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Title: Global group weekend challenge . . .
Post by: Bucky on October 27, 2010, 03:25:32 PM
Hi - This upcoming weekend (Oct. 30 & 31) from 12:01 a.m. Saturday morning until 12:00 midnight on Sunday is going to be a group weekend challenge for those wanting to participate.

The challenge is simple:   DO SOMETHING  FUN THIS WEEKEND!   ;D

Then, come back on Monday and give a short post on what you did.  If you didn't find anything fun to do this weekend then post two words, "horrible weekend" - but, please don't spoil our fun for those of us who want to participate.

According to The American Heritage Dictionary the definition of fun is:  "A source of enjoyment, amusement, or pleasure."

Sounds like a wonderful recipe to me!   ;D

We come to this forum because we either have a definite diagnose of Sjogren's or have the symptoms of Sjogren's or are going through the process of getting a diagnose.  Don't let Sjogren's define you . . . Sjogren's is not WHO you are - it's a chronic illness we have.  There is a difference.

I hope we'll have a good turnout for this challenge.  For those of you who frequent this site and read, but don't post or join in on the conversation - we'd love for you to be a part of this weekend challenge.  The more, the merrier!   ;D

Looking forward to hearing what you did for fun this weekend.

Bucky







Title: Re: Global group weekend challenge . . .
Post by: eyeamdry on October 27, 2010, 04:06:12 PM
I am committed to volunteer at my regular place "The Airzoo" on Saturday night.  We are having a Halloween event and I am volunteering just to be there, in costume, to watch the youngsters do not engage in any damage to our million dollar aircraft on display and keep an eye on the giftshop.  It will b4 3 hours of fun and I will be in costume.  I have not been doing volunteer work there lately because I've been feeling so badly.  I knew if I stepped up and volunteered, I'd make it somehow.  Am looking forward to it.  Lucy   Trick or Treat.................
Title: Re: Global group weekend challenge . . .
Post by: puccini914 on October 27, 2010, 04:33:15 PM
We've got as big weekend planned. It starts Friday afternoon with a Birthday party for a dear friend here at my house, then it's off to downtown trick or treating with the kids.

 We live in a rural community in the mountains, so traditional trick or treating is difficult if not impossible.  Everyone goes downtown and they do a parade, costume contest with prizes and then the kids go trick or treating from storefront to storefront.  We have two little towns nearby, so will try to both. 

Then Saturday is Mommy down time to rest up.

  Sunday is Church in the morning and then later that night is the big Halloween party at my friends house.  There will be lots of games, and candy and fun for the kids and hopefully enough entertainment that the adults get to have some fun, too. 

It's a big weekend and I just hope that DH can make it home.  He's been out of town working for the last two weeks, but work is work and you gotta take it where it comes.  I hope everyone has a safe and Happy Halloween weekend.

Peace be with you all.

Jennifer
Title: Re: Global group weekend challenge . . .
Post by: Daisy1234 on October 27, 2010, 04:42:04 PM
I just won two good tickets to our NHL hockey team's game with a VIP parking pass included as well so I'll be heading out to the game with my husband this weekend.   Sjogren's finally gave me a big break, my dentist's office held the draw, and I go so often to the dentist that I was able to put in a few entries in the big drum for the draw as a result and now I've won first prize.  Will be my first NHL game too.  Looking forward to it  :)
Title: Re: Global group weekend challenge . . .
Post by: DragonflyC on October 27, 2010, 05:28:42 PM
Great idea!

Sunday (Halloween) is my birthday!  I'll be 35.
Title: Re: Global group weekend challenge . . .
Post by: LizM on October 27, 2010, 05:51:56 PM
Great idea.  This is one challenge that I am up for.

Liz
Title: Re: Global group weekend challenge . . .
Post by: Cricket on October 27, 2010, 07:25:29 PM
Got a big weekend - Saturday a wedding and Sunday at my daughter's for trick and treating and then dinner.  All the grandchildren will be there so it should be fun.
Title: Re: Global group weekend challenge . . .
Post by: eyeamdry on October 27, 2010, 09:01:14 PM
Daisy I am a big hockey freak!  Who is your NHL team?  Get ready to scream and yell.  Actually, you might want to take earplugs.  There will be lots of noise, horns blowing, whistles.........so take earplugs and enjoy.  You are so lucky to have won such a cool prize.  Lucy
Title: Re: Global group weekend challenge . . .
Post by: Bucky on October 29, 2010, 10:51:34 AM
Don't forget . . . tonight at 12:01 a.m. through Sunday evening 12 midnight our group weekend challenge is ON!

It doesn't have to be a weekend long fun event . . . even if you can only squeeze in 10-15 minutes of fun - that's good too.   :D

Everybody enjoy your weekend.  Some of you already sound like you have some fun things planned . . . enjoy!

Happy Birthday on Sunday DragonflyC!! 

Bucky
Title: Re: Global group weekend challenge . . .
Post by: Katybarstool on October 29, 2010, 01:15:10 PM
Love this Bucky! DH and I are going to London on a theatre trip. It will be a coach trip, stay in a hotel, theatre Saturday evening and shopping in Oxford Street on Sunday, before our return home. The show we will see is Love never Dies, and it's the follow up to Phantom of the Opera. I'm really excited. I booked the trip last March, as a thank you to DH for looking after me during a tough year.

Will report back.

Kathyx
Title: Re: Global group weekend challenge . . .
Post by: inga on October 29, 2010, 02:19:38 PM
Good idea.....I am taking my grndson, trick or treating....at least a few blocks!
Title: Re: Global group weekend challenge . . .
Post by: puccini914 on October 29, 2010, 04:49:57 PM
It hasn't even started yet, and I am wiped out!  :( 

I was up until 2:00am last night making lasagnas for my friend's Birthday party here today.  Then I got up at 6:00am to get my son in his costume and ready or school this morning.  Then I had to rush home and get the house ready for the party.

 With two small boys, it doesn't matter when you cleaned last, you always have to do it again before having guests.  Then cook the Lasagnas and make the salads and make the iced tea.  Blow up ballons and decorate the house, set the tables, etc, etc. 

Had to pick up my son in the middle and race home again. Then after the party was the first leg of Trick or Treating with the boys.  This involves driving into town and walking up and the little downtown and stopping at each storefront for goodies.  We walked it all and now we're home. 

The kids are watching TV eating candy and the kitchen is a wreck and I can barely move.  Thank God DH is coming home tonight, although it will be like 5:00am when he gets here.  Tomorrow is more Trick or Treating at the other little downtown.  Then Sunday is the big Halloween Party at another friend's house.

  I just hope my body doesn't totally give out beforethe weekend is over.  I think I'll leave the kitchen for tomorrow and go join the boys on the couch.

Peace be with you all.

Jennifer
Title: Re: Global group weekend challenge . . .
Post by: Rhonda on October 29, 2010, 06:09:15 PM
We got started a little early on the weekend.  I had to go to a new doctor this morning, so my husband took off work to go with me.  After the doctor appointment, my husband and I came home, changed clothes, grabbed the camera and took off for a drive.  We ended up about 20 miles from home at a little off the beaten path beach.  We walked along the beach, took several pictures just talked about nothing.  We held hands and even laughed like carefree young adults with no ugly disease overshadowing our lives. 

After the beach, we headed back home, stopping at a fresh fruit market and a flea market.  Being a photography buff, I am always on the lookout for vintage frames.  Lastly, ran a couple errands together when we got back into our home town.   

We spent the remainder of the afternoon baking an apple pie and watching movies here at home.

Not much of an exciting day for some, but just spending time with him and taking out a few hours to forget about the SJS and other disorders was good for both of us.  Although I am worn out and exhausted, it was a good day overall. 
Title: Re: Global group weekend challenge . . .
Post by: Daisy1234 on October 30, 2010, 02:52:09 PM
Hi Lucy,

my team is the Ottawa Senators and they will play the Boston Bruins tonight!  Will report back after the weekend with all of the details.  Can't wait to go, only a couple more hours to wait :)
Title: Re: Global group weekend challenge . . .
Post by: genko_b on October 30, 2010, 03:34:17 PM
Rhonda, your day sounds just perfect! All sorts of favorite things to do.

Probably not many of you are spending this weekend rearranging the tatami mats in your Japanese tea ceremony room. November 1 is New Years Day in the tea world, when we change from warm weather to cold weather mode. The Chinese style brazier for heating tea water goes away, and the sunken hearth in the middle of the room is revealed. There are all sorts of traditional foods to eat, and tea activities to do.

I'll celebrate "opening the hearth" with my students on Tuesday and Friday this week, and with my teachers and fellow classmates on Wednesday. So this weekend changing over the tearoom I'm anticipating all of this and enjoying the preparations - getting out the winter tea bowls, planning the food, and everything. It's nice to have two full days to prepare so I can pace myself, and still have time to enjoy the Hallowe'en decorations everywhere in town. It's a great time of year!

Genko
Title: Re: Global group weekend challenge . . .
Post by: ynevar on October 30, 2010, 04:31:45 PM
Hello everyone!!! I sure hope that everyone's weekend is great!

I have had a fantastic weekend so far!!!  My husband and I are doing much better, I think the fact that I am actually on the road to improvement (I just started the Plaquenil on Monday, the day of my lip biopsy) has helped relieve a bunch of stress.  I think just knowing we are moving forward instead of just waiting has improved the stress between us. 

We got a free wood shed, 8x12" feet by 10" high or so.  We have tarped our wood and it has done okay keeping it dry but a shed is just that much better!  Just paid the my husband's friend's friend a few bucks (far less than we would have paid for all the lumber and materials etc!)

I got my fish tank cleaned, which was a big accomplishment for me these days.  I am about to make a huge feast for dinner and then fall blissfully into the sofa or bed and watch a movie!

Tomorrow is Halloween and I will have all my kiddos (my daughter's are coming back from their father's today - they go week on week off, my son doesn't want to stay with his dad for a week at a time so I have him most of the time).  I can't wait to have the girls back and do the things we usually do!  I am trying to get a treadmill for our laundry room (the shed will clear a bunch of space in the laundry room for one) and that will totally make them smile, have been asking for one for a while!

We got a new TV last night and I am just pleased as heck with it!  All in all it has been a great weekend so far!

-Y
Title: Re: Global group weekend challenge . . .
Post by: susanep on October 30, 2010, 05:28:26 PM
We went to my son's house, and had dinner followed by a game of scrabble. Today, I went down to my parents house to take 4 of my great nieces some trick or treat bags. A set of 3 year old twin blondies were so cute. One was dressed as Tinkerbell, and the other as Cinderella.

susanep :)
Title: Re: Global group weekend challenge . . .
Post by: BonusMom on October 30, 2010, 10:37:27 PM
Great idea!

Sunday (Halloween) is my birthday!  I'll be 35.

Happy 35th Birthday!!!!!!
Title: Re: Global group weekend challenge . . .
Post by: BonusMom on October 30, 2010, 10:41:13 PM
We went to my son's house, and had dinner followed by a game of scrabble. Today, I went down to my parents house to take 4 of my great nieces some trick or treat bags. A set of 3 year old twin blondies were so cute. One was dressed as Tinkerbell, and the other as Cinderella.

susanep :)

I'm a word nerd also, Susan, and LOVE a lively game of Scrabble!  It's good for the brain (and the company is good for the soul).  Sounds like a lovely day.
Title: Re: Global group weekend challenge . . .
Post by: BonusMom on October 30, 2010, 10:43:35 PM
Tomorrow I "get" to do chores, but today DH and I bought a new car.  I'm ecstatic!  We have made sacrifices for quite some time and today was "payday."
Title: Re: Global group weekend challenge . . .
Post by: BonusMom on October 30, 2010, 10:47:30 PM
We got started a little early on the weekend.  I had to go to a new doctor this morning, so my husband took off work to go with me.  After the doctor appointment, my husband and I came home, changed clothes, grabbed the camera and took off for a drive.  We ended up about 20 miles from home at a little off the beaten path beach.  We walked along the beach, took several pictures just talked about nothing.  We held hands and even laughed like carefree young adults with no ugly disease overshadowing our lives. 

After the beach, we headed back home, stopping at a fresh fruit market and a flea market.  Being a photography buff, I am always on the lookout for vintage frames.  Lastly, ran a couple errands together when we got back into our home town.   

We spent the remainder of the afternoon baking an apple pie and watching movies here at home.

Not much of an exciting day for some, but just spending time with him and taking out a few hours to forget about the SJS and other disorders was good for both of us.  Although I am worn out and exhausted, it was a good day overall. 

How lucky you are that your DH attended your doctor's appt with you  :)  Some time at the beach, a fresh fruit stand, fresh apple pie and a movie...............a perfect date!
Title: Re: Global group weekend challenge . . .
Post by: Rhonda on October 31, 2010, 04:32:08 AM
Yes BonusMom - it was a perfect date!  My husband is wonderful.  He calls this "our disease" not "her disease".... how much luckier can a girl get?

Hugs!
Title: Re: Global group weekend challenge . . .
Post by: anita on October 31, 2010, 05:02:17 AM
So this is about "FUN"?

Well many might not look at it this way, but the new washer/dryer arrived yesterday.  I don't normally think of "chores" as fun, but in this case it was.  The workers barely got it hooked up before I was ready to test it out.

I'm going to have more fun (loads of laundry) today!!!!!

Okay, maybe I'm sicker than I think...LOL
Title: Re: Global group weekend challenge . . .
Post by: sissyjane on October 31, 2010, 10:09:01 AM
I went to lunch and our local community theater yesterday to see ( a bit early), Irving Berlin's White Christmas. I have season tickets, so I don't have a choice about when I go... ::)
Title: Re: Global group weekend challenge . . .
Post by: Reanne on October 31, 2010, 10:54:29 AM
We went to a costume party.
Title: Re: Global group weekend challenge . . .
Post by: navydad on October 31, 2010, 10:57:12 AM
I was able to get out and go archery hunting, my arms ache from climbing the tree stand the boys put up with me but I did get out, the cold was hard to take but the hours  flew by, I saw loads of turkeys, squirrels,, and some deer,, which I passed on taking,, only because i was enjoying just being out, this week begins another week of trying to solve the problems I face
Title: Re: Global group weekend challenge . . .
Post by: Daisy1234 on October 31, 2010, 12:19:53 PM
I had a blast at the hockey game, was my first ever NHL game in person.  We had very good seats too.  Was able to yell and holler until I went hoarse lol which wasn't too long.  What a wonderful evening.
Title: Re: Global group weekend challenge . . .
Post by: Catilee2 on October 31, 2010, 12:25:07 PM
this has been a good weekend!!. It started off Friday Afternoon with the orthopedic Dr. telling me I could put weight on my left foot. No more crutches, or foot brace. ( I fractured my talus- a flake fracture) I fractured it when I fell in the chicken coop.  So life feels wonderful again.
 We also got to spend some time doing things we both enjoy. The sun is out right now after a period of snow flurries.  The best thing was while needing to stay off the foot, I had a chance to sort of rest up. So, I feel more energetic that I have in a long time.  

Catilee 2
Title: Re: Global group weekend challenge . . .
Post by: Ohiocat on October 31, 2010, 03:03:17 PM
My nephew, his wife, and four year old son visited.   We went out to brunch.
It was a very nice visit.

And Mom is currently doing okay in hospital, Dad says her spirits are high.

So that is all good new for the weekend.
Title: Re: Global group weekend challenge . . .
Post by: genko_b on October 31, 2010, 05:27:40 PM
Sounds like everyone is having a good weekend. So glad you got out hunting Navydad! And it's not raining here in Seattle for trick or treating - an unusual thing for this time of year!

Take care everyone,

Genko
Title: Re: Global group weekend challenge . . .
Post by: Scottietottie on October 31, 2010, 05:58:45 PM
Hi  :)

Well hubby and I ran away as planned and had a walk and a meal until all the local trick and treaters had gone away. (We don't know any of them anyway and it grieves me the way parents round here let really young kids knock on the doors of people they don't know. They are not looking for candy either - they are looking for money!

Really enjoyed an evening out!

Take care - scottie  :)
Title: Re: Global group weekend challenge . . .
Post by: Kerrikins on October 31, 2010, 06:23:23 PM
On saturday night my about-to-be-10 year old daughter had 7 girls over for a birthday slumber party and as we have 4 kids that made 11 kids staying over!! We had a bounce house set up and roasted marshmallows at the firepit, watched a movie, yadda yadda. It was soooo much fun but the kids kept us up all night with their giggling and I am still exhausted. Tonight we took the 2 little ones trick or treating and had such a good time. We are about ready to watch Dexter and eat some popcorn then go to bed. It has been such a great weekend :) :) I'm glad so many others had a nice weekend too!
Kerrikins
Title: Re: Global group weekend challenge . . .
Post by: ynevar on October 31, 2010, 07:44:05 PM
Weekend was a good one so far... is 6:40 pm Alaska time, haven't had too many trick or treaters.  Hubby and I are enjoying the quiet night, kids are trick or treating (I think this is close to their last year going I think.  My son, the  youngest said, I think I am too big to go, I said nonsense!!!  The girls however might not want to go too much more--I dunno (teenagers ya never know) they are a funny). 

Anyhow I am going to help the hubby on his school paper and relax.

Have a good night all!  Glad so many of us had a great weekend!!!!!!

-Y
Title: Re: Global group weekend challenge . . .
Post by: warmwaters on October 31, 2010, 09:15:17 PM
Delighted that I met the challenge. I've had a number of "blah" weekends in a row, but today we got out and explored a park that we hadn't been to before. It was a pretty day in Northern California - Clear, low 70's, and an occasional light breeze.

The park was great - It had a beautiful pond that sparked in the sunlight, and we were able to walk all the way around it. Then we drove up to an area called Vista Hill, which was amazing. Below us, we could see the San Francisco Bay from Oakland all the way down to almost San Jose, and could see Mt. Diablo which is many miles away. Awesome views, beautiful day and good company.

I'm feeling happy.
Title: Re: Global group weekend challenge . . .
Post by: DragonflyC on November 01, 2010, 05:34:31 AM
I felt very cute in my cowgirl outfit on Saturday night at a low-key party hosted by a friend. Good conversation, nice people, and yummy snacks. 

I spent Sunday at my parents' with my husband.  My little brother made an appearance (Yay!  I don't see enough of him), we watched the Pats win (double yay!), I got to hand out candy to adorable trick-or-treaters, and we ate delicious Chinese take-out.

My husband gave me five yoga classes at a studio near our apartment, which I think I really need.  Go, Husband!  I also got a big bag of Twizzlers (also husband) and a great big, cozy, bright red fleece scarf with pockets from my mom and dad (it looked very nice with my Pat Chung jersey--now, if only his knee would get better). 
Title: Re: Global group weekend challenge . . .
Post by: Bucky on November 01, 2010, 07:12:18 AM
Good morning . . . happy Monday everyone!    ;D  (yeah, I hear the moans . . .  :D)

Sounds like there was a lot of fun things planned/and or done over the weekend.

I had some "me" time and got to go shopping by myself.  It's nice when I can go at my own pace and not feel that I have to hurry because other people are waiting on me.  Picked out my "interview" outfit and modeled for my hubby and son when I got home - got two thumbs up from both of them.   :D

Saturday evening went to a friends bonfire/hot dog roast.  That was relaxing and fun.

I hope this week if things get a little hectic and you're not feeling well - remember back to your fun weekend and hopefully, it will bring a smile to your face.   ;D  Life has it's ups and down . . . I hope you have more "up" days, than down days.

Bucky





Title: Re: Global group weekend challenge . . .
Post by: Katybarstool on November 01, 2010, 01:45:44 PM
Hi Bucky

Tell me more about the intereview, I think I must have missed soemthing.

We thoroughly enjoyed our weekend in London - apart from the 7 hour journey back - we were on a coach trip, and the organisers had included seven stops in all, so a journey that should have taken about 4 hours, took 7. We were absolutely shattered at the end of it.

The musical was good, but not as good as the original one, the Phantom of the Opera. I think that's often the case when you get sequels. The star of the show was definitely a 10 year old boy. He was the son of the phantom and Christine, and I could have listened to him singing all night long. Our hotel was really good too - a wonderful weekend.

Glad everyone else enjoyed themselves. Hope you're not all exhausted now - I was very pleased that I only had to stop walking once - must be a record!

Kathyx 
Title: Re: Global group weekend challenge . . .
Post by: irish on November 01, 2010, 08:48:04 PM
Bucky, Thank you for starting this thread. This is one of the most optimistic threads that has been on here in a long time. It just goes to show that we are a bunch of sickos but in spite of it all we can rise up and meet the challenge and make some fun. It was a gorgeous weekend.

Now, we didn't go anyplace, but I am getting some cleaning done in the basement that is a long, long, long time coming.

The highlight of the weekend was the grandkids coming for their Halloween treats. The second highlight was seeing my 40 year old DIL dressed up like a witch---tall black hat and all and a cute witchy dress. She just got in the mood she said. I think the 9 year old boy was embarrassed by his mom. Oh well, such is life.

Let's see if we can do this again. Probably every weekend would be too much, but if anybody has a fun weekend or does something unusual, like mountain climbing lol,etc., it sure would be fun to hear some stories. Maybe we can share more this way.Irish ;D
Title: Re: Global group weekend challenge . . .
Post by: Katybarstool on November 03, 2010, 12:37:02 AM
I'm going on an Abba tribute weekend with hubby and some girlfriends later in the month. That should be a hoot - particularly as hubby will be the only male in our party. It wasn't intentional, but lines got crossed in the excitement, and I didn't realize other girls were going alone. It's at a public hall, so there will be other men, just not in our party. I'm sure he'll have a good time :)

Kathyx
Title: Re: Global group weekend challenge . . .
Post by: Bopeep on November 03, 2010, 03:55:05 AM
Well as you lot know we don't really do the halloween thing here in NZ but here is my weekend
I ended up with 4 pet lambs this year.
That means the mummys didn't want them and so we are rearing them.
Three of them were ready to be weaned so had to be moved down to the paddocks. It always breaks my heart when the lambs have to go and be lambies.

I also prepared 7 meat dishes so my hubbie and his dad could go away for a week whitebaiting.
Whitebaiting is a sport in New Zealand its seasonable. Whitebait has been described as sperm on steroids. ( sorry if that offends anyone. Thats NOT my intention)
They are little fish that run up stream at a certain time of the year and are a delicacy here.
Then I transplanted about 200 small plants in my propagation house for planting out in the fall.

Apart from that I had a quiet weekend  :P ;D ;)