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from ms-do :
What happened to your blog ?? I miss you!
from enfinblue :
PS I'm thinking of coming to San Fran on the 2nd or 3rd of April (don't want to be in your way, given also that Anna will be tired). Will probably go home on the 6th!
from enfinblue :
BoXx, Is there a bus that I could take from San Fran to Santa Rosa or something, the day after I arrive, or should i just rent a car? PS I was going to tell you there are such things as Internet archives, e.g. non-profit places that capture Internet data. Look at this one and search for your diaryland URL:http://www.archive.org/index.php
from boxx9000 :
WOW! Enfinblue AND Anna are BOTH coming to visit me in California in April. WhEeeE! It's going to be just the BESTEST!
from enfinblue :
BoXx, I'm so excited. I probably annoyed Anna to no end with my travel questions, but I've figured out that I can get a cheap flight (so cheap, it's ridiculous) from Ottawa to San Francisco the first weekend of April (I'd stay in a hotel, of course, say from April 2 and would depart on April 6), if Anna decides not to come up to Ottawa instead. I'd love to meet you two at the same time, although I wouldn't want to interfere with your special visit with Anna. And oh good lord I'm not sure if I'd want you to run me into the ground with your multi-stage, all-day workouts. I'm getting old! :) By the way, maybe you've forgotten by my email is marathongirl9 _AT_ hotyouknow, if you ever want to email me.
from enfinblue :
PS You must be just adoring that grand baby BEE!!
from enfinblue :
Thanks, Mz. Bee! I would love to come and visit. I will plan to come either later this year or next year. I have only ever been to California once - and that was to race in Sacramento (at the California International Mar@thon). I'd love to see San Fran and especially wine country...and especially the lean, mean, exercise machine BoXx!
from enfinblue :
Dear Mz. Bee, Thanks for your note yesterday! I'm just working through my stuff but I'm OK. I'm definitely trying to be gentle with myself. I think I'm mostly mourning the Marco thing, and trying to figure out how it fits in with everything else. Plus, work is hell right now ,and that never does my mood any favours. Anyhow...I read your notes to Anna! I love yoga, too. I did it on Wednesday. Good for you for trying to quiet your mind. Also, I totally want to come and visit you in California. Maybe I can time it so that I meet up with you guys in California next year (although I don't want to intrude on your visit with Anna).
from saudades :
I'm sad you decided to stop updating, but if it's what you decided then I respect that and hope, as always, that you are well. I will miss you very much! Your diary has always been a joy to read. Best wishes to you and yours. <3
from blogreader :
What happened to you? Why is your diary gone?
from just2cusmile :
dont know if you locked your boxx lol but i've tried to check your updates a few times and it wont let me-wanted to see if you are a grandma now-if so CONGRATS and i hope everyone is doing well...Patti
from annanotbob :
I'm glad you're enjoying yoga! Some people don't like it - can you imagine? I just find it so soothing mentally, in a different way to the treadmill, but also energising. I'm getting going on my gym programme - we'll be the fittest grannies ever!! {{{hugs}}}
from annanotbob :
Oh darling I am so relieved to hear from you - I know, I'm a worry wart. Thank you for your compliment - I think of you when I'm at the gym too, but I am planning a visit to the usa and hope to be able to get to California and hole up in a motel very close to you and then we can swim together!! woo hoo! Hope all is well with you and your family, love Anna xxx
from life-my-way :
I miss you!
from im2qt2kr :
I enjoyed reading how wonderful your Christmas went with the addition of baby "Honey Bee". Children are such a blessing. I enjoy seeing the pleasure of a grandchild through your eyes. Blessings and Prayers to you and yours.
from enfinblue :
MERRY CHRISTMAS, dear BoXx!!! Peace, love and happiness to you also in 2009 and always. :)
from saudades :
Merry Christmas, Boxxie!!! :) May you all have a beautiful day.
from enfinblue :
Dearest Mz. Bee. I LOVE YOU, TOO. :) You're such a terrific lady. I thank YOU very much for making my 2008 much brighter, and in fact for showing me the "path." You've made a big difference in my life. Thank you. Wishing you all of your dreams and more (although you have most of them - perhaps the arts school in 2009? :)). You deserve all of your good fortune in life and more!!!! Of course...peace, love and happiness always.
from boxx9000 :
THANK YOU EVERYONE for your well wishes for the new baby, We are absolutely thrilled to be grandparents. THERE REALLY IS A SANTA CLAUSE and our present was Baby Clementine.
from famguygirl :
OMG she is sooooo precious!! Congrats to you all!!
from blogreader :
Congratulations on being a grandmother! Clementine is truly a beautiful baby!!
from enfinblue :
Dear Mz. Bee. How kind you are. I was so excited to receive your package. I wish I could do something for your grand bee, but I'm not very good about babies. If you have any suggestions...but I will also think hard. :) Thank you again. You truly have the Christmas spirit. You're a generous soul. :)
from enfinblue :
Hey cute Mz. GRANDMA BEE working out in red! I can understand how much you would miss your dad, especially with the new baby here. It is a cruelty that the good ones are gone. I am always wondering how my relationship would have evolved with my dad, as he matured (he was a young dad), and as I have grown. I think his presence would also have helped my relationship with my mom to grow.
from enfinblue :
Oh dear BoXx! I didn't want you to go to that trouble and expense at this time. That is very kind of you. I'm going to greatly enjoy the book and will cherish the kindness that you have showed in getting that for me. I wish I could do something so special in return. Thank you. I know what you mean about the weight thing - I might not be off the hook yet, as my one grandmother whom I take after in appearance had trouble with her weight. Everyone else in my life is thin though, so I think I got lucky. You're doing the right things by being so careful and active! Good for you!!
from quietmoon :
I would like to add I feel exactly the same fucking way. Excuse the curse,but we had another minimum day not to lesson plan but to be told,again,how crappy our kids are doing in fluency. Keep trying to push fluency and high frequency words. And then we had to do data analysis for two hours. Yeah, real helpful instead of giving us activities or a book or SOMETHING to freaking implement them. We have 2 hours of OCR language arts,plus 1 hours of workshop exactly related to OCR.And anything we send out and use in class is...OCR. Math is only the new program too. I have to sacrifice P.E. because we don't have a P.E., art or music teacher. SUCKS!
from enfinblue :
Dear Mz. Bee. Thanks for your note. HOnestly, I think you're exactly right. I wouldn't hve thought of it on my own though. I'm sorry that you had to read of my troubles when you are in this wonderful waiting period. Today is the day that I chose for the birth! Whatever day it is, all the best to you at this EXCITING TIME!
from saudades :
sounds great, Boxx! N it is. Thank you : D
from annanotbob :
Sorry you're not feeling so good, gym buddy. (I like the fact that we do do it together, don't we?). The group I go to is not group therapy, but an 'educational' group, where they teach us their understanding of mental processes and we work one to one with our assigned psychiatric nurse (mine is Hazel, H) on applying it to our own situations. There are eight of us, plus up to three of 'them' in a session. A few of us talk a lot, a couple hardly say a word, though they both do when we're out having a smoke at break. It's based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, specifically a book called Mind Over Mood (which is American, so you could get it), but it's really really hard to do on your own. Though maybe that's because we're all pretty broken - none of us can hold ourselves together enough to work. I think it's brilliant, although it's very challenging. Man, I SO WISH we lived close. Love you, dear L xxx
from enfinblue :
Thanks, BoXx. I appreciate your note. Unfortunately I am feeling crazy today - disappointed about M. not being there, lonely, unable to make a decision. :) It's not bad. It's just me. :) I LOVED your tree story. So funny. I do hope that the ornaments are fine. You definitely don't want to be in Italy at Christmas - you will be with CLEMENTINE! I would trade places with you in a heartbeat. xo
from saudades :
Oh, oh, oh! I am Ana. I am so sorry, I forgot to leave my address there! I should have posted another comment with it. ;) Let me know if you can assign me a letter. :)
from fairygodmum :
Thank you gurl... I'll check into it. I'd rather teach at a Jr. College... but geeeze... I never thought about subbing. What an inspiration revelation you are! tee hee.. Hugz, Bebe da FGM
from swimmmer72 :
Thanks for the very nice comment! I think I'll always be a booster of October in the Northeast and summer in Erie. Even when Plan B takes effect, I think I'll still be planning around my travels around being in this neck of the woods from May until October. :)
from enfinblue :
PS You're completely welcome. I'm sorry it took me so long to send it. I wasn't sure what to do, as I wanted to do the other thing as well. Also, I realized that I probably picked the wrong red! But hopefully you can do something with it at some point. Either way, no matter, a litle souvenir of Florence!
from sugar-pain :
Happy Thanksgiving!!!Hope you have a wonderful day!!! ♥ :D
from fairygodmum :
Hey gurl... Happy Turkey DAY!!! Weeeee... we're eating at Mummy Dearests and my sister is coming to town, staying with me. Gosh, I just realized we hadn't chatted in awhile. Hope you had a good time at the Phantom. Hugz n Lub, Bebe da FairyGodMum
from life-my-way :
I'm sure you were only joking but, well, Girl is not my "problem" she is my child. She may marry and become someone else's problem but she will always be my child and I will always want the best for her and feel hurt and disappointed when she winds up with less. I'm sure you feel the same about your children. I guess I'm short on sense of humor and a little long on pain right now.
from sugar-pain :
Thank you! ♥
from famguygirl :
Sure, no problem. lol. Check your email!!
from boxx9000 :
THANKS. I discovered the same thing. Either one seems to work. I had written OUT LOUD on a fluency practice for my kids at school and then I saw a story I was supposed to read ALOUD and it got me questioning myself about which one was the right one to use. Turns out either one works. THANKS for the reply. I have to be careful about what written notes I send to my parents because it would be really bad if I sent something out misspelled.
from famguygirl :
aloud = said with "relatively high volume" out loud = "loud enough to be audible" (freedictionary.com) To me, it's the same thing.
from mahvalicious :
I decided to post it on my blog - you can get it there. If you've got any questions, let me know. Lena
from mahvalicious :
Boxx - I've got a really good Lingonberry dessert recipe. IF you send me your email address I'll send it to you. You can reach me at lenaswenson@gmail.com. Lena
from famguygirl :
Is that crib, by any chance, from the Simplicity collection??? Cuz if it is, I have the EXACT same one!! (Almost the same dresser/changing table, too!) Wouldn't that be such a coincidence?!
from sugar-pain :
Ha ha! I think you get cooler by the entry! :P
from swimmmer72 :
I know - it almost looks like an oil painting, doesn't it? Thanks for the comment! I THINK I'm starting to get past this cough - I really don't want to go to sister/doc! :)
from dogbones :
Want to draw attention to your diary? Check me out! I can help! If you don't then ignore this note and just think of it as a Kudos ;)
from starkitten01 :
Thank you so much!! I hope you (and everyone on your end!) had a WONDERFUL Halloween, as well! : )
from famguygirl :
I guess 42 1/2 inches around. And I got 34 points for words in CLEMENTINE!! My brain started to hurt. Hope it's fun!! And congrats to you all!
from famguygirl :
*squints eyes at stoopid nutritionist* I'm too irritated to comment further.
from theboxisback :
Hi boxx. I'm not sure why my notes link was messed up. It was sending you to the notes for my old diary. Weird.
from mel-is-dvash :
I'm glad you finally got it - it feels like I mailed it ages ago.
from soapboxdiner :
Yay lawyer!
from enfinblue :
Thanks, Mz. Bee. Take care yourself. You're wonderful! I'm taking a life coffee break. I might be back in a few weeks, but not before. Hugs right back at you.
from sugar-pain :
Ha ha! THANK YOU!! I'm going to need all the support that I can get!! ♥ ♥ ♥ I hope you have a lovely day!
from soapboxdiner :
Life is so beautiful, yes? :)
from swimmmer72 :
re: female nudes. That's an EXCELLENT point, MzBee!! Thanks for the perspective! :)
from soapboxdiner :
Your grandbaby is already BEAUTIFUL! Wow, ultrasounds have improved since I had to decipher what that fuzzy dark spot was on mine. You make me sad thought that as soon as I find you, you go away. Funny, because you're one of the only diaries I read 'religiously'. You've been around forever like me, so I guess you know how bittersweet it is, huh? Happy for you and that life is going well, sad for me that a favorite is moving on. :) I'm glad I'll still get to see you sometimes.
from crow-flies :
Hello. I am new to this diary business. I am just getting started and you are slowing down your writing after 6 years. Funny how life cycles like that. I see your name on a lot of lists so I thought I would stop in and say hello. My name is Ben. Nice to meet you.
from reenyp73 :
That doesn't sound like fun at all actually. Especially a mom, who's by all available stereotypes is supposed to be selfless. . . I'm actually of Middle Eastern descent. Hence the arabic numbers ; )
from quietmoon :
Yeah,I was freaking out too..hehe:)
from soapboxdiner :
Oh, good. You're just renovating. I was sad when you were all locked up!
from misfitstray :
Thank you! :) Maybe I am aloud to read yours if you send me an email with the PW? rkriebelATgmxDOTde
from boxx9000 :
LOCKED for renovations. My email is MzBee2008@yahoo.com Peace, Love, and Happiness! ~BoXx
from enfinblue :
THanks, Mz. Bee! I think that that has been my epiphany. Honestly, it's difficult to explain, but M. has treated me so well that it is a complete revelation to me. I think I'm realizing the degree to which in all areas of my life I have been willing to take a metaphoric beating. Thanks for the article. I will read it now!
from enfinblue :
Well in this case it is actually not a "should." It's a standard pay level in the government and I have been doing the work at that level and above, so technically I am entitled. Really I should be putting pressure on them, but I'm too relaxed about things like this. So in this case, I don't think it's good to be sitting on my laurels and accepting what "is." :(
from blogreader :
What cute kitties! You are going to be a grandmother? You look too young for that!
from soapboxdiner :
I guess I'm a socialist, because I think some things just don't belong in the free market. I don't believe that drug companies need to profit from people's health. I don't believe that rich people are more deserving of pain- and illness-free life than mid-, low-, or fixed-income people simply because rich people can write a check. I think it is the most backward and antisocial way to approach healthcare ever. *fume* But your volcanoes looked like sooooo much fun! I think 8 is the perfect age, btw. Kids are so funny and lovey and adorable at 8. :)
from cosmic :
I am glad she liked them. I would love to have done more. One word. Almost fforever. Okay, two words. That is how long it took to go through the entire bedding and back to your diary to look at the pattern again. Back and forth till I found the right one! Lol, it took about an hour and a half! She's so worth it though. I am getting so excited for all of you. I love being a mom, and my kids love me to pieces, but the grandma thing? Priceless. I can't wait for you to start all the bragging. I look forward to it. Of course you do realize this baby will be the cutest and smartest baby in the entire world, right? I know mine are.
from enfinblue :
MZ Bee. I hope that all is well with your family.
from fattyboo :
hi there boxx, thank you for your encouragement :) I hope we can all stay happy and healthy!! --fattyboo
from soapboxdiner :
Well hello, Mrs. Boxx. Do you know, I don't drop messages as much as I should (sadly, this is my downfall IRL, too), but you should know that every entry I read here makes me smile. I love your optimism. :)
from enfinblue :
BoXx, You so kind to me when I have been such a bad friend. I had this great plan to get you special boxes in Italy but I didn't do it. I feel so badly. It will have to be next time. As for making a change, I have to make a whole bunch of changes now, because I was dying inside the way that things were configured before I left. This kind of change is good though, and as you say the other things will start to fall into place if I start moving in the right direction. I'll write about this later. C's birthday was good! He goes away today on a work trip, and then to visit his brother in Chicago. I would LOVE to visit you in California. How about next year when you are settled in with the grandbaby? :) So exciting about the grandbaby. :)
from sugar-pain :
THANK YOU!!! :D Yup. I'll be 24. I swear sometimes I feel WAY older though... Ah well.
from moodswing :
oh and on the tattoo topic, i got one last year.. inch long, half an inch high. i got it on the back of my leg, just above the heel. in the achilles area b/c i wanted to get it somewhere i knew it would hurt a little more, though still small. i tell you, it's not bad. as women we've got pain tolerance built in and it hurt, but it wasn't intolerable. and somehow, knowing that you chose to do it to yourself makes it easier to handle
from moodswing :
everything is good, yes. fortunately, i am good at sharing so we can both have everything. now, how to get the everything... i don't know. i think the trick to having everything is to say you already have it all..
from catsoul :
I read Beyondpanic's diary and she got a tattoo and she got a pumpkin, her favorite fall symbol. May I be so bold to suggest that your daughter draw your bee with a flower for you. She could do sort of small. If you would get it on your chest or some area on your body with more fatty tissue, you really doesn't hurt too bad. Also remember the smaller the image the more blah it will look as you age and your skin stretches, it seems the colors all bleed together. I know that you have overcome some hurdles in your life and have accomplishment alot in your past year. You should celebrate some way if you want. I do love your little bee symbol. =^..^=
from enfinblue :
BoXx, The sonogram pictures are WONDERFUL!!! I just love babies. Better to have lots of baby stuff than not enough.
from mpeacock :
Yes, I am still seeing the councilor, when I can. I really need to now, but at 100 a pop it's really expensive, but my sanity is worth it I guess.
from mpeacock :
Yes, driving is the worst, and mornings. I love you so much. You have no idea how much your positive thoughts influence many people.
from just2cusmile :
your daughter does look bigger then her due date but that isnt a bad comment cause she looks great and is so cute and looks so happy :) i love the nme they have chosen. If we had a girl the first name would of been bella after my mom and niece and the the middle would of been JoLeigh-jo after my husbands moms name joann and my middle name-i love using family name combos
from mpeacock :
The problem is there is nothing that can ever fix this. If we break up he gets to go on and be happy, and I get left miserable and alone and distrusting. If we stay together I still know how horribly he disrespected me and how I can never trust him. So I am stuck between a rock and a hard place. My students for the most part and thier parents are my positives. I really just didn't deserve this. I am pretty truthful with myself and I know I had already paid many times over for my past mistakes. This one I did NOT deserve.
from enfinblue :
Oh Mz Bee! I didn't want you to go to that effort just for me. I meant at some point. :) Probably what is missing is that maybe you didn't change the part in the code in which you need to insert your diary name (I'm trying to remember this - there was an FAQ section on the website to which you sent me, I think). I know there was something that I meant to tell you...oh yeah, I didn't mean to be so hard on Eat, Pr-y, L. I mostly enjoyed it, but there was something about it that seemed a bit dishonest to me. I'm not sure if I can explain. There are difinitely some very good bits to it though. :) Sorry to put you to the comments effort! Hope you're having a great Friday. I am off to bed in Italia!
from swimmmer72 :
I really like the things you are doing with the states. There is so much material out there to draw from and you are doing a great job with your postcards and maps of showing your students all about the rest of the country. Hopefully, that will inspire them to travel and see the sights for themselves when they are older. I hope the adjustment back to work goes smoothly for you and your husband. :)
from boxx9000 :
OK, I went and tried to install the comments thing and I did everything they said to do and it's not there. I'll ask my daughter to help me.
from enfinblue :
Dear Mz Bee! We definitely need to get a comments function! I find sometimes that it takes a really, really long time to access your notes. I don't know why. Sometimes I go away and get a drink or eat my breakfast or something and then come back to see if the notes have loaded. Hmm... I just love your entries. They bring sunshine on a cold and rainy day in Florence. :) I love the idea of a parade of states! How fun! The kids would love that, I am sure. You are such a creative teacher, and what a gift to the kids. Hope you enjoy your Sunday with your husband before he returns to work!!
from sunstarr :
(i also got timed out yesterday when i tried to make a comment! so that's why there wasn't one from me though i tried) anyway, that 2nd pic of Kelly is just PERFECT! i think it'd be cool if you found a way to blow it up and put it in a nice frame for her house as one of her baby shower gifts. it looks professional, i tell ya. and i'm glad you explained that it was kelp cuz i was almost grossed out looking at it till you explained.
from annanotbob :
I got 'timed out' here yesterday - those baby shoes are so irresistible, aren't they? I've nearly bought her some myself! There will always be a home here for Sid dog if you all suddenly tire of him! And I love the paper mosaic. One thing I was taught on this weekend course was about flow - not just filling a space with a colour but laying it in lines. xx
from sunstarr :
um..yeah.. baby does NOT need any more shoes! heck, she's got more shoes that *I* do and she hasn't even come into the world yet. wowee! btw... i thought it was super duper sweet of you to leave such a nice comment on my page yesterday. that really meant a lot to me. *blushes* Thanks!!
from enfinblue :
Dear Mz Bee: That is a terrific coat! Lovely! I just love red. I will post a pic of my opera dress. Unfortunately I did not have anyone take a picture of me in it, but when I go to Tosca next week I will do so. :) Take care and hope your Saturday training is not too onerous.
from sunstarr :
i've been buying a LOT of my clothes at NY&Co. You can find them at www.newyorkandcompany.com to see where there is a store near you. they have awesome sales and great clearance racks! i just scored 2 new pairs of pants there and they were a size i'd NEVER been before! YAY! and the quality is good, too. i have their rewards card and i get all kinds of coupons to use. maybe you could check it out since you need a new warddrobe.
from l-empress :
I don't know the weather where you are; here in New England, we always buy outer coats a size larger so that we can wear a sweater or two underneath. Not only does it get cold, it can change while you're blinking your eyes.
from h2ophobic :
The weather here has been typically Montanan. It's cold (30-40's) in the morning and warms up after noon to 70-80's. I'm still wearing shorts every day. Yesterday one of my co-workers commented on this. I told her "I have NO pants. I bought several pair of pants last winter and they're all too big. I refuse to go buy new ones, because they're all practically brand new. I've made an appointment to get them altered but I can't get in until late next week." So, shorts and shivering it is until next week!
from annanotbob :
Not surprised you're knackered - so much stuff running through your mind. Hope you can find time for some exercise or some collage to calm your lovely self. Hugs xxx
from enfinblue :
Oh Mz Bee. I can understand why you are so tired! I'm always so tired, and it's only because I concentrate so hard on work because I want to do well. When you put that much mental energy into things it zaps you. Finding a way to do well and not be perfectionistic I find to be very tricky. Can't wait to see your beautiful pea coat!!! :) PS It's wonderful to see the example of you and your husband, and how you've worked out your relationship. It's inspirational.
from sunstarr :
hey there! didn't know you didn't like swallowing pills... my very good friend in Orlando has the same situation so i was able to do some research and GNC also carries Liquid Vitamins and Liquid Mineral supplements if you ever go that route. I'm glad you weren't offended by my comment about the Rockstar. Don't get me wrong... I love that stuff too, but the actual supplement is always better than stuff they put into food or drinks. I have some more info for ya but I gotta do a little more "homework" first. Oh, and by the way, thanks for the "Shout Out"! I feel like a celebrity... ha ha...
from curiouoso :
One day at a time is OK for living, I probably wasn't too clear that I meant in evaluation. I.E. my decade of change being from 2001 till 2011, and how so far it's been all about changes. Moving to AZ, losing my really good job due to our fearless leader, empty nesting, etcetra. So evaluating where we are day by day seems a bit extreme, though living that way is different. Yours, Curiouoso*
from l-empress :
Whenever you remove anything from your diet, you need to think about replacing trace elements. (Like vitamin B12, ahem.) One of the things about B vitamins is that they're water-soluble, and you don't retain more than you need. I don't know whether you're eating anything that replaces the iron you used to get in animal protein.
from h2ophobic :
Your entry about your shoes made me laugh. We do the same thing (Shelby & I.) Our entry way is very small, so we walk up the stairs and take our shoes off. They get lined up against the wall. When the line gets long enough to reach from the kitchen to the bathroom, Bill's head explodes and he puts them all away. Then Shelby & I end up running around saying "Where are my shoes?"
from sunstarr :
I don't know if this will allow me to leave a link, but here is what I take... http://www.gnc.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2133316&cp=2626023.2691507.2166420&parentPage=family I like this because it's isolated and I can tell a HUGE difference when I forget to take it. Anyway, it might be something to consider trying out. I'm not sure if I'd count the B12 in your Rockstar drink..... only because there are other things in it that can interfere with proper absorbtion. Another good thing that I like about this isolated supplement is that it's a "timed release" so that you're not absorbing all of it at one time. Like I said, just a suggestion from one veg-head to another. :-)
from annanotbob :
Yay!! Sis! xxxxxx
from annanotbob :
I wish I could live in one of those empty apartments! xxx
from sunstarr :
those veggies look absolutely divine! doesn't help that i'm already hungry and it's not even 10am!! oh, and wondering... do you take a B-12 supplement? I don't know if you are aware, but this is essential for us vegetarians (and more importantly for vegans) since the only place you can get B12 is in animal meat unfortunately). Just a suggestion from one veg-head to another!
from h2ophobic :
Thanks for your note. BTW I've moved you from my DL buddies to my MSN favorites. For some reason your name doesn't always turn red and I miss entries.
from fightn4life :
I found the entry I wrote about Monty Roberts under "old" it is called, "For the love of horses" Written Dec, 3rd 2005. Long time ago. :) Sandyz
from fightn4life :
Thanks for the info about your prior back problems. Losing weight would be a factor if I was over weight, I could lose some off the tummy area, or spread it around. :) I am 5'3" and weight at 125/135 I never have kept up as I was a lucky one and didn't get the "fat gene" as my sister so eloquently put it. (I don't even own a scale) She has battled weight her entire life. My Dr did reopened the door for me to get back into Yoga, which I had done for years then after surgery I was told to discontinue. I have always had an active life, loving the animal kingdom with much of my heart I for over 8 years "gentled" horses while putting them under saddle. (We had a horse farm and I worked at another horse farm) My mentor was Monty Roberts. I wrote a tribute to him in my Diary a few years ago. I think it was called "The man who listens to horses." Or whispers...can't recall. My greatest love (besides my children) is the animal kingdom so much of my life I have worked with or along side of them. Anyway as you have said your life is better than ever in spite of back issues...and I believe I will find a balance and continue to live and love. Sandyz
from enfinblue :
Mz Bee, You get prettier every day, as does your lovely daughter. I laughed at the shoe pile!!! I'm kind of OC about piling my shoes up at the door. I have a riotous mat of shoes sitting there. Eventually I take some of them to the closet..though usually it's winter by the time the summer shoes have gone in. :) Ah well!!! Thanks for the note about Italy! I'm going to live like a Mz Bee whilst here. It's so exciting. I've already bought some cards for you and Anna (will have to find a post office), but you guys will have to let me know if there is anything special in particular that you would like to see! I usually have a few surprises up my sleeve though. So today I'm off to some new adventures; also I start my class. Cheerio!
from sasori-gal :
I had so much fun catching up on all your entries that I missed while I was at camp. Oh the comment made to you about coming in at 7:50 made my blood boil. I am always one of the first ones to arrive at school and one of the last ones to leave. I was just about to embark on a 3 day camp where I would be with the kids for 48+ hours straight. I had to leave a staff meeting which was running 20 minutes overtime to take Sinbad to the pet hotel before camp and someone had the NERVE to make a remark that it was unfair that I skipped out early. *grrr* Your art assignments in your class always inspire me! They look fabulous as do you, Mz. Bee!!!
from ladybug-red :
I'm not fond of garage sales or flea markets either!
from enfinblue :
BoXx, First, you LOOK SO athletic and great in that pic. NICE LEGS! Second, I laughed so hard over the flea market thing. You won't believe it but I HATE THAT STUFF! My entire childhood was spent going from garage sale to flea market to antique market with my mom (and later my stepfather). They LOVE that stuff. I HATE that stuff. When we would go to a garage sale I would sit in the car because I was embarrassed to go out and buy other people's JUNK. :) Of course, these days I totally believe in recycling. But I believe in buying stuff - used or new - because you really need it (except for clothes - I'm working on that one :)), and not just to BUY stuff. People buy stuff at garage sales because it is cheap, not because they really need it. :)
from enfinblue :
You know, I don't usually "do" Hallowe'en, but maybe this year. Maybe a bear or a skunk! :) Your entries yesterday were so cute. YOu are a positive force! And glad that you wore your colour block dress. Don't look for flaws though - we imagine silly things when we do that. :)
from h2ophobic :
I have no idea what to be for Halloween this year. The Admin staff all dress up, because the elementary (K-3rd grade) school next door brings their classes over to "trick or treat." One year I went as a mechanic and one year I was a football player. I've been racking my brain trying to think of something for this year. Any suggestions?
from sunstarr :
i love your shoes! VERY cute. and that is a sexy dress... i know you didn't ask my opinion, but just thought you may want a younger (not by a lot! hee hee) person's opinion.... the only change i would make is the length of the dress. longer length skirts and dresses tend to make us girls look slightly heavier when in fact, we're Not! so, if you have any sewing skills or know someone who does, i'd raise that hemline to just below the knee and...va va va VOOM!!! again, this is just a suggestion and there is NO malice attached to my comment. just want you to show off that body to the best of its potential since you've worked SO hard to get it!!!
from annanotbob :
Ah, you're a real tonic in the mornings - I was a bit bleh, but now I'm WHEEEEE!!!!! LOVE xxxx
from boxx9000 :
OBAMA in '08. PEACE, LOVE, and HAPPINESS. I suppose some people actually prefer WAR, HATE and being miserable. Whatever. Everyone gets ONE vote. use it.
from enfinblue :
I know that you're bowling them over with your brilliance at school right now! Go BoXx! PS I have already put your address in my backpack front pocket, so I won't forget it for mailing purposes. :)
from starkitten01 :
OMG-- the similarities are eerie. The druggie in my life has made the same sort of threats, and then some, when told that he was to leave. Of course he never did and has stated that he never will. He is in complete control and it frightens me how fast he's taken over. I am so sorry to hear what you, and your parents as well, went through. And the whole enabling thing- you're right, sad as it is.. it always starts with the person being shown they are going to *get away* with what they're doing. And this is why the horns have come out over time :-( ANd now I am dealing with a similar situation as to whether or not I can *handle* the fight that will take place to get rid of him if the house should end up my responsibility to sell in the end. It's killing me inside :-( Thank you for your input <3
from enfinblue :
PS I wish I were more *foxy* like you. :)
from enfinblue :
BoXx, I like the way that you wrote this entry. It was well contextualized. It's a story well-told. I think that you are a wise lady.
from ladybug-red :
I live in South Carolina so I'll take care of that one!
from sunstarr :
that top is super-duper cute! you look really good! oh, i think i still have your addy but not sure..... if you want some postcards from FL, let me know. i'll get some this weekend and send them on Monday if you want.
from mel-is-dvash :
The smile does look real, and you look really great! I don't remember seeing you with a big smile in your photos before. I can send you a postcard from Hardwick MA if that would help. I probably have more than one if I look through my stuff. Nothing with just Massachusetts, though.
from annanotbob :
Good luck for the speaking - I bet it'll be fine, it always is you know (wink!) xxx
from erianne1 :
Those IPs you listed don't have enough sets of numbers. IP addresses have 4 sets of numbers...if the system isn't completely reading all 4 sets, then they would show up as unknowns.
from wyndspirit :
Thanks for the idea of using tax docs! Those I have. The first IP address is mine, or at least 3 digits of it. (I just checked.) Why it shows up as UNKNOWN, I have no clue. I'm at home, and it usually shows up as midco.net.
from enfinblue :
Thanks, BoXx. I think it will be a great trip. I have a lot to write about this, but it will wait until tomorrow night. Good luck tomorrow! PS You look SO young and very pretty in your pics. They're very soft.
from swimmmer72 :
re: RV's. Yes, you are right about the expense, but look at the bigger picture. Filling a 100 gallon tank will cost you a small fortune ($400-$500) but that oughta get you over 1,000 miles. Not great when you consider gas mileage, but when you think about what it saves you in hotels and meals, it balances out a bit. Also, with my plans to live in it full time, it replaces $$$ I'd be spending on rent, utilities, etc. I'm pretty sure I'll be able to buy mine outright, i.e., no payments, and we'll just have to see how it works. It wouldn't be for everybody, but with my desire to travel, with extensive long-term stays here and there, it think it gives me the freedom to do what I want while still being affordable. Re: contract. Teaching remains the one and only union contract job I've ever had and I hated how the language of the contract was so strictly adhered to on both sides. Like your 5 minutes, it really took normal stuff from sublime to ridiculous quickly. And, people on both sides were to blame. "sigh..." Re: artwork. It's is so gratifying to see the way you inspire your students toward a more artistic viewpoint. You are doing wonders with your classes! :)
from curiouoso :
I suspect you remember that dream so vividly because of of the intense emotion it evoked. To remember your normal dreams you need to write them down.preferably wake yourself up grab your pen and paper by the bed write then train yourself to go right back to sleep, maybe even to pick up where you left off if it seems like a dream worth pursuing. You shouldn't be too tired in the morning with a bit of practice. Curiouoso*
from h2ophobic :
That first drawing (of the plaid tennis shoe) is amazing! The only reason I would go back to school would be if you were my teacher.
from sunstarr :
you have some VERY talented students. i've always wanted to be able to have artistic abilities like that. amazing! and you're so very lucky to be able to witness it first hand!! on a side note: sorry about the sad news....
from annanotbob :
Fantastic art!! Already! I wish you were my art teacher! Schools- they never seem to give credit, only moan. So not fair. Hugs xxx
from enfinblue :
BoXx, That's terrible about the stupid petty contract thing. My goodness. I'm kind of enraged for you! And I'm sorry to hear about the death in the family. That is too bad for your brother-in-law and his wife. I hope that they can still somewhat enjoy their anniversary. Otherwise, I am very impressed with the art. Really, what strikes me is how creative kids can be, and how critical it is that you are giving them a chance to express it at that age. Hopefully they will carry it with them for life. I especially loved the first shoe and lightning #1. :)
from mpeacock :
PS I always am amazed at your arts. :)
from mpeacock :
I am sorry Boxx but that @#$%^&* pisses me off that they'd DARE to say that to you with all you do. I am trying not to war with my powers that be (it's too soon) but they make me monitor my students 24/7 (I kid you not they got on 4 of my students for eating lunch outside my room unmonitored) when first period the whole of the photography class was running amuk outside without a teacher. My school better not complain that I arrive 10 minutes late each day as 1) I have to drop my son off at his school 2) I have first period prep and 3) I never leave before 5:30 PM and 4) I work on the weekends too. Gosh I am mad at your powers AND my powers that be. I NEED TO GO FOR A RUN!!!!!!!!
from enfinblue :
BoXx, I forgot to mention that I agree with your husband that the shoes are lovely! PS I have packed and yet I'm going to have to repack later on for sure. I always change my mind about what I want to wear. I think it changes with the weather here - when it's grey I feel like browns and neutrals; when sunnier I throw lots of red in. :)
from wyndspirit :
Thanks for the link. Do you also happen to have a link for a TEXT version of that most recent speech everybody's been raving about? I don't have the patience for video to load with my crummy connection. I tried to go to his website but couldn't get past a sign up screen. Also... Around here I've been hearing more trashing of the Republicans. (I'm sure Ed Schultz and Joel Heitkamp, the Democrat talk show hosts Dad loves to listen to, have something to do with it.) ND is traditionally a Democratic state, currently with a Republican governor, and very highly respected senior congressmen who are Democrats. Maybe that's why I hear so much of BOTH.
from sunstarr :
Va-va-va-voom! You are THE sexiest 52-yr old I know! (if i can say that... is that okay??) I reallllly like the pic of you in the dress. You look radiant and stunning. Good for you!
from fightn4life :
I love that little black dress you look great in it. I couldn't tell what was behind you in the pictures...may be a curtain in one of your rooms? The child in your class was right...you do not look to be 52. Sandyz
from enfinblue :
BoXx, great black dress! Yes, I can't believe how time has flown. Good luck for Thursday! Could you wear your pretty black and red and white dress for that one?
from berryredlips :
Hello! Great photos and dress! I'm still laughing at "I'll pay you later." Hugs!
from enfinblue :
Mz Bee: I posted a link to the recipe. It's from Moosewood's low fat favourites. I have to warn you though that it's not perhaps the best cornbread ever. I'm a terrible cook, and I kind of go in for comfort food! :) Hope you had a great day.
from saudades :
Reading about your classroom, I think a lot about when I was in elementary school. We didn't do so many fun art projects; you are a really dynamic teacher and incorporate all sorts of teaching methods. Sounds like your class is tons of fun! :) Like Enfinblue says, your job has a lot of meaning, and it's not boring at all!
from catsoul :
Kudos to you for being so organized. I was a special education teacher for 16 years before I quit. I spent most of my Saturdays at work planning for the next week for years. I finally decided that I couldn't keep doing that and raise my son. So when he was 9 years old I quit. I now for for the county with the developmental disabled adults. So it is related. Anyway, I just wanted to say that I admire your diligence and spirit of educationing the young minds. Take care and have a great week =^..^=
from enfinblue :
BoXx, You're wrong: I find your descriptions of what you're doing at work quite interesting. The whole efficacy of testing is a big thing. Honestly, I don't know how you manage to do so much for so many.
from saudades :
Hi Boxx, I sent the password, let me know if it doesn't work.
from words-4-less :
I'm nearly 5'6", so the 135 pounds is sitting pretty well on my frame. I would still like to lose another five pounds, but don't really want to work for it. Maintaining is hard enough!!!! LOL!! Plus, I hear chocolate calling me............
from l-empress :
Did you mean "positive" or "plural"? You're right, writing is the hardest. Yet it's the easiest to teach from, not only because you can see what needs fixing, but because you're working on something that interests the student.
from swimmmer72 :
You are right - getting enough sleep is an important part of losing weight. I know - I didn't believe it at first either until I read the rationale, although in my case there is the added reasoning that if I'm SLEEPING, I'm NOT snacking! Great pictures of the neighborhood! :)
from annanotbob :
Wheeeee!! I like Maeve Binchy too - have you read any Marian Keyes? She's Irish too, different but has the same easy style and sense of truth but with added silly humour. Have a great day at school - more sleep - yes!!! I'm glad you don't want to lose any more weight - I think you've reached a perfect shape. Good on you, love and hugs xxx
from mpeacock :
You crack me up with your "Magic Underwear". S will think that is funny too. I just can't see D getting into that, she went all wild and sexy for 5 years after leaving the Mormon fold, but somehow they have dragged her back in. We'll see how she fairs, because I saw all her sexy "things" laying around her house and then she tells me the blouse I picked out is too low cut. WTF it's not furry handcuffs!!!!
from mpeacock :
She is marrying a guy I call Richard the Third. (I could never remember his name, Bob, Patrick, Jim {she dated so many} until I put the title on, plus he's her third serious boyfriend). They actually rented my condo for 5 months when I went to Belgium, he is a heli-pilot too. A good enough guy, but I can't beleive that he has joined "the church" and D has gone back to "the church". Oh well. They are moving back from the east coast to AZ in two weeks, yeah!!!! Although they will be 2 hours away for a while. With both their HUGE school loan debts they are moving in with his grandfather in Heber.
from mpeacock :
S told me about what the skank said to his daughter. I will take pictures at the wedding, and although my diary is locked, I still feel vulnerable that some people know so much (not you of course you are the BEST!).
from ladybug-red :
Wow - you are very inspirational! I need to get on the exercise bandwagon.
from enfinblue :
PS Thank you again, as always, for being such a wonderful example.
from enfinblue :
BoXx!!!! You shouldn't have done that. You're such a dear! I have been looking at the books online (including the Power of N0w), but hadn't ordered yet for the same reason. You are too kind. Don't worry - you will see lots of awesome Italians. :) I took a few pics today but not very special ones (and was too tired to post - my sinuses are bothering me). I'm so excited about La Boheme! It's in the English church and relatively cheap - only 24 Euro which is about 40 bucks. So exciting! I agree about forward progress. I feel that I am going to make forward progress from now on, because I've finally made the conscious decision to take control and use positive thoughts to make my life what I want it to be. :)
from cosmic :
Wow! Love that pool! I don't think I have ever seen a pool that big in person. I am so underprivledged, lol.
from starkitten01 :
I wish I could say that maybe there would be a good chance for us down the line, but I'm afraid the love just isn't the same in our situation :-( It's sad.. But that's (my) life. :-/
from enfinblue :
PS You're right - no wheat. Those brownies just looked SOOO good.
from enfinblue :
BoXx, I just had a chance to read your entry now! Hehehehehehe I love your sense of humour. :) I wouldn't worry about it - no doubt it's a completely normal part of the process. Being a woman is always made difficult by nature, is it not? :) I'm LOVING your new gym. I want to move to California and come swimming with you. Well, maybe not this week. :)
from sunstarr :
i'm sorry to hear that you're having some "womenly" issues. ugh. however, i am most impressed with your Toaster Strudel. if more people understood that it's the little things in a marriage such as writing "Love You" on a toaster strudel that mean so much, we'd have fewer divorces, i bet. that was such a cool and thoughtful thing you did for Dave. and, i bet it tasted doubly good because of it!
from l-empress :
It's a new experience for you, but it's not unusual to have your body start up again. You notice it more if you haven't had symptoms. (The first thing I noticed was that monthlies had become quarterlies.) All the rest happened when I was busy elsewhere. I thought it was poetic justice. I had nearly forty years of the most painful periods possible.
from thedetails :
PS. I'm so jealous of your wonderful gym and lap pool. There's a pool there for the kids? Here where I live the kids don't get to go to the gym. I'm so very, very jealous.
from thedetails :
Sorry to hear that your woman parts are misbehaving. The girls that I work with and myself are all having similar issues with our bits and I have to say that I think that sometimes I'd just like to punch my uterus right in the face (if it had one that is). Seriously, woman issues suck!
from boxx9000 :
no postcards, YET! but, NOW I will start looking for them. THANK YOU. WhEeeEE!
from mpeacock :
Hi Boxx. Did you get my postcards? I put in a private note. Email me, the email I have for you doesn't work.
from ladybug-red :
Great pics! Love those shoes.
from just2cusmile :
i like your new shoes a lot and love the baby to be name-what a cute picture of daddy talking to her! :)
from fightn4life :
Wonderful pictures once again...and as always I am in awe of your weight loss...inspiration for many. Sandyz
from enfinblue :
BoXx, You're such a force for good. You know, whenever YOU tell me things like "now" or "believe," I really feel them. I believe that you believe them, and you give me confidence to feel the same way. Thanks! Yes, FLORENCE in one week. WHEEEEEEEEEEE!!! Really, I'm so excited!
from boxx9000 :
I'm registered GREEN PARTY, but I'm voting for OBAMA in 2008. I believe he is the better candidate for the environment. (one of many positives)
from fightn4life :
I am an independent voter and haven't made a decision on who best I believe will better serve our country. I watch and read positive and negative about both candidates, I need this in order to make a choice I feel comfortable with. I do know this will be an interesting election either way it will make history. I am glad it is my right to to take part in the election, there was a time a woman's view was silenced. Sandyz
from cosmic :
Okay, you brought this up, so I feel it is alright to voice my opinion. Please make an appointment with your GYN just to be on the safe side, okay? nine moths is a long time to go and then have one. It is probably very normal, but I would feel better if you would just have it checked out. And btw, I hope you're careful. That would be something if Clemintine were older than her aunt! Yikes!
from enfinblue :
BoXx, Unfortunately I can't see the pics at work. Sorry about today! ICK! Maybe it's just that you've been hanging around too much with your little buddy. :) Feel better! Just think about the gym waiting for you. :)
from theflyingrat :
I can imagine that would be unwelcome! Hopefully it's just your body's way of throwing one last hoo-rah and you can say bye to that forever! You are hilarious though, clever title. :)
from annanotbob :
Sheesh - that all seems very unnecessary! Absolutely love the pics you found, especially the blue flood!! hugs xxx
from boxx9000 :
I think OBAMA is BETTER than good enough, he's the BEST thing this country has seen in the way of a leader in a very long time. I don't feel any need to trash the Republicans at all and I do not trash talk or involve myself in useless, pointless negative activities. That's why I choose to turn off the TV, stop reading the newspapers and not read anything on the internet the Republicans are saying. Too much drama for me. I have no time for that stuff.
from wyndspirit :
I think that does have a lot to do with my depression, too. Doesn't either side think their candidates are good enough to stand on their own merits without having to trash the opposition???
from ladybug-red :
Thanks for the note. I am there with you on the need for the news blackout! p.s. - I love your buzzing bee at the bottom of your page.
from enfinblue :
PS Enjoy the gym!! Also, I know what you mean about hearing bad things and them making you feel down. Sometimes I think there's just too much negative in the environment to keep the scale tipped to the positive side. :) You'll be fine! And you're special!
from enfinblue :
Oh my friend, take care of those teeth! I know how awful it is to have constant pain/discomfort. When my stomach was bothering me I was miserable! Hehehehehe you're my wise buddy! I won't say older buddy, because I don't think of you as much older. Besides, I'm almost forty anyhow. And you look forty. So we're even. :) It's so true about perfectionism. It's the struggle of my life. I once heard a lady speaker say that the trick is to use the 70% rule. Thirty per cent things should be "just good enough." The rest of the time you can go whole hog. :) Hmm..that's too bad about being shy. I'm funny because I can always talk to people, although it exhausts me. When I was a kid I couldn't do it. I think what cured me was working for the Dept of Foreign Affairs. You just can't NOT talk to people at receptions and trade fairs and so on. It really burned me out though. I'm surprised I didn't drink more. :)
from mel-is-dvash :
Just a quick 'hi!' I've read a little, congrats on the gym membership, sounds wonderful! Enjoy the swimming (I really wish I could have that). {{{{{{{Hugs}}}}}}}
from annanotbob :
I hope your day got better and you're feeling good right NOW Love and hugs xxx
from swimmmer72 :
Re: politics. I agree. I can't stand the negativity and don't understand how each side seems to think that tearing the other side down is the best use of their billions of $$$ of advertising money. I don't want to hear Republicans bash the Democrats - I already KNOW they don't like them - I want to hear what they are planning to do to FIX Bush's mess. Maybe they don't know. I hope you get your teeth fixed properly and quickly! :)
from theflyingrat :
Yay, Obama! :) I have been trying to think positive lately. It's not easy when you (I) are in the habit of thinking negative though. I'm sorry your tooth is still hurting, mouth pain is the WORST. I have had lots of different kinds but that is the only kind that was ever intolerable. xoxo
from cosmic :
I have the best idea. Cut off the bottom part, hem it and give it to Kelly. I bet she will fill it out and look adorable in it.
from sunstarr :
ok.. i realllly hope that you don't take this wrong and i'm only saying something because of your own comments about the dress.... you're right; it does NOT do your figure justice. however, don't BEAT YOURSELF up... you look GREAT but that dress is just not right for your new figure! You can tell that you've done a lot of hard work and now you should buy yourself some new dresses that show off that hard work!!!
from wyndspirit :
You look younger every day, makeup or no. Disgusting! :) Keep up the good work, and yay for the gym membership. And I love the dress. It looks so comfy. I tend to wear dresses too long because I don't have to be so careful how I sit. (And this is ND, with the everlasting WIND!)
from enfinblue :
BoXx, THAT IS GREAT NEWS!!! Yippee!!! Also, I think the dress is very cute. I love the pattern. I always have this debate myself about length. I go knee-length and then occasionally I switch to below the knee. The patterned dresses look good long, though. I see nothing wrong with the length as it is. It would also look good at knee-length. Wasn't it Coco Chan3l who said that the optimal/most flattering skirt length is exactly one inch above the kneecap? :)
from enfinblue :
BoXx, I ATE so much peanut butter I have had my fat quotient for a YEAR. I should watch though - my skirts are getting tight. :) I lost weight in Italy the last time though, if you can believe it. I think it's all the walking and the long sleeps. :)
from h2ophobic :
That word you don't like? I'm one. I was 21 years old before anyone bothered to tell me that my parents never married (they both died when I was 6.) As far as Palin's daughter...I don't watch the news much, but I do have to say kudos to her family for keeping the baby. Facts are facts. Teenagers are having and will have sex. The days of virgins brides is almost unheard of. Protected or unprotected sex may lead to pregnancy. One of my VERY good friends (her son and step daughter are juniors with Shelby this year) is pregnant. With a birth control pill baby. Every baby is a blessing if you allow it to be.
from enfinblue :
That was SUCH a funny entry. I nearly fell off my chair. (And also in response to the "noia" comment. :)) I understand what you mean about having all sorts of residue from your early learning/churchgoing. It takes a long time to reprogram. For sure, you would look good in anything at your daughter's wedding!
from enfinblue :
BoXx, I love the idea of working for a year on a sheep ranch. I actually - though I was older - went to work on a sugar cane farm and also in an abelone canning factory in Australia (on a one-year working holiday visa). It was a terrific way to centre myself and to figure things out.
from sugar-pain :
No worries, it happens a lot. It's pretty much the only downside to being involved with Japanese rock music---most (American) people can't get a grasp on the Japanese Visual/Oshare Kei styles. Trying to explain it gets a little bit complicated sometimes. :) Oh, and have I mentioned that I just love your photos? I wish that I could get motivated to just take a bunch of random pictures and post them the way that you do. Maybe someday. ♥
from enfinblue :
BoXx, I can't even tell you how much I love your entries! They are always so beautiful and so full of the values that I cherish. You are, as always, very special. I'm a minimalist, too, although I'm just not as effective at it as you are...yet. :) Soon! I really hate having stuff sitting around. I completely agree! Sooo...I think I agree with you as well about having someone different to balance one out. So what does that mean for me? What type would be best - totally scientific (I'm the most unscientific economist there is), or totally artistic! ACK! It's so difficult! I know what you mean about kids in swimming pools I always had the same issue when I was injured and trying to pool run in the pool running lane..sigh. Not nice. Oh well! Hope your work week is great! PS You looked great in that photo from yesterday's entry.
from mpeacock :
Obama all the way!
from swimmmer72 :
Great pics!! I especially like the abstract sculptures and your mural. Very creative!! :)
from cosmic :
I totally agree with you. I want to hear speeches about what you plan to do, not bashing the opponent. Just because there are two men running, it doesn't have to mean one is bad and one is good. Besides that, saying bad things amout O'bama doesn't make me suddenly dislike him. I makes those people look small. I keep getting emails making fun of Obama. I just delete them. Then again, I do the same with the ones dumping on Bush too.
from enfinblue :
The canvasses are beautiful - what a lovely place Clementine will have in which to wake each day! I read of a study in the scientific literature that there is some evidence that women are programmed *biologically* to stay healthy and strong until *after* all of their children have successfully raised children. There's a theory that basically women have this additional grand-parenting role that has been programmed into them evoluntionarily. I mean, moreso than for men. I believe that this was considered as part of an investigation as to why women tend to live longer than men (and remain healthier on average).
from chailife :
In New Jersey, birth certificates are issued by the town in which the hospital is located, not by the by the hospital itself. (At least that's how my husband's and kids' were done; I was born in Mew York City.) When I wanted duplicates for my kids, I got in touch with the town hall (municipal buildings, we call them here) for the town in which they were born.
from curiouoso :
are referring to this, "Amy claims she's going back to California for good soon. I say Sayonara, I can't drive there monthly or anything like that, nor can I afford this house on my own.", that's something that's been going on for a couple years now. She says she doesn't like AZ. and wants to transfer back to her old job (same company) back in Petaluma. She forgets that while I'm only a contractor at the company I work for, that the federal Government doesn't lay off people, especially a utility in a critical department. There are only three of us in the company, in desktop support, who because of our work in "critical areas, do not have to report/ or ask permission for over time work. What that means is as long as our dept, likes us ands wants us there, we can keep our job, pretty much regardless. OK that's a broad statement, but it shows I don't have to worry about work. In california, after 2001, I couldn't get a job at all for over 3 years. Yes I was offerred one at $10.00 !! an hour, after making $100K in my last position! In Arizona it took 2 years to get established, but now I'm set. California is experiancing the same conditions that existed before again now. We can't sell our house for what we have in it, though we could dump it probably, but why would I want to lose money on a place I built the way I wanted? Our daughter is in California and Amy misses her. Her best friend is there and Amy hasn't found anyone she feels as close to here. We don't have many serious problems in our relationship, except one that that really concerns me, but doesn't seem to matter to her. I know why that exists, but I'm unable to change that. If you really want to know, ask me privately. I love her, and I don't want things to go south, but I often wonder if that's what will happen some day. Perhaps "empty nest syndrome" is partially to blame. Thanks for your concern. Curiouoso*
from sugar-pain :
Hee hee, no. That's actually Aoi from the J-Rock band the GazettE. He's my favorite guitarist-- and my extreme object of lust. That pic just happened to be taken on one of his girlier days a few years ago. Oh, and thanks for the hugs. I definitely needed them. Also, your daughter really is stunning. The pregnancy just makes her glow. ♥
from dana-elayne :
Of course your daughter is gorgeous, she takes after her mom! =) I love her theme for the baby. Those pictures will be amazing in the wee girl's room!
from mpeacock :
Gosh you look so young and gorgeous!!!
from annanotbob :
What came today? Californian poppies!! Thank you so much xxxxx I agree - your daughter looks so gorgeous at the moment, she has a real glow about her. I love her canvases too. hugs xxx
from h2ophobic :
#1. Give Dave a hug from me and tell him that I said "I'm sorry you miss your dad. I know how awful it is." #2 Can't Dave's piece of sh*t lawyer brother do anything to help him with getting his birth certificate and work comp issues? He was all fired up to help him a few years ago, as I recall. (You don't have to share #2 with Dave.) #3 Kelli is going to have the most lovely nursery in the history of the world! #4 You look gorgeous in your new dress! #5 I thought of you yesterday when I was laying by the pool at the campground. There were tons of kids and they were all playing and splashing and having a great time. THAT doesn't bother me. I've always said, puplic pools are for kids. THEN a little girl came who did nothing but squeal and whine. Her parents were oblivious (of course, that's why she's a squealer/whiner), so I left. I thought of you trying to do laps in your pool. I miss manners. My Grama would NEVER have allowed me to behave in such a way.
from l-empress :
You are NEVER done as a parent.***My daughter-in-law and son are doing jungle theme also, a reminder of their honeymoon in Africa. A friend did three painting for the baby's room.
from cocoabean :
yes, we do have Lowe's... I guess thats one I never applied to. the thing I like about the Depot of Home is that they have lots of extras for benefits.. including health insurance for part timers, 25% off cell phones... cheap movie tickets.. lots of things!
from cosmic :
I'm glad she sent so many! She is a peach. If you look at that one from Birkenhead, you are looking at the town huuby was born in. My sister that was in New Hampshire has moved back to Maine. Sorry.
from mpeacock :
You're right I was not in the now. Last night too I cut my finger. I am 5'8".
from enfinblue :
So you know Germans. :) C. is terrific, but he DOES lack my joie de vivre. ;-)
from catsoul :
two granddaughters, one will be 5 in October, and the other 1 yr. in Oct. =^..^=
from mpeacock :
I have TWO frinds in Indianna! I will look into it. :)
from mpeacock :
Yep, yep, yep American Gigalo. I am sure she's a nice person, but I will not stand for him giving her flight lessons at this point. I will look for a post card for you today.
from l-empress :
You may be happy about Fish, but Blake is a local boy in Connecticut. Pretty, too.
from catsoul :
24 this summer & yes
from enfinblue :
That's funny, BoXx.:) Most of the big pile though is actually clothes that will go to charity. About half of the boxes (or slightly more) are also now completely empty! Wheeee!!! As for C. and I, actually we didn't spend much time together when he was finishing his dissertation. Now though, we're back to hanging out quite a bit. There's definitely nothing between us though. There is no attraction. We're just really, really good friends. :) Part of the thing is that since he only moved here from Germany to go to school eight years ago, I'm kind of like his "family" here. I tihnk I told you that when we first met we did date, but that didn't go at all. No, I am definitely seeking an artistic type, not one like C., but one wiht many of his qualities.
from mpeacock :
I really do want to come visit soon. Maybe will just have to plan it for one of these upcoming weekends. YOur family is so wonderful, and you look great in that photo!
from enfinblue :
PS I mean, maybe because he's sad over his dad dying, and also because his injury is still healing, Sid wants to help. :)
from enfinblue :
Thanks, BoXx! I think, you know, that hanging onto stuff as I have is analagous to hanging onto weight. I've been stuck under it, and couldn't move on. :) Where you live looks so pretty!! And I love the pic of your husband with Sid. It's the same with my stepfather and my mother's cats. He always says he doesn't like them, but they like him best. I have a theory that animals just know who needs the love. :)
from h2ophobic :
That photo of Dave and Sid is adoreable! That's exactly how Idgie sits on Bill's lap too! Occasionally she'll sit like that on my or Shelby's lap, but she always sits like that on Bill.
from cosmic :
You reminded me of the new Burger King ad. A guy and girl were eating. She was having a veggie fahita or something all vegetables. He was having a double cheeseburger. She told him he should try the veggie fahita and he said, "No, I'm a meatatarian." She said, You are what?" He answered, "A meatatarian." after a moment of her looking at him like he was nuts, he just said, "It's a personal choice." I laughed my butt off and thought of you. I could be a vegetarian if I had to, but I could NEVER eat just meet. I look at cheeseburgers now and all I get are flashes of clogged arteries.
from annanotbob :
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from cosmic :
I have no idea how I missed that entry! I really don't remember you being that big. To me, you've always seemed tiny. Maybe you just didn't put in many full body shots before. You look terrific now! One of the reasons I look horrible right now is that I have chicken legs. Really scrawney. Your thighs are like my daughters. You can see they are muscle. You have worked really hard to look like this. I am proud of you.
from swimmmer72 :
Re: scary ride. Normally, I'm not a big one for that type of thing either, and I was completely terrified on this one, but, YEP, I know I'll be doing it again! You seem to be winning your classes over. Awesome teaching, MzBee! :)
from enfinblue :
You're stellar, BoXx. From reading your entries I can just *feel* the conviction in your voice. It's clear that you ended up somewhere to which you never want to go again! And the best thing is that you don't have to! Life is sweet. :) Peace and love and all of that wonderful stuff. Oh and Kelly looks gorgeous, as always.
from cosmic :
Kelly is just radiant! As for you, I do not remember you ever being fat. I've been reading your diary for ages and ages and I don't remember. Post a picture from before and on now so we can see the difference. Unless, of course you don't want to. I just realized how that sounded after I typed it. I never realized I was so bossy, haha. So I will now say Please.
from enfinblue :
That's very hopeful, BoXx. Have a great weekend with your family!
from h2ophobic :
I've been trying to leave you a note all week, but my poor laptop is on it's last legs and times out before I can. You're a size 6!! We're twins!! Well, except for our skin and eye color. And of course our hair. But other than that...we're twins!
from enfinblue :
BoXx, you're so cute! This is great! By the way, I forgot to thank you for your note earlier today. It was very insightful. I think that that is exactly WHY I like a challenge - because when I have a challenge I have something to focus on, and it helps to keep my brain from wandering all over the place. It's sad but true. Realizing this though is very helpful. More support for the "now." Thanks!!!
from swimmmer72 :
Your pictures are GREAT!!! They really give us a good feel for your classroom, your neighborhood, your artwork, and all the things that make up your life! It wouldn't be nearly as descriptive without them! I can't imagine teaching TWO separate lessons within the same classroom! Sure, it can be done, but is it effective? Seems like there would have to be something lost whilst spreading yourself so thin! Good luck with that!
from mpeacock :
I am so overwhelmed right now too. I figure if I forget something hopefully someone will let me know. I just don't want to short change my English classes. I really have no clue ubntil after I teach the first class. Poor 1st class guinnie (SIC) pigs.
from annanotbob :
Whew! I'm back - wanted to say that I LOVE your pics, all of them. That's a tough teaching proposition, a mixed class like that, especially with so little notice and new topics. Jeez, Louise. I bet some ideas will emerge as you get to know the kids and the content. Thought of you as I swam my laps out in the fresh air today xxx
from enfinblue :
Dearest BoXx, You wouldn't be REAL if you didn't sometimes feel overwhelmed. I feel overwhelmed nearly all of the time! What you are trying to do is VERY tough. It will take some time to adapt. I thought I was going to die for the first little while at my new job. I just had no idea what I was doing and I felt that I could get nothing accomplished. C. always gives me the same advice, and it is good advice: bite off everything in small chunks, one at a time, and then you'll get that sense of accomplishment from "fixing" one thing at a time. It will really help when you are able to get some exercise. Also make sure that you get a good night's sleep whenever possible! It will help immensely. Not getting enough sleep actually lowers our functional IQs quite substantially...which is why I am a moron half the time these days. :) I am wondering: Can you integrate some art into both history and science. Maybe not visual art, per se, although that could work, too. It's too advanced for your group but one thing that I did when studying US history was study American writers such as Fenimore Cooper, Hawthorne, Steinbeck, Cather in context. It's not something you could do at the 5/6 level, but maybe you can take some inspiration from that? Anything is possible! Especially for the super BoXx!
from curiouoso :
Dear Boxx, You need some help with dentists, that's obvious. You should never hurt dat after day waiting for another appointment. I used to be a big baby at the dentist. They'd say "We just want to take a quick look", and I'd reply," If you so much as look in my mouth without craploads of Novaicaine, theres going to be trouble! For over 20 years I went to Dr. Korman in the Washington Square shopping center, Washington Mcdowell, Petaluma. The whole family went and he took care of us every time. He'd have the dental hygenists there in his office, the gum surgeon a couple times a week, anything needed they would take care of. Give him a call, they are the best! It's not too far to go to rid yourself of pain and incompetancy of many of the other dentists! P.S. English is thier natural language! Curiouoso* (707) 762-0067 =============== website: http://www.petalumacosmeticdentist.com/ http://www.petalumadental.com/Brochure-1.htm
from starkitten01 :
I love seeing the pics! I enjoy them no matter what they're of or they're purpose : )
from words-4-less :
I'm feeling out of sorts today, too. I don't know if it's the moon stage, something in the air, or not getting any sex.:-)Probably just overwork. Tomorrow is Friday. Everything is better on Fridays!!!!
from cosmic :
Well, remember I said to watch your snail mail? Well, my niece in England said she has a "bunch" to send you from where she lives ans this weekend she hopes to get to Birmingham for another. I don't know if a "bunch" is 2, 5, or however many. You should also be getting one from New Zealand. Does that make your day a little better?
from annanotbob :
Hello darling, I hope your day has improved as it went along - just been interrupted - back later BIG HUGS DARLING bOXX XXXX
from sunstarr :
it may be small, but i think you have a very lovely apartment. i also love the photo of Kelly asleep. priceless!
from enfinblue :
Thanks, BoXx. Your thoughts this morning meant A LOT to me. I just love your honesty, and generosity is a gift. You're a breath of fresh air. And you're also just a wisp of a thing! Size 6! I do hope that you will be able to eat again. Poor you with those sore teeth. I can imagine how you must feel. :(
from mel-is-dvash :
I was thinking of you all day, so I just had to come see what's up with you. I am SO SORRY to read about your teeth. I really hope you have some relief soon. Congrats on the weight loss, I honestly can't imagine how that feels - although I would like to. Keeping you in my prayers. Be well and Gd bless, Mel
from wyndspirit :
Congrats on the weight loss! I've never been a size 6. I'm 98.135... since I reconnected after lunch, anyway. Don't know what I was this morning.
from cosmic :
Size 6? Wow! My legs and arms are size 6 but the rest of me is size 1X right now. Watch your snail mail. Two postcards that are out of this world! well, out of this country anyway.
from theflyingrat :
Okay, I'm with your daughter now, haha. But really - congratulations on the weight loss!
from sunstarr :
CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YAY FOR YOU!!!! I am so happy that you get to celebrate this moment!
from boxx9000 :
HI HEATHER! I remember you. GO SSU. What was our mascot, the cossacks? and then they changed it to the seawolf? hehehe. At Dominican we were the PENGUINS!
from enfinblue :
BoXx, honestly, you are my hero. You are so kind to me and I appreciate your honesty. You tell it like it is. I know that what I most need to work on is opening myself up more to relationships in general. It's what is hobbling my passion for other things. It's not easy to go it alone.
from fightn4life :
Congratulations on your new size 6, That is wonderful. I hadn't read your diary long enough to know how much weight you lost. Wow...is all I could think of. I have always liked the big praying bug...in my young years I used to catch them and keep them in our little play house my dad built for us kids. My sister...not a bug fan would freak when she brought barbie into the little house. Snicker...I still have the fascination with them. I love finding them...I just don't keep them any more as "pets." Sandyz
from thedetails :
Teeth pain is the worst. I have a feeling that I'll be joining you on the liquid diet thing, two broken teeth (right to the roots) one on the upper jaw one of the lower has made eating difficult and I avoid it like the plague. Room temperature drinks are ok, but anything hotter or warmer than that and I'm holding my head and screaming like someone just shoved a red hot poker into my brain. Ouch. A size 6 you say... I agree with Kelly! lol
from enfinblue :
You're wonderful and inspiring, BoXx. I'm just so sorry that your teeth are hurting you so much. :( Feel better today!
from swimmmer72 :
Congratulations on size 6!! I know how hard it is to keep weight off at our age. When I moved to Erie 10 years ago, I still fit into the same 32 x 34 jeans I'd worn my entire adult life. For better or worse, life in Erie has allowed me TIME TO EAT, something I didn't have while teaching/coaching in New York, and while I'm still usually able to take weight off in the summer, I still can't fit back into those pre-Erie jeans. I hope you are able to get those teeth fixed soon. The weight loss is good, but constant pain is not. You need your teeth! :)
from l-empress :
My kids actually caught a praying mantis one summer. They caught grasshoppers for it to eat. (1) It can "bite" you with its back legs. (2) When eating a grasshopper, the mantis bites off the head first, and it leaves the stomach.
from annanotbob :
Love and hugs xxx
from hehasaysb00 :
The 98.207.189 number isn't random - it's me, Heather from Benicia! I've sent you a few notes over the years. I've been reading since way back when I was a freshman (I think it was that year. I started there in the fall of 2001) at SSU. I had been planning on going into their credential program after finishing my History degree in '05-06, but a few pre-req's were enough to convince me to wait a while on getting into the classroom. I've started thinking more lately about starting back up.
from mpeacock :
I hope you feel better. I'll (we'll) come visit you soon. Love to your family.
from wyndspirit :
Well, after what she went through, I am glad she is OK with admitting (at least by actions) that it is a relief instead of feeling like she has to mourn forever. I am sure her husband would want her to have fun, too. I am guessing I MIGHT be the person "from Arkansas" because my IP showed up as the same 1st 3 digits as you posted when I checked, but it could be just another Alltel user going online via cell. The best way to check... Today's one hit (or two, depending on how it shows up) should say midco. If you've gotten hits from Arkansas the past couple days, it's not me. I haven't been online since Friday. If you get a bunch of hits tomorrow (Wednesday), it might be me. I hope to play catchup at work tomorrow. That should give you an idea.
from curiouoso :
You wouldn't disappoint anyone I'm sure! I just wanted to meet you because you seem so nice and live in the same general area we did. Luckily I was able to talk some sense into Mom today. Pete is out for now. Pete was pretty lucid today, the way he should be, and said he was definately just picking up his things and He won't be back (to live there). He didn't try to welch out of his responsibility for what's happened. I didn't get a chance to talk to Ron because he was back in Reno, but both Mom and Pete said he was way out of it right now, with "pain Meds". I believe that's the case also, so while he has never been abusive to Mom the way Pete has taken advantage, I'm going to suggest he not move in there either. All of this negotiation, as successful as it seems right now, means I won't be driving out there next weekend. Big brothers can only do so much anyway. Anna and I will definately visit you when we do get out there, which is usually during Christmas or some time in the holiday season. We are also thinking about renting a cabin at Northshore, Lake Tahoe for a weekend in October or something. Since it sleeps 10 or 12, make you and your husband could visit us there. Just an idea. Curiouoso*
from sunstarr :
i couldn't agree with you more. i don't know why more parents are not being parents! it's as though they want everyone else to "babysit" their kids while they go off and do their own thing. i do not like unruly, obnoxious and loud children either.
from enfinblue :
Ms BoXx, I always enjoy reading your entries at work, even though I can't see the pics there. It's a nice break. But I'm reading a bit early today! I love reading your entries!
from sugar-pain :
Ha ha! Awe shucks! You're making me blush. Thank you for that. Hey, if you ever get bored, you should check out my photo page under 'Extras.' There are bazillions of pictures on there. Especially since I'm really into concert photography. Anywho, I must be off. I hope you have a wonderful day!! ♥
from saudades :
Oh, I forgot to tell you. I have an older brother, as well. He's going to be 30 soon. :)
from saudades :
Hey Boxx, let me see I am 24 (25 next month), and my sister is three years younger. My major is Liberal Arts right now, but I want to study international studies when I transfer to university. I do speak Spanish and sometimes wonder if I should teach it as well. And thank you for sharing your thoughts with me. :) Have you read The Power of Now? Is it good? I love a lot of books you've read. You're right, gotta live in the now. I am feeling great this morning! I hope you have a wonderful day.
from swimmmer72 :
Re: trees and California. Unfortunately, the big trips take both time and money and I rarely have both at the same time. I know I'll get back out there, specifically to your area as I want to see Yosemite for more than the four hours it got last time, and also the coast, the valley, and San Fran. I've been getting out there every two or 3 years, there being SOMEWHERE out west. Southwestern Utah is next, I think, then maybe Oregon and Northern Cal. Once I go RV, I'll probably pass through there once a year. Yes, meeting would be a HOOT!! Trees? Yes, I get obsessed with them as they go through their beautiful October show. You will be seeing much more! Thanks for the comment, as always!! :)
from sugar-pain :
Thank you! I really like your pictures too. You keep an awesome diary! ♥ :)
from mpeacock :
Some people were in MY pool today! Now I know what you feel like. MARCO POLO!!!!
from enfinblue :
Oops! I meant "have been" stresed out. I should have known better re. the granola, but it had been on my shelf for a while and I was hungry. I bought gluten-free cereal today (organic brown rice cereal).
from enfinblue :
BoXx, You're highly perceptive. I AM off gluten, although I accidentally had some yesterday. I am suffering today. I'm pretty much perfectly convinced that I am gluten-intolerant. The item that I had was not red licorice (which I love, too :(), but rather granola. It had wheat flakes in it. :( I am hurting. This also probably explains why I been a bit stressed-out today (in addition to the fact that the horrible senior economist who makes my life miserable is returning from vacation tomorrow :().
from curiouoso :
OK, You got me! I did that dastardly deed. Perhaps next time it will be something of use in your classroom. I am going to my mothers a week from from Monday. I'll probably be in the area for a few days,then visit my daughter in Rodent Park. Maybe I 'll call and try to make it over for a few minutes with you and your hubby. If that sounds Kosher send me your Phone number at tamor_12@hotmail.com . That would be fun. Curiouoso*
from im2qt2kr :
I always got the "twins" well covered, including high neck blouses AND a jacket, but when you combine my large bust, with someone who is a little slow and has been in for 25 years, wellllll........ Guess a little imagination and a lot of free time makes minds wonder. Big Boxx full of hugs to you!
from cosmic :
Wow! Even I don't use the "C" word. I'm not judging you but you just shocked the hell out of me! Haha!
from enfinblue :
PS, On a more serious note, I understand what you're talking about with respect to trying to be the best at work and the best at home. For me, the focus is obviously work. I spend too many hours at work, always stay late, yadda yadda. It is difficult to give it up, but really I know that I need to learn how to do "just well enough," and to leave it alone. It's really difficult to balance home and outside work - I admire you for doing both. Oh and I want a Mac. Next computer. :) Amen to politeness and customer service though. I find people to be so disappointingly rude these days. Just the other day when I was at the market, I found that teenager after teenager would just push in front of me, or walk in front of me without saying excuse me, even if I had tons of packages. I know that most of these kids are probably good kids, but I can't help thinking that they are complete jerks, simply because their parents have taught them to feel entitled rather than humble and respectful towards others. Manners have gone the way of the dodo, and that's very sad in my view.
from enfinblue :
I looooove your new birdhouse! It's the best ever!!! :) I just read your note about Italy. It is true: the food makes it worthwhile. Italy is perfect in every way, in my opinion, for someone who is just visiting. (Living there is more difficult, as a result of the weak economy, corruption, etc.) I just love it so much. It is so beautiful, and I've never had a bad meal in Italy. Food is art there, and honestly it is my favourite food in the whole world. (I haven't been the S. America though so I can't say for sure that there is no food that I like better. :)) I like Italian food even more than Japanese, which is my second-favourite. :) I actually discovered that renting an apartment, even in Florence, is much cheaper than a hotel. It would almost be worthwhile for me to rent an apartment for a month and take the loss for the two weeks. Next time I go, however, which might even be next spring/summer, I might take an apartment for a month. In other words, I think that renting a place there for the summer would be a realistic goal. Hopefully we'll be there at the same time! I'd love to take you and your family out for dinner! :) Hope your weekend continues to be pleasant and that you don't get sick!
from enfinblue :
BoXx, you couldn't be more correct. Honestly, I was just "thoughtfully musing" in my entry. I'm quite happy and not really worried about it. I think that why it keeps on coming to me from my subconscious is the biological clock thing (the body sends its own messages). You are quite correct though that I don't have to biologically have my own children. :) It will all work out. I do believe. I have to say that I loved this entry of yours so very much. Your family is so rich. You are obviously close, and your kids are clearly terrific people. What a wonderful life you have built! It is very nice of you to share this with us. The mural is terrific (yes, I think that Deigo Rivera is still revered there, non? I really don't know for sure)!! That's talent in action! The teeth story was hilarious! When I was little my brother and I used to play the Ses@me Street Disco record album over and over and over again. My favourite was "I left my cookie at the disco." My parents used to tease me about it. Oh, and we MUST see pics of the new dresses!!!!
from mel-is-dvash :
Hi there! I've just had a chance to read back through a few entries. Ouch, sorry to hear about your teeth! I've just lost a tooth due to a few dentists screwing up and I am NOT happy about it - I don't want to lose another one. Everything seems so different and happy by you. I'm glad to hear (read) it.
from h2odragon :
The murals look great but mostly I am happy that you have all good kids this year. Thank goodness your one bad apple is gone!
from swimmmer72 :
re: trees. Every part of the country has their "something special". You have Yosemite, the California coast, wine country, aka Napa valley, the redwoods. In the northest, we have October! You think that picture is good? Tip of the iceberg, MzBee, tip of the iceberg... Great pictures in your entry, as usual. You have a very happy, loving family! :)
from awittykitty :
I like your son's mural on the side of the building. The tiny handprints imprinted on the edges is a sweet idea. Yay for public art.
from cosmic :
Of course, I was joking! I read a little about Biden. He seems to be a good chice. I get to do an absentee ballot because of my heath situation. My brother already told me his vote will cancel mine out. Oh well. My vote will cancel his too, hehe. I hope Obama gets in. We need change.
from mskindasorta :
Thank you for your kind words and for coming by. The shoes are gorgeous, your daughter is just blossoming in her pregnancy, she is so beautiful. xo
from enfinblue :
BoXx, What CUTE pics! Your kids are so wonderful. I love the mural, and also the shoes. I have a pair of shoes that are very similar! PS Don't be jealous about Italy - it will be nice but you'll have a great time in Mexico. Besides, I will send you some cool stuff from Florence. You'll get to Italy one day, and you will really appreciate it then. You live in a gorgeous place already though. (At least you don't live in Ottawa - hehehehehehe - then you'd really need to get away to Italy. :))
from enfinblue :
Yes, that last poster is right about Clementine. It's very pretty! What wonderful kids you have!!! You are very lucky. :) But you know that. I really hope that your principal doesn't adjust your class. That would be unpleasant. Fingers crossed. PS I got the SF post card today!! What a joy to see it in my mail box. You're too kind, BoXx. :) You made my day AGAIN!
from theflyingrat :
The name Clementine is great, I love it! It makes me think of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. :)
from theflyingrat :
Yay, pictures! Boo is in love with your diary page. More specifically the bee at the bottom that moves its mouth. She always comes to the computer and asks to, "See bah-bee now?" (bumble bee) :) Anyway, I'm glad your kids are there with you! It must be so nice to have them both there at the same time. I am already dreading when my kids move out and they are just little still! Oh and how does your daughter feel about pink? Does she like purple better for a girl color?
from thedetails :
Ouch about the tooth, that's terrible. I can't believe your dentist doesn't use novacain. I don't think I could handle that. I hope that you find a way to get it fixed fast. Tooth pain has to be the worst pain ever!! By the way the kids keep stealing my post card from my desk almost every day, they love the flowers. Thanks
from cosmic :
I forgot to ask. Somehow I misssed the entry when you first said that your new grandbaby's name is going to be Clementine. Is that a family name? I haven't heard that in ages. In fact I don't think aside from the song that I ever have. It'l nice that they aren't doing like a lot of kids these days and naming her after an actress. The world already has enough Brittney's (including my own) Jennifers and Paris? lol
from cosmic :
Owie! I would tell him to take it out and when my insurance kicked in, I would have him make a bridge. Because of bad diet (aka lived on junk food) as a kid, I lost all my teeth by the age of 19. The top ones all came out while pregnant and 17. The others all came out 10 weeks later. The one think I have to say is that even though it's been 36 years, I remember a toothache like it was yesterday. It is the only good thing about dentures.
from mskindasorta :
Hi, I have been reading you for a while now ( I found you through Carolyn aka h2ophobic) and although I have not left any comments or notes (I lost my son this year so although I read journals I rarely feel like commenting) I want to add you to my new journal at a different destination because I won't be coming back here much so wanted to be able to still read you. Your journal is so upbeat and positive, it's a nice read and it sometimes helps to "get away" to read diaries such as yours. Congratulations on the grandbaby. Just to be fair, my journal is rebeckajane.blogspot.com
from swimmmer72 :
That should be LIFE IS SHORT!!! I have lists on my mind... :)
from swimmmer72 :
Re: NEXT. I'm going to have to update my Bucket List to include more things, but I think the next item on my list and one of the ones I'm really excited about is learning to play the piano. Again, way out of my comfort zone, but list is short and I'm not about to start limiting myself to "easy" things. A short term goal is to ride Ravine Flyer II, the roller coaster near my home, sometime before the end of the summer. Yeah, sometime in the next two weeks. It's too easy to be on the Bucket List, but I thought I'd throw that in there anyway. I hope your tooth isn't giving you too much grief!
from enfinblue :
Oh poor Mz Bee! That's rotten! I hope you feel better soon. I sent you a postcard today but now I am worried that I sent it to the wrong address! I hope not! Wishing you well with your dental work. :)
from h2ophobic :
I have never heard of a dentist who refuses to use Novacaine! My dentist not only gives me Novacaine, he gives me "happy" gas too because of my anxiety. Can you shop for another dentist? Perhaps you need to remind him that you are his CUSTOMER and demand Novacaine.
from sunstarr :
Not to put your dentist down, but a crown should last for years. At least a decade or more. My dentist makes his own crowns and in fact, he does such a good job that no one knows I have one even though it's towards the very front of my mouth. And, my dentist always gives me nitrous oxide, novacaine as well as a pill to calm my nerves. (Can't think of the name of it at the moment.) Unless your dentist is stellar at everything else, maybe you may want to look for a new dentist. Just a suggestion.
from ornerypest :
If you can't chew on one side, you're gonna get unequal nutrition and you'll become lopsided! (Haha, believe that and I'll tell you another whopper!)
from swimmmer72 :
Why do you have to pay for the crown TWICE!!?? If it didn't hold, isn't that HIS fault? It's bad enough that his shoddy work is causing you problems and yes, PAIN!! Go to a better dentist; one that uses Novocaine and does it right the first time!
from theflyingrat :
Mouth pain is the worst!! I hope you are feeling better tomorrow. No Novocain? Yikes. Having dental work done is about the only time I demand pain killers!
from life-my-way :
Sorry about the tooth, crowns suck, especially when they abandon you. Hope it all feels better tomorrow.
from fightn4life :
Now I have something to look forward to...I have a tiny chip on my front tooth, dentist said it was not noticeable...I said feels like the grand canyon to my tongue. I'll be going back to get it fixed. Dentists...(shiver) Sandyz
from ms-do :
Yes it does..... but i have moved.... http://thoughts-on-doing.blogspot.com/
from enfinblue :
I think it's great minds because our minds are EXACTLY alike in this regard!!! Long reign the stickies and baggies! (I know that my boss is completely bewildered by me and always looks strangely at my computer screen covered in little sticky notes as he passes by my office. Seriously, it is funny to see his face. :)) Honestly, I just don't care anymore about what he thinks of my process!!!! (Or at least I'm trying not to care. :))
from enfinblue :
BoXx: that's all so lovely, except for the crown. Sorry! I'm glad to have met you, too!! :) Take care of that poor mouth of yours.
from l-empress :
I was going to say you deserve a matching guard for that pretty ring. (Don't you get a new ring by now?) I used my own ring to guard my mother's wedding ring (bigger than mine), but now they're gold-welded together.
from swimmmer72 :
Great idea to get rid of all your "big" clothes. That's a bridge that should be burnt and gives you that extra commitment to keep the weight off. Same thing with your ring, which is beautiful BTW. Thanks for your comment on the Chalkwalks. I'll have more pictures when I get them out of the camera. It was a great year for them and turning into one of the more popular aspects of CelebrateErie. I think it would be a great idea for your classes - a good team building exercise. I'd be happy to give you some tips when/if you are able to get it going. I was figuring out new techniques right up to the end. The more people you get involved, the better! :)
from fightn4life :
You are so right he was my first grandchild and lived with us for five years...his mom so young. He was taken one day on a winding country road, three boys, new bikes and a speeding driver under the influence that did not see them until it was too late. He missed the first two boys hit my grandson head on. He was air lifted to a trauma center but passed in route...our lives have never been the same. Time has softened the blow but there remain days that memories cut the heart and it feels as if it happened yesterday. In spite we move on and continue to trust ourselves to love with out worry about the future...but still thoughts take us back to the day time stopped. Two years this January will be yet another haunting memory...my husband lost his first born with no warning. I can not give advice because every parent already knows...there is no greater loss a human endures. I smile thinking of you as grandma...you look so young. Enjoy every breath, Sandyz
from enfinblue :
I think that yoga is a great idea! :) I'm looking forward to it. I agree completely with your thoughts about the art course. My hesitation right now, I'll admit it, is that I'm feeling insecure about my abilities. And I know that a beginner class would quickly bore me - I just need to get warmed up. I did look into ballroom but the courses offered required that you register with a partner. I only have C., really, who could do it. I doubt that he would, though. He has a few other commitments at the moment and also it gets frustrating for him to always be with me and have people thinking that we're a couple. There is this place though where you can apparently learn tango on a drop-in basis, so I'm going to see if I can get my arse there in September! Oh and I'm taking tennis lessons with my friend A. in the spring of '09 - we've already decided. GREAT suggestions, as always!
from saudades :
I'm going to follow your advice and make a list today, thanks for the encouragement. Oh by the way, I love How to Think Like Leonardo Da Vinci. I listened to it on audibook a loooong time ago, but I think I should buy that book. I love the exercise about learning to walk with your back straight after all those years of evolution. Have a great day, Boxx. :)
from enfinblue :
Thanks, BoXx. I'm going to look up that book today! Yay! Hope you have a GREAT day at school.
from sasori-gal :
Hi Boxx! Just me again. It seems that Diaryland started a new system to prevent spammers so you have to type those 2 words in the box and if there's an error, it doesn't put the comment through. I've noticed that on other diaries when I leave comments and sometimes I can't read what those darn words are!
from just2cusmile :
p.s.~congrats on the baby news-i looked at your daughters belly and said its a girl in there and i was right :) bless you all!
from just2cusmile :
we've been olympic watching nuts too all day and night...girl your body is great and i want some of your tan please :)
from swimmmer72 :
I taught high school most of my teaching career, and while that can be difficult, I have to admit your schedule REALLY sounds screwy. I had different kids every class; one year with 3 preps (3 american histories, 1 ecomonics, and 1 govt and law), but usually only 2 preps. If you had a "bad" class, it only lasted 45 minutes a day. Your schedule, you get the same kids most of the day, which is good for you this year, but then it sounds like you get potential troublemakers from the other teacher's class a couple times. Since you got the good kids, he must have the bad ones, right? With your big classes, you're bound to get a few meatheads. Are you unionized? My classes were always ok, but they went way over the limited number on study halls and they (the union) always wanted me to grieve it, but as a new teacher, I figured that would be the kiss of death, and I'd never get a permanent job. Isn't teaching fun? I've never had regrets, not for doing it or for leaving it. Good luck with your year! :)
from sasori-gal :
A spammer?!? What's up with that? I will send a quick note to D-land to check up on that. Oh gosh...I would LOVE to quote you about getting the same grade level. In my 3 years at this school, I have taught 4 different grade levels and I always have to follow someone that did nothing to the curriculum! Then there are the teachers who have had the same grade level for their whole time at the school and never seem to have to spend prep time or after school time planning or organizing anything. Hmmmm....Enjoy your Sunday!
from enfinblue :
BoXx, I'm going ot have to chide you on the ribcage comment! You cannot diet away a rib cage. Your body looks FANTASTIC, and your legs look long, too. Awesome. I have a front-to-back wide ribcage, and I always say that it's to hold BIG LUNGS! :) (You need good lungs to do any endurance activity.) You should be so proud of yourself. Also, I love navy. I should wear more of it as opposed to black, as well. Navy is soft and very flattering, I think. :)
from sasori-gal :
You look sensational in that dress! I'm so glad that your classroom kids are starting off the year as angels! You deserve a great class. Can't wait to see the shoe drawings. What a great project! And how funny...we have that volcano unit in our science program as well.
from enfinblue :
Thanks, BoXx. I wish we had a JCPenne3y here. It looks very practical and not over-priced, but chic. That dress is VERY chic on you. You look absolutely stunning -so classy and pretty. I love sheath dresses. That one actually is very similar to a Di@ne von Furstenburg dress from this season, only I think that hers is strapless and the middle panel is in camel. I'm not comfortable in strapless. I'm tempted to order online, but I'm always hesitant about fit. I have this weird problem in that in some brands even the zero is too small for me, when really I think I'm more of a 2-4. In DVF I wear a 4 and can even wear a 6. Fit is all over the map these days. :) But I'm determined to do no more shopping. I guess there's a part of me that wants to buy pretty dresses for Italy. But I have more than enough pretty clothes. I'm trying to balance the guilt with the common sense. :) I think I'll feel better if I don't buy anything for six months to a year. It's a goal for happiness and balance!
from cosmic :
I just read your profile. The Movie "What Dreams May Come" is one of my favorites. I love Rombin Williams and I loved the entire storyline, but the biggest reason I loved it? The colors!! I saw it on DVD, and on my 42" screen, but I wish so much that I had seen it at the theater. The colors were so vibrant!
from enfinblue :
BOXx, I want to know where you got that dress! It's stunning on you, and also very classic. You look wonderful (as does everyone else!). Congratulations again, on everything. As for the gluten-free bread...I've tried a whole bunch and haven't found any tasty ones. Wheat flour gives bread that fluffiness that you can't find in other grains. Plus I do love a French baguette. :) But, you've reminded me that I LOVE cornbread, so I'm going to make some this afternoon! Thanks!!!
from boxx9000 :
The future in-laws are Irish. I'm Portuguese from the Azore Islands and Brazil (also Italian and Hawaiian) My daughter was saying they would probably have a blonde hair, blue eyed baby. I said, "HEY, my genes are in there SOMEwhere, it COULD have brown skin and brown eyes!"
from l-empress :
You reminded me: there's a word in Yiddish for your child's in-laws. (Actually, there's a group of words, to designate individuals.) It doesn't translate into English, but grandparents have been known to call them "the opposition." Diversity helps; our grandchild will have Jewish grandparents and Portuguese grandparents.
from mpeacock :
You look about 20 years old! :)
from enfinblue :
Dear BoXx, of the size 8 boxxes!!! YES! Hope the dinner has been good.
from swimmmer72 :
In New York, class sizes in high school was limited to 27. The more you throw into the mix, the bigger chance someone will slip through the cracks. 27 per class still gives you a daily regiment of 135 students - try grading essays questions with those numbers! I'm glad you have good kids. Every once in a while, you get a good year like that! :)
from enfinblue :
That's such great news, BoXx. I'm so happy for you!! It's interesting about class size - I had thought that California was one of the states that had legislated reductions in class sizes. Thirty-two is pretty standard up here, I think, or at least it was when my mom was teaching. I actually don't think that the research evidence shows that students do better in small classes, but I'm speaking out of my you know what at the moment. :) Not sure. Anyhow. Point is that it sounds very promising for you this year! Yay!
from theflyingrat :
32 students is A LOT. I have never been in a class (aside from a college class that I took) where there were more than 25 kids! That is crazy, I'm glad you have a good class this year!
from cosmic :
I am so happy for you! Little girl clothes are so much more fun to shop for (IMHO) Please give Kelly my congrats. It never ceases to amaze me looking at her pictures lately. She is beautiful in every one but what a monumental difference between the short black straight hair and bright make-up and the soft angelic picture on today's entry. She can pull off any style. I love this one best though. She looks like an angel.
from annanotbob :
Ooh how exciting!!! A granddaughter!! Yippee!! So pleased for you all! And very very pleased that the school year started well for you. Independent learners - sounds fabulous! Big hugs and love xxxx
from h2ophobic :
Yay for grandbaby girl boxx! You'll have so much fun buying beautiful dresses for her! P.S. I just read your update from the day before. YAY for exchanging size 10 jeans for size 8! You go girl!
from sasori-gal :
Congratulations! What exciting news and oh how much fun you're going to have with your granddaughter! Chalk up another beauty in the Boxx family! *hugs*
from theflyingrat :
Yay, a granddaughter for you! Woo hoo! Glad your kids this year seem better behaved, hope it lasts! :)
from enfinblue :
You're probably right! I just want what I don't have. :) Mine are my least favourite part of my body. By the way, your daughter's top is really cute! Is that one of the new ones?
from wyndspirit :
Congrats!!! (I was rooting for a girl. Not that it's any of MY business.)
from trulypoetic :
yah it's a girl! Congrats! I'm enjoying your blog...once again. Kristy www.shishnit.org
from enfinblue :
That's fantastic! To be honest, I like girl babies best. :) Though of course any health baby is wonderful! YAY! And happy days at school. :)
from dana-elayne :
Ohhhh congratulations :) I bet she's going to be a simply gorgeous and obviously smarty smart baby!
from mpeacock :
I knew it!!!!!!!!! Now I can't wait (and you're the first to hear this) to be a grandma. Yeah! A Girl!
from enfinblue :
BoXx, You're the most lovely person. I have been so anxious in the last two days - for some unknown reason - and it MADE MY WEEK to get your beautiful post cards. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. You know that you'll be getting cards from Italia, and from Zurich and... :)
from theflyingrat :
Your daughter is GORGEOUS! Those two are going to have one fantastically adorable little baby!
from h2odragon :
School starts in mid august in CA??? No wonder you're wondering where your summer went!
from enfinblue :
Congratulations and wonderful!!! Your daughter really is lovely. Good luck today. :)
from sunstarr :
I'm a list-maker, too!!! And that Kelly of yours... stunning. If she has the baby on 12/8, then that'll be my birthday! Either way, the kid will be a Sagittarian that they are some neat people. (and I should know)
from enfinblue :
Yes, GREAT project! I need it today. Also, BoXx, you're kind to everyone!
from words-4-less :
I would go to Lowe's except we don't have one here. :-(
from swimmmer72 :
Good lists! I'll have to put some thought into this one. Thanks for the idea, MzBee! :)
from sunstarr :
you definitely are an inspiration to focus on the positive in life rather than the negative! i wish you much luck with your new class. just think, another year of adventures! (and lots of artwork, too!!!)
from theflyingrat :
I think I might do this self esteem thing. It certainly couldn't hurt! I am making a digital scrapbook for therapy, it might make a good page. I want to see more of your collages, I love them! :)
from wyndspirit :
Mom got false teeth at 18 because she had gum disease. She claims she has never once regretted it.
from annanotbob :
xxxx{{{hugs}}}xxxx
from thedetails :
I got your post card today, thanks. The kids picked it up from the mail box and were so cute trying to figure out who it was from. "Mom, who do we know in California?" They asked me in an almost accusatory tone. I had to laugh at their suspicious minds. Stretching, that's a great idea. I'm not very flexible anymore either, and I'm only 37. Yikes!
from enfinblue :
Hehehehehehehehe Rain Lady! You're a superstar. I honestly think that your physique looks fantastic, and your resolve is incredible. You can do anything you set your mind to! I'm going to try to learn Italian. It will be a struggle. I need a bit of "boXx" resolve. :)
from fightn4life :
No wonder you are so proud of you...my gosh I am amazed you have accomplished so much. You look cute in those little shorts, and that salad stuff would be better here in my frig. :) Thanks for the comment...hum some do lose their stripes...someone told me it was not possible. He has changed...so much I wonder what happened when I was gone. I refuse to not believe what is in front of my eyes, and very thankful...Sandyz
from l-empress :
Why not request the free sample of Rosetta Stone? I keep hearing how easy it is to learn a language that way. I don't know, because I never had trouble learning languages the formal way.
from h2ophobic :
What a fun way to end your summer vacation! You look great in those shorts. When I discovered that I'd gone down to a size 6, Shelby said to me "Mom, you're only 2 sizes bigger than me!" She was smiling when she said it, but I could tell she was thinking "This is SOOO wrong!"
from sunstarr :
I absolutely *LOVE* *LOVE* *LOVE* those board shorts! The colors and style is totally up my alley. And the salad looked tasty (well the fixins anyhow). Nice tan!!
from annanotbob :
I think you look beautiful exactly how you are. Curves are great - don't keep going until you're skinny as that's not a good look on anyone but the young! Wishing you a great first day back with lots of love and hugs xxxx
from curiouoso :
What was your sisters name? Perhaps I knew Her well or not. I went to winton Jr high so was with many of these students for 6 years. Curiouoso*
from mpeacock :
YOu are so cool! My foriegn language is somewhat on the backburner (Mo starts spanish tomorrow and my students speak French to me) and I haven't studied my pilot stuff for a few days because I am so behind on the show I am directing (not my fault but it is what it is). Good luck tomorrow. I have students tomorrow.
from thedetails :
Wow, your co-workers are going to notice for sure. If they don't then they have to be blind. Have a good first day back.
from enfinblue :
I'm guessing no Guinness in Mexico. You're going to laugh though - one of the things that I've read in all the tour books about Florence is that Irish pubs are the trendy thing right now. I did see a couple of them when I was there and walking around with the English guy, but of course we didn't go into any. I LOOOOOVEEE Guinness, but it seems a bit odd to go into an Irish pub when in Firenze. :) I love Italian food and wine WAAAAY too much. Maybe this time I'll try out a Guinness though, if M. will go with me. ;)
from enfinblue :
Oops I didn't mean "find it within myself to understand." I meant more "find it within myself to ask for what I deserve, to feel good about myself."
from enfinblue :
BoXx, It was really kind of you to share that with me. I hope that I can find it within me to understand. Two of my boyfriends cheated on me (they were idiots, anyhow :)), and my ex-fiance whilst I don't think he cheated physically, made me feel really, really inferior to his ex-girlfriends by what he said. It was absolutely devastating. I do agree though that a part of it was my responsibility, for not thinking well enough of myself to expect better.
from enfinblue :
Thanks, BoXx. I wasn't fishing for compliments. Really, I am not a pretty girl. I'm a lot of other things, which make me what I think is an attractive girl. And that's OK. Men really don't seem to like me that much though. I don't know what it is. Probably that I have too big of a mouth. :) But it doesn't matter! I just wish I understood why old men, on the other hand, are CRAZY about me. You have no idea how many older men like me! It's quite insane. And when I say old men I mean actually old, as in 70 or 80 years of age! It makes me laugh. My landlord has to be 70 if he's a day, and today again he invited me to go to Paris with him, all the while trying to touch my face in a flirtatious way. I really have to laugh! :)
from enfinblue :
Ah BoXx, you're so lovely. And beautiful. Your daughter is beautiful, too. I always wished I were beautiful, but I guess we have to be happy with what we get. :)
from cosmic :
I have a challange for Dave. I need him to invent a recipe for me. I saw a picture of spinache stuffed peppers but it didn't have the recipe. I would like to know if he can make up a recipe using spinach, ricotta tomato sauce and anything else that would give it a good flavor. No meat though. Do you eat cheese? If so, this would benifit both of us! And thanks for the post card! It looks like a fascinating place!
from enfinblue :
Beautiful pics, BoXx. I love them - they shared your peace with me. :) You know, the whole diet thing is difficult, because it involves creating a new relationship with food. It's the same reason why dating is difficult for some of us ;-) - because it requires a whole change of habits and thinking. :)
from annanotbob :
So glad you had a fun Saturday - school work always gets done somehow or if not we manage to get round it, but days with your lovely husband are worth much more! Have a good Sunday too - day of rest, you know, not allowed to work. Thanks for your compliment about my kids - their dad is Venezuelan and his dad is Indio - non-Spanish - which comes through in them I think. We're lucky with our children, you and me, aren't we? Hugs xxx
from enfinblue :
Thanks, BoXx. That's really kind. It's my favourite dress, because it makes me feel very bright and happy. I think that maybe I like it too because it symbolizes not hiding, because most of the time in my life I try not to be noticed by anyone. When I'm wearing that dress people always notice me. Red. :)
from enfinblue :
That's wonderful - hold onto it. :) I'm holding onto my good feeling. Thanks for the photobuck3t suggestion!
from sasori-gal :
I'm feelin' that "freeze frame" moment all the way over here! Keep it up~ you look fabulous! (Positivity radiates!)
from fifidellabon :
Hooray for the happy! I know that "freeze-frame moment well! XOFifi
from curiouoso :
I graduated in 1969 so I wasn't there when you were. (I was always `1 year ahead of my age group) Both my brothers, peter Wheater and Rinaldo started in 69-70 and would have graduated in 1973. Interestingly enough, the classes immediately before mine 1960-1964, were volunteering for Nam and looked ike late 50's people or early 60's girls with Big Hair. Our class started loking more like surfers and some may have started grass nar the end. If you missed cut 1 class you lost a grade point in every class. When P & R were there, kids were passing out in class from drugs and the teachers would often just wake them up. No penalty! What a change.... You might have known the girls next door, Debby and Lisa Kadulabowski (?) both of whom were cheerleaders. Or on the other side, Eloy Ramirez, and the Visnor's, Dennis & Donnie around the corner, all about your age. Enough for now, Curiouoso* http://www.myspace.com/sunsethighscoolinhayward http://www.sunsethighclassof76.com/ http://www.geocities.com/athens/acropolis/6178/index.htm
from annanotbob :
Hurrah!! I got one and you got one!!! Kiss kiss xxx
from boxx9000 :
pot cards? No I'm trying to eat LESS and not MORE! hehehe.
from im2qt2kr :
well, I hope your happiness isn't because your getting those "pot" cards....haaaa...just teasing about the typo. Your doing a fantastic job making positive changes in your life. I so happy for you...and hoping it rubs off a bit in my direction. I especially love the art photos. Big Hug Ms. Boxx
from curiouoso :
No, Never heard of Castro Valley, that bastion of white people (at least back in those days). I grew up in Hayward and went to Sunset High, the dreaded tough school. I never noticed it that way. Castro Valley High was a place of unreachable pretty girls I thought. Many of my friends at church went to Hayward High. I then went to Chabot J.C. to keep out of Viet Nam, then on to Cal State Hayward. My first real job, as a life insurance agent, was in Castro Valley in 1974-75. Sounds like we probably passed each by, or at least your older siblings, I'm 56, pretty regularly. A toast to my rotton high school years, Curiouoso*
from paeggan :
I like your heart and soul - thank you for sharing your love with the world :-)
from wyndspirit :
You didn't put all 4 sets, but my current IP is starting with 98.135, so it could have been me. I don't know how they figure the IPs when it's using the cell towers. I know, I'm terrible about letting people know I'm playing catchup with diaries. Didn't mean to worry you, sorry!
from wyndspirit :
I'm certainly not in Arkansas, but I was playing catchup yesterday and read about a week's worth of entries. I have no idea what ISP you see when I'm online using my cell phone. (If the signal could bounce that far, I ought to have a MUCH better connection than I do!!!)
from enfinblue :
Sorry for the THIRD note, but I totally forgot about the Paris calendar. Unfortunately, I went back to the O3cd website and that job was no longer posted. They must have received too many applications and closed the competition early. I think I will go to Paris in the spring though. I've realized that I'm not going to meet the man of my dreams and settle down any time soon, so there is no reason for me not to take my holidays and make the most of them. I think I will find a way to do an art trip to sites in Paris then in spring. :) And then maybe back to Italy in fall! It's small compensation for not having a family, but it is nice. :)
from enfinblue :
PS I can imagine the pressure in gymnastics! It must have been dreadful. For me, I'll never forget when a famous American running agent came up to me and told me that I would have run a race better if I had been 5-10 lbs lighter. At the time I was probably something like 110-115 (I've always been densely muscular in the legs and I'm nearly 5'7"). There was no way that I could have been healthy and lost ten lbs! The thing that struck me most about it though was that at that moment I had been so happy as I had just placed I think 7th in good field in a good marathon. My boyfriend had come 4th. We were heading out for a stek dinner. That guy just completely deflated my joy for a moment. People are awful, non?
from enfinblue :
Thanks, BoXx. I think you're exactly correct!
from enfinblue :
BoXx, you're so cute! I would meet you on Opr@ah anytime. :) Yes, I'm feeling really happy at the moment. To be honest, I really think it is gluten. I've cut it out again and already I feel infinitely better than I did before. I can't explain it but I just feel normal. And I've probably lost about two to three pounds in the last week, which tells me that my body is equilibriating. It just feels cleaner. Anyhow. I hope that you have FANTASTIC WEEKEND. Oh, with the stats...believe it or not I NEVER check mine. I think I've looked at it twice. The thing is that I kind of think: what do I have to hide? Really nothing. Probably someone loved the pictures that you posted of the artwork or something. But if it bothers you then I respect your decision if you want to lock your diary. :)
from h2ophobic :
One of the reasons I've never been tempted to have a gold membership is because I know that with my OCD, I would be constantly checking my stats and worrying about who was reading me. Ignorance is bliss. ;o) Your diary is interesting and fun to read. Perhaps someone found you from one of their favorites. I know that when I find a new diary, I like to go back and read at least a few months worth of entries, to kind of figure out who and what they're writing about.
from annanotbob :
Hello! Thanks for the postcard!!! I hope mine find their way to you eventually but meanwhile I'm off downtown to buy a few more. I did want you to have some from somewhere else though, but que sera sera. Happy weekend dear Boxx xxx
from enfinblue :
It IS my lucky day. How did you know?? I LOOOOOOOVE the sculptures. :)
from l-empress :
I wrote a couple of months ago about how 8 is significant to me. I still don't know if it will be bad or good. The old guy is *not* doing well.
from swimmmer72 :
You have to LOVE California for its sheer wackiness! PA and NY are much more conservative with their art, and it isn't that they don't have their share of eccentric stuff (Sculpture Park, for example), but it isn't usually in residential areas. Even in urban settings, they tend to be few and far apart OR concentrated in one specific area. Your pictures do a great job of capturing the feel of the neighborhood! :)
from mpeacock :
No it's hot, hot! And humid today as a monsoon rain last night. I just went for a run and bugs stuck to my face. Thanks for the post card!
from words-4-less :
Wow. School starts EARLY there. Our schools don't start until after Labor Day. I was wondering why you were in your classroom already. Now I know.
from annanotbob :
Ach, schools - do more with less seems to be all they can say. Have a good nap honey and we'll see you later xxxx ps I've done that stamps thing too - I have airmail and stamps to USA in my purse. Now I just need to leave the house again xxx
from enfinblue :
PPS SOrry that you're under so much stress. To be honest, it reminds me so much of when my mom was teaching (she's now retired). I actually used to go in and paint all of the sets for her musical productions. (She was a music teacher.) It's always the same. And teachers everywhere seem to get stuck buying their own supplies. :( But, it is true, you can focus on the positive. Grandbaby coming! Grandbaby coming!
from enfinblue :
PS How did you end up with a shirt with teeth all over it???
from enfinblue :
This is all so great, BoXx! It's really all about learning to value and honour yourself, isn't it? I love that mural, by the way - I want one in my house. :)
from l-empress :
For current rates of postage, go to usps.com. I keep a supply of 1-cent stamps in case of rate changes. And YOU have a version of that old song, "I've Got Those Wake-up Seven-Thirty, Wash Your Ears -- They're Dirty, Eat Your Eggs and Oatmeal, Rush to School Blues."
from mpeacock :
I have wanted to run before school the past two days but have been ooh too tired to get out of bed. I admire you for getting up so early. I have to start school at 7:30. I am hoping I won't be so tired in a few days. :)
from sunstarr :
btw...password for my diary: mw1208
from sasori-gal :
Love, love the T-shirt! Ohhhh, I have my first dental appointment ever in Japan tomorrow morning. I will have to be brave like you. I am NOT looking forward to it even though everyone swears this dentist is amazing.
from sunstarr :
welllll....ok, instead of poofy, do you like fluffy?? *grin* I guess I just think it's mean to say someone is fat regardless of the fact that they may very well be so. just a personal thing i guess. the bottom line is that you've worked so hard and you're reaping the fruits of your labor! (and the vegetables, too...ha ha!) great pics, too. hope you have a wonderful rest of your day!
from fifidellabon :
That's it exactly! I must learn to say "no" and to put myself first. I simply must! XOFifi
from annanotbob :
Hugs and hugs and hugs xxxx
from enfinblue :
Thanks, BoXx. I'm really glad as well - makes me feel appreciated in a small way. You know, I was just thinking about the determination that you have that has enabled you to do what you have done. It's amazing!
from enfinblue :
You really are such a terrific lady, BoXx. A true inspiration. I'm glad to know you, if only over the Internet. And what a lovely, helpful daughter you have!
from rose-phoenix :
You're an inspiration. I have just started working out again and reading your blog will hopefully keep me on track. I hope that one day I'll look back at recent photos of me now, the ones I always throw away, and feel good about the fact that I no longer look like this one day.
from sunstarr :
First, that pic of you... well, you definitely were a lot "poofier". I don't like saying that anyone is fat, so I use the word "poofy". Isn't that kinda cute? Anyway... Second, thank you for the lovely post card. That was a neat surprise. However... I guess you may not know this, but my name is Michele. Yep. Dad spelled it all wonky with just one L. In fact, I've been threatening to buy a vanity plate and put on it: "One L". So, thanks again. It was really cool to receive something other than junk & bills in my mailboXx. (hee hee...)
from h2ophobic :
You look so great! But, I must say I've always thought you were beautiful...heavy or thin. Why? Because you're my friend and when I look at a photo of you, I see your heart, which is so full of love.
from annanotbob :
Gorgeous!! I think you're at the right place with your weight. Wishing you an interested class with no real baddies (let's not even mention the words) Hugs xxx
from mpeacock :
Blessed!!! :)
from thedetails :
You are looking amazing. You've given me an idea with your 'before and after' pictures. I'm planning on joining this new gym that's right on the bus route to and from work, and before I start I'm going to take before and after pictures. I think I'll enjoy being able to post the difference once I get really working out.
from life-my-way :
Unbelievable, that does not even look like you. Amazing. And way to go!!!
from sasori-gal :
Those before and now pics are amazing and a credit to you for how much you have done. You should be very proud of yourself and as I have said many times, you are such an inspiration and proof of what a little hard work, perserverance and a positive attitude can accomplish! Well done!
from enfinblue :
Yes, good luck! Good vibes to your son! So exciting! You have lots of good things coming up. Funny, I was going to say that those looked like Italian cypress trees! I really do feel like an old lady when it comes to music, but that's OK. These days I really think of it as something positive, i.e. of being a part of a particular generation. For no matter how much 1980s music this younger generation plays, they will never have been there. :)
from sasori-gal :
Good luck, good vibes and boundless energy being sent out your way! (And thanks for your message...*blush*)
from just2cusmile :
im way behind on reading everybodys diarys-i didnt know your daughter is expecting?! CONGRATS! How far along is she?
from mpeacock :
Have fun at school! :)
from annanotbob :
Well I have no idea how I came up with 95472, but that's what I have. Tarnation - I'll just have to go back to Dorset and back to the festival. Sigh xxx
from annanotbob :
Hello!! So sad to hear you're back at work already, boo hoo. Lovely collages though and what brilliant mosaics!! You look utterly gorgeous my dear, so fit and alive and gleaming with health - go you!! I have been sending you postcards on my travels but the zip code I have in my address book is not the one on your sticker - will they float around forever... Hope not. Love and hugs xxx
from h2ophobic :
I was raised with the saying "if you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all." When my aunt was sending me TOXIC emails and letters, I would just delete/toss them and go on. But...every once in a while, my mouth ignores my upbringing and the words SPEW from my mouth. My family and friends have learned the warning signs of an oncoming rant. It always begins with "You know what?" Then I let loose. We used to be very close to another family here. Both of their kids were constantly in trouble. Finally, we ended the friendship, because we felt like hypocrites, never saying anything about their kids behavior. The daughter? Unmarried with 3 kids. The son? On his way to prison for breaking and entering (his 3rd offense) and (I've lost count of how many) DUI. I often wonder if I'd had the courage to say something several years ago...would the kids have turned out differently?
from fifidellabon :
You are a ray of sunshine! Thank you so much for all of your positive energy! XOFifi
from sunstarr :
i mean this in the best way... considering your age, i don't think you look fat in your so called "fat" pics. however, i can definitely see how hard you've worked to get slim & trim. nicely done!! it takes extra effort the older someone gets to make a commitment to exercise and eat right because the older we get, the harder it is. Kudos!!
from enfinblue :
PS It's completely OK to rant. It's necessary to release those feelings, too. Incidentally, my mom would always say that thing about not saying anything at all if one doesn't have anything nice to say. I believe it to a point, in that, at least where I come from, people were using it to mean that you shouldn't gossip about people or throw stones. My family came from a rural community originally, so not talking unkindly about others I would imagine is an important kind of social regulation. As for everything else, I think that it is important to speak and be honest. I don't believe in actively hurting people, but I don't believe in hiding from the truth. So it's tricky. Would I have the courage to risk my own life for something that I believe in? I sometimes think yes and I sometimes think no. Would I risk the lives of my loved ones? Even tougher question.
from enfinblue :
You're so gorgeous, BoXx. (An Australian friend always calls me "gorgeous" when she means a beautiful person - the expression applies to you.) Anyone who can make those beautiful collages and have such empathy and caring (and also strength, perseverence and endurance) can do anything! My mom often taught mixed grades. I know how challenging a job teaching can be. Just think though: at least you are helping kids and not playing with taxes! :)
from curiouoso :
Hah! I caught you! you haven't really read me! you just skim for the good parts! Remember, She got dumped here by her rejected paramour. i love good old mom, but She drives you nuts in day or two. She's got Amy and I at each others throats in less than 8 days, and that's after 28 years of marriage! My brother Ron just called and he said that she told his wife, retiring at 46 after 25 years with the sparks P.D. and $4000 a month, that she should work till shes 51 and get $5000 instead, even though she hates her boss. Then every visit she tries to "understand" thier living arrangements, and "improve" them. I can't visit there more than 3 days, because as my Great Aunt always said, "Relatives and Dead fish stink after 3 days!" BTW, 3rd times a charm, it worked for me! Yeah, maybe we could ride bicycles around the wine country, or out to Korbell...you're halfway there already! (I used to go from Petaluma), or like your son, from the Ggate bridge to the Russian River. You do like wine, right? There's nothing like wine tasting all day and hopefully navigating back to Calistoga from Napa Valley, or Sebastopol from the river area. What do you think? Can your hubby come too? or will he just pick up a couple soggy wine tasters at a safe spot and return us to base? Curiouoso*
from dana-elayne :
I taught a split curriculum room last year and I have all inclusion classes this year. You can do it...why? Because you're teachers and we're awesome like that! =) I am mad, mad, mad about the mural. Some people's kids!
from h2odragon :
Great collages illustrating great ideas. BTW I got another surprise postcard again. Thanks!
from trulypoetic :
Hey boxx lady....you're looking great. I see that you're back to your old blog updating here. I'm so glad...because I've wondered how you are. I'm writing at www.shishnit.org but logged into diaryland to check it out.....glad I found you. Oh and congrats on the future grandbaby....such sweet news for me to find....so exciting!!! Your daughter looks as beautiful as ever...and you are one hott grandma.
from fightn4life :
Loved the peace pictures you posted, they look like the painting that was put on my jeans during the VietNam era...Lord my age just flashed before me. <Gah> I agree some times it is much easier to sit back longing for peace, harder to get out there and do something to smooth the edges. I think of Mother Teresa's words when asked to be in a march to protest the war...she said "no, but march for peace and I'll be there." I don't envy your job but if I had young ones in school I would feel honored to have you as their teacher. Hope tomorrow is a better day. Just stay in the moment. (Easy to say I know) Sandyz
from enfinblue :
Gosh I leave too many notes! PS I'm sorry about your husband's aches and pains...I wasn't laughing at them.
from enfinblue :
PS Oh my, I just read your warning about the body falling apart. :( Hehehehehe. You're so funny. It's true, though, and I will heed your warning. :)
from enfinblue :
Well, you were always beautiful, but your recent accomplishment is really something to stand up and applaud! Yay! You're inspirational.
from just2cusmile :
you look cute with your hair pulled up and you have great legs-congrats on the weight lose
from swimmmer72 :
WOW!! That's a BIG difference! You should be proud of yourself! I know I am - anyone that can set their mind on a goal and stick to it like you have deserves all the respect in the world! :) Having said that, that is only weight. You are a good person no matter how much you weigh! Keeping yourself creative and energetic simply gives you happiness as well as mentally and physically vitality. You go, MzBee! :)
from h2odragon :
Now I'm the one 50 pounds overweight. I'll use you as my inspiration.
from swimmmer72 :
Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that people have painted some of my other pictures. Boann, no longer active, painted at least a couple of my pictures from the Ithaca area, at least one of which she put on her diary. It turned out very nice. Always inspirations out there, huh, just like yourself! :)
from swimmmer72 :
Re: painting. I haven't painted for a long time, but I agree, they would make for an interesting model. Down the road, I hope to get back into it; I think sunset pics would also work well! I wouldn't have to worry about losing the scene as the minutes tick away! :)
from enfinblue :
THat's the best part - it has regular bike shorts underneath, and then the skirt is light and layered/crossed-over on top! Very comfy. I thought it was silly at first but now it is my favourite thing. I will wear it in Italy. ;-)
from enfinblue :
PS I love the mosaic of the children. About work: I know exactly how you feel. It won't be as bad as it feels it might be. I do wish that you could take a longer holiday though. You do return to school quite soon!
from enfinblue :
BoXx, don't tell me this! Besides, you look and feel better than you did ten years ago, right?? :) I'll be fine. I ran without injury for so many years because I'm patient and always fully rehabilitate an injury before getting back to it. It's probably my only good trait - the ability to wait. :)
from l-empress :
"Combo class next year"? This IS next year; combo class next week! I'm glad you had a nice vacation.
from swimmmer72 :
It's hard not to feel constricted when school starts this early. In PA, it doesn't start until the end of the month, and it isn't until after Labor Day in NY. I've found that if I'm working a lot, I can handle almost anything, but when I start getting days off, I don't want to go back. I can imagine it is worse after having an extended break like you've had. Well, good luck with the new school year! :)
from h2ophobic :
I can't believe your school starts so early! After working for the district for 3 years and having children in school here for 12 years, I just last week figured out that school always starts here the last Thursday in August and ends the first Friday in June. I may be slow...but eventually I catch on! I hope you have a great year this year. Jeff was in a split 4/5th grade class for a couple of years. He did really well and loved his teacher (he had her for both grades.) All of the teachers at your school are going to be amazed when you come in with your skinny-miny body and new attitude! Keep good thoughts...NO devil child(ren) this year!
from sasori-gal :
Why is it that vacation time goes so fast? Then again, I can't complain too much. My Japanese co-workers only get about a week of vacation! ALL teachers need vacation to get re-energized for the upcoming year/term. Good luck on your first day back. I'm sure you'll get a lot done.
from enfinblue :
BoXx, What a beautiful entry! On all fronts. CONGRATULATIONS! And yes, you look gorgeous, too. :) Well done. Your posts are always inspiring to me, so I'm glad that mine conjured a good memory for you.
from h2ophobic :
Look at you all skinny-miny in your bikini!
from mpeacock :
:) :) :) :) :) You look SO GOOD!!!!!!! :) Yeah, good stuff all around!!!!!
from thedetails :
You look so great in that color and I laughed when I read that bit about the divorce aging you 10 years and now you're even. That was pretty good! Kelly looks great, Dave looks like he's doing very well. So you are also counting fat grams as well, can you add anything else to your diet plan that can add a little bit more 'counting or regulating' on your part?? Hmmm, I shouldn't mock because 'Dahling, you are looking Fah-bu-lus!
from h2odragon :
Hi! Thanks for the surprise postcards. I loved them. That artist looks very interesting but does every picture of a woman have a unibrow?
from enfinblue :
Thanks, as always, for your kindness! That's very interesting. I hope that you have a wonderful weekend!
from boxx9000 :
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from cocoabean :
Boxx, no one hated you, I know I sure didn't!
from enfinblue :
Good for you, BoXx. I know from my own experience that the only way to achieve a fitness goal, for example, is to really set out rules and commit to them. I always noticed with my ex-fiance that what differentiated him from other athletes is the level of commitment that he had to things. So, that was a round-a-bout way of saying that it's your diary and you can plot out whatever you like in it! Good stuff. I'm sorry to hear, on a more important topic, about your mom and your grandma. You make a very good point.
from enfinblue :
Those pics are tremendous. I also forgot to mention that the L33 Miller link is also great on the gallery site. Thanks!
from enfinblue :
BoXx, I just loved the Fr!da link. Great video footage - thanks so much!
from enfinblue :
THanks for your kind words, BoXx. Also, thanks for sharing your beautiful cheer and photos, as always. I understand how you feel about returning to work. :( I hope it is not as stressful as you imagine. You'll be great! And you also have a grandbaby coming!!!! How exciting. :) I am quite envious that you could go to see Frida Kahlo's work. I've never actually seen any of her work in person. I would love to be able to do so. Well...I think I should go off to have a Guinness. First, I have ordered a pizza from my favourite Italian place and so I am going to go and pick it up. I also have a few nice other things planned for the weekend. :)
from sasori-gal :
The photos are great! I love those mosaics and of course, I loved all your non-food purchases. Ohhh, I wonder why I'm craving Mexican food right now! I can't believe how early you'll be back to school. Then again, I just started my summer holidays on Thursday. Continue to enjoy your summer.
from cosmic :
That's right! Thank God for Microwaves! Though now, being a vegetarian, it seems it would be much easier. I just started Atkins again today. Wish me luck!!
from im2qt2kr :
I LOVE all the mosaics you've been showing (Art is something you and I share in common) I had a sweet deal going with a guy at Lowe's (not that kind) He'd save all the broken tiles in big buckets, and I'd buy them for $1..unfortuantely, mostly whites, off whites, etc...but, I started doing my back patio. I got half way through and then the store decided to send the broken ones in for refunds. Bummer!
from swimmmer72 :
WOW!! Where were those pictures (hands, etc) taken? Very creative! I think it says a lot about a city when they make a point to include artistic endeavors around their town. Nice pictures, and thanks again for sharing! :)
from cosmic :
"The only FOOD item I had in MY cart were three LIMES. hehehehe. That's WHY he does all the cooking in our relationship." Remind me again how you managed to stay alive when you two were apart?
from h2odragon :
You are going to be the worlds best grandmother (and the best looking!)
from thedetails :
Kelly takes such beautiful photos, although the last one sort of has that 'ok take this last photo will you, remember it's the LAST ONE' type look to it. I can't believe you are going back to school already. That's way too soon. I'm so glad that we still don't go back until after Labour Day. Kelly looks great by the way, pregnancy really becomes her, of course when doens't she look great?
from mpeacock :
Not biased. She is more than pretty!!!!! She is stunning!
from starkitten01 :
She's beautiful just like her Mom! :)
from enfinblue :
PS Thanks for sharing the mosaics. I felt as though I was in a beautiful garden as I looked at them. As for the anxiety, you'll be fine. I can sympathize though.
from enfinblue :
She really is lovely, BoXx.
from theflyingrat :
Kelly is extremely gorgeous! When is her due date?
from swimmmer72 :
Yep! That was Saturday and I'm betting that all trances are already gone with the wind and surf and the vast number of beachgoers that have reclaimed their turf! Thanks for the comment, MzBee! ;)
from rose-phoenix :
love those mosaics! try not to worry, you'll be fantastic.
from sunstarr :
those are pretty rockin' mosiacs! and i can understand about being worried, but i'm sure you'd do fine teaching another batch of great kids this year. not only that, but your wise words seem to strike a chord with me today. nicely put!
from h2ophobic :
I always love the photos of your artwork. I don't have an artistic cell in my body (Aries...we're logical/organized/OCD.) Because of that, I not only appreciate artwork, I'm amazed by it. It's like magic to me what others can create. We have several GOOD pieces of artwork and I cherish them. Shelby, on the other hand is VERY artistic and amazes me on a daily basis with her talent.
from swimmmer72 :
The mosaics are GREAT!! I love all the different types, colors and shapes! School anxiety? It is probably the worst part of the teaching experience and one of the aspects I was most happy to leave behind. The changing environment completely removes any feeling of a "comfort zone" and I fully remember walking into school on the first day of a new year wondering what surprises were awaiting me. With dread! My current job still has elements of that but we get new kids one at a time, NOT walking into a new group of 135 students! YIKES! All I can say is that you are a good teacher and you'll figure out a way to have them doing exactly what you want them to do! :)
from h2ophobic :
It took me about 12 edits to get my photo entry the way I wanted it. (I am SO computer illiterate!) If you stop by again, there are explanations of the photos at the end of the entry.
from cosmic :
http://www.state.nj.us/health/vital/nongenealogical.shtml I LOVE YOUR BALCONY!!
from saudades :
Oh!! Vegan Mexican food, that sounds so good! =)
from sunstarr :
yay! you finally got your notes working. i was reading there for awhile but stopped because i couldn't figure out how to leave you comments. anyway, good for you for getting new shoes. i don't know if you know this or not, but pretty much it's good to replace your shoes every 6mos expecially with as intensely as you exercise. in fact, it may even be worthwhile to try to buy them quarterly to keep your tootsies happy and pain-free! :-)
from fifidellabon :
Hallo, Ms. bee! Re: birth certificate, we just had to get Biba's because apprently we forgot, and we needed to get her passport. You go to the municipal office of whatever town Mr. Bee was born, or call, and if you tell the clerk what you are after, you'll get all the direction that you need! XOFifi. Pee Ess, I am thinking of sending you an alternapostcard...if I can find it!
from swimmmer72 :
You are smart to rest your legs! Shins are notorious for slow healing. I'm currently battling hip, knee, and groin aches, all on the right leg. Usually, I get them all one at a time, but it seems like I have the "perfect storm" of injuries going on! I'm glad you have some good alternatives - mine consists of a lot of "kayak time". Re: birth certificate. I researched this for NADYA 2, and thanks to Homeland Security, it's a hassle. You'll probably need all kinds of documentation to prove you are who you say you are and you'll probably have to go through some sort of NJ Dept of Records website. The hospital where he was born will probably be able to get you started, and I'm sure there is a website where you can get it done. Good luck, and rest those legs! ;)
from enfinblue :
Those pics are so lovely, BoXx. Also the post card from Anna. She has wonderful taste. I will send you some more exciting ones than I did, when I have the chance. By the way, Greece is high on my list of desirable destinations as well! Enjoy your Mexican luncheon!
from enfinblue :
Wheee!!!! BoXx is back! Looks like you had a great time. Losing 1 lb. per week is perfect, because slow and steady means permanent! Go BoXx! Great shoes and I looove the collage with your head on the yoga body. So cute.
from wordwhore :
it's long been a theory amongst dietitians that eating frequent, smaller meals is better for all sorts of reasons - blood sugar levels, ulcers, metabolism...i'm sure there must be others of which i am unaware. <br>
from mpeacock :
You look totally stunning now!!!! Thanks for all the kind words and I am so glad everything is great for you now, you deserve it! :)
from cosmic :
OMG, you are too funny! I looked at that top picture and thought, Oh no, she didn't paste her picture over the other one. Then you said you did! That is so cute!
from giannarazi :
Yes yes yes you were MISSED!!! I'm glad you both had fun. You will have to post an entry about your MIL. Seemed like the relationship took a turn for the improvement. How did you feel about it besides thrilled to have a walking partner. I know all of this made your husband happier too. Definitely looking forward to pictures.
from theflyingrat :
I missed you! I'm glad you had a great time, you look fantastic!
from wyndspirit :
My hand hurts just seeing that pic of him holding that book! It's hard to read the series I'm on, because they are from 600-900 pages, and even for a small paperback, that gets heavy!
from cosmic :
Welcome! Thanks for the postcard. I got it last week, I think. Of all those pictures you too (and they were great!), I love the sneakers best. I wish I could get my swollen feet under control so I could get a pair. They are the most feminine sneakers I have ever seen! Adorable!
from h2ophobic :
I'm so glad (and a little surprised) that you had such a good visit with your in-laws. I missed you terribly and began having withdrawal symptoms. ;o)
from annanotbob :
I've missed you!!! Thanks for the wine country post card - so good to know you're thinking of me, dearest Boxx xxxxx
from annanotbob :
Thanks for the postcard!! hugs xxxx
from wyndspirit :
Thanks for the postcard--I did get it a few days ago, but I haven't been online. Will see what I can do about getting you something from NH (my OTHER home), but may be awhile.
from l-empress :
It is now Friday, about 9:25 a.m. your time. I was sure that by now you would be telling us all whether it's a boy or a girl!
from mpeacock :
BTW thanks for the postcard! I do read efinblue. :)
from enfinblue :
BoXx, Your collages are outstanding! Such artistry and such depth. I just love looking at them. They make mine look like complete crap! I suppose though that I was making mine as self-awareness therapy exercise thingies rather than art pieces... :) I just love yours so much. I like what you said about not needing to travel. I think it's like what that note on one of your collages says - you go away in order to come back and have new eyes. It's a rephrasing of a TS Eliot line about returning to "see the place for the first time." That's what I've learned from my travels - to see Canada in its good and bad with a balanced eye, and to understand that every place has its beauties and its horrors. :) So I hope that you have a great weekend, and also that you continue to look forward to all of the great and wonderful voyages in your future.
from swimmmer72 :
Yes, very Andy Goldsworthy! You should see him puttering around on the beach, then sitting back and studying his creations, figuring out what to do next! This is just a bump on his road that won't stop him at all! Thanks for the comment! ;)
from swimmmer72 :
You are right about your local travel! Once I start RV'ing, I plan on spending a lot of time in your area. I could spend a month just in Yosemite, but you also have the coast and the redwoods and wine country! Just for starters! Your collages continue to be a great way to showcase your remarkable creative spirit. I can't wait to see what you come up with next! :)
from l-empress :
Our state and city governments are pushing local tourism this year because of the price of gas. There's something brewing in my brain, tentatively titled "Is This Trip Necessary?"
from h2ophobic :
Kelly looks so pretty and happy! It cracks me up everytime you write about Sid being so attached to Dave. He's definitely a "grampa's boy." Idgie is like that with Bill. If he sits down, she's on his lap in a nano second.
from soapboxdiner :
Gramma-Boxx, what a beautiful family you have! They absolutely glow, don't they? :)
from enfinblue :
That's so cute, BoXx. I envy you. :) Don't feel obligated to read. I must say that it was maybe a bit like collages are for you - a long but worthwhile exercise for me. I feel much better for it. As I state at the bottom of the entry I have been feeling really small, like kind of half a person lately. Writing that entry made me realize that there was a good reason that I ended up with a sick day today - I needed to remember that life is *more* than what it has been for me in recent months. :)
from enfinblue :
That's a GREAT idea, BoXx. I would come and help you if I lived there. I will see if I can find something here. I already volunteer usually at night, since that's when the gigs that I can do regularly occur. :)
from l-empress :
I always preferred swimming to other exercise, because you don't get all sweaty. It's not an option now, but maybe someday...
from mpeacock :
I will try to take photos of my pool for you today. I was at the Urgent care then ER with Mo last night. Urgent care thought he had pneumonia, but alas no (good) but cost almost $300. total. Anyway he's still feverish and am calling docs. etc. Fun, fun, fun. Can't wait to hear about baby news!!!
from theflyingrat :
I am loving all your collages. Makes me want to start doing them again. Good luck at the appointment tomorrow, ultrasounds are wonderful!
from enfinblue :
Thanks BoXx. I'm not very sick yet, so hopefully it will not get worse. Mostly it will probably be good just to have a relaxing, refreshing day so that I can return to the office in good form tomorrow. I usually can avoid major illness. Probably sleep will get rid of the sore throat, plus my body is trying to burn off whatever it is with the temperature. I should really start taking my sick days when I am well. Since I've never taken one before I have about 800 of them stored up. :) We also get one family day and one volunteer day a year and I have never taken them. Guilt is BAD.
from swimmmer72 :
I LOVE the garden theme! Very down-to-earth in a beautiful, colorful way! :)
from enfinblue :
Number 3 is terrific! I love it. (Very partial to orange and big flowers and so on.) Enjoy your view of the grandbaby. :)
from erianne1 :
You could stand in the center of the room and imagine white light surrounding you, then slowly push that light out in all directions until it fills the entire room. That will remove the negative energy left behind from last year.
from rose-phoenix :
i love love love your collages. mine are not that good. also, so glad you shared photo of you with your children. made me think about how one day I'll be looking back at photos of NOW. freaky really. i will send yo a post card when i'm feeling better. promise!
from enfinblue :
Yes! Of course you will be welcome to visit or use it for free! The only problem right now is that they are EXPENSIVE! So I won't be able to buy one for a couple of years at least, unless I get a good plan together re. renting it out to people and covering a mortgage. We will see. :)
from enfinblue :
PS I really like what you said to Anna. I hope I can find someone and build a relationship such as you have. :)
from enfinblue :
You and me both (not being computer geeks!) It's not that I will never think of Paris - I might even still apply for that job, as the deadline is in August - but I feel like I need to think things through. I have already lived in four or five countries and traveled for extended periods in a whole bunch more. Maybe I'm craving stability for a change! :) Well, it's more that I can improve my skills right now and then get a better job, and then I will have more money and can potentially buy my apartment in Florence. If I could do some sort of leave with income averaging I could go to Italy every year for at least a month! How cool would that be? The alternative is to become a diplomat, which I considered last fall and then canceled my interview. I just don't know! But right now because I don't know I think I need to let my subconscious work it out. :)
from annanotbob :
xxxlovexxxhugsxxx
from enfinblue :
Hey Ms. BoXx, I love reading what you write! It's always bubbly and cheerful and I find it offers a good example for me. :) By the way, you should have told your son that farmers have *pitch forks*. Has he never seen pictures of American gothic? Or what was that Harrison Ford movie with the Am!sh people? :) I love the LOOOOOOVE collages. The colours are so beautiful (big fan of red), and of course the cheap photoshop effect is hilarious! I love it. Very nice pic of young you, your beautiful flowers, and your lovely pool. I'd like to live there!
from swimmmer72 :
Beautiful collages! I like this theme and that you made it personal with pictures of you and your hubby. Very nice pool, too! I wish I had one like that! :)
from mpeacock :
Your pool is so big and good for laps. Mine isn't good for laps but I manage anyway. Great collages. I guess I better be off to the pool, but Mo has a fever. :(
from enfinblue :
Terrific collages, BoXx. You know, I think that these are much prettier than the last money collages, but maybe I'm wrong. But then maybe you've entered a new phase with your relationship towards money?? They're really great and inspiring. Thanks for the tip re. Belgium. To be honest, there is a part of me who recoiled yesterday when I thought about moving to Paris - it's as though I'm starting to realize that I can choose to go as I always have, or I can choose to try to build a life here (meet someone, buy a house). Everything has its alternative. Like you, I like having choices but hate having to choose. I don't know. Maybe my wandering days are behind me. But then again maybe not. OH well! Time to go to work. Enjoy your vacation day!!!
from soapboxdiner :
I wish I had the creative crafty gene. However do you find all those pictures? Your montly magazine bill must be a killer. How much fun though. I love creative people. :)
from swimmmer72 :
Rule of thumb with tattoos is that the tougher the skin, the more it hurts. In other words, don't get one on the bottom of your foot! I'd still stick to the marker idea, not because of the lack of pain, but more due to the impermanence. Tattoos tend to fall into the "it seems like a good idea at the time" category! Great collages, as always. I like the various themes - CHOICES seems like a good one, too! Happy swimming!! :)
from h2ophobic :
I so get what you're going through with Dave's pain. At least we're not dealing with Work Comp. I worked for a major insurance company in the WC department for years. I know the games they play. I know you detest lawyers, but the day may come when you have to get one to push them to give Dave the care he needs. It's so scary to look at Bill when he's in pain and worry that what is, will always be. He and Dave are about the same age, I think (52) and should be whooping it up. They should be irritating us with their antics, not sitting around waiting for their pain to ease up! Good luck to them both and us!
from mpeacock :
You look great! I swam today too, not for 60 minutes though. :)
from swimmmer72 :
Collages with a THEME! I love that! Especially the color-coded ones, that reminds me of my days as a teacher! ;)
from curiouoso :
I just might send some kind of a card if I knew where to send it! I could try c/o general delivery Gualala or something, but that would be just winging it. send it to: tamor_12@hotmail.com.
from annanotbob :
Thanks for the linkage xxxxxxx
from erianne1 :
Thanks for the new postcard. I absolutely ADORE hot air balloons!!! Sending postcards is soooo much fun, but getting them is even MORE fun!
from enfinblue :
YOu totally crack me up! Methinks I might move to New Zealand!!! (I do like kiwi men, I must say. :)) Hmmm...interesting. It really was a great day. Hope that yours was as well.
from enfinblue :
Brilliant!!! Both your collages and your note. :) Thanks, Miss Bee! You are a gorgeous person. I'm doing just great. I didn't even know what was causing me anxiety this morning until I wrote it down. :) And I had a GREAT day today. Glad you had fun with your daughter last night. I must admit that I love Abb@. My favourite Abb@ song scene from a movie is the one in Muri3l's Wedding. Oh! I almost forgot. When I said that I want someone intellectual, I didn't mean that he or she would necessarily need a lot of formal education. I just generally expect that because books and words are so important to me, I'd probably have the most to talk about with someone who would feel the same. Of course though I COMPLETELY love artists. M. is an artist as well as a cyclist, and I don't know if he reads many books but he is very knowledgeable and intellectual about film. I found it very interesting to listen to him. :)
from annanotbob :
I love love love the black box!! Prepare to be copied! Hugs xxx
from soapboxdiner :
That is beautiful. :) Thank you for sharing that with me.
from nueces :
Thanks for the messages! Always nice to know someone is reading my diary (since I don't publicize it at ALL!). I like your collages. I've always collected postcards and love postcard art.
from enfinblue :
Your collages are terrific - very impressed with the detail.
from enfinblue :
Cool, BoXx. I wasn't trying to tell you what to do - whatever works for you. Just thought different shoes might be one solution. :) I'm actually pretty outdated in terms of my running shoes right now. I used to obviously have new shoes all the time, but I haven't bought a pair in more than a year now. I know that my current pair are toast but I'm too cheap to buy a new pair here in Canada, and now the shoe companies have put restrictions on shipping shoes from the U.S. to Canada, so I can't buy from my usual supplier. :( Have a great day and enjoy the shopping!!
from swimmmer72 :
Yep, I'm a water sign! Scorpio, and true to the sign! :)
from h2ophobic :
Quentins was one of my favorite Maeve Binchy books. Years ago, we had a very hyperactive black lab. I walked him for 2 miles every morning. I'd forgotten about the horrible shin splints until this entry. Oh! The pain! I tried EVERYTHING to avoid them. But they would appear as soon as I hit my stride, no matter how well I stretched or how long I warmed up and cooled down. Just out of curiosity, how did you decide on 8 pounds to lose? You look great! I'm still losing a pound here and there and am down to a size 6. I should be happier than I am, but this spring I bought a bunch of clothes in size 8. Plus, it's almost impossible to find anything on sale that's a size 6. I recently asked a saleswoman at M@cy's about that. She told me that in the area I live in, the women tend to be a size 12 or larger, so that's the sizes they order the most of. She told me they only order a few of any particular item in size 6, so that's why they're never on sale. I thought that was pretty interesting. And ironic. I've worked hard to lose this weight and now I can't find anything to wear!
from enfinblue :
PS HOw cool that you were a competitive gymnast. I'm so impressed!
from enfinblue :
Ah sharing is over-rated. My favourite times on the canal are when it is empty. Listen, BoXX, I am wondering about your shoes. You'll have to let the shin splints heal, but I'll tell you that the only time I have ever had shin splints is when I was first running, and at that time I was wearing cross-training/walking shoes. Those are much stiffer in the mid-sole than are proper running shoes. A pair of running shoes bought from a running store, i.e. not the bottom end ones - though pricey - was all it took for me to be running smoothly and without discomfort. Just a thought. Oh and those training heart rates on the treadmill are SOOO low. Even when fat burning at my age I would never train at a heart rate below the mid 130s. Not sure where they got those from. Have a great weekend!!
from swimmmer72 :
Well, I'd be the LAST one to talk you out of swimming for exercise! Great, low impact, aerobic (and anaerobic) workout that will give your aching shins a bit of a break. Yep, on those hot, hot interior California days, hit the pool!! :)
from enfinblue :
BoXx, I read your entry when I was at work today, but I couldn't see the pictures. GREAT pictures! And isn't Anna wonderful at picking post cards! :) I just love the flowers - your husband is so sweet. I hope that Sid finds someone else to bother. You know, my stepfather always says that he doesn't like my mother's cats, but then they always gravitate to him. I think that secretly he likes it. (He he he...jute. ;-))
from annanotbob :
xxx
from giannarazi :
I read all that you write and view the lovely pictures. My only error is that I don't get to read all every day like I would choose. So I tend to miss a few entries and I apologize.
from swimmmer72 :
And, yes, I'd say that both of us are definitely glass is THREE QUARTERS FULL kind of people! :)
from swimmmer72 :
I like the pictures (of course) AND I read everything you write! :)
from h2ophobic :
I HATE going to the dentist! Unfortunately, our dentist is a personal friend, so he doesn't let me slide. Nag, nag, nag. ;o) I mailed your postcards yesterday, so you should get them in a day or two. I do have a theory about why you're not feeling well. When we have to do something that we KNOW is going to hurt, our bodies build up adrenaline (fight or flight syndrome) and what isn't used is just hanging out in our bodies. That's why some people faint after they have dental work. Too much adrenaline. Kick up your sugar a little and you should feel better (if you don't already.) Orange juice works best. Love, Nurse Carolyn
from thedetails :
I hope your mouth feels better soon. The dentist explained to me once why our mouth's are so sensitive but I was having a severe ADD moment and all I can remember is that it had something to do with the nerve endigs being so close to the brain (or something like that). Kelly is looking cute in that pic where she's holding onto Sid. I hope your blah's go away soon, otherwise you're going to owe Kelly's boyfriend a lot of money. lol
from bindyree :
I once gave somebody a haircut in Windsor, and I still have their hair. No idea you lived so close!
from annanotbob :
Big hugs, darling Boxx. xxxx
from swimmmer72 :
The mural on that building is interesting. I wish more building would take the time and expense to put something creative on them. Loved the cartoons! I grew up reading Tom Toles (top one) in Buffalo before he was syndicated with the Post. Hope your teeth are feeling better!! :)
from enfinblue :
BoXx, Even though you had a blah day, your entry made me smile so much! I hope you feel better tomorrow. I know what you mean about not wanting to spoil your vacation with dental work. I had my wisdom teeth out two weeks before I started my job in 2006! So silly! I ruined the end of my brief holiday! ;) Oh well! Take care of yourself.
from saudades :
Hii, oh I'm sorry you didn't feel well today! Hope tomorrow is much better. If you'd like a postcard from Virginia and anywhere I might go (I think I might go to Virginia Beach in a few weeks, ha ha ), please e-mail me. My e-mail is ana.areas@yahoo.es :-) And I love sending postcards!
from thecrankyone :
love the postcard. I got it Monday. It really brightens up my cube at work. Glad you like the ND postcards. I always love getting stuff in the mail from other people. Makes them more real life in a way, instead of a bunch of pixels on a screen. :)
from enfinblue :
PS I forgot! Yes, I think it is SUCH a great idea to try on different scenarios for size, e.g. the Italy trip and drawing! I AM happy about these things. :)
from enfinblue :
BoXx, You are shockingly productive! Would you like to come and do my job for me? I'm so sorry to hear about your tooth pain. :) Ouch! I had to have my wisdom teeth out less than two years ago and it was horrible, so I sympathize. What you have had is even worse. xx
from cosmic :
Regarding what you eat: You left off beans! I love my beans! Beans and peanutbutter are two great sources of protein too. As for post cards, I sent you one years ago from RI, didn't I? And I have to get on my sister to send theirs! I'm still craving mushroom sandwhich. As soon as daughter goes shopping for me.
from rose-phoenix :
you're going to Mexico! that is very exciting. almost as exciting as the fact that you're going to be a grandma. your daughter is lovely also, if I haven't already mentioned this. and thank you so much for your continued input and friendship. Please email me your address so I can send you a post card from New York. rose_calderwood@yahoo.com.
from theflyingrat :
Tooth pain sucks. I will take ANY kind of pain over mouth pain. Except maybe the emotional kind.
from swimmmer72 :
Wow, you've been a BUSY BEE!!! Yes, I dread going to the dentist, too. Most issues seem to be the stuff they are RE-DOING, like old fillings, rather than anything new. I'm glad I've always had good teeth, and I'm glad I have a good dentist, but I still hate going! :)
from saudades :
That's wonderful! I hope you like Mexico ! I did; I was in Quintana Roo mostly in a place called Tulum. The beaches there are soooo pretty. :) (And so were the Mayan ruins! and normal town!)
from enfinblue :
I know! I need to be grateful for what I get to do. I've always wanted to go to Mexico, but I have never been. I hope that you have a great time! And learn some Spanish! (lovely language)
from enfinblue :
You're such a lovely person, BoXx. A real inspiration. I hope that your husband is feeling a bit better this evening. Incidentally, I, too, like the bee a lot. You're the artist, however, and so you are probably more critical than am I. :) I think it's very charming and pretty. Oh and I love snoopy! So cute!
from im2qt2kr :
I think your bee is ADORABLE! I too have a love of bees, perhaps because my real name means "queen bee, one who looks for the sweeter things in life". As for hubby, I feel his pain. I lost my dad in December. The emotions hit at the oddest times. I think it must be worse for men as they feel they need to hide their feelings. He's lucky to have you there to help him through it.
from enfinblue :
BoXx, you're too kind. I was being a dork earlier. :) And I still love your beautiful boxes. They make me smile when I look at them. :)
from thedetails :
I love the collage boxxes, especially the blue one (I don't know why, it just sort of 'speaks' to me, I know, I'm a weirdo) Dot and I are going to collage ourselves some nice little boxxes, you've inspired us. It's a great way to make a keepsake as well as therapeutic and hey 10 or 20 years from now you'll be able to look back and sort of see who you were then.
from h2ophobic :
How funny. Shelby & I picked out some postcards from Kansas for you on our way to OK! I'll get them in the mail sometime next week.
from enfinblue :
BoXx, I can't believe I didn't put together the "box" thing. :) Love it! I like your ideas. I think I would cut out the numbers since my job is getting me down. :) All of the other things would make a very special box. I will get some glue this week (and a box!) and give it a go. Hope you are enjoying your vacation!
from goodsandwich :
Hey thanks for the note, and for the sympathy. Is there any chance that you hang out on the Mama Drama message board -- your other diary name is the same as somebody I like over there ...
from swimmmer72 :
You are right. Our program is one of their last chances to get it right before they go to a detention center where therapeutic rehabilitation is NOT the focus. We have some bad kids and not all of them get a successful outcome. Statistically, we have done well preventing relapse/reoffense, but we also deal with some pretty hopeless cases who have been in the system for a good portion of their lives. On a lighter note, YAY!!!! Thanks for the beer link!! ;)
from swimmmer72 :
They go to a self contained classroom during the day, just the nine of them, and their summer hours are just like yours. After that, it's back to the unit, which is a big old house, and that is where they live. Typical length of stay is one year, but it can be much longer. All are adjudicated; most are felons age 13-18. The specific nature of their offences limit their public exposure and while they do go off grounds (I take some of them off grounds all the time), it is dependent on good behavior. Any contact with outside world is usually limited to family and even that is subject to court approval. Confidentiality prevents me from saying much more, but if you've been involved with court sponsored programs, I'm guessing you can read between the lines. MzBee, I know your heart is in the right place, but you'll have to trust me on this - the risks outweigh the benefits.
from swimmmer72 :
School is in session for another four weeks, but I'm not really involved with that much. I work for a residential treatment facility for adjudicated youth and my job is with the clinical/behavioral aspect of what we do. Pen pals? Sorry, BoXx, due to the (criminal) nature of the population we get here, I wouldn't recommend it even if it was allowed. If I think of another avenue where you could do some worthwhile sharing, I'll gladly pass it on! :)
from enfinblue :
Yeah. Not sure what the not touching thing is all about. But things are an evolution, so I'll keep on trying again. I came back to see your GORGEOUS boxes. Really lovely. I wonder where I could buy the blank boxes to work with. Hmmm.. :) Have a great day.
from annanotbob :
I LOVE the boxes! I'm collecting bits to collage, but I'm table-ing now! happy holidays xxx
from horvendile :
How did you find my diary? I'm glad you like my pics.
from swimmmer72 :
Very creative work!! You seem to have started a new trend, one which will get lots of creative minds inspiring each other! I'm just a bit envious about the black beer you described from dinner. I love west coast microbrews with darker ales being my favorites. Black Butte Porter from Bend, Oregon was another. I'll keep you in mind the next time I go wandering, postcard-wise. None of the states you need are in upcoming travel plans, but as long as you don't care how you get them, I think I can help you out. Interesting entry, as always! :)
from cosmic :
LOVE the artwork!! And guess what? I have a sister in New hampsire that is giong to send you a postcard. The one in Texas will send one when she gets to town, but you don't need that one. Stella in NH will come through for me. Okay, nuff about that for the moment. I have a question. I have had portebella mushroom stuffed with seafood, but never had a portebella sandwich. Please tell me how to make one. What do you put on yours. And doesn't that have all the protein and nutrients as meat? Please answer this. I really am trying to do more stuff away from the meat. I am learning. I once said if I can find meat substitutes that taste close to meat, I would consider switching. Of course my cardio would have to approve.
from enfinblue :
PS I suppose I wasn't really doing *collages* in the strictest sense of the word. Actually, whilst I was doing them I was thinking about a friend of mine who is an artist. She told me once that the thing that one needs to do is to learn to make big gestures rather than small ones, to loosen up. My instinct in life is always to go small, to bunch up, to be precise. It's interesting to see that reflected in what I was trying to do today. :) Anyhow, thanks again!!
from enfinblue :
Hey! I agree with saudades - those are WONDERFUL boxes. You know, I very consciously left a lot of white space in what I was doing. I wanted to feel airy today, to metaphorically give myself space. For sure though next time or the time after I will start throwing things on top of each other. :) I completely agree about being in the moment. When I took my last drawing class I was so SHOCKED by how many hours would go by that felt like nothing, because I was just *there* when I was drawing. It was perfect meditation. :) Yay about the arm definition. I need to start doing push ups again as my arms have none. :)
from saudades :
Those collage boxes are just BEAUTIFUL!! My eyes were saying "That is SO PRETTY!!" Wow, you're a real artist! :) And I know what you mean about the states, I also like to have a small group of readers that is cozy! Have a wonderful evening. :D
from soapboxdiner :
Have I told you how awesome you are? I cannot imagine what 33 years together would be like. Life for me has always been very transient. But I'm so glad you found me and share your thoughts with me. I think your husband must be very lucky, you seem like a remarkable lady. Are you going to stay locked for long, or just doing some purging? Don't stay gone, OK? :) Oh, and happy vacation, by the way.
from enfinblue :
Hi Dear BoXx. I just noticed that you are locked. Well, whatever you have to do. I'd certainly love to read you again when you are ready. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts in my entry. I really appreciate your honesty. It is the big mystery of life, isn't it? Why we spend so much time feeling that we're not good enough. You sit as a shining example that one can change that. xoxxo
from saudades :
I can't read you either! I understand sometimes we need that, though, hope you are well! <3
from fifidellabon :
My dear Miss BoXx, did you lock up? I am getting the password prompt...and I can't read you! Wah! XOFifi
from cosmic :
First of all, Wow is Kelly beautiful!! She is always gorgeous, but now she looks so different without all the makeup! Next, Thank you for the postcard! I got it today. What a beautiful view for you every morning. And last, my sister in Texas will be sending you one within the week. She just has to wait till she gets in town.
from h2odragon :
I love Kelly's tattoo! My daughter had a friend that had a rabbit tattoo next to her belly button. It stretched a little but since she didn't get any stretch marks it bounced right back. (and she's blonde!)
from enfinblue :
Go, BoXx. And yes, your daughter is beautiful! I'm also soooo impressed with all of those collage journals. I find it a bit daunting - I don't think I have the patience to do all of that, even though it is a great idea.
from theflyingrat :
She is so pretty and she looks SO MUCH like you!
from sasori-gal :
You can bring that passport with you here to Japan anytime. The invitation is always open! Enjoy your summer vacation, you lucky girl. I have 9 more days to go!!!
from saudades :
Your daughter looks beautiful and very happy! And I love those collage journal/boxes pictures, how pretty! Have a happy vacation. Hope the passport process is speedy. I got my passport last fall, and now I am friends with the people at the passport status hotline. ;)
from fairygodmum :
Your daughter looks beautiful! Congrats to her and baby on the way! OH.. btw.. did you know that Sid has a Bully Stick in his mouth! Do you know what that is... or do I have to break it to you gently? hehehehe Hugz, Bebe da FairyGodMum
from enfinblue :
And BoXx you are worthy! To be honest though, I have too many clothes. I really did not need to buy more. I have bought too many in the last year or two. My golly though is this dress AMAZING. I mean, the pirate dress is a good summer work dress. But this red sheath thing is AMAZING. It's quite conservative, actually. Well, as conservative as one can be in a FIRE ENGINE RED DRESS. :) What's yours like?
from fairygodmum :
Happy Vacation!!!! Hope you have a great time off! Do what YOU wanna do! Hugz n Lub, Bebe da FairyGodMum
from enfinblue :
PS BoXx, I read what you wrote to saudades about your collages. That is very useful process information. I found it incredibly interesting.
from enfinblue :
Congratulations, BoXx!
from saudades :
YAY! :) Wish you tons of good things on your vacation!
from cosmic :
Or as Connie Frances was know for, V-A-C-A-T-I-O-N, gonna have a ball!!
from annanotbob :
Reading that made that old Cliff Richard song pop into my head, 'Summer Holiday' - doo do de do do da do...! Enjoy xxx
from hungryghost :
Thank you for your kind words, and also my condolences. You're totally right - life is too short not to be happy.
from wordwhore :
my condolences to your family. there's never anything anyone can say at times like these, is there? thanks for your message. re:just a phase, i had hoped so, when it began, but too many years have passed for me to believe it is ever going to change now.
from wyndspirit :
Sorry to hear about your father-in-law, and sorry the last stretch with him was so rough.
from rose-phoenix :
sorry to hear about your FIL and yes it is very strange how we're here today gone tomorrow end of story. i will never forget the feeling of leaving my mother's body behind that night in the hospital when only minutes ago she was still alive and still my mom. death will forever be the hardest part of living for those of us who have to deal with the loss of someone we care so much about. Beautiful photo of your FIL with his daughter BTW.
from swimmmer72 :
re: injury free. I agree! Take it a step further and the way to stay injury free is to train smart. I don't know that it is possible to be COMPLETELY injury free, especially as you get older OR if you are training at a high level, or both, but you can certainly minimize the aches and pains by listening to your body, doing sensible training programs regardless of whether you're in training for the Olympics or just plain exercise, and by eating and sleeping right. I still manage to workout at a decent non-Olympian level on a regular basis by mixing it up between weights, running, biking, and kayaking, and I'm also having fun doing it. You're very motivated yourself and you see the benefits of it every day. I'm off to get my run in - thanks for the comment! :)
from annanotbob :
I look forward to learning what your method is with collages - I find starting really hard. Also I wonder how you take pics of yourself in the mirror without the flash being all you can see? Hugs to you and husband xxx
from theflyingrat :
I owe you about 50 bazillion postcards! I just wanted you to know that I know that I do. :) Entries like this make me SO happy for you. When I think about how it used to be between you and your husband and how it is now, it's just such a wonderful difference!
from enfinblue :
I'll send you some if I go next year. Maybe Fifi will be able to help out this year. :)
from enfinblue :
That's interesting. Let's go off and manage non-profits! It is true...we have to work to pay the bills. What a nice entry. And don't feel any pressure to change your routine based on my encouragement - I just wanted to let you know what I've found to be helpful from my training experience. Cheers!
from cosmic :
"but my heart skips a beat just thinking about him being back home tomorrow" awww, I love hearing people say things like that about their spouses/partners.
from sunstarr :
congrats! you're lookin' mighty fine lady! so glad that you're feeling good, too. (ps-- i don't know if I'd do it but secretly i've always wanted to go up in a hot air balloon. i think they're so magical)
from saudades :
Aww, Sid is cute! Reminds me of my first dog, Rellenita! I promise I'll find a way to show you what the collage looks like! I just gotta find someone in this house who can lend me her camera. ;)
from l-empress :
When I was 52, I was (almost) 5'2". That's 62 inches. Does that mean I can go down to being 58, since that's my inches now?
from strawberrri :
hello! why, thank you very much. glad you liked the pics :)
from theflyingrat :
We always read that Little Critter book before all of Riley's dentist appointments. :)
from enfinblue :
What a cheery entry, boXx! I love it! It sparkles just like you.
from curiouoso :
I'm so in awe of your workouts I just had to mention you on my page today! Keep up the awesome workouts! curiouoso*
from h2ophobic :
Tell Dave I said there is no such thing as too many plants! Between my home and my office I have almost 30. I've left very specific instructions for Bill & MH to take care of them while I'm on my trip. People always comment on how many plants we have in our office. I always tell them we need the extra oxygen! Just looking at them makes me feel happy and relaxed.
from saudades :
hi Boxx! Thanks for telling me about how you create collages. I got the idea from you about making one. I am trying to put things I like in mine; I was going to use a newspaper as a canvas, but I got a cardboard as gift. Your ideas are awesome, I'm going to try to relax and let it be therapeutic for me. :) Thanks for sharing the ideas. :)
from soapboxdiner :
Mrs. BoXxy, I think you are absolutely right. Wise and wonderful advice. I think I'll take you up on it and enjoy. Isn't budding love the most wonderful feeling in the world? Well, second only to long-time love, I'm sure. :)
from enfinblue :
PPS But you don't want to do intervals every day - maybe twice or three times a week, depending on the intensity. And then you can do shorter, easier workouts on other days! Just my 2 cents. Totally ignore me if I'm being annoying. :)
from enfinblue :
Oh PS The best thing I find is to do intervals of intensity, if you want to try a different type of training. The best is to do a 15-20 min warmup, some intervals (e.g. 3. by 3 minutes hard to start, with 2 minutes rest in between), and then a cool-down. You could work up to something like 5 by 5 minutes with three minutes in between. Alternately, ladders are fun wherein you do 5 mins - 4 mins - 3 mins, 2 -1 -1 -2-3- 4- 5, say, with a couple of minutes of rest between each one. There are lots of options. You can find lots of examples on the Internet to suit your needs and comfort level with the stuff. Intervals are good because they get your body out of a plateau, i.e. kick start it to a new level, once you are ready for it. I love them. :)
from enfinblue :
BoXx, really, you look fantastic. You should be very, very proud of yourself. Your balcony looks very lovely, too. I just love the bee things. Oh and I wanted to mention that I think that Anna is correct about the mosaic. I took an anatomical drawing course a couple of summers ago at this big art school and every day I went to the mosaic studio to look at the works. It takes time and patience but the end products are very special. But of course, you're an artist so you know that! :)
from fifidellabon :
I am sorry for your loss. Death sucks...XOFifi
from enfinblue :
THanks! I did it. I should have realized that it is a freeware. The instructions on the site are easy to follow - just pick the Di@ryland link and the code is there for you to paste into the change your template HTML boxes. All you have to do is change the text in these bits of code to your username or to %% (instead of DOUBLEPERCENT), as the case might be. Thanks again! Incidentally, congrats on school nearly being over.
from cosmic :
I didn't read any diaries yesterday. My condolances to Dave and all of you. Wow, your summer school is flyyyyyyying by!
from enfinblue :
BoXx! Thanks so much for the card!! I love it! It's like Italy only maybe more lush/green. Beautiful. Also, you raise a good point about the country. I am happier in the country. But I would have to commute into the city. Maybe one day I will own a property in the country. Really though, the problem is fundamentally that I don't like my work much. It doesn't make me feel good about myself. So I need to figure out how to improve that or change. I don't know. Incidentally, I don't know if I said this but I loved the entry before your sad one! Now i need to read this one. (Oh- I have no idea how to do comments on each page. I figure that since there's a link to the notes right on the page that should suffice. BUt still, comments would be fun. I will look. I think that maybe you need a "super gold" membership to do that, and I only have a "gold."
from bunny828 :
sorry to hear about your fil. My condolences to you and your family.
from life-my-way :
Please give Dave my sympathies. Bill lost his mother in April and it's so difficult (of course, you know that). Anyway, you are both in my thoughts during this difficult time.
from h2ophobic :
I'm sorry for Dave's loss. Sadly, it doesn't seem to be a loss for you or your kids. It's too bad that he never tried to be a part of your lives. Regarding your previous entry. Bill's oldest sister has never once called me by my name. She always calls me by his previous wife's name. It's a little mind game she likes to play. Unfortunately for her, it doesn't affect me. We've been together for over 20 years. Needless to say, we rarely see or speak to her. HUGS to you all!
from annanotbob :
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from swimmmer72 :
I'm sorry for your family's loss. My Dad died from Alzheimers not quite two years ago, so I understand the mixed emotions that result. In the end, it's still a blessing. You are in my prayers.
from enfinblue :
I'm sorry for your husband's loss, boXx. Take care.
from sasori-gal :
I would like to send my condolences to you, Dave and his family.
from saudades :
I'm really sorry about your father-in-law. My condolences to you all.
from dana-elayne :
My sympathy to your husband!
from l-empress :
My condolences to your husband and his family.
from annanotbob :
Sorry for your loss xx
from erianne1 :
My condolences to your husband.
from annanotbob :
I think the mosaic will feel good when it's grouted - it all comes together then. Hope so xxx
from theflyingrat :
Urgh. I cannot believe they are still treating you that way! If my in-laws treated me that way, there is no way I would even try to be civil toward them. I LOVE that mosaic!
from annanotbob :
Hey! Thanks for the postcard!!! Keep an eye on your mailbox xxxx
from thedetails :
You are looking fabulous. That turqouise (I'm not sure how to spell it) looks amazing on you. Have fun on your long weekend!
from enfinblue :
First, you look fantastic!!! Buy another new dress! (I love your turquoise tee, by the way - very cute!!!) Happy 4th of July! Also, enjoy the mosaic course. I love mosaics, not the least because M. in Italy is a mosaic artist when not a cyclist. ;-)
from h2ophobic :
I forgot to tell you two things: 1. FIFTY pounds? That's absolutely incredible! GO BOXX! 2. I got your postcard from Oregon. Shelby (who is nuts about Shakespeare too) promptly stole it and kept it as her own. P.S. She says it's "totally unfair" that you got to see Othello and she didn't. I don't think she's speaking to you right now. ;o)
from theflyingrat :
You look FANTASTIC! Enjoy your (long) weekend. :)
from solitus :
i certainly wish you the best of luck for this weekend and hope everything goes well. Sounds like you both are taking care of each other extremely well with all that's going on. It's sweet, really :)
from erianne1 :
The chalices are polymer clay over glass. They are finished with a glaze, but all of it is baked in an ordinary oven...no need for the high temps of a kiln. I have done that kind of work in the past though and have been thinking about getting back to it in the near future. You can see a lot of my artistic projects at my Flikr site. http://www.flickr.com/photos/adeads
from cosmic :
It takes a big person to smile at those responsible for causeing us pain, but you will do it, I'm sure. As someone else said, the person(s) that caused you pain aren't even aware of it now. I hope you can let it go some day, but I can see that it won't be easy.
from l-empress :
Those veggies look wonderful! I'm hoping the local farm markets will have good vegetables this summer. Buying what's in that bowl at New England prices would be about $10.
from h2ophobic :
You may not see this until you get back, but just in case...about your surprise that you are still bitter about your in-laws behavior when you lost your parents. If I've learned anything since we lost Jeff, it's that forgiveness is not a one step process. Sometimes I have to forgive the men that caused Jeff's death on an hourly basis. Forgiveness doesn't affect the person you're forgiving at all. The only person it heals is you. HUGS! P.S. I LOVE jigsaw puzzles too!
from fifidellabon :
I'm Fifidellabon (at) gmail. Postcards...what a fun idea! xoFifi
from annanotbob :
I love your collages. Don't store up bad feelings - don't highlight them but let them flow through when they turn up - that's my advice - you didn't know I'd trained as a doctor as well, did you? I hope you get the best from the trip and enjoy time with the husband - xxx
from theflyingrat :
Personally I loooove your collages. :) I used to keep a journal like that when I was in high school. I don't have any time anymore! Maybe I'll teach Riley to do it and we'll make some together. My grandmother has Alzheimer's and it is horrible. She is like a completely different person now, she gets mean and says such awful things - I can't even take my kids there anymore because we never know how/who she is going to be.
from enfinblue :
BoXx, your entries are so rich and wonderful. Best of luck with everything (especially Workman's Comp for your husband) and have a pleasant trip. I noticed right away that the money collages were darker and not pretty like the other ones. I think I understand what you are meaning about not being able to want for money. I get that. Also, I understand completely where you are coming from re. the lack of support from others in your times of need. Not one of my uncles or aunts or cousins ever even mentioned the death of my dad! I think we see things similarly, because I would never yet behave the same way to them in return.
from enfinblue :
Thanks, BoXx. I'll steal some code from swimmmy. ;)
from enfinblue :
Thanks, BoXx. You don't need to read every entry! :) I feel badly for updating so much lately, but I find that it's helping me to work out some ideas, thoughts. I'm in a period of change, I think. Although nothing much new happens in my diary. I don't know how to do what you mention, but I will try to find out. I still LOOOOOOOVE your collages. I'm going to do mine tonight.
from fifidellabon :
Your collages are incredible and amazing! What beautiful art! xoFifi Pee Ess I'd send you a post card but I don't know to where.
from minervajones :
I love the art!
from mpeacock :
And I love BoxX (Bee) because of her happy thoughts!!!!!!
from erianne1 :
If you'll email me your address to erianne1@kc.rr.com, then I'll happily send you a postcard from here.
from enfinblue :
BoXx. Those collages really are FANTASTIC. Thanks for sharing and for inspiring!
from rose-phoenix :
your kitchen is fantastic, lots of counter space even though its small. i really wish i had more counter space. it's so hard to cook, but i manage. and i really do love my pistachio walls! your daughter is beautiful.
from h2ophobic :
Of course Kelly would be an adoreable pregnant woman! She looks so happy and relaxed. I'm so happy for you all. And, I admit, a little jealous. Lindsay still has 2 years of nursing school left, so no grandbabies for me in the near future. But, whenever I see a cute baby, I take a picture (with permission of course) of it with my phone camera and send it to them with the text "Get me one of these!"
from annanotbob :
I love you Boxx, did you know that? Today, when I come back from 'recoverers' swimming (which I've been missing) it's straight onto an uplifting collage. Have a great day my friend xx
from thecrankyone :
If you want to send me your snail addy, I'd be happy to send you some postcards from lovely North Dakota. LOL.. I love getting mail from other places
from enfinblue :
July 1 is Canada's birthday! (birthdate: July 1, 1867, to be exact). I love holidays! :) BoXx, I just love your positive message and your collages...I really think that I should make one as well - with all of the things that I aspire to and need to visualize. :) Good idea!
from skinny--girl :
cute site. thanks for the note.
from cosmic :
I don't have your current address. I will send you a postcard from RI and my sistoers in TX and NH will too! How's that! 3 for the price of one. And that price is $0. How great is that??
from rose-phoenix :
I plan on making a vision board this week. I just purchased the dvd, "You can Heal You Life" and can't wait to see it. I read the secret and it makes a lot of sense.
from annanotbob :
Lovely lovely Boxx - where would we be without friends? I shall find a postcard right now! The June mosaic class was full so I'm doing it in September. Looking forward to hearing about yours though xxx
from rose-phoenix :
you put so much thought and effort into your diary, i really love reading it. must take you a while to upload and insert the photos. there is nothing like a photo journal. looking forward to seeing a show of your kitchen!
from erianne1 :
I have an elliptical trainer and I can tell you that it does burn off more calories in a shorter amount of time. And, of course, it make the beehind look looooovely!
from curiouoso :
The whol chol. thing is an invention of drug companies trying for a good reason to steal ALL your money. It doesn't take into account My GGrandmother who lived to nearly 100, my grandmother into her mid 80's, Mom, healthy as a horse now 79, and probably many other forbearers with cholesterol counts that make mine look pidley (?). Besides If it's not a jealous husband that gets me, it'll be my thinking that today's 55 is yesterday's 35! See my Broken ankle pages for an example. Or the stroke pages the possible direct result of subconsciously trying to off myself by way of Mcdonalds hamburgers one depressing night. I never told anyone about that, so feel privileged! Curiouoso*
from cosmic :
Perk, Coffee. Cute, hehe.
from wyndspirit :
OK, so I'm dense, I think I commented on that shirt before, too... Actually, it looks rust in the picture, which is what mine is. I bought them off the clearance rack and have them in rust, black, and turquoise. I can only wear them with certain clients, though... Depends on what I have to do with the client. Don't want to wear anything too plunging if I'm going to be bending over putting on shoes, etc.
from boxx9000 :
Bluey...no problemo. I actually amaze myself that I did not end up like the rest of my family. I have NO idea why either, only grateful I did.
from enfinblue :
Oh good grief...I meant my "grandmothers," not "grandmother's." I write too quickly. Really, what matters is the quality of the person, and, frankly, I always thought that my regal grandmother was a bit of a waste. She was a fascinating person but I never understood how she could live with my grandfather. :)
from enfinblue :
Oh Mme. BoXx, don't take it that way! In fact, I've always thought it so sad that my grandmother's HAD all of this education and never did anything with it. They lived for men who were actually not good to them. No, what really matters is using your love well. Education is wonderful, but it is a luxury. I'm grateful to have it but I have no doubt that I could live as beautiful a life without it - it would just be different. :)
from wyndspirit :
The shirt you're wearing in that pic looks very much like one I have. :) I'm sure it looks better on you, though...
from theflyingrat :
Love all the photos, as always! Sounds like you had a nice busy day. :)
from mpeacock :
I just got back from a run. I had to go early before it gets way too HOT here! You look great and thanks for all the good thoughts and notes.
from swimmmer72 :
Yep, a wooden roller coaster, one of the biggest built this year! Our amusement park is just a little thing and our new roller coaster is one of the only really cool rides they have! What you need is about three days worth of rain in the afflicted areas and then strong wind from the west to clear everything out. I hope you get some relief soon!
from solitus :
Sorry that last note was long-winded. It's my weekend without my 2-year old and I'm conducting business under the influence of beer :) Hugs!
from solitus :
Thanks for the cheery words! I haven't heard of California Casualty but I don’t like the fact they include Casualty in the name. A lot of insurance agencies use that word for risky drivers. Have you checked with AIG, GEICO, or Progressive? They have some of the best rates. If they ask a lot of questions up front it means they’re underwriting for it so you want to stress your education, you’re married, how long you’ve lived @ your address, how many years you’ve been with USAA, you’re flawless driving record, if you work for the gov’t (public school?) or military, etc. A lot of companies now are listening for these things and are rating for it. Also, if you’ve never filed a claim but have had an accident I wouldn’t say a word.  I can’t tell you the countless number of people that are honest that I’ve tried to shut up because of that. Accidents and claims that aren’t your fault can affect your good driving discounts but legally I have to include it if they disclose it so be very careful what you say. Of course I could never say who I work for but a lot of the top 4 companies work the same way. Hope that helps!
from curiouoso :
Thanks for visiting my pages. I read some of yours last week. We have some things in common....mpeacock, California (We lived in Petaluma for over 22 years, My daughter is in Rohnert park). It is funny that nearly every new person here in the Phoenix area claims to be from "Cali". I say where and they reply L.A. or thereabouts. "Oh you poor thing, I thought you meant the nice part of California, Up north, the REAL California!" I'll be reading you regularly. Maybe Amy & I will even try to see you next time we visit... Curiouoso*
from enfinblue :
You're so cute - glad you're enjoying everything so much. You look great, too! But sorry about the smoke. That is really uncomfortable. I was sick all the time when I lived in Asia, I think mostly because of the air quality. :(
from cosmic :
I don't know if you read about it on my diary, but you might want to check you http://thedailyplate.com It is an excellant site.
from enfinblue :
Incidentally, you might like this, I was reading a certain famous book the other night (forcing myself to finish it) and she said something quite cool about receiving advice in Indonesia to meditate by just smiling. Try sitting and smiling all the time. Really, it is difficult to be unhappy when you are smiling. :)
from enfinblue :
Go boXx!!! He he he re. the running men. Cute, non? ;-) Glad you liked the cards!!!
from l-empress :
Thanks for the postcard -- a nice surprise. Is that supposed to be Puck?? Wow!
from saudades :
Hi! Nice to meet you. I am reading your diary, it's so cool. :D It's nice to know I'm not alone in the deleting-and-starting-again process. ;-)
from dana-elayne :
Holy moley you're looking pretty darn amazing! :)
from joleen :
Ah, I see, I was confused. You mentioned items containing meat that surprised you, then the red licorice containing wheat, and I didn't get it. I eat everything but animal products. I gave up all meat (and to me, meat is all animal flesh, four footed, two footed, no feet, fins, whatever - the old biblical definition is hooved, I believe, hence the vegetarians eat fish and chicken mentality) two years ago in August. I only went vegan a few weeks ago. It was a gradual thing, but I gave up purchasing eggs and dairy shortly after giving up meat - I did, however, still consume small amounts of dairy and egg in processed vegetarian foods. Now, no more! It means I prepare my own food, which is nothing but good. :)
from h2ophobic :
We mostly just relax when we camp. If we camp in a campground with a pool, that's where I spend most of my time with a book. Bill likes to putter around and fix stuff on the trailer. Or we just sit outside and enjoy the quiet and chat. We don't actually hike, but we do take the dogs on several walks every day. We also take naps. Naps are good!
from joleen :
Wait, what's not vegan about wheat? *puzzled**
from mel-is-dvash :
I'm glad you are feeling better. I don't know about in California, but fires can be way worse for the lungs depending on what is burning, as we experienced with both a M0nsant0 fire and burning poison ivy in New England.
from rose-phoenix :
YOU INSPIRE ME
from mpeacock :
Get well! :)
from enfinblue :
Oh that's awful about the smokey air. I hope you feel better soon and that control over the fires is achieved. Enjoy your weekend!
from starkitten01 :
Hang in there :-/ I went through the wild fires here in Southern California last fall and it was horrible. We were evacuated so I figured we were losing *everything*. Thankfully everything was Ok in the end. I sympathise with what you guys are going through up there because I know how it is and it sucks :-( Hoping all is better soon up that way!! <3
from cosmic :
Wow, on the rent! But then again, you have the pool and the gym. Does the rent include your utilities? Even if it doesn't, that still sounds fair with the security, the cleanliness and the extras. I know by the pictures, it's beautiful. Gosh, I bet by now you probably hardly even remember the idiots and the cigarette butts on your patio from the last place, huh? What a difference.
from swimmmer72 :
I ran into firs a couple times out west, most notably at Yellowstone and Glacier N.P. It's scary how fast they move and you're seeing the impact from several miles away! Is your area at any immediate risk? :(
from h2ophobic :
Your area looks much like ours looks like during fire season (late summer here.) I just wanted to mention that during fire season, many people here think they have a cold, but it's actually a sinus infection triggered by the ash and smoke in the air. I know you don't like going to the doctor, but if you're not better soon, you might think about checking that out.
from fifidellabon :
Oh, no Biba looks just like Ned and me. I think that I get Biba and my sister mixed in dreams because we moved house soo much when I was younger, and my sister and I are the two youngest. I was fairly well in charge of her. I think that that is why. Pee ess I do hope that the fires die down. All the smoke must be so sad. XOFifi
from thedetails :
That's terrible about the fires, I had no idea it was so bad around there. It's good you're taking it easy and I'm so glad that you feel a bit improved. Hopefully you'll feel even better tomorrow. Take care!
from cosmic :
Terry's son, Richard lives in Redding. He works at St@rbucks and said the kids are wearing masks at the drive-through. We are worried sick.
from theflyingrat :
That's awful about the fires. I'm sorry you're sick, I'm sending you 'get well' vibes!
from erianne1 :
Thanks for the support. Honestly, I don't know how you do it...you must have far more patience than I'm capable of to teach that age group. I drove a school bus for years and just that time with them every day made me want to pull my hair out at times. I really hope you feel better soon. Summer colds are the pits!
from sasori-gal :
Oh no! Feel better soon!!!
from thedetails :
So sorry to hear you caught a cold, I hope you feel better soon. Wish Dave a belated happy birthday for me. I've been such a blog buddy, I haven't been keeping up with my reading at all. Sorry about that.
from enfinblue :
Oh poor you! That's too bad. Five days is usually the rule of thumb; after three you'll be feeling pretty good. You'll be back on your treadmill in no time!
from annanotbob :
Hope you feel better soon, dear Boxx. I saw The Comedy of Errors at the Globe Theatre in London a few years ago. It was wonderful to see a Shakespeare play I didn't know and also there's something very moving about sitting in an audience full of laughter at words written so long ago. Glad you both enjoyed it xxx
from h2ophobic :
The Admin office where I work is pretty much a "kid free" zone. Periodically though, teachers will have a field trip to bring their class over to see us. Usually at Halloween or Valentine's day. Without fail, at least half of us end up sick after these visits. Kids are cute...but they are very germy!
from thirdeye7601 :
You're so lucky to not get sick all the time. I do a lot. I hope you feel better soon!
from enfinblue :
Thanks, BoXx. I occasionally get bad ones, but in recent years they have been pretty moderate and short-lived. I feel as though I should be able to head this one off! Have a great evening.
from enfinblue :
BoXx: I sent your post cards today. Oh and I have to say that one of the secrets of training - and believe me I used to work out so hard and so much when I was competing - is that every now and then *even* when not sick one needs to cut back drastically and do nothing, for a week, say. The more important bit though is that when one gets sick it is often because the body is working too hard to repair itself from the workouts - the immune system becomes vulnerable. The most difficult thing to do is to discipline oneself NOT to work out, but taking a break really is a good idea. In fact, in any running training program we usually ratchet up the training for 3-6 weeks and then take a week very easy. Repeat. :) THe weight comes off when training is improving one's fitness, i.e. when adequate rest has been integrated into the training program. When the body is fighting too hard it is also fighting too hard against the weight. It sort of fits with the whole "enjoy the moment, ride don't fight the wave" thing. Hope you feel better soon.
from erianne1 :
I hope you feel better soon!
from cosmic :
Beatiful pictures. It looks like you had a wonderful trip and Dave had a wonderful Birthday. Good you you two. As for today? I think you should take a nap. You need the rest if you have a cold. You can't afford to get run down.
from h2odragon :
Thank you for my gorgeous postcard. Do they really costume like that?
from words-4-less :
The dress is SOOO my style, and I LOVE LOVE LOVE those shoes!!! I have been looking for some like those but haven't been happy with any. I am sooooo jealous!!! :-)
from h2ophobic :
I'm always tired after a road trip. I can hardly stand to sit still, so several hours of sitting still just about kills me and zaps all of my energy. P.S. You look so pretty in your dress!
from enfinblue :
What fantastic pictures! I loved them! Oh and of course that dress is fantastic. :) Quite jealous of you being able to go to a Shakespeare festival!
from im2qt2kr :
We share the "numbers thing". Odd..Mom passed on 03/03/03, My dad passed on 12/11/07 (adds up to three), Mom's b-day was 07/17/37....7s with a 3 thrown in. For 3 months before she passed, I woke up at 3:33 am every morning, and my eyes were always drawn to the clock at 3:33 p.m. I don't know anything about numerology, but there's gotta be something to this thing. Big Hug
from plucky4 :
LOVE the frame!!! Patty
from enfinblue :
Oh! I was going to take a studio course at the BI but since I can only go for two weeks it is going to be the "D@wn of the R3naissance" History of Art course weeks 2 and 3. That will be enough to get me excited though. :)
from enfinblue :
That's GREAT that the festival was wonderful!! So glad that you had a wonderful mini-holiday. :) So sorry that it took so long to read my diary - don't feel obligated to catch up on anythin at all, since really nothing much changes with me. ;) You're right- I probably need to lighten up. It is a process that I have been working on for a long time, this becoming less of a perfectionist. It basically *does* stem from my mother's raising of me, as she was very, very critical of me and constantly told me that people didn't love me (e.g. my grandparents and my dad - which wasn't true), that I wasn't pretty, that I wasn't sporty, that I was selfish and lazy. I actually think that in her way she thought that she would make me stronger and better, but really it all had the opposite effect - it made me fearful and neurotic! :) I have the more recent Eckart T0ll3 book - the N3w Earth one. I should get the other. The truth is that I have been working very very hard to become more confident and to live true to myself. It is a slow process though. YOu have no idea how envious I am of you for having several art degrees. I always wanted to study art, but my mother would never have permitted it. When I was a kid my grandmother took me to art classes, and I was even permitted to take them until grade 11 in high school, but otherwise it was math competitions and music (my mother and grandmother were music teachers so I had to play instruments and sing, yadda yadda). Really, I wish I'd had the guts to do what *I* really wanted to do before now. In some ways I feel like I have wasted 38 years. BUt not really. ;-) Sorry for the book!!
from thirdeye7601 :
Be safe, can't wait for pictures! :)
from cosmic :
Have a great trip!!
from dana-elayne :
Have an awesome time! :) I can't wait to see the pictures!
from swimmmer72 :
Nevermind, I went back and re-read the entry. Have fun in Oregon! :)
from swimmmer72 :
Have a great vacation!! Where are you going? :)
from h2ophobic :
I completely get what you wrote about spending time with Dave. Bill and I are the same way. Both of our lives are so busy, it's hard to find time for just us. We have a cup of coffee together almost every morning. We just sit at the table and talk about whatever. We get a lot of flack from our friends sometimes because we don't always go out when invited. We really prefer to just hang out together. I always tell my friends "I have prime rib at home, why would I go out for hamburgers?"
from thirdeye7601 :
You have a wonderful time!! My therapist actually said that she tells couples they MUST go away for at least a 2 day trip per year. Just to "reconnect"...you are so right! ENJOY! :)
from enfinblue :
THat game looks great! I'm pretty sure that we used to play the old game of War at home when I was a kid. That bean bag game outcome is *exactly* what I was talking about. I knew it would be very aggressive today. :)
from enfinblue :
And PS 55 is not old. Just ask Swimmmy - he's 53 I think. And the guy I liked in Italy was 50! And I'm 38. Not old at all. Once you're over 35 I think it all blurs together. :) And you're as young as you feel.
from enfinblue :
Oh that sounds like so much fun!!! Definitely have a Guinness! Do you know what? The tofu dishes are my favourites at my favourite pub, too! :) Enjoy the festival. (And of course you must wear the special dress in which you always get compliments, the polka dot one!)
from theflyingrat :
Your excitement is contagious! Have a great time! :)
from h2odragon :
Have a great vacation. It sounds wonderful. We don't have anything like that out here.
from annanotbob :
Have a wonderful holiday, dearest Boxx {{{hugs}}}
from mpeacock :
I am happy for you. Bee stafe!
from boxx9000 :
OMG. I just had a mini panic attack and I needed to go check the difference between imply and infer to make sure I hadn't given the kids bad info. Here's the link: http://www.wsu.edu/~brians/errors/imply.html
from l-empress :
Very good job on teaching "infer." That's a hard word for kids; I know lots of adults who can't distinguish between imply and infer.
from sasori-gal :
What a great story! Gosh you would be so loved at my school! I love the picture frame. You always have such awesome projects.
from thirdeye7601 :
What a sweet little story. I loved it. And that frame is adorable. That's a great idea, I'm gonna do that with my kids! :)
from swimmmer72 :
Yes, there are pictures sprinkled throughout my diary. As a matter of fact, you must have just missed one four entries ago (#2209). That's me on the bottom pic! Hope it meets your expectations. :)
from enfinblue :
That was a GREAT entry! I loved the story, and the pics, and the ring, and the frame! Fantastic. About languages though, don't feel badly. I am not very good with foreign languages, either, and I have exposure all the time at work. Even our senior bosses, who have to be bilingual in order to get their jobs in the first place, return periodically for more training - unless you're using a language comprehensively it is difficult to retain fully. I really struggle to become French-English bilingual, although at this point I have passed a high enough threshold that I will likely never lose my comprehension. What I've heard is that it is almost always less an issue of aptitude than it is that if a particular part of your brain wasn't sensitized/activated by hearing other sounds when you were quite young, it will always be difficult to learn other languages. Too bad for us!
from horvendile :
I just figured out how to reply to your messages in my box. Yes I am a teacher. I teach math in college. I was going to say I teach college math but the last three semesters I've taught what I think of as high school math.
from cosmic :
First of all, Kelly may be pregnant, but she can still pull off glamorous! And at quick glance of Tom in the 5th (I think) picture down, wearing the grey sweatshirt and glasses, I though it was George Michaels. That is a compliment. He is gorgeorus. So, gramdma, you have the two g's for kids. We can just re-name them glamorous and gorgeous.
from thirdeye7601 :
What a beautiful family you have! Gas is 3.99 here in Colorado. Not too far behind.
from mpeacock :
Yes, I was happy. I didn't know until later how "unhappy" he was (I know why now too, or think I do, she was pressuring him to get rid of me). I should have know because G2 pegged it, Guilt money.
from fifidellabon :
Mon Dieu! Are you all gorgeous!!! I presume that you are the beautiful brunette... Oh, and my stairs are brill, they go up a hill. SO much fun. And I have been taking snaps of this and that, I just have to get them in the computer and on to my diary. xoFifi
from enfinblue :
Oh! I just remembered. My mom about fifteen years ago tried to set me up with the child therapist/psychologist at her school. He was artistic, wonderful..and when I met him when helping to paint sets for a musical production that my mom was putting on...I knew instantly that he was..uh...unavailable. :) So funny! (But I mean, really, a straight child psychologist?! :) - kidding). Again, may I say how great those pics are that you posted. Have a nice evening.
from enfinblue :
Oh that's so funny! Well, I think that it's partly that there's a culture of really caring for the body within that group of the population. Also, there has to be a genetic thing. I know that some studies have shown that the brains of g@y males are more integrated on average than those of other males, i.e. more like the brains of the average woman. This explains a lot, non? ;) Yeah, this guy was beautiful. But the funny thing is that I don't think that this guy is g@y - he knew what floor I worked on without me telling him. Perhaps he had just noticed my great fashion sense at some other time. ;-)
from enfinblue :
So super fantastic! Love the pics, especially the last one. Oh and the chocolates...oh la la. I'm sorry that I haven't yet had a chance to mail the post cards, but I'm likely to do it tomorrow after I get back from my programming course. :) Cheers!
from h2odragon :
You're welcome for the postcard but YIKES on the gasoline. Massachusetts is still about 4.38 but Connecticut has passed 4.54
from cosmic :
Here in Westerly, RI it is $4.15. Jay Leno said the onther night that it has hit $4.00 all over the US. Then he said if it were ONLY in LA, it would be like old times. WOW, I guess he was right. CA has got to be the highest in the continental US.
from theflyingrat :
Yowzer! I thought $4.16 was bad! Your daughter looks great. I love all the pictures, you have such a gorgeous family. That photo of your husband with the kids is super cute. :)
from swimmmer72 :
Still hanging @ $3.99 a gallon here in Erie! California is always higher. As always, real nice pictures! :)
from mel-is-dvash :
Nope, we definitely aren't paying that much for gas. I'm not exactly sure what gas costs here, I can't do all the conversions in my head (litres-gallons, shekels-dollars) but we pay about twice that - maybe US$8/gal. Something like that. ;-7
from mpeacock :
I love all the pictures and love you!
from solitus :
I have to admit that USAA is one of the better companies to go with and I don't talk to a lot of their policyholders. Sadly, I rarely talk to good drivers anyway which is one reason I complain a lot :) (God bless you for being claim-free.) I regularly talk to people that have been dropped because of occurrences, can't pay their bill, or think we won't find out about their driving history if they don't tell us about it.
from solitus :
After reading your latest entry and, since I never check my notes, I thought, "What the hay?" Surprise! You left me a few. I'm so sorry!! I think the notices went to my spam folder which I NEVER check... But to answer you question, I filled out the change of address form online so the post office SHOULD forward my mail to me but the new neighbors have returned some of them with "not at this address" written across the front which may mean the forwarding time has expired. I've gotten most of the magazines updated except for a few in which the subscriptions are about to run out (i.e. *ahem* Playboy). There are so many catalogs that it's a lost cause :)
from h2ophobic :
I try (I don't always succeed) not to use my diary as a venting place...especially now that I'm in therapy and am paying someone to listen to my venting/whining. The difference is she listens and offers advice that is relevant, because she knows me in real life...not just the me I show here. I love photos too, but as you know I've only posted one, because the only camera I have is my phone camera. The entries that frustrate me are the cryptic ones...I don't understand what they're writing because they're not directed to the readers. I've found that when I'm feeling whiny, I tend not to update often because I feel like I don't have anything interesting to write.P.S. about your weight loss. I've lost almost 30 pounds in the last year. I eat what I want, when I want. The main change I made is I no longer eat food that I don't like (fried foods and meat) just to have something to eat. My weight has pretty much settled without any effort to maintain it. I figure this must be my ideal weight.
from annanotbob :
Ooh, I love Guinness! Hugs xx
from enfinblue :
Oops I just read my note from today and meant to say "rounding to the billioN!" Anyhow. A couple of things. Different things are attractive - it would be weird if we were all the same. Besides, my legs are my only asset! And you are very pretty. Plus I'm sure that you have great legs! Good job on the working out today. But don't worry if you plateau. It's quite normal. Finding an equilibrium takes time. And as long as you are enjoying yourself... How funny though because I had a Guinness tonight! I went out to my favourite pub and decided to go for it. I need to have another gluten test this week anyhow so I need to have gluten in my system. I really don't think that I am allergic to it after all. Take care!
from mel-is-dvash :
I just wanted write that I hadn't taken anything you said personally. It's kind of funny - serendipitous - that you wrote about the four types of diaries at a time I was also thinking about what I want and don't want and do and don't do in my diary. I used to post LOTS of photos for instance, but since I couldn't manage a gold membership I haven't been able to do photos for a while. Just recently I finally got up to speed with photobucket, so I hope to be doing photos again now. I LOVE photos. I constantly struggle with the 'I hate whining' vs. 'needing to vent' thing. IF there is some balance point I have no clue. So I fret about it, and that adds to my whining, so then I shut up about it, until I feel I'm censoring myself to much, and so it goes...
from fightn4life :
I was going back through a few more of my past entries and found yet another one about "Cyber Friends" This one was when I was very new at Blogging and had "met" a few people on the cyber express. The date was September 22 2004. How awesome I don't even recognize myself within my own writings. Weird. OK I am done filling up your notes page with my pondering thoughts. Told you those were good entries. :) Sandyz
from fightn4life :
I liked both entries it was worth the read and something I looked back on to see what attracted me to some diary's and why "click" from others. I have met some awesome people here on Diary Land and had the pleasure of meeting one in the 3D world, I felt I had known her most of my adult life. I heard that saying too, "what you dislike in others is a reflection of something you dislike about yourself." I think about that at times. My favorite diaries at times are at different ends of the spectrum. I was thinking about an entry I wrote and looked it up, July 30th 2006, "Friends from Cyber Space" I wrote about the attraction to on line friends from Diary Land. Here it is almost two years later and the topic is front and center. Very cool, Sandyz
from enfinblue :
PS I loved your entry from today. I totally understood what you were saying yesterday - I completely agree. Have a good one. And no whining! (I should make that sign for myself. :)) ACK. PS I forgot. I am only going to Italy for two weeks in September (only! I mean, I am so excited and grateful!). I hope to go back for 3 weeks next April or May to do a studio course, and I've decided that in the long term I want to buy an apartment there. We will see what will happen. I have no additional vacation time this year (I get very little), so I will have those two weeks in September and that is it. I'm so excited though. It really is beautiful. I'm sure that you'll get there one day. :)
from enfinblue :
An economist is sort of like an accountant, sometimes, in that we try to figure out costs of things and also do cost benefit analyses. Mostly though we think about what the effects will be of policies - both on national revenues and expenditures, for example, and in terms of broader spin-off effects (social, say) in the long and short terms. So for example what I do is model the labour market. I try to figure out how much it will cost the government if we add a tax credit for families, for example. And I try to figure out things like how much more people will work or not work if they get this money. We need to put numbers on it as the government needs to know how much money to spend, how much the policy will help the economy to grow, how much tax revenues will change. Stuff like that. I'm really more of an artistic person so I rather hate much of it (mostly because I don't like the people), though I was a math person growing up so I like the equations part. Oh and I always like rounding to the billions. :) (Gives me a thrill.) I think you are SO right about the senior economist being here to teach me a lesson. You are so right. I'm right with that. I need to work through this, and maybe -certainly - this will help me to better define who I am. Hope you have a great weekend. And a great workout today! :)
from sasori-gal :
you are sooo right. photos sure do add a lot more to an entries and i really must try to add more. you are always so good about adding some great images and pix. i find myself taking a bunch all the time, but when it comes to uploading my images, i get too lazy or impatient. just a heads up on the recent public entries: i clicked on one which i thought had an interesting name and it turned out to be a porn site! it wasn't even a diaryland diary so i don't know if that was a rare case or if that's happened to others. a lot of the diaries i have on my fave list have disappeared so i really must clean house. i think i keep them on just to see if they ever return! enjoy your weekend!
from enfinblue :
Sorry - that should have been an entry and not a note. :)
from enfinblue :
Good and thought-provoking entry. I must admit that when I first started out this diary thing I didn't expect anyone to ever read mine. I was exploring the medium as I could never keep up a paper diary. I am an incredibly fast typist. Furthermore, I was on the computer all the time at the time as I was struggling with my dissertation. I tended to be attracted to diaries that were brilliantly written, maybe in part because I wanted so badly to get out of economics and into something more humanities-ish. An old favourite is metonym for exactly this reason, for example. At the time she was living in Paris and subsequently started a Ph.D. program in Art History at H@rv@rd. I started to read diaries that linked to her, etc. But the thing is that I absolutely had to stop reading her because although she is an excellent writer and, well, brilliant...she is also someone who has everything in the world and yet can almost never see the good in things. She gives the impression at least of being almost the least empathetic person you could ever meet. Her diary made me realize the degree to which I am an optimist. I like people who similarly are optimists, so in this I am completely with you. I don't need people to be Suzy Sunshines and bubbly all the time (I'm really against forcing myself to be jolly when I just want to be sad, since I think that sadness is an important part of life) - just honest and generally thoughtful towards others and inquisitive and decent. I'm not interested in specific topics of discussion, but I do like a bit of variety. What I find though is that it takes me a while to get *into* a person's life - I need to get a handle on the narrative- but that once I do I'm hooked and will follow for the long-term. So, as in life, I have a few buddies and tend to take comfort in sustained online relationships. :) Good topic to get people chewing on...
from fightn4life :
I have a flexible faves list, there are ones I read all the time and the ones that write occasionally. I hang on to some because I love to read their style of writing and when they do update I am intrigued. When someone falls off the radar I might exchange them with a new read which I find under comments in my favorite dairy's. If I like what they are saying or something clicks like it did when I read one of your notes then I go over to read about their world and maybe leave a note. I think most of my favorites have all come from my buddies list of buddies or comments, ever so often I'll see a banner and think hum... Writing is a passion for me if I had my way I would write full time. I have been writing on Diary Land for almost four years, so far I have never deleted my past entries. I write some about pondering thoughts and poetry when it flows through me. I figure when I leave this earth my kids will have a little bit of me to sort through. They don't read me now they all live on my space. They know I write on line and I feel certain when my time is over here they will find my writings. I have been writing from the time I was a young girl, I have scrap books, note pads, place mats full of past writings and poetry written throughout my life. Some my kids have already taken they like reading my silly stuff. Things I don't like in a read is vulgar language that is not necessary, total negative writings that never waver, and a ho hum got up had a bowl of cereal with no emotion added to what someone does each day. I love humor and wish I wrote more of it, and I love deep thoughts the deeper the more intriguing trying to figure out what it means. I love to read. :) Thanks all for now, Sandyz
from im2qt2kr :
I know. Can you believe that you too could have a toilet fish bowl for only $299??? haaaa.. Glad to hear from you. I'm adding you back to my favs list. I had taken you off when you were locked.... I tried to email to get the password, but never heard back... perhaps d-land had emails messed up too...surprise! haaa Big hug to you Ms. Boxx
from lannylee :
Hey thanks for commenting on my last entries - i always say i'll try& comment/send notes more, but then totally forget, short attention span too i guess!
from cosmic :
If you love upbeat and pictures, let me introduce you to roadiepig. I didn't read him for the longest time, though I saw others linked to him. When I did, I was wonderfully surprised! He is happily married with a newly married son. I have read him for years. I feel like I watched his son grow up. His passions are his gardening and his photography and his family. You will love him, trust me. He works for the DOT up around Michigan. He is at http://roadiepig.diaryland.com The reason I stayed away was because of his name. It turns out he plows for the city ergo roadie, and his then 10 year old son had named his dog, Pig. He just combined the two to come up with a name. Give him a read. He updates about twice a week.
from theflyingrat :
I'm a negative people! I have the same small list of diaries that I have read FOREVER - there are a few on my buddy list that I don't read and some that I only read once in awhile. Generally, if I find a new read it's because that person left a comment on my page so I go check them out. Other than that I never have time to go 'surfing' for new reads or anything, which is all right by me. :)
from l-empress :
One place I find new reads is from those who have commented on my buddies' entries. You sort of find out that you have opinions in common, which is always a good way to start a friendship. (But I really hate D'land Notes.)
from swimmmer72 :
I've had some GREAT diaries on my buddies list, but as you know, buddies come and buddies go, and when I got down to maybe a half dozen that were still active, I figured it was time for me to replenish. I found several in "recent public entries". Some found me first, and others become favs through the notes they wrote to others, revealing themselves to be smart, sensitive, witty minds. I agree with you on the types of things I DON'T like to read, negativity being on the top of the list! :) PEE ESS, I'm glad I found you! :)
from wyndspirit :
Look at the bottom of my buddy list to see the few new reads I've added. I've actually mostly just finally added some of my buddies' regular reads, but because I kept seeing them in that new public entries list. I have to say, I LOVE that new feature! Go back to my comments for a lengthy comment on your comment.
from h2ophobic :
I love Maeve Binchy too. I've read all of her books. I love how she describes each character in such detail, until you can actually see and hear them in your mind. I just received 6 books from ebay. I'm slowly making my way through them. I used to read a lot more, but lately I just read a chapter or two before I fall asleep. Shelby & I are both avid readers. When she was in 5th grade, she was assigned a book report on a book that "took 2 weeks to read." I called her teacher and explained that she'd read one of the Harry Potter books in 2 days. "You're going to have to give Shelby a different criteria. She could probably read War and Peace in less than 2 weeks." She's still that way, if she finds a great book, she will read it non-stop until it's finished. We both re-read most of our books too. They're like good friends; you don't want to visit them just once.
from annanotbob :
I love Maeve Binchy - I've read them all! Have you tried Marian Keyes? She's also Irish and light but serious - Rachel's Holiday is my favourite of hers. The dog I really want is Sid dog - is he a breed or a lucky accident? {{{hugs}}}
from theflyingrat :
I don't know much about weight loss or gain but I do love books! :) I'm waiting for a bunch to come in the mail at the moment, too. The only one that I have read of the ones you got was "Where the Heart Is" and I loved it. Happy reading! :)
from erianne1 :
It wasn't too long ago that my cardiologist explained the concept of "starvation mode" to me. I had gained 40 lbs. while dieting to control my glucose levels and didn't understand. After keeping a food journal for a month, it turns out that I was only eating 800-1000 calories a day. This caused my body to store every available calorie as fat. That's the gist of what he told me...and showed me studies from the sports medicine field to demonstrate how it all works.
from swimmmer72 :
You are right - the more calories you burn, the more weight you lose; MOST OF THE TIME. The exception can happen with overtraining, when your body gets run down and your metabolism drops. That's why people who don't have good sleep patterns often won't lose weight. Overall, your workouts are fine. You aren't overdoing it, even with the two-a-days, but when you feel yourself needing extra sleep like you did the other day, that's a message from your body that it needs more rest. So, you give yourself a couple days at the pool, then get back into it. Your body plateaus from time to time also - part of the natural process. :)
from enfinblue :
Thanks, boxx. I'm OK, though not 100%. I only have two brothers - one 2.5 years younger and another 8.75 years younger. Good boys. I spent a lot of time with my grandmother, too. By the way, I always say and said when I was training that if the body wants to sleep let it sleep. If you sleep long you'll likely head off any bugs that your system might be fighting. And then of course you'll train even better in future. In fact, the rule of thumb in running at least is to always take an easy or almost off week every now and then - to give the micro tears in the muscles time to recover. :)
from cosmic :
It must be Bizarro World time. I usually sleep from 1:00am to 10:00am. ( hours without fail. Last night I fell asleep at 2 and got up at 8. Only 6 hours. hmmm. Maybe it's opposites week.
from ornerypest :
So after taking the test to figure out the key, you discover all students got #7 wrong, so you mark them all wrong. Then after recording the grades, you discover you got #7 wrong and all students got it right. Then the fun begins.
from erianne1 :
Thanks for dropping by my diary and adding me on your favorites list!
from thedetails :
I voted for Sid. I can't believe how crappy workman's comp is (it's bad up here in Canada too) it's like they are on the side of the businesses all the time, and they treat everyone who makes a claim like they are trying to cheat the system. I went through hell when I was on workman's comp and they cut me off without even notifying me, it came time for the bills to be paid and I was waiting, waiting, waiting for a check which never came. I hope that they get off their asses soon and start to help out with your husband again.
from wyndspirit :
One characteristic of Alzheimer's is that some patients have a complete personality change, as compared to general "dementia" which can be just confusion caused by strokes or hardening of the arteries (my grandma's case) or other problems of a body wearing out. A very gentle person can become violent, and the best caregivers can do is figure out what sets him/her off and try to avoid the triggers. Others can become timid and fearful. My sweetie Rose was under 80 lbs. and not violent but verbally abusive. I soon noticed that it was much worse when she was nervous or worried, so I tried hard to always tell her what was going on or who was going to be coming next, and we got along just fine. My usual indication of Alzheimer's is a client who behaves in a way that I can tell is not characteristic of the type of person they are. Some people are naturally mean--I could tell Rose was not. Now, Clarence and Doris act like I'm sure they have always acted--but they get confused about what they were going to do, what day it is, how to make instant coffee, and obsess over minor things (like a burned-out lightbulb) till I want to scream. Unless Doris's crabbiness escalates, I wouldn't say either of them has Alzheimer's, just a nonspecified dementia. I don't know why that is so--I suspect the personality change characteristic is connected with the cruel way Alzheimer's works... The brain literally forgets how to work. Your heart eventually forgets how to beat, or some other vital organ forgets how to function, and you finally die, if you don't succumb to some other ailment first. Maybe the parts of the brain that determine personality tend to be attacked earlier on than other portions. Whatever the reason, I think it's about the most heartbreaking disease out there, and the one I would most love to see a cure for!!!
from wyndspirit :
You didn't say anything to sound like kids today don't have imaginations. I just have noticed that so many of the kids I know don't seem to use their imaginations at all. Everybody wants to blame TV and video games, but the kids I referred to weren't at all limited in their watching/playing. We used our imaginations so much, I just get all excited and entertained hearing about how others used theirs.
from wyndspirit :
We had very vivid imaginations, too, but it didn't end with our generation. My friend's kids watched unlimited TV and still had better imaginations than any other kids I ever met. You know, McDonald's playland makes a great maze for rescuing a princess! I'm sure the other kids thought they were nuts, though. (Cassie's be in the tower calling dramatically, "Brother, save me!" E.J. would call back, "Sister, I'm coming!" and go scrambling after her. They were maybe 5 and 6 at the time.) When Cassie was around 2, she'd use her mom's canister vacuum for a computer. She would hunker down in front of it and industriously "type" away, mimicking me. :)
from mpeacock :
S was raised Catholic. He was the 7th child of 13. The 6th child (1st Girl) was run over and killed by the dad because with so many kids and no child car seats back then, who knew who had the baby). His mother in her grief shunned him from the beginning. They once forgot him at the state fair and neighbors found him (he was three at the time). He grew up extremely poor and his mother tried to control everything he did. This is about all I know, he rarely talks about his childhood. But from what he's told me, and the two therapists have told me, my own psychology classes and research have told me, is he is very wounded. My therapist from 5 years ago told me he wouldn't get better until he sought out therapy/treatment/self help. He is finally doing that for he has built his own fires that sabbatoge his life, so now he needs to put them out for good, (I hope for him not me, I will survive because my parents, as weird as they were, loved me).
from cosmic :
Next year maybe if you teach summer school again, you can have the classes from 1pm to 4pm and you will still get to sleep late, hehe.
from annanotbob :
I hope your day went well, with lots of lovely children {{{hugs}}}
from fifidellabon :
Aha! Then we shall have a toast to him. We'll call him Mr. BoXx? xoFifi
from fightn4life :
You are teaching because you love it. 200.00 isn't bad, the price of gas is bad. OK...I told you why. I still live that bee, Sandyz
from enfinblue :
You know, the transitions thing is classic anxiety - I do it, too. It's dread of the future. If you can trick your mind to stay in the moment BEFORE you go somewhere, you have the secret! I'm trying to do that, too. :)
from enfinblue :
And go boxx - you look fantastic!
from enfinblue :
PS Thanks for your kind comment! :)
from enfinblue :
Hi Boxx. Post cards: yes! I need your address though. You can send it to me if you like at marathongirl9 at *hotstuff* yadda yadda
from life-my-way :
I've done a bunch of phone banking for Obama, his website has things set up (or did for the caucuses/primaries) so that you can get phone numbers of registered voters in important states (like California, no doubt) and phone them up for Obama. You can do it at home and it's satisfying and easy and great. And no one cares what your registered party affiliation is.
from swimmmer72 :
West, as in everything on the other side of the front edge of the Rockie Mountains. Yes, including California. In fact, as I think you know, I've been through your neck of the woods before (trip 1 - '99) and definitely WILL be back! I'll have the time to pudder all the way along Rt. 1 without feeling like I need to go faster. :)
from thedetails :
EB is the kind of kid that hates reading, and I just can't for the love of me figure out why. When he was little he had three of the four walls of his room filled with bookshelves and all the shelves were crammed full of books. I read to him every night, and when he was old enough we read together. I love to read, when I get a new book I basically can't do anything else but read and I have to finish it as fast as I can. I've bought EB more books than you can imagine and each one of them is sitting on the bookshelf with the spine barely broken. It's so frustrating because I tried to open his life to the joys of reading and I can't see why he doesn't like to read.
from fightn4life :
I was a born reader, all four of my siblings are readers too and all three of my kids. I think as you do, my early years we had no TV and when my own family started we often lived with no television. When driving I would make up stories or tell stories I had read in the bible. My kids have all passed the love of reading to my grand kids. I think reading is so important for the young generation, I would tell my kids you could take a trip or go on an adventure, see the world, go inside someones head, without ever leaving the room. I get lost in a book, same as my children. I also read numerous books at the same time, right now I am reading, "Talking to Heaven" "Angels and Demons" "Conversations with God" And what I call my quick carry along with me read..."Getting in the Gap." When growing up we were not allowed to read at the table...I would read the cereal box. LOL I still don't read at the table I eat in the living room. LOL Loved your entry. Sandyz
from wyndspirit :
Everytime I see that bee, I wonder, "Do bees have teeth?" and it distracts me! Seriously, though... When I was in high school I worked at the HS library, and they had a whole line of adventure books exactly as you described, written for older teens, but at maybe a third-grade level. I'm surprised they don't have something like that for middle-school age.
from h2ophobic :
Have I told you yet how much I adore your new template? Especially the animated bee at the bottom. It's too cute! I tried to leave a note yesterday, but DL notes were soooooo slow, I gave up. I've always thought Kelly was pretty, but in the pictures you've posted lately, she looks beautiful. She looks so happy and relaxed. I hope her pregnancy goes very well. I can't wait to see baby bee pictures!
from solitus :
Ah, it's a small world, this Diaryland. :) I read your diary for the first time a few days ago but I never made the connection that you are related. I'm happy for both of you and December will be here so ridiculously soon... Hooray for babies!
from sasori-gal :
I LOVE the new template! It's bee-yoo-tiful!! And you and Kelly are absolutely glowing in your photos! It's so exciting!
from fifidellabon :
My, what GORgeous children you have! /Fifi
from swimmmer72 :
Nice template! Very fitting! I think this will be an exciting year for your family! :)
from h2odragon :
OMG!! Grats Grandma & Kelly!!!
from annanotbob :
Be nice to poor husband! I want to be a baby too - it's HORRID having a tooth out, boo hoo, poor me!! ps thrilled to bits about grandbabyboxx hugs xx
from cosmic :
First of all, I read your comment and couldn't figure out what the heck you were talking about! Haha! Okay, now I get it. The festival. Wow, isn't Kelly glowing! She's cuter than a speckled pup! When is she due? I think you already said but I'm feeling lazy tonight. Oh, and one more thing. I know you said your stomach hurts, but I looked at thearea under your arm and could imagine how sore that must be.
from annanotbob :
Beautiful pics! Daughter has a lovely look about her, very mystical... Hugs xx
from enfinblue :
Incredible about the training and fitness! Go you! That's really great. I always find that the trick with bra tops in particular (for athletics) is to buy them quite tight. I find that they loosen up over time - even the heavily lycra-ed ones - and if you're losing weight anyhow you will then know that they will not eventually be too loose. But then again I am running all the time, so that is the biggest part of my problem. :) So, anyhow...congratulations on looking so great! And thanks for sharing the beautiful photos. (Your daughter looks lovely, as does her dad.)
from cosmic :
I'm glad your vacation has started, but gee, a class and then summer school? WHat will be your longest stretch of staying home? My thoughts and prayers will be said for Dave and his dad. I'm glad he has you and the kids. It has been 27 years since my mom passed and sometimes it still seems like it's only been a few years.
from h2ophobic :
I was so excited yesterday when the mail came. Yay a postcard! Shelby & I are driving to OK this summer, so we'll be on the lookout for some postcards for you. I think I've sent you every postcard about MT that is made. ;o)
from fightn4life :
Thank you so much for the inspiration, if after 25 years you can pick yourself up and move forward…I can after 18 years in this marriage. Like you said small steps and some day I’ll be going leaps and bounds, OK I’d be satisfied with an awesome day. Thanks for the add and for your heart felt comment, I feel better knowing rainbows are not only for fairy tales. BTW you are a beautiful woman…not old enough to be grandma. Sandyz
from enfinblue :
All so lovely, except for the losing parents part. :( And yes, you are so pretty! I really liked that pool picture, even before you mentioned that it is a favourite. Very evocative!
from mpeacock :
You are so pretty.
from mpeacock :
Your quotes help.
from swimmmer72 :
Beautiful quilts, for a good cause. My sympathies for your father-in-law; I've been there and know what a gut-wrenching time it can be.
from boxx9000 :
G = GARY (not Guy, sorry)
from boxx9000 :
GWF= Guy W. Fenchuk (?) I never heard of him either!
from life-my-way :
Great quotes, but who is GWF?
from boxx9000 :
AMAZING.
from enfinblue :
Happy vacation! Love the picture of you in your favourite dress! And the pop of red is lovely. :)
from mel-is-dvash :
Yup, red licorice. I don't think I would care for them very much except that it was such a treat to find something recognizable from the U.S. in a highway rest area. ;-)
from fightn4life :
The fish picture captivated me too, I felt something while gazing. I love the arts I grew surrounded by it, mom and my brother are artists. I see pictures in music a voice in pictures. For an exercise during an art class we looked at three surrealistic paintings and wrote essays on what we felt the artist intended to paint; what was the motivation behind those works of art. The following week the artist attended heard our thoughts but not before explaining what prompted the reasoning behind the paintings. Found out I think too much. LOL I think teachers in all forms and our soldiers are some of the most under paid perfessions...it's sad those that are in care of the future minds are so over looked. I admire you all and you deserve your time off. Enjoy, Sandyz
from enfinblue :
Thanks! :)
from h2ophobic :
I wouldn't be disappointed if Shelby chose a career as a singer. I just want her to be an ADULT singer. I believe that childhood is too short as it is, I don't want her to spend any part of it, living with the pressures of an adult. I truly believe that Shelby's singing voice is a gift and with that gift comes the responsibility of sharing it. I know she'll sing somewhere because she loves to sing. She may choose to try the "celebrity" route, or she may choose to sing to my (waaaaay in the future) grandchildren. ;o)
from fairygodmum :
Congrats on making it through the school year! You deserve every bit of vacation time you get... just try to save a few pennies for rainy day SHOPPING!!! Hugz n Lub, Bebe da FairyGodMum
from lannylee :
Hi - sorry I got your note the other day & totally forgot to respond! Thank you, I love that sculpture on your latest post, who is it by?
from cosmic :
If I remember correctly from years past, with all the days you go in to get ready, set up and prepare at the beginning of the ear and clear out and pack up at the end, I think that amount of days out is off about a week and a half. You deserve all the time off you get. I read about all of your projects and special things you do during the year. You spend money out of your own pocket and your own time an awful lot. Thank God there are still teachers like you. I knew a few teachers today that are in the school only when they have to be and to them, it is just a job. What a shame. We need more teachers that still love their positions. Have a great summer!! Just keep a few moments out of your busy time to keep us updated.
from swimmmer72 :
It might only be 180 days, but teaching remains THE hardest job I've ever done. Other jobs are most physical, but in terms of stress and emotional drain, well, lets just say that 185 days off is well earned! :)
from annanotbob :
Hurrah!! Well done you for making it through to the end of such a hard year! Give that woman a round of applause **clapclapclap** xxxxx
from swimmmer72 :
Great pics!! It's always poignant to see students move on. Probably the biggest part of teaching I miss! But, now it's time to relax and enjoy summer a bit, right? :)
from cosmic :
You must feel like you are graduating too! You put so much energy into your school year that it must seem like heaven on that last day. I know you love what you do, but you must really look forward to your "Pool" time in the summer too.
from theflyingrat :
You look so great! I love your dress, polka dots are awesome. :)
from h2ophobic :
I love your dress! You look so pretty. We still have a week of school left. Shelby is practically crawling out of her skin, she's so ready for summer break.
from sunstarr :
I just LOVE LOVE LOVE your dress and even more your shoes! Totally adorable.
from just2cusmile :
what a cute outfit-you look so adorable and so did the girls-i love watching my niece and her lil friends get all girly! congrats on graduation!
from cosmic :
Aren't husbands funny? I will be playing pogo at 11:00 and he has been in bed since 9:00. He will come out and ask when I am coming to bed. I laugh at him. If I go in to bed, within 30 seconds he is snoring. Why does it matter if I am there or not?
from boxx9000 :
THANKS for the kind words buddies. HERE is a note from me: I'm not using the MzBEE diary right now so it is NOT locked and it does NOT require a password.
from mel-is-dvash :
It's so awful that you get hassled, I wonder what's up with that? Congratulations on surviving the year. You look just fine without make-up you know. :-)
from words-4-less :
Did you change your password, girlie?? I can't get into your other diary. I found that Vitamin E works great for my hot flashes.
from h2ophobic :
I do still have my ovaries. When I had my hysterectomy, they looked fine so we (the doctor and I) decided to leave them. That way I didn't have to worry about hormone replacement meds. Because of this, I still ovulate and occasionally get PMS. I probably wouldn't even realize it was PMS, except Shelby & I are on the same cycle. (Poor Bill.)
from enfinblue :
Oh those hearts are so cute! Thanks so much for your kind note. I was really off this morning. I had a bona fide panic attack. But you are correct - for sure this is a good growing experience and in the end I will end up in a much better place. I need a push. This had to happen. :) Thanks again!
from boxx9000 :
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ hehehe. I had forgot how to make those. THANKS for reminding me. ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
from theflyingrat :
I ♥ Obama! Not because of his looks (though that doesn't hurt!) but because I just think it would be an extremely positive change (in so many ways) for him to be in office.
from cosmic :
You swoon over Obama. That is the one reason it will be sad if he becomes president. Kook at what it does to them. I am not fond of Clinton but I think he was handsome. After 4 years in office, he looked 10 years older. The same with JFK. They start out looking young and good looking and it zaps them. Of course, IMHO bothe Bushes started out looking old. And if Hillary wins? Oh me, just look at her now after a night of campagning. Looks aren't everything but you at least want your president to look like have a few good years left.
from mel-is-dvash :
I followed a link in a mutual friend's diary I think. My memory is bad enough I could easily be wrong, but that's what I seem to remember. I like the pics, you look REALLY good.
from cosmic :
Why do I read thee, let me count the whys. Well, for starters, I think I've always read you. I can't remember when I didn't but I can't remember how I started. I have had my diary for, wow, last month made 7 years! I was around through all your heartache that turned all around abe beck to happily ever after. I was around through a lot of your rough stuff. I think you were reading me a long time too. Were you there for my masectomy? I think maybe. But anyway, the why is because we have a lot in common. Close in age, both have wonderful hubbys. Both have a son and a daughter. Both have artistic children. (You children and my son in their art and my daughter in her domestic abilities.) And very soon we can both say we are proud grandparents! Woohoo. I have been throu much with you and seen you change so much. You have evolved. Now I am waiting to hear all the granny bragging you will do. And oh yes, you will be doing a lot, I'm sure. So I hope at least I have answered your question. Okay, why do you read mine?
from swimmmer72 :
I stopped by when Andrew added the "recent public entries" section, which has made it easy to check out other diaries. Yours was one of the few I added as a favorite, and that was because I liked what you wrote about and LOVED the pictures. BTW, if you are thinking about dropping one of your diaries, my two cents would be that I like the van gogh pic and usually only read one of your sites anyway. Boxx9000 is the one I'm linked to, but I'll keep you as a fav for whichever one you keep as I like your stories. Almost finished up with school?
from sunstarr :
1) love the yellow & orange template. very colorful. 2) love that pic of you upside down the best. very cute!
from cosmic :
I Love your construction page. It reminds me of when my Jeff was about 7 years old. He would be drawing and I would try looking over his shoulder. He would arch his arm around the picture so I couldn't see it and say, "Mom It's not finshed yet! Come back later!!"
from enfinblue :
Wow! That's such a great story! I love it. Congratulations. And WOW about the report cards. Good going. You deserve a break. Thanks for the tip re. the templates. I will check it out. I've had different complaints from people before and changed the template slightly to accomodate them, but not for a while now. Cheers.
from annanotbob :
Your story is such an inspiration to me and Sam. We haven't reached the happy ever after just yet, but we're on the right path. Sometimes it does take a separation to see things more clearly. {{{hugs}}} ps hurrah for us and our mosaic courses!!
from fairygodmum :
Congratulations on your anniversary and wonderful play. The kids look like they're having so much fun and you look the same as your wedding pic! Hugz n Lub, Bebe da FairyGodMum
from swimmmer72 :
Great pics, as always!! Congratulations on your play! Of course it was going to be GREAT! :)
from enfinblue :
Hope the play was good and that you didn't end up experiencing too much anxiety over it. School plays are the best.
from mpeacock :
How did you guys work it out? I just remember all of a sudden you were back together (that was the summer MY nightmare began but I didn't know it). Anyway, I tried to catch up but your back entries were gone, so I never did know how. Thanks you so much for all your support. If we drive home this summer we definately will stop by and see you. :)
from just2cusmile :
you always put up the cutest graphics with your entrys
from swimmmer72 :
You probably need to take a little time off from workouts - I KNOW you don't want to hear THAT - but your body is telling you it needs more rest. It probably has just as much to do with school as working out; you just need some extra sleep for a while. I hope the year finishes quickly for you! :)
from bunny828 :
Is that a baby tooth by chance? I didn't notice a root. I have a couple and the dental hygenist always mentions them. Apparently they don't usually sick around past 40, but I don't have adult teeth under them. She said they would probably fall out as I age.
from swimmmer72 :
I remember the stress of teaching, ESPECIALLY at the end of the year! Hang in there, only a few more classes left. P.S. I also taught 6th graders for a year. They were better than the 8th graders, who remain as my least favorite grade level. :)
from enfinblue :
Oh I'm sorry that you are so anxious. Trust me, in work I really can relate. This is the story of my life. Do you know what I do when I am really antsy and I can't do a proper workout (usually when it is too late and too cold)? I do a little ten minute circuit in my living room. Putting on a really hyped-up song and dancing around for ten minutes is great. I also have a medicine ball so I do a few jumping jacks and then get on the medicine ball, or get down on the floor and start doing pushups and leg lifts and stuff...honestly, after ten minutes you will feel much, much more relaxed. It's not a full substitute but it really does help! I've had to do this often, because when I was running competitively sometimes I would get injured or be on the border of an injury and so a substitute was required. How exciting about the baby and the anniversary. I understand how you feel about the stigma. There is definitely not a stigma amongst younger people now, and I certainly wouldn't judge anyone, but I feel a certain kind of reserve that I was raised with that I think would lead me to feel the same way that you do in talking to others. It's a wonderful, beautiful thing to have happen in your family though. :) Take care!
from enfinblue :
Thanks so much! I love the dress - I'll bet it does look much better on you.
from mel-is-dvash :
I had HORRIBLE morning sickness with my first baby - I was sick all day long, not just nausea, but throwing up. No fun! Two things worked for me. 1) keep a package of saltine crackers next to the bed. On waking, eat one or two slowly. It helped to tame the nausea and prepare my stomach for more food. 2) a homeopathic remedy called Nux Vomica (6x). I was AMAZED at how much it helped. I let three or four of the little pills dissolve under my tongue and no more nausea! I hope your daughter finds a remedy equally helpful. I didn't think I would survive the first pregnancy. The second I had crackers, and it was better, but after the third and the Nux, well, I was a very happy convert to homeopathy. :-) Wishing you all the best, and also your daughter and grandbaby. Squeeee!!!
from h2ophobic :
Is is just me or have you removed the comments link to your other diary? Anyway, I'm reading you and enjoying your entries as always. Guess what? It's supposed to be almost 90 degrees here today! I'm so excited! I'm sure it will snow next week, but today I'm hanging out in the sun!
from her-story :
Awww.. you're gonna be a gramma? How wonderful!! When is your daughter due?
from boxx9000 :
No offense taken. Santa Rosa isn't the BEST place in Sonoma County, but there's some really EXCELLENT and beautiful scenery here along the coast and in the redwoods.
from swimmmer72 :
Sorry, MzBee, I didn't mean to disrespect the wonderful land where you live! I saw a whole lot of your state on that trip in '99, entering at Needles and exiting 3 days later at Crescent City, seeing Sequoia, Kings Canyon, Yosemite, the Redwoods, San Fran, Point Reyes and Sonoma from Rt 101. Very pretty, especially from Bakerfield north, and while not top 10 (in my opinion), definitely top 20, and considering I've been almost everywhere in the lower 48, that's still saying a lot. I'll have to come back and take a slower drive to give it a better look! :)
from swimmmer72 :
You are living a fantastic story. You have a right to be proud about your accomplishments, both academically and as a parent! :)
from ms-do :
boxx, do you think i could have your username and password to access you blog please... ms_clear61@hotmail.com Cheers
from blimplike :
Oh, argh! I Know it feels pretty bad when you gain random weight, but know that it's NOT permanent! It's probably just water weight, you know! recently I gained four pounds somehow, in less than a day, Spent the entire day feeling horrible, and then the next day it had all GONE again! WTF?! Anyway, you're doing amazingly well, never give up! XX
from enfinblue :
Lovely! I love the flowers. And congratulations on the fitness progress. I completely understand what you mean about the Sunday anxiety...I noticed this afternoon that I was feeling great...and then I realized that I'm not going to work tomorrow! :) Oh, your husband has such a warm face and eyes. Too bad that he doesn't like to be photographed. Take care and have a great week!
from bindyree :
You two lovebirds look like you were designed for one another!
from enfinblue :
Oh how neat! What is your grandmother's hometown? I do hope that you get there someday! And thanks for the well-wishes.
from enfinblue :
THanks! I think you're gorgeous! Well, you know, it's not even that he's out of shape. He's really an unattractive guy, poor lad. He has bad teeth, bad skin, bad hair, bad posture, and bad taste in clothes! Really, there was nothing that I could salvage. And I'm really not superficial about men. I'd like someone pleasantly attractive in an "attractive to me" kind of way. All of the men whom I've dated who were very good looking were men who really went after *me*, which was the problem. They thought they wanted girl-next-door, when really they didn't want the depth that came with it. And I didn't really want them, either, but was too underconfident to realize that I deserved better. Oh well! Live and learn! Enjoy your evening. You've inspired me to go to the pool. :)
from enfinblue :
Sure. It would be my pleasure!
from enfinblue :
ACK! I just love your diary and I've been forgetting to catch up. It's been the all me all the time show lately. I've added you to favourites so I won't forget. Thanks so much for the well-wishes for my trip. I will be sure to take pictures. The lady with whom I will be taking my cooking and marketing course told me to bring pictures for the markets. Bien sur!
from swimmmer72 :
Thanks for the comment, MzBee! I appreciate your perspective from someone who has been there! I agree that you can't MAKE love happen. I don't think I've ever found love through looking for it; it just up and appeared completely on its own! Sympathies for the last month of school! I have a faded memory of trying to keep students on task! Mission impossible, huh? :)
from swimmmer72 :
Very cool pics! It's interesting to see your mural come to life! :)
from annanotbob :
5.30 am?? Good god, woman, that's the middle of the night! You're looking fab on it! hugs xxx
from cosmic :
First of all, WOW! you look amazing! Want to know where al that weight went? Right on me. I think I've gained as much as you've lost or more. Also, that picture of Kelly in the entry before is strikingly beautiful. Though her hair always looks good, I love the softness that style gives her. She almost looks fragile.
from swimmmer72 :
OUCH!! You are 30 cents higher than we are and we are the highest in PA. Yes, the "oil man" thing is NOT a coincidence! :)
from swimmmer72 :
Yes, definitely looking good, MzBee! :)
from wyndspirit :
What an adorable wee mouse!!! I used to have mice as pets. I want one now... Unfortunately, so would Bluebelle and Cloudy! :(
from swimmmer72 :
Everyone needs a down day once in a while. Rain just makes it easier! Recharge those batteries - tomorrow is another day! :)
from enfinblue :
PS I respect enormously what you do for a living. I also want to tell you how lovely the pictures are that you posted of yourself and of your husband! Lovely. I especially love the red dress in the older picture. And I wish I had curls... :)
from enfinblue :
Hi Box! I keep on meaning to come by to read your diary - swimmmer has raved about it. And please do excuse my unedited rants - I tend to fly by the seat of my pants. Cheers!
from swimmmer72 :
Great pics! Thank you for sharing your life and family with us - the pictures are a big plus! Also, keep working on that treadmill! You're going a great job! :)
from mel-is-dvash :
Yup, no birth certificate of my own.
from swimmmer72 :
Thanks for the comment! Yep, while I have used some Corel pics in the earlier entries, pretty close to 100% are mine now. Four trips out west in the last eight years has given me lots to work with. :)
from swimmmer72 :
I'm really enjoying your entries, and ESPECIALLY the pictures! :)
from wyndspirit :
Calmoseptine. It's overpriced, tinted zinc oxide, basically souped-up diaper rash ointment. The home health and hospice nurses have us put it on everything. Amazing stuff. Mom uses Mentholatum for EVERYTHING. I don't, because the cats don't like the smell, but I'm about ready to try it on my hands since nothing else seems to work right now.
from swimmmer72 :
My Favorite Cure-all: Black Tea in a large (12-14oz) mug, add lemon juice, honey and a very liberal amount of rum or brandy. or rum and brandy. What the hell, add whatever you like or have on hand. Disclaimer: I take this, usually with throat related issues, with the full understanding that I wasn't going to work anyway... :)
from ship-jumper :
hmmmm for the looks of the first pic you may be 'twittering' whilst treadmilling eh???? lol
from swimmmer72 :
WOW!! Thanks for the link! I'm enjoying getting to know you as well! :)
from saltofthesea :
your diary is so cute.. i found you through swimmmer72. he's a good guy. kudos to your intense work outs!!
from swimmmer72 :
I'm not sure than "beauty on the beach" IS necessarily sexist, but aside from my occasional political rants, I try to avoid pissing anybody off, especially since most, if not all my readers are female. Bikini clad women gracing my diary MIGHT not go over very well, beautiful as they may be. Sunsets will be safer, but in the end, if I get a good pic, I'm going to use it. Thanks for the comment! :)
from elliestuff :
Cool to hear you are doing so much for the Arts. Hope you guys get a chance to celebrate.
from swimmmer72 :
Nice pictures! Trips down memory lane are always a good time. :)
from swimmmer72 :
It actually sounds like fun, even if 66 sixth graders for ANY length of time is definitely a patience overload! The best part of any trip like this is how good it is to get back! :)
from sunstarr :
Great collages! They look so good. You have a group of super-talented kids for sure!
from awittykitty :
I really enjoyed your food collages! How fun! They were really creative!
from swimmmer72 :
Enjoy your moment! You've earned it, and besides, someone has to speak up for the arts! :)
from swimmmer72 :
I agree. I'm a former teacher (mandated social studies!), but it was the emphasis on non-creative curriculum that helped lead me to the door and out of education. Like music, art is never given it's due, and it's the same all over the country. Hang in there! :)
from wyndspirit :
I will be eventually catching up with your new diary, especially if I get the Internet access I keep talking about. Of course, then I'll have my laptop and the e-mail with your PW is on this computer... So don't be surprised if you end up getting another e-mail asking for it! (Or a note here, since I don't think I even have your e-mail address on that computer.)
from mel-is-dvash :
I'm really glad you got the post card, and glad you like it. :-)
from hehasays :
yay! i'm glad you posted in your old diary, even if it was a mistake. congratulations on the 10 pounds!
from mel-is-dvash :
As an anorexic in recovery (I know, it's hard to believe as I now weigh around 280lbs.) I tell you it IS possible to be too thin, and you DON'T want to go there. Not that I like being so heavy, but it really is better. Really.
from cached :
"My altered book was accepted to the National Arts Program art show." I stole this snippet from a recent entry, just found you because you're online, I'm online, yada, yada, but when I read that, I got so excited. I love altering books, my best friend got me hooked on the idea in high school, and since then, I've fallen in love with it. My problem is I hang around with the crowd of people who are word-nerds (as am I), so they get devastated at the destruction of a book. I tell them creation and destruction in essence are the same. Oh, and um, hi. :) HAVE A HAPPY EASTER!
from im2qt2kr :
Happy Easter Ms. Boxx!
from sunnflower :
I'm glad you are still blogging. Sometimes we just go through phases where we don't/can't write as much. For awhile I lost track of you because you were locked and I can never seem to get organized around getting access to locked diaries. Thanks for coming to Suburban Island and commenting. I always enjoy hearing from you.
from blimplike :
Yay! I check this place once in awhile, it's nice to get an update on you!
from mpeacock :
Hey Boxx! Did you ever get my postcard, I haven't been able to catch up on your entries to see. I miss you, but my computer, as you know is on the fritz, so I am updating from school when I get a chance.
from annanotbob :
Hurrah! Welcome home xxxx
from thedetails :
My catnip is tea, a nice warm mug of fresh brewed tea. Also added to my 'catnip' list would be cherries, most things with cinnamon, chocolate (mmm chocolate) and of course warm homemade apple pie.
from bunny828 :
Funny picture with the meds. Not sure what my catnip would be either, but right now I'm eating mellowcreme pumpkins and I'd say they come pretty close.
from mrcleanluver :
I am sooo glad you're back!! I tried making a wordpress so I could read you but I couldn't find you. I am lame! I am now addicted to icanhascheezburger. I check it out several times a day to see what's new. Soooooooo funny!!!! LOVE YOU!!!! xoxoxoxo
from smedindy :
Woot! Now don't you...forget about me...(cue music...) Glad to have you back!
from h2ophobic :
Now THAT'S what I'm talking about! Whoo hoo...Boxx is in the house...AGAIN!I'm giving up on my Wordpress diary, because I only set it so I could read you (yes, you ARE that special to me!)
from boxx9000 :
Thursday, September 27th, 2007. 6:15 PM. CALIFORNIA SUNSHINE TIME!
from boxx9000 :
YEP, I'm back. Love, Peace, and Happiness! ~BoXx
from sosuga :
I got REALLY excited when I saw you updated, I hope you are doing well dear :) xoxoo
from boxx9000 :
I had to lock up and move due to the constant harassment, hate, and lies. Some people just wreck it for everyone. Love, Peace, and Happiness. ~BoXx
from yarnsmith :
Sweetie, there is no need to explain yourself to your friends. We love you because you are you. Your friends know you and know that when you make a comment, you are expressing your thoughts and sharing and participating in conversation they way conversation should be made. After all, we are all socializing in this manner to make friends, learn from each other and enjoy the art of conversation. I would just not mention any of this anymore, comment to the people you trust and not give anyone any opportunity to come back and say more. Don't let anyone live in your head rent free.
from annanotbob :
Thank you for your kind words. I know it's going to be OK - it IS OK, but I'm just exhausted. You are a real sweetie and I hope you feel good and have a fab weekend. Love and hugs xxx
from smedindy :
I got caught up in crap earlier this year. It sucks, but don't let it get you down. Keep on keepin' in and keep 'em at bay! Hugs to ya!
from ship-jumper :
Oh Boxx, I am so lost. Clearly there was a riff that I missed and it's caused you quite a stir. Don't defend yourself. Just be who you are. Write. Share. And don't worry what others are saying or doing. Easier said than done I know, especially given that I don't know what all the fuss is about. Just keep writing!
from ship-jumper :
sooooo cute! Hope ya keep me posted on your new digs hon. I've missed ya!
from theflyingrat :
Funny stuff. :) I'm glad you're getting a new top secret site. I hope I'm invited!
from sasori-gal :
well, that certainly made my day! that is hilarious...i was just telling my students about giving the evil eye and we played this game at lunch seeing who could give the best stare. this adorable critter would win hands down! by the way...how are you enjoying grade 6 so far?!
from h2odragon :
HAHAHAHA! That was HILARIOUS!
from smedindy :
Glad you are back and reading me! I missed seeing your name in red and seeing you on my buddy list.
from thedetails :
Oh My Gosh. I take a few days off from reading blogs and suddenly you're gone from word press and there has been a bunch of haters hasseling you. What the heck???? Glad that you've found a new place where you can keep the haters out and feel free to write once more. ~hugs Kat
from h2odragon :
Thank You!
from h2odragon :
It's hard to make up a new journal name with significance (sp?). That alone should make you stay. LOL! But if you move then show me how to find you again :) ok??
from ms-do :
Oh Box, i'm not sure what has gone on in your life but it's not sounding too good. I was reading your word press diary and then suddenly one morning it was gone. I have tried to contact you but this blog gives me a bit more info. I'm sorry you have been hasseled. I personally loved your blog and loved your pics i read it every morning as i started my day at work. something is now missing and its you! Good luck with everything love Ms Do xxx
from allegedwife :
If and when you feel comfortable sending a PW or your new home, I would love to be considered.
from sunstarr :
i really hope that after some time has passed, you reconsider and open up your diary. or, for those you deem worthy, give a password to. i REALLLLLLLLLY miss your pics and all the goings-on in your life. besides, it's not often i get to talk with a fellow vegetarian!!! my email addy is: goldie1208 at aol dot com and if you email me i'll be sure to resend you my snail mail addy if you don't still have it.
from janedoe0 :
It's my pleasure! I hope that you enjoy them, and I'm glad they got to you safe and sound :)
from theflyingrat :
I'm so sad that you won't be writing anymore! I will miss you very much!
from bluesleepy :
Ya know... I am moving cross-country soon... there might be quite a few postcards in it for you... ;o)
from boxx9000 :
I have NO idea who my friends are anymore. There's a whole lot of HATERS out there
from bunny828 :
So sorry that someone is picking on you. You can block ip addresses (maybe only with super gold). Probably too late for that. If you do allow semi-newbies at some point, drop me a line.
from smedindy :
I'm lost! What is up? Come back!
from giannarazi :
you gotta come back.
from yarnsmith :
I don't know who EVERYONE is but it is not me. Not mad at you, never was, never could be. Your my pal through and through and I miss you. COME BACK PLEAAAAASSSSE!!!! I have a funny feeling EVERYONE is not so many people. You have lots of freinds in the blogosphere. Love Paula ((((HUGS)))))
from mnlady1962 :
Don't you DARE stop updating. I always love to see your name in RED!!! If you stop updating, I will be forced to stop sending you postcards, and you know how much you LOVE those!!!!! Take care, hon!
from sosuga :
ps- The pix were part of your blog that made it so wonderful. I love to see first hand how your kids are doing on their projects, get a visual for things you describe. Its so much fun, and very disappointing that some moron had to ruin it for all of us. I am sorry boxx (hugs)
from h2odragon :
Hey!? WTF?? Why are you gone? I like your pictures. I wish I could post them as easily as you do. I've never been mad at you. Heck, I have a New Hampshire post card I haven't mailed to you yet. Come Back! I miss you already!
from acaldwell :
im NOT pissed at you, never have been!!!
from theflyingrat :
I don't know who is pissed at you but it certainly wasn't me! I LOOOOOOVE your pictures! And I'm NOT happy that you aren't updating because I will miss your updates so very much! Stupid stupid people! I ♥ you, please don't go away!
from life-my-way :
Boohoo, Boxx. I love your pictures. I am/was never mad at you, not once. You're the greatest and, if I knew who was saying anything different, I'd go knock them down and take their lunch money. And then give the lunch money to you. That's what -I'd- do. I will miss you soooo much. Durn it.
from cosmicrayola :
I see you are locked. ok. I'll be back when you unlock unless you want to give me the password. I'll understand if you don't.
from life-my-way :
I hate the haters [which does not make me a hater myself] because I can't read your diary now!!! If you're sharing passwords please share with me too, I miss you!
from sasori-gal :
hello, dear boxx. thanks for all your supportive messages. do you have a new password and username that you're able to share with me? thanks~ i think you have my yahoo address, right? if not, let me know. i sure hope you are okay! *hugs*
from wyndspirit :
Hey, what happened??? I fall behind and ALWAYS seem to get locked out from somebody. Apparently you changed your password as well as locked?
from janedoe0 :
Me too?
from theflyingrat :
I'm sad that you are locked. I hate Boxx haters. If you are sharing the password, my email is jerikeai@msn.com ♥
from dana-elayne :
I can't find my Boooooooxxxxxx! I tried email. It bounced back. I tried my old password. It said NO! May I have the new password?
from h2ophobic :
Username and password please! My email address is h20phobic@msn.com. Thanks!
from just2cusmile :
are you giving out your password? if so you can email it to me at pals4ever84@yahoo.com patti
from mnlady1962 :
Hey, Hon!! I tried your old password and for some reason it isn't working. Maybe I got it wrong, but could you please e-mail me the correct one? e-mail is MNLady_1962@yahoo.com. Thanks!!!
from mel-is-dvash :
Hi. I've only just clicked on a link from one of my buddies to find your diary. May I please have a password? I promise to leave no hate-filled notes. You can email me at ladybugge at diaryland . com Of course I understand if you don't want to -- it's just that we seem to have several d-land friends in common and I was hoping to get to know you.//I tried sending you email and it appears to have bounced. If you got it, my apologies for the duplication.
from smedindy :
Can you send me the info as well???
from bluesleepy :
I was worried! Now I'm all better. ;o) Are you giving out the password?
from bunny828 :
I was afraid you were gone for good too. Can you email the password when you get around to it? bunny828 at earthling dot net
from mnlady1962 :
People can be soooo mean. They think that just because they can say mean things without being face to face, that it's okay. Sorry you are having issues with that, but I am glad you are back in Diaryland!!!!!
from theflyingrat :
Yikes. I was afraid you were gone for good when I saw your wp blog was gone! Whew. :) I will be needing the password, please. (unless it's the same as before - I still have that one)
from h2ophobic :
Gimme some names...I'll open up a can of whup ass! Seriously...I can't find the email with your password. Please email it to me again. Thanks and HUGS!
from chaosdaily :
are you giving out the password???
from poolagirl :
YAY! Vacation! Hooray for you! And thanks for the nice mention.
from natedogcool :
Diaryland buddies are NOT real people?! If you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you prick us, do we not bleed?
from yarnsmith :
No wonder your kids are so cute...Mom was a cute kid too...I had an afro in the 70's too..but mine wasn't natural...it cost me 30.00.
from hissandtell :
What utterly fabulous photographs! You are stunning, and your kids were the cutest little bright-eyed buttons I've ever seen. It's no wonder they grew up to be as gorgeous as they are. Love, R xxx
from yarnsmith :
Hi there...that little house goes for about 250,000.00 completely restored out where it is. In my town it would go for about 300,000.00 and unrestored maybe 200,000.00. I hope all your dreams come true too.
from acaldwell :
i got the bubba ho tep in the mail! whadda suprise!!! thanky thanky you! and its a dvd too! good thing, i dont have a vcr, my dvd player is attached to my tv~ hehehhee! whatta suprise!
from radiogurl :
I think you're right about the parallel lives, lol. I'm back from laundry but have to go take pictures of the light parade for work in about fifteen minutes. It's 5:10pm my time right now :) I'll be back, though ;)
from hamiltonian :
I agree about that with humor being the best medicine.. I think I will go rent a comedy or something today.
from catinasnit :
My youngest son used to work with a tatoo artist and he constantly tried to practice on my. NO WAY! I agree with Radiogirl and I'm glad you decided to listen. Don't get one when your feeling down. Believe me, you'll be sorry.
from radiogurl :
Awww - I'm sorry about all of the things that have happened to you :( Your ex is a LOSER in the worst possible way and you're sooooo much better off without him. I'm sorry to hear that there's a problem with your lawyer, and the car... I wish there were something I could do to help :(
from boxx9000 :
HoLY CoW! WHERE did all these notes come from? They weren't here this morning. It will take me awhile to get a reply to everyone. I'm too tired tonight. Thanks, tho.
from boxx9000 :
wench - I must have made some terrible mistake or something? For some reason I thought Canada had a medical system that was WAY better than the U.S.? Similar to NZ? When I lived in NZ I didn't pay a cent for medical care.
from sassyfras :
I don't know what year VW bug you're looking at - but be careful with the new ones. I have a 98 and it is, by far, the most worthless piece of junk I've ever owned! Seriously, I took it in for some repair, don't even remember which one it was now, and they asked if I was aware there were FIVE recalls on my car!! But those were the good days. Since then everything that's broken is NOT a recall, so if I want it fixed I have pay for it. My inspection was due in Oct, but there's no way it will pass so I live in fear of being pulled. On the other hand, I've owned three two bugs from the 70's & never had a problem. Funny, huh? Sorry to rant in your notes! Just do a little research!
from absinthesigh :
Louise Hay would say (rhyme!!!) you have something you need to say stuck in your throat. She would probably tell you to say it so you don't become ill. An unsent letter is a great way to tell someone how you feel without being vulnerable to the person themselves. After writing you can burn it for good symbolic measure 8-). with love, ophelia
from phizhy :
Personally I think the tattoo is extremely funny [not to mention creative] & I would get it in a 'hidden place' [hip bone or similar] very small. As far as dating a 25 yrs. old, I agree with you; men [no offence to the ones that are lovely & I know some are] usually take way more to mature so you would be babysitting your date. ♥
from hamiltonian :
I am glad you are feeling well it seem so atleast. That was a great entry .. upbeat and refreshing!
from boxx9000 :
EWwWWwWWWwwWwWwww. I TEACH grade school, I don't want to DATE them! I don't care how good looking a 25 year old looks. It is damn creepy for ANYone to date someone that is their chid's age.
from cinamonjaide :
I think the tatoo is a funny idea, but it may give him too much pleasure if he found out you went and had it done to celebrate the divorce. He might think you still have feelings for him, and if he is evil he could get off on it. The best way to celebrate is to date a 25 year old. LOL. ( not neccesarily have sex with him, but to showcase him.)Men are horrible. They can cheat and do whatever, but the moment they see you with someone else, they get insanely jealous. Unless they are gay.
from treesssa :
Mmmm Ben and Jerry's! Good luck with the cars! Thanks for the note.If it does come out that he is having an affair(s) then it will be a whole lot easier for me to get rid of his sorry ass!
from boxx9000 :
Home Depot? Every year (except for last year) *our* tree came from Home Depot because my EX was the manager of Home Depot. That was until I filed for divorce. Then he quit his job and demanded that I pay HIM alimony. I can't even shop at Home Depot. Too much bad juju. I WILL look for EXACTLY the type of tree you are talking about. I will go to a competitor, tho. I don't want to increase my EX's stocks that I just signed away! Merry Christmas! Ho! Ho! Ho! Ha! Ha! Ha! He! He! He!
from catinasnit :
Well... I can't know for sure, but by signing those papers you may have allowed yourself to mentally let go. Now, on to a better, happier and hopefully less haggered you. Who knows what wonderful surprises and adventures will come your way now that you can go forward. ~~ By the way, we got a live four foot Norfolk Pine at Home Depot that can be planted outdoors after Christmas. It's absolutely perfect (for us) and only cost $12.00. Can't beat a deal like that.
from hissandtell :
Oh, darling, I really feel for you. But you've done all the right things, and now you can move on without looking back. And now your life is your own and you can do whatever it takes to make it however you want it. And you're fabulous and strong and beautiful and clever, and nothing can stop you. Love, R xxx
from ms-do :
wow you look wonderful Boxx! I'm with Poola he needs to go at whatever the cost. You will rebuild and you will be fine, you just need him gone. It makes a big difference believe me.
from creda :
Wow. I have to say that I don't understand it, BoXx. At least you get half the retirement, but that's small consolation. Perhaps this suggests advice for young women starting out: make sure you have your own economic security, 'cause you never know what'll happen with "him" down the road.
from ilmomof3 :
I am so sorry you're getting shafted like this, and especially that your kids are being shafted (not making him help pay for school). I keep reading and feeling like I have nothing helpful to say -- this seems like one of those very awful things that happen and no one can make better. Just know I'm sending lots of support your way.
from xnavygrrl :
Your ex is evil incarnate. May fleas consume his nether regions.
from cinamonjaide :
You are adorable! I love your short curly hair. I am so sorry you are going through this. I do believe that people reap what they sow, but I also believe that bad things can happen to good people and it is NOT YOUR FAULT. Dont be down on yourself. No one deserves this, and you are a good person. We all have flaws, but I am so sorry you are being treated like this. 25 years!! WOW What a long time. I have been married for almost 5, and it feels like a century. I give you credit for hanging in there and trying to make it work all those years. You are a tower of strength, now a new chapter turns in your life. You will rise above this. I am glad you are getting aaway from your ex, he sounds like a real creep of a person.
from catpewk :
Most banks offer free Notary Public services to their customers. You might want to check that out first before paying for one :)
from boxx9000 :
yes, a possible used car is the best I can hope for in exchange for 25 years of my life. (really sad) The retirement account was OUR retirement money, not HIS alone. He is NOT giving me anything.
from boxx9000 :
Fight him with WHAT? More money that I don't have? So he can take even MORE???I can refuse to sign. Does me NO good to sign so what's the difference if I refuse? Except he'll take me to court and his lawyer fees are FREE mine are NOT. I'm totally screwed ANY way you look at it. The best I can hope for is that he drinks himself to death, and SOON!
from acaldwell :
heya, youre not AGREEING to that shit, are YOU>> i wouldnt!!!! fight the bastard!!!
from hamiltonian :
I updated that entry.. an error on dland as It didnt take last night so when dland was running again this morning I corrected the entry as a large part was left out.
from giannarazi :
Thank you!! Thank you for your mailing addy. I'm looking forward to sending out your card. **Hugs**
from forty-plus :
Congratulations on a great observation review!
from acaldwell :
hiya mrs b! wow, born there! thats great! please check ya email, theres a very important question there!
from absinthesigh :
Your EX has probably figured out just how much you have the right to ask from him and is eager to settle to keep you from doing just that. Asking for $1,000 then settling for $20 makes you think you are getting off easy... it's a funny kind of bait and switch. with love, ophelia
from sassyfras :
In response to the question you asked in your note to me: I'm a special ed teacher assistant. That's why I don't make any money. :D I was a regular ed kindergarten assistant for a year before moving to high school ED. Your stories bring back great memories. I love the little ones!
from cinamonjaide :
Hi My son is allergic to soy, nuts, milk and eggs. He wouldnt be able to eat any of the treats in school. Have you ever had a child with allergies and how do you deal with that?
from sassyfras :
Huge day for you. I can't wait to hear how everything went, although I'm sure you'll be hearing lots of good things. It's time for a change!!
from radiogurl :
HAHAHA! Now you sound like me. *hugs* Hang in there, you'll do fine on all levels. And as to your ex, there's a special level of hell waiting for him...
from acaldwell :
yes indeedy! its a word! i got it from my yahoo ask yahoo feature, apperantly, theres a mountain or place in new zealand that is where the word comes from WHEEEEEEEE
from sasori-gal :
Wheeee! Have fun and relax during your observation! You'll be dazzling! :)
from acaldwell :
well, its only 20 more shoplifting daze til xmas and i still got cash! ya got a right attitude there! thats what i do i dont sweat the small stuff and its ALL small stuff! wheeeeeeeee!!!!
from acaldwell :
thanks~~~~now its time to zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
from acaldwell :
yay! good news is swell!!!!!!!
from radiogurl :
I'm glad you finally heard from your son - and I hope that you find peace and are able to move on from your ex. It will take time for you to gain perspective, but you'll be able to do it. *Hugs* Hang in there and you have my email if you ever need to talk.
from acaldwell :
the pic of josie cat is LOVELY and CUTE!! what an adorable lil kitty!!! yay!! im exausted! been awake 26 hours! time to snoooze!!!! huggs to ya!!!!
from radiogurl :
*hugs* Actually I hope that the problem with the VW is only the oil pan gasket. That's REALLY simple to fix! The electrical problem could be a little more tricky, but hopefully it's equally simple and inexpensive to repair.
from sassyfras :
I really feel for you. You are in such a bad place right now. I don't have any magic cures, or any feel good words, because the bottom line is life is just sucking right now. But, as someone has already said, it IS darkest just before dawn, and I really feel dawn is right on the horizon for you. You'll have your day in court. I don't care WHO his lawyer is, if that judge doesn't nail your ex's ass, I'm calling.....well, someone. Maybe Oprah? Hang in there lady! (OH, and sheesh is one of the greatest words ever!)
from boxx9000 :
Especially *VACUOUS* that is definitely worth some bonus points!
from boxx9000 :
OH ART, those were GREAT *V* words, I am in awe.
from catinasnit :
How about Valley (full of snow). A Variety (of gifts) Velvet for royalty. Vendor's selling presents. Or how about a word they are probably hearing a lot lately on the news, Verdict. ~ Hey thank you for your encouraging words regarding my father. He calls me several times a day and wants to have long chatty conversations. I know he's lonely. But you know how it is and I know I will miss him terribly when he's no long around to drive me up the wall.
from acaldwell :
oh ya i have to look at my html book to see if theres a different code to write so u mac users and hear my songs! chaosdaily cant hear em either, shes on a mac too!
from acaldwell :
*V* is for VICTORY!!! as in VICTORY over the VILLAN! which you will achieVe!! ViVa las Vegas!! YOU HAVE EMAIL!!! go LOOK! huggs to you!
from acaldwell :
oh mrs b, i disagree with wench, i believe year 1 teachers work is VERY IMPORTANT! its the kiddies develoupmental phase, where alot of the stuff is learned like reading and sentence comprehension and writing. i remember when i drove a NEW car the 1st time and was SHOCKED to find the car had AIR CONDITIONING!! would ya please email me ya last name so i can mail ya a gift? cya! and huggs
from radiogurl :
*hugs* Sweetie, hang in there. There's an old saying that it's always darkest just before the dawn. I hope and pray that's the case for you, and the new year is sweet and fresh and much, much better for you!
from ba13ygurl :
dont say sorry for something already forgiven dont bring up something already forgotten dont cry because your tears are so cold stand up and show them you are bold
from radiogurl :
I'm so sorry for all of the grief you've had lately. I hope that the judge decides since your ex is such a loser, he has to give you the new car his family gave him. Which, since you're still legally married, is community property.
from acaldwell :
big hugs for you mrs b! heres a lil ditty i invented years ago that i tell people i owe bills to: "those i know, i owe; the LINE forms to the rear, and the REAR is in GUAM! to fly to GUAM, locate the end of the line, get in it, and WAIT! hang in there sweet lady, things will get better! im sending you a prize for xmas! it will cheer u up!
from sassyfras :
I'm so sorry you're having such a run of bad luck. I'm keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. You're my new idol, so things HAVE to get better for you so I don't lose hope!! :) Hang in there!! Something good has to be heading your way soon!
from ms-do :
Boxx your striking a cord with a lot of women who have been in your situation, we all survived it and you will too!! Big hugs, things WILL turn out, keep going, i'm thinking of you.
from lameassgirl :
i kept trying to sign your guestbook but it wouldnt let me so im leaving a note. anyways! ((HUGS!!!)) you dont realize how many times you've made me feel better with your notes so i just hope i can do the same, cuz youre freakin awesome! xoxo
from xnavygrrl :
I am so sorry that you are going through all of this. It really sucks! You are in my prayers, dear.
from ilmomof3 :
Oh man, that's awful! Sending lots of "things get better" energy your way!! ::hugs::
from absinthesigh :
I wish I could help. Am sending bundles of hope and hugs. with love, ophelia
from treesssa :
Just keep in mind that you are not alone.((((hugs)))) Don't ever let someone make you feel like this.You weren't put here for someone to kill your spirit. Remember that you are needed and loved ok?Now get on out there and do what you have to do.GOONIES NEVER SAY DIE!!(Hehehe) You'll get through this. I have the highest confidence that you can do it!
from radiogurl :
*HUGE hugs* Been there, done that. And I echo the others. Get to a doctor, get meds, get better. Don't let the SOB ex beat you this way or any way. He doesn't deserve it.
from goingloopy :
Sweetness, hang in there. I know, depression sucks rocks. Get your doctor to call in a prescription, like yesterday. There is no reason to suffer like that. I guess I've made it clear in my diary that I don't care what anyone thinks about antidepressants...they save my life every day. It's an illness, just like your cold, only it just doesn't get better on its own sometimes. The good news is, if you get the stuff now, you'll be feeling much better in time to enjoy your kiddos at Christmas. If you ever need to vent or cry or whatever, feel free to e-mail...and keep journal-ing, because that's a wonderful venting tool. :)
from acaldwell :
well, mrs b, the payoff is you need to find someone to spend your time with outside of school and your kids. you can do this, you been on your own for a year! dont think for one second the sob is depressed over you, so why should you allow yourself to be depressed over this? 25 years is a long time to be with someone, but its time to start to move on and find someone nice that is willing to be with you. you can do this. once you find someone you wanna be with, this pain will start to go away and eventually it will be a distant memory.have a lil faith in your self and confidence that you can be happy and not let anyone dictate your emotions. only you can control your emotions. so take a deep breath and smile! you have people here who care for ya! email me if ya like, and i dont mind if you wanna whine, its ok to whine, i whine a lot my self. and im a good listener too.
from radiogurl :
I am sorry your kids were so unruly today. It happens, sad to say :( I hope you're able to get some rest after hours, because you will need it!
from awittykitty :
Aquarian artists rule. My birthday is 2/12.
from hissandtell :
Oh, poor you with horrid kids. I do hope they're better tomorrow. Your "Penguin Winter Wonderland" display reminded me that, every couple of years, we'd do a Snow theme at the end of the year (in the middle of summer here, in fact). We'd paint the windows white, cover all the surfaces with white paper, make snowflakes and huge cardboard penguins, walruses and leopard seals to go everywhere, learn about Antarctica, imagine we were Emperor Penguins for hours on end, turn the airconditioners onto high cool and pretend we weren't really sweltering in 45* temperatures outside. It was such fun. Love, R xxx
from ilmomof3 :
I bet it's just the return-to-school-after-a-long-break crazies... they'll get back in shape soon! :-)
from acaldwell :
my power colour is gold!!
from acaldwell :
hiya mrs b! wow! you got a lot done today! as for your *NEW* neighbours, i'd call the cops on them, they are disturbing your peace! H is for Happy!!
from poolagirl :
I knew my fiance was unstable at times, but I never dreamed he would do such a thing. I had been trying to end the relationship when he killed himself. I guess it was my little "gift" for wanting out.
from sasori-gal :
*raising my hand* I'm a teacher, I'm a teacher! And anyone who thinks teaching is easy work doesn't realize: how much energy we need in and out of the classroom, how much we have to keep our resistance up to deal with all those sniffly kids and childhood flus and illnesses, the impact our actions and words have on these little minds and how many people we have to interact with (children, administrators, fellow teachers and parents!) Good luck with all the observation lessons. You will shine! *hugs*
from absinthesigh :
In my last note I spelled Sunday wrong. %-). Thank you for your note... currently we have 5 Dogs (Ruby, Hoover, Harriet, Winston and Speck), 8 Cats (Avalon, Buster, Milo, Elmar, Tabitha, Kira, Alice & Sally), 8 Ferrets (Edgar, Ichabod, Matilda, Sadie, Gomez, Sabrina, Alistair & Clancy) and 2 African Grey Parrots (Lionel & Onslow) phew. Thank you for asking 8-). with love, ophelia
from lameassgirl :
i teach dance but i dont know if that counts as a real teacher?
from natedogcool :
I only had liability insurance... no money for me! Luckily, I was just about to drop my insurance payment in the mail when I realized it was stolen, so at least I saved myself some money there! And I'm working on finding a Mr. Goldfinger body double... thanks for the idea!
from radiogurl :
Not a teacher, sorry - but I can absolutely relate to the 70-hour-a-week aspect. And in reality, what's news except educating the public about the world around them? :)
from acaldwell :
ah yes! i am so familiar with california rents! like i say, greed is the issue there; there is no need for 1k rents and higher!! i love the bay area, but cannot afford to live there!!! hava happy sunday!!!
from weaselove :
Thanks for making such a great thanksgiving brunch you made my thanksgiving great! Also thanks for my lunch i loved it. everyone at work was jealous of me and wanted to steal my lunch box!!! Thanks for everything!!! Love ya, Weaselove
from radiogurl :
The reason that stores can't pay a living wage is that we Americans are spoiled to living on Wal Mart prices. If they charged what it really cost to pay their employees a living wage, we'd have a fit. :( They already purchase their goods out of the U.S. for the most part, and put U.S. companies out of business every single day.
from sassyfras :
Hi! Thanks for adding me. I'm slowly trying to read your diary and know everything about you :D. I've read a good amount already - you're quite the inspiration!
from acaldwell :
feed the drumstick and wings to the cats! they will love ya for it! as for surviving, we all do it very carefully, and this really would be the richest country in the world, if there was no corporate greed! in our society, the haves have more cause they greedy and the rest of us struggle along. problem is we are too lazy collectively to do anything about it.
from poolagirl :
I was planning to get married a long time ago, and my fiance killed himself. I came close to marriage one other time, but since I spent so much time on the road as a musician, it just never materialized. I helped raise my sister's two kids. They are now 34 and 36. None of my own.
from radiogurl :
I'm 87% my sign - interiguing, to say the least. I hope you don't have to spend too much time at school today. You sound like me - working all the time on your own time!
from acaldwell :
well, miss aquarius, i for one am very happy to see you so chipper today! isnt cats fun? i wish i can keep a cat in here..i hope ya find ya friends camera, i been sleeping most of the day, i have to work at 1am! your pal, libra!
from fuzzmom :
Hey cool, another Aquarius! When's your birthday? Mine is January 30th. :)
from radiogurl :
Awww, I'm glad your turkey came out good. I told you, turkey's the simplest thing to cook, lol. I just wish you were feeling better. It's no fun to be sick on the holidays! *Hugs* Feel better soon.
from acaldwell :
well, lets see... today, i drank 2 pots of coffee, ate some german chocolate cake for breakfast, went down the hall to my NEW JOB (JOY) guard my building from evildoers while letting in visitors, smoked plenty of cigarettes, talked to my manager, played pogo, typed my daily log sheet, read diaryland, ate a free turkey dinner, talked to chaosdaily on yahoo messenger, read all of my pal BOXX9000 updates, and at 5pm, went down the hall to my room and took a nap!
from fairygodmum :
We just had our whole city block torn up by PG&E. They put in new gas lines... to make a long story short.. my thermostat doesn't work. Nice having new gas lines when there's no heat anyways... Just got a NEW Electric Heating Pad.. need something to keep my toes warm at night... Happy Thanksgiving!!! Bebe, da FairyGodMum
from acaldwell :
im so sorry u had to go thru that, mrs b! thats insane; as much as an assho;e i was during my "marraige" i always made sure we had heat! that oil bill got paid, quick! have you checked ya mail? i sent ya some stuff over the past few days!!
from acaldwell :
hiya mrs b! your adventures in independent living never cease to amaze me! you put a smile on my face! i can picture u finding the 41c and pumping ya fist and yelling, score!!! hehehee! how could you go without heat for FIVE YEARS!!!!!!!!! wow, i'd be screaming bloody blue!!! yikes!!
from acaldwell :
congratulations on FIRST TURKEY SUCCESS!!!! sounds like you guys had a wonderful time yesterday!!! remember, drink lots and lots of orange juice, and maybe some camomile tea to take care of those sniffles! im posting a bit late today, as i WORKED from 9 am to 1 am yesterday, and today its 9 am to 5 pm, $$$$ so i will post inna bit!!! turkey sandwiches and cheese for all!!!! yay!!!
from natedogcool :
Happy Thanksgiving! I know it's a day late, but I updated! So now you can read all about my exciting adventures in Phoenix! (That's where I was... 15 hours away hanging out with Amy's parents for a few days.) Sorry to hear about the Grinch, but remember how the movie ends! Whoville wins the war.
from radiogurl :
Hope you had a good Thanksgiving Day, sweetie *hugs* Cute cartoon!
from giannarazi :
I'd rather have Shannon play Grand Theft Auto instead of Halo & Halo 2. I'm with you on Mario!! Especially Super Mario. Have a nice day today. Don't let them get you down. I'm at my mom's bored to tears. **Hugs**
from forty-plus :
A happy Thanksgiving {Hug} to you! I hope you have a wonderful picnic today.
from yoyotech :
Boxx, you're SO wrong. The Grinch did NOT win. If he feels the urge to hurt and wreck havoc in such petty spitefull ways, if this is how he lives his life and the sort of things he needs to feel satisfied, he is the real loser. And he is, that is what his life has become, I pity him in a way, but only because he is so spitefull and ridiculous, And because in the long run, he's lost the most important thing of all....you.
from acaldwell :
EXELLENT CARTOON! HEHEHEEEEEE!!!! HAVE A HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!
from sunnflower :
I would be annoyed about the Thanksgiving dinner too. I admire the way you hang in there and do the best with things. It's not easy going through all the difficulties you have recently. Have a good Thanksgiving and take a break from the world for a day. Eat some good food, put your feet up for awhile, and relax in-between the cooking and eating! Hugs to you.
from wench77 :
mmm, I am not so huge on boxed chocolates cuz they arent usually very chocolatey (I like dark swiss chocolate) and usually really too sweet with gooey insides (or worse, alcohol or coconut!!) But I seldom turn them down. Yeah, Laura Secord is Canadian... she's a hero and also there is a chain of chocolate stores named after her (there is a link at the bottom of this page about her: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laura_Secord ) cheers! (though chocolate truffles do sound good....)
from wench77 :
Hello! I don't know what SEE's candies are. Is it a chocolate bar or a brand of boxed chocolates like Laura Secord?
from radiogurl :
You're wrong. Your son wins. He knows what really matters and who genuinely cares about him *Hugs* Hang in there... Hard as it is, it will work out for the best.
from saladwhore :
We have about four inches so far, it's still coming down!
from cosmicrayola :
Hope your Thanksgiving picnic is wonderful!
from sasori-gal :
Your Thanksgiving picnic plans sound lovely. Have a very happy Thanksgiving and enjoy the turkey! :)
from acaldwell :
hava wonderful feast!!! i for one will be working! oh the joys of getting a PAYCHECK!!!!!!!!!!! happy thanksgiving!!!!!!!!!
from idiot-milk :
I'm glad I'm not the only person to forget such things.
from acaldwell :
what is bubba ho tep?
from acaldwell :
i posted again~better story this time~
from radiogurl :
Heee... The random nonsense generator is a hoot. I refreshed several times to see what it would say *g*
from forty-plus :
Happy Birthday to Tom!
from acaldwell :
happy birthday tom!!
from spit-swallow :
In terms of paying back your friend...even if you can't afford to buy him anything I bet he would just love it if you and the kids did something nice to thank him. Maybe make a big card as a class and invite him in one day to present it to him. Maybe make some cupcakes and have a little bit of a "thank you" party for him in your class room. A big card, cupcakes, a good friend a 20 five year olds! Who could ask for more?!
from catinasnit :
When I need a substitute, I am the one who has to locate her (or him as the case may be). I try to always buy a cute little Hallmark card that expresses what I can not, and mail it to her. If it was for an extended period of time, I tuck in a gift certificate for a favorite restaurant,even if it's McDonalds. They usually love that one. Usually, though, simply sticking a stamp onto a handwritten note, and slipping the note into a mailbox is enough to let them know how you really feel.
from acaldwell :
leave as many notes here as you feel like it mrs b! i dont mind, in fact, i look here several times a day to see if i got NEW notes, i dont like not getting ANY notes, then i feel like no one reads my page. heres a suggestion, how about gettin the SUB a GIFT CERITFICATE for some place nice?
from acaldwell :
no, im an american now! french-canadian too! parlez-vous france`? hehee. i was born in halifax nova scotia, and was naturalised in 1976 when i joined the navy! nova scotia means new scotland! i knew the opal thingy, its just i couldnt remember what it was!!! i just came back from a FREE FEAST!!!! i ate 2 full plates of turkey dinner AND brought some home, and if i wasnt so tired, i'd get more!!!! i hope the cooking instructions for the turkey is helpful to ya!!! and i hope ya feelin better, and happy birthday today to your son!! 22!! yay!! i wish i was 22 again!!!
from macrocarpa :
Thank you! Your friend who subs for you seems awesome, and I hope you feel better soon. (I added you too!)
from xnavygrrl :
Thanks for the note. I think the fact that he mails it on the 15th when it was due on the first is his way of sticking it to me without getting in trouble. The arse.
from ornerypest :
Does my very own wife cook? YES!! She and I met after I had been cooking for myself for eleven years, and her mother cooks with too much salt and my mother cooks with too much butter. So she and I share the cookery and we spare both salt and butter. The only thing we hafta agree on is that the first pot of coffee we brew in the morning has gotta be done right!
from treesssa :
*Snort* The $20 dollars from the guy sueing you is actually going toward your Thanksgiving dinner!I love it!Classic! ♥ So glad your daughter is ok, and Happy birthday to your son!
from acaldwell :
thanky thanky thanky!! *takes a bow* i got a survey i forgot to put up on the page, go see!!
from radiogurl :
*Hugs* I'm sorry you're not feeling well, but sounds like despite your protests, you really DID need to stay home and get well. Just hang in there, because as frustrating as it is, everything happens for a reason. Who knows? Maybe your ex is due to win the lottery and by your divorce being postponed, you'll get a share of it - where if your divorce was finalized now, you'd get nuttin' from it ;)
from acaldwell :
hiya mrs b! check your email, i sent you an answer to ya question, read the link i sent, the answer is in there!
from pandionna :
Oh, giving me the car money is the least he could do. The history is such that my attorney said I could nail him for close to $20,000. I paid for the wedding. I've paid the huge tax bills every year. I supported him through assorted career crises and missteps. My goal, however, is not to punish him, but to get us both free. Even though it has been contentious at times--and it's hard NOT to get contentious because divorce is a highly emotional thing--we've both sworn to be as civil as possible. We both want to be adults about this, and we both still love each other as friends. Just that we can't live together peacefully and we have different life goals (joke is that I have some and he doesn't know what his are yet). He realizes all I've sacrificed. It's too little, too late, because my sacrifices gave rise to resentment on my part and killed the whole "in love" thing for me, but he does have a good enough heart that he's not trying to screw me over. He realizes he's getting off easy, too. Sorry your ex is being such a wad.
from yarnsmith :
Please accept my sincere apology for assuming that you might leave a nasty note on anyones notes page. I know that is something that you wouldn't do and I don't know from where my gossipy intent came from. Again..I am sorry and I really mean that.
from goingloopy :
Thanks for adding me to your faves...I plan on doing likewise, and forwarding the Bush light-bulb joke to everyone I know. As for the divorce thing...mostly, they do settle. I used to work for a family law attorney (as a paralegal, for almost 5 years), and almost NO ONE ever went to trial. Hang in there!!
from acaldwell :
well, ok then, i do hope he is looking out for ya best interests...im just concerned, thats all!!:-)
from catinasnit :
"...How long can this go on... ?" You live in California and an uncontested divorce there takes about a year, right? Here the waiting time is 30 days, IF it's uncontested. If it is contested, GOD HELP YOU! It took my sister almost two years, start to finish. She lived, at the time, in Sacramento. BUT take heart, there is life after divorce and you will find it.
from catinasnit :
You poor, poor thing (not sarcastically meant).Divorce and everything contained inside it, is the PITS! No doubt about it. I'm so sorry. ~ Actually, your Thanksgiving Picnic has real potential for FUN. ~ Take advantage of this day off to rest, if you can, and recharge your mental batteries.
from boxx9000 :
in all fairness to my lawyer...he is looking out for my best interest by postponing this. My son is engaged to my lawyer's daughter. If my EX will not help pay for college for my son it also effects my lawyer's daughter.
from acaldwell :
your lawyer needs to get on the ball, these "delays" cannot continue. i am glad you are feeling better today mrs. b! and happy birthday tomorrow for your son! 22 is a great age! i hope the NEW neighbours dont hassle you too much!
from radiogurl :
Talk to your lawyer - given how long that your wonderful ex has been pulling this kind of crap, there might be some kind of sanctions the court can impose. And any kind of sanction against him is going to work in your favor. Otherwise he'll prolongue it until he dies or you die, whichever comes first.
from radiogurl :
Awww - take care of yourself! I hope that you can get through these divorce procedings, come out ahead, and get on with your life soon. I remember how frustrating it was for me, and I didn't have NEARLY the grief you've had to deal with! *hugs*
from acaldwell :
hiya mrs b! im thankful foe friends too, especially friends like YOU!!!
from sasori-gal :
Oh, I'm sorry to hear that you're not feeling well. Yes, I do think stress has a lot to do with it all, but hopefully all of that will be over soon! In the meantime, you take good care and get plenty of much needed rest and TLC!
from acaldwell :
hiya mrs b!! i for one NEVER get sick of hearing about ya kindergarten kids, and their activities!! tell us more!!! im a lil under the weather my self, having been up all night! and you are not alone, everyone in my immediate family is graveyard dead, and my brother died in vietnam; i suppose i have cousins out there somewhere, but i dont know where. im happy and content!!! drink plenty of orange juice to rid yaself of the sniffles!!you are a dear friend! hugs to you!!
from radiogurl :
*Hugs* Glad your daughter and her bf got jobs! That's terrific, and I know it's a load off of your mind, even if they're temporary stuff. Now if your ex would just get HIS act together. Oh, yeah, I know, never ask for the impossible, lol. As to the parents visiting the classroom, if they were 'shopping' for next year, and ask for your class (can they do that?), you're pretty much guaranteed a job next year!
from emeraldjaide :
I have been reading your diary. You are an inspiration! I am so proud and happy for you! You have accomplished so much, yet you are in touch with your human side. I have just read a few entries, but I will continue to read more. Thanks for sharing your life with us.
from radiogurl :
Heee! I like that ;) And hmmm about the court situation. I hope it all works out for you.
from radiogurl :
Why no court on Monday? Did it get postponed again???
from acaldwell :
my oh my lets have some pie! wow u are so creative, mrs. b! again, i am enthralled with ya kindergarten activities, just a gentle spelling correction, though, *QUE* is spelled, *QUEUE* huggss to u!!
from giannarazi :
I hear you on pie! It's so bad. Next week my mom said she's making pumpkin, sweet potato, and mincemeat pie. And I'm sitting here wanting a strawberry pie. *shrugs* I'm craving sweets!!!
from acaldwell :
hiya mrs b! i got the coloured sharpies ya sent me! i thought u was kidding!!! thank you!! that was sweet!! now, when my keyboard goes on the blink, i can scrawl my diary thru the monitor......NAW!!! just foolin! heheheee..i was wondering, do u listen to KGO radio?
from forty-plus :
I believe the purpose of their non-stop outrageous bullying is to have you agree to just about anything. Hold on, you'll be able to breath a lot easier in a few days.
from catpewk :
Guess who's back! yoyotech.diaryland.com
from radiogurl :
Ick, sounds like you have the same thing with your throat that I do. I am more or less over the 'sick' part of being sick, but stuff tends to linger in my throat. :-/ I hope you feel better soon! :D And glad to hear you got some ideas for winter projects. As to gifts for parents, do the stained-glass effect with tissue paper and a styrofoam ball, then put a hanger on it and turn it into an ornament. Not sure if that's doable with your budget, though, don't know how much styrofoam balls cost these days. There's also a "Promise Tree." Have the kids draw a Christmas tree and fold up bright-colored circles and use them for the ornaments - each one has a promise written on it - like one or two big hugs, singing a song, things kindergarteners can do for their family.
from theyknew :
Let it go.... I have that throat thing too... maybe it is stress related?? hang in there:) nEo
from acaldwell :
free speech practiced here, mrs b! send me an email whatever, im willing to listen, ok? with me u can say what ya wanna say, with no problems!!
from geezmichelle :
hi! friend of kitty's here. you sound like an awesome K teacher! teachers are my heros!
from forty-plus :
May I PLEASE come do art projects alongside the kids? I love these projects!
from acaldwell :
delightful! i love reading about the kindergardners and school!
from h2ophobic :
Thanks for your note. Yes, Destination Imagination is very similar to Odyssey of the Mind...possibly a younger sibling. This is my 4th year as a team manager. I complain periodically about the 7 pre-teens that take over my life for 6 months at a time, but I wouldn't trade a moment of our time together for all the coffee at Starbucks!
from radiogurl :
Ah, a winter project. Snowmen come to mind - popcorn ball snowmen or marshmallow snowmen. And of course there are cut-paper snowflakes. If I remember right, most kindergarteners have a difficult time with scissors, but it's a good exercise for them. Tissue paper works well because it's not as bulky to cut. *Thinking* Also you can build cotton-ball igloos, using paper bowls. Or you can ask parents to send in oatmeal boxes for the purpose. They'd have to be cut down for height but the cost of the project would only be glue/paste and cotton balls. That would also give you the opportunity to tell an eskimo story, talk about eskimo kisses, things like that. Maybe have eskimo week, make a moose with twig antlers, talk about dog sleds (if you are allowed, your daughter could bring in her big bad wolf for effect.) You could also use paper towel tubes to make totem poles that week.
from acaldwell :
winter theme! how bout frosty the snow man?
from acaldwell :
i changed the template! again! all the archives work!! i hope this works for you!! huggs!
from catinasnit :
Now, you're getting the hang of it! Good for you.
from forty-plus :
I hope all those things are true and the court orders him to pay, at least, half your son's tuition and all of your court costs!
from acaldwell :
there ya go! now, mrs b, tell ya lawyer u want the judge to ORDER him to pay YOUR attorney fees!!!! happy hugs to you!!!!
from radiogurl :
You're absolutely right on all counts. Keep those things in mind, because a positive attitude is 90% of the battle. :)
from acaldwell :
way to go, think postitve!!! thats the way to go! head up, and confidence!
from radiogurl :
*Hugs* I'm so sorry to hear you're having it so hard. Hopefully after the court hearing things will improve. :(
from acaldwell :
aww go on, get a movie! it will take ya mind offa things for a while! i worry about you cause you are a friend! no need to say im sorry! and thank you for the colored sharpies! remember you have a FRIEND here and if ya need to talk, my ears are always open. when the depression hits me, like it has now, i take a few minutes, and deep breathe exercises, slow, deep inhales, and slow deep exhales, i do that for a time, then i find something to occupy my mind, like a crossword puzzle or something similar. try yahoo games. lotsa neat games there. i like literai, its just like scrabble, and keeps the mind sharp, and takes my mind off of stinkin thinkin, cause im concentrating on making words! huggs to you!!! you are a pal!
from giannarazi :
Can you scan or take a picture of the card, "I printed up the invitation and then drew a pile of poop under each turkey and a cartoon bubble that read, "Come let us shit on you" I would be interested in seeing it. It's not childish of you at all. It's releasing your feelings. I wish I was half as creative in drawing. *hugs*
from acaldwell :
....come let us shit on you!! heheheee!!! that made me laugh!!! i wish i coulda seen that!!!! i am glad you are feeling a lil better. i just want ya to know u have a FRIEND here<ME>.
from acaldwell :
hiya mrs b! hope you are well! POGO is a FUN site where you can play all kinds of games, like bingo, solitare, chess, checkers, backgammon, race cars, pool, poker, and earn tokens which u can save up and enter contests, its free for the basic pogo stuff, but you can get a yearly suscription for like 30 bucks, something like that, then, with a paid membership, u can do weekly challenges to earn badges that goes by ya name and theres also chat. there are nice people on pogo, and there are asswipes, like ya ex. pogo is a great place to have fun. chaosdaily also is a pogo member. check it out. http://www.pogo.com you DO NOT want to sleep forever....i been to the edge of forever and its NOT a nice place. if you need to TALK, mrs b. i am on yahoo messenger as acaldwell1958. instant message me if ya need to talk. please.
from radiogurl :
Awwww *hugs* Hopefully you get SOME sleep... Just not FOREVER!
from fairygodmum :
Please don't worry, I'm sure she'll be home soon. My prayers are with you for the 22nd. Hugz Gurl.. da FairyGodMum
from acaldwell :
sad is not good nor is mad. does your daughter have a cell phone? im sure she is ok, and u will see her soon. next time u do, ask her for her cell fone number so u can call her. also, "N" is for NEW! as in new things! read my diary, i have links to make u smile!
from mpeacock :
Ages- D is almost 20, she lives with us, SJR is almost 18, he lives with his mom in Oregon; will graduate high school this year and either take off on his Mormon mission to please his mother, or take advantage of his college running scholarships and make his dad (S) happy. The illigetimate one is 13, living with her mother in ketchikan.
from catinasnit :
N -- how about Native? I didn't realize you meant the N word had to be about turkeys or birds, just about Thanksgiving. ~~ As my daughter says to me, "take a deep breath, Mom." Your last words frightened me. You're going to be okay. Take it moment by moment. You most definately have something special to offer to this world - you're making a difference in the lives of your children and the children you teach every single day.
from radiogurl :
*hugs* Sounds like you had a very busy day and busy week. I can't think of anything starting with an N that would be interchangeable with 'bird', but there are a couple of descriptives that you could use: Nice turkey or Neat Bird come to mind.
from acaldwell :
hiya mrs B! have you seen my post? its bound to make you SMILE! you have people here who CARE about you. just bee patient, i always tell you things will work out! have c-o-n-f-i-d-e-n-c-e and smile! you got a lot going for you!!!!!
from nzforestguy :
Hiya, yeah we have halloween here, but it's nothing like you guys have, they try to make it big here, but it just doesn't work, not really a kiwi thing. Can't think of anyone, maybe i should, lol. Anyways hope all is well.
from jesbohn :
Hi boxx! My birthday is 11/11/82, not 02. : ) which one of us made a type-o? much love, -jes
from h2ophobic :
My husband does a lot of chores around the house, but he was trained well by his grandmother and 3 sisters...I can't take any credit. He DOES however make sure that I'm aware of each and every chore he does. I don't mind much, it's easier to say "Thank you dear" than do the chores myself! You're in my thoughts daily for the next 2 weeks. I hope the court shows some common sense (is that an oxymoron?) and financially kicks your ex's butt!
from acaldwell :
i strongly agree with ya mrs b! i too hope these idiots roast in hell along with thier friggen turkey! the nerve of the bastards! huggs to you!!! hang in there and be strong!
from absinthesigh :
I wandered (ooh that's a good typo!! I meant to say wanted but will leave it) to mention, as I don't brag about my darling M very much and I should, that he does all the good things you mentioned 8-).
from acaldwell :
hiya mrs b! 1st of all, i just want you to know, that I lower the toilet seat afterwards, I replace the tp roll if it needs it, I cook, I clean dishes, windows, vaccumm, dust, i do laundry, pick up after myself, etc. now, what i suggest you do is this, TOUGH LOVE!!! its hard i know, but necessary. you need to lower the boom, and tell daughter and BUM that they need to be self suffecient! they need to get jobs, and thier OWN place and stop freeloading off of you! if they wanna stay with you they need to pay RENT! i know u have a lot on your plate now, but these things need to be done for your own sanity. as u know, i am on YOUR side, and will be praying for you!
from fairygodmum :
Come to think of it.. while watching the movie this past Sunday... I woke myself up cause I was snoring.. OMG... and YES that was IN Class! tee hee.. Hugz.. I feel for ya Sista! Bebe, da FairyGodMum
from acaldwell :
yes u can hope! and i hope u practice deep breathing exersizes so u can sleep well. im rooting for you!
from radiogurl :
Oh man... You ARE living my life! And it sucks :( I hope your situation with your ex works out, but if not, maybe NZ isn't such a bad solution, after all!
from acaldwell :
hiya mrs b! hey there, dont dispair, you got people here who really care, and you will get your share! i know things seem rough right now, but you cannot dwell on what might happen. the judge will see things your way, and will see that garbage that dunken bum is spewing is just that, a load of crap!if ya havin trouble sleeping, alcohol is not the answer, but deep breathing exersizes will do the trick. it will help you relax and clear your mind of all the crapola. hang in there we are on your side.
from forty-plus :
{{Hugs}} for a great Tuesday.
from hissandtell :
Well, the Big Kiwi Emigration Scheme sounds like a plan. You could come and live with me, of course, but you'd have a long drive to work every day... Love, R xxx
from natedogcool :
That "deranged democrat" guy was nutso! "Hey Bushies, watch your back! These guys only like diversity when it agrees with them!" I can't believe he said that. I would gladly stereotype ANY Bush supporter as a diversity-hater. What's with all the hate?!
from acaldwell :
hiya mrs b! remember have faith and confidence that things WILL go your way on the court date!
from acaldwell :
hiya mrs b! i sent u an email at boxx9000@diaryland.com did u get it?
from acaldwell :
arnold would be king! now the fool wants to be the US president? nooooo i dont think so! we are NOT going to change the constitution just for him!
from boxx9000 :
YES! A country of our own. If California was a country of it's own, would that make AHNULD our KING?
from absinthesigh :
I forgot to tell you 8-) my pal and neighbor Sheryl and I are going to start a movement for the West Coast of Northern California through the tippy top of Alaska to remove themselves from the Union!!! What shall we call ourselves? Do you think Hillary and Bill would come be our Leaders??????????? with love, ophelia
from absinthesigh :
I am a little behind in my reading. Are you moving to NZ forever? If you are will you keep your diary and would it be possible to stay in touch in Real Time? I would like that. NZ is on our list of places to move to. I think we may end up in Toronto though as there is a Big Film Community there and that's what M does for a living. I lived there in the 1980s and loved it. We can't go anywhere with all the animals though so we will have to wait for them to move on. We are not taking on anymore... and no, none of the Heartless Minion wrote to me. I think I may be too scary for them GRRRRRRR. They probably know in their heart holes that I would hunt them down and ... BWA HA HA. As far as impeachment goes, my thoughts are His Arrogance will soon do something so stupid his even his Followers will jump ship. Remember, he is following in Nixon's shoes. We were out numbered in the House and Congress then too. Do you still have my email adddress? Would you pretty please write to me? with love, ophelia
from radiogurl :
Awww *hugs* I hope you are making the right choice. But I can certainly understand. The trouble is that if you elect to stay in NZ, you leave your children to the tender mercies of a father who apparently doesn't give a fig about them. Then again, they're both of age. This way you will only be responsible for yourself.
from boxx9000 :
I went to Fiji the last time I was in NZ. You are so right, they are VERY close. I will definitely come visit YOUR island and you can visit MINE!
from mpeacock :
P.S. When you're in NZ, and if and when, we get our house built and are living in Fiji, you must come visit, or visa versa. It's just a hop skip.
from radiogurl :
*Hugs* Here's hoping it doesn't come to that - but if it does, more power to you!!! All I ask for is pictures. ;)
from for-you-only :
Hey!!! 9000 boxxed!
from forty-plus :
WOW! New Zealand? What a great opportunity.
from acaldwell :
i can tell u r angry, i'd be angry too, going thru wot u r goin thru. i didnt like that list too much either. i hope u can find happiness in NZ, and when u get there i hope u still post here in dland. huggs for you!
from boxx9000 :
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from creda :
Oh, what a crazy country. Thanks much for the links to our compatriots. Reading your words and theirs helps me feel a little bit better. (BTW, my coworkers are, as you said, not a fun bunch! I often feel quite isolated. Fortunately I've met some good folks in women's studies.)
from sixweasels :
Yes, it was a sad, sad day. Hugs.
from acaldwell :
thank u hugs to u too.....
from radiogurl :
Well, we're stuck with the man for four more years or until someone kills him (though obviously I would never condone that) or until he manages to annihilate our country on his own (more likely.) I hope we survive.
from boxx9000 :
ONE very stoopid man CAN be the downfall of this country. Bush has already done so much damage in just 4 years. The next 4 years will be even worse. It is a sad, sad, day in the world.
from ilmomof3 :
Not *my* president. That's all I can say. That, and, Canada's looking pretty good right now.
from mnlady1962 :
Okay, Boxx. Here's what we do. You and me. We start our OWN country. One section in CA, the other in MN. A tiny nation of our own in the middle of another country. Just like the Vatican. K? Yup, that's us. Now we just need a name.......... Lord help the USA............
from radiogurl :
From your words to God's ears. :(
from radiogurl :
You can always do what I do. Get one of those mongo-sized paper bags (paper, not plastic) from the grocery store. Moosh a stick of butter or margarine and spread it all over the whole inside. Wash and salt the turkey, stuff if you want, then shove the turkey into the bag. Fold the open end of the bag under the turkey and put the whole thing in the oven at 325º. The paper bag marinates the turkey the whole time it's cooking, both from the butter and by wicking up the broth. I haven't ever once had a dry turkey cooked that way. (And no, never a fire, either.)
from catinasnit :
How fun, your tombstone thing! I had to go back and read your past entries. I read them like I do most magazines, back to front. Your kitties are soooo beautiful. That's a really good pic of your black cat sitting outside the window. Your cats sound like mine -- in out - in out - in out all day and night. Soft paws on the door to "let [me-ow] know."
from acaldwell :
u should get a cat door for ya door so the cats can come and go in and out without bugging you!
from sunnflower :
I thought you had a lot of fun quizzes you had done on your diary and I kept promising myself and would go back and do them. I can't find them in your archive now. Did you pull them out?
from hissandtell :
Thank you, darling! It was Halloween - Samhain - last night. Not ONE trick or treater came by, which is possibly not all that surprising, living in the middle of the outback as I do. But I did think long and hard about dressing up like Kitty-Kaboom or Pitty anyway, since they both looked completely fabulous! Love, R xxx
from acaldwell :
i absolutely love turkey sandwiches with cheese and mayo thick on a roll!!! mmmm! now im hungry!
from acaldwell :
o my! i seen the tombstone! thats wild! i seen the links you sent me thanks, and no i never seen the top 100 before! i made a nova scotia plate! i was suprised to read that u never cooked a turkey b4! are ya gonna cook one this year?
from starkitten01 :
Thanks!! Happy Halloween to U too!!!!!!:o)
from saladwhore :
NOT sick, just busy! HAPPY HALLOWEEN!
from yarnsmith :
Turkey is a piece of cake. I had success on my first turkey when I was a 19 year old punk and a pot head. You won't have trouble either. Hardest part is moving it around and cutting it up. You really can't ruin a turkey. It is also hard to smell it cooking for hours. Here is a tip...get one of those Reynold Oven Cooking bags. It make the job easier to clean up and keeps your oven clean and the turkey cooks in half the time. I will never to a Turk without one again. Just be sure to read the instructions and don't forget to shake the tablespoon of flour around in the bag first...for some reason if you don't do this, it will explode. Good Luck. Happy Halloween.
from sunnflower :
Thanks for leaving me a note about my daughter and the car accident. I'm just glad she was alright. As you said, it oculd have had a much worse outcome. Thanks again. P.S. I sent you a Halloween e- card.
from acaldwell :
hi mrs.B!!! cats will be cats! do you have a cat door so they can go in and out when they wanna? you NEVER cooked a turkey??? im not buyin that! i cant afford it! what is the TOP 100 site? i never heard of it!? im sure that its ok to put the halloween kids pic on here! and one more thing, where did u get the candy heart with boxx 9000 on it? have some coffee, and dont let the cats get to ya, they are just being cats! meeeooooww! BOO! happy halloween!
from spritopias :
The private school job is that good and public school was really worse than I could ever describe. I don't take that as a condemnation or promotion of one over the other but really it was this ONE school was bad and this OTHER school was good for me.
from sasori-gal :
Thanks for your message! Yes, the "Great Pumpkin" is a classic! To answer your questions, I went to Japanese School on Saturdays as a kid with the intention of learning Japanese, but I really didn't learn anything until I came here and became immersed in it. As to how I started teaching in Japan? Click on to my "Cast of the Past" page and read the episode about "Jerry." Sometimes the biggest mistakes you make turn out to be the best ones. :)
from spritopias :
I teach in a private school, but I made the switch from public to private so I took a pay cut of about 2/3. This job is really a great one that I will have to ever have to give up. I work the part time job because I need to always remain busy and I enjoy it, but also because I am still adjusting my budget/lifestyle/bills to making 1/3 of what I used to.
from forty-plus :
Happy Halloween to you, too! I do love the kids' parties ... (whispering) I wish they would have more of them. Have a wonderful day, Yvonne
from mnlady1962 :
Congratulations on your first year of independence. You make it seem as though you have been doing it for YEARS. You done good, girlfriend!!!!!
from sasori-gal :
Great photos! Hope you enjoy your Halloween! It sounds like your students and your family did!
from radiogurl :
Your daughter is lovely, her extended finger notwithstanding, lol. And doggy will be a wonderful Big Bad Wolf! What a great idea! I wish you could've gotten a picture of her in costume. :)
from acaldwell :
oh ya mrs b! SPRING ahead, FALL back! so set ya clocks BACK one hour, and enjoy the extra hours sleep! in the spring time set the clock ahead one hour....
from acaldwell :
i love the california sunshine too, i just cannot afford it! heheheheee!
from radiogurl :
I'm glad you had so much fun. :) And I have to say, Bush never looked better.
from acaldwell :
well mrs b! i read the aforementioned, and i do not like it one bit. i got very bad strong vibes from it as soon as it opened. so i dont like it at all thanks anyway, but i will pass on it! hava happy saturday!
from acaldwell :
no i havent, im not sure about it, i will take a look, and i will let ya know if i like it or not! thanks!
from sunnflower :
Everytime I read your diary I think - she's such a cool teacher!
from yarnsmith :
I'll bet you are a fun teacher...ARGHHHHHH!
from mnlady1962 :
Happy AAAAAARGH Day!!!!!! (Also known as Nap Day in my part of the world!!!!)
from acaldwell :
it was as an adult that i seen that things are different, and a doctor had educated me on this fact. i do not believe that i was born with it from what i have read about it, it develoups in teenagers and grows as you grow into adulthood. say hi to curious george for me hahahaaaa!i really dont mind the queries, i encourge them! THANKS!~
from acaldwell :
i have been suffering from bipolar since 1980. i have been swimming thru an ocean of medications, and have had good therapy. i have learned that medication is not the answer for me. medication only masks the symptoms, they dont CURE. there is no known cure for bipolar disorder. all you can do is see a good therapist, and ride the waves of emotions. my emotions run in a cycle. i hope your neice has sought treatment somewhere and is ok. there are days where my emotions skyrocket, and often times i do not notice it until someone points it out.
from radiogurl :
*Sigh* Drugs and gangs are national tragedies... They kill more people than war could begin to effect.
from radiogurl :
I'm glad to hear you had a good day today. Don't you go back to court shortly? (Hopefully for this fiasco to be done and over with and your ex slapped in chains... er, I mean, told he's stuck with the fact that he went past the deadline and tough noogies?)
from acaldwell :
gee, an OAR?? i thought for sure it was a boat, row row row ya boat! sure had me fooled! but then again, im ez to fool! happy days!
from catinasnit :
My daughter, kidspinkcat, is also having a meltdown right now. College issues too, but she didn't mention that in her entry -- it's there all the same. I'll go visit weasellove now.
from acaldwell :
ya gonna make it! hang in there! i just LOVE that 56 licence plate! did dmv get it for you?
from sunnflower :
A good night's sleep does wonderful things for me. I love sleep and wish I could get more than I do.
from purple-momma :
I hear you! We are constantly doing fund raisers for schools in our district. Where does this money go? And why can't the schools simply say at the beginning of the year "we need an additional $200 from each family this year for ____!" I would be happy with that. I HATE supporting the fundraisers. Half of the money goes directly to the companies that run them. Usually, we get a small list of classroom wants -- glue, tissues, pencils, erasers, etc. -- and we can send them in directly to the teacher. I have asked about the extras, due to "budget cuts" we all have to help out. I really don't get it. I also think its terrible for the teacher to have to use her own money for classroom supplies.
from acaldwell :
1970! wow! i remember 1970! that was the year the boston bruins won the stanley cup for the 1st time in 29 years! whats even worse, is talking to someone born in 1980! O-L-D! i was 5 in 1963! that was a crummy year! have fun!
from sasori-gal :
Aggravating and unfair, isn't it?! It's the same way for many schools in Japan unless you're lucky enough to get a vice principal who will approve your purchases and reimburse you. I can't believe how stingy some school districts are and yet they expect us teachers to dish everything out of our own pockets to make learning fun and valuable. *grrr*
from acaldwell :
im really sad that you have to go thru that garbage in the school, its bad enough that teachers arent paid nearly enuff to shape our childerns future! is this a PUBLIC SCHOOL? this place smacks of mismanagement! rant anytime you want! maybe an anonomus rant in the paper letters to the editor might help? its good that you have a job and all, but there are limits to the insanity you should put up with. im with you!
from radiogurl :
It's really sad that not only are teachers still required to purchase their own supplies, but aren't even permitted to deduct them from taxes. You have my sympathy, to say the very least.
from inkdragon :
These rules and regulations MUST be coming from higher up as they usually do. It's about the all-mighty buck. I wonder if the teachers' union has something to say on this subject. I hope you have a good night's rest and your back feels much better tomorrow.
from radiogurl :
Awww *Hugs* No, of course you aren't scary. You're not supposed to be scary! You're a sweet, amazing lady :)
from acaldwell :
you are the nicest thing since sliced bread! and yes you do need to change the battery in the smoke detector, so you can have a good nights sleep!
from inkdragon :
You are the nicest of the nice! Happy Monday.
from boxx9000 :
My stats say that 65 people looked at that page yesterday about military experience. Quite shocking it is.
from sasori-gal :
Thanks for your note! I would love to participate in that online discussion for your BTSA Program. Let me know what I can do to help you! My e-mail address is kim11mik@yahoo.com Hooray for kindergarten teachers! :)
from radiogurl :
Hey, then you and I are only one year apart. I was born in '57. Sistah! And never forget: we're not getting older, we're getting better!
from catpewk :
I hope so!
from sunnflower :
Oh you poor thing, I hope your twice-bruised shin feels better soon! Hugs.
from radiogurl :
Ouch about your shin! Take care of it so you can heal. And it's wonderful to get that verbal support from the parents and the principal! Hopefully it will translate into something more substantial, like a permanent job :)
from inkdragon :
You know you'll end up leaning on that shin 10,000 times this weekend! I hate when that happens. Have a great one anyway!
from sasori-gal :
May I ditto that parent and rave about you, too? You ARE a fabulous teacher and your kids (and their parents!) are so lucky to have you!
from acaldwell :
hot dog! is that a microwaved hot dog? heheee! your kids are sooo funny! i hope ya shin will bee ok! dont feel bad, mrs hot dog! im CATWOMAN! heheheeee me catwoman!
from yarnsmith :
Thanks Boxx...nice to know people care so much...it sure helps.
from treesssa :
Hey! Thanks for the note and the add. I am looking through your diary now. Nice pics of you in the 70s! I can see where your daughter gets her good looks from.I'm going over to check out her page also. Have a great weekend!
from catinasnit :
No kidding, such a nostalgic warm feeling I got from reading your entry today. Your house must be popping with things to do all week long. Makes me want to be a young mother again.
from acaldwell :
wow u usta work for the giants! that is cool! i am a giants fan along with boston, chicago cubs and the dodgers. the nlcs justended, the cards won 5-2 and will face the red sox. the last time the sox and the cards were in the world series was 1967; my 1st awareness about baseball! i hate curt gibson! hehehe he was a pitcher for st. louis in 67 and i remember he pitching and destroying the red sox....
from natedogcool :
Hey boxx!! How are you? Yeah, I would never think of moving to Alaska, especially for air traffic control school!! Did you know income and property tax in Alaska is almost nonexistant?? The state gets huge tax revenue from the oil pipelines, and shares the wealth with all the citizens! Maybe I can talk Colorado into building an oil pipeline or two...
from catinasnit :
My mother (bless her heart) mentally beat into me the importance of being on time and what a slap in the face it was, personally, to be continuously late. Evidently this other kindergarten teacher wasn't taught from the "Old School."
from purple-momma :
You lucky girl! Having a secret pal to help you with all this "computer stuff"!!! Love the 70's pictures!
from golfwidow :
http://members.diaryland.com/edit/profile.phtml?user=xiao-2 has a profile and her notes are turned on, but has not yet made an entry. That is why you weren't able to see her diary when you clicked the link from the note she left you.
from radiogurl :
Aww - too bad about the other kindergarten teacher. I cannot believe anyone would be so inconsiderate. If it's an emergency now and then, maybe, but not all the time :(
from yarnsmith :
What a sweetheart absinthesigh is. I agree with you about Diaryland being a wonderful place to stay connected when all you really want to do is hide out. At this point I credit dairyland for helping develop my new found guts (which I am still learning how to use).
from absinthesigh :
I sent you a present. with love, ophelia
from radiogurl :
Awww *hugs* I'm sorry you lost your images. There's a good chance, though, that you have some web space through your ISP. You can upload pictures there and link to them in your diary :) I don't have Diaryland Gold, either. I link to photos on my own domain, lol.
from acaldwell :
its raining here too mrs b! and i understand why the image isnt coming up now! heres how i put pics on mine and i dont have a gold membership: try this, copy and paste onto the top of your html: <img src="http://boxx9000.diaryland.com/images/allieverneededtoknow.jpg"> see if that works, it should!
from yarnsmith :
Thank you for the nice notes and support.
from mnlady1962 :
Boxx, I hope I didn't offend you with my entry about "lower class". That's what I get for generalizing. I hope I didn't put my foot in my mouth. If so, I sincerely apologize to you. I think you are great!!!!! I, too, wish we lived closer. I think we would have a blast together....cleaning up after our "guests"!!! Your being an animal, mine being a 20 year old female. hee hee hee Again, I am sorry if I offended you. It was not my intent.
from acaldwell :
hay mrs b! something wrong with ya template? its not showing up when i click ya blog! the entry shows up, but thats all!
from radiogurl :
I think it must be a full moon. There's certainly some sort of weird imbalance in the works!
from ilmomof3 :
I love that Girly-Men handbook entry! I've been checking out your entries... hope you don't mind if I add you to my buddy list!
from ilmomof3 :
I did the absentee ballot too -- I am with you on Green vs. getting Bush out. :-)
from arc-angel666 :
Lol I'm not laughing at you rather at the question I posed and your response. There is no way I thought you were a wild woman, it was more of a tease lol. I apologize if I offended you. AS you know if you have ever stood braced at the bow of a sailing vessel the wind in your face the sails fully deployed that will instill a certain adventurous wild feeling in you. Now as for me I was indeed a wild one in the truest sense of the word LOL.
from purple-momma :
Love the cats! I am not very computer-savy, loading pictures -- not yet. I am a cat lover! They are so fun and cuddlely (sp.?) I am also "green" aura. You sound like me on my day off -- doing everything else but what I should be doing!
from dangerspouse :
That was a really sweet pic of your dad. He looks very friendly there, and I'm sure you have lots of wonderful memories of him. Great entry, Boxxy :)
from acaldwell :
relax mrs b!! these polls have a + - of 3 to 5 points ~ which means a virtual dead heat, or tie! there are literally 100's of polls out there, and they are INDICATORS, nothing more.
from stupidshit :
in all seriosness when is she getting back
from sunnflower :
Love the photos of your cats and also the great photo of you - so natural. You have convinced me I don't have what it takes to be a teacher - I can't believe all the work you have to do on the weekends and I am so impressed. Re the back pain and beds - I think that the thermopedic pillows or mattress pads (or knock offs) are worth thinking about. It helped me somewhat and I only got the pseudo-thermopedic sort.
from arc-angel666 :
Hello Ms Boxx: Love the photos especially the Cat scan lol. Your a bit of a Cutie too. So you went sailing, were you a wild one in days of old...like me? Did you get my email and photo?
from acaldwell :
also, it saddens me to hear that the schools are broke~smells like mismanagement~
from radiogurl :
Oooh, I love the pictures! The family is GORGEOUS, including YOU, including the cats, lol! (The kids too, naturally!) I'm so glad you posted them. :D
from acaldwell :
yippers! it is a reference to romper room! hehehee
from acaldwell :
hiya mrs b! the pics of the cats were just swell! i took copies for my cat pic collection. whats the big idea with the school having no supplies? i dont understand that concept. and if you have to buy supplies out of pocket, why doesnt the school re-imburse you? what kinda crap is that? all my schools i ever attended had supplies! it was LAW! is it not anymore? ah well, so, since we seen pics of the pretty cats, and of your dad, and of kitty-kaboom, how bout a pic of YOU!! cmon, dont bee a shy bee, bee a pic bee!
from inkdragon :
Hubby and I had a good laugh over the classmate email. Good one!
from radiogurl :
I'm orange - will post on my page. Neat questionnaire!
from cosmicrayola :
LOL at the e-mail! I remember going into school with my son for his 7th grade orientation to middle school. I met his home room teacher, Mrs so-and-so. I told her she looked familiar. She told me her maiden name and asked my name. She figured we knew each other when we were both single. I told her my maiden name. She looked like she was going to cry. She said, "I knew this day would come. Your son is the first student to introduce himself from my second generation." Yes, she had been my 7th grade home room teacher too. I obviously ruined her day.
from kidspinkcat :
Your entry was so completely "chuckle" worthy but instead I laughed out loud. That was great! I needed a laugh.
from sasori-gal :
I'll be thinking of you doing all your Halloween decorating and projects. It's one of my favorite holidays, too. By the way, the photo of your daughter is lovely. Yes, she does have beautiful brown eyes, but I was admiring her nails!! Cool manicure! Enjoy the Autumn lessons!
from acaldwell :
hiya again! ya i have driven and hitchhiked both thru castro valley, and i read all and listen to all online! thank you vice president gore for inventing the innernet! hahhahaaa!
from treesssa :
Hey! Thanks for the note! I'm bookmarking you so i can check you out a little later.
from chaosdaily :
wench has an imac too... there must be others, cause theres a mac diaryring. i cant scroll at all on inkdragons diary, msleslie's was like that too. i cant get into the pieces-ofyou site either.... dont know why. must be something in the makeup of the page that does it....
from acaldwell :
oh ya i read 5 newspapers a day, san francisco chronicle, chicago sun times, washington post, seattle times, l.a. times, i listen to the BBC world news, NPR, CBC, and uncle dan rather on CBS, also ABC austraila, The Austraila Broadcasing Corporation.
from acaldwell :
Castro Valley! on the 580 near hayward! i know my way around all over california, its my favorite state! i spend a lot of time in san francisco
from acaldwell :
my oh my! cal-lee for-neea! hahaha! thats a jewel!
from radiogurl :
I have a better holiday going. It's "My grandbaby is here day." I am smeared with crackers and cream cheese ans love it!
from acaldwell :
Mitsi Cat loves butter? wheee! does Mitzi Cat prefer pure butter, margerine, oleo, or peanut butter? you make me smile!
from acaldwell :
hiya mrs b! good for you! we need 380,000,000 votes!!!!! or 460 Electorial Votes! thank you. if ya dont know how the electorial college works i will be happy to explain it to you, after all, an educated voter is an informed voter!!!!
from yarnsmith :
Thanks for the note. I know lots of women who say.."they should have done it sooner" but I guess we have to be really ready. I am at the point where I am ready to start planning my exit. However, I am not going to go off half cocked and make things worse. First I will deal with the raise and then instead of just leaving him like I had planned, I think I will arrange to meet him at his shrinks office and tell him in person. Let him get used to the fact I am leaving gradually instead of shocking. He may find that he will be better off without me. In other words...if I can get him to sign all the papers and divide up the property equally (i'll even give him more than half) maybe we will be better off and get this through without too much legal trouble
from acaldwell :
no telly? no news? i would go absoultey BONKERS!! well at least u have the innernet! anyhoo, mrs. b, there is a shortage of flu shots this season cause some moron in merry ole england where they make the flu shots contaminated them. why dont we make our own? ask the president, the master outsourcer!!! if you like you can keep up to date by reading america's BEST NEWSPAPER: the san francisco chronicle:http://www.sfgate.com and america's BEST RADIO STATION: KGO: http://www.kgoam810.com.....and you ARE NOT an idiot! hold ya head up high! you are wonderful! you instill hope in lil ones! you help shape americas future! bright intelligent, creative, and caring, thas you! remember, just because right now things dont seem to go smooth, they will soon, have faith! you will prevail in the end! NEVER GIVE UP and NEVER PUT YASELF DOWN! you are great! i enjoy reading ya stuff, espically about the kindergarten, and the cats! i look forward to ya postings daily! stand tall, smile, keep a warm heart and a chipper song to hum in ya mind!
from radiogurl :
Bwahaha! I just had a terrific idea. Offer your ex the $6000 T-Bird as his settlement. Make sure you get a disclaimer that says he takes it as-is and you're not responsible once the title is in his name, blah blah.
from boxx9000 :
'Possum Poop? YIKES! Nope, no POOP. That would indeed be very gross. Perhaps Crumpet IS using the litter box?
from yarnsmith :
Sounds like maybe you now have a pet possum. Does he use the litter box or poop on your floor?
from radiogurl :
Eek! You manage the oppossum visitor with a little more aplomb than I would. I'd be afraid of rabies. But from the fact that he was helping himself (herself?) to the cat food, I'd guess that you're right and he or she has been there before, and is probably safe. Just be careful. I got a notice yesterday from the USFS, pointing out that docile behavior in wild animals can be a symptom of rabies.
from acaldwell :
i been to happy camp up there! its a nice lil town! i have a warm smile now reading about poor crumpet! he dont mean no harm, just tryin to survive! and if the cats dont mind him, he must be ok. cats usually fight with possoms. if ya dont pose a threat to him he wont bite, he just wants to eat! hes more scared of you and you of him.
from golfwidow :
Re your diversity entry: you reminded me of one of the Mom's favorite strips of the comic "For Better or For Worse" - it takes place in a kindergarten class where everyone gets to pick one color of paint. The little girl (Caucasian) asks her friend, an African-American boy, "I have blue. What do you have?" He said, "I have blue, too!" and she says, "Yay! I love that we're the same color!" There's a lot to be learned from that perspective. Unfortunately, not everyone is ready or willing to learn it.
from mrcleanluver :
The shared problem I'm talking about is the EX thing...my ex boyfriend is hounding me to pay him a bunch of money for dates he took me on. Every date we went on where HE paid. Which wasn't a lot 'cause even though he gets all the money he wants from his extremely rich (millionaire) parents, he's a tightwad. But I just think it's stupid. And now he wants me to send him a signed piece of paper stating that I WILL pay it so he can take me to court if I don't. I tried explaining that a little piece of notebook paper is NOT a legally binding document but he says he can hire handwriting experts, etc.... How fucking stupid. Over $70. What an ass. So it's kinda like your EX problem only to a much smaller degree. :)
from acaldwell :
yay! glad u had a good nights sleep!havin the cats there is a bonus! they wont allow pets in here. o well! anyhoo, i am happy so see ya so chipper!
from radiogurl :
I can't pretend to understand fully because I'm white. I have friends and family who aren't, but it isn't the same as me personally experiencing all of the negative things that come with being a minority.
from yarnsmith :
Wouldn't it go farther in this country if everyone just learned to treat everyone else with respect. As far as I am concerned, color doesn't matter one iota to me any more. I work for an Indian, my favorite neighbors are Indian, My daughter is going to marry a Mexican and my Grandchildren will be 1/2 Mexican. My favorite co worker is black and my favorite Ex-boss is black. My daughter's best friend is Chinese and I love her as if she were my own. My God...American is the biggest damned melting pot. Can't we all just get along and enjoy what each other has to bring to our joined culture. I don't so much support diversity as much as bringing all the colors to the table to have one great joined American culture...full of color and music and great food and blended traditions.
from acaldwell :
hello, pacific islander! well i do agree with you about the diversity training; it was invented by white people to feel good about themselves and to make up for all the years of racial bias that went on in this "land of the free" and "equal justice for all"(as long as youre white) theres no justice, theres just us!its a crock of shit! all ya gotta do is treat people how you want to be treated, and you will be ok! sorry you had to go thru that mess.
from acaldwell :
hiya mrs.b! i was in santa barbara last winter, i believe i know the place your brother is in. no, my place is Quite different! this is an SRO-Single Room Occupancy, cheep rent, utilities included, i pay fone, internet, tv seperate from the rent. if ya dont pay the rent, out u go! you must be able to take care of yourself, follow simple rules, and keep ya room clean. here its pretty quiet, they screen ya b4 ya move in, run a background check, and thats that! there are no counselors here, just the manager and the cleaning crew. its just about like living in an apartment complex, except that you have just 1 furnished room. theres a parking area/yard out back that you can go to and sit and watch the stray cats come by. ya get wall to wall carpet, lil refridgerator, desk, chair, bed no linens, microwave and sink and window with blinds. the bath and shower is down the hall. there is a security card key lock on the front door and you get a room key and a mailbox key. so thats all there is to this! thanks for asking! cya!
from acaldwell :
howdy mrs b! i am exactly 59 years younger then groucho marx! he-10/02/1899 me10/02/1958 you bet your life! hehehehe! have a happy day!
from arc-angel666 :
Hello Ms Boxx: I'm sorry I can't find any of the publicity photos from Pirates Of the Caribbean, most of the ones I had were grabbed up by family and friends. I'll see if I can get a hold of the staff photographer can't make any promises Jerry Bruckhiemer Productions are a little weird about Photos from the set. I can send you one from The HBO production Deadwood (most recent)...I play a lot of bad cowboys.
from catpewk :
For some reason I've had the hardest time leaving you a note! Anyway, I wanted to say that I made a slight change to my template. Can you see it ok now? Let me know!
from acaldwell :
well well well....dont let the shit storm ruin your very well day, no go and have a nutter very well day tomorrow, remember, one day, or one well moment ata time, and dont stab him you could very well end up in a nasty place.....be well, and know you will succeed!
from starlight42 :
I loved the arts and crafts time in daycare. It was so fun to think up new things. Ohhh, Halloween decorations!!
from radiogurl :
Thanks for the warning. I saw the word election and blitzed by the rest, lol. I already cast my vote (Arizona permits early voting, up to 30 days prior to the election, and I go for that every time.) I still have to deal with politics pretty much every day and I hate the whole deal more every single day :-/
from natedogcool :
What do I know about SLC?? Well, I have family there and I've been a few times. Yes, it's very full of mormons. BUT it's a beautiful city and the climate is nice. It's less Mormon than the rest of Utah (does that make sense?) but I'd still be cautious about moving there. If you have to move to Utah, choose SLC, but otherwise, stay away. :)
from catinasnit :
What a super, super idea! Count me in. In fact, I've already started having the positive vibes going; thinking about having a celebration party. ~~ Hope you don't mind if I share your super idea with my children, who are also Kerry supporters. I'll give you the credit,of course. -Megan-
from stupidshit :
happycamp?
from acaldwell :
hey mrs b! i just want you to know i am on your side! you dont have to woory about feeling needy and you can dump and vent to me anytime the shit level is drowning you, no woories! all ya do is email me and i will respond within the hour, i am online all the time 20 hours a day 7 days a week, including ramadan, kwaanza, yom kippor, christmas and especially canadian thanksgiving! which is tomorrow! so i am here, vent and rant away!
from yarnsmith :
I am sooooo rooting for you Mrs. B. I can't help but think at the injustice that would be served if you had to pay support to a man who has a job but refuses to work it. This is just a hunch, but I have a feeling that the reason he is making it so hard on you is to scare you into backing down. Usually when people know they are going to win, they are more in control of themselves. The fact that he has free law representation from his brother means that he can afford to throw all kinds of stuff at you....it doesn't necessarily mean he will get it. You've just got to be in the home stretch by now....it will be over soon and then you can deal with what it will be...once and for all. You are so brave...I am watching you as a roll model.
from acaldwell :
hiya mrs. b! sorry u feel down in the dumpers, but heres a lil song im sure you know that will pick you up, and if ya sing it it will give ya confidence! When everyone thought the world was flat Columbus said "It's round" He went down in history And America was found 'Cause He had confidence A little thing called confidence There's no job too immense when you've got Confidence With a "C" and an "O" and an "N" and an "F" And an "I" and a "D" and an "ENCE" Put 'em all together and what have you got Confidence You'll be surprised what you can do If you will only try Remember the tortoise and the hare Who had that famous race The speedy hare wound up nowhere And slow poke took first place 'Cause He had confidence A little thing called confidence There's no job too immense when you've got Confidence You'll be surprised what you can do If you will only try How do you know that you can't ride a rainbow in the sky You'll be surprised what you can do If you will only try All you need is confidence A little thing called confidence There's no job too immense when you've got Confidence With a "C" and an "O" and an "N" and an "F" And an "I" and a "D" and an "ENCE" Put 'em all together and what have you got Confidence Confi ..... Confi .... Confidence smile, mrs b! it will be ok!
from poolagirl :
Hey, Dearest Boxx - No, I am not a minister, but I have a triple major in theology, English, and secondary education. I directed a youth ministry at a wonderful church here in San Diego for almost 10 years - until a new minister came in and decided I wasn't qualified. Whatever. I am now working as a pre-teen specialist at a different church in their youth ministry program (just on Sundays). When I'm not doing that (or kicking around on D-Land or painting fences), I'm a research analyst for a market research company. Weird how life unfolds, huh?
from radiogurl :
Ouch on the student loans - that's a lot of money!!! *Hugs* Thank goodness you're working now, at least. And I always thought it would be fun to take the kids onto the school grounds and use chalk to draw the size of Columbus's ships, reminding them that the sailors couldn't ever go outside the lines for months because they were out on the ocean, and ask them to see what they could do while staying INSIDE the lines! :) Though that's probably better for an older class than kindergarten, lol.
from acaldwell :
thank you! im so glad u aint mad! yes christmas is greedy, it hurts the needy and has become very seedy! i goto a mission and eat christmas dinner for free, i dont put up a tree.....im a poet, and i didnt know it! hehehheee!
from acaldwell :
hay mrs. b! i fixed my template and its officially mac friendly now! also if ya go back and read it again, i put your link over on the left under my buddies, and said a thank you in my scribble toward the bottom! enjoy!
from sunnflower :
You are so right in what you say about apologies. Everyone loses their temper once in awhile but a kind words goes a long way to fixing things. I wish you were my teacher - you are doing such wonderful things with your class. Ouch on the school loan debt. I'm still paying on mine too. It is almost at the $10,000 mark. I love puttering around the house too!
from acaldwell :
hi mrs.b! first off, im not angry at you, i am an recovering alcoholic, 18 years sober, and i rag on practicing alcoholics on a regular basis, so im not mad at ya! you go ahead and crap on all the practicing alcoholics you want to, you are an AMERICAN! u can do this if ya want, if people dont like it, they can change the channel! SO, the other day at 4am or so i made a snide comment about ramadan being a fake holiday, i am sorry, i made a mistake, i only had 1 cup of coffee in me at the time, so the worp engines were not at full power...what i MEANT to rag on was "KWANZZA" which was invented by a south african back in the early 90's, and stupid people around the world took it for an ancient religion! sorry about that! now, im gonna fix my template and see if i can get it mac friendly, my good pal chaosdaily also told me it was messed up...so off i go, putting on my computer genius cap, and away i go! i am not, or never had been, mad at you! i just rant and rave alot so dont feel bad cause that will make me sad, so now i feel better cause i wrote ya this letter. have a slap happy day, and i should be done wrecking..(oops) i mean fixing my template within the hour! huggs to you!
from yarnsmith :
My former (deceased) cat Dusty used to play the answering machine messages. This was an old machine..you push the flashing button and then if you didn't push another button right away, they would be gone. The flashing light would attract her and we never ever got a message...lost a freind over it who was mad I never returned her calls.
from boxx9000 :
Hi (again) I forgot to tell you WHY I am going to be a pirate for Halloween. The week of Halloween is the letter *R* for my kindergartners. Get it? Pirates say, "AAAARGH!"
from arc-angel666 :
Hi: I tried to send you an email but my mail was returned. So I guess this will have to do. I played the part of a pirate, we filmed in St Vincent in the Grenadines, Universal Studios in Hollywood California and off the coast of California it took 4 months.
from arc-angel666 :
A pirate is a good choice. I was a Pirate for 4 and a half months
from sunnflower :
I wish you were my teacher! I want to thank you for your wise thoughts re the dad versus daughter story. It's good to keep that in mind but I wish I could do that in the moment the silliness is occuring!
from her-story :
I have 3 boys: 13, 10, and 16 months. I found the background on the net and Radiogurl helped fix it (I hate seams, I hate tiles). Whalah... now it's better, but it takes forever to load (suffering from dsl envy). Thanks for stopping by!
from becksiekate :
I say come live in the good ole' UK! It rains a lot here, but we have cool accents..thats good, right? Woah! i was gonna go as a pirate too....but then i decided not to, and now Im gonna be..WONDER WOMAN...la la la la! And i get to wear red fishnets and EVERYTHING! yey. Sorry, i cant help on the projects front, we never do anythign fun like that here. tahts why you should come to england! U can bring the fun into halloween! woot! becksiekate xxx
from arc-angel666 :
Good Morning Ms Boxx: Thanks for stopping by. After perusing your place I find it somewhere I'd like to hang round. AS far as ADD, I think its more of a Gee Michael its time to act and become an Idiot thing! Focus as never been a problem for me, well except for that day lol. Hyper-ativity vs high energy I think I'd go high energy. I am capable of multi-tasking and school on all levels came very easy for me. From 1st grade thru 8th grade was spent in the Catholic school system where I skipped 7th grade. High School skipped 10th grade and graduated at 16. I believe most of my motivation came from the fact I wanted out of the house and wanted to see the world. My parents made a deal with me, if I maintain an A average as soon as I graduated from H.S. I could go to College out of State. I did and off I went. With the help of a huge load, a summer semester I completed two years of College in a little over a year. Once again the idiocy factor rose its head and I joined the Army as soon as I was of the proper age, went to OCS was comissioned and my real journey began. I did return and finish College and have a Bachalor of Science Degree in Biology. OPPS! Sorry it seems I'm attempting to convert this post into a mini-series. Nice meeting you Ms Boxx...Post Scripted. Your a teacher, which I find wonderful. If it hadn't been for a number of my Teachers/Instructors constantly telling me life is what you make it, go out and become a part of it I'm not sure what my life would have been like. I told a teacher of mine once, that she had influenced me a great deal. Because of her I have left the position of sitting on the horns of a Dilemma and grabbed the horns of the Bull and charged life and have tried to live life to its fullest. She looked surprised and said I never taught that! I replied well that's what I got from your classes...Gee maybe I do have ADD LOL.
from radiogurl :
It sounds like you have so much imagination when it comes to the children. I can see why they (and their parents) love you. I will try and think of a project - while it's been eons, I used to teach at preschool level. (I did actually teach, too.) One of the projects I did was, when teaching the children how to count and about spatial relationships, I used balloons for my example, and we discussed that when the balloons were blown up, they were bigger, but the numbers didn't change!
from yarnsmith :
Your projects got me thinking back to when my daughter was in kindergarten. When you mentioned your little books I remembered my favorite all time project my daughter's class did. They made up a class recipe book. Each child was asked to think up a favorite food cooked by their Mom or Dad. They put it in their own words from their own memories (they didn't get the actual receipe from their Mom). Anyway the results were hilarious and I still have that little book and look through it and laugh. One kids recipe was his Mom's Fried chicken. He said that his Mom went to Kentucky Fried Chicken before his Dad came home from work and put it in a pan and in the oven, then threw away the box. When Dad came home, the "homemade chicken" was ready to eat. Some kids actually tried to figure out what might be in it and from watching their mom make it said things like: 1 pound of flour and a gallon of milk, instead of cups of flour or cups of milk...it was the funniest thing.
from acaldwell :
so, u live in sonoma county? how about tryin marin county; petaluma, novato or san rafael are all nice and good thing is all are off of 101 and u can use golden gate transit to ride to good ole san francisco. all of marin is laid back and nice. the mormans in salt lake have toned down a bit.
from acaldwell :
oh by the way, mrs. B, i have been in every major city in north america and a whole lot of towns and villages too, so if ya want the real scoop on where to live in north america, i can tell ya the TRUE FACTS!
from inkdragon :
Reason 4,580,027 why I love you: Every project you plan for your class is "one of my all time favorites!" I love your enthusiasm and know what a difference it makes in the education of the little ones. Thanks!
from acaldwell :
im a CALICO cat! meeeow! hahahaha! have a slap happy weekend! u deserve it!
from stupidshit :
whats up with your daughter?
from starlight42 :
I like the symbol of the scissors necklace! Glad court went ok. I've got my fingers crossed that Nov 22nd will go even better.
from radiogurl :
Awww - I hope you have a wonderful weekend. And I can see your being a red. You're certainly passionate, up and down - all that it entails. What you are NOT is boring! *Hugs* Hang onto your passions. They'll keep you together in spite of everything!
from inkdragon :
Wow, what a week. You did just fine. You are the diamond that sparkles. You know that, don't you? Have a wonderful Friday!
from radiogurl :
Grrr... I hope the judge uses your ex to provide sweetbreads for a local restaurant. I put it that way in case kids are reading, but I think you'll get the reference LOL.
from catpewk :
Holy Crap! MY son's birthday is 11/23 also!
from inkdragon :
Bummer. I don't know anything about iMacs, but I have been hassled about my font being too BIG! I like it big because I find it easier to read. I don't know what to say except I'm said you're having a hard time with it. P.S. Oldest Son got his blues from both grandmothers and Youngest has browns from all the rest of us.
from acaldwell :
on my mothers side i am french-canadian, micmac indian; on the alcoholians side, i am english/irish(no wonder im confused, the english hate the irish, vice-versa!!!)scottish and dutch/german wot a mix!
from acaldwell :
welcome back, i missed ya! your new keyboard works well, i can see all the letters in your post came out ok! heheheee! again, dont worry about the proceedings; have confidence it will work out ok for you! the old song con-fi-dence! fills my head now!! have a fun filled peaceful day, and fix that fuse!!!!
from yarnsmith :
Welcome back....missed you...was worried about you..Paula
from yarnsmith :
Where are you boxx? I miss you. Good Luck with your court date tomorrow...Paula
from ibepiglet :
I've never created a mass email forwarding request. But dang it! Sometimes you just have to stand up (or sit down in my case) and be counted (or not). Please forward this to everyone on your email lists and let's see if we can make it catch on like those urban legend emails! LouAnne/annie/IbePiglet ************************** Friends and acquaintances: Aren't you fed up with the likes of Ted Turner becoming so arrogantly lazy that they no longer even TRY to create new television programming? I am asking you to be silently absent from the TBS production of the "Real Gilligan's Island." Let them know that we no longer will stand for "reality" shows that are nothing even remotely real. Let them know that we didn't like Gilligan's Island when it was canceled, see, that's why it got canceled! We are asking that you make no noise. Simply copy and paste this email to everyone on your address lists, quietly mail it out, and do not watch the program. We want to create no publicity. We just want Ted to STOP THE EXHUMATION OF TELEVISION'S GRAVEYARDS! This message originated at http://ibepiglet.diaryland.com/turnofftbs.html. ************************
from ibepiglet :
Holy crap! Cinema Paradiso AND WHat Dreams May Come? Wow! Top choices, my friend!
from purple-momma :
Another note of HUGS AND MORE HUGS!!!! I hope everything works out for you in the end! If my husband ever left. . . well, I don't want to think about that . . . I wouldn't be able to make it on my own . . . you are doing so well with the new job and all. . . keep it up!!!!
from captainron :
Hang in there, you'll be fine. You are going to win in the long run. Good people always do.
from giannarazi :
**Hugs** **Hugs** Big Hugs!!
from absinthesigh :
You are in my heart, thoughts and prayers... and on shiny wings am sending extra courage, patience, strength, love and blessings. With all this light (from your buddies) behind you you can't possibly fail 8-) 8-) 8-). with love, opehlia
from fairygodmum :
Gurl... We're all praying for you :))) Keep up the Good Faith! Hugz n Lub, Bebe da FairyGodMum
from giannarazi :
Tell absinthesigh - THANK YOU FOR ME!! I went to the site: www.instantvoodoo.com OMG, I'm laughing now!! THANK YOU!! lol. You NEED to check it out, if you haven't already!!
from giannarazi :
**Hugs** I understand how you feel!! **Hugs**
from radiogurl :
*hugs* If you ever want to talk, email me (there's a link on my page) and I'll give you my IM info and/or we can exchange phone numbers. I don't offer that often but in your case I'm more than willing to make an exception!
from politics101 :
I know this isn't really funny, but when you added the part where you wished your ex was DEAD I just cracked up laughing because that is EXACTLY how I felt about my first husband. Twenty three years has passed since I even have been in the same room with him and I STILL which he would just go somewhere off of this earth! Man, my ex beat all but yours comes in a close second. laughing but with a great deal of compassion, Melanie
from natedogcool :
God! What bastards. But if I were you, I wouldn't be too worried. Your ex is being totally irrational and greedy, and his brother is biting into all of it, too, but once you get to court, you'll have a neutral, intelligent judge to wade through the mess. Once the judge hears both sides, there's only one way he'll(or she'll) be able to rule... for Ms. B!
from acaldwell :
hey mrs. b dont worry, 98% of all divorce cases the woman wins, he can say all he wants to in court he has to PROVE it in court tho the burden of proof is on HIM!
from boxx9000 :
Alcohol stuper is more like it. Pickled brain syndrome.
from radiogurl :
Wondering if your paralegal knows lawyerspeak for "Sit and rotate," since that is the only appropriate response to the toilet paper he served you. (Yes, toilet paper, since it's full of sh*t.) In reality the man should be jailed. What he's attempting is extortion. No matter what BS his attorney-cum-relative files, there was a default; and no judge will overlook 9 months' worth of default without something a lot more profound than a whole list of BS like that. If your ex could provide proof he was in a coma for 9 months, maybe. Otherwise I don't think so.
from absinthesigh :
www.instantvoodoo.com
from kidspinkcat :
I can't believe you have soooo much to do?! It's no wonder you have no food in your house. When do you have time to shop??? You need a hand, sweety. You really do. Isn't there anybody in this world that you can even "sort-of" rely on to help you get past the little things? It's no wonder you have a head-ache, and it's no wonder you're so stressed out. Look at your schedule! Between the meetings and the confrences and the worrying over your EX and that paralegal of yours, it's no wonder you haven't had a heart attack! I am going to sit down and really concentrate on sending you some "good vibe energy" your way, and maybe a prayer won't hurt either. Keep your strength up, eat, and make sure you get the message thru to your daughter that your time is precious. I'm thinking she doesn't get the idea. Get harder if you have to. TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF!!!
from natedogcool :
I can't believe they would ban all water field trips because one person drowned. Don't you hate the "logic" of society?? And I can't STAND when people justify their political views based on religion. "I'm voting for Bush because I'm a Mormon and that's what Mormons do." That's like voting for Christmas because Santa Claus wants you to. GRRR, sometimes people make me crazy!
from acaldwell :
it pains me to see that you dont have any food; thats why you aint feeling well, please do what i do when i am broke, which occurs around the 8th of the month: go to a food bank and get some free food! you need to eat, we all need to eat! they got good food at the food bank, and you can go to more than one! if ya need help in locating a food bank in your area, let me know, i know where all the food banks are in north america! but please, do this, and eat and you will feel better.
from radiogurl :
Awww poor thing. I'll be glad when you get past this month. Get the divorce hearing out of the way, get the other extra payment for insurance out of the way, and so on. I hope you get some rest over the weekend. I'll be praying for you.
from catinasnit :
Sometimes I feel as though I need to put a day bed in the office, because I'm there so much of the time. ~~ Parent/Teacher conferences, whew, I'm glad I'm done with those. ~~ I am in complete sympathy on the unequal housework(ing) scales. I sometimes think our significants (children, spouses, etc.) would fall into themselves if "mothers" didn't exist.
from ms-do :
Yeah he was very small but he knew i was there. I had identical twins and i developed what they call....sound it out ok....a polyhydramnios...its when the babies fight for survial and one creates extra fluid to survive. Lots of complications when they are identical. I had 5 extra litres of fluid when they finally did a cesear. after 4 days of being in and out of labour
from cosmicrayola :
1. Favorite color? TEAL 2. Favorite animal? DOG 3. Favorite book or movie? Only one? hmmm. Probably, BEETLEJUICE 4. Favorite to do at home? BE ON MY COMPUTER 5. Favorite to do at school? USED TO BE MATH 6. What do you want to do someday? VISIT IRELAND 7. What do you want to be when you grow up? A LAWYER OR STAND-UP COMIC. Not much difference, really.
from sasori-gal :
Just got home and saw your quiz! So here are my answers: 1. Favorite color? Orange 2. Favorite animal? dog 3. Favorite book or movie? children's books and movies that move me 4. Favorite to do at home? play games and dance 5. Favorite to do at school? teach...i.e. play games and dance (*heehee*) 6. What do you want to do someday? be on a reality TV show ("Survivor" here I come!) 7. What do you want to be when you grow up? happy and healthy *smile*
from yarnsmith :
Is White Oleander's a movie, book or both? I'll have to check it out. Pallet cores, size 48 x 40 4 way (4 way has notches cut into the side stringers )(scrap ones that need recycling) are worth about 2.00 to 2.50 each in the Chicago area. Depending on condition. We have no idea who is a thief or not. A scavenger who comes in with a few here and there would get only 2.00 no matter what the condition. Other sizes than 48 X 40 are worth between zero and 1.00 each. Not every pallet is recyclable...not every size is saleable. There is a lot more to pallet recycling than meets the eye. We get most of our pallets from large grocery chains and huge companies that generate a lot of scrap. The scavengers are a tiny part of our business. We did have the Home Depot account at one time but someone beat us out of it. Pallet business is highly competitive and cutthroat sometimes. Home Depot also uses Chep Pallets...they are blue. If you ever see blue pallets stacked up...that is a huge company that has a pallet rental system. Most large stores are on the chep program. We will not buy chep pallets...can't sell them. They actually have microchips imbedded in them and they cruise the pallets companies with a hand help device to detect if the company has any in their warehouse. Ok...now I have used up your whole note section describing more than you ever want to know about pallets.
from radiogurl :
Hehehe, cute answers, all around. It's a neat quiz!
from giannarazi :
What is your favorite color? - Pink or Black! What is your favorite animal? - Dog! What is your favorite movie or story? - The Great Gatsby! What do you like to do at home? - Stay online! What do you like to do at school? - People Watch & Journal! What do you want to do someday? - Have a nice job somewhere with a Car! What do you want to be when you grow up? - A pretty decent person, even as I get older.
from yarnsmith :
Answer to your questions: 1. RED 2. Prairie Dog 3. Gone With The Wind 4. Decorate 5. Socialize 6. Plant a giant vegetable garden 7. A Writer.
from catinasnit :
Oh, how fun! Favorite Color: The biggest box of Crayola crayons. ~ Favorite Animal: The soft ones with big soulful eyes. ~ Favorite book/movie: The ones with happy endings. ~ Favorite thing at home: Reading cookbooks, baking for fun then eating, of course. ~ Favorite thing to do at school: Socialize, color and LEARN. ~ What do I want to do someday: Buy an RV and spend time visiting lots and lots of places. ~ What do I want to do when I grow up: Write a book for my children and grandchildren. ~ There, that was fun. Can't wait to read what everyone else has to say.
from inkdragon :
Favorite color - red; favorite animal - domestic: dogs and wild: dolphins; favorite movie - Robin Hood with Kevin Costner; favorite home activity - interact with my family; favorite school activity - learn from wonderful professors; someday I shall - stay on target and keep focused, and I would love to earn money through one of my passions.
from radiogurl :
Ugh. I do understand simple grammar. My favorite animal*S* are the rabbits...
from radiogurl :
Aaaaah, a pop quiz! *G* Okay, I'll answer in spite of that. ;) My favorite color varies according to what it is for, but in general I love shades of purples, golds, and greens. 2. My favorite animal are the wild rabbits that hop through my yard every morning. 3. My favorite movie is one called "Mrs. Winterborne." It is funny, sweet, and just plain fun. 4. I like to get the place clean and sweet smelling, then sit down to write or paint. 5. I haven't been at school for a lot of years - how about at work? I love to find an investigate a juicy story and get the information out that (I hope) can help the people in my community. 6. Someday I want to visit another country or more than one. I want to visit Canada, absolutely, and think I would also like to visit several areas in Europe. 7. I want to be a novelist when I grow up!
from creda :
deep purple, blue heron, Lola Rennt, sew, computer programming, travel to India, someone who makes positive change in the world
from randommuse :
1.Green 2.Seal 3.Lord of the Rings in both categories. 4.Nap and read. 5.Nap and read. 6.Travel to Rome. 7.Artist/Writer/Goddess
from acaldwell :
alrite teacher! here are my answers! i hope i get a gold star! 1. blue 2. cat 3. Elvis: thats the way it is(1970, documentary) 4. watch TV and play on the computer 5. math 6. fly around the world 7. become President of the usa
from boxx9000 :
The comment was: I heard once that our lives are set by the time we are THREE and then the rest of our life is damage control?!
from yarnsmith :
Re: your comment, I truley believe that is so.
from acaldwell :
dont forget the BIG APPLE! new york city! hehehee! i think u r a great teacher!
from purple-momma :
It sure sounds like you are having a wonderful time in your new job! That's wonderful! Can I ask a question? Both of my girls would spend a week EVERY year during elemetary school on "Johnny Appleseed". I felt this was extremely unnecessary. Once or twice was fine, but for 6 years? I don't get it! Yes, its a cute "story" and a great theme for this time of year, but the same subject for 6 years?
from saladwhore :
*snicker* You are doing the SAME things in Kindergarten that I did in preschool! Arm apple trees, ahhhh! Apple prints! Ahhhh! Applesauce playdough - ahhhh! (Someone always eats it.) Since I had mixed ages (3,4 and 5) we always had a mix of kids who were still learning the basics and kids who were beginning to read. Your projects are perfect because they cover it all. We also kept a lot of print in the environment (like you) for those learning to read kids. EVERYTHING in the room was labelled - door, window, sink, table, chair, etc. By the en of the year, those moving on to kindergarten always knew all those words by sight. Our kindergartens here does more math and reading, mostly with worksheets which is awful. :-\
from sasori-gal :
You are so cool! I want to be in your kindergarten class!
from catinasnit :
Your children must feel so good about themselves, including your son's girlfriend. You seem to treat her like she was your very own. I love to hear stories like that. My favorite part was how you two watched Alice in Wonderland together~~sigh.
from radiogurl :
I hear you about the kids looking like the ex. My bookends - my oldest and my youngest - both have my coloring but they look so much like their dad in the face that it's downright freaky. (Dad had dark complexion, whereas I was born blond and have the streak of stupidity behind me to prove it.) Your daughter is lovely - though from my own daughter's experience, you'll have lots of fun as the black dye grows out. My child will never again dye her hair after going through several months of "skunk-head" with a blond stripe down the middle of her head!
from saladwhore :
Inky told me the notes link didn't work for her either, she got there from my profile . . but I think it's a diaryland thingy, because my notes link on my template is fine and the link works ok for me . . . Last week someone complained about my g-book not working but it seemed fine when I checked it . . . then later on the news page Andrew posted there had been problems with the server. LOL. I get blamed for everything. Maybe I'll go yell at Andrew now. :-P Oh, and about the kids looking like the EX thing - my cousin looks like his dad and my aunt was always a mean bitch to him. She doted very heavily on the other son who looks like her/us. She's got mental problems though, both my mom's sisters do.
from randommuse :
I, too, would be a hermit if so allowed. Is that a profession :)
from politics101 :
Looks like you were as pissed as I was at the girl's stupidity. You can BELIEVE she got a talking/yelling at when she came home. The landlady didn't even CARE because the leasE is co-signed by a parent. She knows she'll get her 7 month lease money regardless if the girls work or not! Now that's AMAZINGA.
from starlight42 :
Ya, it's hard at 20 to be able to find the person that is right for you...someone you'd stay with forever. You don't realize it then, but you're so young! I've wondered about the child looking like the X thing before too. Don't know why, just random thought I've had. But ya, I don't think it would upset me, as much as it would make me sad.
from saladwhore :
My notes ARE turned on. Inky just left me one. D-land has been f-ing up lately and people keep telling me it's MY links. MY LINKS WORK, THANKS! :p
from acaldwell :
i like coca~cola too! the 3 bills are: rent, 265 phone, 88.67 usdtv, 49.90 goto http://www.usdtv to see what usdtv is! hava fun day!
from fairygodmum :
WoW WoW WOW... What Gorgeous Kids!!! Tell your daughter with looks like those I hope that boyfriend of her's is a Millionaire.. cause she shure is worth IT!... Love your son's scooter... gosh.. wish I knew how to ride one... What's his Band Called??? Hugz, Bebe da FairyGodMummsie
from radiogurl :
Wow - gorgeous kids. I have to assume their mom is equally gorgeous, since we know they inherited their looks from their mama ;)
from yarnsmith :
Kelly is gorgeous and does indeed look like momma.
from radiogurl :
I don't generally like scary or gory movies, but for some weird reason I loved the X-Files, scare & gore and all. And I don't watch the news often but it's more a matter of no time than because it squicks me out. However, I don't ever expect my sister to watch the horror stuff with me because I know it scares her to death - and as the big sister, I was always the protector, not the one causing the scare!
from giannarazi :
OMG! I understand!! I refuse to watch Texas Chainsaw Massacre. I've never seen it and I don't want too. I won't dare see any Hitchcock movies. I saw a glimpse of one and I freaked out paranoid. I didn't like the Twighlight Zone. That show freaked me out and made me SO VERY paranoid. And for the news **Hugs** I refuse to watch the news too! I've not truly willingly watched the news since 1999. I'll watch a bit of it for the weather, but most times I never give the news a second glance. Unless it's school closings etc. I get the weather online. Yay!! You're not alone at all.
from radiogurl :
*Hugs* I'm glad it's only a few more days until payday. I can't imagine trying to stretch a paycheck to last a full month, though I know lots of people do so. It requires careful budgeting, at the very best. I'd probably be overdrawn a lot earlier in the month than this every month :-/ But spreading your salary over 12 months really makes more sense. Sounds like overall you're doing the smartest thing!
from inkdragon :
I love the Light A Candle link! Thanks for sharing your find.
from yarnsmith :
My experience was the same...not words, but a powerful message that changed my life. Since I was praying to God at the time, I assumed the message was from God. I use the term God for a lack of any other word. I don't so much believe in God in the manner of the Bible although alot of the Bible makes some sense to me as well a parts of many religions. When I feel like I am making a connection to "The cosmos...or the Power that IS" I feel as it if is one entity...not miriads of angels and cosmic beings...Thus...I use the word God. I find it helpful to believe SOMETHING...What ever the Something is. I think the problem with religion is that when humans try to organize the God concept and those humans and the organizations become powerful, they distort what ever the realty may be. I guess I like to think that the reality is in the goodness that comes from what ever hellish situations exist and that every religion catches a glimpse of it.
from yarnsmith :
Took the quiz but it didn't give me a result and I wouldn't give them my email. Oh Well...You know I believe in God but not in any set religion. I guess you could say that AA has become my religion and I found a higher power through the 12 steps that I call God for a lack of a better word. I had a spiritual experience that was supernatural. I have only had one of these...when I needed it the most and it never happened again..but the memory of it is so awsome...it made me believe in God....or something out there that when tapped, gives me answers. If I left it up to the organized religions of the world to teach me about God...I probably wouldn't believe in one.
from radiogurl :
Interesting about all the famous birthdays today. :) And thank goodness it's nearly the end of the month - hopefully NEXT month you'll have a little more money to work with! *Hugs*
from sunnflower :
Hi and thanks for your note. I know you didn't go for organized religion but I guess I didn't get that it went up to the God level. Then I guess the 23rd won't do you much good although maybe it could - life's funny that way. I think you are right in just doing something that relaxes you then and engages your creative spirit. Many hugs. :) PS I just recommended your diary to a blogging teacher - http://teacherwoman.typepad.com/
from sunnflower :
Also, one thing I read once that really helped me had to do with saying the 23rd psalm a few times a day. It made me feel a lot better at times when I've been under duress so I can recommend it. Also, have you ever tried the bach rescue remedy drops form the health food store. Somebody told me they were good for times when you are super stressed - as in going into a courtroom kind of stress. I have used the drops and so have other folks I know and everyone seems to think they did take the edge off. Here's a link if you want more info - http://www.bachcentre.com/centre/38/rescue.htm. PS I am drinking diet coke right now and going to go upstairs in a minute and eat a sundae from McDonalds and then have a glass wine so I am not a health food nut! Hugs. :)
from sunnflower :
I wish I could read every one of my favorite diaries every day - sigh. What a week for you with autumn leaf projects, fires, and ex husbands, and ex brother-in-law who are lawyers. If you don't confront this then it will burn you up later every time you think about it and so what if he gets mad. You should be mad too. You have to take care of yourself and you need a fair divorce settlement. You notice he's taking care of his interests here. Hugs.
from radiogurl :
Happy Friday! You've earned a weekend of puttering around in your pj's. :D Enjoy!
from sasori-gal :
Hang tough, Boxx!! I still strongly believe that good triumphs over evil. We're all here for you! *hugs*
from acaldwell :
happy friday! if ya EVER need to talk, im on yahoo messenger as acaldwell1958
from captainron :
Just keep putting one foot in front of the other, listen to your legal advice and eventually it will all be over and you'll have what you need. At this point, hurting the ex's feelings might be the cost of doing business, but hell, when has he ever worried about yours?
from fairygodmum :
You are doing Great Gurl.. Keep your Chin UP! Hugz, Bebe da FairyGodMum
from boxx9000 :
To NZforestguy. I've never been able to get the password to work for your locked dairy. Please email the password (again) please. I'm at BOXX9000@yahoo.com
from nzforestguy :
He has brought it all on himself, don't feel down about it, i guess in a way, he thinks he may still have power, in reality he doesn't. You have heaps of support from different places, and remember once it's all over, hopefully that will be the end of it *hugs*
from yarnsmith :
Don't look at it as negative shit you are throwing at your ex....it is the truth...yes the truth and it is the reason you are having to go through this. I know that part of you still feels an emotional tie to him and that is why part of you feels bad that he will have to hear stuff he doesn't want to hear...but the truth is that you tried to keep that marriage together...you didn't always want a divorce...you wanted the father of your children healthy happy and part of you.....he didn't give you that...he took that away from you and that is the TRUTH...I am hoping all this is coming to a head like one of those giant festering pimples and all the messy shit will pop right out of it and it will be messy and gross and then it will heal. (sorry to get so grossly graphic in my anaolgy). Good night, sleep tight and have good dreams.
from acaldwell :
HOLY SHIT! sounds like ya ex is a total ass. dont be afraid, hold ya head up way high and dont let em see ya sweat! the ball is on your side since he is not in compliance here, so dont bee afraid! ya stand tall and look good! be confident, be strong, it wont last long, you will win! you got a whole lot going for ya!
from radiogurl :
Sweetie, you can't be down on yourself for this coming up in court. Your ex brought it on all by his lonesome. From everything you're telling us, he's been skating alone, shrugging off consequences for years. Sooner or later they will catch up with you. HE chose to do the things he's done. Not you. You didn't hold a gun to his head and force him to drink, nor to buy the new car, nor to give life to your children. He did them, voluntarily. The piper is now knocking on his door, demanding payment.
from starkitten01 :
Yeah, I've often wondered that myself..There has to be more than just one person that is out there for everyone, and there HAS to be a point where you're capable of falling in love again, even if it's not as strong as your first..I want to believe in that, but since my divorce, every man I've gotten involved with, I have not felt that same intense love for, so it's very sad to realize that now, looking back. I feel incapable of having true love again in my life :( All we can hope for, I guess, is for something huge to happen to prove that love is still out there.
from catpewk :
From family-law.freeadvice.com: "By "bifurcating" marital status from the other issues, a spouse can be returned to the legal status of an unmarried (single) person, while the court retains the ability to resolve the remaining issues (at trial if negotiation fails)."
from acaldwell :
hiya! good news! it does mean that the divorce was granted, now for the grand prize! you will have to return to get custody, good luck! you have a great job, and it seems that you are happy with it! keep up the good work, and i will call ELVES CENTRAL to have them assist you in your needs! hehehee! enjoy life!
from inkdragon :
Wonderful elves!
from captainron :
It does my heart good to see you happy. You deserve it :-)
from spit-swallow :
When I was young (about 8 I guess) we moved across town and I remember my dad saying like a year or so after we moved that he turned the wrong way coming out of his work...going towards the old house by accident the first time that day and it was almost a year later
from yarnsmith :
One can never tell who will get sober...who will stay sober and for how long. The sickest people are the ones who have the best chance. I have seen some people with a high bottom...meaning that they just got disgusted with themselves and lost freinds and jobs and that was enough for them. Most people I know who got sober with a high bottom were very very young when they got sober. Most people have to completely bottom out....near death...etc. I heard one guy say that he didn't get wise until he was physically sick and found himself in jail with nothing but a quarter in his pocket and no one to call. I didn't have DUI's and hadn't yet lost my family, but I didn't have any freinds and my family hated me and we were a month away from losing the house and I was about 6 months away from being dead...i was so physically sick. All you can do is pray that he hits his bottom before he dies. This is why enablers perpetuate the problem...enabling keeps the person from reaching their bottom. Also...I feel very fortunate because on 25 percent of those who get sober even at AA...stay sober for more than a year. Not good odds. The odds improve though every year because of the focus on recovery that our society has. Unfortunately...the alcoholic must be willing to go to a meeting every day for the firest 90 days in order for the new mindset to take hold...most people resist that. I wish I could tell you something less depressing....I guess it is better for your own good to know the real truth. Just pray....that's all you can do...and take care of yourself...you deserve a life boxx.
from sunnflower :
I know what you are saying about not being a big prude but enough is enough. That's how I felt about it and I did write the person who maintains the list about it a while ago. They insisted that was the only way they could afford the bandwidth but the ads are getting to be billboard size and more and more outside the boundaries of what I can feel okay sending people out to when they click the vote button. Sometimes you just have to walk away.
from yarnsmith :
Glad to see you smiling.
from catinasnit :
pOpCoRn is my all time favorite!! Problem is, I just don't know when to quit; yielding me an upset stomach. ~~ See, all your good Karma came back and kissed you. SEE?
from radiogurl :
I'm glad you have the support of your students' parents. That's the best of all worlds, and sadly missing in so many cases. Then again, there are many, many teachers who don't show the interest for their students that you clearly do. I hope that you're hired on a permanent basis - you're the rare gem that our educational system so desperately needs!
from randommuse :
I so agree with you about artwork in children's books...Stellaluna is one of my favorites in that regard. And I'm so glad your teaching is going so well!!!
from acaldwell :
yay! im glad everything worked out with ya school stuff! you sound like a caring and swell teacher! teachers have it hard these days, and it sounds like everything you plan will work out ok!
from absinthesigh :
What they said! It sounds like the atty is trying to scare you into signing something *not* in your best interest. Rush and Bully is the tactic. You are so much smarter than that ha ha on them!! You are in my thoughts and prayers. with love, ophelia
from radiogurl :
I'm with everyone else. Don't look this gift horse in the mouth, or if you can find someone who will take the case, go for a real attorney. Hehehe, in all reality, if you talk to a lawyer, ask him if you can prosecute for blackmail. ;) Because that is literally what this idiot is trying to pull.
from boxx9000 :
I LOVE this part from the papers I received yesterday, "I understand that the assets have been divided to the apparent satisfaction of the parties and there is no issue as to that." Well, since my EX took EVERYTHING and I took NOTHING, I guess assets have been *divided* to HIS satisfaction! JERK!
from catinasnit :
Attorneys work for the one who hired them. Keep that in mind in your husband's case particularly. Sounds like you've been given a gift from your son's girlfriend; accept it gractiously. You need a lawyer to look out for you. Don't let your husband's brother/lawyer bully you. You may know this already, but you'll need to supply an Answer to his Motion quickly, or the judge will sign the order your ex is requesting.
from inkdragon :
Fairygodmum and Cosmicrayola are right on, check with your future in-law!
from captainron :
Don't sign ANYTHING without talking to a lawyer. Sounds like bluster to me to bully you into settling. Hang tough. Ron
from cosmicrayola :
Sounds alot like a plot right out of I LOVE LUCY. When Lucy wanted $50.00 she would tell Ricky she needed $100.00 knowing full well there would be an argument and let him talk her down to the $50.00 she wanted in the first place. Sounds like EX-BIL is playing a Lucy threatening spousal support as leverage so you will drop the tuition. If things go the way they appear to be going, weaselove will be your DIL one day so asking her dad is sort of like asking family. Go for it. And don't sign anything until you do. My advise would be to not put it off for even a few days. Talk to him today! Show the EX-BIL that he can't intimidate you!
from fairygodmum :
Don't SIGN the papers.. and please go see your son's fiance's father! Better to get a REAL Lawyer's opinion and advice. When I went through my divorce... I filed myself.. then when ex got a lawyer... HIS Lawyer ended up giving me things I didn't even know I could GET! He was sooo pissed.. in his azzbackward notion that a Lawyer was supposed to make me stay with him. What was he thinking.. when the lawyer got me 1/2 of his stock option... we didn't have kids... or property.. which was good but he musta broke all the crystal stemware and table that I so loved. Hugz, Bebe da FGM
from boxx9000 :
YES! That is EXACTLY what my paralegal told me. They want me to cancel the default. There is NO reason for me to do so. He has had since last DECEMBER 2003 to sign those papers and he REFUSED.
from radiogurl :
Wait a second - you have a *default* filed? NO don't set it aside!!! If I remember right, that default means the matter is ALREADY LEGALLY DECIDED, and from the sounds of things, it's against your ex. The default papers mean he's already exceeded the legally-alloted time for him to challenge you. Talk to your paralegal, as I'm not a lawyer and can't actually give you legal advice, but it sounds to me like your ex's lawyer is trying to intimidate you out of a victory you've already won!
from boxx9000 :
I was married for TWENTY-FIVE years! The kids are nearly 21 and 22. I've been working for ONE year and it is temporary until June. I should pay him?????
from radiogurl :
What a fun Halloween idea! I hope that the plans work out like you hope. Also glad for the rain - we got it too, the past couple of days. Very nice change of pace for here!
from yarnsmith :
Argh..Argh...Shiver me Timbers...Make all yer troubles walk the plank matey.
from sunnflower :
Thanks for reminding me about Talk Like a Pirate Day. I wrote a reminder about it in my blog thanks to you! - http://www.alittleisland.com/little_island/2004/09/avast_me_hearti.html
from starlight42 :
Wow- I used to be so scared of my house burning down when I was little. To answer your question- there are books and stuff that actually specify who is "traditionally" responsible for paying for what. For instance, the grooms family usually pays for the rehersal dinner. But, nowadays, it's anything goes. My parents will only be paying for my shower- which can be a hefty expense anyway. Not sure what Dave's parents will do yet.
from yarnsmith :
Wow...what excitement. I hope your daughter gets her pics in the paper...that will be cool. She takes such great pictures as I've seen on her diary site.
from yarnsmith :
Hi...thanks for the input. That is what I indend to do...show how I merit a raise. The Cheesus still cracks me up too. That is why I put him on my template rather than keep him buried in a past post. Thanks for the compliment on my daughter. I guess you can tell we are mother and daughter but I am so much heavier and older than she is that I really can't say I look like her. You do look like your very pretty daughter.
from inkdragon :
Looks like your buddies' good vibes even cover fire protection! I bet those firefighters loved your beautiful daughter. So glad you and yours are alright.
from fairygodmum :
Gurl.. Someone... YOU KNOW WHO.. is certainly Watching OUT Over YOU! My Goodness, that fire was sooo close... what a relief to know that it missed your house! On another NOTE.. Your Children are absolutly BEEEUUUTEEEFULLLL!!! Hugz, Bebe da FGM
from hissandtell :
I wanted to tell you that I'm thinking of you. Just reading your "My Tom" entry - goodness, both your children are so stunning (not only physically, I'm sure) that I can see why you'd feel such enormous pride every time you look at them, and be reminded all over again of how truly wonderful things sometimes come out of truly unfortunate situations. Love, R xxx
from catinasnit :
LORD what a super SUPER web page you have produced, fonts and all (love the large font)! Your children (eeekkk! how darling they were when they are little) are gorgeous. I have no doubt you are proud of them, and have every right to be. ~~ regarding some of your past entries, DIVORCE PROCEEDINGS SUCK! Hope you can just move forward with your life, and quickly. -Megan- Oh, and P.S.: Incredible pics of the grass fire. Thank God for good and caring neighbors.
from giannarazi :
The font looks great to me. I'm glad it works well for you now. I don't have IMac. I have Windows XP. I have thought of getting an IMac once, but people said it was totally different from Windows. *shrugs* If I ever get rich enough, I'm having both. lol.
from cosmicrayola :
The font looks great on my Windows ME.
from sasori-gal :
Finally catching up on diaries! I just adore the new template! *envy, envy* And my goodness~ so much has happened this past week. I know it's hell for you right now, but I do believe that goodness will prevail. Hang tough and we will send you all those good vibes to get you through this craziness. :)
from radiogurl :
Hey, my friend - all sorts of positive thoughts coming your way. Hang in there. I hope the judge kicks your soon-to-be ex in the keister!
from yarnsmith :
This is your year Boxx. I'll be praying for you. *hugs*....Paula
from sunnflower :
I love the kindergarten template!
from radiogurl :
I hope your lawyer friend can give you some ideas on handling this jerk. *hugs* Hang in there. Divorce proceedings suck but they're better than the alternative. You really, really want to get free of your ex. For every second you're legally married to him, he screws up a new aspect of your life. Take it from someone who knows.
from starlight42 :
Well, glad to hear you are in good spirits. I hope your lawyer friend can help. What a total crock, like you said- you've done all this to improve your life and look where it gets you. Makes no sense. Also, I forgot to reply the other day, but yes, on my scree (my browser is Mozilla) the letters to the words are far apart. It's readable though, at first I thought it was supposed to be that way. No clue how to fix it though :(
from weaselove :
I'll give you my dad's work number and my home number just in case you don't get a hold of him, if you want to call Tom to get my house number in santa rosa, so you can call him tonight, he should have it, i just don't want to give out a phone number on the internet. if he doesn't tell him to look at my cell phone for it, it will be in there. hope all is well, love you. -weasleove
from xnavygrrl :
What a butthole! You poor thing! I hope he gets nothing, nada, nil. I hope you get it all!
from cosmicrayola :
I think perhaps you should get a REAL lawyer. That whole deal sounds outrageous!
from politics101 :
WOW we need to talk bad. Kind of same here without atty. Email me and I'll get in touch with you after Hurrican Ivan decides whatit's going to do. Interstates closed, Marshall Law in the streets (complete with fatigues and machine guns). This is surreal. Talk to you for SURe later, Melanie
from saladwhore :
Oops, that should say I worked 25-35 hours a week when I was in college. I always had an on-campus job during the week and a second job on weekends.
from saladwhore :
Thanks for telling me the lines of font are touching - that helps! I will fool around with the font sizes later to see if that will help. Now, take some deep breaths and calm down. The paralegal got some money out of you so now she is wanting more. You can: 1. pay or 2. find another lawyer/paralegal. Not a fun choice, but there you have it. Tom can stay in school but he needs to WORK to help pay the tuition. If I hadn't worked 25-25 hours every week when I was a (full time) college student, I wouldn't have earned my degree. He can work and go to school or he can leave school and just work. Again, not a fun choice, but there you have it. I also cannot believe that the courts will honestly make YOU pay money to an ALCOHOLIC JUNKIE, that sounds like a scare tactic to me! If anything, the courts will ORDER him to go into rehab! Have you searched online for the Home Depot address you need? I found some here: http://www.homedepot.com/HDUS/EN_US/corporate/about/our_suppliers.shtml I hope that helps, and I hope I don't sound mean. This is TOUGH LOVE just for YOU! *hugs and kisses*
from radiogurl :
(((((((((((((Hugs))))))))))))) If you need to talk, email me at leilani@twisterjester.com. I might not be able to effect any real changes, but sometimes it helps just to have a sympathetic ear.
from inkdragon :
Gigantic {{hugs}}! Wish there was more I could do.
from starlight42 :
Oh lord, sorry to hear about all that is going on with dentist bills (which I can relate to!) and your EX (which I can't, thank god!). First, yes, if that dentist is recommended to you by your insurance, they do have to charge you within your insurance limits for each item. I know though, after going to the oral surgeon yesterday, that first of all, their limits are high, and also that the receptionists at these offices are stupid. The lady I had couldn't give me a proper estimate- her job is to know what my ins. covers, and she couldn't tell me that for my anesisia. Instead of calling, I had to call after I left. (thank god it is covered) Stupid people!! Also, I think everyone is right, you might want to get another opinion or someone else to help you with the divorce. Is there any agency that gives free advice or help? Lastly, I got your note about fathers day- didn't even think of that! But, fathers day is 19th in 05- so my wedding is Fri- and fathers day is Sun.
from giannarazi :
I'm not as bright or smart as the others here, but go with their comments. Get you a free consultation lawyer and take everything with you to see them. You need to get a real lawyer. You can get the "scam artist" and your ex husband and possibly get money out of it, for your troubles. (Sounds big and too good, I know... but hey... you can dream.) Get the real lawyer and get both your ex and this "scam artist" Maybe check out, "The State Bar of California, 1149 South Hill Street Los Angeles, CA 90015, (213) 765-1500" See if they can refer you to a proper legal procedures against the "scam artisit" As well as helping you find a legal attorney. If anything you should be able to call you local Social Security Office and find a list of Lawyers at low cost etc.
from kidspinkcat :
By the way, I just read over your diary again and I gotta tell you, this woman--this paralegal--is yanking your chain, but not in the funny way. It sounds like you got it right when you said she's giving you guilt. Hell yes she is! She's just after that all mighty dollar and do yourself a favor and DO NOT pay that bitch one red cent. Not till you have got this straight. Get some real legal advise. Do what's right for yourself. She says your file is the thickest in her file cabinet?? Think about it--do you trust this woman? Because if you don't--dump her ass! She's not worthy of handling the legalities during this sensitive and heart-wrenching time in your life. Follow your gut.
from kidspinkcat :
Do NOT give up and let me tell you why. I may not know much but I DO know this: Lawyers, and I mean REAL lawyers have to have a certain number of recorded hours in leagal advise in order to keep their practicing license--which means they HAVE to give out these "free consultations". You can and are intitled to a free consultation by a lawyer--a REAL lawyer-- and I advise that you do because it sounds to me as if you are being led by the reins into the mud. Find a different lawyer to speak with and get a second opinion, so to speak. That is just my advise. And like I said, I may not know much but I DO know that. Take care. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.
from creda :
My heart goes out to you, BoXx. I also believe that you can and will weather this storm. Sending some supportive energy your way!
from poolagirl :
Your new template is boffo! Boss! Brilliant!
from saladwhore :
OK, see how that looks now. It may not be the font style, but the cell spacing and junk of the entire layout. In that case, we're screwed. :-( If it just doesn't work out we/you can just find something else. I had once seen (somewhere) a really cute template with an image of young children painting at an easel and it had a quote about touching young minds or something. I was looking for that one night to show you and could not find it! That's how this one came about... :-P
from saladwhore :
Sure, I can change the font style. It works fine for me, but yeah - you Mac people are different and weird. ;-) Let's try "Verdana" and see if that is a better font . . . (I find it's one of the most easy-to-read, clean-looking fonts. Hopefully you like it!)
from sunnflower :
Poor kitty. Re the dentist - $700 is a lot of dental work fee to underestimate.
from randommuse :
My dentist tried to do the same thing (although not $700 dollars worth...yikes!). I argued and won. Also, call your insurance to see if the dentist has to take what the insurance is willing to pay. What I mean is, if any kind of doctor agrees to take a certain insurance for his/her patients (most doctors sign agreements with insurance companies to accept their insurance), then the doctor as part of the agreement has to take what the insurance is willing to pay (each insurance has a formulary of what they will pay for each procedure) and you only have to pay the co-pay. For example, in my case the dentist was trying to overcharge for a couple of fillings. They said the insurance didn't pay enough, so I was going to have to pay more than my usual co-pay. I called the insurance and NO WAY!!! I know you probably don't want to rock the boat because your son needs dental work, but too many doctors try this tactic to get out of having to accept what insurance says a procedure truly costs. Sorry this is so long...kind of a soap-box of mine (run into this a lot with my job regarding Medicare payments).
from mnlady1962 :
I just saw your note about my template. You mean it's mostly black on your computer? It's supposed to be a white background, with mostly white dogs and a small bit of black. What does it look like on yours? Also, if I may ask, do you see the graphics of the dogs, because I can't see them at work, but I can at home. Strange........... You would think it would look the same all over. But THAT would make too much sense, I guess. And as for the ant poison, no cats. Only dogs who aren't interested. Thanks for you help!!!
from radiogurl :
You know, you can report the dentist to the BBB. You're right, an extra $700 after an estimate is out of line. An auto dealer or other business is REQUIRED to stick to their estimate. It might change your bill, but at least maybe the idjit won't do it to someone else. And from my experience, most business people are quick to appease the BBB.
from kidspinkcat :
Your kids are 14 months apart?? Whoa! so are mine, to the day. (sept26/nov26) I have a question for you. Did they grow up togther or did they have seperate friends. Since they were so close in age, did they get along well? My sister and I are two years apart but sometimes if felt like ten. We didn't always get along either. How was it like for your two?
from xnavygrrl :
Yes, this is a 2003. Pretty new, huh? Little things were starting to go wrong with the car I just paid off, so it was time to move on. :)
from cosmicrayola :
Oh, do you bring back memories of when my kiddles were little. The wheels on the bus go round and round, round and round, round and round. The wheels on the bus go round and round. All around the town.
from dangerspouse :
A 7 HUNDRED dollar mistake in the dental estimate? That's crazy! I'd bring those 4 cats of yours over there and make them sleep at their office until they agree to lower it. Good luck, kiddo!
from radiogurl :
Ack! I hope they get the air conditioner fixed. Noticed I said fixed and not working. If they get it WORKING, you could have air conditioning in January...
from boxx9000 :
They looked at me like I was a pain in the ass. They came up with all kinds of reasons why they could NOT do just winter theme music. I came up with lots of things the kids COULD do. How about JINGLE BELLS? Isn't that easy enough and doesn't mention baby jesus, mary or joseph? SHEESH!
from creda :
Yea for you asking about a Winter pageant! I also feel strongly about keeping religion and school separate. How did they respond? Were they open to it? Or did they look at you as though you had three heads? I'm guessing CA folks are more open-minded than what I find here in the heartland, but please let me know!
from randommuse :
Wow...we had the same major! My minors were in Art History and Humanities (almost had enough for Philosophy but I was ready to be finished).
from sasori-gal :
Oh, your lucky students! Can I be in your kindergarten class???
from phizhy :
♥ --divorce & death are the same both mean loss; & i agree the amazing thing about coming here & reading in that somehow everything turns out to be ok [special people have special forces working for them] ---i locked my diary [phizhy@hotmail.com] for the password.
from yarnsmith :
I'm an airhead too!
from fairygodmum :
Art School.. that sounds like my old school.. took me forever to pay those loans back.. and Guess What???.. I got accepted to the MA Program.. and NOW.. I have a School LOAN!!!.. rofl.. YEP! Hugz, Bebe da FGM
from yarnsmith :
Me too..born in 56...graduated H.S in 74.
from yarnsmith :
I love the story about your cats....Cats do such odd things and their quietness and sneakyness and non-challance all make it quite adorable. My cat is a shelf sitter. there isn't a shelf she hasn't made her home in this whole house.
from sasori-gal :
I am also a totally visual/kinesthetic learner. You know, my mom still has the jewelry box I made for her back when I was a kindergartener. We had decorated cigar boxes with pasta and spray painted them gold. Yes, we kindergarten teachers are "special" and unique, aren't we?! *heehee* You are terrific!
from mnlady1962 :
Silly me. I didn't check my notes until today. Sorry about not getting back to you with your questions. But to get into instant messaging, just go to www.yahoo.com and click on Instant Messaging and you will be able to set up an account. Once you get one, add me, MNLady_1962. Would LOVE to chat with you sometime! The other question about the stats, I don't know if you have one or not, but you can click on mine if you want and see if that's one you like. I mostly use the one at the bottom of my page that has the count on it. It seems to be more accurate than the other one I have. Hope that answers your questions. If not, you can always e-mail me at MNLady_1962@yahoo.com. Talk to you later!!!!
from natedogcool :
There there, bud, things will work out soon enough. That's the fun thing about your diary, things always work out soon enough. Just be patient, and if things don't start working out soon, buy some eggs and TP and go visit his big ol' mansion... heheheh!
from starlight42 :
I know, I didn't really mean I "hate" XXX so much. I just couldn't really think of another word that sounded as good. Maybe Detest. That might be more like it.
from catinasnit :
Unfortunately, I get to hear the sad divorce stories every single day of my life. It's hard to believe that people who once LOVED each other, had children together, and lived in the same home could become so cruel and mean-spirited, especially to their very own children. By the way, so what if he doesn't sign the divorce papers. Just tell him you don't really give a *&^% if he does or not. Tell him you are not going to pursue the divorce anymore. In fact, tell him you are doing to file a Motion to have the case dismissed. If he wants a divorce, he can pay a lawyer and get one all by himself. What would you have to lose? He's not doing anything anyway. Move forward with your life... It will drive him NUTS!
from inkdragon :
I would imagine your daughter is torn between what she should and shouldn't do because he's her father. It's a really hard position to be put into and he probably knows it. Stand strong, you've got your own responsibilities now without picking up the slack for him. I hope your school kids do extra lovin' up on you today!
from fairygodmum :
Happiness comes from within... hope your feeling that warm and fuzzy feeling inside.. as it's happening Right NOW! Hugz n Lub, Bebe da FGM
from radiogurl :
Ex's should be hauled off and shot. Would make life SO much simpler. I mean, if he's not providing anything monetarily, and he's giving you grief, what's his reason for taking up space on the planet?
from saladwhore :
Oops, those were lilies, not irises. *smacks head*
from saladwhore :
Alrighty then. Go here: http://templatestr.diaryland.com/kindergar.html and then here: http://templatestr.diaryland.com/older.html and see how that looks/works. If juniperhexum says it OK to use and if it meets your approval, I can upload it to your space whenever you're ready. :)
from saladwhore :
Yes, the links do flip upside down on that layout, I could try to make it so they don't do that on yours if you don't like it. I asked the girl who made that layout if I could modify it with different colors and pictures for my own diary and she said yes - then she offered to just make me a template from the kindness of her heart! (She's very cool.) So then I thought . . . maybe I could modify that lily template to make YOU a kindergarten layout. I emailed Juniperhexum tonight to ask her permission. Other than the flipping links, was the rest of the layout OK for you? I have other pictures for yours, of course. Remember when I asked if you like fingerpainting? ;-)
from saladwhore :
I am working on the images for your NEW template. Before i go any further with things, please go here: http://juniperhexum.diaryland.com/index.html and make sure that layout works on your computer. Let me know if you have any trouble viewing her page at all. :-)
from starlight42 :
Glad to hear everything is going so well with the new class!! :)
from sasori-gal :
Happiness does have a snowball effect so I'm glad your snowball is rolling along nicely! Your situation sounds so wonderful and it's so inspiring when you read stories about teachers who really love and take pride in their work. Keep it up, Boxx!
from sunnflower :
I am so glad that your year is off to a rousing good start! I love kid lit - I am so jealous you are getting to read it all the time. Also, thanks from all the parents of all the kids who are ADD or ADD/ADHD because a good teacher can make or break these kids. :)
from purple-momma :
Hi! Cats! Mine always wake me up between 3:00 a.m. and 4:00 a.m.! What's with that? Hey, I have a new diary set up that will not be locked -- the other one cat-momma 10. So, check it out.
from chubbychic :
Man, I hate it when my cat wakes me up on the weekends too! Doesn't she know I'm trying to SLEEP!!! What a grouchy old lady she is.
from catinasnit :
Well now, that was certainly fun. How'd you do that? I was also born on a Thursday -- and have far to go. Maybe that means I will live a long time. I've said it before, and I'll say it again, your daughter is a princess, a real jewel to help you like that. Is she voluntering?
from creda :
Sounds like a lovely weekend BoXx! I definitely envy you, 'cause I'm back to work on Tuesday and I don't feel at all rested. Thanks for the reminder that laundry and housework chores can be relaxing!
from girl-razor :
Sorry doll I interpreted your message wrong. I know what you mean though, barely anyone knows what a Maori is. I didn't realise quite so many people had NZ links ~ everyone must have been keeping it quiet or something! ^_^ What did you think of the photos? x
from radiogurl :
My kindergarten teacher's name was Mrs. Stover and she left during the year to have a baby - I don't recall the name of the person who filled in while she was gone, though. And I think it's a crime how much teachers are required to contribute to their classroom supplies, never mind the fact that our government brainless trust has now even taken away any tax deductions to offset at least that small portion of what it costs. :(
from fairygodmum :
I remember going to my Mom's school, she was a pre-school teacher and retired as a site administrator. She was very strict to me in her class and I wondered why she was so nice to all these "Other" children as I never got that kind of attention from her EVER! I even learned that she knew how to play some harp sort of instrument and sing! I was Greatly surprised as she read us stories and became completly bored, or maybe I was a little jealous that I had to share my mommy with so many other children. As I never had that much fun at home or in my kindergarten and I had no idea what to call her. I just remember crying all day and night cause all she did was fuss at me as usual instead this time was in front of other kids! My brother is a preschool teacher too... and has been at the same school for 20 or more years. Last year I taught dance/movement to 3 of the classes 3yr olds 3 1/2 yr olds and 4 yr olds... was a Hoot I can still see their faces... what fun we had! Hugz, Bebe da FGM
from giannarazi :
My kidnergarten teacher was Ms. Nagel. I had to look at the pictures to remember. She was good, I guess. I just remember that we wrote differently than people do now. Our i's were like the letter j reversed. And I remember some of the classmates.
from hissandtell :
Oh, now I'm remembering Miss Richardson. She was remarkably patient with me, given she wasn't exactly sure what to do with a bossy little girl who could already read, refused to take naps and only ever wanted to play on the horsey and paint wooden blocks and pat the rabbit. Good luck with your kids, darling. I look back on my early childhood teaching experiences fondly, especially now that I've had time to reflect on them and have removed myself from the myriad aspects of state education and indoctrination that I despised. But no matter what I thought of the system, I always adored my students - all of them. Love, R xxx
from cosmicrayola :
My Kindergarten teach was Mrs. Reynolds. Wow! I am surprised that I remembered that right off the top of my head. 46 years later! Oh My!
from catinasnit :
My first real teaching position was teaching Kindergarten, and I hear you -- money out of pocket was standard for teachers back then. Guess it still is even now -- and late hours dreaming up work projects. My kindergarten teacher's name was Miss Earnest. She even taught my children and they loved her too. One of the things she was known for was she pulled loose baby teeth (and it didn't hurt). She must have taught hundreds of children, but when she see me, she still calls me by name and gives me hugs.
from sasori-gal :
What a great way to start my first day back at school~ I've just caught up on the past week of your diary and you have me laughing away! First off, that dream musical was wild...me naughty??! *heehee* Your class sounds like a dream, but yeah...there's ALWAYS one kid who's a "challenge." Guess you've added yours. People laugh at how many scissors I own. I also have a gold scissors charm. Enjoy your Labor Day weekend! :)
from chaosdaily :
oops, i guess i was wrong, hes only 91. *blush* ive been thinking of him being 91 for so long, i guess i just added an extra year on. he was 40 when i was born, my mother 35, so she will be 86 in october. we had a family brunch, and all my sibs were there, but not all the kids. i brought cinnamon rolls (with real cream cheese frosting) and donut holes, since it was a sort of breakfast thing.
from jesbohn :
Boxx, i am glad you like my diary. Sometimes it frustrates me. I want to make the site more philosophy, but I think if I started writing about basic epistomology, I would loose my whole audience. They would either be bored or know it already. Oh well though, right? Right. ::sigh::, sometimes I feel like no one else is in my "place" oh and I did a berkeley vs. csun article. its called "Da Bears" a controll F should bring you right to it. : )
from absinthesigh :
ooh! Boxx Scissornecklace 8-)! with love, ophelia
from radiogurl :
I'm so glad to hear about the money coming in!!! What a frightening moment... But thank God for answers to prayers we didn't know to speak.
from yarnsmith :
Bless you for taking a special interest in that poor little boy. Maybe he will calm down after having some structure in his day. Who knows..maybe he is a budding artist and your art projects will give him a creative outlet. My heart just aches for little ones that have problems. My sister once taught an after school group of disadvantaged kids, reading. she then found out that they were so far behind the curve, it was almost impossible. She just simply started reading to them like a normal loving parent would read to their kids...all of a sudden they were good as gold and oh so interested in the stories that had been missing out on. The school put the Kybosh on that..seems that simply reading to them was not the curriculum and therefor she had to resume her regular teaching schedule and they just bounced off the walls not learning anything. Broke my heart to think that these little ones just wanted to be read to.
from randommuse :
Have fun at the party and so glad to read your life is going so well. Hope the divorce is over painlessly for you.
from lameassgirl :
im happy to hear that every thing eems to be working pretty well for you!
from xnavygrrl :
Congrats on loving your kids and your school. I get good vibes from this teacher that my daughter has now. The one from last year, she was so negative and crabby! Oh, and the pneumonia..I think Jackie has had it once before. It just really sucks!
from cosmicrayola :
Your new kid sounds familiar. I dear friend of mine has the most bright little 5 year old you could ask for. He often blurts out things at the most unexpected times. He was finall diagnosed with Tourettes syndrone and Asberger. Just saying.
from creda :
I love that everyone at your new school is so friendly. And it's just great that your school year is starting out so well. Reading about your experiences just reminds me how noble preK-12 teaching is. Keep up the great work!
from giannarazi :
Wonderful Cool Party!!! "giannarazi is there and we get to talk in American Sign Language because SOMEhow I am now totaly proficient because my classroom is next door to the deaf class." LOL!! I love that line. I'm glad we all had a GREAT time. And don't be surprised if you do pick up a few sign words over they year. And yes, I do have dreams of all my diaryland buddies. I just forget to mention them. I'll start doing that, if I can remember the dreams. I'm actually surprised that there wasn't any dancing at all. lol.
from nzforestguy :
Hiya, i've been away from the comp for a week, only just caught up, the new design rocks, the job sounds really good, the kids sound like robot's or something, then again i was always the one talking at school, cool about the dream, email me your number if you want, so i can randomly ring, then you can hear my voice properly.
from catinasnit :
Dreams like that must come from being around all those little energies of imaginations all day long. Too Cool at the Pool! You are simply having too much fun these days, even in your sleep (lucky you!). Keep 'em coming. -Megan
from inkdragon :
I love that dream! Plan it and we shall come!
from fairygodmum :
I'll bring my tap shoes.. can I sing a song in the musical too??? We're all partying with you to celebrate your New Job!!! Perhaps learning to SIGN Language is the Next Thing on Your To Do List! Good Luck with Decorating Your New Room. Hugz n Lub, Bebe da FairyGodMum
from absinthesigh :
How much fun!!!! Maybe now that you revealed the dream it will come true!!! I have a lovely Fairy all ready to go 8-). with love, ophelia
from creda :
What a dream! And I love that it was a musical. It's actually economics. For me, employment and unemployment are fascinating concepts. And I know I've expressed this sentiment before, but I'm very very glad that you are in the employed column!
from boxx9000 :
My *happy* attitude has a whole lot to do with being employed. If more people were employed (who are currently Unemployed) then more people would be happy. ALSO, It's PROBABLY becaue I have that new *SUNNY* template that SaldHO put up for me. Oh, sunshine and happiness. YES!
from dangerspouse :
Hooray for home made Noodles!! er...Hooray that Noodles made it home! (That sounds better). Really, that is very good to hear - and yeah, congrats also on the new gig :)
from mpeacock :
I am so happy that school is going so well for you. It looks like we're in the same boat as far as divorces go though. Good luck, I know it's hard. I wanted to remain friends with my ex, "Outlook not good."
from randommuse :
Love the layout, glad Noodles is home, and so happy for you in your new job!
from giannarazi :
It's lucky for me that my room is right next door to the deaf classroom. They can't hear all the noise we make! LOL!! Isn't that the truth?? LOl!! And you can view the squatting down to the kids, as exercise too. (;+)
from cosmicrayola :
It is so good to hear you in this frame of mind. I am so happy for you!
from starlight42 :
I like the new design & CONGRATS on the new job!! I knew you'd find one soon. Kindergarten...a great age! So much fun, but of course they're on their best behavior for you now...just wait ;)
from fairygodmum :
Hugz Boxx.. I LOVE the Sunflower.. what a lovely job your friend did!! Gosh I'm so happy that your job is MORE than you could ask for.. I DO BELIEVE that Wishes DO Come True.. and IT Happened to YOU!!!!! Hugz Bebe, da FairyGodMum
from creda :
Hello BoXx--I'm looking forward to hearing about your first days too. I still need lots of coffee in the am, but I'm hoping my relatively good attitude sticks around for a while. Here's hoping! :-)
from natedogcool :
Hi Boxx!! Since you asked, I'm a Senior by "credits" and "year in school", but I'm not graduating for another 5 semesters... so I'll be graduating at the same time as this year's Juniors (maybe!). The double major in math and english is a tough one, none of the courses overlap or double-count!
from cat-momma10 :
Hope your day was wonderful! A new job! How exciting! Thanks also for the comments. You may be correct. "J" does not like conflicts of any kind. Hopefully, someday, he will come around and possibly apologize.
from sunnflower :
I like your pretty summery template!
from catinasnit :
First, let me say THANK YOU for the extremely kind comments. Wanna be my cheerleader? I know better than that. You've got to "cheerlead" a room full of brand new faces and over-active brains. Aren't your own children wonderful to help you out?! I 'bout died laughing when you were talking about Sid the Wonder puppy taking colored pencils and running away with them. I saw pictures of Sid on your daugher, Kitty Ka Boom's, post. Soooo cute! I'll be looking forward to hearing about your first day. -Megan-
from absinthesigh :
New template.... HUBBA HUBBA!!! with love, ophelia
from poolagirl :
New template......new job.....you go!
from yarnsmith :
You will be spectacular tomorrow Boxx.
from golfwidow :
I think karma might finally be coming back to bite your ex on the butt. Not that he'd get it if you told him that.
from radiogurl :
I'm sorry the ex is such a loser. Fortunately your kids have one good parent - you. And as to your ex's car being stolen, karma has a way of coming back to bite people in the ass now and then, doesn't it? *g*
from sasori-gal :
Oooh! Love the new template as well! It's a great way to start off bright and fresh! Good luck as you enter the final weekend of prep before the big day. I knew you would be a hit with the parents and kids. It sounds like a such a nice class. As for the ex? Yes, negative energy and bad karma can all come back to haunt a person and perhaps the ex is now getting a big dose. You take good care and enjoy your weekend! :)
from catinasnit :
FIRST: WOW! How lovely your new page is! Gee, I've gotta find some time do update my page like that. Don't know how, but... I'll find a way. Your poor kids. Somehow it will all work out. You don't need this right now, now that you've got everything in the world going for you. I'm rooting for you. -Megan-
from yarnsmith :
you just focus on your job and your life sweetie. Your kids are old enough to deal with their dad on their own...just stay away from him and don't let him bring you down...You can be there to give your kids a hug and a kiss when they need to talk. You will get on with your life, and the kids will be fine too.
from yarnsmith :
Love the new look. Your life has gone from stressed to blessed....Hope it stays that way...you sound like you are floating on cloud nine...Paula
from cosmicrayola :
Love it, Love it, Love it!!!
from inkdragon :
I love the new template!
from hissandtell :
What a stunning, exciting new template. And how wonderful that you have a stunning, exciting new chapter of your life to go with it! Love, R xxx
from saladwhore :
Your new template is UP! Are you surprised? Couple things - i didn't know what to put in the 'about me' section, if you want it different let me know (I made it pretty generic, LOL), some of those links won't take you anywehre because you don't have a quiz page and such. MAKE them and i will fix the links for you. Also, I cannot for the life of me figure out how to get the background pattern to work, but I signed the guestbook of the designer and let her know. I left your link so if someone contacts you, let me know and we'll try to fix that. Other than that everything should work, if something doesn't just drop me a note. I hope you like it!
from radiogurl :
Aww you're a gorgeous lady! Lucky you :D And your family is cute and literate. Count your blessings there. I'm sure you've got your work cut out for you teaching kindergarteners, but it looks like you're up to the challenge. Good for you :D
from catinasnit :
Oh, how neat! A family of journalists. LOVED the photos you posted of part of your family. However, where are the cat pictures, HUH? I love cats. Now, I've gotta go and look at your children's journals. Have fun with your kids. -Megan-
from absinthesigh :
I just read the news! I am so happy for you! I just knew something was right around the corner for you! Three Cheers For Boxx!!!!!! with love, ophelia
from sasori-gal :
Awww, Boxx~ You are adorable! And how cool is that to have a family of Diaryland writers! By the way, I think that is so neat to have kindergarten teachers who want to team lesson plan. It sounds like you have an incredible support system and network where you are. Good luck with the final classroom preparations~ don't worry! Everything will be fine! :)
from cat-momma10 :
I am so happy for you! Congrats!
from inkdragon :
Have a wonderful day!
from randommuse :
Ah, but it's a good exhaustion, isn't it? :)
from catinasnit :
You only ate two slices of pizza? My gosh, I'd have eaten the whole thing (I'm such a pig)! You're really having fun though - tell the truth. Thank you very much for looking at my daughter's diary. I will do the same for yours. I just didn't realize that those were your children's diaries. How fun! I E-mailed Jayme your notes meant for her. Thanks. -Megan-
from fairygodmum :
Isn't it exciting having Your OWN ClassRoom!!! I'm somehow feeling that this New School District will place you in contact with some Wonderful New People>>>> Hob Nobbin with the Rich Folks Now ehhhh... Well, don't forget about us Lettle Diaryland People... Here's hoping that Everyone Welcomes you with Open Arms! Hugz, Bebe da FairyGodMum
from radiogurl :
Hehehe, now that you've GOT the job, reality sets in. ;) Well it's still worth it. Even if it's a little overwhelming at times, you are EMPLOYED and you are TEACHING! Wooohooo! :D
from catinasnit :
You're such a good positive sport! Way to go -- Way to go! I agree with another comment, see if you can deligate some voluntary help from those whom you so selflessly helped. Everything will fall into place. Your daughter sounds like the real Angel. By the way, my dauther has a new diaryland diary: kidspinkcat.diaryland.com. She's trying hard to get the hang of how to use everything. Stop by and say hi. -Megan-
from randommuse :
Yay, yay, yay, yay!!!!! I am SO excited for you. Can't wait to read about your class and how much fun you're having teaching the kids.
from xnavygrrl :
Yay! Congratulations, girlfriend!
from inkdragon :
This is excellent news! Congratulations, I'm so happy for you. I hope all those people you've helped with their classrooms can pitch in and help with yours! Your classroom. Sounds wonderful!
from cosmicrayola :
Wow! I take one weekend off and bam! Everything happens. Now I have to catch up in one note from last Friday til now. 1. That'a great! Congrats! 2. Gee, I feel bad! I'm so sorry! 3. Gee, I hope it goes well! Good luck! 4. That's great! congrats! Whew. Will you take a bread now and stay where you are?????
from fairygodmum :
Well.. I'm Relieved & OverJOYED!!!!.. Never actually had a wish not to come true... Nor to go so haywire as this! Now you know what a true test is... They call it a Test of FAITH! There's something about the act of positive thinking and wonderful supportive friends! Now the Real Test Comes First Day of School.. It's not the kids .... but the Parents! Hugz n Lub, Bebe da FairyGodMum :))))
from creda :
Such great news!
from catpewk :
yey! Good for you!
from im2qt2kr :
Oh I am sooo happy for you. My gut said yesterday, when you spoke of the interview, that this would be the one..but I didn't have the nerve to leave you a note telling you. I worry that people will think I'm "weird" but my gut rarely ever fails me..I even set the alarm on my computer for 8:45 to remind me to start praying for you at your interview. I'm glad it didn't this time either. My gut kept saying the other's weren't the ones you get, but again I didn't want to seem "odd".
from sasori-gal :
Way to go, Boxx! *pops cork off champagne and sprays you silly* None of us had any doubts! And now the excitement REALLY begins! Have fun getting ready! *big hugs*
from hissandtell :
Huge congratulations, darling boxx. Very well done. You're sensational! Now go out and kick arse and break hearts, okay? Love, R xxx
from cat-momma10 :
400.00/month in San Fran? Wow, that's cheep! My daughter is 19 (in 2 weeks) in her second year in New Mexico. If it wasn't for the first 3, now 4 scholarships, she wouldn't be there. Its a liberal arts college -- nothing like it to match here in CA-- she will have an on-campus job for spending money and if she gets enough hours, to help with the on campus apartment. But, the theatre depart. "owns her" and her working hours will be limited! If we had known that when her decision to go there was made, I would have said "NO, YOU NEED TO WORK ALSO!!!" Thanks for the note!
from catinasnit :
"I'm a HELL of a good worker, tho. It doesn't matter WHAT grade" -- Tell them that WITH THE SAME FORCE! -Megan-
from randommuse :
Every good vibe and positive energy I can send is coming your way. Please let us know how everything goes.
from giannarazi :
I wish you all the luck and I know you'll do just fine. Think positive and it'll go well. It's 6:08 AM, EST. Have fun and try to relax.
from radiogurl :
OOoh another interview! (((Hugs and best wishes))) I'd take the zen approach and say it will happen if it's meant to be, but the heck with that. You go, girl! Get that job, it is SOOOOO yours!!!
from wench77 :
well, I've never been married, but at least most of the times I was seeing someone the inlaws were sweet as heck to me and nicer than the person I was seeing half the time. So it was hard to lose them all when I dumped whoever it was I was seeing. I think that is the thing... instead of these nebulous invented families, I was actually part of one family after another, but via someone i was dating. So I had and then lost. oh well.
from creda :
Buckets and buckets of luck!
from sasori-gal :
Don't worry, Boxx! You will continue to have all my positive thoughts and energy headed your way! We're all going to make this happen!! Enjoy the interview tomorrow! *sends positive beams of energy*
from yarnsmith :
Good luck again and WHEN you get this job, I will sing "For She's A Jolly Good Fellow" again...Paula
from saladwhore :
LOL, here I've been trying to stay out of the sun. Haven't been to the pool in over a month... Good luck this time around with the J-O-B!
from inkdragon :
This time will be the charm! They will not believe the classy teacher they have coming their way.
from wifemotherme :
Good luck!!! and congrats cause I am sure you will get the job!!!
from starlight42 :
Thanks for the notes!! It's funny because someone at work was telling me about that scene in the Greek Wedding movie today- the same scene! I slightly remember it, I saw it a while back. I'll need to rent it again!
from saladwhore :
Sorry my template doesn't work on your iMac. This is the first complaint I've gotten about it. It's not black on black at all! There's pink tables on a black background, black text inside the tables . . . it must look really fed up for you! Well, I guess I'll be switching to something fallish soon enough anyhow . . . :o(
from randommuse :
Actually, I would probably have the same three as you with working on Art being #1. And take your time...you're definitely allowed some time to mourn.
from catinasnit :
Depression is hard to work through, isn't it? I read about a cancer survivor once who said that she had a choice -- and she chose to make herself get up early, wear colorful scarves, put on make-up and SMILE at her reflection and at others as well. Can you imagine? You are on the right track. The right job will come along in its own time. You'll get through this and be stronger for it. -Megan-
from radiogurl :
Intriguing question. I haven't had a lot of time off but I know what three things I'd do. I would write, I would paint, and I would sit for a while and enjoy the peace and quiet. I'm sure that the latter would drive me to distraction in short order but then I could return to option #1 and #2. Obviously the writing holds a certain appeal for you, too. Have you considered applying at your local newspaper?
from creda :
What a great question, BoXx! Hm. 3 things: 1) hike more often (even a rain hike), 2) do yoga or tai chi or some similarly meditative and grounding activity, 3) pick something I always wanted to know more about, and learn online and at public libraries.
from yarnsmith :
Yes...I have heard that before..and I am a perfectionist...however...I internalize it and only take that out on myself. Maybe that is why I never let anyone do anything for me...I don't want to get mad at them so I take it all on myslef and blame Me! LOL
from yarnsmith :
I'm a Virgo....not hard to please at all...not very feminine either. Top 3 things I'd do....1. Go Antique Shopping 2. Remodle my house 3. Go decorative do dad shopping Oh...you said they can't cost money..OK..scratch the above. 1. Read alot more 2. Spend time in the Library 3. Gather wild flowers in the woods.
from giannarazi :
"My mother was a VIRGO. They are hard people to please." Yep, mine too. My mom was born Sept 16th. They are hard to please. So are Pisces Father's.
from fairygodmum :
Hunter's Point!.. WOW.. Gurl.. I didn't know you lived in My Home Town.. lol Please tell me that the Lawyer is YOURS and Not Your Ex's otherwise.. I wouldn't go either! Hugz, Bebe da FairyGodMum
from radiogurl :
Awww (((((((Hugs))))))))) I hope that things look up for you soon. You DID pass the exam. Things WILL come together for you. Hang in there!
from yarnsmith :
Hey...maybe the teacher who got the 4th kindergarten will have something happen where she can't work for a while...Oh..we won't wish for anything bad (I believe in karma)...but maybe we could wish that she has to suddenly leave the state for some reason....or wins a million dollars and don't have to work....wait a minute...why waste the million dollar wish on her....we'll wish that you win the million...once you don't need a job..they will be coming out of the woodwork.
from hissandtell :
Wonderful imagery of the Orange Paw of Menace, boxx darling. Your entry also reminded me of a well-known Australian children's picture book called "The Paw" about a little girl named Leonie who is a schoolgirl by day/cat burglar by night - my students LOVED it! (See http://www.allenandunwin.com/authors/apDenton.asp ) Love, R xxx
from starlight42 :
sorry to hear about the job search...hope something comes through soon!
from catinasnit :
ORANGE PAW.. How adorable. Sounds familiar too. My cat, Bullet, likes to sleep on my mouse OR on the cord to my mouse. Hey, I thought you might enjoy reading something a friend sent me a few moments ago: A woman will never be equal to men until they can walk down the street with a bald head, a beer belly sticking out and still think they're handsome. Not one man in a beer commercial has a beer belly. Men who listen to classical music tend not to spit. Men forget everything; women remember everything. That's why men need instant replays in sports. They've already forgotten what happened. Most men hate to shop. That's why the men's department is usually on the first floor of a department store, two inches from the door.
from catinasnit :
What do most men think... (hear the crickets?) Men are cluless. I hear them saying same thing (hear the crickets?) every time I take a court proceeding. Poor fatherless kids. -Megan-
from randommuse :
"SERVICE CAREERS are obviously not monitarily motivated"...as someone in the non-profit aging service career, let me just say, "AMEN SISTAH!"
from catinasnit :
What would I tell my daughter if the happened to her? Be brave. There IS power in a positive attitude. Go on, play tennis -- HIT that ball. Think long thoughts. I know it's hard to see right now, but when the time is right everything will come together as it most certainly should. -Megan-
from fairygodmum :
I don't believe that seniority is going to take precedent. It will certainly be difficult for this person to be accepted when everyone's hopes including the principals. I'm sure it was quite embarrassing and I believe you may still be surprised at what may come. Don't let the fire burn out just when it's getting warm! BIG HUGZZZZ Gurl... This is a TEST! ONLY a Test... Hugz, da FairyGodMum
from yarnsmith :
Mother of all bummers....So sorry to hear todays news. You are a winner kiddo...something will come up.
from boxx9000 :
I USED to teach tennis (and swimming and aerobics and art) I would LOVE to teach art again, but I'm getting too old to teach the sports. Guess what the FIRST thing is that is cut from the schools? Yep, ART!
from im2qt2kr :
I know this will sound absolutely crazy to you but...You love to teach..You enjoy tennis..any chance of combining the two for a little extra spending dough? Just as a side line? I told ya..crazy..just a thought. *Big Hug*
from sasori-gal :
It sounds like you have a lot of good people on your side, including the most important people (the faculty and principal) so anything can happen. I'll continue to hope for the best! *hugs*
from golfwidow :
I am outraged that they are allowed to manipulate your emotions, not to mention your financial outlook, like this. They ought to be ashamed of themselves.
from randommuse :
Well, poop! I'm still sending good and positive thoughts your way...a door will open for you, I'm sure of it.
from absinthesigh :
Ah sweetie! You are in my heart, thoughts and prayers. I'm still cheering for you and still have everything crossed. You never know what might be around the corner. Big hugs!! with love, ophelia
from creda :
Oh So Fantastico! Very happy for you BoXx!
from randommuse :
You aren't dreaming...it's real and you deserve it! Congratulations!!!!
from catinasnit :
My little granddaughter starts kindergarten next Monday and I pity her poor teacher. I only hope she's as inspired and energetic as you seem to be. Now we will (hopefully) get to hear all your KinderStories. This should be fun! Can't wait. -Megan- P.S. OH -- CONGRATULATIONS!
from fairygodmum :
Good things happen to Good People! You always keep a positive outlook and reach out to others even when the chips are down. Seems you WON the Absolut Prize!!! A Classroom FULL of KinderKids waiting for your Loving Guidance. Congrats Gurlfriend Your at the TOP of Your Class!!!.. Hugz, Bebe da FairyGodMum
from radiogurl :
Congratulations! (((((((((Huge hugs))))))))))) I am so enormously happy for you :D Hang onto your excitement with the kids - it's infectious and they'll love you for it!
from olive4ever :
O frabjous day! Calloo! Callay! I'm wreathed in smiles for you. Expansive, sweeping, glorious, multicolored and multifaceted congratulations. I'm thrilled for you, and thrilled for the kids.
from sasori-gal :
That's fabulous! I'm so happy and excited for you! And those lucky children! Celebrate and enjoy the remainder of the summer because once kindergarten begins, I'm sure you'll be verrry busy! Congratulations again, Boxx! *hugs*
from golfwidow :
My heart is jumping up and down and throwing confetti like Rip Taylor. Congratulations!
from hissandtell :
Oh, bliss! Yay, you wonderful, clever, talented, brilliant woman! Slay 'em and leave 'em breathless and longing for more. Huge congratulations! You're a legend! Love, R xxx
from natedogcool :
Congrats!! I didn't doubt you for a second! And by the way, you've been in my dreams again... I see one picture of you EVER, and now you show up in my dreams...?! Why are you in my dreams, why oh why?!
from yarnsmith :
Yay for you...For she's a jolly good fellow...for she's a jolly good fellow....for she's a jolly good feeeelloooooowwww...and so say all of us..Hip Hip...Hooray....Hip Hip..Hooray....Hip hip Hooray.....You Rock Boxx...I knew you'd get that job...Told ya so...Paula
from giannarazi :
YAY!!! YAY!!! Congratulations!! I'm so excited for you!! YAY!!! YAY!!!
from iambucket :
Needless to say, I was a tad disappointed when I found your entry was in regards to your damn VW....Sigh...Oh bother! I had a 73 VW Super and they ARE the most dependable and run forever!! The Bush photo...thanks for making me upchuck today....now I can't shake the thought of his naked body...eeewwww!
from randommuse :
I want a topless bug, too :( Okay, my top three destinations would be...1. I'm going to have to steal Italy from you for the same reasons (LOVE ancient history...humanities major, don't ya know); 2. Also stealing the cross-country America trip but I want to see all the strange buildings that were on the PBS special a while back; 3. Upstate New York/Montreal combo...did this many years ago and upstate was amazing plus Old Montreal has some of the most beautiful architecture you'll find in North America. Okay, three places I can do without...1. Here's where everyone's going to kill me but NO Hawaii, Virgin Islands, etc. because I hate beaches and sun..give me rugged mountains and lakes any day; 2. Japan because it's too crowded and 3. Iraq :)
from starlight42 :
Cool...a topless VW! I love those cars. As for your note, you probably didn't read me back then, but I did write an entry about my "inappropriate things", here's a link: http://starlight42.diaryland.com/030429_67.html
from giannarazi :
Sorry about your rear view mirror. You're very lucky. Where I'm deaf, I'm "required" to have all three mirrors or I'm grounded from even driving and I'll get an infraction on my licenses. It suxs, but all's for safety, it's best. lol. Have A GREAT day Today.
from radiogurl :
I heard you about the vacation. I would desperately like one of those, myself...
from absinthesigh :
*C*O*N*G*R*A*T*U*L*A*T*I*O*N*S*!!!!! with love, ophelia
from xnavygrrl :
the money sitch does suck. Maybe I should play the lottery after all!
from creda :
Many hearty congrats on the exam!
from poolagirl :
Ah.....you understand me so well, fellow Aquarian (saver of the world, keeper of the flame, etc.) We are an odd lot, aren't we?
from golfwidow :
Boxx Roxx! I knew you could do it!
from catinasnit :
Well, of course congratulations are in order! A toast to you. Where's the champaign? I loved your line "Hey-Ho, Nobody's home." Your whole life will change now. AND your former spouse is simply jealous that you could move forward without him. Again, congratulations! -Megan-
from randommuse :
Excellent!!!! Congratulations! And this..."Life is just TOO DAMN SHORT for all that nonsense and unnecessary drama"...so true, so true!
from yarnsmith :
I knew you'd do it...congratulations....You're gonna get that job you know..I just know you will. Thanks for your note. To answer your questions Dad dropped dead from a heart attack at 49, mowing the lawn and Mom died at 65 from a long bout with lymphoma...I'll take the heart attack any day. I'm gonna be 100 like Grandma.
from sasori-gal :
RIGHT ON!!! Hooray for Boxx! I am so excited for you and will celebrate right now doing the happy dance in your honor! *whooopeeee*
from radiogurl :
WOOOHOOO!!! *Happy dances right along with you* Con-gra-tu-laaaations!!! :D Yup, now the job is just waiting for ya, girl!
from inkdragon :
I'm teary, I'm so happy for you! Congratulations. Even if I never doubted you would do well, it's still such great news. Congratulations, congratulations, congratulations!
from sasori-gal :
I'll be thinking of you as you get your CSET results! Thanks for your message~ our school system is year-round with the school year beginning in April, ending in March. There are 3 terms with breaks in between: summer break (about 6 weeks), winter break (about 2 weeks) and spring break (about 2 weeks.) Unfortunately most Japanese teachers usually have to report to school during the breaks. I'm still "safe" and can enjoy my vacation! :)
from captainron :
It's not likely to be replaces due to reasons $$$$$ related.
from randommuse :
You have a great day too. Can't wait to hear about your CSET results. And, that school room is SO yours! I'm calling it right now.
from inkdragon :
Can't wait to read how well you did on the CSET Exam!
from catinasnit :
All that I know, I leaned in kindergarten is a lesson I need to be reminded of more often. I needed to hear it again today. Thank you. -Megan-
from sasori-gal :
I've always loved that bit of wisdom about kindergarten and the feeling of power it gave me as a kindergarten teacher! Thinking of you :)
from yarnsmith :
I always thought that if I got the courage to leave my marriage, I would make a completely new name for a completly new me. For instance, my married name means Shepherd in Polish. I sort of like the name Paula Shepherd...preferable to the two not so lyrical names I would have to choose from.
from fairygodmum :
Hugzzz Boxxx.. Go to this link for some answers: http://members.diaryland.com/edit/faq/misc.phtml And HERE's the Tech Support Page: http://members.diaryland.com/edit/help.phtml
from radiogurl :
I don't know how to delete a diary either - I had one I deleted by removing all but one entry and editing that to nothing or nearly so. And to permit more than ten people to access your private diary, create a user name that doesn't exist, give it a password, and email that same name/password to more than one person.
from absinthesigh :
I am pretty technically challenged, even when it comes to DiaryLand so I do not know answers to many of your questions... I have known of people that deleted their entire diary, there one day gone the next, nopt sure how they did it. If you start a new diary you can let only the people you want to read it know about it... then keep the old one for buddie lists and diaryrings. I've thought about doing that myself. I wish I could help more! Whatever is going on I hope you are okay and wish you only the very very best. with love, ophelia
from absinthesigh :
What they said ... AND crossing everything for ya' %-). with love, luck, and *excellent* vibes, ophelia
from catinasnit :
See? All that good Karma you've been saving and storing has come back to kiss you when you need it the most. Good for you! to volunteer your time -- more good Karma for you. Keep us informed. -Megan-
from inkdragon :
The fourth kindergarten would be #1 with you as their teacher!
from ms-do :
Boxx, very glad it's starting to happen, I knew it would, you have it gurl!!!
from saladwhore :
Ooooh, Boxx - the end was SO COOL. Bjork sang the song "Oceanic" and she was dressed in this gown of all different shades of light blue. And as she sang, they unfurled the train of her gown (something like 3500 yards of fabric) and the athletes all passed it overhead until they were all covered and the camera looked down from above and the map of nations was there on the fabric. It was breathtaking - or would have been if Mr. Costas had shut the fuck up! I couldn't even hear Bjork sing, he talked ALL THROUGH her performance. Man, I wanted to smack him so hard . . .
from sasori-gal :
*woo hoo* We'll keep that positive lucky energy flowing for you!
from fairygodmum :
Big Hugzzz Boxxxxxx... way ta go gurl.. seems that your positive outlook is making what you want happen.. Keep it Goin.. Okayyy!!! BTW, I do dream interpretation too! :)))
from xnavygrrl :
Beaming good thoughts your way...
from radiogurl :
((((((((((HUGE hugs))))))))) I'm so glad to watch this unfold for you!!! It seems that fairygodmum's powers are already taking effect - as are the best wishes of all of Diaryland. Let us know how it goes!
from sasori-gal :
Wow~ fairygodmum's advice is excellent as is everyone else's. Like chaosdaily suggested, getting a good lawyer is important. You are dealing with a bitter man and his family who think they can get away with all this. Hang tough and we're all here for you to help you through this! *hugs*
from catinasnit :
See how funny you are? Your fat-tailed-cat is as oblivious as my own two, highly protected, cats. You would make a good, observant, teacher. Tell them your story -- they'll laugh. -Megan-
from fairygodmum :
Hugz gurl.. I feel for YOU! Thank you for stopping by my diary as I can see you NEED a Few Wishes.. and FAST!!! A)First - Think outside of the Box. When you look at your situation as another person or as a bystander. It will give you Great Insight and Guidance as to what to do next. Then take care of business, you put in alot of year's just to let them go scott free. B) Take Control - It's time you took charge of this matter and command that all of your needs are taken care of. That's including a job, the safety and security of your children and most of all your well being. Get Your OWN Lawyer, don't let your X take control. C) Nothing comes without taking the first steps. For all that you want to transpire you have to show the universe that you are doing all you can, that means keeping in contact with all whom can assist you to your goal. Then Step Forward and take responsibility without hessitation. and Finally .. BE STRONG.. with your sensitive nature that you like to hide, you are very resourceful in nature. Do what you must. Hugz n Lub, da Fairy God Mum.. keep in touch Okayyyy
from radiogurl :
I'm glad to hear that at least some things are going better. Here's hoping that the rest settle down for you soon, too.
from yarnsmith :
Things never turn out the way they are supposed to turn out...Your comment about making lemonade sounds healthy and a good idea. One of these days Boxx, you will find yourself in a better place and look back on this hardship and know that you had to go through this to get to that better place. Put plenty of sugar in that lemonade.
from creda :
Hello BoXx! Thanks for the note. This is Creda: 31, married, professor, belly dancer, feminist, drummer, living in IL.
from catinasnit :
No wonder you have a BAD HEADACHE! Why don't you go to the comical web shopping site Yarnsmith snooped around and found (read her recent post); go, and do some shopping. Sounds like you could do with a laugh. -Megan-
from absinthesigh :
What everyone else said and I especially agree with chaosdaily, get a lawyer. He will have to talk with the lawyer not you. It's a buffer of safety for you. The lawyer can help set boundaries and keep the truly petty stupid stuff from even being in your radar. Chances are he would back off and leave you alone if you had someone with legal knowhow standing between you. A lawyer will also know what is within his rights to ask for and yours! Grrrrr!!!! Let me at 'em!! with love and boxing gloves, ophelia
from olive4ever :
My dear, you truly are more powerful than you know. I have absolutely been where you are, minus the kids, but my two divorces were indescribably insufferable and yet -- I've started over several times, and each "incarnation" was stronger than the last. You are a survivor. I KNOW you are. If you lived even remotely close I'd cook you a meal and do whatever I could to help buoy you up!
from radiogurl :
((((((((((((((((HUGE hugs)))))))))))))))))) I wish I could be there to hug you in real life. It won't solve all of your problems but will definitely make you feel better able to cope. Please email me if you feel like talking and I'll give you my IM name and info - sounds like we have a great deal in common.
from inkdragon :
Please don't allow them to steal your joy.
from mrcleanluver :
I wanted to add this to your gbook but it was too soon after I'd already posted...so...in my humble opinion you should still play tennis tomorrow...it will release some angry energy PLUS you can pretend the ball is his head (or his head alternating with his family of fuckups(tm)) *HUGS* SMACK IT HARD!!!! Fucking assholes...:(
from ms-do :
Ms Box you are gonna be fine, you have the determination to make it, hell you already are. Now go make a wish here with the Fairy God Mother http://fairygodmum.diaryland.com/index.html. Good luck gurl!!
from chaosdaily :
yea, i agree with what everyone else said. *hugs* hang in there, and get a good lawyer. i think your ex doesnt want to cooperate, because then he wont have any hold over you.. you wont be married to him and he really doesnt want that. a fair judge will see things for what they are. *hugs again*
from absinthesigh :
I wish there was something I could do to help you! A *pox* on them all!!!! I am so angry I can't even think of what to say that can be said in mixed, civil company. What goes around, comes around 10 fold! with love, hugs, sympathy, and a shoulder should you need one, ophelia
from absinthesigh :
Notes deleted 8-) with love, ophelia
from natedogcool :
Oh, that pisses me off! What a big fat moron. His whole family sounds like a big sack of dung. You're lucky to be divorcing not only your slacker ex, but the whole clan of idiots. Take all you can get, and then kick him in-between the legs once for me. (And all your other diaryland buds!)
from radiogurl :
Ugh... Those idiots are the kind of people for whom courts were designed. I hope your lawyer takes your ex to the cleaners. What a loser. And his family is no better. (((((((((Hugs)))))))) I never got anything from my ex but he also didn't attempt to get anything from me. We did marriage lousy but we were very good at divorce. I got no child support from him, but I never expected that, anyway.
from inkdragon :
The In-laws and Ex are unbelievable. You'd think they would step up and be supportive if only for how your children view them, especially the Ex. At the very least, you are the mother of his children and should be treated with decency. If this ever goes to court, the judge probably won't believe the Ex's attitude. I'm sorry, you deserve much better than this.
from giannarazi :
Okay that is it with ex and his family. They are doing you like my ex and his family did me. **Hugs** I am so sorry honey! Dig in your heels and let the lawyer do all the dirty work for you. It's their job. **hugs** (Sorry to be pushy.) I'm worried for you, even though you are safe.
from giannarazi :
Ewww, a bad experience with the ex and his family. Yeah, I don't know what happened, but I understand that feeling of ugh with ex and his family. **hugs** I was so thankful to go back to my maiden name too.
from absinthesigh :
Everything's crossed %-). with love, ophelia
from boxx9000 :
*BIG* funny words........husky, colossal, mammoth, voluminous, monstrous, hulking, capacious, commodious, corpulent, porcine, full-bodied, Bunyanesque, gargantuan, giantene, mastodonic, polypheme. Can anyone think of any others? I bet you can!
from boxx9000 :
BEHEMOTH.....a HUGE beast.
from giannarazi :
"BEHEMOTH. (I love that word, it always reminds me of Deuce Bigelow)" Hee hee, me too. lol. I actually love the "That's A Huge..." I'm mean, I know, but it's funny too. "I don't understand WHY kids need to be so DAMN mean while they are doing their separating." I don't know why they do it, but I'm honest enough to say I was a holy hell terror! *oops* I don't think you or your ex, were ever overbearing or controlling at all. (My parents) You allowed the kids freedom, so I don't see why they are mean, while separating. Maybe see if you can talk to her about it, when she's being nice again. Communication is a good thing. If you have to write a letter to daughter and leave it where she can find it and wait and hope she'll talk to you or write you back maybe? Silly idea, but it may work. **Hugs** I know things will be fine and all will be okay. Just one of those rough spots.
from radiogurl :
Hehehe, I actually should add an entry with all of the dream interpretation links I have - which is several ;) Some of them agree, others most assuredly don't!
from hissandtell :
I just wanted to let you know (again) how much I love reading your entries, even though I can rarely think of an appropriate response to write to you! Good luck with your gorgeous kids, and keep smiling (or grimacing) while you sort out whatever happens next on the job and financial fronts. And do look after that behemoth! Love, R xxx
from fridayfilms :
My mom drives just about everyone nuts. I've inherited some of the crazy, but I hope that in my case, it's what makes me endearing. Heh.
from radiogurl :
Your entry is terrific - it cracks me up, though, to get the 'I do NOT want to be happy right now, darn it!' syndrome from someone else. I thought that was my exclusive venue. I'm rooting for you to get that job with the kindergarterners, though I don't get it. Living with the little rugrats day in and day out isn't my idea of fun - they're too exhausting!
from sunnflower :
You have done an amazing job of surviving and thriving with all the changes in your life. I hope you get the job and your son gets some part time employment while the job getting is going on. My daughter just got a part-time job and it is helping to stem the constant request for clothing purchases and pocket money that we were sustaining up to now. There's still her school to pay for but she'll be home this year so that will help.
from sasori-gal :
Omigosh! I've been catching up little by little and what's this about bullies?! Thank you for your messages. How did the kindergarten interview go? You know, if they accepted Diaryland buddy letters of recommendation you know I would glady write one for you. Like you, I also find my buddies here very therapeutic and supportive. Hope I can continue to be there for you as you have been to uplift me! :)
from radiogurl :
Ah - so you've lived my life. There *is* life after marriage to an addict, I promise you. It isn't always easy, but it IS vastly better - this in spite of my ongoing grief. I'll still take any day now in exchange for even one day when I was married to my ex. ((((((((Hugs)))))))))) Hang in there - the trip to freedom is worth every bit of it!
from iambucket :
Egads! I will be attacked by a group of midgets too. Hey, LMAD: I'll give ya heads up if I see the attack squad, if you do the same! Keep posting boxx....from one who understands the need to create a new diary due to not so nice run-ins.... Hope to see ya still writing.
from olive4ever :
Thanks for adding me. I have read the only available entries -- all 5 of them -- avidly, savored them, in fact, and am shattered that I've come to your diary so belatedly. I am a HUGE fan, and it took only these few postings to get me there. The parallels between us, discovered in reading what's available, are astounding. Gimme more. And yes, I cannot for a moment comprehend someone being nasty toward you (except the ex, of course, THAT I understand far too well).
from giannarazi :
Have fun with Tennis. Picture the ball, as the ex's head. I want to thank you for the excuses alcoholics make, it's amazing how others use it, for other crutches. Denial is such a hard thing. I'm glad you went to an Al-Anon, but I'm so sorry it was bad for you. They are in denial too. I understand being tearful about the ones you miss. We're all here for you. **Hugs** Have a great day with Tennis and please treat yourself real good today! You most certainly have earned it.
from im2qt2kr :
I'm so sorry Ms. Boxx. It's sad that, even as adults there are still "bullies on the playground" who take great pleasure in hurting others. I hope that if you decide to let your "buddies" into your new diary....you will count me amongst them. I'd miss reading you each day.
from giannarazi :
I want the new diary and a password. I just cannot bear not reading about you anymore. Either way, I hope you have a great interview. I know you'll do wonderful.
from inkdragon :
Why in the world would anyone be mean to YOU? Unbelievable! First things first, good luck today. Kindegarten is a wonderful age. If you would like to share your new diary address with me, I'd love it. If you cannot, I have so enjoyed getting to know you and your sweet heart.
from captainron :
I don't get it, whay would anybody be mean to you? You've been nothing but nice here. Ditto on the address and password info and good luck on the interview!!!
from yarnsmith :
Good luck with your interview.
from randommuse :
You know, it does all always seem to work out, doesn't it? If that other job had really been "the one," then the move and all that other stuff wouldn't have mattered. Hope you get the job you want! And, yes, I could do with less drama myself.
from chubbychic :
I miss Dave Thomas too. :( I went to the Wendy's website, and they've got a whole page dedicated to his life story with old photos and stuff. I nearly teared up. *sniff*
from captainron :
Yes, unemployment got straightened out. Thew screwed me out of a week, I guess as a penance for asking. Life goes on. I have a good feeling that things will be improving for you soon. Happy Thursday!
from phizhy :
(((BOXX))) _how i wished it was my Masters [i'm starting that in February if everything goes as planned] i have to make a thesis for my bachelor degree [in Advertising/Visual Communication] but i'm getting that Masters soon :)
from weaselove :
"OUT" as in they have to leave... They caused us a huge problem the other day and they are kicked out of the house for good, want an extra big cat around the house?
from lameassgirl :
haha yesss!! i love those naked butts! i miss them
from iambucket :
hey, thx for stoppin by....and adding me to your list! *blushing* And yes....unfortunately the bus driving will will have to wait!!
from giannarazi :
This is the one, I'm with everyone! Wonderful news and a lot of Congrats sent your way. We had Will's meeting with kidnergarten teacher today and she referred to me as the mom and neither Shannon or Will, stopped to correct her at all. lol. The best part?? I thought of you often and how you handled the classroom and spoke of breaks and lunches etc. I even looked to see if she had a skeleton. lol.
from nzforestguy :
Thats cool to hear, we will happily welcome you over here, i know i'll still be here somewhere, although should have moved towns by then.
from lauralgood :
thanks for the compliment! keep happy! love Laural
from lauralgood :
hmm. not sure how old your daughter is I am 29. My family is from Germany. My granfather on my Daddy's side is full German. My mother's side of the family is mix of Indian and Polish. Go figure...thanks for the compliments on the pictures. Yeah unfortunately heartworms are real. But you know at least it was caught at the early stage...I could not bear it if we could not give him the treatment. Love Laural.
from giannarazi :
lol, I tried to say it three times fast, Flea Free and didn't make it. lol. Kept wanting to say three flea. lol.
from poolagirl :
I didn't know what a flea was until I moved to San Diego. "WTF is that?" I inquired with shock and disdain. Little black flea poopie things all over the furniture (and me). All I can say is thank the gods for Advantage. It's the only thing that works (after you get the house clear). Good luck with that.
from inkdragon :
I'm sorry Ione did not work out. I doubt you did anything "wrong" in the interview. Soon you'll hear from the other applications with good news. For today - enjoy your tennis!
from golfwidow :
I'm sorry you didn't get the job, but I'm confident that you'll find something that will be a lot less hassle in the long run. You can do it.
from absinthesigh :
I am sorry you did not get the job... 8-(.. but maybe that's because something *Way Better* is just around the corner. I have everything crossed for you again. xoxox with love, ophelia
from im2qt2kr :
I'm not familiar with this book, but I love to read, so I shall check it out. Thank you.
from im2qt2kr :
OR..perhaps stress has brought on both physical and mental exhaustion. I refer to it as my body crying "Uncle"... Listen to it as it knows what's best. (((Big Hug)))
from lauralgood :
Enjoy yourself. You deserve it. Love Laural
from yarnsmith :
Thanks for your comment. Guess it must be the geographical areas we live in but I know other "regular" military personnel over there too, One is daughters boyfriend. The ones I know all agree with the things the Colonel says. However, I wasn't so much commenting on whether we should have gone to begin with....we are there and no matter what anyone believes about how it all started and whether it was right or wrong....we are stuck there now and we are not getting any of the good news and our troops are being called baby killers just like those poor Nam vets had to endure. I just feel that as long as we are there, the least our press could do is report the good with the bad.
from golfwidow :
I think I love your cat. How can you not like a cat who likes cake?
from lameassgirl :
thank you so so so much for that cute little note. that was so sweet of you! and i'd love that, thanks!!
from inkdragon :
Don't let the crying hiccUps get you today when you're saying good bye to the summer school kids! Good luck. :-)
from sixweasels :
You are going to completely and totally kick butt tomorrow. But I'm sending good wishes your way anyway!
from absinthesigh :
You have The Sweetest Face!! I did not read your entry until after the appointed time however, I will find a way to back up time and send you tons of well wishes, kove, luck, energy, joy and other good things 8-). with love, ophelia
from inkdragon :
I would hire that face and all the beauty and creativity that comes along!
from captainron :
Yes, I'd hire somebody with that face. Good luck!!!
from becksiekate :
I leave today at lunchtime! I cant wait..im sooo tired though! Sure Ill send u a post card...how do i do that? Im sure ill be able to get online while im there and leave u mails and notes and stuff. And when i have the pictures ill send them!
from giannarazi :
I bet on the daughter's boyfriend. If it was the cats, well I want one then. lol.
from lauralgood :
I am glad you liked that! it was so ironic! love laural
from absinthesigh :
My Grandmother's name was Viola. It's one of my favorite names, as is Laurel 8-). You are/were caught in a dilemna wondering what to do, the Universe or Powers That Be are speaking to you (I am a big believer in Messages) and you are able to hear it/them!!! Very cool! Think of how grand life would be if we could always hear and always listened and got out of our own way (my biggest challenge). I think what is happening for you is Marvelous and I am cheering for you and sending you tons of Good Vibrations (I love that song/expression %-) ). WOOHOO!! with love, ophelia
from poolagirl :
One of my best friends (when I was a kid) was named Ione. We used to call her I-ONE. In the church I go to now, we use that expression all the time. It means "God." I truly think you are on the right track!
from becksiekate :
AWW good look with your intreview and i hope all goes well so u can be a happy boxx and not a sad boxx without a home :( *HUGS* and more more more luck (even though i doubt ull need it coz u rock!) hee hehe hee becksiekate xx
from iambucket :
oh boxx.....that is precisely WHY I would love to drive a bus!!! I'd feel at home!!! Thanks for stopping by!
from inkdragon :
A is for Grade "A" human being. A gal who calls herself Boxx but definitely doesn't confine herself to one! Have a great Monday.
from saladwhore :
BY the WAY: The Lovely Bones is a wonderful book, one of my absolute favorites. I hope someone makes it into a REALLY GOOD movie someday. I think Sam Mendes ("American Beauty" and "Road to Perdition") should direct it.) They should wait awhile though, until Dakota Fanning is old enough to portray Susie.
from golfwidow :
I didn't want to say anything until your brain had unwound, but I threw every good vibe I had available your way while you were testing (I even allowed for the different time zones!) and I wanted to come in now that the pressure's off and congratulate you on a job well done.
from inkdragon :
Hurray for Boxx!
from cosmicrayola :
I hate to say "I told you so". No I don't, I TOLD YOU SO!!!
from yarnsmith :
Congratulations...your mind will always jump to the worse case scenario...things aren't usually as bad as our minds allow us to think they are. I am sure you passed it. Regarding your number 9 point...I am often surprised to at how little our schools teach about America...I guess America bashing has become vogue...like we are supposed to not be proud of ourselves or something. I am proud of you. Paula
from absinthesigh :
Everything I can cross without being arrested is crossed for you %-). with love, ophelia
from catpewk :
Since I have your permission, I'll work something up! Good Luck!
from giannarazi :
First things first, focus on the test and do your best, because I know you will ace it. Then worry about the other things. I know this is what you would tell all of us. The change would be good for you. Maybe call up the Superintendent and discuss options of moving and a place to live, so you can get ideas. **HUGS** Great luck on your test. I know you'll do great!!! Kick their butts!!
from kitty-kaboom :
I LOVE YOU MOMMY!
from lauralgood :
You know change can be good...you can do it. love laural
from dangerspouse :
How exciting for you!! Congrats, and more congrats! I hope it works out for the best for you - living near mountains rocks! Um...lots of rocks! :)
from cosmicrayola :
You don't need luck! You will ace the test. I have faith!
from im2qt2kr :
You're so sweet. Even though I just can't see it, it was kind of you to say.
from inkdragon :
All the luck and love for you!
from catpewk :
"My EX's medical leave has ran out and he is quitting his job." errr...I missed the part where that is your problem??? Let him sort out his own life. He doesn't need to come move in with you. Good luck on the Test on Saturday!!!!
from absinthesigh :
They lie about everything else, *of course* they'd lie about the movie %-). Glad you're back, I missed you. smooches, ophelia
from catpewk :
I'm jealous! I really want to go see 9/11!
from inkdragon :
Take good care of yourself. We'll be waiting and praying for you.
from giannarazi :
Are you okay?? It's not like you to not update as often. **Hugs** Check in soon, please! I hope you have a safe good weekend.
from chaosdaily :
*knock knock* are you there? are you ok?? im having quiz withdrawal...
from nzforestguy :
Hi, im here, at the internet place, i think i'm getting my comp back this week, or maybe next, not too sure on that. Things are ok, will update when i get my comp back.
from sasori-gal :
Have fun at the tide pools! That used to be one of my favorite adventure spots as a kid!
from myhappiness :
You'll just have to take that eccentric quiz again. Hey, hope you get the day off and enjoy it.
from yarnsmith :
Thanks Boxx, you have a great 4th too.
from dangerspouse :
I love Bubbles!! Unfortunately, my wife is fixated on Buttercup, so I have to look posters and stickers of that little brunette bitch everywhere around our house. Oh well. Hey, good luck with yer math! :)
from becksiekate :
I love when doves cry..*reading older entries*..sorry about 2 notes in a row...but im in amazement of that song...when doves cryyyy
from becksiekate :
GO BOXX! u can do it!!! practice tests are easy peasy when you are as intelligent and studious as you Boxx.....study and itll be a piece of cake! good Luck! becksiekate xxx
from cosmicrayola :
Hey (kick)! I will just ask you one question. IF you don't get motivated, and IF you don't get this done, can I get fries with my burger? I hope the Burger King of Mickey-D's uniform looks good on you because THAT'S WHERE YOU WILL BE WORKING!!! Now get moving!! (kick, kick)
from becksiekate :
lol, becasue she doesnt like him :D Im going for 10 days, im seeing EVERYTHING..great wall, tiannamon square and pizza hut. Itll be so mazing! lots of poeple...82..are goign from my school..soo it wil lbe so much funn!!! hopefully ill get gold membership and post pictures up...aww..maybe i shouldtry and pack u into a suitcase, They should let a BOXX through really...hmm....I love your Punk rock band name :D becksiekate xxxx for some reason it was posted in my notes instead:S
from boxx9000 :
a (squared) + b (squared) = c (squared) Thanks Golfwidow!
from golfwidow :
http://www.cut-the-knot.org/pythagoras/index.shtml
from lauralgood :
don't get too crazy about the test questions. The sample questions are always harder than the real thing. You will just have to bull shit your way though and I know you can do it. Love Laural
from poolagirl :
Thanks for the nice mention! You are such a sweetie!
from giannarazi :
Okay, cool deal! Now you can sleep for sure and have no nightmares. I hope the divorce goes thru swiftly and quickly. **hugs**
from dareu2move :
BOXX! I'm back! And omgosh! I'm so sorry. You seem to be having such a hard time lately. *sniffle* *hug* We should go out and get slurrrrpeee's...like the good ol' days! YAY! Hehe. I had to update again, because I can't have an update about Pipeline and not talk about what we freaking DID!! ¢¾
from golfwidow :
I'm gone for Sean, but I think, honestly, that Pierce Brosnan's portrayals of Bond are the closest to what Ian Fleming had in mind. Also, he is so fine.
from giannarazi :
"There's probably a lot of people that would be my friend, but I mostly just keep to myself." Me too! I understand that so well. **hugs**
from boxx9000 :
I'm NOT paying his parking tickets. They are ALL in my daughter's name. They are BOTH protesting them. I'm so broke, the bank of BoXx is closed. What's the joke about being so broke?... I can't even pay attention! BOTH kids are helping me at school. I need a job and soon.
from catpewk :
Hey you - As long as you keep paying his parking tickets, the only lesson he is going to learn is 'I can park wherever I want'. If he thinks the tickets are wrong, he needs to fight them. If not he needs to pay them. But the bank of Boxx needs to look after its own interests right now!!
from poolagirl :
Well, I must admit, I am delighted when somebody links my diary. I feel like I've made a new buddy. I know that's kinda weird, but hey.....it's true.
from becksiekate :
aww! poor u..with the clock..its happened to me once before, but its less funny becasue it was dark....so i should have guessed it was night. But im a fool...
from sasori-gal :
*hahaha* Yup...I'm still laughing from that, too. Or is, from that Thu?! I guess as teachers, we can always share those private chuckles. ;)
from yarnsmith :
Juan, Thu, Qui....that is just Thu funny. It is good to crack up....helps the tension in your back.
from iambucket :
Hey! Thanks for stoppin by in bucketland! I've been meanng to drop by yours as well, and for the same reasons- thanks for speeding up the process. Buenas dias, y tenga un buen fin de semana!
from cat-momma10 :
I also love the pictures! Isn't college fun? My oldest is going out-of-state in New Mexico. I can't believe all the forms to fill out and the MONEY!!!!!!! I feel the same way, you have to work to live and eat, and then the government makes you fill out that stupide FAFSA (whatever the letters) form to see what you qualify for, and then they tell you, oh, you make too much money!!!! and you have to pay this amount of your childs expenses!! I don't feel it works well. Anyway, its so nice to hear other people's experience in this. Oh, my daughter drags her feet also. However, the school made them sign up for classes before she left for the summer. If that hadn't happened, I don't think it would be done yet! A professor sent her home with a suit case (literally) filled with "summer reading". Has she looked at them? NO!
from sunnflower :
I love the family photos - especially the one of you and your dad when you were pregnant with kitty-k. Kids are tough and that's the truth - even though they are basically good kids. It's exhausting sometimes and also, you've been through alot. That stinks about the loan. Tell your son to park his car somewhere else when he gets it back because something is wrong with the spot he has chosen. Hope you can fight the tickets. But that's more work - yup, always more work for mom. I feel your pain!
from sasori-gal :
What a great picture and loving tribute to your dad! And you look fabulous! I do hope that parking ticket stuff can be straightened out. It sounds like some ticketing officer has it out for your son. Hmmm...your son sure sounds a lot like my brother. Might we be related?! *heehee*
from absinthesigh :
Thank you for your sweet note. I am back. Was *very* ill. Speaking of cars I have two VW bugs. My dad's 1965 bug that he ordered from Germany. I remember going to the docks with him to pick it up. Her name is Boop (she's red). I also have a 1961 Wolfsberg Bug... her name is Bean (she's two tone green). My brother and his wife have a 1960 bus and an 1964 bug. We are a Volkswagen family 8-). with love, ophelia
from natedogcool :
Ah ha!! Thanks for the suggestion, I went with an old film genre template! Do you like it? I made it myself from scratch. And hey, did you know your next update will be #666? That's kind of cool.
from giannarazi :
LOL! Shannon went to dentist today and had a tooth pulled. Freaked out big time and said going to dentist for him rates in top 3 of things he hates to do and said he'd rather talk to his ex-girlfriend for hours. (grr!) So, this was funny to hear another male freak over going to dentist. lol. **Hugs** I hope the movie was good.
from boxx9000 :
sure, sure, sure...paging Dr. Freud!
from giannarazi :
I hope your evening is good and I get $10 in quarters too for laundry. **hugs**
from giannarazi :
**big big big big hugs hugs hugs hugs**
from sasori-gal :
Oh yes...I remember those days of being creative when the summer income wasn't happening. I did the game show circuit auditions in the hopes of winning money and a wide variety of odd-jobs. Have a relaxing 9 days before summer school!
from mpeacock :
Hey, I just caught up a bit and liked your Clue entry! Good luck on your test, I totally feel for you. This whole Bush teaching stuff makes me want to hide out in the woods of Alaska permanently!
from sasori-gal :
WTF?! The rules changed?! I guess I've been here too long. I never knew about the "No Children Left Behind" thingie. *egads* You are an awesome teacher and some school (district) will see that and be the luckiest school ever to have you on their staff. Don't give up hope. We NEED teachers like you around! :)
from sasori-gal :
Cool idea!!! I can imagine the excitement in your classroom!
from mpeacock :
You won't be homeless, because there will be a job out there, it just might not be where you want it. Don't be afraid to move again if you have to. Sometimes I think my life would be easier if I was alone and didn't depend on other people. You're a great teacher, they need teachers everywhere, maybe just not where you are. I am hoping the kindergarten job opens up for you. And the ex thing is hard too. Mine keeps coming up with excuses.

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