Friday, February 13

Oh Mammo grammo.....

An Ode to a Mammogram, by Tiffany Baker.

Dear Mammogram I wish you wouldn't
Squeeze the places you really shouldn't.
And pinch my shoulders, cramp my style
Let's not do this again for a while.

I like that you're helpful for some diagnosis
and glad that your operator had no halitosis
but next time my mammary glands get such squeezing
I hope it's my hubby, not you, that they're pleasing!!!!!!


I had my first mammogram yesterday! Whooot! ; D I didn't really need one, but thought it would be a hoot! :D (Not really!!) I've been having a lot of tenderness probably due to the progesterone I take, and thought a mammogram would be a fun way to spend the day a way to ease my mind. Besides, every girl should get one, right?!? I was really not looking forward to it as I've heard such horror stories, but I spoke to the tech on the phone and asked her what it would be like. I don't have large Boo~zums, but the nurse reassured me that a) even tiny titties could be easily accommodated in their machine and b) NO ONE would laugh!

On the day the staff were very friendly and kind. The tech helped me get positioned and the machine did it's thing. I must say I thought it would be best not to LOOK at my poor boobs as they were being smooshed.... I just listened to the nice lady, held my breath when she told me to and tried to relax. Apparently if you aren't relaxed it makes it much harder to get lined up and everything. All in all I was quite happy to have done it and pleased with the way it all went. I got my results within 5 minutes... all normal, no problems. Come back again in 5 years. Deal!!!

Mammograms. Not had one? Get one.

Tuesday, February 10

Roller Coaster.... of love..... Roller Coaster.....

OK the roller coaster that is my hormonal life at the moment must be on an upswing as I feel p.r.e.t.t.y good today!! :D Yesterday I took Jack over to the neighbor lady's house... he seemed to have a great time, no one screamed, nothing was broken... a good day! :D We only stayed an hour and a half which may have been key to our success. When I go to Diana's house I want to stay FOR EVER and we always dawdle over leaving. We need to leave on a high note, so we should make the drive over, walk in, say "HEY!! It's good to SEE you" then "Well, Bye!!!" and beat a retreat!! :D Anything more than that and stuff starts to go down hill fast!!! :D See, that's a bit of an exaggeration but also indicative of the good mood I'm in!! Chipperness! ;D Another fun part of yesterday was when Megan came to see us. I was expecting her in the evening ( she had training in town yesterday and today and I had suggested she spend the night here rather than driving back home... ) but instead she arrived at 11:30 am!! She's LUCKY I was DRESSED!! ;D Anyway, she and Jessie stayed home and played the recorder, went for a walk etc as Jack and I went on our play date. When we got back Meggie and I visited and she helped me bathe the rats, clean out their nasty cage, haul in a HUGE fish tank to put them in instead etc etc!! She also started dinner and CLEANED MY HOUSE!!!!! ** sigh** !! We ALL need a Megan!! :D Having a clean house certainly lightens my mood I'll tell ya! :D

Jackster woke up in the night... well I suppose TECHNICALLY it was the morning, I know some folks actually get UP at 5:30 in the winter, but not I !!.... anyway, he woke up in the early morning and I went to him so he wouldn't wake his sister as he is wont to do!! ;D He held out his arms to me and said "Mommy...??" I gave him a hug and he said "A Mommy's bed...??" I know there is no fighting it so I took him into my bed with me and we snuggled up under the blankets. As we were just drifting off to sleep he said "I yuv you Mommy"...... EVERY TIME he says that I just melt. He can be so damn adorable! ;D A little further into the night / morning he woke again..... "Mommy??..... a beee....."
"...hmmm??.... you have to pee???"
"No, a bee. Bzz bzzzzz.....?????"
"Oh, that's not a bee honey....... it's just Daddy snoring......!!"

Today was just fabulous!! It was SIXTY SEVEN DEGREES this afternoon!!!! I KNOW!!!! and it's FEBRUARY !!! ( * quickly checks calendar to make sure it actually IS February or would feel a bit dumb if not...!! * ) It really IS!! :D This morning we watched about 30,000 snow geese fly over our house AND NOT ONE OF THEM POOPED ON ME!!!! It's a SIGN!!! Really it's fabulous to watch and hear them all ... flock after flock flying in....... A~Mazing! ;D Jessie had her riding lesson and Jack and I spent some time together running a couple of errands here in town. We held hands as we walked and I marvelled at how well he behaves when Jessie is not around. (Hmmmmm) We picked up Jessie later and I took them both to the library van and picked out a ton of books and movies again. I LOVE the library van.... where would I be without it?!! The children played in the HEAT outdoors whilst I got dinner ready and we generally had a lovely day. I even kept my calm at bed time, no stress despite lots of crazy silliness on Jack's part!!! I'm wondering how much is mood swings, how much is the fact I have started drinking Earl Grey tea and skipping the caffeine, how much is due to the fact I've dropped dairy and gone (almost) Vegan again and how much is just dumb luck!!?!? I guess we'll have to see what happens when the roller coaster finally reaches the top of this here hill........





Sunday, February 8

Oh and PS......

If you get the chance and are feeling sentimental and a bit weepy, listen to the song "Me" by Plumb from the album Blink. It. Will. Make. You. BAWL. It makes me want to be a better mother.

I haven't had
A chance to sleep
And when I wake
I wake with your dreams
I guess my pillow
Holds some kind of key
To your peace
Your peace

I wouldn't trade your love for all the candy
In this great big world
I feel so crazy blessed and oh so lucky
To be the place you go
When you need to feel safe
When you need a kiss
It's me

I haven't showered
And I tried to eat
But all your tears
Oh they needed me
I need some time, some time to think
But then I hear you
And what you need is...

I wouldn't trade your love for all the candy
In this great big world
I feel so crazy blessed and oh so lucky
To be the place you go

I wash your face
To make room for
All the kisses
Of tomorrow
And every day
That I get to
Be here with you
Is sweet

I wouldn't trade your love for all the candy
In this great big world
I feel so crazy blessed and oh so lucky
To be the place you go
When you need to feel safe
When you need a kiss

Oh don't be afraid
Cause what you'll have is....

If that doesn't pluck your heart strings, well I guess I never knew you at all!! :D


Small steps, big changes....!

After yet another Rough Day *sigh* I have decided to make a few changes around here! I can't give up on homeschooling Jack ... I will keep it in mind as an option, but I'm not ready and don't WANT to stop homeschooling. Anyway...... ( My family think it's hilarious to poke and pester me when I am BLOGGING!!! GO AWAY YOU GUYS!!! )...... so I brainstormed some ideas and this is what I have done so far....

*I called my across the street neighbor. She has two rambunctious boys and a HUGE fenced yard. I kept thinking of calling her but I only ever thought of it when I saw her driving off down the street somewhere!! Finally I called her today and we made plans to get together tomorrow!!

*I signed up for They have a Valentine's Day special and you can sign up for a month for $12. A steal if you ask me considering MY babysitter is up and getting married and moving to California !!! WHAT!?!?!? I'm sure she's doing it just to get away from us! ;P At Babysitters4hire you put in your zip code and a list of available babysitters will pop up for your perusal. I was surprised at the number of applicants near me as we live out of town. Of course I will have to interview them and get references and such, but I think it's pretty damn important that Rex and I get out together a little more and maybe I'll go out alone during the week once in a while!

*I emailed to see if I could get Jack signed up for wrestling classes. He needs some structured way to get his energy out and I think he'll likely be much better behaved when I'm not there, so it's a risk I'm willing to take!!! :D

*I also emailed a local Child Development Center to see if they would be willing to take Jack once in a while on an hourly basis. Again I think he'd benefit from their structure and I would benefit from having a little time alone now and then!!

*Finally I'm going to try a little structure with him. I say a little as I know we don't do well with routines as a family. I realised that I had been trying to be too rigid. At 8am we will do THIS at 8:30 we will do THIS at 9am we will do THAT..... Now I'm going to try ...WHEN we wake up, we wash our faces, go to the toilet and get dressed. AFTER we get dressed we have our breakfast. AFTER breakfast we clear our dishes..... that sort of thing. I'm thinking that could work for us....!! I'll let you know how it all goes.

Chaos is breaking out upstairs.... the puppy has pooped in the bedroom, Jack has stepped in it with bare feet and is jumping on the bed...... oh JEEEEPERS CREEEEPERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!