January 31, 2012
January 29, 2012
Roku? That I forgot Harry needs a stool sample for tomorrow morning's vet appointment? Yeah, didn't think so.) But since my child is about as cute as they come, I'll give you a bit of him instead.
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January 28, 2012
January 27, 2012
It was cold and rainy, but I finished my class early for the day and decided I couldn't just go sit in my hotel room. Instead, I went walking around the historic downtown of Winchester, Virginia. There is tons of old stuff from the Civil War to see, as every house or business has some plaque on it commemorating something important. The story is the town switched hands 70 times during the war, so it's got some incredibly interesting history. My mom would have been in historical hog heaven. It was a lot better than my hotel room, at least.
January 26, 2012
January 25, 2012
January 24, 2012
A friend of mine is a fellow autoimmune problem child; a different autoimmune issue, but autoimmune, nonetheless. And she made the comment the other day that she's come to terms with having the disease, but not with the total lack kof energy that it causes.
And that hit home for me.
I have arthritis. I have days that are painful. There are things that hurt a lot to even think about doing. Waking up in the morning is tough. And lately, I've been having feet pain again, which makes even walking difficult. All that I can grasp. All that I can come to terms with.
But the inability to keep going when everyone around me seems to be able to; the total lack of ability to exert myself, that's where I just can't wrap my brain around. Each morning, before I open my eyes, I think about what my day is going to look like. I assess how many things I need to get done, how much energy each is going to take, and prioritize how many of them I can get done and in which order. Which sometimes means the laundry will sit for 3 days until I can get to it. I tend to have more energy in the morning, before it's been wasted on stupid stuff, so if I need something done, have to get it done immediately. Sometimes I get irate when my family doesn't get on my schedule. Of course, because I'm impatient, but also oftentimes, if I'm honest with myself, it's because what I really want to scream is, "I won't have the energy to keep going later, so move your asses now!"
I've always known my energy level is low, but until my friend made that comment, it hadn't occurred to me what that meant for me emotionally and mentally. It was a good aha moment, and something I need to ponder for a bit to figure out how to deal with it better than I have been.
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January 23, 2012
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January 22, 2012
January 21, 2012
I made my own hand soap last night. I also made overnight crock pot oatmeal. The two aren't related in any way other than I am doing some pretty uncharacteristically domestic things lately.
I got a new pair of snow pants delivered yesterday. Holy moly, are they awesome. Why have I been dealing with the cheapo version this long? I took Harry to the dog park this morning, and was actually hot in this balmy 7 degree heatwave we're having.
I was forced to watch Yugioh this morning. Why do all the Japanese characters talk in a growly whisper?
MU is "versing" (as C-man would say) Providence tonight at 6 pm CST. Time to Febreeze the flag and get it up!
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January 20, 2012
January 19, 2012
January 18, 2012
taking umbrellas to the game like the Swallows, but then thought maybe we'd look a little crazy.) Beerman has been working hard on
his C-man's pinewood derby car. (Seriously - how is a 6 year old supposed to cut, shape, sand and paint a car on his own?) The big race is Saturday night, after mass and a delicious hot dog dinner. Wow. Life sure is exciting around these parts.
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January 17, 2012
It's kindness and justice week at school in honor of MLK Jr. Day. So he decided to give up this week's allowance to a homeless shelter. That's 3 whole dollars that he's been counting on to get the next Lego set he wants so very bad. It about killed him to know he'd be a week further from getting the Burrow, but he did it because he said it was cold outside and everyone needed to be inside.
I really, really love this child.
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January 16, 2012
Being Human starts its new season tonight. Not having cable, it's been killing me to know I won't see it. (I burned through Season 1 via Netflix) And then this weekend, while at the gym, a perfect solution to my problem arose - the gym has ScyFy. So it's a double win - I get to see Being Human, and I have a commitment to work out.
And other than that, we're just back at it. Hope your Monday is smooth.
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January 14, 2012
C-man is still feeling iffy, Beerman is getting something ugly (probably airplane cooties), and I slept 12 hours last night and am debating going in for more drugs today. It's a regular party at the house today. I think it's going to be movies and pinewood derby car making day. (The big race is next week.)
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January 13, 2012
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January 12, 2012
But in good news, Beerman is on his way home, back from the rodeo. (Welcome home, honey. Go snow blow the driveway!) I've got an overdue lunch with an old friend. And I'm working from home today. All good things.
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January 10, 2012
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January 9, 2012
C-man starts his math tutoring tonight. (He's going because he likes math and we want to encourage it, not because he is having trouble.) Which is a good thing, because last night he was doing the math homework he got assigned while being off sick on Thursday (seriously?), and I had to look up what "mode" meant before I could check his work.
I've been reading about different bad things that we use in our everyday products. Most I knew about, but one I hadn't thought about was laundry detergent. Apparently Tide, which is what I use, is one of the worst. While it cleans delightfully, it's not really helping us health-wise. In what I realize is only a half step away from beating it against a rock in the river, I am going to attempt to make my own detergent. If this experiment fails, or is just too much work, I'll go back to conventional stuff, just something with a little less yuk in it.
I'm going to redecorate my cube today. It's kind of all I have in me right now.
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January 8, 2012
The result was that we got to the camp in a suburb north of us sponsored by a different city's Little League with a couple of hundred kids and their dads (no lie - I was the only XX in the whole gym), and there was not a soul he knew. And he started to get upset. And then he broke the cardinal rule of baseball - the tears came. And then I got annoyed, because seriously, it's baseball which he loves and has been begging to do, and he's crying?!? And then they called his group to get together, and he was fighting back the tears. And I alternated between being incredibly annoyed I'd spent all this money on something he loved and was being a jerk about it and feeling totally awful that I put him in this situation because not being with friends is about the worst thing in his 6 year old life. And then he missed a grounder and started to cry, and 2 coaches came over. Clearly, they thought he was hurt. He wasn't. (I later learned the coaches asked him if he wanted to go over by his mom, and he said he would stick it out. I'm guessing he figured that would have been way worse punishment.)
About half-way through the hour, they had to get into groups of 4, and 2 boys immediately grabbed him to be in their group. And then all was well. He fielded every ball and was talking to other kids.
So now, he happily went back at the hitting portion of the day with his brand new bat and his dad - 2 things which are infinitely better for him in these types of situations.
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January 7, 2012
I woke up this morning to learn I'm starting an arthritic flare. Oh goody. We'll be heading to the pool for some float time, for sure. It doesn't fix it, but it always feels better while I'm in. Plus, the child loves to swim laps now, which I want to encourage. But now that we switched to the Jewish Community Center (There is a ton for C-man to do there throughout the winter), we have to follow Jewish rules, which means we have to wait until noon for it to open.
So the plan is to swim, oversee him finish the homework he missed while being sick (wh and ch words), and cheer on MU in what is probably a futile quest against Syracuse.
Enjoy your day.
Go! Marquette! Go! Go! Go! Go!
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January 6, 2012
Enjoy your weekend!
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January 5, 2012
- In movies where the non-English speaking characters are speaking to one another in their own country, but are speaking in English so we understand them for the purposes of the movie - Why do they have accents? I mean, we all know if 2 Russians are speaking together in Russia, they are speaking Russian to each other, not English. So why the pretense of all the "Vot do zou need?" nonsense?
- Who was the person all those years ago who said, you are hurting; I know what would make you feel better- if we stuck a gazillion needles in you and made you lie there and endure it for a while!
- Who was the idiot who decided skinny jeans were a good thing? Or really pointy shoes? And how long before they wise up and decide they aren't really all that great?
- When you get an email telling you the vial of ants you ordered for the child's Christmas gift ant farm is preparing to ship, does that mean Cletus is out in his backyard digging them up?
- Why is it when you say you are done volunteering for something, people don't believe you?
- How is it my kid has more on-hand cash than I do at any given time?
- Why is it every time there is something cool like a meteor shower, it is at 2 a.m. when I'd rather be sleeping? Don't these things happen at 10 p.m. when I'm more awake?
- How can my kid's school uniforms (which are incidentally only about 6 weeks old since the latest round of purchases to replace torn knees and chewed off sleeve ends) fit just fine on December 22nd but not January 2nd? This growth spurt thing is expensive.
- Why is it that when I go online to purchase new shirts and pants at a larger size, they don't have anything for winter, but it's all short-sleeved? Hey department stores, it's only the first week in January!
- How does the kid get so sick on the one day I have waited for to get my overdue hair cut?
- Why is Harry Potter the only one out of all those Hogwarts kids who wears glasses? And why can't he just do a spell to fix his sight? Heck, even muggles have Lasik, after all.
- When someone says, "That doesn't make a lick of sense," What exactly are they licking? And does this mean they know the answer to how many licks it takes to get to the center of a tootsie pop?
- Why do Legos have to be so darned tiny?
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January 4, 2012
January 3, 2012
Yes, I think I have an inner ear thing attached to whatever bug I've taken in from my six year old living petri dish. My hearing keeps fading and the dizziness is annoying.
I was diagnosed with bronchitis right before Christmas. He prescribed a z-pack I didn't fill, because he said it was viral. I just filled it yesterday. I'm going to give it everything I can just in case.
I use a neti pot daily. It helps, but obviously isn't a cure-all, since I currently can't hear out of my right ear.
Acupuncture continues to do nothing for me. I committed to 3 months of it, though, so we'll see.
We need a new car. Beerman is driving the very first new car I ever bought, a 1999 Dodge Avenger. It will take about $2000 to fix, and I'm quite sure that is about a grand more than it is worth. Plus, our minivan is 6 years old and approaching 100,000 miles. Unfortunately, it is time.
We aren't sure what we want to buy. Despite loving the BMW 3 series, I won't buy a "foreign" car. I worked too many years in the American auto industry to turn my back on it. And yes, you can give me all the gobbedly gook you want about "all cars are foreign" or "foreign cars are really domestic", but I don't want to hear it. At the end of the day, the vast majority of the profit made stays in the country of the company's headquarters. And this day in age, when middle class jobs are scarce, I will not contribute to the hollowing out of the American manufacturing industry.
I'm leaning toward a Ford Escape or Ford Flex, but the Chevy Traverse reviews have been good. I need to test drive them first before I make any solid decisions. I do know it needs to be comfortable to get in and out of, quiet, not be ridiculously priced, and get reasonable gas mileage. Something that is not all that easy to find.
I'm dreading the whole slimy experience. I've never not known what I wanted going into a dealership before and the experience has never been good. Ick.
Harry gets a bath almost every Sunday. He does not enjoy it, but like all things in his life, he tolerates it. The fact that he gets hugged and kissed the whole time and then given an inordinate amount of treats doesn't hurt either. But if he's going to get filthy like he loves, he's going to get bathed like I love.
I'm starting with the classic Catch-22 as the first of my classic reads. I've read 100 Years of Solitude, To Kill a Mockingburd, Lord of the Rings and Charlottes Web. (Incidentally, 100 Years of Solitude is a favorite.) The full list of Kansas City Library books are listed HERE.
And that concludes answer time for now.
January 2, 2012
The good news is it was a really spectacular winter break up until this point. It's just too bad I have to end it like this. At least we have lots of movies to watch and the Rose Bowl to cheer about. And it's only a 4-day work week. See - lots of bright spots.
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January 1, 2012
- To read all 22 of the books in front of the Kansas City Library. (For the record, I've read 4 of them, so won't be re-reading those. Technically, that means I have 18 classics to get through.) I'd also like to actually see the front of this building. Next work trip to KC, I'll find it. That second part isn't really a resolution, but just something I want to do.
- Call it cliche, but I need to drop 10 pounds. (Well, 20 if we're being honest, but let's not get picky.) That's not my resolution, though. My actual resolution is to keep to a twice-weekly gym visit. I'm hoping one will lead to the other, but feel the strength building one is necessary to my overall health.
- Start to learn German. I know I won't get near to fluency in only a year of self study, but it's time to learn the language of my future homeland, after all.
- Finish knitting the sweater I started on the trip to Japan. The pattern is translated from French, and written so poorly, I've had to undo and redo it several times. (It's not just me being stupid. The super knitter ladies at the yarn store were perplexed by it, too.) I have the extreme urge to throw it in the trash, but know I'll love it if I stick with it.
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