The temp is going down and possibility of snow this evening.

Vickie, I guess you've spoken to pharmacy and doc by now. I hope Jim is feeling a bit better. Bern says that chills and fever isn't a typical allergic reaction. However, if it does happen, it usually disappears. Hope all goes well. How is your tummy doing?

Melissa, doesn't it feel good to give that notice. You are going from the renter's world to the home owner's one. It's a special time for you and Aaron, and I'm delighted for you.

Angela, I guess you've had allergies for a long time. I've never really experienced food problems, but am allergic to environmental stuff. I always have Claritin available, which seems to do the trick.

Sandra, I'm looking forward to hearing about day one. I'll be watching for you.

Kathy, I understand Judd's dad's reaction. As a mother of a two married men, I would also questin leaving an injured wife. You and I are different, I would come out and tell Bernie if I didn't want him to go. Hey you have needs and have to express them.:)

Better shower and get dressed now,

04-07-2006, 11:17 AM
Hey chicks!

I spoke to the pharmacist and she pretty much said what Bern said. If it's not an allergy, it sure is making him sick. Chills/fever/nausea/diarrhea are all things listed to call your Doctor about. His temperature at 6:00 was 100.2. He took 2 ES Tylenol. He's normally a very non-complaining sick person. He said these were the worst chills he ever had. We are waiting for the Doctor's office to open at 9:30. His blood sugar was 172 (shouldn't be more than 120) and now he's also nauseous and has diarrhea, poor guy. He's sleeping at the moment. I know he didn't get much rest last night. I rescheduled his CT scan for Monday. Today did not seem like a good day to be shooting dye into him. I'm doing ok but I do feel anxious. Jim is my best friend and my rock. I hate to see him sick. I'm trying not to hover and make him crazy.

Thanks for asking Bern, Saundra. It sure is nice to have smart folks to hang out with! It's very warm, gray, and humid here. I went out to get Jim's papers at the curb with no coat on. It's definitely Spring here in the Midwest.

Melissa, giving that notice must have made it feel very real for you. Life is good!

Angela, Jim's never had a reaction to penicillin before that he could remember. I'm watching him closely for since of rash or trouble breathing. I'm going to give the Dr. Praeger's one more shot without the quacamole which may have been spoiled? I don't think I'm allergic to soy since I do eat the edamame. I'll pay more attention the next time I eat it. And I eat canola all the time too. I definitely have food sensitivities so I'm watching any reaction to what I eat.

Kathy, I guess I'm with FIL on this. But that just my opinion. It doesn't seem like the kids have been very good at even keeping you in water. I wish I could help you but you'd probably be throwing me out! When is he supposed to leave?

I'm going to go have Jim take his temperature so he can call the Doctor in 10 minutes.

04-07-2006, 11:42 AM
vickie, i hope your doctor gets jim some relief soon. i'm sorry he's not feeling well. i'm allergic to penicillin, too. it caused my mother's vitals to shut down one time. very scarey stuff.

angela, i am very glad you're able to be a stay at home mom. that's very important. your girls are lucky.

melissa, 30 day notice!! wow!! i am sooo happy for you. are you packing yet?

kathy, i hope you're feeling better today. did you say you're going back to work monday? will judd be home to help you get there?

i'm waiting on my gf to come get me. it's almost time to go. i'll give ya'll a report when i get back. life is good.

04-07-2006, 11:52 AM
Wow - hope Jim is feeling better soon - sounds like he caught some kind of a bug? I am allergic to amoxicillin and hence cannot have any cephalosporins (including penicillin) - and I did have the rash reaction (I actually wear a medic alert bracelet indicating my amoxicillin allergy so that I am not inadvertently given penicillin should I be unconcious or in an accident or something - got it when pregnant w/dd as I was panicked that something would happen to the baby if I could not speak for myself!).

Good idea to reschedule the scan!

Melissa - looks like things are moving forward - have a great day - and I bet you are looking forward to 3:30!

Sandra - kudos to you for getting back to it - good luck at your rededication ceremony! :)

Kathy - I can understand those around you being upset w/Judd for leaving - but frankly it's between the two of you on how you handle it. I would insist that you do ensure you have 'backup' or maybe a schedule on who will be checking in on you and providing you with your needs! Hope you get some more pain pills too!

Saundra - been there done that - lost most of a major roast beef dinner on the kitchen floor a while ago - and don't even ask about the ketchup bottle (did you know that those plastic ketchup bottles are not indestructible - and can break open on your kitchen floor causing BIG RED STAINS ON YOUR LINOLEUM which take weeks and several different chemical concoctions to make them disappear - need I say more?). Sorry you spent you evening on the kitchen floor!

I am at work today - headache was gone most of yesterday but returned around 8 pm - took 2 advil - went to bed - and still feeling a bit of pressure this morning, but manageable - took 2 more advil when I woke up.

It is a special day for this frouf - as I woke up and found a card outside my bedroom door - a trail of these big stuffed, bendable flowers leading me to an adorable bunny (already named fluffy by ds) - this was from dd - who is actually home sick (was throwing up around 6 am). Dh was off shopping last night for presents and off today for more shopping? I am a bit leery as a) I don't want him to spend too much money on me and b) I am a bit frightened as to what he is getting me.

Says he decided to get me something 'non-traditional' for my bday and he hopes I like it? This is making me very, very nervous (I usually get a watch or jewellery or clothing - pink of course). Told him I don't want any electronic devices or anything too scary? (and keep the bill just in case ha ha ha).

Plan is to go out for dinner tonight (without the kids?) and maybe a movie? I think big ds is out tonight and tomorrow night so might do a family thing on Sunday. I do want to do cake and candles tonight tho esp for little ds who thrives on such things - told dh NOT to get a huge cake, just something small for the family.

Work birthday lunch scheduled for today - 3 birthdays in April - and actually one of the ladies (new admin assistant to my manager) has her bday today as well - how coincidental is that? Going to a japanese place where they cook on the grill - should be loads of fun - then of course cake this afternoon - of which I hope only to have a sliver.

Yes - I feel tired and old - such is life.

Birthday Froufie

04-07-2006, 11:55 AM
Sandra, I hope that you have a great time at WW. And yes, I am packing!! Although I still worry that something will happen and everything will fall through. But I requested days off today for the big move, so it is really seeming more real to me.

Saundra, I hate to hear about snow. It will be snowing there and thunderstorming here! It's supposed to be over 70* today. I hope that you have fun today.

Vickie, I'm glad to hear that you sound more calm. I'm sure by now you have spoken to the doctor and have more direction. Take care of yourself.

I think I'm going to clean my office now. I'm in the mood to be active (probably because I want to be at home packing!).

04-07-2006, 12:00 PM
Frouf, that sounds like a great start to your day (well minus the vomiting!)!! How sweet of your DD! And I'm sure DS liked the bunny as well. I hope that you enjoy yourself today!

04-07-2006, 12:15 PM
:balloons: :woo: :gift:


Hope Your Day Is Full Of Wonderful Moments

04-07-2006, 12:23 PM
Oh Poop! I remembered Frouf's birthday yesterday and forgot this morning. Darn. Anyway, Happy Birthday Frouf! I feel old and tired too but at leasat we are here!

Sandra, have fun and happy new beginnings to you!

Nurse called from Doctor's office. She will talk to Doctor. Everyone seems to agree that it's not an allergy per se. Something's going on though. I wonder if it could be food poisoning since we did eat out last night and did not have the same food. I guess time will tell. They told him not to take any more medicine until he hears from the Doctor.

I'm not doing so well. I'm SO bad when I do not have control. God keeps giving me these lessons. I've eaten my breakfast and 5 Dove dark chocolates at a point each. I'm hungry and looking for more of just about anything. Good grief!

04-07-2006, 01:13 PM
Doctor just told Jim to stop the penicillin. No replacement. I'm going to go see if I can get him to eat something.

04-07-2006, 01:51 PM
Dear me, so much going on this morning!

First of all, I hope Jim is much better by now. That has to be rotten to have all that on top of the other stuff he's having. I'd say the antibiotic has given him the diarrhea, and the chills and fever are because of that. Antibiotics are notorious tummy-upsetters and sometimes it takes a few days. The doctor should be able to give him a shot or something if they can get you in.

Happy birthday to our favorite Froufy! I hope you get lots of good gifts and food and have a great day. You are SO not old! :lol: At least, you'd better NOT be or some of the rest of us are in big trouble! I hope your headache is gone by the time you leave work and starting having some real fun.

Melissa, I know you feel great about that notice! It really seems like things are starting to move along quickly and this month will pass like a flash -- you'll be moving before we know it!

Saundra and Sandra, have a good time at WW! I'm assuming Saundra is going in to work for a while, and Sandra, be sure to report back on how it was.

Kimberley, it's good to see you! Where on earth have you been??? Don't leave us like that!

My toes are giving me a bit of a hard time this morning. One has feeling back and since that's the only one I can feel, it seems like it's "out of line". :lol: I keep on trying to move it back but it's already there! Hard to explain but it's driving me batty!

Judd left around 7 this morning. I learned a long time ago that if there's something he wants to do, he'd better get to do it or everyone will be miserable. I believe that's what we call spoiled, and mummy and daddy did it, so daddy shouldn't be too surprised! I'll be fine and both girls are off Saturday and Sunday. Kate asked me last night if I wanted to go to dinner tonight because she's only working until 6 today. I'm not sure if I should because I'm in quite a bit of pain and have no more medicine. I did remember that Judd had some Lortab from when he had that lipoma cut out of his head back in the fall. Maybe I'll go see if I can find them and if so, I'll take one.

I'm not sure how I'll make it at work next week. The neighbor (medical supply guy) told me last night he could get me a new wheelchair if I wanted it. The one I have is fine as long as someone else is there to fold it up and put it in the truck. It's too heavy for me to do all that while standing on one foot. Judd said he would get up early and we could ride together next week so I guess that'll be fine. I'd rather drive myself in case I can't make it all day, but he'll just have to bring me home if I need it.

Alright, off to find drugs now. I can't take this anymore.

04-07-2006, 02:10 PM
Kathy, I understand about Judd. We pick them up after parents fixed them for us;) . Did your doctor call back about the refill? It will be nice to spend quality time with the girls. Oh, how I miss that in my life. I adore my boys, but wish I had a daughter to share with. I am going in to work for a little while. I want to see how end of week is done, since I'll be doing it next week.

I'm sorry that Jim is so ill. It's probably a bug, but of course the timing is crappy. Vikie, hang in there, you're doing fine.:hug:

Melissa, guess you'll start organizing the move soon. Give yourselves enough time and it won't be overwhelming. Our kids are puting their house on the market next week and hopefully will come here for the long Easter weekend to see what's on the market here.

Frouf, Bernie and I have been to the jazz club on Besserer. We went last year on a Sunday afternoon. Someone (I think bass) from Russia was giving a show. I think we were the only ones speaking English. You've got lots to look forward to tonight. I love surprises, but Bernie has a hard time waiting and usually gives gifts early. I've got just under four weeks for mine, and I am getting older.

Sandra, so how did it go? Waiting....

04-07-2006, 02:20 PM
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, FROUFY!!!!!! sounds like a lot of well-deserved celebrations for our favorite froufy. enjoy!!

i'm home from my ww rebirth celebration. changed my tracker. i have a core lunch in the making. afterwards curtis and i are going to test drive the travel trailer. the excitement is brewing.

melissa, you can come here and clean if you'd like. lol i can feel your excitement brewing.

saundra, i was up 9.2 lbs from when i was last there jan. 20. to make myself feel better i have been thinking of all the trips we've made during this time. i'm all right about the gain and am ready to be reborn.

vickie, so you're human? just dust yourself off. you'll be all right. i think you're doing amazingly well with all you and jim have going on right now.

kathy, the meeting was good. there weren't too many there, though. i guess the new year's resolutions have worn off already. the topic was managing "to go" foods. my gf suggested nibbling on sugar pea pods while driving.

got to go. the timer's telling me lunch is ready. have a great day,all.

04-07-2006, 04:14 PM
Kate found the contraband pills for me so I took two of them and am starting to get some relief. She left for work but is only working four hours today and wants to go to dinner (I know I already said that -- don't worry that I'm starting to repeat) but I really don't think I should. Maybe I'll send them to Chilies or Applebees with my debit card and we can get food to go. I hate it that the fridge is so full but everybody is tired of it. I should get Shaun or Erin to help me clean it out. I can sit in the wheelchair and point. Someone also needs to vacuum or sweep the dog hair. Funny how nobody notices that I clean it every day, but when it isn't cleaned for two weeks it sure is noticeable! I always said if I left, I wouldn't be missed until they started getting hungry. :lol: At least the kids all wash their own clothes, but Judd has learned how to do a lot of things in the last two weeks.

Sandra, I'm glad you had a positive experience this morning. You have had quite a bit of travel lately but now that the season is over and spring is here, you should be just fine. I can sense determination there so I have no doubt that you'll start seeing some results very soon! Oh and Judd says the same thing about the gym. In January and February it was so crowded he couldn't even get a good parking spot and now it has thinned out significantly.

04-07-2006, 05:31 PM
Saundra, I was looking at the birthday list earlier and noticed you weren't on there. I went to look for your profile and couldn't find it -- now what's up with that???

04-07-2006, 05:46 PM
Bad Bad Saundra - now go stand in the corner (unless you have completed your profile!).

Kathy - hope you get something super yummy for dinner - and about that floating toe? Maybe too many pain pills? ha ha ha ha (okay I couldn't resist)

Sandra - I am so proud of you for going back to WW and rededicating yourself. What a brave and strong choice you have made - sounds like you are getting back on track. I am hoping to get the motivation soon to follow in your footsteps (footstep? ha ha).

Vickie - how is Jim doing? I hope whatever it was is disappearing. Given the stress you have recently been under you are doing extremely well. Make sure to take care of yourself too!

Our lunch out was loads of fun as we had a blast w/our chef and his cooking antics. Then back to work - for bday cake! Yay - yes a big honking chocolate cake, filled w/strawberries, covered in whipped cream and decorate w/big chocolate covered strawberries! Very yummy. I am still pretty full and hope dinner out is fairly late!

Dh is scaring me with this bday present situation. Seems he has been out all day getting it together and frankly he can think up some unusual stuff. When I asked him if I needed lessons for my gift he said YES! Says I can use it without lessons too tho? Sounds too complicated for me - just give me a pair of pink socks w/some bunnies on them and I'm happy!

He is off now w/little ds to get a cake (like I need more cake!) just to have an official candle lighting and singing event for the kiddies (and gifts?). Then the 2 of us will go out for dinner later - maybe a movie? (altho I am feeling pretty tired today and yawning a lot).

Sounds like dd did head off to school today around 11 am as she was feeling better. And big ds just had last university class before his exams in the next 2 weeks!

Tomorrow is shopping w/dd (whoopee) then our hair appts at 2 pm. I think dd is going to a sleepover tomorrow night so dh and I and little ds are on our own. Sunday is the chocolate seder at our synagogue - yes like I need more sweets - planning to take dd and little ds - should be fun.

Hope everyone is having a great start to the weekend (altho it is gloomy, gray and rainy here!).

Birthday Frouf

04-07-2006, 05:53 PM
kathy, our fridge is overflowing with stuff, too. we actually had a good core lunch. let us know what you decide for dinner. we have an applebees here but no chilis. no red lobster or olive garden either. we're deprived.

saundra, when's your bday, girl?

frouf, sounds like you're having a good birthday. makes me smile.

04-07-2006, 06:40 PM
Sandra, I'm so delighted with your enthusiasm. As an "official" WW lady, I'm here for you hon. I weighed in today and am down five for the month, for a total of thirty.

Frouf, your day is sounding grand. I'm even excited about the gift, can't wait to find out. Tomorrow, we're going to see V is for Vendetta, which ds said is good, and Bernie really wants to see. We're off to Terra Grill for dinner after that? Which syagogue do you go to? We're not members, but I'm lucky to have a friend who loves to have the dinners with us. Our grandsons are almost the same age and it is so nice. We're starting the cooking on Sunday.

Kathy, have the pills kicked in? Sounds like you and the kids will be fine for the weekend. You can sit in the chair and show Shaun what it's like to take orders from a superior.:)

So, my birthday is May 3rd and I'm going to be 61. The kids did a wonderful party last year. It felt good.

I spent an hour and half at WW again, and feel more comfortable about the procedures. I told my co-worker that I don't want to steal time from her, so I will work a half day a week and be on call other times. That's fine for now, cause I actually like my time off. Maybe down the road I'll consider doing leader training.

Okay lets see what there is to eat

04-07-2006, 06:51 PM
Frouf, your birthday is sounding better and better! I think he's getting you a HORSE for your birthday! Riding lessons are optional, of course, but recommended! :lol: You'd better come back as soon as you can to tell us what the big surprise is!

I just got up and directed the big fridge cleanout; it looks much better in there now. Shaun is emptying all the trashcans and that'll help too. I can't stand living in a mess but there's nothing I can do about it. :( More pity party ... I just can't stop complaining, can I???

Judd called and they got to Arkansas okay. He was just checking in and said he'd call back later. I hope he isn't feeling too guilty because really, there's no need for him to sit and hold my hand all weekend. He loves being outside and loves riding his motorcycle, so I am okay with him going as long as I'm being taken care of, and I am.

Kate is having another fit with yet another apartment. She called to check on it, and it seems the person who was getting everything approved quit their job, so nothing has been done. They were going to try to move tomorrow! She's scrambling around to get paystubs (things the person who quit was supposed to be doing) and get the electricity turned on. If Kate wants to move this weekend, she'll have to get her dad to help because I can't do it, Shaun isn't going to drive Judd's truck, and her little Mazda won't hold all of her stuff. I doubt her dad would come over here (he hates me) but she has another friend who has a truck and hopefully that guy can help.

Just my little afternoon update. I hope everyone's doing well.

04-07-2006, 06:52 PM
Saundra, down 5 for the month!! Woohoo, girlie, it's time to stop now! You'd better go eat some Fig Newtons so you can stabilize your weight! :lol:

04-07-2006, 07:04 PM
Hey Chicks! Jim is still feeling poorly and still having diarrhea. No more medicine for him. Doctor said it wasn't essential and seems to think it was from the penicillin. He's sleeping alot (Jim...not the Doctor) and is not hungry. He's had 2 bananas, a bunch of water (for him), and two pieces of toast with SF jelly. I was feeding him Gatorade until I realized it had sugar in it, which isn't really too good for a diabetic now is it? Some nurse I am.

I'm feeling kind of sick to my stomach. I just feel upset that he's not feeling better. He said he doesn't feel worse. I'm going to try to feed him some chicken noodle soup later. I'm going to have some FF cottage cheese and pineapple until later.

Thanks for the support. You all make me feel so good, like I'm not failing. I'm really trying hard not to use all of this as an excuse to eat badly or too much.

Saundra, I believe you would be a fantastic Leader. I say go for it! Jim's birthday is May 2nd and mine is May 22nd. I'll be 50 this year and Jim will be 56. We have a ball celebrating in May.

Sandra, doesn't it feel wonderful to have a fresh new start? I know you are going to be very successful and I just know you are going to inspire me too.

Kath, I'm glad you found the leftover pills but what's up with your Doctor? Did he refuse the refill? I understand what you mean about Judd. If he doesn't volunteer to stay, it would be pretty miserable for both of you. Who needs that? I think it's a good idea for you to stay home. Have the girls bring home a smorgasboard ala Gilmore Girls. It'll be fun!

Frouf, you little sugar machine! I'm glad you're enjoying your day and are feeling better. I hope your present is something very cool. I can't wait to hear what it was. Have a great time tonight for all of your sick friends at home!

Gotta go get that food. All of a sudden, I'm starving.

04-07-2006, 07:12 PM
Vickie, it might take him a day or two to get all of that out of his system. I wish they made a SF Gatorade because I'd drink it all the time! Anyway, I hope he's better very soon and you too. You're right not to let this sidetrack you; there's always going to be something going on and I guess we have to learn not to use any and all bumps as an excuse to stray.

Speaking of food, I don't know what to do about tonight but I told Kate I didn't think I would be able to go out. Maybe by tomorrow night I'll feel like going. She needs to tend to her apartment issues anyway, and so I might just order them a pizza. I'm not hungry but all I've had today is 5-6 cookies, part of a coke, and some pills. I'm not sure what's going on with that refill. When I called to get it done yesterday, I did it all on the automated system so today when I called to see if it was ready, and got the message that they had no record of my request, that's when I called the doctor's office to tell them I needed a refill. Of course I had to leave a message and so if they approve the refill, it'll be Monday before I get it. Meanwhile I have Judd's LO pills but they aren't quite as strong as my others. Better than nothing though.

04-07-2006, 08:07 PM
Evening chicks,
Ive been checking in once in a while but havnt been here much.
Still no job for dh...its been very tough,,trying to be upbeat and positive. Hes thinking about looking into truck driving school,,be we wont know untill may sometime if hes accepted. My job gets cut back for summer hoping i get a few more then last year but its not a sure thing.
Eating wise...not the greatest...I went up last week,,big time but managed to get it back off again. Not much exercise though...this week Ive been making eggs for our church. Didnt have time ...teh nice weather is here though ,, snow is almost gone thank goodness. Time to get back out walking.
and time to get back on track
Vickie, sorry to hear about your dh...hope hes feeling better soon..
Kath, Im glad your able to get around alittle bit.. yourkids need to do more for you..they should be ordering the pizza not you.
Melissa, Im so happy for you.....the month is going to fly by for you...
Sandra hope the foot is cream and m&ms..yummmmmm
Kimberly,,,wow your doing great..keep up the great work!!
Saundra, Im another may do not look like you will be 61 my look fantastic!!
Waving to everyone else...have a great weekend chicks!!
will ttyl

04-07-2006, 09:37 PM
saundra, congratulations on being down 5 more lbs. are you planning to lose any more? you're gorgeous already, girl.

vickie, you are a very good nurse for jim. i hope you're both feeling better.

kathy, i hope kate gets moved all right. good you have judd's pills.

patti, i'm sending you good wishes for dh getting a job soon. i have been there and know the stress.

04-07-2006, 09:55 PM
Have a great evening everyone! Jim won't eat anything and his fever spiked again. But he is letting me give him water and I just gave him ES Tylenol. I think the diarrhea is slowing down so that's good.

I'll be back in the morning. I'm very tired.

04-07-2006, 10:12 PM
I hope he's better by morning. I'm sure the poor dear is about to empty out with all that sickness and not taking in food. If you can just keep him hydrated, he should be okay.

Good night, all. I'm going to go play a game now.

04-07-2006, 11:13 PM
I just thought I was gone but came back to add something.

I got my Birkenstocks today and really like them. They sorta look like old lady shoes but that's okay, I'm getting on up there and might as well admit it! They are very comfy looking though, so my only worry is that I'll wear the right one and by the time I'm able to wear the left shoe, the right one will be all worn out! :lol:

04-07-2006, 11:45 PM
Goodness. I just typed out a big long post and then I hit something, who knows what, and the whole window disappeared. :p I'll try this again--

Kathy, I don't think the shoes look old. I would gladly wear them. I hope that you don't push yourself too hard this weekend and that you enjoy yourself as well.

Vicke, I'm sorry to hear that Jim is still not feeling well. I hope that things are better by morning. I know it's hard on you too. Take care of the two of you! :hug:

Saundra, it sounds like you are really making progress with work. It sounds like a great deal to me. And I agree with Vickie, I think you would be a great leader. Oh, and I have already started organizing the move. I have a notebook and everything. :lol: Packing and organizing makes me feel less anxious.

Patti, it's good to hear from you. I'm sorry that things haven't gone well with jobs, but I hope that things will look up soon. Please keep us posted. :hug:

Sandra, I'm so glad that you were encouraged and motivated by the meeting this morning. Can you pull me along please? :lol:

We watched a movie tonight and have been fairly lazy. I did manage to cook some burgers for dinner. We are under a thunderstorm warning and tornado watch for the next half hour or so, we have been almost all day. Gotta love spring! I hope that you are all doing well tonight. "See" you tomorrow.

04-08-2006, 02:34 AM
Why oh why oh why oh why can't I catch a freakin' break???

Kate just stormed in the house -- she was leaving her friend's house to come home and locked her keys in her car with it running! Her friend drove her here, but she can't find the spare key so she's calling a 24 hour locksmith which will cost a fortune but it can't be helped. Good Lord!

And Shaun's not home -- no idea where he is. I'm about to lose my mind. Absolutely, positively lose my mind. AARRRGGGHHH!!

04-08-2006, 04:59 AM
I'm still up. At this rate, I'll be sleeping all day tomorrow to catch up!

Kate got her door unlocked to the tune of $100. I was shocked! Poor girl has been hit from every direction. I'm sure she's ready for some good news. Her best friend's boyfriend was arrested for cocaine possession today. None of us can stand this guy and we've tried to tell her for over a year that he's a no good leech. Hopefully now she'll get the picture. He won't work (hey, why hold down a job when you can just sell drugs?) but is totally capable, and mooches off of her. She can't afford to pay for own things, let alone his too, and she's six months pregnant with his baby. All of the girls are trying to rally around her and give her support. She's really going to need it. I hope they throw him in the slammer for quite a while. He's bad news.

Shaun finally came home but went straight upstairs. Whatever. He read my note though that I left him, asking him to plan on helping me clean tomorrow. I'm ready to do some major decluttering and throwing away of a lot of unnecessary stuff.

My toes are getting more feeling and they all feel very big and out of line. It's still hard to describe but quite annoying.

04-08-2006, 07:50 AM
Good Morning Chicks! Pup and Jim woke me up at 4:45. Jim is still a sick but says he is feeling much better. Pup was hungry and full of "it"! I just made myself some coffee and thought I'd check in to see how all of your evenings went. I had to make my own coffee which does not taste good. Jim usually makes it for me. He makes the best coffee, even though he doesn't drink it himself.

I'm SO glad we don't have anything on our schedules for today. I'll need to run to Walt's which is a small grocer here. They have cool whip and ICBINB on sale and I think the sale ends today. I have got to get some food in Jim. He says he's hungry but he went back to sleep up there after being slightly sick again. I'm tired and will be needing a nap later.

Kathy, whoa boy! It must be like being in a tornado when a person stands in your kitchen. I would just die of exhaustion if I lived in your house. There is always SO much happening. With all of that going on, did you get fed and watered? I sort of understand what you are talking about with your toes. Maybe sort of like your hand and feet feel when numbness is wearing off but before pins and needles set in. I'm talking this as a good sign that the nerves and tendons are heeling and maybe even that the blood supply is good and the bone will live? I know what you mean about how some of the birkies look but I don't think it's old ladish. I bought the two/three straps in the beginning. That's why I buy the cross strap or more funky ones now. My favorite white ones have a toe thong and a strap. They're very cute. If I were you, I'd consider not wearing them now. You might break the right one in funny from limping. You know they form to your feet and gait which won't be normal now. Just a thought.

Melissa, sometimes lazy is very, very good and medicinal. When I told my Sister about my chocolate attack....she told me to stop but that the previous dose had been medicinal. Anything after that was a binge! She made me laugh and boy did it feel good! I always feel better when I organize, plan, and make lists. It takes away some of the panic when you are running around at the end. Your brain won't have to work then when you are really nervous. All you'll have to do is consult your lists! Believe it or not, the next time you move, it can be even a little more tense because then you not only have to worry about the loan of your own but of the people who will be buying your home. That's why so many sellers want people to be approved these days. I'm sure your loan will go through with flying colors! BTW, I like your avatar.

Sandra, you sound a little distracted last night. Is everything ok? How do you feel after your first day back driving the wagon?

Patti, I was really hoping that your DH had a job by now. Maybe a move would be an exciting and great life change. I'm still keeping your family in my prayers.

Saundra, how was your evening out?

Frouf.....what was the gift? Your killing us here!

I need to go take care of my doggie again. I'll be back.

04-08-2006, 10:59 AM
Good morning, sunny and nippy cold up here.

Vickie, it sounds like Jim is on the mend. Wonder if was a bout of flu that coicided with drug?? You don't need too many days like that, but you were a real Florence Nightengale. A quiet day will be a good thing.

Melissa, I heard about the storms in Kentucky last night and was worried about you. Glad you got through it. Gee, now house to look at this weekend.:)

Kathy, you've got to write a book! Lord knows every day is a new chapter at your place. I too think the toe tingles is a good sign. When do you go to the doctor next? I can't believe that you'll be going back to work on Monday, but you'll know if you are ready.

Patti, I'm so sorry about jobs in your area. Is there a chance of moving east for better prospects? I wish you the best and know something will come up.

Okay Frouf, are you hung over?;)

Natan is coming for a few hours and then we go to the show and dinner. I better go and get dressed.

04-08-2006, 03:30 PM
I'm up now and boy was I surprised to look at the clock and see that it was after 1 p.m.! I really needed some sleep. Hopefully today won't be quite as dramatic.

I put the dogs out to potty and go another (the last one) coke out of the fridge then came back to bed. I have no idea how I'll manage Monday but I guess the doctor thinks I should be sufficiently recovered. We'll see how it goes.

I'll be back later. I wonder where the birthday girl is??

04-08-2006, 04:25 PM
vickie, i didn't realize i sounded different. all is well here. our ride in the wagon towing the rv was good. curtis and duke dropped me off at home and went back to the dealership to do paperwork and make the money exchange. we now own a travel trailer. how's jim feeling today?

melissa, a good movie sounds good. curtis and i watched a van damme movie last night. it was cheesey but we liked the laughs it gave us.

we got photos today from the tournament. i will try to put one on my profile. the photos are definitely eye openers. i told curtis they are my before photos. he tried to make me feel better blaming the white martin archery shirt i had to wear. he's sweet. i'm not going to do any cropping, so you'll see me "as is: in all my glory. next year i plan to get my photo made with brad camp (president of the national field archery association) handing me the first place bowl. and i'll weigh 40 lbs less. this photo definitely is helping me focus on what i want.

kathy, i'm impressed that you're getting around as well as you are. yesterday's trip to town wore me out. we went again this am and i'm already tired.

saundra, enjoy your outing with natan.

04-08-2006, 04:39 PM
kathy, i can't figure out how to attach a photo that's not on a website. is there a way?

04-08-2006, 05:22 PM
I'm assuming you have the photo saved to your hard drive. If so, then just to go advanced, then manage attachments, then upload it there. It'll be a smaller thumbnail that we will click on to see it larger. OR, I will PM you with my address and you can email it to me. I can upload it to my picture trail account and then post the picture. Either way is fine with me but meanwhile I'll go send you my address.

I haven't gotten up at all today except to let the dogs back in. I have no idea how I'm going to manage since I can't be up more than 5 minutes at a time. All I know is that I can't stay off work any longer. :(

04-08-2006, 07:13 PM
Hey gals. I've been wretchedly sick today. I guess I have some sort of stomach bug. I thought I was going to have to go to the hospital earlier. Luckily we had some vinnergen (spelling phonetically there). I took those and slept for about 5 hours. I still feel really weak, shaky, and gross all over. Nothing really happened other than nausea and stomach pain, but I felt really horrible.

I hope that you are all having better Saturdays than me. I really wanted to get some packing done this weekend but it looks like that isn't going to happen.

04-08-2006, 07:26 PM
Wow! Do we have to share all illnesses! Jim is still sick. He's going to call the Doctor tomorrow if the diarrhea doesn't stop. I'm hanging in there. I just have a bit of that old stomach discomfort. It was either the eggs for dinner last night or too much equal....or stress!

Sandra, you sound more like yourself today. Isn't it funny that we can sort of recognize each other's "voices".

Kath, I'm glad you slept. You needed it. Did you wear the stronger boot? I hope Shaun cleaned for you or if nothing else got you some more coke.

Melissa, you sound REALLY sick. Maybe you and Jim should go to urgent care together. I'm not having any luck with getting him to go. I don't know what that stuff is that you took.

I'm going to go see if Sandra has a new picture.

04-08-2006, 07:28 PM
We watched TV all day and I just showered and went to the store to buy fresh Pepto Bismal and some groceries. So far, whatever is affecting Jim hasn't gotten me.

I'll be laying on the couch tonight. I hope you all have quiet and well evenings.'re killing us!

04-08-2006, 08:31 PM
Okay, finally I see the birthday gifts! That was some great birthday, Frouf! I hope dinner and the movie was equally as much fun!

Melissa, I'm sorry to hear you're sick! That must be miserable; I'm sure Jim can sympathize with you. Maybe with resting tomorrow you'll be better by Monday.

I am still in bed, haven't had anything to eat. I'm debating whether or not to try and get in the wheelchair and get a few things done. My sheets need to be changed and there's no way I can do it, and don't think I'd be able to get Shaun to do it either. The girls have gone to their dad's for his birthday but should be back sometime tonight. Both are off work tomorrow so maybe I can get a little help out of them. So far all I've asked Shaun to do is empty all the trashcans and sweep the tile/wood and he hasn't done either one. Sigh ...

I hope everyone has a peaceful evening tonight. Stay out of trouble!

04-08-2006, 08:42 PM
kathy, i'm no doctor, but i don't think you should go to work monday. for one thing you can hardly get around. for another you haven't eaten enough to have any strength. you need to stay home monday. that is my humble opinion.

thank you for pm'ing me your email addy. that photo is AWFUL!! normally i would crop it to get rid of as much icky as possible. but this time i thought i'd just bare all. no, it's not a nude photo, but it's embarassing. i hate it when shorts look like this on fat folks. this is definitely going to be my before photo. i didn't realize i looked like my grandmother and her sisters. we are definitely rounded folks.

melissa, i'm sorry you're sick. wonder if it's a bug going around--or if there's something in the water. (cyber aunt?)

vickie, i'm sorry you and jim aren't feeling well, too. my goodness!! so much going on in our lives!!!! girl, you'd better be sitting down when you see that photo. it's a doosey.

we're just couch potatoing tonight, too. my son called earlier!!! sure made me smile. we talked a long time. he told me he'd been really busy lately. he coaches some high school students for journalism events. this is a busy time of year for that.

i need to go post what i've eaten today. i did well yesterday but forgot to post.

04-08-2006, 08:42 PM
Hi Everyone
I have sure missed you all. So am hoping I can post.
I have been having trouble getting on here. And then the weather.
I will have to go back and read the threads. That is if it will let me.
Sometimes I go and start to read the threads. And then it says I did the illegal operation and then freeze up my computer. And the funny thing is. I can be on and in the middle of either posting. Or going from thread to thread it does this.
I am hoping everyone is doing ok.
I have been thinking of all of you.

KATPO How are you doing. I hope you are getting along alright.
VICKIE How is Jim doing. Are you doing ok.
SEPTEMBERSGOAL How is coming with the house.
ONTARGET How are you doing.

Well I better get off here. Dont want to post too much and then wont go through. So I am thinking of all of you. And you are all in my prayers.
So have a great weekend.

04-08-2006, 08:43 PM
Here is Sandra's picture:

04-08-2006, 08:45 PM
kathy, i just saw your post. i have an idea. what about a list of "to live here you are required to........." would that work? doesn't sound like asking works. some men just have to be told. i would probably have used the "i am your mother and i told you to ......." by now. you have more patience than i have.

lay down some laws, girl.

04-08-2006, 08:46 PM
now that i've fussed at you, i'm feeling bad because you were on your sick bed helping me post that photo. is there anything i can do for you? i'd call and talk to shaun if you want.

04-08-2006, 08:48 PM
hi, coco. it's good to see you here. if you're feeling good, you're a rarity around here. most of us are not up to par. hang in there with the puter. have a good evening.

04-08-2006, 09:14 PM
ONTARGET I like the picture. Was you getting a award for your shooting. I am feeling ok. Just tried. We have made Easter Eggs at church this weekend. Glad that is done for the year. Hubby is still having some trouble. Sure wish I could talk him into getting a second opinion. Maybe one of these days.
Hope you have a great weekend.

04-08-2006, 09:39 PM
Sandra, you're a hoot girl! Thanks for the offer, but that's okay. I guess we'll be fine eventually. He did empty all the trashcans because I got in the wheelchair and started to the utility room to feed the dogs. I got stuck in the doorway and I guess he heard all of this, so he came downstairs and did it. Then I said I need my trashcan emptied by my bed, so he did that too and got the others as well. I'm hoping he'll sweep soon because if not, I'm going to get back in the wheelchair and try to do it myself. I need to be up most of the day tomorrow to get used to it. While I was in the kitchen, I rolled by the fridge and got a little piece of BBQ that Kate brought home from Red Hot & Blue yesterday. It wasn't much, just one little bite, but it'll hold me. I'll get back up in a while and see if I can find something else. The problem with the crutches is that I can't hold anything so I can't carry it to the table or counter or even back to the bed. Sigh ...

And it was no problem at all to put the picture up! I still think you look good!

04-08-2006, 09:55 PM
Hey gals--now I have a fever. This is not fun. I guess it's sympathy pains? Or maybe I was just jealous of everyone else being down and out. :)
Vickie, I'm so sorry that Jim is still sick.
Kathy, have you tried beating him with your crutch? Always an idea. ;)
Sandra, I think you look great. Thanks for sharing.
Coco, hope you get some rest.

OK I can't manage much. Hope you all have great nights.

04-08-2006, 10:09 PM
Geezalou, Melissa! You need meds! Can you go to an urgent care center??

I'm sick of being in bed but at least my pain is confined to one main area. I'm sorry so many are feeling rotten this weekend. :hug:

04-09-2006, 12:02 AM
I'm so LONELY!! AARRRGGGHH!!! Why don't I have any friends that I can haul over here to make them babysit me? This is crazy!!

04-09-2006, 12:46 AM
:( Oh Kathy, I wish I could come over there. I'd bring my girls, and you'd definitely not be lonely! I agree with everyone that you may not be ready for full work days just yet.

I'm so sore...I raked and weeded all morning, and my poor, soft, winter body isn't used to the hard work. :)


04-09-2006, 12:57 AM
I would love to have some little girlie-pearls to jump on the bed and make me laugh ... if I were well, we'd make and decorate cookies and play with the dogs and have a pillow fight.

Your body is going to have a great summer though! Just think how toned and fit you'll get with all the raking, bending, stooping, squatting, reaching and lifting, to say nothing of eating the healthy byproducts of all your hard work! I'm very jealous of all the fresh vegetables you get!

04-09-2006, 04:16 AM
I just can't get over how much you people sleep! :rofl:

Well, good morning! How's everybody doing today? I'm waiting for Kate to get home; she and Devan had a little fuss because she didn't want to go hang out with him. He's with some guy she doesn't care for, and told him so. I guess it made him mad but she said so what? She went over to one of her girlfriends' houses.

The other kids have just gone upstairs and I guess they're settled in for the night. Erin has to write a paper tomorrow that's due Monday; Shaun is icing his knee which is still hurting.

That's it for now. I'll be back in a few hours to see if anyone is up yet.

04-09-2006, 10:37 AM
Good Morning Chicks! Good Morning my poor little nightowl! Jim and I went to bed at about 11:30 and I slept until 7:30. It felt good. I can't remember the last time I got 8 hours sleep. Jim is still sick but he says not as bad as yesterday. I'm still concerned about him having the dye in the CT scan tomorrow and I want him to call the Doctor to be sure. He's not crazy about the idea. I HATE uncooperative patients!

I'm sorta hanging in there with the scale. I should be losing instead of praying for no gain. I think I need to recommit like Sandra did. It just doesn't seem like the most important thing in my life right now. I don't think I'll have a huge gain but who knows. I forgot about WW when we rescheduled Jim's appointment. His CT scan is at 8:45. If he's done and feeling ok, then I'll run in and weigh in. If he isn't then I'll go on Tuesday. I missed last week and CAN NOT miss two weeks in a row. I shouldn't even be missing one week. It's one of my rules that I've gotten lax on.

Sandra, your picture is adorable! :smug: Why did I think your hair was longer and kind of curlie? :?: You must change your hair style occasionally....something I never do. You and I have the same body type and genes. :( You call it Burly Mountain Woman; my sisters and I call it good peasant stock. I have the SAME legs and calves and you do. We are sturdy!

Melissa, is the fever gone? Do you have any other symptoms? I sure hope you're feeling better this morning. :hug: I feel so sorry for you and Kathy and Jim and Saundra.....

Saundra, how was your evening?

Coco, Jim and I are hanging in there. I hope your computer gets fixed soon. I'm not kidding....find a young person and they'll probably help you for free.

Kathy, I hope you are soundly sleeping on fresh sheets now and that you got some food and water. I think Jim is ready to send me away because I'm trying to make him call the Doctor. I'm sure I could keep you entertained. :carrot: Or, I could send my nearly 5 year old Great Niece who NEVER stops talking. We just marvel at her. I'm worried about school for her because it will be hard for her to yield the floor to the Teacher!!! :o

Today should be quiet unless Jim calls the Doctor and we are told to go to urgent care of something like that. I'm going to go start some laundry. BTW, I'm getting a taste of what it will be like when he has his shoulder surgery. I'll be very very busy!

04-09-2006, 10:50 AM
Good morning all,

Vickie, so glad you got a good night's sleep. It helps so much. It sounds like Jim in getting better, I sure hope so. I'm assuming its nice there today, cause it is here. Just having sunshine coming through is a good thing.

Poor Melissa, how are you this morning? Your not suppose to get sick on the weekend hon. Seriously though, I hope you are feeling a lot better today. It's the weekend and I'd hate to see you stuck in bed for the whole thing.

Sandra, what a cutie you are. I almost did picture you that way. Believe it or not, my sweet mother was built like you and Vickie. She was barely 5'2" and always a chubs, but oh so loveable. I'm sending you a cyber hug.:hug:

Kathy, do you know the meaning of calm? When will it come into your life. Listen, I'm sitting here with a really nice ff latte. Why don't you come over in your private jet, and we can just hang out. I'll pamper you a whole lot.:)

Yesterday was nice. We took Natan for lunch and he was just adorable. He loves when grandma and grandpa pamper him. The movie was not my normal type, but had a message. Then off to a good dinner (steak and veggies) and back home. Bernie is working and I'm going to my gf's to start the holiday cooking this afternoon. I think that we might just go out again tonight, cause I may not feel like cooking when I come home.

Hope you all have a great Sunday,

04-09-2006, 11:34 AM
Saundra, I'm SO glad you had fun with Natan and had a great dinner. When is the holiday and which one is it? Frouf is working on improving our understanding of the Jewish faith! You're a girl after my own heart. I took a chicken out to roast for dinner because I thought that would be nice and bland for Jim. We'll see how the day goes. If he can't eat it then I won't cook it. It would be hard for him to smell it and not be able to eat it.

I'm working on getting Jim to call a Doctor to see if he should have the dye tomorrow. No luck yet.

04-09-2006, 11:46 AM
Morning friends! I am feeling much much better today. My fever is gone thank goodness. My stomach is still a little queasy, but I can sit up and walk around, and I couldn't yesterday! I even managed to take a shower, so I'm feeling pretty good. Even managed to lose 2 pounds in all of this. :lol: I'm sure it won't stay that way. :)

Kathy my poor friend! :hug: I wish that you were closer to at least one of us so that we could come check on you and cheer you up. I'm so sorry that you aren't getting the kind of attention that you would be giving to any one of them.

Vickie, it sounds like you are in better spirits today. I'm glad that you got good sleep and that today should be a quiet day.

Saundra, sounds like you had a great time with Natan. I can't wait until I have some kids to have fun with. :)

Angela, what great exercise you got yesterday! It was pretty gloomy and chilly here yesterday but today the sun is shining. I can't wait until we move into our house and I can do some planting. I know it will be a little late for some stuff, but I want to plant at least a small veggie garden. :)

Well I think I'm going to try to do a little bit around the house. I'm sick one day and the place is a pig sty. :D I hope that you are all doing great today.

04-09-2006, 11:56 AM
Melissa, I'm relieved to hear that you are better this morning. Sheesh. It will be a red letter day here when we are all well at the same time.

Off to do more laundry and play Florence.

04-09-2006, 12:10 PM
Melissa, so good to hear that you are on the mend. You sound a lot better. Enjoy your sunshine day.

Vickie, it's Passover. The first night (sedar) is Wednesday, and there is another on Thursday (we're only doing Wednesday). We don't keep kosher, but my friend does. That is why everything has to be done at her house. She buys everything, and I reimburse her. We aren't very religious, but I do enjoy celebrating the traditions. Both our dil's aren't Jewish, but are good about celebrating the holidays with us. I'm pretty sure that Natan will have a Bar Mitzvah (boy at 13) when the time comes, but I don't know about Brayden. I don't mix in, it's their coice.
Chicken soup is a great cure for everything, can't go wrong. I do make a good old fashion one that everyone enjoys.

Okay, better take my shower...

04-09-2006, 12:25 PM
Saundra, thanks! I love learning about other religions. Jim and I don't go to church every week but consider ourselves to be good people and we try to live our lives kindly and compassionately. We, too, celebrate our holidays and traditions. Jim is having chicken and rice soup for lunch. I'm trying to get some rice into him. It's not homemade but it'll have to do!

04-09-2006, 01:45 PM
good morning. just called costco and they have electric carts for gimps. we're going after lunch. i hope they have clementines. my foot is feeling better but i still have a ways to go.

coco, i was receiving the bronze medal for 3rd place at the NFAA indoor national championship. my plan was to win one of those big bowls (1st place) but it didn't happen. the man in the photo is the president of the national organization.

thanks again, kathy. i know i'm being stubborn and bossy, but i still think you need to tell shaun exactly what he is to do. he has to be bored just sitting in his room (which is really your room). i bet he'd like to feel productive. why don't you give it a try? let him know how much you need him. being needed is something we all crave.

melissa, i think you need a thorough check up. you've been sick a lot the past several months. are you around a lot of sickness where you work?

angela, i sooooo need to do yard work. i envy your already being started. did you get to soak in a hot tub last night?

vickie, we are study stock, aren't we? i like what frouf's signature says about special shape. have you read it? silly question. of course you have. i hope you get to go wi tomorrow but you have your priorities correct. i'm glad you're going with jim for his test.

i've been sleeping 10+ hours each night. last night was the first time it wasn't drug induced.

saundra, when i was teaching high school, i weighed 228. when my students found out i was going on phen fen and was going to lose a lot one of my 18 yr old boys came to me and hugged me and asked me not to do it. he said i wouldn't be the same "miss moore" any more. i lost 90 lbs. i've regained 60 of them. so i know i can do this. i just have to make up my mind. sounds like you had a good day with natan yesterday.

got to go cook lunch. curtis is cleaning out closets and drawers in the upstairs bedroom. am i lucky or what?

04-09-2006, 04:21 PM
Here I am finally! I went to sleep around 6 and slept until 1, then got up and let the dogs out / in and am now watching the Rangers game. I haven't ventured out into the chair yet but know I need to.

No, I'm still on the same sheets and don't have anything to eat. Judd will be home later on this afternoon or early evening, and when I talked to him last night he said he would make me some dinner. I think he could tell how miserable I am and was feeling sorry for me. Hoo boy, here's come the pity parade again! Watch out!

I guess I'll try to get up and see what sort of things I can do. I need to wash and dry my hair, find clothes for tomorrow, make some eggs and tuna for work lunch and pack up a few more things to take to work.

I'll be back later.

04-09-2006, 04:52 PM
curtis is gone to the archery range and i'm surfing for ideas. did ya'll know there is now SUGAR FREE COOL WHIP?

04-09-2006, 04:55 PM
I saw it on their website but haven't seen it in the store. Cool Whip is so low in calories and everything else though -- I've been having the regular because it's what everybody else in the house will eat. You just can't beat SF jello and Cool Whip, in my opinion!

04-09-2006, 06:29 PM
i just went to the jello and the cool whip websites and got some recipes. i have black cherry jello/cherries/cool whip in the fridge. should be ready soon

i thought curtis was gone while ago, but he came in and asked me to ride over with him. we just got home. it's a gorgeous day out. i just sat in the car and chatted via cell phone with some gf's.

04-09-2006, 08:38 PM
Just got back from one of favourite restaurants. Had my whole wheat pasta prima vera with grilled chicken. Got the leftovers in the fridge. Then stopped at DQ. I had a 45 cal fudge bar.

Kathy, good luck tomorrow. Don't overdo, please.:)

Sandra, it was a nice day here too. Life is good!;)

Okay, off to the big confy couch,

04-09-2006, 10:12 PM
saundra, your outing sounds good. we had a bowl of cajun beans for dinner. i'm hanging in there and doing great opwise. yes, life is good, isn't it?

04-09-2006, 10:19 PM
Hey everybody. I'm still feeling cruddy. I was feeling better this morning then had some other stomach issues. I haven't eaten much today but am hungry, sort of. I went ahead and called in for tomorrow. My boss said she has also had stomach problems this weekend. We must have gotten it from someone at the office.

Sandra, your jello sounds good. I didn't know they made sf cool whip, I'll have to look for it. Is that what you had? Was it good? Yes there are a lot of sick people where I work. Substance abusers have very low immune systems so get sick a lot. Many of them also don't have good hygeine, etc so don't wash their hands like they should. TMI, huh? :) Congrats on being op. You really do seem determined, and I'm proud of you. I hope that you can drag me along. ;) Glad you got out and about today.

Kathy, I too am worried about you going back to work. Look at me, just the stomach flu and I'm staying home. I'm a wimp. :) I hope that you do okay and rest well tonight. I hope that by now Judd has fed you a delicious supper.

04-09-2006, 11:03 PM
Vickie, I hope that everything is well with you all today. Since you haven't visited since this morning you are either resting well or something is up! I hope it is that you are both resting well.

04-09-2006, 11:06 PM
Good evening, all!

Melissa, I'm sorry you don't feel well ... maybe one more day of rest will help your tummy get better. Do you think part of it could be nerves too?

Saundra and Sandra, your dinners sounded good. I'm glad you're both having a nice day.

I have decided that I hurt whether at home or at work, in bed, in the wheelchair, both with and without pain pills, so I might as well suck it up and go on in. I'm not looking forward to it.

I did just get in the chair and roll around the kitchen (managing to bump into everything in sight -- I will be painting when this is all over) and I made my tuna salad for lunch tomorrow. I assembled a few things and collected them in the bottom drawer of the fridge to get ready for the morning. I told Judd we needed to be there by 8:00. If I leave it up to him, we won't get there until noon.

I'm surprised at the level of pain I'm still having; I'd say it's about an 8 on a scale of 1 to 10. It's there constantly and nothing helps, including propping. I am hoping the screw hasn't developed an infection but I don't know what to watch for.

Time for Gray's Anatomy. Too bad it's a rerun.

04-09-2006, 11:07 PM
Oh and as for supper, nope. He's been sitting in the chair ever since he got home. I folded and put away some clothes (it was quite a sight), made the tuna, have pottied the dogs, and the only thing I've gotten from him is a water refill. He acted a little put-out to bring it, so I decided not to ask for anything else.

Oh well. What's new, huh? :lol: I'm certainly not special around here, that's for sure.

04-09-2006, 11:15 PM
Kathy, it makes me so mad the way you take such great care of everyone else and you can't even get any stinking dinner. How frustrating. Maybe you should order take-out, have it delivered, and let him pay for it when the doorbell rings.
I understand your reasoning about going to work, but I'm sure it won't be fun. Maybe everyone will feel sorry for you and lay off.

04-09-2006, 11:19 PM
LOL! I guess he's tired from his long ride home. All the way from Arkansas on a motorcycle can't be fun. He must have left early this morning because he got home around 3:30 or so.

I'll just eat in the morning. I should be okay for nowbecause I have my big bottle of water here. He did stop by a minute ago and ask if I needed anything but I don't think that included fixing dinner.

I wonder where Froufy is today?

04-09-2006, 11:25 PM
Well, as our friend Vickie would say, Harumpf!! OK, I'll stop being mad about it now. I still think you deserve better treatment though. :tape:

I see that you put a link to your FitDay. I tried to start one of those myself, got frustrated and quit. It is quite labor intensive!

04-09-2006, 11:29 PM
You don't have to :tape: ! It doesn't bother me ... I'm used to this. Maybe I'm just a complainer, although I know if it were him in this predicament, I'd be doing all my chores plus his too. As it is, mine aren't getting done. Things like cooking, cleaning, laundry -- you know, all the fun stuff.

FitDay keeps me on track when I need it. I don't think I'll write in my little journal this month, just keep it on FitDay. I have to figure out a way to add some calories though.

04-09-2006, 11:33 PM
You are definitely not a complainer. I would be so mad I wouldn't be able to see straight.

I see that they have redone fit day's website and it is much more user-friendly now it seems. Maybe I'll try again.
You do need more calories. With as little as I have eaten today I still had more calories than you, and I'm sure you didn't even actually eat what you had posted. :o

04-09-2006, 11:37 PM
For goodness sake Kathy - I would start hollering real loud if I were you! How about a few choruses of "food glorious food" belted out at top volume? Honestly why is he not asking or even just bringing you some dinner? I'm sure he must be tired - but still? I am also afraid of how you will manage tomorrow!

Vickie - hope Jim is doing better and can manage the ct scan tomorrow. Keep us posted!

Melissa - poor you - sounds like not a very fun weekend - hope your tummy is on the mend.

Sandra - love the pic - you look so sweet and adorable! ...and that cherry jello thing sounds divine.

Saundra - good luck with the seder prep!

To add to Saundra's info - Passover is an 8 day holiday (starting wed evening) with the 2 seder dinners. Certain foods are forbidden during passover (anything w/leavened flour and certain grains/legumes) hence the eating of matzo - this symbolizes the jews exodus from egypt. The seder meal itself is quite lengthy as it retells the story of the exodus with lots of symbolic foods and of course wine! (more info here if interested:

This year we are going to friend's place (my gf in Toronto whose sister now lives here). I had invited her over figuring she had no plans - turns out she has her in-laws coming in from Montreal as well as another local couple so asked us to come to her place (like all 5 of us!). I am trying to get her to tell me what to bring (besides my 2 bottles of passover wine) - but she is noncommital and I feel bad as she is doing all the prep.

And get this - my kids don't want to go (altho i am forcing them to). - Why can't we just stay home and have our own seder? Are you kidding? We do generally have someone over - which is nice - but frankly I am thrilled not to have to do all the preparations and cooking and shopping - it is a lot of work - and hey maybe once in every 10 years or so it is nice to be INVITED out and not have to fuss so much?

As for my birthday weekend - it was great!

Kathy - I loved the idea of the horse and riding lessons! very cute!

As you may already know dh went to a lot of trouble going to all the local art stores to get me my gift which is quite nostalgic for me. Got a big speech before he gave it to me enforcing the fact it was for ME and not for the kids and I did not have to share or give it to them? (He knows I would give it away to them if they asked or let them use it!).

Got a huge big black zip up art carrying case with tons of pockets and sleeves. Two art pads (one for pastels and one w/regular paper - also has stencils in it)., a gorgeous big box of oil pastels, another big box (48) of very expensive colored pencils - a book on drawing, and then my favorites: the bunny stickers, hot pink stamp pad and the 2 bunny rubber stamps. Already tried them out (made a thank you card for dd for the presents). Very fun

Also got a gorgeous Fossil watch - big round silver links, round pale pink face and all along the inside are little crystals and the 4 main numbers are also crystals - very pretty in the light and I have been wearing it all weekend.

Had a nice surprise at dinner out friday night (tuscan grill) as my best gf and her husband joined us and we polished off 2 bottles of wine and lots of good food.

Saturday I was supposed to go shopping w/dd but as she would not dress according to my wishes it was cancelled. She did finally put on some jeans and looked more 'normal' for our hair appt at 2 pm (guess she was worried she would miss that too?). My hair looks stupendous - gorgeous golden highlights and no more gray! Of course it won't look this good when I do it myself!

Dh and I went out to a movie sat night and went too bed way too late (as I was reading a good Harlen Coban thriller which I could not put down). This morning had breakfast with same best gf so we could have a great *****ing session - and she gave me a gift certificate to this bead place where I can make or purchase necklaces or earrings or pins - I am really looking forward to this!

I did finally take dd shoe shopping today - alas they did not have her size - but some internet research found us the same shoes (in the US) for lower prices (altho we will still need to pay taxes and shipping). She is quite excited now and awaits her 2 new pairs of shoes!

...and as if I had not stuffed my face enuf - tonight was our family birthday dinner night out (red lobster). Service was pretty slow and I was not impressed that they had crossed off our name (as seated) on the waiting list - I'm glad I checked as it seemed longer than normal. Otherwise it was nice to get out with all of the kids!

I am now 'digesting" before going to bed but am very very tired. Need to catch up on my sleep!

DD gets her dinosaur retainer tomorrow and I get my nails done! YIPPEE.


04-09-2006, 11:43 PM
Frouf, what a great birthday weekend! And that watch is very stunning. I have a fossil watch too and like it a lot. Of course the pink is perfect for you!
I think what DH did was quite romantic and very nice. And it sounds like you have had some serious birthday feasts!! :T I'm so glad that you had a good time celebrating your birthday.

04-10-2006, 12:18 AM
GREAT birthday report, Frouf! I'm so glad you had a great weekend -- now the real challenge between that and the upcoming holiday period is to maintain your weight! Actually, we're all in the same challenge boat, I guess.

I haven't heard yet what's happening next weekend but if we do anything at all, we'll go to Judd's parents' for Easter lunch. I'm leaning toward not going but we'll have to see how persistent they are. Other than that, I'm sure I'll be needing a few days of rest by then.

While making my lunch I was disappointed that there were no carrots; then just now I remembered a big ol' vegetable tray that MIL had brought over with all those groceries. There is ranch and dilly dip in there, plus broccoli, carrots, celery, peapods, and tomatoes. I might take it to work tomorrow so it doesn't go to waste but I think I'll remove whatever vegetables I want first. Either that or will keep it and steam the veggies tomorrow night. We'll see.

Okay, I guess I'm gone. I have to sleep tonight -- no more laying awake flipping channels looking for something to watch. Oh speaking of that, have you all seen the Magic Bullet? Holy cow, that's some gadget!!

04-10-2006, 08:47 AM
Jim is a little better this morning but still has diarrhea. I'm off to get ready for the test. We have to leave in 45 minutes.

04-10-2006, 10:22 AM
Vickie, I hope that all goes well and that you are able to be calm and peace-full today. :hug:

04-10-2006, 10:26 AM
:lol: Kathy I was just watching a commercial for the magic bullet yesterday too! It does look interesting, doesn't it? I definitely don't need another kitchen gadget though.
I hope that everything has gone smoothly with you getting to work this morning, and that you have a good day.

I am at home, and feeling much better. The only real problem is that my stomach is all crampy feeling, I think just from not having much food in it. I'm not sure what the best thing to eat is, either. Maybe an apple? I'm not sure.
If I feel better by later this morning I might try to do some packing. I think moving around might help my stomach knots "work out" if you know what I mean. :lol:

04-10-2006, 11:09 AM
I'm here at work. It'll be quite an adjustment because the wheelchair barely fits under the desk; the monitor had to be brought forward all the way and there's no room for my work. The classified system is on the other side of my desk and I'll have to do the same thing for it, which barely leaves me room for anything. But I'll make it okay.

It was quite an ordeal getting in. I'm worn out now so I'll go do a few things and then be back later.

04-10-2006, 11:25 AM
Monday, is here again. Where did the weekend go?

Melissa, dry toast and soft boiled egg is a good start after an upset tummy. Bananas are easier to digest than apples. These are the rules of being a mom. One of these days it will be your turn to discover them.:D

Kathy, sounds like your situation is challenging to say the least. I hope you manage okay, and will get off early. You've got to do this gradually, don't you? As for your unattended weekend, grrrrrrrr.....

Sandra, I'm delighted and so proud that you are OP. It is a challenge, but gets easier as you hang in. Good for you. Lord knows, there are so many recipes available to us, we just have to find them.

Vickie, hope everything goes well this morning. You've been down a rough road this weekend, and I hope that it gets better now.

Frouf, what a wonderful birthday weekend. We were thinking of the Tuscan Grill for Saturday night, but wound up at Terra. It was not as good as previous visit. They sure charge enough though. Your gifts are outstanding. Looks like dh knows the direct route to your heart.
Yesterday I made sweet and sour meat balls and apple farfel pudding. Both looked great. Gf did chicken soup and crock pot beef. We both worked on a potato pudding that we made up as we went. A good afternoon. Last night we went to Zola's (if you didn't guess already).

Ds called, and Natan had a coughing bad night, but seems okay this morning. Those lousy colds really do him in.

I'm loving the sunshine, and will go out now for a bit. Gotta fill the fridge up with fruits and veggies.

04-10-2006, 11:35 AM
Good morning all! I'm with Sandra, hopping back on the wagon. :) I've again let my eating slip...can't let that happen! So I'm back Core as of today.

I will be busy this week helping get my sister in law's home ready for her. But luckily, the weather looks like it'll be beautiful, with highs in the mid-70's! I'm sure that'll feel much nicer to her than what April CAN be in Iowa.

I'm off to do my laundry and dishes.


04-10-2006, 11:40 AM
Angela, so many of the excellent recipes that are in my files are from you. You really helped me on my journey, thanks a bunch.:)

04-10-2006, 11:55 AM
Back at work - and I agree that the weekend just slipped by (esp with all the celebrating I did :) ). Still have a couple of loads of laundry awaiting my attention.

Kathy - hope you are not too exhausted by day's end. Sounds like a bit of logistics involved in getting you settled in? Are you able to work comfortably? Are you still taking pain medication? At least it's a short week (well we gov workers get friday and monday off so I'm looking forward to a nice long weekend).

Saundra- your passover foods sound delish - I bet you will be feasting soon! I still have to run over to the Loblaw's and stock up on some Passover foods (after I check out my pantry downstairs!).

Angela - when is your sil actually arriving? I bet she will be thrilled with the house (and hopefully the weather too?).

Vickie - sending good wishes your way for a non-stressful morning and sure hope Jim feels better soon.

Melissa - I would take it easy if I were you - definitely bananas, toast, maybe some chicken soup? Hope your tummy is on the mend.

Of course after my weekend of debauchery my scale is on the up and up! I need to desperately get back on track and while I am not feeling supremely motivated I am taking it one meal at a time. Was able to get back to a core breakfast - and will try and find soup and salad for lunch downstairs (as no cooking or leftovers at my house this weekend!).

Can't let life and birthday celebrations knock me down. Tomorrow may be going out for mil's birthday? Still awaiting final plans - wed/thurs night of course is Passover and I will try not to overindulge too much. I can't afford to gain any more weight!

Also trying to get my water in - I have been so sloppy and uncaring about this and will need to FORCE myself to get it down cuz I know it helps.

Weather is also getting much warmer here (altho rain predicted for end of the week) so it's time to charge up the batteries for the walkman and bring my runners to work so I can walk at bit during my lunch hour - at least something is better than nothing right?


04-10-2006, 04:58 PM
Hey everyone--stomach problems are back with a vengence. At this rate I don't know how I could go back to work tomorrow. I can't keep anything in. Even toast caused a major problem. So I'm now on an all-liquid diet per my mom who is a nurse. I'm really feeling it today. Unfortunately I've slept all I can I think, so I'm not tired but feel too bad to do anything. I might go ahead and pack some boxes despite hurting. At least I would have been distracted. DH is gone to class (obviously I'm not going tonight) so it's just me and the Murph-dog. This is the first chance I've gotten to come downstairs to use the computer as the bathroom is upstairs. It's not pretty over here.
I hope that you all are doing well. Just wanted to check in.

04-10-2006, 05:11 PM
Melissa, you poor dear. Don't overdo it. Just listen to mom and take it easy. Lay on the couch and veg (near a bathroom).:hug:

04-10-2006, 05:18 PM
Melissa, are you having problems in the attic or the basement? ;) I think the remedies might be different depending on which end is giving you trouble. I hope you get some relief soon ... at this rate, you're sure to lose a pound or two though.

Judd brought me home early and has gone back to work. I managed 5-1/5 hours and now am back in the bed ready to take pain medicine. Hopefully each day will be better than the one before.

Angela, your SIL is going to be so surprised and pleased at the efforts everyone is making on her behalf! What a special welcome to the family that will be -- it makes me smile to think of how touched she will be.

Froufy, I hope you and Saundra have perfect Passover meals. It's a custom I'm not familiar with, or at least wasn't until I met you! I'm impressed with the symbolism of it all and am glad you posted the links for us. I have no doubt that you'll be fine (eating wise) throughout it.

I meant to bring home my personalized cards from work so I could work on thank-you notes tonight. Shoot! I just now remembered them. I'd like to get them sent out asap. I've already written them in Word and now just have to handwrite them and send. That will save me some time and has given me something to do while lying in bed.

Vickie, where are you?

04-10-2006, 06:12 PM
Hi Chicks! I'm stressed to the max. Jim's CT scan went ok and no bad affects from the dye. He still has diarrhea and I forced him to call the Doctor. Doctor wants him to do a stool test and he doesn't want to. I'm really upset since this is day 4. He just told me a few minutes ago that he'll do it tomorrow. We have to go babysit tonight from 6:00-9:30 for the Great Niece and Nephew. We really aren't up to it but we promised and we cancelled out last Monday which was the day Jim got his cancer diagnosis.

So we'll get his test done tomorrow and then I have an appointment with our internist at 5:00 pm for my dizziness. When does it end? My stomach is all cramped up with that horrible achiness. I think it must be stress. What else can it be? Maybe it's not the splenda or the eggs or the veggies.

Sorry to be such a bummer.

Kathy, I'm so impressed with you.

Melissa, you sure sound like you have a virus like Jim. I hope it passes quickly. Jim doesn't seem interested in a liquid diet but then he's not really nauseous or throwing up. I feel so sorry for you.

Frouf, thanks for the link. I didn't have a chance to look at it yet, but I will. I missed WW for the second week in a row. Not good.

I don't even know what to cook because everything gives him diarrhea. I'm gonna get off now before I depress you all!

04-10-2006, 06:45 PM
Vickie!! :hug: We love you and you won't depress us. I feel so badly about all that you all are going through. I know that you will both be just fine though. You seem like two very strong people, and a great team.

Boy, when we fall apart, we all fall apart, don't we?

Kathy, it's the basement. :lol: I'm done with food. And yes, at the last check I had lost 4 pounds in two days. So if I could keep that off it would be worth it, right? :rolleyes: I'm glad you went ahead and came home. I'm sure going in spurts will make things easier.

Saundra, thanks. I'm trying to stay as still as I can, but I'm awfully restless, too!

I'm back to the upstairs. Sure wish DH had left the laptop for me, but he needed it for class. Time for my supper of Gatorade. :)

04-10-2006, 06:48 PM
You know what, I have a lot of rumbling going on too. I think it's from the antibiotics and all this water; maybe I should have toast for dinner if I eat anything.

Vickie, I hope things improve very soon with you and Jim. This has got to be stress that you're feeling but it doesn't hurt to check it out. Bless your hearts.

04-10-2006, 06:51 PM
Gosh Kathy I hope you don't develop stomach problems on top of everything else. That's all you need.

I'm going to see if I can pack some kitchen boxes. I know I should be resting but I am so restless. I already called in for work tomorrow-how can I go in when I can't leave the bathroom? :p Besides when I drove to Kroger earlier everything was blurry, I don't think I should be driving. :eek:
I'll BBL.

04-10-2006, 06:58 PM
Vickie, you have had to deal with so much in such a short time. Just let it all out, we're here to listen. Hopefully those sweet little ones will cheer you up tonight. Take it a little bit at a time, and you will get through this.

Kathy, glad you got home okay. I'm sure that the pills are doing a number on you. However, you need something in your tummy so they aren't all alone in there. I guess I need to make a big pot of chicken soup and send some to each of you:D

Melissa, you get some soup too. Are you able to have a cup of tea?

So far I've had a salad and leftover bulgar. Time to see what else I can find down there...

04-10-2006, 07:58 PM
i am sooooo behind. this will be one of those posts that i type as i read. i've been gone most of the day. i went to the indoor archery range with curtis this am and i got to shoot!!! curtis walked back and forth to the target for me getting my arrows. after we got home, i drove to the grocery store!!! i even walked the aisles and bought almost $200 worth of groceries. (lots of sf jello and cool whip) life is good.

melissa, i'm buying regular cool whip. i haven't found the sf kind here. i was mainly thinking of my diabetic mil and sf cool whip. i did buy albertson's brand for 69 cents per and their sf jello for 35 cents per. very economical treats!! also, i bought some 100 cal packets of doritos and cheetos and cookies. not economical!! and--now get this!!--i am 59 years old and have never baked a turkey--i bought a turkey and a can of beer. we just got a "turkey cannon" and are going to give it a go. wish me luck!!

frouf, i have been thinking about that photo trying to come up with something positive. here's what i came up with--i am pretty impressed that a 59 year old woman who is obviously molded like aunt bea from mayberry can climb trees and hunt with bows and arrows. i think that's pretty impressive. :lol: (that's the best i could do to make myself feel better)

frouf and saundra, i love learning about religious traditions.. i grew up in a small town in texas. almost everyone was either church of christ, baptist, or methodist. my knowledge of different religions is very limited. thank you both for sharing with us.

kathy, after thinking about it, i think going back to work was good for you. you're getting to be around people. that should help with your boredom you've been having.

saundra, i thought about posting those cool whip and jello recipes but decided it would be easier for all to go to their sites. (just type jellodotcom or coolwhipdotcom) there are oodles or good ideas on each. i'm still op. i am planning to snack on fruit tonight. i haven't had enough fruit/veggies today. just had a fantastic orange. sure was good. i am going to limit myself to one of those 100 cal per serving snacks per day that i bought today. i bought them cuz they should help with portion control. i got cheetos and doritos!!

angela, i am so proud of you for getting back on track. you are truly an inspiration to the rest of us as to what it's supposed to be like. i posted a "zip lock omelet" recipe over on breakfast recipes. i got it today from a friend in alabama. i thought of you specifically when i read it. i think it's something your girls would love doing. please go take a peek at it and let me know what you think. curtis and i are going to make them in the am for bfast.

melissa, i hope you're feeling better. if not, please stay at home again tomorrow for your sake as well as for others. you don't want to share this with anyone.

kathy, i am glad you were able to stay at work as long as you did. each day you'll find yourself a little stronger. just be sure to eat enough to have strength.

vickie, you get on here and talk to us as much as you want. that's what friends are for. we all love you and want to help as much as possible.

kathy, i'm no doctor, but i'm thinking your stomach rumbling might be because of taking meds on an empty stomach.

04-10-2006, 09:19 PM
I just told Judd I'm not sure if I'm going to be able to go to work tomorrow. The pain I'm having now is worse than it was right after the break happened, which is probably because it wasn't propped all day. I am supposed to have it up all today to keep the blood from pooling down there. It has tingled all day so I'm sure it hasn't been taken care of properly. This is not good.

Sandra, it seems like you've been busy today!

04-10-2006, 10:14 PM
I just had the most marvelous dinner in ages! I know that sounds sarcastic, but I'm not! Judd broiled some cheese toast in the oven and used the Nature's Own SF wheat bread, real American cheese, and my special Take Control margarine (he calls it Control Top margarine). It was perfect and just what I needed.

I have decided to stay home tomorrow if I wake up with just the slightest amount of pain. Judd says that with our luck, I'll probably have to have the ankle replacement surgery. If I can't keep my foot propped, the blood will pool and I'm afraid that bone is in jeopardy. We'll know in a month or two.

I hope everybody's having a great evening.

04-10-2006, 11:04 PM
Hey all,
still feeling crummy but not miserable. DH came home and brought me some popsicles. :D
Thanks for all the well-wishes. Kathy, I'm glad to hear that you are going to stay home if you are in pain. Better safe than sorry.
Sandra, I'm glad that you are getting out more too.
Saundra, mother nurse said chicken broth with nothing in it. I don't plan on eating solid food until Wednesday.
Well I need to get off. My stomach is cramping and it helps to lay down.
Good night all.

04-10-2006, 11:14 PM
Melissa, how's your vision? That's scary that you were getting blurry while driving. I hope tomorrow goes much better. We have GOT to all get better, that's all there is to it!!

I told Judd when I get better, I am reclaiming my life! I will not complain anymore, will keep the house cleaner, and will be thankful to have two good feet.

04-10-2006, 11:48 PM
Kathy - if you DARE go to work tomorrow - you must PROP UP YOUR FOOT - and that's an order!!!:rollpin: :rollpin: :rollpin: I don't care how you do it - but you must! Get a trashcan or stool or chair or whatever and make sure your leg is propped up if you are at your desk!

I am so glad you enjoyed your dinner tho and that you came home early!

Vickie - of course your tummy is in knots - mine is too when I think about what you're going thru:hug: :hug: We want to hear all about it - so please don't feel bad about posting whatever!!!

Sandra - a tree climbing, arrow shooting Aunt Bea - what more could a girl want! Sounds like you are so back on track - I am very proud of you!:carrot:

Melissa - glad you are planning to stay home tomorrow - sounds like you've got a bad bug - and I bet you will feel better in the morning. Please relax and take it easy - I don't think you should be packing or doing any "hard labor"....and I now have a craving for some nice juicy popsicles.

And while my day started off corelike it did not end that way - I have to keep 'stretching' it out til I make it thru the day! Ended up having a hot dog snack at the nail salon w/my owner friend (we were both starving) - went next door and got us some sugar free cookies (I had about 4 and left the package w/her!). But then got home to find pizza and of course it quickly slid into my mouth!

Went to starbucks tonight and had a decaf nf cappucino while dd was dancing.

Dh on phone all night trying to plan some sort of birthday event for his mom - looks like he and his sister (and bil) and possibly 3 of the grandchildren will be doing a surprise breakfast with her. Dh is not working tomorrow and spending the day with her (she wants to go shopping at the mall). So sounds like no major dinner event which is probably a very good thing!

DD got her retainer today and it is so adorable - it is purple with a little bright blue dinosaur on it with some red hearts around it (she has named it dino). Also has a bright red case for it. Funniest is the 'retainer replacement warranty' which they HIGHLY RECOMMEND. Retainer costs around $250 and they say most kids will lose theirs at least once (like wrapped in the napkin while they eat and gets accidentally chucked). Warranty is $75 for replacement and we have 1 week to sign up! I guess it's probably worth it?

Definitely trying to get to bed early - today my right eye was kinda bloodshot and kept 'leaking"? I look really tired!

Nitey nite!


04-11-2006, 12:24 AM
I definitely recommend the retainer warranty. I replaced two for middle DD within a few months (and getting quite ticked about it, I must say). I don't remember them offering a warranty but I would have gladly done it if I had known about it.

And yes ma'am, I will follow orders tomorrow. The wheelchair has a leg extender, which I used all day, but it's just not high enough. Plus, when it's straight out, it's hard to fit all the way under my desk and I ended up leaning over to see the terminal, which caused a little bit of back strain and eye strain. Sheesh ... can't catch a break, can I? :lol: Oh well! I'll live over it!

I should try to go to bed soon just in case I go to work.

04-11-2006, 11:37 AM
I decided at the last minute to just suck it up and go to work. I'm not happy about it, and am in excrutiating pain but can't really do anything about it.

04-11-2006, 12:23 PM
Kathy! Well I hope that you will keep your leg propped up and make everyone wait on you hand and foot. Your health is more important you know. I hope that things go well for you today.

Frouf, definitely need the warranty. I lost my retainer in high school in Atlanta while on a trip with my church youth group. YIKES to replace it!! Hope your eating is op today!

I am feeling pretty good this morning, if you can call it morning. I just got up and it is almost 11:30!! And boy do I want to eat!!! But I'm going to stick with liquid, adding some jello and maybe some broth, at least until tonight at supper. I might try some soup and crackers then and see how it goes. If I'm going back to work tomorrow I need to at least have a little nutrition in me.

Oh the blurry vision thing was just because I got really hot and exhausted. I hadn't been up that long in a couple of days and all the excitement I just couldn't focus. My vision is fine really. Thanks for asking though!

I hope that everyone has a great day! I'm off to make some jello and maybe pack a box. I need to practice being off the couch for more than 10 minutes at a time. :D Aaron did rent Pride and Prejudice for me though, so I plan to watch it today.

04-11-2006, 01:20 PM
Kathy - hope that leg is up, up, up in the air (think Rockettes! ha ha ha). Make sure you take care of yourself - and please go home early if you feel tired or in too much pain - you shouldn't be overdoing it at this point.

Melissa - enjoy the movie - hope you are able to get some food or liquids into you today!

Vickie - how are things? Update please!

Sandra - so what's the cool whip/jello creation of the day? Inquiring minds want to know.

I went to bed VERY VERY LATE (will I ever learn?)..and look (and feel) like crap today, but still trying to function.

Thanks for the retainer info - yes I did go ahead and get the $75 warranty - looks like it covers around 2 years of retainer usage! Love the list of do's and don'ts (which I am posting on the fridge so dd can see it everyday!).

Having major passover issues w/older kids. Seems they do not want to go to Sherri's house (say she is too hyper - okay true) and they don't want to talk to people? (ya I raised two antisocial snobs).....and are begging their father to take them with him (okay get this - he is invited out to a lesbian gathering for the first seder). I think dd is aware of the 'orientation' but ds is not (and we're not going to tell him if you don't!).

So frankly I said for god's sake take them with you if they want to go. Ex is envisioning a last minute mutiny where they don't go with him and don't go with me either and he says they can't stay home alone for first night of Passover. At first I agreed with him - but now I think to heck with it - if they can't go with me (or change their minds about going with him) let them stay home and do nothing!

I have now called Sherri and removed them from the 'guest list' and told them to be ready at 5:30 tomorrow night for pickup by their father (dressed appropriately of course which means another big fight w/dd). We'll see how this plays out - but I am determined to enjoy myself (esp since this year I am a guest and don't have to go crazy with the preparations). I am bringing 2 bottles of wine and a fruit platter!

Time for lunch and I am craving badness! What's that all about? (tiredness and stressed out maybe?)

Oh ya and I have to get some passover foodstuffs on the way home today (Saundra do you think there is anything left at loblaw's? ha ha ha). Wish me luck.


04-11-2006, 04:17 PM
Oh Vickie,,,I feel so bad, I missed the post about Jim's diagnosis!! Im sorry I didnt realize you got the results already. You were teh first person to help me with this Core journey adn you have been here ever since, I feel like I havent been here foryou. Please remember you will be in my thoughts and are going thru a very rough time,,but i know you will get thru it, one day at a time. ((hugs))
Melissa,,still sick,,any chance of it being food poisoning?? Ive had that before and sounds similar to what your experiencing. Im glad your on the mend though,,,,,,and listen toyour mother!
Kathy,,is there any way to do your work at home where your more comfortable. Id be worried about the extreme pain your in still.
Hi Sandra, Saundra, Angela, Froufy and Coco I hope you guys are feeling ok... How are your feet Sandra??
Frouf and Saundra, we used to do a seder (sp) meal at our church,,but its an Anglican Im curious why?? I will have to ask someone .
Off to do some grocery shopping now....

04-11-2006, 05:14 PM
Frouf, good luck trying to do that last minute shopping!!

Patti, I don't think it was food poisoning, but it did cross my mind. I hope that you are doing well. How's the job search coming?

I have actually managed to pack a few boxes today and do a little tiny bit of cleaning. I'm trying to keep myself up and about to see how I do. I have eaten some saltines (allowed by mom of course!) and am waiting to see how they process. ;) She said I could probably eat a light supper and be fine. I'm looking forward to that!!
Well I'm going to get back to doing some stuff around the house. I actually feel better when I'm up and moving around. I think I'm going to start taking stuff off of the walls! :D

04-11-2006, 05:32 PM
Hey Chicks! I've been been busy today and just have a few minutes before I leave for my Doctor's appointment. I hope the reason that I'm dizzy is something easy. I cannot even bear the thought of another test right about now.

I do have a NSV of sorts. After I posted yesterday that I missed my second WW weigh in, I started feeling REALLY bad about it. So I went on the website and found out that there was a 5:00 meeting. I didn't stay for the meeting, but I did weigh in before going to babysit for the Great Niece and Nephew. I lost .4 which I am truly delighted with. I told you all that I've been trying not to go crazy with stress eating and I guess that proves it!

I did enjoy the Great Niece and Great Nephew very much last night. We watched Wizard of Oz (one of my all time favorite movies) and it was fun. The Great Niece put on little socks and her sparkly ruby slippers from Halloween and the Great Nephew was running around with a witches hat on. It made Jim and I smile alot. We all sang the tunes together. The soon to be 5 year old GN knows all the words to the song about the house falling on the witch. Pretty darned impressive.

Jim is feeling a tiny bit better since the diarrhea is not so extreme. I'm still making him eat bland. Jim wanted to eat Chipotle tonight!!!!! Yikes....what part of your intestines are inflamed don't you get. Anyway, the Doctor that I am going to tonight is our regular internist so if Jim is still feeling icky tonight then we'll ask for a prescription just in case.

I haven't had time to read the posts and I'm sure that I'm very far behind. I hope to be here in the morning before I go to Carson Pirie Scott. They have spring coats and pj's on sale and Jim can get an extra 15% off for being a Senior Citizen. So, if he's feeling ok we'll go. If not, then we'll just stay home. I also need to do some grocery shopping. So I guess tomorrow will be busy after all.

Melissa, Kathy, Sandra, and Saundra, I hope you are all hanging in their with your injuries and illnesses. I'll be back.

04-11-2006, 05:34 PM
Hello there from a very sunny and warm Ottawa. This is and occasion, and loving it.

Spent most of the day with youngest ds and it was a great visit. He is the sweetest of the lot. I went to physio this morning, and was told that I have to learn to walk properly again, which is harder than it little step at a time.

Melissa, glad to hear that you're feeling better. It's good that you're taking it slow, and congrats on the packing. Once you start, it's hard to stop.

Kathy, how did you make out today? I worry about how quickly you're getting into things, but as long as your doctor is okaying it, who am I to say?

Frouf, I'd let them stay home if they want to. However, a lesbian sedar sounds like fun. I'm sure that Loblaws has plenty left, I don't have anything in the house, and probably won't bother since I don't keep it. I am looking forward to tomorrow though.

Patti, the Last Supper was on a sedar night, that's why many Christians have one. Hope you have a nice Easter.

Okay, I'm off to get a bread for Bernie's dinner, any excuse to be outside.:)

04-11-2006, 05:37 PM
Hi Vickie, just missed you. I knew that the kids would be great medicine for you both. Isn't it great being married to a senior? I take advantage of every possible discount.:D

04-11-2006, 05:56 PM
Actually Passover and Easter are possibly the only 2 holidays that 'sync' up. The jewish calendar is very different and so our holidays are never on the same days of the year. Most christian holidays are on the same days (i.e. christmas on dec 25th), however Easter is always 'moving' and is never on the same date - but usually falls on the same days as Passover! Very interesting!

Saundra is right it is absolutely gorgeous here today - and the only reason I know that is cuz I had to go to a meeting in another building so got a 5 min walk there and back!

Have been into the easter chocolate eggs tho and it's not pretty! I am also feeling tired and draggy which doesn't help.

Vickie - I also LOVE the Wizard of Oz movie and would have loved to sing along with you. Do you ever have those family sing along movies where u live? I believe once in a while somewhere here they screen some 'singalong' movies such as Rocky Horror Picture show, Wizard of Oz and The Sound Of music - I think the words to the songs are on the screen and people come dressed up and w/props - sounds like lots of fun! (They also do this on the Caribbean Princess cruise ship - with a HUGE screen outdoors on top deck over the pool. At night they screen movies there - complete with blankets on the lounge chairs, and popcorn and movie snacks - one of the favorites is the Wizard of Oz - everyone gets a back of goodies: including a fairy wand and other props - and the crew comes dressed up as the characters - everyone always enjoys this evening!).

Hope nothing serious to report after your dr appt and that Jim is on the mend too! And congrats on your loss - that is awesome given all the stress you've been experiencing - keep up the good work!

Melissa - sounds like you are definitely feeling better. Glad you can keep some food down - don't go crazy with the packing.

Kathy - Hope you are home and relaxing - how is the foot today - hope it got a good view of the clouds as it was propped way up high!

Saundra - hope you can learn to walk properly again (???). I do try to keep Passover altho dh is not jewish so we keep a 'stash' for him - I usually start out loving all that matzah and gefitle fish, etc but by day 4 or 5 it does get pretty boring and I'm ready for a change!

Patti - I hope you too are getting some sunshine and enjoying it!

Just about time to head home - need to do my 'dishes' and pack to find passover goodies then home.



04-11-2006, 06:18 PM
I am back home and the short-term disability has been extended indefinitely. The doctor says I can't go to work if I can't properly extend my leg, and the wheelchair doesn't go that high. It has hurt too much and I can't take it anymore.

I had called this morning to try and get back into the doctor but he didn't have any openings until a week from Friday. The doctor and his nurse are in surgery on Tuesday and Thursday so they weren't available to talk to me at the moment. They asked if I wanted to see another doctor and I said sure, if I can get in earlier. Well, they took down the info and next thing I know, the nurse was on the phone. She had been flying out the door to surgery and I suppose heard them discussing it. She said no doctor has ever seen an injury like this so there was no need in going to one of the other doctors in the practice -- and that it was the worst and most unusual ankle injury they had ever had. Also said it was just going to take a while before it starts feeling better. So here I am.

I got home around noon and slept until 4. Now I will at least get up and figure out which kids are here, and give them chores. Judd is on the warpath with Shaun not doing anything but doesn't tell Shaun, he tells me. I can't bear the tension so I figure maybe if I have a nervous breakdown or heart attack, I could at least get out of the house for a while. It is terrible.

Buzz kill, huh? I read all the posts but am just too tired right now to reply. I hope to be back later.

04-11-2006, 06:33 PM
Check out this post I ran across. It is SO good -- deals with maintenance. Meg says a lot of things about maintenance that I never thought about.

04-11-2006, 06:46 PM
i made those ziploc omelets today. we loved them. i highly recommend them. cleanup afterwards was almost nill. that's always a plus,

i just finished vacuuming the house--even the stairs. i am now going to be a queen on her throne rest of the day. i'm going to polish my toenails so my podiatrist will be surprised tomorrow. :lol:

we have had a good day. we went to the indoor archery range and shot awhile. then we came home to lunch. we had moose roast and tossed salads. curtis gained a pound this week so he's following my lead a little closer now and eating more like i am.

i think i'm going to have a good wi this fri. last night i had trouble going to sleep, so i ran a "movie" in my mind of what i plan to weigh each month. looks like 5 lbs a month (more or less) will get my 40 lbs off by christmas. that's the plan. also, i'll be 60 in january. i'm not dreading it at all. in fact, i'm excited that 60 will put me into a different age group with one archery organization. this year i had to compete with women almost 10 years younger than i am. next year i'll be one of the baby chicks. to top that off i'd love to be at goal at 60.

frouf, sounds like you have everything worked out for the week. that's good. are you watching "the apprentice"? a young candidate, lee, is jewish. he appears to be a very thoughtful, religious young fellow. he's my choice. he won me over this week. sure hope he wins.

kathy, did you stay home today? i hope you're feeling better. guess what i had for dinner last night? grilled cheese made with diet bread and ff cheese on the pancake griddle. i sprayed the bread with butter-flavored pam and thought i was eating something decadent. so? i completely understand your love of cheese toast.

melissa, are you feeling better today? i hope so. i bought something yesterday you might be interested in considering, zantac-3. it's loaded with caffeine. i normally don't use caffeine products but my main focus right now is weightloss--not archery. i am only going to take 2 per day. one before bfast and one before lunch. if i can't sleep, i'll cut back to 1 per day. i'm hoping this gives me a muchneeded boost in losing. 84 of them come in a bottle. i got it at albertson's. they were kind of pricey, but i sort of forget the cost when it is included in with all the groceries. i'll let you know how i do on them. i'm eating ww flore also.

vickie, how are you and jim today? have you ever made the 7 layer mexican dip? i'm taking the griddle and quesadilla fixings to the archery shop thursday to feed the guys working there. i'm thinking of taking the dip and chips, too. of course, i'll make it coreish.

angela, did you check out the ziploc omelet? we're planning to make them next time the grands spend the night and let them "create" their own omelets.

saundra, are you losing this month? do you plan to keep losing for awhile or are you at your goal? curious minds want to know.

04-11-2006, 06:53 PM
kathy, i just read your post. i am glad you are going to stay at home till you're much better. thank you for the website. i plan to get to maintenance by the end of the year. now won't that be something?

patti, it's good to see you here. i miss you when you're away.

04-11-2006, 07:00 PM
frouf, today i'm just having sf strawberry/kiwi jello and maybe some cool whip. not sure yet about the cw.

04-11-2006, 07:28 PM
Kathy, that was a good read. It just confirms where I am right now. Sandra, no, I don't want to lose any more, but I am being so careful that it still is coming off a bit. I'm not as nervous to ad points to the core here and there, but I am mostly just doing what I did before. I guess I want to be another Meg, and the only way that I know how is to "stick with the program".

I am so glad that you're going to stay off work Kathy, it makes so much more sense. From what I've seen at physio, gals with your kind of injuries have taken months off. Try to relax when you're home alone, and it will be easier to cope with the "family issues."

BTW Vickie, congrats on your loss, it is great that you are losing during all this. Hope the appointment went well.

Sandra, I sent the omelette recipe to a gf and she also thought it was cool. I'll have to do it when we do a family brunch.

Frouf, we're doing a good job of teaching the religion course, maybe we'll call U of O and see if they have any vacancies.;)

Okay, time to do my exercises.....

04-11-2006, 07:33 PM
Sandra, I'm glad you had a good day and are encouraged about your loss. I'll be keeping my fingers crossed for a good weigh-in on Friday. You seem very focused!

Vickie, congratulations on your loss too! That is definitely a NSV to go to that later meeting. I'm glad you didn't wait until next week, because now you probably feel encouraged. I hope Jim is a little better, and that the doctor had some answers for you.

Frouf, I'd be leaving some kids home too if I were you (that is, if they decide not to go with their dad). You probably need a happy and peaceful meal and dragging two unwilling kids sure won't contribute to the peacefulness! Of course, if your friend really is all that hyper, it might be fun to take them to her house. It's a selfish thought on my part, but I'm sure we would have an entertaining story the next day! (Okay, I'll behave now.)

Melissa, how is the tummy now?

Saundra, enjoy your pretty weather and youngest! What is it about the youngest that's so delightful? Mine is a joy and I can tell she always will be.

04-11-2006, 07:49 PM
frouf, i meant to tell you i'm just having jello plain because this is lo from the other day and i'm not going to let myself make any more concoctions till it's gone. hopefully, it will be gone tonight. curtis is going to eat some, too.

vickie, i meant to congratulate you, too. i am so happy you found a meeting to attend and don't have to wait for another week. i also forgot to answer your question about my hair the other day. i have had it really really short for several months now. some months i like it; some i don't. i am thinking of letting it grow a little longer during this new makeover i'm doing on my bod. it's so simple to have it short, though, as curtis is allergic to most hair products. i have gotten used to no spray or gel.

kathy, you sound in better spirits. i guess you're accepting the idea of not going back to work soon. i am proud you are able to do what's best. hang in there. we want you back to 100% asap.

04-11-2006, 08:09 PM
Sandra, I'm that way with the pudding. It takes up so much space in the fridge, that it's one pkg at a time. Have you tried white chocolate, it's delic. I'm so proud of your commitment. You've begun your journey and you will see the results. Every day is special along the way.

04-11-2006, 08:15 PM
Have you tried the cheesecake pudding? When added to sliced strawberries, you'd swear you were eating the worst cheating food in the world! It is unspeakably awesome.

Sandra, I just have to resign myself to 75% pay for a while, being laid up, having a nasty house, and not being able to do anything about any of it. I'll just play with the hand I've been dealt.

04-11-2006, 08:22 PM
I agree, the cheesecake with strawberries is excellent. It's easy to get your "sugar fix" from the puddings. I also ad a couple of teaspoons of sf pudidng to yogurt and fruit for something sweet and different.

Kathy, I gave up very good earnings in order to retire. The company had no pension plan. Having said that, I wouldn't go back. The peace of mind is wonderful. I understand about the pay cut, but your health is priceless.:hug:

04-11-2006, 08:23 PM
saundra, thank you for your encouragement. i have to tell you--i'm having fun. so far this has been easy. i expect that to continue. i have made the white chocolate. it's yummy.

kathy, the cheesecake pud/strawberries sound good, too. i'll get some next time. i'm sort of tight and wait for sf pudding to go on sale. sure got a good deal on the sf jellos.

kathy, that's the best attitude. just go with the flow. are you able to make potholders or do one of your other crafts?

04-11-2006, 08:43 PM
Vickie, congrats on the loss! That is so amazing. I'm very proud and impressed that you went to w/i with everything that you have going on.

Sandra, I missed the omelette recipe. :?: You sound like you are so resolved. It's inspiring! I'm going to look up that stuff you said you bought. I tell you what, spring being in the air makes me more resolved to stay op.

Kathy, I know you hate it, but I'm so glad that you are going to take some more time off of work. I just don't know how you could do it. And it would definitely not be worth it if you found out you could have prevented some problems by taking more time off. I'm sorry to hear about Judd and Shuan too. Why is Judd so scared of talking to the kids?

Saundra, you are so diligent. You're a great example of maintenance.

My stomach is feeling much better. I think I'm going to have to go walk the dog, he's whining like crazy. Ah, to have a yard... :D
Speaking of that, I'm hoping to pack at least one more box tonight. I think I only have one more box! I need to get some more.

04-11-2006, 08:56 PM
This morning after the EHS (Environmental, Health and Safety) rep came and looked at my workstation to see if it could be reconfigured to accommodate the wheelchair, and after he determined it couldn't be done, I called the benefits lady to ask what I needed to do about the short-term disability and the fact that I came back for a day. She said that there is a provision for such occurrences -- you've got a week or so after coming back to decide if it's going to work out, and if it doesn't, you can have the leave extended. And then she told me that she slipped on ice in the parking lot on Dec. 5 of last year and broke her ankle, and was off until mid-February! She was surprised that I had tried to come back to work ... so at least I have a supporter in the benefits office.

Melissa, I think Judd is just so disgusted with Shaun that he doesn't want to see him, talk to him, think about him, anything. He actually can't stand him at this point -- doesn't understand laziness and a lack of motivation. He can't stand the fact that Shaun stays up late, sleeps late, lays around, doesn't do anything, doesn't have a job, lost the good job he had (since he's good friends with Shaun's former boss, he knows a lot of stuff he doesn't tell me), doesn't pay his bills, wrecked that car, still goes out and spends money that he really doesn't have, etc. He is so ready for him to leave and never come back. I might be nearly there too, but at least he's still my son. I love him but don't like him either.

04-11-2006, 09:34 PM
Well Kathy at least you have a supporter in an important office!
I understand that Judd (and you) is disgusted with Shaun. It's a really difficult situation. I guess he just doesn't have that connection with him which is the only thing keeping you from kicking him out. :hug: I hope that everything works out really soon.

04-11-2006, 10:15 PM
Sandra, those omelets sound good. We will have to try them some weekend here, when we're all here together for breakfast. I'm so glad you're finding it easy to get back on program. It's so important to have those "goodies." :)

Vickie, I'm proud of you for going to the later meeting! Way to go! And the l4 lost is just icing on the cake. :D

Melissa, I'm glad you're feeling better. Still remember to take it easy though. It'll take a few days for you to get back up to speed I bet.

And Kathy, I'm so glad you're taking disability. You need to take care of your ankle. I'm sorry you can't get into the doctor...that always really frustrates me.

Hugs to everyone!

04-11-2006, 10:18 PM
Thanks, Angela. I guess it's not so important now for me to get into the doctor -- all I really wanted from them was to tell me I could go back out on disability. After talking to the nurse and getting her okay, and then getting the approval from benefits, I'm good to go.

I've been meaning to ask if you've done any sewing lately? I was thinking about Easter dresses the other day and your girls came to mind. :)

04-11-2006, 11:01 PM
Kathy - I too am glad that you are home again and able to prop your foot up and get the healing you need! Maybe you should draw up a schedule for the week? Find out who is home and when and maybe assign different household chores? Just put a chart up on the fridge or somewhere? Would that work?

As for Shaun - I can certainly understand how you are both getting fed up - it is certainly a strain on your relationship and the household! Any news on his shipping out soon?

Melissa - glad you are feling better!

Saundra - you are a model of maintenance! And I'm sure U of O would want us to do a jewish info and cooking class dontcha think?

I did do my passover order today (and ran into half of the neighborhood doing the same thing!). A little bitty cartful of stuff came to around $150 (and I'm not even doing any major seders at my place!).

Still not sure about who's going where tomorrow night - but I agree with you Kathy - they are old enuf to know better. At this time I believe dd is going w/her dad (given she dresses appropriately) and ds is not? Don't think he's coming with me - so I guess he stays home alone and does his own (non) seder. Makes me sad to think of this - but not much I can do. I will talk to him tonight (he is writing an exam right now) and try to convince him to go with someone! (hypercity or lesbians? hypercity or lesbians? such a hard decision to make!)

I still need to get the fruit platter for tomorrow night - I think I shall buy one (yes back to Farmboy again) as I won't have much time tomorrow to cut everything up (get home around 5:30 pm and have to be there at 6:30). But at least the white wine is already chilling! :)

Trying to get to bed very soon!


04-12-2006, 12:02 AM
melissa, ziploc omelet is on the breakfast thread. go take a peek. i'm glad you're better.

kathy, i'm glad you have support to help with the applying for disability.

04-12-2006, 12:12 AM
Have any of you seen the new Coke Blak? I tried it yesterday and it's surprisingly good! It's a mix of coke and coffee. The bottle has 45 calories, 0 fat, and contains Nutrasweet (I think). Let me see if I can find some info about it. If you like coffee and coke but never thought you'd like it together, you should try it.

04-12-2006, 10:02 AM
Good Morning Chicks! I can't believe I actually have a day with NO Doctor's appointments. :D I slept until 7:30, which gave me about 7 hours which is ok. I'll be napping later for sure.

So first I'll give you my Doctor's visit report and then I'll go read posts and see how you all are.

I have benign positional vertigo, which my Internist says is pretty common. When when switching positions rapidly, even while laying down in bed, the entire room would spin (worse than ever happened to me when I was a drinking young adult!). This has been happenening to me for about 10 days now. Even rolling over onto my side in the bathtub would cause the room to spin. :p Anway, it is supposedly a problem with the innner ear. I think he said it's a virus. I must have a pretty mild case, because he said some people end up in the hospital. I didn't do any reading about it. I've had enough scares lately to keep reading on the internet. He gave me 7 days worth of medicine, Antivert, to take twice a day with a refill. He says it probably won't come back. Jim had this too when I first met him, so we were hoping that was all it was for me.

I'll start taking it this morning after we go out to pick it up. There was such a long wait for it yesterday that I decided not to wait for it. We were just drained. So we came home and watched American Idol and lounged around. I took Jim out for turkey and dressing. He seems to be back to nearly normal this morning. Our Internist said that a viscious virus is going around and believes that is what Jim had. I've been disinfecting everything around here and am praying not to get what he had. So far so good! :carrot:

Now I'm off to read about all of you. I'm hoping you're all well.

04-12-2006, 10:12 AM
Vickie, I'm so glad you found out the trouble. Just the other day, my mom had such a bad dizzy spell, she was throwing up! She was better later in the day, but still felt dizzy for a few days. I wonder if that's what it was.

Kathy, I haven't done any sewing lately, at least for my girls. :( I've been busy with pillows and curtains and such for Lorena's house, and I have to admit, the idea of making 3 little dresses is kind of daunting. It was easier when it was 1 or 2. :)

Time to go oversee the whole dishwasher emptying procedure. :)


04-12-2006, 10:15 AM
Morning chickies,,,I start work late today so I thought I would pop in and see how everyone is feeling.
Kathy add me to the list of people glad to see you home once again... you need to take care of yourself.
Saundra, oh thanks for the info on the seder meal,,,I didnt realize that!
Sandra, Im glad the foot is on the mend now..and by the way you looked great in your phota...
Frouf I hear you on the groceries,,,spent 140 myself yesterday thinking what the heck did i buy??
Melissa, soda crackers were the only thing I could eat to settle my stomach with morning sickness...I still eat them when I have an upset stomach and
gingerale..glad you feeling better...are you counting the days till you move?? how many sleeps?? haha
Great going onthe loss Vickie,.,,,,,im glad dh is feeling a little better.
Angela I think those omlettes sound so cool too...I may have to try them this weekend for easter breakfast. Dh will think Im losing it im sure..ha

Im so hoping I reach my 15 pound loss this week..Im trying very hard to get it...Im so tired of my 10 pound chickie and Ive been playing with the same pounds since christmas now...up and down...Ive taken sandra advice and gotten back on the serious wagon....thanks sandra for the kick in the butt I needed!

04-12-2006, 10:39 AM
Morning chicks. No time to chat but just wanted to say hi and let you know I'm back at work. I'm feeling better but still very tired and weak. I'm hoping to stay under the radar today.

04-12-2006, 10:51 AM
Whoa...was I EVER behind! Why is it when I'm around, the board is slow. When I'm not here you guys talk like crazy. I hope I don't stink or something!

Kathy, dear friend, I am SO glad that you are out indefinitely on disability. I'm not happy that you are in the situation but I'm relieved that you won't be at work. I was really concerned that you would cause permanent damage to that ankle. I know financially it will be a burden but your ankle is too high a price to pay. I hope your stomach calms down soon. How could you ever consider yourself to be a buzz kill? My goodness, we are all the walking wounded here lately. Jim and I also love the cheesecake pudding with fresh strawberries on it (and some FF cool whip!). I've also put the strawberries over the white chocolate pudding. Very yummy. As for Shaun, I'd be moving his butt out. He doesn't appreciate anything you are doing for him and all he is doing is upsetting both of you and his Sisters. If he was grateful and helping you out, it might be another matter. I guess it's easy for me to say. Maybe I don't understand because I'm not a mother.

Melissa, I do hope your bug is completely gone today. Maybe you have a form of that wicked virus. I cannot believe you were packing while you were sick. I'm sure you got alot accomplished. How convenient to have a Mom who is a Nurse. I call my big Sister.

Frouf, I hope you enjoy your seder plans and I really do hope you leave those kids home. It sounds like they won't appreciate it anyway. I don't think we have any sing along movies here but what a great idea that is. I've never been on a cruise either so I haven't seen them there either. I have to admit that I don't know the words as well as the Great Niece does. She really likes to belt them out. The 2 1/2 year old Great Nephew tried to shush us a bit during somewhere over the rainbow. He said "Dorothy sings" and put his little finger over his mouth and said "shhhh". Made me laugh out loud. I also have to tell you that I'm very proud of you. Taking one meal at a time and planning to walk if only for 10 minutes and drinking your water will result in success. I'm going to get back on that treadmill too.

Angela, welcome back to the wagon. It's good for us when you are here.

Saundra, the weather here is also beautiful. We get a lot of rain in the spring but it was almost 70 yesterday. I can tell that you really enjoyed DS's visit. Is he still at your home? I was shocked when you said that you had to learn how to walk properly again. I guess that means the injury was worse than you thought! Will they give you more than the 7 visits now?

Patti, thanks for the support! You have been a great friend. Don't worry about me and Jim. I know you've got your hands full with you own life crises right now. Welcome back to the wagon to you too!

Sandra, it is expensive to stock back up for Core again, isn't it?! It's much easier for me to keep it up. I'm cheap about stuff too, that's why I love Walmart. I'll be happy when our Walmart becomes a Super Walmart. Then I'll be able to buy more groceries there. Now I buy beans and as much as I can there. They only have 2 flavors of pudding but they are .62. My Jewel just had Jello pudding on sale for .50 a box. I stocked up! I really can tell that you have been reenergized on your program. I use visualization alot in my life and believe it could work for weight loss as well. I'll try the omelet soon since I eat them frequently. I'll be making a turkey soon too. I had the most success once I started using the bags. I haven't made the 7 layer dip yet but was thinking about it for the Great Niece's birthday. It depends what going on around here.

Ok chicks.....I'm starving! I'll probably go out for a while and will check in on you all later.

04-12-2006, 10:52 AM
Angela, I hope your Mom feels better and that the dizziness doesn't come back. I kept hoping mine would go away but it didn't.

Good Luck, Patti! I'll have my fingers crossed for you.

Melissa, take it easy today. Maybe you can go home early?

04-12-2006, 12:35 PM
Vickie - glad you got to see the dr. for a diagnosis and some for Jim's vertigo: Jim had this too when I first met him, so we were hoping that was all it was for me.

For goodness sake he did NOT have what you had- he was merely dizzy crazy in love with you - which made his head spin whenever he saw you!:love: :love:

Hope you were able to get the meds and are feeling better soon - sounds like Jim is on the mend too! Glad the virus is on it's way out!

And too cute about little GN 'shushing' you to let 'dorothy sing" - guess you don't sound much like Judy Garland?:encore: ha ha

Melissa - sounds like you could use a little more rest? Hope you stay under the radar and are able to make it thru the day okay!

Angela - gee I thought you could whip up 3 little dresses in no time - in between curtains, pillows etc? ha ha ha. Glad your mom's vertigo went away tho! Does not sound like fun!

Patti - you sound bound and determined to make it to the 15 lb mark - which means you will definitely get there - good for you.:cheer:

Kathy - hope you have determined a schedule:write: for your little helpers and you are resting comfortably with you foot propped up nice and comfy.

And of course the seder saga continues - spoke w/DS last night who said he never wanted to go with his dad - so he is coming with us - left a note for dd (she was already asleep) asking if she wanted to go with her dad or with us (seeing as big ds was now joining us). Response said with us - so now we are ALL going to hyper Sherri's house for passover.

I have ordered a large fruit platter for pickup later today and will bring the wine. It sure feels different going out rather than making the prep for home. Altho we will have a very lovely dinner tomorrow night (froufie roast beef, asparagus, sweet potatoes) - no time to make matzah ball soup as I am working tomorrow - but home on Friday and have all ingredients (including fresh dill - yum) ready to go.:stir:

Cleaned up the 'pantry' last night (dd helped) so we could store our passover foods and leave some other stuff for dh close by (he was panicking cuz we were moving stuff around! - poor thing!).

Almost lunchtime! :hungry:


04-12-2006, 02:19 PM
Just got back from gf's. I marinated the chicken, which will be put into the oven this afternoon. I also set the table, and it looks lovely Gf will prepare appetizers and salad later on this afternoon. She said it was the best Passover prep she's ever done, which is very sweet. We went for quite a walk when we were finished, it's quite warm today. My foot is killing me, but I've got to use it. I'm not able to go beyond my eight visits, so I'm hoping for drastic changes soon. Oh, I'm having ff cottage cheese with fresh raspberries and strawberries, and it's oh so good.
Did I mention that Bernie got his tax cheque yesterday. At least I was able to fix the screw up.;)

Vickie, sounds like you guys are ready to mend yet again. I hope you enjoy your nice day. Your song story happened to me too. I was singing at a restaurant along with the 50's music, and Natan told me that I shouldn't sing when he was eating.

Melissa, glad that you're somewhat feeling better. Those things take a lot out of you (pardon the pun), so take it easy.

Frouf, have you told your friend to change the dinner numbers again? Don't you love when our kids do that to us? Good for you on cleaning out your pantry. Maybe one day, I'll get inspired and do the whole thing too.

Kathy, how are you doing today? Hope that it will be a nice quiet day for you and that you are well nourished.

Sandra, how's the core eating today? I find that if you have the ingredients right there, it really helps you to stay op.

Angela, you'll have to send pics of your sewing creations. I wish I was talented, but alas, I am not.

Hope you are all having a great day,

04-12-2006, 02:31 PM
Good morning, or afternoon, or whatever it is. I didn't sleep well and so ended up sleeping late this morning. I'm a little hungry but don't feel like getting up and so far nobody has been in to check. I suppose I'll live over it.

Quite a few things going on, huh? I'll have to come back later to read more. Those singing stories are cute.

04-12-2006, 02:35 PM
Hey Chicks! I'm on my way out to shop with Jim. I'll be back later.

Frouf, kids would have made me crazy! I'll tell Jim what you said. I'm sure he'll get a big kick out of it. He did say that his first date with me was the best date of any kind ever! I told him that it was his last first date. He's ok with that. I might be making a Froufie roast tomorrow too. My last one didn't taste as good as the first couple. The "crust" never got cruncy and tasted kind of flourie. Maybe too much flour and not enough oil?

Saundra, you walk sounds like fun. It's good to push ourselves a bit. At least you were with a good friend to help distract you.

Kath, I hope you're ok.

Bye for now.

04-12-2006, 03:02 PM
Its so nice outside today Im going outside and read on my patio...ahhh love spring! Hope you guy can enjoy some sunshine today too!

04-12-2006, 03:19 PM
Patti, isn't this spring of ours wonderful? We're expecting rain, but it's still suppose to be on the warm side. Hope the weekend is good, cause our kids our coming here to start the house search. Life IS good.:)

04-12-2006, 05:31 PM
Hey Chicks! I'm home from shopping. I went to Sam's Warehouse club for alot of stuff including chicken thighs. I got 11 pounds of boneless skinsless Tyson Chicken thighs for $18.24. I think that's a little less than $1.70 a pound. That's pretty darned good. I seperate them into individual packages and then vaccuum seal them with my food saver. I make different sized packages according to the meal that I make.

I also got 2 nightgowns for about $20 each. They were on sale plus Jim's 20% senior discount. I had a bad experience in the store though. A woman in the pj department asked me when my baby was due and wether or not it was my first. I told her "I'm not pregnant.....just fat". She didn't even act that embarrassed! I think she just must hate fat people since I do not think I look young enough to still be having kids. Ruined my day!

Kathy, I hope your family stops neglecting you soon. I wish there was an adult division of child welfare services because I'd call on your behalf. You must eat. You're not going to lose weight, you'll just go into starvation mode. How are you supposed to heal when you aren't getting enough nutrition? Sheesh!

04-12-2006, 05:32 PM
just started reading, so i'm posting as i read your replies. this am i went to the podiatrist. my foot (actually feet since he gave me another cortisone shot in the other foot while i was in surgery) are steadily improving. however (of course there are "howevers" now that i'm older :lol:) i am go make an appointment with a rheumatologist. from what showed up on the catscan/mri, it looks like i may have fibromyalgia. i don't know much about that, but i know it has to do with arthritis. so i've contacted my provider to get names of rheymatologists in our insurance network. i'm not upset. i am optimistic that we'll be able to fix what needs fixin.:belly:

vickie, i have meniere's (sp?) disease. it's inner ear stuff. i get that vertigo, too, but not frequently. i've had it about 3 times the past 7 years. i went to an ear specialist back in 98. (don't remember what they are called.) and he told me to limit salt and sugar intake. you should be all right. i'm not on medication except when (if ever) i have a bad vertigo episode and like i said i haven't had many.

i'm glad jim's back to normal. makes me smile.

angela, i found out today that my foot doctor's head nurse just rejoined ww this sat. she's a lifer like me who's put on a few. i'm glad she went back before she gained much. i think she has about 20 max to lose.

patti, i'm sending you blinks to get that 15 lb chickie this week. ;) ;) ;)

melissa, i misspelled that over the counter med i told you about. it's zantrex-3 not zantrac-3.

vickie, do you have an albertson's? their store brand jello/pudding mixes are much much cheaper than regular jello products. you're right about restocking costing $$$. we were also low on other foods. curtis had gone to the store a couple of times but didn't buy much. of course, we've had a good supply of ice cream. :lol: the schwann's man came yesterday. i had mahi mahi and other livesmart foods on my list. curtis offered to hang around the kitchen to meet the man when he came so i could go downstairs if i wanted. :lol: what he was really wanting to do was order chocolate almond ice cream. i stayed in the kitchen--he stayed in the kitchen. when the guy walked in the door curtis said, "first thing you can do is add chocolate almond ice cream to the list." by 10 pm curtis had eaten almost half a gallon. i hope i outlose him this week. :goodscale

frouf, you have such a cute sense of humor. :lol: have fun at the hyper friend's.

saundra, i'm glad you're able to go for walks. my eating is going fabulously. i'm actually floreing. i eat mainly flore but also have some other goodies. i'm keeping my total pts 24 or under each day. i'm really hoping for a good loss this fri.

kathy, read what vickie wrote you. i ditto everything she said. i hope you're feeling better today. maybe you can sleep a lot and let your body heal.

it's a gorgeous spring day here, too. curtis and a bud are at the outdoor archery range. i could have gone but i wanted to stay home for some "me" time. have a great day, everyone.

04-12-2006, 05:35 PM
vickie, just keep remembering there are some genuine jerks in the world. every now and then we're bound to bump into them. just be glad we're not like them.

04-12-2006, 05:40 PM
Sandra, I do have Albertson's. It's called Jewel here. I had no idea that they made their own brand of SF/FF instant puddings. I'll have to check it out. Jim does most of the shopping from my list so I'm often out of touch with what is available that's new. I'll soon be doing all the shopping so I'll be sure to check it out. As long as it tastes just as good, then I'm happy to save the money! Fibromyalgia is heavy duty stuff. I'm going to hope that yo don't have that.

04-12-2006, 05:41 PM
Thanks, you guys. Still no food, still nobody has checked. I'd like to turn them in myself! :lol: I could go into the kitchen but can't stand up for very long and can't carry anything back to the bedroom. I need to take a bath but am dizzy because of having the pain medicine on an empty stomach. I just don't know what to do anymore. Erin is at school, Kate is at work, and Shaun is upstairs somewhere. He is such a waste of space and I hate saying that because he's my son, but it's true.

Judd has bowling tonight and then is going to Dallas to see an old friend of ours who is in town for business. He lives in California but moved here for a few years and worked with us (that's how we know him) and then moved back in '97. He's a nice guy and I'd like to see him but Judd thought it was a bad idea to invite him over since it'll be so late when bowling is over. Probably best that he doesn't since the house is a wreck and I can't do anything about it.

I'm so tired of complaining and tired of being neglected but also tired of having to beg for everything I get. I am the type of person who anticipates what others need and does it before they ask, so I don't understand the other type -- the ones who wait until they're asked. Oh well. I'll live but meanwhile I'm as miserable as I've ever been in my whole life.

Thanks for letting me whine.

04-12-2006, 05:48 PM
Darn it girl, I'm going to have them send you to me for a few weeks, and I'll look after you! Kathy, your situation is ridiculous. You've got to have a family meeting and make some rules. Okay, I got it off my chest.:o

04-12-2006, 05:50 PM
Kathy, you should be doing more than whining. I'd be sobbing buckets by now. What about the cooler idea? Have Judd, before he leaves, fill up a cooler with ice and put it in your bedroom with bottled water, gatorade, crystal light and some food. You're going to tear up your stomach if you keep this up.

04-12-2006, 05:51 PM
Maybe you should print out our posts and let them read them! Then you won't have to say a will be your crazy cyber girlfriends!

04-12-2006, 07:21 PM
Kathy! Goodness. Can you just yell and go nuts or something? It's so ridiculous how you are (not) being treated. :hug: Do you want us to mail you some food?

Vickie, I'm sorry that you had a bad experience today. People are so unkind. So many really don't consider others feelings before speaking any more. On the bright side, it sounds like you got some good deals today.

Sandra, I think I could eat a gallon of chocolate almond ice cream!!! :T Just kidding, I'm sure I would be sick as a dog. I stopped and got a roast beef sandwich and plain baked potato for supper. It's the most I've eaten in two days and it was GOOD. :D You sound so great, I'm so glad to know things are going well with you.

Saundra, you are so positive and encouraging. I love reading your messages.

Oh, big news! We now have an appointment for our closing--April 28 at 10am!! :woo: Whoo hoo!

Well I spotted some boxes down by the dumpster. :s: I was going to make DH get them when he gets home, but I'm thinking of sneaking on down there. I don't know, we'll see. ;)

04-12-2006, 07:24 PM
Melissa, how exciting that you have a date for closing. Will you move that same day? You must make plans to hook up your computer quickly once you move. We'll miss you too much if you don't!

04-12-2006, 07:29 PM
Oh gosh I didn't even think about that! :eek: But we won't actually move until the next weekend. Well, I mean we are going to slowly move that week, cleaning and painting, and then do the main moving that next weekend. I'm so excited!!!!
I'm not sure how the internet thing will work since we have cable modem. We (and by that I mean DH :) ) need to call and find out. Better go add that to my list!

04-12-2006, 07:31 PM
Great news, Melissa!

Vickie, I am so sorry that lady was rude. I will never, ever, EVER understand how people can be like that! It just amazes me. I would have probably been rude right back to her but you are much nicer than I am.

Erin is home from school and has asked what I want, so she's in there now getting me some ham and cheese and pickles, which is sorta weird but is the only thing that sounds good right now. At least I'll finally have something to eat though.

04-12-2006, 07:34 PM
It doesn't matter if it sounds weird, it's just great that you're getting some food!! Yea for Erin! :)

04-12-2006, 07:41 PM
Sorry to make more work for you. I was just being selfish on our behalf!

04-12-2006, 07:42 PM
Thank God for Erin! One of my favorite things in spreading cream cheese on ham and rolling a pickle up in it. I'm SO glad you are getting some food.

Thanks for all the support. I was so humiliated.

04-12-2006, 07:54 PM
Vickie you weren't creating more work for me. You were just making me mindful of it before the last minute! So it is a good thing. I'm trying to keep a list of everything that needs to be done.

04-12-2006, 08:43 PM
Hi Everyone
Finally able to get on. I havent read the threads yet. was afraid to try. Sometimes when I start going back on pages. It wont let me and then I cant get back on.
We are doing ok. Hubby is feeling better. Been enjoying some nice weather.
Weigh in on Monday wasnt good. I gained 1 1/2 lbs. Was and still am upset. Am thinking of going to points. But if I do that will I still be able to post here.
DARN Got company. Didnt expect it. So will try and get back on later. Am thinking of all of you. Have a great evening.

04-12-2006, 08:52 PM
melissa, that is very exciting news. sounds like things are moving fast. don't you just love it!!

coco, you can, too, post here. i'm counting points. i'm glad hubby is feeling better.

vickie, did you know the same experience happened to jean neiditch? that was just before she "created" weight watchers. stuff like that happens all the time. i know that doesn't make you feel any better to hear, but remember what i said about jerks. sometimes folks are jerks because they open their mouths before their brain's in gear.

kathy, i'm glad you got some food.

04-13-2006, 09:54 AM
Good Morning Chicks! Today is Jim's appointment with the ENT to get follow up on the tongue and the CT scan to make sure nothing spread and to decide what and how we will proceed. All prayers will be gratefully accepted!

I see the board was very quiet last night. I hope you were all just distracted by the good TV.

Our new entertainment center will be delivered tomorrow and we hope the TV will be delivered on Saturday. Then, all that's left is to get the new DVR hooked up by the cable company. I hope we can get all of this done before Jim's procedure, which we are guessing will be on Wednesday.

I'll probably not be back until way later tonight. Have a great Core day!

04-13-2006, 09:56 AM
Sandra I didn't know that about the WW lady. I'm down in the dumps today but I know she was just a stupid person. It still doesn't make you feel better to know that she just said what other people are probably thinking and wondering. I do carry a large part of my weight in my stomach.

04-13-2006, 10:23 AM
SURPRISE!! i'm hardly ever up this early. curtis is still in bed. i'm on the old puter downstairs. i've been sending out notes to folks that i didn't have in the e addy on the big puter upstairs. lightning zapped them to cyberspace last week, so i'm trying to get them reinstalled. hopefully everyone will reply and i'll get to copy them on again.

we are going to make lunch at the archery center today for the gang who work there. i'm taking the griddle to make quesadillas. also, i'm making the 7 layer mexican salad to take. this is going to be fun. i love to feed folks.

vickie, i am sorry you are still in the dumps. i don't believe for a minute other people are thinking that. i have seen your photos. you are a beautiful woman. try to think of it as a compliment if you can. afterall, she must have thought you looked young, too.

i'm sending prayers for you and jim.

i'm going back to bed now. this is too early for me.