Tuesday, September 19, 2006

I couldn't resist.

I saw this at Chili's and just couldn't resisit the temptation!!!

happymom --


A person with a sixth sense for detecting the presence of goblins

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Thursday, September 14, 2006

Surgery Update

Praise God! The surgery went very well. Thank you for all of your prayers and support. It really has been going very smoothly. I haven't experienced any nausea and only a very little bit of dizziness, these are very common side-effects of the surgery.

My mom has been staying with us and helping out a lot with the kids and house.

I'll be going for a follow-up visit with the doctor next Friday but it will be several weeks before I can tell how successful the surgery will be with improving my hearing. I believe it will be 3 months before I have a hearing test.

So, there you have it.

Again, thank you so much for your prayers.

Love to all!

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Delayed Reality Syndrome and a frozen stapes.

One major thing that I left off of my "weirdo" meme the other day...I suffer from Delayed Reality Syndrome.

I'm sure you haven't heard of such a thing because I have completely made it up. This is the term I've created to describe my little quirkiness. You see, when anything major arises in my life I fail to accept how major it really is until the very last possible moment and then I'm swept with emotions in the instant that I realize...well, reality.

Here is an example:
My sister getting married. For the entire engagement period I touted how happy I was to be able to be the only child, I would have the house to myself, be spoiled by my parents, and enjoy complete and utter privacy. As tissues were handed out before the ceremony to be tucked in our bras (just in case a tear crept up) I declined the offer and hooted with joy that my sister was moving out of the house...no tears for me. Reality struck me while I was standing at the alter next to her, yeah...without a tissue. Let's just say the tux that the groomsmen standing next to me was wearing, well, it wasn't returned quite as clean as when it was rented. I wiped my snot on it.

Anyway, what is the point of this post?

Well, I have a condition called otosclerosis. Basically, one of the bones in my ear has stopped functioning. The bone that is "frozen" is the stapes bone. Hence...I have a frozen stapes. This has caused me to begin to lose my hearing in my right ear. A simple procedure called a stapedectomy will remove the bone and replace it with a prosthetic. It is a minor surgery and is an outpatient procedure.

This has been a fun topic for Ad and I and we've had many obnoxious conversations regarding my frozen stapes. I'm pretty sure she is ready for this phase of my life to be over because if I bring this topic up again I'm sure she'll smack me. But there is nothing I love more than to annoy the living daylights out of her. That's what friends are for.

Until yesterday it has been a very light hearted topic for me. But, DRS has struck. As with any medical procedure there are always risks involved and my mind has been thinking on that today. The reality has set in.

So, my sweet blogging friends, I ask for prayer. Pray my doctor is in good mind and alert and sober. I trust God will take care of me but I do have a bit of nervousness. So please pray that I have peace of mind and heart.

I go in tomorrow early in the morning so I doubt I'll post a follow up for a few days. Until then, blog on!

Thursday, September 07, 2006

5 Weird Things Meme

Alright, Shalee tagged me for this meme and I don't think she knew what she was in for. I'm supposed to list 5 things that are weird about me or my dog...I'm sure I can do both without any problem. Here it goes:

  1. I obsess about license plates. If they are personalized and hard to figure out I obsess over them until I can figure it out. Oh, and the standard issue license plates....I obsess about those too...I wish I could figure out what the number/letter sequencing is. If you know, please don't tell me...you'll spoil the fun.
  2. My life-long question that I can't wait to ask God: "Did Adam and Eve have belly buttons?" Really, it's a valid question and oh so fascinating.
  3. When I was young I had an imaginary motor-cycle. I've tried to pass along this great toy of mine to my kids but they just look at me like I'm crazy when I'm running around the house making loud sort of brum brum sounds.
  4. In high school my dream car was a purple carmengia with large white polka-dots and my favorite color was bright orange.
  5. This one's for Addie...I have a frozen stapes. hehehehehe.

I rarely(...or have I ever?) mention our dog, Heidi. She's a one-year old boxer. We adopted her when she was six months and we suspect she might have been abused or heavily reprimanded as a young pup. That said...you would think I would go easy on her but, don't forget whose typing here.

  1. Heidi does not like men. It took her 3 weeks to get used to my husband when we first got her. When a man does come to our home we have to put Heidi in the back yard and the man then has a series of "rules" to follow. 1) He must sit down 2) He may not wear a hat 3) He must not make any direct eye contact or attempt any type of communication with the dog 4) If at all possible, he must shave all facial hair. Okay, so we don't "force" the 4th but we do highly recommend it. heh.
  2. Heidi freaks out if you ask her in a high-pitched froggy voice, "Can I have a cup of sugar?" Don't ask how we found this out.
  3. Heidi's favorite toy is her food. She'll take one little chunk from her bowl and toss it around the entire house flipping it around and pawing at it.
  4. My dog has seasonal allergies. What's up with that??? Not only to I have to buy antihistamines for my daughter and myself...I have to freakin' buy them for my dog!
  5. Heidi likes to chew on wood. Whether its a fallen branch from the tree outside or a wooden toy from my kids' collection...it's just plain yummy to her.

So, there ya have it! Consider yourself tagged. And if you play along, leave a comment and let me know!

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Happy, happy, happy

I love office supplies. I love planners, organizers, magnets, and clips. And I love that I'm not the only one who loves to label things. That said, I've been searching for the "just right" planner since first becoming a mom. Prior to mommy-dome the Franklin-Covey system worked beautifully, it was all to organize me. Now, I organize me, hubby, 2 kids, a dog and meals. That is why it was pure joy and elation that overcame me when I stumbled across:

The Mom Agenda

I'm in h.e.a.v.e.n.

I purchased the 2006-2007 momAgenda Spiral Refill, and for only $19.99, you just can't beat it! Take a minute to look around the site. There is a view of the pages, the top half is to organize yourself and then the bottom half has slots for each child (up to 4) and the meal plan. I only have two children so I use one slot for my work items and the other for To Dos. I also like the refill because it is spiral and lays flat - the other agendas are bound and I think I wouldn't like to fuss with pushing it flat. Just a personal preference.

An everyday mom, just like me, created this product and has had great success. I am happy to support her by purchasing this product.

Oh, and....she's a mommy blogger! You just can't get any better than that!
Please, take a minute to check out this awesome agenda - I would love to hear your thoughts!