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How marvelous for Brenna, and for you and Jim! Enjoy the date! emoticon

Just ordered flavored coffee from the company I found online that I've used 2 or 3 times now. I also started a Word document of flavors I've tried and liked, and ones I want to try. I ordered Double Vanilla Cinnamon (on sale), Butterscotch Toffee Cream (tried that in my first ever order and really liked it), Rum Jazz, and Pecan Praline. Hope it arrives before Labor Day!

Blessed Be, Amanda

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And I love myself just the way I am."

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8/26/16 6:28 A

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I'm glad your computer issue was literally a plug. I don't understand that weird connector in the middle anyway. Unless it helps keep the computer safe in a power surge....

Our heat index hit 100 here yesterday and 104 the day before. I'm ready for fall weather. This heat is killing me. I can deal with 91 when it feels like 91 but this humidity is just awful.


I cut my MIL's hair yesterday and stayed for a visit. She's having some tests run and she's nervous. I think it's because they put them all in the same day. She's irritated with her pharmacy (The problems there are real. I changed pharmacies for the same reasons), and her minister (no idea here but he's also family so this could get awkward at Thanksgiving). She just had a pot load of stuff she wanted to get off her chest So I spent 2 hours just listening and supporting. She needs that from time to time. We all do.

Second lunch with Brenna today. It's more of a brunch time but what can you do. She eats a 10:35 am. Then shopping tonight. Brenna is staying at my mom's tomorrow night and coming home Sunday. So I'll have some time "off the clock" anyway. I think we're going to go to dinner and a movie. Wow a real date! LOL



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For years now, I've made sure to get something to pamper the new mom, often some Moonlight Path products from Bath and Bodyworks--pretty lavender color, and lavender-scented and soothing.

Yes, taking the night off on Tuesday was exactly what I needed. Then I got a shock last night when my computer died suddenly and wouldn't restart. I checked that the cord was plugged into the laptop, and into the outlet. Was prepared to take it in to the Geek Squad after work today (hoping it wouldn't be out of commission too long, or cost too much to repair). As I began to bundle the cord, I discovered 2 parts had disconnected in the middle, so I had only run out of battery power! Boy was that a relief! And I had spun my login in the morning, which I usually don't do, so my streak is alive at 745 days today!
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The high today was slated for 89, but when I got in my car at 5:45, the temp said 91--and I was parked in the shade. Came home and turned on the bedroom a/c. Tomorrow is forecast at 92; I'll see how hot it gets in Tukwila. emoticon But then it should drop into the 70s and stay there for at least a week.
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Oh, I had my annual review. It was quite positive. I reserved the right to think about and add comments, which I plan to do--thanks for having my contributions acknowledged, pride in my growth and accomplishments, including my Wellness work, and the sincere hope that we will at some point be adequately staffed so as to improve customer and staff satisfaction, reduce employee stress, and allow for more professional growth and development.

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I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
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8/24/16 6:14 A

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Hi Lisa!!!! how are you? I'm like Amanda I'd love to hear what you've been doing lately.

Amanda I hope you got some rest. It seems like tired is catching. I've been tired all week. I don't believe I've watched How to Steal a Million. I'll have to see if I can find it. I love old movies.

I'm having lunch with my mom today, then we're going to see if we can find her co-worker a nice baby gift. The woman is over run with onsies, so I suggested she get new Mom an "after baby" gift. Something to help the new mom relax when someone else is on baby duty. I had someone do that for me and I loved it.





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emoticon Lisa! Would love to hear what you're up to these days!

I am *so* exhausted! I hoped to do some work here at home, but the afternoon was so tiring and stressful, that I had no energy left over. Got down on the floor to play with Dora when I arrived, and could easily have fallen asleep right there. I picked a fun and silly video to watch, "How to Steal a Million" w/ Audrey Hepburn and Peter O'Toole, and have been relaxing with it, taking breaks to do a few dishes, some handwashing and to fix a salad for dinner. Feeling relaxed now, but no more energetic. Want to Spark a wee bit more, finish the movie, have a bite of dessert and *go to bed early*!

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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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8/23/16 12:00 P

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Hi Amanda and Eva! I always have to check in with this group cuz it's one of my favorites.

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8/23/16 6:27 A

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Thank you! Jim thought it was our 10 year. That means I must be doing something right LOL.

When I was a kid we bred Basset hounds. Giving shots is part of the territory. Mom got certified and I got use to being the assistant. Later I learned how to administer the shots. You have to have a steady hand and a lot of patience to do cat's through. I do the shots, all but the rabies they go to the clinic for that, Jim holds them.

I did read the multitasking article. I had already begun to stop. It seems like keeping track of it all was giving me a headache. It's nice to read that I was right to follow my instincts. So now the extent of my multitasking would be, cooking duties and interpretive dance while I try to fold a fitted sheet.

I hope the temps stay cooler. I'm enjoying wearing my pants as opposed to my shorts and getting to open the windows in the mornings.

Have a good day!

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I'll have to Google those pets! And a belated emoticon

I'm sure Dora got all her shots at the rescue adoption center. I just haven't bothered to update. I am not about to try it myself.

Did you read the article The Cost of Multitasking: 6 Health Risks You Should Know? Wow, I want to share it at work, especially with managers! www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellnes
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Had fun celebrating a coworker's birthday. Then the lobby exploded--when I returned from afternoon break ~4:20, I counted 9 people waiting in the lobby in addition to the 2 at the counter. I warned the manager and supervisor on my way back. We managed to handle them, with one person staying late. Thankfully there were no new contractors trying to start at that point, since that's a process that takes 45 minutes--or longer!

Did some planning at home, some Sparking, some ST and back exercises. Got my max fitness points. Happy with the lower temps. Don't know if it's still expected to hit 90 again on Friday. Wishing all a wonderful night and day tomorrow!

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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8/22/16 6:24 A

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Sounds like everything is coming up Amanda at the moment. You're on a roll!

Pet vaccinations: Check your pet stores and see if they do clinics. The shots are often less expensive than a regular vet. I actually vaccinate my own cats. We have a store here, Tractor Supply, that carries everything except rabies shots. The vet will sell you the shot if you self administer. Have a friend handy if you try it. One to hold the cat and one to pinch up the skin and give the shot.

If Dora has never been vaccinated watch her for a reaction. Some cats actually have an allergy to the vaccines.

Sounds like you are ready for some fun with the 6 pack. Will everyone make the trip this year?

My 11th anniversary was Saturday. We spent it at the exotic pet expo. Now my kid wants a pet a Flemish Giant rabbit or a Mini Rex bunny. The Giant gets up to 25+ lbs the Mini Rex is less than 1 lbs.

She needs a farm or a zoo. I'm not sure which at this point.

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So glad that message was just a booboo--which they caught quickly and cancelled before you panicked too much. Hoping you and Bug have been able to relax, assimilate and re-energize this weekend.

Oh my, busy and productive day yesterday. I got some much-needed cleaning done as well as a bunch of errands. One of those was a Costco grocery run, and afterwards chopped & froze the large tub of mushrooms emoticon and trimmed the peppers emoticon , chopping & freezing a few, though most I left in trimmed sections to slice & add to salads or eat raw w/ dip.

Other errands included picking up BD gifts for my favorite coworker (8/20) and my favorite sister (8/25) emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Remembered I hadn't made my car loan payment, so stopped by the credit union, and made 2 house keys for the pet sitter service before the afternoon appointment. I really liked the young lady who came, and I'm pretty impressed with their thoroughness and planning for potential issues--like having 2 keys--one that stays in the office, and one that is taken by that day's sitter.

She took a bunch of notes to add to the detailed profile I had already created online, explained more of their protocols which helped me understand why the extra requirements--which really are designed to protect them & their clients and animals. The one requirement that was causing stress is their demand all pets be current on shots. Yes I know I should, but Dora stays indoors, and frankly money and time are issues right now. Sarah did make an appreciated strong recommendation for a nearby vet--that she uses for her animals--and warned me away from a convenient one that she didn't trust from personal experience. So I'm feeling better about having found a reliable service to use when I need to.

But I won't need them in September, because the universe gave me a gift! emoticon emoticon emoticon I had posted a query on the wall of the Seattle team, asking for recommendations for pet sitters. And a emoticon who lives quite close, and with whom I've gone on a few walks and hikes, saw it and Spark mailed me to say she does some pet sitting on the side! I never knew, & wouldn't have asked, but the dates work, so I'll be paying a friend whom I already trust, which helps her, and saves me the hassle and expense of arranging for shots in the next couple of weeks (though I will do it before too long for safety's sake), which helps me! emoticon

Finally, I did some organizing of upcoming apps, arranged them by due date & started on the one due Monday. Discovered that even though it's with the State Treasurer's Office (OST), they don't use the state application form, and I'd have to copy and paste a whole boatload of information. I decided not to invest that much time in a job that really wanted accounting experience and education, that would have been OK but not great. So now I'll start on ones that give me more time to prepare, which means I can do shorter work sessions to complete them. Another win!

Oh, and after 93 on Friday and 92 yesterday, the fog rolled in, and it's supposed to only get into the 70s today and tomorrow-- emoticon emoticon 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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8/19/16 6:29 A

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First school lunch of the year today!

Yesterday we got the strange text from the school saying "Your kid has not been registered for school yet." I was on my way to the school. I was about to walk in and ask if they needed a DNA sample as I had given them all the info asked for before school started. About 3 minutes later I got another text that was the equivalent of "My bad that text wasn't meant for you." emoticon It scared me that they had lost her information. I think it's a new computer system that they are learning but still I'm pretty sure that 1200 parents just had the crap scared out of them.



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It rained here yesterday so I didn't do much. just the regular indoor chores. Today is laundry and more rain.

I'm tired. seriously bone tired. I think all the shifting schedules has finally caught up with me. Brenna has been uniquely emotional since she started back to school. I think she's just been overwhelmed with all the new. She's calming now. And she likes everything it's just A LOT to take in.





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Those are pretty blossoms. I love the idea of them climbing over a junk metal structure--I bet it's going to look emoticon

I looked over some jobs, went back and forth on one, but decided I really wouldn't enjoy the work, so won't bother with that one. Printed one with the city of Tumwater--a secretary with the Parks Dept. I'm not precisely trained for it, but it pays better than what I'm doing, and would get me where I'd rather be, so I'll try.

Did a little sorting, some cleaning, and some ST & stretching tonight, which is making several parts happy! Time for dinner (had a veggie snack right after work), then relax and bed.

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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8/17/16 6:33 A

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Thank you. I think I do most of it out of an effort to calm anxiety. The projects i take on are relaxing to me. I'm usually very happy with the end result but it gives me a good place to put all the anxious energy. It helps me sleep at night because I've exerted that energy. And it keeps me off meds. I can't function on the medication, but I can function on gardening.

I reused the A frame of an old swing set. We have a trumpet vine growing in the front flower bed. I can't get rid of it. I've tried. The roots are too deep. So I moved the swing set out front and I've started the vine up the frame. It's cute. And I think it will be beautiful next summer. with the flowers on it.



Plus it keeps the swing set from going into the land fill.

I'm sorry they pulled it. I hope you find something else that catches your attention. It sounds like you had a good productive day yesterday!

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Oh, how I envy your creativity and ability to spend time nurturing plants and beautifying your home--things I don't feel I have the time or energy to spend on. It must be so gratifying.

Put in some planning time after work. I feel so much better when I do that! Caught up on some chores. Planned to start working on the District Court Clerk app for King County, but they pulled it. It had no due date, but was continuous while they built up a candidate pool, and I guess they decided their pool was big enough. So I'll go back and check a few I flagged but hadn't printed out, and see if any appeal.

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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8/16/16 6:17 A

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I often wonder if you are stuck in your agency because you have something to teach someone there before you are able to go. The universe works like that and I'm pretty damn sure the place has nothing left to teach you.

Productive day yesterday. It was cooler and the rain held off so I managed to get my butterfly bushes deadheaded again. It takes about 3 hours to do it. It's relaxing. Being int he middle of the bush surrounded by the smell of the flowers and the flutter of butterflies and moths can make you lose time. I'm also looking at what to plant in my back yard for some privacy. I'm looking at something not an azelia and drought resistant. I have some hosta I'm planning to move in October. It's taking a beating where it's at and bulb plants prevent soil erosion. I have a place in mind that gets a good deal of sun and could benefit from the plants being allowed to just go. I'm also looking at something to almost make a mowing edge at the end of the front yard.

I also have some winter painting projects on my mind. I just have to decide who goes first.



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emoticon for the link--I will check that out after dinner.

In addition to submitting the Evergreen College app last night, I also replied to the email from Friday telling me my packet for a Fiscal Analyst position with Fish and Wildlife (DFW) had been referred for further consideration, telling them I was very excited by the news, still interested, but had some days scheduled out of town. (6-Pack vacation coming in early September.) I said I'd be happy to meet with them before or after those dates, if I'm selected to interview. I hope they'll appreciate that I'm organized/planning ahead and keeping them informed.

Today was nuts at work. Down 2 people, could never catch up with stuff left over from last week, or that came in today. That can be demoralizing--which point I want to make in an exit interview, along with many others!

Got my new lease signed after work. That's one worry laid to rest. Also checked on reviews for the pet sitting business I finally managed to get my online profile set up for. They were overwhelmingly positive, which relieves me greatly. Trying to get a meeting set up now.

Need to do my back stretches, and legs too, as they are feeling tight. I'm taking the night off from any applications, but will probably begin again tomorrow, this time for King County. I just really want to start making a decent salary--which is impossible where I am.

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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8/15/16 6:21 A

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I carry stress in my low back. I know how that feels. When you meditate try doing cobblers pose while you lie down. you can do it on the bed and it releases the hips and low back slowly. yogajournal.com/pose/reclining-bound
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It's starting to cool down here, at least a little. We are suppose to be in the 80's this week. I'm wishing for fall weather. I'm ready to open my windows and let the house air out.

I hope you enjoyed lunch with Mary. We went walking a couple of times and then planted 2 crape myrtles. Red Diamond. They have some striking one with black leaves and red blooms at my nursery. I just didn't have $50 to put into 1 plant yesterday.





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Pulled out the portable A/C unit & plugged in. It was 30 C in the bedroom, which converts to 86 F. No wonder I was sweating while I sat and meditated!

Met sister Mary for lunch, catching up and planning vacation. emoticon

Then groceries, a short nap, back exercises, and submitted the college application. Also emailed the DFW folks letting them know I'm happy I'm being considered, and advising them when I'll be on vacation and unavailable.

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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That sounds so cool! You, me, and Bug together at Evergreen State College! emoticon

I was helping a coworker edit data in an application she is still learning on Friday morning, leaning over her desk as she sat, looking at her screen, showing her what to do. When I straightened up, I was amazed to feel a lot of pain in my lower back. I took some naproxen and took a slow walk at break, stuck it out a few hours, but had to call it quits at lunchtime. I couldn't even find my heating pad, but used an ice pack intermittently. Found some nice stretching and strengthening routines when I Googled back pain exercises:
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I've tried those today. Did 2 loads of laundry--took down and back up in separate trips, so as not to carry a heavy load up and down 2 stories. Back still twinges sometimes, but doing better. I've determined I really do need to squeeze in a little ST and stretching, even on evenings I working on applications. My body needs attention, too!

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I'm glad you had a good day at work. Most things can be handled with cheer if the environment allows for it.

Good luck with the tree hugger college. I might need it's name for Brenna in a few years! Then you'll get a room mate because I'd have to come with her!

I have a stress headache reaching down my neck this morning. This too shall pass. I've got to stop letting other people's problems effect me this much emotionally. Particularly when it is out of my hands.

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Today was much better--many challenges and weird situations, a big booboo/oversight pointed out, but I was just in a better mood and handled things cheerfully. In fact I got a nice compliment from my supervisor about my positive attitude being noticed and much appreciated. emoticon It always feels good to be acknowledged.

I finished drafting and typing my "letter of application" for the state college I'd most like to work at. (They have a reputation as "tree huggers.") Absolutely no idea how it will be received, but I tooted my own horn relating to many specifics in the 6-page job description, while being honest about desired qualifications I don't have--admin assistant experience to a manager or work in a college setting. I'll review and tweak tomorrow, and should have no trouble finishing the application ahead of the 8/15 deadline.

Of course I also have a pet sitter to hire, a new rental lease to work out and sign, and I'd like to get a little ST and sorting done again. But I'm pretty pooped right now, and feel the need to relax--after a bit more Sparking, of course! emoticon

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Oddly I felt the same way about spending a $1.29 on a song. I don't buy CD's most of the time. I really only like 1 or 2 songs so I just buy those songs and save $12. Anyway I understand what you mean about the DVD's. Sometimes you need that "reward." I'm glad you were able to complete your collection.

I seriously hate when people blame moods on nature. It doesn't cause a big enough shift int he human body to cause an entire office to be in a bad mood. It's called crappy work environment.

I'm still tired this morning. My body is still adjusting to the new schedules. It'll be fine at the end of the month.

Someone posted their story in the challenge thread. I'm about to go read and respond. I plan to make time today to work on my own. I prefer writing first drafts on paper.

Hope today is better

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I managed to do a very little ST, even less cleaning, mostly Sparked, played Spider Solitaire, & watched special features on the HP7, part 1 DVD I just bought this weekend.* Basically I saw my job as self-soothing and nurturing, rather than pushing myself to get things done. I'm really glad I had felt energetic enough to push the night before and finish that app early. Today a coworker was saying she was in a horrible mood at work/leaving work, and knew of others in the same situation. They always want to blame bad mood days on the moon--claiming it's full and bringing out the crazies.

I had been really irritated when the final 2 Harry Potter DVDs came out--and you could only get the movie, instead of a 2-disc set w/ special features--unless you bought Blue Ray, which I don't have. I have expanded sets of the other 6 movies, so when I saw them at Target for $10 and $10.99, I snapped them up. Actually I hesitated briefly, then decided rent increase or no, I deserve to spend $21 on something I will enjoy greatly.

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Unless there is a major shake up in the department, probably not. That's a realistic view. I saw you did not stress eat and that's a win. Did you journal to cope with it?

I'm finally finding my grove from school starting back. I'm actually getting me "easy" chore day this week. Meaning I promised to clean Bug's gerbil cages for her. She's having an allergy attack, it's a BAD one, and I'm afraid the cleaner might set it off worse. Normally she helps. And I gather the trash for Jim to take to the end of the drive. Tomorrow is trash day. Other than my daily sweeping that's it! It feels good to be getting back to my own routine that has a firm fitness slot.




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Yes, today was pretty horrid at work, and I kept thinking how desperately I want to leave. That's not a good headspace to come from as far as being attractive to someone who's looking to hire--and it's not even how I feel all the time. A bunch of things just crashed on me, and when I'm honest, I just don't feel like I am/we are treated well, and I don't foresee substantive changes coming.

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I'll let you know how she progresses. I think it's going to be her cup of tea.

I'm released for my shoulder but I'm still cautious about putting it in a bind. Better safe than sorry. I figure I'll be fine doing my challenge if I start with forearms on the floor. It distributes the way and helps me pull my shoulders back like they should be. I do Chair push ups, which is similar to your wall push ups.

I hope you find a new position soon. I know it's a lot of man hours, putting in applications, but your environment keeps making you sick. I think the emotional discomfort makes it way out through your immune system.

My friend has started her second day of driving cross country. She's moving from NC to AZ this week. Bless her. She stayed her last night with her son. I was happy to be able to give the a night of rest. She seems in good spirits with the change.

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That JAM sounds really fun! Can't wait to hear how Brenna enjoys it.

Agreed, you feel those planks when held for long periods. I do them on my elbows, because it strains my wrists too much if I try to do it on my hands. In fact I'm doing kitchen counter push ups--lower and harder than the wall, but not the strain of straight down on my wrists. I've tried on my fists, but that still hurts the hands.

As I mention on my status, I just submitted the Fish and Wildlife app for a Fiscal Tech 2--it's due on Wed, so I was pleased to finish it 2 days early. My next, with Evergreen College, an Admin Asst, is due 8/15. Then comes a court clerk w/ King County that is continuous--they build a candidate pool for a number of placements--some locations I wouldn't be interested in. There are some other upcoming ones I haven't decided on whether to try for. It's working well to give myself time to work on them over several days--though they do take up a lot of my time. ST and sorting tend to get overlooked when I'm working on apps, as I need down time between drafting, typing, & revising sessions.

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Sounds like you had a busy weekend! When are the jobs closing that you are applying for?

We did the yard work this weekend. I took Brenna to the public library since the school library isn't checking out books yet. I signed Brenna up for JAM. It's an online "camp" that you move at your own pace. They have a course for drawing story boards. Then she can move to an animation course. It's aimed at 8-14 year olds and is highly moderated.

Today I have a friend coming in from NC. She'll be staying tonight and leaving out tomorrow. She's driving cross country. With today being day 1. I'm her first stop and i can save her a hotel bill :)

I've decided to take up doing a plank challenge. You start with 30 seconds and work your way up to 3-5 full minutes. It's the one ST challenge I've never participated in that my body is capable of participating in. There's 3 versions of it. I'm going to start easy, so I may go through the challenge 3 times, until I reach the advanced planks. Doing a plank is easy, holding it for long periods, not that's a different kettle of fish.





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I got my hair trimmed, then ran to the dollar store--they're out of the little wire shelfs I had hoped to pick up to store my ice cube trays since the new fridge doesn't have the little ice cube "loft" like the old one. I checked at Target, but just couldn't make myself pay $7 for a little bit of wire! Got other things there, then got groceries. Got home too late to take a nap, so had lunch, then coffee, and typed up my letter of interest, the 2 essay supplemental questions, and my references for this job; I'm going back and including my last Asst Mgr at the bookstore, since I refer to my experience there.

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Got a bit of a headache--I think I need a new eye exam and prescription for reading glasses. I never got around to buying glasses after the last exam I had, and I think I'm suffering from eye strain.

Otherwise, I'm feeling pretty satisfied. I drafted my cover letter for the next application on my list, and I feel good about it. I've also done my first ST since getting sick, some cleaning and sorting, some relaxing, and took a long nap this afternoon. I also had a good talk with my sister after dinner, enjoyed catching up. I guess I'm feeling balanced & pleased with my progress.

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I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
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I know the teacher will be thrilled with the help! Good for you for volunteering! emoticon

Feeling good that I planned out when to work on the next 3 applications (and decided not to go for a lateral transfer for the same money). Also did some pet sitter research and reached out to 2 businesses, asking if they serve my location.

Got some contractor packets reviewed at work, and trained the other late person how to scan business license applications for the agency we process them for. Between us we may be able to catch up on a little of our big backlog in the final half hour after customers are gone--after we close down the computers, change the date stamps, file the visitor logs and all the daily paperwork.

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Who knows you might have better luck with the county. I sure hope so! you are right, if you have to choose between the applications then definitely the higher paying one!

The same kids move together half way through the day. There are 21 kids in her class. Brenna says there's 3 bags and there are plenty of desks for everyone. That gives each kid 2 chances at the bean bags each grading period. I like that she's making the classroom a relaxed place. I'm volunteering for this particular teacher. I'll be pulling worksheets. If the other teacher needs help I'll try to set it up on a different day. 1st come 1st serve so to speak. I'm a strange bird. I'd rather help the class than work PTO event.

I made me happy that she put that mom's food was her favorite among a sea of McDonald's chicken nuggets and ice cream answers. That means my healthy food beats fast food! emoticon



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emoticon I love that response "my mom's food" emoticon --you must be very proud! emoticon That's so interesting about the bean bags! I hadn't heard of doing that in a classroom! I like that she makes a point to give everyone a chance to sit in them. How many are there--2? 5? How big is her class? Is it the same kids who move together to each teacher?

I started looking over the next app I'll try for. I got notices for a new King County job, and several state ones. I'll try for the county one, since it's substantially better pay, whereas the state ones go just a little higher than where I am now. I figure if I find ones that sound interesting and a good match for my skills, I might as well try for the better paying ones!

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Like I tell my mother and Brenna, you don't know if you don't try. The worst that can happen, they don't interview you. I'm proud of you for putting yourself out there. Sometimes experiance makes a big difference.

Why are the work lunches scheduled like that if the manager knows that someone is out. Shouldn't there always be 2 of you on the desk? That's the "rule" here that's why I asked.

The B is on her messenger bag. She asked for that instead of a back pack. She says it's much easier to grab and I know it's easier to pack up. It's just her initial. B for Brenna. We have several that call her Miss. B because she acts like such a little lady most of the time. It makes her feel grown up.

She is going into 3rd. She loves her teachers so far. Mrs. Jodie, her math and science teacher, is very laid back. She has bean bags with lap desks and regular desks as well. She keeps a record of who had the bean bags so that everyone gets a chance to use them if they want to.

I'm tired, but mostly because we are getting use to running the real school schedule. My major chores are caught up until tomorrow. I think I'll wait for my pair to leave work and school, so she can choose her own lunch. Most of the time she takes left overs from the night before, so at least I know it's healthy food. That's her choice to take left overs. Her English and Social Studies teacher gave them a questionnaire about themselves on Tuesday. One of the questions was "What's your favorite food?" and she answered "my mom's food." LOL







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Hope things settle down quickly for both of you. Did Brenna just start 3rd grade? That was totally my favorite grade to teach. What is the B on her skirt for?

I was so exhausted and frustrated when I left work today that I was almost in tears. 2 people out, and just impossible to keep up, much less catch up with work. Oh, and one of my coworkers was moved to an earlier lunch this week, so when I was ready to go to lunch a little past 12, I couldn't--because 3 others were at lunch already, and I was the only person in the front office just then, with customers waiting. I won't mind if my lunchtime is changed to a later one, but it would be nice to have it planned, and not forced to wait an hour before there was enough coverage to take my break.

I wasn't sure I could drum up enough energy to finish my job application, but I fixed a snack of fresh veggies and dip, ate that while I read a library book, and was calm enough type up my cover letter, then the supplemental essay question response. I broke once or twice to play a single game of Spider Solitaire, then returned to the application process. I pushed through and got it submitted a bit after 8. Just finished dinner, and will head to bed before long.

This is a program assistant position at a much higher pay range (it starts right around the top of my current range, where I'm stuck) and sounds like it would be quite interesting, where my talents and experience would be very helpful. It's out of my control, but I've opened myself for their consideration, and I'll just see what happens.

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I'm glad a part of you is willing to step up and really toot your horn. It's hard touting out your own best qualities on paper.

Brenna started back to school yesterday. Today is her first full day. She was so nervou. Today will be better. She'll change classes (she swaps rooms half way through the day) for the first time today but I think she'll be find over all.



Now I get to play catch u p on all that I let go for the last 2 days. Monday I hung out with Brenna and yesterday I did self care until pick up time. I needed the quiet to calm my own anxiety.

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Just finished a draft for my cover letter. The supplemental questions are thankfully few, and I think my application materials will transfer from my state government version to the county job I'm applying for. I think it's due tomorrow morning, so I have one more night to finish. Luckily I encountered a part this morning who volunteered to work on the cover letter, because she thinks we're great and wants to let people get to know us, and doesn't especially care what they decide to do, but is clear that we deserve the chance for people to take a closer look--if they're smart enough to see how much I can offer! She's got a pretty healthy attitude, so I was happy to let her run with it!

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I have safety glasses I wear when using heavy equipment. I have been known to use drills and table saws a time or 2. And I do a lot of heavy yard lifting so I keep leather work gloves for helping remove fallen trees and moving stones if we are putting out pavers. It wasn't painful, but the vibration to a minute to adjust to. I found that you have to set your feet pretty well to keep pressure off the back. I think I looked like a sumo wrestler.

I think I'm more nervous about today than Brenna. I've been up since about 4 am.

I'm sorry you still can't shake this cold. Maybe you can get that application done today.



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Wow, I've never used a chainsaw, either. Was the vibration extreme or painful? I think the potential for accidents resulting in great bodily harm would freak me out a fair amount. Did you wear goggles? Heavy gloves? Given our agency's mission, I do stay pretty safety-conscious.

I'm so tired. We had 3 people out, and we weren't swamped with customers, but we're just not catching up, and I keep coughing which is annoying and exhausting. I'm taking cough syrup and a new tissue box to work tomorrow. Drinking tea helped. I want to work on my first application, due Thursday--and I just can't make myself do it; I'm too beat.

Good luck to Brenna tomorrow--please wish her my best!

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Amanda I'm sorry about the rent. It seems like every time a person thinks they have an inch of wiggle room it's just GONE! We have that problem too. Ours is the house insurance and property taxes. Crazy. Jimmy thinks I stress because I use a budget to make more wiggle room, see what can be cut, but it actually keeps me from stressing, particularly because he generally goes along with my plan.

I hope you are feeling better today. And I'm glad you found your veggie heads!

Our trip was so fun. I hope to fit a spring trip into the budget so we can see the botanical garden in full bloom. I loved the big chairs!

Saturday we cleaned out the dead shrubs. Jim over sprayed and got a few of my plants. Good did come from it! I learned how to use the little chainsaw! It's not nearly as difficult as I had been lead to believe. Two buttons and make sure the bar is oiled. Of course the big chainsaw is heavier, but the mechanics are the same. So I learned a new skill and by the time we had removed the shrubs (it took 3 hours to cut them out without harming other plants) I was pretty good :)

Open house is tonight. We get to meet Brenna's new teachers. She switches classes half way through the day this year. I'm not worried about it like some parents are. I think it'll be good for the kids and they only travel across the hallway. Tomorrow is the first day of school. It's a half day. Pretty much it gives them a tour of the school, they get books, and then come home.

This morning we are running through our routine. Dry run so to speak so she won't have such a difficult time in the morning.






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Just got notification yesterday that rent is going up again by $100 a month. Our little 1.5% raise that went into affect this month only brings home $20 more a pay period (twice a month). I cancelled a computer game membership I wasn't using, but that's less than $10 a month, and the cable bill went down a little, but it will mean more cuts in spending--and resuming the job search, which I had set aside while trying to focus on decluttering. It also means I won't be resuming the massage membership like I had hoped to.

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I spent about an hour in a few sessions, sorting and tossing papers. It felt like I didn't make much of a dent until I merged two ~ half-full boxes into one full one, and got to take the empty one away. I tried the journal thing again, of writing what I was feeling before, then a couple times during/just after sorting sessions. Interesting to note what comes up--positive and negative.

I also cooked up veggie stock, found the missing red cabbage and cauliflower heads that were forgotten in the trunk (luckily they weren't spoiled!), did cardio and ST, and made a library run

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Oh, way cool photos! emoticon Especially Bug in a space suit, you guys looking like dolls in the big chairs, and feeding the ducks--that especially looked fun!! Sounds like a wonderful trip--the allergy-free dinner a bonus, and Jim's help with after-chores a real gift! So happy for you!

I made it through the day. Coughed more than I expected--but then I wasn't answering phones at home. I would answer a few calls then take a break, and stayed off the counter until about 3:15, where I mostly stayed until after 5. It was a light customer day until about 3:30, so I got caught up with emails and my Summer Jam captain duties after a week out.

I knew the apartment had been getting warmer, but had been out for extended periods. When I came home, the car said it was 92. I checked the 10-day forecast, and it isn't supposed to hit 80 until a week from Monday, 10 days from now; otherwise mid-to-high-70s. I can only hope!!

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Wow you really did have a bad week of it! I hope you feel better and are up to the challenge of work today.

I'm sorry about the fridge. That's a scary thing, but at least the guys could fix the problem right away. My mom had her's to keel over not so long ago. She lost a weeks worth of supplies. I'm glad you didn't have that happen!

We had a wonderful trip. It was only 2 days and yesterday Jim helped me catch up on the missed chores from being gone and do the laundry trips always create. We went to the Space center and the Huntsville Botanical gardens. They have fairy gardens and a couple of hobbit homes there! I loved it. It's also the first botanical garden I've ever been to with a foot pond. It happened to be feeding time for the baby ducks at the Asian gardens. The lady that oversees that task let Bug do it. emoticon

We had dinner at a wonderful local place, the Po Boy Factory. Not a nut in the house. The chef has an allergy himself. It was a real pleasure to have a meal during a vacation and be able to relax fully.













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I was sure yesterday that I'd be back at work today. Around noon I was getting ready for a grocery run (I had been eeking out what I had on hand to last until I felt up to running errands), and noticed water on the floor by the refrigerator. I'd been having problems with cold spots, and a few things freezing, as well as water that I couldn't find a source for. I checked under the crisper drawer, and there was a bunch of standing water there. So I mopped that up before heading out. I reported it to the management office before heading out to 4 stores. Normally I would have taken a nap when I got back, but after a quick bite, the maintenance guys showed up and said they could replace my fridge--but I'd need to clear a path for it to come through.

So I started moving furniture and stacks of boxes, pulling items sticking out to far into the hall from the shelves and cube sorters there. Took everything off the door and the top of the fridge, then I realized I needed to remove everything from inside--all those groceries I just bought! Put cold stuff in 2 coolers and 2 insulated bags with cold packs. Got done in time, but got way overheated and tired out. Managed to keep the cat from escaping with the door open for extended periods. I did a good job creating a path, but there was barely clearance in the hall. We had to remove some things that got stacked, or put outside. Barely managed to get the replacement in.

I was worried about how long it would take to get cold. The freezer started chilling quickly, but after 30 minutes, I didn't notice the fridge section getting noticeably cool. So I reported that to the office, and was told they'd be sure to have the guys check. before they left for the day at 5. It was 4:20 or so then. A little before 5 one of the guys returned with 2 thermometers, for the freezer and lower sections, told me the freezer should be at 10 degrees and the fridge part between 30 and 40. The freezer hit target pretty fast, but it took quite a while for the lower part to get under 50. I adjusted the dial a little colder to give it a boost.

Anyway, with all the stress and rush and extra effort expended, plus no nap as originally planned, I was not up to going in today. But my energy is beginning to return. Sneezing and runny nose are done, only occasional coughing, still blowing lots of gunk out of my nose. (I once commented, in my 30s, in the aftermath of a bad cold like this, "I can't believe the human head can contain this much snot!")

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emoticon Eva! Hope we'll hear more about your celebration and your trip! How long will you be gone? Tire rotating--not exactly an exciting BD activity emoticon so I'm glad you're having fun before and after the day. (Huntsville is a fun trip, I hope--I don't remember.)

Spoke to the consulting nurse at Group Health (after being on hold 20 minutes--guess they must be busy). Discussed symptoms, remedies & when it's safe to return to work. I've been doing a lot of the right things, though she had a couple suggestions new to me for coughing: holding a pillow against my chest might help with pain (haven't tried it yet, as the coughs are occasional only, & a pillow isn't always at hand) & applying heat to the chest. Haven't tried the latter either; I think I have a buckwheat pillow/roll somewhere, if I can find it--I got talked into it by a kiosk sales lady who showed how it could be chilled or heated before applying, but like the slicer/dicer salespeople at the fair, you can never remember all the cool stuff they did after you get home!

She said I could return anytime, depending on my work, just to wash my hands frequently, and try not to touch my face. Actually when I was reading about colds and flu while waiting on hold, it mentioned that as a way to prevent getting sick. And she said cold virus can live for several hours on a surface, which is why you don't want to touch your face unless you've washed your hands. I feel like I need one more day of rest before I try returning--and to get groceries; I've really been making do today with what's on hand. And I want to talk to my boss to see if I can stay away from the counter my first day back, since I never know when I'm going to go into a coughing or sneezing fit, and since the stations and supplies at the counter are used by all of us, and I don't want to risk passing anything to coworkers (or customers). If I can stay at my desk, we'd all be safer. Then I could catch up with work and answer phones.

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I hope your feeling better this morning!

We celebrated my birthday Saturday although it's actually today. It's been a good one. Today I get to spend time getting my tires rotated before we leave for Huntsville tomorrow.

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This is the worst cold I've had in a long time! Nose still runny, some coughing and sneezing, and tired! I managed a little strength training with much resting between sets--first exercise in 4 days. I don't see any way I'll feel up to going to work tomorrow. I haven't done laundry or gotten groceries, and haven't gotten through a day without a nap. I've had to replace 2 tissue boxes around the apartment.

I did read and comment on a couple articles in the Mother Forum. Hope everyone else is feeling healthier than I am!

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My sister-n-law and her husband went to Hawaii for their honeymoon. She had a cow at grocery prices. But then if you eat what's natural in the region it might not be too bad. I think I'd love to visit, but doubt it happens anytime soon.

I hope you feel better today. Summer colds are so much worse than winter ones.

I'm feeling kind of slow myself today. I think it's mostly the heat. Another day of the heat index being above 100 emoticon . I'm going to wear the snow cone machine out if this heat doesn't break. It's a little thing made by rival, but it's let me make snow cones for the humans, the cats, and the dog. Yes i know, it's a bit strange to have unflavored snowcones for the pets, but what ever works.

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You'd have to leave the mainland, but Hawaii is in that range--at least parts of it are.

No fitness challenge for me tonight. I made it through the day, but cold symptoms started getting me down in the afternoon. I came home, stretched on the sofa & watched TV. Will have soup soon, then got to bed. Unlikely I'll make it in tomorrow.

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You seem to be burning up that exercise challenge :)

Fried pies were pretty much a staple for farms and ranches. they are similar to a turn over. They were made as a breakfast food, if memory serves me, that could be eaten while walking to the fields or on horseback-- like toast and jelly because most were made from dried fruit or preserves. Later they became a popular dessert. You can bake them, but in the south we fry them. That's because historically people were poor and deep frying food adds calories. When there's not enough food to go around it's an easy way to bulk it up, calorie wise. They've also been known as hand pies. In the UK they filled them with meat and were considered a quick street food, although I'm almost sure they are baked. I bet you saw them in Texas as an empanada. here's a southern Living photo of a fried pie. Ours aren't this perfect, as Miss Brenna did a lot of the filling and closing. She did very well considering it was her first time. We made 35 pies then took some to the neighbors.





I don't know why school starts so early here. I'd rather them go until June and start back in September. But if we did that you'd have a whole other set of parents complaining.

I use our library's digital program a lot. I love it! I have holds on several digital copies at any given time. We can't reserve live books online. The system isn't set up yet, but they are trying! Our new director has been there for 2 years and she's made SO MUCH progress. The reads program has progressed to where we can now stream movies from the library. That's pretty cool.

We are under a heat advisory until 7pm on Friday. Our low last night was 73. This is the hottest summer I can remember. You learn your way around it. I admit I'd love to spend my life in a place that's 75-80 degrees year round. Any suggestions where I can do that?





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And here I felt hot when it reached 82 today! emoticon

I never had fried pie when I lived in Texas--maybe it's more a deep south thing. Texas was such an interesting cross between the West and the South. Is it similar to the McDonald's turnover-style "pies"? Naturally your homemade ones would be far tastier and healthier (relative term).

I can't believe Brenna's summer is almost gone, either! Schools mostly return in September out here.

I don't think you sound awful at all--you are conscientiously protecting children and families by your actions. I'm quite certain my father never abused children outside the family, so the dynamics are different. While I don't need to hold on to the anger and hatred I allowed myself to feel, I also don't need to pretend to feel something for the man that I just don't.

Got caught up in library searching & reserving of titles, then dinner. Now Sparking late; just finished my exercise challenge--core today.

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We are gearing up for the end of summer. Brenna has 9 more weekdays before school begins. It seems like this summer has gone too fast.

It's going to be 100 degrees here today with heat index of at least 107. It looks like another day of indoor fun for the kiddo. She saw fried pies at the farmers market. The vendor sells loose peanuts so I'm 100% sure the pies we cross contaminated. So I promised her we would make some today. Not a healthy treat but they are a southern tradition. The plans are to make blackberry, apple, and peach.

It'll get her familiar with making pie crusts anyway as they are pretty much the same for making a homemade pot pie.

I'll also be spending a good portion of the day canning tomatoes.

I'm sorry your even have to deal with your abuser at all. It must be difficult for you, even through the mail. I don't know that I could do it. I don't communicate to my abuser, but I do keep track of him on the sex offender's registry. If he doesn't register each year I'll be calling the sheriff's department in his town and making an inquiry. That makes me sound awful, but I want to make sure that people at least have the opportunity to keep their kids away from him.





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I don't play, but heard people talking in the lunchroom about crazy stuff--people going where it wasn't safe, or in totally inappropriate places like a stranger's backyard.

Things got hectic this afternoon, and I missed my afternoon break, so I left early. That worked out, since I was able to get to the credit union, post office and bank--all before they closed at 6. Toss in spending $3 at the dollar store, and a little more at Target, and I got my 10,000 steps, even without that last walking break!

This time I came home and finally managed to log onto the credit union's online banking. You have to get a temp logon from the branch, but it disappears in less than 24 hours, and I didn't make it in time this last weekend. I hadn't expected the post office to still be open, & got to find out how much a postcard stamp is (34 cents). I had the postcard, and a variety of stamps, including a 29- and a 5-cent one, but realized I didn't have the address, so will be writing out a note to my father (old school, doesn't do email) to let him know our brother is safe over in Turkey. (Since he was my abuser, we are cordial, but not close, and I don't call him--don't even have his phone number.)

Keeping up with my Spark exercise challenge and cleaning and sorting spurts (5 minutes with the timer).

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Good Morning

I'm glad your brother and sister in law are safe. I tend not watch the news but I do follow several news feeds. I had forgotten he is based in Turkey or I would have told you.

There's also a lot of local distress between the Dallas mess and then again in Baton Rouge. people gather to quietly protest, police men gather to make sure that the protest is peaceful, then one lone "wolf" opens fire on the police. It's scary.

I'm glad your friend returned to work. I know what it's like to have to make the "DNR" call. I was the one who had to do it for my dad. I hope she's okay.

Totally unrelated, Brenna has found an interest in Pokemon GO. I think it's fine as it encourages people to get up and move, but I don't think kids should go alone. I spent the better part of the evening escorting her around the neighborhood to catch digital creatures. Jim went with us. He gets almost as excited as she does and he's not even playing. At least it was a decent walk, even if we were guided on our tour by invisible critters! LOL. She doesn't have a cell phone, and as it's a mobile game she's been playing on mine. I don't usually use my data package anyway.



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Thanks for the movie review--in fact feel free to mention movies and what you like. Since I don't watch network TV or see ads, I have no idea what's out. I only see new DVDs when I pass the video aisle in Safeway, and there is invariably a long to extremely long wait at the library for new titles.

One issue with not following the news, is I'm not up on world events, so I didn't know there had been an attempted coup in Turkey where my brother and SIL are living. I got an email with a subject line "We're fine" and realized--uh-oh, something happened over there that would have worried me if I'd known about it. They are stuck on base, which is OK for Paul, who's working (~ 12 hour days, he said), but Shahla is bored silly with nothing to do and nowhere to go.

My friend from work, whose mother passed away was at work for the first time in a week. It was so nice to see her, and I was glad to be able to give her my card and gift (massage gift card). I've missed her, and it was good to just listen as she shared what happened at the hospital (massive heart attack), and how her mom said 3 different times "I want to go home." It was only looking back that she realized her mom was talking about her heavenly home, and not her house. My friend wasn't as ready to let go at first, but came to see it was time to end the resuscitation attempts and let her mom be at peace. {sigh}

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Good Morning!

It sounds like you had a good weekend, even after the Comcast mess. We only have a cable modem now, but I do understand dealing with people that are less than helpful.

I'm glad you go through a stack! You know I look at organizing not as a have to but as a choice too. And there's no wrong way to do it. I don't care what some of the tv shows and "experts" say. All that matters is if each session is completed to your personal satisfaction. And that's a level you set yourself. I have a LONG list of projects here that I'm choosing to put off until cooler weather, so I can vent the house or the garage and be comfortable while I tackle my project.

I don't think of it as a chore, but as ongoing projects. Takes the stress out of it. Projects we choose, chores we do not.

We finished school clothes shopping this weekend. We purchased 2 new coat hooks for the kitchen to help with the bag/coat organization. Now we get to start gravitating our wake up times back to school year time. She's been getting up by 7:30 in the mornings, so this week we back that up to 7:00, and next week we run our regular school year times schedule. It sounds like I'm a weird mom, but it really does help a kid slowly adjust back to school schedule so they are alert the first day of school.

We also took Brenna to see Ghostbusters. It's really funny, and the women have a really fun dynamic. I really enjoyed it. Don't go in expecting to see a replay of the old movies. It's not the same at all, but you'll be happy to see the original cast cameos.

"What we think, we become. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world." - The Buddha

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