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Amanda: I am so glad you got your hire letter, with a raise!!! That is awesome, and then you got off an hour early. Seven children for one call if you can't have more than 4 windows open is a pain! I was lucky I had no calls at all yesterday (the 24th). You read so fast, through Harry Potter so quickly! Your blog has some great ideas.



Tom and me slept in, I think our guest was up way earlier but I don't know, because I was asleep :) We had chocolate croissants from Trader Joe's, advised to me by a colleague, and they were -soooo- good! We ended up discussing politics and super hero films and history and wrestling for several hours at the breakfast table. Then we did presents, Tom was very happy with his shirt, that I was able to find online, the shirt is one he used to have about 20 years ago and it got lost or stolen (he thinks stolen). We had lots of candy gifts for everyone in both stockings and wrapped, and Tom said I got an imaginary IOU with a dragon on it. I am so curious now! Our printer is broken so he couldn't print it. I got gloves and a hat and a scarf for our guest and he was glad with them.

Then me and Tom went to nap. Tom and our guest had been getting on so well, (do you say like a house on fire? Where-ever that's from?). So I was talking to Tom if we wanted to offer him the front room (which needs a whooooole lot of cleanup first) in return for some help. We both wanted to, and I shared with Tom that we had to decide soon because I have the time off until Jan 2, so if I am to get that room empty this is the time to do it. So we decided to make the offer, and he accepted. He will help with cooking (it's very hard to come home from work and cook too) and cleanup. He is in the middle of a case for disability so there are limits to what he can do, but he can do a lot more than Tom.

So I have my work cut out for me this vacation, but having fun discussions and sharing ideas and music and art ideas and politics ideas and it was just great the last 2 days. The 'honeymoon phase' is probably soon over but it's not the first time we have had guests in an empty room in our house or apartment in return for help and we never regretted it very much, the worst that happened was that they didn't always really do what they promised. Our guest is more mature than the early twenties people who helped earlier, he seems to have a lot more wisdom and is much more on our level. I will have to take a -lot- of stuff to the dump, but it will be easier knowing I'm helping someone else have space to live.

Then I made the ham and baked potatoes at the same time in the oven and a ready made Thai salad that was all right, I wish they'd had artichokes! And a drumstick icecream for dessert, we kept it simple and had people serve themselves, not sit officially at the table as for breakfast. And now it's soon time for bed. So it was an interesting Christmas!!

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Merry Christmas, dear emoticon ! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Alex, how wonderful for you and Tom to open your home to someone in need! emoticon

Yesterday I prompted my good news by sending the HR contact for my recruitment an email asking if I might get an early Christmas gift of a hire letter. Sure enough, Ian came through the breakroom at lunch asking if I had read my email (which I had checked before leaving for lunch at 1). We both got a copy of it, telling me I will start on 12/30/19, with a 6-month probation (I knew about that already), and with a salary increase up to level 5 (one above where I've been since 10/29!) A wonderful Xmas gift!! So was Ian letting the last 3 of us go an hour early. Calls had dropped off at mid afternoon (though 15 calls had me accessing 29 patient records, since several were for multiple children--in one case 7 on one call, & I can only have 4 screens open at a time, including the family lookup with all the names listed!) and Ian covered the last hour.

Went to bed kinda early, got up early, read and enjoyed a leisurely cup of coffee. emoticon Did an intense workout by Amy, her 35 Minute Strength and Cardio HIIT with friend Jacqueline Zook for the advanced modifications, then had yummy Chinese leftovers for a late breakfast. I've done some cleaning, took a nap, finished Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Oh, I cleaned up my Spark Friends on my page, removed some who have been inactive for years, left a few in case they come back, sent a few messages. And I wrote a little blog with some food recommendations I had thought about including in a team post. I'm feeling relaxed and sorta lazy right now. Not sure what I'll do the rest of this evening.

Blessed Be, Amanda

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But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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Had a good work day, did not do as much as I wanted but that's not surprising for Christmas eve. Our guest slept well and had no problem with the food I had bought. I told a friend at work that I got a sudden guest and I was a little worried how to pay for the food and she brought a whole lot of food with her for us and also helped a little financially. That was amazing! For Christmas eve we were going to go to the nice Chinese buffet near us that is normally a bit expensive for us, but they were closed. We ended up at Applebees and spent even more, urgh.

When I got home I managed to get the table and stove ready for tomorrow for cooking and clean up the area that is somewhat living room a little bit. Now it's bed time soon, I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas!

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12/24/19 12:57 A

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Eva: I'm so glad you're feeling better! And wow, you were busy Saturday morning! With dinner and cookies :) A whole LOT of cookies! And cool that Jim is setting limits too for work :) I think the idea of doing a holiday around the world theme is great, and it sounds like you already have a lot of people that can contribute!

Amanda: It sounds like you're pretty ready for everything, and yes that's great from the office to let you know they can help if they're closed early!

Worked from the office today, all the ornaments got done and I handed them out to all the colleagues, who liked them. I did have a very bad food day, there was almost no one there and my Jewish friend had gotten a big box of donuts for Hannukkah and left at 11 AM. They were there all day and I had no self control at all. I must have eaten four of them :( It really was a big binge, and I need to be careful with my sugars!

A friend of mine picked me up from work and took me home. We were going to go get some last minute things at Winco and do the tree further, but before we could go and do that Tom's brother connected with us saying there was a friend of his stuck in Salem and could we offer our couch? We decided yes, since Pete was vouching for him. The guy is homeless at this moment and was going to try and find a place in a shelter. He is hoping to get some money in on Jan 1 so he can get a ticket back to the Bay Area. Me and Tom had already offered to have him stay until christmas, and when we heard that we decided to offer that he could stay until a few days into January. I am a little bit worried how we're going to pay for a third person's food, but we'll make it work somehow. I am glad we could help someone get in out of the cold. He seems a very nice guy.

Tomorrow I work from home, and I finish at 3.45 PM. Then we'll go to a nice Chinese buffet that normally is over our income, but we'll do it for tomorrow :) THat will also be interesting how we're going to make sure he can come along and we're still able to get through the month, but Tom offered to help with some of his money, which is a really big one, and we can figure it out. I hope everyone has a great time tomorrow, celebrating Christmas eve or just relaxing :)

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Ooh, I love your idea! It's always good to broaden children's perspectives, so they understand there are many ways to see and do things, to celebrate the divine, and that while traditions differ, there are often common threads or elements. And no one way of looking at things or doing things is "the right way."

Alex, I love your poem. Anything that celebrates diversity and encourages tolerance and greater understanding and links between people is positive in my book!

I gave out my work cards, took in some peppermint bark (individually wrapped pieces by Ghirardelli) I had picked up at Costco a little while back. I wore one of 2 sequined holiday sweaters I got at Fred Meyer on sale--this one from last year. It was too warm to exercise in, so for the first time, I took a T-shirt to change into for my bike riding morning and afternoon. I had to run for the 150 coming home, but made it! Since traffic wasn't bad, I got to the office here before it closed at 6, so picked up my package--the final online order: a calendar for me and for DS & BIL. They had left a message on my cell, and when I called them this afternoon, they said if I didn't get it this evening, they could put it inside my door, since the office will close early tomorrow--which I thought was very nice!!

Blessed Be, Amanda

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But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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Paula, It's been a long time, but you've shared with me in the past a little of the family past. I'm sorry for it. And I'm sorry that people abandoned friendships when your DH got sick. They don't realize that's when friendships mean the most. But you are light in other people's lives. Our lives here. I hope someday the people that made a sad decision to fade away from you realize just what light they have lost.

Amanda, I hope you get that letter soon!

You are on a roll this season of getting things on time. This year, with the time between American Thanksgiving and Christmas being shorter it feels like we are always playing catch up.

And I'm glad you were able to help a lady who had no clue what to do. She was lucky to have you.

Alex, I'm glad you are feeling better! And Yay! for baby catfish!

I hope you can talk Tom into making it to Christmas Mass. It would be good for him.

Are the ornaments done?

Your poem is lovely. And since Kwanzaa isn't actually a religious holiday I think it's awsome you included it. I know many people who celebrate Kwanza that are not African descent.


Thank you all for your encouragement about how I've dealt with Jim's mother. I'll take all the Momma Bears I can get! I'm trying to learn the art of saying no. I'm just not sure of myself here.

I'm feeling 100% better. We did have lunch with our friends on Friday. I have gifted a loaf of cranberry bread (It's wonderful!) and a note pad for all my lists.

Saturday morning I started cooking at 7 am and finally finished at 6:30 pm. I made the Yule meal of course and then Brenna and I made cookies. We made more cookies yesterday morning. I made goodie bags for a couple neighbors and got them delivered. Mom delivered goodies to her neighbors for me. I was sent a thank you and told I make a pretty round of bread.

Final count I made 17 1/2 dozen cookies with Brenna, plus some candy barks. That was on top of a roasted hen, cornbread dressing, lima beans, and sweet potatoes for Saturday. I made a pot roast, mashed potatoes, and carrots last night. We accompanied it with some of my beer bread (quick bread that tastes like yeast bread).

Jim got me tickled. He made himself a plate lunch from all the leftovers available to him from last night and the night before. He worked Saturday night into Sunday ladte morning. He said he's going to go to work and tell his boss, "And when I work on the weekends doing an Amazon run this is my reward."

I have a feeling he's about to get me picked on by his boss on Facebook.


I'm pondering something for next winter. Now mind you I'd have to do some research, but I've thought about doing "holidays from around the world," to show Brenna what happens for most of the major holidays besides Christmas and Solstice. Just the simplest versions I can find. My friend did "Christmas around the world" with her kid's homeschool group, about how Christmas is celebrated in the major countries. They made a dish that's severed at that holiday meal and learned the Santa tradition from each country. Which is fun. We did that when I was in elementary school. That's where she got the idea and proposed it to the group. But I happen to know Brenna has a friend that is Muslim at school, she's had a teacher that is Jewish, and she has a classmate that is first-generation American. His parents are both from West Africa. I thought she might like learning about her friends' traditions. Any thoughts or would it be weird?








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12/23/19 12:16 A

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I've not been feeling good all day, nauseous and headachy. Now I know why.. Just checked my sugars and they're over 500. I am still on prednisone and I should have paid more attention with that stuff. At least I was able to fix it with insulin.

Did a lot this day, and still not as much as I wanted to. Did the last of teh shopping, though we still have to bring back the opened ham, tomorrow because I forgot today. I hope it's not busy... Put all the pills in pillboxes, that takes about an hour, put ornaments on about 1/3 of the tree, put the little caps back on the ornaments, but when we went to print the poem, the printer wouldn't do it. This is my poem:

In this, the darkest of such long, long nights
When everyone around so longs for lights
People meet and come to gather all around
To share some joy and light where e'er it can be found.
They light a candle, one each day, for eight days in a row,
They share the seven principles that people need to know,
They light a candle in the midst of a round but quartered wheel,
Or celebrate a bright, bright star that stood above a stall.
And in the end it's about light, to break through winter's gray.
About being together, and so here's my wish today:
A merry Christma-Hannu-Kwanza-Stice to you
And a wonderful, great and happy New Year too!

Maybe a little -too- politically correct, we have no African Americans in our group at all, no Wiccans that are out (I'm not our either), but Hannukkah and Christmas celebrators. But I thought to make it fun. We will go by Fedex tomorrow morning before work and copy the one page that would print enough times that I can cut it up and staple a poem to each ornaments.

Ran for 2 hours but then had to call off, too headachy and nauseous. Looked after the fishies, all the new catfishies seem to be very active though I can't seem to count them very well, they hang out in groups but not all 6 togehter like the embers. Now it's time for bed, I'm late -again-. I work a full 8.25 hour day tomorrow in the office and 7 hours from home on Dec 24.

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Busy, busy girl, Alex!

I'm glad I got my workout in this morning, a new one for me by Amy, then shower & wash my hair, which was mostly dry by the time I cooked up Chinese leftovers, ate, &then pulled my grocery bags and list together.

I got the final gifts for DS and BIL while doing errands. Also got my contributions to the holiday meal next Saturday. Hit the library, where the last Jane Yellowrock book finally came in (I've already finished the copy I broke down and bought), so I checked it out and returned it immediately, so the next person in line can get it quickly. Then I hand delivered a card to my emoticon who lives close and cat sits. I hadn't found her address before mailing cards, but it was easy to drop off.

After my nap emoticon I finished my wrapping, then got tags on everything, including order for opening. Just finished signing all the little cards for work folks which I will take in tomorrow. I have extras so I can add people if I want. I'm even taking a red pen for signing. emoticon emoticon Tonight's low is supposed to be 40, then down to the 30s for the next several nights, so back to wearing my puffy coat on the commute.
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Blessed Be, Amanda

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But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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Amanda: Sounds like you're getting prepped for the get together pretty well! And do your laundry, and put it away too! I wonder where our Harry Potter books are.. There are still boxes of books not in the bookcases in the work room. I will take care of that during my winter vacation!

Went to our favorite Chinese place for brunch, then to Trader Joe's to pick up their chocolate croissants for Christmas breakfast. A colleague had told me about them, and Tom wanted to try them. We'll also have stollen and orange juice. I am not making the whole eggs and sausage thing, it's a holiday for me too! Then to Winco to get the last stuff and stuff for the week. We had scraped together enough money for the really expensive ham they had of about $30 per ham, and I -knew- it should be possible to have a $15 ham and that Winco often had them on sale, but I hadn't seen them at all lately so I was ready to buy an expensive ham. Then I got there and that is when the sale was! Tom was very amused that instead of one ham I bought two, since they were half price. We both love ham leftovers (not like turkey which I don't like) and it's good for my food plan, so no temptation, actually a help. I don't think I'll ever hear the end of it though! He's been chuckling about it all day.

Got some other stuff like one of each type of fruit, it's a tradition from my home, which got the tradition from Germany, which is to do a 'Christmas plate' for each person with all the different fruits, some chocolates and nuts. I skipped the nuts because I don't know where the nutcrackers are. But I got some chocolates and the fruit. And the stuff for Christmas breakfast, sour dough baguettes you finish baking in the oven at home for lunch with ham and cheese to put on, and the two big hams and russet potatoes for baking and a thai dressing salad (they were out of artichokes :( Our favorite veggie). I am baking a New York cheesecake, which will be our dessert and leftovers too.

I tried to get Tom to go to church this evening but he wasn't up for it. I think if he wasn't up for it now he's not going to be up for it at all. So I'll just stop pushing. I wouldn't mind going to church on Christmas, I like singing together with people, but I think he won't be up for that either. Instead I took care of my tanks, because I had only been able to find three of the six catfishies. Emptied out the entire tank, fearing a repeat of the filter eating fish problem, but I had glued the suction cups into the filter with super glue! (Super glue is safe for aquariums). Thank Goddess I checked it all and removed all the ornaments trying to find them, they had stuck themselves between the other filter and the glass aquarium wall. I had put it flush against it but these critters go into the most tiny places, even worse than the embers! I was on time and moved the filter further away from the glass side so they can swim in and out easily. I am just worried they'll get themselves stuck between the backs of either filter and the glass with the width of the suction cup in between. I have no idea how to prevent that if they get that into their silly little heads....

I finished nine more nailpolish ornaments. I have 11 left and then I'll have one for everyone. I stuck two more satay sticks in my foam block to add two more spots to dry them, so I only have one more series to do tomorrow, and write a 'Happy HakuKwanzaMasYule and a Happy New Year' poem. It's wayyy late, almost 11, but I got everything done I wanted to do today. Tomorrow I will have some catchup to do on laundry though. And we have to go back to Winco because the package of the ham I had bought had been opened!?! Who would do that..

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12/22/19 12:18 A

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Alex, so glad the antibiotics are helping! Happy you have catfish again, too!
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Good day! I was happy not to have to take cards to the post office today, since I got them done yesterday. And I wrapped all the gifts for Mary and BIL Brian except what I'm picking up tomorrow--2 for her, one for him. Also called Mary to coordinate what to bring on Saturday for our get together, so I can buy tomorrow.
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Did 2 loads of laundry, got all the clothes put away same day too! That's a rare occurrence for me, so I'm feeling proud. Got a lovely nap in, and since I finished the wonderful new Jane Yellowrock novel this morning, I started Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone this afternoon.
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Blessed Be, Amanda

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But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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Eva: Sounds like you were very busy feeding Jim's crewk, and pain on your left side from gas is still bad! I hope the shopping worked out. I'm glad Friday was better for you. I'm so sorry Kay is being difficult again. I don't think it's Grinchy to stand up for yourself. I am sorry your hire letter is still not there, but glad you were able to get your letters and cards out the door. I'm glad you were able to help that lady find a dental appointment.

Amanda: sounds like you had a good time at the potluck and the sweets sound magnificent. Yay for getting the recumbent bike up for 6.5 miles!! And glad you were able to find the address so easily thanks to Mary!

Paula: I'm so sorry this is a hard time of year for you, with bad memories and also friends that are not seeing you anymore. I hope you can still find some good times with the hard memories, I know how difficult it can be. Both me and Tom come from abusive homes and we are very careful with each other during the holidays, I hope you and DH can set up something like that as well.

Sorry I didn't post yesterday, still not feeling quite there. It's getting better though! Today Tom needed me to help him get help for his iPad with Verizon, and since I couldn't do it and work too I ended up taking 3/4 hours of personal business leave. I was a bit upset about that but he was really out of it. They said they'd call back and when they called back at 2.30 or so he couldn't get his phone to work in answer! I heard it go off but thought he'd be on top of it. Now I wish I had picked it up, he was in a horrible mood all evening.

The nice thing for today was that they had the tiny catfish again, for the first time since the problems with the last ones. So I got them acclimatized (sp?) and they seem to be happy and snug in the aquarium. I did not manage to also do the third lot of ornaments, I will just do them tomorrow. I hope I get a nice night's rest, it's been ok with the coughing since the antibiotics.

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Paula, I'm sorry for the hurts you & DH experience, yet glad that you choose to focus on the joy that is present in you life. I applaud you.
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Eva, I'm also proud of you for standing by your boundaries and warning Jim about the consequences MIL is flirting with. So in addition to emoticon emoticon , the protective part of me that hates when people try to take advantage of my friends, is fantasizing about taking this woman down. emoticon emoticon She may be old, but so am I, and she deserves a slap upside the head. OK, not very "Good Will to All," so just call me Mama Bear.
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Positives and challenges today. Still no hire letter. I emailed Ian who checked with his HR person; they are working on it. Melody, a primary admin on the floor (who coached Ian about the justification process, and by whose desk I spend a few minutes many mornings looking out the window toward the mountain), said it should be done by next week. (Not what I was hoping for.) Ian gets it, that it's not all the way official until it's in writing, but it's out of his hands. Hard to keep waiting.

So glad call volume this morning was low, and I was able to finish preparing the last 9 holiday cards and letters to mail. There's a small post office in Chinatown near the restaurant New Star where I like to go on Fridays, so I dropped in there before picking up my food. A very nice lady who mailed a few bills or letters held the mail chute open for me to get all the cards with their colorful stickers out of the box I had transported them in to stay dry. So that felt great to get done! Just wrapping gifts for DS and BIL & work cards to sign and take on Monday.

Calls got heavier in the afternoon, including some harder ones. We were down 2 people and everyone else was leaving early. Ian asked if I'd be OK the last half hour on my own. I made sure to grab a last potty break before Jennifer left at 4:30. Then my last caller was a poor lady newly on Medicare who lost dental coverage when she switched from Medicaid, with issues who was starting to cry. I was able to make an emergency appointment for her at the one dental clinic that can see seniors who make between 56% and 138% of federal poverty level. She was *so* thankful. So while the afternoon had been stressful, it ended on a high note, and I made my 5:15 southbound bus despite the rain delays. The rain was lighter on the evening commute than it had been in the morning and walking to lunch.

Too tired to exercise or do much of anything tonight. I had a little popcorn and read in my Jane book. I'll make a dinner salad soon, and try to make it an early night. Happy Friday night and Saturday to all my goddesses!

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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Mrs Eva you need to what is best for you and not feel guilt tripped into things. You are kind and loving and give a lot to your family and to us here.
have a lovely lunch with your friends and enjoy your Christmas Eve celebrations.

This time of year brings up memories that are painful and I am still learning to put them behind me, each year it gets a little easier but it still hurts. Having family that do not want you in their life can really hurt, also friends that have stepped aside due to DH's health issues has been hard as some were friends from his childhood days. Others were friends from work and they totally blank us now.
We understand but it can still hurt when people you knew and cared for blank you in the street.

I now concentrate on the joy I have in my life and make the most of each day I have and especially so with DH.
Christmas is a time of families but for some it is lonely even amidst all the joy.


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Amanda, I'm so glad you are feeling so much more relaxed. And your potluck sounds delicious!


I'm feeling much better today. I'm sore in my left side, like a bruise. I'm using a parent note and allowing Brenna to start her break a half day early. They are just having a dodgeball tournament. I think she'll be fine getting to sleep in instead.

We are meeting friends for lunch at about 11:30.

I figured out that the main source for all this excessive anxiety is my MIL. She asked me to deliver a gift for her. I went and picked it up yesterday. She was crying and trying to guilt me again about having Christmas with my mom of Christmas Eve. She wants me to cut my family time short. I've said no. We've had our celebration for 39 years on Christmas Eve. It ain't changing now. And I'm not asking my mother to leave when I know she has her daughter's coming to help. I told Jim and my mother I'd put them in Brenna's bed and Brenna on the futon and they'd stay all night before we cut the meal short. I also told Jimmy that I've drawn a line and she's about to cross it. And when she does, all the things I do for her will stop since she obviously doesn't appreciate it enough to stop asking for more.

I feel grinchy being this way but I also feel like she's being very selfish.



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Oh, my, so much going on with both of you! Sending positive, healing, relaxing energy your way! emoticon emoticon emoticon
My energy continues to pick up as relief settles in. emoticon It didn't hurt that today was a breakfast potluck and social event for the 10th floor--and we got to participate! Calls were routed to the clinics until 10. We kicked in $5 each and Ian picked up 3 things from a dim sum cafe in Chinatown--potstickers, egg rolls and onion buns. I helped cut them into smaller pieces to let more people sample them. They were good! Karen (my other supervisor) had the same idea, went to the same place and brough something call shumai--sort of shrimp filled dumplings or little tarts? *Really* good! I overate, and was getting sleepy, so had some coffee, though I had already had my morning cup. I took a small slice of a pistachio bundt cake to have with lunch, and a red velvet birthday cake made it into the lunchroom before lunch, so I took a sliver of that too. The red velvet was *so* most and good that I cut another sliver to go with my lunchtime coffee!
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Good thing we had extra time after eating before phones went back on. I did a long workout in the gym after breakfast: 21 minutes on the recumbent bike, using a set hill program; I usually just manually increase a resistance every 30 seconds from 1-10, then back down in my usual 10 minutes during break. So for 31 minutes today, I "biked" over 6.5 miles!
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It was raining hard after work, and traffic was slow, but on the bus, I just journaled, then read my book, totally relaxed! I was damp, especially on my shins, even with an umbrella from the walk up the hill from the bus stop, but a small price to pay for not driving in that mess!
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My sister is so brilliant! I lost my revised address list from last year, so didn't have the new one for my aunt and uncle in Salem. Emailed and texted Mary to see if she had it, and she reminded me if I still had the evite to the previous year's Shafer Ladies, Wanda's address would be on it. Since I rarely clear out emails, the search for "evite" brought it right up with this year's invitation. That card may go out in tomorrow's mail after all!
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Amanda, I hope to read you got your letter today!!

Alex, I'm glad you could stay the day!

Your inhaler may be causing you dry mouth. Mine will at times if I use it a lot. After you inhale just swish with water and spit it out. See if that helps. The residue from the powder irritates that soft tissue.

I made 5 dozen sausage balls and 3 dozen snickerdoodles yesterday. Jim's feeding his crew. In the midst of all that I had a BAD pain on my left side. I'm okay it was just gas but it took my breath. I ended up using Alka Seltzer to help move the gas along and it worked. I had weighed yesterday morning. The scale had not moved. Well after I could have given Rocketman a run for his money without a jet pack yesterday I decided to weight again this morning. I literally lost a pound in bloat. I finished 2 of Charlie's pillows yesterday. He's going to be able to get the granddaughter in California hers by Christmas. That made him happy. I have 2 to go. I'll have them done before the kids get here for Christmas.

Today I am going to do the shopping. When I get home I'm likely to choose to do not much of anything. I didn't sleep well from moving that gas along. This indigestion is most likely triggered by the stress and anxiety I've been feeling. It's one of my normal tells, but it's usually just not this bad.

Jim is running again this weekend. He asked me if I would be mad. We had plans but they can be worked around so no one misses anything and he can work too. And get a nap. I don't want to knock a driver out of seeing his kid in a Christmas program, and that's what will happen if Jim doesn't take the run. So I am adjusting course so we get it all done for Christmas.



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Eva: I'm so sorry you still had more trouble Tuesday!! Having to find the compressor, then fixing the toilet, then having to clean up after another cat and it sounds like you were wise not to try any more! I do hope with you today is better!

Amanda: I really hope you will get that hire letter soon. I also did the last online orders, one for Tom for a big ticket item I promised him but had almost not ordered on time because I thought it was on Amazon prime! It wasn't, so i was lucky to find a version on Ebay, not Amazon, that was both $20 cheaper and would arrive on the 23rd. I did have to take the car for that to go to the store to use the ATM to get the Dutch money my parents gave for Christmas (in dollars of course) and then to go put that in the normal bank account. I was a little more daring going out to drive at night, and last time with the new yellow glasses it worked great! But this time it was raining pretty hard and everything was glare, nothing but glare. So I have to remember I'm safe driving in just the dark but not the dark -and- the rain.

It sounds like you have your holiday letter and cards out on time.

I worked a full day in the office today, for the first time in about two weeks. It was a winter celebration potluck too so it was not a full full day, but I worked from 8 until 4.45, my normal times. THe potluck was fun and people who had signed up for that played white elephant. I chose to spend that money for something I know we'd like, so I just watched, it was still fun :) And I put the hot cocoa and marshmallow ornaments in the stockings of the people who had signed up. I will need to make more nailpolish ornaments, one batch every day from Thu to Sun, and then they'll be ready Monday, unfortunately that will be a little late, the only day absolutely everyone is in the office is Wednesday, but I just couldn't get it done on time and be sick!

We first had the plan to go to the new In and Out in Keizer today, but I read an article that warned it could be a two hour wait the first few weeks they're open, so we went to get other burgers instead. My mouth is really sore, it almost feels like my gums are bleeding, and the pickle was so sour I couldn't eat my burger, so I gave it to Tom. I need to find out whether to ask the doctor or the dentist about my gums and super dry mouth. Drinking is not enough anymore. I do get enough vitamin C and things like that, I actually take a multivitamin to prevent shortages. I know it's not the same as always eating healthy though. The prednisone is making me -so- hungry I just can't stop eating! It's another loss of control :(

My doctor advised me to use a nasal wash for the sinus infection, so I will try one. I ordered one from Amazon that will arrive Friday, and I can use my flexible spending card, so that was really good, and they still send it to you with prime speeds if you have prime. That's very cool. Hopefully it will help. Took care of my fish, but not much more today after all that! They're all doing well, I fed them 'sea monkeys' :)

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I hope you both have a better day today!

My energy was up a little bit. Ian says I may get my hire letter tomorrow. I hope so; I think it will feel more real at that point. I remembered to place my last online order--just something for me & for DS and BIL that I'll take over on Saturday after Christmas when we have our celebration, but I do need to give the company time to ship it! Hope I didn't leave it too late.

Finished my holiday letter, printed a few copies, will try to get the first few cards and letters out, but still get to bed in good time. With the rain coming in, the temps are going up--I shouldn't need my puffy coat tomorrow that I wear when night get into the 30s, but I will need my umbrella. Take care, my friends!

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Amanda, Congratulations! I'm so happy for you!!! I think you deserve a "brain break." Nothing extra that's work-related until after the holidays. You deserve a mental rest, my friend!

Alex, I'm sorry you seem to be getting worse instead of better. I hope you can make it all day today.

The coughing sounds bad but it is your body's way of ridding you of the congestion. Breathing cold air will help if you can't catch your breath. If you have a crockpot put water in it and leave the lid off when you are home and awake. it will help up moisture in the air and that helps thin the mucus.

I hope the ornaments turned out as you wanted.

Well, my Tuesday continued to get worse. The basket had to be replaced. So I went to the dollar store and found shower caddies there. I went to MIL's and did the hair cut. I got in my car, the tire sensor was going off. The cold weather made the air contract. So I had to come home and air the tires up. Jim had put my compressor somewhere else. Finally found it and fixed my tires after 20 minutes of poking around in my hatch to find which compartment he'd stashed it in. I came in to install my shower caddies. Found the master bathroom toilet running. Shut off the water and fixed the toilet. Hung the caddies. Then I found where someone had scared Esmerelda in mid poop while I was fixing the toilet. She made a mess on the cat tower. I had to clean that and give her a bath. At lunch I finally said "I quit until pick up time." and I sat myself down and didn't do another constructive thing until time to do homework with Brenna. I don't do that often but yesterday I had enough.

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Amanda: WOOT! You got the internal position and maybe a raise! That's awesome! I'm so happy for you!!! And maybe having the other position also offered to you will help them give you a raise. I'm so glad!! I think it's a good idea to wait on trying the AS3 skills exam, it's been so stressful and you can do that when you've rested, now that you are in a much better place for the future!

Eva: The doctor said I now likely also have a chest infection when I wrote her how it was going, and sent another script for antibiotica, after the first one was finished. That was doxycyclin, this is Azithromycin, we'll have to see. Also I was experimenting because the cough was so bad that if I tilt my head back I can breathe freely without coughing, and if I breathe slowly through my nose (but both in and out) I don't have to cough hardly as much either. But both are a bit hard to work with!

Wow you've had a really bad day, I'm sorry about your sewing machine, and then the cat peeing on the bath mat, and then the basket came down, and all the work for the drivers and their gloves, I love that they go in lingerie boxes! I agree the teacher telling the kids to make a powerpoint if she doesn't, that is really not right!

Worked from home today, started at 8, prednisone started working at 8.30, and I had two pills today, and it stopped working at 11.30 AM!! That was crazy! And I started coughing and coughing and used my entire lunch time to do the nebulizer but it didn't help much, it seemed to make it worse. I was worried about having to give up again, and tried to hang in there longer. That's when I started to experiment with things like tilting my head back, which made breathing so very much easier, and breathing through my nose, which also went so much easier. THe head tilted back position is nice for a break but I can't do any work with it, but breathing through my nose has options, though I have been doing it all day and talking is really weird, because I have to stop and breathe through my nose the whole time, if I inhale through my mouth the coughing starts really badly, I was very nauseous. So I ended up using the breathing through my nose trick during work, (I was at home and didn't have to talk to colleagues). Tomorrow there will be a special potluck for our winter celebration and I wrote the doctor if I could take 3 prednisone instead of 2 so I didn't have to leave early, but I don't think she'll get it on time. But only breathing through my nose will probably not work so well then.

After work we went to do some errands, and I got Tom a rotisserie chicken and me a frozen meal so I didn't have to cook, there was a lot of stuff I wanted to finish tonight. Then I cut the labels for the ornaments with hot cocoa and mini marshmallows I had made yesterday and attached them, and then with a face mask and a fan blowing air out the window and breathing only through my nose I worked on nine nailpolish ornaments and a nailpolish Hannukkah tealight for my friend. I had looked up that dried nailpolish wasn't flammable and lots of sources said it wasn't, but after the work while they were trying I wanted to be really sure so I went to a youtube video of a lady scientist setting nailpolish on fire and even if it's been dried -weeks- if you put it near an open flame it will ignite!! So I'm going to have to tell my friend not to use it with a real tealight, even if the nailpolish is only on the outside. I would love to get her some LED tealights to give with it but the store won't open until 8 and that's when I start.

These are the ornaments:



And here the Hannukkah tealight:



I hope my fish will be ok, as you can see one of the tanks is pretty close to it, and I'm not sure how sensitive they are to solvents in the air. I didn't think about it until I had finished, and there would not really have been any other place to do it.

Tomorrow I'll wear my Christmas Kitty sweater and have a nice potluck, though this year we don't get any time from work to celebrate together like we normally did, we all need to take leave or flex. Grinchy!!

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Oh, Eva, sorry for all the drama emoticon and the headaches emoticon Jim's coworker gifts & food sound really nice! emoticon That really isn't right for the teacher to demand skills of students that she doesn't possess. emoticon Hope your Wednesday goes better than your Tuesday did! emoticon

Ian showed me the justification he sent in for my step increase. He expects them to approve it. He says the start date should be 12/30. Now that he's informed all the people they made him interview that they weren't selected, and has announced to the unit I got the job, I can start telling everyone.

I had originally planned to take the 2 hour skills exam for an AS3, even though I didn't really want to work for DAJD--Dept of Adult and Juvenile Detention, for the experience and to get an idea of what training and study I might need to eventually promote up to a 3 (I'm currently an AS2). But I'm so exhausted by all the job stuff and offer issues, that I don't have the energy for it. I sent an email to the DAJD HR rep who invited me explaining I had just accepted an offer. Did the same to the supervisor at VS, and wished her well with the recruitment. Just did the same to the VS HR rep who emailed me at home only, not copying my work email like the supe did.

It doesn't feel real yet. I just know I'm ever so tired! I trust it will all be worth it, but it has been so stressful. I'm hoping to get to bed early tonight. I want to start working on getting cards out; just not sure if that will happen before the weekend or not. Wishing everyone a Wonderful Wednesday.

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Alex, are you sure that's just asthma? It sounds more like bronchitis or pneumonia.

Amanda, Congratulations on the offer! I hope Ian can get you the raise, but if not at least you'll have the security of a career position.

Well, it looks like I'm in for a week full of "Mondays". Yesterday my sewing machine, inherited from my step-grandmother, bit the dust. It was probably purchased in the 1970s based on the color so I can't be surprised. I'll be finishing Charlie's pillows by hand. Brenna's tub drain was clogged so I spent 30 minutes with a short drain snake to remove the clog. There was enough hair in there to build a baby kitten.

This morning Butters peed on the bath mat while I was in the shower. He's mad about something. Who knows what. While I was in the shower The basket I have mounted on the wall came off. I must have bumped it wrong yesterday when I scrubbed the walls. Anyway, the basket almost clocked me one. With shampoo bottles that would have felt really good. I set it on the floor and finished my shower. I'll put it back up in a little while.

Tomorrow I have to make 2 batches of sausage balls and a batch of snickerdoodles for Jim to take to work. Christmas goodies for his drivers. He bought them all his preferred work gloves. I've boxed them up and they are ready to go. Brenna got tickled when I told her I was using lingerie boxes because they would fit well. She said, "Well everyone gets an underwear box for Christmas at our house, why not them." emoticon

At 9:30 I have to go trim MIL's hair. I trimmed it 2 weeks ago but whatever.

The science powerpoint is done. She finished yesterday. The teacher doesn't know how to build a powerpoint. Why would you make kids do something you can't do yourself?





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emoticon about losing your post, Eva--I HATE it when that happens to me! emoticon The surprise gifts for Brenna do sound emoticon

I'm really hoping you get feeling better, Alex! Glad the emoticon are doing well.

So after finishing interviews today, Ian took me aside and offered me the internal position--at my current pay rate. I told him I would like to keep working in the unit (free activity room in the basement, walking distance from 2 favorite restaurants, satisfying work I'm good at), but had really hoped to get a raise, given rent increase in January. He said he'd go to bat for me and ask HR if they'll approve a step increase. Not sure how fast he'll get an answer; pretty soon I think, so he can move on to the next round of interviews for the other 2 (external) positions. I didn't hear from the other job like I was supposed to. I've left it up to them, and they are kind of snoozing on this. It doesn't feel real yet, since there is nothing official or in writing, but I really should have an official permanent position very soon now! (And not soon enough!)
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Eva: Sorry you lost so much of your post. I was surprised too when I saw how everything is open here almost all the time on the West Coast. It is not long ago that all the stores in the Netherlands were closed on Sundays (actually it's almost 20 years so maybe it -is- long ago :) I am not sure when I can move the fry, they have to be big enough for the parents not to eat them, which is I think not yet. Ember tetra can take months to grow but it's still going pretty fast. Cool that you made her two other boxes, they both sound great!

Was at work at 9 today, and then at 3.30 the Prednisone stopped working and I had to give up. Tomorrow I work from 8 until 3.30 so maybe I'll make that a whole day, 7 hours. I am not getting my numbers either currently. I did get the inhaler but when I tried to use it when the prednisone worked out it seemed to make things worse. Tom was talking about taking me to the emergency room but I'm glad I recovered from the walk down fast enough that he stopped thinking about it. I did have to cough every minute or so this evening.

While coughing I still managed to get a good start on the ornaments with hot chocolate mix and marshmallows, I just still have to print the labels, cut them out and attach them. I'm using the nebulizer right now in hopes that the part where everything first comes loose before it works is over before I go to bed. Maybe I'll try the tap again, the nailpolish ornaments are out for today due to the asthma, but I did put some 91 percent alcohol in some of the goopy bottles so the polish will be smoother.

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Well the power blinked and I lost my original post. It's a thunderstorm this morning. So I raised the garage so I know I can get out to take Brenna to school.

Amanda, the Sunday store hours on the west coast amaze me. Everything here, besides Walmart, Target and Kroger, is closed until lunch or doesn't open at all.

I hope the tag removal went well and no alarms activated!

Alex, I hope you feel better this morning. How long until you can move the fry?

I guess 11 year old girls love a mystery. I think it's because no one in the room knows what is in there either. But you haven't lived until you deconstruct the vacuum to pull out a Shopkin from a mystery pack. I admit this year I checked, but I'm not telling her I checked. I wanted to see if it was actually the value advertised. As for myself, I'd rather just buy the supplies I know and love.

I have built her 2 more mystery boxes. One is a gamer/YouTuber box. I did that to hide the games she's been checking out. I got her a hoodie from her favorite YouTuber and the games are ones she's been checking out at the store when she thinks I'm not looking. The other is a huge box of art supplies. Some she wants, some she needs, and some just because I liked them. After all every artist needs magical unicorn horn brushes. But it's in a clothes box. She thinks it's jeans lol.









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Eva: Yeah the tutorial I watched said she used nailpolish from the dollar store, which is the stuff I have, but she also had some other nailpolishes she used and when she saw the outcome of those with the metal polish Sally Hansen instra dry she used those the most, and someone else mentioned on their information that cheap nailpolish was not the best. But it's what I have. The cheaper one clumps more so I got some 91 percent rubbing acohol to thin it with, the colors will be less strong but it will go on more evenly, and using warm water too. I had wanted to do some more today but there was no time.

I hope Jim had a good run. I looked at all the Mystery Boxes but it's not my thing. I have little enough money that if I buy something I need to know it's exactly what I need.

Amanda: Sounds like you got your shopping all organized! And treating yourself to that Jane Yellowrock novel is fitting the season too! It's good you saw the anti theft tag, so it wouldn't go off when you go to Fred Meyer (I take it that's Freddie's?) and do not expect it going off! I wish I'd had time for a nap today! But i slept in til noon so that's on me :)

I only had to shop for Tom for Sinterklaas (gave him Starwars legos) and Xmas (I found a tshirt he is forever complaining about that it was lost, it must be 15 to 20 years old, it was -amazing- that I could find it at all. I'ts a gamer's tshirt. I found it at an online tshirt print company. I paid almost twice what we had agreed on but it's so worth it! I can't wait to see his face!

I am also doing the nailpolish ornaments for the whole unit (tomorrow hopefully I can get more done, I will need about 4 or 5 sessions to make it work, I think an hour per session, maybe less, so that should be a lot less than all the handpainted figures on the ornaments last year. I will blame it on my health this year (not even an excuse, it is part of why). And for the people who are doing stocking gifts along with me, an ornament with hot cocoa powder and small marshmallows in it with a label 'Baby It's Cold Outside'. For the nailpolish ornaments I will probably do a little 'happy holidays, good new year' poem as label.

Got up late, then Tom was slow getting out the door. We went to have lunch, get gas, get some stuff at Walmart and then the dollar store. At the dollar store I bought tape to wrap the food gifts I got for both of us and I can't find it anywhere! Oh well, it was just a dollar I guess. Then we were going to go to the UPS store to drop off an Amazon return, and to Ace to get that plastic screw holder for dry wall, but he suddenly was totally, absolutely overwhelmed, so instead we went home. Which was probably for the best because I barely was able to fill the pill boxes with 2 mins left over until I had to run the roleplaying game! The game went very well, I am always surprised how little of the plan survives contact with players! But it was fun.

During the game I went on to Kaiser's website to order prescriptions that were empty from the pill box filling. There I saw that the inhaler had finally been approved but I never got that promised text and it was too late to go to the pharmacy 20 mins away which was open until 6. So, tomorrow I will call in that I'll be 30 or 45 mins late and we'll go to the pharmacy 5 mins from home which opens at 8, (that's when I start), get the inhaler and then he'll drop me off at work. Then I don't have to drag my nebulizer along!

After the game i still needed to take care of the fish, Satin's tank is well and truely cycled, but the two fry need a water change every day because there is so much uneaten food (they need to be 'swimmming' in the food to grow). Maybe I should try if they're ready to eat the worms I feed the adults but they still look a little too small for that. I have mini worms for them and vinegar eels, and powdered 'fry's first' food in a baggie. I also feed them and the adults baby brine shrimp (sea monkeys?), like I did this morning. Then I filled the dishwasher but I can't find the box of dishwasher powder that had gotten wet and split at the seams anywhere.. I didn't get a refill at the dollar store because of not having that extra dollar and then I spent it on tape I don't have. URGH! I'll find two extra dollars in my coin jar.

Tom will take me by the dollar store tomorrow, so we'll run the dishwasher then. Now it's super late, but searching for that powder gave me a huge asthma attack from dust, so now I'm spending 20 minutes extra puffing (using my nebulizer). At least I can write here doing that because I've rigged the mouthpiece to hold itself up if I have it in my mouth with a big elastic around the T part and my head. Not as easy as a mask, but Kaiser is very difficult about giving adults a mask, they think it's for children only. I guess we're not allowed to use our hands for anything but hold that stupid thing in place for 20 minutes.. I hope I'll have a good night with very little coughing (worrying because I'm out of cough suppressants) and that being in bed at 10 and up at 7 will give me enough sleep! (Normally I need 10 to 11 hours :( )

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Wow, Eva, that sounds like quite the great savings!
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Alex, glad the coughing is improved. Hope you can get those exercises again (I totally relate to misplacing those Kaiser notes!) I know you enjoy making those ornaments, but be careful--you shouldn't suffer for it.
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I'm going to try to get away for errands early, since stores will be a bit crazy. I did a great Amy workout this morning. Chinese leftovers for breakfast next, and I'm already looking forward to my after-errand nap!
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I checked websites for store hours for Dollar Tree (8), Barnes & Noble (9) and Costco (10). Got away earlier than usual and hit Costco before they got too busy. Didn't find one gift I had hoped to get, but was able to pull right up to a gas pump--a very rare occurrence! Then to B&N to use a coupon for a future gift and get the new Jane Yellowrock novel--I just couldn't wait any longer on the library reservation to get to me! Not only found the funny gift I wanted at the Dollar Tree, but also found a single pair of the soft, fleece-like gloves I got last year. Score!

Then to Burien, first to Freddie's to get the anti-theft tag removed from the purse I bought yesterday. I discovered it this morning while transferring items from the old purse (with the broken strap) to the new one. My first thought was an indignant "They forgot to remove it yesterday!" Followed by "Oh wait. I checked out self-serve, which means nobody else touched it or saw it was there. Guess that's on me, then." I also picked up a replacement for the gift I couldn't find at Costco. Then Safeway and TJ's for my usual groceries. Once cold foods were put away, I got my nap. Sweet!

Since getting up, I've strained the veggie stock I had simmering while I slept. I'll chop the last of the red cabbage; the last head I bought was too big to fit in he container I use for that. I've organized family gifts still to wrap (for DS and BIL), and I've begun drafting my holiday letter. A productive, and not frantic day! Yeah!

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Amanda, I'm glad you found a purse that would work. And I hope maybe your computer issue has resolved itself. When mine acts up I tell Jimmy it has a demon of stupidity.

Alex, I hope you are feeling better. I've never made the nail polish ornaments. They look easy but I figure it's deceivingly so. Just like natural dying of fabric and getting the dye to stick isn't as simple as it looks.

I watch the Holderness Family on Youtube. They do this thing called "Craft Busters" They show just how difficult it can be at times to make a project work.

So Jim is on his run. He should be home about lunchtime. It was a difficult night's sleep. Brenna and I stayed up and saw him off to work.

I'm back up at my normal time. You'd think I would have slept in, but nope.

"Mystery Boxes" are usually a subscription box. I tend to buy the "try it" price and then cancel. More often than not I'm disappointed in what comes in it. But the one that arrived yesterday was the Fabfitfun winter box. I'm pretty impressed. I got to choose 3 of the items in the box for the lowest tier price, the rest they choose for you based on a questionnaire you fill out. So it's a "mystery" or a "surprise." You can also choose not to customize but have them randomly select the items for you. Fabfitfun is a women-owned company, which I love buying from "women-owned" companies. This year I went with a" women's crate" for Brenna instead of a "kids crate" that tends to be a bunch of junk with one nice item in the mix. She's old enough now that a "women's box" will work. I'll say I was much happier with this one than with last year's culture fly box.

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I used a discount code and got $10 off. I may let it run through the Spring box. It's $50 per box or you can pay in advance and save some. This winter box came with rose gold and Swarovski crystal bracelet ($30), some shampoo and condition ($75 a set retail), a BlueTooth shower speaker ($20), a makeup eraser that lasts up to 2 years ($20), a coffee scrub ($10), a vooray bag ($20) *side note - vooray makes runners bags. This one looks small but it's roomy. Brenna will get 2 since one was in this box but they will carry her phone, wallet, auto-injectors, hand-sanitizer and a lip gloss with no issue. It can be used as a shoulder, crossbody, or hip/fanny pack*, and a dry bar prep rally detangler ($23). That's roughly $200 worth of stuff for $50, unless you have a coupon code.

Here's a link to a list of the ones recommended for women. They start at about $10 per month. Fabfitfun ships seasonally. So 4 times per year. Ipsy is $10 per month.

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Eva: it sounds like Brenna is on her way to be (or already is!) a very smart young lady, to be able to focus on getting the best value. I hope your day off is good. and I am glad Jim gets paid for his overtime! I am sure Brenna much appreciates you helping her work easier without doing the work for her! There are too many parents that do that. Using a physical library for research is a skill many people now miss. I had to help my tutoring students for writing with the same thing. A mystery box does sound like fun! There are more of those that she has an obsession for them?

Amanda: I'm glad your phone interview went well, and I'm curious too what a conditional offer it. And what bad luck having the strap from your purse break! I hope you can find a backpack in your things so you don't have to go shopping! I'm sorry your computer is giving you trouble, and very glad you have GeekSquad, that should help a lot. Even if you didn't have a workout for 5 days I still think that's incredible! And cool that Amy is showing the low impact version when she's pregnant, glad you found a good purse! And glad your computer seems to be fixed!

I woke up this morning feeling much better, and much less coughing. The only problem there is now (it's frickin' always something this year!!!) is that my sciatica/piriformis syndrome started up again because with all the asthma and itching I've been ignoring my exercises. And now I don't quite remember them and I can't find the information, I was hoping they were in Kaiser's online system for the past visit information but they were not. I'll try to call member services Monday. Also really, really need to work Monday, I was so ill Thu and Fri I did not manage work at all, so 5 hours on Monday would be great.

I was able to talk to my parents without almost any cough. Then we went to our favorite Chinese Restaurant, then to Ace for a plastic screw holder to keep a screw in the dry wall, and shopping at Winco. I was perfectly on budget, within 22 cents. Came home, had a nap. Screwed the screws in the drywall for a four-rack strip to hang jackets, and I bought the wrong plastic screw holder because when we were done the right side (with the plastic screw holder I bought) came off iwth a hole in the wall of almost half an inch!!! The plastic piece that came with the rack on the other side is fine, but I lost the second one when I tried to put it in the wall, and what I got at Ace clearly wasn't the right thing. I am -so- glad we own the place. We'll get some putty and move the rack to not need to go in that big hole. Tomorrow Tom promised to go into Ace with me to help me find the right ones. I am no good at handywork lately!!

Took care of my fish, my baby fish are still doing great, my Satin's tank is finally cycled and he didn't need a water change today! And the embers are fine, though I've found no more baby fish. Then I tried the nail polish ornaments and boy, that was a mistake!! I was doing fine all day but one whiff of that solvent and I was squeaking again! Tom said he had a bit of schadenfreude. I hadn't thought of that being an issue at all! I finished two today, they don't come out as nice as I'd have liked. Gonna get some 91 percent rubbing alcohol tomorrow to thin the nailpolish with and use lukewarm instead of cold water, which were some tips my research came up with. Also I'm going to do it right in front of the open window, with a fan to blow the air out, and a breathing mask. I can't really choose something else now, I already have all the supplies.

Doing a nebulizer treatment now (and we were up really late from our nap). Tomorrow I can sleep in, and we have to do a little shopping. I hope the asthma will still be better again tomorrow!

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Yep, I've never heard of "mystery packs" but it's cool that Brenna gets excited about things. It is sad if students are chastised for not knowing things they were never taught. I remember how Spanish teachers had to teach us English grammar in order to teach Spanish grammar, since things like objects and subjects aren't (or at least weren't then) taught in grade school anymore.
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Hey, I'm on the phone with a Geek Squad agent trying to fix my computer issues. I'm trying to recreate the typing problems. Well, it didn't happen while I was on the phone with him, and it isn't happening now, so that's great! Today for the third time recently I got the "blue screen of death" on my computer telling me there had been a memory dump. I wondered if I had filled all the memory, and started deleting files while waiting to get through to an agent. Turns out I have lots of memory space, so it wasn't that. The other weird problem, which he said might be related is that the last couple of days I would suddenly have all kinds of problems typing here on Spark or in emails, where the cursor would hop around and suddenly letters I was typing would jump into the middle of words in the same line of type, or the line above, or a block of words would get highlighted and replaced by whatever I was typing. Talk about frustrating!
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That's why I consider my yearly Geek Squad membership to be money well spent!
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Created enough space to exercise this morning. I had left wrapping supplies on the floor from my day off last Monday--that's the longest I've gone in months without a YouTube workout! It felt great to sweat with a pregnant Amy & her friend & "star pupil" Jacquelyn Zook who demonstrated the advanced/high impact version, while Amy did the modified/low impact moves. Then I went shopping & found a purse that will work for me, picked up one little gift for BIL and some groceries. Napped, then tackled the tech issues, and have had no problems typing now.
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Amanda, I hope Ian can give you a nice offer on Monday and with luck you'll get to choose your position with more than one offer in the works. The security would be a special holiday gift!

Did you find a backpack or a spare purse?

Good point about the science teacher. I don't mind the PowerPoint presentations. Last year Brenna did well, I just had to convince her to spread the information out over more slides since there was a slide minimum. I just hope someone is helping them with "reputable sources" on the internet. I try to stress with Brenna to verify her information with at least 2 sources I'm that weird generation that had to do both digital and physically resources. The bridge if you will. We had to verify digital information in a physical resource. I also happen to know the communications (speech) and English professors at the local colleges expect them to be able to research speeches and papers with limited digital resources. I've had to teach my friends children how to use the periodical and resource rooms of a library this semester because they never learned in middle school or high school. And by the time the get to college the librarian thinks they are an idiot if they don't know. It's kinda sad for the college kids just trying to keep up a GPA. It's not their fault no librarian actually taught them how to use the library.

I'm still waiting on one package to arrive. Brenna's FabFitFun "mystery box" I know 3 of the items because I got to customize them, but the other 3-5 items will be a surprise to us all. It goes under the tree. I'm still trying to figure out kids obsession with "mystery packs".



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Eva, having the teacher stress them learning digital forms of research and presentation is a good way to teach skills that will prepare them for future jobs. People of my generation, the digital immigrants rather than the natives, have a harder time learning those things all the admin jobs want employees to be well versed in.

Alex, hope your sleep and health did well today.

The phone interview went well. My interview prep helped. Ian hopes to have a decision on Monday after all the interviews finish. Didn't hear from Robbie until I got home--she sent an email after 5 saying I would get a "conditional offer from HR early Monday." I asked her what that is, but won't hear back before Monday.

As I was hustling to the bus stop after work, the shoulder strap on my purse broke, so I had to scoop it up and carry it in one arm while rolling my cart with the other. I don't relish shopping in the holiday crowds for a replacement. I wonder if I have a backpack that would serve for now. Although I might find a good sale somewhere. I have a couple more things to pick up for DS and BIL, then draft a letter, waiting for job news to add. But I can start getting cards ready to mail.

Also looking forward to cleaning, and creating workout! space again! Wishing a Sparkling Saturday to all!

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Amanda, Good luck with your interview today. You are a shoo-in I'm sure!

I'll have to see if I can check your title out from the library. The exploits can't be worse than 50 Shades of Grey and I read that.

I'll pass your kindness on to Mr. Charlie. They did not have kids together. Her oldest son is the oldest but he was only 15 months old when Mr. Charlie and Mrs. Jan started dating. Her youngest was 5 months old and Mr. Charlie's biological son was right between them. It was just shy of having triplets. Mr. Charlie raised her kids like his own, their father was a no-show. Like going out for milk and never returned kind of guy. So in heart, they are their kids, but in biology, they are her kids. I've never met the middle son, but I have met the other two. The oldest lives here in Medina, the other in Dickson, right outside of Nashville. I'll give credit where it is due, the oldest has taken Mr. Charlie to lunch a couple of times and brought dinner or invited him over. He's trying, but men are different than women.

I was rather proud of Miss Brenna for her choices. It shows that I've done my job in teaching her to pay attention so she can get the best value, and that the lesson stuck! So her 11-year-old brain really is listening! That's more than I can say for my nieces, according to their mother.

Alex, I hope you feel better today.

Jim has given me the day off! Brenna will shop with my mother for a couple of hours tomorrow, so he's told me to wait on the shopping so he can do my heavy lifting. He has to work tomorrow night from about 11 until about 10:30 the next morning. We did the math, that will be about $200 extra after taxes on his next paycheck. And he may have to do it again next Saturday night. It's okay and we can always use the money. I'm just glad the company is actually paying him instead of writing it off as a salary person's responsibility. So after shopping he will need a nap, but I appreciate that my family has noticed I'm feeling slow. It's unusual. They usually figure it out when I fall asleep sitting up.

Miss Brenna has a powerpoint due in science next week. The teacher gave them the instructions yesterday. Brenna's brain is in high gear this week. She asked me for a jump drive so she can save her work at school and then bring it home to finish over the weekend. That way she just has to proofread it at school Monday and Tuesday. I'm going to set her up with her laptop on a tray table and the desktop in front of her. She can have her source pages open on the laptop and do her typing on the desktop. It will save her a lot of time. I set her up like that for the Harriet Tubman project last year and she loved it. This teacher doesn't want book sources, which I find strange.











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Still very short, it is wayyy later than planned. I worked for 3 hours in the morning, went with Tom to his doctor's appointment int he afternoon and napped after that. So now it's way late and I have another doctor's appointment at 8 in the morning and then trying to work as long as I can, the prednisone manages from about 7.30 to 4, maybe I'll take it after the doctor's appointment.

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Please tell Mr. Charlie your Spark Friends are sending their prayers and positive energy his way! Is it their kids who are coming for Christmas? Good for Brenna for choosing how to spend her money! Sorry your fibro is acting up. I don't think I mentioned in my book review that the titular female lead in Get a Life, Chloe Brown has fibromyalgia. I should mention too, that the tone bounces from laugh-out-loud silly to sweetly poignant to sexually explicit. Might not appeal to everyone, but I'm thoroughly enjoying it.

Spoke to Robbie with the VS job. She's trying to get approval to offer me more than a new person usually gets. She doesn't know yet if she can only offer what I'm making now. I did tell her I was hoping for even a small raise, and she doesn't want to offer less than I get now. And tomorrow at 8 I have my phone interview for the C2C internal position--the one I'm in basically. I was able to spend time prepping today. And I decided to schedule the AS3 skills exam, which will give me a good idea of what to study if I want to promote to that position in the future.

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AM, That looks like a whole lot of work! Your relative is lucky your remodeling for them. I think your quiet holiday toast is perfect and well deserved with what you are tackling.

Frozen 2 won't go to Netflix. It'll go to Disney plus. As a matter of fact, all the Disney contracts with Netflix are going to be allowed to expire.(Brenna had a fit that they removed cool runnings until she found out it will be on Disney plus new years day.) It will all go onto the Disney plus app. Some will be allowed on Hulu for short times since Hulu is now part of the Disney family. 20th Century Fox films have the same fate since Disney bought them. Same for anything Marvel or Lucus Films.

Alex, I hope you feel better. Are you out of sick leave and vacation time? If not maybe you need to take some time off to recover.

Amanda, poor Ian He sounds slammed.

I'm done with shopping. Now I wait for the orders to finish arriving. I have 2 that will be here by Saturday. My poor neighbor has put my address on her Macy's order! It took me a minute to remember her last name is different from her partner's. (They have lived together for years but never married.) I've been lugging her Macy's packages up all week.

Butters (cat) is being a Grinch. He got into Ariel's (dog) gift. He smelled her treats I guess.

I go up and cut Mr. Charlie's hair. It's the first time since Mrs. Jan, his wife, passed. He's having a hard time. The kids are coming in for Christmas. Brenna is counting down days until winter break.

Our school is having a PTO "Snowball Express" where kids shop at school. It has never been a fundraiser before. The goal of this PTO activity has always been to break even. It's just fun for the kids. Not so this year. Anyway, they sent home a flyer and an envelope. The parents got a link to help the kid plan. My kid looked at me and asked if she had to waste her money there since it was $5 for something she is sure she saw at the Dollar Tree for $1. I told her it was her money and she could shop where she liked. Then she called her Granny (my mom) and asked her if they could go out shopping on Saturday morning because she was not impressed by the schools' offerings/pricing. Mom said she would. We do support the PTO, but I am impressed with Miss B taking charge of her situation and will let her do as she sees fit since she will be spending her own money.

I'm trying not to stress. I'm doing fairly well. My fibromyalgia has kicked in hard and I'm not sleeping great. It's bad enough that Brenna asked me last night what's going on with me, why am I so tired. Bless her heart. I'm surprised she noticed. Just her noticing almost made me cry. Most people don't notice unless it stops me from doing what they want me to do. Which is rare. I haven't slowed down, and she knows that. But it was worse before I stopped birth control, so that's something. My blood pressure is back where it should be and I'm not having headaches. My doctor warned me that my fibromyalgia would get worse as I near menopause. Has to do with the hormone fluctuations, I guess.





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Poor Ian! He was hoping for 4-5 apps for interviews Friday in a room he reserved. But HR gave him 11, so he's doing phone interviews Fri & Mon. He scheduled me at 8 on Friday. I'll check in with the other supervisor tomorrow since she didn't contact me today. I got an email from the last app sent in to schedule a 2 hour test for an Administrative Specialist 3 with the Dept of Adult and Juvenile Detention. I think I'll let that one slide and focus on VS and C2C.

Ordered 2 gifts to ship direct. 4 to go, then just a few more local gifts, which are the only ones needing to be wrapped. Then holiday letter and cards.

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Keeping it very short, was at the doctor, she gave me two breathing treatments, a whole lot of prednisone, and said she would prescribe me an inhaler but also forgot! I emailed her. After that I wasn't able to go to work, with the huge adrenalin rush and feeling ill and feverish I stayed home, and spent 90 percent of that time in bed. Tomorrow I have a training from 9 to 11 of which I missed the first two times so I really cannot miss it, but I think after that Tom should really pick me up again.

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So delightful to catch up on all of your goings on! All of your seasonal decorations and photos are so very pretty! I have not done a stitch of decorating because I'm too busy demolishing. We are preparing a cottage for a relative who will be moving to the area, and it is a serious case of "out with the old". I just finished ripping out the kitchen down to the bare walls:

Within the next couple of weeks, new cabinets, tile flooring, and appliances will go in. I'm doing a good deal of the work by myself, so somebody so not me will have to take care of any holiday plans!

I haven't seen Frozen 2, but am looking forward to it... may have to wait until it comes out on Netflix. Mrs. Eva, glad to hear that you liked it!

If you like traditional music, here is a link to some wonderful music that I just found:
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It's a European group, Sowulo, and the genre is listed as "Nordic Pagan Folk".

If nothing else, I will light a candle, pour a glass of honey mead, and listen to this music while I toast the Season.

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Evie, You are ambitious. I have so much during the holiday season I wouldn't be able to focus on a new plan.

Alex, I hope you GP can get you some relief. Wow. But I know how asthma can get you.

Amanda, I'm glad you had a good 1 on 1 with Ian. I'm hoping you get the position. You seem to love your job, even on hectic days.

Lunch with Bug was fun. They did it much different than in the past. If a kid had a guest they were dismissed to the gym to pick up their guests and escort them to the cafeteria and through the lunch line. Kids that did not have guests were treated to a movie in the classroom while they ate. The meal was not loud or rushed like in the past. teachers were told to expect students to leave early or arrive a few minutes late. Brenna had a 35-minute lunch yesterday as opposed to the normal 25 minutes. It was nice. I really applaud the changes our new principal is making. He's doing an excellent job all the way around.

Anyway, here we are, my 3 generations. I've noticed the older I get the more I look like my mom.


Today I get a normal day. I'm working on just laundry and cooking dinner. Jimmy has 2 drivers out today and they are busier than normal. I expect him to be late. He may even have to take an "early bird" line haul run over the weekend. He'd actually get paid for the overtime (he usually doesn't) so I won't mind. Brenna and I will use the time to make holiday goodies to give as gifts or maybe do a little dollar store shopping.

Next week they have the Santa's workshop PTO fundraiser. This is when Brenna goes"shopping" for Yule gifts for Jim and me. We always exchange one gift for Yule. It's her chance to surprise us. Between us, I'd rather have something she makes, but it is a fundraiser and I think that's why she likes to shop there.







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Alex, I also hoped your tap issues were solved. Hope things go well at the doctor's and she can help.

Thanks for the review of Frozen 2, Eva. Have fun at lunch with Bug tomorrow.

I had my 1 on 1 with Ian, and he was happy with my improvement on numbers. I also had a suggestion to improve workflow that he will propose. We talked about the C2C position, and he's hoping to interview on Friday.

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Eva: Sounds like Frozen 2 is worth watching. The cost of getting those kids over there is gigantic! I hope they'll be able to raise it, that's a lot of money! I hope Christmas lunch is fun, milk sandwiches, that is funny!

Evie: Hi, wow I am impressed that you're starting in the Holiday season instead of right after, way to go!

So, the sink isn't fixed after all, we're going to have to take the tap apart further, but at least we have the tools now and a diagram and a place to get parts if we need them.

Started work at the normal time, went to the dentist to get my crown put in, and it was wayy quicker than I thought, I had planned 2 hours too much on sick leave for work. But I hadn't slept much last night so I used the 2 hours to nap and went back to work when they expected me, missing sleep was due to a reason for sick leave too. Then I was able to make my 'short day' until 3.30 PM. At that point I did a little bit of work getting the side table empty where the Christmas tree will go. But I am so easily exhausted if I bring stuff to the workroom, about 20 steps away, I have to sit down there to rest! Getting to the car after work is a major undertaking.

THen to cook I had to clean up the stove first, and Tom helped a bit but despite all that I still wasn't able to cook. Tom got us fast food, I didn't make the best choices but with this whole thing I have no willpower whatsoever left. I took care of my fish last, the two fry (babyfish) are growing. Not very fast but I can still see it. Satin's tank is about cycled, until now he's had a 2/3 water change every day, now I'm going to 1/3 and will be keeping a close eye on it. The ammonia gets changed to nitrite but not all the nitrite to nitrates yet. The other tank is doing fine, and the fry tank too.

Tomorrow I visit my GP, and I really hope she has a solution for all this asthma coughing stuff because I can't function like this! I have no idea what triggered it or what is going on. Hopefully I hear tomorrow! And then I have to be at work until 3.30 PM because I have my minutes I have to do for the committee meeting. I hope they won't mind all the coughing..

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Hi, everyone! I'm getting a jumpstart on the new year and reinstating my diet and exercise plan a month early. I am aiming for a balanced and aware winter season!

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Paula, your decorations are lovely! I'm so glad your DH could be involved even though his health has im less mobile.

I have a weird question. Does your pink salt lamp weep? I've been toying with getting one, but I've been told they weep and so I haven't invested.

Amanda, wow you used your day off to its fullest!

I don't see well driving either. Now I navigate in the plain dark very well. I even had anti-glare stuff put on my glasses. It doesn't help and it makes the things a pain to keep clean.

Alex, I'm glad the sink is fixed and work found a way for you to use your nebulizer. Why would you have a room with no outlet?

Frozen 2 was good. They rounded out the story well. And you find out the source of Elsa's power. the music isn't as catchy as "Let It Go." But overall it was time well spent.

I found out that it's going to cost the mass band $700,000 for all of the kids to go to Pasadena for the parade! WOW! I can't imagine the cost of bands coming from around the world.

I'm off to have Christmas lunch with Brenna today. This is the first holiday meal the school has hosted in 2 years. It is going to be a madhouse. Mom is going with me. But first, we are off to make a donation to RIFA. We have some winter weather here -- sleet, snow, and some rain too. So driving is going to be fun. Most people freak out when they see a snowflake. I bet by tonight would won't be able to find milk or bread. That's all they buy in the midst of their break down because "SNOW!!". Even if it's just one day of "funky" weather they lose thier minds. I don't get it and I grew up here. Anyway, I hope they all enjoy their milk sandwiches tonight. emoticon emoticon







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Eva: I really hope they'll raise enough to be able to not have to worry on the trip. You've been busy with Christmas outings! Was Frozen 2 good, or ok, or better to avoid? I liked Frozen but it's often hard to continue with a good story. Brenna looks like she had lots of fun, and you too!

Paula: wow that's great to have all the shopping almost done. And all your decorations too! I have nothing in the house yet. maybe next weekend I'll get to set up the tree. Yours looks lovely!! And the bookcases and other decorations. I love old King Winter with his lantern.

Amanda: What a pity you can't get that type bag anymore in an easy to find place! Nice getting your gifts ready for mailing. Reminds me I need to find a bubble mailer too for this picture book of the ORegon coast I want to send my parents. I found it in an already addressed envelope so at some point I must have wanted to send it and never did. No idea when or way that was. Oops, and then forgetting the envelopes and having to make a second trip, I also really hope you will get good job news soon!

Worked in the office. I was doing pretty well until I ate. I read that acid reflux can cause coughing and asthma and I wonder if that's what it is. But that meant that at noon I really needed to use my nebulizer and HR had said I had to use it in the sick room, but I looked everywhere there and there were no outlets!! And all that looking triggered my asthma even more, so by then I was seriously panting and coughing. My friend from work came in a hurry, even though she was supposed to be going home, and got my manager who went downstairs to HR and they said I could use the small meeting room near us that had an outlet. It was not spoken for then. Otherwise I'd have had to go home. I was worried about getting him because he was on lunch but he said never to worry about that.

So I was able to work a bit longer and at 2.45 I couldn't manage anymore, but that is an hour and a half longer than friday. Tomorrow I work from home so that will be lots easier, and I go to the dentist at 9.20 to get my crown put in. No idea if that's a long or a short appointment but it's my 'short day' until 3.30 so maybe I'll make that. Wednesday is not going to be happy, in the office again and I have to do the minutes for my committee which is until 3.30, so I hope I can manage that long by then. Not going to Weight Watchers because even if it's kitty corner, I get exhausted taking the elevator from the third floor and walking out the door to Tom in the car on the first floor, less than 3 minutes walking.. So kitty corner is too far.

When I got home I had a nap, I was so exhausted. When I woke up and got Tom and me food, I wanted to go to Ace to get help fixing the tap, but Tom was being depressed and didn't want to go. I wanted it to finally be done, so though I agree with your Amanda, I also get blinded by oncoming traffic and my nightvision is not good, and I almost never drive at night, this evening I did. I have yellow overglasses that seem to help with the glare. Tom and me had agreed to get a replacement screw now that he had managed with a screw extractor. THere was a ring from the tap that seemed broken, so we were going to see if that was broken or not and if not then get a wrench or something to turn the next part down, that was 2 inches wide.

Once at Ace I did not see Shawn, the guy who had been helping us, another associate told me they didn't have the ring that seemed broken. I was upset and didn't even get the screw we needed, but went to talk to Tom on the tablet in the car, and we decided we were going to glue that ring. Went back into Ace, found the glue, went to get the screw that we needed (I had stripped the original one) and then saw Shawn. Showed him the ring and he said it wasn't broken, the edges were too perfect and they had an angle against each other, not a break. He tried to find the faucet looking for it online but couldn't find it. He said to either try a place about 20 minutes drive from here or find the faucet in one of Lowe's catalogues or other places.

I remembered that if the ring wasn't broken we needed a 2 inch wrench or something, so went to get that. No wrenches got that wide but I found an (expensive!) channel lock that did. Took it home, just to be sure went on the brand's website and looked for only part of the name of the faucet (Shawn hadn't been able to find the full name) and lo and behold, found the correct (discontinued) tap, which had no pictures and very little information because it was so old, but it did have a Maintenance and Installation Sheet on there! And that's where I recognized our faucet, we have a loop handle and none of the newer models have that. And in that information it said if it was leaking to tighten the ring I had bought the huge channel lock for. I was going to loosen it to take everything out but that was not needed! I didn't have enough strength to significantly tighten it but Tom did, and our tap problem is now solved!! I am so happy, no more having to get fish tank water change water from the bathroom when my tanks are all in the kitchen!

Now it really is time for bed, I'm wayy late. Luckily I had a nap this afternoon.

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Loved those long posts and the pix, goddesses!

Finished my 2 loads of laundry just in time to scarf down some breakfast and head over to my haircut. I called to say I was running a few minutes late. Since the salon is next door to a Fred Meyers, I checked to see if I could find the same kind of rolling tote bag I got there a few years ago, to replace the one I take to work every day, as the wheels are wearing out. They don't carry anything like that anymore, just suitcases for $160 to $200! Turns out most stores are carrying less stock with their remodels and expanded food offerings. She thought a couple of the bigger stores--including my usual one in Burien--might have more, but when I checked there this evening, it was the same as the other store.

After my hair cut and unsuccessful hunt (though I picked up a sister gift), I took a nap. While laundry was going earlier, I had wrapped a few small gifts to mail, and as soon as the dryers started, I dashed off to Office Depot and picked up small bubble mailers to send them. After the nap, I addressed the mailers and got them sealed up, then pulled things together to run errands to post office, grocery stores and library. So I got to the post office thinking I just might get home before dark, until I realized that while I had grocery bags and library books, I never got the mailing envelopes with the gifts into the car!

So back home, then back to the post office where the line was longer, since it was now after 4. But the lady at the counter was very nice, I got taken care of and I got home safely, right around the time I walk up the hill when I catch the early bus home. I sure am not a fan of driving in the dark though--the glare of headlights bothers me a lot, and night vision isn't good. There's a lot of mess to clean up, which I'll work on this week, along with my holiday letter. I'm hoping to be able to include good job news soon! I may end up getting cards addressed, but wait to seal up until I have a definite announcement to share. We'll see!
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Mrs Eva you and Breena look lovely and it sounds like you had a good time.

Just about finished all the shopping all I need now is fresh fruit and vegetables and I am done.
Decorations are all up including the tree.



Eveb the book cases have a touch of the festive season










DH is not able to put the decorations up so I did this year, I got DH to hand me the tree decorations that way he a hand in things.

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Amanda, I'm glad you had such a good time!

I love outlet shopping. Do you have a VF near you? vfoutlet.com/ That's where I get my bras when I buy for myself. I got one the other day that's normally $42 for just $12. And if you aren't a difficult size to find you can get nice bras for as little as $5.

The kids won't go this January but next, in 2021. It's part of the parade that happens prior to the game. It's really fantastic if you've never watched this particular parade. Everything is made from organic materials. And they have bands fly in from all over the world. Last year one was from New Zeland. tournamentofroses.com/

Alex, it sounds like you had a long hard weekend, but I'm glad you had some successful outcomes!


We went to see Frozen 2 to raise funds for the mass band. Then we went to the Medina Christmas Parade. Afterward, we went to Jackson to Shadaracks.

shadrackchristmas.com/jackson-tn/

It feels very commercial, but the profit is distributed among some well-known charities. They usually pick a local charity to help as well. Here it is the Star Center.

star-center.org/

Brenna decided to be an elf on Saturday.



And I took a rare sELFie with her



It was a really good time. Yesterday we did chores and made some holiday treats. Today I get a normal day. Tomorrow I'm with Mom. Wednesday is supposed to be normal. Thursday I do the neighbor's haircut. Friday is supposed to be normal. We'll see how that holds out!

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Amanda: How nice that your Shafer ladies meeting worked well, it sounds like it's a great time! And the outlet mall is fun too. That fiddler's coffee place found delicious! The Best Christmas Pageant Ever sounds delightful! I hope you will have a Marvelous Monday as well!

Woke up early, having problems breathing, and took my breathing treatment but had not had time to take pills when my parents called. So they heared me in all my glorious coughing, since the treatment loosens up everything in the lungs, for about half an hour, and then gives you a somewhat better time for the other 3 and a half until it's time again. My parents were worried about me but I'm worried about them. My mother fell again, she has trouble with her blood pressure when she bends over and then when she comes back up she falls over. And in the garden that's on grass and not so bad (she said, I would still find that very painful!) but this time it was on the terrace and she said she has a goose egg on her head. I hope that she please remember not to bend over like that anymore, she was supposed to use a small bench for gardening but she said she was just getting a small pot from the ground..

And they did a lumbar puncture for my father, and they hadn't expected anything for the outcome, it was the last test to be complete before concluding there was no clear cause. But they found something, and it turns out to be something very rare! Only about 200 people in 17 million Netherland have it. Thankfully it is very good to treat with medications, and I'm very happy with that. My father had no feeling left in his lower legs, which he did not find so bad, but what he really was worried about was finding it hard to speak normally, he would be very slow and have to look for words a lot. And both my parents are very into discussions and books and science and art, those were normal discussions at our dinner table, so losing that must have been scary for him. I'm glad it's treatable.

After the phone call I took my meds and enjoyed the wonderful 5 hours of no serious issues, or at least the coughing was gone. I did have to do a lot of walking in stores and I was panting every step. People looked a little weird at me but at least there was no coughing to make them even more worried. It's asthma, not anything contagious. I got the materials for the ornaments for my colleagues at the dollar store, nailpolish and a block of craft foam and a big bowl, but no funnels that I needed! They were out for now, and I needed them now. Luckily when we went to ACE hardware store I found two funnels, one to use with a coffee filter for vinegar eels for my baby fish, and one very small one to pour hot chocolate mix into ornaments, after which I will put some marshmallows in and a label 'Baby, It's Cold Outside' attached. Got the idea online, but I made my own labels, Did not use the premade ones they already had. Also put up some lights on the supports of our car port, took me 15 minutes (and five minutes to find the lights) and it looks pretty nice. Unfortunately we had just bought new ones last year and I used a long stick grabber to get them over the support and when I did the final 3 feet or so of it went dark! Not sure if I should remove a bulb or what. I'm not messing with it until it comes down again, then I'll see if I can fix it.

I ran the roleplaying game for a few hours and everyone had fun. Unfortunately with everything there was no time for a nap. So, I'm pretty tired now! Tomorrow Tom will take me to work, and I will take the nebulizer and I think I will have to stop at 1 or so and then he'll pick me up. I have that one pill of steroids left, which is for tomorrow, and Wednesday I see my doctor and I hope there are more options. This is exhausting!!! I woke up at 3 AM last night to use the nebulizer and then had a binge (when on prednisone my sugars go crazy high) because I felt so sorry for myself. I am so glad I am going to therapy for that on Dec 31, though by then the most tempting times of the year are over. We'll have to see how tomorrow goes.

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Wow, so much going on, Alex, but it seems after a lot of struggling, that improvements are being made, which is emoticon

Such a wonderful time! My emoticon sister did the driving. We had around 25 Shafer ladies, including 2 new daughters-in-law, and 2 temporary Shafer Ladies--a cousin of a cousin by marriage, and an exchange student from Germany. A couple of college-aged young ladies, one of whom I last saw at around 5 years old, and one still in high school. Oh and the youngest was the daughter (4-6) of one of the new daughters-in-law, so cousin Akasha became an instant grandmother, somewhat to her consternation. Aunt Wanda, the only surviving auntie, is doing pretty well. It was so nice to see everyone.

Then we drove ~ 45 minutes up the freeway to Centralia to an inexpensive hotel to check in, and on to the outlet mall. We both loaded up at Claire's on Xmas jewelry--buy 3 get 3 free--so we each got 6 things: 5 for ourselves and a gift for a friend. We didn't find all we hoped at the Kitchen Store, because of reduced stock due to going out of business--they are closing all their stores and just doing online and supplying to big box stores. But I got 25% of already good prices on a few things.

From our hotel, we walked to Subway (on the other side of the gas station next door) for salads for dinner. We took them back to our room and ate while playing games. I had asked at the front desk about any espresso stands in walking distance for the morning, and was told about Fiddler's Coffee, which was really close and opened at 6 am on Sunday (5 am M-F)! A big walk-in building with seating downstairs and upstairs, holiday music piped onto their covered patio as well as inside, decorated, and so welcoming! www.fiddlerscoffee.com/
They have a drive through in Chehalis, too. No food, but yes on baked goodies. Mary and I are already thinking we'll have to manage to come through midday some trip south to stop for drinks and treats in the afternoon!

This hotel does a much smaller breakfast than the hot one we get at Best Western (but for less money). We got checked out and back to the mall where some internet research turned up Bali bras (which I wanted to check out) at the Hanes outlet store. We got there at 10 am when they opened, Mary tried them, but they weren't right for her, but I got their no wire padded style (for smooth lines) in pretty colors on their buy 2 get 2 free sale. Now bras have gotten a *lot* more expensive than the last time I bought them, but half-price was nice!

We got back to Tacoma in time to drop off Mary's stuff and both drive to Lakewood for our play. We arrived early, so did some looking at Barnes and Noble, where Mary got something for granddaughter, and I got ideas for honorary niece and sister, too. We laughed over humor books, and had a good old time. We had lunch at Panda Express--nice, hot and filling after a light & mostly cold breakfast. I grabbed a latte at Starbucks, we walked a little, then went to our play: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever at the Lakewood Playhouse.
www.lakewoodplayhouse.org/
It was so funny and touching. And short, too, so I actually got home before dark, which was surprising and much appreciated! Dora was happy to see me, and I'm mostly unpacked already. Looking forward to relaxing tonight, then being busy with normal weekend chores and some holiday activities tomorrow, plus my postponed haircut! Have a Marvelous Monday, all you sensational Sparkers!

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