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The Lounge Dear Apr 05 2014
17:53 (UTC)
Original Post by amethystgirl:

I sometimes put it in emails. More likely, I'll write "Dearest [name/relationship]". I might sometimes write overly formal emails to invite our friends over for pizza.

I had a coworker who used to (maybe still does) sign off on emails with "Best". A fellow coworker responded and asked him to not do that, because it always felt like he was breaking up with us.


Amethystgirl - thanks for the laugh! That's generally how I sign off on emails at work and I never thought of it like that. I will also use "Regards" when I am not familiar with the person I'm writing to and the situation seems neutral. (I work for the government.)

Like Mayflower, I try to get away with "good morning" or "good afternoon" in lieu of anything else. If it has to be stern, I revert to either "Mr./Mrs./Ms." or "Dear."

And Cajun - I still use "Dear" on greeting cards and snail mailed notes, too. What else would one start a personal note with? Just a name feels a little unfriendly.

I am apparently old school ;)

The Lounge Mad Scientists Mar 21 2014
01:58 (UTC)

Huh. That article made me feel a little lame (for a scientist.) I suppose I better retreat to a lab and figure out what madness I can test.

I'll brainstorm with two of my former lab students tomorrow night when I meet them for drinks. This could be very interesting...   ;)


The Lounge Care Package for a Lonely Sister Jan 09 2014
18:19 (UTC)

A also like her work - especially the trees.

What about purchasing something from her new hometown to help her explore it? I'm thinking you may be able to find info on a great local coffee shop, or pub, or art museum (with an event she might attend?) that you could get a gift card for?

This is a very sweet idea, btw.

The Lounge Best wishes to the Duchess of Cambridge and HRH the Prince of Cambridge aka George Jul 22 2013
16:27 (UTC)
Original Post by crazineko:

Original Post by floggingsully:

Original Post by theviewfromhere:

i also hope something newsworthy happens so we get to hear about something else this week.

Do you really think anything could be newsworthy enough to trump this?  Martians could invade earth this week and nobody would report it.

Why anyone gives a flying **** about this kid is beyond me.

I dunno.  This was pretty close on Twitter.

Crazi - this is hilarious!

And I'm with Sully - I just don't get the hype.

The Lounge Any Master's Students Jun 25 2013
17:22 (UTC)

What they said. I'm as confused as TVFH.

If you are an undergraduate, publications are not something that would be expected, although having had an opportunity to collaborate with someone (either in a lab or on a project) and be credited in a publication is great experience. I would absolutely list relevant volunteer work on your CV.

What is the application for?


Weight Loss Fit in Fall and Beyond May 28 2013
16:53 (UTC)

OMG, Sped, thanks for sharing that story about shopping! I can totally imagine being in a dressing room and hearing all of that unfold! It's good to be able to laugh at those moments :)

J and I were walking along an ocean pathway yesterday behind a little family of five - two little boys that were perhaps 2 & 3 and a baby in a snuggly carrier that the dad was wearing while the mom held the boys hands. The smaller of the two little boys was walking along singing every single song he knew the words to - it was SO CUTE. When we first caught up to them he was singing, "B-I-N-G-O! B-I-N-G-O!..." I'm not sure he had all the words down, but he was in tune. Then he moved on (without a break) to Old McDonald's Farm, but substituted in the "EIEIO" part for the animal noises. I ended up making a comment to his mom about how cute it was as we were passing them and she said, "He's on an endless loop with these songs all the time. When he starts talking, I think I'm in trouble!" So freaking cute!

Your new class sounds good! Hope trainer-man didn't take too much out of you ;)

I'm still crazy busy and think I might be until I get back from the next contract job trip in June. The chapters for the book are on the agenda for this week at night. It feels never ending! LOL

Nothing much else new to report here. Spent the weekend working, except for yesterday. J and I took a long walk (about 7 miles) from my mom's cottage down to the next beach town, where we rewarded ourselves with rum punch and then salad, pizza and beer :P It was a great day for a nice walk though.

OH! I also bought two new hats for the warm weather. Because of the skin graft, I am supposed to keep sun off of my nose for this summer. (So the graft sets correctly and I don't have discoloration. The skin for graft came from my hip, so the texture is already different.) So I am practicing being a confident hat wearer in public. I just feel like it's aging me faster than I would like. The only other people in hats to shade themselves from the sun seem to be older people:/ And I am a sun worshipper - so it's killing me to avoid it. (Pun intended)

Weight Loss Fit in Fall and Beyond May 13 2013
00:33 (UTC)

O - you definitely have cyber friends!! I really hope we can meet somewhere in between some time to hang out! How far is Ring from you? Maybe she's our halfway point - I don't mean to stay with her, but maybe her area? I'm far away, I know that. NH is not near anything good - unless you are in Me, MA, VT or maybe CT :P I'd love to come visit down your way - you have some wineries to check out! My FIL was down that way for work and brought me back a t-shirt from a vineyard (not the one you worked at though) - that could be fun, too! We should work on making this happen :D


Thank you for saying my furbaby counts. I think Mother's day may be the hardest day of the year for me now. It's gotten worse as I've aged. I've known since I was 17 (when I had the first three ovarian tumors removed) that kids were probably not happening for me) and when I was 35 I had the next tumor removed and final confirmation of that. I know that pets are not the same thing as a real child, but they still mean something to those of us who can't have anything else. (Again, I don't treat Mulder like a kid - just want you all to know that!!!) But I appreciate that you understand :D

I can totally see one of my nieces trying new foods - and the faces she made as she experienced the flavor for the first time! Priceless. One of my nieces had not had sugar in any form until her first birthday and I have the BEST photos of her trying her first birthday cake. The first photo is a tentative finger in the frosting, that she timidly tries. The next photo is of her trying it again, with a confused face. The third photo is of the lightbulb going off, where she realizes how much she LIKES the frosting. The fourth photo is a full on dive into the cake and smearing it on her face. It was absolutely priceless to watch it unfold!! (I still think if I had the choice, I'd hold off on the sugar exposure, just because I know how much I LOVE it, and my progeny would most likely love it too! There must be something else to use for birthdays!!)


Weight Loss Fit in Fall and Beyond May 12 2013
23:37 (UTC)

I'm with O!! Take measurements even if you are avoiding the scale (which I am also doing - I looked at it at the beginning of the month and I'll look at it next month for comparison.) And I wanna see photos of you in the hot dress!!

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY to all of you!! I think I am the only childless poster in here, right? *I'm laying claim to my furbaby Mulder, since I can't have human children ;) And he still buys me gifts so I am not left out :P* BUT - I am not equating a furbaby with a human one, just to be clear.

Where are Ring and Chris???!!! We have to liven up this space. I check this every day at lunch and hope people have posted, since journals are the only other thing I have time to read at work. I miss everyone! Where is Jess?! She needs to come in and update us too :)

My birthday was awesome - thanks for your bday wishes!! We went to dinner at this uber-pricey restaurant that we go to every so often and it was beyond amazing. I can't think about how much it cost, because it's obscene, but we did have a gift certificate to offset the cost a bit. J always tries to make my birthday a really fun day. This year I had to work in the morning - it was the opening day of Farmers' Market - it was frustrating, but the evening more than made up for it. AND, as a HUGE tequila fan, it's perfect that cinco de mayo just happens to be the NEXT day! So my birthday becomes a fun Mexican fiesta as well! It's always the most fun when they fall on weekends, so we take full advantage of both "holidays."

Some day I will spend my birthday taking the tequila train from my brother's house in Guadalajara to Tequila to REALLY live it up! LOL

At any rate, I am trying to get myself into a new schedule. I will write more about it in a journal either tomorrow or Tuesday. Life is really very complicated right now and I need structure. More on that later.

O - I love that J is eating so many new foods! It must be fun to watch his expressions when he tries new things :D One of my friends has a seven month old and she gave her ice cream today for the first time. The baby loved it, but I'm wondering about introducing sugar so that a good idea? I feel like the sugars in fruits should be the only sugars at that age, but I have no idea really. (I hope I don't anger any of you! I really am clueless about babies and timing of stuff.)

And Sped - I hope that molar comes in quickly so you are spared too much turmoil as she deals with it!




The Lounge We didn't start the Fire May 10 2013
01:33 (UTC)

Thanks Kevin ;) I liked your post, too. Maybe we'll think up enough for a whole new song.

...Or maybe not. I can't think of any new rhymes. Tongue out


The Lounge We didn't start the Fire May 09 2013
17:41 (UTC)

Runesplendor - I love this idea but man, that song is HARD to write new rhymes for!

(And thanks to all for the earworms throughout the rest of the thread....)

Anyway, I gave it a try for some of the major events of the '90's and 2000's...please pardon the second line - I can't think of a better rhyming word! LOL


Apartheid fell, Mendela released

Two Germany's become one piece,

Ethnic cleansing, Iraqi wars

Terrorism hits our shores....

Weight Loss Fit in Fall and Beyond May 01 2013
17:28 (UTC)

Drinking milk in the sun just sounds gross - ick. And I would not be happy about having to clean up multiple sick kids. Why can't they have the snack inside after they play?

Sped - sorry you were both ill! Glad you are better now though. And I can't wait for summer! Although I have to say, it's been pretty nice out up here in NH. No complaints!

O ~ don't beat yourself up about the weight. You had a baby 5 months ago. You are not sleeping regularly. This means you don't eat regularly either. When you are not sleeping, your leptin and ghrelin cycles are out of balance. All of that makes it so much harder to make changes in the diet realm. Be kind to yourself!


The Lounge Anyone raise a preteen/teen and managed to not kill them? Apr 25 2013
14:41 (UTC)
Original Post by chickey_soup:

Original Post by kathygator:

I am humbled and awed by the lot of you. I was lucky enough to have sons - the stench was great; the drama was non-existent.

i chaperoned my first and last school dance at the beginning of the year.  the smell of 150 teens in a gym could be used as chemical warfare.


I've been recruited by DH (high school teacher) to help chaperone dances. I'm surprised anyone makes it out of them alive ;)

The Lounge Looking to help out the Uninsured/Underinsured hurt at Boston Marathon? Apr 21 2013
01:30 (UTC)

Thanks Cajun and Coach!

I just wanted people to be aware of the One Fund in case they were interested in donating to help the victims. From what I've read, a lot of the victims don't have appropriate medical coverage to see them through all of the challenges ahead.


And even if people are not donating directly, if they spread the word, it will only help in the long run.



Weight Loss Fit in Fall and Beyond Apr 06 2013
19:28 (UTC)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY O!! Hope you are enjoying a wonderful day with your family :D

Sped ~ sorry your break is coming to a close, but it sounds like you enjoyed it! How was the bachelorette party?


Weight Loss Fit in Fall and Beyond Apr 01 2013
14:14 (UTC)

Hey ladies!
Sounds like you had lovely weekends -even if they didn't turn out exactly as expected! O - did you put Bunny Jax photos on FB? Will check them out later :D

O ~ bummer about the lack of babysitters! Especially since that's the school you want to be in :/ Hopefully another opportunity will arise before the end of the year this year and you'll be able to take advantage of it.

Sped - Do you go to Myrtle Beach every year or will this be your first trip? I haven't been there in a while - last time we drove through it was much busier than I recalled! It's fun to have a beach vacation to look forward to! Sounds like Zo had a great egg hunt, too :D

We had a good Easter day and I did get my chocolate bunny :D I haven't broken into yet - it's going to be my treat while I'm home watching endless hours of tv and recovering later this week. How sad is it that I am actually looking forward to catching up on soap operas??!! Specifically GH and Days. I used to try to dvr them but I couldn't keep up, so now I try to catch up on vacation/sick days instead! LOL Oh! I also received the movie "Hop" and we'll watch that Wednesday night after I get home from the surgery center. We saw it in the movie theater last year and I loved it, so the Easter Bunny brought me my own copy this year. Thank You Easter Bunny!! Bock Bock!!

Have great days!

Weight Loss Fit in Fall and Beyond Mar 27 2013
19:43 (UTC)

J ~ I hope it gets nicer out soon too! How great will it be to go on long walks with Jax and the pup?!! Sorry about the money/insurance situation. This is when I wish S wasn't such a jackass so that even if you were not together anymore, he'd be responsible and step up to the plate and assist with the costs of raising Jax. But I would not want that at any cost to you in any way.

I eat as a reward and when I am stressed, so I'm right there with you both! My commitment isn't as strong as it should be....  :/

Not much else going on over here, I'm trying to wrap up work on my contract job so I can relieve some of the stress I'm feeling and get my life back to its regularly scheduled processes ;)

Anyone have any plans for the upcoming holiday weekend? We are heading to MA to visit two of my college roommates and their families on Saturday, then going to my sister's house for Easter on Sunday. I hope the weather is decent. I can't wait to ditch the socks and start wearing my fun shoes!

Weight Loss Fit in Fall and Beyond Mar 25 2013
16:51 (UTC)

Please oh please oh please oh please keep the snow south! I am truly ready for winter to take a hike:/ As it is, the easter egg hunt we normally have for my nieces may take place in the snow this year if it doesn't warm up enough to melt it away by the weekend! I think the eggs will be MUCH easier to find against a white background! LOL

Ring ~ I am not judging myself by my scale anymore. I will get on it again but I am not recording my weight etc. It's too stressful and I don't need any added stress in my life right now. I'm trying to just eat well and move and see how I do with that. We just started another 10 week fitness challenge at work (through insurance) so I have to amp up my exercise for the next ten weeks to be competitive:P

Sped ~ are you on spring break right now? So you only get one break in the Jan - June part of the school year? DH teaches high school up here and he gets a Feb break and an April break. When we lived in FL he only had a March break though.

O ~ glad you had fun with your friends at the park! What's going on with the subbing thing?


Weight Loss Fit in Fall and Beyond Mar 21 2013
19:36 (UTC)

Ring ~ I just LOLed at my desk! Loved the bail money comment! I know what you mean, though. I think we should FIRE every single sitting House and Senate member and start fresh. With non-politician people filling in the roles. I also think they should not be allowed to hold a seat for more than two election cycles. You run, get elected, get re-elected and then you are done. It should not be a career for anyone, but rather a public service. And I also think they should have the same benefits as the members of the military, not the fancy schmancy health insurance deals they work out for themselves. Ugh.

Enough about that. I'm glad you're finding ways to make the work-life balance work out for you.

I'm not seeing the nutritionist anymore - it was too expensive to keep going to see her, but I'm still following her plans. At the beginning of the year, I decided to stop weighing myself and to accept what I look like but to continue to make good choices and exercise and stop worrying about it all. It's actually working for me! I'll weigh in around my birthday in May and see what's changed then :)

Thanks about the watch! I love it!! :D

Weight Loss Fit in Fall and Beyond Mar 20 2013
18:26 (UTC)

O - One day at a time, my friend. You'll get there! And remember, you only just had J 13 weeks ago!! That's a blink of an eye! What is that equal to - a trimester? You need to be kinder to yourself and allow yourself to just get used to being a Mom. It's really not been that long!

That stinks that the threshold for your insurance is so stinking low. It's really kind of ridiculous, actually. I can see how NOT subbing would be a better choice for you.

I hope you have fun on your day trip!

Ring ~ how's your work adjustment going? Do you still have the Friday off thing every other week? That must be nice. Is D still working from home?

Sped and Chris ~ come back when you can! We miss you :D


Weight Loss Fit in Fall and Beyond Mar 19 2013
19:00 (UTC)

Hi everyone!

Ring - welcome back! I'm sure adjusting to work life again isn't high on your list of favorite things right now. Love the photos of the baby though!

Sped - how did your training go last week? Did you manage to get through it even though you were exhausted? I hope so.

I'm sitting at home in my kitchen today because we are having another major snowstorm and I just couldn't be bothered with driving into work. I am supposed to be working on my contract job, but I've been trying to catch up on all of the stuff I missed while traveling for the last month. I need ONE extra day this week that is not a work day! LOL