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Chat #2 (preg & children may be mentioned)

Yahoo We made it to 1000 posts and now have a #2. I put a preg and children mentioned warning on the thread title, hope that is ok with everyone.

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Tiffany...glad this week went quickly for you. Did you find some Christmas lights? Hope DH's job opportunity works out for him.

Margaret...Hopefully 3 times the charm for you with the job interview. You should be pro at interviews now. Hope you can talk to your friend while she's close by. Can't wait to see pics from tonight. Have fun!!

A soldier from a town nearby was killed in Afghanistan. His family lives in my town. His body was flown into a local airport and they had a motorcade from the airport all the way to the town where his funeral is being held. It went through our town. It was the neatest/saddest thing. A pretty big highway goes through our town and the street was lined with flags on both sides for probably 2-3 miles. They wanted ppl to gather and line the highway while the motorcade went through with his body. I went up to it and they let the high school and middle school students out to line the street by the schools. It was solid ppl. It was pretty emotional. It was amazing how quiet it got when his body was coming through. He is being buried in our town. There was also a huge flag flying.

I got more Christmas presents wrapped. I have most of them done now.

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Margaret...Hopefully 3 times the charm for you with the job interview. You should be pro at interviews now. Hope you can talk to your friend while she's close by. Can't wait to see pics from tonight. Have fun!!

This interview is basically to see if the lady I would be working with and I get along. If so I will have a job offer. Apparently they love me there Biggrin I am pretty easy to work with so I think it will be fine.

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A soldier from a town nearby was killed in Afghanistan. His family lives in my town. His body was flown into a local airport and they had a motorcade from the airport all the way to the town where his funeral is being held. It went through our town. It was the neatest/saddest thing. A pretty big highway goes through our town and the street was lined with flags on both sides for probably 2-3 miles. They wanted ppl to gather and line the highway while the motorcade went through with his body. I went up to it and they let the high school and middle school students out to line the street by the schools. It was solid ppl. It was pretty emotional. It was amazing how quiet it got when his body was coming through. He is being buried in our town. There was also a huge flag flying.

Here soldiers are flown into Trenton Air Force Base and then they drive the bodies to Toronto for autopsy. It is a 2 hour drive on the highway. At every overpass people park (police, fire trucks and ambulances as well) and wait and salute the motorcade as it passes by. They have officially named that part of the highway "Highway of Heroes" and there has been a song written about it. Highway of Heroes 2nd link Have to warn you the second link is in response to a Fox News article, I do not see all Americans as heartless but there is a picture during the slide show that shows a friend of mine standing on his fire truck with his crew. All my family live along the Highway of Heroes and all of us (only one time for me) have stood on bridges to salute these brave soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice.

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Hoping for a job offer for you!!

I'm sure his body was flown into somewhere in the US. Then he was flown to an airport close to his hometown in Iowa. It's about a 50 mile drive from the airport to his hometown. I guess there are over 900 flags lining the highway in our town. They will stay up until after his burial tomorrow. This was his 2nd tour. His first one was in Iraq. He had a wife. Both of my BIL have been to Iraq or Afghanistan. One of them was deployed twice to both places. He said Afghanistan is more dangerous than Iraq. He is now retired from the Army.

In the book I'm reading the young girl just finds out her soldier dad, who was MIA, was found dead. It's a good book. I'm hoping to finish it tonight so I can start another one.

I think we'll watch "War Horse" tonight. We gave it to DD3 for her bday. We are going to see "War Horse" in December at a live theater. I'm going to have the girls make dinner. It's something that's easy enough for them and they'll have fun. It's BBQ muffin bites. I'm going to brown the hamburger though since it's still frozen. Then they can do the rest. My dad and sister left this afternoon to drive 9 hrs to get her vehicle that got wrecked by the deer 3 weeks ago. They got it fixed since it wasn't totaled out.

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I am glad your town is so supportive of that soldier's family. I really could not imagine what it would be like to lose my brother or my son and the whole thing just makes me sad.

We have been doing some entertaining this weekend. I love cooking but I am too tired to do the job I would love to do... still, it is nice to have company over.

Got the trees at Menard's. DH is going to put them up today.

I am also working on a craft project - matching shirts and onesies for the family. Will put up photos - but just getting the t-shirts washed will take today and we need a little more dye. So, more on the honey-do list.

We got some aluminum sealable containers from the dollar store. I am planning on making and freezing some king ranch casseroles and some other casseroles. I guess I am nesting. As much as I can. From the lazy-boy chair I am relegated to these days.

Tiffany

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Glad you found some trees. I can't wait to see the shirts when you are done with them. I'm curious as to how you are doing them if it involves dye. Good idea to freeze some meals ahead of time. I'm sure they will come in handy. Are you still working? Hope you are taking it easy!

It was a neat thing to see all the flags lining the highway. It just makes me sad to think of the sacrifice he made for our country.

We've been having a lazy day so far today. Got some laundry done. I need to go to the store also got get groceries for tonight's dinner. I think we'll watch "Elf" tonight on ABC Family.

The hospital laundry service donated a TON of scrubs for Nicaragua...like over 60 pairs. Our plan is to take them down there, wear them and leave them there. We are only allowed a carry on as all of our luggage will be for other stuff to take and leave.

Our "Elf" forgot to move again last night. I keep forgetting to move him. I hoping that the girls will figure out that it is us who moves him around and that he doesn't leave every night to report to Santa and come back.

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Margaret...how was DH's work party? Hope you had lots of fun!!

The TV I bought at Target for $150 on Black Friday is now on sale at target.com for $129. Goes to show that Black Friday prices aren't the cheapest. I said they could actually jack the prices up on things and ppl would still buy them because they think they are getting a good deal. The extra $20 I spent isn't worth packaging the TV back up and returning it. Target won't do a price match on Black Friday or online deals either. I'm just glad I didn't stand outside in the cold and wind for hours to get the TV. Then I might be a little upset.

I'm taking DD3 to JC Penny for a haircut. Kid's haircuts are free on Sundays. Then I have a couple things I want to pick up for DH for Christmas. It is so unseasonably nice. The temperature is in the 50's. I'm beginning to wonder if we'll have a white Christmas. I don't need a lot of snow but to at least have white on the ground would be nice.

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Have I mentioned how much I hate wrapping presents! I love everything else about the holidays...I have everything wrapped that I have so far. I thought getting a head start would make it better.

We're doing our outdoor lights this afternoon. Its 65 degrees here today so it should be a beautiful day to do it.

Meg- You're doing elf on a shelf? I was thinking about starting that this year, but DD is only 2. I don't think she would quite understand it yet. It would be more for me than for her...hehe. Maybe next year....

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I think this is our 5th year we've done the Elf on a Shelf. We don't get as creative doing it as some ppl. I'm kind of to the point where I feel the girls are too old to actually be believing it's real. If they admit they don't believe it we'll still hide it for fun.

Does anyone else get that annoying Panasonic camera ad when they come on here?

I did some wrapping as I bought things this year. Or at least got them packaged into boxes. I've been doing a few at a time. I'm basically done. We don't have a lot under our tree because I sent all of DH's family's gifts with his parents a couple weeks ago. The girls aren't getting much since we are going on a cruise in May. That's their Christmas present. We wrapped up a Disney Cruise DVD we got in a big box with stuff in it to make it heavy. Then we put a jar of broken glass so it sounds like something is broken. We are trying to throw them off a bit.

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At our mall some kids are wrapping presents for charity. If I had to do it all myself I swear I would just pay them to do it. Every cent goes toward a good cause and it would save me some trouble. I generally don't hate wrapping... I do try to do something to make them special, though that is only when I have time.

We are not doing Elf on a Shelf. I think we are going to discuss how it is Jesus' birthday and Santa brings us presents in celebration of Jesus' birthday. I am sure this will bring up more questions, but my soon-to-be-4-year-old is big into birthdays.

We decided not to do a major birthday party this year. With the money we saved I bought him a bounce house. They are not as expensive as I would have thought on Amazon and can be kept inside. I am crazily excited about this. Being pregnant with the twins does give me a little freedom to get some things that he might grow out of... and a 12X9 foot bounce house is one of them.

And, yes, I hate the panasonic app.

As for getting lots of gifts, DS does not really need much. So his big present is going to be for his birthday. I am sure we will get him some kind of outdoor play set this spring - hopefully off of Craigslist.

Tiffany

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"neoncandle" wrote:

We are not doing Elf on a Shelf. I think we are going to discuss how it is Jesus' birthday and Santa brings us presents in celebration of Jesus' birthday. I am sure this will bring up more questions, but my soon-to-be-4-year-old is big into birthdays.

And, yes, I hate the panasonic app.

Tiffany

What about doing a birthday for Jesus? We used to do that Christmas Eve and go to a live Nativity.

I guess I am lucky this time, no panasonic ad for me but I (and other Canadians) had one before that you guys didn't get

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"meggyrn" wrote:

Margaret...how was DH's work party? Hope you had lots of fun!!

The TV I bought at Target for $150 on Black Friday is now on sale at target.com for $129. Goes to show that Black Friday prices aren't the cheapest. I said they could actually jack the prices up on things and ppl would still buy them because they think they are getting a good deal. The extra $20 I spent isn't worth packaging the TV back up and returning it. Target won't do a price match on Black Friday or online deals either. I'm just glad I didn't stand outside in the cold and wind for hours to get the TV. Then I might be a little upset.

The party was fun, wish there had been a dance but oh well. We did not win any of the raffle prizes but they did raise $830 which will be matched by the company for the leukemia society. They have raised over $10,000 during the entire year. Will post pictures once I find my camera cord.

I have a busy week this week!

Monday - family doctor appointment (with stuff to be mentioned about Robbie and Sean)
Tuesday - job interview, Brownies (Girl Guides) and a cookie exchange
Wednesday - Robbie's psychologist appointment
Thursday - get ready for craft sale, have to call about my disability as well
Friday - craft sale ALL day
Saturday - Christmas concert that a friend is singing in

Here if a price lowers within 2 weeks then you just have to take in the receipt and by law they have to refund the difference.

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Tiffany...that's a neat way to explain Christmas to your son. Our girls don't expect a lot nor need/want a lot.

Margaret...glad DH's company was able to raise so much money and match it. What do they do to raise the money? Where is your craft sale at? Sounds like you've been preparing for it.

Yesterday I got all of our Christmas cards labeled and put the pic in them. I wish I had stamps yesterday so I could've put those on at the same time but I got them today. Stamps are so expensive. It pretty much costs twice as much to mail them out as it costs to buy the cards. I need to get our Christmas letter written and then put those in after I pick up my letterhead from Staples next week. We have a busy week as well with Christmas programs. I'm glad they are done now before it gets too busy. Tonight we have DD2's band concert. Tomorrow is DD2 and 3's school program. DD2 is Mary. They have a performance at 2pm and 7pm. I'm only going to the evening one. Thursday is DD 1's band and vocal concert and on Saturday is my violin recital. Then our Christmas celebrations begin! I got two more ppl's gifts bought. I ordered them online on Saturday night and I got an email on Saturday night saying they had been shipped out. Next Wednesday I'm going to go shopping with my mom and two sisters. We go every year. Even though I pretty much am done, it's still fun to go for the day and shop and eat. In years past I haven't gotten home until midnight.

Today is another nice day. It's in the 60's. I went to yoga today for the first time in 2 weeks. I slacked off last week. My shoulder has been causing me lots of pain so I'm hoping that the stretching in yoga will help it out. I have violin lessons later today. I love playing Christmas music. I could play it all year.

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Margaret...glad DH's company was able to raise so much money and match it. What do they do to raise the money? Where is your craft sale at? Sounds like you've been preparing for it.

Some was direct donations, there are about 100 people at his office, and some was raffles and such. One guy at the golf tournament won a really nice golf club but it was right-handed and he is left-handed so he offered it to the highest bidder at the BBQ and someone paid $200 which the company then matched. The lady from the Leukemia society was there for that and she burst into tears.

The craft sale is that the hospital where Robbie was born at. It is supposed to have a really good turn out. Funny thing on Saturday I was buying some candy canes to crush for the tops of homemade peppermint patties. A man behind me was commenting on them and I said what they were for. He wanted all the details of the sale and as I was leaving said "I will see you Friday"! LOL We were across the city at the time as well!

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That's funny about the guy at the store. Hope you have a good turnout. We used to have more craft sales around here when I was younger but we really don't have many anymore. I remember there used to be a big one at our mall we'd go to every year. I think it's because not many ppl around here are crafty anymore.

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really, really exhausted, cannot stay awake and Robbie is home in a few minutes!

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How has your nausea/vomiting been? Just thinking symptoms...

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How has your nausea/vomiting been? Just thinking symptoms...

both still going, surviving on chips and gingerale, the combo seems to help, my breasts are going insane as well, feel like they are bursting out of my bra and even my sleep bras seem tight.

Third and FINAL interview at 10am tomorrow. Please give me a job offer right after that!!!!

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Margaret - good luck with the job interview. I hope you're either pregnant or feel better soon.

Can't sleep.

Tiffany

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Margaret...good luck with the interview. You hope have an offer! I agree with Tiffany...I hope you're pregnant or feel better soon.

Made through night #1 of programs. Only 3 programs left of the week! DD played a quartet with some friends and did a really good job. She also had a speaking part to announce one of the songs. She doesn't tell us about parts she has because she wants to surprise us but then we look like the "out of touch" parents. I did get it out of her that she's Mary tonight but that's all.

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I feel like I am a single woman. DH has been so busy at work since Sunday night. I've maybe seen him for a total of 20 min since Sunday. I can't wait until tomorrow morning when he is off call and I can see him and he can actually get some rest because I know he is exhausted not getting much sleep since then.

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    Thanks for looking into it Missy!! I changed my settings and that seems to help.

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    Sorry you have been on your own quite a bit lately. I really did not want to take any job where I would have to work overnight much just because I cherish that time home with the family. Our landlords say that they are happy to keep us for another year. I am super excited about that. This place is affordable and I don't want to move while we still have babies. Plus, I still am holding out for either building something or finding something closer to our dream house. Watching love it or list it will do in the meantime. Today was my half day so I got my teeth cleaned and hair cut. We found a few stocking stuffers. We still need to decide on a few presents but we have most of our Christmas shopping done - mostly thanks to Amazon.

    Tiffany

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    I am so happy that Sean works regular hours. I'd go insane if he was not around to help me out with Robbie.

    Tonight was parent/teacher interviews after report cards. Apparently Robbie was asked for an equation equaling to 30. His answer "25 plus the square root of 25"! His next answer involved decimals. Not your typical grade 2 kid! I do have a degree in math but that is pretty funny!

    We are done for Robbie and everything is wrapped!

    I am so beyond exhausted it is not funny. Breaking out everywhere as well! It is worse then when I was a teen.

    Tomorrow is a baking/craft day and so is Thursday, then the sale on Friday. Hope I earn enough to buy a Wii U deluxe version.

    Also, got a call this evening for my references!!!! I know they will be good so should have the offer soon!!!!

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    Tiffany...Glad you can stay in your house for another year. I'm sure it's a relief to not have to think about moving. Hope you can find your dream home sometime. Did you do something different to your hair?

    Margaret...hoping for that job offer soon. Glad Robbie's interview went well. Are you going to POAS sometime? Have fun baking. What are you going to bake? I'm going to bake some spritz on Friday to take for my violin recital. I'm also going to bake a carrot cake as it's DH's birthday on Friday.

    Tomorrow morning I'm going to go to the hospice how to watch some volunteers "unveil" hand sculputures. I've seen it once and it's something that makes me too nervous to do on my own without any training. I'm afraid I'll break off a finger or something. Then we are going to go trim some evergreen off some trees at my parent's house to stick in our big flower pots in front of the house. Tomorrow DD3 has her book club at the skating rink after school. DH is going to grill steaks for dinner. He just "refurbished" his grill. He replaced all the burners and ignitors on Sunday. It took him all day off and on between seeing ER pts. It will be a nice dinner since he's off work in the morning and we can enjoy some wine with our steaks.

    We are done with program #2. DD did a great job being Mary. She really wanted to be Mary so she enjoyed it. She's always smiling when she's on stage, even at her band concert. She constantly has a smile on her face like she's ready for someone to take her pic. She's a smiley girl in general. There were so many ppl at the program. It's held in the church and when we got there 35 minutes early it was already packed. I really couldn't see DD3 and I could only see DD2 when she was singing.

    DH is gone a lot with his job but then he gets long stretches of time at home when he's off. He's working a lot the first part of the month so he can be off pretty much the whole time the girls are out of school for Christmas. So he'll be off Dec. 23-Jan 2. Plus, when he doesn't have an ER pt he's home and helps out. These busy past few days have made up for the days that haven't been busy.

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    "meggyrn" wrote:

    Margaret...hoping for that job offer soon. Glad Robbie's interview went well. Are you going to POAS sometime? Have fun baking. What are you going to bake? I'm going to bake some spritz on Friday to take for my violin recital. I'm also going to bake a carrot cake as it's DH's birthday on Friday.

    DH is gone a lot with his job but then he gets long stretches of time at home when he's off. He's working a lot the first part of the month so he can be off pretty much the whole time the girls are out of school for Christmas. So he'll be off Dec. 23-Jan 2. Plus, when he doesn't have an ER pt he's home and helps out. These busy past few days have made up for the days that haven't been busy.

    I have been testing and holy crap but tonight I got a really light BFP. DH could even see it! Really a BFP at 7 DPO???? Until I get a good line I am not ready to accept it totally but !!!!!!

    Sean is off for 2 weeks at Christmas, well he is taking 3 vacation days so we don't have to find child care for Robbie.

    I am baking tarts - lemon and eggnog, mini eggnog bundt cakes and homemade chocolate covered mints.

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    Your baking sounds yummy! Can't wait to hear the progression of your tests.

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    Meg - that is awesome about your hubby being home for Christmas break. And I am sure it is nice to have him home between patients. It makes me a little crazy being on call because I get kind of attached to whatever I am working on outside of work. Also, I am sure it was nice to see the girls performing. Luke could have been in a nativity play this year, but that would have required some commitment on our part. Hopefully next year. Also I think it is pretty cool that your DH refurbished your grill. My DH is kind of afraid of trying to do some home repair projects. I think I have to lead the way with that and then he gets on board. His dad owns a hardware store and DH worked there growing up - so I will just keep encouraging him.

    Margaret - I love baking and it sounds like you made some yummy treats.

    I think for Christmas I would like a deep freezer. I need to look in our garage and figure out where we would put it. I did enough research that I think I found one that will work well for our family. And it is on sale at Home Depot right now. Dh kind of freaks out about our budget but he saves and scrimps like crazy... we should be able to retire before too much longer (just kidding).

    Tiffany

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    "neoncandle" wrote:

    Margaret - I love baking and it sounds like you made some yummy treats.

    I think for Christmas I would like a deep freezer. I need to look in our garage and figure out where we would put it. I did enough research that I think I found one that will work well for our family. And it is on sale at Home Depot right now. Dh kind of freaks out about our budget but he saves and scrimps like crazy... we should be able to retire before too much longer (just kidding).

    Tiffany

    I forgot cinnamon sugared almonds...

    I love our deep freeze, we got it from a friend when they went with an upright for free. The great thing is being able to buy in bulk and freezing stuff, especially meat. My first year at school I only had a bar fridge with a tiny freezer, my friend said that it was like watching clowns coming out of a car in how I packed that sucker! I pretty much had to empty it to take anything out but I fit a lot in it.

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    Grrr...I had that ad problem taken care of but now it's back. I increased my privacy more so hopefully that helps.

    We love our deep freezer. We have so much stuff in there. We buy meat when it's on sale so it's packed with that. A lot times it's cheaper to buy a whole loin of whatever cut of meat and have the store cut and wrap it for you. That's what we do with a lot of our steaks. It can be $1.00 or more cheaper per pound to do so. We got a small little deep freeze for our lake house and we had that stuffed in the summer with stuff.

    Cinnamon sugar almonds sound delicious. You'll have to share your recipe. Reminds of getting the candied nuts on the street in NYC.

    DH fixed his grill because we are cheap. The grill is probably 10 years old but is in perfect condition since DH takes such good care of it. Through Sears the burners were going to be $40 a piece (x4). For that price, we would've replaced the grill. DH found the same burners for $9 a piece on amazon.com. With your DH being a saver you probably will be able to retire early. DH is a huge saver/investor and he's planning on retiring by the time he's 55. I think ppl expect us to spend money like crazy, but just because DH is a physician and makes money doesn't mean we have to spend all we have. We are very practical people. I coupon and will search for the best deal on everything. It's only my time and if I can save a few bucks I will. I'll even go to a different grocery store in town to get something there if it's cheaper than the one I'm at.

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    cooking spray
    1 1/2 cups sugar
    3 tablespoons cinnamon
    1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
    1 egg white
    1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    3 1/4 cups whole raw almonds
    aluminum foil or parchment paper

    The Directions.

    Use a 4-quart slow cooker. Spray the stoneware well with cooking spray. In a mixing bowl, combine sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Set this bowl aside.
    In a larger mixing bowl, whisk together the egg white and vanilla extract. Pour the almonds into this bowl and stir well to coat. Add your cinnamon mixture to the top of the nuts and toss with spoons to fully coat (too many nuts to do the plastic bag toss---you'd have to do batches).
    Put the almonds into the slow cooker and cover. Cook on high for 2 hours, stirring every 20-30 minutes or so to keep the almonds on the side of the crock from getting too crispy.

    When the nuts are all hot and toasty, let them cool fully on a length of foil or parchment paper. When fully cool, store in an air-tight container.

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    Thanks! Those look yummy and not too hard. Is it hard to find raw almonds?

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    "meggyrn" wrote:

    Thanks! Those look yummy and not too hard. Is it hard to find raw almonds?

    I bought them at costco but I have seen them at the grocery store.

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    DH just talked to his brother who lives in Virginia and they are going to be coming Dec. 26-30. It will be nice to see them since we haven't seen them for 2 years. They have 6 kids. He's in the Army and is going to be deployed to Afghanistan in June. He also talked to his mom and they are coming on Dec. 24 until idk when. His sister and her family are coming Dec. 28-Jan. 2. We are going to have a full house for a couple nights. I need to find places for 14 extra ppl for two nights. We have enough beds for the 6 adults and the kids can sleep anywhere. During this time with all the extra ppl here I'm hosting Christmas for my mom's family. I'm already starting to stress a little about it all. But it will all work out fine in the end and we'll have a good time.

    I went and did the hand sculpture unveiling today. Those things are amazing. It was so neat to peel off the mold and see the hands. They are so detailed, down to the veins and wrinkles in the hands. Then you have to perfect them by going over all the little details with tools and filling in little air bubble holes with the plaster. It's a really neat thing our hospice program does for it's pts and families. This was the first time I did this part and I'm a little nervous and cautious. I'm sure I'll get more confident over time and just doing them.

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    The almond recipe looks awesome!! I hope to try that sometime this month.

    Good luck with all the company, Meg. It would drive me crazy to have my house that full. That is really cool about your brother in law. I hope they have a nice time there. Also kudos on helping the dying and their families. I don't think I could really do it.

    I just discovered that I am on call tonight. Somehow I totally missed that on the schedule. And I have a 7am meeting tomorrow where I will be introduced to the medical staff... anyway, I am going to need some major TLC this weekend. I am exhausted!

    Tiffany

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    That stinks you are on call tonight. It always makes it worse when it's not expected. When I worked in the hospital my schedule had change from what was normal for me and a night I normally had off I was scheduled to work. I didn't realize it until I got a call at 7pm asking where I was. At that time I had to drive over an hour to work. The night was so long since I hadn't prepared and slept for my upcoming shift. What does your call entail? Hope you can rest up over the weekend!

    DH was actually able to sleep all of last night. His shift ended at 8am this morning and the last time he went in was about 9pm last night. It was so nice for him. He was off today and is off again tomorrow. Today we chopped off some evergreen from some trees at my parent's house to add some decoration to our big pots outside. We added some floral stuff also. It looks a lot nicer than having big bare pots.

    I just saw on the news tonight that hunters found two bodies in Iowa. There are 2 young girls missing from Evansdale, IA since July. They haven't postively indentified the bodies but they are thinking it's the two girls. They were cousins and were last seen riding their bikes around a lake. I think they were around 10 or 11. It's a sad ending but now the family can hopefully have some closure and find some peace.

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    Meg - I remember the story of those girls from the news. Good that they found the bodies but it must be so hard on the families.

    When making the almonds I actually tripled the recipe and used my 6qt slow cooker, and with spraying the slow cooker there is NO mess!!! I was shocked my first batch. They are yummy but I have to be careful due to my jaw.

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    I saw that story on the news as well. It was a strange case.

    Call has not been too bad. I did have to call a patient at home and tell him to go to the ER. The patient's wife was a little incredulous at me telling her to get him out of bed... but when the radiologist calls you at 9:30pm at home, the news is not good.

    My cousin just learned her dad has stage IV cancer... I am assuming it is lung cancer based on his smoking history. I'll be calling her today.

    My mentor is also going to introduce me at the medical staff meeting today at 7am. I honestly have been in bed at 7am most mornings lately since I get such fractured sleep at night. I've been awake since 4:30 at least anyway. At least my hair will be dry.

    Tiffany

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    So, this mornings test was not showing 2 lines...not too worried, symptoms are still crazy.

    Super busy today and we had a ton of snow yesterday. Won't be on my tomorrow during the day....craft sale after I get the boy to school.

    Tired but will drag myself through the day.

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    Tiffany...glad your call shift wasn't too bad. I'm sure you are just exhausted by the end of the day not being able to sleep much at night. Sorry to hear about your cousin's dad.

    Margaret...Have you been testing out the trigger? Good luck and have fun at your craft show tomorrow.

    I made spritz cookies today. We have a roast in the oven for dinner. Our 3rd program of the week is tonight. Tomorrow DD3 reads the first reading at Children's mass. It is also DH's birthday.

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    Made it through the day. Have another 7am meeting tomorrow and clinic all day. The weekend is almost here. Yay!

    Hubby wants me to go to Luke's soccer practice tonight. It will be very physically painful to go. Also there is no one there for me to talk to. Afterwards, however, the hospital is having some Christmas fun. So, I guess I am going to go. I feel so funny sitting in my chair - it is a huge outdoor recliner from REI. But my feet are so swollen.

    I guess we are going to get something for dinner after all that.

    Margaret - looking forward to your update tomorrow. GL!

    Tiffany

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    Yup, testing out the trigger, 4 days ago was super light (like the one yesterday and the night before) then 2 snow white tests... I dunno. Gonna buy a FRER tonight when I have to go out.

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    Tifanny...the weekend is almost here!!! Did you go to soccer practice last night and the Christmas fun?

    Margaret...good luck with your craft show today! Wish I lived closer so I could go and buy some of those yummy sounding almonds. I looked for raw almonds yesterday and couldn't find any. We live in a really small town so it's probably something that's not in high demand. Maybe when I go shopping next week in a bigger city I'll look.

    We made it through the last of the girls' programs last night. It was a nice band/vocal program. I was really nervous DD1 was going to pass out standing on stage singing. She has a history of passing out and she's been evaluated thoroughly by a cardiologist and he found nothing other than saying lots of pre-pubescent teens do it. She's now clued into when it's going to happen so she can sit down and prevent it. We got a call from the school nurse yesterday saying when she was on stage practicing she got really hot and faint so sat down, but did not pass out. She went to the nurse and was fine afterwards. I talked to my friend who's daughter is in class with her said she said she passed out. I guess that's what all the kids are saying, but the teachers and nurses and DD clearly say she didn't. I'm thinking it's low blood sugar related since it was right before lunch and the last two times it's happened was in the morning when she was getting breakfast ready and then the other time was right before eating a late lunch. I get so anxious I can't even watch her because I obsess about her color and if she looks and is acting ok. It could also be a combo of nervousness for her and standing on stage with hot lights on.

    I'm going to make DH a carrot cake today for his bday. I think when the girls get out of school we'll go get him some balloons and take them to the hospital if he is there. I'm making his favorite meal for dinner tonight and if needed, we'll take it to the hospital and eat with him.

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    I made DH a carrot cake for his bday and while I was taking it out of the pan it got stuck and broke in half :(. He was here to help me fix it. At least it will be the bottom layer and I can frost over it.

    I have a tooth that's really bothering me. It stinks that it's Friday and the dentist is closed on Fridays so now I can't call until Monday. I noticed it on Wednesday night and thought it was because I was trying to clean out between the tooth good with dental floss. Yesterday it didn't bother me much but today it has been quite sore. I'm really hoping it's because I'm thinking about it and once I forget about it it will go away. If it gets too bad I'll have DH put some "dent-temp" in it to get through the weekend. I'm thinking it chipped or a filling fell out since it's rough and feels like food gets stuck in it.

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    Meg - I used to work as a nanny to a dentist. His go-to for tooth pain is warm salt water, as warm and as salty as you can stand it, rinse with it as often as you need. I know it has helped me in the past...too bad my pain is now jaw pain...

    Good news and not so good news (maybe): Got the call I have been waiting for. Unfortunately I was not home for the call but they did leave a voice mail (not sure why they did not call my cell). Anyway, on Monday I go and sign my job offer!!! WOOT! Not so good news, I am now spotting.... that and I just broke even with the craft sale - but I have a job!!1

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    Thanks for the salt water tip. I may have to give it a try.

    Congrats about the job!!! Sorry to hear about the spotting. I'm sure it's disappointing to break even with your craft show with how much time and effort you put into it. Do you think you'll do it again?

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    "meggyrn" wrote:

    Congrats about the job!!! Sorry to hear about the spotting. I'm sure it's disappointing to break even with your craft show with how much time and effort you put into it. Do you think you'll do it again?

    No more craft sales, too much time and effort and little return.

    The spotting is light and really dark, almost black in colour? I have been over-doing it for a long time.

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    Margaret...Sounds like you did put a lot of work into making crafts and baked goods. I'm sorry it wasn't as successful as you wished. Was it just not busy? Your spotting sounds like old blood if it is that dark.

    I'm exhausted! I've been on the go with violin since this morning. I'm so meticulous about my house being clean before ppl come that I spent all morning cleaning it and only had about 30 minutes to shower, get dressed and get ready. I really shouldn't have minded how my house looked since a majority of the ppl were kids. All the violin students and some adult violinists came over at 11am. My teacher provided pizza for everyone. Then we practiced all of our Christmas songs. It was probably about 12 students playing as a group. This was the first time we all played together. Then we rushed to one nursing home to be set up and playing by 1pm. We played about a 30 minute recital then had cookies and coffee with the residents. Then we had a little break and had to be to an independent living facility at 2:45 for a 3:00 concert. Everyone did a great job playing. This will take place of our long spring recital so it's nice to be done. Plus, I love playing Christmas songs. Lots of standing was done today...in high heels.

    Tomorrow the girls and I are going to go to my parent's house to make krumkaka. None of us has ever made it but my mom bought an iron a couple years ago so we're going to give it a whirl.

    Hope everyone else is having a great Saturday!

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    This is a pic before my 2nd recital

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    I have been MIA... trying to catch up.

    Margaret - my mom used to do craft sales when I was a kid and I felt that for the amount of work she put in, it really did not pay off for her... I am really meticulous about my own craft projects and seem to never complete the ones just for me..

    Meg - I love your sweater and the tree. I try to be as meticulous as I can about the house when people are coming over, but there are just some things that DH does not do as well as I do... and I am too busy to do them... and I really don't want to hurt his feelings because he really does put a lot of effort into so much around the house. Also I do not know how you stood for a long time in high heels - those days are OVER for me (not because of any current medical issue - but just because I don't like to hurt period).

    DS is staying with grandma and grandpa tonight and we wrapped presents. We are going to try out the bounce house tomorrow before we get him to make sure there are no holes in it or anything.

    Tiffany

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