Geo, Real, Nic - and a little only because it is all SO FAMILIAR! Geo - I didn't know I had another brother but you must have been describing my mom! Nic, I've used that slim chance of snow in the past to excuse myself from relatives houses too. Real, before my MIL moved to a nursing home (a couple steps prior) she lived in a huge three story house in St. Louis which had tons of furniture and not a millimeter of surface space that was not covered in clutter. And the mattresses from when the kids were kids and they'd bought them second hand even then. Well, when it finally came time to move her out dh and I of course were the only people with the practical skills to handle it () by the time we got to the third floor bedrooms (me so drugged up against allergies I could barely see or breathe) we decided to just shove the mattresses out the window out onto the lawn to put in the dumpster. We pushed and shoved and pushed and shoved and finally the mattress popped through and hit the ground below. It left an enormous cloud of ick and oh-my-God-that's-disgusting in the air but what was even grosser was the thick scraped off sludge that was left on the window frame!!!
Gaye!!!! Yeah you! And yay for us! We get baby stories again!!! Congratulations! You totally earned it!
Mommajb - Hmm, coconut milk hmm? I could go for that. You mean the kind in the can right? Not the nasty new workout 'water'? I'll try that tonight, our meals have been far too boring lately (all my fault, dh is a good cook even if I resent his haphazard method).
Jo - Yikes, it is easy to forget how much smoking still goes on in the world. I'm so sorry about your eye! I hope the Dead Sea can heal it up. And I am so with you on the 'whoa I'm far from where I want to be!' thing. We can climb out. We WILL climb out!
JayGee - I have to admit, I still don't really understand what ART is. The thing that seems to be the issue is the psoas, I just don't think I've been disciplined enough in working on stretching it. I do finally get that heat really helps so that's something to hold on to.
RR: I zumba'd again yesterday! I'm just hoping that if I can get a handle on the moves that I'll be more willing to make room in the schedule for it when normal life scheduling resumes. I'm still not sure I'm in love with it but at least my back didn't wig out on me and I can definitely tell that it's a good way to use all those muscles.