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Snowmageddon...the end of civilization as we know it...

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

was a non-event.

Since Monday the weather forecasts have been predicting from 12-20 inches of snow Tuesday night where I live in SE Michigan. Which really shouldn't be that unexpected here but apparently many MI residents have the memories of rocks. Yes it is a little more than we usually get at a single time but is it really cause for over-reaction? It's snow, this is Michigan in winter, snow happens. It should not be a surprise when it does.

Businesses announced closures for Wednesday; people mobbed the grocery stores. There wasn't a parking spot, shopping cart or bottled water to be had. Lines were very long. The only topic of conversation for 2 days was the approaching Snowmageddon. People were wondering if they would be able to dig out to come to work Thursday. School closures were communicated Tuesday night (after it stopped snowing BTW).

7 pm Tuesday night the snow starts as predicted. Score one for the forecasters. Sometime before 10 pm the snow...stopped. There is maybe 4-6 inches, well within normal ranges for where I live. So much for the end of civilization LOL.

But I think I will be working from home today because it would take me longer to drive to work than it is worth. Apparently to many drivers (who have the memories of rocks as noted above) each and every snowfall is a completely brand new & wondrous experience in which they have absolutely no idea how to drive and must learn all over again EACH & EVERY TIME making the drive like a demolition derby / endurance test (there are no bathrooms along my route) from hell. A 20 mile drive will take me 3 hours based on December's experience. 1 hour of that will be the last 2 miles since the city of Troy refuses to plow or salt on a high traffic road (to teach residents the folly of voting "no" on a bond proposal).

I need to find a snow free zone in which to live!

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SLPCOWGAL72 2/5/2011 11:54AM

    Funny, we had a similar "Storm of the Century" situation here in the St. Louis area this past week...some in areas ended up with over a foot, but it didn't end up being nearly the event predicted. Stay warm up there!

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    "Snow happens." Even being Canadian, it's still a four letter word. We get it every year; and every year some yahoo forgets to drive in it and starts a derby. Good for you to keep yourself away from that chaos. I think that it's better for the emergency people to have more responsible citizens in messes like they can get to those that need it and so that there isn't more cars for the yahoos to derby with.
Enjoy your 'Snow Day'.

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MCJULIEO 2/4/2011 1:05PM

    We had bumper cars here in south Texas with the overnight icing of roads and about 1/2 inch of snow.... the ice was the real problem...

And it's already sunshiny and warm after a bad start this morning.... 65 predicted for Sunday.

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KAKIPOPUP 2/2/2011 8:21AM

    We got the snow yesterday and today (changing to freezing rain/ice now)...People have incredibly short memories, don't they -

It's good that you can stay home - stay warm and safe -

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KENDALL7261 2/2/2011 7:25AM

  Snow day here too!

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Standard sizes

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

I wish that clothing sizes were regulated, or at the very least there was a single standard everyone used. I got rid of my size 16s and dug out all my 14s to hang in my closet. So I go to get dressed for work in the morning, pull out my nicest pair of size 14 slacks...and they are too big! This is a good thing, right? I'm excited, maybe I've gone down another size!

So I put them in the donation pile and pull out the next pair. I can't pull them up past my thighs. I check the tag...size 14. My bubble has burst, apparently I am not size 12 yet. I go to the next pair...I can get them buttoned but they are skin tight and because of the style poof out around the belly. Yep, another size 14. I try the 4th pair and they fit perfectly.

Is it too much to ask clothing manufacturers to set a standard so we, the customers, know what to expect based on our measurements???

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VYVIENN 2/6/2011 8:59AM

    I don't really see the point, either. And it's soooooooo irritating and time-consuming, not to mention boring!!, to have to try on x number of shirts, pants, skirts, dresses.... Although I'd like to add some summer goodies to my closet, I already dread the idea of having to go shopping... well, who knows, maybe we'll get our wish.

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    It would be wonderful, if they kept size measurements universal.

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    And to top it off, the manufacturers have changed what they call the sizes-what I mean is what used to be a size 10 is now a size 8. So you have to try everything on and find one brand you like and then you can usually trust the size to be the same.

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JUSTBIRDY 2/1/2011 3:30PM

    This would be nice. As I am losing wt. I am pulling out older clothes, mostly thrift and rescues. The sizes are all over the place. I am going to go shopping soon, not to buy things yet, but to find out what current size I really am. I would have no idea how to shop at garage sales right now.

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TIGGERJEAN 2/1/2011 8:21AM

    I wish that woman's pants would be based on measurements, like mens. My husband has the easiest time finding pants because he knows his measurements exactly. A lot of times he doesn't even try pants on in the store! If designers would display the waist, butt/thigh, and leg length measurements, it would make finding clothes a lot easier and less hassle.

On the flip side, knowning that sizes differ so dramatically, it lessens the impact of wearing a larger or smaller size. The advertised number is completely irrelevant to the actual size of the pants!

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NANCYRUBIO 2/1/2011 7:58AM

    Oh, how I agree with you. They should standardize the size no matter what country the come from. I don't care how they change the sizes, just keep it universal.

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CLROSS1 2/1/2011 6:59AM

    I know what you mean. emoticon its frustrating.

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Glad there was no video!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

A coworker & I have been talking about wanting to try Zumba for a few months now. We want to find something close to the office so we can go after work. We live in completely opposite & far directions, and since neither of us wanted to go alone after work is the solution.

Due to my extra-curricular schedule with my children Friday is now the only day of the week open to do this. So upon my return to work after the holidays/vacation 3 weeks ago I commenced a web search for a Zumba class that fit our criteria. There was one option. I called last week, got the information, but since it was Friday and neither of us had our exercise clothes we agreed to go next week (which was yesterday).

First, Mapquest lies. Our 20 minute drive was more like 30+. Then the road the community center is on is split in half and we were directed to the wrong half (there is a building & park splitting the road).

We finally make it there right at 5 as the class starts. We are not registered or changed and have 3 people yelling at us to get in the class. We rush to change at least our shoes & into t-shirts. So clad in jeans we run into the class which has started and is halfway through the 1st song.

Mind you, neither of us has ever even seen a Zumba class before, let alone been in one. Let's just say if anyone had possessed a recording device of any sort last night we would have had to hunt her down and commit grievous bodily harm to ensure that recording never saw the light of day LOL.

That said, it was fun, although primarily for laughing at how poorly we did. This was actually the 4th class in the 6 week session so we are waaaaaaaay behind. We agreed to stick it out for the last 2 classes and then start the next session (so we'll be waaaaaay ahead of all the other newbies).

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MCJULIEO 1/29/2011 11:30AM

    That video would have been epic!

Kudos to you for hanging in there... (and for giving our imaginations some Saturday morning chuckles)

That being said, I'm looking for some Zumba near where I live, so I know I'll be just as bad, if not worse.

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RESULTS361AP09 1/29/2011 10:46AM

    I've gone to a couple of classes now & I like it too. It is something different for me as I've never taken any type of dance class before! At least I am getting some variety from just walking. Keep up the good work & have fun!!

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TIGGERJEAN 1/29/2011 9:00AM

    Good for you for trying something new! I've never done zumba, but I've heard that it's a lot of fun. Dance/exercise doesn't seem to work for me. ;)

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Turtle love

Friday, January 28, 2011

I have 5 cats. I did not start out to be the crazy cat lady, it just sort of happened gradually without my noticing, kind of like my extra weight. But I take care of them so I don't qualify yet for an episode of Animal Hoarders, or whatever the name of the show is that my daughter watches.

Anyway, one of my cats is named Turtle and I know she loves me, her adopted Mom, in her own special kitty way. Turtle's special brand of love involves chewing on your hair while purring so madly you think a train is coming. I don't think she actually eats the hair since I have not found any hairballs, but she definitely likes chewing on it.

This brand of love isn't too bad on the surface. However Turtle really brings her love home by also kneading your scalp, your face, your ears, or basically whatever is in reach with her needle sharp little claws. In & out on some very sensitive areas.

At 3:43 in the morning.

This is not a pleasant way (or time) to wake up.

This is Turtle a year ago. She has much sharper claws now.

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41SUSAN14 1/29/2011 11:38AM

    gotta love cats!

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DOODIE59 1/28/2011 3:32PM

    Haha. Seriously, that is one cute kitty. When I read your blog I could not help but remember a poem my sister (crazy cat sister #2) composed. Er, she said it was her cat Field Marshall Monty Montgomery who wrote it, but ... Anyway, I went back through all my old emails, and here is the poem:

white lady
pale and nice
sleeps gently with peace
here, I will projectile brown vomit
on her hair,face, pillow,wall
She is still sleeping
I will not tell her

--Field Marshall Monty Montgomery

Everyone has their own cat stories:) Field Marshall Monty Montgomery is still alive, BTW.

Have a great day!

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KATWOMAN12839 1/28/2011 3:22PM

  lol turtle grabed my cute......i just love turtles......

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NOMOREBREAKS 1/28/2011 11:57AM


Sorry, I can relate, having two cats who border on insane myself....but Turtle is so so cute!

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NURSESUSIE51 1/28/2011 11:55AM

    That picture is sooooo adorable. We're cat people, too although we are now down to one. My Maggie doesn't chew my hair but she certainly does the kneading thing and loves to curl up in it....also at night and that purring in your ear sounds like a freight train emoticon At least ours is an indoor cat and declawed.


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MCJULIEO 1/28/2011 11:18AM


there's nothing like waking up in the middle of the night

with a cat on your head...

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I feel sparkly! (and apparently can't spell)

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Per the scale this morning I am now down by 15 pounds! WooHoo! And officially in the 180s. 5 pounds left to go down a BMI level to merely "overweight". Next week I take measurements & I've been sleeping pretty good.

I feel like a Sparkler today! (except for the whole being up at 5 am thing, which I could have done without LOL)

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(edited for spelling)

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SKYGLIDER1 1/28/2011 12:01AM

  Woot Woot!!!! What a feeling that must be! I'm sure you've worked really hard to get there. I too, want the magic number on the BMI scale. Congrats again!

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TIGGERJEAN 1/27/2011 5:32PM

    WOOT! Way to go! I know what you mean about the BMI - it's one of those times when you're excited about being "overweight"!

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NGCHILD 1/27/2011 2:30PM

    I love the sparkly feeling!! Congrats on your success!!


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SPOOKYTHECAT 1/27/2011 12:59PM

    Yay!! emoticon

That is awesome, so happy for you!! (except the 5am part- oh no! )

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DHSPARK 1/27/2011 8:01AM

    emoticon on losing 15 pounds AND feeling 'Sparkly'... emoticon emoticon

emoticon too!
Deb :)

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RUNNERRACHEL 1/27/2011 5:40AM

    Wow! That's great. Congrats on your success! emoticon

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