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Old 11-14-2013, 12:16 PM   #601
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Thanks Liz! I'm following Chris Powell's carb cycling program.. my carbs on HC days run anywhere from 110-200g depending on what I've chosen to go w/ protein...esp. if I have fruit too... LC days always usually hover around 50-65g because every single day (regardless what day it is) the first meal of the day is ALWAYS HC so I'm already at about 30g for that meal before my 2nd meal of the day..

Tami--no, I cannot believe I have a 21yo Talked to him this morning...awwww I miss him so much! He promised me all on his own that they were gonna be careful tonight...he says, yanno mom, this getting older stuff comes w/ a whole new set of responsibility, not sure I like it so much.. Your hotel sounds right up my alley...I'd be all over that haunted stuff! We lived in a house about 3- 3 1/2 years ago that I swear was haunted.. so many strange things happened in this house...seeing things, doors closing, fans starting on their own...I could hear what sounded like people talking in hushed voices, and when I'd get near where I heard it, it'd stop. There was a real negative energy there, stuff was happening to our family (nearly divorced), DD17 and DD19 were ALWAYS sick, just craziness. Needless to say, we only stayed for a year and were outta there. I coulda lived with the "ghosty" stuff, but the bad energy was more than I could handle.
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Hello everyone!!!
Danielle you are doing so welll!!!! An inspiration!! I am still listening for Chris Powell's voice
Tami ,I am sorry about your neighbor!!! Things have been stressful!!! good and bad-huh?? have funnnn on your getaway!!
Liz I love your new pictures!
Maureen !! I have a reeses candy bar staring me in the face...my DGD gave it to me and boy they are my downfall!!! Those and snickers!!! MMMMMMM Oh and hot tamales!!!
We have a little over 5 weeks girls until the big day GIRLS !!!! Lets do it!!!
I need to be more intune to myself!!!
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Old 11-14-2013, 04:26 PM   #603
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Wendy...we're kindred spirits in candyland .....I love reese's and hot tamales ...I could eat those all day long!

Well, Chris' voice is probably channeled at his wife right now to hurry up and have that baby!

5 weeks, really???
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OH I dug through some old recipes and made Linda Sue's Just like Stuffed Potato last night. I cut the cream cheese in 1/2 and it was still amazing! I can't wait to eat it for leftovers tomorrow!
I've been wanting to make that....I will now based on your review - thanks!
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Hello everyone!!!
Danielle you are doing so welll!!!! An inspiration!! I am still listening for Chris Powell's voice
Tami ,I am sorry about your neighbor!!! Things have been stressful!!! good and bad-huh?? have funnnn on your getaway!!
Liz I love your new pictures!
Maureen !! I have a reeses candy bar staring me in the face...my DGD gave it to me and boy they are my downfall!!! Those and snickers!!! MMMMMMM Oh and hot tamales!!!
We have a little over 5 weeks girls until the big day GIRLS !!!! Lets do it!!!
I need to be more intune to myself!!!
snickers....drool my all time favorite!!
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Danielle, to DS & Hooray to you for surviving 21 years of parenthood! Absolutely crazy, isn't it? Huge kudos on the weight loss, too! 19 pounds is fabulous!!!

Maureen, good luck with the stuff at work. Sounds pretty silly to be in hot water over something from so long ago. Hope it all works out. Good luck with the laptop, too. I hate typing on my phone, so I totally get it.

Monica, DD's concert sounds like fun. I played the clarinet for two years before my instructor gave up on me ever progressing. No lie! Enjoy sleeping in tomorrow

Still just plugging along here. Nothing new or exciting to report. Though I am getting excited for our little getaway this weekend. Picked up my comp tickets from the radio station yesterday and I reserved us a room in an awesome sounding, totally remodeled, historical old hotel so we don't have to drive the hour or so home after the concert. The hotel was built in the 1850's and was once a place for California lawmakers to escape and let loose... and let loose they did. Their bar was known for wild & crazy nights, with conga lines that would snake through the guest rooms (no privacy expected back then I guess!) It was a brothel at one point and John Wayne once played a notorious 50,000 poker game there. There are rumors of it being haunted and paranormal peeps have done studies out there, so I'll be on ghost watch Fun stuff
Enjoy your get away try not to party to hard!!! I dont know about the haunted part I wouldn't be able to stay there. You are into that kind of stuff though so it should be very interesting for you!!! Let us know how it goes
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MO - I hate days like that!!!!!!!!! Hopefully things blow over.

Today is my FRIDAY! I love that. I plan to sleep past 6:00 a.m. tomorrow. YEAH! It's the little things, you know???
Hope you are enjoying your early start to the weekend!!!
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Morning ladies! TGIF!

Monica, I really hope you got to sleep in like you wanted to!

I've gotta vent. I am still fuming about something that happened last night with DD17..
So, the kiddo has 2 jobs...both not a whole lot of hours so it's doable.. except when the 2 jobs want you to work on the same day back-to-back....but I digress...
First let me say, both jobs are in same mall, literally almost across from eachother... Yesterday She had work from 12-5 at the first one, then 5:30 - 9:30 at the 2nd.. Now mind you, the 2nd place, she NEVER EVER gets out on time no matter when she works.. if she's scheduled to get off at 2pm she's not out til at least 2:30 and that's on a good day... the other day she was supposed to be off there at 4 and I didn't see her til nearly after 5. She transferred from one place to this other store at the mall so she could partake in her first choice job at Hollister..and I have nothing bad to say about that place, they take care of her and she loves it there.. However job2 is really pissin me off! So anyways, she's supposed to be off at 9:30 last night... and again, we already know it's gonna be closer to 10pm.. and again, DD does not drive yet so it's me and DH having to go get her, etc.. I do NOT mind whatsoever, that is not the issue here.. She texts me at like 9pm and says I don't think we're getting out of her til well after 10:30 there is SO much to do.. she then calls me like 15 min. later and saying um I dunno when we're getting out of here..it's just me and Taylor (closing mgr) and we have to switch out all this signing and remerchandise all this clothes..blah blah blah..basically the jist was it was gonna be til maybe well after midnight.. UMMMMM NO! There apparently was 1 other girl there that got told she could leave after she finished some cart of clothes and the rest was supposed to fall to my kid and the mgr to get done.. WTH? I tell her, you have until 10pm and you're done. I don't care if you have to quit or do whatever but this is over. She was out at 10 and she said that the store manager had called in after I'd gotten off the phone w/ her (I guess she calls every night to "check in"?) and was berrating my kid for leaving before things were done! Seriously? She is scheduled until 9:30! It was very obvious that this stuff needing to be completed before opening today was stuff that they HAD to have known about for awhile... why not schedule a bunch of bodies for a couple hours after closing and bang it out, done!? Why not prep ahead of time tables/fixtures with merchandise that is changing durng store hours..no harm no foul? I get it, I have worked in retail my entire life, I've managed multi-million dollar stores for companies and the way this particular company does stuff is astounding. I have never heard of such work ethics and processes as this...it's crazy! I realize, she is 17 old enough to handle things..but this is every. single. shift she works she is there for well past her scheduled time and I'd finally had enough. This is not her life's blood, her dream career.. and I'm tired of these dumb managers who couldn't manage their way out of paper bag taking advantage of my daughter because she is good at what she does! UGH! Hours later and I am still fuming over this.

I'm sorry...I know this is totally unrelated to dieting and weight loss...but man, it took everything out of me to go into that store and tell that poor manager a thing or two.. I couldn't do it though...I would never embarrass my kid like that and I also find out that the mgr on duty w/ her last night is friggin 18 yrs old. REALLY???

So did I totally blow it and should I have made her stay to finish all this useless crap that should have been done during business hours??

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Awww, Danielle, what a good kid Love the haunted house stuff, too! Way cool! As for Dd and job number 2... grrr. Do you have state laws for teens and how late they work on school nights? California does. I'm not sure what the latest allowed time is, though I'm thinking 10? Might be time to look it up & hold them to it? Sigh. I don't blame you for being upset. I would have been to. A one time thing, ok fine, but every single shift when she's relying on someone else for a ride, nope.

5 weeks, huh Wendy? Yowzers.

Haha, Liz. I think of it all as fun until someone dies. As far as I know that hasn't happened yet so we should be good lol Honestly my first choice was the casino where the concert is being held so we could just wonder up to our rooms afterward, but they were booked. The other two options were a Holiday Inn Express for $7 less a night and a Best Western for about $60 less a night and I'm usually a cheap skate & would have went with BW, but it got horrible reviews that mentioned various bugs in several reviews including ticks, ants on a bed, and waking up with bug bites... UM... NO. I'll pay the extra money & put up with ghosts. lol And since it was practically the same price as the Holiday Inn I figured we may as well enjoy the extravagance, ghosts or no ghosts
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Unfortunately after 16 these kiddos are on their own... 17yo's are treated just like adults... so frustrating. Also, yanno what I find really interesting??? DD17 was originally at a store nearer to home (literally like 2 min. from here) and she had so many issues w/ people talking crap behind her back...just stupid piddly jealousy garbage..how she's the rich kid and how she's so spoiled, blah blah blah... and they say all kinds of stuff to try and drag her down..THAT was one of the biggest reasons she was ready to put in her 2weeks notice..so she did... Well, in between the time she interviewed for Hollister and her final days at Justice, the J store at the same mall as where she wanted to work for H called her and asked her to come work for them! She went and interviewed and this mgr promised her she'd match her pay/hours and would work around her Hollister schedule as DD made it clear that that was her priority...mgr said, ok, good, fine. Well, she goes in and it's more of the same BS... the gossiping about eachother, people being petty and jealous... insanity! Well, DD says at Hollister NONE of that happens..nada. Everyone is so nice to eachother, no one talks about eachother behind eachother's backs..if they're saying something it's always compliments, etc.. and everyone is just happy to work together and get along.. she says it's like night & day.. Personally, what *I* think is, they hire people with a certain "look" (let's be honest here! I'm not dumb) ...and these people they hire are confident, go-getters, motivated, and not shy.. There is NO NEED to sit and gossip and try and drag others down when you're happy in your own skin.. I am REALLY hoping she puts her notice in at J cause I've had enough of it for her and I'm not the one working LOL.
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Ugh. What a mess. I'm sure it all trickles down from management. So glad Hollister is different and so glad she has that job so she can see the difference! Both are great learning experiences. H- how to do it right & J- how NOT to! Sigh. I'll keep my fingers crossed that she puts in notice. I'm sure nearly every store in the mall is hiring right now?
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It's just so disheartening...this kid has endured bullying crapy since the 7th grade all because of jealousy.. she's kept her head down, did her thing and never bothered a soul..but they all came after her.. all she wanted was to get her 4.0 and get a life.. all she wanted from work was a chance to earn some spending money and get out of the house alittle bit.. and it's more of the same stuff! Crazy. She doesn't "need" 2 jobs...she was just trying to supplement the H- hours since they were few & far between when she first got hired... well they're picking up so she really has no need for the other.. Did i say I'd dance a jig if she quits? Cause I will!
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Gotcha... so she can just give notice & walk away right now... sounds like a good plan to me! I'll join you in dancing that jig! No one needs that nonsense!
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Hi, Danielle!!

First, 19 pounds!! WTG!!

Second, I think the frustration with DD17's situation is not unrelated to diet and weight loss at all. If you're anything like me, these kinds of frustrating situations are triggers that in the past have ended with cookie-wrapper strewn debauchery and regrets. Coming in here to vent about it is all part of a new lifestyle strategy for better health, and me, I'd be right proud of myself if I made good choices like that right out of the gate. (Work in progress. More on my floundering around awkwardly later...)

I agree completely that job 2 is taking advantage of your DD. Expecting somebody to work for free is basically the same as stealing from them. I can understand your fury!! I'd feel the same way, and I think your assessment of the situation and what's going on there is right on the money. So maybe I'm no help there as a sounding board.

How does DD feel about the situation? What does *she* think is going on, and what does she see as a solution to the problem (if she thinks there's a problem)?


Me... thank you everybody for support on the divorce et cetera and the temporary reset of the crockpot.

I am still struggling with the excessive snacking behavior, but yesterday I did something new.

I had run out of snack food, after having eaten it all over the past week *inappropriately* (meaning I was eating it when I didn't want to and in quantities I didn't choose, trying to use chocolate to fix being overwhelmed as I have always done which resulted in weighing 276 pounds a few years ago) and sabotaging my progress that I made in the past month, being able to co-habitate with a kitchen full of food without stress!!

So...up until now, in order to control my snacking when it got out of control, I would not bring snack food into my house. That worked pretty well, but with limited transportation it also had its drawbacks!

Yesterday I made a decision to try a new tactic: I would look at the inappropriate snacking as a "challenging behavior" and use the techniques I learned at last week's behavior seminar to address the situation. I would let go of the behavior, and focus only on the need I was trying (inappropriately) to meet. So to that end, I went and stocked up on snack food again - even more than before, and more variety. Crazy, right?

I must say it didn't go so well last night. I ate too much snack food and felt a little sicktummy.

But...I didn't worry about it too much, it was to be expected; and I did make a plan for trying to figure out what the need was and addressing it appropriately. I'm working on it.

Here's a weird thing I learned through writing in my journal about it: My impending divorce wasn't really what was freaking me out. What was really rocking my boat is that my writing is going well and I'm making considerable progress (40k words now). I was prepared to try and fail, but...well, what if my book doesn't suck?? Not so much prepared for that! Awk, I'm having fear of success!!

So anyway, if I can figure this out and get comfortable with taking care of myself appropriately so I don't want to do my "challenging behavior" anymore, I am gonna be so happy!!! I think I can do this!!

Today seems to be back on plan so far. The test will come later tonight, so I'll check in tomorrow and let you know how it went.

Happy Friday everyone!!

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Lynne~ thank you so much for your imput! No, DD does see this as a problem, she is plain unhappy there. I have had to repeatedly remind her that she does not HAVE to be working, this is supposed to be somewhat fun and not add to her stress levels beyond a normal capacity. I told her she needs to remind these women there that she is NOT 30-something working at that job because she has to... Life is too short to be miserable! The rewards are nil pretty much..the only one thing being the paycheck, but even that's kinda dwindled....It's not like she can partake in the discount, cause really I don't think she's interested in t-shirts w/ cartoon characters even though they would fit. I wanna say I know what she's gonna do (quit) and just keep on moving...we shall see. She's supposed to be doing a floorset Sunday night--scheduled 7:30pm-midnight...color me NOT happy! Monday she has school!!! She's told them twice already she is not available to do floor sets and they keep scheduling her for them. They are excruciatingly unorganized and a total waste of time.. I think this time she'll be calling out and not do it at all....these people need to get a friggin clue already!
Ugh...can ya tell I'm still hot'n'bothered by this company?

I LOVE that you are facing your food dilemmas head on and not ignoring anything. You will find a happy mix of what works for you, I just know it! When you wrote about having fear of success, I actually got goosebumps because I relate to that SO much... that is me 1000%. Glad you caught it and so thrilled that being aware will lead you down the right path, onto continued success.
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Danielle , my Youngest DD is 30 now but I think all 3 of my girls had a hard time with girls in school!! They r all hard on each other!!!
It is hard to see our children hurt anytime!! Even work!! We want to protect them!! You are doing such a great job !! Also losing lbs at the same time!!WTG
Lynne I loved your post !! It is all so true!! What a way to look at eating!! That will help all of us!!
By the way I did eat the Reese's and u know it was worth it!! I waited 2 days and sat down and savored it!! Then I walked 4 miles!! Lol!!!
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Morning!!!

Big bear hugs to Danielle and Lynn! Life. Ugh. Girls! Ugh! Girls are horrible. Ugh. Some women can be just like the jealous little brats, Danielle. You're striving to teach her better!!! Hugs!

Lynn, oh my. Oh my. Me too with the junk food. I can't stay out of it. Oh my! Help!!!!!

I took up knitting again. I hate it. LOL We are making fingerless gloves. I understand how to do it, but stopping to move the yarn front to back and back to front every two stitches has me nuts. I have not patience and run on full throttle, should you have not not noticed!!!

Half a glove is made. DD has to show me how to the slip over pearlwise and I'll be good to go to make the rest of this stupid thing and then the second.

Well, the big guy upstairs came down and gave me a huge smile at work the other day. He wanted me to come work for him. I said Hail yay! I'm secretly in love with him, but I just don't know it or something like that as my team calls him my wbf which translates to work boyfriend. LOL

He said he has to figure it out and he thinks I'd be too bored for the opening he has, but he wants me up there. He knew I was going to be bored out of my mind where I am now.

Anyway....there's that.

Food..yuck. I'm back to that binge status and I have to table myself somehow. Horrible. Horibble.

I went to the upscale consignment shop yesterday. Came out with one thing.... Peridot shiny green with whisps of sheer holiday dressy blouse with a hidden zipper up the back. Love it.

That is two dressy shirts for the holidays.

Now to get dd off to Drivers ed so she can zoom around with her instructor....

I hope I don't run into any candy......

HELP!!!
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Hi everyone, quick check-in:

Letting go of the challenging behavior and focusing on the need...

Let's say it's working. Not perfectly, but 90%. Good enough!!

DD Friday, perfect.
UD Saturday, not bad but a little less perfect. I went over my calories, but with an actual *meal* and not with endless out of control snacking.
DD today, perfect so far.

I'm getting it back together, and I know I'll be able to climb back into the crockpot again real soon.

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G'mornin lovely ladies! Hoping everyone is ready for a new week! The weekend went way way too fast for my liking.

Had the worst stomach ache for 2 days starting with Chipotle Friday night. Ugh! My beloved Chipotle betrayed me! Thankfully yesterday I was back to feeling good and had a good food day.

Switching up my cycle this next month--switched to the turbo cycle which is 2 LC days to every 1 HC day...I wanna see what the difference is scale wise--this could be fun! I'm only alittle over 6lbs away from beating my challenge here. It will be interesting to see how much further I can get past that before the challenge ends.

DH off today--I think we're gonna attempt some Christmas shopping.. the kids are so picky the older they get--it gets harder to shop! I need time!
DD19 was here yesterday...she STILL hasn't moved out...when I asked her she kinda threw her hands up in the air saying she didn't know.. Well, turns out what she doesn't *know* is "who" she's moving out with... I guess the original plan didn't really work out so now another friend is wanting to get a place w/ her, so we'll see. I'm not holding my breathe LOL While I kinda don't want her to move out, I kinda do want her to....I think it'll be good for her because girlfriend has not a clue about the real world or exactly everything we do for her. I believe she's the most naive out of my 3 kiddos and the one who will have the biggest wake up call.. She is stubborn beyond words and truly believes she knows more than us....(hhmmmm, wonder where she got that from?..I blame her dad! ) I keep reminding her that not so long ago I was 19 too, I get it!....oh well, let her learn, right?

We had the most beautiful sunrise this morning! If I hadn't been in the middle of taking DD17 to school I'd have taken some pitures...just beautiful! Lots of oranges and pinks.. I love how if any clouds are out, those too, also change colors..it's glorious!
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Lynne I love the work you're doing to figure out the basis for the behavior. In the end you will be so much better off for spending the time to figure it out now. I know you know this, but wanted to give you kudos for it anyway. Great job!!! And more hugs... cause it really is hard!

Maureen, working with the man upstairs sounds promising... love that he came to you! I've gotten a few offers like that in my younger years & the two I took advantage of worked out well. I still regret one I didn't pursue! Good luck

Danielle, sorry Chipotle let you down & that you didn't feel well. I hate that. Isn't this time with 'almost' adults fun? haha. It is sometimes, but it's competely mind boggling at others. The things we think they should know that they simply have no clue about always get me.

Weekend was fabulous. The concert was decent. It was actually really fun, but kind of short & sweet. I've never been to such a small venue before - well other than a video taping for Tesla WAY WAY back in the day! haha. So the entire venue only held 750ish people, which meant all seats were fabulous. Ours were great. Since the venue was so small we didn't really worry about getting there early for good seats and ended up two rows behind the VIP section third and fourth seats from the center isle, so yeah, excellent seats and the people on both sides of us were awesome. omg. One (very handsome) young guy to my right had arms so big that I could not reach my thumb and middle finger halfway around his arm to feel his bicep. haha. Many stayed seated in their chairs for most of the concert - again, not typical of the concerts I've been to... haha...a symphony goer I am not. lol. But Uncle Kracker eventually got everyone on their feet singing along. I was a happy girl Then it was over. I look at my phone & it was only 8:30. We probably could have skipped the room & drove home after all, but the hotel was pretty darned fabulous. Our room opened up to the balcony that overlooked the historic old town street that the hotel has been on since the 1850's. Really cool. I'll upload the two pics I took. lol. I did not stay low carb and ate several things that were off plan - hello red velvet hobbit pancake bite things dipped in frosting from Denny's. Stay away. They're evil - and delicious. We also had some yummy bbq where I didn't worry about the sauce and had a few bites of carby sides & then stopped at my fave mexican place for lunch on the way home. Yeah, that place is an instant diet killer, but it's always a nice way to end a carb loaded weekend So back to the grind today. I think I'm going to do meat & eggs for a few days. Wish me luck. Eggs tend to bug me after a while, but I'll live

Our Hotel, taken through my windshield when we first arrived:


DH standing on the balcony. I took the pic from our doorway:

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By the way I did eat the Reese's and u know it was worth it!! I waited 2 days and sat down and savored it!! Then I walked 4 miles!! Lol!!!
I love this. Happy snacks.

You know what, everybody, I think it's safe to say I'm back in the saddle.

More self-exploration and navel gazing: It's not *exactly* fear of success entirely that's sending me to the snack barrel - it's fear of shedding my invisibility cloak. 150 pounds of fat buys you a lot of invisibility, and snack foods reliably start putting the cloak back on!

So...what does this have to do with writing and success anxiety? I've been a successful writer for a while, but have managed to turn down every request to appear in public (except this one sorta disastrous NPR interview, which I shoulda turned down but got sucked into because it was radio; you couldn't see me. Ha.) and I'd say this reclusiveness has not been all that great for my career. I'm scared to be judged based on the way I look. I'm worried about what the (inevitable) offhanded snark does to me - sending me scurrying back to my invisibility cloak. Random strangers can be incredibly mean, right? Especially to women!!

I'm not going to let this anxiety win!

Maureen, I need your fashion sense!! Can you box up a little of it and Fedex it out to me? I need to buy new clothes now and I'm kinda clueless.

Question: did the binge-o-matic snackmaster come in about the same time the beauty pageant did?

Danielle, oy. Kids! Teenagers! Nobody could have told me a thing at 19. Not one thing. For some reason, I wanted to do all my own original research in life.

I love that you're not letting all this drama derail you. You're engaged with it, being a good parent, but not letting it pull you away from your carb cycling.

Best of luck on your new level of carb cycling! And I love sunrises too!!

Tami, how did the haunted hotel go?? Do you have ghost pictures?? I hope so!!

Happy Monday, ladies!! Back to work for me!!

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We were posting at the same time! There's a story here, right? Tell!!

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Haha. Not much of a story. Before the concert started hubby had gone out to the restroom and stopped by the little mobile bar outside the ballroom door to get us refills before the concert started. The girls who had been sitting right next to us (with muscle man) were in line & were going to use their credit card to pay for their drinks, only the bartender didn't take cards and was pointing them toward a distant atm machine. Drinks were already made and sitting on the bar. DH says something like you guys are sitting right next to us. How about I get this round & you guys can get the next and proceeded to pay for their drinks. So, when hubby comes back and is telling me this he points over to the people next to us and says, 'So when you want another drink just ask that guy.' I say, 'Forget the drink I'll just squeeze his arm!' The guy seemed pleased that someone wanted to squeeze his arm and he flexed for me. After attempt number one to squeeze his bicep he flexes again and says right here - pointing to the top of his bicep. Um, my fingers don't reach that far! lol Anyway, we were both amused & that was that

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Oh Danielle,

That would drive me nuts. Poor girl. At least she is not in a hurry and is still home for the moment. Ya, I wonder who she gets that from. LOL Poor you with a tummy ache. Glad you're feeling better!!!

Tami, that is a nice profile pic of hubby! Love the hat and beard! You lucky girl, you!!! Love that you had a balcony!!!! Sounds like you had a lot of fun!! I'm jealous over the weekend and for the flexy muscle man you squeezed! What a weekend!!!

Lynn, I'll get you all dressed up for public appearances! I love the way you write!!! I love your posts!!!


Well, the candy is gone..... I ate it. omg... I'm horrible. There was not much left, but then I made a big fat steak. I am finally full and I don't want to eat anymore.

I finished the gloves! A few months back I bought a sweater vest in a tanish cream (label: loft and it was only 8 bucks) and it had a fuax fur collar and was a zip up.

So, I paired the vest with a long sleeve white tee and the fingerless gloves which happened to match the vest almost perfectly in color. Jeans and my trusty old dependable clark clogs which look like boot.

AND lol one of the partners (mr. snazzy dresser fedora with bright colors) said I love your boots! Then again, a few years ago he loved my pink glitter flats. LOL LOL LOL

I was rummaging around DD's craft bag (with her permission) and I found the remnant of the beach cover up we made this year. It is a sheer floral knit. I took it and asked her if I could make something out of it.

So, I'm going to make some scarves with elastic thread. I just have to get the perfect measurement and make a pattern. It has Navy, Burgundy and bright hot pink and white - little bit of peridot for leaves. I've the needles for my machine already bought; I bought them this weekend.

Ok, I'm crashing from the sugar...help... I have to quit this cycle!!!
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Thanks Maureen. DH is a really good guy & I am a lucky girl

I can't believe you finished the gloves & wore them already! I hate knitting, so this seems like an amazing feat to me! Very cool that they matched your sweater vest! Ok, so candy is gone... no more temptation there. Are we back on plan yet? I'm trying to stick with meat & eggs and yesterday went ok, but hubby brought home wings which always seems like a treat instead of 'just' meat. lol. This morning I grabbed some precooked bacon at the store. I've never stooped to this level of convenience/laziness, but I'm hoping it'll make it easier to get a few more low low carb days in. Haven't tried it yet, but I'm sure it's fine since they seem to sell so much of it. Hang in there... in a few days it'll all be easy peasy again

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Maureen--No, she's in a hurry to grow up She's not really home much, always at one friends house or another... Eh, it is what it is...I gotta let her make her mistakes and pray she learns from them.

Candy's gone, hallelujiah! Onward, you can do it!

Tami-- reminded me about DD19 and the moving out thing..I forgot to tell you..remember the kid she was dating before that we didn't like? Welllllllll they're back together...it's been about 6 weeks.. OMG, DH is about ready to strangle her! "Eminem" as we've so lovingly (not) nicknamed him... comes here w/ her, doesn't say 2 words to me when it's just me, but as soon as he sees DH is home, he's all animated in his hello's...me thinks someone is afraid of the daddy-o! He hides in her room while she's puttering about cleaning or whatever and really says nothing to us.. drives me BANANAS!!!! Why can't this girl see she deserves SO much more than what she's getting.. Meh, I could go on and on and on.....

Mmmmmmmm wings I've been craving those this week, I may have those and stay far far away from Chipotle for awhile

Lynne-- thanks for the love, lady! I haven't really thought about going off plan despite all the drama going on in this house..I am SO thanksful for that!! I attribute it to the ease of the plan and the food I get to eat.. I could kiss Chris right now for it!

So proud of you for jumping back into the crockpot!
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Ugh, TOM is here. AGAIN. Seriously, WTH!
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I put Chicken in it and eat it as a meal! I also only used 1/2 of the cream cheese and doubled the cauliflower! YUMMO
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Lynne - keep in mind, NO ONE is perfect. I mean, Stephen King, LOOK at that man's face??? Stephanie Meyer, she is not tiny thing either. I don't know you would be judged by your size and if they do, TO HECK WITH THEM!!!! How are my vampires?

Sorry I am MIA, all this week is prepping to only work 1 1/2 days next week! It is a crazy time and my normal breaks during the day, I just don't take! Still on plan and have decided, for now, to allow higher than norm DD's and just maintain. That means, this challenge will be another fail for me, but I am ok with that.
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Ha, Danielle, I'd probably exhaust myself following eminem around talking at him. Asking him random questions about everything. lol. Sucks that they're back together, too, but I just can't stand when kids don't talk like that! The boys have had a couple of friends that were like that, thankfully none of them were close friends, but I was just like, 'What is wrong with you?!?' Made for some long annoying car rides as these were usually kids who needed schlepping to games, etc. Oye.

Hey Monica! Glad to hear's all is well & that you're just busy! The short week next week will make it all worth it! What are you going to do with 5.5 days off?

Lynne, absolutely ditto what Monica said. The rude comments would suck, but you can't take them personally! Scumbags who would spout out anything less than pleasant aren't worth one iota of your time!
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Tami---yeah I did that the first time he came over..he's ridiculous. Oh, and the other day he was here with her...before they left she came and asked her dad if he had her $$...we owe her some $ from last year that she helped her sister with...and every Friday he'd been doling out like $20 to her..he does it that way on purpose so she didn't blow it all at once.. Well, she's not been here for a few weeks and so now she was coming to "collect"... he told her he didn't have any cash, that we had no idea they were gonna be around.. when they left he turns to me and says, "I have $ but I wasn't about to give it to her as they're getting ready to go out, I know that idiot is bleeding her dry." He as MAD!

Monica--yes yes 1/2 days!

Lynne-- I forgot to say, regarding the issues about appearance, etc.. Yanno what, f* 'em! YOU'RE the one with the brains, the creativity, and the know how! You ARE AWESOME! Do not ever let anyone make you feel "less than" because it's simply not true--you are a GREAT Mom, a brilliant writer, and an amazing woman. Nothing less! Monica is right...yeesh, Stephen King is, well, frightening...and you are definitely way way way way way way.....better lookin than him! But, he's got the talent, and I KNOW you do too...looks are easy to fix...talent no-so-much...it can't be bought or manufactured--it's God-given, and honey, you got it! Flaunt that allll the way to the bank, baby!
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