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Good Morning Goddesses!

Amanda I'm glad you received recognition for the work you've done for Wellness in the region. You deserve it. I know how excited you are when they offer new material.

And I'm glad your boss is FINALLY figuring out that it's not all good. Now if her boss will just follow suit it might get better.

I looked and I think that is Ganesh on the store's website. I book marked it. I plan to go shopping. I'm due for some rewards. I tend to bank them when there's nothing that catches my eye. Funny enough Jim finds my rewards lists and think they are hints for him for birthdays and holidays. Not so but at least I know he's paying attention :)

I'll send him your birthday wishes. :)

SpaknB Welcome back! And good luck with this leg of your journey. I find that the magic combination depends on the individual. And I find any of it works better if you find activities you enjoy. I enjoy walking, dancing, and Yoga. That's my magic combo and I find that if I stress about food to much I gain weight.

So today I'm building a lasagna, Jim's favorite meal.

The feral cat finally has babies we can get hold of and they are ready to find homes. Mom has decided to adopt 2 of them herself. one of them is just nearly a fold. She's cute and that's the one Mom claimed. my step-dad will claim another.

So it's all good today. I hope you have a fabulous weekend and hope I remember to log in this weekend and spin the wheel. I'm trying for that log in streak again. I missed it in August after Bug got sick. Of course holding her was more important than any streak but I'd still like to give it another shot in September.



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9/4/15 12:23 A

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Merry Meet again! Hi Goddesses! Love, LOVE, LOVE! what you have done with the space. Thanks for your work and energy and blessings.

I've been on and off in the past year. Am back for at least autumn, maybe winter.

My sister visited, and she, who lost 70+ pounds was looking good, and shopping her own closet, which made me want to follow thru better. She is 'weight watcher' and other than writing down what she eats and going to a meeting once a week for a weigh-in, and walking her big dog, doesn't do as much as I do when I'm active on this site. So I may keep it simpler then I have, focusing more on results, less on process. Hmm, this sounds like a blog post....Merry Greetings during this waning moon!

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emoticon Happy Birthday to Jim, Eva! Wishing him great health and many happy returns! emoticon emoticon
I personally love Disneyland (I'm such a kid at heart), but I love national parks, too. I would adore it if y'all ever make it out this way; I'd make sure to meet up with you.

Shadow, I put a link to Crescent Moon in the Fire challenge thread. On their home page, is that Ganesh? I thought it might be, but wasn't sure. www.crescentmoongifts.com/index.html

The best thing at work is that the supervisor is getting it. She's told her boss, the program manager for the region that we are in survival mode. He really has 3 choices: hire more people, give some of our work to other offices who have way fewer customers, or authorize overtime (for those who might want it to catch up). So far he's ignoring the recommendation.

I've been invited to join a union committee that will be meeting with and holding discussions with management about various issues. I will get more information, as I'm cautious about adding work to my plate. But I'm articulate, and would appreciate having a voice in a recognized capacity. We'll see.

I also got a nice acknowledgement from the regional Wellness coordinator who works in another office. She sent a message to me and several members of the regional management team thanking me for my work as Summer Jam captain for the region. (It's our annual, best-known fitness challenge.) I've been feeling bad about how little I've managed to do this year compared to previous Jams--I can't even find the allowed 10 minutes per day for Wellness activities to track my exercise. I've been lucky to get to it once a week, and to get a region-wide email out. So I thanked her for the kudos. It's always nice to be recognized.

Blessed Be, Amanda

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9/3/15 6:41 A

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Good Morning Goddesses!

Shadow I told my DH, Jim, to pick a number and keep that in check. if you follow good habits that keep that number in check, then weight will follow. For him it's his glucose numbers. He never steps on a scale but we did have to buy new pants, smaller ones.

I'm glad Ganesha is helping you through your journey.

You are right, I have a lovely kid. She's a special one. One day she's going to be a mover and a shaker :)

Jim's birthday is tomorrow so today I'll spend making the requested cake, german chocolate, along with the other chores. It's a time consuming thing to make from scratch but he loves them, so there you go.

The torsion spring on my garage door broke on Monday and I'm still waiting on the part to arrive. Hopefully today!

I hope you all have a wonderful day :)



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9/2/15 9:48 A

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hi girls....blessed i am so sorry that you are having issues with work. it sucks when you have to go into someplace that makes you feel so sad.
eva, no disney, road trip instead...your little girl is very special...but i am sure you know that.
athena...hope things are looking up for you. got past my anger crap with the help of a homeopathic remedy...shifted my mindset.
i am starting to really like working with my deity. it is giving me the ummmph that i needed, when i get lazy i think of disappointing my deity, so i try...not every day is a good day, but i try. that is all i can do. my focus is not on all the weight i need to lose, but what i want to lose in a month...which is not a overwhelming number. i am much older than all of you, so my focus is on my health and how i can make the best version of me...i want to be around for a very long time...getting healthy will help me.
off to start my day...got up early but facebook and meditation and now here has taken up my time...want to get on my bike before i get lazy or tired.
have a wonderful day all.

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9/2/15 7:07 A

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Good morning goddesses!

Amanda i'm sorry it took you so darn long with geek squad. I'm considering a windows 10 upgrade but I'm not sure i'll like it. It sounds like you had a nice trip to the metaphysical shops. I wish Charlotte's Magical Web wouldn't have closed down. :( I miss that store.

Your phone's make and model are located under the battery, usually. So you have to shut it down, take off the back and possibly pop out the battery to find that information.

It sounds like you had a fun time with friends and family. I want to take a road trip out your way and see some national parks, but it's not in the works this year. Brenna has about decided that a road trip would be more fun than a Disney vacation. Of course all that's up to here. I could care less about lining Disney's pockets.

Here's the link to Patti's www.pattis1880s.com/entertainment/ I did take a few pictures but mostly I was just watching Brenna's face :) We plan to go back at Christmas when the lights are up.

I hope work settles down and smooths out :( It's getting worse isn't it?

Well today I'm off to lunch with my Bug. The back to business as usual. She's excited that grandparents day is coming up the 15th. She gets to show off her Granny :)

Have a beautiful day!

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Cool developments, Eva--nice how the public works will pay for something positive for you! And glad you had a fun anniversary weekend! The 1800s village sounds nice. I'll try to check it out online--or do you have photos?

Sorry this have been a struggle, Athena--I totally relate! emoticon with Eva that Roy may get more serious about the driving safety concerns on the test. It's really helpful to know those rules and guidelines! I've dealt a lot with trying not to get sucked into a negative place, or to get stuck there, but also not wanting to pretend everything is okay when it's not. I blogged about some daily tools that have helped me. You might see if they sound like something that might aid your situation.

Sunday had a number of joys, with some frustrations, too. Drove down to Tacoma to meet DS and BIL, plus ex-stepmom (a good friend) & her husband, at a funky café, Shakabrah. Linda & Michael were headed on the road back to California (taking 2 days), & BIL Brian returned home while Mary and I drove out to "the Promenade" by the UP golf course that was the site of the US Open back in June. It overlooks Puget Sound, and was gloriously windy with dark clouds--very dramatic, but happily not wet.

Then I drove back to the neighborhood with the café, since a block away is a nice large occult store. I hadn't been in their new, larger location, and perused all their themed areas--fairies, Buddhism and Eastern philosophies, Egyptology, crystals, aroma therapy and herbs, wicca. I got some candles with colors and scents to carry properties I want to manifest, with a new votive candle holder to match with a purple pentagram. Also got some cool tree earrings.

Then to the Blood Bank to donate. For only the second time, they didn't get in the vein correctly, and it was hurting. Someone tried to help adjust, but it hurt worse, so they took the needle out. They asked if I wanted to try the other arm, and I agreed. Luckily for me, a guy I've had before, with a sure and practiced aim got it right in without issues. So I went home with bandage wraps on both arms. Glad there's no bruising like last time on the side of the painful poking.

I called Geek Squad at 4:45. They warned of long waits, and I got my intake person about 5:05. She typed in notes, opened a chat box, asked questions, and said I'd get a tech agent somewhere between an hour and a half and 2 hours 40 minutes. I called back after 3 hours, took another 15 minutes or so to talk to someone, who reported that there's a large volume of calls with Windows 10 issues. But I was "on the first page" and working my way up, and should hear from someone in 30 minutes to an hour. I finally got somebody to try to figure out how to download pix off my phone which I haven't succeeded in doing yet. Naturally he asked about the phone, but I couldn't find a model number on the outside, or in any of the phone menus. Without it, he couldn't help! I'll have to take phone and laptop into a Best Buy store, and have them help me there! At least I had the issue of the flash player/drive whatever that I couldn't download to get a Spark Points wheel. He ended up downloading Google Chrome, without the weird stuff they tried to change on me when I attempted it. As long as I log into Spark with that, I get a wheel. I was a bit put off by his responses to some of my questions--cuz I just don't understand the technology involved--it seemed a bit condescending at times, but when I gave him my email, he got the classic Star Trek reference, and we chatted Trek for a few minutes. He also likes Deep Space 9, as do I. So I felt better by the end.

Work stuff can get to me at times, and I cried myself to sleep last night, hugging a soft plush bear. Did my usual journaling this morning, with my practices I've blogged about--Breathing in the Day and Singing in the Morning--and I handled today pretty well, although we were down 3, out of our 7, when we should have 8 or 9 at least to handle the volume of work.

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,
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9/1/15 6:50 A

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Good Morning Goddesses!

I hope you all are having a blessed day.

Athena I'm sorry you and Roy have been in such a funk. It will get better.

Sometimes it's good for a kid not to pass the driving tests the first time around. It makes them more conscious of the privilege to drive later. And at least he's looking on the bright side of not having friends around all day. Remind him it'll make his hang out time with them that much more fun.

We're doing well here this morning. The West Tn Basin Authority paid me a visit last week. They will begin erosion control on our ditch in a couple of weeks. They are creating a pond/watershed down there as part of a wetland conservation service. Basically expanding a mud puddle into a large pond/small lake so waterfowl have a rest spot. For allowing them to use a mound of dirt we own in the bottom of the ditch (I call it florida as it is shaped like the state) they will be shoring up our side of the ditch and ensuring water drainage without the erosion. We checked on the cost of the work and it'll cost more than our house is worth, so it's a win win. Oh and they had me give them permission to remove a dead tree that we were going to have to move anyway. So not a bad deal on our end.

And I can use it as an excuse to plant trees when they are done :)

Have a good day ladies!



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Good Morning Ladies!

Sorry for my brief hiatus from the group, I am still just in a bad funk and not been wanting to be very vocal on my feelings. I am trying to dig my way out of it, and hopefully I will slowly start to get there.

I see I have missed a lot and that we have a couple new posters on the thread. I will try to take some time to read through what has been going on with everyone over the last couple of weeks. I hope you all have been doing well.

As for me, I have been doing a lot of mindless escapism and reading. I tried to journal a couple of times and just did not have the energy to even write my feelings. I have barely been running but trying to force myself to since my 10k race is in 2 weeks and my 15k is in 4 weeks. I was able to force myself to do 6 miles yesterday, but it was a battle after three miles. I was glad I got it done...

I did sit down this morning and write a 4 page journal entry to really focus on my feelings. It seems angry and bitter are what I am personally dealing with right now and trying not to let it consume me. After writing such a negative entry, I ended up spending some time focusing on the positive things in my life and creating a list of good things I have going for me. I have a lot of good things going for me, so I need to take control of these negative emotions and somehow release them. I am not sure exactly how yet, but with the full moon waning, I am sure now is a good time to be working on it.

Roy is doing okay. He has been struggling lately too, so I have really tried to put my feeling on the back burner and be there for him as much as I can. He ended up failing the written test for his learners permit. He took it really hard. I felt bad because I told him it wouldn't be too hard and he wouldn't have any issues passing it. I feel like I set him up for failure. He still hasn't gone back to take the test yet, but has to have it done by the middle of Sept. We spent about 2 hours on Saturday studying together, but then he received a text message from a friend that caused him to start crying really hard. He wouldn't tell me what happened, just that he didn't want to talk about it, so I respected his privacy. We ended our study session and then I ended up making a big bowl of marshmallow popcorn and we hunkered down for a movie night. We watched some extremely cheesy indy vampire movie that he wanted to see, it was pretty good.

Roy also had a rough first week of school. He has no classes with his friends and then when he got to school on Monday, he found out he didn't even have lunch with his friends either, so he was pretty upset about that. He said Tuesday went a lot better, and he made a couple of new friends, and since he isn't around his normal group of friends he has been studying a lot harder so he feels his grades will be even better than they usually are. I guess we are both making the best of our situations and hanging in there.

That's pretty much whats been going on in my corner of the world. I hope you all have a great Monday!


It's hard to beat a person who never gives up!

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Good morning!

Amanda we are lucky to have had such wonderful women dropped in our lives. They are blessings. Now I'm waiting for PT Conference day. I'm wanting to see what Mrs. Sarah has to say about Brenna's progress in her class. I can't help it. I always go because I like to hear the teacher brag about my child.

I don't think you've told me about the Witchcraft mystery series. I'd love to put it on my list. I've had a few favorite series to retire or slow down drastically. and I'm really looking to fill a serious void.

Shadow you celebrate every ounce. Do a happy dance in the bathroom after you exit the scale. Each ounce adds up to pounds so each and every single one counts. As does each minute you exercise. There's no "just 15 minutes." If you give that 15 minutes all you have in you at that moment it is enough. Some days that's all the time you have and some days you have a couple hours of energy to spare. Progress not perfection and consistency.

There's nothing wrong with being off like a herd of turtles. A turtle still gets where it's going.

Over the weekend we celebrated out Anniversary (snotty noses and sick stomaches delayed the outing.) We went to Patti's at Grand Rivers, Ky for dinner and played a nice game of mini golf, after we explored the 1800's village and shops. It was a good day. Yesterday we went to the park, the went outside in the back yard. we came home when the thunder started, but most of the day was spent outside in the fresh air. I love active days with my family. :)

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Shadow, I'm a firm believer in any amount of exercise is better than none! I'd rather do a little bit on many days than knock myself out once and be too tired or sore to do any for days afterward!

I did one 20 minute resistance band workout this morning, and then a whole bunch of vacuuming and cleaning to get ready for a visit.

Blessed Be, Amanda

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8/30/15 8:04 A

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hi girls...weighed myself today and lost little over a pound. it is not much, but is a beginning. i would have liked more, but i really didnt start watching what i was eating until thursday...so,i guess it will do. still doing well on my lifestyle change, although today i am feeling a bit tired. going to make a cup of tea and see if that perks me up enough to get on the bike, even if i do 15mins.
off to start the day...have a wonderful sunday all.


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Shadow, emoticon on keeping up with your "healthy things"! Building those little habits takes time and effort but pays off so dearly in progress over time.

Eva, glad Bug made it through the day & is enjoying homework again! emoticon And how wonderful to have an aware and protective teacher. It's emoticon that your talented student has found the right adults to nurture her gifts. I know they have been delighted to share the journey with her. And thanks for the book tips! I'll be checking them out. Got the next Witchcraft series mystery, which I'm enjoying. Did I tell y'all about those?

I had a very intense session with Katie. My first in almost 3 months. I've been doing well handling issues as they come up, and staying mostly positive, but knowing I was going to a very safe place, some deep issues came up with lots of tears. She helped me gain some helpful perspectives on the struggles and disappointments around work and the job searching, and helped me access some inner resources and begin to consider some new paths to follow. No big decisions right now, but feeling calmer and more hopeful. And of course I needed a nap after I got home, after a rainy drive! emoticon

Blessed Be, Amanda

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I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
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8/28/15 11:20 A

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hi girls...really short note cause i am swamped....still doing healthy things, getting in the groove.will check in with you all later.

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good morning goddesses!

Shadow once you get inflammation (I think we all carry some and don't know it) and your immune system in order then you'll feel like exercising because you'll have more energy. I'm glad you have a focus.

My rule of thumb is 15 minutes each day. Even if it's walking in the hallway on a rainy morning. Sometimes that's all you can do. Particularly if you are feeling low. The exception to that is if you have a Stomach virus or the flu. Something with an EXTREMELY high temp. I find walking when you have a low temp (100.5 or less) actually moves the crap out of the body faster.

Amanda the women that write goddess girls are Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams. We have 1-4 here but have enjoyed them enough that I plan to order more when scholastic book season kicks in. I'm currently reading Isle of the Lost. It's the book that "Desendants" -- a new Disney channel movie-- is based on. I'm going to say so far the book is better. And it's from Melissa de la Cruz. She wrote the Witches of East End series.

I'm glad you found some joy in putting on your teachers hat yesterday. I hope you continue to find opportunities to do that.

You are not putting forth effort in vain, moving to a new position is very dependent on the opinion of other people. And in my opinion sometimes they misjudge greatly. You'll get an interview panel that actually sees what you offer.

Brenna made it all day yesterday and was happy to come home and go through her paces of homework. She has tests today and her teacher was worried. I said "She's fine. Trust me we studied." And the teacher smiled.

I'm going to say i keep being impressed with Mrs. Sarah on a personal level. She sent me a picture of a box of brownies yesterday, brought in for a birthday party, and asked me how to handle it. She would have tossed the whole box if I had not given permission for her to serve them. She felt bad about Brenna being "snackless" and took her down to the machine to buy a snack from my safe list. The teacher paid for it. She's a good woman. I asked for permission to send "replacements" so this isn't a constant issue. I told her that as long as the kids aren't smearing PB on the desks and Brenna isn't licking their snack, it's okay. She laughed and said "That helps.' I'm thankful she's keeping my girl safe.





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Wow, I didn't realize I had gone so long without posting! Loved catching up with folks.

Sorry Bug has taken her time recuperating, Eva, but emoticon with your priorities. And I think it's emoticon that folks are inquiring about alternatives to drugs to find their way back to health. emoticon about the herbs and lack of panic/anxiety attacks. Can't wait to try Goddess Girls. Is it a single author, or many?

Noya, (?--trying to remember back over all the posts) thanks for sharing your reading. I love getting messages and guidance from my MotherPeace tarot deck. And I find I am able to make more progress when I don't try to "do it all." Will enjoy hearing more from you.

Shadow, so glad to hear how successful your work with Ganesh is for you! It's wonderful to find the right path/teacher/practice that works for each of us. It can be an interesting dance to find the balance between challenging our excuses or overcoming resistance, inertia and bad habits with guarding against "shoulding" on ourselves, pushing too hard--which is a kind of inner-bullying. At least I have trouble finding the right balance sometimes. I hope you continue to find the inner motivation that is most helpful to you.

Yeah, I felt disappointed and discouraged when I learned they posted the Revenue job for our office (or rather for a different office, with a note they might fill multiple positions from that post) without informing anyone. It's a unit I would like to work in, and missed a temp position that was posted briefly some months ago. They won't do anything to help us move on to better things. I'm fighting to focus on me and what I want in other life areas, as well as what I know I have to offer. But it's hard to keep engaged when there's no reward or benefit for going beyond or doing excellent work.

I had some fun today putting on my teacher hat, training the office manager (my supervisor) and our coworker who returned from her month-plus vacation who's now on light duty due to an illness that is keeping her off the counter & the phones (she can't talk too much). I taught them a process that only I had been doing, and was many weeks behind on. I got them started, we found details to add to the instructions as they worked through the backlog and ran into unusual cases. So a weight off my shoulders, and an engaging activity that reminds me I'm a natural teacher and trainer, and should try to find a outlet for that.

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eva, i dont think that it is dumb luck but crone wisdom that you have. age is only a number, being in tune with the universe, that is ageless.
my supplements are so large, but i can tell you that i have added apple cider vinegar to my diet along with psyllium husks and a product called gastrazyme (for my stomach) and transfer factor for my immune system. i find that when i neglect my immune system, i start to feel very fatigued...so that is what i am working on for now. building up my immune system, cleaning out my body and working on my gut.
today i feel a bit tired, and i dont want to exercise...but ganesha is encouraging me to go for it. as soon as i am finished writing this i am going to go and ride my bike...even if it is for 15mins....when i am finished i will go and light a candle to honor and thank ganesha.
so off i go, have a great day everyone.

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Good morning goddesses!

Shadow I'm glad to see you have made a plan and you are working with your chosen deity to implement it. What supplements are you taking? I've been having some anxiety/sleep issues and started taking hops and Valerian root at night. It's helped. I haven't had a panic attack in a month.

Well ladies I think she can go back to school today. *sigh* thank goodness.

Alternatively I'm wondering when at 35 I became the neighborhood "wise woman". I've had a half dozen questions in the last week of how to home treat different things without meds. I'll take Bug to the doctor if it's BAD, something I don't know how to treat, but simple colds and stuff we treat the symptoms and let the virus run it's course.

Usually my kid is over the mess faster than little Johnny that went to the doctor and got 3 prescriptions. I credit it to dumb luck and a healthy immune system. We don't just treat ourselves when we are sick. We keep the immune system running in good order.

So I have a group of PTO friends (i met them through PTO) who took a 4 day beach retreat sans husbands and kids. They all came back sick and have been asking for advice, as it's day 5 and all of them are still snotty. Bless them. And i don't mind telling them how we open our head here. I've been asked about stress reduction, without Xanax, and a few other thigs as well here of late.

But the funny thing is my DH, Jim, took notice and said "When did you become the old witch doctor in town?" Brenna never missed a beat and said "When she started making witch soups in the kitchen that chase colds away."

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hi girls...thanks for the warm welcome back and emoticon noya, looking forward to getting to know you. i am also an aromatherapist!...hope you enjoy your class.
my spell is working...i did it last thursday and i felt it working immediately. i am working with ganesha to remove negative barrier to my health, to make me healthy. starting doing some healthy things, apple cider vinegar, other supplements and i am doing my exercise. i have a small altar in my family room with ganesha's pic and i look at it often in the day, and know that if i am asking for help, i have to do my part...and i have. to motivate me more to exercise i am pasting stars on a calendar...i am trying. my next goal will be to post on my food, but i wanted to focus on the exercise first.
off to start my day, have been on facebook reading and now here so i need to get off the computer and start doing some work. nice to be back...



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Good morning goddesses!

Noya it takes a lot of self awareness to know that we've maybe overloaded ourselves. Good for you for backing off a couple of your longterm goals to that others can thrive right now.

Enjoy the aromatherapy classes.

Bug is still puny. This strep has been a pain to get over. Maybe we can return to normal tomorrow.


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Thank you for the warms welcomes! I'm excited to be part of the team and have been enjoying reading your posts!

I'm trying hard to get back on track - the past week has been tough for some reason. I think part of it is I've set too many "life change" goals for myself - I think because I am going to an aromatherapy conference in two weeks and was hoping to have lost more weight before meeting many colleagues for the first time.

So today is for reflecting on a new strategy - I used one of my oracle decks for guidance and received the following:

Present situation - The Sacred Union - It shows you that Spirit is listening and is always by your side, helping you co-create your greatest desires and manifest your destiny. When you receive this card, know that you're never alone on your path. Partnership with the Divine is yours whenever you need help.

Action needed - The Ice Queen - The realm of The Ice Queen is a place of nonaction, and now is the perfect time to look at how far you've come and ask yourself for a reclarification of your goals. Don't be too hasty in trying to reach them. Perhaps you're trying to do too many things at once - this is a good time to narrow you focus and put the rest on ice until a more appropriate time.

Potential Direction - The Sun Dancers - this card reminds you of the laws of success and praise. Anything you place your attention on will manifest an experience. Expect the best and praise it in advance.This unleashes the magic of mystical magnetic energy, drawing circumstances to you to create the reality you envision.

SO, cutting back to two main goals that will have an impact on allowing me to handle nutrition and exercise better. Feeling good about this and moving forward in this way. Perhaps its time for me to work on a willpower spell to help me along the way :-)

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Good Morning!

Shadow I'm so happy to see you! I'd like to hear how your spell is manifesting itself. :)

I'm with Amanda. There's no such thing as not worthy, not here. We each have our own paths we take to health. It's a 3 party journey - mental, spiritual, and physical. We understand if you needed a retreat, but don't ever think you aren't worthy of being here. We're here to support you no matter what.

Amanda I hope you are invited to interview. I think there are some really good places that are missing out on an awesome nurturing mother energy (gentle guidance) by not at least giving you a chance.

If you like reading kid's books I suggest the Goddess Girls series. It's cute life lessons and re-tellings of some Greek myths. I'm reading them with Brenna and we are really enjoying them. As I said they are on the level of a 4th grade kid, but fun if you are an adult looking for an afternoon of quiet fun.

Bug seems to be doing better. She never ran a fever, but she couldn't keep anything down. We have a strain of Step that's presenting this way. Dr. Gardner overrode the negative strep test. He said he'd be willing to bet if he didn't treat her for strep, based on her throat visual, that I'd be back in in 2 days with a REALLY sick kid. As long as she has no fever this morning she can go back to school. I guess I'll find out in an hour if we go to school or not. I'm hoping she can go, mostly because she was upset about missing class. She was so MAD that she got sick.

I did get in a 15 minute walk, up and down my hall while she watched tv and ate a Popsicle. This morning I made it back to my Yoga mat. I'll try to get in a walk, but I skipped almost all of yesterday's chores to keep Bug company while she rested. She stays quiet if we draw or watch cartoons together. Her recover is far more important than scrubbing a sink.

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emoticon Shadow! Delighted to hear from you. Glad you're feeling some movement of energy. That is emoticon I might be interested in your spell for removing obstacles--would love to hear more!

And for myself, I think you--and each of us--is worthy to participate, no matter what's going on in our lives, what we are or are not accomplishing. One of my Katie mantras is "No matter what, I am enough, just as I am, right here and now and always." I repeat that to myself or write it out when I'm struggling & feeling stuck or overwhelmed.

Eva, so emoticon Bug is sick. Hope she's soon on the road to recovery! And yes, I imagine you'll need to take it easy to get your energy back, also! Sending you both positive healthy energy! emoticon

I submitted another application tonight: a Program Coordinator at Green River Community College not too far away. Of course that's the same place I applied for the Bookstore Manager Assistant, and wasn't invited to interview. So no idea if I'll be considered or not, but glad I applied. This one asked the same questions about diversity, so I was able to copy my responses from last month's supplemental questions; just needed a new cover letter.

Hope everyone is having a great start to their week!

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hi girls...have been lurking in the background, reading your posts but not participating...BUT now i feel a bit worthy of being part of the team...i recently did a spell to remove obstacles...and now feel that something is clicking and i have been exercising and trying to change my habits to healthy ones. i am more responsible now, i look at the picture of ganesha everyday and now realize that if i want the help, i need to put in the effort...it seems to help. anyway, i am back and am really trying to make some difference.

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Good morning

Amanda it sounds like you put your energy where it belonged yesterday. I hope you are in good spirits this morning.

I like the sound of your garden. I wish we had walking gardens here. Sometimes our trails feel so... boring. I don't know.

I'm up with a sick kid this morning. I'm taking her to the doctor at 7. She's been vomiting and I'm worried it's strep. No fever but the throat is red. Fun fun.

So I don't look to get in much activity we've been up since 2 am.

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I've had a number of 100+ point days in a row, but not today. I'm not likely to get much more than 50 today! I've spent so much time on applications, that I've done next to nothing to track. Still in my jammies, haven't exercised--haven't even reached 500 steps around the apartment! (I usually log 60-90 minutes or more.)

But I submitted the application for the Program Coordinator position with my sister's agency, and sketched my first draft of the cover letter for a Program Coordinator at a local community college. Both positions are at a higher salary range, and involved in education, which I would love. No idea if I'll get interviewed for either, but glad I'm putting myself in the running. And yes, I do plan to start looking beyond the state system--just not right away.

Wishing you all a good evening, and a great start to your week! emoticon

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Definitely feeling better than I was yesterday! I took an outing to the Kubota Japanese Garden in Seattle, which turned out to be close--less than 10 minutes away. It is much larger than the last one I visited. I walked many paths, some with elevation, and saw many ponds, some koi, bridges, small waterfalls and lots of trees, rocks and plants. Very enjoyable! I took a few pictures, which I'll see if I can figure out how to download from my phone tomorrow!

I've finished the 3 essay supplemental questions for the new application. Tomorrow I'll write the cover letter and submit the application--due Monday at 5 pm. I think I'll take a little break after that one, and start looking into non-state avenues.

I've started a new mystery series, recommended by a Spark Friend--the Witchcraft cozy mystery series featuring a hereditary witch running a vintage clothes shop in San Francisco. I'm greatly enjoying the debut novel, Secondhand Spirits, by Juliet Blackwell.
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Yep, took a mental health day. It's not so much that I'm sick, as I'm not well--exhausted, out of balance & off. I was kind of light-headed and woolly-headed at times yesterday, and took naps yesterday and today--which may be part of why I didn't get really sick. I just know I need to make changes. Where I am and how work is run just isn't good for me.

Maybe I'll focus my prayers on guidance to the right place and the right people. It's not like I haven't been praying for a better job for years, but while the salary has improved, the workload and stress and lack of positive change remain extremely demoralizing and debilitating. I regret that I don't have more positive stuff to share. Maybe I need to start adding to the gratitude thread each day to keep the blues at bay. emoticon

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good Morning!

Thank you for the well wishes. We had a nice family dinner at my favorite Mexican restaurant. Their "devil's shrimp" will cure you or kill you. It burned all the way to my ears but I feel better this morning. I'm going to take stock in hot saracha.

I think I'll take another rest day though. Our anniversary celebration will be tomorrow and I want to be feeling better for that, so maybe a short walk, and minimum chores today.

Brenna is a smart girl. She knows you follow the rules at school for safety. She knows the classroom rules are there to help her learn. She gets down right pissed off when there's a constant rule breaker disrupting the class. He happened to be one of the door swingers.

I don't know why boys think bathrooms are playgrounds. It's crazy. Good for your fellow teacher for making them clean up their mess. parents want to make everything the fault of the adults on duty. Sometimes It's just a kid making a bad choice. Parents need to own up to their kids are not angels (mine is not and she's had to clean up more than a few messes herself) and make them take responsibility for their actions now. If you don't you have adults who have no sense of how to behave. Look at the news and you'll know what I mean.

I hope you feel better this morning. But maybe you need a mental health day. I think we all need one every now and again.


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emoticon and emoticon What is it about boys and bathrooms & bathroom humor? When I was a teacher, one of our young male teachers caught some boys peeing on the walls (don't know if it was a game, seeing how high they could go, or what) in the boys bathroom, and he made them clean it up. They were crying and complaining they weren't the only ones who had done it, but he had no sympathy, and taught them actions have consequences. I hate when parents try to shield their kids from justifiable consequences; that's really dangerous lesson to teach, because they never want to accept responsibility. Your Brenna has a good head on her shoulders, and a wise and loving heart.

You're right, I won't give up, even if I might back off or slow down. I'll start making a plan of where else and how to look, and take a babystep approach, even as I may keep applying for some state jobs, cuz it would be really nice to keep all my leave and benefits!

I worked a little over half the day, came home sick, will probably stay home tomorrow. Many things I'd like to start doing, but we'll see what energy I do or don't have. I took a longish nap, and my nose is a bit drippy, so I'll think happy and healthy thoughts and see where it gets me. emoticon

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Good morning!

We have a lot of fun here. Most people thing of Memphis when they think of festivals (Memphis in May) but I find out little stuff here nice. The crowds are smaller, and usually the proceeds go to some charity. It's an easy way to entertain a kid and help out the community at the same time.

I know you won't give up. You have a fighter's spirit. :) You might not always think so but you do.

I had lunch with Bug yesterday and left knowing 2 of 4 boys had mothers that were going to have a come apart when they got home. They were jumping off toilets in the bathroom and swinging from the top of the stall. A kid almost peed his pants because there was no free stalls. Brenna's teacher went in and cleaned house, bless her. I'm not sure who started it but I know 2 boys that are grounded this morning (I don't know the other 2 kids) and I know some VERY unhappy mommas. I told Jim about it last night. he laughed and Bug looked at him so seriously and said "Don't you know they could have broken their face or the floor. Either way Daddy it's not funny." LOL my little grown up.

So today is my 10 year wedding anniversary and I have a stupid cold emoticon So lots of fluids and rest so we can celebrate this weekend :)

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Those events sound like a lot of fun, Eva! And no, I won't give up, though I'm not feeling particularly motivated to put a lot of energy into the new apps.

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Good Morning!

Amanda you'll find the place that's right for you. Seems to me that maybe the environments look better from the outside and maybe that's why you are stuck, like staying in the frying pan instead of hitting the fire. Don't give up.

Well Milan High School's mascot is a bulldog so I'm guessing that's part of why the Dawg Daze. That and it's the last days of summer.

We will do the zombie walk this year. It's a cool thing. last year we made a food donation,but didn't walk. We had the fall festival at Medina Elementary to attend that night and I really didn't want to have to remove 3 people's Zombie make up and the head over to the school.

This year's zombie walk is Rockabilly themed. So Rockabilly zombies! Last year it was the 80's. It was strange to see Zombie Molly Ringwald.

We have strange fund raisers around here. The door fee for The West Tn Celtic festival goes to the RIFA food pantry's back pack program. We go to that each November. We try to be there when Tutha Dea will be on stage. They hail from East Tn.

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So Dawg Dayz has nothing to do with dogs emoticon emoticon --just hot weather. Have fun with that! Do y'all do the zombie thing, too? emoticon (close as I could find emoticon )

Interesting observation about colleges. I've been completely unsuccessful with my attempts so far. I thought I'd really like the atmosphere, but maybe the internal organizational cultures aren't as progressive as I've been hoping and imagining!

As I mentioned in my status and on the wall, I learned today I didn't get either of the jobs with the safety and health division. They wanted someone who *really* wanted to work with DOSH, and demonstrated that, and frankly I'm just not that excited about safety and health compliance, citations and education.

So starting over again, and yeah, I want to look outside the state. Though so far the only nibbles I've gotten have been insurance companies wanting people for commission-based positions. So feeling a bit down, since rejection's never fun.

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Athena very cool shirt. I can't see the patches but Roy reminds me of the Clash. It's the clothes. Very punk. :)

It looks like Pride was fun. The "Free the Boobies" women have been popping up at almost every parade that's of any size. I'm glad they have the confidence to expose themselves in public.

Funny, with all the buzz around Caitlyn Jenner that you're having to explain what a trans individual is.

Good Luck to Roy today! and I hope you get some downtime soon. Sounds like you need it.

Amanda I'm sorry you weren't called for that interview. Sometimes colleges are very political. It's likely the hired person knows someone in the office very well. At least that's how it works here.

We aren't sure how we will celebrate, we just know it will probably be family oriented. Brenna is excited at the thoughts of a celebration. :) Usually we go to dinner and maybe a movie or some other local event.

Dawg Daze is a yearly thing in Milan where local vendors set up booths down town, like a flea market. There's live bands, an antique car show, and a chalk art contest for older kids, ages 12-17. For a $1 donation you can buy a piece of sidewalk chalk and draw too. The contest squares are assigned. The money goes to the Feeding America Backpack program.

In October we have a zombie walk that supports the back pack program. 5 cans and you walk, in zombie make up, through down town milan.

Ahh streaks are streaks. The log in one was for the fun of it. So I'll start over. The exercise one is in place and that's what matters most to me. Day 51. :)








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Thanks for the pix, Athena--very cool! You mentioned the trans flag a while ago. I'm familiar with the rainbow flag, but not one for trannies. (Is that the correct term?) You are going to be *very* busy. Take care of yourself, and don't get run down.

Eva, emoticon on 10 years! How will you celebrate? emoticon And what are dawg dayz?

My energy is still fluctuating. Found out the college held interviews back in July for the bookstore position--I just wasn't asked. I asked if they could tell me why I wasn't considered, since I thought I was extremely well-qualified. Don't know if I'll get an answer. One of the apps I'm starting to work on is for a position there, I'm wondering if it's worth my while. Two are with the agency where my sister works. Still waiting to hear on the last ones I interviewed for.

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Oh.. the shirt Roy is wearing at Pride he made (painted) himself. Its the trans symbol with a punk sign (I think??) in the middle of it. He also added the patches to the pants too, but not sure you can tell...or see them.


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Good Morning Ladies!

I am wore out!! Pride was a lot of fun, but I am exhausted. I emailed my boss this morning and requested a last minute PTO day for tomorrow. Roy has decided he wants to go get his permit, and I need to stop by the school to get his certificate signed before going to the DMV and they are only open from like 9 am - 3 pm. Plus I need something called a drivers eligibility form and I have no idea what that is, so I am on the hunt to find that out.

As for Pride, we all had a good time, the parade was great and it was SUPER CROWDED. I saw quite a bit of topless ladies with "x" taped over their nipples and one lady who was breast feeding who was walking around with her boob flopped out even when her baby wasnt latched on. But overall it was way more family friendly that I anticipated and very peaceful. There were some protesters out there with the "your going to hell" signs, but most LGBTQ people just shouted "God Loves Gays too" and offered to hug them... which made them run in the opposite direction. It was quite amusing. I did meet up with my group of 20-30 somethings. They were all very friendly but I feel they were more 20 somethings than 30 somethings. The organizer seemed more my age and she was a vet in the Charlotte area. We all hung out from about 1 - 4pm. One of the girls didn't know anything about trans people and when I told her my son was trans, she was like, "He had a sex change????" So I had to take the time to explain to her no, he hasnt had a sex change and how some people dont identify with the gender they are born with. You could tell she really wasn't processing it, but overall she was pretty friendly. Here are a few pics of Roy with friends and the parade.







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Well the boss gave me the okay to take tomorrow off. Which will definitely help with the busy week I will be having again. Yoga was tonight, but since I havent ran since last thursday, I may exchange it for a run tonight instead since I might not get to run Tues or Weds due to my moms birthday dinner on tues and school open house on weds night. Yoga thursday night, then I think nothing planned for friday night (I hope). I may get to squeeze a run in tuesday also, if I have time in the day after errand running with Roy!

Amanda, I hate that your post was erased after you spent time writing it. That is always very discouraging and I hate it when that happens!

Eva, I am sorry that you messed up your streak!! I have a harder time remembering to log in during the weekends and that's usually when I lose my streak.

Hope you all have a great Monday!

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Athena I'm glad that Roy wanted to use the extra time to study for his test. The written test can feel daunting. And I'm glad he had a healthy dose of fear on the interstate. It means he was taking the danger serious. It'll fade, but I'd be more worried if he wasn't afraid the first time.

how was pride?

Amanda I hope you get the appointment with Katie. You work hard toward your goals of exiting the office you are in, but it's extremely dependent on the opinions of other people. But you have used each interview to improve your skill set. You have taken any advice/critique and run with it. However I can see how you want a break. I would think being "out there" all the time would be mentally exhausting.

I hate technology. I like the social aspect of the internet at times, but I really hate gadgets and technology. Particularly updates and downloads that don't work. Your flash probably has to do with a firewall set up in your internet security. but without access to the system I wouldn't know what to change. Internet explorer is a pain in the bottom. I literally use it to check Jim's direct deposit when I'm making the bills (the change is different every week for some weird reason), The rest of the time I use Google Chrome. but with spark updates that's not always foolproof either. This PC has 4 browsers on it. IE, Chrome, FireFox and Safari (apple's creation) Each has it's own undesirable quirk.

I hope geek squad can get you fixed up soon.

So I messed up my long in streak. I just forgot on Saturday. We had an impromptu sleepover and well you know how it is.

Art was yesterday. She's learning gradient. They worked with White to black yesterday. next class will be from red to yellow.

It's fun.

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Oh, fiddlesticks! I just went to copy 3 paragraphs to share with my other teams, but hit the paste key instead, and lost it all!
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I got my hair trimmed, then met my sister for lunch. We walked a little bit together, then I checked out a park in Federal Way (the town halfway between us, where we often meet). It has a lake with a swimming beach, though I never found the walking trails I thought were there. Many groups picnicking, and a nice big playground area for kids. I may return next weekend for some swimming as exercise.

I found a couple jobs to apply for--but I just can't make myself gear up again right now. I've been proud of how I'm been handling stressors at work, and my discipline in the job searching, but I'm starting to struggle. I did some journaling on this today, and made an appointment with Katie; I haven't seen her in some weeks. And I'm trying really hard to focus on the progress I'm making, no matter how much remains to be done!

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Bug is *so* cute--I can't believe how long her hair has gotten! And she's just as lovely on the inside. Glad she didn't have to miss her math test, and that you've got the reaction under control. I'll second Athena with emoticon on your streaks, Eva. I just checked, and I'm past a year (369 days) of logging in, but I'm nowhere near as consistent with the exercise. Yes, I (speed) walk ~ 10 minutes for every break, so usually 30 minutes 5 times a week, but the ST and stretching I want to do remain hit and miss. Kudos to both you and Athena for your consistency!
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emoticon with Eva's assessment on the stylist who blew it. No long-range view, nor customer-centric approach. Too bad, and her loss. I understand Roy's fear, and glad the second time went better on the freeway. I think it's smart to take his time and study and feel comfortable with the test, rather than rushing it, and maybe not passing the first time--which can be demoralizing. Plus driving can be dangerous, so studying and really knowing your safety stuff is worth your time, and demonstrates maturity.
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I hear you about the being tired, Athena! I haven't managed to do a lot today. Got groceries, did a little cleaning, but a lot of reading. Just not much energy. Picked up more than a dozen books at the library that all came in at the same time!
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Cool pix of the kids, ladies! I haven't read y'all's posts yet; I'm in a poopy mood, and just want to whine for a minute. I'll check back tomorrow when I have a chance to get over my snit and read your updates.
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I'm frustrated with Spark and tech stuff. Team points haven't updated for days and I can't spin for logon or bonus points because I haven't downloaded an Adobe Flash player. I've tried to twice, but it hasn't worked. I keep getting messages to close internet Explorer--which I did, in fact I closed every blessed thing except the download, but it thinks it's still up. I opened the task manager and ended everything there, but it won't download. I guess I'll have to find a hour or two to get the Geek Squad on it. Whatever. Maybe I'll just let them keep spinning for me, and it's something I'll have to give up (having an actual wheel to spin, where I can see the points that are available going around). I just hope they won't take team spins away, without some special download!

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

I am so glad its Friday and the weekend is here. I am E.X.H.A.U.S.T.E.D.!!!! I did get my yoga in last night and since I had an hour before I needed to pick up Roy I went for a 3 mile run with a half a mile cool off walk. We didnt get home until 9:30 last night and I was spent.

Roy's last day of Drivers Ed went well and we have his certificate. He said that I had to get it stamped by the school before it was official, so no learners permit today. He said he wanted more time to study for the written test anyways. He said he went on the interstate twice and he almost cried the first time because he was so scared but he did good the second time.

I don't have anything planned for tonight except for my chair and a good movie. I hope to do a lot of relaxing tomorrow too and only have a run planned and light house cleaning. Then as you know, Sunday is pride! I think I am going to do my finger nails the color of the trans flag just to be a little festive. I was scouting parking areas in uptown this morning on my way to work so I could get an idea of where I want to park when we come in on Sunday, the news said this morning they are expecting the crowd to reach 100K. I don't know if that's total for both Sat and Sun or each day...

Yeah, I don't think I will be back to my sisters stylist and she would have made a new client too if she had been a little more attentive.

I hate to hear that Bug had an allergic reaction last night. I am glad you were able to get her something so she didn't miss her math test, Eva. And congrats on that working out and log in streak! Thats awesome!!!


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Good Morning!

Athena Jerome Russell sells the bleach kits and the color kits. It's separate but not too pricey if you get adventurous. Just don't get scared if brown hair turns brassy and take it off. That's normal. It goes orange before it goes blonde. If Roy decides to have a bonding experience and let you give it a shot then have fun :)

That's the #1 mistake stylist make, overbooking. You should never have more than 2 clients. 1 under the dryer and 1 in the chair. And that's only if the chair is a hair cut. I know it means less clients but quality work will make up the difference. I'm surprised she didn't pay more attention. You were a potential full time client she had never seen before.

Hope you got in your run and Yoga. How did the Roy's driver's ed go?

Well I had t take my Bug to the doctor last night. Apparently a parent flea dipped in perfume and it "got up her nose." Sever nasal allergy attack. I couldn't get it under control quickly so we ended up at after hours, because her pediatrician had no opening until today. She didn't need to miss school she just needed something with more power than Zyrtec.

So we are on 5 days of Orapred to clear it up then Zyrtec until first frost.

But what's important to her, if she's fever free she can go take her math test. Bless her.

I'm going well with my exercise streak. I'm on day 47 and day 20 of daily log in. I'm surprised myself. Hopefully I'll make it to 60 and 30 days respectively.




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Good Morning Ladies!

I was so exhausted last night that when I got home, I didn't think I was going to make it out to run, but I convinced myself to do it, because even though it was mid to upper 80s, the humidity was so low, that it actually felt cool and breezy out. It was the best 4 miles I have ran since summer began. I even felt re-energized afterwards and like I could tackle anything.

Roy had thought about going to spend the night at a friends house last night, and then have them take him to drivers ed for his final day this morning. I told him, if he really wanted to, he could, however, I wanted him to get to bed at a decent time for some sleep because driving sleepy is just as bad as driving drunk (and he is doing the interstate today). Also, I told him it was crucial that they got him to drivers ed in time too. In the end, he felt it was better to just stay home and I was happy with his choice.

I am going to try to take him Friday afternoon to get his Learners Permit. I called the DMV (twice) to find out everything we need. I got different answers both times, so I figured if I just grab everything they said from those two phone conversations, we will hopefully be covered. He will have to take a written and sign test, so I have some links sent to him of practice tests. I figured he could study late tonight or all day tomorrow before I take him at 3pm. His friend from Katar (not sure of the spelling?) is in town, so he is going to the mall tonight from 5-9 pm. Busy, busy... I am going to go to yoga and maybe a short run after while he is at the mall.

Eva, thanks for the info on the hair color, it makes sense. The stylist was juggling 3 people all at once, so I don't think we had her undivided attention and she didn't fully dry Roy's hair before adding the green. I sent that link in an email to Roy to see if he wants to order it for a touch up. He is digging the green color and his hair, but he said something this morning about the roots darker than everything else. I am glad you had a good time with Brenna at school yesterday even though it was loud! That sculpture is so cute!

Amanda and Everlearning, I hope you both are doing well!!!

Have a great Thursday!


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Good Morning!

Athena I like Roy's hair. The variation in color is because she had "cool spots" when she put the color over the bleach. So it didn't absorb as well (hair color sometimes like heat) With it being mid strand like that I'd say she had his hair piled a bit to thick and she failed to check the process in the middle and ends of the strands. I do like the blonde though.

But it's still an awesome look. Yes the Manic Panic would probably fill in your gaps.

Next time I'd ask your regular stylist if if she would do it if you signed a waiver. or do it yourself. www.folica.com/hair-color/temporary-
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Yesterday was my first lunch with Bug. Boy were they LOUD. But I enjoyed it. I did get in my walk yesterday, 2 of them as a matter of fact. and then we cut the grass last night. Maybe today I can take it semi easy.

I bought Brenna a sculpture yesterday of Audry II from little shop of horrors. She named her "Scylla" after an ancient greek sea monster.




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Good Morning Ladies!

Wow, I am a little tired today. I had this burst of energy yesterday. I am not sure where it came from, but I was moving from 5:30 am until 9 pm last night. Roy did like Drivers Ed, but he did not like the car he drove. He said it was rickety and made all sorts of weird noises that made him uncomfortable. I thought he would get to practice a little in the parking lot before they took him out on the roads, but that didn't happen. Roy said he drove second and started driving at our local mall and right into the traffic. He said he struggled with a road that had sharp curves and knowing how fast to take them, and he hit the gas and break too hard a couple of times, but other then that, he felt he did pretty good. He is only 5'1", so he said he felt like he was too small for the car and had a bunch of blind spots, so now he is wanting to find a smaller car for himself when he gets his license. Today is day 2 of driving. He said no interstate yet, I would prefer he did that on the last day anyways. That just scares me to death only having a couple hours of driving experience.

We went and got his hair done last night with my sisters stylist. It turned out okay, but not as good as I feel his original stylist would have done. His original stylist indicated that she did not have the color he wanted and he could not order anything that wasn't covered by the salons insurance, so my sister offered her stylist. She bleached the hair to a dark blonde and then applied the green color. I don't know if the color just didn't take in his hair, but its green with like blonde standing out here and there. He really did like the blonde though, so as the green fades, he wants to rock the blonde. Then I wondered if we applied some green manic panic over it, if it would look better? But I will leave it to him to decide. He said he still likes it because its "punk". I think I just expected a better quality like what his original stylist does.

Here is a pic of the blonde shade and then the final green product.





After we got done there we went and ate at Cracker Barrel, stopped by sally's for some color protective shampoo/conditioner, and then I went to Academy to find a yoga mat. I saw one I loved for $30, but didnt want to pay that much for it. I checked the Target Cartwheel app and saw they had yoga mats for 20% off and the one I liked, so we went there and I got the same one for $24 instead. My last yoga mat I have had about 8 years and its 3 mm. My knees were really starting to hurt on some of the poses in class, so I got a 5 mm this time. I am hoping it will make a difference. Yeah, 9 pm before we got home... and I had the hardest time winding down. At about 11:30pm, I finally had to use meditation relaxing techniques to fall asleep. Needless to say, I didnt get my run in yesterday, so going today for sure!

Amanda, good luck! I hope you hear some positive news soon with all the hard work you have put in on the applications.

Eva, it sounds like you did have a productive day even though you skipped your walk. I am a little bit of the curious sort too, I have to know things. If I hear something I am unfamiliar with, I right away pick up a book or search the internet to know more!

Hope you all have a great hump day!


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Good morning!

Athena how did Roy's hair turn out? And driver's Ed?

I'm a rather lucky mom. I literally drive a 3 mile circle. If there were sidewalks I'd walk Brenna to school. I'd be a wreck driving an hour 1 way.

I hope you got in your run!

Amanda I hope you hear something positive soon. you did a lot of prep for this interview. I know it'll pay off. :)

Brenna is a lot like me. She's a curious sort, but in a good way. She wants to know ALL THE THINGS! I was the same way. Who am I kidding. I still am that way. That's why I spend down time (as in no chores) researching odd subjects on my own. I'm thinking of taking some free online classes just because. Jim is very tech savy. (not my thing) but she's seemed to have picked up the best of both worlds :)

Morning Yoga is going well. I skipped my walk yesterday and cleaned the garage that Jim never seems to get around to. So productive day. Today I'm meeting a local artist to pick up a small sculpture of Audrey II (the plant from little shop of horrors) and having lunch with Brenna at 12:15. This afternoon I'll be cutting the grass. I'm going to try to get my walk early. Looks like for Wednesday to be my slow day, this one has filled up quickly.

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Athena, hope you & Roy have a great time at Pride, and that you enjoy the group get together. Will like hearing about your events!

Eva, emoticon for the yoga link. emoticon I haven't checked it yet, but may this evening, since I'm home earlier than usual. I always loved school and learning new things. I'm sure Brenna has a long and illustrious academic career ahead of her emoticon --and the wisdom and good sense to balance the book learning with art and play and other life areas!

I took the day off; some of it will go to administrative leave--for my interview for a state job, including travel time, which I did by bus. The station where I got off is less than a block from the Seattle office, another stop is just down the hill from me, 2-3 blocks away. As parking is horribly expensive in Seattle, I'm sure I'd just take the bus if I get the job, and pick up a monthly bus pass.

My studying and Excel practice totally paid off, as I was able to do the Excel exercise just fine. I feel pretty good about the interview section as well. I had a lot of experience and positive things to say throughout, and I got the feeling the supervisor leading the interview liked what she heard. She would be a very good supervisor to work for, from what I've heard. I'm hoping for the best. And they want to make a decision quickly (or as quickly as can be done in state government emoticon ); there is a chance they may do second interviews, if they have several top choices.

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Good Morning Ladies!!

LOL!! Brenna is so AWESOME, Eva. I love the fact that she loves school and is so motivated that she loves her homework.

Well, Roy is at Drivers Ed right now actually driving. I hope it goes well for him and he enjoys it. I told him to text me when it was over with and tell me how it went. My grandfather is going to pick him up at 11am, when class ends. I had to take the old school route to get to work this morning. Ugh. An hour to get to work and school hasn't even started back yet. I guess a little sneak peak of what I have to look forward to on Aug 24. I will have to take the same route again weds and thurs, but then I get a week off before I have to start driving it again for the school year. Tonight, Roy gets his hair did! I did yoga class last night and was going to try to run after but when I got out of class it was storming (bad thunder and lightning) so I had to cancel my run. I am going to try to go tonight after Roys hair appt and get a few miles in.

Not much else new going on here. Hope you all are well!


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Good morning!

Good to see you Athena! It sounds like your job is keeping you running non-stop through the week. But it sounds like you are enjoying.

I hope you have fun at Pride. Let us know how the 20's and 30's group works out.

I love Yoga Journal. I usually don't take live magazine but I enjoy their digital magazine. You can get it in the itunes store (although it's not music. makes no sense) or the kindle store.

The weather is finally cooling down here. Thank the good goddess for it!

My kid came home yesterday and said "Oh thank goodness we have HOMEWORK!" And she sat down to do her math facts and her reading assignment with the biggest smile :)

I hope you all have a good day. Mine apparently has found a grove. Being a SAHM isn't nearly as thrilling as working outside the house.





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Good Morning Ladies!!

Sorry I missed posting on Friday. I got into work in Charlotte and as soon as I settled in, I got a call that the FDA was at the Huntersville Site. Half of our staff were in Durham with the FDA, so one of my co-workers and I took off to Huntersville and spent the day there. It went well with no issues, and the day went by so fast also. It was like I blinked and it was over with.

This week will be pretty busy. Roy has drivers ed tues, weds, and thurs. We got him into his hair appt for Tues at 4:30pm. He also has his friend coming in from the middle east and they will be hanging out thursday night. Then I need to squeeze my yoga and running in between. Sunday is Pride. I am excited about it, maybe we will sneak down there saturday too if nothing is going on. I found a meet up group of 20 and 30 somethings that will be attending on Sunday so I am going to meet them down there and try to make some new friends. I have been talking to a couple of guys online, one wants to try to meet this week but I don't know if we will be able to work it out, the other, maybe sometime next week. Both guys have young daughters they have joint custody of, so I am sort of hesitant to step into something where there will be an ex to deal with also.

Everlearning, I am glad you are on the mend after your surgery. That is scary about your husband, but I am glad he is okay and on the mend also.

Eva, I will have to check out the yoga article you posted. I actually just subscribed to the yoga journal not too long ago. I should start getting issues soon. I got a deal on it for $4.50/year for both Runners World and Yoga Journal, so I got 2 years of each for under $20 total. I couldn't pass it up.

Amanda, I love the fact that you are always working hard to improve and better yourself. Especially with taking the time to learn excel. You inspire me all the time!

I hope you all have a great Monday.


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Good Morning!

Amanda it sounds like you had a nice day. Sometimes I like small gardens. It keeps me from feeling like I should rush to see it.

I went to one a few years ago with a section that was a sound garden for kids. I loved it.

We are in for a cool off the next couple of days. I hear the rumbles of thunder out there this morning.

We had a productive weekend. Jim sprayed for the creeper grass I've been complaining about. I hope it kills it out. It' in the Blue Juniper and it's almost impossible to pull it out.

I'm still enjoying my morning Yoga practice. I found this article that's encouraging about my short sessions each morning. www.yogajournal.com/practice-section
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I think I've done all the Excel prep I'm going to attempt. I have some cool charts and pages I printed out as examples. I also have a page of items I got from my research into our Safety program from the public website. I may still compose a "why I'm a great candidate" page, as I often do. And I'll print up my references as well, same as my last DOSH interview.

I just discovered they re-posted the Seattle Office Manager position for which I interviewed last month. I guess the top person in the region wanted to look at more people. Whether I'll be considered again or not, I have no idea. There are a couple more I may apply for, but I want to finish Tuesday's interview before I look at anything else.

I did take a break today and check out the botanical garden in the adjacent town of SeaTac (yes, named for the airport). It was pretty small, so it didn't take long to see all of it. Some peaceful spots with benches, some nice water features and a Japanese garden with water and 3 tiny bridges. Afterwards, I went by Lowe's and picked up some medium-sized potted plants for the balcony. I'll repot them soon. It'll be nice to have some color out there again. emoticon

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Good morning!

E. I'm so happy to hear you are recovering as expected. The driving sounds like it might get hairy. I can drive a stick but I don't like it.

I hope DH recovers quickly. He's in my thoughts. At least it was a mild stroke as strokes go. Does he have a new doctor provided diet to follow? Ours here give a diet for everything so it seems.

I hope the little plant produces fruit. If it does we will probably measure it. I think Brenna would like that. She gave her daddy an ear full about not pulling up her plant.

Amanda I hope that your charts bring attention to how unbalanced the workload is between the offices. I know you've been fighting that battle for a while.

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E, how delightful to hear from you. So glad your recovery is going well. Best wishes for DH's recovery; glad it wasn't too serious (if a stroke can ever be considered un-serious) emoticon Hope your son might be able to learn to drive a stick before too long. I enjoyed driving them back in the day, but it takes a while to learn and get the whole gas-clutch coordination down. emoticon

Eva, looking forward to the continuing mystery plant saga! emoticon emoticon

I've been practicing my Excel, especially making charts. So I decided to get some practice with meaningful data. I brought home statistics from work, comparing transactions between the 3 offices, and made up some cool worksheets with tables and charts that demonstrate just how much more we do than our sister offices--and why we are overworked, or have inadequate time for all our tasks. At least that is what I've been trying to get management to understand and act on for years, and these new charts make a compelling visual statement.
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I also spent a little time Googling Japanese gardens in the area, and found 2. I've printed out driving directions, and will check out the closest one tomorrow. I'm prepping for Tuesday's interview up in Seattle, which I believe will go better than the last, now that I have a better idea of some of what may be covered. One thing I'll begin tomorrow is to research the Safety program a bit, since they asked about that last time.

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Good Morning, Glorious Goddesses!

Athena, what a nice surprise to win the race entry. That should offer inspiration if you have a tough training day. I hope you get just the right color for Roy, and that you both have wonderful time at Pride. Those events are so terrific, building a big happy community feeling.
Driver's Ed will be a huge step for Roy (and you!). I'm sure he'll be a great driver. Just think, you'll be able to send him out when you're missing an important ingredient for dinner!

Eva, how great that you're focusing on your writing and yoga. Making wonderful habits for yourself!
And Brenna's school year seems to be off to a brilliant start.
What fun to have a volunteer mystery gourd / pumpkin vine. We had a pumpkin sprout from the previous year's compost heap when my youngest son was 7. We made a fun project of measuring and recording the biggest fruit's circumference every morning.

Amanda, keep fighting the good fight! You are making the most of a less than ideal work situation.
I hope you and the right job find each other soon. It'll be great for you to be appreciated and valued as part of a functioning team.
How nice to revisit a favorite book and reacquaint yourself with beloved characters!

I've been recovering at the appropriate pace, which is slow. I'm four weeks along now, and the doc is pleased with my progress. Spending most of my time with my foot elevated above my heart so I'm pretty limited as to what I can do, especially since spouse & spawn chase me back to the couch if they find me doing more than they think I ought to. Lessons in patience............

To add a little excitement, DH had a minor stroke on Thursday afternoon. He was bumping into things, and unable to locate a couple of very familiar things at home. I called our son at work, and when I told him we needed to get Dad to the ER, he didn't ask any questions, he just said, "I'll be right there", and he was.
We got to the ER and they ran multiple tests, finding that DH had lost some peripheral vision on his left side. Everything else is sound. They kept him in the hospital overnight, running SO many tests, ultrasound of his heart, another on his carotids, multiple EKGs, MRI, CT scan, cognition tests, etc. They had their fill of him and sent him home Friday evening.
I can't express how relieved I am that it wasn't worse than it is!
He can't drive until he gets tested and cleared. It's unknown whether the limits in his vision are permanent, so there a lot of ifs involved.
I'm probably ready to drive now. The surgery was on my left foot, but the car I usually use is a stick. Our son uses the other car, which is an automatic, he hasn't learned stick yet. So I may be ferrying him to work so we have the car available. Could get interesting.

We've got visits from some wonderful folks lined up today and Sunday, so the weekend should e nice here.
Wishing you all a terrific weekend

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Good Morning!

Congratulations Athena! I hope you really enjoy that 15k. Very cool.
I hope the stylist gets in Roy's color. It would take me about a week to get in a custom color. But that depends on the supplier.

Amanda sounds like an interesting read. I've never been a big Koontz fan and i don't know why.

Yesterday I finished Ten Years Taken, written by a local author, Susannah B. Lewis (google Whoa Susannah). I love her blogs but I didn't care for her novel. The lead female character was really weak, as in in 10 years her only attempt to escape was a phone call home from the hair salon he sent her to.

So last night in my search for something new to read I ran across The Turn of the Screw. I haven't read it in probably a decade or more but I remember it being a favorite. So I'm fairly excited to begin.

Brenna and I found a pumpkin plant (I think it's pumpkin might be a gourd. A couple of raccoon had a field day with my fall display last year.) growing in the front flowerbed yesterday. She's excited. I told her I'd get out there and make sure it was clean around it so it can grow. She's beside herself at the thought of growing her own pumpkin.

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So good to catch up with all the details of what you and your offspring are up to! I didn't Spark much last night, as I was finishing my re-reading of Dean Koontz' Watchers--such a wonderful book! I've always said Einstein (the golden retriever with enhanced intelligence who escapes from a government lab) is one of my favorite characters in fiction. When the human protagonists figure out how to communicate with him, it is so very thrilling. And the pathos of the monster, another result of genetic experimentation, who was bred to kill, and has enough self-awareness to hate his ugliness, is deeply effecting. Then tonight, I brought home more stats from work and used them to practice making Excel charts.

Got caught up with 2 things at work, still behind in many other areas. Using my breaks to say affirmations and let go of the nuttiness, and keep refocusing on my own goals, and not on the craziness and lack of support and staffing.

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Good Afternoon Ladies!

I feel like my mood is starting to level out and I am feeling better mentally and emotionally. Roy's spirit seems to have picked up too. We are going to the Charlotte Pride Festival next Sunday, Aug 16th (and he is going with all his friends). I am going to chaperon and take in all the experiences. The festival is on a Sat and Sun, but we did Sunday because that is when they do the big parade. I am actually really excited about it. I took the 16th off from the nursery so I wouldn't be rushing to try to get to Charlotte after work. I have been trying to get Roy's hair color completed. Our stylist doesn't have the color he wanted, so I am trying my sisters stylist. She was busy with a client when I called, but I am hoping she will call me back today. Roy is really wanting his hair done by August 13th because he is going to be hanging with friends at the mall (one of them returning from the middle east for the week to visit family). I'm not sure we will get it done in time. I know they will have to order color and not sure how long that takes.

Well I got some FUN NEWS today. Every Wednesday our local running store called Run For Your Life in Charlotte does a FB contest called Win It Wednesday. They will post a random question for you to answer about your running habits and you answer and they enter your name in a drawing. Well, I won a free LungStrong 15K race entry because they drew my name! I am really excited about it because it was a race I was really wanting to run this year and now I get to for free. They already sent me the promo code and I have already registered. Its on Sept 27th, so I have something to really get me focused on training again. I have yoga tonight and I think I am going to run after class also since I have spent the last three nights bonding with Roy.

Eva, Roy starts back to school on August 24th. Not too much longer to go, just a little over 2 weeks. I am so glad Brenna is enjoying school and it sounds like she lucked out with a great teacher this year! Congrats on your exercise streak and good luck on your Log-in streak! I have been naughty with food the beginning half of this week (Roy baked us a cake last night and brought me a big piece to enjoy), so I am trying to get back on track today.

Amanda, I hope all is well on your side of the states!

Have a great Thursday!!


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Good Morning Goddesses!

Athena it sounds like the new job looks good on you.

Roy's humor will improve once he has more "freedom." But I understand him being lonely with friends busy. Being an only child can suck in the summer. I remember being stuck at home with a list of chores and once they were done it was me and a book since all my friends lived too far away to walk (a 15 minute drive down a 4 lane hwy). When does he go back to school?

Day 3 of school has been very cool for Miss Brenna. She said that the teacher separated a group of boys that talked too much. So Brenna is pleased since she can more clearly hear her teacher now.

I will say I like the teachers desk set up. It's in 2 U shapes. One inside the other facing her board so everyone can see and the desk rows are "brick laid" so no one's head is blocking your view.

I'm on day 39 of my daily exercise streak and I'm trying for a daily log in streak in August. I'm logging food to get myself back on track from the summer.




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Good Morning Ladies!

Its been hectic at work as I am almost signed off to perform everything now in my position. Since the department is so short staffed, I have been handed off work well before they normally would for a newbie to the dept. I was told I would be shadowing someone for audits at facilities but they are already asking me to go on my own, plus they are having me lead a System Quality Process Review, when I haven't even gone through one yet on my own as a non-lead. So I am definitely in the "fake it til you make it" role right now. Its been fun though to be out in the field instead of chained to the desk all day. I spent yesterday morning until noon auditing another Charlotte facility. The audits haven't been so hard. I observed a blood drive on a buss last friday and read all the collections procedures before hand (and had them with me in case I needed to refer back to them). It was pretty easy to remember the steps as you watched and if one wasn't performed correctly or missed, it was easy to point out. So I am feeling pretty confident in my new role, just very busy!

When I got home Monday night, Roy was a little upset and down. One of his friends is out of the country on vacation, and the other has been hanging out with someone else all summer, so he has been at home kind of down. I ended up canceling my run and skipping monday yoga to hang with him. We ended up buying the ingredients to my dip and had chips and dip for dinner, then hung out in the living room talking and cutting up. I ended up doing the same last night since he felt lonely. Tonight I am going to try to squeeze a run in later in the evening since its supposed to be 96 today.

I got a call from Roy's driving instructor yesterday. He will be doing the drivers portion of Drivers Ed next Tues-Thurs. I am excited for him, but scared at the same time because after this, he can get his learners permit! It just FREAKS ME OUT to think about him being behind the wheel with me in the passenger seat.

Ive got to get back to it, have a great Hump Day!!!


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Good Morning Goddesses!

Amanda Getting behind and staying behind brings on a certain sense of depression for me. So I understand. That's why, even staying home, I have a schedule. So I feel like I'm on track. People think it's OCD but it's really a method to keep anxiety low and my own Morale high.

Good luck with your interview. I hope that the practice work really pays off. I'm impressed with how you keep improving your skills and using the feedback from each interview in a positive way.

I'm happy to report that my desk is back in order. My desk happens to be where all the art supplies is stored as well as office supplies. Brenna being self sufficient ended up with my desk as a nightmare by the end of last week.

Morning Routine: I have 2 dvds I practice with when I want a guide. One is 20 minutes, one is 15. But mornings like this one I want silence so I just move through the postures that feel right for me right now. I'm trying to do short sessions. And the poses don't usually repeat everyday, especially if I'm "making it up as I go along". I practice at least 10 minutes no more than 20, as this is the chunk of time I spent with Facebook and the idea is to swap a healthy habit with a not so healthy one. And when my brain won't engage to flow through random poses I go to sun salutes or half sun salutes. Sometimes I do it post shower, sometimes before shower. Sometimes in my PJ's and sometimes in my clothes for the day. Keep in mind my uniform is yoga pants! Just make it fit you and your needs. I find morning meditation hard as I'm still sleepy, but this works well for morning meditation because it grounds me. Oh and I skip final relaxation pose and opt for a simple cross legged position. The point is to ground and wake up. Early in the morning, corpse pose makes me want to go back to bed.

The first full day of school went well. The teacher is using games to gauge each child's place on her academic scale. Yesterday was full of math games. Brenna loved it. She said she and Tate were tagged as the top 2 mathematicians yesterday. Neither of them missed a problem during the game. emoticon This teacher also allows her students to keep water at their desk all day. She says it eliminates kids running to the water fountain and keeps them hydrated. She just asks that it be in a bottle that closes tightly. I'm telling you I like this one's healthy approach to the day. emoticon

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Do you do the same poses each day? How long do you practice in the morning? I like the idea, and would like to consider the possibilities. So cool about the teacher and healthy snacks!

I got a call from the Safety supervisor in the Seattle office, and sure enough, I've been invited to interview for their support position next Tuesday. That gives me several days to continue studying and practicing my Excel skills!

I played with charts today after work, but need a lot more practice to be able to put one together quickly. Also want to review formulas, functions, sorting and filtering. It will be interesting. I don't know that supervisor well, but she was on the panel for my office manager interview, so she's aware of some of my other skills, which could prove helpful.

Had another day of starting behind and staying there, and as I told the manager (my boss' boss) it just feels like we will never ever catch up--which gets demoralizing. So I will be thrilled to get out of my program and go support another where there's at least a chance I can keep up with the workload.

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Good morning!

Athena I'm sorry your are feeling waves of sadness. It's difficult to open ourselves up and let it flow because we've been taught that it's not appropriate. I hope you find your balance.

Amanda I'm glad you are finding your way through the practice work. I'll be hoping you get called for that next interview!

Any idea where you'll take your road trip?

Brenna's teacher is going to be a good one. I can just feel it. I've been talking to Brenna about healthy eating, putting good fuel in our bodies as opposed to rounds and rounds of sugar. Well her teacher gave a similar speech yesterday that good healthy snacks at snack time (not cookies even if it is a 100 calorie snack pack) will help you focus and learn easier. She did tell them that treats were fine but since they can buy ice cream in the afternoons she prefers a whole grain snack or fruit snack in the mornings before lunch.

I love it when an adult other than myself drives home a point I've been making for months.

The schools rule is it has to be 120 calories or less but we all know the sustaining power of 120 calories of apple is longer that that of a cookie. Anyway I'm just glad we have a teacher that's not just about books but over all health. Oh and she allows a bottle of water to stay at their desk so they can sip all day without having to go to the water fountain.

In other news my morning yoga is going very well. I find it much easier to wake up and get started since I'm actually looking forward to the practice. My mood is shifting and that's a good thing.





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Athena, sorry about the sadness, but I do encourage you to find a good time and space for opening to that part of you who is feeling sad, and being with her in a safe and supportive way. I have found that some of my parts hesitate to express alternative or "non-positive" thoughts, because they fear they wont be accepted, being contrary to "the party line" or some of the more positive mind-frames I've been trying to cultivate. But when I open to whatever they are feeling (emotions, physical sensations, memories or thoughts) or want to say, I end up learning so much, and deepening my compassion. Just letting those parts know they are accepted and loved can lower anxiety and soothe my mood. Don't know if any of that speaks to you, but thought I would put it out there.

Eva, glad Bug has another good teacher! emoticon And I applaud your recognizing when the social media, or certain "friends" are not supporting your well-being. I remember back in my workshop trainer days, doing a relationships workshop, and my training partner was leading an exercise between the couples about non-verbal communication, and he's telling them to look into the eyes of the person across from you "of the opposite sex," and I wanted to bean him, cuz there in New York City, we had several same sex couples, including one parent-child pair. But it just isn't cool to presume and exclude people! And I would personally applaud any public school curriculum that mentions same sex couples, without making a big deal out of it.

I'm wanting to plan an outing soon. My car needs more highway miles, and I'd like to get away to someplace new and interesting, where I'm not thinking about job applications!

I did some more Excel study; haven't gotten to the charts lesson yet. I may need that and the sorting and filtering data lessons for the next skills assessment I might have.

We are playing major catch up at work after last week, but the good news is I'm getting along better with my supervisor.

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."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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Good Afternoon Ladies!

I am sorry for the disappearing act over the last few days. It has been extremely busy at work on Thursday and then Friday I went back to Winston Salem to observe a blood drive on a bus. It was very interesting and helped me become even more comfortable with understanding the collection procedures.

Roy hadn't been out of the house in over a week, so we went and saw Jurassic World on Friday afternoon when I got home, and LOVED IT. We then ordered take out and went home and watched the original Jurassic Park (which wasn't as intense). Saturday, I went for a run, and we just hung out all day, and then Sunday after work I went for another run and decided to try a 90 min Candlelight Lunar Flow class that was being offered at the local yoga studio for $10 that night. It was supposed to be in honor of the recent full blue moon, and focused on lots of moon salutations. I really enjoyed the class that started and ended with a small meditation. It was a lot more challenging than I anticipated because we held the poses a lot longer than I am use to in my regular classes, but I did enjoy the teacher and the atmosphere. I felt peaceful when I left, but am still battling this sadness so I ended up crying myself to sleep last night. I still feel pretty lost, I guess. Part of me has been trying to ignore and not deal with the pain by keeping busy, but part me thinks I need to just open up, experience the feelings in their fullness, and then release it. Also, my TOM is supposed to come tomorrow, so maybe I wont feel as emotional when it comes.

I am debating whether to go to yoga class tonight since I went last night, I may substitute a run or a rest day instead. I have an 8:30 consultation appt for Roy tonight for this hair color. Also, I have that Krav Maga class tomorrow night, which I have kind of lost my enthusiasm for attending. I may or may not still go.

Eva, I cant believe that Brenna is already back in school! Time flies... it feels like we were just talking about school being let out for the summer. Roy doesn't go back until the 24th.

Amanda, I read your blog too after Eva mentioned it. I really did enjoy it and want to try it. Since I am in such a funk lately, maybe it will help me deal with these emotions.

Well, I need to get back to work. I hope you all have a great Monday!!!


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Good Morning goddesses!

Today is Brenna's first day back to school.

I want to say I am very impressed with the teacher. She's providing snacks for her class this week. She called me last night to ask about a cracker, to see if it was safe. I send Bug's snacks anyway but I thought it very nice she called me on a Sunday night to ask about a cracker. It shows she cares.

I hope you all have a fabulous day!





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