Saturday, December 5, 2009
It’s 3:25 on Saturday afternoon and I’m already “behind.” Wait! Before you say, ‘There she goes being hard on herself again,’ I have to say that this is a semi-vent as opposed to a complaining, down-on-myself post.
Okay, so I had high hopes for what I would get done this weekend. I was awaken at 6 a.m.-ish by the glaring of the light, which had been on for about five hours. Someone (yes, me) fell asleep with it on. Wow, I thought, I was knocked out. I turned the light off and went back to sleep.
An hour or so later I heard the noise of my children. My son was jumping, yelling, thumping, throwing and all the i-n-g-ing that I had told him and his sisters not to do right before they went to bed last night. I’ll address that later, I thought. A little after 9 (or was it before 9?) I yelled (it was more like a loud whisper) for the crew to come into my room. “Please quiet down. Mommy has a headache.” I squinted at the children, trying to get my point across. Five to 10 minutes later I called them in again to lay down with me and calm down. That only lasted a few minutes because they couldn’t resist playing tunnel/cave with my covers and finding monsters. The headache persisted.
After several dozing off moments and whining, “Mommy, please get up,” from my 2 1/2-year-old daughter I fell out of bed with my eyes half closed. Fighting a migraine. I went to the potty (how old will my children be before I stop saying “potty?”), splashed cold water on my face and tried to look in the mirror. I had to lean closer to see because the lights in the bathroom were blinding me.
Maybe if I eat, I wondered, then it will go away. It didn’t. Maybe once I take my medications. Still lingering. Maybe if I massage my temples, my face, my forehead, my neck… Still in pain. Less than an hour later I had to take Excedrin. If you don’t already know a part of my regular medicines include about 500 thing a ma gingas of Ibuprofen three times a day… Still in pain.
I get food for the children, feed myself, enjoy my coffee and talk to friends – all with my eyes half open. Temporarily giving up I shuffle back to my bed to rest. Maybe that will help. I refuse to sit in the dark so I open the blinds and squint or keep my eyes closed. Time for a nap.
The toddler… wait she’s actually a preschooler because she starts Head Start next fall… refuses to leave me alone and decides to bring her toys into my bed. Finally, about an hour later of my dozing and trying to ignore her I guess she is overcome by the nap monster and she climbs into the bed, squeezes into the space between me and the edge of the bed (it’s a king-sized bed so there’s miles of space on the other side of me) and settles in for a nap.
I sleep until I wake myself up coughing. SIGH. And the pain is still there. I’m realizing that it may be sinuses as well, but I can’t take my meds for that ‘cause they will surely knock me out. Who knows what my children will get into if I take another nap. Last time I didn’t feel well and napped on the couch they decided to cut their hair. Yup, their hair! I was too traumatized by it to tell you about it. And I blamed myself.
Any-who…Here I am being blinded by the light of the screen and the natural light coming in the window with pain in my cheeks, left brow and eye, neck and dry eyes while trying to pretend like I don’t need to do laundry, change bed linens, clean bathrooms and floors and the 1,000 or so other things that are on my weekend list.
My, this sure did turn into a long vent, huh? I figure if I’m going to lay down – this is the first time I’ve had my laptop in my bed in eons – then I might as well be online, right?
Thank goodness for my friend Kellie who brought the children and myself some lunch. I would jump for joy, but that would hurt. Now I wish someone would come by and massage my shoulders, get the kids dressed and take them out to dinner a little later. I guess I’ll just be thankful that it’s a little quiet … oh no, spoke to soon, here comes the 2-year-old asking for a snack (She just ate lunch 15 minutes ago!). I know she’s just doing that to bug me and it worked. See, life’s pains.
Maybe one day they’ll find a cure for chronic pain and when I have “regular” pain it won’t be such a big deal. Okay, I think I’ve gotten that all off of my chest. The day is 1/2 over and I think I can slowly move through it… I don’t know if I’ll get any housework finished because I still have a deadline tomorrow, but at least I got to rest (trying to be positive) despite the pain.
How’s your weekend going?
**I pulled a couple of old photos off of my lappy to help you endure this long post. Hope it worked. :)
Friday, December 4, 2009
As you can see from my Wordless Wednesday post the sun was no where to be found and the sky was dark and gray. Today, the sky was clear blue for most of the day with streaks of white clouds, and I was so happy to see the sun peeking through here and there.
I’m glad I captured this picture of the moon even though the wires are in the way. I was on the way to take my middle daughter to school and I couldn’t find a place where I could see the moon without something in the way. When I finally got out of the van it was no where to be seen. I love seeing the moon during the day.
Aren’t these clouds beautiful. I love when they’re wispy like this.
The clouds above were in one direction. I turned around to look behind me and the clouds behind me were formed. Isn’t that amazing?
The sun was really bright sitting at this stop light. Yes, it turned while I was taking the last picture. :) Even though it isn’t the “perfect” photograph, I like that it shows that we can find beauty in our everyday lives. If we’d just take a moment to take a look at the things of nature, the beauty of the world and God’s creations we would see beauty and love everyday.
I hope you enjoyed my contributions (and observations) to Looking at the Sky on Friday. Check out other participants of this weekly post.
I’ve never thought of myself as a luxury car kind of girl. Oh, sure, I have my occasional daydream about being chauffeured around in a limo or dating a man who rides in a plush car that rides so smoothly you feel like you’re sitting still. But I’m more of a truck kind of girl. An SUV to be exact. I like to sit up high and Bogart the road. Intimidate people. Of course, I like a truck that rides and feels like a car. LOL… Call me crazy.
After taking a look at the mercedes benz 2010 E550 Sedan I started to rethink the luxury car thing. The car looks sexy to me. You know, sleek, smooth and upscale. You know that’s important! It has a 382-horsepower 5.5 liter V8 engine (stuff that impresses the guys), semi-active suspension with sport and comfort modes (I am assuming I know what that does), rear-seat entertainment system, in-dash six-disc DVD/CD changer (oh, the options!), front seats with 14-way adjustment and multiple lumbar positions (perfect for long rides), driver seat with massage, split-folding rear seat, option for all-wheel drive and, of course, leather interior. That’s just the beginning.
The more I talk about it and read about it, the more I want one. Yea, it’s just my car lust flaring up, but one has to admit that it is a nice ride. Can’t you just picture me cruising in that baby? Seat perfectly adjusted and HEATED! Music swirling around my
big head and the kids quietly sitting in the back enjoying the ride.
Hey, it’s my daydream!
What do you think about the new Mercedes-Benz?
Thursday, December 3, 2009
My eyes are burning, my head is hurting and if I stop moving for five minutes I think I’ll fall asleep. My son dozed off on the 10-minute trip to pick up one of his sisters and went to sleep on the way back. The 2 1/2-year-old screamer has fought, pulled, yelled and cried for most of the afternoon. She and my son have not gotten along since we got home.
The 4-year-old has been giggling, laughing and playing while the others got in trouble. Now she’s playing with their kid’s laptop and imitating the animal sounds she hears. She has already did number and letter order, spelling and who knows how many other activities since she sat down at the other desk after I banned the other two from the room.
It’s quiet in the living room – where they’ve been outcast – and I hope they haven’t fallen asleep because that would make for a long night come bedtime. At least they’re quiet for now and the only noise, which I keep trying to ignore, is the laughing, beeping, giggling, talking (of the child and the computer), honking, ringing and variety of other sounds that are coming from the desk next to me. Was that an ape I just heard?
SIGH… Do you think if I take a nap along with the two other grumps, the 4 year old will do some laundry, make dinner, check my email and finish the paperwork I started?
Well, it’s a nice thought. How’s your day going?
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Not too long ago I gave up my Dodge Caravan because it wouldn’t pass the emissions test and I found out there was something wrong with the pistons. There was no way to tell how much the work would cost – best estimate was more than $2,000 – but no one would know for sure ‘til they got into the engine.
The van had only been bought for about $3,000, if I remember correctly, from an auction so I contacted the dealer who bought it for me and gave it to him to sell back at an auction. The money that came from the selling of that van went toward a “new” van along with the money my parents gave me. I now have a Chrysler Town & Country.
I knew from the beginning that there were some small things that needed to be done to the van and as the weeks pass the list has grown a little. The oil gasket has been replaced, I have two new tires and need to get two more, the radio works, but not the CD player so I want to get that replaced, the driver side sun visor needs to be bolted down and there are a few other minor things that I know of so far. But before any of the small things can be done I need to get the water pump replaced.
I’m not too happy about that because each time the water gets low the heat goes out. Monday it was about 38 degrees in the morning and it was not pleasant to drive around without heat. Luckily today it was 40 something, but still too cold to be without heat. It’s a good thing we aren’t somewhere like Chicago because I’d have to get a Chicago auto repair place right away to fix the van. That would be some type of torture to ride around without heat there.
Luckily, I have a good mobile mechanic who is going to give me a good deal, but car repairs can really be expensive. I wonder if it would be cheaper if I had a Toyota Corolla instead. The water pump in the van I have now is placed further in so it’s more difficult to get to.
Regardless of what needs to be done on a vehicle paying for it is never fun.
My main reason for requesting a Simplehuman Sensor Soap Pump to review was my curiosity. When I first looked at the photo of the product I thought, “It doesn’t look like something I’d want to see perched on the counter of my kitchen or bathroom.” Boy did I have a big ole foot in my mouth when I finally had the Simplehuman Sensor Soap Pump in my hands.
I took it out of the box and looked at it closely. Smaller than I thought it was. That was good. Then I put it back in the box. Why? Because I assumed it would be difficult to set up. Once again I assumed wrong and wasted precious time not enjoying the sensor soap dispenser.
When a friend of mine came over I was telling him about some of the things I was writing about and thought he would like to see the soap pump. He checked it out, nodded and placed it on my sink to get a visual of what it would look like. “Cool.” More nodding and mumbling. You know how guys are. He approved.
A few days later, feeling ambitious (and a little guilty from delaying the review) I pulled the pump out of the box again. I read the directions, popped in some batteries (it takes four AA), filled it with soap (that was easy) and placed my hand under the arm. A big gob of soap came out.
Wow, I thought. This time I made no assumptions, but went back to the instructions. The “volume setting guide” explained how to change the amount of soap that came out and not how loud it was when it comes out. Go ahead. Laugh at me. I already laughed at myself. I know, it was definitely a blond moment.
The directions were easy to follow and I set the pump on the first setting – thin soap – and tested it again. Perfect.
Two thumbs up, indeed. This dispenser, which can also be filled with lotion (so now I want two), is perfect for the kitchen especially when preparing foods like raw meat. With the Simplehuman soap pump you don’t have to worry about contaminating the soap dispenser when washing your hands.
My oldest daughter loved it. In fact, while she was preparing our Thanksgiving meal I’m sure I heard her use it about 20 times in a 30-minute period. Guess she had some pretty clean hands, huh? Guests love it. I held my youngest daughter over the kitchen sink last night and she loved using it to wash her hands. She was actually pretty amazed.
I’m delighted that there are products like this to use at home. Talk about convenient and helping to reduce the spread of germs around the house. It’s definitely a product that I will use on a regular basis. If you have a high-traffic sink and are doing a lot of other stuff around the dispenser, it can be turned off so it isn’t accidentally activated. I keep mine on all the time because that’s what works for me. The only negative that may exist is the duration of the batteries. I’ve had mine in for at least two weeks and they’re still going strong. So besides replacing batteries, which maybe takes off .001 points on the love-it scale, I’m sold.
You can get a Simplehuman Sensor Soap Pump like I reviewed from Simplehuman.com for $29.99 and I believe it was the Bed, Bath & Beyond circular where I saw it for the same price.
I received free of charge a Simplehuman Sensor Soap Pump to write this review. No other compensation was received. The opinions expressed here are completely, honestly and originally mine.
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Now, it’s time to share what this weekend’s Bluelight Specials are. I’m excited, aren’t you?
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Lisa, one very hilarious blogger at Crazy Adventures in Parenting, hosts a weekly thing a ma jingy (meme?) and I have been enjoying participating. Yesterday I didn’t really get around to it (although I’m staying on top), but today I had an impromptu project and realized I accomplished one part of one thing on my to do list. Cool, huh?
You have no idea what I’m talking about, do you? Okay, click Lisa’s link above. Then click on my “staying on top” phrase in parenthesis and you’ll be all caught up.
So, what did I do today that’s on my to-do list? Before I tell you, I must say that it wasn’t necessarily on this week’s to do list just on the overall household, gotta do it one day list.
I cleaned out and straightened one of the cabinets in my laundry room. This particular cabinet has turned into a plethora of stuff. It’s the overflow of my mini pantry, it’s where I hide treats, toys and other stuff from the kids, you’ll find extra pitchers there, gadgets that haven’t been used and random bowls, jars and plates.
Since I didn’t realize I was going to do it and have no idea what sparked me starting on it (who am I kidding, it was probably an irritation fueled frenzy) I don’t have a picture to share of what it looked like before. Here is what it looks like now:
Now let’s see what came out of the cabinet:
I can not even remember what the gadget is called. I know there was a guy who came by and made a free meal, which was delicious, and he demonstrated it then gave us this for free when we recommended some folks who then opened their homes up for a demonstration. I think that’ll be going to Goodwill. I’m sure someone will recall what it’s called and how to use it. I’m not even going to mention the person who was supposed to sign us up for free classes so we could learn how to use it. The first time I tried to use it, it worked nothing like it did for the demonstration guy. One other try and it went to the top of the cabinet out of sight, out of mind.
I am just about positive this is a baby food processor. Although I thought I gave my mine away. Hmmm?? Maybe this is the chopper thingy. I thought the chopper thingy I had came with more than one blade. Ut oh, maybe I gave my girlfriend the chopper thing by mistake (that was years ago!) and this is the baby food processor. I looked in my file for the instructions and they weren’t there. I probably threw them away ‘cause I thought I got rid of this. It, like the food thingy, was on the top shelf of the cabinet. By the way, if you know what it is and you want it (or if you just want it), just email me your mailing address and I’ll send it to you. I’ll make sure it’s clean and I already checked to make sure it worked. Otherwise, I’ll probably give it to Goodwill. I was gonna see if it chopped onions or something, but it’s been in the cabinet so long and I haven’t used it so someone else should take it if they need it.I’ve always liked this little basket tray (above) and I’m going to find somewhere to use this around the house. Repurposing is cool, right? Have you found anything in your home lately that you’ve decided to reuse?Those are some plastic plates we used to use when we went on picnics. I think they’re perfect for the kids to use now; they just need to be washed. Their other themed plates are a little small and are best for snacks. I’m sure these will work well especially when there’s something with sauce or juice that they prefer not to touch their other foods. Then I won’t have to use a plate (normally paper. I know so un-green) and a bowl.
This is some of what went into the garbage:
I wonder how long that giant bag of instant potatoes had been up there? Don’t get grossed out, but I’ve been separated (divorce will be final by the end of the year!) from my husband for two and a half years, and I haven’t used them in that time. I can’t even remember the last time they were used. And those plastic plates behind the potatoes haven’t been used in eons either. I looked at them and was grossly surprised to see cracks in the plates with nice yellow discoloration between the cracks. Dried food? Bacteria? Eeewww… gross…. yuck!
Really, I’m a good housekeeper!
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
After such an extremely yummy Thanksgiving meal prepared (yup, 99.9 percent of it) by my wonderful daughter Amber, I was absolutely positive that I had totally gained back 1/2 of the weight I’d loss.
Unconsciously I kept forgetting to weigh myself ‘cause I was scared that it would be above 160 pounds. If you remember I’ve been fluctuating between 155 and 160 for quite some time. When I stepped on the scale this morning it read about 157.5. You should have heard the big sigh of relief that came outta me. What a relief!
And, to make it even better, it’s probably just water weight since it’s “that time of the month” so I spent all of that time worrying for nothing. Not unless, of course, I’m being deceived by the sneaking-up-on-you bad pounds that’ll all appear at once and before I know it I’ll have gained 20 pounds.
My defense is still trying to fit in and find time to exercise. Yea, I sometimes still do what I’ve talked about before – fitting it in – but it’s not enough. Maybe some room will open up to make it a little more feasible (I know it won’t be easy) to exercise on a regular basis.
(Oh, by the way, you know that this is my health and weight loss journal, right?)
I’m never without a kid and this week already (and it’s only Tuesday) I’ve been to a doctor’s office twice. Once for myself and once for my son who I kept home from school today. I also have a doctor’s appointment tomorrow. That’s more than half the week spent in a waiting room, traveling to and fro and talking to doctors.
Speaking of doctors.
My appointment yesterday was with the nerve center at the VA hospital. It’s the pain management clinic. The last time I went there they electrocuted my wrists/arms and yesterday they were nice enough to do it to my lower legs, ankles and feet. I even had the pleasure of getting a needle stuck into my ankle so they could test a muscle. Oh the joys of modern medicine!
It seems as if my nerves are responding a little slowly for my age and so was my muscle. It’s possible that one of the meds I am on is causing that (oh, the problem is the numbness, tingling and coldness that I feel. It doesn’t seem to be apart of the lupus stuff), but I won’t be able to find out if I can go off of it for awhile and if that’s conclusively the problem until I see the rheumatologist, which doesn’t happen until the end of January.
That, as they say, is everything in a nutshell. Pretty normal for me, right?
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Monday, November 30, 2009
I was going to call this week’s Weekly Inspiration “Catching Up” or something like that. I realize that I will probably never catch up: There will always be laundry to do, paperwork to fill out and file, blog posts to write, paid posts to compose, reviews to write (I am so freaking behind on those), a house to clean and on and on and on… So, staying on top of the week’s to-do list is what’s inspiring me.
Although I realize I have a lot to do – and a lot that’s overdue – I am going to begin the week as if I am all caught up because if I don’t do what I need to do each day then I’ll be even further behind, right? Right. Just nod, okay?
So, with the extra time I have … wait, I have to think of another word besides “extra.” Let me take a different track. So, with everything coming together in a much organized and calm manner while I stay on top it’ll end with me catching up. Agreed? Just nod again, okay?
Let us all begin this week (well, Monday is almost over … hey, I didn’t say I would be on time, I said I would stay on top!) with a little calmness and organization. Not worrying about what I’m not getting finished, but concentrating on what needs to be accomplished.
This week when you get bogged down with all there is to do and all you have to do, just know that you have a partner in the fight to get everything done. I’m over here focusing, clicking and working just like you. Together, we can get it done, right? … You know what I’m going to say: Just nod.
Thanks to Maternal Spark for inspiring us each week. Check out how others are inspired at her place.
Thanks to all who entered these giveaways. I am really excited to make these announcements:
The winner of The Zoopendous Surprise by Boots Hensel is
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The winner of the $25 gift card to Eden Fantasys is
Huguette (henglish @ nb.sympatico . ca)
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Lion, tigers and bears. Oh my!
Well, not exactly. I just couldn’t resist saying that.
Actually, a lion was in one of my dreams last night. I was living in a two-story house that sat in front of another house that was in disrepair. I didn’t find out the house was so close until later in the dream. An-t-way, one night I was in one of the rooms when I heard weird sounds. I thought it sounded like scratching, but I was too scared to find out what it was. The next day I looked out into the yard and saw lions. Like four lions. My eyes blurred and I blinked hard then suddenly there was one GIANT lion. He stood higher than the house I was in. Now that was scary.
I hid and peeked, called people and yelled and no one could help me. Then I started crying. By the time I called 9-1-1 I was so distraught I could barely tell the operator what my address was. I just said, “Please send someone quickly there’s a lion in my backyard and he’s trying to get us.” (I think there were other people there by then. IDK) I was just so dizzy and distraught.
I looked out the window and saw ambulances, fire trucks, rescue workers and animal control racing down the street. Then I guess they got the lion. Please tell me how I missed that part because next thing I know I was at college, school or work.
Not sure which. There were people who someone told about the lion and they didn’t believe it. A lady had an Associated Press printout that she referred to and “confirmed” that it was true. Everyone said, “That was in your yard?”
“Yup,” I nodded and hurried away.
The rest of the time was filled with wandering around the school/building looking for various things and people. Not sure what I was doing.
Later I returned home and peeked into the backyard where parts of the head-high grass were stomped down. I could see where the Giant Lion had been dragged from the yard. It looked like it had tried to squeeze into a small spot to get away from those who were trying to remove it, but they somehow grabbed it and drug it out. There were giant claw marks in the ground. Odd, huh? Especially since I expected to see blood from dead people and not signs of a frightened large lion.
I don’t think that was the end of my dreams last night, but that’s all I remember. Later in the dream I realized it was directly in my backyard, but was in a yard that was connected to mine in away.
I, of course, consulted DreamMoods.com to interpret my dream. This is what it said:
To see a lion in your dream, symbolizes great strength, aggression and power. You will overcome your emotions and/or difficulties. As king of the jungle, the lion also represents dignity, royalty, leadership, pride and domination. You have much influence over others. You need to exercise some restraint in your own personal and social life.
To dream that you are attacked by a lion, indicates that you have many obstacles to overcome. You must resist the force that is driving you to self-destruction.
As usual, I found the interpretation very interesting and pretty accurate. Although I wasn’t attacked in my dream, the lion did bang against the door and roar toward the house that I was in. I guess the second part partially applies too.
This isn’t the first time I’ve had dreams and looked up their interpretation. Here’s one of the previous dreams I’ve had: Too scary & too accurate. And I believe some of my Subconscious Thoughts were revealed in another dream.
Do you remember the last dream you had? What do you think it meant?
The image of the giant lion was obtained from PhotoShop Pix.
Sunday, November 29, 2009
There’s nothing like a holiday filled with tasty food, free time and chilling with friends to get me behind on my work. I met one deadline yesterday and have one today. It’s nice outside – sunny and warm – so why am I still procrastinating? It’s Sunday, a day I like to goof off and get outside before the sun sets. I don’t think that’s going to happen today even if I make it out at all.
I’ve tweeted, commented, entered and announced contests (don’t miss the two that end today, okay? $25 gift card to Eden Fantasys and a copy of the children’s book The Zoopendous Surprise), checked and answered emails, read blog posts… so what’s left to do? GET. TO. WORK.
Okay, well, as I ignore the television in the background, I’m going to commit to at least an hour of straight work. Then I have to take a break and do a little housework. Then I’ll go back to working. So much work. So little desire to do it.
“A Joyful Noise” Original Art from Debra Flanagan
I’m not going to complain though. This holiday weekend has been very nice. Joyful even. Little drama. Majorly enjoying time with my teenager (I so don’t want her to go back to school today). A little relaxing. Spending time with someone I like. Chatting with friends. A bit of shopping. Lots of eating.
All in all a good time was had by all. Now if I can only get to work. :)
Please share: How was your holiday and weekend?