Support Groups - Friends around the World # 14 - We're in McKenzie Country in NZ.

10-08-2006, 05:27 PM
We've moved again. It seems that somewhere on the old thread we made an error and that may well be causing some of our members to have problems accessing our little community.

Moved threads, moved countries and hopefully moved pounds as well. Isn't the stress of moving supposed to make you lose weight?

So we've moved - staying in the Southern Hemisphere because it is summer down here. We've moved to the McKenzie Basin in the South Island of New Zealand. Here is a place with scenery of the grandeur of the Swiss Alps, temps that soar in high summer, has a church with THE best view in the world, is remote yet not far from anywhere, has lakes, beaches, wildlife, an observatory for searching the stars and anything else you might like to name. You can walk, hike, rest, relax, eat, drink, climb mountains and see stars, drink in the beauty or sleep peacefully. Here is our link for those coming to reside temporarily:

Read all about it.

Should you wish to go back to read from the last thread here is the address, Happy has put in a long post overnight.

Please do not post there anymore.

10-08-2006, 05:35 PM
Oh boy, something is quite whacked with that old thread. Perhaps we need to be more mindful of the pics and graphics we display as that seems to cause the most damage.

Thanks for setting up the new place Shad. I can't seem to get the weblink you provided to open up - but I'm sure the new place is breathtaking. And I've always wanted to visit New Zealand.

I am still wasting away my Sunday printing and assembling these stupid newsletters. Next time I will just do a 2 pager. I don't think most people care anymore anyway. And now the bloody printer is jamming constantly :censored: :mad: :rollpin:

10-08-2006, 05:41 PM
I couldn't get here with the link either. But I found my way!! :dance: I am glad you started a new thread, Shad... I was getting dizzy scrolling back and forth trying to read..... :dizzy:

Hello all!! :hug:

10-08-2006, 05:44 PM
Hello Tig, Hello Shad, we're all on at once. Nothing like a good view to make us all appear.

10-08-2006, 06:00 PM

10-08-2006, 06:08 PM
Thank you!!! I was feeling so left out of the loop. In Aol's behalf, they tried everything to help me get back on and felt there was an error with the thread. Maybe they were right. I could post everywhere else on here except for the Broome thread. sigh

Shad thanks a million for changing over to a new one. You haven't got enough on your plate and worrying about all this too :rofl: How are the Tinkerbelle plates :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:
I am around you all the time!! I must be YOUR guardian angel! :lol3: :lol3: I'll never be one of those out of sight, out of mind people :dance:

Happy~ I need a new do also!! good luck with the newsletter!! :hug: You put a lot of effort into all this and I hope they really appreciate you. I complain a lot but I know the seniors really love me. I just like to *****! :rofl:

Tig~ good to see you here also..... thought you forgot about me! :rofl: How goes work???

I am going to post this. Feeling nervous that it won't load. The day is gorgeous. Went for a short ride. Clearing out junk in the hall closet. More recycling. Cooked chicken and made rice as well. Gave most of it to the kids. The bldg is going thru a tough time. Lots of alarms and ambulances. Nothing fatal yet thank God. I wish they weren't all in the middle of the night!! :faint: OK let me see if this will post. I will never put up another graphic again! :rofl: keeping my fingers crossed :moped:

10-08-2006, 06:29 PM
Hello Mel and Happy
It may be Sunday but I'm at work. It hasn't been that bad though cause I've only had 2 phone calls.

Not much going on.

10-08-2006, 06:30 PM

10-08-2006, 06:31 PM

10-08-2006, 06:31 PM
Let's try the link again. I've replaced it and ensured it remains on a line of it's own.

Let me know how it goes.

10-08-2006, 06:44 PM
Dear me, we are all in here and all chatting away

I should not be here, but hey there are times when we can get all the worldly chicks on line and together. Doesn't happen often.

The scent of roses is coming in through the window/ door. It is really lovely, all reminiscent of honey and spices and roses. There are two heavily scented bushes out at the same time. Gotta love the old fashioned scented roses.

Fingers crossed - we may even get some much needed rain today. The kids are due back at school in about an hour or so, just the right time for the rain to fall. It will get the kids wet (for those few who walk to school) and ensure that mayhem reigns on the roads.

Happy, I am so sorry to hear that the hair is not right. It's always a bit of a gamble with new hairdressers. That's why I was so pleased when my hairdresser (having followed her around from salon to salon) was made manager of the salon 5K down the road and then bought a house in the area. It means she is not likely to move for a little while and she knows how I feel about hair and what I like. Lucky me.

Good to see you posting again Mel. We had to do something about you. I suspect we should not let the thread go over 25 pages. It seems to be the magic number. Aaah yes that was quite a shock to see the name on the bag. It doesn't say anything on the actual stall/ store itself. The no name shop. Is it a coincidence she has lots of little witches on broomsticks and boiling cauldrons etc.?

Ceejay - good to see you posting. Have fun at work.

Tig - nice to know you are still lurking away in the background there. Maybe work will let up once in a while to allow you to post.

Okay - time to go. Gotta get ready for the gym, then I'm going to sand a couple of walls ready for painting in the hall, and I'm having a go at a couple of old dining room chairs to see if I can repair them. This is a new trick. Wish me luck.

10-08-2006, 08:41 PM
Bump, bump, bump to get this thread on top...

10-08-2006, 08:43 PM
Shad, the new link is loading any better than the old one :(

10-08-2006, 09:21 PM
Ummm - problem with the link. Let's try one more time.

Let me know

10-08-2006, 10:40 PM
:no: :no: :no: Sorry Shad, 2 minutes loading and still no page. :dunno: Perhaps you must be a Kiwi to see it :lol:

10-08-2006, 11:02 PM
Oh dear. Mel can get it - wonder why you can't. Maybe you would like to google Mackenzie Country and see if you can get it that way. It has a glorious slideshow in the photo gallery.

10-09-2006, 08:08 AM
Morning chicks,

I'm off to the north this morning, up near CeeJay but not close enough to spend any time with her :(

I really needed sleep last night and it alluded me. Woke up every 30 minutes tossing and turning. I know the minute I get in the car my head will be nodding. Good thing I'm not driving tho I am the navigator :lol:

I am so far behind in things to get done around the house - stupid newsletter took all weekend long. My printer was giving me problems, even my stapler was acting up. :dunno: I didn't get to bed until well after 1am and I needed to get up at 5:30. I think that's part of what kept me awake and my brain wouldn't let me go into a coma because it knew I wouldn't want to get up today. So the rest of this week will be devoted to structure. And maybe a Google peek at MacKenzie Country. ;)

Gotta jump in the shower - catch you all later. Have a good one!

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10-09-2006, 11:18 AM
Well, good morning!!! Lovely summery home!!! Getting ready for vacation thoughts when we are under snow.

Our Thanksgiving was very nice. Church was lovely. We came home and I did some some Avon , had lunch and went to the my folks at the lake. It was all good. My Mom was not too wiggy. The kids were hilarious. My nephew is 8, mine are 6 and almost 8. I let them use the video camera. Well they are basically butt height so there was a lot of behinds in the video. Very funny. DD made Gramma and Grampa kiss and then said eeeeeeeeeeewwwww and giggled hysterically. Nice walk on the beach. I dont think I ever get sick of turkey. Good meal but no left overs for us here.
I have had all the family dinners since I was about 25 but now my parents are closer by and I suggested they do it. It is nice because my Grandma( age 96) will go for the whole weekend.
We have gone to Lake Huron all of our lives. either Ipperwash or Grand Bend. it just feels good to be there.
Lots of chat about my hair and life makeover. it was surprisingly pleasant. My mom is the queen of backhanded compliments but only did it once.

Kids were up at 7 but I sent them to feed the cats and slept til 9. Hubby was up around 8 and made breaky. It is a sunny 11C here right now. DH is stacking wood and then will cut the grass. I would like to garden.
Kids are into paint right now. Hoping for minimal disasters.

10-09-2006, 11:49 AM
Happy--Wave at me when you drive by. You may not come all the way to Osceola. There's a quicker way to Jonesboro.
Holly--your thanksgiving sounded fun.
Mel-I'm ready for the fall and cooler weather.
Ooops--time to go make my rounds. More later.

10-09-2006, 03:24 PM
:joker: :hb: :cb: :bravo: :cp: :gift: :dance: :hat: :flow1: :flow2: :dancer: :grouphug: :woo: :genie: :queen: :wizard: :balloons: :encore: :woohoo: :cheer2: :congrat: :cheer: :trampo:

PS: DON'T YOU JUST LOVE NEW SMILIES??????:ghost: :frank: :witch2: :spid: :dracula: :bat: :witch: :sklol: :haphal: :badbat: :dracula: :badbat: :rofl:

10-09-2006, 05:16 PM
Yes well today is the 10th - over here. Are you getting a bit ahead of yourself Mel or are you just starting a 24 hour solid celebration.

Happy Colombus Day America. Does this mean a day off and turkeys and things as well? :woohoo:

Happy birthday Raven - give yourself a gift and come back to chat sometime soon hey? :congrat: :congrat: :woohoo: :woohoo: :balloons: :balloons:

Also Happy Thanksgiving to all our Canadian friends. Have fun and enjoy yourselves thoroughly and without guilt.
:thanks2: :turkey: :thanks2:
Gotta love those Turkeys.

Holly - in years to come you will be able to play - guess the butt? I love it when kids do something like that - you never know what you are going to see or hear. Glad you enjoyed the day out.

Mel - I'm not sure what it was either. Teels post had an error on the siggy. It has done for a while. I suspect that it has been chopped because of the length of it. I must mention it to Teel next time I ring her. It may have been that, but I did see a message on the status bar once that said page loaded with errors. I didn't take much notice because it didn't do anything wrong that I could see. I guess we just need to take care not to let the thread run too long. We used to change it around every 25 pages, now we are heading towards 35 before change.

Yesterday I took one of the chairs apart. I've glue bits back together again. Today I will sand it and maybe put the legs back on and see if the glue will take the stress. If not there are a couple of options - chuck them out or try to brace them. I really don't care much either way and I don't want to spend too much time or money on them. They are old and some of them are fine to use, the rest are splitting and could be dangerous. We'll see what gives.
I also did some plasterwork in the bathroom and hall. Today will be another day to get on with that and some work in the garden. Weather doesn't know whether to rain or not so that should be a goer for this morning.

Snap - Happy. I went to bed last night and slept solidly through to 1.00am. Then I woke up in a real sweat. After that I was either too hot or too cold and woke around every half hour or so. And I had the stupidest dreams for heavens sake. Any dream interpreter would certify me on those dreams.

So I had better get on with today. Back to the gym and then into the garden. Lets just hope the wind stays away for a couple of hours, I want to poison the weeds on the patio and the side of the house and I want to spray the outside of the house for ants as well. I see little mounds of soil and sand appearing in odd places - time for them to move on. I don't need them in the jam or honey or anyother place either.

suzi in auz
10-09-2006, 06:01 PM
It looks like I missed all the dramas! The link posted really well. I am here:carrot:
I only knew because my inbox received a note from PW and then again from Happy so i went to other thread and wala! here we are. Beautiful place Shad. Heaven on earth...makes me homesick , although i did'nt live in the Sth Is I still like to think of it as "home"
I am remember a lovely holiday the Family and I had in the Sth Island, we spent the winter for two weeks in a camper van and cruised around, it was devine. Two beautifuk weeks and only one not sunny, instead there was snow and we woke up to a winter wonderland in Wanaka...perfect!

Hope you all had wonderful weekends. I have yet to check out the new smiles. We have had a ew computer probalems. It seems computer just didn't start up one day, I think the boys have been online gaming and downloaded something funky. Thank goodness we have a grea niehgbour who is a computer whizz. He rebuilt it.

My friend from NZ came yesterday, it's the start of my birhtday week I am such a celebration queen and love it when birthdays go on for a while.
This friend is so lovely, we are like a pair of comfortable shoes together, you just slip them on and take off!
Dixie Chicks were last night and were awesome, lots of talk of political stuff, i think it has certainly changed their flavour. Still very professional and a great show. We had gold class tickets, when we arrived we were up in the Gods! DH was NOT happy and so he went to complain. The lady saw him coming and said their were some errors made! She changed tickets for very good ones centre stage on 2nd elevation. MUCH better. Amazing that some of the other people who had same tickets just sat there in their seats. I am so glad for a bossy hubby!

Happy...i was reading your hair antics. I can so relate. I have only just found a GOOD stylist after 2 1/2 years and one that i don't have to take out a small mortgage to see. She is so local too. It can be frustrating but make sure that you walk with your feet. The salon has to guarentee your cut and colour if you are not happy. I know we never so this as we feel they might make a worse job. Say you are not happy, ask for my light in your hair and ask her to recut. You have paid for a service and you havn't had one. This should be free.

Shad thank you again for the link. It is so good that someone is looking after us like that. I hope you have more joy now posting. I never had a problem. Must be a down under thing. Good luck with the gym, you are going well.

CJ working on a sunday :( oh dear. I hope you have a lovely "weekend" when you are finished. It's nice if it's quite anyway, have you a lovely book to read? Hope you feel on top of things today.

Holly I'm so glad you Mum behaved. It can be a strain. The kids change the flavour of everything though, great memory making, I love it. Oh yum i can just taste the turkey from here!

Mel KIA ORA you are so cute with your little "smileys" I love it. Theya re cute. Must look later.
Hope there are no dramas today. How nice of the DD but ooops! Happy Comlumbus day to you...nice to have a holiday.

ok only looking on this page.
Love to everyone...3 more sleeps!


10-09-2006, 06:02 PM
Wow, guys, nice new digs! I'm glad we have a fresh new thread. Checked out the link and is anyone else interested in the Heli cycling tours offered down Mt Cook? How lovely this place is. Thank you Shad.

Feeling good today. Just got back from a brisk walk outside. It feels so nice when a weekend of sloth is broken by a bit of outdoor exercise. The city has done some major waterfront renovations and this one area not far from here that used to be unused land is now this lovely biking/ walking area. They've even installed a boardwalk along the water. There were lots of people out enjoying the lovely fall day. Actually weekend was not slothful at all. Saturday we were out making car arrangements and visiting Mark's parents for his Dad's B-day. Yesterday we drove up north to visit my Mom.

Happy~ I'll send some positive printer mojo your way. Hey, what about doing the newsletter in pdf format and sending it out by email? Paper is so last century :lol: Hope you have a good trip – Drive carefully.

Tig~ Hi there.

Mel~ Glad to see you back among us. Glad you were able to go out and enjoy the day yesterday. Maybe things will calm down around your place as the fall progresses. There is something about season change that seems to bring out weirdness.

Shad~ hope you got your rain. It would be terrible if those roses were to suffer. You always sound so industrious. Glad you are making the most of your time before it is back to the salt-mines.

Holly~ Funny when you had kids a camera what you get. How cool. I am glad your holiday was so nice and relaxing.

Raven~ Happy birthday, kiddo. :hb: :hat: Come back and touch base sometime, k?

Where is Suzi? Isn't her birthday soon (isn't it?). Hi to everyone else - chicks present and missing. I hope PW had a good one. Ok, there seems to be a preponderance of Libras on this thread. Coincidence? Maybe? My B-day is in 10 days. We're going to Niagara Falls for the weekend.

So, DH and I are the proud owners of a 2007 Honda fit. We go and pick it up on Thursday night. Bit scary to have to hand over a big pile of cash and then still have to go into debt for the rest, but there was no problem with the financing. I'm very excited. My first car!!! And DH's first NEW car. Oh and I picked up a small job to design a website for my brother's locksmithing business. He wants to go online, so I'm going to put something up for him. Probably won't pay anything, but it will make a nice resume piece, so that ok. And after all, he is my brother. I kinda like him. :)

10-09-2006, 06:04 PM
Hi Suzi~~~~ :wave:!!

suzi in auz
10-09-2006, 09:34 PM
HI madcat! :wave: We must have been posting at the same time, glad you enjoyed your weekend. Car sounds fun and walk sounds lovely! It's great to be inspired by new surroundings! Have a lovely day :cool:

10-10-2006, 09:19 AM
Hi ladies,

Back from Jonesboro. You really live out in the country CeeJay, don't you? A beautiful area and a nice ride. I was enjoying looking at field after field of cotton plants. It's harvest time and you wouldn't believe the cotton bales that are lining the sides of the fields. Almost the size of small trucks. Really neat to see and we also enjoyed getting a tour of the box plant. I do think that "BBQ" is a bit overrated tho. I could do with it maybe 3 times a year. We stopped at a small place for lunch - the food was good but I was wishing we had gone to one of the restaurant chains instead. One girl in our group was a vegan and she got pretty cranky when she discovered that the pinto beans and green beans were cooked with meat. The waitress just looked and her and said they were cooked the "southern way". :lol: I knew exactly what she was talking about. The girl then said, well then they shouldn't be listed under vegetables!

It was a nice break from the office. Heads down today, I am as behind at work as I am at home. Does this indicate a pattern?

Posting this, gotta go check something...

10-10-2006, 09:35 AM
Ok, Suzi's birthday is not until Friday. Friday the 13th at that. Oooooooooohhhhhhh.

Happy Birthday Raventoy hope your horsie business is doing well along with you and the family. I imagine you are a powerhouse of muscle by now.

Madcat, your new walking "park" sounds great. Just in time for some lovely autumn strolls. We took a walk around the neighborhood last night - it was great with the full moon, must do it more often. Congrats on the new car! As for the newsletter, one of the past officers signed up for a free website several years ago. They were looking for someone to update the pages, including an online copy of the newsletter. In the end I decided it wasn't worth the work. Out of 173 homes, less than 10 people use email on a regular basis. We used to email stuff to the board members and then came to find that some of them didn't even know how to use email - :yikes: Cripes my (almost) 80 year old mother knows how to use email. :rolleyes: Anyway thanks for the suggestion, it sure would make things easier. Thats nice of you to help out your brother. Might even be kind of fun!

Suzi, it sounds like you have a fun week ahead of you. Glad you liked the concert. That was very smart of you to question the seating! Have fun with your friend.

Shad, Columbus Day is a minor holiday here. Mostly just the government workers and perhaps the schools get off. Oh and banks are on holiday also. But us working stiffs just keep working. Our big holidays are New Years, Memorial Day in May, Independence Day in July, Labor Day in September, Thanksgiving in November and Christmas in December. Oh and Easter too tho most of us only get time off if we use our own vacation days. Good luck with the chairs. If they are weak, better to replace them lest someone fall and get hurt.

Mel, I have looked at your link and it still doesn't load up for me. I trust we are in a very beautiful area simply because you guys always pick nice places. Keep your cool my friend with all the hussle and bustle around you.

Hello CeeJay, Tig, Nae, Holly, Mrs. Sniffles (Teel) and Meadow. Time to get on with the day.

10-10-2006, 10:16 AM
Geez it took a while to get here I hope I get my notices of the postings. It didn't work last night. Can't lose my buddies aroundthe world!
Oh Ladies I want to tell you that so far there have been 3 dates and they are off the charts as far as ....well.... everything...... so far. He is so kind and sweet and thoughtful and we are so comfortable with each other. Needless to say I am floating around now not able to do a single thing because my mind and body are turning to mush!!!!!!!! After tomorrow he is gone for 6 weeks that should build some interest I hope for the future.
I am happy to report my weight loss effects are now doubly inforced and I have been very good. Still losing.
Must get busy and do something.....
Thanks for listening I'll try not to be too over the top about it all....... at least not yet!!!!!
Peace and Joy,

10-10-2006, 01:14 PM
Very happy for you Nae! :hug:

10-10-2006, 01:59 PM
It is my Monday. Having a good day so far.
I did a 30 min body sculpt this morning and have had a good South Beach food day so far.
Feeling focused on me for a change. Have made some calls and tidied a bit. 3 kids here.
Finally feeling this cold is done. Ankle is sore but tolerable.

10-10-2006, 05:17 PM
Happy-- We have many fields of cotton right now. I love it when it looks like it has snowed.
Raventoy--happy birthday
Nae--I'm happy for you.
Holly, shad, Mel, Madcat and the rest of the gang, Hello :wave:

10-10-2006, 06:22 PM

10-10-2006, 06:28 PM
Morning all,
Lovely fresh cool morning here - we had showers during the night and it has refreshed everything. Not that it does anything to break the drought however, just stops anything from looking tired and stressed. There must have been enough of it to bring out the bugs because this morning there are some delightful tiny black and white finches darting around the yard pecking in the grass. Miss Puss is delighted, she sees a meal in every one. However the wily little birds are very wise to her movements. It really is good to see birds back in the yard. Shows that Mother Nature is taking over and giving us a lesson in natural bug warfare.

Suzi is probably getting ready for her big day out. Not long to go now, Suzi. Hope the weather holds (in case it is gourmet barbecue time). Good that you enjoyed the Dixie Chicks. I saw them on the Sunrise program. They looked good. Also good that you are having a grand time with the NZ friend.

Madcat - sure we will all go cycling down the mountainside. Is it on Mt Cook? I saw that adventure on one of the travel shows some time back. They were helicoptered to the top of the hill/ mountain and got on the trail to ride down. Looded like a lot of fun. Mind you I think you would have to be a fit sort of cyclist and you might end up with a real sore butt at the other end. Still no pain, no gain I guess. Yep, I will be in that one with you. Glad you could get that link. Seems that the Americans among us couldn't get my posted link. Maybe something lingering from our anti nuclear stand some years back??? Not that the MacKenzie Country had anything to do with that - all that hot air was in Wellington.
Hope you are enjoying the new car and really putting it through it's paces for performance and rideability. Pays to find the faults now and not later. New cars these days are mostly very reliable. I've not had any problems with either of mine. But I well remember the hassles DS2 had with the Suzuki Sierra he bought from new. It was a real lemon.
Going to Niagara for your birthday! Oh bliss. I loved that place. The helicopter ride over the falls was a great highlight.

Happy - I feel for the co-worker with the vegetables. DS1 is vegetarian which is a bit easier to cater for but still restrictive in some ways. He always has a problem on airlines even though he requests special meals. And one place we went to had vegetarian soup cooked with chicken stock. Hello - since when has chicken stock been a vegetable???
As for being behind at work and at home, well join the club. No matter how much I try I don't seem to be able to stick to my timetable at the moment. However, I am keeping up with the basics - gym, basic housework, rest - so I'll not complain to much yet. I must be getting over the tiredness that plagued me after Weipa as I am having less daytime rest and therefore achieving a lot more than I was. Just take it one step at a time and try to finish one job before you start the next. You will cope I'm sure.

Roseblush - very happy for you. You deserve to be cosseted and spoilt. How do the boys feel about this or haven't you said anything yet? Not that it is any of their business really, but it is nice to have their blessings once in a while.
Could you access the link to see our new home? It's your kind of country really.

Maybe you will be able to access this link to a webshots picture of the Ben Ohau Range right smack bang in the middle of MacKenzie Country.

I'll check it myself in a minute to see if it works. Well it did for me. Sometimes it is difficult to tell if it is right way up or upside down that photo.

Okay, coffees gone. Gym calls. The sun is back so I had better get on with the day. This downtime/ holiday is moving on all too fast. Oh how I wish I was rich instead of beautiful and didn't have to work at all!

10-10-2006, 07:19 PM

A Vagabond Song
By Bliss Carman

There is something in the autumn that is native to my blood --
Touch of manner, hint of mood;
And my heart is like a rhyme,
With the yellow and the purple and the crimson keeping time.

The scarlet of the maples can shake me like a cry
Of bugles going by.
And my lonely spirit thrills
To see the frosty asters like a smoke upon the hills.

There is something in October sets the gypsy blood astir;
We must rise and follow her,
When from every hill of flame
She calls and calls each vagabond by name.

**Shad has forgotten all about her yankee sister boo hoo

Suzi~ I cannot wait to see your birthday! Will you get a black cat on friday the 13th??? :rofl: :lol3:
I am loving all these birthdays this month and next after you is Mrs Madcat! :dance: Hope you will enjopy your birthday week!! or month?!?! roflmao

suzi in auz
10-10-2006, 07:19 PM
oh ...I see some lights on! :wave: to Happy :wave to Mel ...before you dissapear!!! :love: Have wonderful days, I will post before I read!

suzi in auz
10-10-2006, 07:42 PM
I love it when birthday weeks go on and on!
It's been a real joy having my friend here. There really is nothing like it. She is such great company. I am enjoying the special moments.
The kids are obliging too. It's a little harder when Mom has a visitor, although they adore My friend. DD sometimes needs a little organising or sidetracking.
DD and DS14 went to "monster house" yesterday while my friend and I went to the Mall and had a great look around. They enjoyed the movie very much and then went birthday :gift: shopping for moi! :carrot: :carrot: :carrot:

Today we might go into the city or the fresh farmers markets at Bondi, they are worth a look, they have lovely organic coffee too :coffee: YUM!

The weather is warming up :cool: today it is supposed to be 27 C, tomorrow is 29, 31 for my birthday and 31 for Saturday, lovely temps, then down to 21 again. These weather patterns are weird. :dizzy:

I have gymmed this morning,:bike: having a bit of a fight with the scales, I hoped on this morning because i "felt" lighter, they didn't tell me I was...hmmm.
I will wait until I can get into things full swing after birthday celebrations are over! I love the idea of Mels 6 week makeover. i am looking forward to reading progress.

Nae! That is wonderful news. I am so happy for you :cheers:
That feeling is really "some kinda wonderful" ..the little break will be good to clear the head and help the heart grow fonder. I am so happy for you :hug:

Shad..when do you start work? How is that garden looking? I have decided to stick with pots as mine is looking decidedly sad :( we are almost on level 4 which means no water outside! It's a shame. This time of year is lovely though with the bright mornings and the coolness, I do love it.

Mel. it's great to have that clean out. I hope you are replacing those silky Pjs with some lovely snuggly ones! I felt for you and your friend. It's so nice that he come to you for comfort! very special. Enjoy your day!

Holly, hope the ankle improves :hug:
CJ Your corner of the world sounds lovely. I love the idea of it all and would love too see it one day....i will
Happy...nice to have a change of scenery, it's as good as a rest. Now don't work too hard! I love the 13th. It's never been spooky or unlucky for me. I was talking to my local grocer the other day and told him it was my birthday on Friday...he said ohhh frieday the 13th. I said YES it's my lucky #. He said it would have to be if you were born on that day.....nice! made me feel a warm fuzzy!

Ok , the shower calls as I am starting to smell myself :^:
Love to all and have a special day

10-10-2006, 10:03 PM
Did not forget you either - so there. You weren't there when I wrote my bit and then I thought I would come back later to deal with you. Now I wonder if I should!!!! :rofl: :lol3:

Been to gym. Last time this week - yaaaahooo. Love the feeling of a time well done. Then I went out and bought a new scale - bmi, hydration, the lot. Now I am a bit worried about hopping on it. Cost a small fortune so it had better tell me the right things :eek: :yikes: :faint:
Put petrol in the car. It's the cheapest it has been forever @ 99.9c per litre - I filled it right to the top - and since it is Wednesday and half price day, I gave it a wash in the spotless, touchless, waxing, watering washing machine. I'm good to go for a while now.

Speaking of going, I am outa here to carry on with the sanding and painting - hope to get the majority of the hall finished this week. There is one bit which is causing me a bit of angst and I'll have to cogitate on that.

10-11-2006, 10:33 AM
Shad, through Webshots I looked up other folks pictures of McKenzie Country - wow -wow - WOW, what a gorgeous place. And such magnificent sunrise / sunsets. The kind of place where you realize just how tiny and insignificant we all are in the great relm of things. Fabulous choice for a new home! Thanks so much for selecting it. :carrot: :carrot: :carrot:

A bit about those multi purpose scales - they might weight the pounds but don't trust too much the BMI and hydration. Extend your hand with fingers spread, pinch the loose skin on the top of your hand, if it snaps back quickly, you are properly hydrated. The BMI on my scale is about 8 points higher than if I use an Internet based tool. I wouldn't fuss with the bells and whistles, use the money to get a good, accurate scale. Just my 2 cents... You are forever sanding, I must have you come here - they do what they call the "popcorn" / rough finished ceilings as it is more expensive to smooth them out and fix all the imperfections. I hate these ceilings but I don't have the time, strength or interest in smoothing them out myself :lol:

Oh Suzi, I'm just a little bit jealous. Looks like you are having just the most wonderful week with your friend, shopping around. Even the children't activities seem fun.

Mel, as I read your note about silky pjs and slipping out of the chair, I realized that you can teach the rest of us alot about living life in a "different pair of shoes". I never would have made the connection about the troubles some fabrics cause. Myself I never liked those as I have a lot of static electricity in me (my "POWERful" personality :rofl: ) and the silky stuff just made more static. In the winter I walk around here constantly getting zittttt :yikes: zapped all the time. You were good to make someone else happy and I'm proud that you are trying to keep yourself out of the worst of the ordeals at the building. :hug:

Happy to hear your dates are going well Nae. Fields of snow - that's exactly what I was thinking CeeJay. And the leaves of the cotton bush look sort of maroon colored giving it a bit of a deep colored glow. Just magnificent - and yes Mel, I was singing "When I was a little bitty baby my momma would rock me in the cradle, in those old cotton fields back home... " And I was wondering, how does cotton get rotten as the song goes?

Hope you feel better Holly - the colds are running around here too. The guy that gave us the plant tour was sick, kept coughing and apoligizing. I kept washing my hands and could feel those cold germs just trying to get in my innards :lol:

What color is the new car Madcat? Will you have to fight for a parking spot each day or can you easily park in your building?

Time for me to run. I started working early at 6:30 from home. Have to run to get to the other office to make a 10am meeting. Have a good one.

Oh and we have a pond with walking trails in the other office I'm at this week. I did go for a lunch time walk.

suzi in auz
10-11-2006, 09:14 PM
Oh mel I am such a dizz, sometimes I don't read all the way through. I didn't realise you gave away the PJs because they were slippery! WOW YOu feel out! How awful! Yes happy is right, so right. I still hope you found some nice snuggly ones. I LOVE PJ's and could live in mine all day. PJ days all days are the best!

Ok I have Gymmed this morning and feeling strong. This time around is the only time I have truly been consistent with weights. I know it is making a difference. I find the floor stuff hard but love the early morning talk with DH.
He is home today and tomorrow for birthday stuff! It's so nice .

Ok today is the start of the activities. I am off to have lunch with some friends this morning at a lovely place called the Tea house. It's set in a place called the Cmaelia gardens and is really nice. One of my friends works there and is going to do the table all nicely for me. She is a dear. I thought this was a way to get around my friends and people I don't know too well.
It will be nice, kids are coming and there are plenty of places for them to wander around. I think I might have under booked. We will see how it goes. I am sure we can squeeze in extras. I hate organising stuff for me....:lol:

Ok DS is hanging out for a little look at the computer so must fly. I hope you all have wonderful days. One more sleep until I'm 40!

10-11-2006, 11:08 PM
Evening ladies!

Happy ~ I can't imagine how a vegan would survive in the South. The new car is cute and black. We considered the bright blue but it was a bit "Crayola". We had an underground parking spot when we first moved in and I never gave it up even though it meant paying for it and not using it. Parking spaces are like gold in this neighbourhood. As for cotton, doesn't it rot if it gets wet? Of course, everything I know about cotton I learned from Gone with the Wind. :lol: Enjoy your lunchtime walk!

Ceejay ~ Like snow? Very poetic.

Nae~ Enjoy this exciting early dating time. How nice you have found someone interesting to play with.

Holly~ Glad you are feeling better. Look after that ankle.

Mel~ Poor Willy. I can imagine it must be hard to have to go through something that that twice. Nice of you to take spend time with him and make him feel better. :hug: for you too Mel. Bad memories are just memories. Good luck on the start of your 6 week BMO. Go girl!! A beautiful poem. Made me misty.

Shad ~ Oh you had rain! How lovely. Oh, I hadn't thought of a helicopter ride. DH and I did one in Vegas for his b-day last year. I loved it. If the weather is half decent we will maybe do the Maid of the Mist. It is a pretty astounding area – even if a bit cheesy and touristy at times. You seem to be making the most of your time off. I'm glad you have this break and that you are slowly leaving the dust and cobwebs of Weipa behind. The link worked fine for me (ssoooo pretty). Hmm, I was actually hopping that the ride down the mountain would be road rather than trail. I think we'd need to train a bit more before we tried trails down the mountain… but we could do it. Hey, I just did the conversion between Canadian and Aussie $$$ and your gas is about the same price as ours. It's averaging about .84/litre here.

Suzi~ Yeah, Suzi! Enjoy that birthday week. Suck all the juice out of the celebration that you can. Even if you can try to maintain this week and then get back on the scales and back in the game next week. Oh man, you are going to LOVE your 40s. So much more fun than the 30s. Trust me.

I am actually going down to the Niagara region both this weekend and next. This Saturday is the annual the Friends Do a Wine Tour. Next weekend is my birthday weekend at the Falls.

Gymmed this morning and did weights for the first time in about 3 weeks. Felt good. I feel as if I might have gotten a click as far as the gym goes. Now I just have to get the eating thing happening. What can I have for lunch that isn't salad? The weather is getting cooler so I want something a bit more fall-y. I think I've lost the weight I gains in NYC though… so that's a start.

10-12-2006, 09:25 AM
Morning chicks,

Brrrr it's cold. Our Canadian friends have sent down some of their lovely (not) brisk :yikes: air. Take it back, TAKE IT BACK :lol: It's cold all the way down here, 2/3 of the length of the country away from the Canadian border. Will be stepping lively today :hyper: :hyper:

I fear for one little hummer that refuses to leave the yard. He should have been long gone to Mexico or South America by now. He still comes everyday to feed. Told DH that perhaps we should take the feeders down to encourage him to leave. By now there's nothing much in the way of nectar flowers to sustain him either. I would think strong instincts would have sent him packing - perhaps he is a lazy child that refuses to leave home :lol: It got near freezing overnight and is supposed to be the same tomorrow. If it rains (and it's supposed to) it will just add to the misery. Seems like the little birds much prefer the warmer temps.

:mad: I have crossed over and now am officially angry with the beauty salon. I have called twice - left a message on the answering machine Sunday and called yesterday. Found out the hairdresser is working all days this week and has not returned my call. I just left a simple message that I was a client and wanted to talk to her about my hair appointment last Saturday. I was willing at first to just discuss this and point out that you shouldn't treat a client this way. Now I'm stewing and I don't think I should pay for this at all. Didn't pay to get a burnt head. DH said I should call the credit card company and stop payment. I was trying in good faith to give them a chance. Today I will call and ask to speak to the salon owner. It's really sad how badly customer service has become.

Madcat, ah the underground good as gold parking spot :D I know them well. Seems like the parking situation is like that in most big cities. You were wise to keep your spot, even if you didn't have a car. When I lived in the city in Chicago, people would actually rent their covered parking spots or rent the nearby garages. Funny you should say that about the crayola color. I was sitting at a stop light just yesterday and noticed that they are coming back with brighter colors again - bronzes and aquas and even a sea foam green. I was thinking hmmm that's a cool color but would I want to live with a non traditional color 5 years from now? Black is never a bad choice. Enjoy your new little beauty.

Suzi, so how did lunch in the gardens turn out? Did you eat outside?

You ladies down under (Suzi and Shad) and even above (Madcat) are kicking our sorry butts on the gym thing. I made sure I took a lunchtime walk yesterday too. Lots of people were walking the pond. Today I am at the Towers so we'll be doing the stairwells. Have to remember to dress in a warm sweater jacket I can take off while pounding the stairs. :lol:

Mel, I'm sorry poor Willie is having slips of deja vu. I suppose it will always haunt him. You have to reassure him so that he doesn't get the heebie jeebies and run off on you. Sounds like a good man with a big heart.

Time to go rummage the closet and find my snuggies (warm clothes). Just the other week I brought down some of my warmer sweaters and such. I have some with autumn leaf appliques - don't get the chance to wear them much here as most of the time it's too warm for northern winter clothes. So I'll take my chance when I get it.

Have a good one...

10-12-2006, 09:58 AM

Staying to myself today and taking this lovely rainy day off. After ESCAPING the office I made a chili-like soup. I was given a Weight Watcher's recipe last year. Not bad and I used less spices of course. It seemed a good idea with the rain coming in for a few days. I cannot wait for the 13th to come and go. It seems that everyone is nuts with the full moon having just passed:dizzy: :rofl: Everyone upset with the plane crash....let's not even go there. :(
:frypan: :boxing: :club: <---this is a good imitation of me by day's end.
Maybe catching up with some magazine reading :book2: and a cup o'cammomile tea :coffee2: is in order. :beach:
Happy Thursday :scooter:

Madcat~ the trip and winery sound great. Perfect timing....I need a vacation :rofl:
"If the cotton balls get rotten you can't pick very much cotton them old cotton fields back la la
All I know of cotton I learned from that song:rofl:
Jen's first new car was black too! :hug:
NYC can be very fattening!!! Soooo many places with good foods to eat. And all over town. :( Good exercising!!
I want Fall foods too...ergo the soup!! :p

Happy~There was a time when I flew like the wind to answer an office call. I had on the Le Chute material outfit that was oh so popular at the time. The control of the chair decided to get a short in it and turn itself off. Well.....I was still in motinn so I flew like a bird about another 20 feet down the hall. While hiting every shoulder, elbow, knee and hip...I ended up infront of the elevator doors. I pushed the button and 2 Hispanic men were in it. Too old to lift me, I sent then to the office. Thank God I know a few words of Spanish. I was so slippery that the ambulance drivers had a hard time picking me up and dropped me 3 times before they got me back into my chair!!! :tantrum: I laugh about it now but at the time.....well you can imagine.
I have lots of other stories.:lol3: :lol3: Me too with the zit zaps during winter...We're just clingy kinda girls :belly: :belly:

Shad~ continues to sand away! No wonder the scale is not a keep adding muscles to it!!!:strong:
The card was lovely (a real keeper) and you are very welcomed. Your birthday came and went so quickly it was like a blur. Hope you raise your glass to yourself also, face the west and we'll toast your special day!!! tell me what time and I'll do the same....eastward! :bike2: :congrat:

:present: Suzi~ You are having the week of a lifetime!:cheer: :val1:
So glad you're enjoying it all. The outing sounds wonderful and I am sure everyone will have a great day. I on the otherhand, I usually OVERBOOK!! :rofl: The main thing is to just have fun.:carrot:

Ceejay~ :wave:

Holly~ :getwell:

10-12-2006, 10:02 AM
;hug: Oh Happy I am so very sorry about the hairdo. I meant to write about it to you and ask if anything was resolved. Hope you get the manager and get it off your chest. Sending more :hug: We;re still having some warmis weather...I'll send some your way if nit comes again!!
and I won't even yell at you to get to work!! :rofl:

10-12-2006, 02:36 PM
I may be wrong, but I think it's already time to wish Suzi
(what with the time difference and all.)

Ah, to be 40 again! I did enjoy my 40's, learned to run, went hiking, got married to a (I thought) wonderful man... I'm with you on the drawn-out celebrating as well. Most years I manage to enjoy my birthday month instead of just the day.

This year I'm in Vancouver (flew in last night). Serendipidity has stepped in, and my very good friend from San Francisco will be in town tomorrow night (one night only) and has promised me pizza, cake, and champagne! And I don't need to be at work the next day until 2 pm, another gift. A darned nice way for this battered birthday babe to feel special.

Happy, I am so with you on the hairdresser issue. I'm mad at my regular too. Last cut she was too busy chatting with the delivery man, the assistant, whoever, to hear me telling her what I wanted her to do. She kept snipping and snipping away, and got very impatient - even agressive - when I tried to tell her she was cutting too much. Sad to say, my hormones get me all weepy when I'm annoyed, and instead of telling her how angry I was I just used all my energy trying not to cry. Long story short, I left with a so-so hybrid cut, not what I wanted, vowing never to go back, even tho she did leave a phone message saying she might have been a little impatient... Since then I've tried one other stylist, unsuccessfully. Maybe I'll just have to learn to like looking like I cut my hair with nail scissors (which I actually did, a bit, on the sides where the rogue wave was threatening to become a tsunami...) Still too stubborn and weepy to go back to the regular one who is actually quite good on the rare times she's not on automatic pilot. At least you have the option of talking about it to the owner (mine is the owner). Although the singed scalp must be itchy and awful, not to mention how hard that must have been on the hair itself. Time to call Judge Judy!

Mel, you are so funny, you always make me smile with your stories and smilies. I thought of you yesterday,what with the idiot who flew into that high-rise (oops!). Thank goodness no one in the building was injured, but what a scare for everyone. As for the slippery jammies, maybe you could have little heart-shaped pieces of velcro sewn onto the chair cushion and the seat of all your clothes? No? Hmmm... the heart-shaped dent you'd end up with in the "end" might not be too comfortable. Oh well, another brilliant idea down the drain. Good on ya' for finding a new home for the nice jammies. I'm so glad you've resolved your connection problems and that you're past that nasty bout with your eyes.

Yay! Shad has a new job she's happy about, where Sunday can go with, and where she'll save up piles and piles of lovely lolly for her trip to this part of the world. I'm always so amazed to read about your sanding and painting. Don't know where you get your energy, and can only imagine that elves go into your home at night to mess things up so you won't run out of projects. Two days ago I installed a ceiling lamp. It took me three hours and a bucket of perspiration to do, followed by a lengthy cooldown/recovery period. Good old menopause - I can't wait for the day I can "do" anything without breaking into a flop sweat. (HRT doesn't seem to help, although it is giving me some lovely brown patches on my skin.) Not that there aren't amusing moments: on Tuesday I realised, after delivering the cats to the sitter but before rushing to the airport by cab, that my flight was not until Wed. Then the lamp install, which took me just long enough that the hardware store I rushed to (post-cooldown) to buy the special lightbulbs it required had just closed. Undaunted, I continued driving many more miles to a big box store where I discovered I hadn't brought the bulb specs with me. Undeterred, bought what looked like the right ones, carefully saving the receipt just in case... Wrong bulbs, of course, receipt stolen by pixies. Wed morning, up early and off to the closer hardware store in a torrential downpour. Now I have even more wrong (but different) bulbs - they fit in the socket but are too long and show below the shades. This is all irrelevant, of course, because all I had to do was borrow some slightly lower wattage bulbs from another lamp I never use, and which I swear did not fit the first time I tried them.

Madcat, Holly, Ceejay - for now I'll just say hi :ave: as I've been composing on-line for ages and have a bad feeling that this post will disappear if I don't post soon.

Carla :hug:

10-12-2006, 03:13 PM
It is majorly snowing here.

Light Snow Shower
Feels Like
Updated Oct 12 01:44 p.m. Local Time

UV Index: 3 Moderate
Wind: From WSW at 23 mph
gusting to 35 mph
Humidity: N/A
Pressure: N/A
Dew Point: N/A°F
Visibility: 2.0 miles

Feeling a little Christmassy.

10-12-2006, 03:17 PM
Snowing????? Holly, I seem to have escaped to lotusland just in time. Here in Van it's a lovely sunny day, mid-teens. I wonder if Ottawa's getting it too? It'll soon be time to shop for snow boots and get the snow tires back on.

10-12-2006, 04:25 PM
Not snowing here in T.O. (yet, though one of my co-workers claimed to have seen flurries at lunch. I don't believe him. I think he must be a pathological liar. :lol:

Carla, Van sounds so lovely. Enjoy the lotus for me , will ya? Don't forget your sunblock (or your umbrella).

And Holly makes me sing... "It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas..."... though I hope NOT.

10-12-2006, 04:58 PM
Good morning, good morning to you, and you, and you all.

:hb: :hb::hb::hb::hb::hb:
:balloons: :balloons: :balloons: :balloons: :balloons: :balloons:
:congrat: :congrat: :congrat: :congrat: :congrat: :congrat: :congrat:

Happy Birthday to Suzi and to Carla. Our birthday girls. Yes I know Carla still has a bit of a wait to get there, but we are celebrating right now. I raise my coffee cup to you.

I'd put in more pics but remember the trouble it caused last time. We had to move - we'd outstayed our welcome.
So I wish you both the very best of days. Hope you have a wonderful time - Suzi in Sydney and Carla in Vancouver.

Make a wish and give it wings
Dreams of bright and beautiful things

Dance through all the fun filled hours
Don't forget to smell the flowers

Share some love and birthday cake
All life joys are yours to take

And when evening comes to view
Thanks your lucky stars you're you

Happy Birthday

Okay - I'd better stop there before Mel has a problem getting in.
I'll be back later in the day with a hopefully humorous update on my progress or lack thereof as the case my be.

Have a good one.

10-12-2006, 08:37 PM

DANCE AND SING AND RUN NAKED THRU THE HOUSE!!!:carrot: :joker: :hb: :gift: :cp: :bravo: :dance: :hat: :dancer: :flow1: :woo: :genie: :wizard: :balloons: :encore: :bubbles: :cheer2: :cheers: :cheer: :belly:


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10-12-2006, 10:23 PM
It is a glorious night out. Cold and fresh . The snow was crunching under foot. You can smell the wood fire smoke all around the house outside. Then you come in to an orangeish glowy warm house.
I have my granny flanny nightie on!!!

Kids made several snowmen after school and after supper. Good packing snow!

Gloriously Happy Birthdays to SUZI and CARLA!!!

10-12-2006, 10:36 PM
I had kiwi from New Zealand for breakfast today :) Store bought hummus for lunch. A chickpea, turkey, rice soup for dinner which I made from my botched homemade hummus attempt:p I'm beginning to suspect there is a knack to this hummus making which I have failed to grasp :lol3: Thanksgiving with my sisters was fabulous! I was just a mere helper and they did the bulk of the cooking. It was a joyous weekend. We just relaxed and had a great time.

Mel-whoops, they roped you in! The tricky, backhanded complementers are so devious, may they rot in their own vomit for being such trolls. I hope you find the helpers you need to make it a smooth flu shot experience ;) You know I think the guys at the fire department know all about that stuff, maybe you could get some of them on your side :D I hope you play Christmas music the entire time and give everyone a candycane for being good. Hey maybe you should dress up as the flu elf? :lol:

Shad-I really liked your birthday poem, made me smile :) How goes your big bash plans? Is everyone going to arrive in time? Is it warming up down there? I've had to turn the heat on this side of the world, no snow though... those Eastern chicks are pushing shovels ;)

Holly-did you get enough snow to make a snow bunny? I bet your kids were thrilled to bits. I hope they don't have to wear snowsuits for Halloween though. Fingers crossed this was just a blip. Are you enjoying your days?

Carla-:wave: you are on my side of the country! I hope you get to visit Gastown and have a wander around Chinatown and Stanley park. There are always seals in the harbour this time of year to laugh at :) Have fun with your buddy from the south.

Madcat-Lying coworkers? Does the boss know:p ;) I hope it is only the weather that they stretch the story on :lol:

Happy-what are you doing? Did you see the Oprah with Lisa Maria Presley and the secret room at Graceland? I thought of you. Do a recon mission and find out where that is will you? :D Did you make a bed for the kitty yet? Or do you Southerners still have balmy weather?

:wave: Hey Chicks, I have yoga pants and do lovely stretches in my head, does that work? :lol3:

suzi in auz
10-12-2006, 10:58 PM
Happy Birthday to me and Carla!!!!! :balloons: :gifts:
Shad and Mel and Carla ...thank you so much for your kind wishes.
Carla I hope yours is a special one too.

It's a really weird thing, I am like a magnet when it comes to my birthday. No matter where I am I always seem to attract someone who shares the same day! I was born on my Mum's and my DD is in 10 days. There always seems to be someone else around me born on the 13th...great day Carla. I hope you have a wonderful time in Vancouver withy your friend. How special. I will be toasting to you later :cheers:

The celebrations just keep coming. Yesterdays lunch went well with 15 coming, it was so warm and there was no room for the kids, they sat outside in the garden but it really was a superb day weather wise. I really got that "this is good!" feeling. it was nice to be with friends old and new and just get together. I am glad I did it.

This morning started with the Gym. RMP :bike: cylcing class. I was tempted not to go but am so glad I went, that's 600 cals I can use later. :lol: I need all the help i can get.
Hubby was cute. He sent me upstairs to get dressed. He is staying home to organise today and spend the day with our NZ friend. He called me down and there was a beautiful :gift: for me. It's a lovely granfather clock in cream, which just looks devine with our floors in the front room. I :love: it. I was spoilt with choccies from DS and other bits and pieces. Lots of lovely cards, so nice and a knock at the door from a parcel post!!!

I'm at work now and so it's all very quiet. No one here knows it is my birthday as I am on my own but it's ok. I think DH and friend are coming to break the day up with some fun and some lunch. DD is with them as it is still vacation time for her.

Tonight we are popping the bubbly and having some fun with neighbours. :coffee: and :birthday: , very civilised. I think tomorrow there are more things planned.....yaaay! :carrot:
It's very nice to feel the love.

Shad your sanding sound fun. I actually LOVE painting. Not too fond of preping but it's all part of it. I love the end result. DH runs a mile and leaves it to me. I don't mind. Thank you for the beautiful poem too how is that about that plane? DH told me last night. I bet everyone was a little worried with racing thoughts...ekk about the flu shots. You would be perfect for the job though, I am sure you will reassure them all. Good for you...i know it's awful I am hopeless with needles. Funny your comments about women and working with them....too true in so many ways.
Have a gorgeous weekend won't you love! YOur soup sounds scummy!

Madcat ...yaaay birthday celelbrations!!! I hope you enjoy yours. Your trip to Niagra soiunds lovely. DH went last year and showed me photos. i loved it. I always think of Jim Carey and the film "Bruce Alimghty" when I hear about the maid in the mist...too funny.
And a trip to the Vineyard too super duper. I LOVE black, excellent choice for the car. Guess what colour mine is? Crayola Blue :lol: too funny. ;) :D . I know what you mean about the colour but I LOVE it. it's different to those around and so sporty...! :cool:

Morning Happy :wave: I don't blame you still being cross about your hair. it's a service and you weren't given one, there should be stricter rules too about the time you leave the hair to process too. i know I have been left in the chair before and my hair and scalp have become so itchy and sore. I thought it was just the processing but found out later that my scalp was probably burnt. It doesn't need to be like that, esp when you are paying high prices too. Oh i do feel for you. :hug:

:wave: Holly :wave to teel. i hope you are better soon. Linus :wave: Meadow :wave: Tig :wave: , Rose :wave: Raventoy :wave: and hope the birthdayw as special. Ok I think I have forgotten some...:love: to all and have a lovely weekend. i might check back later as I can see work is going to be very quiet....shhhh they are hunting wabbits !

suzi in auz
10-12-2006, 11:04 PM
Meadow you just snuck in there :wave: Thank you for the beautiful graphics you are sooo clever :hug:...thanks too snow! I can't beleive it. We are HOT here :cool: it's 36 degrees today!

10-13-2006, 01:55 AM
Happy Birthday Suzi!

Happy Birthday Carla!

Wishing all the best on your special day. Forgive the lack of graphics, I'm a little unsure about creating a ruckus here. Hope you have the best birthday EVER

:carrot: :carrot: :cp: :cp: :hb: :hb: :hat: :gift: :woo: :chef: :twirly: :twirly: :balloons: :woohoo: :congrat: :cheers: :cheer: :cheer: :cb: :cb:

10-13-2006, 01:55 AM
Hi Suzi - HAPPY BIRTHDAY (she's peeking now girls) :wave: :wave:

suzi in auz
10-13-2006, 02:24 AM
HI happy....oh you special thing did you know, Thank you sweetie. They are the only ones i can muster. You can tell i an BORED at work and i just want to go home :lol: :lol: :lol:

10-13-2006, 06:00 AM
Evening all,
Suzi's probably hard at it, Carla's planning hers. And Madcat has hers all ready to go. Birthdays that is. What did we do to deserve all these birthdays at once?

Been a beautiful day today. Bit hot around lunchtime but I just went to sleep in the chair after my lunch anyway so missed most of it. I've pulled weeds in the rose garden this morning and given the roses a haircut. Bet it was a better experience for them than for Happy. Went shopping to get some fruit and veg etc. and was very good with the shopping this week. No unplanned expenditure at all. Usually I buy 'something for the cupboard - just in case'. I resisted today. I've been plastering some walls and a lot of myself as well. I have a tricky bit of wall to go and I made some fairly sloppy plaster to start with. Halfway up the ladder I lost my grip on the pallet thingy and grabbed it to stop it from falling. Unfortunately I did grab it and it tipped slightly and then went all over my t-shirt, neck, shorts, legs and sandals. I was literally plastered!!! Later I found some in my hair and down my bra. Oh lovely!!! Just what I needed. Anyway 3 out of the 4 walls are now awaiting final sanding tomorrow and then they get the first coat of paint. Yippee. Once this bit is finished I will feel like I have achieved something. Nothing like a bit of achievement to want a bod to carry on.

Ooops someone on the phone. Be back later or maybe tomorrow.

10-13-2006, 11:24 AM
Sneaking in to see what is going on with my friends from around the world.

Birthday wishes to Suzi and Carla

Stay warm Happy. We are not used to this kind of cold.

Friday the 13th is here.

10-13-2006, 12:45 PM
Thank you all for the lovely birthday greetings! Makes me feel all warm and fuzzy. :hug:

It's amazing how quickly we adapt to getting up three hours later! Finding it tough to drag myself out of bed at what would be 11 am back home. Of course I'm much older today, which explains everything. The weather here is going to be wonderful again today, followed by some rain tomorrow. But it could be worse...

Holly, I just saw footage on Canada AM of the 16 (or was it 60?) cm of "heavy, lake-effect" snow you got yesterday (more today?) and hope you and DH have been driving very, very carefully. At this point no one will have snow tires on, and they've all forgotten how to drive in winter. In spite of the negatives though, I imagine the kids are having an absolute ball playing outdoors, and you and DH are burning off a gazillion calories shovelling. A perfect day for a nice comfy pot roast and a blazing fireplace, right?

Madcat, has the snow hit TO yet? I can't find your post about Niagara and the winery tour, so don't know if this is your weekend there. If it is, do drive carefully. (I'm beginning to sound like Elmer the safety elephant with all these warnings. Must be some latent, untapped, maternal instinct surfacing.) Once the snow hits, you'll be glad the new car is black and not white. :D My little Accent is a rather odd bright crayola green. It is easier to find in parking lots, if I can spot it down there under all the SUV's and vans, but I would have gone for something a little less showy had I bought it new. I do hope you have AC in your car - black tends to accentuate summer heat. :cool:

Meadow, how on earth could I have forgotten to mention you when I finally posted? :o Especially since I'm in your neck of the woods.

Shad, I'll have to try that plaster-down-the-bra trick. At last a solution to the effects of gravity! :lol: Seriously though, now I know how you manage to always find more to do, what with plastering, cleaning up going to the store, replastering... Sounds like my way of doing things, although I add on a cooldown and a giving up part.

Ceejay, how is work going these days? Is the new employee fitting in well?

Mel, it sounds like you're the go-to gal for just about everything around there. I do hope you saved at least one flu shot for yourself? Or do you pray for flu to get a few days off? Are you getting any of that weather?

Well, birthday or not, I've got to get dressed and off to work, a full day today, then friends and fun tonight. I'd complain and demand the day off, but I think the 35 min "day" of work yesterday was already pretty nice. I should do a Shad-like calculation to figure out what that worked out to per minute, especially with the per diem added in. One of the positives in my life: having the right skill at the right time to make quite a good living doing something I (usually) enjoy, often in rather nice places. Heck, this time they even put us in a hotel with comfy pillows!

Gotta go, I should have been washed and ready to roll by now. Coffee will have to wait until break, and they're used to the hair bumps by now anyway. :yikes:

10-13-2006, 03:27 PM
For Suzi and Carla - a bit of a twist on the traditional tune....

The Other Happy Birthday Song
Tom Gardner and Danny Quinn

Your friends from far and near
Have all gathered here
To celebrate this day
Together we will say.....

Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday to you
May all your dreams and wishes come true
Happy birthday to you

Another year has gone
Since last we sang this song (k stretching this a bit)
We all remember when
And so we sing again...

May good fortune come to you
In all the things you do
In the year that lies ahead
Remember what we said.......

Have a great one, both of you. May your celebrations on opposite sides of the planet keep us all in balance today! :congrat:

I'll be back later. Just wanted to get this post done just in case.

10-13-2006, 05:29 PM
I came back and no the phone call didn't take as long as all night.

Happy - Hope by now you have complained to the the salon. You pay enough money for these things and when you end up without the requested article it is a real let down. Especially with hair as fine as yours. Mine I don't need to worry about because 2 weeks later it is starting to grow out and never looks as bad. I understand your frustration even if I have never been on the end of a bad colour - only a bad haircut. I have to admit that C my hairdresser has been very careful to ensure I never had anyone but her cut since then either. I'm not sure whether this consideration is because of what I said or the fact that this salon chain has certain KPI's to be met each week, each month, etc and refunds are not part of them. Anyway to get back to yours - I hope you complained long and loud and although it won't give you any satisfaction for this 'do' I hope it makes them sit up and think.
I'm pleased that you did find some pics of our new home but I can't understand why you couldn't get to the link. It can't be a Kiwi thing since the Canadians can also get there. Maybe it is a Commonwealth thing - you know, united under Queen and Country and all that jazz. Or maybe it's because Americans own quite a bit of land in and around Queenstown (one bloke said that it was probably the furtherest spot on earth from any nuclear explosion!!) that the powers that be have closed the area to the USA. But whatever, you are right, it is a beautiful tranquil spot with views to die for.

Madcat - Whee, a black car! Black seems to be very popular at the moment, although this is probably the fashion designers rather than the bloke in the streat requesting it. Still enjoy the car. Have many happy hours of motoring in it and do as Carla says - drive carefully. Altogether now. Yes Mum!!
I did the Maid of the Mist when I did my bus tour of Niagara Falls and yes it is a great experience. I just found the plastic bag that they give you to keep you dry the other day. We didn't do any winery tours though and I have to admit to enjoying the odd glass of Ice Wine as well. It was raining in Niagara the day we went and we were not sure we could do a Helicopter ride at all until the last minute when the driver who had been keeping in touch with the airfield threw those who wanted a ride into the bus and sped off so we could get there before the weather closed in again. It was really magical and one could see the vastness of the water above the falls and then the Whirlpool below. I think I put some photos on my Webshots site. Well worth the expense.
As for - 'What can I have for lunch that isn't salad?'. It is difficult but how about thick vege soups or try LindaT's pumpkin chilli soup with Turkey. Or what about a warm salad - beans, tuna etc.
Please do not sing Christmas songs on this thread. Christmas is delayed this year because it is going back to the time it used to be when I was a kid - at least six months away!

Holly - hope by now that the ankle is just fine. Snow!! already! Good grief. Hope it all disappears by May when I get there and that the blossoms are in force rather than snow flakes. Oh and no floods or major catastrophes if it is at all possible please.

Mel - poor Willy. It is so hard to see a good bloke beaten down yet again. If these things must happen, why can't they happen to someone who does deserve it. Had to laugh at you flying out of your chair and landing up at the elevator doors. I shouldn't laugh but I did! Would have loved to see the faces of the Hispanoles!.
So you have the flu shots to do again!! Well, well, did we ever think it would be otherwise. You definitely need someone to help out with those forms or at least have them online. There's no way you can do it all on your own.

Carla - Hope you enjoyed your night out with the SF friend. Pizza and cake and champagne sound perfect if not all that diet friendly. Have you got a job like my last one where you only have to work for 1/2 hour per day and get per diem as well? I wouldn't have found it half as bad if I had somewhere like Vancouver to go to on my time off!! I would never have wanted to come home.
Your home decorating sounds a bit like mine. Why is it that when I can't find what I am looking for at home - tool or otherwise (and I know it is there somewhere) - I go down to the hardware store and spend more money than I wanted to, and the minute I get home the thing I was looking for in the first place practically greets me at the door? As for the elves messing up the place overnight, no they don't. The only person around there that makes a mess is me. I clean, sweep, dust etc. and vow that this time I will put things away in the right place at the right time but I never listen to myself anyway. I'm very slow with the reno's. Sometimes I even read directions on how to use things etc.
It is good to have you back posting.

Meadow - as always - wonderful graphics there.
I've never made hummous (hummus, hommus??) so have no idea whether you are doing it correctly or not. I tend to find it a bit bland although I have to admit that the last homemade one I had must have had an acre of garlic in it. Don't think I was nice to be near for quite some time! By Kiwi from NZ for breakfast I gather you mean the little brown outside, green inside, hairy egg shaped fruit - and not the little brown spotted Kiwi or the North Island Kiwi bird which is flightless and has a funny nose? That's alright then!!!. Glad you had a great Thanksgiving. Our party is going ahead. I have most of the food organised. The present is sorted, Tables, chairs, barbeques are sorted. Still haven't heard back from some of the prospective guests - hope that they don't expect me to mindread and magically appear at the airport at the right time for their planes. Or to magically conjure up accommodation for them at the last minute.

Okay - this is getting longer by the minute. And I have plenty to do today as well. A bit more plaster, some more paint, etc. Heck I might even put some on the walls and ceiling as well. Today is back to gym day with the Body Balance class. Last week the balance was just terrible. How come I can just about do it properly at home but can't in the gym? 8 minutes of pure agony and the embarrassment of nearly falling over several times. The rest of it is fine - just the balancing on one leg. Maybe I will turn up drunk one day and see if that helps!!!

Wave to all the silent but hopefully lurking members - PW, Teel, Tig, Raven, Roseblush :wave: :wave:

10-13-2006, 07:57 PM
Meadow, I have a foolproof hummus recipe that everyone really likes. In fact a middle-easterner once insinuated that I had bought it at a shawarma restaurant. If I don't forget, I'll send it to you once I get home. It's the standard type, no weird added flavours. It does require a blender, and is never quite as smooth as it should be - a food processor might be less likely to get clogged, but since I don't have one...

Madcat, thanks so much for the lovely song. More warm fuzzies!

Shad, sad to say, ths isn't one of the 30 min per day contracts, just a convention where it's hard for the organizers to forecast needs. Today was a total of just under 3 hours, and tomorrow should be about 3 as well. (Usually at conventions things just drag on and on and we do extra time, but this time I've lucked out.) So I've had a chance to enjoy more of the stunning weather, and tonight is pizza night. Not diet-friendly, but that's pretty normal these days.

Speaking of diets, my hotel room has scary mirrors: a full-length one facing the toilet, and full wall mirrors facing the bath/shower. So my capacity for self-delusion is taking a nasty beating, and I can no longer pretend that the extra 40 lbs "don't really show". Rather than dieting, of course, I could always drape all the mirrors in towels, or spray some fake snow on them. In fact, maybe Mel could help me spray on some strategically-spaced wreaths and santas. If she survives the joy of the jabs, that is.

Ta-ta for now! :wave:

10-14-2006, 08:39 AM
Shad- planning for perfect Spring weather. Tulips and daffodils and some shrubs will be blooming in May.

No rain or snow yet today. I need to get in the tub. Set the alarm early so I could bath.
The woman I will hopefully be working with is coming to help me today and then we are meeting after to discuss the job.

For the Canadians- I will standing( or squating planting tulips) outside Tim Hortons for 2 hours. Can you imagine the aroma. I WILL stay out of the goodies too.

Local paper will be taking pics. Hoping for a good hair day.

Last weekend we were walking the beach in short sleeves.This weekend I will be wearing a winter coat. So is life in the great white north.

10-14-2006, 10:39 AM
I should have taken notes when I read because I think I just forgot most of it:rofl:

Shad~ the look on the men's faces was total disbelief! If I hadn't been blocking the door, they would have jumped right out! :lol3: While trying to get the "flab" off you have now taken to stuffing your bra with plaster??? How does that work in the scheme of things for getting numbers on the scale to go down. do let me know if it works and I will be glad to ask Sal to mix me up a batch!! :lol3: :lol3:

Meadow~ the birthday sign was adorable. Very talented lot we have here. Happy to hear about your wonderful holiday. Cracked me up to read aboput the hummus!!! ...but one of the most inventive ways I ever heard of using it in the soup!!! :dance: You get the prize for that!!! :queen:

Madcat~ Have you been toodling around in the new car???Inquiring minds want to know. That was good thinking about keeping the parking space. Parking everywhere seems to be like gold these days. You are one smart cat!
Happy~ I thought of you yesterday. The fall leaves were out and about flying around and the temp when I went shopping was a whopping 42!! I could see your pool area and shrubs with leaves in and around them. It was just a flashing thought as I left for the store. funny how the mind works.:hug:

Carla~I would have made a great traveler like you and Shad. Maybe in another life. I saved 2 shots for me and Jen!! Don't want to get the flu cause none of these numb nuts will take care of ME!!! :dizzy: So glad the accomodations were good and fluffy. Would have been a bummer on your BD to spend it in a dump. Maybe they can send you to Australia and you and Shad can travel the world together setting things and people right!!:carrot:

Suzi~ your posts have been full of happiness and I am glad. both of your birthdays have made my week a lot brighter I must say. My daughter is going to help and of course we have the nurse giving the shots. She is looking for a helper now too! :rofl: Hope your celebrations continue.

Ceejay~ :wave: sending hugs:hug: and love :love: your way. It's been cold everywhere. I would not like to be living in Buffalo NY right now with their freakis snowstorm of 2 feet! :faint: if it gets much colder I am moving down by you and Happy and PW!

Holly~ we are definitely not moving up by you!! Too much cold and snow already and not even November yet!! Instead of the frost on the pumpkin it was on the TURKEYS!!!

the phone actually began ringing before 8:15.....good news travels fast. It feel lovely to be needed but this is a stretch. I put the computer on to tie up the line and a sign on the door. Plenty of flu shots for everyone and don't get excited. blah blah blah. No ringing doorbell as yet. :carrot:
I did food shopping yesterday. Spacing my chores and pacing myself. willy is back to normal and you won't believe how it happened. We had a bit of a run in and I made him laugh by yelling at him. it's a long story and I'll save you from the details. But somehow we got past our "problem". Maybe he felt I should have yelled at him last year? Who the fook knows.....anyway.....whatever has been bothering him after Bob's tumble is over with. I for one am very happy:dance: My only problem is that he and Jimmy are glued to my butt! Each time I turn around I am running one or the other's feet over!! men.....I will never fully understand what goes on in their heads. :rofl:
Looking forward to a quiet weekend.....words from my mouth to God's ear....hope he is listening.:p
Happy Saturday...gotta get a move on :moped:

10-14-2006, 06:45 PM
:wave: hello to all.

10-15-2006, 09:13 AM
Morning Chicks! I woke up sneezing this morning – literally. Scared the stuffing out of one of my cats who was sleeping on top of me. :lol: Poor Gracie! I always seem to get like this once we close up all the windows and turn on the heat. It's probably all the newly circulating dust.

Yesterday was the wine tour and it was very fun. Eleven of us stuffed in a twelve-passenger van wandering around from winery to winery. The Niagara region is a very beautiful area and the fall colours were amazing - field after field of marching grapevine offset by blazing red maples and flaming golden oaks. Had I remembered to take my camera I'd have a picture to post. We bought enough wine to fill a case and that will probably last us until next year.

Mel~ Hope the flu shot clinic went well. I've had some really great experiences working for women but I know what you mean. Queens of Manipulation, most of us. :lol: It would be easier if people just stabbed others in the front rather than the back. And no Xmas songs from me until December. The birthday song I found on the internet. Can't claim it is mine. Oh, and there is now 100 k on the car and I have been in the car for 2 of those. :lol:

Happy~ I agree with whoever else suggested it – but it is time to escalate to the salon manager. Failing that, a letter stating your intentions to never go back to that person again.

Meadow~ When I first read your sentence I thought you meant you had someone from NZ over for a meal :lol: Stretches start in the head, but they work best when they are translated to the body.

Suzi~ Hope the b-day celebrations continue. The clock sounds beautiful. What a great gift. Your DH is really cute. Funny, but if I was buying my car just for myself, I probably would have gone with the pretty blue or a bright red, but since DH has to drive it most often, I thought it might be a bit harrowing for him. :lol: Really, we ended up buying the car I wanted, so it was the least I could do.

Shad~ I love that you just napped the hot bit of the day away. That seems so civilized. The amount of plastering you did sounds as if you earned a nap. Ok, I laughed at you getting plastered! I'm glad you weren't hurt. Oh, I hadn't even thought of the idea of a helicopter tour of Niagara. I have done the jet boat ride up the river to the whirlpool. That was really cool. All that water is really emotionally moving. Re your Xmas comments. :lol: yeah, it always seemed too slow in coming when we were kids. And I hear you – there will be no caroling from me until at least December. For me, extending the Xmas season into October sort of robs the season of some of the magic - though I certainly understand people who want to keep that spirit all year long.

Ceejay~ Hope it has warmed up.

Greetings to everybody I didn't get to. Have a great day, kids!! BTW, DH just walked by and looked over my shoulder. He is freaked out by the Dancing Carrot! :carrot: :carrot: :joker:

10-15-2006, 11:08 AM
Madcat~ too funny about the 2k :rofl: :rofl: I'd like to sit and drink a case of wine myself!! lol The flu shots are this coming Wednesday and I hope they DO go right!
I could see the vines myself....good post! glad the day was so beautiful. don't you just love Autumn???:dance:

Ceejay :wave: back to you.

Wonder if Shad is still napping???? Shhhhhh:cloud9:

I am having a good weekend. Still sorting, celebrating richie's BD and watching Charlie Brown's Halloween dvd:lol3: Nothing new and nothing to report. Just laying back......:moped:

10-15-2006, 11:50 AM
Still not much going on.

Just in to say hello

10-15-2006, 11:53 AM
I want to get plastered with Shad, and Mel and MRS Mad and her case of wine!!!Best invite all the gals. what a party we would have!!!!
Feeling uplifted and happy. I do love our church community.
It is 5C/41F and sunny!! Nice blue sky!!
It has been fun to tell people of all my life changes. Lots of surprise and well wishes. Enjoyable.
Hockey at 1:15, will need to leave around 12pm.
10:40 right now.
Will need to feed the troops, pick up a few groceries and maybe get at some paper work.

This is me yesterday morning with my Mom before planting the tulips( for Breats Cancer research). New sassy hair do. I dont usually have that many chins but was scrunched up in the cold.

AND......We are the proud new leasees of a 2007 Chevy Cobalt; 5 speed;silver exterior, grey interior( dirt coloured),air, tilt, cruise, everything else is manual. Leased for much less than we put into repairs on the van last year and we will spend 75% less money on gas!!! It is all under warranty bumper to bumper.We are picking it up on Thurs!!!! weeeheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee. This is a first for both of us.

Also, I signed my contract yesterday for the new Por Organizing job. I work from 9:30-3 on Tues and then when all these kids are really gone I will work as the jobs arrive but about 10-15 hours a week. My choice when and for how long based on availability. Yippee!!!

Very, very happy person sitting here. Feeling like I am in a space to lose weight too. I controlled my eating all week( wasn't perfect) and I exercised 3 days.

10-15-2006, 12:40 PM
Holly~ be careful what you wish for....Shad's idea of getting plastered is stuffing it in her brasssiere:rofl: :rofl:

Madcat~ I came back to tell you if you put water in pyrex dishes near or on top of the radiators/heaters....there will be lots of moisture in the air or a humidifier. I use the ovenware dishes because a humidifier makes me feel like I am drowning!!! :faint: I forgot to say this before!!

10-15-2006, 05:11 PM
Hi y'all,
I did pop in yesterday morning but decided to post later in the day. With all the stuff that went down, later in the day became never. I did not spend the entire day napping.

Spent the day doing a spring clean of the house. The old table had gone to DS2's place along with the 4 remaining chairs. I am now using the even older pine table given to me by my friend out in the bush when they replaced their table. It was meant to be for outside but when I put it and a couple of chairs out there, the sun did the maximum amount of damage in minimum time - hence the fixing of the chairs previously. I am trying to get rid of some of my accummulated stuff.

My new scale is okay - Happy mentioned that some of the bells and whistles were fairly useless and she is right. I don't like the numbers that this one gives me, but it is only a guide. At least I can now see things moving either up or down - it goes down in increments of 100 grams whereas the old one only went down in 500grams. The body fat thing is a bit of a stranger but at least I am not obese (in the scales opinion) anymore - just over fat! And I am beginning to wonder what I have to do to fix that. Just doesn't seem to want to go away.

Todays agenda is back to the gym and cardio. Then to paint the hall walls I have finished plastering and finish the washing. Then I really need to water the potplants before they all keel over. Better sort out what to do with them while I am away as well. And as always a few bills need paying.

And that is about it really.

Madcat, that trip to the winery sounds so lovely. Well worthwhile just for the sights alone even. What a shame you forgot the camera. But you are going down again next weekend - right? Well pack the camera now. Where are you staying at the Falls? or are you off to that charming little town - er, umm, Niagara on the Lake???? Such a pretty spot. Hopefully you will get to see the Falls all lit up at night and maybe one of the music concerts they sometimes put on? (Handels Water Music?) 'Sigh' One of the great wonders of this world.

Holly - great pics. Job well done. When you've finished digging over there, pop on over, theres plenty of digging to do here. No tulips however - they don't grow in this part of the earth.

Okay - coffee is done. Time to get dressed for gym. Time to start my day. Happy must be having a busy weekend. :wave: to all the others.

10-15-2006, 08:44 PM

:wave: :hb: :cb: :gift: :hat: :cp: :dance: :dancer: :flow2: :flow1: :woo: :wizard: :balloons: :lucky: :congrat: :cheers: :belly:

10-15-2006, 09:58 PM
Oh dear - and I missed it this morning. Happy birthday dear Java.

Umm - isn't it tomorrow on your side of the world? Is that why I forgot?

10-15-2006, 11:01 PM

10-16-2006, 08:31 AM
:cofdate: Good Morning Chicks. Looks like the sun is out and some brisk air is flying around. I will be missing I think for the next few days. The arms can only do so much.
Definitely pacing myself. Take good care of yourselves and see you when the job is done. I'll keep up reading while eating dinner at night. You gals can keep me company:rofl: Today and tomorrow are form filling for this bldg and Weds will be the whole shebang. And next year this job WILL be someone else's. :bubbles:
Have a wonderful week. :moped:

10-16-2006, 09:45 AM
Morning all,

Well DH was on a talking jag this weekend. :gossip: A real talking jag, like several hours all 3 days of the weekend. :gossip: :gossip: He wanted to discuss our financial plan. It was wayyyyyy more time than I wanted to spend on it but it's my life too so it was not time mis-spent even tho it actually took up most of the weekend. So I am again, behind in everything and we are leaving town in 11 days. :fr:

DH washed my car last night. I also bought some beautiful ribs on sale that I figured we'd grill up. Both events combined to bring on major rain today and tomorrow. :rolleyes: It's just been THAT kind of weekend.

In other news...

Mel, I'm sorry you have to take a break. There's always a big hole when you're not around. BUT... you have to take care of yourself above all else and I'm glad you are being proactive instead of pushing it and suffering the consequences. Take care my friend :hug: will try and give you the dish on something fabulous each day so you can have a good read :lol:

Happy Birthday Miss Java Turtle! Take time out to celebrate your very own special day. :cheer2: :cheer2: :woohoo: :balloons: :hat: :hat: :gift: :hb: :cb: :cb:

Shad, don't put a great deal of stock into the body fat thing. Sometimes it's not accurate at all. Arnold Schwartzenegger (sp??) would have a very high BMI according to the charts and we know that's inaccurate. Just keep up with the gym, eat healthy, watch your portions and mix up your workouts and your food occasionally. It sounds like you are doing all the right things and sometimes that's all you can do. You're doing alot better than most of us?

Awww Holly, so you didn't get the sport red color with the spoiler? Nice little car there.

Morning CeeJay - stay warm and dry. I see there's way more rain up your way.

Madcat, hey no kidding about turning the furnace on and stirring up the dust! Your vineyard outting sounded like a lot of fun. AND you got to do some serious leaf peeping. I'm jealous.

Was talking to another friend of mine who's from the New York area. Both of us are really missing the autumn colors this year. With all the rain and storms in Chicago, there probably won't be much left when we get up there. I'm hoping the ride up will give us a good view though.

Hey Carla, I see you're run into one of those "mirror of truths". :yikes: Those are always a soul shattering experience but perhaps you can turn it into some motivation for yourself.

Well I have sat here way too long and now I'd better kick it into high gear. Hellos to Suzi, Meadow, Teel, Raventoy (happy belated birthday if you're lurking), Tig, Nae and anyone else I may have temporarily forgotten.

10-16-2006, 04:56 PM
Afternoon all
Happy birthday Java. We miss you.

Happy--yes it's raining, but I don't think we have the worse part of it yet.

Mel--Take care of yourself.

Holly-- I enjoyed the pictures.

Shad--My house needs a good cleaning and I sure need to finish some projects that I started almost 2 years ago.

I've been working the past couple of days so I have not had much time. Yesteday I had to manually close a valve and today I smashed my finger.
On the good side of things I'm getting 20 hours worth of over time on my next pay check. The stress of the valve malfunctioning sent me on a good ole binge. Ate almost a whole box of little debbie Zebra cakes.

Madcat, Carla, Suzi hello :wave:

10-16-2006, 05:24 PM
Morning all,
A dull grey overcast day has dawned. Well it got overcast yeterday afternoon and they promised us rain overnight but that didn't happen. Maybe today..........maybe!!

I painted in the hall yesterday, but it was so hot that the paint was drying on the roller which is not good for a great finish. So today I will start in the cool of the morning - and it is cool out there at the moment and see if it works better. This bit I hate because there are six doors off this hall. Lots of fiddly work. But it will look good when it is finished.... hopefully.

Gym yesterday was exhausting. For the first time I managed to get past the 600 calories burnt mark. Never been able to do that before.
Actually, this new scale is rather interesting Happy. I set it up for me - age, height, weight etc. and when I hop on in the morning, I always find the weight is down but the body fat is in the obese range. If I weigh in after gym, the weight is down, the body fat is in the overfat range. And if I weigh in the evening, the weight is up and the body fat is down but still in the overfat range. I really only bought the scale because of the 100g increments and they are decreasing nicely this week. It still says heavier than the old scales, but it does move up and down. I'll take what it says with a grain of salt, but it is fun experimenting. I never thought I would say that with a scale!

Happy - be glad that the DH has enough nous to think about and sort out the financial plan. Too many people don't take enough notice of it and I am probably one of them. I have simply accepted that the Super company will take good care of my money - whereas in actual fact, they really don't care too much I don't think. My money tied up in term deposits does better than the super accounts many times.
No wonder it rained over your weekend. Washing the car and a barbeque is a certain cloudbreaker.

I see CeeJay snuck in while I was moving to Advanced posting. Morning CeeJay - sorry about the finger.

Mel - Take care over the next couple of days. We do not want you to wear out or stress over this. It is not good for your health. What's for dinner - seing as we are keeping you company. Please excuse the paint splatter on me will you, I have been busy.

Okay well I better go get on with it. Gym will come later today because of the painting. After that I'll clean up, clear up and get the washing folded and put away. After lunch is my siesta time - provided it is hot enough. If it is still cool, I'll go out into the garden and if it is raining, I will just have to go sort out some stuff, or go shopping or something. I'm sure I will find something to do.

10-17-2006, 09:13 AM
Shad~ Instead of dinner it's oatmeal and applesauce for breakfast. Woman....turn on the air-conditioner and the paint won't dry on the roller!!! if it's too hot for that then siestas are a good thing....Martha Stewart says so. :lol3:

Yesterday, I had a lot of help from Fran and we got the bulk of work done. Today is moving furniture and setting up chairs. Meeting the maint. men at 3pm so I took part of the day off and no food shopping. Giving myself a well deserved break. :rofl: i have to admit that my heart is just not in this anymore. To top it all off the "woman" was accusing me of not doing the job right and not trusting she ever did it herself!!! WTF!!! Yes the "powers that be" are going to hear it from me when this is over.
Any doubts that I had about letting this go are all gone now. So Happy...get out those little umbrellas and get the drinks ready :beach:
Happy Tuesday and good morning sunshine :moped:

Holly~ congrats on the pics and nthe new car!! Looked cold when the pictures were taken Brrrrrr.

Happy~ the best laid plans of mice and men.....hope the rest of the time goes well :lol3: At least you know your financial future is being well taken care of.

Ceejay~ nice overtime :cheer: Hope you're not exhausted!!! You can do lots of shopping and get youself more bling!!!!

Carla~ I have a mirror opposite my toilet....I also have been doing a fine job of ignoring what's envisioned in it!! :rofl: I think some etching would be a good thing and am willing to travel with stencils for food!!! :dance:

Madcat......she and DH must be busy in the car....I mean WITH the car:rofl: or getting ready for her birthday :gift:

Yawn yawn to the showers. TTFN & see you all Thursday.

10-17-2006, 09:54 AM
Hi there chickies,

CeeJay - you weren't kidding about the worst is yet to come with the rain. We got a steady downpour of heavy, heavy rain all day and into the night. I was standing on the porch taking in some fresh air and saying - hey rain, we've got enough - go give some to Shad :D Must be making a mess of those cotton fields. Sorry to hear about your finger. Ouch!

Wow Shad - 600 calories burned in one session! That is so awesome!!! Congrats and I'm so impressed. Now if that doesn't move the flabby bits as you call them, then there is no justice in this world. Glad you're having fun with the scales. My comment was only that you shouldn't regard them as the law - they advertise them as the be all end all and they aren't. I guess for some of us, just another way to obcess. However that was interesting as things switch about between gym and non gym parts of the day.

And yes, I am glad that DH is concerned about our financial state. We have made it a priority for several years now. I just wasn't planning on spending THAT much time talking about it. :lol:

Mel, isn't it funny how you throw yourself into something, heart and soul and then one day you realize you are killing yourself - for what??? It's not that some people don't appreciate it - but rather when someone starts criticizing you for something you are doing for FREE or they take advantage of you because no one else will help out. You gotta look out for yourself my friend. Besides, the more time you spend with them, the less time you spend with us and we're much nicer :D :D :D :rofl: :hug:

Saw on the Internet that according to the census in the US. Non married households exceed the married ones by a smidge and growing. What is this world coming to I wonder? So many changes, so different than it used to be and not for the better I think. It's going to heck in a handbasket as grandma used to say... Ah well getting aggivated over it just makes more belly fat on me so I'm not stressing...

Gotta run now, see you later.

10-17-2006, 10:15 AM
Hello, I have been off in the clouds since Oct. 4th I can tell ya.....but also I can not get to the thread to see you guys hardly at all. I never get the notices of when someone has posted either..... it has been sort of frustrating!
A Very Happy Birthday to the Chicks out there are a few having their bdays now.... very good!
I am still seeing my new fella but he is out in hunting camp right now so no phone contact either.... that is sort of a bummer for me but he did invite me up on Saturday and we had a fabulous time the weather was perfect. He took me 4 wheeler riding all over a couple of mountains it was fabulous. Time will tell how serious this budding new romance will go but so far I have not even sensed one red flag of any kind...... I am over the moon!
New love helps with weight loss too.... wearing some new jeans I bought this summer.....still dieting and I even got in a jog on Saturday.....oh yes, Mel the pups just adore him, too!
Well ladies I have missed some stuff by not being able to load the pages so forgive me. I don't know how to solve the problem I did a good cleanup on my computer on sunday hoping to fix it...but no...
Take Good Care eveyone,

10-17-2006, 11:46 AM
Happy--The wiind changed directions lste yesterday afternoon and the south of us got the brink of the rain. We had our fair share also.

Mel--I full well know how it feels not to be appreciated. My incident has been resolved, I hope. If it arises again I'm going to the boss right then and nip it in the bud.

Shad--I'm with Mel on turning on the ac.

Nae--Love is in the air. I'm so happy for you. Keep us posted.

Does any one know how to put insert a ticker? found one a tickerfactory dot com and tried to copy and paste it but that didn't work.

I've just completed 20 minutes of my toning for the day. I really need to get back on the bike but I just don't have the stamina right now. This overtime is getting next to me. Food has been good this week also. I spent most of the day Friday cooking.

have a good day.

10-17-2006, 02:01 PM
Thank you all for the warm birthday wishes. You're all so sweet. :hug:

10-17-2006, 02:18 PM
Been busy with work this week and really not feeling up to snuff. I feel as if I am getting sick – a bit throat scratchy, a bit exhausted… but not sick enough to actually be sick. Sigh. Work has been very stressful. I sit near my boss and let’s just say that poses a few challenges. Luckily she just left for some conference in Chicago so it will be nice and quite here. At this point, I’m not even sure I want to renew my contract here when the time comes. I don’t like having to try to work in the middle of a whirlwind. Maybe if I had a desk farther away??? :lol: Like Alaska. On the up side, I’ve had two separate people approach me asking if I was free soon. Both parties are people I have worked with before who have told me “You are my first choice”. It makes me feel good, even if nothing comes of the offers and even if I decide to stay. I’ll have to be careful how I handle this though. I do not want to burn any bridges.

Mel ~ :ROTFLMAO:!!! Being “busy” in the car sounds a lot more interesting that what I have been doing! If it has been me in the face of the criticizing woman I might have been tempted to stick a needle in her arm and say “go ahead and you do it then, if you think you are so smart”.

Ceejay~ The OT money is good but don’t let yourself get burned out. Watch those fingers. You might need those.

Nae~ When we first started this new thread I wasn’t getting notifications either. Did you try unsubscribing and then re-subscribing? That seemed to help for me. Have fun!

Happy~ What is the October crunch challenge? Funny, but I was thinking about you and your door purchase today when I was watching TV on the Elliptical at the gym. Seems that Habitat for Humanity has an outlet store where people can donate and/or buy home renovations bits – cupboards and sinks and housing goods. People also donate antique parts such as windows and doors and it reminded me of your door hunt. Did you have luck finding what you were looking for? Funny about that married vs. non- married stat. I wonder if part of it is the fact that the divorce rate is so high discouraging people from taking the leap. I’d love to see how that demographic breaks down by age/ education etc. Also I’d love to know how many of those non-married end up married later. Statistics can mean anything we want them to. :lol:

Shad~ Wow a 600 calorie workout. That is so amazing! Good work. Interesting pattern in your scale functioning. I guess that must be the difference in water in your muscles at different times of the day? Good luck with the painting. I hope it works out better today. I’ll take your advice and pack the camera this weekend. We’re splurging out and staying at one of the ritzy hotels that overlook the falls. Floor to ceiling windows, Jacuzzi tub. Not sure what is happening there this weekend, but some Handel would be nice. If the weather is ok, I want to stop for lunch in Niagara-on-the-Lake (or NOTL, as the locals call it) on the way down there. There’s a nice pub just off the main drag. I’ll post photos (but I’ll try to keep ‘em clean). :lol:

Happy Birthday Java Turtle girl ( a tad late is better than never)

Holly~ Congrats on the new vehicle. It is so cool, isn’t it? I keep wanting to go to the garage and just look at mine. :lol: And congrats on the new contract. A whole new phase of life awaits. Good going and nice snazzy hair, BTW.

K. I better get back to work. Break time is over.

10-17-2006, 07:55 PM
I Love Java. Hope it was a spectacular bday!!!

Today was the first time in 15 years I have gone to work for someone else and the first time 8.5 years I have left home to work. A little freaky but exciting.
The job went well. I do enjoy it. My "boss" is cool.The client was delight. Albiet a very "chaotic" person but working thru it. Way cool to see her transformation.
I am soooo tired. Yikes. Mostly from being with 2 other adults for 6 hours straight and communicating. Just plain not used to it. The work is dirty and physical but not hard work.Then there was the mad after school/making supper dash.

suzi in auz
10-17-2006, 09:46 PM
I'm back!!!!!:hug: :hug: :hug:

Before I start on my huge few days a BIG :balloons: :gift: HAPPY BIRTHDAY to JAVA. I hope your day was special.
There are so many birthdays in October!!:dizzy:

I have had a good read from you all and you all have been so busy, getting plastered, drinking wine, getting dos, rain, dates, making hummous, eating kiwis ( no that could be considered carniverous in my neck of the woods ) !:o

I love reading it for my ramblings

The weekends festivities started with a quiet little get together at home with some neighbours. DH had organised some lovely cakes and champagne was flowing. He also put together a surprise for me which was a Powerpoint presntation which he did with the projector. He had gathered photos from my childhood til now and put them to music. It was so lovely. He also gave me a hard special. He had written to my friends around the globe via email and asked them to write a little something, which he included. By the end of it all I was a blubbering mess, it was so lovely!
DS made up a birthday song and sang it with his guitar. I cried again. By then end of it all i hadn't taken much of it all in so I have asked for a repeat performance! I am blessed.
Saturday was a beautiful day. the weather continued to be lovely, DH presnted me and my dear friend with a voucher to the foot spa for a luxury massage. We went off to breakfast first and then he dropped us off for our morning of luxury while he organised the afternoon. A 50 min massage ended up being 2 1/2 hours! Heaven. I now have beautiful french polished toes.

In the afternoon our neighbours and friends came for a swim, I even hopped in as the water was 29 degrees! it was 35 outside. Champagne flowed, strawberries and oysters. YUM :cheers:
DH organised the evening, we went into the city and arrived at an exquisite french restaurant which has a month long wating list. The table was presented with about 10 knives and forks and I knew we were in for a treat. We had the degustation menu with matching wines! What a treat! It was all so special. One of the funniest things was I ordered the pigeon as a main as we had a choice. The others oredered beef. I just wanted to be different. When the waiter lifted the lid to my meal I am sure my pigeon flew away. i needed a microscope to eat it. I was giggling the whole time. The food tho was very special and probably the nicest meal I have ever eaten.
I was so impressed with my DH. He had put so much thought into this whole experience.
Sunday was a quiet one. I didn't suffer as was careful not to drink too much and plenty of water.
My friend from NZ went home yesterday and I was so sad to see her go. The time we had together was so rich. She is a treasure. She called me when she arrived back home and told me she thought she was closer to me than her own sister. I will spend the rest of the week reflecting.

so ....there is all is. A wonderful patchwork of memories!

I will come back later to comment and chat. Just thought you might all like a catch up.
Hoping everyones week is good. I am looking forward to hearing about The birthday trip. The vineyards sounded lovely. i could picture it all.

Love to you all :hug:

10-18-2006, 02:11 AM
Siesta is over and so I thought that I would drop in here and post the daily episode before heading out to get the fruit and veges for the week.

The overcast cloud delivered little yesterday - one short sharp shower and hardly enought water to wet the pavers. No joy there can tell you. Today which started off the same is now a brilliant blue cloudless sky and warm temps.

Went to the gym this morning for the last time this week. Managed another 600+ calories although it was hard going I have to admit. That last workout for the week is very tiring. I wish I had Happy's confidence that this flab will move with the extra effort. But I must say that I do feel somewhat fitter and that interesting scale that I bought tells me I have lost a kilo since I got it and the body fat has reduced 1%. I'm not sure that I believe it. Measurements at the end of the month will tell I guess.

Happy - here, one marriage in three ends in separation or divorce. The number of women over 40 who live alone is growing. I have no idea about the number of people who live in de facto situations, although if you listen to the news, most of them are fighting each other.

Mel - glad to hear you are getting some help from both the DD and Fran. Hate to think of you trying to do the lot by yourself. Yesterday's early morning painting session went better than the day before and two bits of the hall are now ready for the top coat of paint. I shall never, never, never paint the walls a dark colour again - they were dark blue on the botton and cream on the top with a border - it takes so much effort to get it covered again.

Rose - glad to hear that things seem to be working out with the new man in your life. I'm very happy for you. As for the notices of posts in the thread, make sure you tick the 'Remember me' login box and also have the one about e-mail messages checked at the bottom of the screen. I also have turned on the one in my CP User area - sometimes I get two notices of a post!

Madcat - ooooh that hotel sounds nice. I remember we had lunch at the Sheridan which was very nice and at the top of the building and the views were unbelievable. NOTL had some wonderful crafty type shops and was really trendy. Reminded me of some of the villages here which house artists and alternative lifestyles although I can't say that NOTL seemed too 'alternative'.

Holly - what is it you are doing again??? Sounds interesting and will be completely different from what you are used to I guess.

Suz - what a lovely birthday you have had. How sweet of the DH to give you a 'This is your life (so far)' party. What a lovely man. The French restaurant sounds nice too. Too funny about the pidgeon. Sort of like spatchcock - where is it among the lettuce leaves???? We seek him here, we seek him there!!!

Okay better go see what I can do for fruit and veg. I also need to make a couple of phone calls.

10-18-2006, 04:20 AM
I have been reading lots, making pics and existing mainly on rice and chili :burp: Saw a show on tv about Vodka made in Iceland, filtered through volcanic rock. Of course it doesn't seem to be available in Canada, don't you hate that when you get geared up to try something and get the rug pulle out from under you?! :Hic: :how dry I am: :hic:

Yahoo messenger hates my computer and crashes me. Had to delete it for the fifth time on Monday. Hubby was screaming about why did I bleep, bleep put that thing back on, yadda, yadda too :blah:

:hug: I hope you all have a grand week. Stay focused on reverence, respect and responsibility. Don't make me start clocking air miles :p :club:

I've been reading some philosophy books. This wonderful one called "A call to Character" with stories to teach kids about all the lovely traits which make up a decent human being... found this quote and had to make a little icon out of it.

suzi in auz
10-18-2006, 04:39 AM
Yaaay :carrot: :carrot: I figured out why i wasn't getting notifications and now I can keep up with you all. I promised I would be back later to comment. Here I am. :p

As I said earlier you all have been so busy!
ShadIt is so nice to hear that you are having a little rest in your time off! You are going so well at the gym :lifter: wow 600 cals. I only manage that when I do the RPM class and then I have to go really hard. You must be moving with those scales. It doesn't matter what they read originally. If you are going down in kilos and % this must be a good thing. I take the scles at the Gym as a guide for me too. It's good to keep yourself honest. Like you said tho, the measurements will tell the tales. WTG anyway. All you sanding and plastering sounds great. You are so motivated. I would love to be that handy. i have grand ideas but seem to get distracted. When does work start up for you?

MelHopefully you are reading this as you are having your dinner :cheers: Tomorrow / today is your big day. Don't wear yourself out now and don't listen to that silly woman. It's so interesting how people like that project their stuff onto you...she obviously has stuff going on. Mind you, you are no door mat and we know you will stick up for yourself. It's nice that Jen is joining you. Moral support!

HappyAny joy on the hair front? I have been thnking of you. I thought I might mention it to my stylist and see what she says. It's good to have THOSE conversations with DH and yes they do take time. I think it's good to have some idea of where you are headed. He sounds like a good man.

Holly Thank you for posting those pics. You look lovely and I really like the new do. You have gone a little shorter and the red is so pretty. WOW a new car. It seems to be catchy eh? I love mine and you will love driving something so new, it's great having something so reliable. All you "newness" in your life sounds so exciting. I am so happy for you.

MadcatI hope you are enjoying that new car of yours. Now get better cos you can't be sick for your birthday! I am looking forward to hearing about it all.

Ceejay whatcha been cooking? Can I come to your place? I am really trying hard with the home cooked idea. My kids seem to be ravenous lately and the only way to fill them is with home cooking, there is only one draw back... I like it too. :nono:

RoseHow lovely to still be gliding along on that floaty cloud. :cloud9:
You so deserve to be there. you got invited to a hunting camp! Wow, that is something, I imagine it's usually a "boys only" deal! wow a jog yaaay you. You go girl. There is nothing like new love to put a spring in ones step!

CarlaI have seen you peeking. i hope you had a lovely time with your SF friend. there is truly nothing like an old friend to hang with.

I better fly. I could sit here and waste the night away but there is dinner to be made, everyone here is back into routine and I think DH might be home soon. It will be nice to have a glass of wine and toast the week!

Love to all :wave: to those i missed. I only managed one page right now.

10-18-2006, 09:16 AM
Hey Suzi, wow that was a very special birthday and so sweet of your family. What a guy you have there...... it is just the simple thoughful things that keeps a relationship together. You have good friends and family to enjoy and love and they love you..... very good.
I am still having trouble getting notified of the thread but find it again.... hope my computer is not going to quit on me. I am still floating around and thinking how did I get so lucky... and then on the other hand it is, everyone deserves a good man at least once in their life!!!
Trying to remain on my diet action but need to get more movement is so busy and I am running all day I sort of fizzle out.
My big weekend with my girlfriends is next weekend...Christmas at the Mansion I am so excited.
You all take good care and keep up the hard work.... together we can make a difference in our bodies.... if not just our hearts when we meet here to chat!!!

10-18-2006, 12:47 PM
Big HUGS for everyone!!!

Had a great phone convo with my new boss. An “excellent” report from the client on my “work” yesterday and good feedback from the boss. I definitely have the job. So I will work 2-3 days a week as the jobs are available.Usually sceduled 1-2 weeks ahead!!!! Perfection!!!

I will give final notice to daycare families for this Friday( most are done anyhow) . I will have most of the next 2 week off of work. I cant remember ever even having 2 days off in a row for most of the last 20 years. I have worked fulltime since i was 17, even when I was a student( worked nights and weekends).

I was home for 3 years( off payroll) when the kids were babies. It was fabulous but being home with babies is still a full time job with a whole lot of sleep deprivation on the side AND I was in a new marriage. That is tons of work.

I am going to leisurely get this house in shape and the paint the livingroom and DD’s bedroom.

I may dance around neked the odd time too.( with the curtains closed!!)

.......livingroom is DONE. I put out the halloween decorations.

There has been so much chaos here for the last year i haven't done any of my seasonal decorating. it feels so GOOD to do something fun around here.

Need to flip laundry and make lunch.

I will clean the diningroom window too so the kids can put up window clings.

10-18-2006, 07:26 PM
Morning all,

Well the house has sprung yet another surprise and it would seem that part of the ceiling in the hall has split. I have yet to get up in the roof to see what can be done about it. I daresay a shortage of nails has caused most of the problem. Now I just have to work out what to do with it. I went to paint the hall ceiling this morning and looked at some of the plaster work I did the other day and lo and behold the ceiling is as bad as it ever was before I plastered it. No doubt I should have just spent the money and replaced it before I began painting. I'm beginning to have some very nasty fantasies about the builder and parts of his anatomy and the clamps I bought the other day. So at some time today I will have to get up in the roof and take a look see at what gives in this bit of the ceiling. I hope the DS2 has finished with my ladder so I can have it back. The rest of the painting is going fairly smoothly and I should have most of it finished before I have to go away again. I'd better clean up todays sanding mess before I get on with any more painting and then we will see some results when the paint goes on this afternoon.

Holly - glad to hear you got a good report. Hope the painting and decorating goes well for you.

Nice to hear from a bubbling Nae too.

Suzi - all those calories are darned hard work. It would be so nice if it took as long to put the 600 calories back in to the body. Unfortunately one good meal will take care of it in less than 30 minutes.

Meadow - nice to have another vodka person aboard. In NZ they make a superb vodka called 42 South. It tastes great. Biggest problem is a dent in the budget when you buy a bottle. It is not cheap - but looking on the bright side, at least you can get it! :hic: Surprisingly enough, the vodka that comes from the country of origin is also the cheapest. Still if you can fork out $43 odd dollars for a bottle of 42 South then have a look for it. Not too much of it though. It may be odourless but it is not calorie free.
Love the egg graphic.

Time to move along and finish this housework. I also think a cuppa is on the menu. Then there is gardening to do - and once I've gotten through the ceiling inspection no doubt a trip to Hardware Heaven is in store. I must just about own that store now.

suzi in auz
10-18-2006, 08:39 PM
Hi Holly :wave: while I am reading I will wave at you !!! Are those curtains closed ;)?

suzi in auz
10-18-2006, 09:01 PM
Time to post. It's my me day today...sounds funny as the whole week has been a me week but it's my day to potter, tidy, wash, clean and just enjoy the day. Tomorrow is work.

Hello to all who have posted this morning.
Hi Meadow. ohhh i hear you on the vodka. Just a little spelling error shad, it's 42 below...;) although it could be called south as well, who knows. They have it in all flavours, just slightly flavoured. Apparently the Manuka honey is lovely. I have a recipe for apple martinis which requires vodka and have been told to try the citris. I have never been a vodka drinker in the past but appently this is the best. There will be a little dent in the wallet. :cheers: I loved your idea about getting some character into lives and our kids. I might have to check out that book!
I have a lovely hate with the computer, the kids are always doing something to mess it up and I am always ranting and raving about it. I guess I really miss it when the convenience of it isn;t's my contact with the world.

Shad yes the calories are hard work. I went to the gym this morning, weights today :lifter: I know i am getting stronger. I hopped on the scales there this morning and there was no change. It's frustrating sometimes. I have decided not to fret to much, hubby says there is a definite change in the body shape so I guess it's muscle gain. I hope I am shifting the fat! Oh dear on the ceiling. I cringed when I read your plans for the builder! ouch! I am very glad I am not a man or i might be sporting a new high voice at just the thought!
I guess it's a good thing in some ways to find the problem now, it would be awful to have finished your renovations and then find it, having to start again. There is always something isn't there?

HollyI love hearing about all the newness with you. It really is a beginning to a new era. I hope you are able to find time for you amongst all the business. You deserve some time. awww halloween decorations.:witch: how lovely. I wish they a similar spin on it here. The kids are really wanting to go out and trick or treat this year. In Aus it isn't like it is in Canada or the States. They haven't taken on board the whole traditions. Kids use it as an excuse to muck up and it all gets a bit dark and it spoils it for the rest.
I will be making a jack-o-latern though I saw the most gprgeous pumpkins in the market. They must have been imported because you don't have those at this time of year here. I thought that would be fun, there are some great designs on the internet. DD is very keen to dress up. We might just see how it goes.
RoseYes you are right he is a good catch and yes, you do deserve to find a GOOD one!:love:
You are doing really well with you diet, onwards and downwards. Work can get in the way but just use it as a distraction.
Madcats birthday is almost here :gift: :woohoo:
Mel is quietly recovering and eating her dinner :hungry:
Ceejay is working hard. :bike2: keep up that biking
Hello to Tig, teel, Happy, Linus, PW where is that girly. Carla oh golly my mind has gone blank! :grouphug:

10-19-2006, 01:03 AM
Hi folks,

Afraid I can't do much more than a passing hello here. By the time I get home from work, make supper, eat, spend a bit of talking time with the DH, that doesn't leave much of an evening left. Last few nights have sucked up my time - phone call with mom and sis on Monday, homeowners association meeting yesterday, tonight I spent a good long phone call with a favorite aunt who has recently taken ill. Tomorrow and Friday I have a crack of dawn training class and it's hard enough for me to sit still in a classroom all day without doing it on sleep deprivation so I am 2 minutes overdue my bedtime at the moment.

Just wanted to say hello to everyone, I will have to catch up on the weekend most likely. Take care :wave:

Madcat, regarding the crunch challenge - in the spirit of something is better than nothing, I am challenging myself to do at least 100 but no more than 200 (too hard on the back) crunches a day. I'm keeping tally for the month in my signature. This I can do and it gets me back in the habit again. I find myself pushing a little harder to get the numbers up. If I could find a place in the office to lie down for a few minutes I'd probably make my 200 a day :rofl: The spider sort of represents the things on the carpet and in the corner of the ceiling that you never really notice when you're standing upright. The first night I was in the bathroom giving it 50 crunches and one of those teeny jumping spiders was dangerously close to me. I chose to give my focus to my abs instead of praying he wasn't jumping on my head :yikes:

suzi in auz
10-19-2006, 02:08 AM
wow that is ALOT of crunches....I am going to bounce on those abs!!! good for you happy. Your week sounds busy. I hope you find some peace! :lol:

10-19-2006, 08:38 AM
Evening Happy - get off the computer and get to bed.

10-19-2006, 08:46 AM
Suzi - I stand corrected. The vodka is known as 42 below and the gin is called South Gin. I get easily confused. It comes in four flavours which are all popular apart from Feijoa - which is only popular in NZ - must be an aquired taste. There is Manuka Honey, Passionfruit, Feijoa and Kiwifruit as well as the normal vodka. if you want to know more.

Bed calls, goodnight all.

10-19-2006, 09:30 AM
Shad~ get off the computer and get to bed!! I see the egg all aglow!! :rollpin: sorry to hear about the ceiling and the previous dark color on the wall. Great 600 calorie gym days! Good for you and good lujck with the new scale....seems a friendly kind of guy. maybe I'll borrow it!!

Happy~ yes, you lot are much nicer to come home to and spend time with! :hug: There will be no new belly fat worries for us this year! :rofl: Hope the night went well and good luck today.

Nae~ good the pups like the new beau.....they are so much better at judging character than us mere humans!!
"rofl" I am glad things are going so well for you and I too am over the moon for YOU!!!

Ceejay~ we at least learned how to stick up for ourselves better this year. I have big dreams of never being a doormat again for anyone! :lol3: Good work!

Java Turtle~ :hug:

Madcat~ then I guess if I ask how the back seat was...there will be no good juicy story! :rofl: :rofl:
hope you feel better soon. Too bad about the whirlwind boss. God I hate that type. Seems they do a lot of moving and going nowhere! :lol3: Good luck on the job choices. Always nice to be #1 choice!!! :sunny: as Yoda once said to Darth Vader: Use your job choice wisely! :dance:

Meadow~ loved the :hic: & :burp: emoticons! :rofl: ;rofl:
I am still cracking up over here. Maybe we should rack up air miles sending boxes of vodka around the world!
I am going to teach my inner "bird" how to sing again!!!

Holly~ congrats on the new job. Hope it's all you were looking for.:cheer:

:wave: to all the chicks lurking!

The week is a blur but yesterday went very well. The nurse and I had a long talk. mary and I know each other for years and had friends in common. she's asking me to reconsider my priorities and drop other "programs". I did say I would five it a good think. Over 200 showed up and it went VERY smoothly. Even the ***** said thank you but in an almost empty room. The incident was no lost on Mary either. She doesn't even want to come back :rofl: :rofl:
Today is a do nothing day. Maybe some grocery shopping as Shad forgot to get me some fruits and veggies on her trip!! Glad she remembered the vodka and gin....don't care what it is called, just get me a long straw! :beach:
Happy Thursday! Off to eat.......:moped:

10-19-2006, 10:12 AM
Morning all, I am receiving my notices now and I feel part of the circle again. Ok I can not help myself in making a comment about the crunches. Sorry so what it is worth if I can explain it well enough to help. When we instruct patients now to perform them is NEVER PUT YOUR HANDS BEHIND YOUR NECK OR HEAD>>>>Lie flat with knees bent feet about hip width apart. arms in front of chest, elbows bented and arms on top of each other, so at this point the arms are vertical crossed to your horizontal position..... clear as mud! then you contract your abdomin and imagine pressing the back to the floor with a sustained hold... increasing the hold is progress... raise your clasped arms and your head just slightly toward the ceiling in straight up bending towards your knees.... NO CRUNCHING ..... no raising the head forward just upwards slightly... eyes to ceiling...hold this posture..... you can even perform this same manuver while sitting in a chair if getting down on the floor is difficult.... it is so easy but so much better for your back neck ....but POWERFUL! So in a chair you slightly lean back with your arms crossed and out and hold..... tightening your muscles and hold........
can you see it..... I wish I could send a pic over this thing.
It isn't the number of how is in the isometric hold that builds the muscle and changes the nature of the tissue.. We have strong muscles even under the flab that repeat the same movement we demand in our life..... so if you are just performing in rapid succesion a quick motion forward and back the brain does not wake up the other lazy muscles, which there are many..... only when you hold the position then the brain started to fire and the pathway to these less powerful muscles have to wake up and help... so it is the opening this pathways to the lesser groups of muscles that trims that area and this also goes right to your core groups of muscles....... ;)
It would be so fun to give you all the body box lecture we do so many things incorrectly all our life and no one ever told us to move to protect our precicous backs.....good luck!
I am helping at the Mahoney Safety House with my friend Denise who is a incomplete quad (Mel I know I have talked to you about her before) anyway it is a chili spud bake fundraiser and it is a lot of fun. We placed silent witness just wood form cut outs around town with the story on them of how they were killed by domestic violence, it is a powerful message to the community of how this exists in our society. October is Breast Cancer awareness month and also Domestic Violence Month in Idaho for us.
Talk about wanting a drink of Vodka.... my favorite and Gin too.... I wish I had known that when I was down under..... I wonder if I can find any of that here in the states.........
Ok here is a good easy recipe only 1 point on WW..... a box of spice cake mix..... 1 can of pumpkin filling the small can....mix together..... I added a little skim milk to get the consistancy I wanted....bake at 400 for 15 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean...... oh my this are yummy and I am sure you could dress them up anyway you wanted too.
WEll I am having my:coffee2: and talking to my pups... My sweetie comes home tomorrow for two nights then is gone til the end of NOvember..... funny I was never lonely til he came into my life, I have it bad girls...forgive me!!!
Take Care everyone,
Peace and Joy,

10-19-2006, 11:39 AM
Mammogram Preparation

By taking a few minutes each day
for a week preceding the exam
and doing the following exercises,
you will be totally prepared for the test
and best of all, you can do these simple exercises
right in and around your home.

Open your refrigerator door and insert one breast in door.
Shut the door as hard as possible and lean on the door for good measure.
Hold that position for five seconds.
Repeat again in case the first time wasn't effective enough.

Visit your garage at 3 AM when the temperature of the cement floor is just perfect.
Take off all your clothes and lie comfortably on the floor
with one breast wedged under the rear tire of the car.
Ask a friend to slowly back the car up
until your breast is sufficiently flattened and chilled.
Turn over and repeat with the other breast.

Freeze two metal bookends overnight.
Strip to the waist and invite a stranger into the room.
Press the bookends against one of your breasts.
Smash the bookends together as hard as you can.
Set up an appointment with the stranger to meet next year and do it again.

You are totally prepared!

10-19-2006, 11:46 AM
I thought I would post the exercises being Nae is getting ready for breast Cancer Awareness! :rofl:
I am really so very happy for you Nae and I can hear the difference in your voice! :dance: Never apologize for being happy!!!
I have heard of woodent-type cutouts before used in auto safety months....great idea for abuse stories. Bravo!!
i remember Denise and hope she is well.
some women on the Nutrasystem forum make a "diet" cake. One box of any flavor cake mix with one can of diet soda. The rule of thumb is light color cakes with light color sodas, dark with dark. I can imagine they get very inventive!
I personally have never tried it but they say it's delicious and about 100 cals per serving. Your's sounds even better. I know Jen would love it!!
I like pumpkin oatmeal. I must look again for the recipe...your post just reminded me of it!!! TTFN

10-19-2006, 11:49 AM

10-19-2006, 05:10 PM
Morning all,
Nae, thank you for that information on backs and necks and crunches. I do a lot of them myself. I can feel the muscles under the flab. They are definitely there. I find that the Swiss Ball 'crunches' are better than those on the floor since the muscles have to work to keep you balanced on the ball and also to perform the movements. Also smaller movements seem to produce a greater output on the ball.
Never apologise for being happy. Happiness is all too often missing in our daily lives.
Those wood form cutouts certainly give out a message. I can remember back when my folks were living and they lived in a small town just off a long straight stretch of highway. The local cop was fed up with the number of idiots who thought it was a speedway and regularly crashed and maimed and killed themselves and other road users, so he erected a large white painted wooden cross for each death at the point of impact on the sides of the road. There were 27 in all, 6 of them in one large group where a bunch of uni students had come to grief on a bend. It was only a 12 kilometre stretch of road and 27 white crosses certainly make an impact - if for only a short period of time.
42 Below is available in the States, however it may not be at your local bottleshop. You may have to search to find it. It has won many prestigious awards and is sold in Soho House in New York as the house vodka. I can find it in most bottle shops over here - even the country stops.

Mel - you forgot to mention the vice grip and drag that the stranger puts on your poor ol' boob trying to get you into something that is built for a 6.7" amazon person. Your feet leave the floor and tears come to the eyes.

Happy - I should have said - Get to Work and not Get to Bed. It was me that should have been in bed - as Mel so rightly pointed out.

So today is another round with the ceiling - all the time thinking nasty thoughts about builders. I think this is Round 36 and it is evens so far. Either the ceiling will win and I will be thrown into a cell and the key will be thrown away - or I will win and the ceiling will come into line and we shall live happily ever after. Place your bets. Then the electrician is coming some time this morning as well. I'm looking forward to that part being done. I want to have some ceiling fans and downlights installed and a couple of new power points. I actually prefer ceiling fans to the aircon. It's not always hot enough to run the aircon, and the fans move the air around just enough to create a bit of a breeze. They are also quite handy for drying clothes on a wet day - lay the clothes out on the airer in the evening, go to bed and voila all clean, dry clothes in the morning.
Then I guess I need to get on with some more party organisation. It is only a week to until the family starts descending on Aus. Watch out for high wind gusts and loud noises as we all start to get together. Suzi, you have been warned. I have to get in touch with DB2 soon and tell him that we will be having a 'family reunion' on the 4th of November (undisclosed how many of the family will be there) and some family portraits. We thought of it in all ways and this was the best we could come up with. If we do anything like deviating from the norm, DB2 will smell a rat and take a well earned vacation in Parabadoo or somewhere else inaccessible. The rest will arrive an hour or so later - let the festivities begin. It will be the first time the four of us - DB's 1 & 2, DS + me - will have been together since Mum died 7 years ago. We are all getting older and who knows what lies around the corner.

So have a great day. I'll catch you all later.

10-19-2006, 06:44 PM
Okay - I have just got down from the roof cavity. It's a scary place. Anyway - that clamp is getting tighter. There is not only a lack of nails in that part of the ceiling, there is also a lack of timber. The ends of the plasterboard ceiling sheets are just rubbing together in space. Hallelujah. Wonder where else this wonderful bit of building is happening?? So, it's back to hardware heaven for some building timber today and fit in some more bracing in the ceiling. Next time I get up there, I'll chuck down some more of the junk that appears to be living up there as well.
Okay - another day with the drill, saw and screws begins.

10-19-2006, 10:29 PM
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suzi in auz
10-20-2006, 01:45 AM
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Happy birthday to you dear mrs madcat! I hope today is truly special and you have a wonderful time away. I will be thinking of you.

You have all been busy once again and I am looking outside at work at a very grey day.:rain: It's a good place to be inside. I am not so eager to leave work today. I think it might have had something to do with the weekends festivities last week that made me so restless. Today is better.
Started the day well at the Gym. It is so good haveing DH as a partner. Today i could have slept through and snuggled my way into the morning but I sprouted out of bed and hopefully did some damage in the battle of the flab!

Shad ...ekk that's all very scary getting up in the ceiling and trying to fix it. Are you going to try and do it yourself!!! There are so many things that are out of sight out of mind when it comes to houses and how they are built. I am sure many of us would be horrified by the findings. I hate to think what lurks in my walls. I know they are double brick with concrete floors upstairs and down, but still.....ekk!
OUch on the mamogram discription. I have yet to have one but with gracing 40 I am sure they are soon to come!:o Your festivities for you bro sound fun. I ill be sure to brace myself!'s so nice to see that you survived and even got a Thank you! wow.
Yes I think your friend has wise advice. It is oh so good to have a friend who can give us some perspective. WTG on the weigh loss. That is so good :cheer: :woohoo: how cool is that diet cake? I have heard about doing that with scones adding 1 can of 7 u-p and 1/2 pint of cream! Not diet friendly tho but great with lashings if jam! :nono: Stand away from them NOW! :lol:

Rose, thank you so much for the advice on the crunches. I have heard that is is quality and not quantity and try to do this for all of my exercise. You are so right about doing something properly and seeing the changes. I know I am fully aware of my muscle groups I am using now, just from using them!
I love the way that you are all gooey when it come to talking about your new man. This is a good sign...your sweety :) I love it.

Lovely weekends to everyone :hug:

10-20-2006, 02:14 AM
:carrot: :carrot: :carrot: :carrot: Happy Happy Birthday Miss Madcat :cb: :cb: :cb: Conga Line!

Have a wonderful day, hope TH has a special surprise for you and make your birthday last all weekend long.

Take the rest of the day off, ok? Tell them I said it was approved. :rofl:

Have a wonderful birthday :yes: :woo: :dance: :hat: :gift: :flow1: :twirly: :balloons: :encore: :woohoo: :cheer2: :congrat: :sunny: :cheer: :grouphug: :hb:

10-20-2006, 08:27 AM
Good morning folks,

Going to try and sneak in a quick post before class this morning.

Suzi, one of the best reasons for having a work out partner is that you can motivate each other :club: when one of you inevitably loses a bit of enthusiasm.

There's Shad with the hammer and nails again - why don't you just take out the ceiling, raise it to the roof and have a "catheral ceiling"? Be careful rummaging about up there. How nice that you will have everyone together for a reunion. Take some nice pictures - you won't regret it.

Mel, congrats on your scale victory :woohoo: I've heard of that cake recipe too but haven't tried it. Actually I haven't made a cake in ages. If someone does try that, let us know how it works out. I got such a good laugh from you mammagram post. :lol3: Thanks for sharing it! :D

Rose, thank you for the crunch info. Always good to get advice from someone who is knowledgeable. Actually I have modified the movements to more of a pilates / working the core type of movement. Please tho always feel free to pass along good advice. I have to smile about your "sweetie". It reminds me very much of one of the girls in the journal. She met a guy at work, fell head over heels for him and they eventually married. She always gushed about him and it was cute. Your posts remind me of that sheer delightful feeling. I think it's wonderful - so happy for you.

Loved the egg graphic Meadow. Are you keeping warm up there? You Canadians can take your cold air back anytime Missies - :rofl: A real brrrrrr today.

:hb: :hb: Happy, happy birthday to Madcat this morning :hb: :hb: When do we get cake and ice cream? :lol:

Ok, time has run out for me and I've gotten to the end of the posts I can read.

Hello Ceejay, Tig, Teel and Holly. :wave: Have a good one.

10-20-2006, 09:00 AM

Happy Birthday to you :hb:
Happy Birthday to you :gift:
Happy Birthday dear Madcat :hat:
Happy Birthday to you :woohoo:

10-20-2006, 09:03 AM
:twirly: :twirly: Thanks guys! :wave: I'm off from work today. DH is still asleep and I'll let him sleep in. We're planning on having breakfast here and then we'll head out, probably stopping in Niagara-on-the-Lake for lunch. Nothing too structured planned for the weekend, we're just going to go where the days take us. Probably spend some time in the new casino. I'd also like to do the Behind the Falls tour (if the weather lets it be open). Other than that, we're packing a bunch of books and a bottle of wine, and we'll just hang out and watch the falls from the Jacuzzi tub in our room:D

Oh, yeah, and it's my birthday. It feels weird. So I'm 45 now. I don't know what that is supposed to feel like, but I'm not sure it is supposed to feel like this. :joker: :shrug:

Morning, Happy :wave: Thanks for the permission to have the day off. Can I take today instead? :lol:

Suzi~ It's always such a trial to get back to normal after such an exciting time? Did I mention BTW that I really think your DH is the sweetest thing ever? I read your post about his PowerPoint presentation and just went *awwwww*. It's the thoughtful gifts that mean way more than anything anyone can just go out and buy.

Shad~ Funny but I think Happy and I were thinking along the same lines... Good place for a skylight maybe? :lol: Sorry you are having such a tussle with your ceiling. At least it will be fixed properly once you are done. You are right – there is something soothing about fans over "aircon". With fans I always feel cooled, with A/C I just feel cold… Good luck with pulling off your DB's surprise. Must be hard when dealing with a reluctant subject. If anyone can do it, you can. It sounds lovely.

Rosebush~ Thank you very much for the crunch info.

Mel~ CONGRATULATIONS on your loss. Looks as if it is working. Good going!! Keep it up. :cheer2:

OK, That is all I have time for. Gord will be wandering by shortly to get the apartment key. The kittens have Uncle Gordie to cater to their every whim this weekend. I haven't hear DH stir yet, I'm going to need coffee soon so I might have to go "stir" him. I can do what I want today… 'cuz it's my birthday!!! I'm sure DH'll be sick of hearing that by 11:30 or so. :lol:

Wave to the other chicks. Teel and Tig and Holly and PW and Java and Ceejay and Maedow and Carla and anyone else I missed. :wave: Take care all and everyone have a fabulous couple of days.

10-20-2006, 09:03 AM
Shad~ Thanks for the balloons!

10-20-2006, 10:53 AM
:wave: I hope they have a wonbderful time. Booze, books and a room with a view.....can't beat that!:hug:

I am a wee bit under the weather with the shot but not as bad as usual. But I stayed home and will buy nsome produce from the traveling greens man today. all I did yesterday was bills, TV and NOTHING!!!!!! :dance:
I plan on doing a lot of that over the next 3 days too!
Happy Friday & Have a wonderful weekend :moped

Shad~Was that loud clanging sound I heard last night the door of your padded cell being slammed shut???
I had something very witty to say but have since forgotten it:rofl: :rofl: good luck with the lumber and nails.....don't block yourself up in that space!! Now I am thinking a weekend with screws can't be all THAT bad! :lol3:
Be careful with those ladders and keep your cel phone in your POCKET!!!!!!! Don't forget I once got stuck in a freezing, no heat garbage room in the middle of winter!!!
Damn near froze to death and I was only in there less than 10 minutes:rofl: :rofl: Thank God Mota the maint man heard me clear across to the other side of the bldg and thank God I have a BIG mouth!!! :lol3: :lol3:

Suzi~ Have you come down out of the clouds as yet? :cloud9: I even had a great time reading about it. maybe you could make extra cash renting out the DH so he can plan all of our BD's!!!:carrot: :carrot:

Happy~ what's new jelly bean??? You've been such a busy gal yourself with Mom and newsletters etc. Hope all the plans are in place and there will be time for making Happy happy!:hug:

10-20-2006, 04:09 PM
Had to read 2 pages to catch up!! HUGS!!!!!

My eventful career in home daycare is officially over. Most kids finshed yesterday. The last 2 today. I am celebrating all the poopy diapers, food fights, van with 7 kids going to the library.......... I will miss the kids and parents not the job itself.

Looking to buckle down with my own kids.Need to do some behaviour tweaking and spend some nice one on one time.

Love you Gals!!!!

10-20-2006, 05:36 PM
Waving earnestly Eastward :wave:

10-20-2006, 05:52 PM
Morning all,

Madcats off on her weekend in the jacuzzi. Way to go Madcat. Have a great time.

Mels under the weather somewhat and I wonder why??? No it wasn't the cell door clanging shut, it was the sound of the clamp clamping shut while I practised thinking about what I would use it on. I can't get lost up in the attic since it is a very small attic and if I fell through the roof, I know exactly where I would land. And to shut myself in up there I would have to do it myself anyway. There is no way it could accidentally be done.

Happy - I'd love to make it into a cathedral ceiling. Unfortunately that's impossible. I could put a light tube in as Madcat suggested but won't. Not there anyway.

Suzi - no, I am not going to try to fix it. I have fixed it. It needed a batten over the top of it and I cut, fitted and glued and screwed one into place. Have to get back up there this morning to see if the glue is dry enough for me to plaster the crack yet again.

Dentist this morning. It's the 6 month check up - geez they come around fast. I got an early morning one. Luckily my body balance class is not on today - they are starting a 6 week fitness challenge at the club and will be weighing, measuring, registering and running a step and pump class instead. So I will go down to do my normal weights etc after the dentist. The electrician came yesterday - funny old coot. Doesn't like downlights, doesn't like fans, doesn't like halogens. But all I have to do is buy them and he will put them in for me. I think he thought I was going to do all the cheap stuff - he cheered up immensely when I told him I was intending to spend $$$ getting the right ones. Apparently those with small motors (and made in China) are pretty cheap and nasty. So having failed to get a recommendation out of him for a suitable lighting shop - except don't get cheap from the chains - I now have to try to find some stuff and he will come and put it in - with the DS2's help (he can't fit into roof cavities any more). So after some painting, gymming, dentistry, and shopping, I'll add some of the upmarket lighting joints to the list of things to do and go visit them this week.

With that, I'm gone - things to do, people to see, stuff to look at. :genie:

10-20-2006, 06:26 PM
Wow Shad, you are literally rebuilding from the rafters. It's amazing what you've sunk into the house. Did you know going in that you were going to have to do alot of updating or was it more for your own personal taste? I've heard there are people like you who actually ENJOY doing the renovations :dizzy: I would too if I didn't have a job sucking away most of my time. I should say jobs because there's the paying job and then theirs the non paying job and the volunteer jobs and the community service jobs - you know how it goes. Our time is not our own. Next life I'm coming back as a man. :rofl: Or a cat - a cat that lives in MY HOUSE because the animals, birds and even the spiders that hang around my house do pretty well. Coming into the office this morning I saw a dead field mouse on the grass and I felt sorry for it - it was all curled up and I wondered if he spent his last moments shivering from the cold. What can I say, I'm goofy. :dunno:

Meadow - your pictures just get more and more beautiful!

Madcat, you weekend plans sound fantastic. If it wasn't your birthday I would be jealous. Don't worry about being 45, just hang on to those 40's as long as possible. :rofl:

Hey big sister Mel - make a deal with you - you rest this weekend and I will have fun next weekend. I can't believe Mom's party is almost upon us. Most of the people we invited will be there so it will be fun. I just hope the weather holds up. I am looking forward to the drive (somewhat) it does appear that we will be able to view some good leaf color as about 1/3 of our trees are turning too. Get some rest so that the preventative flu shot does not turn into a full blown cold for you.

There are "handymen" and I use the term loosely who drive around the neighborhood looking to do odd jobs. I live in an old section of town with lots of old trees that produce lots and lots and lots of leaves. So this is a lucrative time of year for some folks as there are people willing to pay someone to rake and bag up 40+ bags of leaves from their property. One such crew is across the street. Apparently their truck broke down and for the last 20 minutes they have been in the street with the hood up and the horn is stuck blaring very loudly. It stops for a few seconds and then starts again. This is not a very pleasant sound mind you. Unfortunately with the burglaries and criminal activity that goes on in this town, it makes you more and more hesitant to lend a hand to someone unless they are lying in the street bleeding. It's unbelievable the stories you hear on the news about how some folks scam others and take advantage of people's trust. One guy was in the hospital and an orderly stole his wallet and his identity and was charging up a storm on his credit cards because he knew the guy would not be home to receive phone calls or see the credit card bills for a while. It's disgusting what this world is coming to.

On another note they recently changed the rules in the town here that yard waste - including leaves must now be bagged in clear plastic bags only. No more use of black garbage bags. Now personally, up north we used brown paper bags for our yard waste - paper which quickly degrades. I think it's insane to put recycling stuff in plastic bags but of course that's my dumb thinking. Actually they changed the rules July 1. One of the reasons they want clear bags is to ensure that people are not mixing garbage with biodegradeable plant based waste. Now we're had at least 3 fliers delivered to our doors from the city about this, I've put it in the last 2 newsletters and we STILL have people putting yard waste in black plastic bags. Our neighborhood representative said that at the last town meeting the officials said they are getting tired of this already and are starting to consider sterner measures against people who won't comply. As I look across the street past the truck with the horn blowing, I see about 35 bags of leaves on my neighbor's lawn. They were gathered up by the people with the truck. Do you think the leaves are in clear plastic bags? If you said :yes: you are partially right. Do you think ALL the yard waste is in CLEAR plastic bags? If you said :no: then you must be able to see my house from your computer! :mag: Yes folks, at least 1/2 the bags are black, plastic garbage bags which the recycle people won't take on pick up day (which is NEXT Wednesday) so guess what a lovely view I have from my nice picture windows. And the bags are just thrown on top of each other so that means as the days go by, the bags will fall over into the street, rip and tear and the leaves will blow over to our side of the house which will make DH who has just spent 6 hours cleaning our yard look like this :mad: :headache: :bomb: :no: :yikes: :tantrum: I told him we should tell the guys who did the raking about the city rules but he said no, leave them alone. I don't agree because the homeowner who paid them shouldn't really be responsible and I'm SURE she won't be going out there rebagging the black bags into clear plastic ones.

My next house is going to be on a large plot of land, far away from people. I used to be afraid that if I was too remote, the aliens would come and capture me and perform painful experiments on me and the wild animals would scare me at night but I'm almost ready to chose them over people now a days.

And that's all I have to say. I think I'll go empty some boxes in the garage before I make DH buy me dinner.

And then I'll come back and catch up with the rest of you...

10-20-2006, 10:02 PM

Crantini for everyone! For Madcat's birthday and for everyone else's unbirthdays ;)
*Made with Polar ice vodka :D cranberry juice and a titch of triplesec

:grouphug: forget all your troubles and just be happy!

Happy is away on her remote acreage... Shad is having visions of handyman homicide... Mel is packing and going to visit Shad in her warmth and help bury the bodies and patting herself on the back for the scale numbers downward motion... Holly is rubbing her hands together gleefully and breathing deep sighs of relief from other people's children... Madcat is smiling, happy and blissfully unaware of everyone, everything but her lovely hubby's eyes... Nae is primping and aching for her new man to hurry up and call... Suzi is doing sensible ab crunches while wondering just what it means to be the same as Oprah's goal weight?!... Ceejay and Carla are reading and wondering where the blazes Meadow's head is at:p :)

:wave: Happy Weekend everyone :wave:

suzi in auz
10-21-2006, 12:39 AM
...Meadowmmmm thank you, very nice thank you very much :cheers: I might have to wait a few hours to have a real one as it's only 1.30pm, although it is 5pm somewhere! :lol: Meadow I love your graphics you are so clever. I wish I wish I could do them too. Thank you for sharing.

HappyI can so relate to your neighbourhood problems. Hopefully the racking up men might come and take the rubbish away! ? :no: oh well it was a thought...wishful thinking maybe. Good for you on the Pilate crunches....hold in that core. I am up for Hubbies buying dinner anytime. Remind me in my next life to come back as an animal that lives in your place!:hug:

Shad,you are quite something, well done you :bravo: You will be all up and running for summer! There is nothing like visitors coming too to get us motivated.
I had my last Gym session for the week this morning. I think I did close to 500 cals and thought of you! I couldn't manage 600. I will try for that next time. The challenge at the Gym sounds interesting. Are you doing that too? I know a friend who did that for 8 weeks and he lost 12 kgs! Amazing. There was a lot of nutrition involved and it wasn't a long term thing I don't think. I know I would prefer that. My sister in Law is a weight loss management specialist. i am going to rack her brains when she comes over in Dec. It might be a diet friendly Christmas :)

MelYes I have floated back doen. I had a grump this morning with DH over nothing and I am sure it was because we were having to come back down to reality. It would be nice to float around for a while. Still it was fun while it lasted. I hope you get better soon. It's no good being sick after the shot. I know I am a wuss but that is one reason I won't get the flu shot. I seem to hear stories of people getting the flu after it and really wonder if it is worth it. Still I know it is need for some like yourself.

HollyWonderful news :congratulations: on the end of this era. I hope you have some lovely quality time with your family. You deserve it. It hasn't come at a better time for you too with the holidays coming up.

I hope u are enjoying your birthday. And you are right Milk it for all it is worth. It's the only time you can! :cheers: enjoy the room, the bubbles and the memories. ;)
I hope you all have a lovely day. I am off to seize this one. DS is running around making mischief and saying he is bored. I really hate that, it basically means he wants to waste his time playing games on the computer :frypan:
I think i might get this DH to buy me dinner! :hungry:

10-21-2006, 09:44 AM
Meadow- you are a true delight!!!! Sorry about the yahoo and the crashing.HUGS!!!

HUGS to all!

I slept til a decadent 7:30am!!!!!!!

DH and I are both showered and the kids are having some toast. We go to get my car in 20 min. It is really there this time.

Today is all about Avon and then cleaning the upstairs bathroom.

I want to walk too. It is 1 mile up to the next side road. Round trip 2 miles. Doing this every day is my goal. It is the same busy road out front but at certian times it is not as busy. Like weekends and most mid mornings. 2 seniors up the road walk it every day.

10-21-2006, 09:50 AM
:rofl: The mice and donut are just too adorable Meadow. I love that kind of artwork. Your post cracked me up and I had the urge to cut and paste it into mine and leave! :lol3:
I'll take a crantini and thank you very much!!!!Looks very thirst quenching!!:xcheer:

Happy~ your post cracked me up in that it's like you are reading my mind. I rarely say any of that out loud as I live in fear that the office will call the men in white coats and drag me away! :rofl: :rofl: those naughty neighbors are using the black bags out of ignorance, cheapness(they still have too many left) or arrogance! As a control freak, this would highly piss me off!! lol So I send you :hug:
PS~ I told Shad to put the bodies on ice till I can get there. No sense in leaving now....SHE'S NOT DONE YET!!!!!:rollpin:

Shad~ I hope good lighting is easy to find. At least you will know it will be a job well done in the end. will it all be finished before you leave again and what did you find about Sunday traveling with you this trip?
Temps are reaching the 30's & 40's.....send the heat please!

Holly~ good plans for the time well spent with your OWN kids!! I am sure everyone will benefit.

Suzi~ No fighting now :rollpin: gotta start buttering him up for next years events!!! :rofl:

Feeling less achy and Jen is too. Not as bad as other years reactions. :cheer: A very bright and lovely crisp day has begun(insert frezing my balls off here)....(oh....I don't have any....then change that to buns):p
I did a flylady job thru magazines and crochet books. Gave a LOT away and put the magazines into the laundry room. the wind was so incredible last night it sounded like a freight train on and off. Set off the alarms on the door, cops here, and I had to turn it off for the night!
Hope no one broke in. I'm going back down now to reset it.
No plans and nothing else to report.....
Happy Saturday and good morning sunshines :cofdate:

10-21-2006, 04:00 PM

I cant tell my new ride is turned on because nothing is rattling, grinding or shaking.

Having a bit of a vacation today. Enjoying my new freedom. :D Picked up our new wheels and came home and then had brunch and then the kids and I went to my folks to show off the new wheels and test drive it. Fun to be driving a manual tansmission again.

I really must at least clean the kitchen.

Here she is!!!

10-21-2006, 09:07 PM
Hi everyone.
I went to Paragould this week end after all because the district water meeting was there. I won the door prize which was an electric fillet knife.
My nephew will be getting this for his Christmas present. I was one of 4 women there.

I decided to spend some time with my aunt and uncle and glad I did. I got to baby sit their 3 year old grand daughter while my aunt went to a luncheon to visit with her aunt's and uncle's.

My aunt and I went shopping today while her dil cleaned her house. I bought 2 new pair of jeans and a hoodie (a sweat shirt with a hood) I needed the jeans to wear to work. My old ones are getting thread bare.

I'll probably have an unhappy co-worker in the morning when I get to work but she will get over it. I'm not taking anything else from her.

Happy is doing crunches. Wow, 750 is impressive! Get some rest this week end.

Madcat--Happy belated birthday and enjoy that jacuzzi.

Shad--Be careful in the attic and good job on the exercising.

Mel-Stay warm.

Holly--Love the new wheels and know you are anxious in starting a new job.

Suzi, Meadow, and Rose hello :wave:

10-22-2006, 09:16 AM
WOW! No one here but us 3? :rofl:
Holly is on vacation of sorts:beach:
Ceejay is getting her jeans ready for work. Nice you got to spend time with the family. Paragould :cheer:

I woke at 4am and went back to sleep at 6 for 1 1/2 hrs. Now have headache the size of Giant's Stadium. there will be NO ball games played there till I can get rid of it!!:lol3:
Sunny and cold. Better find something to keep me occupied! :moped:
Happy Sunday :sunny:

10-22-2006, 12:54 PM
Hi Girls,

We went out trapsing early yesterday so I didn't get a chance to post. Alot of the stores (outside of the chains) only have weekend hours from 9am to 11:30 on Saturday. Since they are typically situated across several towns and far apart, it really makes it difficult to shop and look for things. We went to one tile place called the Tile House. It was closed. They should have called it Tile Shed because it was a very small storefront with not much in the way of samples. Just for the heck of it I picked out another place and printed directions before we left home. We decided to haul over there - one hour to get 15 miles across town in heavy traffic. I was happy to see that this place was open until noon and they had a very large showroom with lots of samples. Of course DH liked one and I liked another but eventually we came together on something we both liked. Then we asked one of the salespeople a question and found out that the tile we both really really liked was just wall tile and not suitable for countertops. She was very helpful in suggesting another style but it just didn't go as well with the accent pieces we picked out. Then there is the business of wall tile. We don't want anything too dark but we can't have anything too light either because the cabinets are white and something too light will get washed out. Also the kitchen opens into the dining room which is a periwinkle blue so we are somewhat limited with colors. The floor is an ugly bland beige tile which DH said we could cover over if we needed to. We found a grouping that looked ok to us and brought samples home. DH was laying it out on the computer. The counter tiles are large - 18 inches by 18 inches which she suggested we lay on a diagonal <> which would cover the 25 inch span across the counter top. DH said he wasn't sure if he liked that and after thinking about it, he's not sure he likes the tile she suggested for the counters. I think I want the shiny glazed finish, he's thinking smaller tiles would be better than the super big ones. I would prefer less grout than more (stuff is so hard to clean) so I think the bigger tiles would work better. It's never easy to decide. Good thing we aren't in a hurry. We can go back and look more after we get back from Chicago. I told DH I think we should pick out the accent tiles and work from there out instead of picking counter tiles and then selecting wall and accent pieces. So that was all of yesterday. Another 2 hour phone call with my sister and half the weekend is gone.

Which piles alot on today which is cold and gray and dreary looking.

Morning Mel, hope the headache goes away :hug: and that you find something to keep you out of trouble ;)

An electric fillet knife? Well CeeJay I guess that would come in handy if you caught really big fish. I'm thinking my fillet knife is the sharpest knife I have but it probably would be very difficult to use it on a 30 pound fish. I like hoodies too - they look better than plain old sweatshirts I think. Have you given any more thought to changing careers or was that just a frustrating moment for you?

Thank you for the crantini Meadow but make Holly's a virgin drink since there's no drinking and driving here. :nono:

Suzi, so you have a SIL who is a weight loss specialist? Wow that's cool. You should be able to swap some great tips over your visit. Are you going to take her as a guest to your fabulous gym?

Shad, how did the dentist go? Haven't seen you check in - hope you're not stuck in the attic. :yikes:

Well I started this post 2 hours ago. Got caught up with finding a design program for DH so he could get a better idea on the kitchen design. Now it's almost lunch time and I'm still sitting here in my pajamas with a cold cup of coffee. There's so much to do this week before we go, I MUST stay focused on the things that really need doing. Starting with picking up a birthday gift for my sister. So I'd better get busy. Sunday's fly by soooooo very quickly. Enjoy yours ladies.

10-22-2006, 01:02 PM
Weighed in this morning at 184.6. ugh. and I've just finished off a half can of Pringles. Maybe I can salvage the day and still stay under my calorie limit.

I'm not in the mood to work today so I'm going to play on the computer for a little while. The co-worker did not say to much which I'm glad.

My toning for the day has been completed so all I have to do tonight is ride for 7 miles

Mel--Take some tylenol and lay back down. Hope your headache feels better soon.

Holly--Have fun in the new car.

Happy--Career changes ares on hold. Things are not quite as problematic as they were once were. I've put my food down on a lot of things that this co-worker was doing. It's help matters a bunch. The boss didn't know.

10-22-2006, 07:46 PM
Morning all,

I was sure I had posted yesterday, but I guess I didn't as it is not there. Silly me.

No I am not up starving in the attic. I did manage to get up and down and around in there in one piece. I will have to get back up there again to put the insulation back in place. I have to move it around to find out what the problem was. I am about to find out today whether I have fixed the problem or not. Back to the plastering again. Painting is coming along okay. Top coat will go on by about Wednesday or so. Meantime I have been working in the bathroom and garden as well. Always something to do around here and I am so slow in doing it as well.

Preparations for the party are going along okay. I picked up a large piece of pork while shopping last week. That will go on the Weber for roasting. Also a Chicken and a Fish in there, but I haven't got them yet. Yesterday I went around to DB2's place and told him that we are to have a family reunion while his sister is here. He's all for the idea. Thinks it is great. Just a pity, he says that all of the family can't attend. Well, well dear bro, most of them will be here. Only a couple missing. Next time we think about a reunion, we will think about having it on neutral territory - maybe that will flush out a couple of recalcitrants or closet skeletons or something. Today, I will make a list of the things to do/ get for the party, make enquiries at some of the theme parks, sanctuaries, zoos and local attractions for the visitors and suss out any discounts for families etc. I think the vote for the time being is Steve Irwins place out at Australia Zoo.

Meadow - loved the crantini. Very nice - but then I can drink cranberry sauce! I love the stuff.

Suz - no I am not doing the challenge because I won't be here for much of it. I will have to freeze my gym membership and find a new gym up there I guess.

Holly - get those walking shoes out. You now have the opportunity to do some good quality walking. Don't drive round the block in the car :rofl: It will not do your legs any good.

Mel - Our temps will soon be reaching the 30's and 40's as well, but centigrade is somewhat different from fahrenheit. :lol3: I'm going out this week to sort out the lighting - no it will probably not be done before I go. DS2 will sort it out after I have gone. I've just got to make the big decisions and pay for it. Miss Puss is at this time going around to the DS2 for a period of time anyway. We will see how it pans out. May have to alternate between DS2 and the Cattery although DB2 now says he will come around and stay here for the time I am away - but I don't want him to give up his flat because he loves it out there and will not find anything as cheap again.
All else fails, I will secrete the cat into a flat in Tville.

Ceejay - congratulations on winning something. Glad to hear the job has settled down at least for the time being.

Happy - tiles and home decorating are the worst things to try and sort out. It takes forever and almost never looks exactly like you had envisioned it to be. Just take lots of paint swatches, fabric swatches, as many tile samples as you can get, benchtop samples etc. and put them all together in a collage on a board, then hang the collage in several different places around the room for a couple of days in each location. Light and colour are often affected by other colours around them. Your blue will give everything a blue light and you may need more red or yellow undertones to warm up the spaces. Look at your ideas in all lights and do not hurry the decision. It is just not worth it - particularly since tiles and benchtops are so expensive.

I've gymmed and showered and had breakfast. Time on the computer is done until later this afternoon. So dishes, washing, painting, gardening and plastering is now on the menu. See you all later.

suzi in auz
10-22-2006, 08:26 PM
Hi girls :hug:

It's my daughters birthday today so Happy birthday DD!!!I can't believe you are 11! :woohoo: :balloons: :gift:
We have done the birthday thing this morning, pressies to open and pancakes made for a birthday breakie, tonight it's a roast at her request.
Last night we sort of celebrated as tonight the boys have music in the middle of festivities.
I had taken DD to a dance practise all day and so she was a little tired. She asked if we could have fish and chips on the floor on a blanket in the living room, so we did just that and watched Australian Idol. Very cool!
I love the simple things like that.
She has a birthday planned with friends on Saturday , 15, 11 year olds. Should be fun. One of her pressies was "singstar" kareoke , so they will be all popping and bopping :carrot: :carrot: :carrot: I have the week to plan it and a cake to be made and thought about.
The weekend was good but lots of talking. Our dear new friends are having difficulties in their relationship. The "DH" came over to talk to my DH and had a heart to heart for about 2 hours. I made myself scarce. They were on the verge of breaking up and we were very sad, this was the first we had heard about this. Thankfully after debriefing and lots of talking they have decided to make a go of things. We were still exhausted and have been mulling over things backwards and forwards. It makes us thankful for what we have but also realise how hard things are and how we can't change situations, just wait and see. We have only just met these friends and so don't know them too well. People show you what they want to.

I have Gymmed this morning but have heaps to do today so really must get cracking the whip. It's a beautiful day today, just right for looking around the open air mall.

Shad...I am sure your DB will LOVE his surprise. it's so nice for youto do this for him. mmmmm i love food straight from the weber, so yummy! The Australian Zoo sounds like a must see. I am only sad I didn't get to see it before he passed away.
Mel..glad to hear you are feeling better. has the headache gone, ekkk. might be part of the symptoms. get well! did you find something to do...hopefully not involving balls! :lol:

Holly...enjoy those new wheels ...the car looks lovely. What fun! :scooter:

Ceejay, glad you enjoyed your little trip away. So nice that you could spend some time with the little one. I am struggling too at the moment with the numbers on the scales...very frustrating with all the hard effort I am making, might be food choices, might need to re think.

Happy...I could so relate to your decision making. It a tricky one. I like the idea of tiles on the bench top. I haven't seen much of that as the Ceasar stone idea seems to be really the "thing" here. I am with you on the grouting. The less the better and the bigger tiles will look sharp. hope you can come to an understanding with DH. It's good that he likes to be so involved.
Ok I'm down to the lovely meadows cratini staring at me. I better not look at it too long or I will get nothing done!

Love to all

10-22-2006, 11:01 PM
Happy Birthday Suzi's DD :hb: :woohoo: :hat: Hope mum and dad get you some really cool stuff! :lol:

Suzi, can Mel and I have a turn at the Karaoke machine? Please, please, PLEASE!!!!!

I had the hardest time getting on here. There's a new ad for Comcast Digital Phone service and it's messing up the page loads. I had to try 6 times and I was almost about to give up :mad: :mad: It seems when that certain ads love me to no end. I still grit my teeth with the stupid Lamisil toenail ad that seems to be everywhere!!!

I'm in the middle of getting busy here. Making a list and getting things done. Just thought that I'd pop in and say good night. Didn't plan on it taking me 15 minutes just to get to the right page.

Later chicks...

10-23-2006, 12:30 AM Chicks got it going on! Live, love and laugh:D

1. How Do You Catch a Unique Rabbit? Unique Up On It.

2. How Do You Catch a Tame Rabbit? Tame Way, Unique Up On It.

3. How Do Crazy People Go Through The Forest? They Take The Psycho Path
4. How Do You Get Holy Water? You Boil The **** Out Of It.

5. What Do Fish Say When They Hit a Concrete Wall? Dam!

6. What Do Eskimos Get From Sitting On The Ice too Long? Polaroid's
7. What Do You Call a Boomerang That Doesn't work? A Stick
8.. What Do You Call Cheese That Isn't Yours? Nacho Cheese.

9.. What Do You Call Santa's Helpers? Subordinate Clauses.

10. What Do You Call Four Bullfighters In Quicksand? Quattro Sinko.. !

11. What Do You Get From a Pampered Cow? Spoiled Milk.

12. What Do You Get When You Cross a Snowman With a Vampire? Frostbite.

13. What Lies At The Bottom Of The Ocean And Twitches? A Nervous Wreck.

14. What's The Difference Between Roast Beef And Pea Soup? Anyone Can Roast Beef. Can you pea soup?

15. Where Do You Find a Dog With No Legs? Right Where You Left Him.

16. Why Do Gorillas Have Big Nostrils? Because They Have Big Fingers.

17. Why Don't Blind People Like To Sky Dive? Because It Scares The Dog.

18. What Kind Of Coffee Was Served On The Titanic? Instant Sanka.

19. What Is The Difference Between a Harley And a Hoover? The Location Of The Dirt Bag.

20. Why Did Pilgrims' Pants Always Fall Down? Because They Wore Their Belt Buckle On Their Hat.

21. What's The Difference Between a Bad Golfer And a Bad Skydiver? A Bad Golfer Goes, Whack, Dang! A Bad Skydiver Goes Dang! Whack.

22. How Are a Texas Tornado And a Tennessee Divorce The Same? Somebody's Gonna Lose A Trailer.

10-23-2006, 09:31 AM
Damn this site is acting funny. I clicked reply and got the page, then it jumped to the index page or whatever it's called. :dizzy:
Happy~ no wonder you had problems getting here:rofl:
You two certainly had a full weekend with the tile picking. good luck fionding what you want. You and me and some crantini's and a kareoke(sp) machine could be a dangerous thing....:devil: :devil: Just the thought of it cracks me up!

Shad~ He is going to be soooo surprised!!!:carrot:
I hope it all stays a secret till the very moment!
Will Sunday stay quiet whilst you smuggle her inside? :rofl: Whatever you do....don't put any duct tape on her mouth!!!! :yikes:

Ceejay~ Did you wear the new hoodie and jeans to work?
Good idea for the knife as a Xmas present. You just gave me an idea. I have new things sitting here and can give them good homes. :D

Neadow~ POLAROIDS!!! :rofl: :rofl: Yes it is good to laugh first thing in the morning!! Especially after the phone call I just had previously.

Suzi~ Happy Birthday Suzi's DD :gift: :hb:
Hope it's a good one and all her wishes come true!

Holly~ are you still out driving around in the new vehicle????????

Wonder how the trip is going with Mr & Mrs Madcat:?:
I was beginn ing my post when John called and told me that we are missing an elderly couple for 3 days now. The last we saw them was Friday and they were leaving in their van. Now the kids say he's going senile and they fear they are both lost. WELLLLLL....if you knew this then why was he still driving!!!!! God knows where they are. :(
don't you just love Monday mornings? :dizzy:
hold on a sec.............
the cops had begun a search last night. John just gave me an update. Hope this ends well.
I have a complaint: a lot of human remains were found at the construction site at Ground Zero(9/11) so now the site is closed down. This morning they plastered pictures of all the bones they found piled up on tables in a lab of sorts....who thought this was a good idea, who let these money hungry reporters in there and how can they do this to the parents and wives and kids of the deceased?
Jesus....where is our sense of respect for the dead.
OK rant is over. I am thinking I should get dressed in case the police come here for statements. sigh
Happy Monday. Let's make this a great week somehow for all of us :dance: ....... :moped:

10-23-2006, 10:01 AM
Wow Mel, what a crappy way to start the morning. Hopefully they can trace the couple via credit cards or ATM transactions. If they took off in a van then they have to stop and get gas sometime. That's really sad. Especially when the forgetfulness first sets in. You can't put the cuffs on them when they first start showing signs but how do you know when to really keep an eye on them until there's an unfortunate episode or two like this? I do hope they will be alright.

I agree with you too on the remains at the WTC. People are still having a hard time coming to grips with their losses and this just rips the wound open again. I remember seeing one widow on Oprah. The topic was how she blew through several million dollars in compensation basically on a spending spree of high priced items like Fendi handbags, designer this, designer that. As they were interviewing her trying to make sense of this, she admitted that she was wrong to blow this money away but her issue and she kept harping on it, was that she felt that just dumping the remains on a barge in a landfill was a horrible thing to do to the families and she was insistant that there be a memorial placed at the WTC site to honor the deceased. Now while I think that it probably was not humanly possible to separate the human remains from the wreckage of the buildings, much less identify and return what was found to the right families, at least in this case where they'd find some bones intact, they should have some reverence for the dead and not make it a big media event. Our news is based upon sensationalism. :no: :no: :no:

No dumb ad today and I zipped right into the site this morning. So I am vindicated as DH would say. :D

:rofl: Meadow - thanks for the jokes! :lol: A few years back my silly friend told me the Unique rabbit joke and I was wracking my brain trying to remember the second part of that. Now I have it. You can bet that several people in my life will be hearing dumb jokes today. Thanks so much for sharing. :rofl:

Well girls, tomorrow I am joining Weight Watchers at Work. At least for 12 weeks. I have done WW before but personally I think my body has changed and I'm having bigger problems processing sugar than fats. And I thought WW was more of a low fat diet. But hey, they revamp their programs every few years so we'll see what's going on with that.

With us leaving at the end of the week I have decided not to go grocery shopping and we will just eat what we have in the refrigerator and freezer. Going to be some interesting meals (and a horrid weigh in next week after a weekend of partying). Although I do have alot of diet meals (Lean Cuisines and a few of the leftover Diet to Your Door) meals in the freezer that will see me through to Friday. Good thing DH isn't fussy.

Time to get a move on here, talk to you later... :wave:

10-23-2006, 11:48 AM
The workers tearing down the building next door are making big noises. I've already jumped out of my chair twice.

Last night was a productive night. I half way cleaned up the bed room, did two loads of laundry and rode the bike for 8 miles to burn 400 calories. I'm catching up on my week end chores.

Happy--Good luck with Weight Watchers.

Mel- Hope your day goes better and the couple is found.

Meadow--Thanks for the jokes. Everyone needs a good laugh.

It's time to get the 10 a.m. readings and get things posted.

10-23-2006, 01:18 PM
My first day of (temporary) unemployment!!!


We had a lovely weekend! zooommmmmm. Loving this little car. My silver rocket!!

I fell giddy with all the quiet and lack of interuptions here. Completed some necessary church and school council stuff. Many calls made. Lunch being ingested. I will clean the kitchen and then work at Avon stuff while AMC is on.

Been seeing nice changes with my kids. They aren’t loving some of the new attention they are getting because I am able to follow thu on some negative issues,thankfully short lived.


10-23-2006, 06:00 PM
Morning all,

We've been hearing some of the WTC news over here too. While I can understand the need to get rid of the rubbish and destruction as quickly as possible, I can't understand the need for not shifting through some of the lower level stuf for bodies and bones. Certainly whatever was in the burning bits would have been incinerated but not on the lower levels where crushing would have caused death. And what is wrong with building a memorial to the people and shoving the bones in there? Don't they do that for the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier - a memorial which is on every battlefield and every major city to which I have ever been? Hiroshima springs to mind where there is the Hill of the Dead - a mound which contains bones from at least 5000 bodies. Enough said! Things are said and done in the heat of the moment which we will later come to regret.

Holly - interesting that you are able to discern which of the kids actions now need improving and which you admire now that the others have gone. Devious little people, children

Ceejay - way to go on the exercise.

Happy = glad you got into the site okay today. It is interesting that we all have some problems some of the time. I've had the odd occasion where the site has zipped me back out to the home page but I never have a problem with any of the ads - as far as I know - maybe my firewall or virus protection block a lot of them, or maybe it is that I don't get a lot of your ads. I don't think I have ever seen the lamasil ad. Often I will get an ad which relates to something I have written in my post, and many of them are Australian based. Perhaps we don't have a lot of lamiasil here???
I've said my bit on the WTC site - I'm off the :soap: now.
Weight Watchers at Work. Is that something the company has set up or are you doing it with a group of fellow workers to encourage each other? Good Luck. And it is not a bad idea to take a break from the grocery shopping once in a while and clear out the cupboards and fridge/ freezer. I need to clear out some of mine for while I am away as well - although I will take some of it with me simply so I don't have to buy it when I get up there. That at least is one of the beauties of driving up there.

Mel - well since he knows he is going to a party of sorts, he will at least get a bit dressed up! Well maybe anyway. His daughter and I have found another couple of friends yesterday - geez she can be sneaky - and we will get to invite them today as well. And there is one more couple I will be in touch with today, so if they all arrive and get to the right place at the right time there will be around 30 family and friends. And of course when we all get together, we become very Kiwi - (Italian) - Irish. We all talk at once, all wave our hands around, don't stop to listen to anyone else and have a thoroughly good time and eat an awful lot. To my knowledge none of us (except DS1's partner) are Italian, however with our family history one is never sure, but we certainly act that way. Someone will no doubt have a disagreement with someone else and DS will act as Arbitrator and sort it out before it gets out of hand. That's why we keep her - a. She's a JP, and b. she is a real pacifist or pacifier (one of the two) and we have a copper among us as well. Not that that means all that much in the way of the peace stakes these days.
How awful for that old couple. What a shame his licence was not endorsed or taken away when he was diagnosed for dementia. Don't know what they do over there but here when you get over 70 or 75 (can't remember which) you need to renew your licence every year and you need to have doctors certificates etc. etc. There was a dear old soul on the TV the other day - just turned 100 and has given up his drivers licence - why??? Because he doesn't get the pleasure out of driving as he used to do. :faint: He's been driving for 80 odd years as I remember and only ever had one accident (when he was 69) and that wasn't his fault either. What a record!!! :woohoo:
I don't care what they say about older drivers being slow and dangerous - if you have never had a ticket, fine, or accident for over 80 years you must be doing something right!!

Meadow - loved the jokes. I think I have had a few boomerangs which were sticks in my time. The only time I have got one back is when I've gone and retrieved it myself.

Anyway better go and get ready for gym and then come home to paint again. I will have most of this hall finished completely before I go away and maybe before the rellies arrive! It will be a big job out of the way. Geez I hate door frames!!!!! :mad: :dizzy:
Today will be paint, garden and a bit of cleaning. I'd like to get a fair bit done so I can go spend some time in a lighting shop tomorrow and get a few things for the electrician to start work. Please house, don't throw any curly bits at me today.

suzi in auz
10-23-2006, 07:56 PM
feeling a little under the weather today...must be going around the family as DH is feeling it too. I will take it easy.
Have Gymmed this morning but a headahe to boot. Might try and blow the cobwebs away a little
lots of love to all

10-23-2006, 11:26 PM
Darlings, I'm home!~ Just a very quick check-in to let everyone know I'm back. But the trip itself was really fun. I kissed My Beloved on the deck of the Maid of the Mist buffeted by the spray from the Horseshoe Falls. It was very, um, exhilarating. :o And relaxing. The room had a beautiful view, and the bathroom was the size of our office here, including the two person jacuzzi.

Oh, we had a terrific time. I must admit the one thing I was very disappointed in was the food. Things were very expensive. Very, very expensive. And sort of scary. For instance, we ate breakfast in a Denny's on Saturday morning. Ok, we don' t actually have any Denny's near home but I was horrified by the size of the portions. I ended up getting pancakes and a side of bacon. First I had to scrape off the ice cream scoop of butter on the top. Geez guys, each pancake was the size of a small side plate! I could manage to eat one… and a bit. I don't know which I found more horrifying – the fact that people were ordering these huge plates of food and actually finishing them – or that people were ordering huge plates of food and leaving so much of it. You know, it should be criminal to waste food like that. We should be ashamed when faced with such a flagrant conspicuous consumption. :nono: :nono: :nono:

K, I was hoping to be able to comment… but I think my cats are destroying something in the living room. I'll come back if I get a chance.

10-24-2006, 02:38 AM
Late night post here, not sure if I'll have time in the morning.

Glad to hear most of the weekend was enjoyable Madcat. Smooching in the mist sounds romantic :o As for the platters of food - I think people are just looking for alot of food for their buck. We had Denny's in Chicago (can't recall seeing them here) but they would indeed give you 3 eggs, 2 bacons, 2 sausages, 3 huge pancakes - all for 5 dollars or something like that. I think you're right about such wastefulness more than anything. There's a little place we like here for breakfast. It's a platter but more of an oblong dish rather than a platter. In all actuality it's probably a bit more than a portion but it does leave you wishing you had more (tho you feel like a bit of an :ink: thinking of eating any more) so it's probably portioned just right. It's good home cooking too so it feels good on the tongue.

Go put your feet up and make a nice cup of tea Suzi, hope you feel better after a good early to bed extra long sleep.

Shad, sounds like things are coming together for the party. Are you getting excited? Ok, then I'll be excited for us both :rofl: Weight Watchers at Work is a meeting of the WW plan. If you can get enough people together, they will hold meetings at your office over lunch time instead of you seeking out a "public" meeting. I have done WW several times in the past and I believe it to be a solid, practical plan and I've gotten results before but... I am a bit skeptical if I may say so. Mainly because in the past WW was focused on low fat and at this point in my life I think I need more of a low sugar, low carb, diabetes type plan because I believe I don't process sugars efficiently any more. But WW is always changing their plans. You have to pre-pay for 12 sessions in advance. I will speak to the group leader. I hope the leader is good as that makes or breaks a meeting. And frankly the last 2 WW sessions I've been too we've had blah leaders. But I think shelling out money and being accountable will definitely help me - particularly as we head into the colder weather (where I always want to eat more) and the dreaded holidays. My doctor gave me a very sensible diet plan 6 months ago, and tho I hate to sound like a whiner, it was just TOO MUCH tracking for me. Everything was weighted and measured and planned and documented and frankly I felt that I was spending a good 2 hours a day just logging food. I was almost to the point of picking oh about 100 foods and constantly eating the same things just so I didn't have to measure. Since I much prefer fresh to canned, frozen or packaged, it required alot more tracking so I didn't stick with it. That is my biggest problem - I don't stick with things. But I have gained 5 pounds in about 10 weeks so I have to get serious before I'm in real medical trouble.

So tonight I had the last of my weekend pizza - it's funny that tomorrow is the day I actually want to weigh the most. And tonight I am standing in my closet looking at the racks and thinking of Madcat and her maroon / red weigh in pants. I am trying to find something I can be practical and live with wearing every Tuesday for the next 12 weeks so that all things are consistent. :lol: :dunno:

Time for bed - well past a reasonable bedtime actually. Hellos to Tig, Teel, Meadow, Rose, Mel, Ceejay, Holly and other friends and lurkers. 'night all...

10-24-2006, 09:00 AM
I am once again posting for Mom. She has pulled a Muscle on her left shoulder side. I just helped her back to bed.
The sciatica has started again also. Partly because of the change in the weather. I won't be back here but I did read for Mom today. I think it will be a few days before this is over. Bedrest and Aleve. I turned the phone off and put a sign on her front door. No Visitors. ha ha
Have a nice day.
Edit: she made me come back. It is her right side. Picky!

10-24-2006, 09:40 AM
:hug: :hug: :hug: :hug: MEL :hug: :hug: :hug: :hug:

Feel better soon. Sciatica? ooooowwwwwww. :fr:

And one for you too Jen for being such a sweetie :grouphug:

10-24-2006, 11:46 AM
Thanks Jen for the update on your mom. Feel better soon Mel.

Happy--I'm thinking the same thing about the fact that my body can't process the carbs and sugar. I do a lot better on a low carb diet.

I am ashamed to say this but I ate a whole medium pizza last night. I even felt sick afterwards. Why I do that is beyond me! Today will be healthy eating.

suzi in auz
10-24-2006, 06:56 PM
HI all ...much better this morning TYVM! :hug:

Huge hugs this morning sent to Mel :hug: You poor thing. I hope the Aleve does just that. It's so nice that your sweet daughter updates for you. What a darling.

ceejay, I know how you feel about eating the pizza. I heard a saying once. I thought this was so true, eating bad foods is like porn. It feels great while you are doing it but you feel yucky later :lol: not that I would know :o . ( hope that didn't offend) but do so understand. Get back on track today.

i have a problem with food at the moment that I just don't know what to eat. It is frustrating.

Happy Your WW meeting sounds so good. it's great to have others to motivate. I think the whole process of weight watchers is a good one. You are held accountable. At work there is no escaping and you can't not go to meetings. I like the idea of one pair of pants to weigh with to keep things consistent....

Madcat great to see you back. I loved hearing a little about your adventures. The view I could just imagine and what a romantic moment with DH. I can relate with your Denny's experience. We had the same one in Orlando. It really must be a tourist thing. You have less options that "normal". I think it's what I was trying to say about the food too.

Holly how lovely having some "me" time. enjoy!

I am off to redeem the day. I have found bits and pieces for DD birthday cakes for her party on Saturday. I am making little cupcakes with flowers on them. I might even try to post a picture. She is going to help me. Normally I leave the cake as a surprise. It will be so nice having her there to help me.
I thought i would make the cakes tomorrow and then we will ice them Friday, Sat. I found some candy on special to fill up the little bags. I still have to find green balloons. I have found pink. It's a pink and green theme.
Tonight DH and I are going to a show. "Priscilla Queen of the desert." It is supposed to be so good, we are having dinner out first as a treat. I am so looking forward to it....a date night, with just us. DS is looking aftr the "little" ones.
Ok off to work before the fun can be had.

Love to all

10-24-2006, 11:39 PM
Jen!~ Thank you for the update on our Mel. I hop she feels better shortly. Give her a very careful hug for us, will you?

Suzi~ Glad you are feeling better. Are they doing "Priscilla, Queen of the Desert" as a play? I love that movie. Making your daughter's cupcakes with her will be a lovely memory for you both to share. How sweet.

Ceejay~ Put the pizza behind you and move on. This is a never ending learning experience.

Happy~ I was actually shocked but just how expensive the food at Denny's was. I had always heard it was an inexpensive place… but not at the Falls. $32 for the two of us for breakfast. Ah, the joys of tourist areas I guess. maybe the amount of food was huge to offset the huge price? I dunno. It was weird. I like the term "feels good on the tongue". That is it exactly. BTW I totally agree about the WW leader making or breaking the meetings. I used to go to meeting with this woman who was so inspirational… it was never the same when she was missing. I haven't been to WW in about 2 years but I hear they have a couple of new plans that seem more flexible.

Shad~ You can get on your soapbox anytime you want. I guess a lot of people need the closure of having their loved one's bits and pieces back. I think the idea of a memorial is a lovely one. If it were me, that is what I would want… but you'd get an argument given the cost of real estate in lower Manhattan.

Meadow~ Oh the pictures were lovely! I love the mousies. And how did you know I loved Crantinis? Mmmm.

Holly~ Glad you are enjoying your new lifestyle. And the new car. I'm not crazy about that new car smell though. It's sorta icky.

K. I best be wandering off. I have an assignment to build a huge dragon head out of chicken wire and papier mache. It's for a contest

10-25-2006, 07:53 AM
Shall I post a picture of me Madcat so you can get the size and shape right?? :rofl:

Mel - get well soon, and thank you Jen for popping in and putting us straight.

Too pooped to answer posts tonight. Will have another go in the morning. I've been painting most of the day and then took the DS2 out to look at lights and switches and hanging pendants and....... When I spend, I spend. This one cost me $725. I got three ceiling fans, one each for living room and 2 bedrooms. 6 downlights for hall and foyer and part of the living room. One extractor/ fam/ light for the bathroom and globes as well. Just need to pick up a remote switch for the living room fan and we are all go. I did see a pendant light that I liked quite a lot and which comes with some wall lights to match. This may yet go in the dining room and above the TV unit. Have to work on that one. These are very modern lights. I'm not one for too much old fashioned stuff in my house. Nice in Federation style homes which mine is not.

The walls in the hall are now a soft buttery yellow like the living room and dining room. Tomorrow I will have a go at plastering the ceiling bit where I had to crawl into the roof space last week. Once that is done, the ceiling is ready for painting as well. Progress at last. Still one wall to fix and plaster - it is quite a headache. There is probably an easier way than that which I am doing but I don't know of it. All will be revealed later in the week. I'll take some photos.

Bed, before I sleep on the keyboard.

10-25-2006, 09:05 AM
Oh Shad, I don't know if I would call you a Dragon. Believe me, I've met (and worked for) a few Dragons in my time and you don't have the sheer unadulterated evil factor for full dragonhood. :lol: :lol:

Just realized my last post ended abruptly in the middle of a sentence. Maybe I was hit by falling meteor bits? Naw, it is just the joys of cut and paste. I normally write in Word (so I can spell check and so I don't lose an entry if the site farts) and then cut and paste into here. Guess I missed a bit. ;)

The dragon is for a competition at work. We are turning our cubical farm into the interior of a big beast and I’ve been saddled with the head construction. Ok, I shouldn’t say “saddled” since I actually think it will be fun to do – I just wish I had more time.

Ok, I have to do some work.

10-25-2006, 06:52 PM
Just a quick hello
Calorie count was 1752 out of 1800 yesterday and rode 10.4 miles last night.

I'm so ready for this day to be over with.

suzi in auz
10-25-2006, 07:12 PM
yaaay a me day! Well almost. I do have a huge list to achieve by the end of the day, I do like days like this because if I look at my list and see I have achieved I feel so good!:p

"Priscilla Queen of the desert"has been made into a musical here in Australia. It was absolutely first class. I loved it so much, the acting, singing, dancing and costumes were outstanding. If it every comes up yonder you all should see it. Worth a trip to Sydney for Shad. really really really good.
DH and I had a lovely dinner at the Pyrmont restaurant, scallops and rack of lamb ( not together) I couldn't finish my lamb. I was so hungry but had to leave some for DH to taste. The night was very special. There was even fireworks out on the harbour.
I think we should try and go to a show a month, they are so worthwhile. We might have to pop it into the budget.
We have just booked tickets to see Billy Crystal in "700 Sundays" It's a one man show and a musical too. I know it will be brilliant. DH and I just finished reading his book, it's based on the time he spent with his Dad, he used to spend every Sunday with him, he died when he was 14. Quite inspirational.

Today I must buy bits and pieces for the cupcakes, didn't get a chance yesterday. I am a little pushed for time as I have a party on for a friend on Friday night but should be able to manage things on Saturday morning as DD party is at 2pm, I always freak out a little before I have to do something like this, just hope it all comes together.

Madcat... making a dragon head sounds so much fun! I once had to make a donkey head for the school prduction of midsummer nights dream. It was fun.
It's great that you can incorprotate fun stuff into work, makes the grind that much more enjoyable.

ceejay, you snuck in there. You must have been online when I was :wave: well done on the miles! :woohoo:

Shad ...all your renos sounds great. It is easy to spend up large on the light fittings and extras but I think it is worth it. They make a vaste improvement to the house. We did the same a little while ago. I changed all the fittings that were old fashioned for fresh chrome ones. I love butter yellow, it's a very restful colour. There is nothing like a fresh coat of paint to make everything pop!

Ok no one else here ar the moment. Big :hug: to everyone I must redeem this one.

suzi in auz
10-25-2006, 07:12 PM
yaaay a me day! Well almost. I do have a huge list to achieve by the end of the day, I do like days like this because if I look at my list and see I have achieved I feel so good!:p

"Priscilla Queen of the desert"has been made into a musical here in Australia. It was absolutely first class. I loved it so much, the acting, singing, dancing and costumes were outstanding. If it every comes up yonder you all should see it. Worth a trip to Sydney for Shad. really really really good.
DH and I had a lovely dinner at the Pyrmont restaurant, scallops and rack of lamb ( not together) I couldn't finish my lamb. I was so hungry but had to leave some for DH to taste. The night was very special. There was even fireworks out on the harbour.
I think we should try and go to a show a month, they are so worthwhile. We might have to pop it into the budget.
We have just booked tickets to see Billy Crystal in "700 Sundays" It's a one man show and a musical too. I know it will be brilliant. DH and I just finished reading his book, it's based on the time he spent with his Dad, he used to spend every Sunday with him, he died when he was 14. Quite inspirational.

Today I must buy bits and pieces for the cupcakes, didn't get a chance yesterday. I am a little pushed for time as I have a party on for a friend on Friday night but should be able to manage things on Saturday morning as DD party is at 2pm, I always freak out a little before I have to do something like this, just hope it all comes together.

Madcat... making a dragon head sounds so much fun! I once had to make a donkey head for the school prduction of midsummer nights dream. It was fun.
It's great that you can incorprotate fun stuff into work, makes the grind that much more enjoyable.

ceejay, you snuck in there. You must have been online when I was :wave: well done on the miles! :woohoo:

Shad ...all your renos sounds great. It is easy to spend up large on the light fittings and extras but I think it is worth it. They make a vaste improvement to the house. We did the same a little while ago. I changed all the fittings that were old fashioned for fresh chrome ones. I love butter yellow, it's a very restful colour. There is nothing like a fresh coat of paint to make everything pop!

Ok no one else here ar the moment. Big :hug: to everyone I must redeem this one.

10-25-2006, 07:51 PM
Morning all,
Have gymmed and done my 600cal cardio workout. Yeah. Last Tuesday I didn't make the 600 and I didn't think I would today either, but I pushed and pushed and all of a sudden it was there. Yea again. I intend going everyday to the gym until the rellies arrive on Tuesday night and then I'll give it a rest until they are gone. Unless of course I find myself with time on my hands - hardly likely with the Ringmaster act I need to perform over that week.

I'm going out with DS2 again today. We are going to the opening of the massive new Ikea store a couple of K's away from where we live. I don't expect to buy anything - I'm not all that much of an Ikea fan, but it will be interesting to see.

Ceejay - sounds like you have had a bad day. They come and happen. Just roll with it and ensure tomorrow is better.

Suzi - glad to hear you enjoyed the show. I would like to come down to see it but unless it is still showing in 6 months time I can't see where I can fit it in. I go to Townsville right after the rellies leave.

Happy - I'm with you as far as the sugars go. My Dr Kim told me once that the reason they do blood tests so often on people like me is because of sugar levels and the diabetes epidemic in Australia. His way of describing it was to think of the pancreas as the fuel tank for insulin. It fills, uses and refills itself. Over time the machinery doesn't work so well, can't keep up with needs or can't produce the necessary fuel at all if it completely misfunctions. In this case there is more sugar in the blood and more sugar means more storage of the energy (weight) and a change of diet is indicated. So yes you are probably on the right track when you say it is not carbs that is causing your problem. In many cases it is the natural sugars in good wholesome food. Therefore a reduction in food is needed or a change in the way we eat our food is needed. I suffer from the same problem probably. Maybe I need to look up the dietary needs for diabetic sufferers and adapt it accordingly.

Better go get my breakfast. Then do some yard work until the DS2 shows up - if he remembers to show up!!!

10-25-2006, 11:25 PM
I've implemented the project at work with minimal issues. Finally!!! After two years!!!!! I've worked every day, Saturdays and Sundays included, since well, August - or July. I'm not even sure which. I should be able to get a day off soon. I've even worked on days that I was supposedly on vacation. A Real Day off soon. Cell phone AND pager off. I've promised Slim. ;) Actually, we're talking about a ride to the Florida Keys. Sometime. Not yet scheduled.

I have managed to keep running, but only once a week. I've been increasing the amount of time that I run and the distance to make up for not being able to run more frequently. I've still put on weight - it's the stress of the project, I know, in addition to lack of exercise and all the overtime which is eating into my exercise time. I'll start attacking that right away! The easiest way to lose weight is to avoid stress, eat less, eat right, and exercise. It sure is easy to say!!

So, that's what I've been up to. Missed you all! :hug:

10-26-2006, 12:30 AM
Kiwis from Chili don't taste anywhere near as fresh and juicy as the ones from New Zealand! All hail the New Zealand Kiwis! :D

Mel-oh dear, oh my! I hope you are resting like Jen said you were supposed to be doing and not answering the phone, door or windows :p :hug: I bet they are shoving papers under your door as I am typing... resist and recooperate :)

Shad-getting closer, the big day! Anticipation... are you getting excited to spring the big surprise? sounds like you are doing intensive training in order to face all the friends and relatives, wheee! Congratulations on your tenacity and willpower:carrot: I hope is wonderful and fingers crossed no one lets the cat out of the bag... run Sunday, run! ;) Have a blast in IKEA, my husband says they are rat mazes and whines the entire time we are there, so we don't go much.

Happy-Weight watchers and work mates? Wow, goodness, I guess the snack machine will be well monitored, I can feel the eyes:p I'm sure the WW plan is more flexible than the old days and you will do great.

Suzi-cupcakes :drool: my kids always want the pink, heart shaped sprinkles. Maybe because they are bigger. My daughter made a treasure map and made sure she included a snack stop (picture of refridgerator) on her map so they would have plenty of energy to do the digging once the spot where the treasure was buried (a very ragged, dirty stuffed animal) How did your ME day go? was it good? :)

Madcat-how is the dragon head coming? Are you painting it gold and red? Green? purple? will it have horns? big teeth? fire coming out of the mouth? I hope you are wearing gloves with the chicken wire, that stuff is very sharp when cut. Two person jacuzzi, kisses in the mist... sounds like a real good time! Glad your birthday away was so invigorating :D

Tig-work, work work... I hope they appreciate you. Good to see you back. Have you at least been out to breakfast and a bike ride on the weekends before you go in to work some more?

Ceejay-it is Wednesday night? Feeling more optimistic? Way to go on the miles? Are you tracking your way across the country on a map? Mel was doing that... I think she is in the middle of the Atlantic somewhere trying to visit Teel and Linus :swim: :ebike:

Holly-turn off the engine:yes: How is it going?

:crazy: Hi Carla :)

10-26-2006, 10:06 AM
Hi chicks,

Not much time to post this week, too many things to do before our trip. I'm so excited! Last night I had a dream we were at a party and I surprised my mom. Now of course it won't happen this way since we're showing up at my sister's tomorrow night so we'll surprise her then since she INSISTED on coming to my sister's house early despite S's desperate attempts to disuade her. :lol: I still hope she doesn't know about the party on Saturday tho DH said she's going to think something's up when we show up. :dunno: :crossed:

I did my weigh in at WW this week. Highest weight ever in my life. :( But I do feel it's a turning point for me. I was surprised at the new program, I think I like it. It does incorporate fats, sugars and healthy eating. You do have to track :write: (you bite it you write it they tell me) I have resigned myself to the fact that that is just as necessary as exercise and water in order to lose weight. They have this new slide type card you can use to calculate your (food) points so it's much easier now than when they started this program.

While we were getting registered the group leader was talking about having a regular weigh in outfit that you wear every week just to keep things consistent. She said she started in the summer and her weigh in outfit was a t-shirt and a pair of gym shorts (she went for the lightest possible clothing). Said it was a bit of a bear in the dead of winter when she had a long wool coat on and shorts and a t-shirt underneath. :lol: Then she said she was from Chicago. :) I said where? She said Arlington Heights. I said you're kidding, I moved here (Memphis) from Arlington Heights 2 years ago! She said she moved here 4 years ago. I asked her where she lived (Arlington Heights is a pretty big town - 6th largest city in Illinois). She said over by the hospital. I said me too! Turns out we lived about a half mile apart across the main road from each other. Isn't that wierd? :dizzy: Here we both lived for several years near to each other, most probably crossed paths at the grocery store up the road, only to meet one day in a conference room in Memphis. Life is strange! I like her as a leader - she's very bubbly and outgoing without being sugar sweet yucky over the top.

So yesterday was my first full weight watchers day. I stayed within my points, didn't use any of the extra weekly allottment. I did have to carefully plan my food and I would have liked to eat more at times but it wasn't because I was hungry, only just a habit. The hardest was the evening when I kept wanting to nibble. I have 2 coffees with creamer and a LF yogurt for breakfast. (I will never be able to give up my coffee). Had a Lean Cuisine chicken bits with wild rice and green beans for lunch along with a chopped salad of lettuce and tomato with a drizzle of ranch dressing. Snack was a yummy granola bar. So yummy I didn't know if I wanted to tell DH just how good it was :devil: Dinner was chicken cutlets sauteed with green, red, and yellow peppers with onion and garlic. I had some delicious oven roasted potatoes which were suprisingly low in points. Topped it off with some sliced fresh tomatoes (trying to finish the last batch of the season from the farmers market and most veggies are zero points). I had 1 cup of milk each at lunch and dinner. That left 1 point which I splurged on a Tootsie Pop lollipop for lack of any other options that appealed to me. Most veggies are zero points but fruit is at least 2 points and I didn't want to go over my points on my very first day. I got my water, dairy, oils and veggies in for the day. :D I just have to keep the good momentum going through the weekend and when I get back.

Meadow, I must agree with your kiwi statement. I thought it was just my taste. Hail NZ!

Tig, nice to hear from you. Oh the joys of working in IT. It's amazing it doesn't kill us. I admire you for still running - even if only once a week. Hopefully you can get back in gear after the project finishes up.

Shad, that's a very good analogy from Dr. Kim - thanks for sharing it. My endochronologist said that proving insulin resistance is a difficult thing but just like thyroid problems, we the lay people have our suspicions - we just have a hard time getting the doctors to listen! So Tuesday starts the big reunion. Get your sleep now, you're going to be one super super busy woman next week!

Suzi, that's so cool you go to see plays - even if you have to drag the DH. :lol: My DH is not into shows tho he does enjoy a good comedy act. Have fun baking, no sampling :lol:

Hi Ceejay - you go girl (on that bike!) :D

Madcat, the dragon head sounds very interesting. And you sound like just the right person that can figure out how to pull that off. Work is work but if you can take a few minutes of serious goof off time, it makes the job so much better.

Well I've got to get going. They are moving us at the other office and of course no one bothered to tell me. They are moving next week and I'm going to head over there today to pack up my stuff just in case I can't get over there next week. I am only working on a temp project with those people and that's good because I'd hate it if I were permanent. Not the kind of group that has any comraderie whatsover. Ugh. :dunno:

Hi to the rest of the chicks. Big :hug: to recouperating Mel. Hope you feel a little better today. I'm trying to get the girls here to pitch in and get a big hunky masseusse for you. So far all we can afford is Pee Wee Herman. Ewwwwwwwww. :rofl:

10-26-2006, 01:31 PM
The 5 yo girl who beat up my DD on the bus a few weeks ago, spit in her face yesterday and has been removed from the bus for the rest of the school year.

2 meetings last night. 2 this morning. Dealt with the school stuff. Have to get groceries and have an avon meeting tonight.

3 hours til the kids come home. How shall I spend this time?????

PS- not really having me time but catching up on a lot of neglected niggles. The lack of noise and chaos is delightful. Kids are doing well.

Mad- the new car smell is horrific!!

10-26-2006, 03:47 PM
I'm also in agreement about NZ kiwi's.

Our department had a safety luncheon today at the mexcan resturant. Yummm. Even had the sopippias, misspelled of couse, but I didn't have breakfast so I had a few calories to splurge. I had the mexican chicken salad.
Afterwards my boss told me that a police officer had been looking for me with a manila envelope in his hand. He told me who it was and I headed toward the police department and asked for that officer. It turned out that he was just being a good person. I'm taking a flu shot on next Tuesday and I was not in a particular system so I had to fill out a form. The HR person had put it in the police departments box by mistake. Called the boss back and told him. He gave a big sigh of relief.

I'm leaving out the door in a few minutes to go to early voting.

Shad--What are you doing to burn 600 calories in your cardio work out?
Usually when I get depressed I go on a binge and that has been a lot lately.

Happy-- Have a safe trip and enjoy the time with family.

Suzi--I think you should enjoy some entertainment each month. Billy Crystal should be a good show. Have a date night with your hubby.

I forgot who asked if I were tracking my miles. I am. I have a trip planned to California this spring. I didn't know how many it was until I checked on map quest. It's a little longer than 1500 miles. It's really 2100 miles one way. I'll change that in a few minutes.

It's time to put a load of clothes in the dryer and then I'm out to go vote.

Have a good day.

10-26-2006, 05:29 PM
morning all,
I'm going to get this in before I get started for the day. Otherwise the day tends to get away from me and although I read, I don't get back to post either until late or maybe not at all.

Tig - how wonderful to have a post from you. Congrats on bringing in the project. It's big achievement. Are you having time off after you wind this up? You sound like you really, really need it. I know I do when I roll off the project and I'm not managing the overall concept only my little bit.

Meadow - so nice to hear that you prefer the NZ variety. Me too. I remember back when there such a furore in NZ because we had sold the plant species to Italy. The theory was that it would go up there on the off season down here. Then they later sold it all over. However here in Aus, I have tried the Italian Kiwi (small, hard, tasteless), the Chiliean variety (bigger but as Meadow said not as juicy), the one from up here on Mt Tamborine (bullets have more texture and shape) and the ones from Victoria (probably the best of the offshore bunch but small). Those ones you get from Chile are the type we used to feed to the cattle because we wouldn't eat the juiceless ones - it's also a meat tenderiser although I doubt it works on the hoof so to speak. My DS1 lived on Kiwi for a while. He had terrible tummy troubles as a baby and toddler and mashed Kiwi was a real treat for him and so good for them too. Even now he just rubs off the furry bit and eats skin and all.

Happy - what a shame your Mum has decided to come early and will ruin her own surprise. Fortunately I don't think this will happen with my DB. Which reminds me I had better ring him and have a chat today - just to keep him OUT of the loop so to speak. I'll suggest he brings along some fruit juice for the family reunion I think.
How coincidental is that - that your WW Leader is from the same town in Illinois and you both end up in the same place in Tennessee. Good luck with WW and it sounds like you had a real good first day on it. Remember how it was when you gave up smoking? Well the habit of not putting food in your mouth is exactly the same. You will need the same sort of will power for this as well.
Drive safe to Chicago.

Holly - What do Canadians put into their new cars to make them smell horrific? I liked the smell of my new cars and endeavour to keep it as long as possible.

Ceejay - too funny about the policeman. Did you think you had a summons coming up or did you think you were about to be called for jury duty? Are these State elections that you have today?
My workout consists of 16 minutes on the Cycle - around 140 cal most days - 16 minutes on the eliptical - around 240-250 cals - 16 - 20 minutes on the treadie including cool down time - around 220-230 cals. Sometimes I can get more cals out of the routine (usually on the first workout of the week). Now I don't know how accurate these things are and I don't really believe all that they tell me but as long as I can get over that 600 mark I know I have had a good workout. I'm drenched in sweat and my leg muscles are quivering. To get to those cals, I have to use level 9 or above and use either Hill or Random on the workout type. Random is the toughest. And I have to keep the revs on the bike at around 95-100rpm and the eliptical over 70 to achieve those figures. In between I do pilates stretches on the ball to stretch out the leg and pelvic muscles. Somedays are easier than others. Next step is to increase the time and/ or increase the level.

Right, well the day calls. I need to collate the wants/ wishes of the nieces and nephews and go talk to DB1 to ensure that he knows what is going on and what/ who he can fit into his day/ car/ house so that all the work does not fall on me!!!! But first to the gym. Once that is out of the way, the rest of the day is mine. Strength and resistance workout today. I am considering upping the weights shortly since I can feel the workout getting easier, but that will remain to be seen after I go to Townsville - I have to get a gym workout there as well otherwise I'll be back to where I was after Wollongong. And I still haven't lost the weight from there. :cry: :cry:

10-26-2006, 08:35 PM
:wave: Hi there all you brightly lit bulbs - oh wait EGGS. :o

Just peeking, will try to get back later after supper.

suzi in auz
10-26-2006, 09:27 PM
HI all , quick hello to all. I am at work and putting off the WORK :lol:. I just find otherwise I am twiddling my thumbs. I know that sounds bad but it is quiet ehre on a Friday. It's my paid work day and i actually find I am buiser on my volunteer day....mind you I will say all this and then probably jinx it!

Happy That is so cool about the WW meeting and your leader for it. It is a very small world isn't it? Wow right across the street.
You sound like you have a plan with everything too. Like I say that accountability is good. I think doing things with others is such a help ...and in some ways having a high weight to start is a bonus, it's a wake up call for you and you hopefully will see GREAT progress! :woohoo: I am rooting for you!
It's always so good to get some new focus on things. WW is supposed to be THE most successful plan around according to the stats.

Shad...your plan sounds cimilar to mine at the Gym. I don't think i have been looking at the cals tho, that is encouraging. I like the way you say strength and resistence training instead of weights. It's very true. I know with some of the machines I have I find I have improved and definitely grown muscles but some I am still very weak. Legs for me is always a problem with my knee and so i try not to put strain on it although it is getting strongere.
All your plans sound like so much Tuesday is D Day when everyone arrives...yaaay.

Meadow...I'm with you on the kiwis!!! Never mess with a good thing I say. They know how to do some things VERY well ....their Savignon Blancs from NZ are the best to be had!

Ceejay....ohhh how scary for you. A policeman running around with an envelope for YOU. I don't know why but there is always a little prohibition in me when I see that uniform. Not thatI have anything to hide. Funny...glad it was sorted.
It's a nice plan for you to track your miles. I do the same at the Gym or the computer does it for me. It shows me how far I have gone on the Tour de France route, very cool. mean of that little girl. It's a good thing the bus company took action quickly. Hopefully it will teach her a lesson. Nice to have some peace eh? well I like my new car smell because I have leather seats and all i can smell is the leather :P
Tig nice to see you. :bravo: on completion of the project!!! You need a well deserved holiday!!!

Mel...hi :wave: I see you hiding. Hopefully you are healing quickly and you feel better.
right I better look busy.

Love to all and have great weekends. I might come back later for a peek.

suzi in auz
10-27-2006, 01:39 AM
Just peeking ...and yes work is dragging....:P :lol:

10-27-2006, 09:03 AM
Morning folks,

Not enough time for a real post today. Trying to pull everything together. At best the trip will be slow going - heavy rains this morning all the way up to Chicago. :( Good wishes for a safe drive would be appreciated ;)

I just popped in to say hello and I hope you all have a great weekend ahead of you full of fun and excitement :D Hope all goes well with the party plans Shad.

I'll be back on Tuesday :wave:

10-27-2006, 11:15 PM
Happy--Be safe and drive with care.

Holly--Cherish the quite time. You of all people deserve it.

Shad-- I sceond the motion of havy a good time with the party plans. Don't let it stree you out to much.

As for me. I've been dealing with a sinus infection all week and decided to go visit the doctor today. He gave me an injection which I think was an antihistmine cause I've slept all afternoon. And wanted to know how the paxil was working for me. I am a lot better in that realm.
food has not been good at all this week due to the sinus infection but I weighed in at 182.5 at the doctor's office. Did a few errands before I came home and went to sleep on the couch.
I'm going to Paragould around noon. I will be back Sunday.

10-28-2006, 07:55 AM
Happy~ Have a safe trip.

10-28-2006, 08:43 AM
Just woke up and can move a bit more freely now. Every day is less pain but it's far from over. Haven't read anything so I'll come back later. I actually went to the foodstore yesterday but came home early and very sleepy for some reason. Willy helped me with the groceries.
Happy Saturday and have a great weekend:moped:
:wave: hello to everyone.

10-28-2006, 05:54 PM
:welcome: home Madcat!!! So glad you had a great time!! Yes the world needs to learn portion control!! Good luck with the "saddle" job!! :cheer:

Ceejay~ Cops looking for you!! How wonderful :carrot:
Any cute construction workers??? Love to watch men at work. Hope you will be feeling better soon too!:hug:

Happy~ :wave: BYE BYE!!! Hope the party goes well and all have a great time. Safe trip and good luck with WW!!! I l.ike the u bite it, u write it.....good thing I don't have a BF anymore:dracula:

Shad~ too pooped to pop?? Rest well in between jobs!!
Sounds like your money was well spent. Kudos to all you have accompolished so far.:cheer:IKEA!!! CAN I GO TOOOO!!!! I have always wanted to go to one. :carrot:

Meadow~ When these PIAs start knocking on my window I am moving out of town!!! I asked one of the big wigs that lives in another town if he'll get me an application!!! He said he'd LOVE me to move unto his Senior bldg(with a big grin).....I have decided to keep what I have :rofl:
ps~ I have a mailbox outside my door for tenant stuff so they filled it up and nothing went under the door. Not one note said feel better soon!! :faint:

Suzi~ Glad you feel better and hope the party went well and the cupcakes are all gone.....this way I won't come and visit!! :lol3:

Tig~ Congrats on the project!! I love to watch programs of the Florida keys. Such a delightful area. My DD loved it when she went. How are the thugs????

Holly~ happy unemployment!! Enjoy some down time and mellow out a bit.:D

10-29-2006, 01:51 AM
Afternoon all,

First Happy - hope you have a good break, good party and a safe trip home. I did wish for a safe journey in my last post.

Welcome back Mel. Glad you are feeling well enough to post again. Good old Willy - long may there be blokes around like him.
We didn't get to Ikea's opening. There was estimated to be 30000 people trying to get into the store during the day of opening and the car park has space for 1300 only! We didn't feel lucky enough to get either a carpark or one of the opening giveaways so we didn't go. It's not that far down the road, we can go anytime really. Just get over here and I'll take you to Ikea for a day trip!!!! :rofl: :lol3:

I've been painting and sanding and more plastering flat out for the last couple of days. Always something to be completed. It's coming along, but the doubtfull wall in the hall will neet a lot of time and effort - but the rest looks brights and fresh. Yellow and white look nice together IMHO.

I've also been sorting out the party stuff. Took a big bin of non perishables around to DS2's place today. Things like nibblies, dips in jars, dried fruit stuff, insect repellents and candle repellents etc. Got the temptation of the chippies out of my house! The guest list is finalised and I have 5 pages of instructions to myself on the things I have to cook, do, pick up, buy, thaw, etc. etc. etc. It's nice to know that some things can be crossed off the list at last.

I was speaking to Teel this morning. She is fine and very busy with her Christmas card making. Seems they are going down quite well. Her hairdresser is selling a few for her and the rellies and the church people are coming out of the woodwork for her cards. Good for her. She has also bought a new car. It really is new car month for this group. I guess she will tell us all about it when she can get back into the site. She does have some problems with it from time to time.

And that's about it from me for the moment. I'd better go sort out some more things to do or clean or sweep or paint. It's getting a bit like the navy around here - if it moves, salute it. If it stays still - paint it. Oh well, one day all this will be over. I will be able to lounge around in the weekends and after work once more. Don't bet on it being anytime soon.

Wave :wave: to all.

suzi in auz
10-29-2006, 06:58 AM
:wave: yoohoo Madcat. i see that little egg all aglow.
I might have miss you Happy but safe travels.
:welcome: back Mel. Glad you are healing well. Nasty peoples not caring. i can't believe that NO one popped in to see if you were ok. hmmm.except for willy of course. travels too.

Had a good weekend. 2 parties down. Looking forward to a relatively quiet week around here. Shad I hope all goes well with organising things. Not long now. It sounds as though you have things all under control. IKEAS are an interesting concept. We have them here in Sydney. When we first came over I liked them but now...hmmm. I like some of their ideas. Freedom is more me.
I do understand the European concept of them tho. I am reading a book at the moment about France. The couple mentioned are living in Lyon. They rented an unfurnished apartment. This meant nothing, no kitchen cupboards, no cooker, stove, fridge, only a kitchen sink! Amazing but the Europenas often do this, they renovate and take it ALL with them. you can see the kitset concept would work.

Ok I am rambling a little. I will comment later on the parties. DD loved hers. I am a little over 11 year old girls tho, esp 15 of them. It only takes one and yes there was ONE! more on that later.

Love to all and pleasant dreams to some.


10-29-2006, 07:00 AM
Spent all of yesterday paper mache-ing the dragon's head for the Hallowe'en thing at work. My back hurts and the stupid thing looks more like a cow than a dragon. :joker: I am hoping I can do something with the paint effects. Remind me to never volunteer for something like this again. On the other hand, I realized it would be fun to be able to toodle away on little art projects for myself and that the Solarium works well as a workroom. I'll just pick projects on a much smaller scale.:dizzy: :dizzy:

Mel~ So lovely to see you back.

Shad ~ You must be in the home stretch with the home repairs. Cool. I was trying to make it to IKEA yesterday too, but highway closures got in the way. There is a great satisfaction in making that list smaller. Mounting that party like a successful project, it seems.

Happy~ Hope you are having a terrific trip. Was she surprised?? I hope it was fun and you enjoy every moment. I like the "you bite it, you write it", too. Good advise.

Tig~ Congrats on your implementation victory! Just when you think it will never end, there ya go. Are you feeling a bit of "post project blues"? A nice frivolous trip with few responsibilities sounds terrific. What will you do with all this free time?

Meadow~ Oh gold and red for the dragon would be a great idea, but I'm afraid it's just green. And you are right - I should have worn gloves. I have some impressive scrapes on my wrists. I'm wearing them like badges of honour.

Ok, it is early in the morning and the sound of the wind woke me up. It seems to be shaping up to be a wicked day out. Good day to stay inside. I'll be the idiot painting the cow head. :lol:

Wave :wave: to everyone.

10-29-2006, 07:10 AM
Hi Suzi~ On the other side of the world :) I agree with your IKEA comments. I have an awful lot of IKEA bookcases in my place, but I don't think I'd do a whole place in their offerings. I don't really like all their furniture stylings... maybe it is the fact that it is a tad too European and too minimal that makes it not really fit my style. On the other hand, it is a good place for people who have to fill an entire place with not a lot of $$$... but you do get what you pay for. Great cheap housewares, though. I bought the vases I used at my wedding reception there.

Ok, it must be a slow weekend if you only have two parties to go to :lol: :lol: You are our social butterfly.

10-29-2006, 07:59 AM
Oh Madcat I just got a bit sentimental when you said "wedding reception". Sometimes I forget the BF is a DH!!! :love: How wonderful. Enjoy painting the cow head and you really ought to take a picture of the final outcome.
Inquiring minds need to know these things.:devil:

Shad~ I feel the excitement building! I can hardly wait to see what he says!! :carrot: Good thing I am motorized or you would be painting me as well! I'll let you know when I am ready for an Ikea day!! :rofl: I am wondering when all the painting etc is done, if you will actually be able to sit still and reap the fruits of your labors!!! My Gram would call you a Johnny Jump Up!!

Suzi~ Why is there always one in every crowd?? Sometimes I make the seniors laugh with that. If more than one person "starts" I tell them can't do that because so and so has that spot!! They usually crack up and SHUT UP!! Too bad it wouldn't work with kids:rofl: Whatever will you do now to fill the days without party preparations? :lol3:

Our clocks went back an hour so of course I awoke at the "normal" time. Not knowing what else to do that is quiet, I turned on the PC.
Trying to figure out moderation with my shoulders (it's really the whole top half) is being a right pain in the arse!!! I mean like what can I do that does not require their cooperation? :tantrum: :tantrum:
Can you tell I am not the complacent, easy going disabled person?! :lol3: :lol3: At times I feel it is a very cruel twist for someone like me that has so many ideas and opportunities to do stuff for others!! Giving orders to other poor unwary slobs is not QUITE the same as doing it yourself!! :tantrum: :tantrum: and usually takes longer too!!!!
OK the rant has passed. The sun has shown it's face today after yesterdays hurricane like winds and rain. The seniors had their Halloween party and tried to run inbetween the drops!! :rain: The bldg is soooo quiet. They are all worn out so today should be a quiet one!!!
Happy Sunday and good morning Sunshine :sunny:

10-29-2006, 08:09 AM
Madcat~ we did a paper mache' project a few years ago with the seniors. We used a balloon as a mold and after soaking string in a bowl of liquid fabric starch, we wound it around the balloon. The end project was to be an Easter egg after the balloon was popped. Have you ever seen blue, permanented hair with starch in it? The women all looked like they had these "spiked" hairdos!! :rofl: :rofl:
Too funny!! We have NEVER mached again!!!:lol3: :lol3:

suzi in auz
10-29-2006, 06:27 PM
Hi Mel ...Hi madcat :hug:

thought I would post this morning before I get on with my day ...housework ugg. Can you tell I am putting it off.?? ! :lol:
Oh Mel you are so right, there is one in every crowd. The 11 year old girl thing They are so moody. I think I have it easy with my DD.They only have to look at each other the wrong way and a sulk might start.
This is what happened..... One little friend got her knickers in a knot because she hadn't had her turn on the "singstar" so I thought I would do the clever thing and pull names out of a hat. That wasn't fair tho and apparently i was deliberately avoiding her...little COW. She fussed and sulked and made sure everyone knew what a B**ch I was. hmmm. Needless to say this is the same girl I had reservations about in the first place so I guess it has taught me a lesson. small stuff maybe but ...

My life seems to be a constant party at the moment. I have stuff to organise for more guests coming a dear friend and her daughter. The DF has just been through a marriage break up a few years ago and really needs a break. I hope she enjoys Sydney I think she will. The rellies will be rolling in soon too. phew!:dizzy:
I started thinking about Christmas in the weekend. All the decorations are in the stores and it is starting to freak me out! I need to get organised. i just can't stand the mall when it is mayhem. I have started and Have some pressies but it would be great to get them all out of the way. I think I might try and do that soon. I will wait for the friendly tax man to give us back our money he stole during the year.

Madcat...WTG on completing the "dragon". I am sure that paper mache' had a mind of it's own and you just really have to go with the flow, everyone should have to have a go and something like that in their lifetime, it makes you realise it is harder than it looks.
the vacuum just has to come out now...can the little maid come with it????
Enjoy your days and preperations for Halloween. Shad I see you peeking. I hope all is well, no doubt you will be madly rushing around. How exciting. :carrot:

10-29-2006, 08:43 PM
Hi Mel--Welcome back dear friend. Just don't over do it. Our clocks were set back an hour also. I woke up at my usual tiime and did not hear a peep so I tried to go back to sleep. All I did was toss and turn.

Shad--I'm envious that you are so organized. My sister always makes a list.

Madcat--good luck on your project.

Suzi-- Are you planning on more parties?

My uncle and aunt's grand daughter turned 3 today and they gave her a birthday party. She was so cute. She said all these presents are for me. Afterwards my uncle, aunt and I went for a walk in the woods. I love to do this.

I forgot to set the clocks before I left so I need to do this now.

Have a good day.

suzi in auz
10-29-2006, 11:20 PM
I seem to be doing lots of posts today. :D

Hi ceejay. No more parties planned for a while ...thank goodness, just lots of company. I do love it though but i think will keep things low key for a while. i guess the next do will be my parents 50th wedding anniversary, but we might go out for that one to the restaurant up the road. ;)
Ceejay, I love walking in the woods too, somehow it takes you back a little to your childhood. Always makes me think of those make believe games we would play. How cute of your aunts grand daughter, does that make her your cousin? You are going really well with your walking.
I have started back into the swing of things again with food. I have the exercise under control but just don't seem to have food sorted so today I have been really good. I have had a plan and have followed it. I am trying to drink lots too. I don't think I will see a great change for end of Oct weigh in. Oh well. Perhaps I can be really good during Nov.

Love to all

10-30-2006, 05:05 AM
Evening all,
Another busy day. I've been painting again. Final coats going on the hall tomorrow and once that is done, I'm done until after the visitors leave. Then I will be getting on with the other stuff. I've taken the Weber around to DS2's and played a game of bubbles and golf with the 2 year old hyperactive feral child. He calls me Simon's Mum. I guess no one has yet got around to telling him what to call me. I guess I will just have to do it myself.
The rellies arrive tomorrow. We will go in and get them and distribute them around the place as required. Then it will be go go to get the individuals to the requested places to do their tours, sightseeing, theme parks etc. There will be a trip down the coast on Wednesday to get the nephew and wife sorted. Hopefully the niece and partner will also go - they have a 7.15am tour on the Thursday morning. If I have to take them it will be a 5.30 rise and 6.00pm departure. Yum, yum just what one wants on holiday. Thursday I have to go to the dentist in the afternoon, so they may have to take a train home to a more central location and get picked up from there. Friday, some more people fly in but my DB1 is going to fetch them. Hallelujah.
I'd better ring DB2 and see what is going on in his neck of the woods as well.

And that's about it. I'm stuffed. I'm going to an early bed. See ya.

10-30-2006, 08:16 AM




10-30-2006, 10:19 AM
Glad you are feeling better Mel.
HUGS to all!!!
Nothing on the calendar does not mean I have nothing to do,LOL!!!!!!

Puttered at home all day Saturday.Still untangling myself from 6 years of home daycare. Tossing lots of toddler toys etc.
Yesterday we did the church thing and then it was DS’s(now 8) Bday party. 15 kids came with their folks to skate for family skate at the rink and then I booked the lounge for after. We had pop and chips and water and a veggie tray. i made a donut “cake”. Big hit. Very enjoyable. It was special for DS.

We had rain for 6 days straight. Today we have some sun and blue sky.

Been having a particularily obnoxious period and allergies are brutal.Meds taken for those.arg. Off to shower!!! PU.

My To do’s for today:

Reply to emails
make fundraising order form
laundry X’s 4 loads
run DW
dollarama-after school
bank-after school
pay bills
tranfer funds
groceries-cat food, school snacks
thank you notes for bday party
church newsletter
clean DR
yard work- toss toddler toys/put bikes etc away for winter/put lawn furniture away
tax receipts for daycare families
write bio for new job

10-30-2006, 03:51 PM
Well I am back, rested and with a decent sinus headache - probably from an accumulation of paint smells. It seems to be one particular paint that gives me a headache. Lots to do today so can't hang about here too long.

Gym this morning and I have a trainer to talk to about why I am not achieving anything. She came by for a chat yesterday while I was stretching out on the ball. So I said I would be back in today for some discussion. And it is also the end of the month so that means weigh and measure yet again. Heck where has the year gone.

Mel - I leave for Townsvile on either 9th or 10th November. Haven't yet decided the actual date and time. Since it is a 2 day drive (1414KM) I will give myself at least one day to get over it. It's a long, long way. Wollongong was closer (1071KM).
I have yet to think about what I am taking, packing etc. etc. I'm worn out just thinking about it.

And that's about it really. Nothing much has changed since last night. Today is more of the same. One more ceiling coat in the hall, one more wall coat in the hall, a couple of door trims to go. Then I can pack away the rollers and brushes for another day. Time to go weigh in although I know the results will be disappointing if only for the fact that the new scale weighs heavier than the old. However the fat content does seem to be coming down somewhat. I only rarely venture into the obese area - I'm just overfat. Well I suppose that's progress.

10-30-2006, 06:29 PM
Shad-did you have to mention weigh in?

Holly--Even with the kids gone you are still busy. Wish I could stay as motivated as you do.

Mel--As a matter of fact we did go for a walk in the woods and it was beautiful. I picked up a few vibrant colored leaves and a few wild mushrooms. I'm going to try my hand at an art project.

Suzi--My uncle and aunt's grand daughter is my cousin's daughter so she would be my second cousin. They call me aunt.

There is not much going on today. I've been playing on the computer. Haven't seen hide nor hair of my boss. I did speak to him on the phone. It's been kind lonesome.

10-31-2006, 08:47 AM
Happy Halloween Everyone!!
Last Minute Change In Schedule And Willy Is Taking Us Food Shopping In A Few. The Other Bus Came Out Of The Shop!! See You All Later!!!

10-31-2006, 10:22 AM
Hi peeps,

Back from Chicago. The drive up was horrid - a misty, drenching rain that kicked up alot of "fog" on the road. Couldn't see 2 car lengths in front of you. So many people don't have the common sense (and obey the law) to put their lights on in the rain. I was gritting my teeth several times. But we got there in one piece. My mom was stunned when we walked up to the door at my sister's house and rang the doorbell and said "trick or treat". It's like her brain couldn't trust what her eyes were seeing. It was so cute. The party the next day was fabulous. Everyone had the very best time. The food was delicious and we had a party room to ourselves so we could all mingle and not be distracted or interrupt other diners. We all kept commenting on how nice it was to see everyone again. Sunday we spent some time with my cousins - one of which is recovering from breast cancer. It opened my eyes to what a person really goes through. (The worst thing you can say is oh dear - you'll be all right, tut tut). We had a good time with them. Spent some time with mom and sister and family and before you know it - back on the road for a dry but boring drive back home. We did it in less than 8 hours which was good.

Waved to you CeeJay as we passed by your exit off of Interstate Highway 55. Or was it I-57? :dizzy:

I satisfied my cravings for milk (the closer you are to dairyland, the better the milk is), also had a wonderful Italian Beef sandwich and a few pieces of good old Chicago pizza from my favorite place. I ate well but I have to admit I did log it all with WW points as best as possible and I did cut back on portions and chose carefully where I'd spend my points. It was not an all out food fest. And I chose a LF yogurt and an apple for breakfast at the hotel instead of the delicious looking sweet rolls or fresh waffles (they had a free breakfast bar at the hotel). I do hope the self control pays off at weigh in today.

Sorry to have yammered all about me this morning. I have to get rolling, will come back tonight to catch up with all of you and comment.

:haphal: :sklol: :ghost: :bat: :witch: :dracula: :frank:

10-31-2006, 12:25 PM

It is frozen outside. The furnace is on. My skin is turning to dry crackles. Tonight is the big night that my kids have been twittering, going to be mittens, tights and sweaters along with the costumes... brrrr! I take the kids door to door and hubby hands out the chips. Only concern is the dog, this will be his first Halloween and I think he should be locked up in a bedroom upstairs till its over. The cats in another bedroom. Too much crazed energy for them to handle. Taking my vitamins, eating kiwi from New Zealand and vowing to stay out of the kids haul tonight:P

Shad-Hope the party was a success and you are grinning hugely for your wonderful planning!

Mel-Joyful shopping, watch out for the crazies!

Happy-Welcome back home, glad you made it safely!

Ceejay-I hope your boss materializes ;)

Holly-are your sputtering now after all your puttering? Schedule a coffee break and some sitting time in there :D

Suzi-glad you managed to keep your cool around the little miss at the party. The little dears have been brainwashed by the Simpsons television show to be selfish little crumbs, whoops, can you tell I am frantic to protect my kids from the culture which is intent on corrupting them?:o :hug: Mom power!!

Madcat-your poor hands, I hope they appreciate your band-aids and effort! Way to go on being so crafty :)

10-31-2006, 03:56 PM
Morning all,
Let the festivities begin. Went to the airport last night and picked up my sister, her daughter (henceforth known as DNR) and her son (DNS) and respective partner and wife. I dropped the sister at DB1's place and left her to it and then went on home picking up a meal as I went and the nieces and nephews ended up at my place as DS2 was going out to play touch football that night and the others wanted food more than cheering on a 30 year old galloping up and down a paddock. Wonder why. Anyway we chatted and got to know each other all over again and listened to the tales of the travellers and had to have a preview of DNS shopping expedition for clothes and DNK (DNS's wife) shoe shopping frenzy. Don't know how many pairs she bought, but they needed another suitcase to get up here. That's shopping!!! Melbourne is a great place to shop. Today I have one lot going to Brisbane City and one lot going to the Gold Coast and I will catch up with the sister at some point.
I finished the majority of the painting yesterday so the hall is looking fresh with it's coat of yellow and white. I can go to Townsville reasonably content that I can get the flooring done when I get back from there. There will still be a bit of work to do on one wall.

Last night was Halloween. We really don't celebrate it here. Of course the commercial sector is trying hard to ensure we follow our American cousins into the festival and is pushing the sweets, pumpkins, costumes etc here. So far most people seem to be resisting it. At least most of the older ones are. As far as I know, I only had one bunch of kids here. While it is probably a fun thing, there are a couple of problems with it as I see it and none to do with the ancient traditions. First the obesity problems we already have here with children by the score and secondly, although they may be out in the fresh air enjoying walking from house to house and it's probably the most exercise they've had this month, there is no adult looking out for them in most cases. I live in a reasonably safe neighbourhood, there's lots of kids but there is also a whole raft of crazies out there and too many of our children get used and abused as it is. End of :soap:

Happy, so pleased that you surprised your Mum. How she must love having her chicks at home with her again. And I know what you mean about the dairy getting better going north. In our case it gets better going south. The dairy in NZ is superb compared to what we get here in the sub-tropics. So is the beef. Did it in 8 hours - is your driving getting better :rofl: or are you just getting to know the road?

Mel's gone off food shopping. Take care and don't upset those shoulders and bones or nerve endings anymore.

Meadow - good to see you again and I just love your signature - how true. I had better go look at my signature because I don't think the measurements are very accurate at the moment.

Tig - Holly - Painter - Raven - Teel - Linus :wave: Hello.

I'd better get off here and go check out the kitchen for some breakfast. And very soon now, I am going to have to put some thought into what I will take to Townsville as well. Aaaarrrgggghhhhh - do I have to work? Can't I just be rich instead of beautiful? Do I hafta? Really? Just beginning to enjoy the life of the idle.

suzi in auz
10-31-2006, 08:17 PM
Time to post!:carrot: And a Happy Halloween to all the Northies in our midst.

I have had a relatively quiet week, I have had time to potter around and really clean this poor little neglected house! It has been good. Now all there is to do is a pile of ironing due to all the washing. I love it when the house sparkles and smells fresh! I know I am weird! :dizzy:

While putting out the washing today I had a little epiphany. Has anyone every read the book Calicoe Bear, it's a lovely story about love and how it comes around. The book is dedicated to a little boy who namely we named our 2nd son after. In the Calicoe bear, the bear is getting old and he isn't needed anymore and so the mother makes him into a lovely quilt. Years later the quilt is found by the little boys daughter and she makes it into a calico bear , it's a lovely story. I was thinking about it as I was putting my DD's old quilt out for it's is in dire need of some repair. Just a lovely story to think about.

Shad it sounds as if you are well under way. Oh it's exciting. I hope everything runs smoothly for you. How lovely that you have organised this and were able to get everyone together. You are a sweet person. There is nothing like renewing old relationships, so fun. I hope the big surprise is GRAND
Happy, it sounds like such a wonderful surprise for your Mum. What a treat. There is nothing like going home and sampling all those old favourites too.
Wow, it's a long way eh? I am only just getting used to the long distance travel here in Aus. 8 hours was enough to take you from one end of the Island to the next in NZ. Good luck for the weight in today.

Meadow, how cute. I hope your kiddies have loads of fun tonight, i love those memories. We carved our first pumpkin last night for Halloween. As shad mentioned it isn't widely celebrated here and is just an excuse for the over 15's to muck about, they really get into mischief, every year it is the same. Our little jack o lantern glowed sweetly and we had a couple of visitors. I was concerned that some children were on their own without their parents. We live in a quiet neighbourhood but still.

Mel ...enjoy your shopping.

Ceejay, I know what you mean when it's quiet. i have times like that at work too. Just enjoy the peace.

Holly look at that huge list. I hope you acheived it all!! I probably would have the same sort of list if I wrote it all down. Have a super, non working but busy day!

Hello to all the other busy chicks. :wave:

Have super days

10-31-2006, 08:24 PM
:cb: :cb: :cb: 4.8 pounds people! YES!!! :carrot: :carrot: :carrot:

I lost 4.8 pounds this week at weigh in. :yikes: Part of me is a bit :mad: because you get a ribbon with a 5 pound loss for the week. Last week they told us we HAD to weigh with shoes on. This week we had a bunch of new people and they let them weigh with stocking feet. I could have made the stupid 5 pounds IF I COULD HAVE TAKEN MY SHOES OFF :club: So I guess I'll just make my own ribbon :write: :D

Forgive my unbridled enthusiasm :trampo: but it's been so hard to get any weight off and to lose almost 5 pounds after I just got back from a weekend back home with milk, pizza, a burger or two, lots of Italian food, a Mexican meal and my beloved Italian Beef sandwich with the bread dipped in au jus is amazing to me. Perhaps I wasn't eating enough food prior to this. One thing I did differently was track EVERYTHING this past week including the vacation weekend. And I watched portions. And I told myself :no: many, many times in order to say :yes: to other things. I did not mindlessly grab things and because I was tracking I gave far more thought to what I was putting in my mouth (also one of my committments to myself this week).

My faith has once again been restored in the Weight Watchers program - which I will admit I was not so sure would work for me this time around. I do see that planning and writing are core to success. And exercising. I did bring my swimsuit and take a 30 minute swim in the pool at the hotel 2 nights. I was going to use the fitness room but there were a bunch of unsupervised kids in there goofing around and I didn't feel like dealing with them. Oh and I also did not indulge in the bag of snacks I brought for the road trip - I stuck with yogurt, a handful of grapes and some trail mix that had dried cranberries, almonds, walnuts, and some yogurt drops. And I measured 1 handful and 1 only - unlike DH who fillled his hand, swallowed twice and it was gone. :lol: DH did enjoy many treats from the snack bag but I was not tempted although I did threaten him at one point :rollpin: if he did not stop for REAL food. :)

Most of the Halloween candy I bought is stuff I don't like. The few things I do like can be portioned easily when I have 2 points to blow.

Shad, I agree with you about the Halloween and obesity thing. Not to mention the kooks going around too. I tried to get better choices - fruit ropes, small bags of crackers. I almost wish they'd do away with it also once and for all. You're never sure if you should buy anything or not (that guilt thing). So... the guests are starting to arrive. I hope that you will not be the one to have to entertain everyone and be tour guide. It sounds like there are many good times ahead to be had and I hope you can be in the middle enjoying yourself. It's good that you were able to work the job schedule so that you have this time now to focus on the party and then start refreshed. Hope you have a WONDERFUL time with the relies. :hat: Thank you for the update on Teel - so good to hear her card business is doing well.

Meadow, warm those hands with a nice cup of hot apple cider, stirred gently with a cinnamon stick. So unfair that the kids have to cover up the costumes with cold weather gear. What were people thinking when they picked out these holidays? :lol: I'm glad you mentioned hiding your cat. Now I don't feel so bad about doing the same for mine. I never trust poor kitties out loose with not always using their heads cat hating kids. I'm not sure which graphic I went more ga ga over - the Halloween one or the cuddling hamsters. You find the best stuff!

Hey Mel! How did the shopping trip go? Sorry but I had a good giggle after you said the seniors were all tuckered out after the Halloween party :rofl: I thought that only happened to toddlers but I guess we regress as we age don't we? Just can't seem to pinpoint when we start the backward slide. :dizzy: Are you feeling better - got the arms and legs and eyes all happy and in synch again? You said you changed your eating plan a bit, can you sneek in an occasional Frappacino now? Wonder why they don't make those things in decaf - they are losing a big audience in my opinion.

CeeJay - enjoy the peace and quiet. At least the co-worker isn't working on annoying you. So you took a walk in the woods? Good for you. The colors are starting to pop now, it's gorgeous everywhere you look. Sometimes you have to look into the trees to see an especially pretty patch hiding out.

Taxman stealing your money :rofl: Suzi you are too funny. Sorry for the drama with the little girl. What happened to manners? Is that so passe? Are people that afraid of offending anyone that they raise little divas? Never did appreciate a "precocious" child. :no: Sounds like they have you busy and on the run.

How did the dragon/cow come out Madcat? Not sure I'd take on such an ambitious project - well maybe I would but I'd be regretting it. :yes:

Did you get out and enjoy those blue skies Holly?

It's so hard to catch up when you've been away for a few days. I'm going up and down on the pages and by the time I get back to comment, I've forgotten what I was going to comment on. :lol:

I think I'm going to go read my WW materials for this week. I didn't get in early enough to go grocery shopping but I think if I plan carefully I can do ok with what I have around the house here.

Hellos to Tig and Rose and Teel and lurking Carla. :wave:

10-31-2006, 10:37 PM
It was getting quite dark when I posted. I heard some children's voices but I really didn't think we'd have many kids coming to the door. Apparently they like to come when it's dark. The candy bowl is more than half empty. And if I say so, my house looks cute. 3 candlelit ghosts in one window, a sparkly ghost and pumpkin in another. Out front a pumpkin candle holder. A witch hanging on the tree - broom and all and a ghost as big as me hanging from the tree at the opposite end of the walkway. We have a curved entryway which I've decorated with Halloween decorations. I did go outside and take a walk down the street. The rules here are if you wish to invite trick or treaters, you leave the front porch light on. People are not to disturb those houses which are dark. I looked up and down the street and the houses with lights on are spaced 2 or 3 apart. We have rather large lots so it's a fair walk from one house to the next as it is and many of the houses have long zig zag walks to the front door - add to the distance of passing 2 houses for every 1 that you get a treat from and I can't say it's worth the effort. But then again, as Shad said, it's probably the most some of them have walked all month.

And here it is 8:34 and I haven't had my supper yet. I might do a quick egg and a slice of toast rather than go to bed hungry.

11-01-2006, 12:23 AM
Suzi, I must have just missed your post. I don't think you're wierd at all to love a clean and sparkly house. I always thought that was the reward for putting so much effort into getting it that way!

Loved the concept of the Calicoe Bear story. I will think of that every time I see a patchwork quilt.

Nighty night ladies. Good morning to those of you greeting the sun - actually I guess it's about lunch time as I do this post. Time flies, doesn't it? :dizzy:

11-01-2006, 09:08 AM







11-01-2006, 09:43 AM
Fix your chairs - heck Mel, they probably engineered them out there :rofl: So you have a not so secret "squeeze" - :eek: There are a few people in the world who look for the beauty and compasion of a warm heart - and you are one of them Mel. A warm heart wrapped around a fiesty personality :rofl: I can just imagine you in a sari - very exotic. :D

Glad to hear you got out and got some fresh air yesterday. We had damp rain in bouts - I sent the nice weather up your way for a change. NOW GIVE IT BACK :rofl: :lol: :lol3:

Good morning to the rest of the chicks, have a good one. :hug:

11-01-2006, 10:08 AM
Happy--:bravo: on a job well done. Shall we say that 4.8 pounds are gone for ever.

Mel--Sound like you have Willie tied around you little finger.

My weight loss for the month of October is 4 pounds. :carrot: I'm happy about that because I've had some ups and downs with food.

Hello to Shad, Suzi, and Madcat.

11-01-2006, 03:11 PM
Congratulations Happy That is the best result for the hard work and the tedium of writing things down and thinking about what you are going to eat. Well done you

:bravo: :jig: :cp: :dance: :dancer: :woohoo: :cheer: :congrat: :bravo: :jig: :cp: :dance: :dancer: :woohoo: :cheer: :congrat: :bravo: :jig: :cp: :dance: :dancer: :woohoo: :cheer: :congrat:

And to Ceejay 4lbs down. Jeez, we are going to have to run to catch up with you lot.

:bravo: :jig: :cp: :dance: :dancer: :woohoo: :cheer: :congrat::bravo: :jig: :cp: :dance: :dancer: :woohoo: :cheer: :congrat::bravo: :jig: :cp: :dance: :dancer: :woohoo: :cheer: :congrat:

The brothers and sisters went out to dinner last night We had a Chinese meal together and laughed and chatted and played tricks on each other and had a really great time. It was the first time the four of us have been together since our Mum passed away in '99. Special time.
DB2 threw a bit of a spanner in the works by saying that the dear nephew was playing gridiron on Saturday afternoon. They are playing a semifinal and it will be at 4.00pm and will finish around 5.30 to 6. Since that is when we had envisaged the party to start with family photos etc., I had to do a radical rethink but I think we can work it out okay. The mystery guests will all arrive before the birthday boy and will be there when he gets there, hopefully. It is the one thing I didn't factor in. I thought the nephew had morning games!!!! Should never think, but always check. Other than that all is going well. Today I will go and take the younger set to Lone Pine Sanctuary and from there they can go into town again. Poor DNR's partner - he is not the most active bloke in town and here he is walking further than he has ever walked before. His feet are suffering!!!!
DNS has volunteered to trim my hedge for me before he goes home. I'm not sure when he thinks he is going to fit it in, but hey - never refuse a good offer. They've been doing the theme parks on the Gold Coast and will need picking up tonight. I have a dentist appointment at 3. Could be an interesting afternoon for transport.

And that is about it for the moment. DB2 now knows his family are here but has absolutely no idea that there are another 10 people whom he has not seem for some years on the doorstep. I'm really looking forward to Saturday now. There's a bit more hard work on the horizon for another couple of days and then it's party time - which I guess will be all over in a flash and only flapping decorations and a couple of garbage sacks to tell the tale. I'll let you know the final menu tomorrow.

See ya

11-01-2006, 07:04 PM
Aha Shad, by piecing together the time of your edit and the time of your post I see that you are 16 hours into the future as we sit here in Tennessee. I thought it was 14 hours.

So glad to hear that you are all having a rousing time together. If I listen very carefully I can almost hear your laughter. Wow - almost 7 years apart - that has to be difficult. Particularly if you like each other. I hope you work out the schedules (who better than you to sort out the messes ;) ) and enjoy every moment for as you say, it is going to fly by in the blink of an eye. We will eagerly await your return with all the exciting details. :grouphug:

Thank you very much all for the congrats and the ta-da's. Shad I am particularly impressed with your use of smilies - you must have picked that up from our friend Teel :D It is nice to get a little patting on the back once in a while I must say. :0 And speaking of which :cp: :cp: :cp: to you too CeeJay - 4 pounds down forever in October. Good going! I often think of you :bike2: away and I admire your sticking to the program.

The WW leader said the average person will gain 10 pounds over the holidays (which start with Halloween). I am going to try and set a goal to be down 25 pounds by Christmas. That's a tiny bit more than 2 pounds per week. 25 pounds is such a drop in the bucket compared to what eventually needs to come off but I am trying not to think like that. Instead set mini goals.

I ate a breakfast that consumed way too many points so I need to troll the WW section and find something for a 4 point dinner. I could use 5 of my weekly points but I'd rather now. The weather is turning decidely cool and damp, I think some nice soup recipes are in order. And the colors are starting to pop here, it's going to be a gorgeous display of color here despite a very dry and (tree) stressful summer.

Ok, I'm off to make dinner now. Talk to you later...

suzi in auz
11-01-2006, 07:52 PM
oh WTG your inspiring people!! HAPPY :woohoo: to you and :woohoo: to you too Ceejay. That is some going 4 lbs.:carrot: :carrot: and 4.8 respectively which is so nearly 5 pounds! I will make a ribbon especially for you. :bravo:

I have yet to hop on the Gym scales and see the damage, like you shad these are different to mine at home. The weigh heavier but I guess if they are all I stand on it's a good control. It is frustrating working out at the Gym and seeing a change in the body but none on the scales. I guess we have to rethink weight loss into fat loss. :dizzy:

Today is another quiet day. i am enjoying this week. I am getting so much done. There are lovely meals on the table and the house is still thanking me for paying it so much attention. No Gym today as I have this nasty viral thing still but I will go later when DS is at surfing. It's a good hour to kill.
DH is home today working and I am trying to stay out of his way. It's hard as I love to chat but I realise he can't multi task and so has to stop everything when I do. I will show some self control.
Need to do the weight and measure. i think i will come back to change the signature ....fingers crossed!

Happy...once again major congratulations. It is so good to have a plan and know that it is working, even to the fact that you can manage your treats. I really think that logging keeps you incredibly honest. Now remember no shoes next week. I wear clothes :o ( ovbiously but take my shoes off and leave socks on) you need to cut yourself some slack.

Shad it is all sounding very exciting. I am sure you will manage everything beautifully. It's funny your comment about a few streamers and a couple of garbage bags later, I always feel a little like that after a party, I want to hang onto the memories for a while. For my 40th I didn't take the balloons down for a week and have only just put away the cards. Enjoy enjoy enjoy

Mel what a lovely day you had "smelling the roses" I love autumn and spring, there is a precious crispness in the air. hmmm...your little indian man sounds interesting, and the very fact that he called to talk to YOU. I look forward to hearing more of this unfold. I will look out for the story you mentioned. Every year we try and buy a book for the children for christmas like this, even as theya re getting older it is still a tradition,

Ceejay...yaay once again on the 4 lbs. It must be all that cycling.
Big :wave: to everyone.
Over and out from me...haircut today. I need a new coat of paint!

11-01-2006, 10:46 PM
It has been an "adventurous" couple of days. The great dragon project is over and done with and I must say it turned out better than any of us expected. Mind you we didn't win, but it was an amazing example of how different parts come together. If anyone is interested, these are the pictures ( the final version.

I also had a coffee with someone I used to work for at another bank…. and she offered me a job. She wants me to meet up with the project manager on Friday, but she made it sound as if it was a formality. It's making me a bit of a nervous wreck since I just signed a contract renewal (though it doesn't kick in for another two weeks). I don't want to burn bridges, but I just have reached the point where I'm just not productive doing this job any more. I never should have re-signed. I haven't but in notice or even seen a contract offer yet. I'll face that hurdle when I get there.

Mel~ Sorry your shoulders are being uncooperative. If you were one of those "complacent, easy going disabled person" you would not be the Mel that we love. But just because you can't be hands on as much does not mean you can't still be a driving force for the good. Yeah, I hear you on the it takes longer to just sit and watch. But how will others ever learn? Your mache story made me laugh. I think it will be a really long time before I chose to do a project like that again. I ended up having to work in my undies and I was covered in goop. :lol: I think you would look lovely in a Sari…

Suzi~ I don't think enjoying a clean house is weird. I hate cleaning but I do like the end results. I've never read the calico bear, but what a lovely story.

Shad~ Good points on Halloween. It doesn't seem like the same safe, fun holiday it was when I was a kid. All my friends who have houses downtown told me that they had almost no kids come by this year. I think it is still big in the 'burbs, but it's just to scary in the big city. Someone told me that Halloween has apparently become a big deal in Paris. Good luck with the relative herding. I am still trying to figure out what the R stands for in DNR. J Just a couple more sleeps to your party.

Happy ~ So glad you had a good trip and a lovely visit .And to manage to lose weight on top of that is so amazing. That is just so darn impressive. :carrot: :carrot: Next week you'll get that ribbon. Stick it on your fridge or somewhere else visible to remind yourself of your victory. Obviously accountability is working for you.

Ceejay~ You work for the invisible man…? Congrats on your loss this past month. That is geat!!:carrot: :carrot:

Meadow~ Hope your pets were not too traumatized and that you managed to avoid the treats. They aren't that good, you know, you aren't missing anything

Ok, I have babbled enough and I better post, though I didn't make it through all the posts. Later chickets.

11-02-2006, 09:30 AM
.........and no child is safe out there!! :jig: WARNING WILL ROBERTSON!!!:yikes::sp: :fr:
Madcat the skeleton carrying monster is just too much. I am sitting here in fits of laughter. OMG!!! :rofl: :rofl:
That was quite some feat of creativity! Congratulations on a job well done. good luck with the job decisions. Why is it they always come in pairs or more?? It's either a feast of a famine! :faint: good luck nonetheless. Good and sage advice for me....thank you:hug: Patience was never my strong suit but I am learning. :p

Happy~ I am still so pleased the WW is working so well.
Thanks for sending the lovely 2 days we had. I think it must be on it's way back to you as it's cold and :rain: outside now!! :tantrum: Our trees look much nicer now.....but the winds have been ripping the leaves off!!!
:chef: When you make it, send the soup this way as I too am ready:hungry: Thank you for the lovely words too. They made my morning:hug:

Shad~ I can just see your transportation and photo schedule now:crazy: you better get it all written down and get the orders given out. :rofl: It cannot be easy with that many involved and from so far apart. :coach: But we all know you will get the job done and everyone will have a great time. :balloons:

Ceejay~ :encore: :woohoo: :cheer2: :cheer: :dancer: :bravo: CONGRATULATIONS ON THE LOSS!!!! YAY FOR YOU!!!
Very nice to lose the 4 lbs!!! getting the Fall off to a great start!

I was hoping for another 1 lbs loss this week but will just have to be satisfied with the 3 lbs total for October. Got on the scale this morning and no new ones are gone.
Happy and Ceejay are inspiring me to do better next month. :cp: But I don't feel as much of a :moo: this month. Clothes have a wee bit more room in them.
Nothing to do today...... so general tidying up is in order.
I forgot to tell you when I got hurt but we found those seniors. They had gotten lost looking for gas. Not sure what the whole story is but he is no longer driving. The family is doing it all now and they took his license away. Poor sod looks lost but it was necessary. The family did NOT give details of the event. God help us!!
:book2: I am having a rethink on the Xmas candy wreath class this month. The seniors just cannot tie that many knots. sigh What was I thinking!!!!:dizzy:
Off to get the dust mop :moped:
Happy Thursday!!!

11-02-2006, 09:39 AM
Good morning all,

It's a chilly "frost on the pumpkin" kind of morning. At least for all the poor cast off pumpkins lying at the foot of the road today. To me a discarded pumpkin or a dried up Christmas tree laying out front just waiting for the trash looks so forlorn to me. At one point it was in it's crowning glory - now it's just discarded trash by the side of the road. :( How goofy am I? :dunno:

Wow Madcat, that is SOME dragon :cp: and talk about HUGE. You did a wonderful job. It looks like it's eyes light up too? I find it especially hard to work in such large proportions. I liked how it was grabbing the skeleton too :lol: So say this other job comes through - how difficult would it be to get out of your contract? How long is the contract? I suppose it's a dilema that working on your own presents - go for steady work or be able to pick and choose what you want and work through the leaner non work times. That would be hard for a security freak like me tho I am learning that old methods of thinking sometimes keep you from expanding your horizons and often the dreaded bad outcome we fear never materializes. Good luck with your decision and I hope something more exciting comes your way. :hug:

Hi Suzi, thanks for the whoo hoos :lol: How did the haircut come out? Hope you are feeling better. I hear you on the scale thing, why is that our only mental measure of success? I guess you really do have to do the measurement thing. Or I would track things like number of reps walked along the walking track, steps on the pedometer, miles pedalled on the bike or laps in swimming. Some target that as the numbers get up there makes you feel so proud of yourself. And it spurs you to do a bit more too.

I daresay it's going to get a bit quiet here for the moment with Shad busy with the family reunion. Good time for you to come out of lurking Meadow and Tig *hint, hint* :D

I have a feeling Mel is somewhere over my head doing a cross post as I type :comp: Hi Mel :wave: how are you my northern sister? I hear they are considering if they haven't passed the law already to recognize gay marriages in the state of NJ. It was funny, I was watching the TV program The View. One of the hosts - Joy Behar is constantly getting teased about not wanting to marry her long time live in boyfriend. She told Rosie O'Donnell that the US should recognize gay marriages as it seems only gay people want to get married anymore - commenting on a recent news item that for the first time in the history of the census, there are more households of unmarried couples than married ones.

I don't see marriage going away anytime soon tho. I think if people worked through their problems and took more time considering and getting to know the person they intend to marry, that maybe there wouldn't be as many divorces. Just my opinion tho...

Ok, off to the salt mine as they say. Only 2 more days to work until the weekend...

11-02-2006, 09:48 AM
:tantrum: GET TO WORK YOU WENCH :rollpin:

(you're not goofy and we wouldn't have you any other way! :hug: )

11-02-2006, 09:49 AM
PS~ I used to feel sorry for my boots and rubbers because they were always out in bad THAT'S GOOFY!!!!!

11-02-2006, 11:28 AM
It was a frosty morning today. I'm having my first cup of hot chocolate this morning of the fall season. It's called chocolate raspberry, yummy.

Seems like every one is busy. I'm going to bless my house today with a good cleaning. There will be no trip to Paragould this week end either. I also need to get my flu shot today and maybe go to the gym to get out of the house.

I couldn't figure out why I had binged for the last couple of days but after taking my blood sugar this morning I do. It was too low.

I can honestly feel all the good vibs this morning.

My boss is always a phone call away. It just seems that lately I don't see him. He rather be outside digging in the dirt. You know how men are about power tools and machinery.

By the way I've lost another pound this morning. Drink your water.

11-02-2006, 12:20 PM
:cp: Yay CeeJay on "downscaling" November already. Ha ha I made a pun :rofl: Your hot chocolate reminded me. I have several yummy packages from the left over Diet to Your Door stock I have yet to use. The hot chocolate was one of the best things about the diet. But for me chocolate = pimples so I can only have 1 cup a week. But thanks for reminding me. Enjoy yours and give that house a good blessing!

Mel I KNEW you were watching over me this morning. Yes, I am at work you slave driver you :drill: :rollpin: :rofl: I LOVE your Thanksgiving avatar!!!!!!! I might even steal it :lol3:

Ok, I just finished my 12 dry almond snack, time to get back to writing code again. Catch up later chicks...

11-02-2006, 05:15 PM
Morning all,
Seems that early morning is the only time I have to come here at the moment - still it keeps me accountable.

Yesterday I took DNR and partner to Lone Pine Sanctuary where they cuddled the koala and took over the snake show and then took part in the birds of prey show. DNR likes to get involved. She has a highly developed sense of touch and feel. Previously she started training as a vet nurse, but never finished it for one reason or another but it is obvious that she loves animals. Today they are going down to the Gold Coast with DNJ who has the day off school to be with her cousins. I'm not sure DB2 is that excited about her going driving all the way down there but I'm sure she will be okay. She's only had her licence a few weeks. The two I have here are going into Brisbane City for the day. And I am going to buy a fish and then pick up my sister and we are coming home to prepare some of the party food, gossip, catch up and generally keep busy. We need to find some decorations for the do as well. I hope we have enough puff left to blow up the balloons.
DB2 through a bit of a spanner in the works by announcing that DN has a gridiron game on Saturday at 4.00pm which meant they wouldn't make the barbeque until after six. After quick thought, I decided that wasn't so bad, I could have the surprise guests stowed away in the house for when he arrived provided I could persuade DN to lose some socks or pants or whatever when changing. Now he tells me that the game is at 2.00pm and he would like all the cousins to go and cheer the kid on. Well that's easy enough but I will have to give some thought to what that might mean for timing of the arrival of my surprise guests. DB2 never fails to throw the spanner in works - even if he doesn't know that he is doing it.
Complete menu for the do is:

4 different dips and chippies or biscuits. Assorted deli bits.
Weber roasted leg of pork (complete with crackling(I hope)) and apple sauce
Weber roasted, cous cous stuffed chicken with salsa
Weber roasted whole fish with herby crust.
Fillet steak on the barbeque - various sauces, mustards etc.
Onions on the barbeque.
Potato bake
Two green salads,
Beetroot and Feta Salad
Maybe a potato salad
Apple Pie
Cheese board with dried fruit
Fresh Fruit platter

I think that should do them. DS1 will have two vegetarian dishes to choose from and I will have to put them in a quiet place since I have found that many people actually quite like vegetarian fare provided they don't know what it is!!! There will be plenty of fruit juice, water, soft drinks, and some beer and wine. If they want the hard stuff, there is a bottle shop down the road.
Dentist yesterday was a long drawn out session. I sometimes wonder if it would have been easier (and no doubt cheaper) to have the two teeth removed and be done with it. But I am stubbon, I hang on to these things, and at least I guess it is getting shot of the old black fillings and replacing them with pearly whites.

Madcat - what an effort to put that dragon together. It looks great.
To break a contract or not. That is the question. Without doubt, I would advise going with your gut feelings and taking whichever job will advance your skills, prove more interesting, get you to another place in your working life, or remove you from a drudgery, pay the bills and contribute to your overall wellbeing. If that proves to be the old job, fine stick with it, if not move on with no regrets. Will the new place wait for you? How long is the contract you signed for? Security used to be the be all and end all. Now there is basically no such thing as job security and one must make the best decisions possible based on the knowledge and information available. The safe route as Happy pointed out is not always the best route.
DNR and DNJ are my two nieces. I'm trying to differentiate between all the cousins - unfortunately when it comes to the nephews their initials are just about the same as the nieces. Heaven help me - I think I'll just yell - HEY YOU!!!

Ceejay - well done on another pound down. Whatever you are doing, you are doing it well. Keep going - you'll get to California shortly.

Mel - I have a running sheet all set out on the computer. It tells me who is going where at what time, what I need to do as far as feeding the hordes, who is doing what in the party line and whether we need to go shopping for what and when. However being my family - they tend to goof it up from time to time and I have to think on my feet. Thank heavens for DS2 who always comes up with some sort of solution at the eleventh hour. Thinks laterally that kid. The schedule therefore is not hard and fast I would not be so didactic as to give it to them with military precision. Some have already found out just how big Australia is and how long it takes to get from one place to another. The distance I drove yesterday (one of them worked out) was enough to get from Wellington to Palmerston North (in NZ) and back twice. (about 400km). They are slowly getting the picture.
Now I have to spend some time sorting out a quick speech for the presentation of the DB2's birthday gift voucher. That could be interesting!

Happy - if you are goofy for feeling sorry for the pumpkins at the end of the street, I wonder what you think of a person who feels guilty for replacing a trusty old car for a new one! And wishes it a peaceful life with it's next owner! I also feel sorry for empty and neglected houses. I wonder what a psychologist would think about imbuing inanimate objects with powerful human feelings! Perhaps Painter will enlighten us.

Morning to Suzi, Tig, Teel, Linus, Rose, Meadow, Holly, Painter, Turtle, Raven all missing in action. We've more on the missing list than we have on the posting list.

Gotta go. I hear stirrings from next door. A new day has begun.

suzi in auz
11-02-2006, 10:49 PM
It's raining it's pouring !!! :rain: :rain: :rain:

I am sitting here at work looking at it all and acutally it's really good to see it. The funny thing is I have two magic tasks I do that are guaranteed to make it rain, filling up my pool or washing my car. I filled my pool last night :?:
Cee jay and Happy I know where you lbs went, on me!! I popped on the scales at the gym. I know that it was afternoon and i had eaten :sigh: Oh well. I did lose 2.5 kilos in Oct. it looks more like 4 now which is just over 4 lbs! I will do a proper weigh and measure this weekend.

Back from working.....

3 times Gym this week so far which is one better than last week. This bug has knocked us around but feeling so much better now. It was one of those nasty virus's that just hangs around.

My friend is coming from NZ today with her daughter. We should have fun. It's her first time in Sydney and so can't wait to see her. She will enjoy it all here. The weather is not cooperating but when does it when you have visitors. I usually get made out to be a liar and the weather picks up when they leave. She's here for a week though so it should be ok.

I have had major issues this week with older DS14. Stuff and influences at school. I felt like such a meanie but things were getting out of hand. The school took up an issue with him as he had associated with some kids who were involved with the wrong activities. He wasn't guilty but almost by association. DS has been trying to find himself the last few months, he has changed his hair cut and he has also discovered a HUGE attitude to boot.
When I addressed this issue with the Deputy Principal he informed me that DS has been noted to be quite arrogant at times with other teachers, Alarm bells went off for me. I have never heard the words arrogant associated with my son before, his reports have always been quiet and polite. Needless to say i was concerned and discussed this with the DP. DP is running a report on DS and will get back to me next week. it has left room for discussion for DH and DS and myself. We discussed the idea of perspective with him. The impression you give to other and the attitude you show. I think he understood. Yesterday we went for a haircut at the mall and he had the works, new highlights and a snazzy do, not the bangs in front of your face anymore. He wanted the change and was so happy. He said to us this morning that it was amazing how a haircut can really lift a weight off your shoulders. I think it was really letting Mum and Dad know what was going on.

Being a parent is bloddy hard!

Shad your menu sounds fantastic. I love the sound of all those roasted meats in the weber :yum: You have missed your vocation. Perhaps you should have been an events organiser. Remind me when I have something else to organise to get some tips from you. I hope the surprise if fantstic. It sounds as if you will have a few out of your hair which is probably good while you are organising.

Happy. You have encouraged me to have organised 'snacks" and not just graze when i am hubgry. Thank you! I think you are doing so well. It's good to know people are watching over you hey? The haircut looks lovely as usual and she didn't charge me and arm and a leg. I love feeling like I am a princess for a few hours and then it's back to reality at the Gym with sweat rolling down my forhead. how do those movie stars do it???

Madcat... your dragon looks sensational. It really was a major fete. What great things you have on the horizon. It's so good to get head hunted like that. :woohoo: I wish you all the best in your decision making. Another lb. you lucky piggy. I wish it was me. Enjoy your relaxing weekend and the blessing of a clean house!

Mel hope the tidying went well, it's good having those days, usually something crops up to distract us...awww. I am glad to hear the senior were found safe and sound, poor old codger. It's such a shame.
I have show tunes going on in the background here...someone has changed the radio station...ekkk.

Must fly as work to do and mail to post.

Have lovely weekends.

11-03-2006, 09:05 AM



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11-03-2006, 09:06 AM
PS Happy....go ahead and have some of my turkey!!
I will share him! Now get back to work!

11-03-2006, 09:37 AM
Good chilly :hyper: morning ladies,

It's below freezing out there. Will need to leave a few minutes early to defrost the windshield today. Brrrrrrr. At least I get to wear some of my new warm sweaters. :D

Good heavens, I see that Mel has once again been right behind me typing away. BOOO Happy! Argh Mel - :yikes: you startled me again. Now I have to peek down and see what you wrote!

CeeJay gave me a taste for cocoa yesterday so as I went roaming around the office (took a 10 minute walk twice yesterday), I came across some packets of sugar free hot chocolate. I decided to try it. It was surprisingly good and I could not tell it was sugar free. At first. Then about an hour after I drank it, I started to feel the familiar tummy cramps. I just cannot tolerate any kind of artificial sweetner, even Splenda made from real sugar. Too bad, it was a real treat for 1 point and tasted even better when it was cold outside. Guess I'll go back to my teas which I have to learn how to drink without sugar. Hey, even the flavored ones need a bit of sweetness. ;)

Hey Mel, that was funny about cleaning the ears out :listen: :rofl: Isn't that a rather long and stressful on the Mel type of day to work an election? We have a rather heated senate race here that I hear is getting national coverage. All I can say is they both have alot of money because they are both running TV commercials about every 10 minutes during prime time. One of the candidates guaranteed not to get my vote from the get go as his entire campaign has been based not on what he will DO if he's elected but rather just to discredit the other guy. I saw a news blurb the other day that candidates spend 3 times their allotment on content that is negative compared to the stuff that is positive. But I swear I've never seen so many commercials for 2 candidates in my life. One of the guys is now saying in less than a week you'll not longer have to listen to our commercials. :lol: Any way get all the rest you can missy, I think it's going to be a busy week ahead for you.

Suzi, I'm glad you got a chance to talk to the DS. This is a trying time in their lives at that age. Glad you can approach it with compassion. It's so hard to try and guide them in the right direction yet let them be free enough to open their wings and find their own way. Good to hear too that you have organized your snacks. I guess a big part of it is thinking about what you're going to put in your mouth BEFORE you actually do it and chosing wisely.

Shad, your menu has my mouth watering even tho none of those is really breakfast food. :T You are laying out quite the spread there! :hungry: It sounds like the party will be heavenly. Hope you have great weather, sounds as tho people will be milling about. I know what you mean about the teeth tho they say it is really better to keep the real ones as long as possible. DH says that's because they can guarantee huge dental bills for a long time :lol: I think he might be right! The weekend is upon you so that means it's time to P-A-R-T-Y :woo: :hat: :balloons: :cheer2: :congrat: have the very BEST time with the family.

Good morning CeeJay and Madcat. Hellos to the rest, I think I'll go put a pot of steel cut oats on while I shower up. Happy Friday ladies :wave:

11-03-2006, 09:41 AM
Oh and Suzi, it sounds as if you lost 4 pounds last month - :cheer: you go girl!!!!! :congrat:

4 must be a magic number for us :lol:

11-03-2006, 10:13 AM

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11-03-2006, 10:16 AM
Happy--There is frost here too. It was suppose to get below 32 last night.
Unfortunately my hot chocolate is not sugar free. These ae packets that I had bought last year around Christmas time. They have Santa on the front. I'm going to make a pot of soup today.

Shad--Your menu sounds delicious.

Suzi-your son is a teenager now and exploring new territory. I'm glad that you are a caring parent.

Mel-We had elections yesterday. I'm not sure of the outcome of the mayors race which is the only one that I'm really interested in locally. I voted early.
I'm tired of the campaigning. Seems like we have two commercials, one for the campaign and another for and advertisment at the same time. That drives me crazy.

Hello to the rest.

Yesterday I went to get my flu shot and decided that I needed to go ahead and go to the doctor about the pain I've been having in my lower right side. He ruled out appendicitis, yes I still have my appendix. He did a cbc to get the white blood count which was elevated and so was my temperature. He now thinks it's my ovary. I'm suppose to go back today if it's still bothering me for a scan. I'm not sure what that means probably an ultrasound. Right now it's not bothering me but I've not been on my feet either.

I'm going to eat my oatmeal and have another cup of hot chocolate.

11-03-2006, 06:45 PM
I'm beginning to quite like being the ringmaster. I have folk racing around in ever decreasing circles, dodging other folk and looking for the next job. They take the next on the list. There is a delightful young bloke chopping onion and garlic as we speak. Never done this before he said. Have you eaten it before I ask. Yes he said. So now you can appreciate how much effort goes into getting the dish ready for you consumption, I say. Yersssss says he.

The ex is being general chauffeur to the players and is ferrying food and people about and shortly will be sent shopping for soft drinks and some beer. Later he will be detailed to peeling and chopping onions for the barbecue.

DB2 is being managed by his niece DNR and I have my nephew out looking at trimming my hedge. Nothing to do with the party, but he needs to be kept busy.

DS and I are stage managing the food and I suspect we will be all ready fairly early - which is good because then we can get the DB2 to take the nieces and nephews to watch his son play gridiron and that will get rid of him for the rest of the afternoon.

Oh coffee is made - thank heavens for that, lets see how well the non coffee drinking DS1 has listened to the coffee lecture. It's also time for some toast. I'll be back.

11-03-2006, 06:55 PM
There is a delightful young bloke chopping onion and garlic as we speak. Never done this before he said. Have you eaten it before I ask. Yes he said. So now you can appreciate how much effort goes into getting the dish ready for you consumption, I say. Yersssss says he.

Shad I just LOVE your style!!!! :lol: Have a wonderful time at the party - both organizing and as a hostest with the mostest :D

11-04-2006, 09:38 AM
Shad you are cracking me up ans knowing your voice from the phone, I can actually hear you doing this!! Have a wonderful weekend.

Ceejay I am sorry to hear about the side pain. Hope the Dr can help you. Sending good wishes. I am beginning myself to really HATE elections of any kind. This year all the elections across the country were down and dirty.
Shame Shame Shame!

Happy~ I see your crunches continue!! Good for you!! They must be helping with the loss and good to keep moving!

The saga of the arms continues. After laundry, shopping and cleaning....I can feel the inflammation has spread down to my thumb now.
Of course it is the right side. Making me use the left which doesn't feel it should be doing all the work :lol3: and will soon go on strike itself!
So last night I put pain patches on and did nothing. Thank God the election work is all verbal. My mouth still works!! :rofl: Time on the PC will be very limited now so If I can't comment a lot this week forgive me. :dance:
Happy Weekend. :moped:
:wave: to all our chicks!!

11-04-2006, 11:02 AM
Good morning ladies,

All I can say is that elections are different down here. I can't believe the amount of money that these 2 candidates for senate are spending on prime time TV commercials. Lots and lots of money. However I will say that based on what I've seen, it has decided my vote. Now if I could only figure out where to vote and when the polls are open! Will be my first time voting here and I can't believe how difficult it is - even with internet searches to get the polling information. I have found out where to vote and when the polls close but not when they open! And I guess it would be better to get there early tho perhaps it will be quieter in the early afternoon. Perhaps I can sneak out early and get there during a lull time. I actually should have voted early.

Miss Mel - you rest up because even tho you might be mostly using your mouth, it will still be a very long day for you on Tuesday. Can't have you all wracked up for weeks on end over 1 day's worth of work. :hug:

Sorry to hear about the pains Ceejay, I hope they find the cause and soon. You inspired me to make some oatmeal too - yum yum.

So Shad, was the party on Saturday - I can't remember. If so by now it's over - how was it? Was the DB surprised? Was the food as delicious as it sounded? Details when you have had time to recover from the whirlwind of activities and guests.

I'm off to return the tile samples and look for something else for the kitchen and bath. Hellos to the rest of the chicks - enjoy your weekend :wave:

11-04-2006, 01:42 PM
Not much going on today. I've rested just about all week end and now need to jump start my engine to get things done.

I did talk to my sister this morning to see if her plans are to come for Thanksgiving. They are. She has had more responsibility put on her at work.
Can't wait to see them. I hope she can talk my nephews into coming also.

It's time to get started.

11-04-2006, 04:25 PM
The party is over,
Time to call it a day
Tra la la la etc.

We had a great time. I overcatered but hey I always overcater. DNS (of the garlic and onion conversion earlier) ate most of the potato salad and now wants the recipe. His Mother and I looked at each other and shrugged. We tried to remember the things that went into it but we are test kitchen cooks - you know the variety - slosh it in and wait for the miracle! In other words we have no idea.
The weber pork went down a treat. Within minutes there was none left over. My friend Chris from down the road missed out. The chicken and fish only had a bit left and when I left the fish was beginning to resemble those cartoon fish skeletons you see on the 'box'. When I look at it, it was basically healthy stuff - lots of green and mixed salads, cheese and meat. In fact when I think back now, the sausages were the most uneaten stuff. We will be eating curried snags for days! Oh and the cheese and fruit platter. They were all so full that we didn't even bother with those. And come to think of it, ideas for most of it apart from the meat came from vegetarian cookbooks.
DSIL and DB1's trifle and apple pie didn't last either. My friend Chris from down the road was first in line for the trifle having missed out of the pork.

Today most of the cousins are going to Australia Zoo, home of the Crocodile Hunter. Us oldies will gather to reminisce and look at the photos. Cor it was like being a celebrity - all those flashlights going off. I'll put them in an album later today and invite you all to come see. They will probably only remain as a public album for a very short time as I don't need any of the perverts out there downloading our happy snaps thank you very much.

DB2 was completely surprised and a bit overwhelmed. I had told him I was inviting a few of my friends because I owed them dinners and when he saw me talking to a couple of people down the back, he didn't take much notice - he was too busy sorting out the family members. Then when he got up to me, he gave me a hug, looked at the friends waiting for an intro and then did a double take and said #$#$#$# @#$%^ what are you lot doing here. The occasion finally dawned on him. He was a bit overwhelmed with his gift as well. All in all it went down well.

Ceejay - hope that pain goes away very soon and they find out what it is. No fun in being in pain. I see you have your measurements on your siggy now. It's a good way of keeping track.

Mel - rest up those muscles and bones. We do not want you sick again. Elections will go on for ever - even if you are not there to help out, so don't bust a gut trying to help when you least have the energy and strength.

So now it is on to another day of revelry and debauchery. Then on Monday it is mostly all over and I can concentrate and getting ready to go to Townsville. There is a bit to do I guess - how unusual.

11-05-2006, 08:34 AM
Morning all. And a fine morning it seems to be though it might be hard to tell since the sun isn't up yet. :lol:

So it looks as if I will be changing jobs. I met with the technology lead at the Other Bank on Friday and almost before I got back to my desk after lunch I got a call from the HR department making me an offer. I have to fax off some paper work. The only thing I feel slightly stressed about is telling my current boss. I did sign a renewal on my current contract… but the old one doesn't end until November 20th. It probably makes sense to just revoke the new contract. The only problem is my boss is on Florida at a security conference so I'm going to have to do it over the phone or by email –and I would rather do it in person. And of course that all pervasive fear that I am a complete fraud and I'm not going to be able to cope with the new job :lol:

Yesterday we went to the in-laws for lunch and came back via IKEA and Home Depot. I wanted to buy a new area rug to use some gift certificates we had and to replace the horrible thing we have in the living room right now. IKEA had nothing (other than obnoxious crowds), but we found something nice at Home Depot: all sort of muted blues and ochre and greens in big overlapping rectangles. It will look neat with the furniture and wall colours we already have. So today will be a puttering around the house day. I have to dig a set of heavy curtains out of a box in storage to hang in the solarium, hoping that will help keep in the heat for the winter. Hopefully, they will fit and not be too heavy for the existing curtain rod. There are CFL football quarter-final games on TV this afternoon, including Winnipeg vs my beloved Argos, so I'll be on the couch for part of the day.

Shad~ I am glad the party went so well and the DB was surprised and excited. It sounded as if the party took on a life of its own. So rewarding to put all that effort in and have it go off so well. And it is really nice that the surprise part of it worked out too. Good on ya! You are the ringmaster and the circus performance was a success with the crowds. Curried snags, though? Are sausages, "snags"? And you would curry them? K. Well, guess it beats cutting them up and stirring 'em into Kraft Dinner. What kinds of stuff do you have to do to get ready for Townsville?

Ceejay~ How nice you will be with family at Thanksgiving. Hope you feel better.

Happy~ Darn, your comments on your election difficulties reminded me that I should have gone yesterday to vote early in the mayoral elections here. Oh poo. Elections must be the same everywhere – wait to vote after work and that will involve long line-ups. Good for you for going out to vote!! Hey, if nothing else it gains you the right to complain later. :lol:

Mel~ I agree with you. People should be ashamed for using underhanded tactics in elections. I guess they feel they can't win in on just the issues… but it is sickening to hear some of the things said. Oh mel :hug: look after yourself. I wish they could perfect the whole verbal to keyboard technology just to spare your shoulders.

OK, I could write more but I best get a start on. We have no milk in the house for coffee so I am going to go throw on some sweats and lace up my "trainers" and go do a power walk, picking up some milk on the way back. You all have inspired me and I am determined to shift this weight once and for all. Of course, this will also allow the DH to sleep in a bit. Poor dear, he has been sick all week and couldn't even stay home since his company's servers were hit with some mystery virus and he felt had to be there to fight fires. Just realized today is our 6 month anniversary. Wow, time flies…

So hi to all the other chicks and have a great day all. :wave:

11-05-2006, 09:45 AM
Happy Sunday/Monday!! Hope everyone is enjoying
their weekend and it sounds like you all are.
Santa Claus came early and bought me a lovely wool blend cape with buttons and faux fur trim on the hood and arm holes. I admired one in the office and Fran went out and bought it for me. Refused my $$ and I know it was more than she should be spending. She is a sweet and giving kid and I must remember how I talk in front of her.This wheelchair has a profound effect on her and I keep forgetting. Fran is VERY sensitive to other's feelings......
she's a Pisces like me! :rofl:
I am wearing it to the store tomorrow. I need some giftwrap paper and my meds are cheaper there too. also richie's kids will be here for Xmas. It looks official now. toys are cheap there too. :p xmas shopping is finished. I even got free shipping on the other stuff I bought on the internet. :carrot:
Time to rest up a bit. Heavy week. Monday/Walmarts, Tuesday/Election, Wednesday/Food shop...... sometime it just works out this way. :moped: One bus is back in the shop too so I cannot pick and choose!! :tantrum:

Ceejay~ good to hear the sis will be there for Thanksgiving. Does she stay with you or in Paragould?
Hope the week goes well for you and the pain disappears too!!:hug:

Shad~ Oh I am so glad that it all went so well. The food sounded great!! A tear came to my eye when you spoke of his reaction. Bet it did for him too. What a great way to celebrate his BD.
A job well done my South Eastern Sister!!
:dance: :dance:

Happy~ Hope you are alredy registered!! :rofl: You and DH can always come up here and vote by me!!! :carrot:
I was thinking about you.....our garbage men are complaining about how the neighbors are putting out their trash in the wrong receptacles!! STILL! :rofl: :rofl: I almost typed testicles!!!:lol3: :lol3: Must be a Freudian moment!!!
Anyway........Early voting is best. I love the quiet time!!

Madcat~ :gift: Happy 6 month Anniversary!! Where DID the time go????:?: It seems like only yesterday you were a single cat on the prowl.:rofl: TV and a couch sound great. maybe I'll get into my recliner one. good idea!! Make some popcorn too....air-popped that is.
Hope it all works out well with the old boss and the new job. Good luck!!!:hug:

11-05-2006, 01:10 PM
Morning all
The first I heard of IKEA was in Dallas last summer. For some one getting started that would be a good place to go.

Get into that chair and prop your feet up with your pop corn. If you need any thing ring that little bell and I'll be on my way. My sisters will be staying with me in Paragould. My aunt and uncle want them to stay with them also.
They have a huge house.

I'm at work today. I'm down another pound. I'm on a quest for 176 by Thanksgiving. I'm not sure if that is doable but I'm trying.
While I'm at the computer I need to start posting the week end day sheets.
Yesterday for exercise I raked the yard. My upper back is sore today.

11-05-2006, 01:15 PM
Good morning chicks :coffee:

Madcat, I really like your new avatar! Happy 6 month anniversary. Boy time sure does fly, seemed like only 2 months ago you were getting married. Talking about rugs you reminded me that we have 3 up in storage on the top floor. We mostly have rugs in the house which I would rather replace with laminate flooring some day. I like the area rugs we have but there's no place to put them in this house. One of them my mom really admired, I wonder if we could fit it into the SUV and take it back over Christmas :chin: Of course I don't want to ride 600 miles with a rug end sticking in my face either. As for changing jobs - well good for you. There was a time not very long ago that I would have said to honor your renewal but hey, times have changed. Companies no longer have the loyalty to their employees that they once did so you really have to do what is in your own best interest with no guilt. Yay for you for going out for a Powerwalk :cp: :cp: BEFORE you had your morning coffee even. :carrot: Hope the DH feels better.

Hi Mel - ooooh the new cape sounds gorgeous. Just in time for the cooler weather so you can show it off. How nice of Fran to think of you! So you're a Pisces ?? I 'm a Taurus. I don't think we're supposed to get along :frypan: boxing: :rofl:

Shad, I guess for some the reaction to a surprise is swearing. My mom did the same thing when we yelled SURPRISE when she walked into the room. :LOL: Glad everyone had a great time. Sounds like you catered just right by the sound of things and the lack of leftovers and the speed in which the food disappeared! Hope you had time for a last bit of fun before everyone leaves and you have to turn your attentions to the drudgery of making a living again.

Ceejay - that's wonderful that your sister is coming for Thanksgiving. Looks like we will be spending Thanksgiving by ourselves. That's ok, Christmas is just around the corner. Yes, I said the dreaded word :tape:

I should get off the computer - had several conversations with the DH this morning and I'm behind in my schedule as usual for a Sunday. Have to go get the toes done, get some healthy groceries back in here - I have not done well on program this week for lack of the right foods. And I should get the minutes out from our homeowners association meeting and OMG - I think book club is Tuesday and I'm only half through the book. :yikes: Although I think the person hosting FORGOT she is hosting as we have not received notices yet. :lol:

On with the day... hello to you lurkers. :mag:

11-06-2006, 09:26 AM
Good morning,

Another weekend flown by. Where does the time go? :dunno: I can't believe we're into November already. Today's a rainy one and kind of cool. One of those days where the fallen leaves are wet and slick and if you're not careful you'll go slip sliding away. I sure wish I worked a 3 or 4 day week instead of full time. Always seems Monday's remind me of all the things I should have done on Sunday but didn't.

I'm a little nervous about weigh in tomorrow. I didn't exactly stick to points completely last week as we were eating what was around until I got to the grocery store this weekend. All is in order now in the cupboard but even I'm smart enough to know that you can't make up for in 2 days what you've taken a week to mess up. We'll see what the tale of the tape tells tomorrow.

DH bought himself a guitar. A nice Fender (brand) guitar. He's ALWAYS wanted one and when we went back to Chicago he was helping my nephew learn to play my BIL's guitar. I guess it stirred up the bug in him. He debated about buying one but heck, what's the sense in being a grown up if you have to work every day but can't get what you really want? :chin: So the "exercise room" is doing double duty as the music room too. Perhaps he can seranade me on the treadmill :rofl: No blues please, I need some rock to get me steppin' lively :dancer:

And that this morning is all the news that's fit to print. Happy Monday ladies.

11-06-2006, 11:20 AM
Just jumping in . I will try to catch up with a tea and read this aft!

Meadow- I have been dancing around the house with you for 2 days. I treated myself to a Matchbox 20 cd on Saturday and I haven't stopped playing it yet.

Still decluttering my life from daycare. Steam cleaned all the rugs on Friday.

Merry Christmas!!!!! Oh, I did listen to my Elvis Christmas CD yesterday too.
Well, Christmas was Merry and festive!!!! 19 of DH’s family came, partied and went yesterday. The kitchen is clean. 4 pairs of hands make light work.I got some new measuring spoons in my stocking which I needed.Lots of left overs!!

Stayed up late and watched Studio 60 and Brothers and Sisters but needed the quiet time to myself. It is a LOT of work cooking and getting the house ready for a Christmas dinner/day. It was very nice tho.

I got a disappointing email from my own mother. Trying not to be hurt. I have an event on Thursday that is my brain child and I am MCing it. My mom and dad were invited. They only live 20 min away and dont have other plans but are not coming.As always it would have been nice to have their support, interest, caring..................
As a parent, even if my children were grown, I cannot imagine not going to see them do something important to public speakng. My in laws come to every single one of DS’s hockey games and all of the nephews games, DD’s gymnastics and my neices dancing. Sometimes they are at 3 games a day all over SW Ontario. They never are not involved in anything DH does.
I have written it down and letting it go!

We forgot to help DS finish his homework on Saturday. Got him and got it completed. He had 2 pages of math to do.
This is a BIG week for me. I need to prep 335 brochures, make an order form and write a cover letter for a fundraising for a shcool AND on Thurs day evening I am cochairing and MCing and presenting at a new event at our Town Hall called Holiday Entertaining Made Easy...showcasing rural businesses and what they can offer for the holidays. I am WORKING on Tuesday too.
I need to get product priced for sale,display stuff ready for display, brochures ready,write my presentation, prep my “speech” for opening an closing the event........... AND we have a BIG meeting at church on Wed. We are coming close to hiring a new minister and also make some big changes for our 3 point charge.

The bottom line is , it is busy but so much more peaceful and light hearted around here. Lovin' it!!!

Just took a nice 20 min soak in the tub.
Cleared some cobwebs. Still need to eat breaky. I think oatmeal. Clear some of the gunk I ate yesterday out of my system. Driking water and lemon.
Monday's List
Call customers-re orders
call Michaelanne
call Traci
Mrs Jones at 1:45
School Council Agenda-meeting at 7pm
prep brochures
make up order sheet for fundraiser-email Pauline- print labels for brochures
call Marilyn
stuff to Charlene
groceries- milk, cat food
left overs for supper
put away platters and big pots
price product for Thurs
arrange to pick up display stuff from another rep
call about DD going to literacy night with another family on Wed

LOVE to the chicks!!!!

11-06-2006, 01:46 PM
3 pages of catching up done. HUGS, chuckles, pats on the back and WOWS!!!! Telepathically sent thru cyber space.
Coffee break is done.

Be Happy!!!!

11-06-2006, 05:25 PM
Happy~ good luck with the book night! :rofl: :rofl:
maybe you should get those cheat books that summarize:lol3: :lol3: Serenading is good!!! fingers crossed for the weigh-in!! I wonder if I could fit in the SUV.....I promise not to put my smelly feet in your face!!!

Madcat~ I too love the avatar!! didn't notice it till Happy said something :faint: LOL Hope DH is feeling better today!
any more news on quitting via e-mail or phone? Keeping good thoughts in my mind for you! :hug:

Ceejay~ Congratulations on all these pounds leaving your body!!! :cheer: You are definitely on a roll girl!!
I am happy to hear the house is a big one.....wonder how many times I would have to stop and recharge before I got there?!? :rofl: :rofl:

I finished the Xmas shopping. For the little kids I think I will give them gift cards to the Gap....they love clothes shopping and are older now. we'll see. I think I'll go to the Mall next week so I can sit in the bookstore and smell their books! I love that store!!! LOL
I am tired and going to watch TV in bed tonite. The grandson is visiting so he can have an early night too. Election day is a 12 hr one so I'll be back on Weds/Thurs. Depenmds if I go food shopping on Weds or not. Jen and Rich offered and I just might have to take them up on it.
Have a great week chickies and take good care o9f yourselves! :moped:

:wave: to all the lurkers!! :lol3: :lol3:

11-06-2006, 05:45 PM
Mel--That's the reason I go to bookstores especially the ones that have a coffee shop. I get my high from smelling the fresh coffee. I also started my x-mas shopping last week end.

Happy- have fun tonight at the book club.

Holly--(hugs) concerning the parents not cominig to give you support. I know how you feel.

Last night was a productive night when I got home from work. I cleaned the kitchen, my bedroom and washed a load of clothes. I need to clean some hot spots tonight but first I'm watching the Bachelor. I may watch the Bachelor and ride the bike at the same time.

It's kinda boring today at work. The plant isn't running as much due to the much needed rain. I'm snacking more today also.

Hello to Madcat and Shad hope every thing is going well.

11-06-2006, 07:15 PM
Christmas dinner? :?: Christmas shopping? Christmas IS 7 weeks away, isn't it? As in almost 2 months away? Or did I forget to change my calendar again? :dizzy:

11-06-2006, 11:20 PM
Got rid of the visitors, had my hair cut and coloured, taken the car to the tyre place. I'm like Mel, I'm worn out. Not much else will be done today.

11-07-2006, 09:44 AM

Not much going on today. Gotta vote so poll workers like Mel feel that they had a reason to come in to work today :lol: Today is weigh in day. :goodscale: I hope I do ok. Not the best choices this week but I did try to round out the day in most cases. That's one of the nice things about this WW points system - you can have a not so great meal but ruin the entire day. So easy to fall off the edge and get into bad habits - can't let that happen.

I am enjoying my coffee with Peppermint Mocha flavored creamer. Yum. I love Coffeemate's holiday flavorings. Pumpkin Spice with Pumpkin Spice coffee tomorrow. C'mon over and I'll pour you a cup. :coffee:

Y'all are right - asparagus is stinky :lol:

There's an ad to the right of my screen - make your own Swinky (doll). Geez it's been years and years since I've seen paper dolls. I remember drawing clothes and making our own "fashions". What innocent and creative fun we had before electronics came on the scene.

Book club tonight too. I only read half the book "The Red Tent" by Anita Diamant or something like that. All the online book clubs were gushing over it. It was okay but not a page turner for me. Perhaps because it's based on the bible and I never read the bible so it doesn't have that much relevance for me.

Better get on with the day. Have a good one.

Take a day to yourself and rest up Shad - you've had a whirlwind, very busy week. Mel - don't wear yourself out at the polls. Hope you're feeling better Ceejay. Love to the rest of the chicks.

11-07-2006, 10:49 AM
Not much happening here. I have hurt my heel some time in the last couple of weeks. The pain comes and goes – but it seems to be bad first thing in the morning. I started on the treadmill this morning but had to stop and move onto the bike instead. At least I got a workout in. Facing the fact that my heel will hurt less when I am 30 lbs lighter. So, I’m writing everything that goes into my mouth down today. The first step to recovery is admitting I have a problem.

Shad ~ Think you earned a rest. Enjoy!

Happy good luck on the weight-in. Remember, don’t get discouraged no matter what the outcome. It’s only one week. Good on you for voting! Re those rugs… wonder how expensive shipping would be? I take it your DH’s Fender is electric? How terrific he has something he loves to do. You are so right – what is the point for living if you can’t have a few treats now and then? I think we forget that sometimes in the round of bills and responsibilities. That reminds me - my Mom inherited a 1953 Gibson Les Paul from my brother when he passed away. I really should arrange to have it sold. It is too good a guitar to be sitting in a closet gathering dust, and I’m a strictly acoustic girl myself.

Ceejay~ Working out while watching TV is a great idea. Hope it was a good one.

Mel~ I can’t believe you have finished your Xmas shopping. Man I admire people who do this – but I can’t even think about that kind of stuff until December. Have a good election day.

Holly~ You sound so upbeat. I am sure your event will go well. It sounds interesting. Don’t take your parent’s disinterest too hard. You don’t need their approval. You are great without it.

To my American friends, don’t forget to vote today. You don’t earn the right to complain if you don’t participate. I have to get back to work. I haven’t put in my resignation yet and won’t do so until I have an actual contract in my hot little hand. When I do I’ll let my boss decide my departure date. I could just finish up this contract and not start the renewal, but I’ll let her make that call. I could use a couple of days off to tell the truth. I’m really tired out.

Wave to all!! :wave:

11-07-2006, 03:09 PM
Morning all,

Despite the fact that I was tired yesterday, I woke up every two hours through the night so ain't feeling that crash hot today either. But today is the last day in the house so there are lots of things to do. Packing, cleaning, clearing the fridge, getting the puss cat around to DS2's place. Sorting out the bills etc. etc. etc.
DB2 has my car for the day while his is off being serviced so there is no excuse not to work around the house. Looks like we might get a little more rain. My sister the rainmaker gave us a couple of good heavy falls while she was here and some of the rain even made the dams and put in 30ml plus catchment area. She tells me she also does earthquakes, but we passed on that experience. We want the ground damp not moved.

What are you all voting for?? Is this State elections or Federal? And Madcat is right - not vote, no complaints - so get out there and just do it.

Happy - the ad to the right of my screen is for Zooba books. But yes I remember the cardboard cut out dolls which you dressed for different occasions. And I sometimes made them a new outfit - you're right we had to use our imaginations for games and things back then. Now you just exercise the fingers to make things move on the keyboard - oh yes they use the finger for other things too, usually something they don't appreciate. I have to agree with Madcat - if the loss is anywhere near like last week, it will be fantastic, but it may not be. Isn't it good when you don't ruin everything just because you have one bad day! Good luck on the weigh-in.

:wave: to everyone else. I'll be back for a last post before I leave early tomorrow morning. Then I'll be off for a couple of days while I drive the 1414 km necessary to get there. The sooner I start on the packing the sooner I get finished I guess. Have a good day out there.

11-07-2006, 06:58 PM
I will be lurking for a couple of days. I'm spending way to much time on the computer and not enough time doing other things.

Have a good day/night.

11-08-2006, 02:54 AM

Sorry, haven't much to say/share. Feeling like one odd owl again. Could explain why I enjoyed the X-men movies I got from the library:p Sexy mutants anyone?! Hugh Jackman:yes: :drool: :whoo: I saw lots of eagles today, three or more per tree all along the river. Quite a sight seeing so many just perched there. You can't miss those huge white heads and regal bodies. The river is real low right now so they are just feasting on the poor salmon trying to get to their baby streams.

Mel-I trust you took the election stuff with good humour and smiled. Jaccuzi tub for you and a nice sauna. :hug: Tomorrow is another day!

Shad-Safe travel :good vibes: Congratulations on your party success, take a bow. Your planning and secret manoveurs all played out beautifully. :coach: :cheer:

Holly-Rock out baby!:carrot: Matchstix rule! Have you heard Rob Thomas' solo cd? Totally fabulous. Best of good energy for all you have to do. I hope the kids have finished off all the Halloween candy and are back to carrot sticks and melon slices ;) I had some of my kids stuff but left most of it for them to devour and you know what? they got bored of it and we still have bags of chips and some candy left... the power of manderin oranges ;) :D

Happy-How was WW? Did you surprise yourself? Were there others at the book club who couldn't get through the book? Mmm, on the coffee minty flavours... you drink the most enticing stuff:hat:

Madcat-owie! :^: Heel pain when you want to be walking is not nice. Good that you could get on the bike and exercise that way. :cheer2: My problems are in my head and are hiding. I figure if I ever find them the fat will just melt away. Good luck, I hope the writing it all down triggers an ah ha moment:write: :idea:

Ceejay- :wave: lurkerdom is my preferred status at all times. :corn: Be free from the computer, be at one with the real world. Go ahead, radiate self :mag:

:wave: :snowglo: Carla, Teel, Linus, PainterWoman, Rose, Tig, LindaT, Raventoy, Javaturtle, Jennifer, RuthXXX, Honeydipped, Lisa and all the chicks at sea ;)

11-08-2006, 09:08 AM
Well the Democrats control the house and it's still undecided whether or not they will control the Senate.
If they get both houses we can hope that they will use the power wisely and not abuse it. My area in NJ is very Democratic so all went out to party last night. I only made it from 6:30 am to almost 6:30 pm before I got sick on some MSG in the macaroni salad. :p I really could have used a BIG CORK!! :rofl: :rofl: Someone else had to do the final count for the Mayor and then lock up.
No food shopping today. It's raining and I am all "peopled" out. Just resting. :beach:

Ceejay~ I had a laugh at the "hotspots" cause I call them that too. Guess we really are flybabies! :lol3: Happy lurking!! I know the feeling. Sometimes it is just a necessary thing. :hug:

Meadow~ I ove the eagle programs. Their wingspan is what takes my breath away. Must be an unbelievable feeling to see them up close and personal!! Happy lurking to you also!! :hug:

Happy~'s beginning to look A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS....EVERYWHERE YOU GO....LA LA LA
:elf: :mrsclaus: :rudolph: :wreath: :xcheer: :gift2:
It was quite a shock to find an entire department in Walmart's packed with Xmas stuff and another dept loaded with Xmas home decor!!! :faint:
I love pumpkin so save me some too!! don't forget the little umbrellas!!!!

Shad~ Are you properly rested and packed up????
Is Sunday's stuff packed too???? Or is DS cat sitting??
Our elections were for the Senate, Governors etc so it was State. Lots of changes but it might all end up in the ****ter anyway. We'll have to be patient and see if they will actually change anything. The Pres and his VP are saying it's going to be business as usual no matter who wins. We'll see who'w right :rofl: Hope you have a safe trip and we can chat when you get settled in.:hug:

Madcar~ I hope the heel feels better. Is it what they call a spur?? Happy "RECOVERY" also!! I cheated yesterday and paid dearly. sitting all night in the loo is not what I thought I'd be doing on the end of Election night:rofl:
Sending good thoughts for the resiganation and the new contract! Hope you get some time between jobs too:hug:

11-08-2006, 02:33 PM
Can't stop, running late already, I'm off on my travels, won't be back for 4 or 5 days. Have fun and be good.

11-08-2006, 03:42 PM
Drive safe Shad!!!!

11-08-2006, 07:05 PM
Meadow~ you are a sweet odd owl!! Today I am listening to Bon Jovi's Greatest hits.

I have talked to over 10 people today with blinding headaches. Myself and DS included. Major fog and low pressure.
I am taking DD to a literacy thing at the school and then to the church for a meeting. DH will pick her up there for bed on their way home from hockey.

My big Holiday Entertaining event is tomorrow night. I have all my stuff ready to go. Speech written and the MC stuff prepped. I need to go and print handouts after my breakfast meeting tomorrow.

Feeling a little anxious but I have done all I can to get ready. The rest is up in the air.

Be safe Shad.
HUGS all!!!

11-08-2006, 11:48 PM
Have a safe trip Shad :hug: it won't be the same without you while you're gone. Boy you barely had time to catch your breath from all the work of the party and off you go ****whoosh!!

Mel, I am a blue person living in a red state tho it seems like my side of the state is more open minded and decides on the issues and candidates rather than blindly following what they are told to do. My candidate did very well here but lost by a very narrow margin. :( I even made DH get out and vote. I am glad to see that the Dems took control of both the House and the Senate. To people like my DH who say what was the purpose of voting if your candidate lost - well I think last night's election sent a very STRONG message to the Government about what we the people (who they are supposed to be representing) are thinking. And with that, I hope we see some much needed positive change. And enough with the sex scandals too, ok? I step down now :soap: Did you make it through an intense day without wearing yourself out too much? Maybe a few quiet days are in order to get your focus back. :hug:

Wow Meadow, your list of all past visitors to the thread reminded me of many people. Kind of like on the TV show Survivor when the last 2 remaining contestants walk the path and remember those who have passed before them in the game. :^: We have seen many people come through this way since we started this thread way back in 2002. Thanks for the trip down memory lane.

Did you get some of your to do list taken care of CeeJay?

I am down another pound at Weight Watchers which I am grateful for as I did have a few episodes of not the best eating. One night I got back from the grocery store late and had planned chicken pot pies for us with a small salad. After I started to eat mine, I got up to check the points. Dear God it was just about ALL the points I was allotted for the day! :yikes: I debated about just tossing the thing out but I didn't have anything else to substitute and that old thing about wasting food was nagging me. Besides I had eaten about 1/3 of it when I checked. Those and the breakfast sandwiches - egg and sausage are banished from my shopping cart now.

I do admit that I weighed my clothes yesterday morning. I do have a standard "weigh in" outfit - generic black dress pants, white short sleeved turtleneck that I can pair with several sweaters and jackets. Yesterday I had a very different outfit I really wanted to wear. The clothes were much heavier. I thought I was imagining it so I decided to weigh them. After all I didn't feel I had a good week in the first place, didn't want to give up anything to clothes. Good thing I did. The outfit I was going to wear was an entire pound more than my standard outfit. So the black pants and white top went on with a red sweater and a black, white and red scarf. I guess it pays to be consistent. And I don't know why the new rule but you can't weigh in stocking feet - even with thick socks. You have to have something on your feet so a few of the girls bring those throw away paper slippers you get from a pedicure. I decided I'm just going to stick with my regular shoes. One of the girls in the group mentioned that they have exercise on demand shows on the cable channel. I checked it out and they sure do - 20 to 30 minute shows on a variety of topics - pilates, yoga, tai chi and some new thing that's a martial arts spin off I never heard of. So I swiped my yoga mat from DH's "music" room and I'm off to get in a short pilates workout with some before bed yoga stretches. I was very happy to see that. The good news is they change the programs twice a month, the bad news is that if you like a particular program, it might get replaced in a few weeks. I also have a few PUSH dvds that are begging to be used. :o

I've got a brutal headache right now but I'm sure I can get through the routine without making it worse.

Goodnight chicks, talk to you tomorrow.

11-09-2006, 05:50 PM
Just in to say hello. I've been cleaning house and it's finally clean.

suzi in auz
11-09-2006, 11:17 PM
:hug: Hello the house!:hug:
I have been very MIA and busy to boot. Have not even been in to lurk. I have enjoyed having a lovely read over the day here at work and you really have all beeen so busy.
I will start with all my news.
My visitor has been here all week and it's been a blur. DF ( dear friend) is a really nice person and been through her fair share. We have chatted about so much over the hours of time together.
I have struggled a little this week. DF is not really that easy going. I will ask her what she would like to do for the day and she would say "I'm easy!" No she is not. She has a set agenda but doesn't tell me what it is. I have been taxiing about and asking where to go but she has been very keeen to see "stuff" and not really keen on just hanging out. I guess it's her first trip over and I am used to having friends here who want to do both sites and us but are happier when we are just sitting at home on the front varendah!
Oh well, i have learned a little. We have been busy, city, mall, zoo, blue mountains...dinners and movies.
one lovely bonus has been her DD and mine get on so well! There is 2 years between them but you would never know. They are very much kindreds. I have allowed my DD to stay off schoool for a couple of days as a treat and she has loved it. I notice the day DD went to school my friends DD missed her....nice! I think there have been some very special bonds formed there and they will be sad to say goodbye.
I have been a little worried this week:?: DH has been complaining of headaches for a couple of months now. They just won't go away and he is tired of taking pain relief. He felt there may be something wrong and he made an appointment at the Drs. It is quite something if he makes an appointment as there really must be something worrying him. He has had blood tests and a CAT scan and is waiting on results. One thing that was picked up is his blood pressure is quite high and he has upped his exercise. Hopefully it will something as simple as this.
Tonight we are out for tea as adults which will be nice and then one more sleep. I am free. I don't usually feel like this when I have visitors but I think we have had a few lately and as DH reminds me I have one more month left of it eeeeeeeeeek!
Tomorrow DD is dancing her heart out at her end of year performance. It will be all hands on deck with hair and make-up. Which reminds me I need to go and look for some curling things for tomorrow. Just DH and I are going. On Sunday she has a "shopping spree!" planned with some friends. She is keen to spend some of her birthday money. It looks like I will be the chaperone and taxi driver.
I haven't been that good at the Gym this week, just 3 x , not the usual 5. We will try to up the anty and I will try to get some focus when visitors are gone, ready for new visitors.
I am working full time for the next few weeks as my boss is on annual leave. She needs someone to hold the fort and look as though they are busy. i can do that and I might even be able to catch up with my reading. I think it will probably be a busy time.

ceejay....yaaah on a clean house. i hope the side feels better soon and the Dr has some answers. Now get off the computer :dizzy:

Happy...:hug: WTG on 6 pounds lost. That is fantastic. You are doing so well. How great to have a guide when you are eating. I know how you feel about throwing stuff away when you find out the "true" points. I felt like that when i found out there were 7 cals in every M&M! Yaaay on the new fender finding a home. OUr kids just love their guitars and it is fun listening to them all as long as they have some sort of unison. It's usually 3 different tunes at 3 different volumes, trying to out do each other.
Shad:hug: ( i know you will be reading this in a couple of days.) It sounds like all the festivities went off with a bang! how wonderful. You no doubt are exhausted with all the running around and organsing and now you have to travel all that way. I hope everything goes so well with the move. we will hear from you soon.
Mel....:hug: I know you were dying to put our Christmas decorations up around here. I don't mind as I love them. I snuck one in see. Christmas stuff is everywhere, it makes you panick a little. I am not sure when we will be celebrating this year, my parents and brother, SIL and little neice are all coming in Dec so maybe early this year. Hope your aches and pains ease...ouch. Your cape sounds lovely....what a special person Fran is. We have all been watching the elestions. it willb e interesting to see how it all pans out. I do hope that what ever happens there will some serious changes made.

Holly :hug: Christmas already! wow. that is early. Yes parents can dissapoint us. i have been here in Aus nearly 3 years and have heard from my parents only when they need something, never a little chat in the week. They won't change.
Meadow:hug: Eagles....lovely. Theya re beautiful birds. I still get excited when a cuckatoo rests on our pool fence. They have become so friendly now.
Have the kids written their Christmas lists yet?
Madcat :woohoo: That is excellent news on the job front. How very exciting for you. Things do worl out well in the end don;t they? Good for you on deciding to fess up to yourself. Like you said first step and baby steps at that. One foot infront of the other! Congrats on the 6 month mark. That is fantastic.

Hugs to everyone...really must post as I have been logged out so many times. Have wonderful weekends. :cheers:

11-09-2006, 11:35 PM
:hug: All! I did a very long post and then closed the wrong window. It was my own fault. So. Just wanted to say HEY!!! Will try to recreate it later!!

11-10-2006, 01:17 AM

Holly-thank you for the sweet description :bubbles: How did the big event go over? Did you speak out loud and clear, with authority and panache? Gosh, you and hubby both have headaches... stop doing whatever it is and breathe, open a window. Take good care.

Suzi-:hug: Good energy for the visitors which want you to read their minds;) Amazing that you got to the gym at all when you have so much else on your mind. I hope your husband's headaches are figured out and it is something simple and an easy fix. :crossed: I apologize for not including you in my previous post, I said tons in my head:dizzy: :sorry:

Shad-I hope you are safely in place and making everything perfect for yourself. How is the new position? people? any surprises? good ones I hope:goodvibes

Mel-I was in Sears and just started singing Jingle bells while looking at all the Christmas decorations, my husband shushed me but I was smiling :p I hope you have recovered and are doing the grocery shop for the weekend today.

Happy-:cp: Well done on the weight watchers, weighing in on the downward motions :D Feels good? I know I think about all the chicks who have passed through and stopped posting. I wonder if they know we miss hearing how they are doing. Nobody is ever forgotten, Ahana!

Ceejay-Marvelous, all clean! Do you ever watch that british program "how clean is your house?" My kids pretend to be Aggie and tsk, tsk and take the vinegar and water bottle to the walls and wipe up all their finger prints in the hallways. Too wonderful! I have budding little white tornados in my midst :lol3:

Tig-:wave: OMG! don't you hate it when a post vaporizes, loose fingers or computer glitch, it just makes your heart sink:o :tantrum: Looking forward to hearing what you are up to when you get a chance to try again :)

Madcat-heel improved? did you go to the doctor? Did you email the boss about the job change? How is that going? Is everything a go?

11-10-2006, 09:22 AM
Good morning chicks,

Happy Friday :dance: my favorite day of the week.

The leaves are falling like a gentle rain. It looks pretty but it's really messy out there. Part of me just can't wait to get out and rake but the other part knows that after 6 hours of intense work, by the next morning it will look as if nothing was ever done!

Meadow - that's so fun that your kids want to help out around the house. Make cleaning fun and give them some responsibility I say. Will help them immensely as adults.

Hey Tig, I know the frustration of closing out the wrong window too. :mad: Hope to hear more from you soon. Have things calmed down after the last implementation?

Ah Suzi :hug: poo poo on the "friend" who couldn't be up front enough to say that she intended to get some touring in. My SIL is like that - she has to be on the go all the time, she feels sitting is a big waste of time. That's ok --- once you understand that's how they feel. But they aren't prone to saying that - don't know why. It's not hurting my feelings. :dunno: I hope all is well with the DH :hug: I believe I heard that headaches were associated with high blood pressure. I think at one point my DH was told to give up caffeine. Something about restricted blood vessels and the increase pressure on the vein walls or something I can't really remember. My DH was prone to intense headaches - almost migraine like. He is one some medicine that relaxes the veins or something. It also lowers the blood pressure - in my opinion it's TOO LOW but what do I know? Hes's still breathing and walking around ok :lol: In any event, I hope they resolve it soon.

CeeJay - now that you're house is clean do you want to come do mine? :rofl: I have some serious work to do here this weekend.

Thanksgiving in only 2 weeks. How the time is flying! I'm looking forward to the 4 days off. No visitors - just DH and I. I'm hosting book club the first Tuesday in December so I'd like to have the house all decorated for Christmas. It's good incentive for me. So the long weekend will be appreciated.

Guess I'd better get ready for work. Hope the foot is better Madcat. Are you getting your energy back Mel? Have you reached is it Townsville yet Shad? Getting all settled in? Hugs to Holly.

Later chicks... :wave:

11-10-2006, 09:58 AM
Shad :wave: Sorry I missed you leaving. Safe trip and hope the job is a great one!!!

Happy~ congratulations :cheer: I am glad the weigh-in was a good one!! Keep up the good work!! I agree with the election stuff you wrote. time for a chang but I hope everyone keeps their heads screwed on straight!!!

Suzi~ wow! you have been a busy gal and I hope there is a rest period before the next group arrives :rofl:
It was nice of you to try and comply with all the wishes.
Glad the DD had a chance to make a new friend.
I hope all goes well with your DH and send good vibes his way.:hug:

Meadow~ I love the siggie and think my fat is VERY good friends with my body!! :lol3: :lol3: I was singing in Walmarts but I forget the song. A Spanish couple heard me..the man was laughing and the woman thought I was NUTS! It might have been Jingle Bells. ROFLMAO

Holly~ hope everyone feels better and all aches and pains disappear. Been the worst year yet for sinus problems. Even my Dr prescrived without seeing me which was a first. The clinic was too fill ed up to fit me and my chair in :rofl:

Ceejay~ clean hhouse, clear head!! Enjoy!

Madcat and Tig :wave: Hi girls!!!

I am on the run myself. Looks like a great day today also. Spent the day outside and with Willy and Fran. this weather is a gift from Mother Nature and I for one am thrilled. (my sinus aren't but the rest of me is in heaven) :cheer: :dance: We have a 3 day weekend with today being Veteran's day! I love it. My cel phone cannot keep a signal for 2 days .....maybe it will stay down for the next 3! :rofl: :rofl: Love to all :hug: :hug:
Happy Friday!!! :moped:

11-10-2006, 10:07 AM
MISS HAPPY! :hug: :hug: We missed each other. No sooner did I leave 3fc when your post entered my mailbox:lol3: Kindred spirits meet again! :rofl:

I love the leaves and if I lived mear you I'd ride in your great big piles!!! Of course you and DH might smack me in the back of my head :tantrum:
I am rested and have been outside all day yesterday escept when I had sandwiches with Willy. I treated him to roasted beast on rye with lots of mayo....not excactly dietetic huh???LOL I can hardly wait to decorate and will likely get started on thanksgiving day. I usually do!!
Happy long weekend. do you get MOnday?? We got today instead. Enjoy my friend.

11-10-2006, 11:43 AM
A restless night for me. But i was winding down from my evening/day/week/month. Whoosh. Not much on the calendar for today or the weekend.

Last night was fabulous. We had a turn out of around 80 people. Great for a community of 900. The mini seminars were fab. There were lots of food samples and treats.Very positive feedback. I was still there tearing down at 11. Came home and realized i hadn’t had supper. I was too tired to eat. Hubby rubbed my feet for me. I handed out at least 50 brochures and sold over $100 in product. It was better than I had imagined possible. I do adore this community.

Pizza day at school. No lunch packing. Yippee.

We have window sales people coming Sat and on Tues. Our Government has programs in place using certain companies along with the power companies for rebates etc when you replace window with high efficiency ones to save on fuel use and cost. We have replaced all of our upstairs windows but none of the down stairs ones.Much need in this drafty old house. We want to hear more and then get estimates.

I also, really want to focus more on myself, with exercise and eating. I had given myself til yesterday to not give it more attention because there was so much on my plate. Today is a different story.
DS must be feeling better because he is completely obnoxious. Happy, playful but loud and annoying. He and I both had 3 days of headache and sinus pain. I felt better yesterday . He is cleared up today. Must have been a virus.
I have a ton of housework and a messy kitchen. Hubby managed supper etc but did not put a single thing away or wash up.
Major kitchen detail for me!
Much rather hang out here at 3fc but…....
Avon display stuff driven to and passed along to another rep for her event tonight. Busy bees. I will need it back for next weekend!

I am feeling very content with how things have worked out lately. Today will be a day of housework, laundry and puttering. I have data entry to do for a new avon ordering program over the weekend.

Need to get some mojo and do some dishes.

Enjoy the lovely fall day!!!!

11-10-2006, 12:09 PM
Still not much going on. I will be going to Paragould this week end to do some grocery shopping for Thanksgiving.

11-11-2006, 12:58 AM
I never thought I'd be writing this, but it's very hard to floss your teeth with a tampon stuck up your right nostril. :eek: Yes, that's right. A tampon up my nose. (I had a feeling after such a long absence I'd better start out with something entertaining, and voilŕ, the opportunity arose just in time.)
***** Gross-out alert!!!!!*****
About 3 years ago I started having very bad nosebleeds, which stopped after a horrific night in the ER that ended with having my nose packed. (If you don't know what that involves, say a little prayer that you'll never find out.) Anyway, about a month ago the bleeds started again, no doubt thanks to two long round trip flights and about 2 weeks spent in dry hotels plus the beginning of the heating season. This week I was working at a conference for a group of doctors, one of whom I remembered had left a meeting in a big hurry last year with a nosebleed.... Long story short, even though I barely knew him I asked him for advice. There we were, two well-dressed middle-aged professionals, standing in a hallway talking about how to staunch the flow. Just as he was telling me that he had found the best thing was to stick a tampon up his nose - not ob! they expand too much - but tampax or playtex are fine - a young technician heard him and recoiled in horror. I think he had the scare of his life, hearing this distinguished gent advising Ms Post-menopause herself on tampon selection! So we both had a good laugh, and tonight when the gusher started I thought I'd give it a try. So far so good - at least there's no overflow all over my nightshirt(s), furniture, entire bathroom... Don't want to think what will happen when I remove the tampon and dislodge the clot... (I'm just glad I didn't get rid of all those leftover supplies...)

Happy, I haven't forgotten I promised you (perhaps only in my head) a very good huumus recipe. Not tonight, but soon. I'm following your WW progress and considering rejoining. It really does work, but only when you're ready, and I'm not sure...

Holly, you sound so much happier with your life changes! I think putting an end to the day care was a good move. And by the way, I do understand how hard it is when our parents don't seem to care. Somehow the more they hurt us, the more we want their approval. Frustrating.

Madcat, do take care of that heel. I used to be a runner and hiker, and didn't get treatment for my heel... It's probably a beginning of plantar fasciitis, especially since it hurts you more in the morning. There are stretches and exercises and physio you can do, and it will clear up if you stay off that treadmill for the time being. (Or do physio and only treadmill as allowed.) Excess weight does make it harder to fix, but at your weight it should be quite fixable. I had started back to running a bit this summer after lots of treatment and orthotics and etc etc, but had to quit when I had a setback. Of course if I took off 40 lbs it might go better...

Oops. Time for a quick run to the loo, :o time to make sure I'm not about to have an overflow problem. Grrr. I'll post this and be back later for everyone else. I don't want to lose the post...

No, I haven't forgotten Mel, Meadow, Shad, Ceejay, Suzi...

11-11-2006, 09:40 AM


HOLLY~ :wave:



11-11-2006, 11:51 AM
Good morning chicks,

First off, Madcat I see that they are holding the Rock, Paper, Scissors championship in your town this weekend. Are you going to attend? :carrot: I told my manager at work that we should make all team decisions using Rock, Paper, Scissors. She looked at me as if I had gone over the deep end. :rofl: As good a way as any I thought... how is the foot doing? Carla offers some good advice. Is it the tendons that hurt or did you bruise the heel bone?

Speaking of Carla, so good to hear from your again. :hug: Ugh on the nosebleeds. They were common in the dry, dry houses and offices of winter up north but we never had them as bad as you do. I feel for you as they are so hard to stop. I too have walked around with a tissue jammed up the nose. And I heard about the packing deal - if you've had to deal with that, well all I can say is :hug: :hug: :hug: :hug: :grouphug: I do agree with you very much about "it" a diet, a way of eating, whatever you call it - only working if you're ready. It's so amazing to me how quickly we lose our motivation or that temptation, old habits, whatever take over. It's as much as struggle as giving up the cigarettes was. A constant struggle. Daily even. But one foot in front of the other, right? I will admit, with the WW plan, you can work in just about anything into the diet, everything is moderation which is the key and then there are somethings like chicken pot pies (which I love) whose point value is the ENTIRE day's points. It does make you stop and think - do I REALLY want to eat this? I mean you can easily work in 2 chocolate truffles if you had to but a whole day's points on 1 food item? :dunno: guess that's why the program works when others don't. You have to think and plan rather than mindless eating. Ok, off the soapbox. Sorry.

Anyway Carla, come back and visit more often, I love your sense of humor and perspective on things. :D

Mel, that is too funny about the bird secretly watching TV. :rofl: If you can't wake up this morning, maybe it's a sign to take a restful Saturday. Sometimes it's good to kick back, we don't have to sieze EVERY day! Or have a slow morning and build momentum to perhaps a busier afternoon or evening. Nothing like a nap on a cold, grey Saturday afternoon wrapped in your favorite snuggly blankie. :lol:

Enjoy your shopping trip Ceejay. Guess it's time to be thinking about that Thanksgiving menu with the holiday right around the corner.

I stopped in a new store they just opened a little while ago. In addition to clothing and home decorations, they have all sorts of fabulous Christmas decorations in there. I could have gone absolutely crazy in there! I did control myself and only bought 3 small things, but I do think it's worth having another look in there this weekend :devil:

Today we are going to the mall shortly. DH needs a music stand as he is getting a crick in the neck trying to read his sheet music. He practices everyday and has finally got one song down pat and is learning all the proper techniques. I'm sure he wishes he could rip out something like BB King, Stevie Ray Vaughn or Eric Clapton, but he knows that will come in time. :lol: In the meantime, I hear the strains of "Love Me Tender" over and over. But he is playing it faster than when he started :lol:

I also have an issue with him when it comes to gifts. He will always ask me way ahead of time (he likes to get his shopping done early) what I want for Christmas. It's always hard to come up with something because if I want something, I just get it and mostly what I like more than anything is clothes, clothes, clothes which he can't get. So I strain to come up with something and then he will counter it with "but you already have 6 rings you don't wear" or something along those lines. Then I roll my eyes and say, well why ASK then. You mean I have to decide on something that I want and YOU think is also a good idea! We've have this conversation for years and years. But we're still married so it's not the end of the world :rofl:

I have decided on something that I think would be appropriate for both Christmas and our 30th wedding anniversary in March. My original wedding ring set is a size 3-3/4. I used to have tiny fingers but haven't been able to wear the rings is umpty bazillion years. The engagement ring has a small 1/3 carat marquise cut diamond. The band consists of half circles so that when you wear the set, it forms circles around the diamond. It's a pretty set I think, I've gotten lots of compliments on it as it's rather different. But it's been sitting in a box for the longest time. We did get matching engraved wedding bands a few years ago but I was horribly disappointed when I saw mine. It has what they call diamond cuts on the band that pick up the light. We selected the rings based on the larger man's version and the bands are very pretty. However, the women's ring, much smaller is a pretty plain band and you don't get the details you do in the man's ring. So I have been thinking for a long time about a new wedding set. I've been looking but I don't want to spend a small fortune and I also don't like anything that's real fancy or loaded with diamonds all over. A solitaire engagement ring and a band with maybe just a few small diamonds would suit me fine. But I haven't found anything I really liked. Most of the stuff is too over the top for me and I also worry about living in a town where there is considerable crime, about wearing a flashy ring. So... end of long story...sorry - I was thinking that maybe we could get a little bigger stone in my original set and resize the rings to fit. The only thing is, due to the half circle design of the rings, I'm not sure they could up the size. We had to make hubby's ring bigger and they told me that it might break in half - it didn't, so I have my finger's crossed. In addition to the music stand, we'll be checking out some jewelers to see if I can get the ring resized. Gosh, I'm long winded. :^:

Which means I'd better go shower and get ready or it will be the afternoon.

Hellos to Suzi (is it back to just you and the family now?), Meadow (working up some new graphics - we haven't seen AB in a while ;) ), Shad, Holly, Nae (come back woman, hope you're not buried in the snow yet), Teel, Tig and all other friends.

11-11-2006, 08:22 PM
Wow I had pages to catch up on and it was very entertaining to do so>>>>>>> hope everyone is well and looking forward to the up coming holidays.

I went down to gariner to the hunting camp to see my new fella last weekend and we had sooooo much fun. It is just so amazing to me how well we get along and enjoy each others company.

I was doing so well losing weight and am encouraged by all your stories and effort.... had a not good food week since my return.... so of blue and very tired so not eating well. I am taking care of two houses and his dog Darby too.
Don't have access to a computer everyday so I miss keeping up with all of you...

MEL is love in the air??????? Hope youare doing well.

Blessings to all,

11-11-2006, 10:56 PM
(((Carla))) I shouldn't laugh at your misery but the visual was too funny and Mel- flossing with the string,LOL!!
Happy- I have had rings enlarged and they put a collar on them so they dont get too thin underneath. The band is wrapped in more gold. Mine have lasted years.

2.5 hours and a whole whack of money later we will have 7 new top of the line, cold star rated, 100% guaranteed for life, a 25% rebate on our heating costs for the next year( hydro). Payments start in July, fully installed within 3 weeks......Windows!! ALL of the main floor windows replaced.
We got an extra 6% off of our total because we live on a main road and will put a sign out front for 60 days. We also received other discounts. Still brutally expensive but very valuable to our well being and the value of our home.
We have 3 big picture windows that are 6ft X 5ft, that are single pane solid glass. We will change them to casement,double glass so we can open them all. We are doing full new wood trim as well.
Big breathe. Hubby agreed first. Usually I need to convince him of stuff. 7 winter's in this house was enough.
The sales man was a sweety too.Very down to earth.And cute.

Everyone here is tired out in general. A quiet day. I puttered at bits of housework.
Lots of changes but all part of a 10 year master plan.We are 7 years into it. We have made 2 huge investments and now have debt with the car and windows but are also in a pretty good place to deal with it.Now that the kids are 6 & 8 and in school fulltime we know that if Dh has a bad year with contracting that I can get fulltime work.Up til this point it was not a choice we wanted to make.
We are not resting on the poverty line anymore but are not far above it. Again we make the choice to work less hours and often for less pay than the "norm" because we want to be home more often as a whole family.

As for the house ,we have now doubled the value based on what we paid for it 7 years ago. We had a agent/friend give us an estimate listing price recently.

So many times the "plan" has been the 3 year bathroom reno.Hubby's stick in the mud-edness when he wasn't happy with how things were all know the stories................
It is nice to see the end of the renos in sight. Not really done but maybe in 3 years time!!