Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Easter Issues

My in-laws love to give my children Easter baskets full of stuff. Literally just stuff. Generic coloring books and crayons (of which we already have tons), plastic toys that entertain for about five minutes but we step on for the next five months, and loads of candy. Now, the candy I don't mind. We all get to eat it. However, having just cleaned out their toy bins and art shelves, I am going to start a new rule this year: No Easter basket stuff.

I'm not sure how well this will be received but since my in-laws are not the easily offended type, I am not too worried. My concern is that the kids will be expecting a bunch of stuff and might be disappointed. But, what a great learning experience. How did Easter end up about baskets of stuff anyway? (that's rhetorical, I really do know) I think an Easter Sunday at church and then dinner with family is a perfect way to spend the day.

My side of the family has restricted even the mention of the word Easter. They call is Resurrection Day. Of course the Oriental Trading catalog is full of Resurrection Day stuff now, too.

I could make a whole other blog entry of the various Easter activities my family has morphed through over the years, including one year I had to dress as the white Easter bunny and entertain at the base Easter gathering. Seriously. I was twelve and my peers all knew it was me because there were no bunny feet, just my pink and white high tops. Not a great year. There is also the more recent memory of the adult Easter egg hunt at my in-laws where the plastic eggs had money and lottery tickets hidden in them. Much more fun.

Monday, March 22, 2010

A Great Day So Far

This morning I have been very productive.

I scheduled my final exam for the medical transcription program I have been working on for the past year. I thought there was an issue with a couple things, but apparently those were technical issues and have no influence over my eligibility for the final. Yay! So this Friday I am taking the test and finishing the program, hopefully! I just want to pass and get the certificate. Getting a job will come later!

I clarified a lot of murky class info for some homeschool classes. The murkiness was only in my brain so this really helped and didn't take very long. We have one week to get work done and then Spring Break next week. The month of April will be our last official month of organized schoolwork since standardized testing is in May. The end is in sight!

I am also putting concrete dates down for our vacation to my sister's at the end of the year. See how all this ties together? I have to take care of A and B before I can take care of C. My hubby is being very patient and checking on his vacation dates at work even though it's a couple months away. Nothing is real to him until the day before it happens. He is obviously not a long-term planner like I am and this can causes frustration for both of us sometimes.

I'm moving a little slowly today still. I am really, really looking forward to taking a shower tomorrow! Does it gross you out that I haven't showered for about 5 days? Well, I haven't. Doctor's orders. And I really miss that time alone. Tomorrow the bandages can come off. The countdown has begun! I'm thinking about cheating and taking them off tonight. We'll see.

The only other activity for today is taking the kids to science class. They are learning about worms today and I can't wait to see how Princess O will react. The professor will enjoy it I'm sure. He named his meal worm last week. I didn't have the heart to tell him that Mr. Wiggly was going to be dinner for a bearded dragon when class was over. Hopefully the worms will have a better end.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Medical March

This month had been a series of medical issues for our family.

Our 6-year-old daughter had to have an emergency appendectomy at the beginning of the month. It was a shocking experience. It was shocking in the way it started, with complaints of right-sided pain, shocking in the way we had to decide to let the doctors cut her open and remove something, and shocking to see her wheeled away from us deep in sleep, she herself unaware of what was going to happen to her. But she recovered very well, and perhaps most shocking was the fact that she was outside riding her scooter three days after her surgery.

I found myself back at the hospital two days after my daughter's discharge with my youngest son who had been struggling with an ugly cough for the past week and then complained his ears were hurting. Great. Back we went and for the next week and a half I was dispensing antibiotics to two kids, not fun.

A week later, I went in for my own surgery. I had the same surgeon who had operated on my daughter which was a bit weird. I mentioned to the surgeon during my preop visit that I had just met him the previous week when he operated on my daughter. He agreed it was weird! I think he did me a huge favor by scheduling me first on my date of operation. I checked in at 5:30 a.m. and was home by 11:30 a.m. This is a picture of my recovery area at home. I splurged on a new Bed-in-a-Bag and my mom and sister sent me some flowers. I have a stack of DVDs and a new BH&G magazine. It has been the perfect spot to recuperate.I also changed the pictures on the wall to some lovely Van Gogh prints that were hidden away so they feel new again.

Friday, March 19, 2010

After-Surgery Thoughts

I am not the kind of person who likes to rest and recover. When I have a cold I am in denial, telling myself and my family it's just "something in the air". I can't lay down and rest. It seems there is always so much to do. In the week before my hernia surgery (which was yesterday) I had several goals to accomplish and really looked forward to my recuperation period as a vacation of sorts. I finished my reports module for my transcription program, got homeschool plans settled, and hooked up my Kindle with lots to read.

My best efforts though were directed towards my bedroom which has not had a make-over EVER, in the 12 years I have occupied it. I truly did not think I could rest in a room that provoked so many "I wish it didn't look like this" thoughts. So, I splurged and bought a new bed set, took the quilt off the wall and replaced it with a homemade headboard, cleaned up my desk and set up the area next to my bed with reading materials, knitting projects, and a tv tray to hold my drinks and snacks. Best idea ever. I am loving it!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Scarf Frustration

Tonight I tried to start a new knitting project. I have the perfect colors to knit a LA Dodgers scarf for a friend of mine. I finally sat down to get it going on the needles and wouldn't you know, didn't work. I had the design worked out in my mind but just couldn't get it going at all. AT ALL. I ended up ripping out three different starts and finally said, "I'm just not meant to do this right now," and put it away. Grr.

I think I burned myself out doing so much work on my transcription reports. I worked almost nonstop from 5am until about 2:30pm. The kids were pretty good about it, with minimal interruptions, so I had a very productive session. I cannot wait to get through this program!! Only about 150 reports left. I would really like to get finished before the end of the month. We'll see.

I got some good reading time in with my Kindle finally, too. I started an historical fiction novel about Ireland. I love my Kindle! Oh, and the story is good, too.

Monday, March 1, 2010

A Few Thoughts

Today is the first day of a new month and here are some goals I have for myself for the next 31 days.

1. Finish my transcription training. (yes, I'm that close now.)
2. Finish all the books I have going right now. (about 4.)
3. Walk for 45 minutes every day possible. (Gotta drag the treadmill back out.)
4. Lose 10 pounds. (Very cliche, I know.)
5. Buy a good digital camera to replace my lost one. (to spice things up here.)
6. Blog more. (I signed up for NaBloPoMo.)

These are my attainable goals. I have a few more, like relax more, knit more, watch my Netflix movies the same week they come, but those are less attainable. If I could buy time in a bottle...