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Selfish or just dig-dillyishly optimistic-arino?

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Today, I got up and headed to work, same as any other work day. Except that I knew my son didn't feel good and would be staying home from school. I called the school from work to let them know he wouldn't be in and to arrange homework (he LOVES me for that! Not!) Then the phone calls began. He called to tell me he didn't feel good. That he just threw up. That his throat hurt. He even called to tell me that an ambulance had just gone down the street behind our house. (No, it wasn't for him. I asked.) He even asked if I could make a doctor's appointment for him. emoticon That's when I knew for sure that he was SICK!

I made the appointment, left work early to go get him and get him there on time. Sure enough, strep! Which means he'll miss tomorrow too, since he's still contagious. After picking up his prescription, we came home and he crawled onto the couch to rest/sleep/watch TV. I took the time to go upstairs and to my exercise DVD (BTW, L3 on the Shred makes the other two look like a cake walk! Not sure what a cake walk is, but it's gotta be better than L3!!!) After DH got home, I went to the gym for a workout since I haven't been for a couple of days.

So, here's the question. Was I selfish to work out when my son really wanted his mommy to hang around and take care of him (even tho he was watching TV and/or sleeping?)? Or am I an optimistic person because I took the chance to get my workout done before dinner so I could 1) spend time with the family this evening and 2) watch all of Biggest Loser?

I know how I would vote. Do I dare ask you? LOL!

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RWETHAIRYET 3/18/2010 11:29AM

    I'm voting for not selfish. In fact I think you did well doing all that and not using his illness as an excuse.
When my oldest boy was little,(7-11 he had pretty severe, uncontrolled athsma...we'd spend a week at a time in the hospital once a month through his "bad" season. I'd spend hours sitting by his hospital bed, usually quiet and knitting away, while he watched tv, talked to the nurses, slept and pretty much ignored me.
Then, I'd go home to fix supper, check on the other kids, change my clothes, whatever. It would take me 10 minutes to leave his bedside, get in my car and get back to my house and as I was walking up the steps the phone would be ringing, and it would be him, wondering when I was coming back??? Treated me like furniture when he was there, missed me only when I was gone! Kids can be funny.
Of course, now he's the one that never remembers to call his mommy. So see what being selfless got me???

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GEEMAWEST 3/17/2010 11:48PM

    Of course you made the right decision. You need to teach your son how to take care of himself now. My son is 30 years old and still calls "mommy" when he is sick. Like I'm suppose to do something about it. Come to think of it, every time he calls my husband says "he wants to talk to Mommy". I guess they will always be mama's boys and it kind of gives me the warm fuzzy's.

Anyway, back to the question. I don't think you did him any permanant harm and you did yourself a world of good.

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AWYEAGLE 3/17/2010 11:23AM

    Good for you working out. Chances are that if you had stayed home you would have done something silly like give the sick boy ice cream, and had some yourself. :)

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AUNTIEANNE22 3/17/2010 9:16AM

  You are very selfish. How dare you take time for yourself after being interrupted at work and having to leave early to take him to the doctor? You should have sat with him all evening. Kids are our most precious commodity.
Yeah, and if you believe this give me a call. I have a great piece of property for sale. It's called the Brooklyn Bridge.

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MDTWEETY 3/17/2010 8:59AM

    I commend you for taking time to work out!! Your son was sleeping and watching TV - so he was fine. He would have probably called you if he needed something. Don't feel guilty!

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MARLOU4 3/17/2010 7:25AM

    Ned Flanders votes not selfish-arino.

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BKNOCK 3/17/2010 6:48AM

    If he wasn't okay with it he would have told you so, look how many times he called you!

What did you think of Biggest Loser?

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DONNAORLENE 3/17/2010 2:02AM

    I vote not selfish because I know you and you're very good at putting others first, However, you have to take into consideration the fact that I don't know what dig-dillyishly optimistic-arino means! Know what a cake walk is though! LOL!!

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USFBULL 3/17/2010 1:04AM

    Nicely Done

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DUTCHIEKIWI 3/17/2010 12:51AM

    I think you made the right choice.
If it was an urgency you would have been there in a jiffy... but there's nothing much you can do apart from being his waiter.... and they need to learn to take care of themselves.

Workout is your time you deserve and it's eventually for...
"the greater good!!"



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PINETREEGIRL 3/17/2010 12:21AM

    First--I vote not selfish. You came home and attended him, took him to the doctor which was probably exhausting for him if he was tired, and you stayed home with him when you were done. By working out from home you were available. Sometimes it's nice to have support nearby, but not necessarily asking us to engage when we're sick.

Second--what a great name for a blog!

Hope he feels better soon!

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The best laid plans...

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

can go to heck in a hand basket in the blink of an eye! (Do you think I get any more sayings in one sentence?)

I packed my breakfast, lunch and snack for work today and decided that I would do my workout after a dinner of chili and cornbread. I tracked everything the night before and made sure that I was in my ranges. All set to start the week off right!

Until DH called to let me know that my daughter was sick and needed a ride home. Normally, he would leave his shop and go get her. But, today, he didn't have anyone to watch the shop so he would have had to close. So, I drove the 35 minutes to her school, took her home, checked on my son (who was also home sick) and headed back to work. Stopped for gas and realized that I would not have time to heat my lunch before my meeting. So, went through a fast food restaurant and "took advantage" of their special, two bacon cheeseburgers, with onion rings on the burgers!, for only $4! What a bargain! That is a bargain for me! (Gumby said that...I think!) Yep, ate them both.

Turns out that I packed ONLY brocolli for lunch today. Grabbed the wrong container! emoticon Good thing I found that bargain! LOL!

I did have an apple and string cheese for a snack, so yay for me! On the way home, called DD (who was feeling better) and asked her to make cornbread to go with the chili. Two minutes later, DH called and said that 3/4 of the family wanted Chinese instead of chili. Who am I to try to dictate to the masses? Okay, so I am the dictator, but I like Chinese too! Ate too much of that!

After dinner, DD mentions that she ripped one of her last two pairs of pants, ripped them good. (Can you hear the Devo music in the background and see the kids running in a line, trying to whip the last one off? No? I can!) So, after dinner, I took DD to find some pants. Did I mention that she is a teenager and is built like me? Small waist with some hips. Not big, not fat, but Baby Got Back! Hard to find jeans that fit. We did find her three pairs of pants that we could both agree on and were between $20 and $25 each. Yippee!

I tried on some pants, but didn't care of the legs. I don't need any pants, so I decided to wait for some that were what I really wanted. HOWEVER, I did find thecutest new purse! Saw it in their ad and it lived up to my expectations. Asked DD if I should get orange or green. She very wisely told me orange! LOL!
All orange, tho. No pattern.

BTW, most of you will probably appreciate DD's comment to me. Between Target and Shopko, she looked and me and asked what my natural hair color is. Fair question since I've been dying my hair since before she was born. I pointed at my eyebrow and said this color. "Oh" she says, all cute and young. "So...gray!" emoticon emoticon emoticon I swear, I don't know where she gets it! LOL!!

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MOM2ACAT 3/16/2010 1:24PM

    Love the purse! That's really cute.

When I was still working, I made my lunches at home most of the time. It always bummed me out the few times I'd forget and leave it at home. It seemed to always happened on the days when I had an extra good one too.

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RWETHAIRYET 3/16/2010 9:25AM

    Um, you do know how to find those "bargains" that you should stay away from, lol.
As far as happens! I'd be hard pressed to turn down the chinese, too...and my house was always run democratically, hahaha!

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KERRYMONIQUE 3/16/2010 9:00AM

    I always love the way you tell stories, they are so entertaining.

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AUNTIEANNE22 3/16/2010 8:35AM

  How do you stay awake?

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BKNOCK 3/16/2010 6:31AM

    Wow, what a day!

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DUTCHIEKIWI 3/16/2010 1:23AM

    Your life is all but boring ;0)


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Skin tags

Sunday, March 14, 2010

No, not price tags for the skin, but it seems like they should be good for something like that. You have a skin tag on your arm, that means you are eating too much sugar. But, nope! Apparently, they are genetic. At least that's what my mom told me. I thought she was just trying to scare me. You know how Mom's do, right? You want your kids to behave in a certain way and one tool for that is fear. (My favorite is to tell my daughter that she's going to look like me when she gets older! She runs from the room screaming "nooooooooo" every time! LOL!)

Anyway, back to skin tags. Yep, I have a couple. Not bad. I don't hate them. I don't love them. They're just there. Like my nose. Just there. About two weeks ago, I must have hooked the one on my elbow pit on my left arm, cos it hurt! They've never hurt before, so I was a little bit concerned. (I heard "It's not a tumor" in Arnold Schwarzaneggar's voice in my head.) I decided that maybe I just bumped it, pulled it a little and of course it was sore. So, I covered it with a bandage to protect it. Then, in a couple of days, if it still hurt, I'd have a doctor check it out.

A few days after I put on the bandage, I noticed it was starting to come off (it as at least the third bandage I'd put on) so I decided to switch it out. When I did, my skin tag was gone! emoticon emoticon emoticon Where'd it go? Seriously, I have no idea when or where it fell off. At least, I think it did. Your body can't reabsorb those things, can it? Would it want to?

So, I have one less skin tag. And I kinda miss it. emoticon How weird is that? Every time I wash in the shower, I notice that it's not there. Oh! Just had a thought! (First time for everything! tee hee) Maybe my arm does still have the arm tag and I really had an arm transplant that I didn't know about! Aliens? Or jealous rivals? You think about that....

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DUTCHIEKIWI 3/16/2010 12:16AM

    NOPE, not coming back.... unless you decide to get FAT again....


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GEEMAWEST 3/16/2010 12:15AM

    My mom told me that they would turn into cancer if I ripped them off. LOL

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CARTOONB 3/16/2010 12:10AM

    For the record, I am NOT going to rip any off!! Ouch! emoticon emoticon emoticon I would cry and cry and cry!! LOL!

Besides, another thing my Momma told me (that fear thing again?) was that they would just come back. So, why bother? Do they come back?

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DUTCHIEKIWI 3/15/2010 9:26PM

    Get into ripping these babies.....!!!

You can do it!!


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JESLES 3/15/2010 7:53PM

    Oh, and let me be the first to say, perhaps (I haven' t read all of your answers) but your STRANGLED THE LITTLE GUY! emoticon

"They" used to use a horses hair, like from the tail, and wrap it around the base. A couple of days later, after losing it's blood supply, it turns black and falls off! You just did it the "newfangled way" hahaha.

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JESLES 3/15/2010 7:50PM

    Hahahahhahaha, I cracked up! I was a Dermatology Nurse for five years. When I got to my doctor's practice, he was very controlling, and did everything himself. He was new. Then, after he trusted me a while, I said to him "why don't you let me do some stuff to take the load off?" Well, after more time proving myself, one day, he had me remove some skin tags from people. (by the way, the too much sugar things isn't far off...the are more common on diabetics, and also people who gain weight fast)............wellllllllllll....
.by the time I left his office, he was telling his patients, you know, the ones with fifty or so around their necks, crotch, armpits, etc, "I'll just let my nurse Jessica take those off for you. She's the skin tag expert!" Hahahaha. I couldn't complain, I got what I asked for!

As far as it going away, you also crack me up because most people don't miss them...they pay BIG money to have them removed, and really, all you need is a shard pair of sewing scissors and a quick hand to snip them fast. Unless the base is big, then it's a different story.

I think you should market your disappearing skin tag removal technique and everyone would love you, ESPECIALLY Derm nurses!!!! emoticon

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SURLYGIRL 3/15/2010 3:00PM

    I had one on my neck that annoyed the heck out of me - ICK !
I put some Orajel on it, iced it and snipped it off with a pair of nail clippers ! Voila - no more skin tag! I didn't feel a thing - not even a pinch. I hated mine and I'm glad I snipped it out of my life and off my neck forever - Hooray!

Love the story about your daughter - I didn't believe my mom when she would tell me that, now I see her face in the mirror every morning when I wake up ;)

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GEEMAWEST 3/15/2010 2:51PM

    Rip them off with tweezers! Dutchie's a lunatic! OUCH! It hurts to even think about.
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I have several, two small ones on one of my eyelids, don't think I'll be ripping them off anytime soon. My mom has had lots removed over the years and I figure I might have to some day too. However, she had them removed by a Dr. not by a Dutchie.

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STEELERCRAZY 3/15/2010 2:23PM

    Skin tags are awesome! I personally have none but hubby does. When he gets on my nerves I'll grab ahold of one and pinch it. They are weird little things aren't they? You've slowly worked it off with your bandaid changes, Barb. You've snagged it and slowly worked it off like the mole I used to have on my armpit. I thought it was a zit and I wrestled that thing for months. Until I realized it was a mole I had that I snagged with my razor. HEY! We keep THIS up and we'll be eligible to get our plastic surgeon's license!

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RWETHAIRYET 3/15/2010 1:14PM

    hmmm, where did it go? Maybe you pulled it off with a bandaid change?
As far as growing to look like your mother....About 10 years ago I was fed up with my hair and went and had it all chopped off...SHORT!! It looked good enough, the stylist did a nice job. But when I got home and took a good look in the mirror, my MOM was staring out at me. I cried for hours!! Days even!! I'm still traumatized over that, after all this time...even though it's pretty much been growing out ever since.

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AWYEAGLE 3/15/2010 12:07PM

    If you figure out where it went let me know so I can send my there also - they can then all have a little skin tag party.

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THENEWMELDAVIS 3/15/2010 10:25AM

    Cute Story! I have skin tags too and my mom wants me to get them removed, but I might miss them too!

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KERRYMONIQUE 3/15/2010 9:58AM

    Cute story - I love the "It's not a tumor" line.

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You're NOT it!

Glad things worked out!

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BKNOCK 3/15/2010 8:44AM

    Once again thanks for the laugh!

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DUTCHIEKIWI 3/15/2010 12:38AM

    You're crazy, but we all knew that...
anyway... good news, but you have to be a little bit tough.
You can just pull them off with tweezers and they will be gone. Does it hurt? Yes. Will they really be gone? YES.

Skintags can all of a sudden appear, especially during pregnancy, most times they go after the pregnancy is over. But I could not wait.. so "off with them"

What can I say... I'm tough ;0)


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NURSEWHO 3/14/2010 11:55PM

    Thanks for the laugh...that was great emoticon

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I tried, but didn't quite do it.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

I had quite the ambitious to-do list for today. Grocery shopping, laundry, gym/30day Shred, library, make chocolates, clean myself up for bunco and bunco. Those are the things I did get done. I missed cleaning off the vanity and broken entertainment center and watching all of the BL episode I missed. Both of those will be completed tomorrow.

However, there are other things added to tomorrow's to-do list. Start auctions, make potato soup, type up minutes, laundry, read my book. DH probably has a couple of things for me too. AND, to top it all off, I lose an hour tonight! Sorta. I guess if I actually sleep in (which I REALLY hope to do), that's when I'll lose my hour. Here's to losing! LOL!

Night all.

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RWETHAIRYET 3/15/2010 1:09PM

    I did what I pretty much wanted to get done...and avoided any real house chores while I was at it, lol.
Missing that hour of sleep though!

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AUNTIEANNE22 3/14/2010 9:12AM

  Hope you do better with sleeping in than I did. My recent head injury has really messed up my sleeping. I don't fall asleep quickly; I toss and turn all night; I sleep in in the morning; or I don't sleep in in the morning. Of course, this morning is the day that not sleeping in kicks in.

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BKNOCK 3/14/2010 8:33AM

    Well you have to get caught up on Biggest Loser! Good luck getting it all done!

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I finally get to watch Week 7 of BL!!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

I don't watch a lot of TV. Okay, let me rephrase that. I don't choose what is on the TV very often. The TV is, in fact, hardly ever off in my house (DH thing, maybe the topic of another blog on another day!). Even though the TV is on, i rarely pay attention to it. I'm either cooking or reading or sparking or working out or something in addition to "just" watching TV. One day a week, however, I insist that I be allowed to watch The Biggest Loser. No one else has to watch it and I am more than willing to go to my room to watch it. But, I'm WATCHING IT!! emoticon

One small snag. Baseball/Softball season is starting soon. I am the secretary for our local kid's league. We meet on Tuesday's. The Biggest Loser is on Tuesdays. Both at 7:00! BL is over long before I get home. And, they don't post the newest show until a week after it airs! emoticon So, even though I could follow the "plot" of the show, I missed some really important things! Like "Who in the heck made the teams?!?! I assumed (yes, I know, not good!) that it was Sunshine since she was the only female on an all-male team. But, the little blurb for the W7 video says "he" alienated his team members.

So, which he? Not the cousins, since they are on separate teams it wasn't them. O'Neal? Didn't think he'd be the type to stack the teams so unfairly. Lance? Probably. Look who he is married to!! LOL!

Okay, don't tell me! I'm adding to my list of to-do's for BL W7! Yes, I like acronyms and short hand!

See y'all manana!

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    We NOW have a DVR and I can record and watch at MY connivence. While at my father in laws recently, I even programmed our DVR via my iPhone, totally awesome, LOL

Well worth the little extra that we pay for the DVR unit. I even record my DW's favorite shows in case she misses them, God forbid. She is an NCIS fanatic and she watches the episodes over and over and over and probably over again.

Have a great day and a great ball season!

Short hand, I do it the Three Stooges way, if you know what I mean!

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AUNTIEANNE22 3/13/2010 9:24AM

  It sure backfired!

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BKNOCK 3/13/2010 9:11AM

    All I can say is that he is not my favorite player and I hope that he gets booted off real soon!

Enjoy getting caught up and let me know what you think!

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 3/13/2010 2:31AM

    I hope that you enjoy that episode, its a good one!

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