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Tracy: Your slice of life always makes me smile. I can just see your ds getting his second wind and wreaking havoc to a peaceful evening. :) I love your win-win solution to missed school days. I bet your ds will too.

Kathi: I too, am grateful for this wonderful group of ladies. Amen.

Colleen: I take 2,000 IU of vitamin D every day. It really helped my energy level. Iím so sorry about Clyde. More hugs sent to youÖ

Penny: Mobility is such a precious thing. I hope you are independently transporting yourself again and feeling well. You are the brave one to have such a crowd over! And the ďminorĒ inconveniences were taken in stride with humor. Brava!

Karin: What an example you are, to do the Turkey Trot before the big meal. And you had quite a crowd too. Iím glad you had some grandbaby time. How quickly they grow!

Lorena: You did a Turkey Trot too, and trotted faster than expected! Good for you. Iím sending out good vibes for an awesome dining room set. ~~~~~

Lisa: so how tan did you get? Can you still remember the tropical breezes on your skin? Letís just take a minute to go there againÖ.mmmm, feels good.

The classes Iím taking are all offered through an Alliance with my company and the union and are no cost to me. Since I donít have anyone but dh at home, the timing seemed right. Dd18 is doing well and still in recovery. Besides, I do better if I stay a little busy so I donít have time to fret.

Recently, itís been brought to my attention that with the merger of AT&T and the Bells (Southern and Southwestern) I may need to up my technician skills. All of their techs at the highest level of pay must be IT certified. Should the former AT&T techs (me) be forced to the Bell pay scale, we could lose our top pay. Hence the fire lit under my butt to get into some classes. Besides, those are skills I can take with me should I choose to retire in 5-10 years or if I needed to trail my dh if he had to get a job out of state again.

Dh has received an offer for the permanent job, but the pay is way too low. He has counter-offered, but we do not hold out a lot of hope that they will pay him what we need. It looks like he may end up on the road again after June 2010. Sigh.

Black Friday was mostly successful for me. I woke up when I woke up, didnít try to catch the sales when the doors opened. The lines were almost non-existent, the sales people were pleasant (mostly) and I got all but one item on my list at the price I wanted. The one item I didnít get was a monitor, and it was only part of what I really need: an upgrade to the home office computer, so it was really no big deal.

Now Iím on the prowl on e-Bay for a nice computer and monitor for around $200. I was outbid on one yesterday, and I have my eye on another one that closes tonight. Patience is a virtue.

We put up all the decorations this weekend, inside and out. With my classes, it was the only time we had before Christmas! I got some great stuff to beef up our outdoor decorations on sale Friday. Iíll try to get some pictures and pass along.

Yikes! I gotta get back to class. One more week.
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Colleen, so sorry about Clyde. I know your pets are part of your family. Hugs.
Karin

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oh Colleen, I am so sorry. What an aching loss for you and your family. Clyde was like your 3rd child, so I know your heart is broken. (((((hugs)))))

Quick post tonight, and then I will come back and catch up. Our Thanksgiving was really nice--I did some cooking, but nothing I didn't thoroughly enjoy ( I fantasize about going to culinary school or becoming a pastry chef----I love to cook when there is no pressure:). The day after Thanksgiving, I ended up with a carload of neighborhood kids, and off we went to Osage Hills State Park. What a beautiful place! It is outside of Bartlesville, OK( 1 1/2 hr. drive)---and we got a glimpse of the Price Tower ( built by Frank Lloyd Wright) on the way-----headed towards what looks and feels like prairie---but then into the park, with it's hiking trails, low hills, meadows full of deer, creeks, and best of all----total absence of people! We unloaded, picked a trail, and off we went. Some were hikers, some were not, but it really didn't matter. We all had a great time, and I will put my name on the waiting list for one of the cabins.

Welcome home to Lisa---glad to hear that the cruise was so nice. I don't think there is any preparation for the catapult into the holidays this time of year. They actually had Christmas stuff out in the stores, before Halloween.

Penny--your Thanksgiving dinner sounds straight out of the movies! Your hospitality is amazing-----and now the office party. Can it possibly be time for that again? Sorry to hear that your minor proceedure was more than that----I will celebrate when you get finished with all the proceedures and can go about the business of steadily feeling better and better.

Got to go take care of a sick child with a wicked ear infection. I was the bad mother today that made him go to school ( his idea of a perfect education is to have school one day a week and work really hard----then have the other days to do all the important things in life----build Star Wars legos, shoot his bb gun, play outside, etc.)I really thought he was just having a hard time getting used to the idea of school after a few days off----but lo and behold, he really DID NOT feel good-----and poor kid had to go to the Dr. mid-day, is now on antibiotics, and slept the rest of the day. I told him that we might want to consider coming up with a certain number of bonafide " snow days" a year---that are just freebies----as long as he does what he needs to do at school, I can live with him having a few mental health days scattered throughout. That might help us both----him, in knowing that he doesn't have to fake it to be able to stay home once in a while, and me, knowing that when he says he doesn't feel good, he really doesn't. I made the wrong call today.

Flaps to all. Will return to visit more tomorrow.
T-bird

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11/30/09 10:43 A

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I'm back from my cruise. Had a marvie time .. cruisin days, beach days, lots or R&R - great getaway at a perfect time. Lots of laughes.

Colleen - I'm so sorry to hear about Clyde ... special hugs to you.

Trace - I remember realizing one day (long before my dad was sick) that Dad looked "older". I don't think we ever quite get used to it. No doubt you bring lots of cheer to their lives, much like you do to ours.

Lots of Turkey Trots going on, it sounds like. Good job!

I'm still have trouble getting my head around the fact that when I left it was Thanksgiving, and I returned to Christmas!

More later,
Lis



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Sending Colleen and family lots of love and support -- the hardest day of pet ownership. I hope Clyde is running free, eyes shining and tail flying.

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I'm so sorry, Colleen. I know nothing we can say can make that hurt go away, but know that we are all with you. Adding to Lorena's hugs....

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Oh, Colleen, honey, I'm so sorry. Sending lots of hugs and a virtual box of Kleenex....

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Clyde wasn't able to recover and after a very hard two days watching him struggle, we put him down so he could finally rest. My heart is broken.

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Sorry--busy with the proofreading project the last few days. Penny, you need to write a novel, LOL -- I'm thinking a family drama, this time! Colleen--it's all about the veggies, I swear. I find that if I really focus on getting in my nine servings a day (I know, more than the required, but it seems to work out that way--big salad for lunch, plus 1.5 - 2 cups for dinner, plus a handful with eggs in the a.m.) and let everything else take care of itself, I feel much better--I also find that if I remember to take my fish oil supplement and a few other things, I don't have cravings for comfort food, so there's definitely a nutritional component there! These days, I love frozen berries with a little cream (I indulge there!) for a dessert if I'm feeling in the mood. And I still keep grain-based carbs to a minimum. A little quinoa or brown rice every once in a while. Everyone tells me I look good--not just the weight loss, but I've been told I'm "glowing" so I don't listen much to the people who wonder why I don't eat more grains. But I should point out I've never had a cholesterol problem, so while I think eating lots of veggies can't hurt :) I've no idea the impact on that number. All I know is I feel really good.

Turkey Trot was, um, fun. Yeah, that's the word. LOL I went with a friend who is taller than I am so had to really push it to keep up with her and as a result, walked it much faster than I expected--finished in less than an hour, which for me is really a fast pace--I don't have a real long stride and haven't built up my speed, so I expected my best effort to be 20 minute miles, and I did it in 18.5 minute miles. Then, of course, most of the rest of the weekend was spent with my butt in a chair working on this project. I did get up and go for a long walk (@2 miles) this morning, but didn't push it.

Moving is in 2+ weeks. I say "plus" because it's going to be a multi-day move. A friend is coming over on Saturday after the movers leave with D's stuff to help me move a truck load (or 2, depending on energy) of boxes and other small things (she has a pickup truck), and another friend with a pickup truck is coming over on Sunday to help me move my bed. So depending on what's left of boxes after Saturday, and how much energy M and I have on Sunday, there will be probably a few pieces of furniture and some boxes still to move a few days later when the Boy Scouts are available. And thanks, Macke, for your good wishes--I'm SO holding that expectation out to the universe :)

Now if Freecycle will come through with a dining room set, a couple of living room sized book cases, and a 15th edition Chicago Manual of Style, all my more pressing needs will have been met!

40 pages left to do today, so I'd better get cracking. Oh, and yes, I'm in on posting more steadily through the holidays. It will do us all good....

Katrina, I, too, am exhausted just reading your list of new ventures--hope every one of them is so interesting you don't know which you like best :) Karin--good grief, is Kaden old enough to count? Wasn't he just born or something? T-bird--having spent last year's Thanksgiving at the rehab facility with my dad, I know what a challenge that can be to your spirits--seeing loved ones faltering is hard. Multiple blessings and love winging your way ... along with wishes that this year to come brings you much joy and much less heartache and stress! Hope you got in some good nature time over the weekend.

Hugs, love, light going out to all of you....hope you all found you had too many blessings to count when you gave thanks.

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p.s. Welcome home, Lisa!

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Colleen, you are right about me not being a Black Friday shopper. I took a dash to Costco only because iTunes gift cards were seriously discounted and I needed 15 of them for nieces, nephews and my work team. Otherwise, I'm a mall phobic almost 365 days a year and certainly this weekend.

So sorry to hear that Clyde is still having problems. Hugs to you as you do what you can to give him comfort.

Karin, your high standards of clean and hospitality must keep you very busy. Glad you could have play time with dd and Kadin -- love that name.

Penny, your festivities sounded like a TV series -- some day I'd love to know the back story on it all. Sorry your latest procedure turned out to be more rather than less of a hassle. You certainly deserve time off for good behavior!

Tracy, I remember holidays at the retirement home and still get that visceral blend of relief and revulsion when I think about it. Given that your in-laws have experienced a decline, what a relief to know they aren't starting the process of transition to care from this point but are instead in good and caring hands. Still so sad to see the toll of years and experience. Hugs to you.

Lorena, are you in your new place yet? I've been thinking of the feng shui and energy aspects of your new location and hope that it is propitious for your next phase of adventure. I hear you on the food choices -- my shopping cart returned to bitter greens and acai berry juice, hoping to reclaim that feeling of balance and energy that I had just a few weeks ago.

I take off early-ish on Monday for DC and Chicago, planning to be gone most of the week. The Beast has a big day at the vet on Wednesday -- a check-up scan, the removal of his shoulder cyst and chemo, if it seems like a good idea. It may prompt me to curtail my trip to get home to him faster.

But this weekend we are together and he has lots of ideas. Like now. And now. And here, let me lead you to my treat cabinet. So I'm off to see about a Beast.



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Honk,

Karin, I have read that most woman are low on D. It is a very important vitamin. I am suprised by how much it does for you. Your Thanksgiving sounded very interesting. Gotta watch your Scotch! lol Man.
My little Pomeranian Clyde had a seizure yesterday morning. He had another at the vet't and isn't doing too well. He has some neurologicial issues that may or may not clear up including blindness in one eye. I will have to decide what to do in the next few days when I see how he comes out of it. It is being exacerbated by his collapsing trachea which is the real threat right now. He is on all kinds of drugs but since he is off the oxygen they let me take him home. He needs to calm down and he can't. So sad.
Macke, I would not have thought you would be a black friday shopper. lol I hit a store late in the day but that was it.
Dog is crying must go,
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Colleen, I've been told Vitamin D deficiency is pretty common. Glad you're getting it taken care of. My doc wants me on 1,000 permanently, so imagine you will be taking from now on. Hope your dieting helps cholesterol levels. Are you still exercising as much as you were before?

A belated Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. Lorena, how was the turkey trot?

We hosted 14 people, a combination of 3 families, and several people who'd never met before. I waterlogged the turkey so we almost enjoyed a Thanksgiving with just the sides(brining saved the day).

One person arrived so late we were seated ready to eat, and because they were kosher and had brought their own food delayed the start of dinner another twenty minutes. One person sought out our one bottle of scotch and was driven home before the main course finished. Another verbally attacked a relative. But only one wineglass broke and everyone at the table enjoyed a moment to give thanks. All in all not a bad family gathering...

Next Saturday the office holiday party is at our house. And so, this weekend the cornucopia, fall accents and candles go in the closet, and the Christmas decorations come out.

Macke, glad your black Friday experience was so pleasant. I wouldn't risk going to one of the malls (or Costco) here if you paid me. Plus Friday was a work day for us. Are you going skiing when you take your two weeks? (Wasn't sure how the knee injury factored in)

I'm recuperating from a procedure that wasn't quite as minor as I thought - but should be driving again by Monday. (Mobility has become highly valued) No other procedures planned until February - thank goodness.

Katrina, what an interesting set of classes you're taking. I've been thinking of going back to school, but now is not the right time.

The weather has been gorgeous the past few days. Sunny and cool enough to tickle the nose and refresh the skin. I've been reading The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society which so many of you recommended. Thoroughly enjoying it. Also, The How of Happiness by Sonja Lyubomirsky.

Christmas decorations are calling...

Have a great weekend

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Macke, the 3bite rule went right out the window at my house. We hosted 10 on Thanksgiving, 13 last night (lasagna) and are having friends over tonight. It's fun to have lots of people around but I have this thing about clean bathrooms and and kitchen so I've been busy cleaning as well as cooking. Dd and Kaden stayed overnight last night. He is so much fun. He talks constantly and can count to 5. He also knows his colors (he's only 20 months). You can sure tell when a mom works with a child a lot!

We did the Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning. It was a beautiful morning so about 1000 people turned out for it. My niece took first place in the womens 10k and her dh took 3rd in the men's. Her mil ran with a fuzzy stuffed turkey on her head and her fil had turkey feathers on his. Fun family. My sister and I wimped out and walked again this year.

I am headed to the sofa to read a book and maybe take a short nap.

I'm in with more posting and lots of support.

Karin

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Evening all,

The end of Friday-after-Thanksgiving. I was mostly happy with my eating, with the exception of a small piece of pumpkin cheesecake. I loved it! And there was no serious impact on the scale. Was back to the plan today.

I lucked out in my one Black Friday escapade. Aimed for Costco this morning to grab a bunch of heavily-discounted iTunes gift cards for my team. Expected to stand in line for hours, but -- miracles! -- there were only about 10 people there at the opening hour and I was able to get in, get out and get home in half an hour!

Spent most of the day dodging rain and working on a paper that is due next week. It's mostly done so I feel it was a day well spent. Best of all, it puts me on a path to be able to take the two weeks off from the University at year end without feeling like there's anything major hanging over my head.

Two more trips this year -- I head out Monday for DC and Chicago. Home for the following week (1 day in Sacramento) and then 5 days in New York State, home on the 16th. With any luck, I'll lose the holiday crush and be able to get through airports without incident.

Hope you all had a great holiday. Lets try and step up the posting over the holidays to support each other through the pressure. I'm in!







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Gobbledoodledoo!!

Happy Thanksgiving!! I hope everyone has a great day. I am heading up to my dads. Wanted to stop in first and say that you are all on my thankful list and want you to know it. ;o)
Katrina, you went through that whole list of classes that show how busy you are and ended with the 'anyone going shopping on black Friday' comment and I thought argh!! Where do you get the energy?? Are YOU going out? I started skipping it. I just don't like the feeling I get from that crowd. Not very jovial last time I went. I hope you find a different crowd :o) Don't overbook yourself either. I find that my schedule is making me very tired.
Macke, do tell. lol I must know about those incidents about which you are learning. I can imagine. I hope you went home and relaxed after that.
Tracy, sorry no cabin. Yeast rolls sound good though. I hope you wrangled the little cowboy off to bed.
Lorena, I know you recently brought down your numbers with food. My cholesterol is 266 and would like some of your strategies. I have totally changed my eating habits since getting the results two days ago. I also have very low Vitamin D and I am on 50,000 IU once a week for 4 weeks and need to take 2000 IU every day in addition to that. My crp was also very high. Argh! So ladies, dieting for a new reason makes it much easier to stay on track. I also started working out again. I think the vitamin d has somthing to do with my anxiety level and inability to lose weight. There is a lot of evidence to that online. My anxiety was gone this morning after my first mega dose of D. I will let you know if that continues. Interesting stuff. Google D. It is pretty amazing.
Okay, I hope you all have a great day. I hope that all those trips and visits to and from families go well. Report back after the feast and fill us in!!
Colleen

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Happy Thanksgiving, my Flerd friends! I am ever so thankful to have had you lovely ladies in my life all these years. I hope you all have a wonderful day!

We're headed to my sister's in the Sacramento area (Orangevale, near Folsom). We're looking forward to getting together with my family. Sorry, Macke, we're jetting up the 5. However, we'll wave as we go by on the 101 the weekend before Christmas headed to dh's sister's.

It's been forever since I've done personals, but know that I am sending thoughts and prayers for difficulties, cheering for achievements, and love all around.

Gobble, gobble...
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Happy Tofurkey Day all--lol! We got together with my dh side of the family today, at a restaurant near their assisted living facility. They both have grown so feeble since moving there---it makes me very sad.
Our day tomorrow is not going to be spending the night at a cabin in the woods ( I waited about 9 months too late to book that!)--but we may go hiking at the state park, do some cooking ( dd wants to learn to make yeast rolls. The three-bite rule is not in effect when it comes to yeast rolls), and just let the day unfold.
Katrina---your class schedule is making my head spin. WHEW! You will be well-qualified to do most anything come Jan.
Macke--what a lovely (not) way to spend your afternoon---lurid reading of the disturbing kind---guess it helps make you thankful that you have not been in such circumstances? Is SM gone for the holiday? I have lost track.
Lorena---so ruins in Baghdad, huh? Congrats on the proofreading job, and the sane sounding moving plans.
Got to go help everyone wind down. Ds gets a second wind at night, and if I don't nip it in the bud, it turns into a chasing, hollering, wrestlefest where someone inevitably ends up getting hurt---either body or feelings, but there will be tears, and then more time spent talking it out, and I am not up for all that tonight!
Tracy

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I'm the last one in the office this afternoon-- all the others have departed to start their holidays early.

Me? I'm hunkered down to complete Training in Sexual Harassment Prevention -- a two hour slog-a-thon of case studies of the lurid and the wierd. (Go ahead -- ask me!)

Wishing you all a wonderful holiday -- remember the three bite rule!



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Shhh. It's very quiet here.

Ok, I took the plunge and I'm signed up for Net + classes in December on Tuesday and Thursday nights from 5:30-8:30pm and Saturday from 8am-5pm. We finish up on December 17 and take the test on Saturday, December 19.

And as if that wasn't enough, I'm signed up for Locksmith classes on Sunday December 6 & 13 from 8am-4pm and Saturdays January 9, 16 and 23 from 8am-4pm.

Add to that a 3hr Jewelry making class on Monday, 11-30 from 5:30-8:30 and a 4hr Picasa "Making Memories" class on Monday, December 7.

Oh, and I'm still in training for my new job for another week or two.

Anyone doing Black Friday shopping?

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I picked up a book this morning to do some light reading, and realized that coincidentally, the last two books I've read (this and the one before) started with the looting of the Antiquities Museum in Baghdad. Huh.

A friend of mine who's vegan sent me a link to an interesting site from Australia on "green smoothies" -- not sure about some of their suggestions (I'm just not sure that a half-head of romaine lettuce whipped up with 2-3 bananas and some water is really all that nutritious) but it was interesting to see people doing this. I remember as a kid making "green drink" -- I'm going to have to ask my mom what all we put in it. I remember liking it, and thinking it was a good way to get some of those veggies I'm not crazy about into my body--there are a lot of greens I just don't like the taste of. I also wonder if you could add sprouted broccoli, radish, or alfalfa without gumming up the blender blades--and how much extra energy that kind of food would give you. Like drinking your salad, right?

Did I mention that last week we had our famous Thanksgiving potluck at work? Not healthy! I stuck to smoked turkey, a slice of ham (just for variety), some sweet potatoes from the bottom of a dish (tasted carefully and they didn't seem to have any sugar added, so I think I avoided it!), some green salad that blessedly someone brought. And I didn't even look at the desserts. I find it's easier to avoid things like that, or potatoes, or anything else unhealthy, when I just pretend it doesn't exist instead of remembering I liked the taste. And I didn't have any food with me because I'd expected to be in jury duty and forgot to pack my lunch when I ended up not being on the list!

T-day plans: walking the Turkey Trot 5k in the a.m., then enjoying peace and quiet (everyone else is going to D's mom's place). Friday I'm going to a PowWow near Gainesville--never been before.

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So today is beautiful and sunny for the "Big Game" here on campus. This means the public portion of campus will be a madhouse. I may ride my bike over just for a looksee -- certainly won't be foolish enough to try and drive!

Lorena, good to hear from you and to learn that you are revving up for a great new year -- new home, new free-lance clients, new moonlighting jobs. All good things for you.

Lisa, I think you are off on the cruise, yes! Happiness is five days off the grid to kick back and relax. Have a great time!

Katrina, watching your daughters take wing makes me wonder what we did when we were young. I recall a very tense discussion with my mother the first year (in graduate school) when I didn't go home for Christmas, but other than that I don't have memories. I think these decisions are tougher on the parents, especially if your child is "away" part of the time to begin with. Hope you and all weather through.

Penny, hoping you are gaining ground as well. Withthe holidays coming up, are you able to keep yourself from overdoing? If so, share the secret! LOL

Karin, nice to have grandchild time on the calendar, holidays or not. I just hope the airport in Denver isn't a mess. It seems to be in the lead so far this season for most inclement weather and longest delays.

Kathi, where are you and your dh going to spend the holiday this week? Will you be flying by on 101?

Andrea, a southern Thanksgiving for you -- I hope you have found your groove in the new terrain. Exploring your new territory sounded cool -- did you uncover any unexpected treasure?

Colleen, did your house get rented out? You are living proof why "I can't handle real estate investment at this point in my life -- I can barely handle the housing I have, much less take on extra transactions.

I was supposed to have a half-day free yesterday. I took the day off because my area emergency center was moving quarters (to a brand new facility). But the cutover of telephone lines from our previous location to the new location got knotted up in University v. AT&T bureaucracies. It was a classic case of blame and no interest in solving the problem. So I spent yesterday squeezed between these two might forces. By 8 pm (and a lot of overtime, which we have to cover) our phones were transferred and working. So now, let the disasters come!

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Hi, all--a quick fly-by with apologies for abandoning you all month. I have no excuses, but lots of reasons--not doing much of anything except cleaning, packing, vegging out....lots of days where I come home too tired to do much of anything except mess around--I've actually done some reading, though, so that might not be all bad....

The move is in a month--on the 19th of December. BFF is moving the week prior, but can't really see trying to organize the timing to move the same day she does, and so going to take some boxes etc over through the week, but the rest will probably have to wait until the following Saturday. Happy Solstice, right? New year, new house, new start?

One more thing to be grateful for--I landed a large proofreading project yesterday (whew). Freelancing with an entirely new company (for me) and so learning some things about the 'real' world of freelance. Like...you won't necessarily get paid right away. But then I remember that I can work now and get paid in several weeks (or months, in some cases, depending on how prompt the clients are in paying the company I'm working with) or I can say 'no' and in several weeks or months I won't have any income to look forward to :) Since it's extra, and it's not cutting into time I'd spend on projects that pay faster, this might be a nice niche for me--the project manager sounded kind of like they might have trouble finding proofreaders for those projects that take longer to pay. And I might have mentioned that a friend is networking for me to become a tarot reader at Universal Studios--not on a regular basis, but I'd work one shift a month to stay on the books and then work big events like Mardi Gras, Halloween Horror Nights, and even with Harry Potter opening this spring--they anticipate needing extra people.

So things seem to be picking up steam and working themselves out and I'm looking forward to having plenty of space to myself. I've decided to attempt container gardening (on a small scale) with heirloom varieties that are hard to find around here--so if anyone has seeds or a source for them they could send me, I'd gratefully accept. It's my own version of someone inventing new vegetables, LOL. I also joined Freecycle--hoping it will be a route to getting a few things I need that I'd rather not have to spend money on right now while I'm adjusting my budget and trying to move forward on other important things....dining room table/chairs, a couple more bookcases, that kind of thing. I finally will have space enough to be organized and de-cluttered! And keep my yoga mat out all the time, and no noise....so no excuses, right? I see a busy, productive year ahead...one of my first projects is going to be to make a couple batches of soap--something I love doing but haven't been able to in a couple of years (I make the "real" stuff).

Now I just need tall, dark and handsome; peace on earth; and a million bucks and I'd have nothing left to wish for :)

Off to work....happy (late) b'day to Tracy, love and prayers of well-being for everyone....

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Tracy, I remember that utube video of snc. They were amazing! How fun to have a connection there.

I've been up since 5am. Not sure why I've been waking up so early but the stars sure are awesome at that time of day (night?)

I'm heading downstairs for a yoga session. Happy Friday.

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Hello flappers! Thanks for the birthday greetings. I had a great day, spent with good friends for lunch ( we get together once a month or so, and celebrate everyone's b'days----get caught up on each others lives, etc.---we are a group of nine, and we go back 8+ years---met at church, but are all over the place in our own individual personalities--makes for an interesting and entertaining time!)

Katrina---your girls are growing up---and they sound like they have such " can-do" spirit. Wonder where they got that?--lol! Your continued education sounds exciting, whichever route you chose.

Penny--hope you enjoyed your weekend to the fullest. That time is precious.

Kathy--all your trips sound like something out of Travel and Leisure----the way you just take off up to Carmel, or here and there. You are so laid back about it, and I would imagine that is part of what makes the out-of-the-way stops or the surprises that unfold, so much fun.

Macke--has the Beast forgiven you for the bath yet? Charlie got one last night ( he got in the shower with dd, Pearl got in with ds---everyone gets clean, and other than water, water, everywhere, it is a pretty efficient way to do it). He loves it---and actually loves me blow drying him---of course, he also lets me use the vacuum attachment on him-----while Pearl is more anxious to get out of the water, and get dried off, all by herself!

I have not been cooking much lately,and have ben grabbing stuff on the run----boy, can I tell a difference in the way I feel. I hope to regroup this weekend. My energy is gone by the time I get home from school, and I need to figure out a way to recharge quickly, so I can exercise and cook dinner----then crash.

Note to self, don't read Joyce Carol Oates when feeling even remotely blue. Loved " Traveling With Pomegranites" by Sue Monk Kidd and her dd, Ann Kidd Taylor(?)------then followed it with " Solstice" by Oates. Disturbing and unsettling, but I had to finish it. I kept waiting for the happy ending, but it never came. I want to read Barbara Kingsolver's new book,( depite the rather tepid reviews), and Ann Tyler has a new one out---"Noah's Compass", I think. I'm open , so send suggestions my way!

I've discovered a new podcast that I enjoy---Moth---live storytelling by people, without notes, unscripted, and off the cuff----makes for great walking/listening---and it's free on itunes. It's probably old news to you all, but I just stumbled on it. Evidently the live shows are all over---New York, Chicago, LA, etc.

My cousins' son ( my 2nd cousin) , that I remember as a big-eared, rabbit-toothed, grinning, freckled kid is now all grown up, and is having the time of his life recording with Atlantic records as part of the group, SNC ( Straight No Chaser). He was part of the Indiana Univ. a cappella group, and one of the members posted one of their old performances on you-tube last year. It was the 12 Days of Christmas--and it was funny, clever, and very well done. It got so many hits, that it caught the eye of a record company exec., and they have since signed on, been on tour, and recorded a second cd. It is worth a listen---amazing that all the sounds are made by voices alone, and they sing with such unabashed joy that it is contagious.

Off to bed now. Sweet dreams to all-
Tracy

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Colleen: The medical change is a change of insurance plan. We have been spoiled with excellent medical coverage which was changed when our union contract was signed. The actual changes donít start until April, but we have to start getting ready now. We now have a deductible to meet before the co-insurance starts kicking in instead of the easy co-payments we enjoy now. I wanted to warn the girls so they didnít get blindsided. Paying full price for a doctorís visit instead of a $20 copay is going to be a real shocker!

It really is different when your daughter starts bringing home men instead of boys. Itís strange to see the boy your daughter has been dating turn into a young man too. None of my girls have dated around much; they tend to have long-term boyfriends. One married her long term boyfriend, one looks like she will soon, the other two donít even think about marriage yet (thank goodness).

Penny: has your weather held out for walking? Ours went back to warm weather for a few days and it was glorious.

Lisa: a cruise sounds delightful! Are you going to the Bahamas or elsewhere?

Macke: Woof, woof! Thanks for the compliment. ;0) My dh spent some of the fine weather last weekend going through the outdoor lights for Christmas decorating. He tells me we have plenty of lights if we buy a new tree that already has lights in it. I donít know about going green for the indoor decorating, we stick with gold, white, and red on the formal tree and the casual tree is anything goes! My accents tend to be white or ivory and gold. As for work, your mentoring has paid off and your coworker is shining! And how could anyone turn your group down? They are nuts!

Tracy: After having many trees taken out of our yard, there are many less leaves this fall and Iíve actually kept the leaf blowing at bay. Our next-door neighbors are taking down some trees today, so next fall will be even better. I like your idea of Thanksgiving in a cabin; it seems so appropriate. And happy belated birthday!

Kathi: this is the first time Iíve done personals in a while, so youíre not alone in just dropping in. We love to hear from you whenever and however we can! I hope you are feeling better. I bet getting that kitchen cleaning done gave you a great sense of satisfaction.

Karin: my dh wants to see the new ďA Christmas CarolĒ movie, but he says itís too early. He wants to see it closer to Christmas, or at least after Thanksgiving, but heís worried it may be out of theaters by then. Your recommendation is encouraging. And yeah for having grands around for Thanksgiving! Any chance of seeing the others soon?

Well, dd20 dropped a bombshell at our family meeting this weekend. She is going to be out of town for Christmas, which I knew, and she is trying to get a job as a co-op out of state next semester, which I also knew, and she is trying to go for a semester abroad in Barcelona next summer which I didnít know! Basically, she wonít be around for the holidays and will be away until next fall, unless she gets another co-op job out of state and then we wonít have her around much until next December! I like having her around and I am going to miss her a lot. My chickies are leaving the nest! Wah!

Iím looking into a class to become a locksmith. As many times as dd18 locks herself out, this could be very handy. Itís also a handy trade where I can make a little part-time money. Itís also something that could be helpful if/when dh and I travel in 5-10 years when he may want to go back to contract work. Oh, the possibilities.

Iím also debating: take classes to become trained as a network/routing technician or go back to college to get my bachelorís? I will be looking to continue my education one way or the other next fall, if all goes well. I almost hate to make any plans or look forward to anything because Iíve had to put so many dreams/plans on hold due to other priorities. But I just canít resistÖ

Back to training for meÖfor my current new job!
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I would like to add my birthday greetings as well, Tracee! Hope it's a wonderful one!
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An early Happy Birthday greeting to our Miss Tracy!



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Yes, Karin, eventually his voice grated on my nerves and I would get mad at him every time he counted wrong. ;o) Oh well. I also just got tired of how long they are I don't have that much time now and need to switch to a shorter workout.
I haven't seen A Christmas Carol yet but I really want to. I thought maybe this weekend but the kids had a concert and were coming back here to sleep over. Maybe during the week. It is hard to find time now. I don't like that.
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Has anyone seen A Christmas Carol yet? We went to the 3d version yesterday. I loved it! I love the story anyway but wasn't sure if dh would like it as much as I knew I would. He loved it as did the other couple we went with. It would be a bit scary for young kids. We talked about taking Elijah and Jade but I think it would be way to scary for her.

Tracy, you sound like you're in a better place. Are you still meditating with Marjorie? Thanksgiving at a cabin sounds great to me. We are cooking dinner here. Dd and her dh and Kaden will be here. Yahoo! They are staying with her inlaws but I'll still get to spend a lot of time with them. We are doing the Turkey Trot that morning. My sister and I decided to wimp out again and walk it.

Kathy, hope you're feeling better. There are a lot of nasty bugs out there!

Lisa your cruise sounds great. Sounds like you need a vacay. I'm all for a Flerdfest next year.

Colleen did you get sick of Tony? I haven't done any of those workouts for about a month. I've been using others and run/walking on my treadmill a couple of times a week while I catch up on Grey's Anatomy. McDreamy and McSteamy help get my heart rate up, lol.

How's the haircut Macke? Will you get some relaxation time in while you're home?

Time for me to go veg out with my book.

Karin

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I keep waiting until I have time to address everyone and it doesn't see to be happening so I'm just going to post. Know that I love you all and have been reading and keeping up, but not posting.

We had a great trip to Carmel. Beautiful weather, great food, great company. We may go back next year too!

Came home and Monday I came down with the creeping crud so went home in the afternoon and stayed home the next day. Wednesday was a holiday. So it was a strange week. Still a bit of dry coughing but no more wonkiness anyway.

Woke up with a nasty headache this morning that has stuck around all day despite aspirin. Despite the headache I managed to do some kitchen cleaning (scrubbing the kitchen sink, scrubbing the grout on the counter, cleaning behind the microwave...the things I just don't do daily, weekly, monthly or even yearly!)

Upstairs to do some weaving, if my head lets me...

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Honks,
Tracy that really sounds appealing. I can't do that for Thanksgiving as my dad wants to cook the turkey this year. In past years we started buying the whole cooked dinner but he says no, he wants to do it this year. He is feeling better but that is sort of a big feat. He bought a 16 pound turkey.
The cabin idea sounds so nice and cozy. My dd and her (I think) 'boyfriend' go to friends houses and play board games alot. I think she has totally finished the whole college party thing and moved on to sensible living. :o) Yesterday 'BF' called her and asked her to meet him and a group of friends for lunch. He is in the reserves and they were done working and they were all in fatigues(not my dd but everyone else) and when they were done with lunch and went to divide up the bill they were told that 3 patrons paid the whole bill. Patriotism still exists! :o) I thought that was so nice.
Tracy, I am also learing what I can fix and what I need to accept. I am learning to see it all a learning experience and trusting that there is a plan. Nothing like crisis to make you think deeper and live richer.
Macke, no squash? How is your knee feeling? My BIL has been down a few weeks so far. He had a full knee replacement done. It is a very hard surgery. His boys are here now. They went to a concert last night with my ds and dd.
I need to get back to exercise. I worked so hard all summer and let it all go for the last 2 months. Argh. Need to get back at it.
Inspire me!
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Cozy, rainy Sunday here. We have hung onto mild temps, but I think they drop a bit this week. I have lots of leaves in the yard that are begging to be raked and bagged, but it won't be happening today ( more likely, alot of neighbors that are begging me to rake and bag--lol!). I am off in a minute to go visit my friend who just had surgery--everything went off without a hitch, no lymph node involvement, and now she is home recovering. She will also do some chemo for about 12 weeks, but it is a chemo that she has tolerated well in the past---so she feels like she is over the big hump.She is using Caringbridge to keep people in the loop, which is a really good website for that.

Lisa--cruise time--woohoo! You wild thang. I see a conga line forming already. You so deserve some unwinding time, and this sounds like the perfect thing.

Katrina--glad to hear that you are enjoying your training, and that dh's job opportunities look good! That lets you breathe a little easier, doesn't it?

Macke--9 days---now that is a record. Minus Sweet Man though---what a drag. Maybe that is how you all keep your relationship fresh?! Gives you some good time with the Beast, and friends that you don't get to see when you travel so much. So squash is still off limits----darn. I know how much you used to enjoy playing. So sorry about all the hard work not paying off----that has to be awfully disappointing. Maybe they will rethink it? Good luck on the haircut! This is not the same stylist as last time?

Got to go get lunch together. All is much the same in my world, but I feel lighter and better. There is so much I can't control, but there is an awful lot that I can do. That is what I am concentrating on.

The holidays are sneaking up on me, Macke, and I haven't even thought about how we are celebrating or decorating!! Thanksgiving will be different this year, since my in-laws are no longer on the farm. I think we are all meeting at a restaurant the day before, and then celebrating our individual Thanksgivings with our own families. I have half a notion to call a state park and see if any cabins are available for the night, pack everyone up, set off with board games , good books, and hiking boots, take some homemade red sauce and pasta----and spend our day giving thanks that way!

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Home for 9 days -- most of it alone. SweetMan is off to Germany again so it will be me and the Beast. I hope he soon forgives me for the bath I administered this AM. It's been a while and my hands were getting a little gummy from all the lanolin in his coat. But boy, was he miffed!

Lisa, a cruise to offset all the hard work. I like that you work hard and play hard.

Colleen, I share your feeling that somehow there are whole speres of knowledge that escaped my knotice -- I esepcialy feel that way about the larger issues of credit, banking and markets. Also about how to deal with difficult people! LOL Your fundraiser sounds interesting -- how did Peru get picked?

Katrina, you are showing what it means to be a lifelong learner -- new job scope and duties to master. Old(er) dog, new tricks. Good work!

Penny, hope your therapy went well this week, along with the visit to your parents. Did you father enjoy his celebration? I'm sure he cherished your time together.

Tracy, how are you and your family preparing for the holiday coming up? I spent some of my airplane time this week reading some of the huge backlog of ladies magazines and noticed that there is a new emphasis on green decor for the seasonal holidays -- funky branches in a vase, leaves and pomagranites and barlett pears in bowls, that sort of thing. Heavy focus on found and recycled natural things.

I had a busy week, with good and bad elements. The presentation in Albuquerque went well -- one of my team handled to heavy part for a change, and it was nice to see this milestone both in her development and in the lifecycle of the group. There were constructive conversations with the education policy leaders in the state about how to improve education outcomes for students. Not sure they are as willing to make serious changes as I am to see it happen, but we will see. But on the downside, one of the "big" states we have been courting for three years to join our national research collaborative turned us down yesterday. It's not a "deal killer" but it's still hard not to be down about the outcome given the amount of effort we put forth.

Off to get ready for a haircut and coffee with a friend.

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Lisa, glad to hear that there is enough work to go around. In this economy that is a good thing. Talking to parents does lend alot of comfort. I spent a while on the phone with my dad the other night. He is so smart. It makes me feel as though I need to go back and read more on US history. He lived much of it but it is so interesting to hear his views on the economy. He talked about Boeing and South Carolina. How in past years corporations sought out cheap labor. Right now it is South Caroline for Boeing but he talked about how Americans are going to have to learn to have less.He talked about the textile industry of the past. How they are now made overseas. He knows alot. On a more upbeat note, how fun, a cruise! Did you say where it is going? Leaves from Florida so maybe the Bahamas? In any case, that should keep from being swallowed whole. We cannot let that happen with our obligations. :o)
Penny, I can say that once the roof is done, every time you pull up to your house you get this feeling of comfort. Mine was shake so it was starting to look green. It looks very nice now. Getting tired of biting bullets though. I hope the weather holds out for you. We got a dusting of white stuff yesterday. Hard to categorize. It was sort of hale and sort of wet sloshy rain. It left a white haze over the cars. Just a warning but we are thinking that the weather is about to change. We haven't had a hard frost yet and the foilage is still trying.
Last night I went to a fundraiser for Peru. It was at my church and it was a ladies night. Dinner and games. Family Fued, 21, Bonko and Bingo. They had some great prizes that I didn't win.
Okay, my kids just came into the room so I need to turn my attention....hi to all. I will come later,
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Wow - I've really let work take over. I think it has swallowed me whole! This big job we landed, which was a really good thing, has lead to some really busy weeks, another good thing. I'm going on a cruise over Thanksgiving so I'm putting all the extra time in I can. I decided to join my brother and his family for the cruise. Half the family is staying here .. including my sister who lives with my Mom so I'm OK with leaving Mom - oh how we tried to get her to go. She's doing great, she just would rather stay here. I figure the busier I am now, the better the cruise will be! I'm ready now ... one more week to go.

Tracey - I thought of your Dad's visit and how no matter how old we get, we still get comfort and wisdom from our parents. Its like a little bit of recharge.

Macke - Do you have a few days at home or are you on the move?

Penny - Ah, Mt. Dora .. still miss that place. How far are you from Ft. Lauderdale. Thats where the cruise leaves from. Just a shot in the dark, but we are coming down the night before ... I think we are staying at Lago Del Mar (does that sound right?)- my brother loves that place and don't leave till Saturday afternoon.

Its been so long since I've had some face-to-face time with the Flerd. Maybe that should be a 2010 goal .. some kind of Flerdfest.

Hope all are well ... I'm heading into work for awhile today for something that has to be delivered Monday ...

Hugs to all,
Lisa

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Good morning sleepless...

Colleen can relate re: the roof. Ours needs to be redone and we've been holding off. Very thankful no major storms this year.

Good news re dh Katrina. Imagine will be a relief once hiring process is finalized.

Quick fly by. Have a therapy session, a meeting and then off to Mt. Dora for Dad's 80th bday tomorrow. Deliberately not taking laptop (maybe, if I can walk out without it, already feeling naked...). Returning Saturday night.

Any plans for the weekend? The weather here has finally cooled. Nice walking weather.

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Sleepless in Albuquerque.

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Honk,
I am still hanging in there. My roof is finished and it looks beautiful. That is one thing no longer stressing me out. Knowing that you need a 15 grand repair sort of hangs on you every time you look at it. It is done now and I can let that one go. It was much less painful than I thought but then, we will be paying for it for a while. (sigh)
Katrina, I must have been checked out, what is your medical change? I hope all is well with you. I feel bad for your dd with the break in. It irritates me so much that people steal things. We have had that happen and it is such a violation. We had the two laptops, coat, camera and luggage from my dh's car and then my dd's stereo taken right out of our driveway. Grr.... I guess we have to remember not to keep anything in our cars but some parts are built in! Hugs to her. More stress when it isn't needed.
My dd has met a guy. He is very nice. He is in the reserves, he has been to Iraq and now he is going to full time school. She met him in the college small group at church and hmmm.... They are pretty cute together. He is so respectful, shakes hands with my dh, seems really responsible. I guess it is new to us as she has always dated boys and this one is a man. lol He is only 21 but seems pretty mature. My dd does not date much. So we will see how this goes.
I have one house up for rent. Seems like whack-a-mole. Finally got both sides of the duplex rented and the house goes up. Okay, no whining. I am finding out that when everything you worry about comes to pass, you are still standing and the fear of it sort of dissipates because you are being shown that you can survive it. I think I have endured the cosmic smackdown that Katrina spoke of in her post. lol... and I may be better for it.
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Quick fly by...

I am still in training for my new job. Same company, 25 years and counting. I'll probably be in training until Thanksgiving week.

Dh interviewed for a job on Monday. Since it's the job he's currently doing, he's pretty much got it in the bag. Just waiting for corporate wheels to turn. He's thinking it will be in effect January 1, so we'll still have to go two weeks without his pay when the company closes down at the end of the year. Sigh.

Dd27 and her hubbie are looking into buying one or two (!) Preschools. They are crazy busy filling out loan applications and so forth and biting nails waiting for the outcomes. An interesting time for them. My sweet gs keeps growing and is more fun every day.

Dd20 is sending out resumes to see if she can change her co-op job. She may be home, she may be out of state for her next co-op semester in January.

Dd18 had her car broken into and about $700 worth of audio equipment stolen out of it. The equipment belongs to my sil's entertainment company; dd18 does a trivia show once a week for him. I suggested she improve her employment (get another job, work more for sil) to pay for it, along with what she owes me for car insurance and cell phone. She was most unhappy and told me that she was concentrating on her classes right now and couldn't stress about her financial woes. Mom sees a big cosmic smackdown coming if she doesn't wise up.

Family meeting this weekend to discuss my new medical changes and determine holiday plans. Looks like Thanksgiving at my brother's as usual, but Christmas will be short a few people. Brother and his family will be in Ohio, my dd20 will be with her boyfriend out of state. That's ok, there's still enough to party!

I gotta go-
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Colleen--I think it is some crazy 15th century English science fiction---a cross between the Planet of the Apes, Star Wars, and futuristic internet tag . And who says I don't know my history?I am glad to hear what is going on with you, and I understand how full your plate has been. Very good news about dd's ticket, and it sounds like it served the exact purpose that it was intended to serve. Good for her, for heeding the lesson. Also sounds like ds is getting the support he needs, and safeguards are in place to prevent him from self-medicating. ((Hugs)) to you as you continue to parent them with wisdom, love, and humor.

Macke--the whole cyst bursting story would have had me calling in the Hazmat team. I could never have been a nurse. I am great on the comfort end, but rotten on the guts and gore end. You have been up to your eyeballs in clean-up---first the floors, then the couch. Yuk. So you are getting to the gym quite a bit now---good for you! Still spinning?

Karin--your weather sounds glorious, and so does your embroidery machine! You are going to be a one-woman show before long. All things quilted, embroidered, sketched, painted, etc.---a one-of-a-kind boutique offering handmade items,compliments of North Dakota's winters and your incredible talents.

Penny--no more diagnosis of any sort for you, unless it is to officially diagnose you as the new Ed McMahon sweepstakes millionaire, the top of the Forbes list of most successful businesswomen, the New York Times bestselling new author, or just one of the all-round nicest people on planet Earth. Your strength sounds like it is coming back, and your endurance too----nice work!

Happy anniversary, Kathi. It makes me smile to hear about such happiness!

Got to go pick up one of dd's friends. Later tators.
Tracy



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Plantagenet Wars ...oh man, feeling pretty ignorant right now. Must go google.
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Hi all,

I've finished all my work for the week and am just waiting for the football crowds to thin out so I can go work out at the gym.

The house is cleaned and back to its former condition, and I am glad for it. Even though all traces have been removed, I still picture the various spots -- that will take time to fade. LOL

Colleen, such great news for both your children. Funny that they both reached important threshholds at the same time. As parents we never stop fretting -- I think it actually gives them some protection, at least that's what I tell myself.

Penny -- 30 elliptical minutes is a great sign of progress. So happy to see that this chapter is rolling towards a positive consclusion. My young med student friend has landed in SF from Vermont for a 2-month rotation. She's heading into a surgery internship/residency, and it makes me think of your dd. It is gruesome and gruelling training, no doubt about it.

I emailed Susan this week to see if all was OK. She says she's super busy at work and is sick of computers by the time she gets home at night. But all is well and hopes to be able to check in shortly.

Lorena, have I mentioned that I will be in Orlando at the end of January? I hope by then you will be settled into your new living arrangement and that we might be able to get together. We could even cook together!

Katrina, I hope thangs are moving forward on the permanent position for your husband. That, and new situations for you would mean a more settled outlook for 2010. How have your dds been lately?

Kathi, a little tooth maintenance is to be expected as we get older. It would be nice, of course, if fillings lasted forever, but if that's not the case, I'd rather outlast them than the other way around! Happy anniversay! I'm so glad you've found such happiness.

Andrea, speaking of marital bliss, aren't you creeping up on an anniversary? Hope the pack of you are settled into the new environs. New routines, too? What are your priting projects this winter?

Karin, the computer-driven embroidery attachment to your sewing machine is fantastical -- like making a smart machine. That's just wild -- this is all new to me (and maybe others.) Can you describe what you plan to do with this thing? I have this image of you in the dark of winter cackling like a sorceress over its faint neon glow.

Tracy, great scan results for your friend. Will she be on a frequent schedule of check-ups? Loved the fishy report -- so clevel. It is a joy for the rest of us to have the vicarious pleasure of their maturing as part of our gathering.

I listened to Phillipa Gregory's The White Queen this week as I exercised. She seriously mangled the historical record, but came out with a lovely story about the Plantagenet Wars in 15th century England.

The Beast is giving me head butts -- must go give him his dinner. Bon weekend!





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Macke, sorry about the dog woes. I can relate to the skylight woes as mine leaked last night. They are still roofing and didn't do that part right. We had stormy weather and viola' leaking skylight. Not too bad. Paint should fix it. I hope the Beast is feeling better.....you too. That bodily fluids thing isn't fun.
Tracy, your dd is growing up! My mom used to say 'part woman, part child' and I am sure that is right where you are at. The fish story was so funny. I can imagine. lol
Kathi, hope all your dental is covered. That is my wish for you. I am searching for a new dentist since I discovered that mine was not a 'preferred provider'. My dh needs a root canal. Yikes! He was in some heavy pain there for awhile. Five years without trouble is pretty darn good. I want your teeth.
My dd had her court date. Her ticket was reduced to negligent driving. It carries much less of a stigma and fewer penalties. She has certainly learned a lesson. She has some bills to pay and needs to keep her driving record clean or no one will insure her. She has been volunteering alot and working and going to school so I am very happy that the course of her life was dramtically changed by the ticket. I wrote a thank you card to the state trooper and left it at the station. I wanted him to know that we appreciate his work and that he changed her life for the better. There was a giant funeral here today for a police officer that was gunned down. Not a good day for law enforcement here.
Penny, I don't know what osteopina (sp) is but it sure sounds pretty. Sounds like decorative or flowery bones but I am sure it isn't! lol I hope yogurt will fix it? You are getting stronger every day.
Met with my ds's school counselors yesterday and feel more confident. He was really nice and polite and he opened up to them. They are going to check in with him regularly. He was seen being handed the drug ecstacy at school. In order to stay in school you have to go through a drug program and he is doing that. They also do randon drug testing so at least I will know he is not doing any now. We need to deal with the neurological issue he has as I think this might have been one way to deal with it for him. Not the best choice. Pretty upsetting to me.
Lisa, how are things with you? Is your job keeping you busy? How is your mom doing lately? My MIL always sounds good on the phone but my BIL says she isn't.
Karin, a new laptop. Fun. They are in the new consumer guide right now. I have seen those programs where you can create patterns on the commputer and your machine follows the pattern. Pretty amazing. Do you have snow yet? I know we do in the mountains but I am not sure how high you are. (yeah, a drug joke)
I only read through the last few posts and didn't see Moo. Hope all is well.
Lorena, you are really doing so great. It sounds like you are doing it the right way too. So healthy for you. Good job!
Andrea where are you these days? Florida? I think that is where you were going to be. Sunny and warm I bet. We have had so much lightening and thunder. It is pretty cool though.
Katrina, how is your new job working out? Are you with some of the same people but doing a different thing? You are with the same company right? I hope you are finding enjoyment in it.
My job is still fun even if I wish I had more time. Every year I build my vocabulary and today was a vocabulary building day. lol I had a little boy building a lego ship and he described it has 'ginamical'. I suppose that is some sort of cross between gigantic and astronomical? That is my second new word this year as hantanisizer was my first which of course is hand sanitizer. lol They keep me smiling while at work. Pretty cute.
Hi to people I am missing here tonight. I am sort of going from my random memory. I am also drinking alot of theraflu and it may weaken my thinking skills.
More later,
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Ugh Macke, are you all freshened up yet?

Whoo hoo Penny. 30 min. is great. It's good to hear the sparkle back in your "voice"

Tracy, I need to reread The Shack. I read it so fast I missed a lot. I thought the writing was weak but the story was interesting. Loved the update on the kids.

It's a glorious fall day here. mid 70's and lots of sun. Last year on this date we had a blizzard. I'm grateful for days like this!

I bought a new toy today. It's an embroidery module for my sewing machine (not the quilting machine). Now I have to go buy a laptop to run the software. I wanted one to design quilt stuff anyway so I'll take the plunge. Too many computers in our house!

Karin


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The things we do for those we love. My little dead rat cleanup pales in comparison.

On a more fragrant note, thank you Lorena for the cookbook suggestions. Recently made spinach and artichoke risotto, and polenta stuffed green peppers (another night) from the Simple Suppers Moosewood cookbook - and dh liked both! Progress....

I'm up to 30 min. on the elliptical again! And almost have full range of motion on the left arm. Strength building is next. Was just diagnosed with osteopenia so definitely need to do weight bearing exercise.

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Ah, Macke,I'm sorry you have to deal with dog yuckies. And I'm sure he has no idea the mess he has caused!
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Thanks, Lisa for the new thread. Forward it is, then!

So why is it that the worst stuff always happens when SweetMan is off traveling? Two things this week, both dog-related. We are getting estimates for skylight repairs. One bidder decided to walk into the back yard to see if the roof was more easily accessible from that vantage and accidentally stepped in a fresh pile from the Beast. (I had cleaned up before the guy came, and hadn't noticed him slip off to the back yard afterwards.) And darned if the guy didn't walk all over my house without a single whiff of suspicion. Orientals, wall-to-wall, hardwoods, even the tile n two bathrooms. Jeez Louise!

And then, poor Beast had his own issues. He'd developed a honking cyst on his whithers, so large I had an appointment to take him to the vet today to have it taken care of. But the Beast had other plans, which included a forbidden nap on the living room sofa, which...yes, indeed...bore the full brunt of the thing bursting on its own. So I'm up to my ears in gagorific dog mess.

The absolute kicker was the way the Beast wrinkled his nose, shook his head in disgust and went to his outside bed. Clearly, good help is hard to find!

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Thanks, Lisa! I've been wracking my brain trying to think of a new thread title.

Tracy, weren't you kids little just yesterday? It's fun to hear about them growing up.

Just got back from going to the dentist and getting my oil changed. Fun afternoon. Xrays. The dentist wants to replace a filling and do some grinding underneath next week. Whoo hoo. I've got good teeth though, and this is the first thing besides xrays and cleaning that I've had since we moved here 5 years ago.

Have a headache and a tummy ache, so will step away from computer for now....
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Thanks for the new thread, Lisa! I am still getting used to the change in time, but I actually like the dark descending earlier. Seems like we all wind down earlier and don't stay up as late.

Keep hangin' Colleen. Remember that President's Physical Fitness test we used to take in P.E.? Where you'd have to hang on that bar for what seemed like 6 hours, and your chin was above the bar, and your elbows would start shaking but you were too invested at that point to let go? Sometimes it isn't pretty, but we are still hanging!!

Good news---Debbie's scans didn't reveal any surprises, so the surgery is on for next Thurs. We were all kind of holding our breath until these were done. Whew.

Funny thing with ds. He did a special presentation in his classroom today. They have been studying fish, and he made this costume out of poster board, rolled like a tube, strapped over his shoulders, which was the body of the fish. Then he made this head, with a tube running down the back, that he stuck down the back of his tube-body. Then he made little paper fish that he "ate" and they went down the little head tube. Then he had a surprise flap opening across his stomach, that showed the fish skeleton. Another surprise flap was velcro'd in the back with little paper eggs that fell out when he got someone to open it. It was a riot. He was very serious about it, and read his report, all the while wearing this fish tube,all the fins placed where they belong, with a big old fish head, and all the accessories hanging out. Not only did I learn something about fish, but had fun doing it.

Dd is in the process of officially blossoming. Now more graceful than coltish, straightening her hair some mornings, giving much more thought about what she wears, listening to the radio, texting her friends, etc. She is still very grounded, and an exceedingly nice person----but it is kind of odd to see her body change so much. I am reading Christiane Northrup's book, "Mother-Daughter Wisdom, Creating a Legacy of Physical and Emotional Health" in an effort to keep me steady and aware.

Need to head to the shower and turn it in. "The Shack" is finding its way into my thoughts here and there, not the story line but some of the spiritual questions, so maybe in that way it is a sleeper. I should finish it tomorrow, and I have a book waiting for me at the library---the new Sue Monk Kid book written with her daughter, "Traveling With Pomegranate's" or something like that!

Sweet dreams dear birdies. Hope all are well.
Tracy

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