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[email protected] 08-08-2008 12:53 AM

Hello Ladies:wave:

Things have been so hetic these past few weeks. I've been traveling for work, then studying for a certification for work in my spare time. Blackie is doing so much better, I'm actually taking him to the vet tomorrow for his yearly check-up. I'm still doing my workout, but only 2 days a week. I have got to bump it up to 3 or even 4 and I definitely have to work on my eating.

Need to run... It's late...

MELODY525 08-08-2008 07:39 AM

SHAD...YESTERDAY EVERYTIME JIMMY CAUGHT ME USING MY ARM HE "YELLED" ...MADE EVERYONE AWARE OF MY PROBLEM....INCLUDING ME :rofl: BUT HIS HARPING KEPT ME AWARE. I DO HOPE YOU CAN GET TO THE ORCHID PARK. THAT MUST BE SOME SIGHT TO SEE! ENJOY! :hug:
SORRY TO HEAR YOU HAVE TO WORK PART OF THE WEEKEND! "The impossible and some miracles I can perform straight away. Bigger miracles, Finance, and HR take a lot longer."

HAPPY....I HAVE HEARD OF THESE PROGRAMS FROM THE SENIORS. HOPE THEY HELP WITH SOME GOOD KNOWLEDGE. I HAVE A LOT OF FAITH IN YOU MY SOUTHERN BELLE. :hug: HOPE THE CLASSES WITH NUTRITION GO WELL TOO. IF THEY HAVE THE SECRET TO WEIGHTLOSS THEN PASS IT ON :dance: GOOD LUCK!
YOU WILL SEE WITH DIABETICS SOME, LIKE SAL HERE, GAIN THE WEIGHT NOT ONLY WITH SUGARS BUT BREADS, RICE, PASTA....ANYTHING STARCH INCLUDING BEANS, CORN, PEAS. ANY SALTS RETAIN WATER AS YOU KNOW. ANOTHER PROBLEM FOR DIABETICS. HIS LIST IS LONG. BUT THIS PAST YEAR HE HAS CUT BACK ON STUFF AND ACTUALLY LOST SOME WEIGHT . BUT MEN LOSE WEIGHT SOOOO EASILY IT SEEMS. :faint: SENDING GOOD THOUGHTS YOUR WAY:love:

ANNIE...KEEPING FINGERS CROSSED YESTERDAY HAS CRAMPED MY STYLE :rofl: HOPE EVERTHING WENT OK FOR THE DS!

CEEJAY....ANY POWER OUTAGES WITH THE WEATHER. HAPPY'S STORM HIT HERE ABOUT 11 AND GAVE US SOME LIGHT SHOW! TIRED FROM ALL THAT LUGGING OF SUPPLIES? I OVERDO THE EATING WHEN I AM HUNGRY NOW TOO. JUST SEEMS LIKE I CAN'T STOP:tantrum:

:running: WITH ALL THIS WALKING MICHELLE, YOU SHOULD BE HERE IN NO TIME AT ALL!! THEN WE CAN GO DOWN BY HAPPY AND GET HER POOL READY! :beach:

:wave: PATTY

:cofdate: I AM SOOO HAPPY IT IS FRIDAY. RICHIE SHOWED UP UNEXPECTEDLY. GOT TIRED OF STAYING BY DAD DURING THE WORK WEEK. SO HE TOOK MY SHORTENED LIST AND GRABBED A FEW THINGS FOR ME. GOOD THING CAUSE I WAS DREADING THE SHOPPING.
I FORGOT THE CHAIR WAS GONE AND CHARGED THE WRONG ONE LAST NIGHT. JUST AS WELL......I CAN STAY HOME AND OUT OF THE OFFICE. THEY CAN FEND FOR THEMSELVES. THERE ARE TWO THERE TODAY. WE HAVE SO MANY "NUTTERS" HERE NOW. LOTS OF DEMENTIA GOING ON. AFTER AWHILE YOU WONDER ABOUT YOUR OWN SANITY :rofl: ONE WOMAN SAW MEN ON THE HALTED CONSTRUCTION SITE AND CAME TO TELL ME HE WAS A TERRORIST AND THE DRUMS HE HAD MIGHT CONTAIN BOMBS. :faint: :yikes:
YESTERDAY WAS SO GORGEOUS THAT I SPENT TIME OUTSIDE JUST TO GET AWAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
WELL, I MUST GO AND SEE WHAT THE GRANDSON AND I WIKLL DO FOR THE NEXT FEW DAYS:beach:
HAPPY FRIDAY/SATURDAY. :moped:
HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND EVERYONE:sunny:

annie175 08-08-2008 08:22 AM

TGIF for sure...........

Things did go well for DS interview. He got the job, now he is just waiting on a start date. Geez are they SLOW....

DD is in a wedding tomorrow. I, too, am going. She will look so darn cute.

Got about 25 roma tomatos out of the garden last night. Will make salsa to freeze. It will be wondeful to pop put homemade salsa about mid-December. This morning's breakfast was cottage cheese with fresh tomatos and cucumbers cut up and a little bit of pepper. I am loving the fresh veggies and will miss them come winter.

Everyone have a wonderful weekend.

Love and Hugs

MELODY525 08-08-2008 09:09 AM

http://stormgasm.com/4-3-03/simon%20pics/27s.jpg

* Well I love a rainy night
Well I love a rainy night
I love to hear the thunder
Watch the lightning
When it lights up the sky
You know it makes me feel good
Well I love a rainy night
It's such a beautiful sight
I love to feel the rain
On my face
To taste the rain on my lips
In the moonlight shadow
# Showers wash
All my cares away
I wake up to a sunny day
'Cause I love a rainy night
Yes I love a rainy night
Well I love a rainy night (2x)
Repeat *
Puts a song
In this heart of mine
Puts a smile on my face every time
'Cause I love a rainy night
Yes I love a rainy night
Ooh I love a rainy night
Yeah I love a rainy night
Repeat #

annie175 08-08-2008 11:02 AM

Well I love my Miller Light
I love my Miller Light

NOT

MELODY525 08-08-2008 11:22 AM

http://www.yahoofreak.com/3D%20Smile...nd%20laugh.gif <---mel after one miller lite

diyana 08-08-2008 02:31 PM

TGIF Ladies -

I'm so glad it's Friday. DH and I did yard work yesterday evening so tonight and this weekend, we can just relax and have fun. We'll probably go to the State Fair again tomorrow. :)

Shad - I hope the air quality improves for you. Good for you for getting a workout in this morning. I hope you are able to enjoy your weekend...Orchid Park sounds lovely.

Happy - You are having so many pool issues! How awful! I hope it all gets fixed soon and with minimal additional expense. Sorry that your orthotics didn't work out either. You really do eat healthy, good for you! I'm glad you're meeting with the nutritionist. She should be able to help you with "eat this instead of that"...or "eat this in combination with that" (which helps me a lot). I eat a lot more protein now than I used to. I still enjoy carbs with nearly every meal...but I make sure the grains have lots of nutritional value and LOTS of fiber.

Patty - Glad to hear things are going well for you and that Blackie is doing a lot better. :hug:

Mel - Glad to hear someone besides us is harping on you to not overuse your arm. You are correct about having to watch out for pasta and grains...not just sweets. I really have to watch everything I eat and make sure I balance carbs, protein, fiber, veggies, EVERYTHING. :faint: You live in NJ, right? My aunt and cousin live in Dumont, and another cousin lives near Old Bridge. And my fave quarterback just went to the Meadowlands, so I guess I'll have to watch the Jets football games in addition to the Packers.

Annie - Congrats on DS getting the job! That's awesome! I wish I could come down there and swipe your fresh veggies until the ones in my garden ripen (if they ever ripen). I'd love to try cottage cheese with veggies...but the tomatoes and cukes in the store don't taste as good as homegrown. So I buy blueberries and strawberries and eat that with my cottage cheese.

Mel and Annie - I actually do love my Miller Lite....though I prefer other beers.

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

Lots of love and hugs to all,

ceejay52 08-08-2008 05:24 PM

Happy
How low is your tsh level? My metabolism is off due to my tsh level being low.
We got some rain also. We really needed it.

Mel
I'm glad Jimmy was around and caught you using your arm. Some one is looking out for you. :hug:

Annie
Congrats that your sone got the job.

Shad
I'm jealous of you getting to go to the orchid park. That's one of my favorite flowers.

I'm on the home stretch of working these 6 twelve hour days. One more 12 hour day and I'm off for two day. :woohoo: Not sure about next weeks schedule except I come in Tuesday. Pacing myself has really helped this time too.

Ruthxxx 08-08-2008 06:22 PM

Ceejay, you should get more than 2 days off after that brutal week!

Diyana, I am still very thrilled about your victory over diabetes. You are my hero!

Shad, I passed on the info about Cushings to my vet and she agrees that it's a possibility. (This in response to a PM from dear Shad who has met my Hershey.)

Oneday, nice to "see " you again. I must read back and catch up with you.

MEL, for somebody who was going to take it easy on the arm, you sure do manage to post a lot. Are you using your toes?

Annie, my Hort. Society meeting the other night had a woman demonstrating salsa making. How yummy! I came away with some great ideas.

I know I've missed people ... Duh! :wave: anyhow.

My day has been full of the usual stuff topped off with Hershey medication. She is in a good space - she's a real dear - and we are just bopping along. Tomorrow she goes to get a major fur reduction at the groomer to get rid of the matted bits. Poor thing! She is famous for her fur but it will be clipped off so we can see how the regrowth responds to the new regime. I'm just back from visiting Harry at the nursing home but took Disney as he'd be upset to see his Hershey with such a crappy looking coat.

The sky is now so dark navy blue that the street lights have come on. We are about to have a huge storm so I'll log off before we get zapped!

Here's La Hersh in good fur! There will be no "after" pictures.

MELODY525 08-08-2008 07:03 PM

MICHELLE....HAVE FUN AT THE FAIR. :cheer3: I KIND OF DID THE SAME THING SO I COULD JUST GO OUTSIDE THIS WEEKEND. MAYBE HAVE A SOLO PICNIC!

RUTH... I COPY AND PASTE A LOT!!!!!!!!!!!!
HOPE HERSHEY WILL BE OK AND THE HAIRCUT ISN'T TOO BAD!! GOOD LUCK WITH THE REGROWTH. HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND MY NORTHERN FRIEND. HUGS FOR BOTH YOU AND HARRY :hug: :love:




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Cuban Sandwiches

Ingredients
Makes 2 sandwiches
4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
Juice of 2 limes (about 3 tablespoons)
1/3 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon coarse salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 (12-ounce) pork tenderloin, trimmed
1 tablespoon olive oil
4 ounces Black Forest ham, thinly sliced (about 4 slices)
4 ounces Swiss cheese, thinly sliced (about 4 slices)
4 kosher dill pickles (about 4 ounces), thinly sliced lengthwise
2 (6-inch) soft French or Cuban rolls, split
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

Directions
In a resealable plastic bag, combine garlic, lime and orange juices, cumin, salt, and pepper. Add pork and marinate, refrigerated, for up to 4 hours.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Wipe off any excess marinade from pork. Heat oil in a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Add pork and cook on all sides until lightly brown, about 5 minutes. Transfer skillet to oven and cook 12 minutes more. Transfer pork to a cutting board and let rest for 5 to 10 minutes before slicing into 1/8-inch slices.
Brush insides of each roll with 1 tablespoon butter. Layer 1 ounce of Swiss cheese on one of the cut sides of each roll. Top each with 6 ounces pork tenderloin, 2 ounces ham, 2 ounces pickle slices, and remaining ounce of cheese. Top with remaining halves of rolls. Brush top and bottom of rolls with remaining 2 tablespoons butter. Heat a panini press to medium high and grill sandwiches until heated through and the cheese is melted, about 5 minutes. Slice on the diagonal and serve immediately.

MELODY525 08-08-2008 07:05 PM

CEEJAY...I CAN'T BELIEVE THEY ONLY GAVE YOU TWO DAYS OFF! I WOULD NEED A WEEK! :faint: MAKE THE BEST OF THEM!! :beach:

Shad 08-08-2008 11:05 PM

Grrr - just read the ticker again. I should really turn them off!!!!

Ruth - One good thing about Cushings is that it is not fatal. It's just there. Doesn't seem to cause any distress although there is adrenaline racing around the system. But Shad had that for 4 or more years, probably even longer before we decided something was wrong. Never affected his enthusiasm for life and loved ones either. Actually it was probably why he had the enthusiasm for life and loved ones.
Poor Hershey. Such a magnificent animal, she will look somewhat incognito with no coat to speak of. Lucky it is summer over there.

Still no Go-advanced on my machine. I must have pissed the gods off or something. Anyway, I'll do it a different way to get to the personals

Happy - lordy, it's not easy with this pool is it. Summer will be well gone by the time it gets finished. And now a new pool pump??? Well everything has a life cycle I suppose and no doubt the pump is fairly old. Nothing lasts for ever and they don't make 'em like they used to. Pity the DS2 wasn't there because he always has wondrous ways to mend things - never takes dead for an answer. I've seen him staring into space over a problem with a leak in his house until he comes up with about 5 different options. At least one will always work. Should have been an engineer. Not a civil one - he's not always that polite.
Hope the new orthotics are just as comfy but not as wide. Good service sure is hard to get down there. I hope the diabetes nurse was a good deal more tactful than she sounded from your post. Still sometimes the blunt way is the only way. Hurrah for glucophage!!!!

Patty - good to have you back. Sometimes it is difficult to fit everything into the day. Good for you keeping up with the study and 2 workouts a week is better than no work outs a week.

Mel - Good ol' Jimmy. Letting people know that you are not 100% fit and never will be again unfortunately. We must all learn to live with our disabilities and not fight them - apart from Alzheimers. Keep the brain busy before that takes hold for heavens sake. Bombs on the construction site huh! Well stranger things have been known to happen from time to time. Time outside is also precious because you need as much Vit D from the sun as you can get before autumn dashes in and takes it all away again.

Annie - you garden does sound nice. I'm dying to get home and see how my lettuces and tomates were doing. They are all in pots this year although we are now allowed to water once a week (dams are now 40% full) Heck we can even wash the car again (on Sundays)
Salsa in December, now won't that look nice and festive on a Christmas plate. Oh drat there is that word again.
Congrats on the DS getting his new vocation. Hope it all works out satisfactorily for him.

Michelle - have fun at the State Fair. Sometimes you can ripen tomatoes but picking a truss - several on the vine - and putting them on the windowsill in a warm spot. I've done many of mine like that when it came to end of season in NZ and it wasn't warm enough to finish them off outside. They still taste absolutely delicious - so different from the storebought variety.

Ceejay - not sure whether I am going to the Orchid Park or not yet. I'm going to ring a work colleague and see if he is going to go and whether I can join him and his girlfriend.
I agree with Ruth - you should either get paid at time and a half for the 12 hour days or only be doing 4 days a week. That's the way it works down here. My DS does 12 hour days sometimes for 6 or 7 days. He takes the extra money rather than time in lieu. Mainly because he knows he will never get the time off. The HR dept nags because he has so much leave accrued and the bosses won't let him take time off because there is too much work to do! Catch 22.

Okay - as I said, I haven't seen or heard from Pieter and his lady friend as to whether they are going to the Orchid Park. I really don't want to go there on my own because of the beggars and hawkers and other low life who are bound to congregrate in the places tourists are likely to be. I don't know that Geoff - other colleague would be that interested. I should ask but he is bound to be working because he is so far behind. I know he is doing UAT late this afternoon. Please don't ask me to elucidate on UAT - User Acceptance Testing - it's long, it's involved and it is boring.

So no doubt tomorrow I can tell you whether or not I have been to the gardens.

And that is about it for now. No answer to the phone call to Pieter. He must be out and about. Aaah well never mind.

cya

MELODY525 08-09-2008 07:39 AM

:hohoho: OOOHHH GOODIE!! I GET TO POST RIGHT UNDER YOU NOW TOO!! YOU ARE SURROUNDED BY HAPPY LITTLE TICKERS! :hug: HOPE SOMEOPNE WAS GOING IN THE DIRECTION OF THE ORCHID PARK! GOOD THING YOU DIDN'T EXPLAIN THE UAT....I PROLLY WOULDN'T HAVE UNDERSTOOD ANYWAY! :rofl: YES JI,MMY NAGGED ME FOR 3 DAYS. EVERY TIME I WENT TO DO SOMETHING HE WOULD BELLOW FROM BEHIND "YOUR ARM!!!" CAN'T SAY IT WAS GOOD FOR THE HEART RATE...HE KEPT SCARING ME! :rofl: TOLD HIM SO AND HE SAID GOOD..."MAYBE YOU'LL REMEMBER THEN". BAD JIMMY :tantrum: ENJOY YOUR WEEKEND!

:rain: WE HAD A WHOPPER OF A THUNDERSTORM YESTERDAY AFTERNOON. I WAS IN THE LOO BLOWDRYING MY HAIR. GUESS THE THUNDER GOT TOO LOUD FOR THE GS...HE TRIED TO FLY INTO THE BATHROOM I GUESS AND HE ENDED UP ON THE FLOOR UNBEKNOWNST TO ME...I TURNED THE CHAIR AND JUST SAW HIM IN TIME! I AM GOING TO HAVE TO KEEP A BETTER EYE ON THE FLOOR BEFORE WE HAVE A SQUISHED BIRDIE. I WOULD NEVER FORGIVE MYSELF:yikes: :faint:
OK...TIME FOR BREKKIE AND THEN MAYBE A SHORT RIDE.
HAPPY SATURDAY/SUNDAY :moped:

Ruthxxx 08-09-2008 08:08 AM

UAT!!!! Oy! That brings back memories which I've been trying to forget for the last ten years of retirement!

Quickie as we're off to the groomer for ten. I am going to carry on to Smiths Falls and check out the Farmers Market - and the farmers, of course. :wink: "Local Flavours" is the big thing around here and I try to buy locally. However, one of the grocery stores has NJ blueberries at three pints for $5 so.... :shrug: I hope to pick up my scalped Hershey on the way home.

We finally have a day with no rain predicted - the first in weeks! Enjoy!

ceejay52 08-09-2008 10:32 AM

Morning
I'm going to have a good pay check this week with 55 hours overtime. One more day and hopefully nothing drastic will happen today. I've already called Tim because one of the elevated tanks had air in the guage and giving a false reading. It started last night. Told Tim this morning I made a boo boo. The stand by person's for both water and electric are suppose to call on Friday's. They didn't and I forgot to call them. That's been taken care of now.

Ruth
Enjoy your day. I've been reading your blog.

happy2bme 08-09-2008 12:08 PM

Morning chicks,

I spent most of my computer time this morning cleaning up email and now DH needs some help so I don't have time to post. Will be back later... Happy Saturday. Make the most of it.

Shad 08-09-2008 10:38 PM

Morning all,
Sunday and nothing much is happening here.

I went to a barbeque last night at the home of one of the expats in the office. They sure do well for themselves up here. The house is huge with acres of glass sliding walls and has everything else that opens and shuts. There is maid/ cleaner, a nanny, a groundsman to cut the grass and open and shut the gates, and a poolman. The pool is beautiful. Everywhere you go in this city there is the sound of the muzzein calling the faithful to prayer. Supposed to be five times a day, but since it seems to goes on forever, I suspect the only time they are not wailing is when the faithful are at prayer.

Didn't get to the Orchid gardens. Haven't heard from P and I think his lady friend went home either early this morning or late last night. They weren't at the barbeque.

Mel - Surrounded by tickers - ooooh aaaaah, let me out of here. And to compound the insult, someone last night asked me what I was doing for Christmas this year - AAAARRRRRRRGGGGGGGGHHHH - how would I know, I spend all year avoiding the issue.

Because I don't have all email addies here with me, I'm going to put an email from the NZ police on here. Read and heed.
Courtesy of NZ Police


A lady had her handbag stolen. Her handbag which contained her cell phone, credit card, wallet... etc... was stolen.

20 minutes later when she called her hubby, from a pay phone telling him what had happened, hubby says 'I received your text asking about our Pin number and I've replied a little while ago.'

When they rushed down to the bank, the bank staff told them all the money was already withdrawn. The thief had actually used the stolen cell phone to text 'hubby' in the contact list and got hold of the pin number. Within 20 minutes he had withdrawn all the money from their bank account.

Moral of the lesson: Do not disclose the relationship between you and the people in your contact list. Avoid using names like Home, Honey, Hubby, Sweetheart, Dad, Mum, etc.... And very importantly, when sensitive info is being asked for through texts, CONFIRM by calling back. Also, when you're being texted by friends or family to meet them somewhere, be sure to call back to confirm that the message came from them. If you don't reach them, be very careful about going places to meet 'family and friends' who text you.

Wish I was going to the Smith Falls Market with Ruth. Hope Hershey doesn't get too traumatised with the fur styling.

Ceejay - Don't go spending all the overtime in one shop. Leave some for a rainy day. Bet you are looking forward to your day off.

Hope everyone else is having a super weekend. I'm off to work, then a swim, then work again. It makes the day go by.

Happy - hope DH doesn't make you work too hard out there in the heat and humidity

MELODY525 08-10-2008 07:07 AM

RUTH....NJ BLUEBERRIES ARE 2/$5 HERE AND I THOUGHT THAT WAS CHEAP! :rofl: I'L HAVE TO START BUYING PRODUCE UP BY YOU! HOPE YOU HAD A GREAT DAY AND HERSHEY WAS OK TOO!

CEEJAY...I'LL BE RIGHT DOWN TO HELP YOU CARRY ALL THAT MONEY!! BET THE CHECK IS GONNA BE REAL HEAVY!! :D ENJOY EVERY PENNY! :dance:

:wave: TO OUR MISS HAPPY!

SHAD....GOOD LESSON LEARNED WITH THE CEL PHONE. THANKS FOR THE HEADS UP. MAYBE I CAN GET A JOB IN JAKARTA!! :swim: WOW!! THEY GET SOME NICE LIFE THERE. BUT IS IT FUN LIVING THERE? SOUNDS A BIT TOO CROWDED FOR ME IN THE STREETS :scooter: MAYBE P AND THE GF WANTED SOME ALONE TIME. :love:

:cofdate: GOOD MORNING CHICKS OF THE WORLD. I COULD GO RIGHT BACK TO BED THIS MORNING :faint:
I JUST FEEL SLEEPY. MUST BE THE APPROACHING STORM WEIGHING HEAVY ON THE SINUSES. THIS WEEKEND HAS BEEN EXCEPTIONALLY QUIET EXCEPT FOR SMOKE ALARMS. FRIDAY NIGHT HAD 3 IN A ROW. EVERYONME WAS OUTSIDE AND WE HAD A WALKER BRIGADE. EVEN THOUGH THEY HAVE TO WALK AROUND THE BLDG ON WEEKENDS AND NIGHTS I ENCOURAGE THEM TO GET THEIR BUTTS OUTSIDE. THEY HAVE TO PASS MY WINDOW TO GET THERE SO I HEAR ALL THE WHEELS AND SCRAPING NOISES GOING ON....THIS WAY I KNOW WHETHER OR NOT THEY'RE GETTING OUT :rofl: :rofl:
I HAD BETTER TRY AND GET MYSELF ARISED AND SHINED AND FED.
HAPPY SUNDAY :angel:/ MONDAY:write: :moped:

Ruthxxx 08-10-2008 07:22 AM

Quickie as I need to pull the body and brain together for Church.

Mel, I lied! The blueberries are Canadian - from B.C. Usually we get them from NJ but the season has finally moved north. They are excellent - not a soft one in the pint.

Thanks for the warning, Shad. I've passed it on as it sure sounds real.

Ceejay, whew! I am relieved that you get paid for all that overtime. Enjoy!

Happy, thought of you and your avatar yesterday when I looked at and rejected some absolutely pallid watermelon. What were they thinking?

Hershey is now nearly bald after her session with the groomer. Poor girly! She crawled up on the couch with me last night for a major cuddle. Usually she just rests her head on my knee. She will not making any public appearances until the fur grows back. Keith wanted to give her a second bath after the shearing but she was too tired so we will do that Monday.

Church this morning, some house stuff and then noonish Disney and I are off to Kingston for her class. I hope for a little "me" time this afternoon.

Happy SUnday - it's supposed to be a day of rest, remember?

happy2bme 08-10-2008 01:07 PM

Hi y'all,

Happy Sunday. As Ruth says should be a day of rest but who are we kidding? :lol:

Ruth - yesterday I cut into a watermelon I picked up at the farmer's market. Was pallid in color but wonderful in smell. I was surprised that it was yummy delicious. Would not have thought so just from the color. I think in general it's an odd season for fruits and vegetables due to the unusual weather we've had.

Walker brigade Mel? Not to be disrepectful, but that's kind of a funny visual. I guess it is good to get them in the habit of not only moving but actually going through the motions of getting out of the building. Don't want to have "I'm confused, I've never done this before, whadduhIdo" in a real emergency. I'm glad you are on patrol. Hope this is quiet for quiet's sake and not the lull before the storm :yikes: It's very gray here too - we're just on the leading tip of the rain so I can understand the sleepies you are feeling. That ticker seems be going in overdrive. Seems like we jumped fast from 150 days to 130's. Of course as we get nearer to September the days seem to run faster to the end of the year.

Shad, big fancy house or not, doesn't sound like Jakarta and it's pollution would be where I'd want to be. Also wouldn't want to be praying 5 times a day either, but that's just me. :^: Thanks for the tip on the cell phone - good idea. It's also why DH and I do not text. I would never give personal info via a text. But I'm sure people who text all the time wouldn't think twice about it. I told DH this story and he said his first reaction would be "Geez, YOU were the one who picked the pin, how could you forget it?" Then I reminded him about that thing called senior moments... :lol: Funny you mentioned UAT on Friday - I had a long, long discussion on that with some of my fellow team members on Friday. Must have been national UAT day - :rofl:

Ceejay - wow - 55 hours of O.T. hope that you have some money left to yourself for all your work. Sounds like half of it will go to taxes. We used to figure the exact amount of hours we could put in before it bumped us into a tax bracket where more of it went to the government than in our pockets. Hope you rested up on your 2 days off. As for the TSH level, mine tends to be towards the lower side just within the acceptable range. Doc lowered my meds to 137 micrograms last year then boosted them back up to 150 at my last visit in July.

Still laughing at the Love My Miller Light ditty every time I think of it Annie :lol:

Hope you are having a nice weekend Michelle. Back to just you and the DH again. Must seem kind of quiet even though I know how much you enjoy having your MIL around. As summer winds down, hope you have a good weekend to get out and play.

Hello Patty, Shy :wave:

Yesterday we cut down some tree branches. One hit DH's leg and gave him a good scratch and banged up his poor toe. I was holding the outside end of the tree while he cut so I was ok. New pool liner is in. We are filling up the pool with the garden hose. Hard to believe but it does the job. They are coming back tomorrow to install the lights and drain openings and finish up. No word on the cement guys but guess what pool people, no check for the rest of the money due until ALL work is done :rollpin: Can you believe those guys just left 2 huge holes in the patio with no word of returning :rolleyes:

I slept in this weekend, going to be hard to get back in gear of in bed by 9:30 or 10 tonight in order to make it to the health club at 5:30. I am trying very hard to get at least 7 hours of sleep at night. Going to be a busy week this week - lots of things going on - health club 3 mornings, Tuesday morning is the Perseids meteor shower - especially good viewing just before sunrise so I want to get up at 4am Tuesday and check it out. Oh wait, I just realized they are talking rain. :censored: We ALWAYS get clouds for any celestial event :tantrum: Tuesday at 5 I have an appointment with the nutritionist and I start my diabetes program on Tuesdays and Thursdays this week. So it will take some careful planning.

I did gain back 3 pounds. :( It is my own fault, I slacked on the water and wasn't tracking my food as well as I should have. I know this is temporary and I can probably remedy the situation today just by increasing the water and dropping any sugared drinks today. Lesson learned, I will do better going forward.

It's rainy looking today so it's a good day to stay in, do laundry, cleaning and planning out the week's meals. I'm hoping to make just a quick dash to the store to just pick up a meat or two and some perishables. Trying to cut down on the grocery bill and waste as well as use what I have on hand.

Better get rolling. Have a good rest of the day ladies. Shad is already asleep at this point.

happy2bme 08-10-2008 01:08 PM

Oh and what's with this country? I was looking on Yahoo tracking some of the Olympics coverage. They have a profile for each country. For the United States of America under national language it says NONE. Isn't ENGLISH our national language????? That just ticks me off to no end.

ceejay52 08-10-2008 01:38 PM

Shad
Wow a glass house! I'd hate to be the one who does the windows.

Happy
I'm taking 125mg of synthroid and my tsh level is with in range but boderline. The stress of working these long hours plays a toll too. I'm asking the doctor about it when I go back in September.

Mel
Your arm better be well enough to carry all this money.

I'm not sure what the schedule will be for next week. I'm suppose to go back on Tuesday and I'm suggesting we go to 8 hour shifts. I can not handle any more of this.

annie175 08-10-2008 07:14 PM

Happy Sunday Evening Chick a Dees......

What a busy weekend....Goddaughter went into labor on Friday morning, and still had not had the baby by Saturday morning as Laura would not dialate past 3, so they took her C-section. Little Fiesty OLIVA ANNE came into the world weighing 7lbs 1oz, head full of dark hair, long eyelashes, and tanned. Both Laura and Bob are part Italian, it is no wonder OLIVIA ANNE is tanned. Yes, ANNE....hmmmm, wonder where that name came from. hehehe.

DD, Samantha, was in a wedding last night, she looked as pretty as the bride. Maybe a little biased, but I do think she looked beautiful. They served beer (Miller and Miller Lite, to stick with the ditty) and wine only, and the building was smoke free, therefore quite enjoyable.

Took me till 3 this afternoon to get out and cut my grass, was a lazy day. I did finally get in gear and ran the vacuum, mopped the kitchen floor and entry way, got the salsa made and in the freezer, and the garden watered. It is a bit after 7pm, and I am ready to kick back, have a small glass of merlot and read my trashy novel.

Hello to everyone, you are all so humorous. I love this group of girls.

Have a great Sunday evening.

Much love and hugs.

Annie

happy2bme 08-10-2008 07:31 PM

:welcome3: Olivia Anne - a name worthy of much fanfare :welcome3:

In all my years I have heard of babies described as many different things but never TANNED :rofl: Good one Annie.

Enjoy that Merlot :hat: (since you are by yourself), if I was with you it would be :cheers: oh wait, I don't like reds - guess you have to call Ruth over :callme: Shad likes wine too I think but I'm not sure if we're allowed to booze up the people outside of our continent, even if we like them. :D And Mel is busy shining up her chair and leading the walker brigade.

Shad 08-10-2008 09:21 PM

Morning all,
Monday rolls around too fast. Yesterday we went to the Jakarta Zoo. We wanted to go to a market but the girl on the concierges desk said it was (and I quote) too ditty and dang-a-roos for us foreigners.
So then we wanted to go to the orchid garden. But despite the fact it is on the list of things to see in Jakarta, there is no address for it anywhere on the net and no body seems to know where it is. So we ended up at the zoo. It was a nice day until I saw a hawker with a monkey on a chain begging for bits and riding a bike - then I lost my cool and the boys had to take me away before I made a scene.


Mel - Who cares where the bluberries come from. Yummo. Glad to hear that you have had a quiet weekend and would love to have seen the Walker Brigade (Dad's Army incognito) It really is good for them to get out and exercise and if they are anything like my Mum, they won't unless they absolutely have to.

Ruth - Who cares where the bluberries come from. Yummo. Keep some for me for when I get back there.
Poor Hershey will need more than one cuddle I think. Still you might tell her that bad haircuts are only bad for a couple of weeks, then you just get on with it.

Happy _ Funnily enough, once you leave the city for the suburbs, the pollution is not so bad. It's that noise they make for the praying that is really annoying, also the noise they make trying to get you to buy their goods. It's almost like a someone calling a race only the race doesn't finish.
Don't worry about boozing up folks from another country, well this folk anyway. I never was really good about playing the rules. Better invite Carla as well, might be the only time we actually get to speak to her!!!! (are you lurking and listening Carla??) We did mention WINE.

Ceejay - The person who lives in the house is not necessarily the one who cleans the windows. There is a whole army of labour out there and you would only have to advertise for one and a hundred would come running. Labour here is cheap and there is no shortage.

Annie - Congratulations to the happy couple and welcome to OLIVIA ANNE. Nice name. Enjoy the wine and the novel.

Went for a Hot Rocks massage last night. She was a bit rough round the ankles but after I ouched and oohed a bit and dislodged the stones, she was somewhat gentler. Felt great afterwards, all softened and moistened and relaxed. Cost me 320000IRP which is about $40. Well worth it. Slept like a baby.

And so to work. I have to write some sort of report on how the training is going. Have no idea what to say yet, so I'd better disappear up the track and try sorting out some lies and statistics - same thing really.

Cya

carla49 08-10-2008 11:22 PM

Did I hear somebody offering wine??? Where do I sign up???

Ruth, so sorry about poor Hershey's coat. My poor Big boy is having skin troubles too - shedding badly, and licking his fur off and then licking his skin raw. He looks rather sad. And all because I dared to go away on a series of trips, leaving him with an expensive and loving live-in catsitter!!! Maybe it's time to reconsider finding him an outdoor home with people who don't travel. Sniff, sniff. Also, very sorry to hear about the traumatic encounter between Disney and the pit bull. I hope she's managed to forget - doesn't the Dog Whisperer say dogs live in the moment, and can forget scary stuff if their owners do? :crossed: that she recovers completely.

Happy, I'm so impressed with your decision to join a gym! You may be amazed at how quickly your stamina improves, especially if you can actually manage to keep getting up before dawn. :dz: And now the pool is in running order again, maybe you can replace one of your cardio days with laps at home. And a nutritionist too - first thing you know you'll be all skinny and fit! :woohoo:

Diyana, way to go on reversing the diabetes! Not easy to do, but it can be done if you work at it hard enough.

Annie, greetings to Olivia Anne - what a lovely name! And caesarean babies have such nice perfect round heads too...

Mel, for someone with an arm problem, you sure do post a lot. I may have to go down there and make you behave. Or sic Shad on you... Don't say you weren't warned. I take it you're having the same weather as us - rain, rain, rain and more rain, with a little muggy greyness thrown in for good measure. :tantrum: I've been eating the same wonderful 3 for $1 blueberries as Ruth. Yummm. Last week you posted a recipe for quesadillas - I make them all the time, but I eat them with salsa verde (Herdez brand) which is just slightly spicy and oh so good.

Shad, have you tried a visit to the old port in Jakarta? Or a quick weekend escape to the beaches and monkey dances of Bali? I tried to visit the orchid garden in Singapore long ago; didn't see much of it for some reason I don't quite remember, but I do remember the smell. Yuck. How long are you there for this time, and how long until the contract ends?

Ceejay, don't work too many hours! You'll burn yourself out one of these days.

Here it seems to be one thing after the other. Besides the cat issues, I seem to be falling apart myself... First it was a diagnosis of gallstones, and a probable need for surgery (I'll see the surgeon Wednesday). No big deal, it's laparoscopic surgery, quick recovery etc. But until the surgery, the gall bladder attacks are bloody awful, and I have no idea what triggers them. (Definitely not wine, thank goodness.) But now there's something wrong with my left eye, and if my personal internet diagnosis is right, I may have a detached retina, which sounds a little more serious. I should have called the doc right away last Wed when the light show and black spots and blurring started, and I'll be camping at the clinic tomorrow morning now I realize the consequences. Maybe it'll be something minor instead. The good news (ha!) is that nothing seems to have harmed my appetite for starches and junk food - I'm up to 184. :mad: :o

And that's Carla's monthly update. I was going to whine and weep about Shad choosing a slightly different thread theme than the one I suggested :cry:, but it might aggravate my eye :rofl: so I'll let it go just this once. But if we're not all Sulking Through Surgery in September, I won't be responsible for what happens.... ;)

happy2bme 08-10-2008 11:38 PM

Carla - good to see you. Quick post as I should have been in bed 30 minutes ago to get up early but I just wanted to say Carla that earlier this year I had the same thing with the eye. Freaked me out running to the doctor. Turns out it was just the gel that's on the inside of the eye rolling around. You should still get it checked out but I had the light bursts, a literal rain shower of the black floaters and blurry vision too. It does go away on it's own after about 2-3 weeks but have them take a look to make sure it's not the retina too. AND DON'T YOU DARE AVOID GOING TO THE DOC now that I've lulled you into complacency :rollpin: I'm sorry about the gallstones too. As long as there's not stones in the duct laproscopic is a breeze but do plan on taking a few days to recouperate, after all they did snip organs out and pull them through a hole in your inflated abdomen. Different foods set people off on gall bladder attackes but popcorn, bell peppers, tomatoes and sauces and high fat stuff (cuz the gall bladder helps process the fats) will generally send you screaming in pain. I went to the emergency room over a bowl of New England Clam Chower :lol:

Shad, I'm glad you had a good night's sleep. Most people do after they've been stoned :rofl:

Ok, the gym pants should be dry enough to get them out of the dryer and into the gym bag. G'night all.

carla49 08-11-2008 12:50 AM

Happy, thanks for the reassuring info about the possibly not-so-serious eye diagnosis. Don't worry, I'll go to the doc first thing tomorrow to be sure, don't want to risk losing vision in my eye. Also would prefer not to have surgery on my eyes... :yikes: As for the gall bladder, fatty foods don't seem to set it off. :D One attack followed a quick energy bar, another came after a largish bag of bing cherries of all things. The first bad bout last January had me in ER convinced I was having a heart attack! Rather embarrassing to find I had enviably low BP and a particularly low heart rate, and absolutely no trace of a heart attack. On the positive side, I was impressed with how good our health system is when a middle-aged woman arrives in ER complaining of chest pain! Not so good for anything "elective", like hip replacements (and maybe gall bladders), but when a life may be at stake...

By the way, Happy, by my calculation you'll get just under 5 1/2 hours sleep if you have to be up at 5 for the gym. So go to bed already!!!!! :coach: :kickbutt: :frypan:

MELODY525 08-11-2008 07:17 AM

RUTH...HOPE HERSHEY GETS SOME RELIEF. PORR OLD GIRL :hug: I THINK I LIED TOO..OR BERRIES ARE FROM CALIFORNIA :rofl:

HAPPY...THE TICKER IS SCARING ME WATCHING THE DAYS FLY BY!! :lol3: :lol3: GLAD THE LINER IS IN. NOW IF THE CEMENT MEN JUST GET THEIR BUTT IN GEAR :faint: I THINK UYOU WILL DO BETTER EVERY WEEK. IT'S A CHANGE OF LIFESTYLE AND FOODS. :hug:

CEEJAY..HOPE SOMEONE LISTENS TO YOUR SUGGESTIONS ABOUT SHIFT LENGTH!!

ANNIE...CONGRATULATIONS!! AND :hb: HAPPY BIRTH DAY TO OLIVA ANNE!!!:cheer: I BET YOUR DD WAS PLEASED TO BE LOOKING SO BEAUTIFUL. EVERYONE NEEDS A DAY LIKE THAT.

SHAD...I CAN JUST SEE YOU TRYING TO FREE THE MONKEY NOW!! GOOD THING THE BOYS DRAGGED YOU AWAY!! HOT ROCKS!! GOOD FOR YOU!! IT WILL HELP YOU GET OVER THE UAT!!

CARLA...I THINK I NEED TO SIC SHAD AND LINDA'S PROD ON YOU MORE THAN MYSELF!! WHAT WERE YOU THINKING PUTTING OFF THE DOC FOR THE EYE?? :tantrum: I HOPE MISS HAPPY IS RIGHT AND IT'S NOT THE RETINA. KEEP US POSTED WITH THE GALLSTONE SURGERY. WE'LL SEND GOOD THOUGHTS YOUR WAY FOR ALL OF IT!!! :hug: THE BODY SEEMS TO BE GIVING YOU SOME GOOD WARNINGS...ARE YOU LISTENING????
OF COURSE I AM PERFECT AND ALWAYS LISTEN TO MINE :angel:

:rain: GEE....IT'S DARK OUT FOR A CHANGE! :rofl: I AM BEING SARCASTIC CAUSE WE HAVE HAD SOME REALLY GREAT LOWER TEMP AND SUNNY DAYS. IT'S JUST THE AFTERNOON FLY-BY THUNDERHEADS THAT WRECK IT. I DO SEE THE SUN IS TRYING BRILLIANTLY TO BRIGHTEN THE DAY. :sunny: I MUST TRY AND TACKLE SOME WASH TODAY. AS FLYLADY SAYS..ONE LOAD AT A TIME....OR IS IT ONE LOAD A DAY.
THE ACCT SHOWED UP YESTERDAY WITH NO WARNING. APPARENTLY HE TOLD THE OFFICE AND THEY FORGOT. I TOLD HIM HE MUST CALL ME HIMSELF OR THERE WILL BE NO NIGHTS AND WEEKENDS AND THAT I HAVE MEDS I NEED TO TAKE ON THE DAYS HE IS NOT HERE. I THINK I FINALLY GOT MY POINT ACROSS. IF NOT I LEFT A MESSAGE ON THE OFFICE MACXHINE SAYING THERE WILL BE NO OPENING OF THE OFFICE BY ME VERY SOON IF THIS CONTINUES. I DON'T GET MAD...I GET EVEN. I CAN AFFORD TO GO ON STRIKE...THIS IS A FREEBIE! NOT LIKE I AM GETTING PAID FOR IT. WE SHALL SEE.
I CAN IMAGINE WHAT THEY ARE ALL THINKING :rofl: THAT MEL IS GETTING CRANKY AND ISN'T A TEAM PLAYER. GUESS THEY DON'T SEE THAT I AM THE ONLY TEAM PLAYER LEFT!! THEY GAVE UP LONG AGO AND EXPECTED ME TO CARRY ON. SELF SUFFICIENT AS I AM, I AM JUST TO TIRED FOR THIS. THE CLOSER IT GETS TO ME TURNING THE KEYS IN THE MORE PANICKY THEY GET AND THE MORE THEY ARE IN DENIAL. FUNNY HOW THIS IS ALL COMING TO PLAY. I AM COMING OUT OF DENIAL AND THEY ARE GOING IN :lol3: :lol3:
I HAD BETTER GET MY BUTT IN GEAR AND STOP TYPING!
HAPPY MONDAY/TUESDAY! :moped:

diyana 08-11-2008 08:52 AM

Happy Monday ladies -

I had a great weekend! DH and I went to State Fair on Saturday and then we went for a hike yesterday. The weather was gorgeous...sunny and in the mid to upper 70s! Just perfect! In the mornings and the evenings, I was out in the yard playing soccer and frisbee with the dogs! Lots of fun!

Ceejay - I hope you relaxed a lot on your days off. You had a heck of a week. 55 hours of overtime! That will be a heck of a good paycheck! Hopefully they won't take too much out in taxes! In terms of 12 hour days...I wouldn't mind working them if I only had to work three 12 hour days a week....or 4 10 hour days....

Ruth - You're so sweet about calling me a hero. I was just lucky that I caught my diabetes early enough so I was just borderline and able to get my blood sugar balanced again. I hope Hershey doesn't have Cushings and the regrowth comes in well. That sure is a beautiful photo of her. I hope you got some yummy produce at the Farmers Market. We have got the most scrumptious berries...blueberries, strawberries and raspberries. Blueberries here are 2 pints/$4...they're from Michigan. I'm sure Hershey still looks adorable bald. I think just about all animals are adorable! Give her a big hug for me, okay? I hope you had a little time for yourself on Sunday.

Shad - Thanks for the tip on ripening tomatoes indoors. I've got two cherry tomatoes that are just starting to turn red...so hopefully this means that I'll be harvesting my crop of tomatoes soon! Ah, UAT, I remember that well from my days in website design. You summed it up perfectly....long, involved and boring! I didn't know what a muzzein was, so I had to look it up. I'm learning so much from you! Sorry that you didn't get to the orchid gardens...maybe next time you're in JK. Thanks for posting that email from the NZ police. Sheesh! How scary. I can just imagine how easily something like that could happen. The only foreign country I've been to is Hong Kong (about 25 years ago), where it is crowded and there are street vendors hawking their wares...so I can relate to what you were saying. What I had the most difficulty with there was the dead fish, chickens, duck, etc. hanging up in the heat/humidity for people to purchase...No refrigeration...flies all over. Looked like a food poisoning incident waiting to happen to me. I guess each culture has it's own ways. A Hot Rocks massage sounds heavenly and well worth $40.

Mel - So glad to hear you didn't squish the GS. And I'm also very happy to hear that Jimmy is looking out for you! Good for him! Good for you for laying down the law. They'd better not take advantage of you. You aren't getting paid for all you do...and you can stop making yourself available anytime. You go, girlfriend!

Happy - It has been an odd season of weather, which has affected fruits and veggies. I just hope we have enough warm days left for my tomatoes, cucumbers, squash and pumpkins. DH and I really do miss his mom...but it's nice to be able to go off and hike and walk a lot on the weekends. I wanted to watch a bunch of the olympic coverage...but it was just too nice to be indoors. Thank heavens for DVR. Carla is right about how regular exercise improves your stamina. I'm able to hike and go up hills so much better...with only minimal huffing and puffing. I hope I never have gallbladder issues....I don't want to have to completely give up on popcorn, tomatoes and clam chowder. Have f

Annie - How cool to have a little one named after you! Olivia Anne is a lovely name. You got an awful lot done on what you called a lazy day! Sheesh. I don't get that much done on a non-lazy day! :lol:

Carla - Gallstones? Eye problems? Oh no! I hope both are easily and quickly treated so you're good as new in no time! And I for one don't want to be Sulking through Surgery in September!

Very busy day ahead...gotta go.

Love and hugs,

happy2bme 08-11-2008 09:09 AM

Good morning chicks.

I did get enough sleep. Woke up at 4:30 naturally. But I didn't seem to have much energy today. I packed my gym bag last night and went to put something in it this morning and took out my headphones and forgot to put them back. So no music to walk to this morning. I tried the temporary orthotics that were fine on Saturday but my feet were cramping bad again on the track today. So back to my other shoes, no orthotics. I did spend most of my time in the pool today and got a good workout in for both legs and arms. I can feel it already. Gotta get up super early tomorrow (at 4) to see the meteor shower.

Mel, I am glad that you stood your ground. As you well know, they will walk all over you if you can. That is quite nervy for someone to just show up on Sunday and expect people to treat it like it's a regular work day. Roll over his toes a few times and let him see the error of his ways :eek: I'm sending some sunshine over to you. Gloomy days are not too far away, we should all be basking in the sun right now.

Carla, when I had the gall bladder attack that sent me to the emergency room, I was so scared it was a heart attack that I gave away my cigs. Sat in the hospital for something like 10 hours and when they said it was "just" gall bladder, I made DH stop at the store on the way home so I could pick up a pack of cigarettes. Gosh I was so dumb :rolleyes: I have kind of heard what you said about socialized healthcare - good for emergency stuff and well baby type care but not so great on the stuff in between. A former manager's mom had to come down to Florida to get some tests because they suspected breast cancer and she could not get in for tests in a timely manner in Montreal. Hope you will be ok.

Shad - how did you class go? Had to laugh about the lies and statistics. Isn't it funny how they bend the numbers to suit their outcome? I have no idea what the "calling to prayer" would actually sound like. But it doesn't sound like I'm missing anything by your description :lol:

Annie, you have motivated me to mop my kitchen floor too :lol: Shows you what I know about babies (doodle SQUAT) - I guess being born cesarian would eliminate the squished through the birth canal/forceps head. Kinda like the peach in my fruit basket this morning. :lol:

Ok, I'd better get to work now.

:wave: Michelle, Ruth, Ceejay and the rest of you ladies.

happy2bme 08-11-2008 09:11 AM

Where do you go hiking Michelle?

MELODY525 08-11-2008 01:02 PM

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Asian Noodles with Chicken and Pineapple

Ingredients
Serves 4

6 ounces green beans, trimmed and halved lengthwise (2 cups)
1 red bell pepper, seeds and ribs removed, thinly sliced lengthwise
8 ounces rice noodles
Coarse salt and ground pepper
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 fresh pineapple, peeled, cored, and sliced into bite-size wedges (2 cups)
1/4 cup fresh mint, chopped
1/2 cup peanuts, chopped

Directions
In a large pot of boiling water, cook beans until crisp-tender, about 3 minutes. Add bell pepper, and stir to submerge. Using a small sieve, transfer vegetables to a bowl. Add noodles to boiling water, and cook until al dente according to package directions, 4 to 6 minutes. Drain, rinse thoroughly with cold water, and reserve.
Meanwhile, in a small skillet, bring 1 cup salted water to a simmer over medium heat. Add chicken breasts; cover, and cook 5 minutes. Turn off heat; let steam until chicken is cooked through, 5 to 10 minutes. When cool enough to handle, shred chicken with a fork.
In a large bowl, whisk together lime juice, soy sauce, and sugar. Add reserved vegetables and noodles, chicken, pineapple, mint, and 1/4 cup peanuts; season with salt and pepper. Toss to coat with dressing. Serve immediately, topped with remaining 1/4 cup peanuts.

ceejay52 08-11-2008 01:34 PM

Popping in to say hello:wave: Don't have a lot of free time left and need to run errands. More later

MELODY525 08-11-2008 02:34 PM

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Asian-Style Halibut in Parchment



1 small head bok choy, thickly sliced, or 4 baby bok choy, ends trimmed
1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced lengthwise
4 6-ounce halibut fillets
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
3 scallions (white and green parts), thinly sliced on a diagonal
Zest from 1/2 orange, cut into matchstick-size strips
3 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
1 1/2 teaspoons rice vinegar
1 1/2 teaspoons sesame oil
2 teaspoons grated ginger root

Heat oven to 400° F. Tear off four 15-inch squares of parchment paper or aluminum foil and arrange on 2 baking sheets. Divide the bok choy and bell pepper evenly among the squares. Place a halibut fillet on each mound of vegetables and sprinkle with the black pepper. Top with the scallions and zest.

In a small bowl, combine the soy sauce, vinegar, oil, and ginger. Spoon the mixture evenly over the halibut. Top with 4 more squares of parchment or foil and fold the edges over several times to seal. Bake for 15 minutes. Transfer each packet to a plate. Serve with a knife to slit the package open, and be careful of the steam that will escape.

Tip: This beautiful meal works just as well with other types of seafood. Next time, try cod, salmon, sea scallops, or peeled and deveined shrimp.

Yield: Makes 4 servings

NUTRITION PER SERVING
CALORIES 231(23% from fat); FAT 6g (sat 1g); CHOLESTEROL 54mg; CARBOHYDRATE 5g; SODIUM 524mg; PROTEIN 38g; FIBER 1g; SUGAR 4g

MELODY525 08-11-2008 06:36 PM

I AM GOING FOOD SHOPPING TOMORROW. SO IN CASE I AM MIA YOU KNOW THE OUTCOME! :rofl: WISH ME LUCK!


:wave: Kia ora Shaddie :hug:

happy2bme 08-11-2008 10:42 PM

:lucky: Good luck Mel - pick up some tasty stuff while you're out. Hope the shopping trip is quick and without any incident. I hope your buddies are there to help you out and keep your hands OFF the frappachinos :lol:

I did my shopping tonight too. I started with a run to the clothing store. I really don't do T-shirts and I found that I didn't have much in the way of anything to wear going to the gym. Now this is a great gym with down to earth people who smile and say good morning to you and are not at all the body beautiful look at me types you see in the chain types of clubs. But I was feeling like a bit of a shlub. So I headed over to Catherine's and they had all their clothes 30 percent off. Even the stuff on clearance. Now usually I can't find anything in my size but it was as if they had a sale just for me. :yay: I tried on lots of things and got some nice loose but not too baggy workout shirts in a nice sweat absorbing cotton blend, a couple of pairs of to the knee shorts that will be great for walking in (except they don't have a pocket for my IPOD and I gave my arm band case to DH to use). But shirts that were 20+ dollars orignally I got for at least 50 percent off and sometimes better than that. Got 2 pretty dressy blouses for work too. When they rang up the bill I saved more than I spent so I was very happy. Can't wait to get to the gym now :lol:

Then I headed off to the grocery store. Picked up some quick to make things for DH as he doesn't like to fuss and would be happy eating a GIANT (read about 4 cups worth) bowl of cereal for dinner :rolleyes: Tomorrow I get back on track again. I slipped up and had a soda each day since last Thursday and I can tell that the extra sugar makes me feel so achy. I did get some nice grapes, cherries and watermelon so I will have to get my sweets naturally.

Other than that nothing special going on. Boss returns to work tomorrow from 2 weeks on vacation. It was nice and quiet, I actually got caught up on some things and worked on some new stuff. Now to be ready for the tsunami of new work that comes from someone who is refreshed and ready to hit the bricks HARD :lol:

Shad and Michelle- I am keeping you both in mind on Wednesday to turn up the workout. I guess I get to sleep in tomorrow because the moon is almost obliterated in the sky which means no meteor shower for this chick tomorrow morning. Bummer :(

Ceejay - did you get all your errands done?

Have a good night ladies and a good morning to you Shad.

Shad 08-12-2008 03:27 AM

Afternoon all,
Been training all day today and right now am waiting for 3 to come back and do the UAT for us. Even for Jakarta time, they are late!

The muzzein sounds like a buzz saw mostly. I'm partially deaf, but there isn't much tune going on there. Goes up and down a couple of notches but that is about it. If there are words in there, I can't pick 'em.
The biggest problem with going to the orchid garden is that we can't find out where it is. There is no address. And the stupid part about that is that the place is on the things to do in Jakarta list. I think maybe we might need to enlist the help of someone who speaks Indonesian fluently. Pieter is darn good, but not perfect and I can converse with a 2-3 year old okay. Geoff speaks little at all and is too polite and gets himself into bother from time to time when accosted on the street. He stops to speak to them, we tell them to hive off.

I can't do much in the way of personals today. Too much else on my plate - got my report back and am requested to add some more lies to it, uuhhh statistics sorry. Isn't there a saying about lies, damned lies and statistics???

Went out for dinner last night with a couple of the ladies and we picked the wrong restaurant. It was pretty awful. Tonight will be back to the tried and true ones. Poor V got a Nasi Gedug which was supposedly a mixture of meats, vegetables and rice. Well the rice was there, we couldn't define the meat, and veges included two cubes of potato and something sort of green and unidentifiable and a whole raft of bits that looked like honey crisps (in breakfast cereal). The bowl of 'condiments' to supplement would have taken the rust off the Titanic in 30 seconds flat. We drank a lot of water.

Good to have Carla back and posting even it she did get shamed into it. Hope the health improves somewhat. September you get the theme that you get, if you want something special, then start the thread yourself. No sulking allowed here. No offence intended.

Starting to think about packing the bags again. Go home Thursday night. It will be nice to get there too. I had an e-mail from Chris down the road who is threatening experimentation with food. I am apparently the chief taster for them. I don't mind that. I always get a decent feed at their house and I'm picking there won't be much at mine when I get there on Friday.

DS1 was threatening to come home for a holiday the next time I am away. I must get in touch and see if that is the case, in which case I might have to do some housework when home. Oh dear.

And that's about it for the time being. They are just on an hour late, but they are starting to file in. Long live UAT. (NOT) See ya

Ruthxxx 08-12-2008 07:08 AM

Whizzing through with a :wave: Whizzing is appropriate as I just collected a morning pee sample from Hershey. :lol: I'm going to drop it off at the vet and then carry on to Brockville. I need garam masala or the stuff to make it, need to pick up a book for Sister Joan and will try to get more of the el cheapo blueberries. There cooler morning are causing my squirrel personality to kick in!

Have a terrific Tuesday! I'm off to "yell" at the South Beachers who, with one exception, are a great group. :rofl:

diyana 08-12-2008 08:23 AM

Good Morning ladies --

I felt a migraine coming on after I got home yesterday (it was a stressful day at work), so I skipped the gym. Migraines and increased blood pressure/pulse rate aren't a good mix. I have been walking 2 miles every day at lunch, so I don't feel too guilty if I skip the gym in the evenings. Of course, since I want to have lost a total of 46 lbs by my 46th b'day (5 more pounds in 4 weeks), I've got to eat less and workout more.

Happy - I wish I'd read your post about the meteor shower this morning. DH must've forgotten and neither one of us woke up early. You asked where we go hiking....sometimes we hike/walk along the shore of Lake Michigan (either near Milwaukee or in Sheboygan). Sometimes we hike in various parks in the Kettle Moraine hills (we live in the northern Kettle Moraines). And my 2 mile walk at lunch is around the office park and really does a great job of clearing my head and relieving the morning's stress. I chuckled when you said you don't do T shirts....I have drawers and drawers of t-shirts. I live in t-shirts and jeans (or jean shorts) on the weekends. What a nice shopping spree...to save more money than you spend! Good for you! Kohls had an Associate shop day last weekend where associates get an extra 15% off in addition to our discount and any sale prices, so I got DH 4 polo shirts that are made of the dry wicking fabric. I got myself a knit shirt for work, a pair of jeans, and two pairs of workout capris on clearance for $4.90 each after my discount, and 3 t-shirts on clearance for $2 each ($1.40 each after the discount). I also went to the store last night for fruit - grapes, blueberries, and canteloupe.

Shad - I googled Jakarta Orchid Garden and found the Bali Orchid Garden (http://www.indonesialogue.com/planni...id-garden.html). And I also found this link (http://www.asiarooms.com/travel-guid...ens/index.html) but still no address. And here's a link (http://www.my-indonesia.info/page.php?ic=7&id=1281) that says the Orchid Garden (Taman Anggrek) is in Taman Mini Indonesia Indah complex. I hope this helps. I hope you're able to come up with more "statistics" for your report. So Jakarta time is an hour late? Sheesh.

Ruth - My step-mom is going to start the South Beach diet today. Though she doesn't know about this website...she doesn't go on the internet too much. She doesn't have a lot to lose...her problem is she entertains a lot and goes to all kinds of get togethers where there's always food. Hopefully, she'll be able to stay disciplined enough to stick with South Beach.

Time for me to get a move on!

Love and hugs,


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