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GOODHEALTH56 Posts: 423
2/26/12 11:11 A

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Time for a new thread--although since 60 is the new 40, it is still a relatively young thread---just too much to load! How about Spring Flerd Renewal.

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2/26/12 12:00 A

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Crawling back to human-ness after a week of the flu....

First time i've been really sick in 10 years. Reminder to self for gratitude....

Penny, thinking of you as you manage the transition to assisted care for your parents. Not a pleasant task but surely a better foundation of immediate and proximate support; i hope that once the logistics are behind you that you find a degree of relief from the persistent stress you've had to bear. Hugs to you....

Brother-in-law is here for a week. We have a three-night rule for guests. But somehow, after a couple years of week-long visits (all of which, to be fair, are devoted to making repairs on our property) it's become a God-given right. This year, we have about 2 days of stuff... But just like my dog, if you have an experience 3 times in a row, it sticks. It's just that he is so awfully socially awkward. And SweetMan invents reasons to go off during the week.

Off to find my pillow.

Colleen, hope you are feeling better about the gift you and your dh have provided Rambo.

Tracy, when are you off to Alabama?

Lisa. hoping things have quieted in your family world.

Must sleep.

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2/24/12 11:52 A

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My apologies for being so out of touch.....

I'm in Mt. Dora. We are in the process of searching for an Assisted Living Facility for Mom and Dad, reviewing their budget, and planning the "downsizing" process. I'm dreading packing but at least I'll be enjoying time in Argentina prior to the heavy duty sorting.

Colorado was lovely - quality family time, good snow, no skiing injuries. Dh and I each suffered an injury though. I tripped taking the cover off the hot tub and landed on my elbow. Just a scrape but oweeee. Dh cut open his knuckle packing skis for the return home. Bled everywhere. Fortunately, Lance (dd's fiancee) was able to stitch him back together!

Since my return I've launched two new consultants, prepared and presented a lecture on environmental toxins and healthy choices (this was so well received Dr. Ouellette and I are presenting again in two weeks), and am having the time of my life. Helping people develop their skills and business is so incredibly rewarding. So is educating people about healthy choices. Meanwhile at my brick and mortar business sales have been strong but cash flow is a battle. Everyone is claiming they have no money to pay. To be honest, think I would have walked away from this business years ago if we weren't responsible for a fabulous team. We're not going to let them down.

Macke, I'm so sorry about the return of Julie's cancer but happy she received encouraging news about treatment. I'm hearing more and more about people's cancer returning after many years of being "cancer free." Part of why I'm so passionate about enviromental toxins. I just learned that I have a complex cyst in my ovary and have been referred to a gynecologist/oncologist. It could be a rupture and full of blood or there could be a mass. My appointment isn't until right before I leave for Argentina so will be dealing with whatever is recommended some time in April.

Macke, have you decided on a course of action re: the Education Board yet? How disappointing to have invested so much time and effort into someone, only to have them not perform. Any possibility of salvaging?

Kathi, what a wonderful weekend for you and your sister! Monterey sounds absolutely fabulous. And so sorry you are going through your own personnel struggles. Interesting how some people just assume others are there to handle their crises.

Colleen, your story about Rambo brought tears to my eyes. You chose to accept the pain of loss in order for him to develop a better life. The generosity and depth of love reflected in that decision was very moving.

Tracy, how is your vitamix plan working out? Fueling our bodies properly can make such a huge difference in our energy.

Lisa, is your sis feeling any better? It must be a great comfort to her to have your support and love. Depression can be such a debilitating disease.

Katrina, My sage advice to your dd23 - "Skype your mom regularly!"

Karin, I love hearing about your grandkid time. Are they saying anything hysterical yet?

Lorena, I wasn't able to call on this visit. Last minute and a bit hectic. But I'm still determined to get together on one of these visits. Would love to meet for a lunch or coffee. How is work and writing? You sound like you're on fire.

I've been looking for a healthy food delivery service for Mom and Dad. There's diettogo and healthychefcreations but not that many choices. (Nutrasystem and JennyCraig too processed). And none offer a menu specifically for diabetics. With the number of people who are diabetic these days you'd think there'd be something out there....

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2/22/12 9:06 P

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Hope some of you are beginning to get a whiff of warmer weather -- we've had two beautiful days of sun and warmth.

And I needed it! Last weekend, while friend Julie was here, we decided to go to Napa for the day -- I wanted to show her the mustard grass in the vineyards, as it is in bloom right now. Don't know if it was that or something else, but I got walloped with a wicked allergy attack -- my throat nearly closed and I could barely see thru my swollen eyes. Managed to get us home but fell over and I have been down since Saturday -- fever and sore throat. We had to quarantine me so Julie wouldn't be exposed, in case it was contagious. Pretty sure she was glad to get out of town this morning.

But she got to have her consult at the Women's Cancer Center and found it both affirming of her instincts (her oncologist didn't bother to do any biopsies, which the guy here thought was outrageous) and calming (the standard of care for her condition is what she's been assigned). So she left much brighter about the future, which cheered my heart.

There's a lovely sunset out my window and it call me out of doors. May your skies be painted too!



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2/21/12 7:09 A

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Hugs to you, Colleen. Feel our arms around you, comforting you. Love can be so hard. You know you are doing the right thing, but that doesn't make it much easier. Just imagine what things may be like in a year, with Rambo laying next to a roaring fireplace with his new parents. Picture him romping around a dog park, with a crazy dog smile with tongue all hanging out and tail wagging, with no fear biting. You are giving him that possibility. Happier days will come. Hugs for now.
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GOODKAT1 Posts: 430
2/20/12 10:20 P

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Tracy, your statement "I bet you are great at your job. I know I would want to work with you" did more for me than any other motivational thing I've been reading lately. Thank you! My sister and I have talked about how it would be wonderful to be co-workers. I can imagine that a company with you and my sister and other Flerd members would be an incredible organization!

My sis and I had an absolutely wonderful trip to Monterey. Good lodgings, good food, good company, lots of walking around. Bought a couple of old "Oz" books to add to my collection, found a yarn store and bought yarn, people watched, talked and talked and laughed and laughed...it goes on and on.

Colleen, although I know it is hard, you did the right thing for Rambo. Who knows, perhaps when he gets training you could come back and adopt him?

Off to dinner...
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2/20/12 3:11 P

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Sorry for this difficult saga, Colleen. So much good has been done and may yet be.

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2/18/12 8:31 P

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That was a very hard transistion. When I left Rambo was standing out in the pouring rain shivering and trying to figure out how to get over the fence to us. I can't get the image out of my mind. I emailed the lady, Barbara and asked her to email me and let me know that he was inside and settled and let her know that he is always cold.
So tough to do. There is no way I could keep him here because he won't stay inside my fencing and I can't build over 6 feet and he looks to go underneath too. When we got there he bit another dog that moved at him so he truly needs training. I would be so afraid he would get out and bite again.
Love him--
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2/18/12 11:09 A

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Kathi--have a wonderful weekend with your sister! I imagine lots of laughter and of course, some dance! Sounds like work has been stressful, but how wonderful that you have someone who has upped their game and taken over additional responsibilities. Maybe the stress of being her mom's caregiver has taken its toll on your assistant, and she can't see past her own limited life right now---whatever the case, she will get to either clean it up with you all or not----but at least you have someone who is able to fill in. I bet you are great at your job. I know I would want to work with you:)

Oh Colleen, lots of thoughts coming your way. I know you are heartbroken. I think rescue dogs often have a deeper level of understanding, and I am certain that Rambo knows how much you love him. After the years training, is there a chance he can be reunited with you all?

Good luck with your studies, Katrina. Glad you caught a break on the exam! So sorry to hear about dd and gs car accident----scary----glad no one was seriously injured and hope that she isn't in alot of pain today. Might not hurt to go get her neck and back checked out. I can relate to the "eating for energy" thinking----I come home from work so pooped, but I still have the rest of the day to conquer----dinner, kids activities, cleaning up, etc.----so it is difficult not to feed that need with quick energy food. Day before yesterday I tried a little experiment and just had a Vita-mix day----smoothies made with light vanilla soy milk, fruit, etc.---throughout the day---and then at night made some vitamix broccoli soup. Very satisfying---energy was great---never felt hungry---woke up easily the next morning--------so I am going to try it every other day, alternating between food I eat, and food I drink----and see if it is easier for me to break the habit of grazing. The simplicity alone is attractive to me.

Karin---grandbaby time, and dd time, and shopping---all good things! What is dd doing to your neck and back? Did you have an injury? Two cruises to look forward to, a snow-free winter, life is looking pretty good!

Lisa---so you partied with the yarners---had to be a fun trip! Sorry to hear that your sis has been struggling. Good thing she is aware, and willing to seek help. Extra good that she has a sister like you to lean on, while she goes through this. Your mom is making friends, and getting used to her new digs---and you have cleaned out your house and are now clutter free. Hey--have you checked out Pinterest, or something like that, on FB? Friends rave about it---I have not looked yet but it sounds like it might be up your alley.

Oops--got to go call karate and see if ds is supposed to go today. Also have a haircut lined up for me. Flerdhugs to all. Back later.

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2/17/12 10:05 P

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Prayers coming your way! He is a lucky dog to have been rescued by you and now he gets to figure out how to be with other dogs and people.

It's been crazy around our office lately. Among many other things, my assistant who has been taking care of her ill mom is taking Family Medical Leave and my amazing front desk assistant is filling in taking over her scheduling duties. Because the asst. that is out has not been very helpful or grateful it is leaving a bad taste in everyone's mouths, and I don't think she gets it; and I hope she doesn't think she can just jump back in when she returns and expect everything to be the same.

Enough of that! My sister and I are meeting in Monterey tomorrow for a sister weekend! We are so looking forward to this. We've been trying to get together just the two of us since forever. The last time we did I was still living in Santa Rosa and that's been over 10 years, now that I think about it!

I hope you all have a great weekend!
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2/17/12 9:56 P

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In the throes of heartache. I love this doggy. I know he will be better off. He will be with other India street dogs. But he loves us and it feels like such a betrayal. We are doing what is best for him, whether he knows it or not but tomorrow is going to be very difficult. Say a little prayer for us.

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Whew, the last few days have been CRAZY! I'm looking forward to a nice, quiet Sunday for studying. We'll see if the universe will cooperate.

Dd21's car is on life support and needs a new engine. She is able to get another engine put in for about $1550, or she can get another vehicle for $3-4K. When you are flat broke and taking out loans for school, you don't need car issues.

Dd23 is in Bellevue, WA for her training. She'll be there 3 weeks, then down to LA to settle in to her new job. She had a little mis-adventure with lost luggage and a missing birth certificate, but all is well now. She's so busy I haven't dared to call her, and with the 3 hour time difference, I'm in bed by the time she's available. Thank goodness there are non-time-specific ways to communicate these days.

Dd29 and gs3 were rear-ended yesterday. Gs is ok, but dd29 has a sore neck and shoulders. Fortunately, she drives a tank and there's only bumper damage. The Honda that ran into them wasn't so lucky. I drove up to her place and helped her with the kids last night. I will check in and see if I need to do that again tonight...those type of injuries are usually worse the next day.

My Cisco class has been extended another week, so we will not be testing tomorrow, we will test next Saturday. Since my other class is testing on Monday (one and only final test) the extra time is most welcome. That quiet time on Sunday must definitely include some study time.

Lisa: hugs to your sister. How lucky she is to have a loving and understanding sister (you). I'm glad you got a weekend away to enjoy with your yarning friends. Did you try out the hot tub at the Bandit's Hideaway?

Colleen: sorry to hear that Rambo is still not ready for general human civilization yet. Your solution sounds so wonderfully humane. Rambo is a lucky dog to have such loving people in his life. It has to be hard to watch you MIL slowly decline. It's good that your work is so understanding. We recently received news that my MIL is starting to slip a little mentally. She's been so alert and active, it's seems strange for her to be forgetful.

Karin: enjoy those grandkids and do a little window shopping for me. Spring and all those projects will come too soon. Thank goodness you have some lovely vacations to look forward to!

Tracy: I didn't buy a lottery ticket either. I'll have to wait a little longer to be independently wealthy.

I stumbled a little on my eating plan recently. I need to get back to logging it in. I'll start with today. If I know my choices have been questionable, I tend to "forget" to log them in or conveniently choose not to. I got a little disappointed to find that I only lost 1 pound over 3 weeks when I finally stepped on my scale in Greensboro this weekend. It's hard to resist that urge to eat when things get stressful, especially since I find it so hard to exercise. That food sings a siren song of "Eat me and I'll give you energy" and it can be so hard to resist.

I'll be glad once all the tests are done next Saturday!
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Lisa, glad your sister has you for support. Hope things get better for her soon.

Colleen I'm sorry about your dog. We get so attached so quickly! It's nice that you could find a place to work with him.

We are in minneapolis for a long weekend. Getting in some good snuggle and play time with Paxton and Kaden. Of course dd and I will get in some shopping too and she will be doing some therapy on my neck and shoulder.

Macke, we do have lots of repair work coming up. We have started on some but will wait for spring to really get going. We have had almost no snow so flooding looks very unlikely. My snowshoes and xcountry skis have not come out of the garage attic this winter. I miss them but am not complaining about our warm winter.

We have 2 cruises coming up - one in March in the caribbean and one in June in the Baltic sea. I'm hoping there's no Norovirus this time!

Time to shower.



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2/16/12 12:50 A

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Lisa, sorry about your sister. Moving was anxiety provoking for me too. Being unsettled or not knowing the future really bothers me. I do not have depression but I know that anxiety can bring it on at times just from the sheer, unrelenting negative worry. The Worry Solution by Martin Rossman M.D. was a really great book. I have it on my nook and simply reading it reduced my worry and anxiety. Your sister might like to read it. It feels like you are doing something to help yourself and that alone can help. I hope she feels better and I am guessing that you are just like my sister when it comes to support. She always talks me off the edge. :o)

Katrina, you dd is only here for a few weeks right? Is she in Bellevue?

I have bad Rambo news. :o( He got out of our yard the other day as he is now an escape artist and when a neighbor that I don't know tried to grab him he bit her. Argh! She had to go to the emergency room and got a tetanus shot. She was really nice but we cannot have a biter. He snapped at the vet tech the other day too. We are taking him to the Desi Dog Rescue place up in Canada on Saturday and we will pay for a year of training and they will work with him and place him with someone that will continue to work with him and the trainer. We are driving him up on Saturday. It is really sad because he is so sweet and we love him. We are glad that we got him off the streets and he will have food and water and won't die on the streets before he is 4 which is the average. He also gets to hang with other Desi dogs which I think he will enjoy. Sad.
My MIL is not doing well. She has hospice coming a few times a week. We want to go and see her asap. My husband needs to finish this one job before he can break away. My bos said she will get me a sub whenever I need it so my job is pretty easy but I don't like other people to take my class. Ha. I have control issues.
Tracy--I hope you are doing okay. Making plans is so wise. It also helps you feel some control. I know that when my assistant was floating in the space of "what to do" it was very hard for her. Now she is in school and has a plan and she can make informed choices.
Macke, I hope you get some free time. You are one busy lady!
I hope everyone is doing okay. I am heading up to bed.
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2/15/12 1:50 P

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Wow, sorry for my awol-ness!

All is well in my neck of the woods.

Had a great weekend with two of my yarning galpals at Bandit's Hideaway. Perfect for our small group, and we really enjoyed the hottub on the porch. It was just cool enough to enjoy. We've had a crazy warm winter - I know I shouldnt complain but I'd like to have one good snow before Spring comes. I know ... careful what you wish for.

Mom is settling in to RP, a good buddy has moved in down the hall and they do alot together. It makes a big difference, at least for Mom, to have a buddy to do things with. She's not one to go out on her own and get involved.

My sister is dealing with a heavy wave of depression. She's dealt with anxiety and depression most of her life and although the anxiety is handled, the depression has reared its ugly head. She's got good help and they are trying to figure out just the right combination. Those things never get fixed quickly, so she's trying to be patient. I think it was probably triggered with life changing events, changes in living arrangements, etc. Its all going to be ok, it just takes time. Once she's feeling better about things she will go househunting more aggressively. She's been looking online and doing drive-by's which helps her feel like she's doing something in the right direction. She's got a heart of gold and its tough to have her going through the rough time and we are close and keep good tabs on each other. It will get better, just not soon enough :)

Work has picked up which is always good. It was a little slow during the holidays which is normal, but I get a little antsy when I'm not busy for too long. We did have some layoffs, but most were people who really needed to retire and just needed some pushing. Our dept was unscathed, mainly due to our small size. There are alot of bodies in this building that seem to be doing very little. At least there were.

Tracy - special hugs to you these days. I know you've been working through alot and even knowing the right path to take can still be pretty tough. You always act with others in mind and no doubt your love for all involved shows through here. Hang in there :)

In honor of Valentines Day, may your hearts be healthy and happy :)

Ok, back to the grindstone ...
Lisa



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2/11/12 3:15 P

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Macke: hopefully by now you are back in the warmth of California. We are going through a real cold spell, brought in with arctic winds. Brrrr! I'm so sorry to hear about your friend. She will be going through more hard times. That has to be difficult to watch. I'm sure your warm heart will be a great support for her.

Colleen: my dd23 will be on her way to your neck of the woods tomorrow afternoon. I am trying not to cry about it.

I am in class, then I am driving to dh. I arranged to be with him through Valentine's Day. I'm glad I won't be alone as dd23 leaves. Just another reason to feel lonely. My poor doggie will have to put up with me talking to her more; unfortunately she's not much of a conversationalist.

So does anybody have any sage advice to tell my dd23 as she heads out into the world to make her own way?

Sigh. I will miss her almost as much as I miss dh.
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Last night in Colorado and the end of a crazy work week.

Tracy, I am so glad to hear you talk about working as a consultant. It seems like a good way to build your financial independence, and perhaps even start out as a side-business around the edges of a job at your school? There are some great folks here who can offer insights from their own experience. Right ladies?

Colleen, how is the Adjustment Bureau working out at your house -- are the dogs able to be close to each other and remain calm?

Penny, so how did the ski week turn out for you? Sounded like a great chance for nuclear family time. We tried to do a similar thing yesterday -- SweetMan's brother and SIL are spending a couple of months over at Vail and we agreed to ski with them yesterday. Only it was snowing like mad and the highway was quite dangerous and our ski passes apparently didn't include Vail and I had a must-do appointment so it didn't turn out as well as was hoped.

Karin, I think you said you were facing a summer of additional repairs at your place, is that right? Is there continuing concern about flooding this year, considering there's been so little snow or rain? Have you had much opportunity to cross country -- were your trails hurt by the water this past year. I saw something about sjnorski (sp) this year -- cross country tethered to a dog or a couple of dogs. Is that done up your way? It looked pretty wild.

Katrina, good times with the little ones -- it might be one of the real upsides to your current split-location lifestyle.

Lorena, bigger place for you! That's wonderful. It must feel so good to know that you are on the upside with your finances. Even the discipline of budgeting and working towards goals is something to feel good about.

Kathi, can't wait to get back to CA tomorrow -- so tired of being cold. I hope you are finding ways to smooth out the load at work. I read so much about the state college budgets, it's scary.

Lisa, whatcha' workin' on these days? I haven't heard much from you about your mom and your sister. Everything OK?

I got bummer news yesterday: BFF Julie's breast cancer has returned as metastatic in bone and liver. She is supposed to come visit over the next weekend, unless she can get an appointment at Sloan Kettering in NYC. The irony is that she was a patient in a drug study for a med that was to prevent exactly this kind of spread (which I have learned is a pretty common disease path, ergo the pharma trial.) She was just completing the end-of-trial protocol which included a scan and whammo. I have been remembering Tracy's friend and neighbor Marcia in the past couple of days.



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Oh Macke, what a disappointment to discover that the new executive has fallen short. What are the other options at this point? He is a year in, correct? How frustrating to know that your leadership hand-off is not happening the expected way. I know you have put in a tremendous amount of time.

The very least that could happen is that some of Penny's good powder could make it your way so you could get some decent skiing in! It makes me so happy that everyone is healthy enough to ski without reservation this year----that alone is worth celebrating!

Believe it or not, I got the same virus again. Come to find out that it somehow was linked to the school's website, so after more intensive cleaning, I now have my computer back again. My phone gets texts, but I don't have it set-up for emails yet---so I have been out of the loop again. I will check into more protection, Katrina.

Thank all of you for your support. I am clear about what needs to be done, and now I just need to do it in the smartest, most respectful way possible. After a conversation with a friend that is very pragmatic, I realized that I need to get dh set up on disability, before doing anything---so that I can at least have some support for the kids. I also need to have an honest discussion with the head of school , and see what my opportunities are there. I am a year and a half away from completing my requirements to be able to sit for the CALT exam---at which point I could become an independent therapist .

Can you believe I forgot to buy a lottery ticket?! Had my head in my grocery list, and totally forgot!

Hugs to all--



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Hello all,

We are in Colorado this week, but in a different place than Penny. Snow's not been great -- a lot of icy patches and very cold. But I am happy that I've not been restricted at all by my knee and seem to have gotten most of my groove back.

As you folks know, this is supposed to be a week where we ski in the AM and then work a full day into the evening. Well, I am working, just not on the stuff I expected to.

Last Friday was my last official day as Board chair for the education think tank in DC. In the past 24 months, I have led a search for a new executive, held the staff together until a new executive was in place and then supported him during his first year. Believe me, I am ready to step down! Well, Friday was a full day strategic planning discussion in which the new guy was supposed to showcase the priorities and approaches that he and the staff were recommending to the Board. It was to be a clear moment of assumed leadership, as the saying goes. Instead, it was nothing short of a disaster.

So this week is being devoted to lots of consultation with other Board members, discussions with the organization's attorney and trying to figure out how much future damage we can avoid.

No wonder I find the Downton Abbey series so engrossing!

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Tracy: I thought you were unusually quiet. Lots of hugs being sent your way from GA. You are a wise and wonderful soul from all I've known and I know this is so hard to do. Let me know if there is anything I can do to help. Having been through extremely difficult times with a marriage with children involved, I learned a few places to seek help for them and me that may be available for you too.

As for the virus situation, I would suggest using not only an anti-virus but also an anti-spyware on your machine. Unfortunatley, there are many viruses with trojan horses and bots using your machine as a zombie. Make sure to update the anti-virus frequently to stay up-to-date and prevent the latest ones. My yahoo email was hacked recently and it's frustrating. Changing passwords worked for me, hopefully your co-worker has done the same.

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Let me add my love and support to the already large pile coming your way, Tracy.

We have known you for 10 -plus years, and know that person to be loving and compassionate and giving and soulful. You have been amazing through all the challenges you have faced, and -- if you look back -- your choices have been good ones up to now, right? Please believe your inner-most heart as you find your path now.

We are here (or there, if you need us!) through every step.

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Tracy,

I'm so sorry you've been hurting. You are strong but sadly there are some things we cannot fix. You gave more than your all. Be kind to Tracy for she is a beautiful woman, full of love, laughter, insight and joy. You are in my prayers. ((Hugs))

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Tracy, I am sorry to hear that you are at a difficult crossroad. You have put in so much effort and if the situation could be solved from one side--then it would be done.
I am thinking of you.
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Hugs coming from CA too! Tracy, you are such a wise person. I love reading what you come up with when you are working through something. I have had a couple of times in my life that I have come to the same realization you have. It certainly seems if we just try hard enough that things will get better, when afterall it is our perspective that we have to change.
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Whew Tracy, sending you big hugs. Just remember we're all here for you. It sounds like you've made some major decisions - listen to your inner wisdom and things will be ok. Did you buy the lottery ticket:)?

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Thanks Penny. Like you, I received an email from a legitimate source-- friend that is also a co-worker. Usually we use the school email address to communicate, but this time it was on my yahoo address so I opened it, thinking it was a personal matter. It was a bunch of gobbeldy-goop words strung together making no sense at all, so I quickly closed it out, ran my scans, etc. The virus didn't attack until several days later, but I am wondering if there is a connection between her hacking incident and my virus. All techie people , this is your cue to chime in! I never open things from people I don't know, but darn it, when it is someone you know it makes it kind of tricky!

Great nights sleep last night, and woke up with a new and positive attitude. Been sitting in a real stuck place on all fronts----and I think I have just needed time to feel the loss of everything I thought I wanted. None of that has been fun, and I have doubled the misery by wrestling with my unrealistic view of what a really spiritually sound person would do in the same situation--and accepting no less of myself than replicating Mother Teresa. I actually checked out a little daily meditation book, filled with quotes by her, and while reading those it hit me that expecting myself to be more than human is insane. Staying in a situation that continues to worsen and create suffering is not noble, it is negligent. I have two children that I have been entrusted with, a healthy body, and a decent mind. To continue to live in the hope or delusion that things will change when....it will get better if just...if I can just hang in there until.....if I can just become more compassionate, then.....none of that is working for me anymore. Finances are a huge obstacle for me, and something I have been reluctant to face square-on. I am planning to go home to Alabama for spring break, and level with my family there about what is going on and what I need to do. I am invested in Oklahoma, so I don't see myself leaving here anytime soon---my kids are settled in, I am in the middle of this wonderful training and I have an established support network here. I am not sure what the exact next steps are, but I will figure it out. Dh will be little to no help. His lawsuit got dismissed.His attorney quit for reasons I do not know and he would not disclose to me--citing client/attorney confidentiality reasons---and dh did not get replacement counsel in a timely manner so the judge dismissed it. It can be refiled, but the organization and effort involved are beyond the scope of dh abilities right now. He will not file for disability . He will not go back to work. I am unable to motivate, support, plead, or help any longer---not necessarily because I don't want to but because I am totally ineffective, and possiby contributing to his paralysis. It's not at all how I wanted it to be, but it is how it is and I have a choice to accept it and make other plans, or continue to live in the chaos created by it. I can't do chaos anymore.

Like Penny said on another thread , I get to create my music each day. I have been shuffling along to a dirge, hoping at some point that it would change to a lovely, predictable, sonata. Today I am thinking----a safe sonata is nice, but I could also choose to tie on my dancing shoes, make sure I am as ready as I can possibly be to hear the music I need to hear, and have faith that as I take that first tentative step, a symphony like no other will fill me up and carry me along. With that said, I am off to the grocery. I just might buy a lottery ticket :)

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Whew, Lorena, maybe work on the meditation book and it will provide the opportunity for some reflection and downtime of your own? You seem to be running at full speed! So happy people are paying and you're writing and doing work you love.

Katrina, we're skiing at Crested Butte. The snow is nicer in the drier climes - less icy. Only issue is lack of snow. A storm just hit Denver but the snow did not come our way. I'm so grateful to be here with my family, healthy and strong and enjoying the beautiful mountains -the less than perfect conditions does not bother me. Most slopes are still open. Just have to watch out for twigs and rocks on certain runs.

Tracy, our company has all sorts of protections and firewalls and recently I received an email from aa.com (american airlnes which we use a lot) that was a new ticket I'd supposedly changed. I'd not bought a ticket nor changed one recently so went to aa.com and checked my reservations - nothing. Forwarded to our IT without opening and sure enough - it was a virus! How they managed to have aa.com display as the source website I don't know. At this point I don't open anything unless I'm certain of the source and/or what the attachment is about. Occasionally lose legitimate stuff but if it's something important, people get back to me.

My daughter and her fiancee arrive today. Great couple of days with my son and dh but looking forward to spending some time with dd as well.

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Last time I posted about being busy, it seems the gods took that as a challenge.

Last week, 3 days of training on our new websited, bookended by a meeting on Monday (one of my now three weekly meetings/conference calls) and a mad dash to get something--anything!--done on Friday.

This week: aforementioned three meetings, plus a 3-hour meeting regarding the website, plus two conference calls in addtion to the three, plus a meeting, plus a training session to set up our final wine supervisor on Twitter.

The good--no, excellent--news is that we've hired an intern, and she's working with me two+ days a week. (I have to be nice and share with the other departmental managers.)

Ayiyiyiyi...so, per Katrina, I will try slicing and stir-frying Brussel's sprouts. Seems like a lot of work, but they're two small to stuff. There, we've covered the two ways I like cabbage. :) I'm willing to try again, though.

Penny, Macke, hope things are calming down in the work/bank/people arenas. Lisa, glad you got a clean bill of health.

Macke, reading your post about how cold it'd been (a couple of weeks ago) reminded me of our winter here two years back--remember how chilly it was when you were in Florida that winter? Most of that winter was easily colder--and, like SF, we aren't prepared for it around here. My energy bills that winter were over $300 a month for about three months running, and I never once had the heat above 65.

This winter pretty much rocks. It's our dry season, and a bit drier this year, and that's been a problem (you might have seen on the news about the crashes near Gainesville last week). That's happened once before that I remember, although on a different Interstate. We often get fog this time of year, but when it's dry and there are fires....bad. Then when Phil saw his shadow, my first thought was that as long as it was six more weeks of this....

I'm moving in April to a bigger apartment in this complex. Two reasons: one, I really miss having a washer/dryer. I'll have to buy my own, but they have hookups, and I'm pretty sure I'm old enough to own appliances--even major appliances. So the next size up is just a bit over 100sf larger than what I have now, which makes it an excellent size for me. My "perfect" house size, I've realized, is between 700 and 900 sf. Reason two: I got my lease renewal notice a couple of weeks ago, and the rental increase (the market here is ridiculous) was...wait for it....about $5 a month less than moving into a larger apartment.

And I've been doing so much freelance work lately, that within a week of moving I should be able to buy that washer/dryer set (without buying used from someone who may have done who-knows-what to it), a replacement sofa, AND the new computer. Yes, I'm doing that much work. On the bright side, getting out of debt and getting these things that are coming up on my "kinda-need" radar makes the work worth it. So far, everyone's paying on time, if not a couple of days ahead of schedule, so overall, that's going well.

Today is a writing day--writers' group meeting at ten, followed by a write-in (group writing session). We have the meeting space until 5, so we decided to take advantage of that. About to flip a coin to see whether I write romance or meditation book :) (both already in progress, of course).

Have a great weekend everyone!

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Hello flerdbuddies. Sorry for the long quiet spell . I got a horrible virus on my computer that put me out of commission for quite a while. Luckily, we have a tech person at school that was able to clean it up for me. I just got it back, and it is running more quickly and cleanly than it has in a while! Would welcome any tips on preventing that happening again. I have Microsoft Security Essentials, and it runs scans regularly, but somehow this Security Shield virus made its way in. Nasty bugger.

Good news on all your medical tests, Lisa---I know you are glad to have those done. And I could use a your nephew to help me organize around here. Hope you have a great time on your trip.

Kathi--congrats on the lost pounds! Did you make a big committment to change, or did you just start with one little thing at a time? I need a jumpstart---a serious one---I have been in stall mode for quite a while now---unable to string more than several healthy choice days together at a time. I hope that your work becomes more enjoyable for you. Sounds like you have been doing your job and part of someone else's---so no wonder you are feeling buried in it all. It's wonderful that you all are supporting your co-worker during this hard time, and I hope that you are able to get the support you need as well.

Katrina--you sound flat-out good. Love hearing about your girls, and all the exciting things in store. Your energy level seems to be picking up and allowing you to enjoy things outside of work.

Macke--how are your personnel problems working out---it sounded like there was one at work and one at home----double whammy. So you have had the friendly chats by now----would have loved to be a fly on the wall for those---hope all is working out. Tell me more about your hiit-----are you free-styling with it, or following a certain trainer?

Penny--so you are skiing soon!! Have a blast. Thoughts are with your parents---I hope your dad is able to be up and around and playing golf now.

Karin---snow---brrrr. We are getting rain here. Wish it were colder---I would like some snow here! We have had the strangest winter---it has been a no-winter----weird.

Flerd hugs to all. My eyes are crossing so I need to go to bed. So much work---I know we all do it, but I am sure feeling it these days.



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Kathi: your mom sounds like a wise and loving one, only wanting the best for you and your sister. Good health is worth more than rubies or gold. And congrats on getting that 5 pounds off! Woo-hoo to a new decade!

Macke: we got some glorious weather here after the rain passed, but no crab eating. I did get dh to get off the couch and go for a walk on Sunday. He is really resisting exercising, even though he knows he needs it. Seems like his work demands come first. Hopefully he will come around soon.

So hopefully your projects are full steam ahead and your personnel issues at home and work have resolved themselves. Hopefully your meeting with the fired founder went well and you will have nice weather in DC. This time of year can be really yucky there, cold and wet.

Lisa: I did mammo #1 (for this year) in December and had a call back last week. I donít get too excited since no family history. Worse I figure I would get is another benign fibrous cyst, like I had at 17. Needless to say, I try to be really good at self-exams since then! I get another year or so for the colon check, and that one is a little scarier. My grandfather had cancer of the intestines, which may have started in the colon. I already did a sigmoidoscopy (sp?) about 15 years ago when my IBS started.

Our weather is wacky too. Rainy, then clear and cold, then rainy, then warm and sunny. The climate is out of control! I doubt if we will see any snow or ice this year; it just isnít staying cold long enough.

Penny: are you skiing in Crested Butte? Or just hiking? Powdery snow is an unknown to me. Iíve only known the big, wet flakes. Iíve read that skiing is better on powder, but my bad experiences on the slick wet stuff have deterred me from ever going again. I spent more time on my butt than upright. Iíll go with folks if they want to ski, I suppose. Iíll gladly watch their bags at the ski lodge nestled next to a roaring fire with a cup of hot chocolate.

I survived the wedding shower, but I had a severe reaction to my ex-mother-in-law. I could not look at her or speak to her due to the raging anger her presence evoked. I thought I could rise above it, but it flooded over me. I simply avoided her and gratefully it wasnít obvious. I will have to work on that some more before the wedding in April.

Classes are rolling along full steam now. I donít know how much more the brain can absorb, but Iím sure I can get through it. ;)

Helloooooo TracI?! Did you get lost when we switched to a new thread? Come back, we miss you!
Ok, back to my books.
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Lisa, have you used paper tape? Much gentler on the skin than standard adhesive. I always request if I'm having a procedure that requires gauze and tape. And when I go to smaller offices (vs. hospitals) carry with me. Love the name Bandit's hideaway! Evokes images of buried treasure and moonshine stills.

Kathi, congratulations on the weight loss! And hope both yours and Macke's personnel issues are resolved soon. It is so disruptive when you have a nonperforming staff member.

Enjoyed a fabulous weekend of great weather and lots of walking. We're off to Crested Butte on Wednesday. Have been going through my inventory of brrrrrr clothes...if they could just invent warm weather powdery snow life would be so much simpler...lol.

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Macke, sounds like we're having similar personnel issues. What is your personnel issue at home? or should I ask? Talked to HR today about mine and are moving forward on possible FML for her, but in the meantime we need someone to fill in (besides us who are maxed out already).

Lisa, glad to hear your medical stuff went well (except for the rashes). Your Bandits Hideaway weekend sound like fun. We want a fully report!

Did I mention I've lost 5 lbs. since mid-December? If I did it's because I'm so excited to be in a lower decade!

Off to dinner...
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Bad news is I feel like I've been cut, beaten, smooshed and scratched after all my medical appointments.

Good news is great results from the Dr. appts.

The dermatologist ... aka masochist, biopsied two spots on my back which is not unusual but I am allergic to adhesives in tape, bandaids, so I have a huge rash around the biopsy spots and it feels like poison ivy. Its my fault, its happened before and I didnt tell her NOT to use the normal bandaids. Not sure what the fix is other than deal with the allergy and let it heal.

Mammies were grammed and no invite back for an ultrasound like last year.

Colon is perfect ... lol ... oh joy ...

I love that I had such a productive couple of days.

My nephew was with me in the middle .. left on my colonoscopy prep day and he did such a good job at home with me. In some ways he's really mature ... then he'll do something that reminds me that he's only 14. I'll have him down here again next time he wants to earn some moolah.

Kathi - I swear our weather is alot like yours ... crazy winter, if you can even call it winter. The temp ranges are all over the place. I just hope we don't get suprised with a huge dose of ice/snow to make up. Ok, maybe I do want a bunch of snow but only on a weekend, where I can stay home.

This weekend, I'm going down the Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg for a yarnie weekend with a couple of girlfriends. We got a cabin and its called "Bandit's Hideaway". The name alone won me over. You have a big outlet mall, smokey mountains, etc. ... wide variety of "entertainment".

Hugs to you all :)
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Happy Monday, Flerdies!

We had a gorgeous weekend here in the Bay -- high 60's and sunny. Got lots of exercise and ate fresh crab. Got a little work done around the edges too!

I am having dual personnel problems -- one at the office and one at home. In both cases, there have been some unexpected family crises that have required time off (which of course they needed and got) but in both cases the people are having a tough time getting back to work -- in one case there are extended absences and the other, the person appears but not really fully functioning. So this is the week for "friendly chats". I hate that part of my job!

Otherwise, it's just a week of pushing ahead on projects -- two mid-project deadlines this week, and both should be doable by Thursday.

I fly to DC Thursday night to host a strategic planning retreat for the education policy think tank I've been Board Chair-ing for the past 2 years. It's my last official function as Chair, and then I pass the torch. It's been a long road -- had to fire one of the founders, lead an executive search, install the new director and set the course for the next 3 years. Frankly, I am a little tired of them and I am sure they are a little tired of me too! I guess it's like whiny children -- you are much better able to tolerate them when they are your own.

And in a weird twist of fate, the founder that I fired asked to meet me for drinks tomorrow -- he's started work for a CA-based foundation and will be here one week a month. I've chosen a very public place just in case he's packing! LOL

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Hello my Flerd family! I've been reading, and thought I had posted recently, but I guess I was just composing in my head but it hadn't gotten to my fingers!

In the time I haven't posted it has been freezing cold, very wet, and now it's like spring. Dh and I walked on the Pismo pier today and it wasn't even windy or cold. Lots of people on the beach and a surfing contest going on (not very big waves but they managed). Beautiful....but it's January for goodness sake! I want rain and cold! Am I nuts?

As far as I know, we don't get Downtown Abbey on our PBS station. Sounds like my loss.

I've been ok. Work has had me stressed out - mostly due to budgets and an employee situation. One of my assistants' mom has had health problems for the last 6 months (which has taken my asst. out of the office several times) and took a fall a few weeks ago, which put her in the hospital and also exaserbated(sp?) her other health issues. Anyway we've tried to work with my asst. with the time that she has had to be off work taking care of and advocating for her mom, but it is going on longer and longer and I am trying to figure out what the best thing for our office is. Although she has been in touch via email and doing some work at home, her job is in the office and I need to figure out a better solution.

Other than that, my sister and I made a promise to my mom as a birthday present (Dec. bday) that we would love 5 lbs. by the end of January, and it looks like I will meet my goal! It's the first time in a long time that I have been below the next decade weight-wise and it is encouraging. We made the promise because we know that our mom always wants the best for us and wants us to be healthy into our 50s. And it has been a good incentive.

Sorry this was all about me. Will hopefully catch up with everyone soon!
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Penny: if you find that magic pin, I would love to use it after you. I hate to hear that your dad is having foot trouble. It's hard when your parents are struggling.

Karin: thanks for filling me in on Downtown Abbey. I'll have to check it out when I'm out of classes. It will be a nice distraction. I hope your ice and snow is manageable. It's good that you have the quilting to keep you busy inside in that weather!

Ok, so dd22 is not going to LA yet. She will first go to Seattle for 3 weeks of orientation and training, then go to LA for her job. The best part is Microsoft is paying for those tickets, it doesn't have to come out of her relocation allowance. It also gives her a little more time to figure out a place to live and get a car. (It also means she will be with me a couple more weeks, which I like.)

Well, class is getting ready to start, so I must go. Bridal shower this afternoon followed by birthdays party (we celebrate 3 birthdays all together for February). I will deal with my ex-in-laws and my future son-in-law's parents at the shower. Send me strength!
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We finally have the flurry of trade shows behind us - and the guests from Holland have returned home.

Lisa, I'm so impressed with your nephew. He seems to display a great deal of maturity compared to some of the 14 yo I've observed. And how wonderful to declutter. My house needs serious decluttering but that process always ends up on the back burner.

Dad is struggling with foot issues which look like they might be permanent (dropped toe). Dd recommended a brace to help his mobility. I'd hate to see him unable to golf and enjoy those few pleasures he's still able to manage.

Between the stress of the bank issues and the craziness of the last few months, my weight ballooned. I finally started a detox program this week and the pounds are creeping down. It would be nice to have a magic pin that would deflate my weight as quickly as it expands...

I'm going to check out Downtown Abby. Sounds like a good series.

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Katrina, Downton Abbey is a PBS series about a titled British family. It's set in Yorkshire I think. It's just before and into ww1 and follows the life of the family and the servants. It's addicting!

Colleen, HIIT is high intensity interval training. You do several minutes of steady aerobic, then a minute of high intensity, then back to steady and work your way up to several killer intervals.

Cold and icy here. We had rain yesterday morning followed by snow so it's pretty treacherous. I have a huge quilt on my machine so I think I'll stay in and work all day -except for dog duty.

Karin

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Macke: we wish we could have joined you for dinner too! As long as the curry is mild, I'm all for it. My dd22 prefers hers extra hot & spicy, so I'll wait until she leaves to make some so I don't scorch my intestinal tract.

Lisa: I wish I had a young relative I could "hire" out to help on occasion. How lucky you are to have a productive one available! I know how that un-cluttered life feels, but I prefer a little clutter and less stress to keep it all picked up. Staging a house to sell while living in it will do that to you. Enjoy your space, and may it stay less cluttered for many days to come.

Ok, I'm clueless about "Downtown Abbey". Someone fill me in please?

I'm glad Lisa missed the snow. We are "enjoying" many gray days of rain and storms here. I know we need the water, but a break would be nice. Anyone else get slammed? Are you okay Traci?

I enjoyed sleeping in yesterday. I just chilled out most of the day. Dd24 and I saw "The Muppets" movie and had dinner together last night. It was a lot of fun. We ate at PF Chang's and after logging my dinner, I still came in my range of calories for the day. That was the first time I skipped the popcorn at the movies in a long time, but it was worth it to stay in range.

Back to the grindstone.
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Ahh, just finished a day of prepping for my colonoscopy tomorrow. Yuk and Yea!! Worst is over. Friday was a day off to be filled with Dr. visits to bring myself up to date.

I "hired" my nephew to help me sort through my "house or hoarders" so he's been with me for several days while his parents were out of town. Can I just say Oh Em Gee, he is a wonder and did an amazing job. He's 14 and between wanting to earn money for a school trip this summer AND having a good HGTV mind AND being a hard worker, it was a very productive few days.

Took a load to the electronic recycling center, two loads to the homeless shelter, got my car serviced, saw the lineup on Dr's ... all on Friday. I forgot how awesome a really productive day felt! I am inspired to keep things in order here with how wonderful it is now!

I have "Downton Abbey" in my Netflix queue and it is probably next to view. It is certainly all the rage and I don't want to miss out!

Lexington missed out on all the snow and mess that came through, just wind and cold temps. Sounds like California is in for some stormy fun in the next 24 hours. Mother Nature seems pretty darn ticked.

Hugs to all ... back to sleep :)
Lisa

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OK, new mmmm...this morning, I was driven from the Farmer's Market by a fierce rain squall...so many veggies, so little interest in getting drowned to see them. So I treated myself to the "forbidden" organic market (which puts Whole Foods to shame, but that's just part of the reason that their prices are stratospheric) and hauled home a slew of great veggies. Spent the afternoon washing, chopping, and generally herding the results into a crockpot for Thai Green Curry. The house may need a week to recover from the aroma but it sure smells wonderful.

Wishing I could have my Flerd friends to dinner tonight!

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Checking Netflix for Downtown Abby--never heard of it!

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Mmmmmmm. Downton abbey. I just finished the first season and am dvring the 2nd. Love it! Saw Tinker,tailor,soldier, spy last night. Snooze.

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mmmmmmm, sleeping in tomorrow morning. As. late. as. I. want.

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MMMMM 55.

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mmmm, cinnamon scented quinoa.

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It was a dark and stormy night...in the Bay.

The bad news is that the rains have returned, though we certainly need them. The good news is that the cloud cover has raised the temperature by 20 degrees and ended the longest cold snap of my dozen years in CA. Given our skimpy insulation and abundant use of windows, our homes bled heat day and night. We were struggling to keep the house 55 degrees at some points. I'm done with that!

To be filed under "What's wrong with this picture?": my weekend was looking pretty open and relatively work-free. But today, three of my team were felled by bronchitis or related illness -- with a progress report and a big state filing due Monday and Tuesday, respectively. Humma humma.....

Anyone sucked into the second season of Downton Abbey? I sprang for the season pass on iTunes thinking I could watch it on the airplanes I'll be on much of February but I couldn't wait that long and have devoured all the episodes so far and am hanging around my inbox like an addict waiting for the next fix. LOL

I am also watching Treme, the HBO series about New Orleans after Katrina, which I can sortof justify to myself as being quasi-work-related. The cinematography is very dark so it's a little hard to see but the story is compelling and the music is fine.

Thought those of you who went to Asheville will enjoy a little nugget: I took this cooking class last weekend from the founders of Stonewall Kitchens. They handed out their cooking class offerings and there, as part of the class on Sophisticated Brunch was cinnamon-scented quinoa! We are so ahead of the curve....

OK, got to get back to this filing if I want any free time this weekend.



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Colleen: it seems strange to me that as far north as you are your area gets very little snow. It sounds a lot like Atlanta! The ocean really moderates the temps for y'all, doesn't it? May you find activities to distract while you are snowbound.

Lorena: busy, busy lady! As for brussel sprouts, maybe if you think of them as cute little baby cabbages you can trick yourself into liking them. Maybe.

Zumba this afternoon and dinner out with dd22 and her friend tonight. Hopefully, the exercise will cancel out any damage from dinner! I have been doing so well and don't want to blow it. Mindful eating and logging the food here is keeping me on track. I'll just be sensible.

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Lorena, yeah BUT!! lol I am done! I have not worked all week (thankful I am getting paid anyway), but I feel the need to get out of the house. My dh worked 12 hours today so he had the truck which meant stuck here. I don't think I would have driven anyway. It is pretty bad--even if you think Seattleites are wimps--this is big snow for the streets and they are not sanded, salted or plowed on any of the back roads.
About your chair. Isn't it amazing how it takes us awhile to realize things like that? They just annoy us until we finally realize it. Funny.
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Yay, Macke on getting to "not wanting to die" at the end of the workout! And yay, Katrina, for hitting Zumba...if nothing else, that should help work out some of the stress from your training. I've been sitting awkwardly in my desk chair the past few weeks--I think it's time for a new one--but today just noticed my back was sore from the way I was balancing. I realized the seat was tilting forward. Will double check tomorrow to see if I can adjust it, but I think it's a function of age--the chair's, not mine.

Colleen, the snow sounds very pretty, but ....well, just but. Enjoy :) Karin, -11 this week, and six months from now you'll be 111....you do get extremes, don't you?

Enjoy the ski trips, everyone...

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Oh, good grief, it's Wednesday already. When did that happen? Thanks for the new thread, Katrina--I was just thinking we needed a "Happy Flerduary" and then I remembered it's isn't Flerdua...er, February...yet. Marketing messes with my mind sometimes. This week at work I've worked on a two-weeks-overdue (January) newsletter, an on-time January ad (for this Friday), three items for February publication, and started editing articles for our March wine journal.

Macke--re work and work: when things get overwhelming, I remind myself of what you said this summer (re Mother Theresa) and that helps put things in their proper place (mentally).

Taking Friday off for the second week in a row--it's that time of year when we play use-it-or-lose it with my vacation time. Next week I'm in training for three full days, so won't be taking that Friday off--I'll be using it to avoid 15-hour days the rest of the week! This weekend, my plans include playing domestic goddess and finding a couple of non-vinaigrette dressing recipes I like so I can cut out commercial salad dressing. My biggest challenge is I don't care for vinegar or lemon juice on my salads. Probably going to give homemade mayo a try and create a green goddess dressing or something similar. That, and cooking three leftover-friendly meals. I only managed chili this week, and although I love chili, I can't eat it more than a few times within a week- I get really tired of the flavor. Oh, and I'm going to learn to like brussels sprouts. How's that for a goal?

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All this talk of snow and a turn to colder weather here has me making a pot of chili for dinner tonight. Too bad I don't have anyone to share it with. Dd22 is staying in town with friends for a few days, so I have the apartment to myself until Saturday. I feel a spa night coming on....

I was down with a headache yesterday, so I missed the yoga class. Tonight is Microsoft Servers and tomorrow is Zumba. Friday will be a perfect night for relaxation.

Colleen: make a cup of tea and gaze out the window for me. I can picture how beautiful it must be.

Penny: yes, the girls are proud of their mom. They all love to learn as much as I do, thank goodness, so they are likely to be life-long learners too. Your visit with your parents sounded nice. It puts your mind at ease a little, I hope.

Karin: I can't imagine -11. I don't think I have ever experienced that, and it's not exactly on my must do list. I would just sit all bundled up next to a fire until it got warmer. I've been in the South way too long.

Ok, off to class. Later ladies!
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Just more snow--that's all. We got a few more inches. The newscaster just said we have had 12 hours of snow. Some measure in feet some in inches. It is so beautiful! Wish I could add a picture. here.
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Hi Gang,
Karin,Brrr....-11? I think I will take the snow. Is your area dependent on snow for the economy? Hope not. What is the hiit workout? Lord knows I need a workout. What is it about snow that makes you want to bake? hmmm...lol

We are supposed to get dumped on tonight. I live in the convergence zone and I already have an accumulation of about 10". Rambo loves it. I am not sure what we will get tonight because they are changing the forcast. They were saying 6 to 12 more inches but I think that it is moving south. I will find out when I wake up I guess. Adding wind is going to be hard on my snow filled trees. Gusts up to 50 MPH are expected. I let my son stay the night with a friend. Probably unwise but they were sledding. Worry, worry , worry. :o)
I am heading to bed. I hope everyone is doing well. I will check in tomorrow and let you know how we faired.
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Colleen you have way more snow than we do. We've only had about 4 inches this year compared to about 4 feet by this time last year. We are really just getting our frost blast of winter but it's brutal. -11 tomorrow.

Macke I like Hiit workouts too. Have you ever done the turbo fire series? I had to chuckle at your "not wanting to die at the end of the minute" comment. Been there!

Skiing in colorado sounds like fun. My ds has been snow boarding several times this season. I think they go to copper mtn.

After you all were posting about The Hunger Games series I decided to get them on my kindle. I finished all 3 books in about a week. Couldn't put them down. Now I'm on to some lighter reading.

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Macke, I just received word that it is snowing in Crested Butte. Yeah! We leave February 1st. When are you going to Breckenridge?

Spent Friday and Saturday at Mom and Dad's. Mom was mostly coherent and we enjoyed conversing. Dad hurt his foot and wasn't able to move around very much. He's going to physical therapy which seems to be helping.

A vendor from Holland is staying with us and leaves tomorrow (we have a major trade show this week). A breast cancer survivor joins us tomorrow prior to reconstruction surgery. She'll probably stay through Thursday.

Poor dh is fighting bronchitis and I'm doing everything possible to keep from becoming infected. So far, so good....

Katrina, your steady approach to adding certifications and keeping yourself trained and relevant is an exellent example for your children. Hopefully, they are as proud of you as we are!

Flaps to all,

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We have about 8 or so inches of snow and awaiting the 2nd (or is it 3rd) dumping. We are supposed to keep getting snow until Thursday when the temperature will go back up to the 40's. Looking forward to Thursday but it is truly beautiful! Keeping my bird feeders full and my eye on the beauty. Reading and waiting.
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Hola!

Katrina, thanks for the new thread. I read on the old one about your "bliss formula" and I was impressed by your savvy about the likelihood and direction of possible adjustments to the retirement incentive package. This makes me sure that you and your dh will have all the knowledge, experience and tools to make it work for you. And I love the fact that you are re-tooling for future opportunities: the rough guess is that 75% of your colleagues (regardless of age) don't take advantage of that option. Good on ya!

Colleen, Snow and snowcones for the pups! Very cute. Glad to hear that peace is more pervasive at your home -- hope they can learn to be together.

Kathi -- that story you shared was stunning. And it confirms for me a hypothesis that autism is the inability to filter sensory input. "...I see a thousand faces when I look at you, so I have to look away..." Wow.

Tracy, will be thinking of you this week with your visitor. I like what others said about the priceless gift of gentle guidance. I wish I had access to some of that -- you are quite lucky.

Penny, can't recall where you are this week -- but what do you think of the snow situation. Looks like we may have to go to Colleen's to ski this year!

Lorena, hope you are getting through all your targets for the weekend. I like how you have "your" work and "job work" and how they feel different. That's how I think of my Board activities too -- even though it can be long and not always a joy, it's something different.

Lisa, did you get any of the snow this last week? I looked like it might get to you. We are supposed to return to rains this week, and the clouds have definitely rolled in off the ocean. I have several East Coast swings in the next month and pray that Ulr (Norse God of Snow) faces elsewhere during those times.

Karin, what fun things are you lining up for the year? After all the anguish of last year, I hope you and your dh have something bright on the horizon. With all the talk of the "new normal" it seems that the media and pundits have forgotten of all the areas that suffered so much with the storms, tornadoes, rains, and fires. "Normal" is a relative term, I think.

Well, here's the HIIT report: I finally managed to work my way up to 10 intervals, with a goal of 12. And I've begun to notice a couple of things. My anaerobic capacity is getting better -- I can't use the word "easy" to describe the last 15-20 seconds of each intense interval, but I can scratch "about to die" off the list. and second that the period of cool down is essential to not getting sore the next day.

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Checking in to get Flerd goodness in my mailbox. Enjoying the fact that I have tomorrow off work and grateful for the reason.
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May we reach new goals and continue our quest for healthy living.

Ok, new thread. The old one was getting long.
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