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  • Originally posted by Sabine View Post
    And though you may not want to consider it, perhaps even though your mind and heart love running, maybe your feet and legs don't. It could be structural, not RA. Don't let the fear behind the big things blind you to the possibility that it may be a little (or medium) thing.
    I have considered that too. I plan to finish out the running season (last race is December 7) and see how things work after that. If I can get the pain under control without the use of daily NSAID pain relievers (currently taking 800 mg of ibuprofen every dang morning), then I'll be a happy camper. If not, depression will likely ensue. I have no idea why but for some reason I really enjoy running long distance. And it's really annoying, frustrating, unfair that others can do it with no negative effects, but I can't do it. But, I guess there's always heavy lifting to occupy my energy should running no longer be allowed.

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    Had open house for our kids' school last night. Open house should instead be called "supplies drop off" night. When I was in school, Open House happened after the school year started and was done to allow the students to show off things they'd been doing in school - special assignments, art projects, etc. I don't even know where the art room IS in our kids' school, but my parents knew b/c we went from classroom to classroom looking at our stuff.

    Speaking of school supplies though... I have a serious issue with the way they do school supplies at our school. They make you buy 5 boxes of crayons, 32 pencils, 8 expo markers, 3 folders, a binder, etc, etc, etc, and so you do. You let your kids pick out what they like and spend the bucks to get them quality stuff they will want to use. Then you get to the open house and everything is tossed into a communal box. WTF? NO! I bought that stuff for MY kid. I bought that Hello Kitty folder for MAKENNA, not Josie or Natalie or Katie or whomever else might be in her class.

    I understand that some kids' parents can't afford to buy them the necessary school supplies and the extras we buy are used for those kids. I understand that and I agree that they probably need them and it's a good idea for us who can afford it to buy the extras to help out... HOWEVER, I do NOT like being FORCED to buy them. ASK me to buy an extra box of crayons, or an extra folder or two to provide to a needy student. DO NOT FORCE me to supply things for other people's kids. For all you know, *I* could be broke as hell and needed to use a credit card to buy school supplies this year. (I didn't, but they don't know that). For all they know, we could be in foreclosure and about to lose our house, and here we're buying extra school supplies for someone else's kid. (we're not, but that's beside the point - maybe another family is). I *DID* get stuck on furlough and lost 20% of my take home income, and as a result, school supplies were a hardship (I hadn't figured them into the budget). Brad ended up working overtime to pay for them. And as such, our kids did not get new clothes or shoes for school this year. They are in dire need of new clothes, but there's no budget for it yet. Nope... had to pay $150 for school supplies...

    I am all about charity. Charity is a necessary thing in our world. I support charities. I donate to charities, I fundraise for charities. I just received a receipt on Friday claiming I'd given $800 worth of clothing to the battered women's shelter. I'm currently raising funds for St. Jude. I have raised funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. I donate cash to fundraisers when I can afford to (recently gave $25 to Fisher House - a Ronald McDonald type organization for wounded soldiers, and gave $25 to the LLS). I am 100% pro charity... but when I have to buy 5 boxes of Crayola crayons (not Rose Art, Crayola b/c the sheet says so), 3 folders, 32 pencils, and 2 notebooks to be thrown in a box at Open House b/c Jimmy's parents can't afford to buy him what he needs and the extras will be given to him, I get a little upset. I work for my money (notice I didn't say hard... lol). Brad works for his money. We earn it to spend how we see fit. When we are forced to buy supplies for students that are not our own, it becomes a tax. And 17% of my $3,500 property tax bill already goes to the school. 1% of the sales tax in our county goes to the school. I pay registration for my kid to go to school. Surely a small chunk of that money could be used for poor Jimmy's school supplies.

    Obviously, I would make a piss poor democrat... lol

    Anyhow, that's my complaint... please don't force me to buy school supplies that go beyond what my kid will need for school. In fact, let me buy what he needs to START school and replace as needed as the school year goes on. It's less of a financial burden that way - for both our family and Little Jimmy's family. I could have easily cut our school bill in half and gotten my kids a pair of jeans or something for school with the extra money not spent on supplies.
    Primal since March 5, 2012
    SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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    • Have you considered long distance walking in place of the running? Less stress on the body but still a stress/depression reliever.

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      • Now to change the tone, I finally got my appraisal. Boss #2 didn't agree with some of what Boss #1 said and says she's going to change my overall rating. They rated me a 2 (with 1 being the highest), but she said that after our discussion yesterday, she will be changing it to a 1.

        She said that the work I do has greatly improved with the new commander coming on board and she wondered why that was. I told her I think it's b/c the new boss gives clearer guidance for what he's looking for, and tasks me more than the old commander did. She nodded and said she can see that and said that my answer was the reason she's going to change the rating.

        We discussed my future with the organization and she asked me if I'd considered putting in for any of the GS-11 positions that are coming up soon (or organization is restructuring and as long as the total number of employees does not change, people are able to move around to new/open positions). I expressed that I didn't think I was eligible for any of the GS-11 positions b/c I'm only a GS-08 and don't have enough time as a GS-09 to qualify for an 11. She told me to put in for them and see what happens. So, I will. Apparently the rules are different when we're not opening positions to the public.

        She also told me to give my resume to the director of the supply division to get her input on it b/c having been a supply sergeant in the past, I would be an asset. The supply division is where the GS-11 positions will be at. GS-11 is a HUGE promotion. I'd be THRILLED to get a GS-11 position, as long as I like the work, that is.

        I also found out that the step increase I received a few months ago was an automatic increase as a result of reaching an anniversary for time in service. Apparently it was a 2 year employment increase. The gal that handles our evaluations said that there are no awards being given for quality evaluations at this time b/c of sequestration. Thanks Congress... I could have really gone or a bonus - my kids need clothes - see previous post. lol

        Anywho, so good evaluation. I'm cool with a 2. It's realistic. I says I'm doing ok, but there's room for improvement. And I 100% agree with that. There were some really good points about my potential noted, and the typical weaknesses - attention to detail, distractions, etc. I'm working on it.
        Primal since March 5, 2012
        SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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        • Originally posted by marcadav View Post
          Have you considered long distance walking in place of the running? Less stress on the body but still a stress/depression reliever.
          I have walked a half marathon before b/c my calves were not cooperating and it was the most frustrating/annoying/boring thing I have done. I was going stir crazy. I think the itch to break out into a run would always be there even if I set out to only run it. I need something challenging and long distance walking isn't something I consider to be a challenge. RUNNING is a challenge. LIFTING is a challenge. Walking 13 miles is not - in my opinion - simply b/c I know I can do more and b/c I know I can do more, I don't think I'd be satisfied with doing less. I'm too competitive in my own mind to be ok with just walking.
          Primal since March 5, 2012
          SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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          • Sounds like good news at work. Congrats
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            • I want to eat. I'm not hungry... just want to eat. Snacky, poppable stuff - like Enjoy Life Mega Chunks... that's what I'm craving. lol Of course, I have none with me at work.
              Primal since March 5, 2012
              SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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              • Congrats on the good evaluation! I hope big things are in store for you!!!

                And I won't twist off & go on a rant about the whole school issue thing except this...welcome to socialism. It's all about the haves providing for the have nots. I agree with you 100% on everything you said cause its true! Honestly if I still had a kiddo in school I would probably homeschool. Don't like what they teach anyways. I know there are a lot of teachers around here & bless their hearts most of 'em do the best they can. I have teachers in my family & know what they have to go thru in a profession they love. I could never do what they do. So hats off to the great teachers out there. You know who you are.

                On the whole running issue...that would suck if you had to give it up...but you sure don't want to damage your poor tootsies anymore than they may already be, if there is a problem. If you cant run maybe you could help the marathons in other ways? Just a thought. Will be keeping my fingers crossed all goes well.
                Goal: Don't worry be happy!

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                • Originally posted by theprimalcajun View Post
                  ...welcome to socialism. It's all about the haves providing for the have nots. I agree with you 100% on everything you said cause its true! .
                  AMEN!!!!!

                  Now - I realize times are tough and we should extend a helping hand............ however! I've seen people in the store using food stamps to buy food (mostly crap food) -- and then handing over a pile cash to pay for something absolutely unnecessary! Like cigarettes or alcohol! At the same time they are using a smart phone and then go climb into the their Navigator and drive off with their 6 kids in tow. And don't even get me started on the illegal aliens working for cash under the table and then getting government assistance for housing and food and medical. Burns my butt!

                  I'd provide what MY child needs for school - and buy a little extra of the things like paper and pencils for the "pool".
                  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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                  • You can get most smartphones for next to nothing (for the actual phone) if you're eligible for an upgrade... but the plans are expensive. Brad and I pay $130 a month for our plan, with three major discounts for work affiliation, paperless billing and auto-deduct from my checking account. Anything to save a buck.

                    But I have my own financial worries. Please don't make me take care of someone else's financial worries. ASK me if I'm able to help by providing a $5 donation or by buying an extra box of crayons, but do NOT force me to do it.

                    That being said, I don't think it should be up to the teacher to provide things out of their pockets either. They don't get paid what they're worth and can't afford it either. And, of course, given the dilapidated state of our schools, the districts also can't afford it... it's really too bad that the federal government is so jacked up and keeps cutting education funding.
                    Primal since March 5, 2012
                    SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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                    • part of the problem with the schools - is the same as with the government - (IMO) - the guys at the TOP are making ridiculous amounts of money!!!! CUT THOSE SALARIES & BENNIES and it will ease the load on the entire system. I'd love to see Congress take a 20% pay cut --- they don't do jack shit anyway!
                      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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                      • When I was in elementary school, you got the list on the first day. It was what you would "need" with an invitation to donate supplies or money for those who couldn't afford it. The only communal supplies were hand soap, kleenex and construction paper. My parents generally bought the bare bones (paper, pencil, colors, backpack, folders/ binders) and communal supplies before school, and got everything else as we needed it. Then again, this was a low income school, so the teachers warned the parents on upcoming expenses and had a fund set aside, paid out of donations, for kids that couldn't afford it. There was also the Terrier Supplies for kids that couldn't afford even the basic supplies. If you were in free lunch, $20 bought you everything, including the backpack.
                        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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                        • lol. You girls make me smile!! I'm so glad that others feel the same way as I do! I certainly don't mind chipping in an extra box of crayons...or a couple spiral notebooks or whatever! I'm glad to do it! But don't "mandate" that I have to do it. And yes congress is worthless! They vote themselves raises while the rest of us peons struggle...they have their OWN awesome healthcare plan (don't even get me started on that!!)...they get rich off the kickbacks & payoffs they take...our founding fathers must be spinning in their graves! This is not what they envisioned for our country. Makes me so sad sometimes it makes me want to cry. *sigh*
                          Goal: Don't worry be happy!

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                          • I work for the government... so I have to be really careful what I say... especially as I write this on a government computer. But the system is seriously broke (both physically and monetarily) and needs a major overhaul. Congress needs to be paid less, they need fewer benefits - I should rephrase that... let them have their pay and their benefits, but make them actually work for it. Hold them accountable. If they don't perform, they don't keep "working" for the Congress. And no "forever" benefits that go on til death just b/c they served a term. There should also be term limits on Congress. We don't need out of touch 90 year olds making decisions for our country.

                            Ok, I'm done.
                            Primal since March 5, 2012
                            SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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                            • Back in the dinosaur days when I went to school everyone paid their own way. My folks got the list of what we would need for the year & bought accordingly & then added to it as it was needed. There was always a donation box at the store for any that chose to add to it as well as at school..seems it was always full. No one made a big deal that little Johnnie or Janet's parents couldn't afford supplies...they were always taken care of...but without all the big fanfare. I never knew who was poor & who got free lunch or got help with supplies. If someone ran out of paper or a pencil & I had extra I shared & thought nothing of it. Didn't matter to me. Now it seems a badge of honor that they can't afford it & someone else's parents have to cough up so they too can have stuff...& not dollar store stuff either. We have soooo lost our way as a country. I miss "the good ole days" when right was right & wrong was punished. Just to show you how old I am...when the occasional girl got pregnant, she had to leave school!!! The horror!! Now she gets subsidized & free day care! There were consequences of your actions back then. Not so much now. *sigh again*

                              On a happier note...I made some flourless peanut butter cookies while ago. While surely not perfectly primal they sure are tasty & nice for a little snack & gluten free!! I'll post the recipe over in my journal.
                              Goal: Don't worry be happy!

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                              • Texas is a good example of how it should be. Our legislature meets every two years & our representatives have real jobs. Mine for my area is a farmer! Our representatives in Washington are different tho. I'm sure they get all the perks there. Definitely need a reset.
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