Tuesday, August 02, 2011
Yesterday it was 100 degrees, I had my six kids with me and we went to Omaha to do the dreaded school shopping. I might have tried Council Bluffs, but Hubby forgot some important papers and we had to also run those to him at work. I have to say, the kids did pretty well for shopping all day with a mom obsessed with getting everything done in one miserable day.
Target was our first stop. We got some clothes. Had the boys in one fitting room, then I was with the girls. I had to keep going back and forth for different sizes. I keep forgetting that Target's clothes tend to fit big. Then we went to the school supplies. I was trying to be organized as six kids kept coming at me, "Can I have this?" I kept trying to make sure we had all the cheap items in the cart. I am not paying $2.50 for a spiral notebook. I laughed at the sign that said, "limit 25 notebooks per customer." I was ready to fight that one if I had to. They obviously weren't expecting larger families to come through.
We survived Target, but I about had a heart attack when the cash register said $500. I guess I have to console myself that it's less than $100 per kid, and we did get some clothes, two calculators, two umbrellas, and some bath necessities.
I next was super cool mom as I took the kids to the mall. The bank clock on the corner of 90th and Dodge read 104 degrees. We ate lunch at the food court so everyone could have what they wanted. I was good and had a gyro salad, very proud of myself for that. Next was shoe shopping at Famous Footwear. They had their sale, buy one get the next half off. I was going to only get four pairs of shoes, but then discovered a fifth child needed them. Okay, so now make it six pairs of shoes to get the half off. I averaged about $45 per kid there. The sales clerks earned their keep, measuring all the kids' feet and testing all the shoes in the toes. I believe there was a collective sigh as we left.
I even made one more stop at JC Penney for some jeans for my oldest girl. It was another good price, but I can't believe how much money I spent on all this.
The sticker shock continued today when I did school registration for all six kids. There goes another $280 in registration fees and putting some money in their lunch accounts. I even went cheap and didn't get an activity card for my high schooler. I'll wait till he asks for one.
So complain with me if you like. I realize that many of you moms out there are suffering through the same thing I am right now.
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Anyone out there have experience with heel spurs? I've had heel pain since last year when I started jogging. Some days worse than others, but manageable. On Monday, I did something stupid. I was trying to be super-fun mom after working six days straight at two jobs. We went to the zoo in the morning and in the evening I took them all to the pool. Bridget (5) is learning to swim and she's adventurous. I decided to take her down the slide, but I have to hold her up so she doesn't go under water at the end. The first slide went great. We went a second time. I noticed we were going a lot faster that time, and I couldn't figure out how to slow down. I landed hard on my feet. I successfully kept her above water, but sacrificed my foot in the process.
Tuesday I went to the doctor and had x-rays. Nothing is broken, but all the soft tissue in my heel is swollen. The x-ray revealed quite a heel spur. I'm betting I have one on the other foot too, but probably not as big. My right foot always hurts more than my left foot. Treatment at this point is anti-inflammatory meds, ice and rest. I'm down to using one crutch, and the swelling is gradually decreasing. I still can't put my weight on my heel and it's driving me crazy. My first day of working in the pharmacy at my new job, I was hobbling around on a crutch. I'm afraid I'll still be hobbling around tomorrow as well.
So, exercise is not happening this week, and I think that's affecting me emotionally. I am able to boss the kids around for the house work. Although, when they fold clothes and put them away, my stuff goes missing for some reason. I'm still looking for my favorite pair of shorts.
Has anyone had surgery for heel spurs? I know they also may be treated with cortisone shots, but that doesn't really eliminate the problem. I'm just starting to do research on this, so any info would be appreciated.
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Ugh!!! Two and a half days of orientation and computer based training have kind of drained my enthusiasm for my new job. I realize this is more the federal government's fault than anything else, but really, two and a half days!!! I learned and relearned about HIPAA, corporate compliance, incident command system, child/dependent adult abuse, diversity, organ donation, and everything specific to the company I work for such as benefits (which I don't have at this point, I'm "on-call"), dress-code, company history, history of the various campuses associated with the main company, etc... I'm overloaded with new information. The good news is I got paid for all this suffering, and really, the suffering wasn't that bad. Everyone involved with welcoming me has been very enthusiastic.
So that's done. I start on Wednesday in the pharmacy department, and I bet my boss there will have to go over some mandatory stuff too. At least I'll be in the pharmacy then and can start feeling like a pharmacist. I have to thank Spark People for encouraging us to set goals for ourselves. That got me to set the goal of transferring my license, keeping track of the steps to do that, and now getting a job close to my house.
1. Nutrition: I've been doing great on low carb with the exception of a couple days over the weekend. I am back on track, even through the orientation days at work.
2. Fitness: Last week I did five workouts (goal-5/week). This week I've gotten two in, and I'm counting yesterday walking to and from work as a small one since I have to work so much this week. I'll try to get two more smaller workouts (my full one takes 90 minutes cardio/weights/crunches/stretching) done tomorrow and Saturday morning.
3. Personal: I've been doing great at getting to bed earlier, even if my body doesn't cooperate and fall asleep right away. Good days with sleep and bad days.
So that's a quick update on my job. I really enjoy the people and the fact that I can walk to work. That was one of my selling points, I can be there in a blizzard.
Have a great week everyone!!
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
1. Nutrition: Low-Carb- I did great last week at low carb eating. Now that I'm through the first week, I don't crave the sweets anymore.
2. Fitness: 5 workouts/week- I got four actual workouts in of varying lengths. I'm going to say I got five in because my work weekend was awful, yet I did manage a five minute walk on Saturday at work. I just had to escape the pharmacy for five minutes. So we will count that as a very short workout and I met my goal. I started again on Tuesday, so I'm going easy on myself.
3. Personal: Get to bed earlier- On my work nights, I got to bed as early as feasible. With the commute and winding down time, it still was quite late. My drive at night is 65 minutes due to flooded out roads. On other nights, some nights I did well, others I stayed up too late. Still room for improvement there.
The kids have been doing great in swim team this year. The season is almost done. All three boys have gotten the flip turn down. Mary(11) has adapted to swimming the longer distance of an older age group. Stevie (9) swam IM in the conference meet. This was only his second IM in competition. He took third!!! He also got fifth in backstroke. All four kids got to compete in conference. This is the first year they all made it! The twins are still learning how to swim. Bridget can do a freestyle with her face out of the water, and both are starting to blow bubbles in the water. We should have them ready by next May to join the team. Teaching them has gotten Hubby out in the pool more, so he is even starting to get more active.
Thanks everyone for all your encouragement! It's really helping me to get back at this again!
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