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November 2, 2012 6:52 PM
Hey, my friends....

Just finished rustling up the votive candles.....over a dozen, in all. Threw 'em in the freezer for a bit....helps to get the dribs and drabs of wax out. All washed and stored. Been a busy day--

I made meatloaf for supper, and simultaneously made a pot of vegetable beef soup for tomorrow night's dinner. One day this week, my friend of 8 texted....her power had just come back on, and she invited us over. She had a delicious pot of soup already made....inspired me. I've never made soup like this....holy Hannah, it's delicious. Thanks, Paula Deen.

Profoundly disappointed in Aaron. Long story short....I finally made him do some leg work for his West Point physical-- he's sat on his hands and dragged his feet. West Point obviously doesn't want to see Mommy doing it, nor do I-- but, as we've already discussed....I wasn't inclined to let this lad blow this.

He finally made some calls to find out why he couldn't access his DODMERB....don't ask....has something to do with Department of Defense medical review board something or other. He was trying to schedule his physical. I told him to get on the phone...DO NOT E-MAIL....and find out why you can't schedule this thing......

He used my cell phone to make the call and left a message on Monday, just before Sandy hit. The guy called me back....turns out Aaron's West Point application is 90% incomplete. He's done nothing. The nomination application for Congressman's approval was incomplete until I helped him at the last minute.

The guy told me, "Mrs. Brown, I don't have to tell you that other candidates have had their applications filled out completely months ago and West Point is already looking at them."

Nope. He didn't have to tell me.

You can lead a horse to water...... I don't know what the young man wants to do, but he obviously doesn't want this. And I'm done trying. I shared my anger at his laziness for sure..... But I'll spare you the details.

All I told him is that which he already knew.... He is not staying here after graduation aimlessly. If he doesn't have a future plan, out he goes. Another son full of potential too lazy to wipe his own behind.

Personally, I'm up to "here."

Oh well-- gripe complete....

Heading back to kids...

Edited by Marla64 On November 2, 2012 6:53 PM
November 3, 2012 9:53 AM
My goodness, it sure is quiet around here.

I'm having a lazy Saturday morning so far, but that's about to change soon. I need to get up, work out, and then do a whole lot of house cleaning. I'm actually excited about cleaning house today, because I know it's going to be our house for a lot longer than I thought it was. I will be so happy when I know what the official start date is for the new job. It depends on how long it takes for the background check and drug screen. Once those are back, he'll give two weeks' notice. Chances are, with him going to a competitor, they'll tell him to take a hike on the spot, but who knows? Once he gives notice, I can shout it out to the world! (aka Facebook, LOL).

Hope you're all having a lovely weekend.
November 3, 2012 10:01 AM
I am probably crazy, but I have the wheels in motion in locating a new puppy Image not displayed
November 3, 2012 11:50 AM
Probably crazy? I'd say certifiably so!
November 3, 2012 1:05 PM

Probably crazy? I'd say certifiably so!


November 3, 2012 2:19 PM
Yup! I've been rethinking my ball of fluff that I want(ed). One dog is enough. I never wanted two in the first place. It happened, I enjoyed it, God put her here with us for a reason, she's perfectly content as an only dog.

Had a really productive morning working in my classroom. I would have liked to have done more, but I'm happy with what I got done. So far I've done very little this afternoon. Works for me.
November 3, 2012 2:34 PM

I've been rethinking my ball of fluff

Somebody call me??

Wayyyy fluffy today-- cycle imminent. Yeesh.

Extremely productive day around here....almost caught up with the laundry. Nice to have dinner already made!!
November 3, 2012 2:51 PM
Kati, praying for your mum and for you heart.
Jeanne, praying for your mum as well.

love to all
November 3, 2012 3:41 PM
So, my son wants $60 to apply for University of West Virginia. Um. What? You still haven't finished your West Point application, and you want money?

Told the lad not a dime...not one....would be spent on any other pursuit until he completes this application. He is still well within the deadline, just way behind the curve. Told him there is no harm in trying and failing....only in failing to try. Yes?

Of course, attitude central began right I care.

Also told him his social life is gone until every jot and tittle are completed.

Eerie seeing the corn thrasher coming towards me in the Right outside my window...bright headlights. Totally freaky.

Heading to Starbucks with the old man.

Love to all.

(soup was first ever major soup coup! While I did use some canned veggies, I didn't use any canned broth.... "The Lady and Sons Vegetable Beef Soup," courtesy of Paula Deen. Heavenly.)

Have a great night....
November 3, 2012 7:15 PM
Owner of a new macbook pro.......interesting.
November 3, 2012 7:20 PM

Owner of a new macbook pro.......interesting.

Just played with my friend's the other was cool.

Um, Macbook pro, that is..... devil wink

November 3, 2012 7:48 PM
Home again. Sigh. Dinner with all my babies, life is SO good.

These kids have grown into the best adults. I could not be prouder. heart heart

They are funny, intelligent and loving. What more could a mom ask for?

Time to go to bed. 5 am is just around the corneryawn
November 3, 2012 7:53 PM


Owner of a new macbook pro.......interesting.

Just played with my friend's the other was cool.

Um, Macbook pro, that is..... devil wink


November 3, 2012 9:47 PM
Hi Friends,

I feel as if I've switched into a different dimension or something - it's hard to explain. I'm still here in Minnesota staying at my mother's, taking care of her - nursing her really. My sister is staying here also and it is taking almost all of our time just taking care of my mother. My mother is on heavy-duty narcotic and major doses of ibuprofen. She needs to sit up several times a day (so as not to develop pneumonia), walk around with her walker (so as not to lose muscle strength), eat regularly - especially when she takes the ibuprofen and to keep up her strength. My sister and I keep records of every pill she takes - how much and when. We help her get in and out of bed, go to the bathroom, take a shower. We prepare meals, snacks and then sit with her to encourage her to eat. We sit and talk with her, watch TV with her.

There is no way for the doctor to know exactly what level of the narcotic she should be taking and it will change over time as she heals. He gave us a range of number of pills and length of time between doses. At first, we had her on the strongest regimen but she was barely conscious. So we cut it back but too far and she was in a great deal of pain. Now, we finally think we have found the right level - she's alert most of the time, although obviously still under sedation but not gasping with pain either. My sister and I feel as if we're working in the dark which, of course, we are and just experimenting with my mother. She, unfortunately, is the one who suffers when we guess wrong. And she's had to forgo all personal dignity and privacy and let her daughters do everything for her and I mean everything. I only hope that she doesn't remember any of it because of the narcotic haze that she's in.

Still, she's been incredible - doesn't get mad at us, apologizes when she cries out in pain for making US feel bad, tries to stay upbeat and positive. I'd be a basket case of tears and depression if I was suffering what she is. I've learned so much about character just from watching her this past week.

Thank goodness my sister and I have each other here. We can give each other breaks - we make sure the other gets out on her own at least once every day - we work as a team when we have to get my mother up at night to take more pain medication and use the bathroom. Plus, we go work out together when we can - my brother and his girlfriend drove several hours to get here today to see my Mom and give us a break so we could go work out. And brought in takeout food for dinner.

On the diet side - I'm eating well and not too much. Now I really understand how comfort eating happens - I'm fighting a constant low level longing to just pig out on bread and cookies and sweets. I know its just the tension and old habits trying to break through. I'm enormously grateful that I haven't succumbed and that I've been able to relieve the tension by working out. If I were back to old habits, I'd be really depressed and unhappy and of much less use to my Mom and not a good teammate for my sister. My inspiration comes from the courage and determination my 91 year old mother is exhibiting despite her suffering. How could I do less?

Once again, please, please - take care of your bones! I have already decided that when I finally get back home, I'm going to get a trainer to develop a weight-lifting regimen for me and I'm going to start back with running again. I am determined not to let this happen to me.

Take care - I hope all is going well with each and every one of you.

November 4, 2012 3:33 AM
Jeanne, your post brought tears to my eyes and thoughts of my Mom. It is hard and I can remember bingeing and feeling worse then ever. My sister was out of the country but when she came to help it was enormous for me. Stay healthy . Hugs to your sister and your Mom. Richie
November 4, 2012 6:59 AM
Jeanne, you, your sister, and your mother are all lucky to have each other. Your post brings back the feelings I had from when my dad was so sick. It was a hard time, but it was a time so filled with love and strength and a feeling that we are a family that will always be there for each other. My dad displayed the same strength and concern for his loved ones that your mother is showing you now. You and I are lucky that we have had such wonderful examples to learn from. Love to you and yours. heart heart heart
November 4, 2012 9:23 AM
Jeanne-- hugs, my are as strong as your mother. Don't sell yourself short. What lovely characters you all exhibit out there in Minnesota-- kudos. Strong women. I'm so impressed. Hugs to all of you.

Good afternoon, my friends..... My turn for the cold that's plaguing the clan. Aaron's went into his chest, as has Abby's and Keith' far, mine is just a head cold and sore throat. I tend to fight these things off better than the mister....

Took dog for a walk, and hit Panera for breakfast with Keith.

Haven't gone to the gym since before the storm, and only twice the week before.....need to get something going this week. I think you're totally right on the weight regimen, Jeanne. Personally, the more we research about endurance training, the less likely I am to resume. It lowers metabolism, can increase free radical production.....not to say I won't do exercise. But I'm less likely to resume the half training, et cetera.

I like the short bursts of more intense cardio, and the weight training. I have all that at my fingertips downstairs.... My goal is to resume P90x. I can do that, and still hit the gym with Keith in the evening if I keep my arse off the computer and stay productive in my home.

These are all things that have been circling in my brain this weekend.

Need to scoot and fold clothing....just popped in to read and say hey.

Love to all.
November 4, 2012 10:01 AM
Marla, I hope the entire Brown household finds good health and a little bit of peace and quiet at the same time. It seems like it's been one thing after the other for your family. I suppose there's not a lot of calm to be had with that many bodies under one roof. My hat is off to you for how gracefully you handle it all.
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November 4, 2012 10:27 AM
Creeps in slowly....... sorry that I haven't been around, I haven't even been lurking!

I started nannying at the end of july, and have found the transition from being at home to working away quite dificult. Adrian, the boys and the dogs are al doing we'll, and as adrian isn't working during the day at the moment he has moved my kitchen to the back of the house, so now have a kitchen diner, he's converted the old kitchen into a rom for John and has also put some decking up in the garden - I am getting addicted to freecycle, and a lot of the building material, decking etc has come from there. My weight has skyrocketted, which I am not happy about, and I have found calorie counting very difficult when away fom me, so have just started the 5/2 diet which seems to be working - 4lb down in 2 week
Hopeing that this finds you all well, and if it doesn't then my thoughts and prayers to those who need them xx
November 4, 2012 10:41 AM
Tanya!!!!!!!! heart heart heart heart
November 4, 2012 11:08 AM
(((((TANYA))))) So glad to see you. Glad to hear things are going well albeit busy. Not quite sure what "freecycle" is?

Jeanne - You post was both heartbreaking and uplifting, if that makes any sense. Your mom is lucky to have such wonderful children and you kids to have her. Hope she heals swiftly. Also nods to you for not giving in to emotional eating and getting in exercise.

Marla - Sounds like things are starting to get back to normal. Are the gas station lines where you live as long as they are showing on TV or is your area basically back to normal?

Had a good morning step class today. A lot of new people, which was odd, and the best part...all of them stayed and didn't give up. I know it can be frustrating not knowing the moves and terminology when taking a new class, but I tell them as long as they are moving, it's all good.

Taking the dog on a community walk with a bunch of other dog people this afternoon and then I have a phone call scheduled to talk to a breeder about a puppy ( I know I am loony...I don't care). Then we will be watching the Falcons hopefully win their 8th game against the Cowboys tonight. All this sandwiched in between laundry and cleaning of course wink

Hope everyone enjoys the rest of their weekend.
November 4, 2012 11:53 AM
I can't believe I haven't logged on in three days. I guess that accounts for the 5 pounds I put on in the last two weeks. Comfort food galore in my house as we continue to host different family members who can't live in their home. It was a very long day yesterday. We had a reporter come by an interview us. Thing is, we were lucky to even get to our house as so many are still restricted in seeing what of their homes are left. Very sad.....but we will get through. Will catch up on posts another time.

love my Black Team! hi Tanya! heart
November 4, 2012 12:12 PM
Tanya! So nice to see you.

Okay, Diana, what kind of puppy? Just because I think you're crazy doesn't mean I'm not a little jealous. I love puppies.

Donna, hang in there. Life will get back to normal. It's hard to be "good" when everything else is upside down. Kudos to Jeanne for being able to handle that. I've never done it. I can be really good if things are under control, but I feel like I'm always one excuse away from throwing in the towel. I need to learn from Jeanne's example.
November 4, 2012 12:16 PM
Donna-- I was just logging on to see if you'd popped in. Geez....your daughter dances with The Boss, your family is in USA Today-- what next?? wink

Your family will get through this, for sure.....people are what matters. The things can be replaced. I know it'll be tough, but the family unit is strong....hugs to mama Pat, et al. She and her husband must've done something right.... The family all showed up together to tackle the mess. Good stuff.

Diana-- yes, Ma'am-- lines like that here, too. Governor Christie issued rationing.....odd/even, based on your license plate number. We've been hopping the border, though, and getting it in Easton. Lines there, too, but it's self-serve in PA so the lines move quickly.

For now, we're all pretty well tanked up.
November 4, 2012 1:15 PM
I am having the oddest sensation right now. It feels like morning sickness. Ha, wouldn't that be hilarious?!? I feel a little nauseated, but I also feel like I want to eat something. Maybe it's my reaction to setting the clocks back. tongue Who knows?

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