Monday, December 16, 2013

Busy Monday, December 16

Today's 'To-Do' List

  • Menu
  • Shopping
  • Laundry
  • Lunch with Peter
  • Survive Work
  • Brielle's Orchestra Fundraiser Concert
  • Pick up supplies for STEM project (due Wednesday)

  • Monday & Tuesday - Eat Out
  • Wednesday - Spaghetti w/Meatballs
  • Other days - ????

This Week's 'To-Do' List
Well this week we have an Orchestra concert today that was scheduled for last week but due to the weather they moved it so we have to have Brie down to the high school by 5:30. 
Another concert is tomorrow and I'm not even sure on the time and location! I'm so disorganized around here! Also on Tuesday is the After School Christmas party so we aren't 100% on how we are going to handle that. 
Wednesday is the 4-H STEM club meeting and I volunteered to bring  the snacks for that so I need to make sure to pick something up when I go shopping today. We also have a project for STEM I meant to have the girls do over the weekend but that didn't happen so some how we have to fit that into today and tomorrow! EEP!! I told you I was disorganized. Wednesday Katherine also has a big science test at school so we have to fit in studying. 
Thursday is the kids last day of school before the break and after words I will take Brielle down to Christmas Wish to volunteer. I'm sad she hasn't been able to the last few days but school schedule has made that impossible. So that will go on that night and probably a good part of Friday so she can at minimum get her volunteer hours for  Honor's Society. -- Oh and it's work's Holiday Party so I need to get a desert for that. 

Last Week

Last week was a lot of running around because of Brielle's volunteering but also the girls had 4-H Project Club on Wednesday. They made Trivits ... not sure what that is? Basically a floor tile with paper/pictures/etc glued on.

Friday Brielle had a dance we didn't know she was going to the dance until Thursday! Needless to say we had to scramble!
What happens when you have to scramble? Well first you end up at Walmart at 9pm with your daughter and marvel at how there are no dressy clothes for juniors and thank your lucky stars there is such thing as 14/16 clothing.
You buy shoes a quarter size too big because you remember at the last dance your child was between shoe sizes also  and got blisters and the shoes because not even a full 1 time use item.
You walk the aisles over looking for stuff that apparently hasn't been invented... like Christmas hairpieces!

Day of the dance I tried to paint my daughters nails I saw this cute pin on pinterest of snowflake nails. Yeah I'm really not any good at painting nails!
We put her hair up into a bun and then it just needed something so I pulled out the bag of dollar store items I bought for the girls to make a wreath later and pinned one to her head!

She did at least have fun at the dance and while she didn't have an uber fancy dress for the formal she got another lesson in being frugal that for the cost of 1 dress over at Macy's which is where she had wanted to go we got a dress, jewelry, a hair bun thing (which actually other than a few things over all they work well for the main shape), shoes, nylons, heel pads and candy canes!

Well that's all the important stuff I guess I can cover for now. Life is moving on for me. I'm still not on all my meds I'm holding off a little longer before I start the next item and am trying to offset things enough to have a better go around than the last time. It's been very hard to remember all my pills so sometimes I am a little late but I've been keeping up even though it does keep me feeling very ill along with other details I'll be nice and not share out. My plan is to get out Christmas shopping this week. I've been running around or so ill that going out isn't a big option to the point I didn't even go to the grocery store last week and sent my husband out to buy odds and ends. Anyways one way or another just pushing ahead! EEP and now I'm running late for work! Bye!

Friday, December 13, 2013

The War on Yule

I've been watching the news and reading a lot of blogs hearing the phrase, "The War on Christmas" and it really just has started to get under my skin. If Christianity thinks there is a war on Christmas how do you think the rest of us feel? I don't begrudge anyone their faith or lack of it. I have friends who are Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Pagan, Agnostic, Satanist and Atheist. What bothers me is if someone shoves that faith down others' throats or cries foul when another faith would like to have the same courtesy of recognition shown to it.

I don't step out and wave my hands and announce is my faith or my husband's. My children have been raised learning about a wide variety of faiths and know that what is most important to my husband and I is that they are happy.

Now I will say this my husband and I were both raised Roman Catholic and went to Catholic schools. We both have stepped away from the church and have learned to blend into the community. People from non-mainstream faiths often live their lives in the shadows fearful of another witch burning starting in the U.S. and in some countries some people still are murdered for claims of witchcraft.  (To Note: Witchcraft and Witches I'm using as a very generalized term/example this is to encompass all different faiths.)

Before you scream, "There's a War on Christmas" because a company puts "Seasons Greetings" or "Happy Holidays" do some research on how many holidays are around this time of year. The 25th of December is one day so what happened to the other 30 days in December?

Let us show holiday cheer, try to help our fellow man, and be gracious and giving in all things which includes our tolerance, our understanding and our love.

Blessed Be!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Busy Monday, December 9th - Late Edition

Today's 'To-Do' List
  • Make Menu
  • Watch Friend's kiddo
  • Pick up around the house


Well it's on my 'To-Do' list for a reason. I figure we'll have meatloaf today. Maybe chicken with stir fry veggies and rice this week too. Of course Pizza one day and spaghetti would be easy enough. Hamburger helper? I'll figure it out.

This Week's 'To-Do' List

  • Update Blog Look (even though I've fallen off the face of the Earth I need to try and do this)
  • Orchestra Christmas Concert (rescheduled to next Monday)
  • 4-H Project Club (Thursday)
  • Pick-up Brielle after school to take to volunteering (all week) 
  • Grocery Shopping - Get baking supplies for the weekend
  • Finish Christmas presents for ladies at work
  • Do STEM club project

Last Week

Well Friday I went into work and my husband stayed home since school was called. We got quite a bit of ice and snow and when I left work and walked over to the other offices I found out they were all locked up apparently everyone else had already gone home.
Thursday I was so nervous about the words 'ice storm' that I went out and bought a generator. It's actually still sitting in the back of my van. I'm on the fence if I want to return it or keep it because I got a good price on it and every year I complain about not having one and being fearful of losing power though over the years the lines have gotten better so we don't lose power near as often as we used to.
Sunday I threw up my hands and said heck with it and started pulling in Christmas decorations. Never mind the fact I never got 100% of fall put away. We managed to get a few things and found out Hulu+ has a fireplace video.

Monday I stayed home with my kids and a friends kiddo. We watched movies, drank hot cocoa and the kids went to the neighbors yard and went sledding down their iced up dirt hills. This is Katherine and my friend's daughter.

Pretty much that is it other than on Sunday Peter decided we should start cleaning up the shed. Oh and last week I had to make a late night run to buy an auger for it only not to work so we had to call in a plumber. They had to go 115' in our main line to get to the problem which is roots. So yeah our 50' one just wasn't going to cut it. That was our fun last week along with some personal stuff.

With some sort of luck maybe I can get back into my blogging habits. It's just one step at a time. I've also decided to try starting my hormone pills once winter break starts and I go on vacation so I don't have to worry about that. I'm very worried about this but I'm trying to just step up my meds which is okay with my doctor unlike what the nurse practitioner had me do. So if I start getting really down, depressing, the world is coming to an end here in a couple weeks you know why. I'd really try to avoid that but I can't afford avoiding my medication forever and until we find the correct meds for me you can expect a bit of a roller coaster so I ask forgiveness up front. 

Monday, December 2, 2013

Busy Monday, December 2

Not my traditional 'Busy Monday' post as a lot has happened to me since my diagnosis of PCOS. I was put onto MetFormin and a birth control medication to try and even out my hormones and help with my insulin levels. During the 5 days I was on it I stopped eating near completely and was in a very dark depressing place and in a lot of pain. It was very upsetting and I really did feel like the world was just no longer worth being apart of. I went off the medication last Tuesday and since then it's been a complete 180 turn and I realized how much of my life I had discounted or complained about or stressed to an unnecessary point about.
We had a good Thanksgiving and when I had expected my family of 4+2 I ended up having to last minute for 7 additional people. I took it in stride and everyone had plenty to eat. Infact we are still trying to use leftovers around here. I will be freezing stuff today.
This morning I went to my actual doctor again today instead of the nurse practitioner who gave me my diagnosis and put me on the original medications. My doctor listened to me and we are starting a new plan of attack. I start back on the MetFormin tonight and then after I start tolerating that am being put on a very low dose of estrogen about as low of a doseage as they can prescribe. I am to keep in contact with my doctor and if we need to change treatment again she's already got another medication.
She asked what our plans for children were and it was made known I like to have the option open. Infact I talked to Peter and if I still feel like I want to have more children come next fall then we may try again then. Though 34 sounds awfully old to start again with a little one I do like to know the option is there. I really do miss having a baby in my life. I need to go steal one and have a few restless nights perhaps. :)

Anyways, that is what has been going on with me in my world over the past week. I'm struggling to cope but knowing there are people in my life who have my back has been a godsend.

Today I plan to package food, get some laundry taken care of and pick up a few odds and ends at the grocery store but for the most part just take it easy and know that I don't need to be super mom right now because just being 'mom' and being happy and healthy is what would make everyone the happiest.