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  • I feel you (in a non-physical, non-literal way). We need to buy a new mattress protector (ours is shredded) and I'm sitting here thinking "Well I do have that cash from my birthday on hand." Put that money into savings and sit on it for a bit. What would make you most happy or feel the best about yourself?
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    • You know what, Tasha, that's exactly it! You just helped me decide how to spend about $50 of it. I'll get my hair did. I've been wanting to cut it and get it colored, so that's what I'll do with a bit of it. This is the cut I'm looking at: Pin by Jenn Tyler on Hair | Pinterest

      The trouble is knowing whether or not I can do that exact color. At one time, my sister (my stylist) told me that b/c I have a "red base" to my hair color, I would be wasting my money putting red based dye in it b/c it won't hold or something like that. So I will confer with her and her colleagues to see what is my best option for color. I just know I am finding more and more grey and I don't like it. I feel like I'm too young to be getting greys. I'm sure every woman feels that way and I'm no different than the rest... it's just that I don't have endless financial resources, so coloring and recoloring and recoloring again is not really an option unless we get more of this debt paid off.

      Speaking of money... my pay check is just shy of $100 more than usual thanks to the temporary promotion.

      Speaking further regarding money... the internships are interviewing and I haven't been contacted for an interview, so I'm assumign I didn't get picked for ANY of the three, which makes me really sad. I met all the qualifications! I hope I just haven't been contacted YET... But if I had to choose between the internships and the job I interviewed for yesterday, I'd take the one I interviewed for yesterday. It fits my nerdery very well. I think the director was very impressed that I had written a business plan before (which included all the financial analysis needed to present a proposal to a bank and investment brokers) and that I have our budget drawn out for the next 5 years... I was so embarrassed to tell her that little budget bit, but I think it was a well played move - especially since the government plans things this year based on next year's budget.

      The interview took an hour and 15 minutes. She scheduled all of the interviews for that long and told us we could use the entire timeframe without cause for concern. She asked 4 questions. One was what experience I had with budgeting systems and processes and in what capacity I utilized them. Another was based on communication skills - what experience did I have and who was my audience. A third was what types of projects I'd worked on and how they went. The final question was about my experience working with a team. She typed the question at the top of a sheet of printer paper and used that paper to keep her notes. She filled each sheet with notes. She took very good notes too - capturing every thought I vocalized. She gave me the opportunity to add things I'd forgotten as we were discussing by going back through the questions and reading back to me what she'd written.

      The way she's going to evaluate the candidates is based off these 4 questions. She'll compare all the answers to question one, then move on to question two, and so forth. She won't compare the candidates as a whole, but rather will compare our answers and score us accordingly. That said, if something pertained to more than one question, I was instructed to retell all the details of it. When evaluating the questions, they will only refer to things on that particular sheet of paper for the analysis. Keeps it fair, I guess.

      I don't know if I'm a shoe in, but I definitely think I'll make the "short list" of candidates. Anyhow, my fingers are crossed b/c I think this job would be awesome! The nerd in me REALLY wants to crunch those numbers! And maybe if I'm analyzing numbers for the government, I'll stop over-analysing our personal finances.

      ANYHOW... camping this weekend. Should be fun. Probably no racing tonight b/c it's been raining to drown hell this week. 5k tomorrow, then a Thirty-One party tomorrow night. Hoping for a good weekend.
      Primal since March 5, 2012
      SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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      • Yay more money! Yay for hairdo! That is a very cute cut . I have no idea why a red shade wouldn't work on a naturally red shade, but I guess the experts/pros would!

        Have fun at your Thirty-One party!
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        • I always wondered the same thing... I would think a red base would help amplify a red dye, but she says it kind of washes out or fades more quickly. She said I need to stick to tones of blue - not like blue dye, but with a blue base or something like that. Red would only remain for a couple of weeks. Which bums me out b/c I really like the browns and reds.
          Primal since March 5, 2012
          SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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          • Very cute hair! Pictures when you're done, please!

            The finance job does sound like a perfect fit for you........... sure hope you get it.
            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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            • GAH! They didn't cancel the races!! So now I'm taking 3 hours off work so I can run home, get the camper keys and pack some clothes/blanket, etc for the weekend, get to Muscatine to pick up some groceries, drop all of that off at the camper, then beat feat home to go to the races. *sigh* so much to do, so little time to do it in...
              Primal since March 5, 2012
              SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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              • well - have a fun weekend!
                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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                • It does sound odd about the red tones. My hair has red undertones, and I have often had red colours added. Highlights, or most recently, an overall dark red/brown colour. Red always fades a bit faster than other shades, but it works as good on my natural mid brown as blond or darker shades. Have never told that reds would be an issue.
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                  • So there's this gal having a book party... she's totally kicking ass! Like, literally! She's over $800 in sales right now! I told her she seems to have a knack for selling these things and asked her if she would consider being a consultant. She asked me to let her think about it. So now I have 5 people "thinking about it". I would like for 2 to stop thinking and to do it so I can get promoted to Senior Consultant.

                    I wonder when the office I interviewed with will make a decision regarding who to hire. I hope it's me.

                    Bad food weekend. I didn't completely overdo it, but I didn't remain compliant either. Soda was involved. McDonald's was involved. Donuts were involved. But a lot of good meats and veggies/fruits were involved too. It was about 50/50 this weekend.

                    Rivers are flooding. Makes me worried about our camping vacation. I hope the waters go down soon so the campgrounds can dry out. According to the email confirmation I received, if they close the park, we'll be fully refunded... but that'll leave us with a week off work and no place to camp, so I really hope the rivers crest and recede long before the 6th of July.
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                    Primal since March 5, 2012
                    SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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                    • I had a bad weekend also. I ate a deli sandwich, corn chips and had some rum/diet coke. It shows on the scales.
                      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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                      • Brad's depression is bothering him again. Actually, he's got a whole slew of things bothering him I guess - depression, anxiety, lack of focus, weight gain, constant hunger, fatigue. He has stayed home the last two days. He's considering going to the doctor. I suggested he have his thyroid tested for free T3/T4 and his TSH. I can't remember what all he should have tested... won't matter anyway. If he's within the "normal" ranges, she won't do anything about it anyway. He should probably see a functional med doc or an endocrinologist, I guess. I also suggested he ask for a Rx for Deplin. The starting dose for Deplin is 7.5 mg, which translates to 7500 mcg, which is 8 l-methylfolate capsules a day... that could get expensive. They come 100 to a bottle, so at 8 a day, a bottle would last us 12 days... oy.

                        Doctor is booked all day today. And then she's on vacation til the 7th. He says he'll just tough it out til she gets back... in the meantime, I'm going to order the l-methylfolate and he can just take 8 a day...

                        Of course, changing his diet will help ALL of the things he's battling right now. In the meantime, I ordered two bottles of the l-methylfolate. That'll get us through the drs vacation and then he can see her about the Rx version. Rx will be cheaper b/c insurance will cover it and it comes in a larger dose so we won't blow through a whole bottle in a matter of days. I know Ashley will let him take the l-methlyfolate. It's just a vitamin, after all, and you can't overdose on it b/c anything your body doesn't need is peed out. And there's a cheap $10 generic, so that definitely seems to be the way to go. I've even considered seeing her for a Rx for it as well simply b/c it is a food grade treatment, it's not a drug and the body chooses it's own therapeutic level, not to mention there's no withdrawal affect or negative side effects. It probably wouldn't hurt for my kids to take it too. Brady has shown some signs of depression since getting on his Concerta. I might have him take a couple capsules a day too... see how that works for his mood.

                        I want to mention to Brad that diet and exercise would go a LONG way toward making him feel better too, but of course, he already knows that and won't welcome that advice... I did suggest he take a walk and get some sunshine to help his mind, though. It's a start... telling him to take one walk is a lot different than telling him to hit the gym everyday. Hopefully he takes my suggestion.

                        Camping without a crowd in a couple of weeks should help too. Lots of time to veg out in the sunshine without much for responsibilities (keeping our kids from drowning will be the biggest one). Sex... sex would help too. Maybe I'll pounce on him like a kitten tonight.

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                        That said, my diet still sucks. It's getting better, but there are still a lot of things that could be improved. For instance, soda... that needs to go. I just finished off the last bit of Dr. Pepper we had, so that's gone at least. Last night I had cake and ice cream at SIL's birthday celebration. Why do we do cake and ice cream for birthdays? There weren't any leftovers from dinner last night (had steak at MIL's house for SIL's bday) so I have to get something from the cafeteria. Not sure what I'll find up there - probably nothing compliant. I'll do my best though. Going to the gym today too for an OHP workout around noonish... maybe... looking at the calendar makes me wonder when I'll get there. The boss has his top secret harddrive in the computer, so I get to babysit all day. If he doesn't have an hour long break from meetings today, I'll be chained to my desk. Can't leave the drive unattended.

                        ANYhow... I think I'm rambling now. Ciao!
                        Primal since March 5, 2012
                        SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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                        • sorry to hear Brad is struggling. Its hard enough to deal with our own struggles, but add in the struggles of the people we love and it all seems to get too heavy!!! Definitely diet is the best place to start. Sometimes the best we can do is just try to control the environment at home - that's what I try to do. Doesn't always work. Last night I sat and watched hubby devour about 1/2 of a bag of corn chips with the primal taco casserole I made. UGH! What do you do??? He says he wants to lose weight, but doesn't really want to change his eating habits.

                          How about getting the entire family out for a walk after dinner? It doesn't have to be long or quick - just a leisurely stroll through the neighborhood. Any movement is better than none.
                          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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                          • Doing a lot of research on l-methylfolate. Found a TON of links I want to keep track of. I think I'll create a pinterest board pertaining to it b/c it's kind of cumbersome to try and find things stored here.

                            I'm finding that I will need to read The Mood Cure for sure.
                            Primal since March 5, 2012
                            SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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                            • Never heard of l-methylfolate before. Might help my eldest son...
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                              "Our greatest foes, and whom we must chiefly combat, are within." Miguel de Cervantes

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                              • Sounds like Brad and I are on the same ship. My depression has been worsening and I know its mostly work related. All I want to do is sleep or eat and I don't feel like I want to workout at all. I'm about to force myself to do something at this rate.
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