December 17, 2014

Almost Christmas

Merry Christmas to me! I splurged and got another round of steroids, new splints, and TWO NEW MEDS! I am so excited, I couldn't even wait til next week to use them! Related: I have used all the monies in my flex spending account in less than six months. It's a hard skill to master, but master it I has.

(I do need to complain that I still have an extra 10 pounds of flesh from my LAST round of steroids that I haven't been able to budge, so I'm SURE that this round will be just as delightfully pudgy.Sidenote: I need a walking buddy.)

Here's the thing: my carpal tunnel is flaring up like a beast, an old spinal injury is being a jerk, plus, I'm having those wonderful eyeball spasms, that start up in my brains and shoot down to my toes.... but only periodically, like, when I turn my head to look at something different from what I'm looking at. Which is to say, they're happening all the time. However, they're happening so OFTEN that they're almost cancelling each other out. Probably like when you get on a boat, and you have to adjust to your sea legs.... I've adjusted.

At any rate, my "real quick check up" turned into  a "why didn't you call us when this first started? Are X, Y, and Z also happening? CALL US."

Here's the other thing though, I hurt all the time. I twitch all the time. How am I supposed to differentiate between remission and relapse when I feel exactly the same?  And since no body can give me a definitive answer, I am going to continue my same course of action, and, unless something profoundly new and disturbing suddely appears, I'll be golden.

Meanwhile, I was looking through my blog the other day, you know, because Daniel had to go to the doctor, and I needed to figure out all the times he went, and GUYS: I used to not be a whiny brat.

I'm going to go back to that. It's time. In fact, I have a game plan for 2015, and I am going to OWN IT.

Also: Daniel's nose has been cauterized. It has been fabulous thus far.

Also also: Dear Mom, I ate at Bojangles. It was okay. The "cajun hot sauce" was a mild tabasco sauce. I tried their dirty rice (it had like, breakfast sausage inside. not a fan.) and mashed potatoes. The potatoes are EXACTLY the same as KFC, but the gravy is thicker and more turkey flavored. (However, I just looked at the officialy Bojangles menu, and the mashed potatoes on their site are not the mashed potatoes we were served.) We also got a biscuit, because that's what they're famous for. It was awesome, and it had fresh blueberries in it. Any ways, I have finally eaten there, and I know you'll find this information helpful. 

November 24, 2014

November 24, 2014

We've been taking turns being sick at our house. It's been pretty miserable. On the bright side, though, my children haven't been sneaking sips of my drink because they don't want my germs.

Meanwhile, Thanksgiving is this week! Which means I am not cooking today or tomorrow, because I need some room in the fridge, so leftovers it is!  I have my timeline for the week all set, and have just a few things to pick up from the grocery store. In this school district, the kids don't have school at ALL on Wednesday. They've always had a half day before, so we can get to celebrating and prepping a few hours earlier!

Another fun  realization is that I am actually looking forward to the holidays. Ten years ago, I absolutely dreaded the winter holidays... dreaded and hated. But NOW, we have our own established traditions, and I am all about LOW KEY HOLIDAYS. My kids know that we don't go overboard with calendars and events and gifts and all that nonsense, so we get to enjoy all the little things a whole heck of a lot more. AND, because I am so low key, and expectations are so low, everything I DO do is received very well.

I do have to admit that I have no game plan for Christmas this year though. Generally, I have an idea of what people will be getting, and most years, I would have already had things wrapped and ready. I have a feeling this year will be a bit last minute. I WANT to skip gifts altogether and do an experience instead. I mean, not totally skip ALL the presents, but just have our traditional stocking stuff, and a small something, then maybe load all the kids up and head off to a mini-vacation. Or maybe give people tickets to events. Basically, I don't want to give people STUFF that ends up in the garbage six months later.

I have been thinking about getting people started collecting things. A month or so ago, I let the girls pick out one of my Ginny Dolls to display on their bedroom shelf. We had a big talk about how to handle them and so on and so forth, and I am debating getting the girls each a doll. BUT, then I have the boys to think about, and what on earth should a boy collect? I don't want it to be something totally trendy. At first I was thinking coins, but they would USE them, not collect them. Rocks are hard to display, plus, we had a rock collection before, and it didn't go over well. Knives are awesome, but, you know, slightly dangerous. I was thinking about the things that I like to collect, but that doesn't mean that my kids will be impressed. (for the record, I collect books, sheet music, strawberries, bells, and insects. Plus, I REALLY like scientific drawings of nature. You know, like a sketch you would find in a field guide. And old maps.)

Anyways, my brain is busy being distracted by life, so I have to cut this short.