Tuesday, March 01, 2011
169.2 lbs!!! I'm in the 160s now!! You would think I'd be jumping around hooting and hollering.
The bad news: the reason I know my accurate weight is because I went to the doctor yesterday. I'm so congested and coughing a lot. Both hubby and I are under the weather. Hubby missed three days from work and I haven't done much since Friday. I also haven't slept much in two nights. I can't sleep when I can't breathe through my nose. It's a strange infection. It hit my chest first, then migrated to my sinuses. No sore throat, only congestion, coughing, and plugged sinuses.
Patrick, my 13 year old asthmatic son, has also been sick. We kept him home for a third day of missed school. He has a horrible cough and has started on Prednisone now. We're even trying to go to the next step in asthma treatment, an Advair diskus.
I look at March on the calendar, and I have no time to be sick, so I'm really taking good care of myself for a speedy recovery. Tonight is Freshman orientation for my oldest. Envision me sobbing as my oldest is growing up too fast. Later this month is the meeting for kindergarten for my twins, the youngest kids in our family. Again, envision me sobbing as my youngest are growing up too fast. We have an Elementary school spring concert for Mary (11) and Stevie(9). Mikey (14) made honor choir for the second year. Patrick (13) made honor band. Both those concerts are out of town. These are Southwest Iowa Middle School events, huge choir and I imagine a huge band. These concerts are also scheduled for the two nights of parent teacher conferences. I guess Hubby and I will have to divide and conquer. This is just a partial list of all our events for the month.
So, I guess if I'm going to be sick, this is the week to do it. I'm resting, drinking lots of fluids, and still eating pretty well. I've got my antibiotics and should be on the mend soon. I'll try not to be so hard on myself about missing workouts. Judging by my latest weight, what I'm doing is working. I just need to take it easy this week, so I can get back to it by next week.
Stay healthy everyone!!
Thursday, February 24, 2011
This week is going pretty well. I worked Friday through Sunday, and it was insanely busy. It really wore me out, especially since I did the single mom thing last week. Hubby went to Atlanta for a business conference. Monday was a recovery day. I did nothing. When I say nothing, I mean nothing. I can't tell you all the TV I watched.
Tuesday and Wednesday, I got going again. I got outside for walk/jogs. Wednesday I did a total of 3 miles jogging, one mile walking. That's a little further than my usual and added up to 60 minutes of cardio. My eating has been good and I go to the doctor some time next month to see if I'm making progress.
Now, two kid's stories. Mikey (14), my oldest, participated in a singing competition for Southwest Iowa schools. He sang a solo, "Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho." We really enjoyed hearing him practice with his deep, bellowing voice over the last few weeks. He got a superior ranking! I'm so proud of him.
Cinnamon toast: Stevie (9) was making cinnamon toast for breakfast one morning. The kids do this by making toast, spreading butter on it, then sprinkling with sugar and cinnamon. He sat at the table and made a funny face as he bit into his toast. "Mom," he said, "I think the cinnamon has gone bad." We looked at the spice rack to see which bottle he used. I never realized how similar the words cinnamon and cumin were, until this incident.
I've since moved the cumin to the cupboard, and cloves now sit next to the cinnamon on the spice rack.
Thursday, February 17, 2011
I am so glad we've gotten a break from winter. Last year was brutal, with no melt until the end of Spring. I've gotten outside for walks and jogs every day this week! Today, I walked with my five year-old twins in their stroller. Holy cow! They've grown over the winter. I believe they must be 90 lbs together. I didn't jog any, didn't want to hurt myself. Those hills were challenging enough!
I love living in a small town. I was 3/4 of a mile away from home when Bridget cried, "I have to go potty!" Thankfully, I saw a man washing his car in his driveway. I've walked by this house hundreds of times on my walks and jogs. I quickly introduced myself and begged to use their bathroom. He and his wife were retired school teachers. They were very nice, and I got to complete my walk without running home for Bridget.
So, lesson learned. Don't believe the twins when they say they don't need to go. I have six kids. You'd think I would know that by now.
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Last year, I set the goal of finally transferring my pharmacy license to Iowa. We've only lived here for over eleven years now. It seemed like something I should do. I could get a job at the local hospital and stop commuting to the big city. When I investigated how much it costs, I freaked out!
Preliminary form to the National Assn of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP)-$350
Final form to Iowa Board of Pharmacy-$320
Iowa Pharmacy Law exam (yes, I have to take a test)-$200
Study materials- at least $100
Looking at the $1000 investment, I never followed through last year. Yesterday, however, I finally completed the first form! It took about a week's worth of phone calls to both the Nebraska and Minnesota boards of pharmacy (I've had licenses in both states), but I finally finished the first step. It should take about five weeks for NABP to finish their part, then on to the next part.
I was also excited last week because I decided to be proactive and call the local hospital in my small town. Right now I commute and work in a large hospital. The winter commute is killing me. I even spent the night at the hospital one time since their was a blizzard warning. The Human Resources person I spoke with was very excited. In August, all my kids will be in school, so I'll be available for a lot of hours then. She was going to have the head pharmacist call me. They only have two pharmacists out here, but they do need someone to fill in. I also know the two pharmacists out here are in their sixties, and may be looking to retire sometime in the next few years. I think I did a good job of "selling" my positives: I'd be able to come on "on-call" then be trained to take over when these guys retire, I have plenty of hospital experience, I live two blocks away and can get to the hospital in any weather. I also have friends who work with these pharmacists at another city hospital, and they will "sell" my positives too.
So, things are looking good with the possibility of employment here in my small town. All the expenses of transferring my license will happen over several months, not all at once. We should be able to manage it. I hope to someday be able to walk all my kids to school, then walk up to work and have normal , daytime hours again.
Thursday, February 10, 2011
I've had an interesting week in the kitchen, so I thought I'd post about that. On Monday, I decided to make my Harvest Port stew. My husband smoked a pork tenderloin on Sunday, and that makes such a flavorful stew with butternut squash, onions, chicken broth, and apples. With my large family, I make large amounts of stew, hoping to have left overs. I had three butternut squash to cube. By the time I was done with the squash, I noticed the fingertips on my left hand looked and felt strange. I tried washing them off, they were orange. It didn't come off. The skin was orange and very dry and tight, and beginning to peel a little on the edges. I lost some feeling on the surface of my skin too. This was only on my left hand, the one that held the raw squash. My right hand, which held the knife, was fine. I looked online for information. Apparently, orange colored squash, like butternut, have enzymes that act like a chemical skin peel. It took about a day for all the damaged skin to peel off, and it felt weird all night.
Over the last several months, we have been struggling with coffee brewers. Our main complaints are that the ones readily available to consumers all get grounds in the coffee, and the coffee really isn't hot when it's brewed. We've gone through several brands, only to be disappointed each time. Hubby even started trying percolators, but we still got grounds in our coffee. Yesterday, we finally got a good brewer. Hubby found it online and we both rejoiced as we drank our first coffee in months without grounds in it! We got it from Coffee Makers Etc, and it's the OCS-12 Coffee Maker for anyone interested. It seems much sturdier than the other ones we bought. It's usually sold to businesses, not individuals. It's also louder. It makes a popping sound as it brews, and finishes with a loud burst of steam at the end. Quite a show, but I'm glad to have good coffee again!
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