Wednesday, January 30, 2008
This week has just about worn me out -- sick kids, politics and work deadlines. Fortunately, my major work deadline gets to end tomorrow night with a concert by Casting Crowns. They aren't performing just for us. The two events just happen to coincide. I will definitely need to hear their uplifting words after dealing with the negative thoughts I've been having the last couple of weeks. To put it mildly, I have not been the kind of compassionate, loving, Christ-like person I should try to be. I have been kind to people, but I have not spoken too kindly of them. It has been a very frustrating situation that has not brought out the best in me. However, it has given me a clearer understanding about my stand on a certain political issue and reaffirmed my belief that our current governor is pretty ineffective.
Anyway, hopefully, the week will end better than it started -- the work deadline will pass peacefully and all the kids will be healthy.
Monday, January 28, 2008
As for gifts, Anna wisely chose something from the list of items he had emailed me -- an emergency roadside kit. Jeremy selected a fishing pole so they would each have one on those boy scout campouts. Jackson, for reasons known only to him, chose a monster truck, AKA the Grave Digger. Not as useful as my blender, but it was chosen with just as much love.
I went all out and bought him some Black & Decker item he'd been requesting for awhile and a skin for his iPhone. But wait, that's not all. As one of my friends and former co-workers once told me, you should celebrate your birthday long and celebrate often. So with that thought in mind, we will be going to the Casting Crowns concert this Thursday. While I was able to purchase these tickets discreetly, I still was not able to surprise him. And my ability to surprise my husband is a topic for another post.
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Obviously, I'm doing something wrong when a seven year old wields more power than me.
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
My other way of not spending as much money is to buy a 1/2 lb. of boneless bbq wings at the store on Monday and eat it for lunch on Tuesday and Wednesday. It's also a good way to control my portions. The other day is left open for leftovers or to pick up something downtown. However, tomorrow I'm going to eat leftover pasta bake. Again, I'm making amazing progress -- I'm actually eating leftovers!
Also, it doesn't take much for me to find an excuse to go out to eat to celebrate and tonight would have been really easy. Anna was the alternate in her class for the third-grade spelling bee, and one of her classmates wasn't there, so she was chosen to participate. She made it to round five, even spelling "vehicle" correctly. Pretty impressive considering we never practice those spelling bee booklets they send home. Anyway, I asked her what she wanted for dinner to celebrate. Before she would've said McDonald's or Braum's or Chili's. I'm happy to say she chose hotdogs. Progress.
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Horrible picture, I know. But I had to take it quickly and my camera/phone is not a great one. I'm just very luck that I didn't lose it. For anyone who does not know who this person is (if I haven't already said it enough), he is Stacey King, former OU and NBA basketball player. And yes Jeremy's eyes are closed too. I really need an iPhone.
Saturday, January 19, 2008
First, Jeremy's pinewood derby car came in 2nd in his den. Second, we had tickets to the ou/texas tech game with sooner club passes -- penny you are soooo awesome. The passes are very key to the awesomeness of this day because during the game they retired Stacey King's jersey. For those who are unaware, King played on the OU team 20 years ago that played for the national championship and unfortunately got beat by Kansas - a team they were playing for the THIRD time that season. Anyway, because we had the club passes, we were able to hang out in this special room and get his autograph.
We were also able to get Billy Tubbs autograph. He is one of the reasons I came to love basketball so much. His teams played such a fun style of run-and-gun basketball and usually scored a hundred a game.
Now, I am exhausted. It was a thrill for me to be in the same room as Stacey King and Billy Tubbs. Only my mom can truly appreciate the excitement I was feeling. Fortunately, my husband can understand the importance of it all even though he's an Oregon Duck fan.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Obviously, I'm falling down on the job when it comes to breakfast. They don't usually see me eat a nutritious breakfast, but I tell them to eat something -- cereal, poptarts, toast, fruit snacks (that counts, right?). Anyway, this morning, the oldest ate Oatmeal and Everything Cookie Bars for breakfast while I had Rice Krispie Treats. They didn't ask if they could have the bars. They just assumed it was OK. Did I say no? Not this time. I just wanted them to get to school on time.
It wasn't my best parenting decision, but it wasn't my worst either.
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Saturday, January 12, 2008
I have managed to go two days without taking any significant pain reliever. All I have used is a few baby aspirin. Who knows what kind of damage I am doing to my body? I'm trying not to think about it.
On Thursday, I took the stairs at work twice, which is no small feat. I hiked from the seventh floor to the 14th. And yesterday, I walked to the school to pick up the kids, but that doesn't count as very strenuous exercise because Jackson was following on his scooter and it wasn't going very well.
I've been drinking a lot of water and very little coke. These are all baby steps, but maybe soon I will feel like a normal person again.
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
The reason is I'm still getting headaches. Of course, the reason I may be getting headaches is because of caffeine withdrawals. Of course, I'm having caffeine withdrawals because I haven't been drinking much caffeine. Why haven't I been drinking much caffeine? Because of all the strange side effects this drug could have, it can make carbonated beverages tastes bad. That is just so wrong! Why couldn't it have been something I didn't like? Maybe coffee? Tea? Anything else?
I've still had a few sips of coke a day, but it is just not the same. I wasn't a pop-a-can-as-soon-as-I-open-my-eyes-in-the-morning person, but I definitely liked to have a drink with my lunch -- maybe (OK usually) one with dinner.
Since I'm down from at least a full glass/can a day to maybe a few sips, I think I'm going through withdrawal. So we'll see how I feel after I make it over this mountain. And, yeah, I had a headache today.
On an unrelated headache note, but still a complaint, I attended Anna's soccer ceremony tonight for the fall season. It's nothing too exciting, so D took the boys and ran other errands while I sat and chatted with the PTA moms. Anyway, here's my gripe, Anna's team finished 3rd, but the team that came in 2nd should not have even been in her division. They should've have been moved up a division. Now if they were younger and finished ahead, I'd say, "you go, girls" but no they took advantage of the younger girls. I noticed their coach happened to be involved with the soccer leadership. Hmmm. Anyway, I'm still proud of our girls. Several of them are pretty petite, but they are scrappy.
Monday, January 7, 2008
He also put me on a preventative medication. The major downside to this med is that carbonated beverages may not taste good. There aren't many liquids out there I enjoy drinking. I don't care for alcohol. I'm not much of a juice drinker. I like milk but only with certain things. However, there's just nothing like a good coke, especially when you're eating pizza, a hamburger, an enchilada, or just about anything. So this potential side effect has me very bummed.
One other side effect is word searching. This could be a problem since I write for a living and deal with a lot of names. But since I have had some type of head pain every day for over a week, I'll try anything.
Wednesday, January 2, 2008
The paint smells probably haven't helped, but it was worth it. Anna's room is very cute. It would be even better if I had the energy to get the curtains up and if we had another place to put Spencer's crib. Oh, well. Next project is either their bathroom or our bedroom. Both involve the removal of wallpaper, so I'm not sure when I'll get that ambitious.