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Old 11-29-2012, 07:25 AM   #31
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QOTD just for fun: What is your favorite holiday decorating color scheme? Do you go traditional red and green, sparkly silver, or some totally non-traditional?
I've always like blue at Christmas time. Last year I went with a blue and silver snowflake design for my place settings for Christmas Eve dinner. But most of the time my tree stays pretty traditional with all of our usual ornaments. One year I bought some GREAT wrapping stuff at Target that was blues and turquoise and some hot pink! That was so neat! But of course, it didn't go with any of my other stuff!

This year I was going to do a traditional red and green table, but I found a great bunch of silver snowflake napkin rings at the thrift store (new in the package from Pier One!) and so I might return to last year's silver and blue theme. Or perhaps a silver and gold table? Still thinking on it.

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Unofficial QOTD: So we all know how important breakfast is... we hear/read it over and over. But many of us STILL don't eat breakfast (or at least the RIGHT kind of breakfast). If you had to give a friend 5 healthy (and relatively quick) breakfast options to help him/her stay OP, what would you suggest?? Do you include protein and carbs and fats? Do you suggest totally "traditional" breakfast food items or untraditional things as well?



Five quick and healthy breakfasts:

Crockpot steel cut oats, side of fruit.

Greek yogurt with berries (and maybe granola too).

Whole wheat english muffin (or low carb bread) with natural nut butter.

Make-ahead egg white burrito or sandwich (from the freezer to the microwave in no time flat!).

Smoothie (could include fruit, yogurt, silken tofu, milk [soy, almond, dairy], juice, protein powder, nut butter, flax seed, etc).


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Bonus unofficial QOTD: How aware are you personally of your environmental impact/carbon footprint? Do you do things to reduce your impact?

I am becoming more and more aware of it. But I am still a slacker sometimes. I ran errands last night and had left my reuseable sacks at home. I HATE bringing home plastic bags, but there was no avoiding it last night. We keep our heat low and use a clothesline whenever possible (lots of financial incentive to those things). We recycle everything that is allowed in our town (which isn't much, sadly). I reuse containers whenever I can before throwing them out/recycling them. I use lots of cloth in the kitchen instead of paper (dish towels, cloth napkins). We rarely use paper plates or plastic utensils or paper/plastic cups.

I try hard to NOT buy things that are grossly overpackaged (Lunchables come to mind first). I buy used quite often to help keep packaging out of the landfills and to help my budget. I have a Soda Stream to eliminate plastic soda bottles, we ALL use refillable water bottles every day. (I usually buy less than a case of bottled water per year.... and those would be to have on hand for emergencies like power outages.) We also use refillable coffee cups every day and make our own coffee at home most of the time.

I try to buy in GLASS instead of plastic whenever possible.... second choice after glass is steel. I use Glasslock containers at home instead of Tupperware or Rubbermaid whenever possible (trying to transition to all glass instead of plastic, but it is hard!). That is more a HEALTH issue than an environmental issue, but I figure it helps.

I do all of my laundry in cold water, hang on the line whenever the weather allows. I use my dishwasher on the shortest cycle possible without heat dry. I also try to wash some dishes by hand when time allows.

I compost whenever I can, but have to be careful during the fall and spring because of bears.

That is all I can think of for now..............P
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Old 11-29-2012, 09:01 AM   #32
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DS2 isn't feeling well; he has a sore throat. I think he really wanted to stay home today, but the first basketball game of the season is Friday (although there's no school!). If he misses any class for any reason between now and the game he won't start. I asked him if he even knew he was starting because he's on JV team now and I figured there'd be some older boys. He informed me in a very disdainful voice that it was just the same team as freshman last year so of course he'd be starting. silly me

All right, the peppy music on d-cot has gotten me motivated. Laundry and house work here I come!
Linda, hope you enjoyed your day off. Productivity can be overrated some days KWIM? Hope your DS is feeling better soon. I had to chuckle when I read your post -- isn't it amazing how much smarter we used to be in some people's opinions?

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Mom did get me a really cool vintage camera, but yeah practical all the way for me for my birthday and Xmas. I asked for new Sorel snow boots for Xmas. And for DH to help me declutter the house.
Your camera sounds cool and help with decluttering is priceless!

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Unofficial QOTD: So we all know how important breakfast is... we hear/read it over and over. But many of us STILL don't eat breakfast (or at least the RIGHT kind of breakfast). If you had to give a friend 5 healthy (and relatively quick) breakfast options to help him/her stay OP, what would you suggest?? Do you include protein and carbs and fats? Do you suggest totally "traditional" breakfast food items or untraditional things as well? (I had a friend whose DD hated breakfast foods so she would eat chicken noodle soup for breakfast... to each his own I suppose!)

Bonus unofficial QOTD: How aware are you personally of your environmental impact/carbon footprint? Do you do things to reduce your impact?

For those of you who weigh in tomorrow, have a great day full of water and reduced sodium food choices!

I'll pop on again when the kids are at Music!............P
Enjoy your day with the third graders, Pamela! :teach:

I don't think I remembered to answer about Christmas decorating. We use deep reds, greens and gold. Our house decor is fall colors so it goes well with that. I love silver and blue, too. I remember your beautiful table from last year. We used to switch over to silver and blue decorations with snowflakes for New Year's and January -- that was when we had more energy. I think silver and gold sounds pretty, too, but i think I would want some other color in there to warm things up.

Breakfast is one of those things I always intend to do better on but don't seem to do. I do like protein with my breakfast to avoid that 10 a.m. I'm starving feeling. I'll be looking for people's good suggestions here. I think that will be one of my things to do for 2013.

Carbon footprint, hmmm. I think ours is pretty small compared to a lot of folks but I'm sure it could be better. We don't drive very much, have clean hydro-energy thanks to living in the Pacific NW, and do a ton of recycling, including at our office. Our trash can is usually only about half full but the recycling bin is always full to the brim. The only thing that we can't do is recycle glass -- they just don't take it. I will confess that I don't use the bring your own bags since finding out how much nasty stuff they can harbor. But I do recycle them and use them all the time so it works out karmically I think.

Even though Thanksgiving was a week ago I will leave you with this thought from one of my favorite WISHers on FB today (she is my age and did 30 half marathons, in 30 states, in 301 days last year )



Have a great day all!
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Old 11-29-2012, 09:08 AM   #33
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I don't think I remembered to answer about Christmas decorating. We use deep reds, greens and gold. Our house decor is fall colors so it goes well with that. I love silver and blue, too. I remember your beautiful table from last year. We used to switch over to silver and blue decorations with snowflakes for New Year's and January -- that was when we had more energy. I think silver and gold sounds pretty, too, but i think I would want some other color in there to warm things up.

I agree that all of this decorating takes energy... and time. I put out a few things for Halloween/Fall, leave some out and add a fabric turkey for November, then put it all away as I take out the Christmas decorations. Usually I stick to just the doors, the tree, and the dining room table. With no company (other than my parents for Christmas eve/day), I just don't see the point in lots of decorating. Plus we live in the woods.... no one but the UPS man and the USPS man ever drive to our house! WHy bother?? When the Christmas decor is cleaned up, I usually leave an antique sled and a pair of skates on the front porch for "winter" decor. That's about it for us for the year, although I do change up the front door wreath/decoration a few times a year.

Breakfast is one of those things I always intend to do better on but don't seem to do. I do like protein with my breakfast to avoid that 10 a.m. I'm starving feeling. I'll be looking for people's good suggestions here. I think that will be one of my things to do for 2013.

Maybe if you planned your breakfast in advance and had it ready it would help? Maybe if it was something REALLY appealing like a nice oatmeal raisin muffin and a hot cup of tea?? I find hot breakfast SO MUCH MORE appealing than cold... even in the summer. We almost NEVER eat cold cereal. It is a waaay too expensive for what you get (refined white flour, white sugar, and preservatives mostly).

Carbon footprint, hmmm. I think ours is pretty small compared to a lot of folks but I'm sure it could be better. We don't drive very much, have clean hydro-energy thanks to living in the Pacific NW, and do a ton of recycling, including at our office. Our trash can is usually only about half full but the recycling bin is always full to the brim. The only thing that we can't do is recycle glass -- they just don't take it. I will confess that I don't use the bring your own bags since finding out how much nasty stuff they can harbor. But I do recycle them and use them all the time so it works out karmically I think.

I did wash my reuseable sacks last week, which is why they didn't end up back in the car.

Even though Thanksgiving was a week ago I will leave you with this thought from one of my favorite WISHers on FB today (she is my age and did 30 half marathons, in 30 states, in 301 days last year )



Have a great day all!
Another thing for the fridge! Thanks Lisa! I hope you have a wonderful day out there in the NW corner!............P
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Thanks for the welcomes!

I guess teh best way to keep up with my good intentions of posting more is to get involved with the unofficial qotd!

And I must admit that I am not the best person to ask about healthy breakfasts. My only healthy option would be muesli with fruit and kefir (some type of dairy drink).

Could anyone explain me what steel cut oats are? That sounds interesting to me, but I just have no idea what this is, maybe it would be a new option for me!! I don't think we have anything like this here in Germany!

To the bonus qotd: I don't own a car, so I walk to work (also adds regular exercise to my day), bike a lot or take public transportation (which is pretty accessible here in Germany).

I also try to buy fruit and vegetables locally and only when in season (with some exeptions like tomatoes, or some exotic fruits like pineapple and banana).

I try to take care to switch off my electric appliances when not in use (instead of having them on standby) and when I buy new ones, I make sure to get something which needs less electricity. I don't have a drier (since I live alone there isn't that much laundry).

We do have lots of recycling opportunities here and I collect seperatley paper, plastic, aluminium, glas, plastic, metal (e.g. from canned vegetables etc.) and compost. I mostly buy reusable bottles for drinks.

Last winter I made sure that I don't heat too much (even though I love warm rooms) and instead got some nice comfortable fleece sweaters to wear at home when I am cold.

I try to always have a reusable bag with me for any shopping I might do to avoid plastic bags.

But then - I am also doing really horrible things like taking a transatlantic flight to Florida. One year I actually did off-set that with a donation to an organization that would invest in carbon-reducing projects and am thinking of doing this again for my flight next year...
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And now I realize that I missed the fun Christmas question!!

I don't have a color scheme, I like my tree to be as colorful as possible. And those goes for all my other decorations as well.
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Thanks for the welcomes!

I guess teh best way to keep up with my good intentions of posting more is to get involved with the unofficial qotd!

And I must admit that I am not the best person to ask about healthy breakfasts. My only healthy option would be muesli with fruit and kefir (some type of dairy drink).

That sounds yummy. I was buying kefir for DS for breakfast for a while, but we seem to have broken that habit. Plus it is hard to find around here.

Could anyone explain me what steel cut oats are? That sounds interesting to me, but I just have no idea what this is, maybe it would be a new option for me!! I don't think we have anything like this here in Germany!

They are just a type of oatmeal that is cut a particular way (rather than your traditional rolled oats or quick oats). They look a bit more like a tiny "chunk" than a "flake". They take longer to cook and have a totally different texture than rolled or quick oats. They are also called "Irish Oats" in some places. I make them overnight in a crockpot/slow cooker. They turn our really creamy and delicious. Plus they absorb lots of liquid so you get a LOT of volume to eat!

To the bonus qotd: I don't own a car, so I walk to work (also adds regular exercise to my day), bike a lot or take public transportation (which is pretty accessible here in Germany).

I also try to buy fruit and vegetables locally and only when in season (with some exeptions like tomatoes, or some exotic fruits like pineapple and banana).

I try to take care to switch off my electric appliances when not in use (instead of having them on standby) and when I buy new ones, I make sure to get something which needs less electricity. I don't have a drier (since I live alone there isn't that much laundry).

We do have lots of recycling opportunities here and I collect seperatley paper, plastic, aluminium, glas, plastic, metal (e.g. from canned vegetables etc.) and compost. I mostly buy reusable bottles for drinks.

Last winter I made sure that I don't heat too much (even though I love warm rooms) and instead got some nice comfortable fleece sweaters to wear at home when I am cold.

I try to always have a reusable bag with me for any shopping I might do to avoid plastic bags.

But then - I am also doing really horrible things like taking a transatlantic flight to Florida. One year I actually did off-set that with a donation to an organization that would invest in carbon-reducing projects and am thinking of doing this again for my flight next year...
Sounds like you are making lots of good choices to help our world! I am with you on buying things in season, but it is TOUGH. I am really spoiled and want raspberries in December! It is hard to decide if I am going to buy things based on the budget (so not organic and only local and in season), health (organic, low carb, lots of antioxidants, no matter the season, etc), or the environment (organic, VERY local, in season).

From what I've read/heard, they are much more proactive about things like not using plastic bags in Europe.

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I don't have a color scheme, I like my tree to be as colorful as possible. And those goes for all my other decorations as well.
My tree is very colorful as well. I like it that way!

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Kids are off to recess! Math is over!! After recess and lunch I will finish reading groups and do a Social Studies activity and then I am done! DS has an ortho appointment at 3:40, so I will have some time to kill in the car after I pick the kids up at 3:05, since the ortho is right here in town. Maybe we'll hit the library for a few minutes.

Fingers crossed that tonight's beef stew is cooking along well. I had floured and browned the beef before freezing it, so it should be a great stew. I stuck with traditional beef stew this time (last time I made fajita beef stew)... carrots, onions (lots!) and a few potatoes for the kids. I will also probably make a green vegetable to go with this... and maybe defrost a wheat roll for each of the kids (bought a package on sale after T.giving and stashed it in the freezer for a treat).

The shoes I wore to school today are literally FALLING APART! How did I NOT notice this when I got dressed? They are a pair of Clarks that my Mom handed down to me a few years ago because she was having foot troubles and couldn't wear them. They weren't worn much and I have probably only worn them 3-4 times, tops. The leather tops are totally ripping away from the bottoms. I'll be lucky if I still have shoes on my feet by 3pm! The uppers still look new! I'm wondering if I should contact them about it. But I'm sure that they aren't repairable, as the rubber soles are tearing where they are seamed to the leather tops. And I had to trash the Dansko clogs I wore yesterday as well. I KNEW they were old and worn, but I loved them. But I tossed them out last night when I took them off.... they were just too far gone to save any more. And now I have an excuse to buy TWO new pairs of shoes, right??!!

Need to warm my lunch before I join my class in the cafeteria! TTYL........P
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Arrrghhh I just have the munchies! Think I will get a stick of gum and chew the heck out of it.

Worked this morning and am seriously considering just curling up with a book for the rest of the afternoon. I have 3.5 hours until I have to get DS2 from basketball practice.

Waiting for the vet to call. Our dog had a mole growing on his eyelid and it was really bugging him. So this morning after our walk we went straight to the vet where they were going to knock him out and remove it. Poor baby. We were drenched when we got to the vet because it just poured on our walk. That's just fine because yesterday it was supposed to and didn't. I had time after laundry and some housework to mow the front and back lawns! They looked so nice and green without any leaves on them. Too bad DH got home after dark (as usual) and left for work in the dark (as usual). I wanted a pat on the back for leaf free lawns. The wind is blowing so today they are orange, yellow, and red with a touch of green grass showing!

Think I hear the couch and a book calling my name!
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Sounds like you are making lots of good choices to help our world! I am with you on buying things in season, but it is TOUGH. I am really spoiled and want raspberries in December! It is hard to decide if I am going to buy things based on the budget (so not organic and only local and in season), health (organic, low carb, lots of antioxidants, no matter the season, etc), or the environment (organic, VERY local, in season).

From what I've read/heard, they are much more proactive about things like not using plastic bags in Europe.
I do understand what you wman about having difficulties to decide on what to buy under different aspects - for me it is always the balance between convenience and environment. And I am not totally good about buying things in season - I hate most winter vegetables, so I do buy lettuce and tomatos in order to have some things that I like. And I also buy frozen produce now and then - especially raspberries.

Germany is really very much into recycling. I volunteer for an exchange organization and any kid from abroad coming to a German family will have to learn about what to do with their waste in a totally new way as we seperate it all...

Sorry about your shoes that were falling appart! I think it must be that the plastic got old. I know that you aren't supposed to use old running shoes as the plastic sole loses its elasticity.

I intended to step on the scale this morning after I avoided it for a few weeks now, but then forgot. But I really need to see where I stand at the moment.

Am very much looking forward to the weekend which here in Germany marks the start of the Christmas season as it is the first weekend of advent. Tonight I will go and see the opening of the Christmas market.

Oh - and the talk about breakfasts yesterday inspired me to buy a new product yesterday: Some kind of organic instant oatmeal with chocolate and banana. Had it this morning and it was delicious and quite ok calory-wise. Unfortunately it seems that steel cut oats are not available here, I have only ever seen rolled oats. But they sound delicious. I have become a huge oat fan over the last months, it is a wonderful grain!
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Good morning.

My purposeful decision to do a little stress eating yesterday has bit me in the butt. Small bag of chips, 1/2 a coke and a couple of ghirardelli chocolate squares. Not great, but I ran for 60 min yesterday and walked another mile. I did good yesterday with my eating other than that. And honestly we have been waiting all week for some big news and the stress is just doing me in a bit.

The problem? I have never had trouble with the ghirardelli brand chocolate squares before, but I always get the dark chocolate. They make some crisps that are not gluten free. They are milk chocolate. I am guessing the line did not get cleaned well after they made the crisps and when I had my milk chocolate caramel square yesterday, guess what? Oh well. Hopefully it won't last long. I am enjoying mugs of hot water this morning which usually helps with the stomach ache.

I hope everyone has a good Friday. I don't think I will have a loss this week, but I am going to keep plugging away. Planning to make it to the gym today and I need a new pair of jeans if the tummy feels better.
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Arrrghhh I just have the munchies! Think I will get a stick of gum and chew the heck out of it.

Worked this morning and am seriously considering just curling up with a book for the rest of the afternoon. I have 3.5 hours until I have to get DS2 from basketball practice.

Waiting for the vet to call. Our dog had a mole growing on his eyelid and it was really bugging him. So this morning after our walk we went straight to the vet where they were going to knock him out and remove it. Poor baby. We were drenched when we got to the vet because it just poured on our walk. That's just fine because yesterday it was supposed to and didn't. I had time after laundry and some housework to mow the front and back lawns! They looked so nice and green without any leaves on them. Too bad DH got home after dark (as usual) and left for work in the dark (as usual). I wanted a pat on the back for leaf free lawns. The wind is blowing so today they are orange, yellow, and red with a touch of green grass showing!

Think I hear the couch and a book calling my name!
Glad you were able to get the dog looked at quickly. I'm sure he appreciates it!

Sorry you didn't get the props you wanted for your lawn work! I'm sure it looks great!

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I do understand what you wman about having difficulties to decide on what to buy under different aspects - for me it is always the balance between convenience and environment. And I am not totally good about buying things in season - I hate most winter vegetables, so I do buy lettuce and tomatos in order to have some things that I like. And I also buy frozen produce now and then - especially raspberries.


I try to do a balance.... organics where I feel it is necessary (like the "dirty dozen"), local whenever possible (we have a farmer's market here, even in winter), and conventional for other things (like when I am craving blueberries in February!).

Germany is really very much into recycling. I volunteer for an exchange organization and any kid from abroad coming to a German family will have to learn about what to do with their waste in a totally new way as we seperate it all...

We were doing really well separating nearly everything. We would burn if we could, but our town doesn't allow burn barrels. All yard waste goes into the woods behind the house... plus Christmas trees! We compost what we can, toss some things into the woods and in the yard for the wild creatures (deer, turkey, birds, porcupines), and separate/recycle whatever our town allows. But they stopped taking nearly all plastics because they "couldn't get enough money for it." WELL.... it shouldn't be all about the money! I am SICK when I see a stack of those plastic clamshell boxes from my organic lettuce and other produce. I stack them next to the trash barrel because they take up so much space. And our town no longer recycles them! I wish I could get a transfer station permit for another town and take them there! I've looked around, but other than the farmer's market, I can't seem to find organic greens in anything other than those plastic clamshells.

Americans could learn a LOT from you folks, I'm sure!


Sorry about your shoes that were falling appart! I think it must be that the plastic got old. I know that you aren't supposed to use old running shoes as the plastic sole loses its elasticity.

They went straight to the trash as soon as I got home. No great loss, asI didn't really love them (hence only wore them a few times in the past few years), but it was just a frustration.

I intended to step on the scale this morning after I avoided it for a few weeks now, but then forgot. But I really need to see where I stand at the moment.

Am very much looking forward to the weekend which here in Germany marks the start of the Christmas season as it is the first weekend of advent. Tonight I will go and see the opening of the Christmas market.

Oh - and the talk about breakfasts yesterday inspired me to buy a new product yesterday: Some kind of organic instant oatmeal with chocolate and banana. Had it this morning and it was delicious and quite ok calory-wise. Unfortunately it seems that steel cut oats are not available here, I have only ever seen rolled oats. But they sound delicious. I have become a huge oat fan over the last months, it is a wonderful grain!
Glad you found a new breakfast alternative!

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My purposeful decision to do a little stress eating yesterday has bit me in the butt. Small bag of chips, 1/2 a coke and a couple of ghirardelli chocolate squares. Not great, but I ran for 60 min yesterday and walked another mile. I did good yesterday with my eating other than that. And honestly we have been waiting all week for some big news and the stress is just doing me in a bit.

The problem? I have never had trouble with the ghirardelli brand chocolate squares before, but I always get the dark chocolate. They make some crisps that are not gluten free. They are milk chocolate. I am guessing the line did not get cleaned well after they made the crisps and when I had my milk chocolate caramel square yesterday, guess what? Oh well. Hopefully it won't last long. I am enjoying mugs of hot water this morning which usually helps with the stomach ache.

I hope everyone has a good Friday. I don't think I will have a loss this week, but I am going to keep plugging away. Planning to make it to the gym today and I need a new pair of jeans if the tummy feels better.
Sorry you got glutened! I imagine that makes you trust that company less in the future? You should send them an email about it. Hope you are feeling much better today! Good luck shopping for jeans. I hate trying on pants. The lower rise gives me significant muffin top (due to lots of loose skin), higher rise look like "mom" jeans.... and I have a flat-ish butt, so nothing looks good in the back. I do pretty well overall with Levis and Gap.

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Morning friends! Kids will be here in 9 minutes! I'm doing 1st grade this morning and 3rd this afternoon. Then off to the Y for DD's afternoon HS swim practice. They got a change in their schedule and don't have to do early morning practice on Fridays any more!!! The only problem with that is that she was supposed to be swimming in a meet with her club team tonight, so she has to scratch from that. But we will be at the meet tomorrow.

The morning was crazy, but I managed to grab a yogurt and Vitamuffin as I was dashing out the door... thank heavens! I was hungry when I woke up today. Would have liked a nice egg white wrap, but not enough time. oh well.

I did weigh-in today. When I looked back it seems like I never wrote down my pre-T.giving weight from the Wed. before the holiday. And I am up just a bit from the Friday before that, so overall it seems to be okay. Still within my maintenance range.

Last night's beef stew in the crockpot was absolutely delicious! It was nearly 2 pounds of stew beef, a pound of baby carrots, 4 large onions, and 4 small potatoes and we nearly finished the entire thing! There is no meat left, just veggies and broth. I will finish it up over the weekend.

FINALLY heard back from my soon-to-be-new-employer! I can't believe it has been over a month since my interview and I've had to contact them TWICE about getting ready for my training. I didn't have time to respond to the email this morning, but it seems like I will be finally meeting with someone this weekend or early next week to get my paperwork finalized and start scheduling my training! I am excited to work for this company, but this kind of "dropping-the-ball" makes me wonder!

I can hear kiddos in the hall, so I had better sign off! I may have a few minutes at early lunchtime to pop on again and say hello! ..............P
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Old 11-30-2012, 10:11 AM   #41
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Yikes! What a morning! Some of these kids make me... Noon will not come soon enough today!

Then just as I was packing them up for recess/lunch, the office told me I had to cover a 2nd grade class and put off my lunch until 1:10 pm.... which would be fine, but I was really hungry. So after the kids headed out I grabbed my snack and ate it on my way to the office to find out WHICH 2nd grade class... at which point they told me that it was a mistake and I could have my lunch at 11:20, as previously scheduled.... but by then I had already eaten my snack... What a pain! Now I have snack cheese in my belly, just in time for LUNCH. Oh well... I'll manage. Not a big deal in the grand scheme of life. Just hate the confusion.

I totally forgot my gym clothes today. DD's HS swim practice in the afternoon on Fridays is a new thing and neither of us were prepared. Her swim bag wasn't packed, no extra snacks planned... and we will be going straight from school. Oh well. I MIGHT have my gym bag in the car... sometimes I leave it there. Otherwise I'll just run an errand or read. It is a fairly short practice (90 minutes) so not a big deal.

Can't wait to watch this week's Survivor tonight! I hate having to wait every week.... I'm always afraid I'm going to see a spoiler somewhere!

Off to warm my lunch (the italian herbed quinoa and beans I made Sunday) and get ready to eat lunch with the 1st graders... should be an adventure!.....P
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Pamela I'm not sure if the camera works but all the components are there and the bellows are in on piece (that's rare) so in all reality it could work.

I have about 9-10 cameras from various time eras but I don't know if they work because I can't get film for them anymore.

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Oatmeal was top on my list. I eat that about every day. Egg burritos were there too and greek yogurt. Basically I'll just copy what Pamela said.
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Hi everyone!

January 1, 2012 -- 214.4
Today -- 196

Total Loss: 18.4 pounds

I'm surprised I'm still under 200 pounds, . We just got home from Disney this morning after celebrating my 29th birthday. We spent 5 nights at BLT in a Magic Kingdom view room. I'm up 4 pounds, YIKES!

My goal is to have it off by the end of the year.

Well, our FL house is on the market to be sold. We looked at another house in Haines City, FL (about half an hour from Disney) today. We're keeping our TX house and hoping to have new tenants in it by beginning of the year. Once this house is sold we'll take the money and put it toward the other house.

Its a 4 bed/3 bath/2 car garage/2 story on 1.39 acres of land.

I struggled with the decision of staying here vs going back to TX for almost a month. A fire was lit under my butt last night as we were leaving Epcot. The realtor called to say someone was interested in the house and wanted to come see it this weekend.

If everything goes the way we hope and we get settled I'm going to be applying to Disney, finally.

Over the course of our 5 day trip I saw MANY new cast members. They weren't hard to spot, they were all in large groups and looked utterly confused .

I can't wait until the next challenge starts!
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Pamela I'm not sure if the camera works but all the components are there and the bellows are in on piece (that's rare) so in all reality it could work.

I have about 9-10 cameras from various time eras but I don't know if they work because I can't get film for them anymore.

Breakfast QOTD:
Oatmeal was top on my list. I eat that about every day. Egg burritos were there too and greek yogurt. Basically I'll just copy what Pamela said.
That camera sounds like a neat display piece! Love to see a photo of it! I have my Dad's old Argus camera from the 1950's. It actually still works and I took some photos with it in the 1980's, but the eye piece is clouded up pretty bad. But it still takes quality photos. And it takes traditional 35mm film, so I could still use it if I wanted to. I even still have the flashbulb attachment and a few bulbs.

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Hi everyone!

January 1, 2012 -- 214.4
Today -- 196

Total Loss: 18.4 pounds

I'm surprised I'm still under 200 pounds, . We just got home from Disney this morning after celebrating my 29th birthday. We spent 5 nights at BLT in a Magic Kingdom view room. I'm up 4 pounds, YIKES!

My goal is to have it off by the end of the year.

Well, our FL house is on the market to be sold. We looked at another house in Haines City, FL (about half an hour from Disney) today. We're keeping our TX house and hoping to have new tenants in it by beginning of the year. Once this house is sold we'll take the money and put it toward the other house.

Its a 4 bed/3 bath/2 car garage/2 story on 1.39 acres of land.

I struggled with the decision of staying here vs going back to TX for almost a month. A fire was lit under my butt last night as we were leaving Epcot. The realtor called to say someone was interested in the house and wanted to come see it this weekend.

If everything goes the way we hope and we get settled I'm going to be applying to Disney, finally.

Over the course of our 5 day trip I saw MANY new cast members. They weren't hard to spot, they were all in large groups and looked utterly confused .

I can't wait until the next challenge starts!
Wow! Another big decision for you! Best of luck with whatever life brings this winter/spring. And great job staying under 200!!

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Morning friends! Woke to a bit of snow this morning. DD is heading off to meet some folks for breakfast... I hope the snow doesn't stop her. ANd we are out of here about 11:30 to head to toward the seacoast for today's meet. Why does it always seem to snow when we head to this meet?

Ate a bit over my points last night while I was enjoying some homemade pizza, but it was worth it... and I managed to stop myself after the pizza. Sometimes once I know I've gone over my points I keep going! It is that "might as well wreck it good" type of attitude. But I KNEW that didn't need to be the case! I only went over by a FEW points (which I actually had coming to me) and there was NO REASON to end the day stuffing my face with cookie dough (yup, still have some in the fridge) or chips. I made myself a cup of my hot drink (1 point) and headed to bed! I'm very proud of myself. I feel like I am finally breaking my last/worst eating habit (late evening, tired, hungry, over points, throw-in-the-towel type of eating).

I need to pack up lunches and snacks for DD and I for today. We will have lunch in the car on our way, snack while we are there, and dinner when we get home... which reminds me to need to throw something in the crockpot!

DD is up and moving and I need to go keep her moving in the right direction if this day is going to stay on track! TTYL..........................P
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