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Athena, *so* glad the knee and the back are better! I was just talking with my sister this weekend about her knees. She has a pretty new sit-stand desk, and she's been increasing her standing time, which is good for her, but noticed her knees were starting to give her problems. I recommended glucosamine chondroitin, and trying not to stand still, or hyper-extend her knees. I recommended shifting her weight, even rocking, standing on one leg, alternating for short periods, walking in place, bouncing, heel-toe stretches--basically any kind of movement for the joints to guard against stiffness. I also suggested she check online for PT exercises for the knees. She actually came up with several sites to check, so I'm hoping she finds lots of good resources. She's going to check Spark, Group Health, Web MD. I don't know if any of that would be helpful for you--or my old tool of Louise Hay's affirmations for the back and the knees. I can look those up and send them to you, if you don't have one of her books.

Eva, I checked out the bed, and it will be wonderful for Brenna! I'm so impressed y'all can make something like that! She is such a lucky girl! Can't wait to see the progress and the finished version.

I am enjoying writing out these supplemental question responses, as I have a lot of experience to draw from. I'm really glad they posted the position for more than the usual week, as I would not have wanted to rush through it all! More disappointments at work that lead me to conclude the supervisor really doesn't value our contributions and doesn't really want to know what we think. She sent a list of tasks last week for us to mark what we knew how to do, and said we could add to it. So I made a *very* thorough list 2-3 times the length of hers, with suggested alterations on some of her items, plus a proposed format I thought would work better. Her response was basically thanks for spending the time, but that's not what I was looking for. To my mind, her ignorance of what we do really showed, but she won't admit it.

I'm happy for our bilingual temp who got the permanent position in a different office closer to where she lives (the one I gave a glowing reference for). She'll be leaving mid-month. I just hope I can join her soon in leaving this unsatisfying environment.

Blessed Be, Amanda

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Good Morning Ladies,

Its sounds like you all had nice weekends!! Eva, that bed looks awesome, I am sure Brenna will love it when its all finished up.

My back is doing much better. I was worried because on Friday, it felt like it was starting to go out again, but then it stopped hurting and has been feeling almost completely normal since. I think I am going to go ahead and cancel the appt I made with the doc on Tues. As for the knee, it is doing better. I like to sit at my desk or in my chair at night with my ankles crossed, and I noticed that really bothers my knee when I go to uncross so I need to stop doing that (habit). But I can now bend down at the knee with almost no pain... so I am seeing steady improvements. I think I am going to cycle tonight and see if my body can handle a yoga session.

Roy is at the beach this week. He did help me clean and we got him all situated for the trip. I already miss him terribly and its only been 1 day. It is going to be such a long week. This is going to be the first time we have been apart this long in years. I think think the last time was when he was 7 years old and he spent the week with my ex-husband and his step sisters. I cant even imagine how its going to be when Roy goes off to college. I guess I better start forming a social life. My sister and I are supposed to get together one night this week and go see the new Magic Mike movie, more her thing that mine, but it will be nice to get out for the evening.

I hope you all have a great Monday!


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Good morning Goddesses!

Athena I hope that Roy helped you clean up and is enjoying his trip. How's the knee/back?

My current calorie range is 1630-1980 (just noticed it's my birth year who would have thought). I've also noticed that depending on the app you chose to use what your range actually is. I never used fitbit's calorie range/tracker because it confused the snot out of me.

Elaine it sounds like you enjoyed your weekend tremendously! I love the drive with the top down and the music playing :) (wishing for a convertible mini van LOL) I'll be thinking of you Thursday. What time are you scheduled to go down?

Amanda how's the application coming? Sounds like you are enjoying the process of applying in any case :)

So Brenna has asked for a new bed (I've been informed she wants to keep the antique dresser). So we went bed shopping. She found a wooden loft bed in a flyer from Royal Furniture. Can't get any loft beds locally that aren't a twin. Closest full size that I can drive to pick up is in Atlanta. She currently has a full sized bed. I can't justify going down in mattress size. So Jim and I have decided to build her one. using this template, but allowing for more feminine modifications. jayscustomcreations.com/2013/03/full
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We'll probably be building a book case too. So yesterday we priced the materials. It looks like I'll be wielding my power drill and paint brush before long.

At least it's good exercise...


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Elaine, I *love* Golden Gate Park, especially the Japanese Tea Garden! emoticon emoticon I'm not familiar with the Shakespeare Garden; I did like the rhododendron groves and the little lake. Sounds like you are having all kinds of glorious fun! emoticon

Donated blood yesterday & took a nap a little while later emoticon Today got my hair trimmed, picked up a top and capris on sale, then got groceries emoticon

I've been writing out application essay responses longhand emoticon then typing into a Word document so I can copy and paste into the application later emoticon

Taking breaks reading emoticon and playing a little emoticon Solitaire. emoticon

Blessed Be, Amanda

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I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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Good morning, Glorious Goddesses!

Athena, it sounds like healing is happening, I hope you're starting to feel better over all! Walking Hovie is a terrific way to keep moving without straining injured joints. emoticon
I like how you handled the steak chimi situation, you got what you wanted, and handled it prudently. emoticon
Smart move, making sure the house is clean before Roy goes off on his adventure. Make sure he does all the heavy lifting!

Eva, your marriage post is brilliant! Time to separate church and state, eh? Oh, wait, that's not my idea, didn't someone say something about that before? Like that might be a huge part of what we celebrate on July 4th? emoticon
Sorry you're in one of those non-compliant counties, that's gotta be frustrating. emoticon

Amanda, I LOVE your referendum idea. That should be put into use in all 50 states, AND at the federal level. The news reports always mention the first level of effects ~ the employees with temporary layoffs, but you're right, the collateral damage is huge with all of the time and money wasted putting contingency plans into place. emoticon
It's great that you're getting job referrals from so many people!

I had two 4th celebrations yesterday. DH & I went to have lunch with two of his daughters and their families. It was nice to catch up with them. Kids are growing way too fast!
Later I went to the home of a lesbian couple who I have been friends with for ages. They have been hosting a big party on the Fourth for many years. It was their wedding anniversary, I had the privilege of marrying them during that window we had in '08 here in CA. We had done a Handfasting a couple years earlier, so the wedding date was chosen because they already had the guests in place! emoticon emoticon
On Thursday I went to SF with my dear friend to celebrate her birthday. We took my son's car, a Toyota Spyder, top down and Janis Joplin just a *little* too loud. We went to Golden Gate Park. We enjoyed the deYoung Museum, the Japanese Tea Garden, and the Shakespeare Garden. Then we drove by where Janis lived during her Big Brother days. We had a terrific day.
I'm trying to get as much fun as I can into these last few days.......
Tonight's Date Night with DH. Planning to go see The Third Man, a film noir classic with Orson Welles showing in Berkeley.

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I have realized it would be nice to reconnect with at least one of my District Managers from my old bookstore days for a reference. My last assistant manager is on my list, at least. Anyway, I started checking out Linked In, which I joined some years back but never did much with. I searched for a bunch of folks, found my last 2 DMs (though I wasn't with them long, and that was over 8 years ago!), not sure what may come of that.

But I found an old customer from my waitressing days who became a friend, but moved to Maui 20 years ago. He and I have been exchanging emails and catching up, which has been great fun! And I heard from a former school teaching colleague, and hope to catch up with her a bit too.

I gave blood today, ended up taking a nap afterward, so haven't been as productive as I'd hoped. But I've answered a few of the 10 essay questions required on the new app, and gotten a couple of them typed--which lets me cut and paste. Though I realized colleges don't use the same generic application state agencies do, so I may have a whole lot more typing, cutting and pasting of job experience than I normally have to deal with. Glad I have until the 12th to complete it all. Wish me luck!

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Good Morning Ladies,

I hope you all are having a great 4th of July holiday weekend. I spent all day yesterday with my sister and enjoyed myself. We went shopping at the mall, and I splurged on a new dress, top, sweater, and 2 pairs of shoes. Everything on sale/clearance, or course.

Eva, I will let you know when I try to chicken, maybe sometime this week. Roy will be gone all week to the beach with his friends starting on Sunday. I will be a little nervous about him being so far away, but hes growing up. He doesnt seem as excited about it as I thought he would be. I thought he would be talking non stop about it, but he never brings it up unless I do. My calorie range is 1200-1550 per SP. When I really am on point with eating habits, I usually fall between 1350-1500 on average, I ended up with a 2.6 lbs weightloss for the week when I weighed in this morning for the Summer 5% Challenge. I didnt get to do too much working out, but it seemed to balance out okay, I guess.

I dont have too much to chat about today. I told Roy I wanted us to get the house spotless before he left, so we have cleaning to do today. Teenager at home all day during the summer = messy house. They (mine anyways) never picks up after himself unless asked/told to. I need to run to the bank to get some money out for his trip, but other then that, nothing else planned.

Hope you all have a great weekend!


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Good morning! And happy 4th of July for our American Goddesses!

Athena I hope you like the recipe. I plan to try some others and as I do I'll pass on the crockpot ones to you. I will say that the SP cookbook probably has the most recipes that the entire family likes and the portions are surprisingly large.

I love sharing recipes. :)

It sounds like you are making some good adjustments. What's you calorie range? If you don't mind my asking? I'm curious because I've always had a 1600 calorie one, no matter what sp said. 1600 per day regardless because the human body needs about 1200 to maintain basic medobolic function, provided you aren't confined to a bed.

But then so put me at like 1215 for low range once and I think I took offense.

I hope you all have a good weekend. We are off to mothers this afternoon for a cookout. Turkey dogs and turkey brats. Then fireworks! Brenna is having a sleepover so tomorrow will be quiet in the morning hours. If I know her she'll be up in a minute, excited to start the day!




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Good Morning Ladies!

Eva, I like your FB post about marriage. I expected there to be an uproar on my feed also because I have a mix of conservative christians, liberals and pagans as friends, but the conservatives christians were actually really quiet about this one. I was pleasantly shocked. A small group of us changed our profile pics for the rainbow filter, and I saw no negative remarks. Thank you for sending me that recipe! I will look at it as soon as I finish posting. I may even make it tonight since I have a 3 day weekend!

Amanda, I am glad that you are still able to work. That is awesome that your former boss sent your that job announcement. I hope it works out in your favor!

I met my sister for our Wednesday lunch date yesterday and she wanted mexican food. I tried very hard to find a nice salad on the menu, but really wanted my steak chimi instead. I had only eaten yogurt for breakfast and that was it, so I went ahead and ordered the chimi and only ate half of it. The website for the restaurant didnt have any nutrition facts for it, so I guestimated half to be about 800 calories and 40 something grams of fat based on a steak chimi I found on SP. Since breakfast and lunch put me already at 1000 calories for the day, I made oven baked chicken tenders and a large salad for dinner and caramel rice cake as a snack which put me at just a little over 1400 cals for the day, so I think I was able to compensate for the heavy lunch okay. No change on the scale from yesterday to today. I did do 25 mins on the stationary bike last night, day 1 of the yoga challenge which was about 20 minutes. My back is feeling much better, but my knee is still feeling irritated, so I had to modify some of the yoga. I think I am really going to rest and ice my knee this month because I really want to get back into running next month. I have a half marathon in November and I really want to pick one up for October too. So I want to start training in August. I was researching symptoms for my knee and I am unfortunately leaning towards patellar tendinitis. It was doing so much better until my back went out, but then it seems that since I couldnt bend at the waist and did alot of knee bending to compensate, it has flared up again.

I hope you all have a nice 4th of July weekend and I hope you enjoy whatever you have planned!!!

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Good Morning!

Athena I sent you a message with the recipe so you can access it when ready. There's a fairly large slow cooker section in there. I've made the slow cooker salsa chicken as well. You eat it like a fajita.

I hope the back continues to improve. Sorry no running but I will look into that do you yoga challenge. Yoga Journal does challenges on occasion and I've participated in a few of those.

Hoovie will get use to his Yard and possibly begin to like it when he realizes you can let him out alone.

Amanda i'm glad you were back at work but i'm sorry that everyone in the state had to deal with the stress of possibly no jobs. That's not fair.

State Congress and Us Congress need to get their act together. (A group of Baboons are a Congress as well. At this point I'm wondering if they could do a better job than some elected officials)

Amanda the college bookstore sounds right up your alley. And I'll say this, you can help lost freshmen. Believe me i remember being a lost freshmen!

So my facebook feed has been taken over by the fuss over gay marriage. My county is one of 8 Tennessee counties being a$$h0les enough not to issue a license. So here's what I responded to a particular rant (why have all the cousins gout to be baptist and ministers too?)

"Marriage has not been a religious issue since the 1920's (1923 to be exact but gave until 1929 for the tax to be put into place) when the federal government mandated that all sates were to charge a licensing fee (a tax). When a tax or fee is mandated by the government, sate or federal, it then becomes a government matter. Only the ceremony that you choose to follow it is religious."

Yeah Christmas should be fun with that one shouldn't it?

On a happier note, it's national ice cream month. treat yourself to a cold treat. Remember Mac Donald's has an off menu order of a snack size McFlurry if it tempts. Then there's always Sherbet emoticon







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Wow, there was so much to read and catch up on!

Really glad you are healing, Athena! Continue to be gentle and mindful--and thanks for the link! It may take me a little while, but I do want to check it out.
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As I'm not particularly handy, I can't recommend anything about the ramp, E. emoticon But I'll pray that your recovery goes well!
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It's so gratifying to hear about Bug's culinary adventures, Eva! emoticon And thanks for the reminder that a home yoga practice can start out simple and small.
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Yes, we were back at work today. This was my response to my sister's blog about the whole budget mess www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
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Looks like they barely got their act together--but their last minute compromises don't make up for the fact that they played their games, causing every single agency to waste time and money on contingency planning, sending layoff notices to all staff, and all the stress for all of us under-paid and over-worked workers who hadn't seen a raise in 7 years--unlike those very legislators who got themselves an 11% raise!

I still want to pursue a referendum that will begin levying daily *doubling* fines for every day in June that they have not passed a budget. And if they haven't got one before June 30, they should be declared ineligible to run for office or even to serve by appointment for 10 years. Think they might do their jobs then?

This is my latest job news, besides the phone message from Fish and Wildlife saying they went with someone else who had a little more of what they were looking for--though they had been very impressed by me at the interview. I sent an email thanking the supervisor who led the interview panel, wishing the new candidate success, and asking him to keep me in mind if any other positions came open in his group. But here's the new scoop:

I was stressing about whom to use as references for the Office Manager position I just applied for. I finally decided to ask my first supervisor, who was transferred out & is working elsewhere in the region the last 3 years if she would be willing. Given that she left under not good circumstances, I didn't know if she'd be willing. But I worked with her the longest, and she relied on me and really knows what I can do. She said she would--then I realized they didn't request it as part of the application package, though last time they asked interviewees to bring references with them.

I think because I reached out to her, she sent me a job announcement today from one of the community colleges not far away--for a Bookstore Manager Assistant! Good pay, at an educational institution, doing much of what I did at Waldenbooks! And it's open until 7/12, so I have time to answer the many essay supplemental questions. I'll also see if I can track down any of my old district managers from my retail managing days. Anyway it would be great. I thanked her strongly for sending it my way. Then I asked about changes in their unit (some of their work now being automated) and if she were looking for something else. She said half their people will lose their jobs, but not her (seniority!), so she's been looking for possible positions for them, and thought of me when she saw the college bookstore one. I complimented her on the good thing she is doing for her coworkers--and for me! It was nice to have a positive connection. And I'm sure y'all will be hearing about the new app--which will take me awhile!

Blessed Be, Amanda

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I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
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Good Morning Ladies!

I went to bed at 7:48 last night and got a good nights sleep... the wake up perky kind of sleep! The chiropractor visit went well. He had to readjust me again. My L4 and L5 still were not completely in alignment. He also did my entire back which I am pretty sure every bone in my spine was out of place and popped back in line. He said if I am still experiencing pain in 1 week to come back for another adjustment, but if the pain has resolved to go ahead and cancel the appointment. He said I could exercise just don't be stupid about it and take it easy. He said he wouldn't recommend running until I was pain free. The adjustment had me a little sore again, but I noticed when I got out of my car this morning after my long commute to work, that I wasn't as stiff and sore as I usually am after sitting for a longer period of time. I will have to see how it goes after sitting at a desk for a few hours. I am usually up every hour for a bathroom break anyways because all the water drinking causes several trips to be needed. So far, I have lost 3 lbs of water weight, which makes me happy that I hadn't gained as much "fat" as I had thought.

I run a local running group, and we decided to do a 30 day yoga challenge this month. We are using a free program on the Do You Yoga website which has videos between 10-20 minutes in length. I am actually pretty excited about it, and am going to use it to get back into yoga. I will be doing Day 1 this evening when I get home. Here is a link in case you all want to check it out.

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Eva, I would love to try that crock pot rosemary chicken recipe! I love to try new dishes, but to be honest, when I look at recipes, I look for the ones that require minimal prep. After a long day at work, I just don't want to spend the entire evening in the kitchen. I still come up with some good dishes, others are misses though. I am glad that Brenna is enjoying cooking with you in the kitchen. Every once in a while, Roy will get in the mood to help me cook, or bake a cake on his own.

EverLearning, I am glad that you had a great day with family and its awesome they had a laptop for you to borrow. It will definitely help you pass the time while you are healing. It sucks that the ramp is out of price range for you. Do you have a friend that is handy that could do it for minimal charge is you are able to purchase supplies? Or even donate time? I hope it all works out for the best for you!

I didn't do too much of a work out last night since I was so tired. I did take Hovie on a long slow walk. It looked like it was going to storm, so it was really windy outside which made the temperature drop. I think we were both enjoying it and not wanting to go in just yet. It was nice and peaceful. I did a few dumbbell exercises for biceps, triceps and shoulders, but that's about it. I am hoping to do some cycling tonight. Oh, I did finally get Hovies fence put up a couple of weeks ago. It is still taking some time for him to get used to it. He is not happy with being confined to one small area of the yard when he is used to having reign of the neighborhood on a leash. I am working on him using the bathroom in the fenced in yard during the mornings and evenings which he is finally realizing that is the new routine now, and then taking him on a walk when I get home from work so he can explore and mark all he wants...

Have a great Wednesday!!

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Good Morning Goddesses!

Amanda I hope you find yourself at work this morning!

Athena I'm glad you are easing into exercise, but sorry you missed some sleep. I know how that feels. hope you are rested this morning.

An at home practice is easier to start than you might think. I know several that begin by literally doing 3-12 rounds of half sun salutes and build a practice from there.

What did the chiropractor say?

If I mention a SP recipe you want to try just let me know and I'll be happy to send it by sparkmail so you can test a few of the dishes before you invest in the book. last night we made the mac cheese and the crock pot rosemary chicken. Both were good and Brenna enjoyed making the mac cheese. She got to stir the sauce. We snapped green beans to go with them. She likes green beans cooking in low sodium chicken stock, so I sauteed them that way.

Everlearning I hope you get that ramp in place. My grandmother was in a wheel chair (she had a birth defect that in her later years caused her to not be able to walk distances) and I had the privilege of hauling the chair when there was no ramp available. So I understand your concern for your DH.

Today I plan to make it to the pharmacy. My niece started her reign of teenage terror on Sunday (not a joke she's been a handful for her mother the last couple years). Her birthday dinner is tomorrow night at the outback. So I have some meal planning to do so I can stay in calorie budget for that. Fun Fun.






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Athena, sounds like you have a good plan in place, easing back into exercise and listening to your body's signals is the safest way to go.
So sorry you're short on sleep, that's never any fun. Quarantining the late-night skype fest is a smart solution.
I sure hope the chiropractor has good news for you today. emoticon

Glad to see that everyone is stocking up on freggies! Can't have too many of those, right?
My favorite way to keep lunchtime salads quick & easy is to grate carrots, shred purple cabbage & chop celery and keep them in a bag together. Then I just toss 'em in a bowl with greens and lean protein, along with the more perishable veggies that wouldn't keep as well in the bag.

Eva, you and Brenna are rockin' it in the kitchen! And she's getting adventurous, that's just wonderful!! How nice to have someone to cook with (and for) you!!
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Amanda, I hope I heard correctly that the WA legislature got its act together and passed the budget. That went on for w-a-y too many years here in CA. I hope you're able to be at work and that your job search is fruitful soon.

We had a lovely visit with the grandvarmints. We spent the day catching up with each other. Their parents brought a laptop for me to borrow while I'm on limited activity. Yayy, they're such sweethearts!
I grilled some chicken with a balsamic vinegar bbq sauce, made honey mustard potato salad, and threw some vegs on the grill.
The kids annihilated the 2 lb bag of little sweet peppers I put out!
The foot surgery is looming close, July 9th. We finally got someone to give us a quote for the ramp, but it was way out of our price range. I may be spending more time on crutches rather than wheels than I planned. I really don't want DH to have to schlep the knee scooter or (especially) wheelchair up and down stairs any more than necessary.

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Good Morning Ladies!

Day one of getting back on track went well. I wanted to do a little more exercise than I did, but was happy with easing back in and not overdoing it. I took an early lunch to beat the heat and walked two miles, then at home I cycled for about 15 minutes. I was going to shoot for 30 minutes, but my knee was bothering me a little, so I thought I had better go ahead and stop.

Roy and I went to the grocery store yesterday, and I bought tons of fresh produce and some lean beef and chicken. When I got home I went ahead and prepped the veggies by making a huge salad with greens, onions, tomatoes, and cucumbers. I also made a cucumber, tomato onion salad with fat free greek plain yogurt, dill, pepper and a little bit of Himalayan pink salt. Then I sliced up a huge carton of strawberries and mixed in some blueberries for a berry salad. After than I went ahead and made egg burritos with whole grain tortillas for dinner. Its one of my quick and easy healthy meals I like to do, and Roy loved it. I brought the fruit and salad with me today along with a can of tuna, and a protein shake for a snack. So.. so far so good. I did sneak on the scale this morning and had an almost 2 lbs loss, so it looks like I am losing some water weight. TOM is next week though, so we will see how that plays out. I didnt sleep well last night. Roy was in the living room skyping with a friend and woke me up several times with loud voice and laughing. I am banning him from skyping in the lviing room from now on. I woke up so exhausted this morning.

I am going back to the chiropractor today to see how my back is healing. He said I should be feeling better in a couple of days when the injury happened, but its been a little over a week and I am still struggling with transitioning from standing to sitting. I just want to check and make sure everything is as it should be and see what I am allowed to do for exercise. I am looking to get back into yoga and running. My sister did burn out of yoga, so it maybe just me when I return to classes. I have been thinking about bringing practice into the home.

It is so awesome that Brenna is making great food choices and asking you to make her salads, Eva. They really do learn by example. Roy is very food conscious too and knows how to read labels and understands that even if something says its healthy doesn't always mean it is. We had a few meals at the beach where I was eating naughty and he got a salad. I am curious about the SP Cookbook. I knew they had one, but had never really paid it any attention since they have a huge recipe database. Since I have been looking for more variety of nutritious meals to make lately I may check it out!

I did see the new meditation starting via email.


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Good Morning Goddesses!

Athena you'll get back on track. Sometimes just being conscious of what's going on helps tremendously. I know you take Yoga classes with your sister, but my at home practice brings my mind into awareness. And remember 90 minutes of child's pose is still yoga. Restorative Yoga. it's not about the postures it's about the breath and being aware of where you are in your life right now. Give it a thought.

I hope you make it to the farmers market :)

Brenna surprised me at lunch yesterday. Sunday I had made the sparkpeople cookbook's crunchy chicken salad and served it on greens (side note I replaced the nuts with unsalted sunflower seeds). I put her chicken salad in a wrap and made her a side salad. So yesterday at lunch I walk in the kitchen and she has out all the salad making materials and asked if she could have a salad, like she had beside her wrap, for lunch. I said "Sure" and walked her through making a salad. Then I added turkey for protein, as the side salad had no proteins. I was so proud of her for making a healthy choice on her own.

She got down my SP cookbook on her own last week with a pile of book marks and marked stuff she wants me to cook for the next month (ask me if I mind?). But I did ask "Why this cookbook?" and I was informed because it had the best pictures.

So tonight is recipe 3 that she chose crockpot rosemary chicken with fresh green beans (farmers market find) and a a grain that has yet to be determined.

Turns out there's a lot of steps a kid her age is very capable of handling in that cookbook.

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Good Morning Ladies!

Back to the grind at work today after last weeks vacation and back to some form of routine! I finally had a huge reality check this morning and I sucked it up and faced the scale to see the damage I have done these past few weeks. It wasn't pretty. In the last 3 weeks, I have put on 6 lbs to add to the 6 pounds I have gained in the last 3 months. Now that I have gained back 12 pounds and undone months of hard work, its time to reset and get focused again. I reset my ticker on SP. While I am completely bummed of this result, I have no one to blame but me. I just need to get back on track and get going in the right direction again. Roy and I ate out every meal while we were at the beach, so I knew the weight gain wasn't going to be pretty, but I was hoping with all the walking we did that we would burn off some extra calories.

My knee feels like its doing better, the back seems to be improving too now that I have been home and resting it. I am hoping to ease back into some walking and stationary cycling now. I am definitely getting myself back on track with my food. Roy and I will be hitting the grocery store either tonight or tomorrow to stock back up on clean eats. I didnt do any shopping before we went on vacation so our kitchen is pretty bare right now. I am going to sit back down and do some more journaling and see if I cant get my emotional eating under control again. I can feel myself slipping back into depressive patterns and habits and there really is no reason for it that I can tell on the surface, so I need to revisit myself and see what is going on.

Everlearning, I hope you enjoyed your family time and are able to find that handyman. I can imagine it will be very tough being on wheel for a few months, but hopefully everything runs smoothly for you.

Amanda, thanks for all the tips on finding others ways to comfort besides food. I dont know where I have really lost my way in that aspect. I guess food and tv have always gone hand and hand with me, and since I have been non-active and watching way more tv due to these injuries, its been bad. I was thinking last night about the things I used to do besides eat food to keep my hands busy. I have had my serious reality check though, so hopefully I will find my way back to a healthier lifestyle. I hope you hear some positive news of the last two interviews you had. I hope the budget gets approved at work so you can go in on Weds.

Eva, it sounds like you and Brenna have been having fun in the kitchen. I hope to make my way back into the kitchen myself with some healthier meal ideas. I want to get to the farmers market too. I tried to go last weekend, but went too late and they were closed by the time I got there. We have no plans for the 4th of July. Roys not big on fireworks, so we usually stay in. I am glad we have a 4 day work week this week and hope to be feeling well enough to take advantage of Friday and head to the park for a walk/jog.

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Good morning Goddesses!

Everlearning i hope you find your handyman soon. Bless you. I can't imagine at this point being on wheels for 3 or 4 months.

But it does sound like you had a good weekend. I hope you enjoyed you house full of boys!

Amanda I hope you hear something positive very soon and may you be working on July 1st and not picketing.

We went to the farmers markett his weekend and found some fabulous fruits. Brenna bought persimmons, honey mangos, and a papaya (i don't remember the variety). We had them with breakfast yesterday morning. She's loving our culinary adventures.

She also tried tofu (knowing it's tofu) in pad tai, subing safe cashew butter for peanut butter to make the sauce. She liked the process of squeezing the water out of tofu. We also made a fresh chicken salad. All wonderful and all fun. She was happy to help. :)

How are you all gearing up for the 4th of July? we have a cookout at mothers, and fireworks, not to mention mom's homemade ice cream emoticon




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E, hope you have/had fun with the family visit! And I'm keeping good thoughts for you for your surgery and recovery. Remind us closer in just when it will happen.
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Athena, I'm so sorry about the health issues! Please be gentle with yourself! Nurture and love that body of yours that wants to heal. This is not a time to push or punish. Do you have some favorite self-soothing activities that don't involve high calorie foods? Aromatherapy, baths, garden sitting, bare feet in mud, favorite movies, stuffed or live animals to hug, craft projects? Journaling, reading or writing poetry, friends to call or write old-fashioned letters to? Trying to think of things to bring comfort beside comfort foods!
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Eva, it sounds like you and Brenna are having a great time. She is such an awesome, head-on-straight kid!
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No word yet on the last 2 interviews. Everything's up in the air because the stupid legislature hasn't passed a budget. If we don't have one on June 30 (Tuesday), the state government has to shut down on 7/1. So I don't know yet if I'll be going to work on Wednesday or joining the union in demonstrating at the Capitol.
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I'm feeling good that I've got the supplemental question responses typed and ready to paste, plus the cover letter written. I'll submit it tomorrow evening after work. I am really ready for that new job and higher salary--wherever it ends up being!
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Greetings, Gorgeous Goddesses!

Athena, I hope your back heals quickly and thoroughly. Sounds like you're handling at well as possible.

Eva, good call on the home Culinary Camp. You'll have more fun together when you're in charge of the menu, you can make it as varied as you want.

Amanda, it looks like you're doing well with your interviews. All your effort will pay off with a terrific job, I'm sure!

I'm looking forward to a family visit today. DH's daughter will be bringing her husband and their four young men, ages 9- 20. It'll be fun. Loud, but fun!
I'm gearing up (OK, obsessing) for surgery, it's less than 2 weeks away now. Trying to find a handyperson to help us put a temporary ramp over our front stairs, as I'll be on wheels for 3-4 months.


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Good Morning!

Athena I'm sorry about your back emoticon I hope you heal quickly.

It's hard not to fall off the food wagon when you are sidelined on fitness. Seems like they go hand in hand. I had the same problem Back in Nov/Dec with my shoulder. Did the Doctor give you any instructions a side from resting it?

Yesterday was busy but in a lazy way. Brenna held class with her babies while I did my chores, we made lunch, then jewelry, then a blackberry cobbler with berries from our vines here at home, then dinner. We broke out my SP cookbook and made the sunburst fries to go with our turkey burgers. She chose some recipes for us to try to make together while dinner cooked and then made her daddy pick a few after dinner. Apparently the farmer's market last weekend inspired her. So It looks like she's going to attend a home version of Culinary Camp.

The Parent/Kid Culinary Camp I looked into here only taught how to make pies, cookies(pb cookies were on the menu), and ice cream topping/jam. I refuse to pay $175 for someone to teach my kid to make a cookie she can't eat. Not when for $3 I can teach her to make a cookie she can eat. I thought there might be an introduction to different vegetables and fruits and how to prepare them. Needless to say I was disappointed. emoticon

Anyway back to the farmers market in Jackson and Aldi this weekend. Brenna asked if we could take one of the reusable shopping bags with us so everything is easier to carry. That tells me she's planning on a lot of freggies! emoticon


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Good Evening Ladies!

I am sorry for my disappearing act, it has been a rough last few weeks. The FDA arrived at work the week before last and I worked 7am - 5pm Monday thru Friday, sitting with the FDA (along with other QA associates) in a conference room while they performed record reviews and then walking them around the facility as the observed processes, staff and asked questions. It was exhausting, but I really enjoyed myself. I got to see alot of processes being performed from blood donations and observing blood drives to molecular DNA testing, the process that goes into freezing a red blood cell so that it it is good for 10 years and rare donor testing. What made it tough was that I had somehow hurt my knee the sunday before they arrived, so I ended up in alot of pain as I was walking around with the FDA auditors. I had finally got to adequately rest it over the weekend after they left and thought it was well on the mend. This past monday, Roy and I left to go to the beach, and while I was dropping a book off at the library before we hit the road, my back went completely out. I can only assume from trying to overcompensate from walking so much on a knee injury the prior week. I have an ongoing problem where my L4 and L5 rotate slightly out of alignment, which puts alot of pressure on a joint on the right side of my pelvis that connects to the spine. The last time this happened was about 5 years ago, and there is no warning, I wont be doing anything rigorous and it just goes. When it happened 5 years ago, I was bending to pick my gym back up off the floor, this time, I was getting out of the car. The doc (chiropractor) said it will be something I will probably deal with for the rest of my life, I will just get up one morning and it will "slip" and I will have to be aligned back up. I was lucky enough to make a call to the doc on Monday morning and he saw me right away. I was in tears in the waiting room it hurt so bad. He took xrays to ensure it was what both he and I thought it was, and it confirmed it. He also said I have a beautiful healthy spine with no bone degeneration, just this issue. He popped me back in line and said it would be a few days before I feel better. Gave me the name of a doc he knew in Myrtle Beach I could see in case the pain got unbearable while I was there.

So we were on the road by 10 am and only 2 hours behind our intended scheduled leave time. I couldnt bend over, I couldnt lift anything and transition from standing to sitting and vice versa was a B!tch!! But I had already paid for everything up front from this trip and Roy was so excited that I refused to let this derail us. Needless to say, it was a painful vacation. Roy and I still did everything we intended to do which even had me walking 9.13 miles on tuesday (per fitbit, over 22K steps) I am still not better, and considering going back to visit the doc tomorrow. I am sure being very active at the beach delayed my healing.

So with the knee issue and the back issue, I have been completely sidelined from exercise for nearly 3 weeks now. I am very discouraged and very bummed. What I would give to feel healthy. I also think the back thing has re-aggravated the knee, so I still have pain there that comes and goes... it seems the more painful the back, the more painful the knee (I guess from over compensating each other).

Sorry I havent been around lately... just really been busy and in a funk with all of this. I feel like a bag of bones and flab... I literally feel like I cant do anything to tone up, and as a result, I have been doing some minor emotional eating too... refuse to get on the scale, so I am in denial also. I am hoping these injuries will heal so I can ease back in. I really should be on point with my diet right now, but just havent been as good as I should.

As for the beach trip, we did have fun. I had booked the room to stay and extra day, but then we pretty much finished everything we wanted to do on tuesday, so I was able to cancel and get my money back for the extra day. We spend all day wednesday finishing up doing all of our traditional stuff and then got home wednesday evening. I have spent all day today in bed and in my chair trying to rest this back (only 1700 steps on my fitbit for today, LOL).

Roy was invited to go to the beach with his friends July 5 - 11, so he will be going back in a little over a week. I am excited for him. I think he will have more fun with his friends anyways and I felt really limited on our trip because of my back even though I didnt let it stop us from doing the things he wanted.

Hope all of you are well. I havent read the posts below to see how you all have been, but will read and catch up on everything soon... just wanted to let you know I am still alive, even if not very healthy at the moment. Take care!


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Good Morning!

Amanda i think 20,000 is a bit daunting myself. Mostly it's very time consuming if you don't already have a walking workout in place. or live in a walking city (i don't) But it did give me a boost to make sure I'm getting in my 5 miles (10,000 daily) and remind me that the 2 together, diet and exercise, win the day.

The skinny jeans thing is scary but very rare. I never liked them because of the belly compression. I don't see how it's good for digestion let alone just sheer uncomfortable. Brenna refuses anything that says "skinny" in the label.

But I saw another interesting article today about a new grocery store in Boston, run by the former president of Trader Joe's gma.yahoo.com/look-inside-bostons-ex
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I hope you hear positive stuff from the Fishing and Wildlife department. it sounds like it would be a good fit for you, environment and financially.

We are still under a heat advisory here, so having to take care with outdoor activities. I'm hoping it'll be lifted very soon.




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Wow, weird about the skinny jeans! And scary! emoticon

I don't know, 20,000 every day seems a bit extreme to me--like it's so high many people would find it unreachable, and therefore not worth attempting. I prefer the idea of someone increasing to 10 K daily from wherever they may be, and if that becomes pretty consistently achieved, moving up by increments of 1000 or 2000 as a goal.

Hard to know how to judge my interview from the panel's viewpoint, since I don't know anything about the other candidates, or how many were interviewed. I felt comfortable, and wasn't thrown too badly when they told me there would be a demonstration activity to test my Excel skills. I had made clear in my cover letter and supplemental question responses that I rarely use Excel, and so have lost knowledge I gained from a class I took years ago. There were a number of things I wasn't familiar with, though I had some of the basic computer skills down--and I expressed excitement when they showed me how to freeze cells, which I could tell would be extremely useful. They thought it was kind of funny that I was so happy to learn a new Excel trick, but I was fine with that. They could tell I pick things up quickly and understand how certain tasks, tools or functions can support the work, and that I appreciate learning new skills.

Their temp person finishes July 1, so they want to hire quickly--so I should hear something soon. I sent emails to all 3 panel members, including the supervisor for the position, a peer who does the same work, and a third person outside the unit. I made each one a little different, addressed the Excel issue, expressed how much I would like to support the work of the agency, and join a team with the communication channels in place that they described. So I will keep praying and hoping for the best, even as I start in on 2 new apps, including one for Office Manager in my agency's Seattle office--not where I want to end up, but better than where I am.

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Good Morning Goddesses!

Well I read an article yesterday about a woman having to be hospitalized after her skinny jeans cut off her circulation. Her calves swelled inward from squatting while packing boxes instead of outward like they normally do. I don't own skinny jeans (no one in the house does) but if you do wear them be careful of when you wear them.

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So my fitbit died a while back. Yesterday i replaced it with a normalish pedometer from walmart that looks like a watch. It doesn't sync to spark but I'll probably like the accountability of manually loading my steps each day. But I need something to inspire me to move more regularly. I read an article on step counting that the "new step count" for healthy living should be about 20,000 per day due to the average american diet. Made me think about my own activity level and diet. which isn't a bad thing. i don't eat the "average American diet." Most of us here don't but still it brought my own activity levels into my consciousness. I never knew that the 10,000 steps idea was set in 1969.
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Not really sure how to prepare. Just plan to be positive, accentuate my talents and my alignment with agency values and vision, my positive attitudes and abilities. I already have a good feeling about the fellow who has contacted me, who I would be reporting to. He seems to have a sense of humor, which would be nice to work with. I'll let y'all know how it goes.

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good Morning Goddesses!

Amanda given the situation you are in, unhealthy work environment and financial difficulties, I would have called in a mental health day and gone to the interview regardless. Finding a better position for you is part of good mental health. Good luck with your interview. I'm rooting for you!

A herd of turtles must be a southernisim. And I would think since 3-5 inhabit a pond normally then yep 3 would be a herd. Interestingly enough turtles are pretty quick when they want to be. Red eared sliders are anyway.

This afternoon we got to go to the library to make masks with Brenna's art teacher and Snoo Miller, the resident mad scientist.

I've signed Brenna up for a 2 day art camp on July 9th and 10th. It's half a day and should be fun for her. I trust Snoo and Jodi to watch out for her.

Sunday we have a special one on one class with the local sculptor that Brenna loves so much. So it's bound to be a good time. And I think I'll end up having to buy an octopus if it's still there.

Finally getting back on track, post Vacation. Brenna has just over a month before school is back in session. *sigh* the summer is flying by.






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The new grocery sounds like fun! emoticon emoticon I've never heard the saying "I'm off like a herd of turtles" but I like it! emoticon emoticon emoticon (do 3 turtles comprise a herd?)

I was surprised and delighted to get a call from Fish and Wildlife at work this morning, asking me to an interview on Wednesday at 12:30. I told me supervisor, who said that's a bad day because of unit meetings, and she wasn't sure if she could approve it. I panicked, not wanting to lose out on the opportunity--plus I wasn't sure what the policy was, so I called my manager (her boss) who assured me I could go, and they would adjust, because they weren't going to prevent me from trying to promote. I was hugely relieved, but my supervisor was not happy with me; she wanted to think it over and decide what was best for the unit, not one person--and resented my going over her head.

But given that my current salary isn't enough to cover my expenses, now that I have car payments, I can't be too worried about her feelings. I told her I want to build a better relationship with her, and I'm sorry if that's not possible in her estimation now. But given that the most support I've received from management in terms of promoting is the assurance "we won't stand in your way" of leaving for something better, I didn't want to throw away this opportunity.

So I came home and got directions to the Fish and Wildlife building in Olympia, then checked out their website, reading about the Habitat Program I would be working with. Pretty complex laws and science to deal with--which I find very exciting: to learn about a whole new part of state government, and how they are seeking to protect and conserve resources.

I will say that in my meeting with Doreen (Office Manager) today, we did cover some important work matters, some of our differences in perception, plus she gave me a good suggestion for professional growth in our agency, and for the first time gave me concrete and specific positive feedback on my ability to write detailed instructions that really cover all the steps, so things aren't missed.

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Good morning Goddesses!

I hope you all are doing well this Monday morning.

Ashley it's good to see you!

Amanda I'm sorry you had an episode. I can understand. Sometimes the simplest things cause you to have a come apart. Or it does me. i'm glad you found the part of yourself that was in distress and soothed her.

I hope you are selected to interview for the CSS3 position. I think it would be a good fit for you.

Everlasting do you have a plan in place for surgery? Is it on your foot? I'm sorry i don't recall.

We had a good weekend with Jim. Although it was a working weekend. We mad a small transmission repair and cut the grass yesterday.

Saturday we visited the new Grubbs Grocery. All locally sourced organic foods. The farmers sourcing Grubbs happen to set up at the farmers market as well. It's a nice concept but I'll save a bundle just by going to the farmers market itself. I did find a few safe items for Brenna that I had not seen elsewhere so if recipe calls for it I'll know where to go. And the spice rack was awesome :)

I hope you all have a good day. I'm off like a herd of turtles!


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I sent thank you emails to each of the 3 people on my interview panel from Thursday. It wasn't until Friday that I had time to look them up in Outlook and find their email addresses to take home. I forgot to tell y'all earlier that I received a form email re the CSS3 job I applied for during my vacation (the one I had to drive into town to find Wi-Fi to submit it), saying I had passed the initial sorting of candidates. I'm not guaranteed to be selected for an interview, but I could be! So that was gratifying, especially as the pay is higher. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon (it's the Fish and Wildlife one)

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Such fun reading what everyone's been up to. On a sadder note, I seem to remember there may have been a major health issue for Ruby. I'm not sure if she's still with us. emoticon

I'm always caught off guard when I have a PTS episode, especially when they are brought on by bizarre things like an excruciating phone menu that tells me--after minutes and minutes of entering data and begging to talk to a person, and being reduced to tears and profanities--that customer service is closed, and I need to call back another day. I knew I was way over-reacting. So when I finally sat and journaled, interspersed with tapping and hugging on my soft, squishy cuddle bear, I got in touch with a young freaked out part who felt helpless and panicked when she tries to get help and can't get it, or she appeals to the people who are supposed to help her (like an abusive father, a negligent mother, and crappy managers) and they do nothing or refuse to help.

The good news, and what I'm proud of, is that I started addressing the issues within a half hour of the ill-fated phone call. I may be feeling pretty drained now, but I'm calm again, treating myself compassionately, and I didn't need to wait to see my therapist to use some tools to help see who was hurting and why, and address her concerns and fears.

I may not get as much done as I had hoped, but you deal with what life hands you, and you gain strength and nurturing where you can.

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Hello Goddesses,

Just checking in to say hello! emoticon Hope everyone is well.

Thankful for my father this weekend on Father's Day.

Looking forward to the Summer Solstice/Litha this weekend! Wishing everyone lots of happiness, love and light! emoticon

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Good morning, Glorious Goddesses!

Good move, Lisa, staying in the shade when you can. Keep that water bottle handy! emoticon
No smackage is in order, emoticon for the reminder. I've requested a couple of chair exercise DVDs from the library. Anybody have any experience or recommendations?

Eva, congrats on hitting Three Years! That's quite a feat. emoticon emoticon
That's great that you offer a little refreshment to workers. I'm weird that way, too. Nothing wrong with acknowledging another human being, eh? When my kids were little, I'd always point out workers at various jobs and try to get the wee ones to understand that every job is important, as is every person.
You're a great model for Brenna on both counts.

Amanda, I'm glad the interview went well. Sending LOTS of positive energy your way! emoticon emoticon

I remember Ruby's dance video, that was brilliant! Has anyone heard from her? I was looking around last week and it looks like she hasn't been around for a while. She's such a kick!

I have a glamorous day of chores lined up. It's only 7:30 here, and I've got a few knocked off already. Off to exercise now.......
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Good morning Goddesses!

Amanda i do remember Ruby's twisting blog and Mrs. Paula commonly dances for her exercise :) I like to try belly dancing on occasion. I laugh at myself A LOT. but that's half the fun. It helps me to lighten up. Sometimes it seems like the goddess and movement go hand in hand.

And speaking of belly dancing the video I was using has gone off hulu so I think my 3 year anniversary gift with be the 3 DVD's by this particular woman so I can keep trying. I like her, she's funny, the exercise is fun and my spirits are always lifted while I sweat.

I think it's why Zumba is so popular, you laugh at yourself.

But I get the feeling she's very much a non-christian and that may be why her workouts haven't caught on mainstream. Who knows.

Anywho Amanda I hope you hear something very positive about your interview.

Yesterday we had our a/c unit serviced and cleaned. Bless the man that was here. He was 70 if he was a day working in this heat. I surprised him by keeping him hydrated while he was here and by venting the attic a couple hours before he arrived to let out the trapped heat. I told him to come in to do his paperwork it's too hot to sit in the panel van and do it. He told me "you have to be good people to think about the service people. No one ever does." It was a surprise to me. I always offer coffee if it's cold and water if it's hot.I suppose I have to start remembering I really am the weirdo (in a good way) around here.





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emoticon news, E! Or as someone on Spark said (whom I enjoy quoting) You Rock, Loser! emoticon

Glad you are being careful to walk in the less-hot shade, Lisa! Also that the acupuncture is helping!

emoticon about how much fun the dancing sounds, Eva! Do you remember Ruby's video blog years ago of her twisting to Chubby Checkers? I think it got a favorite blog award. It's emoticon when fitness and exercise are FUN!

I think the interview went very well. I just can't guess anything about the other 11 people they are seeing. But they've said they'll let us all know in the next 2 weeks. I asked about timing, and it takes awhile for higher ups to sign off, even once they've made their choices, plus references need to check out.

I gave myself *lots* of extra time, as I always do, plus more for the possibility of heavier traffic due to the US Open around Tacoma--but it didn't impact my drive at all. So I did as I had for my last interview, and checked out an apartment complex. This one is just up the hill a little from the other one.

Printed off a couple new job announcements, one I will put in for definitely. I'll keep you all in the loop, and let you know what I hear!

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Good morning Goddesses!

Amanda I hope you have a wonderful interview today. Sending good thoughts in your direction!

Everlearning -- It's so nice of you to dog sit for your friend. It's hard to find someone that will give the furbabies attention to ease the absence of the owner.

Congrats on your 4 pounds down!

I'll be thinking about you during your surgery. May you have a swift recovery.

Lisa it's hotter than Hades here and just going to get hotter. We had such a mild summer we are due for it.

I wasn't thinking of getting Brenna a kidfit. She is an active child and she loves to be active with me. I track my time but that's a bit different. I just try to limit her tv time and that keeps her moving. I believe the kids fitness program is plenty of plugged in.

I just find it strange that there's actually an activity tracker made for kids her age. But with childhood obesity being such an epidemic I shouldn't be surprised.

Today I'm 3 years in maintenance. It's still a difficult journey. A hard balance to hold but it's worth it :)



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Hello all you Beautiful Goddesses!
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I just got back from my walk, and whew! it is hot! Almost too hot for walking in office clothes. emoticon I usually make the block around our capitol building (which is across the street from my building), but today I stayed on the shady half of the building. Whew! Did I mention it's hot? emoticon

Thank you all for the congrats on my loss last week. I weighed in this morning and I have stayed the same. But that's okay, onward! emoticon

I had my second visit with the acupuncturist yesterday. I really like how I feel after the session. He also gave me some herbs to help balance me out so I will hopefully stop being hot ALL the time.

E, how wonderful of you to take care of your friend's dog. Yes, July 9 will be here all too soon. I'm sending you lots of fast-and-easy-recovery vibes. Don't forget to line up your chair exercises. emoticon emoticon (You can smack me if you want to. lol)

Eva, exercising with Bug sounds like a lot of fun! Your vacation sounds wonderful. I would love to go to the mountains for a get-away.

Amanda, I'm excited for you getting the interview! Sending you lots of ace-that-interview vibes. Your vacation also sounds like a great time.

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Welcome back, Fearless Leaders!

I hope both of you are refreshed and recharged from your vacations.

Amanda, I'm sure you will knock that interview out of the park! It sounds like you're making sure you're very well prepared. You'll have the right job soon!

Eva, how wonderful that you and your Bug exercise together! You can have so much fun in so many ways with that. The dance videos sound like a hoot!
My thought on the junior Fitbit, for what it's worth, is that kids are so plugged in to SO many gadgets these days, I personally wouldn't go for it. I would try to encourage the young Goddess to forge her mind-body-spirit relationship more naturally, helping her learn to follow her body's cues.

I'm pleased to have dropped four pounds.
My dear friend just got back from a few days away on business. I took care of her sweet geriatric dog while she was gone. We were all happy to see each other!
I got the date for my surgery, July 9. Yikes, that'll be here soon! Trying to get myself and surroundings ready for the aftermath. Last year I was on NO weight-bearing for 10 weeks. Seemed like forever at the time. Pondering whether to put in a temporary ramp over the front stairs.

Have a marvelous Wednesday, everyone!

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Good Morning Goddesses!

Good luck on your interview!

Post vacation clean up is done. One more night of VBS (I've been informed by my little goddess yet again that they are wrong about god being male because if god created all the people then god must be a girl because women have the babies. I'm loving her logical mind)

Bug and I are working fitness time to fit her, we have a go noodle exercise program going. Basically it's dance videos for kids to move with. it's fun for her, it's free, we wiggle and we giggle together. i don't care how I move as long as i'm moving. And FYI yes kids videos make you freaking sweat. lol it's going to be our "can't go outside" go to for rain and dangerous heat.

I've also had a facebook add pop up at me about a new kids product, Kidfit. Apparently it's like fitbit but for kids and montions them so they get in an hour of play time every day. Any thoughts?


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I'm also recovering from vacation and that last 12-hour driving day! I took an extra 2 days of vacation to rest, catch up on chores, and it turns out--prep for an interview on Thursday morning!

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I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
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Good morning goddesses!

I hope you all are feeling fabulous on this Tuesday morning.

I'm tired. Still recovering from vacation and post vacation chores/clean up. Brenna has been going to VBS at my in-laws' church and so it makes for later nights. particularly since we've been creeping outside to catch fireflies after Jim goes to bed. :)

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Good morning goddesses!

Athena i hope you are feeling better. I had forgotten that shrimp have a decent iron builder. Spinach and Kale. Of course you know that but just a reminder they build iron very well too. I'm bad to throw frozen of each into random meals.

Amanda good luck on your applications and proposals! You are in my happy thought.
I'm glad you all are having fun with your 6 pack meeting!

We had a fabulous time in Galtinburg! We had a "walking" vacation. We stayed on the strip and left the van parked for the most part. we walked everywhere. I had one excursion into Pigeon Forge (sketchers outlet for Brenna) and then over into NC for a hike and a walking tour of Asheville. We hiked Craggy Gardens with my friend her her son. She planed a fabulous easy hike for the adults it would be an intermediate hike for kids. Brenna did well. She collected quartz and Pyrite and Iron ore on the trek back down. She got a giggle sine the rains made us have to walk int he water some.

We managed to picnic every day except one. We had gone back to the room to drop off stuff and grab the cooler when the rain started to pour, so we ate in the room and waited it out.

I hope you all had a good week and now I am back to my regularly scheduled program!


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emoticon sweet goddesses for your support! All prayers and positive energy are *always appreciated*!

emoticon on the shed pounds, Lisa! emoticon
I enjoyed the Art Walk I did in Kauai with my same 6-Pack buds, E. Did you buy anything fun? Beautiful things are always a pleasure and a treasure, even when you just bask for a while.
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Finally getting a chance to Spark. I started to yesterday after I submitted my application--but my battery died. Thank the Goddess I got the app submitted first!!
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Having a marvelous time with best gal pals. Walked on the beach all together yesterday. "Warm tubbed" with one friend--they are doing construction on the house, and left no instructions on anything, including how to set the hot tub settings. The lack of Wi-Fi especially makes it unlikely we'll return until some improvements are made. But the weather and company have been grand.
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We saw a lovely film (DVD) last night, The 100 Foot Journey--I highly recommend it.
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Tomorrow's our long travel day, may do no more than spin. More when I'm back home on my network again!
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Amanda, that was a smart move, asking the HR person how to improve your app process. So glad you got such a helpful response! Sending Great New Job energy your way!

Lisa, congrats on dropping 5 lbs, that's terrific! Have a great time with your garden, I know I always feel closest to the source when my knees are dirty. Sounds like you've got quite a nice variety of plants. Don't let the sweat bother you, keep your eyes on the prize ~ home-grown freggies!

I've chosen to forgo putting in a garden this year, between the drought and upcoming surgery.
DH & I went to our local Art Walk last night. Met up with some friends, and saw some amazing work. Fun!

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Good morning! Happy Friday!

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Good morning Goddesses!

Yep, summer has definitely arrived in Mississippi. The day started out at 74, and quickly went up into the high 80s. Oh well, our 2 weeks of spring was nice while it lasted. lol

So far, my little garden is doing well. It helps me get a little extra walking in to go out there and commune with my plants. emoticon

Have a wonderful day!

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Amanda, I'm glad the HR person responded and gave you some helpful ideas. I am sending lots of HIRE AMANDA vibes your way.

I lost 5 pounds. Woo hoo! I'm feeling better too as my diet improves.

I hope you all have a great day!

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I was delighted to get a response from the HR person who had some great ideas on improving my application to appeal to recruiters, who often get dozens of responses to wade through. So I reworked my standard application, especially the job duties to describe not just what I do/have done, but how--what skills were called on to accomplish the work. That meant it took me longer than expected to get tonight's app submitted, but it's at a higher pay scale than anything I've applied for in a while. I will keep really positive thoughts about it! It's an HR Consultant Assistant position, if you want to pray on my behalf!
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Good morning! I got my walk in a bit earlier today, because it is hot and sticky out there. They say we will be getting some rain this afternoon and evening. I hope so.

I hope you all have a lovely day!

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emoticon Have fun in your garden, Lisa emoticon --especially when you harvest! emoticon And emoticon for the positive energy. I heard back on one recent app that I won't be moving forward (no interview). For the first time I replied and asked if they could tell me why I wasn't selected to go on in the process. No idea if I'll get any feedback or not, but it doesn't hurt to ask!

I wrote my cover letter tonight, but I want to check on a couple of details about a recent staff training I plan to mention--and I forget to check today. Tomorrow's my last day before 6 vacation days (W-F, M-W) so I'll need to do it then--plus get ready to be gone.

I had an important, if not completely comfortable, discussion with my program manager (not my direct supervisor), about an upcoming Office Manager position at a sister office, about my "progress review" and the failure of those above me to adequately meet the Leadership Competencies contained in that evaluation document. Just more stuff! But I want to get notes written and recorded, cuz I need to get better at documenting what's been said, since too often such things are forgotten or misremembered.

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Good morning all you beautiful Goddesses!

I had a very good weekend. We worked on our little garden both days, getting things planted. I have regular tomatoes, grape tomatoes, roma tomatoes, cucumber, squash, zuchini, okra, and watermelons. We have habanero peppers and cayenne peppers for him. Here's hoping I don't give in to my intense dislike of sweat and let things go when it gets really hot!
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Foodwise, I did pretty good. Except for some beer and wine.
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Amanda, I'm continuing to send you good vibes on finding the right job for you!

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I'm mostly done with the supplemental questions (I do all the yes-no and multiple choice ones first; am halfway done with the third of 3 "essay" questions) for a position with a different agency. It for a Human Resources Consultant Assistant 2 (something I've never heard of, much less applied for) but it's at a higher pay scaled than most of the positions I've sought. And it deals mainly with workers comp claims, coordinating with the agency I'm with now. Although I don't do much claims work currently, I'm familiar with the general principles, forms, & processes--which might help me. I've also mentioned my Wellness background, and a recent staff training I had o Early Return to Work--a program the job announcement mentioned specifically. This app is due on 6/11m but I'd like to get it submitted by the 8th, to then focus on the one due on 6/14--in the middle of my vacation. I'll try to get that one submitted on the 10th. Wish me luck, please!

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Athena, I donate pretty regularly--have for years. It doesn't bother me. I've sometimes been just a little lightheaded afterward, or had a slight headache later I the day. But I take iron pills (I've had a few times of not qualifying.) Some of the techs are really good; I've only had one or two who couldn't seem to do it right. And I remember reading that 75% of the population will need blood at least once in their lives, but only 5% donate regularly. It's a gift I enjoy giving, since I know there are some who can't, due to medical conditions or medicines they take. Plus I feel totally OK snacking in the canteen afterward!

I was amazed to see I got a reply from my manager--who's out sick--at 6:30 this morning! But then I cc'd his boss, the Regional Manager, with my proposal. He said they are working on the recruitment, suggesting they are opening it to outside people again--rather than trying to fill from within, and he'll let me know when it's posted so I can apply. Not holding my breath there, but at least I asked. And I found 2 more jobs to apply for at a higher salary range than what I was making before I got demoted back to an OA. One is due 6/11 and the other 6/14. I'll want to get them done before leaving on vacation. I hope one of these recent or upcoming apps comes through! Not only do I want the higher pay, but I'd like to spend my time and energy on something else besides hunting for a better job. emoticon (That's me looking really hard!) emoticon

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Good Morning Ladies!

Amanda, I hope you get a good response form your proposal. Eva, I love the Blueridge Parkway and the area. Roy and I went to Boone back in 2012 and had a nice time in the area. Last year, we went to Biltmore with my grandmother, my sister, neice and Roy and myself. I really enjoyed it, but I think the kids were less impressed. I can see how Brenna might not enjoy it just yet.

Well, the Employee Blood Drive walked around the building yesterday requesting donors. I am ashamed to say, that in the 8 years of working in the company, I have yet to donate (and I have O neg blood - Im the universal donor). There are several reasons why I am nervous about it. I had a titer drawn at the beginning of my career after taking the Hep B series shots and staff was quite rough with me (at this time I was only working in the lab and not higher up in the company, so there wasnt much I could say). After that fiasco, the lady lost the tube and I needed to have another drawn (which I declined). Plus, I just dont know how I will react. You hear of donors having adverse reactions while donating and it makes me nervous that I might be one of the few to faint, pass out, or have loss of bladder/bowels. Finaly, I am unsure I want my medical history/demographic info (name/addy/ssn) in a database where my co-workers can look it up and read it (not saying that they would, but its there for them to see if they should decide to do so). Not saying they would find anything interesting... but still, I am open in some aspects, and others I would prefer to still remain private about.. especially at work. I did sign up though... to donate whole blood next friday. I have a week to decide if I want to follow through.

Eva, remember when I was craving shrimp all the time and couldnt get enough of it? Well, I think it was because I have low iron. My iron was 12.8 on my last finger stick and you have to be between 12.5 and 15 to donate. I am concerned that losing a pint of blood may drop my iron too low and cause me to be extremely exhausted. I dont know... I am overall just not comfortable doing it. I want to do a good thing (save a life), but you can tell I am really on the fence with this. We shall see...

Not much else going on. I found a recipe that looked interesting on pinterest last night and had all the ingredients at home, so I tried it out. Both Roy and I were like... meh. It was good, but not anything I would likely make again. (It was a chicken breast, stuffing, brocolli combo made in a foil pouch in the oven). Roy didnt like the stuffing and I thought the chicken was too bland. I would definitely have to find some seasoning to add, if I ever make it again. Tonight Roy and I are going to do take out and movie night. Its been a while since we have specifically done that, and tomorrow night he will be spending another weekend with friends. He is going to the Cake/Big Data concert Sat Night with a group of about 5 friends (2 sets of parents going also) and then pizza dinner after. I had thought about going as I like Cake, but decided to save the money for our trip in just over two weeks (yes, I am counting down).

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Good Morning Goddesses!

Amanda I pray you get a positive response. I think an office would benefit with you at the helm. You fit the mother figure, warm and understanding, while holding the knowledge of the positions you would supervise.

I hope you feel better today.

Athena We are going to a folk art center and then the the Blue ridge parkway hiking trails and may just explore down town a little if we have time. I don't think Brenna would enjoy the Biltmore just yet. She still likes to look with her hands on occasion :)

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It sounds like your new position is treating you well! It sounds like being so busy is good for you in the work world.

Lisa our pool in the back yard isn't big. It's just enough for Brenna to escape the heat and for the sprinkler not to kill my water bill. Jim and i can get in there with her but there's no laps for a grown up. If we want to swim we go out to his parents house. They have an above ground pool.

We did enjoy our outside time yesterday. Brenna is going fishing with my mom and step dad today. She'll be home tomorrow afternoon. I'll be doing the last minute shopping and packing, then Sunday we double check everything and begin loading the van. We leave bright and Early Monday morning. Poor Brenna is so excited she packed her bag YESTERDAY! chose her books, packed for her babies (she's taking her American girl dolls), and laid out the dress she plans to wear in the van on the way up. LOL. FUNNY!

She did all of that because I asked her to try on a pair of shorts she got as a gift. I was sure I'd have to return them. She hates tight clothes and "super skinny fit" = entirely too tight to suit her.

On a different note I'm reading a book called Ten Years Taken. It's from a local author, Susannah B. Lewis (you find her on Huff Post and HaHas for Hoohas as Whoa Susannah). It's about a girl from Nashville that was kidnapped and kept as a wife for 10 years by a well to do man form Huston, Texas. She escapes to go home to her family. Not sure how it ends, but I thought I'd pass it on. It's her first novel. It's well written thus far. All of us local women are rallying around her and reading it. The cover art was done by my friend that's the photographer. The one that did the anti-bullying campaign. The girl on the front is about to be a senior in high school. It's awesome to see local artists come together on a project. If you are interested hunt it up on Amazon.







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I have been waking up tired the last few mornings; it was bad enough today, with a touch of sore throat that I called in sick. I rested the whole morning away, then did some laundry, cancelled my gym membership, and mostly sat and read. Though I wrote out a proposal for work, asking to be considered as a replacement for a retiring Office Manager at a sister office (which I could reach on public transit), even as a temporary or training assignment. No idea how it will be received, but I made a pitch for an internal promotion given my supervisory experience from outside, plus my intimate knowledge of agency office procedures and front counter processes as well. We'll see what response I get, if any.

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Good Morning Ladies!

I am glad to hear you all are doing well! Amanda, it sounds like you have been busy getting those apps in! I hope one works out for you. Lisa, I am glad you are feeling better and the accupuncture helped. I have always been curious about that and wanted to try it. Eva, I am glad Brenna likes her new doc. I hope both you and Amanda enjoy your trips. I still have 2.5 weeks until mine! Both Roy and I can hardly wait to get away! What are you going to do in Asheville? Are you going to visit Biltmore?

It has been storming and raining here the last three days with more to come. I got a 2 mile walk in on tuesday between storms. It was super humid so I ended up being drenched in sweat. Last night I didnt do anything, TOM has arrived and I wanted to eat the kitchen, but both Roy and I were craving cereal for dinner, so we ate small and simple. I ended up reading all night. Tonight it supposed to be yoga and a quick run after if the weather is nice. The new position has me away from my desk alot now. I spent Monday and Tuesday in the QC Lab doing staff interviews for procedure competency. Yesteday I was in the IRL Lab first thing in the morning observing. It was why I didnt get a chance to post. I sat in on two meetings, met my sister for lunch and tied up some lose ends with my audit plan I am working on. I really enjoy the environment and not being chained to my desk. Other then that, not much else is going on.

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We are having some gorgeous weather here in Mississippi this week. We start in the high 60s or low 70s and then get to mid 80s, all under clear, sunny skies. I love it!

Eva, being in the pool sounds so nice! I love to swim, but don't have access to a pool any more as I live way out in the country and there is just no convenient way to get to one between work and home stuff. I hope you enjoy your walk and Brenna enjoys the pool.

Amanda, emoticon on your typing test! I'm keeping good vibes going for you!

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Good Morning!

Wow Amanda. Your fingers must have flown over your keyboard. I don't think I could hit 56 wpm. Not without a little practice.

I hope you enjoy your 6 pack meeting. I'm sorry your friend from Hawaii won't be able to make it.

Lisa I'm glad you had a good experience with the acupuncturist. I've never been to one myself.

It's suppose to be in the mid 80's today. I think I'll check the pool water and see if Brenna can get in some play time while I walk. I love to swim but she keeps me hopping too much when we are the only 2 in the pool. So I stay dry, mostly to keep my floor dry.




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emoticon health news, ladies--I'm so happy for y'all!

Can't wait to hear about you trip, Eva--have fun! I'm on the Oregon Coast leaving 6/11 and returning late 6/15. We'll be 6-Pack minus 1 this year. I just finished another app tonight, and included limited contact info for the days I'm out of town in this cover letter and last night's as well. Keeping good thoughts for a positive change.

The typing test went fine. My first attempt (hadn't figured out how to detect errors) was 56 w/ 2 errors for 46 wpm net. Second try had 0 errors with 55 wpm. Since they were asking for 40 or more, I figure I'm looking pretty good! I was able to give lots of examples of how I ensure accurate data entry in my supplemental questions. I'm hopeful, and will keep y'all apprised.

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Good Wednesday morning!

My visit with the acupuncturist went very well. I couldn't even feel most of the needles going in, and it was surprisingly relaxing. I slept well last night, and today I am feeling better and more alert. So I will definitely be going back to see him.

Eva, that is wonderful news with Brenna. I'm glad she hit it off with her new doctor. I have been to Asheville once, and I loved it! I would go back in a heartbeat.

Amanda, I hope you get some good interviews. Good luck with the job search!

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Good Morning Goddesses!

Athena I'm glad to hear you are doing well! And that Hoovie likes his camp. My vet does boarding here and she's good. We don't have a doggie camp.

I'm lucky. my mom drives by my house twice a day. She usually stops in to care for my critters when I'm not home.

I hope you get in your running this week. I know the rain has kept us indoors too much this last week.

Lisa I'm glad you are feeling better. I hope your doctor can help you figure out why your energy levels are sinking.

Amanda good luck with your applications! And the speed typing certificate.

Well Brenna had her last appointment of the summer. We like Dr. Dejarnette. Turns out his father designed space craft for NASA. He did the concept art. for shuttles! That grabbed Brenna's attention and made the experience easier. Still allergic to peanuts. No need to test again for 5 years but we have to go back each summer for school forms and epi refills. He was impressed that she's learning to read her own labels. So it's good. He also told me to ignore pretty much any food allergy info out there that doesn't come from FARE.

So all good news.

I got in my Yoga. Today begins the summer program at the library.

Next week we are headed to Gatlinburg,TN with a day trip over into Asheville, NC. We leave Monday and will return next Friday (6/8-6-12), So I'll probably be MIA most of the time. I'll try to check in mid week. We planned an active walking vacation. I'm looking forward to it!




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Athena, it will be nice to feel secure about Hovie while y'all are gone. I know I am so happy I have my wonderful cat-sitter who comes to visit each day.
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Lisa, hope your doctor can help you figure out what's going on so you can get more energy and feel better!
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Eva, so glad my comment got you thinking about the balance and self-care you need to focus on. That makes me very proud and pleased that I could help.
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Submitted an application for an Administrative Assistant with my own agency (at our headquarters in Tumwater, where I'd like to move). I mentioned in my cover letter that I would be out of town 6/10 through 6/15, but reachable by email--cuz I wouldn't want to miss scheduling an interview! Right after submitting that one, I started on a Customer Service Specialist app (also down in Tumwater). It's due day after tomorrow, and requires a typing test certificate. I hope I can get it done on my work computer (since it's a state job, it's OK), as my laptop has a pretty crummy keyboard for speed and accuracy.

Rereading my Alpha and Omega and Mercy Thompson novels by Patricia Briggs (in the same shapeshifter, werewolf, vampire, fae universe) and loving them! emoticon emoticon (strong female characters) emoticon

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emoticon Good morning!

I am feeling 100% better today. I went to the doctor and got a steroid shot for the poison ivy, and as we all know, a side benefit is that you feel great while that stuff is in your system. I had not realized how truly awful I have been feeling until I got up this morning. But I did complain about it all to the doctor while I was there, since I should get my full money's worth. I told him I get up tired and go to bed exhausted, and everything aches. He took a bunch of blood and will be running several tests. Last year, my B-12 was severely depleted, so depleted that I had gone numb from my waist down. I had no idea that such a thing could happen (and yes, I am one of those people who has to be just about dead before she goes to the doctor, except for poison ivy; I go immediately for that lol). So he is checking all my stuff. I'm also going to visit an acupuncturist this afternoon to see how that can help me. I'm tired of being unwell!

Keely, that doggie daycare sounds wonderful! I was always afraid to take my dogs to be boarded because I worried about what kind of care they would get. I would have loved to have found one of those when I had my pups. (My last old girl passed away this past January.) Too bad your run was off last night, but at least you got it in like you said! emoticon

Eva, I'm happy to hear that your little goddess had good reports. I hope the new doctor vibes well with her today.

Hugs to everyone! I hope you all have a wonderful Tuesday.


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Good Morning Ladies!

Sorry its been a while since I posted, was a pretty busy week(end). Travel to Columbia went well. My boss let me leave at about 1:30 pm so I could beat all the traffic. I ended up getting home at 3:30pm. I did alot of observing around the facility and in the donor room. Found a few problems and came back and logged them when I returned to Charlotte the following day. The visit kept me really busy, plus I have been working on my audit plan as well.

Saturday I took Hovie to be groomed and then came home and did some deep cleaning. Roy went and spent the night again with friends and hung out at the mall all day sunday afternoon.

Last night was pretty busy. I got home and it was storming, so I didnt think I was going to get to run. I ended up making dinner and eating, then right after I finished I realized the sun was out. I waited about 45 minutes, but couldnt wait any longer or it would be dark and then went and ran. It definitely wasnt enough time because I had bad cramps the whole time and ended up being slow, but I got it done. Then I came home and washed dishes from dinner, did laundry and lunch prep. It was 9:30 pm before I was finally able to sit down.

In preparation for Hovie being boarded while we are at the beach in 3 weeks, I dropped him off at doggie daycare this morning to see how he handles the facility. I was nervous about how he would do because he hasnt been in a year and hoped the other dogs didnt pick on him like they do at the groomers (which is a kennel free facility). The daycare has webcams, so as soon as I got into work, I pulled them up. It was a breath of fresh air to see him roaming around the playroom with about 10 other dogs, all being friendly with eachother. It looks like he likes it and adjusted well and quickly. I think he will be okay while we are gone and its nice to have the webcams so he is only an internet browser away. I may start taking him once a week so he can get out and socialize with other people and dogs. I have noticed since he isnt around anyone other than myself and Roy, he can get pretty bossy and do alot of barking at strangers. I would like him to be a little more comfortable around people. This daycare also posts pictures of all the campers everyday on FB, so I am excited to see those pictures around lunch time and hope there is a good one of Hovie.

Not much else going on! I hope you all are doing well.

Eva, I am glad Brenna was able to handle her blood being drawn like a champion. Roy has had his ears pierced 4 times (the first time they got infected and we had to let them close up, the next time, he got three holes in each ear... two in one sitting and then back later for the third hole in each ear) but he is still petrified of needles/shots at the docs... which doesnt make sense to me. He only uses the bottom hole now for earrings.

Lisa, poison ivy is no fun!! I hope it clears up quickly for you!

Amanda, I am glad you got to catch up with your friend! Its a bummer that you wont be able to see her in person in a couple of weeks.

Have a nice Tuesday!!

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Good Morning!

Well my little goddess had all her bloodwork come in as normal. A1c and Ldl cholesterol (I'm thinking that's the bad one) were both on the low end of normal. Today we are off to the allergist. He's a new doctor for her so I'm a bit nervous, although I have heard good things.

I read Amanda's wall post about working toward dreams and desires and I come to realize I put my own dreams on hold to boost other up in theirs.

It's time I stop that. So time to journal and find my direction. I think that's what I really need right now.

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Hello everyone! I can't believe it is Monday AGAIN. How does that happen? emoticon

I enjoyed my garden time, but somehow I got into some poison ivy. I am so highly allergic to it, I'm always very careful about watching for it. Somehow, it snuck up on me. So I am going to the doctor this afternoon.

Amanda, it sounds like you had a wonderful visit with your friend! It is always good to catch up with those we love.

Eva, doctors who have tunnel vision about height/weight charts are so irritating! How exciting that your vacation is almost here!

Hugs to everyone!

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good morning!

Brenna was a trooper. She didn't cry, which I expected. now we wait for lab results. I'll check the portal later today for results.

The doctor and i don't see eye to eye on Bug's weight. She is the height and weight of a healthy 9 year old. The numbers match up, just not for her age. If she were the weight of a typical 7 year old she would be underweight for her height.But doctors think every child should fit neatly on a chart. And they don't.

Amanda I'm glad you enjoyed your chat with your friend. I'm happy to hear she's still cancer free! I'm sorry she can't make it for your 6 pack gathering. Maybe next year.

Lisa how was gardening? If it's dry today I plan to pull weeds in the front garden myself. We had a very wet weekend.

Next week is vacation so a lot of prep for this week. Well for me. Jim's organization of packing goes only as far as to make sure there's gas in the van LOL.

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I just got off the phone with my dear childhood friend who lives in Hawai'i. She sadly won't make our 6-Pack gathering in 2 weeks, but we did catch up for 2 hours and 14 minutes! (I noted the time before I turned the phone off.) It was *so* wonderful to catch up with someone so dear, whom I love so very much!
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Heard all about her new job, her siblings and mom (who still lives in the family home 1-1/2 blocks from the house where I grew up), that she and her husband haven't yet sold their house--so I can send my vacation postcard to their old address after all, and how her 18-month checkup showed she's completely cancer-free.
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Eva, hope all goes well with Bug today. It's natural to be nervous. I advise to keep breathing there, too.

Enjoy your garden time, Lisa!

Funny, I was re-reading my mammogram advice, and saw I didn't type "bring a champion" as I intended--which I just corrected--though "being a champion" made for an interesting typo--a positive alternate suggestion.
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Good morning!

I have been up scratching in the dirt, doing a little planting and a little planning for some more veggies. emoticon We are supposed to be getting some rain later this morning, and I wanted to get a head start on that.

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Good morning and welcome back Lisa ((hugs)) we've missed you.

I hope Asante is doing better. May he continue to recover.

Before my friend, Lela, married her longtime boyfriend she called him her non-husband. Lol

Amanda thank you for the advice. I've been told locally to go to the imaging center. All female staff and many very understanding. So I'll talk to Dr. Allen. She knows my. Pap makes me uncomfortable because of abuse so I'm sure she'll understand.

I'm up early for a Saturday. I've got to take Brenna in for her blood work this morning. She's a little scared herself. Nothing is wrong that I know of but she's not fond of needles.

Amanda I hope you find a new job soon. You deserve one. I know that the job market is hell to deal with right now but I'm still sending positive energy your way.


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emoticon Lisa! Good to hear from you! Glad Asante is doing better, and I hope you can devote some energy to your well-being now!

Eva, I didn't have a mammogram until after I turned 50, and out of the 4 I've had, 2 went well and 2 triggered PTSD episodes. Things I've found that can help:
--schedule extra time, so you aren't rushed
--if you can control the pressure knob/dial/pedal, it's easier to take your time and be with the discomfort when someone else isn't "doing it to you"
--keep breathing!
--don't be afraid to halt the procedure if you're getting freaked, or if your tech is causing problems. I wish I had been stronger on this last time
--bring a champion to help you stay present, watch your reactions, and intercede if necessary. My sister is going to do this for me next time, as she did so well with my dental procedures.
--warn them ahead of your issues (with the large numbers of abuse survivors, they should be sensitive to all this already!) and request that you be warned before the tech starts "manipulating tissue" or poking or prodding you around, or that you have the opportunity to rearrange your own boob first before they start tugging at you.

Like I said, I had two very good techs, and two trolls about whom I complained very strongly and specifically afterward, but I still suffered at their hands. Hope you find the right people to ease your way.

Hearing about all kinds of stupid and dysfunctional things (maybe) going on at work. The place is a joke at times--which is sad (too bad it's not funny). I'm going through pages of jobs with the state that are open. I'll be finishing the current app--hopefully tomorrow, then choosing which one or ones to work on next. Doing my best to keep the faith!

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Good morning! emoticon I'm dropping in again, and this time I will check in again sooner than a couple of months. emoticon

My friend/companion/partner/nonlegal husband (I'm too old for a boyfriend so it is difficult to know what to call someone to whom you have made a commitment but are not married to lol) Asante had what was supposed to be outpatient surgery to remove a tumor in his leg in April, and it turned into three hospital stays over April and May. He had to be kept so they could manage the pain because the tumor was huge (but benign) and close to the bone, then he developed breathing problems which turned out to be from blood clots in his lung. But we are finally over that, and I feel like I'm getting my feet back under me. So here I am!
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Eva, I'm with you on the mammogram. I hate them! I just kind of blank out like I do when I'm getting my pap smear, although its a bit harder with the mammogram because it hurts. emoticon I hope you guys have a fun trip to the mountains!

Amanda, thank you for sharing those insights. It has given me some things to think about. I hope you have success with the application for the new job opening.

I love the earthing challenge! I will definitely be working on it starting this weekend. emoticon

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

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Good Morning.

Amanda I understand. My therapist brought me to understanding my need to acknowledge the dark and light with the story of Persephone. (I love mythology and it was a way for my therapist to relate to a somewhat different teenager) Basically to be a success in her own life she had to choose to accept her past and "merge" the light and dark to become whole.

Not a bad concept even though as an adult I know the story is very complex. But I think your principle is the same. Allow the negative to come forward and allow it to flow away leaving positive energy. Where that negative can't fade, learn to utilize it to the benefit of the world (or at least your small part of it) as a whole.

I like Katie. Or the idea I have of Katie. She sounds like an excellent therapist for survivors of abuse.

I hope you all have a fantastic weekend. I have to take Brenna in for her blood work in the morning. She has to be fasting, then were off to do some shopping. I need to find easy travel, healthy snacks for the trip to the mountains. And I may need to make some safe trail mix for Bug. It's difficult to find that's not contaminated with peanuts.

I'm irritated with Food Giant, the only grocery store in my little town. They stopped carrying soy butter. So now I have to drive to Jackson or Milan to get a safe substitute.

I made my appointment for my yearly exam. And I was informed by the nurse that I'll be getting the mammogram discussion this time. I'm a bit nervous. I've never had one. I don't like being touched uninvited. It makes my anxiety rise. Any advice on how to deal with it?












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One of the fascinating developments in yesterday's therapy session was meeting (or getting a sense of) 2 different parts who hadn't felt really welcome to share when I do my morning circle and parts journaling, because they weren't feeling all positive and strong and confident. Since I've been "Singing in the Morning"--celebrating the positives in my life, mainly to help keep me in a more positive mood and handle work stresses better, they've been feeling kind of neglected and left out.

I felt very compassionate toward these parts who were hurting and yet I also know how much my morning ritual has been helping me cope at work, and stay a lot happier. It really helped to be reminded that "negative" feelings aren't wrong or bad. They can be seen as divinely created--a part of the human condition--and they can carry important information about something that needs to change, or something from the past that needs to heal. We neither have to exile them (pretending to feel only "positive" emotions), nor over-identify with them (where we can get stuck). Rather, Katie recommended acknowledging them, allowing them to well up and be felt--and releasing them.

These were really helpful distinctions that I want to work on practicing. I'm really clear that I don't want to "bully" any of my parts or act like there's only one possible or acceptable way to think and feel. I got enough of that from my abuser, thank you. Don't know if this is helpful to anyone else, but it was a profound gift for me.

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Good Morning Godeeses!

Athena our UPS driver uses his GPS and gets houses wrong all the time. At least the driver called you so you could get your package. I'm sorry the whole mess screwed up the end of your day.

Amanda that seems like an awful lot of shuffling, the CSS position. Seems to me they would have been better to have just flat hired you into the position. I hope the program manager was telling you the truth and you'll be bumped back into that higher paying position. In the mean time I'm rooting for you to find a position you do love.

I understand about cutting back. We run a tight ship around here so i can afford to stay home. We like having me here and Jim likes that he really doesn't have to think about anything unless I ask him about it.

Brenna's wellness and dental checks were good. We have to go get fasting blood drawn on Saturday. Dr. Kerney pulls full blood panels on kids every 5 years after age 2. She wants her checked for a vitamin D deficiency too. She said it's a growing problem among kids. A side effect of using sunscreen is the body doesn't synthesis vit D. through sun exposure. Then only one more appointment to go before vacation and that's the allergist next Tuesday. That's the one I dread. We have a new doctor because Dr. Hill moved. And it's time to be re tested. We'll find out if the allergy is any less sever. She'll always have it but it's possible that she might not always be in danger of anaphylaxis.

In between appointments I got in a "house walk" It was pouring rain so I figured 30 minutes in my hall would have to do.



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I haven't looked into dancing lessons. I'd love to take them, but can't add anything else into the budget right now. In fact I'll be cancelling gym membership and computer game club (about $40 and $8 per month respectively). Making $200 + less a month, and having car payments of $200 + more, means I'll be giving up quite a bit--and living off savings until I can get a higher-paying job.

I haven't had it in me to work on a new application since getting back from my appt with Katie, but there's an Administrative Assistant opening with a different agency that closes on the 31st, so I can work on it this week and finish it on Saturday. The program manager claimed today that I and the other person who went from OA up to temp CSS and back down to OA will be reallocated to CSS--but they've been talking about that possibility since way before our temp assignments that lasted a year. So I'm not holding my breath.

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Good Morning Ladies!

I dont have too much time to write today. As part of my training, I was given the task of creating a focused audit plan. I have the day to do it, and then will be traveling to Columbia SC tomorrow to review it and tweak it with my boss. If the directors like it, they will use it on a Divisional level (which is pretty much all the American Red Crosses on the East Coast). Fun times! Most likely I wont get a chance to post tomorrow because of the 2 hour (maybe longer with rush hour) commute.

Last night was slammed for me. I received an email notification that a package of mine had been delivered by UPS, but when I got home it wasnt on my porch. I called UPS and they insisted that it was delivered and if I didnt have it, then it had been stolen off my porch. I do live in a high traffic neighborhood, but in the 7 years I have lived there, I have never had a package stolen off my porch (knock on wood). They lady said I would have to file a police report to get compensated by UPS for my money. About 5 minutes later they guy who delivered my package called me. He's said you when I turn right onto your street, you are the first house on the right, correct?? I was like, no, I am the first house on the left. He had delivered it to the wrong house. So I walked across the street and my neighbor had it and gave it to me. I also called back UPS to let them know I was able to retrieve my package. After that fiasco, I did not get out to the grocery store until after 6pm, then stopped by my grandparents on the way home to pick up some stuff they had for me. It was 730 before we got home and didnt eat dinner until 8pm. Needless to say, no running was completed... I had to help Roy with some stuff and crawled into bed around 9:30pm.

Have a great day!

P.S. I did get the matcha green tea powder also, and tried it this morning by stiring it in with some hot water to make hot green tea. It tastes exactly like regular green tea, very fresh. Its supposed to have the nutrient equivalent of 10 cups of green tea since its more concentrated, and used to improve mood, energy, and metabolism... I will let you know if I notice a difference. I am just happy that the taste is enjoyable enough to drink alone.

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Good morning!

And thank you about the pictures. It was a beautiful experience.

I think we all flounder from time to time. It's hard to fit it all in. You'd think that being home all day would give me more than enough opportunity but in the summer, there are times when finding time to be healthy is difficult. Some days 10 minutes of activity, has to be enough. I try my best to do things that Brenna can do too when she's here and that limits me to an extent. But it's all about being the example.

Athena good luck finding that beach body. What routine do you follow at home?

We don't have an adult summer reading program :( It cuts off at 18. This year's theme is superheros. They are actually holding a comic-con event that we'll be going to. They have art, writing, and photography contests. Brenna says she's entering all 3 this year. She won the art contest for her age group last year and came in second overall in photography.

Meg have you decided what to try outside of softball?

Amanda the salsa dancing sounds fun. Are there any lessons in your area? I have another spark friend that enjoys ballroom dancing. she's entered a competition or two. I've tried belly dancing. It's fun. I'm sure I look terrible but I laugh so I think it's worth it :)

Well this morning we are off to Bug's wellness check, then this afternoon her dentist appointment. Next week we have the allergist and then she's done as far as I know. So we can enjoy the summer without appointments dictating what we do when.













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Enjoyed the blog, Eva, and thanks for the link to all the other pix, too! A great message, and I applaud the bravery of each person who participated.

It wasn't a normal work day, as we had our offsite employee appreciation event. The Mexican food platters were OK--I loaded up on as much of the veggies and garnish as I could. And I had a great time with the salsa dance lessons. I've always loved to dance, and I got lots of compliments! emoticon emoticon (somewhere between these? just line dance style)

I decided I would read a page of the owner's manual each day to get acquainted with some of the systems. We survived having 3 staff from other regions cover our office for 3 hours. I did have to correct the location on 10 transactions from the busiest fellow who kept forgetting to change the location of the transaction from Bellingham (his usual office) to Tukwila (ours, where he was working). But we got them changed in time, and we appreciated the coverage!

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I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
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Good Morning Ladies!

I hope you all had a nice Memorial Day weekend, it sounds like it for the most part!

Amanda, you sure did have a busy weekend, and congrats on the car. Its great to put a face with a name and you look great! Very happy that you had a chance to wind down on Sunday after being so busy on friday and saturday.

Eva, loved the pictures from the bully campaign! Both you and Brenna look AWESOME!!! I am glad you all are preparing for summer. I always do the summer reading program at the library too, I even won a $25 gift card last year from the drawing, which was a first in the 7 years I had done the program. Roy did it a few years too in elementary school, but not so much in jr. high and most likely not this year either. He does read from time to time, but its sporatically and usually only when a friend recommends something. His last book was Paper Towns by John Greene since the movie that is coming out in July was filmed at his high school. We saw the trailer for it last week and he was so excited to see his band room (the room with all the trophies) and other areas of his school.

Meg, I can understand how hard it is to find time for exercise when you are so busy. I am actually struggling some with that too. I stay so busy that when I finally have some down time, I dont want to workout but relax. I am having to work towards a more healthy balance in that aspect and I hope you are able to find your groove too! We will get there...

I didnt do too much this past weekend, nothing really worth mentioning. Saturday, Roy went to one of his friends dance recitals at 11am, and stayed with his friends all day and spent the night, I didnt pick him up until Sunday after work. I ended up binge watching Chasing Life on Netflix. Have you all seen that? Its pretty good. I cant wait for season two to air in August on the family channel. Monday, I didnt do much either, Roy and I watched some TV and I got off my lazy bum and worked out indoors with some weights and bike. Yoga was canceled due to the holiday, and my sisters husband had a gig so she went to watch him and hang out by the pool all day.

With the beach being a month away, I have a little more ambition to try to lose some weight. I know I wont hit my goal in a month, but I thought it would be a nice incentive to try to lose 5-6 lbs and tone up before sporting a swim suit. Roy is really excited about the trip and its all he talks about. I am really looking forward to it too. Its been too long since we last got away. I will be doing my usually tuesday grocery shopping this afternoon, and then I commited to the 41 days of summer run one mile a day challenge that ends on July 4th, so I am really going to try to see this through and run this evening.

Have any of you all heard of Matcha Green Tea Powder? Do you use it? Amazon had a promotion this last weekend where you could get a bag for $7 (free shipping with prime) when it usually runs $25-$35 a bag. After reading a little about it online, I was curious to try. I love green tea, and if it will help in boosting energy, mood and detoxifies, then even better.

Hope you all have a nice Tuesday (I keep thinking its Monday!)

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Good Morning Goddesses!

Amanda I love the new car! And look at you smiling there. Are you doing okay? I know a car quitting is a scary thing. I'm just glad it held out for you until you got back home.

Meg it's okay to be afraid. This is a very emotional journey. And fear is a natural part of if. But you've acknowledged it and not you can master it, so to speak. The fist step being choosing a gym that feels right, nurturing to you.

Try to remember that if you are showing up, you aren't failing. If you are working toward a healthier you, you won't fail. Even if you do take a step backward (say you find something you'd rather do than go to the gym) , you've learned something about yourself and your needs, something you'll always know, and that's a success.

Athena I hope you found a room you like. I'm excited about our trip to the mountains. We've managed a hotel in our price range on the strip in Gatlinburg. Lots of walking as I'll refuse to pay parking since it's free at the hotel.

Friday i took Brenna to a friend's photography studio to be a part of an anti-bullying campaign. The pictures that Brenna and I took are on my sparkpage. If you have a chance go check out the brave souls that participated over the weekend. www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10
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I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. I'm about to begin our "summer curriculum" here at home. We'll go to the library today and get summer program information, and I'll begin working with Brenna and hand writing. We'll also be learning about money this summer. i had 1 too many kids at field day ask if they could buy a 50 cent popsicle with 5 dollars.... So i think it's time momma at least start that basic information. I was told it's something learned in 2nd grade. i don't see the harm in getting a jump on that particular math skill.

I've also found some great tweens Yoga that's not boring for adults (good stretches just the mechanics broken down) Well be working with some of that and walking/bike riding. Plus we have the little pool for her swimming.

I hope you all have a good day!


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After my eventful Friday and productive Saturday, my energy sort of crashed on Sunday. On the way home from grocery shopping, I stopped by the library and picked up Season 5 of Downton Abbey--and I've watched it all: 8 episodes, the season-ending movie and the special features, too! I even took another nap today.

I've done some food prep and a bit of ST both days, dishes, and laundry today. I got through a bit of mail and email, and plan to do more this evening. Will also do some affirmation writing around work and money issues and a lot of praying for everything to work out for the best!

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After all my grocery shopping at 3 stores, I went by the library and got season 5 of Downton Abbey--I'm about to start episode 7. Obviously I'm not doing much else today! emoticon emoticon

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I just posted a blog with a picture the saleswoman took before I drove off the lot. You even get to see what I look like--sort of.

I was productive today: I called my insurance company to update my coverage, I went online with the Dept. of Licensing to report the sale of my old car, I transferred money from savings to cover the down payment check I wrote yesterday (the finance lady had assured me the check wouldn't get to the bank before Tuesday), and I called a couple apartment complexes in Tumwater to ask about upcoming 2-bedroom units that might be coming available, in case I get the Central Office job. So I'm feeling good--but I was tuckered out, too, and took a longish nap this afternoon.

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I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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Meg, I think it's essential to understand the emotional aspects of this journey. Acknowledging where we are afraid or resisting is so valuable! I feel strongly that it is not wise to force parts who have genuine fears, reservations or issues to do what doesn't feel good or safe. Finding ways to address internal concerns, or reframing situations and options to focus on what parts may truly desire (for me, feeling strong and feeling free are big motivators), rather than focusing on negatives or should-ing on ourselves.

I am so thankful my car didn't act up on the long drive to or from the interview (and hour away), but waited until I was on my way home last night. I was pretty worried, tried to call the dealer service dept to report the check engine light was on, but they had left or weren't answering that late. So my day began before 8 am, calling dealer then AAA for a tow. Didn't get there until after 10, then didn't hear until 12:30 that it would cost thousands to repair the transmission and other items they found. I wasn't completely surprised (my car was 13 years old), and I had taken a walk while waiting, including going across the street and looking at some of the Toyotas. I let them show me a few possibilities there on the Honda lot, but knew I wasn't up to any decisions. So I walked several long blocks down to Trader Joe's & bought a salad, then walked to Starbuck's for a latte, and I relaxed as I had lunch. I called the nice saleswoman from Toyota who said she would come pick me up, and I test drove the car I had liked best--a 2005 Camry (salsa red, a pretty burgundy color) with 51,000 miles on it (less than half what the other cars had that I had looked at). It drove fine, and was in my price range--as best I could guess it. I needed some hand-holding at different points in the process--I had no idea it would take over 5 hours to get everything done, and of course I hadn't done any planning ahead for buying a car.

But I was thankful for the great tow guy, the kind service fellow at Honda--I had a service coupon that arrived in the mail in the last week for a free engine check, so it didn't cost me anything for them to run it all down--and he didn't balk at my preferring to work with the folks across the street. I didn't see any women at Honda, and may have gotten the only one at Toyota, but she was great to work with, sympathetic when I hit my limit at one point and had to go outside to think and get away from the noise and tire smell around the showroom. It came down to the wire, but I was able to get to my 6:30 hair appointment with my new car. I hadn't cleaned the old one out, and needed to transfer various things, including the 'Deep Space 9 Runabout' license holder, from the old car.

I'm also glad I hadn't renewed my car registration yet--that was on this weekend's schedule! So now I'll be informing Dept. of Licensing that I sold my old car. Then I need to let the insurance company know I have a different car to cover. And I need to transfer more money from savings to checking to cover the down payment. I had transferred $1000 this morning for possible repairs, but not enough to cover the check I wrote out to Toyota! So I picked up a grilled salmon Caesar salad at Ivar's in the food court after my haircut, and will mostly be vegging this evening.

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Good morning all! It looks like everyone is staying the course. I don't mean to be selfish, but I am needing a little support right now.

It isn't anything major, but man, I feel guilty about not having time for dedicated exercise. I move at work, and with softball I get a little. But things are so dang busy, I am exhausted when I get home.

I have given myself permission to NOT feel bad about it. At least until the end of school. But starting June 1, I need to make gym time. No matter what. Zoe can go and do kids camp which is good. So I have no excuses.

Except, I think I am afraid. I think I am afraid of failing again. It seems silly to say that out loud.

Ok. I am babbling a bit. Thank you for listening to me. I know I am doing the best I can and have celebrated my small victories. I am very proud of all I have done with my diet/eating habits. And I know this isn't a diet. This is a lifestyle.

Just need to stay focused.
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Good Morning Ladies!!

Amanda, I am glad your interview went good. Do you know how long you will have to wait to find out if you got the position?

Eva, I am sorry that Brenna was upset about school being over with but I am sure she will enjoy the extra time with you over the summer... I am counting down the days for mine to be off. Looking forward to leaving earlier to get to work and avoiding the rush hour traffic.

I did not run last night... I have no excuse for it, really. It finally felt like things were falling into place for my beach trip and I ordered a pizza on my way home and Roy and I sat down to plan and started looking for our hotel. We spent about 3 hours researching. I got in touch with Camp Bow Wow, where I plan on boarding Hovie. I feel like I mentioned the place, but dont recall how much depth I went into. He hasnt been in over a year, so I am going to take him for a day of day care on June 2nd to make sure he still does well, which I think he will. I went ahead and reserved his stay for June 22 - 25th. Our trip is only the 22-24th, but if we are really having a good time and our finances allow, we can opt to stay an extra day, or even spend the entire day of the 24th there after hotel checkout and drive home later in the evening/night time. We are only about 4 hours away from the beach.

Hotel was a little more difficult to find... June is prime beach season, so the rates sky rocket and the prime places fill up really fast. We found a hotel we liked on Expedia with only 1 room available for ocean front and by the time I had selected "book" it was already unavailable. So we did find one at the Westgate Beach Resort that was within our budget. Its not directly on the boardwalk like I had wanted, but about a 20 minute walk which isnt too bad. I told Roy, at least we will get our exercise in with all the walking we will be doing. Most likely we will walk the length of the ocean to get to the boardwalk so we can enjoy the scenery. After I booked I read the reviews and saw alot of bad reviews, which made me start to worry, the good reviews outweigh the bad and the way I see it, we will be spending more time on the sand and boardwalk than we will in the room, so no biggie. Just as long as its oceanfront with a balcony, I will be happy.

Well, I just got a call back from the doc today. I am bad about going... and its been about 3 years since my last physical, and I cant tell you the last time I had fasting labs done. Everyting came back good. My cholesterol was good with total cholesterol at 182, triglicerides at 90, HDL at 77, and LDL at 87. Fasting glucose was a little low at 69. But I googled the ranges for cholesteral to see if I was good or borderline and everything was in normal and optimal ranges... so I got the all clear health wise. Pap was also normal. That made me feel much better about my overall health.

Hope you all enjoy your memorial day weekend! I am looking forward to a long one.


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Good morning Goddesses!

How was your run Athena? Trust me when i say you'll love that fence. It may take Hovie some getting use to. Ariel loves running the back yard.

Yesterday was the last day of school. Brenna cried when we pulled out of the school parking lot. She was heart broken to leave such a fantastic teacher and such good class mates. I hope we get half as lucky next year.

Then we went to an end of year party. Something's flown up my mother in law. She's decided to cook tonight. So the family is meeting at her house. She hasn't cooked for the family in months. Pizza maybe but not cooked.

Today we do the shopping and maybe go to a friend's photography studio. She's doing an anti-bullying campaign. So we'll see what happens. Not sure if Bug will want to go or not.

I hope you all have a great day. We're off for our first day of summer :)


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Good Morning Ladies!

emoticon emoticon Good Luck on your interview today, Amanda!!! emoticon emoticon I know you will do amazingly... sending lots of positive energy and prayers your way! You got this!

Loved the quote Meg! Thanks for sharing.. and you definitely dont have to censor on my behalf. Ive been known to have quite the sailors mouth at times!

Congrats Eva and being able to fully practice yoga and healing well! That is crazy that the lady came out and yelled at you. Especially if she wasnt going anywhere or had any place to be. You definitely handed the situation well and it sounds like she did just want to pick a fight.

I decided to take last night as a rest day. I stopped by after work to visit my grandfather. I have been talking to him about wanting to fence in part of the yard for Hovie and he was in touch with a fencing company that will be out on Saturday to do an assessment and price quote. I am glad this is finally becoming a reality as I will definitely need it once I get signed off on all of my training for my position. I got home late in the evening and then just ate dinner and hung out with Roy. We were discussing the idea of posting some of our stuff on a local FB group to sell for extra spending money for our beach trip. While we will be able to afford to go, spending will still be tight, but we definitely need this trip. Its been almost two years since our last vacation. We went to DC July of 2013 and the beach in April before that... so definitely looking forward to this and hope everything works out smoothly. So far it seems everything is lining up to do this. I sat down last night with my finances, and bills, and I havent received my paycheck with my new salary yet, but attempted to figure it out last night using an old paycheck stub to see what percentage of taxes are taken out on me and then deducting my health insurance and 401K deductions (inflated a little to compensate for the increase in salary too) I think I came up with a pretty good estimate and the pay increase will definitely be nice if my calculations are right. I just hope that I am not pushed into another tax bracket where they take out more.

I have meetings from 10-2pm at work today... yoga tonight most likely followed by a quick/short run.

Have a nice thursday ladies!


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Good morning!

Amanda best of luck today. I'll be thinking about you!

Athena I'm glad that director works with summer activities. It makes it easier on everyone involved. I hope you enjoy your trip and that Hovie likes Camp Bow Wow. My mother and step dad cat sit for me when we go out of town. They come by and do the pet checks and play with the cat and the dog. we have that fenced in back yard so Ariel will be allowed to just roam. She's not a digger. Precious was and left un-kenneled all night would have dug out. The only reason Ariel is kenneled at night to begin with is because she sits under my window at night and barks. if she's kenneled she goes to bed.

I'll let you know about the DVD I choose. It'll probably be a reward for all the mountain hiking I do when we are on vacation from June 8-12. I'll be in Gatlinburg that week.

Meg how's the library shut down going?

Well I had an interesting afternoon yesterday. I was parked in the pick up line on the right hand side of the road, in the places appropriated by the city for parents to line up. A woman came out of her house and started screaming at me that I was blocking her drive. not true as I was on the opposite side of the street. I calmly told her I was parked in an appropriate zone. She told me she'd call the cops on my a**. I told her to go ahead and if they asked me to move then I would. And i told her she needed to attend a city board meeting to lodge her complaint if she had a problem with school traffic.

Well I have a feeling she did call the police but I also have a feeling that they told her that I was parked in a legal zone since there was grass to my right. There was an issue with a different resident on that same side of the street earlier this year (not for me personally). He ended up getting a citation for defacing the road. he wrote in paint across the road "DO NOT BLOCK DRIVE" he was told that his drive was not blocked by a car parked on the opposite side of the street. So I know I was right.

This is the first encounter I know of with this woman for anyone. And we (the parents) have been parking in that spot all year. So I'm fairly sure sh would have cussed anyone in that spot not just me specific.She was looking to pick a fight and she didn't get one. I'm non-confrontational by nature.

Usually someone yelling at me triggers a full blown PTSD episode. I did have the rise of anxiety, but I kept calm outwardly. It just goes back to my theory that I think the universe is showing me that I've gotten stronger and continuing to do so. I've had 3 sticky situations in the last year or so that's proved to me that I'm managing my anxiety and PTSD very well.

In other news I've progressed fully back to my Yoga before the November shoulder injury. I'm not having to modify to accommodate the rotator cuff. so Victory!




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Good luck with the vacation planning, Athena! I'm so glad I have a reliable cat sitter who makes house calls, so Dora gets to stay home but have someone come in daily to feed, clean the litter box and play.

Have fun with your end of year activities, Eva and Meg!

I've printed out some things to take with me tomorrow. Will do a little organizing of my bag to take, then get to bed in good time. Will be doing lots of prayers and affirmations. I am just so ready for a positive change. And I appreciate everyone's support and good wishes! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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I hope this doesn't offend. But pretty much sums up how I feel today. Get after it!

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Good Morning Ladies!

I am late posting this morning as I went and had fasting lab work done at the doctors office then had to battle 8am rush hour traffic instead of 7am rush hour traffic. Not fun!!

I did get my exercise done last night! I did a 1.5 mile walk (30 mins) on my lunch break, and it was so humid and sticky that I opted for the bike indoors in my living room during the evening. I ended up doing 45 minutes on the bike. My legs were really fatigued at first and felt weak, so I had to reduce the resistance to almost nothing, but then as my legs got used to the pedaling, I was able to tighten up on the resistance. I also grabbed my little 2 lbs dumbells and did arm curls, kick backs, shoulder presses and raises while pedaling, LOL. Then I felt like the weights were too light so I grabbed my 5 lb-ers, and really felt the burn. Hovie was interested in the bike and kept sniffing it and then laid down next to it. Unfortunately, he got to close to my foot when I wasnt paying attention and got clobbered in the head. I felt so terrible that I got off the bike and snuggled with him for a bit then took him out for a short walk and a lay down in the shade and grass for a while.

Roy and I started looking at hotels in the Myrttle Beach area for vacation on the week of June 22nd. It will only be a few days since I will need to board Hovie also, but we started researching hotels last night. I wanted one right next to the boardwalk so we wouldnt have to drive anywhere or pay for parking. Unfortunately, since its prime vacation season, all the hotels are expensive. I found one I liked that would cost $300 for 3 days/2 nights. I wanted to put a deposit down, but I need to make sure I will be able to board Hovie first and check on Drivers Ed and make sure Roy wont have the driving portion on that week. So I called Camp Bow Wow this morning and am going to put Hovie through another interview session there since he hasnt been in over a year to make sure he will do well in the place. He loved it last time but I was nervous because of the high volume of dogs they board. I brought my complaint to the Manager and she said they had an extremely high safety rating and have several procedures put in place to ensure the safety of the animals. Plus they have online cams so you can see how your pet is doing while your away. I really like that. I dont like $42/night, but thats pretty much the standard price everywhere in the area and I know Hovie liked this place in the past. I called and email the Drivers Ed Director this morning to see if he could give me a timeline for the Drivers Portion for Roy, and will wait to hear back. Once these two things are completed, I am going to start booking.

Those DVDs look pretty interesting, Eva. You will have to let me know which one you decide to get and if you like it. It maybe something useful for me as a runner. My hip did stop feeling stiff yesterday and was great this morning. I am going to shoot for another run this evening.

Amanda, good luck on your interview tomorrow! I will definitely be sending some positive successful vibes your way!

I just heard back from the Drivers Ed Director and he said they work around vacations and camps for the driving portion. So that is good to know!

Have a nice Wednesday!

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