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  1. @Fiveone5I think you are referring to the November sailing this year, correct? My husband and I are booked on this cruise for our 25th anniversary and are waiting for Viking to cancel. What is the significance to September in your post?
  2. Congrats to the losers and also to those who keep trying and are still checking in (or even just lurking). Thanks Belle for keeping us going. I'm still down quite a bit from last week, but up .4 from Monday so still shy of my goal 😞 It's been really humid so might be water weight - I've been doing everything right this week so not sure what else. I already made my reward appt. with my hairstylist for my first coloring since they will be open. I have 2 weeks to lose less than a pound - wish me luck. @Ilovecrusingtoo, what part of PA are you near? I'm between Williamsport and Lewisburg but grew up and went to college in Western PA. Tomorrow is my birthday and I really want to make my Mom's zucchini cake - would make me feel closer to her, relatively healthy as treats go, and tastes yummy 😄 It is also local strawberry season and I want to make my DH's grandmother's shortcake for the family but don't want too many temptations around. Maybe it will be the splurge breakfast one day and freeze some for July for DH birthday. It seems so ingrained to celebrate with food. What non-food treats do others do to celebrate?
  3. Familiar with all those areas, especially Clearfield. You'nz have a great day 😉
  4. Happy b-day to your daughter! My sister turned 50 yesterday also. Dad thinks it was harder on him than it was on her.
  5. What part? I grew up in Erie County and my husband is from Clarion County.
  6. Couch gravity is real 😉 Rain storm had me up at 4am so I feel the lazy too. Got my workout in though and there are a few things I want to do today more than I want the nap. We vertically challenged have an advantage over our taller children and husbands - less likely to hit our heads on low hanging areas 🙂
  7. Too funny about your FitBit - mine gets confused sometimes too 🙂 Hope DH appointment went well and he is fine. I missed the ocean too but did enjoy our drinks - you are wise to be good with food, it's amazing how many calories the drinks have. Belle, I read yesterday that "2020 can just pull over and let me off - I'll walk" This is a hard year 😞 We got a good amount of yard work done yesterday, DS is so tall now (around 6') that he was a big help with some tree branches compared to 5'4 mom 😉. Got a walk with DH too so with everything I had around 8 miles yesterday. Tried leeks for the first time last night, they were good if a bit difficult to eat (roasted with other veggies and they were hard to cut). I'm making a leek and carrot soup tonight and it will be much smaller pieces. Hoping for a loss tomorrow between diet and exercise - almost any loss will bring me under 200# so one of my first goals 🙂
  8. The soup sounds good - I'm making leek and carrot soup (also has cannelloni beans) tonight 🙂 Last night was the first time I tried leeks and they are tasty, but were difficult to eat the way I prepared them (roasted, larger chunks). I was never a big vegetable person but this year I'm discovering an appetite for many new to me ones. What part of "relaxing social distancing" seems odd to you? Where I live it doesn't mean lifting of all restrictions - we still wear masks and large crowds can't meet. Rather it is a "relaxing" of the strictest guidelines so now we can start having elective medical procedures, salons and spas reopening (but not gyms), small groups allowed to meet. Even within the lifting of restrictions there is still some social distancing. We have some medical appts this week and next which will have temp checks before entering the building plus DS and DD will need to take turns waiting in the car since appointments aren't at the same time (thankful for sunroof and mild temps this week).
  9. I'm so sorry to read about your daughter. I'm glad you can be near to help her and that she seems to be recovering. Relaxed might be a regional thing as I've heard it in PA too. Even a quick Google search shows Forbes and NY Times using the phrase.
  10. If our November cruise sails we would need to fly (departs from Miami) but we are fortunate to have a lot of opportunities within a 3 hour drive including the NY/NJ ports and Baltimore. Stay cool, Diana. I think I'm going to drag DS out to help with some yard work since it's cool here today.
  11. DD and I walked to the polling booth this morning, about 3 miles round trip (PA primaries were postponed until today). I think it was the first she had to wear a mask and didn't find it too bad for a short period but hopes they don't need them full time when school returns. One of the ladies that helps with voting brings her golden retriever and it was nice to see he could still be there today. It was a nice walk, but felt a little dehydrated by the time we were almost home - I guess I need to start taking water with me on walks. Made a simple but good supper last night: 1/2 a bag of shredded coleslaw mix (cabbage & carrots, no dressing) added to a bag of P.F. Chang Beef and Broccoli for an easy stir fry after grocery shopping. I don't know why, but after shopping I don't want to cook 🤷‍♀️. It was a little saltier than I prefer, but overall very tasty - and broccoli is usually one of my least liked vegetables.
  12. Good morning and Happy Monday! I woke up this morning to a 4# weight loss from Thursday (so I suspect there was definitely some fluid retention Thursday). The county where my massage therapist and hair dresser are is going green on Friday - yay! Still waiting for the county with the church and gym but expecting that to be the following week. My heart hurts for the time we live in but I saw this on FB this morning that will hopefully help others: "Faith is seeing light with your heart when all your eyes see is darkness." Temperatures dropped here so it is pleasant - heading for my workout soon then grocery shopping. There was a commercial years ago about "time to make the donuts" now my life is "time to buy the produce" 🙂
  13. The holiday weekend certainly caught up with me 😞 up 1.6# Liz, I feel like I need a nap and it's early to be hitting me - DD has it though so maybe sympathy symptoms. I got a bunch of produce yesterday and now need to prep and meal plan. Unfortunately I was wiped out from the shopping so we did pizza last night (and the salt didn't help the weigh-in). Back on track today though. I know it is out of context, but I can't help but think of part of Philippians 3:13-14 "... I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize..." May we all let go of any past mistakes (but learn from them), and strain toward our healthier selves that are ahead.
  14. Princess Cay is a nice beach with good snorkeling - but part of the good snorkeling is it is rocky, so be sure to have beach shoes. When you exit the tender/water shuttle most head to the left, but there is a quieter side to the right across a foot bridge that we enjoyed (both sides had buffets). We haven't made St. Thomas yet, but it can also be a nice beach day. We had booked a ship excursion to Sapphire Beach that was actually a little less cost than DIY, but there are lots of options depending on your time in port. I don't think we stopped at Grand Cayman. Roatan was my first time snorkeling and it was amazing - not even that crowded for a ship excursion. We did a zip line/cave tubing combo and it was fun, but a lot of walking/climbing and the drive there and back was awful - if I did it again I would probably only do the caves and try to hire a driver. I think we did Isla Pasion at Cozumel for a beach day and it was very nice, but I don't remember if it was adults only or not (I don't remember children there). Lots of DIY places there too.
  15. We are booked on Viking Ocean 12 night from Miami to Aruba, Curacao, St Lucia, St Kitts, St Thomas and San Juan. These will all be new ports for us (although we did sail from Miami in 2016 for a Western Caribbean). If we had done our cruise last week we would have stopped at San Juan, St. Thomas, Sint Maartin/Saint Martin, and Grand Turk. This is our 25th anniversary cruise and first time on a premium line. We've previously done Carnival, Royal Caribbean, NCL, and Princess. We have done a few Bahamas ports (not Caribbean, but sometimes included in Eastern itineraries), Grand Turk, Belize, Honduras, and two Mexico ports. Bermuda is also sometimes included in Caribbean itineraries and we did this once last year for our daughter's graduation.
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