It's just barely 12 degrees outside right now! Ack! I'm repeating my desperation compromise of yesterday..;. Ro and Tor are sitting in front of the fire playing with bowls of snow. LOL It makes a gods aweful mess as it melts but it means no frostbite for them and no massive bundling up for all of us so yay! I can drink coffee and read MDC and /not/ go outside. I love autumn, and "sweater weather", but actual snow on the ground sub-zero winter? Not so much!
FE- if you live near a Wegmans grocery store, they sell the whole line of flower essences in the "nature's harvest" section. Along with bottles and things to mix your own. Oh, the reason I hesitate before seeing the dr is that back in college our whole group of friends got sick, eventually went to the campus clinic, and everyone was given meds because we all had strep. However, one of us was really into herbal remedies and although the teas weren't strong enough to kick the strep, they were strong enough to reduce the symptoms. Even though she needed the meds, she had to fight for them since she just wasn't presenting "as sick" as the rest of us. It was annoying and counterproductive and ever since then I've been hesitant to start anything new right before I see a dr.
My dr visit is tomorrow... wish me luck! And maybe a minor miracle or two. This family practice is great, great enough to pay out of pocket for the kiddos, but it's been 5 years since they've seen "me" as a patient (they did my prenatal care with dd1) and while I did have a nurse visit for thrush last month that's the only recent record they have on me. Hopefully we'll be able to strike a good balance between "I need help" and "I'm not overreacting". :)
Cari- yea gods, that's a lot for uniforms! Do they offer some sort of scholarship? The thought of a uniform cap though is just cute! And a matching bag? Spiffy is right!
Driving- I know, it's disgusting. And it costs about 80 dollars a week in gas. :( Not to mention I have multiple panic attacks and constant anxiety each day that I drive. Today DH took dd1 in to preschool, I'll pick her up in the afternoon. But we're seriously buying gas with the coins from under the seat cushions so who knows how this will go? I'm not sure we can break the preschool contract (and given how much dd1 enjoys going, maybe that's a good thing?)... we could keep her home but we'd still have to pay the tuition. I dunno... I really dislike being outside in the winter (armchair pagan!) and she loves it. It's not safe for littles alone outside here (dog attacks, hunters, etc) so while she gets an hour or more of outside play each day at preschool she'd be inside all day here... and it's a tiny house. Ah well, if we can't find enough coins we can't get there anyway...
LOL Must think happy thoughts! LOL I came up with an awesome holiday gift for everyone... fabric bags! Made from scrap fabric I've already got, an easy peasey quickie pattern. And what makes it rock? Personalized stitching on the outside. Like, my SIL wants to hit the wine trail during the holidays. So I used scraps of blue felt to make the lakes and a straight stitch to "draw" the wine trail. I put a few beads along the trail to mark wineries. Stuffed it with free wine trail brochures and a dollar bin notepad/pen for wine tasting notes and sha-zam! A neat and useful gift that didn't require spending the gas money. And dh is getting a similar bag, but I stitched a cog design and some chemical symbols and whatnot to make it steampunky. And my MIL and AuntIL are getting "book" bags with stitched quotations, my newly veg*n SIL is getting an "eat gentle" bag, and so on. W00t! Creative score!