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  1. NOW is the time to break out your therapy light box!!! I've been more and more exhausted, grumpy, and plain miserable lately and finally realized that although it is still super hot and humid here in florida the days have already gotten shorter. Yup, my SAD is flaring up, bigger and better than ever. So I half heartedly got out the light box but forgot it has to be within 2 feet of your eyes, and so just set it on a shelf in the kitchen and it didn't do squat. Today is day 2 of having it in the right place, and I'm hoping the end of my "must hibernate! Leave me alone so I can eat ALL the
    10 points
  2. I’m half the woman I was a year ago. Well not exactly. I was a size 16/18 this time last year. Today I slid on a pair of size 8 jeans and packed a size 8 swimsuit for vacay. 210lb down to 153lbs. All I need is 9 more pounds to win my HealthWage. I think I’m going to just barely skid across the finish line on time if I stay on track. But regardless, I’m very happy my hard work has paid off in better health and a better self image. I’ve learned a lot about food, exercise, metabolism, and friendship this year. It’s been hard as heck but worth it.
    10 points
  3. https://www.bicycling.com/news/a29490264/midlife-weight-gain-study/?fbclid=IwAR2sNEeSIiHct5dNObdLlI1VUdcRACBXxrqxLoHnSqa7uRMcAdw16vdlNn8 I thought many here would appreciate this article, yes, our bodies change in menopause, as with any other menopausal symptom I'm sure it affects some more than others. After my last baby weaned it took years for my cycle to line out(could have also been related to the effect of thyroid disease and getting doseages correct) and I thought it was perhaps peri but it seems I'm fairly regular now so maybe I've still got awhile. However, I like to
    9 points
  4. I have been absent from the boards so much, and I've really missed keeping up with everyone, and the general chatting. I feel like my life is insane right now, and I just don't have much down time. We have had so much going on - some good, some not so good. I hope to get back in some sort of routine of visiting the boards again. It's that time of year when I need some Christmas ideas! 😜
    9 points
  5. Yes, and I love how Amazon thinks that since I just bought something, for instance, a toaster, I must now be stocking up and so they show me every other toaster, too. Nope, Amazon, I’m good for toasters now.
    7 points
  6. So.... I’ve been the boss in this situation. My team moved up two floors a couple of years ago. It was a sudden relocation and happened while one of my employees was out on sick leave. The construction guys were building cubes right up until the afternoon we had to move and yes - you guessed it - they ran out of walls to finish. Because my employees are important to me, I did exactly what happened to you - the employee out on leave shared my office when he returned for about a month while we waited for parts to show up. It wasn’t always easy, but it was better than putting someone on a f
    7 points
  7. I was talking to my doc literally the other day about my weight goals and she told me point blank that if I want to look good and have muscle tone - my clinical ideal weight no longer accurate in her opinion & is not actually ideal or realistic. That if I want to do cosmetic things she can make it work looks wise (to reduce the aging appearance) and will be glad to take my money, but the better thing is to be okay adding 10lbs to my weight bc it will do more for making me look and feel good. My goal is 130/135 and she says I can get it, but it won’t look as good on me as 140/145 and it wil
    7 points
  8. Bottom line is that deregulation killed PGE’s incentive to be proactive and even to serve ‘difficult’ communities. For some essentials we actually do need regulation to make sure that health and safety are preserved and that ‘difficult’ communities are served at all. I’m fairly conservative, but free markets are red in tooth and claw at times, and that makes them inappropriate for some essentials.
    7 points
  9. Honestly, this just annoys me. I guess it’s based on some website algorithm or something but here’s what happens: I go to Thred Up (or Shutterfly, Michaels, whatever; lots of retailers do this) and I make a purchase. Might even be a fairly large purchase. In the case of Thred Up, I wanted to get some office clothes without spending a fortune, so I bought several items. But now that I have done that, they are *bombarding* me with deals and emails! Shutterfly also famously does this. Like I said, I’m sure it has to do with the way the marketing algorithms are designed. But it gets on my nerves.
    6 points
  10. I adore the Sansone programs. It’s very effective and low stress (both physical and mental). Also, just walking is effective. Doesn’t have to be a race. Just walk.
    5 points
  11. I am struggling with my weight a lot at 51. I am working at being consistent with yoga and strength training, but I also need to work at acceptance. I do notice that a lot of women my age who lose weight and are thinner, they do look older in the face and especially the neck.
    5 points
  12. They sell Godiva chocolate. I’ve used my Kohl’s cash for that on more than one occasion.
    5 points
  13. THe thing about how the weight looks is interesting - I really notice it with actresses, they get to middle age and they clearly have to make maintaining a very low weight a priority, but to me it makes them look old. I think it was Zsa Zsa Gabor that said women in middle age have to choose between their face and their figure - maintaining a low weight to stay very thin means they will look older in the face, and maintaining a weight that looks younger in the face means they won't have the figure of a very young woman.
    5 points
  14. 👋 One-and-done makes the baby stage shorter.
    5 points
  15. It's okay - I was just coming to announce that if there's going to be this many of us, we should just go to the island. I'm a terrible hostess and we're going to need staff. So, the more the merrier! (Plus, there's always the cave of isolation for those of us who need it from time to time....)
    5 points
  16. I’m so sorry, Jenny. I think most people would be uncomfortable with that arrangement. 😞 But maybe it will work out great in the end, and you and your boss will end up becoming great friends as a result and your boss will see up-close how smart and competent you are. It could be a blessing in disguise! 🙂
    5 points
  17. I already said I"m in NJ, but I'm also originally from NJ and have never lived more than 30 miles from where I was born in NJ. Except 3 semesters of college in Fort Worth, Texas. And sorry ladies, but I have NOOOOO desire to ever go back to Texas.
    5 points
  18. Morning, Happy Sunday. Dh and I both were feeling icky yesterday so we didn't do anything for our Anniversary. I ran out and picked up food from Applebees for dinner when I had to go take care of the animals at the science center. We'll go out to dinner next week when we feel better and more able to enjoy it. Today it's is raining buckets. It actually woke me up, but not until later in the morning so I still feel like I got a decent amount of sleep and I feel pretty good. Hopefully the massive amounts of emergen-C, Vitamin D3, Elderberry gummies, and fluids I'm taking will kick t
    5 points
  19. Central North Carolina (for 20 years, but I'm a Connecticut Yankee by birth and it seems to be permanently embedded in my constitution. [Get it? 😄]) Take a number, darlin'.
    5 points
  20. From, originally? Wareham, MA From, most recently? York, PA Currently reside? Tampa ❤️
    5 points
  21. It is. Thanks to the springboard @Kareni and yourself provided with that elusive letter 'e' vintage author, I think I'm going to try an Edmund Crispin and E.C.R. Lorac I will do. Yes, we're staying in the same town (makes things so much easier). Adding my thanks here too, for the links you share each week; and, for mentioning that book, it has become one of my favourites for this year. You're review is just confirming why I don't feel inclined to listen to that book in the series. Here's my review for At Home in Thrush Green Bk8... Dorothy Watson is not a favour
    5 points
  22. I am home. Four hours there. Two hour meeting. Four hours home. I love camp.
    5 points
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  24. I am back. I have not ketchupped, but it looks like a good time was had by all in my absence, Book club went well this morning. I made yummy pumpkin bread and was a good girl and kept my snarky petty comments to myself. Took the girls shopping in the Big City this afternoon. Got some long sleeved stuff for them and boots for the little girls. It was a nice afternoon. I enjoy spending time with them. They are really sweet.
    5 points
  25. I hope you'll enjoy the book, Negin. There is also a blank map form at the end of the book if you wish to make your own map and send it in for possible inclusion to the associated website. I was surprised at the variety of maps-- some were quite simple, others were works of art! Regards, Kareni
    5 points
  26. Happy Sunday and welcome to week forty-four in our 52 Books rambling roads reading adventure. Greetings to all our readers, welcome to all who are joining in for the first time and everyone following our progress. Visit 52 Books in 52 Weeks where you can find all the information on the annual, mini and perpetual challenges, as well as the central spot to share links to your book reviews. Mr. Macklin’s Jack O’Lantern by David McCord 1897-1997 Mr. Macklin takes his knife And carves the yellow pumpkin face: Three holes bring eyes and nose to life,
    4 points
  27. In a general sense, I think this is one of the problems of capitalism and free market systems. They prioritize profits in the moment without considering long term needs and public good. And we've pushed for more and more things to be run this way. And things like this are one of the results. Lots of things are cheaper now... but less sustainable, borrowing from the future. Obviously, if the investment in the future is so high that it wrecks the economy, that's not going to help anyone long term. But if all we do is allow these immediate profits for the investors and the cheapest prices for the
    4 points
  28. *Caling to you from the other room* I wore red and navy to church this morning. AND I wore my baseball flip flops. Yes, I did. Hey, it's nearly 80˚ here today!
    4 points
  29. Even if you were a home owner that decided to opt out and go only solar and alternative energy, your home would still be at risk if you are anywhere near a fire zone. You wouldn’t be able to get fire insurance since many insurance companies are dropping people in those areas. Your neighborhood grocery would have no power whenever the wind blows. Your schools would be closed. They are essentially forcing people out of the area to the point where PG&E won’t have any customers in some areas. And then go ahead and try to get them to maintain their equipment....won’t happen. What benefits
    4 points
  30. Yup, I'd say it means your boss likes you enough to share an office with you - a huge compliment. Still sucks though.
    4 points
  31. I do feel great but I just have to say that this is damned hard. It is NOT just in your head that it's hard. And I did not do this on my own. It took teamwork and investing some $ to get me here and it'll take teamwork to keep me here. I've commented many times irl that I don't know how people do it when they don't have professional advice, friends to encourage, and a supportive family. And then there's outside factors. I spend roughly 2 hours a day on just losing weight. Walking, food prep, muscle work, dr appts, making sure I take my supplements and water 4 x a day. I'm not sure I cou
    4 points
  32. To start with I did not track calories as I ate or weigh my food. If I was eating the right thing, that was good enough for me and saw results. I did keep ballpark track via My Fitness Pal and my calories were always 1000-1400. Keeping in mind that menu doesn’t show the use of coconut or olive oil, real butter or Avacados - which packs a lot of good fat calories. After my plataeu, I sat at 165 for a month without weight or inches change, and I have the wage timer ticking, so I kept up my walking but removed all muscle training and cut my fat. For the last month my calories have been around 8
    4 points
  33. Critter's song reminded me of how talented you people are. "Duck's Consolation" I have no talents But I do have gifted friends Plus I write haiku
    4 points
  34. I’m not sure yet but I think the biggest factor to maintaining the loss is to just accept that this is no a diet or an exercise program. It’s just my new daily life reality. And to surround myself with people who are supportive of that. Friends that will go walking with me at 5am or 9pm when I’m down and struggling. Regular dr appts to maintain nutrients and hormones and get feedback about weight. My dr hates me but I don’t care. LOL He says he shouldn’t have to adjust my dosages every 4-6 months but I insist I don’t want to wait a year to feel my best and to struggle with moods and weight and
    4 points
  35. Can you move? I’m not kidding. Your house doesn’t sound like it’s just drafty; it sounds unsafe — aside from the lack of heating and the potential mold issues, the electrical system may pose a serious fire hazard. I am so sorry you have to deal with this.
    4 points
  36. Neither of mine liked school, even my oldest who topped out the SAT. I did a lot of work trying to help them find their passions and approach things in ways that had some enjoyment for them, but it was rough at times. Neither had much interest in career planning, and I had to nudge a bit that way. It all worked out. They found their groove in college and are doing beautifully as a junior and a senior. They'll probably both graduate with a GPA higher than mine, and both are talking about graduate school. One is probably going to go an extra semester to double major in a related area.
    3 points
  37. Personally, it seems I lose weight best with increased general activity and lots of walking. Moderate intensity and high intensity cardio increases my appetite. Strength training doesn't seem to have an effect on weight loss but it changes my body much more effectively, besides its other effects. I just Hmm, well, I think it helps personally to find a plan and use that, even more so starting out. Strength training like anything else requires consistency and work. A lot of women are so afraid of bulking up that they don't lift enough to build muscle. It takes a LOT OF work to build mus
    3 points
  38. I think in kilos. So long as I see 58.x then I'm okay. 57.x is fine too. I've been hitting 59.x consistently recently, so I'm going to work on that a bit: more green veg and lean protein (tofu, low fat plain yoghurt); fewer beans and grains. As a kilo is only 2.2 pounds, I'm hoping that a bit of adjustment for a bit should work fine. I weigh myself every morning too, and Fitbit produces the weekly average. Watching the weekly average go up is what has caused me to make some changes. My body fat percentage scale doesn't seem to tell me much - maybe if I did more intensive muscle b
    3 points
  39. take care of board dogs church take care of board dogs (have one pick up and one drop off on the schedule) meeting
    3 points
  40. Infrastructure has been neglected across the country. CA is just shining the spotlight on that fact. The CA Public Utilities Commission is supposed to keep the utility companies in check and they have failed miserably. It is their regulation that approved the de-energization plan. It’s not like PG&E didn’t have the money to maintain their equipment over many many years. It’s that they had no incentive to do so, even now. I do see the cohesive long term plans that Scandinavian countries have and wonder why our states or federal government cannot think that way. Part of it is
    3 points
  41. I would give yourself a day to grieve it. And then look it as an opportunity to build a relationship with your boss, hit the ground running and possibly have an even better set up in a few weeks. It sounds like it is temporary. The company changes may be overall for the better too. I struggled with diagnosis and treatment of a life altering health problem a number of years ago and I found I had to be very mindful about reframing things as glass half full while I was walking that path. That doesn't mean don't have emotions or grieve or get angry things that come up. But keep them in
    3 points
  42. No girls’ sizes at our CVS, but I think a women’s small will work for today, at least. I’ve ordered some girls sizes from target for the next concert.
    3 points
  43. Heaven help me, I just went swimming in the sea.
    3 points
  44. It honestly doesn't matter, imo. The cost will always be shifted to the consumer. The Merrimack Valley gas disaster happened last year. A gas line blew, houses caught fire, there were explosions, and a kid died. Thousands were displaced and without natural gas for months over the winter, which meant people were limited in their homes if they still had one, restaurants couldn't cook, and so on. The gas company botched it so hard and dropped the ball on everything. A year later, the same gas company is in charge and they have increased their rates to pass on the cost of the lawsuits and d
    3 points
  45. Good morning! Happy Reformation Sunday! We got to church at dark o’clock because dd16 & ds14 are playing in services. Dh and dd13 are probably backpacking out by now. Hopefully their stuff dried out a little overnight. Ds14 has orchestra rehearsal this afternoon. Coffee!
    3 points
  46. There are two ingredients in NyQuil that help you sleep. In the liquid formula, there is alcohol and the antihistamine doxylamine succinate. The capsules just contain the antihistamine. This antihistamine is also found in sleep aids like Unisom. I believe NyQuil also contains a painkiller and a cough suppressant, neither of which make you sleepy. The ZzzQuil liquid also contains alcohol, but a different antihistamine, diphenhydramine HCI. The caps just contain the antihistamine. This antihistamine is also found in Benadryl, which makes some people super hyper and some people sleepy.
    3 points
  47. So sad. 😞 I appreciate what his TobyMac wrote about his son's faith: "Truett always had a soft spot for God. The Bible moved him. His heart was warm to the things of his King. He was by no means a cookie cutter Christian but give me a believer who fights to keep believing. Give me a broken man who recognizes his need for a Savior every time. That's who Truett was and how he should be remembered."
    3 points
  48. Kareni, I recently ordered this and it's on its way. I used to live in NYC. Looking forward to reading it.
    3 points
  49. Today I read/looked at Mapping Manhattan: A Love (and Sometimes Hate) Story in Maps by 75 New Yorkers by Becky Cooper which proved to be a quick read. I can imagine this book might be enjoyed by New Yorkers as well as those who like maps and/or art. "Armed with hundreds of blank maps she had painstakingly printed by hand, Becky Cooper walked Manhattan from end to end. Along her journey she met police officers, homeless people, fashion models, and senior citizens who had lived in Manhattan all their lives. She asked the strangers to “map their Manhattan” and to mail the personalized maps
    3 points
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