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Brian just made me realize that I still like Garth Brooks.

The Glean

Jan. 24th, 2012 08:51 pm
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I'm gaining weight. I've gained about 25 pounds in the last year and I've been trying to figure out what is going on. The first thing I've decided is that there was a lot of stress in my life in 2011. Lots of sickness, lots of bad things happened. I do tend to turn to food in times of stress, especially sweets. That leads me to my next problem, I have access to unlimited sweets through the glean. I always go to the glean to get produce, dairy and meat, but they are hit or miss. Grains and sweets are always available in mass quantity and I can't always resist. In fact, I rarely resist.

We are considering leaving the glean. I'm having a hard time wrapping my mind around it, but I'm coming around to the idea.
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Busy times ahead! My baby turns 6 in just 18 days. Her birthday party this year will be at Chuck E Cheese. She had originally requested a party at home with all her friends, but I'm just not up for it. It would take too much work to get the house in shape and this is a very busy time of year for me at work. Chuck E Cheese is easy and she is super excited for it. I think we've made a good choice, especially since we are sharing the party with one of her best friends. The only bad thing about partying with the rat is that we can't invite EVERYONE. :/

Disneyland is only 31 days away! There are still many things we need to do in preperation.
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One of my goas this year was to have my band tightened. Brian thinks that I don't need it tightened, that I just need to use it properly. I'm not sure. I'm afraid of making my band too tight again. I spent almost an entire year puking because my band was too tight. I had it loosened, but I've gained 30 pounds this year. Yes, I'm eating like crap and that is a huge part of the problem. But I can (and do) eat a lot more than I should be able to eat with the band. There are conflicting band ideas out there, one states that you shouldn't physically be able to eat more than 1/2 - 1 cup of food at a time, the other says that you'll always be able to eat more than you should and that isn't a good indicator of needing a fill.

So now I'm torn. I'm going to concentrate on following the "bandster" rules and see how that goes. I'm going to revist the idea of a fill in two weeks.

resolutions

Jan. 1st, 2012 12:19 pm
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Hello 2012, I thought you might never get here!

I don't remember setting specific resolutions last year, but in years past I have set resolutions and have done very well in keeping them. So this year I'm writing clearly defined resolutions to help ensure that this year is better than last.

Goal: 2012 will be the year I learn about nutrition. This year I will learn how to cook healthy, nutritious and quick meals for my family. Brian does a terrific job keeping us fed, but he is not the only adult in this family. I need to step up and help him out with meal preparations and be prepared to stand in as a back up when he is unable to cook for us.
How I plan to this goal: I will go to the library and check out some cookbooks and find recipes that look good to me. I will keep ingredients on hand to prepare these recipes. I will have a few prepared meals in the freezer for those times when time is limited.

Goal: Pay down our debt (which isn't too bad actually)
How I plan to achieve this goal: Half of what normally goes to savings will be applied to the credit card or to doctor bills. Bonuses and tax refunds will either go to pay down the credit card or to pay for our upcoming vacations. I'll work overtime this season to try to pay for our Disney tickets outright.

Goal: Move more. This goes hand in hand with my goal for better nutrition.
How I plan to achieve this goal: Eat better foods, feel better. Play WII dancing games, take Macy outside for more walks, ride bikes with Molly.

Goal: to use my lap band more effectively.
How I plan to achieve this goal: I'll print off the "Bandster rules", review and tape it to the refrigerator. I will begin to follow "most of the rules, most of the time". Before January is over I will get a fill. I will read the book "How to Think Like a Thin Person" and do every exercise in the book.

This year I'm not focusing on my weight which is nothing more than a number on the scales. This year I'm going to try to let go of body image. I'm not going to criticize the way I look and I'm not specifically going to concentrate on losing weight. I want to be healthier, I want to FEEL BETTER. I want Molly to have a healthy attitude towards food and a taste for healthy foods.
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I think I have some sort of phobia when it comes to social networking. I have a hard time commenting to other people's posts, even when I want to. I think I'm afraid of sounding stupid or offending someone. I have a similar problem when I'm put in charge of answering customer's e-mailed in questions. It takes me FOREVER to respond to an e-mail. I have to read/re-read and edit every single e-mail. I have a hard time putting things in writing. This is especially true when it comes to something important. A friend at work recently had surgery and was posting on FB about it and her trip the the ER and being admitted to the hospital. I read everything, was deeply concerned, but didn't respond to her posts. I should have said "hope you're feeling better" or something, but that felt too...I dunno, cheap? Too canned? Almost like it didn't mean anything. She later wrote on FB about how she could tell who her real friends were based on who asked her how she was doing and who she could write off as a friend. I'm feeling really guilty and sad. I think her and I are still on good terms, but I still feel bad for not wishing her well. I need to work on putting myself out there more I guess.

Christmas

Nov. 10th, 2011 06:57 pm
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I love Christmas. I don't think I love Christmas in the same way Brian loves Christmas, but still, I really do enjoy Christmas and everything that goes with it.

That said, I'm a terrible gift giver. I'm completely uninspired when it comes to giving gifts. If left to my own I would give gift cards. I'm just that boring. This year seems to be more difficult than the rest. I have NO ideas for 90% of the people on my list.

I'm most ashamed that I can only think of a few things to get for Brian. He always gets me fantastic, and thoughtful gifts. I'm a hard person to buy for, because I don't want much, but Brian always finds just the perfect thing. I wish I could do the same for him.

Wednesdays

Nov. 7th, 2011 08:15 am
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We've instated a no TV / no computer policy on Wednesday nights. We've been doing it for 3 or 4 weeks now. The first couple of weeks we spent the time getting ready for the convention and we didn't really get to test this whole thing out, but last week went exactly as I had planned. I came home to Molly and Brian playing with Legos and listening to records. After dinner Molly and I worked on a craft project. We played with the dog and I think we may have played a game. It was quite lovely.
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School is going very well for Molly. She likes going to school and she loves her teacher, Mrs Kievit. We love her teacher too. She sends home lots of pictures and she e-mails us with updates or concerns. She is terrific with the kids!

We have started the process of getting Molly speech and OT through the school. Molly was evaluated and they said she is at the third percentile for each. Speech therapy is inevitable, in my opinion, for any child born to me. There are two major problems, a HUGE tongue and a misshapen jaw. Speech therapy and lots of dental work are in Molly's future. We're going to send her to an outside speech therapist in addition to the therapy she will have in school. I'm hoping that she won't have to have therapy for quite as long as I did (through 5th grade or so) because it took away from classroom time and it always seemed like it was scheduled during fun events.

Molly also needs help with her fine motor skills. I know why her fine motor skills aren't up to par; she doesn't practice using them. She doesn't like to color, draw or write. I can get her to color for short amounts of time if I am right there with her. Usually she'll scribble for a little bit and then run off. She also gets easily frustrated with things that she can't do, like buttoning her shirt. I'll make her try to do it and if she can't do it right away she'll REFUSE to try again. She does that with a lot of things. Like using scissors. She tried once and then I couldn't get her to try again. Now that she is in school she is more interested in coloring and using scissors because of her friends and I've already seen a huge improvement. I'm betting that Molly will only need OT for a short amount of time.
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Today we pick up our "new" car. (note to self: get insurance on new car before) This should make life a little easier for everyone.

We have no plans for the weekend, which means we get to stay at home :) Aaah, home. I get to clean, play with Molly, hopefully play Magic with Brian, work on my electronics course and maybe even make another batch of blackberry muffins. Domestic bliss :)
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I don't understand how people have time for everything that they do. Maybe I just like sleep more than the average person? Or maybe I'm just not efficient at getting things done.

I have a hard enough time balancing work with regular old household chores, but then thow in an electronics class for me, school for Molly (and all the meetings and stuff that goes with it), and AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH.
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Yipee, we finally found a second vehicle! It's a Mitsubishi Expo. I guess technically it is a mini-van, but it looks more like a wagon. It's a 4 cylinder so it should be pretty easy on gas, which was my biggest concern other than safety and reliability. I'm a little nervous because we're buying it from this tiny car lot and it was under a grand, which is by far the cheapest car we've seen and I didn't take it for a new car check. However, it runs better than the $2-$3K cars that we test drove and even if it only lasts a couple years, I'll be pretty happy. I hope that all my years of d
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We had a meeting at the school for Molly's speech referral today. Boy do they take these things seriously! In the meeting there was the speech therapist, occupational therapist, nurse, some administrator, the psychologist and Molly's teacher. It was agreed that Molly should be evaluated, both for speech and for fine motor skills. We'll meet back in a month after they evaluate her to discuss our game plan. The only thing that I'm "worried" about is if they will only do her therapy during school hours. I don't want Molly pulled out of class for therapy. We live close enough to the school that we can take her back in the afternoon if needed. I just remember hating speech class because it was always scheduled during the fun parts of the day, like music or art class. I don't want Molly to miss out. I'm willing to get her a therapist outside of school if needed.
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Thursday Brian and I went to the Weird Al concert at the Puyallup. Molly stayed with Butch and Heidi (and had a blast) so Brian and i were free to do whatever before the concert, so we brought a bag full of Magic Cards! (Brian's gout/sprained muscle is still bothering him so we didn't want to wonder around the fair). We built our decks draft style, I got blue, white and green cards and he got black, red and artifacts. His deck really should have won, but my deck was a strong performer and won all but one hand. Good times! I miss the long hours of playing Magic with Brian. The concert was great. Brian had a blast. He took a billion pictures :)

I took Friday off of work. Brian and I took Molly to school, played tag with the kindergartners on the play ground and then volunteered in the library for a while. Brian and I got to be heroes, a table full of Macs came crashing down while the kids were using them. Brian fixed the table and we got everything all put back together and working again with minimal disruption to the class. The rest of the day was pretty uneventful. We hit some garage sales, went to Snapdoodle toys and picked out some marbles, went grocery shopping.

Saturday I got to have early morning snuggles with Molly :) There is nothing in the world she enjoys more than laying in bed in the morning, warm and comfy under the blankies, surrounded by her parents who are giving her their utmost attention. We tickle, talk about her dreams, play games, snuggle. It is the BEST time of day.

In the afternoon we had friends come over to watch Mary Poppins with us. I bought Raspberry Ice for the occasion. It was fantastic. The kids had a blast (even if they lost interest a couple times) and it was great company.

The only downer yesterday was Brian not feeling well. His gout meds make him terribly sick. We called the doctor's office and they were like "yup, it'll do that". There is nothing they can do. He just has to ride it out for the next week :( thank goodness he can stop taking it soon and then hopefully this new medicine will keep him gout free for awhile and allow him to eat a variety of foods. Right now, he is avoiding every gout trigger that he can find, which includes all meats, and most other things, including beans, and lots of veggies even.
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This whole school thing is going really well. Molly is maturing right before my eyes. I set out her clothes and she gets dressed by herself, she puts her pajamas away and puts her dirty clothes in the hamper...I can't believe she is the same kid she was a month ago! She enjoys school a lot. She has at least three friends - Ben, Couger and Sarah. Ben is her most favorite person in the world right now. She begs for playdate with him. We have a thing at the school tonight so hopefully I can get his mom's phone number.

I put in a request for a referral for speech therapy. We meet with the school next Tuesday. I'm going to see if they also would suggest OT as well for fine motor skills, although I can tell that her skills have improved in just the last couple of weeks. She is now willing to use pencil grips and to use scissors, although she still gets frustrated when I show her the correct way to use them.

Brian's gout is still acting up, despite his severe vegitarian diet and the huge amount of water that he drinks. I think he is calling the doctor today. I HOPE he is calling the doctor today. It is time to put him on preventive drugs :(

Still haven't found a second car. I should just bite the bullet and just get this done. It's just that I'm so cheap. Really, really cheap.

Work is going...ok. It'll be nice when I only have one job to worry about. Currently, I'm handling all of my new job responsibilities, plus backing up my old position for 2 hours in the morning AND training my replacement. I'm stretched a little thin.
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We met Molly's kindergarten teacher on Monday. Of course, she seemed lovely. She tested Molly a bit on her letters and what sounds they make and had her draw a picture. She told us that Molly needs to work on her fine motor skills but didn't mention anything about else so I think Molly is right on track. Brian and I high fived each other when she complimented Molly on how good her manners are.

Ms Kievet says she won't be sending much homework because she would rather have parents spend time with their kids. Brian and I were happy to hear this! In the bundle of paperwork she sent home with us I read that all the kids are supposed to bring in something homemade for show and tell (which she calls "sharing time") every week. I'm excited for this. I have an excuse to make Molly do crafts with me! She doesn't normally have patience for crafts but maybe if she's showing them off to her class she'll have a little more motivation.

The classroom seems much cozier than my kindergarten classroom. The couch and reading area are especially bright and beautiful.

It's killing me that soon there will be so many outside influences on Molly. Things that I can't control! But of course, I'm super excited for her. I know she is going to have a great time.
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My mom just got her lab results, she is cancer free! The cancer was contained. They will still make her go through radiation or chemo to make sure every single cancer cell has been destroyed. She isn't happy about that.
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This year sure has had it's fill of heartaches.
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My sister-in-law got skinny! I've been watching to see if it was a sustainable weight loss and it really does look like she has figured this whole dieting thing out from using Weight Watchers. I finally joined up last Monday. So far, eh. I've lost 1/2 pound, but yesterday was my "use it or lose it" for my weekly bonus points, so I had a lot more sugar/fat than I have been having. I wouldn't be shocked if tomorrow the scale goes down another pound or so. I like the diet, I love that it challenges me to find healthy alternatives. I like that I don't have to log fruits and veggies. I like that I'm eating more veggies. I don't really like the website. You sign up and they offer to run you through a tutorial, which I did, and then they just kind of dump you off. There isn't a "newbie" section that I've found that gives you the basics, like ideas for foods you should have on hand, tips about tracking foods, etc. One thing that is driving me crazy is that they said "most fruits and veggies are free". ok, why not give me a list of the ones that aren't free? Cause seriously, I'm not going to write down 10 salad ingredients if I don't have to!

Fire!

May. 13th, 2011 08:19 am
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My in-laws had a fire in their show (a detached room off of the garage). Thankfully, no people were hurt although they lost all the baby chick that they got on Easter including Michael Jackson, the chick that Molly named. Molly was devasted when we told her that MJ didn't make it :(

The pictures of the shop are scary and devastating. On the bright side, my father-in-law gets to have a pretty massive shopping spree and he is pretty excited about that. It has given him something to do, something to be excited about. Who knew that a good cleansing fire was what he needed after his stroke?

Oh, and this has made me even more terrified of fires. I think I want to get a couple of extra smoke detectors, maybe even the kind that are networked toether. And I'm thinking of storing my external hard drive (that I back up all my pis to) at work or someone else's house. I can't imagine losing them.

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