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    Sabine --

    I'm thinking maybe they had meetings today, the recruiter got sick or went out of town, or there was some sort of big time issue. Bummer totally that you now have to wait until Monday to know, but there could easily be reasons that make total sense. Try not to worry, even though I know that is hard. Monday will be a brand new day. And with all of us pulling for him, that should count for something! Pulling for you too, obviously!

    Think, if possible, on all the good you are doing for Chica instead:-)
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    Thanks, Lopisheep. Yes, logically I know that is probably just a process that the company is going through. Two people need to approve something, then it was to get forms A, B, and C attached, but the printer is out of paper, so put it on a stack for the alternate printer, and I really don't want to walk over to D hall this afternoon, I'll do it in the morning, and did HR approve the amount, check and see before I send this over to F for his signature.

    But I wanted to know Friday!!!!

    Hissy fit, without the hissy, that's what I'm having, I guess.

    I laid back in the tub this morning, covering my belly, and back. Even stayed under after the timer rang! Dare I say, I think I'm starting to really enjoy them. Do I have an unsuspected machisitic streak? (I do NOT know how to spell that! My life has been sheltered.) Now, if I could just get the water colder. Once Honey gets his job, I'll turn the chest freezer back on, and really go to town making more ice!

    Looks like we got a little rain last night! Thanks, Trojan!

    I hope Chica did okay. Maybe it prompted her to go back to her old yard (they have a dog house back there.) She was snugged up in the crate on our porch last night when Middlest came home from her dinner (Olive Garden for a friend's birthday). Although, once I acknowledged I was not ready to keep her overnight yet, I immediately began thinking about doing it. But instead I walked her over to her old house. She started scampering out in the street (!) but I left her to it, and went back home. She has to at least have the opportunity to go to her old house. Right?

    My allergies are driving me batty, and I am 99% sure that they are from my poor eating. Man, how did I live like this before? It was just how things were. Now, at least, I can see what a burden it is. And though I may not be emotionally strong enough to turn to other things than food right now, I am becoming more aware. Someday, I will be.

    And I know the benefits that will be waiting for me.

    I used to always have to travel with a box of Kleenex (or roll of tp, for the more budget times). Then that just stopped. I had a new reality. Now here I am, back to making sure I always have something for my nose. What a pain.

    Oh, low-carb living, what a blessing you are/were to me! If only I were tough enough to do budget low-carb, and not want treats to help me through the hard time. But we'll be together soon. Either because the money starts flowing, or I just get fed up, and suck it up, embracing ground beef and eggs with fervor.

    Man, it has been a while since I could have some sashimi. I sure do miss it. (And no, I don't need it served on Ecks chest [see his journal, if you don't know what the heck I am talking about]. A plain white plate will do.) And cream. And sour cream. Although, I am planning sour cream for the chicken enchiladas we will be having this week.

    I did a freezer inventory a few days ago, and figured out everything I could make from what I had in there, with stuff on hand, or minimal (cheap) purchases. There's a 6-cup package of shredded chicken meat that was calling out to be enchiladas. I've got the cheese, and tomatoes to make the sauce. I just need to get green chiles, tortillas, and sour cream. I have great memories of making enchiladas with my kids, assembly style. I would heat the tortillas in oil, then the kids would scoop in chicken, cheese, beans, and roll 'em up, all in a little line. What a team. We would make a huge batch, and get meals ready in the freezer.

    Of course, I know I could do an enchilada-style dish with no tortillas. My reason not to? I usually serve that with avocado and olives. Not this time, and it just seems too skimpy. So I go with the old stand-by, tortillas. Cheaper than avocado and olive, and yet it makes the meal seem heartier. The standard trap. At least I am stepping into it, knowing what I am doing. I will consider this, not a victory, but a strategic retreat. Hmmmm. Although thinking of it this way, actually analyzing my reasoning, maybe I should see just how MUCH more an avocado and a can of olives would cost than a package of tortillas. Maybe I just THINK it is more expensive.

    The rain is just enough that my Honey is not going to go riding. Poor guy. He was to going to meet up with some friends. But we're gaming tomorrow, so he'll get some social time then, at least. And maybe the rain today will just tamp down all the dust and leave the trails in great shape for tomorrow!

    Wow, I am chatty this morning. Time to post this, and go see what everyone else is doing.
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    Your enchiladas remind me of when I used to make 40 burritos at once for my husband's and oldest son's lunches. I'd spread out tortillas on the counters and then add chilis, beans, chicken I'd cooked and shredded, salsa, and cheese. Then I'd wrap them and put them in the freezer so they could put them in their lunches. It was fun.

    I'm going to cook a chicken today for soup. Love it when the weather gets cool enough to do that. My oldest son was being lazy about cooking beef stew in the chicken broth I'd made him, so I cooked it up for him while he was at work yesterday; added some tomatoes from the garden, and then ran to the store (well, actually I drove -- it is across the border and thus, the bridge, and down I5) to get a potato. Neither my youngest son (the vegetarian) nor I eat potatoes, so they don't tend to be around. He was pretty excited when he got home. He made a salad and was good to go.

    You can send your rain this way. For Vancouver, Washington, the rain has been pitiful = 355 days a year of rain instead of 362. I exaggerate a bit.

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    LOL @ Pam. And that is exactly why I am content to miss your mild winters. I'll take cold over constant rain, thank you very much.

    Sabine, when your imagination takes you in bad directions, give it some good ones. Pam got you off to a good start. It's amazing how often the positive interpretations are the correct ones, but we tend to want to run toward the negative ones. I have seen it cause some pretty nasty consequences when people start believing their negative interpretations, and take action on them. Oy.

    You might consider making a list of all the non-food sources of comfort you can think of. It might help out a time or two. Actually, that's an awfully good strategy for all of us. So why haven't I done it?
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    My Honey is a big softy

    Trojan sent quite a bit of rain up to us. I was saying to my Honey that I didn't feel right about putting Chica out in the weather, even with her crate on our porch. What if her owners didn't let her in? Or she just hung out on our porch and got rain blown in on her? Maybe she could stay in our living room (which can be shut off from the rest of the house)? He said, "I thought she could sleep with us."

    So she did. All the dogs snuggled together. I was worried that if Chica got up in the night, Salem and Chloe might freak out at a stranger in their area, with attendant barking and ruckus, but they seem to have accepted her completely.

    Got fed up with my various symptoms last night, and decided hamburger and eggs would be it for me. No more breads and sugar!! That heartburn is just too scary for me. It reminds me of my father's symptoms when he got cancer, and lights a fire under me. Too bad I can't get that motivated feeling without the fear, but someday, someday. In any case, I had a fry-up of ground beef and onions this morning, to start me off. I'm making devilled eggs to bring to games this afternoon, and some custard. Yes, I sprang for some cream. Guess I was feeling flush!

    When I checked at the store, doing enchiladas with avocado and olives would just be 50 cents more than the tortilla version. I think I can manage 50 extra cents.
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    Love the dog scenario and the sound of enchiladas:-)

    Do we get a picture of all the dogs together??:-) Pretty please, if there's a phone / camera around that does that.

    Sending positive thoughts early for good things to happen tomorrow. Charge those phones:-) Funny, we assume nobody has land phones anymore, or they're buried somewhere where no one can find them even if they'd want too.
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    We still have a land line, but I'm thinking that might change when all the kids are out on their own. Then, they won't be trying to reach the homestead in general, rather one of us, specifically. We'll see.

    I have not yet done the pictures onto computers thing. Another thing to add to my toolbox someday. But then I would have to decide what to have for my icon!!

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    Hey, fear is a great motivator. It was a big thing for me. I was afraid of being a crippled, diabetic old lady waiting for the next heart attack. It was not a theoretical fear; there were warning lights flashing on all of them. Fear is sometimes a healthy, wonderful thing. When you are taking inevitable consequences seriously, it is a highly intelligent thing too, at least if it prompts you to take effective action, as opposed to panicking.

    Here's to fear!
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    Thoughts

    I have a problem with clutter. It is getting better- slowly!- but there's still a bunch of clutter in my house and in my life. Once in a while I have said that there would be a silver lining to having all my belongings swept away by a tornado: I could start over without clutter, and put more thought into my possessions.

    As we've been eating from what we have, and not purchasing anything that's not vital, our fridge has become less cluttered. Of course, I miss the abundance, being able to make anything I fancied because I could buy the ingredients, or be sure to have all of them on hand. But there is a silver lining. When I open my fridge, I can see almost everything now, without a lot of reshuffling. It is easy to reach things. It looks cleaner, just because there is space around the items, instead of everything jumbled up together. I can fit the meat I am defrosting into one of the drawers, rather than piling it higgeldy-piggeldy next to the milk.

    I like it.

    Not that I am planning to keep it that way. When we have funds again, I'll be getting bacon, and veg, sauces, and cheeses. And I'll like that, too.

    But maybe just as our bodies are benefited by a cycle of feast and famine, our spirits might have use for cycles of abundance and scarcity. To be clearing out before we re-stock.

    The same thing is happening with my front room, as I find things to sell. I am balancing possessing an item versus having the funds to pay the mortgage and the life insurance. It helps make the emotional tie to each item weaker.

    That part of what is so hard for me, in clearing clutter. I get an attachment to things which goes beyond what they are. All those kids books? They're not just something to read. They are me spending time with my kids, investing in their imagination and intellect. They are the thrill I feel when someone looks at our shelves, and says 'wow, you read a lot'. It is my identity as a person who cares about knowledge and history. They are hedges against boredom and ignorance. They are comfort.

    How do you sell that kind of thing for 25 cents?

    But the mortgage is those kind of things too. It is never having to move unless I want to. It is seeing people I recognize and who recognize me, every time I walk in my neighborhood. It is coziness. It is safety. It is where our family gathers. It is where I am the center.

    And that's important enough to make those books, just books. I can feel those things without the books on my shelves. I've read to my kids- I don't need the books to prove it. I know I can get them from the library- I don't need to have them in my hands. I've learned things- I don't need to be able to access the knowledge at any moment.

    The same would go for my house, too, but I'm not evolved enough for that. Don't know that I want to be.

    And I'm glad this tornado is under my control.

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    I love books, so this is somewhat (hmm! - definitely) biased. I can see selling excess furniture and other things, but the books will come so in handy when you're reading to grandkids and then passing them on to grandkids. Unless you have a lot of first editions, the quarter a book probably won't go a long way towards paying the mortgage. Just a thought. My first three grandkids all have some of my books, and I'm using them with my youngest grandson right now. Nephews and nieces love them too.

    Maybe you could sell stuffed animals instead. They are easy to replace and get overwhelming. I swear, my sister's kids had a full room of them when they moved and downsized. The Goodwill really scored that weekend. I felt like Santa.

    Praying tomorrow is the day for jobs, and that you can keep all those wonderful books.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sabine View Post
    I have a problem with clutter. It is getting better- slowly!- but there's still a bunch of clutter in my house and in my life. Once in a while I have said that there would be a silver lining to having all my belongings swept away by a tornado: I could start over without clutter, and put more thought into my possessions.

    As we've been eating from what we have, and not purchasing anything that's not vital, our fridge has become less cluttered. Of course, I miss the abundance, being able to make anything I fancied because I could buy the ingredients, or be sure to have all of them on hand. But there is a silver lining. When I open my fridge, I can see almost everything now, without a lot of reshuffling. It is easy to reach things. It looks cleaner, just because there is space around the items, instead of everything jumbled up together. I can fit the meat I am defrosting into one of the drawers, rather than piling it higgeldy-piggeldy next to the milk.

    I like it.

    Not that I am planning to keep it that way. When we have funds again, I'll be getting bacon, and veg, sauces, and cheeses. And I'll like that, too.

    But maybe just as our bodies are benefited by a cycle of feast and famine, our spirits might have use for cycles of abundance and scarcity. To be clearing out before we re-stock.

    The same thing is happening with my front room, as I find things to sell. I am balancing possessing an item versus having the funds to pay the mortgage and the life insurance. It helps make the emotional tie to each item weaker.

    That part of what is so hard for me, in clearing clutter. I get an attachment to things which goes beyond what they are. All those kids books? They're not just something to read. They are me spending time with my kids, investing in their imagination and intellect. They are the thrill I feel when someone looks at our shelves, and says 'wow, you read a lot'. It is my identity as a person who cares about knowledge and history. They are hedges against boredom and ignorance. They are comfort.

    How do you sell that kind of thing for 25 cents?

    But the mortgage is those kind of things too. It is never having to move unless I want to. It is seeing people I recognize and who recognize me, every time I walk in my neighborhood. It is coziness. It is safety. It is where our family gathers. It is where I am the center.

    And that's important enough to make those books, just books. I can feel those things without the books on my shelves. I've read to my kids- I don't need the books to prove it. I know I can get them from the library- I don't need to have them in my hands. I've learned things- I don't need to be able to access the knowledge at any moment.

    The same would go for my house, too, but I'm not evolved enough for that. Don't know that I want to be.

    And I'm glad this tornado is under my control.
    Think about the feel of looser shirts
    Keep it simple
    Eat really tasty food

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