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Thursday, June 5, 2008

A pain in my.... head!

Besides my morning appointment to get the two middle children into Head Start (which I went to after I dropped them off for their second to the last day at the sitter -- already nostalgic) and my running the teenager and her best friend to work... I spent most of the day sick with a migraine.

The new schedule of additional carpooling has interfered with my normal eating schedule and I'm low on healthy to-go food so I've been doing without. Well, my body rebelled today. The headache that had been haunting me for a couple of days turned into a full-blown migraine. Complete with upset stomach, light sensitivity, nausea, dizziness... you name it, I felt it.

So, I didn't want you to think I was off somewhere with my feet propped up, sipping on a frozen drink and watching the waves beat against the shore. (I can only do that in my fantasies!)

I was fighting to get the baby to take a nap so I could ease the pounding in my brain. The effects are still lingering, but at least I can function a little and get on with the business of, well, business.
I did salvage the relationship with the new client that I briefly mentioned yesterday and I'm hoping I can meet my deadline, do an excellent job and receive even more work. I hope I can pull it off. Can you tell I'm nervous?
If you don't see me around for the next five days or so you know I'm chained to my desk (not daydreaming about the beach, LOL!) and fighting the kids off with a stick to get the assignment completed. Wish me luck... oh, and have a good weekend. :-)

Stupid email, dumb spam folder

It is after 1 a.m. and I should have been in bed hours ago. Why am I still sitting in this computer chair trying to relieve the pain in my back after sitting for so long? My stupid email and spam folder!

Let me tell you what happened: I had to scan a form. The scanner is attached to my daughter's computer so anything I scan I then email to myself from one account to another account. I couldn't find this last form so I guess it got lost in cyber space, but before I decided that I looked in my Spam folder.

I didn't find the email from myself, but guess what I found. Some emails telling me when people comment on this blog. I was wondering why it seemed like I had not heard from some of you, but it's totally my fault and I feel awful. So, please forgive me for not coming by... I use the emails to remind me which blogs I want to visit.

But guess what else? That was even more important than that! An email from a NEW CLIENT! The original email was sent on Monday and thank God I happened to look because a follow-up email was sent today. Well, actually tonight my time cause it's like 1 p.m. there.

OMG! Can you imagine the extremely extra bad impression I would have made had I not responded? I know I'm already looking iffy to them. I've apologized and searched the Spam for any other email that I may need or that is important.

This has me stressed out because I feel like I dropped the ball. Now, I'm adding everyone's email to my address book immediately. It's weird 'cause I've received emails from them before (just like the ones I've received from you guys.) SIGH! I guess there's nothing I can do at this time of night/morning.

I better hurry and go to bed since I have an appointment in the morning and I have to get the two middle children to daycare before that (this is their last week) and then rush back home to take the teenager and her BFF to work. (The teenager makes more money than me, but I'm not gonna get into that now because I'll feel like even a bigger idiot than I do already).

Oh well... thanks for letting me vent and whine. Now I can go to sleep for a little while. G'nite.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Wordless Wednesday

Okay, I know this makes this un-wordless, but I can't resist. I notice a lot of people participating in Wordless Wednesday so I'm gonna get in on it today/at least once.

This is my almost 17-year-old baby with her Daddy Michael at her 5th grade graduation.


Can we call it a social experiment?

I've noticed something on various blogs I visit: a little donate button hiding in the sidebar. As you can see I've added one to mine. Why would I do such a thing? For several reasons:

Not too long ago, I read about a guy (forgive me for not remembering his blog or his name) that quit his job to see if he could make a living from blogging. He added the donate button to see if his readers/fans would "pay his salary" and they did. To the tune of a little over $30,000. Not too bad over the course of a year, huh?

I've seen a blog where the blogger says something like, "Buy me a cup of coffee?" But I don't know how successful she's been. (Hers is actually pretty clever.) And a few others with similar requests.

With all my creative attempts to make money and save money I thought I would appeal to you -- my loving, faithful, friendly and loyal (even the not-so-loyal) readers. If you've kept up with me you know I'm going through a divorce and I have four children. I'm not gonna give you a long sob story about how extremely hard the last year has been... I'm sure you can imagine. But what I am going to do is ask nicely if you'd like to donate.

It's your choice. No pressure, of course. There's no minimum. If you feel it in your heart then please donate. ... Much thanks!

Blogging for Peace

I read a powerful post at MimiWrites, and I must admit I have ignored her badge that I've seen posted on others' blogs. I thought it was something superficial and I didn't want to pay attention. Quite frankly, blogging and keeping up can be really overwhelming and time consuming. But, today, a blogging buddy that I respect very much (yes, it's you Tammy) posted her Blog for Peace.

That prompted me to click through to Mimi's post. I was touched. I was moved. I was ashamed. There are no words for me to explain the "revolution" that Mimi took on so you must go there yourself and read her post.

Sadly, I am a little out of touch with what is going on in the world. Even though, and this may surprise some of you, I am prior service. Yup. I'm a veteran. Honorably discharged in 1992.

So, I have a new mission. To learn more about the wars, the devastation, the loss, the unrest... all in the name of rights, justice... whatever the fight is for. I'll begin the learning by reading Mimi's posts -- she's done a lot of research and a lot of writing to educate us and I'm going to do my best to learn.

But today, I blog for peace. I pray for the lost, I pray for our soldiers and for the people they sacrifice for. ... And, as I blog, I pray for peace.

Keeping my legs crossed

I have a bad habit, but before I tell you what it is I want to defend it... and I know you moms will relate. I don't have much time to actually work each day so each minute that I'm able to get is precious. I spend my mornings getting people ready to go, taking people places, giving people snacks and finally trying to get the baby down for a nap. By the time I walk into my home office it's already 1 p.m. and sometimes later.

So, when I finally get the baby down for her nap, I may grab some lunch and take it into the office. I may have a cup of coffee, a half a cup of juice and a couple of glasses of water. About an hour later I have to use the bathroom.

Ut oh... the bathroom is across the hall from where the baby sleeps in her crib. And, yes, we only have one bathroom. Now although there's normally noise like the t.v. on or music playing (if it's too quiet she'll wake up), I'm still remiss in making any additional noise. I won't even put in a load of laundry to wash because the machine now sounds like a bulldozer barrelling down the street.

That means I make the decision to wait to go to the bathroom. Yesterday happened to be one of those days where I was loaded up on beverages -- mostly water cause it was 90 degrees -- and I really had to go... I waited at least an hour (if not more) before I tiptoed down the hall, quietly entered the bathroom, eased the door closed and relieved myself. Ahhh!

There has to be a better way. I mean, it isn't healthy to hold your urine like that, right? Well, what's a WAHM to do when she only gets one to three hours a day to work? Buy a portable potty? Get a bucket?


I guess I'll just keep tiptoeing to the water closet. (I learned that phrase from Farah!) What kind of tips and tricks do you have for WAHMs who have their kiddos at home with them.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Unspectacular Quirks Meme

My funny, gone-meme-crazy friend Tina has tagged me again! LOL

Here are the rules:

1. link the person(s) who tagged you
2. Mention the rules on your blog
3. Tell about 6 unspectacular quirks of yours...
4. Tag 6 following bloggers by linking them…
5. Leave a comment on each of the tagged blogger’s blogs letting them know they’ve been tagged.

Here are my unspectacular quirks:
1. I think bras are too binding and I can't wait to get mine off as soon as I'm in for the day!
2. I'm not often a courteous driver and my face gets hot when I'm just short of road rage. (I hold it in cause there are always so many minors in my van!)
3. Even though I say I'm gonna stop drinking coffee I keep drinking it.
4. I often forget what I say and/or promise in the virtual world. (Please forgive me!)
5. I distance myself from people when they do and/or say something that bugs me instead of addressing it like an adult.
6. My inner dialogue isn't flattering! (I'll spare you the details.)

Oh my, who are my luck six... let me think... I can't tag Tammy cause Tina already got her. (Hey, she stole my best blogging buddy! LOL) What about:

Farah (No, I haven't forgotten the then-and-now tag! :-])
SoccerMom (Do you do tags?)
Mom (I know you don't normally do these, but I so loved your last one...)

Let me know when you're done!... I can't wait to read it.

Something special for loved ones

This is not a sponsored post

Send a Meal

How many times have you heard about a friend who is sick or just had a baby and you're too far away to visit? Or, with Father's Day coming, wouldn't you like to do something extremely special for your loved one?

Well, I've got the answer for you: Send them some goodies from Send a They have Meal of the Month as well as special occasion meal choices like Get Well, New Baby and Romantic.

From their site: "In today’s world you can now have fully prepared gourmet meals with delivery service right to your door! Steak and fresh off the boat live lobster delivered on a Friday or Saturday just in time for a romantic dinner for two."

I think this is an excellent idea to do something special for the ones you love.

Saving money

I subscribe to Sisterly Savings and she has been really encouraging on saving money and living a frugal life. Now, as many of you know, I love to save money. I have an attitude if I don't have coupons when I go to the store, but one of the things I hadn't been able to get a handle on was the CVS savings.

So, last week I decided that I was going to pay close attention to the Sisterly Savings posts about this. Sometime last week she let everyone know that CVS has Jumbo Pampers on sale this week. I marked it on my calendar and on Sunday I went to the store. The Pampers were on sale for $7.99. I had two coupons for $2.00 off one pack so I bought two packs and got each pack of 30 for $5.99.

That's $11.98 (plus tax) for 60 diapers! Now all you mommies know that that's quite a deal.

PLUS I earned the Extra Care Bucks.

I'm still learning about the ECBs, but from what I understand you earn the bucks on purchases and they accumulate in your account (you have to have an ECB card) then you get that money back on purchases. I'm not sure if I explained that correctly, but any CVS gurus can clarify for us.

If you're interested in saving money and haven't checked out Sisterly Savings then you need to. Besides the saving money routine that I've established for myself she has helped (and is helping) me immensely.

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A little less of me

My health & weight loss journal

Yippee! I'm down another two pounds, which (as you can see from my weight loss ticker above) makes me 175. I'm semi-excited about the weight loss. Don't get me wrong; I love the way my body is changing, the way my clothes are fitting and the changes I see in the mirror. What I don't love is the fact that the majority of this is due to stress HOWEVER I can't discount the extreme calorie counting I do.

So, when things ease up a bit for me I'll be working out really hard to maintain it. Well, keep your fingers crossed, my plan is to work out really hard... maybe I'll need you to keep me motivated.

It's been a little while since I've given you an update on the health front. Things in that area are okay. The fibromyalgia is, of course, making me a little sore but I am maintaining pretty well and have not had any really bad days since the day I was on my feet all day substitute teaching.

My main complaint now is the neck pain, which is suspected to be rheumatoid arthritis. The meds help with that a little and as long as I keep stretching and trying to keep the tension at bay then it's much better.

All in all (besides anxiety and stress) I'm doing well. Thanks for asking! :-)

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Fire at Entrecard datacenter?

This is the message I saw when I tried to log into Entrecard today:

There was a fire at our datacenter resulting in the failure of some of our systems, our database server appears to be offline still, we're working on it and we're really sorry about the issues at this time. more information arriving shortly.

Update: The outage is pretty serious, you can read more about the datacenter fire at ThePlanet forums. They've got teams of people there and they're working through the night. We have no ETA at this time, very sorry.

I tried clicking on the link, but it never loaded for me. I hope everything is okay.

Can I move overseas?

I've been reading a lot of articles lately that talk about how much better work conditions are for working mothers in other countries. This is what I learned from Redbook magazine yesterday:

Top 3 best places for working moms
Bulgaria - Moms get 45 days paid leave prior to their due date. They can take two years of paid leave per child. AND pregnant women and moms with young kids are protected from working overtime.

Sweden - All working parents get 18 months of mostly paid parental leave. Non-working mothers are entitled to compensation as well.

Germany - If a new mom opts out of work for a year to care for her child, she receives 67 percent of her net salary.

According to Redbook, American women don't have most of the basic protections that women in the rest of the world have. There were 177 countries surveyed and this is what was discovered:

169 offer paid maternity leave

145 guarantee paid sick days

137 mandate paid vacation

107 allow breast-feeding breaks

66 give dads paid paternity leave


Dawn of the Dead

Have you ever seen that movie Dawn of the Dead? I saw it for the first time last night and there's this hot guy (no, I can't remember the actor's name) who plays a cop. He's all buff and looking good in his police gear and that got me to wondering what he would look like in the 5.11 Shorts that some policemen wear.

I guess those shorts really wouldn’t have been practical for that movie since if a zombie, or un-dead, scratched or bit you then you’d turn into one. There was one part where he had to squeeze through a small space and was kicking the un-deads. I’m sure if he’d had on those shorts he wouldn’t have made it to the boat in the end.

Oops, sorry, hope I didn’t give away the end. :-)

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