Friday, December 30, 2011

Lazy.......

I'm attempting this from the tablet, would probably be easier with an actual keyboard but I'm getting good at typing with one finger-lol!

I can't complain about my job , we have off today and Monday and though I have tons of things to do, I chose to spend the day on the couch with the dogs! Lazy? Yes, but very enjoyable.

If I don't get to post again this weekend everyone have a safe and happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

An Update!

Hotel Reservation - check!
Train tickets - check!
Play ticket - check!
Less than a month to go - check!

Soooooo........I'm ready for round one to Kevin Spacey!  Very exciting!!!!

The week back at work hasn't been too bad...not nearly as much paperwork as I was expecting; but I'm still looking forward to the 4-day weekend coming up!!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

And This Year I Got....

.....AN ACER TABLET!!  LOL!!!

But not the one I asked for...I actually got the next one UP, which is even better....

A500

And it is FABULOUS!!!  Starting to look for accessories.....


And many thanks to JoJo for alerting me that the psycho at twitter was following my account...

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas!!

I'm really bad with Christmas cards...I use to be much better, but in the technology age I've gotten very bad.  Please know that if you haven't received snail mail from me, that doesn't mean I've forgotten you!!

I would like to wish everyone a Safe and Happy Holiday Season!


There is a list of folks I know all written in a book,
And every year at Christmastime I go and take a look.
And that is when I realize that these names are all a part,
Not of the book they’re written in, but of my very heart.
For each name stands for someone who has touched my life sometime,
And in that meeting, they’ve become forever in my mind.
I really feel I am composed of each remembered name,
And while you may not be aware of feeling quite the same,
My life is so much better than it was before you came.
For once you have known someone; the years cannot erase,
The memory of a pleasant work or of a friendly face.
So never think my Christmas wish is just a mere routine,
Of names upon a list to be forgotten in between.
For when I send a Christmas wish that is addressed to you,
It is because you’re on the list that I’m indebted to.
And whether I’ve known you many years or even just a few,
In some way you have had a part in shaping things I do.
So every year when Christmas comes, I realize anew,
The greatest gifts I have received are knowing folks like you.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The Holiday Begins

Today we had a Retirement Party at work for a co-worker - we had lots of food; at 1:00 they let the office go home and we don't have to go back until TUESDAY!!  We always get a day for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, this year they gave us the day before Christmas Eve as an extra bonus.  I finished my shopping this afternoon and then wrapped presents when I got home.  I didn't really have a lot to buy this year.  My family has really cut back in this department, which is nice, but I still like getting everyone a little something.  My great-nephew and my grandsons will get plenty.  Other than that my big gift giving is with hubby and CC.

This year I've asked for this:  Acer Tablet .  Yep that's something I don't have yet - a tablet.  At first I wanted the Kindle Fire.  I have a Kindle and really like it - to be able to go color and get on the web along with it - what could be better?  But the more I investigated, the more I thought that maybe the Fire just wasn't "good enough" for me.  Anyway, I found the Acer.  Hubby asked the obvious - if he couldn't find the Acer would another tablet comparable do?  Of course it would as long as it wasn't a Dell or Toshiba.

I don't know what he got, but he did tell me that I never would of been satisfied with the Kindle Fire..but he didn't say what he ended up getting.  He did say the salesperson asked why not a Dell or Toshiba.  His reply?  "Because she said no Dell or Toshiba."  LOL!!  I also had told him if he ended up at Best Buy to not let them talk him into a bunch of extras or a service plan - just get the tablet!

There's something wrapped up here......got my fingers crossed!!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Hotel Has Been Booked....

So I've booked my hotel for my trip to New York in January.  Since the play is in Brooklyn, I opted to book a hotel in that area.

Now the majority would immediately go to the Marriott.  Marriott's are actually very nice hotels but I really don't need that kind of luxury - maybe for an extended stay...oh who am I kidding?  Nope, I just don't need that luxury and despite hubby handing me enough money to well afford it...nope, just don't need that luxury.

Anyway, after much online research and an actual walk by from a Spacey fan who works in the area...I booked at Aloft New York Brooklyn.  It just opened within the past year.  I decided on a King Size bed with a city view and I'm really getting excited now!!!

Now to decide on Amtrak times and such...don't want to be rushed but don't want hubby to have to run too early or too late to get me to and from the station.

Once I get this one worked out, it will be time to start planning the February 24th one!  But right now the countdown is for the January one - which is very close to my birthday!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

More This & That

Since the Sunday after Thanksgiving, I've been fighting off a bad cold.  It started with a sore throat and then the congestion set in.  After a day or two, I felt better...but the congestion wouldn't go away.  This week (Week #3) I started to feel bad again and I was coughing up some ugly looking stuff.  I finally broke down and went to the doctor who prescribes Z-Pac.  Hopefully that will knock it out.

A co-worker and I have been dealing with the back load in the file room.  We've been working on it for two days and it still doesn't look like anyone has filed in a month.  Quite a lot of paperwork comes through there.

And that's about the best I can do for an update!!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

This & That

Why do the weekends go so fast???

Still have work back-up with no end in sight.  However, the IT Department *did* finally update the scanning station which was years behind!!  Can't wait to get filing caught up and come up with a scanning process.

On a really good note, I've received an early Birthday gift from hubby (my birthday is January 30th).  He's giving me the money necessary to go to NY to see Kevin Spacey on January 26th (the one I had cancelled)!!  I'm so very excited as that's the one with the cast talk afterwards!  HURRAY!!

Yeah, he has me spoiled - can't you tell???  ;)

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

How Sweet!

Today my hubby posted this on FaceBook:

I am so lucky...I just happen to have the greatest wife any man would want.
I love you dear.


Now how sweet is that???

Sunday, December 4, 2011

A Fun Day

Yesterday CC and I went to some Church Bazaars, then shopping in Chambersburg, then a movie.  We're somewhat obsessed when it comes to movies and popcorn - we ended up seeing The Muppets a second time since nothing else appealed to us - lol!!

But it was a very enjoyable, tiring day.  We always have a lot of fun together.  We started the day with breakfast at the Flamingo Restaurant in Fayetteville, PA - they have the best food there, it's cheap and they give you so much.  The pancakes are HUGE.  I opted for one egg, bacon, toast and one pancake.  CC went for 2 pancakes only.  I couldn't eat my whole pancake and neither could she eat two.  Because we ate a large breakfast, we skipped lunch and then had dinner at Hoss's, which is always good.

The weather has been great here!  It's been sunny and not overly cold, for December that's unusual - but we love it, hope it stays!

I seem to be getting lots of posts in lately....let's hope I can continue!

Friday, December 2, 2011

A Weight Loss Post

So it seems that there was some truth in what I had heard about the new Weight Watchers - Lowest Daily Points is now 26 and Lifetime Members within 2 lbs. of goal weight (either direction) have e-tools for free (must do a monthly weigh-in).

I was happy to hear about the E-tools thing, unfortunately I'm not within 2 lbs. of my goal so I can't get it free yet...however, I did go ahead and sign up for it - it's costing $12.95 a month and I'm hoping to only need to pay for one month.  I am so very happy to have my phone app back though - I really used that thing!!!  Reading through the changes on the website was a little exciting and I put my daily points at 26 in hopes of getting this extra weight off, plus a little more to give me more room with those weigh-ins.  I also saw on the site about being able to do the simply filling plan if you choose a day or two instead of counting points - that wasn't discussed last night, but most of the information is to be given to us next week at the meeting - new books as well!

I am still so very behind at work, but I am feeling better so hopefully some overtime next week!

Now I'm off to dinner and a play with CC!

Drama, Drama, Drama

I’m often so amazed that people see themselves in some of my posts that have nothing to do with them…or read more into things than what is actually there.  My blog postings are my thoughts and such….and there’s really no point in trying to analyze more into what is there, because what is there is exactly what it is.

A discussion was forwarded to me and the person who forwarded it is pretty sure it was sent to her knowing she would send it on to me.  One because she was never involved in the conversation being discussed to begin with and two the subject had nothing to do with her.  It only makes sense that one of the individuals chose to forward it on to her or maybe they meant to forward her something else and clicked that by mistake.  Anyway, it ended up in my box.

The discussion involved a conversation regarding one of my blog postings.  I’m actually quite honored that the posting seemed worthy of such an in depth conversation considering the topic was probably no more than one or two sentences within a larger post.  The sentences were exactly as mentioned, but they “had their own version” despite the fact what I wrote was true, at least on my end; but I now have an entirely different view of the situation and so wish I didn’t. 

But then today, this appeared on my FaceBook page:


Sometimes God gives us little signs and apparently he FaceBooked me today!   Now I’m glad I got that email and can walk away the bigger person!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Decision Made!

Well I made the decision to not see Kevin Spacey on the January date which will give me more money for the show in February.  It was a hard decision but I know it's the right one.

Just need to find a counter for the sidebar now!

Another Overdue Weight Loss Post

I'm two pounds over where I need to be.  :(

Last month when I weighed in, I knew I was going to be over...and I was by 1 lb.  My Weight Watchers Leader sympathized but that was it.  She told me that if I weighed in over next month, I would have to do weekly weigh-ins until I was back on track.  Not much help there was it?

I kept putting off this month and finally had to run up to Chambersburg yesterday to get my monthly weigh-in.  There was a different leader there (one I hadn't meant yet); but before I weighed I told her I knew I was still over..and yes, I was..by 2 lbs. now.  She then asked me if I was still tracking.  I told her yes to an extent...I liked using my cell phone to track and when I hit Lifetime (and no longer had to pay), I lost use to that....so I mainly track in my head.  She asked me what my daily point target was, I told her 29.  She questioned why I was still at 29.  I told her that when I hit goal I did move up to the 35 to begin maintenance, but I gained on 35 and I eventually ended up back at 29 and I just couldn't maintain.

She advised me that one - TRACK...write it all down for the time being and make sure my food measurements are correct.  She also told me that the changes coming to the programs next week would be a benefit for me as those changes are designed for those struggling to get rid of and keep off those last few pounds.  She couldn't share with me any details as they aren't allowed to until next week; but she said I'd like them.  I was impressed that she took the time to give some advice rather than just shaking her head.

I've been reading bits & pieces of the changes on the WW message board and the WW message board in the UK (which already have the changes).  Don't take this as engraved in stone, but what I'm hearing:

Lifetime members will get e-tools for free. (so maybe I'll get my phone app back!)


Daily points can go as low as 26.  (would make sense that my lose pts and maintain pts aren't the same)


One day during the week you can do the "simply filling technique" and not count points!

Apparently Weight Watchers knows that not one diet fits everyone...and they want their diet to fit your lifestyle rather than vice versa...so you'll be able to tweak the program to fit you.

Though I'll have a meeting tonight...I'm very anxious for next week's!!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Decisions, Decisions..

As stated in a previous post I'll be seeing Kevin Spacey twice in NY next year.  I'm reconsidering that though.

Times are tough, especially financially and I'm thinking of selling my ticket to the January show.  The February date was my planned trip with Jill & Maureen from the get go...the January one just kind of happened.  Giving up January means giving up the cast talk afterwards which would of been nice; but sometimes sacrifices must be made.

I'm not quite sure what to do...but I'm thinking if I can sell it, that would be the wise decision and besides it's not like I'm not going at all.

Decisions...Decisions....

Spunky & Sebastian



Today was another bittersweet day.  As mentioned in the previous post we had both Spunky (top) and Sebastian put down.  For the most part Spunky has been pretty inactive for quite a long time.  She would find various places and that would be "her place" for weeks and months at a time.  Though for the most part she was out of the way...I'm now seeing emptiness in all those spots.  Sebastian was constantly underfoot in the kitchen, always wanting milk (which made him sick).  When I got home last night he was on the stove licking the yet unwashed pan from the previous night's dinner.  Normally that wouldn't be allowed, but I let him alone.  This morning he had all the milk he wanted, I felt he deserved it.

Despite 3 dogs, 2 cats, a rabbit and a turtle.....the house seems awfully empty.


There’s something missing in my home,
I feel it day and night.
I know it will take time and strength,
before things feel quite right.
But just for now, I need to mourn,
my heart - it needs to mend.
Though some say it’s “just a pet,”
I know I lost my friend.
You’ve brought such laughter to my home
and richness to my days...
A constant friend through joy and loss,
with gentle loving ways.
Companion, pal and confidant,
a friend I won’t forget,
you’ll live for always in my heart,
my sweet forever pet. 

Change

 "Friendship isn't about whom you have known the longest....
it's about who came and never left your side."


I happened across the above quote when I was having one of those "be the bigger person" moments.  And I liked it...in fact I think there is a lot of truth in it.

I've wasted too much time on friendships that aren't true friendships at all; and as I've gotten older I realize that the true ones are right there-ALWAYS-and not just at their convenience.

My friend Kim mentioned on FaceBook that her New Year's Resolution is to learn to say "No" guilt free.  I couldn't agree more - it's going to be mine too.  Actually, there's going to be a lot of change in this old girl come this next year.

And yes Rodney....despite the change....I will be the bigger person!!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Ho Hum......

Rodney:  Sometimes you have to be the bigger person.
Me:  I know that, but why do I always have to be the bigger person.
Rodney:  Just be the bigger person...
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Today would of been Rodney's 50th Birthday and I once again hear that conversation that we had so many times.  Actually I don't think a time goes by that when I just don't want to bite my tongue...and I'll hear him whispering in my ear "Be the bigger person."  And he's right; I let it slide and a little later I realize that it wasn't an important enough issue to make a deal out of nor was the person worth the effort.  The day I hear him say "Go for it!" will be the day I know it's an issue worth addressing.

But today would of been his birthday and it makes the day rather bittersweet :(

On top of that we've finally made the decision to have Spunky put down...and not just Spunky but Sebastian as well.  We've known for a while that it was time for Spunky and we just kept pushing it further and further back; then Sebastian happened.  We could probably let him go for awhile but in a few months it will just be the same thing..so we decided on both.  We're dropping them off in the morning.  I hate when pets get old.

It hasn't been a real upbeat day at all...and we've both been sick since Sunday.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Ahhhh......A Kevin Spacey Countdown-TWICE!!

Kevin Spacey is coming to Brooklyn, NY to the Brooklyn Academy of Music with his Shakespearean play Richard III.  I have TWO tickets for the play, one on January 26th and the other on February 24th.  The January 26th show includes a cast talk afterwards; I'm not sure that Kevin will be part of that as this role seems to be very hard on him that he's not doing autographs afterwards; but I'm sure the cast talk will be interesting with or without him.

I'm meeting up with Jackie and her hubby on the 26th and Ginger may come in and have dinner with us.  I'll also see Jill & her hubby on the 26th at the show.  The 24th show will include Jill and Maureen (who's coming in from Scotland), Pamela and I'm hoping to catch up with Lyn on the 25th for lunch (she goes to the show that night).  My only regret is not being able to meet up with Joanne, Jen and Kelly...if money pops up, then yes I'll go to NY even if its only for a day...but right now, it's a no go.  :(

But Kevin Spacey is coming up after the first of the year!!

The Staycation Is Coming To An End

I can't believe my vacation time is almost over.  Has the week really gone that fast???

Thanksgiving was very nice.  We went to my step-daughter's and got some time in with the grandkids.  It's very nice that we are able to do this - most "exes" can't be in the same room together much less share holidays...but we all do it.  Hubby's ex and I have always gotten along and he and her do as well.

Really didn't do too much on Black Friday.  I would NEVER go shopping that day at all - nothing is ever that cheap to walk into those crowds.  Hubby and I did venture to the local pet store, where that dear little puggle is still there!  Can't understand why no one hasn't bought him yet. 

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Another Day....

Yesterday I spent with CC and Josh.  We went shopping in Chambersburg where I picked up 4 sweaters at JC Penney's at a very decent price - I was very happy.  I also managed to get Colton and Caden's Christmas present...so I've got that started.  I remember when I use to be done by now...not anymore.

Hubby wants a pair of ski gloves for Christmas.  He has an old pair, so I had to look up the brand online and yep, they still exist!  So I'll be ordering those.  I want the Kindle Fire and I believe he plans on getting that for me - I'm much more the electronic girl rather than the jewelry girl!

Today I took my Mom to lunch and then we went to my Aunt's for the computer.  My Aunt had already loaded most of the programs in herself but was having issues with the virus program.  That was because the computer came with a trial version of a virus program and we had to get rid of that.  Other than that, it was pretty uneventful, which seems rather odd considering all the phone calls she made to me regarding this.

But in the morning, hubby was walking dogs and when he went to take Toby out, Lucy ran out the door.  When this happens...she won't come to you...she thinks we're playing a game.  I went out with him and we tried to catch her but she kept running from us.  Then all of a sudden she came running down the alley, chasing a.....CHICKEN!!  I have no idea who in our neighborhood has chickens, but one was loose.  Fortunately that chase wore her out and we were able to catch her ad the chicken wandered off unharmed.

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving!!

Monday, November 21, 2011

An Overdue Weight Loss Post

This evening I made One Pot Chicken & Potatoes from over at Green Lite Bites.  It was very good that even hubby liked it!  You could do a lot with this recipe, I think next time I'll use frozen mixed veggies instead of just peas.  This would be great inside chicken pot pie too!!

My weight doesn't seem to want to go back down, as a matter of fact it is slowly increasing which is bothersome.  I've looked over my logs and nothing is out of place which bothers me.  This is something that I've noticed is consistent with those that are short....Points Plus makes it hard to lose when you're close to goal and it makes it hard to maintain.  Actually for me to maintain, I can't go over the lowest points allowed for weight loss mode - how can my lose points and maintain points be the same????    It's getting frustrating. 

Still waiting to hear what the changes for Weight Watchers are going to be.  I do know that Lifetime Members will have access to E-tools for free if they are at goal; exercise will really be pushed and they are mum about anything else.

Time will tell.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Another Long Day

Well CC, Josh and I went to a craft fair today and all I bought were 3 homemade dog treats....we then went to the movies and saw "Breaking Dawn" which was very very bad.....I don't know why I keep punishing myself.

Though my aunt didn't show up at my Mom's today, she did call there looking for me (I feel like I'm being stalked)...when I got home she had had my cousin pm me on FaceBook (now it's cyber stalking).  I told my cousin to let her know that Wednesday afternoon will be the earliest she'll see me.

It will also be the very last time I do computer work for anyone other than a select few on a list...the ones that don't hound you to death and the ones that don't expect you to produce miracles.  "No" when it comes to others computers is my new motto.

Taking Mom to lunch on Wednesday and making her go with me since this is all her fault to begin with.  Maybe with her there I won't have my aunt standing over top of me trying to "back seat drive"; yeah she does that...makes me wonder why she needs me at all.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Long Day...

We're winning the battle with the fleas, but we still are fighting them.  Today we vacuumed and sprayed all the living room furniture and rugs and I washed the curtains and bedding.  It gets better each day, getting rid of the carpet was very smart.

During the course of it hubby thought we should take the dogs to the dog park.  We arrive...one area is for small dogs, one for large dogs (our dogs are medium so we have either choice).  However there were large dogs in both areas.  We choose one.  The lady had two dogs with her....the one dog and Toby didn't like each other....the dog was 5 times the size of Toby...it got ugly.  We were able to get them apart and we moved to the other area which was now vacant.  Toby does have a small bite, so we're watching him.  Probably going to require a Vet visit on Monday, he limps but is eating and drinking.

My aunt is still leaving phone calls.  Yesterday she called work but left no message but I recognized the number.  Hubby and I were out and about today besides house cleaning; when I checked messages there she was again...telling me once again that she received the software and then not understanding what is going on, am I out of town or what?   This is what is going on.....I'M BUSY!!!!  When I have the time to do it, I'll do it!  Yes, technically I should call and tell her that, but I'm afraid I'd be way too nasty as I haven't gotten over her calling my parents and worrying them the other night nor the fact that she thinks if you don't have children, you have all the time in the world.  So for now, I'm not returning the call.  And I blame this all on my mother who offered my service several months ago with the Netflix....and that ended up being much more stressful than it needed to be (I couldn't help that their internet service is crap and thus Netflix wouldn't stream right, but you would of thought I should of been able to solve that and they drove me nuts over it).  They would ask people and then call me with all this advice they received....rather than just having the person they asked do it; it was a living nightmare for weeks.  I told my mother to NEVER give my phone number out again.  But, of course, it was too late in this area.

I'm spending the day with CC and Josh (who's home from college for the holiday) tomorrow and am looking forward to it.  I have no doubt in my mind that my aunt will show up at my parents trying to locate me (since I'm normally there on Sundays)...so having this planned day couldn't be at a better time.  Yes, my aunt would do that and yes it is at the point that it is more like harassment; but right now I just am too busy to deal with it.

I am on staycation right now and am so going to enjoy not being at work this week....but I'm still going to be busy even without kids!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Just For The Record...I'm Alive

I'm an ADULT.  I have a LIFE.  I have a JOB.

Today was my typical Thursday...work all day, Weight Watchers, then out with CC.

If you remember from a prior post, over the weekend I had helped my one aunt set up a new laptop (yeah, don't ask, what could there possibly be to set up?); there was some software that hadn't arrived yet and it was due any day (again - simple procedure...but why didn't you buy a laptop that was pre-loaded?).  ANYWAY....

I'm due to be on vacation next week, so I'm trying like heck to get work caught up which is a losing battle.  I've brought stuff home to do, I'll probably have stuff at home with me during the vacation to do...in the midst of all of it the State wanted us to run a list of inmates that are due to give DNA samples - not an easy task since the computer cannot produce a report that way...it takes me two days to prepare this list thus cutting into my trying to catch up before vacation time.

Wednesday evening hubby and I went to the store and grabbed something to eat.  My aunt had left a message that her software had arrived.  It was late, I didn't return the call and I really don't know when I'm going to have the time to take care of that.  I went to bed, worry about it later.

Today at work, besides a meeting, I spent most of the day filing.  I don't answer my phone when doing this or the filing wouldn't get done.  On my periodical breaks I check my messages and return the BUSINESS calls and any personal calls that seem relevant.  My aunt's message (again) in regards to her software was neither a business call or relevant in my book.

I finished work, went home, walked the dogs, hopped in my car, went to Weight Watchers with CC and then we grabbed something to eat and went back to her house and watched TV (our normal Thursday night).  It was during the beginning of "Game of Thrones" that I thought I was hearing Loverboy's "Working For The Weekend" which is my phone's ringtone.  I got up to get my phone, no one really ever calls me.

I missed the call but could see it was from my one sister, she didn't leave a message.  I checked thru my email on the phone and realized that I had 2 messages on the home phone...one from my aunt's number (who was really beginning to pluck my nerves at this point) and the other from my parent's number.  Hmmmm....parent's number and sister's call are way too close; it concerned me that something was wrong especially since my Dad is just getting over pneumonia for the umpteenth time.  I called my sister...our conversation:

Me:  Hello
Sister:  Are you all right?
Me:  Yeah....why?
Sister:  Where are you?
Me:  I'm at CC's....
Sister:  Well Aunt ****called Mom and said she's been calling you all day at work and you weren't there and she's called your house and you aren't there.  Mom is worried sick because she can't find you.
Me:  (now I am ticked)  Well, I'm not missing and <insert aunt's name> computer is not my priority at the moment.
Sister:  Well do you want to call Mom or do you want me to do it?
Me:  I'll call her.

I call my mother:

Mom:  Laura where are you?
Me:  I'm at CC's.
Mom:  I've been worried sick.
Me:  There was no reason for anyone to worry.  I wasn't missing.
Mom:  Well <insert aunt's name> said you weren't at work today and you weren't at home.  I was worried sick.
Me:  Well, that's a lie, I was at work all day and at work, I work - I'm very backed up.  And tonight was Weight Watchers night, like every Thursday night.  <insert aunt's name> has to realize that her computer is not my priority.  I have things to do.
blah, blah, blah....

I was probably a little attitudey with my Mom, but it just p*ssed me off.  Just because I hadn't returned a phone call someone thought that gave them the right to call my family and worry them!!!  REALLY???  It's not unusual for me not to speak to family members everyday...it was disrespectful to worry them.

The other thing that ticks me is my aunt has a daughter that is capable of loading programs onto the laptop...but my aunt won't call her because she has kids and that keeps her busy.  Really?  Her kids are school age and thus in school all day; and my cousin doesn't work....I would think she has more time then me.  I may not have kids, but I do have a life.

Want to know why I love animals so much????  You don't have to deal with crap like the above.  People create drama where there isn't any!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

So I Became The Bigger Person....

Rodney:  Sometimes you have to be the bigger person.
Me:  I know that, but why do I always have to be the bigger person.
Rodney:  Just be the bigger person....
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That's one of the normal conversations Rodney and I use to have.  I really miss them, I really miss him.  There isn't a day that goes by that I don't miss him and I'm so very glad that God allowed him to be part of my life, if even for a little while.

But that conversation at the top, hit me hard this week.  As my last post indicated, I was outraged at my one co-worker.  I was all ready for her Monday morning...but Rodney's words kept whispering in my ear "sometimes you have to be the bigger person".  So well, that's what I did.  I took the high road and let it go.  The important thing is that there are needy people that we're helping and that's all that matters.

Now mind you, I did get a few digs in.  At least twice she mentioned that she was sure we'd meet goal - I reminded her that my goal had already been reached.  She'd smile and walk away...I think it got the point across.  ;)

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Not Happy At All.....

My friend's recent passing has been very difficult for me.  It's hard to go to work and not see him there; not have our daily little chats, not have that one person I can go to with all my problems...it's hard.

The one thing he and I did together was the Annual Food Drive.  For every 100 cans of food we collected, he'd match it.  He's not here to do that anymore.  But the food drive has special memories for me because it was something we did together.

When the notice came out for the Food Drive this year, I immediately sent out an email stating that if each person brings in 2 items we would make a goal of 200 cans.  There are some that work there that will not give because they food goes to "inmates".  I explained in my email that we cannot hold the families of inmate's responsible for the inmate's actions and continued with the bad economy and that people like us are now without work.  I also added a humorous - "we're not talking about hard shelled crabs here, we're asking for a can of food" - which many got a good kick out of.

We were off Friday for Veteran's Day but one of the ladies in my office decided to work and take her holiday at another time.  Imagine my surprise when this email popped up on my phone:


"As of today the turn out has been great however, I would like to match or surpass last years total and make Capt. **** proud that we look out for others.. Last year we collected 393 cans and $100.00, to date we have 128 cans and $10.00, the last day for this is 11/16/11 so please look into your hearts and give to not only the needy but as a great remembrance to Capt. ****…."

I have several issues with this; the first and foremost?  The BITCH stole my food drive!!!  It was the one thing that Rodney and I did together, it was special to me and she took it away!  Second?  She changed the goal - she even doubled it!  Last and the worst?  She used his memory to guilt people into giving!!

AND..... I HAD someone willing to match the 200 cans only because she wasn't involved in this (she collects for everything and drives everyone insane).  And because, well they know this is something important to me.  But they aren't doing it now.

Last year was very successful (she fails to mention in the email that some of those items came from the other division and the total was for both divisions, not just us) and then it was ruined because they wanted a "photo"  with everyone to show "looky what we did".  I refused to be part of that, as I don't do it for the recognition.  Charity should be done just for that...charity; not to get credit for it.

You may be thinking that maybe she's just trying to help....well maybe.....but she does this with everything - she can't just let someone do something without involving herself and taking total control.  And maybe she doesn't realize that she does this.....but she's about to find out.  I am not a happy camper!


Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Tomorrow, Tomorrow....

Tomorrow is Thursday and I'm so looking forward to it!  I get to see CC every Thursday (like we never get to see each other-lol) and well, due to a Friday Holiday, it's the end of the work week.

Not planning too much for the weekend - going to help my one aunt set up her new laptop (I much prefer helping set up the new computers rather than trying to salvage one that needs replaced) and hopefully get some cleaning done as the house really needs it.

But other than that - I'm going to be L A Z Y!!!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Long Fun Day

Yesterday CC and I went shopping in the Hanover-Gettysburg area.  We initially were in search of Christmas Bazaars and such, but couldn't find any.  So we shopped in a few thrift stores (didn't find anything) and then did regular shopping.

We started for breakfast at the Flamingo in Fayetteville, PA.  Food is very good.  We each ordered 2 blueberry pancakes, next time we'll each order 1.  They were HUGE and we couldn't eat all of it.  Dinner was at Texas Roadhouse where we had the roasted chicken, highly recommended!

We hit gold at the new Target in Hanover.  All Halloween candy was 70% off.  This Target must of expected huge sells in Halloween candy and didn't sell any for Halloween.  They had tons leftover.  I'm not kidding you when I say I got close to $50.00 worth of candy for $10.00.  The other stores all failed in comparison with their Halloween leftovers.

After shopping, we did - what else - went to a movie!  "Tower Heist" was really good and funny and the theatre in Gettysburg is very nice.

It was a tiring but fun day!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

Halloween would just not be complete without a re-sharing of some Halloween decorations at CC's house 3 years ago.  She had these blow up ghosts in the front yard:





It was rather windy out and the ghost in the middle (that you can't see in the above photo) was rather busy with the ghost in the back:





It was definately a Kodak (or in my case an Olympus) moment!  So glad I always carry my camera.



And she's never put those ghost up again!!!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Let It Snow, Let It Snow...Wait A Minute, It's Only October!!

Today we got snow. Oh not a little flurrying - an actual snowstorm!  Snow Emergency Plan is in effect, there are areas without power (fortunately not us) and well it's just a mess.

 It's cold and snowy, so hubby and I just had a lazy day.  What could be better than the original "Halloween" being on AMC??  Yep, not one of the sequels or the crappy remake..but the actual original one.  We also watched "Nowhere Boy" which was a movie about John Lennon's relationship with his aunt and mother - another good movie.

Today I pulled out the slow cooker and made this:

Roni's Sante Fe Chicken In A Slow Cooker

It was very good!  I ate mine in a tortilla wrap, while hubby ate his like chili.  It was a winner!

I ended my meal with my new guilty pleasure:


Yoplait Light Yogurt with Granola - comes into only 5 points plus (and worth every point)!  I love the cherry ones, but they also have blueberry, strawberry and peach.

I did weigh in too high at Weight Watchers and that cost me $13.00.  But since I was expecting it and prepared it wasn't too bad!  Course, I have discovered that the WW staff never seem to be encouraging during bad weigh-ins - I mean, I told her before I ever got on the scale and she was so "Oh no, <sigh>, etc."  I told her I know what to do to get back on track - and that's what I'm doing.

Still reading on the boards of enhancements coming up to the plan.  I'm guessing either fruit will be limited or will have points again.  Some people just can't control themselves with "free" foods and then want to blame the plan.  But I have read that if the plan is working for you "as is" - you won't need to make the changes.  They have lots of things on sale too - new books will be coming out I'm sure.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Back On Track

Right before CC and I went to Ocean City, I did my WW weigh-in.  I was just at where I needed to be to continue without paying.  That weekend resulted in a 2 lb. gain that won't go away....this past very stressful week has added more to that and I'm pretty sure I'll be paying at my weigh-in this week.

I can live with that as I know the best thing to do is just get back on the wagon and move on; which I know is a good attitude because otherwise I'd continue on a destructive path and I don't want to do that.

What has me upset is exactly how long is it going to take to get rid of these extra pounds?  It's pretty much a given that PointsPlus is a much slower weight loss than the old points system.

Sssssshhhhhhhh.........

Sunday, October 23, 2011

How Do You Spend Your Dash?

The week is finally over. It's been one of the most emotionally draining weeks of my life. It was long, it was hard....and I hope it's a very long time before anything like this happens again.


I wanted to share a poem that Rodney's daughter read at his service; she had a reason for picking this particular poem, which I'm not sharing here because it's a personal matter. I posted this on the blog a long time ago, but it's always worth a repeat:

The Dash by Linda Ellis

I read of a man who stood to speak
at the funeral of a friend.
He referred to the dates on her tombstone
from the beginning...to the end.

He noted that first came the date of her birth
and spoke of the following date with tears,
but he said what mattered most of all
was the dash between those years.

For that dash represents all the time
that she spent alive on earth...
and now only those who loved her
know what that little line is worth.
For it matters not, how much we own;
the cars....the house...the cash.
What matters is how we live and love
and how we spend our dash.

So think about this long and hard...
are there things you'd like to change?
For you never know how much time is left
that can still be rearranged.

If we could just slow down enough
to consider what's true and real,
and always try to understand
the way other people feel.

And be less quick to anger,
and show appreciation more
and love the people in our lives
like we've never loved before.

If we treat each other with respect,
and more often wear a smile...
remembering that this special dash
might only last a little while.

So, when your eulogy's being read
with your life's actions to rehash...
would you be proud of the things they
say about how you spend your dash?

Thursday, October 20, 2011

A Draining Week

This week seems endless....it's been a rough week at work, I feel like I've got nothing done.  I was with Rodney's family Tuesday night and then this afternoon.  Services are on Saturday and I see that as a very long emotional day.

I drove his company car home from his house today back to work.  At first I didn't want to, but then I wanted to.  It gave me time to give him hell for leaving us and it made me sad and I got another good cry in.

I still can't believe he's gone and I will never understand how a doctor could misdiagnosis a heart problem as back pain.  I can't understand why rescue workers were so unconcerned with trying to save his life and didn't even perform CPR correctly nor do what was needed to get him to the hospital in a fair amount of time.  I can't comprehend why the hospital totally ignored the request that the body be sent to Baltimore for an autopsy and instead just called the funeral home to come get him.

The loss is great enough, knowing that he should still be here is even worse.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Today I Lost My Best Friend

The morning started like any other work morning; then the Warden walked into the office area and wanted us to drop everything and meet to the point he told the one girl to tell the person on the phone she'd call then back (and it was a business call).  We were all thinking the same thing; what did we do now?  Have we been that bad?  Then the words came out of his mouth..."There's no easy way to say this so I'll just say it.  Rodney just passed away."  Everything became a blur after that.

Rodney is our Assistant Warden.  Rodney interviewed me, did my background....Rodney was my favorite person at work.  When hubby was in the hospital the first time and had to be rushed back into surgery..I called Rodney.  He talked to me on the phone until my sister got to the hospital.  I complained to Rodney, he told me whether my complaint was justified or not, we chatted, we joked....Rodney was one of my best friends.

Rodney had been off since last week due to back pain. This morning he collapsed and coded blue.  And at that moment a part of my life changed forever.  Our last conversation involved a chat about his daughter and than he said he was leaving work early to go to the doctor.

I'll never see him again.  They'll be no more talks or joking around.  He'll never do another one of my evaluations; I'll never solve another computer problem for him. 

I never got to say good-bye.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Household Projects Continue...

So we weren't as lucky in the living room as we were in the bedroom.  The hardwood under the living room carpet isn't in the best of shape.  While we decide whether to have it refinished or just laminate over it, I'll have to get rugs.  The dining room (which was the original kitchen) had white vinyl flooring under it - that's the easy fix with the sticky squares, I'm hoping to have that complete next week.

Much thanks go out to my step son and his girlfriend for helping pull up the carpets and all those dreaded tack boards.  I'll be pulling up staples for what will seem like FOREVER.  For some reason the bedroom had no tack boards or staples, the carpet had a tacky type back that held it to the floor - it pulled right up!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

The Start of Household Projects!

I pulled up the carpet in the bedroom on Friday.  To give you some idea of how dated the decor in the bedroom is:





Understand?  My original goal was to paint the walls and woodwork first...but the flea problem needed under control so the carpet became first.  I'm happy to say that underneath the carpet was this:


Excuse the mess (still needs swept and cleaned) but the hardwood is in pretty good shape!  Now a perfectionist would resurface and restain...but I like it the way it is, it gives it so much more character.  I do need to get a rug to put at the end of the bed as Toby is freaking every time he has to step on it (as expected).

But I'm very very happy to have the real hardwood and not having to invest any money!!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

If I Ran Weight Watchers

I was at Weight Watchers this evening and was talking to the lady that sits behind me.   She's like our class superstar - she's lost about 135 lbs. in the past 18 months.  She's been stuck 8 lbs. from goal for quite a while and she's getting frustrated.  I asked the obvious - "What's your doctor think of your weight loss?"  Her reply?  "He thinks I'm fine where I'm at and doesn't want me to lose much more; but Weight Watchers says I need an 8 lb. loss to get to my weight range."  I advised her that if her doctor put it on a note, Weight Watchers has to accept it.  I don't know if she will or not; but at least it's given her an option.

For my height, Weight Watchers says I should weigh anywhere between 113 - 141 lbs.  That's quite a range.  If I were even able to make it to 113 lbs. I would look like death's door.  A young woman my height would look great at 113; but I wouldn't now at my age.  If I ran Weight Watchers the weight ranges would by separated by height then by age group.  And from the get go, everyone would know that if your doctor says different - that's the weight to go with.

People are struggling, many have gone back to the old Weight Watchers plan - what do you do?

If I ran Weight Watchers the plan would be as follows:

One -  the point calculation would be like the old plan:  calories, fat and fiber.  It was simple, it was easy and it worked.

Two - fruit would be 0 pts. and you would be limited to 2 fruit servings a day.  Any over 2 and you would have to count the pts.

Three - all veggies would be 0 pts.  Even the starchy ones, however you would be limited to one 0 pt. starchy one a day - you would need to count pts. on any other starchy you may have.

Daily Points - minimum on old system was 18 which is way to little; minimum on new system is 29 which is way too high.  Probably would set it somewhere in between like 25.  This is for lose mode.  Maintaining would stay between 29-35 depending on which works best for you.

Weekly Points - Again old 35 vs. new 49.  It's always nice to have those extras but are they hurting you?  Let's go in between and take 40.

The only reason I'm thinking of changes is that "the word out there" says "enhancements" are coming to the Points Plus Program in November.  No one knows for sure what they are; but it's seems to be needed.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Household Projects

So we're home projecting thinking......mostly due to the dogs.

We've been dealing with a flea problem that won't go away.  Every time we think we have it licked...it comes back.  The poor dogs never stop scratching/licking...it's annoying to us, so we know it's driving them crazy.  We've tried it all...from top of the line products to the cheapest from home remedies to all natural.  Nothing works.

We decided today that the best way to combat it is to tear up all the carpet.  Not a bad idea because the carpet is old and crappy anyway; but what to do after that?

We've started to pull back at corners to see what we are dealing with.  Both the bedrooms and living room have some type of hardwood flooring under them.  That's great if it's in good shape, but we also think once the flea problem is gone...we could just get room size rugs to cover them if needed.  The dining room is an entirely different situation.  It was the original kitchen, so under the carpet is a vinyl flooring....an ugly, disgusting vinyl flooring.  I immediately told hubby there was NO WAY I could live with that.  No absolutely not...so that floor will have to take priority over all the others.  Course that vinyl flooring was coming off in my hands as the glue holding it down apparently no longer adheres...under that is thick wood planks.  We're not sure if we're looking at unfinished hardwood or a sub-floor.

So we may be looking at a laminate floor for all of it.  If that's not doable, the dining room will have to have the sticky squares to get us through.  Either way it will be nice to have the fleas gone, the dogs not suffering and another step in making the house our own!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

This & That

Hubby sold his business two weeks ago.  It couldn't have happened at a better time as it was time to sell and move on.  Currently he's working for the people that bought it; but it's also time to look into future endeavors.  It was an emotional roller coaster for him, but in the end everything worked out and without the daily stresses that come with owning the business...life's a little more stress free.

Someone had emailed about my weight progress since it was no longer on the side bar.  I just didn't want to take the time to type all that back in again...I'm still going to Weight Watchers.  I made lifetime status right before my Myrtle Beach vacation and was good at my September weigh-in.  I was at the doctor's for a check up on Friday  and weighed in at 151.4.  I've been weighing at home and it's about the same.  Though I certainly can live at 151 without a problem...it does cause a WW problem because my goal is set at 146 and I can't be more than 148 or I have to pay.  I don't have an issue with that either, except...I'm stuck at 151.  I've done old menus, did some switch arounds, etc..  but the weight won't budge and that stresses me.  Grrrrrr.....  CC on the other hand is still doing fabulous maintaining and I can't help but think how lucky she is not to have to fight a sluggish thyroid with her weight loss journey.  But I'm still hanging in there and hopefully before the end of the month, I can knock those 3 lbs. off!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

The Dog Ate My Carpet

We have to pen Lucy when we’re not at home due to the sofa thing.  We use a pen rather than a crate, it gives her more room and isn’t as confining.  I had originally bought it for Keyser and it’s been a good investment.  However….that means the living room carpet is the flooring of the pen.


Yesterday when I arrived, I noticed a hole in the carpet where the pen is.  Hmmmmmmmm……..oh yeah, a throw rug will cover it, but seriously how much larger is it going to grow?


I know there is hardwood flooring under the carpet, IMO we should tear up the carpet.  Hubby pointed out that Toby would be an issue.  Toby hates flooring, he’ll avoid walking on it at all costs.  There’s also the fact that the hardwood could get marked up from the animals.  I suggested we tear up the carpet and just get a large room sized carpet to lay over it (not wall to wall) that would give Toby the needed "security" he seems to need.

Not something happening immediately, but hopefully a winter project!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

The Dog Ate My Sofa

Yep, it happened again...Lucy tore apart another cushion on the sofa......so we flipped it over.

Today it's raining. A real bummer since it's WaynesboroFest here in town.  It was beautiful last year!  But I'll walk down anyway to get some food and see what's for sale.

Here's CC and my's Old Time Photo from our beach trip:

Monday, September 26, 2011

We Went Off To The Beach!

0930 hours on Thursday, September 22, 2011…CC and I headed to Ocean City, MD!!  We were so excited.  I haven’t been there in over 20 years-lol!  This past weekend was Sunfest Weekend, which meant lots of arts & crafts type booths and entertainment.  We had originally talked about getting one of the many one day bus trips there for Saturday..but it turned into a girl’s weekend instead.  Our little congratulations to ourselves for our on going Weight Watchers journey.

It’s only a 4 hour drive, but it seems like it takes forever; though I must say traffic wasn’t too bad even at the Bay Bridge.  I had booked us a room at the  Seabonay Motel; one block from the end of the boardwalk.  It’s an older motel, somewhat rundown but it was immaculate – very very clean.  We were pool side and a group of young adults kept us up all night – YAY!!

We did a lot of walking…2 of the days our pedometers clocked us in at 10 miles and 10 extra WW pts!

Highlights:

Dolphins!  Oh I know it’s not unusual to see dolphins in the ocean…but one morning we walked out on the beach and there were LOTS of dolphins swimming by.  You know, they’d jump and you’d see their fins and they’d go back under.  Then a baby dolphin jumped up and back in – and we were like “isn’t that the cutest thing”.  We were quite surprised as to how close they were swimming to shore – the surfers could of actually of touched them if they had wanted to.  Then they began performing.  I’m not kidding you when I say that 2 of them would leap completely up and out of the water (like they do when they jump up for fish at Sea World).  We were overly impressed and damn, neither of us had a camera with us!!

Miche Bag!  One of the booths at the Fest was Miche Bags!  What?  You’ve never heard of a Miche????  Miche’s are handbags with removable covers.  You buy a base and then whenever you want to change the look of your purse..you just change the outer cover.  They are the coolest things!  I bought my first one at a home party.  I like it, but it’s hard sided and I prefer something softer.   So the next party I bought the biggest bag, which I also like but it is a tad too big!  I kept saying if they had one in between that was soft sided – it would be perfect.  And guess what?  They now have one!  YAY!  So naturally, I had to buy it.  Not cheap to get started, but so very worth the investment.  I love my Miches!  I have two different covers for each of my bags, so it's time to add more covers!

Food!  Oh yeah, we ate a lot!  We went to Embers for the seafood buffet one night ( a must stop if you’re ever in Ocean City).  We did Paul Reveres buffet one night only because we were on the Boardwalk and it started to downpour and it was the closest place to get in out of the rain.  We shared Thrasher French Fries (you cannot go to Ocean City and not eat Thrashers) and just some stuff here and there.  Probably over ate,but we’re back on track today!

Deedee Desserts!  Another stand at the Fest.  You take one of her packs and mix it with a tub of cool whip and 2-8oz. blocks of cream cheese.  Pour it in a graham cracker crust and presto – Cheesecake!  Or forgo the crust and just have flavored fluff!  We bought the sugar free flavors and figured we can make it with fat free cool whip and fat free cream cheese to make it Weight Watchers friendly.  As a matter of fact she’s trying to become endorsed by Weight Watchers!

Rain!  Most people aren’t happy about rain at the beach.  We weren’t either, but since our trip wasn’t for lying on the beach, it wasn’t as big of a deal.  One night we head out to the boardwalk and left behind our bags that had our rain jackets and umbrellas in them.  You guessed it – DOWNPOUR.  We bought jackets on the boardwalk…but on the way back to the motel….we had to flag down the Tram.  The Tram was soaked; when I sat down I was sitting in a puddle.  Every time the Tram stopped rain just blew in on us.  It was actually funny and the other people had a good time with it as well.  When we got back to the motel, we were soaked clear to our underwear…and our walking shoes, well mine are still drying out today!

But all in all it was a fun weekend and we're planning on doing it again next year!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

WHAT?????

I suppose if you're trying to lose weight that you've heard of the HCG Diet.  It's a diet where you take a few drops of HGC in order to suppress your appetite and you eat a diet of 500 calories or less a day (of selected food, not just anything you want).  And like a miracle, you'll drop weight.

I'm here to tell you that you'll drop weight eating less than 500 calories a day without the HCG drops.  You'll be starving but you'll lose weight.  Plus there's the added scientific study that less than 1200 calories a day is considered unhealthy.  Originally this diet was designed for HCG injections (which are illegal in some countries, the US included) so someone apparently developed drops instead.

But I'm not writing this to tell you the pros and cons of the HCG Diet, or to even promote it (you notice it isn't on my side bar).  I am here to tell you of their false advertising.

This week Roni, who lost lots of weight on Weight Watchers, has her own cookbook and several websites regarding her weight journey; received an email from another blogger showing her that her Before/After weight photos were on the HCG website!!  If it couldn't get worse....they claimed her name was Darlene and the weight loss was by the HCG Diet!

Seriously, SERIOUSLY???  If your diet is such a success, why would you falsify results??? Where are all those people who have actually lost on this diet?  Can't they use them???

You can read and see the advertisement by clicking Roni's name in the above paragraph and her reaction and response to it.  But this is an example of how companies lie to get your business and make false promises.

There isn't an easy fix to weight issues.  Don't be foolish enough to believe there is.  Do you really only want to eat 500 calories a day of selected food items for the rest of your life?

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

So, So - How Is It?

So I know y'all are just sitting on the edge of your seats dying to know how the new bed is, right?  Well, of course you are!!

It is fabulous!!   It's rather tall and Keyser has a little trouble getting into it (bum back leg), but it is very very comfortable - and we all fit in it.  However, this morning I woke up right at the edge of the bed, all the dogs and one cat were smack up against me and hubby had 3/4 of the bed to move around in.  Hmmmm..... we need to make some adjustments there!  But for the most part, it's excellent!!

I now need to readjust the bedroom though.  The bed takes up most of it, and it's somewhat crowded.  My long chest of drawers is going to have to go and I'll convert to a tall one instead.  I want to paint the woodwork white (it's light blue) and I'm not quite sure what to do about the walls.  The walls have wallpapered paneled boards on them.  I guess it's decorative panelling.  The print is a small light blue flower..but it's just so dated.  I'm going to test a small area and see how painting over it will work.  Hubby and I also discovered at Lowe's a covering specifically designed to go over paneling.  Once it's up you can paint any color you like, which is great too; but if I can paint over it, that would be cheapest.  We did paint over wood paneling in the dining room when we moved in.  It's held up pretty good other than in places where it's been hit, then it chips.  That's an issue, but that may not be as big of an issue in the bedroom.

I would like the woodwork white and the walls tan.  I would like to pull up the ugly very worn blue carpet and just leave the hardwood floor, and perhaps just put a large rug under the bed.  My new comforter is tan with a burgandy and black design.  So I'm figuring burgandy curtains and rug.  Someone had made wooden valances at the top of the windows that are blue, I'm thinking of painting them black. 

That's my winter project!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

IN MEMORY....

Where was I on September 11th?  I was at work.  I remember a deputy coming in and saying a plane had hit the World Trade Center.  I remember we watched on tv and when the second plan hit, at first we thought it was just a replay, within seconds we realized it was a second plane.  I remember the Captain coming around and saying the Pentagon was hit and later that another plane was down in Pennsylvania.  I remember sitting with the one Sergeant and watching the towers collapse.  I remember going home and absolutely every tv channel was about the events (even MTV and such).  I remember hubby coming home and wanting to know if he could watch the news because all day he had only had a radio - I remember telling him that every channel was the news.   It was horrifying.

I don't think it's something any of us will likely forget.

Today we remember this horrifying day and pay tribute to all the people who lost their lives.  May they rest in peace.


Saturday, September 10, 2011

Finally.....

Well the bed didn't come in the morning as I hoped.  They called about 8:30 a.m. and said it would be between 1-4 p.m.  DAMN!

That time frame meant we had to miss the Doggie Pool Swim at the pool....I was highly disappointed.  But since the delivery wouldn't be until later; we went to a local furniture store and bought a king size bed frame.  Then we drove through the low income housing area that is right up the hill from us to see if anyone wanted our old set.  We found someone and they came and picked it up last night.  We felt that was a better option than just trashing it as it was still usable.

Hubby had to go into the shop because Verizon was stopping in sometime between 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. to look at his phone/internet service as since he switched over to their service on Sept. 2...he's had no phone or internet.  He didn't go to the shop until about 1:00 though and Verizon showed up about 4:00.

My mattress got delivered at 4:30 p.m. (so I could of gone to the doggie pool swim).  Once it was in its place and the delivery guys were gone...Toby and I headed to "The Meadows" for frozen yogurt.  I figured since he missed swimming with the other dogs, he deserved a treat.

The bed is HUGE!  It's tall too.  It takes up the the entire room practically - lol.  But it is oh so comfy and ALL OF US - Hubby, Me, Toby, Keyser, Lucy, Cooper and Joppa - fit in it without being in each others way!  And that was the goal.

Friday, September 9, 2011

It's Coming Tomorrow....

Well the mattress is due to arrive tomorrow and we just discovered that our bed frame doesn't expand to a king size - I was so sure it did.

So after the delivery we will have to go out and get one - geez......

On the up side, I scored a king size sheet set on clearance at Target for $18.00 and since I had a gift card it was FREE!  I then got a $70 sheet set for $20 on sale at JC Penney's.  Hubby bought the mattress cover and pillows.  So we are ready!!  And I can sleep in on Sunday - so the first night will be great.

Hubby's in the process of moving the business....lots a work a head for us.

I'm also ready for CC and my's trip to Ocean City, MD September 22nd-25th and am now in the planning stages for my Spacey trip next year to NYC.  Busy, busy......

Sunday, September 4, 2011

A Mattress Hunting We Went

We use to have a King Sized waterbed.  When we moved into the new house, we decided to get rid of it and purchased a cheap Queen size mattress set.  Because it was cheap, it didn't hold up well.  We decided it was time to purchase a new set and not go cheap this time and we also wanted to go back to a King.

Before vacation we decided to go and see what was out there.  We weren't going to buy until after vacation, but we wanted to look at our options.  We headed to Chambersburg making our first stop Sleepy's.  We were greeted by an over the top salesperson.  We were up front with him - we needed a mattress, wouldn't be buying that day or even making a decision that day, we were just looking at our options.

"Andrew" apparently graduated at the top of the class at Mattress Selling Academy.  He was very informative - actually he told us more than we ever wanted to know.  We eventually agreed on a Simmons and because we found one we could agree on...."Andrew" went into selling mode.  He used every trick in the book other than give it to us free.  It didn't matter to him that he was told time and time again - we weren't buying at this time.  We barely got out the door without he and hubby getting into a fight.  Talk about a hard sale!!

We then headed to Mattress Warehouse .  We walked in the door, immediately the salesman appeared...hubby told him we'd just been through the sales pitch could we just look?  His reply, "Oh, you just came from Sleepy's...I'll be over at the desk if you need me."  We checked out some mattresses, found a few we liked and left.

Since vacation is over and the Labor Day sales are on; yesterday we headed back to Mattress Warehouse.  We found a Simmons we liked there...but Sleepy's was having sales too and hubby wanted to go back.  Yep, you guessed it - Andrew was working and remembered us; he even remembered the bed we had agreed on.  We continue to look; I eventually fell in love with a Sealy but it's price tag (even on sale) was a little steep.  But I knew, hubby would get it for me if I wanted it...but I also knew in order to do that, he'd have to give up the new shed he wanted or finance.  I didn't want him to do that.  We decided to check out some of the cheaper sets, but Andrew pointed out the differences and the "you get what you pay for" speech; after all he had a commission to think of.

Hubby then decided we should head back to Mattress Warehouse and re-look at that bed since it was $100 cheaper.  Andrew immediately told us that if we could get the specs on that mattress in writing with price that he might be able to match the price on the Sealy if they were comparable.

We went back to Mattress Warehouse.  I'll be honest with you, hubby would of spent all day jumping back and forth between the stores negotiating prices if I'd of let him; but I just didn't want to do that quabbling over $100 here and there.  Anyway, we're back in Mattress Warehouse checking out the Simmons bed again.  It's quite comfy and the Sealy is now going out of my head.  Hubby then remembered a mattress we had tried and liked on our original trip there before vacation.  This one was an Eclipse.  I wasn't familiar with that brand, but the bed was very comfortable.  I then went back to the Simmons...then to the Eclipse; I wasn't feeling a difference and the Eclipse was coming in at our price range.  Hubby felt that the Simmons did have a different feel but that it was such a slight difference that it didn't really matter. 

We ask the salesman about the brand.  He explains that Eclipse is actually a very good mattress and when we question that it feels identical to the Simmons, he says it's because it is - the only difference is that Simmons uses real latex where Eclipse uses a synthetic one.  Simmons is a big name, Eclipse is not but that's about it.  He then tells us that the sell price on the Eclipse set is $750.00 - coming in under our original budget.

Now hubby is wondering if we should go back to Sleepy's for negotiating.  I tell him there is no way they will come down to $750 on the Sealy, especially when it's on sale for double that.  I also point out that these people work on commission.  At Sleepy's we were talked out of the cheaper, in our price range mattresses.  Here at Mattress Warehouse the salesman isn't trying to push us in a higher price range.  IMO, that was deal breaker - hubby agrees.

So the Eclipse will be here on Saturday!!  I'm so very excited!  And I certainly wish all shopping experiences involved laying on a bed trying to make a decision.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

It's Ending....

Wow - it's hard to believe that my week at the beach has come to an end and that we'll be packing up to leave tomorrow!  It went by so fast!

But my vacation isn't totally over....we'll get home tomorrow and then pick up the dogs on Saturday morning..I do miss them so!  Then it's some girl time with CC ( haved missed her too) and on Sunday it's a family reunion.  Then Monday is a holiday where I can relax before heading back to work.

We did have beautiful weather here in Myrtle Beach though and some really great food!  Yeah, I  know...I can honestly say I ate more than normal, but I'm ready to get home and get right back on track!  So if you're ever in Myrtle Beach, here's some food recommendations:

Captain George's   You won't find a better seafood buffet then what you'll find here...there's also non-seafood items, a salad bar and a huge dessert bar.  Plan close to $90.00 for two people at this one (that includes the tip) - pricey yes, but worth every cent.

Liberty Steakhouse & Brewery  This is one of our favorite places.  Don't confuse it with the Liberty out on 17, this is the one at Broadway at the Beach.  Everything tastes great here!!

Godfather's Pizza  Yeah, I thought they had all closed down too, but some still exist!  Forget Domino's, Papa John's and Pizza Hut - you want a Godfather's pizza!

Hook's Calabash Seafood  Another seafood buffet (there's many many in Myrtle Beach).  Good selection and tasty food.  You'll spend about $70.00 for two people here.....take some advice, spend the extra and go to Captain George's.  We decided this year that from here on out, that's what we're going to do.  Nothing against Hook's, it has served us well for many years, but we just found something we liked better.

Joe's Crab Shack  This is another great place to eat!  This was our first time and we weren't disappointed!  They even have these great little plastic devices that make eating crab legs a cinch!  There's a Joe's at both Broadway at the Beach and Barefoot Landing.  Well worth the trip.

We are breakfast people when vacationing.  Skip the big names (Denny's, IHOP, Shoney's, etc..) and eat at the independent ones that line 17, you won't be disappointed and they are cheaper! 

And get on that beach!!!  That's what you're there for!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

An Inspiration? Who ME?????

Today I received a text message from my one sister.  She let me know that the dogs were fine and that the kennel staff love them (I'm sure they say that to everyone....but seriously, how can you not love Toby, Keyser and Lucy??).  Anyway she proceeded to tell me that she was going back to Weight Watchers and that I was her inspiration.

Really??? Me???

I didn't really do anything.  I just walked in the door at Weight Watchers and made up my mind to do the program.  Now at Lifetime status the job gets a little harder....maintaining it for life.  I would like to lose a few more pounds but I'm happy with what I've achieved.

Vacations are hard....I did the seafood buffet and didn't overstuff myself; I did Joe's Crab Shack (which is fabulous by the way) and there were no leftovers there, and we did Liberty which did give me a leftover lunch the next day.  Tonight we're doing Fuddrucker's and I've decided I'm having french fries...always need to have that little "special something"...it keeps you on track.  I bake french fries at home, so deep fried ones are far and few and well considered a treat.  But I've decided on a grilled chicken sandwich and fries for dinner.  I may even go wild and get a funnel cake - all depends on my mood.  Keeping it real without overdoing is the key to weight loss.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Only In America.....

Sometimes life just gives you things to write about.

Hubby and I are on vacation.  We started out on Friday and continued on Saturday morning.  I suggested we stop at a Waffle House to eat.  We did.

They were rather busy, but we managed to get a table that had not been cleaned off yet.  It would take 10 minutes for someone to do this.  Then about 15 mintues before someone waited on us.  I would have my waffle but have to wait 5 minutes for silverware.  The whole experience was terrible.  No one was apologetic.

But it wasn't the bad service we experienced that gave me writing material...it was what was going on around us that made you think "only in America".

There was a very large group that were together in there.  They apparently felt they were more important than the rest of us (and I do blame them for the bad service everyone else was experiencing).  They were constantly changing tables, interrupting the staff to attend to their needs - it was caos.  I'm not kidding you when I say I watched the one lady (who was very large); grab one of the wash cloths used to wipe off the tables, stand up, bend over (that put her very large butt in the faces of the people at the table across from hers) and wash off her feet before throwing the cloth back across the counter.

After watching her, I turned my attention to a guy sitting at the counter.  At a glance he seemed somewhat normal, however I happened to notice he had a rather large hole in the back of his pants.  At a second glance I realized he wasn't wearing underwear and I was staring at his butt.  Yep, you read that right.

The other problem was the table behind us.  An older couple who were extremely unhappy with their meal, apparently it wasn't cooked right, the wife had not received all of hers, etc...  The waitress blamed it on a new manager that didn't know how to cook.  Oh I bet the manager loved that!  There was no way this waitress was going to please this couple and though they had a legitimate complaint; they shouldn't of been taking it out on the waitress and causing such a ruckus for the rest of us.

It was an interesting meal....

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Nice Evening

Nice humid evening here at Myrtle Beach. We had dinner at Hook's Seafood Buffet and then a walk on the beach. Looking forward to a full day with beach time tomorrow.

We Outsmarted The Hurricane

Despite everyone giving strong warnings and calling us crazy and stupid....hubby and I headed to Myrtle Beach, SC yesterday.  Yes, we know that Hurricane Irene was working her way up the coast.  We've watched the weather for DAYS....but all indicated that Myrtle Beach would be a miss - and it was.

We started out yesterday deciding it was best to stay west of I-95 (since that was to be a big hit area).  It added about 3 hours to the total drive, but it was a smart move.  Sunny and no rain was the drive...we made it across the South Carolina border and stayed in a very nice hotel over night.  By the time we headed out this morning, Irene was past Myrtle Beach.  We have some winds and clouds but other than that, things are fine and the weather is to be beautiful tomorrow!!  What could be better than that?  So see, we aren't crazy or stupid...we had things worked out and knew what needed to be done!

CC is watching the cats, bunny and turtle and the dogs are being borded at the Vet's.  Always feel guilty when I drop the dogs off.....

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

So Hey What Do You Eat On Vacation?????

This will be the very first time I've been on vacation while dieting.  Since I've got my fingers crossed to be lifetime status tomorrow evening it really puts me in the "it's a lifestyle change, not a diet" mode.

Chicken and seafood are always good bets when eating out.  As long as they aren't fried or breaded, I should be good.  One of our favorite places to eat there is The Liberty Steakhouse & Brewery.  I've looked up the menu online and decided on the Hawaiian Chicken with grilled pineapple; as my side I'll get a salad or the broccoli without cheese.  It will probably be more than I can eat, so part of it will become lunch the next day.  We also decided to try Joe's Crab Shack .  Again, I've checked the menu and am going for the Classic Steampot which is dungeness crab, snow crab, boiled shrimp and sausage.  I don't quite understand how or why the sausage gets thrown in the mix, and since I'm not a sausage fan, that will probably go to hubby.  I believe it comes with new potatoes and corn as well....again, this may end up as lunch the next day also...but I'm a big crab and shrimp eater - so maybe not!!  We'll do a seafood buffet one night - which will probably be a big point night for me.  We may also do The Pirates Voyage which looks like a big meal that will end up half being lunch!!

As you can see we don't eat out much at lunch - lol!!!  Actually we do about a 10:00 breakfast.  Breakfast is normally pretty easy when it comes to Weight Watchers.  Eggs, wheat bread, skim milk....I can even splurge a day or two and have pancakes or french toast.  It is vacation after all!!  So we aren't normally hungry around lunch time.  So lunch is later in the afternoon (if at all) and a late dinner (we normally are late dinner eaters anyway). Besides I like to spend the late morning on the beach and then move to the pool early afternoon.

So the best advice I can give for dieting on vacation?  If you can plan any meals ahead of time - do so, look up the menus and decide beforehand what you're going to eat.  Watch portion sizes, if you can't control this - ask for a take home box immediately and put half the meal in it before you even start.  Track, track, track....even if you go over your point allowance - TRACK IT!!  And give yourself a treat now and then after all you are on vacation.

And hey - I'll be at the beach....what could be better than walking along the beach!!

YAY!!

Looks as though Irene will miss South Carolina after all - so vacation is back in full swing!!  Seems we can expect rain, winds and strong tides on Saturday but that's it.

I'm so relieved.....

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

The Earth Shook Under My Feet

Today we had something we've never had before, an EARTHQUAKE!

I'm sitting at my desk compiling the paperwork for new files and things started to vibrate.  At first, I thought the AC in the office was getting ready to go kaput...then I realized the floor was moving.  I felt the rumble go from one end of the office, under my feet and out the other end.  It was scarey and weird.  It felt weird.  All of us immediately met in the outer office area and a quick internet check proved what we thought - an earthquake!  We don't have earthquakes in this area.  It's just strange....

I see that Hurricane Irene is heading towards the Carolinas as we are ready for vacation!  What more could happen???  Oh, we've been in Myrtle Beach during Tropical Storms and lower level hurricanes; but we're normally already there not driving into it!!  I'm hoping it keeps moving East and misses us or at least stays at a low category or changes to a Tropical Storm.  We'll probably lose a day or two...but what can we do?

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Almost there, almost there....

Only five days....Only five days....

I'll be at the beach!!!!

Gosh I'm really looking forward to that!


Wednesday, August 17, 2011

DOUBLE YAY!

As everyone that reads here knows, I'm a huge Kevin Spacey fan.  At Leitersburg Cinemas they had a display above the snack bar for the movie Horrible Bosses.  It had individual posters of each of the main characters.  I asked them what they did with them after the movie ended - the snack bar personnel claimed they threw them in a back room.  I emailed the theatre asking for the Kevin Spacey poster but never heard anything.  Today they emailed me back and said the poster was at the theatre waiting for me.  I was psyched!

I get there and they had me THE ENTIRE DISPLAY!!  They said it's all connected and they didn't know how to get it apart - lol!!  Well scissors will do the trick, I'm pretty sure.  Anyway as a double bonus, the display (which is like a huge banner) is double sided!!  So there's actually 2 of everyone.  My cousin has already put claim to Jennifer Anniston - lol!!  But here's Kevin:


LOVE IT!!