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Been MIA for awhile

Friday, August 29, 2014

I haven't had ANY Spark of late. Not just low, none. All this week work was sheer H**l, and I've been so depressed I couldn't do anything.

Well, I survived the week (which I wasn't at all sure I would). Now I'm on vacation and I don't have to see the office for NINE. WHOLE. DAYS. I'm celebrating tonight with a Cutthroat Kitchen marathon (the funniest show in TV, IMHO) and a steakhouse dinner. A gorgeous bone-in rib eye done to a perfect medium rare (which I'm quite good at achieving). Baked potato, corn on the cob and a green salad with ranch dressing.

Since I have no money and no car I can't go much of any place, so in between Judge TV and knitting I'm going to S-L-O-W-L-Y clean and arrange my apartment. When I get the tax refund in February I'm seriously hoping to have the carpets cleaned and get a new bed (which I badly need).

Okay, shoulders, time to unkink. And brain, you are not a hamster. Please jump off of the wheel because the constant squeaking is driving me crazy.

  
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IMAVISION 8/30/2014 6:23PM

    I hope that you have a relaxing vacation.

Make the minutes count in the way you most want & enjoy!



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AJDOVER1 8/30/2014 5:48PM

    You're in my prayers!
Nine days sounds wonderful! Enjoy! emoticon

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CARRAND 8/30/2014 5:06PM

    Enjoy!

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JEANNETTE59 8/30/2014 2:33PM

  Ban the office from your brain. A hot shower does wonders for soothing the aches and kinks. Be extra good to yourself, eat well, exercise as you are able, get some fresh air and enjoy every minute of your vacation emoticon

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HOPEFULHIPPO 8/30/2014 11:35AM

    ahhhhh a staycation does sound nice :o)

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HAPPYSOUL91 8/30/2014 11:35AM

    Enjoy these 9 days off. Hope you can get outside and walk around a little.

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LIS193 8/30/2014 10:43AM

    Enjoy your time off work!

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MRS_TOAD 8/30/2014 9:34AM

    emoticon Slow down, Mr. Brain, slow down.

Enjoy your 9 vacation days!

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PURPLESPEDCOW 8/30/2014 8:10AM

    hope you are able to rest, recover, and de-stress. I like staycations!

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NILLAPEPSI 8/30/2014 7:44AM

    I am so sorry you're having a rough time. I know this sound counter-intuitive, but exercise really does help your mood & boost your energy, even when you're dead tired. Hang in there, Sweetie!! emoticon emoticon

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 8/30/2014 12:24AM

    Enjoy your vacation! Glad you're back!

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WORKOUTWITHPAM 8/29/2014 11:56PM

    ENJOY your time off. You deserve it!
HUGS
Pam

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GETHEALTHY2LIVE 8/29/2014 11:10PM

    Your dinner sounds wonderful! I've been MIA for quite a long time, and decided last week to get my butt in gear and get back on track. I also love Cutthroat Kitchen and have been enjoying the new kids' competition with Guy and Rachel. Have a most WONDERFUL vacation!!
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1CRAZYDOG 8/29/2014 11:01PM

    njoy your vacation. HUGS

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JUNEBUG4967 8/29/2014 10:48PM

    I can so feel where you are! It's where I was in May when the school semester ended. I hope you will get unkinked in time to accomplish your plans. Enjoy!

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SHIRLEYX 8/29/2014 10:19PM

    Glad that you are finally on vacation. I hope that it is a good one for you!

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NASFKAB 8/29/2014 10:09PM

  have a great evening, dinner & vacation

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MBPP50 8/29/2014 10:04PM

    Enjoy your evening and dinner and, most of all, your vacay!

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Saturday

Saturday, August 23, 2014

(For those who asked, crab stars are a gorgeous Chinese or Chinese-American appetizer. They're won ton skins stuffed with a mix of crab, cream cheese and scallions. They're then folded into four-pointed stars and deep-fried).

Company picnic yesterday, and today I'm sunburned to a bright red. The picnic got invaded by bees. My inclination is always to protect bees because they're dying off and they're vital to agriculture, but a co-worker told me that these were "meat bees" who aren't interested in sweets and who are in fact helping kill off the honey bees (I don't know). Anyway, they were PESTS. We had grilled steak. One try cutting that with a plastic picnic knife and most of us just picked it up with a napkin and went caveman on it. But it was delicious! One more work week, and then I'm off for NINE STRAIGHT DAYS.

  
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MONETRUBY 8/25/2014 9:29PM

    I'm jealous of those days off! I hope you have a wonderful time away from work.


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KATD13 8/25/2014 2:14PM

    Work functions are always a little awkward. How do you have an enjoyable time with a bunch of people you don't really like? I think the picnic setting is probably the worst of the lot. At least the food was good.

Had never heard of crab stars, but sounds very similar to crab rangoon, which I love.

A Meat Bee is really a wasp. So don't feel bad about killing them. A true bee only eats nectar & pollen. I've been doing a lot of research on honeybees, because I'm planning on having a few hives next year in my yard.

Enjoy your 9 days off!

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MPARKER67 8/25/2014 10:02AM

    I used to watch Tom Terrific and we called my sister Crabby Appleton. We don't call them crab stars but crab rangoon.


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MRS_TOAD 8/24/2014 9:48AM

    I'm glad the food at the picnic was yummy, but am sorry to hear you got sunburned.

(Those crab stars sound delicious.)

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MBPP50 8/24/2014 4:01AM

    I never heard of bees that eat other bees. New one on me. I'll have to look that one up. Where are you going on your time off or are you just having a staycay? Have a great Sunday!

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NASFKAB 8/23/2014 9:37PM

  great picnicbut sorry about bees & sunburn

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1CRAZYDOG 8/23/2014 6:19PM

    I am the same as you when it comes to bees.

HUGS

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CARRAND 8/23/2014 4:24PM

    The picnic sounds interesting! Sorry about the sunburn.

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NILLAPEPSI 8/23/2014 3:34PM

    Vacation is coming! Hang in there!!! emoticon

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JEANNETTE59 8/23/2014 3:14PM

  Never heard of Meat Bees emoticon
Glad you enjoyed your caveman-style steak, but sorry about the sunburn.
Relax, and think about your upcoming time off. That should make you feel better. emoticon

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CHANGING-TURTLE 8/23/2014 3:01PM

    Yum yum

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WORKOUTWITHPAM 8/23/2014 1:32PM

    Oh No! Sorry about the sunburn! emoticon Take care, and have a Great Weekend!
HUGS
Pam



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What a day...

Thursday, August 21, 2014

I am totally exhausted. Today has been BRUTAL.

They finally told me I could go ahead and post the state Medicaid. That's about $200,000 posting from a detail in VERY tiny print. I got half of it posted while the boss kept coming to my desk: This is wrong. This is wrong. This is wrong. Meantime my coworkers kept interrupting me with endless questions. My immediate deskmate asked me how to do a process. Every step I'd tell her how to do it and she'd say, "Oh, I'm not going to do that." Fine, then why did you ask? I ate while posting and had to force myself to stand up every so often or I'd have sat at my desk the entire shift. I am seriously dead.

Thank God I have leftover Chinese takeout at home. I decided to treat myself to some last night. There's a restaurant near me that knows me. Their delivery man is rather elderly and barely speaks English, but he's terrific. When I have a delivery coming I have the door unlocked. He knows I'm on a walker so he'll call out, let himself in, put the food in the kitchen and bring me the ticket to sign. He gets an extra tip. Plus, this place always gives me an extra freebie with each order. It's usually won ton soup or veggie chow mein, which are both great. But last night it was actually an order of crab stars! Okay, the potstickers went into the fridge. Crab stars don't reheat well, so I ate them last night.

Tomorrow is the picnic. Oh, well, it's a free lunch. But watching everyone else have fun won't be a great time. I might take a book. And at least I'll be home early.

In my last blog entry I made a reference to Crabby Appleton. The fact that nobody got it tells me I'm the oldest one here (sigh...). When I was a kid there was a TV cartoon show called Tom Terrific. The villain was named Crabby Appleton because, as he would proudly tell you, "I'm rotten to the core."

Ready for the weekend. I mean seriously ready.

  
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BECKYSRN 8/23/2014 9:53AM

    Mary, I got it...and Tom Terrific was one of my favorite cartoons. Never did figure out why he had a funnel on his head though....
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IMAVISION 8/22/2014 5:44PM

    The mystery of Crabby Appleton solved! emoticon

I had fun finding out about the Tom Teriffic "gang" --- found some episodes on YouTube. I lived in England during my younger years, so grew up with "The Flower Pot Men" (puppets named Bill & Ben) & "Sooty" (a kitten puppet); thus, missing out on "Tom Teriffic".

Your work situation sounds very stressful, Mary. Aren't you happy that it is now Friday, with the sweet freedom from work hassles that the weekend brings? I am --- for your sake.

Enjoy your weekend!

God bless!

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CARRAND 8/22/2014 4:34PM

    I remember Tom Terrific! I think I'm older than you.

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JEANNETTE59 8/22/2014 3:02PM

  Some time off will do wonders emoticon

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WINDSWEPTACRES 8/22/2014 2:00PM

    You're not the oldest one here -- 1/25/1950 -- but don't remember Tom Terrific. We didn't always have a TV when I was growing up.

Glad your boss gave you permission to post the Medicaid before the end of the month, although I'm sorry she's being a pain about ti. As for your co-workers, i ran across something that might work if you are allowed to have any personal items on your desk. It's from the book: Move Your Stuff, Change Your Life. The author recommends putting a small, prickly cactus on your desk, opposite where you sit, and silently putting out the intention that your coworkers will LEAVE YOU ALONE. You're not wishing them harm, just giving yourself a little peace from their constant demands.

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NASFKAB 8/22/2014 12:05PM

  all the best what are crab stars?

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LIS193 8/22/2014 11:57AM

    Have a great weekend!!

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1CRAZYDOG 8/22/2014 11:33AM

    Oh, I went back and re-read your previous blog and missed that! I definitely remember Tom Terrific and Crabby Appleton. I remember that for sure.

AS for your job. well . . . about all I can say is they're looney. But, hope you survive it.

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MRS_TOAD 8/22/2014 9:40AM

    Never heard of "crab stars". I guess I'll have to look that one up!

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NILLAPEPSI 8/22/2014 9:01AM

    Hang in there! Get some rest this weekend!! emoticon

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MBPP50 8/22/2014 6:43AM

    I hope you are able to have a relaxing weekend after your stressful week.

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WORKOUTWITHPAM 8/22/2014 12:54AM

    Sounds like a not so Great day. Let's hope tomorrow is much better. It IS Friday, so that has A LOT to do with it.

HUGS
Pam

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 8/22/2014 12:47AM

    Hugs. Sounds like you need a chance to relax. Yea for chinese food!

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JUNEBUG4967 8/22/2014 12:18AM

    Actually, I think I have you beaten in the age category (11-04-49) but as with age - the memory goes. I pulled up the name but could never place it. Thanks for refreshing my memory. Hope you enjoy your book at the picnic. Too bad you won't be able to get down with the rest of your workmates, but then the way you comment, most are more of a serious irritation. At least it is an easy day. Enjoy.

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The object lesson and other stories

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Further to my recent blog about my cookbooks: I recently got the Culinary Institute of America's home baking book. There was a recipe for rye rolls with cheddar and onions. Amazingly, the book made it all the way to print without giving the oven temperature! I emailed them and almost immediately got a reply. The woman who answered not only gave me the temperature but a few hints to improve on the printed recipe (!). So now, I'm debating whether to print out the email and use it as a bookmark or to make myself hand-write the changes in the book to get used to actually USING my books.

My mood hasn't been great lately. We're having the company picnic on Friday. Why is that bad? Because we're having it at a park we went to three years ago. The picnic area is down a very steep hill I can't climb up or down, so I'll get to sit at a picnic table while the others have fun (just what happened last time). Also, we're having an ongoing issue with state Medicaid payments arriving scrambled (two weeks' worth now) and one other government payer, to the tune of a quarter-million dollars floating in la-la land right now. I've asked my boss to let me post it manually and not wait for the electronic files to be straightened out (I do have the details, so I could do it). She keeps saying wait, there's plenty of time until month end. Month end is a week from Friday, and I know from past history that on Wednesday or Thursday she'll start chewing my leg about why it isn't done yet! Well, I've got her emails telling me to wait. I would just love to get that money posted. We keep hearing about how our A/R is too high and our time in A/R per claim is too high. Well, if we've got $250,000 in payments that aren't posted, that's something that kind of happens. right?

But on the up-side, she DID approve my vacation request, so I'll have Labor Day week off. It works on a lot of levels. My carpool buddy's sister is having a baby that week, so it'll be good for both of us to have me off then (I also knitted a blankie for her).

Almost dinner time. I'm just feeling like Crabby Appleton right now (and if you're old enough to get the reference, you're as old as I am. Which is not good.)

  
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SKIRNIR 8/23/2014 12:39AM

    I am also going with write in the cookbook. It should help you understand that a cookbook with food on the pages is the best kind!


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IMAVISION 8/21/2014 7:39PM

    I'd write the information onto the page --- bookmarks have a way of going missing.

I know I am in your age range, however, whatever or whomever "Crabby Appleton" is it is not in my memory banks! emoticon

I wonder if you can skip the picnic & just go home early? I know that I wouldn't particularly enjoy being an onlooker for a second time --- thinking I'd be feeling --- "Been there! Done that! Don't want to do it again!". emoticon Maybe you dould take your knitting & work on that --- thus, not wasting the minutes of your life watching others have fun without you? Whatever you do, I hope that it ends up proving to be a blessed time for you, Mary.

I am so happy for you in that your vacation days got approved! emoticon

God bless!

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JEANNETTE59 8/20/2014 3:41PM

  Write in the Cookbook, they are meant to be used. It took me a long time to make notations in books. Growing up I was taught you never deface a book! Well, once you get comfortable with making notes on the page it is very liberating. No more Post It Notes or bookmark notes that slip out of the book.

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LIS193 8/20/2014 11:56AM

    Great to get your days off approved!! Something to look forward to.

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MRS_TOAD 8/20/2014 10:28AM

    Hope you have a GREAT day despite all the work headaches!

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MPARKER67 8/20/2014 9:38AM

    It is good as it means we are on the right side of the grass.


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CARRAND 8/20/2014 8:44AM

    I'm sure you are looking forward to that well earned vacation.

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NILLAPEPSI 8/20/2014 8:35AM

    Hang in there! Light at the end of the tunnel!! emoticon

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MBPP50 8/20/2014 4:20AM

    Hope you have a better day today!

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 8/19/2014 11:59PM

    The weekend off will be great!

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1CRAZYDOG 8/19/2014 10:32PM

    OH brother! Wish your boss would listen to you.

As for the cook book, just put the corrections as a book mark -- that's what I'd do anyway.

Good that your vacation was approved!



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NASFKAB 8/19/2014 10:22PM

  did not get that reference but then am from another country hope you can post that bit in time all the best

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Sunday slump

Sunday, August 17, 2014

It's Sunday evening, and it's HOT here. Dreading tomorrow morning. The boss is back from vacation, and she'll find something to be ticked off at me for. I've also applied to take all of Labor Day week as a vacation, and past history tells me she'll refuse even though I have the time on the books. She HATES giving us more than two or three days at a time.

I got the kitchen counters (mostly) clean today, which is good news and bad news. I'm glad to have them back, and it will make cooking much easier. But there were a couple of down-sides. First of all, I just bought a new bottle of salad oil and THEN found out I had an almost-full bottle I couldn't see behind the clutter. Oh well, it doesn't spoil and I'll use it eventually. Also, at least one and possibly two of my knives fell into the space between the counter and the fridge. Hopefully a friend with a skinny arm can get them out for me. I also got all of the dishes cleaned and put away (or clean and drying in the drainer).

It's hot and I'm steaming. I'm actually looking forward to winter right now. I say every summer that I won't complain about the cold in the winter, and every winter I say I won't complain about the heat next summer. And every time I lie.

Steak, baked potato and corn for dinner tonight. Trying to boost my mood for tomorrow.

  
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WINDSWEPTACRES 8/22/2014 1:42PM

    I once worked for a company where everybody looked forward to the office manager's vacation each years -- even more than their own. We'd start planning for it in February because we knew that we'd have three weeks of pain-in-the-butt-free time to relax and actually enjoy coming to work. Funny thing is we'd get as much work done, sometimes more, but without the stress of his sour disposition. It was kind of like taking off a too-tight girdle at the end of the day.

Congrats on finding your kitchen counters. I know how much easier it is to cook in a clean, organized kitchen.

Sure hope your boss is in a good mood and willing to give you a week off for Labor Day. Maybe if you remind her it's after the month-end push? emoticon

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 8/18/2014 10:57PM

    I hope things went well for you.

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IMAVISION 8/18/2014 6:11PM

    I hope that your day at work turned out to be better than you anticipated.

As for your boss okaying only a few days off at a time --- isn't there some rule about vacation "weeks" as opposed to "days"? Again, I hope that you will be pleasantly surprised & get the whole week okayed?

Does your boss take a solid week of vacation? Just wondering! emoticon

Maybe you can get the knife out with your broom?

God bless!

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CARRAND 8/18/2014 6:05PM

    Your dinner sounds good. I hope things went well for you today.

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JEANNETTE59 8/18/2014 4:54PM

  You got a lot accomplished! Hope the vacation request goes well emoticon

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LIS193 8/18/2014 12:01PM

    Hope your Monday is going well for you!

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MISSG180 8/18/2014 10:52AM

    If the broom handle doesn't work, you can try an unbent wire hanger. Good luck, though, at not just pushing them under the fridge!

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NILLAPEPSI 8/18/2014 10:29AM

    Keep smiling!

I drop stuff between my dishwasher & fridge all the time -- I've been able to use my broom to sweep it out.

Have a Spark-tacular day!!!

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MRS_TOAD 8/18/2014 8:53AM

    Can you use a broom handle to get your knives back out of that tight squeeze?

Have a great week! Don't let your boss ruin it.

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MBPP50 8/18/2014 6:19AM

    Hope your day at work isn't as bad as you thought and that mean ole boss will give you your much deserved vacation!

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SEATTLE58 8/18/2014 12:19AM

    Your dinner sounds fantastic! I hope that it boosts your mood. I feel for you with all the heat. Humidity along with it? We had heat only around 80 degrees yesterday, but so humid, it was sickening here in Minnesota! I hope that your boss can be good to you for a change! emoticon

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WORKOUTWITHPAM 8/18/2014 12:18AM

    I hope your boss isn't in too bad of a mood on Monday. I hope she will let you take off the week of Labor Day. Good job on cleaning the kitchen counters. It has been hot here today too, and I think it will get hotter during the week. I love hot weather though, and I DETEST winter. Have a GREAT WEEK!

HUGS
Pam

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NASFKAB 8/17/2014 11:41PM

  lovely dinner hope the boos is in a good mood after vacation

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MT-MOONCHASER 8/17/2014 10:53PM

    Can you use a broom or the broom handle to retrieve your knives?

I hope you have a good week and can get your vacation days you want.

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1HAPPYSPIRIT 8/17/2014 10:47PM

    emoticon Have a great SPARK week!

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1CRAZYDOG 8/17/2014 10:42PM

    You made some progress!

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GRAMMYX7 8/17/2014 10:35PM

    Hope your day goes well tomorrow and your boss oaks your vacation time off. We all deserve that time.

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LINDA! 8/17/2014 10:34PM

    Dinner sounds great. I hope that the boss is in a better mood tomorrow than you imagine.

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