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Good Morning Ladies!

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

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

Have a great day!

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

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5/27/15 7:58 A

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Good morning!

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

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

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

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

Meg have you decided what to try outside of softball?

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

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













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

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

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

Blessed Be, Amanda

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5/26/15 8:56 A

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Good Morning Ladies!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Edited by: ATHENAFOREVER81 at: 5/26/2015 (08:57)

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5/26/15 7:48 A

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Good Morning Goddesses!

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

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

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

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

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

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

I hope you all have a good day!


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

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

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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5/25/15 12:52 A

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

Blessed Be, Amanda

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But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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

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

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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

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

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

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

Blessed Be, Amanda

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But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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

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

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

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

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

Just need to stay focused.
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Good Morning Ladies!!

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Good morning Goddesses!

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

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

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

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

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


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Good Morning Ladies!

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

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

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

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

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

Have a nice thursday ladies!


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5/21/15 7:03 A

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Good morning!

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

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

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

Meg how's the library shut down going?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Good Morning Ladies!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have a nice Wednesday!

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Good Morning Goddesses!

Athena how was yesterday's fitness program? Bike or Run? and how's the hip?

I'm looking into a new DVD for walkers and runners www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001M5V330
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Wet tail is an intestinal problem for small caged animals. Generally stress induced. It' treatable if you catch it but i imagine it's hard to catch in hamsters and mice. I'm sorry for your niece's loss. I know how it hurts Bug when we loose a fur baby.

Meg I imagine you're getting ready to close down the library. Brenna's librarian at school says it's the most paperwork of the year for her. When I was in middle and high school I was a school library volunteer (my school allowed you to work in the library or office instead of take a study period). I remember having to physically check the shelves for books showing they were out. It's a long process.

Amanda I hope you have a good interview tomorrow! It does sound like a position tailor made for you!

Today's the last full day of school. Tomorrow is end of year party and they release at 11:30. I'm happy that Brenna's moving to the 2nd grade but I'm going to miss our teacher. She's been fabulous this year.

I usually get my 10k steps in, but being home all day I really have to be my own task master.

I asked about weigh in days because I read an article about mid week being the best time to get an accurate weight. I've always weighed on Wed. because that's the day I started my Spark program. So I was just curious. I don't know how much confidence i have in the information I just thought it was interesting.


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I usually get in 10K each work day, not always that much on weekends. I have a sit/stand work station, and I stand at my computer (standing on a mat) most of the day. I take a ~ 10 minute brisk walk (~ a half mile) 3 times a day. The challenge is to not spend so much time at home sitting--reading, eating, watching TV, Sparking, computer games.

I did not get invited to a 2nd interview with the other agency with whom I interviewed last week. But given that it would involve a fair amount of travel around the state, I'm not too bothered. I realized they were likely to prefer an internal candidate. I do have high hopes for the one this Thursday at my own agency's Central Office. It involves a lot of helping customers by phone, and covering the reception desk in the rotunda, greeting visitors--activities in which I would excel. The job posting also mentioned working with a supervisor "invested in your success"--which I would love to have! Also it's in a town where I would like to live. So I'm really hoping it goes well! 10:15 Thursday morning--all prayers and positive energy welcome!!

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Love love love seeing all the positive posts! Keep up the good work ladies!

My daughter plays softball and I am her coach. Although I think this may be my last season. She is ready to blossom under the leadership of someone who knows more than I do. And I am ok with that.

I am struggling getting my steps in. I am a librarian and this time of year I do a lot of sitting. It is frustrating. But, tonight I have a softball game and that will help. I have 8 more days of school with kids. My official last day is June 4 and I know I will have only lots of time to get moving. I am looking forward to focusing on getting sweaty.
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Good Morning Ladies!!

Thanks for posting that link to the challenge, Eva! I tried searching for it yesterday and could not find it. Wow, I cant believe Brenna only has 2.5 days of school left. Roy has to go until June 10th. I am counting down the days... I cant wait until I can leave home earlier for work and avoid the rush hour traffic for a few months. CONGRATS on those awards, I am glad Brenna is proud of herself and she should be.

I usually weigh in on Friday mornings since I usually like to have a cheat meal on friday night. My 5% weight loss challenge that I have completely slacked off on does a saturday weigh in, but I just post the results from my usual friday weigh in.

Amanda, I am glad that you are under a lot less stress only having to do a single job. I know the pay cut sucks and is a struggle, but hopefully the situation will help the work day to be more peaceful and not as hectic.

I like your energy, Meg! I got my steps in yesterday, 16,300!! I hope you enjoyed practice!

Well... I had a good Monday. I got home from work yesterday afternoon and my sister cancelled on yoga. Her daughters hamster had died and she was terribly upset. This is the second hamster to die on her in a short period of time. The first one, her dog got to and killed. She has stuck him in his little enclosed ball while cleaning out his cage and while she had turned her back for a moment the dog was somehow able to get it out of the ball. She was so upset and cried and cried. My sister got her a new hamster, Pumpkin, he was so cute, but she came home from school yesterday to find him dead in his crate with blood coming out of his mouth. My sister said she thought it had caught "wet tail" but I have no idea what it is. My little neice is 11 years old and she really does a great job taking care of her pets, these were just a couple of unfortunate events. My sister isnt sure just yet if she will let her get a new hamster... She has an aquarium full of fish in her room and a couple of hermit crabs also. I can definitely see her getting into rescue or becoming a vet when she gets older.

Anyways, I really wanted to run last night more than I wanted to do yoga. Even though it was 90 degrees out and extremely humid. So I made a quick dinner for Roy and myself, then I ran to the pet store to pick a bone up for Hovie since he hadnt had one in a while and then hit the park. I originally was only going to do 3.1 miles because that is the distance of my race on the 30th, but decided to do the full park trail which is 3.5 miles round trip, then thought, what the heck, lets round it up to 4 miles. It was like running in a tropical rain forest, but I had drank a small 8 oz bottle of low calorie gatorade beforehand and I think that really helped. Also, my pace has dropped about 30 seconds per mile already because of the heat. I can tell I really lost endurance because my legs were really fatigued after 3 miles. Stretched after the 4 miler and called it a night. I got home just before the thunderstorms hit, and risked a quick shower. I couldnt get Hovie out for his evening bathroom break until it passed. He was under the bed and desk most of the evening.

So today is Tuesday...I am committing to exercising again. I havent decided if I want to do another short run, or hit the bike tonight. I woke up with my stiff/sore hip again... its been a while since I struggled with that, but it wasnt too bad, so I am going to make sure I do alot of stretching and foam rolling this evening and throughout the week. I did good yesterday with tracking everything I ate and stayed within calorie range. Also got my water!

That June 5 Mile Challenge sounds ideal for me. I have my fitbit set to 10K goal, but if I dont run (or take a walk) during the day, I usually dont meet it. It would be nice to challenge myself to do 10K everyday. I am doing the workweek hustle fitbit challenge this week to keep myself moving.... I have some tough competition. I did 16,300 yesterday and woke up this morning to see that a fellow fitbit friend and done 19K... so I will need to step up my game a little.

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Good morning Goddesses!

Athena i know you feel like you are slacking, and maybe you are but sometimes our energy levels just fall. Like Amanda said, sometimes we just have to recharge.

As for the 5 mile challenge here's the spark link. www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?po
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Meg how was practice? Your daughter plays softball?

Amanda I'm glad you are feeling better today. ((Hugs)) I know how mild episodes of anxiety and ptsd can set a person off. Too many of them is just almost as hard to recover from as one large episode.

The year is winding down. We have 2 1/2 days of school left. Brenna did get that perfect attendance award and an Advanced Accelerated reader award. She told me she was very proud of herself. I told her she should be because she worked her butt off for them.

She tickled me yesterday.She had no homework from school but her art "homework" is to practice couture line drawings. She coaxed Sonny (the cat) into being her model.

Curiosity, Do you ladies have a weigh in day? Mine is Wednesdays.




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emoticon for the support, goddesses!

emoticon to Bug on her accomplishments, Eva! Have fun with your challenge together!

Athena, hope you find the right motivation to work for you. I know I needed the balance of doing little this weekend to recharge emotional batteries. With your new job, you may have a bit less energy at home or for working out for a while. Just a thought.

Meg (I'm remembering that right, aren't I?), what kind of practice do you do with your daughter, and how old is she? Today was beautiful, warm and sunny--great for my walks at work! emoticon emoticon

Felt like a mild episode of PTS got triggered on Saturday. Wasn't able to do much at all that day. Accomplished more on Sunday with 3 errands and some work around the apartment. This morning I declared to myself that I would have a great day at work: I would do my work well and "impress their pants off." I don't know about the second half of that plan ( emoticon ), but I kept my energy up, got some things done and dealt with several issues. I may not like the pay cut, but it's amazing how much easier it is to do a single job! I feel sorry for the CSSs who are often swamped, and the customers who have to wait longer, but until management does something--that's just how it's going to be.

Anyway, all my Louise Hay affirmations regarding work that I wrote out on Sunday seem to have helped. I took my notebook & read them and wrote more during lunch to help keep a positive frame of mind going. I'm pretty proud of myself.

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Focusing on sending only positive energy and healing light out to the universe today. The negative nellies are not gonna get me. It is a beautiful Spring Day here in norhtern california and I can't wait for practice time with my daughter. Gonna soak up some sun and get my steps in!!!
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Good Morning Ladies,

Amanda, I am so sorry to hear about your friend and can understand the fear it can put in you when your situation at work already is challenging. But I agree with Eva, dont take those feelings on. Hopefully you will be able to get yourself into a healthier work environment soon, I would focus on that instead! I will continue to keep you in my thoughts.

Eva, Congrats on Brennas perfect attendance and AR scores. I always loved going to awards day for Roy. He always got perfect attendance too. This was the first year he didnt. They used to do awards during the school day, but this year it will be during the evening on the 27th. I am not sure how it will work since it will be combining 9-11th grades, and both STEM and regular high school students.

I would love to hear more about this 5 mile challenge for June. I have fizzled out quite a bit this last month, and have been looking for something to increase my motivation again. I am still fluctuating between gaining and losing the same 2-3 lbs and would definitely like to break the barrier to reach my target weight. I am going to do a search for it once I finish posting.

This weekend was pretty uneventful. Friday night Roy and I went to Wal-mart to grab some hair product that a friend recommended him to use to create his mohawk. He didnt like the stuff we got from Sallys. We came home and made tacos for dinner and watched 22 Jump St (again). We didnt realize we had already seen it until we started it, but then it was so funny we decided to keep watching. Saturday was a lazy day at the house and then Roy wanted to go to his best friends dance recital saturday night, so we picked up flowers and I dropped him off at the performing arts center for a few hours. He has another friend doing a recital next saturday, but in the morning instead. Sunday was work and more laziness... I feel like I have been in a workout slump lately. I start every monday with the determination to get going again, eat right, track, exercise.. and my motivation never lasts past Monday night. I really need to get myself in gear again, so I am on the hunt to find some new exercise ideas. So I am going to try to refocus again.. with goals to track this week so I know what I am putting in my body and to stay in calorie range, and try to do some form of exercise everyday this week. I have a 5K on the 30th and have only ran once a week these last few weeks, so I know I am losing endurance... I got to get going again!

Hope you all have a nice Monday!


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Good Morning!

Amanda I'm sorry about your friend at work. I hope that the report is unfounded and she gets an apology.

Please don't project what's happening with your friend onto yourself. You are strong, smart, and capable. ((Hugs))

I think that the Strawberry Festival use to sell strawberry based foods but at some point carnival food trucks took over. Why not a strawberry funnel cake if it must be deep fried things offered. And When it's 80+ outside I'd sure stop for some strawberry ice cream!

Today is awards day. 3 1/2 days of school left in the term. Man it flew by! I know Bug is getting a perfect attendance award and possibly recognized for her AR scores. They still don't get number/letter grades on report cards so I'm not sure how they do academic awards at her age.

She's done so well this year. Just praying for a good teacher that nurtures her next year as well.

Art class is evolving. She's basically taking private lessons and I'm thinking at some point to just outright ask Jodi what she would charge for private lessons until Artz takes off. I don't mind the schedule we have now, but I think it would be more fair to Jodi. Anyway Brenna is moving on to contoured lines and basic sketching techniques. Big kid stuff. When she hits art classes at school in 3rd or 4th grade she'll be well ahead of her game. She really enjoyed the work. She had her thinking finger to her mouth. :)

Spark challenge for June is the #5milechallenge and Brenna asked if she can do it with me. I was planning to do 5 miles per day 5 days per week, but I see no reason she can't walk 5 miles or more in a week if she wants too. It'll be good for both of us :)






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Today's been rough. I found out that another friend at work is being investigated. She is such a good person, and undeserving of the harassment. Yesterday when I heard, I was angry and disgusted, but this morning, fear & helplessness set in. She reminds me of me, I think, strong and caring, wanting to do good. I guess I started wondering when and if they'll decide to come after me, and what I need to do to protect myself. Work suddenly seems like a scary, and very unsafe place to be.

I hate feeling so down when I want to feel strong and confident and poised, getting ready for this week's interview, starting to make plans in case things go well. Also just wondering if the misery of this job will ever end. Also starting to panic over whether I can trust any of my management references. Overall feeling very vulnerable. Have been doing my best to self-nurture. Not capable of much more at present.

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Hard to believe they have a Strawberry Festival without strawberries! emoticon The Gilroy Garlic Festival had all kinds of garlic fare, including garlic ice cream--which I always wanted to try! emoticon emoticon

I was thrilled today at work to get a call asking me to an interview on Thursday for the position with my own agency that I just applied for Wednesday night! It's at our Central Office in Tumwater, where I'd like to move and work, and I think would be a good fit, with a lot more opportunities. So I'm really hoping it will result in an offer! Please keep me in your prayers!

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Good Morning goddesses!

I'm glad to see you here Meg! I check in early, while I have my morning Coffee, before my Brenna (my DD) has to get up and moving. I try not to come back to the computer most of the day. It's my way of avoiding sitting too much or over absorbing myself in social media. The exception is the day I do the household books, and then no FB. You may have spread yourself thin but the important thing is you have plans to get right back into your routines. It happens. We all get knocked out of sync.

Athena sometimes an evening with the family is more important than anything else. You'll get your run in. :) But I'm glad you had a really good night with Roy.

Amanda I'm glad your interview went well! I hope you get called back for round 2. Please let us know when it's time.

Thank you about the kids. I'm a never ending caretaker or so it seems.

Happy to say I seem to getting back on track post 2 weeks of fair food. I gained a little weight from the stuff. There were no healthy choices at the Renaissance or Strawberry festival. (Side note there's no actual strawberries served at a festival to celebrate them, which I find weird....) We are going on vacation in early June so I'm in the process of hunting healthy choices on restaurant menus in Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge area and ones that work for Bug's peanut allergy as well. Oh the phone calls to check on the allergens. Always fun.




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Meg, I'm glad you found our chat thread. Don't worry about the time! Eva and Athena usually post in the morning, but I almost always check in after dinner. Just whenever works for you. Sometimes just recognizing your patterns and where you want to make changes is the most important progress to make early on. Then it's small, consistent steps emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon I call it babystepping, like on my other main team, the Babysteps Brigade, where we proudly declare "no victory is too tiny to celebrate!"

emoticon on the hard work and support of your classes, Eva! emoticon emoticon Take a well-deserved rest!

And emoticon Athena on choosing a fun evening with Roy--which adds just as much to your life, or more, as a workout. emoticon I do hope you get that exercise you are craving today!

I got there an hour early--I left plenty of cushion for possible driving difficulties! Got to go for a walk, and then couldn't go into the building because they were evacuating for a fire drill! So I walked some more! Their interview schedule got a bit off, but I think mine went well. A couple times one of the panel members (a supervisor, though not the one I would have) made the point that he had really liked part of my answer--to the point where he lost track, as he copied down what I had said. He really liked one of my questions, and said he would pass that on to the supervisor of the position. They will be doing 2nd interviews with the top 3 candidates, which will include the supervisor for the position, then they want to bring the person on quickly.

Since I was just 4 miles up the freeway from my agency's central office, I went by there afterward to talk to HR. I hoped to get an idea of how quickly the position I applied for last night would be filled. Turns out everyone was at lunch, but I got a name and number of someone in recruitment to ask. Plus I took another pleasant walk, and hit the restroom before my hour drive back.

Thanks, again, Spark Pals for your prayers and good wishes on my behalf!! emoticon

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Good morning! I hope this finds everyone ready to tackle the day. Sorry I am late to the party. Today my goal is to focus a little bit more on me, and less on others issues and lack of planning. I have spread myself pretty thin in the last few days for others. As a result, I have missed my mark on steps and calories. I need to remember that I can't do it all.

I am determined to continue on this path to a healthier life.
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Good Morning Ladies!!

Good Luck on your interview Amanda! I am sending positive energy your way. I hope all goes well.

Eva, I am so glad that the teachers had you around to provide hydration for the little ones. What a great way to plan ahead and know what to expect. Those teachers are very lucky to have you as a parent volunteer. Sounds like it went okay considering the circumstances and I am glad the teachers recognized you with thanks and appreciation.

When I got home yesterday, Roy had got some rest and cleaned his room up a little bit. I was going to change and head to yoga, but he guilt tripped me into staying home. He said he wanted to hang out and I didnt want to miss the opportunity for quality time. So I made dinner and we watched a lifetime movie called Stockholm Pennsylvania (one I had recorded from Saturday). After, we played Wii bowling and Kirby Epic Yarn on the Wii. We havent played that gaming console in years (it was a birthday present for his 8th birthday, and he only played it a couple of years). It was ALOT of fun. We did 2 player on the Kirby game which have you work through the boards as partners, and I suck, so I kept getting in his way. We laughed so hard though... partly by me trying to figure out the controls and partly by me just messing up. It was alot of fun... I dont think we quit until around 9pm. I will definitely try to get a run in this afternoon, my body is craving it... even though I did manage to get my 10K steps in yesterday (finished the evening with 11, 300).

Roy is back at school today, refreshed. I think he really appreciated the day off to relax and recoop.

Have a nice Thursday... I am so glad the weekend is almost here!

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Good Morning goddesses!

Athena sometimes we have to spend that money, but I understand your not wanting to and having a little guilt over it. Roy's right, for what you spent you got a lot and it's for work, not fun.

Glad Roy took a "mental health day" That's what I call them. I hope He caught up on his rest.

I ended up working concessions yesterday at field day, so no pictures of Bug. It was better than I had expected and I was tired when i got home. So was Brenna. Bless her she fell asleep for about 30 minutes. Power Nap!

I ended up providing water or 2 classes. As I suspected, the kids' money was gone and the water tanks were empty by 2 pm. They wrapped up with walking a mile for relay for life so the kids needed hydration. I saved the teachers from the water fountain lines (Brenna's teacher and one other) and was well thanked for thinking ahead (Mrs Debbie was happy not to have a cooler to manage as well since I parked so I could be back up to the grass. All she had to do was pop my hatch) and helping out to keep kids safely hydrated. I was even lucky enough to have 10 bottles to spare.







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Good Morning Ladies!

Ashley, I am still keeping your family in my thoughts and hope that they are doing as best as they can during this tough and heartbreaking time.

Amanda, I hope that the applications you complete get your to a much better place in your career/profession. I agree with Eva, that I think its time for you to be in a new environment and where your effort is appreciated.

Eva, that does sound like alot of work to be room mom, but it sounds like you are ready for the challenge. I guess I can understand the reasoning behind drawing a name out of the hat, but I hope you get it!

Work was busy yesterday. We had a huge compliance/QA meeting that lasted the whole day. Lots of team building exercises which were actually fun. They also catered lunch for us (Salsarita's - unsure if you are familiar with the chain- - kind of like a Chipotles, Q'doba or Moes). I did get out a little late, and ran home to pick up Roy before doing the grocery shopping. We hit Target and I hit the clearance aisle for some new clothes for work since most of mine are really baggy. I havent wanted to do any major clothes shopping until I hit my target weight, but need something that looks a little more fitted since I am interacting with staff more in a face to face setting instead of virtual. I was able to find 4 tops, a cardigan sweater and new skirt for just under $50. I felt bad about it, but Roy was like, 'just do it' you need the new clothes. After we picked up a few grocery items, we headed home, ate dinner and watched a couple of eposides of a new show called "The Messengers" while I did some strength training and biking in the living room. I had a hard time falling asleep last night (sometime after 11pm), but then woke up at 2am to go to the bathroom and found Roy still up doing homework. I felt awful for him and told him to go to sleep. So when 5:45am rolled around and it was time to get up, I told him if he wanted to stay home and catch up on sleep, I wouldnt mind. He has only missed one day the whole school year, and is A/B honor roll (only 1 B) so I felt he could use the extra day to catch up on sleep. Also, I didnt want him exhausted for the rest of the week. At first he got up and showered and was like, no, I need to go to school, but then while in the shower, I guess how tired he felt set in, and he took me up on the offer. So he is at home today.

My sister is doing a mommy/baby workout class here in Uptown where I work on Weds so we have taken up the tradition of eating lunch out together after. She is coming by today to do that. I enjoy having the outing to spend time with her and my little nephew. Thursday nights yoga class got moved up to Weds night this week because the instructor has an event on Thurs, so I will be doing that tonight, most likely followed by a 2 mile run after. I figured during these hotter months I would keep running distances shorter until it gets closer to my half marathon in Nov.

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Good Morning! And emoticon Athena on getting back in sync now that the extra activities have leveled out.

Amanda I wish you good luck with your interview tomorrow. I think a change of space is something you really need. you've been bounced around too much in the office.

Ashley I hope your family is doing well today. Keeping your SIL in my thoughts.

Well seems that the change in the Field Day has rendered them short of volunteers to work games so I'll be in the field today working a game. But I still have my 7 day cooler iced down for the kiddos. I still don't agree with the event for fun becoming a money maker for the pto, not like this.

I was room mom last year. Basically you make sure that your class has parties attended to, and you communicate with the other parents about events (I'd have coordinated snacks and drinks for our kids today.) You plan Christmas parties and such. you make the extra curricular easier for the teacher. And on teacher appreciation day you make sure that something is done to say "Thank you" birthday gifts from the class, ect. It's a lot of work but I did it and did pretty well last year. I've heard from our current room moms twice and both were before Christmas break.

Teacher chooses her room parent. So basically it's whomever she draws out of a hat.

And being an allergy parent makes me a good choice as I'll read boxes and remind the people on my lists that want to help to be aware of the allergies in the room. I didn't try this year. It's a lot of work.

Have a good day ladies. I'll report to you on my sunburn tomorrow. (yes I have sun screen).










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emoticon on the positive routines, Athena emoticon emoticon
Glad your SIL is doing better, Ashley--and glad I remembered your name correctly! emoticon Still sending positive healing energy your way. emoticon
Really sorry for the poor planning at school, Eva! emoticon Hope the students, parents and teachers weather it all OK. You mentioned potentially being a "room mom"--is that right? How are they chosen, and when would you know? You would, of course, be fantastic!
Oh, Athena, I just remembered you telling us about Roy's special Mom's Day card--that was so cool! emoticon for sharing that!
And we were in Sunriver, a resort in Central Oregon, near Bend and Sisters and the high dessert. Loved all the trees, rivers, snow-covered mountains, and the pool! emoticon emoticon --and of course the emoticon company of best buds!

I did quite well at work, and tackled the issue of reporting actual hours worked. Several of us had a lively discussion at the end of the work day--what with 4 people working with customers until 5:15, when they are all supposed to be off at 5. Of course the two of us who are scheduled until 5:30 are the ones who can no longer work the counter, because our temporary assignments could not be extended past a year. (Like they didn't know that for the last 6 months, after we were extended past the first 6?)

Played with Dora after I got home, then did a resistance band workout (just 20 minutes). Chopped lots of veggies and a little meat to add to a dry rice noodle soup mix from Trader Joe's & enjoyed a couple bowls over a Buffy episode. Then back to work on my supplemental questions for the new application, and got them typed up to copy and paste tomorrow. Will start on the cover letter over lunch; I worked on the Sup Qs over the last 2 lunches. This is actually a position I'd like--beyond the CSS pay range & getting out of where I am.

Blessed Be, Amanda

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

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Hello,
Thank you all very much for the thoughts and kind comments for our family. SIL is doing better today. They have the funeral arrangements decided for this Friday.

Athena, running and yoga--you rock! That is awesome. I'm glad you have found a routine though. You motivate me to find a routine as well!

Eva, thanks for the spark goodie! Sorry about the poor planning with the school. I would imagine many parents would be frustrated. I can't imagine rescheduling like that at the last minute.

Amanda, yes you got it! :) Glad you had a great vacation! Where did you go? Sorry about the transition at work you are going through. Best of luck to you, as you figure out your finances and search for new job openings.

Thanks again for your condolences. Have a great day

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Good Morning Ladies!

Amanda, I am so sorry to hear that you had to take a paycut. That sucks and I know how that can make things financially challenging. I hope you are able to find something better soon.

Eva, wow... sounds like a lot of poor planning all around at your daughters school. I hope they didnt hold it against the students that they were not prepared for class.

Ashley, I am so sorry to hear about your SILs father, how awful. My thoughts are definitely with you and your family.

I had a pretty good day yesterday. I left work early to get my physical done. I will need to go back on the 20th for my fasting lab work. I got home around 3pm and Roy and I had an early dinner of leftovers. Then I decided to go for a run before yoga. It was 90 degrees and humid as heck! The first two miles I was okay but felt like I was suffocating on the last one... I got it done though and felt good about that. Ran home quickly and cleaned off and changed out of sweaty clothes then headed to yoga with sister. I was pretty tired when I got home but was able to do some laundry and then climbed into bed and fell asleep to an episode of Charmed.

Today we have a huge meeting in QA with Compliance from 930-330 with a catered lunch, so I will be busy all day, store after and then maybe another short run this evening. If not, strength training in the house and bike. I feel like I am finally getting back into routine again now that Roy has finished up his play and drivers ed classroom portion.

Hope you all have a good day!

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Good Morning goddesses!

Ashley I'm sorry for your loss.

Athena that hair color should have stayed about 2 or 3 weeks. Could have been something wrong with the product itself. it happens.

Amanda I'm sorry about your being dropped back to a lower pay grade. What will happen with the temp position? refilled or dissolved? I'm glad you remained calm. Proves that you prepared for the worst as you hopped for the best.

Well field day was moved until Wed because of weather. We got the all call at 7:10. Many parents didn't send back packs yesterday (we hadn't left yet) so the kids were not prepared for class because they waited so late to call it off. Particularly the ones in Before School. They arrive about 6:30 am.

Our regular principal is on administrative leave and the assistant principal is standing in. The principal is actually retiring but took all his accumulated paid leave at the end of the year. Anyway, I'm not sure who waited this late and why but there are some ticked off mommas....

I hope you ladies have a good day!



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I'm glad you had a good vacation, Ashley (I'm remembering that right, aren't I?)--so did I! But I'm very sorry for your sad family news. Sending prayers your way. emoticon

I'm pleased that despite the unwelcome news that my temporary promotion is over without being reclassified, meaning I'll be taking a pay cut of over $200 per month, I managed to remain calm and in good spirits at work. Got a bit shaky talking to my sister tonight--because I really don't know how the finances will work out, now that my rent is $100 more per month than it was when I was at this salary before! But I will keep focusing on what I can do--including pursuing more job postings.

Blessed Be, Amanda

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I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
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Hi Ladies,
Hope everyone is off to a good start to their week. I'm back from vacation which was very nice and actually may have lost a couple pounds thanks to all the kayaking and activities we did. emoticon emoticon

Unfortunately, we came home to some sad news. My sister in law's father was killed in a vehicle accident last Friday. His wife survived and is recuperating. Any love and light and healing energy you can send our way would be appreciated. emoticon

I'm thankful for this group. You all are always awesome. emoticon

Hoping to get in some yoga tonight.

Everyone have a nice evening.
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Good Morning Ladies!

The color was semi-permanent, so I knew it would fade quickly, but I didnt think as quickly as it did. Roy went to school and said everyone liked his hair, but the blue is almost completely gone now, leaving it just a dark brown. He said he misses the lighter reddish brown his hair once was, so I think we will probably dye it back to that eventually. He isnt as upset over the dye situation as he initially was though.

Roy made me the sweetest card for Mothers Day. He loves to draw and paint and I could tell he really spent alot of time and effort on the card. He even wrote two pages on the inside thanking me for being so supportive and how he couldnt have gone through the transition without me as the last couple of years have been the hardest on him. He also went on to thank me for all that I have done and told me how much he loved me. Literally the best gift I have every gotten. I know I will cherish that card forever.

I can understand why you wouldnt want to be PTO president. That is alot of headache to plan big fund raisers like that. I do hope you get to be room mom (if that is what you want).

Amanda, I still need to watch the final season of Buffy. I bought the whole series on DVD several years back because Roy was into them. We watched all of them together except the last season. I think one summer he ended up finishing it without me, and I just never went back to finish it myself. It was a really good show and I wouldnt mind seeing it again. I am actually watching Charmed on Netflix right now. I remembered liking it when it was running on TV. I hope the news you receive from work about your position is good news for you.

I was completely lazy on Saturday, I did nothing but read all day. Friday had been rough on me traffic wise. There was supposedly a guy who committed suicide by jumping of a bridge onto the interstate early friday morning. The northbound lane was closed while the police were investigating during the morning commute, however, the southbound lanes (the direction I was traveling in) were backed up from onlooker traffic. It took me 1.5 hours to get to work. Traffic was just as bad on the way home... another hour and ten minutes. Then Roy had a party to go to, so we had to manuver through awful traffic to get to the store for a gift. Then the road was blocked on the way up to his friends house due to a school event. I got stuck sitting in that for about 30 minutes before I could turn around and go another direction to get to his friends hours. I literally spent 4 hours after work in the car and was completely exhausted by the time I got home at 7:30. Then I had to go back up there at 10:30 to pick him up... I told him, saturday, I am not going anywhere.. I do not want to be in a car at all. So we both had an extremely lazy saturday. Sunday was work and then more relaxing with reading and TV. I didnt get any exercise in except the few times I walked Hovie. I finally finished my rereading of the Outlander Series last night, so I as excited to finally start the new book that was released last June. I am glad that I decided to re-read the series because when I picked up the new book, it took place right where the last book left off, and I didnt have to struggle with trying to remember the events that had previously took place.

Today I have to leave work early for a docs appt (annual physical). So I hope to get a run in and some yoga today. I am definitely going to commit to being more active this week. The inactivity is really starting to catch up to me and I am feeling lazy and sluggish.

Hope you all have a nice Monday.


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good morning goddesses!

Amanda I'm glad you are back safe and sound and I hope you hear from HR today.

Athena is that temp hair color? It's designed for one use. You'll need literally blue base. 00B and 10 - 20 volume developer. Your standard at home kit has 10 volume in it. leave it on about 20 minutes. See if you can buy it at the beauty supply store. You can also use lightened (bleach) on roys hair and lift the color then tone it with the blue you have. When bleach is used to lift the color temp hair color can become semi to permanent. has to do with the size of the molecules.

I don't want PTO president. There are 2 big fund raisers each year that I'd have a panic attack organizing but i just might go for room mom again this coming year. If i was class mom, I would have organized getting our class hydrated and maybe a small snack. These 2 we've only heard from on Fall festival and Christmas gifts. So I'm doing today what I think our room moms should have done, Wagging 2 cases of water to the field to hydrate our crew. It's kind of like I read labels for all the class food allergies, not just for my kid's. They don't bother to do that either.

I'm weird though. I think it's my job to take care of everybody.

I hope you all had a good Mother's day! I had a wonderful chore free day (Jimmy did them) and Brenna gave me a facial (banana and honey squished together in a bowl makes a good hydrating mask.if you want anti-aging it's strawberries and honey) and a pedicure (painted my toe nails).

Amanda i imagine Dora was excited to see you when you got home!





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I hennaed my hair, as well as laundry and grocery shopping. I chopped a head of red cabbage I picked up; it takes a while, slicing and chopping by hand, but I love adding to salads. I've got half of my food prepped for work tomorrow; will continue after some Sparking. Oh, and I stopped by the library on my way home from Safeway and Trader Joe's. A book I requested had come in, but I didn't find it on the shelf, so asked the librarian. Turns out it was an ILL (Inter-Library Loan) of a title I recommended they buy, since it was #2 in a series for which they had multiple copies of all the other volumes. They always keep the ILLs behind the counter, like the DVDs, and I can't renew; but with a
4-week check out, I'll be fine, even after finishing my re-reading of the Sanguines series.

I've been watching my Buffy DVDs again (into season 7 now). I know the uncertainty about my job is weighing on me, as much as I try not to worry (not knowing what my salary will be until I get to work tomorrow). I started answering the supplemental questions on a new job application that's due this week--on Thursday.

Blessed Be, Amanda

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

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A long travel day yesterday. My awesome sister did all the driving--she's a lot more comfortable with freeway driving & mountain roads as well (over a pass berween central Oregon and I-5). She didn't want to get home too late, so we didn't do as much walking at our rest stops as we usually do. Today I'm unpacking and doing some chores--like changing out the litter, washing the litter pan & snap on rim (so less litter gets kicked or scooped out), the floor and walls and pad. So glad to have that done!

I was surprised there was no letter from HR for me--just checked, but not in the mailbox today, either. Melanie was told on Wednesday, when the year was up. If they don't keep me as a CSS, I'll ask for the extra 2 days of vacation for 6-Pack that weren't approved because a different CSS was taking off, since I wouldn't be covering the counter. I just printed off a CSS2 position that opened on Friday at my agency headquarters that I will be applying for.

Blessed Be, Amanda

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But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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Snow this morning, yet warm enough to go swimming this afternoon. Our last full day of vacation. Saw another great movie on DVD--Molly with Elisabeth Shue.

Will be packing up tonight and tomorrow, and driving back up tomorrow morning.

Blessed Be, Amanda

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

Well... Roy bugged me and bugged me last night to dye his hair, so I did it. I was nervous the whole time and took my time to make sure not to mess up. He only wanted the longer portions dyed and the buzzed parts of his head still his normal color. When I was rinsing it out, it almost looked like it didnt take. He hair looked dark, but I could see no blue. Then when he went under the light.. BANG! It was a dark blackish blue, and it looked pretty good. The color directions said to rinse with cold water until the water ran almost clear, so I didnt do any vigorous rinsing or use any shampoo. But when Roy went to dry and style he had blue dye on his hands. After talking to his friend, he said he thought he should rinse it out more because his friend said so. I wasnt sure either way, but was skeptical. Unfortunately... this next rinsing faded the blue completely. Roy regretted it the minute he did it, and I felt bad about his disappointment. I told him if he wanted to we could go back to the salon and get it done professionally, but he is not sure what he wants to do. We still have half the jar of blue dye we could go again... he even said after doing it he misses the lighter brownish red color he had. So he is currently in the thinking phase of how he wants to change his hair. Blue or back to brown. The faded blue doesnt look bad, but its definitely not the bold dark electic blue he was wanting.

So I messaged the guy about the fence last night since he is supposed to be taking it down today. I was a little worried that he may have changed his mind, but he messaged back almost instantly saying he was still going to bring it to me, and that he would message me around lunch time today for the address. I am super excited that it seems to be working out. He said I would have everything I need.

Amanda, I am sorry that you got stormed in, but glad you were able to have a nice time indoors with movies. One of my favorite relaxing things to do.

Eva, that PTO President does sound like she needs to be replaced. Have you thought about throwing your name in the hat?? I know it is probably alot of work, but I think youd be good at it. emoticon Eva for PTO President!!! emoticon

Training is going really slow. My Director has been in D.C. all week and my manager has been extremely busy dealing with issues. I have been reading the FDA 21 CFR, and she is still in the process of getting me signed into Eduneering classes and the ASQ 101 class. I have been sitting in on alot of meetings and observing so I am learning alot that way and really enjoying it. I dont think actual training will take place until next week when my director gets back and can alleviate some of the burden from my manager to fill both roles while she is away.

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Good morning!

Athena I love Roy's hair cut! If it gets weighty from products to form that mohawk, 2 TBSP of Baking soda in 8oz. of luke warm water. rinse it through and then wash as normal. It's a product stripper and most likely what your salon uses because it doesn't harm most hair colors.

If you color it blue, expect the red to make it have a purplish hue. Looks like enough has faded that it might not be a problem. And don't be afraid to leave it on if you do a tint check. 99% of home color jobs go wrong because they take the product off too soon. You know it dries 2 shade lighter than the color check usually. And remember there's only 3 companies that create color, the rest buy it from those 3. Including your OTC color (Clairol and L'Oreal make their own color. OTC the rest buy from them. Schwarzkopf is the third and their motto is literally keep the best and sell the rest.) The difference is your training. And that was an unnecessary lesson in color companies.

I hope training goes well today.

Amanda I hope you have good news waiting for you when you get home. Sorry about the hail but you did watch a batch of good movies :) Po reminds me of my jimmy.

We stay busy so it seems. But in a good way.

I am disappointed in the PTO president. I can see selling gator aid or having the shaved ice truck there but i can't see a big food truck when kids are required to eat in the lunch room. You're just asking for sick kids. She's had less than stellar results. There's a vote on the 18th for next year's board and i hope she's replaced. There's just been a serious lack of communication all around and now this. I'm sure I'm not the only ticked off parent.

I thought about the water probably because i was a room mom last year and well I did this kind of stuff for the class normally. Just more proof I'm a care taker by nature I guess. But my reward comes when my kiddo hugs me and says "Thank you for taking care of me and my friends". :)

Brenna's art teacher messaged me last night and asked me if we could move her into more technique based work. She wants to work on one project for several classes to get a nice finished product. So she's about to start learning the basics of sketching and shading. That's what 1st year art teaches in about 9th grade. So it's a little above her pay grade but I think she'll get it.





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Went on a short hike yesterday, plus gentle walk after dinner. Played games and laughed ourselves silly.

Heard from my coworker who had a temp promotion like me, and after a year (yesterday, they moved her back to the lower pay range--which means she won't be helping customers at the counter)--so that's what I may face when I return, as well. Oh, well--I'll find out on Monday the 11th.

Today there was hail on and off through much of the day, with greatly lower temps. So we checked out more movies (saw Kung Fu Panda a few days ago--wonderful), and enjoyed Ghosts of Old Girlfriends (cool reworking of A Christmas Carol, at a wedding, not the holidays) and Cars--wonderful voice cast, to the silly cameos by Hanks & Allen, Crystal & Goodman.

Blessed Be, Amanda

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

Roys hair turned out awesome!!!!! I updated my sparkpage with the most current pics of his hair on my main page so check it out! I really love his stylist. She can take any pictures and just his description and understand his type of hair to cut it so that it looks just the way he wants it. I cant stop staring at it, honestly. He had been dressing punk lately (his chosen style) and I didnt realize how much he didnt look the part until he got this hair cut. We havent dyed it blue, yet. To tell you the truth, I am a little nervous to do it myself since I am inexperienced but he liked how the sides are his darker natural hair color and the top has faded to a light brown (from the red dye), so he decided to keep it the way it is for now. He will still need practice with styling it, but its so versatile. He can do a mohawk, push it back, or lay it on either side of his head, and it looks good any way.. okay, I will stop gushing about it now.

Yesterday was slammed busy and I didnt get any training done at work. My manager came in at about 10am and she was bombarded with problems. She got me at about 11:45 for lunch and we went to eat and chat, but then when we came back we had a big issue that needed addressing. She let me come in and listen to gain some experience on the type of things I will be dealing with. We were in that office from 1-4pm doing interviews with different staff to determine how an issue occurred. It was extremely fascinating and was one of the main reasons I had originally went into Problem Management. I love to investigate problems and dig deep to get to the root cause. Unfortunately, the productivity quotas took away from doing those really thorough investigations, but it looks like I will be getting to do that again in QA. The meeting wasnt over with at 4pm but my boss said if I needed to leave that I could. I wanted to stay, but had promised Roy I would get his hair cut, so I left. Today my manager had to go back to Columbia, but she said she would drive up here again Thursday. She is hoping to get me some self study stuff to work on for today. I also still have 5 problems in my ownership from PM I am trying to get closed out.

By the time we made it to the hair salon at 5:45, I was worn out and yawning. We got home about about 7:15, had dinner, and I was pretty much done for the night. No exercise. I think I was in bed by 9pm and passed out. I am hoping for a run this afternoon though. Back to normal schedule for now... Roy passed Drivers Ed so he is done with the classroom portion.

Eva, it does sounds like you will be extremely busy these next couple of weeks! That is awful about field day! I am glad you are going to be able to help your class, but its terrible that the PTO President didnt think things through. Hopefully some other parents will step up too so that all the kids stay safe in the heat. I am glad that they had you to think things through.

Congrats to Brenna for her fundraising and the reward of going to the party! She has lots of fun things going on. I dont think Roy gets out of school until June 10th.

Hope you are still enjoying that vacation of yours, Amanda!

Have a great hump day!



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Good Morning Goddesses!

I hope you all are doing well today.

Athena how did Roy's hair turn out? He colored it red not to long ago so I'm wondering if it went purplish.

Glad you are working training out with your new manager. Hopefully it'll go smoothly.

how was the bike ride?

I've been getting in my yoga and 2 miles of concentrated speed walking. I have a funky hip and knee (old stuff from a car wreck in 2003, and oddly enough the shoulder I hurt in November was originally injured in the same wreck. Smacked a tree to save a deer. I'm pretty sure the deer laughed at me.) So I don't know that I could run without pain but I love speed walking in the warm months. Keeps me pacing Brenna's bike anyway :)

The next couple weeks are going to be hectic here. End of year stuff. Brenna has AR party today (small carnival), and fundraising party for St. Jude tomorrow (she raised $200 back in March), Strawberry Festival Friday, and Field day on Monday. Awards day on the 18th and last day of school is the 21st.

I'm about to have a come apart about Field day. The President of our PTO has had all of her events to be less than stellar fundraisers. So she's decided to bring in Food trucks to raise money....

Last year parents provided popcicles or something and the PTO had water stations and you could bring your own bottle or use the Dixie cups provided. I spent 2 hours filling water bottles. This year they are being told to buy their water. My problem is it's 85* and several kids won't have money for water much less anything else off that food truck. They'll dehydrate if the fountains aren't turned on. And they might not be. So I contacted the teacher about providing water for our class. I can't do the entire first grade but I can do our class. She accepted so at least I know 22 kids will be properly hydrated, and I can hope some other concerned momma steps in for the other classes.

Seems this is my week to be a protectress of the ones that can't help themselves (kitties and kids).




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Good Morning Ladies!

Amanda, I am glad that you are having such a nice vacation and you are getting to really enjoy yourself and relax! My manager called yesterday and asked if I had any planned PTO time I wanted to take off. I told her I didnt have anything scheduled, but would like to take a week off in July to spend with Roy while he is out of school for the summer. She said that would be fine but to try to put it in as soon as possible. Since there are only 8 people on our team, its a little more complicated to get the time off that I may want.

Eva, that is so sad about the kitties! I am glad you were there to help ease its pain though. The guy who is giving me the fencing does not have a gate for it. He said the fencing ran along the line of a lake property and just didnt look right so the owner asked for it to be removed. I talked to my grandfather though and he said it shouldnt be too complicated to make one. He has completely remodeled his entire house from the inside out, and him and my grandmother used to buy, repair/remodel and sell houses on the side back in the day. He is very crafty and can make almost anything. I am hoping this guy with the fencing follows through. I started to worry the other night that he may change his mind or back out. I am going to message him tomorrow to confirm everything. So fingers crossed!!!

Last night I went to yoga and ran 1.5 miles. Tonight I am supposed to take Roy to get his hair cut, then he wants to dye it blue when we get home. I also want to pick up a couple of tops at the mall while we are there to update my work wardrobe a little bit. I had thought about trying to squeeze a run it, but will just have to see how long it takes to do everything. I have a feeling I wont have the time, so I may just ride my bike tonight while doing Roys hair.




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Good Morning Goddesses!

Athena I'm happy You have QA training figured out and I'm glad you have found a fix for Hovie. You'll enjoy being able to relax while the dog roams. Trust me. We fenced our back yard for that very reason. Believe me it's nice to have a place for every one to enjoy themselves.

I'm also happy your fencing will be free! That's a lucky break. If you want to take it as a DIY project, It'll take about half of a day and you can find how to videos on youtube, but it might be easier just to hire it done. Did the man say if he has a swing gate with it or will you have to get that at lowes? Sorry I'm being nosy.

Amanda I'm glad you are enjoying your vacation with Meg and Mary. You deserve a quiet drama free time. I hope you hear back from the job application soon and i hope it's positive.

Yesterday felt a little dramatic for me. When I drove Brenna to school I saw a dead kitten in my driveway, someone had obviously hit it. I went around it and dropped Brenna off, then came home to take care of it's remains. When gathering the cat that had passed I saw movement in the grass, another kitten. So I came back again with a box and a towel and gathered the little guy. I took him to the vet but nothing could be done. his back legs and pelvis were crushed so I had them put him to sleep. the vet acted surprised I'd pay for a cat that wasn't mine (insert eye roll i had no intention of just leaving it) It broke my heart that there was nothing I could do. I have no clue where the kittens came from to inform the owner. My mother thinks it's strange that cats specifically (occasional dog but mostly cats) keep making it here and I take care of them, no matter what the out come. Usually it's good and the animal goes on it's way after it's recovered or even just eaten a decent meal. This is the first one I've "lost" in a year or more that wasn't a pet. Anyway i guess it hurts my heart that i can't save them all.

And then I wonder why my kid is such a softie.


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Awesome news, Athena!

Renaissance Faire sounds great, Eva! My friend Meg and I used to go to them in California, and bought outfits with accessories--we always had a blast, and tried to pick up a little Elizabethan style in our speech--we even got mistaken for Faire employees a couple of times!

Mary and Meg joined me at the pool for swimming this afternoon, which was really nice. Then Meg and I walked to the Post Office (about a 20 minute walk each way), and I mailed a letter to HR with the agency I just applied to, expressing my interest in the position and explaining I am out of town, and only reachable by personal email. Just wanted to make myself stand out, and make sure I didn't miss a communication in case they are in a hurry to interview and fill an open job.

So much fun reading, playing games, talking, fixing food together--and the area is lovely: the walks so pleasant and peaceful!

Blessed Be, Amanda

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

I hope you are having a good Monday. I am going to try to get back to somewhat of a more normal routine this week (hopefully). Roys last day of Drivers Ed is Tuesday and then we dont know how long it will be before the actual driving portion will happen.

QA is going okay so far. It still hasnt really got off the ground yet. My Manager was supposed to drive up from Columbia SC today to start my training, but she called me at about 9am and said she would not be able to come because she has to write a FDA response and she would be up here tomorrow. She also asked if I would be able to come to Columbia some days (almost 2 hour drive from my house, probably 1 hr 15 mins from work), and I told her it shouldnt be a problem. She said she would end training by 3pm so I could still be home around 5pm. So it looks like it will work out okay. There are lots of meetings and no productivity quotas, so I like the non-rushed environment so far. Lots more interaction face to face with staff. Lots more meetings for process improvement.

There is going to be more travel in this department, maybe even more than I had originally anticipated. I had concerns about getting my dog out to the bathroom during the week if I couldnt make it home by 5pm. Hovie is 60 lbs and can be stubborn on his bathroom breaks, and since my yard is so small and not fenced it, I usually walk him to the end of the block where there is an open field for his afternoon big business bathroom breaks. I just dont want Roy trying to walk him in the afternoons alone and have issues. Its been my biggest worry. So I was studying my yard, and there is a chain length fence that runs along the right side of my house separating my yard from the neighbours yard. I had thought about closing off a portion of the yard from the front right side of the house to the back deck where the back door opens. This way all Roy has to do is open the door and let Hovie out in the afternoon to do his business instead of walking him on a leash around the neighborhood. I talked to my grandfather about this, and he was on board (I told him I would cover all costs). He said he was concerned that the price for fencing would be expensive. Well, I got lucky. I posted to One Mans Junk in my County last night and a man is getting ready to take 100 ft of fence down on Thursday and said I could have it for free! He said it was in good condition, just didnt look right on a lake property. He even said he would deliver it to my house so I wouldnt have to go pick it up. I am super excited to find free fencing (and really hope he follows through!). I think my grandfather was even impressed that I found it for free. So hopefully within the next few weeks I will have a portion of my yard fenced off. I am really excited about it, and think I am going to buy some deck furniture that way I could sit out there in the late afternoon/early evening and Hovie can roam the yard and relax in the grass without being leashed.

Amanda, I am happy to hear you are enjoying your vacation!

Eva, I am glad you had a great time at the Renaissance Festival.

Have a nice day!


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Good Morning Goddesses!

Athena how's the first day in QA? it sounds like you were extremely stretched last week.

Amanda hope you have a lovely vacation. I think the pool walking sounds fun. I can't say i've tried it as an exercise, maybe playing as a kid, but then playing is half the fun.

Thank you about the profile picture. I was a fire faery for many years. Still am in my own way.

We took Brenna to the Renaissance Festival in Middle Tennessee this weekend. It was an awesome day out for the family. We skipped the Teapot (I didn't much care about going anyway) She was made a lady in waiting by Elizabeth the First, met an ancient Merlin, saw plenty of knights and fairies running around. We watched a joust and she tried to tame a dragon (she rode a horse on a zipline toward a dragon cut out with a lance in hand. You had to catch the ring) She asked if we can go again next year and i said i don't see why not. I loved it.




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We are like 2 minutes from the complex swimming pool--saltwater, not chlorine--and I went for my first swim late this morning. The water was perfect, and I was the only one in the pool. I alternated between swimming laps and pool walking in the shallow end. For the latter, I walk forwards and then backwards, against the slight current from my passage, and I swing my arms back and forth with hands facing front while going forward then backward, then facing back while walking in each direction. That helps work different parts of the arms, just against the resistance of the water. Every time I switch direction it requires a bit of effort--even the occasional grunt. emoticon

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

Sorry I have been away the last couple of days... I feel like I have been working both PM and QA departments as I close out PM and QA has already handed me training material and stuff to focus on. QA is understaffed by 2 so they are wanting to get me up and running and quickly as possible. Today is my final day in PM, and I have not received any emails from any of my bosses (my managers or directors). I am a little hurt by it because I put so much into the department these last 5 years that I thought I would get a farewell and best of luck email at least... but the day isnt over with yet, so we shall see. I am trying not to let it get to me, or make me feel dispensable like the department has for the last few years. Again, just another sign that it was time to more on to bigger and better things.

Amanda, I am sorry that the decision of your position has had you upset and stressed. I truly do hope that it works out in your favor or you find something much better soon! Enjoy your vacation time with your family and try not to think about it too much.

Eva, I love your new profile picture!! I havent had a chance to look at the plants that dont require alot of sunlight, but I will soon. I have actually been working with Kali alot lately over the last few years. I feel like everytime I get lost in my own illusion or perception of what my reality should be, she has destroyed that illusion. There has been alot of bumps in the road over the years, but I feel her lessons are starting to sink in, and I overall feel more balanced and heading in the right direction.

I didnt get any workouts done this week except for one yoga class on Monday night. So I feel like a lazy bum, plus its getting ready to be my TOM, so feeling extra bloaty. I have late lunch with old friends tomorrow afternoon, and then my new Manager is coming in from Columbia SC on Monday to start my training and she said she wants to take me to lunch to get to know each other.. so with all this eating out, I hope I make some good choices. I dont know what my new schedule will look like. I was basically told I will get to chose my hours, but I think that will apply after training is completed. I feel like I will be on my trainers time for now. But I have prepared for that, so not a big deal.

Hope you all have a Blessed Beltane and nice weekend!


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Good Morning and Happy Beltane!

And a fabulous first day of May it will be from the looks of the weather.

Enjoy your vacation Amanda!

I'm doing the shopping today so we can take some time tomorrow to enjoy the local Teapot Festival. Yes we celebrate Teapots. Next week it's the Strawberry Festival.

Athena how has you close out week gone?


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My sister is here now--we are taking a break from packing. We leave from here tomorrow morning (she's staying the night) and drive down to a central Oregon resort town, Sunriver, near Bend. We'll meet our 6-Pack sister (of the heart, not blood) from California (which makes us a half-pack) for a week in a condo. So I'll be checking in from vacation for the next week!

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

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good Morning Goddesses!

Liminal means transitional. Like the times of dusk and dawn. Neither light nor dark. Cats are liminal animals, meaning they are most active at dusk and dawn. Persephone would be liminal as she transitions regularly between the underworld (queen of the underworld) and Earth (as the goddess of springtime). Hecate was active at transitional times, as she and Helios were the only ones to witness the kidnapping of Persephone (Kore). She was also known as a goddess of childbirth as well as a goddess leading lost souls to the other side.

I like your idea of "Singing in the day". It sounds comforting.

Amanda few things bug me like someone half doing their job. And that's what management is doing in your office, glossing over failures in the system (saying you all are fully staffed) and then expecting a single person to carry the load of at least 2 people. I know you and another lady in your office have been pulling it off and neither of you were trained as a css because you had to devote so much attention to your former positions.

I spent yesterday morning pulling weeds. There's something very satisfying about pulling weeds from the dirt. You work out frustrations that you never even knew you had :)

Brenna got her permission slip from the librarian. Their Accelerated Reader award will be a small carnival, at the school, and pizza for lunch. She excited. She hear there will be a ferris wheel. :) She had 68 AR points, the most in her class. :)



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I love learning new things, and I have to ask: What's liminal mean? (Oh, and thanks for your indignation on my behalf emoticon )

I was not doing great last night, thinking too much on the job, and how the decision about whether I'll be made a permanent CSS or busted back to an OA is being made by others--so feeling powerless, which triggers old issues. But this morning I did my positive journaling, what I've begun calling "singing in the day": my parts gather, we breathe slowly and deeply together which increases the sense of peace, and then we share things we're proud of and grateful for, sharing our blessings and our progress. It's a way to keep me focused on what's positive and going right in my life, and puts any concerns or issues into a bigger perspective, where I remember it's not all negative by a long shot. I really find it helps me set a more positive tone for the day.

Blessed Be, Amanda

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But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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Good morning goddesses!

You're welcome for the tour, My gardens are okay but my husband's grandmother had a fantastic garden. To go up her drive you drove through an overhang of purple wisteria. She had so many plants that attracted pollinators that you'd have to dodge the hummingbirds in the summer time.

Athena there are plants that like little to no sun. Here's a list from the national gardening association. www.garden.org/articles/articles.php
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Herbs like sun to partial shade. They will grow in almost any environment.

Did you get in your run?

Amanda it's not fair to judge you on stress management when you were expected to fulfill the roles of 2 full time employees. And when you asked for help you were put off. The world needs more people who give a crap.

I'm going to check ibooks today and see what is available on the ipad. Kindle didn't offer much. Then I'll move on to book stores. I may call Ms. Betsy and ask her. She's the librarian in Milan. I've cleaned up many of the myths myself. I don't remove the violence but I don't go into gory detail. But mom telling the myth is different that reading the story.

My own matron is Hecate, but I was originally called by Persephone. her story still deeply resonates in me. Both are liminal goddesses and I believe that's why. Bast talks to me as well (have you seen all these cats) and oddly enough she's liminal too.

We booked our hotel in Gatlinburg for June 8- 12th. Brenna is excited to go back and hike in the mountains. :) We lucked up and ended up next door to the Ripley's Aquarium. So we can park at the hotel and just walk for most of the stuff we want to do. We haven't been to Gatlinburg in 4 years so I'm happy for a return visit :)








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Athena, I am so excited for you! I look forward to the day I can worry about transitioning out of my current position.

Thanks for the visual tour of your plants, Eva. I'm sure there are a variety of books for young readers about mythology from various cultures. Though sometimes they have to "clean up" the more violent aspects. I remember studying world mythology (sadly mainly European in my day) in junior high (now middle school).

My digestive system has been a bit out of whack--very possibly due to the uncertainly around my job. They have to make a decision on making me a permanent Customer Service Specialist or busting me back to an Office Assistant (with a significant cut in pay) by 5/5, and I go on vacation 5/1. I just called Michelle, the shop steward I spoke to at length a week or 2 ago, telling her this is still up in the air--and in the year I've been in the temp position, there were never clear expectations of where I should be, or what I needed to do to become permanent--in fact almost no performance discussions at all. All I heard a week ago was that my supervisor knows I can do the work--but "I get stressed" and so she's "concerned" about me. (Like the stress is all on me--I should be unaffected or ignoring it.) I would truly love for this recent job I applied for to come through--I'll just have to see.

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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Good Morning Ladies!

Eva, I think it is so cool that Brenna wants to learn about Athena. She was my patron goddess for the longest time (one of the reasons for my SP username). Your flowers and plants sound amazing! I bet your yard is gorgeous! I have always wanted to do a garden in my yard, but I have an extremely small yard and two very large oak trees on either side of my house that block out all sun. Its good at keeping the house cool in the summer, but not house plant friendly or garden friendly. I have thought about growing herbs on my back porch, but not sure how much sun they need. Its not something I have researched in any great length yet. I do have two small lucky bamboos in my house that I have managed to keep alive for almost a year now. They only require indirect sunlight and water, so they have been really low maintenance.

Amanda, I hope you are able to find the phone number for the HR department and Lydia, I hope you enjoy your forced vacation!

Well, I am feeling much better this morning. I did a couple miles walk yesterday afternoon and when I got home I didnt want to do anything but crawl into my lazy boy and read. I forced myself to yoga though and was glad I did. I felt much better after. Once I got home, I read for a little before passing out. Today I need to hit the grocery store after work and am going for a long soul cleansing run (hopefully) this afternoon.

Closing out everything at work is going much better than I anticipated. I have gone from 32 problems in my ownership to 16 since Friday. I spent an hour on friday and an hour on monday moving my stuff to my new cubby (cubicle). So I am sitting at my desk looking at barren walls... LOL. I have four days to close out those last 16 problems but these were the more complex ones, I closed the easier ones out first just to get as much completed as possible. I can say, I am a little anxious about starting the new position. I think alot of it is because I dont know what all I will be doing in my new role or how the training will go, but I know once I get going I will be fine.

Hope you all have a nice tuesday!

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Good Morning!


Athena i hope you are feeling better this morning. I'm sorry about your sisters foot. may she heal quickly.

I'd like to see Roy's jeans when he's finished :)

Lydia I hope you enjoy your week of self care! it's important to care for ourselves. If we don't take care of ourselves we can't take care of others.

Amanda good luck with your application!

Oh lets see flowers. The hydrangea is purple but gravitates to blue toward the end of the season, the knock out roses are very pink, as are the azaleas. I have a china girl holly (i think) that flowers white in the summer then forms red berries for the winter, a red mini rose and a red and white variegated mini rose. The front flower bed has blue juniper for ground cover. It forms the little blue berries. They are mounding plants. Actually a tree that just grows low to the ground. They hold the moister for the other plants. We also have a Japanese maple that we pot raised. It's 9 years old and just now head tall to me. And we have nandina bushes on the East side of the house with Salmon colored lilies planted between the bushes. I need to thin the day lilies. The back fence is covered in tame black berry vines and the fence facing the woods is covered in wild honeysuckle.

My lawn smells good most of the year :)

Brenna has asked me to help her learn more about Athena, (the goddess not you my Spark friend). So I'm wondering if she's on her way to finding her pantheon. If so good for her. She's a knowledge collector, so I can see the attraction. So i guess it's time for me to find her a good book of mythology, all her own, to refer to. :)











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