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Friday, December 19, 2008

Wanna see Celine?

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Too scary & too accurate!

The other night I had a very strange dream. I am not going to get into all the details because they make absolutely no sense, but I will say that near the end the entire city (I have no idea what city) was on fire and the smoke was so thick.

Someone said we should run (to where I don't remember) and as I was running I was inhaling smoke. Every time I exhaled I could see smoke coming out of my lungs. My chest was getting tighter and tighter, and I was trying not to pass out and fall to the ground. I remember thinking, 'I can make it... I can make it.'

Well, that scared me awake.

I consulted the Dream Moods Dictionary, which has turned out to be my "go to guide" for everything dream related, to try and find out what that was all about, and this is what I discovered:

"To see smoke in your dream, signifies that some trouble will be entering your life. You are suffering from confusion and anxiety. You are not seeing things clearly. "

How freaking accurate is that? Can you believe it? It's amazing how our dreams often mirror our subconscious, our circumstances, etc. It's obvious that I need to get this anxiety under control and (although I hate to admit it) try to see things clearly.

Donate using Charity Dispatch

Even though a lot of people are having tough times financially they are still finding items that they can donate to organizations or charities. If you have a car, truck, van, SUV, boat, motorcycle, time share, or airplane (yes, airplane!) - whether it's running or not - you can donate it through Charity Dispatch.

Charity Dispatch takes all the work out of the donation. As the person donating you choose the charity and the company does all the work. They will even pick up the donation for free.

If you live near the Goodwill Industries of Southern Piedmont, they've madeCharlotte Car Donation as easy as 1-2-3. You call, they pick up (normally within 24 hours) and you save with a tax deductible donation. Donating to Goodwill Industries helps them assist the disabled and disadvantaged to get jobs.

So if you have a car you can't afford to keep or a vehicle that isn't running, consider donating it to help someone else. That will be a great gift for someone this holiday season.

Children's conversations

In this Woman's World

Today I overheard my 5-year-old son call his almost 4-year-old sister into the bathroom. She said, "Why?"

He said, "Because I need you to."

She went in there and he said, "Is there boo boo on my butt?"

She said no and he said, "Okay, because I don't like to wipe when there's a lot of boo boo on my butt. Thank you. You can leave now."

She left the bathroom and went back to playing. Only in a child's world is that a normal conversation.

Other "In this Woman's World" moments.

Christmas meme

Tammy tagged me with this days ago so here is my Christmas meme.

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? I prefer to use gift bags, but wrapping paper is so much more fun for the person getting the gift. So, I use wrapping paper.

2. Real tree or Artificial? Artificial tree

3. When do you put up the tree? My teenager likes to put it up right after Thanksgiving... I, however, stall as long as possible.

4. When do you take the tree down? Mid-January

5. Do you like eggnog? Yes

6. Favorite gift received as a child? Uh??? I don't remember

7. Hardest person to buy for? Men

8. Easiest person to buy for? Anna

9. Do you have a nativity scene? No

10. Mail or email Christmas cards? None this year, but usually both

11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? I don't recall any

12. Favorite for Christmas dinner? Anything my teenager makes and she does the works

13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? Sometime in December depending on finances

14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? No, not that I remember

15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Macaroni and cheese

16. Lights on the tree? Yes

17. Favorite Christmas song? Little Drummer Boy

18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? Home

19. Angel on the tree top or a star? Star

20. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? We used to do one on Christmas eve 'til money got tight.

If you're up to it then you're tagged.

Our Christmas tree

I told Rhonda that I would post a picture of our Christmas tree so I am doing it now before I forget again. I'll have to post pictures of it next week in the evening or with the kids around it... they absolutely love it.

I hope everyone has a great weekend.

Shot on the spot

This is just a mean meme! LOL... Jade tagged me and although I am not pleased about having to take a picture of myself without fixing my hair or something, I did it anyway! I had on a cute headband, but it was hurting my head so when I got back from dropping off the three youngest children I yanked it off.

Here are the rules:

1) Take a picture of yourself right NOW!.
2) DON'T change your clothes, DON'T fix your hair... Just take a picture.
3) Post that picture with NO editing.
4) Post these instruction with your picture.
5) Tag 10 people to do this...

If you are one of the first 10 people to read this then you have been tagged!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Fighting anxiety

For about the past two hours I have been fighting anxiety. It all started late this morning when I got to the store to buy a few more things for my oldest daughter for Christmas. I had a list of the things I wanted to get including one thing I needed for the house and I only had a certain amount of money to spend.

I started getting a little upset because since I only had a little bit of money I felt pressured (only from myself) to find the perfect gifts. I mean when you have a good amount of spending money you can afford to get a few things they want or that they don't really need, but when there aren't going to be a lot of gifts you want the gifts to be as close to perfect as possible.

Then there were a couple of small things I needed to get for the younger children's stocking stuffers, which ate into the money that I wanted to use for my daughter's gifts. Before I knew it my eyes were watering, my chest was tight and my throat was dry. I concentrated on breathing so I wouldn't break down in the store and hoped that I didn't look too crazy as I wandered around. When I got to the register there were a few things that I wasn't able to get and that disappointed me even more as well as made me feel like a loser.

I know it doesn't seem like a big deal to most people, but for me I feel so inadequate not being able to get my children all the things they need or anything they want. My daughter is a senior in high school and I wanted her last days at home as a child to be filled with ... Well, let's just say I had high expectations for this year.

The looks of disappointment that I imagine will be on my children's faces is overwhelming for me. I somehow have to reconcile what my situation is now with what I thought it would be before my husband and I separated.

Most people like to say, "Everyone is having a rough time now." (Well, except for my BFF who says he understands and is going to help me through this. He sooo rocks!) But it's more than that for me. To get into all the ins and outs would make this post entirely too long and I'm sure you don't want to hear me whine any longer.

I initially started to write this to let you know that I may not be around much today, but it turned into this. I am going to try to get myself together... If I could just get my chest and stomach to stop hurting, if the tears would just go away and if the despair would lift I may just be able to function later today. Right now I'm so busy trying not to break down that I am not accomplishing one thing.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Potty training update

Today my daycare provider talked to me about my sweet little Anna not being ready for potty training. SIGH! Although I had a feeling and was planning on talking to her about it, it is still a little disappointing because I had visions of extra money in my pocket from not having to buy diapers.

Oh well.

It's funny because I have a certain belief about potty training. (Please don't take offense here if this applies to you:) I believe, barring physical or other disabilities, that children should be trained by the age of 2. Now, that doesn't account for nighttime and difficulties during outings. My other three children were all trained by 2 years old. Anna will be 2 in five months and it looks like we may surpass that "deadline."

But, you know what? I am okay with that. It is less stress trying to force her to do something she's not interested in. And there's no sense in wasting money on Pull-Ups if they aren't helping or whatever. I have had so many different experiences with this last child of mine. I remember listening to people talk about the "textbook" things their children were doing or not doing, and I always thought, "Really? I didn't know those things actually happened." Not only do they happen, but they've been happening to me!

I have been corrected. It's nothing like a small child to teach you the ways of the world. I will let her teach me the right timing for training and, in the end, I think we'll all be happy for it.

Hold it right there!

My health and weight loss journal

I am happy to say that I am maintaining the weight I accidentally lost during my stomach flu (you can check out my weight loss ticker at the bottom of this page). And I have remembered to shake my Sensa more often... I still forget, but I think I am getting back on track.

As far as the fibromyalgia, you'll be pleased to find out that my current medications (after a couple of trials, errors and changes) are helping me to maintain really well. Hopefully I will continue to feel well in that area. I'm not totally pain free, but it is 90 percent better than before. Thank goodness for drugs! LOL

My other wellness work includes bettering myself -- mostly mentally... dealing with the emotions of a pending divorce, financial worries and such; however, with the love and support of my BFFs, my blogging buddies (yes, you!) and my family I am pulling through quiet nicely.

Special note: Thank you FB... if only words could describe how much I appreciate you.

Check out more of my health and weight loss journals.

Monday, December 15, 2008

I won!

Remember when I posted that widget of Seal singing from his new CD "Soul?" I participated in the Seal Widget Posting Campaign and I won his CD "Soul." ... And it's absolutely fabulous.

It would have been nice to win a cash prize :D, but I am really pleased with the CD.

Say thanks to our troops


Monday's Muse - Rest and relaxation

This morning has been very relaxing for me. Somewhat against my will* I was forced to stay in bed and doze (the younger kids are still with their dad on Monday mornings). I rested, rose to get breakfast and read then came into my office to work.

It dawned on me while I was sipping on my coffee and reading my book that I need this relaxation and rest to be productive, calm and creative. In fact, while I was enjoying my time I also realized that it was due in great part to my BFF Frankie (who takes such care in paying attention to my well being) who reminds me that I need to rest, relax and take care of myself.

So, it was actually a milestone for me not to feel guilty for taking this time for myself. Since I've sat down to work, I've mostly completed my to-do list for the week, began a creative writing, responded to several emails and blog hopped, commented and dropped. And it isn't even 12:30 yet.

If I could just keep this thought in my head even if I'm running late and try to maintain some sort of relaxation it's possible that I won't get so stressed out and can get a better handle on my creative self. Imagine the writing I would get done, the emails that would get answered and, most of all, the improvement to my overall mood.

I encourage you to find some rest and relaxation time too. It's so important to our health and well being and... it feels so damn good! Happy Monday and have a great week.

*I was recently prescribed a sleeping pill that I've tested over the weekend.

Check out Maternal Spark for more Monday's Muse.

Holiday blues?

I was quite surprised at the results of this test, but thought I would share my results with you anyway. It seems an appropriate test for this time of year. So... tell me what your results are.

Being Alone Is What Stresses You Out About the Holidays

Whether it's by choice or not, you end up feeling quite lonely during the holidays.

It's hard to not have a lot of family or friends near by... or at all.

While being lonely stinks, it's not to late to have a happy holiday.

Find other lonely people, and organize a dinner. If that fails, volunteer, adopt a pet, or go to the movies on Christmas.

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