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Old 03-22-2011, 08:36 AM
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Very nice thought to start the day with, Star. Thank you.

Lav, your anni is this Saturday. I hope to be able to post congrats, then, but if not, Congrats!

Paguy, I read, actually listenned to The Help last summer. It was a great read and wonderfully narrated. Keep us posted about your niece. I like your strategy of going to the gym before coming home to get past the drinking hour. What a healthy change that is!

Cassia, I'm travelling on Friday and will be away a week. We have bought the latest Ipad and it is great. It will be along with us. We'll probably pack a laptop as well. Mr. Dill and I are both addicted to the internet.

I have Spring break starting on Friday and we are driving down to New Orleans see our daughter and SIL. We will have house sitters here taking care of things, so it should be a care free trip. I am looking forward to it and am getting armed for the drive with books and audiobooks.

Have a nice AF Tuesday everyone.
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Old 03-22-2011, 09:05 AM
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Morning marchers!

Dew - how did the chocolate brown turn out? I'm always so paranoid about dyeing my own hair.

Lav - 2 years??? You better do something totally awesome for yourself - you deserve it. You are definitely the inspiration here for all of us.

PA guy - any new little niece yet? All these new little babies are so exciting!

Star - I love inspirational quotes - this is a good one.

Dill, Mario, Chill, Cassia and Rusty - hope you all have a wonderful day!
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Old 03-22-2011, 10:29 AM
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Good morning Marchers,

Still waiting for the sun to appear!

Jolie, did you hear they're talking about snow again tomorrow?
That does not thrill me, not at all!

Dill, how long of a drive is it to N.O.?
I hope you enjoy your visit - surely you won't encounter any snow down there

Time to get my day going!
Wishing everyone a wonderful AF Tuesday

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Old 03-22-2011, 11:17 AM
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Good afternoon everyone

Little later checking in today as I had my Weight Watchers meeting this morning. Lost half a pound. Better than nothing and I guess I am going in the right direction.

Jolie - Thanks for starting us off.

Lav - 2 Years, congratulations that is amazing. Loved the last photo of little Lily, keeping posting cause she is adorable.

Dill and Star - You both sound so strong and positive at the moment. Keep it up. I feel I have a lot in common with you both and hope to follow your example.

Papmom - Loved the photo of your new office, well done.

Paguy - Read that book at Christmas and really enjoyed. Another one I was given at that time was The Room - have you read that?

Cassia - Good luck with your trip.

Dewdrop - Hope you are feeling better today. How did the hair turn out?

Everyone else big hello.

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Old 03-22-2011, 08:36 PM
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Hi Everybody,
PaGuy, I just put The Lotus Eaters on my Amazon wish list. I have a stack of books to read, but the pile will go down, and I will buy more great books! The pile goes down more slowly with the gardening season, but I still enjoy a good book on the patio. I've also read, "The Help" which someone else here recommended in the What We're Reading section. I recently also finished the three books in the Steig Larsson series. I will also add The Room to the Amazon list - thanks Rustop!

Stargazer, do you have the red lily bug in the midwest? It is a terrible scourge. Most damaging bugs have a fairly limited season, but not this one. My suggestion for an April title would be Spring into April, but maybe someone else has a better idea.

I am grateful to hear some of you long termers talking about drinking as just a passing thought, not a craving. I hope it works out that way for me.

I gotta run to a chorus rehearsal. We are working on a Rossini piece, Peetite Messe Solennelle. Take care, all.
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Old 03-22-2011, 08:45 PM
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Sunbeam - this is what we're dealing with in PA

STINK BUGS!!!!!!!
Penn State Live - Entomologist researching how to control stink bugs

This is their second year here now & i am sick of them - no kidding I'm been removing them from my house, garage, everywhere all winter.
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Old 03-22-2011, 09:49 PM
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Lav - Maryland as well! I hate those stinkin things! Was sitting on the couch watching a movie Saturday night (Secretariat - great movie by the way and one that I will remember as I was SOBER!), when one of those darn bugs flew right at me! And this is only the beginning! Can't wait until summer when they are out in full force!

BTW - they call them stink bugs for a reason - don't squish them in the house

Sun - what kind of chorus are you in? I used to love to sing in high school (uh - many years ago).

Hope everyone has a nice evening!
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Hello Friends:

Well, I am a grand-uncle again! My niece had her 2nd baby boy this morning and everyone is doing well. His 2 year old 'older' brother is in store for some big changes - look out!

Lav - Yes, you are right. Drinking 'thoughts' is a much better way to describe my experiences now, rather than 'cravings'. Thank goodness the thoughts are mostly fleeting these days.

Jolie and Lav - I have not seen a stink bug all winter long. We had plenty of them last summer and fall. What a nuisance. And yes, I learned the hard way why they are called 'stink' bugs

Sunbeam - I used to buy all my books but I have now resorted to going to the library and it's worked out really well. It's great that you can reserve books on-line as well as extend due dates. I am fortunate - the closest library is just a 10-minute drive from my home so it's very convenient.

Rustop - I have not heard of 'The Room' but will put it on my list. Thanks for the tip.

Star - Really liked your quote this morning and it gives me lots to think about. I unfortunately am exposed to friends and family who drink too much. I am making some headway with my partner's drinking patterns but so many of my friends drink all the time. I, too, am afraid that I may become a snobby former drinker but life is just so different (for the better) being AF. I do find myself pulling away from friends when they invite me to social situations that I know will be entirely alcohol driven. I am making choices that are better for me and supportive of my new perspective.

Yes, Lav, I have heard the weather report for our area and know that we may be getting some snow over the next 2 days.

The tea flavor that I am enjoying this week is 'Raspberry Peach' and I am loving it. Need to put the kettle on and make a cup before I head up to bed and continue reading 'The Help'.

Wishing you all a peaceful evening...
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In honor of the cold, damp weather heading our way tomorrow John I'm posting a link for a recipe from Fat Free Vegan. Hint...... for Ms Sooty too
Ridiculously Easy Southern Succotash Stew | recipe from FatFree Vegan Kitchen

I think this will be OK for my WW plan as well!
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Morning and happy hump day Marchers.

Lav that stew looks delicious - and I've just spent the last 10 minutes looking up lima beans and creole seasoning so think I'll give it a go, but probably not today as I don't have any lima beans or creole seasoning but I'll definitely get some next time I'm out shopping. Let me know how yours turns out.

I'm not going to need stew today as the forecast is for a warm, dry day and already the sky is blue - way hay not very often I can say that! Mr S and I bought victoria plum and comice pear trees yesterday so I think I shall be supervising the planting!

Have a good day everyone, keep safe
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