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 Post subject: Re: The score so far (Health & Fitness)
PostPosted: Sat Aug 25, 2018 8:13 pm 
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I seem to be running into all the toxic pockets* on the board today so of course I decided to seek shelter on this happy little thread of ours. Let's talk (talking to myself here) random updates on whatever.

Weight. Screw weight. :lol: I keep shoving back and forth the same 2 pounds. Hoping to shove it over the edge completely. Goals.

Exercise. What exercise? :lol: Okay, I've been swimming. I won't say how often so everyone can go "Oh that Jersey she's really got it together! She always gets back on that horse! Never gives up!" And leave you all to your delusions. :wink:

*Doesn't that sound like a processed food item?

Travel: Home stretch! I have one more arrangement to make (sign on for international health coverage), download a couple or three apps for ground transportation and then...I'm DONE! Yay for me! \O/ \O/ \O/

So weird thing about our phone service international plan. There's two kinds. I chose one with a daily cap on it only because it made sense to me. Apparently, this international plan allows you to use your phone like you do stateside. Sounds good, right? The only thing is that it doesn't cover the calls you make IN the country you're traveling to. :surprised:

So, if I wanted to make a call to, I dunno. Meghan Markle. From the hotel across the street from Kensington Palace. I'd be charged for a long distance international call. Because even though you have an international phone plan and are in the UK, for all intents and purposes...you're still in the States.

Hopefully, that makes some kind of sense. Anyway, so...if you find yourself needing to make frequent local calls while you're there, there's an app you can sign up for for 5$ that makes that happen.

But to reinforce what I just said. Even if you're there. You're not there. You're still in the States.

:lol:

Random...

Passport: They're VERY tiny now! If you need a passport, you're not allowed to smile for the pic but don't worry about it. There's a raised stamp over your face--works like camouflage.

Anti-Theft Purse: My travel buddy refers to this as the "James Bond" purse. It's got locks all over it, RFID blocking inside and it's slash proof. The only downside is if a Glasgow gang member really wants to get me, he can just drag me by the purse around my neck to the nearest alley, chop me to pieces, throw me in a dumpster and make off with the purse and it's contents.

Travel Pillow: I have a travel neck pillow. I also picked up another pillow for sleeping on the plane at...Pottery Barn. I kid you not. I ended up with tiny lumbar down filled pillow. Just what I wanted! :-)

Sweater and Socks: I spent an obscene amount of money on these mainly for on the flight. I only mention them because they're so soft and cozy, and I puffy <3 them.

Last two items are sleep insurance for the long flight. I totally go into ritual mode to sleep on a plane. Sleep mask, comfy socks, warm cover of some sort, pull a hood over my head, put a Potter in my ear and I'm gone. The sleep mask alone sends the message: Don't even look like you're going to talk to me! If I could drug myself to sleep on this flight I would. But I don't think that's possible for me*, thus all the comfy little details I've collected.

So totally psyched about this trip I cannot tell you!

:-)

*I'll ask the cardio about sleep meds next week. I had to get my heart shocked last weekend so there's a follow up. Not to worry. I'm totally fine.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 27, 2018 6:25 pm 
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I need to keep this here for inspiration.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cRlFt3miOwk

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 30, 2018 7:50 pm 
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More toxic pockets on the board today. Let's hide out and talk, Jersey. Sure, why not?

So this is getting a little weird however I have things figured out. I want everyone to know what worthless ____ Tricare international coverage is. This is how they cover you overseas. Something goes wrong and for whatever reason you need to be hospitalized. In which case, you pay upfront for your hospitalization and everything that happens during it, take the bill home with you and submit it to Tricare for reimbursement.

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I actually laughed when I was on the phone with the Tricare rep. because hypothetically speaking, I could be in hock to NHS for let's say 20K for hospitalization, not be able to pay it on the spot, get discharged to a UK jail and sit there rot.

Again, :lol: .

Anyway, emergency care in the UK is completely free to visitors, I know where to go to get help and my travel insurance covers any possible hospitalization and dental emergency.

But isn't ironic how one can serve their country for x number of years, eventually moving on to Tricare and find out that if you want to travel internationally--it's really a giant kick in the butt?

Thank you for your service. You bet.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 10, 2018 12:04 am 
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WE'RE ON COUNTDOWN!!

:mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2018 6:56 pm 
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Where'd all the people go? Did you guys meet your goals and I'm the only one left?

Well I'm the only one left at 125 pounds!

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2018 9:59 pm 
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Well I'm the only one left at 125 pounds!

:mrgreen:

Ooh, what’s that right around the corner?
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... Holiday Baking Season ..!


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2018 10:51 pm 
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Well I'm the only one left at 125 pounds!

:mrgreen:

Ooh, what’s that right around the corner?
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... Holiday Baking Season ..!

Copy Cat Starbucks Gingerbread

Ingredients

1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 large egg, room temperature
1 cup applesauce (or pear sauce, or apple butter) I used a 15 oz can of pears, drained and pureed
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 tsp ground ginger
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
cream cheese frosting
8 oz cream cheese, at room temperature
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 1/2 - 3 cups confectioner's sugar

Instructions


Set oven to 350F

Spray a 9x5 loaf pan lightly with cooking spray, and then, if you like, line it with parchment paper leaving the ends long so you can lift it out when it's cool.

Cream the butter and the sugar until fluffy. Beat in the vanilla and the egg.

Blend in the applesauce.

Sift together the flour, baking soda, salt, and spices and then add it to the bowl slowly. When everything is incorporated, turn the batter into your pan and smooth it out.

Bake for about 55 minutes, or until it is risen and a toothpick comes out clean. Loaf pans and ovens can vary greatly, use your common sense to tell you when your cake is done. Check it early.

Let cool completely on a rack before frosting.

To make the frosting, beat the cream cheese with the vanilla and then add 2 1/2 cups of the sugar and beat until smooth and creamy. Add a little more sugar if it's not as thick as you like.

https://theviewfromgreatisland.com/copy ... ngerbread/

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 16, 2018 5:36 pm 
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I swear I just remembered that I wanted to share and express this here. So, I go over to my bank branch the other day because I wanted to get a little pile of pounds (the kind you spend) to have in my pocket when I arrive even though I plan to visit the ATM in the airport to get some, right?

So I go to the teller or whatever they're called now and tell her I want to order 300 dollars in British Pounds. So she starts looking in her directory (I assume) on her computer. And she asks me, (wait for it)

So would that be Germany?
:surprised:

In my head:
OMG I'm dealing with a ____

I tell her, "No, Germany would be Deutsche Marks, or DM's. I want 300 US Dollars worth of British Pounds. Great Britain, the UK, United Kingdom."

In my head: WTF I have to give her a geography lesson now?

She finally locates them. "Oh here it is! Great Britain Pounds! "

Me: Does it say GBP?

Her: Yes!

Me: Then that's what I want. I want 300 US dollars worth.

So...she does her bit on the computer and asks me if I want 2 day delivery or overnight.

Me: You know what, just overnight it so I know I'll have it.

So...she sets it up and then takes the money out of my account, right? When I look at it on MY screen, I see that Ms. ____ who doesn't know the difference between Germany and Great Britain, has taken the fees OUT of the 300 US dollars so I end up NOT getting 300 US dollars worth of British Pounds.

At this point, I'm over it. I sign off on it and be done. ____ it.

I swear, I am not the most intelligent being on the planet. I suppose that qualifies me to work in a bank now. I could sit on my butt all day long not knowing a damn thing and still make money doing it.

Maybe I'll apply when I get back.

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 27, 2018 2:23 pm 
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Well obviously I'm back from the trip. Planning on writing about it today finally. But first let me say...

122.5

:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Well, don't keep us in suspense...

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Well, don't keep us in suspense...

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I wasn't trying to keep anyone in anything. My mood tanked to ____ after reading TFB. But anything for you, buddy!

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I wasn't trying to keep anyone in anything. My mood tanked to ____ after reading TFB.

"TFB" = ?

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I wasn't trying to keep anyone in anything. My mood tanked to ____ after reading TFB.

"TFB" = ?


This ____ board. Sorry, Shades. It has nothing to do with you personally. Some stuff around here was bringing me down and I didn't feel like posting about my trip on this thread.

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Dr. Shades wrote:
Jersey Girl wrote:
I wasn't trying to keep anyone in anything. My mood tanked to ____ after reading TFB.

"TFB" = ?

Jersey Girl wrote:
This ____ board. Sorry, Shades. It has nothing to do with you personally. Some stuff around here was bringing me down and I didn't feel like posting about my trip on this thread.

When you're ready, I'm sure TSS* of TFB will be eager to hear how your trip went. :smile:

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"TFB" = ?

This ____ board.

Is that a commonly-accepted acronym, or did you make it up? If the latter, was I the only one who didn't know it?

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I made it up on the fly because I didn't want to spell it out and thought that Cam could read between the lines as it were since he's familiar with my language usage.

Can we stop dwelling on this now please?

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I made it up on the fly because I didn't want to spell it out and thought that Cam could read between the lines as it were since he's familiar with my language usage.

DoctorCamNC4Me, did you know what the acronym "TFB" meant when you saw it?

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Of course. Plain as day.

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Of course. Plain as day.

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JHC!

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Dr. Shades wrote:
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I made it up on the fly because I didn't want to spell it out and thought that Cam could read between the lines as it were since he's familiar with my language usage.

DoctorCamNC4Me, did you know what the acronym "TFB" meant when you saw it?


How is it that after all these years you cannot discern my meaning in a post where I used a short hand version of a phrase in context? The F alone was a tip off that one of the words was the F word or one of it's variants.

Are you trolling my precious little positive light producing thread? I hope not. :eek:

We'll have to stage an intervention. In keeping with the supportive tone and spirit of the thread, of course.

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As usual, a little back and forth with Shades has lifted my spirits. People might wonder why I mess with him.

He makes me happy. Simple as that.

I press on!

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