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New faucet and no fighting!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Yesterday, my son went to get a drink of water and the handle came off in his hand. emoticon The handle had been coming loose for awhile, so I know he wasn't throwing a fit or anything. Not that MY Perfect son would ever throw a fit. LOL!

We bought a new faucet last night and decided to wait until today to install it. I was a little shell-shocked by the price - the cheapest one was $50 and it was just! The one we got was a little over $200 (gulp!), but I'm looking at the long-term investment.

It is a brushed stainless steel model that arcs pretty high over the sink and has the detachable part of the faucet so you can spray. It doesn't have as much pressure as the old one, but it's working.

The part that took us the longest was getting the old faucet off. The bolt that was holding it on had corroded and was a pain to get off! DH and I worked together and finally managed to pry that thing off! And we did it with no fighting! And only minimal cursing! LOL!

Once the faucet was installed and the kitchen cleaned up, I began a marathon of cooking. I made burritos, buffalo chicken, sweet potato fries, potato soup, cooked broccoli and assembled beef enchiladas for tomorrow night's dinner. Suffice it to say that the kids and I have plenty to choose from for the next few days for lunch!

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AUNTIEANNE22 8/23/2010 10:53PM

  I've been waiting a year for my landlady to replace my bathroom sink. How about a trip to NH?
You sure did a lot of cooking. I have all I can do to heat up a Healthy Choice meal - no time or motivation. I want my life back.

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NEWNAC304 8/23/2010 8:02AM

    How did you ever manage to do plumbing together without fighting or at least cursing? All home projects at my house involve at least a few 4 letter words! I'm impressed.

Great job on all that cooking!

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BKNOCK 8/23/2010 7:43AM

    What a team! Can you bring me some lunch?

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JOHNTJ1 8/23/2010 6:34AM

    If it is any consolation we had the same thing happen about ten years ago and from what it sounds like, we replaced it with the same faucet you guys did. Ten years later it still works fine and that is after ten years of growing teens pushing and pulling on and at it.

Way to go on the food prep. I know when we do that I eat better nd feel better.

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USFBULL 8/23/2010 1:17AM

    very good job and those old rusted fixtures can be a very big pain to get removed. emoticon
Although we got the edited version of the blue sunday school lesson, good to hear it was a minimalists festival. On a side note, I may need some help painting another members home page. Are you up for the task? LOL all in good fun I promise emoticon Good choice on the faucet, very good brand.

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DONNAORLENE 8/23/2010 12:55AM

    Ah, I remember those days. I use to do all of those things myself. And they can be a pain. Especially because of Homedale water. It corrodes everything. If I had known how much money a water softener would save me on plumbing and hot water heaters, etc. But you're right about cheap faucets - you get what you pay for. I bough a Peerless and when the sprayer that comes out of the faucet sprang a leak in the seam, I took it to American Standard Plumbing in Caldwell and they ordered a new one and gave it to me - no charge because they have a lifetime warranty.
But I can't do that stuff anymore, so I call my brother. LOL!!
Anyway, glad you got it fixed, and without arguing! That's even better! But it sounds like you better get some rest now, you had one heck of a weekend! And still had time to stop by and say Hi! Thanks for checking in on me. We had a quiet weekend and I am doing better and I'm thankful for it. Take care and hope you have a good week!

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GEEMAWEST 8/23/2010 12:35AM

    A family that curses together stays together!!

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Holy Moly am I ever tired!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Another one of my marathon days of getting stuff done. Up at 5:30 to get to the gym. Home, start laundry, eat breakfast, strip and remake the bed, wipe down the bathroom and get the boy ready for Jamboree. Jamboree for a little over two hours (it was fun and they kicked some butt!), birthday gift shopping, bank, boy to party, library and back home for lunch. Laundry, Sparking, go get boy.

FINALLY made it home a little after three o'clock. I was so tired that I fell asleep reading my book and stayed that way for a little over an hour...sitting up. The only reason I got up was cos I needed to go potty! LOL! Then the guilt set in and I worked on the laundry some more.

DH, MIL and FIL came home a little after five and we all headed to Red Robin for dinner. No cooking for me! Yay!!! And my big plans for tomorrow? Sleep in!! That's it! Yippee!!! emoticon

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STEELKICKIN 8/22/2010 10:52PM

    Hope you got some rest! Love how you call your son "the boy." My kids didn't know their real names until they started school. They all thought their names were "bubs" "sis" "pensie" and "bean." I still have to write it like that on their Christmas gift tags.

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BETHGILLIGAN 8/22/2010 9:22PM

    What a day!!! Hope you rested today!!

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RWETHAIRYET 8/22/2010 8:38PM

    I actually took yesterday afternoon off. Sat on the couch, watched a movie, talked to the husband. Body just decided it wasn't moving anymore.
Glad you got a lot done...and still found time for that nap

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BKNOCK 8/22/2010 8:33PM

    Wow, I am tired just reading this! I hope that you had a chance to get some rest!

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GERIKRAGH 8/22/2010 12:57PM

    Why do U have to strip to remake the bed? LOL!

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JOHNTJ1 8/22/2010 12:25PM

    No wonder you are always smiling, you have little time to dwell on other things. Glad you had a good weekend, friend.

What's your opinion of a Kindle. I am contemplating getting one.



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NEWNAC304 8/22/2010 11:58AM

    What a busy day! I hope you get to rest today.

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CARLANNIE 8/22/2010 11:50AM

    I slept in today until 9, which is something I do about twice a year. Heavenly! Sounds like you got a lot accomplished yesterday - maybe you can take a breather today.

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GEEMAWEST 8/22/2010 12:07AM

    Have a great sleep in. You earned it!!

Wish I could take a nap, never been very good at it. I'm jealous.

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Stealing from others

Thursday, August 19, 2010

I've seen this in a couple of Friends' blogs, so what the hey! Hey?

A - Available or Married? Married, and happily so!

B - Book? Always. Right now, Murder ala Mode by G.A. McKevett

C - Cake or Pie? Cheesecake, which is kind of a pie, right?

D - Drink of choice? Diet Pepsi, with an IV.

E - Essential item? Book. Always take a book with me. Always.

F - favourite colour? Green. Or orange.

G - game to play or watch? Play? Softball Watch? College football, the real football with a non-round ball :o)

H - Hometown? Buhl, Idaho (USA!)

I - Indulgence? Daily! Ummmm...cheeseburger or fries

J - Job? Assembly Product Engineer for a computer chip maker

K - Kids? Two, one of each (boy and girl, what were you thinking?)

L - Life is incomplete without...? Books!

M - Music group or singer? Billy Joel

N - Number of siblings. Two brothers

O - Oranges or apples? Apples

P - Phobias/Fears? Drowning

Q - favourite quote? I don't think I have one. :(

R - Reason to smile? Books? LOL! Family

S - Season? Fall - cos I get to wear sweaters and walk on frozen ground!

T - tattoos? None. Haven't found a good reason to get one yet.

U - Unknown fact about me? Are you sure you want to know?

V - Veg you love? Broccoli!

W - Worst habit? Swearing. I have a potty mouth. Sorry! :(

X - X rays you've had? Dental. That's it!

Y - your favourite food? Anything that someone else cooks for me. ANYTHING!!

Z - Zodiac? Capricorn. Would you believe that Capricorns are perfectionists? Woulda never thought it, huh? LOL!

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DUTCHIEKIWI 8/21/2010 2:50AM

  First reaction.... YOU ARE PIKING OUT!! but I'll get you, I WILL!!

Diet pepsi WITh an iv???!!??? that should have had a pic with it!! But then I rememberred, you ARE lazy ;0)

Orange?!!? That's MY kinda girl!!!!!!!!!!!!!

J ?? Holy moly, I did NOT know that, and god knows what it means... as I don't ;0) All I feel like saying is " come over here and fix my computer!!!!"

K.... I must be dutch, as I don't get it..... duh hey?!?

I'm GLAD about the potty mouth, at least I'm not the only one on spark... ;0)

and then about U... U U u u YESSSSSSS!!! I DOOOOO want to to know!!! tell me tell me... all of it ALL OF IT!!!! I PROMISE It'll be safe with me forever, but BUT.... I DO WANT TO KNOW!!!!





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KENDRACARROLL 8/20/2010 12:03AM

    I'm with you on your favorite food :)

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AUNTIEANNE22 8/19/2010 9:40PM

  I'm a Capricorn too and a perfectionist.

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BKNOCK 8/19/2010 8:57AM

    Barb, I am shocked! You have a potty mouth? Wow, I would have never known! The perfectionist thing is not a surprise at all! I always have a bad swearing streak after I come home from Florida thanks to my friend's mouth! But I think I am almost over it!

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BKNOCK 8/19/2010 8:57AM

    Barb, I am shocked! You have a potty mouth? Wow, I would have never known! The perfectionist thing is not a surprise at all! I always have a bad swearing streak after I come home from Florida thanks to my friend's mouth! But I think I am almost over it!

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GEEMAWEST 8/19/2010 12:53AM

    Now I know more about you than I ever needed to know, little Miss Potty Mouth. I had such high hopes for you. LOL

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DONNAORLENE 8/19/2010 12:31AM

    Aha! Not too surprising. But the last one confirmed it again. Perfectionist...leads back to in OCD! LOL! And I guess I'm going to have to admit it, it takes one to know one. Guilty, as charged! Hope you get everything done in time! I'll be rooting you on, but I'm sure you'll go through it like a whirlwind!! Have a good day tomorrow and the weekends almost here! Make sure you stop long enough to take a breath now and then too.

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What does food do to your body?

Thursday, August 12, 2010

I've been listening to the Biggest Loser Fan Podcast. I download it to my phone and listen to that while I'm working at my PC. They're free, or I wouldn't have them! LOL!

Anyway, today's podcast (at least, it was today for me) one of the hosts said that his "Aha" moment was when he started to think about what was actually, physically happening to his body when he ate certain things. What does your body do and what are you doing to your body when you eat fat? Or sugar? Or fiber?

That question made me pause...with a pretzel M&M halfway to my mouth. LOL! (don't worry, I got that M&M into my mouth along with all of the others!) But, it also made my thoughts pause too. I don't know exactly what it does to my body when I eat poorly. Or when I eat healthy. I know how I feel when I eat well. I know how I feel when I don't. But exactly what's going on in there? Are my cells doing happy dances and singing "bring on the sugar" when I eat that cookie? Somehow, I don't think so but I'd kind of like to think so! LOL!

So, I think I'm going to go to the library and get Dr. Oz's book about the human body. I think I want "You: An Owner's Manual" not the "You: On a Diet" book. Maybe knowing what food does to me will make it easier to make healthy choices.

Or maybe I'll have sugar parties! emoticon

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LIQUID11 8/16/2010 2:58PM

    It's a mind game I play recently.
I observe how I feel before, during and after a meal in combination with the macronutrients and calories it contains.
I did not know there are books pertaining to this specific subject, though.
It was a rather instinctive reaction. Cool!
Try it.
It helps a lot and you become more efficient controlling not only your "hunger", "appetite" and "cravings but your psychological condition also. Drugs free, fuss free and all natural and personal!!


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DONNAORLENE 8/14/2010 12:37AM

    Something to ponder....I love the way you put it all together with the M & M's. I really love Dr. Oz too. Been watching him for years! Haven't read the book though. Maybe I should, huh?
anyway, hope you have a good weekend while you're thinking about all of this! Later!

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KENDRACARROLL 8/14/2010 12:08AM

    I bought that book a while ago and I did start on it. It is quite interesting. It is however, currently sitting among some other half-finished books right next to my bed. Some day I will get back to it. Let me know what you find out.

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CAROLEHZ 8/13/2010 8:51AM

    I'm glad you found the podcasts, I find them interesting and sometimes motivating too. I would like to know about the sugar thing. I watch the Dr.s tv show sometimes and recently they showed blood after consuming fatty was an eye opener for sure because it actually gets thicker...not a fan of looking at blood but the visual was very helpful. Looking forward to your book report. Maybe we should have a book club until Clinton and Stacy come back.

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SUZYMOBILE 8/13/2010 7:18AM

    Good idea! Let us know that he says, okay? I just started wondering what low protein and fat are doing to me.

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BKNOCK 8/13/2010 7:16AM

    Maybe you can start reading that book and you can write us a synopsis every night?

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JUNIAATROME 8/13/2010 1:24AM

    what did you do -the library or the sugar party?

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CARLANNIE 8/13/2010 1:05AM

    Have you ever really watched what food looks like when you get it all wet and ready to spray down into the disposal? Pretty gross sometimes. Or if it's greasy, it just clings to anything it can. And stays there. I think maybe we should stop thinking about this . . .

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GEEMAWEST 8/13/2010 12:09AM

    Love, Dr Oz. He knows his stuff. Maybe more than I am ready to admit. LOL

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I am in the top three!!!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

The last month or so, my gym has been listing the members who had the most visits during that month. Last month, I was #2! I think the guy who was number 1 (no potty references, please!) visited more than once a day. I say if you want it bad enough to cheat, you can have it! emoticon [Notice how I immediately take down a level, or three?]

This month, I am once again second on the list! I don't remember the guy's name from last month, but it might be the same one this month. Dagnabit! LOL! Anyway, it's kind of cool to see my name up there. Even though until very recently (like, last week), no one I actually know and speak to belongs to the gym so no one would see it. Except me. And I'm pretty happy with myself! Go me! emoticon emoticon

Parting note...DD was watching Wild Child which is apparently set in England. "Mom" asks my intelligent, lovely daughter. "Why are they speaking English?" emoticon emoticon

I'm still giving her grief over that one! LOL!

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AUNTIEANNE22 8/12/2010 10:55PM

  So when do you start going twice a day? We all know you have a wide open schedule. (HaHa)
Your daughter and my sister should get together. She once declared that Italy is in France.

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USERNAMEDD 8/12/2010 4:51PM

  GO YOU!!!!! emoticon

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NEWNAC304 8/12/2010 1:52PM

    Congrats on being in 2nd place! That's awesome!

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STEELKICKIN 8/12/2010 11:50AM

    Number 2, huh? AWESOME! Keep on keeping on, Wild Child!


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LIFE-FAITH 8/12/2010 9:46AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Keep up the great work!

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GEEMAWEST 8/12/2010 9:20AM

    Way to go Barb!! You Rock! But then you already knew that, didn't you?

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BKNOCK 8/12/2010 9:11AM

    2nd place, awesome!

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IAM_HIS2 8/12/2010 8:40AM

    Way to go...congratulations!! emoticon emoticon

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JUNIAATROME 8/12/2010 4:40AM

    Yeah, why are they? LOL

BTW - I am pleased to let you know that now we all know that you scored 2nd on the gym list! WHICH IS GREAT! you are a dedicated lady and a model to the rest of us. Keep it up.

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JOANOFSPARK 8/12/2010 1:48AM

    Love it...*grin* great for you...just keep on doing what you are doing, and one of these days he will slip up. The main thing is that you do know that you are on that list, which is pretty cool,when you think about it....that you are putting forth all that effort every month and it is paying off, big time......*woohoooo* emoticon emoticon

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DONNAORLENE 8/12/2010 12:51AM

    Like I said, I don't know where you get the strength or energy! But I'm happy for you! You can always do whatever you set your mind to. As for DD's comment, I'll have to get together with you sometime and tell you some of Marshall's - He's really a hoot! Some times he can get me rolling on the floor I laugh so hard! (Is that really what they're speaking! LOL!!)

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KENDRACARROLL 8/12/2010 12:45AM

    Congrats on your gym attendance. Yay you!

emoticon over DD's question. This is such a kid thing to do! Talk first, think later. Gotta love them for it :)

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