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6/30/20 2:36 P

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Happy Canada Day tomorrow!!

I'll open a new thread sometime tomorrow, stay tuned!

Jo

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6/27/20 12:38 P

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Thanks for the condolences. I'm doing ok, though it's weird to feel relieved that now I know where he is, and everyone is safe.

Lori! I'm glad to hear you've lost 10lbs! I haven't looked lately, because meals have been all over the place, and I'm getting freggies today. I have started doing a little yoga to help relieve my back, and it's working! I do about 5-10 mins worth of cat-cow pose, child's pose and dog-down, and then breathing exercises. I try doing some hula-hoop movements and my mid-section, from belly button to knees, don't like it.

Keep it up ladies!!

Jo

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6/24/20 6:59 A

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Jo I'm so sorry to hear about your dad. Hugs my friend. emoticon I am happy to hear that you were able to have some type of service... Albeit far from normal. With this whole Covid pandemic I keep thinking about the many families who didn't even get to be with their dying loved ones. Heartbreaking. Take good care love. emoticon

So I'm not sure if it's all catching up with me but I am so tired this week. I've been feeling so tired the past few weeks I even got hubby to buy me a multivitamin and B12. I haven't been sleeping the best. I go to bed feeling so tired but I lay there twisting and turning. Our best friend is going to Costco this week and I have summoned him to find me the same pillows he has. When we spend the weekends at his place I sleep like a baby. His pillows don't hold the heat which is one huge issue for this overweight menopausal woman.
In other news I am so happy to say the I have lost a total of 10 pounds since being back. I'd like to say it feels good but I don't have that feeling yet however knowing that I have feels very rewarding. And speaking of rewarding, if I don't get my butt in gear my work day is going to extend beyond what I want it to so I'm off.
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6/18/20 7:03 P

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So sorry to read about your dad, Jo. Not that itís ever easy to lose someone, but right now everything just seems so complicated making things that much harder. Iím glad you were able to have a service for him, even if it was far from normal. Take care of yourself...tough time to do that, I know.

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6/18/20 3:57 P

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The last 2 weeks have been, well.....

My father passed away on June 6, suddenly. We don't think there were any definite warning signs. Because funeral homes are finally open again, there was a backlog, and his funeral was Tuesday the 16th. We were fortunate that Dad didn't have a lot of stuff, and his apartment was small, so with 2 helpers inside, sifting items to toss/donate and garbage, my sister and I were able to go through the things that meant more to us or that we could use. A local company managed to get a live feed system into the funeral home just moments before the ceremony started, but at our request, it was not a live feed. I'm downloading the video now, and will share it with the family. There were 13 of us in the chapel.... it's so sad, because he knew so many people, and they would have liked to come out and said goodbye too. But it's done now, ashes are buried with my grandparents, I took yesterday off, and I'm back to work today. I had the choice of taking more off, but there's nothing more I can do, and I have to do something while I'm home or I'll eat the fridge in a day.

Wifey has 2 more weeks to go on her training, and we really hope this clinic will hire her, even if she only stays there for a couple years. Then she spends a week in Moncton for onsite labs, so Mom has offered to spend that week at my sister's, and Wifey and one of the Tag-Alongs will stay at Mom's place. Mom has lymphoma, so she has to be extra careful with even breathing the same air as I do. My BIL's sister has stage 4 cancer, so my sister's home bubble is super clean, since everyone seems to congregate there. :) Once that week is done, hopefully she'll get paid to be a Vet Tech and be back in Fredericton. She is planning to write her national exam in September, so there'll be a lot of studying for her this summer. I really hope the dream she follows brings in money soon.....

Our big camping trip in NS near Masstown has been cancelled permanently. There are just too many risks, and two of the organizers are moving to HRM, and there's no one close to keep it going. I'll miss it.... it was My Guy's most favourite place to go camping. From the sounds of it, we'll be doing a lot of stay-cations and back yard-cations this year. I'm ok with that. I really am looking forward to getting some muscles sore from yard work.... and maybe some new decor in the house.

Stay safe, wash your hands and wear a mask.

Oh... and Spark On!

Jo

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6/16/20 12:41 P

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Glad to hear that weight loss is going well!! That is always very positive and welcome!!

My son's school did a drive-through end of school celebration on Friday to get report cards, hand in text books and get achievement certificates. So even though he didn't have classes last week, it didn't feel done until we did that. Kind of a nice approach since they didn't have year-end assembly awards.

My husband wants to go to PEI for a few days if NB does a province "bubble" with PEI. However, I'm too apprehensive about travel this summer and just plan to take Fridays off and have long weekends. I don't want to pack masks and have to get groceries in unfamiliar stores... I might as well just stay home as go somewhere else to cook and clean for a week. I expect we might do a day trip or two throughout the summer but the only place I can see us staying all night would be my mom's (3 hours from here).

Also unsure about seeing his NS family and if we'll be able to do that this summer. All the new cases in NB do not help us plan anything. I keep worrying we're going to go backwards in the restriction-phases!

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6/15/20 9:02 P

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Hello ladies. Holy moly I thought valentines was busy. Because of Covid it has been extremely busy since I've been back to work. This week and next week will be busier but once the switch over gets done it will slow down for summer. Then it will be just regular service for summer and covering off for vacation. Everyday stock is finally rolling is quick and stores are looking pretty good. .. Well at least mine do. Lol... wink wink.

I'm doing pretty good with weightloss. Hopefully my weigh in tomorrow will be good as well.

DD is done school and we couldn't be happier... Now to plan our staycation.

What is everyone planning for the summer??



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6/7/20 3:38 P

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Nice to read everyoneís updates!

I have been working crazy hours for the past few weeks and Iím hoping there are just a couple more weeks like this. Starting in July, I am taking every Friday off until end of August. We canceled the summer trips we had planned and taking a week off to stay home and probably do housework did not sound very vacation-like to me. It will be nice to have lots of long weekends and just enjoy the pool (last summer was our first summer having it). I will take a few days in a row at the end of the summer and we shall see what the state of the world is at that point.

I donned my mask and went in a grocery store for the first time since March 14th yesterday! I felt that the people who were not wearing masks were the ones who crowded you and got way too close for my comfort. I didnít like it and will stick with my online grocery orders. It was nice to see other items and grab a few things that were not on my list. I picked up more hand sanitizer and a package of disposable masks to keep in the car in case we forget our reusable masks when weíre out.

I have been keeping up with my workouts and meal-planning / meal-prep during the psychotic work schedule. I have been trying to put focus on those things regardless of how busy it gets because that was my downfall a few years ago when things spiralled. It doesnít matter how crazy my job gets, I *deserve* the time to exercise and have proper meals!! Keeping up with those two things helps my stress level overall. I do find that not having a commute helps give me that little extra time that I need to fit in a run or a walk. I also make sure to walk 2km at lunch every day to clear my head. Typically Iíll be thinking about a work issue but doing it while walking and not at my desk, actually seems to help!

My son's last day of online classes was this past Thursday. We do a drive-thru end of school celebration on Thursday to get his report card and pass in his textbooks. Heís relieved to be done for a few weeks. Online classes at his school meant a LOT more projects and assignments to replace tests/exams and his workload was pretty intense. He only had 5 days between school being closed and online instruction starting, so he didnít get the Ďbreakí that some of his friends did.

My mom arrived for a visit on Friday and is staying with us for the week. Sheís in our Ďbubbleí but she lives three hours away. She has been on her own since the quarantine began in March, so itís been nice for her (and us) to finally visit again. We are used to her spending a lot of time throughout the year with us ever since my dad passed away several years ago...so these last few months have been very difficult.

Thatís probably it from me...gearing up for another crazy week...but at the same time, appreciating the fact that Iím not going through what some people in the world are currently suffering with. I have to worry about silly deadlines and thatís a very small, inconsequential worry in comparison.

Take care everyone!!


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6/5/20 8:01 A

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Good morning ladies. Been a busy week. The warehouse has opened back up and orders are being shipped and activities are being set so I've have worked everyday this week. Not sure if I mention this but I found out that one of the girls is retiring so I have five of my own stores now and still servicing 2 others until the other ladies are back fully. I am so excited. I have taken the time to organize my way and kept notes for things that I want in each store to make my job easier. I like to work smart and not hard. I have a system down that works better for me than how they trained me so I'll put together what need and finish the plan as I go. The more I do this job the more I love it. Building the relationships with the clients is nice. And all of my stores are close proximity so I don't waste a lot of time on travel.... Cause that's on my dime.

In other news the biggest loser challenge has started and I had forgotten just how much time it takes to plan what I will do to participate and earn points. Trying to figure out what I'm capable of doing is a tough one. I gave myself a headache by doing upper body strength training last 2 days and I still have it today. I planned on being at work already but I'm here relaxing, enjoying a coffee and waiting for it to settle down. The past couple of years I felt like I could be getting allergies. The sneezing and itchy watery eyes and the runny nose has been getting more intense and today it's out of control and I'm nit sure if it's contributing to my headache or not. Time to invest in over the counter medication. Guess I'll have to talk to the pharmacist.

Well time to get going to see what I will wear today. Hopefully the weight comes off fast so I'll have some clothes to wear... Or Salvation Army store opens so I can get 2-3 bottoms

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6/3/20 5:43 P

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I agree, Glenda, it's just as scary as Day One of the States of Emergency to go out now. And I completely understand your situation too. My hands will be chapped from overwashing this summer, I'm sure.

Work - Ok, I just need to vent. When I logged off earlier, after 3 hrs of OT, we still have over 300 tickets unassigned. We are expected to know a scripting language, but when we changed servers, we changed version, so getting things to work in Outlook turns into a waste of time and they still don't have access. One of the ladies on my team is a snot, and I mean a Grade A b!tch. She leaves for a short medical leave in about a week, and I can't wait. We'll be short a person, but at least there's no attitude to deal with. It makes me tired to hear her rip another one of us down for simple mistakes, and of course, she makes none (we found 8 new accounts that she messed up in 4 days.) It's really hard to see a light at the end of the tunnel. I need a vacation.

Vacations - I don't even know what kind of time we'll have off, because Wifey is doing her work term till July, then another week of school, and *hopefully* a job at the end of it all. She won't get time off this year, other than her scheduled days off. I just want to go to PEI for a few weeks, breathe the salt air and not give a poop about anything other than what I'm having for supper. I really missed going to the Caribbean this year.

Exercise - Hey! I'm getting stuff done in the yard! I raked from a large crushed rock pile I had purchased 6 yrs ago to the driveway. Well, I'm still working on it. I've put in just over an hour, and I have a tiny spot covered in crushed rock. But I'm not getting up every hour like I should during day job hours.

At least Wifey is home every night! :-)

Looking for the brightest Spark I can find,

Jojo

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6/1/20 11:25 P

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It sure is a wonderful mixed up world, Jo... June came at us quickly despite Covid....
I have been making myself some masks, as I will probably have to venture soon to get my groceries as my daughter and her hubby are back at work now. I am a little nervous to venture into the stores but I will be very careful...
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(An interesting structure my GD and I discovered)
It was a beautiful day all in all...
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6/1/20 2:58 P

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A new month, a new weather pattern, and a new set of clothes.

Hey Sparkers!!

I can't believe it's already JUNE! I go through this every year, the "I can't believe it's already blah-blah!"

The bugs are out, the dandelions are teasing us with their pretty yellow flowers, and I have to get to the back yard and finish picking up sticks so the pygmies don't move into the yard. I can't keep up, but I'm trying.

And the lack of motivation for fitness has finally hit me during COVID. *sigh* I'm not sure what it'll take, but I have to change that soon. Yesterday, I spent 3 hrs on the floor, scraping paint from the floor. At one point, I decided to sit on the floor and do "bum walking" to get to each new spot to clean. My hips are complaining today, but I'm trying to ignore them.

3 weeks ago, we had a snowstorm. This week, all the trees have greened up. What a wonderful mixed-up world we live in!

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