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marci_paApril 21, 2008

Happy Birthday Donna_SouthNJ!

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It's a birthday party!


Hope the planets align so that May 9th works for you!

    Bookmark   April 21, 2008 at 8:59AM
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Happy Birthday Donna! Hope you have a special day today!

We were woken to another 4.5 around 12:30 this morning. This one didn't seem as bad this time.

Have a great day everyone.


    Bookmark   April 21, 2008 at 9:01AM
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Oooooh, Donna~It's your birthday, it's your birthday, it's your birthday, we're gonna party, we're gonna party, we're gonna party, you'll really like it, you'll really like it, you'll really like it...

(Even my fingers aren't so good at rap but I tried! LOL)

Happy Birthday, Donna! Your Sis-Tah! Patti :-]

    Bookmark   April 21, 2008 at 9:07AM
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Happy Birthday Donna!!! I hope you have a great day. Looking forward meeting you in Saratoga!! Have a wonderful day.

    Bookmark   April 21, 2008 at 9:10AM
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A Special QOD In Honor Of Donna!

What kind of birthday cake do you prefer?

QOD answer~I have always liked carrot cake.

Beej~I have the answer to you not getting any sleep. What if all of the aunts & uncles (I'll throw Dave in there), come & take a turn with the feeding? Then you know you will get at least some sleep! ;)

    Bookmark   April 21, 2008 at 9:12AM
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QOD: Fave cake as a kid was always choc cake with marshmellow icing...really sticky, sloppy, and awesome. Never make it or eat it nowadays but good memories.

    Bookmark   April 21, 2008 at 9:22AM
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY DONNA! I'm so glad you're with us here at SS! Have a fantabulous day!!!!!!!!! Look for a package on your doorstep this afternoon!


Well, I have to get out of my house. I'm having the floors refinished today and tomorrow, so they want the babies and me gone by 9am and back after 8pm. I am going to go eat brekky out somewhere, go shopping, eat lunch somewhere, find a place to park so we can all have a nap, go pick up kids from school, go to the Y for a while, feed the kids somewhere, and then go back home and GO TO BED! And do it all again tomorrow. I think this is the worst part about the moving experience, besides the actual move...!!!

QOD: Angel food, soaked in strawberries and topped with FRESH whipped cream!

    Bookmark   April 21, 2008 at 10:21AM
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Donna - Happy Birthday! I hope you have a fantastic day. I also hope that you are able to make Saratoga, I can't wait to meet you and then we can do some serious celebrating. I am so happy that you found us and stuck with us - you are a great addition to our SS Family.

QOD - as a child my mother always made this chocolate fudy cake in a bundt pan with a delicious gooey vanilla icing and then drizzled chocolate and nuts on top - it was unblievable. She lost the recipe and I have yet to find one similar. Now I am like BJ - give me angel food cake with some fruit and whipped cream.

Patti - Carrot cake sounds too healthy for a birthday LOL.

BJ - I never heard of a kid not liking birthday cake - that is too funny. I don't envy you trying to fill the day with 2 babies and no house. I know you will make the best of it and it will all work out.

Jen - I can't believe you had to experience that again, even though it was smaller in comparison.

Dee - your singing voice is sweeter than ever!

I am swamped at work, but needed a break with my SS family.

    Bookmark   April 21, 2008 at 1:17PM
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QOD: Can I substitute Birthday cake for peanut butter pie??? I have wracked my brain and can't think of any cake I would rather have.

Question for all you women: Do hormones double or triple the older we get??? This cycle is just out there. I moved a desk at work this morning, which resulted into busting a mirror to pieces. Normally, it wouldn't phase me, but when I was trying to pick it up, I was a bawling mess. The painter came in and said to leave it, he would take care of it. Sweet guy. DH could take some lessons from him. Anyway, just wondering. Lots of things this month I have no explanations for.

BJ, Wish you were closer, you could bring them on over.

Better get back to work. Never know when the next bawling spell is going to hit. Jeez........Don't look at me the wrong way!

Have a great day.


    Bookmark   April 21, 2008 at 1:28PM
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Happy B-day Donna!

CHEESE cake yum!

TAG You are it!


    Bookmark   April 21, 2008 at 4:02PM
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I want to change mine to Cheesecake too. Didn't think of that - can you tell I don't eat cake too often? Thanks John.

Jen - you don't know how many times I took a shower just so I could cry without my family thinking I was nuts. The good news is that it does get better - but it can be a long haul - so talk to your Dr.

    Bookmark   April 21, 2008 at 5:00PM
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QOD - Unfortunately I have never met a cake I didn't like! LOL My mother used to make me a spice cake with Burnt Sugar Icing when I was growing up. Then I decided I liked carrot cake better. There is also a wonderful family bakery in the town I grew up in, that makes wonderful cakes. I like the yellow batter and the buttercream icing from there. Ooooooooo, now I am hungry!

Jen - I think the main problem is that as you get older, your hormones flucuate so much and the mood swings get out of control. I agree that you should talk to your doctor if they continue. There are some remedies that you can discuss.

Donna - I hope you have a wonderful birthday and get to treat yourself to some pampering.

BJ - I have always said that I would like to go to the hospitals and rock babies when I retire. Can't think of anything sweeter than rocking a baby to sleep. I love Patti's idea!

Patti - Next week we are FL bound. We arrive Thur. night and will be there until Tuesday. The weekend and Tuesday are booked, but maybe we can fit some time in on either Friday (we may go visit DH's aunt) or Monday. I will call you either way.

DH bought a new truck last week. It is an automatic, so I can't wait to drive it. I can drive a standard shift, but I never had any desire to drive his other truck. We also went to a car show Friday night and I found lots of great cars that I would love for me. Hopefully in the next year, I can trade mine in. I have a '95 Olds Cutlass Supreme, and while it has been a great car, it is beginning to cost us too much in repairs.

Now I need to finish putting away groceries and get something to eat.


    Bookmark   April 21, 2008 at 5:22PM
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Happy Birthday Donna!
Hi everyone - sorry I've not popped round - our weather jumped from spring to summer almost over night and I have been out raking the grass - A MONTH EARLY!!!! Temps are scheduled to drop down to cooler spring temps next week so I'm busy busy busy from dawn to dusk. Lots of exercise and still holding my weight. I'm happy with that because I've switched a bit to maintenance and will return to weight loss shortly. So I'm still here - just busy busy busy - where on earth does time go????
Hugs to all of you! Keep up the great work, I'll try to check in more often. Weekends are sometimes a loss because I lose track of time.


    Bookmark   April 21, 2008 at 5:50PM
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Hi Everyone!!

Thanks for the birthday wishes. BJ sent me a FABULOUS package that I will photograph and try and post. If I can't then I will list all of the wonderful contents. Thank you sistah!!

I had a fun day....had lunch and shopped, what could be better???

QOD: Yellow cake with chocolate icing and a cold glass of milk.

Jen, ((Hugs)) I know how you feel. Sometimes I worried myself about my reactions to things that wouldn't have bothered me before...hormones bite don't they? Glad the quake wasn't as bad as last week but still praying you have no more..((hugs again)).

Marci and Patti, are you getting together??? I will find out about May 9th tomorrow and am keeping fingers crossed no one else is off!! If not, Saratoga!!

Got to get ready for tomorrow,

Thank you all again for taking me in, I love all of you!!

Will check in tomorrow...Donna

    Bookmark   April 21, 2008 at 7:35PM
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QOD: I was going to say orange cake w/lemon frosting, then I was going to say strawberry filled angel food cake and then Marci mentioned spice cake, that I forgot all about, so I will say that too! I also like just plain ole white cake w/vanilla frosting. Not a big fan of chocolate cake!

BJ, I hope that your day went well.

Jen, those hormones will just peck away at you for a while, some days worse than others, but fortunately it is short lived and it does get better. I am way beyond menopause now, but I still have those days..... Definitely consult your doc if it gets really bad. There are some things you can do both chemically and naturally.

I had kind of a rough day at work today. I can't really talk about it, but it was upsetting and unnerving. People just constantly amaze me.

But on a good note, I am back on WW officially today. So far I have made it through the day with 2 points left. I am going to have some fruit in a little bit and that should keep me happy. My former WW leader used to always say, if you can't make it a good day, make it a short one. In other words, if I run out of points, I will go to bed!

Have a good evening,


    Bookmark   April 21, 2008 at 7:45PM
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Good Monday evening!

Happy birthday, Donna! It sounds like you've had a lovely birthday. Can't wait to see/hear about your unbirthday box from BJ.

Marci, you stole my line about cake! My favorite birthday cake has always been chocolate with chocolate icing. Gosh how I miss chocolate these days. YUM!

Jen, I can hardly believe that you got rocked by another earthquake. How unnerving. It's got to be enough to unsettle your hormones.

Besh, I'm sorry that you had a rough day at work. (((Besh)))

McPeg, a month ago you were shoveling snow and now you're raking? Incrediburgible!

Raeanne, your favorite birthday cake sounds fantastic. It made my mouth water just reading about it.

BJ, how was your day at the park with the babies? You are a brave soul!

John, I like your idea about cheese-cake!

I weighed in at my WW meeting this evening, and I'm only down another pound, but it's okay because I know that I'm doing everything right anymore, so it's just one of those things. I did eat a good breakfast before going to work out, and another good meal for my lunch, and lots of water. Normally, I'll skimp on eating on Mondays until after I weigh in, but today, my body needed food.

I am meeting very nice women at the fitness place. The co-owner is great about introducing me to people when I get there and when new people walk in after me. I've already been invited to a little tearoom for lunch by this lovely woman who moved here about the same time as me. She's an artist and retired, so she asked me if I'd like to try out this place she frequents. I'll have to use my valuable WW points to eat there, but it will be worth it!

Time to go soak the aching body. Hope everyone is having a nice evening!

    Bookmark   April 21, 2008 at 8:57PM
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NH Suzanne~Why don't you ask the QOD since today is Earth day? I know you can come up with something appropriate! ;)

Marci~Dave said, "Anywhere, anytime!" We are both excited to see you & will make arrangements for whenever is convenient.

Milkdud~I'm so excited for you. This will work out for you in so many ways, it sounds like.

Besh~[[[[ H U G S ]]]] I'm glad that you posted & hope that you will find time to come back more often.

Donna~I hope that your birthday was the greatest one yet!

McPeg~So glad that you posted. I had wondered if you were busy with that wash stand or painting or what. I never invisioned you out raking yet. Wow!

Jen~My DF prefers pie to cake. I've grown up with someone that likes pie better all of my life. :] Nothing wrong with that.

Raeanne~I have a friend whose now 12 yr old DS has always requested carrot cake. Isn't it funny what different kids will ask for? I always felt a kinship with that boy! LOL

John~I like cheesecake too. Do you like it plain or with cherries or strawberries on top or the different flavored kinds? Or is the answer, "Yes, yes, yes"? ROFL

BJ~How did it go yesterday? I thought of you a few times. I wish that I could have been there to help you. Then I could have run with reckless abandon, right? I still haven't gotten to do that. LOL Maybe in TX!

Dee~Get your voice tuned back up for tomorrow. Looks like you are our crooner. :-)

Well, I'm busy with projects but I'll check back in to see what the QOD is. I did notice at the festival that people were throwing down their trash. I've never been one to throw trash on the ground & made certain that ours found its way to a trash can. (I can at least do that.)

Hi to all! Patti 8-)

    Bookmark   April 22, 2008 at 8:43AM
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Good Earth Day all,

Unfortunately, we need to have Earth day everyday. Earth Day reminds us of the magnitude of the challenges, but also of the importance of the goal. This is no time to stop trying.

QOD: What do you do each and every day to save the Earth's resources?

    Bookmark   April 22, 2008 at 9:10AM
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QOD Home made, not box, chocolate cake every time or carrot cake with cream cheese icing or ginger bread cake or....geez this is the hardest question yet!!! Thanks.

Last day of summer - I'll be outside raking debris off my garden beds and indoors potting up my seedlings. Thunderstorms tomorrow and the temps will start dropping to below season over the next week. So I need to get my back garden beds cleared because the new shoots are poking their heads up. Taking a break from house painting today. Need to catch up on some house work too!

Let's make today count. Eat well, watch your portions. Enjoy any treats with respect to an overall balanced diet today.


    Bookmark   April 22, 2008 at 9:33AM
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Good morning! It's very cloudy and humid here this morning. It's already 76 degrees and heading up to 85.

I'm having my coffee and oatmeal before going for a haircut, then on to work out. Not an exciting day, but one I can live with!

QOD: We just began a subscription to the Houston Chronicle, 4 days a week (Friday through Monday), so my intention is to recycle the newspaper and other papers and drop them off at the bin at a nearby school. While I'm at Walmart returning something today, I'm going to check out their cloth bags and buy a few.

Hope everyone's having a great day!

    Bookmark   April 22, 2008 at 10:30AM
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We live in a place that is over 40 years old & still has the same pipes & wires, etc that they put in originally. I wish they would convert to something new. NH Suzanne has made me more aware of the things that I was taught & how ahead of their time my DGPs were. Also, she has made me more aware of how much further we need to go.

Who is good at converting recipes? I am wanting to change a gingerbread pancake recipe that is a healthy, lowfat recipe into one that is even better by making it multi-grain as well. I have a multi-grain pancake recipe but the combo of whole wheat flour, flour, cornmeal, & wheat germ add up to more than the flour on the 1st recipe. Also, would you substitute rice or soy milk for the skim milk or leave it alone? TIA

I'm in the middle of making 4 sleeveless shirts for Aubrey & a Skittle Purse. I got to the part of the envelope on the purse & had gotten the wrong size envelope, it is an odd size, so I'm waiting for the right size to arrive.

I meant to ask if anyone is up for beginning to post meals again since most are doing WW & it would be good to be accountable?? I weighed today, not at the same time & had already eaten breakfast but am officially down #50. Now to get off another #69. I definitely need the help of everyone here. 8-) Patti

    Bookmark   April 22, 2008 at 2:40PM
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Boy it's quiet here today!!

Patti, your cake QOD is much more popular than my mother earth question! LOL But that is the problem in a nutshell, no one really cares that much. Certainly not enough to make substantial sacrifices!!

I found this fun site at Google where you can put your name on the map and share what you are doing this Earth Day. Don't just do it today - do it everyday.

Have you hugged your mother (earth0 today?

Here is a link that might be useful: Put your name on the map for Earth day

    Bookmark   April 22, 2008 at 3:23PM
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NH Suzanne~Awesome site! I do some things without realizing that it is something that is "good" for the earth. They are just "smart" things I've picked up along the doing certain things in the wash in cold water, etc. I just never realized that they fit into the category of "green". And, I read today that 80% of the energy of the light bulbs that we use is being used up in just heat alone, not even in light...that is ridiculous. I cannot even imagine. You are never too old to learn. I thank you for teaching me a few things & bringing some things to "light". ;]

    Bookmark   April 22, 2008 at 4:08PM
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Patti, DS #2 wants Apple Crisp every year for his birthday cake and DS #1 wants cheese cake. Unfortunately their birthdays are 2 days apart, and I grant both of them their wish!

QOD: I recycle everything that can be recycled. I use cloth grocery bags. Don't run the water while I brush my teeth; shut off the lights when I leave a room; try to catch the dryer when the clothes are dry and not let it run longer than necessary. I don't and won't do a compost pile for garbage, but we do have a semi compost pile for yard waste, the rest of it we bring to the transfer station and the city chops it up for mulch. I try to do my part. I'm sure there is more I can do, and I am slowly adding things to my daily routine.

I made it through and entire day of WW yesterday, recorded everything and ate like I should!!! Today is going pretty good too!

No offense Patti, I don't really want to post my menus. I have a WW calculator that keeps track of my points and that is about all I want to do with that. I hate having to write things down. It is a good idea for those that like to keep track though.

Today was much better at work, but I was not on the phones. :-) I have tomorrow off and DS is on vacation, so I am taking him to get a new phone and then we are going to do some yardwork. We have hired him to do our leaves and some landscaping and he is doing a great job. Worth every penny. Tomorrow I will work with him to get some things in the yard moved that have gotten very overgrown.

Speaking of DS, today he was in a little convenience store and a woman that was walking out of the store dropped a bank envelope full of cash. He picked it up and ran after her to return it and she rewarded him with a $20 bill. Isn't that a nice story?


    Bookmark   April 22, 2008 at 4:56PM
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QOD - I opted out of all my catalogs that come snail mail. I also recycle magazines amongst my friends and family. We will probably float around the lake a lot more this year than zooming around. I stopped using and buying all water in plastic bottles. I use cloth bags for shopping. I stopped buying mass quantities of shoes - does that count? I have unplugged a lot of electronics in the spare bedrooms, etc.

I hug Mother Earth everyday. I can't remember a day that I am not thankful for the mountains, lake and trees and wildlife around me.

Thanks for the fun site Suzanne.

Milkdud - How great to make friends at the gym. I am friends with several people at my gym too.

McPeg - we went from winter to summer too. I was wondering where you were hiding out LOL.

Donna - glad your day was a good one. I have had my fingers crossed all day that you would report with good news on Saratoga.

I just got in from heading out at 5:30 this morning - so I need to get a couple things done around here. Have a great evening.

    Bookmark   April 22, 2008 at 5:16PM
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QOD - I do try to do my part everyday. In addition to recycling as much as I can, I unplug all appliances when not in use, turn lights offs when leaving a room, use cloth grocery bags (when I remember), combine errands to save on gas (which helps me AND the environment), use a Brita pitcher and refill the same 2 water bottles instead of buying bottled water, turn down the thermostat at night and when the house is empty, and use the microwave more to save heating up the oven to cook one thing. My cooking has changed since the kids are gone and it seemed silly to heat the oven to 350 for 1 hour to cook 2 baked potatoes when I can nuke them for 2-3 minutes in the microwave.

We had a program at school today on keeping our waterways clean and tomorrow we will have a recycling program for the older kids. We usually plant a tree every year and this year we gave each of the kids a pine sapling to take home. We also go outside and clean up the yard around the church and talk to the kids about keeping our earth clean.
Most of our class projects in April are made with recycled items. Hopefully this generation will grown up being green.
I always think of Kermit the Frog - "It isn't easy being green." - but maybe we can change that.

    Bookmark   April 22, 2008 at 6:48PM
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Hi All,

One more person to check with about May 9th - she wasn't in today and I didn't realize she was off. Fingers crossed!!

QOD: I recycle faithfully, try to consolidate laundry loads, combine errands, turn down the thermostat, probably some other stuff I just am not thinking of.

Nice try with the shoes Raeanne...I bought 2 pair yesterday!

Patti, WTG on the 50# loss sistah!!! I'm with Besh though on posting meals, it's just not for me but anyone who wants to please feel free.

Besh, I'm glad today was better than yesterday for you. I work in a hospital and people can be so mean can't they? All we really want to do is help but some just don't see it that way. ((hugs).

Got to run - will check in tomorrow.


    Bookmark   April 22, 2008 at 8:50PM
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Hi Guys!

Well, I'm back in my house after being basically gone for 2 days. The floors look great and I am ready to get the kitchen updated and be outta here! There is still LOTS of packing to do...sometimes I just want to toss it ALL, but then I start going through it and find out that that would be impossible for me to do.

QOD: Earth favors: I use cloth bags at the store; not only the grocery store, but at the hardware store and on my errands. Most peole use the cloth here because the store charge for bags now. I turn off lights when not in use. Seattle is a HUGE recycling city, so we have 2 large recycle totes we use (we recycle like crazy here), plus a compost tote--and the city picks them up for free. I use cold water to wash most of my loads and don't wash if I don't have a full load---wait a minute---when do ever NOT have a full load? I also wash at night. I combine errands but could do more in that area, like making ONE day a week an errand day and sticking to that. I use shutters and blinds/curtains to save on heating and cooling. I mulch with bark and paper to cut down on water consumption and garden products. I also planted more drought-resistant plants and very little grass lawn. I don't drink bottled water any more. I always put things on FREECYCLE dot org to see if someone wants them, then put them out for Salvation Army before "landfilling" them. It REALLY has to be JUNK before I take it to the dump! The one thing is feel very guilty about is my truck, but then I rea dthat, to make a battery for a Prius uses a TON of energy and there is no great disposal methos for them, so I felt a little better. But I shoud be driving something smaller, now that I'll have 2 kids in college this summer.

But...I use paper diapers for my babies. I've read and read and still can't figure out whether using bleach and detergent and lots of hot water to wash cloth diapers with is worse than using paper diapers and putting them in a landfill. I decided, for now, that the landfill is probably better. Does anyone know the REAL answer? I'm serious. I used cloth diapers on all 4 of my older kids and felt environmentally better.

Patti: I'm not on WW but wish I was sometimes! My will power when I am sleep-deprived is near zero. CONGRATS on your weight loss---that's amazing! BTW, you can sub fat-free vanilla almond milk in recipes and it's yummy!

Besh, it is so good to come here and see you posting again. Great story about your son. I'd be a proud mama if I was you!

    Bookmark   April 23, 2008 at 2:05AM
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to our very own

Wild Chicken - BJ!

    Bookmark   April 23, 2008 at 4:51AM
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Happy Birthday BJ!!!!! So glad you are back with us and sharing again! Have a wonderful day!! Smoochies and hugs.

    Bookmark   April 23, 2008 at 7:14AM
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY BJ!!!!!!!! It is great to see you back here too!


    Bookmark   April 23, 2008 at 8:21AM
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Good morning everyone! I posted this at KT, but for those of you who do not hang out there - here is today's thoughtful chuckle:

Bank Letter..... if true, this is brilliant.



A 98 year old woman in the UK wrote this to her bank. The bank manager
thought it amusing enough to have it published in the Times.

Dear Sir,

I am writing to thank you for bouncing my cheque with which I
endeavoured to
pay my plumber last month. By my calculations, three 'nanoseconds' must
elapsed between his presenting the cheque and the arrival in my account
the funds needed to honour it. I refer, of course, to the automatic
deposit of my Pension, an arrangement, which, I admit, has been in
place for
only thirty eight years. You are to be commended for seizing that
window of opportunity, and also for debiting my account £30 by way of
penalty for the inconvenience caused to your bank.

My thankfulness springs from the manner in which this incident has
caused me
to rethink my errant financial ways. I noticed that whereas I
attend to your telephone calls and letters, when I try to contact you,
I am
confronted by the impersonal, overcharging, pre-recorded, faceless
which your bank has become. From now on, I, like you, choose only to
with a flesh-and-blood person.

My mortgage and loan payments will therefore and hereafter no longer
automatic, but will arrive at your bank by cheque, addressed personally
confidentially to an employee at your bank whom you must nominate.

Be aware that it is an offence under the Postal Act for any other
person to
open such an envelope. Please find attached an Application Contact
which I require your chosen employee to complete. I am sorry it runs to
eight pages, but in order that I know as much about him or her as your
knows about me, there is no alternative. Please note that all copies of
or her medical history must be countersigned by a Solicitor, and the
mandatory details of his/her financial situation (income, debts,assets
liabilities) must be accompanied by documented proof.

In due course, I will issue your employee with PIN number which he/she
quote in dealings with me. I regret that it cannot be shorter than 28
but, again, I have modelled it on the number of button presses required
me to access my account balance on your phone bank service. As they
imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Let me level the playing
even further. When you call me, press buttons as follows:

1 - To make an appointment to see me.
2 - To query a missing payment.
3 - To transfer the call to my living room in case I am there.
4 - To transfer the call to my bedroom in case I am sleeping.
5 - To transfer the call to my toilet in case I am attending to nature.
6 - To transfer the call to my mobile phone if I am not at home.
7 - To leave a message on my computer (a password to access my computer
required. A password will be communicated to you at a later date to the
Authorized Contact.)
8 - To return to the main menu and to listen to options 1 through to 8.
9 - To make a general complaint or inquiry, the contact will then be
put on
hold, pending the attention of my automated answering service. While
may, on occasion, involve a lengthy wait, uplifting music will play for
duration of the call.

Regrettably, but again following your example, I must also levy an
establishment fee to cover the setting up of this new arrangement.

May I wish you a happy, if ever so slightly less prosperous, New Year.

Your Humble Client,

(Remember: This was written by a 98 year old woman; DOESN'T SHE MAKE

    Bookmark   April 23, 2008 at 8:25AM
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LOL @ McPeg's post! Thanks for that one.

ahem, ahem (don't know if I'm up to twice in a week, but I will try) Maddie, where are you?


BJ, you are one of the originals around here and I will always remember the day I got an e:mail from you (when I was really down) saying "where ya been?". It inspired me to return and never, never give up!

Have a great day!
Love ya

    Bookmark   April 23, 2008 at 9:37AM
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My dear sweet, generous, understanding, full of wisdom and good advice, non-judgemental, selfless, inspiring, energetic, proud to call my sistah, unbirthday pal. Have the best birthday ever - I hope you have a lifetime filled with only the best. I hope you received my package. I still have not found the perfect BJ gift, so the search continues, in the meantime I wanted you to know that I was thinking of you.

BJ - I used cloth diapers on my kids too, but not sure if it made sense environmentally.

Donna - my fingers are crossed.

McPeg - that is so funny - I hope it's true too.

Still piled under at work, so I have to get back to it. Enjoy your day!

    Bookmark   April 23, 2008 at 9:50AM
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BJ, my birthday greeting pales in comparison to Dee and Raeanne! The only other thing that I can add is that you are an amazing person!!

In response to your diaper query and impact on the environment. This only about the environment and not the convenience of disposable diapers!

There has been much debate over the impact of disposable diapers and cloth diapers on the environment. The pro-disposable diaper advocates say that the extra water used to wash cloth diapers is just as much of an abuse to the environment as the production and disposal of disposable diapers. But taking into consideration the following estimates you will probably agree that disposable diapers are much more harmful to the environment than cloth diapers.

It is estimated that roughly 5 million tons of untreated waste and a total of 2 billion tons of urine, feces, plastic and paper are added to landfills annually. It takes around 80,000 pounds of plastic and over 200,000 trees a year to manufacture the disposable diapers for American babies alone. Although some disposables are said to be biodegradable; in order for these diapers to decompose, they must be exposed to air (oxygen) and sun. Since this is highly unlikely, it can take several hundred years for the decomposition of disposables to take place, with some of the plastic material never decomposing.

The untreated waste placed in landfills by dirty disposable diapers is also a possible danger to contaminating ground water. Pro-disposable advocates say that cleaning cloth diapers uses more energy, and contributes to the load on sanitary sewer systems and potential water pollution. This view really makes no sense if you think about it. The amount of water used per week to wash cloth diapers at home is about the same amount consumed by an adult flushing the toilet four or five times daily for a week. Also, the greater amount of water and energy being used by diaper service companies to wash large amounts of cloth diapers multiple times; the per diaper impact on energy and water supplies is actually less than home washing.

Finally, when flushing solids from a cloth diaper down the toilet and washing the diapers in a washing machine, the contaminated, dirty water from both toilet and washing machine go into the sewer systems where they are properly treated at wastewater plants. This treated wastewater is much more environmentally friendly than dumping untreated soiled disposable diapers into a landfill.

I bet you ALL will be happy when I get off this rant!!

    Bookmark   April 23, 2008 at 10:17AM
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Good Morning & May I wish you the Happiest of Birthdays, BJ! Truly~are you the fox or the chicken? LOL WTG on being able to keep sane while staying away from home for 2 days with 2 little ones. Does the new one go back today? It seems like I remember you saying you kept 'em until Wednesday. Thanks for the idea about the milk. I'll write it down. I used cloth diapers on DS#1 & disposable on DS#2. If I remember correctly, it was more a matter of I had a clothes line with DS#1 & not one with DS#2. Have a great birthday!

Hi to all! Patti 8-)

    Bookmark   April 23, 2008 at 10:37AM
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Good morning from sunny SE Texas! It's already 76 degrees and humid (of course!). We're due for a hard rain later today, so our new grass will love it!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BJ!!! I hope it's a wonderful day for you, one filled with smiles and laughter and a bite of cake and ice cream!

I've been up for a couple of hours, but I've been enjoying my coffee and kind of enjoying the oatmeal and reading on the internet. I'm going to go work out in a few minutes. I normally get there around 11, after the rush in there, but today I'm going in 30 minutes early to see who all is there. LOL

Patti, congrats on the 50# weight loss. That is incredibly awesome, and I can't wait to be able to say that, too. You are an inspiration to me!

I made Mexican stuffed peppers for dinner last night, and they were well received by hubby. Tonight's dinner will be white chicken chili (notice the Mexican food theme? I've been craving it lately!). No running around after working out today, so I'll come home and do housework. Yesterday, to AVOID doing the cleaning, I cooked enough meals for 8 dinners and froze them.

Suzanne, when my boys (30 and 29 now)were babies, I used mostly cloth diapers and plastic pants over them. I only used disposables when we'd be out somewhere that wasn't conducive to hauling soiled diapers around.

I do lots of things to help with conservation that I didn't even think about until reading y'all's lists yesterday.
I've laundered with cold water for years. My mom taught me that. I run the dryer in the evenings and set my kitchen timer so that I don't ignore when the time is up. I have to run the vent in our laundry room because of the high humidity down here, so I don't want to run it any longer than necessary. I can easily forget the dryer, but it's the vent that I want to turn off.

Once I can check out the recyling bins around this area (read: an 18-mile area), I will start recycling my cans and glass items. I can justify making a once-a-week trip somewhere.
We use the energy-efficient twisty lightbulbs, but lights are off when not in use.
I run fans instead of using the a/c except in extreme heat.
We have the fast-flush toilets which use less water.
I intend to start marathon-cooking so that I only use the oven once in a great while instead of daily.
I use my microwave for heating just about everything.
My appliances are all new and have high energy-efficient ratings.
I now have cloth bags - probably not enough, but it's a start!
I have a Brita water pitcher and fill my mug and carry it everywhere with me. I've never been big into the disposable water bottles anyway.
I use the earth-friendly green cleaners I buy at Walmart.
I consolidate my trips so that I'm only going further than the fitness center twice a week.
I read the newspapers online the other 3 days of the week when I don't receive the newspaper at home. (In order to receive the Sunday Houston Chronicle, we had to subscribe to a 4-day deal.)
All our landscaping (minus the grass) is drought-resistant because as humid as it is here, it still gets so hot that things burn and die.

My little town doesn't offer recycling like we had at our other home, and that's frustrating for me - especially when I was unpacking and having to toss tons of wrapping paper and boxes. That really hurt my feelings to have to trash that stuff.

Well, I'm going to be arriving at the center at my regular old time since I wrote this novel! Hope everyone has a wonderful day!

    Bookmark   April 23, 2008 at 11:31AM
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How about a plain, ol' silly QOD in honor of BJ's birthday? One that doesn't mean anything in the scheme of things? LOL

QOD: If you were a CHICKEN, why would you cross the road?

QOD: I would probably see something very interesting over there that I needed to check out. Then, there is no telling which direction I would go from there. ;-)

    Bookmark   April 23, 2008 at 11:53AM
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Happy Birthday BJ!!!

QOD: After watching sales falling off for three straight months at Kentucky Fried Chicken, the Colonel calls up the Pope and asks for a favor.

The Pope says, "What can I do?"

The Colonel says, "I need you to change the daily prayer from, 'Give us this day our daily bread' to 'Give us this day our daily chicken'. If you do it, I'll donate 10 Million Dollars to the Vatican."

The Pope replies, "I am sorry. That is the Lord's prayer and I can not change the words. "So the Colonel hangs up. After another month of dismal sales, the Colonel panics, and calls again. "Listen your Excellency. I really need your help. I'll give you $50 million dollars if you change the words of the daily prayer from 'Give us this day our daily bread' to 'Give us this day our daily chicken.'"

And the Pope responds, "It is very tempting, Colonel Sanders. The church could do a lot of good with that much money. It would help us support many charities. But, again, I must decline. It is the Lord's prayer, and I can't change the words."

So the Colonel gives up again. After two more months of terrible sales. the Colonel gets desperate. "This is my final offer, your Excellency. If you change the words of the daily prayer from, 'Give us this day our daily bread' to 'Give us this day our daily chicken' I will donate $100 million to the Vatican."

The Pope replies, "Let me get back to you."

So the next day, the Pope calls together all of his bishops and he says, "I have some good news and I have some bad news. The good news is that KFC is going to donate $100 million to the Vatican."

The bishops rejoice at the news. Then one asks about the bad news.

The Pope replies, "The bad news is that we lost the Wonder Bread account."

    Bookmark   April 23, 2008 at 12:03PM
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Hi Guys!

Some VERY humorous people here today!

Thank you for all the b-day wishes! All I can say is W-O-W! Raeanne, I got your package! I'll open it in teh afternoon at naptime. The flooring guys put it "away" for me and I found it last night! My floors are done and I like them a lot. Now---to keep them this way until I sell my house!

It's "V"'s one year check up today at the doc! And, in answer to Patti's question about Baby J, the state called last night and said they messed up hispaperwork and so he's staying with us until they get it straightened out. Fine with me, as he is a gift from heaven, as far as I'm concerned!

Anyway, after the doc, DD#2 has dentist appt. Nothing different here today!!!!

QOD: I think my chicken crossed the road to get to the airport! Or maybe he was stapled to the pilot! (arg!)

On a different note, I had a strange eye openig experience. My landscaper was just picked up as an illegal alien. I had no idea. He has a biz card that says "licensed and bonded." He has accounts at all the nurseries and a state license. I guess you can get all of these things even if you are not in the country legally. Anyway, I am not a big fan of illegal aliens, since they really stress out the systems in place for legal citizens, but I feel bad for him and his small family. Apparently his daughter (in high school) came here when she was 2. And I feel weird at the same time that I actually hired a person that is not legally in the country. Has anyone had this experience? I am sort of in the "don't ask, don't tell" category now, I guess, after this experience. But I believe everyone needs to go through the same process to be here legally and you shouldn't take illegal shortcuts. Anyway, maybe too political for this board, but still, I just wanted to share.

THANKS once again for the b-day wishes! I think DH forgot my b-day again this year, so it was nice to come here where people remember, even if I'm not a HUGE "my b-day" fan....

I'll check back later with the un-b-day package NEWS!

    Bookmark   April 23, 2008 at 12:30PM
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Plato: For the greater good.

Karl Marx: It was a historical inevitability.

Machiavelli: So that its subjects will view it with admiration as a chicken which has the daring and courage to boldly cross the road, but also with fear, for whom among them has the strength to contend with such a paragon of avian virtue? such a manner is princely chicken's dominion maintained.

Timothy Leary: Because that's the only kind of trip the Establishment would let it take.

Oliver North: National Security was at stake.

Carl Jung: The confluence of events in the cultural gestalt necessitated that individual chickens cross roads at this historical juncture, and therefore synchronicitously brought such occurrences into being.

Albert Einstein: Whether the chicken crossed the road or the road crossed the chicken depends upon your frame of reference.

Aristotle: To actualize its potential.

Buddha: If you ask this question, you deny your own chicken-nature.

Howard Cosell: It may very well have been one of the most astonishing events to grace the annals of history. An historic, unprecedented avian biped with the temerity to attempt such an herculean achievement formerly relegated to homo sapien pedestrians is truly a remarkable

Darwin: It was the logical next step after coming down
from the trees.

Emily Dickinson: Because it could not stop for death.

Ralph Waldo Emerson: It didn't cross the road; it transcended it.

Ernest Hemingway: To die. In the rain.

Jack Nicholson: 'Cause it (censored) wanted to. That's the(censored) reason.

Mark Twain: The news of its crossing has been greatly exaggerated.

The Godfather: I didn't want its mother to see it like that.

Hamlet: That is not the question.

    Bookmark   April 23, 2008 at 12:35PM
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QOD: If I were a chicken, I would naturally cross the road to get a nice thin-crust 'slice' (pizza in New Jerseyeze!)

    Bookmark   April 23, 2008 at 1:58PM
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I am glad someone lightened up around here!! The chickens stuff is funny! Dee, LOL

I had homegrown eggs salad today for lunch.....obviously in honor of the birthday girl!

Raeanne, loved the analogies.

QOD: Which came first, the chicken or the egg?

    Bookmark   April 23, 2008 at 3:16PM
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Suzanne, do NOT get me started on your question. A friend of mine just sent me a naughty joke about that! LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!

    Bookmark   April 23, 2008 at 3:56PM
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Dee - does that have anything to do with 2 eggs laying in bed and smoking???

    Bookmark   April 23, 2008 at 4:07PM
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Happy B-day BJ!!!!!!!!!!!

May all your wishes come true.

Why did the chicken cross the road? to get laid of course :P


    Bookmark   April 23, 2008 at 4:25PM
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Well, things have definitely not died out since I was here last, lol.

I just got a surprise phone call from Patti - thank you Patti for thinking of me. It was fun catching up. :) and I'm glad we are both still hanging in there.

Happy Birthday (belated) to Donna and Happy Birthday to BJ. I don't know Donna as well as I know BJ. Sounds like you had a great day, though, and I know you add a lot to the group here. :) BJ, your energy and determination to make a positive difference for people still amazes me. Bless you and stay well and strong. (hug)

For cake, hmmm, well I haven't had cake for a few years, but I can fantasize :D. Let's see...vanilla cake with raspberry filling; black forest cake; coconut cream; the chocolate with marshmallow frosting sound pretty good, lol. As a child I loved it when we got a special treat of toast with marshmallow cream. I haven't had peanut butter pie, but I like pecan pie, lemon chiffon, rheubarb, strawberry, banana cream. Here the McDonald's have lilikoi pie, which I'd never heard of before I came here. I think my favorite cookies are homemade peanut-butter oatmeal chocolate-chip. And my great grandmother used to make a mean giant sugar cookie, but I never got the recipe for it. It was awesome with milk.

As to why I'd cross the road if I were a chicken - probably because I looked across and saw a chick of mine about to fly off a cliff or jump on a cat or something. the reasons above had me laughing.

Things are pretty much the same for me overall as they have been. Remember when I first moved here from Wisconsin?It's been six years now.

I'll try to get back later and read more. thanks again, Patti, for making contact, and I wish everyone a good night and good week.


    Bookmark   April 23, 2008 at 7:27PM
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Nooooooooooooooooo, John, Raeanne's chicken crossed the road because they were giving away shoes and wine over there!

WHOA! I just opened the package from Raeanne. WowSa! First, a wonderfully card: with Raeanne on the front (just kidding)-no, a "mature" woman in a pink feather boa with about a thousand candles on the cake. Inside, it says, "Maybe it's just the birthday candles, but I think we're looking hotter than ever!" I don't think it's the candles, honey! I love the personal message inside-thank sweet. Onto a package of Green Mountain coffee, decaf hazelnut---and it smells HEAVENLY!I'm brewing some up TONIGHT! A toddler play book of activities--I AM GOING TO USE THIS! A note pad of Lake George--should have moved there when I had the chance! A jigsaw of an Adirondack Panaramic photo. I will open this when my MIL comes. We love to eat angel food cake, talk, and put together jigsaws! AND...a book called "Make the Most of Your Time on Earth-A Rough Guide to the World" This is going to be SO much fun to read and go through!!!!!!! But that's not all. She included a wine glass that reads, "Mommy's Little Helper" on it---HILARIOUS! I'm sure everyone who sees it will want one! And the most special part: a card that Raeanne herself painted...a BEAUTIFUL lakescape! I'm mightily impressed with your talent! THANKS SO MUCH! Like I said...WOW! You are amazing! As I'm sitting here, my office is filling with aroma of hazelnut coffee...

Last year, DH felt really bad about missing my b-day, so when he hadn't called by noon, I called his assistant and told her that when he got back from court, to say, "Don't forget it's your wife's birthday today." I told her not to tell him I called... At 3:30pm today, flowers were delivered...from him. Sweet! Oh, well, the gesture was incredible!

Hope everyone is having a great day! The state called. They got the paperwork figured out, so Baby J is leaving my place at 8:30 am tomorrow. It was so nice having him here. Who's next? Time will tell...

    Bookmark   April 23, 2008 at 8:33PM
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Happy Birthday BJ! Hope it was fabulous sistah!

As far as Saratoga, the other party in my office is sick and didn't come in today - may not be back till Friday but I still think it looks good. Just in case it's not do we have an alternate date?? Sorry to be a pia but I really want to do this. I still think the 9th will work but want to be safer than sorry.

QOD: The chicken crossed the road cause she saw some beautiful shoes..yes, my chicken wears shoes!

Got to run, check in later.


    Bookmark   April 23, 2008 at 8:56PM
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QOD - To prove to the possum it could actually be done!! LOL (I borrowed this from one of my friends.)

BJ - My DH isn't big on birthdays either, and there have been years he hasn't even said Happy Birthday until 11/pm! But at least your DH came through with some flowers.
Sounds like you got a wonderful package from Raeanne! I would love to see the handpainted card. Picture??

Now I am going to finish watching Idol results and go to bed. I was up WAY too early this morning.


    Bookmark   April 23, 2008 at 9:43PM
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Good morning everyone!
I've decided to maintain my weight for a few know when you are well underway to lifestyle changes when, without logging my food (been lazy this week!!! but still mindful of my choices for food)I've managed to lose 1/2 pound. I am not by any means starving myself. Very much aware of eating what I enjoy but my tastes have changed. I want healthy choices with treats to remain just that - a treat. I have new treats now like sugar free ice tea, 0.5% fake beer - inches are moving extremely slowly but the key is my proper eating habits are returning. I say returning because I was brought up with proper portions, balanced meals. It wasn't until I hit my late 20's and living a 'wild' youthful lifestyle that bad habits crept in. It's funny, even when you think you are doing well, the residual effect can last because some of those wilder days meant irregular eating schedules, different portions and poor choices. I guess now at 45 I'm looking ahead to enjoying a healthier lifestyle as I get older. The only way I can achieve that is to finally rid myself of those residual effects. Never really noticed them until I returned to WW and started paying more attention to MYSELF instead of totally looking after others. I do want to pick up the journaling this week - healthy habit and I still have another 10 pounds to go. It took over a decade to pile on all that weight, it is coming off in good time as far as I'm concerned.

Have you had any serious talks with yourself lately? Do you still know why you are doing this? Really? It's spring. Time for a self spring cleaning. Even if it's just one small habit - that's one small step towards a healthier lifestyle.

And don't forget to pat yourself on the back. Just by popping back in here - give yourself a pat on the back!

Pat pat pat!

Cheers everyone - let's make today count!

    Bookmark   April 24, 2008 at 7:58AM
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QOD: What little reward do you give to yourself for accomplishing your goals/or what do you allow as something special for yourself?

QOD: I honestly find joy in doing things for others. The crafts I've been doing have allowed me to have a creative outlet.

I loved, loved, loved the answers to the QOD yesterday. Thanks everybody! I got a few great laughs.

    Bookmark   April 24, 2008 at 8:39AM
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Patting myself on the back today just because I'm ME!!

QOD: I reward myself throughout the year with vacations. DH and I do without certain extras so that we always have the funds to go away at least twice a year (4x is more like it).

Besh, I think I will be in your neighborhood on July 10th. Send me an e:mail!

I think that often DH would forget my birthday except that it's 4 days after Valentine's Day (which he would have to be an absolute moron to ignore!) LOL!!!

My back is feeling a bit better today. Went to the fitness center and worked on stretching for 30 minutes yesterday; this morning I spent about 20 minutes on stretching before I walked down the stairs. Also been taking ibuprofen around the clock to get the inflammation down. Driving is very very painful.

Got to do a thousand things in work.


    Bookmark   April 24, 2008 at 10:50AM
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BJ - glad you were happy with the gifts. I thought you could get so vacation ideas with the Rough Guide - I know you are the adventurous one. Thank you for your kind words - I am still shy about my paintings. Enjoy!

McPeg - I talk to myself way too much LOL - kidding aside you are full of wisdom, thanks for sharing it with us.

QOD - I always thought that I LOVED doing things for everyone else and I do, but not all the time. I reward myself with my art classes, personal trainer, the occassional facial, and lots of laughs with good friends.

I got to run. I am off to Lake Placid for the day!

    Bookmark   April 24, 2008 at 12:19PM
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Good afternoon.

QOD for Wednesday: I truly believe that chicken crossed the road to get to the Cici's pizza buffet! (I know, I know, but I'm craving it and can't have it!)

QOD: What little reward do you give to yourself for accomplishing your goals/or what do you allow as something special for yourself? My reward for working out 6 out of 7 days this past week was a 6" healthy Subway sandwich and a bag of baked Lay's. I intend to do that every other week so that I won't overdo but will have something special to work toward.

I actually found recycling bins at each of the elementary schools around here. They're not on my regular drive to the fitness center, but just a block over in 2 different spots. We have 2 schools here and one about 5 miles down the road. I recycled all the newspapers from this last week. Seems that our 4-days-a-week subscription was automatically upped to a 7-days-a-week one since we're brand new here. It's fun to read the paper daily, but I could have done without it. The woman who delivers out here said that it's "easier for her" to do it this way, and it didn't cost any more. Oh well!

Dinner is WW chili tonight, already prepared.

I bought a pair of workout shorts today in the regular Misses section, and it brought a big smile to my face!

I'm going to go sneak in a nap before doing a few things around here.

Hope everyone is having a great day!

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Milkdud~I am so happy for you. Wish you were still in Big D & we could go shopping together. :-) I am not a big shopper but would enjoy spending the time with you. And, I know that we would eat right.

BJ~I read your post to me again & I think you might think that I am doing WW. I'm not. I am trying to keep some recipes around tho that will be WW "friendly" since so many here are doing that WOE. ;-) I think that I found a great mix that will suit my needs & from all that I've read, WW are lovin' it too.

Also, with one of the mixes, there is a chocolate pomegranate muffin recipe. Yummers!! Actually, Heavenly is the first word in the recipe.

Raeanne~Your trip sounds like fun. Will you get to do some boating or kayaking? I pictured myself on one of the sailboats last weekend in Clearwater. Awesome...

DeeMarie~That is about like Dave & I getting married 3 days before Valentine's. LOL He has forgotten how many years but he hasn't forgotten the date.

I hope everyone is enjoying their day. I cleaned on the kitchen & took a quick nap & read & worked on crafts & now I'm bored. LOL

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Marci~In TX & FL the chicken has to cross the road to show the ARMADILLO how it is done! LOL

I keep forgetting to post what animal Dave wants to be: Leona Helmsley's dog, "Precious". ROFL Now, I'm surprised that we didn't think of that.

    Bookmark   April 24, 2008 at 7:42PM
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Good Friday Morning Everyone! I'm down another #1.5 & happy about it!! I'm about ready to move into a realm of new numbers. Yippee. I can tell that my legs are feeling tighter & that my tummy is better. If someone has the magic to get rid of that thing~PLEASE, let me know! It has got to go!!

Let's do a goofy QOD, how about it? The only thing that I can think of off the top of my head is:

If you could name your own amusement park ride, what would its name be?

QOD answer: I have to think about it & get back. I am feeling good & that usually means goofy but I want a good answer. LOL

Have a wonderful, terrific, kick-buck@ss day! Patti 8-)

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QOD: Ride Name:
"SS Daily Spin Cycle",
in honor of all my gal pals (AND JOHN!) and the "laundry" that gets done on a daily basis around here. The ride would be a little off kilter, causing a constant underground vibration throughout the amusement park...

    Bookmark   April 25, 2008 at 9:29AM
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Good morning all,

BJ, you are so clever!!

QOD: I don't know what I would name it but it would definitely be a carousel and it would not be exclusively horses. I would have all kinds of animals and birds!

Dee/Raeanne/Donna - I am sorry May 9th is not going to work for me. There is a conflict in my office and the other person's circumstances are pretty important and not negotiable. Could another date work for you all?? If not, I will have to go another time but I don't want to. Let me know.


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Suzanne, I won't leave you behind. How do Monday's work; like May 19th? [Once we get into May, I don't want Donna to have to drive home on a Friday evening after our meeting. Traffic is horrific going 'down the shore'.]

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That would work for me.

    Bookmark   April 25, 2008 at 10:55AM
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Raeanne/Donna -- how is Monday, May 19 for you?

QOD: Tramp-O-Lean -- ladies only get to jump on a magical trip to leaner bodies. Once off the ride, you can eat funnel cakes and frozen custards without gaining an ounce. LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Bookmark   April 25, 2008 at 11:30AM
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I love the carousel idea...sooooo NHSuzanne!

And Dee: As far as The TRAMP-0-Lean is concerned, I think Raeanne and I have the TRAMP part covered, we just have to master the LEAN!!!!! (Gad, I'm JUST kidding!) TGIF!

    Bookmark   April 25, 2008 at 11:34AM
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LOL Good answers MY Friends!!

Dave had to help me think. We are thinking, "Hang on--It's Gonna Be A Bumpy Ride!" LOL We were thinking that just described my life in general.

NH Suzanne~I want to send you an E-mail of some Western art but I'm not certain which E-mail addy to use. Would you let me know please?? Thanks.

Love to all! Have a good weekend! P

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You are all so clever!! I have really tried to think of a name for mine and I am at a loss!!

    Bookmark   April 25, 2008 at 4:02PM
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The Kharma Carousel: what comes around, goes around.

    Bookmark   April 25, 2008 at 4:33PM
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Donna/Dee/Suzanne - 5/19 sounds fine to me - let's make it happen! I am actually heading to Saratoga tomorrow for the day for an art class - I will see if there are any new places we need to check out.

BJ - TRAMP - speak for yourself ROFLMAO. I am definitely more tramp than lean LOL.

QOD - my ride would be BORING - I really don't like rides and that is from a girl that vacationed every summer at Asbury Park LOL. However, I do love ziplining - so maybe a Zip-a-Dee-Do-Da. Or what about "It's A Spa World Afterall" where you get pampered until you can't take it anymore.

Marci - the card I gave BJ was just a print of one of my paintings - I didn't handpaint the card.

Patti - no boating or kayaking yesterday. We just took a ride, did a little antiquing and looked at rustic Adirondack furniture with friends. We found a nice little wine bar and then had dinner.

I attached a link to show you where we were yesterday, up in the tallest ski jump tower. The day was so clear we could see forever.

Gotta run, I am going to a clambake on the beach and I am bringing the Sangria.

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That's good BJ. I was looking for "Ring Around The Collar" to stay with your theme. ROFL

I've come up with a game show for our group, "The Spice Is Right!" How about it?

Marci~Did you leave yesterday or is it next Thursday that you leave? I have something that I'd like for you to post for me if you will have the time. Thanks a lot!

Well, it has been quiet around here today. Was Raeanne going to be gone for longer than just yesterday afternoon?

Milkdud~Are you out shopping?

Jen~What are you up to?

John~Where are you fella?

Maddie~Hey, we miss ya!

Gretchen~Did we scare you off?

McPeg~What's the weather doing?

Besh~How is that job going?

I wanted to ask if anyone is a secretary? Did your office do anything special for you this week on BJ's birthday & your designated day? We used to get taken out to eat at some of the jobs that I worked (back in the day.) Ha! Ha! Well, I must be going. Ciao!

    Bookmark   April 25, 2008 at 5:05PM
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Raeanne/Dee/Suzanne: You won't believe this...a girl in my office is taking Monday May 19th off so they won't let me have it as well. She is going out of town for the day also so I know she can't change it or I would ask her.

How does mid week work - Wednesday May 21 or Thursday May 22? Dee, thanks for thinking of me on a Friday night, I hadn't thought of that myself but traffic would be awful. I really want to go but understand if you can't do it another day.

Will check back in later and catch up with everyone!!

    Bookmark   April 25, 2008 at 5:20PM
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Raeanne~Thanks for the look at John Brown's house. LOL Did you know that was John Brown's house? Dave told me all about it when I showed him the pic. He wasn't sure if you would know or not. We posted at about the same time. :-] Glad you had a good time. It sounds like another fun time tonight. Yee haw! I don't like the rides either. I would probably get on NH Suzanne's ride though. And, the bumper cars.

    Bookmark   April 25, 2008 at 5:37PM
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QOD - I can't think of a name for a ride, but how about a carnival game? Whack-A-Mole!! I have always said that teaching preschoolers is like playing Whack-A-Mole. You get one child/situation under control and something else crops up on the other side of the room. My life is never dull at preschool, that is for sure.

Patti - I leave next Thursday. I can post something for you this weekend. Just send me an email.

Off to stir the sauce for dinner.


    Bookmark   April 25, 2008 at 5:38PM
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Marci~I'll get it to ya. Thanks.

I know, I know, I'm posting 4 times to everyone else's one but I was thinking about NH Suzanne's ride:

How about "Merry Go-Litely"? LOL

    Bookmark   April 25, 2008 at 6:35PM
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duh...I have a recommendation. That chicken & avocado wrap is very delicious everyone. We didn't put the sugar in the marinade. It doesn't need it. I think that the balsamic vinegar has a sweet enough taste in it?? And with the avocado mayo we just thought that it turned out really, really good.

Milkdud~Have you ever been to any of the Rosa's in the Big D area? I know they have a new one in the Lewisville area & they have one around Ft. Worth. We had several in Midland & I know that they have expanded to Abilene & even further now. It is so awesome. Anyway, this was as good if not better.

I do have 10 easy ways to "green" your house that I'll save & post next week. I do more than I realized but have so much further to go. There are things that we have are hands tied behind our backs on by renting & living where we do.

    Bookmark   April 25, 2008 at 8:05PM
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Donna - either of those days works great for me.

Patti - I did know that was John Brown's house and you have to take John Browns Road or Drive or something to get to the ski jump LOL. My daughter went to school with a John Brown and we always cracked up because no one ever called him John, it was always John Brown.

I took today off to go to an all day art class - so I am heading to SARATOGA right now.

Enjoy your day - I hope it's not filled with chores.

    Bookmark   April 26, 2008 at 8:02AM
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I am reading posts and reading about John Brown. John Brown? John Brown? I am thinking why are they talking about my boss, John Brown and his house!! Too funny, John Brown is my boss.

Donna/Raeanne/Dee, I think I can make 21st or 22nd work for me. Prefer the 21st.

I am off to spread loam, fertilizer, lime and good cheer all over my lawn. Supposed to rain tonight so timing is perfect.

    Bookmark   April 26, 2008 at 8:36AM
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Good morning from drizzly, cooler SE Texas!

I just finished my oatmeal and having the last few sips of coffee before getting ready to go work out. This makes 8 days of doing it, with only Sunday off. I've already lost a few 10ths of my BMI! They have this little gizmo there that measures it, and I tried it yesterday, a week after the first time, and was pleased to see that 7 days of exercise made some difference.

Suzanne, I never did try the polenta last weekend because I have 3 rolls of it in the fridge and didn't want to waste it yet. But, I'm definitely going to try it in a few weeks. I'm just not eating that much of it anymore, which is probably good.

I'm no good at naming rides today, but I think that my favorite one I read from y'all has to be BJ's: The Kharma Carousel: what comes around, goes around. :)

Patti, I've never heard of, much less been to a Rosa's. Are y'all going there while you're in Texas? I miss freely dining at a Mexican restaurant now - I always order fajita salads without sour cream and cheese. No chips. :(

I'm not shopping anymore for at least a month because I'm just not losing enough to make a huge difference in what I still have to wear to places other than the fitness center. I am wearing t-shirts I couldn't wear before. When I go to Dallas at the end of May, I will break down and buy a few nicer things, but that's it.

It's nice seeing so many posting these days. I was so tired and a little sore yesterday, so I just rested and didn't do anything else. Some days I just don't have anything to say. I'm always glad that y'all do though! LOL

    Bookmark   April 26, 2008 at 11:41AM
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Hi Guys!

Great job on exercising and eating right, everyone! Wish I could get with the program, but I'm not motivated right now. Why? I don't know. The last time I seriously lost weight was when I was meeting an old flame for lunch about 4 years ago or somethng. I didn't want him to think I totally let myself go, so I dieted and exercised down to a Size 5. That was fun. Those days are long gone. Hmmmm. Gotta find a *NEW* reason to lose weight, I guess.

I am packing and sorting again taday. The washer and dryer are running non-stop. How the heckle did we (I) accumulate ALL THIS STUFF????? I am SOOOOOOOOOOO tired of boxing things up. Seems like we use a lot of it though.

Tonight, we're having friends over to eat dinner and look at the photos we and they took on our vacation together. I haven't had time to go through them and delete the ones of me in a bikini, looking horrifyingly fat, so I hope we have a lot of Chianti before we start the slide show!

Ahhh, well just wanted to pop by and say hi. "Hi!"

    Bookmark   April 26, 2008 at 6:24PM
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It's Sunday, so who else is doing laundry? I'm on my 3rd load and just made a pot of vegie soup to get me through a few of these rainy miserable days they are forecasting. I am not complaining as we really do need rain, but it's 48 degrees and I am complaining about that.

Enjoy whatever you are up to today - hopefully it's not too much laundry.

    Bookmark   April 27, 2008 at 9:05AM
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Raeanne/Donna/Suzanne, now YOU will not believe this! I host a scholarship recipient reception at my corporation on the morning of the 21st, and immediately following that, I head off for offsite business meetings until the 23rd. Let me look at my calendar at work tomorrow for the next Wednesday or Thursday. This is hilarious!

QOD: Laundry? I did about 8 loads yesterday because we were away last weekend. My washer and dryer are in the basement so that was 3 flights from my master bedroom. My legs got a workout even though DH had to drag the laundry baskets because of my back.

Hope everyone has a great day. We are off to Boscobel up by West Point for the day.

Make today count!

    Bookmark   April 27, 2008 at 9:29AM
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More laudry today. I don't even know how many loads I did yesterday. Dinner w/ friends last night was fun. We put the slide show pics on the computer but were having so much fun, no one really paid attention to many of them.

I'm packing again today, then in the afternoon, going to orientaion for college with DD2. Her boyfriend is going to watch "V" in the lobby if he gets hyped up and wiggly. So cool of the BF.

The weather is threatening rain, but that's okay, because we just got the lawn in and lots of the flowers need a drink. If it doesn't rain by this evening, I'll crank up the sprinklers.

Have a great Sunday!

    Bookmark   April 27, 2008 at 11:01AM
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BJ, I think just looking at your weekly planner would be exhausting! I don't know how you do all that you do and maintain your sanity, woman.

Anywhoooo, today was a busy day for a change. I've been wanting a La-Z-Boy recliner for the family room since we moved here and I had to give mine up to hubby for his study. Since they were on sale this weekend, we drove about 45 minutes away to the closest La-Z-Boy gallery, and I got a pretty little one in a nice creamy suede that goes nicely with my red plaid overstuffed sofa and red overstuffed chair and ottoman! We moved the matching loveseat into our bedroom, and I'll go slipcover shopping this week to get something nice to cover it.

We ate lunch at a Jason's Deli, and I did the salad bar, which I assumed would be easy, healthy and WW-friendly. Wrong! More mixed pasta salads and veggie salads with who-knows-what-kind-of ingredients, no FF cheese or dressings, and only regular head iceburg lettuce. I did the best I could, but it seems like every Sunday before weigh-in on Mondays, I'm stuck having to deal with some kind of food that I shouldn't be eating. Guess I'll just work out a little longer in the morning.

We had a heavy rainstorm this afternoon, then the temps dropped about 15 degrees and the sun came back out. It was even too cool to sit out on the front porch when we got home.

Hope everyone's having a nice, relaxing Sunday evening before starting a new week!

    Bookmark   April 27, 2008 at 9:51PM
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