Monday, November 19, 2007

Inappropriate happiness

I was SICK, sick, sick last week. I mean, really sick. I'd been on antibiotics for over a week and instead of getting better, I was getting worse. So, I went back to the doctor on Friday, absolutely sure I had mono or something that antibiotics wouldn't help.

He did all the necessary bloodwork, and decided that he didn't *think* it was mono, but we wouldn't know for a few days. He decided that even if I didn't have mono, prednisone would help. I would have taken crack if he had thought it would help.

Three days into prednisone, I am a new woman. I decided to do a little research on prednisone. One of the side effects, it turns out, is inappropriate happiness.

What's wrong with that? Who would report that to the doctor??????????????

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Welcome to the world, Mark and Ben!

No, I didn't spontaneously drop another set of twins! Whew! That WOULD be blog-worthy. Mark and Ben are the new names Audrey has given her brothers. We were having a lovely rough and tumble playtime in the floor a few nights ago when she sprouted this little gem.

Audrey: "Mmmm....maybe we don't call the brothers Sam and Jack anymore."
Me: "Oh. Well, what shoule we call them?"
Audrey: "Maybe, ummm, maybe....Mark and Ben." And that was that.

Who am I to argue?

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Avon lady calling!

Yes, that's right....I'm your brand new friendly Avon Independent Sales Representative! I am smack in the middle of my first campaign and I'm having a blast! I decided it was a good opportunity to earn a little extra cash and get a discount on the products I've been buying for years. Plus, the fact that it only costs $10 to start and there's no need to maintain inventory...well, that just sealed the deal!
Check out my online store!!!!
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Friday, October 12, 2007

Seriously, it's been a month?

Really. I can't believe I haven't blogged in a month. And now I sit here and don't think I have anything to say!

The kids have been sick. It has been a constant cycle of sickness...the boys have had one thing after another, Audrey had a stomach bug, and Jack reacted badly to his antibiotic. He looked like a leper! The boys' first birthday came and went, and Audrey will be three very soon.

I am tired. I am glad it is Friday. Our house is going to be shown this weekend, and we have an open house Sunday. Please, oh, please let us get an offer...a good offer! I need to move! My commute is tiresome already!

Sunday, August 26, 2007

The big wedding!

My sister-in-law got married this weekend. The wedding was fun, but, man am I exhausted. The boys were ring bearers, pulled in in a wagon. Audrey was a flower girl, John was an usher, and I was a bridesmaid. I didn't get a lot of pictures taken, but here are a few. My father-in-law has tons more, and if those are good, I'll share later!




Audrey's blankie!

I've been slacking with the blog lately. New job, lots of other stuff, etc...and I'm finally catching my breath.

Here's a couple of pics of the afghan I just finished crocheting for Audrey. You know, in my spare time! Actually, I really like crochet...and I find that when I'm stressed, it helps me unwind!

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

John and the Mystery Burrito

Everyone knows that our house is in a perpetual state of chaos. We spend countless hours looking for lost items. Currently, I know that my pink craft scissors are MIA (scary) and a bottle of baby shampoo can't be found. This is so normal that, in fact, our kids think that "Where are mommy's keys?" is a real game because we play it so often. Everyone also knows that John, for all his good qualities, can be totally scatter brained.

Last night, he was dispatched to pick up Taco John's on the way home. It was raining really hard and he had to wait a while before coming in. When he came in, we noticed that the rain was coming in under the back door, as usual. So, we're scurrying around, trying to dry up the floor, disperse the food, etc. We finally sit down to eat and John says, "I know I had a burrito in my hand." He procedes to scour the house in search of the missing burrrito. His first guess...the bathroom. It is no where to be found.

Now whether there was a burrito or not, I couldn't say. He ordered one, but it WAS Taco John's, and who knows what you'll actually get. I did not see said burrito, so I can't testify one way or the other. What I can say is this: who else in the whole world has to search the house for a missing burrito???????????

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Still alive....

Wow. I knew it had been a while since I last blogged, but, man....two and a half months? Time flies when you are stuck in the bowels of hell....I mean, teaching seventh grade language arts at the end of the school year. Yep, I was "the closer" again this year. I took over a class for yet another teacher (because this public info, I'll keep all editorial comments to myself). To top that off, I have been sick literally all of the months of May and June. Thankfully, I am starting to regain some normality.

Other updates? Well, I will turn 30 on Sunday, if I can make it! No real plans...John and I are going to Chicago at the end of next week and my request is serious shopping money. In other news, Audrey saw a pediatric opthamologist today and was diagnosed with amblyopia, a condition that will require her to wear glasses for the rest of her life. Big fun for a two year old whom I can't quite convince to use the potty with any regularity. Should be interesting. Also, John's car has died. We're in search of a new(er) one. Who knows what we'll end up with.

I've been reading a lot lately. Jennifer Weiner (Good in Bed) is my new favorite author, and I've loved a couple of books by Anita Shreve (Sea Glass and The Pilot's Wife). I loved Jodi Piccoult's My Sister's Keeper so much, I've read several others by her, but I wasn't as psyched about them. Tomorrow, I am taking the kiddos to the library, so I'll probably get a whole new stack of goodies. (Sidebar: I bought a new stroller this weekend and now I can take the boys and Audrey out...we even went to Wal-Mart all by ourselves today. God bless the Peg Perego Aria Twin!)

Okay, that was all a tad random, but that's pretty much how I operate these days. Let's hope I can find it within myself to write again before school starts!

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

No more passive-aggressive dressing!

Yesterday, I did not want to come to school. DID NOT. AT ALL! I had been off on spring break for three weeks. Three more wouldn't have been enough. I've been strugging with my health a bit, and my weight, and my emotional well being. I really didn't want to rejoin the land of the living. Add to that the fact that my principal called me at 9:00 on Sunday night to share the news with me that she *might* be leaving our school next year for a state department of education job. Yeah, that didn't brighten my mood.

Monday morning I got all grumpy about going to school. I cursed and grumbled. I wanted to fight someone, something. I went to my closet and decided that if I had to go to school, I would show my rebellion against the universe by wearing jeans and a sweatshirt. Not just any jeans, mind you. My rattiest, holiest ones. There. That would show them. I am not sure who "they" are, not sure who I was fighting, not but I would show them. They could have my body in the building, but my soul was still on break.

My plan didn't work. Instead of feeling empowered by my protest, I was in a bad mood all day. I looked awful, I felt awful, and I acted awful. I realized that I had jinxed my day. I had cursed myself into having a bad day. I had CHOSEN a bad day. No one suffered from my passive aggressive dressing and surly attitude but me!

Today, I decided would be different. I shaved my legs. Painted my toenails. Applied my good smelling lotion and body spray. Wore a new dress and cute shoes. Brought a healthy breakfast and took my vitamins. Chose water over diet Coke. No chocolate (yet).

It is amazing. I feel like a new person.

Every day, the primary principal closes his morning announcements with the quote, "Make it a great day, or not. The choice is yours." Oh, my God. He's right.

Tuesday, April 3, 2007

What a great book!

I just finished reading My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult. This is our book club's April selection. OH MY GOD! What a fantastic book! In short, Anna is born to be a cord blood donor for her older sister Kate who has a rare form of leukemia. Thirteen years of donating this and that, from platelets to bone marrow, leads to one big impending donation....a kidney. Instead, Anna decides to request medical emancipation...the right to make her own decisions about her body. Her parents are shocked and, as they head to court, more of the story unfolds, each chapter through another character's eyes.

Initially, I was incredulous...how could the mother essentially sacrifice one child for another? But, as I learned more, I became more sympathetic to her predicament. I'm not sure I would have acted the same way she did, but I know that the situation called for strength and the ability to make very difficult decisions very quickly. Her emotions and instinct seemed to rule, rather than intellect.


This book caused me to really evaluate the decisions I make, or might have to someday make, as a parent. In Sara's (the mother) case, she did what was best for Kate, always. She never stopped to think if it was in Anna's best interest. Do I do that? Do I put one child's needs ahead of the others? Oh, how careful we must be as parents! Our choices are not one size fits all!

I'm interested in reading more of her books now...I've heard great things about The 10th Circle, so I might do that next. This one really challenged me and stretched my thinking, which is the hallmark of good literature. I can't wait to see what her other books hold in store!

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Baptism Day

Sam and Jack were baptized Sunday at St. Paul UMC. Here are some pictures my sister in law took. Click on any image to enlarge it!


Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Have you noticed?

Have you noticed that I haven't really posted anything of substance lately? Okay, ever? Well, I am stuck. I can't think of a darn thing to write about.

So, I'll write about what is on TV right now. Lee Cruse on WLEX is visiting a physical therapy place for dogs. There is a fat little pug in a hydrotherapy tank, wearing a life vest and walking. It looks a little cruel and unusual. They are now showing a pressurized oxygen chamber to put your dog in. Now they have a dog in an electromagnetic chamber which is intended to stimulate bone growth.

Which leads me to this random thought....when I met John, his hand was in a cast because he had broken it playing basketball. He had a little electromagnetic thing he had to put his hand in for 30 minutes a day. He used it on the way to or from visiting me! What a way to maximize a 90 minute commute, right???

Back to the topic, sort of. John's little doomahickey that made his hand well cost several hundred dollars and wasn't covered by insurance. I'm thinking, if that little thing cost that much, how much are people shelling out to put their dogs in this huge chamber with all the magnetic vibes shooting around to heal up their pooches???

I am clearly in the wrong business!

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Virtual Makeover!

Ivillage has this very cool tool...makeover-0-matic. Just enter a picture and start playing!
Here's the link to mine...I couldn't get it to copy into my blog.

http://makeover.ivillage.com/IVillage/flashRemoting/viewEmail.jsp?viewMyLook=WBHELQu6rjY%3D

Sunday, March 11, 2007

New pic!

Note the new picture of me. It looks less matronly.

Why have none of my so called friends mentioned that I should NEVER wear turtlenecks?
Thanks girls!!!

Tuesday, March 6, 2007

My name is Elly and I'm a food-a-holic.

Seriously. As anyone who looks at me can tell, I LOVE FOOD. All food. I mean, these darn Girl Scout cookies are about to put an end to me. I plan our week around our menus. Our vacations center around where we'll eat. Food is big for me. Really big.

Anyway, I have realized that I might have a problem. To make a long story short, I have been dealing with some recurring pain issues that I suspect are related to an as yet undiagnosed chronic illness. Because I am liscenced to practice medicine in my spare time (ha!), I have researched the symptoms and related conditions and am trying to treat myself. One thing I've heard really helps is diet. I've been researching the different recommended diets.

One thing I read started off with a list of foods to eliminate: chocolate, coffee, carbonated beverages, and alcohol. What? Then it proceeded to recommend eliminating dairy, wheat, white flour, white sugar, and just about every pleasurable food on the planet. I mean, you would be eating turkey and lettuce and carrots. You might feel better, but what would be the point. Why would you want to live?

Maybe if I could get past the whole food thing, I would be able to solve some of my problems: weight, fatigue, etc. However, it isn't looking good. I think I'd rather suffer with the pain and indulge my food addiction.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

I'd like to write, but...

Jack won't go to bed. The laundry needs my attention. The kitchen is gross. I'm tired. You name it...and I had some good ideas, too. I want to write about the text message phenomenon I witnessed at the John Mayer concert. I want to write my first food review. I want to just think a little.

But.

I can't.

Friday, February 23, 2007

Tomorrow is Spa Day and Date Night!!!

Woohoo! Tomorrow, I'm cashing in my spa gift certificate John gave me for Valentine's Day and getting the royal treatment. Then, we have reservations for a la lucie and tickets to see John Mayer at Rupp Arena in Lexington. We're shacking up at the Radisson, sans kiddos, and, get this, EATING BREAKFAST at IHOP on Sunday!!!!!!!!! I won't know what to do with myself.

The boys are at Nana's tonight and tomorrow. We took Audrey out for pizza and ice cream and bought a new Betta fish for our tank. John killed the old one when he cleaned the tank. This one is named Ruby. Can you guess what color???

Audrey is going to spend the night with her Aunt Candace tomorrow night. I'm sending her with her cheerleading kid (baton included) and dress up box that Aunt Candace bought her for Christmas. Evil laugh....when she has kids, it's Easy Bake Oven city!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Seriously, after the last couple of weeks at school and the disgusting state of our house, I need a nice day of rest and a night out! Sigh... gotta go do some laundry.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Grrr...

I've decided that I'd better start censoring my morning traffic language a bit more carefully. Audrey is a darn good parrot, so I can just hear her start rattling off some of my sloppily flung phrases. Since it is clear that my fellow road runners aren't going to sprout any newly aquired driving skills anytime soon, I have determined that I am going to have to alter my vocabulary.

Today I tried a new tactic. I growled. I narrowed my eyes, bared my teeth, and growled.

Maybe I ought to get my dosage checked....

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Total Humiliation

This weekend, I discovered the quickest route to complete and total humiliation. I went bridesmaid dress shopping for my sister-in-law's wedding with two other girls who are size 2's. I am NOT a size 2. Now, I haven't been a size 2 since some time in the early 1990's, perhaps even before then. There has been a 2 on my tag more recently, but it was preceded by a 1 and now those don't even exist in my closet.

So, we're perusing the racks and pulling dresses to try on. The conversation goes like this:
Skinny girl: "Here's a cute one. It's an 8. Will that work?"
Me: "Ummm...no. Here, let me look...."
SG: "Well, what size DO you need?"
Me: "Oh, I don't know how they'll run. Let me just look for a minute. I may need to take a couple of different sizes back with me." Notice my clever dodging of the size question? Yeah. They didn't.
SG: "Oh, I'll get it for you. What size do you think you need?"
Me (mumbling): "Maybe like a fourteen or ......."
SG: "REALLY??? A FOURTEEN????? Well, you did just give birth to twins. You look so good."(Lots of backpedalling and fake flattery...Blah, blah, blah...)

I hate to tell you, but the fourteen has NOTHING to do with giving birth to twins. I was there before the babies and I'm actually lighter now than I was a year ago. I think, and I'm no scientist, that it has something to do with the fact that I eat everything I see. Wouldn't you agree?

Wednesday, February 7, 2007

A new hobby?

I have decided to learn to crochet in my spare time, since I just seem to have so much of it. Seriously, our church is starting a prayer shawl ministry and I would like to participate. I had never really thought about crafting as a ministry or an outreach project, but I kind of like it. I learned to crochet years ago from my grandmother but I wasn't really patient at it and I didn't persevere. My teaching buddy worked with me this morning and helped me remember, then I looked at some instructions and patterns online and it doesn't look too painful. I'd like to have a crafty hobby. We'll see. If I ever finish a project, I promise to post some pics!

Monday, February 5, 2007

Breezing into Monday

Brrrr....it is super cold here in KY. With the wind chill, it feels like the negatives!!! Finally, I'm starting to feel better with my ouchy toe. You wouldn't believe how much pain a toe can cause your whole body!!!

Anyway, it is thoroughly Monday. We had an hour delay due to cold and snow this morning, yet I still managed to be late and forgetful! I've been fairly productive, getting some curriculum work accomplished, but I'd really have loved a snow day today. I could have sipped coffee all morning!

I can't really think of anything to write about right now, so I will peruse some prompts and see what I can come up with for later!

Thursday, February 1, 2007

How hard is it?

How hard is it to get an appointment to be seen by a doctor??? Apparently, pretty doggone difficult. I called my regular family physician and he can see me sometime next week, or I can see the PA, the one who said I had pneumonia. NO thanks. Now, I'm on hold to get a "new patient" appointment at another office here in town. Holy cow. I've been shuffled between two receptionists and still holding...

My toe is just going to rot off. That's going to have to be okay, I guess.

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Answer Key

Here are the answers from the truth/lies exercise...

1. Believe it or not, true. Granted, it didn't take much to top the heap at MCHS. I did have a perfect 4.0...that was in the days before weighted gpa's.
2. Oh, yeah! I wanted to be James Carville.
3. False! I LOVE all of them, even hot dogs. Mmm....hot dogs.
4. Again, false. It might be my LEAST favorite book ever, and my project relied heavily on stick figures in a comic book I had to make.
5. Sad but true.
6. True, and I don't care what you think about it!!!!
7. Nope, green.
8. K-Mart, yes. Wal-Mart, not unless I am desperate. I feel panicked in there.
9. Definitely true
10. I believe M&Ms are a complete waste of calories. I will eat peanut ones or peanut butter ones, but the plain ones are so unsatisfying.

Now you know.

I can't really write tonight. I think I have an infection from a pedicure I got and I am miserable. I am going to pop some ibuprofen and chill on the couch.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Truth and Lies

Today, I am going to tell you five truths about me and five lies. You have to decide which is which. Some are probably really transparent, but others might not be. The point is to really challenge myself to be a little more creative in how I perceive myself.

1. I was the valedictorian of my high school class.
2. When I was in high school, my career ambition was to be a political speech writer. My hopes were dashed in my first semester of college when I was unfairly given a B in government.
3. I do not eat shellfish, mushrooms, or hot dogs.
4. My favorite book of all time is The Red Badge of Courage. I did an awesome project on this book in eighth grade and have loved it ever since.
5. My shoe size is 5 1/2.
6. I wear purple eyeshadow regardless of it's ranking on the in-style list.
7. My eyes are blue.
8. I love to shop at Wal-Mart.
9. If I could have dinner with any three people, they would be Paula Deen (provided that she cooks), Bill Clinton, and Mary Magdelene.
10. M&M's are my favorite candy.

Tomorrow I'll share the answers...

Monday, January 29, 2007

Writer's Block

I had some ideas earlier about what to write tonight, but they've all disappeared. I decided to search online for some prompts to try to spur something, but I'm starting to feel a little brain dead. I am craving some coffee but I do need to sleep tonight. Anyway, here's the prompt I hijacked from writersdigest.com....

Your family gathers for the holidays and you’re looking forward to the feast. At the table, grandma--who knows you hate being the center of attention--asks you to stand up and name the five things you are most thankful for. Instead of the usual, you decide to name a few silly things. What are they?


1. Post it notes...because I am terribly forgetful anymore and the little yellow stickies help jog my memory. I like them so much I own them in many sizes, shapes, and colors, and seem to have them floating around every room in my house.
2. Flavored coffeemate...vanilla chai spice in particular. It is a little indulgence. I deserve it.
3. Splenda...because I HATE the pink stuff.
4. Hair color...because my soul knows I am a blonde even if my roots don't.
5. The Food Network...it inspires me to cook grand gourmet meals, though what actually makes it to the table is usually something blah like grilled cheese and tomato soup.

There...I did it. I wrote something, even if it was silly and pointless AND I didn't mention my children or my husband.. Now, I am going to go soak in a hot bath and see if I can't rejuvenate a few more brain cells.

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Getting Started

Well, I spent several hours (divided up into many smaller chunks, of course) getting my blog ready to go. I think I was just delaying the inevitable task of actually writing something. Now, there's not much preparation left to do, and I feel compelled to get started. For real.

So, ahem, uhm...what am I supposed to say, anyway? I showed John the short little posts I had done on Friday night and he said, "Do people really read that?" I'm not sure how he meant it...was what I was writing too silly for publication or was I being ridiculous to think anyone would care that I cleaned my bathrooms Friday night? Yes on both counts, I am sure.

I guess I'll just start at the beginning with who I am and why I'm writing. I'm Elly, a teacher, a wife, a mom. I have three little ones under the age of two, so most of my "spare time" is dedicated to diapering, cleaning up spills and spit up, and doing laundry. I have realized recently that I am suffering from a great brain drain. That is, I used to be smart. I used to know things. Now, my brain is mush. I've decided to reclaim it. Part of that process is to write more, since writing is something I used to do and once thought I possessed some talent for. Please, don't judge me based on this post....I said I'm working on it.

Anyway, more about who I am...I am a reading teacher at a small school in Frankfort, KY. I work primarily with struggling middle school readers. I think this accounts for some brain drain. I don't get to have many higher level discussions with my kids about what we've read. However, I do love what I do. As far as the "wife and mom" role goes, I have been married to John for six and a half years. Our daughter, Audrey Elizabeth, is two and our twin boys, Jackson Hays and Samuel Clayton, are four months old.

Beyond those three descriptors, I am a Christian. I grew up in a little Baptist church in Eastern Kentucky, but John and I searched long and hard and found out that, to our shock, we are really United Methodists. John Wesley had so many ideas that we already held in our hearts, but we didn't know what it all meant until we began worshipping at Methodist churches. We were very active at Trinity Hill UMC in Lexington for the five years we lived there, but had a little struggle finding a good fit when we moved to Frankfort. We've recently started attending St. Paul United Methodist here and are finding it to be a wonderful, loving home, with an awesome pastor, Rev. Marcia Woodyard. Women like her are part of why I love the Methodist church...I can't imagine her sweet spirit and powerful, God-inspired words being silenced because she's a woman!!!

I am a liberal Democrat. Yes, you just read a paragraph about my faith, but I KNOW that the two aren't mutally exclusive. My husband says I'm nearly a socialist, I'm so far left in terms of social policy. This is probably true. I believe the government has a responsibility to care for the people. I'm excited that the presidential election is not too far away and I love all the wonderful candidates we have to choose from, but secretly, I am pulling for Hillary....if for no other reason than to have a few more years with Bill, my favorite political figure of all time. Barack Obama rocks my world, too, but I worry he's a shooting star. Hillary is the real deal, I'm sure.

Other random facts...I'm not terribly creative. John disagrees with me, but I know better. I can't draw, I don't sing, and I don't do crafts. My creative outlet is cooking, but time and energy are my enemies in that area. I love to travel. More accurately, I love to plan trips, but we can't always afford them. I've been very few places, but I long to see so much more of the world. I love to read and I am a movie freak, particularly old classics, romances, and really smart comedies (saw Little Miss Sunshine last night...loved it!). I love rock and roll, particularly from the 70's, old old old country music, and singer-songwriters from just about any period. No rap, please! I hate to clean house, am not good at decorating, and hate calling people on the phone.

Well, I got started, anyway. I'm going to try to write daily, and I promise I'll try to make it less random. I will try to write about things other than my children, though they do so many things that are worth sharing, I'm sure I'll have to do that occasionally. I'm hoping to regain some of those hormonally depleted brain cells, so I am sure I'll do a good deal of rambling and if anyone reads me, I'm sure they'll think I need to be committed. And they just may be right...

Friday, January 26, 2007

Hot Date Night

We are child-free tonight. All night. So, what do we do? Go eat a pizza and come home and clean the bathrooms. Wow. If I'm really lucky, maybe I can dust a little, too.

I'm not sure how good I'll be at this...

It took me an hour to think of a name for this blog. That isn't a good sign. Will it take me days to create posts??? My weekend goal...come up with something worth sharing. We'll see!