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1/26/15 7:11 A

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Good Morning Goddesses!

I'm having some spark issues this morning. seems the pages aren't running quiet right...


Nancy I'm sorry to hear about your friend. I'm sending energy your way.

Athena I'm glad you have that cramping issue resolved.

Amanda i hope your dentist appointment goes well without a PTSD episode.

As the pages are running funky for me this morning I'll keep it short. hope you all have a fabulous day and be kind to yourself :)


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1/25/15 11:22 P

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As I told my sister when we got together for lunch (I was passing along a novel from my library system that hers doesn't have, so she could read the series in order), I feel today like I'm getting over being sick. Emotions were so intense yesterday, that I'm having to recover my calm and energy which was so drained. I'm doing little things to prep for the next week, when I have a massage appt, I'll make a dental appt, and at work, the new supervisor will return from her leave to find the last really experienced employee gone.

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
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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1/25/15 12:24 A

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Oh my, Nancy! Sending healing and strengthening energy your way, and luck on the job front.

Had a rough night last night--severe pain in my jaw, probably due to dental issues. I recently changed dentists, haven't even seen the new one, discovered today they aren't open on weekends, will have to wait to call for appt on Monday. I have a lot of fear and anxiety, as years ago I disassociated at the dentist, so I'm never sure how I'll handle procedures. Then this morning, feeling scared & helpless and alone, and running shame about not being stronger or better able to take care of myself or knowing what to do. Finally reached out to my sister, which turned out very well. (see gratitude thread) Taken things really easy today.

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
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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1/24/15 5:25 P

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It's been a busy week!

On Monday I helped give a memorial service for a man I knew nothing about. It was in order to give some caring and sense of closure for the man's disabled girlfriend of 15 years, who now is rendered homeless.
Later that same day, a close friend, who was a few years younger than I, but had several health problems, died suddenly of complications during a usually fairly simple hospital procedure. That evening had a meeting of a group where several other friends of hers also participate. Long day.
Tuesday was a checkup with my doctor, and a meeting with a group about preventing teen pregnancy. Then supper with friends, and Chorale rehearsal
Wednesday I had a job interview (might have a chance at it, I hope). Then had to go to a funeral home to give caring regards to my city councilman and his family because his grandfather had died.
Thursday, made several phone calls about insurance issues, ran several errands, and dropped off thank-you note for interview.
WHEW! Friday, did not go anywhere: tried to get a few things caught up at home.
Saturday (today), started cleaning out my old fridge for replacement with a better one a friend is giving me.
Tomorrow I'm helping with the social hour at our UU church, and will work more on the fridge problem.
Then Monday will be my friend's sad funeral. Am somewhat concerned about her grandson who lived with her because his father's work took him far away.
Long week. :(


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1/23/15 11:09 P

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Sorry, but I'm about to fall asleep sitting at my computer. An early night is definitely called for! I'll try to catch up with Sparking this weekend. Love to all my GGs! emoticon

Blessed Be, Amanda

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But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
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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1/23/15 8:49 A
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Good Morning Ladies!!!

Its supposed to be yucky and rainy all day today. I am so glad its a rest day from running. I am going over to my sisters later this evening to watch the movie "Gone Girl" with her. I read the book a couple of years back and remember liking it pretty good, though I do remember it being dark and twisty and thats about it.

I think I have my foot issue resolved with the cramping. Ive been keeping my water intake up and doing that thunderbolt stretch 2-3 times a day. I didnt have any issues last night with my run or during yoga... so... so far, so good. emoticon

Eva, I dont have any idea on what to suggest for our February activity. I have been slack in that aspect with this group and I apologize. I hope I do better next month, but it always seems like I have 2-3 challenges going. I like it because it keeps me focused on my goals, but at the same time it gets overwhelming and feels like it takes over my life. I am definitely going to try to slow down some next month because this month has been crazy with the 30 day tone up challenge, 5% weight loss challenge, easing back into running and following a training plan, and then yoga also. I definitely want to slow down next month!

All the strength training has added muscle and toned me up which I am grateful for, but I have also been 160 lbs for the last 3 months and I am ready to finally break into the 150s!!!!

Hope you all have a great Friday and Weekend!




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1/23/15 6:41 A

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Good Morning!

Shadow it sounds like you had quiet a workout with all that shoveling but I know you are thankful for it. Here in West Tn we don't get much in winter precipitation that sticks around, mostly ice and A LOT of rain. So I understand that fear of falling. stay safe and warm.

Athena I'm glad Roy had a good day at school. I hope he likes his Spanish teacher. My nephew, JD, just finished last semester. He and his teacher went head to head a great deal. He ended the course with a low A. The teacher's first language is spanish and she's tough on the kids.

i'm glad that foot isn't bothering you. I hope it continues to be cramp free.

good luck Amanda with the application!

I'm feeling slow today so unless my pace picks up I foresee naptime in my future. I didn't sleep well. No idea why. And Jim's alarm woke me up because he forgot to turn it off. That's becoming a habit of his emoticon

I'm planning our February Activity. Anyone have a suggestion? I have one in mind but I have room for improvement.


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1/23/15 1:36 A

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Just too wasted after my rush application tonight (due tomorrow, for one of the educational agencies I would most like to work for), to reply to all your postings. Know I love you all and wish you and all my GGs the very best in all things!

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
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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1/22/15 8:51 A
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I think we were posting at the same time, so I just saw your message Shadow! I am glad you got the driveway taken care of and dont have to deal with the issues your neighbors will. And congrats on all the exercises and feeling better!!

Eating is always the hardest part to change, but once you get to eating healthy about a week or two, it seems you fall into a rhythm. Good Luck with making better choices and dont fret too much about the cookies. I always allow one small treat a day so I dont feel deprived. I always plan it into my eating plan so I dont go over in cals.

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Good Morning Ladies!

I love the moon names too and will do a small Imbolc ritual. I havent made any plans yet of the specific details but will do so in the up coming week. I am excited for Brenna to and her daddy daughter dance! I know she will enjoy getting all dressed up for a special night with her father. I know you will have fun shopping as well.

Roy had a good day at school yesteday. He said all the teachers called him Roy and used the correct pronouns in class, so it looks like the non-responder got my email. I think I emailed her at the beginning of the year as well and she was the one that forwarded my email to the STEM Coordinator who then called me to ensure that they could meet the needs of Roy. Roy is taking spanish this semester and really likes it so far. I used to know quite a bit of spanish back in my late teens, early 20s when I was an asst manager at Pizza Hut. Full imersion. I worked the night shift and most of the staff could only speak spanish, so I picked up alot using the phrase "Como se dice "picks up or points to item" en espanol? (how do you say "this" in spanish). Its been at least 10 years though, so it will be fun to see how much I retained.

Last Feb we got a foot of snow, and I was out shoveling my driveway because the plow trucks piled the snow at least 18 inches and in a mound right in front of my driveway. As I was shoveling, a man named Andre came up and helped me (he could speak barely any english.) So we both practiced on eachother as we shoveled. Me trying to speak spanish, him english. It was fun actually. I will still see him around the neighborhood at times and wave. I was really grateful for his help and gave him a bottle of water. Even my favorite Mexican restraurant will sometimes speak in spanish when I go in with Roy, and I will converse (very little) with them. They always stick to the basics, but poor Roy doesnt know any...so I have to translate for him. With this class, hopefully he will come out with a basic foundation of common phrases and words.

Running last night went good. I did my thunderbolt stretch afterwards for my feet and no cramps so far. I am supposed to go for another two miler today and then yoga tonight. The weekend will be extremely busy too, and I am not looking forward to it.

Hope you all are well!!!


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1/22/15 8:35 A

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hi girls...woke up to the weirdest weather...fog and snow. kinda pretty. yesterday, early evening i shoveled my property. i was only going to do the pavement and wait to do the driveway today but i got a burst of energy and finished it all.it was turning icy so i threw some salt...woke up and everyone else's property is snowy, mine is wet and clean. glad i did that. afraid of falling on the driveway, it has a steep incline.
pushing myself to ride my bike. i started simple exercises like knee lifts and squats and working with a stretchy band...i must admit i think i am feeling a bit looser...although my food choices have been really bad...girl scout cookies..oh my!
i always wanted a little girl just for all the reasons you write about eva...oh how i would love to dress them up for that special dance with daddy. i had a boy and a grandson...and i am so happy i have them both.
well, off to start my day. have a terrific thursday.

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1/22/15 7:10 A

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good morning!

Shadow I hope you feel better soon. I was diagnosed with Fibro just after Brenna was born. It's a tough one to keep "controlled" but I do understand where you are coming from. That's why all the Yoga, it actually helps with my arthritis and fibro. Keeps my anxiety and PTSD at bay as well. A friend of mine has SAD that's why I asked.

Athena I'm glad you liked the articles. I find Yoga Journal a good source for "self healing" techniques and i like the sequence builder for at home practices when you want to give something new a chance.

How did Roy's teacher (the non responder) do yesterday?

The February full moon is called the "Snow Moon" because apparently that's the month Native Americans saw snow most often. I love the moon names. Imbolic is coming up in a couple weeks. Any plans? I get to go daddy daughter dress shopping this weekend. The dance is 2 weeks from tomorrow. My kiddo is so excited. it's the only time she gets beside herself over a "fancy" dress. I think it's the corsage that comes with it.... :)


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Thank you for the articles Eva, I read through them, and as I am learning, it is defniitely important to take care of the feet!!! I have actually been doing the thunderbolt pose since Monday night (didnt know what it was called until I read the article and then looked it up) to work on that cramping issue. It seems to be under control so far, but I have a run today, so I will see if it acts back up tonight. I have also been drinking my water all day and have had six glasses so far (its only 1pm here now). I keep forgetting to pick up bananas from the store!!!

Amanda, I hope your 1 on 1 meeting goes well.

Shadow, we still havent had snow here in Southeastern NC. We usually get a threat of it in February. (that seems to be our snow month). So I know you are sick of the snow, but I am someone envious of the white you are seeing. I am unsure how my dog handles snow though since it was all gone before I adopted him in Feb of last year.

Nothing new going on... Roy went back to school to start second semester today, and had three new teachers. I emailed them last night to make them aware of Roys gender identity and to use his male name and pronouns. I also told them they could talk to the STEM Coordinator because he was already aware and should have educated the teachers at the beginning of the year. One teacher wrote back very excited and supportive and even mentioned the lead singer in his favorite band was trans. The second teacher wrote back with just the word, "absolutely", and then I havent heard back from the third teacher, so I am sure Roy will let me know how it went today.

Hope you all had a great day!


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1/21/15 8:23 A

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hi gang...uggh! snow...you know how i feel about it. emoticon
eva, no, i dont have sad. i was dx with fibro and then cfs, i worked for a doctor back then and they thought i had lymes disease (had a circle rash on my ankle) but the tests came back negative. whatever name you put on it, it effects my immune system and then i slipped down and have that tired feeling. i am lucky that it doesnt effect me that much...only at times of stress and if i do to much and push myself. i mega dose on vitamins and that really helps me and i also do apple cider vinegar...i swear that stuff gives me energy. i have to watch how much i take, sometimes it keeps me up at night.
off to start my day. have alot of straightening up to do....and shoveling snow...oh my! getting to old to be shoveling this stuff!

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Good Morning!

Athena I wish I could remember the DVD, it's been years, but there was a specific section on foot flexibility. But I found you a couple articles on yoga journal. The first one I think you'll like www.yogajournal.com/article/health/f
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Both are on feet, but the first one has an exercise just for arches.

Shadow I hope you feel better. Do you have happen to have Season Affective Disorder?

Amanda I hope your meeting goes well with your manager today. It sounds like you all have been left in a lurch and it's a very busy time for you all. I'm sorry :(. Let us know how it's resolved.

The family, the middle child's mother sent him to live with his father but refused to give him any of his personal items (so sad to me). He literally was allowed to take the clothes he was wearing. The child is a little about Jim's size, but Jim is long in the torso, so "short clothes" on Jim fit the boy just fine. It takes a burden off a family that now has 4 kids to provide for full time (mother gave up parental rights) and one of them literally had to start from scratch. The family is nice. They always send us a thank you :)

Thanks about Brenna's choice of gifts. She's not a typical kid. We have an ipad and the household computer. When my laptop bit the dust we ordered a hard drive (much smaller than the original) and gave it to her to use as it's like what she works with in the computer lab at school. We have a Wii. She'd rather have paper, pencils and a pair of scissors on a nasty day and be outside on a nice day. I can't argue with that. :)



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1/21/15 12:33 A

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Hope you get feeling better, Shadow! And thanks for the New Moon reminder.
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Athena, sorry about the foot cramps--they can be really painful! Hope the emoticon help. Lilias shared an acupressure point--above the top lip right under the nose that you can press to help with foot cramps. I'm not prone to them (hate the rare occurrence when I get one!), so haven't tried it. Hope it helps!
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Eva, good news on Jim, & best wishes for SIL. Really nice to share the clothes with the other family. emoticon And yes, love Bug's gift requests!
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Today was very busy, and we lost our departing CSS. I thought they would wait until the new pay period begins on 2/1--and let him finish Taxi Week with us, but nope, he's off to meetings, and nobody has told us what to do with all our contractor applications, renewals, and reinstatements with no one left to review them as required. I think I heard someone say we had processed around 140 of them just in January, so this is nothing to sneeze at! They can be very complex, and all sorts of mistakes can be made.

This is just one of the issues I'll bring up with the program manager in my 1-on-1 tomorrow. It won't be easy carving out the time, but he's got to understand how backed up we are, and start helping us solve a situation that is only going to get worse.

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I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
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1/20/15 8:59 A

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hi girls...new moon today, time to write out those abundance checks and for all of you with work issues, write out new beginnings.
i have been not feeling the greatest, no energy....i push myself to ride the bike and then all my energy is spent. i know something is up with me, immune system seems a bit wacky, could be my chronic fatigue rearing its ugly head.
off to start my day...have a terrific tuesday

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Good Morning Ladies!

Amanda, I am glad you were able to open up to your co-worker about how you felt and vent your frustrations. I am sure that left you feeling much better, along with gaining the support of your sister to listen whenever you are having a tough time.

Eva, it sounds like you had a nice and busy weekend! Congrats on your fitness progress. It took me a while to get used to knowing what to log and not log on SP for exercise and which is automatically added by fitbit. I think I have it down now. Congrats also on Jim getting his diet cleaned up. I bet he feels much better. I hope that Rhonda has a quick recovery so the stop and go driving isnt so bothersome for her. I love the gifts that Brenna has asked for, for her birthday. Its nice to see that she isnt hung up on electronics like my son is. She's artistic, imaginative and active. It reminds me alot of my childhood, actually.

I had a very active day yesterday and it felt good. I didnt plan to be so active, it just happened. The day was gorgeous and in the mid-60's so I took a quick run on my lunch with no pain issues. I did 2.5 miles of run/walk (1/1). My running group is also doing a tone up challenge so I did 160 squats, 80 second plank, 25 pushups and 110 crunches. Believe it or not, the plank and pushups are the hardest for me. Then I had yoga that evening with my sister. I had an issue I hadnt dealt with in a long while come up. I hadnt had this problem since the last time I was routinely running. When we were doing some of the yoga poses where you had to rest the top of the foot flat on your mat, I would get a charlie horse in the arch of my foot. I would have to carefully ease into the pose flexing my foot to work it out. I was eventualy able to get the top of my foot flat on the mat, but not without some work. I had not had this problem since I had took a break from running and then my first run back and the charlie horses in my arch are back. I asked the yoga instructor about it and she thought either it was dehydration or an electrolyte imbalance. I went home and practiced sitting back on my feet with the tops of my feet flat on the ground (like in childs pose but with putting pressure on the feet for more of a stretch) and it cramped. I chugged some water and did it again and it felt like the cramp resolved some. I went to bed later flexing the foot and still was getting a tiny cramp but not as severe. I drink tons of water so its weird to be dehydrated, especially since my urine is clear when I use the bathroom. Maybe its some form of an electrolyte imbalance. I think I am going to start adding Nuun to my water and eating some bananas and see if that helps. Its going to suck if everytime I do yoga it takes some time to get into a specific pose because I am having to work/push through a cramp.

Have a great day!


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Good Morning goddesses!

Amanda I'm sorry that work has been do difficult for you. It seems like you are working in a wave and you can't get your head above water some days. I'm glad you've found a co-worker that you can talk to about the mess and that you two have found an even ground. She sounds like one of my former teachers. She taught me torts in college. I was going through court hearings about my abuser at the time and she told me "Girl pull yourself up by the belt loops. You're stronger than you think because you keep pushing forward even when it hurts."

Can you tell she's a southern lawyer?

Amanda you are stronger than you think you are because you know when to take a break so you can come back and you don't give up. I hope today is kind to you in the office.

Athena I hope you make it to that craft store. I hear you on Yoga pants. Sadly I order myself 4 pair and put them under the tree for Jim to give me for Christmas. To be fair he did order me 4 pair himself and we had to return them.... They would fit Brenna. I also had to order new sports bras. I'm a busty woman so you can't just go to Walmart and buy off the rack.... Which sucks.

Shadow I hope you feel better today. Scary, your BP and sugar falling so drastically. I make Jim keep beef jerky in his locker at work. Probably not the best choice but it is shelf stable.

We had a good weekend. Spent a great deal of Saturday and Sunday outdoors. Yesterday Bug and I cleaned house and worked on some stuff she got for Christmas. DIY bags. You color them. We are slowly working our way through the kits. :)

She's asked for Bob Ross's Joy of Painting for her birthday. So I'm guessing I'll be doing some birthday shopping on PBS.org this year. She's asked for a certain doll, a trampoline (which I'm down with since she wants it so the whole family can jump together) and the Joy of Painting.

In fitness world I'm doing better than i thought I would without the fit bit. I'm still walking, but I'm not logging it. I have a friend that's a chatter box so i walk while we talk. No idea of the time and the steps, but I am finding that not having the fitbit reminds me to log all the other exercise. So that's good.

Jim's cleaned his diet up over the last 2 weeks and his sugars are now where they are suppose to be, so no trip to the Dr. for meds. They weren't all that high to begin with (150's but should be 120 or less after a meal) He also took the time Sunday to clean out his closet of unwanted clothing. He has a long torso so we have a short shirt problem around here. Anyway my mom knows a family with 3 boys (2 of which came to live with their dad to escape abuse from the bother's boyfriend) that can divide up Jim's clothes so we sent the 3 trash sacks full to them yesterday and received a nice thank you from them last night. It's always nice to hear a thank you.

Rhonda (sil that's been sick since October) is still having a hard time with stop and go driving so I'll be picking up Anna (youngest niece) in the afternoons and taking her home. Rhonda's got clearance to use an exercise step to build up her muscles so that she can comfortably get in and out of her van and do the stop and go driving that's required for car line pick ups at school.





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My sister came up for a visit; we planned it when I was an emotional mess from the last week at work. I'm in a better place, so it made our visit a lighter one. But she asked something, which I really appreciated, before she left. She told me I could call her any time if I was feeling upset or miserable, even if she couldn't "do" anything, she could listen and sympathize. And I realized I want to think about what I want to remember when I'm getting swamped with intense emotions--what are the tools, affirmations, activities, thoughts, images that can help me come back to myself and ground me in a more peaceful, empowered place. I will share that with her, so when I may not be able to remember what I need, she can help me.

I called one of my coworkers at home today--the first time I've done that. She's the other OA promoted to a temp CSS like me, who's still trying to get most of her former responsibilities done, plus learn all the new info and processes; we both work late, till 5:30, and end up commiserating with each other often on the mismanagement and stresses around us. She's the one who told me I need to take care of myself--even if I have to take Friday off (this was Tuesday or Wednesday, when I was crying and miserable at the end of the day). Along with lots of venting and discussing the problems and issues at work, I let her know I had something kind of difficult to say. That I was so thankful for her support of me and understanding, and encouraging me to take care of myself. And yet it was hard for me to hear her say "You can't do that," as in 'you can't let them get to you, or feel bad because you can't meet their unrealistic expectations,' because a part of me felt like I was disappointing her, because I wasn't strong enough, or as strong as her. I had a feeling she would be open, because she's had issues with her teenage daughter who is tender-hearted, and tells her sometimes "Mom, I can't be like you, I'm not tough like that." Melanie grew up with all brothers, and has a very tough skin, and intimidates a lot of people. And she appreciated my giving her feedback, and assured me she does not see me as weak in any way, and it's a good reminder for her to think about what she says and how it can sound to someone else. She also laughed and said I am just like her daughter, and I can help her be a better parent. I may be white, and much older and smaller than her large middle school child, but she said more than once "You and Mackenzie are just alike!" Anyway, it was a scary conversation, but it turned out well, and brought us closer together. We even ended it with my telling her about what my sister and I talked about, and she was also good with my letting her know what will be most helpful when she can see I'm getting really stressed or upset. It is such a gift when you find people you can open up to like that!

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Thanks for telling us the time of your interview (and reminding us of your time zone! emoticon ; definitely different from the West Coast here), Athena.

Will likely post more later, but wanted to share this that my sister printed out for me and gave me when she visited today. Here is the link to a Spark article "Bust Your Bad Mood with Exercise" that goes so far as to suggest what kinds of exercises may best help when you are feeling angry, bored, lonely, depressed or stressed.

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Just got an email for the Associate III Position Interview.

It will be Tues, Jan 27th from 1-2pm EST.




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Good Morning Ladies and Happy Monday!

Amanda, I am so sorry you are having issues at work. There is nothing worse than not enjoying the place you have to spend 8-9 hours a day at. I hope things get much better for you or you are able to find a position that is a better fit.

Gas prices are cheap here and I am loving filling up my car for $17. We are at $1.96/gallon right now.

This weekend was okay for me. I didnt do much. My sister gave me a $20 gift card to Academy Sports for christmas and I went and got two new pairs of yoga pants and a long sleeve dri fit top for running. I spent more than the $20, but was happy with my purchases. I really needed new yoga pants because I have been wearing the same ones I wore when I was 18 pounds heavier and they were stretched out and looked awful.

Something interesting happened this morning when I got into work. We have one Quality Assurance staff transferring to Durham from Charlotte and one who is retiring at the end of the year, so there is a position getting ready to be posted. I had heard about this but since one of my co-workers said they wanted to apply for it, I didnt really think to much about going for it though the thought did cross my mind. Well the lady who is transferring to Durham came up to me this morning and whispered in my ear. "We have a QA position that will be posted soon, apply for it." I didnt think I was being considered to be a good fit, and the salary is higher than Problem Management. So, I think once it gets posted, I am going to apply. There will be more travel required as I will be auditing Operations and making sure staff are following procedure if I did get the position, but its a level up from where I am at.

I brought my running shoes and gym clothes to work today. Its suppose to be 60 degrees out and I wanted to take advantage and go for a run/walk. Yoga tonight.

Have a great day! emoticon

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Shadow, hope you can bring some cleaner, lighter energy into your home. emoticon

Feeling more like me, which is a welcome relief. Went shopping--Costco gas (less than $2 a gallon!) & groceries, Safeway, Trader Joe's during the Seahawks' playoff game--shortest lines all around for a Sunday early afternoon! Thanks, Hawks! emoticon emoticon

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hi girls...boy am i ever thankful that i am not in the workforce anymore....with all the problems you guys have been having.
nothing much happening. minimal weight loss, maybe be salt related.
i really need to smudge and salt down my house. hubby and i have been bickering at each other and i keep seeing something run past me...i thought it was my cat but it is dark. gonna kick some bad energy ass today.
off to start my day. have a wonderful sunday.

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Yep, poor managers are the pits! One of the reasons I so want to get out. I really want to work with a manager I trust and respect, and one who values and supports me.

One of the things I got from today's therapy session is the need to protect my tender and vulnerable parts who have been so hurt at work. I will do my best to call other, tougher parts to the fore when I am there, and remind the sweet ones that I am trying to find a place they will be safe and valued, and where their many gifts will be accepted and appreciated.

Got in some walking before and after my session with Katie. Had another nap--intense emotions are tiring!

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Hello team....know I have been kind of in and out of the team boards here. I'm trying to keep up. I can relate to the work issues~sometimes feel like my boss thinks my coworker and I are the laziest, sassiest, most disrespectful employees ever! It has been snowy, wet, and cinders everywhere....and despite sweeping out front several times that night, and scrubbing the muddy foot rails, because we clocked out at 10:15p instead of 10:20 or later....she thinks we either rushed the job or was out front sweeping and mopping before we closed (which we are not allowed to do). Neither of which was true....because of all the mud we saw on the footrails and on the entire white front of the store.....we went out several times wiping down the front, mopping off the rails. Ugh! Just not good enough :P

She of course brought this up at our early morning staff meeting today. Ready to harness up the pup and burn of some steam on the field....have a great weekend everybody!

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I used my day off to make a therapy appt--I was amazed to find an opening tomorrow at noon! I also printed off 2 job postings I'll try for, and at my sister's suggestion, reached out to the HR recruiter to see if I can get a sense of whether I would be wasting my time with my degree in Liberal Studies rather than public administration, or less than advanced Excel skills.

The other big step I took was to reply to a December email from a recruiter with NY Life. Something in the tone of his message intrigued me, and I replied that I was definitely looking for a more rewarding professional environment, though I had reservations about "selling insurance" & the industry as a whole. I got a response from a different recruiter with a link to his bio--turns out he's actually the manager of the Seattle Area office. I was impressed with the diversity of their management staff and the way they described their mission. She also included a savvy article highlighting teachers who have made the transition to a career in financial planning, utilizing their many skills and abilities to connect with people. I am frankly intrigued, and will be checking them out further.

The other positive step I took, besides just giving myself this day and taking a nap, was to start creating a little spreadsheet to use at work to track the status of tasks and occurrence of positive steps and interactions at work.

By the time I get back to work on Tuesday, I will be able to face whatever I have to deal with.

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I shared more details last night with my BB team, but was too drained to copy it here late last night, so here are more details on the work sit:

I've gotten messages that I'm not doing enough or everything I need to do at work. I'm fed up with people just not getting that I cannot keep doing half or more of my old fulltime job plus "keep up" with fulltime CSSs who have had he luxury of studying processes online in our "Customer Service University" while I have now spent all of two hours--one last week and one today covering just one of 2 to 3 dozen modules filled with information and procedures we are supposed to know.

Then just when I finished a few things and was feeling a tiny bit caught up, I got the news that our most knowledgeable CSS, our only Spanish bilingual and only "super user" or expert in contractor registration (each office should have 2, since it is such a complicated process with so many potential errors), is being promoted (at least temporarily) out of the unit. That leaves us with a brand new supervisor who knows none of what we do yet, a brand new person just learning the job, 2 of us who have been part-time at most with no background in CSU, someone who just passed probation, one person with a few years, but who's nervous with money & not always a reliable source of procedural or content information. Then we have a visitor to the unit who's been there several months, who thankfully has pitched in and learned a lot, including taking on several of my old responsibilities. For the busiest service location in the state, this is a totally inadequate work group. I came home and just cried on the floor before I had the energy to play with Dora. It is going to be miserable for those of us who are left.

And they want us to celebrate the Seahawks tomorrow? I don't want to put a damper on anyone's partying, so I think I may need to stay home and work on digging myself out of this pit of despair I'm in right now. I've been close to tears (or right there with them) several times this week, and I just can't keep doing this.

That was last night. Today's update is that I called in sick, or as I told my manager on the phone with tears clogging my throat, "I can't come in today." So far I've printed off 2 job announcements for positions at Health Care Authority, and sent an very tardy response to a recruiter with an insurance company that has reached out twice regarding my resume on Monster.com.

I'll be scheduling an appt for a massage and for my next therapy appt (I've gotten off a regular schedule with that). I'll also be journaling and writing affirmations, and developing a spreadsheet tool to help me track task status, progress, and positives (or the lack thereof) at work.

Your continued prayers and support will be most welcome, as I fight to maintain positive momentum on making changes in my life, and not succumb to the despair and demoralization that threaten to overwhelm.


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Good Morning Ladies!

Amanda, thank you for the interview tips, I will definitely look into the affirmations and practice a variety of questions, especially ones like the examples you have given below.

Eva, I love hearing about your crafting ideas and skills. It makes me miss the days that I use to be crafty. Something I definitely need to get into again. Maybe a visit to the art store is in order soon to browse and see if there is something I want to try my hand at. :) I am excited about this weekends warmer weather too, and am going to go out for another test walk/run to see how the foot is feeling. I havent had any foot pain this week, but not pushing it.

Shadow, I hope you are feeling better and thank you for the tips on the interview. I will definitely try to let you all know the date it will be when I hear back from HR. It will be sometime during the last week of January.

Not too much new going on here. I went to yoga last night (free community class) and what use to be about an 8 person class blew up to about 20 people. It was that way on Monday too. Everyone was trying to squeeze into the room. I told my sister about it last night since she only comes with me on Mondays, and she said give it a month and it would be back to normal size (new years resolutioners). The lady who teaches the thursday class is in my running group so she said she would go with me to do hot yoga if I was interested in it. The lady who teaches the monday class also teaches at the yoga studio near where I live and I may pick up a class or two there also. This yoga studio is awesome, no membership or contract, just $5 classes, and at least 1-2 times a month, they have free community classes as their way to give back.

I am looking forward to the weekend! I have no plans. I love these kinds of weekends because they are usually open for me to relax and enjoy whatever I want (though I do plan on doing some housework).

Hope you all have a great weekend!


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hi girls..sorry i havent been around...i was having some sinus pain and back pain. going to chiropractor today, my son worked on me and the headache went away, my back is still bothering me.
i had a incident yesterday of dizziness that made me feel sick. my first thought was stroke, grabbed the arnica and took a dose. when i thought it out, and took my blood pressure, it dropped really low and my blood sugar also. i ate some protein to balance my sugars and after i felt better. i have to watch with this diet that i dont deprive myself of food that i need in watching my calories...
aethna...if you can, relax. you are prepared for the 2nd interview and the person doing the interview will pick up on your energy. if you are coming from a place of desperation, it will vibrate to her. trust in the god/goddess to supply you will all good things.
eva...my are you creative...wish i had just an ounce of your creativity. i can pull a house together, just cannot make things...
blessed, hope the job is less stressful for you.
with all the job problems you guys are experiencing, i am so grateful that i have my own business...i do massage when i want, i am working part time. i dont do any work in the winter, right after my b-day in march i will restart the business. i have a tendency to have one time customers, no steadies so it works for me.
off to start my day...have a fabulous friday..

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Good Morning goddesses!

Congrats Athena on moving on to interview 2! You'll do well, but like Amanda said, send us the date and we'll send positive energy your way. :)

Amanda Congrats on getting out of level 19 and into 20. No more dull grey!

I'm ready for this weekend's warmer weather. we need to get out of this house and into some sun shine. It's been so Gloomy.

Mom is dropping off my big box this afternoon so I can get started on Brenna's photo booth for her party. I want to study the actual box for a while before I take a utility knife to it. I love this time of year. Oh and I get to make another tutu :) I may be tying tulle for days but It's sure to be cute when I'm done.

Have a good weekend :)

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Awesome news, Athena! Is there a way to find out who you'll be interviewing with? I'd recommend lots of calming affirmations about remaining poised and finding the right words and letting your light shine might be helpful. And preparing for a variety of questions--the tell us about a time when, or tell us what you would do if, or what are your ideas for, why should we hire you, what are your biggest challenges, where do you see yourself in 5 years--and all the other possibilities. There are no "right" answers, but you can find ways to communicate your experience, creativity and positive qualities. Let us know so we can send energy your way.

Eva, cool about the supplies coming early. Have fun! I think it's a great idea. When I create more space hear, I'd love to get back into some artistic or crafty pursuits. And I can so use a laugh, so will check out your link--thanks!

Blessed Be, Amanda

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

Wanted to drop in right quick and drop a message. I had to get a proposal together this morning for my individual performance goal for this year. My manager said I had to have it to her today, and then after that I had to dive right into work.

So... guess what?? I got an email today letting me know I got a second interview for the Assoc III position. I am thinking my thank you letter probably helped ALOT. She had 6 - one hour available slots to chose from starting next week with the last interview slot being on Jan 30th. She told me to select the times I would be available for. I could have selected all, but I really wanted to interview last so I would be fresh in their minds. So I told her I would be availble for the last three times during the week of the 27th. This will also give me more time to prepare for the interview. Though now I feel like there is no way to ever truly be ready.

I guess in the next couple days I will know when my interview time is.

Hope you all are doing well and staying warn.




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Good morning!

Thank you about my Bug. She's a one of a kind. :)

Amanda I hope things settle down for you soon at work. If you are doing all you can then it is enough. They can't demand more than you've got. I hope the supervisor takes some of your suggestions on cross training when she gets back.

Athena I hear you on waiting for that HSA to fill up. Ours rolls over so I'm not having to wait so long, but it's scary not having that safety net. I've heard rose oil helps if you can find it. Just a drop mixed with olive oil massaged into the area.

It looks like we are in for a warm up. It's been so cold here I've had on wool socks for weeks. or so it seems. it's either cold or wet or both. :( Nasty southern winters. But this weekend it's suppose to be in the 50's and sunny so we will break out the grill and have some run time in the yard. YAY! we all need it. I think it's getting to be cabin fever in here.

The teachers at school are BEGGING it to hit the mid 40's so they can tell the kids to bundle up they are going outside!

Oh and I'm excited. my jewelry making tools came early! I didn't expect them until next week.

And on a light note, if you want a good laugh check out the southern women's channel on youtube. these ladies are hilarious, and sadly I hear myself in some of the jokes.

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I just love your Brenna, Eva! Such wisdom, innocence and sweetness! A testament to having a goddess for a mother! And I agree that food made with love *is* better. It's one reason I like my own cooking: I love creating fun and tasty and healthy foods for myself! emoticon emoticon

Athena, I know I can't complain, as we've been above freezing for a couple weeks. But it never feels as warm as the forecasts say. Most of my breaks lately have felt like I'm walking in 30s, not 40s. I think I need a warmer jacket, and may need to wear long johns even though they say it's supposed to reach mid-40s, cuz legs, arms, hands and face stay really cold on my walks despite gloves, hat and scarf. Hoping that foot gets better with more time off!

Another bad day at work. I'm finding it hard to keep on an even keel while basically getting messages that I'm not doing enough, and just have to figure out how to balance and stay on top of wellness, administrative tasks, and being at the front counter as much as possible. The new OM has been off since 12/31 and will return on 1/26--she had a cruise planned with her husband. So she worked 11 days, and will have been off 16 days when she returns. So not much of an opinion yet. She was mostly observing, and seems pretty unruffled--which may help.

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Good Morning Ladies,

We supposedly had freezing rain last night, so school is on a two hour delay this morning. I have been up since 5am, and decided to just work from home until time to take Roy to school and then head into the office. The roads looked okay when I took the dog out, but news has been reporting accidents all morning, mostly to the north of us. I am heading south to Charlotte and schools in that area were operating on normal schedule, so I am thinking it will be okay to drive down there. Temps are still freezing and wont be above the freezing mark until around lunch time.

Eva, I havent went to the doc yet for my foot, everytime I go, the doc just tells me to stay off it and rest it. Also, I am trying to build up my HSA ( I havent received the card yet because it got lost in the mail and they had to issue a new one). This is my first year having to do an HSA, so I want to build up the money on it so I feel I have a safety net and can go to the doctor without worrying about the cost of the visit. I know I am being stubborn about not going. With the weather being so nasty out, I doubt I would be running much anyways, LOL.

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Athena i think it's wise to let that foot heal. Have you seen a doctor about it yet? A friend of mine ended up getting a shot in her foot but she was better after the bruise from the shot went away. Personally a needle in the foot sound awful....

Amanda, how's the new supervisor working out?

If I manage to make this photo booth you all will see pictures, believe me. You all make me blush about the artistic stuff. I get by I guess, but I love making Bug happy with original stuff you can't just buy at a supply store. And i make her cakes because she wants me to. She says if I make it she knows it's full of love. :) Sweet kid.



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Eva, the birthday planning and designing do sound very exciting! I also can't wait for pix! I also am envious and admiring of your artistic abilities and inclinations.
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Athena, good reminder that we can slim down even if our weight doesn't decrease.
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A hard couple days at work. Trying not to let the poor planning, training, and utilization of staff get to me and determine my level of happiness, satisfaction and success--but not really succeeding!
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Thanks for the support about my interview yesterday. I was and still am a bit ambivalent about the position, and wont be devastated if I dont get it. I think what bothered me is I wanted a fair shot and the chance to be able to showcase what I had to offer and I feel I didnt get that. I did get a thank you email from the lady who interviewed me yesteday from my thank you note. So I am hoping that at least puts me in her mind when she is making her selections/cuts for the second round of interviews. I wasnt expecting the expected salary question, and was thrown off when it was asked (because its never been asked in the past and I have interviewed for 3 positions her at ARC in my 7.5 years of being here). I was concerned to give her a number because I didnt know what the pay range was for the position, so I gave her what I wanted my mininum to be which was at least $20/hr. I got off the call thinking I undershot, so I asked our HR department to send me the salary range for the position and saw that I had asked for about $2 more per hour than the minumum pay for the position which I think I could live with. I am actually making more now than the minumum salary for the position, so if I do by some chance get it and they only offer me a lateral transfer (with no salary change) I probably wont accept the position. --Again, ahead of my self, but I am a virgo, so I am always planning, overanalyzing and thinking ahead. Which was funny, because I read my horoscope this morning (I do every morning for entertainment value) and it said I may not have the connections to get the job done, but it doesnt mean my goals are impossible and to give it a passionate try. LOL. It was fitting for how I was feeling...

Barefitness: I am sorry you are having issues with your boss. It does sounds like she is under quite a bit of stress, but she should be professional enough to not take it out on staff. Hopefully whatever she is going through gets resolved!

Amanda: Congrats on getting the last of the decorations taken down and on working towards cleaning out stuff you no longer want or need. I do that all the time and still feel like I have too much stuff. I am not a very materialistic person, so I dont know how it accumilates. I think its because I go without my family thinks of me as "less fortunate" and always gives me their hand me downs. Some which I am grateful for because it keeps me from having to buy it myself when the time comes, and other things, I am like, enough! I dont need anymore stuff. My sister is my favorite hand me down giver. I get all her purses, cute tops and yoga pants she no longer wants.

Shadow: Way to go on your success on tracking! Stick to it and keep up the good work!

Eva: Good luck on all the birthday planning. You sound very artistic and creative and I know what ever you design will be a hit. I do hope to see lots of pictures when the time comes!

As for my fitness goals, I am still not running.. I tried last week on a 2 miler and lots of walking and had a sore foot again. I decided not to sign up for the April half I had planned on doing. I figured I would just take it easy during the winter and focus on the yoga and strength training I have been doing. I have noticed I havent been losing weight, and I think its because I am building muscle. So its time to whip out the measuring tape again, because the clothes are definitely feeling baggier.

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Athena I'm sorry your interviewer was so ill prepared to do a proper interview but congrats to you for taking a final opportunity to put yourself in their minds during the next course of interviews.

Shadow I'm glad tracking is working for you :) I don't track food but do try to keep up with my fruit and veggie consumption. And I track activity. I'm trying to get back in that habit every day now that I am sans-fitbit.

Amanda congrats on cleaning out your space and for making donation decisions. I have a couple bags of clothes that need to hit a bin this weekend. It's mostly Brenna's clothes at the moment, but I'm too lazy for a yard sale so I donate the items. I'm proud of you for letting go of something you've kept out of guilt :)

BF i hope you enjoyed your day off. What was the cross stitch pattern?

Well it's Birthday party planning time here. Brenna's birthday is in April, but i build out costly items (why are photo booths and scenes all the rage here?) This year's big project, besides the cake, A Monster High doll box big enough for a photo shoot. I get to use my spray painting skills. Oh and make a tutu.... Wish me luck. I've made a tulle tutu for Halloween one year. It's time consuming. Good thing I like crafting...



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I also offer my sympathy, Athena, that the interview questions did not seem appropriate to the position and responsibilities. I think you showed a lot of class in sending the thank you--and wisdom in using the opportunity to bring out your experience, which they should have addressed in the interview. I know you were a bit ambivalent about the job; I will continue to pray for the right outcome for you and all.

Shadow, good for you for continuing to use a tool you find effective. Hopefully the more you track those numbers, the easier and more intuitive or natural it will become.

I'm thrilled to have the holiday boxes put away. On the coffee table where they had been stacked (and where the emoticon had stood), I'll be gathering donations. I started this evening with 2 big items that have been in the way for a long time--one of those exercise balls that was never inflated properly, and that I don't have room to store, and have never used, and a large macramé hanging that my SIL made, that I've carted around for years, but always felt guilty about. The truth is that it isn't my style, and I have no room for it, and I'm ready to let it go--hopefully to someone who will be delighted with it.

Blessed Be, Amanda

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What a bummer Athena....unfortunately my boss blindsides me with comments out of no where. She told me she had been festering mad over something supposedly happened years ago....she called me and told her not to call me on my day off??? Have NEVER said that, yet she has been mad about it....and just recently she told me I don't respect her, which also isn't true. Sigh....sometimes just have to let it go and know she is under alot of stress at home.

The snow here has melted but they are warning of another storm coming soon. Today was my day off, pretty much have done nothing all day. Well, did work on my cross stitch project and it's almost done.

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sorry athena, it sucks when you know you can do the job and no one gives you the chance to. at least you went down fighting...always a 50/50 chance....

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No, I am not going to go out that way...

I wrote one hell of a thank you email for the interview, and highlighted my best skills and experiences that I think makes me qualified for the position.

If I am going to go down, at least I will do it fighting. LOL.


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What the hell was that??????

Sorry for the language ladies, I just got done with my interview and feel completely blind sided!!! I was NOT prepared for THAT.

I know what the Associate III position entails because I have done the work of one in the past. I had studied and made notes of the most common interview questions and NONE of them were asked. She didnt want to know my skills or experience, but wanted to know what big projects I had been on and how I explained the data to key stake holders and executives. I was ready to talk about my Problem Managment experience and the Problem Management projects I was on, but this was HR and she didnt know anything about Problem Management. Guh, I dont think it went well. This was the first interview in the process. I dont think I will hear back for a second... I could be wrong, but not getting my hopes up on this one, and I am not too terribly disappointed. It just sucks to think you were going to be prepared and do well and then THAT was what happened.

I need a drink... it was brutal.

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hi girls....woke up to an icy wonderland...glad i dont have to go out in it! emoticon
nothing much to say today...i have alot of things i need to do, grandson came over unexpected yesterday and i had him the whole day so nothing got done. i am becoming more aware of my food choices...i always check the tracker to see if i can eat something or will it make me go over the calorie range. its alot of work, but i dont want to be this weight, so i need to do something.
athena...good luck today on the interview.
off to start the day. have a marvelous monday!

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Good Morning!

Gook Luck Athena! I'll have you in my thoughts today as you go through your interview!

emoticon Shadow! You stuck to your plan and you see the results. I'm proud for you!

Amanda I hope your book helps you with your OO's and keeps you progressing forward. Have you determined your reasons yet?

I had a good quiet weekend. I'm playing catch up today on chores. My MIL's birthday lunch was yesterday so I missed my Sunday chores to eat at the outback. (Secret, I'm not a fan of our local outback. Too much salt. Don't tell anyone, but I'd rather hit the salad bar at Jason's Deli instead...)

Shoulder is still holding up. I asked Tyler if my regular rigorous Yoga is fine by this point and he said what ever I wanted to do, so I'm good to go. It's cold and the rigorous yoga heats me up :) (Not hot yoga. my house is roughly 69 degrees in the winter time. Hot yoga you need rooms with temps 80+. )

I hope you all have a musical monday :)


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emoticon Shadow! What emoticon progress! emoticon You're right, the numbers probably won't stay as high, but you know you can make healthy choices. I'm so proud of you and happy for you!
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Athena, wishing great luck on the interview Monday. I would recommend plenty of prayer & affirmations, just concentrating on showing them how much you have to offer and not getting caught up in futuring. I like affirming that I welcome positive changes in my life, and that I am flexible and flowing and adapt to changes with ease (good affirmations for joint issues too).
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I'm enjoying the organizing book. I'm not rushing through it, but thinking about what she says. I like some of the early points, that you just need to learn skills that are rarely taught, and that the main issues are mental. I just read an early section on getting really clear about WHY you want to go through this process. It's important to find your unique reasons, desires and motivators, and be really clear on the ends you want to achieve, and how it will benefit your life and experience, to help keep you inspired.

Blessed Be, Amanda

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Good morning ladies!

I usually don't post on the weekends, but my 5% challenge started today and I had to get a spark people to read what the goals were for the week so I thought I would drop in and say hi.

I checked my work email last night and got an email from HR stating that my interview would be Monday at 12:30, so I have some preparing to do this weekend. I still go back-and-forth on whether I want the position, but after going through my bills last night and having an issue with the bank closing one of my bank accounts because the minimum balance was not high enough (they switch their policy on me, it appears that there's no more free checking for me since I don't use them as my primary direct deposit) i'm definitely going to try to give one hell of an interview and hope they offer it to me. I think my biggest fear about it is the change. I don't know what to expect with the new boss, I don't know what to expect with the new workload, I don't know if that will be as flexible scheduling and work hours like they are in my current position. But I can find out all these things during the interview and if they offer me the position. I think I'm already getting ahead of myself.

We have therapy today, Roy and I. Nothing much else planned so I figured I just come home and clean a bit and work on practicing interview questions.

Have a great day!

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hi gang...good luck on the interview athena, temps here really cold also, expecting bad weather on monday, and then temps are going up..yah! i also started using flex bands with my bike routine...speaking of which i want to share that i lost 5lbs this week. emoticon i stuck to my program, and the days that i wanted junk, i added up the numbers and when they went over, i did not have it. i really did well this last week...planning on doing the same for this upcoming week. i probably wont repeat the numbers, but i know that i will have a loss.
i was under the weather wed and thurs, but homeopathy helped me feel better and i am glad for that. had to cancel my massage, but looking forward to rescheduling it next week.
off to start my day, exercise is out of the way and now i need to address laundry.

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Good luck on that interview, Athena!

Glad those temps will be going up soon, Eva!

Fitting in a little strength training in the evening. Intend to pack up more of the holiday items this weekend.

After I finish the final volume of the Harry Potter series (again), I'll be reading the new Japanese organizing book I got about the magic of tidying up.

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 Ladies!

Well back to normal for me, almost... back in the office anyways. Roy is going home with a friend after school today so I dont have to worry about leaving early to pick him up. Though, if I am caught up on work, I might just skip out early anyways... ;)

I know the tire issue sounds cold weather related. That is what I am hoping it to be. However, I got my tires rotated back in October and since then the low tire pressure light comes on about every 2-3 weeks. This just doesnt seem normal to me and like there is a bigger issue (like a slow leak somewhere). Everytime I have taken it to the tire shop to be looked at they tell me that all my tires are low and thats probably it and top them off with air, but this time I told my mechanic (took it to him instead) my light comes on every few weeks, I think its something more. So my mechanic said to bring it back tomorrow and they will check the pressure and see if there is a tire that has a noticeable decrease.

I got an email from HR on Wednesday about scheduling an interview for the Assoc III position. She asked me what my best available times are on the 12th and 13th and I gave them to her. I am hoping I will hear back today to see what day/time she gives me and start preparing this weekend with the interview questions. Now that its come up, I have decided I do want the position, but I think its because I am more financial driven right now and feel like I need something to get me ahead. We just found out our annual raises are only averaging 2% this year which means barely even a dent of a pay increase (for me only like 36 cents/hr if I get a 2%), but I got an "exceeds expectation" in all categories of my annual performance review, so I am hoping that means I will get more than the "average 2%". Something is better than nothing though, right???

Hope you all have a great weekend!

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Good Morning Goddesses!

Ashley Ariel is normally an outside dog. She's a beagle mix and likes the yard, but when it's cold she comes in. She'd actually be a good house dog if she didn't like mud rolling so much. So the alliance is temporary. Ariel will head back out on Sunday when the temps come up so her heated dog house is comfy. It stays about 60 degrees in there So she doesn't get cold unless it's funky arctic chill.

My cats tolerate her well enough.

Athena I'm sorry about the chaos yesterday. On the tire, the gauge may have gone bad. If you only had 15 lbs of pressure the tire would be almost flat. I'd think about buying a new stick gauge.

I hope you all have a Fabulous Friday! I plan to :)



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