Thursday, March 06, 2014
Flu. Ugh. Temp of 95.7, body and joint aches, slight nausea, headache just short of a migraine, bowel issues, congestion, post nasal drip, can't sleep. Not awesome. I thought losing weight was supposed to make me healthier; I'm tracking and exercising and not losing weight, plus I have gotten sick approximately every three weeks. Tired and frustrated. Nyquil is on its way... plus doctor's appt later today. Don't wanna go out but I need my meds.
Monday, February 24, 2014
Yeah, this is gonna be kind of a negative entry. Fair warning.
This weekend was rough. Ben and I argued over the stupidest little things, and I keep trying to ask myself, "Is this the hill I want to die on?", as my friend Katie says. (She has a 6 year old too. We were pregnant together. It's one of those bonds that seems to stay strong even if we haven't talked in months.) Unfortunately, it seems like I only remember about picking my hill, as it were, after the fact.
It doesn't help that lately I've had a very short fuse, both temper and frustration. And Ben manages to hit almost every button I have, plus he has a low frustration threshold... I think we're just too much alike. And Mar, who is a buffer, isn't around... he doesn't get a day off this week, so Ben and I are going on 5 days of just us, and have at least another week of the same thing. I wish I could figure out why I'm so angry all the time. I swear, some days I feel like the Hulk. Or She-Hulk, I guess. Whatever.
Plus this week, our friends have to get out of their house. Her mother died, and the bank isn't even acknowledging her because her name isn't on the mortgage, so... oh, you lost your mother? And now your house? Too bad! Pack up everything you own and get out! (I am not fond of banks.) So I'm going over there as soon as I finish this entry to watch their 4 year old so she can pack (her husband is working but will be helping pack when he's done with work).
I wouldn't be so reluctant, but this weekend was awful. J had an emergency and we rushed over there, getting a ticket on the way, and then I watched their little guy, who was NOT going to sleep, thank you very much, not while he was sick AND Mommy and Daddy were not there. So not much sleep there, then the next night Ben decided to come in and sleep with me. He is not a calm sleeper... well, neither am I. But yeah, not much sleep, not good sleep, and I was grumpy before that. Not a great combination. Then this morning, Ben didn't want to go to school, then he snuck downstairs and stole beef jerky and chocolate and hid them under his pillow. We do not starve this kid, but he acts like we do, and I am completely lost on why and how to fix it.
So, yeah. I'm just... done. Too bad the week isn't.
Friday, February 21, 2014
Ben is almost back to his usual self, bouncing off the walls. (In fact, he hasn't had his meds yet today but he's pretty good with focusing. Hmm... I wonder how I can use that information...) He was pretty good yesterday, no recurrences of vomiting, but he fell asleep in the car, which he NEVER does. Still some toilet issues, so I kept him home today because it comes on so suddenly that I don't think he'd have time to get permission to go to the bathroom and then actually GET to the bathroom before things went badly, and I don't want him to be "that kid that pooped his pants in kindergarten". Even if it is because he's sick, nobody remembers that part... they just remember the worst parts.
We got our tax return, so all the stuff we've been putting off is finally getting done. I got my Fitbit, yay!! We went to Target and I found the last violet one they had, which was awesome because Fitbit isn't restocking the violet ones in stores and Target had an exclusive. I would have been ok with the black, but I'm happier with the violet. I also got the extra wristbands as my Valentine's present, and the small fits, which is serendipitous because that was the only size extra wristbands they had. We also got stuff like vitamins and toilet paper and paper towels and a toaster and a CrockPot, and Ben got a HotWheels track set. Which he played with for a bit and is now ignoring in favor of video games. Boys. :P
Speaking of going to Target, our nearest one is 10 miles away (the deprivation!), and the weather yesterday was weird. On the way home, everything was white and gray due to fog and unmelted snow. It was weird, and we made the requisite Silent Hill jokes, but it honestly was a little scary.
And this morning, after I finally got some sleep, which was WONDERFUL, I registered all three of us for the Chicago Color Run and Ben and I for the Foam Glow Run in September (it's in the evening on his birthday, so it's something we can do together and still have his party the next day... his birthday's on a Friday this year). There's still a couple other 5ks I want to register for, but those two had cheaper registration fees today, the Foam Glow in particular. I also ordered me some Wellies (rain boots) so I don't have to worry about my feet getting wet and cold in the coming months, since it looks like we're in for some sloppy, messy weather. I splurged a little and got Kamiks, which I'd only heard of when we got Ben's snow boots at Goodwill, but apparently it's a really good brand. Well, obviously it is, since Ben's been wearing his boots pretty much all winter and they're only now getting worn down a bit on the outsoles.
So, yay! Now I'm off to start dinner for tonight... CrockPot stew!! :D
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Ok, enough of that, to defend my sanity by giving some of you an earworm. You'll understand why by the end of this entry. (Also, if any of the words don't make sense, I'm writing this on my phone. I'll try to catch them, but I may not get all of them.)
Today did not start auspiciously. When my husband is home, he takes Ben to the bus. Which he did, so that was awesome. But just as he was going to lay back down to get some sleep for work tonight, his boss called over something petty. She'd said before that she wouldn't call him during the day, since he works nights, but I guess that's not in affect anymore. Grrr. That would have been bad enough, but then she had him wait until she called him back, which took an hour, of course. By then he wasn't relaxed enough to fall asleep (gosh, I wonder why?), so we went grocery shopping, since it had to be done anyway.
When they say not to go shopping hungry, oh boy, they're right. We got a crapload of fruits and veggies and yogurt and stuff like that. So, I mean, it's good food, so that's something, but maybe 9 pounds of apples was a bit much... Then again, with the way we go through apples, it actually is reasonable.
After we got home and put stuff away, we had a DELICIOUS steak, and Mar (my husband) finally got some sleep. At that point, it was time to wait for the bus. It was pretty warm today, so I took Scrumpy with me. Not the best plan, in retrospect, both because he got somewhat muddy and I ended up carrying him, and because the bus was late. AGAIN. Yesterday it was because the bus had a problem; today it was because they didn't have enough bus drivers. The bus is supposed to be at our stop between 3:15 and 3:20. We finally got home about 3:55. If I hadn't had Scrumpy with me, I would have just walked to the school and gotten him. (I don't drive.)
Ben settled in and Mar got off to work, and things were ok for a while. I was thrilled because I got confirmation that I get my Fitbit tomorrow, yay! Ben was pretty normal, except that he wasn't hungry. He usually is since we started just giving him his meds in the morning. And his farts and burps were truly awful. At one point, he was crying because he hadn't quite made it to the toilet on time. I knew there was something seriously wrong when he asked to go to bed at 7... Usually he fights going to bed at 9.
I made him some Benerade (lemonade with a bit of salt... You can do that with pretty much any Koolaid flavor and you've got Gatorade) and put him to bed.
And less than an hour later, I hear whimpering and he ran to the bathroom with explosive diarrhea and vomiting. Including on himself and on me.
The vomiting hasn't had a return visit, thank goodness, but there's been quite a few return trips to the bathroom. Poor kid. He had to have a shower, and I had to do a load of laundry while trying not to gag myself. So I'm sitting up with him while he watches YouTube videos and annoying songs (interspersed with trips to the bathroom) until the diarrhea settles down a bit.
So tomorrow is going to be busy... Ben's doctor, Target, and ALDI. Wish us luck... I really hope that neither Mar nor I catch this, because neither of us is really expendable.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
So, the PMS monster bit me HARD during the last week. I'm talking full-on rage and tears and ragey tears and... it was NOT pretty. I have to give my guys credit for dealing with it pretty well.
It didn't help that the weather was crappy, with MORE snow. UGH. Plus, I was scared. Even with the traction spikes, I was scared to go running, because if there wasn't ice and/or packed snow, if I had to run on the road surface, they'd actually give me /less/ traction, and I could fall again. And they'd get dull, which to me is a secondary concern. Sheesh, I feel like I'm 70, being worried about falling. But I am.
Today it actually got above freezing (shock! gasp! amazement!), and there was running water everywhere. Which means puddles, which means that when the temperature drops again, it'll be ice EVERYWHERE. Oddly enough, I might try running then, with the spikes.
My solution today was to borrow a technique someone was talking about, I think in the Couch to 5k group. I walked and ran in place. It was kind of boring, even with the Zombies, Run! 5k app, mostly because it was kind of like starting over and the walking intervals seemed a lot longer, so I ended up half walking/running and half dancing. It had to have been comical, but I had my music and my app and my water and my headphones and I was just rocking out! I will say that I wasn't wearing my usual running shoes, but a pair of "barefoot" or "toe" shoes that I got on clearance last year. They just happened to be in my size when I found them, and they fit great, so I bought them, and I'm really glad I did. They're actually better than barefoot for me, because my arches tend to fall, but not with these on!
So now I feel a lot better, having done something and gotten some of the PMS-y stuff flushed out of my system. Or at least I sincerely hope it's flushed out! That was very much not fun, for me or anyone else. And I foolishly got it into my head to wash one of the cats, the one who rides on my shoulder, because he stinks. Yeah, that didn't go very well. I just hope the bite doesn't mess up my tattoo... it's definitely bruised! Apparently I have to learn the hard way... next time I'm NOT having Ben help me, and I'll talk to Scrump as we go to help him keep calm. Now I need to figure out how to un-stinkify his breath, WHEW! My husband says it smells like hot garbage, and I can't disagree.
Let's see, what else happened... Oh, I got my pretty (and inexpensive) rings! I ordered a CZ and sterling silver wedding band set for $20 from Groupon. They're sparkly and pretty and... too big. Oops. I didn't think I'd lost enough to make my rings fit differently, but I guess I did. I've got tape wrapped around them right now, and I'll get some ring sizers at some point, but I think I may have to get another set in a couple of months. I honestly thought the size I ordered would be a bit too small. Apparently sausage-like fingers aren't what I'm doomed to. I'll never have "piano hands", but maybe my hands can be a little more proportionate.
My husband beat Dark Souls today, which may not mean much to most of you, but the few who do understand know that that's a pretty big achievement. :) He's already replaying it, and practically drooling in anticipation for Dark Souls 2. Me, I'm working on the original Fallout and Fallout 2, missing my Fallout 3 discs, and alert for any news of Fallout 4. There was an article that had pictures of voice-acting scripts, and apparently it's going to be set in Boston, so maybe it really is a thing. That would be AWESOME. The only thing more awesome would be if it was set in Chicago. Seriously, they've done the West Coast, and the East Coast... Chicago or St. Louis seems like the next logical step, right??
And I have a support request in to the Zombies, Run! people... my run today is showing up on my app, but it didn't sync to the webpage, which means I didn't get credit at Runtastic or Fitocracy or Earndit. HRM. More on that when something happens.
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