I know I've been missing in action since mid last week BUT... I've still been keeping tabs on all of you!!!! BAAAHAHAHAHAAA *evil laugh* REALLY THOUGH, my mind has been racing with thoughts of what I'm going to do with my life if I get a rejection letter in the mail from grad school next week and I've gotta tell you... I've come up with some GREAT IDEAS! My crazy, keeping-my-spirits-up thoughts involve starting my own business. The details have to remain hush-hush for now but I WILL say it involves my love of psychology, my interest in women's issues and the fact I've shed almost 130 pounds in the last year! Nuff said...
Baylee... Ehm. I THINK a porn bot, something that spams people and sites with porn, gets it's name from "robot"... ya know, pornbot. I think...
Tina... Hope your meloncholy mood has lifted! If it hasn't though... feel free to get stuff off your chest here! That's what friends are for!
J-Ann... I will excuse your being AWOL this once (since I was also AWOL)!
I also wanted to mention that I went shopping at an awesome outlet mall about 20 minutes from my house yesterday. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE being able to shop wherever I want now... and get AMAZING deals!!!! WOOHOOO!!!
Here's the scoop:
I bought six pairs of *nice* underwear for $2 each!
An awesome bra for $12
A short skirt (for the summer) for $5
A funky sweater that I love for $15 (a medium)
AND... the most amazing jeans for $20 (size 7!!!!!)
The TOTAL cost for all those things is LESS than I used to have to pay for one pair of pants!!! Isn't that incredible!? Shopping, as I've already mentioned, is SUCH a different experience now! It's invigorating! I feel like dancing in the changerooms... and I have!!!!
Sara.... it is so good to see you again. Your "spirit" gleaming in here is surely missed. Don't get so busy helping others that you don't have time to come help US. !!!!! LOL
After all..... WE saw you first.
Tina.... We love and appreciate you here.
We have all been through those mood swings. Just remember... "This too shall pass" I agree with I think it was Baylee who said... "Get out of the house". Sometimes we just have to cry our way to the other side and sometimes we have to "Fake it till we make it".
Last night I was sort of where you are (or were).
I posted my happy exercise post here... went to another site to share my good news there too... and ended up crying and bareing my soul. Now what was up with that ??????
I was crying my eyes out. LOL I can laugh now... but last night I thought I was a loon.
Sandy... next time don't bother driving 2 hours to rollerskate....
Just put on your "ice" skates and stay in your own neighborhood. LOL
J-ann... good to see you are not lost. I need to stuff this computer in a closet for a couple of weeks too and get my affairs in order. I still have not done my taxes, and I really need to find the reciepts for some furniture I bought that needs repaired. If I keep procrastinating it will off of warranty.
Kat... weren't you the one who wrote "porn BOT" ???
Inquiring minds want to know. LOL
I remember I used to write a friend and everytime I wrote "LOL" she thougt I meant "Lots of love". Well needless to say it never made much sense to her because to me LOL stood for Laugh out loud" LOL
Lucky... I knew you would come out to give your love to Tina. You are soooo sweet. I will have to remember your soft heart and use it to my advantage to manevuer you in here more often.
Jen... don't worry about your neighbors below will think.
They will just think you are getting a big n tastey.
Glad you got your computer back. Now work on getting that exercising back too.
That catches me up to the last time I replied to everyone. Whew
So if your name was not on here tonight ... get your butts back in here and POST. PLEASE
I posted this as a thread of it's own but if some of you are like me... you don't get to keep up with all the threads that go by in a day.
Some of you may already know this hint but I just discovered it tonight.
I spent forever copying and pasting recipes from a thread about Hot Wings. Then I saw at the bottom where it said "Show printable version" .
WELL... if you print the "Printable" version you still have to print out photos and graphics such as signatures. It takes up a LOT of wasted space and paper. Those photos and grapics can be big and numerous.
I discovered if you want to print text only.... hit "reply" button and then all of the graphics and photos are gone.
They still have the little smilies... but they don't take up too much space.
You can print that entire page as is but you will still have the reply box OR you can copy and paste only the posts as a whole. Then you eliminate the repy box too.
Hope it helps someone. I am sure glad I figured it out.
It will save me so much time and paper.
I'm sorry I've not been around ladies, my house got crazy over the weekend, and trust me, I not only fell off the wagon, but I think it ran me over a few times. Gah, shows you I really do need support. So I guess this again is a fresh start to me. I hate myself right now, I did so well all last week, well most of the week, then one stressful situation and blew it. And to top everything off with, I have Jury Duty. Talk about a bad way to start the week. ::sighs:: I just feel so bad ladies, I dont mean to come here and complain, but I honestly have no where else to go, Well I have to run and get dd off to preschool, and I'm going to try to take a walk before heading to the court house. I hope everyone is haveing a wonderful day.
Nothing Tastes as Good As Being Healthy Feels
I have been so busy that I haven't had time to get in here and post at all. I caught up reading all your posts though!
I just want to say that all you ladies are doing so spectacular.
Sara: There is really nothing like being able to get into smaller sizes. That is why I emphasize that the scales going down is great, but seeing it visually is better. I applaud you and all the hard work!
Sandy: If you are like me, you felt like you were still on roller skates after you took them off. It was always a weird feeling. Glad you got home ok. We have driven on some of those icy roads where it takes hours instead of minutes. It is pretty terrifying.
Tina: My sweety, there is a very good explanation for your being blue and it is called being a woman. Sometimes it is just the pits because you can't put your finger on the problem, but chin up it will pass and until it does, remember we love you!!
Baylee: I have a brother and sil that used to do the same thing with their nasty Scottie. This dog must have weighed 40 lbs, barked incessantly and peed and pooed in the house. They would disregard everything you said. We lived in a pet free apartment complex before we moved to Memphis and they would bring it into the apartment even though they knew pets were not allowed. All the siblings complained but they ignored it. The last holiday they were at our apartment, I told him that Shaker had to stay home and he brought him and said he forgot so I told him to chain it up outdoors. Made the sil mad, but who cares. Like you said it IS YOUR house.
J-Ann: We have missed seeing you! It is good to see you post.
2cute: Thanks for the tip about printing! I have missed talking with you the last few days. I had a solution for the carpet...my husband did them!
Mary and Michelle: I have missed you too. It is surprizing how much you have all come to mean to me!
Kat: I just recently had Calf rolls sushi and really liked it. I have to be honest and say I didn't think I would, but if you can handle the stickiness of the rice, the flavor is good.
Thin: Keeps us informed about your Murder Mystery weekend. Jack and I planned one for last year and had to cancel so I will be anxious to see what you think.
Crystal and Lucky: Hello to you and hope you are staying op!
Jen: I am sure your neighbors would have a problem with new ceiling decor (2 legs hanging down into their living room)!
Well, I am doing fine Op. I have not let my cookie slip bother me. Jack took my picture for my March scrapbook page and I have included it below. I compared it to the Feb 1 pic and I can see a difference and that is encouraging.
Well, I have to try and get all the posting done and get a shower.
How are you this fine day? I'm using the word "fine" because I'm hoping that's how my day will end up being. I can't believe I'm about to unload all this mess on you, but maybe it will make me feel better.
The financial situation at my house has been really crappy lately. Well, not actually the "financial situation", but it plays into it.
First of all, we are down to one car. Not to say that we only have one car, but that we only have one we can drive. Does that make any sense? Ok, I have a 1999 Dodge Neon. It's not the greatest car in the world, but other than an oil leak, it is in very good condition and I never have to worry about it. Last year, my hubby had a nice toyota four wheel drive. It was a very nice truck and he traded it. He traded it for a 1969 Impala. I do have to say that the Impala was in awesome condition. The motor had been completely rebuilt and was garage kept. So, his idea was that he would make little additions here and there to it so he could take it to car shows and he would still drive it to work. He has a very safe place to park it at work and there is security there so he wouldn't have to worry about it. SO, the Impala had a small scratch on the front part of the hood and he decided to take it and have it repaired. (he and his dad do this) Well, the paint color they got was not the exact shade, so they decided to paint the whole hood. Well.....then it didn't match the rest of the car, so they thought they would paint the whole thing. Well, one thing has led to another and the whole frappin thing is tore apart now.
Tina.... glad you are here sharing. Talking about our problems really does help even if it doesn't change the problem.
But during our intermission with Tina I will post for everyone's entertainment.
Monday mornings are known for great times to TRY AGAIN so here is a little note from a woman who wrote to me.
She has already lost 200lbs and has about 150 to go. I just want to mention that because it helps to understan where she is coming from.
I have said I was the last Person who believes that I could lose weight, after all I had failed every time. But I just started doing it and not letting Myself worry about Tomorrow, next Week, etc. Just think what You can do Today to make a little change, then Tomorrow think about something to do then. Little victories are what it is all about.
Okay... that is my MONDAY MOTIVATION.
Our little victories add up to BIG LOSSes !!!!
Never underestimate one of your little victories... they are what is going to save our big butts.
I'll explain why I was gone in a minute. Ok, where was I? Oh yeah. So now the car is all apart. The hood is off, both bumpers are off, the trunk is off and the side mirrors are off. Now, with the weather being as it has, (all rainy & cold ) they can't paint it because the paint won't dry. So, his dad got this great idea. They would buy this little junk car for him to drive around (cost $400) until the Impala was painted. So they did. This little crappy 1983 Toyota. It was real beat up, but the motor seemed ok and he was able to drive it. Notice I used the words was and seemed. It wasn't supposed to be driven over a couple of months anyways. (that was 6 mos ago) So, because the toyota was actually running, this little scratch turned into a brand new paint job for the whole car. Well, in the midst of the project, the toyota motor dies. Now, I'm not the sharpest knife in the drawer, but I'm certainly not putting hundreds of dollars into a car only worth $200 in my opinion. So, we are now down to one car. Now, here's another catch. Dh works 1st shift and his dad works seconds. They are trying to coordinate not only the weather now, but their schedule as well. So....it's not moving quickly. So here's what's happening.
I'm getting up at the butt crack of dawn and all four of us are getting ready. Dh drives me all the way into work (I have to be here at 7:00) and then takes my older one to school. (it's just right up the street) Then he drives my younger one to school. (which is incidently aproximately one mile from our house, but he can't be dropped off till 7:30 because the school doesn't open the doors till then) Then he goes to work. He works 8-4. Ok...with me so far? Ok, good. Now, he leaves work around 11:00 and comes to my work. I clock out, hop in the car and drive him back to work, let him out and then go back to work. Why in God's name do I do that you ask? Ok...here goes. Dh doesn't get off work till 4:30 and I have to have the car at 3:00 when I get off so I can go pick up Trey. Then, after I pick up Trey, I come home for a few minutes, try to get something started on the stove or in the oven and then run back all the way into town to get dh at work. At this rate, just between Sunday and Wednesday, I had already put $30.00 in my gas tank and I drive a neon! And I know you guys are gonna try and help me on this, but there really is no solution other than what we're doing right now. I have to be to work at 7:00. Trey can't be dropped off till 7:30. Dh has to be to work at 8:00. I have to have the car at 3:00. We have looked at this sitation inside, outside and upside down and that's just what we have to do. It's very frustrating. First of all.....I don't need another car. I have a car, it's just unable to be USED!! I am so frustrated. And the worst part, I think, is that dh and his dad don't seem to be focused on getting this done. They seem to think that everything is just fine the way it is and they're taking their own sweet time.
Ok...you guys have no idea how much better it makes me feel to get that off my chest. The reason I left in my last post so abruptly is because dh got here to work and I had to run him back to his. Uggghhhh! Ok. I'm better now. It was also very cloudy, rainy and gloomy yesterday and that certainly didn't help my mood. I know I can always count on you guys to perk me up. Thanks so much. I love you all.
I'm gonna get off here for now because I feel like I've written a book. I would like to say to Lucky though:
Thanks for coming out of your little cubby hole to try to make me feel better. I knew I could count on you. Maybe guilt and begging can get you in here more often. Just kidding. I love you.
Tina: Hey, boy do I know where you are coming from except my husband doesn't touch the car for much. We did that run here and there thing when the Acclaim bit the dust (which is still in the garage because we don't know whether we want to spend a lot having them try and find where the electrical problem is.) At the time I was working, I would get up with dh at 5 am, take him to work at 6, go to my job though I didn't have to be there until 8 and usually got there around 7, took my lunch at 2:30 pm and went and got him, had him take me back to work, then he would go home and come and get me at 5 pm. It was really long days for me as I am sure it is for you also. Running around wears you out! We spent a gazillion dollars as we have a big Grand Marquis that sucks gas like water. I am sorry there is no help just support here. If it makes you feel any better at all, I am kicking the butt of the dh and fil right now....... ( I am working up a head of steam!
Let us know if their is anything we can do to relieve your stress a little!
Good afternoon girls,
Tina, sorry about the car situation, but it does seem that you have no other choice at the moment. But maybe kick your dh and fil in the *** and tell them to get busy that this is stressing you and you don't need it!!! I know (easier said than done!) But good luck to you.
2cute, thats was a nice motivational piece. Sorry I have nothing to add this Monday?
Donna, nice to see you back on the boards. Was this past weekend the weekend you were going away or is that still to come? Boy cleaning carpets cleaning this and that, you really are a clean bean!!! Wish I had half that energy to keep mine clean! You would have a hayday with all the toys in my livingroom and the kids rooms are a total mess, it would probably send you into some kind of fit and they would have to drag you off to the looney bin....
Rayven, just jump right back on the wagon with me!! Here, I will slow the horses down so you can climb on~~~ are you on? Theres always room for more and I will always help you up, so long as when I have a bad day you will help me back up!! I know you will
Sarajoy, did you follow the ww points or what did you do to loose the 130lbs? I really am interested and truth be told I need to loose the initiall 100 I want to plus maybe 50 more to be where I want to be, don't think I was ever there before, well maybe once when I blinked my eyes and 30 more lbs was added. But seriously, I was wondering.