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08-21-2001, 05:31 AM
If you have 50 or more pounds to lose, jump on in and join us! You'll be sure to get a warm welcome! :)

08-21-2001, 05:49 AM
Good morning everyone! I hope the week is off to a good start.
Beth, I'm glad your faculty presentation went well. If you were totally off the plan and only gained .2 pounds, you must have been doing something right in spite of yourself!:D The old subconscious must be keeping you a little more on track than you thought! Think what you can do this week if you journal and stick to he program!
Joyce, I'm glad to hear that during your 6 hour "sabatical" you did do something you enjoy (the dolls).You are such a selfless lady that we all worry that you never do anything just for Joyce! Sounds like you enjoyed the visit with dd and the grandkids- probably even more than if the yard sale had taken place! Congrats on your resolve to get back to WW this week.
Janet, yes, the double cousin thing did make us pretty close, but my aunt and uncle had 3 boys, the youngest of whom is 18 months older than I am, so we didn't always have a lot in common. But I was an only child, so it was like having 3 big brothers. They lived only a couple miles from us, and we all spent all holidays together. It was nice. The younest cousin is the one who now lives in Florida- he and his wife are about 1/2 hour from Homosassa. I'm so excited for you with the school year starting- I know how much you have looked forward to being back in the classroom! Congrats to dh for getting back to journalling! Now if I could just get myself to do the same maybe I'd get off this plateau!
Texaslady, I thought about you when I saw the weather for Houston! We've been pretty lucky this summer- some bursts of real heat, but nothing like we usually get in August. Tell your dd to be glad that her fiance's involvement in the wedding preparation is minimal! My dear sil is a bit of a "control freak", and he had to have his hand into every detail- we were ready to choke the dear boy by the time the wedding arrived! :lol: But it was truly lovely, and amazingly, 7 years later, people (including their married friends) still make it a point to comment to them (and my exdh and I) that it was the nicest wedding they ever went to and what a good time they had. So it was worth all the effort!
Well, I'd better run. The mind is willing but the body protests this morning- however, duty calls! Hi to everyone, and have a great op Tuesday!

08-21-2001, 10:19 PM
Hello Ladies!

I had my WI yesterday and was VERY surprised to see that I actually lost 1 lb. I was totally off program last week and it is my TOM. Well, I am back on track eating right and journaling. Hopefully next WI will bring another loss.

It was first day for the students to come to my class and we had a really good day. I have a sweet little group of students this year. I feel like I have been going at full speed for the last couple of weeks and now I am incredibly tired. I get to school around 7 each morning and usually don't leave until after 5. It usually takes me a couple of weeks to get my body back to "school time." Jan, how is it going with you at school?

Hope you all have a great OP week!


08-22-2001, 12:01 AM
Texaslady, sometimes it's the thought that counts; just the fact that sil-to-be was willing to get involved in the decorations aspect of the wedding is *very* sweet, imho. Hope the ribbon comes in soon! And like you, we are also experiencing quite a heat wave. As you know, we have no lawn; that's just a hopeless cause here. But we're scrambling each morning to water the potted plants enough to keep them semi-alive.

Carol, that's so great that you grew up near your cousins! Mine were scattered all over the country, so we didn't know each other well growing up. But as we've grown older, we've gotten to know each other pretty well. (For better or for worse!)

Beth, yay, a 1 pound loss! That's quite an achievement at this time of year. Be sure to get plenty of rest; I can just imagine how tiring this has been, esp. with all your presentations. And thanks, yes, I've really enjoyed our first two days with my new students. They're quite a mixture: one that may well be a genius, some who are sincere and capable, and others who will need lots of hand-holding and extra help. It will be a challenge, and I can't wait to see what the year brings!

Guess what, y'all? I made lifetime tonight! Got the little gold key and the whole thing. Don't have to pay now, which is nice. Am still below ww goal, but want to lose 5-10 more to reach my personal goal. Maybe by New Year's; I'm in no hurry! And to celebrate, Dad and DH went with me tonight and I found two lovely dresses, a red and gold silk and a black & tan print, on sale no less. Size 10; still can't believe that. Then we went out to dinner; I had a big salad and some good wine. Am heading to bed early so I can make it through this hectic first week.

Linda, it's working: dh has taken his journal with him to work, and is keeping it religiously. He's lost a little weight already!
Hope everyone has a great Wednesday tomorrow!

08-22-2001, 02:47 AM
YAHOO!!! :spin: :spin: :spin: That is great!! And how special for your dad and dh to go with you to be honored!

congrats to you too Beth!!!:)

dgd went home today, dd called to say she got there o.k., but one of her suitcases is still floating around the airways somewhere.. :dizzy:

But now it is time to get back to normal, I have much to do tomorrow, including going to the store to have a face to face *discussion* about compensation or replacement of carpet. grrrrr.
I detest empty promises, and waiting by my phone for a promised phone call!!...that never comes.
but the fun part will be Trader Joes's I need to stock up on good stuff!

More tomorrow.....

Linda Jean
08-22-2001, 03:19 AM
Jan! You did it! You're a LIFER!!! --Many congrats to you for reaching lifetime; I knew you could do it! I'm so happy for you, and what a nice way to celebrate, buying two size 10 dresses. WOW! And a big salad with some nice wine sounded like a lifetimer's meal to me! :) Gee, I am just so happy to read that your DH made the Boca Burgers and is back to journalling. That is such a positive step! Wonder what the snag was, and what the impetus was for him to go back OP? Whatever, I'm happy that he's back!

Beth, wow -- you lost a pound after not being OP last week! That's super! I was happy to read that you jumped right back on the OP bandwagon; good luck on the next WI and be sure you let us know how you did! Slow and steady wins the race....

Carol, I haven't tried the Milton's multigrain bread. I'll look for it next time I go.

texaslady, I'm still about six pounds from my goal weight -- I just know it is because I'm still not walking on my treadmill. Lack of discipline; pure and simple! Thanks for your kind thoughts.

08-22-2001, 05:36 AM
Jan, I'm so thrilled for you- and so proud of you!!!!:smug: :cool: :D And your celebration with dh and your dad shows how proud they both are of you too! I'm beginning to think I'll never get there, but you are my shining example!! And cngrats to dh for getting back to his journalling!
Joyce, I know you must miss dgd already, but I think having a little more time for yourself will be a good thing. Good luck with the carpet people. I don't think there is anything that irritates me any more than people who say they will call you back about a problem and never do. Go get 'em girl!!! Have fun at T.J.'s- I work in VA this Friday, so I think I may swing by there after work that day.
Linda, hang in there and drag out that old treadmill!! You did it before, and you are so close again!!
Beth, congrats on the 1 pound loss!! Now, just don't let that lull you in to thinking you can get away with being off program whenever you want!:nono: :D I'm glad your first day of school went well- you really have some long days during the school year! And teaching is mentally as well as physically tiring!
Saara, how are things going with you? How was the weekend visit with your host family?
Texaslady, are you going tp be able to take any time off from work when the wedding draws near? I hope so- although I know that's not always easy with a new job! It seems like no matter how organized you are with a wedding there's always a dozen last minute details that rear their heads! Speaking of your new job, how do you like it by now?

Today after work I have to go to Baltimore for my post-op check up. My appointment's at 4, so I'll be going in and out of the city right in the middle of rush hour. :eek: Oh well- this should be the last trip I have to make up there for the next 6 months or so!
Gotta run- have a good op Hump Day, everyone!

08-22-2001, 02:35 PM
Thanks, y'all! Your support has meant so much to me throughout this journey; just think, we started over 1 1/2 years ago! I think we've all done really well, both at losing weight and making positive changes in our lives. So, congrats to all of you, too, for your many successes. :)

Carol, let us know how the post-op appt. goes. Sorry you have to go through that rush hour traffic! It's well over an hour drive, isn't it? Whew.

Linda, thanks, I'm convinced that dh went back to journaling partly because we were sending those good vibes his way! Also, maybe starting a new school year inspired him to renew his efforts. He ordered some new clothes from the Big & Tall catalog, and announced that would be the last time he'd have to order that size; isn't that a good sign? I think he's really getting into it now.

JOYce, sure hope the carpet thing gets straightened out; what a hassle! But if they think they can stall and put you off, they just don't know you, do they?! I know you'll get them to make it right! It's just a shame you have to put in all this time & energy on the matter, though. Hope they find your dgd's suitcase soon ...

Guess I'd better go; have some grading & lesson plans to do. Everyone have a great Wednesday!

Linda Jean
08-23-2001, 04:15 AM
Jan, that's a GREAT sign that your dh said this is the last time he'll be ordering from the Big & Tall catalog! Wow, that was quite a statement, I think. Tonight we went to dinner with dd and dsil and we were talking about being in better health overall, and dh mentioned to the kids that he has lost 10 pounds so far. They were so supportive of him for that, and praised him a lot. It has been ghastly hot here, so he hasn't been working in the yard very much, so his weight loss has slowed to zero (he hasn't gained any back, though); when we start getting cooler days he's going to tackle some more things out in back and we both know that he'll benefit a lot from that; from the exercise and so on.

Isn't it fun to weigh less, though! :)

08-23-2001, 05:21 AM
Good morning, everyone! Another week is rapidly drawing to a close- I can't believe the summer is almost over! Any exciting weekend plans? I work Saturday, but that's about it for here. I'm still needing to organize some of my stuff- can't find a few things, but there's a limited number of spaces for them to be, so I hope to get a working system here by the end of the weekend!

I had my post-op followup yesterday, and everything is doing fine. I don't have to go back for 6 months, barring any unforeseen problems.
Jan, I applaud dh's determination as well as his progress! It sounds like he's really going to follow through to goal! You mentioned grading and lesson plans, so I gather the kids did start already- how are things going? How is your dad's photo project coming along?
Linda, that's wonderful that your family is so supportive of your dh's efforts! As you know, that helps a lot! Congrats to him on the 10 pounds he's lost and is holding!
Sara, I'm glad to hear that things are going well for you! Have you had a chance to do any sight seeing, like over the weekend?

Well, I woke up a little early this morning, so I'd better try to use the few extra minutes productively. Have a great op Thursday, everyone! Talk to you all later.

Linda Jean
08-23-2001, 05:46 PM
Carol, you are very supportive of all of us (and our families) on the board. I hope that you have a wonderful weekend, even though you have to work tomorrow. Glad to read that your post-op exam went well. Thanks for telling us about it so we can give praise for answered prayers....

08-23-2001, 09:50 PM
CONGRATULATIONS, JAN, FOR MAKING LIFETIME! We are all so proud of you! You kept heading for the finish line - and you made it! Yea! I know your family is thrilled with your progress. What do your sisters have to say about your successful journey?

And congratulations to you, too, Beth, for a nice loss this week. As long as the scale is moving in the DOWNWARD direction, it doesn't matter how fast (or slow!) it goes. I am sure you will adjust to school time soon. I remember when I was teaching school all my friends would say - Wow you have an easy job - getting off so early in the day! They didn't know about all the "other stuff" . I can't remember a night when I didn't have papers to grade, exams to construct, etc, etc, etc. Definitely one of those jobs where you take your work home with you!

Carol - You get congrats, too, for your good check-up news. That should take some of the stress out of your life now. It seems you are having lots more aches & pains recently. I think that you probably overdid it with the move - and, of course, being with the baby and all that lifting isn't good for you either - but I know you can't give that up! Just take care of yourself. I worry about you. Sorry you have to work Sat - bummer!

Joyce - How did your "chat" with the carpet people go? Were you able to get them to see the error of their ways?? I bet you are getting excited about the New Orleans trip. It's getting pretty close - the end of SEpt, right?

Linda - I wish I could get on my treadmill. I just can't risk screwing up my back right now with all the wedding stuff coming up. Maybe I will try to ease myself back into it after the big wing ding. If I can't, guess I will have to get rid of it. I hope your husband can use all the family praise to spring back into the program. It always helps to have that support.

Jan, how old are your students? I wish I could talk to the Near-Genius one! I spent all afternoon typing a document at work and then promptly "lost" it just before quitting time! I am just sure I saved it - probably not where I thought. First thing tomorrow I will do a search of my hard drive and see if its there. If not, guess I will spend another few hours re-doing it.

I am feeling more like I know what I am doing at the new job, but I am still overwhelmed by the scope of it. I didn't realize what a big chunk I had bitten off! I keep thinking it will be better when I am more organized, but I don't have time to get organized!! But the days sure do go fast! Can't believe we are mailing out the invitations next week! I will take about a week off just before and after the wedding. That was part of the deal before I accepted the job! I am not sure I will get paid for it, but it really doesn't matter. I need those few days beforehand to get it all together and then a couple to recouperate afterwards. :) OK - maybe I need more than a couple, but that's all I could get!

Guess I will close down now and go do a little wedding stuff before bedtime. There's always something on my craft table waiting for me! Everyone have a great TGIF day tomorrow.

Linda Jean
08-23-2001, 10:56 PM
texaslady, I am so glad to read that you are taking time off both before and after the Big Wedding -- you are very smart to take care of yourself so well. You won't be sorry that you did it. That's too bad that you are hesitant to get on the treadmill because of potential back problems. I wasn 't aware that you have a bad back, that's the bunk. You're wise to be cautious--you don't want to be limping down that aisle! From one who knows: The biggest thrill of *all* is being the one to stand up first and face the doors at the back of the sanctuary just as your daughter appears there.... you will have to choke back tears, I'll bet. Your heart will just swell with pride and love. Too bad we can't bottle that feeling; we'd get rich overnight selling it!

08-24-2001, 01:19 AM
Linda, that is so great that your dd and dsil were so supportive of dh's 10 pounds off; you know, guys like to seem *so* tough, but they are just as appreciative of compliments as we gals are! (Now that I'm nearly 50, I'm getting smarter. Finally.) And I love your play on words, yes, it is fun to weigh less!

Carol, I am so glad your followup appt went so well; what a relief! Sorry you have to work Saturday, though. Remember: Sunday is YOUR day!! Re: the kids, juniors & seniiors, they came in Monday; an interesting mix, and very "into" computers, in one way or another. Should be a challenging year! Dad is still gung ho on the photo project, thank goodness, and I am learning something new from him every day. Saw a photo today of the pyramids that he took from the cockpit!

Texaslady, so glad that you could arrange for time off before & after the wedding! That was so wise. Hope you find that document; have been there, know what you mean! (You might try a find file on "untitled," sometimes that works. Or try searching by creation date.) Thanks for the congrats; it took me long enough, didn't it, though? Good advice to Beth; and I know what you mean about those teacher "comments," have heard my share. If they only knew! Re: my dear sisters, my younger sister (size 0, omigosh) is so happy for me; I haven't told my other sister about my reaching goal yet, but I know she'll also be supportive.

Well, that huge audit they did on our district last spring finally came to a close; they published a glossy book on it, which we got today, and I came out looking ok, 5 commendations. Whew. A quarter million of taxpayer $$ to find out that we were doing the best we could with what we had. (And we were chosen randomly.) Oh well, that's politics for you!! With that $, we could have sent every student home with a state-of-the-art computer and Internet access for two years! And with the hours I spent dealing with the audit, I COULD have done something more worthwhile for our students! (See why I went back into the classroom?)

Oh well, ignore the ranting above. That was then, this is now. And tomorrow is Friday ... everyone have a great one!


Linda Jean
08-24-2001, 03:35 AM
Jan, good for you for getting all those commendations; that is really something. I am glad that you are back in the classroom, too; you seem to be the kind of person who will do a good job reaching the students, no matter what their individual level may be. Wish I could sit in the back of your class and learn, too.

Happy Friday to all.

08-24-2001, 03:14 PM
JAN, I would love to audit your class, as well! What fun that would be! {Linda and I took a class on using the Internet, it was a lot of info for a 1 night class!!} I decided I just have to try things and practice a lot!
You are right into the swing of things!!

I weighed inthis morning, had the gain I expected...[not very much] I stayed for a refresher intro, and am ready to do this!!!

I've gotta run! have to pick up dgd for lunch and do her banking..
Where DOES the time go???
Have a great weekend everybody!

08-24-2001, 09:27 PM

Well, I never did find my document. I did a global search looking for the date as well as untitled as well as all wordperfect files. Gone. Period. So guess what I spent 2 hours doing over this morning? Oh well, hard lesson learned.

Linda - Was watching A Wedding Story the other day (on The Learning Channel) and just watching those brides go down the aisle got to me. Don't know how I will be able to stand it. Joy & sorrow - what an interesting mix. You're right - we could make a fortune if we could bottle it! :D You know, oddly enough I don't have a lot of back problems - until I start getting serious on the treadmill. I thought maybe if I eased into it real gently, I maybe could make it work. Will try again after the wedding.

Jan - Glad the audit came out good. Congrats on your good work. But it makes me SO MAD to think of all those tax $$ wasted so someone could file a report which will be forgotten in a few weeks. Politics stink sometimes. It's a good thing I spend my money more wisely that the government spends my money - or I would be broke for sure.

Hope everyone has a great week-end. My ribbon came in and now I can finish the bows for the centerpieces. Then we have to make a trip to the bridal shop tomorrow and trade in a bridesmaid skirt for a bigger one (for the pregnant friend) and are meeting another one of the girls there to possibly exchange her top for a smaller one - depending on how it fits. This should be the end of bridesmaid problems - I hope. Got to get this wedding stuff finished up so I can drag out all my homecoming mum stuff soon. I think I am being dumb for trying to do mums this year - but I just hated not to keep the business going. DD has three bridal showers coming up in September (all on Saturdays) - that will take even more time away from my making mums & taking orders. I guess I will just try not to take as many orders as usual so I can hopefullu finish them on time.

Take care & have a great week-end.

08-24-2001, 10:50 PM
Thanks texaslady! I am sooo proud of myself for figuring it all out... I have been trying to find a different avatar for a long time, but they are always too big. :( I finally figured out how to resize it! duh!!
The "inchworm" title came to me during WW this morning.. my signature quote is what the leader used for her main subject this morning. it really stuck in my mind!

I wish so , that I could help you with your mums...it would be such fun! I still smile when I see the one you sent to dgd! It is very special. I can understand how important it is to keep the business going....I'm sure that you have quite a reputation for doing them!

I remember the feeling that you and Linda are talking about...seeing that 'little girl' come down the aisle is a once in a lifetime experience and feeling!:cry:

Bye for now..:)

08-25-2001, 12:16 AM
Good Evening Ladies!

TGIF!!! I am soooooooo tired and happy that it is Friday. I can sleep LATE tomorrow (of course my eyes will probably pop open at dawn)! Such a hectic but a very good week. I stayed OP all week and journaled every day. :)

Joyce, I like that inchworm, too. What a great sign-off motto! Sounds like you have taken a good track getting back to meetings and taking a refresher. You can make it! Did you get your carpet problems resolved?

Texaslady, ever wonder where all the "lost stuff" is on our computers? Floating around in there somewhere. :dizzy: What a thrill it will be to see your daughter standing at the "threshold of her new life." I am sooo looking forward to my son's wedding.

Jan, what was your job before you went back to teaching? Don't you just hate the how the "system" wastes more money than it spends on the kids! I would have loved some of that money to hire another special ed teacher so I wouldn't have so many kids. I have 10 fourth graders and 9 fifth graders. All are learning disabled. WAY too many! I also have to prepare the fourth graders for the state assessment that determines if they will go on to fifth grade. I have a couple of them reading at first grade level. I am really stressing over this!! :( CONGRATULATIONS ON MAKING LIFETIME!!! :spin: :spin: :spin: What in inspiration you are to us all!! I am determined to do it this time and your making lifetime reinforces my determination.

Carol, glad your post-op went well. What a bummer that you have to work on Saturday. I'd say I'd be thinking of you but I'll probably be sleeping!

Linda, WoW! 6 pounds from goal weight! I know you will get there soon. I have such a long way to go. I have a treadmill and also don't have the motivation to get on it. I find exercise very boring but I know I need to do some. Not only for my weight but it helps the "good cholesterol" to increase. Maybe one of these days .......

Hope all have a great OP weekend!


08-25-2001, 02:07 AM
Beth, I hope you sleep well on your day off!
Thanks for the affirmation for my being 'back on track'......

and NO, I don't even want to talk about carpet! :mad: but I will, I guess it is time to get off the phone and go face to face, as I should have done last week....I just wanted to believe that the manager was sincere in his promises. My plan is to go in tomorrow and tell the manager how much refund I want, and that I am tired of waiting for inspectors etc.!

Wish me luck!

08-25-2001, 06:39 AM
Good morning! I hope hope weekend is looking promising for everyone.
Texaslady, thanks for the concerns- I really appreciate it. You certainly don't need to be doing the treadmill or anything else that will set your back off right now! That's all you need for the wedding! I'm glad you are able to take a week off for the wedding- you are so busy at your new job that you'll really need the break to have time to get everything done and take time for you too! Your ribbon came in quickly! Have fun with the centerpieces this weekend!
Jan, knowing you, I'm sure the "challenging year" will be full of rewarding challenges! Congrats on the commendations n the district audit. Boy, are they going to miss you now that you are back in the classroom! I can imagine how much you are learning from your dad as he does his photos. Cherish every memory! Have you ever considered taping some of his memories? I so wish I had recorded some of my dad's stories of his youth and the early days of my parents marriage. I would love to be able to hear some of them now in his own voice.
Joyce, our own little inchworm! I love it!! Congrats on getting back to square one and doing the refresher. Sorry you are still fighting the carpet people- it does definitely sound like the personal face to face touch is in order! Go when you are feeling mean and hungry, and let 'em have it!:lol:
Beth, I hope you get some well-deserved sleep after your long hard week! try to do lots of thigs for you this weekend!

I'd better start getting ready for work. I'm not looking forward to it, but at least it will keep me out of the way for a few hours! Have a great weekend, everyone, and hi to those I missed.

08-25-2001, 06:18 PM
JOYce, the inchworm is SO cute! And I love the little couplet that goes with it. How clever! And good for you, staying after the meeting to renew your knowledge & commitment. I just know you'll make it all the way to goal! Hope the confrontation with the carpet guys gets things settled today!

Carol, hope your workday is going ok, and that you'll have a relaxing Sunday! And thanks so much for reminding me about videotaping; I've taped Dad a few times on audio only, and have been meaning to make videos too. Now would be a great time, while he's reminiscing about the war, the trail drive he went on as a teenager, and his travels. He's a quiet person, but these photos have brought him out a little more. I'll get right on it!!

Beth, 19 students in one class, all LD? Omigosh! But I know if anyone can handle it, you will, and with flying colors. Can they at least give you an aide (or two or three) to help out? Aren't they breaking your state's rules on class size or something? Whew! Re: prior job, I was the technology director for our district. Mostly paperwork, planning, fixing stuff, and giving workshops; very little contact with students, which I missed so much after more than 20 years teaching English, journalism, technology, & math (at various times). I feel like I've come back home now! Hope you're enjoying your Saturday, and were able to sleep in a bit.

Linda, thanks so much; that's really sweet of you. I plan to do my best for them all; having all those different ability levels in each class will probablyl turn out to be a "good thing," as M.S. says... Is it getting any cooler out there? We're still baking, of course. Can't wait for it to cool off a bit, so we can get our fall garden going.

Texaslady, sorry the file disappeared! I know how frustrating that is. Well, at least the ribbon came in for you, though! I'll bet the guests at your dd's wedding will be talking about the beautiful decorations for years! Hope you're not working too hard on all that this weekend ... but then, you planned ahead so well, and have already done so much, it doesn't sound like you'll get in any time crunches on this.

Hope everyone's having a great weekend! Janet, Saara, let us know how things are going!

Linda Jean
08-26-2001, 10:29 PM
JOYce, I'll echo everyone else's comments about your inchworm -- it is great! What a wonderful saying you picked up at the meeting. I'm so glad that you have recommitted yourself; I imagine that when things begin to get back to fallishness :) you'll once again be in the swing of being OP.

texaslady, I had forgotten that you had once said that getting on the treadmill can cause back problems for you. I agree with Carol, it is probably best that you avoid it until after all of the festivities are over. I'm so glad that the ribbon came in, hooray! I smiled when I read JOYce's wistful comment that she wished she could help you out with your homecoming mums -- she would be so good at being your helping hand!

Beth, thanks for your support. I know that if I would just start moving a little more, these last few pounds would come off. I have no desire to walk very far outdoors since it is still so terribly hot outside here, but ignoring my wonderful treadmill, situated in a cool room and facing a nice-sized TV which is also hooked up to cable, makes no sense whatsoever!

Carol, I hope you had a very relaxing Sunday, and will feel rested enough to start all over again on Monday! Hope that you got to put your tootsies up for awhile today. How is your back doing?

08-27-2001, 05:34 AM
Good morning! The thread was pretty quiet over the weekend, so hopefully everyone had a busy, fun filled weekend!
Things were pretty quiet at work Saturday, and since the air conditioning in the building wasn't working :eek:, it was just as well! It was not too pleasant in the office! I didn't even leave the house the rest of the weekend.
You know, I just don't understand people sometimes. I friend of mine lives in a summer resort area and manages a restaurant on the boardwalk there. Yesterday a little child about 3 was standing in the front of the restaurant by himself, crying for his mommy and daddy. It was about 8 PM, and it was cool and breezy, and the child was wearing only a pair of wet shorts- no shoes or shirt- and carrying a great big teddy bear. He was old enough to understand what they said, but not to talk much and he was scared to death. The police were finally called and took him to their nearby substation. They kept a couple officers in the area so that if the parents came back looking for himthey could take them to him. Over an hour and a half later, no one had come looking, nor had anyone called the police looking for a lost child. I think of my grandchild and how panicked I'd be if he were lost for even 5 minutes- and this little guy wasn't all that much older. Some people don't deserve to have children. :mad:
Well, now that I've spent so much time on my soapbox, it's about time to start getting ready for the day. Sure hope the a.c is functioning this morning!
Have a great op Monday, everyone!

08-27-2001, 08:31 PM
All good stuff..just very busy!
I did my "face to face" at Home Depot on Saturday and got some results..the carpet rep never answered any pages or calls, so the manager at Home depot called the corporate office and complained! YIKES!! I got a call on Sunday!! saying an inspector would be here Friday...but then today I got a call from the rep saying he will be here tomorrow. he would have come today if I hadn't been at the dentist when he called. Shameful how one has to be in order to get results!
anyhow.... on Sunday I took sign-ups for our church picnic that is coming up, I have delegated the shopping, set up etc. I feel good about it.
After going out to brunch, some friends came over and hung wallpaper in dgd's bedroom.

After the dentist, I stopped and got the paper goods for a receptionthat we are having for our church secretary, who has done a marvelous job for 25 years. It will be a hawaiian theme, since that is her most favorite place in the whole world, which makes decorating easy. :)

I've eaten sensibly over the weekend, and consumed gallons of water!! I think my inching along is doing just fine!
I'm glad you all like my inchworm. :D

08-28-2001, 03:31 PM
...about nothing!:o
The carpet rep was here less than 1/2 hr and fixed my carpet! It was a matter of crushed fibers that needed steaming! If he had checked it 2 weeks ago, it would have saved me a lot of ssteaaming :lol: But now it is over and you won't hear me griping about it anymore!

I have a 9 yr old dgd visiting today.... she is painting, playing Barbies etc....several new Barbies in the toy drawer, thanks to my recent down-sizing of my collection.

My new friend from Canada who is visiting her fiance here, confided in me last night that she is joining WW when she goes back to Canada next week. She was delighted to hear me say that I had gone back last week. I need to figure a *points friendly* place for us to have lunch on Thursday.

OOPS! speaking of lunch, I need to go get DGD from work for lunch with her cousin!

Have a great OP day!

08-28-2001, 04:29 PM
Joyce, I'm glad you finally got the carpet thing resolved!!! A coworker of mine is having her own problems with Home Depot and the installation of a floor! She's paid for it, was promised installation within a week or so- now can't get the time of day from them- they are saying they are short on installers and won't be able to get to her till mid December now!!! And they have her $$$$!! I told her your story- go for the top!

08-28-2001, 05:48 PM
Carol , your co-worker has more leverage than I did... since her product has not been installed...she can cancel the order and get a full refund...a friend of mine threatened that when their carpet order was late, and they ended up getting it for about 1/2 price! Worth a try! But yes, I reccomend going to the *top*!
I repeat what I said earlier, I hate that we have to do such things to get the service that we think we have paid for!:mad:

Only 4 weeks til New Orleans!!:D I am soooo ready!!
(except for losing 50 pounds before I meet Jan!):^:

08-28-2001, 07:24 PM
Hello everyone!

I'm sorry I have been absent for a while, but it's just so busy here... School started last wednesday, and my classes seem all OK. Lots of work, but very interesting. The textbooks cost way too much though.

Well, we've had some parties and we've had some fun. Everyone is so nice and great here. I live on a floor with bunch of other international students and a few americans as well. We spend a lot of time together, and do stuff together. On Friday we'll go to Yellowstone and will come back on Monday. About 40 of us go, it'll be so much fun!

I haven't joined WW here, and I'm not sure I will, but I did buy a scale, and try to do it on my own. The cafeteria food isn't all that good, but they do have good saladbar and fruits too. I drink hardly any soda, mainly water. The first week or so was pretty bad since I missed Cherry Coke, brownies, Doritos and all kind of other stuff in Finland, but now that I've had them once, and know I can get some anytime, I don't really even want them so much. We do have a frozen yogurt/ice-cream machine at the cafeteria, but fortunately it doesn't taste too good. Also the fact that I'm pretty much vegetarian (I do eat seafood), limits my choices a lot. They do have steamed veggies, and pasta w/ marinara sauce every day, and some kind of veggies stew (the incredients vary). Sometimes veggie burgers, and veggie pizza, but after trying those once I don't think I'll have to eat them again... I really try to take just a bit of salad dressing and dip my fork into it, so I won't be consuming lots of fat. (I LOVE thousand island dressing)

I try to walk as much as I can. Takes me about 10 minutes to get to classes from the dorms, and the cafeteria. It's still a bit too hot for me to walk during the day, but it should be cooling down a bit, so then I will walk 2 to 4 times every day. There's also a little gym in the next building from where I live, and I heard that the big gyms on campus are pretty good. I also brought my gym ball, so I can do some excersise (back stuff, sit-ups and push-ups) in my room.

The weekend w/ my host family was nice. We shopped, did sight seeing and went to a movie. Saw Rat Race, and I thought it was pretty funny.
I still haven't been downtown much. We do get to ride the buses for free w/ our univ id-cards, but there has been so much to do, that I haven't have the chance to explore the city. On Sunday we went w/ buch of people to watch the sunset from the hills 'behind' the city. It was beautiful, we could see all the way to the Great Salt Lake, and after it got dark we just sat there and wathced the city, and the whole valley w/ all the lights... Very nice.

Well, I'd better go and do my readings for my classes. I'll try to check in more often... Have a good evening! Saara.

08-28-2001, 09:15 PM
Saara - I am so glad that you are getting all settled into your dorm and making new friends already. I just knew you would. Your trip to Yellowstone sounds wonderful - I have never been but have always wanted to go. How far away is it from the university? And the text books ARE a huge rip-off! I thought it was bad "100 years ago" when I was in college, but when my dd was in college & buying books, it about put me in the poor house. And isn't it amazing how they have "lost" their value when you go to sell them back to the university at the end of the year????

JOYce - I could use some help with the football mums! Maybe you could stop off here on your way to New Orleans? I haven't gotten all my supplies out yet - sort of targeting this week-end for that job. I know I won't be able to make nearly as many as usual, but hopefully I can make enough to warrant getting all the supplies out of the closet & putting them back. Glad your carpet troubles are all over. But just think, if you hadn't insisted the rep come out, you would still be mad about it. I am glad you stood up for yourself. There are so many horror stories around here now about the shoddy workmanship on flood damaged homes. Almost everyone has a story to tell - makes me doubly grateful I didn't have any water damage.

Beth - I hope you were able to sleep late on Sat. I always look forward to that too - but my eyes invariably fly open same time as week-days. I am proud of you for keeping up with your journal now that your days are so busy. That's a real step in the right direction.

Carol - I don't know what your weather is like these days, but I can guarantee you there would be NO work going on in a building in this city without A/C! Truly, I believe the city would come to a hault without it. We have had several days now of wonderful rain - even if it does come in the form of thunderstorms! So that has kept the temperatures lower - but I won't even tell you what it has done to our usual 100% humidity!!! So sad about the child not being claimed. It breaks my heart. And there are so many more sad stories out there ----- we are all truly blessed.

Jan - What a wonderful idea to get your Dad on tape! I wish I had more video of my Dad. I do have a wonderful tape that we made at my parents 50th anniversary celebration in 1987. Wouldn't trade it for the world. The kids are having a videographer at the wedding and one of the things he does is allow people & family members to video-tape a message to the happy couple. I think its fantastic that they will have a photo memory to keep and share with their future children (if there are any??!!) or just to re-watch themselves - perhaps on their own 50th anniversary. OK, now I'm getting silly & sentimental!!

Good news - I have officially finished the wedding table centerpieces. Bad news - they are all over the house!! I decided to go ahead and put the floral arrangements in them so that the wisteria "bush" could get used to "draping". Now they are so big! But they are really pretty. Hey, Linda, I even put two of them on the treadmill (was REALLY running out of room)!! I also have finished the bows for the Unity Candle(s) and the cake server. Also made the card holder box thingy for the gift table - now THAT is really cute! Will have to take a pic for you guys. About the only major thing left to create are the pew bows. I think I will wait until after mum season to do those as, once again, I am really running out of space to store things. After mum sales are done, I can put them in the front room that I use as my Mum Showplace during football season.

Gotta go now. Will check in again later.

Linda Jean
08-28-2001, 10:48 PM
Hey, texaslady! --a new use for a treadmill!! That is so funny. Glad that you have gotten all of the centerpieces done, good for you.

It is cooling off outside, I have the windows in the family room open and there is a lovely breeze coming through.

JOYce, I don't imagine that Jan cares if you lose 50 pounds in the next few weeks or not.... :) You are beautiful, just the way you are.

08-29-2001, 08:54 PM
Since we're on the second page, I'll start a new thread. Come on over to 74!