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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.
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CAROLYN0107 8/5/2011 8:41AM

    It looks like all the kids are ready for school! I'm glad you had a successful day.

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SHELLKAYE 8/5/2011 5:13AM

    although the shopping might have broke the bank emoticon, it sounds like all 7 of you had a great time on such a hot day.

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ASMPP1 8/4/2011 9:27AM

    I tried to reply yesterday and it did not go through.

emoticonWe only have one this year. Other one graduated last May. Still no fun going from place to place just to watch the dollars disappear. We were joking around about going from place to place at registration, opening up our wallets, let them take what is needed, and go to the next place. emoticon

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IAFARMERWIFE 8/2/2011 8:12PM

    emoticonI remember this time of year when I had to take my kids shopping and in for registration. Oh it's not a fun time!

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MUSICMOMOF2 8/2/2011 8:00PM

    Luckily, my boys don't need too many clothes, but I get you with the sticker shock when it comes to registration. When Matthew was in Kindergarten and First grade, we qualified for reduced prices (since I wasn't working). Well, since I picked up the part-time job last summer it just put us over the limit so I had to pay the full price. I can't imagine it with 6 kids! Way to get everything done though. One less thing to have to do!

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SUE5007 8/2/2011 6:55PM

    Just did school clothes shopping for my 2 kids as well. They are transferring schools and have to wear button down shirts in one of the school colors and pants/shorts in 1 of 3 allowed colors. Everything has to be plain, no stripes, etc. We tried to find solid colored shirts that weren't polos in an approved color but just didn't find any. The kids were a little bummed, but at least they can wear what ever shoe they want. Registration is tomorrow and is going to be more than usual. I'm holding my breath on the cost for that one.

I totally feel your pain. (Except I only have 2 kids) Great job on getting all that done in one day! I would tear my hair out with 6 kids. My two teens were dragging their feet after 2 hours of clothes shopping.

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    I managed to get some good deals online for clothes for my 4....but I am dreading getting school supplies still. Back to school, argh..... emoticon

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Heel Spur?

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.

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BDANCER2 1/23/2012 8:43PM

    Yep, I have heel spurs in both heels. It is super painful and frustrating. I love to walk, as well as dance, both of which make my feet hurt. I can't even stand on them for long. What has helped is icing the heels. This is easily done by rolling a frozen water bottle up and down the heal. It really helps with the inflammation. I've had the shots, the shoe orthodics, etc. It's very persistent for me. I'm now thinking of surgery!

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CAROLYN0107 7/30/2011 6:51PM

    So sorry. I have experience with plantar fasciitis which it sounds like has the same basic treatment. I have had my heels injected with cortisone three times, twice in one and once in the other. I don't know which since it was a number of years ago. When I had problem with it earlier this year though the ortho told me that cortisone can only be used a limited number of times or the tissue breaks down or something so I did not get it then. When it flares up I use Scholl's inserts for extra padding. I understand that ice helps but I have never used it. Stretching is supposed to help and I try to do that when I have a flare up. I also need to slow down the number of steps I'm getting when I have a flair up. I pray you'll find relief soon.

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ASMPP1 7/28/2011 11:21PM

    emoticon Take care! No experience with heels spurs, either.

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ELISADENK 7/28/2011 4:08PM

    Keep researching. Try to avoid surgery at all costs.

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JOYFULMOMTO5 7/28/2011 2:36PM

    My mom has really bad heel spurs. She has special inserts that cradle her heel but keep them from making contact with anything in her shoe & had to have the shots which are only temporary. I am so sorry this is an issue. I understand the emotional side since I'm on crutches & the whole shibang right now too. If surgery can correct it, I'd say do what you have to do to be well & active. Your in my prayers!

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MOMMY_MIMI 7/28/2011 2:28PM

    I'm sorry! I had plantar fascitis (or however it is spelled) but no heel spur. I hope it feels better soon. I know the podiatrist I worked for was very conservative and really did not want to do surgery on heel spurs. So, go with the meds and see how they work. =(

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MUSICMOMOF2 7/28/2011 1:22PM

    Ouch! I don't have any experience with heel spurs, so I'm no help. Take care of yourself!

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Orientation over!! Maybe I can be a pharmacist now!

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.

Spark Goals:
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!!

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MOMMY_MIMI 7/25/2011 7:52PM

    Love orientation (sarcasm!).....and are you using an EHR? Might be different for pharmacy, but oh many bugs! =) Congrats on your new job and keep up the good work!

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CAROLYN0107 7/24/2011 9:45AM

    emoticon on your accomplishment. I hope we can get together in August, even for a short time.

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ALLISON145 7/21/2011 11:01PM

    You go, lady!!!

Where are you going to be working now?

Great job on your other goals as well!!


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MUSICMOMOF2 7/21/2011 7:51PM

    I always hated the "training" days before school started. Sounds like you will enjoy this new job. Good luck with your goals!

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TYME2BME 7/21/2011 6:54PM

    Enjoy your new job. You have been doing emoticon

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Kids had ice cream, I had salad!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

The last swim meet was last night. I wish I could tell you how it went. I volunteered to help line the kids up for their events. What chaos!! I don't even know all the kids names, and they all look the same in their team swimsuits and caps. I managed to make it through, and the weather cooperated. Hubby got to watch the kids swim. He really enjoyed that.

Afterward, we went to Subway for a treat. It turned out to be "Waffle Cone Wednesday." The kids all had ice cream, hubby had a personal pizza, and I had...

a salad!! You might say that I should have enjoyed the moment with everyone and had some ice cream. I have done that this summer, pretty much all through June. I don't feel deprived. I feel proud. The salad was yummy and satisfying. I stayed in carb range and didn't get a sugar induced headache. All is good. The kids and hubby even encouraged me. Hubby might have helped the kids finish some of their cones, but not much. They all chose sickeningly sweet flavors like bubble gum or cotton candy. The kids with yummy flavors ate their cones down quickly. They know dad is the "ice cream gobbler" so they don't mess around.

Just thought I'd share this little victory. Every little victory is bringing me closer to my goal.

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CAROLYN0107 7/15/2011 10:31PM

    emoticon You did well!!

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SHELLKAYE 7/15/2011 3:39AM

    Awesome choice and congrats on staying on track.

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MUSICMOMOF2 7/14/2011 9:59PM

    Way to go! Considering that I had some homemade onion rings at a restaurant tonight, you are the winner!

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GINNIE535 7/14/2011 6:59PM

    BIG victory here!! It is sooo tough when everyone around you has a treat. I actually did this two nights ago- the BF brought home a tub of ice cream and ate a bowl- I had NONE. And it is still sitting in the freezer- I haven't eaten any!!

Great job!!

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SHELLYED 7/14/2011 6:52PM

    What a victory! I know sweets can be my weakness, but it feels so good to defeat the monster!

Way to go! : ) emoticon

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Great First Week Back!!

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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ALLISON145 7/13/2011 12:15AM

    Great job lady!! Hey when you get a chance drop me a note with some details on your plan... There are so many low carb options these days. I'm debating playing with my plan.. Oh and my plumber yesterday was from mo valley! Mike from Burton.


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CAROLYN0107 7/12/2011 5:54PM

    WTG with keeping to your program. You'll be sure ot have success.

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MUSICMOMOF2 7/12/2011 3:29PM

    Sounds like you have found your "Spark" again. So glad that you are back!!

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