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February 16, 2013 10:33 AM
hey all...

typing on a laptop, so won't tarry. got home last night from our mini vacay. had a blast. i'll post some pictures soon.

my son told me the other night that he was "thisclose" to "shipping out" in three weeks.... however, he had yet to fill out and turn in his papers regarding an "incident" and its aftermath when he was 14.

we've had our hands full with this kid....

so, until he gets the needed docs from the court and gets it to his recruiter, etc, everything is on hold.

i'll still believe it when i see it

all i know is that he was supposed to be at work at 7:30 this morning... i woke him up at 11:30.

we'll be telling him tonight....strike three and you're out of here. he's stiffed two jobs already since he's been home. this kid threw away 150 bucks that dominos owed him because he was at the recruiters and didn't get there in time...never called...never went back.

and he throws away 72 bucks today (8 hours at 9 something an hour)

inconsiderate, irresponsible ass.....does he really think we're enjoying filling his gas tank and his stomach for nothing...at 22?

rude awakening coming tonight....

other than that....life is going as usual today...which is a good thing.

later....hate laptops.
February 16, 2013 4:12 PM
Okay, whew-- that's better....back at my beloved keyboard.

Had a putzy kinda day-- Abby had a basketball game at 10am, and from there, we just kinda putzed.

Began the taking to task of Monsieur David for being a bum-- he had the nerve to tell me he needs 20something bucks to pay his gym membership to keep it current. I asked him how much he would've made today had he not slept in. he says, "I wouldn't have gotten that for two weeks, anyway."

Uh? You're conveniently missing the point. So, I had some choice words....you know, we've spent a fortune since you returned, supposed "helping" you, and then you pull this crap. You have no thought about the money you're throwing away that we need to keep supporting your sorry behind??

He apologized-- plain and simple. He agrees it was irresponsible, blah, blah, blah--

yeah, yeah....grumble

I left it at that for the time being because we were in the kitchen, and other kids were around....tonight he'll know that if this happens again (sleeping past work time) he will start packing when he wakes up. He knew coming home that we wouldn't tolerate him sleeping past work time...which is why, says he, he knew he needed to come home. The folks where he was living would've let him sleep for a week without caring...

Sooooo-- same ol', same ol' with this dope...

Need to scoot--

hope all is well--

oh-- I haven't done the grading thing, but have been doing well eliminating glutens. Decided, however, the other night at dinner (Golden Corral), eh, what the heck....one brownie....one coconut macaroon dipped in the chocolate waterfall...one half of a piece of carrot cake. This was after making extremely wonderful and wise dinner choices-- and having a great, great week...

Within 30 minutes, my stomach was horribly blown up and very, very uncomfortable.....

You getting it now? Uh-- dip****? You who criticizes David for making the same mistakes over and over again...do you get it now? Uh, hello???

Went to Golden Corral again the next night....and no brownie, no coconut macaroon, no carrot cake... No blown up abdomen....no discomfort.

Derrrr.

Feeling better overall. The fatigue is much better.

This is my life. Deal with it.

Really leaving now--

ciao.
February 16, 2013 5:34 PM
Marla, glad you had good time on your little vacay getaway.

Errands ran. Emerson got an invite for a sleepover while we were out. It's her first. Mama's nervous.

Had a great day! Hope you all have, too!
  101798
February 16, 2013 7:08 PM
Hi all. Started the day off by sleeping in WAY later than usual (after getting up to feed the dogs, of course). It was nice, but it got me off to a late start for having a productive day, which means I didn't! tongue

I got an A+ yesterday with 102 points. I'm on track for 94 points today. I don't want to lose my A, so I am motivated not to eat more than my allotted calories. I still have my evening popcorn snack logged and left to eat, so I'm in good shape.

Marla, I hope David gets his stuff together. If he does ship out in three weeks, he may have no choice but to get his stuff together. huh

Mark put his new grill together today. I don't even know if I mentioned it showed up yesterday, after I cancelled the order and was told I was getting a refund. Oh well. All's well that ends well, but I won't likely be ordering anything from Sears any time soon. That was a big ol' pile of stress.

I made some pretty healthy lasagna for dinner. I used 96% lean ground beef and reduced fat cheeses. My family will put up with that, but they won't eat whole wheat pasta, so I made it with white. Not a bad compromise. It was tasty, and it was pretty low-fat, low-cal. I didn't get to have a huge portion, but it was enough to be filling. And, like I said, I still have my popcorn to look forward to.

I really need to get a bunch of stuff done around the house tomorrow and maybe even take another stab at the taxes. Oh joy.
Edited by PJilly On February 16, 2013 7:10 PM
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February 16, 2013 7:15 PM
i hate laptops.

i hate windows 8.

had a post typed out...it went poof.

now i'm grumpy and don't want to type anymore.

throwing the stupid laptop out the window.

later.
February 16, 2013 7:52 PM
I would like to complain about my grade for today. LOL. I worked my ass off. Left the house by 8. $475 worth of groceries. Home by 10:30. Rolled all the kids out of bed. Starting mega organizing the kitchen, putting away groceries, cleaned cabinets. Had the kids super cleaning their rooms. Did load after load of bedding. Moved all day, ate lunch standing up. Sat down for 40 minutes- 20 to take Alex to the skating rink and then back home and then 20 to get him from skating and back home. Otherwise, didn't sit down until 6:30 when I ate dinner, only to get up and work for another hour.

I worked like a crazy women..... yet I didn't complete a workout or walk the dog. ohwell I logged my food, ate within calories, ate no empty calories, completed 1000 daily tasks and moisturized. Yet no workout and no doggie walk is minus 30 points. I am the easiest grader in the whole wide world with my students. I'm trying to figure out how to grade myself here. I had an awesome day, got a ton accomplished and moved all day. A 70 hardly seems fair.

I think I will split the difference. Take away 15 points and give me an 85. Technically I did not do a workout and I for sure did not walk that poor sweet dog. Such dilemmas in life. How to grade yourself. tongue

All in all, I had a fabulous week. 96% average. Mainly lost points for water. I haven't been on the scale in a week. I've been tempted a few times, but it passes quickly. I'd lie to say I'm not curious right now, but I feel good about things, so that helps. I actually considered taking a picture of the scale, but not looking until I say it's time to look. That's somewhat sad, isn't it? I like to track trends. It's hard to do that if you look at the scale and it's down 5 pounds. Did I lose it all one week and then nothing or did I lose a pound a week? In the end it doesn't matter...... well, it mostly doesn't matter. I'm just curious how it plays out.

I'm pretty sure I just fell asleep with my hands in typing position. Holy crap I'm sleepy.

Later my friends.
  93576
February 16, 2013 8:28 PM
QUOTE:

I'm pretty sure I just fell asleep with my hands in typing position.


Welcome to my world. My kids will laugh because they'll come in when I'm transcribing and find me with my head down, my mouth open and my eyes closed...

Back at my keyboard so I'll yap a bit. Keith and I just went out to the diner for some eggs and potatoes. Not sweating the calories for I know I ate well today. Hard-boiled eggs for breakfast-- salad for lunch-- baked parmesan tilapia and veggies for dinner. Hell-- no wonder I was flippin' starving. 1500 calories or so for the day-- not horrible. Carbs way under my limit, protein over--

We had a nice slow day-- maybe popping a movie in...although I'll be snoring in no time.

Have a great Sunday, my friends.
Edited by Marla64 On February 16, 2013 8:37 PM
February 17, 2013 7:26 AM
G'morning. Must. Get. Out. Of. Bed. yawn yawn yawn
  261869
February 17, 2013 7:34 AM
Good morning, Team! I'm actually sitting with the laptop, not my phone or iPad, and a few minutes to spare, so I can actually type a post. Marla, you would die around here: we have nothing but laptops and mobile devices.

Morgan and I had a nice day on our college visit Friday. It was an early morning; we had to be on the road by 6:00 a.m. Our first task of the morning was to register for orientation this summer sad We then attended a mini-fair showcasing on campus organizations and major areas. She was able to ask some questions about a couple of things she was interested in. Morgan is not a "joiner" and is by nature quite shy. She is aware she will need to push herself to "get out there" a little bit to make friends or she will sit in her dorm room and be homesick all the time. After the fair, we attended a session in one potential major area. Then it was already time for lunch. Their cafeteria setting and food are quite good and they do much to promote healthy eating and choices. We were able to speak with someone from the admissions department because the area Morgan is most interested in for her major wasn't offering a session. The admissions officer tried to set us up with a professor in the department, but everyone was at lunch or teaching. We settled for a trip to the book store, where we didn't look for a single book. We stocked up on $7 t-shirts so we can show our support for her school laugh Our last stop were dorm tours. We've been to the college twice and seen the same dorm twice. It was good to see the others and know how she wants to change her housing request. We also met a nice girl and her mother and ended up touring a couple of dorms with them. The two girls seemed to be fairly similar in personality type and they exchanged contact information.

The best thing about our day is that we just needed the time alone together. This babysitting job she has this year is quite intensive. She sees the kids more than their parents do. The boys are 3 and 7 and quite the handful. Plus there is a 11 month old baby girls, and sometimes their 10 year old sister. She babysits 3:30-10:00 M, T, Th nights, plus 1-10 on Sundays. THat's a lot of work for a senior in high school. It has also cut into time with friends, which is what I think is at the root of some of the girl drama, which is continuing. At this point, she feels she has lost 2 of her closest 3 friends. One in particular I am very disappointed in. She has been like a second daughter, was not involved in the situation that seemed to start everything last week, and she has managed to do the most damage to the situation. All that being said, it was nice to get Morgan away for the day. It was also her favorite visit to the school and I think it got her more excited about school in the fall.

Yesterday, I got up and ran the Red Flannel Run. That is the first 5k I ever ran back in 2007. This year I did the five mile route. (Lori, it was 16 degrees at the start!) I thought I was having a terrible run. I was sucking wind, and I stopped to walk a block twice. There was a KILLER hill at the start which about did me in. All that said, I ran it in 49:24. Anytime I'm under 10 minute miles, I'm happy. I am not a fast runner by any stretch.

The rest of the day was running around and doing odds and ends. The mother of a friend of mine is making a picture quilt for Shawn and I to give to Morgan as a graduation gift. Yesterday I finally printed the pictures she selected onto the special fabric. The quilter lives in OK but is up for the weekend for a visit, so I wanted to get those to her so she can take them home with her. Also the fabric we had chosen for the back wasn't going to work as well as we had hoped, so I needed to run to the next town over where there is a quilt shop and get a different fabric. I hope Morgan loves it!

Little Bug celebrated her birthday with her girlfriends yesterday. WE have a local ski hill (affectionately known as the Bump). Bug has a pass there, as do many of her friends. They met there for skiing and snowboarding. I popped in a couple of times and took out some snacks. When Bug thought the night was over and I was taking her friends home, Morgan drove Anna and one other friend "home." Really, we surprised her by having the girls over for a movie. The plan was to give mani/pedis also, but everyone was worn out. Took them all home at 11:00 and CRASHED!

My eating yesterday was completely wacky. Never a truly good "meal" just nibbles here and there. Not good to do it that way, I know.

I've been thinking about my eating and choices. I've been logging up to a couple of days ago. Life the past two days was just busy and I didn't make the time. Anyhow, I'm staying within my calories, which are pretty low. I'm not moving the scale at all! It is so frustrating. At times, I wonder if I've whacked my system as Marla did. Also, I've decided I wish your body knew and gave you credit for the times you pass on the bad stuff. Oh, your entire family is having pizza and you are having a spinach salad? Drop 3 pounds for being good and showing restraint! laugh You haven't touched the Valentine chocolates? Minus 2! Alas, it is not working that way.

I've also tried changing my workouts up more, thinking my body was in a rut because I do the same basic things. Still not seeing any results.

Well, that is my rambling for the day for anyone who cared to hang in there. Today's goal: take Bug to see her grandmother who wants to take her birthday shopping and have her spend the night since her cousin will also be there. Work on taxes and FAFSA. Work out. Hmmm, the only one I'm looking forward to is the workout. wink
  92725
February 17, 2013 1:10 PM
beep beep!

*waves*
February 17, 2013 5:07 PM
chirp...chirp...

where everybody be?

laptop again...grrrr....

sitting at starbucks w/the mister. dropped abby/hope at bb tryouts...

not much today...looked at a beautiful house...considering making an offer. it would necessitate moving Boo to a different high school.... tough decision not made lightly. However, we're not a fan of our school district....putting it mildly. if we stay for Boo, then we are stuck bc soon Hope will be there...and then Abby....we're stuck for another 14 years.

oh well....house is really lovely. great mix of remote and neighborhood... kinda mountainous....trees, views....

we'll see.

need to go...blech this cursed laptop.

love to all.
February 17, 2013 5:51 PM
QUOTE:

I wish your body knew and gave you credit for the times you pass on the bad stuff. Oh, your entire family is having pizza and you are having a spinach salad? Drop 3 pounds for being good and showing restraint! laugh You haven't touched the Valentine chocolates? Minus 2!


Wouldn't that be awesome????? LOL. I always think things like that and then when I don't get the magic happening I get pissed off and fall to the dark side.

I did do measurements today. They were not outlawed by me. All of them were down. 3/4 in my waist, 1/2 in my hips.....basically something everywhere. That's what cutting out the sugar can do for me. I knew just from looking in the mirror that I looked better than last week.

I really was tempted to get on the scale, but I didn't and I won't. Not yet. That number isn't important. As long as I WANT to get on it, I haven't gotten past the hold it has on me. I know it can be used in productive ways and I think I have used it that way in the past, but for right now, it's better this way.

Kaylynne, I have been worrying about whether or not I've been eating enough myself. I've been around 1600-1700 calories most days. I really should hit 1800. I realize that's only 100-200 calories off what I've been doing, so I'm not far away.

I got up this morning and ran 3 by myself, then ran 1.25 with Ginger until she stopped. Like literally will stand in the middle of the road and refuse to move. So we walked the last 1.75 and she was happy as a lark. She doesn't like running and I'm lucky I got that out of her. It was cold, so getting out there wasn't high on my things I really wanted to do, but I did it anyway.

Then I spend the day doing more cleaning/cleaning up. I don't have as much to show for it, but by damn, I was busy all day! I'm tired now. I could seriously go to sleep.
  93576
February 17, 2013 7:18 PM
Meh-- I'm finding that if I don't eat the breads and sugars and glutens, I'm not as much caring how many calories I eat. When I eat glutens, I blow up like a balloon. That abdominal pressure kills any hunger pangs-- I feel full constantly.

From that point on, I eat either because I want to, or because "it's time," or because I have calories left, et cetera.

When I'm not eating the glutens, I'm not blowing up and I'm finding myself absolutely ravenous. So, I listen to the body and eat. As a matter of fact, I'm heading out to the kitchen in a bit to make some eggs.

Jeanne-- thought of you this morning-- went to breakfast with the mister....had an omelette with spinach and feta cheese. It wasn't as good as the one I had with you, but it worked. Ate the accompanying potatoes. Didn't order any toast. And resisted the amazing bakery products this place sold...Carlo's Bakery had nothing on this diner/bakery-- holy Hannah.

I was teasing Keith that I could happily eat the huge chocolate dipped apple-- no glutens.

He talked me down off the ledge...no apple.

So, that was my breakfast-- I don't know if I even had lunch, quite frankly... And then fish and veggies for dinner. Explains why I'm so damn hungry now.

Once again I'm on a good road to at least abdominal happiness from a pain/bloating/pressure standpoint. My pattern, however, is to start feeling better so let the crap back in to my system-- how dopey is that?? Mannnn--

so, determined to stay the course and realize this is my life. It's not so bad-- once I get my mind around it and stop moping about what I can't have, I feel better about what I can...and it's all stuff that I should have anyway...stuff that's good for me.

now....to order my T3 on payday, and get the exercise back.

Like I said, David's re-entry into the unit threw me for a loop-- need a better effort.

Blathering away--

Kay-- your day with Morgan sounded precious-- happy to hear you had such a nice time-- $7 t-shirts are a steal.

Yapping concluded-- eating must commence.

Later.
February 17, 2013 7:28 PM
Toot toot!

I had to come toot my own horn. I bought 8 bags of chocolate because it was on sale at the commissary. V-day stuff. I put 4 out for the kids yesterday. I have eaten.....none. It's not even calling me.

I made a chocolate pie tonight with peanut butter cup broken up on top. None. Not even a lick.
  93576
February 17, 2013 7:40 PM
QUOTE:

Toot toot!

I had to come toot my own horn. I bought 8 bags of chocolate because it was on sale at the commissary. V-day stuff. I put 4 out for the kids yesterday. I have eaten.....none. It's not even calling me.

I made a chocolate pie tonight with peanut butter cup broken up on top. None. Not even a lick.


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Figured I'd help you out a bit--

Rebekah brought home some Gertrude Hawk chocolates on Thursday to sell for her spring musical. I've had one bar so far...which is amazing for me.

So I'll toot for me, too-- no chocolate today.

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Edited by Marla64 On February 17, 2013 7:42 PM
February 17, 2013 7:57 PM
I had frozen yogurt today with crushed Heath bar and granola. Can that count as my lunch?

I really need to completely cut sugar. I truly am addicted.
  92725
February 17, 2013 8:03 PM
Saturday
80 oz of water - 20 earned
Log all food - 0 earned
Cardio - 0 earned
Within calories - 0 earned
Min. One chore daily - 10 earned
Min. One treat daily - 0 earned
Stairs up to the office - 0 earned, no stairs to take :(
No cafeteria 20 (not at work, but no eating out)
50% - It's an F, but I'm okay with that.

Sunday
80oz of water - 20 earned
Logged all food - 10 earned
Within calories - 0 earned (over by 100)
Cardio/P90X - 15 earned, P90X Core done
Min. One chore daily - 10 earned
Min. One treat daily - 0 earned
Stairs - 0 earned (no stairs to take)
No cafeteria - 20 (no eating out)
75% - Better than yesterday, but way too much sodium
  101798
February 17, 2013 8:06 PM
Well, mom and dad survived E's first sleepover at a friend's house. Picked her up at 9 a.m. It's amazing to me how out of balance it feels when one of us is gone.

This mama is exhausted. I didn't sleep well Friday night or last night.

Sounds like our weekends were good. That makes me happy.

Nite!
  101798
February 17, 2013 8:28 PM
QUOTE:


I really need to completely cut sugar. I truly am addicted.


Word. I feel so much better when it's gone.
Edited by Marla64 On February 17, 2013 8:28 PM
February 18, 2013 6:34 AM
Good Monday morning, and happy Presidents Day!

I got A's all weekend. I am still loving this new grading system. Sometimes I think I've made it too easy on myself, but then I realize it's making me do what I need to do, so I think it's working perfectly. I can't remember the last time I went this many days eating this well. Plus it's given me that nudge to drink all my water, earn my extra credit points, get a weekend workout in, and not skip any scheduled workouts. I think I'm earning my grades. happy

I am glad the weekend is over. I like my boring, predictable workdays where I have more of a schedule. Weekends can be awesome, but they can also be more chaotic. This one was kind of like that. Not bad, just tiring.

Anyway, Mark doesn't have the day off, so I have the whole day to catch up on work before my customers are back in the office tomorrow. I like it.

I hope you're all having a good day too!
  261869
February 18, 2013 8:07 AM
Quick hi--

bit of transcribing done-- $27 for 70 minutes of work-- blessing for a home part-time job. Wow.

Everybody still home for President's Day-- need to scoot.

Love to all-- have a great day.
February 18, 2013 9:07 AM
Workout done, muscles are comfortably sore and tired, decent breakfast. Inservice meetings all day yawn Girls have the day off. Morgan is still experiencing girl drama. She's feeling like the world is against her at this point. Hurts this mama's heart. Dad is saying, "Suck it up and get over yourself."

Saw a sample of the gift we are ordering for Shawn's parents' 45th anniversary gift. It is a family tree made of our names, birthdates, and special words for our family. I think they are going to love it! It's hard to find something unique and special for them, so I'm excited to get it for them.

Better get back on task. Have a lovely Monday everyone!
  92725
February 18, 2013 10:17 AM
Kay-- here are my mantras to my kids...

1) A righteous man is cautious in friendship. Prov. 12:26

why?

Because....

2) Bad company corrupts good character. 1Corinthians 15:33

and my biggie....

3) A friend loves at all times. Prov. 17:17.

Hard as it may be for Morgan, learning who her friends are (and aren't) is important. If her "friends" aren't loving her "at all times," then shaking the dust from her feet and moving on may be necessary. Painful, yes, but part of the growing process, I guess...

If she didn't make the wisest choices in these friendships, more caution going forward may be in order...

I don't have much patience for drama of any sort....I nip it in the bud around here, and let my kids have it if I find they're engaged in any in school, et cetera. They'll rise above it or get my boot up their behind. Not always easy, though-- I'll grant you.

I'm FAFSA'd out-- holy hannah.

Just made all the necessary corrections to Faith/Aaron since our taxes have been filed. All are signed, sealed and delivered... Come on financial aid!!

Later, peeps.
February 18, 2013 2:33 PM
Good mantras, Marla.

Well, my daughter has taken a step toward something that might be productive. There is a medical institute nearby that has courses in both veterinary assistant and veterinary technician careers. She's expressed an interest in doing one of those. The assistant certification takes 9 months, and the vet tech degree takes 18. When she was checking out their website, she found they offer certification in phlebotomy, which takes only 3 months. She has always actually liked watching when she has blood drawn and doesn't have a problem with needles. And a three-month program? It's music to my ears (and wallet).

She called today, and then she received this email confirmation just a minute ago:

QUOTE:
Dear Andrea,

I am excited for you as you take the next steps toward a new and rewarding career!

We currently have you scheduled for a campus tour and personal consultation with a Medical Career Specialist on Thursday, February 21st at 4:00 p.m.


Fingers crossed...

Pretty good day here of catching up on work so far. I love these quiet days. I'd love to keep working, but I need to spend some time filling out the paperwork for our new benefits that kick in March 1. Whoever does their benefits communications does a terrible job! We started working on it last night, but I had no idea how convoluted it was going to be. My brain isn't at its optimum late in the day, so I need to take a look while it's still somewhat functional.

That, and reading on Jeannine's Facebook that she was at a doctor appointment today, inspired me to quit procrastinating and get some medical appointments scheduled for myself. The doctor's office isn't open today, but I got my mammogram scheduled for Wednesday. What fun! ohwell
  261869
February 18, 2013 2:47 PM
Three cheers for Andrea-- seriously, a good phlebotomist is worth his/her weight in gold. Looking forward to hearing how it all goes.

David has proven once again that he is working very hard towards change. We'd had our conversations with him regarding missing work, and some other issues-- and he's very, very receptive and positive towards all correction. Blows me away...happily.

Looking at another house tonight-- one we'd looked at previously, but not the one I mentioned yesterday. This one would not take Boo out of the high school. As much as we hate the school district, the thought of taking her out of her beloved school and music program, et cetera, breaks our hearts. So, we'll see what happens...

We already did a walk around the property this afternoon, and will return later tonight with our realtor to take another look inside and consider an offer.

Good day of eating underway-- scrambled eggs with peppers/onions for breakfast, and a double whopper/cheese, no bun for lunch. Only 9 grams of carbs so far today.

Keith commented on how much thinner I look, how much less bloated my face is by cutting out all the glutens. I can't tell you how much better I feel. May this be the time that I make these changes permanent....sheesh.

Hope wanted to make dinner tonight, so she's working in the kitchen. Oven fried chicken legs, and mashed potatoes. Faith's friend, Rachel, was here for dinner once and loved our potatoes here, so I invited her for dinner, too. She has one older brother in the military, and her parents are divorced. She lives with her mom, but has a "meh" relationship with her, from what I hear. (To Faith's credit, she has always respected her friends' confidence, and doesn't share much with me about them.... How did I spawn Faith? Sheesh-- that apple fell closer to her father's tree than mine, that's for sure.)

Took a nice walk around the development of the house we looked at-- so got a bit of exercise. If we move there, our walks will be divine. Beautiful views-- lots of hills.

Need to scoot--

love to all.

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