Gaye - welcome back. Those are the kinds of stories Dh comes home with almost every day. Funny and sad....
Edited by sparkletruck - 2/1/13 at 10:58am
What does the chiro say about that? Have you been back to the doctor you saw post-accident? I am just wondering whether you might have more extensive injuries from the accident than they previously thought. I hope you have some relief. I guess icing is best to keep the inflammation at bay, but when I think of an achey neck and shoulder, a nice trip to the sauna sounds heavenly.
Lisa, the "truth squad" idea is a good one, just to get both sides of an argument out in the public eye. It seems that the people willing to take the time to write (and often complain) about an issue are the ones who are heard and set the tone for what we believe the general populace thinks. It's good to keep in mind that it's just a tiny fraction of the real people out there.
Sparkle, ooh, 2 bathroom remodels at once? You are truly brave!
RR: Early up with DH to run some hill repeats on the bridge. It was cold (for us, remember ), around freezing when we got there, but no wind, so it was very nice.
I have a meeting scheduled with DS's 1st grade teacher on Wednesday. DH and I discussed him and his situation on our run, so it was good to listen to each other. He is worried that DS will feel "dumb" if he is at the bottom of his class, and those feelings of inadequacy will be bad for his self-confidence. I see that point. When I talk to DS about school, I try to remind him how hard he is working and how much he has improved, and I hope that being last will also be a motivation to work hard and to learn to appreciate what he has achieved. But we both want to also hear the teacher's point of view and not be too reactive. Anyway, more to come on this topic.
Older cat is tolerating the kitten a little bit better lately. No overt aggression, he just acts irritated and leaves the room when the kitten gets too close.
I do believe I have done my weight training for this week. The weigh scale at the landfill registered 1500 pounds of garbage from our basement, almost all of which I bagged and carried up the stairs and outside. That doesn't include the stuff I was able to save by carrying it upstairs and then back down again - and that was actually the heavy stuff!
mommajb, mountain lions are a worry, IMO coyotes really are not unless you are with a dog or unless you are a small child. Mountain lions are another story. We had coyotes on the farm, and they were only a worry for us with regard to lambs and chickens. Mountain lions look and sounds very different from coyotes, and will stalk adult people and attack quietly from behind. Better to run the trail with a group. And also loudly.
On school and "holding back," I just wish there weren't such stigmas attached. How age-obsessed kids (and their parents) can be! Self included. Here, schools do KG1 and KG2, so it's not weird to have 2 years in before grade 1. Of course, it is also the more common thing to start earlier, not later, unless one is a super-self-assured northern European (think Scandinavian).
Shanti, you deserve Nic's rx too. Wish you both could come relax on the beach for a couple weeks.
Yeah, Geo, you are right, and dd needs BOTH handwriting and keyboarding practice. She CAN write exquisitely, but it's when she hurries (because it's not her favorite activity or subject and she is looking to move on to something she likes more) that she makes a mess. Most of this is a battle of wills.
Speaking of which, I caught a cold this weekend, so yesterday dh stepped in and rode herd a little. Kids' room is clean, both kids got a second-parent-talking-to about most of the same issues I have been struggling with, and by dealing with the mess of the room, dh does realize, the apartment IS too small. It's been hard because he picked it all himself, and I hated the very online photos of the listing in the first place...and then he Skyped from here and tried to declare what a huge space it is while I was unconvinced...and now finally, after a few weekends actually inside the space, he realizes it is not enough space for what we are doing here. So, he will be looking for a 3BR over the summer, and we will return to a different place. I pray it is not a villa, because I don't need all the extra work of a garden here, but we shall see. We checked out an awesome duplex apt a few weeks ago, and I'd take that in two seconds.
There's more, but I am leaving for more needles in ten minutes...
jo, I'm glad your husband is seeing your needs for space now, too. Terrific to have him step into your shoes and see the same issues :)
loftmama, I think my kids prefer water kefir to kombucha, but I have kombucha going on. My oldest likes it with a shorter ferment/sweeter tea, and the youngest will devour it any way I ferment it.
Shanti, that is an amazing workout! I hope you get some rest and relaxation now.
Plady, I'm glad the meeting went well and hope you find solutions that work for your daughter.
Mel38, good luck with your school planning, too.
mommajb, I've had a lot of coyote encounters while running in Vancouver and they are pretty fearful and not so big that you wouldn't beat one in a fight. Now I have the black bears and mountain lions (we call them cougars) to deal with in our forests. My husband and I have an ongoing debate over whether to be more afraid of of the bears or cougars. I vote cougars, ad according to google Vancouver Island has the most cougar attacks and fatalities in North America. I see bears on a pretty regular basis, but have never seen a cougar. As a friend of mine jokes: I've never seen a cougar, but I'm sure that they have seen me... Hubby worries more about bears because he thinks he's less likely to beat one in a fight. Mostly the bears are big and dumb and not interested in humans since there are lots of berries and garbage to eat.
Thanks for the concern about the shoulder/neck. In a typical small town way, my doc was at bootcamp on Friday night, and I'll head in to the office on Monday if I don't have significant improvement. Today was headache-free, so I'm optimistic. Chiro thinks that compensation from the initial injury lead to some new muscular tension higher up and some impingement on the orbital nerve causing the headaches. It makes sense in the context of the day- increasing tension. The 40 min drive to work and 60ish minutes home are really not helpful.
RR- Tried to go climbing today but the gym was closed for a roller derby game. We did a couple of blocks around the block instead.
NRR- I forgot to mention that I have a job interview on Monday to teach prenatal classes. They're free classes offered by public health, and I would teach the L&D component. It's only 1 or 2 days per month, but I think it would be fun. My sense from the phone call is that the interview is mostly just a formality to see if I'm a good fit. Also on Monday, I have round two of the attempted IUD replacement. Fingers crossed that the GYN can get it switched out in the office (family doctor failed when she tried).
Just a quick drive-by on the coyote situation. They are common here, even in these fairly urban areas. There are signs posted at the Patriots Point and near the bridge where hundreds of people run and walk, and literally right beside sports fields, playgrounds and other public areas. I haven't heard of one attacking a leashed dog or any human, but I am sure that they live off of any other small animal including unleashed pets. I don't feel afraid of them, though, just because I haven't ever heard of anyone being bitten or even approached. On an early morning run last summer, I saw a baby coyote near the fence to the shipyard in downtown Charleston! In general, I worry much less about them than about the dogs that regularly approach me and bark menacingly. I'm more afraid of a rabid animal, though, but there is not much to do about that except to avoid running anywhere outdoors.
Mommajb, that's one way to get through a movie - skip all the talking parts! Funny.
Loft, that does sound bucolic, but I'm with you on the cleaning service. It would need to be weekly around here, too.
Which reminds me, I have 6 hours of work today, and then cleaning before a houseful of people descends upon us for the superbowl. I better get busy!
Have a lovely Sunday everybody!
I noticed mood changes in the WRONG direction when my IUD hit 3.5 years. Which is why I then went on a minipill. Which has one TMI side effect which I will call *BCM.
Lofty, my dd is definitely the hearing learner. I had her read aloud to me tonight. We need to do that more. Ds worked through more note-taking, a detailed formal outline, and 2/3 of his first draft today (in just a couple hours; he got his other work done, too). He remarked on how easy the writing part was, once the notes were taken and organized and the outline written.
Fingers crossed for the IUD removal, MelW. It's freaking me out a little to think about it, but I am confident your obgyn will just handle it. And I hope the headaches disappear completely and immediately.
We kayaked yesterday, which was awesome but not long enough and *WIMP ALERT* kind of chilly. We were doing this found art cyanotype project. But then the sun went away and it rained (of all days and in all places) so we brought the paper and found stuff home and will do them when the wind stops screaming. Anyway, I awoke with a sore throat but soldiered on, and then fell on the couch in the afternoon and could not be bothered to get off until this morning. The good doc gave me some needles in the face today for my congestion. And I just downed 2.5 bowls of Tom Kha Gai. And next I am going out to get nasal spray. Because mouth breathing is overrated. We have another field trip this week, to Dubai, so the kids are on the hook to get the extra work done, and they are so far rising to it. We can do this.
*B is for boogery
My IUD is copper, not hormonal, so no impact on my mood. I am pretty happy with it as birth control (enough to have a new one put in), though I think for many people the side effects of heavier and crampier periods would be a pretty big deterrent. I had light and cramp-free periods pre-IUD and now have graduated from the "mini" tampons for one or two days and occasionally have a bit of cramping (the cramping seems quite related to my diet and exercise patterns the week before). Probably not all that helpful, but there you have it... FWIW, my removal situation is because the strings were a bit "stabby" once the IUD settled into place, so I had them cut *reeeeeeaally* short. Now they're too short to grab onto for removal. I keep reminding myself that was expected from when I had them shortened, and that it isn't because the IUD has migrated or perforated or anything else scary.
Mmmmmm, Tom Kha Gai. Now I know what I want for dinner tonight! I hope you're feeling better soon, jo.