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06-15-2006, 09:35 PM
here's some new paper.

06-15-2006, 10:21 PM
Judd and Jon are gone. The pink wands are done, the Mavs are on now, and I'm ready for a little rest. I was going to go up there but decided I'd rather not stink like smoke tonight. I have to work 4 hours tomorrow, then will go get my hair done for the weekend (shampoo, blowdry, straightened). I haven't finalized plans for Father's Day yet but it won't hurt me to clean Saturday just in case.

I hope everyone is having a good night. It sure is slow on the board lately.

06-15-2006, 10:37 PM
Your 'plantings' sound amazing Kathy - I love hibiscus - and sure hope yours flourish. Have fun getting ready for the big 'do'. Would love to cruise with you - can do Galveston if required - of course I would need to have my 'usual' balcony cabin!! :) - but I would also find a good 'deal' to keep costs down! Anyone else ready to cruise - let me know.

Hope you are finally relaxing and enoying the game!

Sandra - would love to be a travel writer - or reviewer of some type. Guess I would need to 'freelance' first? Like write articles or diary of trip and send it someplace? (I know not where) to see if they would publish it? (of course any monies collected would go right back into the Frouf Travel Fund!).

Niki - congrats on your loss and we all know the 'true' loss will appear once TOM is over! Something to look forward to!

Saw my co worker/cruise buddy today - she is so into it - so I guess it's a go - I was not sure if she was still interested - but she is so excited. Will be bringing in her passport # and credit card as well so we can book if required. Speaking of which my gf travel agent has NOT gotten back to me with any pricing/availbility. I shall call her tomorrow am - and if no results I shall feel free to book somewhere else!

Had a mild headache in pm - took some advil - left to take dd to orthodontist - turns out she went to friend's house after school - to bake a cake no less - and had to go back to ice if after the appt.

Since dh did NOT take anything out for dinner - I went to grocery store on my way home - but feeling so crappy - like that weak low blood sugar feeling (and had a meager lunch to boot and no afternoon snack) so it was a wonder I even got out of the store in one piece. So I was the crazy woman ripping open the arrowroot cookies so I could have some in the car and digging around for a green apple as well - yikes!

Dh had prepared some potatoes so I was able to prepare dinner very quickly as I had picked up some bbq chicken and canned peas - I felt so much better once I had eaten! Then off to pick up dd - change when I got home so I could go to the FITNESS PLACE - yes they close at 8 pm (last 30 min circuit at 7:30 pm) and I got there at around 7:25 and finished just in time. At least I did it! Tomorrow I will definitely go on my way home from work (and have a snack before I go!).

My headache is back a bit and I am super tired so I shall soon go to bed and read or watch tv (dh out at a friend's for awhile).


06-16-2006, 12:29 AM
kathy, i don't have a clue where the k came from. guess it wasanother lucy moment. i just edited it out. now i wonder what i'll do next in my neverending lucy role.

frouf, freelancing might be the ticket. i think you should start writing/submitting now. that would be so neat to see you published. and adding to the frouf travel fund? awesome!

06-16-2006, 12:41 AM
kathy, i see my editing didn't work. would you delete the "k" for me?

06-16-2006, 09:08 AM
Good morning all. We didn't get home from berry picking until about 2 and them I had to clean them and freeze them. I was so exhausted last night I decided to take a short nap at about 6 and woke up at 10 so I just went to bed. I am still exhausted this morning. I have to work the next 3 nights, my last 3 day weekend and then my schedule is finally changing to every other weekend, so I may not post again until Monday. Have a great weekend everyone.

06-16-2006, 09:50 AM
I fixed it, Sandra. You can't edit the title.

I have a lot of work to do this morning so I'd better get at it. I didn't get here until 7:30 (instead of 6:30 as planned), darn it.

06-16-2006, 10:04 AM
Good morning,

I just stopped in before going downstairs to the kitchen. Bernie's birthday today, and he managed to get off tonight. We're going to a play that he's been wanting to see. We'll have a "light" dinner as there isn't time to go out. I've got a hair appointment at 12:30, so I'll look good for the ocasion.
I'll read soon....

06-16-2006, 10:29 AM
Happy Birthday, Bernie! :D

I hope that you are all doing well. Just stopping in for a good morning but I'll be back later.

06-16-2006, 10:58 AM
Frouf, I think you should really consider doing some writing and submitting it. You're a talented lady. Everyone has to get their start somewhere, and stranger things have happend.:) Glad that you're so dedicated to the exercise, it's a great step in the right direction.

Sandra, glad to hear that you're going this morning. Remember, you're starting over and you CAN DO IT!

Kathy, good that you're giving yourself some ME time. Hope you consider making it a relaxing weekend. If you're going out for dinner, make a reservation, we couldn't get near any restaurants on Mother's Day.

Paula, sounds like the berry picking was fun. Glad that you're going to start alternating weekends. I'm so happy when Bernie is off, we can plan lots of good stuff.

Niki, I don't have to worry about monthly changes in my old body. You're doing really well, keep it up. I'm sure you earn lots of AP's with the kids.

Melissa, I'm so delighted that your having such a good time with the house. I just knew that you would, and look forward to some pics one of these days.

I picked up a nice roast yesterday, and plan to make it Monday in the Crock Pot. My aunt is coming on Wednesday and I want to be ready. I might make a mushroom barley soup as well. I spoke to Dave and he said that they would do a brunch on Saturday. Saturday night, Adam is taking my aunt to the casino. She's delighted about that, and Adam is such a sweetie, that I know it will be fun. Adam and I go see Cirque du Soleil, so Bernie has the honours. He'll probably take her out to dinner and maybe a movie. I might try to go to the Art Gallery to see the Emily Carr (Canadian artist) exhibit as well. I'm not used to such planning, but it's coming together.

Lovely day here, and I hope it is for all of you too.:)

06-16-2006, 12:09 PM
Frouf I must be going crazy, I gave you the wrong web page, sorry: the right one is and I agree with Sandra, I think you have every right to shop around and buy from whoever makes you feel comfortable and offers you the closest to what you really want: it's your vacation!!
I hope you are feeling better, and have no more headaches, it might have to do with the warm weather and adjusting to the new medication?

I have to run as dh is waiting for me to go visit our close friend who's at the hospital... I'll try to come back later... Have a great day,


06-16-2006, 02:02 PM
Thanks Maggie - yes I have 'cruised' that site before and it has good deals - nice to know of someone that has actually used it with good results!

Speaking of which CRUISE #1 is a done deal - can you believe it? Finally heard back from gf travel agent - ended up paying $30 more so I could 'pick' my cabin instead of having one assigned - which I think is worth it (there were lots of cabins under the pool deck - and if you are not cruise-wise you would be up very early in the am as they drag the chairs around and clean the decks!). We are in a balcony cabin in a lovely location - flying a day early (via Chicago Vicke - hope we don't get lost in the massive airport!). My gf and I are very excited - and she esp as she is a cruise virgin and has not travelled extensively.

Saundra - Sounds like the plan for your aunt's visit is coming together nicely - I'm sure she will have loads of fun!

And you reminded me to make a reservation for father's day on Sunday - as this is a joint celebration for dh and finally ds' 20th birthday!

Kathy - I agree that making a dinner reservation is the way to go!

Where's Vickie by the way? Still recuperating from the slumber party?

Went to bed too late - still have a bit of a headache - and probably cuz I have not eaten much yet? Was too busy w/cruise planning to eat breakfast - finally had a coffee and yogurt at 11:30 am - now I must eat lunch - maybe another advil?

Dh a bit under the weather - not sure why - feeling depressed? Decided not to go out for the 'boys' night' tonight? Guess we'll stay home and hopefully relax???

I am definitely planning to go to the gym on the way home from work today!!! (but I will have a good protein snack before I go!).



06-16-2006, 04:37 PM
Nah, no reservation will be necessary for Father's Day. I can almost guarantee you that! LOL! I still am leaning toward having everyone here and grilling, but I will probably be out-voted.

The little neighbor boy just said the cutest thing to me. I was out front planting flowers and he was "helping". He is six. Zuki was running around and peeing on everyone's mailbox posts. I said "That Zuki sure is a pee-er, isn't he?" and he said, "Yep, he is. I'm not a pee-er but my grandma is. She pees all the time because she doesn't have bladder control." I just about died laughing!

So I finished the flowers and Shaun cleaned the carpet with the Kirby (which has a cleaning system) and now it's better. I'm waiting for Judd to get home because I don't know what the evening plans are, except that the game starts at 7:05. I hope he realizes I can't walk for miles and miles. We usually park at our office and walk (actually it's about 1/2 mile) but I can't even do that. Oh well.

I won't be back until tomorrow so everyone have a great evening.

06-16-2006, 04:38 PM
Hello Chicks! Here I am. God, I feel like I haven't been on in forever. Probably, because I haven't been on much since Tuesday. We were very busy again today and were up and out early. I just got home. I had a small meltdown at lunch today and consumed quite a bit of carbs. Nothing to be done about it now. I'll only be having a small bite later if I get hungry.

I don't even know where to begin since I'm so far behind. I think I'll go back and see if I can catch up and respond to posts. I have to go back to board 45!

06-16-2006, 04:49 PM
Holy Moly am I ever far behind! I haven't posted much since page 26 on Core Board 45. Why you all hardly missed me at all! ;)

Sorry....I have to go again. I'm on the phone with LaZBoy customer service. The are giving us NO service and I have to fight with them now. I'll try to be back.

06-16-2006, 05:03 PM
No, no, no! We DID miss you -- just figured you were either tired, busy, disgusted and had quit the program and gone over to the Atkins board ... :lol: Okay, just kidding about that part.

Congrats to your White Sox for that good spanking they gave us! We won ONE out of the whole series? La-hoosers! You'd never think we were in first place! Yeah, I said WERE. I think the Angels overtook us during that series. We're the same in wins but we have one more loss than they do. Hopefully we'll have a good stand with the Diamondbacks.

Don't sweat that buffet! (I saw that.) A lifestyle change still includes the word "life", which sometimes gets in the way. We still have to do it though, so drink some extra water and put it behind you.

Oh and good luck with those LaZBoy people. I just hate dealing with CS sometimes.

06-16-2006, 05:34 PM
Hi guys! :wave:

Vickie, glad to see you around. We HAVE missed you, though I haven't been around much either! But I've been reading to keep up.

Off to find some supper...:hungry:

06-16-2006, 06:06 PM
Who's Vickie? :):):D

06-16-2006, 07:09 PM
thank you, kathy. my grands could say the same thing about me. i'm quite a pee-er. lol

i got up this am and went to ww. i will change my tracker now........... okay, it's changed. i have decided not to write about weightloss--i'm going to use the tracker for that. all i'm going to say about today's wi is it was about what i'd expected and deserved. after the meeting i hadn't really made up my mind as to do core or flex. i made my decision at the grocery store. i'm doing core. today's a new beginning. i'm all smiles.

saundra, happy birthday to bernie!!! you two have fun celebrating his special day.

frouf, i'm excited about this cruise. where are we going? i'm anxiously awaiting reports.

vickie, sounds like you're in a whirlwind of busy ness. i melted, too. now we just need to "chill".

i'm heading over to post today's foods. i'll catch you later.

06-16-2006, 07:20 PM
:rofl: Ok, I guess I asked for that, didn't I?!

Things are just NOT going right here. Nothing life threatening or altering....just HUGELY aggravating.

Here it is in a nutshell. As you know the Lazboy furniture wouldn't recline. Turns out it's our fault according to their Customer Service department. We should have known that on plush carpeting, this recliner foot went down too far to the floor. Coupled with the microfiber material that I picked it is no surprise that they won't recline. The repair guy raised it as high as he could and it didn't help. Also, the plywood on the sofa was cracked probably in shipping according to the repair guy. So Lazboy was willing to repair the sofa and told us to go buy furniture cups to raise the sofa and loveseat. Excuse Me!!!!! I told the Representative that this was NOT acceptable to me and that I wanted to talk to a Manager. I was on hold for no less than 10 minutes with her stopping back in to check with me during that time. I never did talk to a manager because eventually she came back and told me that we can do a reselect. Meaning we can go in and pick a new sofa/loveseat. She told me we need to pick a "high profile" which is their lingo for not so low to the ground. She also suggested that I pick new fabric just to be safe but I am not happy with this. I talked to my salesperson at the store and that is where I'll be spending my day tomorrow. If we cannot find something to replace it then they are going to charge me a 35% restocking fee which would be somewhere in the neighborhood of $1000. Sigh. I'll be shopping pretty darned hard tomorrow, that's for sure. My stomach is in knots and my head hurts.

Then I go to my pool because I decide to be a human swizzle stick and stir the warm water from the solar cover in with the cold water and to vacuum the bottom. Well, I stirred it all up and it's a chilly 76 degrees. Jim and I don't like to swim when it's under 85 and, of course, I'm too cheap to buy a heater. Jim and I are NOT handy and I feel like it's a big expense and just another thing to break. Anywhoo, I see "earth" all over the bottom of the pool. This is NOT good. The "earth" is supposed to be in the filter NOT on the floor of the pool. Soooooo, I had to call the pool company to have them send someone out to fix the problem. I recall that this happend last year as well. Of course, you don't get to talk to a real person, just voice mail. So, who knows how long before they call us back. It's supposed to be really warm here again tomorrow but I'm thinking the pool won't warm up 9 degrees overnight. Maybe next week. Double sigh!

Ok, there's my tale of woe. Now I'm going back to page 26 on Core Board 45!

06-16-2006, 07:51 PM
Maggie, I'd love to see you post your menus. Any recipes you'd want to share would be great with us. Many of us like Mexican food. Your flower garden sounds spectacular. I can't believe that I'm surrounded by so many green thumbs. Perhaps it will rub off on me. I miss having snapdragons. They were one of my Mother's favorite flowers.

Kathy, I didn't think you were being snotty. I said it before and I'll say it again. I do NOT know how all of you Mothers manage all the things you do in a day without dropping down to your knees in exhaustion. I can handle alot but kids are especially difficult for me. Julianna never stopped talking for a minute. She climbed all over me and wanted my attention the entire time. Uncle Jim would NOT do. I even had to sleep with her as she does not sleep by herself! Did you ever get any me time? How is your medicine working? Those wands looked amazing! I would have paid you for them too. You are very talented. How are the foster nephews?

Speaking of the sleepover....I hope I'm not repeating myself but forgive me if I am. We picked her up at 2:00 and then went to a craft mart which is a store that has separate booths with craft items. It's kind of like a craft show but it's there all the time. I am looking for a guardian angel piggy bank for Sarah like the one I bought for Julianna when she was born and that's where I found it. Well, they didn't have it but we walked through that whole store. Then we went next store and looked at all the puppies. I enjoyed myself immensely but Julianna, not so much! I saw a Scottie puppy and was thoroughly charmed. Jim dragged me fromt he store. We came home for a little bit and then left to go the the dog Barkery to get Cassie's birthday cake. Then we went to dinner. After dinner we played for a while and watched a Winnie the Pooh movie. In the morning she swam in my whirlpool and then I took her home. Almost 24 hours of togetherness was too much for me.

Sandra, what did I miss? Did you join an exercise place? How was Divinci Code? I'm still trying to decide whether to go to the show or read the book first and then rent the movie.

Niki, I SO feel for you with the potty training! My Niece is going through it now with her almost 4 year old DS. He show little interest. I keep telling him it's "disgusting" to poop in his diaper. I asked him why he doesn't go in the potty and he says he afraid. Huh?! God Bless all you Moms. The apple cake sounds VERY yummy. I will be trying it soon. Any idea what size loaf pans should be used?

Frouf, WOW! You joined a gym also. Woo Hoo.....maybe you all will motivate the rest of us. I am very behind on my Fourth of July goal. Frouf, I'm sorry about your BP. I'm on medicine too. It's one of the things that I'm trying to lose weight for. I wonder why my doctor never gave me a water pill. He just put me straight on Norvasc. Do you have any blood pressure medicine?

Saundra, I forgot about my Stir Crazy Popper. I liked that thing. What a great way to get in some healthy oil. Did DS sell the house? I see you said he is moving in 7 weeks. Great News! Is this the father of Natan who will now be closer?

Angela, I hope you get to Yellowstone one day. It is supposed to be breathtaking. You must be at the water park now? How was the tilapia? I've been afraid to try it. I don't like strong fish with alot of bones.

Melissa, you sound surprised that you are making friends in your new neighborhood. I'm not surprised at all!

Ok, this post is getting REALLY long and I'm only on page 28 of Board 45 so I'm going to cut if off here and keep trying to catch up!

06-16-2006, 08:07 PM
vickie, i can't tell you how good it is to see you here posting. i was worried about you. sounds like you've been super busy enjoying your niece. i hope you find the little bank for sara soon.

i joined the women's club here in missoula. i've only been 2 times so far and those times have been for water aerobics. talk about fun!! i'm running, jumping, laughing, etc...... i couldn't be doing all this exercise on land. i'm also meeting other women. life is good.

i have core soup on for dinner as well as polenta cakes. i'm having watermelon instead of popcorn tonight--unless there's a popcorn emergency.

ya'll have a good friday evening.

06-16-2006, 08:42 PM
Frouf, I'm so glad that you're going to get to go on vacation. It sounds like you'll have a great travelling companion. I know that travel makes you happy. So now you have time to get yourself in cruising shape. You are well on your way! It's probably too late for my 2 cents worth....but I'd NOT use the GF for my travel agent anymore. She would have blown it by discussing my situation with others. I'd be especially mad that it was your Ex. What if you didn't want him to know that you were travelling?

Kathy, I didn't know that your were a medical transcriptionist. What DON'T you do! ;) I hope you have fun at the Ranger's game tonight. They sure weren't in top form when they played us. Did you hear about all the press the Padilla hitting Pierzynski thing got here. OMG, I am SO sick of hearing about it. We're rooting for the Cubs for the next couple of days since they are playing Detroit whom we are chasing. The Cubs lost though. Can't count of them for anything. We'll be babysitting for at least 6 hours on Father's Day. Darn....I really wanted to come to your barbecue. :( When does Shaun report? Any idea when graduation would be? I'm excited and will have to make sure to block my calendar.

Niki, great job on the loss! Anything downward is great my friend.

Paula, how do you freeze berries? I'd love to freeze some blueberries and blackberries.

Saundra, it sounds like you have a great weekend planned. I'd enjoy the air show I'm sure. It's the crowds that I would hate. Have fun with Natan.

Maggie, when you perfect that banana recipe, I'd LOVE to have it. I need a recipe though. I'm not very creative.

Melissa, I do miss you too when you aren't around. Moving into a new house is a big chore. Can't wait to see those pictures of the new paint job.

Whew! That's the end of Core Board on to 46!

06-16-2006, 08:54 PM
Frouf, if I was going to cruise with anyone but Honey Lamb you'd be someone I'd consider! I just have no interest in travel but do enjoy hearing about it, especially from you since your stories are so entertaining. How long will you be in Chicago? And when? Maybe I could drag Honey Lamb to the airport?

Saundra, tell Bernie I said Happy Birthday! I'm sure your hair is looking gorgeous. What did you have done today? I think I posted a great mushroom barley soup recipe on our board. It was from an old WW book and I used to make it when I did Flex. It's easily modifiable for Core though. I think you are going to have a great time with your Aunt. She sounds like she's still pretty active.

Sandra, I'll be changing my tracker on Monday. It'll put me back to only 37 pounds down. It was actually worse for a couple of days there but I'm getting back in control. We'll get back to where we were together.

Wow! I'm pretty impressed with myself. I'm all caught up and responded to everyone. I'm going to go shower and have a bite to eat. Sandra is making me want some popcorn.

06-16-2006, 11:51 PM
WOW Vickie, I'm so impressed!!! You are a better woman than me.

We've been relaxing tonight. We got some dinner and watched "The Family Stone" which was cute but not fantastic. It did make me cry, but that's not too difficult! ;)

I'm hoping to really get back in gear. I (we) did so good for about a week there, and this past week I've really just let things go to pot. Well not completely, but close. I'm hoping to spend some time this weekend working on the house, cooking, doing laundry, etc. so that next week we'll be on course. I'm planning to make some core sweet and sour chicken this weekend. :T I've been wanting to try it for quite awhile now. I might make it tomorrow.

Sandra, I'm glad to hear that you are sticking to core. I "met" some women on a baby message board today that are doing core. I saw several women who said that they are continuing to eat core through their pregnancy, just using full fat instead of ff cheese and milk. It makes sense, it's just healthy eating.

Vickie, you sound like you're doing really well. I'm sorry to hear about all of your stress over LaZBoy and the pool. If I ever get messed over by some company, I'm calling you in as my representation. :lol: And yes, I hope to post some pics soon. Right now the LR is still in shambles because we need to paint the trim so we haven't moved everything back where it goes yet.

Kathy, I hope that you are having fun tonight. You too Saundra!

06-16-2006, 11:51 PM
Well you know it's a good night when you only weight like .2 more than in the morning - can't wait to see what the scale monster says tomorrow morning - but so far so good. (still NOT at my tracker # tho!) I would say I am not entirely core but definitely eating better and not as much!

I did go the fitness place today after work (let's not excited here - I just got a month membership - it is similar to Curves - but given my upcoming travel I think I shall change that to the 3 month so I can keep on going). They are open tomorrow for half day and I was planning to go but frankly I think I need a break? (already went 4 times in 5 days!) muscles are protesting a bit and would love a sleep-in!

Sandra - good for you for starting over - we're with you all the way!

Vickie - i can relate to the non-stop talking - my little guy yaps from the momen he wakes up until he goes to bed - we are very happy when it's bedtime! I also thought of the Chicago airport 'visit' - I think our layovers are very short (1 hr on the way down and 1.5 hrs on the way back) and I am not sure how much of a visit we could have? How far away are you from the airport?

As for the Lazyboy fiasco - I can understand how upsetting that is given the amount of $$ you spent - you would think someone would have asked some questions or found out your 'environment'. I am sure you will find a high profile set you like - sending good Froufie shopping vibes your way!

Kathy - hope you are RELAXING and enjoying the game (and not too much walking involved?) - when are you going to Chicago?

My newest travel dilemma - PLEASE PROVIDE ADVICE ASAP!:

Remember the gf in Toronto? The one that has several times said she wanted to travel with me - but can never get her act together? (those of you who have been here awhile may remember the March 2005 fiasco - where I ended up going to Jamaica w/my 2 boys after waiting weeks for her to try and make a decision!)

Anyhow I am very excited about my cruise - and told her I was going! She immediately says she wants to go too! First - something about 3 in a cabin - I DON'T THINK SO! So I suggest she find someone to travel with - friend, co-worker, sister - says she knows no one! I tell her to look around.

Now her latest decision is she will go herself - pay the single supplement (not that much if you go in the cheapest inside tiny cabin) - and come with us! has asked me to look up pricing for her? (not sure why? she is not illiterate, nor is she a cripple so she can certainly look it up herself?). I am quite perturbed about this - as I don't really want her to come? She is kind of high maintenance and will need babysitting - I definitely want 'me' time - where I can sit, veg, wander the ship, relax and do nothing. I also find this a bit problematic given I already have a roommate who has not cruised before so will want to show her around - she has a very upbeat personality, and if a fun girl. My gf in Toronto - is pretty gloomy - finds fault with lots of stuff.

The absolute worst is eating with her!!! She is now very conscious of what she eats and is a vegetarian - but she is so rigid and difficult when ordering food it is almost embarrassing!

So is there a way to NICELY tell her maybe this is not such a good idea? Now in the past her travel ideas have never really materialized but I guess I don't want to count on that? In fact she will probably want to come here to fly with us cuz she can't manage to fly there on her own!!!

Any suggestions greatly appreciated!


06-17-2006, 01:00 AM
Frouf, how about the truth.....or close to it. You've committed this young lady to her first cruise and she is very excited and you've promised to show her the ropes. You don't feel right introducing someone who is already friends with you because that will leave the new work friend as the odd woman out. That wouldn't be right since she is the one who agreed to go and may be a great travelling companion in the future. Tell GF that you will book another cruise with her in the future. Ask her to do the research (which probably won't happen) and you'll do one alone with just her. You can always postpone it later. Not too much of a lie right? If I were the new work friend, I would not be overjoyed about your other GF coming along. She'd have to say she's ok with it but what else could she do? You might lose her for future cruises and that would be a shame. That's my 2 cents worth.

Melissa, you sound like your having fun. I hope the baby board folks have some great advice for you. I think Core is a fabulous way to eat. Just out of curiousity, why does the dairy have to be full fat? Does FF have less calcium or something? I know my Niece gave up caffeine and artificial sweeteners.

Rangers win! Hope you enjoyed the game, Kathy.

I'm off to bed. I have a BIG morning ahead of me. Oh yeah....Jim thinks Cassie isn't well and so now I have to work a Vet appointment in there somewhere. Hmmmm....who says I don't have kids?!

06-17-2006, 10:06 AM
Good Morning Chicks! Well, I win the prize. Last post last night and first post this morning. I don't think it's a good prize though. I think it means I've had no life in the last 9 hours!

Frouf, I forgot to tell you. We are about 45 minutes to an hour from O'Hare's parking lot. As you know, O'Hare is a huge place. With an hour and 15 minutes layover, you'll be lucky to get to your next gate unless it's close to where you are. I'm bummed. I was hoping you'd say overnight or 4 hours or something like that. Harumpf.

Well, I have to go shower and go to LaZBoy and maybe the Vet with Cassie. I hope to be back later.

06-17-2006, 10:37 AM
Good Morning,

Just a quick visit, cause we have to leave soon. Thunderstorm warning this morning, so I'm crossing my fingers that they stay away, cause you don't want to go to a "wet" air show.

Silly thing, but I changed my breakfast from oatmeal to oatmeal banana bread with yogurt cheese and fruit spread, and it was really good. Not a big deal, but I feel very satisfied, and since I'll only be eating fruit this afternoon, that's a good thing.

Vickie, good luck at Lazy Boy. I sure hope that you find the "right thing". I know how frustrating it is for you, I'd feel that way too.

We had a very nice evening last night, and are doing the special dinner tonight at a relatively new steak house. Gee, something else to look forward to. Again, iffy weather for tomorrow, so we'll see if Alexandria Bay is a go.

Okay, better run, busy, busy,

06-17-2006, 10:56 AM
Saundra, I want to make oatmeal banana bread! Can we please have the recipe? Is there a recipe for the yogurt cheese too? I'm starving. I better go get ready. I'll keep my fingers crossed that you get your air show in.

06-17-2006, 11:20 AM
I tried to post last night but it wouldn't go thru, so I gave up. BUT since I am so wildly creative and such a genius, I pasted it into a Word file ... so here 'tis!

Whew, home from the game finally! We did enjoy that win and hope to continue thru the weekend. Best news of all though is that we are forecast for RAIN! GLORIOUS RAIN! It has been 42 days since measurable rainfall in the area, and even then we didn't get it in my neighborhood. I would go out and play in it if I could! :lol:

I do think the BBQ is a go for Sunday. We talked to BIL/SIL tonight and they are game ... seems it would be better for their two girls than going to a restaurant with 15 people. So tomorrow Judd and I will go vote (city elections) and then go to Costco and buy steaks, hot dogs, vegetables and all the sides. I'll make a blackberry pie, and after that we will clean. It's pretty much ready to go but a teeny bit more won't hurt.

Vickie, Shaun leaves Aug. 22, as far as we know. If it falls thru, we will all sit down and cry. He needs to go, for his sake and ours. He's now talking to some girl and I'm terrified she'll try to convince him not to go. That had BETTER not happen or I will bite her.

I suppose I should go to bed now. It'll be time to get up before I know it.

I didn't sleep well so I got on the couch around 6 and was able to sleep there until 7, when Erin got up to get ready for work. She made noise for an hour, left at 8 and I slept until 8:30 when Shaun came down for coffee. So I said fuggitaboutit and got up. I'm drinking coffee with SF French Vanilla creamer in it and patting myself on the back for not reaching for a coke.

On today's agenda we have to go vote, go to Costco, and come home to clean. Yay. Maybe it won't be so bad since they'll only be in the front LR and DR, kitchen, family room, breakfast room, and entry. Oh and they'll see the flowerbeds, so I suppose I should give them a little workover too.

It is indeed cloudy and looks like the bottom could fall out of the sky at any moment. Life is GREAT!

Frouf, your traveling woes shouldn't have to make you crazy. Just listen to Vickie and tell her the truth! You are going to relax and not keep a tight schedule, and will want plenty of alone time. If she's not cool with that, she should stay home.

Vickie, I hope Cassie is okay. Wonder why Jim thinks something's wrong? Is she eating okay?

I guess I should get started on some cleaning. Maybe it'll work these two pounds off of me. Scale this morning? 147.2. Could it be the chips, salsa, guacamole, two small (and I mean tiny!) margaritas, two regular sized beers at the ballpark, half of a hot dog, and giant glass of water that I had last night? Oh and a cup of olives. After the game was over, we went into one of the clubs that overlook the ballpark so we could sit in huge leather recliners and watch them rake and cover the field. Judd was going over to the bar for something and I asked for a little cup of olives. They just sounded good at the time but of course chock full of salt. Anyway, I'm sure I'll recover from it.

On with the day ...

06-17-2006, 12:03 PM
Well, Cassie has an appointment for 11:15 today. That gives me a few minutes to get organized and eat breakfast. She's been a trifle lethargic and even though the house is very air conditioned (we keep it at 73 or 74), she's been laying on the tile and when she moves the spot is very HOT! So Jim wants her checked for a fever. I may also have a thyroid panel done. She's on lowfat food (1 1/4 cups a day), with a 3 small cookies and a bedtime cookie (all healthy) a day and still not losing weight. Thyroid can also make a creature lethargic. Anywhoooo, that's what's up with my baby girl doggy.

Kath, so when would the graduation be? Fall is a very pretty time of year here. Has Shaun hinted that the girl doesn't want him to go? Biting would be the NICEST thing that I would do to her!

Kathy, 2 pounds sounds like a little amount of weight to gain from all the salt you ate! Even the dogs are salty! I have a taste for some green olives but I'm going to try not to indulge before my weigh in on Monday. I don't need water weight on top of everything else.

06-17-2006, 12:56 PM
I'm trying to figure out when the graduation would be but I don't know if it's weekends or during the week or what. We probably would only stay for the day before and the day of or something like that. He leaves immediately after graduation for tech school in Pensacola. I don't know about this girl; I haven't met her but they talk every day and see each other maybe once a week or so. He knows her from that place where he used to hang out.

I hope Cassie is okay. Be sure to let us know what the vet says. I worry so much about them because it seems like something can go wrong in a short amount of time, but usually when I worry it's nothing.

I'm making my blueberry pie and it smells pretty darn good in here. I had a little extra time waiting for the oven to preheat so I decorated the top with little berries and leaves made out of dough. It looks so cute. :D I'm also using my pie bird and that always makes a pie look (and taste) better.

I'd better get back to my cleaning and straightening up.

06-17-2006, 06:06 PM
Well, keep me posted, Kathy! It would be a shame for you to be in town and for us not to hook up. It's nice that Jim and I don't work because at least that won't get in the way. I'm not sure exactly where the training is but I think it's near where Jim and I used to live before we moved to Tinley Park. It's North of us about an hour (probably around 50 miles or so). My great Core restaurants are down south but I could probably think of a few nice ones up that way. I hope this girl doesn't become an obstacle. I'm sure you can take care of it! Your pie sounds great. I have a wonderful WW blueberry pie recipe. Not alot of it is Core but it would be well worth the points. I used to make it alot during blueberry season. I think I'll pull out the recipe and see how many points it requires. It was really yummy and I'm sure less calories than a regular pie.

Cassie's Vet isn't sure what's wrong with her. Her temperature was 102 and normal for a dog is 100-102. We took bloodwork for the full thyroid panel since thyroid can cause weight gain (she has gained just like her Mama) and lethargy. If it's not that, then the Vet wants to clean her teeth. Evidently, dental disease can make dogs really sick. Her canine teeth are pretty dirty as are a couple of her molars. So I'll probably get that done too. Today was $162 and the cleaning is about $115.

The LaZBoy trip was as stressful as I thought it would be. It seems that there really isn't much that could be called "high profile". The Manager at the store was a trifle disdainful of the Customer Service person. The Manager suggested that we screw in little wood ball feet into the front of the sets in place of the plain screws that are in there now. They are oak and match my decor anyway. He offerred to drive to our house (he did) and try them to see if they would work (they did). He's going to order more for the loveseat. We can try them until Tuesday to see if it is a good fix. If it is then we don't have to pick a new set. We weren't really crazy about the other sets we saw so this may be a good compromise. I'm concerned about the other noises it's making but he thinks that can be fixed as well. So, we'll see. The only down side is now my feet don't touch the floor at all on the couch. I look like a little girl. So I guess I'll always have to have the recliner up in order to be comfortable. I guess there are worse things in life!

The pool guy will come to do the repair....who knows? Maybe next week and they want to charge me $60 when I think it wasn't done properly when they opened the pool. We'll just see about this.

We went out to eat and now I have a raging headache. I've taken some Tylenol (since that's all I can take with my bloodpressure medicine), and I'm going to go lay down on the couch. Actually, maybe I'll check the pool temperature first. I doubt it's gone up 9 degrees, but you never know.

Kathy, is it raining?

06-17-2006, 06:25 PM
We had a little bit of rain this morning but it was more of a drizzle. You couldn't even hear it and it didn't last long. I should go look at the forecast.

We ended up spending $240 at Costco. YIKES! MIL is going to pay for 1/2 the steaks and since we spent $100 on them alone, that'll help a little.

I am so tired and think I'll see about a fast nap before continuing with the cleaning.

06-17-2006, 06:39 PM
Vickie, here it is

Banana Baked Oatmeal

2 cups oatmeal dry
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 cup skim milk
cup Egg Beaters
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/4 cups Splenda
2 medium bananas, mashed
1 Tbsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla

Mix dry ingredients, then mix in wet ingredients.
Pour into a sprayed 8 square pan.
Bake at 350 degrees for 45 min.
Cut into 6 pieces.

Actually, I think it came from Angela, and I love it. I use my six portion mini loaf pan (Walmart) and do it for 20 minutes.

The yocheese is yogurt which is strained. I bought a Donvier yocheese maker which is easily available there. It works great. The cheese turns out tart, but you can flavour it. I ad DaVince before the straining.

Okay, so we went to the air show and it was WET! They didn't allow parking on the grass, so we had a 20 minute walk to the show. Inside, all the grass was so wet and muddy, that it didn't pay to have shoes one. We couldn't put the blanket down (too wet), but at least we had one chair, which we took turns with. The show itself was quite good, and we had a real adventure which turned out to be a lot of fun!

Vickie, how did the furniture hunting go?

06-17-2006, 07:11 PM
Thanks, Saundra. I don't know what I'm going to make first! I often have very ripe bananas that I'd like to do something with but I feel are too ripe for cereal. I'm sorry you guys were walking in muck but it does sound like you made the best of a bad situation.

Kathy, the index is AMAZING as are you!

06-17-2006, 07:37 PM
Hi!! I just have a minute because I'm cooking dinner, but just wanted to check in and say hi and try to keep up!!

Vickie, I'm so glad that you got some better service today and that you found a compromise. I'm sorry that your feet don't hit the floor though! :) I'm not sure why they said full-fat dairy instead of ff. I'll look into that. Well, I guess I'll be asking all of those questions when the time comes to go to the doctor. And I hope that all is well with Cassie! Hopefully it is just something simple. I know it is absolutely heart-wrenching for you.

Kathy, I hope that it is raining and raining there. I bet that you are a fabulous host too. Can I come over? ;) Oh and THANK YOU for the recipe index!! What's gotten into you? :lol: Seriously, it is really nice. Thanks.

Frouf, I agree with what Vickie wrote. I think that's a great way to put it. If I were your work friend I might be a little miffed if I ended up having to "baby-sit" your other friend. It sounds like you all have a good thing going.

Saundra, I'm sorry to hear that you got wet today (don't tell Kathy) but hope that you are having a nice dinner.

I have some cornmeal chicken and oven fries cooking, waiting for DH to get home from Lowe's. We have made a serious mess in here today, but it just has to be done. Such SLOW progress!!!

06-17-2006, 07:44 PM
Melissa, it CRACKS me up that we are having the same dinner. I haven't started yet. I better get going. I've been typing up all my contact notes about our various problems. I don't like to rely on memory. You'll get it all done, slowly but surely. I'm guessing you're both still happy that you bought the house, right? Does Murph love running in his yard?

06-17-2006, 07:53 PM
We're even having green beans, but mine aren't fresh. I wish I would have gone to the farmer's market this morning.
Yes, of course we're still happy we bought the house! It's great. I'm just tired of all of my belongings on the floor. :lol: And you know Murphy prefers the back porch? He's so hilarious. I think there must be a lot of animals that come through our yard or something and he smells them. Sometimes he acts like he's afraid to wander around. But he likes it most of the time. :)

06-17-2006, 09:06 PM
Hey gang,,,
Ive been out of town for a few days..whew glad thats done with. I did pretty good eating wise as well. Exercise was out of the question though,,,but will defiintily get back into the WATP dvds again starting tomorrow. I went to visit Dh today at his work town, managed to grab a few groceries while I was there and now back home again. I feel like Ive spent the last three days in a car. I have to work tomorrow,,,I dont normally work on sundays but we are having a beach party for fathers day so I volunteered..dh is working so I may as well keep busy. I figure I will get in lots of AP points chasing little ones around as well..ha
I havnt totally caught up with everyones posts yet but Im working on it..
hope you all have a wonderful day tomorrow.

06-17-2006, 09:12 PM
My fries are in the oven. I can't believe I turned on the oven today. It's 90 degrees outside right now. I should be in the pool but whatcha gonna do? My cornmeal chicken is resting so I thought I'd pop in. I'm sure I won't be back tonight.

Julianna's dance recital is tomorrow. Jim and I are babysitting for baby Sarah and Ethan while everyone else goes to the dance recital. We have to be at her house at 10:00 and they won't be home until around 4:00. We'll take LO cornmeal chicken with us for lunch and get chipotle on the way home. I'm sure I'll be too tired to cook tomorrow.

I still have my raging headache. I'm sure laying down on the couch will help. Maybe Jim will give me a boost up on to the couch! Just kidding.

I hope you all have a great evening.

06-17-2006, 09:14 PM
Melissa, that is SO funny about Murphy! Dogs can be so silly sometimes. I'm glad you still feel like the house is worth it. It can be overwhelming to have no landlord to call. You're it!

Patti, I'm glad you did well. I need to get on the downward track myself.

Whew! It is warm in here. My fries buzzer is about to go off. I probably won't be back until late Sunday or maybe Monday before WW.

06-17-2006, 09:35 PM
vickie, i made myself want popcorn last night but there wasn't a kernal to be found in the house. i dined on a banana instead. today, however, i have not made good choices. we were gone most of the day at a 3d tournament. the only food around was a non-core concession stand. i did not handle myself well. i will do better tomorrow even though we're going back to the same tournament. i'll be prepared.

vickie, i am looking forward to getting back to my tracker with you. and you, too, frouf.

melissa, those moms-to-be are smart ladies. core is a very very healthy way of eating. i'm dusting again today. not the house--just myself.

frouf, i like the advice vickie gave you about the cruise situation. i agree that your new travel bud would be uncomfortable. she'd feel like a 5th wheel.

saundra, i wish i'd gotten online this am and read that you were just eating fruit this afternoon. surely that would give me strength and help me at the concession stand. oatmeal banana bread sounds good. recipe?

kathy, sounds like you and judd will be busy getting ready for the bbq. enjoy your get together sunday. don't worry about the house too much. i doubt they're bringing their white gloves.

vickie, i can empathize with you about pool/lazyboy problems. our hot tub is on the fritz. they're coming monday to check it out. what next?

saundra, thank you for posting the recipe. i'm going to make it as soon as my nanners ripen. i'm sorry about all the yucky wet grass.

okay. i'm inspired reading about menus/recipes. i'll do better tomorrow. have a good evening, all.

06-17-2006, 09:55 PM
Sandra, I had to laugh at you mentioning your "nanners." :lol: You're such a goof!

Okay, I'm nearly done with the indexes! Whew, what a chore!!! I might have to finish tomorrow because my fingers are tired of typing.

And it's 8:00 and I haven't cooked dinner yet. I guess I'd better get with it.

06-17-2006, 10:42 PM
would ya'll believe curtis lost our cellphone? it has to be somewhere in the house. we hardly ever carry it with us; and, of course, it's turned off so we can't give it a call.

06-17-2006, 10:59 PM
Well Vickie - maybe a step stool up to the couch is in order? In matching oak of course! But I am glad you found a solution and I do hope it works out in the end.

Hope nothing serious with Cassie? Enjoy your babysitting duties tomorrow!

I do sure wish I was in chicago longer - but stranger things have happened - like missed or cancelled flights? Maybe closer to the time you can pm me your phone number if you like? and if the situation changes at least we can chat?

Party at Kathy's place - I hear the steaks are to die for! :D

And I agree with Vickie - biting would just be a first step - I suggest changing your phone number asap - and answering in a foreign language sounding confused if and when she calls!

Saundra - as you said re air show - my dh and ds aborted - got there a bit later than planned - no where to park except like 2 kilometres away and didn't think ds would make it (mostly on the way back). They ended up going to the Diefenbunker (dh volunteers there so they can just go in for free) and plan to rise bright and early tomorrow and hopefully get a dry closer parking spot! so what's the name of the new steakhouse? and your review please?

Patti - sounds like you have been a busy beaver - enjoy the beach party!

It sure is roasting hot here - so very humid and thick - I am pretty sure we will be getting rain soon!

I decided not to go to the fitness place today - but instead woke up, had a small breakfast and went for a power walk! I was planning to walk to the starbucks and back - quite a ways away - but as soon as I got outside (around 10 am) and saw how hot it was I changed my plan and went for a 'local' walk thru the neighborhood and our big park and back home (like a big oval/circle walk - about 40-45 mins)...anyhow I barely made it!

After the first 10 minutes I was dripping wet and clammy - there was a breeze - but warm and humid - by the time I was heading towards home I swear there was steam coming off of my head and I was just burning up - luckily I had brought a water bottle with me and made good use of it. Took a while to cool down - then jumped in the shower! AHH.

Off the to the hairdresser appt - my hair is WAY TOO SHORT - but the good news is it will grow :D - and I think given the hot weather I will surely be more comfortable. Then off to get my nails done (the palest of pale pinks!). My manicure lady friend has 'inherited' 2 cockatiels - from a couple she knows who are getting divorced! Neither partner wanted to keep them, and they knew she is the Mother Theresa of lost animals - so they are now in her shop! so cute chirping and walking about - cage door is open - then even sit on her shoulder! I must bring little ds by cuz I think he will love to see them!

And of course now she wants to go on the cruise too (this is becoming a regular party) - her eldest daughter was there - and she suggested the two of them go (at this point I'm thinking the more the merrier). She was a bit leery of hurricane season - but heck that's what makes it more exciting (and cheaper too). I guess they are looking into pricing and can decide for themselves - they would be fun to have around.

Did speak with my Toronto gf - she did look up pricing and airfare - she sounds a bit put off :

Her: Isn't Carnival like the 'party cruise line and a party ship?
Me : yes it is and I'm a party kind of a girl.

Her: isn't it hurricane season?
Me: yes it is but I don't care

She is sounding a bit negative already - checked prices and now says she wants an oceanview cabin all to herself - she did mention (as predicted) coming here to fly w/us if she goes - I told her there was absolutely no need - in fact there are tons more (direct even) flights from Toronto to Miami and one of the reasons we fly in the night before is cuz we can't get there in time on day of cruise departure (and we sure don't want to miss the boat!).

My cruising buddy did call this morning - we had a nice chat - I did mention the 'other friend' - of course being the sweet girl she is she didn't think it would be a big deal (I did tell her she was a bit high maintenance). I said I would tell my toronto gf that she hated her and didn't want her to come along - ha ha ha. Anyhow in the end I have decided I can't stop her if she wants to come - I did make it VERY CLEAR - that we were INDEPENDENT TRAVELLERS and there would be times I would choose to do my own thing, or relax on my own - she did ask what kind of excursions my friend and I were planning (I said probably some touring but mostly beach and snorkelling) and she seemed okay with that (she is an avid swimmer!). So we'll see what happens!

I am THRILLED TO REPORT as well that my tracker is now correct! I have made amazing progress this last week - I am almost embarrassed to say what I weighed at the beginning of the week - but surely the food control and exercise have paid off. Will try to keep up the momentum esp as I have the cruise to look forward to!

We did end up taking ds to movie tonight (as we have no 'resident sitters'). Saw the new Garfield - ate too much popcorn and now I am sure feeling queasy. (of course after Kathy mentioned those olives all I want now is big salty stuffed pimento olives! - not good!).


06-17-2006, 11:09 PM
frouf, i am enjoying your traveling saga already and you haven't even gone yet. :lol: congratulations on being back on your tracker. i am happy for you.

06-17-2006, 11:28 PM
:lol: kathy. i got tickled at you when i read "So I said fuggitaboutit and got up." guess we're a pair, aren't we? i just don't know what kind of pair. :lol:

speaking of nanners. i'm wondering if i could thaw and mash a frozen ripe one for the cake. any thoughts on this?

06-17-2006, 11:28 PM
Frouf, it sounds like you are feeling better about the cruise and everyone coming along. I'm glad. And yes, we'll all look forward to cruising "through" you! :D

Vickie, I hope that you enjoy your babysitting duties tomorrow. I'm not sure what we're doing tomorrow.

Kathy, thanks again for all of your hard work with the recipes. It's going to be really helpful.

Sandra, you are so funny. Just dust yourself off. You sound resolved to do better tomorrow, and that's what counts. I hope that you find your cell phone too!

We made a giant mess in the house today, but I guess you have to make messes to get things cleaned up?? We even moved some furniture around. We have the spare bedroom but are trying to keep it open to be a nursery. I don't want to get it all set up (or used as storage) and then have to redo it all again. No thanks! :) Anyway, I need to put some more stuff away before bed. Otherwise I'll just lay there and think about it!
I hope that you all have great Father's Days tomorrow, in case I don't get back here. Good night!

06-18-2006, 01:14 AM
Holy cow, it's POURING out there! Judd and I just ran out and moved everything on the back patio up close to the house. I have 9-10 potted plants out there and some are in smaller, like 8 and 10-inch, pots which could blow away. The others are in large planters and they are okay. Anyway, the patio table has a glass top (yikes) so I'm concerned about that. The patio is covered but still -- wind, etc. Oh and the dufus next door who keeps his trash can by the side of the house ... I think Judd's gonna punch him out next time he sees him! :lol: One of the cans overturned and now there is trash all in our yard and all over the street. It'll look quite lovely when our guests arrive in the morning. The neighbor won't pick it up so we'll have to. I swear, these are the trashiest people I've ever seen.

Sooo, looks like lunch is a go. We have the steaks, corn on the cob, and rolls. We also got avocados, tomatoes, purple onions and jalapenos to make guacamole. The others are bring the other side dishes, drinks, and desserts. Now I just have to hope it isn't raining too horribly (although the grill is also under the patio cover) and THEN I have to hope not to overeat. I doubt I will though, because I don't feel all that spiffy.

I hope everyone has a great day tomorrow. I'm not sure when I'll be on because I'll clean in the morning, have company all afternoon, and then the Mavs play tomorrow night.

06-18-2006, 10:05 AM
Good Morning Chicks!

Sandra, better luck today with your food choices. We call them nanners sometimes too! I hope you find your cell phone. Jim and I usually find ours in the car.

Frouf, I love your posts because they make me laugh! I will definitely give you my phone number so you can call when you are in Chicago. When you know the day, I'll try to keep our day unscheduled and if something bad happens, like a long delay, maybe we can drive up. I'm so proud of you for your commitment to exercise. I've always said that we can't do one or the other (follow the program OR exercise). To really get the weight off, we need to do both. Next week will be very busy for me but I'm determined to get exercising again. I'm also happy that it seems the cruise dilemma is resolving itself with the GF from Toronto. You made it clear that you will not be joined at her hip so you are now free to do whatever you want.

Melissa, you'll get those messes cleaned up eventually. What did your plans end up being for Father's Day? Will you see yours?

Kathy, I'm SO happy you got rain! Bad neighbors really stink, don't they? I hope you have a lovely party today. I'm sure that you are a grand hostess.

Jim and I will be having a busy day today. It's getting ready to rain here too and is supposed to be a high of 77. I guess it's an ok day to babysit. I'm a little nervous about baby Sarah since she is so tiny but I'm sure it will be ok. I've already decided to wear no jewelry or watch. She's so tiny and doesn't hold her head up yet. I get nervous about switching them from arm to shoulder and picking her up out of the swing. I certainly don't want to give her back to my Niece with a wobbly head!

I have to go shower in about 15 minutes so I can be ready to eat breakfast and leave by 9:30.

06-18-2006, 10:16 AM
Happy Father's day to all the dads!

I am just wiped, not sure why I'm even up now? Did some more travel research (yes I booked our precruise hotel in Miami - very good price on easyclick!), and then read til 1 am! Do you think I feel asleep then? No I was tossing and turning til close to 2 am - and poor dh - he set the alarm for 7:45 so he and ds could get to the airshow early today - yes I did hear the shower and blowdryer - and was expecting them to come up and say goodbye but looks like they took off as soon as possible. So instead of lying there like a lump decided to get up!

I guess I have almost another whole day on my own? Isn't that amazing? but it is supposed to be hotter out than yesterday (is that even possible?). My first idea was to go for a walk - but my hips feel a bit sore - and I think exercising indoors today would be a better idea? I do have some of my old richard simmons tapes somewhere as well as the WW dvd so I shall do one of those if so inclined.

Otherwise need to go to store to return ds's white shirt (of course this will including some solo browsing of all the women's clothing.) Dh needs more white sports socks so I shall pick them up there! Will pick up some groceries - then must not forget to go t DQ to pick up ds' ice cream birthday cake this afternoon.

We are going out for dinner tonight - combo father's day/ds' birthday celebration (must make 'driving lessons' gift note to put inside!) to a japanese grill place restaurant. Food very good - and of course the show is lots of fun. I will probably eat most everything? (clear tofu soup, salad w/ginger dressing, shrimp appetizer, white rice, maybe fish or shrimp for main course with the stir fried veggies, instead of steak?, it comes with sherbet or ice cream - I will pass and I am not crazy about ice cream cake so will try to avoid that too!). I know the stuff is probably salty as well so will try to drink lots of water (or green tea?).

Sandra - any luck finding the cellphone? I once 'lost' mine - turns out I left it in some store in the mall (of course emptying my purse to find what I realy wanted?) - I was so relieved - but I had already called to cancel everything!

Melissa - good luck with all the organizing - I think keep the potential nursery clear is a good idea - any inkling as to color scheme? Is the room painted yet?

Kathy - sure hope your bbq is not rained out - and what about asking the neighbour to clean up his mess? (or is it not worth it?). I think we are now getting the heat you had a few days ago!!! Very hot, muggy and humid out.

Maybe I shall go and visit some nurseries on my own and get some plants? I was hoping to do this with dh tho?

My plan for the week is to try and stay organized and get some serious meal planning going - also hope to get to the gym 3 times this week, and need to work on my sleep hours!


06-18-2006, 10:54 AM
Good sunny hot morning to you all.

Adam will be coming over at about 11:00. He and Bernie will drop the car off at the body shop, as the 1993 Corolla is getting some work done. They'll come back here, and we'll leave for Alexandria Bay. It's a good place to be on a hot day. I do hope that the rain holds off until this evening.

Frouf, I'm sure if dh and ds left early, they'll be fine. It really was a good show. Natan was so sweet, and stuck it out till the end. Your little guy will love it. Your cruise plans sound great. Glad it's all working out for you, and with your determination OP, you're going to be ready to show off.

Kathy, thanks so much for the index. I'm going to be using it a lot, you are such an organized woman. Have a fun day. Isn't it ironic that you may be having a rain problem down there. Sounds like you'll be okay either rain or shine.

Vickie, have fun with Sarah today. I love them when they are tiny. My favourite thing is to cuddle a wee one to my bosoms. They stay little for such a short time, enjoy. Btw, happy to see that you have a solution for the furniture.

Sandra, hope you find your phone. I couldn't find an almost new eye shadow compact the other day, only to eventually see that it fell behind a shelf. I also wondered about using frozen ripe bananas and figure, why not? You'll really enjoy the finished product.

Melissa, planning a nursery can be so much fun. Leaving your room plain is a good idea. You'll have so much to look forward to. I also am wondering if you'll be seeing your dad today.

Patti, sounds like yesterday was fun for you. Guess you're having the heat too.

Okay, better go shower and get ready. Have a wonderful day out there.:)

06-18-2006, 12:47 PM
Whew, I am tuckered out! :lol: I still have 2-1/2 hours of cleaning yet to do but I'm sitting down for a while because I got hot. Actually the only things I'm going to do are sweep the tile and wood, and mop the tile. It is a pretty day so we're hoping it'll mostly be spent outside anyway. Judd and Zuki went to Home Depot and got some more plastic stacking chairs so that we'll have enough for everyone. We like to keep 10-12 of them for parties but had to throw some away after last winter.

I just went upstairs to take some towels and one of Shaun's rooms (how stupid that he is now spread out over TWO bedrooms) had the door open. Holy wa, it was a freakin' landfill in there! Cups, glasses, plates, cans, bottles, forks and spoons, fast food containers, chip bags, cookie bags, you name it and it was in there. I was absolutely LIVID! I marched downstairs and called him at his friend's house where he spent the night -- of course I had to leave a message. I am going to tell him that he is now officially de-invited to live here and he should find a place to stay for the next 9 weeks and 2 days. I will absolutely not allow it. You just can't imagine what it looked like, but this will give you a clue: I had to stop cleaning because I started throwing up when I found a container of avocado dip under the dresser. And believe me, the only way I knew it was avocado dip was because of the words on the container and that it was a putrid green liquid, rotten stinking something-or-another in there. I couldn't see putting it in the trash like that, so I dumped it down the sink and hence the gagging, etc. Lordy, I am furious! The worst part about it is that he's been lying, telling me he's working on it, nearly done, should finish up any day now. And he KNOWS we are having people over today and some haven't been here and what if they want to go upstairs? Well, believe me, they are NOT going to! NO WAY IN ****!

So that pretty much ruined my day right there. I can't stop shaking, I'm so mad. And I don't even care about what I eat right now. Judd just went to get us something, and I asked for a corndog and a coke. I will deal with it later. Or maybe I won't, who knows, but it sure won't be today.

Vickie, enjoy your babysitting! Don't worry about breaking her; I'm sure you're more careful than most new moms. Once you've handled her for an hour or two, you'll be slinging her around with no problem! I know you're already gone and won't even see this, but anyway, have fun.

Sandra, you remember last time when Judd went to Whiteman AFB he lost our phone? We have never found it. It was in a conference room and when he went back the next day, it was gone. We figured someone would have turned it in but they didn't, but also there have been no calls made on it. It's cancelled anyway. Good luck finding yours, and a very happy Father's Day to Curtis.

Melissa, I was also wondering what was up with your dad and whether or not you'd see him. I hope they don't mess with you today but at least you have your FIL. Your moving stories remind me of when I was little and my dad got transferred every year. We were pretty good at moving after a couple of times, but do you know that man wouldn't let anyone go to bed until every box was unpacked, pictures were on the wall, clothes hung up, dishes put in the cabinet, and boxes disposed of. By the time we went to bed, it looked like we had always lived there. Do you suppose that's where I got some of my neurotic tendencies? :lol:

Frouf, Happy Birthday to Joel and Happy Father's Day to Mr. Frouf. I hope you have a great celebration -- those places are among my favorites. It sounds like the cruise is shaping up so I know you're happy about that! Enjoy your "alone" day!

Saundra, enjoy your day with your boys and Happy Father's Day to Bernie! Alexandria Bay sounds like a nice place; I know absolutely nothing about it but the name is peaceful and pretty. I also hope your rain will wait until the day is over.

Ours lasted until maybe 3-4 this morning but it slowed down a bit. Since it's going to be 97 today, it'll be humid with all the wet ground but hopefully it won't be too bad. Oh and Judd did go next door this morning, knocked on the door and said "your trashcan blew over last night and trash went everywhere and you need to go clean it up." The guy did, but did a poor job of it. We have toilet paper or kleenex or something in plops all over our yard. These idiots don't even put their trash in a bag before putting it in the can, they just throw each individual thing in there. And it sits open on the side of the house, where animals can get in or rain will wet it down. Talk about stupid. Ugh -- we really despise them.

Okay, I guess I'm cooled off so it's time to start back sweeping.

06-18-2006, 05:39 PM
Hello everyone, I am Wendy, I started WW on April 27 and just started Core Friday the 16th of June.

I am just jumping in if you dont mind...I do have questions. I want to make sure I do it right.

I will post my questions later, I have to go get dinner for the family.
Chicken Breast marinated with FF Italian dressing, Core Pasta Salad (whole wheat pasta, FF Italian and FF Ranch, Tomaote, Cucumber and Bl Olives)
and a side of Salad. I can not wait to eat.

Talk to you later!

06-18-2006, 05:54 PM
Kathy - I think Shaun should go live with the TRASHY people next door - sounds like they have a lot in common!

I hope that by now you have relaxed a bit - but I can certainly understand your horror and anger! I too would have been livid (and if I wasn't having company probably would have gone over to his friend's place and dragged him home - make him eat that avocado horror thing!). How disgusting for a grown person to be so sloppy.

I am always adament about eating in other rooms of the house - esp in BEDROOMS!. I know the kids eat in the family room - attached to the kitchen - and sometimes in the den...and ds may have friends in the basement from time to time so we do find old sticky glasses down there -but I too go nuts if ANY FOOD is left around. I think I have freaked out my kids from a young age - telling them how bugs and cockroaches will come into their rooms if they leave food there. Ya maybe they're traumatized - but at least it works! :):D

Glad the rain is gone and hope you enjoy your bbq father's day event.

I had a few hours alone anyways - did a bit of shopping, groceries - then a panic with the ice cream cake - trying to get it home. It is like 105 degrees out there - parked car in shade, turned air on full blast and drove home like a maniac hoping the thing didn't turn to soup in the back seat!

Now back in my cool house - getting father's day cards/presents ready! Just 'created' a certificate for ds for the 'driver's ed' classes he wanted - very funny as I used pics of the characters from the "Cars' movie! ha ha ha

Looking forward to my dinner out!


06-18-2006, 10:45 PM
Wow what a quiet day! I know everyone is busy.
Thanks for asking about my dad. He coaches my brother's baseball team and they were playing in a tournament this weekend. Earlier this week I had asked him to bring the family for dinner last night but they couldn't due to baseball. Anyway, they had a game this afternoon and I went for awhile, delivered a card with a gift card to Macaroni Grill in it. I am going to make an effort to have them over in the next few weeks. I think my dad was so focused on the tournament that he wasn't too interested in Father's Day, but hopefully he appreciates the efforts.

Kathy, bless your heart. I hope that your day is going better and that you're having fun with your family.

Frouf, I hope that you're enjoying your dinner out tonight. It sounded like a tasty menu!

Saundra, did it rain on you? I hope not. I'm sure you're enjoying your family time either way.

Wendy, welcome to our little chatty board. We talk about everything, as I'm sure you can tell. :D

Well I better get some things done around the house. We took FIL out to eat tonight and I've not been nearly as productive as I wanted to be this weekend. Need to make a lunch so that I don't go haywire tomorrow. ;) Have a good night everyone.

06-19-2006, 01:33 AM
curtis found the cellphone. it was in the glovebox. today i'm on core. i did great. we went to the same 3d tournament with the same concession stand. yesterday i just ate whatever they were selling. today i packed us a lunch. am i proud? you betcha. now i need to work on tomorrow.

melissa, sounds like you're having a productive day. a nursery? i am one happy "aunt-to-be." i'm glad you made contact with your dad. that's important.

kathy, i didn't realize ya'll had so much rain last night.

vickie, i just read your post. lol the cellphone was in the car.

frouf, i'm going to try to get to the gum 3 times this week, too. maybe we can "go together."

saundra, i used 1 frozen and one fresh banana. it worked. i've had 2 pieces today. saved me!

kathy, i hope things have settled down for you now. hang in there.

hi, wendy. ask away, girl. i'm sure folks here can help you find answers. this is a fantastic group.

we had a good time today at the tournament even though we didn't shoot. visited with a lot of folks. life is good. got to go now. it's late.

i'll catch you tomorrow.

06-19-2006, 04:46 AM
Hey Chicks! It's the middle of the night and I'm up because I can't sleep. I guess I was all wound up from my day. My stomach is burning like the old days before my Prevacid. We went to bed at 11:00 but I woke up from a bad dream and here I am!

I had a great day with Sarah and Ethan. Ethan is such a sweet boy and he really loves his Uncle Jim. Of course, Julianna was at her recital so it was a bit easier on me. I got to primarily concentrate on Sarah. I was nervous at first but it got easier as I went along. I haven't handled a babies head in probably 20 years. With all of her kids, my Niece has mostly handed them to me and taken them back when I was done. I wasn't even sure if I'd be able to pick her up and switch her to my shoulder. You know.....all the things you Mom's take for granted! By the end of the first feeding nature had taken over and I had her burping like a pro. It was a REALLY long day though. We got there at 10:00 and didn't get home until almost 5:00. Jim had to drive home once after Ethan went down for his nap to take care of Cassie since she could not have gone 8 hours without going outside. We ate dinner and then I called my GF to see how she was feeling. The chemo shots were rough on her. We are looking forward to her anniversary party on Saturday.

Well, that's what's up with me. Now I'll go see what you all were up to.

06-19-2006, 05:05 AM
Frouf, it does seem like your plans are really starting to gel. When do you depart on the first cruise and where are you going? I guess you had a night on Saturday like I'm having tonight. I hope you enjoyed your combo celebration and the Japanese restaurant. Did Joel enjoy his gift? You had me laughing out loud at the thought of you driving home like a crazy Frouf with the ice cream cake.

Saundra, I hope you all enjoyed your day at Alexandria Bay. What did you do?

Poor Kathy! I would have been furious at Shaun too. I cannot even imagine what he could say in defense of himself. Is he really moving out? Frouf, has a great point about him living next door with the trashy people! I really hope that you were able to calm down enough to enjoy your party. You put so much thought and preparation into it that it would have been a shame for you not to enjoy it.

Wendy, welcome to our little corner of the world! I've been doing Core now since September of 2004 so I hope to be able to help your through your startup phase!

Sandra, I just knew that darn cell phone was going to be in the car! I'm glad you found it because it is a real pain to cancel everything and start over. I left mine on the commuter train once. Jim picked me up, I missed it, we went straight to cancel it and get me a new phone, and by the time we got home some good citizen had called to tell me he had it and would return it! Too bad I had already cancelled everything. He was clever. He called the first number in it which was my friend Amy and gave her my cell phone number so she would know who's phone he had. Then she called me and gave me his number. Nice to know that there are still good people out there.

Melissa, it was great of you to make a special effort to recognize your Dad yesterday. I'm sure they are going to love being invited to your home. How's the job hunting going? Any good leads. I think about your job search every once in a while but forget to ask you.

So that catches me all up Girlfriends! I'm not sure what I'm going to do now. Maybe I'll just play some Pogo games for a little while. I have WW in the morning and we have the sprinkler company coming to repair a geyser leak in our system. I've got a hair cut/color/highlights scheduled for after lunch and we are still hoping for the pool guy to show up. We are really busy this week. Only about 9 days left to get organized before Jim's surgery.

I'm guessing that I won't be back until much later this morning. I really don't want to go to WW but I must. The first day back is going to be the worst.

06-19-2006, 06:24 AM
It's almost 4:30 and I'm going to see if I can go back to bed. I hope you all have a great day.

06-19-2006, 08:23 AM
Well, I never went to bed. I can hardly see straight so I'm going on to my lovely recliner to catch a snooze. Maybe I'll weigh in and maybe I won't.

06-19-2006, 09:38 AM
Good morning, all! It's going to be a pretty day here -- a scorcher for sure (98°F) but still pretty. I'm at work and about to get started but thought I'd check in. Vickie, I hope you're sleeping soundly by now. It's a rotten feeling to be tired but not sleepy. That happens to me often.

I slept from 12 til 3, then 4 til 6, so I guess I'm good to go until tonight. I started to stay home but decided I had better not. Thursday we are going to the inlaws' house to watch Ainsley (niece) have her swimming lessons. MIL hired someone from the Fort Worth parks dept. to come to her house every afternoon for the lessons. Thursday we're all going to dinner at Texas de Brazil, which is one of those "meat" places (you know what I'm talking about, don't you?) so we thought that should be the day we go watch her swim. Erin is going to babysit for her and Shelby, her little sister who is 18 months old. I think they're leaving on Saturday so Thursday will be our last outing with them. And then in late July we'll be going to visit them in Colorado Springs where they should be settled down in their new house. I think it's like 4,000 sq. ft., three stories, with FOUR full baths. That would be lovely -- no waiting time! :lol: Anyway, we're looking forward to the trip.

Nothing else is new. I haven't talked to Shaun because I don't think he has come home yet ... at any rate, I haven't seen him. I did leave him a message this morning to call me, and I will discuss him finding living arrangements that are more suitable to his lifestyle. I'm sure he will say "I'll clean it up" but that might not be good enough this time. I plan to spend the first 30-45 minutes after getting home each afternoon this week upstairs working on it. I'm not going to devote TOO much of my own time, because I have plenty of other things to do besides clean up after someone who has absolutely NOTHING else to do all day long. There is no excuse at all for a mess; if anything, those two rooms should be the cleanest and shiniest rooms in the entire house! GRRRR!!

Okay, now I really should get busy. I'll check in later.

06-19-2006, 10:22 AM
Oh Kathy, does it ever end? Thank goodness that you're having a nice visit with in laws at least. You must put your (good) foot down, and lay down the law with Shaun. You do NOT deserve the disrespect that he shows. You allow him to live in your home, and he must have rules. Geesh, it makes me angry. I know how lucky I am with my boys.:)

Vickie, so glad you had fun yesterday. Sorry that you got up so early. It's a lousy feeling, and I do hope that you are asleep now. I had my colour done on Friday and it felt so good. I'm sure that you'll be feeling great this afternoon too.

Sandra, glad you are enjoying the baked oatmeal and that it helped you have a great OP day. Isn't it fun just to socialize and relax? We don't do a whole lot of that, and I miss it sometimes. If only sisters were closer:(
We had a great day yesterday with Adam. The only thing is, it was very hot there, and even being near the water didn't help. We worry about Adam with his MS, because heat is not good for him. We wound up doing a boat ride on the St. Lawrence, and spent part of the time in the air conditioned section down below. They guys had a big lobster dinner and I ate salmon.

Melissa, glad that you spoke to your dad. I know that he doesn't always react the "right" way, but you are doing a good thing. I'm sure dinner with fil was fun.

Oh, I bought a two piece bathing suit at Walmart. It's a Catalina, and I was surprised. They don't have that kind of selection at ours. It's actually cute, and I even got my discount.:)

Frouf, did they enjoy the air show? How was dinner? On Saturday, we wound up not going to Prime 360, but instead tried Allium on Holland. It was really nice there and a little different. I had shrimp kabobs with apple salsa and polenta.

Wendy, welcome. We love core here and are ready for your questions.

My aunt just called, and my uncle had a fall at the home. They had to move him to the hospital for stitches, and they are keeping him there because his pressure is down. She was crying and very disappointed that she has to cancel. I really feel bad for her. I was actually making my roast when she called. She had to get off the phone because she was so down. I hope that she can re-schedule soon.

Sandra, when we were driving yesterday I saw "life is good" on a restaurant. You are everywhere!

I'm going to do a little laundry, and then I'll put on a soup. I might as well keep up the momentum.

06-19-2006, 02:26 PM
Thankyou for all the welcomes. I really appreciate it.

My first question: is about fructose. I read somewhere it was allowed. Isnt it a sugar? Are Weight Watchers Yogurts core? They Have Fructose and Sucrolose (spenda).

What about Cane Juice?
Soy milk is core (both regular and FF) I bought lite because there was no FF in my store. It has cane juice.

What kind of Salad Dressing do you use? I am a ranch girl and usually have FF ranch in the house but ran out. And probably wont buy anymore until Friday.
Is FF Catalina or French ok? I usually have them in the house for the kids. but did not know if they were ok. I really dont like Italian. I use it for marinating chicken breast, but dont like it on a salad.

Yesterday went really well for me. It was day 3 on Core and I had used all my Flex points on Friday and Saturday. So I had to stay core Yesterday. And I did.

B ~ Cantelop, LF Ham, scrambled eggs(1 whole and 3 whites) cup Soy milk 2 tsp Safflower oil.
S ~ PopCorn
L ~ Chicken Breast (Grilled), Core Pasta Salad(WW pasta,FF Ranch and FF Italian, Cuc, Tom,Bl Olives)
S ~ Watermelon
D ~ Grilled Tilapia, Salad (lett, tom, cuc, Bl Olives, Chick peas) FF Ranch
S ~ Watermelon, Strawberries, Cantelop, Skim milk, Yogurt dip

I got in all of my requirements. And I figured out the points and found it to be under my regular points, is that normal?

Well, I will leave it at that for now. I will be back later!

06-19-2006, 02:33 PM
Good Afternoon ladies, I have been MIA for a while, just trying to keep the kiddies occupied with activities in this hot weather we are having. We had a nice day yesterday for fathers day, spent the whole day in the back yard with the kids playing in the little pool & sprinkler and I barbequed steak & marinated eggplant. My 6 year old ds made his father a fathers day hat that he made him wear, that was too cute & funny. I get sad on Fathers day, dh's & my father are both deceased so it is a bittersweet day.

Frouf, it seem like your plans are really coming along, I am also a cruise virgin. Which cruise did you decide on. Did ds like his gift? Did the cake make it ok?

Kathy did ds call you back or is he in hiding, he knows why you called. I would have been furious too.

Wendy, welcome!

Sandra same thing happened to me with my cell phone, only mine was taken out of my bag & used, thank goodness I called them as soon as I saw it was missing, glad I went to use it, sometimes I can go days without using it. Glad you found it!!

Melissa great that you saw your dad yesterday & had a nice time with IL.

Vickie good luck with the pool & sprinkler guys, glad you had fun with baby sarah. Hope you got some rest, I hate when I wake up and can't fall back asleep, happens to me quite often. Good Luck at WW :)

Saundra hope your uncle is Ok. Don't you think sandra should patent the phrase "Life is Good" Like Donald trump did to "Your Fired" :D

06-19-2006, 02:45 PM
Hi Wendy,

I'll try to answer your questions.

FF Ranch and Catalina are core.
I looked up cane sugar and 1tsp is 0 points, so i guess that's why the soy milk is okay. The ww yogurts are not core unless plain sf ff, but they are only 1 point. It sounds like you and core are a good fit, enjoy.

06-19-2006, 02:48 PM
Niki, I agree, I think Sandra could be rich and share with us.:carrot:

Sounds like you're having fun with kids. It's raining here now, so not as hot. I've really been busy with laundry and cooking. I just might have a nap later on. :)

06-19-2006, 02:50 PM
Saundra - sorry to hear about your aunt having to cancel her visit - hope your uncle is okay! (At least you can still enjoy the roast?)

Dh and ds enjoyed the airshow - altho I understand both sets of runners are wet and mud coated? (dh is investigating how to wash them!). I understand little ds did start to CRY when the jets were flying around - due to the noise - and they had even passed out earplugs to the crowd (and this is the child that wants to be an astronaut?). Came home tired and cranky - but a bit of tv, and a shower and he was as good as new.

Had a lovely dinner out - I ate a lot - I was very hungry as I did not eat before I went which I should have (breakfast at 11:30, coffee drink at 2 pm - then nothing til 7pm!!). I had the sherbet but was able to avoid the ice cream cake - yes it made it home in one piece (7 minutes from bells corners Saundra!) driving like a crazy frouf!

Vickie - sorry about the sleep troubles - hope you got a good nap in. I also again had trouble falling asleep - and I am sitting here yawning like crazy. I feel tired, but then lights go out and I start thinking and worrying and staring into the darkness. Of course dh is beside me snoring away!

Is the pool ready for swimming yet? (last one in is a rotten egg).

Kathy - for goodness sake - YOU ARE NOT TO CLEAN UP SHAUN'S MESS - get him home - better yet go get Judd to drag him home - and make him clean it up spic and span! There is no reason on earth he is not able to take care of his own messes!

Niki - sounds like a fun father's day for all. Little ds did one of those 'fill in the blank' cards with pics - very funny to read. Dh's favorite food of course is "chocolate'...and favorite activity with dh and ds was 'shopping for chocolate!" ha ha ha

Wendy - I think both cane juice and fructose are sugar? You might also check the ff dressing cuz sometimes they have added sugar as well (to make them taste better cuz they're low fat - go figure). You might try making your own oil and vinegar dressing using your healthy oils! Keep up the good work.

Melissa - at least your dad knows you are thinking of him - I"m sure he will be thrilled to come over and visit!

Cruise coming together nicely (leaving sept 9 -83 days away - not soon enuf). My cruise buddy is so very excited as we filled in some online details today and discussed our plans for dinner sat night in Miami (Bubba gump's!). I was able to book our pre-cruise hotel - right near the port - also very exciting, and I"m ready to sail.

No news from Toronto gf - says she needs to speak to her dh about the cruise (i guess due to the $$ involved?). So I shall wait and see what she decides!

I am up a lb today probably due to last night's extravaganza - trying to stay focussed today - drinking water - and going to the gym after work!

It is a muggy gloomy day today - we are expecting rain!

06-19-2006, 02:52 PM
Thanks Saundra, I appreciate the quick response. Thanks for answering my questions.

So far I think it is a good fit for me.

06-19-2006, 03:12 PM
well, i see that some of us have been having trouble sleeping. include me in that group. i guess it's just part of being a woman.

i went to my primary doctor today. my cholesterol is high so he's helping me lose weight. i am to continue on core (he's on core, too), take meridia, and come back to see him next month bringing my weight watchers card with me. talk about accountability!!! i am bound to lose weight now. life is good.

vickie, what a nice person to help you get your cellphone back. there are a lot of wonderful folks on this planet, aren't there? i made that banana oatmeal cake that angela/saundra posted. it saved me yesterday.

kathy, i've never heard of that restaurant, but it sounds like the kind of place i'd love to visit. enjoy your relatives. i'm glad you're going to colorado this summer. that will be a good trip.

saundra, i'm sorry your uncle was injured and your aunt had to cancel her visit. i know you were all disappointed, but your main thoughts are with your uncle. we don't do enough socializing either. archery is our greatest outlet. it was nice to just go visit this time and not hike the course. that's toooooooo funny about the "life is good" sign. i love it!!

wendy, i see your questions are already answered. again, i want to welcome you to our little chickie coop.

nikki, i'm glad you had a good father's day. i know what you mean by bittersweet, but my thinking is that our fathers are up there watching over us and smiling.

whoa!!!! wish i could get rich with it. but that phrase is already in a lot of places. a gf sent me a kitchen magnet that says it. i'm very happy that "life is good" appears in more places than "life goes on."

frouf, congratulations on going to gym today. keep chugging that water. the pounds will start melting away and you'll be feeling frisky on your cruise.

06-19-2006, 03:38 PM
Sandra, I'm glad to hear the your doctor is taking good care of you. He sounds like a good guy. I know what you mean about our parents looking down at us. I've been known to look up and chat with my mom.:)

I think I figured out why I'm so beat. I washed my comforter today and that thing is sure heavy when it's wet. My laundry is in the basement and I've probably been up and down ten times today. Gee, maybe I actually earned AP's today.:carrot:

06-19-2006, 04:04 PM
Hey everybody! Today has been an incredibly busy day. I'm wiped out and there's two hours to go. It should be pretty quiet though, and I don't plan on being very productive the rest of the day. :lol:
It seems like you're all doing pretty well. I've done well eating-wise today except I'm sucking on a coke. :o I know, I know.
I'm going to call DH and get him to make something for supper since he's at home today. ;) At least I'm going to try!

06-19-2006, 05:10 PM
You know what? I am starting to wonder if I might have mental problems. I weigh 145 pounds and am 5'7" and am still trying to lose more. When I step back and take a look at the numbers, I start to think that maybe that's enough. I wonder why I feel as though I NEED to see 139 on the scale. It's puzzling.

I came home from work early; actually, I had to go to Costco for work snacks. Now I'm drinking a glass of white wine, just had two rolls that were LO from yesterday, and am wondering what's for dinner. Judd said he was going to leave early today too but he isn't home yet.

At least the house smelled like one big Bounce sheet when I walked in. :lol: Between all the Glade plug-ins and Airwick scented oil dispensers and Oust fans, I think you'd never know we had three dogs in this house.

Oh and Shaun still isn't home. You think I'm not starting to get really ticked? :mad:

06-19-2006, 05:10 PM
Oooh, maybe here's a clue! I'm jealous of Saundra! You're the same height as me, aren't you? :lol:

06-19-2006, 05:17 PM
Ok, I need some advice. I have been wanting to send my dd to nursery school but they are very expensive, the cheapest one I found was $140.00 a month for 2 1/2 hrs 2 days a week. That is a added expense we really don't need every month while I am not working, so I was just going to send her to pre-school when she turns 4 next year they don't take children at 3, and try to get her in the free program. My gf gave me a # to a pre-school that is not advertised, it is word of mouth and alot of teachers kids go there. It is about a 15 minute drive from my house and they only have am sessions available which is from 8am -10am. Which means I have to have both kids ready and out the door by 7:40am, take my dd to school, drive back home with ds so he can get on his school bus which comes at 9:10 am then head back to the school at 9:40am to pick up dd. The plus side is it is 4 days a week and it cost $150.00 FOR THE ENTIRE YEAR! plus they give the children breakfast. Am I fooling myself or does this seem like to much to do in the morning. I am going on wednesday to check the school out and I will have to pay on wednesday if I want her to go, since registration is over.

06-19-2006, 05:29 PM
saundra, i'd say you earned some ap's. i've been going up and downstairs a lot today, too. now i'm just "chillin" waiting to go to the women's club to meet with my trainer. i feel like i have a whole team helping--mainly all of you. surely, i'll lose weight.

melissa, you sound very upbeat. i'm glad dh can make dinner tonight. get some rest, gf.

kathy, my ww leader says to be realistic about our goal weight. she said she'd have to live on lettuce to stay at ww's lowest weight for her.

nikki, it sounds like a lot of pressure each morning for you and your kids. be careful not to overload.

06-19-2006, 05:39 PM
Kathy remember, I became 5'6" last time at WW.:D I'm not trying to lose weight, it's the balancing trick of maintenance for me. I do eat mostly core, but I'm not starving myself at all. You are gorgeous and "just right", so there!

Sandra, oh I would love a personal trainer. Now, what expense would I have to cut in order to get one? I'm not willing to give up restaurants.;)

Niki, go see how you like it first. I'm not a great morning person, so the rush doesn't appeal to me, but maybe you'll be so impressed that it will seem like nothing to you.:)

Melissa, your day is almost over, hang in there hon!

06-19-2006, 05:48 PM
I wonder where Vickie is today? Yooooohoooo!!!

06-19-2006, 05:49 PM
saundra, this is the women's club. it includes, trainer, water aerobics, yoga, weightlifting/other exercising gear, land aerobics (which i prob won't do). i am paying $156 quarterly. i signed up for one year and will re-evaluate next summer. i will mainly be going for water aerobics but will meet with the trainer today to see what she thinks i should be able to do. you might check to see if there's a woman's club nearby. is the site for ours. i don't know if they are part of a chain or not.

06-19-2006, 05:53 PM
she may be sleeping since she was up almost all night.

06-19-2006, 05:55 PM
another "life is good" moment:

the hot tub repairman came today and replaced switches and heater--all under warranty.

06-19-2006, 05:56 PM
Hair appointment:)

I pay $40.00 a month for Curves (I'm on leave), and I'm not finding it the right fit any more. I guess I'll have to go hunting. We don't have women's club here.

06-19-2006, 05:57 PM
Good for you Sandra, you deserve these "good" moments.

06-19-2006, 05:58 PM
Hey Chicks! I just got home from my hair appointment and Jim is out getting a couple of things that I need for dinner. Actually, all heck broke loose while I was gone and I'm making phone calls now. Let's see.

Cassie's prelimary thyroid screening is normal but her liver enzymes are elevated 5 times above normal. Scotties run high anyway but this may be the problem. Doctor wants to wait until the final thyroid numbers are in before deciding what to do.

Jim's Doctor may have screwed up his surgery date and I'm waiting to hear if it is going to be on the 28th like it is supposed to be. I'll be really upset if they screwed up and he has to wait until July 5th, especially since his pre-op tests expire on June 30th. This would also make the christening on July 9th harder. Grrrrrr.....

The pool guy came and fixed our pool (or so he says) and didn't charge us anything. That's good! I was going to go in tonight but he shocked it and now I can't swim for 24 hours. Bummer.

I have to make a couple of phone calls and then I'll come back to read how all of you are.

06-19-2006, 06:00 PM
Hey, girl! Did you get a nap?

06-19-2006, 06:33 PM
Yup! I slept from 6:00 to 10:00 but I still feel tired. Kathy, I don't know how you do it with interrupted sleep and not enough of that either.

06-19-2006, 06:43 PM
Well, I guess I'm used to it? I don't know. If I get 6 hours total, then I can usually manage.

Were you able to go to the meeting this morning? That's something about Cassie's results -- I hope it's all okay. And Jim's surgery too! It's been put off enough already.

I guess I should start my laundry for the evening. Sigh ... it's either that or go nekkie to work tomorrow.

06-19-2006, 07:00 PM
Hey, nekki might be fun. I bet some of your coworkers would appreciate that body you have more than you do!

06-19-2006, 07:01 PM
I slept through the meeting. I may go to a weigh in tomorrow if I can fit it in.

Jim's surgery is confirmed for June 28th. That's great news. We think he is an 8:00 appointment so that's even better.

06-19-2006, 07:39 PM
Niki, 8 AM seems very early to have everyone ready and out of the house, especially for a 3 year old. But if you really like the school, and your kids are early risers anyway, it may work out for you.

We just got back from our day trip to the water park. We're all exhausted, but we had a great time. My soon-to-be 3 year old dd was a little scared of some rides, but she also did very well, for the most part. Best part is, no one came home sunburned. Spf 50 seems to have done the trick. :)

I'm off to feed the kiddos their macaroni & cheese.


06-19-2006, 07:54 PM
saundra, i went to curves for a few months. it got so it didn't work for me either.

angela, a day at a water park sounds like fun. splash montana opened here in town yesterday. we'll be taking the grands soon.

vickie, i'm glad jim's surgery is scheduled for the 28th. that would have been the pits postponing it. my liver enzymes are high, too. i'm having a liver ultrasound thursday. i hope cassie's all right.

kathy, i just talked to a gf in cleburne. sounds like most of the rain right now is around houston. did you get much the other day? or was it mainly wind?

06-19-2006, 08:01 PM
Just a quick hello. Severe storm warning is 15 minutes away, and I'm home alone. Anyone want to cuddle? I'll come back later and let you know how it went, but now, I'm going to watch and see.:)

06-19-2006, 08:04 PM
Saundra, I HATE being alone during a storm! Do you have a safe place if you need it?

06-19-2006, 08:07 PM
I'm cooking dinner so I guess I can't catch up right now. Bummer. I'm hungry, though, so I'm looking forward to dinner. I guess FF cottage cheese and peaches was not enough for me. I'm on day three of a headache. I just can't seem to shake it. Double bummer.

I'm looking foward to being on the couch. I was supposed to go to Catherine's tomorrow to see if I can find anything cute to wear to the anniversary party. I think I'll go on the way home tomorrow. I really shouldn't be spending money right now but I think I can work it into the budget.

06-19-2006, 08:08 PM
It varies with my kids, they could be up at 6am like my dd was this morning or I have to wake ds up to get ready for school. On the most part they are early risers. i will go check out the school on Wednesday and see how I like it, maybe they will have a pm cancellation when school starts snd I could switch her.

06-19-2006, 08:26 PM
Vickie, you asked me a few days about what size pans to use, I found a 1/2 recipe which you only need 9 x 13 pan. Let me know how it comes out if you make it, I haven't tried it yet.

Almost Apple Cake (core) 1/2 recipe

3 cup uncooked oatmeal
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 cup fat-free skim milk
3/4 cup McNeil Nutritionals SPLENDA No Calorie Sweetener
2 large bananas (mashed)
1 serving fat-free sugar-free instant vanilla pudding & pie filling mix
1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
4 medium apples (diced)
2 eggs


1/2 cup uncooked oatmeal
4 tsp McNeil Nutritionals SPLENDA No Calorie Sweetener

Mix applesauce , eggs and splenda. Add the remaining ingredients
except the apples. Fold the diced apples in. Put in a 9x13 pan, sprayed with pan spray. Sprinkle topping over top of cake. Spray with butter spray.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Cook for 40-45 minutes, or until center is completely cooked.

06-19-2006, 09:47 PM
Needless to say, I survived. We got some heavy duty rain, but nothing else.:D

Vickie, are you stunning? Have fun looking for a new outfit. I much prefer going shopping when the hair has just been done. It's nice to see someone "decent" staring back in the mirror.:)

I spoke to my aunt, and my uncle had 5 stitches at the back of his head. His pressure is still very low and they think he got out of bed and fainted during the night. When she went to see him at the hospital, he slept the whole time. However, she does sound a lot better, and we're trying to re-schedule for July or August.

I invited the kids for dinner Wednesday night. I've got all this food, and someone has to eat it.

WW called desparate for me to work tomorrow all day. I'm already scheduled for tomorrow night. I said that I'd do 11:00 to 4:30, so it will be busy. What do I get myself into, and WHY????

Time to make a salad for Bernie, as he'll be home soon. Have a good night and remember to sleep through it!:D

06-19-2006, 11:29 PM
Well we also had a great blasting of rain - just as big ds was about to leave to watch the final Stanley cup playoff at a local sports bar - luckily dh volunteered to drive him. Our power also went off a couple of times but not for very long - yes we all grabbed the flashlights. Even little ds - but he's so cute - he immediately ran to the fridge and started eating baby carrots - when asked why - said he wanted to have good eyesight in the dark - too funny!

No proper supper for this frouf - but I don't think I overdid it! I can tell cuz my WEDDING/ENGAGEMENT RINGS actually came off - okay it was a bit of a squeeze - but they haven't been off in months (yes we took the opportunity to get the jewellry cleaner out and give them a good scrub!).

Niki - I would check it out and then decide - altho personally I would find it somewhat 'challenging' esp if you ever get bad weather? Maybe there will be a pm cancellation?

Vickie - have fun shopping - I do hope you find something nice to wear to the party! How is Cassie doing? Glad you got the 'right' date for the surgery!

Going to bed now and hopefully will actually fall asleep!


06-20-2006, 05:06 AM
Good morning everyone. I missed a ton of posts over the weekend. I guess it is a good thing I don't have to work every one anymore!
Vicki, you asked me a few days ago how to freeze berries. I wash them, drain off the excess water,gently pat them dry, put them in a single layer on cookie sheets and put them in the freezer. When they are frozen, put them in containers or freezer bags. They don't stick together very much so I can take out as many as I want and keep the rest in the freezer.
Sounds like everyone had a good weekend. I am up at 4 am because I slept all day yesterday after working Sunday night. I have to go to a staff meeting at 7 this morning so it is ok. I am going to go find some breakfast. I will talk to you all later. Have a great day.

06-20-2006, 09:30 AM
Good morning, I have decided to go and check out the school, I probably will not sign her up for the 8 am class that is going to be impossible, my son woke up at 7:40 this morning and is still having his breakfast, I don't think it is fair to them to rush & be stressed first thing in the morning. I will go and hopefully they can put me on a list for any afternoon cancellations and If not at least I know about this school now and can send her when she is 4 for a afternoon class.

06-20-2006, 09:41 AM
Hi Paula and Niki and those to follow.

Paula, I just froze some blueberries yesterday. I plan to make Maggies' combo frozen fruit and yogurt. I read on bcb to mix instant ff sf pudding with fruit and yogurt and then put in molds for frozen treats.

Niki, I agree that 8:00 is very early. Good luck on the pm class.

I'm finished breakfast already, which is early for me. I'll probably leave for "work" at 9:30. Sounds like a nice day here, hope it's good where you are!:)

06-20-2006, 09:52 AM
Good Morning Chicks! Another really busy day for me. I've got to be out running errands today and a foot doctor appointment early this afternoon. On the way home, I'll have Jim drop me off to buy a slip and see if my plus size shop has any new cute outfits. I'm off to read about you all now.

06-20-2006, 10:17 AM
Kathy, Jim and I like those Brazilian steakhouses. We have one quite near our house. The only problem is that they are so expensive that I'm always tempted to overeat to get my moneys worth. Like I need encouragement! :D Any sign of Shaun? I guess he got the message? Maybe he's moved already! :carrot:

Saundra, I'm so glad you had fun by the Bay. A woman I worked with has MS and the heat was always very tough on her. I'm glad Adam was ok. Congratulations on your two piece! I know that made you feel spectacular! So what is this discount at Walmart that I don't know anything about? You must tell! How disappointing that you Aunt can't come to visit. What's the update on your Uncle. I hope he's doing well. Don't work too hard today. Remember you ARE retired!

Wendy, good luck on Core. You seem to be doing well. As for the points, some days you'll see that you aren't that hungry and you don't eat much and other days you'll feel like you are eating a ton of food. That's the beauty of Core, well one of them anyway! You don't have to worry about day to day points unless you are eating alot every day.

Frouf, it is SO great to hear the joy in your voice! I'm glad things are working out. How great is it that you are not counting on GF in Toronto, huh? I hope you slept better last night. I did.

Sandra, your Doctor sounds great. I wish mine was willing to be so involved. With that much support, you'll lose weight for sure. So your hot tub and my pool got fixed for no further cost to us. So sometimes good things do happen to good people! Have you been in the tub?

Niki, it sounds like you made a GREAT decision on the school. It's horrible, IMHO, to have to rush around in the morning. Thanks for the modified cake directions. I hope to make it over the weekend because it sounds great too me. I'd also like to make Saundra's baked banana oatmeal. Yum.

Angela, I'd love to go to a water park. Maybe I'll look into water aerobics here. Sandra has me thinking about that. How are you doing back on program. Any progress getting those pesky pounds back off? You know I think about your success alot to keep me going.

Paula, thanks for the advice on the berries. I was afraid it would be harder than that. I have a vertical freezer in the basement so I could actually make alot if I wanted. Yum. There's nothing like fresh fruit in the winter.

I did enjoy my hair appointment and I got highlights and a touch up and cut. I don't know about stunning but do I ever look like summer! It makes me feel different....better....better attitude. It's hard to explain. I wanted to go in the pool yesterday but the pool guy vacuumed all of that very fine baby powder like earth out of the pool and then shocked it again. Then we had to add more cold water. We'll be putting the solar cover back on before we leave today. I'm hopeful that I can go in tomorrow after my errands.

06-20-2006, 10:25 AM
Here is a very interesting & informative article.

06-20-2006, 10:54 AM
LOL, Vickie! That's funny you should say that about the Brazilian place, because I eat like 68 cents worth of meat and am always afraid they'll get mad at me. Thankfully the salad bar is always good at those restaurants.

I slept from 12 til 4, then 5 til 7. I guess my body is saying that 6 hours is enough, but I tend to disagree seeing how I'm still a bit tired this morning. I didn't get to work until 7:45, which is about an hour later than I had wanted to. I guess I'll try again tomorrow ... what else can I do?

People are talking to me so I'll be back in a little while.

06-20-2006, 11:16 AM
Kathy, heck no they don't get mad. People like you make up for the people like my Nephew who can eat about 3 pounds of meat!!! They have to make up their money some how!

Niki, great article! Thanks for sharing. I need to reread this once in a while since I am a daily scale rider. Several of us here are. I knew about the weight of the food and water but I didn't know about glycogen and dehydration.

Ok, chicks, I'm off to errands and won't be home until late afternoon. Have a good program day.

06-20-2006, 11:29 AM
Vickie I forgot to mention I made the "Almost Apple Cake" Yesterday. I didn't have Apple Pie Spice so I used Nutmeg. It came out delicious, almost like a oatmeal cereal bar but better, very moist cake like. Even my picky husband ate some this morning and was commenting how good it is.

06-20-2006, 11:31 AM
I'm glad you mentioned the cake again. I was making my grocery list and I have a questions. It says one serving of vanilla FF/SF pudding. Did you use the whole small box or just 1/4 of it? Sorry to be such a recipe moron!

06-20-2006, 11:42 AM
Ooh good question, I used the whole box and it came out great.

06-20-2006, 11:45 AM
I am thinking it was probably 1/4 of it, but with the whole box it came out nice & moist.

06-20-2006, 12:49 PM
Saundra, thanks for the idea, I will try it for breakfast tomorrow.
I am really tired, since I have been up since about 3 this morning, so I think I will go take a nap. We are having a yard sale in a few weeks so I am trying to get that stuff together but I am just not in the mood right now. Maybe some sleep will help. I will check back later.

06-20-2006, 12:50 PM
good morning. i'm staying at home today getting ready for the colonoscopy tomorrow. sure a good way to lose weight.

paula, thank you for the tip on freezing berries.

nikki, good decision. you're doing the right thing. i hope an afternoon class opens for you.

saundra, enjoy your day at ww.

vickie, i wish i could go shopping with you sometime. we'd have a blast. we did hot tub last night. i went to the club earlier for aquafit but didn't hot tub there. (they have a sauna, too.) i thought i'd rather hot tub with curtis so i watied till i got home. i wish he had a club to go to to exercise. he hardly leaves the house without me. i did talk him into getting out today. he's gone to the archery range to plink arrows then do some weedeating. i'm going to try to send him fishing this afternoon. he needs to get out and have some fun.

i hope you can start using your pool tomorrow. you and jim enjoy that so much. just like we do the hot tub. again, wish i could go shopping with you. maybe some day.

kathy, i wish you could sleep more. i also wish we had a brazilian steakhouse nearby. what should my 3rd wish be?

nikki, thanks for sharing the article. i "ditto" what vickie said. i just copied your cake recipe. thanks for sharing. i'm going to try it soon.

got to go vacuum. have a great day, everyone. i'll be back later.

06-20-2006, 01:01 PM
I did enjoy my hair appointment and I got highlights and a touch up and cut. I don't know about stunning but do I ever look like summer! It makes me feel different....better....better attitude. It's hard to explain. I wanted to go in the pool yesterday but the pool guy vacuumed all of that very fine baby powder like earth out of the pool and then shocked it again.
Vickie...You should really wait before going in the pool after getting a color. Plus you have to be really careful when you have hilites and going in the pool. If they are blonde highlites, they may turn green from teh chlorine. and the Chlorine and shock will strip the color out. So you will end up with a funky orange color and spotty, streaky mess. Not to scare you but be careful.
I have been a hairdresser for 18 years ( although I havent done it in the last year, because of illness and allergies to the products) and I always tell my clients to protect their hair in the pool if they have to go under water. Wet your hair first with water then add a good conditioner to your hair and dont rinse before going in the pool. Paul Mitchels The Conditioner is Great for this, also great for sunburn, dry skin and shaving. This way your hair wont end up like a sponge to the chlorine.

Niki, I dont know if I could do all that in the morning but I would probalby make the most of it...Is it possible for you to take your other child to their school rather then going home and waiting for the bus? Maybe you could exercise during that time period that you drop off one child and the other child. It is a perfect time. (kind of wasted time when you are running around. Many schools in my area are open in the mornings and evenings so that you can walk to halls. You would be showing your child a great healthy thing and get an added benefit. My sons school also had early morning breakfast in the class rooms, maybe your child could do that?
Just a couple of Ideas.
The apple cake looks really great! I think I will try it this week.

Well yesterday went great. I did have an icecream cone last night, I did not have the points to spend but I did not have as much as I would have before weight watchers. I stress eat. and stress seems to be my middle name lately. My family will be growing by 2 this weekend when my sister brings her girls to live with me.. I dont know how long they will be living with me. They were taken away from her because her babysitter turned her in for leaving them home alone when she worked. Well they were never alone. If she was not working, they were with her and when she worked, they were with the baby sitter. They got on the bus there and got off the bus at her house. They were not alone, the county she lives in did not investigate at all, just took them and placed them with this baby sitter. An older women who is disabled and has a nurse with her during the days. I dont get it.

So I ate off Plan, I only had about 1 cup in a small cone, where I would have had a big bowl of it. So That is ok. I am staying on plan today, upping my veggies and fruit..

Well I have to go. It is lunch time and my 4 year old says she is starving and wants a salad. So I will get us salads for lunch with FF Ranch, chicken breast and chickpeas.

Talk to you all later. Have a great day!

06-20-2006, 01:02 PM
Sandra I am also very guilty of weighing myself everyday, sometimes more than once :o

06-20-2006, 01:49 PM
hello all.. this is my first post... was looking through the forum and found this board.... hoping to be inspired!! i was in WW doing the core in Jan and lost 16 lbs fairly quickly.. but life and money got in the way of meetings. and i eventually put it all back on... hoping this website will help me get back on track and eventually i can go back to meetings...

06-20-2006, 02:34 PM
:welcome: tye - there are many of us in the same 'predicament' so you've come to the right place! Feel free to read thru our "coreporate profiles" and post one yourself so we can get to know you better!

Vickie - hope your shopping trip is turning out great...and you can swim in your pool soon (without your hair turning colors!).

Wendy - good luck with the 2 additional kids - I can't believe they would do that without investigating? How long with they be with you? How are they feeling about this?

I had always heard about the hair thing - and I also have blonde highlights but luckily so far have never had a problem in chlorinated water!

Kathy - did you find Shaun? Is he still alive?;) ;) I sure hope you make him clean up his own mess!

Sandra - I'm glad you came home to hot tub w/Curtis - keep him busy and as happy as possible! Good luck tomorrow - so you can't eat anything today? Are you starving?

Niki - I agree that pm sounds best - no need to stress everyone out in the morning (reminds me of some of those supernanny episodes I have seen!).

Thanks for the excellent articles - I am a obsessive weigher and need to keep it in perspective!

Saundra - hope you are not working too hard - just think of it as more fun money to spend on yourself!

Melissa - okay you need to have more than water for breakfast? What's up with that? Are you taking those prenatal vitamins as directed? (Yes 'auntie froufie' is now after you! ha ha ha).

Paula - hope you are having a nice nap right about now (I could sure use one too!).

Which of course means no I did not get much good quality sleep last night - first dh hopping up and down everytime dd put the hall light on - and big ds had friends over after the hockey game so front door opening and closing. I had fallen asleep but w/dh 'monitoring' every activity I couldn't help but wake up.

But the worst is my left neck/shoulder - guess when I actually did sleep I slept funny so I now have shooting pains thru my shoulder neck area and can barely turn my head to the left (makes for fun driving when you're trying to shoulder check!). I had to go down to the drugstore to get more ES advil (no moe in my desk!)...and picked up a pill splitter and some chewable fibre supplements (for that other 'problem' I'm having - a side effect of the diuretics I think? I did not DARE weigh myself this morning!:o ). Not sure if I shall make it to the gym - unless I go and just do lower body stuff and not use my arms/neck?

Actually no - the worst is my staff member who recently came into my office and shut the door (you know when the door closes it's always bad news?) to inform me she has accepted another position (congratulations I say - smiling on the outside but you can bet inside I AM NOT SMILING!) and may be gone as early as mid-july (which is like in 3 weeks?). THIS IS NOT GOOD - I am trying to arrange a meeting w/my Director to see what has to be done. I may have one person who is interested and will try and get in touch with her today (do you ever get the feeling you should have stayed home instead of coming in to work?).

And it seems like my toronto gf has decided NOT to cruise with us (she even mentioned being like a 3rd wheel!). She is going to Disney w/her dh and dd end of August and this would be too soon and too much $$ - says she will look for xmas holiday cruise instead!

Last week of school for both ds and dd (who is now into exams and quite cranky). Ds is in a play friday aft so I shall leave work early (he is the grandfather in Peter and the Wolf!). Then we have his (early) birthday party on sat (bowling party for school friends - his real bday is end of July and no one is ever around then!).

Told dh to pick up some fresh fish for dinner - getting tired of chicken all the time!:p


06-20-2006, 03:08 PM
wendy, thank you for posting info on saving hilites. i just got mine last week and have been extra careful with the water aerobics. so far so good. i commend you for taking in your nieces. i am proud of you for only having a small amount of ice cream. that's impressive. you're doing great.

nikki, i go in spells with the multi weighing. some weeks i don't go near the scales. some weeks--multi daily weighings. oh, well.

tye, :welcome: i just lost 10+ and regained 10+ so i know what you're going through. this is a great group with oodles of support. jump right in.

frouf, you would be impressed with all the housework i got done in less than 2 hours. maybe i should fast more often. i'm chugging gatorade right now and will have a simmering cup of chicken broth for lunch. yes, i'm hungry. :hungry: sorry about the worker leaving so soon. i'm not talking dirty here--but do you have a vibrator? i have one that has heat that we use for neck/shoulder pains. also heating pads might help relieve some of the stress.

a bowling bday party sounds like fun. we are thinking of taking our grands to "splash montana" a new waterpark here in town (just opened sunday for the first time) for her bday. her day is july 1 but she'll have a real party then. we'll take her and 11 yr old another day. we got her some nice goggles and other swim accessories for her bday. we had just bought her a swimsuit earlier. anyway, i'm rambling here. maybe i'm getting hungry again. more gatorade.

i hope you get to go to the gym. i think that would help relieve stress and might help end your pain. think about it.

i'm glad toronto gf isn't going. life is good.

melissa, :preg: just found this smiley and had to show it to you. i know you've been practicing, but have you taken any tests yet?

06-20-2006, 06:43 PM
Time to head home! I am not going to the gym as I now have pain even when I'm sitting still. Just popped another es advil in advance of driving home - and trying to shoulder check without killing myself!

Sandra - impressed with your housecleaning - esp on an empty stomach. Sounds like you are holding up well so far - good for you. Hope you are not too famished.

I had my afternoon snack (soy cheese! yes I finally bought some soy cheese - okay a bit weird but not that bad!), and carrots and dip. Dh was not able to get fresh fish - but I have a frozen box of mahi-mahi in the freezer so I am going to try that out - and still hankering for some couscous - so I shall prepare that as well!

Not sure how I will even sleep or lie down tonight if my neck/shoulder are still hurting - may try the muscle relaxant stuff before bed - maybe I will actually SLEEP tonight - what a novel idea!



06-20-2006, 07:05 PM
frouf, did you get your mahi mahi from schwans? i have 2 boxes in the freezer now. it is wonderful!!!

06-20-2006, 07:51 PM
Hey Chicks! I just got home. Catherines was a bust except for the full slip that I need for the christening. Harumpf! We had lunch with my Sister and BIL and went for our food Doctor appointment. All is well there. It's been cloudy and not that hot today so no pool. Bummer.

Niki, a whole box it is then! I can't wait to make it. I'm craving a spicy cake type thingy. I think I'm having an oatmeal pancake for dinner tonight. I've got a sweet thing going.

Sandra, good luck with your colonoscopy. I had mine in February when I was having all that mystery discomfort. I'm glad it's over. Actually, you are going (no pun intended!) through the worst of it now. The drugs are great and I knew nothing of what was happening during the test. I guess you can be awake if you want. I told my Doctor...I want to see nothing, hear nothing, feel nothing. He said okey dokey and was true to his word. You and I would have alot of fun shopping together, except today I was a tad grumpy. Nothing out now is my taste. Too much cotton and hippy beads! I do NOT iron. I'm a child of the polyester 70's. I hope Curtis went out and had some fun. Lucky girl that you got to go into your hot tub. I can't wait to get into my darn pool.

Wendy, thanks for the advice! I wasn't going to get my hair wet. I didn't know for sure but I thought it wouldn't be a good idea with my fresh highlights. And, yes, they are plenty blonde! I have some stuff my stylist recommended. I think it's from Redken....milk something. I know I wet my hair and then spray this stuff in before swimming. I did great with it last summer so I'll be using it again. It has sunscreen and stuff in it too. Several of us here are stress eaters, so we definitely understand what happened to you. Congratulations on not eating as much as before. Bigger congratulations for not letting yourself use that one slip as excuse to go entirely off program. Those are both big accomplishments! :carrot: Hey Wendy, did you do a profile?

Oh, Tye, Welcome to our little corner of the world! You are going to LOVE it here. You look young. You are so smart to get the weight off now! I can't wait to read your profile.

Frouf, I just had a feeling that Toronto GF was going to back out. Probably for the best for you and your new friend to go have fun. I'm glad you're not going to the gym. You don't want to really injure yourself badly so that you cannot go at all for a long time. Nothing wrong with just going home and relaxing one night.

Well, I'm getting hungry so it's time to go make some pancakes. Yum!

06-20-2006, 08:26 PM
vickie, you and i are alike. i'd like for them to just wake me when it's over then send me to cracker barrel. :lol: also, i do not like to iron. i did slip up and bought a bit of cotton this summer. will i ever learn?

what do you mean by food doctor appt?

06-20-2006, 08:46 PM
Tee Hee! I guess I was hungry. I meant foot doctor!

I ate my pancake and I'm still hungry. I believe this is a popcorn night. Time for my jammies. I'll be back tomorrow. Pella is coming to repair our screen door in the morning. Sheesh.

Melissa/ ok?

06-20-2006, 09:07 PM
Oh, the life of a non-ironer!! :lol: You folks don't remember what you're missing out on! Maybe it's because I sew and have to iron the fabric, but I suppose ironing doesn't bother me. If something comes out of the dryer and doesn't look just right, it gets ironed.

So ... I'm home and wiped out. I got here about 30 minutes ago -- whew, what a day! Our VAX (engineering computer system) kept going down today. Back and forth, back and forth. It was brutal. I made my 9 hours of work on 6 hours sleep, which is nothing short of miraculous. And after work, I went to the post office to ship some ebay stuff, to the grocery store for a few things for dinner, came home and hurriedly cooked dinner while Judd watched TV, no less. He didn't work today and I did ... yet here I'm slaving over the stove? I wanted to smack him. I made a very good WW Flex recipe (but don't have the points so don't ask) that was Chicken Spaghetti. I used regular spaghetti, LO grilled chicken that was diced up, 98%FF cream of mushroom soup, Ro-Tel tomatoes, 3 oz. lite Velveeta and chopped onion. It is really good but I didn't have any (just tasted). I don't know what's wrong with me, but I just can't eat much anymore.

Tonight is a "do or die" Mavs game so I'll be glued to the TV from 8:00 + ... I might check in but can't promise. This is ridiculous though; missed calls and an unwanted timeout lost us the last game by ONE freakin' point. It also got our owner fined $250K today because he's a young'un with quite a temper. I like it though; this fiesty guy has turned the team around in the six years he's owned it. Okay, enough about basketball. Like anyone else cares.

Sandra, good luck tomorrow. I hate those things but there's no other way to see our innards, I suppose. Check back in whenever you can.

Don't forget -- tomorrow is a new day for those who are struggling, me included. I was well below my limits today but need to figure out what's making me either nauseated or giving heartburn and bloating feeling.

06-20-2006, 09:53 PM
Hi ladies! I am struggling seems like when the weekend rolls around, I lose all control. I know I'm a child of routines, so during our routine-less weekends, I'm at a loss. I need to figure something out.

I am wondering if I have something like swimmer's ear. Every time I go to the pool or the water park like yesterday, my ears are plugged and painful for days afterwards. Very irritating.

We woke up this morning to clouds looking like the pictures below...

It was really disquieting...I think it was the bottom of a super cell thunderstorm that was off to the North a bit. Thankfully, we only got the fringe rain, but wow, what a sight!

I'm going to toss my kids in bed soon, and hopefully relax tonight. I may even run to the library for some books. It's been a while since I've had a nice, quiet evening to read.

Later ladies!

06-20-2006, 09:55 PM
Angela, the swirl in the clouds reminds me of a black-and-white Van Gogh painting! So pretty!

06-20-2006, 10:04 PM
:lol: vickie, i guess i am hungrier than i thought. i was going along with food doctor 100%. i'm having popcorn tomorrow night. tonight--gatorade.

kathy, i'll be pulling for the mavs tonight, too. hope they win. i wish all us strugglers good luck, too.

angela, weekends are tough, aren't they? i am proud of you for not giving up and regaining everything like i did. you hang in there, girl. those clouds are pretty yet scary. nature's something.

06-20-2006, 10:54 PM
Here I am!! Sorry I've not been posting that much. Work has been killer and then everything with the house...well you all know how it is. :) But I am sorry for not being around. I really appreciate the friendship and support that you all provide and miss it when I'm not "chatting."

Kathy, your dinner (although you didn't eat it) sounds awesome. I love those kind of meals, they're some of my favorites. Especially when they have a mexican flavor. I'm sorry that you are having tummy troubles. I hope that you figure it out soon. Do you think it's related to medication or something like that??

Vickie, I'm sorry that your shopping trip didn't produce much luck today. But at least you found something! Thanks for checking on me. I'm still alive! ;)

Angela, those clouds look scary! But great pictures.

Sandra, good luck with your colonoscopy tomorrow. I can't imagine how much fun that will be. :)

Frouf, I'm glad that your traveling plans are coming together. And yes, I'm taking my vitamins! :D

Sorry to cut this short but DH just came home and I want to visit. :) Have a great night everyone!

06-20-2006, 10:55 PM
I'm really tired, but just want to say good luck Sandra.:hug:

Talk to you all tomorrow.:)

06-21-2006, 12:13 AM
Hey Vickie - I want my own food doctor too - do they do the planning and cooking? ha ha ha. (yes it took me a few minutes to realize it was the foot doctor - how disappointing was that!).

I now seem to remember some Schwarzkopf stuff (yellow spray bottle) I used in the sun to save my hair? Wonder if I still have it around - would be a good idea to take it on the cruise! (altho my hair does have a mind of it's own in humidity - I generally just let it go crazy during the day, wash and blow dry it in the evening and DARE NOT step outside or it will just go BERSERK!)

Melissa - glad to see you are alive and well and very busy AND taking those vitamins - good for you.

Saundra - hope you were not run ragged at your WW job today!

Angela - those clouds are pretty freaky, yet pretty too. Did you get any good books at the library?

Kathy - I too try not to purchase anything that needs ironing (or even too many things that need dry cleaning for that matter)....and even so I will dry it on the perm press cycle and remove it and hang it immediately - anything NOT to iron.

Dh is very good at it and will iron things for me (mentioned this to Andrea my cruise buddy - seems she is also a good 'ironer' - hmmm - wonder if I can convince her to do some of my ironing?).

Did not go to the gym - I am still in pain - and wondering how I will sleep tonight? I will take a Robaxicet (acetominophen and muscle relaxant) soon before bed and hope for the best!

Yes I had the mahi mahi - it was a boxed store brand - it was good but frankly I found it too salty (and given my high bp I am also supposed to stay away from excess salt!). The couscous was great (made w/chicken broth and sauteed onions and green peppers) and green beans too. I had 'normal/small' portions - but frankly was still feeling a bit peckish and hungry...waited about an hour - then had some rye toast with a slather of peanut butter and that hit the spot. I brushed my teeth right away after that and started chewing some spearmint gum cuz I was afraid the 'snack' would set off a series of eating adventures which I was hoping to avoid.

I am feeling a bit empty now which is good (meaning I did not overeat!).

Tomorrow's challenge - supposed to go out to mexican place for lunch w/office group (altho I do have an 11:30 mtg so may be late?) - I have had salads there before but frankly there are overpriced for the size you get - might try some sort of chicken dish instead? they do have good daily specials so I'll check those out too!

Sure hope my neck is feeling better cuz probably after the lunch I will definitely need to go exercise after work.


06-21-2006, 12:41 PM
Morning chicks! I can't believe the server was down and we couldn't get here this morning. :mad: :)

Kathy, sorry to hear that your boys lost last night.

Frouf, congrats on not overeating. I've already done some myself today. And it's only 11:40!! Good luck with the mexican food. Maybe you could try some black bean soup or fajitas without the tortilla?

I just wanted to check in. I hope everyone is doing well today. I've got to stop eating!!

06-21-2006, 12:51 PM
i leave in about 15 min for the big "c". so far it's been easy. i am thirsty but not hungry, but that will be remedied soon. the sun is shining; my roses are blooming; we have 2 hummingbirds. life is good.

melissa, it's great to see you here. i totally understand about being too busy to be online much. it takes a long time to keep up here, doesn't it?

thanks, saundra. i appreciate your coming here to give me support. i hope you got some rest last night.

frouf, congratulations on making choices that will help you get to your goal. (now did i word that politically correct?) :lol: seriously, i am proud of you. it sounds like you're ready to move the scales down. ain't it great? good success for you at the mexican restaurant. a tip: (if you get there on time.) be the first to order then the "lucy" syndrome won't kick in. i run into that syndrome a lot when i order after others. what they're getting just sounds too good to pass up. good success to you!

melissa, i didn't know the server was down this am. i was in la la land. okay, gf, stop eating. remember i'm going to be a cyber aunt.

i think i'm going to go outside now and pick some roses for my pcp's nurse. i just love her. what with going to their office for both curtis and my appts, we've bonded.

have a great day. i'll be back later.

06-21-2006, 01:37 PM
Sandra, what a sweetheart you are for taking roses to the nurse! :hug: I hope everything went well (speaking in past tense since you're probably having it right now!)

Melissa, STEP AWAY FROM THE FOOD and repeat after me: I am not hungry. I am probably just thirsty. I believe I will have some more water!

Poor Mavs! But hey, all's fair in love, war, and sports. Missed and bad calls were on both sides, so they can't really blame anyone but themselves for last night. We're very proud of them, though, for taking it that far. I can't WAIT for next year! And now to concentrate on my Rangers ...

I was a bit sidetracked this morning when the car turned (on its own) into McDonald's and ordered breakfast for me. Ahem ... well, all I can do is try harder tomorrow morning. I think I'll revise my route where I don't have to drive past any fast-food restaurants. Oh and I think Judd and I will be riding together anyway because we'll be going over to Fort Worth for meat night immediately after work. Oh boy, meat night.

Speaking of berserk hair, I did the "scrunch 'n go" method this morning and you won't believe how many people have just fallen in the floor over my hair! I thought someone was going to start snapping pictures!! It must look really, really good or lately I've been looking really, really bad! :lol3: Anyway, it's great "vacation hair" because no products or appliances are needed. I'll have to keep it in mind. Oh and Judd asked if I had gotten a perm. Yeah, I gave myself a perm between midnight when I went to bed and 6:00 when I got up -- you just didn't smell it. Dork.

Time to work some more; they're killing me, I tell ya.

06-21-2006, 01:50 PM
Melissa, STEP AWAY FROM THE FOOD and repeat after me: I am not hungry. I am probably just thirsty. I believe I will have some more water!

I believe I will have some more water! :D

Kathy, glad to hear you are having a good hair day. I think it always makes my day go better when I feel like I look good. It can't hurt anyway!

Sandra, hope you're doing well and on your way to CB for some grub. You're so sweet for taking flowers to your nurse.

Back to work...

06-21-2006, 02:56 PM
Wow - where is everyone??? Come out, come out wherever you are and see the young lady....

So I am obviously at work today - but in even MORE pain than yesterday. Had some trouble sleeping as of course certain positions worked better than others. The hot shower really felt good - took 2 es tylenol when I woke up and just popped another 2 es advil right now!

This pain is really making me cranky and depressed (or I am just cranky and depressed anyways?). Got to speak to my manager (the one on language training and that I was replacing) - filled her in on all the gory details - like my staff person leaving, my database not working yet, and the in-fighting and scarcity of $$ here - I'm sure she can't wait to get back! :D Anyhow she did give me a little bit of advice so I am being pro-active in the HR search for a replacement.

My 11:30 mtg w/director postponed til later so I am getting my paperwork together - and this means I can actually go out for lunch with the gang! Altho I don't feel in a happy/out to lunch kind of a mood? I just had a banana and some water to ensure I am not STARVING when I get there! Hope there is something 'acceptable' I can eat!

I surely don't think I can go to the gym after work today again - and this is starting to make me panic (can you even imagine a frouf being panicked about lack of exercise?). I don't want to start slipping - maybe I can go for a walk around the neighborhood if I'm feeling a bit better tonight - at least I'll be moving?

I can't even carry my purse to lunch (I wear a shoulder bag and it ONLY works on my left shoulder)


06-21-2006, 03:01 PM
Okay - looks like I started writing the above (before anyone got here ha ha ha)...then skipped out for lunch with hitting the post button!

Back from lunch - had the fajitas w/tortillas and all - four of them and you know what I don't feel stuffed? and I can't figure out why? It was a fun office lunch party (not just our general team but others as well). It is GORGEOUS out - just perfect weather - sunny, with a nice breeze not super hot and I figure I got around 20 mins of walking exercise there and back!

Sandra - hope everything is going well.

Melissa - I am sure you have sated your thirst by now? Keep on chugging (as they say - and I am still working on my first bottle!).

Kathy - wow on top of everything else you are a perm diva too - somehow doing that in the dead of the night without anyone knowing - you are truly amazing!

Well seems the 'scrunch' look works for you so I say use it whenever you need to!

I am supremely tired now and could sure use a nap! Nothing planned tonight so hopefully lots of time to relax!


P.S. Kathy - found a good cruise deal for you! :)

06-21-2006, 03:53 PM
Hi everyone, how's your day going? I just got back from working 3 hours at WW. I did retail today and yesterday, which I love. You get to talk to members in a relaxed way. Last night I worked a meeting, which was awful. The leader was a real "B" and had attitude. I was moving tables and chairs as well as weighing people and running around. I called my supervisor, and said that I can't do that any longer. I have a bad back, and lifting those scales is not for me. I didn't take a job as a mover.:mad:
A lady from head office called today and said some nice things, so now I feel better.

Frouf, you're right it's gorgeous out there. Sounds like you had a good lunch. Did you go to Dow's Lake? Should you see someone about your pain?

Kathy, I heard the basketball results, and of course thought about you. Like our hockey, second place ain't so bad.

Melissa, hope you're eating well. After all, you've got a good reason to be OP.;)

Sandra, roses, how sweet of you. But, of course you are a sweet woman. I hope when you read this, you're in the "pink".

I better have a bite to eat, cause the tummy's growling. I cooked dinner Monday, so I just have to re-heat. The kids are coming to share the bounty.

06-21-2006, 05:44 PM
kathy, that's too funny about judd and the perm. sometimes guys just don't know how to compliment. dont you love easy to manage hair? i'm glad you won't be driving by mickey d's tomorrow. that's too much temptation.

melissa, we didn't go to cb. it's on the other side of town. it was 1:30 by the time i got out of the hospital so we stopped at kfc. i'm counting pts today. i'll be all right op.

frouf, i hope you're feeling better. i'm starting to worry about you. have you been to a doctor?

frouf, everything came out all right. (pun intended)

saundra, i'm pink all over. lol now i'm wanting to get outside and do some weeding. it's a bit hot so i'm waiting till this evening. i hope you got everything ironed out at ww. we can't have them hurting your back. don't take anything off them. i'm glad you're standing up for yourself.

06-21-2006, 07:13 PM
Sigh, I knew little dd (almost 3 years old) wasn't feeling well this morning. She has since developed a fever and she started throwing up about 1/2 hour ago. Sigh, again. :)

Thank goodness for TV, is all I have to say.

I am trying with my eating, but sick kids really stress me out. I'm making rice for dinner. I don't know what else I'll make, but I figured if anyone else was going to get sick, rice would be nice and mild. Thankfully, I have a nice stockpile of popsicles here, so we'll be fine. :)


06-21-2006, 07:30 PM
Evening chickies,
I wish you all were best friend went to see Niagara Falls this weekend,...while she was there she visited the Hershey Factory..well guess who has a 5 pound bar of chocolate staring me in the face!!! AND dh is gone till sunday. (hes the chocolate freak) I kinda hid it just so Im not tempted. Very glad its not PMS time...haha.
I just made a yummy supper of wild rice, chicken breast, onion, green peppers and mushrooms all stir fried together. Very filling . I really need to do something about the 3 pm crunch...I find I eat very well morning and lunch but come 3, I want to eat everything in sight..till supper time. The WATP dvds are going very well..I actually like using them.. who would have thought??? I feel like I have more energy now. I measured myself today to keep track of the inches. Its wasnt pretty..........ha
Frouf what did you do to your shoulder??
Sandra glad your *c* was ok and done with.
Saundra you tell them girl....see I would be the type to do it,,complain at home and go back and do it again. I admire people like you who speak up for themselves. I need more assertivness training..hah
Angela, hope your dd feels better soon..not fun being sick int he summer.
Anyone watching BB tonight? Wonder who will be picked to go back into the house.
My oldest Dd was so excited last night,,,we have a Canadian Idol here and a friend of her bf's was chosen to be inthe 22. Chris Labelle..Frouf and Saundra have you guys heard of him? She told me he has a CD out. Im going tobe watching him(and i normally dont like the Canadian Idol .haha)
Off to dodge raindrops here...we were under a heavy storm watch this afternoon but it didnt amount to much..I think I still have to water some plants.

06-21-2006, 08:00 PM
Angela, I hope she feels better soon. There's nothing worse than being cooped up in the house (in pretty weather, when you'd rather be in the garden?) with a sick child. And no picnic for her either, to be sure.

I left work at 4 and went to Costco for work snacks, then the grocery store for our own stuff. Judd is home with a backache; says he's getting old. Yeah, at 37! :lol: Yesterday he had a rash and felt bad, so he stayed home, and today he went to work but left at noon with this backache. I got him some of those thermacare patches and he says they help.

I'm doing laundry tonight and people are eating whatever they can find. Judd popped a vein when he opened the fridge and there was a package of hotdogs that had been opened and left there (open). I went upstairs and asked Shaun if he had opened the hotdogs and he said yes. I told him for the 4,056th time that food + air = uneatable food. Sigh ...

There were a few that were salvageable so Judd had that for dinner with tater tots. I'm not eating because I'm too tired and had my lunch sorta late.

Tomorrow I will be counting points/calories and will do so for a while. Why? Just because.

06-21-2006, 09:20 PM
Hey Chicks! I just wanted to say hello. I couldn't get on before my errands this morning and I've literally been running all day. We just finished dinner and I'm quite tired. I'll be back tomorrow. Tomorrow starts my house cleaning which I have to get done over the next 6 days. Busy, busy, busy. The weight should just be falling off.

I hope you're all well!

06-21-2006, 09:27 PM
angela, i hope little dd is better. thank goodness for tv and popsicles.

patti, i'm watching bb. i'm a bb fanatic. i'm also watching "so you think you can dance." thank goodness for vcr's.

kathy, i bounce back and forth with flex/core, but my doctor has glued me to core for now. i go back to him in a month to let him know how much i've lost. (i have to take my ww card with me.) :lol:

vickie, how often do you do major housecleaning? i did some yesterday and don't think i'll do more for quite awhile. i'm lazy.

06-21-2006, 09:48 PM
Hi, hope everyone is doing well. We were real busy yesterday, in the afternoon ds had a kindergarten show, they sang songs and one song made me cry, it was "Ready For The First Grade", then in the late afternoon ds had his bowling party they had pizza & icecream for the kids & they gave out trophies, they also gave the kids plastic bowling ball banks, which I thought was really cute, dd got a bank too. Then we went to Trader Joes and I got some groceries, I bought Roasted Edamame, which is roasted soybeans and they are very lightly salted, they are delicious, I feel like I am munching on nuts, yummy! Then we went to AppleBees for dinner to celebrate our Wedding Anniversary, not that Applebees is romantic or anything but with the kids it worked out great. I had steak no potatoes & broccoli which tasted like it had a buttery garlic sauce on it so I ate a few bites of the broccoli.
Today I went to WW for a weigh in, I lost 1.2 which I am very happy about considering I got TOM today and felt like I was retaining a ton of water. Then I went to Kohls and got my ds teacher & bus driver a gift since tommorow is last day of school. Then I had to take ds to the pediatricians, he has allergies that trigger a cough, so the doc put him on Nasonex and flovent so he is back on the inhaler and he somehow got poison ivy on his right forearm, this has not been a good year for my little guy :(

I called the nursery school today and let them know that the 8 am class would not work for me, so they are going to send me a application and if any pm classes open they will contact me, and at least I know about this school for when she turns 4 and before I sign her up I will go and see if I like the school. I teach her alot at home so even if she just went to pre-school that would be fine I am mainly doing this for socialization and seperation and kindergarten readiness.

Angela I feel for you, there is nothing worse then the stomach virus spreading throught The house, both of mine had the rodo virus in March(Yuck)

Saundra I am glad you spoke up for yourself, should not have to deal with that.

Frouf hope you are feeling better.

Sandra glad to hear the "c" is over.

I will check back later, I did some weeding and I trimmed back alot of shrubbery today and my arm is starting to hurt, going to take some motrin and Lie down a bit.

06-22-2006, 09:51 AM
Good morning, I can't believe I'm the first on today. I just finished core pancakes and latte, and now it's time to see what you're all up to. :)

06-22-2006, 09:57 AM
Good morning, Saundra! I'm here! :wave:

Not much going on today; I got to work a little later than I wanted to due to going to TWO different places for gas. Actually, I went to one and as I was pulling up to the pump, I looked across the street and it was 20 cents less! Of course, there were lines there but I went anyway and waited.

Tonight I'm really dreading that meat place. I just don't like that sort of eating at all and I know they're going to be upset with me. However, I don't think I care. They picked the place and I had no say in it. There's absolutely NOTHING there that's even remotely diet-friendly, unless of course, it's Atkins. :lol: I'm sure the meat is cooked in all sorts of butter and sauces. Oh well.

Other than that, it should be quiet here. I'll be back in a little while.

06-22-2006, 10:10 AM
Sandra, it sounds like you came through the procedure easily. My doctor has suggested that I have one done, but so far have chickened out. Maybe you'll be my inspiration.

Angela, hope dd is feeling better. It's hard when a little one doesn't feel well. TLC is the best medicine.

Patti, we had rain during the night, but it promises to be sunny today. Just get that chocolate bar out of sight (if it's still there LOL). So many of our battles are with ourselves.:)

Howdy Kathy. Can't you ask them not to put anything on your steak. I'm a royal pain at restaurants, but at least I get something that I can eat.
I didn't realize that Judd is only 37. Holy cow, my Steve will be 39 in September. Is Shaun doing anything to get his room together yet?

Vickie, I've decided to have my cleaning lady come every second week, so that has lifted a lot of responsibility from my plate. Have you considered once a month? I know your standards are high, so don't wear yourself out today.:dizzy:

Niki, any activities for the kids during the summer? Happy anniverary to you and dh. You'll look back at the celebrations with your kids very fondly, I know I do.

Today, Adam and I are going to Cirque du Soleil at 4:00 and then out for dinner. We've been looking forward to it. Since the weekend looks good, we decided to go back to A Bay, on Friday and stay a couple of nights. They have a nice setting and pool, and it will be good to lounge out there. Lord knows, I'm spending a lot more than I'm making, but the season is short, and we might as well enjoy it.

I'm going to call the spa and see if I can go in for my manicure and pedicure (and bikini OUCH!).


06-22-2006, 10:21 AM
Good morning saundra, I live in a lake community and in the summer we spend alot of time there and the kids love it,it is also very relaxing for me, I bring my chair and sit at the foot of the water and watch the kids play and I join them in the water when I get hot. I also bring them to Michaels Crafts & toys r us, they have activities & crafts for the children.

06-22-2006, 10:55 AM
Good Morning Chicks! We are about to get a HUGE summer storm here. Lots of red and yellow on the doppler radar. I'm having my coffee and getting ready to start cleaning after breakfast. I really wanted to catch up but I don't think it's a great time to be on the computer so I'm going to log off.

My treat for cleaning both bathrooms today is to go out to dinner. I'm sure I'll be able to come back later this afternoon to visit. I usually need a break from hanging over those tubs with my fat tummy and short arms and legs (the whirlpool tub is quite high for me!).

I bought the most beautiful blueberries yesterday at Sam's Club. There are too many for me to eat in my morning cereal before they spoil so I'm going to make those muffins again. This time I am going to use vanilla instead of lemon pudding. I'm also going to cut back the 1/2 teaspoon of salt to a quarter since Jim said he could taste the salt in them. They also have baking powder so I'm not sure why they need salt anyway. I'm also going to use the half oat bran (which I finally found) and the half cornmeal. I'm expecting them to be yummy. Plus, anything that gets a few morsels of fruit into Jim's mouth is a GOOD thing.

Ok, here comes the thunder, lightening and downpour. I have to turn off the computer.

06-22-2006, 10:55 AM
I can't get the meat done any other way. They aren't cooked individually -- this is a MEAT place. They walk around with huge slabs of meat on big metal skewers and stop at your table. You have a little card that's green on one side and red on the other. When you want more meat, you turn your card to green and they know to stop. They cut it off of the big slab right there. Gross, huh?

Good morning, Niki!

06-22-2006, 11:05 AM
Vickie, glad you're there with Jim. Take care and enjoy your dinner out.

Kathy, it does sound a little gross. Do they at least have salads?

Niki, how lovely to be near the water. It's one thing that I love. That's why we go to waterfront getaways whenever we can.

Hey Melissa and Frouf, how are you doing?????

06-22-2006, 11:41 AM
Hi! I'm doing okay, thanks for asking! :D
My boss is out of town (was yesterday too) until at least Monday so that's good. Makes things less stressful here. But it's been a busy week.
Today I feel like I could be completely out of control with my eating. I feel dangerous! :lol: Hopefully I can keep myself reigned in.

Kathy, that place sounds pretty icky. Good luck tonight!

Saundra, I meant to say that I'm sorry you had such a negative experience at work the other day. But like someone else said, I'm glad that you stood up for yourself.

Vickie, have fun cleaning, and have fun eating out tonight! That sounds nice.

Ladies I hate to run but I need to get back to work. I hope that we all have great OP days.

06-22-2006, 11:47 AM
:dust: Here's some more Melissa, just in case.:)

06-22-2006, 11:51 AM
Kathy - can you find out if any of the grilled meats are 'plainer' than others? I'm sure some small slices wouldn't hurt? I think you did mention a salad bar?

I also had to get 'some' gas this morning as I was on empty and of course it was up to $1 a LITRE!!! (I only got 12 bucks worth should last a couple of days and I am on the lookout for dropping gas prices - sheesh!).

Saundra - enjoy the weather, the show and dinner out - I'm sure you'll have a great time! (where do you stay in A bay?? - do they have weekend packages/specials?)

Vickie - hope you are suriving the storm - and get some of that cleaning done? I love fresh blueberries - and shall try and hunt some out so I can also make those yummy muffins - let us know how the 'revised' version turns out!

Niki - that lake community sounds amazing - and I would be there very day just like you! I'm sure the kids love it too!

Patti - we watched Canadian Idol and dd was feeling bad for the guy that was 'crying' (Chris Labelle) - he just got in by the skin of his teeth I guess cuz the other guy (little person - Phil King) ended up dropping out. At least now it's getting exciting!

Had a blowout w/dh last night - I think the fact that I am in pain and cranky doesn't help - so when I come home and see no one ran or unloaded the dishwasher so the counter is COVERED with dirty dishes, there are old newspapers everywhere and recycling not taken out - and NOTHING really available for dinner - yes I get angry!

Dh admits not being good at 'food management' and cooking - and I know that but a) you can learn! and b) I do most of the cooking anyways when I get home (all he really has to do is start the main course e.g. today he has to season 5 chicken breasts and put them in the oven - NOT VERY HARD IN MY OPINION - I come home and make the sides). Anyhow it was not a pleasant evening for me. Ended up eating a tuna salad sandwich for dinner, sliced tomato, sf tapioca pudding w/cool whip, and an apple! I was trying hard not to overeat emotionally!

Today I am at work but probably should have stayed home as I am still very cranky. While my neck/shoulder feels better it still hurts in certain position - I took only ONE es advil and will see if that helps. I REALLY REALLY REALLY need to get to the gym today as I feel like my progress is being hindered by this problem. My weight is constant tho which is a good thing but I need to get it moving downwards. I shall try and go to the gym after work - and not use my arms/shoulders and just do the lower body machines - better than nothing I guess?

Got all the teachers' cards and presents (4 X $25 chapters gift cards!!!) for ds to hand out today. Tomorrow is the school play - but he stays home in the am - and doesn't go til like 2pm - I do plan to leave work early so I can see him perform.

Sat is his early bday party - and why can't people follow instructions? His invites say to PLEASE rsvp by June 21 (email and phone # provided) and almost half the parents have not responded. Sent dh to school w/class list to see what he could find out. We need to give bowling alley final count and I would hate to have a kid there who didn't get a loot bag/food/etc.



06-22-2006, 12:03 PM
Good morning Kathy, I hope you find something half way decent to eat, that place doesn't sound to appetizing. Good Luck!!

Melissa, hope you are able to control yourself today, Step away from the chocolate and head towards the water :) :) :D

Saundra I live on the North Fork of Long Island and am surrounded by water we have numerous beaches within minutes of driving :D

Vickie I think those storms are heading my way we are suppose to have rain today through Sunday :(

06-22-2006, 12:11 PM
Please send rain this way. I heard we MIGHT be getting a little teeny bit over the weekend, but the fires are already starting so we really need it!

06-22-2006, 01:28 PM
Listen, I don't want anyone's rain until Monday! Actually, I just saw the forcast and it looks good.

I got my "bikini" done and will have manicure and pedicure next Friday. I'm picking Adam up at 2:30 and we'll be off to the circus!

06-22-2006, 03:15 PM
I agree w/Saundra - no more rain please! I still have not even planted anything in my garden yet - and would love a sunny DRY weekend to get things in order!

Have fun at the circus! (okay now I am wanting cotton candy for some strange reason? :D)

Kathy - sure hope you do get rain - and no fires! That sounds awful!

And some very interesting insights here on being addicted to food (make sure to check out the article in the first posting!).

I think I might try some of the 'advice'!


06-22-2006, 03:20 PM
:carrot: Hey Wendy, did you do a profile?

Vickie...Do you mean on the one where you answer all the questions?
Wendys Profile (

Yesterday went well.

Well I really have to go. I was late getting here and can not stay long. I have a TON of things to do. My van is a mess! My daughters bedroom ended up being more of a Disaster area then it was, but it about half way finished.
I can not move the beds my self because I have had 2 back surgeries, the last was only 9 months ago. So I have to wait until there are back ups here to help. my hubby was going to take today off but the second shift guys wife has luckemia and he had to take emergency tiime off, so my hubby had to work..they have "hot" jobs. That means they have to get done...yesterday! So it looks saturday is the earliest they will get moved. But thats ok. I will make the beds up and then they will be ready.

Well Got to go...

Have a great day!

06-22-2006, 03:58 PM
Hey Chicks! I'm done with both bathrooms that were on the schedule for today. They sparkle and smell great. Jim is doing the floors now with the Hoover. Somebody asked how often I clean. Monthly I do a DEEP clean but not as heavy as Spring/Fall cleaning. In between I just clean/straighten to keep things fresh. I'm doing it this time so that it's clean going into Jim's surgery. I don't want to have to worry about the house so much while I'm taking care of him. I've got things on the calender to do for the next 5 days so that it's all done by next Wednesday. I decided not to kill myself and try to do it in 2 days. Besides, we have so many appointments and errands I didn't have 2 whole days to get it done. The cleaning people in this area charge almost as much for monthly cleaning as they do for 2 cleanings. I think they want you to get it done every 2 weeks instead of monthly so they remove the financial benefit.

Anywhoooo, we survived the storm and it's actually sunny outside right now. It probably won't be over 78 for the next 3-4 days. So no pool for me. Bummer.

I had lunch (LO tamale pie) and made the muffins. The muffins were OUTSTANDING (if I don't say so my self!). I'm going to revise the recipe to show less salt (I think next time I'll try no salt). Jim and a I just each had one and think we like it with the vanilla pudding even better than the lemon. I always thought that the lemon had a weird aftertaste. In my pan, they made 9 muffins. Quite tasty and a great thing to have around. I refrigerate mine because I've heard that the baked oatmeal, and I assume these too, spoil and get moldy if not refrigerated.

I'm off to change the recipe and to post my menu. I think I'll have enough time to read posts and respond before my break is over!

06-22-2006, 04:28 PM
Angela, I'm sorry that you are struggling. Would it work if you stayed strict Core during the week while you're in your routine and not use any WPA's and then have all the WPA's for the weekends when you are less able to control what is available for you to eat? I have this fantasy that's how my life will work once I get down to my goal. Those storm clouds were really eerie but beautiful at the same time. Great pictures. How are you doing today? Is DD any better? Are you still weighing in every week? Maybe that will help you. I know that it's something I must do for myself and soon.

Kathy, sorry about the Mavs. I actually watched the last 3 minutes and was pulling for them. I see Shaun is home. I assume you decided to let him stay? Did you manage to avoid Mickey D's this morning? Or were you too busy waiting in line for your gas? Our gas is up to $3.05 a gallon! Outrageous. I'd have gone across the street to save 20 cents a gallon too. We try to be very judicious with our travelling.

Patti, back away from the chocolate bar. Or better yet, mail it to me. I wouldn't want YOU to eat it.

Niki, your kids sound adorable! And Happy Anniversary. I think out to dinner is great no matter where it is. It's great that you enjoyed your food. I'm suspicious of all restaurant food. I'm sure I make them crazy when I order but at least I don't end up having to use unexpected points.

Saundra, I'm glad you stood up for yourself with WW! Maybe that's the benefit of being retired. We no longer have to take anyone's garbage! Sounds like they are being smart enough to want to keep you happy. Can you avoid the Leader who is not so nice? What Core pancakes do you eat? I see that we have a couple of recipes on our board. I eat the ones with oatmeal and cottage cheese but I'd like to try a different one if someone recommended it. I hope you're having a great time at Cirque right now. Bikini wax huh? I won't need one of those for a long time since right now I can't even see it! :D I do have a pedicure scheduled for tomorrow.

Melissa, I sure wish I could help you somehow. Just be the best you can at each meal and try to get some exercise. Kathy said....drink that water. Sometimes it keeps my tummy too full to get into TOO much trouble. :hug:

Sandra, so I'm happy your test results were great. I don't have to go until 10 years. It wasn't bad at all, was it? That's what I keep telling Jim. He's decided to go in the Fall.

Gee, Frouf, I hope you're feeling better. Do you have any idea how it happened? I think I remember you saying that you woke up in pain. I wonder if it's something you taxed the night before at the gym? Is a litre like a gallon or like a quart? I hope it's like a gallon because otherwise your gas is as high or higher than ours! I failed metrics! :o :D DH is lucky that he's married to you and not to me. I'd have been tempted to tell him that if he isn't going to work then his job is food/house management. Then I'd move on to giving him his report card. :devil: There's no excuse. That article on food addiction was quite interesting. I'm not at the top of the scale but I do think I am addicted.

Wendy, take it easy. You don't want to hurt yourself!

It's funny to hear you guys saying that the steak places are icky! I must be SUCH a meat hound. :D I loved the two places that I've been to. They won't bother you if your card is turned to red. Both places I've gone to had outstanding salad bars. Maybe they're different here. There is no fat on any of the meat, just salt and garlic and other seasonings. I was able to eat sirloin, filet, and pork.

06-22-2006, 04:41 PM
Vickie, I think that's an excellent idea, about staying strictly Core on weekdays. In theory, that's what usually ends up happening for me. But this week, dh also had Monday and Tuesday off, so the weekend ended up being SUPER long. :) Plus, with sick kids, all my self-control is gone with food.

Dd is getting better. She's back on popsicles and stuff now, and ate a little bit of rice at lunch. She's napping currently, which I think is the best thing for her.

I've never been to one of those meat places...I wonder if we have any here. I generally like meat if it's in small pieces and is served with noodles, but I'm not really a fan of large hunks of it. Every now and then I get a steak craving, but it's only like every 6 months or so.

I'm off to do some computer gaming. Later.


06-22-2006, 04:47 PM
I guess I'm totally not a meat hound! :lol: Vickie, that made me laugh to see you put it that way. There's no doubt it's the best meat money can buy (and as well it should be, for $45 per person) but I guess it's my tummy that doesn't want all that meat. If one portion of meat is 3 oz. and is the size of a deck of cards, can you imagine how many "decks of cards" some people go in there and eat? They can bring me one serving of meat and then I'll be done, and will NOT be getting my money's worth. Oh, well. And yes, the salad bar has something like 50 items on it -- I'll definitely be hitting it.

Shaun is supposed to be working on that room. By Saturday, if it's not done, I'll just get in there and "help". I honestly can't figure out what to do with him; he has nowhere else to live and no place to get around if he DID leave. He would just be walking around homeless so no matter what I say or what he does, I guess he's there for the next ... um, let's see ... 8 weeks and 5, no make that 4.5, days.

Angela, I'm glad to see things are improving with your dd. I'm sure she was pretty miserable.

06-22-2006, 05:09 PM
Okay, now to hear Vickie describe it, the meat place sounds yummy! :lol: Good thing I don't have $45 a person to try it out.

Kathy, I know that you are frustrated with Shaun, and I wish I knew something to help you out. I guess we'll all just keeping hoping and praying that everything goes well for August.

Vickie, thank you for your encouragement. I'm doing okay. I'm not sure what's going on with me, other than I know going off BC gave me TOM-like cravings through the roof! :o I'm glad that you got your cleaning done. I need to make your tamale pie still. I bought some lean ground beef the other night, maybe that's what I'll do with it! I'm craving red meat. :)

Angela, I'm glad your dd is feeling better. And I know that you will figure out a plan. You're such a success!

OK ladies better get back to it...there are clients here....:p

06-22-2006, 07:58 PM
Evening chicks,,,,
yes the chocolate bar is still intact
off to weed the greenhouse in a bit but thought i would stop by first.
Did my WATP dvd this morning along with walking on the beach for work,,lugging stuff back and forth fromt he truck to the picnic table and now some bending and pulling..not a bad day for exercise. Now if I would have left the rice krispie squares alone at the picnic I would have had a better day..hopefully I burned them off today.
Cant wait ,,.my dd;s will both be home the end of the month. Its going to be a busy noisey house again. Cant wait!'
Frouf I wish we paid 1.00 a liter we're up to 1.14 a liter..ouch!!
Saundra it isnt the Beatles Cirque is it?? I hear they have gotten permission to use thier songs...I would love to see that.
Kathy when you mentioned the salad bar I was thinking,,,why not have them slice a little bit of meat on top of your salad?? Like a chefs salad. Pretty expensive salad
Vickie I would be saving the cleaning for when Jim is feeling under the will give you something to do while he's sleeping and resting.
ok off the the greenhouse..the weeds are calling..

06-22-2006, 08:25 PM
Off to eat some meat. Lordy, I don't want to go.

06-22-2006, 09:06 PM
Patti, sounds like you got some great exercise in today! You're doing great with the WATP aren't you? You're inspiring me to think about getting off of the couch. :lol:

Kathy, hope you're enjoying yourself tonight!

I went to Victoria's Secret to get a bra tonight (I had one break the other night) thinking that it would be on sale due to the semi-annual sale. Well it wasn't, but I did get some clearance underwear. That's always good! :) Being in VS was quite do I ever want to feel sexy again!

Well the dog is asking to go out. We're planning on a walk later tonight too. Talk to you all later!

06-22-2006, 09:12 PM
Hey Chicks! I just got home from dinner and from a trip to Dominick's grocery store. I got a case of caffeine free Pepsi for $3.00 and it was on the way home. Woo Hoo!

Dinner at Enrico's was great as usual. I ate to nearly full. I went a little past satisfied, but not much. I had a double portion of fresh green beans and a salad. I had 8 glasses of water today. All in all, I'm feeling pretty proud of myself.

Now, I'm off to watch TV with Jim. I have to clean 3 bedrooms in the morning by 11:00 when I have to shower and eat lunch before my pedicure. Shouldn't be a problem. Jim will also help a bit. What a guy.

06-22-2006, 09:17 PM
Kathy, that's a great suggestion about slicing the meat onto your salad. They only give you about and ounce of meat at a time anyway. I hope you manage to enjoy yourself. The salad bar at mine were amazing. I tried artichoke heart for the first time at one place. Yum.

Patti, congratulations on the exercise and avoiding the candy bar. Great job! I'm sure you worked off the rice krispie treat.

Melissa, I know what you mean about wanting to feel sexy again. It's been so long for me. Jim tells me I'm sexy no matter what size I am. He thinks it's a state of mind. I like his thinking! :D ;)

Ok, I'm off to see if the White Sox can sweep the Cardinals. :carrot: Hope I don't jinx them.

06-22-2006, 10:18 PM
Did I tell you all that Cassie has hypothyroidism? She's on thyroid medicine for the next 6 weeks and then she gets her blood tested again. I hope this is all it is because this condition is fairly easy to treat.

06-22-2006, 10:21 PM
nikki, happy anniversary!!!! sounds like you had a good day. and to lose weight? you are impressive.

kathy, i hope you're having a good time tonight. i'm sorry you weren't looking forward to going.

saundra, i chickened out 2 years ago. my new doctor was more persuasive. i have to tell you--it was much easier than i'd expected.

vickie, your blueberries sound heavenly. did you make the muffins? i am going to make those core brownies tomorrow. i bought the oat bran today.

melissa, i hope the dust worked and you weren't too dangerous today.

frouf, i wish i'd taught your kids. those are fantastic presents. seriously, i hope you're feeling better today and are getting more help at home. did you go to the gym? i did but just for water aerobics.

vickie, i'm the one who asked about the cleaning. i need to copy you and do more down deep cleaning. i do too much hit and miss. thanks for the muffin recipe. i'll print it out. give cassie a hug for me.

vickie, they did remove some polyps yesterday but i felt no pain at all. life is good. i don't know if curtis will get one or not. i don't think he could come off his arthritis meds for 5 days.

angela, i understand about temptations. we're invited to a bbq saturday. i'm taking core goodies.

patti, you get an "atta girl" for not eating the chocolate.

melissa, wheeeeeet whewwwwwwwww! vs!! i am jealous.

06-22-2006, 10:23 PM
there's been a lot going on here today. got up (fasting again) and went for liver ultrasound. all went well. got home to make lunch and had a message from a dear friend that her mother had passed, so curtis and i took a bouquet of roses to the funeral home and took food, paper plates, etc... over to my friends. then we went to the archery range to do some weedeating. after that i went to do water aerobics. now i've had dinner, tried to get caught up here (sorry if i missed replying to anyone) and it's time to crash in front of the tv.

have a wonderful evening, everyone. i go to ww in the am. i'll change my tracker then.

06-22-2006, 10:48 PM
Well here comes Kathy - well what is that red juice dribbling down her chin?...I think she's eaten TOO MUCH MEAT! ha ha ha...hope you were able to consumer $45 worth of salad - there must be something else you get no?

I hope you read the riot act to Shaun and he is behaving and more importantly CLEANING UP his mess - no excuse really!

Melissa - we don't have any VS stores here in Canada but did manage to visit one last summer while in Florida - WOW - I did get dd two bras (even on sale they were quite expensive once you factored in the american exchange!).

Patti - I can't imagine $1.14 - here it hovers between the high and low nineties - I obviously try to fill up when it's cheaper - it does cost a lot to fill up my tank!

Vickie - good luck with all the housecleaning - at least it will count as activity! Looking forward to the 'revised' recipe - if I have time I shall try and make it this weekend!

Angela - hope your dd is on the mend - and that no one else gets sick!

I am hungry and it's almost 10 pm! I did not end up going to the gym cuz I was still hurting- but good news is I am feeling better so hopefully tomorrow will be the day! (altho they close earlier and I am going to see ds' play tomorrow pm!).

I think I overdid it with the arrowroot cookies this afternoon - I had around SIX of them with my tea - I suppose it could have been worse? Had chicken, baked potato and asparagus for dinner - followed by a lf ice cream bar - but I am feeling 'empty' now - might go guzzle some water? I really want that scale to MOVE!

Tomorrow is a crappy day - the computer programmer/consultant will be in from 9-2:30 and either myself or my staff will be seating with him most of the day to make sure he properly debugs our database - I hope to be able to slip out now and then and go back to my office (upstairs!) UGH!

That's it for now - hope I can get a restful pain free sleep tonight!


06-23-2006, 12:26 AM
Home from meatland. Actually, that "slicing the meat on the salad" idea wouldn't have worked there. You eat the salad and all the other stuff on the salad bar, like asparagus and cheeses and bacon and soup and every vegetable known to mankind ... then they clear the plates and start in with the meat. I let them give me a little piece of chicken and a little piece of steak, then that was it. I ate about half of each piece. I guess I'm not that fond of meat. Oh and here's my YIKES moment for the evening: the bill was $380. I'm SO glad we weren't the ones paying. Erin babysat the nieces and I'm sure she's glad it's over. The baby went to sleep as soon as we got there, but the 4 y/o wouldn't. She was still awake when we got home, and her mom and dad weren't thrilled with her. I mean their daughter -- not Erin. They know when this little girl doesn't want to sleep that there's no making her.

SIL's hair is mighty cute and I think I've talked Judd into letting me get mine cut. Right now it's down to my bra strap in the back, and her hair is maybe 2 inches long all over. We'll see -- she's supposed to call me tomorrow afternoon and we might go to a place to get it cut (she'll be the model). If so, I'll post a picture. The results could go either way. I do know that in the past when I've done something like this, I've immediately regretted it and wished I'd never messed with things. Who knows? After I sleep on the idea, I might change my mind.

Off to bed. BB in the morning.

06-23-2006, 06:49 AM
Good morning, everyone. I guess I get the loser prize for having yesterday's last post and today's first.

I woke up about 4 and something wasn't quite right. No indeedy, it wasn't! I am sick with an upset stomach. The throwing up is the worst because it's deep (like the food is digesting, I guess). I can tell because afterwards when I drank water, the water tasted sweet. Gross.

So I guess I'm not going to get my hair cut today and actually I had decided it might not be a great idea. I should deal with the known instead of venturing into the unknown and spending the next six months hiding in the closet. LOL! Her hair is really cute but I just don't know how it would look on me, and what if I sucked at fixing it? At least this long straight stuff is somewhat predictable.

Well, that's my day in a nutshell. I think I'll stay home from work and go in tomorrow. I was going anyway. Oh and I was supposed to babysit my brother's two little boys tonight while they go to the opening of The Music Man in Cleburne. My brother is on the board and one of the main actors in community theater ( but I think he's sitting out this production. He has been in most of the plays for the last several years. His name is Kevin Poole. Anyhoo, I don't think I should go tonight, in case it's a bug instead of a reaction to food. I'll probably feel better but don't need to take a chance.

I'll come back at a more reasonable hour to see if anyone has checked in.

06-23-2006, 08:29 AM
I went to my weigh in last night and lost 2 Pounds! I was shocked!
I have a WW scale and it showed me up. So when I got there and she said 214...I was excited. I have only lost 1 pound each week except the first week. So my losses for WW is up to 12.5 pounds. Yeah!

It worked! I guess I knew it would somewhere in the back of my mind but I was worried that I was over eating or eating too many times. I dont feel full unless I gorge my self. And I dont really get hungry. I have a hard time dealing with that stuff now. I just ate a small portion of what I ate, except dinner salads. And I eat about every 3 or 4 hours.

Well I am going to is snack time. I have been up since 5 am. I had some cantelop and a WW Smoothie....Did anyone know they are core? I dont understand that...they have the same ingredients as the WW yogurt but the smoothies have the Core Checkmark on them. I dont know!
But they are good. I am going to make some Breakfast, scrambled eggs with some onions and peppers with some Salsa and Guacomole on top of them. Can not wait.

Have a great day!

06-23-2006, 09:14 AM
Wendy congratulations on the loss, way to go!!! Core really works, I have been on it for 5 weeks and had a loss every week. :D

Kathy hope your upset stomach feels better, it was probably the food you wern't really in the mood to eat it. :hug:

OK, mom wants to have a proud moment. My ds got his report card yesterday and we are just sooo proud of him. The report card is graded from 1-4, His whole report was 4's which is Exceeds Expectations (excellent indepent worker:exceeds expectations in academic and social ares. Needs minimal teacher direction) He went from Beginning reader & writer to Advanced reader & writer. I know it is only kindergarten but he is such a good boy and loves to learn, he is sad because school is finished for the summer. Ok I'm done I finished bragging :o

06-23-2006, 09:19 AM
good morning. i'm up early readying to go to ww. i had a restless night for some reason. i'll probably crash later today but right now i feel great. (as tony the tiger would say.)

frouf, enjoy ds' play today. are you going to videotape it?

kathy, what a lot of money to spend for dinner? i'm glad you and judd weren't paying, too. i'm sorry your sick. you and i have had a rough time with health lately, haven't we?

i didn't know your brother. i've been out of the cleburne carnegie players for years now. i never was a board member but i was in 2 plays. i had a bit part in "the sound of music" but a lead in 1988's "arsenic and old lace." i played aunt martha brewster. you should have seen me. i was a pretty cute little old lady. thanks for posting the website. i'll go bookmark it and look at it often. it will make me feel at home.

now here's big news. we are thinking of moving to hamilton, mt. isn't that something?

wendy, congratulations! that's an impressive loss. i am happy for you.

i'm waving at all of you yet to get here. i still can't believe i'm here so early.

06-23-2006, 09:25 AM
kathy, just went over to the site. i recognized a few names/faces. thanks for the memories.

06-23-2006, 09:45 AM
nikki, we must have been here about the same time. congratulations to ds for making stellar grades. i know you're proud of him--as you should be. makes me smile thinking of you smiling. also, congratulations on having a loss every week. that's impressive. you deserve an "atta girl."

06-23-2006, 09:50 AM
Good morning! :sunny:

Sandra, well good morning! I had no idea that you were a drama queen. ;) You are a woman of many, many talents aren't you? Why are you all thinking of moving? Any particular reason, or just for fun? :)

Kathy, I'm so sorry that you are sick today. Bless your heart. One of my friends says she always gets sick after eating at a buffet (she blames all the germies). I hope that it is just brief and passing for you!

Niki, congrats to DS. You should brag on him!

Wendy, :bravo: on your loss. Very inspiring for those of us who are lagging behind.

I better get going. We've got lots to do today--while the boss is away we're going to move some things, reorganize, throw some stuff away. :s:

06-23-2006, 10:01 AM
good morning, melissa. we caught the moving bug from you. :lol: seriously, we live in a really large two story house. we're looking to downsize and also not have stairs. we're not there yet but we will be getting to the age where stairs wouldn't be good. i already have arthritis in my feet. we're readying for a new, more laid back time of life living out with nature. wouldn't it be something if we had bears coming into our yard? i actually hope we do. i think it would be neat to sit and watch them out the window. we have a friend outside town here who does just that. he's even had wild turkeys nest next to his front stoop.

i hope you have a good day at work. (are you looking?)

06-23-2006, 10:04 AM
Wow, this has been a busy place.

Niki, congratulations on ds' report card. These are the momemts parents and grandparents treasure. You are allowed to brag.

Wendy, congrats on the loss, you're doing great!

Sandra, I can picture you in a lace shawl. I would have loved to get involved in little theatre, but I think there was no time. I did some when I was a teenager. Is the place that you're thinking of moving to far?

Kathy, maybe the meal just didn't agree with you. Hope you're doing better now.

Frouf, have fun at the play. It looks like you might get your planting done this weekend. I'm just wanting some sun. After reading the article, I see where core fits. You're allowed to eat some non core foods, but you eat to satisfaction. They give exercise as an activity and say that you've got to get in control. Obviously good lessons for all.

Vickie, sounds like you've got everything under control. I can see your management qualities. They pay off, don't they? I understand that you want things organized. If the weather isn't warm enough, do yo at least sit by the pool and relax? Sometimes it's just nice to put your feet in.

Patti, glad that you saved the bar. You must be looking forward to having the girls home. I feel that way about my boys and can't wait until we're all together again in one city. The Love Cirque is only coming to Las Vegas. Adam has seen 3 other performances there and loved them all. We enjoyed yesterday, it was something very different from anything that I've seen. We had great seats, 8th row centre.

Melissa, glad you found success in VS shopping. I have one of their nightgowns which is very sexy. It's long and silky and low back and front. It's gone to many a weekend away.;) Are you going to be able to relax a bit this weekend?

I let Adam take the car last night, so I'm here without one. Bernie is going to try and get out early today, so we might be on the road by 2:00 or 3:00.

I just caught the last two posts, Hi Melissa and Sandra.

Sandra, that sounds great!
I better go and eat something now, as I'm feeling quite hungry.

06-23-2006, 10:07 AM
saundra, are you and bernie going on a trip today? if so, have fun. if not, have fun. we're looking at land about 40 miles from here down the bitterroot valley. i think kathy's sister lives down there.

06-23-2006, 10:18 AM
hi, vickie. i see you're on here now. how's cassie this am?

06-23-2006, 10:34 AM
Thanks guys, I am proud of him.

Sandra glad all went well with your tests. Drama too, is there no end to your talents :D :D :D If you want I could switch houses with you, I live in a ranch, I would love to have a large 2 story house, just let me know when you want to switch(hahaha) ;) ;) ;)

Frouf have fun at ds' play.

Vickie what a busy beaver, looks like you've got everything under control and well organized. hope you can use your pool soon to relax some.

Patti way to go avoiding the bar, doesn't it feel better to not eat it rather than eat it.

Melissa glad you found a few items at VS, I just told dh yesterday, I need new bras I am being poked by underwires from a few of mine, I will be shopping this weekend.

Saundra glad you had fun at the show, hope Bernie gets home early enough for you to do your errands.

06-23-2006, 10:41 AM
Good morning ladies! I've got a busy day here...I've got to help make dinner for one of my friends who just had her tonsils out yesterday - and she has 5 kids, including a young, nursing baby. I have to take my two older girls in to the doctor for their well child checks. These are the appointments that have been rescheduled/forgotten for over a month now. :o And, I need to find some time to take myself in to the doctor. My ears are STILL full of water from our water park visit Monday, and are starting to itch and hurt. I think I have swimmer's ear. I also think I may have injured my rotator cuff when we were mixing and shoveling all that dirt a few weeks ago. I tell ya, I turn 31 and I start to fall apart! :lol:

At least we don't have anything huge tonight, although FIL is trying to get us to come to a party. He's celebrating changing jobs after 15 years in a job he didn't care for. He's a respiratory therapist, and just got a job as the director of the respiratory therapy department at a local community college. He's happy to have more regular hours and not the 30 minute commute he used to have. But I think I'll bow out, as dd will still not be feeling her best.

She did wake up this morning, scared, asking, "What's wrong with my tummy?" It was cute. Since she ate about 2 puddings and 2 popsicles all day yesterday, I felt it safe to assume she was hungry. She's happier after some breakfast today.

Time to get moving,

06-23-2006, 10:41 AM
nikki, i would love to see your part of the country. curtis is a northwest guy. :lol: i got me a mountain man for sure. i taught drama a few years along with other subjects. my paternal great grandfather was a traveling hypnotist who sold elixir. i guess i got my love of drama from him. this past year we went to see "lion king" on stage in spokane. that's the extent of my dramatic experience for the past few years. unless you count tv and movies. :lol:

so how's your day? anything big planned? i'm going to ww then we may take the grands to a local pond to do some canoeing. not sure yet if they can go. depends on what they have planned already.

06-23-2006, 10:43 AM
Sandra, we're going to Alexandria Bay for two nights. It's the Thousand Islands of upstate N.Y. and only an hour an a half drive from home. I'm looking forward to sitting by the water with a book.:)

Vickie, forgot to mention....tell Cassie, that I've been hypothyroid for years:D Actually, I had graves desease, which is very hyperthyroid, in my late thirties, and the destroyed my thyroid function. That left me taking thyroid for the rest of my life. That was the darkest period of my life, but that's another story.

I'm hearing high 70's for the weekend, so I'm a happy camper.:)

06-23-2006, 10:43 AM
angela, i'm glad dd is better. have a good day and enjoy the party tonight. i don't blame fil. i'd be ready to party, too.

06-23-2006, 10:52 AM
Woah! You are all up and about early this morning! Good Morning Chicks! I'm well this morning except for the VERY sore muscles in my shoulders and neck. It distubed my sleep a little but not too badly.

Kathy, I'm so sorry you were sick. I guess you're just not a meat hound! I even considered Atkins at one point but I know it's not healthy so I didn't do it. I was on a diet in the 80's from a bariatric doctor where I ate no sugar (only strawberries, cantaloupe, grapefruit), no starch, no dairy, and all the meat I wanted as long as it was skinless/grilled/lean. I lost 75 pounds in 6 months but it all came back. I actually started to get sick of meat at that point. I hope you feel better soon. Oh and I'm glad you decided not to get your hair cut that short! 2 inches is pretty darn short and really a drastic change from where you are right now. I loved the hair you had in that one family picture that you shared with us. It was about shoulder length and I thought you looked beautiful there. Your brother is a handome guy!

Sandra, thank God they got those polyps! I really hope Jim has none, but if he does, then I want them out of there ASAP. Why are you having the liver ultrasound? I had one of those too last fall when I had the mystery discomfort. I guess it's just the protocol. I hope all goes well with that. Good Luck at weigh in ;) ;) ;) ! That's too much nature for me, but I'm thinking you and Curtis would love it. Would you still be able to do your archery there? It's nice that we don't have to panic about your moving since we know you'll still have your computer. Jim and I have a ranch house with only 3 steps to the upstairs. The basement has about 12 steps but it's unfinished and we just use it for storage. I could live if I never went down there. Our laundry room is on the main floor in between the den where I am now and the kitchen. I highly recommend ranch style living.

Saundra, sometimes I drive Jim and others crazy with my scheduling and planning. I think I was born with those tendencies and became a manager because I already had the skills set! Thanks for making it sound positive! I haven't had time to sit by the pool but I hope I can do that soon. It's just not going to be warm enough to swim here for about a week. Oh Well. I'm glad you had a great time yesterday.

Wendy, :bravo: for your 2 pound loss! I think it sounds like you have Core downpat. Great job. :cb: :dance:

Niki, of course you can brag! I would. You should be very proud of DS. I hope he has wonderful teachers throughout his school years who continue to nuture his desire to learn.

Frouf, I'm guessing you're with the computer guy now. I hope you had a restful night and aren't sleeping ont he computer guy's shoulder while he works! Have fun at the play later!

Melissa, enjoy your time away from the boss and try not to work too hard. Have I mentioned the great benefits that the government has?

Angela, you definitely sound like you have swimmer's ear. You need to get in sooner rather than later before it turns into a full fledged infection! And I don't even know what to say about the rotator cuff except I'm sorry. I know what kind of pain you must be in. Did you know that is the surgery that Jim is having next week? That's so cute about DD not knowing what those deep tummy growls were! :^: How are you doing on program?

Cassie seems a bit perkier this morning. The Man I live with says I'm imagining it. ;) :D

Well, I can eat in about 10 minutes so I guess I'll get myself moving. I need to clean 3 bedrooms today. Jim will vacuum them later while I'm having my pedicure. Talk to you all later.

06-23-2006, 10:55 AM
Saundra, I was reading about canine hypothyroidism and one of the symptoms was depression. I do believe Cassie was depressed or something like it. I called her lethargic but it was a sad kind of thing too. Right now she's here begging for food which she hasn't done in a while.

06-23-2006, 10:56 AM
Sandra I would love to see the Northwest, I just love mountains and different wildlife. If I ever win Lotto I would definitely travel all over America & Cananda and then Europe. Wake up Niki your dreaming again!! :)

Not much planned for today, we are suppose to have heavy rain through Sunday, so I may just get my heavy cleaning out of the way so we can spend the week doing fun things. Good luck at ww!!

06-23-2006, 10:57 AM
BTW, I would NEVER shop at Victoria's Secret. Just a little muleish attitude on my part. I've decided that when I get thin, I will never shop at a store that doesn't carry plus sizes. Real plus sizes, not a store that considers size 14 as XXL. Harumpf.

06-23-2006, 11:02 AM
I feel the same way Vickie about VS, I live very close to an Outlet center and their is one shop that carries beautiful sexy bras in plus size, they even have 2 clasps instead of 4.

06-23-2006, 11:05 AM
I was really involved with the Thyroid Association back when, so I know lots of facts. The Thyroid function controls a lot, and both hyper and hypo can cause a lot of problems like depression and anxiety. I was a texbook case and went undiagnosed for over a year. I thought that I was going crazy and was told by a psychologist that I didn't like being a "middle" child. Finally found the right doctor, and was back to myself slowly after that. BAD TIMES:mad:

06-23-2006, 11:09 AM
Niki, there's so much out there that I'd love to see. We finally got to the Canadian Rockies a few years ago and went to Novo Scotia, which is our east coast two years ago. Next, I'd love to do British Columbia, to see our west coast. Then, I can see some of your great areas.:)

I purchased my VS article on line as I had a gift card from a supplier years ago. I understand how you girls feel.

06-23-2006, 11:16 AM
vickie, i've been watching for you to post. good morning. as to liver test--labwork came back showing elevated enzymes. my doctor said not to panic, so i'm not. ranch style sounds good. i'm thinking we'll go with cottage but am not sure. i do know it's going to be small.

i've gotten a lot of surfing done this am about the 07 national senior olympics. looks like we'll be in louisville end of june next year flinging arrows.

nikki, rainy days are good for cleaning (or reading). have a good day.

i'm off here now to get ready to go to ww. when i get home, i'll change my tracker.

06-23-2006, 11:19 AM
saundra, i can't even imagine you being depressed. you're always so bubbly.

okay, gotta go.

06-23-2006, 11:26 AM
we're looking at land about 40 miles from here down the bitterroot valley. i think kathy's sister lives down there.
Judd's sister. They live in Hamilton.

Well, I came on in to work, and Judd is urging me to get the haircut. Good grief, what's a girl to do? I hate even thinking about it because it looks so good today. That, however, is an illusion because it's professionally straightened. I've gone twice in the last week; no way on earth will I pay $40 a week ($160 a month!) just to keep my hair this way. Hair! Women were shortchanged on that -- guys can shave their freakin' heads if they want to and nobody looks twice. Grrrr...

I have two pages to read so it'll be a while before I'm back. Happy day.

06-23-2006, 11:33 AM
Saundra, I know how frustrating it can be when you are mis or not diagnosed properly. I need to read more about canine hypothroidism but I haven't found a site yet. I do understand that she'll be on medicine for the rest of her life. Not something I mind do for her at all. She's like my child.

Sandra, Cassie has elevated liver enzymes too. We don't know what that means yet either. My BIL had elevated liver levels for years (I don't know if it was enzymes with him). The Doctors chased it for years and finally let it go since he had NO symptoms. Sheesh. I hope you get a clean bill of health soon. Do you have symptoms? I think a cottage sounds wonderful. Sometimes, I feel our house is way too big. Why do 2 people need 4 bedrooms? That's why one of them is our Den/Computer room. If I have my way, someday we'll move into a ranch townhouse. I'll miss the pool, but oh well.

Kathy, trust your instincts on your hair. Maybe something inbetween.

Gotta go eat. I'm starving now!

06-23-2006, 11:51 AM
Sandra, will you have a hot tub with a view? I always think of you and Curtis sitting and looking out.:)

Vickie, our place has three bedrooms, one of which is my computer room. It's just right for us, enough room to be together, or have our own space. My laundry is in the basement, but as long as I can get up and down, I figure its good for me to be doing it.

06-23-2006, 11:57 AM
oops, kathy. sorry. i thought it was your sister. as to hair--it's summer. do what will be easiest to keep in the heat. (that's my sage advice.)

vickie, we have 4 bedrooms, too. we're planning to leave the hot tub. (remember all this is "if" we move.) we're thinking of building a waterfall/creek and placing a new hot tub near it. all that will be part of our "being with nature." we'll keep the lid on the tub when we're not in it, though. :lol: i'm really getting excited. two women i've met at ww live down there. i'm going to ask them today if they know of any land possibilities.

i am not having any symptoms i know of. i don't really know what to look for cept for maybe yellow skin and i don't have that. it's prob just one of the pills i'm taking causing the surge of enzymes. surge might be too strong a word. elevation is prob better. i hope cassie is all right. sounds like your bil is all right. that's good.

well, it's time to go. later dudettes.

06-23-2006, 11:58 AM
saundra, i just saw your post. we'll definitely have a view and a hot tub. read what i wrote vickie about hot tub. sorry to be quick but i have to go.

06-23-2006, 12:01 PM
Whoa, busy busy!
DH and I have always wanted to rent an RV and travel across the country. I think that it would be so much fun. And I could come see all of you! :D

Vickie, you know I never really noticed that they don't carry plus sizes? I mostly just buy bras and underwear there, not much else. I have, however, thought that I should stop shopping there because I hate their basically-porn commercials/catalogs. That bothers me. It sounds like Cassie is feeling better today. I always know something is wrong with Murph if he's not begging for food. ;)

Saundra, I hope that you and Bernie have a great time this weekend. It sounds like a really relaxing time. I'm so sorry to hear about your thyroid trouble. It sounds like you've come a really long way. :hug:

Kathy, I think you'll look awesome no matter what you decide to do with your hair. If you want to try something different, you know it will always grow out. :)

Sandra, I think your moving plans sound great. It's good to think ahead. I've been trying to get MIL and FIL to think about moving but they haven't too seriously. There's is a split level and will eventually be very hard on them.

OK, better get to work!

06-23-2006, 12:19 PM
Alright, I'm changing my avatar so I can get used to looking at short hair, but I did cancel with SIL. I don't think I'm ready.

They're really on my nerves today here ... I'll be back in a minute. Sheeesh!

06-23-2006, 12:22 PM
That's the picture I'm talking about! You look absolutely beautiful in it, highlights and all.

06-23-2006, 12:27 PM
Yeah, if you overlook the goofy pasted-on fake smile! :rofl:

That was 7 months ago, and it has grown about 5 inches since then. I guess it would come back if I made a mistake, but I think I already have enough stress right now.

Oh and I talked to Shaun yesterday about that girl. I said "she realizes you're going, right?" and he said yes. He says there's no way he's going to try and get out of it, and I think he's actually excited and ready to get on with things. I just hope the next 9 weeks pass quickly.

06-23-2006, 12:33 PM
Hey "babe" you look great. I'm always thinking about cutting my hair, and came really close last week. I asked Bern, and he said yes, then a quick no, so it stayed the same. You'd look good either way. Can't you find a computer program to show you in short hair? That would be fun.:)

06-23-2006, 01:15 PM
Here I am - trying to catch up!

Kathy - how are you feeling? I am sure it's probably a food bug from the buffet? or germies? Hope you are on the mend. I love your hair too - and even longer now? I'm sure it will feel 'cooler' if it's shorter but just remember the styling possibilities of it long vs short!

Saundra - have fun on your weekend away - I would love to be sitting by the water reading a book this weekend!

Sandra - how exciting (altho I personally don't like moving!)....a new place! I absolutely love the waterfall/creek idea with the hot tub - how amazing that would be! Hope you can figure out if it's doable for you. I guess we shall not get alarmed about liver enzymes??? I don't even know what they're for?

Melissa - did you see the RV movie? Definitely rent it before you decide! ha ha ha

Niki - yes you have a right to be VERY PROUD of your ds - it's always a great thing when a child enjoys learning.

Wendy - congrats on your loss - way to go! Sounds like you are well on your way and that core is working for you!

Vickie - so did I pass the muscle pains on to you? or is it just all that heavy duty cleaning you have been doing? Glad you found out what's wrong w/Cassie and you can treat it accordingly.

I am happy to report that my neck/shoulder pain is mostly gone - just a twinge when I turn all the way right or left (like each day the area of pain was getting smaller and smaller). I am hoping to get to the gym today - depends on ds' play and timing tho! Otherwise I can try and go tomorrow before the big bowling party? (10:30 am!). Looks like we shall have around 14 kiddies there - dh and dd and big ds coming along as the 'helpers' - should be fun. Kids are having pizza, drinks, chips, cake - I know not what I shall eat as I'm pretty sure the bowling alley is not the place for healthy eating? I shall try not to do too much damage!

Computer guy is downstairs - of course some of the 'fixes' we need he can't do today - and will have to go back and work on it (yippee more delays!). I am so sick and tired of this project and very frustrated - can't get excited about it anymore (hope this changes!).

Seems dd is having a sleepover at her FATHER'S PLACE (and it is not even his weekend)! He called wondering why it wasn't at our place (she didn't even ask me - a) her room is a pigsty and she knows I would make her clean it up before any friends showed up and b) I probably have too many rules (I'm such a mean mom you know!). So hopefully a very quiet night at our place. If big ds is home we might go out to a movie while he babysits, otherwise we shall stay home w/little ds!

Very hungry for lunch - I did not bring anything (yes more LO roasted chicken - I DON'T THINK SO!). Will try and go hunt something suitable downstairs!



06-23-2006, 01:22 PM
Frouf, you have a big day ahead of you but it sounds fun. I'm supposed to be cleaning now but I'm still puttering. I'm sure my sore muscles are from hanging my fat little body over two tubs (one really tall one) and from crawling around cleaning the extra shower stall. Yesterday I pulled out the drain cover from the shower stall and even cleaned all the disgusting stuff from below and around the pipe. It was black and gunky. I won't go into any more detail because Kathy's tummy is upset! Suffice to say that it smells much better now. I have such a sensitive nose.

I do have to get going though. Now I'll have to clean after my pedicure or tomorrow since I messed around so long. I'll be behind on the 3 bedrooms. Oh well. I'll just have to clean tomorrow even though no cleaning was on the schedule for tomorrow.

06-23-2006, 03:19 PM
Frouf, we haven't seen the RV movie, maybe we should! :D Hope you have fun today and enjoy the quiet evening at home!

Vickie, sorry you got behind on your cleaning. You would be ashamed of my house! It's a disaster.

Kathy, you are such a looker! :whoo: Seriously, I think it would look good no matter what. You're quite beautiful!

Only 1 hour from going home...not that I'm counting down or anything. :lol:

06-23-2006, 05:19 PM
Melissa, I think when you move into a new house you have an automatic pass for the first year. I'm sure it's much better than you're making it sound.

I'm home from my pedicure and doing some paperwork before we go out for dinner. What a rough life!

06-23-2006, 05:59 PM
melissa, i'm very very excited about the possibility of moving. curtis is in the kitchen working on a floorplan right now. it's amazing! we agree on just about everything. life is good.

kathy, you look gorgeous as always. are you sure you have grown children?

saundra, you're gorgeous, too.

frouf, i hope all works out and we can get the new place, hot tub, creek, animals, etc..... i'm ready to be out of town. i talked to 2 women at ww who live down close by. they said a big walmart is in the works for the area.

i'm glad you're feeling better. enjoy a peaceful evening whether you go out or not.

vickie, i'm exhausted today. i was thinking of you and how you took a nap the day after you didn't sleep well. man, do i need a nap!

06-23-2006, 07:50 PM
Sandra, it's too late in the day to nap now. You'll never sleep at night tonight then! I love looking at floorplans. Would you build the house or are there houses there already? I've never built a home before. I have friends who have done it and it's really a lot of work. Maybe it's easier in other areas.

Well, I'm home from dinner and I was thinking about doing the rooms that I blew off this morning. It must not be meant to be today. The Niece called and wants me to go to Catherine's with her. She needs something to wear to the party tomorrow night. She's going to the same anniversary party that we are going to. She hates to shop alone. So even though I don't think they'll have anything new, I'll go walk around the store with her. What a good Auntie I am! She's going to eat dinner and then I'll meet her there. What a great life!

06-23-2006, 07:50 PM
Man, I need a nap too! :rofl: Let's all go take a nap!

Home from work ... and I *did* stop by and get my hair cut, but it's not short, it's blunt cut all the way around, hangs just above my shoulders and is very swingy. And cute. :lol:

Okay, time to go cook dinner. I am really too tired to do so but don't think the people will be happy if there's nothing to eat tonight. Later!

06-23-2006, 07:52 PM
It has been seriously quiet here today. I thought I'd hang out for a while and catch up. I'm sure that I can't get on when I get home after going out shopping. I'll be cleaning tomorrow so I probably won't be back on until lunch time tomorrow. I hope you all have a great evening.

Kathy, I hope you are feeling better.

What's up with everyone else for the weekend? Is your food all planned?

06-23-2006, 07:52 PM
Well, hello! You SOUND better. Do you feel better?

06-23-2006, 07:56 PM
Picture to follow, I assume?

06-23-2006, 08:00 PM
I feel better -- just don't think I'll eat dinner tonight. I don't think I can handle any food at the moment.

I don't have anyone to take a picture right now; maybe tomorrow? It's really too cute and I *must* get out from in front of the mirror. Can't get anything done ...

06-23-2006, 08:11 PM
Hey, why leave the mirror when you're having so much fun?! It's good to like yourself.

06-23-2006, 08:26 PM
Hehe! Okay, dinner is going and I'm sitting down. Brown rice, green beans, baked chicken and sliced tomatoes. It's not what I planned but since I'm not eating anyway, who cares? Judd isn't home from work yet.

Now. I have to work tomorrow for at least four hours, hopefully more if I can stand it. I should start back working OT but I'm going to start back at the gym, hopefully tomorrow, so that would make long days. Oh well ... maybe and maybe not. We'll see.

I'll be back in a bit!

06-23-2006, 08:28 PM
Kathy, I'm glad that you got a cut that you like. I'm sure it looks great.

Vickie, have fun tonight! That sounds like a good time. I love impromptu shopping trips. :)

I need to get some picking up done around here. DH is mowing the lawn.
I also need to do some exercising. You don't want to know what I ate tonight. :p I'll talk to you all later.

06-23-2006, 09:03 PM
Okay this is what it looks like. As soon as I saw it, I thought of Maura Tierney. Had to go find a picture, and sure enough, it's like her style in Liar, Liar.

06-23-2006, 10:36 PM

I bought 3 tops from Catherine's and a pair of capretties from Fashion Bug Plus. The pants are medium blue denim with white stripes. I feel like they make me look dumpy so I may return them. The tops are keepers and I may wear the black and white one with a pair of white capris tomorrow for the party with black sandals. The Niece bought a top like it in melon so I'm hoping she doesn't decide to wear it since we can't go as the Bopsy Twins!

Off to the couch. Jim is cleaning the oven....well he turned it on anyway. It stinks in here and it's a bit hot. 2 more hours to go.

06-24-2006, 12:23 AM
vickie, one of our best friends here is a contractor. he's going to build it. he's also looking for the land for us. he's curtis' student who just won a national title in california. he's a fantastic person. we are sooooo excited and ready to do this. 2 years ago we found land in texas near my son and tried to buy it only to lose it to the person ahead of us in line. we were depressed for a long time over that. we've done some talking to each other about staying positive and being blossoming where we're planted whether it be a new spot of the one we're in now. (it's hard not to get excited, though, about possibly moving.)

i made it all day without a nap. i'm good to go for sleeping tonight. you're going to be styling in those new tops.

kathy, i'll bet your new do is cute. what happened to your photo? i liked seeing it.

melissa, the oreo police were with us tonight. were they needed in kentucky? our 9 yr old grand was watching how many cookies everybody got. i got tickled at her. no one was to have more than she.

06-24-2006, 12:41 AM
kathy - awaiting pic of the new cute do - if you can tear yourself away from the mirror long enuf! :D

Sandra - a waterfall and a wal-mart - what more could a girl ask for???

Vickie - sounds like a very successful shopping trip! Have fun in your new outfit at the party tomorrow.

Well my quiet evening was not that quiet? Went to ds' school concert/play. Very fun - but too long and not that cool in the school gym? I did make good use of my water bottle. Ds did a great job - remembered his lines and was loud and clear!

Got a card/$$ from friend who is not coming to the party tomorrow - now my ds LOVES money - the good news is he's a hoarder - and actually saves it! Once he found the $20 in the bday card he starts doing calculations and then asks if he can have a $50 bill? (he now has $61 saved up). So when we got home we made the exchange and he is just so thrilled with his new 'red' bill! too funny.

We of course decided to go out and celebrate. Tooks ds to dinner and movie - japanese place - where I completely PIGGED OUT - yes I was starving! but it was so good! Then to see the new adam sandler movie - click - not as good as expected - some cool effects tho.

Got home to find family room occupied by young 14 yr old ladies awaiting dd's dad to transport them to his apartment for the sleepover! What fun (for all of them :D). Reminded her to be back at 10 am for party! Ya - like they're not staying up til 1 or 2 am???

Did a bit of kitchen cleanup, ran dishwasher - then some tv and computer time. I am hoping to get to bed soon. Should I wake up early enuf I shall make an attempt to go the gym (have not been since Monday!). They close at 12:30 on saturdays - but I have to be back by 9 am so I can be ready to leave for party by 10 am - not sure this will happen! Shoulder mildly painful - only if I turn a lot to the right or left - I think the worse is over!

Nitey nite!


06-24-2006, 10:23 AM
Good morning! Sitting here at work and enjoying my cheerios before I get started. Weight was back down to ticker, actually a bit below, this morning so I was happy about that.

Sounds like a big weekend for the Frouf! Do you think you can get some rest on Sunday? You're gonna need it!

I should get some work done so I don't have to be here all day long ... see you in a while.

06-24-2006, 10:42 AM
Good Morning Chicks! I just got up at 7:30 and have been checking my usual morning internet stops....banking...3FC's. I'm going to go eat in a few minutes and then get started on cleaning those 3 rooms I neglected yesterday.

Frouf, you go girl! I hope you made it up early and are on your way to the gym as I type. It'll help you work off that dinner from last night! Little DS sounds just adorable. My BIL still tells the story about me from when I was little. He's been in my life since I was 2 since my Sister is 14 years older than me! Anyhoo, he tried to take a nickel from me when I was about 4 and give me a dime in exchange. I screamed bloody murder because the dime was smaller. I thought the nickel was worth more. I know better now!

Kathy, I hate that you're at work but I guess it must be necessary or you wouldn't be there. What's up for this weekend? Did Shaun ever find the floor in his rooms?

Angela, be strong! I know it's the weekend. How's your shoulder?

The rest of you are on your own best behavior today. I've got to get my butt in gear and probably won't be back until tomorrow morning. I may be able to sneak in later this afternoon but it depends how efficient I am.

I'm going to the 25th anniversary party tonight of my best GF. I hope she's feeling ok because she's getting chemo shots and oral medication and is awaiting the bone marrow transplant. She says she hanging in there and she has great faith. The Niece and Nephew IL will be there too since the GF, Niece, I and another friend all once worked together. It'll be a fun night for me. I volunteered to drive the Niece and she said no because she's afraid that I'll put the lampshade on and not want to go home! I do have a reputation for not wanting to leave a party. Jim and I and the couple we are celebrating tonight were the last ones to leave our wedding reception. It was a great time!

Light and love to you all!

06-24-2006, 12:41 PM
Good morning friends,
I slept waaay in this morning. We were up till around 1am watching a movie but I had planned to sleep in this morning anyway. I haven't slept-in in several weeks, and needed a restful morning. My stomach was hurting last night and is still icky this morning. Makes me want to eat bread. :lol:

Sandra, I'm so excited for you. Please keep us updated on how things go. You may have already said this, but how far away is it from where you live now? Do you have to go for more tests next week? Sorry I'm full of questions. I haven't been keeping up very well.

Vickie, I'm so glad that you found some tops that you like. It seems like you are really excited about the party tonight, and I'm glad that you get to go. You need some party in your life! :lol: I have a question for you, but you might not get back to answer it. I was thinking about making your tamale pie today, but I don't have any green chiles. Do you think I could sub a can of tomatoes and green chiles (rotel) instead? I might try it anyway and see what happens! :D

Kathy, I hope that you are getting all of your work done so that you don't have to stay there very long today. Oh and I like the hairstyle that you posted, I bet it looks great on you.

Well I should probably do something productive. DH Is gone to Lowe's (imagine that) but I'm feeling cruddy and not very energetic. I just want to be a bum today but there is just too much to do!

06-24-2006, 12:48 PM
Oh well I just realized that I don't have any taco sauce either. :lol: I guess I will have to go to the store or make something else!

06-24-2006, 02:03 PM
I am SUCH a slug! I haven't started cleaning yet but I'm running out of time. I have to shower no later than 2:00. So as soon as I get off here I am going to be a human cleaning machine.

Melissa, you need the chilis because they get stirred in with either the FF refried beans or the polenta at the bottom. Lately, I've been putting them in the polenta becaue it's so bland. If you use Rotel, you'll make it too runny. It's SO good, I recommend that you make the effort to make it. Seriously!

Since you have to go to the store anyway, I'd recommend the can of chilis. BTW, I hated throwing out the leftover chilis. So last time I froze them and used them for this pie. They were fine! Just a hint for us penny pinchers!

Hope your tummy gets better.

06-24-2006, 02:35 PM
hi there. i'm up cooking for the big bbq at a friends.

frouf, the waterfall isn't as certain a done deal as the walmart. but we're wanting to build one with a small creek next to where the hot tub will be. of course, we don't have the land yet. :lol: ds sounds smart. he'll be good with money when he grows up.

kathy, kudos on getting the weight back to tracker. that's great.

vickie, i'm glad your friend's spirits are good enough for a party. that's important. i'm on my best behavior. have a great day.

melissa, :lol: pap smear next week. everything's almost finished. there isn't a part of my bod that hasn't been poked on. i'm glad you slept in. we did, too.

curtis is working on houseplans. tomorrow i'll work in yard. we need to do some major cleaning. sure wish i had vickie's plan and worked it like she does.

06-24-2006, 03:25 PM
Thanks Vickie for the info. I really want to make it, and will try to either today or tomorrow. I assumed I would have to drain the rotel but wasn't sure what it would do to the taste. I'll use the chiles. Have fun tonight!

Sandra, I'm excited to hear about your house plans. I think it would be so much fun (though stressful) to build your own house.

Back to organizing...

06-24-2006, 03:27 PM
whew! i have time to post now. earlier i was just online to print out that banana pudding recipe. i'm going back to desserts to edit it in a minute. i made some changes and it seems to be better. also, i'll edit the new core brownie recipe i posted. (just adding core granola for nutty texture)

i have been cooking about 3 hours making granola, pudding, mexican cornbread, the jalapeno relish dish. just the granola and relish are core. i put a lot of vanilla wafers in the pudding. that's all that's not core in it.

the funny thing about the cornbread is curtis asked me to make it extra spicy. i blended jalapenos and put 1/2 cup in the cornbread mixture. i put about another 1/4 cup in the meat mixture that goes into it. i garnished it with jalapeno relish. he's going to eat a piece when it comes out of the oven. he's my guinea pig. after he eats, we'll know if we need to put a fire hazard warning next to the platter at the bbq today.

melissa, go check out the pudding recipe. the tweaking i did took care of every bit of the sour cream taste. i remember you and i both had "oh oh" recipes come out of this recipe before.

well, i'm heading to desserts (that sounds good, doesn't it?) i'll make the changes now. hope all of you are having a good day.

i'm back. changes are made. here are links if you'd like:

06-24-2006, 03:50 PM
I finished the rooms I was supposed to do yesterday. Now I'm off to have my blueberry muffin and get showered and dressed. Woo Hoo!

06-24-2006, 04:01 PM
Sandra, that sounds like some seriously hot cornbread! I used to go to a restaurant here in downtown Chicago that made jalepeno cheddar muffins. They were outstanding. One of these days, I'm going to use my Core cornbread recipe and throw in some chilis and FF cheddar. I bet it would be good.

Melissa, it's cool you got to sleep in. Lately, I've been getting up at 7:30 no matter what. What plans do you and Aaron have for the weekend?

Okey dokey, time for me to shower. I'll try to be as Core as I can. I sure do want a drink though. Problem is that I like Long Island Iced Teas. Mucho points. Hey speaking of Long Island....where's Niki?

Gotta go!

06-24-2006, 04:10 PM
nikki, where are youuuuuuuuuuuuuu?

vickie, have fun. we don't leave till 3.

06-24-2006, 04:23 PM
LOL, Sandra ... thanks for the kudos. I've been at 145.8, which I interpret as 146. This morning it was 145.0, which is 145 (well, duh!). It's almost a pound so I thought it was at least the right direction.

I'm about to melt right into the chair. I got home from work, went to Home Depot and got some flowers, aloe vera plants, and ornamental peppers. Came home and planted them and when I walked inside to rest, MIL calls. I talked to her for about 20 minutes (wait, I mean I *listened* to her for about 20 minutes) and now I'm trying to rest. At least while we were talking I emptied/refilled the dishwasher, made the bed, straightened the couch and loveseat in the family room, folded blankets again for the 4,500th time, and iced the dogs. Now I'm about to watch TV for an hour or so, then will cook. We're having turkey burgers and corn tonight, and cantaloupe with blackberries. I hope tomorrow is a quiet day, because I have some flowerbed work to do, along with all the laundry for next week.

Sigh ... where'd the weekend go?

06-24-2006, 04:45 PM
kathy, i always listened to my mother on the phone, too. when she was finished talking, she was ready to hang up. she wasn't too interested in being the listener. :lol: i hope you didn't overdo it today and get too hot. watch out for that.

i just made asign to post next to the cornbread. WARNING!!! FIRE HAZARD with a pie chart showing red with an arrow pointing to it. curtis drank milk while eating a small piece of this jalapeno cornbread. some of those big "lumberjack" type guys will love this. i have a friend in texas who was upset with her hubby and his buds for drinking too much. they were working an overnight shift at an annual horse show. anyway, they were to have bbq ribs the next day. she loaded the ribs with cayenne. i mean LOADED! to make a long story short--the loved it and she had to make them that way every year afterwards.

06-24-2006, 04:46 PM
Well, that's it for me. I'm officially at my goal weight, and anything else will be a bonus.

I'm changing my tracker to a 145 goal weight. It's where I wanted to go initially (when I was 175) and it was a bit of a pipe-dream to want to go into the 130s. However, if I DO get there, I won't complain ... but I will work to maintain this loss and not gain even one pound above.

I can wear any medium top on the rack and some smalls, and any size 8 pants and some size 6's. At 5'7", I think it's realistic.

So ... maintenance it is.

06-24-2006, 04:52 PM
that's very realistic, kathy. you're smart.

06-24-2006, 04:55 PM
I had to laugh at you doctoring up the cornbread. Last weekend I made homemade salsa because my avocados weren't ripe yet so the guacamole I had planned on making didn't happen. I only chopped up ONE little jalapeno in the tomatoes, and a whole bunch of purple onions, and they were PANTING after eating it. :lol: I didn't have any because I was busy making the other stuff, but there was none leftover so it must have been good.

The sign is hilarious!

06-24-2006, 05:01 PM
Kathy, Sandra, help me! A question for you...I am making a new recipe that calls for 5 oz. tomato paste. What I have is 8oz. tomato sauce. Do you think that will work? It's for a casserole type dish. THANKS!

06-24-2006, 05:06 PM
Kathy, I think 145 is a great goal...especially because at 5'8" I'll be happy with 160! :o But seriously, you look great and sounds like you can wear whatever you want!

Sandra, you are so hilarious. The bread does sound like it would set you on fire! But it sounds good. You are one prepared woman for this bbq.

DH is working on making built-in shelves for our LR. It's a long process. I've been getting stuff ready for the yard sale we are having next weekend with ILs. That's a lot of work too.

06-24-2006, 05:15 PM
Melissa, see if this answers:

06-24-2006, 05:16 PM
Okay, you have sauce and it wants paste. I'd say if there is other liquid in the recipe, you'd cut down a little on it.

06-24-2006, 05:19 PM
Thank you Kathy! It's always nice to have another educated opinion. :D

06-24-2006, 05:21 PM
Here's what I'm making (except I'm making it with rf cheese instead of ff and using lean ground beef instead of soy crumbles). I'll let you all know how it tastes!

Bean Burrito Casserole (Core)
POINTS® value | 7
Servings | 8

main meals | This recipe is Core. Only count points if on the Flex Plan. Tastes like the filling of a yummy bean and cheese burrito, without the flour tortilla!


1 pound meatless soy crumbles
1/8 cup reduced-sodium taco seasoning (1/2 packet)
3/4 cup water
15 oz canned yellow corn, no salt added, drained
14 oz canned diced tomatoes with green chilies (mild)
15 oz fat-free canned refried beans
5 oz tomato paste
2 cup ff Shredded Cheddar Cheese
4 cup cooked brown rice
1 medium onion(s)


Dice onion and saute in large skillet with soy crumbles (or use 1 lb of Core acceptable ground meat). Add water and 1/2 packet of taco seasoning. Simmer until sauce thickens. Add canned veggies, tomato paste and beans. Spray a casserole dish and fill with veggie/bean/soy mixture. Top with 1 c. of shredded nf cheddar cheese. Cover with cooked brown rice. Sprinkle remaining cheese over top. Bake covered at 350 until heated through, 20 min. Remove cover and continue baking until cheese is melty, 5 min.