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Sunday, March 14, 2010

I had quite the ambitious to-do list for today. Grocery shopping, laundry, gym/30day Shred, library, make chocolates, clean myself up for bunco and bunco. Those are the things I did get done. I missed cleaning off the vanity and broken entertainment center and watching all of the BL episode I missed. Both of those will be completed tomorrow.

However, there are other things added to tomorrow's to-do list. Start auctions, make potato soup, type up minutes, laundry, read my book. DH probably has a couple of things for me too. AND, to top it all off, I lose an hour tonight! Sorta. I guess if I actually sleep in (which I REALLY hope to do), that's when I'll lose my hour. Here's to losing! LOL!

Night all.

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RWETHAIRYET 3/15/2010 1:09PM

    I did what I pretty much wanted to get done...and avoided any real house chores while I was at it, lol.
Missing that hour of sleep though!

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AUNTIEANNE22 3/14/2010 9:12AM

  Hope you do better with sleeping in than I did. My recent head injury has really messed up my sleeping. I don't fall asleep quickly; I toss and turn all night; I sleep in in the morning; or I don't sleep in in the morning. Of course, this morning is the day that not sleeping in kicks in.

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BKNOCK 3/14/2010 8:33AM

    Well you have to get caught up on Biggest Loser! Good luck getting it all done!

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I finally get to watch Week 7 of BL!!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

I don't watch a lot of TV. Okay, let me rephrase that. I don't choose what is on the TV very often. The TV is, in fact, hardly ever off in my house (DH thing, maybe the topic of another blog on another day!). Even though the TV is on, i rarely pay attention to it. I'm either cooking or reading or sparking or working out or something in addition to "just" watching TV. One day a week, however, I insist that I be allowed to watch The Biggest Loser. No one else has to watch it and I am more than willing to go to my room to watch it. But, I'm WATCHING IT!! emoticon

One small snag. Baseball/Softball season is starting soon. I am the secretary for our local kid's league. We meet on Tuesday's. The Biggest Loser is on Tuesdays. Both at 7:00! BL is over long before I get home. And, they don't post the newest show until a week after it airs! emoticon So, even though I could follow the "plot" of the show, I missed some really important things! Like "Who in the heck made the teams?!?! I assumed (yes, I know, not good!) that it was Sunshine since she was the only female on an all-male team. But, the little blurb for the W7 video says "he" alienated his team members.

So, which he? Not the cousins, since they are on separate teams it wasn't them. O'Neal? Didn't think he'd be the type to stack the teams so unfairly. Lance? Probably. Look who he is married to!! LOL!

Okay, don't tell me! I'm adding to my list of to-do's for BL W7! Yes, I like acronyms and short hand!

See y'all manana!

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    We NOW have a DVR and I can record and watch at MY connivence. While at my father in laws recently, I even programmed our DVR via my iPhone, totally awesome, LOL

Well worth the little extra that we pay for the DVR unit. I even record my DW's favorite shows in case she misses them, God forbid. She is an NCIS fanatic and she watches the episodes over and over and over and probably over again.

Have a great day and a great ball season!

Short hand, I do it the Three Stooges way, if you know what I mean!

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AUNTIEANNE22 3/13/2010 9:24AM

  It sure backfired!

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BKNOCK 3/13/2010 9:11AM

    All I can say is that he is not my favorite player and I hope that he gets booted off real soon!

Enjoy getting caught up and let me know what you think!

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 3/13/2010 2:31AM

    I hope that you enjoy that episode, its a good one!

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New sign at work

Friday, March 12, 2010

I work at a mid-size semiconductor company and have for almost 17 years. (Dang! That's a really long time!!!) Earlier this week, there was a new sign by the door where everyone badges in (yes, Big Brother is watching!). It said something to the effect of Don't bring weapons in here! emoticon

Okay. I won't. Mainly because that's been company policy since I started working there. They really don't even want you to have guns in your car, but don't really push that too hard. (BTW, I live in a rural area and guns are used for hunting, not crimes..mostly. Lots of folks take their guns to work cos they're going to shoot on their lunch or after work. Just FYI, is all!) emoticon

Another big reason is I don't think I actually own any weapons, not even a pocket knife. I guess my cutting wit could be called a weapon, right? Yeah, no! LOL!

So, now I have two questions about this sign. First, and foremost, what in the world happened to make someone think that we now need the sign? Like I said, it's been company policy for over 17 years to not bring weapons into the plant. (BTW, if someone really wanted to cause damage, there are plenty of spots for a long distance hit. But I digress.) Did someone actually bring something in? Did someone complain about someone's pocket knife that they were using to peel an orange? Is it just legal mumbo jumbo that has to be posted to keep the company out trouble "just in case"? I don't think I'll ever know the answers to those questions...mostly cos I won't ask anyone who might know the answers. I'd rather speculate! LOL!

The second question, though, I think I know the answer to. Do you really think the sign is going to stop someone who is intent on bringing in a weapon? Picture a mad person (boy or girl, I don't discriminate!) walking up to the door, gun in hand, muttering how they're going to "show them!" Then, they see the sign. "Well drats! No weapons allowed. I'll have to turn around and leave now! Bother!" Really? Plus, if it's aimed at Jo Schmo (or JoEllen, his wife) who's using a knife to make lunch, are they going to connect the sign with their "weapon"?

Okay, my brain hurts. Enough "deep thoughts" for tonight. I'm going to go stow my weapon and then head to bed.


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GEEMAWEST 3/12/2010 8:38PM

    The sign appeared because the people that get "the big money" had to show that they had done something with their time. It's that simple.

Oh ya, let me know when that cutting wit of yours shows itself again, apparently I missed it last time.
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RWETHAIRYET 3/12/2010 2:14PM After all this time??? So what is your company about to do that it's concerned about P*****g off its employees??? Layoffs? Paycuts???? Major health insurance premium increases??? No longer serving the favorite meals in the cafeteria???
"He who beats his guns into plowshares, plows for the man with the guns"
Silly thing, but the responsible ones who follow the rules about how and when and where they can carry, are the only ones who'll read the signs anyways, lol. The nutcases don't care!

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AWYEAGLE 3/12/2010 11:32AM

    I figure those type of signs cause more trouble than prevent. After all I never would have thought about bringing a weapon to work but now I will. Let's see which sword should I sneak in today? :)

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AUNTIEANNE22 3/12/2010 9:45AM

  I told you not to clip your nails at lunch time.

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STEELERCRAZY 3/12/2010 8:06AM

    In all honesty, it IS policy (and they must display for liability purposes) to have such said signs on display in public places. Your place of employment perhaps is just a little slower getting on the bandwagon...maybe they couldn't find a good spot to hang it?? ("I don't like how that gun sign makes the door frame look so fat...let's move it, uh, THERE?")

I'm sure if someone had the mind to bring a gun in to work, that you would have already heard about it. Put your mind at ease.

And leave your cutting wit at home!


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BKNOCK 3/12/2010 6:02AM

    Wow, that mind of yours thinks way too much! They probably hung it in case smoeone thinks about doing something so that they can say we posted signs and you knew what you were doing is wrong. Everyone is so busy covering there a***s that it is crazy!

17 years is pretty good at one place! I have 15 years with the college and 2 years temp!

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MUSIC66 3/12/2010 4:07AM

    that seems a bit weired since it has been a rule for 17 years.

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DUTCHIEKIWI 3/12/2010 3:56AM

    Since I've been getting to know you better, I did realise you are a bit of a "loose canon" so to speak.
I somewhat regret it but I felt the need to inform those close around you of the potential danger they might be in. Your boss was very appreciative and told me severe measures would be taken...
I suppose the sign is not very severe... but keep an eye out..... as more....*MUCH MORE* might still happen...
Bwahahaha Bwahahahahahahahahahaha

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DONNAORLENE 3/12/2010 1:31AM

    Good points. But then you think a lot deeper than I do. But I agree something had to have happened for them to all of a sudden post a sign like that. Odd huh!?!? Oh well, like you said you'll probably never know, but if you do find out please enlighten me so I know too. Thanks and good luck playing detective.

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I really need to dress better

Thursday, March 11, 2010

I saw my silhouette in the window while I was doing my 30-Day Sadism...I mean Shred. i tuck my shirt in because a couple of the moves are in the plank pose and my shirt tends to move to my shoulders and over my head. Not real conducive to exercise!! emoticon

Anyway, in the window, I could see that I have a shape. It would be hourglass if there was ANY sand on top. So...triangle? Anyway, I do have a fairly nice shape but I do not dress it appropriately. And I know why. Two big reasons. The first, I'm cheap! The majority of my pants are hand me downs from my daughter (from before she got taller than 5 inches!). Most of my shirts I've had for years. There is nothing wrong with them (besides being the wrong size, the wrong fit, a couple of holes and some hanging strings, to name a few), so I can't bring myself to get rid of them. Cos I don't want to spend the $$$ to replace them. Cheapskate, that's me!

The other, and probably bigger, reason? I have no idea what I should wear! emoticon I watch What Not To Wear every chance I get. I know the basic rules, but my ideas of what colors "go" is atrocious. I happen to like orange and pink together. (See, atrocious!) I have to ask my DH if tops and bottoms can be worn together. More often than not, he'll send me back to try again. Oh well. Until i get on WNTW and/or win the lottery (which you have to play to win, in case you didn't know...and I don't play), I'll continue to dress poorly. Not on purpose. It'll just happen.

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AWYEAGLE 3/11/2010 11:16AM

    I've always had the same problem as you - don't know what to wear and tend to go baggy and saggy and old. As a matter of fact I was just saying to a friend of mine the other day "I'm so excited that I fit into these pants, I haven't worn them in 15 years." Rather than saying something about more lost weight, instead she came back with; "why the hell do you still have pants from 15 years ago."

I will say that back before Christmas I had to buy something dressy to wear to a work function. I hit the sale at the local Dress Barn and just told the 2 ladies in there (Sunday at 1 pm the place is dead) I had recently lost some weight, had no idea how to pick clothes and that they were to pick things out. They had a blast and I walked away with ideas of what looks good on me (stuff I never would have tried in a million years) and 2 new outfits.

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RWETHAIRYET 3/11/2010 10:53AM

    Heeheehee a word of advice!! Don't do pushups wearing an oversized v-neck tshirt that hangs down when you're doing pushups.
I did that one day, and just happened to get a glimpse of a really nice pair of udders hanging off of my stomach. Doesn't look too bad standing up, lol, but when I'm on all 4's, it's not a pretty sight!
Probably won't ever lose that pouch after an adult lifetime of being overweight/4 pregnancies, but man, it isn't pretty!
As far as clothes, I have a couple of really nice and cheap 2nd hand shops near me, one of which is church run and all the money goes to local charities. I can turn over my closet fairly often for very little money, always have clothes that fit, and feel good about supporting some local programs.
And now that I have a shape I don't mind trying to show off, I've turned into a bit of a clothes horse, lol.
By the way...youngest daughter's (22years old) favorite color combo is hot pink and orange.

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WREN67 3/11/2010 10:25AM

    You wrote this about me, didn't you? Well, except that I don't have a shape...yet. Same clothes for decades...and I still can't put them together in any reasonable way on my own.

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AUNTIEANNE22 3/11/2010 8:55AM

  What's wrong with pink and orange together? I'm the same way. I do have color sense - I've been sewing since I was eight and have my own children's clothes business. I keep my clothes though because I know I am going to lose more weight and I don't want to replace everything 2 or 3 times.

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MDTWEETY 3/11/2010 7:11AM

    LOL. :)Do you have a Kohl's near you? They have cute stuff that is not too expensive. And even Target. And consignment shops.
Let's nominate each other for WNTW. ;)

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BKNOCK 3/11/2010 5:44AM

    Thanks for making me laugh! I am glad that you can see your body shape though!

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DUTCHIEKIWI 3/11/2010 2:48AM

    Oh and by the way.....

IF you would actually put some photo's of yourself up then I can have a good look, and tell you what colours I think would really suite you...

Com'on with those new pics!! You can do it!

Dutchie (again)

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DUTCHIEKIWI 3/11/2010 2:47AM

    I know how you feel, was cleaning out my closet again today, throwing more stuff away that is too big,frumpy,old,haggerd etc
But... I have bearly anything left that fits nicely.
And really since the twins came along, my clothing has been seriously put on the backburner...
We must change!!!! Show off those new curves, walk tall, be proud.... shake that boodie!! ;0)


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AHAPPYLIFE 3/11/2010 1:49AM

    I hit the sale racks to get me through these size changes and I've also been known to go down to a second hand store to purchase some clothes (it's the cheapest place to get great jeans)!

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I didn't gain it overnight. Can I expect to lose it overnight?

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

OF COURSE I CAN!!! I can also expect my children to do what I ask the first time I ask it. To clean up after themselves. To notice stuff that needs done without me asking. I can expect DH to be happy that I'm making healthy and dang tasty (if I do say so myself!) dinners for him (and me and the kids). I can expect him not to go "Oh" emoticon when I tell him what's for dinner (and make it sound as though I told him his sister was coming to visit (not a happy thought)). I can expect a raise at work cos I rock!

Just because I expect those things, as unrealistic as they all are!, that doesn't mean that any of them will happen without a great deal of work from me. The kids are getting better. Another 20 years of training and they might have it! DH actually gave me a list of 18 different dinners that he would make happy faces about. PLUS, wants to take me out to dinner once a week. Yay! Of course, I gave him the paper and the pen and the writing surface and said do it, but he did it! I'm asking for extra work and reminding the boss how much I rock (in a politically correct, non-in-your-face way, of course). The raise will come...someday.

So, for my goals on being healthy, I need to put a lot of work in there as well. I've decided that I will count my Saturday morning weight as the weight I put into Spark People. I currently weigh myself everyday and only record if I like what I i record about once a month! LOL! I will also check my body fat percentage on Saturdays. I took my measurements when I started the 30 day Shred. I'm halfway thru, so I'll remeasure in 15 more days and hope for some better definition and lost pounds.

Since DH wants to take me out to dinner more often, I'll need to check the menus of our most likely places to go and make healthy plans. We generally don't know where we're going until we're on the way. So I need to have a list. Plus, if I have time, I can check my I-Phone if it's somewhere that's not on my list! And, HUGE for me, gotta stop using dining out as an excuse to eat poorly and in large quantities.

I'm sure I have more incredibly important things to say (notice - that implies I've actually said something important), but this blog is horribly long already. If you made it this far, THANKS! If you didn't, well...neither of us will ever know! LOL!

Night all!

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DUTCHIEKIWI 3/10/2010 10:26PM

    Reading about your journey is always fun and educational...
( thought I would give you that extra feeling of being on that pedestal before I throw you off )


Love ya


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GEEMAWEST 3/10/2010 9:12PM

    My DH gives me the same kind of "Oh" when I cook new healthy recipes. So I solved that problem. He does the majority of cooking. And if it is deep fried, unhealthy stuff I won't eat it and he knows it. He doesn't like it when I don't eat his cooking the same way I didn't like it when he didn't eat mine. So he tries really hard to make it something I will eat. You just gotta know how to out smart 'em. After 20 years you should be pretty good at that.

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RWETHAIRYET 3/10/2010 1:44PM

    Hahaha, to notice stuff and clean it up without being asked, that's funny!!! Not something I ever managed with my kids before they moved out on their own, and certainly not something I'll ever get the hubby to notice and do.
However, since moving out, 2 of my kids have become neatness fanatics and 2 of them are, well, still pigs!
Sounds like a good plan.
But wouldn't it be nice if we could just wiggle our noses like on "Bewitched" and just have it all happen????

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    I found out a long time ago, with SP of course, that the planning and searching through the on-line menus is the way to go. It makes a big difference and if I've got an idea what I'm gonna eat B4 I get there, most likely I won't change my mind by something else that would not be "healthy".

Good luck with the rest of your journey, sounds like you're getting SParker every day. SParker is like SMarter too, LOL

Hang in there!!!

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STEELERCRAZY 3/10/2010 12:32PM

    Wow, Barb, you are really focused! I love the no-nonsense plan you've worked out for yourself! AND IT WORKS! Clear and concise, I've determined that you, indeed rock and should get your raise. Now, we just need to get your boss to give it to you!

Cool. You're awesome. And by the way, ANOTHER thing we have in common is I've been married to my old man 20 years, too. HOW AWESOME IS THAT??

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KERRYMONIQUE 3/10/2010 8:48AM

    It sounds like things are going along well, maybe not perfectly, but well. And honestly, what ever goes perfectly? Good solution to your hubbies poutiness in regards to dinner. Just remember the 90/10 rule with eating out. If you are only doing it every once-in-awhile, then you don't have to be too careful. However, if you're going to make it a weekly thing then you do need to monitor what you eat. I think making a list and downloading some apps is great. Look up restaurants that post their nutrition information and print it out and throw it in the car. So you can glance at it and have a plan of what to order before you go in the door.

And just FYI, I weigh in once a week (but I don't weigh every day), I log it regardless of how happy or insanely frustrated I am, I do my %body fat once a week too and I take body measurements 1 time per month. I like having other things besides lbs to compare my progress - I find that it helps, at least most of the time, lol. emoticon

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BKNOCK 3/10/2010 5:55AM

    I always look forward to your blogs! You are doing great and now that you have a plan you will do even better!

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DONNAORLENE 3/10/2010 2:23AM

    I made it all the way through. You always say something and it's usually pretty entertaining. Bright spot in my day anyway. But you know what, you have a pretty blessed life, it's just that sometimes you don't admit it. But at least you know that I know. LOL

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BETTA13 3/10/2010 12:49AM

    I am woman hear me roar! lol
You are on the right track and you know how to turn a bump into a positve thing.

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