Originally Posted by Maiasaura
It sounds like you are describing carb-flu, really Which is the sort of detox effect you get when you switch to low carb. I am doing low carb, moderate protein, and high fat. Works for me
I don't know if I can do it, yet. I haven't tried
Hmm, I don't know. I've never really cut carbs out of my diet. In all honestly, I don't think that's what it is though. I think I just need some of everything. Now as far as actually losing the weight, a low carb would probably work for me, I just wouldn't be a very nice person to be around. Nor would it last very long as I reverted back to my old eating habits after losing the weight. Carbs with the obesity epidemic, I think it has a lot more to do with portions. Carbs are necessary and imporant, but not in the levels we've been eating them. Carbs have become the ultimate food because its easy. Hungry? Grab a bag of chips, pretzels, fill in the blank with whatever over processed cheap food you can come up with. Its quick, easy and very tasty. Want a sandwich? Its some toppings squeezed between over processed white sandwich bread that's a dollar. I personally think that that is the bigger issue, not just carbs in and of themselves. That's just my unasked for two cents though.
Originally Posted by redveg
How long has it been since I have been here? I can't remember it's been so long. I hope everyone is doing well. I am going to have to go and check up with what's been going on. So much has been going on here. I had my gallbladder surgery and am going back for a check up today, in about an hour:) The hubby and I drove to New Rochelle, New York and adopted a pig from the Humane Society there, his name is Peyton. So far so good, we have only had him about 1.5 weeks and he is still figuring out his place in our family. I figure by the end of the month we will have a better idea if all is going to be okay. It looks like with some time and a bit of work it will turn out. All of my kids have been accepted to college:) Now we are just working on the $$$ end of it. I tell you it's never easy but putting 3 at the same time through school I might be eating ramin only for the next few years.
Its been a whirlwind for you! Hope everything went well at your follow up appt and you get to feeling better. Has Peyton gotten his bearings yet? College tuition is awful, I hated dealing with all of that. Very glad I have many years until I need to start thinking about it!
Originally Posted by wombatclay
Ack... weekends are so tough, I need Monday to recover! And would I believe I'd /ever/ say something like that? LOL! But seriously, working noon-7pm... it's tougher than I had hoped. Do-able and hugely important to our getting out of debt but still! It means I have zero computer time for two or three days. Catching up with this thread is a yoicks!
god box- what a cool craft idea. I need something like that I think. I actually picked up a little statue set (the hazard of an employee discount at a spectacular antique/funky thrift shop that shares space with the mama thrift store I work for) and am planning on using it in a similar way.... there are three statues, all female forms sitting cross legged, one with her hands on her knees "meditating", one with her hands folded at chest level "praying", and one with her hands reaching up in a stretch "offering up". Their laps are shallow bowls and I was thinking I might put needs/intentions in their laps. Sort of choosing an approach for each intention?
hair- I made a tiny beaded bracelet... we've tried chewy necklaces (surgical tubing or silicone fish tank tubing are a cheap alternative if anyone is in need) without much luck... and we're reminding here to keep her fingers out of her hair. DH wants to cut her hair super short but I think not only would it look worse, it wouldn't help. She LOVES wigs so that might be an option for a while, and she loves headdresses... ribbons, veils, anything "princess" (she has a disney made "tangled wig" sigh). I'm thinking maybe a hair clip with lots of ribbons that hang down her back so she can twiddle those? And she helped pick out some altar items... she drew a picture of Rapunzel, added the Crown from her Tangled set, has a few beads she wants to braid into her hair when it's long enough, etc.
general- we're planning on moving all 4 kids upstairs and turning that sleep loft into "kid land". They'll have the whole loft for their beds as well as their toys (they have a bookcase and a set of shelves in the living room with books/toys and those would stay, only their "room stuff" would go upstairs). This would give them space and hang out space and autonomy while also moving them away from exterior doors and the tv LOL! ;) DH and I would take the small bedroom we built... We have been working slowly towards this shift, but now we're really motivated. :( My mom stopped by and she is convinced that a huge war is coming and she keeps trying to get us to return to her church AND agree to "bug out" with her to a relative's compound. Anyway, we keep saying no. Well, today she basically said that when the call comes she is going to come here and "get" the kids so at least they wont be hurt. Um, what!?!?! Uh huh, no way. I don't think she'd actually try anything but. Well, there is that "but". So we're getting the kids upstairs ASAP. sigh.
Glad your working is going ok. How's the pumping going?
Sounds like you've got a lot of good ideas for the hair situation. Hopefully something will really strike her and she will stop pulling it.
Goodness, that's just craziness about your mom! Where did she get the idea that there's going to be some big war? I'd be moving my kids upstairs, too, even if I didn't think anything would really happen. What a complete bummer though, to have to do that to make sure your mom doesn't spazz out and take them. But yay new couch!!
Originally Posted by vydalea
Okay...today I woke up not feeling very well, Z goes to her grandparents for the AM on Tuesday so I decided to have a couch day to try to ward off getting ill. I WATCHED DOWNTON ABBEY ALL MORNING. I am addicted!! Thanks to those of you who recommended it. Is season 2 currently playing on PBS or is it season 3??
Thanks for that entire paragraph. haha. I've had some onlies tell me that they weren't happy being onlies so it's really great to hear positive feedback. We've been thinking about an IUD, too, but my insurance doesn't cover it but we know it will be worth it...AS LONG AS IT WORKS! hahaha. Maybe I'll wait a year and see how it goes for you. LOL!! This man is actually very good about these things, which is why I freaked out so much. He told my mother when I was in high school that she would someday end up with a son. I thought that was insane...until she divorced my dad and married a guy who had a son who actually called her "Mom" - wild!
Season 2 is on PBS now. You can watch the shows online after they air. I think they're up to espisode six or so? I'm half waiting until season 2 is on Netflix to watch it because I don't want to sit in my computer chair and watch it on my computer. Not comfy enough for all the suspense! Season three is airing or has aired in the UK (its originally a British show). I'm hoping it will be over here soon!
You're welcome! I think a positive only expirence has a lot to do with personality. I was perfectly content to sit alone and play myself in board games. I really lived in my head and it would've been very hard on me to have had siblings to force me out.
As for the IUD, I don't have insurance. I bought a Mirena off of a Canadian website for less than $300. It will ship to my house and then I will just take it to my midwife and she will place it. She's been doing this for over two years now and its worked very well for her and her clients. If that's something your provider would be willing to do with you, it's a much cheaper alternative. You can also get the Mirena for free through the Arch Foundation if you qualify financially. http://www.archfoundation.com Its supposed to be 99.9% effective and only rarely causes problems if you end up pregnant while using it. So I'm far more comfortable with that than anything else save a vasectomy! DS2 beat our former birth control odds so I'm all for something that has that high of a percentage of success!!
Wow, that's crazy! I wonder how it will work out then! I suppose technically he never said you'd have another baby so who knows?!
Originally Posted by revolting
I need to learn how to cut hair. There are a lot of $5 haircut places around me, but I haven't ever really liked my haircut from those places. If I'm going to be unhappy with it, I might as well do it for free in my own home, LOL.
We got approved for unemployment. Yay! The money hasn't come through, but it should in the next few days.
I cut all of my kids' hair. Saves so much money. Cheapest around here is $11 a pop! Its taken me many cuts to figure out DD's hair. For the longest time I only had to cut her hair about 2 or 3 times a year because I'd accidently cut it so short! Now she's wearing it short and I've managed to figure it out. I assumed the boy haircuts would be harder to do but they've actually been quite easier. I think once summer comes around I will just buzz their heads and leave them with some fuzz. Easier, fewer cuts and cooler for the hot summer days of outside play.
Originally Posted by wombatclay
food- anyone watch Supersizers Go? It's a fun food/history show where the two hosts spend a week eating/living in the manner of a well off couple in different time periods. They have complete medical testing before and after each week to see what the impact of the diet/lifestyle is and during their week they meet with various historians and foodies to discuss the time period. It's a lot of fun! Oh, it's British... they confine themselves to the history and cuisine of Britain. The other night we watched the Edwardian period and oh gods! It was crazy! The sheer amount of food was amazing (to say nothing of the booze), and there were days when the only veggie was the parsley garnish or a side of boiled celery. However, there was a section on the rise of vegetarian cooking in that period and the link between vegetarian meals and the suffrage movement. Anyway, it's a fun show and given the food conversations... it might be of interest!
Like a friend mentioned, it's been 5 months of March weather and we still have March to look forward to. I swear, if this is the new normal I'm going to demand a bigger closet or a move to a location that either still has seasons (Alaska maybe) or at least a nicer "seasonal mix" (CA perhaps?).
Food show sounds pretty interesting! I will have to look it up!
Yes, five months of March. Back and forth between flurries and rain, highs in the low 30s to mid 50s, mud everywhere, overcast and damp. I'm ready for warmth and spring! I don't really mind winter, just give me stinkin' winter though. Stay cold. Stay snowy. Stop flipping back and forth!
Oh, ladies, Valentine's Day was fantastic! DH surprised me by setting up a sitter for the kids and we went out to eat by ourselves! Its been at least 2 years since we've gone out alone. We got to do adult things like sit at the bar and eat our food while it was still hot! I even got to have a few drinks because there was enough time before DS2 would want to nurse again. It was fantastic to get out and reconnect with DH alone. We felt like a young, giddy newly wed couple. It was a nice change. Hope you all had a great of a day as I did!!