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Happy Sunday! I hope everyone is enjoying their day, either relaxing or finding it as productive as possible. We here in the Shannon household have had a rough week. It started out with a bang and a 9:30 AM phone call at home while I was taking a vacation day on Monday to let me know that the new company owners are closing the Cincinnati R&D facility. Interestingly enough, they are keeping open the two manufacturing facilities right next to this facility, so Jim still gets to keep his job here in Cincinnati. Mine, however, will be eliminated by the end of the year at the latest. I was given the option of putting my hat into the ring for potential positions at the company headquarters in Beloit, WI. Yay.

The way things stand right now, I did state that I would be willing to relocate. The powers that be know that they will also have to move Jim as well if this happens. We have no idea what our future positions will be however, which is nerve-wracking. We already had a realtor come through the house to let us know what we need to do to be able to sell it fast. Hopefully, we’ll get more information soon so that we can start moving forward with our lives. I feel like it has been on hold since the announcement was first made.

To add insult to injury, the last four books I have finished have been just plain bad. Ugh. Expect some rather unhappy reviews soon.

If you didn’t see my Fabulous Friday post this week, Jim and I have officially started our juice fast. After watching Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead, we both thought a juice fast would be a great way to start fresh. Both of us have gained way too much weight over the past year and no amount of diet or exercise was working. We needed a way to reset our bodies, and after much research, a juice fast seems like the best way to do that. Then, we had the brilliant idea that since Lent was coming up soon, and as semi-practicing Catholics tis is the season for self-sacrifice, we should go on this juice fast during Lent and kill two birds with one stone. We officially started on Wednesday. During that time, Jim has lost 4.02 percent of his body weight and I’ve lost 4.52 percent of mine. The cravings are gone, and our energy is definitely back. We were able to go grocery shopping yesterday without being tempted. I’m not going to bore you with anymore of the gory details, but I had to share this just once. The rest of the journey is going to be on my Tumblr account if anyone is interested.

Reviewed this week:

I hope everyone had a better week than I did. Here’s to a much better one for everyone! 


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