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  • That is really it - we think we are so advanced and so smart and blah blah blah...but we still have quite a way to go. Thanks for stopping by, Shelli!

    Had some of my Thai chicken soup this morning. Really good. I like having spicy soup for breakfast - when I eat breakfast. I wish I had some lemongrass. I'm going to try to remember to buy it whenever I am at the co-op.

    I am devoting this morning to working around the house and making inroads in these horrible boxes that are still lurking in my living room. I have a number of crates for animals that I can donate to the humane society. I will keep two for my own cats in addition to the soft carrier that I usually use for taking them to the vet. It is great for short trips but not suitable for keeping them in for any length of time, which is something I should be prepared for.
    My Primal Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread53052.html

    "Freedom from fear" could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights. - Dag Hammarskjold

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    • I drove to the animal shelter to drop a carload of donations and I am sad to report that I think the front end of the car is going to need some work. There is definitely a vibration in the front. Am I suspicious about this, having just had this work done? Yes. But that's all, just suspicion. Although it seems rather obvious that all four corners of the car would wear, I had the front springs and struts replaced four years ago. I believe it is normal for the front to wear out first. But I'm not taking it back to the same mechanic. I'll figure out a way to take it somewhere else, possibly my landlord might help. He really likes his own mechanic. I just hope it holds for the next week. I have to work Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, and I'm not renting a car again.
      My Primal Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread53052.html

      "Freedom from fear" could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights. - Dag Hammarskjold

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      • What a day! I tackled the boxes and mess with a real purpose, and after several hours of work I have a box-free home. I have found everything I have been looking for and sorted out my big walk-in closet so I can actually walk into it and find things. This has been a goal of mine for years. Yes, years. Can you believe that I had boxes of belongings that I brought to New England in 2004 and had not completely unpacked? It's true. (Hangs head in shame) Complete disclosure - I still have a few boxes stored in the sidewall areas that aren't terribly accessible, but they have been unpacked. Mostly knickknacks.

        Also gave the place a pretty good cleaning, which has been hard to do with all the boxes. I wish I could say it looks great, but that would be a lie. I am not good at decorating, arranging, or designing. I try and I fail miserably. I'm mostly interested in having my books accessible. And I don't have cable TV, just an antenna that brings in a few channels. Mostly PBS. Unfortunately it only works in a certain place that doesn't look so decorative, i.e. right in front of the TV.

        I'm really proud of myself for finding the energy, physical and emotional, to tackle this job and complete it.
        My Primal Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread53052.html

        "Freedom from fear" could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights. - Dag Hammarskjold

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        • Yay! You don't have to be ashamed, I could one-up you in those things.

          Your Thai soup sound great. I really have got to try that. I don't often have cilantro lying around, mind you. Do you think cilantro flakes would cut it?
          5'2", 55 years, Primal since April. Pre-Primal weight loss, from 216.6 to 157.8
          Primal low: 140.2 (Dec. 3) Goal weight: 135?
          Main Primal goal: beating back my CFS enough to function more normally and start writing again

          More and more, our life has been governed by specialists, who know too little of what lies outside their province to be able to know enough about what takes place within it.
          - Lewis Mumford

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          • I think, they would add something. I've taken to putting cilantro in everything lately so I have it around. The nice thing about soup is that you can just throw in whatever you want or happen to have. I just had a bowl this morning for breakfast again, and it is better today than yesterday or the day before! I really like it with carrots, although I don't think that is very Thai. Mushrooms are more authentic, but who cares? I don't really like mushrooms in soup for some reason.

            Wow, my place is so open and roomy now that those horrible boxes are gone! The animal shelter was ecstatic to get all those big plastic storage containers. It feels good to have the place really comfortable, and to be free of that "where is _____" feeling. I found my gardening tools, some photographs, a watch, my nativity scene.

            Last night when I should have gone to bed I decided to rehang all my paintings. I have a special wall for hanging artwork because the landlord's ex-wife is an artist. As a renter I am often reluctant to make any holes in the walls because I feel like, well, they aren't my walls. But this is my home and I want to make it mine as much as possible, so I put some artwork wherever I wanted to. I hung some things in the stairway, where it looks great.

            Now I am going to relax for a little while and look at a book from the Musee d'Orsay that a friend gave me this morning.
            Last edited by Siobhan; 11-06-2012, 07:40 AM.
            My Primal Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread53052.html

            "Freedom from fear" could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights. - Dag Hammarskjold

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            • Okay, how about a picture of your art wall?
              5'2", 55 years, Primal since April. Pre-Primal weight loss, from 216.6 to 157.8
              Primal low: 140.2 (Dec. 3) Goal weight: 135?
              Main Primal goal: beating back my CFS enough to function more normally and start writing again

              More and more, our life has been governed by specialists, who know too little of what lies outside their province to be able to know enough about what takes place within it.
              - Lewis Mumford

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              • Could be difficult since I don't have a camera. Also since it is original art, it would be unethical to post a picture of it here.

                Slept all PM in preparation for working tonight. Must admit I am quite anxious about going to work. I don't really know how to get my mojo back as far as work. I have just been dreading it, although I am terribly grateful to have a good job. I wouldn't be able to live in this beautiful place without that dreadful anxiety-producing job!

                Maybe I need to find some really good advice on retraining. Perhaps there is some job I could train for online in a relatively short period of time. Some kind of technical job?
                Last edited by Siobhan; 11-06-2012, 02:25 PM.
                My Primal Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread53052.html

                "Freedom from fear" could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights. - Dag Hammarskjold

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                • Bad news: I'm craving carbs.

                  Good news: I'm craving carbs in the form of apples. For some reason apples are tasting like manna from heaven. But I only eat one, that does the trick.
                  My Primal Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread53052.html

                  "Freedom from fear" could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights. - Dag Hammarskjold

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                  • I am going through the same thing with apples at the moment! I found some called suncrisp - I swear that they are enough to send me over the top!! The texture and flavour are perfect in my estimation ..... just have one a day and I am a happy camper So sorry your job is causing stress and anxiety - not nice and not good long term either. Trust you'll be able to come up with an alternative ... I am so glad to be done with the high stress nursing that I used to do. Being a stay at home mom certainly isn't easy, but I wouldn't trade it for what I used to have to do!! No thank you!
                    Start weight: 225.5 lbs Feb 14th 2012. Height: 5'7"
                    Primal low: 186 lbs
                    Current weight: 221.4 lbs
                    Goal weight: 140 lbs

                    "You are free to choose, BUT you are not free from the consequences of your choices."

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                    • Apples are so good! I've been eating local honeycrisps. The apple crop was horrible this year but luckily some made it through. I ate raspberries all summer; I guess now it's time for apple gorging. But apples are pretty hard to overeat. Ah, the beauty of whole food.

                      I was reading a scary internet story about a guy who stabbed his wife, chopped her up, and buried her in the desert when one of my co-workers entered my office through a little-used door in the back - I just about jumped out of my skin! He was very apologetic but I'll bet he was secretly laughing a lot!
                      My Primal Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread53052.html

                      "Freedom from fear" could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights. - Dag Hammarskjold

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                      • An apple a day... Hey, the website is called Mark's Daily Apple, right?

                        So sorry your work is stressing you out. It certainly wouldn't hurt to look into your options.

                        I just try not to read those stories at all. I've had enough of being appalled at what people can do. It doesn't help anybody at all for me to read up on the details. But I find I just can't handle things like that as well as I could when I was younger. And seeing as I am under no obligation, and it serves no useful purpose, I just don't. Well, not very often.
                        5'2", 55 years, Primal since April. Pre-Primal weight loss, from 216.6 to 157.8
                        Primal low: 140.2 (Dec. 3) Goal weight: 135?
                        Main Primal goal: beating back my CFS enough to function more normally and start writing again

                        More and more, our life has been governed by specialists, who know too little of what lies outside their province to be able to know enough about what takes place within it.
                        - Lewis Mumford

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                        • I'm not into true crime, but I do love stories and I can get sucked in to reading stuff pretty easily. Actually, it was pretty funny, even at the time.

                          I certainly haven't come up with any compelling journal entries lately! Been working pretty hard this week, a lot on my mind. Mostly the car. I wish I had someone to help me make a decision. That sounds like an avoidance technique, and it is. But I just can't deal with this on my own. A voice in my head is just saying, drive over to the Nissan dealer and drive away with a new car. And in many ways this is correct. My car is 15 years old. It has been a good car and has taken me many places. I don't want to have a car payment. Of course I don't! Who does? But I can afford it. I would rather not, but I can buy a modest new car. And I can't keep that voice out of my head that I need someone to help me with this. But there is no one.
                          My Primal Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread53052.html

                          "Freedom from fear" could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights. - Dag Hammarskjold

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                          • You can do this, Siobhan. When our cars were starting to get problematic, we would set a ceiling: next repair bill over $xxx and out it goes. Or when the mechanic looked at us and told us we would be better off letting it go. And he was the one who would have been making money if we had kept it. So if I were you that's what I would do. As long as you're sure there's no safety issue involved in driving it as is, continue until the repair costs are unreasonable. Or the stress of taking it in all the time is greater than the stress of payments.
                            5'2", 55 years, Primal since April. Pre-Primal weight loss, from 216.6 to 157.8
                            Primal low: 140.2 (Dec. 3) Goal weight: 135?
                            Main Primal goal: beating back my CFS enough to function more normally and start writing again

                            More and more, our life has been governed by specialists, who know too little of what lies outside their province to be able to know enough about what takes place within it.
                            - Lewis Mumford

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                            • 2012's are really rock bottom now, or a 2012 demonstrator even cheaper.. You'll have full warranty, and you can go on trips with no worries, remember LLBean calling ya?? 15 yr old car=lots of things ready to blow. Go for it, you're a smart lady, you're healthy and in the prime of your life, it's time.

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                              • Funny, my Twin-Sister just asked me to help her decide about a new car. Here is what I told her.

                                A car is one thing I won't compromise on. I don't care if it's expensive or cheap, fancy, sporty or cool, but I want my car to be reliable and dependable. I've had too many cars in my life break down in the dark, the snow, the rain, on the upper deck of the GWB (really!) to feel comfortable with an old car as my primary means of transportation.

                                So I buy a new one every 10 years and I take reasonably good care of them. I always buy new because I am distrustful about why somebody would trade in a 1 - 2 year old car. The extra money is worth the piece of mind for me.

                                I have had Subarus for the last 3 cars and each has lasted a decade or more and had nearly 250,000 miles in New England weather. I just got a new one in 2010, the last one I gave to my Middle Boy, who uses it still. I always do service at the dealership, making it a point to get to know everybody there. So far I've had pretty good luck.

                                Of course, there are ways to get and keep cars cheaper, but on a moonless night, well after midnight, walking five miles in the snow because my car quit (before cell phones) burned into me that having a reliable car was at the top of the list of things worth spending a bit extra on.

                                Dramatic though that may be, the daily benefit of getting into a nice car, and not having to wonder what might go wrong with it today is the nicest part. It's one less stressor in life.

                                Just my opinion, good luck with the decision.
                                Height: 5' 10"
                                Highest Weight: 292
                                Recent Starting Weight 287
                                Current weight: 237.6
                                Goal weight: 195
                                Body Fat 28.9

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