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Old 10-03-2003, 09:21 PM   #16  
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My sister and i weren't close either. As a matter of fact we fought A LOT!!! We are closer now, but I'd still like to be closer! I'm hoping that now she has adopted her son we will move in that direction.
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Old 10-03-2003, 10:06 PM   #17  
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I have always been close to my little sister, but admittedly pretty jealous. I was the moody, introverted one who skipped school, and she was the perfect angel who got good grades and did everything she was supposed to, so she got all of the attention, and I always resented that. Now we have more of a relationship, though, and it helps that we belly dance together. We get a lot of good conversation on the way to the studio and on the way home, and I feel like I'm starting to really get to know her. Although I do still envy the relationship she has with my dad, they're so close, but between him and me it's always been awkward.

About SAD, I was diagnosed with clinical depression in the winter when I was 15. In the spring, it seemed to go away, so I went off my meds. The only time it comes back is at night or on dark, gloomy days. So I think I may have been misdiagnosed, but I'm not sure. I know that I don't feel like I have the energy to move, I don't care about getting anything done, I don't feel like smiling, and I feel completely gloomy and sapped. Sun lamps help a little, but nothing beats natural sunlight. *sigh* I'm in for a long winter!
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Old 10-04-2003, 09:28 AM   #18  
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My sister and I are VERY close. She is my best friend. Our parents died in the same year when we were 17 and 18 and I can't imagine getting thru a day without her. Although we couldn't be more different people, like night and day. And boy have we had our share of fights. But we are always there for one another no matter what.

I truely believe she suffers from SAD. And depression is a part of MS. So I wish that she would talk to her Dr. about meds but she is one stubborn I jsut got her one of those tan in a can thingys maybe that will help alittle but you're right I think we are in for a long winter.
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Old 10-04-2003, 10:02 AM   #19  
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Oh my gosh... gone for three days and I'm LOST!
I'll catch up with all of you later, but:

Squeak... glad to hear you're going to see The Boy. Please don't lose your head. I love you.

SAD? Huh. Tell me about it. My depression drugs definitely help with it, but I still get a whallop of down-time with this type of weather. Although I could say the same for very hot weather...
Cerise, try to get out of the house, even in this weather. A brisk walk will do you the world of good.

Den, I hope you only ate ONE of those cookies.

Gotta run... love and hugs to all...
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Old 10-04-2003, 10:14 AM   #20  
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YUP!! ONE, and a bunch of chocolate covered almonds.....oog.....
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Old 10-04-2003, 10:16 AM   #21  
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Oh, no! That's what I ate yesterday, too! (found a bulk food store)
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Old 10-04-2003, 02:00 PM   #22  
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Hey, one of the reasons I take my dance class on Saturday mornings in the fall/winter is so that I have a reason to get out of bed and get my butt in gear -otherwise I would be sleeping until noon or 1 p.m. and then be mad that I wasted the day away.
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Old 10-04-2003, 11:34 PM   #23  
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Squeak - have you got a long distance relationship?

I did good today, until dinner came along. Rice...about a cup - or a cup and a half of it, with japanese sauce on it... I have completely sucked at eating since Rob has been in Holland. Loneliness? Or is it just that the cat is away??

Tomorrow, another hour on the treadmill!
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Old 10-05-2003, 08:55 AM   #24  
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It's amazing how many of us are affected by SAD....yep, me too. Have any of you tried full-spectrum light bulbs? I swear they help, at least I've convinced myself that they do. I put them in all of my lamps when winter starts rolling in. What a naturopathic doctor told me to do is to let the light from these bulbs directly hit your eyeballs each day (several times a day if you can). That means no glasses, contacts, etc....just naked eyes. So I sit each morning and evening with naked eyes right next to a lamp with the full-spectrum bulbs....don't look directly at the light of course, but just let it reach your eyes. I have no windows where I work either, so once winter sets in I pretty much don't see the light of day.

Sisters.....my sister and I are very different from each other too, and we weren't friends growing up either. She was always the social butterfly, outgoing and gregarious, the "pretty one", and I was responsible, more introverted, the "smart one".....and we each resented each other. We fought all the time....I'm surprised we're not both bald from the hair-pulling fights we used to have!! But we are closer now....I think not living together helps!

Squeak, I don't mean to pry (so you don't have to tell me if you don't want to), but who is "the boy"? He sounds like someone very special in your life.

I've been away from the board for a while, and I really did miss you guys!!! I've had some significant stress in my life these past few weeks, and just didn't have the energy or time to stop in here. Remember our discussion of toxic people a few weeks ago? Well, I've come to the conclusion that my toxic person (who BTW is also a toxic person to a lot of other people at work too) is seriously mentally ill and needs some help. The past 3 weeks at work have been , partly due to a major project that was being implemented, and partly due to Miss Toxic Waste. She pulled some major crap that seriously affected me and another coworker. Our manager and Human Resources ended up getting involved, and it culminated in a meeting with the Toxic One, me and the other coworker and HR, where she basically said that what she did was wrong and she doesn't know why she did what she did. She did say that she is working on changing some behaviors. Maybe this will be a positive thing in the end, but it has not been fun at all these past few weeks. I almost quit my job, then decided that I wasn't going to let her drive me away, I can't give her that power over me.

Anyway....I'm back!!
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Old 10-05-2003, 10:06 AM   #25  
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Welcome back Twodog! Sorry things haven't been wonderful. Good luck with the Toxic one. It sounds like there maybe some hope. And you are right about quiting!

Welcome back Ellis!!!! Did you have fun on your trip? I love you too. All the stuff last year will prevent me from getting in over my head again.

Jennifer - It is easier to eat OP when someone else is around.

Mauvais - What's wrong with sleeping until 1pm? I can't anymore but that used to be one of my favorite things to do.

Den - Did DS bring any of the cookies home? Or at least promise not to make them any more?


Sis#1 (23) and I never got along until just over a year ago, after her son was born. We had a few fist fights, and lots of screaming matches when we were teenagers. She has mellowed quite a bit. Sis#2 (16) and I have always gotten along. Probably because we are 9 year apart.

The boy is my best friend, who was my ex-boyfriend first. But we also had a fling last year, that lasted longer then we had actually dated. It didn't end very well. But our friendship is too strong and meant too much, so after a few rocky months, we became close again. In July, he moved across the country. I hate that he is that far away. I also know if he lived closer and we were both single (which we are), we would have a little something going again. I also know we will never end up in a long term dating relationship. The distance is too much, and we want very different things out of life.
We do care about each other a great deal. We also miss each other a lot. We talk on the phone, email, or are on IM almost everyday. We have only known each other for 4 years, but it feels like forever sometimes.
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Old 10-05-2003, 10:31 AM   #26  
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Good morning. I figured I'd better get my butt in here before you kick me out and I lose my Alternachick status.

Life is not particularly exciting these days but I am trying to make the best of it. This afternoon I go to a Red Hat Society "tea" party - usually martinis in china cups! When you reach a certain age, you really don't give a frass about what people think so it should be fun. Some of the members need lessons in not giving a frass but I'm working on it.

Catch you later.
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Old 10-05-2003, 12:06 PM   #27  
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Ruth-Sounds like fun!!! I am imagining tea cups with martini stems on them!!!
Do you wear purple or red hats? I'm learning to not give a frass, and it really is liberating!!

Squeak-DS DID bring some home, and we also have some batter left in the fridge!! EEK!! Well, tomorrow I am BACK on TRACK, so it is now or never for that batter. If it isn't baked today I am throwing it out!!!

2Dog-WOW! What a mess!! At least it all had the right outcome. It is really bad when those types manage to convince the manager that they are right!! At least she was told to back off. You are right about her being ill too. Some people can't seem to help themselves, but that doesn't mean that YOUR life should be messed up!!!

Jennifer-If you knew what I had for dinner last night you would feel virtuous. SERIOUSLY!!!

Mauvais-That is what I do!! (Sleep in and then feel like I wasted the day.....)

Ellis-TOMORROW, YOU AND ME, BACK ON TRACK.

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Old 10-05-2003, 01:24 PM   #28  
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Me too, Ellis and Den! I am vewy afwaid!
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Sounds like a great time Ruth. Have fun!!!!

Step away from the cookies Den!!!
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Old 10-05-2003, 03:22 PM   #30  
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Squeak-HAHAHAHAHA!!! You SHOULD be saying, "STEP AWAY FROM THE POTATO SALAD!!!"

Ruth-THAT'S ELMER FUDD TALK!! We BOTH need to get to Onederland!! You are very close to getting back there too. LET'S GET GOING!!! Enjoy that martini 'cause tomorrow you'll only be allowed to have the OLIVE!!!
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