Saturday, January 31, 2009

When Did We Get A Seal?

Just gotta love the croup. So, it looks like we will be going back to the Pediatrician today.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

But Of Course, Perfect Timing

Big Boy strikes again. Tomorrow is mine and Hubby's five year wedding anniversary. Our original plans were to go to the city for the day and catch a matinee on Broadway. I had no idea there were no Friday afternoon shows. The next plan was to go and maybe hit the Museum of Natural History and then wander on down to the village for some Friday happy hour. Damn! That would have been fun. Alas, foiled again. Eventually, we decided to save our money( which we really didn't have to begin with but just wanted a fun day to ourselves) and work on our home projects.

A few weeks ago we found mold in the bathroom. After further inspection we realized we had to take off the wall paper, caulk the tub and pull up the floor. Good times. Right now my bathroom looks like a nuclear holocaust. The floor is pulled up, the sink is gone and all the wall paper has been steamed off. Obviously, we need a bathroom so this isn't a long term project. We decided after I dropped BB off at school, Hubby would work in the bathroom and I would try to deep clean at least two rooms and get some stuff boxed up and off to the post office. I have some some things of BB's from when he was an infant that at would like to ship out to a friend but seriously can't find the time to do it. Around one or two, we would head over to Lowe's and look at some new fixtures and pick paint samples and then go grab some lunch and relax. My sister in law is going to pick BB up from my Mom's after school and everything was set...

Guess who has a fever and a cough?

Wait for it....

BIG BOY! Perfect timing as usual. So depending on how he feels in the morning, it looks like all plans are canceled. I figure he'll probably get worse overnight which means we'll be at the Pediatrician in the morning. Of course after the Pediatrician, we have to stop at Toys R Us. Call it creative parenting, bad parenting, call it whatever the hell you want but by about noon tomorrow we'll all have cabin fever and be at each others throat so I think a new toy may be in order.

So right now everything is on hold depending on how BB feels in the morning. Unless he has a fever, is throwing up or has green snot coming out of his nose, he is going to school. I say that now but all he has to so is give me those sad sickly puppy dog eyes and he won't be going anywhere. Can't he put it on hold until Saturday? He can be sick all he wants over the weekend. He can even puke on me if he wants. Please don't be sick tomorrow!

Monday, January 26, 2009

Of All Days

Just a minor snow vent. I have to drive down to Margate on Wednesday to finish up some work stuff. It's about an hour and a half drive. Not that bad. I really want to go and get it over with and of course, we have a winter storm watch scheduled for tomorrow into Wednesday. Normally, I would be jumping up and down with excitement. Why is it, it has to snow on a day I really have to go somewhere. Mind you, if it does snow and Big Boy has no school, we will have a super fun day snow day but I did want to get this Margate stuff over with. My next raise depends on it and Lord knows we could use the extra cash.

Ah, I'm not going to stress over it and I'm certainly not going to drive and hour and a half on the parkway in the snow. Now, the weatherman is predicting that it's supposed to turn to sleet and rain sometime early Wednesday morning and they add about an inch of ice on top of that. This bums me out. I love the snow but driving in ice scares the heck out of me considering my Explorer needs new tires. Well, all I can do is wait and see. Big Boy would be so excited if we had a decent snowfall. In the past three years, it really hasn't snowed enough for him to fully understand just how much fun it is to play in.

So...the heck with Margate and let's all pray for some snow!

Friday, January 23, 2009

Thanks. You Could Have At Least Bought Us Dinner.

Before you screwed us into the ground. I knew our entire township was having our homes and property re-assessed but I really wasn't worried. I figured at most, with everything that is going on with the housing market our taxes might go up a few hundred dollars more a year. Yeah, it would hurt but such is life. I never expected for them to go up an additional $1700.00 on top of what we already pay.

How is this possible. Just about everyone we know who lives in the same township as us (except they don't live on the island) had their taxes lowered. Yup, you read that correctly, lowered. I guess those of us who live over here are expected to carry the extra financial weight of the rest of the township? Great theory except.......we can't afford these taxes. I don't know what on earth we are going to do. I have a meeting set up next Thursday to appeal this but who knows what will come of it. I know everyone who lives over here is fighting, fighting to be able to keep a roof over our heads. Some people even had their taxes doubled. Is this legal? Can they do this?

I am so sad. What a week. My truck needs four new tires and we found mold in the bathroom which has to be taken care of IMMEDIATELY. They say everything happens in threes so all I can do is pray that this is it. Wish us luck.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Blind Luck

This is how people seem to get by. I haven't bellyached about work in quite sometime because honestly, I really like my job. It's extremely interesting and before I know it, the day is over with because I am constantly on the go. However, I will never understand why it is people don't know how to manage their medication.

Why do people wait until they are completely out of pills before trying to get a refill? Getting a refill the day you run out is one thing but to know damn well your doctor needs to be called and there's a good chance we may not hear back by the end of the day is just irresponsible and lazy. Hello...this is not a routine maintenance drug! This is a lifesaving medication you must take everyday or you could have a heart attack or a seizure! Why did you wait until the last minute?
Another thing, how dare you yell at me because YOUR doctor hasn't called back yet about YOUR medication that YOU neglected to refill. See where I'm going with this?

I know I chose this job but it would be so much easier if people would just pay a little more attention to their medications and stop treating the techs like doormats. End rant.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Farewell President Bush....

I for one, am terribly sad to see you leave office. You have kept our country safe and there is no thanks big enough to give you for that. You held your head high even when many in this country turned their back on you. You were a wonderful President and if President Obama is half the man you are, then maybe we don't have anything to worry about.

For anyone who is is a great site where you can thank President Bush for his eight years of service.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

They're Back....

Hot flashes. I don't understand. I was doing so well on the Premarin. Now it seems the night sweats have returned full force and I'm back to waking up three and four times. Maybe I missed a dose of the Premarin and don't remember. Hopefully it's nothing. I never realized how well I was sleeping until this started up again. I was actually hoping that maybe my doctor could lower the dosage over the next few months. Guess not. Damn.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

I Give Up

I have been trying to add a third column to this blog for months now. I finally found a great site which was so easy to follow and viola! I had a third column. After that I made my way to TCBOTB and guess what? Server problems. So, my plans for a third column had to be put on hold. I checked today and the site is back up. After making all the adjustments to the html and changing the background, wouldn't you know it, it looked terrible. Nothing seemed to fit right and it was all smooshed together. UGH!

It just kills me to have all that extra space over there. I have two different blog lists I want to add but I'm afraid they'll get lost in the right column if I put them there. I guess I'll have to try it and see what happen. Anyone have ideas?

Thursday, January 15, 2009

That Is Really Gross.

Lately I've noticed, my ears feel really clogged. I went to the doctor yesterday and surprise surprise, I have yet another left ear infection. I'm averaging about one every three months. What thirty three year old woman gets chronic ear infections? So aside from the constant infections, my ears just felt stuffy. I remembered about eight or nine years ago using ear candles and I just happen to be near the homeopathic-apothecary store (as it's called) yesterday and was able to pick some up. I had completely forgotten how cool they are. Hubby was a bit skeptical of my "voodoo" as he so politely called it, but in the end, I think he was more into it than I was.

Now. the candles are made of beeswax and they look like a typical candlestick except they are hollow. Both ends are open but the one is tapered to a smaller opening to fit into your ear. At this point, common sense should tell you that this is a two man operation and I really hope no one tries to do this alone. Also, don't fforget you will need something to protect your clothes in case a few hot ashes come lose. We used a large piece of aluminum foil and pushed the candle through the center.

Now for the fun part! As crazy as it sounds, you put the tapered end in your ear and then you light the other end on fire. What is does is it creates a vacuum effect which sucks out all the old debris and wax. You usually burn the candle down to about three inches. It takes about sever or eight minutes per ear depending on ow fast the beeswax melts down.

Needless to say, it is pretty gross when you cut the thing open and see all the old trapped wax that has been stuck in your ear. I remember the first time I saw what come out of my ears, I thought I was going to be sick. When you think about it, you're not supposed to stick q-tips in your ear so I would think it's good to "flush" them out once in awhile right?. As soon as I finished the first ear, I couldn't believe how much better my head felt and I actually think I can hear better. It's probably all in my head but, oh well. Hubby was even so impressed by how much better his ears felt that he wants to pick another pack this weekend and do it again. I think I am going to turn this into a monthly routine. Hey, maybe it will help me cut down on what seems like a never ending ear infection.

Anyway....I say check them out. Even Hubby is down with the "voodoo ear magic." My next adventure is to try neti-pot. That scares me a little.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Well Damn

Why is it when I actually have time to sit here, I have nothing to say but the minute BB gets home or I'm at work, my mind goes a mile a minute with ideas. I guess I should start writing them down.
Like right now, I know there was something I wanted to talk about but I'll be damned if I can remember. I guess I should go anyway. I have a ton more errands to run and my sister in law is picking up BB since the hubby is working overtime. Maybe I should go check the weather too. Rumor has it, there is snow in the forecast. I'm sure we won't see a single flake but I may as well check.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Dear Surfer Magazine,

Take the hint. We do not wish to renew our subscription. Seriously, how many articles on Kelly Slater can one person read in their life. I will admit that I'll definitely miss the unbelievable photos but enough is enough. The entire magazine is basically ads now anyway. Yes, offering to give me a three year subscription for the price of one is a great deal but....the answer is still no. Of course, I haven't told Hubby yet but I since I don't think he'll notice, I'm really not worried.
Anyway, thanks for all the years of great photos and some pretty cool articles but I'm sorry to say that it's time to say goodbye.

I Took My Uggs Out Of Retirement...

We were supposed to get some snow today but as usual, I have yet to see a single flake. It never seems to snow at the beach anymore. I find it kind of depressing. I only have about ten pictures of BB playing in the snow when he was maybe a year and a half. Thank goodness there is no such thing as global warming, huh?

So for the past three years, all of my Ugg boots have been banished away to the back of my closet. I swore I would never wear them again ever since they became such a fashion trend. Every time I see some dumb teenage girl wearing Uggs with a skirt I want to slap her upside her head. Wearing knee high Uggs does not excuse the fact that if your skirt got any shorter you would have to powder two more cheeks and get another haircut. I understand these girls are trying to keep up with the latest fashion but Ugg boots in the middle of July may be one of the most idiotic things I have ever seen. Little girls with funky colored leotards and Ugg boots are positively adorable but can we please have an age cutoff? Say thirteen. After that, you just look like an asshat.

Needless to say, it took a lot for me to take mine out of retirement. I have been wearing them for over fifteen years and have gone through quite a few pairs. I'm not really sure what I'm getting at with this rant other than I think teenage girls have ruined Uggs for me. I refuse to part with the pair I have on right now. I popped a toe in the front of one, the bottoms are worn down to almost a smooth surface and they look like hell. However, even after three years of being tucked away, they are still as comfortable as the first day I put them on.

So maybe we can all come to an agreement. No Ugg boots until at least October and please put them away in April or May being the latest. I think we can all agree that black Uggs are not acceptable attire for a funeral....EVER. You may think you look like the hottest girl in town wearing your boots everywhere and for every occasion but you don't. Inevitably, I will point my finger and start making fun of you.

K? Thxbai.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

A Huge Thank You To My Friend Sugarpants

I really want to thank a dear friend of mine Rebecca, AKA the one and only Sugarpants(J and C and Me), for making these absolutely adorable learning pillows for Big Boy. He just loves them. This was so nice of you and I can't thank her enough. Not mention the big box of matchbox cars she sent up for BB a few months ago! The pillows are so perfect for where BB is at.

He really tries to dress himself but always gets frustrated with the buttons ans snaps. Now he practices on the pillows and is so proud of himself when he does it right! I'm really curious to see how the shoe laces work out. He's a little young yet for trying to tie his shoes but he always wants me to show him! Thanks so much are the best!

Monday, January 5, 2009

Thank You Big Boy

For waking up at 11pm last night and refusing to go back to sleep until almost 3am. You should be quite the charmer at school today and my patience should run out at work by about noon. In addition to being miserably tired, since I had to sleep on the sofa with you, my back feels like it's on fire. It's not like I can even take the day off to come home and sleep. All of my time off is saved for snow days and your ailments. So thanks BB, for what I am sure will be a wonderful day. I would pay anything to be able to drop him off at school, come home and curl up for the best nap ever.