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from polly-esther :
Whew -- I know. Thanks for your positive thoughts!!!
from polly-esther :
When I saw the photo of your daughter i thought it was you for a second! Congrats on getting the job! It sounds like it's right up your alley. And wow, that really sucks about losing the diamond. My sister Donna lost hers in the ocean and it's still a really sore subject, 10 years later. Maybe it will turn up. You never know.
from polly-esther :
Still can't comment on vox! Anyway, I was trying to say that the paper is probably trying to localize a story that appeared in either this week's Newsweek or on cnn.com on this very topic. I just read it yesterday but I can't remember where. Papers do that a lot -- take a national story and put a local angle on it. I hope it turned out well!
from polly-esther :
Hi Nicole, I tried leaving a vox comment but I had some trouble. I just went to M's photo blog and read the message on there. (marleysphotoblog.blogspot.com) If you haven't already, check it out because I'm concerned. It sounds like M isn't around, and the baby had to be hospitalized. Have you heard from her? I'm just very worried.
from polly-esther :
I'm glad you got to see it. I watched it online just now and I almost cried watching my dad. It's terrible how things got so ugly but I'm happy things are resolved now. Whew.
from zencelt :
Thanks for the validation. Do me a favor and send up a prayer for them? Thanks!
from batten :
Aww thank you! It's mutual, you know. Your friendship has been a pearl of great price in my life... Bug hug. -J
from polly-esther :
Hi Nicole, Hopefully you'll get this! I just wanted you to know I wrote a response to the question in your blog about why bad things happen to good people. Catch you later!
from captainron :
They take after their mom no doubt ;-)
from captainron :
We are just in the process of drying things out ourselves. This Nor'easter caused a lot of damage in our lil state. Fortunately our boat is fine and the paint can pumps from the Depot managed to get all the water out of my nice finished basement. Now we are dehumidifying the hell out of things to try and keep the mildew to a minimum. Hope your mess is back to normal soon.
from sixweasels :
How terrible! Sending good thoughts your way. I'm gonna stop complaining about the wind we're getting from this thing and my swampish backyard now. Hugs.
from blueeyesblue :
anytime that is convenient for you is convenient for me. Remember I am unemployed .. unlike you... so ... anytime that works, just say so. just need notice for M ...you are the best. M
from blueeyesblue :
Hey, hon ... have totally not checked e-mail for a while and then I didn't have it, but I still can't figure out how to e-mail you. I did check out the page. Say, you e-mail me with a date and a place and I'll be there. Marley has a dr appt Monday but otherwise I am free. I am sorry for not checking ... but would love to see you again. Marley is (and I am) totally good for road trips, so name somewhere close to you ... M
from captainron :
Thanks Nicole. You rock!
from captainron :
Nicole wrote... "Insert image of pouting, arms-crossed, foot-stamping Nicole here.)" Now that would be interesting to see :-)
from blueeyesblue :
You rock all the way, Nacwolin. Will check out the other one when I get a sec. Thanks so much. You are the best. M
from batten :
Praying up a storm for you and Rob. It'll be okay. Hope the diva gets a kick in the arse... Big hug to you. Hang in there. and keep us posted, 'kay? Love, -me
from sixweasels :
Ugh. I hate Corporate America. Work like a dog, give up far too many hours beyond the workday and miss valuable time with your family, and still have to deal with this. It just isn't fair. I'll say a prayer for Rob.
from blueeyesblue :
ps that was supposed to be "she has one arm in the air" as opposed to "she has one arm" -- it is hard to type while you are nursing, but I hope that is the worst. Pretty bad, Much love, M and marley.
from blueeyesblue :
Not the praying kind, but will try it. In the meantime, try asking what you can do for him? And don't take "no" for an answer? Ask him to discuss his problems, the technical kind. Smart women have been behind smart men for generations. M
from blueeyesblue :
will check out latest. love anya. thanks for everything. marley says hi. has 1 arm now.
from captainron :
Sorry Nicole.... The drama at this place never stops, does it?
from zencelt :
Well, your kiddos have wonderful taste : ))
from becahh :
Great article. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us and now your larger audience.
from sixweasels :
So glad you're writing at AC! It does feel more daunting than the diary thing, doesn't it? We must be on the same wavelength ... I just submitted a tongue in cheek weight loss piece too, but mine was a silly "tips for supporting your dieting girlfriend or wife" article. Happy weekend!
from celidor :
Get some REST! (Well, after the fiteen-year-old B'day party) ....happy birthday to K!
from becahh :
((((nicole)))) Here's hoping for some antibiotics pdq!
from captainron :
I never even knew you had another site. Thanks for sharing.
from blueeyesblue :
Those kind of photos are enough to devastate ANYONE. :) How many years? Well, how old is your youngest? :)
from sixweasels :
That completely reminds me of ME as a teenager : ).
from becahh :
Ohhh. Poor Kaitlyn. It is difficult for us as women to keep our hormones and emotions in check. I just don't remember what it was like to be a young lady and having to keep it together. I most likely didn't. She is in good company. Take care Mom!
from celidor :
That is WAY frustrating. I'm glad you get to have a little break this weekend - I can relate to needing the head-space. Unfortunately kids like that are everywhere, and worse. Teaching is rea really, really hard job, you know I understand! If you are interested in the emerging church, you should go to this blog I visit a lot - Molly. She has just come out of the patrichal movement and a trad. fund. church, and is exploring lots of things about that kind of church. I've never read the book, but have hear of McLaren. Our church is so not traditional, so I guess a lot of it doesn't relate, but I can see where he is coming from. love, Val oh, the link! : http://adventuresinmercy.wordpress.com/
from blueeyesblue :
That is weird about that pastor. I've been through it with editors before. "My way or the highway" doesn't make a leader, spiritual or otherwise.
from polly-esther :
OK, got it! That makes sense. I knew you were somewhere in that general area. Thanks for clearing that up! :)
from polly-esther :
Jeez! What a day! I give you a lot of credit for dealing with those kids. You deserve a great weekend. I was just looking at my stats for the first time in months and I want to ask you...do you live in WC? Cause if you don't, I'm seeing some weird hits that worry me. Please tell me you live there!
from captainron :
It really was sad Nicole though.. That poor dog, tied to a post. he had no chance. I had no idea they left Yappy out alone all night...
from bluecharis :
I guess you'll just have to ask a few nice people and form your own group! I used to go to a Bible Study group that totally felt like home except for one participant... But if YOU choose the lot, you know, you won't have to invite that person!! ;-))
from becahh :
"No" gets easier the more we say it. I think you are also top of the list because you are good and reliable. Don't feel guilty. You and Rob have arrainged your lives so that you can live they way you do. This does not make you a bad person. Keep up the NO!
from sixweasels :
You should be very proud. I want to give him a great big hug at this moment : ).
from polly-esther :
That's so awesome. What a sensitive and intelligent little soul.
from becahh :
OK. Parker got two "awww's" from The Mitten. Doesn't it feel so good to know that your kids gets it? Good job Mom and Dad!
from batten :
Oh you poor baby. I hope you're on the mend already. Belated joy of the season to you. Big hug. Much love to you and yours. -J
from wifemotherme :
In the same boat as Tara. New computer. WifeMotherMe1@ao.com. Thanks!
from tara10573 :
I need your password again since I got a new laptop and I don't have the email anymore with it. THanks :-)
from myexodus :
Dear Nicole, I'm slowly getting a routine setup and would love to have your p.w.... By the way....are you East of me?
from batten :
Thanks darlin' gal. BTW... you looked amazing! Vavavoom! Favor to ask you and your wonderful family, will you please put Heather's parents on the prayerlist? Cancer. Neither is good. Her dad's prog. is worst. pancreatic and colon respectively. Delete this note once you get it okay? Miss you all terribly. Lets try to get together while you're in town for Christmas this year. Big hug, much, much love to you. -me
from captainron :
One word... WOW!!!!!!!!!!!
from becahh :
Vavavavoom! You are one hot moamma! LOVE the sparkles.
from marn :
Lovely. You look simply lovely.
from captainron :
Thanks Nicole... With you behind me, how can I go wrong? Thanks!!!
from sixweasels :
I'm all about the black hose, but something about this (beautiful!) dress calls for sheer. Have a wonderful time!
from batten :
Sheer or "nude" hose. You'll look gorgeous. Big hug to you. -J
from captainron :
In that dress, nobody will be noticing what color your legs are :-)
from janie12975 :
Hmmm, so does this mean you aren't wearing open toed shoes now? I'd actually have to see a picture of both on you to decide. So send me a couple! Love the dress, btw.
from celidor :
Wow, LOVE the dress! I need something for my DHs work function....I really like that style! And sheer, definately.
from bluecharis :
Wow, that dress looks fab. I'd wear sheer pantyhose, more elegant as far as I'm concerned. Thanks for the note you left me, it's so nice that the people I like most here in diaryland are still reading... ;-)) Love, Charis
from blueeyesblue :
Sheer. Phew!! You'll knock 'em dead!
from polly-esther :
Hi Nicole, Love the dress! Assuming the heels are closed toe pumps, I'd pick the sheer over the black.
from captainron :
Hi :::waves::: Are you still winning? Did they find the money? Is Mom OK? Inquiring minds want to know :-)
from bluecharis :
Wow, this is terribly unfair. Can't your mom get a lawyer to protect her rights? I'm not sure about American law, but here in Germany, if they can't possibly prove that she did indeed take it, they can't fire her, at least not without paying her compensation. Also: as a last resort, couldn't she offer to pay the 2k out of her pocket? That should be better than losing her job altogether as well as the retirement benefits. Let me know if there's anything I can do. My thoughts are with you and your mom! Love, Charis
from marn :
Nicole, I'm sick about this, too. Your mom is in my thoughts.
from batten :
Praying hard. They'll find it or realize that someone else is stealing. Big hug and much love. -me
from polly-esther :
Oh jeez! What a horrible situation to be in. I will definitely be sending positive thoughts your way. I can't believe they'd let a loyal employee go for something like this!
from captainron :
They'll find it... But I'll say a prayer... I'm not sure if it will help, but I'm pretty sure it couldn't hurt. I can't believe they'd let a 20 year employee go, even if it doesn't balance. It's not like she's been short before... Don't let it ruin your Thanksgiving. {{{hugs}}}} Ron
from blueeyesblue :
Thanks, dear. That means a lot. I am sort of pathologically afraid of social situations -- I think I've become more so in the last couple of years -- so whenever I think about actively socializing, I freak out. But I'll try to be less of a freak. M
from sixweasels :
Hee hee! Thank you for sharing that. You know I'm the queen of sophomoric humor too : ).
from polly-esther :
I don't know how I missed your PR entry. Well, it sounds like it could've been better. But look at it this way -- at least you got an interesting story out of it! And it gives you an excuse to go back. :)
from captainron :
If you get back, take the tour up El Yunqui (I'm pretty sure I spelled that wrong). It's the volcano/rainforest/park about 30 minutes from San Juan... The views are spectacular, but plan on rain. They don't call it the rain forest for nothing :-)
from becahh :
Let me know and I will meet you. Wouldn't that be a hoot. Lastnight I was thinking of finding a cheep ticket to somewhere and just flying away for a couple of days. PR sounds like the place for me.
from becahh :
Oh. I am soooo happy for you. Enjoy and give us the G rated details when you get home.
from captainron :
Wow, I am soooo jealous...
from polly-esther :
Your entry from Tuesday made me cry. Beautifully written. And PR is gorgeous -- I know you'll have a wonderful time there.
from janie12975 :
You put into words what I have been unable to. It's comforting to know that I'm not alone in my grief. This sucks.
from celidor :
You've put this pain into words so beautifully, Nicole. Life is so bittersweet.
from batten :
I'm just so sorry you're going through it. I do know what it's like, which is why I hurt so badly for you all. Keeping you close in prayer. -me
from captainron :
Beauty, substance and football? You've got the whole package Nic :-)
from sixweasels :
You describe the feelings of grief, loss and love so well. I'm thinking of all of you. Hugs.
from celidor :
Praying for you, dearheart. Hope you are feeling ok.
from batten :
Hi woman. I'm so sorry for your loss. I know what you're going through. I'm keeping you all in my prayers. Big hug. love,-J
from khalehla :
Sorry to hear about your loss. I will pray for you all. Shaunna
from marn :
So sorry to hear of your family's loss :(
from polly-esther :
Nicole, I'm so sorry for your loss. Thinking about you...(((hugs)))
from sixweasels :
I remember having some of the same thoughts as you've posted her when I read Good-Bye. I think in some ways I liked that the two main characters were the selfish, weak but yet human people that they were because that felt so true and real to me at the time. Certainly not encouraging or uplifting, but mirroring so much of the last year of my life that it was somehow healing to me that someone could write about it so glaringly.
from captainron :
You rock!
from celidor :
Happy Anniversary! COngratulations. The pictures are so pretty...and yes, very European flavour. I wish we got autumn colours like that...
from celidor :
:-) Cool, Nicole. Did you find thinking of words was tricky? NOTHING sprang to mind, for me. I love it when you talk about your relationship with Rob. 19 years is an awesome achievement! My prayer for Arran and me is that we will fall more in love over the years, and continue to move forward, always.
from pooh67 :
OH! I just saw my tag! And how FORTUITOUS! I'll need something to write tomorrow. (You know with my lost voice and all.)
from captainron :
So, are you still in first place? Happy Monday!
from pooh67 :
Hehehehe. I tried to use that word once too. Didn't work out so great for me. :) Oh, and also...gross! (But keep an eye on it - esp. if you develop red streaks up your thumb - then call the dr asap.)
from wifemotherme :
I cant believe you wrote that word, even with a dash and a side note that you meant the yellow kind. Sorry about the finger but ROFLMO! (sorry, sometimes I turn into a 12 year old boy)
from janie12975 :
Ok, I'm being a brat but isn't a puss a cat, and PUS, the yellow oozing stuff?
from captainron :
Finger injuries are the worst. I took a big chunk of skin of one of my knuckles and it just won't heal because I keep banging it into stuff... Blah....
from captainron :
Never bet against the Patriots defense.... :-)
from becahh :
First: you are odd! :) Second: ARRRGGG. Stuck in your throat. How scarey. Glad you were calm. Those must have been good drugs.
from captainron :
Hi! ::::waves:::: Um, I"m having a brain cramp and um, :::coughs::: sort of forgot your password. Can you send it again please? I'll be your best friend.... :-)
from sixweasels :
Just wanted to drop a note to say hi and thanks for sending me your password! I've been crazy busy these last few weeks but am gradually getting caught up on my favorite reads. Sorry you had to lock up - you know I know how that goes. But I'm glad I get to keep reading : ). Hugs.
from cleanstart :
Hugs to you and your family Nicole!
from littledjblue :
ok, so you've been locked up for a while, but i haven't had time or energy to ask for the password. i was wondering if i could keep reading.. thaaanks!
from pooh67 :
I got nothin' but a hug. From me to you.
from batten :
Hang in there, sweetie. There's a lot going on in your world right now. One day at a time. Keeping you all in my prayers. Big hug. Much love. -me
from captainron :
{{{{{{{{{Hugs}}}}}}}}}}}
from captainron :
Thanks :-) You are the best!
from marlen816 :
(From Mr. Marlen816) I better NOT be the "Uncle Billy" that you refer to in a speedo!
from cleanstart :
Nicole, I'd love to continue reading! kcranford@guestsupply.com
from bluecharis :
Dear Nicole! What's up, everything okay with you? I'd like to go on reading your diary, so would you please, PLEASE send me the password (blue@gruft.de)? I hope you're doing fine. Please let me know if there's anything I can do for you!! Love, Charis :-)
from marn :
I guess it would be wrong of me to say he bears a striking ressemblance to his dad, eh? *ducks*
from khalehla :
I'm a very quiet person who never leaves you notes or comments but has been reading you and your sisters for ages and would like to continue if you'd be prepared to give me the password.
from batten :
Hey there, woman. Email me the login and password, will you? Keeping you in my prayers. Big hug. -me
from captainron :
You know I do....
from wifemotherme :
PW please. WifeMotherme@comcast.net
from wifemotherme :
PW please. WifeMotherme@comcast.net
from sonshinegirl :
hey nicole, i'd like your passowrd, please?
from celidor :
I'd like your password. 9sorry about the stalker thingie - seems we were right!!
from polly-esther :
Hey Nicole, I don't know if you were locked before and my computer just "forgot" your password, or if you just locked up. Either way, I can't get in! If you have a second, could you pass it along? grilledcheese5 at gmail dot com. Thanks!!!
from pooh67 :
Hey Girlie! Hang in there! I'll add a prayer and best wishes.
from sunny779 :
Hi Nicole this is Selah 23. You may remember me from the Mitford BB. I tried to thank you for sharing scripture with us, but I guess you were offended. I was raised in a family who taught me to graciously accept a word of thanks. I think maybe I'll cast my pearls elsewhere.
from gannetgirl :
OK, I THINK I've figured this out. It's so nice of you to stop by Search the Sea and I am TRYING to return the favor LOL!
from becahh :
Nic, I completely agree with you about Christian education. Our town is small and our Christian schools are too. They kids do not get a lot of opportunities that are offered in public schools. Teaching kids our beliefs needs to be strong at home and carried out into the real world. Oddly, friends who I know who have sent their kids to one Christian school in particular have noticed that the decipline is very laxed. There are parents who are on the school board, teachers, working in the office etc. their kids don't get into trouble for the things they do. Your kids will do great no matter where you send them because of the kind of parents you and Rob are. Bec.
from captainron :
Happy Friday Nicole :-)
from zencelt :
Hello Nacwolin. Thank you for you very kind and insightful note. I need prayers now more than ever. I wish I had the faith to pray myself, but after many years of unanswered prayers for faith, I gave up. So your intentions mean much to me. (((Big hug)))
from bluecharis :
Hach, you two look so cute! And your vacation looks veeeery relaxing. Take care you guys, love, Charis :-)) PS: Down 10.0 kg now... what a sloooow process *bites into her kitkat*
from cleanstart :
Girl, you look GREAT in that pic!! Look at those killer abs!! I wanna look like that!! ;o)
from captainron :
Cute then, cuter now :-)
from pooh67 :
I'm not really a "girlfriend" type either. And I know this isn't news to you, but I uncharacteristically made several Best Friends while stationed in Japan, out of what I believe to be survival instinct. :) In person, people find me to be aloof, stuck-up, distant, whatever (yet chatty as hell once they get to know me). In reality, my aloofness is just terrible shyness and awkwardness. Online, that's never an issue. My fingers do the talking and I'm not required to look someone in the eye and ask the required getting-to-know-you questions: Where are you from? Do you have brothers and sisters? Blahblahblah. It's just easier for me. But that being said, I haven't really made that many online friends either - you, Bec, Val, Emily,Tara, Bridget, John... Hmmmm.
from becahh :
I am so grateful for the friends I have in cyperspace. But in real life I am blessed to have wonderful friends. For me I think it is because I do not have a sister and my mom and I do not have a relationship where we would just call each other up to go shopping or for lunch. I always thought my best friends would be ladies like me. No sister. The opposite is true. All of my friends have close relationships with their sisters. The bonus is that their sisters take me in too. I think in the cyberworld we just put ourselves out there and people decide whether we are worth their attention. In the real world we watch and see what somebody is like or we react based on how others react. On line you just like somebody or not. It is easy just to ignore somebody or to decide to take them into your circle. Thanks for being in my circle.
from h2ophobic :
I agree with you; I've made many friends online that I'm closer to than the women I know in the "real" world. I find that bloggers tend to be less judgemental than others; they're willing to put their REAL selves out for the world to see - warts and all. When we share the good, the bad and the ugly, we give others the opportunity to share what they might not otherwise. I write about things that I would NEVER discuss with many of my closest "real" friends. Because they've shared before me. I don't know how I would have survived the last 5 months without this online world. I can say anything, share any thought, dark or happy, without fear of judgment or someone calling 911 to take me away to the loony bin. My husband is my best friend too. 99% of the time that is perfectly OK, but like you, when I find myself in a social situation that he's not at, I miss having a close girlfriend to share it with. But that 1% of the time doesn't make me uncomfortable enough to be willing to give up any of my 99% time with Bill.
from janie12975 :
Well, I guess it will be easy to get a cookie to you!
from batten :
I don't think it's strange at all. You have a family and they are the center of your world. You have a full life just with them. Your girlfriends that you've met online are your friends because you've had the opportunity to read and get to know them in a more personal way in a shorter time frame than just hanging out in real life can do. It takes years of hanging out sometimes to make that kind of connection. Online offers the opportunity to cut through all the chit-chat and get down to core issues and personality. Dunno. For what it's worth, you were my friend long before I met you in RL. And meeting you face to face made it even better. Miss you. Big hug. -J
from captainron :
Vacuuming? Well, that really does suck... :-)
from marlen816 :
Did y'all sell the van? I liked your van.
from captainron :
I guess I get to be the first to say it, Awwwwwww......
from captainron :
Too bad you're not closer, I have two huge dehumidifiers and this 86,000 btu propane heater that we used to dry out after our recent flood
from blueeyesblue :
thanks, dear. I hope you're right
from captainron :
Thanks Nic, I always get a little sad this time of year and I don't think all this rain and grayness is helping. It's nothing serious though add a little sun and a little time and I'll be fine.
from bluecharis :
Hey Nicole, haven't told you about my weight loss in a while - mainly because I wasn't really dieting for the last few weeks, but I made progress nonetheless: now down 8.8 kg! :-) I hope you're still holding your goal weight and are not having trouble doing so. Love, Charis :-)
from captainron :
Thanks for the invite, but I'm a lousy poker player. I'm not lucky and I wear my heart on my sleeve. Two bad traits for a poker player. I'm going to try and get some sailing in, and maybe, just maybe a night out at the island.
from cleanstart :
Too funny....*sniff, sniff* Dang, What's that smell??? You smell something? teehee...
from batten :
Wow. Powerful entry. Thanks, woman. I certainly needed that reminder. Talk about timely. Big hug, much love. -J
from sonshinegirl :
yeah i go to NAC. i love it! i saw you easter sunday. i was coming in, as you were leaving. you walked right past me, but it was too late to say hi, once i realized it was you!
from cleanstart :
Yeah, I'm so glad things worked out for him!
from batten :
YAY! Wait... did Rob get the money he wanted? Let us know! Thanks for the prayers, babe. Big hug to you. -J
from captainron :
Yeaaaaaaaaaa!
from jamsjunction :
Congrats to Rob!
from cleanstart :
*fingers crossed for Rob*
from bluecharis :
Hi Nicole! Glad to hear you've reached your goal... mine is still a looooong way to go, but I'll keep you posted. I'm down 7.6, which means I gained back a bit, oh well... Enjoy the weekend, love, Charis :-)
from marlen816 :
Congrats on reaching your goal!
from bluecharis :
Hi Nicole! Well first of all: Happy Birthday belatedly! Your day sounded like a lot of fun and I especially liked what Parker did! :-)) Anyway, I went to Hamburg last week, so didn't check in with the weight loss. As of today, I've lost 7.8 kg. I was down 8.0 kg, but "gained" it back... oh well... Hope you're doing okay. Have a fun day! Love, Charis
from marn :
Nicole, what a lovely birthday. It was so sweet of Parker to do that! Hope the coming year is one of great happiness.
from marlen816 :
Happy Belated Birthday! I guess I am one of your loved ones that neglected you yesterday, but it sounds like you had a nice day.
from jamsjunction :
Sounds like a good day over all. I am glad I'm not the only person who didn't really get the hype of Wedding Crashers. But I also didn't think 40yr old Virgin was all that funny either. Pass the ice cream cake please! lol
from cleanstart :
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! And, you are doing a great job with your diet!
from captainron :
Well, it wasn't much, but I couldn't fit a Ferrari in an email and with the diet I figured cake was right out...
from jamsjunction :
Happy Happy Birthday! I hope you have a great day!
from captainron :
Happy Birthday!!!!
from tara10573 :
Yeah, I got your email we're just not sure about what we're going to be doing because of Aidan not feeling well. He's not been keeping food down real well, so we've been avoiding longger car rides. I'll let you know something for sure this weekend.
from bluecharis :
Hi Nicole! As of "right this minute" I'm down 7.1 kg!! Although the next thing I'll do is eating a bagle... ;-)) Have finally found a good place here in kassel to get them as bagels are not a food found often here in Germany... Hope you're having a good time, checking in with you with the weight really helps! Thanks a lot for that. Hugs, Charis :-))
from bluecharis :
Wow, what a strange entry... can't really put my finger on it, but find it strange somehow... oh well, I'm down 6.2 kg, I was down 6.4 kg yesterday, but (un)fortunately, went to a barbecue with some friends and some yummy steaks... Wishing you a lovely weekend, love Charis :-))
from cleanstart :
OHMYGOSH, my mouth DROPPED OPEN in disbelief when Ryan told Chris he was going home!!!! That's just s wrong. I just KNEW that Catherine was leaving tonight! I am so mad at myslef for not voting last night!
from katress :
Gosh, I miss me some Red R0bin. Good stuff!!!
from bluecharis :
Hey Nicole! I'm a day late, but down 5.8 kg (approx. 11.5 lbs). Hope you're making progress as well. Have a lovely weekend! Love, Charis :-)
from katress :
God Bless Crystal Light. :) I LOVE it!
from bluecharis :
Hi there! Now I'm down 4.9 kg (approx. 10 lbs.). Hope you're making great progress, too. Love, Charis
from bluecharis :
Congrats on your loss! I'm now down 4.2 kg (approx. 8.5 lbs.), but I haven't lost any weight in the last four days... Wishing you a lovely weekend, love, Charis :-))
from dichroic :
I say if the jeans fit you get the wine. The thing about weight is it includes good weight (muscle) as well as the stuff you want to lose. I am 20 pounds heavier than in college (at only 5'2", so that's a lot) and yet I wear the same size. It's not *all* due to size inflation.
from cleanstart :
congrat's on the 6 lb. loss. you are a running momma aren't you? I'd die trying to run half of that! lol..
from janie12975 :
I always feel the same way. I used to feel that way after our Mom's Time Out or after my small group. Now that I know everyone, I don't as much. I wonder if it's something Mom passed onto us or if it's just how most women in general feel.
from cleanstart :
Keep up the hard work~
from bluecharis :
Progress so far: 3.6 kg (about 7 pounds)... Hang in there even if the going gets tough... :-))
from bluecharis :
Cool, how will we do this? Just with a mailing list? Who else will take part? It's finally spring in Germany and I've already lost 2 kg (about 4 pounds, I guess), love, Charis :-))
from cleanstart :
Oh, I so need your motivation!! Go you!
from becahh :
OSB check in: Great job Nic! Uh. Yea. The water thing. I was out walking in my neighborhood and had to pee like a race horse. Luckily I had my cell with me. I end up calling my friend who was at work and got permission to enter her house to take a wiz. She was apologizing knowing the kids had probably not cleaned up the loo before school. Little did she know I was willing to pee under her deck if necessary!
from bluecharis :
I'm game! I've also already been on a diet for the last three days *grins* :-) This time, I'm doing a protein-drink based one... You can always email me at blueATgruft.de.. Love to hear from you, Charis :-))
from cleanstart :
Oh, I so need to get back into the gym. I had lost down 2 sizes, oh 2 months ago. Stopped the gym and those 2 sizes found their way back home! It's so hard to stay motivaed.
from janie12975 :
*Reluctantly raising her hand* Yeah, um, I'm supposed to be using the 'mill on a regular basis. Promised the hubby I would. So am I allowed in the running, or are relatives not allowed?
from pooh67 :
Bec, Nic... Count me in! Though here I'm calling it Operation Small Butt.
from becahh :
Count me in for firming up. How are we doing this? My capris are tight too. I need to loose a bunch of weight. We are talking 35-40 pounds but I need to start somewhere. Right now if I could loose 10-15 pounds I would have 8 pairs of pants and capris to wear. It isn't pretty but it is a begining.
from janie12975 :
I had the same problem yesterday. I'm wearing sixes, but the sixes I tried on, way tight. Weird. They must have changed the sizes again on us. Just remember what Stacey and Clinton say, Don't look at the number on the tag, go by how they look!
from captainron :
Nicols said " Aren't you glad I updated?" Yes Nic I am :-)
from captainron :
It's going to be about an hour and fifteen minutes on the good days. Forever on the bad ones. The company understands though and said they will work with me on it. Nice folks...
from zencelt :
Thank you for the birthday wishes!
from h2ophobic :
Co-dependency has become a "bad" phrase. I take pride in being "co-dependent" with my husband. Depending on him (and he depending on me) is what I call "marriage." I make no excuses for the fact that he is my favorite person to hang out with. We don't spend 24/7 together...but we often choose to spend time together alone over spending time with a crowd of friends. We ARE each other's best friend. I'm very thankful for this. So...run away with Rob for a little while. Miss your kids a little. That's not selfish. It's lovely, actually.
from janie12975 :
Maybe it runs in the family, because I feel exactly the same way.
from cleanstart :
Awe.... I just love it hwen my kids thank me for dinner. How sweet!
from captainron :
awww, what a good mom :-)
from janie12975 :
Yeah, I'm going to call them in the morning after all the kids are in school. It started to hurt on the way to the airport, so it was too late to call, with all the kids getting ready to come home and Alex still not feeling 100%. I'm thinking dry socket or piece of food stuck in there. I'm hoping dry socket, it seems less embarrassing.
from becahh :
Hi. My name is Rebecca. I am a recovering mother of a fourteen year old girl...... I am with you my sister friend! Stick to your guns. I have always felt one of the keys to parenting is following through. My J likes to test us with school. Mind you she is an A student and we have test scores that says she is pretty darn smart but this is where J chooses to rebel. The last time I went nuts. I cleared things out of her room: computer, mp3, cd, phone, flat iron, make-up, mirror... I think that was it. Then I made her run a mile with her dad. I went a little overboard. She seems to be on track now. Or she could just be trying to keep the sheets on her bed! Hang in there Nic. I remember my mom was pretty dumb when I turned 13 or 14. Funny, she seemed to get smarter when I was around 20. Peace.....
from flutterbees :
Okay, so on further review, it is pretty bad. LOL.
from flutterbees :
I love her exchange methods. It's nice having a MIL who is so awesome. I know, cause mine is the best. How funny though that she knew you didn't like the purse. It wouldn't have been so bad except for the lime green.
from becahh :
oooo. Love the new "purse."
from cleanstart :
Awe... sending more get well wishes!
from captainron :
Awww, if you were closer I'd make you some of my homemade chicken soup. It's always good for what ails you :-) Hope you feel better soon.
from jamsjunction :
Hope the sickies leave your house soon!
from cleanstart :
I hope you all feel better soon!
from captainron :
I hope you feel better soon Nicole :-)
from tara10573 :
Should of said hearing loss, not heating loss - I guess me sitting here being cold made me think of heating first.
from tara10573 :
Aidan's being fitted for hearing aides on the 1st so that when he has the hearing test done on the 13th they'll be done if he needs them. We've known of a heating loss for some time, it's just getting the doctors and appointments lined up and the ball rolling. Originally we thought it was due to fluid buildup, but the fluid drained on it's own as of late January, so now onto the more extensive test.
from cleanstart :
"laid cable".... LOL, Greg laughs at me all the time because we joke about poop. Yeah, we are weird like that! ;O)
from cleanstart :
Happy Valentine's Day!
from cleanstart :
YIKES!! How many inches did you all get? We got about 4-5... that lastest for a total of 2 days...
from marlen816 :
I really should thank you for your wish. Kari is loving the white stuff - she has been making snowmen and such with V all day =)
from cleanstart :
yuckie, we are suppose to get 1-3 inches starting today!
from captainron :
Well, feel free to drop by and grap a paintbrush any time :-) I promise not to look for the no panty line... Ok, maybe not more than once any way :-)
from cleanstart :
How funny and YES a very fitting name!
from sixweasels :
Big Dicks ... I love it!
from cleanstart :
Big Dicks...? LOL... Is Dick's really a store?
from becahh :
How freakin' funny! Thanks for the laugh.
from adelnye :
Aww... that is so sweet!! ^_^
from cleanstart :
Yeah to exercising and sweet hubbies!
from cleanstart :
OK, I have the butt problem. Cept, I only have a decent size butt when I've overweight. I lose weight, and my entire butt disappears. I have recently lost 7 lbs. and Greg said, your butts gone! lol.. been kicking butt in the gym with the stepper trying to puff it back up.lol..
from marlen816 :
Hey - I am planning a trip to MD in February and would like to see you and the family. What are you all doing the weekend before K's b-day?
from zencelt :
Does it look fixed?
from janie12975 :
I hear ya! I'm in the healthy range but it is still a little bigger than I prefer to be. Once I get the go ahead from the doc, I'm going to be back on the 'mill and joining Curves too.
from adelnye :
Thank you for adding me on your list! ^_^
from marlen816 :
I want a cranberry scone, now!
from janie12975 :
Dry is nothing in a family where burnt is the norm. It seemed underdone to me!
from tara10573 :
The genetist believes Taylor has Angelman's syndrome - if we could EVER get ahold of her again to see if she got approval for the expensive blood test we'll have the blood drawn and see.
from marlen816 :
My treadmill works and no one here is using it, if you want to come over - LOL!
from jamsjunction :
May health, happiness, and good times greet you & your family everyday of 2006! Happy New Year!
from tara10573 :
The diet Aidan will be on is to help control and hopefully get rid of the seizures entirely. It's going to be an interesting first few months, but it will be worth it if it helps him out. We're starting it now because as long as he's having the seizures/spasms he's NOT developing developmentally like he should.
from manda-d :
Gorgeous, he DID do good :-)
from jamsjunction :
Thats so beautiful! I've never seen them in blue, only diamond. Very unique and pretty!
from sunnflower :
Merry Christmas! I really enjoy your 12 months in summary entries.
from batten :
A very merry Christmas to you and yours this year, darling woman. I wish I could give you a hug in RL but verbal will have to do. My prayers and hopes for the season's blessings for you and yours. I miss you. Hope you're well. Big hug and much love. -J
from becahh :
Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas. Peace....
from jamsjunction :
Merry Merry Christmas to you & your family!
from sixweasels :
Merry Christmas to you, Rob and your family Nicole. Thanks so much for being you and for being here. Your support and friendship have meant so much to me this year.
from h2ophobic :
Merry, merry, merry Christmas! Thanks for all the moments of laughter and reminders of REAL FAITH is that you've brought into my life this year!
from captainron :
Thanks Nicole. Merry Christmas to you and your family too. My you have a much more uneventful 2006 :-)
from marlen816 :
Yeah, ditto what Janie said! LOL Anyway, if y'all don't like what we picked out, too bad. I just didn't have time to worry about it this year. And yes, the card may be late. Oh well.
from janie12975 :
I've always sought your approval. But that's a story for my therapist. Bwahahaha! Glad to hear you aren't the only one she is calling all the time!
from janie12975 :
Of course you will, a nice 5x7 and a wallet too!
from batten :
You have always had great nails and as a sailing gal, I do notice these things and am terribly envious... hee! Big hug. Love you. -me
from marlen816 :
Very nice pics. I hope I am getting some 5X7s for my wall =) And BTW your guestbook is not working.....
from pooh67 :
OMG! Nic! These photos are gorgeous and when did your kids get so big? K is gorgeous! How weird is it that we've been iFriends for so long that I've seen your kids grow?!?!
from jamsjunction :
You have such a beautiful family! The backdrop of those pictures is just gorgeous!
from captainron :
Nice looking family (especially the mom) :-)
from janie12975 :
Those are so good. Did Rob take them?
from sixweasels :
You all look wonderful! Happy Holidays!
from batten :
I thank God for you too. When I count my blessings each morning, my loved ones in d-land are among the first on my list. I'm so glad you're my friend. Big hug and much love. -J
from captainron :
We'll be here waiting :-)
from batten :
Holy four-letter word! You said cr@p! I'm sooooo telling. (grin) Thank you, beloved gal o' mine. I know that you would have stood for me. It's just hard when faced with people you see on an almost daily basis and are confronted with their complicity in the crime that was perpetrated against me. I'm trying hard to understand but there are times when I just can't. Why is it that the standards one lives by and holds oneself to, aren't the same in one's friends? Not for the first time, I begin to wonder about my choice of friends although you and your sibs and others here in D-land never come up lacking... Big hug, much love and many prayers. -J
from jamsjunction :
Have a safe & happy Thanksgiving!
from janie12975 :
You mean you have been watching the Biggest Loser all this time and we haven't dished on it????? Go Suzy, Go Suzy!!!
from jamsjunction :
I love OPI polish, and I often match my nail color to my attire..Glad Im not the only one. Have a good Thanksgiving!
from marlen816 :
Yeah, she has been in Paris, TX this week doing Eastern Star stuff and will be in Dallas for the weekend so he is going to stay with her. She has another trip or two and then will be home for Thanksgiving.
from cleanstart :
"tickets"... Thanks, that's a neat idea. Maybe I can research and find something in the area that I know he will enjoy! Something that he and a buddy can go to and have a night out. Yeah, good idea!
from marlen816 :
Are you using a certain curriculum for homeschooling?
from captainron :
I'm sorry Nicole, but when one door closes another one opens. I'm sure you'll find the place where you were really meant to be. You'll be in my prayers. Ron
from zencelt :
You are very nicely sticking to your guns. With grace, as usual. Congratulations on a decision well made.
from batten :
I know you made the right decision. I believe in you and I have faith. Praying for you too. Love and many hugs. -J
from sixweasels :
Hugs. I know you had to do a lot of soul-searching with this, and I'm sure you are doing the right thing.
from celidor :
I'm sorry about your aunt. That is WAY too young. Seventeen years of marriage?? I feel like such a baby newly-wed!
from zencelt :
Thank you for the art museam suggestion. I don't want to miss anything!
from sixweasels :
Your Aunt Pat sounds like someone I would have loved. I'm so sorry.
from becahh :
Awindo that is opened even just a smidge can be pried open with a crow bar! Get out your tool box.
from captainron :
People often get into attack mode when they feel threatened by the truth. In small town USA any outsiders are looked on as a threat. It takes a while to be accepted. Their disorginization and lack of communication is the accepted way of doing business, because it probably always has been. Pointing it out puts them on the spot. They might actually have to fix things and in attemp[ting that, you can fail. A very scary spot to be in for the entrenched. You are a strong lady Nicole. You can handle this... Just hang in there, keep on plugging and give it some time. Then if it still doesn't work, move on, but what ever you do, don't let them get to you. Don't ever change. You are the best... Ron
from becahh :
Nicole, Wow. That is a lot to deal with. It sounds like to many people are intertwined in their duties and lives for the school to be effective. I will be praying for you. Love & Peace, Bec.
from sixweasels :
Oh, Nicole, I'm so sorry you're dealing with this. In my opinion, that woman shouldn't have spoken to you so condescendingly in front of other teachers even if she IS your boss, so you not knowing that wasn't the only issue. You seem to be (like me) one of those people who always speaks with how a consciousness about how other people will feel her words in the back of your mind, and to be forced to work with those who don't can be painful. My thoughts and prayers are with you - you ARE a catalyst for change, you know.
from marn :
Oh, man, I'm so sorry to hear this, N. It sounds as if this admin is creating so much insecurity through poor management that everyone on the staff feels the need to constantly affirm their turf. Yikes. Fingers crossed that as the lab is straightened out and you get clearer instructions they'll all come to realize your gifts as a teacher.
from h2ophobic :
My heart aches for you after reading your entry. My new job also suffers from lackofcommunicationitis. I've been called on the carpet several times for listening to who I thought I should be listening to. All I want is to do a good job and go home. Without crying. I've spent a few minutes here and there in the ladies room having a little cry and rant. The people in my office think I have allergies because my eyes are always red and wet. Hang in there, I'll be praying for you what I've been praying for myself: clarity of thought and grace when I want to smack someone!
from h2ophobic :
I was thinking about you this morning. I hope you're all getting settled in and beginning to feel less stressed. Take care and write when you get a chance!
from f-i-n :
hihihi
from sunnflower :
Sounds like you are all so busy with the start of school and unpacking but also enjoying the challenges. That's great.
from zencelt :
Nice place!!! I love that basement.
from captainron :
You my dear are never boring. Good luck on the move. I hope it all works out just the way you hope. :-)
from jamsjunction :
Your entrys always seem to make me feel so very tired, and at the same time, VERY lazy. Be safe this week, with all the travel you have to do, and dont forget to wedge in a little time for yourself also. Even if its a HOT cup of coffee, instead of a luke warm cup.
from dichroic :
You put her into a "potentially harmful situation" by bringing her into the world - but you also put her into a potentially wonderful situation. And you've done your level best to teach her to deal with the harm and appreciate the wonder ever since. I think your old church's youth leaders have a lot to answer for, but you can be proud that your daughter knew when and how to ask for help, and she should be very proud of herself.
from batten :
Oh dear God in heaven. There's probably a lot more to this. Boys don't generally randomly decide to inappropriately touch their sisters, unless they themselves are victims of abuse. Keeping everyone in question in my prayers. Big hug to you and bravo for raising such a wonderful Kaytlin. Much love -J
from zencelt :
I will also send up a flare for the friends and community members who were too afraid or shameful to lend an immediate hand in securing your daughter's safety. How disappointing and hurtful. When will we all learn that children come first? (((hugs)))
from zencelt :
When ever you're feeling down in the dumps, just remember, you raised your daughter right. She is an off the charts amazing girl. As is her friend for sharing her dreadful problem with her. That took guts and an amazing amount of trust. Give yourself and Rob much credit for that. I will pray for the family, that they all get the help they desperately need, and that each are able to heal and thrive in the end.
from jamsjunction :
I'm glad that your housing situation is all falling into place. Waiting sure stinks sometimes, but often proves to be definitely worth it. Your entry this morning brought tears to my eyes. I'm sorry people you think you can depend upon in your time of sincere need, wouldnt follow through. Bless Kay & that precious little girl who finally was able to break her silence. My prayers are with the family.
from sixweasels :
I am so glad everything is falling in to place for all of you, and especially that you'll be following your heart with the teaching again!
from h2ophobic :
Waiting...I know the feeling. Sometimes I've just wanted to ask God "What is it that you want from me? Just TELL me and I'll do it." He always does. In HIS time. I'm praying for you guys. Don't be surprised if you end up somewhere totally different that what you'd expected or hoped for. It happens to me all the time! Keep your faith strong and you'll be fine. (If you don't go nuts in the meantime.)
from marlen816 :
Crazy stuff! We'll be praying for you!
from marlen816 :
Well, R1ck wanted to just cancel the counselor all together when he cancelled last night's appointment because Cody has practices on Thursdays and Josh has games that day.
from h2ophobic :
I know I'm going to regret asking this but...what is scrapple?
from f-i-n :
I think I just failed your quiz~
from nacwolin :
I guess I wasn't completely clear - I do believe we can learn from other "groups" (I hate classifying, but for clarity's sake, I think you know what I mean). But I do believe that we have to first look around at those who identify with each other (i.e., in my case, Christians) and learn and embrace that we are interconnected. There is a even a Bible verse that says such - they will know we are Christians by our love (paraphrase). So, I guess what I mean is, let's all get along in our "group" (again, for me that would be with other Christians) despite our differences, and also learn to look outward and learn from others who wouldn't call themselves that. Does that make sense?
from dichroic :
Why just Christians? I think people of many religions (and even none, like the secular humanists) have a lot to teach each other. Especially the Peoples of the Book, as Muslims say - Jews, Christians, Muslims, since we all have so much in common. But even outside that historically-linked group, we can teach each other a lot not only about each other but about ourselves and our own traditions. I've recently been reading The Jew in the Lotus, about the meeting between the Dalai Lama and a group of prominent Jews from across the spectrum of Judaism. They found differences but also similarities; one of the most interesting parts to me was the speculation about the influence and possible meetings of the two religions in the distant past, and the discussion of part of Judaism that are akin to parts of Buddhism but that I didn't know about because they were nearly lost in the Holocaust.
from batten :
I've been with you on that particular path from before I met you. I love the way you put your faith where your mouth is. It renews my faith in "Christians" if you know what I mean. I think that having an open heart and an open mind are vital to a true walk in faith. Our Lord may not have loved people's actions but he never turned away from them nor did he ever stop loving them. Y'know? Big hug to you. -J
from h2ophobic :
Crazy? No...I think you're Faithful (as in full of faith.) When we can't see the path, we can only hang on to the back of His robe as He leads.
from evababy777 :
thanks for adding me. :)
from zencelt :
An art museam too? I'll be in heaven.
from sixweasels :
Yay for moving forward, and big hugs. I know you'll be the best house-seller ever!
from zencelt :
Thank you Nac! I know your prayers have helped me many a time. I'm sure they had a hand in this. Now to really crack the code on budgeting and paying off my debt. I can do it. Its just terribly confusing... Anyway, have a lovely one!
from batten :
Oh dear. I think I said most but not all. I hope I did. I didn't mean to imply that it's a dead certainty but rather that it takes a special kind of person to overcome that kind of childhood and your wonderful husband also has an incredible relationship with God and you to help him. I'm sorry he had to go through that. Big hugs to you both. Hope you're doing okay. Any news about moving? Please come visit soon. I miss you and it's been a year since we last got to hang out. Love, -J
from roadiepig :
Why, thank you for the compliment! Photography is taking us so much of my time right now, the diary writing has suffered. I will stop by later when I can read up on your writings (any friend of Six W. is a friend of mine ;)
from tara10573 :
So whereabout in DE is this possible job? Glad to hear you guys had a relaxing 4th. Ours wasn't bad either, but we'll NEVER do Disney again in July. It's just to darn hot.
from sunnflower :
Good rants. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment re my son's 16th BD. He loved all the comments!
from batten :
Awww, darlin' woman, no huggy note just one of genuine care and concern... Hang in there. God is good and he will provide. Big hug and much love. -J
from jamsjunction :
Hope Rob is feeling back to normal soon! To bad I dont live closer, I love to paint.
from bluecharis :
Oi, I hope, your husband will be better soon! Tell him "get well soon" from me. Best of luck with the job situation, too. I'm sure something good will turn up. Have a nicer summer. Love, Charis
from captainron :
Thanks Nic, you are the best...
from littledjblue :
snarf is one of the best words, ever.
from janie12975 :
Heh, nice car. Now why didn't you put on your bikini for that picture? ;-)
from zencelt :
Many thanks for your prayers. It helps to know that others are praying for me even when I don't pray myself. Faith is an ever out of reach idea for me. But I'm not lost yet.
from gypsy-poet :
Happy Birthday hon... and it is a misnomer that aging requires one to grow old. You are as young as you feel... hope it was a wonderful day for you!
from bluecharis :
HAPPYYYYY BIRTHDAY! All the best and heaps of gifts!! Love, Charis :-) PS: I can't wait for 35... imagine how much wiser I'll be in 3.5 years time... ;-))
from batten :
Happy birthday! I loved 35. You will too. And no, it's not old. Look at Marn. You think 50 is old when you think of her? Age is a chronologicl measurement. It has nothing to do with body, mind and spirit. Love you. -J
from h2ophobic :
Happy Birthday! 35 is a wonderful age (if you do it right, they're ALL wonderful ages!)
from sixweasels :
Happy Birthday! I'm right behind you ...
from jamsjunction :
Happy Happy 35th Birthday! You dont look 35 either!
from captainron :
You should write more entries like this. I really liked it. It's a part of you we never get to see and it is a good part. Ron
from batten :
I hope you get to spoon again soon with your beloved. Hang in there, sweet heart. It's the spring blues. This too shall pass. Big hug to you. -J
from captainron :
Hey, where have you been lately young lady... You were/are missed.
from h2ophobic :
I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy reading your blog! Happy Mother's Day from one mom to another.
from revmetalhead :
You are like a drug to me. Which drug? Sounds like someone saying "Niagra" with a thick German accent. :-)
from batten :
I think you're absolutely perfect for them. You're the best combination of strict Mom and compassionate understanding loving heart-friend. You're going to be just great. Let's face it, anyone a 14 year old boy feels comfortable enough to cry in front of is going to be a hit. Big hug, many prayers and much love, -J
from h2ophobic :
Beautiful entry. My youngest (daughter) is in middle school. My heart aches for her over the dramas that she endures. Middle school is tough...even for kids like her (and yours) who have a church network. I'm so glad there are teachers there like you to help these kids along.
from sixweasels :
Yay for Nathan! The IB programs are very well thought of in college-land.
from littledjblue :
Any job where you can wear sweats to work has to be great. Also, I'd just like to say that you encourage me - you make me realize that if I do continue to pursue God + His will, that eventually things will be revealed to me. Sometimes I feel like no matter how much I pray and try to figure things out, nothing happens. Which is silly, because things are on God's time anyway, but it's really hard to remember that sometimes.
from littledjblue :
I was looking at your favorite musicians, and I think you may like Jeff Anderson. He's really good. You can check him out at jeffandersonmusic.com, if you are interested.
from batten :
hi hi! SO when are you going to be here? I can come to B-more on Saturday evening or if you want you can come here to Annapolis? Can you bring Janie and Tara too? We can have a girls night here if you like? Call Pam and lets see what we can do. It's been way too long since we've gotten together. Big hug and much love. -J
from gypsy-poet :
LOL @ myself... it can't be said that I don't have a way with words... ;)
from flutterbees :
We are not going anywhere. Take your time, just remember that you have people here who care.
from batten :
Hug hug. You have my number if you need a shoulder or a hand. Hang in there. See you next weekend. Much love. -J
from batten :
call me when you do have time. okay? The weekend of the 2nd is probably the best weekend anyway...
from batten :
I don't know what's going on there. Another one of Andrew's screw-ups. I haven't taken you off my list. Only some of my favorites are showing up right now which is really wierd...
from batten :
Thanks, honey. My d-land friendships are truly what kept me going through most of that time. Yours, Pam's, Zen's, Augustdreams, Paula's and Cap'n Ron's. It was horrible to discover how angry I was at my Annapolis friends and how terribly betrayed I feel by their actions. I've always thought of myself as an unconditional love kind of friend but when it comes to abuse I would have appreciated some loyalty and backup, y'know? I've been making excuses for them and since I never made any excuses for myself, the gloves are off and I'm not making excuses for anybody... Big hug and much love. -J
from gypsy-poet :
sometimes laughter IS the best medicine...
from zencelt :
Who would have though that Ciali$ would be a mood killer?
from flutterbees :
Way to go on making the choice that was right for you. Sometimes it is so hard to put yourself first. I am impressed.
from h2ophobic :
That was a beautiful entry! I too sometimes (often) forget that God is God, not some kind of cosmic Santa Claus.
from bluecharis :
Hi Nicole! When I read your entries relating to prayer and your relationship with God, I always ask myself one thing: What does God really want for us? And I don't think that he wants us to be unhappy. When I contemplate surrendering to God's will, I always think: Why should he give us free will and then say: No, no, no, you're so not going to get what you want. Okay, there are boundaries to free will whenever other peoples' lives are touched by your actions, but I think, he wants us to get what we want and he offers us opportunities to get to it. Sure, there are rough times and winding roads. I'm not really sure where this note is headed. Maybe I wanted to say: Don't feel like you "deserve" the current situation. As I see it, it doesn't make you happy, so, yeah, a change would be nice. So I wish you a speedy change for the better with plenty of opportunity! All the best and a hug, Charis :-))
from captainron :
Dearest Nicole... Thank you... Thank You
from h2ophobic :
I've been reading and enjoying your blog for a while now...I should have said Hi before now!
from batten :
Oh honey. Big huge hugs and all my prayers and love. You're stronger than you know. Not broken at all. There's a core of strength shored up by love, hope and faith that we can all see in you. -J
from flutterbees :
If anyone can do it (handle another move), it is you. I admire your strength and your belief. I am sure that whatever happens, it is the right move for your family.
from sunnflower :
I so admire you and the work you as you follow the path of your faith. Thanks for your note on my photos. I am using my camera phone because I forgot my regular digital camera. It works great because my cell phone is always with me. It's a samsung and I think it takes pretty good pictures.
from littledjblue :
Can I ask what Bible college your hubby went to?
from marn :
Oh, I do hope this works out for you both. So much change. You're remarkably adaptable, m'dear.
from revmetalhead :
you will be in demand plenty when I get home in a couple hours ;)
from captainron :
Thanks again for the kind thoughts :-)
from marlen816 :
I'll always love ya!
from marn :
We all go through quiet periods. And you're always interesting, eh?
from batten :
Don't think you're the least bit boring either. But then I'm biased. (grin) Happy Monday, darlin' girl. -J
from batten :
We love you always. Big hug. -J
from revmetalhead :
You are so cute. Where are the pics you took today with your shiney new camera?
from marlen816 :
Pay me! I'll pop her zits!
from zencelt :
Hey, I just added your hubby to my buddy list. He is so freakin' funny! Must be like living with a barrel of monkeys over there.
from littledjblue :
I found you through a link from Marn's, and became interested when I saw you talking about a MOPS group. The church I attend just started one, and it is so big they are thinking of starting another one. Anyway, I just wanted to say I really enjoy reading your diary(which seems really cliché to say). I'm from Maryland, and I noticed you spent some time here, which is another good reason to continue reading. I'm probably going to be here for a few more years, finishing up college(I'm only a freshman) but only God knows where I'll go after that, or if I'll even stay here for that long!
from captainron :
Thanks Nic... I'm so glad you found your way into my little corner of the world. I truely believe that everything happens for a reason... Hopefully what ever that will be is a good thing.... Thanks
from mom2kendall :
I have to say the purse is cute in a weird sort of way LOL I'd carry it. But you should probably know I own a purse with a pic on it of a cat wearing a tiara...
from revmetalhead :
Just think of the clothes she put me in before I had any say-so about it!
from jamsjunction :
No disrespect to your mother in law, but thats just horrid! I say send a thank you note, and donate it to a charity lol. Have a good day!
from gypsy-poet :
OMG that purse is CUTE!! hehe, but I am a fashion spaz, so it probably isn't saying much...
from captainron :
I hate people who feel it is their DUTY to rain on other peoples parades. Being less um, devout than you are, I might be tempted to say what about I smack you upside the head (just kidding... I think) Feel free to share hee anytime. We all adore you.
from captainron :
I'll be treadmill buddies with you. I have just under 8 miles in for the last two days. It's not the distance, but the inclines that wear me down. Today I am beat for some reason, but I am determined to get in at least a few miles. I'll push you if you push me...
from myexodus :
Where has my head/eyes been! Your moving to PA!!???!! Happy New Year to you and the family
from captainron :
Merry Christmas right back at you Nicole. One of the few good things for me in 2004 was finding you. I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday and a joyous New Year. Ron
from wifemotherme :
Have a very Marry Christmas and a Blessed new year!
from captainron :
There are some things (and people) that you just can't change no matter how hard you try. If you've given your best effort, than chalk this up to one of those situations and move on. Besides, showing you don't care any more will probably drive HER nuts :-)
from marn :
Nicole, you've done what you can. This woman probably feels more than a little guilt over what happened and doesn't want to deal with her feelings. You have a new life now. What is past is past.
from batten :
As much as we're taught that everyone is valuable and should be counted... some people don't. She doesn't count, honey. She's a nasty little woman who will one day have to face her actions but it doesn't affect you. This is between her and God. You did all you could do.I know it hurts, because you feel like you failed somehow... but you didn't. She did. For what it's worth, I like you. I think you're one hell of a chick. (grin) Big hug and much love too besides the like-ing. -J
from wifemotherme :
when his sheep bite, they always hurt worse. My heart goes out to you.
from sunnflower :
I love any house that looks like the Griswold's house in Nat'l Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. We have no blinking lights on our house so it a safe zone for you! Thanks for the kind note you left re my mom and her stroke. I am passing all these messages on to her and I know she really appreciates it. I am very thankful to have so many great diaryland pals.
from mom2kendall :
Blue blinking icicle lights would make me cringe too lol There's a house just down the street from me that left their clear ones up the whole year. I think they've had them up for roughly 14 months now. But at least they're not blue and blinking...
from captainron :
Plum huh? We your loyal fans demand pictures :-)
from batten :
They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up on wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall climb and not faint. Teach me Lord, teach me Lord, to wait. There may not be a better epitaph, darlin' woman. Big hugs and many prayers. -J
from sunnflower :
Lovely entry about your Pop. I hope you had a good Thanksgiving in MD!
from sixweasels :
Happy Thanksgiving to all of you! Your entry got me feeling quite nostalgic and sentimental myself!
from mom2kendall :
What a nice entry about your Pop and Thanksgiving :-) I hope you and your family have a safe trip and a good Thanksgiving!
from myexodus :
HaHa...I'm intense too! I think I can see you as being a very intense person...even though we only had about 45 minutes together. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!! Send my love to all. ~~Barbara
from batten :
I am. It's kinda scary how good I'm feeling these days. I keep waiting for the other shoe to drop. (grin) BTW, I don't think you're THAT intense. Or even hard to understand. Focused. yes. Overthetop intense? no. Big hug. -J
from sixweasels :
I loved your diary entry today. And your new layout too!
from squirt82599 :
How did you do the photos on the side? I'd like to do that to the top of a similar design...
from zencelt :
Thanks for the note. I know you have a lot on your list, but would you add me to your prayers? I have a dwindling faith in God, but I wouldn't mind some reassurance. Hope to see you again soon!
from marlen816 :
Reminds me of when Pop rescued the baby opossum.
from zencelt :
Congratulations on making a good decision. Good luck on the booty kicking plan!
from rican-girl :
plz check out my diary and leave me a note tellin me if its good or not. thank u.
from krugerpak007 :
That was such a sweet story about your kids after the Shrek movie! :-) Not offending at all. Quite cute!Definitely put a smile on my face. xoxo Kathy
from sunnflower :
Naps are always lovely - even if altering in design over time. I remember those naps with baby too - I was so exhausted.
from zencelt :
I also had a wonderful time. Its great getting to know yuou and your family. Enjoy those school-free kiddies!
from zencelt :
Hey there! On the food obsession note, I've been there for years and years. Somehow, and I'm just learning, you have to separate the emotion from the wanting to eat. Eating never heals anything, although it can make you feel euphoric for a few seconds ; )
from starlight42 :
Found you through a few other diaries I read...anyway, sorry to hear your husband will be traveling. I know that's got to be tough. Hope he's home soon, where he belongs. :)
from moodymama :
one day we had this really fat squirrel that HISSED. gave me the chills.
from marlen816 :
LOL! Parker is so funny! Belly buttons! Too much! It had Mom, Rick and I laughing so hard.
from wifemotherme :
Well Happy Birthday!! What a marvouls 34 you are!!! I hope you have a blessed trip to visit your friend!!!! Congrats on hubbys new job!
from marlen816 :
Hey! When is camp? And how expensive is it?
from sunnflower :
Happy Mother's Day!!! Great entry on waiting. You always make me think.
from wifemotherme :
Happy Mothers Day!!!
from moodymama :
"wait" is an action word. i'll have to remember that. good entry. :o)
from zencelt :
Hi there! I think you may have missed one. I was diagnosed yesterday with uber-high blood pressure, as opposed to regular high blood pressure. So I have new meds, and a new restrictive diet, with instructions to lose 50 lbs in a year. Feeling very sorry for me, yet looking up for inspiration and motivation. Eeeek! Have a great week Nac!
from marlen816 :
Yucky! I'd be afraid of him....especially if you can't find him a job! lol
from wifemotherme :
Sending you big hugs and lots of GB love (even if aol wont let me sign the gbooks)!
from zencelt :
Hey there! Thank you for the birthday wishes! Hope all is well on your end of the coast.
from bluecharis :
Hey Nicole! Just wanted to let you know, how much I enjoy reading your entries! I hope, your kids are well again and that they didn't transfer their bugs to other members of the family... ;-)) One question remains: Why do you want to paint the wall BEHIND a shelf? Will someone ever see, whether the walls painted or not? :-))))) Enjoy your weekend. All the best to you and tell your family I say hi, hugs & love, Charis :-)
from sunnflower :
Your overwhelmed entry was really very beautiful and made me do some thinking. I'm a Type A myself. Thanks.
from pooh67 :
Oh, Honey. I'm so sorry. I'm praying NOW. xoxoP
from batten :
Yay! Yay! Yay! It sounds like everything is going according to plan! See? Told ya He is faithful... (grin) Big hug to you, woman. -J
from pooh67 :
OK, I think it's just us. Now I can't leave a note in YOUR guestbook...I'll try here. Third time's a charm... Anyway!...Congratulations! I was so glad to see this morning your job offer. Good for you!!!
from sixweasels :
Congratulations! This sounds like such a step in the right direction for you! Hugs.
from bluecharis :
Hey Nicole! I'm glad to hear that the interview went well! But I wonder: What kind of job was the interview for? And what kind of jobs are you applying for right now? :-) Gosh, I AM curious... Hope, you and your family have a nice weekend ahead of you... the sun is shining here and it's Dave's birthday, so I think, I'll have a good day... Take care, love, Charis :-)
from batten :
It's not shallow at all. Life goes on, no matter how close to the heart tragedy strikes. And Lord knows, we could all use a happier distraction on this dreary Friday. Big hug to you, sweetie. -J
from sixweasels :
Good luck! I'll be thinking of you tomorrow!
from manda-d :
Good luck :-)
from batten :
Good luck! I'll keep you in prayer tomorrow. Big hug to you, woman. -J
from neurotic-one :
Oh how I wish we lived closer. I'd even be willing to pay you to let me babysit Parker. Oh the fun we'd both have! All 3 of your children are beautiful of mind...and also to the eye. I really enjoyed our short visit that day and now that you are closer, hopefully we can do it again......hey, maybe this summer when I'm down at the beach for the week of August 21st!...Do you still have my phone number? If not, email me and I'll give it too you.
from mr-knowitall :
I laughed out loud at that because I've talking about the same thing! Hope all is going well.
from zencelt :
Uh... not in a million years was the "incident" an accident. Happy settling in!
from sixweasels :
Guestbook is misbehaving again, so anyway, I'm glad to hear that you're getting settled in. Enjoy the time of getting settled - If I know you you'll have all those roles and then some again in no time : ). Big hugs.
from bluecharis :
...at leat you're still one of my all-time favorite reads!! Good luck with the renovations and happy weekend, love, Charis :-)
from marlen816 :
Glad y'all are getting settled. I am sending the Christmas ca$h I owe you tomorrow. Sorry it has taken so long. That is so cool that Tammy is so close. I remember some great weekends we had at your old place in VA.
from sunnflower :
What a welcome to VA. Hope things gets totally sorted out soon so you can start with the painting!
from zencelt :
Hi there! It was wonderful to meet you Friday. I've been devoid of girl friends for a long time, then suddenly D-land brings the most wonderful women in the world to me. I look forward to hanging out again.
from wifemotherme :
Happy New Year!!!
from marlen816 :
Glad that you are still alive =) Cute little quotes.
from sunnflower :
Merry, merry Christmas!
from sunnflower :
Got to catch up on the diaries when we all can. Congrats on the doing well on your test.
from machogirl7 :
Good job! And good luck moving! That sure sounds like fun. ;) I can't believe it's already time!
from batten :
Awesome! Try not to stress. Have a safe trip. I'll be praying for you guys. Big hug. -J
from machogirl7 :
Good luck!
from batten :
Woo! Best news I've had in a month... You let P know what your ETA is and I'll break speed records to be there. I owe you a huge hug and many beverages of your choosing for all the support and prayers over the past months. Can't wait to see you. -J
from bluecharis :
Ha! 6.5 hours is NOTHING! I remember writing a whole paper (for a friend) in one night with only 15 minutes between completion and due date!! :-)) I hope, yours'll turn out great! Love, kisses and lots of strength for your stressful time ahead, Charis :-))
from sunnflower :
Hope you have a good Thanksgiving!
from me-undaunted :
powerful stuff. i'm speechless, which is a rare thing...
from wifemotherme :
And for that you have a standing and roaring from this end of DL! OK I can totally see why you feel you might need to deleat this entry later on ...but if you do will you PLEASE leave the bottom paragraph. Its simply brilliant...and TRUE!
from cleanstart :
EXCELLENT entry Nicole!! I totally understand your anger and disgust with your BIL. I have looked up to you and your sisters. Your diaries are awesome. You all know just what to say and just how to handle certain situations. It's obvious through reading you all's life that God is put first before anything. That is totally awesome. He takes care of those that believe in him. My prayers are with you all! HUGS~
from machogirl7 :
Paxil CR, Nexium? commercial, the "i don't have to go right now" commercial, Strattera, unmm... acid reflux commercial! prevacid! There's some help with your homework! Yay! I'll let you know if I think of any more.
from marlen816 :
Well color me shocked! What a surprise, but a pleasant one. I know Mom and Janie will be very excited to have you closer. We, of course, will miss celebrating New Year's with y'all.
from marlen816 :
Glad y'all got home safely and had a good time. Happy Belated Anniversary!! 15 years with the Rev - who would've thunk it ;)
from sunnflower :
Glad you have some VA fun. It's beautiful in Virginia in the fall.
from marlen816 :
That has to be the lamest run on sentence I have ever read in my entire life. And no one wears the same underwear for life if they are scratchy!
from xxx2003 :
Because Christianity has the endlessly appalling gall to consider itself the One True Way and anyone who thinks differently is going to hell and the religion makes a point of evangelizing and trying to convert, and attempts to change the laws of the nation to fit its narrow doctrines of behavior and sex and marriage and belief, and how dangerous and easy to hand your power over to some vague deity, blind faith just way too easy and wimpy in how it absolves you from taking personal responsibility and while there are plenty of Good Upstanding Christians who don't wish to shove their beliefs down anyone's throat, far too many do, and far too many misunderstand its true pagan history anyway, and restricting yourself to one generally misogynistic patriarchal religious belief is akin to restricting yourself to one type of car or one sub-genre of music or one boring sexual position or one brand of scratchy underwear for the rest of your life.
from marlen816 :
Nice wheels. So glad it was not another spider =)
from cleanstart :
Thanks SO SO much for your prayers!
from inaptbeauty :
now THAT's funny :) oh well, i'm sure you'll find it somewhere, teeheeeee... ok ok, so yeah, thanx for the trade
from inaptbeauty :
hi i added you in my DTC (diaryland trading cards) collection. wanna trade? http://inaptbeauty.diaryland.com/card2nd.html
from zencelt :
Thank you so much for leaving the note. It was a nice surprise.
from cleanstart :
How did you find me so quick?? LOL
from wifemotherme :
Nicole, Thank you so much for your thoughts and prayers over the last few days. I know prayer was the biggest change here. I know I dont leave notes or GB's often but I want you to know I really look up to you. I grow when I read you. I learn from what you say. The same with your sisters. Finding all 3 of yoru diarys has really been a blessing. ...and you know I dont tell any of you thank you enough.
from neurotic-one :
Nicole, I can't get your upper links to work, so I can't read the 'why'. ='[
from marn :
THANK YOU NICOLE!
from marn :
Nicole, the idea of working towards being the biggest loser the Diarist.net awards has ever seen really appeals to my sense of humour. That said, I am touched that you gave me your vote. Me? Schizophrenic? Whatever made you say that? *Snort*
from klcranford17 :
E-mail me : KSC1@allegiant.com and I'd be happy to give you my PW. User is the same as diary name. :O)
from bluecharis :
I just checked: She lives in Hammond, Indiana...
from klcranford17 :
4/1/03~ Oops, meant fallen not falled(in your GB). LOL... Don't I sound like the fool now... heehee
from marn :
Tee hee. Now, if we could just get the tripods to see the humour in the situation, eh?
from marn :
Woo HOO! That's NOT measly! Two miles is a big deal. Remember, I only go to the gym three times a week -- you probably use your treadmill more than I visit the gym. It will be fun to keep track, see how we're doing on our trek to nowhere :)
from marn :
Nicole, you're absolutely right. It just kills me that I let The Crabby Guy get to me like that, though, you know? I have to learn to ignore people like him; happiness is just too precious to waste.
from marn :
I don't blame you. Tats hurt like nobody's bidness. As for your belly button, I think that you would be the only pastor's wife *I've* ever heard about with body jewelry. Now, before you do it, I'm going to nag you a bit. (It's my job, I'm old.) MAKE SURE they have health certificates coming out of the wazoo. MAKE SURE the place is immaculate. MAKE SURE that the piercing gun is completely sterilized. MAKE SURE the piercing artist scrubs up AND puts on latex gloves before he/she goes near your skin. MAKE SURE. Anytime you're exchanging fluids with another human being (and you can do that through piercings of any sort--including ears) you put yourself at risk for hepatitis and AIDS and other wonderful blood borne diseases. Body jewelry and art are beautiful adornments, but like anything that affects your health, you should take care and make sure it's done right, eh?
from marn :
Why thank you kindly. I almost had a fit when Sonya said that to me about keeping my bill. I mean, first it's the freakin' dripping teapots and NOW it's toasters that might not work at all. Oh, man, whatever happened to the idea of quality? This makes me mental.
from marn :
I admire your grit. I find it really takes all my discipline to go back. Still, like you say, the pay off is there. Eventually. One week at a time. *Sigh*. Barbie Barbells. I CAN'T STAND IT.
from halo-reviews :
get reviewed
from marlen816 :
You'll have to wait until signmyguestbook.com is back up to read my comment on your semen entry. As for the painting etc. Great job! Kaytlin's room looks great = ) And I love the kitchen, too. Are ya'll putting up wallpaper in there? Can't wait to see the finished bathroom. What color is it going to be??
from tara10573 :
The rooms look great, I lve the red wall in the kitchen. We tried painting one wall in our living room this past winter and it was a disaster, so now there all ivory. Hopefully after we get the bathrooms done we'll be able to get the other rooms exactly how we want them.
from marn :
I've been thinking about that. We're redoing the last part of our roof and if there's any money left in the kitty I'll probably do it. Congrats on meeting your goal! That must be such a thrill, eh?
from marn :
Well, then, hypothetically I did the same thing you'd do. Whew. I feel much, much better, eh :)
from marn :
Losing my sister so young was hard. What made it worse was not only was there grief but guilt and anger thrown into the mix. I was lucky--I found a good therapist and she helped me sort out my feelings and deal with them honestly. I only wish my sister had found someone equally good; we might still have her around if she had.
from marn :
Another person caught in the evil snare of the felines, eh? They can be so darned infuriating ... and just when you're ready to send them packing, they come and curl up in your lap and purr their little heads off. It's pure evil because they KNOW there's nothing more relaxing than a purring cat in your lap. *Sigh*. Pure evil.
from marn :
You're right, it *is* a beautiful clematis and at any other time I would probably be delighted with it. But oh, man, I had my heart set on red to add a little splash of colour to a very quiet corner, you know? *sigh*. Don't feel bad about your brown thumb, eh? I've killed my fair share of innocent green victims along the way. Remember, practice makes perfect.
from blueeyesblue :
Hi N, Sorry you're pooped. I think I am going to copy that quote and stick it on my door so I see it when I head off to battle in the morning... I want to thank you for your emails; I thought I would have responded by now. And for your wonderful notes. M
from marn :
Awwww, what a sweet note. Frankly, I figure any weight loss is simply due to the enormous hunks of my flesh the bugs are carrying off right now. It's been a while since we've had it so bad up here and it is sapping my will to live. Because of those nasty critters (and my astounding laziness) I haven't done my walking in over a week and I *know* I'm going to pay for that! *Sigh*. I'm already squirrelling money away so I can rejoin the gym in the fall and get a routine back into my life.
from blueeyesblue :
Hi N, sounds like the wedding was a real "blast." Thanks for your sweet note. I'm okay, I really am (in a way) ... dland is good cause I can unburden without anyone feeling obliged to listen (read). At some point, though, I think I will write about a Christian family I love very much, and whom I have separated myself from through my own choice. I may get around to it tonight (this a.m.) and if you read it and feel comfortable, I'd highly value your comments. Don't feel 0bliged, though. Love, M.
from blueeyesblue :
Thanks for your message. We are different, but not as different as you think. Some of the people I love most in the world are a Christian family who "adopted" me a a teenager. Altho I am now probably completely frowned upon by those with faith -- or hope of faith -- I don't write them off. I envy them M
from angstrom :
a God's valentine for you: http://angstrom.diaryland.com/021402.html
from angstrom :
thanks for the g.book note--its always o so fun to ponder about people :)
from marlen816 :
You probably do need some therapy, but not because you did not get out of bed and act like supermom....there are deeper issues ;) Anyway, I feel the same way when I take a break and allow Rick to help out. I think it is a gender thing! Lucky us, huh?!
from marlen816 :
Hey - I am cereal, just like Janie! LOL
from brile :
Ahhh since Janie is one of your faves I am gonna add you. But I would still like to read if you're open to new readers! :) Leah
from brile :
Hi. I am the owner of the Jesus Freak's diary ring. I would like toglance at your diary to make sure it's suitable for this ring. I am sure it is (I am a youth pastor's wife BTW) but I just want to make this a practice on all submissions. :) My email is mlia@womans-web.com. :) Take care and God Bless. Leah http://brile.diaryland.com

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