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Saturday, January 12, 2008

Free sample for dog owners

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Thursday, January 10, 2008

Angry momma!!

Sorry this is so long... just a BIG venting thing going on.

I need a vacation... to run away or something. Am I the only mom who is just completly exhausted, stressed and at her wits end? I mean, I know moms have a lot on their plates, but mostly I read about the cute little things others' kids are doing and something they got into. Is everyone just downplaying that they get angry, frustrated and have no idea how to cope?

What I haven't been able to figure out is why my two middle kids won't listen. Okay, I know you're saying all kids are like that. It's just hard for me to swallow since I'm more than 3/4 of the way finished raising one who I never had these types of problems with. I remember having to repeat myself maybe three times in one day, but very rarely did I have to review the same thing the next day and the next and the next and the next ...

Let me just review tonight's problem that has me all tense and whatnot. The teenager was working with the kids are their tv learning game thingy - the VTech. So I decided instead of goofing off on the computer or doing some housework I would give the baby a bath and fix her bottle. I get her all situated and she falls asleep while finishing her bottle -- just in time of them ending their game time.

I put her to bed in my room instead of in the room they all share and proceed to get the others ready for bed. We read stories, say goodnight and they're reminded to be quiet, stay in bed and go to sleep.

They never did stay quiet. One got up to use the bathroom. I finished watching Dr. Phil that I recorded earlier -- took about 15 minutes. I got up and reminded them to stay quiet and go to sleep. I put a CD in the DVR so they would have some music to listen to as they fell asleep and went into the office to finish my work and goof off a little bit. (The teenager is studying for a test that's tomorrow.)

While in the office I thought I heard something, but I wasn't sure. Then I heard it again. Yes, it was the sound of doors opening. I got up to see what was going on and saw their door open all the way AND the door to my room open!!! with the sound of a whining baby coming through the door.

They woke up the baby! OMG! I was so mad!

"Who opened that door?" I ask rather loudly.
"Amareah," Andre says. "Andre," Amareah says.

The rest is rather ugly... and here I sit at almost 10 p.m. with the baby squirming on my lap and whining and crying. I had gotten a little relaxed with my 15 minutes of Dr. Phil and now the tension I feel is radiating from my head to my toes.

Had I ever had an inkling that my husband and I would ever be separated I would have never.... never... OMG the baby is screaming!!! Never never never never....

Knowing her she'll be up now until past midnight and another night will be wasted. Another night of not doing anything I want to do or need to do... why do I even try?!

Reveal yourself!!

I just learned at SuchSimplePleasures that today is Delurker Day! So if you're lurking around here reading, laughing, lounging and having fun then you should delurker yourself! Leave a comment and let me know what you think.

Honestly, I can't imagine that I have lurkers, but I know I do it sometime so I'm sure others do as well. So, go ahead... reveal yourself. What are you waiting for?

Bzz about the Philips Sonicare UV Sanitizer

Quite awhile ago I joined BzzAgent. It's a great site that matches consumers with new products and requests that those who receive the product samples to buzz about them. Well, we know most bloggers like to buzz about products so I thought I would get active again with BzzAgent to share some great stuff with you.

The product I recently received to test is Philips Sonicare UV Sanitizer. (I'd already received the Philips Sonicare Toothbrush sometime ago so it seemed only natural to sign up for the product.) I recently tested it on my brush head. The sanitizer is a very compact, quiet and stylist-looking contraption that takes only 10 minutes to rid the brush of bacteria. It was easy to set up and use... and after receiving it and reading about it I wondered about it's cleaning capacity.

This is what I discovered...

The average toothbrush head is crawling with bacteria. In just a single 10-minute cycle, the Sonicare UV Sanitizer eliminates up to 99 percent of selected bacteria and viruses like e-coli, s. mutans and h. simplex on up to two rechargeable brush heads. The UV Clean technology ensures that both the front and back of the brush head is sanitized. Plus, the UV Sanitizer safely stores brush heads until the next brushing.

The sanitizer works with the following Sonicare and Oral-B brush head models:

Sonicare Essence
Sonicare Elite
Sonicare FlexCare
Oral-B Triumph
Oral-B ProfessionalCare 7000 & 8000 Series
Oral-B Vitality

So if you want to help ensure your dental health, I would recommend trying Philips Sonicare UV Sanitizer. If you do, let me know what you think... I look forward to hearing your buzz.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Update on daycare situation

Let me first start by saying: I'm exhausted!! Although we were running a little late, I took the kids to the library this morning for baby time at 10 a.m., which I had already scheduled when I didn't know the other two children would be at home. They were well behaved and the baby had a wonderful time. I think she enjoyed looking at the other babies more than the music and books. She saw bubbles for the first time and was fascinated. She laughed when I clapped her hands or patted her to the music... it was a joyous and tiring time.

What I didn't know was that they had enrichment time for 3 and 4 year olds at 11 so we went to the other room for that. I was so proud of my two sitting and listening to the story as well as kind of participating. The baby even laughed and listened.

Afterward they checked out a couple of books each, socialized and played with some puzzles.

Then the sitter called. I didn't initially take the call because I was in the library, but I called their dad to see if he had talked to her about them not returning. (If you missed what happened yesterday, you can read it here: I can watch my own kids!)

To make a long story short: She said she didn't appreciate the way it happened and that I could have called to talk to her. True. I told her I was too angry and I didn't want to call and talk when I was like that. She said that didn't matter. Basically we didn't really get anywhere. I understand where she's coming from in regards to the communication thing. She expressed that it isn't like there were problems or whatever (there's some stuff she doesn't know I was already displeased with) and that she would never put my children in danger; she really loves them. Their dad told her that all of that is neither here nor there because he had mess in his clothes for 45 minutes. She countered with that's why she called me. I told her that I couldn't get there quickly. She said she was on the way out the door to pick up her own kids. I thought (yes, I didn't say it): Not my problem. You're getting paid to watch my kids.

Long story short -- again: She said if I still decide to withdraw them then I need to put it in writing and give three weeks notice. Hmmm? I thought when I got off the phone. Guess that's in the paperwork, which I'll find later. And I also guess she expects payment for those three weeks.


Now my 4 year old says he doesn't want to return. (How would he know what he wants, he's 4!? LOL!)

So... you know I'm going to ask: What is a woman to do?

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Reconstructive surgery

Not too long ago I was watching a talk show (can’t remember which one) that featured a young lady who wanted to have reconstructive surgery on her labia. I wasn’t even aware that this was possible until seeing her on the show. Like any other area that one would choose to have reconstructive surgery on, she had some of the same issues and concerns about that part of her body.

Since it’s often an issue that women have and are either afraid or embarrassed to discuss or have not found the appropriate doctor; I thought it was important to post some information about an Atlanta-based company called Atlanta Vaginal Rejuvenation & Cosmetic Surgery Center. The physicians – Doctors John R. Miklos and Robert D. Moore – are internationally renowned surgeons who have performed labia reduction surgery and laser vaginal rejuvenation surgery in 46 states and 23 countries.

The doctors are trained urogynecologists who have treated patients with conditions of vaginal relaxation including, but not limited to, cystocele, rectocele, vaginal vault prolapse, uterine prolapse and perineal relaxation and perform the surgeries associated with each condition like rectocele surgery. The information on their site is comprehensive and tasteful – check them out today.

Win a Hamilton Beach® Stand Mixer

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I can watch my own kids!

I don't know what is going on today. Is the moon in the wrong hemisphere or what? Maybe my sign is aligned wrong... or, instead of being so worldly and cosmic, it could just be that I shouldn't have gotten up late and missed my prayer time.

So, guess what else has happened?

My 4-year-old had an accident at daycare. The sitter calls and says she told him she was going to call me and that he was going home. HUH?

Truthfully, I have heard her mention this in passing in the past about having parents pick up children who have an accident in her clothes, but aren't I (technically: their father) paying for her to care for my children?

After getting home after 11 a.m. this morning (from dropping the two middle children off) it took me more than two hours to get the baby situated and down for a nap. She was being sooo naughty today, but that's another story. I finally delve into some paperwork, try to finish a job application and was about to do a paid post when she calls.

It's 4 p.m.

I was going to start dinner at 4:30, pick up the oldest child's prescription at 5 and do a myriad of other things before I left to pick them up. I had to stop what I was doing to go get them.

I was so angry!

It's not like he was sick or hurt or something. I mean: She's getting paid to take care of them, right? So what if that includes tasks, duties or something unpleasant. I can just keep them home and take care of them myself.


Uh... hello? Right?

Well, let me know what you think.

BTW: She wasn't there when I picked them up and her assistant/mom said she would have changed him, but he didn't have extra clothes or something. There have been other times when children didn't have extra clothes and they worked something out. I should also mention that he didn't just urinate on himself; he put a little package in his pants as well. So, when she/the mom said for me to bring clothes, in my anger I say, "I don't know if they're going to be back..."


Okay, I await your tongue lashing.

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Feeling slighted, feeling heard

Today I had a telephone conversation with a person who is supposed to be representative of an organization that I must be apart of. (Is that vague enough? LOL) Once I got off the phone I was so upset with the way I had been spoken to and treated that tears were flowing down my face. I was a little surprised at the tears because I wasn't feeling especially sensitive. I guess I've gotten a little tired of the disrespect and lack of professionalism that I receive from this individual. And, I was frustrated because I felt like my hands were tied and nothing could be done.

Well, I used my voice! Instead of worrying about the repercussions or venting to someone, I sat down at my desk and composed a nicely worded letter re-capping everything that had occurred up to today and including today's conversation. At first I was going to mail the letter, but I couldn't get in touch with anyone who could tell me who it should be addressed to. So, I logged onto Google, did a search and found an email address. Eureka! Even better.

I tried very hard to keep any emotions and anger out of the letter and sent it off posthaste. Imagine my surprise when about an hour later I sat down to look up something and saw a response! Not only did the person respond, but they informed me that the letter would be sent to the person's supervisor.

My faith in using my voice has been restored. Instead of stewing in my own juices I feel like I stood up for myself, expressed myself and was heard. It feels so much better than crying, venting and taking my frustrations out of some innocent bystander.

I encourage everyone to do the same thing: Stand up for yourself! If a cashier is rude, say something. If your insurance agent doesn't do their job, speak up. If you've received less than stellar service, tell someone. It's unfortunate that we now live in a society where a lot of people in the service industry have forgotten -- or not been taught -- how to be respectful, professional and compassionate. I think if we all stand up for ourselves and politely and consistently call people on their improper behavior then we can make a difference.
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