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LSTEELE5 Posts: 212
8/26/10 11:03 A

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Its THAT (new thread) time again:

"Flerd Honking Back To School"

GOODHEALTH56 Posts: 409
8/25/10 10:26 P

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Hot welcome home, Macke. Yikes. We had that weather two weeks ago. And Lorena, I think HEAT INDEX is more like it! Lisa--you are a celeb---love it. Kathi--you are working so hard. Karin--nice long quiet walks/jogs are my favorite. Colleen--we are back full-throttle. It is great fun but I am t-i-r-e-d:) Penny--((((((((big hugs)))))))))Katrina--I got my hallway painted--now to finish the bathroom. Wish I enjoyed it more--I just want it done. Flaps to all---just wanted to check in. I go days now without even getting on my computer. Hopefully, that will change as I get acclimated to this schedule. Unfortunately, exercise has taken a hit. I need to become creative and grab a little here and there instead of trying to get to the Y. Flaps to all my flerders
Tracy

LJS1065 Posts: 237
8/25/10 9:29 P

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Good grief. I've been thinking about the heat index in terms of my latest story title so long I capitalized it...

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LJS1065 Posts: 237
8/25/10 9:28 P

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I second Lisa's motion! Eek! One thing about Florida, we almost never top 100, although we hit it in the Heat Index quite frequently. However, the past two days have been almost cool (90-ish) b/c of a huge front blanketing us with clouds. Two days in a row I've come home to find that my house hasn't warmed up enough to kick the a/c on. Yippee! Granted, I hike the thermostat up to 88-90 when I leave in the morning, but most of the summer I've come home to the a/c kicking on to keep it there!

Hard to believe it's almost autumn...and time for a new thread, but I think I'll let Macke get over her jet lag before I'm brave enough LOL

Speaking of small worlds....not quite so small (there are no foreign languages involved), but my oldest nephew is heading off to basic training next week...at the same base that a friend / coworker's son is now a drill sergeant! And no, it's not in the same state as anything else involving any of us! (Wisconsin on Z's part, the base is in MO, and E's mom and I, of course, are here in Florida).

Not going to Massachusetts in October after all ... can't really say why, except that as much as I'd love to see my friend, I've been hesitant about the trip since she invited me, and this a.m. woke up absolutely convinced I should not go. So I'm going with that.

And now I'm off...got a little more work to do before I hit the sack tonight.

Hugs and wing flaps to all...and a big welcome home to Macke and SweetMan (I'm assuming he came home with you....)

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LSTEELE5 Posts: 212
8/25/10 4:02 P

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You can keep those temps Macke!! We have had a little cooldown ... down below 80 and humidity is way down .. nice break, at least for now!

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8/25/10 6:11 A

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Left the 103-degree heat in Shanghai and now encounter 102 in NorCal! What's up with this?!?

LSTEELE5 Posts: 212
8/24/10 9:30 A

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Wow Macke - if that isn't a case of "its a small world", I don't know what is? When my bro and sil went to Japan, they were in a museum, saw a guy with a Univ. of KY t-shirt on, went up to talk to him and as it turns out, he had had my dad for a class. I love that kind of stuff!

We had the Woodland Park Art Fair - big(for us) annual art festival. The TSG (tree sweater gang) went down and "sweatered" a tree the night before. We'll see how long it stays. If there were ever a park where it might last, this is it.

We did two trees at the Living Arts & Science Center (we were actually asked to do those) and the paper is coming Thurs. while we finish up the second tree to do a feature story. Its really fun to do things that are fun, colorful and make some people just scratch their heads and ask why?

Work is steady - so far so good.

Hard to believe classes have started .. UK starts today and public schools started last week.

Hugs to all :)
Lisa

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8/23/10 12:16 A

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Just popping in to let you know I'm still alive. I've been spending practically every waking moment that I am near a computer working on our accreditation report, which is due to our accrediting agency on September 7. We're at the editing stage and I am the point person to accumulate the edits and incorporate them into the report, along with my own. My boss and I spent both Saturday (his wife's bday!) and Sunday afternoons in the office this weekend.

The wheels of Cal Poly HR move very slowly and there are a lot of hoops to jump through. It is my hope to make an offer to our top candidate for assistant tomorrow, with her hopefully starting the day after labor day.

Sorry I do not have time to address everyone individually. I have been skimming and I wish everyone well and send out goose hugs to all as this summer winds down (can you believe it's almost September??).

Love to all of you and perhaps after September 7 I won't be so scarce!
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Lorena, we were thinking along the same lines -- I came up with Posy as a nickname for Penny's recliner. I like hearing how busy your "real" career is keeping you -- pretty soon you can give up your day job!

Colleen, keeping fingers crossed that the offer comes soon and is in the ballpark. Congrats to your son for getting his HS choice -- it can make so much difference when a student is excited about their destination. Hope your parents' night kicks off a great year for you and your new batch of kids.

Penny, you've been such a trooper with all these procedures. Can't imagine how much patience you must have learned...or used up, depending on your perspective. Glad you have found the formula that works to get you through these recovery days with as much comfort as possible.

Karin, I read about your solitary walk with such envy. No wonder you are such a calm and easy-going person.

Katrina, was this a DIY weekend or did you take a break? Your faux work sounds quite professional -- maybe you have a second career budding yourself! I have been cruising the web looking for glass tiles for a backsplash -- you got me started down the renovation trail. Haven't found quite the right thing yet, but I'm getting closer.

Tracy, you are already back to the school routine. I can't quite believe the summer has gone by. ISn't this year a new arrangement for you -- I remember your head of school asking you for a change; I'll be interested in hearing how you like it.

Lisa, the guy we met up with in the Shanghai museum (the friend of the exploding dumplings) is from the University of Kentucky -- I forgot to mention that earlier. He knew about your tree sweater! See, you're globally famous.

Kathi, you've been quiet -- hope all is well in your SLO world. When does/did your new assistant start -- it's just about time for the term to begin, yes?

We're just packing up to leave Shanghai this morning -- 16 hours in the air -- and one thing I will not miss is the population density. So many things to like here, and I'd like to return, but it takes a certain endurance to manage the crowds and the different standards of courtesy. A good long dog walk in my little open space will do a world of good right now.



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8/21/10 3:49 P

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Penny: you could always call it "the reposer" and see if anyone thinks that's the name of a spy flick.

Tracy: unfortunately, not so funny, since I'm terrified at the thought of any snake, no matter how harmless, hanging out in my house. Haven't been able to use that side door all week: been coming and going through the front. It's starting to get a little less scary driving onto the carport, though, so am hopefully I'll be back to normal in another week.

A blog that I read occasionally had a post the other day on "bucket lists" and the poster had Ankgor Wat (I know I misspelled that) on her list. So of course I've been dreaming about that all week. I doubt I'll ever get around to visiting it, but it's made for some exotic dreams!

Kids here start school on Monday, so the stores have been full of supplies: even though it's been YEARS since the start of school mattered to me, I still get itchy just looking at all that paper waiting for someone to write something on it...am probably going to have to buy some for the sheer pleasure of it, then donate it to a program for less-fortunate children.

I'm having a lovely writing weekend: got revisions on my contracted story off to my editor, need to update my website with a review that just came through on the story published in April, and I'm pounding on the keys working on this novel I need to get out the door. Am trying to do better at NOT hermiting, so have actually been on Facebook a few times in the past week as well--see that light? That's the opening to my cave LOL

Hope everyone is well and having a great weekend--

Lorena


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8/21/10 11:01 A

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Colleen, will keep wings crossed re: your offer. We have someone renting the house in SC (been on market for 3 years). He's paying a minimal amount but we hope having someone live there will keep things running and working properly.

Karin, the image of you sittiing with your mask at the computer, visiting, made me smile. Almost as if we're sitting together in a living room over a cup of tea.

Macke, agree with Karin. The heat and crowds would have been tough for me. (I escape the S FL summer heat and humidity whenever possible). Glad, in the end, you felt was worth it. Haven't looked at pics yet but plan on enjoying next.

I'm on the mend from my latest hospital excursion. When the preop nurses start welcoming you like an old friend, you know you've spent way too much time inside a hospital. The doc is encouraged and believes from now on there will only be "touch ups" but must see how everything settles in next few weeks (how's that for eloquently committing to nothing?). Still, I'm pleased with the progress. Each time is a little better.

Just took myself off my pain meds. Warned Joe, come late afternoon, he might want to keep his distance...lol...

Off to my recliner. I've been sleeping in it again. The recliner has to be one of the best inventions of the 20th century. I LOVE it. It's borrowed but I think it deserves to be called something other than "the recliner". It's carried me through a lot of long nights. But haven't been able to come up with a name I like. Any suggetions?

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8/20/10 10:45 P

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Honk!
Everyone seems to be traveling except for me! I called for the pool boy today to bring me another beer and then remembered this is a staycation. No pool boy, no room service, no nuthin. Oh well.

Quick rundown. My house hasn't sold yet but there is supposed to be an offer coming in. I have been waiting a few days as they guy is in China right now. Waiting is excruciating!
My son got into the high school that we were hoping for and he is ecstatic. All his friends from church go there so he is in with a great crowd and I am so thankful he will be together with them. Both kid had a great time on the Mexico mission and seem better for it. My school starts on the 8th so I still have a little time though we will have the meet the parents on the 30th.
I will go and read the thread so I can see what you all are up to. It sounds like Macke is all over the world and Karin went to Glacier Peak? That is the name of my sons new school!
More after I read in depth!
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8/20/10 11:06 A

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Wow, Macke, makes MY skin crawl just reading about the heat and the crowds. I hate crowds - get claustrophobic so I'm sure I would not have done well there. I'm glad I could be there through you.

It's hot and humid here too, but certainly no crowds, lol. One car passed me on my 3 mile walk this morning.

Tracy, it seems so early for school to be starting. Are your 2 excited?

Penny, how are you feeling?

Hi to everyone else. I have a mask on my face that is turning to cement. Better go get it off.

Karin

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We took in the 2010 World Expo yesterday -- here is a link to a NYTimes photo shoot so you can follow along.

http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2010/04
/29/world/20100430_EXPO.html

If you've ever been to Chicago, you know the area in downtown known as the Loop -- about 80 square blocks of streets and buildings. That's about the size of the "official" Expo site on the Pudong side of the Huangpo River that divides Shanghai into Shanghai proper and the formerly swampy areas now teeming with skyscrapers called Pudong. There's an equally large area across the river on the Shanghai side where corporations were invited to construct their exhibits. We'll try to get to that later in the weekend. But the Expo site itself represents a stunning example of relocation -- over a million residents were evicted from their properties and the area razed to make room for the site. Which is made even more stunning by the news that when the Expo concludes in October, all but the china exhibit will be deconstructed. Oof-da!

The Expo is divided into geographic groups -- so at one end is the Americas and at the other end is Asia and in between you come across Africa, Europe and the Middle East. The buildings are far-fetched and attempt to feature the theme of the Expo -- Better City, Better Life, so they have varying degrees of eco-efficiency.

It took 45 minutes just to clear security and gain admittance to the Expo -- there 10 main gates and each one has 10 separate staging lines that feed into the security access area. Think of airport security, expect that in addition to the "regular" lines, there are 10 more areas full of people that are released in rotation into the prep area for security. And each area holds several thousand people. At 8 in the morning, the heat was killer, thank goodness it wasn't raining and there was a fairly stiff breeze. Even so, we were drenched in sweat before we even made it through the gates.

Inside the gates, people were greeted by large signs reminding the locals that they were part of China on display and to show the courtesy of a civilized nation. Made us wonder what to expect...

It's hard to describe the crush of the crowd. In 7 hours, we saw at most 10 Caucasian visitors, not counting the folks who worked in each Western county's exhibit. There were approximately 500K visitors yesterday and the sheer mass of people was astounding. There is nowhere else where the addage "Nature abhors a vaccuum" holds truer -- if a space opened up in a line for a second, someone slid into it, even if it meant bumping and jostling those around them. As I think I mentioned before, the volume of people creates a certain force one must work against if you want to get anywhere. You can literally get swept away if you don't deliberately hold your position.

So every exhibit had thousands of people in line, snaking their way through the queing mazes, packed together like sardines. The notion of personal space is very different in China; there seems to be no concern about being pressed up against strangers. Hot and sweaty strangers, I might add -- it made my skin crawl.

We had two secret weapons that made the day tolerable. First, through a contact in Hong Kong, we got in touch with a woman who works at the US Consultate her in Shanghai and she got us on the VIP list for the USA exhibit. Good thing we got express access, because we would have been even more disappointed in the exhibit if we'd had to wait 2 hours in line. It consisted of three films, including one of a bunch of folks in NYC attempting to say a few Chinese phrases. Depricating to be sure but to an extreme that made me embarrassed. I heard that Secretary Clinton had to personally seek the corporate donations for the exhibit because Congress refused to allocate funds; the thinly veiled commercial plugs were a crass touch.

The second weapon was a friend we took along, who conveniently met the criterion for senior citizen (75+) which meant we could use the concession line at each exhibit. That meant we only had to wait 10 - 15 minutes per exhibit instead of hours. With that help, we got to see 6 exhibits before we collapsed from the heat.

While we've been blessed to have the chance to see many interesting sights and experience many different things, the conditions are so brutal they feel like an assault. It's hard to maintain interest and enthusiasm when it feels like you are about to go up in flames. I will go on record here to say I will never visit coastal Asia again in the summer heat. Call me a baby, but it takes most of the fun out of the experience.

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8/17/10 8:51 P

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what an adventure. Macke! Just the sounds---sesame encrusted..pillowy soft---makes my mouth water. Exploding broth scoring high up there with the surprise factor ( kinda' like my first experience with Pop Rocks candy)---and you entertained the locals on their lunch hour----sounds like a good day all around.

Karin--funny rattlesnake story---at least the stuffed one! Your sunrise river ride sounds heavenly.

katrina--wtg on the bathroom, and being the wireless techie expert you are now. I don't even know enough to know what to ask:)

Lorena--funny snake story you has as well---at least once it was determined to be a corn snake. Bet the fire dept. enjoyed a call like that, vs. a different kind of emergency.

Penny--read " The Orchid Thief" and thought about you. True story--written by a journalist--set in South Florida--a jaunt into the whole orchid culture--interesting and entertaining.

I am whipped. Long work days, but I know I will get used to them. The classrooms are almost ready, and kids start coming on Thursday! It is early to bed for me tonight--nighty night sweet geese.

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Exploding dumplings! Temporarily losing face or not, local culture provides such a rich experience to life. You two are real troopers.



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So if Hong Kong sounded like the dismal side of science fiction, Shanghai is the jubilant optimistic side. A 20 year plan to make Shanghai the financial center of China (giving Hong Kong a real run for the title) it has embarked on a massive redevelopment campaign.

The main evidence the the plan is afoot is seen in the architecture. Hundreds of new buildings are edgy and futuristic. The subway is sparkling clean and reaches the outlying communities in all directions, supporting further growth. Lots of this was done to support the World Expo 2010, which we will visit later in the week. But the city is definitely on the move forward.

There still remain a few areas that have yet to be scrubbed clean. From my first visit, I remembered a alley of small local food vendors -- seats consisting of milk crates and greasy woks and steamers worked by hunched-over people with burnished skin. The alley was dotted with vegetable waste and the air thick with cooking smells.

Well, I was pretty sure I could locate the alley, so after a morning at a museum (where we encountered a new friend we made a couple of month ago in London) off we went. If my bearings were right, it gave way to a bank, and my friends were hot, sweaty and cranky. To be truthful, so was I.

But then I turned the wrong direction, and in the way Providence sometimes has, we came upon a different street of the same ilk. Slightly more upscale, in the sense that the food stalls were lined with tile booths and small tables and chairs. We picked a place called Yang's and were handed a tired laminated menu -- their only one -- describing their offerings in seriously fractured English. Not a word of English in the place, so it took a while and a lot of gestures to work out what to do. You order at the doorway, pay and then take a receipt to the wokery just adjacent, where you pick up however many fried dumplings you ordered. Then, you go to the back of the food stall, and turn in the receipt and find a table. At some later point a bowl of boiling soup appears. But the real headliner is the dumpling -- crispy fried on the bottom, pillowy soft on the top and crusted with sesame. It took all the coordination we had to maneuver the chopsticks between bowl and mouth. And to all the delight of the other customers, we gasped in shock when on the first tentative bite, the dumpling exploded with hot broth. Lips and tongue singed and dumplings dropping like hot potatoes, we earned the derision and laughter of all around us. We were splattered and chagrined. But we soldiered on and eventually got the hang of it. Once a little cooler, the food was stellar. By the time we left, we may have gained back a little standing with the locals.



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8/14/10 6:40 P

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Ah Lorena: the wonders of living in a land of many waters includes the reptiles. I'm glad it ended well with no chases in living areas.

The venetian plaster has been applied totally. Now I just need to burnish it to get a lovely glossy look. Apparently, it's supposed to look like marble when it's done. I'm happy just to get it to the current state. :0)

Must go, the chili is ready. Yum.
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8/13/10 11:19 P

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Ew Lorena, ugly snake story. I recently had a hiking experience with a rattlesnack. And then one of the friends I was hiking with sent me a stuffed one in the mail and scared the #^$%^ out of me. The real one was scary, the 2nd was funny. I'm glad you got it out of the way and are safe.

Macke, just reading about Hong Kong makes me crazy. I don't like crowds so don't think I'd do well there. My in-laws went years ago and loved it.

Had a nice day playing golf with another couple and then had dinner with them. No big plans for the rest of the weekend. If it's nice tomorrow morning we are doing a coffee sunrise cruise on the pontoon. Look like rain so don't know if it will happen. Summer is going way too fast for me.

Karin

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8/13/10 10:13 P

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A writing acquaintance wrote the other day that the mirror is a shock to her--she and her editor were just agreeing they felt like they'd stopped at 28, only the mirror didn't agree!

Tracy--it actually was the early 70s, smack in the middle of hippie-dom, so maybe the current rage should be considered retro? I don't know....but yes, isn't it a great way to combine greens? Especially the tough ones like kale (it's about the only way I like collard greens, too, truthfully -- I really just don't like cooked greens, but at least spinach I can eat in salad).

So I survived a home invasion this evening--of the reptilian kind. I'm still shaking and not at all certain how I'm going to deal with it moving forward. I came home at almost dark with my arms full of groceries, stepped into my glassed-in porch area (it's flat against the ground), as always, shut the door behind me, stepped up the steps into the house, flipped on the light, the switch for which is on the outside wall, so as soon as I did, I saw a very long thin snake waving at me from the hinge side of the outside door. I slammed the inside door shut, since I wasn't waiting around long enough to see if he was wiggling his way through or was trapped in the door, and called my best friend in a panic. (My in-Florida best friend, that is -- I stopped for groceries on the way home from a matinee movie and dinner with her.) Since the snake was at least half in my house and I couldn't tell what kind it was -- only the golden-brown-ish color of it (rule number one: there is no point to hanging out long enough to look at the shape of its head) she told me this was one I could call 911 for, so I did. Fire department came out (she followed them--what a pal!), found it (still in the door--I guess I had trapped it there, but not enough to badly damage it) -- it wiggled under the threshhold, so they had to unscrew the threshhold to get it, then put it back down! -- took it across the street and over the vacant lot across from me to put it in the creek over there. I guess it was a corn snake or something--they said it wasn't venomous. Still....I'm still a little freaked out. Guess I answered the question (if there was one) of whether I'm still snake-phobic.

Must change subject....finally got my contract off in the mail--I'll be glad when the whole thing is electronic, because I've been trying to get to the post office all week. Will be spending a good chunk of the weekend finishing up the edits (due back on Sunday), but also have a big proofreading job and so forth. In other words, same stuff, different weekend. But the edits I've started on the current project are good ones, and going more easily than I expected, so that's good. And my goal is to get the partial manuscript finished up (tweaking, that is) and off to THAT editor as well. I actually now have a specific target for everything I'm working on, which is some incentive to move full steam ahead.

And on that much more pleasant note....g'night goosies.

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Yesterday was my "play day" in Hong Kong -- the mess with the proposal had died down and I chose it over today because the weather was "nicer" as in only 93 instead of 97. I had to argue myself into the fitness center but got my regular workout done.

Tracy, you are so right about getting smacked upside the head by reflected images. Against the backdrop of small and wiry natives, I feel quite the Shrek-sized oaf here. Thank goodness tunics are in fashion this year! (Speaking of which, though, did you see Hillary's caftan for Chelsea's rehearsal dinner? Oy!)

Flerdista on the loose in Hong Kong! I had the BEST day. I bought a day-long transit pass and took the public bus down to the harbor in Kowloon, about 20 minutes away. You jus can't believe the intensity of commerce here. The ground floor of nearly every building is structured like garages -- large caves with roll-down corregated aluminum doors. Night lighting reflects on the corroded ripples -- an eiry abstract art. But in the early hours, the doors trundle up and reveal -- all manner of things! And here in Asia, the convention is to have stores selling the same thing (and aparently only one thing) clustered together into the X district. So en route to the harbor, I passed the lighting district and the cleaning products district and so on. In the midst of a moderate area, the shops catered to construction -- steel rods bundled lengthwise showing their rusty ends in rosettes, another with floor to ceiling bags (lime? pre-mixed concrete?). The closer to the harbor, the more upscale it gets, until -- in the neighborhood of Tsim Sha Tsui, it explodes into block after block of consumer goods. Neon signs and glass-fronted shops and so many luxury goods -- jewelry, crystal, luggage, clothes -- that it becomes an assault of commercialism.

But none of it for me, for I am headed to my beloved Star Ferry, the grimy open-sided boats that ply the causeway between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon. For the fare of about 25 cents, you and a hundred others trundle down the ramps and clamber aboard. The water is oily and the engines belch all manner of fetid smoke, but the ferry moves swiftly and it all trails behind. And the view -- amazing.

My destination -- the Hong Kong Tea and Food Expo at the Convention and Exhibition Center. Four stories of vendors plying food, gadgets, medicinals, tea, candy, moon cake for the upcoming mid-Autumn festival (mooncake is Asia's equivalent of fruit cake -- obligations to give to all loved ones, few really like it, one wonders what happens to the piles that remain at the end of the festival). Each stall was about the same as we see at fairs and expos in the US. It was insane! Booth after booth of mysteries. Unlike the city outside, there was no order or reason.

Ancient food customs: stalls full of dried fungi or sheets of dried seaweeds in all colors shapes and sizes. Sales people offering slivers of ginseng or almonds or "fibre juice" (with no rest rooms in sight!) The strangest appeared to be the dessicated brain and spinal cord of some creature, piled by the thousands in open display. The vendor kept offering to let people smell the brain end and, nodding like a bobble head, extolled its virtues.

Modern food customs: fewer people are cooking for themselves, so most of the stalls were devoted to packaged foods. Some of which I thought needed to be refridgerated but wasn't. The largest meat processing company in Asia took up an tire double row, offering samples of processed meat products that bore no semblance to any food I've ever seen.

The winner? IMHO, it was the battery operated smoothie machine, but dear Lord, you should have seen the demo! It brought back the classic skit from Saturday Night Live -- that's good bass!

And after a return ferry and a few mis-directed turns, finished the evening with SweetMan at a conference dinner watching the light display on the Hong Kong skyscrapers.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AHWmFkpon
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8/12/10 8:24 A

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Morning Glories. I have my CPR certification class this morning, then off to school for the first day of work week. In my several days off between summer school and today, I actually got some painting done. The trim is going to be a bear---lots of scraping , sanding and repair work----then finally paint---but the walls are a beautiful Maple Sugar color ( thank you Pratt and Lambert) and I feel a sense of accomplishment. Hats off to Katrina, and her shining example of getting things done!

Macke--I feel like I am there, minus the 18 hr. flight! Hope the heat breaks and you get to enjoy that park . You have a real gift of observation and description, which is a huge treat for those of us who get to be on the receiving end!

Karin--welcome home, Chickie. Is the next family gathering Thanksgiving, or will there be several mini's before that?

Penny--I read your post the day you were so blue---and I tried to respond, but I was in a blue funk too so I couldn't even offer support. How is that for being so wrapped up in my own experience that I couldn't get out of the way? You modeled for me exactly what I needed though---the knowledge that misery is fleeting, it will pass, sometimes sleep is the best answer, and a new day brings all sorts of possibilities.

Lorena---we are now, officially, a green smoothie family! I think of you when I do the pineapple/spinach blend. I am getting kale, cabbage, summer squash, and other things that would normally provoke a "EEWWWWW" response out of my kids into their diets, and they actually like it. Your mom was ahead of the game, if she was feeding you green smoothies back in the 60's. Hope the editing/writing/publishing is going well for you.

Kathi---long days and alot to do---you sound so busy. I think a weekend away is in the mix, sometime soon?

Colleen--back at school yet? Our kids officially start on the 23rd ( first full day--several phase in, half-days prior to that).

Lisa---camping trips coming up this fall?

Need to get off and get about my day. Hope to do a spinning class this afternoon---I have really been enjoying those--great workout for me. Went bra-shopping yesterday, and the full-length, dressing room mirrors were humbling. Does it ever surprise anyone else when they see their reflection? My aging continues to surprise me---it's like it hasn't registered on the inside nearly as clearly as it is registering on the outside.

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Would love to hear about your trip to Glacier Park, too, Karin.

Macke, you are such an evocative writer--I have this picture--highly accurate, I've no doubt--of Hong Kong in my head now. It looks alarmingly like a sci-fi picture, however, ones I add in swarms of dragonflies.

Sounds like there's a whole new reason to refer to bureaucracy as "red tape" .... as in "danger"! I feel your pain, although obviously not on the same level, as TWICE in the past week, one of our executive vice-presidents sent an email around to my boss, other bosses, and so forth, talking about his "great idea" .... which would be fine, except it was my great idea several years ago, and he wouldn't support it. argghhhhhh Oh well, it IS a great idea, and it's finally going to be done, and MY boss had no hesitation in reminding the idea-master that we'd been trying to pull this one off for the past, oh, I don't know....six years?

I've decided that while I love the pampering, I probably should stick to pedicures--I am WAY too hard on my fingernails .... but my toes are lovely emoticon

And now I'm off to the land of Oz ... am still cramming hours at the keyboard on my way to being an overnight success, but one manuscript is due at the editor's this weekend, so that will give me a little breathing room.

Happy Thursday!

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Thanks for the travelogue Macke. I love hearing about your adventures.

I'm still trying to get in reality mode after a week in Glacier Park. So relaxing, so much fun.

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Ah, the twists of fate. While we were on the plane yesterday -- 18 hours door to door -- our university did its usual bureaucratic nonsense and nearly derailed our proposal. Was up much of last night rallying and shoring up and with luck it will be enough. But when my Program Manager, a fiesty take-no-prisoners woman of 60 and about 300 pounds melts down into a cuss-fest, as reportedly she did, you know its just a bunch of baloney.

I greet you from a high floor in a skyrise in Kowloon, the part of Hong Kong metro area that sits at the tip of China. Across the bay is Hong Kong Island with its multi-levels reaching to the tops of the sharp mountains.

Hong Kong is a vertical city -- as I look out my hotel room window, there are endless numbers of 40, 50 and 60 story buildings, all looking like stacks of saltines. We're lucky to have a small park just above our hotel heading towards mainland China -- it's a rarity in these parts and a welcome break to the endless parade of concrete. To compensate, many buildings are fat at the bottom and then build a terracce on the 8th or 10th floow that is cultivated with grass and shrubs, continuing upwards with a smaller design.

Hot much? Penny, you'd find it much like Miami -- thick heat and humidity. And far less AC, which is considered a luxury for most residents. The skies are layered with heavy clouds, and the rains in the distance sketch lines against them as it falls. When the sun is fully blocked, Hon Kong takes on a wash of grey that is truly dismal -- a view of some limboland where nothing is good and nothing changes.

One small and unexpected view. Instead of the typical swells of high-flying birds roaming between the buildings, instead there are gaggles of dragon flies. Perhaps 30 or 40 in a group and they seem to have a clan and a territory. Or am I just feeling the role of the Outsider?

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Three days of interviews (7 candidates) for the accounting assistant position, then writing justifications. The accreditation document goes to the person who is going to edit it on Monday. Worked 7am-6:30pm yesterday and look to do that again today. But there is an end in sight and I will not be so scarce.

Happy travels, Macke!

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Woohoo Macke, the proposal is off your desk and Hong Kong is on your horizon. Looking forward to your travelogue!

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Good evening all,

I'm a worn down little nub tonight, but the monster proposal is as done as I can make it before we leave tomorrow -- it took the better part of an all-nighter last night to take the good work of my team and package it into the final-ish form it is now. Others can proof and wordsmith but I've got the study design and the argument in shape and that's what will really matter with the peer review panel.

I loved the idea of spa services for a cause. Nice way to lead people to acts of service. Hope also that the massage did the trick, Penny.

Lisa, I hope you know you always have an open door out this way too! Just probably not as compelling as old home week.

Katrina, I bought a bunch of redecorating mags thinking of you this week. You've given me inspiration -- SweetMan would prefer that you had not!

SO I'd best kee this short -- off to Hong Kong for a lecture tour for me and a different one for SweetMan, and then an international conference for him in Shanghai -- that's vacation week for me. Just in time too -- I thought my brain would explode these last two weeks. Maybe I should look into acupuncture for stress while I am in Asia...hmmm...

Will try and send a travelogue from the road. I find I am more observant when I intend to capture and report back -- just another way you all add to my quality of life!


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Ummmm...a mani\pedi and for a great cause! I'm having a massage this afternoon but I'm afraid the only cause it is for is my tense muscles. A weekend for many of us to pamper ourselves.

Tracy, Colleen, are you both back in school now? How are the first weeks going?

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Lisa, you're always welcome! Penny, glad you enjoyed that. It reminded me of the Desiderata, in a way.

So yesterday I was ALL suburban hip....a friend is doing the 60 mile/3 day walk for breast cancer cures in October, and raising money in a variety of ways, including getting a local day spa to donate a portion of their proceeds for the day to the cause...and then recruiting a bunch of us. I know, hard sell, right? So yesterday it was mani/pedi for a cause and then off to a group meditation and blessing with a traveling Swami who was just wonderful. Although, if I could get my brain to shut up for an hour long meditation, that would be a miracle in itself, wouldn't it? And he followed the meditation with a talk about the meditation and a Q/A. Lovely, peaceful energy to round out the night--it was wonderful. Nice way to start the weekend!

Today is being spent in writer-mode: writers' group meeting this morning, a few errands, then home to blast through the rest of this manuscript polishing so I can send it off.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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Congratulations Katrina! Your technical understanding and skill is impressive.

Lorena, thank you for sharing that writing. Was definitely smiling before I finished.

Lisa, come on down! Remember I have two bedrooms available. And nice to have connected with distant family members. Glad Oregon was so special for you.

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Macke - Safe travels to you.

Penny - I have to work hard to not absorb stress around me. Somedays are easier do that than others for sure. Hugs to you :) I know I keep saying this but I'm so overdue for a FL trip. I'd like to come down for a week, bring Mom and bounce between places .. Orlando (may finally get to meet Lorena :)), Tampa area, Melbourne, Miama (to see you, Keys maybe) and maybe toss in a visit to Mt. Dora. Next year sometime. Thats my goal.

Kathi - Fond memories of Monterey .. enjoy :)

All of us a sudden, its time to for school to start again. Our public schools start next week - where did the summer go!?!?!?

I'm still on a high from our family visit to Oregon. Great to reconnect with cousins, some I haven't seen in 20 yrs or so. Hopefully we'll keep in touch more now.

TGIF!
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Yay, Katrina! emoticon Congratulations on understanding more about wireless than ... well, most of us, I suspect. And does anyone but me hear the term "wireless" and think "telegraph"?

Tonglen's an interesting practice, Penny--and no, of course I haven't mastered it! But it feels good when I take a stab at it.

One of my fave motivators is Danielle Laporte -- her website is whitehottruth.com -- a while back she posted a "manifesto of encouragement" which will make this post way too long, but I loved it, so here 'tis--and may it resonate in some way with each of us so you won't hate me for taking up all this space LOL

Here's the post:

There are Tibetan Buddhist monks in a temple in the Himalayas endlessly reciting mantras for the cessation of your suffering and for the flourishing of your happiness.

Someone you haven't met yet is already dreaming of adoring you.

Someone is writing a book that you will read in the next two years that will change how you look at life.

Nuns in the Alps are in endless vigil, praying for the Holy Spirit to alight the hearts of all of God's children.

A farmer is looking at his organic crops and whispering, "nourish them."

Someone wants to kiss you, to hold you, to make tea for you. Someone is willing to lend you money, wants to know what your favourite food is, and treat you to a movie. Someone in your orbit has something immensely valuable to give you -- for free.

Something is being invented this year that will change how your generation lives, communicates, heals and passes on.

The next great song is being rehearsed.

Thousands of people are in yoga classes right now intentionally sending light out from their heart chakras and wrapping it around the earth.

Millions of children are assuming that everything is amazing and will always be that way.

Someone is in profound pain, and a few months from now, they'll be thriving like never before. They just can't see it from where they're at.

Someone who is craving to be partnered, to be acknowledged, to ARRIVE, will get precisely what they want -- and even more. And because that gift will be so fantastical in it's reach and sweetness, it will quite magically alter their memory of angsty longing and render it all "So worth the wait."

Someone has recently cracked open their joyous, genuine nature because they did the hard work of hauling years of oppression off of their psyche -- this luminous juju is floating in the ether, and is accessible to you.

Someone just this second wished for world peace, in earnest.

Someone is fighting the fight so that you don't have to.

Some civil servant is making sure that you get your mail, and your garbage is picked up, that the trains are running on time, and that you are generally safe. Someone is dedicating their days to protecting your civil liberties and clean drinking water.

Someone is regaining their sanity. Someone is coming back from the dead. Someone is genuinely forgiving the seemingly unforgivable. Someone is curing the incurable.




You. Me. Some. One. Now.

My addition:

So here's to the FLERD: right now, each of us is doing, creating, being something/someone that/who is and will change the world for the better. We are helping people communicate, learn, grow, relax, participate, and love...

we rock :-)

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I passsed my test! I am now a Certified Wireless Technician Specialist. I now know enough to understand a little when others talk about wireless, lol. The next wireless class is a little more in depth.

Now back to the remodeling...after my trip to Greensboro!
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Never heard of tonglen Lorena. Will check it out. Thanks for the tip! And agree being more awake does imply being part of each experience.

Feeling stronger and more centered. Knew would pass if I allowed it to be...however, tough to accept sometimes.

Kathi, you have your hands full! Glad you're able to enjoy a getaway in Monterey this weekend.

And Hong Kong! Happy travels, Macke. Hope you're not picking up the duties your "non player" was supposed to handle. Think your plate has been full for a long time.

We've had a few non players to deal with as well. Trying to get one to lose the victim attitude and take responsibility for their division. Many other talents so not easy to choose to replace. But one boulder not sure will reach top of hill.

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I keep thinking I'm going to have time to respond to everyone else's posts and I just don't, so know that I am thinking of you all and sending good vibes in all your various directions.

I've been overwhelmed with accreditation report prep. Can't wait until the document is out the door (Sept. 7), then we have breathing room until the actual visit. The faculty member who is spearheading the creation of the report is doing an amazing job, as is my team and my boss and I must say, me. One top of that I am in the middle of a recruitment to replace my awesome accounting assistant (boo hoo!). Interviews next week; had 77 applications to go through. And faculty contracts to do, a tenure track recruitment that needs at least a little bit of my time right now, and I haven't even gotten started on my scheduler's annual review, etc., etc.

So, amid all that I'm taking Friday off and we're going to Monterey for the weekend. It will be the only time this summer that I'm going to be able to take any time off, so off we go. No work, no laptop; just my dh and me.

Honk!
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Honks to all,

This will have to be quick but I wanted to send out healthy vibes to Lorena, soothing vibes to Penny, energizing vibes to Katrina and a full rainbow to all the rest of the Flerd.

My team is doing really well with the proposal insanity, unlike some of our external partners. One of my closest colleagues in the field -- someone I've worked with on several other projects successfully -- is melting down about the role we asked her to play -- and it was a fairly minor one. I've had to scale her back to simply being a consultant instead of a player, which isn't good for her in the long run, but I guess she can't handle more at this point.

Backe to the grind -- will check in a gain before I leave for Hong Kong on Monday.



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Sorry you're feeling blue, Penny. Yeah, wouldn't it be nice if meditation just let us float through the day? There's something Pema Chodron says in When Things Fall Apart (one of my favorite resources!) -- "we don't meditate in order to become good meditators; we meditate in order to become more awake in our lives" ...which unfortunately means we don't sleepwalk through the "blue" periods, either, but I like to think the practice of meditation gives us some breathing room, at least.

Have you tried the practice of "tonglen," by any chance? I find that helps me sometimes--or at least it centers me a little bit and moves me into a different head-space.

Winging much love and many hugs your way ...

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Hi ladies,

Feeling rather blue today so thought I'd visit and get a flerd fix. Nice to see Katrina moving forward with training and Lorena hearing from publishers.

Nothing major going on other than I seem to absorb other people's stress too much at the moment. Probably because the estrogen is being sucked out of my body.

Thought cardio would resolve but think just need to get some rest and plan on tommorow being a more upbeat day.

Sorry for being a bummer, but am sure will pass.

On a positive note I've begun meditating regularly again. The trick is keeping that sense of peace during the rest of the day.

Hope the rest of you are flying strong,

All my best,

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I'm ba-ack...the conference was hectic: a lot packed into a few days. My appointment went well--she asked for a partial manuscript. So....no crossed fingers--too hard to type that way LOL. Between that, a request from a different publisher to see a different manuscript, and the first round of revisions on the latest short story, it's no less busy, but in a good way.

Had a call from my friend K this evening (the one up in Massachusetts) inviting me to come up Columbus Day weekend to do a private women's retreat in the Berkshires ... how can I say no? The Berkshires in October? I'm guessing that's got to be one of the prettiest sights going. Plus she's paying for the retreat as a birthday gift to me... So am working on working that out, too. Another reason to stay back on track with losing weight, too (airplanes, you know).

Macke, hope all is going well with your proposals--and that the wine-em-and-dine-em crowd was less successful than they wanted to be. Penny, sounds like business is a bit crazy for you right now, too--hope it goes through very smoothly and you start seeing some growth (no pun intended).

Vita-girls....I don't own a vita-mix, just use a combo of my Braun juicer and my smoothie machine -- Tracy, when I was a kid, we made "green drink" and I still love the combo of spinach and pineapple juice--go figure. I can put pretty much anything green into a blender and as long as there is pineapple involved, I'm good. Dinner this evening, though, is sitr-fried veggies (cabbage, mushrooms, onions, etc) and bay scallops that were on sale at the grocery store. I was so proud of myself--after taking that coupon class I've been paying so much attention to sales and stuff and managed to save more than $25 off my grocery bill. I still spent a lot, but since I didn't shop last week, it averaged out quite nicely. I woke up Saturday a.m. with a head cold (not my favorite way to end a conference, but at least my appointment with the editor was on Friday!) and am still getting through it....

And life goes on. :-)

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The powder room has a toilet, sink/vanity and light! I am still working on finishing the venetian plaster. One wall has all 3 coats (the vanity is up against it), one wall has 2 coats, one wall still only has the first coat. I've been too low on energy to tackle it.

However, I hired two college guys to come and clean out my garage this weekend. Took EVERYTHING out, swept, then they left me to ponder the pile for a few hours. As I decided what stays, what to sell, what to give away I took advantage of my neighbor's yard sale traffic and sold enough to pay for my college guys' labor. They came back and hauled some stuff up to the attic, moved the futon mattress down to the basement, and hauled a lot of stuff back onto rearranged shelves in the garage. They definitely earned their money and I will gladly recommend them and use them again!

Now I have a better idea of what I have (gasp) and I can get rid of it. Thank goodness for Craigslist and eBay!

It's a little sad getting rid of the camping gear. So many fun memories of taking the girls into the woods. They don't want to go anymore, and I'm not able to do the tent camping. Time to let it go.

Supposed to start a detox diet this week. It may be next week. I need to prepare by getting rid of some temptations and getting some time to organize for success.

I'm taking a Wireless cerification class right now, two more classes this week and we're done. I'm hoping to go to Greensboro this weekend and relax. Dh needs a break!

Y'all keep me in a good frame of mind. Thank you!
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Late of a Saturday evening, listening to some jazz on Sirius satelite radio and trying to tie up some loose ends this evening.

Tracy, I too have gravitated back to the Vita Mix. Today, a smoothie of banana, strawberries and lemonade. It was great. I've also been grinding grapeseed and flax seed in the mornings to dump into my yogurt/oat cereal mix.

Penny, sorry to hear about your daughter's BF's father. Especialy hard given their work demands -- I hope the hospital is being compassionate. Holding all in thought and prayer. Also, congrats on nailing down the farm deal. Especially challenging in hard times, so -- good on ya!

Kathi, hope you accreditation report goes well. Is it a lot of data gathering or a self assessment or both? Don't forget to take care of you!

Karin, I'm pea green with envy for your Montana trip. What a nice tradition to get the family together in such stunning surroundings. I've recently received an invitation to a family event -- the 90th BD of my father's last surviving sibling, except she's mostly checked out with the same form of dementia that my father had. So the celebration is really for the cousin who has the primary care manager function. So maybe it will turn into a different kind of event -- looking forward and reinforcing the bonds of family instead of the dreary stand-around it sounds like from here.

Katrina, was this the weekend for picking up on the rehab work? I think so. You've given me the bug about redoing kitchen and bath. Especially you comment about glass time -- I've been hankering for that for a while.

OK, must finish the tasks at hand and get on to bed. Great to visit with you all -- it provides great calming and centering for me -- hope it's that way for you too!







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Have not given them ice cream, but do enjoy watching them mouth their way through a big glob of peanut butter, Penny! So very sorry to hear about your friend. I know it is incredibly hard. I have not read " The Tibetian Book of the Dead" but I will check it out.

Sending happy Glacier Park vibes to Karin. Bet your Spanish just gets better and better as the years go by!

Congrats Lorena--lots of excitement and lots of hard work coming to fruition! Keep us posted, and let us know when we can read them.

Kathi--You sound busy---gearing up for the fall semester must be intense--are you still having furlough days?

Colleen--did you drop the price on your house? I could understand the realtors wanting you to drop it, if you were higher than other sales in the area---but you are not, correct? And you don't have to sell it---you just want to----so maybe they will just shave their commission a bit, to get the quicker sale---lol! Interesting about the hynosis---very cool that it is working for you. My immediate thought was " how do I know when I am full?" Truth be told, after about 4 bites, I am not actually hungry anymore---but I have a hard time knowing when I am just placating my hunger or effectively satisfying it. All in the fine-tuning I suppose.

Katrina--I know you are in the heat too---whew---I will welcome Fall with open arms! How is that bathroom coming?

Macke--I have been drinking green smoothies , made in my vita mix---and get this---even Cowboy ( who is my veggie and fruit hater)---drank some and liked it! I found a site called " vita mix lady" and she has a recipe for what she calls " emerald ectasy" or for kids, " shrek juice" . I marketed it as Shrek juice and he went for it. It was delicious---lots of fresh spinach, green grapes, apple, banana, pineapple. Big hit--and a great way to get some concentrated greens in. I am trying to use my vitamix for more things than just smoothies , chopping veggies, or nut butters---- Imade some broccoli cheese soup that was good--(needs more texture next time, but the flavor was great)---and am getting some cabbage to make the tortilla soup.

I have had a longtime curiosity about Thomas Merton, and found some books in the library---think it will be good reading for me.

later tators----------Tracy



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Ever treated your mutts to doggie ice cream? Too funny watching them slurp it down - especially once their tongues get cold.

Happy travels Karin!



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I just realized I never posted on this thread, thus was not receiving any of your posts in my inbox! Sorry to be so scarce. I am spending a lot of extra time working on our accreditation report and have not had a chance to catch up. I'll read everyone's posts this weekend and post what's going on soon.

Honk! Ack!
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Off to Montana tomorrow morning. We will go to Great Falls tomorrow and then everyone will go to Glacier Park on Sunday. No laptop, no TV, just lots of beautiful scenery and good company.

Ana and Sofia got home from Spain on Tuesday evening. Sofia has not said one word of English yet. She rattled of a couple of sentences in Spanish to me over the phone. The only thing I got was Hola abuela.

"see" you when I get back.

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lol Colleen....and thanks for the recommendation!

Lorena, congratulations on getting your short stories published! That is wonderful.

Tracy, I'm glad you're feeling better and working 1/2 days is working well. Do you start full days next week?

Macke, I thought about trying to start a bank - lots of deserving small to medium businesses needing loans. But when I discovered you needed to raise at least 10 million to seed decided was not worth pursuing further. If I could raise that kind of money, our company would be back in growth mode.

Almost walked away from the deal, but finally came to agreement re farm purchase. Meanwhile, bank has until end of September to make their decisions.

The father of my dd's bf has taken a turn for the worse. Probably only has a few weeks left. Very sad.

The Tibetan book of living and dying is giving me a different perspective though.

Off to slay a few more dragons.

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Lisa, I pooh pooh the reality idea.

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Wow, its been a crazy month but no complaining here since two weeks of it was vacations!

I'm finally over the 3-hour time difference from my Oregon trip.

Macke - I don't know how you REAL travellers deal with that over and over.

Tracy - I can remember when I was learning to read how excited I was ... "can I read to you?" over and over.

Lorena - Congrats on the contract .. upward and onward!

We had such a good time in Oregon. What a beautiful part of the country and such different landscape from Kentucky. It was cool and we loved the break in heat and humidity. Mom got lots of sister time with my aunt and uncle and it was fun to reconnect with cousins and their kids as adults (or almost adults). I see more trips westward in the future .. at least meeting part way.

Now back to reality, work and bill paying!

Lisa

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Hey Colleen, those cds sound interesting. I will check them out.

It's HOT here today. My kind of summer weather! I think we'll be on the wave runners later - we're waiting for delivery of some furniture. Yesterday we played 18 holes of golf with some friends and then went waverunning. We met oldest ds and his family on a sandbar for awhile - fun. Jade got her first ride and loved it.

I'm trying to get caught up with quilts before we go on vacation Friday. I'm really looking forward to family time in Glacier Park.

Karin

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Oh, I don't know about weight loss because they suggest you don't get on the scale for atleast the first 2 weeks.

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Hawnk!!
I am glad you came back and posted Tracy. I just never know how to know that there is a new thread. It doesn't show on my screen and I have a hard time finding it.
I think whenever we find something that is working we owe it to each other to mention it so here goes.
You may have seen on AOL that they have been featuring weight loss. I often think their stories about selling us things and it irritates me but the guy featured on there the other day had such a remarkable loss and change that when they come on the welcome page, I read them. Today a woman talked about "spark-people" so that was cool but a few weeks ago the first one that I read had a lady that lost over hundered (maybe 2 hundred) pounds and she said she used this hypnosis book and tape called "I Can Make You Thin" by Paul McKenna. I read that and I thought that is such a bunch of hooey AOL sales ploy crappola and proceeded to click right over to Amazon to buy said hooey and as such (lol) I have been using this book and cd for about a week and it is strange to say but it really, really works on me. The whole idea of it, which is:eat whatever you want as long as you are hungry, stop eating at the first signs that you are getting full and move your body at least somewhat. You also listen to the cd which tells you that your body wants healthy food, you enjoy excerise and what it does for you and other things that I seem to zone out through. The cd is really relaxing but he wakes you at the end so you don't lose your day!! The cd and book are pretty incredible. I also bought the succes journal companion that I found on ebay for about 3 bucks (brand new) so I thought it was worth mentioning. I have since ordered other hypnosis cd's by him because me-likes.
Just thought someone else might like to try it. I have never been hungry, I eat great stuff and I am already back in my jeans. I plan to keep it up and I will keep you informed!
Honks!! ;o)

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7/25/10 2:28 P

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Let's give it a try , to get everyone on the same thread! I may have just confused matters, but I think the way we each have Sparkpeople set up, it doesn't always show the new thread.



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Ohh Tracy, I have never had poison ivy and I hope to never experience what you are suffering. I hope it is better by now. How long does it last anyway? I don't start back until Sept. 8th but I think I am looking forward to a paycheck! I hope you have a smooth transition. Will you have kids with ASD or just brushing up? I had a boy last year that recommended for evaluation. I was sure he had Aspbergers but of course I didn't say that to the parents. They were going to follow up this summer. What grade are you own kidlets in now?
Lisa, you are on vacay again. What a good idea to head out and see everyone while everyone is feeling good. I hope you hit the sunshine. It has been so nice on this coast!
Macke, hope you got the whopper done. Good idea to plan hikes and activities that keep you active AND social. I like that plan. I have been walking with dh lately.
Penny, it is true about people not keeping their word these days. I am sorry that happened. I am sure it not only let you down from a business standpoint but on a personal level it is a bit depressing as well. I hope you are able to work around it. It sounds like some great moments watching your kids evolve. ;o)
Lorena, sorry work is tough now. I know computers have this ability to make us crazy! Have you tried sweet talking it or showing it a hammer? I hope things are improving by now.
Karin, you are back and ready to hit the river? I know you say your summer is short so just how long is it? You did say that once didn't you? Did you get to spend some quality time with the kids? I bet those babies are getting bigger.
Where's Kathi?
Katrina, I hope you can get your disability paid. It's pretty rich isn't it the way they pick and choose. Good luck with that. You sound as though you are keeping pretty darn busy!
My house is still not sold. I dropped the price but I am in a battle with Redfin. They are saying that I need to drop it more but it has only been at this new price for 3 days. I cannot believe that they want me to price it so far below the average selling price per square foot when my house is atleast average and possible higher with the slab granite and tile. ARghhh..... I didn't know they would refuse to extend my listing unless I priced it at what they recommend when there are houses selling at he price I have it at. I have had about 15 emails to get an extension. I will not let it go and I have beaten them over the head with their own numbers. It isn't right what they are doing and I don't really get it and they don't explain it other than it would be "a disservice to me". . . yeah. All I want to do is try a price point for a reasonable amount of time. Not sure how this will all go down.
Oh sorry....a rant! I'm mad at Redfin!!! ...and I cannot shut up about it!
Okay, my kids both leave on theMexico mission trip on Saturday. Whaaa! I pray they will be okay.Alot goes on there.
Honks to all,
Colleen



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Work is settling into a comfortable pattern. My supervisor was on vacation this week, so it's been wonderfully quiet.

I had my absence covered by FMLA, so it isn't chargeable. However, it won't be paid unless I appeal my disability denial and win. They won't fire me, but they won't pay me either. As a matter of fact, they say I owe for the 9 days they did pay. I wasn't going to bother to appeal, but now I think I will.

I enjoyed a meditation class today at lunch. I have a long way to go to get my mind quiet, but at least I'm trying! It can be very deep thinking, but it's very interesting.

Didn't get any more work done with the plaster, but the tiling will go on.

It's hot, hot, hot here. Hotlanta is living up to its name!

Katrina



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Hi all,

In Chicago visiting dd for a long weekend. Unfortunately, a business deal we had hoped to complete prior to leaving has become unnecessarily complicated so mixing work and negotiations with vacation. Just hoping don't have to head to Guatemala. Long story but basically the party we are working with decided to reneg on a verbal and email agreement (basically said since wasn't signed didn't count) and now have to determine if deal still workable. Guess those of us that still believe in the honor of our word are few and far between.

DD is doing well. Ran a code by herself last night and saved a woman's life. She was a bit pumped when we arrived.

DS has been working with one of our satellite operations and is really taking charge. Can't tell you how much I'm enjoying watching him develop his talents.

Tracy, I hope you are feeling better. Has the itching eased?

Lorena, is there any way we can support you more?

Katrina, how is your work situation moving forward?

Kathi and Lisa, I know you've both been enjoying family time recently. Think the importance of relationships, close family and friends, keeps being reinforced for me. In the end, it trumps so many of the things we focus on in daily living. (Not that we can ignore those things while we are alive, they do have importance too). I just have to keep reminding myself not to let new challenges throw me too far off balance. But I'll confess it's tough when finances are tight and options seem limited.

I've just started reading the Tibetan Book of Living and Dying. I'm finding it very insightful.

Macke, I hope those proposals come together and are approved soon.

Be well,

Penny




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STEADING
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7/21/10 12:47 A




I'm here! Been working on a new whopper proposal, trying to get various people and groups lined up as partners.
It's been beautiful around here -- mid-70s and sunny. I've had dates with friends to hike and walk so it's been a breeze to get my exercise in each day.
Other than that, not much to report.

Katrina, after all your work last week, maybe real work feels more like a vacation? Nice to have your project nearing completion.

Tracy, hope your PI has calmed and that you can resume your life. What a show-stopper that stuff can be. You mentioned you had things that had to be put aside so you could scratch. Hope you can get back to your plans soon.

Penny, hope your dealings with finance people are going smoothly this week. I read an article today in the NYT that bankers are refusing loans and mortgages for new parents because they have decided maternity leave increases the risk of layoff. Can you say "illegal"? Wonder why the banks aren't getting sued for labor law violations.

Must get on to bed. Hugs to all I missed.






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Holding all good things in mind for you, Lorena. We all know this is your destiny, so hold fast to your light and gifts. they will prevail!

It's been a tough week work-wise. We've put together a great team to bid on the big proposal we're writing, and I'm gratified by the enthusiasm and support. But today I heard that another firm may have already "wired" the contract and in fact tied it to another large project earlier this year to be the exclusive group to do this project. We'll see, but I will do all in my power to unravel that kind of inside deal making if in fact it has occurred.

Happy to meet anyone fairly in the marketplace and lose, OK not happy but I will applaud anyone who is superior on the merits. But winning on charm and insider deals, not so much.



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Now there's a nice, cheerful wake-up call of a thread name! Related to your revived early morning routine, Tracy?

I looked at the calendar yesterday to schedule a couple of things and thought oh, my -- how can summer be gone already? July has just flown by. And given that I'll be at the writers conference most of next week--well, it's just gone. I have an appointment (it's official, I have the email) with the editor-I'd-like-most-to-be-published by next Friday evening, but no pressure :-) So I have a little over a week to finish whipping the book into a shape that makes me less nervous about talking to her. Either way, though, it'll be a big step forward--either she likes it (them) and wants it (them--I have two that are more or less ready) and I'm there, or I find out she doesn't, and I look for other options--digital first, as with my short stories, or self-published, or what have you.

And...I got a contract offer night before last on my 5th short story. I waited to hear back from my editor (late last night) whether I got to keep my title before saying anything, so you guys are among the first to know (I did call my mother--so much of my news has been bad, lately, I wanted to give her the positive too! Anyway, my editor said the ms is pretty clean, so if I can get my first round of self edits and the recommended changes back to her by mid-August, she doesn't think it'll take too long to get it out. Crossing fingers on that one! But yay for me keeping a title! Out of the five, that's only the second time.

Must be off to the madness that is work. At least it's a relatively quiet madness this week. Most of our executives are off on vacation or business trips this week, and (coincidentally?) the pressure in the building seems to have eased. Oh, I didn't tell you that--I took vacation time Memorial Day week to get some writing done and when I got back, I noticed the tension in the air was so strong it was tangible--you know that feeling of walking into a different air pressure when there's a lot of stress? Like that. This week, much less. Wonder if there's a connection ... hmm.

Must run, but wanted to stop in because--well, it's Wednesday already, and it's been a week and a half since I last stopped in and I promised I wasn't going to do that any more!

Wing flaps to all....

Lorena


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New thread time! Karin--I love the way the air feels prior to a thunderstorm---glad you got your walk in. Yep--the poison ivey is still ugly, but it is finally clearing up. I might have a few battle scars, but that is okay--that is what vitamin E is for.

Lisa--continued happy travels! What fertile emotional ground you are going to be in---your mom, aunts, etc.

Katrina--your glass tile sounds so nice . Do you and dh just figure this stuff out as you go, or did someone teach you along the way?

Penny--hope you got the breather you needed, in between all the planning and decision-making you have been doing lately. You have a spirit of steel, woman!

Macke--my jetsetting goose--home again, home again for awhile? Reconnecting with the Beast and Sweet Man? Finishing up the community service committments? Any more talk about a possible move? Washington would be an easy place to live---gorgeous, natural vibe, rosy cheeks and Earth Shoes. I can see you there:)

Flaps to all. I am trying to get used to getting up early again---went back to work this week, and the good news is that it is half-day, so I am getting to gradually build up my regular school year endurance! Some great new kids---one is just on the cusp of learning to read, and I was doing a grammar work with him---he was getting out plastic zoo animals and matching them with the correct name card, then drawing his noun symbol over each one. It was a blast watching him sound out each name. I was having to bite my tongue to keep from helping him, but he was so proud of himself when he got it!

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