Friday, February 26, 2016

Friday Five: Sick, Sponges, and Trains

Emmy Mom

It is Friday and you know what that means!!  I am linking up with Emmy again. 

1. It's been a rough week. I got sick. I woke up in the night with a wicked tickle in my throat. I tried to ignore it. I laid low. I went to bed early. ( would think I should do that anyway!) but it was too late. Now I am just hoping the cold goes away and doesn't turn ugly.

2.  I am almost done with my math class. I have a low C which I can possibly boost to a C+. Trust me when I say this is perfectly acceptable for me. Math has never been my strong suit. I will be ecstatic if I can pass and be done with math for good! 

3.  Kristin is working! Someone in our church needed someone to spend nights with their mom who recently fell and broke her foot and dislocated her shoulder. This woman is 99. Yes, you read that right...99. She is a pistol! Kristin stays with her over night in case she needs to get up to go to the bathroom.  

4.  Yesterday there was a big black cat in our yard. We lost a black kitty about 5 years ago. I slowly approached this cat just wondering. Well it wasn't ours but it was a very friendly kitty and wanted to adopt me right then and there. My two present kitties watched from inside the house in complete shock and horror that I would betray them in such a way. 

5.  The Oscars are this weekend. I haven't decided yet if I am going to watch. I have always watched. However, this year there is so much griping and bad politics that I feel the fun, glamour, and the real climb to excellence has been slighted. 

I feel so much better than this. Though I do wish my sinuses would clear.

I missed the Blue and Gold dinner since I was sick. 

Ryan was revisiting some old childhood friends
My "friend." 
This sponge caused a lot of excitement. My mom and I both buy this brand, and after weeks of it being out we were thrilled to see it back in stock. Yeah, we need to get out more.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Friday Five: A+B=C

Emmy Mom

Friday is here! Some weeks just drag on and on! I am so thankful Emmy's weekly meme to keep me in check, but to also help me write at least once a week. I thought I had been slacking lately, but honestly I am not. Here's the deal...A+B=C....

1.  A+B=C  I am taking an intermediate math course right now and it consuming my time and energy. Not to mention it is plaguing me with doubt and anxiety. If I could hire a tutor I would, but that is not an option. Don't feel sorry me. Pray for me, send good vibes or whatever you want because I need it all!

2.  A+B=C.... I have been told for years by doctors that walking will help my knees. Well, I have been walking and now my left is swollen! It hurts a lot. Where's my happy knee that I was promised!? I feel so lied to! 

3.  A+B=C When you go to your best friend's house, hilarity will ensue! I got to see Emmy again! What a treat that we saw each other twice in a 30 day span! We played a gambit of improv games compliments of Kristin(my oldest) and there was a lot of laughter.

4.  A+B=C... Verizon is the devil, but their service/product is stellar so I am a slave to it. I am still sorting out a huge mess with them regarding payment arrangements and auto-pulls from my bank. What a mess. Don't switch to Verizon. Stay with whatever devil company you already have. They all suck for one reason or another.

5.  A+B=C  We had a full turkey dinner on Valentine's day.  It was a lot of work, but it was oh so yummy. Plus it came in handy for leftovers! 

We played Ticket to Ride...Our Ryan won....Did you know that Kristin's boyfriend is also named, Ryan!?

Miss Alex, Emmy's girl, did the hoola hoop for 6 minutes 16.28seconds! She even read a book!

As I said, we did some improv games. Emmy proposed to Lucas but quickly rejected leaving her in a heap. Kristin came to the rescue!

It is REALLY hard to drink a pop this way! Yes, I tried to.

My brother is getting really good at photoshop. So I sent him a picture of me and told him to work his magic. He said, he didn't do much. Awww. Looks cool though!

Friday, February 12, 2016

Friday Five: Slacking, Haircuts, and Diet Coke

Emmy Mom

I have been a bit of slacker this week. No week long migraines, though I did have yesterday. I am in an intermediate math class which I am determined to pass. I DO NOT want to repeat it! I really do not. I digress, I am happy to participate with my bestie Emmy, in her Friday Five meme! 

1.  I had a battle with Verizon...I won. It was short lived. I made a payment arrangement with them that I would pay the bill on a given date. The bill was then paid with a different card, however Verizon took upon themselves to automatically pull the money from the card on file. Unfortunately there was not enough in the account to cover it. This is why we used the other card. As a result, we were also charged $29 for non sufficient funds.To shorten this story we spent about 90 minutes and two disconnects we have been reimbursed. 

2.  This week, Kristin started volunteering in Ryan's class. It will be an interesting experiment for her. I look forward to seeing the results.

3.  Do you celebrate Valentine's Day? Is it just another day?  We are having a nice fancy dinner that involves the whole family. As a couple, not so much. Here's the deal, most if not all of our first several Valentine's were sidelined by other things such as: a laparoscopy, moving, duty, deployment, among other things. We just decided it didn't matter. 

4. We have an outdoor kitty. Well...not really, but it sure comes around a lot. We named it. "Tiger." I don't feed it. (yet)   Although my son wants to. Tiger comes and goes, I am not sure if she/he belongs to anyone but she/he seems fairly healthy.  She/he cannot come in though. Spencer would be too butthurt.

5. It is a 4 day weekend. This is good and bad. Extra days to sleep in, and extra days of "I'm bored!" It's a mixed good/bad. We shall see. 

Okay so it is two in one...but we will count it as one.  I decorate my antenna with ribbon. I can find my car easier that way! haha. Emily got her hair colored. She went dark. It makes her eyes pop, and her freckles! hehe.

Finally Coke got it right! I don't share!
This actually came from my Snapchat. We had fun making it.
Remember last week when it ws 77? Yeah...this was Monday.
A new to me shirt! I love our thrift store.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Trials and Tribulations

One of my oldest daughter's favorite scriptures is Joshua 1:9.

Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.

This scripture was a constant reminder to her that she was never alone even during her darkest times and worst trials. Yes, even a teenager can face dark times and trials. We all face dark times and trials. What is curious to me is the way we brave it and put up such fronts to the world at large.

"How are you" Friends will ask. (We ask this too.) And we genuinely want to know. We are sincerely interested in their welfare especially if something is wrong. So it stands to reasons that our friends/family would likewise be interested in our well being. Then why do we always resort to standard answers such as,"I'm doing good," or "Hanging in there." Instead of just once telling them exactly what it is that is going on? In one short answer, we do not wish to burden others with our trials. They already have so much on their plate I do not want to add to it. Sometimes, we need to share those burdens simply because our friends will have a sympathetic ear that is meant just for you. It might be an opportunity for them to open up to you realizing you both have trials and feels good to unload them. It may not resolve anything, but it is certainly good to know that we can share our trials with each other. It's true, we are not alone in our trials no matter what they are. I know that we are not forgotten. I know that Heavenly Father is there through each of these trials that we face, and I know that He places these special people in our lives to uplift one another in these times of trial. 

While our trials may seem overwhelming or may seem like little to nothing next to "their trials" it is still our trial and the one that we must face. What a blessing to know we are not alone; ever.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Friday Five: Migraines, Math, Snowflakes, and Divas

Emmy Mom

Well it is Friday and I am happy as can be! Just because it means no homework for the kids. I am also happy to play along with my bestie today with her Friday Five! 

1. If you caught my blog yesterday, you know I had a migraine for over a week. What a suck fest that was. I cursed my kids with those nasty evil things too. What a crime. I know it's not my fault, but what a curse. Enough of that nonsense!

2.  I got a body scan (by electric pulses) at the doctor's office yesterday. Through this little device they can decipher body mass, water retention, and an assortment of other basic data to give an overall look at your health. Well, as it turns out, I am pretty healthy, but my HDL cholesterol levels are low(you want those ones to be higher...the LDLs or "lethals" are the ones we want lower.) Here's the kicker I am dehydrated. What? I drink water...and *cough* pop *cough* what? Who said that?? I am not drinking enough water! My WW Leader would shake her head at me. How much water do we need??? 6-8 8 ounce glasses of water! Yep. Because I am not getting that in, my body is holding on to about 8 to 10 POUNDS of water!!! WHAT!??  Pass the water! 

3. I am in a new math class. It's an intermediate algebra class. I understand that math is a daily occurrence. We literally (correct use of literally) use math in our lives on a daily basis. However, for what point and purpose does an intermediate course in algebra do an English major? I am legitimately curious. 

4.  Do you ever have one of those days where all you do is run around and go and go? Yeah? Okay.

5.  My cat is a full tilt diva. He actually is co-owned by me and my daughter(well he owns us let's be honest cats think you are there for their benefit). When we are in the same room he struggles with his loyalty, unless he is mad at one of us, then there is no problem. He will go to the other as if to say, "See, she loves me." Diva.

A perfect example of Spencer's diva mode. He was mad at me because I got up. Kristin called him to come to her. He did. He showed me!
our fence after some strong winds and heavy rains.

I love me some Diet Coke...especially from the fountain!
My daughter got "heart-attacked" from the girls at church.
I possess the power to revoke the status of "special snowflake" from anyone acting in a way unbecoming to a snowflake! In other words, if someone is acting like a #%$hat, I will wave my wand and remove your status as a snowflake!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Down for the Count

I have chronic migraines, and anyone who suffers these nasty things can relate to how they can take you death's door. I had been fighting this particular migraine for at least 7 days. Now don't think I was down like this for all seven days, because I was not. This migraine taunted me and laughed at attempts to get rid of its unwanted company. There are levels of migraine pain for everyone, and within those levels pain are levels of functionality. Please understand I am under a doctor's care for these migraines with daily medication to keep them under control and medication for migraines when they do hit. The problem with this last week was I was out of the medication and waiting for the refill. It was on that last day that refill came when the migraine reared its ugly self. What made this one even worse was I woke up with it. That is just not fair. 

This migraine had me at that level of pain where you are either ready to die or simply prefer it. There is no real way to describe how I felt. I will say migraine pain alters your personality(especially after several days). "Many people fail to realize that migraine is a neurological disease, like epilepsy. Migraine ranks in the top 20 of the world's most disabling medical illnesses. Amazingly, over 10% of the population, including children, suffers from migraine"(source) I started getting migraines when I was around 8 years old. The fantastic thing was our doctor(at the time) recognized and new that even a child could get them. The bad news, nothing for a kid(at that time). He told my mom to have me lie down in dark room with an ice pack. I don't remember anything beyond the pain of having the migraines. 

Migraines are debilitating; not only are physically painful, they make light and sound impossible to bear. Moving is not an option, but that is not all. Migraines have the capacity to disrupt speech. The migraine sufferer has been known to speak jibberish. I have not had this happen--that would scare the life out of me and my family. What happens to me, is loss of words. I literally(correct use of literally) lost words mid speaking. I know what I am supposed to say, but I cannot say it. A word like "lunch" or "flour" is not there. There is also delayed reaction time, so driving is not wise when the migraine is bad. 

I am happy to report that as of yesterday, (Wednesday) I have been headache free. Those killer migraines, the ones that "will kill me" aren't all the time and I am so grateful for that. I have learned how to power through the ones that aren't so bad. One medicine will figure out what causes them, but the truth is everyone is wired differently and has about a thousand different triggers per person. It will be a long time before that happens. For now, it's a matter of keeping us with chronic migraines comfortable.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Friday Five: Yoga, Snow, Chocolate, and Beanies!

It is Friday...time to share some thoughts and pics and link up with my bestie!

Emmy Mom

1.  I think I need to get me some chocolate. I have been wanting some for a while now. The scary thing about chocolate is once you go there it's hard to stop. I know for a fact, I will not gain 20 pounds from a single bar of chocolate unless the bar is also 20 pounds. I just worry about the effects chocolate/candy has on us. It's very real. Sugar is a dangerous thing! Sigh.

2.  I want to write for a living. Who doesn't? I guess someone out there does not. I saw a writing opportunity that would be perfect for me. I can do the type of writing they wanted. However, they wanted a year of experience, they wanted it to be within the company itself(why advertise?) and so forth.

3.  Every day you should laugh. We need laughter. It keeps us young at heart. I laugh at myself mostly. My mental age on any given day is about 12, and sometimes I am a boy. I guess that explains my appreciation for a good fart joke.

4. Yesterday, Ryan had band practice. This is normal and it is after school. I went to pick him up and he did not show up. Of course there was panic. I drove back and forth between home and the school no less than 3 times thinking he walked home. (We live very close). Then I went into the office and asked about his whereabouts. He has been moved into Honor Band, perhaps I missed a note on the form about extra time on band days (though I did see the band teacher LEAVING). What I had forgotten is Ryan had signed up for afterschool programs two days a week. One of the days being Thursday--same day as band. Apparently it goes on beyond band practice because he went after band practice, I scoured the form, no times are given. Ugh! Well. I took him home, and all was well. We discussed the importance of making sure a parent knew where he was. Sigh.

5.  Doing yoga is hard enough, but doing it with a cat is extra challenging. My cat likes to claim me by rubbing my head when I am in downward facing dog or other such poses. He lays on my mat when I am standing making it hard and awkward to get into position when returning to seated or other postures. He kind of goes bat crap crazy, and the funny thing is, I do it every night. Silly beast.

And here is the cat who helps during yoga. Crazy animal.

This is my brother's cat, Sumo. Sumo is a Maine Coone. He's big, fluffy, and very friendly. 

I did a photo shoot of my oldest in her cosplay. This is the back of the camera. I have edited 5 of the 48 pictures. 

This one is not my picture. It is a friend's picture who lives back east in VA where I used to live. Yeah, school was canceled that day. Hahaha. 
Stealing my son's beanie and rocking it like a boss.