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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

I'm not particularly self-promoting, but because I *am* essentially lazy, instead of attempting to transpose my other blog to here, I'm just going to send you over there. No, it's not more of my tale of woe (except for the lead-in, which you may feel free to skip.) I found (courtesy of Daughter #1) a wonderfully warped blog, and blatantly swiped one of the entries.

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    hilarious. I loved it!!

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BETHGILLIGAN 12/31/2010 11:23AM

    Thinking of you so I thought I would check in. Hope all is well. emoticon

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JRSWHIMSY 12/23/2010 1:18PM

    Just cruising through stuff real quick from work, so I'll save it and read it later :)

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SUZYMOBILE 12/22/2010 2:46PM

    Oh Jesus, so to speak! Now I need to know who's in the cast of characters. Are you the mom (I can see that, for sure)? Is your daughter the little playwright?

OMG, I laughed 'til I cried! Especially about the wise men.

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JANEDOE12345 12/22/2010 1:48PM

    Immediately bookmarked for further hilarious perusal.

Wishing you all the best in the new year,

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SLIMMERKIWI 12/22/2010 3:55AM

    haha - I had to send it on, too :-)

Kris xx

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SHERYLDS 12/21/2010 5:33PM

    I laughed so hard I cried. Thank you for sharing.

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Nudging the ticker and other signs of recovery

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Yes, folks, the weight ticker is actually beginning to move - in the preferred direction, even! I take only moderate credit for this, as a) I'm rather snowed in and b) my daughter has been suffering from a GI disturbance for the better part of a week, so simply to make life easier, I've been choosing not to cook and have eaten the sandwich here, the salad there, and been expending extra calories dealing with the "Snow-pocalypse.". Hopefully, I can keep making progress even after the daughter recovers and the snow stops... assuming it ever does.

In other news, I dreamt this morning in three vaguely connected dreams about needing to pick up lost articles - some clothing, some toys, some my grandmother's sterling - in various locations. Well, you don't have to hit *me* over the head with a metaphor! I understand, already. Get on with my life. And I'm trying to do just that.

My daughters and I have decided to celebrate Christmas at the younger one's apartment in Pittsburgh. We discussed this at length, and Alex (that's the Pittsburgh one) felt that Christmas at home would be just too painful, and I pretty much agreed. I couldn't even think about it properly. Now that the decision has been made, though, I feel like a weight has been lifted. Instead of all the usual traditional Christmas decorations here at the house, I'm going to try just silver, gold, white, Solstice-y greenery decorations rather than all the usual elves and stockings.

When we're in Pittsburgh, we'll have a different dinner than our traditional one and will spend part of the holiday helping out at the city's numerous soup kitchens. In my experience, nothing takes one out of oneself like helping someone else. And our pains and problems, as real and as difficult as they are to my daughters and me at the moment, are really just part of that big, mysterious experience of Life.

For anyone astrologically-minded, a reminder to finish up paperwork and the like before Mercury goes retrograde on Friday. That's what I intend to do the balance of today and probably a good deal of tomorrow - the paperwork I've been neglecting for two months because I felt I couldn't handle it. Part of me enjoys - worships, even - orderliness and efficient desk work, so it'll be good to get this box of papers off my table, everything paid up to date and all the fires if not put out, at least reduced to smouldering.

Off to shovel the deck so the dogs can go out. :)

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A10TIVTRTL 12/18/2010 9:52AM

    Scooter, you are on your way, scooting right along. I am continually amazed by the resilience and strength of women! Pittsburg sounds like a good idea for all of you.

I wasn't planning on decorating, as we have no money for gifts and the loss of our friend is pretty fresh - actually attending the memorial tomorrow, but I like the sound of your solstice decorations,so maybe I will do something like that, after all. I will at least get up and clean the house some. Is solstice more a time of beginnings or of balance? Thanks for the idea. And it's wonderful that your ticker is moving again. You rock, girl!

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SUZYMOBILE 12/12/2010 10:23PM

    What you say about getting out of yourself by getting involved in others is SO true. And I'm really happy to hear that you're thinking in that direction, celebrating differently, yet still doing things.

Say it ain't so about Mercury! We're having a hearing at court on the 22nd about finally putting an end to the obligations of my 11-year-old divorce! Well, at least the paperwork is done, LOL!

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SLIMMERKIWI 12/12/2010 2:08AM

    Your plan for Xmas is an excellent one. I am sure that you will enjoy it. I am also quite humbled that you are planning on helping out at the soup kitchens. You are truly a special person!

Congrat's on the weight ticker moving IN the right direction - LOL!

Take care,
Kris xx

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STARLASUE 12/9/2010 10:08AM

    Congrats on the ticker moving regardless of the motivations. Hope daughter feels better soon!

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JRSWHIMSY 12/8/2010 3:34PM

    I'm so glad the ticker is ticking again :o) I enjoy paperwork too - isn't that odd? Good thing I'm a secretary! *hugs*

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CINDYC53 12/8/2010 2:05PM

    "And our pains and problems, as real and as difficult as they are to my daughters and me at the moment, are really just part of that big, mysterious experience of Life."

Those are beautiful words. I was very moved by your writing... Your plans for the holidays sound perfect. How wonderful that you have your daughters to share these days with, and to lean on. And the soup kitchen sounds like a GREAT plan!

Glad to hear that the ticker is moving, too! That's always a morale booster! Thinking of you -
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TRAINER_T 12/8/2010 12:51PM

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HIPPICHICK1 12/8/2010 12:41PM

    I'm glad to hear you have a plan in place for Xmas. Love the idea of helping out in soup kitchens. I did that for a week to pay off a traffic ticket as I didn't have the money for my infraction! It was a great experience.
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MORTICIAADDAMS 12/8/2010 12:34PM

    I hope you daughter feels better soon and that it stops snowing there. I hate snow.

Your Xmas plans sound great. I think they are an excellent idea under the circumstances.

I need to do some paper filing as well.

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BETHGILLIGAN 12/8/2010 12:26PM

    You sound so good!! You are slowly moving your life forward. I envy the weight loss!! (but not the GI stuff or the snow!) Good luck with the paperwork--I , too crave that orderliness!

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Difficult days

Saturday, December 04, 2010

I got through Halloween well enough, and Thanksgiving in Pittsburgh was actually pretty great, but this whole Christmas thing is getting to me. My mother died in the spring (two years ago) so by the holidays I was pretty well back on my feet, but this time it's really rough.

I'll be around, but I may not be my usual sparkling, witty li'l self this year. I'm working on it, though, so you never know.

Oh, and for anyone who was riveted to her computer, waiting to see if I colored my hair after all, the answer is ..... YES! Yes I did! It's back to its medium brown, and will soon have some highlights and a new cut. Now about that extra sixty or seventy pounds...

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STARLASUE 12/9/2010 10:06AM

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PENNYAN45 12/5/2010 7:19AM

    The holidays are bound to be difficult so soon after your loss.

Sending you warm wishes and comforting hugs.

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    I can relate and completely understand. My heart goes out to you. Take it a day at a time. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CINDYC53 12/4/2010 5:54PM

    Thinking of you - I can well imagine that these ARE difficult days for you. I went through a very painful divorce 9 years ago, and that first Christmas was pretty awful. The good news is that every day brings you a little closer to more peaceful feelings. I'm happy to hear about your hair color! Keep treating yourself :) I hope you'll continue to check in with us. I'll be watching for your updates!
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SLIMMERKIWI 12/4/2010 5:51PM

    Just take the holiday season one day at a time, and work on THAT day. Big Hugsxx

Good one about the hair colour - any pic of it going up soon?

Take care,
Kris xx

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SUZYMOBILE 12/4/2010 5:32PM

    Of course this must be a rough time for you! Take it a day at a time, just like you've been doing. You know where to find us!

Oh, and post some photos of that new "do"! emoticon

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HIPPICHICK1 12/4/2010 5:29PM

    No doubt this is a tough year for you. Sending loving thoughts and cyber hugs your way.

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WONDERFUL2BME 12/4/2010 4:49PM

    Go Girl! I am so glad to hear that you are spiffin up yourself.

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BETHGILLIGAN 12/4/2010 3:07PM

    Hey! You are definitely entitled to some "down" days. You are doing amazing!! Glad to hear you colored your hair. Hope it makes you feel good about you!!! Good luck with the pounds!!! It will happen.

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Just for fun - quiz from HIPPIECHICK

Thursday, November 18, 2010

. Who used to be your superhero when you were a child?
I don't recall having one. The only superheros I remember were Superman and Mighty Mouse, and I didn't like either one of them.

2. Most hated chore on the chore list?
Unloading the dishwasher.

3. If you were to start your own restaurant, what would it be called?
The Asylum

4. Is there anything pink within 10 feet of you?
Betsey Johnson perfume.

5. If you had to only eat three things for the rest of your life, day in and day out, what would they be?
Apples, potatoes and coffee.

6. What are you listening to right now?
Nothing - I'm not a big radio or tv person. But when I"m doing housework, I like NPR.

7. What's the last sporting event you watched?
In person? My daughter's rugby game (they were State Champs!)

8. When was the last time you drove out of town?
Yesterday - where I live, pretty much anything is out of town.

9. Have you been to the movies in the last 5 days?
Nah. It'll come out on the television soon enough, or my other daughter can Torrent it for me.

10. What was the last thing you had to drink?

11. Last food that you ate?
Oatmeal. (Goodness, my life is exciting!)

12. If you were a time traveler and could only go back in time or forward in time, which would you choose?

13. If you could tell your best friend one thing that you canít stand about him/her what would it be?
To stop talking occasionally so other people can slide a word in edgewise! (But I love her anyway.)

14. If you were to be famous what would you like to be known for?
Writing well and being kind.

15. What does your last text message say?
"The weather here is lousy - you still coming here today to finish the siding, or waiting til tomorrow?"

16. How early do you start holiday shopping?
When the mood strikes, which can be anywhere from June to December, or when I see a perfect thing for someone, which I invariably lose by the time the holidays roll around..

17. If you wrote a movie, what would the title be?
Free. Radical.

18. When did you first realize you needed to change your lifestyle food-wise?
I was raised to eat properly, so I didn't have so much of an epiphany as just realizing I needed to quit the nonsense. And I realize this approximately once a week.

19. What color ink do you prefer to write with?
Black. Medium for writing, fine for puzzles and drawing.

20. What was your favorite toy as a child?
The outside world - we lived in what was then the country (Now it's a suburb of Philadelphia.) Indoors, I liked jigsaw puzzles, and I still do! I even collect wooden ones.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 11/21/2010 11:31PM

    I had to laugh at your buying holiday gifts early and losing them. I have way too many around here that I find occasionally.

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SUZYMOBILE 11/19/2010 10:26PM

    I could totally see a restaurant called The Asylum. Heck, they have a Holy Grail near here in a former Catholic church!

I sense a theme with coffee! LOL!

My best girl friend is the same way, actually, but it suits me fine because I'm on the quiet side!

Writing well and being kind, gee, I like those! And your movie title could really, really work!

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SHERYLDS 11/18/2010 1:56PM

    only 3 things to eat:
chicken (everything else taste like chicken), salmon and Godiva dark chocolate
Hey, I've got my priorities

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HIPPICHICK1 11/18/2010 12:55PM

    Love your answers to #3, #17 and #20.
I like to do the occasional puzzle and actually have one of belly dancers!

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SHERYLP461 11/18/2010 10:46AM

    Good questions!

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Win a few, lose a few, clarify some goals, try to make a few decisions..

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Win: the sunroom, which was added to the house two years ago (more or less) will finally be sided by tomorrow - all the windows closed in, soffits added, all that good stuff. Oh, and I put a door in the frame to the the back stairs, so the cold air from the second floor storage will stop wailing down into the kitchen. I have a big door to add to the front of the house, to seal out the cold there, and Paul (the most recent workman) is bringing a storm/screen combo door to put over the kitchen door, which will, I hope, prevent the little snowdrifts from forming against the kitchen wall when it's windy.

Lose: it's costing twice what the estimate was, and taking twice as long, and it still isn't heated properly (or at all.) That project is yet to be completed, but the plan is to run water heater registers around the baseboards on two walls - should be enough, and not a big project. I just hope we get it done before winter. Something else I hope we get finished is cutting wood for the outside furnace. Oh, and one more thing: I fell over the porch (don't ask) and smacked up my body pretty badly. I suspect tomorrow morning is going to consist of lots of surprise pain and bruising. I don't think anything's broken, but we'll know for sure tomorrow. (You ever notice how everything hurts worse if you're injured because you've been stupid?)

Goals: I've realized that above all else, what I really want is to have the house and the grounds cleaned up and ready for winter. Seriously. I can't stand living in this chaos. Even my Getting Healthy goals are taking a back seat to these projects. The good part is that all this cleaning up and working is using lots of calories and certainly has to count as exercise (and if it doesn't, don't tell me.)

Indecision...I have about 3/4 of an inch of grey roots. To dye my hair, or let it grow out grey? The country woman/hippie part of me says to let nature take its course; the part of me that grew up in a big city and still wants to look good (or as good as I can at this age and weight) says for goodness sakes, dye, pluck and do whatever else we can think of. When I was an extremely buff landscaper, I still wore make-up to work - hey, why not look your best? I can't decide if giving all that up is a healthy moving on or an unhealthy throwing in of the towel.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 11/15/2010 11:49PM

    You are getting an amazing amount done. I want to get ready for winter too.

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HHOUSE8 11/15/2010 10:08AM

    You have lots of great ideas and support here. Yay for that! One of the 'Happy Hippies' sent me this link a while back:


We use it in our 'Progressive Walking Party' as we walk from member to member's home across the country. When you find your activity and do the math, divide by 2000 and you get your miles. Add those miles to your fitness tracker. :)

As for the hair - such a personal decision, isn't it? If you do it, find a way to have it not be harmful to your body... if there is such a thing.

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HIPPICHICK1 11/15/2010 9:41AM

    Your goal of winterizing IS def. a calorie burner. All you need to do is eat well and you have accomplished two goals in one.

I decided back in June to stop dyeing my hair for one reason:
It's a lot of trouble and seems to need touching up every 3 weeks.

Now we have a new septic system and putting stuff like that down the drain will destroy the much needed bacteria in the tank and ruin the system. So basically unless I go out to the salon for a dye job, I can't dye my hair. I don't have $150 to spend on my hair every month!

P.S. Dark hair dye is still carcinogenic. That should be reason enough for ALL of us to stop dyeing our hair. I didn't know this before but when I found out I was glad that I've only been using dark hair dye for the past 6 years. Before that I'd used henna but it makes gray hair rather orange-looking and that's not a good look for anyone! Unless it's Halloween!!

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    I vote going platinum blonde.... the grey roots will barely show then!

Hope you're not too owie from your bumble.... apply liberal amounts of ice and a judicial amount of Scotch mixed with a couple fingers of ginger ale (not too much though, it may lead to further bumbling!)

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PUDLECRAZY 11/15/2010 7:57AM

    LOL! The hair! I still like to color mine. Teaching preadolescent children demands a lot of energy. When I look in the mirror and see my hair looking shiny and colorful, I feel more umph. I guess it depends on how much you really like the color of your hair gray.

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STARLASUE 11/15/2010 6:57AM

    Not sure about the hair thing. As a redhead mine is going white slowly. It is the snow white my grandmother had and it is rather nice.I think I will let God finish coloring it for me. If I had my dad's gun grey or my other's dull grey, I might decide differently. :-) Aren't Ijust so helpful?

Enjoy your sunroom. May you find healing LIGHT within its walls.

Bright Blessings

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WONDERFUL2BME 11/15/2010 2:00AM

    I let my hair go "natural" for 2 years until I saw pictures of me and thought "oh my god, I just don't feel that old" so I reverted back to coloring and it really does make me feel better! The dyes now days don't seem as toxic as they use to be, so for now, I will be the best I can be!

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ENUFF81020 11/15/2010 12:02AM

    Hi there,

I feel your discomfort. We are doing a ton of jobs around here to be ready for family at Thanksgiving--and given the fact that zI cannot stand for long or do a lot at one time, I am relying on my husband and our kids to do the work, They are working, but not as quickly or with the care at things that I do. I am having to keep my mouth quiet because I need this stuff done--everything from reorganizing cabinets to rebuilding a floor and repairing a couple of lousy ceiling areas and a new toilet and sink and so on... It is a total mess around here-- we are switching around a couple of the kids into different bedrooms too. Everything is chaotic and it is making my skin crawl. I guess the good thing is that I know when this will all be done, lol. At least it had better be ready before our family comes for Thanksgiving!! (And I still need to plan the meal and start getting food organized... lets see, our eight children, my sister and brother-in-law, my brother-in-law, our nephew, his wife and new baby, and my brother, his wife and their three kids. I have a lot to do and this monkeying around is getting old.

We will survive and it will get done, but you and I have to take some deep breaths and be flexible. I am sad that they are going over the estimate in costs that you expected--that is one thing that I am getting away from. When they do that, they kind of have you at their mercy and that seems pretty unfair. I hope that it comes together quickly.

Best wishes on your beautifully remodeled home!!
Gentle hugs,

PS--I went through the hair thing too--and I finally colored it. I must have waited the right amount of time or did it at the right time, because I have gotten a ton of compliments and questions about why I am looking so "cute these days." Ha ha--just me and Clairol get this!!

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BETHGILLIGAN 11/14/2010 8:39PM

    I love sunrooms!! i hear you about getting everything ship shape before winter. You will feel better about you if you are not living in chaos!! I say do the hair!! It obviously meant something to you or you would just let it grow. Do not throw in the towel!! I say fight the age thing till the bitter end!! LOL

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SUZYMOBILE 11/14/2010 8:33PM

    Oh, that sunroom sounds like heaven! We have huge portions of our place without heat, and we put an electric fireplace in the sunroom that works pretty good for the limited amount of time we might want to sit there during the winter.

I think the projects are VERY good for you, and of course the calories count! IMHO there's nothing worse than trying to live amidst chaos.

If you used to enjoy doing your hair, DO it! You looked great in one of your photos where your hair is raven black.

Sending you healing thoughts for any potential bumps and bruises--NO breaks, sprains, or tears, please!

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SHERYLDS 11/14/2010 8:07PM

    Do the hair...You need to feel good about yourself and a little pampering is good therapy . Hope you feel better tomorrow.

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