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  • Oh, yes. Making the rounds again this morning, filling out applications. I don't mention it all the time, because how depressing is that?!

    I did a scouting trip on dumpster location this morning, on my way back from the school run. Saw a homeless person sleeping, so immediately felt: bad for them, thankful we aren't at that point, worried as to what I could/should do for them. A sack meal? But will they still be there when I get back? I can't go until Littlest gets out the door. Also saw a piece of pegboard, for which I will go back when the place is open, and ask if they are tossing it. I have been wanting some peg-board for our garage. Our tools are in a crazy jumble.

    Chica fit right back into the family circle last night.

    Maybe a little too much so.

    Our neighbor on the OTHER side has a new dog. This dog is quiet, but comes and stands right by a crack in the fence, driving our dachshunds into a frenzy. We are starting the long process of teaching them not to bark at him. With Chica on the other side of her fence, they would run over, bark and snarl like crazy at each other for about two minutes, and then lose interest. Not with this new dog. I think him just standing there, silently, is making them crazy with curiosity/desire/who knows what. So last night when Salem and Chloe went into their new routine, Chica charged over and joined in. One, when she starts barking, it revs Salem and Chloe up even more (mob mentality forming, right before my eyes! ). Two, I now have THREE dogs to haul out from under the bushes, instead of two.

    I will definitely take this problem over sleeping next to a dumpster!

    It is Homecoming today and half the gals and guys at the school when I dropped off Middlest and her friend, were burdened with mums or garters. Middlest's friend had one from her date that required quite a bit of manuevering.

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    • Maybe it would help if you organized a meeting of the dogs face to face instead of through a fence. If they can meet maybe the scent of the other dog will be less alluring?
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      Current Weight as of Nov 25 2015: 248
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      Met Goal: Be a 2x Shirt, Fit in a standard airplane seat belt without the use of a seat belt extension
      Long Term Goal: 166lbs (One day!), Buy whatever cloths I want to wear.
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      • I think my reservations about the dumpster diving are because for the first time, I am thinking of it not as an 'oh look, that's neat, let's grab it since someone is just throwing it away' moment, but an 'I need things, so let's go looking for them in the trash' one.

        All attitude, I suppose. I just need to get over it. But not at Aldi, apparently, because their dumpster is hidden.

        The dogs are so funny about meeting other dogs. Sometimes it works out great, other times...not so much. Salem in particular: very docile when meeting them 'out in the wild'. But when she is back on her territory, watch out! She turns very macha. We'll be trying it, though, because it just makes sense.

        Did one work call, so that feels good. Going to feed myself and the dogs, do some chores, then head out on the application rounds.

        Good luck on your interview today, Naiadknight. We're all rooting for you.

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        • I would suggest introducing the dogs on the sidewalk out front or at a park then. That way neither dog is in their territory and won't feel a need to defend it.
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          SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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          • Got through the job applications, and paying two and 1/10 bills. Whew. I've got that shaky feeling, like after a histimine release. One more unpleasant task for today, and another on Monday. Ugh. Stress, stress, stress! I hate it.

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            • I know the feeling. I was so stressed out by bill paying when we were both unemployed, that I still have to steel myself to do it. After 12 years. Mind you, we went through years of unemployment...
              5'2", 55 years, Primal since April. Pre-Primal weight loss, from 216.6 to 157.8
              Primal low: 140.2 (Dec. 3) Goal weight: 135?
              Main Primal goal: beating back my CFS enough to function more normally and start writing again

              More and more, our life has been governed by specialists, who know too little of what lies outside their province to be able to know enough about what takes place within it.
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              • More prayers, happy thoughts, and hugs coming your way. Wish I could offer a good solid job lead - that would be much more helpful.

                Nothing from the recruiters huh?

                How's hubby's resolve holding up?
                1. Love ME no matter what noises are screaming at me, or who is trying to tear me down.
                2. Eat to heal
                3. Move to live
                4. Embrace today
                5. Live with intention
                6. Respect my body
                7. Cultivate joy
                8. Find my passion
                9. Meditate on peace in my soul

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                • Sabine-
                  Have either ofy'all checked the local headhunters and temp agencies? A lot of companies and firms do temp to hire for even engineering positions, so they may do it for y'all's careers as well. I'm on the list with the agency that does engineering work, and at least a few headhunter lists.
                  Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, steak in one hand, chocolate in the other, yelling "Holy F***, What a Ride!"
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                  • Warning- dog training method that you may disagree with

                    I guess I don't know myself how I feel about this. Certainly, there are no long-term ill-effects, and really, even short-term ones, but I can't help but feel there is a tinge of meanness to this method. Not in our motivation, but in the dogs' perceptions. But we're using it. It is... the hose.

                    Last night when we let them out (outdoor access severely limited yesterday, so we could deal with the barking) they got sprayed with the hose as soon as they started barking at the fence. Chica ran back to the house as soon as she heard the hose turn on: I feel she may have had experience with this method before.

                    This was the first time for Salem and Chloe, though. Chloe caught on right away. One squirt, and she was out of there. Salem went back for another try, then realized this water monster was serious.

                    Early this morning Salem just ran outside to do her business, no barking. (Don't know if the new dog is out overnight). Then, after we were all up, I took the whole crew out. A short squirt got them out of the bushes, but they still hung around the lawn for a bit. Chica, however, was motivated by the sound of the hose to run straight in through the dog door, the first time she has managed that on her own. (A training two-for-one.)

                    We'll see how it progresses through the day. I did not stop them from barking at a person passing in the alley; that's the kind of barking I think a dog SHOULD do.

                    Shakshuka for breakfast again. I am loving that stuff.

                    Judg- Yes, it is the kind of visceral experience no time will erase, I think.

                    Tomi- He is getting very down. It is hard to see, especially since he doesn't really want hugs and pep talks from me. I have to concentrate on giving him what makes HIM feel better, not necessarily what I would want.

                    Naiadknight- Yup, he's doing all that. Everything except going down to the day labor site. That may come. I need to zip over to your journal and see how your interview went yesterday. I hope you got a good meal out of it, too.

                    Well, the Dish Fairy did not come last night, so I better get on them. I am using the bit by bit method. Read one journal page, do three dishes. Lather, rinse, repeat.

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                    • I'm so sorry for the bad job news, Sabine. Sending positive thoughts your way.
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                      Goal for 2013: lose 10 kg and keep new weight (+/- 65 kg)

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                      • Sabine- I've used the same technique to get dog's to stop undesirable behavior. I don't consider it cruel unless it's frigid outside.
                        Y'all are in my thoughts. Hoping y'all get offers soon.
                        Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, steak in one hand, chocolate in the other, yelling "Holy F***, What a Ride!"
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                        • I used a squirt bottle to try to train my beloved departed cat, Tom, to stay off the counters and the stove. Since it was really for his own good - he could have been badly injured - I didn't feel too terrible about it. Unfortunately he liked it. When I would go into the kitchen, he would run ahead of me, jump up on the counter, and turn his face towards me with his eyes slightly closed. I think he found it refreshing. I miss him.
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                          "Freedom from fear" could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights. - Dag Hammarskjold

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                          • Originally posted by Siobhan View Post
                            I used a squirt bottle to try to train my beloved departed cat, Tom, to stay off the counters and the stove... Unfortunately he liked it. When I would go into the kitchen, he would run ahead of me, jump up on the counter, and turn his face towards me with his eyes slightly closed. I think he found it refreshing. I miss him.
                            Heeheehee!

                            We have had one more successful trip outside, with the dogs stopping their barking and coming away from the fence as soon as I told them to stop. No hose required.

                            Got the dishes done, walked the dogs, did our library returns, then sewed up some rips in our sofas. One more to go, but my fingers are getting sore from punching through the leather, so I'm taking a little break.

                            Middlest is going to the Homecoming dance with friends tonight. Looks like I will be on pick up duty at midnight. I am weighing the pros and cons of taking a nap and getting up at 11:30, or staying up all the way through. It might be a god time to stay up and do some sewing.

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                            • Originally posted by Sabine View Post
                              Middlest is going to the Homecoming dance with friends tonight. Looks like I will be on pick up duty at midnight. I am weighing the pros and cons of taking a nap and getting up at 11:30, or staying up all the way through. It might be a god time to stay up and do some sewing.
                              I usually find it easier to stay up.
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                              • I find it easier to stay up too.

                                I don't think it's cruel to use the hose to train the dogs. As a neighbor to barking dogs, I find them to be very annoying. I would have put my neighbors in for an award if they had used this method to shut their dogs up. Mine do pretty good if we holler out the door to them, unless there's a train going by or fire trucks/cop cars with sirens in the area. They'll continue to howl and bark at that no matter what we do. Thinking bark collars??

                                MIL's puggle (beagle/pug mix) barks at EVERYTHING and WILL.NOT.STOP! They have a bark collar for her. I got bit by a dog with a bark collar once. I was petting her and apparently touched the spot where the collar shocks her. She bit me when I touched her neck. Maybe something I did made it shock her, idk... she didn't break the skin or anything, but it was enough to make me shy away from her. She was later put down b/c she got kind of mean and they were afraid she'd bite one of the kids. She was a Chesapeake Bay Retriever.
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                                SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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