Simply Filling/Core - Core Support Board for Week of September 17-23, 2006

09-17-2006, 01:34 PM
New week ... new thread.

And here we are, standing around waiting on the Frouf cruise report! :gossip: Where is she???

I just found out we're going to one of my favorite Mexican restaurants in Grapevine. No need for us to go into the terminal to get Brad and Amy; MIL/FIL will go do that and we'll just meet at the restaurant.

It's going to rain like crazy starting this afternoon thru the night, with large hail and high winds. Lovely. We get NONE, then we get POUNDED! :lol: Still can't catch a break, although at least the water will help out. I just hope our roof doesn't blow away while we're gone.

09-17-2006, 02:23 PM
Melissa, I don't know if you bought notecards at Vistaprint or not, but look at these things I found on ebay:

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09-17-2006, 02:29 PM
Nothing from Frouf. I'm guessing that means she didn't make the earlier flight. It was scheduled to be taking off in about 10 minutes from now.

09-17-2006, 03:37 PM
i got offline yesterday before i saw you talking about chatting, melissa. sorry i missed everyone. curtis and i decided to hot tub and look at the snow on the mountain tops. today's a gorgeous day and is not expected to be raining/snowing in the valleys. i am going to call the women's club in a few minutes and take our names off the dance class list. curtis has been in pain all week. to foxtrot/waltz you have to hold your arms at an angle that's hard for him to do with his artificial joints. he's still willing to go, but i can't see any reason to put him in pain. i told him that no more dancing that we do, we can just stand there and hug to the music. :lol:

melissa, you're off that starting line now. come on i have my hand out to you. i need you to get here so you can help me, too.

vickie, i understand your being nervous about a first meeting. but you're right. it is frouf! i have met irl a few people i've met online. most of the time the visits were great. one time the visit wasn't great but it was all right. we just found that we didn't have much in common. this was someone that i wasn't as close to online as i am with most of you. nothing wrong with that. i'll be waiting to hear of your visit. i am betting you and frouf never skip a beat and are very very close irl as well as in our cyberworld.
wow! was i behind. i just now read the last posts. i'm so sorry you're not going to get to see the real live frouf.

kathy, i didn't know ya'll were having storms today. okay, i've read about vistaprints enough now to get me ready to go to their site. i was thinking of making calendars for gifts. i'll go check it out. thanks for all the information.

09-17-2006, 06:43 PM
We're back now -- had a great time visiting. We went to Esparza's in Grapevine, which is one of our old standbys.

FIL had bought Judd's brother Brad a new Honda Civic sedan (very, very cute!) yesterday, so they drove it to pick Brad and Amy up at the airport so that they could see it. MIL/FIL will drive the car up to Colorado Springs in a week or so, then drive Brad's truck back here and sell it. It's a 2-wheel drive and everyone in Colo Spgs wants 4-wheel, so it would be better to sell it here. It's only about a year old; nice shiny GMC extended cab.

We had a good lunch; came right back home though and found out that Brad and Amy's flight from DFW to Colorado Springs has been cancelled. Fortunately, Amy's parents (who live in Dallas) are back in Colorado keeping the girls so at least they're in good hands until the weather clears up and B/A get to leave.

I need to run to the store for a few things -- mostly for the week's lunches. Slow day on the board, huh?

09-17-2006, 06:44 PM
Hello! I'm new here and plan to restart the CORE program again tomorrow! I tried it once, lost some weight, never felt hungry, and it worked well with my low blood sugar!

Now to get back into the swing of things! I'm HAPPY to have found this forum today! :cb:

09-17-2006, 09:44 PM
Hey Chicks! No word from Frouf. I hope she made her earlier flight. Her regular flight is an hour and 20 minutes late. So she's due in at O'Hare in about 20 minutes. Her flight out to Ottawa is at 8:10 which is only 30 minutes from now. Her connection will be tough.

I was on the phone alot today. My middle Sister who lives far from me fell this moring and broke her ankle in three places and dislocated it. Tomorrow she's having Kathy surgery to implant a plate and whatever number of screws are appropriate. The big problem is that she has had two strokes and never went to physical or speech therapy. The ankle she broke was on her GOOD leg. Dear Lord. So I talked to my Niece (her daughter) and the Niece I'm close with and my other Sister to brief everyone. Then I talked to my Sister in the hospital. Then I talked to my friend Cindy. All is not well there and I don't even have the energy to talk about it right now. I just ate 8 saltine crackers with smart balance and I just finished my Core dinner about 45 minutes ago. Damn stress eating!

I'm going to go watch TV. Even though I couldn't have gone to the airport anyway, I'm disappointed.

Kathy, will you be nervous to meet me and Jim in October? I feel a fun kind of nervous but I'm really looking forward to it. I can't wait to hear where you'll be staying so I can come up with a plan for food. That is what is important, isn't it?!!!!

09-17-2006, 09:56 PM
Oh Yeah....I forgot to tell you all that horrible thunderstorms moved through here around 3:00 which is probably how Frouf's flight ended up getting delayed so long. We've been getting a lot of bad storms lately.

I'll be back in the morning to catch up.

09-17-2006, 09:57 PM
I think you nailed it with the "fun kind of nervous"! :lol: I have decided to stay a stop or two north of Great Lakes because they have a lot of hotels with discounts. If they're all booked though, I'll have to go to Plan B. I'm waiting for a few weeks until I know for sure that Oct. 20 is the day, and then to find out what the schedule is for him to leave for Pensacola.

Sounds like Judd won't be going, so it'll probably just be me. That's okay though; I'll be fine.

09-17-2006, 10:40 PM
Hi All:

We're back from our trip and I won't even discuss the food and drink over the weekend :yikes: Nope, won't tell :tape:...thank goodness that Monday is a new day!

Welcome ZZan. I'm one of the newest ones here. You'll find lots of support and humor here. :welcome3:

Can't wait to hear from Froufy and I'm glad it rained in Texas even if it means storms for others. Sandra, the dance teacher calls that kind of cuddly dancing "snatch and grab"...nothing wrong with that :devil!

09-17-2006, 10:40 PM
see, I'm baack...can't get the smilies right

Ok, here we go....:devil:

09-17-2006, 10:51 PM
:wave: Hi friends. We've been visiting family today after being at church for 5 hours this morning...I'm so tired. It's not even 10pm but I'm headed to bed. I hope that you all had good days and that tomorrow is even better. :grouphug:

Vickie, sorry you didn't get to see Frouf. I'm even sorrier that you have had so much emotional stress today. It's not easy to break the habit of emotional eating, you know I've tried too. But think how good you did compared to the past.

My computer's getting ready to crash. Good night!

09-17-2006, 11:12 PM
:welcome: suzanne. we're glad you found the forum, too.

vickie, that's sad about your sister. i'm also sad you didn't get to see frouf.

kathy, you and vickie are going to have fun together.

09-17-2006, 11:13 PM
Hmmm, you know, Chicago is only a 4-5 hour drive from where I live. Maybe if Kathy and Vickie are meeting up, I could come up too and make it a real Core reunion. :) What do you two think?

Night all,

09-17-2006, 11:16 PM
rhonda, snatch and grab sounds good to me. :lol: i'll bet you had a good time this weekend. welcome home.

melissa, you and your puter played out today? did you have fun with family?

vickie, you did great with all the stress going on.

09-17-2006, 11:35 PM
Angela, YES! Wouldn't that be awesome!?!???

Welcome, Suzanne ... you will love us, we promise.

Vickie, that's terrible about your sister! I hope things go well with the surgery. I'm also sorry to hear that Cindy's having a bad time. We'll continue to keep her in our prayers. Bless her heart, she has really been thru the wringer. :hug:

Rhonda, I'm glad you had a good time -- and don't give that food and drink another thought.

This little gal is back on the wagon starting tomorrow. I've been slipping a bit and just don't want to do that. It'll probably be Flex because after looking thru the fridge, I have things that need to be eaten. Not bad stuff, but things like sandwich stuff (but I'll make sure to put lettuce and tomato on it). I'm making pinto beans in the crockpot tomorrow, and will make some oven fries tomorrow night and probably more of that tilapia.

Better go to bed now. I hope everybody has a great night!

09-18-2006, 10:23 AM
Hope everyone had a great weekend. Reading through the posts it seems we are all determined to start off the week OP! WE can all do it together.

Our weekend was great - the weather ended up sunny and close to 80 both days. We went to the flea market yesterday and it was a bit hot in jeans and a tank. Didn't buy much - I found Xmas wrapping paper 4 for a $1 and got dd a pair of fisher price roller skates for $1. I tried to find something else, but nothing was yelling "take me home!".

Spent the rest of yesterday cooking - made a roast beef for tonight, chili and porridge.

Frouf - how was your trip? Fabolous I bet, can't wait to hear all the details.

Vickie - sorry to hear about your sisters ankle. I hope the surgery goes well.

Melissa - I love your goal. How long have you and DH been married. We did things backwards - lived together, bought our house then got married. We waited one year before trying - both times it only took 3 months. I was overweight both times as well. Just keep practicing! Losing will help if not conception, but pregnancy. With my dd I was very overweight when I got pregnant (stress eating after we lost our son), and I gained 35 pds -- topped out the scales at 236 when I delivered. Not good. The more you can lose before hand, the better.

Suzanne - Welcome to the board, I just joined in a couple of weeks ago. Its a very welcoming group. Looking forward to getting to know you.

Well, off to work now. Have a good day everyone.

09-18-2006, 10:48 AM
Good Morning Chicks! I don't have time to read and respond to posts right now. I just wanted to say good morning. I have to go hurry and shower and eat breakfast before leaving for WW this morning. I'm expecting a gain but am going with a smile on my face anyway. As soon as this ankle is better I'll be an exercising machine!

I have errands and appointments and probably won't be able to come back to catch up until this afternoon.

09-18-2006, 11:07 AM
As soon as this ankle is better I'll be an exercising machine!
:lol: You and me both, girlfriend! I hear you loud and clear on that one!

We're swamped so I'd better not stay here long; just thought I'd pop in for a minute, say good morning, and see if there's a Frouf report. I'll BBL.

09-18-2006, 12:18 PM
Good morning all! It's a bit chilly here today...autumn's a 'comin!

I am firmly OP this more monkeying around. I simply cannot allow any more weight to creep back on. :drill:

I walked this morning already, put some beans in the crockpot for my yummy Bean and Ham soup, did some laundry and the dishes.

I would love to come up to Chicago. I haven't been there in quite some time. And it'd be AWESOME to meet up with my Core friends. :cheer: Let me know what you think Vickie. I don't want to butt in. :)

Time to run to the library and the bank.


09-18-2006, 03:42 PM
wow! what determination i'm seeing in your posts. count me in, too. yesterday i stayed within my limits but ate too many empty calories. today i'm eating healthier.

09-18-2006, 03:46 PM
Hey Chicks! I'm back from WW and lost .6. I'm happy given that was with NO exercise.

I still haven't read posts but I'll be back. The guy is coming to fix or try to fix our garage door. If not we'll need to buy a new door. Sigh.

I'm also doing research on Cassie's medical condition. Vet thinks she may have Cushings which is treatable but scarey. I'll be back when I have time to read and respond to posts. I'm dying to know what you all are up to!

09-18-2006, 04:08 PM
congratulations, vickie!!!!!! i am sooo happy for you. that's a very good loss. i hope i lose that much this week.

09-18-2006, 04:24 PM
Hi CHICKIES! I missed you all so much and posting and hearing about everyone's daily happenings - need to get with the program and catch up!

Vickie - I am so sorry we didn't get a chance to meet up - but let me tell you I am an airport walking and running machine! ha ha ha.

Miami airport was a madhouse yesterday - and you know what? It's also pretty huge - there was a flight to Chicago at 11:40 and 1:40 am and we figured since we were already there we would check them out to see if we could leave earlier - well the 11:40 flight was in Terminal E - about a 10 min walk away - nope sorry no seats left.

And the 1:40 flight was in Terminal A - which was 25 MINUTES AWAY on foot - yes we got our exercise - headed out there - had a snack on the way - ha ha ha- around noon someone showed up and we were able to get on the standby list. I didn't dare call Vickie yet in case we didn't make it on.

We were almost on (8 people were not there yet) - but then they started showing up! They finally called my name - but only had ONE SEAT left and I of course wouldn't leave my gf behind (altho she was insisting I go meet Vickie!).

Yes very bad thunderstorms - as we waited for our 'original' 4:20 flight things got pretty hairy - seems they had to switch crews - had to deplane people already on the plane - we got word of the very bad weather in Chicago...and the wait began.

As Vickie mentioned our departure was very delayed and we were becoming a bit excited as our 8:10 connection was the last flight out of Chicago to Ottawa and if we missed it we may have had to spend the night there!

We finally took off from Miami at 6 pm!!! So after the lightening all around the plane in the dark - and the 20 foot mid-air drop (with everyone screaming) we landed at 8 pm at O'hare - with a 15 min connection time! another VERY FAR AWAY TERMINAL! Lots of powerwalking/jogging - and fortunately that plane was further delayed so we - and our luggage made it on board! - only got home around midnight...tired and cranky Frouf!

The CRUISE - was amazing - I had the best time- we had a great table for dinner - unfortunately got the 8:30 seating which was a bit late and we were generally rushing out to catch the 10:30 show! Our table consisted of Andrea and I, Mike (single older guy from Chicago), Shaindi and Sheri from Montreal (like my old neighborhood!), and Susan and her Aunt Marion from Toronto (looking like the 'canadian' table to me?). And then we invited our cruisecritic friend Ray (from Las Vegas) to join our table mid-week as his was a dud! (You can bet ours was very vivacious and fun!).

The weather was HOT AND HUMID - the islands were gorgeous - and the seas were fairly calm - a couple of swells here and there but really nothing major.

Entertainmnet was pretty good - some good comedians - a great ventriloquist and 2 production shows - I did play in the casino a bit - probably came out even winning about $60 on the wheel of fortune machine!

Food was good to excellent - and I did not SKIMP! Truly enjoyed it - like 2 appetizers some evenings when I couldn't decide - and lots of dessert sharing going on. Food everywhere all the time - certainly did not deprive myself (even enjoyed high tea on saturday afternoon w/some earl grey and mocha cream cake - delish) - all this to say I am a POUND less than when I left? Is that even possible??? Kept asking dh if scale was working properly - I did have nightmares about what it would say - but never expected this! Guess all the walking/swimming burnt those calories?

and I now EAT SUSHI!!! I am a sophisticated sushi eating frouf! They had a sushi bar on board - and every night at 5 pm the line would form - so I decided I had nothing to lose by trying it out. Well there I was with my dipping bowl and chopsticks and 3 pieces of fresh sushi on my plate - and it was so YUM - I got another plate!!! By day 3 I was a pro - and I am so proud of myself!

Bought t-shirts, a new fossil watch, and other souvenirs - but my FAVORITE is the guavaberry liqueur I got in Saint Martin in the painted bottle with a cute pink froufie on it! I think it was there waiting for me!

As for the home front - sounds like WWIII broke out while I was gone - waiting for dd to get home to read her the law - she was absolutely nasty to dh - and I am so upset and disappointed with her. In fact I came home to find a new LOCK on our bedroom door to keep her out!! NOT GOOD!

I am home from work today - decided sleep was more important and I may have caught a bug or something as I am staying close to the washroom today!:o Drinking lots of water too!

Already getting emails from cruise buddy Ray (he wants to cruise w/me again soon!) as he has arrived back in Vegas. I have exchanged emails with all tablemates and cruise friends and can't wait to see all the pics!

Okay - I guess that's long enuf (right Kathy?:D )

Will try and catch up in the next few days!

Frouf at home!

09-18-2006, 04:44 PM
hi there, froufie!!! i am so glad you're back. your trip sounds totally awesome. thank you for sharing details. read dd that riot act and get her good.

okay, now you get some rest.

09-18-2006, 05:04 PM
Can't stay, just wanted to say WELCOME BACK! Yes, the report was perfect -- well, until I got to the part about the war. I'm sorry you had to come home to that after such a restful week. :hug:

Vickie, congrats on that loss, girl! Woohoo!!!

09-18-2006, 05:56 PM
Hey everyone,
Frouf,,,,I love your trip! You are so lucky! Dont worry about what happened when you were gone ,,its done and it happened. Dont be dragged into it or you will be right back where you were before you left. You needed this vacation for you...Im so happy for you. Meeting Vickie would have been great, but I certainly understand not wanting to leave your cruise buddy on her own. Im sure Vickie understands.
Vickie, a LOSS!!!!!!! You are amazing. Heres hoping other things in your life start to look up soon. ((hugs)) still thinking of your friend Cindy.
Sandra,,watching the snow?? the first one always looks so pretty dont they?
(its still to early though..haha)
Kathy I like your birthday goal...
Welcome Suzanne and Paula!
Angela , autumn's coming here too,,dh and I will be putting the *yard* away this week. The pond will stay in till october though..the fish dont mind cooler weather. Im anxious to see if we had any babies this summer? Last summer dh found 3 fry (baby fish) but they unfortunatley got eaten when we brought them in. This year I will know what to do if we have some.
Trying to hang on OP here. I have a goal for christmas iin my mind where I want to be..its certainly doable. I just have to do it!!
have a great night everyone!

09-18-2006, 11:03 PM
I've read all of the, what a busy group...and enjoying Froufy's trip posts.

I did very well today and hope others had a good OP day as well. It helps to sleep in and miss a meal! I'm so fortunate to be able to do that every now and then...



09-19-2006, 01:13 AM
i overate tonight. tomorrow am i'm pushing the restart button.

i hope everyone had a good evening. i'll see you tomorrow.

09-19-2006, 08:07 AM
Good Morning:

It's 7 AM over here in Toronto. I have been at the computer for two hours, mostly working on email files and such. I won't go on a rant about emails at work, but it does seem that people don't actually talk to one another now...just sit at the desk and push the send button. Of course, the access to information is now so phenomenal that it's just having to take the bad (emails) with the good (most, not all, information).

I think that I should rouse myself and go take a long walk, this one without the dogs who are still sleeping.

After that, I plan a day of NO empty calories and staying OP. I wish you the same!


09-19-2006, 09:53 AM
Good morning all. Just stopping in quick to check in. The scale was up a bit this morning -- I didn't post it but over the weekend it was down to 178. WW at work starts tomorrow, I need to drink lots and lots of water today. DD has gymnastics at 11:15-12. I have a work conf call that starts at 12 about a mgmt reorganization. I need to get home and call in, hopefully by 12:15. Should be interesting, and hopefully will mean good things to come. Of course these things keep happening on Tuesdays, my day off. I don't dare call in from my cell phone as the service in this area is questionable.

Frouf - welcome back. Your trip sounds amazing. Even better that the scale was down! I found on our vacation I walked so much more than I do during a week at work - I'm sure that helped you.

Well, I have some time before we have to go to the gym, think I'll take dd and our lab for a long walk. I'll check in later.

09-19-2006, 10:17 AM
Good Morning Chicks! Jim and I are off for bloodwork. He's fasting for a cholesterol check (I don't know why I didn't get one ordered!) and I have CBC to check my iron to see why I'm so fatigued. Jim also has a PSA and another that checks his sugar levels over the last 6 months. I can never remember the name of it. Anywhoooo.....I'll take us out for breakfast and then on to run some errands afterwards.

Again....sorry I don't have time to read posts. I must shower and get ready to leave by 8:55. I'm a high maintenance girl. It takes me a bare minimum of 60 minutes to get ready. I'll be cutting corners this morning.

09-19-2006, 11:58 AM
Good morning, all. I'm late checking in ... another busy day at work so I won't be on much. It was a bad night (evening) with neighborhood happenings. There was a big brouhaha at the corner bar where we go (and where I used to be a weekend waitress) -- ending up with people going to jail. Not good, especially since we know the parties involved. I didn't sleep well.

I hope everybody has a good day. BBL!

09-19-2006, 04:20 PM
hi there. i just have a second here, too. seems we're all busy today, doesn't it? i'm back on track. i counted last night as all my weekly allowance points. so i am going to be good the rest of the week. life goes is good.

09-19-2006, 04:41 PM
Me again- I am still at home - woke up w/some residual tummy cramps - so stayed home again. Slept this morning - then had late lunch/brunch - after which I had some tummy troubles yet again....and did I mention how my back hurts too now and I am slightly hunched over? Sounds like I came back in great shape! :D

Was gonig to go get groceries w/dh but sent him on his own as I am in pain. May need to drive dd to tap later. Feeling tired and lethargic - and sent dh to freezer to find me a popsicle!

I can't even imagine cooking (or eating) dinner or leaving the house! I need a vacation after my vacation!


09-19-2006, 10:28 PM
I love Core. Got in exercise 4X last week and 2X this week so far. Since I talked to you last I have been diagnosed with spinal stenosis which causes back pain, pain through the butt and down into the legs and has the capacity for pinching nerves. So back to see the doc on Monday to see if I can get help for the leg pain at rest. Hope everyone has a good week.

09-20-2006, 12:35 AM
Hey, girlie pearlies!

We went to the bar tonight to see if we could figure out what happened -- and we didn't. Nobody's talking, the owners weren't there ... so dang it, we wasted a trip up there.

Tomorrow is the monthly birthday lunch, and the theme is "picnic". Here's what I made (and I'm posting a picture from another mod who made them because I can't find my camera cable to link my own pics) ...

They turned out exactly like that, except I tinted the icing yellow to look like mustard. I am pretty impressed with myself! :D

And then I made another thing ... I wanted to make pigs in a blanket, but since we don't eat meat or processed meat, I had to make a change. I got fresh jalapenos, cut them in half, cleaned out the seeds, put in some mozzarella cheese, and wrapped them in crescent rolls. They just came out of the oven, and they leaked a bit so the cheese ran out, but I think once they cool down, I can put them on a plate and they'll be good. If nothing else, they smell great!

And the last thing I made was a pie. An experiment, to be sure, but here's what I did: FF cream cheese, SF lime jello, and Yoplait Light (FF) Key Lime yogurt. All mixed up (although I used 1/2 the amount of water in the jello so that I would be assured of a "set") ... then it was all put into a graham cracker crust. Since it's untested, and extra, I won't be upset if it doesn't set up.

And that's my night! It's 10:30 and we just sat down in the family room to watch TiVo'd shows from tonight. I have to be up early tomorrow so it looks like I won't be sleeping much!

Check you later!

09-20-2006, 10:05 AM
Oh my, Kathy...makes me tired to look at all that work! I made apple bran muffins last night and that was a ridiculously large production in my tiny kitchen. Good for you for doing all that work and getting such great results..let us know about the pie :hungry:

I've been having some success after the few days of indulgence. I got back on the wagon and am getting very creative with my salads. I love Ontario at this time of year. The skies are clear, the days are a little crisp but not cold, and the produce from the markets is everywhere. There are wonderful markets here and one is just a 20 minute walk from my house. I went yesterday and have a kitchen full of fresh-from-the-farm carrots, potatoes, beans, onions, tomatoes...hmmm, good!

I've got a busy day at the orthodontist and the office today. Back tonight....hope everyone meets her goal..for me, one more day of NOT ONE empty calorie.


09-20-2006, 11:39 AM
Well, its WW day. The at work session is at noon. I'm starving! I don't eat bf on wi day and limited water. Just my weird ritual. I may update my tracker after WI -- the one I have now is naked in the morning. I know the official WI will be higer since I do have clothes on :D

Knowing I was starting over with meetings today, I ate more than I should have last night -- cheezits and some cookies. The scale was back at 180 :( I'm not going to worry to much, it will go down. I'll pay my $156 and get back to program seriously now.

Kathy - what exactly are those little burgers? Cakes? They do look yummy!

Frouf - sorry to hear your tummy is off. Hope you are feeling better. I guess it says alot for your cruise that you need to recouperate from it!

Vickie - how are you feeling? Hopefully better as well.

Well, I'll post again later today after our meeting, if I have time.

09-20-2006, 12:23 PM
I guess I should have explained it better! Jacobsmommy is a mod in another section and she made these for a BBQ. That's her picture (thanks, Sandi!) that I have "borrowed". :lol: Anyway, the buns are vanilla wafers, the meat is a grasshopper cookie. The lettuce is dyed coconut, and the mustard or mayo or ketchup or whatever you want to use is vanilla frosting, either plain for mayo or tinted for ketchup and mustard. I heated a bit of honey and brushed it on the tops, then sprinkled sesame seeds on. The honey "glued" the seeds to the top bun. It took quite a while but they're very cute. Oh and the french fries are shoestring potato sticks.

This is another crazy day at work; as soon as I walked in people started dumping more work on me. Looks like I'll be working all weekend again, but that's okay. I might as well!


09-20-2006, 01:07 PM
Oh My Goodness! I am SO crazy busy and no time to sit at the computer to chat. I finally got to read through the messages. The board is SO slow. I'm guessing we are ALL busy. I can't stay. I've been on the phone with my Sisters/Niece to insure middle Sister is ok and has what she needs. I've been talking with my friend Cindy. She has been in the hospital for 4 1/2 weeks and just restarted food. Plus, our garage door died and we had to shop for a new one which will be installed tomorrow. I'm eating ok but still no exercise because of the ankle. I'm supposed to start heavy cleaning today but I think it will just be clean up to prepare for cleaning. I've got things to return to various stores via mail. I have to get to Trader Joe's to send a care package to Cindy's son who is in his first year at college. Sigh. Kathy, I do NOT have your energy.

Angela, I think it would be amazing if you could get to Chicago when Kathy comes. I'm sorry I didn't respond sooner but I just today read posts from the last couple of days. I'm sure there are places you could stay very cheaply around here. Since I'm right off of I 80 there are several nice looking chains nearby. If you're serious, I'll double check which ones they are. You know when you go by them a million times a day you don't really pay attention.

I'll have to come back some time later to catch up but honestly, right now I'm not sure when that will be.

I hope you're all having a great day.

09-20-2006, 01:08 PM
I forgot to tell you that my Sister ended up with a plate and 7 screws in her ankle. She has no cast right now and goes back to the Doctor in 12 days. Until then she's off her feet. She has diabetes, doesn't eat right, and smokes probably 2 packs of cigarettes a day. The Ortho said she has soft bones. What a surprise. She can't be helped though so I try not to let it stress me out.

09-20-2006, 01:56 PM
Just a quick update after WW -- I love my leader. I weighed in at 180.6, per my scale this morning dressed it was 181.5. I'm up only 3 pds from the last wi I did. I offered to pay the 12 weeks, and she said no. There were enough people paying to have the session. I've updated my tracker to be my wi weight, not am weight. I thought that made sense since the goal is on the WW scale, not from mine.

09-20-2006, 09:24 PM
Hi All:

I'm making zero point soup tonight. Tomorrow is wi, which I missed last week as we were rushing to get out of town. I'm optimistic. It's been easier than I thought to stay OP this week. But, the exercise is always an issue. Thank goodness I have two big dogs whom I walk separately so I do get out. I'm also getting off the subway a few stops before my normal stop and walking more. I seem to be able to work that in.

Have a good night everyone :wave: Hope your tummy is better, Frouf.


09-20-2006, 09:40 PM
hi there. we've been in and out today but mostly out. i went to the doctor this am. i lost 5 lbs since my last visit. he's happy. my cholesterol is back to normal. he kept praising me for losing slowly--and for doing the exercise. life is good.

(i'm typing fast cuz it's almost time for "biggest loser." i hope to be online more tomorrow.

vivian, i am so sorry you're having pains. i hope your doctor is able to give you some relief.

kathy, sounds like you made some goodies. (they look good, too.)

rhonda, i stay hungry for fresh produce now. i remember when i was young i used to fuss at my mother for making so many vegetables. now i crave them. here are some ;) ;) ;) ;) for wi tomorrow.

paula, i'm glad you have a ww at work. that's going to help a lot of you.

vickie, i'm sorry about your sister. girl, i've been in a tailspin lately. what's up with us, anyway?

09-20-2006, 09:59 PM
I am REALLY TIRED! Sheeessshh ...!!

I got home from work at 7, hurried up and stripped the sheets and put them in the wash, fried some chicken for Erin to have when she comes home from class tonight. Empied the DW and refilled, cleaned up the dishes and splatters ... fed the dogs, put out the trash and recycling, and now I'm going to sit for a while! The only other thing I have to do is get clothes ready for tomorrow and make my lunch. Oh and put the sheets back on the bed. I probably have six sets for my bed, but these are my favorites so I'm putting them back on.

Well ... those little cookies were a huge hit! They really liked them and they tasted pretty good too! Next month I'll be making another wacky thing but it'll be prettier. I'm making a centerpiece of vegetables, on skewers and stuck into half of a cabbage. I'll have to take a picture of it because it's hard to describe. Or maybe I can find one online. Anyway, they like my weird food: in the past I've made the cat litter box cake, blue jello and gummy fish in a fishbowl, centerpieces from half a potato, with a hole in it and a carrot stuck in the hole, and a carved bell pepper on the top of the carrot. It looked like a palm tree on an island. It was cute.

My brother called tonight and said the second foster child was leaving on Friday. He's going to live with his great-grandparents. Nice, huh? These people let him be in the foster system for the last 7 months, but when they got wind that he was up for adoption, they all of a sudden decided they'd take him. Loser jailbird mom will have access to him when she gets out of the pokey in a few years. Of course, meanwhile, he's being raised by old folks and believe me, he's a handful! I hope it works out, mainly for the baby (he'll be a year old next month). My brother and SIL are crushed, as you can imagine.

And that's my day. Nothing but work, hurry, work, drama, more work, more hurry, and more drama.

Vickie, how old is your sister? I'm sorry to hear that she did such a number on that ankle. I don't envy what's ahead of her. Hopefully she didn't get much nerve damage because to me, that's been the worst part of mine. You know how your foot feels when it goes to sleep? Mine feels like that 100% of the time, day and night. It sucks.

Sandra, you GO! That's awesome! I know your doctor is soooo proud and you should be too!

I'm still at my ticker weight and maintaining. I would like to lose more for myself, but everyone says don't. I don't know. I think it's none of their beeswax, to be honest, but oh well. :lol:

Break is over. I have to get back to work now.

09-20-2006, 10:25 PM
Hi chickies,

Kathy - those cookies are AMAZING - how very creative of you - but frankly I'm sure none of us is surprised? :D:D don't forget to take a break now and again!

Paula - good for you for getting back on track w/the meetings - it sure helps when you like your leader! Looking forward to your results next week!

Sandra - you go girl - I'm sure your dr is very proud of you - you are doing great! (which reminds me I have a dr appt on the 10th so I better get cracking!).

Vickie - too bad about your sister's ankle - sure hope it doesn't cause her too much pain? Now what's up with your ankle? Have you ever seen the dr about it??

Well I finally went back to work today - my tummy was okay - but my back was hurting so I was kinda hunched over this morning - brought in my boxes of 'cruise' chocolates and we had a 'guavaberry liqueur 'tasting party this morning and I debriefed everyone on our exciting trip.

Bad news is I am feeling worse than ever tonight - since this afternoon I have had a burning in my throat and now I have a headache and my sinuses are starting to feel funny - THIS IS NOT GOOD! I dare not be sick - taking meds and going to bed soon. My poor boss was quite frazzled while I was gone - and today kept saying we need to hire someone to help you - ya right - that's what I've been trying to tell you - she finally got the picture of how crazy it is once I was gone. I can barely keep up but doing my best - of course she wanted this big financial update for tomorrow 9 am - so I stayed late at work finishing that up - altho frankly I myself am not sure of how accurate it is!

At least cleaning lady came today so house is clean (for the time being anyways). Big ds at work, dh jamming, little ds in bed and dd on computer (altho her internet has been disconnected) to do history project. I think I just got too run down on my vacation - need a vacation to recuperate? Not a good idea to burn the candle at both ends but gee I just didn't want to miss a thing!

If I don't feel better tomorrow I shall probably visit dr or clinic!

Hope everyone is doing fine and well!


09-20-2006, 10:30 PM
Frouf, I'm so sorry you're icky! Maybe taking the rest of the week off (manager will HAVE to understand) would help you. There's nothing worse than feeling bad and dragging thru the workday, then going home and having more to do there!

I am planning on getting a housekeeper after the first of the year. Erin will be gone, and all they would have to do is the downstairs since nobody will live upstairs. It's a shame too (we could rent it out!!) because there will be 3 bedrooms, a bathroom and two living areas that are totally empty.

I'm sure your coworkers were jazzed to get the cruise candy! I know I would be!

09-20-2006, 11:03 PM
Good evening all! Little dd woke up this morning and promptly vomited all over. Yee haw. :p But the rest of the day she was ravenously hungry/thirsty, and begging for food all day, so I'm assuming she's feeling better? Who knows.

Kathy, as soon as you know your plans for Shaun's graduation, let me know so I can figure out my Chicago trip. I have made the trip there and back in one day, so I may do that, but it makes for a very long day. Have to see what dh wants, I guess.

It's turning cooler here. It was downright chilly yesterday (high in the low 50's I think) and we broke down and turned on the heater for nighttime. I don't mind sleeping in an icebox, but the little girls would be uncomfortable. :lol:

I'm going to relax and watch TV tonight. I'm threatening to come down with a cold, so it should be an early bedtime for me.

I had my visit with the nose dr yesterday. They did a CT scan of my head, which was interesting. It was kind of like a dental x-ray. Anyway, he said my sinuses are actually looking pretty clear now, but my nose was very inflamed, which swells the passages to the sinuses shut, causing the intermittent sinus infections. He said he could see that I have significant allergies (although I didn't mention I thought I was coming down with a cold). He said he could do the surgery, but the underlying problem (the allergies) would just render it useless quickly. So he sent me across the hall to schedule an allergy test to see just what all I'm allergic to so we can start some immunotherapy (allergy shots) probably. I asked why my allergies were so much worse now than they used to be, and he said they tend to worsen as we age. Sigh. So I am to quit taking any allergy type medicine until my appt on Oct 4th, where they inject all kinds of allergens under the skin of my upper arms for 2 1/2 hours. Sounds delightful, huh? :crazy: I'm really hoping they don't find a cat allergy, because, frankly, cleaning up after my 3 cats and defurring my house looks like too big a job for me to handle. I guess I'll see.

I'm making chocolate chip cookies for the girls and dh (I've had 1 and have counted it and will stop there). I've been good and will continue being good. :)

Night all!

09-21-2006, 12:00 AM
Angela, I will certainly let you know the moment I have firm details! If I have a hotel room, there's no reason you can't stay too (if DH is okay with it) because it would at least break up your trip so you weren't doing all the driving in one day. We will see what happens. I'm afraid I might not know until a week or so before because we have to make sure he passes the final PT tests. Keeping fingers, toes, eyes and legs crossed...

I am taking the laptop to the bedroom and resting. Tired, tired, TIRED of housework, laundry, dishes, food, cleaning, dogs, and pretty much everything else! :lol: The buzzer just sounded on the dryer, so the sheets are ready.

09-21-2006, 12:54 AM
kathy, angela, and vickie, i am jealous. actually, i am very happy you chickies may get to meet irl. you're going to have a blast.

frouf, i hope you get some help at work. now wouldn't that be something?

i made the 1 pt brownies tonight. guess i had to cuz the first thing my doctor said today was he needed the recipe. then the first thing my w a instructor said today was she had made some over the weekend. so? i had to have some, too. monkey see --monkey do.

09-21-2006, 02:55 AM
Sandra, I found y'all! And can you post the 1 pt brownie receipie?

Hi, everyone. I'm Jane, a former student of Sandra's. Um, hope that doesn't make you mad! Anyhow, she's been my inspriation in all sorts of areas of my life and I started WW about 4months ago and have seriously only kept off 4lbs. I've since started a new teaching job, moved to a new location in Ft. Worth, and realized I eat in immediate reaction to stress or any type of negative feelings.
Basically, I need a serious does of motivation!
Also, I'll be computer at home needs some seriouls tlc. So, if I don't post every day, or every week...don't freak out. I'm hoping next paycheck, we can take this poor baby in and get 'er cleaned up.
Also, where do I find your menus???
Y'all have a great night...I need to get to bed. I came home and took a nap, argh. No, didn't mean to sound like a pirate, just hate it when I throw my sleep cycle off!
Glad to find y'all!

09-21-2006, 05:21 AM
Hi All:

It's just after 4AM here in Toronto and it's another night of early waking. Work definitely interferes with my sleeping.

I've read all the posts and continue to be so amazed that the amount of WORK that women do. Do you know research says that women work at least one month more a year than men do? I think the women on this board have upped the average number of female hours worked!!!

I was distressed to read about the foster child. It is so strange to me that we seem to make so many mistakes in child care. I suppose I should simply celebrate that most people are well loved. That child will be better off for having had even 7 months of loving care. Thank goodness for resilience!

And, Kathy, I'm moving in :lol: Real estate is frightfully expensive here and I live in a space so small that the thought of ever having empty rooms is a luxury!

I'm proud to report that I'm not up looking for snacks during my insomnia. I had a piece of whole wheat toast and a cup of warmed low fat milk, spiked with vanilla and Splenda :T


09-21-2006, 10:02 AM
Good Morning Chicks! Well, I'm ashamed to say that my house is a disaster and that I did NOT start cleaning yet because I am still trying to straighten up and put things away. And, I'm working on my budget trying to rearrange things to come up with money for Cassie's medical treatment. Cassie's urinalysis puts her at suspicion of Cushings disease and so she'll have the first ACTH stimulation test on Monday. I didn't even ask how much it costs.

Speaking of a messed up budget....we are having a new garage door installed today that's going to cost us about $1100. It's beautiful though and is super insulated. Sigh. The money seems to be going out faster than coming in.

Ok, I'm really going to go and catch up with all of you now. Thankfully, it's been a slow week and I don't think I'm that far behind.

09-21-2006, 10:14 AM
Jane, welcome! I'm so glad you found us and any friend of Sandra's is an automatic friend of ours!!

Rhonda, you just come on down anytime! There's room for everybody.

Better get busy. I'll be back in a bit.

09-21-2006, 10:17 AM
Vickie, I hear you on that money thing. Bindy brought a dead bird inside last night and it was -- let me just leave it as saying it was very gross -- so she has to go in immediately for a checkup. We were vacuuming and spraying and pouring bleach in the trash and tying up bags ... I even threw away a towel we had used to pick it up with. Gross is actually an understatement.

I've been saving money aside for the Chicago trip and hope to add more to it, but I really need to use it for her vet trip, and Bridge is due to go in also. I need to go to the doctor for my annual checkup, and so on and so on. It just never stops!

09-21-2006, 10:23 AM
Good morning all! I'm sitting here with my nice bowl of warm malt o meal and Sandra would say, "Life is good." I should be having my girls do their chores, but they're playing so nicely in the other room building a castle out of blocks, I decided to leave them be. Kids can only be kids for a short time.

Have any of you seen that new milk from Anderson Erickson I think? It's called Moooods, and it's regular white milk that's been lighly flavored with no added sweeteners. I got the strawberry yesterday, and I must admit, I thought it was pretty ghastly. There's a nice initial strawberry flavor, but it's ends up tasting bitter because it's not sweetened at all. I stirred in a tsp of Splenda though, and it was delicious! :lol: There's vanilla, strawberry, orange, and cinnamon I think.

Later chickies!

09-21-2006, 10:38 AM
Sandra, I'm SO disappointed that you and Curtis had to cancel your dancing lessons. I certainly understand. The dancing "frame" is really tough on the upper body, particularly the arms and shoulders. Jim and I still dance sometimes in the kitchen. We are SO silly! I'm disappointed that I didn't get to see Frouf too. I know my nerves would have disappeared after the first minute! You recovered quickly too from your bad evening of eating. Good for you!

Kathy, my Sister/BIL bought a Honda Van and the LOVE it. Jim and I have another Buick LeSabre. We're not sure what we'll buy next time. I like the Toyota Avalons. We like big luxury or old people's cars as my Niece likes to tell me! It was hard to pass up on the GM dollars that we had last time when the car was totaled in our accident. I think we got an extra $2000 off and that was hard to make up in the Toyota. So you'll be staying NORTH of Great Lakes! You'll be in Wisconsin for God's sake! Just kidding. It would take us about an hour to drive to the Naval Base from here. Maybe Angela could stay in a hotel near I 80 and then she can drive with us up to meet with you somewhere. Will you have a car? My mind is already racing about where we'll go to eat. There are a million wonderful possibilities. Chicago is an eating town. Of course, not all of them will be great Core choices. It's fun to plan.

Angela, it would be AMAZING if you could come. I would never think of any of our Chicks as "butting in"! Based on where Kathy is going to be staying I'd suggest you think about staying the night. I still haven't been over there to check but there are two (one is brand new) hotels right off of I 80 and I'm thinking they will be very reasonable for a night or two if that's what you decide.

Frouf, I'm SO sorry to hear that you are not well. Maybe you caught some kind of a bug on the ship? Andrea sounds like such a nice lady...willing to let you fly first so you could come meet up with me. I wouldn't have left her behind either. I'm so happy that it sounds as if your cruise was a rousing success. Maybe we'll be able to see some of the pictures? I'm still waiting to see a picture of you. You know I was going to have to wander around the airport with a sign that said "Froufie" on it! Is the war zone at home any better?

Patti, it's always so good to hear from you. You are such a sweetie. I hope you find babies in your pond and that they survive this year!

Vivian, I hope it's nothing serious. Keep us posted.

Suzanne, :welcome3: to our little corner of the world! Sorry we haven't been very chatty this week. Normally, we have about 10 pages by this point in the week. How are you doing so far?

Rhonda, great job! You sound like you have been recovering quickly from a bad meal here and there. That's a huge accomplishment for all of us!

Melissa, where are you? We haven't seen you in a couple of days!

Paula, I LOVE going to the flea market. We have several here but I haven't gone in a long time. I never seem to make the plan to go. It's such a great idea for you to be doing all of that cooking in advance. I find that when I plan ahead, I do great on Core. If I wait until the last minute to decide what to cook, then I'm doomed! Congratulations on being back at your meetings. They make a real difference to me. I'm glad they didn't make you pay. Every little bit helps.

Ok, I was more behind than I thought. I'm going to submit this post now and go catch up some more. Stay tuned for part 2!

09-21-2006, 10:49 AM
OK, take 2. I had written a long post and then hit something on my keyboard -- and poof! it was gone. UGH.

I was able to keep my night time snacking under control last night, brought out the bowl of grapes and a big cup of tea. I need to make sure I plan a night time snack, if its not planned, I can easily ruin a great day at 9:30 at night.

Frouf - sorry to hear you are still not feeling well. You could have picked up something on the plane. Take it easy this week - as we all know, work will still be there tomorrow.

Kathy - how long did your brother and SIL have the foster child? Its a wonderful thing they are doing, so many children need a safe home. I hope the state is doing what is best for the child and not what is best for the grandparents. My dh and I would consider adopting an older child if we feel the need to expand our family. I remember reading how a child over the age of 2 is considered un-adoptable. Still makes me sad to think about that.

Angela, how is your dd today? How old is she? My dd is 3 1/2 --such a cute age. But, boy, are we in trouble when she is 13. She is already very independent, stubborn and thinks she is always right!

Welcome Jane! This board is very freindly, I'm a newer member and everyone has been very great and helpful. I hope you find the motivation you need through us!

Sandra - congratulations on the loss and good Drs appt! Its always better that Drs are happy with our progress. Keep up the great work.

Well, got to get ready for a meeting and then I'm going out to lunch with some friends. I rarely take lunch, let alone go out, so it should be a good day.

09-21-2006, 10:53 AM
Kathy, I'm so happy to see that you know how to relax after work and destress from the day....NOT! What a sad story about your Brother's foster children. Sometimes the system just doesn't make sense. My Sister is 59 and she had her first stroke at 50. She has never taken care of herself so none of us were surprised. They say she doesn't have any muscle or tendon damage. They aren't sure about the nerves yet. It doesn't really matter because I'm fairly certain that she won't do PT. She wouldn't do any after the stroke and has a hard time walking and you can barely understand her speech. Sad. As for your weight, I think you should go ahead and keep trying to lose if that's what YOU want to do. As long as you aren't anorexic, what's the problem? Hey.....I want a housekeeper too. Cleaning stinks. Actually, not cleaning stinks! :D

Frouf, you sound like I did before I ended up on the antibiotics and prescription cough medicine. I hope you are feeling better this morning or that you've already seen the doctor. My ankle isn't worse but it's not better either. It feels better in the morning and worse at night. Most of the time I can do the normal walking motion but I can't flex it or roll it out to the side. Jim is still lobbying for me to call the doctor. If it's not better next week, I'll call. It's been going on for about 3 weeks now, I think. Hey, you're going on this cruise may have been a brilliant idea if it gets your Manager to realize just how much you have been doing and how hard your job is. What a move on your part!

Angela, if your DH might come...why not make a min vacation out of it? If you are here for two dinnertimes then I can take you guys to my favorite Core restaurant which is very close to I 80! I hope you're feeling better this morning. My Doctor suggested allergy testing to me too. I'll wait to hear your report before I go schedule myself! :p Huge congratulations for stopping at one cookie. I know they are your weakness! I've never seen the milk but I'll look for it. I presume it's skim?

Welcome, Jane, and great luck with the program! I can certainly understand how someone could consider Sandra to be an inspiration and a motivator. She is for me.

Woo Hoo....I'm caught up!

I'll go start a menu thread and then I'm going to go call Cindy and shower for the garage door man!

09-21-2006, 10:56 AM
I forgot to tell you all that I made a Core Apple Cake (almost cake anyway) yesterday and it was pretty darned good. It made a 9 x 13 pan so we'll be eating it forever. It doesn't really have cake consistency. It's more like a bread pudding consistency. I'll post the recipe later. It's definitely worth it to have a nice Core snack. Paula reminded me when she was talking about wanting something late at night. This is nothing but apples, pudding, and oatmeal...basically.

09-21-2006, 12:03 PM
Paula, my youngest dd is 3...she had her birthday in July. And she seems to feel just ducky today, so I'm going with the theory that she had a small bug and is now fine.

Vickie, the milk is actually 1%. I bought it for the girls, but had to taste it before serving it to them. I know they would hate it as is, but maybe if I sweeten it?

So I'm trying to figure out how I'd work a weekend in Chicago. If we left on a Friday afternoon, right after dh gets home from work, we could be there by 8 or 9 pm. We could spend the night, and then play on Saturday, and drive home in the night to be home by Sunday. I don't think we could leave the kids any longer than that. I would probably have to ask my sister and her hubby to watch the girls. They've done it overnight once before, and it went fine. What day are we talking about, for sure? Friday Oct 20th?


09-21-2006, 12:32 PM
The graduation, provided that everything goes as planned and he finishes up on time, will be Friday, the 20th. I'll go Thursday afternoon and fly into (probably) O'Hare just so I can be closer to the train stations. Then I'll go to Waukegan where most of the hotels are that have the military discounts. Graduation is early on Fridays, like from 9 to 10:30 and guests start getting there at 7. That's why I want to stay close. After graduation, he can leave from the base but has to be back between 8 and 9. Some divisions leave immediately for their next school; some leave the next day. He thought he heard that their group would be leaving Monday, but he can't stay at the base housing on Sunday night because they're starting demolition on it early Monday morning (they've built new ones).

Whenever I know for certain that his graduation is on the 20th (and he told me the other day that they have assured them EVERYONE will graduate on time) ... and then find out what day he's leaving for Florida, I can make more definite arrangements and also will let you know.

Your plan sounds like a good one though. We would have Saturday to do whatever, and I know Shaun would probably enjoy meeting you guys and eating together.

09-21-2006, 02:54 PM
How much do you want to bet that my Sister will make her birthday party Saturday the 21st? Her birthday is the 13th and my BIL's is the 30th and they are combining into one party.

I'll see what I can do to sway her to the 14th.

09-21-2006, 03:03 PM
So both Waukegan and Great Lakes are way north and east of me. Mapquest says 60 miles and an hour and 17 minutes to the base and 65 miles and an hour and 23 minutes to get to Waukegan. I was just telling Angela that we don't really measure trips by miles here because the traffic is generally pretty horrible. So trips depend on the time of day and what's going on. Saturday should be pretty great and we could pretty much count on that amount of time being pretty close to accurate.

Friday is normally horrible between 2 pm and 7 pm which is our rush hour(s). Sunday would be great as long as the Bears are not home.

I've no idea what kind of restaurants are in Waukegan or near the Base but I can sure do some research.

Kathy, it sounds like you won't have a car, right? So we'll need to come to you or meet downtown? If you are near trains you should be able to get downtown. We can pursue this more when you have more details.

09-21-2006, 03:13 PM
Whenever I fly in or out, I'll be closer to you. I haven't decided yet which airport to go into; right now the prices are the same.

09-21-2006, 03:16 PM
I have two close girlfriends who live up North so I can ask them about good restaurant choices. garage door guys yet. I'm getting a bit annoyed. Jim won't let me call until 2:00. They were supposed to be here between 12 and 1. I hate waiting.

09-21-2006, 03:17 PM
Hey has anyone heard from Melissa? Did I miss something?

09-21-2006, 03:19 PM
I just reread your you'd be available Friday late afternoon and evening?

09-21-2006, 03:26 PM
Hello, core support group what is this. I need support but what is core about?

09-21-2006, 05:26 PM
hi, chickies. i am home from physical therapy. my doctor has sent me because my dolly partons have taken a toll on my shoulders. the arm position in dancing was just the last straw. in a few minutes i'm off to the mall to get an industrial strength bra. they have one left in my size at dillards. life is good.

hi there, jane. i'm glad you found us. i e'd you the brownie recipe a few minutes ago before i came on the board. it's also printed over in the recipe section. there is also a carrot brownie recipe there on "breakfasts" that's core if you or anyone else is interested. there are a lot of great recipes here on the core recipes also over in the flex recipes

jane is one of my all-time favorite students and friends. she used to compete in UIL (university interscholastic league) prose interpretation as well as in drama. now jane is a drama/speech teacher herself. (and a darn good one, too!)

melissa and jane are the same age and remind me a lot of each other.

here's the brownie recipe again for any who want it. (it's not core but is very very low in pts and is a good way to spend wpa's.) it's also a good aid to learning portion control. (you'll see what i mean when you read the ingredients. i ate 7 one day and thought i was going to die that night.)

if you use reduced fat brownie mix, the brownies are 1 pt each. if you use regular, they are around 1.5 pts each but you might want to count them as 2 pts each. our ww leader told us that if something was really really good to give it an extra point. also, i got this recipe when there was no 4 gm cap on fiber.

1 point brownies

1 reduced fat brownie mix (or any regular mix. i just buy what's on sale.)
3 cups All Bran cereal (the original kind. no other cereal will work.)
2 1/2 cups water
2 teaspoons baking powder

preheat oven to 350*. spray 9x11 pan with butterflavored pam.

in a large bowl combine water and cereal. LET IT SIT FOR 5 MINUTES. (this is important for the cereal to blend properly.)

add dry brownie mix and baking powder to cereal/water. LET SIT FOR 2 MINUTES. (this is important for baking powder to "act" before you start cooking.

bake @ 350* 30 minutes or till done. it tastes better if you wait till the next day to start eating it. remember to limit your servings. i can handle 2 or 3 easily. over that and i'm in trouble.

makes 24 servings.

rhonda, i am proud of you for staying op. late night eating is a hard habit to control. i had trouble sleeping last night cuz of my right shoulder. i was able to control the hunger, too. ain't it great!

vickie, i understand completely what you mean about having to rethink budgets. i loved being retired but sometimes fixed incomes need to stretch.

kathy, you and jane live fairly close to each other. she taught for awhile in alvarado but isn't there any more.

angela, i haven't heard of that milk. i'm not much of a milk drinker, but i might like that every now and then. i'm glad your girls are having fun. you're right. we're adults much longer than we're kids.

vickie, i am picturing you and jim doing a waltz in the kitchen. you two are such a cute couple and have so much fun together. curtis is gone now to get a shoulder/back massage. we're falling apart. i know he's worried about my archery. i don't think there will be a problem. i hope he doesn't make me back off of shooting the longbow in competition. he had told me i could only do it if my stamina was strong enough. that's one of the reasons i got into w a. i am going to take things easy for a couple of weeks, go to p t, and be strong to shoot as many arrows as i want. i told my therapist today that 07 is to be my year. and that's going to happen.

i'm behind, too, so i'll call this part 1 of mine.

09-21-2006, 05:36 PM
paula, i have been eating grapes at night, too. i have been telling myself that snacks after dinner should be healthy and not treats and shouldn't happen often. so far so good (except for monday night--but that's history)

vickie, the cake sounds yummy. i'll watch for your recipe.

luckymom, :welcome: . do you go to ww meetings? if so, why don't you stay for orientation afterwards and ask the leader about core. also, there's core info in the welcoming booklet they give. most of the folks here are doing core but some of us are eating a little differently. core is a wonderful plan about making healthy food choices avoiding empty calories. core also allows 35 weekly points allowance that could be used if needed. try looking at the daily menus that some are posting. they will give you some good ideas. again, i think your best guide will be the welcoming booklet you got at ww.

i'm caught up now. (on this thread) i need to head over to daily menu and post mine. have a great op!! day, chickies.

09-21-2006, 08:31 PM
Sandra, I'm SO sorry that your shoulders are hurting. Darn it! I hope the PT helps and that you are feeling back to your normal self quickly.

Believe it or not the cake recipe is from our board. Every once in a while my tastes change and I go through all the pages again to see if anything new appeals to me. It was from Niki....MattandGabby'sMom...and I'm sad because she hasn't been here and I told her I'd tell her how it was. It isn't in our recipe file so I'm going to go put it there now.

09-21-2006, 08:36 PM
Vickie, you are correct. I should be free from around Friday noon until I leave. Shaun can either come with me or not, depending on if he has other plans. I doubt he would, though. I got a letter today and he said that half of the AV's (his specialty) are going to Florida and the other half is staying at Great Lakes. He won't know which half he's in until week 7.

I'm supposed to be off tomorrow but have decided to work 9 hours. It'll be extra, which will really come in handy for the trip and other things. I'll try to work as much as I can between now and mid-October.

09-21-2006, 08:46 PM
Cool, Kath! Friday might be good if my Sister decides to schedule her party on Saturday. No matter which day it is, I'll have to try to schedule 2 dog walker visits for Cassie while we're gone. She can only go 4 hours without a walk and we'll be gone at least 3 hours just in travel! So that is another "wrinkle" for me. They are great girls though and are usually available. The Niece is my backup babysitter just like I am for her kids. She'll help me out if I need her too. Would Shaun enjoy staying in Chicago? How's he liking our weather. It's really becoming Fall here. He's probably cold. I'm guessing it feels like winter to him!

BTW, finally something good. Our garage door is installed, it's beautiful, and it's working perfectly. Sigh. Sometimes things go like they are supposed to!

I've got to go spend time with Honey Lamb. There's some apple cake and TV in our future!

09-21-2006, 08:47 PM
:dance: :cloud9: :dance:

This is me, dancing while coming home from wi (20 minute brisk walk)..I FINALLY made it out of the 190's...down to 189.4. OK, that's 2 pounds in 2 week...double that rate OR BUST!


09-21-2006, 08:49 PM
Ok....Melissa hasn't posted since the 17th. I'm officially worried.

Rhonda, GREAT JOB!!!!! Exercise is the key....I'm certain of it. You should be VERY proud of yourself. Keep up the good work. I'll keep my fingers crossed that you don't bust!

09-21-2006, 08:50 PM
:woo: rhonda!!!!!:bravo: i am sooooo happy for you. you're on your way now for sure.

vickie, i got the new bra and already can tell a difference. it's wonderful. it has wide straps, crosses in the back and attaches in the front. thank you for the heads up on the recipe. i wonder where niki is. she hasn't been here in awhile.

i'm glad your garage door is working out. ain't it great!

09-21-2006, 08:56 PM
Wow! Those girls are getting some spectacular support.

09-21-2006, 09:24 PM
Do we have Melissa's phone number? I'm going to look now ...

09-21-2006, 09:28 PM
:rofl: vickie, i just now figured out who (what girls) you're talking about. yep, they're riding high.

09-21-2006, 09:35 PM
I have their address, Aaron's website, Melissa's photography website, the Pampered Chef website ... no phone number.

She can't do this to us!

09-21-2006, 09:37 PM
Vickie, I could come to you instead of you having to do the travel.

I plan to walk to the base because it's only 1-1/2 miles. Everything else will be the train.

He seems to like the area, and said he wouldn't be upset if he was in the group that stayed. He said that they would be free on the weekends and could take the train downtown.

Grey's Anatomy!! Nearly time for the premier! Meanwhile, I'm enjoying the recap of last season.

09-22-2006, 12:40 AM
Kathy, the PC website does have a telephone number....I think. I'm going to look.

09-22-2006, 12:41 AM
It does have a telephone number in the upper right hand corner. It must be her work number because it says daytime. Ok...who's calling?

09-22-2006, 09:40 AM
Good Morning Chicks!

Ooops! I get the last post/first post boobie prize. It's been a long time since that happened.

I watched Grey's Anatomy last night and enjoyed it thoroughly!

I have to figure out something for dinner for tonight. It's going to be storming all day here today. I'll send Jim out to Sam's club during the breaks to get us some chicken. I'm all out except for one little package.

Maybe we should give Melissa until tonight to post? Maybe she's just busy with PC?

And now, where's Frouf? My goodness!

I'm going to go make a menu for today.

09-22-2006, 10:10 AM
Good morning!

It's going to be a great day, I can already tell! I spilled coffee all down the front of my white shirt. Lovely. :lol:

I'll be back in a little while.

09-22-2006, 10:36 AM
Kathy, I'm afraid that the walk to the base will not be an easy one. I'm thinking no sidewalks. I bet you'll be able to carpool with another family or get a cheap cab. You could take the train downtown and we could pick you up there. The sky's the limit with great restaurants downtown. Not so many Core ones...but great nonetheless!

09-22-2006, 10:36 AM
That stinks!

09-22-2006, 11:18 AM
I didn't think about sidewalks. Hmm ... well the train goes there too. Or I could get a cab. And I'm still debating on renting a car or not. I guess we'll see.

09-22-2006, 11:35 AM
Thanks for the response. Sorry to say I don't belong to WW so I guess I sit this thread out. Of course i may change my mind later. There is a WW group here at work. I just haven't been healthy enough to join or financially able to handle the funds needed. Tell everyone good luck and best wishes. :dust:

09-22-2006, 11:57 AM
No, no ... don't go! We'll help you as much as we can!

09-22-2006, 12:19 PM
Thank you. I will accept the invite. :hug: You seem so nice. Katpo. You know of course the colors we wear seem to tell our body and minds what to do and white always says decorate me.:dizzy: Splash of coffee, maybe some coolaide, or pasta sauce. So cheer up it is going to be a wonderful day you just made a new friend. I carry shout it out wipes. I seem to co mmunicate with all the colors and get the same response "spill something on me.":^:;)

09-22-2006, 12:30 PM
That's why I wear stripes so often! Camouflage!

09-22-2006, 12:33 PM
:lol: You two are funny! I am wearing my coffee proudly -- fortunately there are only about 10 people in the department today (out of 50) and they all know how messy I am.

09-22-2006, 02:24 PM
Hey chickie,

Just finished lunch and back to work UGH! At least while I was gone my manager realized that I needed help (yes doing the work of 2 people and things are starting to get freaky) so Director has approved at least getting me some temp help while we try and hire someone!

Congrats Rhonda on your excellent loss - keep up the good work!

Messy Kathy - any other mishaps today that we should know about? :D Okay I am coming to Chicago too -geez so much planning going on I am getting jealous!!!

Sandra - enjoy your new 'support' ! Sounds fabulous!

Vickie - glad you finally got the new garage door! Any leftover apple cake? :D:D

Where is that Melissa? Being too much of a pampered chef??? Did anyone call her?? (wasn't there a sick/dying grandparent somewhere???)

I am feeling a bit better altho my voice is a bit raspy today - popping sudafed and lozenges and trying to head off any further sickness. Tonight Rosh Hashanah starts (Jewish New year) so there shall be mucho feasting in the frouf home (starting with apples dipped in honey for a sweet year - YUM!). Tomorrow kiddies and I shall go to synagogue - rain predicted for the whole weekend.

And my cruise buddy Andrea is the sweetest thing - not only did she provide me with a CD of all our cruise pics (she was the official photographer) but also presented with me an ALBUM! All cruise pics printed out in order, ribbon of course and a thank you card! I am having fun sharing it with my work buddies and will bring it home tonight!

Also getting other emails/pics from cruise buddies - Ray from Vegas has already booked another cruise (Oct 2007) and is trying to convince me to come along (no way can I make plans that far in advance YIKES!!!)...but it sure sounds nice! Besides I won't be able to last that long - will be hankering for some sunshine come January/February!

Back to work - UGH!


09-22-2006, 02:48 PM
Yes, you were shaped to be special. I understand the two people in one concept. I work in a cube and it is hard. We have new people here too. The new gal is going through a bad D. She chatters none stop and is getting on my last nerve. She thinks she needs a man in her life and is living with one before the D is final yet she is worried her hubby will get custody of their 8 y.o. I tried to warn her. He hubby is an J.D. for goodness sakes. I think she is in for a rude awakening she was married for 19 years and was complaining how hard it was to live off of the 40,000/yr plus 3000 per month child support. I only make 33,000/yr. I really did not need to hear this "CR__ _" I hope the D get over with soon but I bet I have to hear all about this for the next 5 years. May be I can get her to change cubes.

09-22-2006, 05:09 PM
lucky mom, i hope you can stay and i wish you the best of success. maybe one of your coworkers will let you make a copy of the core pages of the materials. that might be one way to get the information. also, we'll help you with questions. we're just not allowed to give out the program. would you let us know your first name? i'm curious. well, i'm really sandra.

i lost down to 173.0 this week. i didn't go to ww this week but this is what i weighed at the doctor's wed. i have been strictly op since so i know i don't weigh any more than that. i'm too lazy to get my ww booklet out to see what i weighed last fri but i know it was 173 point something so i had a small loss.

now, chickies. if you want to see camo clothes, i'm loaded. i have one outfit that makes me look like a bush.

frouf, that's a great gift your roommate gave you. sounds like you're having a lot of fun connecting with your cruise friends. this makes me smile. i got on ebay last night and surfed for some new clothes. i got the idea from you. thank you so much. i'm having a blast.

i'm off to w a. ya'll have a good day.

09-22-2006, 06:01 PM
Geez, here we go again! It's 98 outside right now, going to be 100 for the high today, and the heat index is 104. It is FREAKIN' hot out there ... I'm tired of it.

I've already had my day's allotment of water so everything from here on will be a bonus. And I'm sure I'll be drinking more!

09-22-2006, 07:33 PM
Wow, I thought I was NEVER going to get back to post here! It's been a ROUGH week with school classes and homework, but I'm getting a hold on it and breaking it down into little pieces so I can not be so overwhelmed! Isn't that the truth about much in life?! :cool:

Anyway, I am looking forward to my weigh in on Sunday, even though I haven't been 100% CORE! I'm just getting back into learning the little bit that I did when I first heard about it, so I need to give myself some kudos for going for it again and some patience in the learning process! Wow, I can't believe that came out of MY mouth! Seriously, I am HARD on myself, but I'm getting better!! Yeaaaaaaaaaaah! :D

Okay, I won't be able to post everyday with schooling and such, but I WILL be here as often as possible! I think I've read up to date in this thread and am EAGER to get to know all of you!! Sounds like some of you have TRULY connected and are a GREAT support for another! I plan to be the same! ;)

09-22-2006, 10:58 PM
suzanne, we'lre happy to have you here whenever you can get online. good luck at wi sun.

kathy, i was hoping it was cooler there now. how about storms? are you having some now? i saw on the weather channel where it looked like some thunderboomers your way.

09-22-2006, 11:11 PM
Hi again,

Home and snivelling - yes looks like a cold - complete with stuffed sinuses and runny nose - UGH - I almost dread going to synagogue tomorrow - hope I am feeling better!

Suzanne - baby steps all the way - best way to look at all things is in small pieces - you are absolutely right with that! What are you studying?

I do love my cruise photo album Sandra - and just go another email from new cruise buddy Mike from chicago - it was his first cruise - he went solo - and sounds like he is now hooked! I obviously did a good job! :D:D

I have been feeling pretty apathetic about the eating thing since I got back, but it sure it time to get back on track and back on the treadmill too? We had a very big dinner tonight - complete w/chocolate cake (and it wasn't that good - only had a few bites!).

Warzone w/dd continues as she and dh are not on speaking terms - she is still whining about internet loss - tried to talk to her about her inappropriate behaviour and asked her to think of ways she could react in future - well that was like pulling teeth! Let her on compute for only 1.5 hours - so more crying about that! and why am I being so mean to her! geez! I am so tired of all of this it just makes me feel old! (ya like I'm a spring chicken in reality? ha ha ha).

kathy - send some warm weather our way - we are supposed to have rain all weekend. And something was screwy in my van - tried to put the heat on this week (our mornings/nights are already getting chilly) and no heat in sight - my car would turn into an icebox.

Dh brought it in today - seems there is an on/off heating switch somewhere in my engine which was turned off last time they did some work and never turned back on - well DUH! So now I have heat and $280 later I have completed my 48K maintenance check!

I really should go to bed early right?


09-23-2006, 08:03 AM
Good Morning Chicks! I got up to go to the bathroom at 4:15 and couldn't go back to sleep. My brain started rushing through everything that is going on in my life and others dear to me. I stayed in bed until 5:00 and then just got up. I have severe PMS and I'm sure all the hormones aren't helping. Ahhhh....the life of a 50 year old!

Cassie goes in for her test on Monday morning and soon we'll know if she has Cushings. I really hope she doesn't because it's a hideous disease.

My Sister with the broken ankle is doing well and enjoying the flowers we sent. I must get out and get some cards for her to cheer her up. She's back to smoking again since she's home and proud that she's smoking less than 2 packs a day. Yikes! Nothing I say will change her.

The best news though is that my friend Cindy is eating real food and hopes to come home on Sunday or Monday! She said that the chicken breast and whipped potatoes and gravy were the best food she's ever eaten. How sad is food no less! Her Nupagen shots are increasing her white blood cell count. We don't know about the leukemia for sure (only a bone marrow test is conclusive) but the blood tests are showing zero blast which means remission. She seems to be less weak....eating sure helped that as does some great white blood cells.

Jim's shoulder is still aching and so is my ankle. I guess I'll have to make an appointment for myself for next week. Sigh. At least it's not anything threatening so that means Life Is Good!

I'm off to see how chatty you all were last night.

09-23-2006, 08:24 AM
Frouf, it's great news that your Manager has approved temporary help for you. Maybe that temp should stay for a while after your new person comes since you'll be spending time training the new person and will have less time available to do the real work. You are absolutely invited to the Chicago party and I'd be glad to make another apple cake. Seriously, the recipe was quite good. It made a 9 x 13 pan which was a bit much for just Jim and I. I cut into 12 pieces which were pretty large. I'm sure WW would have said that it was 18 servings. We are really enjoying it and will definitely make it again. Happy New Year! I hope you are feeling well enough to go to synagogue. It stinks that you're sick. You certainly sound like you have exactly what I did that required antibiotics and prescription cough medicine. It must be exciting to be getting cruise pictures and your gift from Andrea must have been a great and pleasant surprise. Are we going to see some of these pictures? Throw that CD in your computer and attach a couple of pictures to a message. I must see the Froufster!

Sandra, congratulations on yet another loss. You are SO close to the 160's and I remember when you were struggling to get into the 180's. I'm very proud of you and happy to know how great you must be feeling! :carrot: I hope you enjoyed water aerobics last night.

Kathy, nothing like 90's here! You better make sure you bring a real coat in October as I'm sure you'll think it's cold. I guess Shaun isn't minding the weather since he's willing to stay here if it turns out that way. Of course, I'm sure the lure of downtown Chicago and the nightlife helps!

Suzanne, come back when you can. We all get overwhelmed with our lives and the program from time to time. That's going to happen. Just do the best you can.

Still no Melissa...hmmm....I'm very worried. I did notice that her last message said that her computer was getting ready to crash so maybe it did. I hope she gets it fixed quickly, if that's what it was.

Angela, how are you doing?

We've lost Stacy and Niki too?

I was going to get up at 7:00 anyway this morning to do to the Kohl's early bird sale. The have my vacuum sealer bags 20% off and then an extra 15% off for the early bird part. I also have a pick a day sale coupon for another 15% off that I'm hoping they'll let me use also. Jim is asking me if I expect to get them for free. I said....sure!!!! :D I'm really hungry but I told Jim we would go out for breakfast after Kohl's. I guess I'll have to have a banana with my coffee while I get ready. I went to bed hungry last night which is unusual for me. I'm trying to master this eat only until satisfied concept especially while I'm unable to exercise.

I'm learning.

I'll try to be back later. I'm sure I'll need a nap this afternoon. We've been invited to the Niece's for pasta and sirloing meatballs made by her DH. I'm bringing a box of ww angel hair and some apple cake. They'll all be eating strawberry torte so at least I'll have dessert too. I haven't seen baby Sarah in a while. I hear she's making raspberries. Can't wait!

09-23-2006, 11:42 AM
Good morning! I'm at work but just until 1 or 2. Then I have to tackle a mountain of laundry.

My scale was 141.0 this morning; I was glad to see it. Hopefully by Monday or Tuesday I'll see the 139s again.

I need to get back to work but wanted to stop in for a minute.

09-23-2006, 11:45 AM
Morning chicks,
Its pretty cold out this morning. I have to bake a square and cake this afternoon so Im going to throw a pot of soup on as well. All that cooking makes the house seem warmer to me. Other then that I have some studying to do for my first aid course I have next week. uuugh Im not looking forward to it. Dh is gone to work so the house is nice and quiet so thats good. No distractions.
Vickie Im glad to hear about your friend...thats great news. Smoking is a terrible dh smokes. I really wish he wouldnt but I dont bug him. I feel like I shouldnt lecture when Im addicted to food.
Frouf, I was hoping the drama was over at your place.
Sandra are amazing!
You are probable right about Melissas computer Vickie and she wasnt able to get on her work one because of security either..if I remember right.
Suzanne,if your not 100 percent Core, use the 35 points we have each week..I have weight watchers bread for sandwichs and ff cheese etc..being in Canada here I dont have the great products you have in the states. I need to use them.
Have a great weekend everyone...ttyl

09-23-2006, 01:09 PM
Happy Saturday all! Its a dreary, drizzly, cold morning here. Kathy, did you bottle up that heat yet? If so, I'd like my share now! :D Its just noon and my house is clean, did my grocery shopping and errands. DD is now fast asleep and dh is off to a gun show. Nice quiet time for me.

I bought a whole chicken on sale for .59 a pd - 2.83 for the bird, pulled out my rotissery and its all cooked. Smells yummy, guess whats for lunch!

Vickie - the apple cake is FABULOUS. I made it last night, and since you said it was like bread pudding I made a couple of adjustment - increased the oatmeal to 3 1/2 cups, added 1T of oat bran and 2T of cornmeal. Mine came out very much cake like. I could easily hold a piece and eat it. It needed to cool - when it was warm it was a bit mushy, definatly a keeper! Thanks for sharing that recipe.

Sandra - another loss ! Wow, you are doing great. Keep up the good work.

I've been doing well on plan so far this week. Weekends are always tough for me - its so much easier to bring food with me to work and keep in control. I need to keep reminding myself of how well I've been doing. I do want to be down on Wednesday's WI.

I'll stop back later, take care all.

09-23-2006, 02:00 PM
:balloons: :cake: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, RHONDA!!

09-23-2006, 03:58 PM
Thanks for the "hb" Sandra! Yes, 61 today and I'm telling you time flies!!! It's all way, way too fast.

I'm going to a friend's housewarming party tonight...made, at her request, a poppy seed angel food cake with a prune and apple compote. I didn't dare try Splenda for the cake since it is for someone else and I was worried about the texture. But, it's OK for the compote.

Now, I'm making an antipasta ....why am I doing all this work on MY birthday!!?? Maybe I'll take tomorrow off.

So far doing OK on the food, with the exception of eating a small piece of lasagna last night. Still having trouble getting in all the exercise we all know we HAVE to do!

Happy first day of Fall, everyone....still 100 F in Texas, oh well, go swimming!!


09-23-2006, 04:44 PM
I just woke up from a 3 hour nap. I still feel a little goofy. I'm a slow waker upper. I slept through lunch which is very unlike me. So now, I'm off to have some cottage cheese and peaches before I leave to go the Niece's house for dinner. I have to stop at Jewel for the strawberry torte (don't ever try these or the chocolate ones because they are great) to bring with for lunch. I'm also stopping at Trader Joe's to get the trail mixes to put in the care package for my friend Cindy's son who is in his first year at College. I'm so goofy that I'm even putting in some ziploc freezer bags for when he opens the package.

No time for me to read now. I probably won't be back until tomorrow. I hope you're all well.

09-23-2006, 04:46 PM
well, howdy doooo, chickies. it's a gorgeous day in western montana. i went to w a earlier; flung a few arrows, had lunch, and am now waiting to go get one of the grands so we can head to the movies. we're seeing "barnyard--the original party animals." now doesn't that sound cute?

frouf, i don't remember who said it earlier but i'm agreeing that you should stay out of that warzone if possible. the problem didn't happen when you were even in the same country.

vickie, i'm glad everyone's doing better. you and jim take care of those paiins. even though they aren't life threatening, they are a nuisance. you're right. life is good. i did enjoy my w a yesterday even though i did it by myself outside the class. i did make it to the sat am class today. it's always more fun with the other gals. i remember struggling for the 180's, too. i'm glad i'm below that barrier now. whew!

kathy, congratulations on your scale victory. you'll be in the 130's next week. i can feel it coming.

hi, patti. sounds like you're a busy woman today with all the baking. i enjoy days like that, don't you?

paula, weekends are harder for me, too, and i don't know why now that i'm retired. you'd think they'd all be the same. congratulations to you on doing well op.

rhonda, you can see i tried to put a cake in with my birthday wish for you. sorry it didn't work. maybe i put splenda in it. :lol: have fun tonight. if i were you, i wouldn't be bashful about letting everyone know it's my birthday. (i really would tell everyone.) have fun!!!

i need to head to ebay to do some shopping. we're leaving in a few min to get one of the grands so i need to check to see if i'm getting a $0.99 dress.

(now wouldn't that be something?)

09-23-2006, 05:44 PM
Happy birthday, Rhonda!! :balloons: I hope you get some rest tomorrow!

I sure wish Melissa would show up. I'm very worried now.

09-23-2006, 07:02 PM
Good afternoon all! It's a nice cool day here, and I'm just bumming around. Life is good. :D I'm solidifying my Chicago plans...looks like it may just work, which is so cool!

Since I'm waiting for my allergy testing, I can't take my medicine, so I've been pretty uncomfortable this week. But oh well, I'm living with it.


09-23-2006, 07:28 PM
Here I am!! You all are SO sweet to worry about me. I haven't even read to catch up, just got a couple of messages from you all. You are SO sweet and I love you all dearly. I've been very, very busy with pampered chef shows and we have friends from NC visiting this weekend. I'll be catching up with you very soon. I'm sorry that I worried you! You all are the best!!

09-23-2006, 09:02 PM
yayyyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! melissa's back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

kathy, angela, and vickie. okay, you can color me jealous over ya'll's getting together. sniff sniff i'm going to pout now.

have a good evening, chickies.

09-23-2006, 09:07 PM
Hi chickies,

Sick froufie reporting in! I am SICK SICK SICK - all snivvelly (is that a word?), plugged sinuses, can't breathe - pounding stuffed head! UGH! Slept in til 9:15 - decided no way could I go to synagogue - back to sleep til noon - then brunch - then back to bed for a couple of hours in the afternoon - Vickie - I too wake up all groggy and cranky - took me a while to seem awake again - watched tv w/kids and had a popsicle!

I am taking meds but need something stronger - will go hunt down something - maybe in kids' bathroom? (like nyquil?). I sure hope this goes away by tomorrow - what a nasty way to spend the weekend. Luckily lots of LO from last night so I didn't have to prepare anything to eat.

Vickie - i am so glad to hear Cindy is doing better - hope she gets home and is truly in remission. Good luck at the dinner tonight - but sounds like you have a plan!

Sandra - enjoy the movie - we saw it and it's really cute! Took little ds to see "Everyone's hero' last week (kid's movie about babe ruth's baseball bat - which was 'stolen' - so cute!).

Melissa - so glad you surfaced and are doing okay - we were all getting very worried about you!

Rhonda - HAPPY BIRTHDAY - hope all your wishes come true - definitely make them all sing to you tonight! Even candles in the poppy seed cake might work? (they would not do well in the compote tho! :D).

Patti - I wish the drama were over here but it's not - since I am home it still feels like a war zone. Last night at the dinner table dh did not say a word - like he isn't even there - kids and I are chatting - he keeps his eyes down at his plate - eats- then leaves the table.

Then a blowout w/dd as we 'allow' her back on computer - dh talks to her about her apathy which doesn't like resonate with her! Lots of crying by dd - and finally stomping off w/major door slamming.

Today has been no better - I am so glad I had so much fun on my cruise cuz it sure has to last me a long, long time - and it sure isn't fun around here these days! Dh is constantly down my throat about the kids and what they are not doing, etc.....and while I do understand his frustration I had to REMIND him that I was NOT FEELING WELL and did not want to deal with this again - and on a daily basis - it sure is getting old - and frankly I don't really care anymore!

Kids gone to their dad's for dinner - so a couple of hours of respite before the fighting begins again (big ds coming home w/a fax machine that he hopes to connect to our phone line - i can only imagine what arguments that will cause). Won't be quiet here tonight!


09-23-2006, 11:04 PM
I think someone needs to go sit in the corner and reflect upon their recent behavior over the last few days. (Um ... Melissa, that would be YOU!) I'm very glad you're okay! We were really, really, really worrying. On the other hand, it's great that you're doing so well with your PS!

Sandra, you and Rhonda and I will get to hang ... well, maybe not so much Rhonda if she's busy getting married, but definitely you and I will find an hour or so to visit. I'm very excited about finally meeting you guys!

Poor Frouf! I hate that you're sick, and also that the wars continue. What a lousy thing to come home to! I hope you feel much better tomorrow.

C'mere, you guys. :grouphug: We're all just a mess lately, aren't we?

Vickie, I hope the evening went well at Niece's and you got to see lots of cute Sarah raspberries! :lol: Babies are so much fun, and when you can leave them with their mommy and go home, they're even MORE fun! Your dinner sounded really good!

I have a stupid ache in my face. I get this occasionally and have learned to ignore it but this really hurts. It's like a toothache, but my ear is also hurting from time to time. I used to go to the dentist everytime and he would say "there's nothing wrong" ... but if this doesn't go away by Monday I'll have to go in. I have no idea how to pay for it if there's something wrong because I'm saving all extra available money for Chicago. It stinks not having credit cards! I'm usually glad we don't have them, but at times like this it would sure come in handy. Oh well ... we'll see what happens.

And whose stupid weight has gone thru the roof tonight? I must be full of water; I had a normal breakfast (bagel, cream cheese, banana, juice), and wasn't really hungry at lunch so I just had a few almonds and raisins. For dinner I had a salad, tilapia, and a teeny baked potato with FF cheese but regular sour cream. I didn't have any FF but didn't use much of the regular.

So after my bath, I hop on the scale and it's almost 149! I nearly fainted! I do know better not to weigh at night and compare it to that morning, but still it was pretty upsetting. I'll have to make a few changes, and go back to the store tomorrow because I need some FF sour cream. I'm making some black beans and guacamole tomorrow, and I like to have sour cream and salsa with it. Well, maybe it'll all work out. I have had six bottles of water today so perhaps I'm just sloshing a bit.

I got those plastic boxes for cards today, and good grief, they are AWESOME! It is such a good-looking set when it's all put together. I know everybody's going to love them. I ended up with 11 gifts, each with folded notecards, flat notecards, a notepad, and return address labels.

Still waiting for my Tylenol PM to kick in; pain is such a pain, isn't it? I guess that's why they call it pain. ;)

09-23-2006, 11:17 PM
poor sick froufie. i wish i could help you feel better. maybe the nyquil will do the trick. we didn't go to the movies afterall. shayla and i shopped at ebay. she has a bid on a slacks/top outfit. i have bids on 2 dresses. i don't know if i want to win them or not.

kathy, that has to be water retention. i'd be panicking, too, though. just keep doing what you know to do and the weight will settle in on a better number. i'm excited, too, that we may get to meet. jane might even be able to join us.

09-24-2006, 12:01 PM
Good morning! How's everyone today?

It's a little cooler outside; I think it's 65. The high is only going to be 80 today ... it's about time!

Scale was at 143.4 this morning. I'm sure it'll be down tomorrow so I'm not changing the tracker. I should have waited until Monday morning though. Guess I just got a little excited!

I'll check back in a while to see if anyone has surfaced.

09-24-2006, 12:04 PM
Good Morning Chicks! I had a GREAT time at the Niece's last night. We stayed up late and I slept in...not poor Jim though! I'm off to eat breakfast now and then I'll come back to catch up on posts from last night.

I don't have anything going on today except laundry and trying to get my house in order. Oh yeah....and somebody has to tell Cassie she has to fast tonight. Any volunteers?

09-24-2006, 01:03 PM
Kath, did you get all your laundry done yesterday? I have a couple of loads to do today. How is your face ache this morning? That used to happen to me and it was my sinuses. They are just tiny and any irration make them swell which then makes my ear hurt. I use that Ocean Spray a lot and it seems to help. I can't believe you don't have any credit cards. We pay our balance off every month and really just keep them for emergency or convenience. So much of the country is in debt. I'm sure it was just the weight of the food in your tummy last night. That's more food than you usually eat so it was a shock to you! I'm glad it was back down for you again this morning. It'll be even lower tomorrow. Your gifts sound great. Did everything fit in the box for each person? I keep trying to think of who to give notecards to but no one I know writes anymore. They are all email junkies.

Patti, what a great idea to warm up the house. It's chilly here again today and I have the heat on to 70. I just pulled a recipe for a peaches and cream oatmeal cake that I may try to make today. That'll help keep the heating bill down. It's not that cold here but it's very damp. It just keeps on raining and that is SO unlike Fall here. You make a good point about smoking being an addiction. I quit in 1990 after smoking for 18 years. It was the hardest thing I ever did. I knew if I didn't quit, Jim wouldn't date me. I guess I wanted him more than the cigarettes! :D

Paula, you sure do sound like you have it all together! I'm ashamed. I'm retired an my house is a mess. I guess I'm not TOO ashamed or I'd fix it! We're having rotisserie chicken today. I hit a pretty good sale too. I love Rosebud farm whole chickens. My sale was only .79 a pound though. Still great. I'm SO glad you like the apple cake. I will definitely be making it again. Did you use the vanilla pudding or the butterscotch?

Rhonda, :woo: Happy Birthday :hb: to you....a little belated...but with many wishes for many more to come your way! :balloons: How did you do at the party yesterday?

Sandra, you had a fun day yesterday! Did the Grands like the movie? Did you get the .99 dress? I have an auction ending today for the Lane Bryant bras that I love which were discontinued in my size. Today's is a beautiful coral colored one and I don't have any like it. I need to get my butt in gear and lose some weight. They still carry the style in the next lower size.

Angela, when is your test? Did I send you the link for the hotel close to me? I have to go back and look at my messages again.

Kathy, tell Shaun we are all counting on him to graduate! :D

Melissa, THANK GOD you posted! You are SO grounded....isn't that how parents are...happy the kid is ok and then grumpy because they were worried?.....:hug: :D

Frouf, I hope the Nyquil worked for you and that you got some rest. I think you are going to need some big girl drugs. Even then, it took the whole 10 days for me to feel better. I hope the warzone did not start up again last night. Maybe your Ex could talk some sense into her? Maybe she can stay with him for a while.'ve got a long road ahead of you.

Okey dokey....I'm off to make a menu thread and look at the Sunday sale papers.

09-24-2006, 01:10 PM
OOPS! I lost track of the date again. Kathy, would you change the menu thread title to show September 24? I'm going to go start a new weekly chat thread for today.

09-24-2006, 02:12 PM