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05-16-2006, 07:54 PM
here are some new pages.

05-16-2006, 07:57 PM
Sandra, I use picturetrail. There is a free account that will allow you a small amount of pictures, and then a higher paid account. I use that one because it's only like $20 a year and I use it all the time. Meanwhile though, send me the picture and I'll post it, or you can go to the advanced feature and attach it. Your choice.

Thanks for making a new thread. I locked the other one to force everybody here.

05-16-2006, 07:58 PM
did i cause #43 to close? i went back to tell ya'll i'd started this one and it was closed.

didn't know i was so powerful.

05-16-2006, 08:03 PM
:lol: Tap the brakes on those powers, Wonder Woman. I locked it when I saw you had made this one.

05-16-2006, 08:14 PM
thanks, kathy. i have used picturetrail before but had forgotten about it. i have an e in to our isp now asking if they have a free service for us. if not, i'll go to picture trail.


let's see if this works. are ya'll seeing a photo or a X

05-16-2006, 08:16 PM
Neither. When I go to edit your post, I see [ attach ] some numbers [ /attach ]

Are you using the advanced feature to attach the picture?

05-16-2006, 08:32 PM
my goodness, kathy. i thought i was a supreme being or something. now i know i didn't close anything and i can't post anything via advanced. lol.

here's what i did: i clicked "go advanced" then i clicked the paper clip and went to browse my puter. i clicked download and thought i'd downloaded the photo. then i clicked the paper clip and thought i was home free.

the photo shows up on my screen but isn't on anybody elses.

what did i miss? lol you must think you're working with lucy here for sure.

05-16-2006, 08:34 PM
I'm not sure why it isn't working for you.

05-16-2006, 08:36 PM
I see the picture. It's small, but I see it.

I'm still not on the wagon, but my eating has not been terrible. I'm still watching portion sizes, and trying to eat only when hungry.

You all remember that computer game I play all the time? World of Warcraft? Well, I think I may reach level 60 (the highest level) tonight. This represents about 7 months of work. :lol: Talk about a waste of time. Anyhoo, that's what's going on in my life now.

Sandra, I'm also trying out getting photos to show in my posts. Here's a recent one of me, we'll see if this works...

Hope we all have lovely, uneventful evenings. :grouphug:


05-16-2006, 08:37 PM
Let me see.

05-16-2006, 08:37 PM
Angela, that's a great picture!

Take that same URL and post it like:

[ img ] URL [ /img ] -- without the spaces.

05-16-2006, 08:38 PM
Thanks, my 5 year old took it! I think she may have a future in photography. :lol:
But how do I get the picture to show in the body of my message? Hmmm.


05-16-2006, 08:39 PM

is it working now. i went to manage attachments and loaded the photo. then i came back to the paper clip. the window said "mother's day 2006 jpg". i clicked that and i see 22847 here where i'm typing.

05-16-2006, 08:39 PM
Apparently those URLs aren't able to show the image except thru a link. When I use picturetrail, I get a different type of URL.

05-16-2006, 08:41 PM
Maybe it's because it's on Yahoo photos...


05-16-2006, 08:41 PM
angela, i saw your photo. i used your link to see it.

kathy, all i saw when i clicked google was a larger google. is that what i was supposed to see?

05-16-2006, 08:42 PM
angela, i love it!!! enjoy your challenge tonight.

05-16-2006, 08:42 PM
Sandra, I don't know. I don't use the paperclip, but use the button down below where it says manage attachments. I upload it there.

Yes, a bigger Google would be what you should see. I was making sure that it would attach right. Your picture should be in an attachment box like mine.

05-16-2006, 09:44 PM
Sandra, that was better I was able to view it a little bigger, nice to put a face to a name. Nice looking Bunch :D

05-16-2006, 09:56 PM
thanks, nikki. i'm glad it's showing up. i now know how large to make the photo. the attachment won't allow me to do a very big one.

it's time for ai. gotta run.

05-17-2006, 12:55 AM
I must be crazy -- I still don't see a picture. Sandra, if you come down here this summer I'll show you how I attach a picture and finish off a potholder. How's that? :lol:

I have to say that Taylor is just awesome! He's MY MAN! He could sing the alphabet and phone book and I would stand in line to buy the CD.

I fell asleep around 8:30 and just now woke up. The pain is pretty bad tonight, I guess from being on it so much.

Judd's being a butthead and won't let me get him anything for his birthday because he said those golfclubs were supposed to be his gift. I'm going to go shopping after work tomorrow and buy him some shirts. He needs new clothes because of losing so much weight. Everything is loose; he wanted to wait a while until he had lost more but I think that's crazy, so I'm getting some things. I think I'll get Shaun some things too. He hasn't had new clothes in such a long time.

The pain pills must be making me nuts. :rofl:

05-17-2006, 08:47 AM
Hi ladies, if I am correct I remember seeing people eating Dr. Praegers (sp?) veggie Burgers & Tex Mex Burgers. Well on the News last night they had a special about how they were supposed to be pulled off the shelves because the nutritional information is incorrect, they have more than double the fat labeled. Whwn you microwave them on a paper plate, the plate is almost transparent from all the oil. They interviewed the Dr. and he seemed to have alot of excuses. :o

05-17-2006, 11:11 AM
Lovely pics! Sandra you and your bunch look awesome....and Angela - a serious gaming picture of you by the computer (I agree 5 yr old is a natural). Good luck at reaching that highest level - we know you can do it!!!

Kathy - I'm sure Judd will appreciate some new golf shirts to go with the new clubs? Any other bday celebration happening? How is work coming along? and more importantly how are you feeling and how is your foot?

I am at work today but feeling so blue still? Am I depressed? Is this some sort of mid-life crisis? Feel like I have no purpose in life, nothing to look forward too. I am lethargic and overwhelmed by everything and of course this is reflected in my eating. I just don't seem to care about anything anymore? What's up with that? (and it's a gloomy/rainy day out there which matches my mood exactly!)

I saw a bumper sticker this morning tho and it did seem to affect me (and I"m not really a hugely religious person): "why worry? God's in control." Well I thought, that's a great idea! I shall stop worrying and let God control things!! maybe that will help?

Need to go downstairs and use payphone and try to locate new york city child - has not called home and I want to make sure he is okay.

Oh ya - my ex says he wants to take dd for the month of July - we are both thinking this might be good for her - but get this - he of course wants her 'share' of the child support payment for the month, HOWEVER does not want to pay for her camp that month and wants me to 'help out'? I don't think so!!!

I use that $$ for all of her activities (dancing, movies, parties, gifts), some of her needs (makeup, hair, toiletries, clothing, shoes) and in the summer obviously for camps and such. If he is taking her for the month of July AND he is getting the monthly payment should he not be paying for camp? Am I crazy??? (he was always a cheap @#$#@).

Have a therapist appt w/dd - seems she wants to see me and dd for the next 3 weeks together (decided to stop working on relationship w/dd and my dh and I'm not sure why? probably cuz it was fruitless - claims working on her relationship w/me will help that of dh?????? I am of course skeptical) we'll see how that goes.

Dh playing tonight at local restaurant/bar place with his 'cuban' band (playing conga drums) - can't go see him unless I take little ds with me (as big ds is away and dd at art class). Not sure it's worth the trip cuz if I take the little guy I will probably only stay from 8-9 pm? Besides Amazing Race finale is on tonight and I don't want to miss it!


05-17-2006, 11:52 AM
Good Morning Chicks! I had a great rest last night after sleeping so badly the night before. I actually got 9 hours last night. Today is looking sunny with blue skies, something we haven't had around here lately. I'm looking forward to walking on the treadmill with the blinds and windows open. I shall pretend I'm outside.

Cassie's Vet report wasn't great but it wasn't horrible either so Jim, I, and the Vet have decided not to completely over react. Her level of concentration is less than it was last time and not as high as it needs to be. But her bloodwork looks good. So the plan is to periodically measure her water intake to make sure it hasn't increased hugely and, of course, if she starts to show signs of UTI we'll go in immediately. Aside from that, she'll have another complete bloodwork and urinalysis in September when her vaccines are due. So I guess I just need to relax awhile about her. The test that the Vet last talked about doing sounds extreme and horrible. It's some kind of 18 hour deprivation test where she is not allowed to eat, drink, and maybe even urinate to see if when deprived she can concentrate her urine. I know this is WAY too much information but it sort of explains why I've been a little freaky about her. She and the cat are like my children!

Great News about Baby Sarah! For those of you who don't know, she is my preemie Great Niece who was born on April 20th at 4 pounds 5 ounces. She dropped to 3 pounds 15 ounces after birth. At her recent Doctor visit she now weighs 5 pounds 7 ounces!!!!! Yay. Bright and happy news. I'm going to go try to visit her this week when I'm sure that my respiratory thingy is gone.

Tomorrow, Jim and I are going to the gambling boats to play video poker. Gambling is only legal in Illinois on the water and we have about 6 boats near the Chicago Area. We'll be going to one of the ones in Joliet (less than 10 miles from where Prison Break is filmed). We are REALLY looking forward to it. We make a day of it. We go out early for breakfast and then get there when the place opens at 8:00. We play until lunch time and then go to the buffet (Danger, Danger Will Robinson!) and then go back and play some more. Cassie will get two visits from the pet sitters while we are out. They come and take her out and play with her for 30 minutes each time. Pretty good deal.

I don't have a great plan for the buffet yet but I'll try to eat as Core as possible. I've gone before and it isn't horrible. There is at least a salad bar and at least one brothy soup. I could be really bad if I wanted to. Jim says their fried chicken is pretty darned good.

Jim and I went for eye exams yesterday and are having 4 pairs of glasses made (all trifocals...are we old or what?). The cost staggered me since we have no vision coverage. Oh Well.....better win on Thursday!

Ok, I've been pretty chatty about my little life. So now I'll go and see what's up with all of you.

05-17-2006, 11:57 AM
Niki, I had read about the Dr. Praegger's california burgers this morning and was praying it isn't true. I'm eating them every day for lunch and just bought two boxes. I'm thinking they are still Core. I cannot believe that there are more than 2 teaspoons of Canola in them. I won't buy anymore until I hear the outcome. Here's an article I found on Hungry Girl. I have NO idea if it's true. It figures though since I like them!

Burger Bummer!
HG ALERT!!! Problems for Praeger...

It's a very sad day here at Hungry Girl. We recently learned that Dr. Praeger's California Veggie Burger, a patty very near and dear to our hearts, may in fact contain more fat and calories than the nutrition label claims. In two independent tests, the burgers were found to have approximately twice the fat, and a significant number of calories (20-30%) more than the doc's label states. Since the discovery was made, the company has been ordered to remove their American Heart Association endorsement from all boxes. Dr. Praeger's says the fat content has gone up temporarily due to the water levels in the vegetables. So what steps will be taken next? The burgers will be re-formulated and re-tested. Our advice? Know what you're getting into...and when dealing with any of Doc P's products, play it safe and blot the excess oil off of the item before eating (we've noticed the greasiness and fear that some of their other products may have more fat than what's listed, too). More details on this as they become available...

05-17-2006, 12:19 PM
Sandra, you make me laugh! You are just like me trying to get the picture thing down. I could see all of your pictures except for the first one but it wasn't big enough for me to get a good look. When you "attach" like Kathy is explaining you have to make them 500 x 500 pixels or they are too big. I'd love to know how Kathy, Melissa and some of the others get the picture to be right in the message.....not attached....and so big. Every once in a while I experiment and I cannot do anything but the attached thumbnail. At least with picturetrail or webshots, you'd have a link to insert in your message and we could see a big picture. I'm thinking you are the cute short one in the hot black dress. I think your hair looks really nice longer.

Kathy, how does it feel to be surrounded by the computer impaired?! :D :o I knew you'd be thrilled about Taylor. For me, he's much better when I don't look at him. :o Anyway, I voted for Elliott non-stop for 2 hours. I got through 6 times. I just do NOT like Katherine and wanted to give Elliott my Chris vote. I really don't care who wins anymore now that Chris is off the show. I'm sorry you're hurting but not surprised with all you did yesterday. It's nice that you are buying Judd and Shaun some new clothes. I need some too! ;)

Angela, I know you'll get back on the wagon. You look so adorable and wholesome in your picture. Everytime I see one of you I think Ivory Girl! Your 5 year old took that picture? Pretty darned amazing and much better than my pictures!

Frouf, you and I are, I believe, in the same perimenopause boat! I have exactly the same feelings. I just told Jim yesterday that I feel SO blue and I have the same feelings of being overwhelmed. Not a darn thing is bad in my life right now. I think it's our hormones. I never thought I'd say this but it's been a little better for me since I got back on Core and started exercising again. I'm not saying I feel great, but better. I think bouncing around and eating bad food here and there was affecting me as well. I'm about 2 weeks from my TOM and figure the hormones are just raging. As for your Ex....he's nuts....and cheap! If he gets her July portion back then he should foot the whole bill for her. I would not give him an extra dime and welcome him to your world! I do think it would be great for all of you if she was gone for a month. She might have a better appreciation for you and DH when she returns. Give the therapist a chance. Maybe Emily has led her to make this adjustment. Maybe Emily wants to work on her relationship with you. That would be exciting. I hope you feel less blue soon. I'm going to see if I can find some books about perimenopause. I have a great one but it's kind of old now. It is by Dr. Suan Love and it's called the Hormone Book, Making Informed Choices About Menopause. It's not completely alternative but gives great explanations about what we are going through. I felt much relieved when I looked at the page full of symptoms. Suddenly, I didn't feel so weird or alone!

Time for breakfast!

05-17-2006, 12:25 PM
Morning chickies,,,
the sun is trying to come out..we'll see. Off to work here shortly..ususally Im there already but I have so many banked hours I took the morning off and relaxed. I dug out some summer clothes this morning hoping this warm weather will stick around now...(I tried on a shirt from last year and it fits very well....when I tried it in march it was tight) I heading to the city in two weeks to replenish my wardrobe. It really sucks not having clothing stores around here.
Vickie glad you got a good nights sleep last night. Those burgers may solve the mystery of your recent weight gain,,,,,,, maybe they arnt core after all?? Great news about baby Sarah!!
Frouf seeing as how you are feeling these days...I think a visit to Dd's therapist would be a good thing for you.......maybe it would be a good time to tell her how you are feeling lately...stress does funny things to your body and mind. You need someone to talk to. Go with an open mind
Hi Niki,,,welcome to the core board!!
Hey Sandra,,,,that was too funny with your
ok i better get going here...have to have some soup before I head out...
have a great day everyone! ttyl

05-17-2006, 12:30 PM
Patti, I wish I could blame it on the burgers but I didn't have any last week. I just had one yesterday for the first time in a long time since I was out of them. I'm counting it as my healthy oil and then any more that day has to come out of points. I think I'll be ok. It's great that you had the morning to yourself. Huge congratulations on making that blouse fit better!

05-17-2006, 01:18 PM
Froufie and Vickie, I'd blame hormones too. At least once a month, I feel that way, and I felt that way for weeks after all my children were born. Of course, I also felt panicky and cried for no apparent reason excessively after all my kids too, so who knows. I think I had some kind of post-partum depression thing going on. You know, if it weren't for that horrible month or two after the baby is born, I would love to have more kiddos. But it's got me so scared and freaked out, I think we're done at 3.

So as long as we're all being introspective here, I'm going to jump in. Just in the last day or two I've been feeling like I'm incredibly naive. I expect people to be decent, good people, and I'm always shocked when they aren't. Am I just that out of touch with society that I haven't figured that out about people? Some of my good gaming friends have recently turned out to be not at all what I thought they were. Anyhoo, that's my thoughts of the day.

We planted peas and lettuce in the greenhouse today. It's starting to look really "greenhousey" in there now. :) It's still too wet to plant directly in the garden yet. It's been a really wet, warm spring here.


05-17-2006, 01:27 PM
Oh Angela, how sad that your friends misrepresented themselves! You must feel betrayed. I'd be crushed if my cyber friends turned out to not be what I though. Hormones are powerful things, aren't they?! I'm so jealous of your greenhouse. Veggies are SO much easier to eat when they are freshly grown and picked.

05-17-2006, 01:48 PM
My goodness lots of posts since yesterday, no way I can respond to them all but I want to say I read them and feel for you gals that are getting close to Menopause. You know girls don't expect it to be bad, it doesn't have to be. I remember my face getting so hot and my night school students used to say Mrs. B. have you been to Florida lately. I would just laugh and go outside for a min. and cool off. Other then that I sailed through it. In fact I felt much better, no more monthly blues etc. Dh also says I am much easier to live with now so it is something to look forward to.

Maybe this story will give you a laugh girls (sorry Sandra you have heard it)
I took my grandson shopping at Christmas. It was very busy, lots of people.
I told him to hold my hand (he was 10) I went into Gap and was looking at clothes for my granddaughter. I let go of his hand for just a min. and told him to stay with me. Well, I went to leave, grabbed his hand and started to walk. All of a sudden I thought to myself, my grandson's hand is not that big. I had grabbed a teen age boy by the hand and was dragging him along. lol The look on the teens face was priceless. I darn near flipped but I had to laugh. The poor boy must have thought I was some nut. lol There was my grandson laughing, he was almost doubled up.

Sandra, the picture that came through my computer was very small and I could not see any faces.

Angela, it is a shock to find out people that you thought were so nice are not. I remember thinking that everyone that went to Church had to be real nice, well I found out differently.

Talking about the Church, it has become very important in my life the last four years. For years, I did not go, and one day I woke up out of a sleep and I heard a voice saying go back to the Church. I did and have been so happy since. It has filled a void in my life. I found it real hard when my children left the nest. I am taking so many Studies in the Church. Right now I am studying "Revelation" and also "The Da Vinci Code", and how some people are believing it, rather then a story. I want to go see the Movie.

I will come back later and read take care all.
Blue skies,

05-17-2006, 02:06 PM
Rose, I'm really not expecting it to be horrible but the blues and the mood swings that I can't control are pretty darned hard to take. I'm getting the hot flashes already and they are bearable. I'm just hoping it doesn't get any worse than this. Your story about you shopping expedition is hilarious! That would have won you money on Funniest Home Videos! Jim and I are planning to see the Da Vinci Code too, depending on the reviews it gets.

I'm off to the treadmill!

05-17-2006, 04:02 PM
Hey, girlies. I'm back from my meeting. I was able to eat enough this morning to get my weight up -- weighed in at 147.2. Then they set my 10% for 14 pounds, which would be 133.2, so I've reset trackers, etc. I know I don't have to hit the 10% but over the next 12 weeks at least it'll give me something to work towards. Since the meetings are at 12:30 I'll have two meals and half my water in, which adds quite a bit to my "empty and nekkid" morning weights. This morning it was 142.8.

Okay enough of that. I'll be leaving here around 3:30 or so to go shopping. Judd has bowling tonight so he won't be home until 9:00. I'll be able to get back on here and update. Meanwhile though, thanks for all the well wishes on my return to work. I'm making it okay but have decided (again) that I can't take pain pills at night. I'm just too sleepy in the morning. I thought last week I had gotten to where I wasn't going to have to take them, but the last few nights I've needed them. Too bad though; I'll take Advil or something and hope they work well enough to get me to sleep.

Be back later!

05-17-2006, 04:15 PM
Welcome back into the world of the official WW weigh ins!

I'm in the middle of scheduling Jim's shoulder surgery. It could be happening as early as May 24th. I'm freaked.

05-17-2006, 05:01 PM
kathy, we won't be coming this summer, but will you show me this winter? taylor's my man, too. as soon as i figured out his # i started voting last night. (before he sang #1 song)

just had grilled ocean perch for lunch. yummy! we're getting excited about going to a shoot near townsend, mt this weekend. should be fun. at that tournament they will group me with all women. i don't get to shoot with women often.

frouf and vickie, i hope your mood's lifting. you know what? one of your purposes is to be our friend. (and that's just 1 of the numerous purposes you have for us alone)

vickie, that's great news about sarah. i am so happy to hear that she's doing well. you and jim definitely deserve your outing tomorrow. you two have a blast! i don't know if i should give you eating advice but here goes: eat what you want. this is a very special occasion. i would like to know how to post larger photos, too.

i'm using print house magic to reduce my photos. it lets me reduce them in inches. i found that w=3.85" and l=2.89" worked for me. now i'd like to know how to post them so folks could click on them to enlarge them. any ideas, anybody?

i am the one in the back with the black dress on. (first time i've had a dress on in months. can you believe it?) thanks for the comment about my hair. i have decided to let it keep growing for awhile. i have an appt fri to get it shaped and my bangs trimmed.

patti, what a great nsv (are those the initials?) on being back better into your clothes. i am very, very happy for you.

angela, i'm almost 60 and am naive about folks, too. it's a plus that we tend to look for the good. it's just a shame that sometimes it ain't there.

rose, i didn't remember that story. at my age i think you could tell me the same story a dozen times and it would always be new to me. lol

kathy, i was pleasantly surprised to see that you're going to meetings. girl, you are on the right track for sure.

vickie, a few years ago curtis had both shoulders replaced in a 3 month time period. if you need to talk, i'm here anytime.

05-17-2006, 05:23 PM
Thanks, Sandra. I hate to be a baby and make this all about me but.....I just don't know how I'm going to do everything around here. I guess I'll just have to take a deep breath and lower my standards. Jim does SO much around here including taking most of the care of both animals. I'm the brains.....

Plus, I'll have to be driving him to all the PT appointments. Ok, I'm done whining for now. I MUST go plan since the 24th is a week from today.

05-17-2006, 05:37 PM
Gosh, I do well a couple of days and then I go off program, I get so mad at myself. I marvel at people like Kathy, you sure have done well. I just made some corn bread for supper and guess what, I just had to try some. ugh

Vicki, you will get though it all, I know how you must feel though as my husband does most of the work around here. I do house work (well he vacuums ) but since he has retired he does a lot of the work that has to be done.
Oh I hear thunder must get off, will be on later.
blue Skies,

05-17-2006, 08:51 PM
I'm finally home from work. Rose, could you send some of that thunder this way? We have temps in the 90s forecast for all week. Starting tomorrow afternoon, I'll be back in the yard trying to get more sun on this pasty skin.

All you who get help from your DHs, count your blessings. I'm fortunate that mine flushes the toilet after himself. LOL! I do it all in addition to working as many hours as he does. But whatever ... life goes on.

I went to Kohl's and got him two shirts and a pair of shorts, and got Shaun a shirt. I didn't want to get Shaun much without him making sure this one fits. If it does, I'll get a few more if he wants them.

I'm so ready for AI tonight. This is getting my BP up, that's for sure! I didn't get to vote because I fell asleep right after we watched it.

Judd's having LOs when he gets home from bowling. I'm not sure if the bowlers will be taking him out afterward or not, so I didn't want to make a big dinner and have it go to waste. Nobody else is here.

05-17-2006, 09:04 PM
vickie, i have to admit i did some whining, too, when curtis had his surgery. he had it while we were down south as there weren't any shoulder specialists here then. we were living in a motorhome. there was a huge ice storm while he was in the hospital (20 miles from the rv park) so i just stayed at the hospital with him till he was able to ride home.

nobody came to sit with me in the waiting room. he went into surgery early am and i got to see him around 7 pm. i was in the waiting room all that time. nobody drove in cuz of the ice.

i was overwhelmed to the point that i passed out at the hospital and they rushed me to emergency. cost $1500 as our insurance wouldn't pay cuz i was all right. at least i'm thinking that was the reason. they thought i was having a heart attack but it was just an anxiety attack. i don't know why but i totally lost it when the pt was showing me how to help move his arm. i'm just telling you this so you'll know i wasn't as brave as i try to be. i lost it to the point that i "hit the floor". :lol:

then i was the driver. folks working at the rv park were helpful helping me refill propane, etc. it was an experience. three months later he had the other shoulder done--same place--same motorhome.

rose, i have cornbread sometimes. just count those points. i don't mean to sound like a "know it all" but i'd like to tell you what our ww leader said the other day. "if you spill a little milk, you don't pour out the rest of the gallon." interesting, eh?

kathy, i'm pumped, too. i feel confident taylor is all right, but with ai you never know, do you?

05-17-2006, 09:15 PM
Sandra, thanks for the tip, it sure makes sense. I find if I go wrong I think oh well and take more. I can hardly wait until tonight but I hate to see Elliott go and I am sure he will. I know you and Kathy like Taylor, the dancing he does gets me.
I just came back from Costco, got some goodies for the kids tomorrow night when we have them. We only get our son's kids once or maybe twice if we are lucky, a month. Our daughters kids we see every week.
thanks again for the tip and pass any on to me please that you find helps.
Blue Skies,

05-17-2006, 09:18 PM
rose, we'll be having our grands fri night. the jury is still out on whether we're camping sat night. depends on rain. enjoy your grands. enjoy ai. i like elliott, too. he's a really nice guy and man! can he sing!! but you're right. taylor's my fav. i know he's not an "elvis" but there are a lot of things about him that remind me of elvis.

1. can't be still when singing
2. different hair
3. says "appreciate it" as elvis said "thank you very much."
4. sings well with fast and slow songs

prob others. can ya'll think of any? (or am i totally crazy?) (don't answer that last question) :lol:

05-18-2006, 12:04 AM
Vickie - have a blast tomorrow and I hope you and Jim win BIG BUCKS! And we all know as you must too (deep down in your heart) that you are a supremely smart, organized and efficient person and you have shown what a fabulous caregiver you are - so no doubt Jim will do well thru the surgery with you by his side! Hang in there.

Poor Sandra - I can only imagine the intensity of your anxiety attack - glad there was really nothing wrong with you (altho it sounds mighty expensive).

Kathy - hope the advil helps out with the pain! And I am surprised they let a skinny minny like you join up w/WW! :)

Angela - I too tend to wear rose colored glasses (as dh always tells me) and find it hard to believe that people are not out there just trying to be nice - that there are hidden agendas and those that talk behind your back. Frankly I have not time for all of that - yes I am probably somewhat naive and may get hurt - but I prefer that to being suspicious about everyone and thinking the worst of them! We learn our limitatons I guess!

Well the therapist appt w/dd was interesting - seems dd wanted to work on our relationship! (guess all the recent screeching has affected her?). Told the therapist I was tired of her constant whining and asking for things! And I actually brought in pics of dd's washroom and what it looks like (floor covered w/wet towels, discarded clothing, stuff that missed the wastebasket and no visible sign of the counter cuz it is covered w/hair products, makeup, hair dryer, hair straightener). Seems dd think it's absolutely normal to be a messy teenager - while my take on it is "she just doesn't care at all" - we are obviously not interpreting each other correctly - no kidding jack!

She explained to dd about compromising and that if she wants the nagging to stop perhaps she can at least keep the floor clean? Dd is not big on compromise it seems....we also need to bond more, in positive ways - she suggested we have a 10-15 chat when I get home frome work - when i asked dd if she could leave the computer for this she of course said no! Therapist was trying to talk some sense into her. Anyhow, as we were leaving I went to use the washroom - and come out to see dd crying and therapist talking to her. It seems dd was upset cuz it seemed to her that therapist was 'taking sides' and not being fair - of course she insisted she wasn't - and apologized to her several times. Dd was quite upset when we left - muttering she was never going back again (yes we have an appt next thurs). Hopefully I can get her to change her mind by next week!

As for the 'hormone' theory - I sure wish that was the answer but I am not entirely convinced. I just feel I have nothing to live for (except of course my purpose here as a coreboard chickie!)....I just want to sit , eat and do nothing. Almost like a relapse? if you saw me a few years ago - I was working full time, doing an mba part time - studying, attending group meetings, writing and editing papers, while raising a family which included a little one! People were amazed at my perserverance and stamina (and believe me so was I!).

So do I need several years to recuperate? and do nothing? I still don't watch much tv and prefer reading and web surfing.

One of my main beefs right now I guess is financially related. As you must know I do like to travel, I like the finer things in life and I enjoy good restaurants, going out to shows and the theatre. Now that dh has been unemployed for over 1.5 years (okay a couple of minor contracts in there somewhere), I find it hard to justify any major spending - and I am eating into the inheritance money left to me by my aunt to keep us afloat.

My question to dh is 'what have you sacrificed since being unemployed?". I believe his answer would be 'nothing really'. His life has not changed in major ways - in fact it's probably gotten better as he can relax every day - work on his amp design - have lunch out once in a while w/friends (they usually pay). He is not a clothes horse or anything like that (and I'm usually the one to 'dress' him), not an avid traveller - likes to eat out - but can pass on it - does not really enjoy the theatre.

I on the other hand feel like I have sacrificed a lot? I no longer go shopping or buy myself anything much (in fact two latest clothes purchases were on e-bay). I feel guilty when I get my hair and nails done - I have not resubscribed to the broadway musical program (around $550 for 3 shows) and can't travel as much as I would like to! We are coming up to a long weekend here in Canada and under normal circumstances (i.e. dh working) I would not think twice about booking a weekend at a nearby resort - lovely place - very rustic, walking trails, spa, indoor/outdoor pools, horseback riding and gourmet dining! Of course I don't feel I can do that now - as I can't see spending the approx $700 the weekend would probably cost! Am I just spoiled and bitter? I'm trying not to say anything but it's really hard!

The only thing we do treat ourselves to are movies - we love seeing first run movies in the theatre - esp since it is a great escape for us (both physically and mentally). And even that is probably extravagant!

Eventually the $$ will run out - dh will have to get a job - I find it very embarrassing - esp when we are with his family. His mother acts so concerned saying she is sure something will turn up for him - I don't have the heart to tell her that he is not actively looking for work....and has already said he wouldn't demean himself by doing something for which he is overqualified!!!

I guess I just want my old life back - I wish I could plan a summer vacation and not have to just dream about it (really really wanted to go to Niagara falls this year w/little ds!). Yes I do have the 'inheritance' money and I know dh will say just go if you want to and use that money - but we will eventually need all of that $$ so how can I justify spending it now?

Okay - enuf of my whining right? I am thankful that right now I have a job, a roof over my head, 3 healthy children and my good internet buddies! right:)

05-18-2006, 12:17 AM
Frouf, maybe you are just plain old tired of keeping everyone afloat. I believe most of us would feel exactly the same way you are feeling if we were in the same position. Solving the problem though is the problem, of course. If it were me, I'd be giving some ultimatums to DH to go get a job and help support the family. It would be different if you all could afford for him to stay home and still have the lifestyle you want. The problem is, if he leaves, would you then be able to travel and have the theater or would you just be without your DH? I'm sure you've thought all this through a million times. I think you should not feel guilty. I'm so sorry that you're in that situation and that I don't have any great advice. You are such a great woman and I really value your friendship here. It's just not right for you to be treated this way and be so underappreciated. Try to get some sleep tonight. I know this is the kind of stuff that keeps you awake.

Kathy, I've always said that I don't know how you do it all alone. I definitely do not have the constitution for it. I know I'll manage but it'll be tough.

Sandra, I sure hope the PT doesn't ask me to move his arm or I'll be passing out too! He'll have a PT appointment the day after surgery. I guess they want to make sure it doesn't "freeze".

Thanks Rose! Try not to worry about the cornbread. I have a GREAT Core recipe that tastes pretty darn good. I think it's on our board. Let me know if you can't find it.

Well girls, I won't be on tomorrow until very, very late. We'll be leaving for the breakfast and then the boat at 7:00. I think I'm getting up at 5:45 to shower and get ready. Something I am no longer used to!

Have a great day!

05-18-2006, 12:25 AM
Oh Froufie I wish I had something profound to say to you. I am actually at a loss for words. You sound so sad and down in the dumps. Have you sat down with your family and told them how sad you feel?
I hate to see you spend your inheritance money, you should be investing the money for your retirement.
Bless you I will pray for you.

Vicki, have fun tomorrow. Thanks I will look up the recipe


05-18-2006, 01:29 AM
Vickie, have a super time tomorrow and win lots and lots of money!! We'll be waiting for your report.

I made some pimento and cheese tonight using FF cheese, pimento and FF Miracle Whip. I tasted it and it was yuck. I'm still going to try and make a sandwich with it tomorrow (2 pts for the bread) and if it's gross, I'll give up and spend the other 2 pts for real pimento cheese. I've been craving it lately. If I have to, I'll get different bread where I can have 2 slices for 1 pt. Sandwiches are just so much easier for work. Of course if I switch to Flex I could have my margherita pizza at lunch, which I dearly love and could eat 45 times a day.

I hope Melissa's conference is going well. I sure miss her when she's gone; isn't is crazy-insane how close we all are? Whodathunkit?

We're supposed to go to lunch with the big boss tomorrow for Judd's birthday, and they want to go to Pappadeaux. That could actually be deadly for me, but if I can stick to my resolve and have grilled fish and vegetables, or a big salad, it can be done. That's a pretty big IF though.

I have a therapy appointment at 7:00 in the morning to make sure things are progressing (which they aren't) and to see if I should maybe switch to getting my PT there (which I should). We'll see what they say but I know what I'd like to recommend. As much as I don't want to have it done there, I need it. I hate to think about spending the summer with a limp but if something doesn't improve, that's what will happen. I'm going to ask if I can start using a cane instead of the crutches though. The crutches are getting in my way.

I hated to see Elliott go tonight, but I know Clive will take care of him. I'll bet he gets a contract with no problem. And now we just have one more week. I can already picture Taylor winning -- now he'd better do it!

Frouf, I thought I was going to have to do some swift talking with the WW lady but she let me in. I will talk to her next week to set my goal but no way should I let it go under 135. At my height (5'7") I think that's low enough. I hope you and Emily can work it all out. I know how tense it must be around there and that's not good for any of you. As for DH and the job, I just hate that whole situation. IMO he is just being so immature and irresponsible. Sure, we'd all like to relax and "do our own thing" and work on this or that dream, but that's not real life. He needs to step it up and I don't think he's going to. Why should he? He's got it made! And that's my two cents' worth -- which is exactly WHAT it's worth! I sure do feel for you and hope you can have a good dinner out with your friend. It sounds like she's a gem.

Good night, all. I'll see you in the morning.

05-18-2006, 03:07 AM
frouf, i don't know what to say either except i care about you. you are a special friend.

vickie, kaching!! i hear the slots now.

kathy, i almost bought some pimiento cheese today. guess we're thinking alike. i love a good pimiento cheese sandwich.

05-18-2006, 10:14 AM
Good morning ladies. Froufie, I agree with Kathy. If there's no reason for your dh to change, he won't. It's hard because he is an adult - not your child. But if you're supporting him, you have some say over him, I'd say.

Vickie and Sandra, I always thought I was pretty good around surgery/wounds etc. But when little dd cut open her cheek a few years ago, and they were stitching her up, I almost fainted. I was fine holding her in the waiting room at the ER, getting her there, etc, but when it came to the stitching, I almost lost it.


05-18-2006, 10:27 AM
Good Morning ladies, I am so excited, today my ds gets his cast off. He'll still have to wear a plastic wrist brace for 10 days, but at least I can take it off to bathe him.

Vickie have a great time and win lots of money. My Mom & I want to go to Mohegans Sun which is in Connecticut, so we will take the ferry across from Long Island.

froufy, I am sorry to hear you are having a hard time ( a swift kick in the rear might make him move a little faster to find a job ;). Things will get better, it always seem to work out. My dh works his tail off with his regular job & side work since I am a sahm and we just about make our bills, there are days when I get depressed and want to cry but then I really think about it and I do have a good life. :hug:

Kathy don't hate me, I know you want taylor to win but I do like Catherine, she really does have a beautiful voice

Rose your story about you and your Grandson had me in hysterical, too funny.

Sandra wow, I can't believe it cost you $1500 when you passed out
Glad it was nothing serious.

05-18-2006, 11:08 AM
Good morning! It's a nice sunny day here in north Texas!

Angela, I'm right there with you on the stitches thing. I think I could look at blood on a face easier than I could see them stitching the cut. Fortunately when my kids got their stitches, I was usually in the waiting room with the other kids and their dad would be in the room watching. He's more squeamish than I am though so I don't know how he did it. I must have looked away.

PT went okay but now it sure does hurt! I know that's to be expected but she pushed and pulled until I thought my foot would fall off. I think I'm going with that epsom salt theory and will start soaking it at night after I do the exercises.

I guess Vickie's a bazillionaire by now, huh? Maybe she'll share with us!!

Niki, congrats to your DS for healing up! I know you'll all be glad to get rid of the cast.

I should do some work now. I'll be back later on.

05-18-2006, 11:57 AM
Good morning all: Kathy I like you, did not want Elliott to go, he has a marvellous voice. I guess he will do alright though.

I wonder how Vicki made out, bet she had fun even if she did not come home with piles of money. lol
I went to Rama and I said to hubby, hope I don't see anyone from the Church and low and behold one of the Church ladies came over and tapped me on the shoulder. lol We laugh about that now and I tease her. What is the difference between buying stocks, mutual funds etc. (which I have always done.) There has been some sad cases here though when Rama first opened up, people were actually losing their homes by gambling. Also a couple of people committed suicide at Rama. Now that is sad .

Niki, that is good the cast came off. Poor guy, how old is he anyway? I guess I have missed that.

Sandra that was a lot of money to hand over, wow. I was in the hospital last year for 2 weeks having tests etc. and it did not cost me a penny. I had a semi private room. Our medical system is very good but we do pay higher taxes then you do in the U.S.

Today we get the grands, we always see our daughters children but since our son and dil are divorced we do not see the children as often. I feel so sad about the divorce but what can you do. It is hard on the children.I went out and bought lots of fun things for them and we are going over to our daughters house so the grands can be together. I buy lots of clothes for the children but my ex dil never tells me if she likes them, or if they fit.

Sandra, what a good thing you told me about if you spill a little milk do you spill the rest. I should have heard that before I ate the corn bread as I thought oh well might as well have more. Not good, as I ate more then two pieces.

Well must go and see what I can scare up for lunch, dh wants to eat early so we can go to the store.
Blue skies, (not really, raining again, it has rained for days)

05-18-2006, 12:06 PM
Hi Rose, My son is 6 and I also have a 2 1/2 yr old daughter, who at this moment is having another tantrum. She pulled all the puzzles out of the cabinet, so I told her to clean up, she told me NO! so I took her bottles(yes she is still on a bottle, that is a whole other issue) away and told her she can not have a bottle till she picks up the puzzle pieces. Now she is screaming at me telling me I'm a meanie(lol) she got that from her older brother.

05-18-2006, 12:54 PM
Niki I should not laugh but I could just picture your daughter. My daughter did that once laid on the floor screaming "I don't like you" I quietly said, "that is too bad, but I love you." She stopped for a few min. but then kept it up for about a min and then came over to me and was fine. I often reminder her of that when she gets upset with her children.
Enjoy your children though as time goes by too quickly, I am having fun with the grands. (can you tell I love kids) I am one of those Nana's that call up and ask if I can have the kids for the day.
Blue skies,

05-18-2006, 12:56 PM
Girls what are those two eggs???

Oh I only see one egg on my post.

05-18-2006, 01:11 PM
You'll only see one egg on your post, the one with the yolk. That means you're online. The other that has a red exclamation point in it is to report a bad post and since you wouldn't report your own bad post, you won't see it in your own posts. Make sense?

05-18-2006, 01:13 PM
Rose my daughter is very fiesty and my mom gets a kick out of it. In a way it is good she definitly stands up for herself, my son on the other hand is so sensitive, he could be watching a cartoon and if there is a sad scene he will be balling his eyes out, if I scold his sister he tells me to stop it. He is very easy going, such a good boy, he will make someone a wonderful husband, my daughter will make her husband bald :D (lol).

I really do enjoy them, I am having the time of my life with them, I know time goes by real fast and it is scary. My mom always says your problems haven't started yet, wait till they start driving and going out with friends, at least now you know where they are at all times and they are safe. I think about when I was going out with my friends and would stroll in wee hours of the morning and my mom sitting on my bed waiting for me, back then I couldn't understand why she just didn't go to bed, now I fully understand.

05-18-2006, 04:02 PM
Hi Niki, guess we all go through all these stages with the kids.
Kathy I understand about the yolk but what do you mean by bad posts, am I missing something here, as I notice you all seem to have the exclamation marks. Sorry for being so clueless.

05-18-2006, 06:18 PM
If you saw a bad post, like someone was advertising something or putting their email address in their post or cursing ... just inappropriate stuff that shouldn't be posted ... you would click on that egg with the exclamation point in it and it would send a message to a mod so they could check it out.

05-18-2006, 07:13 PM
we've been gone running errands almost all day. i am pooped. also, i'm hungry but hanging on to ww. wi is tomorrow. i can do this!!

angela, i understand the almost fainting. can't explain it but understand it.

nikki, i'm glad ds is getting the cast off. i'll bet he's ready to climb some trees.

kathy, i can't watch actors get shots in movies. lol

rose, been there done that with the cornbread. i talk a good story and know a lot of examples, but i still fall on the wayside a lot. enjoy your grands. we're getting ours tomorrow night.

05-18-2006, 08:29 PM
Hey Chicks! We had a BALL! We just got home after gambling for 8 hours. We only go twice a year but when we go we really whoop it up and do a marathon.

Jim won $5.00 and I won $600.00 (that doesn't include the money that I took with to gamble!).

Niece just called. I'll be back later.

05-18-2006, 09:03 PM
vickie, sounds like you and jim lived it up and had a blast. makes me smile.

05-18-2006, 10:29 PM
Wow, that is lucky Vicki, bet you were some pleased with yourselves. Are you going to buy something with the money? Did you have a nice meal, I have been to the Casino's here and some of the meals are wonderful.

We just got back from taking the Grands out, we had a blast.

Thanks for the info. Kathy.
Blue skies,

05-19-2006, 08:49 AM
Good Morning ladies, I want to say I had a NSV yesterday, after my son got his cast off I decided to take the kids to Friendlys for a early dinner. Boy did those burgers look good, I stood my ground and ordered a cobb salad with no bacon & ff dressing, only the crumbled blue cheese was not core. I did not even order a ff sundae, trying to save my points for Saturday, taking my daughter to her cousins Princess Tea party. It felt pretty good passing things up. :D

Rose have a blast with your grands, how long do you have them for?

Vickie, sounds like you a great time, nice winnings!! :D

05-19-2006, 04:22 PM
howdy, chickies. we just finished a fantastically prepared lunch even if the cook says so herself. we'll get the grands this pm and take them to cb. later we girls will make a walmart run. life's exciting!

nikki, i am impressed with your determination. way to go, girl!!!

rose, i'm glad you had fun with your grands last night. i'm excited ours are coming today. ain't it great!!

05-19-2006, 04:28 PM
i think i forgot to tell ya'll that yesterday we met our new primary care physician. (he just moved here) he's a ww'er and does core. now isn't that special!!

05-19-2006, 04:30 PM
Good for you Niki on the nsv - I know you felt better eating what you should! And I bet your ds is also thrilled about the cast coming off!

Sandra - how cool about the new dr! I bet you can compare notes!

Angela - when my ds was 5 he had to have stitches - I was so freaked out (and think being 7 months pg with dd didn't help!). Drove to the hospital w/our sitter (who had called me at work about this!)...little ds took one look at my face and said he wanted Barbara to come in with him. No doubt he could tell I wouldn't last long watching him being stitched - dr took one look at me and agreed. I left the room literally pacing the halls with my fingers in my ears humming to myself cuz if I heard little ds scream or cry I don't know what I would have done "crazed pg woman attacks dr while son gets stitches". We obviously all survived! But I know I am a wuss at these things.

Kathy - we await the PT report! Hope they can fix you up good!

Vickie - way to go - what a nice windfall - so what are you spending the winnings on? What game or games did you win on the most?

I am home - took an extra day off to make is a nice LONG 4 day weekend (we have a stat holiday here on Monday) but it was touch and go for a second yesterday at things at work started blowing up!

Go to this Employment Equity meeting as I am representing my colleague who is away on holidays for the month (she asked nicely and I agreed). Anyhow about halfway thru the meeting they start reviewing this 'template' about some EE progress report - of course I don't even have this document and have no idea what they are talking about.

So I finally ask about where can I get this and when is it due (as i hear a gasp coming from the other participants). 'did you not get the may 11th email about filling in the progress report? and it's due on tuesday - no extensions' (remember monday is a holiday and I want friday off!). Chairperson of course is going to email this to me asap.

Go have lunch w/knots in my stomach trying to figure out what to do (I'm acting Manager now) and realize I can delegate this - but not sure to whom? come back from lunch trying to figure out how to proceed. Try to track down email - go to director's secretary - yes she finds it! (may 11th) - and WHO WAS IT SENT TO FOR COMPLETION? to Andrew she says - I start doing this happy dance around her desk and she is quite amused. I go see Andrew - yes he is aware of it - yes he knows it's due Tuesday (why the heck wasn't he at the meeting???) and so I debrief him on what I learned and all is well! It was touch and go for a second there.

Dinner out w/my gf was great as I got to vent and complain to my heart's content - and you know what - you are all so clever (I already knew that of course) as you and she had the same recommendations and comments: give him an ultimatum, tell you want a husband not another child, it's too easy and comfortable for him - why should he change? She agreed that I was already dealing with a stressful situation at home due to dd and I don't need further stress or distractions - of course dh doesn't understand that so well!

I think I need to talk to dh about how I"m feeling - and how to proceed - my first real question is how committed is he to this relationship? (and is he willing to work on it?). I feel he is not that committed and does not have any strong feelings for me anymore - just comfortable here I guess - and being well taken care of? I think I need more than he is willing to give - and either he agrees to work on things or he has to go. Life is too short to waste - my only real issue is little ds - whose world will be shattered to say the least. I am pondering on how to approach this w/dh.

Went to get my nails OFF today - back to 'au naturel' - feels very weird - but I think nails needed a break? I also was wanting to get back into my piano playing (and little ds was interested in learning to play) and it's impossible to do with long clicking nails - so I shall try this for a while.

Big ds just back from New York City - where he had a blast (and several celebrity sightings such as Eric from 24 and martha stewart). Ended up winning some 'lottery' and getting front row seats to Rent the other night. The whole family got 'i love ny' t-shirts -little ds also got a yellow taxicab on a giant pencil and I got a (fake?) pink chanel purse - very cute!

Trying to go see Da Vinci code today - depends on whether ds will babysit baby brother or not? Otherwise will take little ds to see 'over the hedge'.


05-19-2006, 05:17 PM
Hello Chicks! Sorry I haven't been around.

It was a very, very, busy morning for me. I had an appointment at 10:30 to go smell and buy some candles from a new home candle sales company that I found. It's called Gold Canyon and the candles are fabulous and not as expensive as some others. They have a strong aroma all the way through the candle and most of the larger ones have 2 wicks so that the jar candles burn evenly and you don't have that wall of wax all around the outside. I sound like I have stock in the company but I really don't. I'm just cheap and like good candles for my money. I've tried Yankee, Party Lites, Illuminations, Hannah's, Bath and Body Works, Old Viriginia Candle and now that I've found these, I won't be buying any others. I bought a cinnamon vanilla today and ordered 3 more (orange dream, invigorating, and sunflower).

After that I went and picked up my new glasses. Yes, trifocals, which I've had for several years already. My reading prescription was no longer strong enough. Must be all that reading and computer work! Then I went to the drug store and we went out to eat lunch. Jim is right now watching the Sox and Cubs play ball. It's a big deal in this City this weekend because of the huge Crosstown rivalry. We'll be going out in about 45 minutes to celebrate the birthday of my Nephew IL (Daddy to Baby Sarah). Interestingly, he's a Cub fan as are my Sister and BIL. We think they were hit on the head as children!

Jim's surgery will probably not be until June 28th. I feel sorry for him but relieved for me that I have time to plan and get everything organized. The Ortho Doctor's anesthesiologist did not want to have to worry about protecting Jim's tongue as his ENT requested. All he wants to worry about is Jim's airway. So ENT said to wait another 4-6 weeks. So there we are. That gets us through party season since we have a graduation and the 25th wedding anniversary of my friend Cindy.

Well, that's what up with me for now. I'm going to go post today's menu and then I've got to call the Niece to see what's up for dinner. After yesterday I don't have all that many points left until Monday!

05-19-2006, 05:43 PM
Kathy, how was your pimento cheese sandwhich? I hope you enjoyed it. I never tasted pimento cheese. Why couldn't you just stay on Core, eat your pizza, and count points for it? You barely eat anything non-Core anyway, so I'm guessing you'd have plenty of points for it. How did you do at lunch? Did you go for the fish or were you tempted by the other fair? I was kind of tickled to hear that Epsom salts are still allowed. They really helped me and felt good. I thope they give you some relief. I hope the therapy was better and more productive than doing it at home. You did sound a bit frustrated by having to do it at home. I was sorry to see Elliott go too. Now that he's gone, Taylor will get my Chris vote. I do NOT want the plastic Barbie girl to win.

Angela, how are you doing? How's you Mom? I'm really starving today. I'm not sure what's up with me.

Niki, I'm sure your DS is thrilled that the darned cast is ok in time for summer vacation! I am so VERY proud of you for your NSV at Friendly's from yesterday. I'm sure that you were just surrounded by all kinds of temptation. Keep up the great work! I think Katherine has a beautiful voice too, but she seems like an unfriendly pretty girl (they were always mean to the fat girls like me). As long as I don't look at Taylor or watch his dancing I can enjoy his music. I love Michael McDonald and Eddie Money and he reminds me of both of them. I'm guessing your Mom enjoys your daughter because she reminds her of someone we all know? :D ;) Where you a bit of a terror as a child?

Frouf, I am SO very happy that you enjoyed your dinner with your GF and that you got some much needed support and good advice ;) from a very wise woman. I don't envy you the days/weeks ahead as you try to deal with this situation. But, as I've said so many times before, life is too short to go through it unhappy. I'm really glad that your off for a long weekend as I know you can really use it. You've been sounding tired and stressed. Thank goodness that last minute work issue was not a problem. I remember those days too well.

Rose, I feel sorry for the Grandmoms who have to deal with DIL's. My Sister has a situation that she has to deal with carefully. She never wants to be in a position where her Son has to choose. I hope you all had a great time yesterday.

I'll be spending my winnings on sensible things; like paying off bills that I wasn't sure were I was going to get the money for and to give gifts for the graduation/anniversary that were not in the budget. I did spend $75 :o on candles today. I just bought some baseball tickets for us and then there's the furniture and the glasses. Still and all, it's a fabulous head start. I'm very relieved and grateful! Jim and I always play quarter video poker. It is our addiction. We get machines next to each other and we play and laugh and cheer each other on. When one of us is going for 4 of a kind or a royal flush, we tap the other and both send up wishes and prayers while the other pushes the button for the draw. Yesterday, I got a royal flush! I kept 3 cards toward the royal and I tapped Jim to watch while I took the draw. It was just a joke that I tapped him because unless you have 4 cards to the royal, you really don't have much of a chance. I'd lost all my money already and Jim had given me $100 to keep playing and we hadn't even had lunch yet! Anyway, I hit the draw button and then the king and the 10 of diamonds popped up. The jackpot of worth $1,245! I sure did get a nice WG form. For you Canadians, it means that the casino had to report my winnings to my former employer. Oh well! It was still worth it.

Ok, off to the birthday party!

05-19-2006, 05:43 PM
Hey no Kathy today? Are you ok, Kath?

And no Sandra with the weigh in report?


05-19-2006, 05:45 PM
Oh yeah, I sure did scream out loud when I did Jim. No shy shrinking violet here.

05-19-2006, 06:28 PM
Checking in, I'm one tired chickie. Actually I haven't done all that much, at least by my own standards. I took Shaun to the doctor, did some housework, and am resting.

I'll be back later on when I can concentrate. Right now my heart is pounding from being so tired.

05-19-2006, 06:42 PM
Hey there Sandra you will be able to give your Dr. advice also. lol That is great though. What do you mean by Primary Care, is that the same as your Family Dr.?

Niki, I had the grands from 4pm until 8pm, they have to go to school so there Mom wants them home by eight. They went home with a big bag of clothes and were thrilled. Our daughter passes on the clothes that do not fit her daughter anymore

Froufie, glad to hear you had a good talk with your girl friend. She would be able to see the situation better then we could . I feel for you as it is a hard decision to make, since you have the little guy to think about.

I love Candles also Vicki, I am not sure we have Gold Canyon. Have you Canucks seen them in Canada?
I bet you were smiling all the way home, clutching your purse. lol Do you have to pay tax on the winnings?
I just heard besides having diabetes Elliott has a hearing problem can not hear
out or one ear.

I remember a gal called Saundra, is she away on holidays?

We were going to the show tonight to see Da Vinci but they say it is packed, so I will wait. The study course I am taking gives us lots of info on the movie so I will be able to follow the study. It would have been nice to have seen the movie though first.

Sandra had a real busy day today and she may not have got to w.w. She says she is op though. I am so proud of her she tries so hard.

You know what I was just thinking at my age what does it matter if I have a few extra lbs. on. Well I guess it is better for my health though.

Well must run take care all and don't take any wooden nickels now. I think I took one today. lol
Blue Skies,

05-19-2006, 06:48 PM
frouf, i'm glad you're going to have a heart to heart with dh. i hope ya'll can work things out. life's too short to be unhappy.

vickie, i'm glad you have more time to plan for jim's surgery. and i'm glad the doctors are being safe. sounds like you're having fun with your winnings. i was here earlier. today's when i posted about my doctor being on core. i didn't go to wi today. we both had lab appts that overlapped ww. i will go next friday, though.

kathy, i hope you're all right. that sounds scarey about your heart's pounding from fatigue. i'm uploading photos on picturetrail right now. thanks for the heads up.

rose? where are you?

05-19-2006, 06:50 PM
rose, you must have been posting while i was typing. :lol: primary care physician (pcp) is the same as family doctor. even after i lose 40+ more i'll have a lot of extra lbs still. but i'll be happy then.

05-19-2006, 07:13 PM
Let's see if I can get some of this out of the way. Judd's on his way home from golf so I have a few minutes. I think I'm tired from the heat. It is 98 right now and the sun is just beating down. It makes me so tired.

The PT was okay but it was really just an assessment to make sure I was doing okay. She added some more home exercises and when I go to the doctor in two weeks, we'll find out then if he wants me to have therapy there or continue at home. I was there for about 45 minutes and she was pushing and pulling on it the whole time, so now it's very sore and quite bruised.

I was able to get out of going out for lunch yesterday, so that was good. I think I'm going to throw out the homemade pimento cheese and just use the real stuff. I can buy "light" and save a point but it's only 2 anyway. It's easier for me to count my 20 points and stop eating when I get to 20; but that's just me. I have to make sure I'm eating enough because I usually have the opposite problem as most people. They're afraid of eating too much, where I'm always struggling to get up over 1,000 calories a day. I guess it's just because of all the LF stuff and then I fill up on fruits or veggies which don't have many calories. Oh well.

Ugh, I'm tired from writing that. I'll be back later to finish up.

05-19-2006, 09:11 PM
Hi friends!! Boy am I ever behind!! I'm back but we're going to do some stuff around the house. And since I haven't seen DH in four days, I'm going to be spending some time with him. ;) I hope that you are all doing very well! I'll be back tomorrow.

05-19-2006, 09:40 PM
Welcome home, Melissa! I hope you had a great trip and I'm sure you're ready for some downtime.

We went to the mongolian grill to eat; I had about a half plate of shrimp, onions, broccoli, mushrooms and bell peppers. Judd had two plates, plus some soup, his steamed rice, my fried rice, and a bowl of ice cream. He's going to be feeling it tomorrow if he steps on the scale, but this was for his birthday so I guess he's entitled.

Erin ordered a laptop from Dell the other day and it arrived today! That was smokin' fast delivery! Now Judd's messing with it to get it all set up for her with the wireless internet, etc. We're getting ready to watch the Mavs game since this will either send us on or tie up the series. We are really really really hoping for a win but one of our best point guards got a one-game suspension yesterday (for tonight's game) so this could be tricky.

My foot is killing me and I have a teeny sunburn which makes me hot, so I'm more or less miserable right now. Hopefully I'll be in better spirits tomorrow and can read more/respond to posts.

Have a great evening.

05-19-2006, 11:07 PM
OK, I'm not completely caught up, but I did skim through all of your posts!!!

Kathy, thanks for missing me. You made me smile. It feels good to be missed. It is crazy how close I feel to all of you. I was quite homesick while we were gone but it was at a state park, next to the river, so I tried to enjoy the view and do a little centering. You sound like you've been stressed this week. Is everything going okay? Your dinner sounds really good. Or should I say Judd's dinner sounds really good? :D

Vickie, congrats on the big winnings!! And I'm glad to see that you got Jim's surgery scheduled. I'm glad you two got to have some fun, you've been too "serious" lately! And great news about baby Sarah! :bb:

Sandra, all I have to say is you are one HOT MAMA in that picture!!! :flame: You look so great!! Sexy woman! ;)

OK, off to find DH. He is hanging up a closet organizer, and I've been avoiding the work. :lol: Good night!

05-20-2006, 02:24 AM
Welcome home Melissa - glad you are back and in good form! How's the house coming along?

Vickie - wow - megabucks! Good for you and I know it will help with all the goodies and expenses. How was your dinner?

Kathy - please send sunshine my way! We are still suffering under grey threatening clouds - and looks like a rainy long weekend - would love a peek of sunshine!

Were you not wearing sunscreen? And can you take anything for the pain? (esp as you don't have to go to work tomorrow?)

Rose - glad you had fun with your grandkids! I bet they had a blast too!

I think Saundra mentioned a trip to Niagara?

I am up too late as you can see! Spent the morning at the nail salon - then did some groceries on the way home....had lunch, folded some laundry - then just lazed around - went to lie down around 4:30 and fell asleep for an hour!

Woke up starving of course and yearing to see the Da Vinci code! Big ds agreed to babysit so off we went - knowing it would be busy! But it was playing in four of the theatres (24 in all) so we figured we could get into one of them? Tried for the 7:30 show - got in - and there were GOOD SEATS (this was around 7:10 pm) - so ended up eating a hot dog and popcorn for supper - washed down w/diet coke - and now my tummy sure does not feel too good!

dh working on his computer - so I am here surfing til he shuts down so we can go to bed - I really wanted to get up early tomorrow but I guess that probably won't happen - wanted to take ds to the museum in the am?? Will see how that goes. Also still have to get to the library for more books and to get little ds his own library card - he is supremely excited about this!

Oh ya TOM rearing it's ugly head which is really affecting my mood! Trying to lay low and not stress out too much or get too distressed by anything!

05-20-2006, 03:53 AM
Hey there! You snuck in here a while ago when I wasn't looking -- I've been checking occasionally to see if anyone would show up. I'm supposed to be sleeping but can't, so I'm watching Monster-In-Law. I can't remember life before having this laptop so I could surf while lying in bed.

I had sunscreen on but this is the time of year I have to overdo it just a bit so I'll darken up. Otherwise, as hot and sunny as it gets here (and for the next 6 months) I would be miserable. Fair-skinned folks don't fare well in this part of the country. I have taken my pills and am waiting for them to hit.

Tomorrow I'm doing a big Wal-Mart trip to get sheets for some of the upstairs beds and a few summer tops. We have a party to go to tomorrow night at our boss' house, who is also a friend. It should be fun.

I'll be back in the morning.

05-20-2006, 07:44 AM
Good Morning Chicks! Jim and I woke up at 4:30 becaue Cassie was crying to go outside. I just felt like I wouldn't be able to go back to sleep. I'll nap later. No real plans for us today but I have a ton to do around here including my budget since I've been ignoring it for a couple of days.

Dinner was ok for me last night. They wanted Chinese so there were many great options for me. I ate chicken and pea pods/water chestnuts and asked them to cut back on the oil. I didn't eat any rice and had some hot/sour soup. It wasn't very good so I picked out all the tofu and veggies and ate them. I had one forkful of my favorite chocolate torte cake that they had. I came home and had a quarter of a LO cornmeal chicken thigh and 2 Natural Ovens cookies and a cup of hot tea. Not bad, but not great. The worst part is that I'm already starving this morning. My stomach is actually rumbling. My weight is up 3 pounds this morning which must be the chinese food. I'll be drinking as much water today as I can swallow!

Now I'll go see how all of you are.

05-20-2006, 07:57 AM
Frouf, did you like the movie? It got 3 out of 4 stars and now Jim is saying he isn't sure if he wants to go or not. I hope you got to the library and now have some great books to read over the weekend. Did DS take some out with his new card? Has he inherited Momma's love of reading? I truly hate TOM and how it makes me feel. I still have at least 10 days before I have to worry about it.

Kath, I'm glad your heart settled down. I know what you mean about being fair in a sunny locale. Jim and I went to Sarasota for our engagement trip to watch the White Sox Spring Training and I watched him blister in the sun even with sunscreen on. Of course, we were using something ridiculous, like 4 when we should have been using 30. We learned. Jim is even fairer than me. I hope you got some rest and relief from the pain. Your dinner at the grill sounds great and very Core! I've never looked at the rest of the store at Walmart. I usually just buy foods, drugs, cleaning supplies. I could use some sheets. Jim is spoiled now and likes at least 300 plus thread count.

Melissa, welcome home! We did miss you and I know Aaron did too. I hope you had a great evening and a wonderful homecoming. Was Murph happy to see you or did he give you the cold shoulder?

Sandra, I would be SO excited if my Doctor was following Core. How great did that make you feel that you are following a program that your Doctor thinks is good enough to follow himself. What a great support system he will be. Did you all swap recipes?

Rose, did you see Da Vinci Code? I'd be interested in your opinion too. Gold Canyon does have a website that you can order from. I wouldn't though because you need to smell the scents to know whether or not you like them. I don't know if they ship to Canada. They sure don't advertise alot. I found out about them when I went to a show at my library where all home party companies had booths. You could buy their products without having to have a home party. I liked that.

Ok chicks! I can eat breakfast now. I'm going to make a menu thread and then go eat. I'll be back later.

05-20-2006, 08:39 AM
I know I was really hungry....but I just ate fresh blueberries in my shredded wheat and bran for the first time and it was GREAT! I suppose it helps that I was really hungry.

I'm off to catch up on DVR and work on my paperwork. I'll check in on you all later.

05-20-2006, 10:59 AM
Morning! :sunny: There is so much I could be doing today, I'm not even sure where to start.

Frouf, I'm glad that you and dh had a chance to go out to a movie and relax a little bit. Sounds like you have been busy and stressed!

Vickie, Murphy was very glad to see me. He jumped all over me for quite awhile. It sounds like you did as good as possible at the Chinese place. There is always so much salt, I'm sure the "gain" is a result of that.

I'm worried because we started that "biggest loser" competition at work (and guess who started and now I've actually gained weight since then. I've been more active but my eating has been terrible through moving and whatnot.
I do have to say that I did pretty good at the conference. It was a lot of country cooking--I ate a lot of salad bar and grilled chicken. I even avoided the desserts on the buffet and drank a ton of water. I was pretty proud of myself.

OK I'm going to get something done around this house. DH really didn't have time to do much while I was gone, although he did hang up some of our faux wood blinds. It's a disaster though!! Talk to you all later.

05-20-2006, 11:59 AM
Melissa, you'll be busy in your house for quite a while. It's hard to eat well when you are in upheaval and while travelling. Start now. You'll catch up.

05-20-2006, 11:59 AM
Good morning! I'm about to get going on my errands but thought I'd stop in first.

Vickie, I go to the big Wal-Mart about once a year. We have something called Neighborhood Market here that is Wal-Mart but only groceries, nothing else. It's a small store that reminds me of how grocery stores used to be. I just hate going to the big one so that's why I don't! These sheets will be for two guest rooms and frankly, I don't care about TC on their sheets! Terrible of me, I know! MIL/FIL buy our sheets for mine and Judd's bed because for some reason, they are sheet fanatics. They must have given us four sets this year and all are very high count. I'm also spoiled and don't think I could go back if I tried. Another reason I wanted to go to big WM was to buy a wrought iron and wood bench for the back patio. Judd needs to pick it out though so I'll drag him with me whenever he finishes mowing.

Mavs lost last night so we go to a game 7 and it will be in San Antonio. NOT happy about that but oh well! At least our suspended player will be back.

This party tonight shouldn't be too bad eating-wise. They always have a big spread and I'm sure there will be plenty of vegetables, boiled shrimp, fruit ... things like that. Tomorrow I'm going to clean out the freezer and fridge and then hit the grocery store. And THEN I'm going to get Judd to grill for the week -- like chicken, burgers, sausage, hot dogs. It'll be things to take for lunch, things for the kids to eat, and then I'll have the chicken for dinner, either to eat or slice on salads.

Okay, off to see what sort of trouble I can get into. Everybody have a good day.

05-20-2006, 12:07 PM
Kathy, I know what you mean about the guest bedrooms. We only have the high TC in our room. I still may check out Walmart next time I go. We buy ours from QVC when they are the TSV. A bench sounds really nice. I sure do neglect my yard. Good Luck to your Mavs and have a great time at your party tonight. I'll be watching DVR'd TV although I should be cleaning. Plenty of time to start that tomorrow!

No Sandra. I thought I saw her "yolk".

05-20-2006, 12:29 PM
kathy, you sound so tired in your post. i understand about that heat. most folks don't realize how thick the air is there from all the humidity. it's like being in a sauna. be careful not to overdo it and stay inside as much as possible.

happy birthday to judd!!

melissa, it's good to see you back. i'm anxious to hear all about your trip. a closet organizer? sounds like something i need. (you know how i copy you.) thanks for calling me sexy. i bought a new skirt/top yesterday. when the grands saw me try it on, they said i looked like a schoolteacher. :lol: i was one for about 30 years. guess it still shows.

frouf, i'm dying to see the davinci code, too. just finished the book. we're planning to go next week. i hate to rub it in but i haven't had tom in almost 10 years.

kathy, i have 2 laptops but haven't figured how to put either on the wireless internet. it would prob be a lucy story if i tried. do you have to have a special account?

kathy, the grands and i went to walmart last night. i got a cute broom skirt, long top, and huge belt. sure had fun. let us know what you get.

good morning, vickie. your dinner sounds good. i'm hungry this am, too. we had a large dinner at cracker barrel last night. i need to go edit my yesterday's menu. i had a lot of wpa's. i am excited my doctor is on core. we were just mainly meeting each other this time as he's new to town replacing my former pcp. he said he's going to check on meetings. i think it would be kewl if we were in the same one. now wouldn't that be a great way to really get to know him?

melissa, you've had too much going on lately to even think about trying to lose weight. now that life's settling down you'll be able to get back on track.

we get our sheets at penneys now. we are addicted to the 400 count ones. we only have 2 beds so we don't have to buy a lot of sheets. well, we have 3 if you count the trailer.

the grands are still sleeping. curtis is alone at the table. guess i'd best go eat with him and keep him company. i'll be back later.

saundra, are you home yet?

i have to tell ya'll. for some reason this am it really really feels like we're sitting around a table chatting.

have a good day. i'll be back later for some more girl time.

05-20-2006, 12:39 PM
Sandra, I've never had more than 350! 400 sounds decadent. I'm hungry for lunch already. I think I'll go snack.

05-20-2006, 01:11 PM
vickie, i get the sheets at penneys for half price. i have to tell you--we're spoiled.

05-20-2006, 03:47 PM
Oh dear I wrote a long post and it went to cyber space.
Good to see you back safe and sound Melissa. Now, I hope Murphy is your dog. You said, "He jumped all over me" hee hee.

Kathy I hope it is not as hot in Orlando as it is in Texas next week our daughter and family are gong to Disney World for the week. They usually go with us to California to Disney Land but I am not able to go until the end of June and they have to go now as it is holiday time for them. I can not get insurance until the end of June(well I could but it would cost me a fortune) They are going to notice a big difference in cost as they usually travel with us on our Air Canada passes.

Froufie, it was you I think, that went to see Da Vinci Code. Did you like it? I was going but the crowds were terrible. I will wait until it slows down a bit.
We watched a movie at home last night.

Tonight we are going to the auction. Have any of you people used a Magic Bullet? I might buy one if they have them tonight. He usually has some. This fellow buys stores our when they go out of business.

Vicki it is too bad the food was not the best. Don't you hate paying out money for food that you are not crazy about? I do think that Chinese food does make you retain water.

Sandra, school teacher, hee hee. Bet you had to laugh. It must be nice to be buying smaller sizes.

Well good folks must go wash my hair and think about what to eat before we go. It starts at 5 pm
blue Skies,

05-20-2006, 03:55 PM
Hey Kath, be sure to watch the baseball highlights tonight. It'll give you a good feeling for what it's like to have two baseball teams in the same town and a HUGE rivalry. There was a fight today between the Sox and Cubs. Amazing. It involved my favorite play at the plate between two Catchers. Of course, bad boy AJ was involved!

05-20-2006, 04:42 PM
Da Vinci code was very good - basic premise of the story but a few parts missing and/or shortened - I am wondering if you had not read the book if you might find it more confusing? The book gives much more historical and background information. All in all very well done tho!

Got up a 10:30 due to phonecall from gf in Toronto - after talking to her about things I just felt like crying - which I did - and w/TOM here I just feel so blue - never mind the cramps and bloating - not a happy Froufie today!

Had breakfast (bagel, cream cheese and smoked salmon) then finally took little ds to the library to get his own card - he was so excited and very proud of himself! the funniest was him signing the back of his card - made a mistake with the last name - and tried to fix it - it is so cute and funny! Says he is keeping the card in his 'safe' at home. There is also an automatic checkout at the library so I showed him how to use that - very thrilling for a 7 yr old - took out 4 books for himself and a dvd on the space shuttle (still claims he shall be a future astronaut).

Dd getting ready to go to dad's house (after sleepover at her friends) - I have to drive her cuz he is having vision problems again! And it's a very yucky rainy gray day out there - sure matches my mood!

Nothing else planned - instead of doing garden work - dh worked on his 'basement cleanup project' which is helpful - I went thru a couple of boxes of 'knick knacks' and will give some away.

Kathy - have fun tonight - the spread does sound yummy - sorry you couldn't sleep - - did you get to nap? how was the walmart trip?

Vickie - how about you? Sure hope you got a nap in there somewhere! I am feeling tired now (went to bed at 2 am and woke up at 10:30).

Melissa - I agree that it's hard to concentrate on the eating with all the organizing and moving you've been doing - hang in there!

Sandra - have fun w/the grands - any plans?
Rose - my gf has a magic bullet and just loves it! And I don't think it's that hot yet in Florida? We went to WDW last July - never again in the summer - talk about walking into a sauna! UGH!

Time to chauffeur!

05-20-2006, 04:48 PM
Hey Chicks! I have been in the bathroom ALL day. I hope it's all the excess water coming out from the Chinese food. I know....TMI! Did I tell you how proud I was of myself that I didn't eat ANY rice? No nap for me. I've been working on the budget. I just got online to make a transfer and decided to check in. I believe there is a buble bath in my immediate future. I might nap there.

My food is marinating and I'm making an easy dinner tonight.

Rose/Kathy, I could not stand the sauna effect. Humidity really knocks me out. I'd be inside all the time.

Frouf, did you get any good advice or different perspective from GF. After all, she and you other GF know your DH and I'm thinking they might have some valuable insight. I'm sorry you're so blue. I hope I never had to go through what you are dealing with. Neither Jim nor I read Da Vinci Code. He is still trying to decide if he wants to go. Reviewers are saying that Hanks performance was "wooden".

Rose, I don't know anyone who has the magic bullet, but it seems cool from the informercial.

05-20-2006, 04:54 PM
rose, i'm having a blast buying clothes already. i know i need to stop till i get much much closer to goal. it's just so nice to "want" to buy clothes again. and i know this is all mental cuz i'm not really much smaller yet.

frouf, thanks for the info on the code. curtis and i will prob go see it next week (especially if it's raining). we didn't have any plans for the grands. however, they are both helping with the embroider projects. the little one chose what set to use and colored the sample copies so i'll know what colors to embroider. the older one (already had coloring done) learned how to embroider so she's in there using my stuff now practicing her backstitch on an old cuptowel. we'll have to go buy projects for them to embroider. next time they're here we'll all have looms and can work at the same time.

they'll be going home shortly. we've had a good visit. they are already talking about next weekend. grandpa is suggesting camping. i may need to save some energy for that one.

05-20-2006, 06:31 PM
Lordy, what a day! We went to eat Mexican food (I don't think I even care anymore on the weekends), then to big WM. I got everything except for sheets, but that's okay since no guests are expected anytime soon. We came home and I dumped Judd out, then I left again and went to the gas station, Cato to buy a few tanks, several stores looking for a white belt that I didn't find, then went to get my hair fixed. I came home and got ready, now I'm waiting for Judd to get ready because his friend is coming over to ride with us tonight.

At lunch, there was a young couple with two baby/toddler boys. They were dressed alike and very cute, so I asked the mom if they were twins. She said they were 5-1/2 months apart -- they adopted and then found out she was pregnant right around the same time. The boys were dressed in White Sox shirts and then I looked at the dad, who was in a Bulls shirt. I asked if they were Southside, and he said yes that he had grown up in Bridgeport. I guess they've just lived here for a few months. The boys were just SO cute, probably one around a year and the other about 18 months old, I'd guess.

So Sandra, speaking of buying clothes, today I got a really cute white tank top that has a very low V-neck front, but in the V is woven strips of cloth so you can't really see the ta-tas. I like it. I also got another one that's turquoise and has some silver studs in a pattern but Judd vetoed that one, so it goes back. I have new silver sandals that I thought I could wear with it, but nooooooo. I might keep it anyway and wear it at times when I'm not around him. He ain't the boss o' me! :lol:

As for the sheets, MIL gets them at Tuesday Morning and they're usually in the 400 range. They are almost like satin they're so smooth. I can really tell the difference when I'm on other sheets now. She had gotten us some last summer, then two sets at Christmas, and then FIL bought some to put in with our Valentines gifts from them. They are big on giving gifts for every occasion.

Oh and speaking of them, MIL called last night and said that FIL's SIL (his brother's wife) had breast cancer, which we knew because she just had surgery last Tuesday for it, but they got the report that it was in the lymph nodes and quite advanced. Then his uncle, FIL's late sister's husband, has Stage IV lung cancer. That uncle's daughter (Judd's cousin) just left her husband this week as well. Good night, that's a lot of family news all at once. The aunt lives in Winchester KY and all others live in Cincinnati. I told Judd we should go visit.

Time to get ready to hit the party scene. ;) Yeah, right. I'm just hoping I can stay good to make up for a bad, yet tasty, lunch. If not though, I'm still hanging below 145 so that's all I care about.

05-20-2006, 07:50 PM
kathy, sounds like you had a good day. where did you go for mexican food? my nephew is going to work at don pablo's this summer. have fun tonight!!

05-20-2006, 08:04 PM

05-20-2006, 08:05 PM
i finally figured it out. now i'll go delete the other copies of this photo.

05-20-2006, 09:50 PM
Ohhhh....I want to know how. Sandra can you PM me?

Kathy, you were awful busy....but good busy. We have Tuesday Morning here. I've only been there once. I should go back some day. Your tops sound cute. I think you should keep them all. Sorry about all the bad family news. It seems like when it rains it pours.

I had my bubble bath and I'm now off to watch TV. Talk to you all tomorrow.

05-20-2006, 10:41 PM
Wow - Kathy - a lot to take in for your family - good luck to those in a bad situation.

I have no idea of my thread count of my sheets - they are the pattern that matches the comforter/pillows, etc! that's all I know!

Sandra - I think it's wonderful that you are teaching the grands about embroidery - what a nice thing to do together - and I'm sure they will remember it for a long time to come. Definitely save up on your energy for next weekend!

Vickie - hope you had a good dinner - and did enjoy a bubble bath? I was actually also comtemplating the bathtub? A rarity for froufs - my face is broken out a bit (due to TOM) and I was thinking of find a mud mask (dd's bathroom is a good place to start!) - and steaming in the tub? I am suffering from TOM back pains and stomach pains and no position is comfortable for me right now.

I am laying low (on the computer) as I don't feel like I'm fit to be with people! Ended up going to the mall this afternoon with ds and dh as I was dropping off dd at her dad's she mentioned something about having to buy black capris from Old Navy for one of her dance costumes (now she tells me). Big confusion as to whether dance teacher was buying them or we had too - so instead of going to chapters for coffee treat - ended up at the mall where my depression took a big dive for the worse!

What is wrong with me? I found ONE pair of flared capris in black (I know she'll say they're not the right kind - yes I have the bill) then browsed around a bit getting more and more upset and discouraged? I do need a new pair of black pants/black jeans - as my stretch black denim straight leg (yes they are like a decade old) finally wore thru in the thigh area - but I just couldn't bring myself to buy anything.

Then I sit on a bench watching everyone walk by - they all look good - nice hair, makeup (I am 'naked") -and everyone has a waistline and is having a good time. I just want to cry - AT THE MALL!

Dh and dd show up - they get ice cream - I get an iced coffee - then home. Ate dinner even tho my tummy hurts (steak, baked potato, corn on the cob) and sf rice pudding for dessert - I still feel crappy tho.

dh is asking me to go downstairs to watch movie so I'll go see what's on!

Sorry to be such a downer :(

05-21-2006, 01:21 AM
Hey now, don't apologize for that! You're certainly entitled to your feelings, no matter what they are. I just wish you felt better about things. I think you're exhausted and you know how everything seems worse when you're so tired. Maybe tomorrow will be better and your tummy won't hurt as much.

We were at the party and the cell phone rang. It was Erin saying something was wrong with the cat. They found a trail of blood leading from the laundry room to my bedroom, where the cat was. Then the cat ran to the family room coffee table and sat on the bottom shelf, bleeding more. They were cleaning up the first trail while he was bleeding in the family room, and when they went to get him from the coffee table, he ran under my bed. They cleaned up the coffee table and were trying to get him out from under my bed when they called. I told them we were leaving shortly and to try and get him out if they could. Five minutes later Shaun calls and says they've tried everything. We were out the door by then anyway, and when we got home the cat was out and still bleeding heavily. It seems as though it could have been the Border Collie who got him because it's a round puncture wound on his tail and back leg, which looks like a bite, and the Border has a lot of blood on her too. She has no cuts though, just blood on her fur where possibly it flew off of the cat onto her. Judd has taken the cat to the 24-hr emergency animal hospital. Poor guy was really wailing.

Judd just called from the hospital with his theory on what happened though. He thinks it could have been either Bindy (Border) or Zuki chasing him and one of them might have nipped or scratched him, but Bindy was the one who got blood on her since she's taller. We'll never know but I'm sure Judd would rather not spend his Saturday evening at an animal hospital and Bridge would rather not be in pain. He's still wailing and sorta hunkered down in the carrier.

Okay, well I'm going to try and get some sleep now. I am pretty worn out. Be back in the morning.

05-21-2006, 11:14 AM
Hey! Where is everybody!

Here's a cat update: $440 and he still has to go to our regular vet tomorrow. They may have to amputate his tail because it's cool at the tip and not getting blood flow. Lovely, huh? Judd said at this rate, we won't be getting a vacation. It's times like this I wished we had credit cards! Okay, maybe not, but still these unexpected expenses are a killer.

05-21-2006, 11:50 AM
Good Morning Chicks! I slept for 3 hours on the couch last night since I never did get that nap. Then I proceeded to go to bed at 11:00 and sleep until 7:30. I was plumb tuckered out.

Frouf, dear friend, I do SO wish that I lived closer to you. I'm sure some of your despair comes from the TOM hormones. I know it's more than that though. Do you ever see the therapist alone? I've never gone to a therapist, but if I were feeling as bad as you are, I think I'd consider going to talk with someone. At this point, it would be nice to hear what an objective, trained 3rd party has to say. All I want to do is defend you because you're my friend. It may be the only way to get your emotions and life back on track so that you can start to feel better. Kathy is right that you are exhausted. And no one helps you or seems to appreciate you. Worse yet, no one seems to be noticing the pain that you are in. I'm not a huge Dr. Phil fan (he'd hurt my feelings probably in the first 30 seconds....I'm a little sensitive), but he does say something alot that I think is valuable. He says "you teach people how to treat you" and then also "how's that working for you?". I don't know for sure what I'd do if I were in your situation because I've never had the huge responsibility of children or a husband who wasn't a full, participating partner. I do know that I'd be shouting for help from the rooftops. You should be happily enjoying your life. I suspect that it's not just the weight getting you down. I think that's just the final straw. I hope things get better for you soon. I believe you are a wonderful woman and deserve better than what you are going through right now. Please forgive my forty cents worth. It's just that I've come to like you so much and wish I could change it all for you.

Kathy, poor Bridge! I hope he doesn't have to lose part of his tail. You'll never know what really happened. I hate to think of the clean up project in your house today. It's a big ordeal when Cassie's toenails bleed and she runs through the house. Do you have somthing that works to get the blood out? $440 is a big unexpected expense for a month! Are you and Judd planning a vacation to someplace exotic?

Niki, how are you doing on program this week?

Saundra, are you back from vacation yet?

Jim is at the grocery stores getting us some supplies and food for dinner. It's going to be bone in pork chops, baked potato, and corn on the cob on the grill! I'm so excited because this will be our first grill of the season. Best of all, it means Jim cooks dinner. I'm not sure what I'm going to do today. My scale is still high this morning which is really depressing. I've exercised twice this week, consumed large amounts of water and other decaf beverages, and followed the healthy eating guidelines. I've carefully tracked my WPA's. I guess maybe my dinner portions got too big a couple of nights. I wasn't going to exercise today but maybe I should. I've got that weigh in tomorrow, darn it.

05-21-2006, 12:39 PM
We were talking about going to Cozumel but since I can't dive, it would just to sit by the pool and eat, drink, and rest a whole lot. I don't know what we'll do now. Maybe we can still go but I guess it'll be up to the travel agent to find us something. We have a lady we've worked with for years because she used to plan the dive trips we organized for work.

As for cleanup, the kids had all the spots on the carpet cleaned up by the time we got home. That was a relief. He kept bleeding as Judd took him from the bedroom to the kitchen where I was waiting with the carrier but fortunately that was all on tile. It's kinda sick how they found out he was hurt though. They had gone to On The Border (mexican restaurant) and got takeout. Erin asked Shaun if there was a hole in the salsa container because there was red droplets all over the kitchen. He checked and said no, and then they looked more closely and discovered it was blood. They checked all the dogs and found nothing at the time, but one of them walked into the laundry room and there was a smear of blood all up the front of the washer where Bridge had jumped up there. Oh and the vet said the bites were small ones, which means it was probably Zuki.

Judd's still playing golf today though but I'm thinking it'll be his last time for a few weeks. We need to let the checkbook take a big breather! I'll probably just sit outside and read my book, but am going to the store later as we are also grilling tonight. I think I'll get some corn for the others -- that sounds really good.

Wonder where the rest of them are today?

05-21-2006, 12:40 PM
Will somebody please tell me to walk on the treadmill this morning. I'm lacking motivation and energy. I'll have plenty of energy left to whine tomorrow morning if I gain again.

05-21-2006, 12:42 PM
Oh Vickie, I meant to say something about your scale still being up a little. Maybe you should add up all your points for a few days to check those portions. It's that eating til satisfied part that still confuses me. If I knew when to stop, I would have never gained too much in the first place!


05-21-2006, 12:46 PM
Kath, I'm sure that breakfast, lunch and snacks are all ok portion wise. It's dinner that could be the problem. I agree that I need to weigh/measure dinner for a while to see what's up. Also, we've started eating dinner earlier because we are hungry so much earlier. I've been VERY hungry these last two days. I think it's PMS. I suppose I could be bloating a little early but I don't want to hang my hat on that. That's really something how the kids found out about Bridge. Has Zuki been a biter before? Are you nervous about them for the future?

I think I'll finish this cup of coffee and then go for a treadmill stroll with the Gilmore Girls. I'm halfway through season 5 now.

05-21-2006, 12:54 PM
We've never known him to bite before, but the two of them play rough. It was probably such a freak accident because Zuki is only 9 pounds and Bridge is like 14. Usually Bridge isn't on the losing end.

Judd just said he isn't playing golf today because doesn't want to leave me having to deal with things, and also doesn't want to spend the money. That's nice that he thought of it. I guess now it'll be a very quiet day here, at least I HOPE so. We don't need more drama anytime soon.

05-21-2006, 12:57 PM
BTW, I think sitting by the pool, eating/drinking/reading, sounds like a fabulous vacation!

05-21-2006, 01:08 PM
Goodness you all have been busy chatting this weekend!

Frouf, :hug: I'm so sorry. I'm sure Vickie's right and that a lot of your emotion could be related to TOM. But I think we have all gone through those times when we could just break down, even in the middle of the mall. And don't ever worry about being a "downer."

Vickie, I'm sorry that the scale is up a little for you. You are so dedicated and inspiring and I know that things are going to go "down" for you very soon. Have you been on the treadmill yet? ;)

Kathy, bless Bridge's heart! I hope that all is well and all the blood is cleaned up. Why do we live with animals anyway? ;) I couldn't go without mine, I know. They are almost as much trouble as kids. :) Glad to hear taht you had such a great time this weekend.

Rose, yes Murphy is my dog! But he doesn't know that. :D He is rotten to the core.

We spent yesterday visiting parents and then doing some things around the house. DH was using the computer last night so I didn't get online to check on you all. I'm :crossed: that I at least break even on this biggest loser thing. I'm thinking Monday and Tuesday I will be drinking a ridiculous amount of water and tea to flush myself out. I don't even care about losing at this point, I just don't want to show a gain!

Well DH is still at church so I think I might mow the front yard for him. Since we got a manual mower it is fabulous exercise, plus it is beautiful here today. Very summery. :sunny:

I hope that you all have wonderful Sundays!

05-21-2006, 01:22 PM
Good Luck on the Biggest Loser thing, Melissa! I'm still pondering the treadmill thing. White Sox Baseball starts at 1:15. I guess I could watch the game while I walk. I decided I'm hungry so I'm going to go eat lunch in about 15 minutes. If I walk, it'll be after that.

05-21-2006, 01:26 PM
Thanks Vickie. You've done great with your treadmill goal this month. Congrats! Even if you don't walk today you are still going to accomplish your goal.
I'm terrible, I think about doing some kind of crash juice diet or something just so that I can weigh in less for the BL competition. :o I'm awful I know. I feel bad though because the joining the contest was my idea and I know that everyone else has lost, and I've gained! :cry:
Oh well, enough of that. I'm going to finish my lunch and mow.

05-21-2006, 01:38 PM
Kathy, I forgot to ask you if you saw the Chicago baseball highlights yesterday. And.....I forgot to talk with you about the people you met from Chicago/Bridgeport. The world is an amazingly small place. I'm going to go reread what you said about them. I don't know how I forgot that!

05-21-2006, 01:42 PM
Bridgeport is the area right around the ballpark. Chicago is funny...or maybe all big cities are like this. It's Chicago but the entire city is broken up into neighborhoods and they all have their own names and boundaries. It's kind of like the suburbs but within the city. Did you talk baseball with them?

05-21-2006, 01:43 PM
Melissa, don't feel bad. You have a lot going on and have had a lot going on. I think you should win just for NOT gaining during this unbelievably trying time in your life. I mean, after all, you finished your class AND bought a house/closed/moved. What a remarkable woman you are. I'm sure I'd have gained about 10 pounds. Tell them I win!

05-21-2006, 03:09 PM
Hi all: Just got back from Church, it was all about the Da Vinci code and how some people might start to believe it. It was interesting though.

First of all I want to say how sorry I feel for those that are hurting. Life can be so unfair sometimes. Froufie I could have cried for you when you said you were sitting watching everyone go by and you feeling so down about things.
I have been asked to take the course and be a Stephen's Minister. Listening to your thoughts I know I could never be, as I would be crying along with the person who was hurting.

Kathy, your poor cat, hope all is well now. I have never had animals because of Allergies but I can relate with the sadness we feel when are animals are hurt.

Hey Sandra, where are you this fine day? Have you ever tried the Core pumpkin pie recipe, with cream of wheat? Actually I did not care for it until I added more Splenda, and then hey, it was not bad at all. Also did you notice "Loving" I still wonder how long it will continue. I am not sure what to think it may be too much for her with working full time. She seems like such a nice person.

Vicki, you have done so well with your diet, maybe your body just needed a rest and will perk up again and go forth with flying colours. I am having a devil of a time trying to lose. I am not giving up though even though my Dr. told me not to worry about it as long as I felt good. I have AF, my heart was racing but they have it under control with meds.

Melisa, so how is life treating you since you got home, Murphy still chasing you around?

Waving to Niki and Angela. Hope you are enjoying the weekend. It is our long weekend in Canada. We did not go to the cottage as the weather is the terrible. Rain, Rain, Rain and cool. I sometimes feel guilty, as I have said, the cottage is really a home on the lake and it is only used about 3 months of the year. We could go in the winter but we are too old for all the winter sports. Our Son lives in Constance Bay on the water and our daughter is a Nurse and she works every other weekend so they do not go up in the winter either.

If anyone wants to chat on the phone it is not long distance for me any where in Canada or the U.S. You could send me your phone # on the private message if you want. I have had some nice talks with Sandra. Sandra reminds me of my sister (passed away in her early 50's) They are and were fun people. I miss my sister very much, she was American. Actually my young sister is also an American and lives in the U.S.
Well enough, take care all and remember don't take any wooden nickels.
Blue Skies,

05-21-2006, 03:48 PM
hi there, chickies. it's a gorgeous day here. we just got home from practicing a 900 round (40, 50, 60 yds) and are feeling great. looks like we'll go play bingo later. there are guys here painting the outside of the house so i don't want to be working in the rosebeds right now.

kathy, i hope your cat is doing better. i used to have a cat named "meow meow" that would go off and come home injured. had him 13 years and nursed him through many catfights. at least i always thought they were catfights. could have been dog/cat.

frouf, my good friend, i hope you are in better spirits today. have you thought (or do you have time?) about going to ww meetings? they are very uplifting. back in my "other life" i used to spend many many lonely hours driving around crying. i understand your moodiness. please take care of yourself.

vickie, your meal sounds yummy. we haven't grilled outdoors yet. it's almost too much of a hassle since curtis does a "major" grill cleaning before and afterwards. :lol: i'm not as clean as he is.

vickie, please do your treadmill.

melissa, i am impressed that you're mowing. lookout 180's--here she comes!!! you are sounding like you're back to yourself again and are ready to start dropping. chug that water but eat enough to stay healthy. (this is the old teacher in me being bossy)

rose, you know my number. i'd love to chat. i saw a hummingbird on the feeder out back last night. you should have seen my smile. i have not tried that pumpkin pie. i do add extra splenda most of the time when i'm making ww desserts. you and i are a lot alike with our sweet teeth, aren't we? i haven't checked on loving for a day or so. guess i'd best go take a peek.

05-21-2006, 04:55 PM
Good afternoon ladies! It's sunny here, and beautiful. We really need to get our garden planted, but I'm betting it might wait a few more days. I ended up taking all the girls to the immediate care place here, as they all had fevers last night. Turns out middle dd has an ear infection (which I KNEW), and oldest dd has strep throat! (which I heavily suspected). So all 3 are on antibiotics. Thankfully, dh went to the store and brought back popsicles, ice cream, a stack of kid movies, and some snacks for me. :lol:

I hear little dd yelling to get up, so I'll check in later...


05-21-2006, 06:09 PM
Good evening Ladies, wow I can't believe it is the evening already. Had a busy weekend, took dd to a princess tea party yesterday, we got home around 10pm.
Today I took ds to his soccer game, came back & steam cleaned the carpets & kitchen floor. I will catch up on yesterday & todays posts and will be back.

Hi Rose, I am waiving back!! :D

05-21-2006, 06:19 PM
I didn't get on the treadmill. I feel very moody myself today. Bad PMS!

05-21-2006, 06:24 PM
What's a 'princess tea party"? Sounds like something a frouf would love!!! (Did I mention the socks I got at the mall yesterday - pink socks with a bunny on them and at the back instead of a pom-pom is a cute white bunny face w/pink ears and a bow - very cute!).

Vickie - congrats on sticking to your exercise goal - and I really appreciate yours (and everyone else's) insights and support. I agree that this is not working for me - I am a bit at a loss as how to proceed - I think if I do see a therapist I need my own! - but I really think once the dust settles that dh and I need to go somewhere together. I do know his therapist is helping him in some areas but I guess she doesn't get the whole picture as she would only get his take on things.

I really really hope the hormones are causing some of what I"m feeling and making it worse than usual? I really feel like I have no will to live or do anything besdies eat and sleep - I am functional on a very basic level but find it overwhelming to do anything major for myself or anyone else for that matter.

Woke up around 10:30 - had breakfast, read paper, showered, wiped kitchen counters, unloaded and loaded and ran dishwasher, made lunch for little ds (who has been out of the house all day playing with kids on the street and biking around). Also reading my new library books.

Were supposed to take little ds to movie today (over the hedge) but as he is otherwise occupied and dh is working outside not sure if we will make it today - but tomorrow is still a day off! As Rose mentioned, lots of rain and gray skies here too - altho dh has been working in the yard most of the afternoon (weeding, mowing, raking and now CUTTING MORE SOD FOR MY GARDEN!!). At least it's not raining yet so he can get some things done.

kathy - poor Bridge - I would have been surely freaked out to see a trail of blood thru the house - and so expensive too! Hope all ends up well with the 'tail'. How was the party (before the crisis?) - hope you had fun.

Rose - I don't know what a stephen's minister is - but I"m sure you would make a good one - empathy must surely be a requirement?

Angela - hope you are managing a house of sick kids and that you don't catch what they have!

Guess I'll go read some more - I think part of the depression is not going away for the weekend - I know if I were somewhere else I would be happier - a change of scenery is always nice - as is having people wait on you? :)

05-21-2006, 06:37 PM
angela, sounds like you have a mini hospital in place. i hope the dd's get well quickly.

nikki, sounds like you're a busy mom. how are you doing with core? is all going well for you?

we had a blast at bingo. took $8 and came home with $1.50. now i think that's pretty good. we each won a game. $3.25 each. that's how we came home with $.

frouf, i hope you're feeling perkier now. what book are you reading? i'm reading entombed. now talk about depressing! being buried alive would take the cake for sure.

i have stalled long enough. the paint guys are gone so i have no excuse to stay inside. the weeds are calling my name. guess i'll respond. have a good afternoon, chickies.

05-21-2006, 09:07 PM
Evening, all. We've had a fun (not really) day chasing Bridge thru the house trying to get him in the carrier. We need to give him medicine and he keeps hiding behind furniture. Finally Judd cornered him in the garage under the trailer; crawled on his belly holding the carrier while talking to him the whole time. I think Bridge was just tired and finally gave up. Whatever, but he's now in the carrier.

And Judd says he doesn't want to grill, so I'm making burgers in the oven and put chicken and hot dogs in the fridge for tomorrow. I sat outside for a while today and came in when I started falling asleep. Tonight I will be taking extra pain meds since I have to work all day tomorrow and my foot is swollen beyond belief.

Time to go check on dinner; I might be back later but if not, I'll see you all tomorrow.

05-21-2006, 09:08 PM
Hi ladies, tomorrow will be my first weigh in at WW, I think I lost at least 3lbs, we will see. I have stayed op all week, I saved alot of my wpa to use at the party yesterday, I was surprised at myself at how in control I was of what I ate. They had a panini, so I cut a one inch slice and ate half, I had shrimp, a half cup of chicken salad one dumpling and for desert I had 2 tbs of a banana pudding mixture with pineapples & some kind of spongecake with walnuts(delicious).
I am going to change my signature and start fresh with the weigh ins from weight watchers, my scale gives me all wacky different weights.

froufy, I also get depressed when it is near tom, I could sit and cry for no reason at all or it could go the other way and everything bothers and irritates me, I don't mean to be that way, just can't help it. I can't wait to see davinci code. Your ds must of felt soo proud when he got his own library card. how exciting he wants to be an Astronaut. My son wants to be a meteorologist, when we go to the library he takes out books on Natural disasters, absolutely loves them, he must be the only 6 year old that watches the weather channel for enjoyment.

Kathy good for you buying sexy tops, got dh a little jealous there ha. Sorry about the sad situations with your family, seems like one thing after the other. Poor Bridge, hope his tail doesn't have to be removed!
My kind of vacation, pool,food,reading, drinks and more drinks!!

Sandra glad you enjoyed the grands, that is pretty neat that they like to embroider. Yes, I am a very busy mom but I love it. i have been doing very well with the program , I am really enjoying it, I feel this time I can do it!

Vickie don't worry about the weight, when it is tom I have a 5lb gain and in a few days it is gone. You really have a wonderful way with words, you sound like a very caring person , I am glad to have met you.

Melissa welcome back ( i am a little late) You will definitely burn alot of calories mowing with a manula mower, good luck with BL

Hi Rose, the cottage sounds so peaceful & relaxing. I live in a community thet has a lake and the kids & I got there every day in the summer. It is so relaxing, I bring my chair and sit at the foot of the water and Just watch the kids have a blast, they love it

05-21-2006, 09:35 PM
Melissa, when is the weigh-in? Could you just push the water and maybe fruits and vegetables until then? At least you'd have something in your tummy. I'm not looking forward to Wednesday because I've had a sorta bad week. I guess if I'm going to do it, I'll have to be much better. I need to be at 142.8 Wednesday morning in order to see less than 147 on the WW scale at noon. Maybe I can do it.

I was in the kitchen making a salad and Judd walked thru with the BBQ tools. I said, um, you told me you weren't grilling so I put the burgers in the oven. He had heated up the grill without telling me. Men! So I gave him the chicken and hot dogs and he's out there now. I took my pain meds and will get back up when they start working. Until then, I can't walk.

Niki, that lake sounds so great. I'd give anything to be able to stay home and not work but at this rate I'll be 75 before I retire! LOL! Especially if these darn animals keep acting up!

Frouf, you sound like you might feel a little better? I know you're still depressed and sick of the current situation, but maybe the weekend gave you the tiniest bit of rest and you were able to get a new perspective. At least you slept a little this morning -- that's probably just what you needed.

Good luck in the morning, Vickie.

05-21-2006, 09:48 PM
Froufie I forgot to tell you what the princess tea party was all about. My sil invited a group of little girls to her house to have a tea party with my niece, they all came in there princess outfits, my dd was Cinderella. They did crafts played games ate lunch had desert danced around and just had a ball. They even got great goody gags, my sil is known to be a great party planner.
My ds was a little insulted he was not invited, but I made him feel better when I said to him what would you rather do spend the day with daddy or with a buch of screaming little girls, he chose daddy.

05-21-2006, 10:00 PM
Hi, my name is Maggie, and I`m currently on the South Beach Diet (3 days so far!!!), but I`m worried that it mighct prove to be to hard for me, as I`m not a big protein fan, and carbs are more my style, so that I thought that maybe this new (for me, the last I heard was the points program: it`s been a while, and it didn`t work for me, mainly because I just used my points eating my usual and sometimes I even had some extras left for goodies) Weight Watchers approach, and would like to know a little more about what kind of foods are allowed (what would a typical day be like, for example), and how is it working for you all. Thanks,

Maggielina (

05-21-2006, 11:27 PM
Well, due to legal issues with WW, we aren't allowed to give specifics on the program. You can do a basic Google search and get most of the info like food lists and restrictions. The main gist is lean meats, fruits and vegetables, whole grains, limited starches like potatoes and corn, and all dairy must be fat-free. You still get 35 points per week to use for foods that aren't on the approved list and you can either use them a little each day or save them up for a special occasion (within the same week though). You must figure out your comfort zone though, and eat only until satisfied, not full.

Your best bet though: You can go to a WW meeting and tell them you'd like to sit in. They won't charge you and you can ask them all the questions you want and get official information. That way you can see if it's something you think you'd like.

05-21-2006, 11:28 PM
Good evening friends! :D
I did indeed get a lot of exercise mowing today, I will probably be sore tomorrow. It is some serious work pushing that thing. Overall I mowed for about an hour, and I counted it in my tracker. I was not only walking but getting an upper body workout as well. It was a nice feeling.
Of course then we went to the movies and I pigged out on popcorn. :pig: But had a light supper so hopefully not too much damage done.

Kathy, I hope that you aren't pushing yourself too much. You saying that your leg is swollen "beyond belief" doesn't give me much confidence!! Is there any way that you could do pt this week as well? Thanks for the suggestions, I'm going to try to do lots of fruits and veggies and water and tea and see what happens!!

Vickie, I hope that we didn't make you feel bad about not getting on the treadmill. You have done really great with your goal.

Sandra, you are definitely not bossy. How did the rose pruning go? It sounds like you're having a great weekend.

Speaking of great weekends, I forgot to tell you all that I am off tomorrow. That's why I sound so chipper. ;) I think my mom is going to come over and help me around the house.

Niki, the tea party sounds so fun! I hope that I am that creative when I have kids. Congrats on your eating there. And good luck blinks for tomorrow! ;) ;) ;)

You too Vickie ;) ;) ;)

Rose, Murphy has calmed down but is still very much underfoot. Your cabin sounds so nice!

Frouf, I hope that if these feelings continue that you will seek some sort of counsel for yourself. Not DD's therapist but someone of your very own that you can talk to, whether it is a friend or professional or whomever. Of course you can always share here, but it just sounds like you might need some face-to-face time with someone. :hug:

Angela, sending get-well wishes to your whole household! :D

Maggie, :welcome3: to our little corner of the world. The ladies here are fabulous support. You can get a good idea of what we eat by looking at our daily menu thread and our recipe boards. If you decide to give core a try, or have more questions, please feel free to join us.

Well I have written a novel and need a snack now. :lol: Good night everyone!

05-21-2006, 11:54 PM
Hey, you little brat! Another day off work??? I am so jealous!!

I do my PT exercises twice a day at home and I think they want me to have a lot better range of motion before letting the real therapist loose on me. What she did on Thursday nearly killed me anyway; if I had that on a regular basis I would be hating life. Right now it's swollen about twice the normal size. At least the pain meds are working.

Enjoy your day off tomorrow but don't do too much! You need the rest.

05-22-2006, 01:03 AM
Kathy - I too am concerned about your foot - i don't think it should be 'swollen beyond belief' either - have you been using it too much! Please take the meds and put that foot up - can't undo the healing that is already taking place! Please take it easy!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Nikie - that party sounds like so much fun! I bet your dd loved it! Wish we had a 'local lake' - what a great summertime destination!

Rose - your cabin sounds lovely - and I sure hope you can use it as much as possible!

Sandra - so are the roses doing okay? and did you get rid of those weeds? Dh pulled all the dandelions today - and hopefully can finish off cutting my sod tomorrow! Altho because of the unseasonably cold weather it is still not warm enuf to plan anything - which is a good thing cuz I am not very focused on my garden plan (now where did I put that envelope with all my info and printouts?)

Melissa - I do agree that I will need to find someone of my 'own' to talk to. We do have EAP at work - so I will probably go that route.

I still feel pretty lethargic and I think it's finally dawning on me that I am eating sugar and carbs and not good things that yes it might actually be affecting my mood as well! Need to ensure I am eating good stuff!

Did end up going to movie tonight w/little ds - place was packed (da vinci code I'm sure!) - yes I had popcorn for dinner (with some junior mints for dessert - no wonder I"m feeling crappy!), washed down w/diet coke. I really need to stop this unhealthy trend - I know I will feel better - it's just taking that step and DOING IT!

Good luck tomorrow for all weigh-ins! May the scales be kind to you.

The book I am now reading is called Sons of Fortune by Jeffrey Archer (about 2 brothers/twins separated at birth at hospital - of course one to a rich family and one more middle class - they will obviously meet one day? I'm not there yet - but I think they are about to go to the same university!).

Time for bed I guess!

05-22-2006, 01:29 AM
kathy, i hope your foot's all right. i'm glad you have some pain meds you can take.

nikki, ;) ;) for wi tomorrow. i can feel your happiness in your posts. i know you'll have a good wi tomorrow. makes me smile.

melissa, the rose pruning left me tired and sore. wish you and i could soak in the hot tub. (curtis is out there now but i am still "not allowed" cuz of my foot) life goes on. we have had a fantastic weekend. i go to the podiatrist tomorrow and am expecting to get the all clear for the hot tub.

i saw a hummingbird again tonight and i was only out back a few seconds to water a planter during a commercial. ;)

maggie, i hope you decide to stay with us. kathy gave you some good ww core advice. good success to you.

frouf, the roses are looking great. i think i lost about 3 this winter but that's all right. they were "weak" all last year anyway and i was not expecting them to make it. i pulled a lot of dandelions/grass and pruned. later this week i will run the mantis tiller. the beds still look pretty bad--pruned and not as many weeds and grass but still bad. did i tell you there's a dandelion forest next door? we have 4 young guys living there. they are good neighbors but they've let the yard go. curtis is going to say something to them. he and i both tend to be bossy. it's 80ish here now. everything's growing. my potted flowers look fabulous. (i hope they keep living. i'm not too good with pots--over water/under water) i also have some rosebuds on a few bushes. now if those dandelions would stop growing and spreading.

05-22-2006, 08:30 AM
Sandra we also have a Dandelion forest next door to us, gets more difficult each year to control the weeds along the fence bordering the two yards, this year our neighbor said they are digging up the yard and seeding.Hopefully that will help.

05-22-2006, 09:27 AM
Hi everyone, I am new to the boards and looking around. I joined WW Oct. 2005 and have lost 30 pounds so far. I am following the core program and hoping to find some new tips and ideas here. I have been stuck at this weight for a few weeks and need something to get me off this plateau!

05-22-2006, 09:42 AM

Kathy, sorry, I meant part-time by pt. :D But you should do physical therapy too. ;)

Frouf, I'm glad that you and DS went to see a movie last night. I had popcorn for dinner too. :o Did you go see over the hedge? DH wants to see that too. We love cartoons. :lol:

Sandra, the hot tub sounds great! Good luck with your appointment with the podiatrist. Hopefully you'll get the all-clear. I was just thinking yesterday about putting up a hummingbird feeder. We have lots of birds on our property and I love to see hummingbirds.

Lynn, :welcome3: and :bravo: on your amazing loss!!! It sounds like you need to share your ideas with us as well! This is a great place to be, hope you will stick around. There is a coreporate profiles where you can learn more about us and post about yourself, too!

Well my mom is coming over today to help me around the house. I'm not sure what we'll do, but there will probably be going out to lunch involved. I heard that Ruby Tuesday's has a good salad bar. I would like to do that if it is good.

05-22-2006, 11:12 AM
Good Morning Chicks! Thank you all SO much for my birthday wishes. I only have a minute because I have to get out of here lickety split. I've a millions things I want to do today and Niece needs me to pick up some medicine for Baby Sarah.

I'll be back later!

05-22-2006, 11:24 AM
I hope that you have a great day Vickie! Enjoy baby Sarah too. :D

05-22-2006, 11:36 AM
Ah, Melissa ... now that makes sense. But no, I'm back to the regular schedule. I would have to fill in the gaps with vacation time and can't do that if I have a chance on earth of taking a real vacation this summer. Enjoy your day with your mom!

My scale was a whopping 147 this morning! I just about fainted! That's the nekkid empty weight too! I am pushing the water and trying to recover; if I'm not 142 at home on Wednesday, that means my w/i will show a gain and that is unacceptable.

Bridge is at the vet this morning getting everything checked out, so we'll see how that goes. Zuki is grounded, as you might have guessed. I am thoroughly ticked at him.

Enjoy your day, Vickie! I stayed up past midnight specifically to post the happy birthday thread! (Thanks girlfriend, now I'm gonna be tired all day!! ;) )

05-22-2006, 12:29 PM
Thanks for the info. I`ll try contacting the nearest weight watchers and hopefully, they'll have the core program in Mexico (sometimes we are a little behind in these matters....). Good luck to you all in your weighting!!
What is consider a serving of brown rice or whole wheat pasta, like 1/2 a cup? Thanks and best regards,

05-22-2006, 01:31 PM
Hi all: Just wanted to say we are on our way to Ottawa should be back on the weekend. Our son phoned and asked us to come down for a few days. He seemed down. The divorce has been hard on him.
Sandra I don't know why you can not reach me by emailing, funny eh? I have got other emails today. Keep up the good work with the dieting girl.
Well must run, don't forget me gals.

05-22-2006, 01:39 PM
Wondering if anyone might have some advise. I'm giving the Core Plan a try. I'm desperate. I am a WW from way, way, way back but can't seem to get in control with the Points system. Hope Core will be the answer. But I'm not sure how it works. I did read my booklet and know that it's limited (not much different from the Old, old, old ww plan). But I'm confused I guess. Are there any "Menu plan" available, that seems to give me the guidance I need. Suggestons for B/L/D and snacks. Sorry to be so dumb about this, I was hoping I could get some info from you experts.


05-22-2006, 01:57 PM
nikki, i'm glad your neighbors are going to do something about their dandelions. maybe ours will, too. like i said earlier, they are nice guys and good neighbors. this has just gotten ahead of them.

lynne, welcome to the boards. congratulations on losing those 30 lbs. that's very impressive. i bet you're feeling pretty good, aren't you?

melissa, i got the all clear for everything but the hot tub. i go back in 2 weeks and should get that "go" then. now i can start bowling!!! get you a hummingbird feeder. you'll enjoy watching those little buggers.

happy birthday, vickie!!!!!

kathy, i hope your scales get friendlier. i have to tell you, though, you're a gorgeous woman.

rose, i hope all is well with ds. be safe and have a good trip. i'll try to email you another.

maggie, i'd say just look on the package and see what they say about serving size.

jps, take some peeks at the menus posted here. don't pay attention to mine, though, cuz i'm mainly counting pts and not true to core right now.

05-22-2006, 01:57 PM
I'm not sure which booklet you're referring to, but if it's your Week 1 (Getting Started) book, it starts on page 22 and gives you all the info you need to get started. Due to legal issues with WW, we aren't allowed to spell out plan specifics here. You can probably find specifics on the internet if you do a Google search though. You might also want to look at our daily menu threads to see what sorts of things we eat, and there's also a big recipe section too. As for menu plans, I'm unaware of anything like that.

Good luck! I'm truly sorry that I can't be more specific but I know you'll be able to find the info you need.

05-22-2006, 03:07 PM
Thank You Kathy! It's so nice to feel so welcomed and understood. I think I'm just a bit overwhelmed with the Core Plan and have to sort it out bit by bit. It says I can have shredded wheat, but not how much....does it not use 1/2 cup etc? Google? Duh!!!! I'm at work now, but I'm going to google it anyway...
I would love to come back and chat with you all. I'll let you know how it's going...Thank you again

05-22-2006, 03:35 PM
On Core, I usually eat the serving size listed on the box (for cereal). Then, the beauty of the program is, if you're still truly hungry, you can eat more.

After a while, you figure out what is a reasonable size serving for you.


05-22-2006, 05:36 PM
Had a good day at work today. I am usually better when I am at work, I don't snack as much. Took a long walk at lunch, now that it isn't raining every day! The last two weeks it has poured every day, so no walks, I missed them!
w/i is on Thurs. so I will know then if I am off the plateau or not!

05-22-2006, 05:41 PM
Good Afternoon, Chicks!

I just got home from lunch, the medicine run for baby Sarah, and my errands. I'm now going to go spend my birthday afternoon with my hubby. Kathy, I noticed that you posted my Happy Birthday message at 12:01, just one minute after I turned 50! You are the sweetest woman around. Actually, I was born at 5:11 pm right in time for dinner. No surprise there!

I really will be back later.

05-22-2006, 05:42 PM
Oh yeah....I stayed the same. Not good news for next week though since TOM is looming. Oh well, it's a marathon and not a sprint!

05-22-2006, 05:47 PM
HAPPY BIRTHDAY VICKIE - hope your day is going great - and that baby sarah is not too sick????

Kathy - guess zuki is in the 'dog house'? ha ha ha Hope Bridge ends up okay.

Rose - hi to you in Ottawa!! (where r u?)

Sandra - bet you can't wait to get into the hot tub - hope you get the all clear from the dr.

Angela - how are the girls doing? hope the meds have kicked in and they are not driving you crazy!

Melissa - we constantly struggle w/dandelions - seems that being a corner lot we get all those love 'seeds' - we have tried everything - and everything works - to a certain extent - we sure need to be vigilant!

Welcome lynne - sounds like you are doing great and i agree that perhaps you can share some of your successes w/us too!

1old fl - welcome too - Core may seem intimidating at first but basically you can eat fruits, veggies, ff dairy, lean proteins and whole grains (some limited) until 'satisfied'- which is the key - they are no real 'portions' but some do still like to keep track of what they consume! Good luck.

I am feeling crappy still - I thnk I have done ABSOLUTELY NOTHING of value this weekend - and instead of feeling rested and refreshed I feel bored and depressed. I think I really needed to get away? I am already dreading work tomorrow - realized I have a deadline to submit some docs for Friday. Asked my team member to do some of the preliminary paperwork but she is really not qualified so I need to rewrite a lot of it! Also have a couple of those 2 hour meetings this week, another therapist appt w//dd on thursday and as we are approaching dance recital she has rehearsals every night this week! (I am on my way right now to take her to her ballet rehearsal).

I just wish I would snap out of this deep funk!:( I feel like I have nothing to really look forward to? Nothing excites me anymore! (I have tickets to see the broadway show "chicago' which is in town next week - and I don't seem to care if I go or not? Very strange of me. Usually take my best gf - but my nail lady/friend is looking for tickets - I could take her - or maybe even sell her my tickets?)

Time to go chauffeur again!

05-22-2006, 06:53 PM
I can't go to WW tonight, I forgot I have to take ds to sign up for Cub Scouts at 7pm and the meeting starts at 7pm, so I will have to take dd with me at the 10am classs tomorrow, and guess what I JUST GOT TOM!!!!!!!!!! aaaahhhhh :(

05-22-2006, 07:18 PM
i didn't make it to ww last fri. so far so good this week. those meetings are big helps.

vickie, i think turtling is fabulous.

frouf, 2 more weeks till i can hot tub. boo hoo hoo!!!!

05-22-2006, 09:56 PM
Wow I cant believe I finally am able to get on here. I have been trying about every other day. And I cant get on.
I hope everyone is doing well.
I am doing ok. The weight is not coming off. In fact I am up a few pounds. And I cant get the scales to move down.
I am still walking. I am walking 3 miles. You know I had the Dr tell me the other day. I am not exercising enough. I need to exercise more. Talk about letting the wind out of my sail. I thought the 3 miles was fairly good. Going from a couch potato to that. So I guess I will have to try and do some more exercise. Wonder when i am suppose to sleep. HAHA!!
Boy I have missed you all.
I got the new book. 3 fat chicks. But havent had a chance to read it yet. Has anyone gotten it and read it yet.
Well I best get off here.
VICKIE How are you and Hubby doing.
KATPO How are you doing.
ONTARGET How are you doing. Is the foot all healed up.
Know that I am thinking of all of you.
Will keep trying to get on when I can.

05-23-2006, 10:05 AM
Morning glories! :D
I'm back at work, what a bummer. Here's hoping for a good eating day. :crossed:

Vickie, I hope that you had a wonderful birthday evening!

Sandra, I'm glad things went well at the doctor.

Kathy, I hope that work goes okay for you today.

Rose, enjoy your trip!

Frouf, :hug: Hopefully today will be a good day for you.

Coco, glad to see you around!

Lynn, Maggie, and 1fatoldlady, glad you have joined us!! :D

Well I need to get to work. I'm very behind after being gone for a week, that's for sure!

05-23-2006, 11:02 AM
Good Morning Chicks! I'm up and having my breakfast and coffee and basking in the joy of being 50, retired and healthy! I had a fun day yesterday even though I didn't really do anything special. My real celebration comes on Saturday with my family.

Jim gave me the most incredible, mushy birthday card and then he wrote some more personal wonderful things inside. It was all purple and glittery just like I like my cards. What a guy! Now since we retired we stopped buying gifts for each other for birthdays and our anniversary. We only shop for each other at Christmas. It was one of our concessions for retiring early and not working anymore. He'd already bought me that beautiful QVC bracelet because he said 50 was special. In my card where two more tickets to go back and see Wicked again! We'll be in the 11th row just off Center. I had just been telling our friends at dinner earlier this month that I enjoyed it immensely and would love to see it again but didn't want to spend the money. Sigh! I am SUCH a lucky girl.

I also had some other wonderful news yesterday afternoon. I mentioned Baby Sarah needed medicine which I picked up and brought to my Niece. It was for gas pains. So I held Sarah for about a half an hour so my Niece could go shower and relax. Then Jim and I went off for lunch. Well, my Niece called me back later in the day and asked me to be Sarah's Godmother! I cried...what a surprise. She said she wanted to ask me in person on Saturday at my birthday party but had to change her plans since her husband had told their 5 year old daughter that I was going to be the Godmother. My Niece was incredulous that he'd done that since no 5 year old is going to keep a secret. Pretty funny. Of course I accepted.

Well, that's all my news for now. I've got to come up with a plan to thoroughly clean my house this week and make my dessert for Saturday. Plus I have a million phone calls to make. Time to get our pool open! I'm going to make a couple of calls and then go catch up on posts and respond.

I hope you are all well.

05-23-2006, 11:59 AM
Oh hey speaking of pools, I got a 6x10' pool the other day and put up on the second deck! LOL! It makes sitting outside much nicer now. Above-ground pools aren't allowed in our neighborhood so it's the closest thing I can do until we build one, which won't be until spring of 2008. That's the first opportunity as a few other things will be paid off and we can free up $35,000, which was the last estimate we got for what we want.

We're having our monthly birthday luncheon today and this month is potluck. We do an every-other-month schedule of catering vs. potluck. Anyway the theme is "picnic" so I made ham and cheese sandwiches on a tray, and then made little pumpernickle, cream cheese and cucumber open sandwiches. Judd asked for them and since he's one of the birthday people for the month, I made them. They are really good.

He wants to go to a Mavericks playoff game Friday night but I'm trying hard to dissuade him. Tickets are $300 and after that big vet bill, I'm not inclined to do it. I hate to be selfish but the money would be coming out of the vacation budget. He's had a vacation every year and I haven't been anywhere since 2002 so I think I'm going to stick to my guns on it.

I guess I should get some work done. Vickie, I'm glad you had a great birthday! What a relief -- now I know that in December when I turn 50, it'll be alright. ;)

05-23-2006, 11:59 AM
Wow - pool season already - we are still trying to get a glimpse of spring/summer weather as it has been raining most of the month! Still gray out today altho the sun is trying desperately to make an appearance.

Vickie - congrats on being named (fairy) godmother to Sarah - I know she will be thrilled with this news and will be well taken care of - have fun at your family celebration on the weekend!

Kathy - how nice to have somewhere to 'cool' off when you need to! I am still hoping to have a functional garden/patio this summer so I can sit out, read, bbq and enjoy the outdoors! Those sandwiches sound yummy!

I agree that the $$ should go to the "Kathy gets a Vacation' fund - I too vote for the pool/beach, food & drinks scenario - what could be more relaxing?

Angela - How are the kiddies doing?

Coco - so glad you are here! I would sure be frustrated if I could not get on for my daily fix.

Melissa - hope you have a nice and relaxing day at work and your desk is not too 'busy'.

Sandra - hope the 2 weeks go by quickly - I know how much you enjoy relaxing in the hot tub!

Had a restless night - lots of tossing and turning - awake very early and tried not to think of anything 'upsetting' so I could try and fall back asleep. Need to commit to getting to bed earlier - like lights out at 11? I am generally ready for bed then - but sometimes dh is on computer, or we watch the news, and then of course I MUST read before I fall asleep - and if I am at an exciting part of the book - well it's very hard to put down.

Trying to monitor what I put in my mouth cuz frankly I have been major out of control due to my feelings of depression and sadness. Easier to do when I'm at work of course - need to make sure dh puts chicken and rice on so I have dinner when I get home.

May go out to mall w/big ds tonight as he has outgrown his suits and needs a new one for a wedding he is attending in June. (there are some nice ones on sale). Of course have to return dd's capris and try and find the 'right' ones (may bring her w/me) and need to pick up dance tape for her at dance school as well.

Feeling sluggish and unmotivated (what else is new) and trying to get work done for friday deadline (and I am in a meeting all afternoon). Wish me luck!

05-23-2006, 12:12 PM
Good morning ladies, I just got back from ww weigh in. Drum roll please..................... I lost 8lbs!!! You had to see the shock on my face.

Gotta go eat, had no breakfast, I will be back a little later and catch up on posts.

05-23-2006, 12:14 PM
Holy moly, Niki, that's AWESOME!! Congratulations!!!

05-23-2006, 12:24 PM
OHMYGOD - that is amazing! SUPER CONGRATULATIONS - you must feel great!

05-23-2006, 12:33 PM
Rose, I hope you're having a lovely time at the cottage. I didn't know about DS's divorce. Those are usually so sad.

JPS, I hope you decide to try Core. It is such a great plan. Once you get your booklet, let us know if you have any questions. I'm following Core pretty faithfully and I generally post my menu every day. I usually stick to one serving of everything, but if I'm still not satisfied, I have more. Like Angela, for shredded wheat I eat whatever the box says is one serving. I always add some fruit so that helps me stay satisfied for a good long while. When I'm doing great, I find that I'm hungry again in 2-3 hours. With Core, I find myself eating small meals fairly regularly. Good Luck!

Lynn, fingers crossed that you break your plateau. Keep up the good work.

Kathy, I hope the world found you lighter this morning. I know how frustrating that can be when the morning scale doesn't say what you want it to say!

Sandra, how exciting that you got an almost all clear! I'd be missing the hot tub too. Soon my friend!

Frouf, you sure are in a funk! I say go to the play and maybe it'll perk you up. I have gone through phases like you are in too. They pass but not without shaking things up a bit. Why don't you plan a little trip....maybe even by yourself. Maybe being a bit selfish will help?

Niki, TOM stinks doesn it?! Mine will be here before I know it. Worst part is that I can tell that I'm bloating already.

Melissa, I'm sorry that you're back at work. Harumpf. :( I know you'd rather be home playing in your new house. What's up there? Are you and Aaron happy you made the leap?

Ok, I gotta go. I have a few more calls to make and my wonderful husband is cleaning bathrooms. I smelled bleach and tracked down the smell and there he was. I am one LUCKY girl.

I'll be back later to check in on you all.

05-23-2006, 12:36 PM
Wow....look how much happened while I was trying to post! I have to go but I'll be back to read new posts a little later.

05-23-2006, 01:54 PM
Oh wow. I got on again. YEAH!!
It was pretty frosty and cool here this morn. But now is warming up. The wind is blowing. Some. It is cool but the sun is warm.

VICKIE how are you and hubby doing. And how's your doggie doing. I hope everything is going good. HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY!!

ONTARGET How are you doing. Is the foot all healed up yet. Hope so. Hope you are doing well. I saw a picture on the thread. I think it was on the first page. Is that you.

FROUFY How are you doing. You know I have been having trouble sleeping too. Feel so sleepy. Go to bed and then its like I am wide awake and cant go to sleep.

I went for my walk this morn. At first it was a little nippy. But then after I got going was nice. I gained 1/2 a pound last night. I am up about a total of 12 lbs. And I cant get back on track. I am upset with myself. I just cant seem to get motivated. Got the new 3 Fat Chick Book. But havent had the time or taken the time to read it. Has anyone gotten it and read it. Did you like it.
Well I guess I better get off here. Just thought I would see if I could get on here. And I did. I am so glad. I miss you all when I cant get on here.
I hope everyone has a great day. Will try and check in later.
Thinking of all of you.

05-23-2006, 02:50 PM
Niki, congratulations! Wow! I'm impressed. :)

I spent the entire morning trying to go dress shopping. It was an exercise in frustration. Remember how I got chosen to sing in a big, fancy choir thing? Well, we found out that they will be televising the event throughout North America via satellite, and that President Hinckley (president/prophet of our church) is coming! More pressure. So last rehearsal they told us that dress for this thing is: solid colored, long-sleeve jewel toned dress. What? Where in heck am I supposed to find that in May in Iowa? I checked every single store I know of, and hardly any even had dresses. One place had some that MIGHT work, but they cost $75 or more, and there's no way I'm spending that much for one event. So I guess it's to the fabric store with me, and I will make a dress. As long as it's simple, I can do it, and my mom will help if I beg her. It was just so irritating though.

I'm back on the wagon, even if I have to tie myself on there. I will be good, I will be good. :lol:


05-23-2006, 03:15 PM
Just stopping in to say CONGRATS Niki!! :hat: That is so amazing!! :bravo:

05-23-2006, 05:13 PM
Okay Angela - I don't know what size you are but are you looking for something like this? iewItem or this: iewItem or: mdZViewItem and this: mdZViewItem

If so you can do a specific search on ebay - for long sleeved, mid calf dress, etc and you might come up with something (using the "Women's dresses finder".) I am very excited of you being on tv by the way - very impressive! good luck.

05-23-2006, 05:18 PM
Great idea, Frouf! Here's one in emerald green ... PageNameZWD1VQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

05-23-2006, 05:46 PM
hi, coco. i have missed you, girl!! i don't know what to say about exercising. three miles sounds like a lot to me. my foot is healing slowly. i went bowling yesterday and have it sore again. oh, well, life goes on.

melissa, how's your day? are you back on program?

vickie, sounds like you had a fabulous birthday. wicked again!! you lucky girl. i'm happy for you. and being godmother! wonderful news.

kathy, enjoy your pool. $300 for tickets sounds very high. i don't think i'd go either. it would be different if it weren't on television.

frouf, i understand about problems falling asleep. when i'm having trouble, i run my shot sequence. guess i bore myself to sleep. :lol:

nikki!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 8 lbs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i am very very impressed. it's going to take you a week to wipe that smile off your face. congratulations.

05-23-2006, 05:57 PM
coco, you might want to try counting your points for awhile till you get back on track. that's helping me. there is a photo of me on here. i'm the one in black.

angela, that sounds exciting. good success on getting the perfect dress.

frouf and kathy, you are amazing. i'm coming to you next time i need to find something.

05-23-2006, 07:11 PM
I'm so dissapointed!! I just called the Weight Watchers Center in Mexico, and they do`n't have The Core Program, just the Flex Points, which did not work for me, mainly because I had a lot of points which I mainly used for treats... The worst part, is I just came back from a vacation in Texas last week, if only I had known, I would visit a center before coming home.... I thought about using the "at home service" from the web page in the States, but it looks like they send you some kind of "kit" by mail, so it won`t work if I live in Mexico, still I sent an email and asked them for advice, since I still have my Point calculator and was familiar with the Flex Point, so I'm hopeful that we might find a solution.... Just when I was so happy and excited about the whole thing: it`s just like me, the lawn always looks greener on the other side... LOL


05-23-2006, 07:28 PM
maggie, are you sure you can't do ww at home over the net? i didn't know they couldn't mail out of the country.

05-23-2006, 07:49 PM
I'm not sure, I contacted the web page and I'm waiting for an answer. I think it might work out, since the biggest objection might be the payment method, and I do have a credit card from my account in the States, so I'll just have to wait for their confirmation... I think the biggest challenge might be in that a lot of the products you relly on (like all the fat free cheeses, dairy, etc) are not available in Mexico, but I`m willing to give it a try anyway: I think that this might be a very good solution for me in the long term, you know how I've tried a lot other diets and lose, but the moment you go back to the old bad eating habits you gain the weight again? I`m tired of that, and I don`t think it`s healthy to yo-yo back and forth. I`ll keep you posted as soon as they give me my answer and thank you for the support!!


05-23-2006, 08:09 PM
good success to you, maggie.

05-23-2006, 08:24 PM
Darn, Maggie! That stinks but I also hope you that can figure out something. I'm thinking if you can't find a lot of the FF stuff, it'll be a little hard to do because you'll be spending your points for dairy and other things you have to substitute. Maybe there's still hope though.

I sat outside for a while and am counting down the minutes until American Idol. I can't wait! ( :lol: I think I say that every week!! )

05-23-2006, 08:29 PM
kathy, i even dreamed of ai last night. :lol: i am more excited today than normal. are you ready to vote?

05-23-2006, 08:41 PM
Dialing finger is poised and ready for a workout! Everybody better STAY OFF THE PHONE around here! Mama will be on a rampage! :lol: I'll have to put the the cell phone and fax line to use too!

05-23-2006, 08:49 PM
good idea. did you get my e about ai?

05-23-2006, 08:49 PM
AAAAHHHHH! I just finished writing a post and the power went off then back on so I have to rewrite what I can remember.

Thanks everyone for all your great support!!

Sandra, yes I am still smiling. When I told DH he said to me jokingly did you get a gold star, then I told him I did get a star.

Vickie congratulations, going to be a "fairy godmother" that is such an honor. Your dh sounds very sweet, I have to say I married a sweety too!

Froufy I am having a hard time sleeping also, I get up constantly during the night and then I have a hard time getting back to sleep. Last night my dd got up 3x, so I am very tired today.

Angela good luck finding a dress. Are the kids feeling better.

Kathy enjoy your pool, you have to see me sitting in a kiddie pool in my back yard with my kids, anything to cool off.

Melissa how is work?

Lynn, Maggie, and 1fatoldlady, welcome!

Rose enjoy your vacation.

05-23-2006, 09:04 PM

05-23-2006, 10:14 PM
Hey there chickies. I made some fake Texas Roadhouse Southwest Chicken sandwiches for dinner and they were really good. I grilled chicken breast, topped with provolone cheese (not ff! :o ), then sour cream, lettuce, and black beans (seasoned with chili powder and garlic powder). Served them with oven fries! We get this at the Roadhouse and it is so good. Mine wasn't exact but it was still very tasty! I recommend it. I'm sure you could even leave off the cheese and not tell much difference, I was just trying to match the restaurant's version.

Maggie, you know you might be able to follow the core plan online even without ww support. There is a lot of (probably illegal!) info on the net that details the program. Just a thought. Good luck to you!

Sandra, how are you today gf? I just love reading your posts, you're so perky. I can just see you in one of those bright yellow "life is good" t-shirts! :D And no, I wouldn't say I'm op, but I'm getting there. I'm at least sticking with a plan!

Vickie, congrats on your "godmother-ship"! :lol: That is a very great honor. She is in good hands!

I didn't tell you all that Friday is our 5th anniversary. We are going to a local steakhouse that is quite pricey. Our realtor gave us some gifts certs when we closed, so we're going to put them to good use. I am actually looking to see if they have a website so I can plan ahead! ;)

Be back in a minute.

05-23-2006, 10:27 PM
Here is the menu. I'm thinking about going all out and having a fabulous steak!

Vickie, yes we are very, very happy with our new home. It is so exciting and I don't think it has really set in yet. All of our belongings are still in boxes in the garage and there is so much to be done. But it is fun.

Kathy, how's the vacation fund coming? Did you talk Judd out of the tickets?

Frouf, I hope that you are able to get some rest tonight. Did you go shopping with DS? Maybe, like me, you need to start your before-bed routine earlier. I think "I want to go to bed at 10:30" but then I don't get up to get ready for bed until then. Silliness. Anyway, I hope you rest tonight!

Niki, congrats again, such an amazing loss. Please continue to post your menus!

Well I think I'm going to get something else done around here, like folding laundry. Whoo-hoo! I'm trying not to snack due to w/i for biggest loser competition tomorrow. I'm still quite nervous about it. I'm just drinking lots of water and staying away from salt!

05-23-2006, 10:47 PM
Love that menu Melissa - everything looks delicious and I'm sure you'll have a great time!

Maggie - I can't imagine why you couldn't do the core program on-line? After all WW is an international organization and you can't possibly be the only non-american/canadian to try it? let us know what they say!

And in Canada we also don't have the many fat free and WW products that are available in the US - but I guess we still manage? It just limits some of our choices that's all!

No - didn't go shopping as I came home w/massive headache - started around lunchtime - popped 2 advil before afternoon meeting - didn't help much! Came home in PAIN - dh did a very good job w/dinner (except had to wait for the brown rice). Had dinner - 2 es tylenol and then went to lie die for a bit - still in PAIN.

Got up - helped little ds with his book report (this would GIVE anyone a headache if they didn't already have one!). I did watch my portions at dinner time so I was feeling hungry - went off plan a bit with a piece of toast, cold cuts and cherry tomatoes - and a cup of hot tea w/milk and splenda.

Watched some tv - and now still IN PAIN - I am wondering if I should try the teaspoon of vinegar that was mentioned here a while ago? I might if I end up in the kitchen before bed. I can't imagine falling asleep when my head is throbbing like this. Even go thru Sandra's shot sequence probably won't help a bit :)

05-23-2006, 10:57 PM

Sandra, I just answered you. I had fallen asleep while Judd was finishing up watching 24, then we watched AI that had been recorded, and are now watching House. We're behind but catching up.

Anyway, I thought Taylor was AWESOME!! He's my MAN and I'll be buying the first thing he puts out, no matter what it is. I wasn't crazy about his third song but he pulled it out.

I'm way up so I'm not going to w/i tomorrow. Isn't that pathetic? To show a "clothed" loss, I have to be around 142-143 in the mornings and I'm at 145. Still though, I haven't felt well and have been taking extra Tylenol and pain meds. I also accidentally left my regular meds and supplements at work over the weekend and so I didn't have hormone pills or BP medicine for three days. I'm sure my BP was way up. All of that together has got me all messed up.

I got to sit in my "pool" again today and must say that it's quite enjoyable. I put my whole chair into the pool and then hang my foot over in the water. The rest of me is up out of the water unless I reach over and splash it onto my legs or arms. And then if I get tooooo hot, I can jump out of the chair and get wet all over! :lol: It's a hoot! The big dog comes over and gets a drink every few minutes, so I'm also providing a public service.

The vacation fund is still intact. We found an all-inclusive in Cozumel that we're thinking about. We usually stay at Plaza Las Glorias (at least, have stayed there the last 3-4 times we've gone) but since we won't be diving we don't need to be staying near the piers. We're also going to Colorado Springs in early August so now we're talking about waiting on Cozumel until September. Judd's brother and family are moving from Virginia Beach to Colorado Springs this summer (Navy relocation) and so we'll be meeting his sister and her family from Montana there. Since they're all spread out, we rarely see them all at the same time so I'm looking forward to it.

Now I'll go read some more and might be back in a little while.

05-23-2006, 11:14 PM
melissa, ;) ;) ;) for tomorrow's wi.

frouf, pop out that vinegar, girl. i wouldn't count that shot sequence out. it's definitely like watching paint dry.

kathy, i have already gotten in several votes. he was gooooooooood, wasn't he? your trips sound like fun. know what? i used to sunbathe with a sprinkler going underneath my lounge chair. i know that texas heat firsthand. :lol:

05-24-2006, 09:08 AM
Good Morning Chicks! I'm up early because Jim accidently set the alarm in my bathroom for 6:00 am when he was cleaning in there yesterday. It's really ok though because I had a horrible night and was probably ready to get up anyway. I have a full day of cleaning ahead of me. I have to shower and get dressed by 2:00 because the window washers are coming. Yeah.....I don't do windows and evidently neither does Jim. But, I budget for it so it's ok. I may go to my favorite plus sized store while they are here today. If I don't go today then I'll go tomorrow. I need some more summer things and now I need an outfit for the christening. They have a big Memorial Day sale going on so I should be able to get a good deal.

I have some time before I can eat breakfast so I'm going to go read what you all were up to yesterday afternoon and evening.

Oh yeah....American Idol was good. Taylor was great and deserves to win out of the two of them. I still haven't gotten over Chris' loss! Even I voted for him. I can't stand the way Katherine made one of my favorite songs in the world "her own". I hated her rendition of Somewhere Over the Rainbow.

05-24-2006, 09:40 AM
Niki, :bravo: An 8 pound loss is just spectacular!!!! :cp: You'll be grinning ear to ear all week. :carrot: I hope you're very proud of yourself because you did a great job. Now have another great week. Wouldn't it be wonderful to be down at least 10 pounds after 2 weeks?!

Angela, sheesh, you're right! Where on earth are you going to find a gem colored dress during this season. Although, Ebay is a good and reasonable source if you can be sure of your size.

Kathy, your pool is a fabulous idea! I bet you're going to get alot of use out of it. Maybe you'll be able to go to weigh in when you weigh yourslef this morning. I know how hard it is to go when you think you are going to have a gain. I have to deal with that darned BP medicine every day. Cozumel sounds wonderful. I hope you get to go.

Sandra, I'm sure you and Kathy will get Taylor voted in. I'll be watching tonight. Does Curtis watch with you?

Maggie, I think you could do Core online. You wouldn't get the paper booklets but you'd have access to the whole Core food list. Good Luck!

Melissa, it makes me smile to think of you cooking in your new kitchen! I never noticed that sandwhich on the menu at Roadhouse. I'd certainly like it! I haven't been able to look at the website yet but you should definitely splurge on the great steak since you have a gift certificate. Happy almost 5 years! All that and you are in your own home. Huge congratulations! :cp: :cp: :cp: :cp: :cp:

Frouf, I hope your headache went away. I'm curious to know if you tried the vinegar.

Cassie is here begging for her piece of banana so I know it's time for me to go make breakfast. Wait until she finds out that there is no banana today!

05-24-2006, 09:44 AM
Morning chicks. Just stopping to say hello. I'm really down this morning. The scale was WAY up, like almost to where I started. I don't understand. The only thing I can think of is that I am quite swollen from the two days of yard work, I don't know if that has something to do with it or what. But it's enough to make you want to throw in the towel! I'm not sure what to do, I can't seem to get a hold of myself.
I hope that you all have a great day. I'm going to try to stay away from emotional eating.

05-24-2006, 09:45 AM
Thanks Vickie, your encouragement makes me smile this morning!

05-24-2006, 09:47 AM
Don't let yourself eat from emotions, Melissa! This happens to me ALL the time when I start to exercise again. The progress doesn't show up right away. When you exercise hard after not exercising for a long time, your muscles get inflammed and retain water. I think that's what happens, anyway! If you keep at it, you'll lose. It's just temporary. But...if you start eating then you really will gain. Can you hang in there for a while and continue being good? I promise you'll see results eventually.

05-24-2006, 11:36 AM
Just a temporary bloat Melissa - don't let it sabotage your eating - just remember to put healthy things in your mouth!

Vickie - hope you can see the bright sunshine out of your windows once they are cleaned :) Have fun shopping and let us know about all the bargains you find!

Kathy - I love the chair in the pool idea - very 'cool' (pun intended). Go to and check out any hotel you are thinking of staying at - good reviews by travellers there so you can get the real lowdown - fun to read too!

The Vinegar Report:
Well I am sadly reporting that despite the rumor and innuendo - I cannot support the vinegar/migraine solution! Of course as obvious as it is you do temporarily forget about the migraine due to the major burning sensation in your throat - you will also ingest more liquid thereby increasing your water intake - so this might be a good thing!

I popped 2 advil at work around 1:30 pm - came home had dinner - 2 es tylenol around 6 pm - lay down for an hour - got up watched tv - still in major pain. Took the 'vinegar' around 10:45 and waited for it to kick in?? (I think maybe I took it too late and it might work better if you try it at the first sign of a headache?).

I am proud to say lights were out at 11:15 (forced myself to close the book at end of chapter), except dh wandering around in the dark (surprised I was in bed). Then came the 1 am INTERRUPTION! Yes a knock on our door - of course I was barely sleeping anyways. Dd - mumbling something about going to school late - up cuz she is studying for science test -can she get a ride in the morning? Not really sure what my response was - but it was followed by the words - go away and close the door!

I then got up took another 2 advil and after much tossing and turning finally fell asleep - no headache this morning - but I do feel a bit 'foggy' and tender.

So dd did miss 1st period today and dh actually OFFERED to drive her to school (so I would not be super late). I did have trouble dragging myself out of bed of course.

Now at work - eating yogurt and drinking decaf - and trying to get thru stuff on my desk. Brought some LO for lunch but concerned about dinner - dd has final dress rehearsal for recital today at 5 pm (probably til 10 or 11 pm tonight!) so I shall have to rush home, pack her and her gear into the car (ALL COSTUMES THIS TIME!), then fight traffic to head back downtown (I know we won't make it for 5). Problem of course is dinner/snacks!

I was considering stopping at a subway or somewhere to pick something up? But I think I shall just slap together a sandwich when I get home, add some cut up veggies and fruit, diet soda and then head out the door - I will eat there when I get hungry? It's gonna be a long night......(just like another competition I guess - I will get to see some numbers I have not seen yet so hopefully that will be fun!).


05-24-2006, 11:37 AM
Morning ladies! The kids are feeling better...d'oh! I just realized I didn't give them their medicine this morning. Better do that...

Anyway, my sister, mom, and I went fabric shopping last night, and I found something perfect. The fabric I found is a really rich sapphire satin-looking polyester (so it's still washable :cheer: ) I think it'll really look nice.

My sister got some gorgeous Duponi silk in a beautiful emerald shade, and a really pretty pattern too. I spent $23 where she spent $60 though. :lol: I thought mine was better for me because I have kids and need washable, durable stuff that's easy to move in.

I'm cleaning up this dump I call a house today :) . It's going to be in the mid-80's today, so I'm not planning on going out unless I need to. My allergies are really bugging me this year. Blah.

Time to medicate the kids :lol: Later,

05-24-2006, 12:09 PM
Morning chickies,
Im off this morning so I thought I could catch up here with everyone!!
First of all,,,glad to see you again Coco....hope you get your computer fixed soon, I think your doing great walking 3 miles a day!
Melissa, youve been thru alot the last couple of weeks, that extra will be gone once you get back into a routine once again. Dont be discouraged!
You can do it!
Vickie,,how is it going this week?? Ive been on track all week,,how about you?? The scale isnt showing a loss though but Im not letting it get to me..Im not! Gee window washers?? hmmmmm wonder if they would take a trip to Canada. Id love that. Congrats on becoming a godmother!
Kathy, your pool idea sounds heavenly.
Angela, your so talented being able to sew dresses,,if I cant glue gun it forget it. haha I dont sew or knit.
Frouf, Im glad your trying to get to bed earlier , Im another one who has to read before bed. There has been many a night I have bonked my head with my book as I fell asleep. haha I find fresh air helps so much too...just sitting out and reading or relaxing , walking ,,whatever sure helps me sleep at night.
Try it
I guess Saundra is having a good time in Niagra Falls isnt she?? Miss her posts.
Sandra, you are inspiring me to get my butt back into gear girl.......keep up the great work. Im looking forward to see your scale go down and take mine with it ..hah
Ok I have to get to work here been playing around long enough..
have a great day everyone

05-24-2006, 12:20 PM
Good morning! Well, I was at 146 this morning so I decided to just write that down and go with it. I got to work an hour late, have to leave early and so there's no way I can spare an hour at lunch for the meeting. It's no big deal since we have to pay anyway (deducted from paychecks) so maybe by next week it'll be much better. I had a horrible night too and am ready for this day to be over with!

Since I'm late, I'd better get moving. I'll be back later.

05-24-2006, 04:12 PM
Hi Chicks! I've been cleaning house all morning. I'm finished with my lunch and I've showered and dressed since the window washers will be here between 2 and 4. I am SO sore. It was definitely worth some calories.

Kathy, I'm sorry you didn't get to go to the meeting. They always give me a little something to inspire me for the week. Did Judd keep you awake last night or was it your darned ankle?

Patti, the guys I have do my windows are good and cheap. I think I have something like 27 windows (they count ever pane) and 18 screens. They clean inside and out and do all 18 screens for $150. I'd love to keep the $150 but not enough to do the windows ourselves! I've been sticking to the program but this 50 year old body just doesn't want to let loose (great excuse now huh? ;) :D Kathy suggested I look at my portions so that's what I'm focusing on this week. So far, so good!

Angela, I like the dress alot and think it is a really cute style; perfect for you. I can't sew either. High school Home Ec was my last stab at it. My Mom and both of my Sisters sew. I do NOT have the patience. I also don't have an imagination. My Mom used to sew for me and I'd cry bcause I could never imagine how it was going to look when it was done. It was always nice but you couldn't have told me that. Brat!!! How's Lorena doing?

Frouf, that's a bummer about the headache. I was hoping the vinegar would work for you. My Niece says that she has to medicate her migraines at the first sign of their arrival or nothing works. She's an Advil and caffeine girl. Did you ever think about getting a prescription for them? I just had one that I know of with the eye disturbance. My Eye Specialist said if I start to get more than one a month that I should consider getting a prescription. We don't know what we are having for dinner either. I saw a commercial for a new subway sandwhich. I think they said it had 8 grams of fat but it looked great. It was a chicken breast, veggies, some lowfat cheese and some kind of sauce but I can't remember what it was. :?: I'm some help aren't I?

I decided not to go shopping today. My Sister wants to go with me tomorrow. So I'll get up early and clean some more and then shower and meet her after lunch. I hope I find some nice things.

05-24-2006, 04:18 PM
It's called Tuscan Chicken and it just came out on May 22nd. The sauce is a tangy vinagarette.

05-24-2006, 06:10 PM
hi, chickies. we've had a busy day today. started out with dentist--both of us. ya'll know we're attached at the hip and do about everything together. :lol: we are both tired of doctor's appts. seems that's all we've done lately. oh, well, keeps us healthy.

vickie, i am impressed that you have window cleaners coming. we could use them, too. curtis does watch ai with me. we were both upset when chris got outed, too. that didn't seem right at all. katherine should have been gone that week. the look on her face when they found out it was chris showed that she thought she was out, too. we didn't care for her rainbow either. she's good but she's not different like taylor. i never thought he was the best singer but i always liked his enthusiasm and performance. hope he wins tonight. i did my part with "redial." :lol:

melissa, i'm sorry the scales were unfriendly today. don't give up!!! you know it was water retention and you're prob right that's from working in the yard. sometimes i think our bods even soak up the humidity in the air. i'm serious. does anyone know anything about that?

frouf, i'm sorry the vinegar didn't work. thank you for being our guinea pig on that one. i noticed you had decaf coffee today. are you off caffeine? have you been off it long? enjoy rehearsal tonight. (i'd get a sub if i were you)

angela, the dress is adorable. you're going to be gorgeous in it. or should i say--the dress will be gorgeous on you!

patti, i'm looking forward to seeing our scales take off downward, too. :lol: i just realized yesterday that it's almost memorial day. i need to lose 4 lbs by monday (actually by next wed cuz my goal is 5 lbs this month). the scales have slowed but are still moving. maybe your scales need to grab mine.

kathy, i hope your day is better than your last night. i dreamed about ai all night again for the 2nd night in a row.

anybody heard from saundra?

05-24-2006, 06:19 PM
I thought about Saundra too. I hope all is well.

I feel SO decadent. I'm sitting here as they clean my windows around me. I should be burning the calories myself but it is just one job I hate and one that I'm not good at. I'd rather clean toilets.

Sandra, Jim and I are joined at the hip too. I didn't get married until late in life so I really want to be with my partner. Jim and I feel the same way about Doctor's visits. We are SO sick of them. But, in Jim's case, it was a good thinkg that we are so vigilant. If not, maybe we wouldn't have caught the cancer in time.

Ohhhh....I'm SO hungry. I didn't have a snack because I knew the guys were coming and I'm starving for dinner. This is not a good thing. I have no idea what we are eating either. That salad didn't go too far, even with the chicken in it. I've already had 8 glasses of water and a bunch of coffee. I guess I'll just have to be patient. It shouldn't take them more than about an hour. They are so fast and efficient.

05-24-2006, 07:32 PM
vickie, there's nothing wrong with feeling decadent. i am glad you and jim are so good about going for checkups. curtis and i are, too. his bp is up so he's starting to take meds. he's having some nosebleeds. i hope they're due to dry air and not the bp. i'm hungry now, too. i'm thinking shrimp for dinner and maybe an eggroll. hmmmmmm? that sounds good.

i need to go post today's menu then start dinner. have a good evening, all.

05-24-2006, 09:11 PM
Just a few minutes to go until it starts. I've got Mavericks vs. Suns tonight too so I'll be doing quite a bit of flipping back and forth.

I check occasionally on some of our "lost" members just to make sure they're okay. You can look at anyone's profile and it'll give the last time they were on. Anyway, Saundra still logs on, I guess to read but she might not have had anything to say. Hopefully everything's going okay.

Okay, ugh. I was making spaghetti and meatballs tonight and don't have any sauce. Looks like a trip to the store ...

05-24-2006, 09:31 PM
Hey, who was the "Live" band that Chris was singing with? I can't find anything about them. I liked the song.

Kathy, you have better things to do than going to the store. ;)

Vickie, you enjoy life and I think it's great! You really seem to appreciate all that you have. Aaron and I are joined at the hip too.

Sandra, you wild woman, what are you up to today? ;) Your dinner idea sounds really good...

Saundra, come back to us! :)

Angela, I'm glad that you were able to pick up some material for a dress. It's so wonderful to have the talent to make what you need!

Niki, I meant to say something about 24. Could you believe that ending?!?

Frouf, I'm sorry that you didn't get good sleep last night either. DD sure is gutsy, knocking on your door at 1am!!

Well I managed to avoid too much emotional eating today. I did break down and have a handful of cheetos and a coke. But that's not too bad. :)

Off for more AI and a slim a bear...

05-24-2006, 09:37 PM
I guess there will be a recap -- I didn't know who they were either but it was good.

05-24-2006, 09:39 PM
That awards thing kind of got on my nerves. How long is this episode? Two hours? They really know how to milk this for all its worth, don't they?

05-24-2006, 09:48 PM
Two hours. I can see bringing back some of the top 12 just to get viewers excited about the summer tour, but lots of this hokey stuff is unnecessary. In my opinion, that is.

05-24-2006, 10:06 PM
I tell you what though, that Carrie can sing. She's really good, I'm glad she won last year.

05-24-2006, 10:06 PM
Is Toni Braxton weird, or is it just me? She was trying to get a piece of Taylor, there wearing her nighty. I don't think his dad was amused a bit.



05-24-2006, 10:28 PM
Um, was it just me, or did he look a little bit...girly?? :eek: I didn't know who he was at first.

05-24-2006, 10:30 PM
Did you see I made a very unrealistic goal for DH's HS reunion? I'm shopping online for a cute "goal" dress. :D

05-24-2006, 10:32 PM
Yes, I must say he did. I looked and looked and looked, and still it was a while before I figured it out. And I'm a BIG Clay fan but I haven't seen him in a while. They make fun of me because I probably have everything he's ever sang! :lol:

I don't think that's unrealistic for a goal. How many weeks is it?

05-24-2006, 10:36 PM
I must admit I wanted Clay to win that season instead of Ruben. That was the first season I really watched, and I just saw the end. :)

8 weeks, I was aiming high for 2 pounds/week. I really want to feel better about myself, and that's what this boils down to, you know? I know you understand what I mean.
I don't know if Aaron even wants to go to his reunion, but just in case! Plus I really want to think about baby-making this summer :o and I want to be down to at least that point before then.

05-24-2006, 10:40 PM
I totally agree. You can do it if you stick with it and while I'm a bad one to give out advice (need to take some of it myself) I think you can do it.

Kelly Clarkson is from here so I watched from Season 1 because it was all over the radio. Of course, after that I was hooked so I saw Season 2 thru its entirety and was glad when Clay was brought back as a wildcard, which I didn't understand and haven't seen yet, but oh well. I voted for him nonstop every week and on the final week, I NEVER got in. NEVER. My cousin works for a company in south Texas whose home office is in Birmingham, and they were all sent emails to watch and vote for Ruben, even if they'd never seen the show and didn't know Ruben from a squirrel on the street. I was really ticked when Clay didn't win but glad that he's gone on and done well.

05-24-2006, 10:44 PM
Thanks Kathy!!

Well DH just got home so I'm going to spend some time chatting with him. I'm sure Taylor is going to win tonight. Have a good one!

05-24-2006, 11:16 PM
I just now stopped screaming long enough to stop in and say SOUL PATROL! WOOHOO!!!!

05-24-2006, 11:24 PM
I'm glad he won, though I'm not surprised! :D

05-24-2006, 11:24 PM
finally american idol got it right!!!!!!!!! I think I heard you screaming from here in Canada Kathy.....

05-24-2006, 11:38 PM
Way to go, Taylor! He seems like a really, really, nice guy! And, Toni Braxton seemed high. I couldn't understand a word she was saying. Sheesh, and Simon told Bucky to enunciate!

I'm very tired today. It was a big day. I think I'll be heading off to bed in a short while. I want to get up early and get cleaning so I can go shopping without feeling guilty.

05-24-2006, 11:41 PM
Hey, Kath, how is Shaun feeling? Last time you mentioned him, he was sick.

05-24-2006, 11:46 PM
He has two more days of antibiotics but he says he's feeling better. Hopefully he's eating more too. Thanks for asking!

05-24-2006, 11:49 PM
Here I am - yes I ACTUALLY got home by 8:30 - an unusal thing for a dress rehearsal! Could hardly believe it when the finale number came on - checked my watch a few times cuz I thought it must have stopped!

Came home early - had a bagel and cold cuts and tomato before leaving - and brought a bag of lf poppoed microwave popcorn with me and a diet pepsi for snacking just in case! Parking was a bit of an issue but I am blessed with great parallel parking skills even with my big van so I found a spot to squeeze into. Show was fun - but they kept fooling around with the lights which was very annoying - and I did munch on some of the popcorn.

Also got some FABULOUS pics of dd from picture day - got a shot of each group she's in (four of them) and some singles as well - so very very cute - one of her in her black velvet outfit w/her rhinestone covered bowler hat tipped diagonally on her head and she's blowing a kiss!

Bad news is she broke her barette tonight!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Which means having to shell out another $15 for a new one (which I have to get asap assuming there are any left!) - for her recital.

Feeling a teeny bit of a headache but trying not to take notice of it. I was hungry just now so had a bowl of cereal as I could find nothing else that appealed to me! Yes I have been decaffeinated for a while now - but I do know that caffeine helps headaches so I 'use' it as a remedy if required.

Melissa - I think the goal is reasonable if you stay focused - what fun to shop for a new 'goal' dress - and good idea to lose the weight before babymaking!

Kathy - we all knew your man Taylor would win - I did catch the last part of the finale - loved seeing burt bacharach and dionne (altho her singing was a big flat) - she looks amazing! How old is she? Not a wrinkle on her!

Vickie - hope your windows are all sparkling clean and you found something yummy to eat for dinner. We had our windows done last summer - I don't think we have as many as you - and I think it cost around $80 or so?

Patti - are you getting sunshine too? We had a gorgeous day today - finally! Altho I think rain is again expected by the end of the week! Hopefully weekend will be sunny and warm! We actually have our windows open tonight which is a rarity given the recent cold weather.

Did not have my planned lunch as I wanted to get out of the office and enjoy the sunshine - and as I was out of my favorite decaf coffee I drove to the nearby Starbucks and got a turkey sandwich there, some iced coffee and decaf for the office. Funniest was this woman in line who said I looked so familiar - so while we stood there waiting for our drinks we tried to figure out any possible connection (called 'jewish geography') finally she told me her name which I recognized (she was principal of local jewish day school - altho my kids did not go there - she was aware of them!). Small world! Had a nice lunch at my table out in the sunshine with my library book!

Tomorrow we have an 'open house' party at work (2-4 pm) as we recently 'moved' so inviting our 'directorate' to come visit our new digs. I signed up to bring some goodies so must remember to stop by store on way to work. I have to leave at 2:45 tho to take dd to therapist appt - altho she is refusing to go - says she doesn't like her anymore.

Of course I had to threaten to disconnect her computer if she wasn't going - I'm hoping this will change her mind!

Time to get ready for bed so I can try to meet my deadline - this is getting hard to do! Not enuf time for a frouf to fool around!

05-24-2006, 11:54 PM
Frouf, I hope you find the replacement barrette to avoid any drama with DD. Any chance with could see the cute bowler hat picture? I'd enjoy it for sure. I hope the headache stays away and that you actually get to sleep at a decent hour. Everything is harder to take/deal with when one is tired.

Kathy, I'm glad Shaun is feeling better. Poor guy.

05-25-2006, 12:52 AM
kathy, i thought you were talking about the tv show lost tonight. :lol: we taped it while watching ai.

melissa, the oven fried shrimp are coconut shrimp. i get them in the frozen foods at albertson's. i melted a little apricot spreadable fruit with water for dipping. sure was good. we had a 3 pt pork egg roll, too.

kathy, we thought toni braxton looked like she was drunk and was lip sincing. weird, eh? we got excited about clay. he's looking very different, isn't he? put on some weight, too.

melissa, i am going to check out your reunion goal. i don't think there's any such thing as an "unrealistic" goal. what's that saying about aim at the stars?

vickie, i feel like we were all together watching ai tonight. i was like kathy hollering when taylor won. i was sooooooo afraid for him. and yes, he makes me proud.

patti, curtis and i were screaming, too. life is good.

frouf, sounds like you had good day. i hope you can get the barrette tomorrow. your meals always sound tastier than mine. i need to eat with you.

05-25-2006, 01:00 AM
lucy moment alert!!!!!

i was looking everywhere for melissa's post about her reunion goal--even went to her profile and pulled up her threads for the past couple of days.

(then i found it on her signature tracker. my face is red.)

however, melissa, you can do this!!!! get that dress ready.

05-25-2006, 09:54 AM
:lol: Sandra you are so hilarious. Sounds like something I would do! Thanks for the encouragement. I'm hoping to get somewhere sometime soon!!!

I'm feeling quite determined this morning really. Tried on some capris last night that were too small. I have probably already told you all this, but about two years ago I bought (well I should say my mom bought) SEVERAL pairs of capris. I'm talking about a lot. It must have been the first year I got into wearing them or something. Anyway, right after I bought them I gained a lot of weight--some of them have never been worn at all. I am determined to wear at least some of them this summer. It's ridiculous to have all of those clothes just wasting away in my closet!! I'm putting my foot down. :)

Vickie, I hope that you got some good rest last night.

Frouf, it sounds like you had a good time last night, and I'm glad! And a relaxing lunch too. I think that if I could take a nice stress-free lunch everyday that work would be easier, don't you?

Well I am teaching a parenting group this morning so I need to go prepare. Just had to get my 3fc fix. :lol:

05-25-2006, 10:19 AM
Good Morning Chicks! I just got up and am having my first cup of coffee made for me by Honey Lamb. :coffee: He makes the best coffee which is pretty amazing since all he drinks is Tab!

I slept ok Sandra. It was warm and humid here and we didn't want to turn on the air since it was only in the low 70's. Humidity and I do NOT get along. :^: It always seems to make my sinuses and my allergies worse.

Melissa, it's funny that you mentioned your capris. My Sister was just telling me yesterday that she'll probably be in jeans all summer because she doesn't think that anything from last year will fit her. I felt bad for her but, really until we are ready to be on program there's not much someone else can do to motivate another. I hear some heavy duty determination in your voice. You can do it. Try to make some of the dishes that I make that will get you another dinner serving or maybe even two to freeze. That way, you cook once but have a meal that just has to be defrosted on another night. I know it's hard when you are working. My sirloin meat sauce freezes fabulous and then I just make fresh pasta and veggies to go with it. You and Aaron would probably get 3 dinners out of it (we only get two since Jim is a bigger eater). My chicken chili, smothered barley chicken, and my beef sirloin chili also freeze great. I make fresh corncakes to go with the leftover chicken chili. But, with the beef sirloin chili, I freeze the leftover cornbread and don't have to make anything fresh on that night. The smothered barley chicken just needs veggies. Just a couple of ideas to help you on those nights that you know you will be too busy and tired to cook. Wow! I guess your enthusiasm got me going too!

BTW, Frouf, I almost flunked driver's education because I was NOT good at parking. I prefer the suburban type of spots to pull into. If I know parallel parking is required, I make someone else drive! I hope you slept well and that the headache is gone.

I have to devise my plan today and figure out how late I can clean and still meet my Sister after lunch. I'll go make a menu thread.

05-25-2006, 11:16 AM
Aaagh! We didn't realize Lost was a 2 hour special last night, so we only got the first hour on DVR. :p We'll have to find someone who taped it or something.

We're thinking of trying something new in the garden this year...square foot gardening. I don't know if anyone has heard of it, but it seems really cool. They have a website, just google Square Foot Gardening. Anyway, seems very space efficient, and good for us, because the soil in our garden isn't very good yet. Somehow, building a house right next to it, and turning everything upside down a few years ago didn't help it.

I am about ready to cry "uncle," and go to my doctor for prescription allergy medicine. This year is about do do me in. I am just so itchy everywhere, especially when I spend time outdoors. The insides of my elbows are all scaly and red from scratching, and I get a rash on my lower arms whenever I go out. Not fun!

Time to get the 2nd kid bus going...later all.

05-25-2006, 11:51 AM
Poor you Angela - definitely get yourself to a dr and get something for your allergies - they sound very nasty and I'm sure it's making you cranky and uncomfortable (at least it would do that to me!).

I have actually heard of and looked into the square foot gardening - looks very intriguing and seems to work. Not sure if I will do that this year tho as I need to do the whole front yard landscape thing - I do have some earth along side of the house (sunny all day long) and I"m thinking of planting some tomato plants and peppers to see how it goes!

Vickie - I think someone has absconded with the dance pics! (namely dd?). Had them near my 'work bag' last night to bring to work and show off - and when I got here I noticed the were NOT in my bag....hmmmmm.....I will see if I can get someone to scan a pic for me. (as if I actually know how to post or attach it? ha ha ha).

Melissa - we all know you can do it! I agree w/Vickie - and I will take her advice to heart as well - need to plan ahead - we all know that's one of the keys to weight loss success! Bet you can't wait to get into those capris!

As for relaxing lunches - I agree - will try to work more of those into my schedule!

Kathy - so how is your throat today after all that yelling? ha ha ha

I am at work and procrastinating - have to complete all these nominations forms (yes me and my bright ideas - trying to win a gov hi tech award for our new database). Seemed like a good idea at the time - now I have reams of papers to complete and documents to find and attach - deadline is Friday at midnight! Wish me luck.

Today's challenge - open house party (2-4 pm) with MEGA GOODIES (I hear we are even having a chocolate fountain w/fresh fruit for dipping!) Luckily I have to leave early (3 pm) to take dd to therapist appt (assuming my threats worked!). I intend to eat a very good/filling lunch - so at least I won't be hungry.

My strategies include: sipping on diet soda, eating fruit (and staying away from the chips, cookies, muffins, cake, etc), and if all else fails chewing on a piece of gum to avoid eating!

Tonight dd has dance class yet again - extra long (6-9:30) as they have a LOT of work to do on their tap number (as they all wandered around the stage at some point wondering what they should be doing!). Might go to movie w/dh if big ds home to babysit. Dh has been hankering to see the Poseidon adventure - now of course I really don't want to see it - don't want to be turned off of cruising for any reason :) - but he really has his heart set on it (and I agree it will be much more powerful on the big screen than at home on our tv) so will see if we can make it.

Lights out late of course (11:28) mostly because dh was yapping too much!

05-25-2006, 12:05 PM
Okay, I'm back.:) :) :)

Niagara was great! The weather didn't cooperate, but we had a wonderful time. B&B was a challenge, I missed my oatmeal. I gained 2 pounds, and have lost 1.5 since being back.
We saw Hight Society, which we really liked. The critics have panned it, but I guess our tastes are low-ball.

My sister's surprise birthday was wonderful. It was in London, and my best friend from Windsor came, as well as kid sister from Toronto. It was so wonderful having all the "special" people at one place. The party was on Sunday, which was down right cold (7 degrees C). I put socks on with my new sandals for the car ride from Kitchener, as well as a heavy jacket. When we got there, everything came off and I wore a pair of capris and jewel trimmed T. Did you know that brown is the new black? Fashion tip from those in the know.;)

So, it's back to normal for me. I worked at WW yesterday and again tonight. I still am not comfortable with all of it, but will hang in for a while.

Missed you guys, and am glad to be back home.:grouphug:

05-25-2006, 12:35 PM
Welcome back to us, Saundra! It sounds like you've had a busy few weeks -- and isn't your aunt due to come visit soon too? I have also discovered jewel trimmed tops; in fact I'm wearing a turquoise rib-knit tank right now that has them all over. I've been at work for 30 minutes and already several people have said "cute top." :lol: Must be! I'll also have to go find some brown stuff now.

I just stopped in before getting started. I will be back soon though. Promise.

05-25-2006, 02:28 PM
Hi ladies, sorry I haven't posted, my dd has been sick,her adnoids are swollen so I have her on nasonex, now she has a terrible cough. I have a feeling both my kids are going to need their tonsils out soon :(

I was flipping back & forth between AI and Lost after 9pm so I didn't get to see Toni Braxton, she was freaky? I also didn't see Clay.

Melissa, Live is a band that was around in the early - mid 90's I believe, I do have one of their cd's which is great, I will look for it and tell you the title.
24 was soooo good, I knew it would be sooner or later that the Chinese would get him, now I can't wait till next season.

Kathy I heard your woohoo's all the way here in NY :)

Everyone else hello, I will be back, I am being paiged, I hear my dughter screaming mommiiiiiieeeeee!! :dizzy:

05-25-2006, 02:50 PM
OHMYGOD - WHAT A SPREAD! Dare I go into the boardroom? (I already had to eat a broken oatmeal cookie!). I can't believe the amount of food (sugar) in there. The table is LADEN with platters of cookies, muffins, nanaimo bars, cake/squares, 2 cheesecakes, fruit platters, veggies and dip, salsa and chips, potato chips, pretzels and in the corner a magnificent CHOCOLATE FOUNTAIN - w/fresh fruit and cookies for dipping. (can you tell I do a good inventory?)

So I have just finished lunch so I am not really hungry - but my eyes sure are! I might nibble on some fruit or veggies to be sociable - but the temptation to eat something bad may become overwhelming (people are still streaming by my office w/their food contributions!). YIKES!!

I do have more work to do so don't plan on partying too much but as my office is right on the path to the party boardroom I presume I will have many visitors?

Niki - hope dd is feeling better soon! My little guy has been coughing a bit last night and this morning so may need to dose him with something as well?

Saundra - welcome back - we missed you - sounds like you have a wonderful time w/your family - those events are so much fun! Of course we had crappy weather here as well but at least the past couple of days have been a bit warmer and sunnier!

Spoke w/dh about what he was preparing/defrosting for dinner - ha ha ha - says we're going out for dinner - ya right! Looks like no babysitter so will take little ds w/us after we drop dd off dancing? Not sure what the plan is.

Not looking forward to dragging dd to therapist - hope we are not too traumatized after this!


P.S. Despite popular belief FROUFS do not wear brown! I am definitely a 'winter' frouf and brown does nothing for my complexion (altho I am a big fan of BLACK AND WHITE!).

05-25-2006, 02:52 PM
Its probable *9 inch nails* Niki... I liked that group too...
I agree with the Toni Braxton thing too Vickie, Im sure she was on something. my god that was awful. And I have to point out as good as Mary J Blidge is she totally took over poor Elliots last performance..he didtn get a chance to sing ...and their voices did not go together at all...... you would think as a *singing* show they would realize that ...hello?? Now I love Meatloaf.....he has been on of my favourite performers from way........... back (and Im talking over 25 years) but didnt you think Katherine looked a little scared of him??? haha...too funny. I loved Prince though and Im not sure how the heck they got him to perform on AI but kudos for them.
ok just had to add my two cents gals...I love music as you can see..haha

05-25-2006, 03:52 PM
hi there. i went to ww today instead of tomorrow. i was up .4 lb. that's all right. i weighed without taking my daily diuretic heart meds so i think i had really lost at least a pound.

melissa, i'm glad you're putting your foot down. you'll be getting both feet into those capris soon. today's meeting was about "lapses vs collapses." example: lapse--eating 6 cookies instead of 2 . collapse--eating whole bag of cookies. gist of the meeting was to realize lapses occur. just don't let them evolve into collapses.

vickie, i'm glad you got some good rest last night. i guess there was hollering all around, don't you? lol

angela, i hope you get to see lost. it was weird (as usual)

frouf, you sound very determined. makes me smile.

saundra, welcome back. we've missed you. sounds like you had a good time and are getting back in your groove again.

nikki, take care of those kiddos. you didn't miss a thing not seeing braxton. she was freakish.

patti, i agree with what you said about the singers, too. things just didn't mesh that well, did they? i did enjoy dionne warwick and prince. and clay, too. do you get the feeling that the idol contestants are a lot better than some of the "stars"?

05-25-2006, 05:50 PM
Hi friends, just checking in before leaving work. I'm so completely and utterly brain-dead right now that I can't even respond to posts! :dizzy: Today has been a heck of a day and I just want to go through a drive-thru...but I won't. I'm going to go home and find something healthy to eat!

05-25-2006, 07:28 PM
way to go, melissa. :write: i'm sorry your brain died.

i have a "sort of" nsv. today i put on a pair of button/zip ladies' size 14 shorts that had been too little till now. they felt so good that i didn't change before working in the rosebeds. i crawled all over the yard on my knees pulling weeds. now i normally wear very big/loose fitting elastic shorts for yardwork. i'm feeling pretty cocky right now.:lol3:

05-25-2006, 08:09 PM
Yeyyy! I was admited into tthe internet ww program!! I just need to figure how it all works and do some reading (all the links and stuff), but I already started my Core diet (actually since tuesday I decided to switch from South Beach (it was too much for me to stay away from all carbs for two whole weeks: it`s mango season in Mexico, and I just love them!!) to Core, even if I did not have the whole information yet... I`m very happy with the program, and yes, it may be a little harder with not so many fat free, sugar free options in the market, but since I`m not used to having them anyway, I won`t miss them so much.
I have earned my activities points (about 3 of them, but well, every little bit helps...): I`m a little concerned about using them plus the 35 bonus points in a week... still, I noticed that a lot of the seasonings I use (like season all and nature season have some sugar added, should I discount points when using them? Maybe I should set aside, say 5 points a week for seasoning purposes?

Well, just wanted to let you know that I`ll be around: thanks for having me and I`ll keep in touch.


05-25-2006, 08:19 PM
Maggie, where in Mexico do you live? I'm in Texas and so I'm interested as that's where we usually vacation. We have good friends in Cozumel that we visit every year. The husband was our divemaster for many years and although his wife speaks no English, we still go to their house for dinner when we are in the area. We love visiting them.

I spent my 30 minutes in the little pool and am ready to see what sort of dinner needs to be made. I will be back in a while, but right now I should try and cool off.

05-25-2006, 08:19 PM
Oh and no, don't count any of those seasonings. Spices are freebies.

05-25-2006, 08:40 PM
maggie, enjoy those mangos, girl. i couldn't do sb either. it's almost time for cherries up here and i couldn't stand to miss them.

05-25-2006, 08:58 PM
I was filling my profile... We live in the volcano`'s valley, about 2 hours from Mexico city (I grew up in Acapulco and my family still lives there, but my mother was from the border, so we always spend our summers vacationing in San Antonio, Texas, and I absolutelly loved it there, We just came back last week and bought lotto tickets, so maybe we`ll be lucky and win the megamillions and will buy a ranch there: lol)

05-25-2006, 10:04 PM
Mangos, cherries, it sounds oh so good.

Sandra, I'm so glad that you're doing so well. Bravo on your shorts!

When I was at the reception desk tonight, a new member came in and told me how thin I am. She said that was just what she needed for motivation. Things like that are what's keeping me from quitting.

Melissa, so glad that you are loving your new home. Good girl to skip the fast food.

Vicky, I know what you mean about the humidity. I'm originally from Windsor (across from Detroit), and it has to be the worst humidity of all. I had a terrible sinus condition as a kid, combination of car plant polution and weather.

Kathy, we'll have to exchange pic's of our outfits. I've got to stop going to the stores, enough in enough.

Okay, time to relax, glad that nothing is planned for tomorrow.

05-25-2006, 10:11 PM
Saundra, Windsor is the only place in Canada that I've ever been! Judd and I were yanked up and sent to Detroit (actually Troy) to work on a UAW project once. We had only been married for about six months, and our boss was told to find someone. She called me in one morning and said "I need you and Judd to go fix a problem in Troy" and I said, "Sure thing, when do you need it?" Imagine my shock when she said, "This afternoon." We scrambled and found someone to watch Kate, who was in elementary school, and left town in a hurry. We had a little bit of down time while there, though, so we went across the border into Windsor. I have a Christmas ornament that I bought in the casino gift shop and every year when we put it on the tree, we talk about what a great trip that was.

05-25-2006, 10:26 PM
Hi all: Just got back from Ottawa, what a BEAUTIFUL City, I have travelled lots and I do not think you can beat it. I find it is so clean, every time I go I remark on the clean streets. Our son is moving from C. Bay to Kanada and it is very nice also. He is going to miss being on the water but he will get up to our cottage often I would think. He works in Ottawa and it was getting a drag to get to work, especially in the winter.
We took our son and grandson out to dinner to Tuckers Market Place downtown. It was very nice and of course the grandson loved all the food.
Well I must go read all about your goings and comings.
Blue skies.

05-25-2006, 11:11 PM
Hi Chicks! I cleaned house all morning. Then I showered and ate lunch. Sister and BIL came over and Sister and I went clothes shopping and the guys stayed at home. We came home and she wrote me a check since she used my Perks card to save an extra 20% on all her purchases. Almost everything was 30% off and then and extra 20% off. She bought 6 tops and I bought 4. I don't even know how much I spent. I'll have to impress you all with my purchases tomorrow.

I'm so tired. We went straight from shopping to an early dinner and then we walked through a nursery because Sister wanted to look for windchimes and a whirly gig to scare away a woodpecker. She bought the most beautiful windchimes, very deep and resonant. Not like the cheap little ones. I think they cost her $70. They would have matched my house too but I think they would annoy me after a while. I told her that I would visit them at her house.

Then they came back here and chatted for a while. I was going to clean more after they left but I'm way TOO tired and my legs are tired too. So I'm off to wash my face and put my nightgown on. Then I'm going to lay on the couch until bedtime.

I'll have to catch up in the morning with my coffee. I hope you all are well. Light and love.

05-25-2006, 11:43 PM
vickie, you have me wishing i had a sister. sounds like you and yours had a great day.

saundra, what a wonderful thing for the ww'er to say. makes me smile.

rose, it's good to have you back. i'm glad you had a fun, safe trip.

curtis and i are just getting in from our hummingbird watch. we sat in the swing and watched and watched. we had one little hummer tonight. life is good.

05-25-2006, 11:59 PM
Rose - of course Ottawa is beautiful - but I am obviously biased! :) Where did you go and what did you see? Kanata is a lovely area - dh had a townhouse there - when we first met. We used it as our 'weekend cottage' ha ha ha - but sold it once we were engaged and bought a new house together.

Vickie - can't wait to hear about all your purchases - sounds lke you had a lot of fun - and got that cleaning done as well - good for you.

Maggie - I am so glad that you can do Core online - it will take a bit of getting used to but I know you will love it - esp w/all those delicious mangos! I love Mexico too - and have been several times to Cancun, Cozumel and Puerto Vallarta - I am proud to say I visited chichen itza and climbed the pyramid (never again tho!).

Sandra - cherries! I love cherries - can't wait til they are in season and cheap enuf to indulge in. Congrats on fitting into those shorts - I know that must feel great!

Patti - we have a few old MeatLoaf cd's lying around somewhere - personally I think he would frighten me a bit too if I saw him in person? ha ha ha

Melissa - hope your brain has come back to life and you found something good and healthy to eat.

I did visit the 'party' for a while - it was a happening place. Had a few pieces of fruit dipped in chocolate (gotta love that chocolate fountain!) and a couple of baked pita chips - and THAT'S IT!!! Except for a couple of glasses of diet coke.

Then off to take dd to therapist appt - what a fiasco that was. Still saying she 'didn't like her anymore' and was not going. I was freaking out of course - esp given the fact that I knew I would have to pay anyways as it was too late to cancel. Called and got therapist to call me back on cell phone as I drove home to try and get her? Told her what was happening - she was sympathetic but surprised to hear how stubborn dd was being.

Got home and told dd it was time to go - she still was being belligerent - finally MADE her go (let her wear her new shoes to compensate!)....but she was very uncommunicative - said she no longer needed 'help' - everything was much better now (like all of a sudden all our problems have disappeared into thin air?). Therapist spoke to me alone and to dd - decided to go ahead with appt w/dd, me and her dad (in a couple of weeks) - then decide on plan of action. I am very disappointed w/dd as she is just copping out - got upset I guess cuz at last appt therapist was setting some (what I thought were) very minor boundaries - which dd interpreted as 'taking my side' - of course she wanted everything to go her way - and when it doesn't she reverts to this childlike behavior - I can feel my bp going up and up today!

Then home and to a 3.5 hour dance class - dh and I and little ds went to movies where i had a hot dog and popcorn for dinner (not good) but I suppose it could have been worse? Picked her up at 9;30 and she was a basket case - does not do well when tired and hungry. Crying in the car about every little thing - I did agree to feed her (made her some pancakes but she did have a meltdown when she found out there were no chocolate chips!).

Now she plans to stay up til 2 am studying for exam tomorrow - and missing first period again probably? I am feeling so stressed out - can't imagine going to bed and even falling asleep.

But tomorrow is a new day (with rain expected in the am!) - and it's friday (and I HAVE to get those nomination docs in - hopefully the pressure will help me finish it up!).

Oh ya and did I mention the EXTRA $350US on my MC bill as I was charged for an extra set of guns n roses tickets I did not order!!! I can't wait to fight this one out!

05-26-2006, 12:57 AM
Hi again: Actually we stayed at Constance Bay but drove into Ottawa to just see the sights and go for dinner. We used to go every summer to Ottawa when the kids were young. We would stay at the Château Laurier, it has changed some I notice. I guess the CN does not own it now. It was old but interesting to stay there.
Our son said the Brookside Hotel, in Kanata(I think that is the name) is a good place to eat. It looked expensive to me.
It was a beautiful day and we walked the beach at our son's place. There seem to be a lot of something coming off the trees. It looked like dandelion fuzz but there was no dandelions around. lol

We are going to our granddaughters dance recital this weekend. Gosh, I never knew it cost so much to have them in dancing. I guess you know all about that Froufie. I took tap, ballet, singing, and it hardly cost anything back in the olden days (as my granddaughter says)

Sandra I am so proud of you my friend, you are perking along. Please say a prayer for me as I feel like the jolly green fat giant. Not a nice feeling. I hated going away wearing my jackets (light) when it was so darn hot in Ottawa. It was 89 today.

Well enough, I must get to bed as it has been a long day.

05-26-2006, 10:32 AM
Good Morning Chicks! Cassie woke me up with her barking at the Gas Man this morning. That's ok though. She's a very fearless watch dog so I never yell at her for barking. I really needed to get up anyway. I'd already had 8 hours and I've a million things to do that I blew off yesterday because I was too tired. So I'm here first with my morning coffee :coffee: while I try to wake up. I take Prevacid every day and cannot eat until an hour after I take it. So, my first hour is almost always dedicated to 3FC.

I was so tired last night that I didn't even read posts. I'm off to do that now!

05-26-2006, 10:59 AM
Morning friends. Just wanted to stop in and say hi since I didn't get here last night. We've been so busy trying to do things around the house. Then we actually watched a movie together. There were pretty severe t-storms last night so we stayed up with them. :)
I hope that you are all doing great. I'm motivated to stay away from too much food today as we're going out for our anniversary tonight. 5 years ago today I married my sweetie! :love: I think I'm going to have a filet mignion, baked potato, veggie, and salad. :T And core to boot.
Gotta get to work, I have a ton to do today.

05-26-2006, 11:12 AM


05-26-2006, 11:16 AM
Wow! You girls were talkative!

Angela, I never heard of square foot gardening. I'd love to do just a square foot or two. A couple of tomato plants and maybe some red and yellow peppers. I will google it when I get a chance. My soil is awful. Is there a way to repair it? You sound like you have a "contact" allergy. I hope your garden isn't making your sick. That would be awful.

Frouf, I hope you find the pictures. I'd love to see one. It's not hard to post. Have one of your employees at work show you how! Or ask one of your kids. They probably do it all the time! I hope you get all your nomination papers done. You might actually win and then how exciting would that be? We'd know a famous Frougie! :carrot: Congratulations on not eating too badly at the reception or at the show. The description of the food in the boardroom had me drooling! All things considered, you were a VERY controlled Frouf. I'm sorry it was so traumatic at the Therapist visit and before and after. The Therapist needed to know all of that information so that she could factor it into her counselling. I think I'm a Spring Vickie. I can't remember wheat the colors are that are supposed to be good for me. I just know that I like bright colors and gem colors. I hope that you are work now with all of your paperwork done. I also hope that DD did not make your morning miserable. No one needs that.

Saundra, Welcome Back! I'm glad you had a great time on your trip. One MUST eat all the fabulous food at the B & B. That's a big part of what you are paying for. Congratulations to you for getting most of your gain off already. That's very impressive! You and Angela give me hope for maintenance. Now if I could just get there. I had heard about brown being the new black but I didn't buy any yesterday. I was into bright colors and stripes. Hey....if I'm going to be fat and least I don't have to be all in black! It's funny that your members keep you encouraged but I think it's you who is really a role model.

Kathy, so is the turquoise rib knit top the sexy one that Judd told you to return? I'm glad you kept it since it obviously was very cute! I'm glad that you're enjoying your pool. I can't wait until mine gets open for the season.

Niki, I'm so glad you're back. I was wondering where you were. I'm sorry to hear that your DD is sick. I was hoping maybe you were having fun somewhere!

Patti, Jim too was wondering how they got Prince to appear. Oh Poop! Patti, I'm making a thread for you.

Sandra, bummer that the scale showed a gain but I'm sure you're right about your diuretics. It'll all show up in the end. I loved the WW message. I think some of us are very bad at that. I've said it before that we let a slip/collapse of one meal or snack ruin our whole day or week. Congratulations on our huge NSV! It was a big deal to get into those shorts!

Maggie, that's great that you got to join WW online! I think you'll like it alot. Good luck and we'll be here to help as much as we can. I try not to use my AP's but I do usually use my WPA's every week. I lose more the fewer of them that I use though. I've never had a mango but I, too, am looking very forward to cherries. Yum!

Melissa, I'm glad your brain didn't die forever! Your meal sounds fabulous and very healthfully Core. Congratulations to you and Aaron. :cp: :hat: I bet the 5 years flew by! Here's to many more.

Rose, welcome back from your trip. I'm glad you had a great time. It's so hard to eat Core when you are "socializing".

Ok, it's time for breakfast and I have to go make two more threads first. I'll be back later during breaks. I still have mucho cleaning to do downstairs and I have to make my chocolate eclair cake. I also have no idea what is for dinner. Not good.

05-26-2006, 11:17 AM
Happy anniversary, Melissa! I hope you have a great dinner out.

Vickie, sounds like you had a good day yesterday. The shopping was a success, and I'm like you with the windchimes. I like them but at other people's houses. We have a very large set that hang in front but fortunately they can't be heard from the bedroom. I'd much rather have a bird feeder hanging.

I'm running late today and Judd's not going in at all. He's playing golf with his friend today -- oh and he played yesterday too but I didn't know where. This morning he told me ... it was the same place where I was hurt and his first time back. He said he saw the exact spot where it happened and isn't surprised because there's a dip and a curve and a bump and a bad place in the path all at the same spot. I told him someone needs to tell the office because even if other people aren't getting hurt, it can't be good for the tires on their carts! We're still being urged to sue but that's just not us. It was an accident and they weren't negligent; they should really smooth out the area in question though.

I am starting a little project today so I must get going. There's a lady at work who's having a baby (remember the shower from a few weeks ago but I didn't go because she's a coworker and we were having one at work so they only invited out-of-towners, blah blah blah???). She went to the doctor last Friday and her BP was up so she was ordered to stay home until after the baby. This is her first and I know she's bored all day by herself, so I stocked up on little goodies and bags and cards yesterday and I'm going to start dropping them by her house anonymously every few days. Today is a foot scrub brush and some "tired legs and feet" lotion. I think she has a month before the actual due date so I'll be looking for more ideas. So far my list consists of: a plant, hair stuff, body lotion, a candle, this foot stuff, and movie tickets. She drinks Gatorade all day too, so I was going to make up a little basket with Gatorade, Goldfish, popcorn and that sort of thing.

Okay, I have to get going. I'll be back on whenever I finally make it to work. ;)

05-26-2006, 11:23 AM
Kathy, Jim and I are not suers either but in your case I would DEFINTELY sue. They have taken no care and it sounds very dangerous. You don't have to sue for a million but what about some compensation for pain and suffering, lost wages, the medical bills that insurance doesn't pay. I love what you are doing for your coworker. It is SO kind and thoughtful.