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Old 10-15-2006, 10:32 AM   #1
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Thumbs up Weekly Core Chat Thread for Week Of October 15-21, 2006

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Talking Good Morning Chicks!

Yesterday was just crazy!

We got Cameo her shot from the emergency Vet. She really isn't moving well today and it's so bad that we are not going to take her back for the shot today. The shot goes in the muscle so maybe she's just had too many in a row. We decided we'll wait until Monday and go back to the regular Vet. She eating but seems very upset. Our pet sitters came last night to walk Cassie and they always check on Cameo. I wanted them to leave her alone but apparently they didn't. I think they upset her because she had an accident on the floor. We are thinking that we've cured or nearly cured the pneumonia but that the cancer is still making her sick. We know our days are numbered with our kitty.

Our evening with Cindy and Doug could not have been more wonderful. They both were really tired but we had a lot of laughs about silly things we've done together over the years. After the first few tense moments we just had fun. Jim and I bought them a fabulous steak dinner that was enjoyed by all. I can't cure her so we all medicated with food. I actually ate Core but went a trifle past satisfied. After dinner we went back to the house and she took her scarf off. I know she was a bit nervous. I told her she has a nice head and we laughed. Now she doesn't have to be self conscious about it anymore. I got two great hugs and I told her that I hope the next time I see her in person we are having a post-transplant celebration. If all goes well, the transplant can be as early as the week before Thanksgiving. She has the brightest spririt and the most optimsitic personality of anyone I have ever known. She is good through and through and I wish I was more like her. That's why I cry so much during Wicked during the For Good song because it makes me think of our friendship.

Anywhooo....I'll probably be sorry that I have that steak in my tummy when I go to weigh in tomorrow but that's ok. I'll go as light as I can today.

Now...finally....let me go catch up with all of you!
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Sandra, I am SO sorry for the loss of your MIL. I'm thankful that she seems to have gone peacefully. Sometimes, it's all we can hope for. I wish I could be there to give you and Curtis a huge bunch of hugs . Just try to be as good as you can on program. It's going to be very hard for you for the next couple of days. It made me smile when you talked about 30 points being so high. That's what I'm allowed every day on Flex! Congratulations on your archery contracts. How exciting that an 11/12 fit perfectly! I agree with whomever suggested alterations on the brown dress. If you love the dress, why not? That kitty story you told me was amazing! I told Jim and he was shocked!

Frouf, I just read about your MIL's behavior at Thanksgiving. I know how you feel about your own Mom. I would have felt the same way. Has DH heard anything more about the new job? I'm so very glad to hear that you are getting help at work AND that your car is paid off! Woo Hoo!!! I hope someone takes over the gym. I had one close completely once and I never got any money back nor did I have a place to exercise. As for the cruise, my vote is for you to go....absolutely go....and sign up soon before you have buyers regret when all the window cabins are gone! I hope you are having a great breakfast with your GF right at this very moment. Can we pretty please with pink frosting on top see some of your cruise pictures? I still don't know what you look like!

Melissa, I sure hope you are feeling better by now and that your party last night was a huge successful venture. Did you ever figure out why you had the hives?

Paula, I'm so glad you enjoyed your pampering. I think all Moms should do this more. RICE is rest, ice, compression, and elevation. I'm wrapping it every day and resting and elevating it as much as my life will allow me. I still haven't iced it even though it makes it feel better. I'm much better at taking care of other people. How was the circus? Did Sarah enjoy it?

Angela, what's new? How'd the bread baking go? It is one of my fondest memories that I have with my Big Sister. I bet your girls will still be talking about it when they are 50...just like me! How's your program going. I need some inspiration.

Jennifer, where are you? We haven't heard from you in a while. I was thinking about you when former White Sox great Magglio Ordonez sent the Tigers to the World Series last night. How exciting was that? I was tearing up a bit just watching. I want the AL Central to win the WS again.

Rhonda, I'm just going back through the whole thread for last week. You sound SO determined and motivated. I just know you are going to be successful. I'm convinced that success can come partially from not just giving up after a slip or two but rather from just getting right back on program at the next meal. You are doing great. Did you get those papers graded and reports done?

Kathy, huge congratulations to Shaun! You must be very proud. And also congratulations to your Brother. I hope the adoption goes through for them this time. I'm relieved to hear that your Mom is recovering well. Lots of good news in your life.

Vivian, great job on getting almost all of your gain back off so quickly. Often it takes more than one week.

Yawaii, Welcome to our little corner of the world! How are you doing on program?

Barb, Welcome to you too! How's it going? I need to hear some Core success stories. Please share!

Elana, I hope you didn't hurt yourself too badly. I'm still suffering for my insane pool exercise. The Doctor says probably at least two more weeks for me.

Ok chicks.....I'm finally caught up. I'm going to go eat breakfast and make a menu thread. I wish the Core lurkers would at least post a menu even if they don't want to post on the chat thread. I could use some inspiration.
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A couple of weeks ago, Jennifer shared a recipe for Diet Coke Sloppy Joes that she had yet to try. Well, I tried it last week and the were OUTSTANDING! I served them with oven fries and paid a couple of points for some light hambruger buns from Jewel. We cannot wait to have them again. I posted the recipe in our recipe file since it had just previously been in a chat thread. You guys have got to try them. You will not be disappointed and I'm sure they are very kid friendly.
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We are big Manwich fans and I know Judd would love the DCSJ's. (Love that acronym!)

Vickie, I hesitate to even ask because I know how busy you are, but I'm getting into Milwaukee like around 9:30 Thursday morning. I don't have to be to dinner with the other parents that night until 7:00. If you have even 30 minutes, I would love to come somewhere to meet you and Jim. I know that things are so crazy with you right now between the different appointments, Cameo and Cassie's issues ... but I will have a car and can even come just right down to your area so you wouldn't have to be gone from home very long. Think about it and let me know, and if it doesn't work out, then we'll do it another time. Shaun is staying in Great Lakes for his "A" school instead of going to Pensacola so I believe he'll be there for the next six months.

We are having rain. I know most of you are sick of it, but it's our first in months and it's really good coverage. We need it so much.

Okay, I just got ran out of the family room; TLC was replaced by football on the big-screen. I'll move my operation to the bedroom and will be back later.
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Geez, Kathy, it's so crazy here right now and I'm SO distracted with worry about the cat that I'm really reluctant to plan anything. It really does seem like she's fading today. I really want her to make it until her regular Vet is available tomorrow. I really don't want to have to get treatment from an emergency vet that we don't know.

Jim has an Eye Specialist appointment on Thursday at 10:30. It's his once a year diabetic checkup and I know he has a spiffy test or two that they'll do. It's great that Shaun is staying in Chicago. I love it here. Maybe we can meet another time when I'm not so distracted and upset?
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Sure thing. I know these things that are going on now are very important and I understand completely. I'm pretty sure that for future visits, I'll have more notice and maybe it'll come at a much better time.

Emergency vets are (IMO) not the best. When Bridge had that issue with his tail last May (because Bindy chased him and took a little bite out of his backend) we had to take him late Saturday night to the ER. $400 later we were home and his tail was bandaged. When we took him to the regular vet on Monday morning, they said all that extra stuff was totally unnecessary; they were a little irritated that the emergency vet had done that to us. I don't think we'll ever go to the ER again unless it's DIRE.

I think I'll be bringing an empty suitcase, then going to Trader Joe's and stocking up on the things I can't get here, like good edamame, some FF cheeses, and NSA sauces. There's also a good snack bar that someone on the Whole Foods site mentioned ... I think it was a Clif Nectar Bar with dark chocolate and walnuts. Walnuts were mentioned in the news last week as being the most beneficial source of healthy oil:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/6036409.stm

A study that compared the health benefits of walnuts and olive oil "demonstrates that the protective fat from walnuts actually undoes some of the detrimental effects of a high-saturated-fat diet, whereas a neutral fat, such as olive oil, does not have as much protective ability."

Tests showed that both the olive oil and the walnuts helped to reduce the sudden onset of harmful inflammation and oxidation in arteries that follows a meal high in saturated fat.

Over time, this is thought to cause the arteries to start to harden - and increase the risk of heart disease and stroke.

However, unlike olive oil, adding walnuts also helped preserve the elasticity and flexibility of the arteries, regardless of cholesterol level.


The bars are 160 calories, with 6 gm of fat and 6 gm of fiber. My calculator is at work but it seems like a doable snack, of reasonable points value, that would really be satisfying. If it scratches that chocolate itch, then it would be worth it to spend the whole days' worth of points allowance.

It is POURING here! YAY! I moved the broccoli, lettuce and cabbage into the rain a little while ago but just now had to move it back under the patio cover because it was getting too much water. I had new blooms on the zucchini plant this morning so am happy about that. The romaine is growing nicely and I even ate some of it the other day. I still need to thin it out and put about half of it into a bigger pot. It's getting crowded.

Now I have to go to Kohls to see if I can find a blouse to wear on Friday. I have a pair of black pants and boots, but need a top. I've given away all of last year's winter clothes because they were too big so I'm trying to restock the closet.
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Thanks for understanding, Kathy. I'm really bummed out right now.
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Absolutely no problem at all. You'd better believe if it was one of mine going thru the same things, I'd be upset too. That's the job of a good mom -- whether it be baby or furbaby.
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hi there. it's rainy and cool here today. this is a laid back day for all of us. i guess you could call it a recuperation day. our nephew/niece just left to drive out to the old homeplace with their bro/wife. they'll be back later tonight. curtis and i are getting ready to watch some football.

confession--i am not op. i started out that way but have plunged into the bowels of chocolate. i just ate half a hershey bar and a big spoonful of peanut butter. i have haystacks cooling on the countertop. i'm thinking the fiber one will at least make my chocolate and pb into a healthier snack. tomorrow is another day. today i'm sitting down and eating with dignity. tomorrow i'm doing the same but will do it op-style.

kathy, i'm glad shaun passed everything. he needs some positive things going his way, doesn't he? this sounds like a very good experience for him.

rhonda, that dress isn't going to work no matter what we do to it. the color looks awful on me. the black one i got from ebay is nice, but it's really not me. i guess i have learned now that i can't always shop on ebay and get what i want.

i may get our niece to go to the mall with me tomorrow. i need some black shoes and now a new dress for rhonda's wedding. i'm going to go try on a few and see if i find the perfect one. that will help me

get back op. i'm not mad at myself yet today and i'm trying to stay that way. it's easier to tell someone else not to beat themselves up over overeating than it is to practice it ourselves. am i right?
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Sandra, I'm SO proud of you for confessing. It's good cleansing. You'll start again tomorrow with me. I've been ok today but not great.

We had to take Cameo to the emergency Vet. She is failing. It seems she's lost all or most of her vision and is paralyzed on the left side. The ER Vet seems to think it may be a reaction to the Baytril. Regardless, she is keeping her overnight for observation and is going to give her things to break her fever. It was quite high and she hadn't eaten today. Jim and I have cried and prepared ourselves for the worst. We've already told them that if she takes a turn for the worse that we want/need to be there with her. They are only about 10 minutes away. I can call to check on her whenever I want.

We are to pick her up at 7:00 tomorrow morning and take her directly to our regular Vet for examination. Then we'll decide if there is anything that can be done for her.

I have a raging headache and I'm exhausted. I'm not sure when I'll be back tomorrow.
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That doesn't sound good, Vickie, but you're doing the best that you can for her right now. It sounds like your ER vet is doing a good job even though I'm sure you'll be glad to get her to the regular one.

I hope you can get some rest tonight.
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vickie, i'm so sorry about cameo. i hope she isn't in pain. i'm here for you if you need me.
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Hi All:

Vickie: Sorry to hear that poor Cameo is failing. We'll hope that she has a peaceful night and that you and Jim get some rest.

Sandra, you'll be back OP soon. And the only dress you should wear is the one in which you feel fantastic...that goes for all of us. If you don't feel good in it, pass it on to someone else!

Hope everyone has a good night.

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Sandra - my condolences to you and Curtis on the loss of his mother - I hope you are both able to comfort each other - neve rmind about the chocolate and peanut butter! Hugs to both of you!

Vickie - poor you and Jim - sorry to hear about Cameo's failing health - I can only imagine your heartache - hang in there and be strong! Hugs to both of you too!

Kathy - congrats to Shaun for passing all his tests and moving on to the next step - I bet you are all so happy for him - and I know you can't wait to see him graduate!

Rhonda - how are you doing? I am hoping some of that movtivation and determination will rub off on me!

Had a wonderful breakfast w/my gf and we got caught up and I shared all my cruise pics and stories with her! She works in high tech but is a very creative sort (knitting, smocking, scrapbooking) but her latest endeavour it seems is her favorite! Her son is engaged to be married next october and they asked her to do the wedding cake - and taking this very seriously she is taking all sorts of cake decorating courses and is making the most amazing cake creations imaginable! I asked (and offered to pay ) her to maybe bake a cake for dd's birthday (nov 22) and of course she agreed (no $$ either!). She does a princess cake - with a tiara on a pillow - magnificent - and the other cute one looks like a purse/makeup bag w/cosmetics all around - dd has asked if she can make a 'present' cake wrapped in a bow which I'm sure she can do (in purple and green no less). I can't wait to see it!

After breakfast off to do groceries - then take dd to dance rehearsal - then to Starbucks to pick up coffee for work where I ran into Sherri (toronto gf's sister) so we had a nice chat - never made it to the library (yet again)...back to pick up dd and listen to the 'parents meeting' re fundraising and competiion in April in Niagara Falls! Yippee..then home to eat - then to movie w/dh and now back home dreading going to work tomorrow! I hate mondays!

As for the cruise - I am entertaining quotes and examining cancellation policies - no suitable cabin on the inventory yet - I may have to call cruise line and make inquiries if I am super serious! (and yes I have confirmed cruiseline policy of full refund up to 91 days prior to departure - which is around end of July!).

...and my ex is having back surgery on wed - and they actually make him leave hospital on thursday - yes I agree to pick him up - take him to dr appt and then home (his sister is coming in from Montreal for a couple of days)...then ds will stay with him on the weekend - and I have also offered to pick up groceries if required - yes I feel so bad for him as he has no one to help him out - altho dh of course is not impressed!

Guess I should go get some beauty sleep?

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