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06-01-2006, 04:06 PM

06-01-2006, 04:34 PM
Thanks Kathy!!
I'm glad to hear that you are staying home today. I hope that you are enjoying yourself!

It's been a very looooong day but it is finally winding down. I don't plan on doing much the rest of the day. :lol: I've been making a grocery list.
I don't know if I'm breaking my own rules but we're going to eat out tonight. I'm very tired and desperately need to go to the grocery store! So I'll try not to be too bad. :s:
I hope that you're all having a great Thursday...

06-01-2006, 05:56 PM
I actually decided to go on to work, so I came in around noon. I figure four hours is better than nothing, plus I got to sleep a little late. I'll work tomorrow to make up some more of them time, then deal with whatever else happens.

I hope you have a good evening out.

06-01-2006, 09:05 PM
Geez, it's like 3 hours later and nobody's here!!!

I left work at 5:00 and went first to the post office to buy stamps and mail bills, then went to Walgreens to pick up my new Rx, then went to a BBQ place and got a family pack of sliced beef, potatoes, baked beans, and rolls. I was so very welcomed when I came home. :lol:

We have Mavs basketball to watch tonight but first I'm going to rest a bit and hope my new meds kick in. I got Ultram (Tramadol) ... the nurse said it might make me hyper but I think that's better than being zonked out all the time. Maybe this pigsty will get cleaned during the night tonight!

I'm working tomorrow to wipe out some of the PTO I charged this week; hopefully it won't be more than 4-5 hours. After that, I'm home for the weekend. Monday morning I have an appt. with the surgeon and I'm going to request that he amputate my left leg about mid-calf. ;)

Judd had to leave work a little after noon today because he was getting icky again. Poor guy.

Does everyone except for me have a life??? Where are you guys?

06-01-2006, 09:12 PM
:wave: Here I am! I'm trying to get some stuff done around the house, but I'm so tired that it's not going too well.
Just wanted to come by and tell you all that I think I've convinced DH to do core!! I'm very excited. He hasn't decided for sure but I know that my life would be easier if he did.
I hope that you are all doing well.
Kathy, don't work too hard tomorrow. I hope that your new meds work wonders and help you to feel more like your old self. How is work with your bum leg?

06-01-2006, 09:34 PM
Good evening ladies, I posted this on the closed thread and decided to move it here.
I have a wedding shower to go to on Sunday soo excited I get to go alone I will leave DS & DD Home with DH. It starts at 12pm in New Jersey which means I will have to be at my moms house by 10am on Sunday so I have to leave my house by 8:45am, thank goodness I am going alone could you imagine getting ready & lugging the whole family out of the house by 8:45.
I went to walmart to pick up a few items and found the cutest tops there, they are the tunic tops with sequince. I was so worried I had nothing to wear for this shower, the one top I bought matches a skirt I have perfectly and they were only $16.00.

Saundra it's ok you can laugh, my mom does all the time, she gets a kick out of her. My dd is definitely a character, she is stubborn, tough and defiant, very strong willed which will probably be to her benefit when she grows up. She attracts alot of attention wherever we go, very outgoing & speaks like she is 5.

Maggielinna congrats on the weight loss. I too seem to put the pounds on much easier than losing them. Keep up the good work. DH & I went to Puerto Vallarta for our Honeymoon, had a great time.

Vickie don't you just love new things, I wish companies would get things straight sometimes I also feel everything has to be complicated, but don't let it get you down, think how beautiful everything is going to look when it is all in place and working.

Melissa it is ok to rant, sometimes you need to get things off you chest. I was like that last week, hope you will feel better soon, take a nice bubble bath & light some scented candles, that seems to relax me when I am stressed.

Angela Happy birthday, are water ballon fights great we had one last year with our kids and they had a blast.

Kathy you brought tears to my eyes, it is tough losing someone you love. My dad passed away 5 years ago at the age of 61. I got the dreaded 1am phone call, my mom didn't tell me he passed on the phone, just to come to her house. It happened instantly, 8 days after my birthday, so every year when it is my birthday I feel really sad and I think about him every day, the pain does not go away you just learn to live with it. Lets have happy thoughts, how is the quilt coming along, I am going to try to take sewing lessons, I would love to learn.

Sandra have a great weekend with your visitors.
Rose that is a great idea, I should journal what thay say, sometimes the things they say crack you up. The other day dd found a penny in the driveway,picks it up and says " ooh my lucky day"

Froufie I am also waiving hello to you.

06-01-2006, 09:40 PM
Hey Niki, I hope that you have fun at the shower this weekend. At least you'll be looking good! Sometimes you can find the cutest stuff at Wal-Mart.

Two Questions for everyone:

1. Do you know of any natural way to repel cats? Or is there something I can buy? I have a cat using my veggie garden as a litter box.

2. Do you have any suggestions for hair rollers/curlers? Not even necessarily hot rollers. I just need something to get some volume in this hair. I was thinking just the (velcro?) ones that you put in your hair and dry it. Hey, Niki would know the answer to this question! :D

06-01-2006, 09:48 PM
Gee Melissa, you can have my velcro rollers, they're only ten years old. LOL

Okay, hip, hip, hooray! Bernie found my glasses in the car. They were between the driver's seat and the door. I am so, so happy!:carrot: :carrot:

We went out for dinner and I had trusty salmon. It was really good, served with grilled veggies. They had mashed potatoes, so I passed.

We've rented Freedomland, so I'll give my review tomorrow.

Have a good evening all.:)

06-01-2006, 10:05 PM
Melissa when your hair is wet put mousse in it for volume and when you roll your hair in the rollers velcro would do fine, lift your hair at an angle so you get volume in the root.

Hope this helps:D

06-01-2006, 10:25 PM
Thanks Niki. Do you have any suggestions for the kind of rollers I should get? I'm a real doof at this stuff. :dizzy:

Saundra, I'm so glad that you found your glasses! Isn't it amazing how the things we search for are usually right under our noses? :) Have fun watching your movie.

I'm so tired tonight and thinking about hitting the sack really early. I just feel totally out of sorts! Good night all!

06-01-2006, 10:26 PM
Saundra, did Bernie happen to look for my pants? THEY'RE STILL MISSING!!! I can understand how shoes could walk off (after all, that's what they do ... walk) but PANTS?? I'm glad your glasses were found.

Melissa, there are things you can spray to repel cats. You can also plant marigolds but you probably don't want them in with your veggies. Maybe a hanging pot or two in the area?

For your hair, have you tried hanging upside down when you first blowdry it? Dry the roots first but do it while bending over. Use a combination of hot and cold air too ... like after you do the hot air, immediately put cold air on it to "set" it. I'm no pro but I do know it'll help. I have the opposite problem though; too much body and fluff. I'd trade you any day.

I'm glad Aaron is agreeing to Core. He will really like it, I'm sure. Any guy who can eat their fill of pinto beans, brown rice, and salsa (what a great combination) can't complain. And then all of the grilled meats, baked potatoes, vegetables (corn on the cob, green beans, you know -- your regular stuff), oatmeal or grits, eggs anyway you want ... there's certainly no shortage of foods for him to choose from. You just have to educate him on the eating out, breads, and sweets. I wish him much success!

Back to the basketball game ...

06-01-2006, 10:34 PM
Kathy I had no idea about the marigolds. I wouldn't mind planting a few around the veggies, I only have 6 veggie plants anyway. Maybe I could border them with some marigolds. Thanks! That's a great idea.
And thanks for the encouragement about DH and core. He has been eating a lot of core meals and just didn't know it. He just equates WW with counting points and he's very against that. Hopefully he'll come around though, because we both want to be healthier.
How's the game coming along? Oh, and you know I didn't steal your pants, because they would only fit on one leg. How embarrassing. :o Maybe Zuki or Bindy?? ;)
And and yes I always dry my hair upside down, though I didn't know about the hot/cold thing. I have to dry my hair pretty fast or it gets frizzy. I just have really fine, thin hair that doesn't want to do anything but lay around. Hey, that sounds like me! :lol:
OK I'm really headed to bed now. Good night! :yawn:

06-01-2006, 10:41 PM
Dallas is winning, thank you very much. :D Of course, it's still early.

I'm going on a rampage this weekend and will find those darn pants if it's the last thing I do.

06-01-2006, 11:25 PM
Good evening everyone...or I should say good night since it is late. We only had today off together so I have been gone most of the afternoon. We did go to Texas Roadhouse and I had a small steak, steamed veggies and a salad with only some of the dressing.
Craig is going to visit his mother tomorrow and I have to work all weekend:(
We have never spent any time apart other than work so it will be a long weekend but I am sure I will make it through:)
I hope you all have a good night and a good weekend.

06-01-2006, 11:28 PM
Oh, Melissa, I forgot, We do square foot gardening. Craig put some moth balls (we bought them at Wal-Mart) just around the outside of the garden so they would not touch the veggies. We haven't had any cats or bunnies in the garden so far. We wanted to use moth crystals so they wouldn't show as much but I couldn't find them. We don't really notice the moth balls and we just put a few so the smell doesn't choke us. We also planted marigolds in the corners of the garden. Good luck!

06-02-2006, 12:03 AM
thanks for the 'clean' pages Kathy!

Vickie - I hate when you order something and you get it and it DOESN'T work right! I would be mad - hope you can get the screws fixed or whatever so you can recline to your heart's content!

As for shampoos - right now I am using John Frieda blonde highlight enhancing VOLUMIZING shampoo (yes it's a yellow color) - comes in two tones: I use caramel to honey - and I believe the other is like champagne to platinum? Just got the 'matching' conditioner and will see how that works. I will report back on the new mousse - but I also use marc anthony thickening creme (pale orange) which generally works well as a backup (put a dollop/quarter size? amount on hand and work thru damp hair before blow drying!).

They have also just come up with those new hair glazes - supposed to use those between colorings - helps with fading, etc. I got the nice and easy one (on sale for $9.99) and will try it in a couple of weeks if required. (got the dark blonde color to match my highlights).

Kathy - so are you hyper yet?:carrot: :carrot: I bet the quilt will be finished by morning! Hope the new meds work and you can get some proper rest.

Melissa - I was just going to suggest you simply feed Aaron core foods - and slowly stop brining non-core stuff into the house and see what happens?

Saundra - glad you found your specs! Were you at Zola's for dinner?

Maggie - super big congrats on your great loss - you must feel wonderful. Keep up the good work - I also read that exercising in the morning puts you in a better mood for the whole day! Sure wish I was going to Acapulco for the weekend!;)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ANGELA! Hope you had a wonderful day!

Niki - your dd does sound like a character - good luck! Just remember the terrible two's lead to the terrific three's! Have a great time ALONE at the shower!

Paula - sounds like you did great at the restaurant! Hope you don't have too tiring a weekend!

Rose - bet you are looking forward to the cottage - and definitely come back to the 'big city' - there is so much going on here in the summer.

This weekend is actually "open doors' where many major venues and homes are open to the public - it is great fun and you can visit many places that you normally would not have access to! I have the flyer from today's paper and will try and highlight a few places I might like to see this year.

I also stayed home today - bad night and sore throat. Big ds who left for Toronto at 5 am this morning was up at 3:30 am ironing his shirt - and the laundry room is right outside our bedroom. Of course dh who is a very light sleeper was awakened by this - pretty cranky of course - this in turn woke me up - and I could not fall back asleep (oh yes we also had a mini-blackout around midnight - had all the flashlights out and everything). So I had a heck of a time trying to wake up this morning and also a burning in throat and sinues. Took 2 advil and an anti-bacterial lozenge and went back to bed.

Obviously did not do much today - also had a nap on family room couch this afternoon! Big ds back from Toronto around 8:30 pm - asked dh go to pick him up from the school (I was still in my jammies) - lots of complaining of course (like a 5 min drive) and he came home crabbier than ever! Big ds had a great time - they won almost every award for their high school paper and he should be in the Toronto star tomorrow (need to try and find a copy somewhere!).

Then dd calls (she is at friend's house working on french project). Needs to be picked up at 9:45! Okay - look up place on map - not that far 10 mins? but complicated map - lots of side streets. Dh keeps asking about her pickup and of course I say don't worry about it. At 9:35 he is like making himself a bagel and going upstairs to eat it - at which point I just get my jacket (over my jammies) get in my van to go get her.

So here I am driving around trying not to get lost - (my rant of the day : CAN PEOPLE NOT ILLUMINATE THEIR ADDRESSES PLEASE? I kid you not - each and every house on the street was dark and I could not find an address with which to orient myself with!). Anyhow I pull into a driveway to try and find number and doesn't dh pull in behind me! How crazy is that?

Says he was going to go get her so why did I go? Told him he looked pretty busy with his bagel toasting/eating thing - but claims he was going to go when he was done. (Sure let's waste all that EXPENSIVE gas with both of us going to get her - how childish is that?). So i turn around and go home so he can pick her up! No I am NOT in a very good mood right now!

Do plan to go to work tomorrow - and going to see Chicago tomorrow night with gf. She is taking me out for dinner first so I need to be home and ready to leave around 5:30 pm - so we can have dinner around 6 and catch the show at 8 pm!

Temps are much cooler now which is nice altho still gloomy today. We did not turn our air off tho - turned it 'up' and frankly if it cools off the outdoor sensor shuts it off as required.

I should really go to bed now!

06-02-2006, 02:30 AM
hi, chickies. we've been on the go all day. i did 30 min on the bike this am while curtis was busy on the puter. then all afternoon we were at the outdoor archery range. curtis weedeated while i practiced shooting at 60 yds. i had him help me figure how much exersie time and he suggested 30 min even though i was out therre over 2 hours. i did figure the walking and it was over a mile just going back and forth to the target. lol

my feet are better today. i'm thinking the bowling was what did me in earlier. i don't remember if i vented here yesterday but i was feeling like i needed to be on a walker. it was like i was crippled just all of a sudden. of course, i had a meltdown and cried a lot. some would say that wouldn't help, but it did. i felt better emotionally afterwards. weird, eh? anyway, my bowling days are over --at least for awhile.

melissa, please please find another job. i worry about you so much. life's too short to be unhappy.

saundra, i'm sorry you didn't get to work today but you sound like you had a good day anyway. i have never bowfished before. curtis did have me practice shooting at a target. i'll be using an old bow with a "reel" attached. the arrow has a line on it. guess i'm supposed to shoot at a fish with it. lol

vickie, that's a bummer about the recliners. i hope you get things worked out soon. i don't fish as much as i hunt. i am glad to know i'll be staying onshore fishing this weekend. i was worried about falling out of the canoe lucystyle with my bow and arrows.

rose, we are very relieved about curtis' medical report. we've both been"overloaded" lately. it's been a rough week. you'll be heading to the cottage while we're having the senior olympics. your schedule will be more relaxing than ours. enjoy your times there. i understand what you're saying about not knowing how much longer. you'll be able to do all this. just have all the fun you can and keep smiling.

kathy, i think that's a wonderful idea about folks donating their unused days off to others. what did you decide on for the quilt?

saundra, i'm glad you had good results from your pt. you're right--little steps. i've tried to leap and that didn't work. :lol:

paula, welcome back. congratulations on losing those 30 lbs. slow and easy--that's the way.

maggie, woo hoo!!! congratulations! and acapulco!! i am impressed. have fun.

niki, how's your day going? i remember the time i couldn't go to the bathroom. my son wanted me to be around him all the time. :lol:

man! am i behind!! i think i've been reading 4 or 5 pages. amazing!

kathy, are you feeling all right? how's your foot?

melissa, dh doing core? awesome!!

curtis just went to bed. i'm next. it's been a long day. if i don't see ya'll in the am--have a wonderful weekend.

06-02-2006, 09:53 AM
Morning chicks!

Paula, thanks for that tip!! I knew I would get great advice from you ladies. I hope that the weekend away from your honey passes quickly. I always hate it when my DH and I are separated.

Sandra, I had no idea you were so miserable the other day. :hug: I'm so sorry! I'm glad that you were feeling better though. Stay away from that bowling! It really is hard on the body. My knees hurt every time I do it. And thank you, I am going to really try to find another job. I need to be commited to doing something for myself. I was reading some "flylady" email last night and she was talking about self-care and how important it is. I already knew that but guess I haven't thought about it in relation to my job. Oops. sorry for rambling.

Frouf, I'm sorry that you weren't feeling good yesterday. But I'm glad to hear that you are going to "Chicago" after all. I would love to see a show! Sounds like so much fun. I hope that you really enjoy yourself. And yes, I was planning on sneaking core into DH, just thought that if he agreed to it then it would be easier. ;)

No Vickie this morning? She usually beats me here.

Well I guess I ought to get busy doing something. My two co-worker friends are gone today so I'm feeling a little bit lost. I hope that you all have great days!

06-02-2006, 10:36 AM
Good Morning Chicks! I slept a little later today and now I'm having my first morning coffee.

We decided spontaneously yesterday afternoon to go out for dinner. The Niece called and wanted to go to my favorite Core restaurant so we agreed. I'm always willing to go out to eat, especially there, and especially if I can see my Great Nieces and Nephew. Baby Sarah is now cleared to go out in public. She weighs 6 pounds 5 ounces. She still seems very tiny to me! They came over after dinner for a while. I was too tired to get on the computer.

I've got more errands to do today so I'll be a busy girl again. The weekend is busy for me too. I have a graduation party for the oldest DS of my friend who is waiting for the bone marrow transplant. She's very excited about seeing him graduate. So am I. Then Sunday my Sister and I are going to a baby shower for the Son/DIL of one of our cousins that we are still close with. It should be fun but busy.

I'm going to go see what you were all up to.

06-02-2006, 10:37 AM
Good morning! I'm just stopping by quickly -- am running a little late getting to work but since it's really an off day it doesn't matter. There won't be but a handful of people there anyway.

I'll check in once I get to the office. Happy day to you all!

06-02-2006, 10:39 AM
Vickie, where are you?

Melissa, you sound better today. It will be good for you and Aaron to be on the same eating page, a lot easier for menu planning. Sounds like you got good advice for veggie garden.

Frouf, I hope that you're feeling better. We went to Grafitti's last night. We should be restaurant critics.:D Glad ds had fun in TO and got home safely. Is the Citizen doing a story?

Sandra, maybe our age plays in our recovery. It's good the you are recognizing your limitations. Just take it a little easier, and things WILL progress. You just go and have a fun weekend.

Kathy, how are the new meds working? Hope you're not too hyper. Having had a very hyper thyroid in my past, it brings back bad stuff. Hope you get to come home early.

Paula, I'm alone during the day both tomorrow and Sunday, and am looking forward to Monday with Bernie. It is suppose to be nice and sunny, so we'll probably go for a nice country drive. Hope you have some good time off together to make of for the weekend.

Niki, have fun at your shower. I am a firm believer in time well spent.

The movie was lousy, just not our type, but we did manage to sit through it.
I've got a WW meeting tonight, so Bern is on his own for dinner. I'm making him a shrimp and avacado salad, so he's happy. I'll probably offer my services to stay with Natan tomorrow or Sunday. The kids might as well get out and have some fun. Ds in Kitchener hasn't sold yet, and is now thinking of renting it. Hope they figure it out soon, as they get Ottawa house August 1st.

Time to shower and do my hair. I'm using Biolage shampoo and conditioner for colour treated hair, but they say it is good to change once in a while. My hair is so thick, that my problem is cleaning my bathroom daily. I don't know where it all comes from, but I'm not complaining.:)

06-02-2006, 10:58 AM
Kathy, I don't know how you do it. You have the energy of like.....5 women. I admire you but don't think I want to be as tired as you either. I pushed myself hard for 30 years. So now I think a day full of errands is hard! :D I hope you don't stay at work too long today. Did the new medicine help? How is Judd feeling this morning? I think you should look for your capris in your car. That's where Saundra and I find our missing stuff. Did your team win last night? Oh, BTW, I hear the Rangers are coming to town this weekend. We've been playing badly and you guys are hot! :o

Melissa, sorry I can't help you with the hair since mine is exactly the same way. there are at least 3 of us (me, you and Frouf) who need volume. Perhaps Kathy CAN share. That would really be awesome if Aaron would eat Core, especially at dinner. That's kind of what Jim does. I don't make his breakfast and lunch but it would be darned hard if he didn't eat the dinner that I made. And I am not going to make more than one meal. So I'd be doing what you are trying to do now. Maybe his knowing that it would make your life easier will make him decide to try it. Then you could pull out all of those great Core recipes. Jim really likes the Froufie roast.

Niki, we'll both be at baby showers on Sunday! Except, I don't have to leave as early for mine as you do. Ok, now I'm officially worried because I had not given one thought to what I would wear on Sunday or Saturday. I guess I better give it some thought! Yikes.

Saundra, I just KNEW those darn glasses would show up one day. We lost an extra key for our front door. I thought I lost it in the car and we ripped the car apart but could not find it. Months later, Jim took the car for a car wash and the guys who vacuumed the interior left it hanging on the stick shift. I don't get it!

Paula, I love the Roadhouse and am quite lucky in eating there and staying Core. You just have to tell them not to put butter on your meat when they take it off of the grill. And, tell them no butter on the veggies. I also have taken to eating a sweet potato since I never get them any other time. I love to go out to eat.

Frouf, my stylist had a FIT when I mentioned the home glazings. I'll be intersted in hearing how you like them. I'm sure she's just trying to alarm me about them so that I'll have her do a professional glaze. Actually, I might let her do it next time since she says she'll only charge $15 if I get it done with my other color service. I hope you're feeling much better today and that you are well enough to go look at houses. Are you just going for ideas or are you tempted to move? Congratulations to big DS! You must be very proud. You might be able to send us a newspaper link. I'll be proud cyberaunt to read his story. Your DH is an odd duck. It's funny that he went to pick up Emily and so did you! I'm personally glad that you're going out to dinner with GF and to Chicago. I think you need to get out and have fun.

Sandra, I need to start exercising again too. I haven't really exercised since I did all that heavy cleaning on the house. Time for me to set up a Fourth of July goal and get with it! You and Curtis are as on the go as Jim and I are. I'm SO glad that all is well with Curtis and that you have some fun plans to look forward to.

Ok chickies! Time for me to make some phone calls.

06-02-2006, 11:01 AM
Saundra, a shrimp and avocado salad sounds wonderful. What else goes in there? I used to use Biolage a long time ago. Maybe I'll try it again since I used to like it. I also heard that we need to switch our products every once in a while. I hope you have a great meeting tonight. Will this be the first on your own?

06-02-2006, 11:12 AM
Vickie, I'm so glad that you had a good evening with your family. It sounds like you're going to have a fun weekend too! Oh and DH does eat whatever I cook, so that isn't a problem. I just keep thinking if he understood the program and was trying to do it too then he wouldn't "tempt" me unknowingly. I really feel like I just need to start making large quantities of things on the weekend and then using it for lunch through the week.

Saundra, you are one busy gal! I hope that you have a good experience at your WW meeting tonight.

This is going to be a LONG day!!!

06-02-2006, 11:13 AM
Vickie, this is a meeting for employees. Apparently, the first thing you do is get weighed. Luckily, this isn't an issue for me right now, as I'm below goal. You also have a monthly weigh in which is sent to head office. They are stickly about employees not being over, but some are. I think they will also have motivation sessions and discuss business. I'm going with a young girly who I've been learning from, so it shouldn't be too bad.

Okay, for the salad, I mix the avacado with hard boiled egg and a little ff mayo and Miracle Whip, just enough to make it mushy. It is so good. I'll serve the shrimp whole, but I've also cut them up and put them into the avacado. Of course, the mixture is served on top of a regular plate of salad ingredients and some good bread, which Bernie just loves.

Oh, btw, I just got a call from gf's cleaning lady, and she's coming on Tuesday. I'm going to shoot for 3 hours every two weeks. Hope by doing this the place will be REALLY clean.:)

06-02-2006, 11:15 AM
You're right Melissa, working as a "team" will be a good thing.;)

06-02-2006, 12:05 PM
I sure am having a hard time keeping up to you gals of course some of you are about the age of my daughter. lol

Sandra, go away and have fun this weekend, but--- take care of those feet. We only get 2 in a life time. Orders from headquarters.

This makes me cross, posted and now I can not find it. It went to cyberspace I guess. I hope whoever finds it enjoys.

Froufie I love reading your posts, they are so well written. You have a gift for writing.

Saundra, did you receive all the pictures I sent, or just the one. I was worried you would not be able to open after I sent them.
That salad you posted sounds real good. Do you know how many points it would be. I keep track of points also.

Now we have solved the missing glasses, we have to find Kathy's pants. Hmm, hope we don't find them where Saundra or Vicki found their items. lol

Angela, hope you had a great birthday.

Melissa, that is nice your hubby will not be tempting you any more, well at least with food. lol

Vicki, I have also heard that you should switch your hair products. I wonder why? I have noticed I will like a certain shampoo for a while and then I don't care for it as much.

Paula and Saundra, I was alone many weekends and holidays, hubby worked for the Airlines and of course was working many weekends. He retired at 56 and it has been wonderful to have him home.

Well friends have invited us out for lunch so guess I better put my face on. It seems to take me longer these days. lol

Take care all, I will come back later and read.
Blue Skies,

06-02-2006, 12:09 PM
Whew! Finally I'm here! I had to do my fairy delivery and then jump right on a few things when I got in ... don't they know I'm supposed to check in with you guys as soon as possible?? :lol:

Judd didn't sleep very well, and so neither did I. He snored and moaned and laughed and yelled, and every time he did any of it I woke right up. He went back to bed for a while this morning; I decided I shouldn't so I came on in to work.

I hope to not stay very long though; I need to get home and start working on things. The medicine didn't make me hyper, I just couldn't sleep. Maybe tonight I will.

The Mavericks won so Saturday night is a biggie. Right now the series is 3-2 and if we can win Saturday, we go on to the finals. We are all so excited!

Rangers and White Sox this weekend ... hoo boy! We'll see how that goes but I have given up predicting anything sports-related! :lol:

06-02-2006, 12:32 PM
The Hair Report: well yes I USED to have thick lovely hair (like dd now has) but since birth of last ds - started losing hair!!!! and the rest is history. I am always on the lookout for good products for volume! I do use a BIG round brush and 'pouf' my hair up (altho it does 'relax' during the day) so it looks like more hair.

I am not extremely impressed with the new product I tried today (by l'oreal - hot volumizing mousse - hot pink can) does add volume but not 'strong' enuf in my opinion so I still have some waves and curles where I shouldn't? (I think the fructis xxl mousse is even better than this). I would still like to try the volumizing mousse made by La Coupe at some point. I will try this product a few more times tho (luckily it's not a big can) before I decide it doesn't work for me!

Almost time for a glaze too (will let you know how that turns out). My colorist suggested a color boosting shampoo - you can only get them in beauty supply stores - she uses this on my hair after my color (I think it's called L'oreal professional color glossing shampoo? comes in several shades and the one I get I think is either amber or copper?). Could not find this brand but did find a wella balsam 'color' shampoo (golden amber) which I use every few washings (leave it on for 3-4 mins then rinse) helps keep highlights/color in!

So back at work today - altho neck hurts when I turn to the left. Very quiet here today which is good.

Kathy - hope you don't stay too long and that your pain meds are working. How is Judd feeling?

Vickie - busy busy girl - enjoy your weekend outings!

Saundra - have fun at the meeting - the salad sounds great (I heard this farmboy recipe on the radio the other day - avocado, asparagus and strawberry salad which sounded divine!).

No coverage in the Citizen? at least not that I know of? (and now that I think of it - they should do a write up on a local high school that won all these provincial awards!). Trying to get a copy of the Toronto star to see what they have written up.

Sandra - hope your tootsies are feeling better today - I can't imagine bow fishing off a boat - I too would probably fall in!

Rose - thanks for the compliment - I do enjoy writing (look for froufie's memoirs coming out in a few years! ha ha ha).

Have to get home directly after work to beautify myself and change into my fancier duds and head out for hopefully a very nice evening. Going to the National Arts centre to see Chicago tonight! First having dinner - probably there at Le Cafe (makes it easier to say the least) then upstairs to the theatre! Should be fun and we have great seats!

"open doors' is not for house viewing - but for local 'places of interest" - mainly old churches - some embassies (in older heritage homes), many museums, art galleries and facitilies (the control centre in the Canada post building is something out of a james bond movie - looks like a space mission control center - I could hardly believe I was in Canada, let alone Ottawa when I first saw it!). Very cool - hard to get into this one tho and I would like to take little ds! There is even a guided tour of the newly renovated/opened Library at the Parliament buildings (but you need to get numbered tickets for each tour and those will also go very quickly).

The Ottawa children's festival is also on this weekend (lots of play/shows for kids) but not sure if we can make it to that. Tomorrow night going to niece's (20 yr old) dance recital (7 pm til maybe 11?) with dh, dd and little ds so I am looking forward to that!

Almost lunchtime - going for a walk to the local 'newspaper' store where I believe they carry out of town papers? Will pick up some lunch on the way back!

06-02-2006, 12:37 PM
Good morning ladies! So far, I'm having a nice birthday. :) My church activity thing last night went very well. We donated services, and then auctioned them off using play money. It was a lot of fun. And several people mentioned afterwards how much they liked the angel food/strawberries refreshments. :cheer:

This morning, I took my girls to Krispy Kreme as an "end of the school year" treat. I am happy to report that I didn't not even taste a single doughnut. I brought my mom, and she slapped my hand and I slapped hers. :lol: I am just relaxing this morning, playing on the computer.

I do need to do the dishes eventually, but hey, it's my birthday, right? :woo:


06-02-2006, 12:42 PM
Oh, I forgot to mention...I have very thick hair. It's fine, but thick, especially on the sides above my ears. Stylists are always surprised to feel how thick it is. It's also naturally curly, so left to it's own devices, it ends up looking like an umbrella on my head every day. I usually just scrape it back into a ponytail. That's about the extent of my styling. I don't even own a hair dryer, and probably wouldn't use it if I did have one. I do use a 75% less frizz, made for curly hair shampoo and conditioner, and it seems to help a bit. I wouldn't mind wearing it down if I could get it to stop fluffing around my face in a gigantic mushroom-like cloud, but I don't have the hair skills/patience to deal with it.

So far, 1 out of my 3 girls has hair similar to mine. The other two have baby-fine, super straight thin hair like my mom and sister.


06-02-2006, 03:24 PM
Hey, where did everybody go? :)

Angela, you go girl. I'm so impressed that you didn't have a donut. I hope that you have a special birthday!

Frouf, it sounds like you have quite a weekend planned! What fun things! The open doors thing sounds really neat, and I too was confused thinking you meant houses...that makes much more sense! Have fun tonight!

Rose, hope you are having fun out at your lunch. And don't worry about keeping up with us, we are some chatty chicks. ;)

Saundra, your avocado salad sounds good. I am still trying to figure out how to buy an avacado. :?:

Kathy, don't work too hard. :D

06-02-2006, 03:36 PM
Home now. I stopped by Babies R Us and got a bib to use as a pattern so I can make some accompanying pieces to the quilt. Now the fabric is all spread out and ready to be cut. Aaaannnny minute now ... yup ... just any minute. :lol:

I'd rather be taking a nap.

06-02-2006, 03:50 PM
I'm back from my errands but I'm going to hang out with Honey Lamb. I'll be back later.

06-02-2006, 04:03 PM
Melissa, using the avacodo at the right time is really important. I bought three, two of which I thought would be okay. It turns out they still weren't as ripe as I like. They should be almost black and soft, but not too soft. I used the mini processor, which helped. I added a bit of lemon juice, onion flakes and a small amount of ff Miracle Whip, turned out very good.

Frouf, I'm sure that you'll love Chicago. I'm waiting for your review tomorrow. We've never done the Open Doors, but my niece in Toronto does their's every year. We're going to the Almonte museum next week. They have an exhibit of the Toronto textile industry. It should be very interesting, and my grandfathers were both tailors and part of it in the early 1900's.

Kathy, you're an ambitious woman, and I can feel your delight. Have fun with your creative work. Of course, I know the pic's will come.

Vickie, is the furniture okay now? I envy all your family events. Mine come to few and far between, but at least I have my trusted phone calls.:)

Angela have a wonderful birthday. Isn't tonight the one with all the kids? Have a great time!

Rose, I'm sure that you're having a lovely afternoon out, enjoy.

Okay, off to open the mail,

06-02-2006, 04:05 PM
Thanks Saundra. I am going to the Farmer's Market tomorrow (well, I hope to go), I wonder if they will have some there? I have grown to love guacamole so I need to figure it all out. :)

06-02-2006, 04:32 PM
Oooh, Farmers Market! Maybe I'll see if we can work that into the schedule. Judd needs to go to Nordstroms to exchange some things his mom bought him and we are going to Pottery Barn to buy new kitchen glasses. Excitement, huh? :lol: I'm sure we'll eat lunch out too so I'll have to make a plan and stick to it.

I'm going to tell him that Monday is the dropdead date for getting back on his plan. He's been sick so he can be excused for this week, but if he doesn't watch it he'll regain the 45 pounds he's lost in these last seven months and that will NOT be good. He had hoped to be at his goal by mid-summer. That'll have to be pushed out, I'm sure, to October (which is one year) but he can do it. He started at 290 and wants to go to 200 so he's only halfway there. Still though, he's tall so he doesn't look like he weighs 245. Anyhoo he would kill me if he knew I was talking about this, but I just don't want to see him start slipping and be back to square one.

I should see if he would do Core too ... although those SlimFast dinners ARE all Core, he just doesn't realize it. Breakfast and lunch would be his worst meals because he won't eat eggs and would only eat flavored oatmeal. I could make breakfast for him but I leave for work before he does and our morning schedules usually don't intertwine all that much. I'll keep thinking about it though.

06-02-2006, 04:39 PM
That's it with me too Kathy. I would have to make DH's lunches and breakfasts. He loves cereal (but he eats Kashi heart to heart which is close enough) but he also relies on granola bars, fruit bars, frozen lunches, etc. It will force me to do a lot more planning and cooking if we both do core. He can be a picky eater. I grew up eating hamburgers without buns but he still thinks it's weird. Stuff like that he has trouble with. :) I'm not sure what to do, but either way I'm going to stop buying some of the things he has gotten used to having around the house. :s:

06-02-2006, 04:39 PM
I meant to add that I am sitting here sipping on a Canada Dry Raspberry Sparkling Water. It's funky, but I like it and it really helps with the hunger factor. And because I can't stand to drink too much at a time, it's lasting awhile. :)

I also meant to tell you all about our Biggest Loser competition...of course I lost nothing. Our boss is reporting that she lost 30 pounds in 5 weeks. I just don't know if I can buy that one!

06-02-2006, 04:51 PM
Yeah, that's a little hard to believe. Plus, if it's true, it's going to come back. That's not healthy at all.

06-02-2006, 04:56 PM
Kathy, Bernie eats core without even realizing it. Of course, he has his waffles in the morning, but we buy the ff ones. If you brown bag your lunch, won't Judd eat the same? I guess at the end of it, these guys are adults, and they have to take some responsibility.

I'm with you, Melissa. Even if it is true, that's silly. That kind of loss hardly ever stays off. You have to starve yourself to lose that much, which isn't healthy. Take it from a pro (many years of experience), it's just eating healthy and living healthy. Of course, easier said than done!:o

06-02-2006, 05:04 PM
I make our lunches and we usually have LOs from the night before, so that might not be so bad. He'd rather have a sandwich though, and needs a lot more food than me. I can get away with pineapple and FF cottage cheese for lunch -- he wouldn't touch it. The worst would be breakfast but I could probably let him have cereal, milk, banana and he would be happy with it. He could also eat Special K bars (2 pts) or even have a SF shake, which would be 4 pts. If that's all he used in a day, he would be okay.

The dinners I make are always Core because there's no other things we eat: it's usually some sort of chicken or fish, a salad, steamed vegetables, corn on the cob, pinto beans, etc. Only when I make hamburgers will he eat the bun, but I buy wheat buns so they aren't bad. He's a mustard and not mayo eater too, so that helps. He also drinks plenty of water too.

Here's tonight's dinner: panfried flouder, pinto beans (cooking them now), sauteed yellow squash and onions, and broiled portobello mushroom slices with teriyaki sauce. I might even make some polenta cakes to see what he says about it.

06-02-2006, 05:14 PM
Good afternoon everyone, I have to get ready for work in a few min but I just stopped in to read posts so I don't get behind. Craig left for his mom's house this morning. He took my car since it is new so I have to drive his old truck to work....yuck! Oh well, I don't have to go very far and I would rather him be safe on the highway and in the mountains. It is pouring down rain here right now. My dogs do not like having to go outside in the rain. They were most anxious to get back inside. I hope you all have a great weekend, I may not post again until Monday afternoon.

06-02-2006, 05:26 PM
I know that my boss did do a major change in the way she eats, because she used to eat everything fried, etc. but it seems like you would be able to see a 30 pound change?

Paula, have a good weekend at work. And be careful in the rain! I have to admit I sure do miss NC. :)

Kathy, your dinner sounds so good. I'm not sure what we'll be having, but I did buy some hamburger today. I think I'll call DH and see what he wants. Like that ever works! ;)

06-02-2006, 05:29 PM
How big is your boss, Melissa? If she's quite large, maybe you couldn't see 30 pounds? Or maybe she weighed fully clothed and with a full stomach before, and not this time? Who knows. I say, clap for her in public, and wonder in private. :lol:

I've wasted my entire afternoon on the computer. Ha ha ha!


06-02-2006, 05:38 PM
30 lbs is an awful lot in that amount of time - I too would presume it was noticeable unless she was very large to begin with? In any case good for her for at least trying and making some changes!

AFTERNOON HAIR REPORT (yes I know you have all been waiting with bated breath :D): so I went out for a walk at lunch - specifically to go to this newstand which has international papers and magazines so I could get the Toronto Star (supposedly w/ds' picture in it). I knew it would warm up today - but it was downright HOT AND STICKY - I was roasting the moment I stepped outside. So how does my hair look you might ask? Like CRAP!

It's all curly and frizzy and flat looking - now I am not sure if it is entirely the fault of the new product? But really now I think in the past (with other products) I probably had some curls due to humidity - but not as noticeable or as bad as today! I can't stand it and will not have time to do anything with my hair when I get home - as I have like 15 mins to change and be ready to go! (ya right!). I don't even want to use this product again - but I guess I will? (maybe on sunday when I have no where special to go!).

Picked up some hummus and couscous salad on way back to the office - and did I forget to mention that the NEWSPAPER STORE had a sign on their door when I got there - STORE CLOSED AS OF JUNE 1ST!!! Can you believe this? (ya so my hair got all yucky for nothing!). Ds did call from downtown (got himself a $250 suit!) and I told him to try and find the paper there!

Time to head out and fight some traffic. I am looking forward to dinner out - guess at this point it doesn't matter if we sit out on the patio or not? (can my hair get any worse?) ha ha ha


P.S. Open doors list:

06-02-2006, 05:54 PM
Hello and greetings from sunny (and very warm) Acapulco!!! Sometimes it takes me a while to read the messages and post replies, but I hope this will help with the cats in the vegetable garden: I plant garlic, garlic chives and even "decorative" (at least that's the name they use in Mexico) garlic plants around the vegetable garden and it has helped a lot, specially with rabbits, squirrels and gophers... I'm not sure about the ctas though, as I have 8 little and very mischievious dogs, and they might have something to do with keeping the cats away....:p

I'll have to go to the supermarket real soon: both my sister and my father are doing some other diet and I have to buy core food.... I was very well behaved in the way to Acapulco, by the way: no junk food on the way, just some fruit salad:carrot:

My father is calling me, so I'll post later...


06-02-2006, 06:00 PM
Frouf, what would we do withouth your humour? Do you ever try to work with your curls? There are so many products for that, and then you don't have to worry about the humidity? Hey, with global warming, that might be the answer!:) :) :D

06-02-2006, 09:05 PM
Angela, I cannot believe that you didn't have a donut but CONGRATULATIONS! I, too, might have felt entitled since it was my birthday.

Kath, did you get started on the quilt? What a great idea for matching pieces. It's good of you to help Judd. It's hard to hang on to those precious losses.

Saundra, you avocado salad sounds just delish. I wish it didn't sound like a lot of work just for me. Jim won't eat avocado or shrimp unless it's fried. The furniture won't even be inspected until June 15th. If they can't make it work properly, then we'll get to select a new style sofa and loveseat.

Melissa, we have Farmer's Markets all around here just about any day of the week. My town's is on Friday and the neighboring town is Saturday. Maybe we should go tomorrow. I'm sure it's too late for your dinner but I make a fabulous (if I don't say so myself) meat sauce with a pound of ground sirloin that just requires an onion and about 4 or 5 cans of different kinds of tomatoes. It's really yummy over ww rotini, makes multiple meals, and freezes. Or you could make the polenta pie. That freezes too and could be lunches for both of you.

Frouf, I hope you were able to make some quick repairs to your hair and that you are already enjoying a lovely dinner as we speak. We look forward to your review in the morning.

Maggie, congratulations for doing so well while in sunny Acapulco! What kind of dogs do you have? I have a Scottish Terrier dog and a Scottish Fold cat.

We've finished dinner and I'm very satisfied and closer to full. I'm still trying to master that part of the Core program. It's especially had for me when it's a Core food that I like alot. Tonight it was the corn cakes. They were deelish!

I'm off to watch the Chicago White Sox play Kathy's Texas Rangers. I'll be back in the morning.

Paula, we'll see you when you get back from your shifts!

06-02-2006, 11:47 PM
BIG NEWS: DH has decided to do core with me!!! :cp: I promised him that he wouldn't have to count points, so he won't be counting his extra 35 wpas, but I'll sort of keep track of what we should eat out, etc so he doesn't have to think about it. But once he gets the hang of it he will do great. When we did south beach he was better than me about keeping up with the "rules."
Just wanted to share!!
Oh, and we're going to the church gym tomorrow to work out. Ya-hoo!! :D

06-02-2006, 11:52 PM
Rangers and Sox are tied in the 7th -- I just stopped in to see if anyone was here. Miami just won their Eastern Conference game so they're going to the finals. Now tomorrow night is going to be more of a nail biter! If Dallas can win it, we'll play Miami and that scares the pants off me. I don't think we have anybody to match up with Shaq. I guess we'll see though ...

Our dinner was really good. Judd didn't get home until around 9:00 and I just decided around 8:45 that I was giving up on him. I started cooking the fish and squash and he walked in just in time, so at least it was nice and fresh (and hot) for him. The fish was great but next time I don't think I'll put any cornmeal on it; I'll just sear it in the olive oil. Flounder is such a mild fish and I think I could eat it every day. Yummmm. The pinto beans were also good and fortunately there's lots of leftovers so we can have them for the next day or so. I'll make the corn cakes when I reheat them. I decided not to make them tonight.

I guess I'll get back to the game and see you all in the morning. We'll hopefully get lots of errands done that have been put off. I think when we go to Pottery Barn I'll see if I can find Kate a surprise for her apartment. Poor thing has been a little depressed lately so maybe that'll cheer her up. She feels better physically but still dislikes her job. I think she'll be alright though.

06-02-2006, 11:55 PM
Melissa, good for him! I'm sure he'll do just fine! I told Judd today that I was "putting him on it" and he said ha! When I said he would have to have oatmeal and fruit for breakfast, he said no, he'd continue to have his SF shakes. Well, excuuuuse me! :lol: I'll have to see if I can make it work for him but probably it won't. He still wants his shakes and PB sandwich at lunch, and that would be more than the 35 WPAs. He would probably do okay at Flex but would expect me to keep up with his points and I ain't gonna do it!

06-02-2006, 11:56 PM
Kathy, I will have to try flounder. DH thinks salmon is the only fish he likes, because it's not fishy.

I'm looking through all of my core recipes and feeling overwhelmed! It's like I'm starting all over again!! It's exciting though.

OK, I'm a meal-freezing virgin. :lol: Do I completely cook the meals and then freeze them? Or mix all the ingredients, freeze, then cook them? Or does it depend on the recipe? Sorry for the silly questions.

06-02-2006, 11:59 PM
Yeah. I am assuming that DH won't follow the "rules" exactly, but at least when we're eating together he will know what we're trying to accomplish and I'll be able to have a little more control over our eating situation. I expect him to "cheat" but I know it will still help him out a lot, especially if we make a commitment to exercising together.

06-03-2006, 12:01 AM
Hey Kathy (wonder shopper) do you have any suggestions where I can look on-line for a cute goal dress? I haven't found anything I like (reasonably priced that is!) yet.

06-03-2006, 12:03 AM
It really does depend on the recipe. Things like meatloaf and meatballs should be cooked first. Also casseroles with cheese should be cooked first for better quality later, IMO. Actually, I can't think of anything you'd assemble and cook later.

If you have room in your freezer, you should start saving vegetables. I used to do this when I cooked for everyone. I had a big ziploc freezer bag and would put every little bit of leftover vegetables in it, even if it was 14 kernels of corn or 3 green beans. I just kept adding and adding, and when it was full I made soup.

06-03-2006, 12:05 AM
A goal dress ... hmmmm. I usually buy dresses at Steinmart (do you have those there?) but they don't sell online, I don't think. I really like Chadwicks too, and they have very cute dresses. Yes, I think Chadwicks is my answer.

This is my favorite. I used to have 4-5 of these in all different patterns and colors:

06-03-2006, 12:05 AM
That's a great tip. I have heard that before but forgot about it. Thanks.

06-03-2006, 12:06 AM
I went to chadwick's and didn't really find what I was looking for. :^:

06-03-2006, 12:07 AM
Well, shoot. Okay, I'll keep thinking.

06-03-2006, 12:11 AM
I like that dress too but I'm looking for something a little different. I'm trying to find a pic of something similar to show you. You didn't happen to see "What Not to Wear" tonight did you? (the worst dressed family one) I loved her dress, it's exactly what I've got in mind, but can't find one like it anywhere! Of course I'm sure I couldn't afford the one she had on.

Oh and I so want to see this "Lake House" movie!

06-03-2006, 12:14 AM
Hey Chicks! We are still watching the game and it's still tied.

Melissa, I always loved JC Penney and they have a huge sale going on right now. What about them?

06-03-2006, 12:14 AM
What's the dress for? The reunion?

06-03-2006, 12:19 AM
OK, here's something like I'm thinking about, but this one's a little pricey, plus I'm not sure about that pattern. Like you are this interested! :lol:

06-03-2006, 12:20 AM
Hey Vickie! Yes I buy most of my stuff at JCPenney, but most of their dresses are sleeveless, which I'm very paranoid about. And yes, I'm thinking that if we go to the reunion I will need a nice dress to wear. I don't really wear dresses anymore!

06-03-2006, 12:21 AM
Check out this one.

06-03-2006, 12:22 AM
They have alot of the shape dress you posted online. I'm trying to see if I have a good online coupon to use.

06-03-2006, 12:25 AM
Oh I really like that Vickie. I'm not sure how I feel about the "rosette", but I really like the shape and style. Thanks! I overlooked that one.

06-03-2006, 12:25 AM
I just got an online JC Penney code card today. It's for 40% off any regular item. The code is SUPER and you enter it during checkout as a promotion code. For example, it took the dress down from $59.99 to $35.99.

06-03-2006, 12:26 AM
The coupon is only good until June 12th.

06-03-2006, 12:27 AM
I like the rosette. I think it draws attention away from your bust and hips. I guess it depends where your weight is. I think this dress would give a girl a waist if she doesn't have one. Like me! I'm just a lump.

06-03-2006, 12:27 AM
Oooh, I like that one!! Melissa, I've probably seen every episode of What Not To Wear (of course, to look at me sometimes you'd never know it!) but I didn't see it tonight. I'd love someone to swoop me off the street and give me $5000 to spend on clothes.

There's a lady at work who's going to start doing Core and so today she was asking me all sorts of questions. She has a lot of dietary restrictions anyway because she had a kidney transplant a few years ago and is on lots of anti-rejection medications. We think she'll be able to do this though. I was telling her what sorts of things I ate and when I got to the part about making the polenta cakes, I had this wonderful idea! Probably so wonderful that everyone has already thought of it! :lol: How would it be to make them in the bottom of a muffin pan so that you're making little circles, then spread with FF refried beans and top with FF cheese and broil them a little? It would sorta be like nachos and you could even put diced tomatoes and lettuce on top, or salsa, or FF sour cream, or more cheese. I got a little giddy just thinking about it!

06-03-2006, 12:28 AM
I like the rosette personally ... agree that it gives something to focus on. I think I'll go look at dresses too.

06-03-2006, 12:28 AM
You are not a lump! Thanks for sharing your coupon code! You're so sweet. I don't think I have the guts or the $ to buy it by the 12th though. But that is such a great deal, it's tempting!! Maybe if I actually bought a dress I would be more motivated...:?:

06-03-2006, 12:30 AM
OH Kathy that sounds awesome!!! Now I just have to perfect the polenta. I made it once and it turned out so-so.
I do really like that dress. I hate not to try things on though! (Look at me coming up with excuses :) )

The more I look at it the more I like it. And I like those sexy wedges too! :lol:

06-03-2006, 12:30 AM
You could probably remove the rosette and put a pin there instead.

06-03-2006, 12:32 AM
Melissa, did you see this one? It's sorta like the shape you posted but a different pattern.

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06-03-2006, 12:33 AM
You can return it to the store if you don't like it. You just lose your shipping cost. If you like it, but need a different size, then you reorder and tell them you need a different size and they don't charge you shipping the second time they send it out with the correct size. Does that make sense? It would be hard to find a nice dress for $36 but why don't you wait and shop around some more. You can always order on the 12th. That's almost 2 weeks away.

06-03-2006, 12:34 AM
I liked that one too, Kathy. I was afraid she wouldn't like the sleeve. I think it's ultra feminine.

06-03-2006, 12:36 AM
Rangers win! We are pitching so badly the last week or so. Bummer.

06-03-2006, 12:38 AM
Kathy, what you described is much like the polenta pie recipe that I make from our board. I just make mine in a pie pan and then cut it into pie like wedges for meals. I've frozen it and vacuumed sealed it and used it for lunches. It's time to make another one. You could use my recipe to get yourself started. It's made with cornmeal.

06-03-2006, 12:39 AM
:lol: I was hitting "reload" on my computer and didn't realize that you all were chatting away on page 6 while I was on page 5. I'm such a doof.

Anyway, Kathy I like that one except I'm not too fond of the buttons down the front. Other than that I like it a lot.

Vickie, you have a really good point and I didn't know that about the shipping either. Thanks. I order a lot of pants from JCP because they don't carry many "talls" in store and I love their pants so I just order them online instead. I appreciate you sharing your coupon code. I might just use it, because that is a GREAT deal. Thanks so much you all!!!

06-03-2006, 12:39 AM
Rangers have been doing well lately -- but that's nothing new. They usually start out okay and then fall apart in the last half of the season. I guess it remains to be seen, as they say.

Judd just hollered at me that Son-In-Law was on. He knows I like that movie. :lol: Guess I'll watch it for a little while.

06-03-2006, 12:40 AM
Yes, so I guess these would be like little mini mexican pies, huh? For some reason it's sounding good right now.

06-03-2006, 12:42 AM
Yum...I'm going to get the stuff on Sunday to make them. I've got a taste for them. Plus, I've been really stumped for lunches lately and that would help alot.

06-03-2006, 12:45 AM
Hi gang,
Melissa Im so happy that your dh is joining can hear the excitement inyour voice again!
frozen cooked items Ive tried?
spag sauce
cabbage rolls

Uncooked items I have tried
lasagne-never cook it first
marinaded chicken breasts (add marinade to breasts after you buy them and before you freeze them )
hamb patties
Im sure Ill think of more...brains tired right now..haha
I dont freeze things with potatoes in them...tend to be mushy..blah

Made a great dinner tonight,,stuffed green peppers..first time I made them and they were good and core.

06-03-2006, 12:46 AM
I am definitely going to try that too! Is that your tamale pie you are talking about Vickie?

THANK YOU GALS for all of your help tonight! DH even said that he likes that dress. Thanks!! I'm going to bed. Tomorrow is a brand new core day! Good night!

06-03-2006, 12:47 AM
Thanks Patti!! That helps a lot.

06-03-2006, 12:48 AM
Is it this one?

I'm going to use refried beans and no meat though. Now the more I think about it, I don't think that's it.

06-03-2006, 12:57 AM
Nevermind! I found it!

For anyone who's reading this and doesn't want to go searching.

06-03-2006, 12:59 AM
It's the second one you found, the Tamale Pie.

06-03-2006, 01:00 AM
Melissa, I cook all my stuff before I freeze it. Then it just has to be rewarmed. If it's spaghetti sauce, I usually make fresh pasta to go with it since I decided that I'm not crazy about how pasta freezes.

06-03-2006, 08:57 AM
Good Morning Chicks! Do I win a prize for last post last night and first post this morning?

I'm up kinda early today but it was just by accident. I have a big day ahead of me since today is the graduation party. I'm not sure what I'm wearing yet but it's not a worry since it's very casual. It's at my GF's house in her yard. She said jeans/shorts and sandals. I'm sure I can find something cute to wear. Maybe while I'm looking for today's outfit, I better find one for the shower for tomorrow.

I hope you all have a great Core day. I'm scared about my eating for today and tomorrow since I will have NO control except to go hungry and not put the stuff in my mouth. Normally, I bring food with me to friends house's but today I can't do that. I think I'll make sure that I eat a big lunch today and tomorrow before I go to the parties.

06-03-2006, 09:54 AM
Vickie, good luck with your party-eating today! I hope that you can find a balance between not starving and not overeating non-core foods. That can be difficult!
Thanks for the info about freezing stuff. I'm still learning. :)

06-03-2006, 10:07 AM
Holy Crow,

I feel like I just went dress shopping and cooking school in the last five minutes. That was fun.:) You girls were really busy last night! Melissa, I like that dress, and Vickie, the pie sounds great. Btw, I always freeze first, except for pasta.

The meeting was okay. However, they measured me and put me to 5'6". I sure don't know where the inch went. I had a bone density a few years ago, and I was 5'7". Oh well, I weighed in at 138.5(evening weight), so I'm still fine, I just don't like the idea of shrinking!

It's going to rain today and tomorrow, so I better not plan for outdoor cooking. I think I'll make chicken today and we're going out tomorrow.

Better go have something to eat, bbl,

06-03-2006, 10:13 AM
It WAS fun, Saundra! Melissa kept thinking we wouldn't be interested and Kathy and I were having a ball with it.

So, are you saying that you freeze the uncooked ingredients? It NEVER occurred to me. Maybe I should try this. Do you think it works better? Inquiring minds want to know!

06-03-2006, 10:16 AM
Sorry, I didn't mean that. OOPS, I cook first then freeze. Glad you caught that Vickie.:D

06-03-2006, 10:19 AM
Well Vickie I'm glad that you all had fun! I didn't want to bore you. I could have kept shopping but I was too tired. :)

F6r s60e reas6n 0y 2eys are a33 0essed 4*!!! th5n2 need t6 sh4t d6wn the c60*4ter....

06-03-2006, 10:26 AM
Did you just fall asleep on your keyboard?

06-03-2006, 10:44 AM
Lol, I was just thinking the same thing Vickie.

Melissa the dresses are very pretty.

06-03-2006, 12:16 PM
What the heck? Does someone need to go check on Melissa? Maybe she's been kidnapped and was trying to communicate in code!

I slept a little late today so I have to hurry up with my breakfast or the eating schedule will be thrown off for the day. I was 145 today; getting a little tired of this up and down thing! I sent myself an big ol' mean email with the title of "GROW UP" and within the body of the email is says DO NOT DELETE THIS! :lol: I'm having to get tough. I think my daily coke (caffeine) is dehydrating, and I'm not taking in enough water the rest of the day -- have only been getting maybe 2 bottles instead of the 4-5 I shoot for -- so it's no wonder I'm a bit stalled. I have to w/i Wednesday without fail since I've missed the last two weeks due to not being ready the first week and not being there this past week.

Vickie, have a great day at the party(ies)! I hope you find suitable food there or can eat and fill up before you go. Your situation is a little trickier than mine since you have w/i on Monday and I at least get to wait a few days.

Saundra, you're doing so well. I hope you aren't shrinking but since you're slimmer now than you were when you measured 5'7", it's still very proportionate. Enjoy your rain. All the rain that was forecast for us last week didn't appear. Not a drop! And so now they say that was our only chance for a very long time and the heat is going to start creeping back up.

Time to get crackin'! I hope everybody has a great day.

06-03-2006, 12:18 PM
F6r s60e reas6n 0y 2eys are a33 0essed 4*!!! th5n2 need t6 sh4t d6wn the c60*4ter....
Aha! I think it says For some reason my keys are obsessed (or maybe possessed). Think I need to shut down the computer...

Or something like that.

06-03-2006, 12:26 PM
That was good Kathy, maybe you could crack the Davinci Code :D

06-03-2006, 12:39 PM
Virtual dress shopping with the girls - what will we think of next? ha ha ha Can't wait to see the final pick Melissa!

And I agree - please slow down when I'm not here - jeez gone for less than 24 hours and I had two pages of fashions and recipes to read thru! :D

Saundra - you shrinking violet - it's a ploy - I think all ww scales and height measures are the work of the devil! ha ha ha I like to round up! (so my 5 2 1/2 becomes 5'3)

Had lots of fun last night despite the kinky hair - found some blowstyling mist under bathroom vanity (where all forlorn and rejected products end up) so I used it to wet my hair a bit and got the dryer out - ya so it looked good for about 10 seconds or so? Oh well.

Went to dinner at the restaurant inside the national arts centre - only one teeny tiny problem - neither of us thought to make a RESERVATION - oopsy.
And of course everyone is there around 6 or 6:15 pm for the 8 pm show. So my gf says of course 'you do all the talking". A frouf can be very innocent and convincing when required.

Table for 2 I say and smile sweetly - do you have a reservation? they ask! Of course I say (okay a little white lie?). Under what name? I'm not sure I reply? My husband made it a few days ago? When was that they ask? Monday or Tuesday I think? (looking very puzzled). A bit of whispering now between the two at the reservations desk!

Would you like to sit on the patio or inside! (my gf at this point is trying not to burst out laughing). Inside please - and off we are led to a lovely inside table for 2! yes we are very pleased with ourselves!

Dinner was excellent - first came the whole grain rolls - we both had the "chicago' dinner special - choice of salad or soup (we had the salad - w/some sort of apple cide vinaigrette - delish) then the beef tenderloin w/mashed pototoes and veggies - I also had a glass of red wine. Food was very good - gf wanted to share a dessert - the grand marnier chocolate dome (need I say more?). The show was very very good - lots of strong singers and funny too!

Went to bed too late - but worse was dh who woke me up with his hair drying at 7:30 am!!! Not good for a saturday morning (he was getting ready to go to the diefenbunker). I did doze on and off a bit but now catching up on laundry and have not been to the kitchen yet which I'm sure is a disaster area.

Just me and ds on our own most of the day so we may try and see some of the "open doors' places, but honestly the left side of my neck is still hurting when I turn it (slept funny?) and have a slight headache. Will take a couple of advil and see if this helps? It is also a rainly gloomy day out there so I really don't feel like going out? We'll see!


06-03-2006, 12:46 PM
Froufy glad you had a good time with gf, dinner sounds delicious. I have seen a few Broadway shows my favorite so far is Phantom Of The Opera.

06-03-2006, 01:00 PM
Niki, I saw Phantom and Les Mis 3 times. I love going to the theatre. When I was a kid, my gf and I used to usher at the theatres in Detroit. We saw Ethel Merman in Gypsy and Sir Laurence Olivier in Becket.

Frouf, glad you had a good time. We've done the same thing at restaurants, aren't we nasty?:D

I just spoke to dil in Kitchener and they are having yet another open house. Oh, I wish they would just sell the place, I'm crossing my fingers. Kids here are bringing Natan over and they are going to Montreal for the day. I told them to have dinner out, so they'll pick him up around 8:00. I took out chicken, but Bernie just called and requested burgers, so I'll do both and freeze the leftovers.

Okay, better get dressed for my boy.

06-03-2006, 01:21 PM
Saundra, I usually go with my mom but since I moved a hour away from her it is real hard to go since having children. I have seen Miss Saigon, Grease,Phantom of the Opera,The sound Of Music, Lea Miserables, Cats,Beauty & the beast and there is a couple more but my mind went blank :o

06-03-2006, 01:43 PM
Frouf, you sound SO much better! I'm glad you went last night. I think little white lies like that are just fine. The dinner sounds wonderful. I'm really hungry right now and I'm waiting for Jim to come home with our lunch.

Niki, you are the luckiest being able to see plays on Broadway. Chicago is not to shabby though. I've seen Les Mis, Showboat, Phantom of the Opera, Grease, Damn Yankees with Jerry Lewis who was fabulous, and most recently Wicked. I loved Damn Yankees but Wicked is by far my favorite. Jim gave me tickets for my birthday to go back and see it again. I'm looking forward to September 2nd.

Saundra, my fingers are crossed for a successful open house for your DS/DIL. I watch Sell This House. Is it a tough market? Are the RE Agents telling them what people are saying. Seems like something is going on. Maybe change a pink bedroom to beige or something easy like that? Anyway, two mortgages would not be fun so I'll hope for the best. Have fun with Natan!

Kathy, you are so tough on yourself. But, I'm sure that's why you are so successful on maintenance. I'm creeping back up and I need to stop. I never considered sending myself and email though!

Ok, Jim is home with lunch. I'm going to eat and then get on the treadmill for 30 minutes. I've decided to do 30 minutes instead of 40 but at a faster speed. On to the Fourth of July goal!

06-03-2006, 01:45 PM
Hi all: Another day and is it raining and we have got a leak in the roof. It can not be fixed until the Fall, as they are all so busy.

Melisa the girls have sure been trying to help you find your perfect dress. Let us know what you decide on. You have many different stores in the U.S. then we do. I used to love to shop in the U.S. as the sizes are smaller then in Canada. lol

Have you Canadian girls heard of "The Briar's" in Sutton. dh is taking me there in Aug. for a couple of days. It is a lodge, I have never been there. Our friends are going and it sounded interesting. The package also includes live theatre and meals. It sound like it should be fun.

The news here has not been good. They have picked up terrorist in our GTA area. It has been on the news all morning. They had planned to destroy different buildings across southern Ontario.

Froufie, did you get the paper. I did and I can not figure out what I was to look for.

Hope Sandra is having a good time, she is such a fun person. I have known each other as cyber friends for quite a while.

As I said before excuse me if I don't address you all, I find it hard to keep up. I do read and get some good smiles out of some of your posts.
Blue skies,

06-03-2006, 02:00 PM
Rose isn't it terrible we have to live with the fear of terrorism. My mom was evacuated from the subways two weeks ago because of a bomb threat thank goodness nothing happened. It makes me frightened to think about the world my children are growing up in.

06-03-2006, 02:03 PM
Vickie did you see Last Comic standing, they had auditions in NY & Chicago.
OOH I would love to see Wicked, who is in that?

06-03-2006, 02:04 PM
Rose, I caught the news last night, but haven't heard or watched anything today. What is our world coming to?:(

We went to the Briars a few years ago. It was lovely, and we also saw a play. I'm sure you'll have a wonderful time.

Vickie, I asked the kids the same thing about the feedback that they are getting on their place. It's in an area which has mostly retired couples, so it's a limited market and not a big city like Toronto. They just need the right fit, because it's really lovely and decorated to the nines. Another thing is there are three floors, which doesn't work for all "older" folks.

Kids called and are taking Natan with them, but requested my assistance tomorrow. Of course, I said "yes".

06-03-2006, 02:27 PM
Hey gang,
Ive been out in the yard all morning..I came in to cool off and have a bite to eat..whew I was hot. Going to head to the hardware store this afternoon to buy some new paint for my front door. I want to surprise dh with it all painted by the time he comes home tomorrow night. (and its easier with only oneof us picking the color...ahahaha )
Fouf,,,haha your too funny!!!!!!!!! My face would have been so red you would have known in a minute I was lying.
Rose..terrorists?? hmm guess Il have to watch thenews more closely.
Saundra i have two floors and theres times I wish it was all on one level...heres hoping it goes soon.
Vickie have fun today.....find the veggie tray! theres always a veggie tray

I watched Crash my kitchen last night and there was a little boy who wouldnt eat they reinvented new recipes to get him to eat. One of the recipes was a quesadilla made with very thin sliced potatoes instead of tortillas...potatoes are core! They used a very tiny amount of olive oil, thinly sliced potatoes in a circular pattern on the bottom. Then added some low fat cheese (could use ff) , added red peppers and turkey slices. Another topping of sliced potatoes. Heated them up on a stove top..flipped over and heated the other side. Finished them in the oven to melt the cheese. As a side topping they blitzed roasted red peppers in a blender... and sour cream with chopped mint in another dish. It was the kids favourite dish! Im trying it soon...
have a great weekend everyne

06-03-2006, 02:31 PM
Patti, you're lucky to be able to be in the garden today. It's miserable and very wet here.:)

06-03-2006, 05:15 PM
It's bright and sunny and 76 degrees here, Saundra. A great day for a party in the yard.

Patti, that sounds like a good recipe. Would you perfect it for us?! I have a 3 step ranch house. I bought it for my old age. A small bedroom, the living room, dining room, family room, kitchen, laundry room and 3/4 bath are all on the first floor. Three bedrooms and 2 full baths are up 3 stairs. I LOVE my floor plan.

Niki, I didn't see Last Comic Standing. I'll look to see who was in Wicked tomorrow and let you know.

Rose, I heard about the terroists! I hope all our Canadian friends remain safe.

I'm off to the party now. I'll be back in the morning.

06-03-2006, 06:49 PM
:lol: I haven't caught up but yes Kathy, you were right!! Great interpretation! My keys just got all crazy all of a sudden and I had to shut down the computer. Then we left and I forgot to come back and interpret for you all! Sorry about that!

I hope that you are all having wonderful Saturdays. We were very productive this morning; went to the Farmer's Market and then to the grocery store, then came home, ate a big lunch and got lazy. :lol: We are going to a concert tonight ( ), so I need to get ready!

06-03-2006, 06:50 PM
Okay, so it's raining and very cool here and the forecast is predicting the same for the upcoming week. I'm not liking this, we have plans!

I marinated chicken thighs in Farm Boy's lemon garlic dressing and they are in the oven with the potatoes. Good smells happening.

06-03-2006, 07:31 PM
We're back from errands and had a great time! Before we left I went to the store where they're having a big sale on drinks, and stocked up on Gatorade for Judd (10/$10), and a lot of Vitamin Water and Fuze for myself. They were also on the 10/$10 sale. I also got some FF cottage cheese and canned fruit so I can start having it for a snack. My regular store doesn't have any FF cottage cheese except for their brand (Walmart) and I don't like it as well as I do the name brands.

So then we went to one of our favorite Mexican restaurants where I had about the equivalent of maybe 1/2 of a child's plate and a small margarita. I only had a few chips and salsa so that was good. Then went to Crate & Barrel, Pottery Barn and Williams-Sonoma. We decided on the glasses at C&B so went back to get them, plus some clear glass cereal bowls that will go with anything. We're probably changing out the everyday dishes from the cafe white to yellow Fiestaware but haven't completely decided. Meanwhile if we get clear glass extra pieces, they'll go with everything.

And then on to Nordstroms, where he exchanged three LS SmartCare shirts for three SS ones and got some socks. Exciting, huh? :lol: Then home! I just washed the glasses and bowls and put them in the cabinet, then boxed up our not-so-old-and-still-very-very-good other glasses, both tall and short, into the C&B box so that I can either give them to Kate or save them for Erin.

Now I'm going back to the store to get turkey and wheat buns so I can cook dinner later. I have ground turkey in the freezer but am in no mood to thaw it, plus we need buns and green onions for the burgers anyway. I'll heat up the LO pinto beans and make some corn cakes for myself and leave off the bun.

It sounds like everybody is having a good day! Enjoy your evenings and wish my Dallas Mavericks good luck tonight!

06-03-2006, 07:31 PM
Oh and Saundra, you are welcome to come box up some of my 90-100 degree sunny weather. I'd welcome rain any day over this.

06-03-2006, 08:13 PM
This is a really cool website, it is a live cam that is filming a Eagles nest with baby Eagles, I believe it is in British Columbia. It takes a few seconds to load.

06-04-2006, 10:28 AM
Good Sunday morning! I hope everyone got lots of good rest last night.

I'm eating my cereal and trying to decide whether to go plant flowers now before it gets too hot, or just sit and veg a while. I'm not feeling all that well and so for now, the veg option is winning. Maybe in an hour or two I can get out there. Problem is, I have to clear out some weeds and dig up the winter pansies before I can plant the new stuff.

I'll check back in a while to see if anyone's here yet.

06-04-2006, 10:30 AM
Good Morning Chicks! I just got up and, as usual, I'm sitting here with my first cup of coffee of the day. I love my coffee but generally only drink it first thing in the morning. Most of the day I just drink my darned water.

I had a very nice time at the party last night. I'm sure Jim would rather have been at home since he knew NO ONE but Cindy and Doug and their kids. I at least knew the Moms and Dads and some of the Aunts. And, of course, I know all of my GF's brothers. Some of these people I haven't seen in over 25 years! Josh was very gracious and gave a little speech after he opened his presents. It was short but warm and very heartfelt. I was proud of him. We laughed alot and I was made to feel very old. There was a young man there.....looking very cool....sunglasses, goatee....probably in his late, late 20's or early 30's. Cindy says to me, laughing, that I know him. No I don't, I say! Yes you do.....he was the ring bearer at our wedding. Dear Lord, that was a shock! Of course, I knew he'd be grown up but it she was dramatic to see him at 5 and then not again until 30! Whoa boy I felt old. We had a great laugh about that. As a matter of fact, we had alot of laughs. It felt good. We'll be seeing all of these same people again at the end of the month for the 25th anniversary party.

My eating was ok. I had some chicken, beef on a roll, some jello mold, and some veggies. I have NEVER taken the veggies out of a catering table so I think that alone should make me lose weight. The problem is that when we got home we were starving. I made some multigrain toast for myself and made Jim eggs and toast. It was just the best I could be.

Now for the shower today!

I'm off to see how far behind I am.

06-04-2006, 11:55 AM
Kathy, I vote that you veg but I know you'll plant. Winter pansies is something we have no idea about here!

06-04-2006, 11:58 AM
Congrats to the Mavericks!

Saundra, I'll have to look for some garlic lemon marinade. I have a recipe that's pretty easy but I like to try new stuff too.

Melissa, did you have fun at the concert?

I have to go get ready for the shower now. I'm wearing bright green striped top with pink butterflies embroidered on it with matching plain light green capretties (as my Great Niece calls them!). Just because I'm big doesn't mean I have to dress in black all the time. Yesterday I wore my red battenburg lace top with white capretties and sandals. I no longer care what other people think. Is that what 50 does for a girl?!

06-04-2006, 12:01 PM
Kathy, sounds like you had fun yesterday. I love getting new every day things, do you have pictures of the dishes that you're thinking about? It's good to veg for a while. Lord knows, you've earned it. We have a little sun right now, but looks like it's going to be short lived. I'll have to find out the name of the flowers that I planted, but they really took well and everything looks good.

Vickie, so glad that you had fun. I can imagine how weird it would be to meet someone 25 years later. I understand how you feel about aging, but we are now older and hopefully wiser.;) Have fun at the shower today.

Kids took Natan to Montreal yesterday and wound up in pouring rain. They were suppose to attend an outdoor Japanese festival, but instead went to Schwartz's Deli and had a late lunch. As we were finishing dinner, got a surprise visit from them with a fresh rye bread and a pound of smoked meat. Bernie was thrilled and wound up eating one and a half sandwiches for dessert. I insisted that they take the leftovers home, cause enough is enough. Today, they're going out on their own and bringing Natan here for a few hours. Bernie and I are going to a special restaurant tonight, Urban Pear, so looking forward to it.

Better hit the shower before my gang shows up,

06-04-2006, 12:46 PM
Hi everyone! I stopped by to see how things were going with all of you. I am really exhausted today for some reason, so I'm going to go take a (hopefully) short nap. There is so much to do, but I'm pretty darn useless right now.

Vickie, I'm glad that you had a good time at the party, and that you wore a cute outfit and felt good about yourself. :)

06-04-2006, 01:00 PM
I'm back from yet another trip to the store! That's like 5 trips in the last two days @ $50-60 each time -- what on earth am I doing wrong? We needed dog food but I ended up getting milk and yogurt and cantaloupe, and some donuts for the kids. I'm determined not to go back for a while, no matter if we're starving or not.

Judd's about to leave to go play golf, so I'm going to wait a while before planting. I did my other chores like dishes and laundry already this morning so at least it hasn't been a complete waste of time.

I think there's more to talk about but I'm tired now, so I'll be back in a little while. Melissa, I hope you're getting some rest now too. Have fun at the shower, Vickie.

The restaurant tonight sounds interesting, Saundra. I have moss rose and begonias to plant in the flowerbeds as soon as the pansies come out.

06-04-2006, 03:06 PM
Hey there. Kathy, I hope that you are getting some rest. I ended up sleeping about an hour more than I wanted, then came out to the LR to find DH asleep too. :lol: So now he's napping. There are so many things that I could be doing that I'm not sure where to start. Right now I'm thinking about a menu for the week. Especially lunches for DH. He can be kind of picky. But if I want him to do this with me then I need to at least get him started.

06-04-2006, 03:24 PM
That's a good idea. I've made a list of things I need to do this week -- well, actually extra things in addition to the regular cooking and cleaning. It's a pretty long list so we'll see how that goes. I hope Aaron has a good first week.

06-04-2006, 04:44 PM
Well I am quite proud of myself. I have chopped and bagged up individual portions of zucchini, squash, and onion :T for dinners this week. I also went ahead and washed the red potatoes I got at farmer's market yesterday, so they're ready to be cut and boiled. I'm trying to decide what to cook tonight, I'm thinking of doing several different things in order to have LOs for the week.
I've been searching through our recipe board and there are so many recipes it is hard to keep track of them all. There are so many that I have forgotten about many of them, even though I have several printed out.
Kathy did we ever give any more thought to sorting the recipes by main ingredient (chicken, fish, etc.)? If there's any way I could help I would. It would make things a lot easier, but it might be more work than it's worth!?

I think I'm going to make some taco soup tonight for lunches this week. DH is not a big soup eater but he likes thick, homemade-type soups. I'm also thinking about popping a bunch of chicken with ff italian in the crockpot for lunches. Yumm...that is one of the best ways to eat chicken, IMO.

I need to get up and do something! Although I'm being productive, I'm feeling quite lazy. We're going to work in the yard later this evening when it cools off. Right now I need to get busy in this house! Maybe even exercise?? :eek:

06-04-2006, 04:55 PM
Vicki glad to hear that you go for the nice colours. I am going to have to buy some nice light shades this summer. I tend to go for the dark colours all the time. I have heaps of winter clothes but very little nice summer duds. I guess I best go out and find some nice colours in tops and pants.

Kathy did you hear that Gatorade is suppose to be good for a headache? My sil takes it when he gets one.
I have never heard of winter pansies either.

Saundra it rained here all day yesterday. I am sorry to hear it rained in Ottawa as our ds was having two couples come to look at the house.
So how was the Urban Pear , sounds different.

Melissa, that rest sure did you a world of good. You have been a busy bee.

Waving to the rest of you, must get some work done, I have been out all day. We went to the show last night with friends and were late getting to bed. I slept in and never got to Church.
Blue Skies,

06-04-2006, 05:08 PM
Afternoon chickies,,,thougth I would check in and tell you about my evening last it was not fun!! I was sound asleep at 430 am and was woken up by someone pounding on my front door. Now dh is working out of town so Im by myself with my furbabies. I thought I was dreaming.......till I heard it again. So I crept to my bathroom window and peeked out. There was some lady walking down my sidewalk and heading into my backyard??? What the heck??? anyways she walked in front of the house ,,to the sides,,, crossed the street. Got back into her van , phoned someone on her cell phone and drove away! I was pretty freaked...I turned my light on and read till I fell back to sleep hours later.......of course my dog slept thru all of this.(and he would have gone nuts believe me) and my kitty was standing guard at the top of the stairs. Good kitty!! haha Im thinking it was someone looking for their kid at a party or something..cuz we live in a pretty small town with not much crime here......but it was scary all the same. Told all my neighbours to be on the lookout just in case... now Im going to go have a nap..Im pooped.

06-04-2006, 05:45 PM
P.a. That would be nerve racking for sure. I would have been wide awake until morning for sure. Glad to hear all was ok.
Blue skies,

06-04-2006, 06:09 PM
just a quick note to let ya'll know we're home. i'm over on page 3 reading trying to catch up.

we had a great time--didn't bow fish. curtis did a little traditional fishing off the bank. i stayed near the trailer reading and watching wildlife. we were in a beautiful (brand new!) park on a shallow cove. it was well landscaped, paved, and quiet. our picture window faced the lake. we watched mama geese/goslings taking their daily swims. also we had pelicans, seagulls, (yes-pelicans and sea gulls in central montana!), on the water along with large fish jumping. there were 5 deer who came down in the evenings to browse along the shore. quite a picture for sure.

okay, i'm heading back to page 3 to read after i tell you we also saw twin antelope fawns with their doe. can you tell i'm into nature? (saw several bald eagle nests with eagles in them.)

now back to page 3.

06-04-2006, 07:08 PM
i'm typing this as i read. so it may not always make sense. (do i ever make sense?):lol:

kathy, i am proud of judd for dropping 45 lbs. i wish him the best of success for the rest of his weightloss.

melissa, any way to have all your coworkers on bl weigh together? i am very excited dh is doing core with you. now i need to "trick" curtis into it. a goal dress sounds like a good idea. i am so proud to hear your enthusiasm in your posts. makes me smile.

i love the theater, too. i have never lived near new york but i have seen some shows in ft worth/dallas/spokane. went to a few dinner theaters. loved those, too. i used to direct plays for competition when i was teaching. sure had a lot of fun. also, i can really, really appreciate the special effects and sets.

rose, i hadn't heard a word about the terrorists. we were out of contact with the world all weekend. i need to go find out what's going on. i hope all is all right.

nikki, i think there's always a "fear" factor. when i raised my son, we were afraid of the russians. wonder if there will ever be a "true peace."

patti, those tater quesadillas sound good. thanks for sharing the recipe.

melissa, what a cute message! :lol:

i'm up to page 9 now!!!

vickie, sounds like you had a great time yesterday at the party. congratulations on staying core. i am proud of you. those little ones grow up, don't they? i'm still smiling about the ring bearer.

okay, i am inspired. i will start back on core in the am. thank you all for inspiring me.

rose, what movie did you see? did you go see da vinci code?

patti, that's scarey about the nighttime knocker. do you have 911 you could call?

i go to the rheumatologist and podiatrist in the am. sure hope i can get some help for these tootsies. the senior games are this coming friday. curtis is running the archery event so there won't be any trouble about my not walking to and from the targets. that will save me about a mile (really) of walking. we were talking today about how the other geezers will prob be wishing they had doctor's notes so they wouldn't have to walk. oh, well.

have a super sunday evening. i'm re-starting core in the am. now i need to go do some exercise biking so i won't be too far behind on my exercise for the july 4 goal. i'm not treadding any more till i talk to the doctors.

06-04-2006, 07:09 PM
i'm typing this as i read. so it may not always make sense. (do i ever make sense?):lol:

kathy, i am proud of judd for dropping 45 lbs. i wish him the best of success for the rest of his weightloss.

melissa, any way to have all your coworkers on bl weigh together? i am very excited dh is doing core with you. now i need to "trick" curtis into it. a goal dress sounds like a good idea. i am so proud to hear your enthusiasm in your posts. makes me smile.

i love the theater, too. i have never lived near new york but i have seen some shows in ft worth/dallas/spokane. went to a few dinner theaters. loved those, too. i used to direct plays for competition when i was teaching. sure had a lot of fun. also, i can really, really appreciate the special effects and sets.

rose, i hadn't heard a word about the terrorists. we were out of contact with the world all weekend. i need to go find out what's going on. i hope all is all right.

nikki, i think there's always a "fear" factor. when i raised my son, we were afraid of the russians. wonder if there will ever be a "true peace."

patti, those tater quesadillas sound good. thanks for sharing the recipe.

melissa, what a cute message! :lol:

i'm up to page 9 now!!!

vickie, sounds like you had a great time yesterday at the party. congratulations on staying core. i am proud of you. those little ones grow up, don't they? i'm still smiling about the ring bearer.

okay, i am inspired. i will start back on core in the am. thank you all for inspiring me.

rose, what movie did you see? did you go see da vinci code?

patti, that's scarey about the nighttime knocker. do you have 911 you could call?

i go to the rheumatologist and podiatrist in the am. sure hope i can get some help for these tootsies. the senior games are this coming friday. curtis is running the archery event so there won't be any trouble about my not walking to and from the targets. that will save me about a mile (really) of walking. we were talking today about how the other geezers will prob be wishing they had doctor's notes so they wouldn't have to walk. oh, well.

have a super sunday evening. i'm re-starting core in the am. now i need to go do some exercise biking so i won't be too far behind on my exercise for the july 4 goal. i'm not treadding any more till i talk to the doctors.

06-04-2006, 07:30 PM
Hey Chicks! I'm home but I have a headache and I'm very tired. I'm making dinner now so I can't stay long.

I'm VERY alarmed by my weight. I'm up about 7 pounds since last week. My TOM never came and it was due over a week ago. I'm definitely not pregnant and I'm sure it's largely hormonal but I'm freaked out anyway. I could just cry. I've decided that I'm going to try to start exercising, at least for short periods of time, every day. And, I am going to weigh/measure/count Core foods. I simply can not let myself gain back these 45 pounds. I'm well on my way if I'm not careful. I wasn't alarmed earlier in the week because I just thought it was menstrual bloat but it just doesn't seem to be going away. I'll also try to cut back on my salt and I'm still drinking 8 eight ounce glasses of water a day. I'm sad.

Sandra, I'm glad you're home.

Melissa, you sound like you are on a roll. I love the idea of making entree subcategories. I'll help too if I can. I was thinking the other day how lucky we are that Angela moved all those recipes around for us. We just used to have one big board. Thanks Angela!

I probably won't be back until morning. If I can make this headache go away, I might walk on the treadmill after dinner.

My pool gets opened tomorrow. If we're lucky we'll be able to swim in a couple of weeks.

06-04-2006, 07:40 PM
{{{{{vickie}}}}}, girl, i'm right here with you and will weigh and measure core foods along beside you. we can get this weight off. keep smiling. you're not alone.

06-04-2006, 08:58 PM
Vickie, I'm sorry to hear that you are feeling down. I know that you can get those 7 pounds off, and many many more! You have been so succesful. But you've also been through a whole lot lately. We can all do it together!

Sandra, it sounds like you had a wonderful time! I would love to see all of those animals. How exciting! I could have taken some great pictures. :) It's good to have you "home!"

We've been shopping for house items and spent too much money of course. I need to get busy cooking, laundry, and putting things away!

06-04-2006, 09:17 PM
melissa, i tried to take photos of the deer and of the pelicans but i didn't have good enough zoom on my camera.

06-04-2006, 09:22 PM
Hello all, just a quick note to say it was a good day. The sun mangaged to stay out, and Natan and I had fun.

Tonight we had a fabulous dinner out. It was very very good.

Good night from our Nation's capiatal, I'll catch up tomorrow.

06-04-2006, 09:27 PM
good night, saundra. i'll talk to you tomorrow.

06-04-2006, 10:33 PM
So I think I really liked "chicago' more than I thought! There are some memorable songs (e.g. all that jazz, razzle dazzle) but I am right now (as I type) listening to the sound track (mind you it's the movie version) but it is so cute and such great music! I think I should have lived in the 20s or 30s cuz I love that jazzy bluesy type of music. (My other favorite is Michael Buble - gosh I just LOVE his voice and those songs - wow!).

Vickie - sounds like you did great at the party - I also freak out when I see kids that i remember as babies (sure they got older - but I sure didn't right?). Your outfits sound adorable! And don't fret about the 7 lbs - only temporary as well know! Hang in there.

kathy - I too could get groceries daily - honestly - went grocery shopping today and $160 later and not much to show for it? (at least that's what the kids says "there's nothing to eat!').

I am quite freaked out by the terrorist thing - but frankly Canada is not known for its stringent laws - and now it seems we have home grown things going on - living in Ottawa I know there are places here that would be a target! but I just can't live in fear everyday!

Yesterday's rainy miserable day kept me indoors - yes in my jammies until 5 pm when I showered and got ready to go to niece's dance recital w/the family. Lots of fun except the auditorium was STIFLING - so hot - I was red in the face! Afterwards bil took us all out to restaurant for 'snacks' - we all had 'breakfast'- did not get home til midnight!

This morning woke up again with neck ache - i wish i knew which way I was sleeping that caused this so I could make a change! Nice and sunny this morning - so finally got out w/ds for some of the open doors stuff. First went to local newspaper - they were giving tours and ds and I loved it - saw the presses and newsroom. (I of course got excited standing next to the desk of the travel editor! - all those gorgeous pics all over her desk!). We then tried to get into the Canada post control center but of course all pm tours were already booked up. Ended up taking ds to the Agriculture Museum for a nice horse and wagon ride, visit to the exhibits, the sheep barn, saw the milking in the dairy barn and had lots of fun. Clouds already rolling in on the way home - grocery store then back!

Dh was gone all day at Diefenbunker - shows up at 5:30 - as I am preparing dinner - gets to eat then gone again at 6:30 for jam session (band playing on the 13th at local bar).

Saundra - how was the Urban Pear? We go there sometimes for office lunch as it is just around the corner.

Niki - I would go nuts living in NY - wanting to go see broadway shows ALL THE TIME! I would just cry! I am still hoping to get to new york for a weekend - I have 2 gf who are also fanatics of musicals so I know I would have company! I was last in NYC many years ago (like I was gp w/big ds and he's turning 20 next week! Saw 42nd st - i wanted to see a real bonafide toe tapping broadway musical and this sure fit the bill! Had dinner at Sardi's - and also had lunch at the Russian Tea room and the next day and ended up sitting next to WOODY ALLEN AND MIA FARROW! - such an exciting weekend !).

Sandra - glad you are back. good luck w/dr appts tomorrow - we await the tootsie report.

Patti - I too would have freaked and would have been dialling 911 - esp if I was home alone - love the idea of an 'attack kitty' tho.

I am so tired tonight - going to bed too late this weekend - can't believe I have to go to work tomorrow - where has this weekend gone?


06-04-2006, 10:36 PM
Frouf, it sounds like you and ds had a really fun time! Glad you got to do some relaxing this weekend.

06-04-2006, 11:06 PM
frouf, your weekend does sound relaxing.

melissa, i saw your menu. looks good.

night night, chickies.

06-04-2006, 11:11 PM
Sandra we saw RV. It was good for a laugh.

06-04-2006, 11:13 PM
i'll bet it was funny. we haven't been to the movies in a long time.

well, i am about ready to go outside and spray some liquid fence. that should keep the deer away from the roses. i have been stalling till the neighbors went inside. (it smells pretty bad till it dries.)

06-04-2006, 11:31 PM
We also haven't gone to a movie in a long while. I think Judd has gone to a few (takes a little mid-day break from work sometimes) but my last one was over the Christmas break when we saw King Kong. There are several I'd like to see but will probably have to go alone if I want to see them since they are not Judd's type.

I also dread going back to work tomorrow as I still don't feel well and don't know why. There is something wacky going on with my body, something that isn't normal. I don't know how to find out what it is. I have an appt. with the surgeon tomorrow afternoon for a checkup. I should probably go to my regular doctor for blood work but don't have the time or money to waste on such stuff right now. I'm having budget meltdown and had to have a talk with Judd again about the golf. He has played twice this weekend to the tune of about $150, and since he plays most weekends, it is really adding up. I'm about to the point where I get mad instead of being so nice all the time.

And with that, I'm going to try to get to sleep early tonight. Good night, friends.

06-04-2006, 11:33 PM
Sandra, have fun with that liquid fence! :faint:

I'm trying to get myself together girls. I've got the chicken in the crockpot, meals planned out for the week, veggies chopped....hmmm...didn't get my clothes ready for tomorrow. Oh well, I at least know what I'm going to wear, I'll just have to iron it in the morning.
Now I'm going to go review FlyLady's website. I'm working on it! :lol:
Good night all!

06-04-2006, 11:35 PM
Kathy I'm so sorry that you aren't feeling well. I'm sure the financial stress is probably having physical affects as well. You would think that Judd would understand $ issues with the golf?? Especially once or more a week--that seems like a whole lot to me, but then I'm not married to a sports guy. Anyway, I hope that you have a restful night and feel better in the morning.

06-05-2006, 01:16 AM
kathy, i hope you go to the doctor. by any chance are you getting toward menopause? my last movie was king kong, too. we're adventurers, aren't we? seriously, take care of yourself. go to the doctor and find out what's going on.

melissa, pee uuuuu!!! that liquid fence is strong stuff. it worked last year. the deer have already been nibbling on my roses. only 2 bushes are blooming so far. i get soooooo mad at those deer--especially when they nibble my bushes wayyyy down before i even get one flower. oh, well. the liquid fence is in place.

congratulations on being prepared. all i've done for tomorrow is set the alarm. i have an appt with the rheumatologist at 9:15 then the podiatrist immediately afterwards. the senior games are fri. i want to be as spry as possible. lol

06-05-2006, 09:56 AM
Sandra, hope the appointments go well and that you are close to normal soon. Glad I don't have to smell the liquid fence. They spray around here in the fall as we have government "experimental" farms around here. There is open land between our house and ds's. There is a family of deer that live in the trees. It's so cool to see them when they come out and graze in the early evening. I know that they can be a pain though.

Kathy, could the new meds be bothering your system? It wouldn't hurt to ask your surgeon. You should get to the bottom of it though. Of course, money stresses can't help either.

Melissa, wow you are one super core lady. I know what you mean about all the recipes. Every so often I look for something and rediscover the good ones all over again. I use the search, ie chicken and at least they are highligted. I am very proud of you, and hope you enjoy the fruits of your labor this week.

Frouf, we went to New York for the first time last June. We absolutely fell in love with it. We went to Dizzy's Coca Cola Club in the Time Warner building. It was a real up scale jazz club, with very chic clientel. We also saw an off Broadway play. My niece in Toronto works for a theatre and usually gets us good tickets wherever we want to go. The first time we saw Phantom it was fourth row centre, and we met Colm Wilkinson after the performance. The best thing that I've seen is Les Mis with Colm Wilkinson. I get shivers just thinking of how grand it was. The Urban Pear is absolutlely wonderful. Their menu is just a little different. I had beef tenderloin with Israeli couscous and spaghetti squash.

Today, Bernie is off and it's nice so far. He's going jogging soon. I bid on a manicure and pedicure at a silent auction for the Children's Hospital, and I won it, so will pick up my certificate this morning. We're probably going to see DaVinci Code this afternoon. Everyone who's seen it, has liked it., so now it's our turn. I'll let you know. After that, we'll go to Mr. B's.

Okay, now that I've written a novel, guess I'll go get ready,:)

06-05-2006, 10:15 AM
Good Morning Chicks! It's a new day and a new program. I'm going to get on the treadmill in a few moments so that I don't spend all day dreading it. I'll have to have my computer time later. The scale is still up this morning and that dreaded discomfort I had last fall is back. Ugh.

Saundra, it is always so nice to hear that you had a nice time with Natan. I need to schedule my Great Niece's sleepover. Your NY trip sounded spectacular. I understand why you'd like to go back. Are you going to have the manicure and pedicure today or are you just picking up the certifcate?

Frouf, you do sound absolutely delighted with the play. You should do MORE rather than less of these since they seem to renew your spirit. As for the stiff neck, my guess is that you need a new pillow. That's the first thought I have when I start getting sore during sleep. Hope you got some good sleep last night.

Kath, I hope you're feeling better this morning and that it's nothing serious. Are your symptoms possibly side effects from your medicine? I'm glad you're going to the surgeon today. I hope you tell him what's up. Maybe you could tell Judd to cut back on golfing so you wouldn't feel guilty going to the Doctor. Sheesh! I'm hoping that you slept well but I'm guessing you didn't because of your budget worries.

Sandra, there's a westerly breeze blowing in my window this morning. What is that smell? :o :D I hope the liquid fence works to keep those pesky deer from nibbling on your tender rose bushes. It's good you're having a tune up today so that you can given them **** at the Senior Olympics.

Melissa, I'm impressed and motivated by your determination. I hope you have a great day.

I'm trying not to be so sad. Jim says I can fix this and I know I can. I think my sadness is hormonal and menopausal. It's hard to fight through hormones, but I'm trying!

06-05-2006, 10:39 AM
My sweet Vickie, have you tried Evening Primrose. It was recommended to me when I started menopause, and did wonders. I took two a day. Ask your doctor, but it really is a good thing.:hug:

06-05-2006, 11:18 AM
Vicki, wish I had something profound to tell you. I wonder if the primrose might help you. I never had a problem with menopause, just quit one month and that was it. I guess I was lucky.

Saundra it is funny you say ask your Doctor. Heck, I find the druggist knows more the Dr. I am allergic to Sulfa drug. I started to take Sulfate Glucosamine Chondroitine and noticed the Sulfate. I asked the Dr. and he said he did not know , because it says Sulfate. I went right downstairs asked my druggist and he said there would be no problem with me taking it. He then he went and looked it up for me and showed me the information about it. I guess the Dr's have a hard time keeping up with all the different things.

Kathy, hope you are feeling in the pink soon.

Waving to you all, I will come back later and read.
Blue skies, (and it is today)

06-05-2006, 11:22 AM
Okay all, here's a completely frivolous, non-Core related question (or 15) that I truly need help with.

I'm in this choir, right? Well, it's being televised all over North America via satellite etc, right? Well, I found out I'm in the front row. :dizzy: So, I really need help with my hair. I know little to nothing about styling hair, but I want it to look decent for this event. I usually put it in a ponytail or wind it up in a french roll thing and secure it with a big clippy thing. BUT, I would like to have it down for this event, and I haven't a clue.

I've attached a picture, so you can see what I'm working with. It's pretty curly, and very thick, especially on the sides. Every day I shampoo, conditioner, and air dry. That's it. It drives me crazy when it's down, because it fluffs in my eyes and around my neck, hangs in my eyes when I bend over, etc. I feel like a big sheepdog or something. Is there anyway to keep it curly, but manageable, away from my face, and not fluffy? What products/techniques do I need? HELP!

Thanks guys. :)


06-05-2006, 11:40 AM
saundra, we enjoy watching the deer, too. i have even been known to peek through the blinds to watch them eat my roses. lol oh, well, they have to eat, too.

wow, vickie!! you can smell the liq fence? :lol: it is potent stuff all right. i feel like several of us are up early this am getting our game faces on for our new start. we're going to be all right. i was reading what they have at the bottom of the page about eat good, look good, feel good. i'm glad you're getting your exercise over with early. i'll do mine after i get back from the doctors' and after lunch. keep your chin up. we just had a hiccup. we'll do it.

hi there, rose. bet you're surprised to see me here this early. have a good day.

angela, i don't know much about hair. how about talking to a salon?

06-05-2006, 12:06 PM
Sandra, guess there is something to that saying. It's not so easy to follow all the time, but the results are rewarding!

Angela, your hair looks really thick. I bet that a stylist would want to layer it a little. Would you consider a cut? Looks to me like you have great hair to work with.:)

06-05-2006, 12:06 PM
Angela - I think your hair is GORGEOUS - definitely a lot of potential - you probably need some specific products for your type of hair? This might 'tame' it a bit - and I would think you should blow dry it to maintain a 'shape' or style? Do you have a blowdryer/ round brush? You should experiment a bit and see what happens - there are several non frizzing/smoothing products on the market. I agree that maybe talking to a stylist might help? Good luck.

Saundra - forgot to mention the Schwartz's connection. My ex-dh's mother was a schwartz - her dad OWNED the deli believe it or not. My ex FIL met her there and used to have a pt job slicing the smoked meat! Unfortunately ex-dh's mom passed away when he was 8 so I never got to know her (and could never understand why his dad did not go into the BUSINESS - is he insane???). My dd is actually named after her (Ethel = Etel = Emily)!

Hope you have a lovely day of outings - weather is beautiful - warming up quite nicely! Let us know how you like the movie (did you read the book?).

Vickie - I have also heard of evening primrose but have not tried it yet. I used to take 5-htp for those 'blue' feelings and also helpful for sleeping - might start taking that again (takes like 2-3 weeks to start working!).

Sandra - hope your dr appts go well and you are certified 'spry' for Friday!

I am soooo very tired today - I was yawning and all but when the lights went off I just lay there tossing and turning and wondering and worrying. This did not make for a good night's sleep - of course there was dh snoring and sleeping like a baby! hmmmph!

And of course things were a bit 'touchy' this morning after I asked him why he was NOT applying for the job my gf mentioned? Her dh got a job at a new high tech firm and they are looking for someone with my dh's skills. Well they are a 'military' outfit you know! Yes, but you would be working on communications (not weapons - yes I already checked this out w/my gf!). Well I want to work on my amp design....well that's nice and all, but frankly we are eating into our savings and would you rather work for a military company or sleep in your car?

I then suggested he should maybe look into a part time job if he wants to continue pursuing his company idea? In October it will be two years that he has been unemployed and I think that's enuf! I also reminded him that I really miss some of the things I used to be able to do without having to worry about $$$. Of course I get a bit of a cold shoulder when I leave the house - and I say yup 'mean old mom making you go out and work' - he does realize the stress I'm under but is so hung up on his 'idea' that he doesn't realize the sacrifices being made.

I am now worried about day camps for little ds and decided maybe no real birthday party this year (all other kids have those special event parties: swimming, bowling, arcades) - probably cost around $150 which is one week of camp! I am also dreading september - when there are always those beginning of school expenses - and let's not even mention dance class. I really really don't want to stop the dance classes cuz dh is not working - not fair to dd - I do get child support from her dad but certainly not enuf to pay for everything (and rightly so - I do also have to support her!).

Need to find some good lucrative stocks to invest in over the summer so I can make some $$$ :D


P.S. Angela - just had another look at your hair - have you ever considered layering it? Like shorter on the sides? I am wondering if that might get rid of all that bulk/fuzziness on the bottom? Just a thought!

06-05-2006, 12:09 PM
Good morning Ladies, I just got back from WW and I lost 1.4, that is a total of 9.6 in 3 weeks. I will be back to read the post, I really have to clean my house, dh was home with the kiddies all day yesterday while I was at the wedding shower, could you imagine what it looks like!

06-05-2006, 12:24 PM
kathy, i hope you go to the doctor. by any chance are you getting toward menopause?
I had a total hysterectomy 20 years ago and have been on hormones since then. They're fine, it's just me.

Well, good morning everybody. I was late for work (what's new?) and the Air Force is here today. They're looking for Mavs tickets but I'm staying out of it. We found a pair for $2200 yesterday on ebay but I doubt they'd want to pay that much. Anyway, I'm feeling frazzled from getting a late start although I do look very cute today with a new pantsuit. It's (Froufy) pink linen with the same color pink embroidery around the bottom of the pant legs and bottom of the top. At least it helps to look decent.

I'll be back in a minute. Right now I have to go look at Angela's hair.

06-05-2006, 12:38 PM
Morning all. I can't stay but just wanted to say hello. I've had a busy morning already and I'm hoping to get out of here a little bit early today. I'm looking forward to my lunch and my dinner! This is exciting. I hope that you are all op and feeling great!

Congrats to Niki on her loss! :goodscale

:dust: for us all. We can do it!

06-05-2006, 12:45 PM
I can't stay because this joint is hopping......but I have a suggestion for Angela. My Niece swears by a Suzanne Somers product. I'll have to look it up and tell you later. As far as style.....assuming you don't want to cut about taking the two large sections on each side of your part in the front nearest to your face and braiding it. I've then seen girls pull the braids back off their face and secure them around the back or down over the ear. This would give you some type of control and maybe make your hair seem less full? I'll see if I can find a picture.

06-05-2006, 12:49 PM
How about this?

06-05-2006, 12:51 PM
Or this?

06-05-2006, 01:01 PM
It's called Taming of the Frizz by Suzanne Somers. It's not available on her website right now nor is it available on Home Shopping Network. My Niece swear by it. I have POKER straight hair so this is something I cannot identify with. Good luck!

06-05-2006, 01:04 PM
Angela, I like your hair a lot. I think if you want to keep it curly but in a manageable style, then layering will also be your best option. They could probably keep it in long enough layers to still go into a ponytail. I have pretty much the same hair type and when I airdry it, it does exactly what yours does. I usually blow dry it straight and then also use a straightening iron.

Frouf, I so understand what you're going thru. We make a whole lot of money but that doesn't make Judd understand that there are still limits. You can't spend $1000 a month on golf and related accessories (not to mention gas to these far-off courses, lunches and dinners out, 'refreshments' while on the course, etc.) and not have it impact the budget. We have had $600 in vet bills just in the last two weeks that were very unexpected, and then there are all these doctor bills that are still flowing in from my 90% that I owe on surgery, etc. Everything that I budget, he goes over. I needed tires so I asked how much, and he said about $450. It was $650 though, because he decided to get better ones. Well for cornbread's sake! Just TELL me so I can adjust! When there is a set amount of money coming in, you can't have infinite expenses! He, of course, just knows that it all is taken care of and he doesn't have to worry about it, so spends like it's water.

And so I was trying very hard not to think about it, and finally (after turning off the lights at 10:30) fell asleep around midnight. I woke up, however, to the sound of sirens and alarms. It seems as though the fire alarm that's tied into the security system had been activated somehow. He's punching in codes and swearing, then throwing things around and swearing more, and stomping and kicking things and swearing. I quietly got up, went to the utility room where I keep all the booklets and manuals on different things, called the alarm company, got instructions on what to do, then told him. He did it, the alarm stopped and all was quiet again. They said put a vacuum cleaner hose next to the monitor and turn it on. Sounded like a bunch of voo-doo hooey to me, but he did it and it worked. Anyway, then of course he left the vacuum sitting in the middle of the room. Well we go back to bed and I couldn't sleep again. I got up and went to the family room to watch TV for a while and all of a sudden, I had to throw up! TMI! I did, about six times, then felt a little better. I finally went to sleep around 3:00 I guess.

I'm not eating anything on my menu today though so I should probably go edit it. Maybe later.

06-05-2006, 01:24 PM
Wow Vickie, how totally cute. We might have to rename our board soon to fashion tips!:carrot:

06-05-2006, 01:46 PM
I really like the reverse roll (the 2nd one). I was planning on doing something like that to keep it out of my face, but not slicked back like the "peeled onion" look my mom speaks of. :lol:

I have an appointment at my salon Thurday evening. It's been over a year since I've even gotten it cut, so it's time. I also had them schedule time for a consultation. I hope they're kind. :)

Kathy, I'm so glad my husband doesn't golf. :lol:


06-05-2006, 01:47 PM
Gee Kathy, do you think it was a bug, or something you ate? I do hope that your problem is solved. What time is your appointment?

Niki, congratulations, GOOD JOB!

Frouf, yes, it is a nice day. It's so nice that we're questioning going to the show, but will still probably do it. I didn't read the book, cause ds took it to Kitchener after I bought it. From what I've heard, you enjoy the movie more if you didn't read the book, so maybe we're better off. Lord knows I know about money issues, but you and Kathy have to get a little tough. Hey, when we work our butts off, we are allowed a say in the Money Talk!

Got some things done outside this morning. I also picked up two pair of capris from the dress maker and they fit just fine now. It feels like I'm getting new clothes. The spa certificate is for a place nearby, which is good. I paid $50.00 for the manicure and pedicure, not bad. I'll have it done before we go away in July.

Okay, I'm thirsty for my Nestea 0. It's really good.:)

06-05-2006, 02:06 PM
My appointment is at 4:00 so I'll leave here at 3:30, provided I can even stay that long. I think I can though.

Yes, Angela, these "boy" hobbies are just too danged expensive for me! Between motorcycles and golf, every available penny is sucked up. And then some!

Something interesting happened to a man here at work. His daughter had a baby over the weekend and didn't even tell them (my coworker and his wife) that she was pregnant until 6 hours before the delivery. I guess she was going into labor and figured she couldn't hide it anymore. So what do you think about THAT? His older daughter had a baby 4 years ago (also not married) and has been on-again off-again with the baby's dad, and the baby's dad has been in and out of jail, but recently he got out and assaulted the girl and now she's pregnant again! Good night, and I think *I've* got problems with *my* kids!!

I guess I should do some work now. BBL.

06-05-2006, 04:27 PM
Kathy, I'm sorry you're sick. I hope you feel better soon.

Angela, enjoy your day of pampering.

Well, check out my menu. I let myself eat as much as I wanted so far. With my plan for dinner, which is large, I came in at .5 over my daily Flex allowance. As long as I don't eat anything else tonight, I should be good. I also walked on the treadmill. I honestly don't know what else I could do.

06-05-2006, 04:53 PM
Vickie, was your official w/i up as well? Did they have any suggestions for you?

Maybe you should try not eating your 35 WPAs or APs? :dunno:

06-05-2006, 05:27 PM
Wow Kathy - what a night! I'm sure it was not all the excitement that made you sick - sure hope you are feeling better (and in the pink in your lovely outfit! :) ). Can you give Judd a monthly budget for his "hobbies"? LIke $X per month for golf and snacks and motorcylcing and whatever else? And when it runs out - IT RUNS OUT! He should be able to ration it and decide where his priorities lie?

Niki - BIG CONGRATS on your weight loss - way to go (and I'm sure you burn up even more calories cleaning up what dh and kiddies left behind!).

Vickie - Good job on getting on that treadmill! Hope you are feeling a bit better today?

...and I love those hairdos for Angela - who it seems has taken our advice to heart and will be sporting a new 'do' shortly! We will of course need to see pics of the new you!

I am craving major comfort food today and wanting to get cozy for the night! I think it's cuz I'm freezing after being in this frigid boardroom all afternoon at a meeting (I had the sense to bring a light sweater/jacket but my poor toes in my sandals are frozen!). Have LO chicken and really want to have mashed potatoes and peas with it for dinner!

Unfortunately I will have to venture out as dd called me from friend's place - completing after school project and needs to be picked up at 6:30 (at least it's not too late). Dh going out drumming tonight and I plan to get into my jammies after than, get cozy and watch tv. Hopefully I will be able to sleep tonight.

Other best news is dh did call his contact (previous gov contracts) and hopefully in a week or two they will have some good news for him - some continuing work over the summer (approx 133 hours) and maybe some more future contracts! (I made him call to check as we are desperately trying to make arrangements for little ds in regard to summer camp or sitter or home w/dad - to save $$, so need to get info on his possible work schedule so we will know when ds has to go to camp!). I am already feeling frazzled about making the plans. Then there's dd - and her dad - wants her to stay a few weeks in the summer - I think early-mid July? So trying to coordinate her leadership training camp with that....and did I even mention that I would LOVE to have a summer holiday? (well at least w/some $$ coming in it's a possibility?)


06-05-2006, 05:54 PM
Good morning everyone (well, good afternoon I guess, but morning for me!) It was not a bad weekend at work at all. It is very unusual for me to only have 5 or 6 patients all night on weekend nights and not get any admissions! I'll take it anytime. I am tired though. I did a lot of lifting and tugging and my back feels it.
Kathy, I hope you are feeling better. Sounds like a viral bug but who knows.
Niki, congrats on the weight loss.
Vicki, I hope you are feeling better today. I am sure the 7 lbs is just temporary. It will come off again.
I am still trying to catch up on posts but I need to go visit my favorite aunt in the hospital so I better go for now.
Have a good evening everyone.
Oh, I don't have to cook dinner!! Craig was off last night and he made a hugh pot of ratatouille for tonight....yum.
Bye for now.

06-05-2006, 06:28 PM
hi, chickies. i'm home from the doctors'. the rheumatologist is having some tests run on me. in the meantime he has put me on mobic (anti-inflammatory). the podiatrist said, "i'm here for you anytime." which i take as there's no complete cure for what ails me. lol

anyway, my spirits are up. i vow to age gracefully. the senior olympics are this coming friday. just had a call from the local paper. they are coming out fri am to do an article on curtis and me. guess they'll be there during the shooting. lol i'll let ya'll know what happens.

frouf, i understand your stress. wish i knew what to say to make things better for you. guess i can just say what the doc told me, "i'm here for you anytime."

nikki, congratulations. i am very happy for you. you have to be all smiles.

kathy, i'm glad you're not menopausal. i hope you find out what's up soon. i hope you're feeling better.

melissa, i'm op on core. so far so good. i hope the wp dust is helping you. i'm rolling in it now so i can get a good dose.

angela, we'll be watching for a photo of your new "do."

saundra, sounds like you're having a good day. a manicure and pedicure sound really good to me.

vickie, i made a grocery run today and stocked up on a lot of core goodies. your menu looks good. i need to go edit mine.

paula, i'm glad you had a good weekend.

rose, where are you, my friend?

06-05-2006, 07:03 PM
Niki, I'm SO sorry that I missed you post! Congratulations!!!!! You are doing spectacular and you should be VERY proud of yourself. I hope to be back on the losing bandwagon with you soon.

Kathy, I didn't go to weigh in. My spirit did not need the kick. My plan is to definetly not use any of my AP's. I'm trying to not eat any WPA's but I know that's not realistic for me. At my weight, I get 30 points per day NOT counting WPA's. I know 30 seems like a ton of food but it doesn't when you are my size. Everything is relative. Today, my plan is to use none. I'm going to make the orange dreamsicle so I might use one or 2 points. This is going to get confusing. I'm still doing Core and eating core foods. So do I just charge myself points for non-Core foods or should I charge myself for all food over 30 points? I think I'm just going to charge myself for non-Core foods. I'm really only weighing and measuring to see how my portions are. I'm sure I'll get bored of this quickly. Maybe I'm just destined to be fat. Sounds defeatist, doesn't it?! I'm working on my attitude.

Sandra, I hope the medicine helps you pain and does not hinder your weight loss efforts. It is such a struggle for us all.

Frouf, the silver lining is showing in your clouds a bit. I'm happy for you. I hope your DH gets the contracts soon.

Thanks for the support, Paula. I hope you're right about the pounds.

My pool was supposed to be opened today but the guy never showed up. I'm trying to track the company down now to see what happened and to find out when he's coming next. We had to turn the air on because it got pretty warm today. I would have liked to put the solar cover on to get the water warmed up.

Jim is out getting our dinner. I probably won't be back later. We rented Shawshank Redemption. We never saw it and my GF (as well as the rest of the world) said it was spectacular. Later!

06-05-2006, 07:42 PM
Hi everyone! I have to tell you that after dinner we made some of the graham cracker treats (ff cool whip between two lf graham cracker halves, 1 pt/each). They were awesome!! You are really supposed to let the cool whip defrost, then slather it on the crackers, then freeze. I just took the frozen cool whip and put it between the grahams. They were awesome! Tasted like ice cream. Even DH loved them. :D

Vickie, I'm sorry that you are feeling down. It sounds like you are really taking the steps to make a difference though, and I'm proud of you! It's hard to do that. So much easier just to go to McDonald's. ;) Have a great evening with your HL and movie. :)

Sandra, I'm glad that you are in good spirits after your appointment today. We're going to reach our goals! Glad to hear that you are back on core. We can all do this together. I'm feeling quite positive today. Hopefully it won't change by tomorrow. :lol:

Frouf, I hope that you get some good healthy comfort food tonight!

Kathy, your friend's situation sounds like the clients that I work with. I know that has to be very hard on parents! I hope that you are feeling better tonight.

06-05-2006, 08:10 PM
Good evening, my dd is almost sleeping, I am trying to cut out her naps because when she naps she will stay up till 12am, so I would rather have her awake all day and be in bed by 7pm so I can have the nights to my self, my ds is 6 so he is not alot of work and is usually in bed by 9pm. My mom is flying to Cypress tonight with my brother & sil so I will be a nervous wreck till they land. My grandmother passed away 2 years ago so my mom has to go because they sold her house there.

Kathy hope you feel better soon, it does sound like a stomach virus. I am going to have to ask my dh about putting the vacuum hose to the alarm system, that is his line of work and I never heard of that. Who would of thought that works.

Vickie I hope you cheer up soon, I believe the weight is temporary, It happened to me, I went to get weighed in and I was up 6lbs, I did not even cheat, but the following week it was all off. You really sound motivated, I believe you will do it, Look at your stats you already lost 45lbs.

Saundra how was the movie, I can't wait to see the Da vinci code.

Melissa those graham cracker cool whip treats are awesome, a friend of mine introduced that to me a few years ago

Paula I am glad to hear you had a quiet shift, being a Nurse is not easy work, when I was in the hospital for both my c-sections, the nurses really work hard.

Angela great hair,I think alot of long layers will do the trick. Jon frieda has a frizz ease serum that works great, really tames the hair.

Froufie good luck with dh & his contacts. I know the feeling about not alot of extra money, I want to do so much but not till I go back to work, even then it will only be part time.

Sandra Pee yuuu, I can smell it too :D Do you have any suggestions how to keep raccoons out of the yard. Hope the meds give you some relief.

Hi Rose

06-05-2006, 08:11 PM
Home from the doctor! He said I could ditch the boot and wear any shoe that I feel is comfortable, and that it's only going to get better if I use it (foot, that is). Therapy is on my own. He said it will be a year or more before I'm back to normal. I go back in six months for a recheck. The bones looked good and there's a bit calcification starting in one tendon area but he said we would watch it. I'm hoping that the nerves come back very soon because the tingling is very annoying.

Vickie, I don't think anyone is destined to be fat! Good grief, girlie, don't get that mindset! I'm sure that after exercise starts back and if you decrease your intake, the losses will start again. I believe (but what do I know) that maybe your body has gotten used to the amount you're giving it. I'm sorry to hear about your pool guy but maybe they'll show up tomorrow. It was 95 here today (totally swimming weather) and is supposed to be 97 tomorrow. You should be here! You could swim 8 months out of the year!

Melissa, the CW/graham cracker things sound really good! I'm so hungry right now and Judd is mowing but when he's done, I will see if he wants to go get something. I just can't think about cooking right now. I'm sure he'll be too tired or hot though, so I might have to do it anyway. :(

Sandra, I have taken Mobic in the past and it worked well for arthritis. Hopefully it'll work for you. It would be nice to have a definitive diagnosis, but sometimes I think they'll never find out what's wrong with me until they do an autopsy! :lol:

The nurse at the dr. office was limping when we were in there a month ago and we asked her what was wrong. She had had a scooter accident. Today I asked her how she was healing up and she said fine, and ssshhhh ... don't tell the doctor this but she just traded the scooter for a regular motorcycle. We kept talking and I told her I had just bought one right before my accident, blah blah blah, and it turns out she bought the same model I did! Today was her first day to ride to work; it still has paper tags on it. She was afraid to tell the doctor, probably because she doesn't want a lecture. But I asked him when I could start riding and he said whenever I felt up to it and as long as my insurance was paid up. Smarty pants!

Okay, the mower just stopped so I'd better head outside and get the scoop.

06-05-2006, 08:16 PM
Hi all: I am here Sandra, perking along in the pink. We just got a estimate for our a new roof, over $6,000.00 No wonder our money goes so quickly eh? Actually I was a saver and we saved enough that David could retire comfortably at 56. His job was stressful and you burn out if you keep at it.
I think it was easier then it is for you young people today. We did have help from my parents also.
Wow, Sandra you and Curtis are famous now, getting interviewed. Let us know how it goes.

How many of you girls count points also as well as Core. I have to be honest I try and eat close to Core but I am counting all the way. I go to the Dr. every three months and he keeps track of my weight. I feel so lumpy as I said but because of the meds I take it is harder to lose.

I made the salmon patties tonight and they were good. Some one mentioned them a few days ago and it has been on my mind ever since. I also made the best pumpkin pie. I have tried about 4 that are posted on the net but did not like them until I found this one. It is not core though as it does have flour. The points are low on it though.

I wonder when w.w. will change their diet again. Seems to me they change every once in a while. Vicki you sound so sad about your weight. I wish their was something to cheer you. Life is not always fair is it. My husband went out and ate 6 desserts at the buffet the other day and he does not gain a lb. I just look at him in wonder. lol

Niki, looking good, congratulations on the loss.

Froufie, maybe things are going to look better to you, nice to her hubby had some good news about contracts.

Paula you did have a easy time at work but lifting has to be hard on the back. Many nurses say it is hard to lift some of the people.

Angela hope you like your new hair style. I can not do much with mine as it is very short.

Well must go to town and get some hair dye, and hit the dye pot.
Blue skies,

06-05-2006, 09:02 PM
hi there, rose. it's good to see your smiling post here. salmon patties sound good. i think kathy and someone else were talking about them a few days ago. i am counting pts while doing core. (just really started today) i'm glad your doctor is keeping his eyes on you.

wow! roofs are expensive, aren't they? we just had our house painted on the outside. that was pricey, too. glad we don't have to do it often.

have a good evening. get that hair dyed.

06-05-2006, 09:09 PM
Niki, sounds like you are a busy woman! Glad you are getting some "relief" from dd. :lol:

Kathy, DH is mowing here too. We've already eaten though. I got to leave work about 1/2 hour early and you would have thought I'd won the lottery, I came home and was so productive. I'm glad that you got a good report at the doctor's office. You have been through so much and still not managed to gain your weight back. Very impressive girlie!

Rose, have fun with the hair dye. ;) $6000 for a roof!!! I hope that doesn't come my way any time soon. :crossed:

DH has been mowing and I've been planting my marigolds in the veggie garden, keeping fingers crossed that it will keep the cat away. I got the prettiest 4 pk of marigolds at the farmer's market Saturday for $1. They had all sorts of annuals and I'm wishing I had gotten some more. I think I'll go back this week and see if they are there again. There was another booth that had hanging baskets for $6!! But when I got there all I had left was $3. :lol: Hopefully next weekend!
Well I need to go do my flylady "mission" for today, pack lunches, pick out clothes for tomorrow, etc. Today was so much less stressful because I had done those things last night.

06-06-2006, 12:01 AM
kathy - congrats on getting rid of the boot - before you know it you'll be back in your stilettos? :D When are you planning to get back on your motorcycle?

Vickie - hang in there - like Niki said you have already lost 45 LBS - that is an amazing loss and you have kept it off which is even harder to do. I agree w/Kathy maybe shaking things up a bit will help?

Niki - I bet you will be thrilled once dd drops the naps and goes to bed early - at least you will have some evening time to yourself!

Melissa - good luck w/the marigolds - let us know if it works! I do plan on planting some tomatoes along side of the house and wondering if my bunny friends will get into them? (or some other creatures?). And it's time for us to mow as well - we have had so much rain I can't believe how fast the grass is growing!

rose - so what color is the dye pot? I was going to try that hair glaze I got the other day (my roots are starting to show and my blonde highlights are fading) anyhow I get it all ready and out and start reading the directions and such and there is says on the page: not recommended for highlights! Well for goodness sake - do ya think you maybe should have put that on the OUTSIDE of the box? (so people like me would not have bought the stuff if they could were not supposed to use it?) Luckily I had not opened any tubes/bottles so stuffed everything back in the box and I guess I shall just hold onto it for a while. I might try it later on once my highlights have really grown out and before I redo them - to see how the product works!

And yes I tried the new mousse again and still not that fond of it - while it does add volume it does not have 'firmness' - hard to explain - hair is too fluffy and no real 'hold' to the volume - will start looking around for something else to try! (got some coupons in mail for new product called 'sunsilk' made for different hair problems - and yes Angela there will be one for poufy/frizzy hair - not out til end of the month but I might give it a try - buy 2 products and get the 3rd free).

No comfort food for me - altho I have not been eating well or core for that matter. Big ds brought the "Dunn's special' home last night so I had some of the leftovers! ($9.99 for smoked meat, rye bread, container of potato salad and cole slaw).

Picked up dd at friends - did the tim horton's drive thru for coffee and goodies for kids - then home for tv watching. Frankly it did not feel as satisfying an evening as I had imagined it to be when at work?

Tomorrow is another birthday lunch out - chinese food no less!

...oh and here's a pic dd found on dance school website ( - this is the entire competitive team in their "le jazz hot' showstopping lineup. If you look at the row sticking out farthest to the right - she is the 2nd one in.

You' d think I would be ready for bed now (but I'm not!)


06-06-2006, 12:20 AM
Melissa, our son offered to come down and help dh put on a new roof but I heard dh say, "Thanks, but no thanks" It costs a lot to even get rid of the shingles so dh said I would rather have them come and do it in a day.

Sandra, the roof was put on 1980 and dh and ds put it on and it cost $700.00 and we thought that was bad and now $6,000.00.

Oh I forgot to say it is in the dye pot tomorrow, I do it myself. It is kind of light brown.

Well must go listen to the news.
Blue Skies,

Froufie I go to Tim Horton's nearly every day. We meet friends there for coffee. I don't think our American friends have very many Horton's in U.S.
Our coffee shops are full all the time.
I have never heard of that Chinese Restaurant. We went to a new one in our area with friends last week. It was called Imperial I believe.

I could not see the picture, I wonder if it is just my computer or what, can you other gals see it.

Well you all are probably tucked in by now, I am a night hawk. I usually go to bed about 1a.m. but I do not get up until 8 a.m I am fortunate I do not have to get up during the night like so many of my friends do.

06-06-2006, 12:29 AM
Hmm, just wondering the difference between this and the other one I usually post on.:cp: I wonder if this will work:D I think this would take me more time I would be looking up all these smilies. :dizzy:
Don't pay any attention to me I am just having fun.
I guess there will be lots of bugs still up North.:df:
well I am going to post and see what happens.

06-06-2006, 01:48 AM
frouf, what a gorgeous group of young dancers. your buttons must be popping with pride. congratulations to you, too, for not having comfort foods today. i stayed core and need to go post. i'm behind.

rose, i love it!!! i'm right there with you hitting buttons.

melissa, get some more annuals. you're making me want some, too. you know i have to copy you.

06-06-2006, 08:48 AM
Good Morning Chicks! I'm up early because I had a bad dream. I hope to nap later. My weight is down a smidgen this morning so at least I've stopped gaining. I don't even want to calculate what I'm at now because it is no longer 45 pounds down. My attitude is feeling better this morning, although it's still not great. I'm trying. My body is very sore from walking at a faster speed for a slower amount of time. I decided that faster was better. We'll see.

We didn't watch Shawshank Redemption last night but watched Wimbledon instead. I think Honey Lamb was afraid to show me such a serious movie right before bed. It was a cute romantic story with a bit of humor.

Kath, I'm trying to watch my portions but I'm not going to worry about being at 30 points. That's what I'm supposed to eat for my weight. WW always says you should eat your minimum points. I will try very hard not to use my WPA's for anything frivoulous. I shall try to stick to Core foods. Sometimes, though, I really want my margarine. That is often what I spend my points on. I'm a fat and carb addict through and through. Every meal is a battle. That's just the best news ever about your foot! I'd hold off on the motorcycle for a while though. I guess he thought the swelling was normal? You are a very lucky woman to have bounced back so quickly. I really thought it would be about 6 months before you got back into a regular shoe. I'm sure that your postive attitude and desire to get into the shoe helped. Now you can REALLY be back to running your household. What did you end up eating for dinner?

Melissa, those treats sound yummy! I think I'll pass until I'm more in control. Is there a recipe or is it really just cool whip between two graham crackers? You are really being a motivation for me. I'm glad you're planning and organizing. It seems to be helping your stress level alot!

Niki, I hope your Mom is home from her trip and that you can stop worrying about her. My Niece is going through the same with her 5 year old DD. She doesn't really want her naps anymore so it's pretty much agreed. The almost 3 year old LOVES his naps. He'll be the hard one to break.

Rose, our new roof cost us $9,750 almost 4 years ago. We upgraded to the shingles that look like shake effect and put water barrier all along all the peaks and valleys to guard from ice dams and such. We really have to worry about that stuff here in the Midwest where we have snow and ice on the roof alot. It was also complicated by the fact that we have a ranch house which means more roof surface since we are all on one level. I almost fainted when they gave us the quote.

Frouf, sorry you can't use the glaze. I decided to have highlights done again for summer. I feel too dark and one dimensional at the moment. Your lunch today could be very delicous and fattening! I love hot and sour soup which I think is Core. I'd be trying to fill up on that while trying not to notice crunchy eggrolls all around. If they have anything healthy, they sure weren't bragging about it. I LOVED the picture of the girls in their dance costumes. Emily looks like an adorable Frouf with a nice smile. Let me know if you find a great volume mousse. Jim uses the Fructis one that you mentioned the other day but he doesn't really want volume, just hold. I use a Redken one and it's pretty good but not great. I understand what you mean when you talk about it not having hold. I look nice when I style it but then I have to spray it too or it won't stay. I'd like to skip the spray. I hope you got to sleep at a decent hour and that we won't be hearing a report from a very sleepy Frouf this morning!

Ok, off to post my menu. I actually know what we are having for dinner. The point thing is annoying because now I have to break down all the recipes and try to figure points. Harumpf.

06-06-2006, 10:06 AM
Morning friends!

Sandra, you are so silly. You don't copy me. Right now I'm following in your footsteps. Lead the way! :D I do plan on getting some more flowers. I love them and am excited to finally have a yard of my own to invest in. How are your roses by the way?

Rose, looks like you had fun with the smilies! :) You sure are a night owl. I am always so tired.

Frouf, sounds like you didn't get to rest all that much last night. Good luck at the Chinese place. I know there are lots of core options but I love the fried rice and eggrolls too much. I better stop thinking about it. :lol:

Kathy, I hope that you are feeling good this morning!

Vickie, you sound like you are in better spirits today. I loved Wimbledon! I think that's a cute movie. Probably a good choice for you yesterday too. I'm sorry that you are frustrated with counting points but maybe it will help in the long run. And I'm almost embarrassed for you to say that I am have always inspired me!

I weighed myself this morning (meant to yesterday) and am changing my ticker accordingly. I also measured my arms, waist, and hips last night. Yes, I'm getting serious! :yes: I didn't exercise last night but did dig around in the garden and worked up a mild sweat. :)

Better get to work. I hope that you all have a great core day!

06-06-2006, 10:25 AM
Melissa, you are motivating, especially in the last week! should give yourself some credit in your exercise ticker for your gardening.

I'm going to try to count points for my meal plan today and then I'm going to walk on the treadmill today. I'd like to get off this gain before I go back to WW next Monday.

06-06-2006, 10:39 AM
Good morning all you eager beavers. It's so good to hear the positive vibes around here. Melissa, you are very inspiring. You're enthusiasm is contageous, you go girl!

We saw DaVinci, and not having read the book, were somewhat confused. I had to call sis in Toronto to find out what was happening. She had read the book and was disappointed with the movie. She complained that it went too fast. It was almost like a chase movie with lots of characters. Don't get me wrong, we found it okay, but it missed something. I don't want to give anything away.

We went for a wonderful walk along the Jock River in Stonebridge (for Frouf). It's like being at the cottage and was nice until the bugs came out. We were there for about an hour, so I was happy. We then went to a pool in Manothick and got their schedule. You can buy 8 passes (4 entries for Bern and I) for $55.00. I think that we're going to try it. You can join for $350.00 a season, but they were sold out this year and are only allowing visitor passes. I just love being close to water for occasional dips. Vickie, didn't know that you have a pool, you lucky girl!

Also stopped at nursery. My annuals are gazinias?? I'm really pleased with the look.

Okay, time to get ready for massage, bbl to see what's happening.:)

06-06-2006, 11:59 AM
Vicki, wow, now that is expensive. You must have a huge roof. I think I know the shingles you got and they are real nice. Glad to hear you are feeling better today. It is not nice to feel down.

Yes, I am a night hawk, I love the evenings. You don't have to make meals (which I hate doing anymore) also the evening is so quiet and for some reason I am energized :carrot: Well not quite that much.

Froufie, the picture did show up after all, now I have to go look and find your dd. They are amazing aren't they?
Sorry the glazing was not the thing to do right now. (I sound like I know what I am talking about but I have no idea what glazing is) :chin:

Saundra, I did not go to see Da Vinci, you think I would when we are taking a study course in it but for some reason I have not had the interest. I guess I heard too many people say they did not care for it. I probably will go before the summer is up.

Sandra so what is new today in your life :dust:
You have done so well keep it up. I am trying real hard also.

Well I have numerous letters to read and answer so I will bid you all goodbye.
Blue Skies,

06-06-2006, 12:44 PM
Good morning! It sounds like everybody's doing so good today -- I'm happy that we're all happy!!

I made my fairy delivery this morning and have tomorrow's planned; then I suppose that's all because they're inducing her on Thursday. We'll go over either Sunday or Monday and take dinner, and I'll tell her at that time that it was me. She's going to be shocked because her husband told me yesterday she's convinced it's the neighbor. :lol: PUNK'D!

Vickie, I hope you don't think that I'm being critical of your counting or not counting, portions, etc. I am SO not! I'm as puzzled as you because of all of us, you're the one who sticks strictly to the plan. I hope it turns around quickly and was relieved to see that you reported a little drop this morning. And I'm glad to see you say that it's all relative, because sometimes I feel bad complaining about 5 pounds. To me, it's 5 pounds more than I want to be so it's unacceptable. I am holding off going back to meetings (of course, I'm still paying for them!) until I'm at least where I was when I first weighed in. That might be the wrong approach but so far, it hasn't really been planned -- just convenient coincidence that I couldn't go. And even tomorrow, the Air Force is here and we're having a lunch, so I probably can't go then either. Last week I wasn't here at noon when the meetings are.

So anyway, I'm going to read some more but I wanted to make sure you knew I am definitely on your side and don't want you to think otherwise! :hug:

06-06-2006, 01:20 PM
Morning all...first day of summer vacation here. It's going well...we got all our jobs done, I went to weigh in (more on that later), and then off to the little local farm animal zoo. Turns out they are doing little make and take crafts every morning there this week, and scavenger hunts in the afternoon. Fun! Anyway, the girls enjoyed it, although their favorite thing to see was several ducks fighting over a dead frog. :p Eww!

At weigh-in, I was a little shocked. I have been weighing myself at home, nekkid before breakfast, so I knew it was going to be up, but not THAT much up. It was 132.2. Eeek! My "goal" is 131, so I really need to shape up, and soon. I think my birthday threw me off the wagon again. I feel like a broken record, climbing back on yet again, but what else can I do?

Time to go get lunch for the kiddos.


06-06-2006, 01:34 PM
Life gets in the way sometimes, doesn't it? I'm sure you'll be right back where you want to be in no time flat. It's such an important lesson to learn, for me anyway, that maintenance is as hard (maybe harder?) than losing! I have people at work asking why am I still eating FF this and FF that, and watching calories, and counting points, and I tell them because if I don't, I am in danger of regaining it all.

I forgot to answer Vickie's question about what we had for dinner last night. I think it's partly the reason I'm also up a pound or so this morning. We went to the Chinese buffet and I had a very large plate. It was things like green beans and garlic shrimp and a teeny bit of fried rice, but then there was the sweet and sour chicken (fried) and orange chicken (also fried and drenched in sauce) ... so I might as well have just eaten right out of the salt shaker. The doctor mentioned yesterday that I might be retaining some water in those damaged tendons and so I think when I go to the regular doctor again, I might ask for my BP medicine to be changed to something with HCTZ in it. Meanwhile I'll just up my water intake even more to keep things flushed.

Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on your insurance coverage) we live in an area where hail is common, so every few years the roofs around here are damaged and insurance pays to replace the roof. All we have is our deductible ... last time I think we paid maybe $1500?

Melissa, count that gardening, girl! I think anything that makes you sweat is definitely a form of exercise! Measuring yourself is a great idea too, because sometimes when the scale doesn't move our bodies are still reshaping.

Good luck at the lunch today, Frouf. I know how hard it is to behave at places like that ... just drink a lot of water!

They ordered in lunch (Red, Hot & Blue BBQ) and it just arrived. Imagine how it smells in here right now! Of course there is not one iota on that table that would be wise for me to eat except for the turkey, but I'm having turkey tonight. I'd better go get my FF cottage cheese and peaches out before I'm tempted.

Happy afternoon!

06-06-2006, 01:37 PM
Angela, aren't we ALL just broken little records?! I can't think of a bunch of better women to climb back on the wagon with. It is SO good that being 132.2 makes you say EEK!!! I'm sure you remember a day where you might have not been upset or surprised until you had 20 pounds to lose. So what I'm trying to say is congratulations. It seems like maintenance is working for you!

Kathy, I don't think you are being critical and I APPRECIATE the suggestions. What you hear in my "voice" is frustration and fear. I'm also still very hormonal. I never got my TOM in May and I suspect the beginning of the end is starting. It's doing ALL kinds of weird things to my body and I'm not sure that I'm coping well. I'm trying to do this naturally. Sigh! I do believe everything is relative and I do know how hard you are struggling with the last of your weight. I do feel embarassed sometimes though. I've 120 pounds to lose and many people expect that someone with that much to lose should be losing regularly. I'm trying to shake up as many things as I can. I'm even trying to vary my foods to see if that will help.

Speaking of food, darnit, I'm past hungry which isn't good. I'm gonna go cook my omelet now and try to figure up my points for the day BEFORE I eat them like you are supposed to!

06-06-2006, 02:13 PM
Wow, I feel the frustration! Hang in, it will happen.

During massage we started talking about food, and low and behold, this sweet young thing eats mainly core, but for here its just plain healthy living. We have something good here, and it will work. :)

New cleaning lady should be arriving soon. My previous lady brough her own supplies, so I hope I have everything. Since I'm a bit of a junky on new products, I should be okay. I'll report back when house is clean.:dizzy:

06-06-2006, 02:39 PM
Sorry to vent but I feel like I'm about to crack today. I feel like if anyone says anything cross to me I will just blow up. A client just tried to push my buttons too and I snapped at her. I'm so sick of this job, I just want to cry. I don't know why I'm here and why I can't get out. I need good thoughts and prayers ladies. I don't know if I'm going to get through the day without a major meltdown!!
Sorry, needed to get that off of my chest.

06-06-2006, 02:50 PM
Oh, Melissa, I sure wish there was something I could do to help you. You really sound like you are the end of your rope. Have you thought about making working the the Federal Government? Sorry if I asked you this before. They pay great money and have wonderful benefits. They advertise all their jobs on There are 45 jobs in KY right now but I don't know what's close to you. The Government would be delighted to get an energetic, reliable young person like you to work for them. I'm sure you'd be a viable candidate, especially with your education.

06-06-2006, 02:59 PM
I see there are two Health Assistants at the VA in Lexington. I'm sure you could qualify for the GS-6. I'm not sure how much graduate level work you have done. Between your current experience and your education, you might also qualify for the GS-9. There's great health, life, LTC, and vacation benefits.

06-06-2006, 02:59 PM
Oh...and besides all my above attempts to help...I'll be praying too.

06-06-2006, 03:00 PM
Saundra, lucky girl! I wish I could have a housecleaner again.

06-06-2006, 03:33 PM
Melissa ... :hug: I'm so sorry you're having a hard time.

06-06-2006, 04:28 PM
vickie, i'm sorry you had the bad dream. we don't watch "deep" movies before bedtime either. jim was smart to suggest ya'll watch something light. i got on the scales at the doctor's yesterday and was up several pounds. i'm not going to change my tracker till i go to ww next week. those dr scales always show me heavier. always have. however--i do know i've gained quite a bit the past week. i had one of those spells where i was eating like i wanted to gain. oh, well, we are op and doing great. the weightloss will happen.

melissa, i am starting to get a few blossoms on the south side of the house. these roses get sun all day so they are always a little ahead of the others. the liquid fence is in place. that should slow the nibbling. i know i wouldn't want to put anything in my mouth that had it on it. :lol: i am very impressed with your dedication. yes, you are serious. i love it!! you are motivating me, girl. i forgot to ride my bike till after 9 pm yesterday. i'm going to do it earlier today. i was afraid i wouldn't be able to sleep with my metabolism whizzing along but i was. :lol:

vickie, i'm wanting to get some weight off before i go back to ww friday next week. (senior olympics are this fri so i have "a reprieve from the governor"!)

rose, how's your week going? i wish we could get together for some walking and laughing. are you doing well opwise? did you decide to count pts and do core at the same time. (i'm thinking some call that floreing.)

saundra, what are gazinias? are they some kind of gardenia? i'd love to have some annuals that smell like gardenias. i read the da vinci code and thought it moved like a chase. i can see how the movie would. my gf down in tx saw the movie and loved it. she wants to see it again to help with the puzzles. she hasn't read the book. i guess i should go see it tomorrow if curtis is out of town.




(do i need a life or what?)

vickie's post about our being on a wagon together made me think of this song. i can see us all laughing, singing and chugging along on that wagon.

melissa, i am tempted to touch your shoulder and say, "boo!!" but i won't. i hope you're feeling better now and are more settled. just smile at those people all the way to the bank. i was once told that by someone special. don't let anyone get under your skin.

kathy, i missed the post about your doctor's visit. i want to tell you how very very happy i am that you are back into normal shoes. i am so glad you're doing well.

06-06-2006, 05:54 PM
Hey Sandra - what a composer! I love our new theme song (as I hum along!) - very cute!

Vickie - I know hormones can wreak havoc with weight loss - which only makes it more frustrating - definitely keep changing things around - you never know what will get the ball rolling (downward) again!

Melissa - hugs to you:hug: I am so sorry you are feeling so dejected about your job - definitely time to find something more appropriate? We can't have a mopey melissa around here!

Kathy - your chinese food sounds very very good. Our lunch out was fun - I had the chicken and vegetables in the spicy garlic sauce (made milder for the sensitive frouf palate) on rice - it did come with a spring roll which was very yummy. Did drink lots of water too!

Saundra - what are gazinias? Too bad about the bugs attacking you on your walk - the pool idea sounds great! We will tend to hang out at my sil's in greely on hot weekend days as she has a lovely inground pool. I find it very relaxing there - pool is small but well heated and landscaping is lovely and calming (think inukshuk, rocks, shrubbery, waterfalls). We do usually end up bringing our own food tho and bbqing there so they don't end up feeding us all the time!:o

In fact dh just bought little ds an early bday present (july 25) - this ride on water jetski looking thing that is on sale at toys are us ($39 instead of $69!) - up to 80 lbs so should last a couple of years? (he is around 55-60 lbs now). He is very excited to try it out at auntie helen's pool - maybe this weekend?

And the big surprise of the day was bumping into dh as I came back to my office from getting some coffee downstairs - he had dropped off a dozen red roses for me! I am surrounded by the lovely scent and they look very good on my desk!

Now here is a pic of big ds from his recent trip to Toronto! Such a happy camper (turning 20 on Sunday!!!):

He says he wants driving lessons for his bday present (yes the only male above 16 who still does not have a license)! So I have a place in mind I will call - claims he will be buying his own car soon - but that's a whole other story!:dizzy: (and insurance will be WAY cheaper if he has taken driver's ed).

Still have to finish up a couple of things before I head home - but had to take dd to dance rehearsal for 6 pm - so not much time for me! UGH!


06-06-2006, 06:55 PM
Frouf, you've got a good looking kid, congrats again.

Sandra, got the lyrics memorized, you're the leader.

Vickie, you're on your way, you can, you can.

Melissa, time to get out of there. You were on such a positive note, read those government posts.

Kathy, I can still smell your barbeque. I bet you had fun.

Cleaning lady is still here. (came at 2:00) My previous cleaners brought their own tools, so I discovered that my Hoover is busted. Ran out and bought a Bissell upright. It wasn't very expensive, but works well and had really good reviews on line. In the past, I've spent so much, and they still break down. Any how, cleaning lady will come back next week and then every other week after that. I'll have to start accepting the WW shifts to pay for this.:D

Dinner time, so I'll go see what's avaiable, I'm hungry!

06-06-2006, 07:07 PM
frouf, big ds is a doll. he's a very good-looking young man. thank you for sharing the photo.

saundra, wish i had a housekeeper. i'm pouting here right now. you're a lucky woman. how about those gazenias? i saw some on the net (i think?). are they kind of like daisies? do they smell like gardenias?

06-06-2006, 07:19 PM
Sandra, I haven't really smelled them. They ARE like daisies. They wilt and die, and I cut them back and then they'll come back. I'm just so happy to see them in full bloom when the sun is shinging. I got two varieties, one bright yellow and one yellow and orange. Also, my day lillies are showing signs of flowers. Isn't life good?

06-06-2006, 07:29 PM
So remember my friend I was telling you about? The one who might starting doing Core? She decided to go ahead and do it and (I think) started yesterday. She said she's going to read and might try and get up her nerve to register and post but meanwhile, say hello to Melanie!

:wave: Hey, Melanie!!!

06-06-2006, 07:31 PM
Frouf, Joel is such a cutie! I know you're very proud of him and I'd be saying WOOHOO if he wants to drive and/or buy a car. Think of how much easier YOUR life will be when you can quit the roadie crew!!!

I have to go make some dinner now but will be back in a little while.

06-06-2006, 07:46 PM
hi there, melanie. jump right in with us. we're anxious to meet you.

saundra, yes, life is good. i'm starting to have honeysuckle flowers as well as roses. my annual pots look pretty good, too. color!! that's what it's all about, right?

06-06-2006, 07:58 PM
Good evening everyone. I hope you are all having a nice evening so far. Craig just left for work so it is just the dogs and me tonight. I guess I should use the opportunity to clean a little.

Melissa, sorry to hear about your job. I hope you can find something new soon.

Froufie, your son is very cute! I have a 21 year daughter. She has really surprised me this summer by going to Gulfport, MS and working in my sister's medical clinic all summer. My sis is leaving the area, too much damage from Katrina, and needed some extra office help so Melissa went down there and has really been a great help.

Kathy, that is great news about being able to wear regular shoes. I have never had to wear a cast or splint but I don't think I would like it at all. Oh and for your friend......:wave: Hi Melanie!

Vicki, good news that the scale went down a little today. It is very frustrating, especially when you are trying so hard. Don't give up!

I weighed this morning and am still the same. I think I do better when I go to the meeting every week. I am going to start going back and I hope and can talk Craig into going back with me.
Guess I will go see what is on TV or maybe I will go do a little cleaning. Bye for now.

06-06-2006, 09:01 PM
Hey Chicks! It's almost 7 pm and I'm done with dinner. Jim is cleaning up so I asked for a couple of minutes to come say hello to you all.

Sandra, I LOVE your song. I'm guessing we all would be laughing and singing on that wagon, wouldn't we? It would be alot of fun!

Frouf, what was the occassion? I actually hope it's nothing and that DH just knows that he needs to start working at making you feel more special. got webshots and it works SO great. Are you now a computer Froufie? Joel is a great looking young man and he is SO happy and proud. As well he should be! Maybe we'll all be able to say we kinda knew him when......
I think jetskis sound like a ton of fun. Tell you DH that I need mine to support more than 80 pounds! ;)

Saundra, are you happy with the cleaning? There's nothing nicer than a fresh house cleaned all at once. I bought an Oreck the last time because the Kenmores that we kept buying from Sears just kept breaking.

Hey Kath....what was for dinner.

Melanie, please join us! We love new people because you are all so inspiring and motivating. We'll help all we can.

Thanks for the encouragement, Paula! I'm trying really hard.

Well, Jim is done and just told me so. I know that means that he wants me to come be with him. I'll have to come back in the morning. I'm proud of my success these last two days. Almost all Core food and withing my Flex guidelines. Now if only the scale will cooperate. I'm not going to worry what it says tomorrow morning, though, since I ate soy sauce tonight. I have orange dreamsicle to look forward to yet and I'm still under my 30 Flex points. Woo Hoo!!!!!!

06-06-2006, 09:03 PM
Melissa, I hope you're ok. I've been thinking about you alot since I read your post this afternoon. Don't let this derail you.

06-06-2006, 09:16 PM
Hey, friends! I just finished making dinner -- was sidetracked for a moment because I went to buy the final fairy gift ...

I think that'll be a great reveal gift, so I'm taking it to work tomorrow and giving it to the husband. They're inducing on Thursday and the fairy will be retired after that.

I made the turkey chili, and even though this isn't exactly chili weather, it's good filling food. Corn, pinto beans, ground turkey, diced tomatoes, chili powder, and then topped with however many sliced jalapenos you can stand. In Judd's case, that's a lot.

So now I'm starting the laundry and cleaning up the kitchen. I just worked on his sink and unstopped it (shaving cream, whiskers, toothpaste, and all sorts of assorted gunk) so that he could stop complaining that it drains slowly. The only other things I will have to do tonight is finish cleaning up the kitchen after everyone eats, wrap the gift, sweep the tile, one more load of laundry, and then I can rest. If I can finish by 9:00, I'll be happy.

Have I ever mentioned how I hate working all day then coming home to do more chores? :lol: Yep, I'm a complainer.

06-06-2006, 09:49 PM
Kathy - I think you should get the name of Saundra's cleaning lady and get her to come out and help (and I think Judd should 'ungunk' his own sink!)
...and I just love the last 'fairy' gift - how appropriate and touching - I know they will love it!

I was actually telling a co-worker/friend (at least we are now becoming very friendly - very nice lady and we get along so well) about all my (now funny) childbirth stories - she asked me later if I had ever thought of writing - and that I should definitely try and write it all down! ha ha ha (told her one day when we have lots of time I can tell her about the 55 guys I dated - yes a story for each one I'm pretty sure!).

Saundra - don't you love the smell and look of a fresh cleaned house (esp if you didn't have to do all the cleaning). Hope the new bissell lasts a long time. We have a Hoover rolling thing and I know dh has replaced the hose and connectors a few times now - so far so good!

Vickie - you are doing great and should be very proud of yourself - I know the scale will reward you for your hard efforts! Enjoy your evening and your dreamsicle.

Melissa - hope you are home now and destressing and forgetting about your awful day!

Just back from picking up dd from dance rehearsal and now the big ds calls for a ride to a friend's for a party after work (yes Sandra - Stonebridge!) so I shall soon be on the road again. And kathy - even if he does get a car (probably small and used) I know I will still be the official roadie as the stuff will most likely fit in my van and not in whatever vehicle he may own.

And I am very proud of him - and now we have reporters calling the house to interview him and I understand his pic is already on the school board website!!! (no not the first time for reporters and tv crew - when he was 15 he made himself the President of the Ontario Backyard Wrestling Federation (don't ask) and we had various tv and radio people calling here for interviews!!).

We will hopefully one day say we knew him when.....(when we drive by 24 Sussex Drive - the prime minister's residence - I always point it out to little ds and say one day Joel will be inviting us there for dinner - well you never know?)


P.S. Just checked the schoolboard website for Joel's pic and of all the pics the teacher took (I have like a dozen or so) the one they posted is the same one I did - too funny!

06-06-2006, 10:18 PM
Hi you all. Thank you so much for your support. I'm sorry that I dumped on you all today. I was just on the verge of either crying or screaming at someone so I needed to release some affect.

Vickie, you are just the absolute sweetest. Thank you so much. I looked briefly at those listings but will go back and investigate more closely. It seems like doors close every time I try to do something different. Anyway, I really do appreciate your kindness, support and encouragement. You are a good friend. CONGRATS on staying under your points for today. YOu're really doing great.

Kathy, I LOVE that figurine. I have seen it many times and wished I had a baby so that someone would buy it for me. :) What a sweet gift! She is lucky to have you as her "angel."

Frouf, that Joel is a cutie! And he'll be 20 and has no license! Wow. I got married when I was 21. :lol: It sounds like you did well today at the restaurant. Good job!

Sandra, I am trying not to let today get me into emotional eating. More than anything I wanted a pizza or a big greasy burger when I left work but I came home and cooked. That is a major NSV for me. I just kept thinking about my rant and how I "proclaimed" that I would try to stop emotional eating. So I guess it was quite beneficial for me. :) I'm glad that you are getting some roses. I look forward to the years to come when I can plant a nice perennial garden.

06-06-2006, 10:32 PM
Hi all! We finally got our vermiculite from the nursery, so we are in business! We mixed up a big batch of soil, filled our raised bed, and planted all our pumpkins, cantaloupes, and cucumbers. They were getting very tired of being in the greenhouse. :lol: This square foot gardening is going to be a dream...I can tell. I'm so excited. It's so much easier to plant in than our clay/rocky soil. We are getting a late start this year, but it'll be OK. The beds will be there for years to come.

I'm off to eat my supper finally...I stayed out gardening way past suppertime, and then I had to bathe the kids and feed them and get them into bed. I guess I'm glad I only ate 2 pieces of toast during that time. :)


06-06-2006, 11:35 PM
paula, i need to get back to meetings, too. i'm aiming at next week.

way to go, vickie. i'm proud of you.

kathy, that's a fantastic final fairy gift. i love it!

frouf, i'll buy your book. i hope you write it soon. you may be our erma frouf.

melissa, you rock, girl!!!! i am so proud of you. makes me smile.

angela, is your square garden sort of a raised garden? sounds neat.

06-07-2006, 12:31 AM
Hi Kathy and everyone.

Just sending a quick message before bed...this board (and site) looks to have a lot of great info! More at a later time.

Thank you for the warm welcome.


06-07-2006, 07:09 AM
Good morning all, it is chilly in western North Carolina this morning! Craig has decided to go back to WW meetings with me so we may start tomorrow! I am looking forward to it. I stay on plan much better when I go every week.

Angela, we are doing square foot gardening now too. This is the first year we have tried it and so far I really like it. We are able to go out and pick enough salad greens everyday for a fresh salad!

Melanie:welcome2: this is a nice group for wonderful support.

Melissa, I hope you have a better day today and congrats on not getting pizza and hamburgers for dinner last night!

Have a nice day everyone. I am going to start laundry.

06-07-2006, 09:58 AM
Morning everyone. Today is off to a better start because my boss isn't coming in today. :) I know that's terrible, but it really does make for a better working environment. Unfortunately I have to work late tonight, and that always makes for a difficult suppertime. :crossed: that I can keep myself together.

Paula, I think that's so great that you and your husband are going to meetings together. You're sure to be successful.

Sandra, thanks gf. :D

Angela, your garden sounds so great. I need to read about sf gardening. I've heard of it but don't know much about it.

I hope that you all have coreiffic days. :dust:

06-07-2006, 10:38 AM
Good morning, hope everyone is doing well, another rainy day here in NY got drenched getting ds on the school bus. I am going to the aquarium with my ds kindergarten class on friday, looking forward to that (as you can see I lead a very exciting life) :o Not much more going on, I have been op which is real surprising, I don't have any desire to cheat, I think core is really for me.

Paula, that is great that your husband is going with you, what great support, good luck to you both.

Vickie, you seem in better spirits, good for you, your menu looks great

Kathy, what a great gift, she is really going to be surprised when you tell her it is you.

frouf, i'll buy your book too! Handsome son you have, I just can't picture my ds becoming a man and wanting to drive, he is my little boy.

melissa, soo glad your boss is not in today, when I was working, I loved when the boss wasn't in, made the day alot easier. good luck with your dinner choice.

angela,I am going to have to look into sf garden, I have so many weeds because of all this rain, it is even raining today and I believe the rest of the week, I really need to get out there and weed!

Saundra, how was the manicure & pedicure. My husband bought me a spa package for Valentines day 2 years ago and I have not used it yet, thank goodness it doesn't expire.

Melanie, welcome!!

Hi Sandra, going back to the meetings is a great idea, it definitley keeps me on track.

Hi Rose

06-07-2006, 11:03 AM
Good morning ladies! I'm bound and determined to be good today. :) Going grocery shopping, so I can get lots of fruits and veggies. I think my main problem is letting myself get too hungry. Then, I just seem to reach for those simple carbs so I can get full fast. I tend to get hungry less than 3 hours after lunch, so I really need to watch myself. I need a "preemptive" snack or something. :lol:

Square foot gardening is cool - just google the name, and you should come up with a couple billion websites explaining it.

We're headed to the library today to get the kids signed up for the summer reading program. See Niki, my life is almost as exciting as yours!

Later ladies,

06-07-2006, 11:10 AM
Angela I am going to the library tomorrow to get my son signed up,ooohh I don't know if I can handle all this excitement :D

06-07-2006, 11:13 AM
Good morning!! And Melanie! WOOHOO! :welcome: Jump right in, girlie!

Well, I dropped off the last fairy surprise this morning. I was sort of sad to see it come to an end but I'm sure they're ready to have this baby! Tomorrow's supposed to be the day.

We have a work thing tonight and I'm not sure what the food is supposed to be so I'll have to edit my menu later on. I got here a little late though, so I'd better get crackalackin' before they get out the belt.

Melissa, I hope you have a very good boss-less day. :hug:

06-07-2006, 11:29 AM
:bravo: Welcome Melonie, you're at a very good space here.

Niki, I bet that the aquarium in NY is outstanding. Did you see The Squid and the Whale, The aquarium is a part of the movie. Hope you have lots of fun there.

Melissa, glad you're boss isn't there to bug you. Remember though, you've got to look into new employment. You're such a bright young woman.

Kathy, the figurine is lovely. We used to sell them at our store. It is perfect as the reveal gift. I can't wait for the reaction.

Frouf, I used to think that my middle guy would be PM material. He was on the Scool Reach team when they won Eastern Ontario and he won a trip to Japan which was sponsored by a large newspaper there. Low and behold he's a senior policy maker at Agriculture! Of course, his best achievement is Natan.:) :)

Vickie, hope you had a good night's sleep. You're probably on the board as a type.

Sandra, I heard a story on our public radio today about a wolf that went from Alberta to Montana, and though about you. Too late to look for him, he came back to Alberta.

Bernie is off today, so we're doing the out and about thing. Nice and sunny as we speak. Great day to all!

06-07-2006, 11:34 AM
Good Morning Chicks! I'm a little late today. I got up early, again, but I've been surfing for shoes, purses, and bathing suits. I forced myself to try on some summer work dresses that I had left to see if any of them would be ok for me to wear to the christening. I was shocked that 3 of them fit. They are pretty classic syling so I think any one or them will be ok. So I need shoes and a purse. I ordered a pair of bone heels from I had a 15% off coupon so I got them delivered, no shipping and no sales tax for less than $36.00. I don't mind if I only get a couple of wears out of them.

I'm going out as soon as I shower to shop at Bath and Body Works/White Barn candle company and Lane Bryant. Both places are having huge sales. I have a gift certificate from my birthday for White Barn Candle company that I'm VERY excited about. Lane Bryant is having their semi-annual bra/panty sale which is buy 2 get 2 free. I don't know if you remember that I told you all that they have the MOST comfortable bras ever. My Sister had been telling me to buy them for years and I resisted. I almost cried in the dressing room when I tried them on and they were so comfortable. I love the seamless microfiber ones. Then it will be on to Fashion Bug Plus for me. I still need some capretties and some nightshirts. Maybe they'll even have a purse there. I have a $25 gift certificate from there too and a coupon that I got off the internet that will save me $20 if I make a $50 purchase and use my Visa card. NO problem! I could get $50 worth of stuff for only $5 out of my pocket. Woo Hoo! Too bad I don't like my body so much right now...but oh well!

Jim will be staying home to wait for the pool guy who still didn't show up yesterday because his truck is STILL broken. Hellooooooo.....the pool season is VERY short in Chicago especially when you don't have a heater.

Ok, let me see what's up with all of you!

06-07-2006, 11:41 AM
Very pretty shoes Vickie, I am going to have to see if the Lane Bryant by me is having the same sell, I could really use some new bras.

06-07-2006, 11:45 AM

I'm just trying this out, a picture of DS doing the 10K, his first race.

06-07-2006, 11:48 AM
Vickie, the shoes are perfect. They look confy and dressy at the same time. I wound up finding a bra at Walmart (Warner's ) that I like. I bought one sable and one white. My sister is into getting fitted and spent over $100.00 for a special one.

06-07-2006, 11:48 AM
Kathy, the statue is GREAT! I can't wait to hear what they say when they find out that you were the fairy.

Frouf, I'd buy your book too but I'd like to have an autographed copy please!

Oh Melissa, please don't apologize for venting! I do it ALL the time and never think twice about it. We are here to support and what you went through yesterday could well have derailed your eating plan. I can tell you that I'm filled with admiration for you that you stayed on program yesterday despite all the stress. I'm happy that your boss isn't in today. Do you have a plan for dinner? This would be one of those nights that it would be nice to have some lo's in the freezer.

Ok Angela, I don't even like to garden and you're getting ME excited! Maybe I could handle some square foot gardening. I have a raised bed but it doesn't have good soil in it. I think the former owners used it for a garden. It's probably at least 12 feet x 6 feet. I keep saying maybe next year when I'm thinner. Bending over right now isn't too comfortable.

Paula, I'm happy for you that Craig is going to go to meetings with you. I need to attend regularly as well. I haven't gone for a couple of weeks now and I miss the support. Jim won't go with me. He has no interest, probably because he's such an introvert. He doesn't sabotage me although he can be a bit of an enabler sometimes.

Niki, I think your life sounds JUST right for a young woman your age. Enjoy your kids now. I hear they grow up VERY fast.

Saundra, enjoy your day with Bernie! Jim and I like going out and doing stuff during the week when everyone else is working. I'm sad that he has to stay home today. I'm thinking he's happy that he won't get dragged through the mall by me. AND.....he won't have to answer the dreaded...."Does this make me look fat?" question.

Melanie, :welcome3: to our little corner of the world! These are the best bunch of supportive women around. I'd have given up long ago if it weren't for them.

06-07-2006, 11:56 AM you know I'm on day 3 of weighing and measuring and I think I found a part of the problem. I've been serving myself what I always eat so I can see what I was eating as compared to what I should be eating. Does that make sense? Anyway, I've been eating about 1 1/2 cups of shredded wheat and bran (4 points); the serving size is 1 1/4 cups so not bad. And, I thought 8 ounces of milk but it was actually 12! I generally eat a medium banana on there which is another 2 points. So, when I eat my cold cereal it was costing me about 9 points. Alot more than my oatmeal and fruit which was costing me about 5.5 or 6 points. Hmmmmmm......

I guess I'll have to eat more oatmeal and less cold cereal. Maybe I could make do with less milk. I wish I could say that the cold cereal was keeping me way fuller than the oatmeal but I don't think it does. I'll have to pay more close attention. Sigh.

06-07-2006, 11:57 AM
Bummer, Saundra! I wish we could see the picture better.

06-07-2006, 12:04 PM
It seems to be a national sale, Niki.

06-07-2006, 12:06 PM
Saundra the Aquarium is great we have been there quite a few times, they now have penquins which we have not seen yet. I am looking forward to going, my ds is soo excited that I am a class Chaperone, it will be alot of fun.

06-07-2006, 12:11 PM
Thanks Vickie, I just registered to receive the coupon.

06-07-2006, 12:32 PM
Vickie, there's a TV program that runs every now and then about square foot gardening. They say that ANYONE can do it...even those in wheelchairs. They suggest putting your square on top of a rotating restaurant-type table. That way, the garden is at a good height, and there's no bending over. I thought that was ingenious for people who have mobility problems. I don't imagine you have that much trouble bending over, but you could raise your bed up on a low table, so all you'd get is a nice calf stretch when you work on your garden. :) Plus, you can make it as small as you want - just big enough for a square of lettuce, a tomato plant or two, and some peppers. Or whatever fresh veggies you like. It's really the soil mix that I think is's 1/3 vermiculite, 1/3 peat moss, and 1/3 compost. Goregeous! The stuff is like gardening in butter. :lol:

Time to go grocery shopping, later ladies!

06-07-2006, 12:44 PM
Vickie, I was looking for a pumpkin pie recipe, it is my ds favorite and I found yours. It calls for 12 ounces of ff evaporated milk, all I have is skim milk is that ok, should I use 12 ounces of skim or less. Thanks

06-07-2006, 01:58 PM
Niki, I don't know the answer for sure, but I found this about evaporated milk:

Evaporated milk is fresh, homogenized milk from which 60 percent of the water has been removed. It is then chilled, fortified with vitamins and stabilizers, packaged, and finally sterilized. Standards require whole evaporated milk contain at least 7.9 percent milk fat and 25.5 percent milk solids. The high heat process gives it a bit of a caramelized flavor, and it is slightly darker in color than fresh milk. The evaporation process naturally concentrates the nutrients and the calories, so evaporated versions are more calorie filled and nutritious than their fresh counterparts. When mixed with an equal amount of water, it can be substituted for fresh milk in recipes.

It seems to me that you'd have to use less skim milk in order to keep the "liquidity" :lol: the same. But I don't know the ratio. If I were you, I'd get some evaporated milk before trying the recipe. But if you do get it to work with skim milk, let me know how you did it... I'd be interested to know.


06-07-2006, 02:08 PM
Hi Angela, I did reduce the milk because I made it once before and it was a little mushy so this time I only added 8oz of milk, I figured what the heck trial & error. My ds still liked it mushy & he is a picky eater. I'll let you know how it comes out I am going to put it in the oven in a few minutes

06-07-2006, 04:07 PM
Angela the pumkin pie came out really good, I added about 1 cup of oatmeal to the mixture and it came out thick almost like a cake. My ds will be the taste tester when he gets home from school :D

06-07-2006, 04:42 PM
Hope your ds likes the cake/pie - sounds yummy!

Angela - I think the square foot gardening is a great idea - await your results! Not sure if i will do veggies this year - but I know I would love fresh garden veggies to munch on.

kathy - good luck w/dinner - we await the 'reveal' and want to know about baby's arrival.

Vickie - hope you had a good successful shopping experience - I looked at the site and the bras look lovely - I am very sure I am wearing the wrong size - but not sure if I want to make major investment right now? Let us know what you get!

Gee it must be library week around here? We shall be heading there on Saturday!

I am home today - and think it's time for a nap! I overindulged in some ice cream last night w/kiddies - and I think I don't realize how 'lactose intolerant" I now am (as I get older I am having more and more trouble w/milk and dairy products). So my tummy was all gassy and rumbly throughout the night and I did get to bed very late - so woke up feeling very yucky! Stuck around for a while to see if I would be feeling better (asked dh to pat my back I swear I needed to be burped! ha ha ha). But decided to stay home.

My stomach feels much better now and I am being very concious of any dairy I put in my mouth. I think I shall have to admit defeat and get some of those lactaid pills to keep on hand so I can pop one before I have milk! what a bummer.

Day started out sunny, but starting to get overcast (hope you got out for the good weather Saundra!), and the WORST NEWS is they are calling for rain starting tomorrow for a few days - and dd's last performance is friday night OUTDOORS - Relay for Life - big fundraising event in the field behind our 'local' sportsplex - people camping out overnight - I can only imagine how crappy it will be if it rains!

And get this girls have to dance in bare feet! (on turf?). Their jazz sandals will get ruined/torn and of course no point on wearing tap shoes on turf! Told dd to make sure we bring a towel and moistened wipes to clean off her feet afterwards (need to be there by 7 and hope to be done by 10 pm) I sure hope I'm not hanging out in the rain! UGH.

And sil/bil supposedly coming over now to 'look' at our topsoil (yes we still have a humongous mound in our driveway and no way can we use it all) - hopefully they will take some of it (all of it?) home. Then dh off to pick up little ds - and he is going out drumming tonight - so just little ds and I (after we drop dd off at art class).

Think I shall go lie down now!



06-07-2006, 05:53 PM
hi, chickies. i'm here to report that i'm having a fantastic day. just wish my eating were more in control. we practiced a lot of shots at 60 yds then headed to golden corral for lunch then on to the indoor range to confirm our 20 yd pins. the senior games are this friday. we're almost ready.

nikki, congratulations on doing so well on core. i'm proud of you.

paula, i'm glad dh is going to go to the meetings with you. i have a good gf who goes with me. makes it more fun.

angela, i know what you mean about getting too hungry and wanting carbs. that's what happened to us today. i had mac n cheese and a big brownie. i normally make better choices at golden corral.

kathy, have fun tonight. my son told me he had thought of buying mav tickets to resell. but he didn't.

saundra, :lol: glad that wolf went home. we hear them sometimes when we're hunting. very scarey.

vickie, i know what mean about loving good bras. i like to wear minimizers.

saundra, great photo of ds. thanks for sharing.

gotta run. curtis has a movie in and is calling me.

06-07-2006, 10:00 PM
Hi Chicks! I'm home from dinner. I didn't cook because I was out late. No pool opening still. I'm going to go count up my points and go to bed. I got lots of good sales but bad news on the bra front. They discontinued my bra in my size. Another incentive to get down in weight. I found 4 of them today and found another 3 on Ebay. I'm going to see if I can go to another Lane Bryant store locally and see if they have any hanging around. I'm going to try to buy up enough to last me until I get down one size. My little legs are so tired from all the walking. I'll be back later.

06-07-2006, 10:42 PM
Wow, what a slow evening around here! I'm super tired. We've only been home about 1 1/2 hours and I'm definitely ready for bed. We did manage to meet some of our new neighbors tonight though, after Murphy ran over to them while they were working in their yard. So that's good.
I think that I'm going to put a pork tenderloin in the crockpot to cook overnight. Anyone done this? I guess we'll see what happens. :)
I hope that you all have great nights and great days tomorrow. I hope to catch up then. I'm just out of it right now! Good night!

06-07-2006, 11:51 PM
I think the overnight crockpot idea might work - let us know!

Vickie - sounds like you burned lots of calories walking around - good for you. Await further details on your shopping bargains - and I sure hope you can find what you are looking for in the other stores. Good luck!

sandra - sounds like you are gearing up for a good run on Friday! can't wait to hear how you do!

I am feeling a bit crappy tonight mostly cuz my eating is so out of control and I think that is what is causing my tummy to protest so much! It's like I no longer care what I put in my mouth - and I am on a downward spiral. I am hoping for some kind of epiphany where I finally sit up and realize how much harm I'm doing to myself and I start eating well and exercising regularly? (then i wake up from my dream.....).

Big ds working and now off to a concert downtown (and yes he did try to get me to drive him - ya right!). Dh gone jamming (not back yet) - after dropping dd off at art class, little ds and I watched tv and ate some popcorn until we had to pick her up again (9:15) - kind of a boring night?

And now I am panicking a bit - of course was home today and I now remember a deadline for an abstract I have to submit - by June 8th! It's only 300 words but of course I am a bit stressed about getting to work and getting it done and sending it in on time (after having my Director review it?). I also have a PDP (performance discussion) with my one staff member - need to prepare that as well (just a paragraph) and we will have a nice chat.

Bad vibes I am getting indicate she is looking for another position (wants to move up and I can't really blame her), and I believe she had a 'job interview' the other day. I am a bit afraid of hearing what she has to say? It would be a VERY BAD THING if she left right now as we are in the final stages of several projects - it would be a major rush job to try and find someone else - and for those that know - nothing moves quickly in the government! :D

Guess I'll go to bed soon!


06-07-2006, 11:52 PM
Slow night is right! I figured I'd come home to pages and pages of new posts!

The work thing was okay. They ordered from a place called Gourmet Burrito and that's exactly what it was -- gourmet burritos! Go figure! They also had an employee who accompanied the food and made quesadillas on-site, and there was guacamole, sour cream (probably not FF), queso (definitely not FF), salsa and chips. I ate very little, drank one Smirnoff Ice and a bottle of water, and mostly sat out in the yard talking to people. This guy's house is soo nice, with a beautiful inground pool and spa, gorgeous landscaping and covered patios, raised beds everywhere, tiers and huge shrubs and just NICE. Melanie, have you ever been to Craig's? I can't remember but I'm sure you have. He re-did the pool sometime since last summer with new tile, etc. It's awesome. The Air Force guys are fun to hang around with and since Judd is buds with them all, I'm sorta automatically thrown in there too. They're a funny bunch of guys, that's for sure.

We came home and I took a bath. Nighttime weight is only up one pound from this morning, so maybe it'll be down in the morning from this morning. It's time to get off of this 145 business or change my ticker. I thought it was temporary but that was nearly a week ago.

See you all in the morning!

06-07-2006, 11:55 PM
I am feeling a bit crappy tonight mostly cuz my eating is so out of control and I think that is what is causing my tummy to protest so much! It's like I no longer care what I put in my mouth - and I am on a downward spiral. I am hoping for some kind of epiphany where I finally sit up and realize how much harm I'm doing to myself and I start eating well and exercising regularly? (then i wake up from my dream.....).



06-08-2006, 01:14 AM
vickie, don't you just hate it when "they" discontinue a favorite item? that happens to me all the time. kmart had some little summer tops that i dearly loved. they were my uniforms for about 5 summers. now they don't sell them any more. bummer!

melissa, i have a sirloin i'm thinking of cooking in the slow cooker. i guess it will be like roast if i do. i still may do it.

frouf, i'd give you some words of wisdom but i don't have any. i'm struggling right now, too. i think part of my problem is i haven't been to a meeting in 2 weeks. those meetings are potent help. do you go to meetings? maybe you should think about it. i know you're very very busy with running kids here and there, but maybe you could work in a weekly meeting for yourself.

kathy, sounds like you had a good time tonight. was this the same place you were last year when you made that picture you posted here for us?