Wednesday, October 29, 2008
OMG DUCK, here comes another one, that shook the house. They haven't been this bad in ages.
Two more have gone over in the time it has taken me to write this, making a total of 5 arrivals in 6 minutes!
WAHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Jump, Jump, bounce bounce. My new passport is here and it is an AWESOME US PASSPORT TOO! I really love the updates they have done to it. I almost cried looking at each page and the quotes from the US Constitution on each page. The front and back inside covers are very nice as well having the Preamble to the Constitution on the front inside cover. It was issued by the US Department of State in the USA, no particular issue place, just THE USA! Ok, COME ON JUNE! I'm ready to go.
Dear sweet Miss Annie AKA the Hunter brought me home a second bird the other day and insisted she bring it inside. I told her no and went outside with her so she could show me. She kept growling at her brother everytime he got near her. He just wanted to see!
I walked 3 days this week so far, yesterday my daughter walked with me. I talked to her on the phone while I walked. That was a very enjoyable walk. DH got me a set of 2KG dumbells, that was my birthday present which was fine with me. I don't think I am going to walk today but do my resistance bands, stability ball, dump bells and jump rope (gotta wake up the girls, LOLOL)
I made Meatloaf with brown rice pilaf last night and all in all it was pretty good.
I copied this from Kristin's Blog: http://thefertileinfertile.blogspot.com/
A.) Go to http://musicoutfitters.com/
B.) Enter the year you graduated from high school in the search function and get the list of 100 most popular songs of that year (the top link).
C.) Bold the songs you like, strike through the ones you REALLY hate. I don't know how to make the strike through so the ones I really like are Bold, the ones I hate are red and some I just don't remember.
I graduated from high school in 1975
1. Love Will Keep Us Together, The Captain and Tennille
2. Rhinestone Cowboy, Glen Campbell
3. Philadelphia Freedom, Elton John
4. Before The Next Teardrop Falls, Freddy Fender
5. My Eyes Adored You, Frankie Valli
6. Shining Star, Earth, Wind and Fire
7. Fame, David Bowie
8. Laughter In The Rain, Neil Sedaka
9. One Of These Nights, Eagles
10. Thank God I'm A Country Boy, John Denver
11. Jive Talkin', Bee Gees
12. Best Of My Love, Eagles
13. Lovin' You, Minnie Riperton
14. Kung Fu Fighting, Carl Douglas
15. Black Water, Doobie Brothers
16. Ballroom Blitz, Sweet
17. (Hey Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song, B.J. Thomas
18. He Don't Love You (Like I Love You), Tony Orlando and Dawn
19. At Seventeen, Janis Ian
20. Pick Up The Pieces, Average White Band
21. The Hustle, Van McCoy and The Soul City Symphony
22. Lady Marmalade, Labelle
23. Why Can't We Be Friends?, War
24. Love Wont Let Me Wait, Major Harris
25. Boogie On Reggae Woman, Stevie Wonder
26. Wasted Days And Wasted Nights, Freddy Fender
27. Fight The Power, Pt. 1, Isley Brothers
28. Angie Baby, Helen Reddy
29. Jackie Blue, Ozark Mountain Daredevils
30. Fire, Ohio Players
31. Magic, Pilot
32. Please Mr. Postman, Carpenters
33. Sister Golden Hair, America
34. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds, Elton John
35. Mandy, Barry Manilow
36. Have You Never Been Mellow, Olivia Newton-John
37. Could It Be Magic, Barry Manilow
38. Cat's In The Cradle, Harry Chapin
39. Wildfire Michael Murphy
40. I'm Not Lisa, Jessi Colter
41. Listen To What The Man Said, Paul Mccartney and Wings
42. I'm Not In Love, 10cc
43. I Can Help, Billy Swan
44. Fallin' In Love, Hamilton, Joe Frank and Reynolds
45. Feelings, Morris Albert
46. Chevy Van, Sammy Johns
47. When Will I Be Loved, Linda Ronstadt
48. You're The First, The Last, My Everthing, Barry White
49. Please Mr Please, Olivia Newton-John
50. You're No Good, Linda Ronstadt
51. Dynomite, Bazuka
52. Walking In Rhythm, Blackbyrds
53. The Way We Were/Try To Remember, Gladys Knight and The Pips
54. Midnight Blue, Melissa Manchester
55. Don't Call Us, We'll Call You, Sugarloaf
56. Poetry Man, Phoebe Snow
57. How Long, Ace
58. Express, B.T. Express
59. That's The Way Of The World, Earth, Wind and Fire
60. Lady, Styx
61. Bad Time, Grand Funk
62. Only Women Bleed, Alice Cooper
63. Doctor's Orders, Carol Douglas
64. Get Down Tonight, K.C. and The Sunshine Band
65. You Are So Beautiful/It's A Sin When You Love Somebody, Joe Cocker
66. One Man Woman-One Woman Man, Paul Anka and Odia Coates
67. Feel Like Makin' Love, Bad Company
68. How Sweet It Is, James Taylor
69. Dance With Me, Orleans
70. Cut The Cake, Average White Band
71. Never Can Say Goodbye, Gloria Gaynor
72. I Don't Like To Sleep Alone, Paul Anka
73. Morning Side Of The Mountain, Donny and Marie Osmond
74. Some Kind Of Wonderful, Grand Funk
75. When Will I See You Again, Three Degrees
76. Get Down, Get Down (Get On The Floor), Joe Simon
77. I'm Sorry/Calypso, John Denver
78. Killer Queen, Queen
79. Shoeshine Boy, Eddie Kendricks
80. Do It (Til You're Satisfied), B.T. Express
81. Can't Get It Out Of My Head, Electric Light Orchestra
82. Sha-La-La (Makes Me Happy), Al Green
83. Lonely People, America
84. You Got The Love, Rufus
85. The Rockford Files, Mike Pos
86. It Only Takes A Minute, Tavares
87. No No Song/Snookeroo, Ringo Starr
88. Junior's Farm/Sally G, Paul McCartney and Wings
89. Bungle In The Jungle, Jethro Tull
90. Long Tall Glasses (I Can Dance), Leo Sayer
91. Someone Saved My Life Tonight, Elton John
92. Misty, Ray Stevens
93. Bad Blood, Neil Sedaka
94. Only Yesterday, Carpenters
95. I'm On Fire, Dwight Twilley Band
96. Only You, Ringo Starr
97. Third Rate Romance, Amazing Rhythm Aces
98. You Aint Seen Nothin' Yet/Free Wheelin', Bachman-Turner Overdrive
99. Swearin' To God, Frankie Valli
100. Get Dancin', Disco Tex and The Sex-O-lettes
Monday, October 27, 2008
THEN, there, behind me was a dr./hospital scale. I HAD to check it out and yes it's official, according to that scale I weighed 65.50 kilos, 143 lbs! I was so excited to see that! I explained to my friend Maria and to my Dr. that in July I started at 160 and was now down to this weight. They were both happy for me. So now instead of keeping my goal at 140, I am going for 135. That may take a little more effort because now I have a new eating plan which is more food than I have been eating. I just want to know when the INCHES will come off!
The traffic on the way home was WAYYYYYYYYYYY beyond life threatening, I wasn't sure if we were going to make it home a couple of times.
I did stitch for about 45 minutes so far today on another SanMan Halloween project. Maybe I can finish it up tonight.
Last night we just had a large salad since it was after 8:30 when we got home. we left at 5PM.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
I made a batch of that cabbage soup the other day and we've been eating that for dinner along with other food. We went out on Thursday going from this new fancy mall to the other new fancy mall. One mall had a GNC store so I got my daily vitamins. They are like horse pills and they make my pee green! I want vitamin pills, like One A Day, but you can't find those here. I want the real world back even if it is for only a couple days so I can get all the stuff I had to leave behind because I had to take stuff back for our friend.
Anyway, that is my story for today!
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Nothing happened at all, but then I didn't really expect anything, a new garage, all new siding for the whole house and removing the nasty mold was good enough for me. I want a house I can feel comfortable in and isn't falling down.
YAY, it's the weekend, don't know what all DH has planned yet. Probably hunting down any GNC stores to see if they have my "healthy food" that I can't find in grocery stores, that would be really nice! I did discover that splenda + cinnamon powder don't mix up. I mixed & mixed & mixed this morning and it didn't mix together at all.
I have already walked 1 lap around the compound this morning, even though the temps said it was only 88 it didn't feel much better. One lap is better than none! Yesterday I did 1.58 miles, better than the day before so that is good. I also did jump rope, (oh my poor boobs from getting so juggled around) and I got my resistance bands out and did a few pulls with them. I gotta do this, now that there are even fewer distractions here. (Yep V, I did take a couple pictures while I walked but I don't know how they came out.)
The picture isn't very good but this is a "traffic direction square" at the entrance to the compound. It's just a little "island" that had trees & a fountain. It's a picture off the cell phone and it was right before sunset around 5:30PM. Gotta be careful when taking pictures here. (rolling eyes)
WOOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOO!! I actually FINISHED a cross stitch project!! I'm excited! I finished SanMan Originals pattern called "Oops, Poof, Meow" a cute Halloween pattern that came with a frame. That felt good to finish it too. It really didn't take long at all to stitch it.
Yesterday I had Low sodium Vegetarian White bean chili for lunch & dinner along with a huge green salad for my birthday.
Today it's plain oatmeal with raisins & pumpkin pie spice for breakfast.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
I had a GREAT dinner last night. I took a bunch of vegetables out of the fridge, cut them up, tossed them in the wok with garlic & grated gingerroot stir fried them, added some cumin, tumeric, curry powder & tumeric and it was so GOOOOOOOOOD!
I did another 1.53 mile walk yesterday around 5PM.
DH came come last night too.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
I walked again today! I did 1.47 miles in 33 minutes. I started out at 4PM and the temp must have been still around 95 or more. The first lap was ok but the second lap I had to push. Guess I need to start a bit later. I am still pleased with myself that I get out and walk. Still got a couple looks today but they can kiss my ass if they think it bothers me!
So today I had a rice cake with peanut butter & bananas for breakfast, brown rice that was GOOD! A fava bean salad (fava beans here are called foul -pronounced fool) for lunch and left over spinach & tomato "salad", left over fava bean salad & couscous for dinner & lots of water during the day.
At least the good part is I found my flash drive. I have been looking for the damn thing for 3 days. It's bad enough I lost the cap for it back home but I couldn't find it here and I knew I had taken it out of my purse when I came back. It was back in my purse.
So Now I guess I need to make my list of the new stash and add it to my ever growing database of what I already have.
Saturday, October 18, 2008
I fixed a 3 oz chicken breast, couscous with saffron, spinach with tomatoes.
My blood glucose was also down to a managable 123 after walking, yesterday my BP was 98/63. So I guess according to the scales I weight 65KGS so I'll go from that weight.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
DH took my passport paperwork today so hopefully he can stop by on his way home from work to get it dropped off at the consulate. I hate to give up that passport, it's got my visas in it from Thailand, Cambodia, & Singapore.This will be like my 4th passport since I've lived here, counting the one that was stolen.
My mom is out of the hospital again and she says she's doing ok. They have her leg bandaged and they said the skin will peel off. EEEWwww, I hope they can get this under control for her.
Last night I made home made chicken soup. I think I put too much pepper in it though. Where's the shots of Jack Daniels when I need it?
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
It's 38C outside today, ewwwww. No walking today.
Gotta make my grocery list, DH has to go away next week, oh joy!
Last night I cooked a strip of beef originally bought for Chicken fried steak but I can't eat that stuff anymore so I just grilled it and made a bean salad. Thrilling meals lately-NOT!
Monday, October 13, 2008
Ok, well, after the terrorizing ride through traffic lst night looking for the place to have my passport pictures taken, it was gone so we had to go to a new place. The guy was busy taking photos of his friends so I went back down stairs in the shop and the shop manager wanted to know what happened, I told him. So the manager goes back upstairs and tells the guy "US Passport pictures NOW" Pissed the guy off and his friends too but got that done. Come back after 45 minutes to pick up picture.
Ok so another terror filled ride to another shopping center to look for exercise equipt. Found a jump rope & some stretchy ropes then went to the grocery store.
Well it sure is going to be fun trying to track what I eat on Spark People because IF there are nutrition lables on stuff it definately isn't in English. Then out of the corner of my eye I saw somthing, yep, a mouse ran across the floor under the huge shelving units. Wasn't that fun? Killed time during wailing hour in the grocery store. Go back & pick up my pictures.
Ok so now today the kitchen faucet is spraying water out of the base of the faucet. DH says he's had them fixing it 3 times so far while I was gone so I called them again. The guy says water not work from dish washer? I said NO, WATER FAUCET! Geeze, so that was like 40 minutes ago, we'll see how long it takes them.
I did manage to walk this morning, for 21 minutes, made 1 1/4 circuit of the compound ring road. I am pleased because that is progress to me. However, I weighed myself and that scale is WAY OFF! Not to mention it's in kilos not pounds, oh well. Last week in the Dr;s off I weighed in at 151.4, today the stupid scale says 147. I think NOT! I don't think I've lost THAT much weight in a week because it doesn't feel like it. I'll except 150 but NOT 147. Someone needs new scales. Did I mention it was 92F when I was walking this morning? I'll take my 42F and put on extra clothes. I did however walk in ankle lenght pants, a jogging bra, compression shirt AND an 3X t shirt on just to make sure I was covered enough. My Ipod made it a little more bearable.
Oh did I mention that before I left my comfy HOME I was cleaning up in the bathroom and a stone popped out of my diamond ring? I was horrified, heartbroken but spent 10 minutes on the floor looking for it and luckily found it. It's so teeny tiny but it needs to be fixed. I feel naked without my ring!
Gotta go sort through my new cross stitch stash and put it away. I really hope I have uplifting posts soon!
Sunday, October 12, 2008
The house is infested with fucking fleas! Every step and there are hundreds of the bastards. I hope there is enough flea powder in this country to get rid of them. It's beyond horrible!
I checked in at Lufthansa in Boston and was told I needed to pay a $139 re booking fee! When the travel agent here re booked my flight from a 10:30PM flight to the 4:15 PM flight they DIDN'T tell him there was a fee. THEN the check in agent couldn't see how long my visa was good for and hesitated about it. I got all that checked in and on my way through security. No problem at all with the flight to Frankfurt. I got there at 5:30AM and nothing was open. I didn't get much sleep on the plane, it was only a 5 hour flight so 1/2 of it was taken up with serving food & drinks which left 2 hours for sleep. I probably got about an hours worth.
THEN the assholes in Frankfurt were NOT going to let me on the plane because of the visa issue again. They couldn't read where it said how long it was good for so they had to call someone who read Arabic. I kept telling them it is ALWAYS good for 6 months. They couldn't accept my answer.
Flight to hell was ok, the seats and seating area are so much smaller on Lufthansa than others but I had an isle seat and the flight wasn't full. It was continuing on to Eritrea. Immigration & customs were easy, waiting on the luggage took forever it seemed.
Then fighting the horrible, miserable traffic home was beyond life threatning!
Now to get on with life here.
The cats were glad to see me. Of course, scratch me, the fleas are bothering me.
The bags are unpacked so I guess I am staying. EEEWWWW
Friday, October 10, 2008
So it's time to fly again.
My mom was admitted to the hospital again yesterday with that MRSA leg problem again. Her leg IS improving but she had a nasty looking spot on her leg and her dr. wanted it checked out. So she is having vascular surgeons look at it. My father has to have his colonoscopy on Friday so I hope I can find out how he did by 3PM when my flight boards.
It was a simply beautiful fall day here, exactly like my childhood memories of fall. Extremely beautiful, vibrant colors and leaves raining down everywhere leaving piles to swirl around. The smell is wonderful outside, between fireplaces burning and the leaves, yes, it's fall. Probable the last time I will see a full peak fall for years to come.
I got 2 bags packed, I know they will be over weight but I have tried several times to pack & repack & take out stuff that I suppose I could do without but made sure my stash was in there. I don't give a shit. I suppose if everyone said that, the planes would never take off but I am leaving for 8 months. My carry on is heavy too but I have a shit load of new pills, diabetes test strips & reading material about all this diabetes stuff that I can't pack in my bags. I'm sure I'll get into trouble with those too.
COME ON JUNE! I really hope these next 7 1/2 months zip by. Maybe if I start planning my meeting with Velda & Mary and I HOPE M2 now, it will go faster, what do you think ladies?
I leave my house at 8AM Friday morning to get to the bus before 11AM so I can get to Boston for a 4PM flight. An 7 hour flight, a 7 hour layover, another 5 hour 20 minute flight and I'll be back in hell at 6:30PM local time Saturday night and hopefully back at the house by 8PM. IT all depends on how many nasty, stinky other flights have come in and how miserable Immigration & customs wants to be.
I am exhausted right now, got up at 4:30AM, took DH to the bus station, went back to the motel and dozed off for about an hour, drove home raced around the house to pack then had to go out for 2 hours driving to town and back for more perscriptions, run around the houes more, up and down. I still have more to do so I'm signing off from the free world of the USA.
Enjoy all your female freedoms that you are entitled to in the free world!
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
I have a few things to bring back for a friend of ours and it weighs a LOT. I need to get a new suitcase so now I am hoping between my XS stash, DH's Christmas presents and my work out stuff it will fit. I don't give a damn if I have to pay excess baggage fee I just want it all to fit.
DH & I have to stay the night in a hotel on Wednesday night so he can get a 5 AM bus to Boston to fly to JFK to catch his ONCE A WEEK flight back to hell. So there are 2 days lost to get things done. The house will not be cleaned the way I like it to be clean when I leave and we keep tripping over each other. I'm sorry but no way in hell are we traveling this close together again. I need my space to get things done.
I got my diabetic blood monitor and all that crap yesterday and they showed me how to use it, so now I have reading material for the plane. I have to take a pill once a day too. I am just so fucking thrilled, this was a shitty summer again.
The fall colors are so beautiful & vibrant this year, so much prettier than last year. Sadly this is the last year I will get to see the fall colors for a few years. It was 34F when I woke up this morning, needless to say, I turned the heater on.
I am trying to do several loads of laundry, back up my summer files to my zip drive, make sure my iPod works for the flight, clean out the fridge, make sure everything that goes in my carry on is ready, and not to cry. It's not working well.
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Dad is better and has the splint off his arm.
Well the latest blood test result of mine says my thyroid numbers are within the normal range but I am now being diagnosed as a diabetic. Like I really need this one now. So I have still another dr appt on Monday afternoon after office hours so they can give me yet another pill to take and show me how to use a blood glucose monitor. How fun.
I can't believe my vacation is over, I really could use another week to get things straightened out but my visa that allows me to get back into hell, rather the place I have to go will expire soon and I NEED to get my US passport renewed before January.
The fall colors are at their full, vibrant peak right now and so much MORE vibrant and pretty than last year. It's supposed to go down to 38F tonight. Looks like we will have a fire in the fireplace.
Our friend came up yesterday and spent the night. He is a great friend we know from that "hell" place. He came up from Boston and brough these WONDERFUL, heavenly cookies from a bakery down there.
Guess I better go and get things done.