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2 Good Things About the Heat

Monday, August 01, 2011

I can think of a gazillion things that are terrible about this Summer, many due to the incessant high temps and lack of water.

But I actually thought of two GOOD things heat-related:
1) my appetite is actually suppressed, and
2) NO MOSQUITOES. I can't believe it, but it seems to be the case.

OK, off to bed. DH's first day tomorrow. Hello, new Life! emoticon

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MEADSBAY 8/12/2011 8:54PM

    We have had NO mosquitoes in RI this summer, too- I cannot aver remember a summer without those pesky little thangs.
It's sorta nice.


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JANEDOE12345 8/1/2011 11:43PM

    best of luck as the page turns bringing you into a new chapter.

emoticon on contracting job. this may give him a freedom that he can enjoy his autonomy.

emoticon Yay for your family

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Will blog for SP points

Sunday, July 31, 2011

It's the end of July, and I want to get as many points this month as possible, especially since travel and other issues knocked holes in my plans.

Still not getting enough sleep (Midnight to five a.m. last night, finally gave up and got up around 6), but being productive. Have already washed and hung out to dry two loads of laundry and am about to do a third. Swept the front sidewalk and driveway. Watered the front yard.

Now it's almost 10 and I want to go back to bed!

Since I was up too early and already had too many "must-do" thoughts coursing through my brain, I went ahead and wrote a long note to myself about what I need to get done in the next couple of days. I think August is going to be a very interesting month. Oh yeah, and Merc goes retro in a few days.

DH starts his first contract job on Tuesday. It's a special day for us---my mom's birthday, and the day DH proposed to me 13 years ago!

All-in-all, good omens and hope on the horizon!

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BIZBYPEARL 8/2/2011 12:45AM

    Effin Mercury goes retrograde every ten seconds, what's up with that? A Vedic astrologer told me I've had Saturn in my face for a really long time. GOOD! I have an excuse for all things negative!! (God knows, it's not MY fault.)
UMAMI, congrats on being productive on zero sleep in that heat, and even bigger congrats on hubby's job / thirteen anniversary of proposal! Wonderful ~:-)
I have to go for a wal
k. Jane said so. Later ~ emoticon

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JANEDOE12345 7/31/2011 9:02PM

    Oh, that crazy joyous feeling when you button a button on a smaller waist! Now you are teeny enough to dance for joy un the tabletops! Buying shorts...real courage to do that. Six pounds is awesome, as it can be a whole size. For you it might be two. Wonderful. Meet me at size 10, hey.

(You made me decide to post 2 pix of my stitches. Warning: very gruesome, but a tidy sewing job by the bone guy. You can't even imagine how many inside stitches are under the embroidery you see in the photos.)

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_UMAMI_ 7/31/2011 1:47PM

    I think merc retro can be an interesting time---for fixing things that are broken, both figuratively and literally. But hey---I was born with merc retro, so maybe it works to my benefit?

It does concern me re: my husband's work, since he is a tinkerer of sorts by trade. Maybe he'll get more work!

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JANEDOE12345 7/31/2011 11:36AM

    check this out, lol


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JANEDOE12345 7/31/2011 11:11AM

    just read up on mercury and am now wondering about decision to put my house on the market next week. here' s the page i was reading http://www.astrologycom.com/mercret

everything has o go smooth as snake-spit for this to work for me. now i am already tangled up, just READING about the retrograde.

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JANEDOE12345 7/31/2011 11:03AM

    wow i love productive periods, even when they are backed by little sleep. good for DH, that he is out there getting jobs of any kind in this economy.

Bad news on Mercury, as this is always a wacko interval for all. lol, let's see what kind of tangled up mess ensues.

take care

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Google "enthralled"

Thursday, July 28, 2011

I LOVE THIS! (In case you missed the link or didn't read the Daily Spark blog that mentioned it)

An article by Marion Nestle about Google's food program:

Wish they had something like this in our schools. Grrrr....Oh wait---maybe I can do something!

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JANEDOE12345 7/28/2011 10:46AM

    great article!

i work at a prep school and the food is free, healthy, and actual 'slow food.' it isn't the food that made me gain while there...it's that they let an addict run wild. google has the right idea but needs an informational program on food values maybe along with the good food being there...a how to, esp if there are dysfunctional eaters like me around.

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Slim vs. Heavy

Monday, July 18, 2011

As I've been hanging out with my mom lately, I've realized how FREQUENTLY she lumps people into slim ("good") or heavy ("bad") camps. My husband laughs about it, but it annoys me to no end!

She grew up with 3 sisters---I wonder if it's more of a thing among women? Or maybe it's related to their era? (young women in the 40's and 50's). I grew up with 4 older brothers---I just wanted to be smart and all-powerful. I think I succeeded. (j/k......kind of!)

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ROCHELLE62 7/29/2011 8:00PM

    may be age group, but I have noticed it more in friends that had all girls in their families growing up. weight is so often seen as a personal failure. if you are overweight it can only be because you are lazy, gluttonous, depressed, and likely stupid. I have no desire to change their mind, just avoid them.

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_UMAMI_ 7/19/2011 11:31AM

    She just did it again, about five minutes ago! She was talking about an old high school friend who is "heavy"....I'm about to lose the tip of my tongue, from biting it for so long!


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JANEDOE12345 7/19/2011 6:45AM

    My mother's age group did the same thing and it really hurt when I went from the 111's into the 130's. Now that I am a deuce and then some, my late mom would be horrified.

Just let it slide off your back. Their standards were so different than ours! They used waist-cinchers, for heaven's sake. How silly is that... emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Weirdness at Chez Parents

Monday, July 18, 2011

First, my mom's walk-in pantry is like Mecca----my kids and husband prey to it at least five times a day.*

Second, while my husband was out, while discussing our current issues since DH was fired, my parents said: Is your house paid for? (NO.) Do you want us to pay off your mortgage? (NO!!)

That was really weird and made me wonder if my parents are going off their rockers. Then again, an old friend of theirs just died.

Too much on my plate right now, and I need my parents to just be my parents!

Oh, and THIRD: they are definitely kissing up to and embracing my husband more than ME! It's like: Poor DH.....blah blah blah. I'm happy to see it, but kind of sad because I've been holding so much together by myself since before Christmas! (And, I can *do* holding-everything-together very well, but it's a hard solo mission.)

/pity party. Just needed to vent.

Cue the Kinks "Better Things"..... emoticon

*I can do that politically incorrect thing b/c I have Muslim brother.

p.s. swimming works WONDERS! Try it.


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