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Good Saturday morning. Got my bountiful basket this morning, and actually had a blast volunteering. It was a gorgeous blend of some really colorful produce, and I got a 25 lb. bag of multi colored carrots. I'll share some with the boys, but I guess I'll have to turn into a rabbit for a while.

Got a short strength workout in, and later I'll take a long bike ride, 80's today and a bit on the breezy side, but I'll make it work. I'm hoping for about 15 miles when I'm done.

I have to run up north again today and get some accessories for my outfit for the wedding. I'm wearing a black dress with beige heels. I need a necklace, earrings, and possibly a belt. I have to make it look enough different, because it is the same black dress I wore for my other son's wedding almost two years ago. I am just not good at this, but I'll get some help.

Wishing you both a productive, yet relaxing weekend. Can't wait for next weekend when I will pot my flowers. I might buy a hanging basket today, though, for my hook. I'll see.





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5/1/15 11:37 A

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Lisa, I took a look at the exercises again on SP and tried a couple of the 11 min ones. I found 3 using the chair for the workouts and did them while sitting in my desk chair. They were good and I was able to get through most of the exercises in them. The first one is for the core, the second one was for the upper area, arms, chest, back. The third was for the legs. I had trouble with this one some but realized that this was my weakest area and will have to work to complete it. I wasn't able to do every exercise as long as the instructor did but did get 1/2 way through the count. I think with time I could build up to complete every thing. I didn't do them all at once I did one the first day, the next the second day and the last one on day 3. I'm ready to start over on the first today. It's a start, and will try to continue this routine daily. I have a stability ball but I think it's the wrong one for me so will look for a different one this weekend. I use the one I have for wall squats. so far I haven't added weights yet to the workout but have some weights I could use without buying any. The are 1 1/2 lb. 3 lb. and a 5lb. so will start with the 11/2 one and go from there.

Tomorrow I'll be traveling to My daughters place. She has steps so will get my workout climbing the steps. MY food is still a bit off but am working on eating at least 3 times a day. I found even though I get up early, I don't eat a proper breakfast. I'm still going to bed to late and getting about 3 hours a night. I get up in the morning feeling tired and sluggish and end up dozing in my chair while watching TV and sleep almost to lunch time, so will fix lunch and no breakfast except for some coffee. I need to break this cycle, go to bed earlier, and staying up and moving when I get up fixing breakfast early, right when I get up. My hubby only wants a piece of toast or an English muffin with only butter. I need to have some protein with that and usually don't. I'm trying to change that now by adding an egg, peanut butter, ham and cheese etc.

I hope the interviews don't get you down to much Lisa, but I know it's a necessary part of your job. You will do fine I'm sure. Hope your hubby can get into a routine with his food and exercise. Like you told me, you have to be ready to commit to change. MK,I hope your dad and mom are doing better and that you are taking care of yourself. I have several things yet to do today, so will close for now. Have a wonderful day, and a great weekend. Catch all later, G.

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4/30/15 9:04 P

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MK, you asked about my husband and his progress. Well, he's better at portion control and late night eating, and he'll hop on his bike and ride for 10 minutes or so a few days per week, but he's not really committed too fully, just doing what's convenient at the time. I know he is drinking more water and less diet soda, so that's a good thing.

I am just interviewed out. I have done 11 interviews for 3 positions over the last week, and I've got one more round on Monday morning. I've had to call all of these people and notify them of the results. That means that I got to tell 3 people they got the job, and 8 people they didn't. I'm tactful, appreciative and encouraging, but I'm kind of weary of talking, and I LOVE talking about education. Sometimes I really have to lead the candidate to get more information, and that can be trying. Just tell, talk, sell. I'll let you know if I've heard enough or if you're going in the wrong direction. Please don't make me work hard to pull information out of you. Anyway, I hope I don't lose any over the summer, but the odds aren't in my favor that I won't have a late resignation or two. But--I'm really getting to know the people at my new school, and how they operate, and I learn a little more with each interview I do. So, while I'm complaining a bit, I know full well how beneficial and necessary this process is to my success and immersion into my new building.

G, I think you will find the workout you need when you are ready. Resistance band workouts are usually effective and don't require getting on the floor. I love my stability ball--use it all the time, and if stabilizing it is an issue, just push it into a corner, sit, grab some light weights, and do some curls, rows and tricep extensions. A big part of it is readiness and commitment. I know you know that.

I need to make some type of treat for school tomorrow--I'm thinking rhubarb bread. I need to use up my frozen rhubarb.

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4/29/15 1:09 P

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Lisa, I've seen the workouts on SP but there is not a whole DVD that I can do. I really can't get on the floor or do anything which requires a lot of jumping. I did find one that uses the chair and have done that a few times. I just can't seem to be motivated enough to do anything right now. I have had a lot of problems with swelling to the point of having pain and my ankles are also having issues.

I know the support helps when I walk and wear them when shopping but they are not comfortable to wear them around the house. I just don't like them or shoes when just hanging out at home, although I do wear them when going out. I have to switch them from one shoe to the other which is more bother than I want to deal with. I think I might go to the Foot Works place, and get the supports for both shoe I wear the most. I have an open back Easy Spirit shoe I wear at home and when the temps are warm, but with the support, I need to wear hose or socks and they look bad with my Capri's and shorts. They hurt the bottom of my foot if warn without a sock. I do have sport socks that I wear in the summer which only go as far as the ankle so will start wearing them. I know a lot of my problem is lack of exercise and the pounds I gained over the winter. Now that it's warmer I'll walk and work outside. I just have to get in the habit of doing this daily.

Sorry about all my complaining, and I know some of it is excuses only. I wish I had a bike and would ride and it would be less stress on my legs. I think that now that Don has a full time job, we might look back into the bike situation. I know one place that has a 3 wheel bike and it is custom made for every person. It's expensive around $500 to $900 but might be worth the expense if I'm sure I'd use it regularly. I think that's what's holding me back. Don will have to get a bike too so that is a double expense. We'll check it out again in the next week or two and make a decision.

Well I need to do some laundry and other chores around here so will close for now. Take care, My prayers go out to all those people in Nepal, Baltimore, and to the family you know MK. Everyone have a great day. G.

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Hello. G - my apologies - I obviously thought that was you... I know that you will find the right workout that works for you. Lisa - Woot Woot! Great job on the workout and for all the riding your doing. I'm sure since you do it on a regular basis you don't deal with so much "rear" pain - if you know what I mean! hahahaha My husband is wanting to get a bike and we are going to start doing small jaunts here and there. Speaking of husbands - how is yours doing Lisa? Is he getting this eating and exercising thing down?

Well my food is doing much better. Since I increased the protein and I have started the adrenal supplements from the doc I haven't been having the sweets like before. I also think the cardio has been kicking the sugar to the curb!!

Boy once I decided to let my sisters issues go - I feel much better. She is now not taking any calls from anyone - so to heck with her. Left a message telling her all is ok - this is how you can see dad - you can see either of them whenever you are in the mood - you don't have to worry about doctor appointments any more - and a "you can call me anytime". Now I'm letting it go. I've set my own schedule to see my parents every evening after work and mornings during the weekend. I'm making sure transportation is available to get them to doctor appointments and I'll just meet them there - this way I don't have to struggle with getting them in and out of the car and I just deal with the medical staff. WAY more calming!!!

My work is being very understanding during this time and that is also a great help.

Well ladies - I have a long walk at lunch scheduled and right now work is calling out my name.

Take care of yourselves!

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G, there are tons of workouts online. SP hasn't had any new ones for a long time, but I'll use Fitness Blender and Grokker, but Grokker has now become a subscription site. I like anything that uses body weight for strength work.

Oh, a long bike ride! I love those charity rides, although I seldom do them anymore, just not really any around here. Certainly you must feel like you've accomplished a great feat. Prayers for your co-worker and her family. What a sad situation.

I got an hour long bike ride in tonight. It was beautiful outside, so I'm riding almost daily. I've managed to catch a cold, but I'm hoping it doesn't turn into one of those nasty ones. For now, it's just the stuffiness and head cold type.

I'm really sad for the situation in Baltimore. I'm sure the media has hyped it up, however, regardless of the hype, the circumstances are simply sad. I do not judge, but I do know that rioting, looting, and burning are crimes, and I just don't see the sense in how committing more crimes helps this community in any way. God is in control, as we all know, so I guess I will continue to pray for a resolution to these matters.



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MK, First of all great job on the bike ride 62.5 miles is an accomplishment. Your a great person and are very devoted to your mom and dad. It's really hard being one of the only sibling and daughter to visit them. I'm sure they will remember all you've done for them and it's wonderful that hubby is helping as well.

I'd love to take the credit for the Jillian work out, but it wasn't me. Lisa WOOT WOOT to you for completing it. I have one of her DVD's but the last time I even tried to do it I didn't even get past the beginning. It's way to advanced and difficult for me to even attempt it. I have done a workout with one of the Biggest Loser tapes though, and did better with that one. To bad I no longer have a working VCR to do either of my tapes. My DVD isn't working either right now. After we got the new TV, it never got set up. I might work with my hubby, and see what I need to do to do a DVD on his lap top since that's in the living room and I could see the DVD and have room to follow it.

Great weather this week, but really cool in the mornings so haven't done much to get out doors. Maybe later this week when the temps will rise into the mid 60's. It might be near 70 on Friday, and Saturday and Sunday will be up to 75* so we're hoping to get the garden in shape on Sunday. We'll visit my daughter on Saturday but we will be out side with the grand girls and enjoying the temps and the BBQ my daughter plans for us when we come.

Don just got home so will close for now. Enjoy your evening. Catch all later, G.

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Hello. First - great job Georgie on doing a Jillian workout!! WOOT WOOT!!

Dad is out of the hospital (was there 6 days) and is now in a rehab facility to assist with walking and he has a Picc line in for IV antibiotics for 3 weeks. The good thing is that it is located on the same property as the assisted living facility - so my mom gets taken over there every day to see him.

My mom has declined quite rapidly since this has begun - her level of care has been ramped up. She is more confused that ever and can't remember any visits. My dad has also declined quite a bit as well.

I rode the Monster Cookie Metric Century bike ride (62.5 miles) on Sunday. I didn't think I would do more than 1/2, but I surprised myself and did the entire ride!! My behind is very sore, but really my knees and legs did pretty well. Took a very long, hot, bath after I got home. It was about a 5 hour ride.

We have sad news in the office today. One of my co-workers 18 year old son died yesterday from a skateboarding accident. He was only weeks from graduating from high school and going into the military. I ask for prayers for the Robertson family and the loss of their son Joshua.

I'm setting my schedule to see mom/dad daily. I'll be going over after work to check in with them and the staff. I think this is going to be my schedule until the day they pass. My husband is my relief and he will see them on days when I cannot get there. He did that for me on Sunday when I was riding.

I can no longer count on my sister - she is selfish and refuses to make a commitment to seeing our parents on a daily basis - or even an every other day basis. Mind you - she does not work and stays at home, but this is her thing and I'm not going to take on any of her issues.

Well - got to get back to work. Take care ladies - hope all is well!

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MK, I suppose your father is out of the hospital by now. I'm sure that is relieving for all of you, and especially your mother. I wish him success in his recovery and relaxation for you. I know your family struggles over the care of your parents, and you have to be the one who acts sensibly. That can be wearing, but thankfully they have you.

The boys are all home. My oldest had a few days break from his railroad job; he goes back to the cities for an additional two weeks of training tomorrow, and then a few more weeks on the job training, and then I guess he's officially a conductor on the railroad. After a year, he'll be eligible to become an engineer, which is additional training, but also an great increase in wages. He really likes it, and I'm so happy he's found some work that he enjoys. Even though he and his wife are now better off financially, they still have lots of woes, as they just aren't on a similar path for how to manage what they earn. I hope someday they can get there.

I did a Jillian Michaels 30 day shred workout this morning. I saw the DVD at the gym, so popped it in. Wow, kicked my little hinie, but I liked it. It was a little change up to what I usually do.

My husband is presently mopping our dining room and kitchen floor. It was so awful. I'm a pretty good housekeeper, but man, this floor just got away from me. I've done some spot cleaning, but that just wasn't enough. He' using a pine-sol product; It smells so good.

It is house cleaning and laundry today, maybe a bit more garage organizing. I also need to pack up some of my son's clothes for donating to the Salvation Army or Good Will. I best get to it.

Oh, I officially hired my first teacher yesterday, and made my first "I'm sorry you weren't hired" phone calls. I've been a part of the process before, but now I'm the one in charge. I'll do it all again for another open position on Wednesday of next week.

Have a fine weekend.





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Good morning - just a quick update... dad remains in the hospital, but looks to be discharged either late this afternoon or tomorrow into a rehab facility. Not sure how he is going to take this news but we will deal with it one day at a time.

I'm about to walk over to the hospital and see how he is doing.

I took yesterday off work and spent time with both mom and dad. I actually brought my mom over to the hospital so they could visit - what a happy time that was. Both were in tears, but were so happy to see each other.

I'm hoping that they will discharge my dad into a rehab facility that is located on the same property as the assisted living facility, but we shall see. If they do - then my mom can walk over and see him every day.

I'm doing ok - my food has been way off - but I'm getting refocused. I will be going on a 62.5 mile bike ride on Sunday - it is a fundraiser for Salem Bicycle Association. I'm really doing this more for the challenge than anything. Even though I haven't been on my bike for years, I've been taking spin classes and step classes - so hopefully it wont kill me too much (hahaha). I did get on the bike and did 5 miles with absolutely no issue - not even breathing hard - so that is a good sign. I'll be on the bike again tonight and go a little farther.

The ride will be 15 miles - break - 15 miles - break - so on and so forth. There will be a big break at the state park (which is the turn around point). I'm going with a couple other girlfriends - so it should be fun.

Well work is calling. Take care!!

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MK, glad your dad doing better and that they have been successful keeping him at the hospital until he's improved enough to go home. It's probably a wise decision to keep your mom at the facility, and by letting them talk to one another helped. Hope things settle down for you soon. Remember to take care of yourself as well.

Finally the rain has stopped and the sun has returned. We have high wind advisory though and that makes my dogs nervous. The calming treats seem to help some with that. It's still a bit cool out though, and will have highs of 56 and 58 for the rest of the week. The wind so bad the other day we had a tornado touch down near by where his mom and sisters live. The funny thing is there was no sirens or warning about the tornado. Good thing didn't do any major damage, just trees uprooted and branches down. I'm glad things have cleared round here for now.

My son arrived back from Vegas yesterday and I guess it was business as usual for the rest of the week for both he and his bride. We'll go over to see them Memorial weekend when they have their get together for the family. It will be nice to see everyone then and finally meet her side of the family.

Not much going on here just some chores and maybe a trip outside for some weeding if it warms up some more. Back to normal routines for the rest of the week. I hope everyone doing great, and Lisa, hope things have died down some for you and you're not so busy. Everyone have a wonderful week, G.

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Good morning! So happy your both getting rain. Oregon should be getting some this weekend - just wish our snow pack was higher.

So turned out my dad had a massive infection in his right arm. No one knows why it is there, but I'm thinking it was left over fluid from the fall last year and it festered until now. He kept falling (3 times in as many days) so I went there and one look at him and I called for an ambulance.

It was a very long Saturday - 13 1/2 hours at the hospital. The orthopedic surgeon came in and said they needed to do surgery to drain the infection and that he will be in the hospital for a while. So my brother made arrangements for our mom to be cared for by the facility staff (so far so good). Dad had some adverse reaction to the anesthesia and was pulling out IV's and so forth. Yesterday they finally put him on a different antibiotic that won't affect his renal glands so much and push the rest of those drugs out of his system. He is insisting on going home, but we have to convince him to stay and he does. It has been crazy.

I'm here at work for a couple hours but then have to go to the hospital and see him then to the facility to see my mom. This has caused her Alzheimers to kick into high gear and she is super confused. I finally was able to at least have them talk on the phone yesterday. We fear bringing her up there would be a huge tabackal - so we are trying to avoid that - even though I know both would be so happy to see each other. I think the problem would be getting her to go home and getting dad to stay.

So that was my entire 3 day weekend in a nut shell. Lots of keeping all the siblings informed and keeping my sister calm as well (she has mental issues).

After seeing both of them today I will get over to the gym and do step class. It has just been exhausting.

So - end of the school year coming - wow - so fast. I hope your granddaughter gets well without any incidents.

G - so nice that you could watch the wedding. Happy that all is well.

Take care!

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Lisa, It sounds like you'll have a busy week ahead of you. I know the end of the year is hectic anyway but to have interviews for your new position already just adds to it.

We watched my son get married yesterday via web cast. The Chapel in Vegas were he and his bride were married had a live feed we could watch during the ceremony. It wasn't as clear as we would have liked but they had microphones so we could hear all the vows. It was nice to be able to share like that.

We too have rain today and will get some tomorrow as well. Don was just able to get the mowing in before it arrived. Our grass was very tall and will probably need cutting again before the end of the week with all the rain we have. We didn't get to the garden to do some weeding but this week will still be warm, near 60 so I'll be able to get out and do that later this week. We'll order mulch if it stays nice through the weekend and put it down either Saturday or next Sunday, and we'll be good to go.

MK, hope your dad doing better and this week finds all good your way. Take care, I'll catch all later, G.

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Sending thanks up above for this glorious gift of rain. It is enough to wet the ground and make things green. I worked on cleaning and trimming all my perennials this morning, and I swear I can see them growing before my eyes. And, our trees that were moved in last week look wonderful as well.

Life is as usual here, except that I'm swamped at work. I have two interviews to do this week, and I'll have another the following week. There are some open positions at my new school that I need to get filled, thus the interviews.

My granddaughter, 14 months, was diagnosed with pneumonia this week. She didn't have to be hospitalized, but we had to help with her care. She's doing a lot better now, but I felt so badly for her. No one else has caught anything, hopefully it stays that way.

Not much else to report--let's see, my son has his second interview this week for a teaching position. He didn't get the first one, but the principal who interviewed him called me and told me what he could do to improve, so I shared it with him. Hopefully he'll do better this week.

I hope you are both well and still fighting the battle. Have a great week.



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MK, Sorry to hear about your dad. I hope they'll find nothing serious and can help him with his pain. I've been thinking about you and all you do for others. Just be sure to take care of yourself as well.

We're back in routine now with Don's work schedule. I'm trying to keep busy during the day and am trying not to fall back on bad eating. Since Don takes his lunch everyday, We have more fruit and veggies in the house and have been buying yogurt as well. So far I have had good food around to be sure I'm eating better. Since getting up earlier I find myself on a better schedule with my meals. I actually can have an early breakfast and time for a morning snack if needed, and have been eating lunch earlier as well. I used to have a late breakfast than a later lunch sometimes as late as 3 or 4 in the afternoon. Now I'll eat lunch at a reasonable time between 12:30 and 1:30. Then if needed an afternoon snack at the time I used to eat my lunch. I feel better doing this schedule and am not eating lunch and dinner so close to one another anymore. Don gets home around 5:30 to 5:45 so I'm getting dinner started at 6 and eating before 7. I'm planning better too.

This Saturday my son gets married in Vegas and we're all getting together to watch the feed so we can see him tie the knot. It should be fun to see it and then we'll have an early dinner with Don's mom and sisters. It'll be a nice day here.

Hope this week has found everyone doing great. With spring weather in the air, I hope all of you are out enjoying it. We'll need to get some yard work done around here so will close for now. It's 56 degrees now and will be near 64 later so will be a great temp to do some work outside. Take care and have a Wonderful afternoon. G.

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Hello - I have a bit of down time until the other computer gets powerpivot installed.... boo. I work off of two separate computers - one has 2013 (my desk computer) and the other is 2010 (located in another cubicle). I have to use the 2010 on some of the work because most persons in the office have 2010. 2013 and 2010 - don't communicate and are completely incompatible - so I desk hop. But right now the 2010 is not working right - which is not good because I have to finish a project by Friday... we shall see how long it takes to get things installed. So in the mean time - I thought I'd stop in and say hello.

my walking partner is here to go for a walk now... hope all is well with everyone!

Well had a nice walk in the basement - it was pouring rain out - so we decided to keep it dry. Normally I really don't care, but I was too tired to argue about the benefits of walking out side.

So my dad has had horrific pain in his right forearm. He thinks its carpel tunnel - my sister took him to urgent care while I stayed with my mom. The x-ray showed an old break (last year when he fell hard on the cement), but everything healed from that ok. So tomorrow they will do a bone density x ray on him. My sister-in-law thinks that maybe he bruised the bone, which is very likely. He is also not fessing up to whether he fell again. My mom keeps saying that he fell, but he is denying that. So we don't know the truth at this point. I just know that the pain has been so bad that he has vomited. So I hope they can figure this out.

Step class today. I was going to go early this morning for spin class, but I didn't want two cardio's in one day. So I did some weights at home before work while my husband went for a run with the dog. Our large black lab needs to be run every day - so this worked out great.

Well tomorrow is a spin class and then weights class. My daughter is actually coming tomorrow! She has been dealing with a very painful neck/back injury from work. Then she was in a car accident that messed up her knee and back some more. She is finally feeling better after all the rehab and PT - so we shall see how it goes.

Eating clean is not as easy as I predicted. I mean for the most part we stay away from canned and boxed food, but its that processed sugar that has me hung up. So I'm turning to the clean eating magazine that has 2 weeks of meal planning in it - and I have 2 issues - so 4 weeks all together!! I need to go grocery shopping and do some baking (I'll share the recipes when I get them). Hopefully this will go smoothly.

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Lisa, it's nice that you could spend the weekend with the grandsons. I've never been to a circus although we have the Shiners Circus come here once a year, but I never had the desire to go.

The calming pills worked for the dogs, they were still a bit nervous but not to the extent they were before. The storms have passed through but we are still getting rain during the week. This week we'll have rain tonight, Thursday and Friday, but no severe storms just rain. We did have a great weekend with sun and warmer temps. We spent the weekend doing errands, so I guess it's back to normal for us.

Saturday we spent all day running around. We left at 9 AM and didn't get home until around 4. Then we went to Sam's Sunday morning, getting home around 1:30. We were so tired we didn't get anything done in the yard as planned. If it stays nice today, I'll cut my roses low and tackle some weeding. Don needs to do the weed and feed still but that will have to wait until this weekend. We have no other plans so working in the yard is a must.

Don will gets his first pay check this week and we need to upload a site on our computer to get the feed from Vegas and see my son get married on Saturday, which should be fun to see. I'm not sure if it has a way to communicate with them but at least we'll see the ceremony. So next weekend will be a busy one.

Hope everyone has a great week and Lisa, I hope you and MK get some rain soon. Have a wonderful day, Bye for now, G.

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Circus was pretty fun, other than the horribly long intermission. The kids were entertained, and that was most important. My back is so sore today. It must be the more than usual sitting I did yesterday.

I sat by this family who had a daughter who would let out a piercing scream every so often, she'd then talk, then cry, then hit, and as I watched I knew she was a special needs child, very likely one with autism. I leaned over, asked her name, and age, and what she like about the circus. A few times she tapped me on the shoulder, and she tried to grab my glasses a couple of times. After this girl left with her worker, I began visiting with her mother and realized that this lady had been at my school, and I later found out this daughter will be attending the school I'll be working at next year. How cool is that? I knew I recognized the mother, but just couldn't place her. She comes to our school to do counseling sessions with a couple of students, as she's a therapist at the mental health center. She verified that her daughter does have autism and attends a behavioral program during the day, and she gets four hours of additional support on the weekend.

MK, I was really thinking about your daughter and the work she does with the special needs population. This can be such rewarding work, and I look forward to having this challenging child at my school next year. We continue to need dedicated workers in this type of profession.

The grandsons are still sleeping, so I suppose I better get ready for church. We'll be driving them home today--it's about two hours, but definitely worth it to have them with us for the weekend.

We need rain; fire danger abounds around here, and the winds have been persistent and strong as well. Even though the week ahead looks mild, it also looks dry, so prayers will be said today for moisture, I know.

Oh, we had 4 pine trees moved in to the area in which we removed the overgrown hedge last summer. They look gorgeous. We are tending to them carefully as they take root in their new location. They are already 15 feet, so it shouldn't be too long before they provide the privacy we are looking for.

G, I laughed when you wrote about the calming pills. All I could think of was "dogs on drugs." It just sounded comical, but I surely do hope it is working for them. I'm sure they are happy for the relief.

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MK, I use a whole chicken and boil it with carrot, celery, and onion, and then strain it and use the liquid as my broth. If I put it in the refrigerator the fat rises and it can be skimmed off and the stock is good to go. Don and I have bought a grinder that attached to our mixer so lately we buy fresh meat and grind it ourselves, It makes great hamburger and we don't have to worry about using the pre ground one. It makes it a little more work but we think it's worth it to do this. I wish we had a butcher around here, but all we have is what we find in the grocery stores. I wish we could find a great butcher and use them but we do the best we can.

It sounds like the tortilla soup is good and we'll have to try making some soon. There is a cookbook I use that I get many of my recipes from Bill Phillips. Which is really a health, exercise, and food program called "Body for Life" and It has healthy meals broke down throughout the book starting with Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Midday snacks, and Desserts, all made from scratch using healthy ingredients, fresh spices and vegetables. The meals are really good and if followed can give you a good program to follow plus the section on exercise with instructions for an at home program. I guess you can say it's a healthy eating program if followed. He also uses protein drinks but I only use the meals and lately some of the exercises.

We've had rain all week and a really bad storm came through yesterday, and we'll also have another one expected today. I'm trying this new calming pill to see if it helps the dogs be less nervous when it's happening. I gave it to them yesterday, but the storm was already in full swing so today I gave it to them earlier and will see if it helps any. I know April showers brings May flowers but I really wish we could have rain without all these storms. I can't open up and it gets muggy in the house, and I don't want to start using the air unless necessary. Good thing we have fans in all our rooms and I'll turn those on and it helps with this muggy feeling by circulating the air.

Hope everyone has a great day, and a wonderful weekend. Enjoy your time at work. Bye for now, G.

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Good morning!

Sounds like your tortilla soup was pretty darn close to a "clean" eating soup!! Great job. The concept is really to stay away from anything that has any additives - and many of the canned items use some type of sodium or MSG for shelf life, but sometimes we have to use what we got! We've started buying our chicken from the local butcher because of the no anti-biotic added to the chicken feed. Same with our beef. Chicken can be a bit harder, but we have been very fortunate to find an alternative to Foster farms. Foster farms does local chicken, but we really don't care for their processing.... and lately they've been sited for poor and unclean conditions. So we've done the local butcher where he gets it from a local farm that raises the chickens free range with no hormones or anti-biotics. It is amazing the difference in flavor. Also the clean eating is really just taking small steps toward not having food that is injected with processed ingredients.

Lisa - yes my daughter still works with adults with developmental disabilities - she just loves that population. Her new job will entail traveling to homes and writing up treatment plans and helping those in the community live a more productive life. She is basically the advocate for that population. She has decided to take the new job and will commute the 70 miles. I think she is going to be fantastic at her job! It won't involve direct care, but will make sure that population has quality care.
She will be working for Mentor Oregon.

I did a lot of walking yesterday - didn't get to the gym but I did get my core workout at home in the morning. Woke up too late for this mornings core, but I'll get it in tonight and I'll be going to step class at noon.

Well - going to head to the cafeteria for some oatmeal - they make plain old fashioned and I add my own raw sugar and banana's to it. Sometimes I use agave instead of the raw sugar, but I've heard honey is much better for you - so I'll probably run to the store and get some for my desk supplies. I'm here at work for about 12 hours - so I keep a pretty well stocked drawer! ha

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MK, so happy for your daughter. Is she still working with the developmentally delayed population? If so, what will her new job be?

I was thinking about your clean eating idea, and I made a chicken tortilla soup tonight. I'm wondering how "clean" it is. I used mostly fresh ingredients, but I also used chicken broth, tomato paste and light sour cream. I'm pretty sure all other ingredients were "clean."

I had a great workout today, and I'm working to increase my plank time. I was over 4 minutes some time ago, but struggling to get past the 90 second mark these days. I'll just keep trying, I guess.

G, hope you've had a healthy and productive day.




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Good morning!

Happy to hear that your going to try and continue the practice of getting up early. I've always liked getting up early - gave me more time to do what I wanted to do. Going to bed so late can be difficult. I started getting to bed by 10 p.m. Still makes for a difficult morning, but not as bad. Lately I've been in bed by 8:30-9 p.m. The new supplements that the doc put me on help me sleep good. I've actually been getting any where from 5 to 7 hours of sleep at night - so unusual for me, but its been nice.

I'm actually getting up by 4:30 and getting my core work in prior to showering. Today is going to be spin class at 10:30 and then walking this afternoon. My shoulder is really giving me lots of grief these days - lots of pain - I'm just hoping that I didn't re-injure the darn thing.

No word from my son, but I did see a FB post from the girl and it was very cryptic. I'll just wait for my son to talk - if he wants.

Good news is my daughter got a new job! Bad news is that it is in Eugene (over an hour drive). She really wants the job, but she hasn't told the boyfriend yet. So I'm curious how that conversation went. He has to stay in Monmouth because he is still going to school - so I'm sure it wasn't a fun conversation. Anyway I'm sure she will figure this out. She does have youth on her side - so commuting isn't out of the question. She really wants this job - it is such an upgrade for her and really puts her on the path that she wants to go.

Well my food was way off this weekend and I'm working at getting myself back on track. I haven't had time to really cook up something new, but I will - and I'll share on here any good recipes I find.

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MK, So sorry to hear about the drama concerning your son and his girlfriend. I hope it all works out for the best. It does sound like you had a good Easter, and that you were able to spend time with family.

MK, I'll continue getting up with Don because it's nice that I can have breakfast and coffee with him before he leaves for work. It's just I have to stop staying up so late, and allow enough sleep to continue this practice. I've not been going to bed until 1 or 1:30 so getting up at 5:30 is not giving me enough time to get a good night's sleep. I could also take a nap later in the day if need be, so I could still rest some before he gets home. I was also thinking that by getting up early I could use this time for good use. It's getting warmer now and if weather permits I could dress in my workout clothes and get out and walk before it gets to hot. Then when I return home I can get things done around the house and still have most of the day to relax. I've always used the excuse that by the time I get finished with breakfast and get ready for the day it's getting to hot to walk in the morning. This is a great way to change because I'll be allowing enough time to do it.

I still have a few things to do today so will close for now. It's still gray and raining out but the main part of the storm has passed. I'll catch all later have a wonderful day. Bye, catch you later,G.

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Good morning friends. Easter was quiet and spent with the parents. Our daughter and boyfriend came over to visit with us and did partake in some of the meal, however they were heading over to his grandma's house for the family dinner.

I only got a quick text from my son to have a happy Easter. I haven't heard anything else until late last night I got a frantic phone call from my son. He apparently went over to his girlfriends house after work (he gets off at 10:45 p.m.) after getting text messages from her that she was home resting. So when he showed up there was no answer and he tried the door knob and it wasn't locked. He thought she was sleeping, but it was a man's backpack under the covers and no one was in sight. He was panicked because he saw it was the ex-boyfriend's backpack and he said that the ex was abusive - and he thought the guy went back to Alabama - but apparently not. I told him that she has made some decisions about her life and he needs to respect that - she knows how to survive the Ex - and my son doesn't - so please do not cause a fight or anything. He did leave and he was smart enough to get his dog and head to a friends house (male friend) and talk with them.

Whatever is going on with her and the ex-boyfriend is her decision. You can make sure she is safe (which she did text that she was fine and that they needed to talk) but after her safety is her choices and her decisions.

I'm not sure if it is because of this really huge life changing medical issue that she is going back to what she knows or what have you, but I think its something my son needs to back away from.

I will continue my prayers for her, her health, and her safety - as well as for my son.


Well that is the drama for the week (I hope)!! Darn it all - would much rather be planning and/or talking about weddings!!

So 200 mints done!?! Wow - great job! So happy that all is going well with the planning.

Well I have to get going. Take care - have a super day.

Oh and G - I would try and get use to getting up early. Its not only good for you to get a jump on the day, but its that little bit of time with the man that makes it all worth while!! Enjoy!

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Don said that his first day was good, he met everyone and attended his first meeting with the staff. It was a luncheon meeting which all the staff must attend once a month. He had taken a lunch but because of the meeting, he didn't eat it and since it was still cold, he kept it in a fridge at work, he took it today. He said that they don't have many place around his shop to be able to go out and eat his lunch, so will try to bring it with him.

I'm tired, I've been getting up with him, at 5:30, to make sure he has a breakfast and to fix coffee and a lunch if needed. I'm not sure yet if I will continue that, because I can program the coffee ahead of time and fix the lunch the night before, but I know he won't eat breakfast so I'm still not sure what I'll do. It does give me a jump on the household chores, and I was able to fix a slow cooked meal and have it started before noon.

We did get a pleasant surprise yesterday, I guess his previous company had made enough money that they gave a bonus to it's employees. Don received one and it was a happy arrival since he won't get a check from his new job for another couple of weeks. Although we will still get our Social Security, but still it gave us a little more to work with this month.

We will have great weather this week temp wise and will be in the 70 degree area all week, but we are receiving rain every day this week, so we won't get outside to enjoy it that much.

Lisa, hope you'll be able to find that your father-in-law will be able to get help with his breathing and that things settle so you can make the final decision to move or stay. Mk, hope your son's girlfriend is doing better and that you and the family are doing great. Our thoughts and prayers your way. I need to try the new stress pills for our dogs today since we are having thunder and a storm. They are supposed to help them be calm during a storm so we'll find out if they work this week since we are to have storms all week. I need to get some breakfast so will close for now, Catch all later, G.

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Today was Don's first day back to work, right G? I hope all went well for him. I'm sure adjusting to a working schedule again will take a bit of time.

Back to work for me tomorrow. Today was wonderful. I accomplished so much, but I was most thrilled that I made almost 200 more wedding mints. I've got enough mixed up for about 100 more, but I needed a break, so will finish next weekend. I enjoy making them, to a point, and then I just want to be done. They do look pretty though, on the cake/cupcake table. I made room reservations for this wedding in May and for another in September, but that one we're just attending--no work involved.

Still debating whether or not we move. If we stay, I've got some painting and other home improvement projects to do. If we move, I'll not do some of them. My father-in-law continues to decline. He can still drive, but any task that requires movement leaves him winded. We have four steps from our garage into our house. He walks them slowly, one at a time, at once inside, he needs to catch his breath. We are encouraging medical attention, but he won't go until his regularly scheduled check up for his bladder, which is in another month. Maybe that doctor will refer him. Anyway, if he moves into an apartment or some type of retirement facility, we will probably move. His house is just too much for him to care for. I guess we'll just let things take their course, and pray about this decision.

How was your Easter, MK? I know it has been tough in your family with your son's girlfriend's medical issues, but I do hope you found some time to celebrate our Lord's resurrection.One of our readings yesterday was from Job 19, verses 25-26 in particular. He was the one who first penned "I know that my Redeemer lives." Thinking of and praying for your family.

It is raining. Praise the Lord! It won't be much, but at this point, any moisture is welcomed. I think of the drastic measures CA is taking now to conserve water. That state seems to simply be tinder for any hot ash that escapes.

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Happy Easter everyone. Lisa, your husband sounds like mine. He doesn't eat all day and only has soda, coffee, but we have started buying flavored bottled water which he is now including. It has no calories just flavor and it also has helped me to drink more water too although I've cut out the soda.

I'll worry about him returning to work. With him being home these past few months, I'll fix breakfast, lunch and dinner for him so he's now eating during the day. I'll just have to figure a way for him to eat when he's working. He won't go out for lunch and I know he'll get right back to old habits while working. I think I'll just have to get up in the morning a see that he eats before leaving for work, and pack him a lunch the night before. Not sure what to fix though, breakfast not a problem since I eat it with him but not sure what to pack for his lunch.

Today we'll be going over to his mom's for Easter dinner, so it will be a nice time. I'm glad we have someplace to go and I enjoy spending time with his family. At 92 years old his mom is still very active but I worry about her and his sisters who are 73, so I'm suggesting that Don stop by more often to see if they need anything. We usually do so either Saturday or Sunday after running our errands. So today we'll be there for dinner instead of just a visit.

My son's wedding just around the corner and from what I'm hearing they will wed in Vegas and stay from Friday through Monday the weekend of April 17, 18, 19 and return home on Monday evening the 20th. The place they will have the wedding has a site we can visit and watch the ceremony either afterwards or even a package while it's taking place. He'll let us know which one he and his bride will choose later. Then he'll have everyone over on Memorial Day weekend to celebrate the wedding.

Hope everyone has a blessed Easter. Enjoy your families and have a wonderful day. Bye for now,G. emoticon emoticon

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Happy Eve before Easter, my friends. We had the girls yesterday, but today has been quiet. My husband and youngest son began some garage cleaning--mostly just straightening and sweeping. I did laundry and some other chores and made a dessert and a few other things for dinner tomorrow.

Got a great workout in this morning at the gym. I've been considering, for quite some time now, cancelling my membership. I have enough of what I need at home, and the space for a nice workout area. Sometimes, though, in the winter months especially, I like having it for cardio machines. I guess I'll just think about it some more.

The wedding plans are coming along nicely. We are covering the greater part of the costs, but that's ok. My future daughter-in-law's frugality is impressive. She and my son and taking on some of the cost as well, but her parents simply don't have the resources to pay for much. They will have a nice, modest event, and in the end, they'll be married regardless of who writes the checks. May 30 is the big day.

My husband has started changing his eating habits. I've been encouraging him to eat breakfast, and to stop eating after 8 PM. He isn't having seconds, which is one way he can easily cut back. He might go all day without eating--maybe just coffee and soda, and then he'd eat from early evening until he went to bed. I'm trying to support him, without directing him. Oh, he had a colonoscopy the other day, and he had a polyp removed; it was the non-cancerous kind, but he'll still have to repeat the procedure in 5 years.

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MK, hope for continued recovery for Erica. It's good that you and the family is helping her getting through all that she is going through. It's great that your hubby is incorporating veggies and healthy foods into his diet. It's a process changing the eating habit, and calling it a life change is a great idea. Keep up the great job staying with it.

Lisa, you have had success changing your eating and have much knowledge to help you husband eat healthy and exercise. It'll take time for him to accept the changes and I know you'll both do wonderfully.

Don and I did go out on Friday when we found out that he got the job, and were also celebrating my Birthday which was on the 24th. He has already taken the drug test, and is now ready for the next step. He'll sign the paperwork and have his orientation on Monday. He will get to see where he'll have his office and become acquainted with the inspection machines he'll be working with. He might have to do a little reading and prepping to get current with everything but he's looking forward to the challenge. He's ready to jump right in first thing. The only thing he'll have to get used to is working 10 hours a day. He's gotten into the habit of sleeping in some and will need to adjust to getting up early, at 4:30 or 5, and working until 5pm. His work hours will be from 7AM to 5PM daily with a 1/2 hour lunch. It will be trying for him the first week but he's up to the task.

Lisa, we have much to celebrate this month. My hubby starting his new job, on April 18th my son's wedding, and the celebration of Easter. So far the weather is cooperating. It's beautiful today and will be mid 60 degrees, and tomorrow will be 72 degrees. Friday a little cooler at 58 degrees and the same for the weekend but we'll have rain until Easter Sunday when the warmer temps will return with the sun. Much going on these next few weeks.

I'm thinking about going back to Jenny Craig at the end of this month, and will stay on their program for a few months until I can get a good start on losing weight. Than I'll taper off and continue on my own. I'll also increase my exercise now that the weather is warmer. Walking daily and maybe joining the Y again, but still not sure about that yet.

Lisa, watch for all the April Fools jokes at school today, and enjoy the fun. Everyone have a great April Fools Day, and a blessed Easter. Take care everyone, bye for now, G. emoticon emoticon

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Good morning.

Got a late night call from Erica - the procedure was quite painful and they did not give her any medication. She already is on regular pain medication for her Interstital Cystitis of the bladder, so they would not prescribe additional. She is really having a tough go of it - bladder infection as well. Trying to get her to lay still and stay down is apparently NOT what she has been doing. I explained that the more you move the more it will bleed and the longer it takes to heal - that got her attention - at least I hope so! She has a long road ahead of her. Biopsy results will be back in 7-10 days.

I thank you all for your continued thoughts and prayers for her. She is so independent that she really doesn't listen and will talk over you - so it is sure teaching me patience. Waiting until she has whatever is on her mind out and trying to insert a bit of knowledge on what would help - is definitely new ground for me!

So happy to hear your back on track Lisa! Can't believe it is April already! Hope the rehearsal dinner planning goes well.

G - hope you two celebrated the new job!!

I'm feeling better now with the prednisone - my right hip and sciatic nerve still have some pain, but the stretching and lowering the inflammation has really helped. I'm at least walking like a normal person now! haha

Eating clean is really such a process. I know that it is the only thing that has worked so far for the long term weight I've carried around. It is a small change every day. I haven't cut out all the processed sugar, but I'm close. I've increased my protein and that has really helped alleviate the sugar cravings as well as the salt. I'm still only sleeping my 4-5 hours/night, but the quality of the sleep is much better.

Lisa - it is difficult to change someone else's eating habits. Take it one step at a time. Have him list out the foods that he really likes and will not give up. Then try to make modifications to that list with cleaner, non-processed food. My husband and I went through this process and it was very helpful. We've cut way back on box food, sweets, breads, etc. I'm doing more clean salads with quinoa and veggies. My husband is not a green eater (well not much of one), but I've talked him into adding some veggies to his cooked Mexican food and he loves it. So he is adding cabbage, spinach, peppers, etc. I've even gotten him to like roasted cauliflower!! he has added that to many of is dishes he cooks. I hope small changes will help him along his journey.

I've discovered that by NOT calling it a diet - but a life style change - I'm more accepting of it.

I'm still going to step class and getting in walks throughout the week. I think I'm almost ready to get back on a spin bike, but will continue to work on my core (as prescribed by the doc). He said I need to be engaging my core more when I'm spinning - that is why I have a tailbone/sciatic nerve issue. Hmmm never would have guessed that, but should have.

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I'm doing great, back on track this week. Also, that May 30 wedding is quickly approaching, so I'm working on the rehearsal dinner plans tonight.

Prayers for Erica and your family, MK. I'm sure she is grateful for all of your support and sharing your faith. Health is such a precious gift, and I wish her a safe treatment and outcome for her condition. Thinking of you.

G, I hope you and Don celebrate his new job. Easter and a new job, two reasons to celebrate and be grateful.

My husband had a physical the other day, and he now has high blood pressure, cholesterol, and triglycerides. He must lose weight. I know he has the desire, I'm not sure he has the commitment, but he needs to find it. He's at least 80 lbs. overweight, and has been for 15 years. The doc is giving him six months to get it under control, if not, he's goes on medication. He's not at the level of immediate concern with blood pressure, but only slightly under. He has a colonoscopy tomorrow, his first one, so I hope that turns out ok.

Small group for Easter, just my youngest and middle sons will be here, so a group of 7 is all. That's ok, though, as I need to get the wedding mints finished up, figure out my wedding attire, and make sure hotel rooms are booked, and all that stuff.

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MK, We will be praying for Erica. She sounds like a strong girl with a very level head. Hope all turns out for the best. God works in a mysterious way and always has a plan for all of us.

Today is a beautiful day here in Ohio. We have sun and will have temps near 60 degrees It's about time!! They are saying that Thursday will be 70 but we'll have thunder storms. I guess the storms are all a part of our Spring weather.

Don will start on Monday after Easter and will fill out necessary papers, and have orientation for the job. He's looking forward to all the new challenges he'll be facing. I'll miss having him under foot though, Ha, Ha.

Lisa hope the week finds you doing great. Take care, bye for now, G.

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Good morning!

Georgie - I sent out a little cheer for Don getting the job!!! WOOT WOOT! So happy for him. Also for the upcoming wedding and possible surprises!

Lisa - so glad to hear you will transition to your new job without a hitch. What a busy week you had! hope you were able to get a break in over the weekend.

Well the biopsy is this afternoon for Erica (Tuesday, 3/31/15). Things do not look good. She has 2 of the HPV that are precancerous and the lesion is apparently the beginnings of a tumor. BUT with all that said - we are hopeful for a good outcome. She is ok with having a hysterectomy and what ever else she needs to deal with this. Her biggest concern is getting cancer somewhere else in her body. She is not worried about having kids of her own - as she said "there are enough children in the world that need homes". Anyway - she is one very strong, very independent, very smart lady. She has been through a lot in her 25 years of age. Mother with addictions, Father is a paraplegic, and numerous other issues. She has decided she wants to remain in Oregon for treatment and not return to Alabama. I think her prognosis will be better here - as will her care.

Well I just heard one of my bosses come in - got to get some things asked and answered before I have to run the dog to the vet.

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Lisa, It sounds like you have had a very busy week. It's exciting that you were working at the new school. You'll have a busy time with all the transition from one school to another. You'll do fine and I'm sure it will all work out great. I'm sure when things settle down you'll be able to get back to the exercise and healthy eating.

We got some good news for Don yesterday. We had left the house to run a few errands and he received a call from one of the two places he recently interviewed, and they offered him a position. He'll go in Monday to finalize all the paper work and tests needed for the job. We're so happy and glad all his hard work has come with good news. We'll have a lot to celebrate in April with the wedding and the start of his new job as well. Looking forward to all we have in store for us. I'll have to get used to him being gone all day and rearrange our habits.

We are still staying in the 40 degrees temps until next week, and then warmer temps will finally arrive. We'll be near 68 degrees by mid week. I can't wait until I can get back out doors walking and cleaning my garden getting it ready for spring.

Mk, hope you have had good news for Erica and everything has worked out for the best. Everyone have a wonderful Palm Sunday. I'll catch all later, Take care and enjoy the weekend. Bye for now, G.

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Greetings, friends. I spent my first day at the school I'll be working at next year, and made some new friends with a few youngsters, but I also increased my workload, as I'll be doing some interviews for open positions at that school, which I definitely need to be doing. Thankfully there are only a couple of them. So, I have my current job to complete and leave in really good shape for the next person coming in; she and I have already had a conversation, so I guess I'm on my way out of one school and one my way in to another.

I am so very sorry to hear about Erica, MK. I truly pray that she finds out some positive news in the midst of all of this. Take care of yourself too, and turn to your faith, which I know you will. Wishing you some relief from your sciatic pain as well.

G, I guess you are getting a new daughter in law quicker than you thought. I'm sure all will be fine, despite the circumstances surrounding the quick wedding. And, happy belated birthday.

I've had 3 consecutive days this week where I didn't exercise. I was so busy. We had a busy evening at church on Wednesday night, we had the girls Thursday night, and I had to supervise a dance last night. We had about 500 kids, as we combined the two middle schools, and we only had to send two boys home. Two hours of excited middle school kids after a full day of working with them made for one tired principal last night!

Food, well, ugh! I am so inconsistent, and I know I can do better. I guess I'm just not motivated enough. I should be though, because when I look at my belly, and notice that my waistbands are just a little tighter, I know that I can't let this go any further.

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MK, Sorry to hear about Erica, The lesions may not be cancer and we'll all prayer for her that they are not. If they aren't, I think they can go in and remove them without doing drastic surgery and she may still have a chance for children. We're praying for the best possible news.

My son called on my birthday and he has moved the wedding up and said it will be next month on April 18th. I guess his girl friend's parents are religiously strict and won't allow her to live with my son until they are married.

Her house was sold quickly and she has to be moved out by April 26th. She only had it up for a month and it sold so that was good, but she needs a place to live the furniture mixed with my son's and she doesn't want to rent until August when they were originally to be married. I know they have dated for a couple of years, but everything is moving really fast, and it makes me wonder if there is more to the story.

I know she has increased her exercise, and when here for our birthdays didn't drink any alcohol. She usually has some wine with dinner but refused and Don said she pointed to her stomach. I didn't see it, but was busy with getting dinner on the table. There also was a lot of kidding about learning to change Gideon and she wanted to help my daughter more than usual. She also wasn't ruff housing with the girls like she's done in the past. Lifting them, spinning them around, etc. With her parents very strict, It makes me wonder even more.

I was disappointed not to be there when they marry, He said they were going to Las Vegas to be married. They won't have everyone over to celebrate the wedding until summer, or when it was warmer and they can have a cook out. It still makes me think something more going on with all this. I guess I could ask him but if he wanted us to know he would tell us. I think it has something to do with her parents.

Anyway all is good here, we woke to rain, and the temps are mid 40's and although drab looking out it seems like spring might be here. I hope all is good with everyone, MK, take care of the hip. I'll catch all later, G.

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Good morning. Still having some issues with the sciatic nerve and have been taking it easy and still stretching in the evenings with the foam roller. I'm going to call a new chiropractor and see what he can do for my hip. I think my hip is the culprit - along with the spin bike starting all this. One thing causes another which causes another... and so it goes.

I did some weight lifting yesterday, but left class early so I could talk with the lead trainer about the pain and my diet. She had some good ideas for meal supplements that are all natural - no additives kinda thing. Also she is the one who gave me the name of a new chiropractor and she has also been having sciatic pain. It has to be those darn spin bikes and how their seat is. So I'll see if they can get me in.

My son called last night and said they got some test results for his girlfriend. She has been dealing with an issue with the bladder - some technical name - no cure for it, but ways to make the pain bearable, but the results that came back were not about the bladder at all. She has lesions on her ovaries and HPV. They will go in and do a biopsy on the lesions and find out if and what type of cancer she may have. We are all distressed over this news. She is here from Alabama and has no immediate family to lean on - I've asked repeatedly for her to come spend some time with me. It looks like they will be coming here in the morning - I'm happy about that. I'll take some time off tomorrow and give her as much support as possible. To be in your 20's and have the possibility of cancer - let alone possibly losing her ability to have children - it is total devastation.

Prayers will be greatly appreciated. Please put her on any prayer chains that you might have. Her name is Erica. I sit here at my desk and cry for her and what she must be going through. I know that God brought Andres into her life for a reason. My son has such a kind and gentle heart - even with all his mishaps in life - his heart is gold.

Well I best stop talking about it - I'm going to be blubbering right here at my desk.

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Had a nice birthday. I went out to eat at Texas Roadhouse. Had one Margarita and a comb meal of sirloin steak and 1/3 ribs with a sweet potato and salad. It was good and over ate. I love ribs and this place has the best. you touch the bone and the meat falls off and the bone comes out clean. So Good! We then stopped by Applebee's to meet with a few friends, and had another margarita and the Chirro Smore's. Those were good too. Needless to say I over indulged some. Back on track today.

Sounds nice to help people with finding assistance for those in need. Don bought a brace called Beactive which you put on a pressure point behind the knee and it stops the pain you were talking about. He said it didn't do to bad helping with the pain in his leg and back. You might want to check it out. It's at most places like Target or Bed Bath and Beyond, and some pharmacies like Walgreen's.

Today so tired, just can't seem to get moving. Don very restless last night almost got sick coughing and dealing with acid reflex, So he woke me up a few times. I woke up with him , and after that was awake every 2 or so hours finally getting up at 7:45. It's also a drab and rainy day.

Hope the day finds everyone great. Enjoy the day. MK, I hope you pain goes away soon. Take care. Bye for now, G.

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Good morning! Georgie - I hope you had a wonderful birthday. Lisa - sounds like you had a perfect weekend!

No recipes yet - was too busy to even get into the kitchen for some preparation for this weeks food. Only able to get some veggies cut up before I headed to bed.

I have been dealing with sciatic nerve issue in my right buttocks - talk about painful!! I have had to halt my spinning - oh heck I even had to suspend my walking, getting out of a chair and so forth. It is still giving me issue, but I've been working on it every day with a foam roller and ibuprofen - and some hand warmers in my pants! hahahaha - seriously that is exactly what I did on Friday. Those little hand warmers worked great to get right in the spot I needed. Finally I can bend over and sit and so forth without excruciating pain. It is still painful, but so much better.

So I'm back at work today. Yesterday was volunteer work with the homeless connection - a full day of helping people find services that they might need. I work the intake area - getting all the statistical information before they delve into all the free services. Dental/Medical/Vision are the biggest needs, but everyone likes the hot breakfast and lunch provided for free. I don't think there was as many people this year taking advantage of the services - not sure what was up with that - thought for sure we would have long lines clear past the noon hour.

I will get some recipes up here soon - I keep coming across some good ones and I print them off, but have yet to try them.

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Ah, what a fun weekend we had. We didn't have school Thursday or Friday, so we and another couple traveled to the twin cities and enjoyed some shopping, fine dining, some unique adult beverages, and a dueling piano entertainment venue that was the highlight of our weekend. The temps were mild, so we were able to do lots of walking, and our schedules were open, so we just did what we felt like at the time.

My calorie intake was high, but that's ok. I exercised vigorously each day, but most of all I enjoyed--and that's what counts. I tried to make mostly good choices, but in the end, having a good time was far more important. I'm back on track for now, and I need to remain so in order to lose these few pounds that I've gained. My son's wedding is at the very end of May, and I'd like to be down 7-8 lbs. by then.

Still wishing Don success in the job market, G. Watch out for those sweets; they can get me into trouble pretty easily. Any great recipes in the clean eating department, MK? Time to finish the laundry, and do a few other chores before heading to work tomorrow.

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Good morning. Just a quick check in. My food is back on track - eventually I will not fall into that processed food world (it makes me feel awful) and stay on board with whole foods - so much easier on my body.

Spin class yesterday and I'm suppose to do step class today, but I have a hair cut tonight that I need to leave work early for... so I might just use my lunch time for that instead of workout.

Well - this is brief - but hope you all are doing well!

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Happy St. Patty's day everyone. You wearing green? I am wearing a green t-shirt but Don is not wearing any, I guess I should pinch him for that ha, ha. My daughter brought over the Girl Scout cookies and I know I shouldn't eat any but they are so good. To many sweets this weekend, with the peanut butter cake Don made, and the peanut butter pie my son's fiancée brought and now the Girl Scout cookies. Don and I both have a terrible sweet tooth which is always my downfall. I can sometime resist eating the whole tube of cookies and have tried to cut it to two or three at a time, I'm doing better.

Tomorrow we take the dogs to the vet and then we'll be done with them for a while. The vet bill is always expensive with shots and the check up. It'll run us near $200 usually so hope it won't go over that.

Don had another interview today keep your fingers cross everyone. He thought it went well and they discussed salary and hours which sounds promising. Here's praying for a successful outcome.

MK, Sorry to hear about your toe hope it didn't get broken and will heal soon. Just gradually work into the weights, and try not to over do everything. Don and I have started walking as has many in our neighborhood so will try to do this 2 or 3 times a week before dinner. Here's hoping the weather continues to stay mild. It was 48 degrees today but was near 60 yesterday, and will be 56 degrees tomorrow. Hope this weather holds and spring has finally arrived.

I need to start dinner, so will catch all later, take care of your toe MK, bye for now. G.

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Good morning. Well I failed on all levels this weekend with the food. Last weekend wasn't too bad, but for some reason this weekend went down a very slippery slope. Back on track today and will do some baking tonight to get me prepared better. A friend suggested that I pack my lunch cooler just like I do for work - that way I know exactly what I can eat and can't eat. I'll have to give it a try.

I will definitely pass along any recipes I find that are simple. I have a couple whole grain/banana muffins I'm going to attempt sometime this week - I'll let you know how they turn out.

Sounds like you had a wonderful time with the family Georgie! How nice to have everyone there for a night or two. I always like those.

Lisa - great job on the workouts. My weight lifting has been limited because I over did it with my shoulder. So I've given it some time to not hurt and I'll get back at my regular PT exercises and go very slow on increasing the weights... did it too fast - I'm so impatient with that stuff.

Friday or Saturday - I can't remember which - I was pulling things out of the back of the freezer and thought all was good.... but apparently the item in the front (a plastic container with frozen fruit) didn't want to stay in place. It fell and the corner of the square container landed right on my big toe - that knuckle closest to the foot... oh holy cow was that painful!! Thought I broke it. Of course it is the toe that I've had 3 surgeries on... ouch... now its all bruised with the impression of a corner of the container. I tell you - if I didn't have bad luck - I'd have no luck at all! haha It doesn't hurt to walk on it, but it hurts if I touch it - so of course I don't! Darn it all!!!

Well got to get going.... wanted to pop in and say hello. Take care everyone!

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Happy Sunday to everyone. Tired today, I think my mom or maybe it's grandma instincts still strong. I kept hearing all the noises and the baby during the night. I'd wake up and listen for a while then hear my daughter get up with baby Gideon and her soothing him back to sleep. She was able to get 3 hours in last night but Gideon is teething and is fussy. I think it also has something to do with a new place and sleeping in the pack-n-play instead of his bed. I got up the first time he fussed to see if she needed any help, but just kept her company while getting him back to sleep, changing him etc. That was about 12:30 and we talked for about 45 minutes. The next waking was at 4:30 but she was able to calm him in the bedroom and not have to come out to the living room. The rest of the family woke an 6:45 so I too got up then. I t was still fun having everyone here.

My son's family, Don's mother and sister's stay here visiting until 10:30 and 11 then traveled back to Don's mom place for the rest of the night. They all left sometime this morning, I think, and my daughter and her family left here around 11:30 to head back home. They had to be back for the Girl Scout cookie booth by 2 so couldn't stay any longer. The birthday celebration was fun and everyone enjoyed themselves. My Daughter's Birthday is today. Don's sisters are tomorrow, and mine will be on the 24th. Don made the cake and Tony's fiancée brought a pie for pie time at 9:45 last night. Not sure what that was about, but it was fun anyway.

Did lots of dishes, and most of the plates and forks were used for the dinner, cake, and pies so did my dinner ones last night loading them in the dishwasher, unloaded them this morning and washed another load of dishes, pots, skillets, cups and glasses after my daughter left this morning. I still need to clean up the living and eating area some more, and put the extra room back in shape but will tackle that tomorrow. I've already did the eating area and living room so it's just the bedroom I'll need to clean. Stripping the bed and washing the sheets and towels and then everything will be back to normal. It's lots to do but I really enjoy having everyone visit.

Today is a beautiful day and will be near 60. If not so tired I'd walk some. I need to decide what to do about dinner tonight, so will close for now. Happy St Pat's Day tomorrow. Bye for now, G.

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Just popping in here before I talk my early evening walk. Such a gorgeous day--a bit breezy, but the sun is shining, and it's around 60, so I'm going to enjoy the pleasantness of it all.

I started on the mints for my son's wedding. So far, just white with silvery sugar. The hearts look okay, the roses don't look good with the silvery sugar, so they are just white. I've got to make the green leaves yet, along with some teal and orange colored ones as well. May 30th will be here soon.

My oldest son successfully completed his first two weeks of classroom training for the railroad. He now works six weeks at his home location, and then returns to St. Paul for two more weeks of training. He seems very happy, so hopefully he's found what he will enjoy. I helped my youngest complete his application and cover letter for a job in the district where I work. He's got lots of opportunities to apply, and male elementary teachers, who also coach, are quite hireable. He has decided to stay in the area, though, at least for now.

I got a good full body strength workout in this morning, so I'll be over the top with exercise for today. I'll get another long walk in tomorrow. On Thursday we are leaving for an extra long weekend trip with some friends. We really don't have specific plans, just going to relax and enjoy wherever we happen to go.

MK, please share any clean eating recipes you feel are simple and wonderful. I'm all for trying new things. G, enjoy all the family time and celebrating this weekend.



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Good morning.

Happy to hear your going to have all of your family together this weekend Georgie! It is always nice. I will be thinking of Don today and praying for a good result on the interview and assessment test! He will do good!!! Congrats to your son on his engagement as well!

How exciting that you'll be starting a new job next school year Lisa. Hopefully you'll be able to find a home closer so you won't have that commute, but I can only imagine how difficult it is to move out of a place you've been at for a while - and made all the renovations to - but that will be a good selling point!!

Clean eating is not super hard, until you get down to the nitty gritty... like salad dressings, condiments, etc. So I still have a ways to go, but the percentage of clean eating in my day is about 85% - its the condiments that have me right now. We had turkey burgers last night and as I used mayonnaise (which is pretty simple) it got me thinking about my salad dressing. Even though it is low fat - it still has a huge variety of processed stuff in it. So my goal is to seek out and attempt to make my own.

I did have a couple of small treats yesterday (mini York pattie and a mini butterfinger) DEFINITELY not clean eating! But I really didn't want any more after that... I can't say they didn't taste good - but usually once I have one I have to have more - didn't happen (yeah me!). Its the small victories!! hahaha

Anyway this has really got me thinking about my food preparation more and how to make it easier for the week. We went to IKEA a couple weeks back and they had 17 storage containers - various sizes (1/2 cup up to 10 cup) for under $5.00. They have been awesome! I'm able to really portion my food out (like when I take hummus or cottage cheese). Oh and speaking of cottage cheese - that reminds me - I don't do low fat so much anymore. I eat whole foods, but I really have to watch my portion sizes. Many of the low fat have additives - and that is the stuff I need to stay away from.

Clean eating seems really easy, but it does take some forethought to the meals.

I'm still exercising daily. I haven't done weight lifting as much as I should, mostly because of the shoulder - I tend to over do things. So I've gone back to spin class 3x a week and step class 2x week. I have weights at home and they are in smaller numbers - so that will keep me in check so I don't work that shoulder too much.

Have a super weekend ladies! Having a BBQ tonight with the kids so that will be fun. Its these kind of things that get me thinking about how to make clean food that everyone will enjoy... and that's when my recipes expand!

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Lisa, My hubby is in Quality Inspection. He inspects parts for different companies products. Making sure the size holes are drilled properly, thickness are matching the blue prints and also checks the Quality of the work before shipping and takes care of any problems that might arise. He has done work for Bowing, Aerospace, John Deer and many other large machine manufactures. He also worked in machining for the can industry. His first company was Dayton Reliable tool where they invented the easy open can lids. He's getting ready for another interview today and is taking an assessment test. After the test he'll interview with the man he'd be working with. Hope it's a good interview today. This is the last step before a final decision is made on the hire.

Warmed up here and will be near 60 degrees today but we'll be getting rain later tonight and all day tomorrow. Today is cleaning and preparing the extra bedroom for my daughter and the family. My son will be here late Saturday with his new fiancé and my older grand girls but they will be here for dinner, then Don's mom and sisters will come for dessert and then he will go to their house to stay the night.

I'm making a Crock Pot chicken meal that my daughter gave me. It has Chicken breast, Cream of Chicken soup, Cheddar Cheese soup poured over the top and cooked for 7 hours. Don found a similar recipe but it uses Cream Cheese instead of the Cheddar. It's then served with either pasta, potatoes, or rice. She served it with rice, I might do pasta since the grand kids will eat the pasta plain. My oldest grand girl is very picky and won't eat any chicken with a sauce and won't eat any sauce over the pasta. By fixing it plain she can add butter or what ever, and the rest of the family can pour the Chicken and sauce over it.

I might make an apple crisp for dessert, or a cake, since we'll be celebrating 3 Birthdays and the engagement. Not sure yet though, I have plenty of apples and two cake mixes so either would work.

Well I need to get off here and get to cleaning. We bought a new Shark vacuum and the Shark steam mop so will try them both. I also need to dust and clean the bathrooms while Don at his interview. After he comes home, we'll run to the store and get the soup and the other fixings for the dinner, some wine, beer, some juice, and pop too. Hope the day is wonderful for everyone. Catch all later.G

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Relaxing for bit this Thursday evening. We had in-service today, so no kiddos, just teachers. Love my teachers, I will so miss them next year. Now I have an opportunity to work with another group of teachers, and I'm sure I'll learn to adore them as well.

Well, we are contemplating a move to the town where I'll be working. It is exploratory right now, but I want to see a few homes and just compare some prices, locations, features, and the like. We just don't know--I suppose once we spread the word that our house might be for sale, we'll have some interest.

MK, this clean eating has me intrigued. I'm looking at cleaning up my diet. Of course, I'm pretty good most days, but man, can I do some damage in the evening. The same saga, different day. Funny you are having teeth problems. I've got a tooth bothering me too, so Monday I get it checked.

No school tomorrow, but I'm going in to work. I simply have to. I can bring work home, but I often get interrupted, and find it hard to get back at it.

Congrats to your son, G. I'm sure Don could get hired around here--I'm not sure what he does, but we have lots of jobs around. The wages are probably far lower here, though.

Well, I got home late, so I'm delaying my workout. Time to get to it.

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Good morning! Finally feeling a bit better. Still hurts eating on that tooth... hope I don't end up losing it. :(

Food was good yesterday with a couple of exceptions, but for the most part it was all clean eating.

Well the doc put me on an anti-fungal medication and that seems to be doing the trick. He said because of the antibiotics (various kinds over the past year) that I developed a yeast infection of sorts. It sure doesn't present itself like a yeast infection, but darn if it wasn't a fungus. I'm on meds that I have to take for 1 month. It will slowly move me back into "alignment" with normal function. He could give me a one pill to kill it all immediately, but then I'd "swing" way the other way and have other issues. So I'm good getting rid of this slowly.... however I'm already feeling better! Even the teeth sensitivity is better. Oh and I do use a sensitive toothpaste along with another special additive that the dentist gave me.

Rain today - well not heavy rain - spotty rain and we are all happy about it! By the weekend we are back to sunshine and 70*.

- Oatmeal, banana and organic agave for breakfast.
- Mixed greens, poppyseed/carmelized onion dressing (low fat), cottage cheese & Greek yogurt w/ raspberries for lunch.
- snacks are grapes and a hummus/veggie for afternoon..
- Dinner - I have no clue yet!

I'm going to do some baking this weekend to set up my meal plan for next week. Its been nice having my husband participate - it really helps a lot!

The Clean Eating magazine has a 2 week meal plan that I'm looking at. It has some great recipes that I'll try and incorporate into my week.

Haven't really seen a drop in weight, but I'm doing this more for feeling better than weight loss. Listening to what my body likes and doesn't like has been interesting to say the least. I've noticed that my tongue will swell a bit when a food doesn't agree with me. I didn't really recognize this until recently when I was really good with my food for about 3 days and then had some junk food. I could feel the difference not just in my body, but my tongue felt weird. Silly I know, but its these little things that I notice after all these years of having the wrong stuff and then feeling the difference with the changing habits.

Well I have to get to work. Take care and have a wonderful day.

Georgie - how wonderful you have everyone coming over on Saturday. I do enjoy having the kids over... now that I'm thinking about it - they are coming on Friday for a BBQ! yippee!! Too much thinking at work lately - been thinking about mathematical formulas at night time because of my work. Lavender oil at night help me calm down a bit, but doesn't get the thinking stopped.

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Lisa, Congrats on the new job. It's nice to know that you are moving into a principals job next year. How fun to be working with grade school instead of the middle school. Enjoy the little ones are so much fun.

Don's been a bear lately and I think it's because he's had several interviews all seem promising but then no return interviews or call backs so he's getting disappointed and frustrated. I think it might have something to do with his age, and the businesses aren't sure how long he'll work before retiring completely. I know they can't hire him because of age but It still can be a factor, plus he has loads of experience and they think he'll want more money than a kid just out of school, even though he said it doesn't matter how much he gets. He'll keep looking but it's getting frustrating.

Weather here is great. We'll be 61 degrees today although we woke to heavy fog this morning. We had rain all yesterday and the snow finally melted, but the ground was still cold so we have fog. Cloudy today all day but we may see a bit of sun later. It's staying in the high 50's or low60's the rest of the week but rain is to return on Saturday.

Everyone will come for a visit on Saturday and we were hoping for sun and we thought about firing up the grill, but with rain, we'll have to have an alternative choice. Even my son and his girls will be here. It should be fun. We'll be able to give him our congratulations in person, He called Sunday and told us he's asked his girlfriend to marry him. They plan to get married in August. she's a nice girl and his girls like her. They've been dating since his divorce two years ago. I pleased for him.

Mk, hope the blood results turn out favorable. Keep watching the food and choosing healthy and eating natural, you'll do fine. I'm waiting for a new store to open near us, it's a whole foods and all natural store, so can't wait until it opens sometime soon this spring, to check it out.

Hope this day find everyone doing great. I hope spring will stay from now on and we can start walking more. Have a wonderful day, Catch all later, G.

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Hello! Congratulations Lisa on the new job!! Woot Woot To you!!!

Happy to hear you folks are warming up a bit - we have been having spring weather here - hopefully the rain will come on Wednesday, but it is not suppose to stay.

We actually got to 70* yesterday - it was beautiful!

Well doctor appointment for me and my husband went well. Doctor is also concerned about diabetes for my husband. Even though it is hasn't been a huge drop in weight, there were other factors that came into play. So we did a fasting blood draw and both of us are going to have all our numbers checked out along with many other things.

Eating Clean has been a challenge. We are not perfect at it by no means, but we are moving toward it. We are finding that doing this together has been extremely helpful - and we also find that our meals are so much better than going out to eat. I've subscribed to Clean Eating magazine so I can have recipes and stuff come to my iPad. Like I said - we are far from perfect with it - in fact I was the instigator on getting some unique all natural cocoa powder, salted covered almonds... amazing! My husband is great at ripping the package out of my hand and putting them up! hahahaha

Well my lunch is over and I have to go meet with another analyst about a project. So take care - enjoy the sun!!

G - how are you?? warming up there??

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Happy Monday. Well, I was offered the job I interviewed for, and I accepted. I will be an elementary principal in the same district in which I now work. It is on the south side of town, so I'll save about 5 minutes or so each way on my commute. We will eventually move to that town, but that's probably down the road a ways.

It was 60 out today, and I took a 2 mile walk after my strength workout. It will be mild like this all week, and into next. While I'm loving this, I fully realize the fickle-ness of late winter and early spring in this part of the country.

Eating was far better today, need to pack my lunch for tomorrow, but I have no idea what to take. It will probably be a tuna sandwich, carrots and celery and an apple. Simple, but satisfying.

I had a wonderful visit with my parents and sis and her family. It was short, but well worth the miles driven and time invested.

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My interview went great. I'll find out on Monday. I've been swamped this week, and I'll be heading to MN tomorrow for a quick trip to see my parents and my sister and her family.

Warming up here, so happy. 40 today and tomorrow, and 50+ by Monday, and through next week. We could still get a cold spell, but I truly hope the snow goes to the mountains in OR and WA instead of SD.

Committing to a lifestyle change is tough. I've had a very rough week with my eating, and I need to get a grip once again.

I'll try to update early next week. Take care.



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MK, I know it's hard to eat healthy and use fresh food for all the meals, and I admire the effort to resist when you hubby can't. Don too won't stay on board with eating healthy, fresh food. He has a terrible sweet tooth, with salty following shortly behind. I try not to keep chips in the house, but if it is, he'll sit and eat a whole bag of chips in one sitting. We now have Girl Scout cookies in the house and he'll take a tube out, and give me the other one and brings me milk to dip. I just can't seem to say no to them. I guess I too have a weakness for cookies. I wish I had the will power to resist them, but I don't.

My lunches still are a problem. I can't seem to eat foods other than sandwiches. I just can't seem to break down and fix a big lunch or eat only salads. I do eat a good dinner, well rounded and can cut the portions when I do. I need to eat a bigger breakfast follow with a snack and a better lunch but haven't done that more than one day and then the next I'm right back to my old eating habits. I hope I can figure out something soon.

Hope the day is good for you. Take care, G.

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MK, I wish we could send you our snow and rain. We have had so much and I'm really tired of it all. Tuesday we had rain and the snow started melting some. We figured that we had a foot of snow that was melting, and we were in flood warnings. Than Tuesday night it turned to freezing rain and by early Wednesday we had snow all day adding 2 inches to the total and over the freezing rain and we were back 19 degrees today. The snow has stopped, but the schools were delayed again today.

I'm hoping that the future will bring warmer temps. I heard we might reach 50 degrees next Tuesday. I sure hope that will be the case and that it melts the snow for good and that we stay there.

My daughter said she will be back to visit for our birthdays which is March 15, March 16, and mine March 24th. They hope to be staying over when they come, which will be nice. When they came last weekend it was cut short because of the snow on Sunday.

Mk, sorry for your teeth issues, a root canal no fun. Sensitive tooth paste might help your teeth. I have to use it too because of all the root canals I've had. It does help but you need to brush daily.

Hope all went well with the interview Lisa, hope it was a success. Everyone had a great week, and weekend. Bye for now, G.

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Good morning. Root canal done, but still in pain from it. Took longer than expected - so my jaw is very sore - as is the tooth site. Hopefully today I'll be able to bite without pain. I'm still super sensitive with the front upper and lower - I'm thinking this is probably permanent. Not happy about that one bit, but I'll get use to it eventually.

My husband and I started "clean eating". Well I was more focused than he was. I think he was more determined to finish food in the house instead of me tossing it out. I did well for about 3 days, then fell off the wagon and boy my body was not a happy camper. So now I'm more focused on making this change completely. I found that I was sleeping better and not waking up in the middle of the night (first in years) and I just plain felt better. Our biggest thing is making sure we have fresh food in the house for dinner time - not that we don't - but we are both so tired at the end of the day that neither of us want to cook. So I'm going to try to find some easy clean meals for us - well me at least. He still wants to eat junk and fatty food, but I just can't - it really messes with how I feel.

The Pacific NorthWest has had record high temperatures of late. So pollen season is in full swing. I've never had itchy eyes or problems with this, but for the past couple days my eyes are literally burning and the pollen is all I can think of. I can't wear any makeup (which I wear sparingly anyway) around the eyes. Who knows - maybe its this antibiotic I've been taking... can't wait til I'm done with that.

We really need snow so bad here. Our temps are in the mid-20's in the morning, but rise to the 60's by mid-day. Its beautiful, but I know that Summer is going to be really difficult and water rationing will have to take place. Being in the valley we really rely on the mountain snow for our water and the mountains are literally brown.

Well take care. Have a good day. Good luck with the interview Lisa.


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Woke up this March 1st with 4 to 6 inches of snow on the ground. Hubby's been out twice cleaning the drive. Darn snow plows keep blocking the drive. I'm glad they're out doing the streets though. March arrived as a Loin, only hope it goes out warm as a lamb. My daughter came for a visit yesterday and was going to stay the night. I would have loved it but she decided to go back home last night to miss all the snow we were to get. I'm glad she did and they all arrived home safe. Hope next time will be a longer stay. She might return to celebrate all the March birthdays. We have four within a two week span. It will be a fun time then.

Hope everyone having a wonderful Sunday. and are safe and warm. Catch all later. G emoticon

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Lisa, I hope you can find pants that work for you soon. It is a process for sure, and hard since you have to do so much on line. We do have all the stores around in malls that I mentioned except Jessica Landon and Romans so I can go into the stores to try on the clothes but I just hate to do that trying, I often feel pushed to buy. It's easier to try them on in the comfort of my home. However the nice thing is if I don't want to send them back by mail, I can take them to the stores. Most of the time to return items by mail or UPS are free, so that's what I do along with a replacement size or a comparable selection.

My daughter is coming over later today for a visit, so I need to prepare the extra bedroom just encase they stay over. I never did move the big desk in there, but maybe can talk to my son-in-law to help Don move it out and the extra heavy tv as well. That way it's not all on me to help or Making Don to move it by himself. I need to get going though, much to do before the arrival at 3. Lisa, good luck on your interview, MK, have a great weekend. Bye for now from the cold Xenia area, G.

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It has been quite a week, but I am better. While my desire to eat has returned, I cannot eat as much at one time as I was before. That is not a bad thing by any means.

Work was busy as ever this week. I need to do some school work tomorrow, and prepare for my interview on Thursday. Conferences Thursday and Friday of this coming week, and we have several interviews to do as well.

I finally got a workout in today, the first one since Sunday. Looking forward to tomorrow's workout too.

As far as the C. Banks stores, I have tried their pants, however, the fit is odd on my hips, even with their tall versions. Gap has a style of pants that I love, but not in the brown color I so desire. My other possibility is NY and Co. They carry talls, and I've had some good luck there before. It will be one more place at which I'll have to order several sizes and send back the ones that don't fit. Hopefully I can find a brown color that I'm looking for.

MK, that is so odd about your teeth. It's amazing the side effects some medications can create. I ended up with burn type marks on my body, a vasculitis of sorts, from a combination of a medication I was taking and some other ingredient. It was odd for sure.

Time for laundry. Granddaughters coming over tomorrow for awhile. Middle and youngest boys are around this weekend, oldest heads to his new job, well, training for his new job, tomorrow.

I heard something about OH, today G, and I thought of you. I was going to mention it here, but I simply can't remember it at the moment (maybe I'm still not as recovered as I thought). Think spring!



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Lisa, hope you get rid of the flu soon and are feeling better. I hope the info on the stores help as well.

MK, I do like C.J. Banks stores. They always have sales and most of the clothes are made for the more mature woman. 40 and older, but not grandma or matron looking. They also keep up on the trends and you can mix and match the look and since every piece is bought separately, you can match all the areas by sizes. They also carry skirts jewelry, suit like jackets, and shoes. No underclothes though, or pajamas. However, I can find those items through Jessica Landon, Lane Bryant, The Avenue Stores, or Romans. Good luck looking and I hope you both can find what you need from my help.

Cold again today, 2 degrees this morning with a high of 19 degrees. We still have snow on the ground with a wind chill advisory in effect. I'm so hoping for a warm up next week. Wishing everyone a great weekend. Bye for now, G.

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Feel better soon Lisa and good luck on your new adventure!!

Georgie - its always good to find a good fitting pant... when I do I usually buy a couple pair (if I have the $$). Going to have to check out CJ Banks

Well saw my regular dentist this morning - I knew he'd figure this out. He agreed with me about the hormone cream being my issue those couple of days (which I have my new batch and used it this morning - no pain yet! woot woot). But he believes that I need a root canal - which I concur with him. This has been one of those tooth's that I've had tons of cracks, so we had it crowned, but it was always possible the cracks were deeper than expected. So Tuesday is dentist day... never look forward to root canals, but I do enjoy getting better after words. He also started me on antibiotics because the infection has gone into the sinus and moving into the eye area. My eye feels like there is something in it all the time - driven me crazy.

Well keep warm - take care!

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I am recovering from a nasty stomach flu that showed up late Sunday night. I vomited several times in a 6 hour time frame, and it has zapped me of energy and appetite. I can eat some things, but I get a burning feeling in my stomach --kind of like a mild heartburn, but much lower. It is getting better, but I'm pretty sick of the BRAT diet. I did tolerate some cottage cheese and green beans today.

I tried to exercise today, gently, and I got a short, low intensity workout in. Maybe tomorrow I'll be ready for a full one.

Things might be changing professionally for me. An opportunity was presented to me on Monday, and I've decided to go for it. I'll know more in about a week.

Snowy here. Its going to be cold for the next few days, but it should melt soon.

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I Was thinking about you. I'm bigger in the hips and thighs and smaller up top. I've had success ordering from the Avenue Stores. I've also found Jessica Landon works too, and seems to be closer to solving my problems. I used to work for C.J./Christopher Bank stores and they also have sizes in dress slacks that not only fit great, but when washed come out without wrinkling. C.J. Banks runs 14 through 26W, or L through 3X. Christopher Banks runs smaller sizes but you can still buy size 14/16 which I think is the largest size it carry. What's great about them is that they have tall and petite lengths Which are hard to find petite lengths in larger sizes. Romans also has a wide selections of sizes. I've been ordering more online lately because of the terrible weather and frigid temps.

MK, Hope the problem with your teeth gets cleared up with the new order of meds. It's hard to get out on the weekends and I can see you just wanting to relax and stay at home. It's good you get out and walk the dogs. That's better than doing nothing.

We're still dealing with frigid temps and -10 this morning and last night we were at 2 degrees at 11 o'clock news. our highs have been 12 degrees to 24 degrees during the day with no warm ups in the near future. We'll have highs in the 20's all week. Even next week it looks like the 20's and single temps will still be the normal. Lots of snow around still too, although we have had sun the past few days. I so tired of all this cold and snow. Enough already!

Hope the temps warm up for you too Lisa, and I wish we were in the 60's for highs like you MK. I'm hoping for better weekend coming, My daughter was to visit on the 21st, but couldn't because of the 6" of snow we received. I'm hoping they might be able to come over this Saturday the 28th. I'm so cold right now I can't type, So will sign off. Have a great afternoon. G.

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Hello and good morning. Well my eating went to heck in a hand basket this weekend. I did, however, get out to the hills two days in a row - to walk the dogs and myself. So that was good, but man have I been lazy this weekend - and yes sometimes that is good, but not every weekend.

I did have some weird thing happen with my teeth last week. I think it was the hormone meds that I'm taking. I just started on Wednesday a new refill and come Thursday morning when I used the new batch (its a compound med) my teeth became very sensitive. I thought it was one of my back teeth causing this - so I just ignored it. Well I used the meds again Friday morning and wham my front upper and lower bank of teeth were in severe pain - I couldn't let any air over my teeth at all - kinda pain. I went to the dentist and they could find no reason for this - so I contacted the pharmacy and they are re-compounding me a new batch of meds. They are better today, but I can't go too much longer without my medication - so hopefully it will be waiting for me after work and my problem will be resolved. The teeth have felt pretty good throughout the weekend (not using the medication) so I'm pretty sure that was the problem. It was just kinda strange how that happened.

So I'm getting back on to the no processed sugar "detox" and seeing how that goes. It really isn't a "detox" per say but just really focusing on what I'm eating. Made it 3 days last week - then it all went down hill with company at the house... booo

Well I've rambled on long enough. Take care. Keep warm. We've been in the 60's over the past couple weeks - with mornings in the upper 20's. It is definitely an early spring.

Take care

Oh and Lisa I feel your pain on finding a good dress slack to fit. I have problems fitting the belly area and end up in a pant that is way too big everywhere else. I've got pretty shapely legs - large calves and thighs - but can usually find pants for them. Then there is this belly - sure wish I had a flatter one.... lucky dog you!! Well good luck in your search!

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Hmmmm, I thought I posted yesterday, but it's not here, so I guess I didn't.

Pants, pants, pants. I am beyond frustrated right now. Every few years my favorite dress pants get changed, and that drives me nuts, so I've been looking at other places, and ordering, ordering, and ordering, and simply not having any luck. I'm not desperate, but my brown pants, which I wear fairly, often are in need of replacement. I even purchased an $80 pair, and still no luck. My problem is that I have some pretty substantial thighs, but to get a fit that is decent in that area, I get a waist that's too big, and a baggy crotch. My stomach is fairly flat, so I don't need the extra in the lower ab area. I've consulted an alteration expert, but she prefers to hem items, and doesn't do all types of alterations, but hopefully she can give me some advice on how alterations might work for me. Oh well . . .

Got to see all the grandkids today, did some errands, helped oldest get outfitted to start his new job with the railroad in a week. He needed some super warm outdoor work attire, so we helped him with the cost. His wife also has a job interview this week. Finally, she is applying for jobs.

I absolutely smoked my shoulders in my workout this morning, and using them is rather uncomfortable right now. I did over a million squats too, and while I really love squats, I don't need to do quite that many in a 35 minute video workout. I'm really a fan of full body workouts, though, so that's what I get.

Got another potential job opportunity in the town in which I live. I love my job, but a 50 minute commute each way does make for a fairly long day. I haven't made any decisions yet, because, at this point, if I change jobs, I start all over with accumulating sick leave, my benefits change, and the like. I know I'd have to give up most of my volleyball officiating, which is ok, but it leaves my partner in a bit of a bind because we've already scheduled for next year. Oh well, times change.

Cold and windy here. It is really fluctuating these days. We'll get a few days of brutal cold, and then we warm up to the 30s. No matter what happens now, I know spring is near, and that makes me quite happy. We have little snow; lots of ground is showing, and streets are completely clear of the ice pack we usually experience this time of year.

And, the diet saga continues. I've just been making some poor choices again. I struggle to commit to the changes I know need to occur. Right now, I've got carrots and snap peas on my counter, and I need those to be my only snacks this evening.

Wishing you both warmth and wellness these days. Take care.

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High today will be10 degrees, we're at 7 degrees now. We had a -24 degrees with the wind chill this morning and most of the schools in the area were closed, and many churches as well. It will not get much warmer today and we'll still have wind chills in the minus degree rang all day. even the dogs don't want to go out to do their business. they run out and right back to the door with in minutes. However, they seem to want out more than usual, and I think they go out more than once to finish.

It will be a warmer weekend and will make it to 40 degrees and they will get some rain and snow mix and more snow than rain on Sunday. My daughter will come over and visit us on Saturday, and was hoping to stay the night but their daughter has a booth to sell Girl Scout cookies on Sunday. I think this will be the last of the sales though. It will be fun to see everyone Saturday though, and am looking forward to seeing them.

Don has had several interviews these past few weeks, and a couple looking favorable, but we'll have to wait and see what comes from them.

I have much to do before the weekend visit and will be busy cleaning and moving some furniture around before the family comes. I need to clean out a roll top desk and move it into the office and out on the extra bedroom and we'll need to clean off and move the bookcase in the office out into the living room to make a place for the desk. We're not sure if it'll get done before the weekend though. However, the cleaning will definitely be done. Today will be laundry, dusting and mopping and tomorrow I'll clean the bathrooms, and straighten the second bedroom so they can set up the pack n' play and get out the toys for the girls. So need to get busy.

Hope the day finds everyone warm and doing great. It's a good day to stay in and get my chores done. I'll catch all later. Have a wonderful weekend, and enjoy the warm weather MK. I can only hope that this will be the last on our winter here. Bye for now, G.

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Good morning. Happy belated Valentines day - hope it was a wonderful day for everyone.

We headed to the coast and enjoyed a beautiful day, but so did thousands of others. We were very happy that we went early - so by the time we headed home (2 p.m.) the line coming into the small coastal town was backed up 5 miles.

The west coast weather is completely opposite of your Mid and East weather. I'm sending you warming thoughts!!!

It is hard to believe that we have been in the high 60's over the weekend - it is a very early spring, but we will suffer with no snow pack. This is our water source and the mountains are all brown. I have a feeling that we are going to be in a drought this summer and I pray that it won't last as long as California's drought (years for them).

So I feel like I'm finally doing better with my food. I'm really focused on no processed sugar and so far so good. I'm sure that some of the food products I've eaten (yogurt) contain some sugar, but I'm staying far away from the sweets my husband has around the house.

My exercise continues, but my knees (yes both knees) are screaming at me. I still walk normal and without too much pain, but when I get into the exercises classes and all the squats and so forth there is pain - but I'm modifying A LOT. I don't go down deep and I also find other things to do - like abductors etc. Anyway I'm continuing with the daily workout. I have a ways to go before I'm back where I was, but I finally feel like I'm on the right road.

Well I'm sure you all have heard about our Governor resigning - money scandals. We have put the secretary of state into the office of governor now (she was sworn in yesterday). I think it is going to bring vast improvement to the state.

I hope you both are keeping warm and finding ways to get some good exercise in.

Take care!

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Happy Valentine's Day to you too. It was a quite day today. We celebrated Valentine's last night instead of today. We were to get snow today and through Sunday so thought it better to go out last night just encase the snow was worse than expected. It was a nice night and met several friends at Applebee's.

We went out earlier today for some dog food and stopped and looked at recliner's while out. The recliner we have now is on it's last legs and we've wanted to get new for some time, but haven't found one in our price range yet. We want to pay cash for it and not charge or finance the purchase, so we set aside a limited amount for the recliner. Most we looked at have been over the amount saved so decided to wait a little longer to get one.

We did get snow but it was less than an inch, but the temps have dropped dramatically last night and today with 30MPH wind gusts. Our high went from mid 40 degrees to a high today of 12 degrees. We're to get into single digits tonight with possible minus temps by morning.

I would rather stay in the 30's than this frigid cold we're getting now. I can hardly wait until spring and warmer temps. Hope everyone is having a super day and a great Sunday. Lisa, enjoy the long weekend. Bye for now, G.

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Happy Valentine's Day. Let's make it a healthy, active, and fun one. I won the funniest card contest--my husband and I always have a funny card competition, and we both did well this year.

Exercise done, working on laundry, dinner planned. Shrimp, asparagus, butternut squash, roasted purple potatoes and mini-cheesecakes for dessert.

No home reno projects here, MK, just a bit of redecorating. I'm getting a bit sick of my wall decor, and a new Hobby Lobby opened in the town in which I work, so I've begun to spend my hard earned $$ there. I hope the garage project was successful and is nearing completion.

How are you, G? I hope the big snows have avoided you. The east has certainly had more than their share. We just have a bit on the ground, could get a bit more, maybe an inch tonight.

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Hello. Things are good here. Tore down a wall in the garage - well the sheet rock, which is plaster from the old days and replaced it. That was quite the chore considering we did find some wall damage - well it is bowed out at one part. Happy my husbands friend was there to help me figure out how to make it level. But the big part is that this wall will eventually will need replaced, fixed, something. For now it was pretty solid and no dry rot. Able to get a couple pieces of wall board up and hang my cabinets over the washer/dryer and it looks good. Only one mistake... I put it on (apparently) wrong side up. So eventually it will have to be fixed - so no taping or painting. Happy its in the garage and happy we can wait to fix it.

It was a chore to rip out the plaster - what a mess. The landlord is a piece-meal kinda guy (or was) and so there was hodge-podge stuff done. Happy to know what is going on behind the wall though.

After that - lazy weekend.

Well got to get going to step class. Take care!

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My how things change! My last post here on Wed. Night was, well, energetic and positive, for the most part. I was home yesterday with what I thought was a stomach flu type virus, and I am home again today, and I'm pretty sure I had a migraine, not a virus. My headache is gone, but I'm still dizzy, my neck is terribly sore, and my eyes look terrible, they are so dark underneath. I almost scared myself when I looked in the mirror this morning.

Once again, I'm looking at the menopause connection. I never figure out these headache episodes until they are over. I'm guessing they began 5-6 years ago. I never really had bad headaches before then, so there simply must be a menopausal link.

I hope you are both doing well. You know how much I hate missing work, so I'm sitting here feeling guilty for missing, but know I don't dare drive yet. I'm hoping for some type of workout later today, but I'll make sure I'm symptom free before I do anything.

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I heard about the model, but have not seen it. There is supposed to be another plus sized model in the new addition of the sports illustrated swimsuit issue as well. But it's only an ad not one of the swimsuit models. Lots of talk about that too.

I too was stunned about the Seahawks loss. Especially the last play of the game which caused them to lose. They will be talking about that for a long time.

Went shopping the other day and bought some mules for summer so I can still wear the support in the shoe and maybe be a bit cooler for the warmer weather. To bad the don't have many sandals with a back so I could wear them too. I had to have the store order my size so we'll have to see when they arrive if they fit. I still need to buy some underclothes, but will have to wait until we get the SS checks.

We're hoping our daughter and family will come over Saturday for a visit because we haven't seen them for over a month and I'm sure our grand son has grown a lot. We bought Girl Scout cookies from our granddaughter and need to give them the check for them as well. We'll see how things play out. If they can't come here, we might go there but not sure which will happen.

The weather is to be warmer on Saturday and Sunday with temps in the 40 degree range with a few showers. That will be a lot better than the 7 degree temps we have this morning. The last couple of days we barely got into the teens, so frigid here. We've had a bit of snow but not many inches maybe 1 or 2 at the most, but the roads thaw than refreeze which still causes problems. I'll be so glad when Winter will be over!

Hope this Friday finds you all having a great day. Enjoy it everyone. G.

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Hello, just thought I'd drop in for a mid-week update. Workouts good, food inconsistent, and I'm really starting to notice my too many indulgences showing up. My pants are snugging up a bit too much around the middle. I really notice it on my inner thighs--I don't think it is that much gain, its just that I ride bike much less in the winter, and that riding keeps those inner thighs pretty toned up.

Have you seen or heard about the size 16 model featured in SIs swimsuit issue? Just google it. She's obviously plus sized, but she still has a nice figure, and she's very pretty. I think an air brush could make me look lovely in a bikini as well.

I hope you are both having a good week. Work is still rocking, but I had a great parent meeting this morning. I expected it to be a bit tougher, but it is amazing how much can be resolved when we sit together at a table. I need to remember these moments when the crazy mad parents appear.

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Hello! Bummed about the Seahawk loss, but hey it was one heck of a game!! It was just me and my husband. I did fire up the grill and cooked up a couple smoked brats - very delicious. My husband made his guacamole and he made a shrimp dish for himself (I can't have shrimp) - anyway it was a good game.

I had to take the parents shopping at JC Penney's yesterday - so my workout didn't happen. I did bring my clothes just in case we got done early, but that did not happen. Finally got the curtains ordered for them and picked up a few other things on their shopping list. Then it was to their favorite Chinese food restaurant. Oh boy the pork fried rice was yummy, but I dare not get on the scale after that salty meal. Anyway - they enjoyed themselves and their meal out.

I actually started throwing on the wheel yesterday. I was given an old electric wheel and it works like a charm! So I started playing on it and made a few things. So I'll be back on it tonight to trim things up and put handles on some mugs. Fun getting back to my creative side.

Talked to my son last night and boy is he moving up in the place he works. He was a shift manager and now he informs me that he is now assistant manager for the entire cottage. He works with incarcerated youth and really enjoys his job. I'm so proud of him.

Well I have to get back to work - just wanted to pop on and see how you all are doing. We are back to the rain again. We were spoiled with 60* weather for a couple days (29* at night tho). Now the rain. Wish we would get some snow pack - our mountains are just about bare. I think we will end up having to ration water this summer - if we don't get some mountain snow. I'm sure you all are covered in the stuff.... take care and keep warm!

Talk to you all later. I'm keeping up the good fight with the food - good, bad, and the ugly!!

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We too watched the game on Sunday. Couldn't believe the very last ply of the game and the interception causing the Hawks to lose. We were for them so we were so disappointed how it all went down. We agree that the ads were so so. I always love the Bud commercials and we also liked the Snickers and the Avocado one. A few others weren't to bad either.

We had pulled pork sandwiches and chips and nachos, a few beers but all in all a good day. Really thankful we weren't snowed in. The were predicting our area was to get 6 to 9 inches Saturday night and Sunday, but it we far north, Cleveland being the only one effected.

Monday the Ground Hog predicted another 6 weeks of winter, but our local on didn't see his shadow. I guess this gives us a 50 50 chance. Ha, Ha.

Hope the week going great for everyone, have a wonderful visit with your sister. It sounds like you had a nice visit with your grandma. It's so great knowing a family member like her.

Take care, enjoy the rest of the week. Bye for now. G.

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We too are just watching the big game as a couple. It is quite a good game. Commercials, eh, just so-so. Some clever; I liked the one for avocados from Mexico, and my husband liked the one for Snickers with the Brady Bunch.

I saw my 98 year old grandma yesterday. She's failing physically, but her mind is still good. Her hearing is so poor that we have to shout for her to hear, so it was only about a 20 minute visit, but still pleasant. She has 88 great and great-great grandchildren and 29 grandchildren. That is just amazing to me. There is one great grandchild and one great-great on the way. She had 6 children, and they all had 4-6 children of their own, so the family grew. Not one divorce in all these families--some are unmarried with children, but it is just incredible how this family legacy has been blessed with increase.

Half-time: oh boy. We had some bbq'd beef sandwiches, cheese and crackers, a few chips and some celery sticks for our "treats". I didn't make anything special--the beef was left over from our lunch.

Should be a standard week coming up. We have a holiday on the 16th; that will be a welcome break from school. I may go to my sister's in MN this coming weekend--we'll see what the weather looks like at that time.

Wishing you both a week of health and safety. Keep working hard.



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Lisa, I love being around my grand children. They can get loud at times running around but I too love watching them play. My Grandson getting bigger every day and is developing quite a personality. Still will not take long naps, and sometimes will only sleep if held or while someone touches him. I ran into that the last time I was visiting my daughter. He was laying next to me on the couch, I was rubbing his tummy and he grabbed my finger and every time I moved it he woke up. I did love holding him but boy he is sensitive with movements and sometimes noise. I loved doing it though.

Looking forward to the Super Bowl tonight. It'll just be the two of us watching with no parties but still it will be a good game to watch. I think it's a good match up and am expecting a close game. I still want the Seahawks to win though. GO HAWKS!

Hope everyone doing great on this Super Bowl day. Take care and enjoy the game, or what ever you are doing today. Catch all later, G. emoticon emoticon

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Happy weekend. Baby is in bed, and her sister is playing games on the Ipad, so thought I'd drop in here for a bit. I got a short but intense workout in after work, the girls arrived, and then it was dinner time, and after that was cleaned up, it was bath time, and then we read a few stories, played a bit, and Whew! I was wiped out. My husband helps, but he's just not good at playing with the girls. He'll play for a few minutes, but then he wants them to entertain themselves. I could play, read, do puzzles, and tussle, chase, tickle, and snuggle with them for hours on end. I can even be entertained simply watching them play by themselves. I just love watching children figure things out through play and discovery.

On the road tomorrow to see my nieces play basketball. Plan to get in an early morning workout and do a few chores before leaving. Paige is coming with, and we'll pick up my youngest son on the way. Hubby will stay home with baby until her mom comes to get her. Can't believe she'll be a year old in less than a week. She is growing and changing so fast.

G, I am so happy to hear Don finally has some possibilities. I know this time has been tough for you. Congrats on the pound lost. I'm sure there are more to come.

Squats are my favorite--love them, and do them in various forms almost every day. They are a pretty good body toner. MK, before you know it, you'll be in surprisingly good shape and rockin' those spin bike classes. Is the shoulder almost back to normal?

I'm getting sleepy, need to do a couple more chores before bedtime. Have a fantastic weekend.



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Looks like the beginning of the year has been good for Don. He has several interviews coming up this week and next. Two were this week One was second shift inspection job for an Aerospace company the other was a tool shop in Springfield. It too was an inspection job which also included the Quality aspect with it. He went to a job fair yesterday and gave several companies his resume and two have asked him to contact them further to set up an interview. We hope that with all this activity something will come through for him. Today he's at an interview from a place in Cincinnati, making this his second interview for the same company. This looks promising, but it's a second shift job and he would really prefers a first shift.

We woke up to ice this morning and it's only a high of 24 degrees. This is really cold day all day although the sun did come out this afternoon. Saturday night and Sunday they predict more snow maybe as much as 12 inches north, and 6 to 9 Inches further south. Looks like more cold and snow arriving with frigid temps only a high of 17 degrees on Monday.

We decided to wait about the Y to see if Don gets a job. If he does, he'll have the car and we may not be able to go like we should. The job is the main concern so the Y will have to wait.

Mk, thanks for the web sight, I'll take a look at it to see if there would be anything that will work for me. It will help with at home exercise routine. My food has been good and am down another pound. Little by little helps. I need to get off here soon, Don will be coming home soon from his interview and we may go out to eat later, so will close for now.



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MK, glad you did your own ride and it is working for you. I hate squats too and can only do them by using a ball between my back and the wall. We still haven't joined the Y but need to before the end of this month if we are doing so. Haven't used all of the free pass and that ends tomorrow.

Don has a interview this afternoon and they have called him several times and have given him a phone interview. They have 2 areas in this company which he is qualified. One is Quality Specialist, and the other is in Inspection. It will be first shift and the starting rate for this company is what he was making at his previous place. I'm hoping the interview will bring good news.

I love his sisters, They can sometimes be so generous. The one sister last month bought us a 50" Visio HD TV, and today they insisted that they pay for a new snow blower. The one the gave us last year has a agar which broke earlier this year. It would cost around $200 to buy one to fix the old blower. They told him that they would just buy him a new one instead. Don is still thinking about fixing our oldest blower. We had a very large one from when we had the bigger house and the starter is broken so we haven't been able to use that one either.

If he can get it working, we'll give it to our daughter. They now are renting a house, and are responsible for it's yard, garden, and keeping the drive and front walk clean of snow. They can be fined if the walks aren't kept free of snow. Earlier this month we gave them our large shovel so they can do that. The front walk is used by the neighborhood children to catch the bus which stops right in front of there place.

Don just got home and is using the new blower. He will then shower and get ready for the interview, and warm up from the cold and snow. We have sun today, but by tomorrow night we're to get more snow so the blower will get a workout this week.

Hope today find everyone doing wonderfully and working hard on their food choices and exercise. Have a great afternoon and a good Thursday and Friday. Bye for now, G.

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Good morning. Spin is done - did my own ride on some of it - tried as I might to keep up with what the class was doing, but modified to make it mine - worked out GREAT!! My legs, however, were beat up from the body flex class I took yesterday. Lots of squats and lifting - holy mackerel my legs could hardly make it down the stairs. Felt good to get back to the weights - even though I can only bench press 15# - I'm back!! woop woop

I'm at work now and I'm ready to go back to bed... but that is not happening. So I'm getting things done.

Take care - hope you both are keeping warm and safe.

Have a super day!!

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Good morning!

Thanks Lisa - I appreciate your input and will do that - make it my own ride!! I guess I was so focused on doing what the class was doing and when I couldn't I would be bummed, but your right - it is my ride!!

My hormones are finally getting balanced and the blahs are leaving me! I swung the other way with a bit of hyper activity, but its balancing out. My food is better, but I sure can fall quickly. I'm learning more of what I should and shouldn't eat - like heavy pasta - always feels like I've eaten rocks after words... awful feeling - so that one is done!! I have to learn that lesson a couple times then it sinks in and the desire is gone. Long process for me, but whatever it is usually becomes a permanent thing for me.

Our daughter turned 24 on Sunday. We took her and her boyfriend to dinner at the casino restaurant (decided no more buffet - gross things happen that we saw - so no more). It was a nice, enjoyable dinner. We did play a bit and won the cost of dinner back - so it was a good night!!

Also enjoyed a long conversation with a good friend earlier on Sunday up at the vineyard. They had a seafood thing going on - so for lunch I had a cup of clam chowder and some vino - it was delicious.

Well - got to get things ready for a meeting this afternoon - so that means I go to the early spin class (instead of step - boo).

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Lisa, Monday blahs? I think sometimes after a busy weekend you're more tired the following Monday. I think staying busy during the day is great. Hope the observations and meeting goes well.

We woke up to snow this morning and several schools were delayed or cancelled. We only received 2 or so inches around here, but they still closed the schools. The temp was 17 degrees this morning but is supposed to get in the mid 30's this afternoon. It's been off and on cloudy but we've had some sun, which is nice.

Nothing going on today and am just catching up on some chores and such. Making Chicken Cacciatore in the slow cooker now and will make some pasta to go with it at dinner time. It's easy and the sauce if any leftover makes a great base for spaghetti later. Not sure when that will happen though, since I try not to do to many Italian meal during the week. We'll see how it goes, Maybe for Super Bowl day while we watch the game.

Hope today finds everyone doing great. Have a wonderful week, G.

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Good morning. I am so tired today, so trying to do things that energize me, like walking the halls, visiting classrooms and the like, but I just feel so lethargic. I have no reason to be tired--it is a gorgeous, sunny, and spring like January day! Even the water in my pretty new green water bottle isn't doing the trick.

Busy afternoon ahead--a meeting, and at least two teacher observations need to be done. I've got a great lunch packed: cottage cheese, roasted tomatoes and zucchini, and an apple. Looking forward to the break, might catch a short nap if all is quiet.

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MK, Hang in there. Like Lisa said it's your workout so do what you can do and don't worry about what the others are doing. Making a goal to be able to do the hill with the rest of the class is good, but do it at your pace not others. Remember we are all different and the instructor probably has done this a long time and was once a beginner too.

Feel sick this morning, I woke up at 5:30 went to the bathroom and was dry heaving and sick to my stomach. I checked my sugar just in case it's a sign of a big drop. It was 119, which by most standards is good so it wasn't that. Having tea, in hope it'll make me feel better and settle the stomach. Went to eat last night and had wings with BBQ sauce and then Chicken tenders, which were fried so am thinking my body didn't like the combination. The tea is helping.

The weather not to bad here, was around mid 30 degrees up to 38 degrees this week and some sun, which is nice. Still cold in early mornings down to 28 degrees at waking time.

Hope the weekend find everyone great. Lisa, congrats on the walking grand child. How exciting. Enjoy your Sunday and your sons birthday. Bye for now, G.

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MK, keep in mind that the idea of spinning is to make it your ride. Sometimes I just need to do what I need to do. Sometimes my knees are too sore to climb, so I speed up instead. There are times where 8 minutes on a flat road don't do it for me, so I stand. Guilt is NOT allowed. Hang in there and do what you need.

I had a rough week at school. I flew solo until today as my principal was ill. I was soooo busy, but still got lots accomplished. I have the greatest staff members, and I am thankful that they just noticed where they could pitch in and help.

I've missed a couple workouts this week, but that's ok. I'll make up for it this week.

Time to pay bills--what a way to start the weekend! Oh, and baby started walking yesterday, on her daddy's birthday, and about 3 weeks before her first birthday. Exciting.



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Good morning! Finally feeling much better. Still have a little lingering sinus pain, but nothing like it was.

Step class yesterday was killer - felt like I had done a full spin class - my legs were done!!

Went to spin class this morning and did ok for the first 15 minutes - then I just struggled, but I kept moving. It was a good class, but sometimes I just feel like a failure for sitting down when everyone is going up a hill. Oh well - I do keep spinning! One day I will make it up that hill with everyone!!!

So how is everyone? Has it warmed up at all for you?

Well got to get to work. Take care!



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Hello. Been home with a raging headache for days now. The fiesta was good - I had meds that got me through that and the preparation of it. I was disappointed that our daughters boyfriends parents didn't come but they had their reasons. Anyway it was fun and all of my husbands family came and enjoyed lots of food.

I'm finally feeling better. I can actually get up and move around without my head throbbing. Man it has been awful. I think it is sinus and stress with a bit of a head cold.

I haven't excercised for a few days but will get back in it tomorrow.

I can't seem to get back on track with my food. I was doing so good but now I'm off - way off. My mind set is off as well. I'm not quite sure what to do. There is a massage lady I know who is going to have some small classes that talk with you about nutrition and health. I Had to miss the first class because of my migraines but hope she will hold another one soon.

Take care. Talk with you all later.

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Lisa, sounds like you had a great weekend. Glad you were able to spend time with the grand kids and a whole basketball team along with your son. You sound proud of you sons and family. They bring such joy to you and your hubby.

We did normal errands Saturday and watched football all Sunday. We were so glad that Seattle came from behind and won the game in overtime. There was 5 minutes left in the 4th and they came from behind and made TD's and pulled ahead. It was an exciting game. Then we watched the Colts game and were disappointed in how they played. Looks like it'll be the Seahawks and the Patriots in the Super Bowl.

I think the school have today off as well. I wasn't sure since we had so many school closings this past month but it looks like they are off for the holiday.

We do have some nicer temps and Saturday we were 53* and today will be 47* but we might have some rain showers.

I was choking and coughing at 5 which woke me up and couldn't get back to sleep so have an early start on the day. I'm sure it will hit me later, and I might need a nap. We looked into joining the Y and received a pass to try the facilities. We went to the one in Kettering instead of Xenia and if we join we'll go there. It's all one level and the seem to have more workout choices than Xenia. It's about 15 to 20 minutes away, but one of the classes I'd like to try is Tai Chi, and they offer it as a choice. They also have a Fit and Silver program with many classes geared to 60 and over adults. The price not as bad as when we were a member before, and if I can talk Don into going I'd like to go today. I guess I could go by myself if he won't, but I'd like to join and he'll need to be there.

Well I need to get off here and have some breakfast so will close for now. Catch all later, G.

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I'm enjoying the quiet of this afternoon. It's been quiet a weekend! My son and grandson arrived on Friday, which was nice, but unexpected. We hosted my youngest son's (he's an assistant coach), basketball team after their game in our town last night, and that was a blast. These kids do not know us at all. I've known their head coach, as an acquaintance, for many years, but it was nice that we could feed them all and let them relax a bit before they made the hour long bus trip home.

Today, we celebrated my middle son's upcoming birthday later this week with a spaghetti (with meat sauce) mid-day meal. I made his favorite cheesecake instead of a birthday cake, and we had a bit of time with 3 of the 4 grandkids. Our step-grandson was at his Dad's, and my oldest son's wife chose not to come too, but we caught up with her on Facetime. Truly, we are blessed.

My oldest son has been hired by the railroad, and he expects to start within the next two weeks. He also has a strong local job prospect in the town in which he lives, but that's not firm yet, so I think he's going to take the railroad job. His wife still refuses to work--she only wants to do daycare, either in her home or in a daycare center, and those options simply aren't possible for her right now. We just don't know why she won't take anything until those options arise for her, but she won't. She's got a teaching degree but will not sub teach either. This type of decision is mystifying to me, and my son won't elaborate. It is a huge point of contention between them, and I think it might be one of the reasons my son came to see us this weekend and she didn't come along. But, they need to work this out. As frustrating as it is, it is their problem.

I've got tendonitis across the top of my right foot. It was really painful on Friday, but I've been a good girl, and I've not done any impact activity the last few days--just my strength workouts and a spin bike workout. I'm going to try to walk a few blocks shortly.

No school for the students tomorrow, but we have a staff development day. It's a low intensity day; hopefully I'll have opportunity to catch up on a few things.

MK, I supposed once your attic cleaning project is done you'll be well into landscaping season. You've always got a project going, don't you?

I hope you are enjoying mild weather and good health in Ohio, G.

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Good morning. Sporting a headache today - would love to be at home instead of here at work, but it is just not a good time to be gone. The sinus headaches are awful for me this time of year... ugh

This is my "Friday" though... so that's good. Going shopping with my daughter tomorrow for some things for the party on Sunday. I like to take these opportunities to do little upgrades around the house - new cabinet for the laundry stuff - new blinds for the entry way - and lots of cleaning!!

I've been spending some time in our upstairs open air attic - cleaning out the kids stuff and putting lots of things to goodwill. Found lots of laundry up there that the kids have left when they stayed up there. It is really quite a large room - so now I have huge bags of garbage and huge bags of donation items and I still have a ways to go! my ultimate goal is to clean it out and clear out the downstairs computer room so I can bring in a new design that will allow an over night guest. I'm liking the murphy bed designs that are out there and how they incorporate moving shelving - so I won't lose some of the needed storage space. I'm also designing a new desk for the computer - something more efficient and streamlined.

I have tons of boxes from my parents house that need to be gone through and I thought the upstairs would be a good place to do this - more room to spread out and sort. Can't do that until I clean it up!! Too much stuff, but will be nice when it is all done.

Well got to get some stuff done here. Step class today, but I'll have to see how I feel.

Take care!! have a superb weekend!!

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Showing no favorites Lisa? Glad that ND won how proud you must be. It was nice that the Bucks won but Don and I were upset that they just had to push another goal when they knew they had already won. We felt that they should have just taken knees and run the clock out instead of going for another goal. We felt it was in bad taste. The Ducks played a good game though. Kept the Bucks on their toes.

Another cold and icy day. We had some rain after yesterday's freeze and it warmed up enough to have some thawing, but it got in the single digits again last night and everything was icy again this morning. The schools were open a few delays and cancellations just a few were posted last night. Some of the churches had cancelled activities or services though.
Today the sun is out and hope we get thawed out some.

We have a few errands to run today and I need to pick up a prescription because I took my last pill on it last night. Also out of milk and a few other grocery items. While out we'll check on the Y sale. We also need to take back an outfit that was bought for Gideon which our daughter requested that we do it for her since the store it was purchased wasn't available in Columbus. We'll pick another outfit and go a size larger. Our grandson is fitting into 6 month clothes already. He's long a looks like he'll be a big boy. The outfit was 3 to 6 months so we'll get a 9 month.

Hope everyone staying warm and working hard on their exercise and food programs. I am doing better with my food choices and just need to get exercising. My hubby just woke up, so need to fix him something to eat for breakfast. I already ate mine since I got up at 7:45. I'll close for now. Everyone have a wonderful day. G.

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