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Horn_Of_Plenty - Wednesday Nov 08, 2017
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 112.0

Home: kombucha and honey 100

Work: coffee with milk 50, wrap 100, with pb 150, banana 120:  420.

Several Snacks m&m fun size 70 and kit Kat fun size 80. 150, peanuts 80-100

1pm Lunch: leftover Chinese food for dinner with my added cabbage since i ate the chinese veg last night lol...it's mostly chicken in some sauce and i added my cabbage, i'll also eat some corn chips...700 cal, overindulged in chips again, very tasty.

4pm Snack: plum 50


Snack 2 before jogging at GYM (not gonna jog outside tonight) Rice Krispie treat, i'll jog only between 1 mile to 1.5 miles then BED and relaxing back at home.!!!!!!! been a long, eventful week already.

1600 before dinner, whatever dinner is (probably dunkin donuts)

Dinner back at home:rest of the chicken from the chinese, perhaps, .....tbd.


At work on time today - all the rest doesn't even matter lol.

Total 2250.

Progress as of today: 5 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

Maria7 on 11/08/2017:
Hope you have a good day!

horn_of_plenty on 11/08/2017:
You too thank you !!!!

BearCountryGG on 11/08/2017:
Oh I love Chinese food!

horn_of_plenty on 11/08/2017:
ME TOO...i even know the healthy finds :)

Horn_Of_Plenty - Tuesday Nov 07, 2017
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 112.0

Home: kombucha and extra kombcha and honey 150

Breakfast: banana 120, coffee 50, wrap 100, pb 150, kit kat fun size 80. total here: 500, 100 cal pack peanut m&m's

Noon lunch: decided to eat early and be happy. one egg and one egg white 120, lots of eggplant spread i am supposed to eat it by tomorrow or throw out! 150, little bit cabbage not enough to even calculate, chips 250 extra servings tasty corn chips that i LOVE right now: 550 tops

Snack: Plum 50, maybe something else also like a half a small snack package 50 more. total 100.

1400, excellent, before what i would like to be a healthy dinner!

Dinner at my apt: prob picking something up, had completely enough with everything ... just taking easy road right now and resting tonight.

So dinner was Chinese vegetable soup 100, the fried chips they give 200-250?, and chicken 200? chop suey 200? and a beer 150. total here: 850 tops.

total today is fine: 2250. indulgent week, i'd say!

and i voted, driving thru and walking thru the rain to do it after work!

4day average: 2210. just fine :) 



For the past month, my weight has been either 112 or even a hair lower or even a hair higher. i am content. i don't weigh myself often, just when i feel curious. my clothes fit just fine. i feel fine. I met my goals in terms of weight loss. and in general, i have been maintaining for approx 1.5 years. never in my life did i maintain as well as i do now. i know i'll continue to have ups and downs, but i am prepared this time around with more knowledge about calorie needs and exercise than i ever did have before. 

For 1.5 years, i have weighed + or - 115 lbs. and at first i did gain right after my sisters wedding almost 5 lbs, but i got it back down the same month and under control. everything is possible...it's up to us to do the actions to make the possible a reality.

With my skills and needs and accomplishments and past failures, i can tackle maintenance and continue to be successful at it, as long as i keep making and taking the effort. As long as i continue to strive to be how i want to be - as long as i make the choices to help myself in this way - as long as i continue, it will be good for me.


It must be sorta healthy dinner (i'll cook my chicken or turkey burgers tonight and eat one maybe or we'll see...doing too much...because i am beginning to break out bc tons of sugar and not the best eating and hormones.

Woke up around 5...but got ready slowly and took my time taking me to leaving my apt at 7am this morning and now earlier as planned - just didn't wanna leave before 7am - so sue me! lol

So got to the social security office around 7:30am and waiting on line, outside in windy cold 45 degrees, till past 8. then finally we go in, more waiting, now i'm upstairs at 8:40 took a ticket to wait, but ran down to put money in the meter. got back up with just enough time to be seen and my ticket was going to get skipped had i gotten upstairs any later. so i made it. i finally got into work at 9:45, almost 2 whole hours late. To make up one hour, i'll work thru lunch. then, i have 40 minutes from last week. I will then make up the last 20 minutes by staying LATE 20 min and i'll just do work for myself at that point - NYPD forms i'll continue to do. Now i have my job detailed report everything since high school, so, i can finish writing up my jobs.

After work, I'll vote. I didn't do it early in the morning as planned bc i left late already....so, i just decided to skip it until after work....i might just pick up a healthy dinner tonight that is balanced and call it a night.

Progress as of today: 5 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 11/07/2017:
Well you have had a productive day already! You are right on point with your weight, it's a hard thing to do sometimes......maintaining can be a lot j=harder than losing....but you have done one thing that has been an enormous help and that is to not let it get out of hand to begin with....that was a huge downfall for me......I lost it...and then it was just beginning to creep up and I thought....Hmmmmm I lost it before I can do it again! And I went nuts eating everything in sight.....and I can honestly say it is harder to lose this time then it ever was before. I have an old friend that once told me that she had a weight that she loved to be at.....and every morning she stepped on the scales....and if she was at that weight or under it...she ate anything she wanted that day....but if she was over it...then it was a diet day....I think that is genius! She never had to think of dieting for more than that one day! I want to get to that point....it's happening slowly and I'm ok with that...

horn_of_plenty on 11/07/2017:
In my life, I have never heard of that diet approach. Personally, i couldn't handle that kind of all or nothing way...but it's quite an interesting way of thinking i'll agree with you on that.

i have also had two times in my life where i let my weight spiral, and just like you, after my weight got out of hand (out of hand from my normal), i also went to eat everything and anything. i felt i had no control, so i didn't even try.

I will never let that happen again. That's why i also watch the scale here and there, when i can't tell by my clothes because they are fitting ok, i step on the scale to be sure. That's also why i do weekly calorie counts - i can see an average and i can also see where i go astray and/or if i have to change anything. it's my way to stay accountable...and there are many ways - not only my way. my way is what works for me though!

it's good it's happening slowly for you bc the slower the better....slower means you are getting used to the changes and learning your body and learning what works / doesn't and usually when you lose weight slowly, like i did the last and final time, it can stay off because you actually learn the maintenance a bit while you are losing...it's not all a drastic diet.

bearcountrygg on 11/07/2017:
j=harder?????? no idea what I did there...LOL

horn_of_plenty on 11/07/2017:
lol, maybe you got it from whenever i make a comment to donkey and i write "j-donk!" haha

BearCountryGG on 11/07/2017:
I think it was because I was typing without glasses...I definitely didn't proofread...LOL

horn_of_plenty on 11/07/2017:
lol, you wouldn't be the first person not proofreading ;)...sometimes, my entries are seriously so muddled up!

Donkey on 11/07/2017:
J-donk here (lol): glad you got your stuff done and still voted. Voting is a priority... or needs to be, to more people.

Well done on the food. And I especially appreciated your introspective, retrospective.

Horn_Of_Plenty - Monday Nov 06, 2017
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 115.0

Today was 2200 Weekly avg is 2200.

Home: kombucha and honey 100

Work: coffee 50, banana 120, wrap with pb 250 and cinnamon, 2 candies 60. total here: 480.

11am Snack: peanuts 150 (had to break my cycle of eating carbs constantly in the morning and no protein or healthy fats)

1pm lunch: healthy...with 1/2 large pumpernickel bagel 200, little cabbage hardly any bc my body is still in period mode and doesn't like to eat veg (causes indigestion at this time of month!) and sauteed eggplant spread 150 tops?, 1 extra large egg and one egg white 120: around 500, total = excellent....diet pepsi.

snack before jogging: blueberry nutrigrain bar 120


Dinner: TBD sick of a lot of things lol....

McDonald's 600 and an alcoholic beverage back at home because I am enjoying the perks of tasty food right now !!!!


I am running in the dark tonight at the track since it's now fully dark at 6pm. I do not like to run inside on a treadmill...so....off i go. i hope other people are there too - or i may have to go to the treadmill...i hope not. 


At lunch i'm reading my awesome book that i remembered to bring.  this is about the best book i ever read and i'm only on page like 5!!!!!! for anyone that wants to be successful or learn how to KEEP the good habits, this is the book!

Book is called THE SLIGHT EDGE by Jeff Olson

it's def the best self help / success book i have read...and i'm only on page 5...it's that good!


little antsy doing forms for nypd instead of work at work...need to get this sh*t done now....getting it done....


TOMORROW's  full list of plans, all in the morning prior to arriving at work! :

YES....polls open 6am...so before i start driving to social security office, i will make sure to vote around 6:30am before I go to the social security office which is by work...then work till 5pm...then HOME!

so tomorrow will be EARLY. i plan to get up around 5:30am. Leave my apt at 6:30am. Vote (only 5 min drive away), then drive to social security office and get paperwork i need, then work. i may be late to work, but i cannot leave my apt earlier than 6:30am....that's ENOUGH! lol. i have my limits!

any lateness i have tomorrow, i'll make up through working through LUNCH. bc i'm NOT staying late after work tomorrow.

Progress as of today: 2 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

innerpeace on 11/06/2017:
DH and I voted Saturday. I'm glad I hate rushing around on vote day.

horn_of_plenty on 11/06/2017:
I should totally do that! never took advantage of the system to benefit myself and the traffic lol....i should keep this in mind :) GOOOOD going lady!

bearcountrygg on 11/06/2017:
When you get old they let you vote through the mail...LOL...Perks of being oldies...probably the only perk...LOL

horn_of_plenty on 11/06/2017:
Decent perk lol and also what about all the senior discounts ?!

Maria7 on 11/06/2017:
Why can't the time just stay the same without changing it twice a year?

horn_of_plenty on 11/06/2017:
Agreed. It shouldn't be dark so early !

Donkey on 11/06/2017:
I always vote early. If I can't, then I don't vote. Good luck at the Social Security office. Ours out here is a madhouse. First come, first served and it's always a wait... How did your jogging go tonight? :-)

Horn_of_plenty on 11/07/2017:
:-) it went pretty well. i was a little scared running at the dark track. i wasn't the only one - but there weren't many. it was early i was home by 7pm and it was warm out not cold....i did leave i think after 1.75 mi instead of 2...feeling just like i had enough....giving myself permission :)

horn_of_plenty on 11/07/2017:
what i mean is, i give myself permission to take it easy, not to quit, just dial down the training on weekdays when it's dark...

Horn_Of_Plenty - Sunday Nov 05, 2017
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 115.0

8:30-9am Late fun breakfast : plum 60, chips 2.5 servings 320, kombucha. Total here 450.

Home relaxing and doing laundry.

11am: 400 lunch


fell asleep from noon till 3pm - needed rest

deciding if i am still going to gym (i should).



1350 after tasty 3:30om meal and now it's 4pm - will try to be out of apt for gym by 4:30...

1450 after snack and small amount caffeine

Gym will start around 5:15-5:30



Gym in afternoon and Monday is a jog. 

Burger King after gym

Total 2200 tasty

Progress as of today: 2 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

Donkey on 11/05/2017:
Sounds like a nice Sunday to me :-)

horn_of_plenty on 11/06/2017:
yes, i slept a TON. needing it with the training and busy schedule.

BearCountryGG on 11/05/2017:
I had a napping day too....nice and peaceful.

horn_of_plenty on 11/06/2017:
it really helped me relax :)...

i am realizing i need to plan a lot less right now in order to keep my training schedule (gym and jogging...) bc if i do too much, it's hard to push myself also at gym / on the track!

i realize now is going to be a time of working more...playing less.

bearcountrygg on 11/06/2017:
Stress is exhausting in itself! Things will eventually calm down and you will be able to relax more.

horn_of_plenty on 11/06/2017:
yes, thank you so much for the reminder that it's probably a little of the stress / busy schedule but perhaps stress of applying for this type of position along with all the paperwork i have to get done that may have made me tired also.

either way, i was able to nap and then fully sleep last night !

Horn_Of_Plenty - Saturday Nov 04, 2017
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 115.0

Home: kombucha :)

1400 after lunch and snacks :-)

2200 total excellent mix today !

Today even included at least 2 mi walking if not more throughout !




Today - Saturday - I have a CPR class that takes place at 8am till around 2:30pm i think? 

Stinky that I have "TOM" sorta heavy on a day where i need to be in a class all day...i'll have to prob get up to go to the bathroom once in morning and once in afternoon....

Then, Ricky and I might go to a concert, but it's sorta far - at least 45 minutes away, so it depends how i am feeling tonight.  I am beginning to feel rushed bc i have a lot of responsibilities this month.  The concert is a world-class horn player (and that's my instrument - french horn - this guy is from the Met orchestra - one of the best in NYC)....and he's playing solos with a Long Island, NY orchestra. It's cheap and possibly free which is the reason i didn't want to miss it...but if i feel exhausted, i'm not going out 45 minutes each way to see it and getting home 10pm after this long day with classes starting at 8am.


"TOM" came early of which i'm thankfully bc for the rest of the month i'll be attending,each on a separate week: 

1. traning for the nypd fitness test

2. taking the fitness test

3. interview with investigator - and i am needing to prepare a lot of paperwork for him. i've started.

It's a REALLY busy month, trust me. I also have a lot of tasks to catch up / do.  One is important - I need to change one of my doctors to one that is local to where i live (not an hour away!) and he/she must keep good hours (example - MUST have a light night when they are available, unlike the dr now whose hours are horrible for any working person - his hours at 9-5!).  I cannot be leaving early from anyhting to go to him...so i'm changing doctors....so i have to do this research...and find one. Just a lot of things to do. 

Progress as of today: 2 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

Donkey on 11/04/2017:
I hope that you can attend the concert, but I do understand about being busy - too busy - and having to cut activities based on priorities. Still, it sounds like a wonderful concert. I wish my daughter (who plays the horn) and I could attend something like that. She would love it.

I don't know of any doctor but one that has office hours outside of the 9-5 business day. Maybe being NYC, you'll have more options available to you. I did hear of one doctor here locally, who, for $1500 a year, will see you at your convenience. But that $1500 doesn't include her treatment fee or anything else - just the convenience of her availability. To me, that seems really ridiculously expensive.

horn_of_plenty on 11/05/2017:
Yes that price is a whole lot. Not good!

I did skip the concert bc we were taking a class and sitting all day from 8-2 and then we'd have to drive just under an hour each way to a 2 hour concert - too much sitting and concentrating and very early and late day too so we just took a short walk yesterday and did a couple errands, watched a movie at his place and he slept over mine :-) which I liked having him next to me overnight actually

Oh It looked like you saw a nice shoe yourself last night ! How I love the performing arts ! There's so many choices here and inexpensive things to see - instead though I have paid for quite a few performances now thru end of December so there'll be no skipping of those paid performances !

I had a free library music event to go to but cancelled my tickets and ended up sleeping all afternoon lol

BearCountryGG on 11/04/2017:
There are drs here who have Saturday hours...maybe you can find one there.

horn_of_plenty on 11/05/2017:
It's a therapist / psych kinda dr but I am sure I will find one yes :-) and whatever insurance I get will be very common and taken by most drs so this is good :-) I may wait to do the research until I actually have to make my next appointment since I have a thousand other things to attend to right now :-)

Yes I should not have a hard time finding a dr.

Maria7 on 11/04/2017:
Hope you have a good day.

horn_of_plenty on 11/05/2017:
I did ty :-)

Horn_Of_Plenty - Friday Nov 03, 2017
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 115.0

Home kombucha 50

Breakfast coffee 50, banana 120, wrap 70, honey 30, pb 150

Snack 180

650 lunch

200 more in snacks first an orange later a Rice Krispie treat :-) small ones are under 100

Dunkin' Donuts 600


Just under a 2000 per day average ! AMAZING

Work was busy which is why this entry is brief

I am here working out at gym tonight started at 6pm

Progress as of today: 2 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 11/03/2017:
that's really some low cal kombucha!

horn_of_plenty on 11/03/2017:
Half a bottle :) just over a cup

Horn_Of_Plenty - Thursday Nov 02, 2017
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 115.0

Kombucha followed up by small candy pieces 150

Work breakfast: coffee with egg nog flavor stevia 50, wrap 100, with lox 30, and cream cheese 70, banana 120: 370.

Snack:  protein oatmeal raisin bar 180

veg salad 150, turkey burger 150, potatoes 200?, other veg 50: 550.

snack: 100 cal bar and an apple but not the whole 100 cal bar lol. 150 approx.

dinner: 600.


1975 6day = perfect.

Progress as of today: 2 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 11/02/2017:
From now until after Christmas the sweets are everywhere....but it's the same every year.....I lost 55 pounds years ago eating everything.....for me...I think it's the only way. Is the egg nog flavored stevia a powder or a liquid?

Horn_of_plenty on 11/02/2017:
flavored liquid stevia and i liked it! i tried it today in my coffee!

there's also a pumpkin pie or pumpkin spice i think stevia - not as good as the egg nog!

Horn_Of_Plenty - Wednesday Nov 01, 2017
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 115.0

At Work.

Home: kombucha 60

Breakfast: halloween candy 160 and coffee 50 210 

Snack: my breakfast of banana 120, wrap 100, pb 200.420.

Lunch: green beans in a little sauce 200, egg / egg white 100, potatoes 200: 500, tops. 

Snacks: small bar 100 and plum 50. 

 Dinner: corn chips 150, small turkey burger 150, marinated veggies hopefully not more than like 200?

1850...and a drink :)

2050, tops.

Progress as of today: 2 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 11/01/2017:
Hoping that you can relax a bit today!

Horn_of_plenty on 11/02/2017:
things have slowed down finally...back to gym tomorrow night....

and sunday i plan for it being slower..

Donkey on 11/02/2017:
Well done, even with the Halloween candy breakfast ;-)

Horn_of_plenty on 11/02/2017:
it's so very tempting. lately i go with :)

Horn_Of_Plenty - Tuesday Oct 31, 2017
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 115.0

Home kombucha 70 Breakfast wrap 100 pb 200 and cookie 100 Banana 130 600....

Raisinets 200

dinner: veg salad 150, shrimp 100, garlic knot 200?, pomegranate alcoholic beverage 150: 600-700

1500 tops :)

4day average: 1950 :-)

very busy day.  so far so good.

at ny  pd candidate relations I have a medical test most of the day here in NYC

Lunch: craving fast food like chicken nuggets, fries, Diet Coke - hope to eat before leaving city

Progress as of today: 2 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 10/31/2017:
Good Luck with the testing today!

Horn_of_plenty on 11/01/2017:
it was ok so far :)...more to go xo :)

BearCountryGG on 10/31/2017:
Hearing the news of shooting in manhattan....and thinking of you and hoping you are safe.

Horn_of_plenty on 11/01/2017:
yes very sad news!

Horn_of_plenty on 11/01/2017:
news said deadliest terror attack since 9/11

Donkey on 10/31/2017:
I hope testing went well. I hope you were able to get home safely too! Oh my word, I'm so sorry for what happened today in NYC!!! Just pure crazy evilness...

Horn_of_plenty on 11/01/2017:
yes, ac act of terror very very sad.

testing was ok far :)

Horn_Of_Plenty - Monday Oct 30, 2017
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 115.0

Home: kombucha and honey 100

Breakfast: banana 120, coffee with pumpkin stevia 50, wrap 100, pb 150: (i would have brought lox if i knew i'd be in the office all day, but had only pb for breakfast bc i THOUGHT i was leaving early until i spoke to my dad while leaving my apt....i am not fighting him to go to a rally - if he wants me to sit at my desk all day - i'll do it...lol....that's life...pick and choose your battles.)

Snack ? 200 - natural bar type thing was good.

Lunch: 750, sorta big. but really healthy: chickena and potatoes in heavy tomato sauce with a small rice kripsie treat.

Snack: plum 30

1500 after tasty lunch...ate it way too fast, was rushing, had to walk to a post office and the line was very long and got back with 15min to eat out of an hour lunch.

dinner: maybe a glass wine or other beverage.  maybe i'll eat healthy - yes, shimp i just bought, potato, veggies...and maybe a drink.

today: 2200.

3day: 2100.

i did exercise: fast 1 mile and maybe 1.5mile walk. i was rushing after the library to get back to work!i may skip a day of running this week, or just do a shorter one as i have been - 1.5 mile only of a walk / jog. good enough.for the rest of the week - 2 days even one day can be a darn mile and that's enough! and the other day 1.5mi.


It was quite an eventful weekend & could have been a very eventful MONDAY & Tuesday also... 

There's a massive march happening today at Times Square in Manhattan (NYC) at 3pm - a huge rally against corporate greed and anti-union establishments.  Non Union electrical companies are taking our work for less because they pay their workers low wages and treat them poorly with no pensions or any kind of benefit plan as great as ours and if they keep winning jobs the middle class in NYC for working people with blue collar union jobs may be forever ending.

There's a big fight bc currently one part of our electical union (cable company workers who work for Spectrum now) have been on strike approximately 7 MONTHS! Imagaine not getting a paycheck for SEVEN months...bc they didn't work for Spectrum a year ago, Spectrum bought their previous company which was Time Warner Cable. And Spectrum will not sign the same contract these men used to have - they will lose around $30,000 in benefits over the course of each year i believe.

Spectrum doens't want to contribute to retirement plans...so these union guys do not want to settle for less - they've always had a better contract - why should they sign to do away with things they have always been privledged to - why should they sign to lower their salaries because a billion dolalr company doesn't want to give it to them? Why should their status as middle class workers be brought down and why should it decline? If Spectrum wins the fight, it's a loss to my union...and it means that the whole union is going to suffer and suffer greatly. It means that other non union companies are going to challnenge us & that they might win the fight - this will damage the union for many years if not forever.

It's a fight for working rights and privledges. Non union workers do not live the same middle class lives although they might think they are - they are desperate to work and do not know any other better life. Union workers do - we fought for what we have & we may just lose it if the government doesn't start to help us out - which is difficult with a Trump Administration. Sorry if I offended everyone, but this is my life right now.

My dad is big in activism for the union - but he told me not to leave work early to go today to the march. So i'll be staying at work as he asked me to do. I don't work in Manhattan and to be there by 3pm, I'd have to leave work around 1pm. My regular time is 5pm which means i'd be asking for a half day. My dad doesn't want me to go bc most people in my office are definitely not going except maybe 2 people out of 100-150. Other people who's workplace is located in NYC will go, but since i would have to leave so early he told me not to ask. I wanted to go - but i have no desire to debate it with my dad...

AFTER ALL, tomorrow at 6:30am I have to be in midtown Manhattan at the NYPD candidate relations for my medical exam, before i go to work after...so i'll just stick to Tuesday being eventful and stay at work today here in Queens, return a library book after work & pick up my two reserved new books. That's all, no worries!

since i need to be up so early tuesday, i'm not going to gym that eve, but going to bed early. i would have liked the gym - but i also like to get some sleep. 

so gym and jogging will be quite rushed and erratic this week, needing to go 3 days in a row to work out. if i feel very sore for any reason, i'll have to skip a day.

Progress as of today: 2 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

innerpeace on 10/30/2017:
I've seen both sides of the union. My DH needs a union where he is because he is treated like crap, they have no standards for performance or safety and he is always mad because of how they treat him. They have no 401K to speak of and their health benefits are crap. However, I've seen the union hurt good workers protecting those who never work and still expect to keep their job. So I get where you're coming from.

Good luck with your exam. My military exam was pretty in depth, checking every nook and cranny of my body - I hope it isn't that way for you. Have a great day.

horn_of_plenty on 10/30/2017:
i think my exam will be slightly easier than yours, as they simply don't check nooks and crannies and sorta just take your word that you are feeling OK!

But even without unions, there are good and bad workers...but yes your DH would be in better shape with a 401k!

unions, like you mentioned, are big on safety and security of workers. Hard to get the bad ones out - even teachers in NYC are mostly in unions - very hard to fire the bad teachers, but, the teachers are all lucky with GREAT retirement plans.

BearCountryGG on 10/30/2017:
We thank the Detroit Carpenters Union every month here when the pension check arrives...Denny worked hard for 32 years for what he is getting, starting at age 17 and taking early retirement at 48....Being a carpenter in Detroit isn't easy, some neighborhoods tear things down before they are even finished being built and it's a daily threat of pit cave ins and 10 story falls....and today he is dealing with damaged hips and shoulders but we are thankful because he was paid well, had good benefits and he could get out while he was still young...the union made retirement possible for us...and social security at 62 made it even better.....I do worry about the younger generations.

horn_of_plenty on 10/30/2017:
I worry too. I think that the younger generation is about to suffer greatly in the next MANY years...and that we are going to drop even farther before people realize we really are going to have to fight again for what made the middle class a strong middle class!

but deep down, i hope things never get as bad as they were when unions were first established which is i think around the great depression? or right after?

the world with trump and everything going on is a scary place in my mind.

i'm glad your husband received something for all his hard work, though sorry about his body physically...manual labor is hard on the body.

legcramps on 10/30/2017:
It's going to be an early morning tomorrow! I hear you about wanting more sleep; I am the same way right now, especially with having a cold. I keep trying to stay awake with bf to watch tv or a movie, and always end up snoring on the couch, poor guy lol.

Good luck with your exam tomorrow.

horn_of_plenty on 10/31/2017:
Thank you I am sitting still with all the candidates right now :-)

Sleep is very important and I hope to get a lot of it tonight .... extra sleep definitely improves immunity

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