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04-17-2006, 10:01 AM
A new week, a new chat thread! :comp:
Happy Monday everyone! It is pretty dreary here, but the boss is off today and I plan on not being stressed. :D I'm going to try my best anyway. I'm so tired today but I have class tonight, so I won't be going to bed early! I have a pretty good feeling that I won't get much rest over the next few weeks, between writing papers for school and packing and moving. Yikes! :)

Kathy, don't try too much and work too hard today, although I know it is incredibly frustrating to be stuck in the bed. Could you work on a quilt or something to pass the time??

Vickie, the entertainment center is really pretty. And huge! You must have a really large home.

Saundra, it sounds like you've had a great weekend with your family. How exciting that they're moving home.

Sandra, you are still op and going strong aren't you? Good luck this week.

I'm typing from memory guys, you have to forgive me if I have forgotten things. :D
I hope that everyone has a great day, and the start to a fabulous week!

04-17-2006, 11:55 AM
good morning!!! i was just about to post my reply to 41 when i decided to peek to see if someone had started us some new pages. thank you, melissa.

good morning. what a big surprise i had when i got up today!! snow everywhere!! doesn't look much like spring here. guess the rosebush pruning will have to wait a few more days. i don't think we'll be camping this coming weekend. we will just drive to the mountain resort (archery site) and curtis will shoot while i sit and gossip with folks around the lodge/registration area. should be fun. we'll get to see a lot of archery folks.

kathy, i saw your weather report on tv. sure is warm for this time of year, isn't it? i hope this doesn't indicate a severe summer like 1980. how's your foot today? i am in moccasins on both feet today. this is first time since surgery.

coco, i'm just guessing your body has adjusted to what you're eating/doing and you might need to shake it up a bit. (but what do i know?) let us know how wi goes. i'm sending you ;) ;) ;).

vicki, i guess you're at wi now. ;) ;) ;) to you, too.

well, i need to go eat bfast now and also start my food journal. have a wonderful day, everyone.

04-17-2006, 12:54 PM
Wow Sandra, snow! I guess you guys are used to it up there. It's sunny and cool here. The cabin getaway sounds grand (and romantic).

Nothing much planned today. It's quiet around here after the company.

Hope all are well,

04-17-2006, 01:20 PM
Coco, walking 22 miles is awesome! I can't believe that. You're bound to show a loss, or at least your pants will start fitting better! That is a great NSV, you should be proud.

Sandra, here I am sweating and you're sitting in snow. :lol: Your weekend sounds like a lot of fun, too. I think I may need to start a food journal as well. I've just been using our menu threads as my "journal" of sorts but I'm not always keeping it up to date. I found some interesting things on that you might be interested in. I'll post them here.

04-17-2006, 01:27 PM
Good morning all! I'm exhausted today...I've been staying up late, etc. Lorena loves her house. She said it was very beautiful. :) She's having a bit of a rough time...her little brother called her yesterday, crying, saying he missed her, and that was very hard for her. But I think it'll work out all right. She said the cold here (like 50-60 degrees :lol: ) isn't too bad, because people's homes are still warm. She said when she was in Bogata, she was always cold because the people don't heat their homes.

I think she's pretty exhausted too...she hasn't slept much in the last few days. My BIL is back at work today though, so maybe today she can sleep! :)


04-17-2006, 02:21 PM
First I'm going to post this picture for Sandra. Can you believe it!?! This is what they woke up to this morning!

Now I'm going to go and read posts, and will be back in a minute.

04-17-2006, 02:58 PM
Ugh -- it's going to be 100 today! Can't believe we're having that on the same day that Sandra had snow! What wacky weather. If it's another summer like 1980, where people were dropping dead all over the place from the heat, I'm not going to make it thru. There were 42 consecutive days with temps over 100.

Coco, that's amazing that you're walking so much! I'm sure you'll see a loss soon and hope your DH's tummy problems heal soon.

Melissa, are you getting rid of all the food in the house so you won't have to move it? I saw your food post and wondered if that's what you're doing. Enjoy your boss-less day.

I'm not going to do much today but need to clean out the fridge or have someone do it. As for the carpet, I had more energy last night than I do right now so it'll have to wait.

I hope everyone has a good day.

04-17-2006, 03:13 PM
Hi There!!!!

I have some questions I was hoping you guys could help out with :?:

I just did South Beach for a week and it worked during the week (after I lived through the headaches :( ) But I'm not sure the loss was worth the misery it took to get there.

How difficult is it to fit The Core Program into a family life with 12 & 14 year old boys? Eveything on South Beach seemed like a major cooking project, is The Core program like that? I have some basic Core information my Mom let me borrow but it doesn't say anything about Daily Calorie Counts (there has to be a limit right?)

Anyone willing to share what kind of results they've seen in a month or two of starting The Core?

Thanks in advance for any help. I need to do something but I don't think South Beach is for me.


04-17-2006, 04:57 PM
Good Afternoon Chicks! I see I didn't miss much while I was out galavanting this morning. I had breakfast with my Sister and BIL this morning and they are set to take care of Cassie while we are at the hospital on Wednesday. We are still waiting for the cable people to properly take care of our HDMI cable connection. Ugh. Are they the stupidest people in every city or just mine?

I didn't go to WW this morning. I may go later this evening or I may just wait until next week. My head is spinning with all my appointments. I'm up some so I hope I can get it back down.

Sandra, I can't believe you had snow this morning but your deck and hot tub with that great view looks SO cool. You are a lucky girl. I'm sorry your camping is cancelled but it sure does seem like you have a good replacement idea.

Kath, don't work too hard on that refrigerator. We don't need any setbacks. So you never answered my question. Did the knot on your ankle go away where you banged it?

Angela, it will take Lorena some time, I'm sure. I'm so happy she liked her home and I know you will make her feel very welcome. I cannot imagine leaving my family and moving even to another state let alone as far as she has moved. Maybe he can come visit some day?

Coco, with all that walking the weight should be falling off of you. Are you eating enough? Are you following all the guidelines? I know it sounds funny, but maybe you aren't getting enough food.

Saundra, you sound tired. I hope you're well.

Melissa, I thinking I need to be better about updating my menu postings during the day. I'm now trying to update it first when I come to the site to read. Starting today, I'm going to also keep track there of WPA's used and AP's earned and used. I'm hoping that will help. I think our house is about 2500 square feet. The family room is 15 by 20 and the entertainment center is one the 20 foot wall. I think the EC is 10 feet wide. If we were on Sell This House or Designed to Sell, the hosts would be saying "get rid of that monstrosity!". But, we love it and we aren't going anywhere anytime soon. The Amish Furniture Gallery still hasn't returned my phone call. I'm only giving them until tomorrow after we come home from the Dentist.

04-17-2006, 05:07 PM
Hi Chubby Angel and Welcome to our little corner of the 3FC world! I did SBD too and found it to be difficult and a trifle froufrou! I LOVE Core and lost 45 pounds fairly painlessly between September 2004 and October 2005. I'm stalled now for a variety of medical and stress issues that I cannot blame on the program. I know that as soon as I go back to working the program, I'll start to lose again. I have about another 120 pounds to lose. I followed all the rules faithfully (water, healthy oil, veggies, fruit, dairly and exercise).

As far as cooking goes, I find cooking to be much easier on Core than on SBD. I really can't explain why because the programs are similar. Maybe it's because it's been such a long time since I tried SBD. We have many, many, great recipes on our site and almost all of the ones I've placed on the board can freeze well. I even have a pizza casserole and some other casseroles out there that I belive would appeal to 12 and 14 year old boys. We also make Core Cola Chicken that everyone who tries it thinks it is fantastic. I really believe I can eat Core for the rest of my life.

Of course, you may know, that you cannot eat uncontrolled amounts of food. You are supposed to stop when you are satisfied but before full. This is something that I'm still trying to be better at since I like the full feeling.

I hope this helps. We are a great bunch of people and welcome newcomers. If we can help you more, just let us know.

04-17-2006, 05:08 PM
Sandra, that is BEAUTIFUL! I know you don't want anymore snow, but what a view you have there.

Kathy, yes, I'm trying not to go to the grocery store and use up all the stuff in the house! Not that it's a big deal to move it, but I hate to go to the grocery and continually buy things when there's stuff in the house. It's just not core stuff! And of course I'll need to go when I get to the new house anyway, so why do more work than necessary? ;) I hope that you are feeling better and can move around a little bit. Be careful!

Angel, welcome to our little corner of the world. I did SBD for awhile and had those headaches too! I think core is easier cooking-wise than SBD. There are still lots of "convenience" foods like instant brown rice, soups, etc. that you can eat. I think it could easily be done with your family, but I don't have kids so maybe someone else should answer that. What makes it easier is that you can still have potatoes, cereal, brown rice, and you have the 35 weekly point allowance as well. My recommendation is that you go to a meeting to get the info or order the material online. Good luck and hope you join us!

Angela, glad that Lorena likes her house. I'm sure it must be a very difficult adjustment for her! But it's so sweet all that you did for her. I'm sure she is very appreciative.

Back to work. One more hour and then off to class! :p

04-17-2006, 05:22 PM
Vickie, the knot went down but there is a bruise and sore spot. I'm not going to worry about it.

I sent the papers to the doctor's office so they can fill them out and send them on to the disability office. I wrote that I have a followup appointment on May 3 and hopefully can be released then. If that's what they fill out as a return to work date, that means I'll be home for another two weeks.

I crutched to the wheelchair, then rolled into the kitchen and found something to eat (leftovers from Friday night at Razzoos). Ate a few bites, got a diet A&W and then Judd walked in. He was tired of being at work and wanted to go play golf so he came home to change and just now left again. He said he would call when he's done and see what I want for dinner. What I want is a new foot.

Vickie, I hope you make it to WW because I know how much you enjoy it. If there's a gain, I'm sure it's teeny and of course, temporary. You'll do much better when all these issues are resolved, which I hope is very soon.

Melissa, enjoy your class tonight if you can. I know you'll be tired but try to enjoy it anyway!

Welcome, Angel! I think you'd like Core, and there are plenty of things for your kids. In fact, I think Core foods are more like "normal" foods than most other plans and are easier to incorporate into family meals. Lean meats (like rotisserie chicken, baked chicken breasts, meatloaf, hamburger patties) along with corn, mashed potatoes made with skim milk and no butter, all sorts of beans, salad, vegetables ... the possibilities are endless! You can even have baked potatoes with FF sour cream and cheese (and of course the family can have regular sour cream and cheese if they prefer). Breakfasts are easy: scrambled eggs, oatmeal, canadian bacon, etc. Snacks are the hardest but still possible to do. 94%FF popcorn, unsweetened applesauce, SF/FF pudding and fruits of all kinds, SF jello ... things like that.

Take a look at the recipe section and you'll find all sorts of things -- lots of crockpot recipes too. I think it's all things your family would like. And again, welcome!

04-17-2006, 05:47 PM
Vickie, you are so perceptive. I didn't sleep well last night and feel sort of stressed today. I'm sure I'll catch up tonight and be back to cheery self then. Thanks......

04-17-2006, 06:23 PM
oops! saundra, i didn't mean a cabin. i meant more like a restaurant/bar; however, there are cabins there. we will just be driving up for the day--no overnighting. i am planning to "splurge", though, and have some regular diet cokes. normally, i drink caffeine free cuz of archery. i hope you're feeling better now. that vickie is very perceptive, isn't she? i have to confess i didn't notice till she pointed it out.

melissa, i'm looking forward to the flylady tips. thanks for sharing with us.

angela, i'm looking forward to hearing your lorena reports on what it's like living in bosnia. very interesting.

kathy, thank you for posting the photo. i used to have a t-shirt that read "i survived the summer of 1980." i remember that time well.

vickie, i understand about not wanting any more obligations than necessary. you'll do fine op wise. just be careful.

04-17-2006, 08:24 PM
Sandra, I think Lorena is from Bogata (Colombia) ... or at least that's what I always thought. I'm sure either place is very interesting.

I remember those t-shirts! I was fortunate enough to have left Arlington in Dec. '79 and moved to Beaumont and was there for the summer of '80. It was still hot and with all the humidity from the coast, probably just as bad but the temps weren't as high. I moved back in Dec. of '80 and have been here ever since.

The scale was 145.6 this morning in spite of the big Easter meal and last night's bowl of ice cream with butterscotch and caramel toppings. I haven't really been hungry today but probably because I am so hot. Our electricity went out a little while ago for about 30 minutes. The news said to expect frequent rolling blackouts because of all the demands put on the grids, whatever that means. I still haven't decided about dinner but am not too worried. I think we have a few Lean Cuisines in the freezer. Sure wish I could get to the store though, but maybe it's a good thing I can't. I'm still wanting jellybeans.

Kate called a little while ago and it sounds like she's getting settled in. She had made their lunches to take to work; today their schedule was the same and so they were going to ride together. I am glad she'll be saving on gas and also am glad she isn't living alone. I would worry so much more about her safety if she did since she gets off work around 1 or 2 a.m. most days. I know she likes second shift because she gets paid a shift differential and can also sleep late, and if she has errands to do, she can do them in the mornings. She was talking about transferring to another department though, and they're only first shift so I guess we'll see what happens there. Wells Fargo seems like such a great company to work for and they promote from within, and there are just tons of opportunities so I hope she stays there. I'd like to see her get out of the phone center though; all she does is get yelled at by people who overdrafted their account and still want the bank to reimburse the fees. Sometimes she does, sometimes she doesn't ... but yelling sure doesn't help!

Okay, I've written a book. You can tell I'm lonely. :(

04-17-2006, 08:47 PM
Hey Chicks! I'm back from dinner at my favorite Core Italian place. I'm ready to head for the couch and to spend time with Jim. I'll probably be pretty sparse around here for the next couple of days. I know he'd like my attention and we have preparation to do.

Kathy, I'm glad Kate is settling in. She always be your daughter and friend. I still miss my Mom. She was my best friend in the whole world. Congratulations on your weight. You are a real inspiration to me.

Saundra, I know you'll be back to perky in no time. I'm just one of those really intuitive kind of people. I used to make my employees crazy when I was a manager because I could always tell when they were feeling out of kilter. Sometimes they wanted to hide it!

Thanks, Sandra. You always understand. I will be careful. I'm sort of missing my program. I'm going to be a bit off kilter the next couple of weeks. I'm going to have to force myself to make two meals. One for me and one for Jim. This will be one time that it will be hard to treat myself as if I'm worth it because I'll be stretched for time.

The cable guy finally arrived with the right equipment and we are all hooked up. I'm glad it's done but it is truly beautiful to watch. Today we got a new HDTV DVR and HDMI cables whatever the heck that means. I think it gives less static and intereference in the picture. I'm off to do some laundry and play wifey. Have a GREAT evening and I hope to be back in the morning before we have to go to the emergency Dentist appointment for Jim.

04-17-2006, 08:59 PM
:lol: kathy, guess i was having another of numerous lucy moments. i used to teach reading. doesn't mean i know how to do it myself.

vickie, you and jim are in my prayers. keep us posted on how he's doing--and you remember to take care of yourself, too. you deserve treats.

04-17-2006, 09:58 PM
Hi Everyone
I am bummed. I gained 2 lbs.
I only walked a mile this morn. It was raining. And then when it cleared up this afternoon. I couldnt go.
But will try for my 3 in the morn.
I hope everyone is doing ok. Hubby seems to be feeling better this evening.
I am thinking of everyone. And keeping you all in my prayers. I think I am going to go and eat something. I know that isnt going to help anything. But I am just upset. And for a moment it will make me feel better.
Everyone have a wonderful evening. Take care!!

04-17-2006, 11:26 PM
Sandra, (and whoever else), these are some tools recommended by Flylady. They are to help with weekly goals and daily "body clutter." Anyway, they're interesting and it makes more sense if you just look at them. (scroll down to download the free sheet)

Coco, I'm so sorry to hear that you had a disappointing weigh-in. I'd be willing to bet you are building some muscle with all of that walking, and maybe even retaining some water. I read that when one first starts exercising a lot that you can retain a lot of water.

Vickie, sounds like you've had a good evening. And congrats on passing on all that bread! Try not to get too stressed, take each day, each appointment one at a time. You will need all of your energy during the next little bit!

Kathy, glad to hear that Kate is doing well. She seems like a level-headed girl. I hope that you found something you liked to eat. Congrats on the scale being down, although I still wish you were being fed more regularly!

It's going to be a busy week here. Just found out we're going out to eat Wednesday for my grandmother's birthday. And that's just because our church events for the evening are cancelled! Tomorrow night is bible study (the last one thankfully, I just don't have time for this meeting anymore), wednesday is the bday, and Thursday night is my night at the food bank. Shew! This weekend we'll have to write papers and work on school stuff, and PACK, PACK, PACK!!!
OK well that is way more information than you wanted. I hope that you all are doing well and have a great night, and a fabulous day tomorrow.

04-17-2006, 11:28 PM
Yup, Lorena is from Colombia, but she's from the city of Baranquilla, which is near the coast. The average yearly temperature there is 91 degrees. :)

They came over this evening, and we had a nice chat. I think she's feeling better...she walked down to the grocery store and went shopping this morning, so at least she's getting out. Her English is actually quite good.

I'm off to play on the computer until bedtime. I have to teach preschool this week, but I'm remembering my "laid back" attitude last time, and trying to copy it. :lol:


04-17-2006, 11:52 PM
coco, i am sorry you're bummed. i thought of some ww words of wisdom i heard at a meeting long ago but decided not to type them. you already know what to do and will be able to get yourself back on track. hang in there.

melissa, thank you for the website. sure sounds like you're a busy woman this week. things should be settling down for you soon.

angela, you and lorena will probably be close buds soon. i'm glad she's getting out and going places. keep that laidback feeling.

04-18-2006, 12:18 AM
I feel a little better and a little worse: better because I got my jellybeans :D and worse because now I'm full of sugar. I'm not going to worry about it though since I only had a handful. For some reason, after I get these urges and give in, I'm fine only having a little of it. She also got Club crackers and Easy Cheese so if it survives the night (I think Shaun goes scavenger hunting in the kitchen each night) I'll have some tomorrow. Very soon though I must get back to eating the things I know I'm supposed to.

I wonder where our Froufie is today? We worry when someone doesn't check in for a while; now I know how you guys felt when I was in the hospital those two days and couldn't tell you!

04-18-2006, 12:26 AM
kathy, we were worried and knew something had to be wrong. we are definitely family here, aren't we? is shaun moving to kate's room?

04-18-2006, 03:25 AM
Well, I don't know. Kate has to come back and get lots of stuff out yet. She's off this Friday and Sunday, so it should be one of those two days. I haven't even talked to him about it yet but I have a list of reasons and so I'm hoping he is agreeable. It'll benefit us both. The room he's in right now has no storage because the closet is full of sewing things, boxes of books, and old clothes. He has no place to put his stuff. Her closet will be empty so he'll at least have a closet.

I'm up because I just couldn't sleep. I guess I'll sit here in the family room until morning when Judd leaves, then I'll go back to bed. I'd like to try again on the carpet though, and think I'll also set the Roomba loose in the front rooms. I can only do it while I'm home because Bindy attacks it if nobody's watching her.

04-18-2006, 09:50 AM
Morning all! Last day of being boss-less here.

Angela, I can't imagine moving from Colombia to Iowa. Talk about culture shock! :lol: Good luck with preschool this week.

Kathy, I hope that you got some rest last night, or are right now! I heard on the radio that it is supposed to be around 100 there today. Bless your heart! I can't imagine having heat like that already.

I guess I'd better get to work. Have a good day everyone!

04-18-2006, 10:29 AM
Good Morning Chicks!

Melissa, heck, I tell everyone my whole day's plans. I like when we share what others might consider TMI. You are going to be one tired girl this weekend. Is the birthday party going to present eating challenges for you? Enjoy the last of your mini-vacation without your boss.

Coco, I really do know how you are feeling. How is your eating doing? Are you eating past satisfied like me? Let's try to have a great week together.

Angela, I agree that you'll be great friends with Lorena soon. You are so kind that I'm sure she'll see out your company.

Saundra, where are you? I hope you're feeling back to your old self today. It's not fun to feel out of sorts.

Kath, have fun with Roomba today! At least you can get your carpets vacuumed and protect Bindy from the dangerous Roomba. How is Bindy these days anyway? Is his little problem fixed?

Sandra, I sure do need some of your strength. I'm floundering with the quantity of food I'm eating and don't seem (psychologically) inclined to fix it. I'm up at least 2 pounds this morning. I need to get a grip and maybe even try to exercise a bit. Maybe it's time to try to walk to a Gilmore Girls episode tonight. Maybe it will even help my stress level.

Jim is going for a haircut, then we have lunch and the dentist and a bunch of errands to get taken care of before tomorrow. I'm feeling a bit sick to my stomach with the idea of what Jim has to go through tomorrow. I'm also upset because I just found out that my best GF's health is failing and she might be progressing to acute leukemia. I called her last night because she had more tests. She sent me an email today. She didn't want to call me last night because she didn't want to send negative vibes Jim's way before his surgery. She's a wonderful, kind woman, much like all of you. She got me through my grief when my first fiance died and she and her husband stood up for Jim and my wedding. I've been her friend since November of 1979. If her brother's aren't matches for her then I'm going to need to such it up and go see if I'm a match because she is likely to need a bone marrow transplant. I'm off now that I've thoroughly depressed all all of you. Sorry.

I probably won't be back until much later.

04-18-2006, 10:34 AM
Vickie, you haven't depressed anyone here. It's good to share the troubles and the good things as well! Last night in class we talked about how sometimes grace takes the form of things that appear negative. We always talk about being blessed or receiving grace when good things happen, but sometimes grace is in the things that seem like curses at first. I don't know if that makes any sense, but it is reassuring to me.
Yes I'm sure the bday will present eating problems but not too much. We're just going out to eat (cracker barrel) and there probably won't even be any cake. So as long as I can control myself at dinner I should be okay. :)
I hope that you two can enjoy your day. I think exercising would be great for your stress level as well.

04-18-2006, 11:03 AM
Good morning! I stayed up until 5:30 then got on the couch and slept until around 7:30 when Judd came and got me to go back to bed. He left for work a little while ago and I went to take a bath because I couldn't stand myself anymore.

This morning's scale was back at 147 but that's okay. I ate quite a few jellybeans last night and drank no water yesterday. Today will be better although after the bath I'm sorta tired and can't get back up for a while. I'll just drink my water for now.

Vickie, I'll be putting your friend on my prayer list. That must be scary for everyone involved. I also hope that a donor is found for her if it is needed. And you just settle down about tomorrow! Jim will be fine and you will be fine too! You tell that tummy of yours to just deal with it! :lol:

Melissa, enjoy your last day of freedome. I agree with the mini-sermon -- I have found a lot of positives in some of the worst situations, including this injury. One of the best things (to me, anyway) is that I have had no beer since it happened. While that might sound odd to you normal people, it's something that I have struggled with for a long time. It's not like an addiction as much as it was a bad habit. I think stopping at the store after work was as much of the habit as drinking it was. After I stopped going to work, the habit was broken. It also came during Lent, when Judd wasn't drinking. Now that Lent is over, he has decided that he's done with it completely and so have I. He has found that he can play golf (and probably much better) without drinking beer, and almost feels sorry for his friend who is now quite annoying. He never noticed before. Anyway, I feel better about the decision and I know I won't have to be faced with the "should I or shouldn't I?" dilemma when we go out somewhere. Plus there's the added benefit of saving money and losing empty calories!

I would LOVE to go to Cracker Barrel with you tomorrow night! Thanks for asking! :lol: Everytime Sandra mentions it, it makes me want to go. I think she gets grilled catfish and green beans, and that just sounds so good! I always forget about CB when we're looking for somewhere to go. MIL loves it too, so maybe I should call her up and suggest we go! I enjoyed the time we spent with them last Friday night and also Sunday afternoon and wonder why we don't get together more often, but I think they get on Judd's nerves sometimes. Oh well!

Nothing on my dance card for the day except for the Roomba and carpet cleaning plan. That depends on Shaun though because I'll need a little help. Oh and Bindy is the pretty Border Collie -- she's actually everybody's favorite dog because she's smart and playful. Zuki's problem still pops up (pun intended) from time to time but the doctor is disinclined to do more surgery so we just put "it" back in for him.

Happy day to all!

04-18-2006, 11:46 AM
:rofl: I'm sorry, it's not funny, but the mental image of you putting "it back in for him" is too much!
Sure you can come to CB with me! If you start now you might make it in time. :lol: I am going to have to either decide to eat very little tomorrow and then splurge tomorrow night or behave myself tomorrow very favorite thing there is the chicken fried chicken...yummmmm....okay I'm drooling now.
I think that's great about the beer thing, because I know that you have struggled with trying to stay away from it for dieting reasons and if Judd isn't drinking it then you probably won't either. Sounds like a good plan to me!

04-18-2006, 12:44 PM
vickie, you're not upsetting anyone. all this is part of life. we are always here for each other even if all we can do is lend an ear. i don't really know what to say about the eating, though. you know i'm a queen flounderer. right now things are working for me. the only explanation i have is that weightloss is a priority at the moment. i can do that because we don't have much other stress to deal with and archery is in the background. i don't know how long i will be able to maintain this "priority" but i hope long enough to get in a weightloss groove. i completely understand why you're having difficulty at this time. with so much stress going on in your lives, you need a place to retreat. you're like me. food is a haven sometimes. i don't know why we do it. that's just what happens. the plus side of this is you know what's going on and will be able to get back into that groove when the time's right for you. till then hang on and try to maintain. (did i say the right things here?)

melissa, i haven't been to cracker barrel since before surgery. are you "into" grilled catfish? i've had that with turnip greens and pinto beans. they bring me sliced onion and chow chow to go with it. (and, of course, there's ketchup) sounds like core to me. and on flex it's just 4 pts for the catfish, 3 for the beans, and 0 for the greens. (you prob already know all this)

kathy, i do get green beans a lot at cb. they are core and also 0 pts on flex. thank you for sharing with us that you and judd have decided to stop drinking. my first husband drank a lot. when you told about the golf cart accident, i was reminded of my ex and a motorcycle incident. i know you already know this but i'm going to say it anyway. it's hard to be the only sober one in a group of folks who are not sober, and i don't mean difficulties caused by peer pressure. i wish you both success and happiness. you and melissa are right. sometimes good comes from bad. what is it nitsche (sp?) said, "what doesn't kill us makes us stronger?" (something like that anyway)

we are heading to the archery center to fling some arrows. i have on a new top and my jeans. i still weigh in the 190's but feel like i'm near goal. make sense? just being op for a few days fools my feeble old mind somehow.

have a great day, all.

04-18-2006, 02:25 PM
Hi there,

Back at work after a nice 4 day rest- I was certainly taking too much advantage of it - with the very late nights and mid afternoon naps - what was I thinking? Tried to get to bed around 11 last night - I think it was after 12 when I finally turned the light off - and alarm was set for 6:45 am - had a course this morning so it was an early departure.

Dh had to drive me cuz his car is still in the garage - while taking off his winter tires - he asked them to look at the brakes as they were acting up. Of course there are now repairs to be made (to the tune of $350) so it won't be ready til today (so he has the van today). And then he kinda asks me if I noticed that one of my HUBCAPS WAS MISSING! Ya right - seems whoever put it back on after switching my tires did not do such a good job! Anyhow dh spoke with them and they are replacing the hub cap for me - for some reason this really stressed me out this morning (along with the missing masking tape that 'no one' has taken or seen!).

Went to the mall yesterday and got myself a small pair of magnifying specs (now I sure look like a granny) to keep in my purse for all that small print I can no longer read and other miscellaneous items. Then a lot of 'chauffeuring' around with the kids (which is probably when the loose hubcap took off!). Dd had final dance rehearsal before the competition - and all the girls got these cute little blue tank tops with the school logo printed on them (and a small 'state farm' logo on bottom as they were 'donated' by one of the girls' dad's who works there!). Otherwise we are preparing to pack for our big trip tonight and tomorrow.

The other news is dh and I finally settled in to do our income tax last night. This is always quite a production (mostly for dh) who is not a good filer or record keeper. Takes him longer to 'organize' and gather up his paperwork than to actually to the taxes (we use a computer program). I did mine first - but still need to finalize based on some of dh's info. He has the worse job due to 'owning' our trading account. It was great fun (NOT) trying to list all we sold (capital gains/losses) and going thru dozens of sheets of printouts trying to get all the info requested. I sent him off to Staples today to get some accordion files and binders so he could be better organized in the future. He still needs a bit more work before he can complete his filing (due day is May 1).

Vickie - sending good vibes to you and Jim - I hope all goes well and I know you will take excellent care of your 'patient' once he is home. Hang in there.

Sorry to hear about your gf but we all know you will be there for her and do whatever you need to do to make things better for her!:hug:

Coco - sorry to hear about the gain - I agree it might be muscle weight? In any case hope you can keep up the walking program.

Saundra - how are you doing? Hope you can take advantage of the glorious day we are having today!

Sandra - ...and then we have snow? I suppose this is unseasonal weather for you? I agree tho that your view is gorgeous - have fun at your mountain retreat!

Angela - I can't even imagine all the changes for Lorena - I am sure she will be able to rely on you to help her out as required. A big adjustment for both her and her family.

Kathy - hope Shaun was around to help you out with any chores that needed doing! I can't believe how warm it is where you are? Is your foot still comfortable despite the heat? I'm sure the rolling blackouts are not fun. Stay cool!

Melissa - I agree that we learn alot from the bad stuff as well as the good! Need to keep our hearts and minds open and be aware of this.

I am in jeans today and intend to wear them the next 2 days as I am starting to pack up my office! What a nightmare - these hugs bins everywhere. I don't even know where to begin - and of course I am freaking out cuz I don't want to wreck my nails (ya I know I am so shallow).

And Vickie I am sure you meant nothing derogatory when you said: I did SBD too and found it to be difficult and a trifle froufrou! ...and did not mean to alienate any froufrous that you might know? ha ha ha:D

Frou Frouf:dizzy:

04-18-2006, 02:34 PM
Sandra, you said it so well. When so many other things crowd our lives, weightloss just gets put on the list of priorities. It wasn't untill I had a "clean slate" that I was able to focus on me. Vickie, you have so much on your plate right now. Just hang in there kiddy, and the list will change. I will be thinking of you and Jim and am so sorry to hear about your best friend.

Melissa, it's so nice to be celebrating these special occasions. For a young woman, you come out with some profound things.

Kathy, I enjoy my wine and since serious WW, I am happy with one glass at a time. I know that the half litre allows me to eat whatever I want, and I don't want that. Good for you on giving it up.

Angela, Bernie had a friend who married a girt from Columbia (many years ago). Sounds like your sil is adjusting well, and with a special gal like you, it makes it a lot easier.

Coco, sorry about the gain. Just hang in there. I wish I had your exercise dedication, you're doing great. My foot is still sore, so just walking is an effort.

Speaking of that, they discovered today that my hip isn't aligned properly. It probably isn't related to the injury, but they gave me exercises for it.

Okay, off to do my hair cause Bernie's niece is coming to town and we're doing dinner.

04-18-2006, 03:03 PM
Sandra, your attitude is so encouraging and inspiring. I know what you mean about feeling close to goal. As little as I've lost, when I'm op I feel like a million bucks. I should remember that every day, huh? I will at least have green beans at cracker barrel, they are so good. I don't know if I can deny myself one of those biscuits though! :lol:

Saundra, thank you, that's very kind. You sound like you are getting a little "perkier." Did your kids wear you out this weekend? ;)

Frouf, glad to see you back, we were wondering where you had hidden! :D Sounds like you've had an eventful weekend. Have fun packing and be careful with those nails! ;)

Back to work...

04-18-2006, 04:53 PM
I'm up now -- I have really got to get a grip on my sleeping schedule. I'm like an infant with the days and nights mixed up! And I haven't even taken any pain medicine.

So needless to say, I haven't gotten in there to do any cleaning but I'm sure it'll be waiting on me tomorrow. That's the best (worse?) thing about it.

Frouf, don't wear yourself out too much with this packing and moving. You have a busy week with the move and then the dance competition this weekend. Take your vitamins!

Saundra, I'm glad you're feeling better. What's up with that hip? That's odd!

04-18-2006, 05:09 PM
Of course you would have to mention my vitamins? The ones I did not pack for work this week which I diligently take every morning here w/some of my much needed water! (are you psychic or something?) ha ha ha.

I am feeling pretty lethargic anyways and the cleaning lady is coming tomorrow which means we clean up too - in advance! And that's a chore in of itself as I become Nagwoman of the Year going around harassing everyone to pick up, pick up, pick up! (Then of course cleaning lady calls to cancel and all I get from everyone are these mean glares!).

I want to go to Cracker barrel and eat biscuits too - I am SO TIRED OF MATZAH - the 'honeymoon' is over! Had a nice serving of chicken soup w/matza balls for lunch and my 'stomach' is making these god-awful noises now that I'm sure the strange fellow in the cubicle next to me is wondering what's going on! Passover ends thurs night and no one will be happier than me (kids always want to eat bagels and order in pizza altho I heard the word "Subway" being mentioned the other night for breaking passover).

Did not get much packing done today - okay at least I got two bins next to my cubicle and they are open? Does that count? (I did clean up and throw away alot of useless stuff so that will help in the end I hope).

Saundra - have a nice dinner out - watch out for the unaligned hip? (I think you should blame Bernie for that little problem? :0). Where are you going for dinner?

Kathy - I say sleep and rest whenever the mood hits - that is why you are home recuperating!! Enjoy it while you can.

So dh and little ds should be on there way to pick me up now! Then to pick up dh's car - he is going out to a meeting tonight so we are on our own (for cleaning up of course). Nothing planned for dinner at this point - I am thinking to pick up swiss chalet (rotisserie chicken) w/salad - nothing unpassover like except for the little white buns which we can pass on!

I think I shall wait to haul up suitcases from basement and start packing until tomorrow after cleaning lady is done! Less clutter for her!


Frou Frou

04-18-2006, 06:52 PM
Hola everyone! I survived teaching preschool this morning, although it was not easy this time. The kids were SO hyper...must be all that easter candy. :D

This afternoon, my mom and I took Lorena to the library, and she seems to be in a pretty good mood. At least the weather is's been sunny and warmish lately.

I'm making egg salad sandwiches for supper tonight. I didn't feel like making anything more substantial. AND, I'm about ready to throw away the jelly beans around here. I'm the only one eating them, and I don't need to be. :p

I like all this "getting back on the wagon" talk. I need to take it seriously.


04-18-2006, 08:00 PM
Hey Chicks! Jim's procedure is scheduled for 1:00 tomorrow. We are to arrive at 11:30. That's a long time from midnight with no nothing. I'm advising him to have a bowl of cereal and a banana before bed and really hydrate with some water.

We went to the Dentist and got a night guard for his bottom teeth measured and went to several stores to get him soft stuff to eat. None of it is Core, so we will each be envying each other's meals. I got him Lipton's noodles and sauce and mac and cheese. We also got some chicken noodle soups and chicken wedding soup. I'm exhausated and am going to go sit on the couch with him tonight. We still need to do some packing for tomorrow. I need to make phone calls to get my pooch taken care of.

There's a good chance that I won't be back on until Thursday morning. I hope you are all well.

04-18-2006, 10:10 PM
Vickie, you just do what you need to do to get Jim taken care of. We'll be here Thursday morning waiting for your report.

Poor Kellie didn't do well tonight, did she? I felt bad for her and I'm afraid tonight could be it for her. Katherine and Chris were my favorites.

Judd had to go to Home Depot for some sprinkler heads. He always messes up a few in the beginning of the mowing season ... and he mowed tonight so I guess that's what happened. He was near Panda Express so he got some to bring home. I had four little pieces of chicken and some rice.

Tomorrow I'll be getting back on some sort of plan, because I have to sleep tonight, get up in the morning, and start trying to get on a better schedule.

04-18-2006, 10:16 PM
Vickie, we'll be thinking about you and Jim tomorrow and wish you the very best.:hug:

The kids put an offer on the house they saw on Sunday and it was accepted. (inspection next week). They close on Aughust 1st. It's less than ten minutes from here. Life is very very good.:)

04-18-2006, 10:33 PM
Evening chicks,
We had a great easter present this weekend,,dh found a job. Its not the greatest paying job but we will manage. He will look for something else while hes working as well..the really good news is we dont have to move. He can commute on his days off.
Vickie,,you prob wont see this but I will be thinking of you guys tomorrow......
I have some work to do here but I will check in tomorrow to say hi!
have a good night everyone

04-18-2006, 11:01 PM
Patti, I am so happy for you and your dh. Congratulations, it's a start, and so glad that you don't have to move.:)

04-18-2006, 11:03 PM
Vickie - sending many good wishes and vibes your way - we will await your report as soon as you are able! Take good care of Honey Lamb!

Saundra - you must be THRILLED TO PIECES to have your kids so close by - congrats to them on the new home purchase - hope the inspection goes well.

Patti - what WONDERFUL news for you and dh - I am so glad he found something and you don't have to move! Hang in there!

Sandra - glad you made it thru the snow and I guess you might want to wait about before getting your snow tires removed? :) There is nothing as delish as fresh cold sweet melon - I would have overindulged as well!

Well the new hubcap is on and dh's brakes are fixed (says it's a big difference and now he can stop on a dime!). I did a bit of shopping on the way home - the weather was so beautiful. Stopped at the sewing place to get dd even MORE safety pins to add to the dance competition goodie bag. Stopped at my favorite home accessory store but alas no more bunny stuff around? (was there a big run on bunny stuff she asks?). I have a really cute pair of quilted bunny oven mits (kind of off white with different pastel colored squares and white bunnies outlined on them) and let's just say they have seen better days. As it is 'bunny season' I often look for some bunny accessories for my kitchen (have a few cute rose pink bunny tea towels from last year). But so far no more BUNNY OVEN MITTS! I am not impressed (have one more store to visit).

Then off to Farmboy to pick up FOOD for dinner: steaks, baked potatoes, salad fixings, salad dressing, more eggs and some fruit (honeydew, apples, bananas and fresh pineapple). Suffice it to say I ate way too much - but it was so yummy! Broiled steak, baked potatoes w/butter and lf sour cream, tossed greens w/garlic dressing - then of course had to have a large passover brownie for dessert - add one can of diet pepsi and I'm sure you get the picture - can we say BLOATED?

I still have some work to do in kitchen (like reloading dishwasher and making lunches for tomorrow). I did already take the garbage out (dh is thrilled) and guess what? cleaning lady just called to say she is coming on Friday instead of tomorrow - so much for all of our picking up (and we will just have to do it again right?)

I guess I missed Idol? I started watching? Then had to take ds upstairs for his shower and the rest is history - oh well.

I should go finish my kitchen work and 'retire' to bed!

nitey nite


04-18-2006, 11:03 PM
hi there, chickies. it's been a good day here. i drove to and from the grocery store in sideways snowfall. i don't have a clue if this is typical for this time of year or not. i've lived here since 97 but have been down south most springs. i do know i've seen it snow here in june, but i've also seen it 100* in june. so who knows what to expect? guess this is typical most places--not knowing what to expect, that is.

frouf, we'll be having our winter tires removed soon, too. i think may but am not sure. don't overdo with the packing but enjoy wearing jeans. i always looked forward to fridays when i was teaching cuz we could wear jeans. (if we wore school colored shirts.

melissa, enjoy those beans. a few years ago there was a website that listed pts for cb. it's not there any more but i still have a printout of some of the menu items. cb biscuits are 5 pts each. they are delicious, aren't they?

today i had 9 chocolate covered almonds (4 pts). other than that i had watermelon and cantaloupe as my other snack. these were the best melons i've had in a long long time. curtis got a big plateful, too. we felt spoiled.

kathy, i took a little snooze in the recliner today. i call my snoozes power naps. they only last a few seconds to a few minutes.

angela, hop on that wagon, girl. it ran over me with a loud bump bump before i jumped on.

saundra, i am smiling ear to ear knowing your family is moving so close to you. life is god.

vickie, you and jim are in my prayers.

patti, what a wonderful easter present!!!! that's fantastic news. i am very happy for you and dh.

04-18-2006, 11:09 PM
Patti, congratulations to your DH! I'm so happy that he found something this quickly, and will still be able to keep looking for something else if that's what he wants.

Frouf, your dinner sounds great! I'm ready to get back in the kitchen to do some cooking!

04-18-2006, 11:16 PM
frouf, your dinner sounds delicious. yummmmmmmmm

kathy, taylor was my favorite tonight. i did feel sorry for kelly. i was proud of her taking responsibility. did you catch the part of paula talking about kelly and movies? hmmmmmm

04-18-2006, 11:28 PM
Yes, I think she would be very cute on a sitcom or romantic comedy movie, and probably could get a modeling contract or something with Revlon? I think she's just so gorgeous. I haven't had a chance to ask Judd what he thought about the show; he watched it in the family room on DVR. He likes to wait about 20 minutes into a show, then can fast forward thru the commercials and just see the show part. Taylor is his favorite so I'm sure he liked him tonight. Did I tell you I bought him a Taylor CD from ebay? He likes it too.

04-19-2006, 09:55 AM
Good Morning Chicks! I thought I'd stop by for a minute to say good morning while I xerox Jim's Power of Attorney and Advance Directive that we have to bring with us the hospital. I still have a bit of packing to do.

I woke up at 4:45 and couldn't fall back to sleep until after 5:30. I started to fret about my nursing duties. I'm worried about what to do if the bleeding won't stop and about how I will get enough nutrition into him since he's diabetic. I'll be asking alot of questions at the hospital today since that will make me feel better. I think I'm going to buy some Ensure or Glucerna liquid on the way to the hospital today since they are liquid and I think both have nutrition in them. This would work until he can chew a bit better.

Love and light to you all. Thank you SO much for all the prayers. I opted to not have anyone come and sit with me because I want to be with Jim as much as they'll let me and not have to worry that I'm neglecting someone outside. We should be there about 5-6 hours but the actual procedure should only take about an hour and a half.

04-19-2006, 10:13 AM
My prayers are with you and Jim, Vickie. I'm sure you'll do a great job of nursing him. Sounds like you have been planning very well.

Patti, I'm so happy your dh found a job! Yay! And I bet you're relieved that you don't have to move.

Kathy, getting back to a "regular" schedule sounds good... when do you go back to the doctor?

I'm gearing up to go back on Core completely. My weight has crept up, but not gone down again like it did in the past. It's only 2 pounds above "normal," but it's been steadily there for a few weeks. :p Time to take care of it.

I'm going grocery shopping today, so I'll make sure to get a lot of good Core foods.


04-19-2006, 10:59 AM
Morning all!

Vickie, our prayers are with you! You're going to do great, I just know it. Ask everything you can think of and then relax. I know that all will go well.

Angela, your dedication is inspiring. Thanks for hanging in there!

Kathy, I hope that your "schedule" in on time and going well today.

I've got to get to work, just wanted to check in and say hi. I will probably be back this afternoon.

04-19-2006, 11:20 AM
Good luck Vickie - hope all goes well!

Kathy - are you up yet? Or still snoozing?

I am at work in my jeans and really REALLY stressing out about moving - I didn't realize what a control and organization freak I really was. It is times like these that make me wonder how I ever get anything done! I hate this 'in limbo' feeling and I only want to be unpacked, settled in and organized. I do a lot of thinking about being organized and what should go where and I am actually thinking about my theme/decorations for my new office.

I noticed my corner computer area/desk is huge! I believe I am getting a flat screen monitor so there will be this HUGE space behind the monitor in front of the wall? Not sure what to put there. I know any 'small' stuff will be hidden by the monitor so I am looking at some major (fake) greenery? Was at the home accessory store yesterday looking at the lovely silk bushes and flowers and vases and such - saw a few possibilities but nothing really called out to me? And of course I don't want to spend a forturne - Would like something pretty and green, maybe some floral accents - to place high enuf that I would see it over the monitor - I think it would add a nice touch to the office?

Already took down all my bunny pics and personal pics from current cubicle and it looks very bare (and very dusty too)!). I will start carrying stuff by hand later today (new office is in the next tower - just a walk thru the little food court/shopping area downstairs).

I HATE MOVING SO MUCH - can you tell how stressed I am? This is ridiculous? And I am losing sleep too? This combined with the dance competition prep will just put me over the edge? Actually I am hoping once I leave for Toronto my mind will be so busy with the dance details that I will finally stop worrying about my office and the move. I expect I will come in next Tuesday and neither my phone or computer will be connected and there will be those big ugly bins everywhere and the unpacking job will begin UGH (I am not looking forward to that).

So that was this morning's moving vent - probably more to follow! (sorry).


04-19-2006, 11:41 AM
Morning chickies
thank you everyone so much,,,,,we sure feel *100* pounds lighter around here..
Coco, I feel so bad for you,,,,,,,,areyou writing down what you eat each day?? you are doing so well with your walking,,,,,give your scale a big old kick and get it going in the right direction
As you can see from my chickie I didnt make my 15 pound mark this week,,,,I was down 1 more,,,Ill take it.
Saundra that is soooo nice your kids will be near you again..enjoy!!
Well Frouf, you may not have found any bunnies but on monday I saw lots of bunnies,,,dh and I were sitting at our favourite coffee place (outside) when a dh saw a real bunny hopping around peoples cars across the street.too cute. Then we went for his interview, out of town, and this town has a pet store. I had to check for some fish for our pond and when I first walked in there was a big cage full of was open and some kids were allowed to pet was so cute. It was like *Froufy* day! I only left with fish though,,,i left the bunnies there. A cute thing happened though at the store...The owner told me she raised the fish I bought since they were tiny...they are about 4-5 inchs long now,,,,and when she put them into a bag,,,she said goodbye to them...haha it was funny! That tells me shes a good pet store owner!
Sandra I love Taylor Hicks hes my favourite along with Chris...I would be happy if either won!
Vickie,,,sending you big hugs for today....
Kathy, Im glad your able to get around a little more these days...
Angela, I work with kids too,,we should exchange ideas?? Im starting preschool next week for 8 weeks.....they are such busy little guys.

Ok today is my last wed off till summer so Im going to go for a light lunch today and then head outside...our pond is in,,,but we need pond plants. I have to wait untill we get to the city for them. The new fish are settled in. When its looking good maybe I can figure out how to post a pic here..ive done it on other sites but have a hard time here for some reason.
have a good day everyone........drink your water!!

04-19-2006, 12:17 PM
Would LOVE to see the pond once it's done! I'm sure the new 'adopted' fish will be very happy in their new home!

I love going to the pet store to see the bunnies - was there on the weekend and they were cleaning out the cages so we got a good view of all the bunnies munching on their fresh timothy hay! I esp like the butterscotch (fluffy) one with the lop ears! And of course I had a nice view of one of our local neighborhood bunnies last night when I went out to hunt down little ds on his bike at the park. So cute cuz when it saw me it just froze on someone's lawn - like I can't see it or something cuz it's not moving!

Enjoy your wed off and congrats on 1 more pound gone forever!


P.S. I just noticed this is post 2,212 - so do i get a prize now? or do I have to wait til I hit 2222???

04-19-2006, 02:40 PM
Good absolutely glorious afternoon. I really should be outside, because it is so beautiful out there.

Vickie, thinking of you and Jim. The liquid meals are a good idea.

Angela, it's a life long commitment, isn't it? I just took three more pairs of pants to be altered. I'm paying $18.00 each, but it's worth it. Two are Eddy Bauers, and one Liz Claiborne. Then, I'll be finished. I'm not planning on changing sizes again, so it's core forever!:carrot:

Frouf, I can imagine how tedious the office move must be. I like the idea of a fake flowering plant. I know I saw that someone had silk plants on sale. I got some really nice ones at Homefitters last year. We ate at Trattoria Vittoria on Riverside, and it was good. We're going out again tonight, maybe Mr. B's on Bank. I should be a restaurant reviewer.:) :)

Patti, we don't have room for a pond, but I think they are beautiful. Looking forward to the pics. Two out of the five perennials that I planted last fall are showing signs of life. I'm told that some take longer than others, so I'll wait and see.

Kathy, how are your sleeping habits going? Are you still on meds? That can sure throw you for a loop.

Sandra, is it warming up? I am absolutely loving our 70's sunny days. (as long as they last).

Okay, out to Walmart for a crock pot......

04-19-2006, 03:10 PM
Well, good morning! Yep, I did it again.

I laid here all night with every thought racing thru my mind and could not sleep at all! Finally around 3-4 I fell asleep, then woke up when Judd left but went back to sleep. My coworker called around 10 and I woke up and talked to her, then fell right back to sleep and woke up at 12:30. This has GOT to stop! I did take some pills before going to sleep last night but they must have taken a few hours to work.

I'm not sure what I'll be doing today but at this point, it won't be much. I need some water and hear someone moving around upstairs, so I'll yell at them in a few minutes to bring me some.

Saundra, I know what you mean about having those pants altered! I've had some altered, and bought some new ones but as I do, I give away my bigger ones. If I gain weight now, I won't have anything to wear. It's hard to maintain. Angela, I'm sure when you get in the middle of that garden and start working out there every day, plus eating all those fresh vegetables, those extra pounds will be history. I think I'll see if Judd would like to go to the Farmer's Market this weekend.

I'm supposed to go back to the doctor on May 3 but would like to push it up to Apr. 28 if possible, so that maybe he could release me to return on May 1. I don't know though.

Okay, I'm tired. I'll be back in a little bit. Vickie, I hope Jim is doing okay. I guess by now he's already having the procedure done.

04-19-2006, 04:07 PM
hi there. been wrestling with puter problems and just gave in and restored it to "as was" april 1. now all is better. for some reason it had popped into vision impaired mode.

vickie, i am thinking of you and jim.

angela, you'll get those 2 off soon, especially when you start gardening again.

patti, i didn't realize taylor had cd's on sale. i'll have to go peek.

frouf, i'd give you a prize if i could.

saundra, it's 60ish here today. beautiful!!

kathy, i can tell you're getting antsy. i hope you can go back to work soon.

04-19-2006, 04:12 PM
Sandra (Lucy), I bought the Taylor CD. I got it from ebay and it's called Under the Radar.

04-19-2006, 04:24 PM
thanks, kathy.

04-19-2006, 04:25 PM
Well I see "Sleeping beauty" is up now and has joined us for a bit? Hope you got your water and some food? I would also get cranky if my sleep times were so messed up - but honestly that is why you are home - rest when you can and when you feel like it!

Saundra - it is so gorgeous out there that I can barely stand being in my (now very ugly and bare) office. I actually threw some binders and files into a bin and got some applause from the gang as I am 'making progress' and actually packing.

I love Trattoria Vittoria - esp the one on Riverside - I go there every few months with one of my gfs for a girls night out - we have a blast and the food is very good (as are the drinks!) Never been to Mr B's but I hear it is good!

Did I mention how sick I was of Passover right about now? Ends tomorrow night but not soon enuf for me!

Sandra - sounds like your weather is warming up a bit too? Is the snow all gone now?

I think I shall now try and move my coffeemaker and gear to the next building - need to 'stake' a claim on the tiny counter in our other (much smaller) kitchen before it's too late! In our current location we have a very nice kitchen w/2 microwaves and 2 fridges (and water cooler, toaster oven, etc). In the new spot we have a strangely shaped smaller kitchen - with very little counter space and ONLY ONE FRIDGE! (no room for another if we could even get one).

I can only imagine how crowded it will be in there - as the 2 we already have here are pretty full most of the time. I also think we are supposed to take one of the microwaves with us - but again it will need to go on the counter (cutting down on even more valuable space) - of course in this kitchen we do have a microwave shelf - go figure!

(Guess that was my afternoon 'moving rant"?)

Now I can look forward to going home to do laundry and pack and remain calm and unstressed while dealing with dd! YIPPEE


04-19-2006, 04:37 PM
frouf, there's no snow in the valley but it's still all around higher. we're not due any more precip till sat/sun. curtis will probably have to shoot in that tournament in the snow. it's at a much higher elevation than here. i'll be toasty warm in the registration area. (i doubt he'll shoot for long and will be joining me.)

kathy, just ordered the cd's.

04-19-2006, 05:03 PM
Your "old" lady friend is losing it! I remember taking my Rx glasses out of the case to read something, and then puting them back, but not in the case. However, I can't remember where I was at the time and where I put them. I've checked all of my pockets, and now am down right mad. They are $400.00 glasses and mighty attractive (if I do say so). I'm sure they'll turn up one day, good thing that I have backups.

I went to Walmart and bought my Rival slow cooker. It was "rolled back" to $40.00. My gf made an amazing pot roast last week and I'm going to try it. I've seen so many good core recipes using the crock pot that I figure it's time to have one.

Kathy, I can understand that you want to go back. Do you find it any easier to sit upright, or is it easier to be lying down? I know how bad my foot still is and can't fathom how painful your's must be. Don't rush back until you're ready.

Frouf, do you think that I can claim Worker's Comp for my hip? LOL Bernie would be thrilled if I told him what you said. (you're probably right) I sure hope that you got out today. Of course, they are predicting rain for the weekend, but you'll be in TO and probably inside. Are you staying at gf's?

Sandra, glad it's getting warmer there. Is it common to shoot outside when it's cold? You've got to send more pictures of your area, because it is oh so pretty.

Vickie, looking forward to hearing how Jim and you are doing, thinking of you both.

Melissa, you must be having a busy day.

I'm going to call ds back again soon and bug him. I want to make sure that the vendor faxed the signed offer back to them. (he was going to his lawyer with it today).

04-19-2006, 05:05 PM
Great, Sandra! I hope you like it. Judd likes his a lot.

We're supposed to start getting some rain tonight and the forecast is that it'll keep raining for a few days. I sure do hope so! Things are cooler now after setting a record for the hottest April. It was 101 on Monday.

No food yet but I did get a glass of water. I need to figure out what I want, make a list of things and stick to it.

Saundra, I can sit up for a little while, but as far as I'm supposed to prop my foot, it starts straining the backside of my leg after a while. Plus my hip is still painful where I fell on it, the shin bone is still painful where it was also run over, the ligaments still hurt from where they tore (the sprain), the ankle bone hurts, I guess just from the screw and hopefully where it's healing, the heel bone hurts from dislocating and being put back, and the nerves are still dead. That's quite a list of complaints, so I guess I'm not surprised that it hurts like it does. The best thing so far has been to stay in bed with my foot propped on a pillow. That way it's higher than my heart and the blood doesn't pool in it.

04-19-2006, 06:00 PM
Have fun with the crockpot Saundra - check out some more recipes here: and here: ...and of course a ton of recipes here - but you'll have to sift thru them to find the crockpot ones!

Go look in the mirror and make sure you did not stick your glasses on top of your head (my dh does this sometimes and can't 'find' them! ha ha ha).

I have now relocated my coffee maker and with the help of 2 work colleagues (already moved to new location) I have been able to rearrange my office - I have a small round table now on wheels - for meeting in my office and while it is a bit crowded it is start to look a bit more personalized and homey!

Time to head home soon!


04-19-2006, 06:29 PM
Thanks Frouf, those are great. Thank goodness that I've retired, cause I've got lots of reading to do.:)

The offer has been signed, so next thing is the inspection, and considering that it's less than two years old, I would imagine that it will go okay. I drove there again today, and it's about five minutes from here. YES

04-19-2006, 07:10 PM
saundra, join the club. i have 300 orthodic molds that i can't find. i put them in a safe place--very safe. we don't normally shoot in bad weather. we're too dainty. if it's snowing sunday, he won't venture far.

04-19-2006, 07:57 PM
Hi Everyone!!! Hope everyone is doing great! I hope yall haven't forgotten me. I didn't forget yall, but unfortunately, I forgot how to eat right for a long while now. I think I have gained everything and more back. I am trying really hard to pull myself back out of the pity I am wallowing in. I haven't started back on core yet, but I am trying to get remotivated and I thought about yall. I sure hope yall don't mind me coming back to suck up some support from yall after I abandoned yall in my shame.


04-19-2006, 08:23 PM
Rita! Welcome back!! We were worried about you! Did you get moved okay? And how about your son and husband? Are they struggling too?

:hug: Don't worry about it! You've certainly come to the right place for some support -- we will help as much as we possibly can!!

04-19-2006, 09:14 PM
i meant $300 orthodic molds not 300 molds. (i'm getting bad here, aren't i?)

welcome back, rita. i've been rolling around with you. we'll get this weight off eventually.

04-19-2006, 09:45 PM
Sandra, that's okay. I don't know what either one means, so I didn't notice the difference.

I'm looking for another digital camera. Any suggestions? Judd has a very expensive Kodak camera that he uses for his websites. I don't like to use it because it's a company (contractor) asset and would hate for anything to happen to it. My other one was a HP and I liked it a lot, but I got sand in it on the beach and it was ruined. I need another because I've been thinking about getting back into ebay selling. I have a few hundred (seriously) pieces of fabric and I can scan them, but some of the larger pieces need photos instead. I'll never print pictures so don't need that capability, just something to take regular pictures and save them to my hard drive, then upload into listings. In addition to the fabric, I'll have all of Kate's clothes she doesn't want, all my Coca-Cola collectibles that I removed from the guest room when I changed decor, and a lot of kitchen things.

Shaun is a little mad at me but I'm unconcerned. A friend called and was coming to pick him up to go watch the basketball game somewhere. All I said was "stay out of trouble" and he said yeah, yeah, yeah. A few minutes later he came back and said he was calling the friend to tell them nevermind because he didn't want me to worry about him. Fair enough. I didn't say anything. Then he came back and said he talked to the friend and they were all mad at him. I asked why, and he said because he couldn't go hang out with them and had to ask permission anytime he left. I still didn't say anything and as he was walking away, he mumbled something like "I told them it wasn't my fault I couldn't come." I STILL didn't say anything (just letting him talk to himself) and a few minutes later he came back again and asked if I wanted anything to eat. I said no thanks. He fed the dogs for me, and now I hear him in there making himself something to eat. I can just tell he's a little miffed but oh well.

Judd called a sprinkler company to come and look at a problem we were having, and they showed up this afternoon. I had to get up and get dressed, get in the wheelchair and go outside. First though, I walked outside just with my boot on (well, and clothes too) without the crutches. I knew I wasn't supposed to, and was putting weight on my foot. It hurt a little at the time but now it hurts a LOT. I can't tell Judd I did it because he will hit the roof, and hope Shaun doesn't tell either. If he finds out, I will never hear the end of it. Anyway, maybe tomorrow it'll be better.

I've decided instead of laying here in bed all day playing computer games, I'll crochet. If I had been doing it all along, I could have made tons of winter scarves. I could make potholders too, but can't sit at the sewing machine so quilting is out. I don't have any tops pieced that I could work on but I wouldn't handquilt it anyway because my eyes aren't that great anymore. If they were, I would cross-stitch.

I find that I write a lot when I'm worried, or bored, or have just taken pain medicine and it starts kicking in. Right now I'm all three so consider yourselves lucky that I have run out of things to talk about! :lol:

04-19-2006, 11:08 PM
Hey Chicks! We got home about 7:30 and we are exhausted. His procedure was at least an hour late which I think stinks with no food and water. He has not stopped drinking water since he got home!

Jim did not have to stay overnight since there wasn't alot of swelling or bleeding. The Doctor thinks he got it all and that it was in the early stages. We have heavy duty drugs and he's on liquids for 24 hours. I'm not sure what to put on his stomach that will help him tolerate the Tylenol with codeine. He's going to eat pudding. I guess I better go make that pudding! I'm going to fall asleep the minute my head hits that pillow. Some Nurse I am.

I'll write more tomorrow. I didn't read posts. Too tired and there is work to be done before I got to bed. Thanks so much for all your support. Oh eating stank today.

04-19-2006, 11:21 PM
It's allowed. :hug: I'm glad you're home and everything is fine.

I had only liquids for the six weeks my jaw was wired up and ate a lot of pudding before it set, jello before it set, soups, broths, melted shakes and even baby food. Hopefully he'll feel like eating soft foods in a day or two because that would give him more variety, like mashed potatoes, scrambled or poached eggs, soft cooked potatoes or carrots, etc.

04-19-2006, 11:55 PM
Hey! We just got home and I am tuckered, but just wanted to say hi.

Vickie, so glad to hear that things went well. :hug:

Rita, we're so glad to see you back!

Good night all, I'll be back tomorrow.

04-20-2006, 01:05 AM
vickie, i'm so glad the surgery is over and you and jim are home. you're a good nurse. i'd like to add--how about soups? tomato, etc...

04-20-2006, 04:15 AM
It's 3:00 am and I'm just here cause I couldn't sleep.

Vickie, I'm so glad it's over and that things are good. Jim's so lucky to have a dedicated "care giver" like you. Keep up the great job.:hug:

Better go back to bed....

04-20-2006, 09:42 AM
Morning, hope everyone has a good day. You have to excuse me, life is so crazy right now! Of course everyone's is. I hope that you are all doing great though. Have wonderful days! :sunny:

04-20-2006, 09:56 AM
Good Morning Chicks! Here I am and so far behind with all of you. I haven't read the posts yet but I did check to see how many there were.

My, my, my.....when it rains it pours. My Niece, who is also my very good friend, is in the hospital with preeclampsia. She is pregnant with her first baby who is due on May 18th. Well, the baby will be born today because evidently with preeclampsia both the Mother and baby are at risk. I knew nothing about it so I read about it on the internet (sorry I did) and everything sounds so dire. She meets so many of the risk factors (she'll be 39 next week) that it makes me ill to think of it. This is such a miracle baby for us. She went through all kinds of treatments to conceive and then finally adopted (my Great Niece and Nephew that Jim and I are always spending time with) and then got pregnant last August. So I'm waiting to hear from my Sister the details and the plan for today. Great Niece's birthday is April 21st, my Niece's is the 25th and now new baby (that's what we are calling her) will be born April 20th. We could use some prayers on this one!

I'm still waiting to hear from my best GF. Yesterday she was to learn the results of her most recent bone marrow test to find out if she has full blown leukemia.

On a more positive note, Jim had a really rough night but seems to be feeling a little better this morning. He really is a terrific patient. He doesn't whine at all. He is a bit crabby because he can't talk and his throat is just killing him. The tongue is swollen but not too sore. It seems as though his worst syptoms are coming from the darned anesthesia breathing tube. I just drove about a half hour round trip to go get him a slurpee since the doctor said it would help alleviate the swelling in this throat and on his tongue. Even his lips are all swollen and bruised from the clamps. Poor Honey Lamb! The great news is that the Doctor believes he got all of the cancer and he does NOT believe that what was left after the biposy was full blown stage 4 cancer. Isn't that great news!

My eating was horrible yesterday. I didn't get to eat until 2:00 and I had a raging headache. I went down to the cafeteria after they took Jim in and I ate a turkey sandwhich with a slice of american cheese and FF miracle whip. That wasn't so bad but then I bought and ate most of a cherry slice before I could stop myself. My Mom loved them and it was truly a stress, emotional, comfort food reaction. I was in the cafeteria alone, I was upset, and in the same hospital where both of my parents died. I've always been a stress eater and succumbed yesterday. Today, I'll try to be better.

I'm off to read about all of you now!

04-20-2006, 10:28 AM
It's a beautiful sunny and soon to be warm day here again.

Vickie, your news about Jim sounds so good. I can't wait to hear how the new baby is. My thoughts are with them all. Don't beat yourself up on your eating. Actually, you didn't do bad yesterday. Some would have really gone overboard, and you didn't, so take that as a NSV.

I was concerned that I wasn't getting some emails, so was up before eight with the tech support. Turns out that I had problems which he helped me fix.

I have physio again today. I'll then have $150.00 left from my plan, so at $55.00 a pop, I'll go three more times. I hope that by then things will be improved. I definitely feel more mobility and a little back to normal. However, I now have a pain on the sole of my foot which wasn't there before. Go fig

Spoke to ds today and he's going to doctor about persistant cough. Bernie thinks it may be his bp medication. He's only 38, but a stressed type guy. (probably from running his own business). He has asthma and I always worry about him. To look at him, he's a real hunk and rather gorgeous.;)

Oh Kathy, I have a Sony Cyber-shot which I love. It's small and pretty easy to use. I must admit that there are a lot of things that could do, but don't cause I don't know how. They have simple classes at the Sony store every so often, but so far I've not been available when they were held. They had one on Tuesday when Bernie's niece was in town. I'm waiting for the next one. I must admit that it has opened a new world to me, which is a lot of fun. My gf is suppose to come over one of these days and help me with Adobe.

Okay, better get ready...

04-20-2006, 10:38 AM
Patti, congratulations to you and DH! I am SO happy that he found a job. I can "hear" the relief in your voice. Don't worry about that 15 pound chick. I have a feeling you'll be introducing us to him very soon. I'd LOVE to see your pond and your newly adopted fish friends!

Angela, I'm so proud of you for going back completely on Core to get rid of that very scary 2 pounds. You will always be my role model!

Frouf, I hope the rest of your office move went smoothly. Remember, any change is stressful so I'm not surprised at all that you are feeling unsettled about all of this. Have fun in Toronto! Will you be staying with GF and able to check in with us? How selfish am I!!!!!

Saundra, I altered some of my more expensive clothes when I lost the 45 pounds. I knew that I couldn't replace them for the price of alteration, so why not? The weather was glorius yesterday here too but I couldn't get out to see it. It's going to be rainy today but that's ok since we are planning to stay in and recuperate. Jim and I always joke about becoming restaurant reviewers. Are these new places that you tried or are planning to try Core friendly? I hope you found your glasses. That would REALLY make me crazy! I'm sorry to see that you were up in the middle of the night. I REALLY hate when that happens to me. I hope you got back to sleep and that nothing is bothering you.

Kath, I'm not surprised that your body clock is messed up. Maybe you can get your job switched to 3rd shift? Just kidding. How horrible for you. Is there anything you can do to get back on schedule? Your injuries sound so horrible. I'm sure I'd be complaining a million times more than you are. However, I'm learning that it really doesn't do much good to complain, does it?! I have a Kodak EasyShare DX 6340, that I love. It's very automatic and user friendly. I'm not comfortable with fancy cameras so this one might be too basic for you. I love it and it wasn't that expensive. It's 3.1 megapixels. Hey, what about those scarf/hat creation things you were going to make and market? Could you do those while in bed and sell them on Ebay? Just a thought. I like when you write alot. Keep ignoring Shaun, especially when he is doing the responsible and mature thing!

Rita, OMG :welcome3: back!!!! We missed you so much when you left. We didn't know what happened and were afraid that there was bad news with your move. You know we all have gone off of the wagon completely before and have even gained back all or more of our weight loss. It happens. Just get back on program and hang out here with us. From time to time we all struggle but for the most part are at least maintaining. I'm at 45 pounds down but have lost nothing more since you left. Jim and I have had alternating health issues and I've not really been able to exercise much. I'm floating around the 40-45 pound down mark but proud that I'm hanging on to that until I can get the other 120 pounds off. I'm looking forward to having you here again. You always gave such sweet support.

Ok, Chicks! Gotta go and take care of Jim, my pup, and the laundry. I also have to call and check on my Niece. I'll try to be back later.

04-20-2006, 11:16 AM
Good morning! Look who's up before noon today? :D

We're having rain and it sure is nice, except the power went out last night and I worried for a while. Worried why? Because Judd saw a light in the kitchen and opened the door -- there stands Shaun with a candle. We're like ... uh oh, this might not be good. He's not too responsible with fire. One night a few years ago (before he moved out) we were sound asleep and he banged on our door that he had caught his shirt on fire while cooking. Well, go put the fire out, dufus! Don't come running in here to us! Sheeesh! Anyway, the power was only out for about 30 minutes last night then came back. And no fires to report.

I even made myself a scrambled egg and ate a piece of string cheese just now, then came back to bed with a big glass of ice water. There is a coke in the fridge but I resisted. The scale was 147.4 this morning and I can't figure that out since I haven't eaten much but I'm not going to think about it. It is what it is.

Vickie, that's so scary about your niece and new baby! Please keep us updated! And I'm so glad Jim will be fine -- I hope that by later on today his swelling is gone down a lot and he's able to eat something. I don't know what they do to us while we're "out" but maybe that's best that way. My throat was so sore after my surgery and the roof of my mouth was all cut up from the tube.

I'm going to try and stay up for a while. I've got my crocheting here beside me and am making a lap robe for my aunt's wheelchair. I'll put it up for Christmas. I have a small pile of scarfettes (the button up kind) so don't need to make anymore right now. Maybe that's something I'll put on ebay. Judd is in charge of finding the camera, and a basic one is all I want anyway Vickie, so I'll have him take a look at yours.

Okay, time for pills and then TV. I'll be back later.

04-20-2006, 11:29 AM
Hey sunshine! Glad to see you up early. I think the scarfettes would be good on Ebay. The camera that I told you about is the one I've used to post pictures here of my entertainment center and other things. So you can see the pictures are pretty good. It has settings you can mess with but I'm a moron with cameras so I just use auto. I'm glad you ate. I'm off to do some more laundry and shower. I talked to my Sister and no news on the Niece. It's hard to wait.

04-20-2006, 11:36 AM
Okay Sleeping Beauty - glad you are up and eating - but you are hereby FORBIDDEN and I mean FORBIDDEN to put any weight on that foot! What were you thinking? Here we are all hoping and praying that your bone heals properly (which means staying off the foot) and you go hopping around outside to take care of the sprinklers! :rollpin: :rollpin: :rollpin: (take that!)

Glad that Shaun did not set himself or the place on fire tho!:flame:

Vickie - you did GREAT! I am so glad and relieved that everything went well for Jim - and I can bet he feels sore :stress: - keep those slurpies coming - you might also want to try some yogurt (the kind w/active cultures) esp if he is taking antibiotics on an empty stomach!:p

Sorry to hear about your Niece - but the good news is they found out about the pre-eclampsia and are taking measure to ensure both mother and baby are safe! Hoping for good news about the birth soon.:cp:

I had a heck of a time getting pregnant w/Emily and was on fertility drugs for 2 years - it was a very very horrible period in my life as the pills made me crazy! You can only imagine how nervous I was throughout the whole pregnancy. Right at the end I was diagnosted w/low amniotic fluid - so I was brought in (like 3 days before my due date) for a kind of 'scheduled' caesarian (could not stress baby by going into labor). I am so glad I did not read about that BEFORE I gave birth cuz it was also pretty scary stuff. I was wondering why they had a pediatric specialist standing by to check her over as soon as she was born and pronounced her okay (I couldn't even imagine at that point that she wouldn't be okay - besides being a runt baby!). At least it all ended well and I was so freaked out later when I read all that could have gone wrong!

Rita :welcome: - welcome back - we are THRILLED to see you again. I too have been in a major rut for a while (but they have not disbarred me yet - ha ha ha) and I am definitely struggling - I'm sure you can add some inspiration to all of our efforts!

Saundra - so are the kids in Barrhaven? How lucky to have them so close by. I'm sure both you and they will appreciate it! How was your dinner out?:cofdate:

Kathy - almost forgot - we also have a Sony Cyber shot (600 I think?) and it's quite good (altho dh is usually the designated photographer).:mag: I think crocheting is a great idea - and we will all be looking for your ebay store pretty soon! (Kathy's Kreations - ha ha ha).

So our taxes our done and 'netfiled' - I am expecting a nice chunk of change back and dh just a bit - but it all helps. I also bought some guns and roses tickets for ds this morning (concert in New York city in May) as he is in an exam - he encouraged me to buy some extras that I could sell (This morning was the 'presale' and they were already selling on ebay at $200-300 US per ticket last night!!!). Maybe finance myself a trip to NYC? ha ha ha.

My office is looking sad and bare - as I finish clearing up - almost done w/current files and personal stuff which I am hauling back and forth myself - then all I will have left is packing up my four drawer filing cabinet into the bins and labelling my phone/computer/chair etc. I am thinking hard as I bring stuff into my new office as I need to be an very organized frouf.

While I have not yet packed for TO- clothes are accumulating in my bedroom and I did do some laundry. Need to haul up suitcases tonight and see what fits where. Have already printed out all the maps I need. I will not have access to computer until possibly sunday night so will try to check in when I can.

I am feeling a bit calmer today as the moving is now close to being over? ha ha ha and I am somewhat prepped for our trip. I am not looking forward to the long drive tho (5 hours each way with only me as the driver!) and I understand there are some holdups due to construction on the highway. My goal is to get to TO before rush hour (which starts like 3 pm!) and get settled into the hotel and RELAX (they do have a pool and fitness room so I will pack some gear in case I am in the mood!).



04-20-2006, 11:38 AM
I'm a moron too -- you'd think as smart as the two of us are, we could do great things with a camera but oh well. I get razzed all the time around here because of my great ignorance of the remotes: TV, DVD, DVR, receiver, stereo, etc. It seems like there are too many of them, too many buttons, and all I want to know how to do is turn the TV off and on.

I'll be watching for your updates on things throughout the day.

04-20-2006, 11:41 AM
Yes, ma'am, Miz Frouf. I'll watch it from now on. (I *did* know I was being naughty at the time, so what was I thinking???)

04-20-2006, 11:44 AM
Kathy - next time you need a gift idea (for Judd?) go to the sony store and get one of the backlit consolidated touch pad remotes - very cool thing. You can connect several things to it (like VCR, dvd, tv, etc). It is not cheap but very nice and useful item! (check here:


04-20-2006, 12:08 PM
Yeah, one more thing to learn. :lol: But quite a nifty gadget! I think he has everything programmed on the DirecTV remote now but still there are others laying around for some reason and they annoy me. This thing looks really cool!

04-20-2006, 12:18 PM
It is the coolest of cool - guarantee he will love it. I have visited many friends' home and I am astounded by the number of remotes lying around - and how you need a different one for every piece of equipment. Being technically challenged I can barely turn on and off their tv let alone do anything else - maybe they keep them around to confuse their guests and ensure no one can touch anything? ha ha ha


04-20-2006, 12:53 PM
I just got a call from the lady at the doctor's office where they're re-doing my disability paperwork. She put a return to work date as June 25 (3 months after accident). Hopefully he'll release me before then but she put a far-out date so that we didn't have to do this a third time.

04-20-2006, 01:21 PM
If I eat grits and eggs in the morning for breakfast, can I have a second helping of grits sometime later in the day? No rice, bread, noodles, potatoes, etc

04-20-2006, 04:47 PM
Ruth, I see nobody has answered (it's a slow day here on the board) but I just wanted to tell you that I'm not sure. All of my materials are at work and sometimes I get confused on which of the foods are limited to once a day. I'm sure someone will be along soon to answer you!

04-20-2006, 05:56 PM
hi there, chickies. spring is definitely here. i got out and pruned one rosebed. eight more to go. i'm moving slowly but i am moving.

i'm still doing great opwise. i stopped taking the zantrex yesterday. the caffeine had me very fidgety. i'm ready to get serious about the senior olympics and need to be steady. i took the z to help me get started losing--which it did. now i'm on my own--well--with ya'll and ww. wow!! i'm not alone at all. life is good.

vickie, i'm so glad jim got a good report. i'll keep all of you in my prayers.

kathy, you sound in better spirits every day. don't worry about that scale. your bod has prob shifted into "starvation" mode and is hanging onto everything it can. don't let it worry you. you're doing remarkably well with your eating. i'm with you on all these electronics. i wish i knew how to half of what the gadgets we have will do. oh, well. maybe we need to adopt a teenager.

frouf, enjoy your trip. your stay at the hotel will be a blast.

ruth, aren't grits just ground corn? if so, you can have them as many times a day as you want.

we are conducting an archery round table discussion at the archery center tonight. i have the vcr set for "survivor." sure don't want to miss it.

wi is tomorrow. i'm looking forward to it. ya'll have a nice evening. i'll be back later.

04-20-2006, 06:12 PM
Evening chicks,
Vickie,,,great big old hugs for you and Jim,,,,so glad you got thru that ok,,,Ill be thinking and sending you good thoughts for your neice.

04-20-2006, 07:06 PM
Hey Chicks! My Patient is in the shower. I just woke up from a short nap. I'm so exhuasted. I don't know what's wrong with me but I didn't want to wake up even now. I guess it's just mental stress or something.

Baby Sarah was born around 9:30 this morning. She is 4 pounds 5 ounces and 18 inches long. My Niece told me that Sarah is not considered a preemie. I don't get that part since I thought preemie just meant early....and she was. My understanding is that both Mamma and baby are doing well. Mamma called me around 1:00 and it sure did feel good to hear her voice. She really wasn't completely out of the anesthesia yet....she was still slurring a bit and told me that she keeps falling asleep in everyone's faces! She definitely had a C section. They tried to go natural but the baby was in distress. Evidently, my Niece is now out of the woods since delivery is the cure. What a relief!

Jim is still feeling crummy. He's had can of soup and tried to eat some noodles but gave up after a while. He did eat all of the broth. I tried to tell him that I should just make him broth but he wanted the soup. What do I care? It didn't bother me to throw away what he couldn't eat. I spoke to his Doctor this afternoon and he doesn't go for follow up until May 9th. We'll have to call with some questions we have but for now he must just concentrate on healing.

I'm trying not to eat anything here that would make him feel bad. I'll be having Farina and FF cottage cheese and peaches for dinner/snack. Not very appealing for me but a sacrifice that I'm willing to make.

Thanks, Patti! :hug:

Sandra, good for you for getting outside and getting to work. I just have to tie up two clematis bushes and I'm procrastinating about just that little bit! :o Good luck with weigh in tomorrow. ;) ;) ;) I cannot believe that it's Friday already.

Kathy, I'm glad your disability person is being realistic. I'd be surprised if you get back to work before the fourth of July. I'm with you in the TV remote department. I can handle the computer great but the TV/VCR/DVR baffle me. Jim and I joked that if he had to be admitted that I wouldn't be able to watch the new TV! I keep begging him to write it all down. He claims that he doesn't know it that well himself. Harumpf.

Frouf, I'm glad you are moved and nearly ready for Toronto. I looked at that gadget but, frankly, it made me nervous just to read the description. I couldn't even figure out what it would combine! Sheesh. 30 years of government service and a pretty intelligent brain but no go!

Ok...the patient is out of the shower. I have to go. Ruth, I'll go check my book real quick for the grits answer. I think you can have unlimited servings just like cornmeal.

04-20-2006, 07:11 PM
Ruth, the week one book says ww pasta, brown rice, and potatoes are limited to one meal a day. Grits are not specifically listed as ok for multiple meal consumption but it makes sense to me that they are grain like cornmeal (which is specifically listed). I say have grits at all meals if you like. Good luck!

04-20-2006, 07:11 PM
I'm off to make Jim and me a chocolate frosty smoothie. I probably won't be back until tomorrow morning.

Have a great evening!

04-20-2006, 07:15 PM
Hey, there! I'm glad you got a little rest and hope Jim did too. It sounds like he's trying to eat -- I'm sure he's starving after having to fast and then not being able to chew or swallow very easily.

Judd just called and is on his way home. He's stopping at the store first for a few things, and then is going out tonight with the Air Force pilots. I think they're going downtown Fort Worth (Sundance Square) and for the first time in a LONG time, I'm not worried about it. Since he's not drinking, it won't be a very late or expensive night. I'll just continue to lie here and watch TV. I slept from noon until around 3:00, which is somewhat of an improvement. At least I held out that long! Hopefully when I go back to work, they'll understand that I'm now a "napper" and will let me sleep whenever I want! Ha!!

04-20-2006, 07:17 PM
Maybe you could ask for the nap as a "reasonable accommodation" for your disability!

04-20-2006, 07:21 PM
That sounds perfectly reasonable to me. I will make sure I mention it. :lol:

Have a good evening with your patient. I'm glad that your Niece and the baby are both doing well.

04-20-2006, 08:06 PM
we've had dinner and are waiting to go to the archery center to host a round table seminar. i'll mainly just sit there and smile. curtis will be leading the discussions.

vickie, i am sooo glad jim's progressing so well. and welcome to the world sara!!

kathy, what did you think of ai last night. i think kelly prob got the most votes. she's a popular girl and is the kind people want to protect.

04-20-2006, 08:19 PM
I think you're right about her. I thought Ace had done well this week but past weeks weren't so good. It's getting harder and harder every week.

04-20-2006, 08:52 PM
Sara, welcome to our world. I think that birth is the most amazing thing, and to see and hold a newborn is oh so special. Vickie, I hope that you are able to hold Sara in your arms real soon.

We went to a small town (Merrickville) about 3:30 and walked around for a couple of hours. Then we had dinner there. It is just a fantastic day and not typical of April in Ottawa. Tomorrow is suppose to be good too, so we'll be out and about again. Bernie works Saturday and Sunday.

Sandra, glad you were able to prune your bushes. I've seen a lot of dafodils and tulips around here. Good luck tomorrow, I'm sure it will be a positive experience.

Frouf, I guess you're packed by now. Have a good weekend, and good luck to dd. Are you in the new office on Monday?

Kathy, there was a store in Merrickville called Katco. I thought of you. It would be a good name for you ebay business.:)

Okay, lots of phone calls to be made,

04-20-2006, 08:56 PM
Judd just bought me a camera. I like to let him do those sorts of things so I don't have to hear about it forever. I think it's like yours, Saundra.

04-20-2006, 11:06 PM
I am literally EXHAUSTED - such a wuss! So what if I packed up 5 bins full of file folders and binders - and hauled stuff back and forth from one building to another? I guess is was all that FURNITURE MOVING that did it? Yes it turns out I did not really like the configuration of my office furniture - kinda had my right side/back to the door - which I really dislke - you know - when people come up behind you?

So I noticed my furniture was all modular (unlike the cubicle stuff which is attached to the walls - so here I go starting to move this and that - luckily the filing cabinet is still empty - I moved everything across the room so my door/entrance is on my left and I am kitty corner almost facing it (with my computer table in the corner). Everything fit just fine - except now I have these two overhead bins hanging over nothing! (cuz I moved the long desk/table below them). The very nice moving coordinator came in and said he would try and move them but depends on what is behind (the very flimsy panelled) wall. Not a big deal in the end. I also have a nice small round table and visitors' chair (which my friend Jeanne plans on stealing for her office cuz it matches her desk chair! :) ).

It is looking very homey as my certificates are there, along with my bunny calendar and my stuffed bears, cruise trophy, kids pics and bunny stuff. Even have my cream in the fridge!

My back does hurt a bit as I may have overdone it with the hauling around of furniture by myself - I suppose I could have asked for help but us froufs like to be independent.

Move was already started around 3:30 pm - everyone reports to new location tomorrow - I of course won't be there til tuesday - hope nothing bad happens to my office in the interim.

I came home dragging my little feet and thought how stupid of me not to have packed last night! Oh well - hauled up the luggages - and decided not to cram everything together - so now we have one small rolling suitcase for dd's dance things (yes I know despite the dire warnings of RUINING THE COSTUMES if they are not in garment bags - hope we don't get arrested!). i folded the two of them in tissue paper - and it's in the suitcase along with the pink makeup case, tap shoes, rhinestone covered bowler hat, special bra, 2 pairs of jazz sandals, black tights, bling bling stuff, washcloth, dance school tank top, tissues, deck of cards - and I sure hope we have not forgotten anything. Then another medium size rolling suitcase with dd's clothes and a rolling duffle bag with mine - did not know what to pack? Mostly casual stuff but I packed one pair of dressy/silky black pants, heeled shoes (mostly planning to wear my runners), slinky cardigan and tank in case we go out somewhere nice?

That exhausted me so I will pack the makeup, jewellery, hair stuff tomorrow - too tired to think.

Saundra - I have not been to merrickville in years - so much fun and very quaint place to visit - must try and get that on my list of things to do. You are working with the weather - supposed to be lovely again tomorrow then rain for the weekend!

Vickie - a special welcome to baby Sarah - glad things went well - I always thought a preemie was defined as under 5 lbs? but I guess that might be wrong nowadays? Sounds like your patient is doing better - definitely get some of those milkshakes into him as well as puddings and yogurts! I can imagine you are tired due to all the emotional stress - glad you can rest if you need too.

Sandra - have fun tonight at the archery knights of the round table :) Good luck with WI - but I know you will get fabulous results!

kathy - your camera looks very spiffy - I'm sure it will take fantastic pics of your creative talents!

Gf from Toronto just called - trying to sync up our plans for sat - having dinner together friday night (outback?) Supposed to be raining all weekend which is NOT GOOD!

dh just called now too - he is jamming at a russian bar downtown right now! sounds like he's having fun - told him I am about to drug myself (due to oncoming back pain) so please not to call me later (as he usually does on his way home) or wake me up!

House is a pigsty - but cleaning lady coming tomorrow and frankly I am just leaving the mess for the 'men' to work on - no time for me to go from room to room picking things up!

While I will try to eat properly in TO I know I will be eating out alot so it might be hard? I have decided that once I am back to work on Tuesday it would be a great time to make a fresh start in my new environment!

Nitey nite!


04-21-2006, 10:16 AM
Hey chicks. This morning I am in a lot of pain. I will spare you the details, but let's just say it's leftover from my stomach flu. My body is not happy in the slightest. I'm in pain whenever I move, well, it hurts when I don't move too but the worst is when I stand up/sit down. I may not be able to stay at work all day.

I'm really behind but I just wanted to say congrats to Vickie and her family on the arrival of Sarah. :bb:

04-21-2006, 01:27 PM
Melissa, I'm so sorry to hear that you're not up to par. I think an extra long weekend is in order. Are you over-preparing for the move?

I went to Curves for the first time this morning since February 8th. It wasn't too bad. There's only one machine that I don't dare try. I'm glad to be back on track.

Vickie, how's Sarah doing? I do hope that Jim had a good night and is able to get some soft food in him.

Kathy, are you sleeping? Hope things are okay at your end.

Sandra, can't wait for the results. Guess you've left already.

Bernie is off the week of May 14th. We have to be in southern Ontario by the 19th and were looking into somewhere to go before that. The flights (Ottawa Boston) are outrageous. We want a place with action, but Toronto doesn't appeal to us. We'd also love to try Chicago, but again those darn air fares. So, we might do the Niagra area, which will be pretty quiet.

Okay, off to shower and change for afternoon out,

04-21-2006, 02:06 PM
Hi Chicks! I'm really busy but wanted to pop in and say hi. Jim's throat is still wickedly sore and his tongue is swollen. I'm feeding him popsicles and icees to try to take the swelling down. He's still doing broth, pudding, and not much noodles. Last night he ate wedding soup and that seemed to help. I'm going back to the store in a little while to see if another brand wedding soup exists that doesn't have so much spinach in it. The Campbell's had a lot and he isn't fond of it.

I hope to go see Sarah tomorrow. My Niece will be in until Sunday and lots of people will be there today (including her daughter whose birthday it is today). Sarah is now being considered a preemie and probably will not be coming home on Sunday. She's not retaining her body heat and isn't sucking too good yet. I guess they learn to suck their thumbs in the last month inutero, which she was unable to get. Everything else is great.

Time for me to feed Jim and go to the store.

Hope you are all well.

04-21-2006, 02:18 PM
Thanks for your help. I'm not eating bread, potatoes, rice, noodles, etc. I thought grits would be a good filler for in the evening when I start to get a little hungry. Grits for a snack. Go figure

04-21-2006, 03:21 PM
good morning, chickies. just got home fro wi. i lost 1.4 lbs. that makes 8.6 in the past 2 weeks. i'm still going strong and don't plan to look back. today's meeting was excellent. we compared our weightloss journey to being in a boat--paddling--remembering what it was like when we first tried then how we were able to get on course. at the end of the meeting, the leader reminded us to keep paddling.

saundra, a trip sounds like such fun. we'll be waiting here to live through you and bernie. be sure to keep us posted on what "we're" doing.

melissa, i hope you get to feeling better and can enjoy your weekend.

vickie, i'm glad you had a chance to pop in for a little. sounds like you're really busy.

ruth, enjoy those grits.

we're getting the grands and are going on a picnic this evening out at the outdoor archery range. should be fun. i am planning what i'm eating and should do well.

kathy? where are you?

04-21-2006, 03:37 PM
Tired, that's where I am. I just popped in to read posts. I'm not sure what I'm going to do this afternoon but I either need to wash my hair or go somewhere and have it done. It's a chore to get dressed and drive, but it's also a chore to stand there and do it myself and I'm so weak that my arms get tired while drying it. I'll have to decide soon.

Judd has gone to play golf. You'd think he would get tired of it but I guess not.

Congratulations on your loss! That's pretty impressive for a two week total!

04-21-2006, 04:28 PM
Yeh for Sandra, job well done. I agree, you just keep on paddling. So, we're going to do the Niagara region, which include the wine country. We're staying two nights at a place near all the wineries, and two nights at Niagara on the Lake, which has the Shaw Festival. We'll see two plays, The Invisible Man and High Society. $$$$$
After that, it's family visits with kids and big sister's 65th birthday.

Kathy, it would do you good to get your hair done, but can't Judd drive you?
Maybe you should ask him.

Ruth, why not eat some potatoes and brown rice? They are part of core and make it more interesting.

Going to go out for a bit with Bern now,

04-21-2006, 04:51 PM
No, he's playing golf today and won't be home until 9 or so tonight. I went ahead and did it myself, a little at a time. I decided to just blow dry it messy and then put hot rollers in it to tame things down.

Next thing on the list is to find something to eat. I'm getting hungry.

04-21-2006, 05:53 PM
kathy'm, i'm glad you got your hair done. that should help you feel better.

saundra, i am almost packed. are we dressing up for the plays or are we going casual?

04-21-2006, 05:54 PM
"Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful"
Albert Schweitzer

just saw this on an archery site and thought i'd share it with you.

04-21-2006, 08:04 PM
Sandra, a huge congrats to you on your loss today. You're doing awesome.

I had to come home from work today around 11am. I just couldn't take it anymore. I've been asleep most of the day. I can't wait till this is over, I'm so tired of being sick. Hope you all have great evenings.

04-21-2006, 08:11 PM
Melissa, any clues? Do you really think it's related to the tummy issues from last week? :hug: I hope you get some good rest this weekend.

04-21-2006, 08:57 PM
HI There Everyone
Well was able to get on. But I havent read the post. Was afraid too. The other day when I got on here. I went to read the post. And that illegal thing came up again. And it wouldnt let me get back on.
I am hoping everyone is doing ok.
We are having a little rain tonight. And suppose to have rain off and on all weekend.
I walked my 3miles this morn. So hopefully it isnt raining in the morn and I can walk. I hate to walk on the treadmill. But if I have too I will. But if I do it. I cant walk as far. It makes me hurt. Oh well.
Well I am sorry I havent been on here much. But I do think of all of you often. So hopefully I can figure out what is going on with my puter. So hopefully I can get on here more.
So everyone have a great weekend.
Know that I am thinking of each of you

04-21-2006, 09:31 PM
Hey Chicks! I've been running like a maniac all day. I'm going upstairs to shower and then I'm going to sit down to watch TV. Not a good eating day. Nothing horrible; just too much bread and too much food. I guess that's horrible! Anyway, I'll try to be better tomorrow.

I'm going to visit my Niece and new Great Niece Sarah tomorrow. I'll be leaving here at around 11:00 so I don't know how much time I'll have to get on here before I leave. I have to be sure that Jim is ok while I'm gone. I'm really hesitant to leave him.

04-22-2006, 12:07 AM
melissa, i wish you'd go to the doctor. i am worried about you. you've been feeling poorly a long time.

kathy, are you doing a lot of crocheting? i am glad you've started working on your crafts.

coco, it's good to see you here. i am impressed you're walking 3 miles a day.

vickie, have fun tomorrow. we'll see you when you get back.

04-22-2006, 12:21 AM
Good evening, everybody. I just had my bath and am getting settled in for the night. Not much to report though; I'll see everyone tomorrow. I'm really tired of being in bed.

04-22-2006, 10:07 AM
Good Morning Chicks! I have a few minutes before I eat breakfast and get ready for my day.

Jim is feeling slightly better, so I'm happy about that. His stomach must be shrinking because he's not eating very much. I'm trying hard not to worry about that because I think he's getting enough nutrition, especially with the Glucerna shake for breakfast in the morning. I'll be leaving him today for about 3-4 hours to go visit my Niece. I'll be worried about him the whole time that I'm gone, especially since he is still taking the tylenol with codeine every 4 hours. Our yard is hilly and the dog will need to go out while I'm gone. I'm sure he'll be fine but I'm a worrier anyway. It's not a switch that I can turn off.

I'm going to try to get back on Core as much as possible today. The fruits (except for my banana in the morning) and veggies have pretty much gone by the wayside. I've got a plan for a more Core dinner.

I'm going to go see what's been up with you chicks.

04-22-2006, 10:21 AM
Kathy, your camera looks very cool. Mine isn't very small but I don't mind because I don't use it on vacations and such. I just let it sit in the photo/recharger printer dock most of the time. It fits fine in my purse when I got to parties and events. I really love having the screen to take pictures from without looking through the viewfinder. It is great that you got your hair done but it sure makes me irritated that no one thinks you are as important as we do. I'm not trying to make you defend them but sheesh, why couldn't someone take you to get your hair done? Couldn't Judd have delayed his golfing a bit? I know you are tired of being in bed but remember the prize is a healthy working ankle. Could someone go to the library or bookstore for you? I know you are an avid reader.

Coco, your walking is VERY impressive. How are you doing with your eating? Are you still doing Core or did you go back to Flex? How's your DH?

Sandra, :bravo: on your loss for this week! What an impressive two week total 8.6 is!!! :carrot: I know you can keep up the great work. :cp: How was your picnic with the Grands? Great quote and very appropriate for us. It is especially appropriate for me since I use food to medicate and make me happy.

Saundra, your trip sounds wonderful! Is that still in Canada? My geography is horrible! How was dinner?

Frouf, OMG! I hope you didn't hurt your back. You really did sound very, very tired in your last post. I'm sure you are in Toronto now. I hope Emily is doing well in the competition and that you get to do something fun tonight with your GF.

Oh Melissa, what does your Mom think of all of this? I'm guessing she'll be encouraging you to do to the Doctor. Do you think it's stress with all you have going on in your life? Stress can definitely make a person sick. I'm REALLY hoping that you are feeling better this morning.

04-22-2006, 10:29 AM
We aren't sure how long baby Sarah will be in the hospital. She's not sucking and she lost 4% of her body weight the night before last. She needs to stay in until she gains some body fat and until she gains weight. Niece is not happy but glad Sarah is someplace where they can help her. She has only seen Sarah 3 times which I'm guessing is a bit depressing. I plan on packing her up into the wheel chair and taking her to the nursery today. I sent her a dozen pink roses on Thursday but today I'm bring her a hair scrunchie and some Fannie May trinidads (her favorite chocolate). Am I not the best Aunt ever! HaHaHaHa. I can't eat them, she might as well.

Gotta go get ready. It's 8:30 and I have alot to do with me and to get Jim ready before I leave at 10:45.

I hope you all have a great Saturday.

04-22-2006, 11:07 AM
Vickie, those are very sweet things to do for your niece. I know that a couple days after the baby is born, your hormones go a little haywire. I'm sure she's glad to have a comforting, steadying influence in her life. You all know that if, for some reason, I ever got pregnant again, I'd expect you all to come out here and help me through those first few weeks. :lol: It's probably a very good thing I'm not planning on having any more. :D

Dh and I went out to Texas Roadhouse last night. I went into it planning to order whatever looked the best and deal with the consequences later. But, even though I ordered the chicken-fried sirloin, I had the gravy on the side, and I only ate about 1/4 of it. So even though I tried to be really bad, I couldn't! Our 10th anniversary is on Tuesday, so we were celebrating a little early.

Lorena and Allen are having an open house this afternoon. I get to go help serve cake, etc. I'm hoping a lot of people show up...they need friends AND housewarming gifts. :) I've given them a lot already, but I think I will give Lorena a set of hand-embroidered tea towels (dish towels) that I've been working on since I was 16. :lol: I'm a little slow when it comes to crafts sometimes.

My house is a pit, so I'm off to start cleaning up.


04-22-2006, 11:26 AM
Hi everyone. Thanks for your concern. I was trying to spare you the details. :lol: But I know how you all are! ;) Since having the stomach flu my system has been "backed up" and I think it just got to the breaking point Thursday night. I took some "medicine" and things are "going" better now. :lol: Now that was definitely TMI! :p
But I am feeling better this morning. Still a little crampy and whatnot but I think the worst is over. I just hope I don't mess myself up again. I need to be careful about what I eat I think.

Vickie, I hope that you have a great time today visiting the nieces. I'm sure that Jim will be fine, but I understand the worrying--I would worry too. Have fun though!

Angela, that is sweet of you to give over those towels. You must be attached to them by now! :lol: Could you come clean my house too? ;)

For that matter, could everyone come pack some boxes? Between two weekends of being sick and Easter in the middle, I haven't gotten much done. And we close on Friday!!!!!!!! :eek:

Kathy, I hope that you are able to do something fun today. Not move around a lot of course, but just something you can enjoy. Maybe someone would come play poker with you or something? ;)

Well I am off to try to do some packing and eat something. I feel like moving around at least a little will help. It is so beautiful here today. I hope that you all have great Saturdays!

04-22-2006, 01:12 PM
Ugh!! I was sleeping so well until Judd came and woke me up -- asking how much did we owe on the Trailblazer and how about trading it on a Toyota because of gas prices? Well, good morning to you, too! I don't think I want to do that though. He's' already gotten a pre-approval this morning so if I don't watch him, he'll be trading in my car. He's leaving at 5:00 to go spend the night with a friend because he's in a tournament tomorrow that starts at 8 a.m. and it's about two hours away. I'll have a quiet evening of TV.

Kate is sick, poor little thing. She was off work yesterday and when she woke up, her eye was glued together and swollen. I talked to her around 6:00 and she was looking for a friend to take her to the urgent care center. Erin left to go take her, but while on her way, Devan called and said he was taking off work and would take Kate to the doctor. He did, and she has pinkeye so around 10:00 last night they were looking for a 24-hour pharmacy. There isn't one out in the boonies near their apartment but I found one in a town near them. Hopefully she got her prescription and is feeling better now, because she is supposed to work today.

Vickie, I hope you have a good visit with your Niece. That's so sweet to take her those things -- and I hope baby Sarah is doing better now. It's so scary with the little ones. Jim should be fine for a few hours without you, don't you think?

Melissa, I hope you feel better. Do you have family members who can help you out with packing? You should be resting at least a little but I'm sure you feel like you have so much to do.

Angela, enjoy the housewarming! I'm sure they will appreciate your gift of love and know how special the towels are. Add me to the list of houses that need to be cleaned. You can't imagine how bad it's getting here.

Okay, I'm off to see what sort of trouble I can get in. My scale was 145.8 this morning so I'm going to change my ticker to at least 146. It seems like Saturdays have become my official w/i days because that's when the Yahoo weight tracker prompts me to add a new weight.

04-22-2006, 02:13 PM
good morning. one grand is up; the other is still sleeping. it's pretty quiet here. we've decided to take them to taco bell on the way home today. i just looked over the menu and think i'll be all right. i know this sounds silly but every now and then i have to have a fast food fix. i confess i'm the one who suggested taco bell today.

vickie, i saw your menu for today. looks like you're back on track. i am very proud of you. (as always) going to your niece's will be good for both you and jim today. you both probably need a little alone time even though you're very, very close. it's just good for the soul. try not to worry.

angela, way to go, girl!!! you did great!! enjoy the open house today.

melissa, again we're alike. i get "backed up" easily, too. that is dangerous so be careful. right after my son was born, i was in such bad shape i was paralyzed on my right side and i had convulsions. be careful.

kathy, so much going on. i remember one time my ex traded my car in on a new one and i wasn't a happy camper. he and the salesman (best friend) parked both cars side by side and tried to convince me i'd like the new one better. (i never did) congratulations on your weight being down this am. you're working hard and it's paying off.

little grand is up. we're leaving in a few minutes for a fast food fix then taking them home. everyone have a good day. i promise you i'm not deepending. i've looked up pts and will stay within 24 today. and will eat mainly core the remainder of the day.

04-22-2006, 04:54 PM
Kathy, what is a yahoo weight tracker? Sorry to hear that Kate is sick. Hopefully she got some meds and is better now. I hope that you can enjoy your quiet evening. No, I guess I don't really have anyone to help with packing. I guess the truth is that I feel bad asking, since they will be doing so much moving. Plus everything is so chaotic, I hate to get anyone else involved. :)

Sandra, I think your plan sounds like a great one. I don't see any problem with some taco bell as long as you can do it in a planned and precise way! I think it sounds great. Hope you have fun today. That is so scary about your condition after having your son.

We have gotten quite a bit of packing done, and now we really need to do some studying. We have several papers between the two of us that need to be written at the same time we are moving. :dizzy: It's not good timing.

04-22-2006, 04:54 PM
Does anyone have a way that they make red beans and rice? I usually make black beans and rice, but I'm out of black beans. I wanted to eat some good fiber for dinner. :o I have plenty of kidney beans and was trying to think of how they would taste good together. I've never made them.

04-22-2006, 06:55 PM
They should be good. I make red beans (pinto) on the stove with a package of Lipton Onion Soup Mix or the store brand equivalent, or salsa. I think the kidney beans would be fine made that way too. I don't think you can mess it up!

I use Yahoo for my email, and that's my home page. There's a module you can add to the page that's a diet tracker. You put in current weight, goal weight and date, and it keeps track of things for you.

I've had my contacts out most of the afternoon and just now decided to put them back in. I even tried a new pair but they don't feel much better. It must be power of suggestion because until Kate got pinkeye, I didn't have a problem with my own eyes! And I haven't seen her since last Sunday so I doubt I caught it from her.

Judd's about to leave, Erin is at work, and Shaun is Shaun. I'm sure it will be a quiet evening.

04-22-2006, 07:16 PM
kathy, i hope kate is feeling better. pink eye was going around up here, too. one of the guys at the archery shop had it right before we left for salt lake. i was surprised we didn't catch it.

melissa, i make beans like kathy. i think she's right and any bean would work. eat that fiber, girl!!

i am doing great on program today. i felt soooo good going to taco bell with a plan and sticking to it. curtis and i were talking today about something someone said. i'm going to paraphrase it here to fit me.

i used to weigh 228 because i chose to do so. nothing accidentally ever jumped into my mouth so i must have been choosing to eat and weigh 228. wish i could blame someone else but it was my choice.

off my soapbox now. i hope everyone's having a grand day. i'll be back later.

04-22-2006, 08:17 PM
Sandra that is very true! :bravo: for staying op today.

Kathy, I hope that everything is okay with your eyes!!

I found a recipe by Rachel Ray and tried it, with some modifications, and they were really good! You saute chopped onions in olive oil until brown, then add kidney beans and simmer. Mix in with cooked brown rice. Then add hot sauce! She called for one whole onion, a can of beans, 1 tbsp hot sauce and only 1 cup rice. I made 2 cups of rice, only 1/4 of an onion, and didn't measure the hot sauce. Her recipe also called for cooked bacon, but I didn't do that, and white rice, but I made brown. It was really, really good. I will definitely be making it again. It would be good in place of spanish rice too. DH even really liked it.

Well I'm still feeling icky but doing better. We have gotten quite a bit done today but so far I haven't done any reading or writing for class. It's hard for me to do something before the last minute.

04-22-2006, 08:22 PM
Hey Chicks! I'm home from seeing Niece. I left at 11:00 and didn't get home until 6:00. Jim did fine but I feel I neglected him. I brought him home some liquid Motrin (per the Doctor) and a passion fruit sugar free slurpee. I should have bought myself one because it tasted good. It's made with crystal light. My Niece asked me to pick up my Sister and bring her with to the hospital, so I did. After the hospital my Sister asked if we could go out for a bite to eat. We never get to go out alone anymore. I called Jim to see if he was ok (of course he said yes!) and off we went. I didn't intend to be gone that long but we had a nice quiet time together.

Sarah is beautiful but oh so tiny! She dropped to 3 pounds 15 ounces but no one seems concerned. She was in the room with us all day today. I held her (even though I'm a coward when they are too small) and told her I was Aunt Vickie (the one on the phone with her mommy all the time!) It was fun. I took pictures but don't know how they turned out yet.

I'm off to hang out with Honey Lamb. I do hope you are all having a great day!

Melissa, I hope you're feeling better. I didn't have time to read posts now.

04-22-2006, 08:24 PM
Here's her recipe. This was so good. But like I said I didn't do bacon and I did brown instead of white rice. Core!

Tex Mex Red Beans and Rice
Recipe courtesy Rachael Ray
1 3/4 cups water
1 cup enriched white rice
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil or vegetable oil, 1 turn of the pan
2 slices bacon, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
1 can red beans, drained
1 tablespoon cayenne sauce (recommended: Frank's Red Hot)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Bring water to a boil in a small saucepan. Add rice, cover and simmer 20
minutes, stirring occasionally.

When rice is done, remove it from the stove top. To a medium skillet over medium high heat add oil and bacon and cook 3 minutes to crisp edges of bacon. Add onions and cook 3 minutes to soften. Add beans to heat through, then stir in cooked rice. Season rice and beans with cayenne sauce, salt and
pepper, to your taste. Serve rice and beans from the skillet.

04-22-2006, 08:26 PM
Vickie, I'm so glad that you had a good day. You needed it. Have fun with Jim tonight. :)

04-22-2006, 08:32 PM
Melissa, that sounds good! I've never used canned beans this actually sounds like something that both Judd and I would eat. I think I'll write it out for him and see if he'll make it tomorrow. I hope your tummy doesn't take offense at the beans and hot sauce.

Vickie, I'm glad you had a great day. Jim probably enjoyed his day too! ;) Not that he doesn't want you there every minute, but he knew how much you wanted to spend time at the hospital.

Sandra, you sound so positive! I love it!

04-22-2006, 08:33 PM
vickie, melissa's right. you needed a day out. i'm sure jim understands that, too. the slurpee sounds good. what store did you get it?

melissa, i just printed the recipe. thanks for sharing.

i'm off here now to watch tv with curtis. have a good evening, everyone.

04-22-2006, 08:49 PM
Here we are!

04-22-2006, 08:59 PM
Ooooh, she's so teeny! I wish I could smell her -- I love to smell babies!! You look SO proud! :D I am just nearly getting teary-eyed!

04-22-2006, 10:58 PM
Oh Vickie, how precious!! Thanks for sharing. You look so proud. :D

Sandra, you are more than welcome.

Kathy, I hope Judd will cook something for you! And this was about the easiest thing ever. Oh, and I ate the beans and rice on purpose, I'm trying to fiber-load. :lol:

Hope you both enjoy them.

We have been picking out paint tonight for the new house. It's so hard to decide without being in the house, but I think we've narrowed it down. We are thinking of doing a mossy green or an earthy brown in the bedroom. I'll see if I can find something comparable to share.

04-23-2006, 12:05 AM
That sounds good, Melissa! I LOVE color!

Hey, does anyone know Tanya Tucker personally? :lol: I mean, could you introduce me because I really think we would be friends. She's insane and I love that TLC show "Tuckerville". I watched it last season and couldn't wait for it to come back on. Anyway, just thought I'd ask.

My eyes are killing me! I guess I'll take my contacts back out and find something to do up close, like read or do a puzzle. I just can't watch TV or use the computer with them out, and Kate has my glasses (don't ask).

Judd's gone now and I hope he has a good time tomorrow in the golf tournament. He said he's playing tomorrow, and next Saturday, and then will curtail it a bit. He has probably played 2-3 times a week in the last month and it has really run into some big money (green fees are between $45 and $85 each time, depending on where he plays -- plus lunch or dinner afterward). I added it up yesterday and was shocked! I told him to enjoy it while it lasts, because he's cutting into my budget. I think that got his attention.

Erin should be home from work in a while, so I'd better hurry and go to sleep. Otherwise she'll pop in here and ask if I need anything, then I'll probably send her to the store for jelly beans, and then I'll regret it later ... LOL!

04-23-2006, 12:08 AM
Aw Vickie, she's adorable, and everyone's right, you do look like the proud (great) aunt. :)

The open house went well today, but I think I was out in the sun too long. I wore sunblock, but I still feel pretty cruddy. I think I may be coming down with my oldest daughter's cold. :p

I'm going to turn in early here, because I have early church tomorrow.

Later ladies,

04-23-2006, 10:33 AM
Good Sunday morning all you chickies out there!

It's cool (almost cold) and raining out there. It was the same yesterday. It's typical Ottawa April weather, but a real come down after the beautiful week we had.

Yesterday was busy. The kids came over with a single dad friend with his little girl It's a siad situation, and I've known hime from their high school days. They left Natan here and we had a wonderful visit. Bernie worked till 6:00 and we had dinner. They picked Natan up about 8:30. He asked if I want to come to his house today. What a sweetheart.:)

Sandra, you are focused and that is so good. Once you are on the weight loss journey, it's a ride that will show results. I salute you.:cp: Aren't those grandkid days wonderful?

Melissa, I know your ailment well. I've had a real rough time for the past while. It's actually prevented me from leaving the house. I finally found a new OTC med called Benefibre. It's easy to use and things have been better since Monday when I started. I eat so much good food, but my system doesn't know it. Hope you are feeling better. I love the colour you've chosen. The kids' new house is a very dark taupie green. They are showing those shades big time right now. Have a fun time picking.

Vickie, Sarah is so tiny and adorable. Oh, how I love to hold the wee ones. I know what Kathy means, they smell so wonderful. I know that she will bring her family such joy. BTW, you look great in that picture.
How's Jim doing today. I hope each day will bring a little improvement.

Kathy, I agree that Judd should stay home a little more. Even compromise is better than every weekend alone. I know that you are bored, but you want to heal properly. There are lots of good dvd's realeased lately. Why not get Erin to pick up a few for you?

Okay, guess I'll put a white load in. It's going to be a quiet morning around here, so I'll see you soon,

04-23-2006, 10:37 AM
Lookie who's awake?? Of course, if Judd were here to put the dogs out to potty, I'd sure still be sleeping but he's not, so I'm not.

While I was up, I made myself some oatmeal and a Diet A&W root beer. Breakfast of champions! The scale was 144.2 this morning so I guess I've figured it out now. During the time I had no appetite, I didn't gain but I did lose much either. Now that I'm eating again, I'm losing. I'm going to try to stick to Core foods as closely as I can for a week and see what happens by next Saturday morning.

And now if you'll excuse me, I'm going back to bed.

04-23-2006, 10:42 AM
Good Morning Chicks!

Jim is feeling a bit better but the codeine is making him feel like Melissa and Saundra. That....and the fact that he's really not eating much! He'll probably lose about 25 pounds before this is over. The tongue hurts. Last night when I came home we started alternating Children's liquid motrin with the Tylenol codeine like the Doctor said. It seems the motrin may be giving him a bit of relief. I had to explain to Jim that tylenol is really just for pain but that the motrin will help the aching and the swelling. He doesn't take medicine much. He usually describes his symptoms and I tell him what to taken. I verified the amount that I thought the Doctor told me to give him with the Pharmacist and she confirmed. We had to wait 48 hours after the procedure to insure no bleeding from the motrin. We waited an extra day because Jim wanted to be careful. Anyway....that's probably more than you wanted to know.

I'm just tired....and I just got up. Not a good sign. I need to start putting the entertainment center back together and get all that stuff off of my dining room table. All I really want to do is lay on my couch and eat.

I am going to WW tomorrow not matter what. I'm giving in and cooking some chicken here. I know it's going to bother Jim (even though he says to go ahead). I just can't keep eating cold food the way that I have been. I'm going to broil some chicken thighs and am making a rice/bean side dish similar to what Melissa made. I'm just not sure I have everything here that I need.

Now I'm off to see what's up with all of you.

04-23-2006, 11:07 AM
Kathy, you sound a little more mobile. I'm glad you got breakfast. I hope you're not taxing that ankle too much. We'll try to stick to Core foods as closely as possible together!

Saundra, your plan for today sounds like mine. Busy little housework. I know you enjoyed Natan and your DS. I love my Great Nieces and Nephew too.

Thanks, Angela, I am proud of my Niece and Great Niece. It's great that the housewarming went well. I hope they got lots of great presents that they can use.

Sandra, the slurpee came from 7-11 and they are the original makers of them. Other places have icees, but my expert tells me that the original slurpees are the best! They 7-11 is the only place that has the SF passionfruit crystal light ones. I licked the one I was bringing home yesterday and thought that I should have bought myself one.

Melissa, I'm glad that you figured out what was wrong with you and corrected it! Don't's VERY important to drink lots and lots of water with fiber. It can have the same result if you don't.

Time for me to start a meal thread and think about eating breakfast.

04-23-2006, 11:11 AM
A crystal light icee sounds awesome!

I am back from church. I just went for the service and came home. I'm feeling much better, but still not well.

Vickie, I'm so glad that things are going okay with Jim. I know you are stressed but you are really doing very well. :hug: I hope you enjoy your chicken and rice/beans. Thanks for the reminder about water. I'm drinking it but probably not enough.

Kathy, glad you managed to get some food this morning! Enjoy your nap. ;)

Saundra, it sounds like you had a great time with your family. I know that you are very excited about the kids moving closer to home. That's so great. I know firsthand how exciting that is!

Well I'm off to find something for lunch, even though it's only 10. DH has been up a very long time, so it's lunchtime for him.

04-23-2006, 11:14 AM
Hey, Saundra snuck in! I just now saw it when I saw Vickie referring to your weekend. I was wondering about you!

Poor Erin didn't get home until after midnight because she stayed and helped out. She was supposed to leave at 10 but they got busy. Being the only 24-hour pharmacy in the area doesn't help, and neither does being near a hospital. She didn't go to the store last night but I've got a list ready for her in case she has time to go today. I should take the jelly beans off, but instead I'll take off the coke. Gotta compromise somewhere! I was thinking about making a casserole sorta like lasagna but with WW spaghetti noodles. I'll just layer the meat/sauce, noodles, and cottage cheese/eggs, then top with FF mozzarella. What do you think? Oh but wait. Unless she makes a special trip to Albertson's, our regular store doesn't have FF mozzarella. I might just go with the 2% and count a point for it. It would be just a teeny bit anyway.

04-23-2006, 11:35 AM
Kathy, the casserole sounds fabulous. If it turns out could you make a recipe for your moronic, uncreative friends? Poor Erin sure is working hard, isn't she?

Melissa, I'm glad you came home. Now you can work on your paper and/or pack....or both!

I'm REALLY going to eat now.

04-23-2006, 01:48 PM
Kathy, Sandra's spaghetti pie is very similar to that. You may want to take a look at that recipe for some ideas. My family liked it a lot.

I'm back from church now, and planning on a nice relaxing afternoon at home.

Time to make PB&J's for the kids for lunch.

04-23-2006, 02:35 PM
Wow! Quiet today. I just stopped in to read while eating my veggie burger. I didn't want Jim to have to smell cooked food. Of course, he'll smell it later when I make the garlic chicken.

I hope you're all well.

Angela, I really must look at that spaghetti pie recipe.

04-23-2006, 02:41 PM
Kathy, can I change the time on my posts? Since we moved the clocks ahead in the Spring, all my posts show an hour earlier than I'm really posting.

04-23-2006, 02:53 PM
Angela, I hope you are feeling better.

Vickie, how are the burgers? I'm not even sure they sell them here. That's sweet of you not to eat around Jim, although I'm sure he doesn't mind.

Have you all seen the commercials for that new TLC show...something like, "Honey, we're making the kids fat!" or something to that affect. We don't get TLC but we do get Discovery and they keep showing commercials for it. It looks very interesting!

04-23-2006, 03:17 PM
I haven't seen the commerical but my Niece has. She says she's going to watch it. Her kids eat pretty bad and she's worried about them.

The burgers are good but it went right through me the last time I ate one. We'll see this time. Last time I ate it with guacamole which could have been bad. I didn't eat the guac this time, so we'll see. I think they are yummy but taste NOTHING like a real burger. They are what they are!

04-23-2006, 03:49 PM
Yeah that's how I feel about Boca Burgers. If you eat them thinking they'll taste like fatty meat, well, you're out of luck! But if you just eat them for what they are, they're pretty good.
Guacamole sure sounds good. Do you always make your own or do you buy it?

04-23-2006, 03:51 PM
Oh I meant to tell you all that I bought a women's magazine the other day when I left work for the sick day. They got me. The cover story was "supercharged weight watchers" and a story of one woman (named Melissa mind you) who lost almost 200 pounds in 2 years or something like that. Anyway, it was really funny because she basically just stayed op and followed the healthy guidelines. I thought, where's the supercharged secret I paid 1.50 for? :lol: They did have some samples menus that were good though (but of course not core).

04-23-2006, 03:51 PM
I bought the Trader Joe's kind and that's what I believe made me sick even though it tasted pretty good. I usually eat it out after checking to make sure that nothing non-Core is added. My very favorite is from Chipotle. It has garlic, a tiny bit of jalepeno, and some red onion. Yum! I'd love to make my own but I guess I'm too lazy. I don't know how to pick them or slice them.

04-23-2006, 03:55 PM
Me either, that's why I was wondering what you bought! But we don't have a Trader Joe's here. :( Maybe someone will teach us. :lol:

What do you all think about making Memorial Day goals? I just realized it is about 5 weeks away.

04-23-2006, 03:59 PM
I vote for life being back to normal! Oh you mean weight loss that will take some thought. I can't believe Memorial Day is only 5 weeks away. When do you move?

04-23-2006, 04:17 PM
We close on the 28th and will spend the next week moving. The final (big) moving day will be the 6th (Derby Day, not a great day to do anything around here). It's so close. I'm very, very stressed because I have two papers due, one on each of the next two Mondays. Great timing, huh? :stress:

04-23-2006, 04:19 PM
Oh and Memorial Day will also mark our 5th anniversary (well, it's the 25th) so I have ulterior motives. ;)

04-23-2006, 04:27 PM
I'll give it the old college try with you. My goals will be modest but I'll set some. I can't control the pounds that go off but I can follow the program and exercise.

04-23-2006, 04:29 PM
Well I can't control those silly pounds either, but I desperately want to move away from this number that I've been pals with for far too long. You have so much going on in your life that just staying op will be a major victory!!

04-23-2006, 04:34 PM
Have you started either of the papers?

04-23-2006, 04:51 PM
No. :o Which that wouldn't be the bad's that they're book review type papers and I haven't read the books. That's what I'm avoiding right now.
OK, BACK TO IT! :rollpin:

04-23-2006, 05:05 PM
Oh My! That's NOT good, GF.

04-23-2006, 05:39 PM
Hey goils. The sleeper is back. My eyes started bothering me again, so I took out my contacts, shut my eyes, and well ... I guess you can guess the rest of it.

Vickie, if you go into your User CP, then Edit Options, scroll down to where you set the date & time options. There are two things there and the first is time zone. There's a place where you'd select central (I'm assuming you're central time zone?) and then below that is a place where you select "automatically detect DST settings." Make sure that's done and you should be fine.

I love guacamole! I don't think there's anything people normally add that would make it non-Core, but I suppose some might add mayo, etc. A lot of the Mexican restaurants around here make it tableside and all it is is avocado, lemon juice, chopped onion, jalapenos, tomatoes and the spices. It's super easy and so good for you. We don't have Trader Joe's here either.

Speaking of the Derby, Melissa, I got this year's glass in the mail yesterday, and MIL's invitation to the big party. I think I'll insist that we go since my social calendar is empty and I'm so freakin' bored! I *MUST* be bored to want to go spend the afternoon with a group of people who are all 65 and older. :lol:

I hope you're reading books by now. :nono: Don't make us ground you from the internet until your schoolwork is done!!

I'm going to look at the spaghetti pie recipe too. Last night I was thinking I have some cottage cheese that needs to be used, and also that I should get up and try to cook. I'd like to make lasagna but I'm not sure Judd would go for the WW lasagna noodles however he likes the WW spaghetti so he might. We'll see. Erin had a pharmacy meeting at 3:00 and is coming home to get my grocery list after that.

I just got up and emptied/refilled the dishwasher. The whole time I was holding my breath hoping Judd didn't come home and find me. I need to change the sheets but will wait until tonight and have him either do it or help me. Oh and tonight's the first Maverick's playoff game so we'll be glued to the TV for a while. That is, assuming he comes home sane and at a decent time. He didn't call me last night but also left the cell phone on the kitchen counter. I guess that'll be his excuse, which is quite lame because there's a phone at the house he was staying at, and his friend has his Blackberry with him at ALL times. Oh well.

Alright, off to check the recipes now.

04-23-2006, 05:42 PM

Many thanks to Angela for mentioning the recipe and thanks to Sandra for posting it! It's exactly what I was looking for.

04-23-2006, 07:15 PM
Thanks for the directions, Kath. I looked all over user CP and never looked at edit options. It couldn't have been easier. I'll know when I post this if it worked. The ww lasagne noodles were great. They actually held the lasagne together better than the regular IMHO. One box isn't enough for a 9 x 13 pan though. I printed out the spaghetti recipe. I was thinking of using FF ricotta instead of cottage cheese. I'm afraid Jim will see the little lumps and not eat it. Sandra, can you see the lumps when it's baked?

I'm going to shower now. I fed Jim. Poor thing still can't eat soft foods yet; only liquid. I thought about calling the Doctor tomorrow but I think it's becuse he won't let me put that numbing gel on his tongue. Ugh. I hate it when patients won't do what I want them to do!

I have a prevention magazine and WW magazine to read in the bubble bath. I made myself plain chicken and a rice and bean dish. It was ok. I felt guilty eating it in front of Jim. He yelled at me and told me to stop worrying. I cried. Sheesh.

I'll be back tomorrow.

04-23-2006, 07:16 PM
Kathy, the time adjustment worked. Thanks! You're the best.

04-23-2006, 07:31 PM
Vickie, it's totally understandable that you are emotional right now. :hug:

Kathy, a Derby party in Texas huh? :) And yes, you all might have to ground me from the internet. I'm quite behind!

I guess it's time for me to get back to packing or studying. Something! :D

04-23-2006, 07:32 PM
I think the cottage cheese melts and you can't see lumps. The ricotta gets a little too grainy for my tastes.

Erin's back from the store and I guess I'll go in there and see what I need to do. I changed the sheets by myself and got worn out, so I have to rest for a little bit first.

04-23-2006, 07:35 PM

04-23-2006, 07:39 PM
Hey! Aren't you supposed to be reading???

Actually, I guess I'd better get in there and get busy. Maybe Judd will take pity and help me! I'm sure he'll complain that I'm up but I am really getting tired of eating fast food and he doesn't really cook.

She got me a bag of jelly beans though, so I'm a happy girl.

04-23-2006, 08:16 PM
Mission accomplished. Watch your local cable channel for our upcoming episode of "Wheelchair Cooking."

It was a doozy! I have total empathy for people who are in one for life. Of course, if that was the case, we would have to reconfigure the kitchen to accommodate the wheelchair. I had to line up a series of potholders all along the island so I could get the hot skillet of ground beef from the stove to the sink and back. Getting into the fridge and pantry was a little tough too because of the one leg that sticks straight out. I can't get up close to anything so I have to lean way over and it's dangerous. I did tip over the other day while picking something up off of the floor but wasn't hurt.

Now the lasagna is in the oven and maybe one of the others will make a salad. If not, we won't have any. Now I'm going to rest for a few more minutes.

04-23-2006, 08:24 PM
we just got home from the tournament. we had a blast. curtis shot in a group of 4 other folks. i stayed at registration and visited with friends. sure felt good to be around a lot of people. eatingwise i did great. one of the first things i did when we got there was peek at the menu and make my plan. then i stuck to it. now that's an accomplishment for me.

what an adorable bundle of joy! vickie, she's so tiny. makes me teary eyed.

kathy, does tanya live in texas? you might run a search on her.

saundra, you're right. the ride is wonderful. it sounds like you're having a peaceful sunday.

vickie, i'm glad you're going to ww tomorrow. you are the main one who got me to rejoin. it is important to go to meetings. and--of course--we don't have 7-11's in western montana. darn it!! i'll have to check at some of the local convenience stores to see what they have in the slurpee department.

angela, i hope you didn't get too much sun--but didn't you enjoy being out? i love this time of year.

melissa, "honey we're killing the kids" (i think?) we saw one episode. it was pretty good. they ran a computer simulation of what the kids would look like at 40 if they kept on eating the same. eyeopener for the parents. they were crying.

wow, melissa! you'll be moving soon. i vote for any challenge you come up with. this is the "turnaround" week for me. i weighed 190.4 fri. hope i can make it to the 180's this week. if not maybe by next week.

kathy, that spaghetti pie is good. hmmmmmmm i have all the ingredients. i should make some this week, too. you are amazing, woman. i can't imagine cooking from a wheelchair.

angela, thank you for reminding us of the recipe. i had put it on the "back burner" of my mind.

vickie, i don't remember seeing lumps. i'm not sure if they are there or not. angela prob remembers better than i do.

we got maple chicken recipes at ww fri. i'm going to make it soon and will post it. it's almost core.

got to go spend some time with curtis. he just came in and kissed me on the cheek. sure made me smile. now we'll watch tv together for awhile.

04-23-2006, 08:31 PM
LOL, Sandra! No, she lives outside of Nashville. I think I'll go up there and see if she wants to hang out.

It sounds like you had a good day! I'm glad you were able to stay on your plan in spite of being away from home. That's usually pretty tough to do.

04-23-2006, 08:53 PM
Sandra and Vickie, I think the lumps show a little...but no more than in regular lasagna. Ricotta would definitely blend in more smoothly, but I prefer the flavor of cottage cheese.

I did enjoy the open house, but am still feeling icky. I think it's my allergies.

Time for bath for the girls,

04-23-2006, 08:57 PM
I had to use regular instead of FF in mine because it's all I had. I figure it's not totally Core but neither are these jelly beans I've been eating. I may or may not have any. If I don't, I'll probably just eat some cereal or applesauce.

04-23-2006, 09:20 PM
Kathy, you should definitely have some. And yes, I am supposed to be reading. :p Be careful in that crazy wheelchair!!

Sandra, I'm so glad that you had a good weekend, both in fun and in eating. You are doing AWESOME! You're really inspiring me. I can't let you get too far ahead! :D

OK, like Kathy reminded us all, I should be reading. Ta-ta! ;)

04-23-2006, 09:25 PM
Hi Everyone
Hope everyone has had a great weekend. Cant believe the weekend is over already.
Well not much happening here. Went to BIL and the niece and I walked 3 miles. Only got 1 in yesterday. Had to walk on the treadmill. And when I walk on that it makes my feet and knees hurt. But it rained off and on all day. This morn we had a bad storm. But this afternoon was beautiful. But I think we are to get more rain this week. But we need it.
I have read the post. Was afraid to chance that. Will try and read them after I post this. And hopefully I can post this. I have tried to get on here. And have. But then when i go to start changing the pages to read the post that I have missed. it wont let me. And then freezes the computer.
So I am hoping everyone is doing ok.

VICKIE How are you and Jim doing. Keeping you in my prayers.
KATPO How are you doing. Hope you are healing nicely.
To everyone else I am thinking of you. Dont want to post too much and then it wont take it.
Well not looking forward to weigh in tomorrow evening.
Will try and let you know how it goes.
Take care everyone.

04-23-2006, 09:29 PM
Hey Septembersgoal
I got the same magazine. And I was disappointed. Where was the secret. I didnt see it. Thought maybe there would be something to motative me. But didnt find anything.

04-23-2006, 09:37 PM
Coco, there was definitely no big secret! She followed the plan and the plan worked! :D

Okay, really going to read now! :kickbutt:

04-23-2006, 10:30 PM
i thought i had some ff cottage cheese but it was past due to eat. oh, well, life goes on.

kathy, reba mcintyre lives in lancaster, doesn't she? :stars:

melissa, i have to confess i am getting nervous. i've lost down to 190 (big deal, right?) several times this past year only to regain up to around 200. i don't want to continue this cycle. i want to get to the 180's. so far so good. i'll relax more after i break this cycle.

coco, i am proud of you for going to wi even though you're dreading the scales. that takes courage.

04-23-2006, 11:21 PM
Hey Chicks! I just warmed up some LO Core mashed potatoes for Jim from the freezer. They tasted pretty darned good. He is SO hungry. I told him to just eat what he can and we'll toss the rest. I'm hungry too so I came in here to keep from eating. I did a couple of loads of laundry and had my bubble bath. I feel a little better but I can tell that I'm having some stress reactions. Better get a grip.

Sandra, you sound so darned perky. I wish it would rub off on me.

Poor Melissa, you sure don't sound like you want to be reading these books!

Kath, you are one determined woman. I admire you. I agree about the ricotta. Maybe I could blend the cottage cheese and ricotta. Or maybe I could just put the cottage cheese in the food processor before I use it to get rid of the lumps. Yeah....that's what I'll do. Jim and I used to really love the baked spaghetti from Fasoli's. We don't have them around here any more which is a good thing. Yum!

Coco, wish you could hang out more.

Did I mention that I'm REALLY dreading weigh in tomorrow? I and maybe Jim am going to the Niece's after weigh in tomorrow so I can sit with her and the oldest Great Niece while her husband goes grocery shopping with her Son. She really can't get around because of the C section and her daughter is a handful. I feel so sorry for her since she had to come home today without Sarah. She and her husband will be going to visit after they come home from shopping. The other Aunt and Uncle will be coming to sit in the afternoon. So sad.

I'll be back tomorrow. Time to go watch TV!

04-23-2006, 11:24 PM
Evening chickies,
Vickie you look like such a proud Auntie,,that picture is wonderful!
Melissa good luck getting all your reading in and You can do it.
Sandra thanks for starting another challenge...I need them!
Im not sure if this was answered or not,...but i use cottage cheese dosnt melt in your lasagne. I add it all the time..youd be better off using the ricotta cheese I guess , unless you can put your cottage cheese in a blender and let it whizz away for a long time.
Since dh is working till tomorrow I started some spring cleaning the bathroom done and one cupboard upstairs...Im determined to take it alittle at a time.. got in some activity points though.
have a good night everyone

04-23-2006, 11:25 PM
GMTA vickie on the cottage cheese!

04-23-2006, 11:40 PM
Sandra, I don't think you need to stress too much. You really seem determined and encouraged. I definitely think you're going to make it this time--for good!!

Vickie, I know it must be really hard not to do some serious emotional eating right now. You're doing great. Hang in there. That's so hard about your niece having to leave the baby at the hospital. I guess it's pretty common these days, but it must be really difficult.

Patti, glad to see you here! Sounds like you have been busy.

Off to bed. Good night chickies. :yawn:

04-24-2006, 01:20 AM
No, Sandra, Reba still lives in Oklahoma (and I suppose has a house in Nashville too). Janie Fricke lived down here a few years ago but I was never sure where. She attended some cutting horse events with a former coworker.

My eyes are really killing me now. They feel like they have sand in them; really sting and water all the time and generally are uncomfortable. I suppose I should go ahead and go to bed to let them rest.

I'll be back sometime tomorrow!

04-24-2006, 09:35 AM
Good Morning Chicks! I can't stay because I have a very busy morning planned. Jim is not going with me today so I need to get organized.

I hope you all have a great Monday. I'll be back later when I can.

04-24-2006, 09:54 AM
Morning! :sunny:

Kathy, reading your post made my eyes water. I hope that you're feeling better this morning.

Vickie, good luck with all you have to do today.

As for me, I'm feeling much better and trying to be productive. I truly want to do my best, even if this isn't the best circumstances. Plus, it's an exciting week! We close in 4 days! (not that I'm counting ;) )

04-24-2006, 10:18 AM
Good morning, my dear sweeties! I hope you're all doing well.

Melissa, you are singing my song today! I had a huge prayer session last night with myself (and of course, God too!) and have come to several conclusions. I MUST choose to be happy, and to do the right thing. I am worried about my foot and the possibility of ankle replacement surgery. I have vowed to stay off of the darn thing completely and keep all weight off of it. I go back next Wednesday (5/3) and so we will soon know the status. Now back to the prayers. If I have a problem (biggie right now is Shaun's issues and the fact that he and Judd do not speak) I MUST let go of it. I can't micro-mother Shaun, and Judd isn't hearing anything I say on the subject, so it's basically out of my hands. I also need to realize that God does NOT need my help. Boy, what a tough thing to learn!

I feel much better this morning too, in spite of not sleeping due to pain. I hadn't taken any pain medicine at all yesterday and I guess it all built up. Sometime during the night I took 3 pills (normal dosage is 2) and it kicked in quickly. I slept but when Judd's alarm went off, I decided to go ahead and sit up instead of sleeping. I put in my contacts and the left one still hurt, so I went and got another pair and they feel better. The other pair were new as of Saturday but maybe there was a little nick. I'm due for an exam so I'll go sometime in the next week or so. I think I'll also get a pair of glasses.

My camera should arrive today and I'm really excited about it! I've also been buying things on ebay but should probably stop now. LOL! I didn't realize how much it was until I searched. At least I got some summer clothes. Take a look:

I think one thing that makes me feel better is knowing that I actually got up and did something yesterday. Now that I know I'm able to cook and do some light housework, I don't feel quite so useless.

Vickie, enjoy your day! I'm sure your Niece will enjoy your company. Do they know yet when baby Sarah will be able to come home?

Melissa, I hope you don't get spazzed out this week about the closing and packing and moving. I know you probably will, but it'll all get done.

Alrighty, it's nearly time for breakfast. I think I'll have cheerios (Core-enough) with milk and a banana. When I get back on my feet, I'll resume my search for the WW Puffed Vanilla cereal. It's the only one with a Core checkmark and is actually my favorite anyway. I just can't find it at my usual stores; they have the others but not that kind.

Great days are coming for us all! I just KNOW it!

04-24-2006, 10:49 AM
I forgot something -- don't be surprised if I end up with a new car this week. Judd is determined to trade my Trailblazer in on a Toyota Prius. Anyone know anything about them? He says they get 50 mpg or something wacky like that! I'm telling him I think we owe too much on the Trailblazer to make a good deal, but he's going to work on it anyway.

04-24-2006, 11:09 AM
Kathy, it's so great to hear you in such good spirits. And look at those purchases you made! That's awesome.
I don't know much about the Pruis except that it's a hybrid (right?). Very environmentallly friendly! Have a great day (it sounds like you're on your way!). :hug:

04-24-2006, 11:21 AM
Wow, I hear cherping from those chickies out there! It sounds wonderful.

It's a cold dreary day here, so we need all the internet sunshine we can get.

Kathy, I love your new wardrobe. Wear it in good health. I think that your prayer session was a good thing. We all need to do that once in a while. We try so hard to make things happen, but the reality is, we can control only so much and only ourselves. You are inspiring.

Speaking of inspiration, Sandra, you are doing a fantastic job. You just keep on doing what you are, and the results will be there. I've seen how you've picked up everyone on the board and you should be down right proud of yourself.

Vickie, it sounds like a good day planned for you. It's good knowing that you are there for your niece. When we give of ourselves, it helps us to focus away from some of our stresses, and I know how much you have had to deal with. With everything going on in your life, you still haven't taken focus off of WW, and I commend you for that.

Frouf, how was Toronto? How did Emily do?

Angela, you had a busy weekend. I think giving those towels was a very special gesture.

Melissa, the count down begins. Wow, you must be excited. I hope that you got some reading done yesterday. I couldn't have my plate as full as yours, and I know that you'll do it all. I'm so glad that you're feeling better. You sound great and excited.

Patti, are you having the miserable weather there too? Sounds like you were ambitious yesterday. I need a little sunshine to motivate me.

Coco, you are one determined lady. Just keep on hanging in and it will work.

Okay, enough said,

04-24-2006, 01:01 PM
:sunny: Sending some more sunshine Saundra's way!! :sunny:

04-24-2006, 02:38 PM
Hi all! The trees are blooming today, and the grass is green and the sun is's a beautiful spring day. Unfortunately, my kids all have come down with the cold, and are not feeling well. Oh well, that's life. :)

So I was wondering if anyone has tried that "challenge" they put on the back of Post Healthy Classics cereal boxes. You know, where they say to eat cereal, milk, and fruit for 2 meals a day, and then a reasonable dinner? I was wondering if that was healthy, possible, etc. I really love cereal, and could probably enjoy eating that way. But, it's probably a stunt to get me to buy more cereal. :lol: I'm just looking for any way to get interest back into my diet.


04-24-2006, 02:42 PM
Angela, since the cereal probably isn't core, it would be going back to flex. I'm sure it's doable, for a period of time, but might get boring. If you need a jolt, why not?

04-24-2006, 03:22 PM
It's sorta like the Special K challenge, I guess. I think it sounds very doable because I also love cereal. That's my dinner sometimes when I can't think of anything else to have. It seems like it would be a good change to shake things up.

04-24-2006, 06:47 PM
hi, chickies. we've been busy today shooting and running errands. we stopped at dq on the way home. i got a 1 pt fudge bar. tasted heavenly!! i'm still doing great opwise. one day at a time--that's the way it's going to be for me.

vickie, i wish i were as perky as i sound. curtis and i just went to walmart. i normally have trouble keeping up with his pace. today it was impossible. i am moving very very slowly with this old tootsie. i guess i shouldn't complain, though, cuz i am moving.

patti, thank you for the credit but melissa's the one who started the challenge. i just jumped onboard. i like your challenge. i wish you the best of success.

melissa, thank you for the encouragement. i'm trying to do something different this time. the same thing kept getting me the same results. now why was i surprised? :lol:

kathy, there's always willie down near austin. also, he has a brother just west of grandview. :lol:

saundra, what a nice thing for you to say! thank you so much. you are very sweet.

angela, i haven't seen the cereal challenge. keep us posted on how you do.

04-24-2006, 08:32 PM
Hey Chicks! I'm home and VERY tired. I went to WW and gained 2.2 pounds. Everyone missed me and was happy to see me back, especially my Leader. It felt so good to be supported that I almost cried. I don't even care about the gain except to try to stop gaining and get back on my program. I just wish I wasn't so tired. I cannot be getting sick.

I know I'm worried about Jim's not being able to eat. I brought him a slurpee on my way home. He still won't use the numbing gel like the Doctor said so that he can eat. I made him plain old Campbell's chicken and noodle with those straw like mushy noodles and he couldn't eat many of them. He just asked me for an omelet so I made him one. It had to be FF cheddar because that's all I had. I never dreamed he'd ask for an omelet. I came in here so I don't know how much he ate. I'm trying not to hover. BTW, the weight is literally falling off of him. At least he's keeping hydrated. I keep saying prayers and reminding myself that I do not have control.

I'm going to go spend some time with him. Maybe I'll be back later. It's a gorgeous day here. I have the house open and it feels great. I just wish Jim could enjoy it more. Maybe tomorrow!

04-24-2006, 08:49 PM
That's right, missy! It's out of our hands. What a terribly hard lesson for control freaks like us! :hug: I'll be praying for you both.

Now about this gel. Is it icky tasting? Is that why he won't use it? I wonder if they have flavored gels for children that maybe you could get. It's worth a try.

Instead of pinto beans and brown rice, I ended up making ww spaghetti with broccoli, diced tomatoes and some very yummy chicken that MIL had brought over a few weeks ago (when she brought all those groceries). We put it in the freezer. It came from Costco in a large tray, and there were three packages with four chicken breasts in each package. We ate one of them the day she brought it, and it was lemon flavored. This one was mediterranean and it goes well with the broccoli and tomatoes. Judd was going to eat a Lean Cuisine but instead I made this and I think he must have liked it. Oh and watch for episode 2 of "Wheelchair Cooking". This one was even trickier but I made it just fine!

I'm having an unusually hard time with myself lately, being all emotional and introspective. Maybe I have too much time to sit around and think, maybe I'm tired of how things have been doing, but whatever it is, it sure is taxing. I had placed an order with Crossings Book Club last week and they arrived today. I got a new Women's Devotional Bible NIV, a bio of Sandi Patty (one of my favorite Christian music artists), The Purpose Driven Life and the accompanying journal. I'm debating whether to keep the PDL books or give them to Shaun. If I do, then I have to wonder if he's going to read them. I truly think they would help him, but of course it won't help a bit if he uses them as coasters! Oh what am I thinking?? The boy doesn't USE coasters! :lol:

I suppose I should go check on things in the family room before settling down for the evening. I'll be back in a little while.

04-24-2006, 09:10 PM
He ate the omelet! I'm SO relieved. I just tried to call my GF who is sick. Now she has troubles.

You go Kath you wild wheelchair Momma!

04-24-2006, 09:14 PM
Troubles? What sort of troubles? Did she get the blood test results back?

04-24-2006, 10:02 PM
Hey my busy little chickies - here I am back from our 'road trip' and trying to catch up on all the news!

Vickie - congrats on the new baby - both Sarah and you look lovely! I know it must be heard for your niece to leave her in the hospital - but she can focus on getting the nursery ready for her imminent arrival home!

Glad to hear that the omellette was a success! Hope Jim starts feeling better and eating more soon!

Wheelchair cooking? now there's an interesting concept. I am sorry I must confess a small giggle did escape my lips when I read about you tipping out of the chair (bad bad froufie). Glad you are focussing on managing what you can and leaving the rest in 'better' hands. And your ebay bargains are amazing- 3 shirts for $1? Are you kidding?

Coco - keep up the good walking!

Saundra - so what's up with this weather? I came home to find like a humongous pile of topsoil in the driveway - of course all soaking wet due to the rain this weekend - and did I mention all the DIRT/MUD on the front steps , on the driveway and some even made it into our vestibule/entryway (yes right after the cleaning lady's visit on Friday). I am not impressed, however I do commend dh for spreading the topsoil...also has grass seed to spread - and he even started preparing some flower beds for me - finally! Time to start my landscaping plans!

Melissa - are you almost all packed up? I bet you are super excited. Good luck w/the move!

Sandra - I am impressed with your dedication and I for one put my money on you to get into the 180's this week!

Now the weekend saga: Drive down was lovely and uneventful - nice sunshine until we hit Toronto - just a bit of rain. Hotel very nice except we had room near icemachine - ya I should have asked to be changed - did you know people get ice at all hours of the day and night? I also noticed we were all put on the same floor - and had visions of screaming little dancing girls roaming the halls and creating havoc all night (this psychic premonition did come true sat night - when I had to knock on the door of room 607 due to much giggling and running sounds of little girls. One girl said "i'll get it" - and I know she was too short to look thru the peephole? And she just went ahead and opened the door! I look in and see 6 little girls ages maybe 7-10? and I say is there an adult in here? and they say NO!!! - just like that!). I guess I did not look too threatening standing there in my red teddy bear nightie? I then see a women leaving another room down the hall heading this way - I ask if she 'belongs' to this room? Yes - well maybe there should be an adult here as the girls were running around)...and why in heck were they not in bed as it was midnight!

The competition - holy moly I have never seen so many false eyelashes, glittery hair and rhinestones in one place! The competition ran from friday afternoon to 6 pm sunday night - over 400 entries! So any time of the day or night (almost) if you wanted to watch you would just head over and get some entertainment! such amazing talent - of course there was one toronto dance school which had like 1/3 of the entries - and they were amazing! Walked away with most of the trophies of course - which was a bit unfair? They were definitely 'over represented".

Emily was okay - couple of meltdowns of course as I 'did not do her makeup properly' - of course had to blame it on me - and she ended up doing it herself. Her school did fairly well - with 1 first place and lots of ribbons and medals for the girls. Emily has one gold ribbon and one high silver! but was disappointed with this.

She was okay but still very self centered and selfish for the whole weekend and frankly I found it exhausting and annoying. And those backstage dressing rooms are tiny and hot and crowded - so I had to stay focussed and not go crazy as I tried to help her pin her costume and she was getting very impatient with me!

Saw my gf in Toronto for dinner both nights and stayed there last night (after a major meltdown in the car by dd!). Not fun! I think dd is so unappreciative of all she has and I am basically fed up with it? By the way the zen I got on ebay arrived the evening before we left so she was able to load it up and use it - I did remind her it was mine and I was loaning it to her.

I have since taken it away, did not drive her to dance class tonight and told her next saturday (another in town competition) I will drop her off and pick her up but will not stay with her? Why you ask? I told her I am NOT HER FRIEND. She cannot abuse and mistreat me and expect me to do things for her? I am ashamed and embarrased to say that I raised this selfish wicked child.

1) Dh makes a teasing comment upon seeing her ribbons - why don't I get ribbons like that? Her response: cuz you suck!

2) dh made a lovely roast for our dinner arrival. He put some green beans in micro to cook (7 mins) and I prepared some baked potatoes to go in after. Dd hovering around - makes a comment on 'why are we eating such gross food?" leaves a frozen lean cuisine on counter and goes upstairs.

Green beans come out - potatoes go in. She comes down a minute later and starts yelling about how dare we put the potatoes in - she was waiting for the microwave oven and while there was 7 mins to go for the potoates - too bad for us - she stops the oven and removes them? I put them back in - and say sorry - but we are trying to prepare our dinner and we did not know she was waiting for the oven.

I warn her that her behaviour is unaccpetable and I will NOT drive her to dance class tonight if she continues.

Well my meal is right here and I came down to put it in.....and I'm hungry. Well we are also very hungry. Too bad she says - and again proceeds to take the potatoes out and put her meal in, knowing full well the consequences.

At this point you can only imagine how I am feeling (more on this later) - I am livid but know that I will do extreme damage if I explode now. I just go upstairs and remove the zen (mp3player) from the computer (she was charging it) and put it in my drawer. (she later asks where HER zen is? excuse me? this is my zen and I have chosen to take it back right now).

Dh eats and has to leave (jamming) he is very disappointed due to lack of baked potato - and has no hesitation in tell me so? I get angry at him too now.

She dares knock on my door later to confirm I am not taking her? that's right? And I told her I am not her friend - I do not wish to speak with her - or interact with her - and will not be staying next sat at her competition.

She gets red faced and starts screaming at me - how she was good all weekend? and why am I being so mean? and how she needs me next sat and maybe I just want her to leave and go live on the street?

She has since been cocooned in her room - and I don't know what to do? I am so sick and tired of all of this - and it is really stressing me out?

I think I want to send her to one of those boot camp places? Not sure they have them in Canada? She has no idea how lucky she is and has no appreciation for anything? I guess I did not do a good job of raising her but I am hoping this can be fixed? She wanted to stay sunday night and we did (ends up crying sunday night that she wants to go home!). I shelled out over $500 this weekend, which does not include any of the dance classes, costumes, entry fees, choreography fees, accessories and makeup! I also took 2 days off of work and drove 10 hours to get her there and back? Where does she come off feeling this is her due? And demanding even more every time I turn around?

I know this is not a nice thing to say - but she is a wicked selfish child? And frankly if she left home I don't think I would miss her? Isn't that an awful thing for me to say? I am thinking of having her stay at her dad's for the summer? But of course she would view this as a punishment ( he lives in a small 2 bedroom apt - no computer!). I am wondering if this would make her realize what she has? Or is it a lost cause? Is she just a selfish teenager? and hopefully some maturity will help her realize her selfish ways? (I am trying desperatley to remember how I behaved when I was her age?).

I will be making an appt to speak w/her therapist cuz frankly I feel I am at my wit's end - and I don't want to say or do things that might cause more hurt and damage!


P.S. oh ya - I forgot my bc pills at home - so after 3 days of no pills I now have TOM - AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am not happy - bad headache, backache and feeling crummy - which probably explains some of the above?

04-24-2006, 10:24 PM
Oh goodness gracious! I repeat, GOODNESS GRACIOUS!!!

First of all, your lack of BC pills and the return of TOM does NOT excuse her behavior one bit! You were and are well within your rights to pull the plug on all of it -- driving here and there and spending money on an ungrateful spoiled child, to say nothing of the behavior at dinner!! That right there would have pushed me over the edge. I'm sure that I would have smacked the child across the mouth (which isn't the right thing to do, of course, but so tempting).

I really have no help to offer but just can't believe she's putting you thru this wringer. :hug: Bless your heart.

04-24-2006, 11:51 PM
vickie, i am very proud of you for going to ww. you are back on track. didn't you feel good when everyone was so glad to see you at the meeting. you are a rock to us and to them. you are a very important part of so many people's weightloss journey.

i'm glad jim ate the omelet. that's great news.

kathy, you might try lying the books wherre he would find them. maybe he'd pick them up. you are doing some mighty deep thinking. i think we all need to do that every now and then. you have a good attitude and a fabulous sense of humor. you're amazing, girl!

frouf, i am so sorry for all the drama at your house. sounds like dd needs some help. i don't envy you your decisions.

04-25-2006, 01:32 AM
Good night, dear friends. I'm just checking in before punching out for the day. ;) I fell asleep a little while ago and was surprised to wake up and see what time it was!

I called my baby Kate a minute ago and it was wonderful to hear her voice. I miss the little toot more than I thought I would. She loves her apartment and is doing well, and her eyes are improved.

Okay, off to bed now. See you in the morning!

04-25-2006, 09:59 AM
Good Morning Chicks! It is a gloomy, rainy, gray day here in Chicagoland. I can hear the wind and rain whipping outside. Jim had a bad night but was up early enough to get Cassie outside before the wind and rain started. She's quite fussy and does not want to go outside in those kind of conditions. Who could blame her!

I don't want to go out either but I must go out later. I think I'll get some more eggs and good cheese for Honey Lamb and a few other things I should have bought yesterday. Gotta keep nutrition in my honey. We also have to go to the LazBoy gallery later. We are thinking about buying new furniture for the family room. They are bringing in a piece especially for us since I told them I definitely would NOT buy a couch without sitting on it. They had the chair and it was GREAT! I have to make sure that the couch is comfy for me to lay on and watch TV. least my morning can be at my leisure. We have the cable guy coming again because our DVR box is not working reliably. They'll be switching it out instead of trying to fix it.

Now I'm going to go read posts and catch up with all of you.

04-25-2006, 10:07 AM
Good morning chicks. Just stopping by to say hello. I hope that you all have great days.
I'm trying very, very hard to remain composed and not flip out completely. :crazy:
Here's some willpower winks ;) ;) ;) and good luck :lucky: for us all! :lol:

04-25-2006, 10:31 AM
Saundra, thanks for all the support! It means alot to me. How are things going at WW? I always think of you when I go to the desk after weigh in. Yesterday, I bought my Spring Season Pass. It's really cool. It costs $149 and it is good for all weigh ins between April 30th and August 26th. That's 17 weeks and quite a savings since weekly fees here are $10.95. It's even a savings over the 10 coupon sheet that I normally buy for $99.50. What I really like about it the most is that it is a coupon that gets stapled to your weigh in book and I do not have to mess around tearing out those little coupons every week. Wow...I went off on a tangent! What's planned in your life for this week?

Angela, I've seen the cereal challenge. I suppose you could do it with Core cereals, right? I may be doing that a few nights while Jim's tongue is recuperating. I would not be good at cooking a meal for one. I hope the girls and you are feeling better soon. How's your SIL doing?

Sandra, I have DQ here. I'll have to check out those fudge bars. Jim and I would both like them. I need a Walmart trip too but not this week. I have too much responsibility this week and we really aren't in danger of running out of anything. Jim could always leave me in the dust! He works real hard to make sure he doesn't leave me behind. It helps that we hold hands all the time. Yep.....we are one of those couples. We hold hands as soon as we get out of the car and through the store.........

Gee Kath, you're a control freak too? Another example of the fact that we were separated at birth! Your dinner sounds fabulous (although I don't eat anything with oregano in it) and I can't tell you how I giggled here to think of you creating a new Food network show called wheelchair cooking! Of course you are being emotional and introspective! You are stuck in a wheelchair and bed. It would happen to anyone. My vote is to not waste the books on Shaun. He won't use them and you'll just feel upset. Maybe he'll see you reading them and ask to borrow them. I think if you just give them to him straight out, he'll rebel. My GF has troubles because she's the one waiting to hear if her brothers' bone marrow matches hers so that she can have a bone marrow transplant. She's still waiting to hear if the transfusion worked. Unfortunately, the transfusions don't work forever. I don't know if the gel tastes bad. It is the same stuff that the dentist rubs on before the novacaine shot so I don't think it's horrible. He just doesn't want to touch his tongue, I think.

Wow, Frouf! It was exhausting to read about your weekend and your return home. I do NOT think you are reacting unreasonably to Emily. I would pack her up and send her to her father so fast that her head would spin. At the very least, I would call her therapist. Where on earth does she get off thinking she is entitled to everything? I'm just floored that she didn't appreciate everything that you did for her over the weekend and all the money you spent on her. Obviously, nothing makes her happy. I'd be tempted to stop trying. As far as the kind of kid she is......some of it is just her blueprint from birth. My Sister and I have been talking about this alot in relation to her grandkids. They both have very strong, distinct personalities that I believe will follow them throughout life. Now, we'll be able to influence them alot but much of it maybe pre-programmed. I sure would find a way to show her how the ohter half lives. No one as wonderful, sweet, and giving as you deserves to be treated this way. I'm sorry you were feeling crummy last night. I hope you feel better today. I think Emily is really testing you. I know it won't be easy but try to hold to your guns or you may have to give her whatever she wants forever. I sure would have had MY baked potato! On a happier note though, it sounds like your DH is feeling better. He made you a lovely dinner AND started working on your landscaping that you have wanted for so long. At least there is a bright spot!

Oh.....all of a sudden I'm starving. I'm off to make breakfast. I'll be back.

04-25-2006, 10:32 AM
Hey Melissa! You've been so busy. This is a big week for you, GF! Are you working all week?

04-25-2006, 10:39 AM
Good gloomy morning to you all. It's pretty cool and raining. It is suppose to clear up this afternoon.
DS is coming in to do the inspection today. He's lecturing in Montreal, and will rent a car to drive in and out of Ottawa. I assume that he won't get here until about 5:00. I hope it all goes well, but since the house is under two years old, I don't anticipate any problems.

Vickie, so glad that you went to WW yesterday. It's good to have the support of the group and how nice of your leader to welcome you back. Isn't it wonderful the you found something to nourish Jim? You are a thoughtful wife and are doing a great job of looking after your guy.

Melissa, don't freak out, it will all happen. Just think, soon you'll be in your own place. Wonderful!

Frouf, what can I say? I'm so sorry about your trip. It does sound like Emily has some major issues. My niece has a son from previous short bad marriage. He is eighteen now, but when he was a young teen he rebelled against her new husband and daughter. It was a very difficult situation, and he wound up in a group home for almost a year. I'm not suggesting that to be a solution for you, but just to let you know that these things do happen. Things aren't perfect at their home, but a lot better than before. No wonder you have a headache!:hug:

Kathy, the TV crews are coming in form The Learning Chanel. Hey wheelchair cooking, what a concept.:)

Sandra, you are so positive, and I will continue to tell you how delighted I am for you.

Okay, I'm going to WW to see if maybe my glasses are there. It dawned on me that I worked on the 13th and maybe that's where I left them. Wish me good luck.

04-25-2006, 12:34 PM
I'm off on Friday, thank goodness! We close at 10am, then I'll be off to buy paint, a fridge, that sort of thing.

04-25-2006, 02:46 PM
Yes a cold and dreary day here - what happened to Spring?

Thanks so much for all the support - it really makes me feel better and that I am not a crazy person.

Things only got worse last night! Dd came to my room again - asking about 'her' zen (ya right) and how I was so mean to her (muttering ***** under her breath!)

And I went INSANE - I know I must have scared the 7 yr old who was trying to fall asleep (his bedroom is next door to ours). I started screaming at the top of my lungs at what an ingrate she was - and how I worked to get the $$ to support her dancing and such - and how dare she call me a *****, and remove my dinner, and make fun of my clothing/hair and badmouth me in front of her friends! She started crying about how she wasn't a bad kid (no drugs, smoking, bad grades etc) and how I treat her badly? Are you kidding?

At this point we are both crying and screeching and it wasn't pretty. She was very upset that I told her I was 'no longer her friend'....and I did not want to stay at the competition on saturday and would just drop her off and pick her up. Says she 'needs her mother there"!!! for what (more $$ to spend on her?).

She goes downstairs as if she is leaving the house - I follow - I put on my shoes grab my car keys and coat and leave the house - I am in the car screaming and crying - and hoping nobody is watching! I drive around the neighborhood - and park and cry and try to figure out what I have done wrong?

Of course I realize now I a) have to go to the washroom b) don't have cellphone with me and c) no money or id or anything? I end up parking near our house trying to calm down and not smash my car into a pole or tree or something! I drove by a few times still saw her bedroom light and den light on.

11:15 pm drive by (this started around 10 pm) and I note dh is home. He gets very worried when I am out with my phone so I ended up parking and coming in (I think dd checked the window to make sure I was home then went to bed - hope I freaked her out good). Dh had asked ds what happened but he did not hear the whole story. I was too tired and upset to even talk about it.

I now have swollen eyelids and of course a headache but decided to come in to work as I still need to unpack my stuff and I knew staying home would only make me more depressed.

Get to work to find my phone isn't working, then my computer not properly connected. Trying to adjust my new keyboard and screen and get organized, but not doing very well. And I have this newfangled mouse? with some sort of charging gizmo? Not sure what to do with this (any hi tech help appreciated). Because I have my keyboard tray quite tilted my mouse keeps sliding off (must find mouse pad!) then stops working. I have discovered that if I place it in the charger for a few seconds it will start working again - but this is becoming most annoying.

My eyes hurt and I don't want to see or speak to dd - I know she was on the phone with her dad for over an hour last night as he called and left me a message wondering what happened! I told her I need no more lip from her and some respect esp as the person who takes care of her and pays her bills and buys her stuff! A bit of gratitude and respect would go a long way. I am not sure how we can reconcile this.

And of course by the front door sits a UPS box with a pair of her very special shoes we ordered from the US via the internet as they were not available here! I am considering returning them - or just putting them away for a very long time! I know I'm such a *****!


04-25-2006, 02:59 PM
Frouf, you are the furtherest from being a ***** as is possible! She is lucky that I am not her Mom. I think you might have gotten her attention. Don't weaken. She needs to learn that she must treat people with respect in order to be treatly kindly in return. I'm sorry you had that whole drama. For what it's Mom and I did NOT get along well in my teen years. I did NOT get everything Emily gets but I did get alot. We had some knock down drag out fights. I remember calling my Mom a ***** under my breath several times. She eventually DID become my best friend and I miss her every day of my life. Have faith and be strong my friend. I'm sorry I can't help you with the mouse. Maybe it has to charge a long time when it is brand new?

I'm helping with the cable guy right now. I'll be back.

04-25-2006, 03:00 PM
Good Luck, Saundra. I hope you found your glasses.

Melissa, I LOVE to shop for appliances. Can I come too?

04-25-2006, 03:18 PM
Good morning! Sleeping beauty is finally here and not feeling all that perky today. And Judd's home -- what's up with that?

He woke me up at noon by taking a picture of me with my new camera that had just arrived. Then he laid it all down beside me ... camera, USB cable, software, manuals ... with instructions for me to read it. Uh, yeah, thanks. I'm sleeping here. I took pain medicine around 1 this morning and it knocked me out good. I can't tell him this, but I fell yesterday and landed on my foot. I thought I was going to pass out from the pain! It's a little swollen this morning and pretty sore, so I hope I didn't do any more damage. He would yell at me, even though I was using the crutches at the time.

Frouf, that's some major drama you've got going. The dinner scene was bad enough but that late night stuff is just crazy! I agree with Vickie that you shouldn't soften at this point. If you're starting to get her attention, you have to follow thru or it'll repeat (and escalate) sometime in the future. Now listen to me giving out parenting advice! That's a good one! :lol3:

I'm hungry but not inclined to get up. Judd just brought me a big glass of ice water so that'll help a little. We have sweet potatoes that should be cooked so I'm thinking about making them tonight like MIL made those at Easter. She just sliced them into rounds and baked them in olive oil. We also have some snow peas and that sounds good too. Now I just have to decide whether to make chicken or fish. If chicken, someone needs to put it out to thaw. Last night's dinner was good but I didn't put oregano in it, Vickie. Just spaghetti, olive oil, broccoli, tomatoes and chicken. Oh and some garlic pepper. Everyone liked it.

Saundra, I hope by now you have your glasses back. We all know how annoying it is to lose things like that! Good luck to your DS on the inspection today.

Melissa, thanks for everything. ;) You'll get thru this week somehow and of course you'll be mentally and physically exhausted by this time next week but keep your eye on the finish line. You'll be so happy to be in your very own home that it'll all be worth it!

Everybody have a grand day! I'm going to try to do the same. I have my new books right here (and then there's that camera manual I'm supposed to be memorizing!) so there's plenty to keep me occupied.

04-25-2006, 03:45 PM
Okay, I didn't find my glasses. I've pretty much given up and have to admit that I've lost them. It's down right cold out there with a heavy duty wind. I went out without gloves and scarf, and was freezing.

Ds called, and is on route. I made a special veggie soup with short ribs, which we call flaken. It smells yummy, and I can feed ds some before he heads back to Montreal.

Frouf, I started reading from the recipe sights you gave me. The one with all the chapters is amazing. I want to print it all, what a lot of work she did to set it up. I still haven't taken the crock pot out of the box. Oh, by the way, I found Dr. Praeger's int the kosher frozen food section at Lobalws. I was delighted not to have to make another trip to Bank Street.
Ditto on parenting skills. We must hold firm. My sister's thiry two year old still plays tricks on her. She won't come visit from Toronto to London unless parents pay the bus trip. However, she's going to England for two weeks next month. I told my sister that if she continues to play the game, then things will never change. So you see, do it now, hold firm.

Kathy, I hope you didn't hurt your foot further. That's why I didn't get crutches. I'm too much of a klutz. I missed my treatment yesterday (thought it was today), but go tomorrow and Friday.

Melissa, what colour fridge are you getting? Are they leaving the other appliances? It will be fun. Thank goodness you're off on Friday, you'll need the time.

Vickie, it will be nice when you're system is all set up. I agree about buying a couch, you must make sure it's right for you guys. I smile when I hear you say that you and Jim hold hands a lot. So do Bern and I. I just ordered tickets for a play in Niagara, and could only get one behind the other. I complained to the ticket fellow that we wouldn't be able to hold hands.:o
I still bought them.

Oh, I only worked one shift at WW. The only thing they keep offering me is to do evening meetings which don't appeal to me. It doesn't give the opportunity to talk to people, which is what I want. I haven't signed the HR papers yet, and am not sure that I'm going to. Maybe I should just be a stay at home (and available) wife, mom and grandma.:)

04-25-2006, 04:06 PM
The sun is trying to come out here! Yippee.

Saundra, bummer on the still missing glasses AND the lousy WW hours. Someone else told me that when you are new WW gives you all the hours no one else wants. This happened to a Leader that I knew. For a while, all she could get was one Thursday night meeting. You sound really excited about your DS coming. From your description, today sounds like a really good stew/soup kind of day. My oatmeal tasted good in the dark dreary weather today.

Kath, that was a cute way for Judd to announce the arrival of your new camera. I'm sure you'll have great fun with it. fell and didn't tell US either. Probably because we'd yell too!!!!! As far as parenting advice least you had some.....I have some nerve don't I!!!!! I though all Mediterranian food had oregano. Who knew? Probably everyone but me. And why IS Judd home? Is he sick?

Ohhhhh, I'm hungry. Time for some FF cottage cheese and pineapple.

04-25-2006, 04:16 PM
Hmm ... good point about the Med. food. It was a flavoring on the chicken but I didn't taste oregano although there might have been some. I didn't add anything like that -- that's what I thought you meant. Now I understand. It was really good.

Saundra, too bad about the glasses. I really hate losing things. As for the crutches, in my case it was a choice between crutches and bedpan, and believe me, I choose crutches. Otherwise I can't get out of bed. The wheelchair won't fit around all the corners and into the bathroom, etc. We have the invalid pottychair that sits over the regular commode and has handrails, etc. but getting there is the trick.

I can't believe it's been a month since the accident. I will share my blog entry for today. I thought it was a good one.

It was an accident! Or was it?

One month ago today, I woke up to a beautiful, sunny Saturday in north Texas. I went to work for a few hours, ran some errands on the way home, and then on a whim I called my husband Judd and asked if I could join him. He was playing golf with two of his friends. He immediately answered, “Sure! Come on out!” so off I went! I got to the course and a marshal took me out to join them. They were just a few holes in so it only took a minute to reach them.

We were having such a great time – I enjoy watching him interact with his friends. Guys are so funny and goofy but let me tell you this: if my girlfriends talked to me the way these guys talk to each other, I would retreat to the corner and cry for a month. They are brutal! But that’s just the way guys are, I suppose.

We had just started the back nine and were zipping along the cart path when all of a sudden, he shouted “hang on!” at precisely the moment he left the path and drove onto the fairway. I’ve replayed the scene over and over in my head at least a thousand times, and for the life of me I can’t figure out what happened, but the bottom line is that I made a very unladylike exit out the right side of the cart and landed on my left hip. And then the cart ran over me.

Well, as you can imagine, I was stunned! I do remember thinking, “Yowsers, that hurts!” and I was getting to my feet as Judd was running over to me. I stood … so far, so good … then looked down. Right foot looks good. Whew! Left foot … wait just a darn minute! While I have no formal medical training, I sensed immediately that something wasn’t right. My left foot was pointing to 10 o’clock.

As for what came next, I only have scraps of memories that surface from time to time. Flying down the shoulder of the highway. Being grateful that they took me straight back instead of making me sit in the waiting room. Hearing them say they were going to have to cut my jeans off. Feeling hopeful when the doctor said there was a possibility that it was just badly dislocated, then having those hopes crushed when he came back to say that I had a very serious, complicated injury and was being transferred via ambulance to a larger hospital. The ambulance ride. Being taken straight into the waiting OR and hearing the talk swirling around my head but not really understanding any of it.

A few days later I was released from the hospital. Recovery has been quite a tediously slow and difficult time for me. I’m not used to being flat on my back in bed 24 hours a day. I have a million things I need to do and it's a chore to do the simplest of tasks. All I can do is lie here and think. And here’s what I think.

Be careful what you ask for. I had been saying that I needed a break, and so God, in His infinite wisdom and with a keen sense of humor, gave me one. Why, oh WHY couldn’t I have used the term “vacation”? There’s no room for misunderstanding there.

04-25-2006, 04:38 PM
Kathy, SO beautifully written. I'm sure I'd enjoy reading your entries on happier days. I feel sorry for you but know that you will make the best of this ugly situation. It's just your nature.

04-25-2006, 04:38 PM
Kathy:hug: I'm actually teary eyed. You poor soul, you've been through so much.

04-25-2006, 04:46 PM
Ooh, thanks you guys! I love to write! I promise there will be happy entries in the near future.

04-25-2006, 04:48 PM
Oh Kathy - what a saga! I know you are still so thankful that it wasn't worse, that you got good and immediate medical attention, and you have time to heal and reflect (maybe a little too much?) on life in general! I am very unhappy tho that you accidentally feel on your foot again the other day - and I hope the swelling goes down. Make sure you tell the dr what happened on your next visit!

Saundra - a very cold and blustery day - definitely good for a hearty soup! Thanks for the info on the Dr. Praeger's - I will look for them next time I'm out shopping.

Vickie - I think you and Jim should show up at the lazyboy store in your jammies, with your snacks, tv guide and any other tv watching gear and do a 'simulation' BEFORE buying any piece of furniture :) You want to make sure you and Jim can get as comfy and cozy as possible - in the style you are accustomed to.

I have not unpacked anything today - what a bummer - everything seems to be going wrong! (Did I mention all my bookmarks are now gone? and were never transferred from my old machine to my new one?)...and I have a call into the help desk to set up my internet email account so I can send links (which I discovered did not work either!).

Not sure about even talking to dd - I have nothing really to say to her at this time. Funny thing is I got a message from my women's group - 2nd year we are doing a mother/daughter mother's day tea (fundraising) and last year we went (under duress she agreed to attend)...but frankly I don't want to argue and make her go this year - I will buy a ticket but I shall break w/tradition and maybe take little ds instead. I think he would love it...and I was kind of peeved last year that we could only take daughters (and felt bad for those women who only had sons!).

Dh had a dr appt this am so called me at around noon and asked me out to lunch. Altho I was not in the greatest mood of course - came and picked me up and we went to a local hamburger joint. I ordered 'core' - had the chicken breast (no bun) with avocado, tomato, and grilled shrimp on top w/side salad and vinaigrette (on the side - lightly used) - but I did snitch a couple of sweet potato sticks from dh.

I did have some chocolate this pm tho - working on getting used to very dark, high cocoa content stuff - supposed to be good for you? As it is not very sweet and a bit bitter you certainly don't want to eat a lot of it (I had about 1.5 ounces). Also having some sf iced tea as I am very thirsty and realized I have had no water tody at all!

My eyes are still puffy and my head still hurts and I am cranky. Leaving soon for nail appt - hopefully this will cheer me up somewhat.

Best news I had today - ELTON JOHN IS COMING TO OTTAWA!!! Early november - the Red Piano tour - I am in heaven and already trying to figure out how to get tickets! (Last time he was in town a few years ago I stayed up all night outside the ticket place so I could be there when they opened and tickets went on sale! - had a blast with all the other elton fans!). This year different ticket place so can't do this (much to dh's relief) Have a few months to figure out my strategy tho?

Time to pack up - yippee!


04-25-2006, 05:01 PM
Frouf, last time Elton came I went with Adam, (youngest) and we had floor seats, ninth row, in front of the piano. I got them from a guy in Toronto (newspaper ad), and they were a fortune. Now that I'm not working, I won't be able to do that again.

04-25-2006, 05:16 PM
Hey, so you guys probably went to the same concert a few years ago? If so, how cool is that??? I LOVE Elton John too -- grew up listening to Bennie and the Jets and songs like that. His 70s music makes me so nostalgic.

Frouf, you should take your DS to the tea and make sure all the other mothers who have sons know you're doing it. How snarky that it's limited to girls -- if it's a Mother's Day thing, it shouldn't matter whether it was a boy or a girl who made you a mother! Sheesh!

I'm working on the bank account and becoming increasingly irked at the amount of golf expenses. Just last weekend, it was a little over $200. And since I'm not getting paid this week, I am starting to squirm a little bit. From what Cigna tells me, they're still THINKING about continuing my claim. Hey, could you think a little faster here? I've got my regular bills to pay, plus now the hospital and doctor and anesthesiologist bills are pouring in.

04-25-2006, 07:36 PM
To Vickie: Your help with the answer to grits helped. I weighed in today and lost l-1/2 lbs. I think I will give core another week. Thanks again

04-25-2006, 07:36 PM
hi, chickies. i didn't go to walmart today. i just went to the grocery store. i'm still not up to a lot of walking. thought i was but was wrong.

vickie, that's sweet that you and jim hold hands. we do sometimes but not always. yesterday was one of those "not always." i overdid it walking yesterday and hurt a bit last night. life goes on.

saundra, i'm still op. i am eating more this week so i'm a tad worried about the scales friday. guess time will tell. thank you for supporting me. you're helping me a lot to stay op .i hope you find your glasses soon. i'll bet they are in a "safe" place. that's where the molds for my orthodics are. can't find them anywhere.

kathy, do you need to call your doctor after your fall? i can't believe they don't have you come in more often. your episode is beautifully written. are you going to submit it to a magazine?

melissa, the excitement is building. are you going to start painting this weekend?

frouf, i hope tonight's a better night for you.

i need to get off here now and take a shower. it's windy out and dirt blew all over me when we were at the outdoor archery range this morning. i'll be back later to check on everyone.

04-25-2006, 08:12 PM
Sandra, have you talked to your son today? They're having strong storms with hail over there. It's headed this way I think.

My story is today's entry in my journal. I thought about it last night while trying to fall asleep. I can't believe I've been laying here for an entire month. That just blows my mind!

It sounds like you had a good day. I wouldn't worry about the w/i on Friday. You still have two days and it seems as though you've stayed on the straight and narrow!

04-25-2006, 08:30 PM
Hi all! I just realized I forgot to tell you all that today is my 10th anniversary! Dh and I celebrated last Friday, so I forgot about it already. :) Tonight we're just going to watch a movie down in the theater room, and relax. I can't belive I've been married 10 years! Wow.

Anyhoo, just had to share. Life is good.


04-25-2006, 09:17 PM
Congratulations, Angela! May you have many, many more happy years with your sweet and thoughtful DH.

04-25-2006, 09:21 PM
Congratulations, Angela! :cheers:

Frouf, I'm so sorry. I don't really know what else to say. I agree with the others though, it seems like backing down from her won't do any good. She can know you love her without getting everything she wants. :hug:

Vickie, I'm glad to know that Jim is eating some. I know you feel better about that. I hope all went well with the cable guy too.

Sandra, you are doing so great. Keep it up gf!

You guys I am so tired. I think it's the stress. I always get really, really tired when I'm stressed. In college I really had a lot of trouble because when it came down to a deadline (as it always does for me) I would get super fatigued. Some people get hyped up at being backed in a corner; I fall asleep while I am in the middle of an activity. I'm going to do a little more packing and then I may call it a night despite having so much to do with the paper.
I'll talk to you chicks tomorrow!

04-25-2006, 09:56 PM
I can understand your moving stress melissa (says the lazy frouf who still has not unpacked her office stuff!). Definitely do what you can then take a break/nap/sleep if you have to! It will all happen!

HAPPY 10TH ANNIVERSARY Angela! A real milestone which you should be proud of - hope you enjoy your movie night at home!

Saundra - we had 3 row seats on the floor in FRONT OF THE PIANO - and I was in heaven - I could see elton john's hands on the keyboard - and the diet coke he was sipping! I was just grinning from ear to ear the whole time - and dh had a camera so we got some great shots of him....and the guy next to me actually had a copy of the PLAYLIST - which was good and bad! I was able to see all the songs that were coming - but was a bit disappointed at what was NOT on the list!

Big ds already investigating tickets for me - looks like I might be getting a 'rocket' membership for mother's day - which would entitle me to some special lot of tickets? Hope this is true!

Kathy - hope the $$$ for the bills arrives pronto! I would also be nervous - speaking of which I now realize I still have not heard from that HR lady about the $$ I am owed! I guess I shall start harassing her again!

Got my nails done after work - got home - and didn't feel like roast beef so I had scrambeld eggs, tomato slices and bagel w/a coffee. Was feeling munchy so I just had a small bag of pecan pieces - not core, but at least somewhat healthy altho fattening.

Need to go to bed early as I am just exhausted emotionally! Dd is at her dad's right now so I have not had to interact with her and frankly I don't intend to. She did leave me a very nasty note (addressed to The Queen) saying she would do her dishwasher chores when she got home! I am still so angry at her I can't believe it - and I know I should not react or speak to her cuz I will not be nice at all - I need to remember she is just 14.

I agree that I will bring little ds to the tea party - I know he would enjoy it and appreciate it way more than she would (and he looks so cute dressed up in his shirt and tie!).

Tomorrow is girl's night out with my women's group - a traditional post-passover outing - we are going to Milestones - I am looking forward to it - but need to make arrangements for dd pickup/delivery from art class - in fact I really don't even want to drive her! I am becoming a very nasty mom.

I sure hope I am in better spirits tomorrow!


04-26-2006, 09:51 AM
Wow, slow night!
I hope that everyone has a great day.

04-26-2006, 10:09 AM
Good morning all! We had a nice evening yesterday. We watched Tristan & Isolde, which was my compromise for an action and chick flick. It was entertaining, but bugged me that the two spent the whole movie mooning over each other, ignoring all the good things around them. I think I'm showing my age (:lol:) here, but I preferred the older king to the young, perpetually moist-eyed lover.

But it was amusing, and the visuals were very beautiful, so I wasn't upset with the movie.

I think today we may be starting to plant stuff for our greenhouse. It got down to below freezing last night, so there's frost on the ground this morning. Luckily, it wasn't a hard frost, so the tender new leaves/blossoms aren't hurt.

Better go get the muffins ready for the girls... I'm having cereal. :)


04-26-2006, 11:17 AM
So Frouf. you outdid us. I hope you get great seats again. As I said, we probably won't go this time. $$$$$

Ds with MS is doing the Walk for the Cure on Sunday. He's collected almost $1000.00 so far in pledges. I am so proud of him. He wrote the most beautiful piece on his MS web page. It's hard for us, but he is doing so well, thank God.

We've got a bee in our bonnet to go to Disney in November. We're going to do some pricing today. Maybe, we'll forego the summer getaway for it. Gotta see how much.

I'm going to Physio now, bbl....

04-26-2006, 11:21 AM
Glad you enjoyed the movie Angela - still pretty cold here at night. We generally don't start planting until Victoria Day weekend - which is around May 20th - when all the nurseries do a fantastic business!

Speaking of which I guess I need to definitely PLAN my landscaping and garden in the next week or so - before we lose all tht topsoil! Need to get on the web and find a good gardening site with some 'sample' gardens. I know I would love another dwarf flowering almond...and maybe a weeping pea shrub, some silver mound, maybe a burning bush and some other colorful bushes - will fill in w/perennials/annuals as the season progresses. Still a pretty expensive endeavour tho - and I await my tax refund cheque w/anticipation as I will use that money for the garden and patio set/bbq - assuming dh can complete the backyard work!

I am sitting here in the dark by the way as I have that flickering overhead light fixture bugging me today. It was fixed and was okay yesterday but today when I turned my office light on it was flickering and driving me crazy! Need to call maintenance to come fix it.

Still not talking to dd - and have not actually 'seen' her since our big blowout on monday night (she leaves for school around 7:30 while I am in the shower or bathroom). Spent last night at dad's - not home til after 10 pm and I was already in my bedroom...and did not see her again this am (altho she did unload, reload and run the dishwasher before going to bed last night).

I am supposed to drive her to art class tonight but frankly don't want to be with her - maybe dh will drive her? In any case I have a dinner out tonight - not sure if I will be done in time to pick her up (9:15) so will see if her dad is available?

Eating is not on plan either - someone finished the light cream in the fridge which made me very crankly - went downstairs to grab a coffee - and of course a muffin as well. Will try to do better later!

Here is where I am (supposedly) going tonight!:

Will check in later to see how everyone is doing today!


04-26-2006, 01:05 PM
Good Morning Chicks! I slept until 10:00. I can hardly believe it! Melissa, I have the same problem when I'm stressed.....all I want to do is sleep or eat. It's not pretty!

We did go to LaZBoy yesterday afternoon and bought a wonderful new sofa and loveseat. I got it in a nice netural color called cafe which is a taupey brown. It blends nicely with the brick in my fireplace in the family room. That way if I change the colors in there, I'm not forced to replace the furniture. It cost more than I really wanted to spend but it's worth it. I never liked the current stuff I have. I'm really going to have to watch my spending now and start eating at home more.

I have to go get some food together for me and Jim. I'll be back in a little while to answer posts.

04-26-2006, 01:18 PM
Good morning sleepyhead!

I have the same problem when I'm stressed.....all I want to do is sleep or eat. It's not pretty!

Actually Vickie - that's not very bad - I actually want to eat AND sleep! (at least you can't eat while you're sleeping! ha ha ha)

Where is our other 'sleeping beauty'? Guess she's not up yet?

Remember that flickering light in my office - well I was gone to a meeting - left my light on - and now it seems okay? so the real question is was someone in here to fix it while I was out? (no one seems to have noticed anyone?). Or was I imagining it? (ya right). So now when they come to fix the non-existant flicker they will simply assume I'm on drugs or something!

Need pics of the new furniture Vickie - I assume it will be delivered shortly? The 2 of you will never want to leave the house, what with the new comfy couch, fabulous tv and gorgeous entertainment center!

It is lunchtime now - and I think I am procrastinating about unpacking my bins! They are still here by the way - 5 large big plastic bins - ready to go into my filing cabinet - but I just don't want to do it! I know I will feel better tho once everything is unpacked and somewhat organized?

Will eat lunch first as I need my strength to unpack right?:)


04-26-2006, 01:42 PM
Frouf, :queen: I SO agree with your idea to take DS to the luncheon! He'll enjoy it AND it sends a message to Emily. Why would you want to spend time doing something that is supposed to honor you and be fun for you with someone you have to FORCE to be there. Hang tough. You just have to try to stop the cycle. I know she'll come around. Don't worry about your unpacking. Everything will get taken care of eventually. You made me laugh about me and Jim at the LaZBoy store. I'm embarassed to say that I took off my shoes and layed down on the couch in the same positions that I do when I'm at home. I was NOT going to buy a sofa that didn't work for me. The saleslady said lots of people do that. She said they had a guy come in to buy a chair one time. He brought in his book, reclined the chair and sat in it reading for an hour while everyone walked around him. At the end of the hour he got up and proclaimed that he would buy the chair. Too funny! I'm so glad your DH is feeling better about himself these days and therefore better able to make you feel better too. It was great that he came to take you out to lunch and you were FABULOUS with what you ate. Good Girl! I've been reading in Prevention magazine of the benefits of dark chocolate (which is my favorite anyway!). One of the most recommended brands, and that used in many of the studies, is Dove dark. It isn't expensive at all and is indivdually wrapped. They are 1 point a piece but are very decadent and creamy on the tongue. And....they are GOOD for you! Can you buy this brand in Canada? I'm a big fan of Elton John too. Growing up with 70's music, how could you not be a fan? I can't afford to go this time and couldn't get tickets last time. It would have cost us about $300-400 each to sit in decent seats. I hope your headache is better now. Will you come and design my yard? I have NO creativity. Milsestones looks like it could be a great Core place with just a few modifications. Have you decided what you will order yet?

Kath, I'm sure Judd will understand :( when you cut him back a bit on the golfing. I remember my Dad golfing when I was a kid and it was really expensive back in the 70's too.

Ruth, congratulations on your loss! I'm glad those grits worked for you. Keep up the great work! :carrot:

Sandra, take it easy on that foot. It'll take some time for it to heal. Try not to worry about the scale too much. As long as you are eating healthy food and paying attention to your comfort zone, I'm sure you'll be fine. I looked at your menu and didn't think it was too much. Remember, you've had too big weeks and maybe this will be a smaller loss wee. Remember how my losses fluctuated when I was op and losing? I have faith in you.

Angela, Congratulations on your 10th anniversary! Doesn't time fly? I remember last year when you were planning your big secret abduction of your DH. Have we really all been together that long?

Melissa, you even sounded tired in your post. Wake up GF! Get those papers done so they aren't hanging over your head anymore. Don't I sound like I was a Mother? I think it is the former Manager in me. I hope you're feeling more perky today. Everything is SO hard when you are feeling sluggish.

Saundra, good luck to your DS on the walk. I didn't know he has MS. Such a difficult disease. I'm glad he's doing well and is so active. Jim and I have never been to Disney and I'd like to go someday. I said I would go when I was slim and could fit comfortably on all the rides. That day isn't here yet. Will you go to World or Land? How did PT go? Was that your last session?

Wow....I was behind!

04-26-2006, 01:45 PM
It's not a great picture but here it is.

You cannot see it in the photo, but the material is microfiber and has "grain" in it that makes it look like nubuck leather. It is very soft and appealing to touch.

04-26-2006, 01:46 PM
Oh poop. The color won't take in the link. If you want to see it in the color, choose customize product and type in fabric code 845264.

04-26-2006, 01:59 PM
Vickie, I love it! I would have picked that colour too. I agree, it is neutral and will go with any future changes that you may make. I hope that you and Jim have great snuggles on your new sofa.
I'm adding massage therapy (different coverage) to my treatments. Now, I'm doing one physio and two massages weekly. I'll do that for a few weeks and hopefully be near the end.

Now, I've got to go to the dentist. It's just a checkup and cleaning, but I'll be glad when it's over.:)

04-26-2006, 02:29 PM
Good morning ... er, afternoon! I swore up and down last night that I would get up on time this morning. I didn't take the pain medicine until around midnight though, and it seems like it's been taking 4-5 hours to start working. By morning when Judd left, I was still so out of it that I didn't even try to get up.

But now I am. I'm still a little woozy so I'll be back later to read everything better. I skimmed the posts to try and keep up.

Vickie, the furniture is great! I like that color and it's probably what I would have picked as well. Very, very nice! I hope Jim is better today..

Saundra, I didn't know about your DS either. That's amazing how much he has raised and I hope he makes it thru the event successfully. I hope physio was good today.

Frouf, you hang tough, girl. I want Emily to realize what she has (had?) and somehow, some way, learn to appreciate you. Quite easy for me to say, huh? I agree that your DH seems somewhat improved lately, what with the landscaping start and all. You're going to have a beautiful yard finally! I remember you saying last summer how it has been put off for so long and how much you wanted a nice yard. This could be the year!

Angela, I've never heard of that movie but even so, I tend to agree with you. It takes a long time for people to realize that love isn't all butterflies in the gut or cold chills and hot flashes when you get a glimpse of your loved one. Of course, those are great things to have, but when it fades and when the newness wears off, you'd better be left with something besides a physical attraction! Enjoy digging in the dirt today. Will Lorena be helping? How is she doing?

Melissa, I know you're starting to panic. Just make your big list and do what you can. This stressful time will be over soon. :hug:

I talked to Shaun for a little while last night. I'm sorry to say I was a little emotional during the talk and cried a little, and he was worried and kept telling me it would all be okay. I had started out by asking if he had eaten yesterday and he said he did come down and get a piece of pizza. That's all he had had all day. I told him he needed to eat a whole lot more often that that, and that I wanted him to feel like he was a part of the household and feel comfortable. He said "it is what it is." That didn't sound good to me and I guess that's why I cried a little. Anyway, I felt better after we talked. I asked if he'd like a book to read and he said it depends on the book. I described the book to him and told him to think about it, and that today we would talk more and I'd let him flip thru it. I won't push it on him but I do think it would help and he has the free time to read. I guess we'll see.

Not much going on here today. Judd is helping a guy from work pick up a bed from Foley's at the mall. The guy bought a floor model and Foley's doesn't deliver floor models, and since Judd has a truck ... you know the rest. And then he has bowling, so he won't be home until around 9:00 tonight. I am going to make the pinto beans and brown rice tonight. It's easy and will reheat nicely.

04-26-2006, 02:36 PM
Oh, hey, what did you all think of American Idol last night? I'm afraid Kellie is a goner after having two bad weeks in a row. I'm not sure why Paula was crying after Elliott's performance (Judd thinks she's drunk most of the time) because while it was good, it wasn't GREAT in my opinion. I liked Katherine, Taylor and Chris. Poor Taylor, it was all he could do to contain his moves. That boy just wants to GET DOWN!

At this point, I really think Chris could take it all.

04-26-2006, 02:37 PM
Hey Kath, don't worry about the odd sleeping hours. You aren't ready to go back to work yet so why sweat it. It's nice that Judd is helping out even though it leaves you home basically alone. It would be great if Shaun actually read those books. You're smart not to force it on him though. He needs to think it's his idea. Any more news about when he reports? Is it all set in terms of his physcial condition and such?

Saundra, I'm glad you and Kathy liked the couch. It's so hard to pick that stuff without another woman's opinion. Jim tries but.......he's a guy! It looks kind of stiff in the picture but it is very soft and comfortable even when I lay down across the seat. I hope your PT goes well. I sure do like the idea of a massage on my feet.

I need to start thinking about the treadmill again. I've got my new shoes and the heel is not too sore.

Jim actually ate a whole can of campbell's basic chicken noodle. YAY!!! This is the first time he ate all the noodles. Can you believe he couldn't even eat those tiny straw noodles before? Anyway, that's progress.

I really have to go get to my budget and paperwork. I'll check in later.

04-26-2006, 02:39 PM
We think Kelly is gone too. I liked Elliott and Chris and we didn't think Katherine was as bad as the judges did. We think bottom 3 are Kelly, Taylor, and Katherine.

04-26-2006, 03:10 PM
I didn't see american idol last night. Poot.

Saundra, hope all is well with the PT. Massage sounds great.

Vickie, you're right, I am very sluggish, very tired, and quite stressed. I'm so glad to hear that Jim is eating more. I know you are relieved.

Frouf, like everyone else has said, hang in there. It will get better. :hug:

Kathy, I'm glad that you had a talk with Shaun. I'm sure you both feel better. Maybe it will be the start of more conversations?

Back to work, I have lots to do today. Taking Friday off means I have to get all of my paperwork for the week done by tomorrow.

04-26-2006, 04:18 PM
kathy, i didn't see your post till today. i haven't talked to my son in several days. i'll call him. thanks for the heads up. i'm still op. i just worry because i'm eating more volume this week and i'm not taking those fat burners any more. oh, well, we'll see fri. you have been laid up a long time, haven't you? i hope you don't run into complications and can get back on your feet (literally!) soon.

angela, happy 10th anniversary!

melissa, i hope your stress is lessening. hang in there. school will be over soon.

frouf, you're not a nasty mom. maybe dd and all of you would be better off if she stayed with her dad this summer. i hope you're considering this.

saundra, disney in november!! i'll be envious of you. november i'm up in a tree with my bow.

vickie, your lazyboy sounds gorgeous. we have their rocker/recliner, and recliner loveseat. don't know how we lived without them. thank you for looking over my menus and for giving me such encouragement. i am wanting to get fri over with. i know i shouldn't take fat burners. i haven't had any this week. i also know i need to start exercising and hope to be able to start soon.

kathy, i'm glad you and shaun had the talk. i have to tell you--i got teary reading about it. curtis thinks paula's on something, too. and kellie? we thought she was awesome and voted for her (numerous times). i don't know why the judges didn't like her this week. i agreed with them last week that she wasn't good--but not this week. what did you think?

vickie, we thought the bottom 3 should be taylor (my favorite!), katherine, and paris. elliott is good technically but there's something missing with state presence. same for paris. chris has both. the only thing that might hurt him is he's married. that may cost him a lot of female votes. i'm not sure. i agree with andreas that kelly and taylor have stage charisma. not sure how far that will carry them. i do think the judges were too hard on kelly this week. when she hit that high note, i came up off the loveseat. it made my hair stand on end. it sounded like the live audience was doing about the same. (but what do i know?) :lol:

04-26-2006, 04:28 PM
I think whether or not they technically have a vote, the judges pretty much seal their fate when they dog them so much. I actually liked Kellie's performance and thought that high note was spot on, but when the judges criticize her I think that sways the voting audience. By Randy mentioning something like "you blew it again", that reminded people about last week where she really did flub up.

I think Paris has a good voice but she's not my favorite; Chris, Taylor and Katherine are. My picks for the bottom three would be Kellie, Paris and maybe Taylor although I thought he did well. I really think Kellie will be leaving tonight. I hope I'm wrong, but it's narrowing down so much.

I agree with you about Elliott. He lacks that "it" factor they talk about. One thing we know though, all are very talented and have a future. I can see any one of the six moving on and getting a recording contract quickly.

04-26-2006, 04:28 PM
Well, Sandra, you know what you like and that's what makes American Idol. I love Kelly but thought her performance was flat this week except for the high notes. She didn't seem to think she did well either. You don't need the fat burners to lose. Just get as much exercise that old foot will let you get.

Hang in there, Melissa, you'll get it all done.

I'm off to get some lunch and do some more laundry.

04-26-2006, 04:29 PM
I like Elliott, although Chris is my favorite. I think Elliott doesn't get the "cute" vote because he's not very handsome. I knew Chris would be fine without my vote so I voted for Elliott. I know what it's like to not be cute!