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Mid-week progress

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

OK, so I heard from my son on Sunday, but the connection kept dropping. His laptop is dying... how do you replace a laptop in Iraq?

Anyway, I would like to introduce my new grand-kitties, Kalimdor (the one with the dark brown nose, male) and Antonica (the lighter colored one, female). My daughter in law had to re-home the bunnies, due to her allergies becoming progressively worse. They have a nice new home with lots of other bunnies (six in all), and I'm sure they'll be fine.

But that left a very empty apartment, with him gone. Enter new kittens.

The program has been both bad news (emotional eating over last weekend) and good news (did great at the work holiday dinner today... portion control... portion control...). And I've been diligent about getting my sleep!

I threw out perfectionism for December... I was thinking of something else to toss today... COMPARISON with how others behave or the results they get. That's another in the old baggage that definitely needs to go straight up some fireplace as smoke.

Hope you're all enjoying every minute of your holiday season!

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MSLZZY 12/18/2009 7:35AM

    Cute kittens!
Sometimes we have to pick our battles and leave the rest!

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KALIGIRL 12/17/2009 10:24AM

    Love the kittens.
Great to hear your holiday dinner went well.
Here's to lack of perfectionism and comparisons!

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CONCHA77 12/17/2009 8:27AM

    Kitties are adorable, Perfection not so much....
Glad you heard from your son!

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SUNNY332 12/17/2009 7:06AM

    Yes, yes, yes, get rid of "COMPARISON". When we compare ourselves to others, we always come up the looser."

The kittens are precious. They will keep you daughter in law company and also
warm on these cold winter nights.


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TEACHINMOM 12/16/2009 9:48PM

    I agree. Perfectionism = TROUBLE (at least for me)!! AND yes, the grand-kitties are cuties!!!!

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NELLIEC 12/16/2009 8:20PM

    Perfectionism definitely should be thrown out!!!

The grand-kitties are adorable!

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Friday, December 11, 2009

It seems like this has been the longest week! Even though I only went to work three days, the snow shoveling, the oddities of son being on foreign soil with a nine hour time difference, it's just strange.

I hope to relax a little this weekend, but there are the tail ends of snow I didn't clear leftover from Wednesday. Sigh.

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NELLIEC 12/12/2009 2:19PM

    Ah, yes, those nine hours time difference!!! It keeps on on your toes trying to figure out what time it is where he is!!!

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CONCHA77 12/12/2009 9:43AM

    Have a wonderful weekend! Hope the sun shines for you and that you stay warm and cozy with all this cold weather.
Hugs, Connie

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SUNNY332 12/11/2009 9:44PM

    Bless your heart, I have really thought about you this week and for all the reasons you have posted on this blog.

Do take care of yourself and have a great weekend - starting with some much needed rest.

Tomorrow is our Church's Christmas Canta which we are looking forward to. It is always such a blessing.

Hugs, Sunny

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ZZYYGGY 12/11/2009 9:09PM

    Have a great weekend

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That awful clock

Thursday, December 10, 2009

My son calls it that. Figured for those who've been reading along, I'd decorate the blog with its photo today.

I could document which songs play in what order, but I don't. Every year I write the twelve hours down on a list, and note them. They always start with "Angels We Have Heard on High", for whatever hour I first insert the batteries and turn the chimes on. So, depending on when in the day I bring it out, it may be different each year. It's a game I play every year.

I went back to work today, after taking two vacation days to shovel snow and avoid playing bumper cars on slick roads. I am NOT a fan of winter, friends. But you have to admit it gives a little variety to strength training? Mantra: This is why I work out the rest of the year... so I CAN clear the drive and walks with my handy dandy snow shovel and my muscles.

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KALIGIRL 12/11/2009 2:08PM

    Love the clock - I am a fan of winter, although not bumper car.

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CBIGELOW 12/11/2009 6:36AM

    I would love the clock. I know the kids would have a blast with the chrstmas songs. As to shoveling snow we have started here in Northern New York. Gotta love lake effect snow.

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SUNNY332 12/11/2009 6:19AM

    I kind of like the Christmas Carrol Clock. It play a different song every
hour? That could be festive.

We did not get the snow that was predicted but we live up close to the
Iowa line so our day will come.

Hugs, Sunny

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TEACHINMOM 12/10/2009 11:57PM

    I'm with you on needing to be able to shovel the snow, we get plenty of it!! Although it was nothing like your picture the other day!! And I'm not a huge fan of it either~absolutely HATE driving in it!!!
UMMM, I'm wondering why it's an awful clock. It looks nice enough and the Christmas songs are great this time of year!! Does he not like "noisemakers"? Oh well, your game sounds like fun!! Have a great time listening to it!! emoticonCindy

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NELLIEC 12/10/2009 9:53PM

    I do like "Angels We Have Heard on High!"

If it insists on snowing here this year, I am hoping it does it sometime when I have some help for the shoveling!!! I can do some, but it has to be in stages! That is the story of my exercising -- a little bit here, a little bit there!!!

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TENOR4COUNTS 12/10/2009 9:48PM

    Sounds like you get your share of snow and then some!

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He must be bored... I got two video calls today...

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

First my day started with the decision to once again NOT go to work. This was because I peeked out at the drive and walks I was so pleased to have clear yesterday evening. Deeper than before THAT effort started. Now, I don't mind shoveling snow... but to shovel the SAME snow twice, just because of that silly north wind? Discouraging!

Then at 6 a.m. the phone rang, and I got a "Hi, Mom!" from the other end. Life is immediately better. He'd tried to call his wife and got no answer, but he knew his Mom would be up. Later in the day, he called on the Skype session, twice. First time we got cut off. I went out to shovel snow. Second time it was ringing when I came back in from my second stint at shoveling. After four shoveling sessions, the piles look like this:

Hope everyone is keeping warm! And being active!

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NELLIEC 12/9/2009 8:39PM

    Well, where I am is NOT warm -- 6 degrees this morning. However, in this cold, we have only had a tiny dusting of snow. I am hoping for no significant snow this year since last year, I was marooned for 13 days by snow -- since our area freaks out when it snows, and it was very hard to get out.

I'm glad that you got some nice talk time with your son!!!

I am impressed by your snow shoveling!!!

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SUNNY332 12/9/2009 7:40PM

    Wow - you did get some snow.

So happy you are hearing from you son. I know it just makes your day.

Hugs, Sunny

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ALUMLEY2 12/9/2009 6:42PM

  Snow.... Hmmmmm. no thank you! N.C is not fanous for its snow and that is fine with me.
I have not signed on in a while so most of your names are new to me. Prayers to our Marines as they get ready to deploy. Another Christmas away.
Amanda emoticon

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KALIGIRL 12/9/2009 6:32PM

    So glad you heard from him again.
Our snow is drifting, so multiple passes to try to keep the walks and drive clear.
Oh well.

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SMARTIEBEE 12/9/2009 6:12PM

    At least we don't have snow, but it is COLD! I guess some snow is forecast for later on in the week, Friday or Sat. Maybe. I hope not, not ready for it yet! Right now it is 27 at our house at 3:10 PM. It may have gotten up to 30 or 31 a little earlier, but I don't think it ever got above freezing. Supposed to be about 15 tonight. Heck, it was 10 when I got up at 7:00 today!

I am so glad you are getting to talk to your son. Bored is good!


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Blizzard conditions beginning

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

It snowed all day, as predicted. I am grateful for neighbors with snow blowers who helped me and my shovel for a good portion of my double driveway and the south sidewalk. That left me with energy to clear off the deck for the dog's outings!

I was glad that I skipped work, took a vacation day just so I would not have to go battle this stuff. This is why I hoard those days.

I just heard from my daughter in law that she got a text message from my son... he's on the ground in Kuwait. Then just now, I got an e-mail from him myself. He can't call us for free because we live just a shade too far from the nearest DSN system hub. Sigh. BUT... he found an internet cafe, and voila... e-mail!

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KALIGIRL 12/9/2009 6:28PM

    Glad you've heard from him and he's safe and so are you nestled in.

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JGOLFER 12/9/2009 8:54AM

    That is great you were able to get an email from your son. I know that made you feel good. Whew - blizzard conditions and snow all day! Stay warm. Take care and have an awesome day!

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SUNNY332 12/9/2009 8:15AM

    Awesome that you have already heard from him and that he does have a way to communicate with you via the Internet Cafe. That is great.

We are in blizzard conditions here today - wind howling and I woke up to 19 degree temps. I am so thankful that I do not have to get out today. I am staying in and staying warm.

Hope you have a AWESOME day.

Hugs, Sunny

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MSLZZY 12/8/2009 11:27PM

    Glad you had such early contact from your son-wonderful!
How much snow has your area gotten so far? We've had about 5 but it is blowing to beat the band!

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NELLIEC 12/8/2009 8:09PM

    It is wonderful to hear from a son far away!!!

May God bless you!!!

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