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Old 12-03-2018, 03:42 PM   #136  
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Good morning girls,


My sister said yesterday it was 3 weeks until Christmas. Well I guess this is another year that just passes me by! Tomorrow I go to the oral surgeon. We will see how many pounds of flesh that will cost me. Weekend was quiet for the most part, nothing very interesting to speak of. Mom is still making me crazy, DH has gone down that same path and tagged teamed with her. If it's not one, it's the other!


Ceejay - welcome home. Are you cold now? I hope Miley will be happy in Florida. She sounds like she prefers to have people around most of the time instead of the usual loner cat. Pets aren't for everyone, they take a big commitment and can put a dent in your plans and we both know.


Annie - I tend to agree with you about the level of effort put into work. Although you are getting probably the most generous severance package that I have seen. So stay positive and I hope you find something quick. This time of year used to be tough - not sure if still is because for job hunting they have usually not worked on the new year's budget so don't have the headcounts all in line yet. But you are talented so I'm saying all good things for you Look for something in the mail - reminded me of you and Mellie so I thought you'd get a smile out of it. How was the Polar Express? Pictures looked cute!


Laura - Ma Jong and Dominoes/Mexican Train - both matchy matchy games with rectangular tiles! I always enjoyed peeking at the decorated houses on my train ride also. I was also fond of napping! I smiled when you talked about the ice crashing from the building. I used to work in that white diamond top shaped building on Michigan and Randolph. Talk about an "ivory tower" -- LOL. With the slope of those windows, ice was always sliding down. I got used to it because my back was to it but at first it was quite scary! I remember once I was interviewing a candidate and my back was to the window. The poor interviewee kept dodging and flinching and apologizing all through the interview! Harder for them than me to deal with. I imagine you will see all sorts of incredible things up there. Do you face east? Will you get a good look at the Grant Park 4th of July Fireworks? And then you can run to the train faster than they can come out of the park so you'll have a seat on the ride home. Hope you had a nice lunch with the former coworker. How did the Charity thing go over the weekend?


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Old 12-04-2018, 04:10 AM   #137  
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Morning all,
Seems like only yesterday I was posting and here it is and I haven't been in for a while. 3 weeks to Christmas, well that will go fast. I'm off to Tasmania on Thursday until the 18th. Should be a good trip I hope. I need to look up some bits and pieces to do while we are there as well. It's all go round here. It's been awfully hot and humid and that usually means lethargy - certainly too hot to work outside after 8.00am. Hopefully there will be some relief this week. Supposed to get rain and only 25 tomorrow according to the forecast. Then about 3 weeks of above average temps which mean mid to high thirties or 99F to about 106F Guess the air con will be moving along.

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Good Morning....on the struggle bus. Nothing from the interview....kind of depressing.

Polar Express was good. Not as many decorated lighted houses on the route as usual. Boring. I was tired and achy, not feeling well all day and into the train ride. I was a bummer. I had my second of the shingles shot on Friday and I think it took a bit of a toll on me. Sunday I was fine. Still am, except for my head, it is all messed up right now.

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Afternoon.
Slept really good last night with no cat getting under the covers and playing, then sitting on top of my head to get me up.
I've been doing errands this morning and it has been spitting snow. Sure do miss that warm 85 degree weather.

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I'm curious to find out how Miley did on the car ride to Florida. As soon as I got back I started telling her that momma, my niece, was coming to take on her on vacation. Think she, the cat, would have been ok but she wasn't sure about niece's bf. The cat is definitely one that does not like to be alone.

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I need to get the shingles shot but not sure if my insurance will pay for it.
My doctor didnt keep them in stock. I will have to get it at the pharmacy.

Will need to come back and finish personals. Going to the gym.
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Afternoon all.

I’m upset about the admin, who phoned me this morning and again earlier this afternoon. She’s still in the hospital (since Friday). She’s been on an IV for fluids and antibiotics for the infection. She had an ordeal yesterday getting an angiogram and angioplasty. Apparently at least one of her arteries has a 90% blockage. Tomorrow, she’ll have one of her toes amputated. She’s been in a constant struggle for so many years. It’s amazing how she’s able to keep her chin up and just forge on. Please keep her in your thoughts and/or prayers. Oh, forgot to mention that her 50
th birthday was yesterday.


My 3-day weekend was alright. I felt kind of “off” on Sunday and Monday, but nothing significant. Heck, nothing’s significant when I think of what the admin has gone/is going through.

Anyway… Saturday I had a hair appointment and then an eye doctor appointment. A month ago I ordered new contacts and they gave me the wrong rx for the right eye. Haven’t worn contacts for about 2+ weeks now since I ran out of my previous supply. Then they went through the order for me after my exam on Saturday, but then the doctor left me a message on my work phone shortly after I left (which I didn’t listen to until today). I don’t know if they still have a question about my lens order or what. Getting a bit impatient with them.

Didn’t do much of anything the rest of Saturday. Did some laundry on Sunday.

Yesterday - my vacation day - I met my former co-worker for lunch. He’s considered himself retired these past several months, but just received his final paycheck (severance), so we’ll see if he stays retired… He’s signed up for medical insurance starting in January through the ACA/Obamacare and wants to see if the subsidies he’s supposedly eligible for “stick” before going out to find a job with insurance benefits.


Before and after lunch yesterday, I did some shopping for the charity drive I’m participating in. I’m still not done, but I bought a few things for the 4-year old boy I’m shopping for – a Spiderman action figure, some Tonka trucks, couple packs of giant coloring pages and some crayons. Also couldn’t resist some Spiderman pj’s and slippers, though he didn’t ask for them.

After work today I’m going to Kohl’s to check out the shoe section for the other little boy I’m shopping for – he was on the shoe list. I’ll also check out the toys at Kohl’s to see what else I might get the other boy. After that, I’ll go to the fc at the recplex (right around the corner from Kohl’s) for a workout.


I’ve been slacking on the workouts, and still not eating right, so the scale has gone up. Grrr. I need to get with the program! I’ve tracked my eating today.

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Ceejay – Welcome back. It was probably nice to get back home and sleep in your own bed. Good for you going to the gym!!!

Happy – Hope the oral surgeon visit isn’t too painful financially or physically. == While I was in the toy aisle at Walmart yesterday I saw a domino set that had Mexican Train on the cover of the box…Someone mentions something and then of course you suddenly start seeing or hearing about it, lol. == Re our offices – we have two full floors and part of a third. I can face east by rolling my chair back a few feet. I don’t know why I thought all the fireworks were closer to Navy Pier these days, but if they are still viewable from Grant Park, then I think we would have a good view of them. Funny story about the crashing ice from that diamond building during the interview!

Shad – We can trade you some cool air if you’ll pass along some sunshine, lol. I could also use a bit more moisture in the air. My eyes have never been so dry as they've been the past few weeks!!

Annie – Sorry you weren’t 100% for the Polar Express ride on Saturday. I’m glad you felt better by Sunday. == I have no doubt that you’ll end up in a good place as to employment, but I’ll keep sending you some good vibes!


Susie - Have you gotten back into your exercise routine??

Hi Dee!

Okay, I'll get this posted. TTFN.
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Good grief it is afternoon already. Sleeping till 9.15 took most of my morning but I needed it.
My niece wanted a DNA kit for Christmas so I've ordered her one and my sister one. Ordered BIL a gift card from Amazon dot come. Now I need to get a 20 dollar gift for our exchange on Christmas day. We adults play a game and what ever you have when the timer goes off is your gift. Will be sending a few relatives Christmas cards but that will be it.
The weather men are predicting a winter storm starting tomorrow, first ice then snow. Yesterday's high was 32. This is January weather.
My niece made it to Florida around 1.15 a.m. this morning. I know she is tired. but has to work today. She had to let Miley out of her cage cause she cried a lot. She said she got under the seat and settled down. She does not like to be cooped up. Miley will be Ashley's cat now. I'm so used to coming in the door and telling Miley that I'm home that I did that yesterday. Sigh

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That is sad news to hear from your administrator. Hope she feels better soon. Sending her good vibes. Good for you in going to the fitness center.

Annie
What are you doing ? Do you have the house decorated for Christmas?

Susie
Are you working out?

Hello to Happy and Dee and Shad. Shad I do envy your hot weather.
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Old 12-06-2018, 05:33 PM   #142  
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On phone so not sticking around for long. We arrived in Hobart, Tasmania yesterday. It was really warm, not quite what I expected. This morning we went for a walk and I found out just how out of shape I am. Might go back skinny 😂. Yeah and that's likely.
Anyway shortly we are off for R to meet up with someone on her family tree and I'm about to do some shopping.
Hope you are all eating right and doing exercises etc. Have fun in the cool while I swelter in the heat.
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I ventured out and went into Springfield to Hobby Lobby. There was more people in there than I wanted but I did find what I went after. I'd forgotten how much I like this . However, this one seemed a lot bigger than the one in Arkansas. They had Christmas decorations 40 to 50% off purchase price so that was good. The traffic was bad for me.
The inside of my mouth is sore. Feels like I've burned it but can't think of what I eaten or drank to do this. Also have bumps all over the inside of my lower lip which is sore.
I didn't realize that I'd gotten to much sun in the Dominican but my left upper arm is beginning to peel. It's not to bad but itchy and flaky.
Not much else going on. I'm putting out a few decorations for Christmas tonight and addressing cards for a few relatives.
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Morning all. Happy Friday. I can’t remember where I left off…

After work on Tuesday I went to Kohl’s and bought the rest of the gifts for the charity drive. Then I went to the fc for a workout.


Wednesday morning I had one of the quarterly performance check-ins with the boss. Bleh. It went alright I guess. I’ll have another one – the final for 2018 - in January. Then we had a lunch with one of our vendors, and then an internal women’s networking function in the afternoon. After work I wrapped all the charity drive gifts. It took a while because I wrapped each gift individually – do little kids still like to unwrap gifts?? I thought it would be more fun than gift bags…

Yesterday I brought all the gifts to the office. I had a long morning meeting, then dropped off the gifts. They had a breakfast in our little caf area in conjunction with the drop-offs. When I got to the café late in the morning, the food was still out there, so I grabbed a slice of veggie quiche to reheat for my lunch. In the afternoon was gift/cake for a pregnant woman in another group that reports to my boss’s boss. Calendar has been full the last couple days at work, so I’m glad next week is lighter.

I’ve been feeling kind of off all week, and my tailbone was sore the past couple days, and I was tired from late bedtimes the past two nights, so I skipped the Thursday workout. Glad I did. I feel alright today.

I was late to work today because I missed my usual train . The car was frosted over and the ice scraper wasn’t very effective. AND the inside windshield was all fogged over. Took a while to just get it clear enough to drive my 6 blocks to the train station parking lot. Sigh. Of course a remote starter would be convenient. And this is the first full winter that I’m driving myself to the train. But we’re thinking of replacing this car (2005 Acura) at some point in the near future… But… if it were cheap enough to get remote start, why not?? And I do think it would be best to keep this car through the winter. Mechanically it’s fine. One tire has a slow leak, and cosmetically it’s sort of unsightly, but I love that car so I’m a bit reluctant to sell it.

Another 3-day weekend because I’m taking Monday off work. On Saturday, we have our block’s holiday party – apps/entrée at one home, dessert at another. I have to prepare a dessert of some sort. *If* I'm able to bake! I hope the other oven part is delivered today and that bf can get it installed and that this part does the trick to get the oven working again!! Otherwise we’ll have to get a tech to come out…or decide to buy a new stove, which I don’t want to do at the moment.

Nothing firm planned for the rest of the weekend except to take mom shopping on Monday.

Okay, enough rambling and on to personals…

--Ceejay – Our nearby Hobby Lobby shut down almost a couple years ago – I miss it, and it was HUGE. == Could the mouth sore/bumps be related to the shingles?? Or maybe like you thought - just something (too) hot that burned it.

Shad – It was 17F earlier and now it’s 25F, so I’d kind of like to be sweltering in the heat right now… Hope you’re enjoying Tasmania and aren’t too worn out to keep on being active on your vacation.

Susie, Happy, Annie, Dee: How’s everyone doing?? Miss you all!!


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Hello everyone it's been a very busy week I had two days of training and in order to not lose vacation time I needed to take a half day off yesterday and I took today off and I'm taking Monday off and I still have time that I've got schedule for the rest of the year. Actually December 13th is my last day of work. Yahoo!!

A lot of work will go undone at this point I'm only doing the urgent.

I'm happy to share a 1.8 pound loss at tops last night I'm really trying to lose at least 5 pounds by the end of December.

I lost by watching my food very closely because I haven't had time to get much exercise in only then maybe two times a week however starting Dec 14th I plan to be in a great regimented workout routine and getting to where I prioritize it everyday.

I'm in the middle of cleaning house and I need to get one last room done and then I want to relax a bit. I have a ladies banquet at church tonight; it was so very nice that a young lady asked me to join her table along with some of her friends. She's a daughter of one of our good friends and I thought it was very nice of her to ask me to join as her mother will be there as well. I usually don't do a lot of the ladies stuff at church but I'm looking forward to this.

Hopefully when I take a break later this afternoon I will come back and do personals. I'm sorry if I don't make it, please forgive me, I'll get refocused I miss everyone and it's good to be able to sit and read the posts
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Thought I posted yesterday. I'm missing Miley and a bit overwhelmed. not sure why I'm overwhelmed. I know I'm ready for some sunshine.
Made it to PF yesterday for a good workout. going back today. may get into a tanning bed for some light therapy.
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