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If your spouse wanted to spend some time...

Thursday, March 18, 2010

doing something on their own, what would you say? And by spouse, I mean spouse (obviously!) or boyfriend/girlfriend, significant other or even roommate. Someone important in your life who wants to do something that you probably don't like. Say he likes going to garage sales and you want to go to the museum (or sleep in or just NOT go to garage sales!). Do you say go without me and enjoy. Or do you insist on going with, even tho you do NOT like the acitivity. Or, do you drag that person along on your chosen activity?

I am not talking about family functions. I am always dragging DH to those, both my family AND his! LOL! Or school functions. Those are things that really obligations.

I am talking about free time. Can your SO go out on a weekend and play softball while you stay home and you're okay with it? Or vice versa?

In my limited observations, I've found that one partner generally is more comfortable with non-partnered time. (I don't know what else to call it!) For example, if my DH wants to go to a friend's house after work (and I know about it so I don't stress and can change plans accordingly), I say go for it! If he is late leaving work, okay. Just tell me.

DH, on the other hand, wants me home whenever he is home. Part of that is because he works six days a week and we don't see each other very much. And, oddly enough, he LIKES me!! LOL!

Yep, that's my only example. I told you it was limited! Oh wait...just thought of one other example. Good friend of mine is a stay-at-home Mom who also is a free lance writer. She actually likes it when her DH is home and prefers that he NOT make other plans. Of course, she doesn't tell him that he can't do something (she's not his mother for goodness sakes!). But she does try to arrange things so they can spend time together. She is like me in that if she has something planned, and he doesn't tell her, he is in deep water!

So...two examples. Both support my theory (see? More theories!). 100% succes rate! Really, what more do I need?

  
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CARTOONB 3/20/2010 12:06AM

    Thanks for all the comments. I do want to add two things. First, I posted this because I was watching the Marriage Ref and one of the wives resented the time her DH was spending playing badminton. Got me to thinking (I know, dangerous!) and I blogged the result. DH and I are pretty good about "letting" the other have the time they need away.

Second, my DH read my blog and asked me if I had issues with him staying late at work! LOL!!! I had to tell him the why for the blog. I think he knew the answer before he asked, but he was happy when I reassured him. Men are so cute! emoticon

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RWETHAIRYET 3/19/2010 1:17PM

    In my house, it's often me that needs the "alone" time. Hubby works from home, is in and out all day and since he works with pets, sometimes all he really has to talk to are cats and dogs, rabbits and guinea pigs and an occasional chicken or two. Being a relative new-comer to the area he doesnt really have any close friends or buddies to hang with.
There are hobbies we share and things we do together. He likes car shows and meets and I don't mind spending the time with him for those. We both enjoy going on "photographic adventures, where we pack up some old cameras, a picnic and spend the day just wandering the state looking for photo ops. I go to his Audiogeek annual barbecue and pretend to enjoy it, he goes to the annual Spark meetup for my state and doesn't grumble too much about it.
But he hates it when I go out alone. I prefer to shop alone, I always feel rushed when he's with me. He doesn't hike, so I do much of my summer ramblings by myself. He tries very hard to be "accomodating" when I do go out, but manages to lay a bit of guilt.(But we only have 2 days to spend together, and you go hiking with a friend all day for one of them) I remind him that he has time during the week to do things he enjoys, like going to the firing range, visit the couple of friends he has made, spend time on line, but that I'm trying to divide a limited amount of time into "Us" time, "Me" time and "household responsibility" time. oh, by the way, exercise fits into the responsibility slot, lol, not "me" time, or so I keep telling him,lol)
On a good day, I figure he's lonely, loves me enough to want to spend time with me and only concerned about my well-being. On a bad day I accuse him of being controlling and not caring about my needs or trusting me. Heeheehee, one of the things we've definitely had to work on (with fairly good sucess) this past 5 years.
interestingly enough, my step daughter and her fiance are having a bit of an issue. Seems it's okay for her to go out to dinner with friends, go shopping with her mother several times a week, go clubbing with the girlfriends, and do pretty much what she wants, when she wants, and yet heaven forbid he might want to go to his brother's house after work to play cards once in a while. She's willing to start world war III over it. I'm seeing this as having the potential of being the single biggest problem in their marriage...


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AWYEAGLE 3/19/2010 12:49PM

    I think that it is important to have a balance. We all need time to do things on our own and who the heck wants to drag someone along to something they don't want to do. As long as the couple spend time together doing things they both enjoy (come on who doesn't love going to visit the in-laws emoticon) I'm all for it.

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PERFECT01 3/19/2010 11:27AM

    Personally, I like it when I have some alone time. My DH has retired and he is under my feet way tooooooooo much, LOL! But if I want him to be home or with me for something we have planned or family coming to visit, he better darned well be here!

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DATARN 3/19/2010 10:59AM

    Great subject - and we all should have open enough communication with our SO that we can come to agree and take care of each other - respecting one another's need - either for space and "me time" or time together. A great goal to shoot for!

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TORNADO40 3/19/2010 8:58AM

    When the relationship with my husband was brand new (and for many years) I used to be pretty possessive in terms of him doing things without me. I did not really like some of his friends and I did not like the time he spent with them. At any rate I got over that. Now I look forward to when he will be away and I can spend time on my own.

I think had I remained possessive our relationship would have ended years ago. So I think you have to have together time and time away from each other.

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LMB-ESQ 3/19/2010 7:16AM

    I agree too, it depends on the relationship. That kind of thing can be a huge bone of contention though.

I think the question to ask is, why do you want your SOs company? Is it just because you like his/her company? Is it because you simply hate to be alone? Or is it because you are insecure about what he/she is doing when they aren't with you?

If it's the first, then it should be easy for you to say. "sure, go ahead without me" and then another time you'll do something together. If you hate being alone, that's your problem. You need to learn how to enjoy your own company, which in itself is an artform.

And if it's the last, then you have a problem within the relationship. Why are you insecure? Were you cheated on in the past? Do you have trust issues? Abandonment issues? Has your SO given you a REASON to be insecure, or is it all your own issue?

My ex and I used to argue about that a lot. For example, I would want to go to a party, he wouldn't. He would SAY, sure go ahead, but then he would wait up for me and be mad because I actually went. I got a little ridiculous. When I got into my current relationship, we both made it clear that wouldn't be tolerated. Actually, I think we're a little unusual. We're both so independent that we spend more time doing our own thing with a little together time thrown in here and there, instead of the other way around. Might not work for a lot of couples, but it works for us!

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BKNOCK 3/19/2010 6:14AM

    I agree with Junia that it depends on the relationship. If you have a strong sturdy marriage than it could actually be healthy to be away from each other for a short spurt!

Great blog!

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JUNIAATROME 3/19/2010 1:50AM

    I'd say that would depend on the state of the relationship - i.e. if you are both keen on being with each other and feeling ok in the relationship I can say to DH: you feel stressed take two days, I'll keep the fort safe. If any one feels neglected however at a given time (and that is usually when questions like this come up LOL) than if that marriage means something to you you give up on your fav activity because you love your hubby more; or you tell him how you feel and that you'd rather he let that garage sale go this time.

Early on in our marriage (after a particular incident which needs not to be recounted) we decided that we will always feel free to talk frankly about such needs and will attend to the need of attention in case of doubt. Has worked well; I was left to go and study abroad which meant that I have spent two months away from home at times. He too did go on his own eg. to Hawaii for two weeks without me for a conference (and even on MY b-day) - when you add it up he was better off, wasn't he?? LOL. But I definitely think it depends on the relationship and the ability to communicate your needs - on both ends.

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BETTA13 3/19/2010 1:38AM

    lol...I like reading your blogs, you talk yourself into an answer, and I can actually follow it =o)

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Spark Wheel Theory Update

Thursday, March 18, 2010

It is well established that I am a nerd/geek/whatever. A couple of weeks ago I blogged about a couple of theories I had on the Spark Wheel. One was that over time, your average will be three. The second was that the more points you got BEFORE you spun the wheel, the more points you would win on the wheel.

Yep. I started a spreadsheet! emoticon Started out basic. First column, the date. Second column, number of points earned before spinning the wheel. Third column, number of points the wheel gave me. In 21 days, my average for the wheel is just under 5.5 points per day. Kinda blew that theory outta the water huh? emoticon

For the second theory, it's a little harder to sort the data. But there is no clear trend there either. I have days with over 80 poinst pre-spin that I won 5 points. Others taht I only got one. Same with under. I hit the 20 two days in a row...once with 76 points pre-spin, the second with only 68. Data does not process (you have to say that last sentence with a robot voice while doing robot moves to get the full effect).

So, I added some columns. About a week ago, I added max points available on the wheel. Today I added how many SP points I had when I was all done getting points. Theory for the first column is that I have to know what was available to compare to what I earned. If I get 5 every day and 5 was the highest number, I'm pretty darn special! emoticon

The last column works off the theory that somehow the wheel "knows" how much I've done and how many more points I could potentially earn. So, do I get more points from the wheel on the days that I get a lot of exercise minutes? Notice, I assume that the wheel rewards me for earning more points. That, students, is a hypothesis. Unless it, too, is a theory and then, never mind.

Anyway, the spread sheet is still going strong! Does anyone want to send me their numbers? Increasing the participants will improve the experiment/evaluation. Here's the info I need.

Date
Points b4 Spin
Points from Spin
Max points on wheel
Total points earned for the day

Man...I am a nerd! I'm kind of giddy at the thought of putting other people's data into my spreadsheet. already thinking how to reformat to fit other folks in. LOL!! emoticon

  
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LADYNETTIE 3/24/2010 1:49PM

    I love this!! I'm a data geek too and have wondered what the deal is with the sparkwheel myself! I think it goes in waves- I get 1's for several days in a row, then get 5's for a few days, then a couple of 2's. Would be interesting to know. I have had 25 points one time in 8 months so those don't come around too often. OH! I won a DVD once too!

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WYWIWOMAN 3/24/2010 7:32AM

    Yours was a fun blog for me to read on a day when one of my Sparkfriend's status was updated with a 10 point win and there wasn't even 10 points on the Spark wheel I spun! What's up with that? Curious.

I've always thought that when I log in I should spin right away. I can see that my strategy may be mistaken ... I'll watch for your updates!
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PINK-LADYBUG 3/20/2010 2:08PM

    First, let me second what HOPEFULHIPPO posted - feel free to make your way towards me when you're done at her house!
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Secondly... you are the 2nd most lovable geek I know!! (The first being my best friend, who is also an enginerd...)

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GAZELK 3/20/2010 7:33AM

    I too have thought that there must be some logic in this. Let us know if you find the algorithm and then we'll all go with you to Vegas for some real "points".

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RWETHAIRYET 3/19/2010 2:39PM

    you know, I was going to write exactly what G-ma said, lol, but decided to be kind!!

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SUZYMOBILE 3/19/2010 2:18PM

    So how do you explain my winning the 100 SparkGoodie points like three days in a row, and the rest of the time I'm lucky to get 5 points? emoticon

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GEEMAWEST 3/19/2010 10:00AM

    You have way to much time on your hands! emoticon

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TORNADO40 3/19/2010 9:45AM

    It sure does seem like there is a pattern to it when you pretty much get low numbers all the time. I never ever hit the big numbers that are on the wheel. I think most of the time I get a 1. Since last June I have only hit 10 points 3 times. I have never hit anything higher than 10 pts. I rarely get more than 4. I wish they had a report for spark wheel points.

When the wheel numbers go from 1-5 are there and equal amount of each number?


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BIG_SCOTS_LASS 3/19/2010 9:35AM

    I think you're a little nuts, but I'll play anyway.
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Until last week, I had 2 months of 4 points every single day - without variance. However, there was a days when 4 points wasn't an option (it was 1, 2, 3 or 5). I got 2 points that day. Since then it has varied between 1-4 points (never 5!). In the past I have got as many as 20 points (woo-hoo!), but that was sadly a long time ago and, even when 20, 50 or even 100 points have been available, they have not been mine.
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I've stopped worrying about how many points I get, I just like to keep my "Perfect Attendance" record (421 days and counting).

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KAYDE53 3/18/2010 8:21PM

    I have had more than 5 points on a spin. I agree with Kat who said I get 1 point for a couple of days, then 2, then 3 & so on! It does have a pattern. Good luck with this! emoticon

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 3/18/2010 3:04PM

    You have WAY too much time on your hands.
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HOPEFULHIPPO 3/18/2010 1:54PM

    Obkb, you clearly have way too much time on your hands!! I have housework, laundry, and some yard work if you'd like? LOL!! emoticon

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BKNOCK 3/18/2010 1:43PM

    Wow, my brain hurts just reading your blog!

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BACONLADY 3/18/2010 10:49AM

    Too much thinking for me!! hee hee

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MDTWEETY 3/18/2010 10:42AM

    LOL! I think it's just random luck. But have fun proving me wrong! :)

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JUST_SIMONE 3/18/2010 10:27AM

    I've been with Sparkpeople for a year and I ALWAYS got the same score three days in a row. Not just sometimes, but always. Until I mentioned it on a status message and now I get a different number every day. Weird.

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PRINCESSNURSE 3/18/2010 10:04AM

    lol-my hubby would love you-he is an excel freak!

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ELYMWX 3/18/2010 9:54AM

    You could always put it on Google Docs so that other people could enter their data themselves...

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KATVHALE 3/18/2010 9:50AM

  I have noticed that if I spin and get say 3 points then I will get 3 points for about three days in a row and then it will change to 2 and I will 2 for about three days and then it changes again....

Very seldom will I spin a different number each day...

Kat

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 3/18/2010 3:59AM

    Great job putting so much work into that!

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DUTCHIEKIWI 3/18/2010 2:44AM

    You are just wonderful the way you are...
I've always wanted a geeky nerd in my life! ;0)

xxx

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PTCOACHRODGER 3/18/2010 2:26AM

    I'm a former geek (20+ yrs in computer software development). Good theories, I have one too...I found that I got high numbers when I used my cell phone to get my wheel points from an Sparkpeople email (the browser on my cell displays a link instead of a wheel and it would often offer 20 points for which I would get 20 pts at least 3 out of 5 times.)

Keep up the research

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DEUSMACHINA 3/18/2010 1:43AM

    Yep, this is the kind of nerdy geekiness that the world needs, as far as I'm concerned. I will send you my particulars whenever I spin :D

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BETTA13 3/18/2010 1:28AM

    ...and you have too much time on your hands, lol.

I have a theory about getting big numbers ...I got a lot of big numbers after a long break (1 year) 20's, 10's and 5's. But then after about 2 weeks, I had about 7 days of 1's.

I didn't keep track and I don't know the exact numbers but my theory is that you are rewarded for returning but then it evens out.

It was an interesting read. Please share what you come up with.

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TWINGIRLSBOYS2 3/18/2010 1:24AM

    lol... good job. I was wondering about this...although I never attempted to go after it like you have!

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Selfish or just dig-dillyishly optimistic-arino?

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Today, I got up and headed to work, same as any other work day. Except that I knew my son didn't feel good and would be staying home from school. I called the school from work to let them know he wouldn't be in and to arrange homework (he LOVES me for that! Not!) Then the phone calls began. He called to tell me he didn't feel good. That he just threw up. That his throat hurt. He even called to tell me that an ambulance had just gone down the street behind our house. (No, it wasn't for him. I asked.) He even asked if I could make a doctor's appointment for him. emoticon That's when I knew for sure that he was SICK!

I made the appointment, left work early to go get him and get him there on time. Sure enough, strep! Which means he'll miss tomorrow too, since he's still contagious. After picking up his prescription, we came home and he crawled onto the couch to rest/sleep/watch TV. I took the time to go upstairs and to my exercise DVD (BTW, L3 on the Shred makes the other two look like a cake walk! Not sure what a cake walk is, but it's gotta be better than L3!!!) After DH got home, I went to the gym for a workout since I haven't been for a couple of days.

So, here's the question. Was I selfish to work out when my son really wanted his mommy to hang around and take care of him (even tho he was watching TV and/or sleeping?)? Or am I an optimistic person because I took the chance to get my workout done before dinner so I could 1) spend time with the family this evening and 2) watch all of Biggest Loser?

I know how I would vote. Do I dare ask you? LOL!

  
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RWETHAIRYET 3/18/2010 11:29AM

    I'm voting for not selfish. In fact I think you did well doing all that and not using his illness as an excuse.
When my oldest boy was little,(7-11 he had pretty severe, uncontrolled athsma...we'd spend a week at a time in the hospital once a month through his "bad" season. I'd spend hours sitting by his hospital bed, usually quiet and knitting away, while he watched tv, talked to the nurses, slept and pretty much ignored me.
Then, I'd go home to fix supper, check on the other kids, change my clothes, whatever. It would take me 10 minutes to leave his bedside, get in my car and get back to my house and as I was walking up the steps the phone would be ringing, and it would be him, wondering when I was coming back??? Treated me like furniture when he was there, missed me only when I was gone! Kids can be funny.
Of course, now he's the one that never remembers to call his mommy. So see what being selfless got me???

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GEEMAWEST 3/17/2010 11:48PM

    Of course you made the right decision. You need to teach your son how to take care of himself now. My son is 30 years old and still calls "mommy" when he is sick. Like I'm suppose to do something about it. Come to think of it, every time he calls my husband says "he wants to talk to Mommy". I guess they will always be mama's boys and it kind of gives me the warm fuzzy's.

Anyway, back to the question. I don't think you did him any permanant harm and you did yourself a world of good.

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AWYEAGLE 3/17/2010 11:23AM

    Good for you working out. Chances are that if you had stayed home you would have done something silly like give the sick boy ice cream, and had some yourself. :)

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AUNTIEANNE22 3/17/2010 9:16AM

  You are very selfish. How dare you take time for yourself after being interrupted at work and having to leave early to take him to the doctor? You should have sat with him all evening. Kids are our most precious commodity.
Yeah, and if you believe this give me a call. I have a great piece of property for sale. It's called the Brooklyn Bridge.

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MDTWEETY 3/17/2010 8:59AM

    I commend you for taking time to work out!! Your son was sleeping and watching TV - so he was fine. He would have probably called you if he needed something. Don't feel guilty!

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MARLOU4 3/17/2010 7:25AM

    Ned Flanders votes not selfish-arino.





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BKNOCK 3/17/2010 6:48AM

    If he wasn't okay with it he would have told you so, look how many times he called you!

What did you think of Biggest Loser?

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DONNAORLENE 3/17/2010 2:02AM

    I vote not selfish because I know you and you're very good at putting others first, However, you have to take into consideration the fact that I don't know what dig-dillyishly optimistic-arino means! Know what a cake walk is though! LOL!!

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USFBULL 3/17/2010 1:04AM

    Nicely Done

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DUTCHIEKIWI 3/17/2010 12:51AM

    I think you made the right choice.
If it was an urgency you would have been there in a jiffy... but there's nothing much you can do apart from being his waiter.... and they need to learn to take care of themselves.

Workout is your time you deserve and it's eventually for...
"the greater good!!"

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DutchieR>
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PINETREEGIRL 3/17/2010 12:21AM

    First--I vote not selfish. You came home and attended him, took him to the doctor which was probably exhausting for him if he was tired, and you stayed home with him when you were done. By working out from home you were available. Sometimes it's nice to have support nearby, but not necessarily asking us to engage when we're sick.

Second--what a great name for a blog!

Hope he feels better soon!


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The best laid plans...

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

can go to heck in a hand basket in the blink of an eye! (Do you think I get any more sayings in one sentence?)

I packed my breakfast, lunch and snack for work today and decided that I would do my workout after a dinner of chili and cornbread. I tracked everything the night before and made sure that I was in my ranges. All set to start the week off right!

Until DH called to let me know that my daughter was sick and needed a ride home. Normally, he would leave his shop and go get her. But, today, he didn't have anyone to watch the shop so he would have had to close. So, I drove the 35 minutes to her school, took her home, checked on my son (who was also home sick) and headed back to work. Stopped for gas and realized that I would not have time to heat my lunch before my meeting. So, went through a fast food restaurant and "took advantage" of their special, two bacon cheeseburgers, with onion rings on the burgers!, for only $4! What a bargain! That is a bargain for me! (Gumby said that...I think!) Yep, ate them both.

Turns out that I packed ONLY brocolli for lunch today. Grabbed the wrong container! emoticon Good thing I found that bargain! LOL!

I did have an apple and string cheese for a snack, so yay for me! On the way home, called DD (who was feeling better) and asked her to make cornbread to go with the chili. Two minutes later, DH called and said that 3/4 of the family wanted Chinese instead of chili. Who am I to try to dictate to the masses? Okay, so I am the dictator, but I like Chinese too! Ate too much of that!

After dinner, DD mentions that she ripped one of her last two pairs of pants, ripped them good. (Can you hear the Devo music in the background and see the kids running in a line, trying to whip the last one off? No? I can!) So, after dinner, I took DD to find some pants. Did I mention that she is a teenager and is built like me? Small waist with some hips. Not big, not fat, but Baby Got Back! Hard to find jeans that fit. We did find her three pairs of pants that we could both agree on and were between $20 and $25 each. Yippee!

I tried on some pants, but didn't care of the legs. I don't need any pants, so I decided to wait for some that were what I really wanted. HOWEVER, I did find thecutest new purse! Saw it in their ad and it lived up to my expectations. Asked DD if I should get orange or green. She very wisely told me orange! LOL! www.shopko.com/detail/rosetti-royal-
dynesty-in-the-fold-4-poster-handbag/5
979/2938
All orange, tho. No pattern.

BTW, most of you will probably appreciate DD's comment to me. Between Target and Shopko, she looked and me and asked what my natural hair color is. Fair question since I've been dying my hair since before she was born. I pointed at my eyebrow and said this color. "Oh" she says, all cute and young. "So...gray!" emoticon emoticon emoticon I swear, I don't know where she gets it! LOL!!

  
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MOM2ACAT 3/16/2010 1:24PM

    Love the purse! That's really cute.

When I was still working, I made my lunches at home most of the time. It always bummed me out the few times I'd forget and leave it at home. It seemed to always happened on the days when I had an extra good one too.

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RWETHAIRYET 3/16/2010 9:25AM

    Um, you do know how to find those "bargains" that you should stay away from, lol.
As far as plans...life happens! I'd be hard pressed to turn down the chinese, too...and my house was always run democratically, hahaha!

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KERRYMONIQUE 3/16/2010 9:00AM

    I always love the way you tell stories, they are so entertaining.

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AUNTIEANNE22 3/16/2010 8:35AM

  How do you stay awake?

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BKNOCK 3/16/2010 6:31AM

    Wow, what a day!

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DUTCHIEKIWI 3/16/2010 1:23AM

    Your life is all but boring ;0)

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Skin tags

Sunday, March 14, 2010

No, not price tags for the skin, but it seems like they should be good for something like that. You have a skin tag on your arm, that means you are eating too much sugar. But, nope! Apparently, they are genetic. At least that's what my mom told me. I thought she was just trying to scare me. You know how Mom's do, right? You want your kids to behave in a certain way and one tool for that is fear. (My favorite is to tell my daughter that she's going to look like me when she gets older! She runs from the room screaming "nooooooooo" every time! LOL!)

Anyway, back to skin tags. Yep, I have a couple. Not bad. I don't hate them. I don't love them. They're just there. Like my nose. Just there. About two weeks ago, I must have hooked the one on my elbow pit on my left arm, cos it hurt! They've never hurt before, so I was a little bit concerned. (I heard "It's not a tumor" in Arnold Schwarzaneggar's voice in my head.) I decided that maybe I just bumped it, pulled it a little and of course it was sore. So, I covered it with a bandage to protect it. Then, in a couple of days, if it still hurt, I'd have a doctor check it out.

A few days after I put on the bandage, I noticed it was starting to come off (it as at least the third bandage I'd put on) so I decided to switch it out. When I did, my skin tag was gone! emoticon emoticon emoticon Where'd it go? Seriously, I have no idea when or where it fell off. At least, I think it did. Your body can't reabsorb those things, can it? Would it want to?

So, I have one less skin tag. And I kinda miss it. emoticon How weird is that? Every time I wash in the shower, I notice that it's not there. Oh! Just had a thought! (First time for everything! tee hee) Maybe my arm does still have the arm tag and I really had an arm transplant that I didn't know about! Aliens? Or jealous rivals? You think about that....

  
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DUTCHIEKIWI 3/16/2010 12:16AM

    NOPE, not coming back.... unless you decide to get FAT again....

;0)

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GEEMAWEST 3/16/2010 12:15AM

    My mom told me that they would turn into cancer if I ripped them off. LOL

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CARTOONB 3/16/2010 12:10AM

    For the record, I am NOT going to rip any off!! Ouch! emoticon emoticon emoticon I would cry and cry and cry!! LOL!

Besides, another thing my Momma told me (that fear thing again?) was that they would just come back. So, why bother? Do they come back?

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DUTCHIEKIWI 3/15/2010 9:26PM

    Get into ripping these babies.....!!!

You can do it!!

;0)

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JESLES 3/15/2010 7:53PM

    Oh, and let me be the first to say, perhaps (I haven' t read all of your answers) but your STRANGLED THE LITTLE GUY! emoticon

"They" used to use a horses hair, like from the tail, and wrap it around the base. A couple of days later, after losing it's blood supply, it turns black and falls off! You just did it the "newfangled way" hahaha.

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JESLES 3/15/2010 7:50PM

    Hahahahhahaha, I cracked up! I was a Dermatology Nurse for five years. When I got to my doctor's practice, he was very controlling, and did everything himself. He was new. Then, after he trusted me a while, I said to him "why don't you let me do some stuff to take the load off?" Well, after more time proving myself, one day, he had me remove some skin tags from people. (by the way, the too much sugar things isn't far off...the are more common on diabetics, and also people who gain weight fast)............wellllllllllll....
.by the time I left his office, he was telling his patients, you know, the ones with fifty or so around their necks, crotch, armpits, etc, "I'll just let my nurse Jessica take those off for you. She's the skin tag expert!" Hahahaha. I couldn't complain, I got what I asked for!

As far as it going away, you also crack me up because most people don't miss them...they pay BIG money to have them removed, and really, all you need is a shard pair of sewing scissors and a quick hand to snip them fast. Unless the base is big, then it's a different story.

I think you should market your disappearing skin tag removal technique and everyone would love you, ESPECIALLY Derm nurses!!!! emoticon

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SURLYGIRL 3/15/2010 3:00PM

    I had one on my neck that annoyed the heck out of me - ICK !
I put some Orajel on it, iced it and snipped it off with a pair of nail clippers ! Voila - no more skin tag! I didn't feel a thing - not even a pinch. I hated mine and I'm glad I snipped it out of my life and off my neck forever - Hooray!

Love the story about your daughter - I didn't believe my mom when she would tell me that, now I see her face in the mirror every morning when I wake up ;)

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GEEMAWEST 3/15/2010 2:51PM

    Rip them off with tweezers! Dutchie's a lunatic! OUCH! It hurts to even think about.
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I have several, two small ones on one of my eyelids, don't think I'll be ripping them off anytime soon. My mom has had lots removed over the years and I figure I might have to some day too. However, she had them removed by a Dr. not by a Dutchie.
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STEELERCRAZY 3/15/2010 2:23PM

    Skin tags are awesome! I personally have none but hubby does. When he gets on my nerves I'll grab ahold of one and pinch it. They are weird little things aren't they? You've slowly worked it off with your bandaid changes, Barb. You've snagged it and slowly worked it off like the mole I used to have on my armpit. I thought it was a zit and I wrestled that thing for months. Until I realized it was a mole I had that I snagged with my razor. HEY! We keep THIS up and we'll be eligible to get our plastic surgeon's license!



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RWETHAIRYET 3/15/2010 1:14PM

    hmmm, where did it go? Maybe you pulled it off with a bandaid change?
As far as growing to look like your mother....About 10 years ago I was fed up with my hair and went and had it all chopped off...SHORT!! It looked good enough, the stylist did a nice job. But when I got home and took a good look in the mirror, my MOM was staring out at me. I cried for hours!! Days even!! I'm still traumatized over that, after all this time...even though it's pretty much been growing out ever since.

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AWYEAGLE 3/15/2010 12:07PM

    If you figure out where it went let me know so I can send my there also - they can then all have a little skin tag party.

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THENEWMELDAVIS 3/15/2010 10:25AM

    Cute Story! I have skin tags too and my mom wants me to get them removed, but I might miss them too!

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KERRYMONIQUE 3/15/2010 9:58AM

    Cute story - I love the "It's not a tumor" line.

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ONEREALLYBIGDOG 3/15/2010 9:29AM

    TAG,
You're NOT it!

Glad things worked out!

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BKNOCK 3/15/2010 8:44AM

    Once again thanks for the laugh!

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DUTCHIEKIWI 3/15/2010 12:38AM

    You're crazy, but we all knew that...
anyway... good news, but you have to be a little bit tough.
You can just pull them off with tweezers and they will be gone. Does it hurt? Yes. Will they really be gone? YES.

Skintags can all of a sudden appear, especially during pregnancy, most times they go after the pregnancy is over. But I could not wait.. so "off with them"

What can I say... I'm tough ;0)

Dutchie

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NURSEWHO 3/14/2010 11:55PM

    Thanks for the laugh...that was great emoticon

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