Simply Filling/Core - Weekly Core Chat Thread for Week of October 29-November 4, 2006

10-29-2006, 08:13 AM
Here's our new weekly thread to chat on. Come on and join in lurkers and newbies. We could use the company!

10-29-2006, 08:20 AM
Good Morning Chicks! We are no longer on Daylight Savings Time. Cassie's tummy got us up at 6:00 anyway. We didn't go to bed until late so there are naps in our futures. I just have a couple of easy, well sort of easy, rooms to finish cleaning. Then I begin my special cleaning projects. I'm making Lemon Garlic Chicken and Oven Fries for dinner so that will be really easy too. Good thing since my muscles are really sore.

Poor Jim. He's a great help but some of it gets by him. I took my shower curtain in the guest bath down to wash it. I didn't take the rod down because it's impossible to get back up. So I stood there with my arms high up over my head (remember I'm about 5' 2") opening up the rings and removing the shower curtain. When it was clean, Jim went and rehung it....backwards. He didn't think the valance should go on the outside. He knew he was wrong when he saw the seams on the wrong side. His shoulder was killing him since the one that had surgery still isn't right. So I had to go take it down and rehang it. I have to tell you that I got lots of upper body exercise yesterday!

My dinner was excellent last night. I'm going to go modify the recipe in our recipe box. I didn't feel that I was eating diet food at all.

Melissa, I'm happy that your business is so successful. We do miss you though. Can you tell us how your plan is going?

Frouf, how are you? Can we help?

What's up with the rest of you?

10-29-2006, 11:53 AM
Going to lock the other thread now ...

Well -- I finally figured out the big Arbonne order and am very relieved. It was my first, and the total was a little over $750 but I will pay right at $400. It includes Christmas gifts so it's not as bad as it seems.

I'm at work today until 2:00; after that I have a long list of things for home, like dinner, cleaning out my car, emptying all the trashcans, washing sheets, whites and jeans, sweeping the wood and tile, cleaning the bathroom and watering inside and outside plants. That should take me right up until 7:00, when I will stop and watch TV.

Kitty Bridge threw up on the big chair in the family room during the night, so I had to contend with that before getting ready for work. I was less than thrilled to clean that mess up, and then step backwards into another little mess on the carpet in front of the chair. God love that little clown; he's going to be the death of me though.

Sleeping was weird because I went upstairs to my little room around 9:30, which was actually soon to be 8:30. I went to sleep but woke up 4-5 times during the night. Finally around 6 or so, it was light and I just went ahead and got up. It takes some getting used to, this non-Daylight Savings stuff. Tomorrow morning I'm sure I'll be up and at'em very early, which will help with my work schedule.

Where IS everybody?

10-29-2006, 12:02 PM

Sleeping was weird here too. I woke up many, many times during the night. There was a big wind storm, which is still a bit with us. This October has been very rainy and windy...more like November normally is.

Dinner at our friends wasn't too hard... she had made chili which looked pretty Core to me. We have movie nights at her house and last night we watched African Queen. Bogie and Hepburn never get old.

Today we are meeting friends at the Woodbine Race Track here. We aren't gamblers at all but it's fun to see the horses sometimes. There is a huge buffet so I really have to be strong today. But, it's so big I'm sure there are lots of choices....but also LOTS of desserts :yikes: I'll try to just ignore them.

I loved the shower rod story. My sweetie's good about things when I remind him! Oh well, they do have such redeeming qualities often.

Froufy, where are you? We need you.


10-29-2006, 01:49 PM
Happy Sunday everyone. Today is a new day -- I fell a bit the last 2 days. Friday night I decided I needed pizza. I did order a steak tip salad, ate that and had one small piece. Not too bad. Yesterday was a miserable rainy and windy day. Did my usual chores and shopping and then decide to bake. I did make pumpkin core cake but I also made an apple pie for dh -- since I had my pumpkin cake I did the normal sweet apple pie. I was not going to have any.

We ended up going to an italian restaurnt that has the best meat balls and sauce. I thought about something sort of core but decided to just have what I really wanted - linguinie (regular, not ww) with meat balls and meat sauce. It was fabulous, brought 1/2 home. DD did not eat a thing - it was not a good sign. The only time she doesn't eat is when she is sick.

Well, we are about 2 miles from home, she starts crying and throws up in the car. Oh, the only thing she did eat or drink at dinner was 1/2 her milk. Need less to say it was a quick trip. DH is driving like mad, I'm trying to comfort dd from the front seat - could I have any tissues or napkins in my car -- NO.

So we made it home go everything cleaned up, went back to clean out the car seat. Load of laundry # 1 is going. Sarah then just laid on the couch. Our plan with day light savings was to keep her up a bit late. About an hour after we got home she needed to sit with me and yes, she got sick again all over me. She was so cute though, crying and apologizing to me for getting me "soiled". Not sure where she got that word.

Laudry load # 2 is going and she gets to bed. Thankfully she was fine all night and fine this morning. Must have been some quick bug or possibly bad milk? Who knows.

Anyway that was my weekend so far. Right now dd is sleeping, we have a wake to got to at 2 and then our towns halloween parade at 4. I'll read and catch up later tonight if I can.

Take care everyone!

10-29-2006, 01:50 PM
Oh forgot to mention -- After we got Sarah down, I did have a piece of pie, it was fabulous! But I felt guilty this morning. Already took a 1/2 hour walk and we'll be walking alot this afternoon.

10-29-2006, 02:42 PM
Kath, poor Kitty Bridge and poor you! The pukies and hairballs are not something I miss about my little Scottish Fold Cameo. Really disgusting to step into with one's bare feet! The Arbonne deal sounds good. I'd be interested in hearing how you like it. I have very sensitive skin and much stuff makes me very itchy. I even had to return Hope in a Jar that Jim surprised me with last Christmas because it made my face all itchy. I could use some good cream for my neck and eye hydration. My face is combination and impossible to deal with. It's horribly dry on the forehead by the Tzone is shine city. Try not to work too hard tonight. I know that's impossible for you. I not sure that you know how to relax!

Rhonda, I didn't sleep great either and no nap yet! We should have had a party overnight. I hope you enjoy the racetrack. My family loves the track. Makes us sound bad, doesn't it? My Mom and Dad used to go about four times a year and they always had a ball, just betting a little money. It was never a problem and I used to love to go with. Good Luck at the buffet! In my experience those desserts usually look better than they are.

Paula, I honestly don't think you did too badly in the food department. You should really congratulate yourself for not throwing the whole week out of the window. You had a couple of small slips. No biggie. I'm sorry DD was sick. Based on your description it sure kind of sounds like the milk. I sure hope she continues to feel well.

I'm making a crustless pumpkin pie. I had a little bit of a meltdown at lunch. I think it's the lurking TOM. I had to have nuts and have them now. I was going to put IT pecans in oatmeal but when it got time for lunch I HAD to have PB. I'm thinking that I shouldn't have it in the house anymore. I had two small pieces of whole grain multi-grain bread with 2T Smart Balance natural PB and 2T Polaner All Fruit. It was literally the best I could be. I was a bit out of control but am better now and I think I can cut back a bit at dinner to make up for it.

I'll try to be back later. The Bears are on now. The city is divided during baseball season by the Sox and the Cubs but is united by the Bears. We are all enjoying the success as long as it lasts!

10-29-2006, 04:02 PM
I'm off to a bubble bath and a book. I may have to put the book down at some point because I'm thinking a nap may happen. I was falling asleep playing cards online.

Hope you're all having a great day. I'm not going to keep talking to myself here! :D ;)

10-29-2006, 05:02 PM
Hi All:

I'm bragging here! I went to the buffet and ate only CORE! :carrot: :carrot:

I had veggies, fish, veggies, fish, veggies, veggies and more veggies. For desert I had fruit and I had coffee to wine. I am soooooo proud of myself. The desserts looked wonderful and were wonderful, according to the others. But, I looked at them, thought about everybody here and said :nono: :drill: to myself.

Now, I'm taking a quick nap before we go to dance class. I think I'll call Sandra and see if I can reach here. If I do, I'll give a "life is good" report later.


10-29-2006, 06:47 PM
Woohoo, Rhonda!! You GO!

I have watered all my plants, inside and out. I did laundry, put out the Halloween candy, and scanned two copies of a picture for Judd. I did one at Walgreens and one at CVS ... didn't want to do it on our own scanner because I wanted a bit more professional printer/paper than I currently have. The picture is of his grandpa's barn in Kentucky. He picked his favorite (CVS, if anyone cares -- and it isn't the Kodak version) so I'll go back and make three more copies, then get them matted and framed. We're keeping one, and giving one to his brother, sister, and parents. It'll go in with their Christmas gifts.

I'm starting to think about making some of that turkey veggie chili (Core) for dinner instead of fish, sweet potatoes, and salad. I have salad stuff that needs to be used, so I'll be taking a salad to work every day this week. Also, I have oatmeal and grits at work that are in my way, so that's what I'm having for breakfast this week. Looks like I'm all decided except for snacks (probably SF jello and 94%FF popcorn) and dinner ... which ought to be fish or chicken, steamed vegetables, and either baked potato or baked sweet potato. I have FF sour cream and cheddar that should be used soon. Might as well clean out the freezer, fridge, and pantry before buying new stuff!!

Well, now having said that, I would have to go to the store for turkey and canned tomatoes if I want to make the veggie chili. Hmmm .... Looks like we're back to the original dinner plan.

Judd played golf today while I worked, and now we're both back home. My laptop has been crapping out on a regular basis (like every 5 minutes, where I would have to reboot) ... so I decided to switch wireless cards with Judd. No problems! Then he tried my card in his laptop and it froze up -- meaning it's the card! He just ordered a new one and hopefully my frustration level will go down soon. Problem #2 is that last night, I tried to turn on my desktop computer and nothing happened. I'm not sure if there's a problem with IT TOO or is it unplugged? UGH! Problem #3 is that the TV in the yellow room only gets ONE channel. I've been reading after going up there, but would really like some TV at night. I think tomorrow I'll look for a good deal on a small TV and put it on the dresser up there. I'm liking that room, and hate that I am unable to sleep with Judd anymore, but sleep is the operative word there. With my work deadlines coming up, I'll be working loooong hours and must have my sleep.

I'm sitting on pins and needles until Sandra gets here! Oh and Rhonda, when do you get here? Will there be a day or so before the wedding that maybe we can all do something?

10-29-2006, 09:28 PM
I salute anyone who can go to a buffet and stay OP. That's a really challenging situation.

And reading the story of the vomiting daughter took me back to when my kids were much younger. Our 1st house was a bungalow so our bedrooms were on 1st floor (used 2nd floor bedrooms as home offices). There was a 1st floor laundry in the kitchen, which was especially convenient when (you guessed it) kids would get sick and throw up all night. We could just keep changing the sheets and throwing the old ones straight into the machine. Ah, parenthood. One endless adventure.

I imagine I'll be posting a lot this week--I need to get 4 pounds back off and my 1st day back on Core was far from successful.

Talk with you later--

10-29-2006, 09:45 PM
Please stay with us. We need "new blood" ... :lol: !!!

It's especially important for me, who is basically at my WW goal weight but wanting a lower personal goal, to see people who have lost and can maintain. I am mainly Core but journal (I know ... you aren't supposed to but it's a habit from many, many years) and also tweak a bit. I have, though, lost the majority of my weight eating this type of food ... actually it was Core before Core was developed. Lean beef, chicken, seafood, lots of salads, eggs, skim milk, and vegetables.

Anyway, please stay with us. We like to talk (couldn't you tell???)! :lol:

10-29-2006, 10:01 PM
Thank you, thank you....very proud of myself! I have meetings ALL day tomorrow...about teaching....boy, I guess the administration thinks old dogs can learn new tricks! But, the point here is....there will be cookies all over the place. I think I should go find a little chickie of some kind to put in my pocket to remind me...think I'll look for something like that. It really did help to think about this board while staring at the temptations on the buffet.

I called Sandra's cell but got her answering machine. But, we know they're safe, having a great time, eating CORE, and saying "life is good." But, those Cracker Barrels would be tough on my resolve, I know that.

Kathy, yes, we'll have some time before the wedding to get together with Sandra. I'll send you a pm about our schedule. I hope your computer problems get resolved. I have no, nada, zilch patience when machines don't work

Good night all,

10-29-2006, 10:16 PM
Machines irritate me too. You'd think that since we have six computers in this house (and 3 people), I could find something that works. I am so happy that this wireless card is working. Judd is in the bedroom and has hooked into the regular wiring. Like I even know what I just said ...

I can't wait. Just CAN'T WAIT ... until we can all get together, Rhonda. I am going to make sure my schedule is flexible, no matter what else is going on, so that we don't waste the opportunity.

10-30-2006, 10:20 AM
Good Morning Chicks! I'm off to my meeting with probably no loss but hopeful anyway.

I'll be quite busy today and hope to be back later. I hope you all have a great OP day. Rhonda, hang in there!

10-30-2006, 10:31 AM
Good morning all. I'm happy to report dd was fine all day yesterday and so far today. Her cold, and mine, seem to be hanging on. We've both been coughing just a week. Hopefully we both shake these by next weekend or we are both off to the dr. DH thinks Sarah should go now - but she isn't sick and she is coughing once in a while. I think she needs to get the goo out and just doesn't know how to do it. The pediatric robitussin seems to be working well for her. I also put on vapor rub before school. That actually works very well - I hate to keep giving her medicine.

We did the halloween parade yesterday - of course I forgot the camera. There must have been over 200 kids in costume who took part in the 1 mile walk. It was lots of fun, Sarah was the only spider and thankfully her coat fit under the costume. It was cold last night and windy.

Today is a beautiful day - should be close to 60 today and pushing 70 tomorrow. Woo hoo, love wonderful Tuesday weather for my day off.

I did better on plan after I posted yesterday. Went to our usual place last night for dinner and had a wonderful ginger chicken salad - it did have some pecans on it but no cheese. It was delish.

Kathy, did you get together with the group in Chicago? I didn't see any posts about it, I figured it didn't work out. I hope you Sandra and Rhonda can connect.

Rhonda:bravo: on the buffet. Core can be done easily, if you can skip all of the other temptations!

Vickie, it doesn't sound like you did too bad with the nuts either. PB and J made with smart balance, sf spread and whole grain. It could have been alot worse, if you figured out the points its probably not bad at all. Today is a new day.....for all of us.

Well, I'll go post my menu and I suppose I should get back to work. I had to drop Sarah off at 8 and then call into a conf call on my way in. I got to use my new phone - love the head set, so much clearer to hear then using the phone. I'll stop by later.

10-30-2006, 11:12 AM
Nope, no Chicago get-together. Jim had an appointment so Vickie wasn't able to meet me. I had a car and Thursday was wide open since I arrived around 9 a.m. and graduation wasn't until the next day, but that was also the day of his appointment. Shaun will be leaving there in a few weeks so there won't be another opportunity.

I'm a bit out of sorts today for some reason. It's like something's not quite right but I can't put my finger on it.


10-30-2006, 11:17 AM
Yeah and poor Cameo was very, very sick at the time. In fact, that was the weekend she ended up at the Emergency Vet overnight.

I would not have been good company. I do feel bad about that still.

Kathy, I hope you feel better soon.

10-30-2006, 12:03 PM
No, it was just last weekend, the 19th thru 22nd. She passed away on the 16th. But no matter what, really do I understand. I don't want you to feel bad at all. :hug:

You never know, there might be an opportunity again.

10-30-2006, 01:11 PM
It was? Wow....I am really out of it. And I do feel bad but you're not making me feel that way. It's just the way I am. Who knows when another opportunity will ever present itself.

10-30-2006, 01:15 PM
I'm SO excited. I met 2 Ladies at my meeting that are doing Core. They are very excited about it and they are so motivating with their excitement about Core and being healthy. I told them all about our wonderful recipes here and they are going to come check them out. They both had great loses this week despite going to a Halloween party. Very, very motivating. I gained .8 but am not worried because of the looming TOM. I've already polished off 24 ozs of water and am working on my next 24. I've been a trifle lax about that lately. The one lady lost over 3 pounds and the other Lady lost 5 pounds and it's not just their first week. I do feel motivated for the first time in a long time. I hope it sticks!

I hope you are all doing well.

10-30-2006, 01:16 PM
It's okay ... honestly. Sometimes things just don't work out like we had hoped.

And now. Did you go to w/i? I am having to counsel my coworker / cubemate because she stepped on the scale this morning and had a terrible shock. She was up about 15 pounds since when she weighed about 3 weeks ago. She's pretty upset about it.

10-30-2006, 01:17 PM
Oops, I see where we posted at almost the same time. Sounds like you're very excited!! I'm happy that you met them; maybe they'll come visit us!

10-30-2006, 01:17 PM
Yeah, I went. I was just confessing. We must have been posting at the same time!

10-30-2006, 01:18 PM
Yikes....15 pounds in 3 weeks. I'd be suicidal.

10-30-2006, 01:22 PM
A lot of that could be water (well, not sure how much of that but trying to sound encouraging).

Any tips on increasing how much water I drink? I have a big orange bottle I keep at home and a Poland Springs in the car. I probably drink about 2/3 as much as I should. Could be worse, I know, but given how dry it is inside now that central heat is on I'd probably feel better overall if I were more hydrated.

10-30-2006, 01:25 PM
Elana, when I was doing great on Core I was drinking 64-72 ozs of plain water in addition to other decaf beverages (decaf diet pepsi, black decaf coffee).

10-30-2006, 05:02 PM
Hi chickies,

Just checking in after a busy weekend! Saturday had a bit of back ache - dh took little ds to his school hallowe'en party and I just vegged out at home. Watched some great old(ish) movies on tv sat night - The Omen and The Bad Seed - very entertaining! On Sunday we had that horrible windy/rainy weather - took dd shopping to the mall - she had $$ which was burning a hole in her pocket and just had to spend it! Bought herself some new runners and a pair of 'skinny' jeans - very happy child. Decided to be a fairy princess for hallowe'en so I spent a few hours (while she was at dance rehearsal) hunting down a pair of wings, tiara and a wand! Also got groceries. Ended up at chinese buffet w/dh and little ds - altho I did not overeat I know most of what I ate was definitely not core!

Last night went to movie w/dh - but was very tired - despite the EXTRA HOUR OF SLEEP! (yippee) have to keep changing all my watches as I wear them.

Tomorrow I am not in the office as I am doing my presentation at the conference downtown - I am already stressing about getting up early, getting ready - driving downtown, parking - and getting there by 8:15 am!!! I am not an early morning frouf.

Rhonda - congrats on your amazing control at the buffet - you are doing so well and are so motivated - good for you!

Vickie - think of all those extra calories you burned hanging those shower curtains - I can certainly relate to the 'height issue"! :D I made the cola meatballs last week - and dh made sloppy joes w/leftover ground beef - both very very yummy.

Kathy - how is your cubby mate doing? I too would freak about 15 extra pounds in 3 weeks (unless I was on some major cruise or something?).

And I was invited to Toronto this weekend to attend the bachelorette party of one of my cruise tablesmates (the one getting married in Vegas on nov 28th) - claiming I must attend and stay at her place as I would be the life of the party - too funny!

Paula - hope your dd is all cured - and it was nothing but a teeny little tummy bug - poor thing!

Melissa - how goes the battle? How is your PC doing? Any parties planned?

So is Sandra checking in anytime soon?

I am also stressing due to mortgage renegotiations - taking up a lot of our time as we are trying something very non-traditional and new (at least for canadians) - see Have had 2 meetings so far with different financial peoplel - and another meeting wed night - and one pending bank meeting- my head is spinning with numbers and bank accounts and details - hard to sleep.

Now must go find USB port thing to take to conference tomorrow as I am neurotic and afraid they will have lost my ppt presentation!



10-30-2006, 06:31 PM
Hi All:

Whew, made it through all of today's meetings with lunch and cookies without caving in to the sugar and white flour. I did have a glass of wine at the reception. But, only one, then switched to Perrier. I also had some hard cheese, but only two wedges that I'd guess were about an ounce each.

We have our first private dance lesson tonight to see what we can put together for our first dance at our wedding reception. I'm coming down with a cold, which is OK....I'll just get the required Fall cold over with by the wedding.

Froufy, glad to see you back. And that poor woman, 15 pounds in three weeks....oh my, oh my.


10-30-2006, 11:44 PM
Quiet night tonight....OK, I won't just talk to myself here...see you all tomorrow I hope!


10-31-2006, 09:12 AM
Quiet MONTH! Here's hoping November will be better!!

It's hard to believe the year is nearly over ... where on earth did it go? Seems like yesterday that I had my accident and it's been 7 months. I guess it seems like yesterday because it still won't bend and the feeling hasn't come back yet. Maybe someday.

I can't think of a good menu thread title so I'm going to wait until someone else starts it! :lol:

10-31-2006, 09:36 AM
Good Morning Chicks! My Sister/BIL are coming over today for a fun Christmas Decoration and Christmas Store shopping trip. Lunch is the treat at the end. Then we rest for a bit at my house before going to the Niece's to see her kids and to trick or treat. It will be a busy and very long day.

Frouf, I missed your postings VERY much and am so glad to see you back here. It wouldn't be the same without you! You truly had a crazy weekend. By now you must be doing your drive downtown to make your presentation. If you speak like you write, then I'm sure it will be VERY entertaining and informative. I used to get very nervous for those things as well. You said you were invited to Toronto. Are you going? Too bad you couldn't work in a production of Wicked if you go. I just know you would love it! I bet you are the life of the party. I'd want you at my party too! I confess I didn't understand all of the mortgage stuff but if it saves a $100 dollars a year after expenses, I'd be all over it. In the states, morgage interest is tax deductible but it doesn't really seem to be worth much. Maybe we save 25% of what interest we pay for the year. Better than nothing. I'd sure be screaming if they tried to take the deduction away!

Rhonda, sorry you were here alone last night. Jim and I were watching a movie called Prime. We are SO far behind on our movies. It was VERY funny. Congratulations on avoiding so many treats at your meetings. It was very hard to follow a program when I was working. How was the private dance lesson? I SO loved my lessons.

Kathy, we're looking forward to ringing in the new year. This one has been hard.

I woke up about every hour last night. Must be one of those hormonal things. I almost got up at 3:45 but kept trying to sleep. I finally fell asleep about 5:00 and finally got up at 6:30. I'm off to shower now since Sis will be here at 10:00!

10-31-2006, 10:03 AM
Good Morning All:

The private dance lesson was just great. Our teacher has created a dance for us using "our song" from high school: "In the Still of the Night" by the Five Satins. It's a very slow fox trot which allows us to show off a few turns and tricky steps here and there...what a hoot this is.

Froufy, I'm with Vickie...miss your posting so don't go too far away. Let us know how it goes today.

Kathy, I didn't quite get it beofre that you didn't have feeling in your foot...ow! Time will likely heal it at least some...don't let it keep you from dancing :dance:

I have a morning of grading papers, an afternoon of teaching and an evening of NOT eating candy.


10-31-2006, 10:22 AM
Yes, the nerves were stripped away from the bone and tendon and whatever else is in there. It's numb on the bottom (like asleep) but I can feel temperature differences like a cold floor. Very odd ... and disturbing. The doctor said it would likely be a year or more before it started getting better. There's still no range of motion in that ankle.

Your dancing sounds like so much fun! Good luck on the no-candy eating.

Vickie, enjoy your day!

I'm only working for 10 hours today then will race to the store so that I'll be home before the kids start arriving. Ordinarily I wouldn't care but this year we put out our pumpkin lights -- little tiny jack-o-lanterns that go all across the front of the house in front of the flowerbeds. Some years we do, and some years we don't. Since we were having that party a few weeks ago, we decided to decorate and that was part of it. Now everyone will assume we're giving out candy so I might as well. Some years we have 5 kids and some years there are 200+. You just never know ...

I'm making an easy no-brainer dinner (spaghetti and salad) so maybe I'll make the pumpkin pie too. Now if only it would get cold here.

10-31-2006, 12:37 PM
I went to my Boot Camp last night, which I just love. The instructor is great. It's a mix of cardio intervals on a Bosu and then free weights for chest/back/biceps/triceps. A tough round of abdominals with a lot of focus on obliques. Today I'm not sore--I hope this means I am stronger.

The downside: I haven't figured out how to eat after class (I get home at 8 p.m.) and stop myself at a reasonable amount of food. To be honest, I don't do any of the check-in to see if I'm still hungry. I'm sure part of it is dehydration and I respond to thirst as if it were hunger. I ate 2 rounds of guacamole chips:devil: (worth 6 points) with nf cottage cheese and 1 serving of grapefruit wedges. I realize these weren't bad choices, but I probably should have stopped at 1 bowl of chips. It could have been worse, I know.

Today I am facing the challenge of my fridge, specifically cleaning out the rotten whatevers that are lurking in there. Now that I'm on Core, I buy so much fresh produce but a certain % rots before I get to it. I think I'll use more frozen veg. instead and just get enough fresh for a daily salad and a bit extra for snacks.

Hope everyone survives Halloween and staying away from the leftover candy. I had my DH only buy stuff I loathe (SweetTarts, etc.) so it will be easy for me to toss it (even tho. I hate to waste money!) once the evening is over.

Bye for now.

10-31-2006, 08:03 PM
hi there, chickies. we're at the ranch! they did some juggling and made room for us; we'll be here till around dec 11. if you'd like to see if go to

we got here late yesterday. last night we got a lot of hugs/kisses from our granddaughters. was it ever wonderful!! they're trick or treating tonight. we'll go see them again tomorrow evening.

curtis took me to ww this am. doctor's orders are for me to attend weekly. he's wanting to see how i do when i get home. i have an appt early january with him. so far so good. i lost a pound while traveling. i now weight 169.0. i think that's pretty amazing what with sitting all day riding for days and days. (seemed like longer than 4 days)

rhonda, i got your message yesterday when i checked the cellphone. thank you for calling to check on us. we didn't have the phone turned on cuz we didn't have a way to recharge it while traveling. we're too tight to buy a cigarette lighter charger. it's charging away now on electricity here at the ranch.

everyone who has my email address, please send me an email. this puter doesn't have your email addyieson it. i had typed them to bring with me, but can't find the sheet.

kathy, i'm going to call you tonight or tomorrow. i'll call tonight if my energy holds out. curtis and i are both exhausted.

rhonda, i need to talk to you about the rv ranch. go to their website i typed in at the first of this post. look it over--especially their suites. they have 2 or 3 available from mid-nov till thanksgiving. they look like fancy western bed and breakfast rooms. one has a kitchen. don't know if you're interested in cooking. :lol:

vickie, i just saw where you're having family fun today/tonight. makes me smile.

now i need to go read posts and get caught up. i hope all of you are doing well.

10-31-2006, 08:57 PM
Wellllll ... Sandra just called and sounded SO GOOD! I hope to go see them shoot Saturday. And then there will be time after that for visiting, I'm sure, since she said they might be here until the first week or so of December.

I've had exactly 7 kids come to the front door as of this minute. With 9 bags of candy, I could have loaded them all up, but I doubt their parents would have been too amused at that. I had gotten 4 smallish bags the other day, and today Judd said that wasn't nearly enough so I stopped on the way home and got more. One of them was a really big bag of Tootsie Rolls. If nobody else comes, we're in BIG trouble.

And I broke Judd's cord to his laptop tonight. It was fraying and just fell apart when I plugged mine in. The battery was getting low or I wouldn't have bothered going to the power supply. He keeps his plugged into the family room and I keep mine in the bedroom; NOT ANYMORE! Mine is now in the family room and we'll just have to share like good kids.

Okay, off to see about dinner. He went to Cracker Barrel for lunch so I've made a command decision not to cook anything; I will, however, slice some cheese and put a few crackers on a plate. It's the least I can do. ;)

10-31-2006, 09:25 PM
Hi All:

I'm so tired tonight that I almost fell asleep in the chair. I've got an early and long day tomorrow so I'll be brief.

Halloween has been very slow here....don't understand it at all.

Glad you made it Sandra...I'll write privately to you and Kathy.

Night all..


I've done very well with avoiding the Halloween candy and temptations. :nono:

10-31-2006, 11:18 PM
kathy, we didn't have any trick or treaters. guess we'll use the quarters in the laundry room here. quarters were curtis' idea. he was afraid to have candy around. i hope you and judd can come watch us shoot saturday. i think that will be neat. i'm sooooooo ready to meet you.

rhonda, congratulations on doing well around the halloween treats. i overate today in cleburne at west end grill. i had some bbq ribs and salad. i guess i could have done worse. we are taking our lunch with us tomorrow to train up in ft worth. afterwards we're having our first water aerobics session. i found 2 places that have indoor pools available to us. we're joining hugueley fitness center for a month. that's the best deal for us. this will be curtis' first w a. should be fun. i'm glad he's doing it with me.

i told him tonight about your dance that you two will be doing. curtis is anxious to see it. (me, too!)

11-01-2006, 06:03 AM
Good Morning Chicks! And boy do I mean morning.....I've been up since 2:45. Yet another night of sleeplessness. I'm sure it's hormonal.

I did great with my eating yesterday. I came home to a very sad message from my friend Cindy. She's back in Loyola hospital with the mystery fevers and she can't eat again. They are guessing it's the Leukemia. She was scheduled to go into the hospital on November 13 to begin the transplant but now we don't know what's happening. I'm so scared for her. By the time I was able to call back in the evening she was in the middle of a fever and couldn't talk. I talked to her husband and he sounded grim. I'm praying like crazy and hoping it helps.

Of course, this triggered a mini-food binge. It was quite tame compared to other days and at the moment I have points to cover it. I had 8 saltine crackers with smart balance light smeared on them. I really must get to the bottom of the stress/emotional eating issue. I need to get my comfort from someplace else.

I'm going to go see what I missed.

11-01-2006, 06:17 AM
Rhonda, what a GREAT idea to choreograph your first dance! I sure wish we had done that. Jim and I are really enjoying watching Dancing with the Stars. I'd love to be in your shoes. I hope you managed to get your papers graded without eating any candy. I had two rolls of smarties. Believe it or not, they are one of my favorites. I was also a Pez girl!

Kathy, I had the crustless pumpkin pie for dessert last night. I don't even miss the crust anymore.

Elana, I admire people who enjoy that type of exercise. Maybe some day. I understand what you mean about losing fresh veggies. Since we're early retired, we can afford the luxury of shopping every 2-3 days for fresh veggies. I really dislike most frozen veggies.

Sandra, I was SO relieved and delighted to see your posts. I'm very happy that your trip was successful and that they fit you in. I'm not surprised though since you and Curtis seem to be such good people. I looked all over the website and it seems to be a delightful place. I wouldn't go for the RV's but I'd be all over those cute little cabins! Your Doctor is going to be so proud of you when you return. And how exciting is it that you are in the 160's as you start your vacation! :carrot: :carrot: You must be looking pretty darned terrific. Congratulations.

I guess I'll go start a menu thread. I have no idea what I'm cooking today but I better give it some thought.

11-01-2006, 11:40 AM
Good morning! I'm taking a break between this junk I'm doing and a meeting that starts at 10.

I'm sorry to hear about Cindy's latest round of problems, Vickie. I know it must be difficult.

A friend's daughter was killed in an accident Sunday night. She was such a sweet girl, too. Very, very sad.

My best friend in junior high and high school, Pam, was killed in 1979 by an intruder. We were in each other's weddings, and had been like sisters for years. She didn't have a sister, just three brothers, and so she really liked coming over and hanging out with us. Her killer has been on death row since then and his case has gotten international attention because he claims that he's ******ed, so the ACLU has taken up the cause and they've managed to keep him from being executed, even though he's been found guilty at all of the trials he's had.

Anyway, Pam had three brothers -- Mark, Danny and Tim. Mark and Danny were older than we were; Tim was several years younger. Mark was the kicker for the Washington Redskins for many years and is retired now but still lives in the DC area. Danny married a local girl (Livingston, where I grew up). Katie was their youngest child. My parents are still good friends with their mom, which would be Katie's grandmother. The grandfather was killed earlier this year in a farm accident. This family has really been thru the wringer.

I hope everybody has a good day. I'm working 12 hours today so it'll be late when I get home; might not be back until in the morning.

11-01-2006, 01:12 PM
Sad story, Kathy. Life can be really cruel.

11-01-2006, 03:29 PM
Hmmm...........board closed?

I'm off to a bath and a nap. With luck I won't drown.

11-01-2006, 05:58 PM
Kathy - how very very sad for that family! I can't even imagine their grief!

Elana - clean out those icky veggies - and I usually keep a couple bags of frozen veggies in the freezer for 'emergencies'. I find sometimes when I take leftovers to work don't always have cooked veggies so I throw some frozen ones in the tupperware and just nuke them for lunch! Good in a pinch.

Vickie - sorry to hear about the sleepless nights - I know of what you speak - and there is nothing worst than lying awake most of the night. Best wishes and prayers to Cindy - hope this is not a setback and she can go ahead with the bone marrow transplant! Your 'emotional eating' sure didn't sound too bad to me?

Rhonda - how exciting to be ready for that first dance? Bet the two of you will look fantastic as you do your foxtrot! Will there be someone there videotaping the wedding fun? I have noted your email and would love to see you when you are in Ottawa!!!

Sandra - glad you made it to the ranch okay - the place looks amazing! Guess it's too cold for the outdoor pool? Want to know how Curtis does with his water aerobics sessions! I kinda like those cabin rooms myself! Congrats on 1 lb down - great job!

I am happy to report my presentation went very well yesterday - it was fun to be at the Westin downtown - very luxurious - and I forgot how much I liked it there - yes in the 'good old days' dh and I would sometimes spend a 'weekend' there enjoying our own downtown area - always lots of fun.

It was standing room only and of course my presentation (of the 3) got the most questions. I also stood at the HC booth (and circulated the exhibits picking up fancy pens here and there!), then enjoyed a nice buffet lunch and the afternoon closing remarks. Got home early which was nice as I was super tired due to lack of sleep the night before - and of course had to get ready for the big hallowe'en celebrations.

Little ds was ready and dressed by 6 pm - went out w/dh. DD off to another neighborhood to trick or treat w/her friends...and big ds dressed up as Marty McFly from Back to the future and off to some downtown party! I was the treat distributor wearing my hypnotizing flashing pumpkin necklace which I found in one of the candy bags I bought! Not much action - one of the bags had 50 treats in it - and I had about 10 leftover so maybe 40 kids in all?

Still not eating well and unmotivated and hoping for inspiration. Dh and I had lunch together today (thai restaurant) as he was coming back from dr appt - not sure why she won't put him on Lipitor? Every time he goes his cholesterol is up - yet he insists all he has to do is exercise and eat better - he doesn't - or doesn't do it consistently - goes back in 3 months - and the cycle repeats - I assume eventually he will have to go on medication? I have a checkup on Monday for my bp - it will be 1 month since starting my meds.

Off home to feed ds then to yet another bank meeting about the mortgage - I will be very happy when we have made a final decision and this is all over!



11-01-2006, 07:16 PM
Hi All:

Oh, Kathy...that's just awful. I've been on those roads so many times. The story doesn't say if the driver who crossed the line was "under the influence". It so often the case.

And, Vickie, I do hope your friend recovers. What an ordeal for her. write to me and we'll make a plan. Glad to hear that your presentation went well. I've stayed at the Westin numerous times while working in Ottawa. I like it the most, even though it doesn't have the Laurier's history.

Hmmmm....rotten veggies in the 'fridge...I've been there too often. I, too, have taken to freezing them a lot because I was spending a lot of money for compost!

And, yes, we'll have a videographer at the wedding and to get this event "on record."

I hope you all have a good night...I've got to get back to the papers.


11-01-2006, 08:37 PM
Frouf, your life always sounds SO crazy and fun all at the same time. Time for some YOU time. What can I do to help you back on the wagon? Would going back to the gym help? I never thought I'd say that I'm looking forward to exercising but I am!

Rhonda, you work too hard too! I loved the Westins when I travelled for work. It was one of my first choices. I loved the heavenly beds and baths.

I just finished dinner. It was smothered barley chicken. Yum! Jim doesn't like it much so I have LO's for lunch for at least 2 days. Yay!

I'm off to watch TV with him. The DVR is backing up.

Melissa, you're well. Paula are you doing good too?

11-01-2006, 08:43 PM
Mmm, smothered chicken & barley. I love that stuff. It just takes too long to make sometimes, when I'm impatient and in a hurry. :)

I'm here...just busy with stuff. My older sister had a baby last week, so I have been helping her, and I teach preschool this week. My youngest dd has a cold, and I'm coming down with it, I can feel it. I tried one of those Cold-Eeze lozenges, but it made me sick to my stomach halfway through it. Oh well. :shrug:

We are swimming in Halloween candy here, but I packed up most of it and stashed it away in the freezer last night. We can use it for Christmas, Easter, next Halloween, etc. You get the idea.


11-01-2006, 08:58 PM
Hey everybody, I'm here too. Just so busy. Between school and PC I don't have much time for anything at all.
I REALLY, REALLY miss talking to you all. You can always email me if you want to chat (I can check that at work but can't really get on the boards much).
I have to go cook dinner. Yes, dinner! I hope you are all doing well. :hug:

11-01-2006, 09:39 PM
Melissa and Angela, it's good to see you both! I'm sorry things are so hectic but sometimes life gets in the way of the board, doesn't it? :lol:

Angela, poor DD and you too! Have you ever taken Zicam? It's pretty nasty but they have a spray and a lozenge too. I really do think it helps to lessen the cold.

Melissa, I'm hoping your PS is worth keeping you away from us! :hug: My Arbonne "consultantship" (I just made up a new word -- feel free to use it) came thru yesterday and I'm working on the website now. I won't be actively pursuing it, but want to make it available in case anyone does a zip code search.

I ended up making ravioli and broccoli for dinner, but nobody's here. We got these packages of ravioli at Costco a month or so ago (suckered in by a taste test, don't you know?) and I had forgotten about them. I was getting the shrimp out of the freezer and saw them ... decided hey, why not? They are sundried tomato, cheese, and mushroom. I added fresh steamed broccoli in with it. Now Judd is at bowling and Erin has a lab tonight, so neither of them will be home until 9.

I only got 10.5 hours of work in today but I was at it pretty steady with just a few little breaks to check in and take a deep breath. I already have 43 hours for the week and there are two more days to go. It also looks like I'll be working all day Saturday (and part of Sunday) because my coworker will be unable to work. Saturday she's having a baby shower for her DD and Sunday she'll be at church. Since her DH is the pastor, she hardly ever gets to miss. She might come in after church but we don't know yet.

And so it goes. I'll be glad when it slows down just a bit.

11-01-2006, 10:14 PM
hi there, chickies. we've had a great day. this am while we were driving to ft worth to train, curtis decided to stop at cracker barrel for bfast. i had a kid's pancake/sf syrup and hot decaf tea. i did great.

after we trained, we came home for lunch then i went to alvarado to visit friends on 2 campuses then i visited with my son. he's the public relations officer for the school district. we made plans for curtis and me to keep one grand friday night for several hours. sat morning we'll be competing at the first indoor archery competition of the year. i'm excited about both.

it was good to see everyone. i'm glad we're we're going to be here for awhile. life is good.

vickie, i'm sorry about cindy. i don't know what else to say to make you feel better, but i am happy you were able to handle emotional eating. you're doing sp well. cindy must be proud of you--and for you.
i hope i'm not overeating right now. we're not going to start w a till next week cuz we have too much going on right now. those cabins here at the ranch are adorable. the bed and bfast rooms are fabulous looking. it's neat how we've been able to watch this place blossom from its beginning.

kathy, that's so sad. i'm very sorry this happened.

frouf, i knew you and dh were a romantic pair. okay, it's about time to go to the westin again. or maybe you could come to a cabin at the ranch? congratulations on doing a great job on your presentation. i have to admit i'm not surprised but i am impressed as always.

rhonda, i don't miss those days of grading papers, but i do miss having students. today felt a bit sad to me. i don't think i would have been able to stay retired if i'd remained in alvarado. living in montana with curtis has given me a whole new life.

angela, congratulations on packing up the candy. i'm proud of you.

melissa, i don't have your email addy with me. will you send me an e so i can e you?

kathy, i just saw that you'll be working all day saturday. bummer!! i was hoping to get to meet you in person at the tournament. you're right. life gets in our way, doesn't it?

11-01-2006, 11:21 PM
Sandra, I'm still trying to figure out a way. If I could take a 10-noon break, I might be able to manage it. North Arlington isn't that far from Beach if I just go straight down 30. We'll see what happens, so don't give up on me yet.

11-02-2006, 07:15 AM
Good Morning All:

I woke up at 3AM, tried to go back to sleep for an hour, then gave up. I went to bed early so it's not too bad, but this afternoon is going to be very sleepy!

I spent an hour away from papers last night to look at "cruise critic" an on-line discussion of cruises. It seems that our cruise ship-- Ectasy with Carnival-- has not perfected the debarkation process. The advice is to travel light and take care of your own bags and make sure you're in the correct line. The reviews were quite variable for even the same cruise....some people were very happy and others were not so pleased. I'm going to be pleased just to be able to do essentially nothing for 5 days :beach:

I really want to graze and eat things that aren't good for me....I better make some oatmeal before I go crazy. Of course, there's nothing much here to go crazy with. Now, where did I put that Halloween candy??? ;)

Actually, I'm impressed with my willpower over that candy. I think that if I'm going to eat chocolate it's going to be only the best and there's none here.

So, wake up everybody!


11-02-2006, 10:44 AM
Good Morning Chicks! I finally slept well last night but I confess that I took some Tylenol PM liquid to help. It's great stuff. I've got errands to do today since I'll be out playing tomorrow.

Angela, it is always SO good to hear from you! I know what you mean about the smothered barley chicken. I try to plan it into my schedule. I didn't do it this time but I try to make two meals back to back that need onions and peppers chopped. Then I make the other meal before smothered barley because I have all the chopping done. I've also modified the recipe. I broil the chicken in the broiler until it is nearly done while cooking the barley concoction in a covered large pan on the stove. When the chicken is done I put it into the pan to finish cooking all the way through and get the flavors. It dirties another pan but it helps with the time factor. I have LO's for two days so I'm a happy girl. I get SO tired of trying to figure something out to eat for lunch. I wish I could find another barley recipe that I like. Congratulations to your Sister! I hope you avoid the cold. The zinc in the Cold Ease always upset my stomach too. Not worth it. We miss you. Stop in when you're done with preschool.

Melissa, I miss you a ton too! I understand how busy you are but I'm selfish. Your support always helps a lot. So I'm dying to know how you are doing on plan. I see you were cooking last night which must be a good sign. Are you still exercising? Is PC going so well that you could do it fulltime?

Kathy, don't forget to take a COUPLE of deep breaths! It's sad that you have to work so much. I think I'd look for another job.

Sandra, it was delightful to see your post! You really do sound so happy in your post. I'm glad you are enjoying your Son and Grands. Is Curtis having fun too? What a clever idea you had at Cracker Barrel. It would never have occurred to me to look at the kids menu. You did great! Good Luck on Saturday. I can't wait to hear the results. Make sure you get to WW so your Doctor doesn't give you ****!

Oh Rhonda, I'm so sorry to hear that you couldn't sleep last night. It really stinks, doesn't it? I feel exactly the same way about chocolate. I don't eat the junky chocolate anymore. It has to be Dove Dark or something equally great from Trader Joe's. The only exception I make are the WW mint patties in dark chocolate. I love those. All are one point each. Well worth it and very satisfying. Keep thinking good thoughts of that cruise while you are trying to stay awake this afternoon.

Well, I don't remember seeing a menu thread so I'll go start one of those. Then it's off to breakfast for me, a shower and off to errands. Dinner out tonight at my favorite Core restaurant. It may be broiled salmon for dinner tonight. Yum!

11-02-2006, 11:35 AM
LOL! Vickie, for pilot/maintenance training all the jobs are like that. Four years ago, I decided to go commercial instead of military (to SimuFlite) because I thought it might be better without government contracts. Nope! Those schedules were just as bad, plus I didn't like it at all, so I came back to military and my old company. Fortunately they took me back.

I have a few other things working that I'm working on right now -- like a company cookbook, the website for Arbonne, and getting the guest rooms redone in time for Christmas guests. Seems like there aren't quite enough hours in the day.

Well, there's a deadline to get this little section of stuff done by COB today so it'll be ready for customer testing week after next. I suppose I should get back to it.


11-02-2006, 11:45 AM
Well at least you tried! It just seems like so much. But you like to be busy anyway. I need someone to come in and redecorate my house. I want it done but have very little interest in doing it myself. Good luck with the Arbonne.

11-02-2006, 12:33 PM
Yikes...I'm going out to eat tonight and twice tomorrow! Having lunch with a friend tomorrow and shopping at a baseball store then Santa Clause at the show and dinner afterwards with the Niece/NIL and Great Niece and Great Nephew.

I'm trying to plan now.

11-02-2006, 03:58 PM
Hey Kathy - I'll help you decorate! I love decorating - esp when I don't have to spend my money! Wish I had more time and $$ to finish the upstairs - downstairs all done now!

Sure hope you can make time to see our favorite archer strut her stuff!

Vickie - have fun while you're out and enjoy the show! Glad you got some better sleep last night! I need more - went to bed around midnight - but was already up tossing and turning at 5:30 am!

Angela - sorry about the possible cold! Hope you can find something suitable that doesn't make you sick and relieves some of the symptoms.

Melissa - sure sounds like PC is doing well for you! Please visit when you can!

Sandra - what fun you are having on your 'vacation'! Bet it was great catching up w/everyone - when is curtis' first water aerobics training session? Let us know how he makes out! :D Good luck on Saturday too!

Rhonda - gotta love those heavenly beds - we like the Westin here cuz it's attached to the Rideau Centre (big shopping mall) - but nothing compares to the majesty of the Chateau Laurier - dh and I got married there - and have spent a few overnights there as well! (and finagled an upgrade to a suite when we have stayed on our anniversary as we did get married there!).

Did you visit your 'roll call' on the cruise critic site? Go to Boards, then Roll Calls, Carnivel and Ectasy - then try and find your sailing date! Lots of fun making new friends! (e.g. for nov 27??

Frazzled here at work today - lots of inefficiencies in the contracting world which are driving me INSANE - I am trying not to scream and tear my hair out but getting pretty close. Only thing keeping me focused is planned dinner out w/my gf Bonnie - at a new Keg just opened up - I am envisioning some pretty fancy martinis entering my mouth!

One more meeting coming up - then hopefully I can calm down and relax - I feel a bit of a niggling headache creeping up on me - left temple area! Hope it disappears before I head out!



11-02-2006, 09:39 PM
Hey Chicks! I'm home from dinner and it was fantastic! Great salad, wonderful steak, ww pasta plain with smart balance. Yummo as Rachael Ray would say. I'm off to watch TV since I have to get going early tomorrow. I have such a big day that I don't know if I'll be able to stop by.

I'm so proud that I'm on program.

I just talked to my friend Cindy. She's feeling a bit better and no fevers since Tuesday night. She's moved on to soft food. The transplant board meets tomorrow to decide what to do for her. They want to give her chemo to bring her blasts down but are afraid to make her sick and then have to recover before the transplant. It would just put her back into a vicious circle.

Frouf, I hope you had a wonderful dinner like I did and that you enjoyed your friend Bonnie's company. What kind of martini did you have? You know I've never had one. I only like sweet drinks so I'm thinking the newfangle ones might be appealing to me. I hope that headache never appeared!

Talk to you all soon.

11-02-2006, 11:26 PM
Vickie, I'm glad you enjoyed your dinner! I know that ... speaking STRICTLY FOR MYSELF ... there's no way I could eat out that often. My once every few weeks worries me enough; anymore than that and I would be assured of a gain.

I finally got finished around 6:00 tonight and got home at 7:30 after a stop at the store. Tomorrow will only be 7-5, and Saturday 7-12 unless the hours are extended. It might rain this weekend and I'd like to be home with the fireplace and a movie if it does! Too bad "The Devil Wears Prada" isn't out until 12-12. I got another book yesterday, by the same author, and so I'm anxious to start it. I read for 15-20 minutes before bed, and then if I wake up during the night I get a few more minutes in.

The scale is down tonight and so I'm certain that I will make my birthday goal.

11-03-2006, 01:09 AM
hi, chickies. it's been a good but long day. right now, i'm upset with ticketmaster. i ordered tickets online for casa manana's christmas play. seems they will be delivered to montana. i wanted to send them to my son's here in texas as the tickets are for the grands for their bdays in dec. the play is in ft worth. now i have to call ticketmaster and raise cain in the am. oh, well.

kathy, i won't give up on you. the shop where the tournament is being held is rather small. there won't be much room for spectators. you might be better off watching us shoot another time. it might be better for us to meet another day. also that way you won't have to juggle work.

vickie, curtis is having a fun, too. his only complaint right now is his shoulders are still hurting from all the driving on the long trip.

frouf, looks like w a will begin next week. it's hard to believe how busy we are.

rhonda, i hope you're sleeping better tonight. you're going to have a great time on your cruise. i hope everything goes smoothly.

got to go. i'm upset over the tickets. i have never had problems ordering online before. this is the pits. i may have to cancel the order and reorder directly from casa manana. they are who i thought i was buying from anyway.

i overate today. life goes on.

11-03-2006, 12:49 PM
Good Morning Chicks! No time to chat but I wanted to say hello. I'm off to lunch/shopping in about 15 minutes.

Then to see Santa Clause...the Escape Clause at 5:00 with dininer afterwards.

So far so good. I need to get on the scale. It's hard to drink my water with all this running!

11-03-2006, 04:33 PM
Hey Vickie - hope you liked the movie and are having fun being so busy, busy busy!

As for martinis - yes the sweet ones are for me - I was tempted to get the 'tartini' last night but didn't!

Alas I ended up w/tummy trouble - not sure why? The new Keg restaurant is lovely and was super busy as well! Ordered steak - came w/caesar salad, veggies, baked potato. Decided on a bottle of wine instead of cocktails.

Salad went down okay - but somewhere halfway thru the steak my tummy starting this rolling feeling inside - NOT GOOD! I ate a bit more - then had to stop cuz I sure didn't want to be running off to the bathroom. Did not even finish my one and only glass of wine (luckily Bonnie likes her wine and was able to do justice to the rest of the bottle). I ordered some tea after that hoping it would settle my stomach but that didn't much work.

Left at 8:30 - instead of going to pick up dd from dance (9 pm) went home and got dh to go get her - at least point I was alternating sweating and chills. Had a very bad night as well - did take some pepto bismol when I got home - went to bed early - 10 pm - but was up at 11:30, 1 am and then really awake from 2;30 - 4:30 am - took some advil for headache - then ended up on love seat in bedroom where I finally slept til 7:15 am

DD had annual checkup this morning so off we went to dr appt - then dropped her off at school and rushed to work for 11 am meeting - of course meeting was rescheduled - and frankly I started feeling pukey again - so finished up some stuff and headed home around 1:30 pm. Have a bit of a headache still and very low grade fever altho tummy feels basically okay? HOpe I am not coming down w/something.

Had to go take ex-dh to pharmacy to big up more drugs! and then some groceries as he is running out of food - dd will help me. Dh going jamming/practice tonight so just little ds and I and I guess I shall probably go to bed early tonight again!


P.S. My cruise buddy Ray from Vegas has sent me MORE GIFTS (froufies really love presents) - a CD of Wicked (wow it's great!) and a movie cd of a travelogue show of Italy (I have a special fondness and wish to visit Venice) along with a $15 starbucks gift card to 'keep me warm" - he is so sweet (I think he is in love with me! tee hee) - also called me last weekend - but left message as I was not home. I guess I shall have to call him back to say thank you (I did send a lovely thank you email already!)

11-03-2006, 04:54 PM
Yuck! NOT GOOD! :hug: I hope you're better soon.

I'm home early because I ran into a snag -- and the person who needed to fix it had already left as well. I'll be back there at 7 tomorrow morning and hopefully they will too. If not, I will move on to something else.

I'm making chili right now, and will make some Jiffy cornbread later on. I think Judd will be home around 4 or so. Tomorrow morning he has a charity bike ride in the morning, then I am hoping that in the afternoon we can get some housework done.

What's everybody doing this weekend?

11-03-2006, 05:47 PM
Hey Chicks! Just stopping in between lunch/shopping and movie/dinner! Lunch was great and I was very good. The shopping trip was quite successful. Four new White Sox World Series winter fleece shirts/sweatshirts for Jim for christmas. He bought something for me but I couldn't see what it was.

Sandra, that's horrible about your tickets. I would be very upset too. I hope you get it straightened out easily today. I can't wait to hear how Curtis likes his water aerobics! Try not to overeat today. It won't help. Easy for me to say...huh? Now if I could only practice what I preach!

Frouf, could you have food poisoning? What did you eat for lunch yesterday? It certainly sounds like it came on too quickly to be a bug. I hope you're feeling better by now. Your cruise buddy sounds like a doll. I'm SO jealous that you got the Wicked CD before I did! I have it on my Christmas list.

Kathy, I hope you enjoy your afternoon. What a nice break for you!

I think I'll be finishing cleaning this weekend and maybe doing a cleaning project or two. I try to stay home on the weekends since all the stores are too crowded.

Gotta go fix my face and hair and sit down for a few minutes. We're leaving at about 4:15.

Have a great night!

11-03-2006, 09:40 PM
Hi All:

Just a quick hello. I'm very tired tonight, but we had a great private dance lesson to work on our wedding dance. I think that Doyle likes these private lessons more than the group...much more expensive but you get all the attention and actually learn a lot quickly. had food poisoning, I'm sure. It doesn't take long to come on. I went to a very fancy place in Ottawa and was sick before I was half-way through my steak. The most common reason is cross-contamination in the easy to do. I really suggest that you let the restaurant know. Not to upset them so much as to let them know that something went wrong in their kitchen. Most good places want to know.

Sandra, good luck with those tickets...upsetting for sure.

I haven't been so good on the plan these last two days...too tired, too stress :stress: but, tonight we went to an Italian restaurant and I had soup and salad with only one small slice of bread and one glass of red wine. Considering all of the tempations of creamy this and that, I was pleased that I found my restraint.

Talk to you manana!


11-04-2006, 12:12 AM
Rhonda, every day all we can do is be as good as we can be and try not to beat ourselves up about it. I'm going to look for some good books on emotional eating. I'm determined to conquer this bad habit!

Good Night Chicks! I'm off to shop with my Sister at 10:00 in the morning tomorrow with a girls' lunch out. We are going to an event at my library where all the home party companies will be there without having to have a home party. Yes, PC will be there, Gold Canyon Candle, Tupperware, Tastefully Simple, Avon, and some others that I had never heard of. Should be fun. I'm after some Gold Canyon Candles. I just LOVE them.

11-04-2006, 09:34 AM
Good Morning Chicks! Have a great day. I'm off to shower and eat breakfast. See you all later.

11-04-2006, 09:47 AM
Forgot to tell you all that last night I watched a DVR of Oprah and Dr. Oz was on. He has a new book called YOU: On a Diet. It sounded EXACTLY like Core. I think I'm going to take it out of the library. Maybe I'll see how much it is on Amazon. I need to work on getting my waist size down. Yikes!

11-04-2006, 10:04 AM
Good Morning:

Yes, Vickie, it really is emotional eating. I'm getting better at "controlling" it, instead of the other way around. I can't quite understand eating that dry, commercially baked, tasteless cookie just because I'm bored in a meeting!

Another diet that is very similar to Core is the GI diet. I have two books by Rick Gallop, published by Random House, Canada.

I've got another busy day but this one is more for fun thank goodness. A long-time friend has arranged a dinner for us tonight. It won't be Core but I'll be modest. She is another friend who gained about 50 pounds during a very unhappy period and then lost it the good 'ole way by calorie restiction and exercise. She looks fabulous and feels much better.

Have a great day everyone!


11-04-2006, 02:44 PM
...should have said that her "good 'old way" also included eating mostly Core foods....

11-04-2006, 03:30 PM
Hi everyone. It seems like its been ages since I've posted. I've tried to read daily to keep up, but that was tough. It was a long week. Work has been a bear. I had a very upsetting meeting with - hmm, what should I call him, I don't report to him but he is the same level as my boss and I meet with him weekly. Anyway, the weekly meeting was going well at least I thought, but then he started in on how he questions my committment to the company. I was blown away - I have been with this company for 16 years, have worked my way up to mgmt and busted my butt along the way. When Sarah was born I was able to come back 4 days a week - taking a 20% paycut, without any reduction in my responsibilities. Unfortunatly I let my emotions get the better of me and I did get upset. Hate when that happens. I had responses to all of his acusatioins. He ever asked what I do for the company on my day off! Even now I get upset thinking about it. UGH! I need to confront my boss next week and ask him if he thinks the same. Any hoo - that was my week!

On top of all that Sarah is still coughing. I took her to the DR this morning since her cough has not let up for 2 weeks. She has a minor double ear infection and slight bronchitis. The DR was great, he said if her lungs were clear he would not give her anything, but since they are not she is on amoxicillan for 10 days. He also told me a good cough suppressent to give her. So she is now sleeping after getting one dose of both.

Sandra - how is Texas? I hope its still nice and warm. Good luck on the tournament

Frouf - hope your feeling better. It does sound like food poisioning to me. Take it easy -- remember the brat diet for upset tummys - bananas, rice, apples and toast.

Rhonda - glad to hear the dancing lessons are going well. Not much longer now!

Vickie - how was the movie? DH and I haven't been in ages. We need to start going regularly for date nights.....hmmm, haven't I said that before???

Kathy - I hope your day wasn't too long at work today. I've got a boat load of stuff I brought home with me that I need to look at this weekend. At least I can bring things home and not have to go in. Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

Well, thats it for now. I'll stop back later. I think we are in for the night considering DD not feeling well. Hmmm, chinese???

Take care.

11-04-2006, 03:36 PM
Not sure if this will work -- here is my halloween spooky spider! (maybe)

11-04-2006, 05:23 PM
Wow - Paula - love your litle spider! So cute! And what an awful meeting you had to go thru- do you know what brought that on? I would think they should be 'kissing your feet' and not questioning your commitment - is there anyone you can complaint to about this guy?

Vickie - hope you had a fun fun time!

Kathy - how was the chili? Hope you are not working too hard!

Rhonda - at this rate the 2 of you will be gliding gracefully along the dance floor at your wedding - it will be very impressive!

Yes - does sound like food poisoning - and I think I shall call and let them know? It was too bad cuz the food was sooo yummy - I was really enjoying that steak (and I don't think I hav eaten steak in months!) and was so sorry that I started to feel so sick!!! I am feeling much better today!

As for the Wicked Cd - is it wonderful - I just wish I knew more of the story - I am trying to piece it together from the songs but it's a bit tough - might do an internet search to see what I can find!

So this morning dh and I (dragging along little ds) went to this $25 seminar at the local hospital/heart institute about nutrition and exercising - something we really really need! (we are on their mailing list as dh and I attended some of their 'cholesterol' info meetings when dh was diagnosed with hi cholesterol last year). It was very informative - and I am using it as a motivator to get back on track! I even got one of the pedometers they had on sale (altho I am having a heck of a time getting it adjusted properly - very sensitive) - to check on and increase my walking. We also did calculations on # of calories needed (based on each person's height, weight and age).

the basic premise is of course to move - but very incrementally - for instance if you are sedentary - all they first encourage is at least 60 minutes of life activity per day - not necessarily exercise in the traditional sense - but what we do every day - such as walking, groceries, laundry, mowing/raking, etc. that is the first and minimal step. If you are doing this - or once you have established this consistently - then you are supposed to add exercise to your leisure time - eg. yoga class, or walking outside for exercise, swimming, dancing, other sports - again not super intense - but enough to burn calories and get some aerobic benefit. Last stage is called 'endurance exercise' - given you are doing the above and have gotten all the health benefits of exercising - you now work that much hard to increase your stamina and get the fitness benefits of having a toned, fit body!

So here I am tweaking my pedometer with the plan to take some baseline measurements this week - e.g. if you are already doing 4000 steps per day (averaged over the week) you may wish to make the committment to bring it up to 5000 per day - and so on. Not a bad plan - and one I think I can manage?

Goal today is to eat better and NOT have any more of the LO hallowe'en candy all over the place!

Cold and gray here today - dh and I may be taking little ds to movie tonight (flushed away) - dd w/her dad, and big ds at the Thirst Toad pub tonight - working some band/concert promotion.



11-04-2006, 06:12 PM
hi there, chickies. i couldn't get here yesterday cuz we were busy running in circles. my eating was all right. today's all right, too; i just need to exercise. after the tournament today we stopped by the w a place but it was closed. we'll be joining tomorrow or monday. i told curtis, "no more excuses!" he's agreeing.

we shot this am at the first sywat (shoot your way across texas). curtis shot well. he and i tied scores. i am shooting longbow tomorrow. today was good. we enjoyed seeing the folks. same for tomorrow. my scores will be going up from today's. this is our baseline. curtis shot his average but i didn't. i made a few lucy erroros. we're shooting at kaufman next weekend. that'll be fun. we like going to different archery venues. (that's why they call if "sywat.")

vickie, i'm interesting in hearing what you thought of the movie. sounds like you're back to being "our vickie" again. makes me smile. i'll be watching for your wi monday. i know it's going to be good.

frouf, i hope you're feeling better by now. this is not a good way to lose weight. gifts? i love them, too. i am behind. have you decided on your next cruise?

kathy, i missed you today. it's probably good you didn't come. it was hot and crowded. i'm shooting my longbow there tomorrow. that will be a hoot. i hope i hit the target most of the time.

rhonda, i think you did well at the italian place. i am proud of you. (as always) i'm also getting excited about seeing you and doyle do your dance.

i got the tickets situation repaired. not too much static. i just threatened to cancel payment with the cc.

i'll be back in a sec. i'm doing laundry and my timer's beeping.

11-04-2006, 06:27 PM
hi, paula. i'm sorry sarah isn't feeling well. and that meeting!?! that's a lot of nerve asking what you do for the job on your day off. i'd be livid. keep a handle on the eating, though. you know it won't help any to have over indulging. O

(i'm a good one to talk, aren't i?)

the clothes are in the dryers. i have a few minutes to kill before i'm needed to unload them. life is good.

11-04-2006, 08:43 PM
Hey Chicks! I'm home and I'm beat! I had a great day. I'm making dinner now. I know...I know...7:00 is late to eat dinner but we stay up until 11 or 12. I'm pooped so I know I won't be back until morning to catch up. I'll tell you all about it later.

11-04-2006, 09:45 PM
i'm exhausted, too. curtis and i are both crashing tonight. seems we've been on the go since we left montana.

we walked almost 50 minutes today. it feels good to get some exercise.

11-05-2006, 11:21 AM