Wednesday, January 30, 2013

One of Those Days

January has been a standout month for my family, medically anyway. This is an account of our latest adventure.

While calmly working on my Etsy shop, stinkR, inside the house, nice and cozy, the air was suddenly split by a blood-curdling scream from outside. I knew the kids were running down to a neighbor's house to deliver a get well card, but I didn't know there was a large group of them and they were running in a herd as if being chased by a T-Rex. Mr. M was in the middle of the pack.

He is not fast, nor is he as old as the other kids around him, and someone accidentally (I keep repeating that word to myself) tripped him. He fell full force on his hands and later told me he felt his pinkie finger bend all the way back. Hence, the scream.

Like any good mother, I froze, waiting to see if the screaming would stop before I had to do anything. It did, but only because he went into that silent scream mode. You know, like that painting? My older son raced in and got me. I looked at M's hand and there were no outward injuries. But he kept crying, unusual for him. He is quick to cry and quick to stop, especially when there is playing to be done. He was not interested in doing anything. We kept icing it on and off and decided to give it until morning to see how it looked. He was subdued and slept through the night.

Well, when he woke yesterday morning, the first thing I noticed was he totally favored the hand, like kept it close to his body and wouldn't move it. I took a closer look and WOW. He had a huge cartoon hand that was turning blue in places! We immediately headed to urgent care.

A few x-rays later and we had the diagnosis. He has what is known as a Boxer's Fracture. We watch UFC and MMA fights so he's familiar with these guys and how this fracture can happen. I think he felt a little better. The problem is that the fracture is ugly, not clean. The bone is off to the side, not on top of itself. He may need surgery to have a pin inserted and get the finger growing straight. He has a soft cast until Monday when we see the hand specialist. Oh, man. Almost a week to wait.

This is my youngest son. He already has a surgery scheduled for next Wednesday to correct a, ahem, personal boy issue, and I was struggling to handle that. A child going in for surgery? Under anesthesia? With probing and cutting? Not a mother's best day. Add this whole finger-pin-insertion thing and I am feeling like I'm on the edge of insanity for real.

If you think of him, please pray. He's a trooper. He is utterly brokenhearted about missing the baseball season, which is just starting. He cried more about that than anything else.

Did I mention that my van wouldn't start when we were leaving the hospital? Yeah, it wouldn't. I sat for an hour repeatedly trying to start, waiting for my husband to come from work an hour away. I knew it wasn't the battery. We have a finicky starter. I just could not believe that I had to deal with that, too. But it finally started and I raced home.

I won't describe the rest of my day, but at one point, I knew it was over and I took a 2-hour nap. I had to check out for a while, you know? I woke up, spent some quality time on Etsy, DH made dinner, and then I went to bed and slept soundly. I have declared today Yarn Therapy day. I am going to knit and not look up. Except to take care of Mr. M, of course.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Back On, Baby!

Here I am, happily typing on my laptop. Yes, the gear I needed came on Thursday and I have been busy taking care of my business.

I don't have much to report. The weather has been rainy, literally. Usually here, we only get the clouds, but we have had lots of real precipitation and I have not been so motivated to run as to go out in it. We use Gamefly, a video game rental mail delivery system, and received Just Dance 4 today. Dancing is one of my loves so I will be getting my exercise shaking my booty with the kids tomorrow.

I have been knitting and working on my Etsy shop, stinkR, lots of good things happening there!

We signed the boys up for Little League. They are on two different teams so I am looking forward to lots of knitting time during practices, as well as runs to and from the field. I love watching my kids play sports. I love cheering for them and encouraging them to do their best. Princess O is about to start gymnastics, something she has been asking for since we moved. This girl is such a wiggle worm, always kicking her legs around and waving her arms, I think she will be outstanding.

We watched an interesting documentary today, Craigslist Joe. This man devoted a month of his life to living off the kindness of people he met on Craigslist or through activities posted on Craiglist. Sounds crazy, right? If you like documentaries, this is a good one. I enjoyed seeing my faith in humanity validated. I truly believe that humans look out for one another and when we see someone in need, we help. This is a great film. He receives everything he needs from food to clothes to a ride across country. A few of the people he comes across are weirdos, no doubt. At least by my standards! Joe definitely has a profound experience that is enthralling to watch. Although, I did wonder...what happened to that bike he borrowed?

Okay, I'm off to enjoy the rest of this Saturday night elsewhere online. What are you doing tonight?

Monday, January 21, 2013

Not Yet

Well, I was so excited to get the mail today, hoping my computer gear would come, you know what I'm going to say? Right! There was no mail service today! For a good reason, no doubt, but I was disappointed. So here I am on my phone because I haven't used many words today and they are bursting out of me.

No homeschooling today, which meant lots of knitting! I posted two new listings on stinkR, another knitted necklace and an amazing cowl that I almost hate to sell. But I can make another one! I started a couple new projects and now I am knitted out. Seriously. I need a break. I know, it sounds funny. The Muse comes and stays, then flees. I'm not worried.

It is so hot here this week! I'm not complaining. I get to run in shorts and a tank top and work on my winter tan. A winter tan, you ask? Yes, such a thing exists! And I love it. My run was fabulous and I got good and sweaty. My goal is to run 100 miles by my birthday. I'm past 30 now so I think I will make it.

I finished season 3 of Mad Men tonight. Thumbs up! I think the season was closed off perfectly. I need a break from this show, so I'm deciding between Walking Dead and Sons of Anarchy. Both are in Netflix. I need an escape show while I knit. Breaking Bad is on the backburner right now, although I do miss Jesse. I almost can't watch it anymore since I'm near the end of what's in Netflix.

This week is wide open. I miss my homies. I think I need a night out.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Sunday Runday

Today I ran 5 miles to try to balance all the junk I've been eating. I defiled my body with McDonald's on Friday. There was really no other option, but I still felt gross. So a long run was needed and helped me get over it.

I bought some different protein shakes today, the Special K brand. I didn't check the ingredient list. I didn't think I had to! But right before I poured it into the blender, thank God I listened to that little voice and looked. Carrageenan! Ugh! This seaweed preservative is sneaking into everything! I have an intolerance for carrageenan. My abdomen gets painfully bloated and other bad things happen. It's not good. I avoid it. But it is everywhere!

So I made my own post-run chocolate shake with cocoa powder, lowfat milk, and frozen cherries. It was awe-some! I love having chocolate milk after a run. I think about before and during my run. It motivates me!

I haven't been posting regularly because my laptop died. Actually, the charger cord got ripped by some short people who live here. I finally ordered a new one from Amazon (for half the price they were selling it for at Best Buy, but that's another post). I'm excited to get it next week because I've missed writing. I hope you've missed me, too. :)

Sunday, January 13, 2013

So This was My Day

I love the weekend. I have the freedom to go for a long run since dh is home with the kids. No worries, no fears. I hit the asphalt and don't look back. Today I went for a 5 mile run and it was the best.

I run through my neighborhood. There is a good sized hill that I use for warming up. Then I use the other side for running down. The temperature was hovering around 50 degrees, perfect for running.

I prefer to run with music. My playlist is something I'm always tweaking to get just right. I know I've told you about Run Hundred before. I'd be lost without it! Tonight I spent some time downloading new music and compiling a new list, rearranging the current one I use.

So now I have a hip hop themed list and an alternative style list. Typically I get more motivation from the hip hop, but lately I've fallen in love with some alternative music that gets me going, too.

Speaking of going, I am hitting my old track tomorrow morning. I'm in that area for the kids homeschooling classes. I haven't been on this track for over a year, and I hate track running, so we'll see how it goes. I'm really excited to run to my new playlist! That's he major benefit from tracks: headphones. I don't wear them on the street to run, too dangerous.

My new goal is to lose 8 lbs by the end of February, my birthday, on which I will be turning 38. Yikes! Let's call it 30-great. 8 by 30-great is the new goal! Definitely doable.

What are you working toward?

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Annual Checkups

Doctor's appointments for annual checkups, which led to
Specialist referrals

Amblyopia and a halo nevus, which led to a biopsy for my 11yo
Scoliosis, which needs an xray for full diagnosis for my 9yo
An undescended testicle, which requires surgery for my 7yo

I am feeling a bit overwhelmed. All this was discovered over the last 3 days. Each child has a significant medical issue right now. We weren't expecting this from annual checkups. One day at a time.

These pics were taken when we were out to eat. My youngest son is a sweetie, very affectionate and thoughtful. The pic with his sister and him looks so cute, right? Yeah, well, she did not want to take a picture with him and pushed him away, making a "ew, gross" face when he asked her to do it! But we made her do it, and look at that angelic face! She has skills. I'm scared!

Monday, January 7, 2013

Here's the Thing

I've been busy knitting and finishing up a few projects. And the finishing is what I dread. I don't like lining up pockets. I don't like attaching i-cord. I don't like winding bobbins. I know these are necessary tasks, but I dread them.

I think it's because I worry the final product will be flawed. I sweat over edges, pinning and eyeing, silently swearing when it doesn't come out just so. I dislike redoing things. But that is the necessary task, too, sometimes! Maybe it's the redoing I dread. After so much time and energy invested in a project, though, I want it to be perfect.

Maybe I should stick to scarves and cowls and hats. Anything I can just  bind off and be done! Maybe I need an assistant to do all the finishing up work!

I love to knit. I know I may never become rich from selling what I knit. My etsy shop, stinkR, may always be small. That's okay. What I love is the creative process. I love getting a vision for something and choosing the perfect yarn and needle size. I'm Dr. Knitenstein, knitting and purling my creations to life.

After a full evening of finishing a couple bags tonight, I'm spent. It's a good tiredness. I'm satisfied with the final products and I am just waiting for tomorrow's sunlight to get some good pictures. I think I will reach my goal of listing 10 new items on stinkR by Valentine's Day.

On another note, I've been watching Mad Men while working tonight. I enjoy the show. The characters are complex and the dialogue is well done. But, seriously, all that sex? Let's get real, people. Don Draper was drinking and smoking all the time and probably had terrible breath! No woman's hair looks that good after being pinned up all day and then just shaken loose! Show me Mr. Draper popping a mint or Joan waking up with her make-up smeared under her eyes and I can relate a little better! I know, I know, it's not real life, okay. But I'm just saying...

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

My Day Today

Today I spent the morning doing a photo shoot with Tyra, my mannequin. I dressed her and had perfect light outside to get shots of most of the products in my Etsy shop, stinkR. Things just look better when you see how they are supposed to be used. Purses, scarves, hand mitts, she displayed them all wonderfully! This was a major task crossed off my to-do list.

The editing was tedious. My laptop isn't working, so I did it all on my smartphone. Thank God for smartphones! But, I know it would have been easier and faster on the computer. I even listed two new items. Major accomplishment!

One of my goals this year is to get my shop going. I have the very basic shop set up. I know there is so much more I could do! I set a goal to list 10 new items by Valentine's Day and get some business cards done by the end of February. We'll see.

Homeschooling vacation ends on Sunday. I have to spend the weekend prepping. Boo. I would rather be knitting!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

2013 Off to a Good Start

This is a picture of the eyelet scarf that has been kicking my butt for the past two days. Is the pattern that hard, you ask? No. It's easy! Is your house noisy and distracting, you ask? Yes. Yes it is.

Thankfully, DH took the kids out for a while and I was able to get in the groove of the pattern. I have had to frog at least four rows today and completely started over three times yesterday. But, I want to list the scarf on my etsy shop, so it was worth it to have the scarf perfect. And I love the pattern! Definitely a repeat project.

I busted out a five mile run yesterday! Booyah! It took me an hour and that is an awesome pace for me. Towards the end, I really had to push myself and that felt good. I ran two miles today. I was racing the sun so I kept it short. I am loving the cold temps! Great running weather!

My five mile run was done in the early morning 30-degree temperature. I wore a ribbed headband I just knitted and it kept me comfortable the whole time. The headband is extra wide so it covers the tips of my ears. I really hate when my ears get cold. They hurt! Is that weird?

How did you start the new year?