Tuesday, January 11, 2011

New Year Challenge

So, I haven't done well thus far with the challenge of blogging for 30 days. After a visit to the ER on New Year's Day, a visit to the doctor, an ultrasound on the kidney in question to rule out a stone and oh, yeah... another trip the ER last night with a CT scan this time around, blood work checking levels for every.single.freakin'.organ, the beautiful invention of pain meds via an IV has only made me a little behind on my blogging. *giggle*

After all the testing, the ER found a cyst on the ovary that is causing all the pain. I'm holy cow... I thought I was in labor last night on the way home from work! To think that one little 3 cm cyst leaking into the abdomen could cause such severe pain. But like I said, thank god for pain meds! The doc shot me up with an IV pain med, sent me home with 2 more and I am doing a happy dance right now. I really can see how someone would want to continue to chase the feeling of this!

I think I will put the 30 days of blogging on hold for a day or two until I'm feeling better. I'm off to take a happy pill then to bed for the night. *grin*

Thursday, January 6, 2011

My Challenge to Blog

Life has been SO crazy the past year that in 2010 it seemed that I never had the chance to blog. In reality, I was going through some very rough times with the ex-husband and even though it might have been therapeutic for me, I didn't want to write about all of that "stuff" constantly. With the coming of the new year, I have decided (because I don't make resolutions) to blog more or at least make a good effort to do so.

Because of my non-resolution, I came across this idea and thought "Why not?" So, I will begin tomorrow with the Thirty Days of Truth list (thanks HDW for posting this list on her site):

Day 01 → Something you hate about yourself.
Day 02 → Something you love about yourself.
Day 03 → Something you have to forgive yourself for.
Day 04 → Something you have to forgive someone for.
Day 05 → Something you hope to do in your life.
Day 06 → Something you hope you never have to do.
Day 07 → Someone who has made your life worth living for.
Day 08 → Someone who made your life hell, or treated you like shit.
Day 09 → Someone you didn’t want to let go, but just drifted.
Day 10 → Someone you need to let go, or wish you didn’t know.
Day 11 → Something people seem to compliment you the most on.
Day 12 → Something you never get compliments on.
Day 13 → A band or artist that has gotten you through some tough ass days. (write a letter.)
Day 14 → A hero that has let you down. (letter)
Day 15 → Something or someone you couldn’t live without, because you’ve tried living without it.
Day 16 → Someone or something you definitely could live without.
Day 17 → A book you’ve read that changed your views on something.
Day 18 → Your views on gay marriage.
Day 19 → What do you think of religion? Or what do you think of politics?
Day 20 → Your views on drugs and alcohol.
Day 21 → (scenario) Your best friend is in a car accident and you two got into a fight an hour before. What do you do?
Day 22 → Something you wish you hadn’t done in your life.
Day 23 → Something you wish you had done in your life.
Day 24 → Make a playlist to someone, and explain why you chose all the songs. (Just post the titles and artists and letter)
Day 25 → The reason you believe you’re still alive today.
Day 26 → Have you ever thought about giving up on life? If so, when and why?
Day 27 → What’s the best thing going for you right now?
Day 28 → What if you were pregnant or got someone pregnant, what would you do?
Day 29 → Something you hope to change about yourself. And why.
Day 30 → A letter to yourself, tell yourself EVERYTHING you love about yourself

You can all look forward to this and who knows... we all just might learn a little something on my journey of self-discovery. :)

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to everyone! Wishing you all a holiday filled with peace, joy and love.

A Christmas Meme

This came from Maggie. Thanks Maggie for another awesome meme.

1. Eggnog or Hot Chocolate?
Hot Chocolate. Love hot chocolate especially with a peppermint stick in it.

2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree?
Santa has always wrapped the gifts. If they were really big like the bicycle that I got when I was 5, he wouldn't wrap them.

3. Colored lights on the tree/house or white?
White lights on the house this year and big colored lights on the tree. Next year, I think the house will be decked out in the big colored lights as well.

4. Do you hang mistletoe?
No, I don't hang mistletoe. I don't think I ever have.

5. When do you put your decorations up?
We try to put them up the weekend of Thanksgiving but it now depends on if the Princes are here or not. This year it wasn't until the second weekend in December when the princes were finally here.

6. What is your favorite holiday dish (excluding dessert)?
I'd have to say my mom's hash browns that she always mad eon Christmas.

7. Favorite holiday memory as a child?
The breakfast that we would have after opening gifts. My mom would make pancakes, hash browns, bacon, scrambled eggs and sausage-gravy with biscuits. This is something that I have continued with my own boys.

8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa?
Truth about Santa? What?!? I don't think I was ever told about Santa and now having a Prince that is 7 years old, Santa is alive and well in our house.

9. Do you open gifts on Christmas Eve?
Not usually but last night Yummy gave me a Christmas Eve gift.

10. What kind of cookies does Santa get set out for him?
Santa always gets holly-doodles. It's a snickerdoodle rolled in red & green sugar. He's gotten these since I was a kid.

11. Snow! Love it or dread it?
Love looking at it when it's white but after it gets dirty, YUCK!

12. Can you ice skate?
I haven't skated in about 15 years. The last time was when I went with the guy I was dating at the time and that was back in 1992, I think. I will be going this year as the Princes want to go to the outdoor rink in our hometown.

13. Do you remember your favorite gift?
I still have my favorite gift ever received as a kid. It's my teddy bear named Benny that my step-dad gave me after I "left" my beloved Snoopy in Chicago but really my mom threw him away after he was a mere shell of a dog. Literally, he was a shell that I carried around because all the stuffing had come out!

14. What's the most important thing about the holidays for you?

15. What is your favorite holiday dessert?
My grandma's sugar cream pie. I make it every year.

16. What is your favorite holiday tradition?
The Christmas breakfast. We're not having it this year since the Princes are at their dad's for the morning today.

17. What tops your tree?
It used to be a star with Santa in the middle when I was a kid. But as an adult, I can't ever remember topping the tree with anything. I've never found anything that I like.

18. What do you prefer... giving or receiving?
I really like to give gifts but receiving is always nice too.

19. What is your favorite Christmas carol?
"Do You Hear What I Hear?"

20. Candy canes... yuck or yum?
Love 'em! Especially the soft peppermint sticks.

21. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present?
Yes. But I am always careful to not give it to someone in the same circle of people that it came from.

22. Favorite Christmas movie?
"It's a Wonderful Life," "A Christmas Story", "The Holiday"

23. Do you have a nativity scene?
Yes, I have one that my mom used when I was a kid. It was made by a lady that lived in our town and it's painted in a pearl paint. I always put on a tray with the angel hair and sometimes some white lights too.

24. What's the most annoying thing about this time of year?
The people who are rude and the people who think they need to express their pity for me because Yummy is working so much at the restaurant.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

It's Beginning to Look Like Christmas

Ahh... quiet time. It has been so long since I have had the chance to sit and post anything let alone read any of the blogs that I love. It is finally Christmas break which brings me some down time to catch up on reading and posting... okay, maybe more reading than posting.

I can't believe the school year is half over and Christmas is around the corner! I have had such a busy beginning of the year with switching from teaching Kindergarten to moving to first grade. I know, you might be say "it can't be that much of a difference" but when you add into the mix the social studies science, grammar, it takes on a whole new twist! I have the smallest class that I have ever had in 10 years - 13 total. I started with 14 but one little boy moved after only 3 weeks of school. He would have been a great addition to the class and I hope he's doing well in the southern half of the state. Out of the 13 kiddos, I have 2 with attitudes and we've worked on them not having melt-downs and 1 that can read fairly well but doesn't comprehend anything that he reads! This makes for an interesting mix each day.

Finally, things with the ex have simmered down quite a bit. We were able to reach a new agreement in mediation in mid-August only days before the Princes started school. The new agreement has brought more stability to the Princes with the ex's parenting time being taken down to the one evening per week and every other weekend which is standard in our state. This has taken care of the homework issue that the Princes were facing. It has been such a HUGE relief to have this weight lifted and now, I just look at the ex and say read your agreement. I know I have to stick to it and not bend from it because that is what created some of the issues prior. There's no more of him not giving the Princes' their meds as prescribed or trying to change dr. orders as it's been written into the agreement that meds will be given as prescribed and all dr. orders followed to a T! And, I can officially say that the ex has actually backed me up this past week with a school issue that our middle Prince is having at school and when we met with his teacher, principal and resource teacher. There is hope!

Christmas shopping is done and now I just need to wrap those gifts. I wish Santa would move a few of his elves in my basement to take care of that for me! I did the last of the shopping today and definitely have spoiled the Princes this year. I did most of it before Thanksgiving but couldn't help but pick up a few extra books and scooter for them. I still have to pick up the stocking stuffers but can do that while the Princes are at school on Monday. Tuesday I'll be at their school for the Christmas parties! I'm so excited to help since I don't get to do that very often anymore so it's baking here I come...

Hoping everyone has a WONDERFUL holiday!


Saturday, August 7, 2010

Dog Days of Summer

Well, summer is coming to a close for me. I hate when this happens. I could whine about how it's not fair, it's never long enough... blah, blah, blah. I have my first teacher meeting on August 11th and my students (all 13 of them) come on August 16th. I'm moving up a grade this year to first so it's quite a change setting up the classroom with little desks instead of tables, learning a new curriculum, and... deep breath here. I always think I'll never be ready but I get it all pulled together.

I also hate to see summer go but I am actually kind of looking forward to it. I'm anticipating a close to the on-going saga with the ex. Our court date is set for August 31st. The custody evaluation is coming to a close as the home visit was last weekend. The report from the doctor will be to the attorneys by August 20. My attorney is anticiapting a good outcome but we'll see. The ex keeps throwing things on me each week. Besides making the princes and I go through the custody evaluation because he told his attorney that I abuse the princes, am mentally & emotionally unstable, blah, blah, blah (And I just want to throw in here that my "crazy" test came back completely normal with NO clinical findings!!), the ex is now having his attorney subponea my personnel files from both schools I have taught at in the last 3 years! I swear will the man never learn that he's not going to find anything that will show I am a bad mom? Probably not... I really don't think I have met another person more vindictive than him. Uugghh... I just cringe when I think about being married to him.

On a brighter note... school shopping is done for the princes, registration for school is in a few weeks (they start a week after my students come) and I think they are looking forward to it just a little. The oldest prince will be heading to the other campus for his start of jr. high and gets to ride the shuttle bus. I didn't think riding the bus was that great at his age but I guess it was probably because I had to ride it every.single.day. The middle prince is going to be 'big man on campus' in his building and is wondering about the new 4th grade teacher coming and the little prince is heading into 1st grade and he is absolutely not ready to go back! lol

Hoping everyone enjoys that last weeks of summer! I think we'll head to the pool today and enjoy the sun!!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Nothing Like Family Time

Summer is here!! Yay!!! I just *heart* summer. It's my favorite time of the year... well, because I am not a winter person. Not that I don't like winter. I think winter is a beautiful season with the white snow, jack frost on the trees but I just don't like the cold weather. When the mercury dips below zero, this chick-a-dee is not happy.

I have spent the first two weeks of my summer vacation waiting for the princes to get out of school. I've had appointments to attend to, an ankle to nurse back to its normal self, packing to do and a trip to Florida.

We made a long weekend family trip to the Gulf last weekend and it was FABULOUS!! The weather was perfect, the sun shining, no rain and warm temperatures! We spent each day at least part of it at the beach whether the bay side or gulf side. The princes had so much fun in the water, diving for shells, chasing the fish and just being boys.

We drove to Sarasota from the Anna Maria Island to visit Mote Aquarium. If you ever go, it's a must! They have great exhibits and the sea turtles are amazing as my oldest prince put it! He's so into them that he's wanting to grow up to help take care of him. Go him!!! We even went back to do one of their boat tours and cruised through the bay there to catch some amazing sea creatures that the princes all got to touch, hold and check out up close! I'm telling you... this was the BEST family vacation we've ever had!!!

The last night there the princes and I headed back to the beach on the gulf side (we were only 2 blocks away) and it was low tide so we were able to walk out pretty far. The sunset over the Gulf was *AMAZING*. There is nothing like a sunset over the water to just put you at peace.

The princes had so much fun that the littlest prince asked if we could move there! I am right there with him... if only we could somehow get the ex to agree to allow me to move that far with the princes. Hmm... I think, I'll have to wait until the princes go off to college to become those marine biologists. ~wink, wink~

Once I'm a little more organized, I'll get some pictures up from the trip.