Monday, June 29, 2009

Tips and Hints Tuesday - Say Cheese



Ok, before I begin this post I have to state my defense. Even though I'm always a slob, I actually have the fireworks tent as an excuse right now, so please don't think less of me.

First off, I have a very difficult time becoming motivated to clean. It just all seems overwhelming, and if I can't get it all done perfectly now, I just don't see any point in starting.

Another problem I have is room jumping. I have a hard time staying in one room until it's completely clean...I'll room hop and nothing really ever gets done even though it seems like I've been cleaning for hours. 

Here's an interesting solution. Take before and after pictures. Yes, I said it...and you wouldn't believe how difficult it has been for me to post these pictures. I feel like I have some sort of image to uphold or something, and posting pictures of my disastrous house would shatter that. And, I feel like, even though people say their house is a wreck, it can't possibly be as bad as mine!

So, here they are...pictures of my filth...but I must say, taking pictures helped me to stay in one room until it was clean...and it has motivated me to keep it clean - because now people know the truth about me!

I have been going through the house and packing things away and getting ready to donate a bunch of stuff to Good Will - that's what most of this stuff is. AWFUL, I know! Gotta love the crayons and hula hoop on the floor.
And the room that's always the worst and takes the longest...the kitchen.

I had to leave the crockpot. Our dinner was cooking in it!


I feel like I've just been in a confessional! 

Money Monday

Oh well, since Matt didn't get his physical therapy bill this month, I had the money budget for it put onto the school loan, which is now down to $1560. I wanna pay that SUCKER off! JULY 16 BABY!!

We'll get Matt's bonus and retroactive raise in the mail tomorrow and I'll owe my sister money for mom's big 50th birthday girls night at Seven Springs at the end of the month! That's gonna be a blast...fancy dinners, shopping and MASSAGES!

I have no food in my fridge. I have to go shopping tomorrow. I really tried to meal plan for this shopping trip because I have a feeling I'm going to spend more money. 

I want Matt to start eating healthier breakfasts, so I'm going to have to spring for the ingredients to make and freeze breakfast sandwiches. He's always exhausted during the day and a healthy breakfast (that does not consist of poptarts and chocolate chip granola bars) may be the answer.

I have yet to budget for July. Lot's of miscellaneous expenses. Better get on that :)

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Here's a Smile Saturday

Ok, I usually do a recipe here, but I came across this and it's hilarious.

Most women hate buying swim suits, and this woman is taking some action. I wish we could all sign a petition or something to go along with her letter. HILARIOUS!

Please let me know if you have a problem with this link. 

Very funny!

Friday, June 26, 2009

Family Friday

Ah, I woke up this morning to a very unpleasant sound: my daughter getting ready to vomit. 

She'll be four at the end of August, and the first and last time she threw up was before she turned one. 

She came in to lay in bed with me and said she needed a drink. After getting one from the cup in her bedroom (I was still asleep) I heard it...It's this weird cough, gag, burp thing. I threw on my glasses and guided her swiftly to the bathroom and held back her hair as she gracefully proceeded to vomit in the toilet. Yes, I said gracefully. It was quite impressive. She just stood there as I held her hair back and told her to lean over the toilet and did her business.

Then after she was finished, that little shaking body said "WHAT JUST HAPPENED?!" Poor thing.

She's acting completely fine now but is highly ticked off that I won't give her breakfast as she lays on my lap watching Dr. Suess.
Hopefully this is as eventful as Family Friday gets!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

THANKFUL THURSDAY!! YESSSSSS!!!!!

I had my eye doctor appointment today.

I was so nervous last night night because, depending on how my eyes looked today, I was hoping I would be able to reduce my chemotherapy pill. 

At my last appointment I was confident, but things didn't turn out how I hoped.

TODAY, the other hand, I got FANTASTIC news. My pressure is GREAT! The eye doctor told me I could reduce another chemo pill...so now I'm down from 6 to 4!!

I'm actually on hold with the rheumatologist's office to confirm this. 

I'm SO THANKFUL! Thank you God!!!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Wellness Wednesday - Feeling like a fatty.

Well, yesterday I started writing down what I was eating again to try to take off this last few pounds AGAIN.

I quit writing things down when I went to Outback last night. Had I not quit, my dinner entry would have looked a little like this (you'll now understand why I quit writing in my food journal.)

Half a bloomin' onion
Half a loaf of bread with a ton of butter
Half a rack of ribs and some french fries (are the healthier if you call them aussie fries??)
Half a GIGANTIC piece of nutter butter pie

No folks, I'm not kidding. I'm a hog.

I woke up this morning dreading stepping on to the scale. Looking through squinted eyes I saw that I lost half a pound. What the heck?

In other news, I have an eye doctor's appointment tomorrow. If my eyes are ok, I'll drop another chemo pill. If you read this PLEASE pray for me. I'm ready for a complete healing.

I'll keep you posted!

Tips and HInts Tuesday - A hint that's not invented yet and one that is :)

I did mention in my last post that I'd be MIA during the Fireworks Tent BUT to my enjoyment and happy surprise, I get internet!

Ok, I've been thinking, and I probably shouldn't post this on my blog, because so many millions of people read it and someone might patent this idea and I never will, but, YOU READ IT HERE FIRST!!

I love bleach but hate using it. I'm always afraid I'm going to get bleach on myself and really anything that shouldn't have bleach on it.

Wouldn't it be an awesome invention to have bleach packets like the little packets you stick in the dishwasher? Totally enclosed. You just drop the whole little pouch into the washer and it's contained until it dissolves during the cycle. This would also allow you to fill up the washing machine with clothes before the water finishes (which is a bad habit of mine I shouldn't be recommending with my idea that isn't invented yet). 

So, if it's ever invented, I want some royalties!!

Anyhow, a little tip that IS invented. If you're going on vacation and there are facilities available, WASH YOUR CLOTHES before you leave to come home. Then, you can come home without a bunch of dirty laundry throwing you back into harsh reality of non-vacation world. If you choose to actually take my advise, I have ANOTHER TIP (I know, I'm full of them). Purex makes those laundry sheets that are detergent and softener in one sheet. You can buy a box, pack them in your suitcase - and since they aren't liquid, you don't have to worry about spillage or airport regulations. 

I know I know...I'm smart :)

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Fireworks Tent

I will be consumed with the Fireworks Tent Fundraiser through July 4, so my posts will be sporadic for the next two weeks. 

I'll be back full swing soon!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Spiritual Sunday Father's Day


It's father's day, and I'm not the greatest at planning big things for Matt.

But, we gave him a small gift and Hannah made him a bookmark yesterday. This morning we let him sleep in and brought him chocolate chip pancakes and turkey bacon in bed.

It's so important to honor fathers, especially those like Matt. I've said it before, and I'll say it again - My husband gives me a glimpse into a little bit of what Jesus must be like. 

He is every embodiment of the 1 Corinthians 13 definition of love.

 4Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8Love never fails.

Thank you to Matt and all dad's like him today. 

Thank you to God for giving him to us.


Saturday, June 20, 2009

Scrumptious Saturday - Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

I know I've posted an Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe before but I like this one better. 

Off to little man Braden's first birthday party today!!! Hope the weather holds out!!


Friday, June 19, 2009

Family Friday

Do you take your family for granted?

I like to think that I don't but when I sit and think deeply about it, often, I put my own desires ahead of theirs. I'm the ultimate selfish person.

The last few days I've been thinking about this, and this morning, as we bury Krissy - her family devastated - I can't even try to empathize. It would cause me to reach into a depth of myself that I just can make myself go to.

I've been kind of surprised at my lack of emotion - or lack of outward emotion you could say. But, when I think about the tragedy of it all, losing a young mother, I just can't go there.

I think I'll hug my family a little tighter today. Play a little harder. You should do the same.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Thankful Thursday

Today I'm thankful for my life and health. That sounds funny doesn't it? My health has been a mess and I'm thankful for it?

Well - throughout my life and my disease, God has protected me. Through all the fears and ups and downs, he's allowed me to retain my vision (literally and figuratively) and has kept me moving. 

Even on the days when I first started the chemo and wanted to vomit, he kept me going. 

The days where my eye pressure was so high there were flashes every time I blinked, he kept me going.

When I was on 1500 milligrams of a diuretic, felt tingling in every part of my body, was dehydrated, weak and losing weight, he kept me going.

When the doctor told me I was going to need risky surgery to reduce the pressure, God protected me from fear AND kept me from the surgery.

When the doctor's told me not to be around people because my immune system was compromised, God kept me healthy.

When they reduced my chemo, God was there.

And now - as my health begins to return to me, I'm at a crossroads in life where I don't know what the future holds. I trust him, and I'm thankful that he loves me and has blessed me with more than I could ever dream up as a teenager laying in bed wondering what my life would bring. 

Thank you God for the blessings you give. 

"You give and take away - but my heart will choose to say blessed be your name."

My prayers are with the Stumpf family today as God has chosen to "take away" Krissy to be with him.


Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Wellness Wednesday - Sadness

Today there are many people in my circle who are emotionally, physically and spiritually not well.

After the loss of the mother of 2 of our teenagers, a blanket of gloom overshadows.

I can't imagine being in the same situation dealing with grief that is so overwhelming.

Today I am drained, although not selfish enough to realize my own well-being is not what is most important.

My prayers are with you David, Kelly and Noah. You are not alone.

Krissy - you will be missed.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Money Monday - One more month.

We just made another payment to my school loan today. 

ONE MORE PAYMENT!!!! JUST ONE MORE!!!!!

I can't wait to be done. 

I ran around like a nut this evening and I'm tired. I was snappy at Hannah and I feel bad.

We got some birthday money so I got some pictures printed and tried to get Matt his father's day gift. Well, the book he wants wasn't in stock and my 2 favorite pictures printed with heads cut off. It's so frustrating to not be able to do things efficiently. Now I have to reprint the pictures and GO BACK to Monroeville to pick up the book. 

So, I worked all day, picked up Hannah, came home and ate dinner, went to the bank, Rite Aid, the Family Book Store, and Giant Eagle.

I'm frustrated, tired, and emotional. 

Anyhow, a good friend of mine is coming over tomorrow to help us plan our trip to Disney. It looks like we're going to book the vacation very soon!! We're going to go to Disney in December, and because my friend has connections, we're staying in a brand new resort, top of the line rooms, for a THIRD of the cost! Now that's MONEY-MONDAY-WORTHY!

I'm very excited for our reward for paying off debt! We need a vacation!

Tips and HInts Tuesday - Middle School

So, I realize that most middle school students do not read my blog. 

I am ok with that. But, on the off chance that one does, and for your own amusement and awareness, I'm going to let you ALL in on a little secret.

I am currently leading the junior high service at our church (which is actually breaking for the summer.) I like to try to keep up on current junior high-type stuff. I am reading a book called, "Surviving Middle School" and I just read a paragraph that, at first made me laugh out loud, and second, made me want to cry a little. 

The paragraph is discussing how to find an adult in middle school when the kids are starting to look like adults themselves - very confusing.

"When you needed help in grade school, you could always ask an adult. Adults were easy to spot because they were much taller than everyone else. But in Middle School, finding an adult by size alone is a bit harder since some kids are already about as tall as their teachers. This means that for you to get an adult's help, you will have to find someone who looks old or has bad hair."

So, for you students who are in middle school - take this as a helpful tip.

And, for you adults you may:

1. ...want to feel old and like you  have bad hair (along with me.) - May I just point out that I am rocking a very nifty side pony with 2 of Hannah's barrettes today?  Now, that spells C-O-O-L.
2. ...want to purchase this book if you have a student entering Middle School. The author is Rick Bundschuh and I believe he had help from his Middle School children writing the book.

Some of the topics he addresses:

Making decisions
Dealing with peers
Boy/Girlfriends 
Pornography
Dealing with Authority
"How to avoid being a jerk"
Friends

This is worded very well for kids and is divided into short segments. It's light and very comical but it does NOT shy away from serious issues and deals directly with them. No dancing around topics here! If you are interested in reading it, you may borrow my copy, or I can help you get your hands on one.


Saturday, June 13, 2009

Family Friday - Kennywood

I'm sorry I'm a day late, but isn't it worth it!? Yesterday, we went to Kennywood. A friend of ours got us free tickets and free dinner. We were in and out of there and spent only $12 the whole day.

We had a blast. We need more family time together, and what a day! It was gloomy and cool but NO RAIN, and the skies cleared out around 6pm and we saw some blue. It was perfect weather! Kennywood can get NASTY when it's too hot.

Hannah was a little tired earlier in the day. I don't know why, because she took a nap at 11am!! But, by the time we were about to leave last night, she caught a second wind and was RUNNING through the park.

Enjoy some pictures from our day.



Ok, a little over-dramatic for the whip? She was cracking the ride attendant up. She pulled her down do ear level and yelled. "THE BEST THING TO DO IS RIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIDE!"





On the Kangaroo. This kid has NO FEAR. She doesn't want to hold on, and doesn't want YOU to hold on to her!


My favorite picture of Matt and Han. Like I said, she was tired earlier in the day and was zoned out as they both watched the Kangaroo.



Our first ride of the day. The Paratrooper! I loved see her in awe when we went up really high - she was so excited! It was the only ride she let me hold her close on!


What a great day! We got home just in time to watch the end of the hockey game. Go Pens! I truly love my family. We're a good crew. I love days when we get to spend time together - which is not enough. 

Well, off to work all day on a Saturday...

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Thankful Thursday - Playing School!


See, today I am thankful for these times - when we're all three just hanging out being entertained by Hannah - who thinks that we're entertaining her by playing with her. In this video, we're playing school...and when she yells at Matt I'm always impressed by how well she keeps a straight face. Matt says it's because she's not joking. Anyhow, I'm always thankful for my family, but this is a little more specific! Enjoy.


Family Friday will be posted late because we're going to Kennywood and I want to post pictures!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Wellness Wednesday - Sugar

Hi. My name is Melissa and I am an addict.

A SUGAR addict.

I can't help it. I have a sweet tooth - and I'm not too picky, though I have a taste for the finer chocolate.

Skittles
Mike&Ikes
Fudgie Wudgie Fudge
Funfetti Cookies
Peanut Butter Cup Blizzard Ice Cream Cake
Dark Chocolate Truffle Blizzards
And NEWLY - these gourmet chocolate mints that I had a recent wedding....

When, a few months ago, I began to write down everything I was eating, I came to see that I needed to have candy or chocolate at least 3 times day! EMBARRASSING!

I started to try to cut it back to 1 time a day, but slowly, I've gotten back into the bad habit of eating boxes of candy! I really can tell a difference with my eye health and overall health when I torture my body this way. 

I began searching the harmful effects of sugar. I mean, come on, we all know it's poison.

Here's what I came up with.

1. Sugar suppresses your immune system by depleting all of the vitamins you put into your body. (Fantastic for someone like me who's immune system already doesn't function properly)

2. Sugar FEEDS cancer (specifically breast, ovaries, prostate, rectum, pancreas, lung, gallbladder and stomach - to name a few). I heard once that people who have cancer are sometimes given a sugar solution to locate where the cancer is because the solution travels DIRECTLY to cancer cells. Nice huh?

3. Sugar causes cavities (no brainer there!)
4. Sugar is the main cause of diabetes.
5. Sugar makes you F-A-T! (another no brainer) Sugar has no nutrients, only calories.
6. Sugar makes you anxious. One of the first things you'll be told if you are diagnosed with anxiety - is to ELIMINATE SUGAR! (Why do I love sugar so? - you'd think the thought of less anxiety would be enough encouragement to quit)
7. Sugar makes your body old - because it drains you of all the vitamins and minerals you need to stay healthy!

...is there a patch for sugar addicts?

So far, I've found ONE semi-helpful hint for this - If I load up on FRUIT BEFORE I crave sugar - I find myself craving less. 

Does anyone else have any solutions to this devastating problem??

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Tips and HInts Tuesday - Homemade Laundry Soap

Today's Tip is To: Save money by making your own laundry soap!

Thank you to Rachel Mitlo for this "recipe." I'm giving you all her notes! For those of you who have been wanting to save money by making your own laundry detergent - here's how to do it, with Rachel's notes and all! Head on over to her blog to check out the great things she has to say! Thank you Rachel!

Here's what you need:

1/3 bar Fels Naptha laundry soap
1 cup Washing Soda
1 cup Borax powder

Grate soap and put in sauce pan
Add 6 cups of water and heat until soap melts
Add Washing Soda and Borax, stir until dissolved
remove from heat
Pour 4 cups HOT water into bucket
Add soap mixture, stir
Add 1 gallon + 6 cups water, stir
Let soap sit for 24 hours to gel

So, here are my thoughts...this recipe makes 2 gallons of detergent.  For our family of 5, that lasts for 2 to 3 months.  When I need to make a batch, I'll do it on a Sunday night after the kids go to bed and it takes about 30 minutes???

The website I looked at said to use 1/2 cup per full load, but I tend to use closer to a cup.  (we have an extra large tub in our washer)

You can also add essential oil...BUT, oil is REALLY expensive and I bought grapefruit oil and added the recommended amount to a batch and it had NO scent after the dryer.  The next time I tripled the amount of oil and it STILL did not smell like grapefruit!  So, personally, I wouldn't bother.

The liquid in the bucket smells REALLY powerful...like soap.  But after the wash there is NO scent!

It does not actually turn to gel....it looks more like yellow soup with a thick film on the top.  Every time I use it, I stir it really well with the measuring cup.  I also keep it sealed with the bucket lid when I'm not using it.

It's safe for high efficiency machines, and so far it has not bothered anyone skin in my house and some of us tend to have sensitive skin.

For stains, I spray them with the Oxy Clean spray stuff...but I did that when I used store bought detergent, too.  I ruin white loads, so you're on your own for that...

The Fels Naptha Bar Soap and Borax 20 Mule Team can be bought in the laundry aisle at Giant Eagle...or wherever.  The Arm & Hammer Washing Soda is a bit trickier.  Stores don't carry it, but Giant Eagle can special order it for you.  We bought in on Ebay.

Here's my money breakdown : ( not to the exact cent, but close enough)
We used to buy a huge thing at Sam's Club for $16.00 4x a year...so, that's $64/year

Homemade:
Fels Naptha - $1.30 this will make 3 batches wich lasts us about 7 months???  
Borax - $5.00
Washing Soda - $5.00
The boxes of powder last a looong time and can actually be used for other stuff, too (like cleaning vomit out of carpets and vans).  I have yet to buy more....

So, this is about $15/year.

I had to buy a 5 gallon bucket with a lid at Home Depot for about $4.00


UPDATE FROM RACHEL: I made a new batch and tried a different oil (lily of the valley/fresh linen) and it worked much better than the grapefruit oil.  I think I got ripped off on the grapefruit oil because I bought it online, yada, yada, yada.  This oil I got at Jo Ann's and has a very light clean scent.

Has anyone else tried this!?

Monday, June 8, 2009

Money Monday - Raise

Woo Hoo!

Matt got his raise! Nothing extraordinary but it'll bump us up a bit and at the end of the month his raise will be retroactive back to the first of the month and he'll get his bonus - which is nice.

We got the car back and had to take it in for something else but it's still making some weird noise. 

Matt's fighting with NTB because the noise the car is making only started AFTER they "fixed" the alternator. So he's going to try to MAKE them fix it. We'll see how it goes...He's WAY MORE persistent than I am when it comes to this stuff.

It's all about the money folks!

I've been so depressed this month because I was hoping Matt's bonus would be more and we could pay off the rest of my school loan this month. Not only was it LESS than I was hoping, but we've had $600 in car repairs that wasn't planned for. I know - boo hoo, right? 

We're blessed, we're able to pay for this stuff without going further into debt, but I'm just getting tired. I keep saying it in these blog posts, but it's true. It's actually starting to depress me. I EVEN FORGOT TO PAY THE MORTGAGE. THAT NEVER HAPPENS. I just haven't wanted to look at the budget and checkbook because I'm having a pity party for myself...

I REALLY need to stop. I'm being a brat and I realize that. I'm just tired of trying SO HARD. I just want to be done!

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Spiritual Sunday - You Are Accepted


You Are Accepted

Look in the mirror.  Who do you see? Do you see Jonathon and Ashley's mom, or do you see the woman you were before children? How often when you look in the mirror are you unsure who you are and too tired to care? eing a mom means losing sight sometimes of who you are when you get lost in laundry, tight schedules, and the needs of the children you love.

Your children count on your love and acceptance because you know the importance of nurturing their growing self images. As a mother, you also need to nurture your own self-image and sense of self. As you look after yourself, you will find the strength to face the high spots and the low places of life, and the best source of acceptance is God. Zephaniah 3 is a beautiful reminder of how tenderly God views you.

God has a clear picture of you. God is present. HE looks and sees you as the one he carefully created inside your mother. God knows every part of you and your thoughts and desires in complete detail. Like everything God created, he sees whom he created and says, "It is good!" Picture the Creator of the universe thinking of you and whooping with joy. He sings in delight over the unique and special you he created. He wants to cradle you in his arms of love and, in those moments of quiet, to show his joy in you.

God accepts and deeply loves you, just as you are today. Feel secure and rest in that love.

"The Lord your God in your midst, the Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with HIs love, He will rejoice over you with singing." Zephaniah 3:17

This is an excerpt from the book "The 100 Most Important Bible Verses for Mothers."

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Scrumptious Saturday - 5 minute chocolate cake




Sorry the pictures are in reverse order, but you get the point!

My good friend Joy emailed me this recipe 'cause she knows I'm a chocolate freak!


Now, I can say, I HAVE TRIED THIS! It was too interesting to pass up. It DOES WORK. It's a tad bland and a little spongy tasting. Next time I'd add more chocolate chips to the batter and have some icing on hand to add!! It's not the BEST cake I've ever tasted, but definitely fascinating enough to try at least once!
 
 

5 MINUTE CHOCOLATE MUG CAKE

4 tablespoons flour 
4 tablespoons sugar 
2 tablespoons cocoa 
1 egg 
3 tablespoons milk 
3 tablespoons oil 
3 tablespoons chocolate chips (optional) 
A small splash of vanilla extract 
1 large coffee mug (MicroSafe)

Add dry ingredients to mug, and mix well.  Add the egg and mix thoroughly. 
Pour in the milk and oil and mix well.. 
Add the chocolate chips (if using) and vanilla extract, and mix again. 
Put your mug in the microwave and cook for 3 minutes at 1000 watts. 
The cake will rise over the top of the mug, but don't be alarmed! 
Allow to cool a little, and tip out onto a plate if desired.
EAT ! (this can serve 2 if you want to feel slightly more virtuous). 


 

 

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Family Friday

Well, Ricky and Doreen go home today :(

I really wish they lived up here! Hopefully soon enough!

Yesterday we celebrated our birthdays. 

It was a pretty nice day. Mom made steaks and salmon on the grill and we had ice cream cake for dessert. My parents gave us money to go out to eat - I'm thinking the Melting Pot!!!!! 

Rick and Doreen took us shopping for clothes. 

And Shari and Mike got me an awesome charm bracelet from Brighton. The charms slide on...very awesome. I've already put my charm requests in for the future...and as I write this, the Pens are winning...although I don't know how the game will end at this point.

I'm physically and emotionally drained. I'm so looking forward to having a day AT HOME today to get my house in order and hang with my kid. I had her at work with me for 2 days in a row and she is truly amazing!! We'll see what I get done.

I have a feeling we'll spend much of the day on Han's new trampoline from her buddy Donna! This is how Hannah would dress everywhere if I let her have her way! Self expression all the way baby!

A picture before we went to a wedding last weekend!



Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Thankful Thursday

I read a post recently that rerouted me a bit.

It said that when we give thanks to God, we need to thank him for his amazing qualities, not for what He does for us.

She said - often we're thankful for selfish things...True true.

So, while I'll still list those selfish things I'm thankful for, I'm going to start with the most important.

I'm thankful that God is all powerful.

I'm thankful that God is in control.

I'm thankful that the Story is already written and we win!

I'm thankful that Hannah was REALLY good while spending the whole day at work with me yesterday. I mean - what three year old can sit for 6 hours in a small office and not complain once!!

I'm thankful that we had cash to pay for our car repairs - remember when I said we were going to ignore the battery light flashing on our black car?? Well - the car died and $600 later and  2 trips to the repair people - it's running. BLAH! 

I'm thankful (and this is REALLY selfish) that I got to get new clothes and shoes this week! *Sigh* They were DESPERATELY needed!

I'm thankful that I was born on the same day as my sweet husband and today we celebrate our 27th and 29th birthdays together!

Wellness Wednesday - The Dreaded Appointment!

I swear, I would never schedule my yearly appointment if I didn't have to go to get a prescription!

But, it draws near so quickly each year!

I do have to say. I just love my doctor. So many of them rush you in and out of the office, but my doctor takes time to answer your questions and discuss your life. The first thing he always asks me is "How are things at home?" I love that.

Also, with the history of breast cancer so prominent in my family (mom and two aunts) he's so cautious, that I'm less anxious and relaxed about the whole thing. He encouraged me to come in whenever I feel nervous, if I feel a lump or not. He told me never to feel like I'm crying wolf. He also takes a lot of early precautionary measures that really put my mind at ease.

He also asked me if we were planning to have another child. I told him we want to as soon as I can get off of this methotrexate! He explained to me that people with autoimmune diseases can have a period of remission as I did during pregnancy. This is why: your immune system technically should REJECT a pregnancy because it's a foreign body with someone else's DNA, but miraculously it adjusts to accommodate the baby so your body doesn't attack itself (like it does with an autoimmune disease). So, often, people's body's calm down during this time, but like me, things flare up after delivery. I just thought that was interesting.

He sincerely added he hope's he sees me in there soon with a baby in my belly, which was so kind. He told me when I'm off the methotrexate that I should be off the pill for 2 months and be taking a multi vitamin with folic acid. 

He just spend time with me and really put me at ease about my health. How important is that?? It's imperative for good healthcare! 

If you're not happy with your doctor, find a new one! You deserve to have quality care.

Final Note: I sent another very important and satisfied person to my amazing nutritionist! GO SHARI!!!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Tips and Hints Tuesday - Organization

Ok, I can be a blog stalker. I love them.

Anyhow, there's this woman who follows Dave Ramsey's plan and has a bunch of kids. She also has an amazingly gorgeous house that's always clean in her professional quality pictures!

Anyway, her washer and dryer is behind closet doors and she just put in the most amazing shelving to better utilize her space. I extracted her photographs, emailed them to my husband and told him I MUST HAVE THEM! Just look at this thing! It makes me drool!

Today's Helpful Hint? CREATE MORE SPACE BY THINKING VERTICALLY FOR STORAGE!

Monday, June 1, 2009

Money Monday - Bonus

Well, Matt got his bonus number which will enter out bank account near the end of June. I had gotten my hopes up for more than his bonus was. Every time I'd think about it the last few weeks, I'd convince myself that it would most definitely be more!

Although we're more than grateful for the generous bonus, we're fighting not to be disappointed that it wasn't more. We are never happy are we? I guess I was just hoping that the bonus would be enough to pay off our last debt in June instead of July. 

Either way, we'll have somewhere in the nature of $1,000 to pay in July which is almost $1000 LESS than we usually put on our debt each month, so, I can't complain...however - there IS a flashing light blinking in Matt's car that I'm choosing to pretend is an off season Christmas decoration! :)

I'm becoming very impatient and excited to finish what we've been working SO hard on the last to years. If all goes as planned, we'll be debt free on the 10 year anniversary of our first date! Isn't that awesome?

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