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diyana 08-25-2008 10:48 AM

Happy Monday everyone -

I had a great PT appt this morning. This therapist REALLY knows her stuff and since she has had a similar injury to mine, she really knew where she needed to focus. There was lots of stretching, manipulation and massage. There were times when the manipulation and stretches were QUITE painful :yikes: :censored: -- a sign that I really need to do daily stretching at home to increase flexibility. I already feel less tightness, less pain. Yay! She also gave me stretches to do at home and the go ahead to go to the gym. But I have to warm up for 5 minutes, stretch for 5 minutes, do my workout or class, and then stretch for another 5 minutes. No more in and out of there for just a class. I have plans tonight so I don't think I'll get to the gym. But I will walk at lunch. I'm supposed to go back for PT on Wednesday and on Thursday.

Jen - Thanks for the update on Mel.

Mel - Glad to hear you're doing a bit better. Please take good care of yourself and don't overdo.

Shad - I hope your week in JK goes well.

Happy - Yes, Labor Day is just around the corner, football season is starting, and the Farmers Almanac says it's going to be a colder and snowier winter than last year. How the :censored: can it be any snowier! :tantrum: Yes, I did get a lower back massage with my PT, but it was an incredibly deep tissue massage and at times painful. But I feel better for it now. Definitely loosened up the muscles and joints around my low back, hips and arse. Your Chinese food meal sounds soooo yummy! I wish my DH liked Chinese food...but probably better that he doesn't - I don't have it very often. And yes, the MSG and deep fried food really make me feel out of sorts too. How cool that you saw the butterfly emerging from it's crysalis! I got to see a cicada do the same thing this year for the first time. Would love to see a butterfly emerge though. Thanks for the lovely story and photo of the newborn beauty! I hope your appt with your ENT goes well. Sending you :hug: $2.57 for gas! OMG! That's wonderful! Here are prices are $3.89 for regular and up to $4.07 for premium. And it may go up soon as they will be switching to "winter blend" gas in a month or two.

Annie - So glad you had a nice time with your DS. What is a cornhole tournament?? BTW, my tomatoes are finally starting to ripen! Yum!! Lots of cherry and grape tomatoes....and a few of the regular tomatoes too. Yes, I have photos. I have a before photo of myself from last Xmas. Yuck. No current photos, but I'll see if DH can take one. I've been meaning to tell you. My niece (in her mid 20s) just had lap band surgery a few weeks ago. Not sure of the exact type of lap band. I hope she's aware of all the do's and don'ts in terms of what she can and cannot eat/drink from now on. They haven't inflated the band yet...so there's little or no restriction yet. I hope it helps her and I hope she commits to the necessary lifestyle changes to make it work.

Madcat - You live in Toronto, right? My DH and I have talked about moving to Toronto or the suburbs someday. What's it like? I wonder how difficult it would be to move to Canada in terms of getting permission to move there, work there, etc. I hope your knees and hips feel better. My PT is really focusing on my hip flexors, quads, hamstrings and glutes. I didn't know there were that many ways my legs/hips could bend! :yikes: :lol:

Ruth - I hope Hershey is doing well. I'm sure you miss her terribly. Sending lots of love and hugs to you, Hersh and Disney.

Ceejay - I wish our Walmart had good produce and meats....our grocery store is better for that. But I buy frozen foods and staples at Walmart. Bummer that you can't be with your relatives over labor day weekend.

Gotta get going, ladies. I have A TON of work to get done!

Love and hugs to all,

ceejay52 08-25-2008 06:51 PM

I don't want to go back to work tomorrow.:tantrum:I'm still tired.

I did some errands today but that's about it.

happy2bme 08-25-2008 06:58 PM

Look out Ceejay - the remants of Hurricane Fay are easing up your way. We've had torrential downpours for most of the afternoon.

Michelle - I'm glad you got a good therapist but ouch on the massage. I hate those deep tissue ones - especially if "Helga" is a bit ambitious.

Our gas came down to about $3.30 for the lowest grade. One of the grocery chains here gives you 5 cents a gallon off for every $25 you spend. It's good for 30 days and you can get up to 15 gallons. With being more careful with driving I can almost stretch it to filling up every 2 weeks so with 2 shopping trips in between, I can generally rack up a pretty good discount. But you guys are way higher on gas than down here.

I have scheduled a vacation day the day after Labor Day. Going to use the longer weekend to tackle that garage.

The cat came in when it started to pour and she wants out in the worst way but when we open the door she's not venturing out. She keeps going to the door every 5 minutes - did it stop raining yet???

Gotta go make dinner now...

Shad 08-25-2008 08:30 PM

Morning all,
Not a lot to report here , it's fine, smoggy and warm. I've shifted office so I can see outside. There is a mosque down there, a raft of orange-red tiled houses - well shanties really - some tall white buildings and some blue glass ones with pointy bits on them. I suspect that I will get to hear the muzzein call from here 5 times today. Still it will be worth it to get some air con and a view.
I'm sort of in limbo on this project. Stuck between the devil and the deep blue sea. I'm having problems getting people to training. I'm having a few problems with what to train them because sometimes times are changing immediately after I have finished the doco. Go live is next Monday and I don't really care too much at this time.

Having said that, I'd better start to care and go get the stuff for today sorted out. No personals today I'm sorry, maybe tonight.

Shy Moment 08-25-2008 08:31 PM

Just popping in to say hi. Things are going slowly around here with this darn knee but I am getting things done. Can't wait to head out to the camp grounds for the long weekend. Little Bella got to experience nature face to face last night. Not the cute little bunnies that she loves to chase around the yard. Oh No. She got to meet a skunk face to face. It is a lovely experience to try to make your sweet little dog not smell like a skunk. It is even a nicer experience to get her kind of not smelling like a skunk and then wake up with her sleeping RIGHT BY YOUR FACE. I tried to make her sleep in her bed but she was so afraid after her experience she didn't want to be away from me. I thought ok you can sleep with me, she always sleeps at the foot of the bed. NOT last night she didn't lol.

diyana 08-26-2008 08:55 AM

Happy Tuesday ladies -

I didn't get to the gym last night, but I did do lots of stretching. And I stretched some more this morning. I can still feel areas of tightness, but the pain has lessened a bit.

Happy - I'm glad all you got out of Fay was rain. Wow, your gas is much cheaper down there. I need to fill up just about every 8 or 9 days (if I carpool). Good for you for taking a longer Labor Day weekend. We need to tackle our garage, basement and the rest of the house for that matter. The garage we'll get done while the weather is relatively nice, but the basement is a project for cold wintery days.

Ceejay - I hope you have a good work week. Do you have to work all Labor Day weekend?

Shad - I can totally understand your frustration. It's hard when things keep changing and also when people don't make training a priority in their schedule. Enjoy your outside view. When the muzzein calls, do people take a break from their jobs to go pray for a certain amount of time? Are the calls at specific times...or is it random. I'm thinking it would be difficult to schedule training around muzzein calls.

Rennie - Take it easy with your knee...and rest when it tells you to. Poor Bella! I hope the skunk scent fades soon.

A big :wave: to Annie, Ruth, Madcat, Carla, Mel and anyone else I may have missed.

Love and hugs,

happy2bme 08-26-2008 08:56 AM

Good morning ladies,

Quick shot for me today. Had my hearing checked yesterday. Doc says I'm doing just fine. My concern about inability to hear at times he said is perfectly normal. As we age we lose the ability to focus out all the other background noise and listen to just one thing - hence we think we are missing hearing stuff when it's really all the other simultaneous noises that are poking their noses into our ears. He said we just have to learn to adapt, just like we do as our eyes get weaker. As for the water in the ears, he said I have a curved eardrum which is quite normal. Just gives the water more room to settle down. Some "Swimmers Ear" drops with alchohol ( no not that kind :hat: ) will help to clear things up. And he showed me a better way to drain the water out.

So at least with visiting all these doctors I am getting confirmation that I'm not as decrepit as I thought I was :lol:

Oh Shy - yuck, yuck yuck. Bella would not be sleeping with me if she went out tangoing with a skunk! :eek: Geez a fresh one will bring tears to your eyes. But hopefully she has learned she can never win a confrontation with one :lol:

That's quite an interesting view you have there Shad. But at least you have a bit of the cooling winds of the a/c. I would think the muzzein would drive me nuts after a while or is it more like a ticking clock that you ignore?

How you doin' Mel? (She says in her best Joey Tribiani New Yok immitation) :lol: Hope you are feeling better.

Feeling a bit less kinked up today Michelle?

When's the ice cream party Annie? My boss must have heard me envying you as she is setting up a team social event for Friday :cp: We also get out early for the holiday. Something to LOOK FORWARD TO! :yay:

C'mon Ceejay - out of bed and off to work like the rest of us :lol:

:wave: Madcat, Ruth and the rest of the crew.

I hear Mr. Curly yowling for his breakfast out back. Just fed Mr. Feral so I have to make sure the boys don't start something with each other. Have a good one...

happy2bme 08-26-2008 08:58 AM

:wave: Michelle - I see we posted over each other. Sounds like it's going to take a while to get all the tightness relaxed. Just take it slow as you well know :hug:

MELODY525 08-26-2008 09:35 AM

MICHELLE...GLAD THE PT IS A GOOD ONE. THEY ARE HARD TO FIND SOMETIMES. ALSO VERY HAPPY TO HEAR THE PAIN IS LESSENING. :hug: SENDING GOOD THOUGHTS TO YOUR BACK AND ALSO TO YOUR NIECE. I HOPE SHE WILL DO VERY WELL!! :cheer3:

MADCAT...TAKE THE KUDOS ANYWAY! :rofl: I HOPE THE BODY FEELS BETTER SOON AND SEND SOME GOOD OLD-FASHIONED HUGS :hug: :hug: HOW IS MR. MADCAT?
MISSED YOU LADY!

CEEJAY...HOPE THE DAY GOES QUICKLY FOR YOU! I CAN UNDERSTAND THE FEELING OF NOT WANTING TO GO BACK!!! :lol3: :lol3:

HAPPY...HOPE IT ALL WENT WELL WITH THE DR APPT. :hug: YOU CAN HAVE CHINESE WITH ME ANY DAY!! :eating2: LOVE CHINESE!! THE BUTTERFLY WAS TOO WONDERFUL AND I CAN JUST IMAGINE THE DH IN HIS GLORY!! I STILL REMEMBER ALL THE PHOTOS FROM THAT ALBUM ON THE NET!! MAYBE YOU SHOULD POST THE LINK TO WEBSHOTS AGAIN. OTHERS MIGHT LIKE TO LOOK AT THE DH'S HANDIWORK! I WILL TAKE A LONG HOLIDAY WITH YOU....MIGHT EVEN HELP YOU WITH THE GARAGE:encore:

SHAD...DON'T WORRY ABOUT PERSONALS. JUST FOCUS ON GOING LIVE. SENDING MANY HUGS TO YOU AS WELL :hug: PORANGI IS IMPROVING...OF SORTS :rofl:

RENNIE...PU!!!!!!!!! :cry: POOR BELLA. HOPE THE KNEE FEELS BETTER. HAPPY CAMPING!

ANNIE...I THINK WE ARE ALL GOING TO MOVE BY YOU. SEE IF YOU CAN FIND US ALL JOBS OK?? I LIKE ALL THE EVENTS THE COMPANY DOES. MUST BE WONDERFUL TO HAVE ALL THESE GET TOGETHERS!! :dance:

:wave: TO OUR BUSY RUTH!!

CARLA....HOPE EVERY DAY BRINGS YOU BACK TO BEING 100% OR AS CLOSE AS YOU WERE TO THAT FIGURE!! :hug: NOW IS THE TIME FOR A GOOD OLD CHANGE OF LIFESTYLE!! :getwell:

:write: I HOPE I HAVEN'T FORGOTTEN ANYONE. I DIDN'T TAKE NOTES AND JEN'S NOT HERE.
I WAS GOING FOOD SHOPPING BUT JUST NOT UP TO IT. JEN AND RICHIE ARE GOING FRIDAY INSTEAD. I REALLY DON'T NEED TOO MUCH CAUSE I DID A LOT LAST WEEK IN ANTICIPATION OF THIS PATCH OF RECURRING BAD ROAD.
PART OF ME IS LOOKING FORWARD TO SEPTEMBER. I COULD USE A CHANGE!! OUR BLDG BBQ IS ON THE 4TH AND I CAN SMELL THE BURGERS ALREADY!:burger:
THE SENIORS ARE AT WAR WITH EACH OTHER. A DIVISION OF RACES....AND ALL OVER THE USE OF THE COMMUNITY ROOM AT NIGHT :faint: IT'S BEING LEAD BY 2 "WHITE SUPREMISTS"(SP) GOD SAVE US FROM IGNORANCE! :rollpin: HOPING THAT THIS TOO SHALL PASS OR IT'S GOING TO BE A VERY LONG WINTER.
I AM STAYING INDOORS TODAY. TOO HUMID. AND THE KIDS ARE SPENDING TIME HERE TODAY.:beach:
HAPPY TUESDAY/WEDNESDAY :moped:

MELODY525 08-26-2008 09:41 AM

HELLO HAPPY :wave: THE SOCIAL SOUNDS NICE TOO. GLAD ANNIE'S HINTS GOT TO YOUR NECK OF THE WOODS! :rofl: GLAD THE VISIT WENT WELL. I TELL THE SENIORS THEY SUFFER FROM "SURROUND SOUND". EVERYTHING GOING IN BUT THE PERSON STANDING RIGHT IN FRONT OF THEM :rofl: ME INCLUDED!!

MICHELLE...GLAD THE PAIN IS STILL LESSENING :hug:

annie175 08-26-2008 12:56 PM

Good Tuesday Morning.

To all the inquiring minds...Happy, Michelle, Shad, Madcat..Cornhole is two wooden boxes with a hole on the top, spaced 25 feet apart that you throw bean bags in.. It is really big here in the sticks. Where the corn part came from I do not know.

Happy I love the butterfly story. I collect butterfly stuff.

Michelle...good luck with therapy.


Not much going on here, just busy at work. High today 75 and NO humidity. Whew who

Hey to everyone.

Love and Hugs

Madcat 08-26-2008 01:18 PM

Michelle~ Yep I am a Torontonian by birth and by inclination, so you won’t get a very unbiased opinion from me, but I think Toronto is a great city. It is safe, easy to navigate, and one of the most open and multicultural cities on the planet (even the UN says so). It really just a bunch of distinct neighbourhoods roughly bundled into a city – but that’s what makes it interesting. Lots to do, clean and the people are very accepting of other people’s quirks, need I go on? Yeah, I know the rest of Canada hates us for our smugness, but I can’t really imagine living anywhere else (ok, maybe London or Paris or New York. I’m a city kid). As for how hard it would be to get in, it would really depend on your skill set. I think NAFTA has made getting in from the US a bit easier for some people, but I’m not sure. The few people I know who moved here from the US did so to marry Canadians… and think that’s probably not really an option for the two of you. Shad or Carla might be able to provide a more unbiased view.

Ceejay~ I know how you feel about not wanting to go back to work. It’s the one bad part about having time off, isn’t it?

Happy~ good idea to take that extra day off, but you’d waste it cleaning? How virtuous of you! We’re been paying close to $5 for gas up hear for a while. Your poor kitten. Aren’t you suppose to be in charge of weather? Good news about your ears. Just another fun aspect of being a woman of a certain age (as the French would say).

Shad~ Take care in that grey shadow of the project. It will all work out, you know, cause it always does one way or another. Is it just me or does this project you are on seem somewhat more organized than some of the others you’ve done? BTW the 178 page user guide was not written by me - if was actually from a vendor that we are going to be using. I love reading other people’s docs sometimes. This one was “by the book” but I still hear myself saying, oh I wouldn’t have done that.

Shy~ Hope you have a nice and not smelly trip.

Mel~ You are having a race riot in your building, are you? Yeah, God save us from ignorance, indeed. You would think in this day and age people would know better. Somebody needs their butts kicked – not that ever changes anyone’s mind, but it would be satisfying for the kicker. Keep your head down, honey, and don’t take it personally. Shall we get you a ringmaster’s costume and a whip and chair? Sounds as if they are restless in the circus.

Ok, I have to get back to work. Shuffling between offices. It would be quieter to work at my other office where there are fewer interruptions, but this desk has a computer with two monitors and I’m spoiled. It is so much easier to have the thing I am working on open in one screen and my document in the other. Luxury!!! I’ve been at the gym this morning, but my knee is bugging me. I think it’s just overuse and the cooler morning weather that is aggravating it. I think I’ll take a gym day off tomorrow to recover. See y’all later.

diyana 08-26-2008 02:06 PM

Lunch time check in....

Just went for a 2 mile walk....was probably a bit too long as my back and leg are now sore. I'll do some stretching and hopefully work some of the kinks out.

Happy - I think it is going to take awhile to loosen up all the tightness. Yeooow! If my legs stop spasming, I want to go to the gym tonight to work on the treddie...but if all I can do tonight is stretching, I might as well do that at home. I tend to be a very impatient person....so taking things slow and patiently is difficult for me. But I think my lower body will rebel if I push it too far too fast. I'm so glad that your hearing is normal. I'm noticing that it's becoming more difficult to block out the background noise. I think the other type of alcohol would be a more fun way to treat swimmers ear. I loved your Joey Tribiani immitation (Friends was one of my fave tv shows). Your team social sounds nice. We get a 1/2 day off on Friday for the holiday. But I decided to take a 1/2 day of vacation to get all of Friday off.

Annie - Can I come to the ice cream party? Thanks for explaning what cornhole is. I live out in the sticks too...but the games of choice here are Tailgate Toss, Washers and Ladder Golf. We're having the same gorgeous weather as you...mid 70s, no humidity and cool at night.

Mel - I think you, me and Happy should go out for Chinese food together. What city would be in the middle of the 3 of us? Sorry to hear about the race war in the community room. Why can't people just get along?! I hope it gets resolved quickly and ammicably.

Madcat - Thanks for all your great insight on Toronto. It sounds like a great place to live. Maybe one of these years, DH and I will move across the border.

Well, gotta get back to work.

I hope everyone is having a good day!

ceejay52 08-26-2008 05:34 PM

Rennie
Poor Bella. I've heard that tomato juice is good to rid the scent of skunks.

Mel
Glad you are feeling better.

Happy
We got a heavy rain out of Fay. It was weird seeing a storm brewing in the East. I thought about you. I've done the alcohol thing for my ears before. It works well. I've been thinking about doing it again but I have a dr.'s appointment on 9-2-08. My main concern is why do my nose and head get so congested at night.

To all the others a big hello :wave:

MELODY525 08-26-2008 07:58 PM

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY CEEJAY!!!

:hb: WISHING YOU A WONDERFUL BIRTHDAY AND HOPE ALL YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE!! HAVE A GREAT DAY!! :gift:

MELODY525 08-27-2008 08:07 AM

ANNIE,,..THE NAME IS FROM THE ORIGINAL GAME. SMALL BAGS WERE FILLED WITH CORN AND TOSSED INTO THE HOLES. GUESS THEY WERE THE FIRST BEANBAGS!! MAYBE I SHOULD GET THE SENIORS TO TRY THIS GAME!! ANNIE I HAVE TO ASK WHERE YOUR FAIRY IS?? AVATAR THAT IS.

MADCAT...I CROWN YOU MRS TORONTONIAN 2008 :queen:
IF THEY ACCEPT QUIRKY PEOPLE IT'S NICE TO KNOW WE WOULD ALL FIT IN JUST FINE!! NO WONDER YOU LOVE US :love: YES SEND DOWN THE WHIPS...AND MAYBE SOME CHAINS. I'LL CHAIN THEM TO MY CHARIOT AND DRAG THEM AROUND THE ARENA!! CAN YOU FEEL MY VIOLENCE ESCALATING? :rofl: :rofl: LISTEN TO THAT KNEE!! YOU'RE AS BAD AS I AM. SO GIVE IT SOME TLC!
LOVE THE KITTY AVATAR!

MICHELLE...SOMEWHERE IN THE MIDDLE OF US NALL THERE MUST BE AT LEAST ONE GOOD CHINESE RESTAURANT! :lol3: DON'T TRY TO BE SUPERWOMAN WITH GETTING BACK ON THE EXERCISE TRACK. YOU WILL ONLY END UP IN PAIN AGAIN AND UNDO ALL THE GOOD!! :tantrum: DON'T MAKE ME COME THERE AND SMACK YOU ALONG SIDE YOUR HEAD. CAUSE I AM VERY GOOD AT THAT!! BUT I WILL HAVE TO USE MY RIGHT ARM :rofl: :rofl: SEEMS I DON'T LISTEN TO MY OWN ADVICE!

:hb: HAPPY BIRTHDAY AGAIN CEEJAY:gift:
:cheer2: HAVE A GREAT DAY !!!! :cheer3:
WE HAVEN'T GOTTEN OUR THUNDERSTORMS. THEY SEEM TO KEEP MISSING US WHEN PREDICTED. MAYBE THEY HEADED YOUR WAY! :rain: ROFL



IT'S BEEN A LONG WEEK ALREADY AND IT'S ONLY WEDNESDAY! :cry:
I AM TAKING THE DAY OFF FROM LIFE. ONLY BECAUSE I CAN AND DON'T GET DOCKED IN MY PAY. :dance:
I HAVE NOTHING PLANNED AND ONLY SOME WASH THAT CAN WAIT. MAYBE A RIDE AND SOME SUN. IT'S A BALMY 72 THIS MORNING. THE CONSTRUCTION MEN ARE AT IT HAMMER AND TONGS TODAY. SO IT WOULD BE GOOD TO TAKE A RIDE WHERE IT'S QUIETER....IN THE CITY :faint:
I THINK THAT'S AN OXYMORON...OR I AM A MORON.
HAPPY WEDNESDAY...NOW GET OUT THERE AND START HUMPING!! :belly:

happy2bme 08-27-2008 08:56 AM

Happy Birthday Ceejay!!!! Hope you have a wonderful day!

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happy2bme 08-27-2008 08:57 AM

Hi chicks,

I'm just breezing through this morning. Still having issues with the glucophage so I'm spending more time in the loo and less in front of the computer.

I will try and get back at lunch time.

Ruthxxx 08-27-2008 09:50 AM

Quickie report just to say that Hershey definitely has Cushings, the treatable kind. Whew! I am much relieved and am now able to get on with life without constant nagging worry about my darling girl. It'll take a while for her to get back into full furry plumage so I'm posting a picture to remind me of how gorgeous she really is.

diyana 08-27-2008 10:23 AM

Happy Wednesday everyone! And Happy Birthday Ceejay!

I didn't get to the gym last night as my back/legs were sore. But I did do my stretches and felt a bit better. I stretched this morning too...and in an hour or so I'll be going to PT. The company I work for has a "Wellness Center" down the street for employees, complete with a doctor, nurses, lab techs, physical therapy and pharmacy. It's very convenient to go to an appointment during the work day. I really want to go back to the gym ASAP...but my body keeps reminding me that I have to take it slowly. Aaargh. Have I mentioned I'm not a patient person! :lol:

Mel - Okay, I get it. I'll take it slowly...no need to threaten me with a smack upside my head. Enjoy your day off and relax.

Happy - I hope your body adjusts to the Glucophage soon so you can spend less time in the loo.

Ruth - Hershey sure is gorgeous! And since her Cushings is treatable, she'll get back to full furriness before too long. Big :hug: to you both.

A big :wave: to Shad, Rennie, Madcat, Annie and everyone else. I hope you are all having a good day.

Gotta get more work done before PT. I'll try and check in later.

Hugs,

annie175 08-27-2008 11:48 AM

Happy Hump Day!!

Happy Happy Birthday to Ceejay!!! I would sing for you but everyone would wonder where all the screeching was coming from.

Michelle...do come to the ice cream party this afternoon. I would love to meet you in person, well I would love to meet all you great ladies in person. The party is at 3:00pm in conference room 2F. See you there. We also play all those games you mentioned here in Hoosier land. Must be a country sticks thing.

Ruth...thank God Hershey is treatable and will get better.

MEL...got rid of the fairy, it was time. I guess I am fairyless.

Madcat...don't work too hard, wow, two offices, that must make you nuts.

Happy...huh, what did you say....hehehehe

Hidee Ho to all I missed.

Love and Hugs

Annie

happy2bme 08-27-2008 01:23 PM

All about me – you can skip to the next post if you like…

Well okey dokey. A yippee and a rant from me today. First the yippee. Yesterday we got our blood glucose testing meters from the program I’m in now. And they gave us the GOOD ones! Actually I was impatient and bought the same one on Sunday. I thought it odd that the one I bought had no supplies to it and I went back on Monday night and complained to the pharmacist as I stocked up. Then I get the same one last night and it’s got a week’s starter supply of the 3 things I should have gotten in the first one! So it’s kind of obvious someone bought it, used it and carefully resealed and returned it. Dirty dogs!!!! :mad: But along with our meter we got a copy of our fasting blood test results. My fasting glucose was 85 – NORMAL!!!!! (It’s been reading 99 to 104 at the doctors office which I attribute to the 1 cup of coffee I had in the morning and the wonders of the glucophage even tho it is making me retchedly sick for a few hours practically every morning.). And my cholesterol was 233 at the doctor’s office 2nd week in July and was 191 with a true fasting test. Just enough under 200 to be NORMAL!!!! And I tested my blood sugar 2 hours after I ate a slightly carby Chinese meal and it was 104 – still good. So… I’m not deaf, I’m finally exercising again, my blood work is looking good – what more can a girl ask for?

Now for my rant. We have a new cook in the cafeteria. He also works at a local restaurant and I have to say the quality of the cafeteria food has risen up mucho notches (not to be confused with Buenos noches :rofl: ) since Mr. K has come on board. However, at least down in the south here there seems to be a heavy influence of spicy flavors in all the restaurants. My tummy is jazzy enough lately without more speecy spicy in it. So today’s option was Chef Wang’s Sweet and Sour Chicken. Bits of chicken, lots of bright veggies. I asked K if it was spicy. No ‘mam he says. So I get an order. Get back to my desk, take a bite, it is yum yum good. 30 seconds later – FIRE IN THE HOLE!!! :eek: OMG – I look at the container and there are bits of red pepper flakes liberally laced all over. So, what party of no ‘mam this isn’t spicy does this apply to???? I debated about walking back to the cafeteria and returning it all but then my only other option would have been a cheeseburger or cream of broccoli soup. So I ate the chicken with a Pepcid chaser. Maybe I should go and get some milk.

Stay tuned, I'm working on the all about you post...

diyana 08-27-2008 01:24 PM

Drat Annie! I've got a meeting at 3 pm, otherwise you know I'd be there.

I just had my 2nd PT session. Oh my! No massage or anything today...(hopefully that will come tomorrow). Today was teaching me how to do a circuit of core/resistance exercises, and she worked me hard. My back didn't get sore...and I did get a workout, which was great. Now if I go to the gym tonight, I'll only need to do cardio because I did more than enough resistance training.

I brought comfy knit shorts to change into - thinking it would be more manipulation. I'm glad I did...I wouldn't have been able to do all those exercises in my work slacks. I just wish I brought a t-shirt...as I perspired a bit - and I have two meetings this afternoon.

Anyway, gotta get some work done.

Talk to you chicks later!

happy2bme 08-27-2008 02:04 PM

Annie – my durn badge won’t let me into your office. Can you just bring me a plain scoop of vanilla out the back door? :lol: Are you on CST or EST time zone? Thanks for explaining corn hole – makes sense. I thought they used dried feed corn as well as dried peas in the burlap for the sacks. Haven’t played that in ages. Have fun!

Michelle – wow that on campus Wellness Center sounds great. It’s convenient AND it keeps you in the office longer not sitting out and about waiting on the docs – think the company factored that into the equation? :s: :lol: Anyway I think it’s a great perk. Geez girl, sounds like you really tied yourself in a knot there. Can you swim for a while or don’t they have a pool at your gym? One way to get the cardio without stressing the back much. I’m sure even the recumbent bike would hurt and you certainly don’t want any unnecessary jostling around. How nice to have a 3 day weekend to look forward to. Make sure you do something enjoyable.

Ruth – I’m sorry to hear about Hershey but at least it’s treatable. She looks so soft.

Hey Mel – wanna play “fill my piehole” with me - :hungry: :rofl: Sssshhh don’t tell anyone but there is a vast food wasteland between New York and Chicago. At least I’ve never heard of Cleveland or Philly touted for their exceptional Chinese food. Michelle and I will hop the Amtrak over to you, how’s that? We’ll get her one of those reclining seats so she can be comfy and I’ll just stand with my face pressed against the window ooggling all the cows cuz there isn’t much of anything to see for most of the trip heading east. If we can time this around the New England fall colors, it would be most appreciated. DH is originally from Rhode Island and can you believe we’ve never seen a New England autumn?

Ceejay – hope you are having a great birthday and not working today. If Annie and I both screetch at the same time you are perfectly positioned to hear us in stereo :yikes:

Madcat – the only time I ventured out of the U.S. was when I went to Toronto. Oh wait, I guess Victoria B.C. counts too :o Anyway I agree with you, I was impressed with the city – nice, clean and I felt safe walking around. You get winters but not like Montreal or up there in the sticks by Ruth. And you don’t have to know French to get around :lol: Do you get the pretty fall leaf colors too? Funny that you talk about the dual monitor set up. My cube mate has the same thing and she just loves the 2 monitor deal. I’m holding out for the flat screen, wide aspect, takes up a cube wall monitors :rofl:

Poor Shad – lost and buried in the training mess. 2 things they never spend enough time on and always trim to meet their implementation deadlines are training and end user reports. I sat through some training myself and while the team was enthusiastic and committed, it was obvious they were kept in the dark about a lot of the last minute changes. Hope you are keeping your sanity – it’s a tough job you have there.

Lunch is over, time to punch back in. Later kids…

diyana 08-27-2008 03:28 PM

Hey Happy - Yes, my pool does have a gym....but something about the chlorine or whatever chemicals makes me get winded doing laps faster than on a treddie or bike.

I'll find something to do tonight at the gym, and yes, Mel, I will take it slow.

As for the Wellness Center, yes, it's a win-win situation....It's affordable and convenient for employees and the company likes that employees aren't away from the office for hours traveling to and from the doctor's office. They only do basic exams and treatment there, no specialists or anything, but having PT so close by is really nice.

Shy Moment 08-27-2008 08:33 PM

Just popped in to say hello. Happy birthday Cee. Bella is now all better. A little tomato juice and a little scotch fixed her right up. In her bath not in her water bowl lol. Sure glad Hershey is going to be ok.

Shad 08-27-2008 08:46 PM

Puff, puff, puff.
Just running in to say hello and out again. Maybe next week we will be able to chat again. Up to my ears with last minute things now, not mention dragging some clinging Indonesians around and trying to calm the fears. Sure is a scary monster this SAP.

2 workdays and 2 weekend days to 'go-live' and no everything is not finished, they are not trained to perfection, they are not ready, they are panicking - it's like the entire world just fell in down here. I think I am the only one who is not developing an ulcer or becoming paranoid. I can't do much more, because there is nothing ready for me to train until tomorrow, and I am developing some data for that today. I'm also getting ready to work with the intranet mob to get our documentation up into Knowledge Warehouse. So I am chatting in Australian with Adelaide, trying to make sense in Bahasa and having a hard time understanding the Pretorian South African accent. Not to mention a Kiwi or two thrown in and the BIG Cheese is Irish. No wonder I am going deaf.

Ruth, glad Hershey is treatable, it won't be long before she is back to her normal self. However she will probably shed hair for the rest of her days. Shad left huge deposits of the stuff around but never actually went bald.

Happy - good going on the medical side. Bit more effort and you will see and feel the difference. Those minutes are all adding up. Well done.

Ceejay - :balloons: :party: :HB: :gift: :queen: for a happy birthday. Sorry if it is late but you really shouldn't have a birthday when we are at the go-live stage.

Mel - take care of that arm. No point in having 2 out of commission. Need one to feed yourself that chinese dinner you and happy and michelle are contemplating. You should just rock up at Ceejays and get her to do it for you. Durn it I might even get there myself.

Gotta go. Too much to do, too little time. Sorry for those I've missed. Blowing kisses your way instead

And Ceejay - get out there and party. You need some ME time.

MELODY525 08-28-2008 07:59 AM

:wave: HAPPY....I SEE YOUR EGG LIT :hug: SPRAKING OF AUTUMN...I WENT FOR A RIDE AND SOME LEAVES ARE ALREADY ON THE GROUND HERE! MUST HAVE BEEN THE COLD SNAP WE HAD WITH THOSE MONSTROUS WINDS AND RAINS. I WAS SAD TO SEE THEM AND HAPPY AT THE SAME TIME. I LOVE FALL.

HAPPY & MICHELLE...YESTERDAY I HAD CHINESE FOOD. TODAY I LOOK LIKE A BLIMP!! WE GOT TREATED TO LUNCH AFTER THE AUDIT AND I WENT DOWN. SURPRISE CHINESE! :rofl: DRINKING LOTS OF WATER LAST NIGHT AND TODAY! :cry: BUT IT WAS GOOD:hun:

MICHELLE...HOPE THE LEGS FEEL BETTER :rollpin: BUT I AM CRACKING UP OVER HERE. :rofl: I LOVE THAT WELLNESS CENTER IDEA TOO. GOOD COMPANY.

RUTH...HERSHEY IS BEAUTIFUL INSIDE AND OUT :hug:

ANNIE...I SHOULD HAVE EATEN YOUR ICE CREAM INSTEAD OF MY CHINESE....MY FEET WOULD BE A LOT HAPPIER TODAY :lol3: :lol3:

RENNIE...I THOUGHT THE JUICE WAS FOR BELLA AND THE SCOTCH WAS FOR YOU! :cheers:

SHAD....
"So I am chatting in Australian with Adelaide, trying to make sense in Bahasa and having a hard time understanding the Pretorian South African accent. Not to mention a Kiwi or two thrown in and the BIG Cheese is Irish. No wonder I am going deaf."<-----THIS WOULD BE ALL GREEK TO ME :faint: SENDING YOU LOTS OF HUGS :hug: AND GOOD THOUGHTS. WE HAVE FAITH IN YOU AND THEY MUST TOO OR THEY WOULDN'T HAVE DRAGGED YOUR MAORI BUTT TO JK! :belly: HOPE YOU GET A LITTLE REST TOO :beach: DID YOU SAY THEY HAVE UMBRELLA DRINKS??????

:cofdate: GOOD MORNING CHICKIES OF THE WORLD.
HOPE EVERYONE IS WELL AND HAPPY TODAY. NOT MUCH NEW. WAS A BUSY DAY BUT THE KIND YOU LIE IN BED WONDERING "WHAT WAS THAT ALL ABOUT". NOTHING GOT ACCOMPLISHED IN THE LOWER REGIONS OF THE BLDG AND IT WAS ALL A WASTE OF MY TIME. SPENDING TIME TODAY ON ME AND CELL IS TURNED OFF. :beach:
FOR SURE SOME DOWNTIME FOR ME TODAY.
HAPPY THURSDAY/FRIDAY :moped:

happy2bme 08-28-2008 08:02 AM

Good morning ladies,

Guess I'm the first one up here. Must be we're going to get some weather here. Got enough sleep last night but feel like I could still sleep 2 more hours. My first thought this morning (before the alarm went off) was ... it is Saturday yet? :lol: We are all sleepy here today - even the cat!

Shad, I am starting to think that utter chaos is the norm for every go live. People panicing and running about. I'm not sure when the next version is going through, only that it's next month which could be next week for all I know. Probably as they do tend to schedule things around the holidays and since it's the start of a new month that is usual optimal time for scheduling an install. People here too are hurrying through the halls, serious looks and notebooks in hand. They will bump you against the walls if you don't scurry out of the way. I'm late, I'm late - reminds me of Alice in Wonderland.

Anyway good luck to you. Sounds like you are the only calm one in the place. We will hold your spot while you organize and reassure the masses :D

Good to hear that Bella is a bit less of a little stinker Shy. :lol:

No word from Ceejay - must have been a good birthday.

I don't feel Mel and Michelle typing above my head this morning :comp: Must have slept in - NOT.

Annie is still running around saying - no thanks, I don't WANT ANY ICE CREAM THANK YOU VERY MUCH :lol:

Madcat is getting dizzy looking at 2 monitors at once :no:

Ruth is reigning them in on the South Beach board

And Carla is wondering if her incisions will ever stop itching.

All is normal in our little world.

And I'm off to work. See yah...

happy2bme 08-28-2008 08:07 AM

Ah so Mel must have been in stealth mode because she was above my head after all. You're getting good Mel :rofl:

I know what you mean about happy and meloncholy at the same time about the leaves *big sigh* We're getting more leaves in the pool too - I thought the same last weekend. We're about 3 months out for the colors though - ours just start to turn around Halloween. So right now it's schmutz leaves. :lol:

I too read Shad's comments about trying to speak and listen in tongues and I was lost too. I have a hard enough time with the Indian and South African accents and they are trying to do English. Shad is a much more cosmopolitan woman than we will ever be :lol3:

diyana 08-28-2008 09:28 AM

Happy Thursday ladies -

Yay! It's Friday for me. I'm taking tomorrow off to get a 4 day weekend! Ahhhhh. I didn't make it to the gym last night for cardio. My leg, hip, back and rear end were very sore...so I stayed home and did some stretches. I hope I can get back to the gym and SOON! I walked to the Wellness Center for physical therapy yesterday, and I'm going to be doing that today as I don't have my car (I carpooled). It's supposed to rain today, but hopefully, it won't rain during my walk there and back.

Tens of thousands of motorcycle riders have come to the Milwaukee area this weekend for the 105th anniversary of Harley Davidson. There are concerts and parties/festivals all over the area. The county fairgrounds right near our house turned itself into a campground for the bikers. There were even more here 5 years ago for the Harley 100th Anniversary. It's nice to see so many people enjoying riding on the open country roads. They follow the laws and the parties are fun even for non-bikers like me. DH and I plan to find some Harley festivities to enjoy this weekend, when we're not fishing that is.

Rennie - I'm glad to hear Bella is doing better. I didn't know that Scotch helped take away the skunk smell. Just like Mel said, I thought you were going to say the Scotch was for you! :lol:

Shad - Sounds like things are frantic now. I'm sure glad they have you to keep them calm and keep things under control. You've got quite a lot of dialects/accents you're listening to there. Must be tough trying to communicate clearly. Hang in there. You are so correct that birthdays shouldn't fall during go live. I once launched a MAJOR WEBSITE on my birthday....I was up for over 24 hours the day before and day off my birthday doing last minute tweaking. Then I got to go home and sleep for 4 hours before coming back for a GO LIVE LAUNCH PARTY, which was mandatory regardless of how exhausted we were. After the launch party, DH wanted to take me out to dinner....I just wanted to sleep. I'll never forget that awful birthday over 10 years ago.

Mel - I love autumn too. The Wisconsin fall colors are breathtaking - almost as beautiful as I remember growing up in Vermont. But I'd still like to have a few more weeks of summer before the air gets crisp and cool and the leaves start turning. My tomatoes have only just started to ripen for goodness sake! We need more summer, please. Glad to hear your relaxing today. Good for you!

It's getting time for me to get to work.

:wave: to Annie, Ceejay (hope your birthday was nice), Ruth, Madcat, Carla and everyone!

Love and hugs,

annie175 08-28-2008 10:11 AM

Happy Thursday to All.........

Happy...doesn't it feel great to be normal? and fire in the hole, don't be surprised if it is fire coming out of the hole too! hahaha We are on EST. Plan accordingly.

Michelle...You would be proud of me...I didn't eat one bite of icecream, and actually made a sunday for one of the managers that had to be on a conference call. Yeah Anne!! It too is my Friday day and a 4 day weekend. DD and I are going to St. Louis to see my Goddaughter's new baby...you know Olivia ANNE. hehe

MEL....come on down/up, would love very much to have you at our social.

Shad...slowdown and catch up with yourself girl.

I have found a great guy, well at least I think I have, but will have to tell you about him later. His name is Jeff.

I may not be back till Tuesday, so everyone have a fantastic weekend.

Gotta get busy.

Love and Hugs to All,

Annie

Madcat 08-28-2008 11:16 AM

Ceejay!! Happy (belated) Birthday, nice lady. :hat::hat::hat::hat::hat::hat:
I'm sorry am I late with the wishes, but they are sincere none the less.

diyana 08-28-2008 04:45 PM

Hey Annie - :congrats: on skipping the ice cream. You have tremendous willpower, but of course I already knew that about you! I hope you have a wonderful time in St. Louis with your namesake. I can't wait to hear about Jeff!!

I probably won't get a chance to check in tonight, but I will try and check in tomorrow unless we're in the boat fishing all day.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

ceejay52 08-28-2008 05:55 PM

Thanks everyone for the birthday wishes. There was no party cause I had to work, sigh. I'll save this day off for a better time.

Tee hee, my boss is forever telling me to turn down a chemical pump. He told me lower one today. I told him we were in the red on this pump. I didn't hear it pumping on one of my rounds. He burned it up. :dance: He thought it was going to pump turned completely off, honestly !!!!

Annie
Good for you in not eating ice cream. Have a fun week end and don't spoil Olivia Anne, but hold her once for me.

I'm so loving this cooler weather. We have had a couple of day's with light fog. The sun is so big and red when it comes up in the morning and while going down in the evening. The day's are diffinately getting shorter.

Shad 08-28-2008 08:40 PM

I FEEL like Alice through the looking glass!!!!

Actually Murphy's law applies today. 1 business day before go live - I have a big class to train. We are only finishing up the doco last night , there is a lightning and thunder show outside, the power goes out. Comes back, goes out. So we work until 9.00pm to get things finished. I leave then and K carries on to pull it all together. She is going to send me a copy of the finished manual when she's done. I get back to the hotel, send out for room service, my laundry hasn't come back, what! forgot to put my name and room number on the form!! Silly me. Laundry is found. Food arrives, it is 10.00pm. Get to bed around 11.00. I'm awake at 3.00am, no more sleep for me. I power up the computer to find the manual - might as well read this sucker and get myself emotionally prepared. Yikes, K has had trouble sending it (12.37am) and it has been declared a virus risk and the text is removed. No manual. Class in 1 hour. K is not a morning person and probably won't be here before 9 when the class is due to start and I don't know the full order or the first part of the course. Of course the rest of it I am fine with. But the first part is not my area of expertise and I didn't write the doco. This will be fun.
In case you hadn't worked it out yet. I am panicking!!!!! Talk about taking it to the wire!

Gotta go. See if I can annoy some natives - they are all getting ready for Ramadan which means that they will fast during the day and only eat after the sun goes down and before it gets up. There will be some grumpy people here next week I'm picking and not all because of SAP!

happy2bme 08-28-2008 11:26 PM

Shad - if I thought it would help, I'd send you a liquour bottle. Good heavens. I was going to send you some good vibes but by my calculations, you are already mid way through whatever the morning threw at you. Still :crossed: and :hug:

MELODY525 08-29-2008 08:49 AM

HAPPY...I FORGOT TO SAY A BIG CONGRATULATIONS ON THE NEW TESTER AND THE RESULTS :cheer3: I AM SO GLAD TO HEAR THIS NEWS :encore: YOU MUST BE THRILLED!! I AM TRYING STEALTH MODE AGAIN TODAY :write: WONDER IF YOU CAN FIND ME!!! :rofl:

ANNIE...CONGRATS ON PASSING UP THE ICE CREAM...ALTHOUGH ANYTIME YOU NEED A FRIEND TO EAT JUNK FOOD FOR YOU...I'M YOU GAL!! :hun: WISHING YOU GOOD THOUGHTS WITH JEFF :belly: :love:

MICHELLE...YOU ARE A MOTIVATIONAL WONDER TO ME! HAPPY FISHING AND EVERYTHING ELSE YOU HAVE PLANNED FOR THE NEXT 4 DAYS!!:scooter: I TOOK YOUR LEAD AND CALLED IN SICK THIS MORNING!

CEEJAY..FEELS GOOD TO BE RIGHT ABOUT THE PUMP I BET!! GLAD YOU SAVED THE DAY FOR A TIME WHEN IT WILL BE BETTER APPRECIATED OR NEEDED!! :hb:

SHAD...I WROTE A 5 PAGE E-MAIL. BEST NOT READ IT ALL AT ONCE LEST YOU GO BLIND :lol3: :lol3:

:wave: TO MADCAT!! CARLA!! RUTH!!!


:cofdate: DARK AND A BIT DRIZZLY HERE IN NJ AND THAT IS FINE WITH ME. I JUST LOST MY LOING POST AND HOPING NOT TO LOSE THIS ONE AS WELL. CALLED IN SICK SO I CAN HAVE A 4 DAY WEEKEND TOO. I DID ALL THE HELPING LAST MONTH'S END WITH THE OFFICE. THEY CAN DO THIS MONTH. MI NEEDED A REST AND GRABBED IT. NEVER GOT IT THE 2 DAYS I PLANNED FOR IT. SOMETHING ALWAYS CAME UP. THE DRAMA OF THE TENANTS HAS SUBSIDED NOW. THE DRAGONS MADE NICE TO ME YESTERDAY. THEY WILL ONLY HAVE ME FOR THE NEXT 3 DAYS AND CAME TO THEIR SENSES...FOR NOW THAT IS! :rofl: HOPING FOR A QUIET WEEKEND. :yoga:
GOING TO GET SHOWERED AND GET NEW JAMMIES ON. I SAVED THEM FOR THIS OCCASION. ALWAYS MEAKES ME FEEL BETTER SOMEHOW. GS AND I ARE GONNA HAVE A DVD DAY! :dance:
HAPPY FRIDAY EVERYONE AND ENJOY YOUR LABOR DAY WEEKEND!! FOR THOSE OF YOU OUTSIDE THE USA...CELEBRATE WITH US ANYWAY! :cheers:

annie175 08-29-2008 02:12 PM

Hi all,

Just jumping on before I tear out to St Louie. Jeff is wonderful. He has a really sexy voice, is kind and considerate, and not hard on the eyes. oh, and he kisses so dang great. Shu weeeeeee. I think I am in deep LIKE.

Chat on Tuesday when I get back.

Love and hugs

happy2bme 08-29-2008 04:32 PM

Hi ladies,

On to the start of a long weekend :carrot: :banana: carrot: :banana:

Annie - have a safe trip. Give the baby a big hug and take a good sniff of the sweet smelling baby for us :cloud9: Jeff sounds dreamy. We can't wait to hear more.

Thank you Mel. I can always find you - sometimes it takes a little longer than others :lol: I'm glad that you decided to take a long weekend yourself. It's about time. Whatcha got planned or are you just going to sit back and relax? :beach: I hope your weekend is quiet. Just call me if you need me to shoo people away :rollpin:

Michelle - hope the fishing was good this morning. Enjoy your long weekend. Is the back feeling better? I hope so, long hours in a boat is not the most comfy of accomodations. Yep, the Harley doings are something to see. DH went for the 100th anniversary but had to come back early because of family issues. I know he really enjoyed it and my SIL said they stood on a bridge and just watched thousands of bikes on 94 pass through town. Guess it's good revenue for the city.

Shad - I hope, hope, hope that at this moment you are in bed sleeping and not up and proofreading manuals or fretting about go live. Oh wait, you were the one pillar of sanity in the lot, weren't you? :crazy: best of luck to you. May it not be TOO horrid :eek:

Ceejay - I caught a few sunsets and they have been pretty lately - at least the big red sun. I'm down in the lower level of the gym when the sun comes up so I don't get to catch the sunrise. I too was surprised to see several foggy mornings. Looks like we might catch the very very tail end of hurricane Gustaf. The winds from Fay were quite startling. Clear, blue sky and then all of a sudden WHOOSH. Are you working this weekend?

Enjoy the camping Shy.

Madcat - must be getting to that time of year when it's great to get in a bike ride. Hope you and the DH can sneak one in this weekend.

I didn't want to get up this morning even tho I got enough sleep. I did get up and DH and I were at the gym by 5:30. I did some walking and put in an extra hard workout in the pool. I am trying to push myself to swim more consecutive laps. I know my arms got a good workout and I was huffing and puffing.

I just checked the pool outside (we got off early at the office) and the water has finally warmed up to where it's still pretty cold but it's the lowest temperature that I'd still consider to swim in. I don't know what I'll do. It's too shady now (at this temp you want the sun shining on you to keep you warm). Tomorrow I go get my hair colored and it's usually a good idea to keep out of the chlorine for a few days. Maybe I'll just go splash around the shallow end on Monday just to say that I got in it at least once this year :lol:

Anyway - have nothing else to say that wouldn't be just mindless babbling so I'll just wish everyone a nice weekend.


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