MUSICMOMOF2's SparkPeople Blog MUSICMOMOF2's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community January 21, 2017 I wasn't able to blog last night because I was having weird computer issues. It booted up fine this morning though. Go figure. <BR> <BR> Friday: <BR> I had to take Matthew to small group practice then came home and managed to get a few loads of laundry done before I had to head back to Greenfield for practice with AMS. I got groceries after that and then came home. I watched a few more episodes of Pretty Little Liars (season 6) and did some laundry. Late afternoon was when my computer starte... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 22:06:12 EST January 19, 2017 Happy Thursday! <BR> <BR> It was a pretty good day even though it was dreary outside. <BR> <BR> I got the boys out the door and then got ready for my day at home. I got my breakfast eaten and my shower taken. I stripped our bed and threw the sheets in the washer. I then went out to let Gypsy out. Such a silly dog. <BR> <BR> Once I got all of my Bible and Bible study reading done, I did get the dining room cleaned. I didn't tackle the ceiling fan and the ceiling, but I did get the top of t... Thu, 19 Jan 2017 20:48:05 EST January 18, 2017 What a Wednesday! <BR> <BR> First thing I had to take Matthew to the high school bright and early for small group practice. Once home I had my breakfast and got my shower taken. I did have to make another trip to town. Since the boys had been home, we went through milk pretty quick so I went to get milk. I also stopped by the bank to cash my check from the school. <BR> <BR> Most of the day was at home. I didn't get too motivated to clean. I did get some reading done. <BR> <BR> Then it was ... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 21:16:56 EST January 17, 2017 I really hope that I sleep well tonight. I'm grumpy tonight! As of now there is a full day of school tomorrow. Keeping my fingers crossed. <BR> <BR> It really wasn't a bad day. The boys pretty much behaved. I wasn't motivated to do very much since they were home though. <BR> <BR> Goals: <BR> 1. Nutrition: portions were good. <BR> 2. Fitness: Walk On: Belly Blasting Strength Training <BR> 3. Personal: did some reading. I did 4 loads of laundry, washed the dishes and made the bed. I didn't ta... Tue, 17 Jan 2017 21:11:23 EST January 16, 2017 It's been a long day. We did get ice, so they had cancelled school for the day. The boys did sleep in, but it's been an up and down day since they got up. I am so in need of a break. My family doesn't seem to understand that I need some time to myself to recharge, so when the boys are acting up it tends to push me over the edge. It makes it very hard for me to enjoy my time with them. And now, tomorrow is another no school day...because of the secondary roads (in other words, our road would b... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 20:12:13 EST January 15, 2017 It was an interesting Sunday. I didn't have to play for church this morning, so I actually got to sit with my family and just enjoy the service. It is always weird for me though. I feel like if I'm there I should be playing. Once we got home I just did a few loads of laundry and really didn't do much of anything else. We couldn't watch the Cowboy/Packer game because channel 17 wasn't coming in for us. I did end up cancelling Praise team practice because the precipitation was starting. It wasn... Sun, 15 Jan 2017 21:11:41 EST January 14, 2017 It was a tiring Saturday. <BR> <BR> I let myself sleep in and I kind of wish that I hadn't. I got up and had decided to do yoga. Well, it wasn't all that relaxing because everyone else started getting up, so it wasn't all that relaxing and it put me in a bad mood. Luckily I finally snapped out of it, but it made for a rough morning. <BR> <BR> Jacob had two basketball games today, so we were at the fitness center for those. The boys played well, but the first team was just rough. It's like t... Sat, 14 Jan 2017 20:13:53 EST January 13, 2017 Happy Friday! <BR> <BR> It was an okay day. The boys were good today for the most part until after Mike got home (does that make sense?). Matthew came home from school yesterday saying that he had a ton of math homework that was past due (seriously?), so that is what he has been working on all day. Just aggravating. Jacob and I played several rounds of UNO and we just kind of hung out. <BR> <BR> Goals: <BR> 1. Nutrition: portions were good. <BR> 2. Fitness: Walk On: Flat Abs Power Walk <BR... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 20:16:23 EST January 12, 2017 Happy Thursday! <BR> <BR> I did have a productive day. After a rough start getting the boys out the door (really don't like having to play referee), I started some laundry and did get the living room cleaned. I even dusted the ceiling fan and tried to get the cobwebs off of the ceiling (tough with a rough ceiling). I moved one section of the couch and got underneath the other section. Man there were some major dust bunnies under there! After I finished, I lost my motivation and energy. I did... Thu, 12 Jan 2017 20:09:18 EST January 11, 2017 Happy Wednesday! <BR> <BR> It's been a pretty good day. I wasn't as productive as I had originally planned, but I did get some stuff done. <BR> <BR> I started with my workout. Feels so good to be doing my formal workouts again. I missed them last week! I still am dealing with a little bit of a cough, but nothing like it was last week. I got the boys up and got them fed. Jacob got on the bus and I had to take Matthew to the high school for small group practice. Once home I threw a load of la... Wed, 11 Jan 2017 20:29:08 EST January 10, 2017 Well it had been a good day. I woke up a little earlier than I wanted to, but I took advantage and got my devotional and Bible reading done before everyone else was up. After Mike got up I got my workout done. After the boys got on the bus I did get the dishes done and the bed made before I headed out the door. The drive to Des Moines was interesting - fog and rain. I made it to Iowa Radiology early and actually got in for my mammogram before my actual appointment time. Once done there I stop... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 20:36:52 EST January 9, 2017 Well, the "official" diagnosis from the ENT is Eustachian Tube Dysfunction. It's basically a blanket term to cover why they can't figure out what is wrong (well, that's what I'm telling myself). At least the ARNP finally decided that. I'm just supposed to go strong on my allergy meds to see if really tackling the allergies will help. My ears are clear and clean and there isn't any fluid, but I still feel plugged up. So frustrating. I go back in two months for a follow-up and there maybe be so... Mon, 9 Jan 2017 22:01:40 EST January 8, 2017 I am really hoping that I sleep well tonight. Last night was a lot of tossing and turning. Matthew wasn't feeling well before we went to bed, so he slept on the couch, just in case. Because of that, I think that I was on alert listening for him even though I knew that I needed sleep. He did end up being okay. We let him stay home from church this morning, because he still wasn't feeling quite right this morning. He's okay now, so I think that it was just from all the drainage with his cold an... Sun, 8 Jan 2017 20:32:10 EST January 7, 2017 I am ready to crash tonight! It's been a busy Saturday. <BR> <BR> We had overlapping things this morning - I had Contemporary worship planning and Mike had to take Jacob to Creston for the Hoop Shoot. Once they got home Mike had to go to work, so I ended up having to take Matthew to bowling. Then he still wasn't done, so the boys and I headed for Panora for Jacob's basketball game. Mike did end up getting off work and made it to the game. It's just too bad that we had two vehicles there. We ... Sat, 7 Jan 2017 22:24:19 EST January 6, 2017 Happy Friday! <BR> <BR> It was a pretty good day after another early morning wake up. I woke up at 1:00 having a coughing attack, so I grabbed my pillows and a blanket and moved to the couch so that I wouldn't disturb Mike. I did manage to fall back asleep until the alarm went off at 5:00. I decided to take one more rest day. I am feeling better, but the cough is just aggravating. <BR> <BR> After getting the boys out the door I got my breakfast eaten and got ready to head to town. I had a f... Fri, 6 Jan 2017 20:58:40 EST January 5, 2017 It was a weird day. I had to go in to the church for a meeting with somebody. The up side of me going in is that Pastor hadn't even touched the checks that I had printed last week. Oh, he had pulled out his paycheck, but didn't give anybody else theirs. Really? So I got that taken care of. <BR> <BR> After stopping at the bank I came home and really didn't do much. Just no energy today. <BR> <BR> I had to head back into town to pick up Matthew and take him to the doctor. I was getting worrie... Thu, 5 Jan 2017 20:14:43 EST January 4, 2017 I had a wonderful day today! <BR> <BR> It started off earlier than planned when I woke up coughing and then couldn't get back to sleep. That was around 4:30 this morning. I skipped my workout again. I had been thinking about doing some yoga, but my wrist was bothering me, so I decided against it. I'm getting so frustrated right now. I am keeping moving and getting my steps, but I feel lazy since I'm not doing "workouts". <BR> <BR> Anyway, I did get a few things done around the house and the... Wed, 4 Jan 2017 20:39:37 EST January 3, 2017 It was a pretty good Tuesday. The boys were pretty good for the most part, so that helped. <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> This cold is just not letting up. My sore throat is back and I have had almost no voice today (that very scratchy voice - I never completely lose my voice), plus the cough is just aggravating. Jacob had the Hoop Shoot tonight and I stayed home because of the cough. They want silence when they are shooting the free throws and that just wasn't going to be possible. So, I'm enjo... Tue, 3 Jan 2017 20:06:46 EST January 2, 2017 It dawned on me that I haven't been out of the house since Friday! Crazy! <BR> <BR> Anyway, it was an okay day. I'm just tired and the cold almost feels like it's getting worse again. Even Matthew feels like his has gotten worse again too. He is actually already in bed and it's 7:30! I am so ready to be feeling better, so that I can get back to my workouts! <BR> <BR> I've been doing a lot of thinking today and kind of laughing about it. It pertains to the secretary job. There is a lot that ... Mon, 2 Jan 2017 20:34:46 EST January 1, 2017 Happy New Year! <BR> <BR> It's been a pretty good day even with this annoying cough. I hate chest colds. <BR> <BR> Mike and the boys were heading out to church this morning and an issue happened with the boys. Somehow Matthew poked Jacob in the eye, so needless to say Jacob stayed home. The rest of the day went better. We've pretty much been watching football all day. My favorite was the Chiefs beating the Chargers and the Raiders losing to the Broncos. AFC West Champs! Woo hoo! <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 20:51:29 EST December 31, 2016 Happy New Year's Eve! <BR> <BR> My cold has settled in my chest. Oh joy!! <BR> <BR> We had a quiet day at home. No place to have to go which ended up being quite nice. <BR> <BR> Goals: <BR> 1. Nutrition: day 367 of no Diet Dew. Portions were good. <BR> 2. Fitness: forced rest day because of my cold. <BR> 3. Personal: read a magazine. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow - I'm thinking nothing but watching football. I may even skip church since my cough is annoying and I don't have to play. <BR> <BR> Goals... Sat, 31 Dec 2016 22:42:39 EST December 30, 2016 This cold is kicking my butt. I'm starting to think it's going to turn into more. I can feel it moving into my chest and my throat is still sore. Yay! <BR> <BR> Anyway, I had my last day at work this morning! Woo hoo! I got a few things cleaned off the computer and got the files cleaned out of the drawer. Unfortunately I didn't get payroll while I was there. I came home for a little bit and then Jacob and I headed to town to get groceries and get his hair cut. Then we came back home. After l... Fri, 30 Dec 2016 21:36:34 EST December 29, 2016 Well, one more day of work (well, really probably about an hour). Jacob was still a bit under the weather, so I left the boys home while I went to work. I got the bulletins printed, newsletters mailed, bank deposit made and entered in Quickbooks, and my stuff packed up. I will have to go back in tomorrow to hopefully print paychecks (still haven't received the email back) and empty the 2016 files to make room for 2017. I just didn't want to leave the boys alone for too long this morning, espe... Thu, 29 Dec 2016 20:28:56 EST December 28, 2016 It has been a long day. Jacob woke me up just after 1:00 this morning saying that his stomach hurt. He did end up getting sick a few times. I stayed up with him, even though he did finally fall asleep. I thought I'd catch a little sleep and as soon as I closed my eyes, he woke up. Then it was time for Mike to get up. So, I am dragging tonight. <BR> <BR> The rest of the day was fairly quiet. Matthew was actually good since Jacob was sick. No fighting today at all! I did run in to the church t... Wed, 28 Dec 2016 20:07:17 EST December 27, 2016 Anybody want a 13-year-old? <em>100</em> He is on a freaking rampage tonight and I cannot get him calmed down. He will not leave his brother alone. We have a whole week of Christmas break left too... Prayers please? Other than that it had been a pretty good day. We had a little issue this morning before heading out the door, but then everything was okay. Not exactly sure what set him off. It's like he wants to be yelled at. <BR> <BR> This morning was was my first day of the last week of... Tue, 27 Dec 2016 20:53:51 EST December 26, 2016 It was a pretty good day with family. I am glad to be home though and am ready to crash. It was nice to visit with my parents and my sisters. <BR> <BR> Goals: <BR> 1. Nutrition: day 362 of no Diet Dew. Portions - not so good. <BR> 2. Fitness: rest day (I swapped yesterday with today - did today's workout yesterday so that today could be a rest day) <BR> 3. Personal: not a lot of time to read or anything. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow - work (newsletter day), dentist appointment for Matthew and then ho... Mon, 26 Dec 2016 22:07:44 EST December 25, 2016 Merry Christmas! <BR> <BR> It's been a pretty good day. Even after getting to bed after midnight, I was still awake at 6:30 this morning. I went ahead and got a workout in before everyone else got up. Once everyone was up we opened our stockings and then had biscuits & gravy for breakfast while watching "A Christmas Story". <BR> <BR> This afternoon we headed for Lamoni. We have my family Christmas tomorrow. We're all watching the Chiefs game now. Hoping that I can make it through the game.... Sun, 25 Dec 2016 21:11:16 EST December 24, 2016 Happy Christmas Eve! <BR> <BR> It was a mostly quiet day at home. I got a little irritated this afternoon with the boys. Just constant annoying noise and I wanted peace. <BR> <BR> Tonight we went in for the children's program. I had to play for Pastor for O Holy Night. When we got home it was present time. Now we are just hanging out until it's time to go back in for the Candlelight Service (which will be about half an hour). This is that time that I struggle because I'm tired! I love the C... Sat, 24 Dec 2016 22:49:11 EST December 23, 2016 It was a much calmer day, other than everyone being home. I headed out early to get groceries so that I could enjoy the rest of the day at home. Jacob had a friend come over and their initial plan was to play basketball outside, but the on and off again rain/snow/whatever you want to call it nixed that plan. <BR> <BR> Of course, that all means that I really didn't get much time to myself today which I desperately need. I love my family, really I do, but I need that time. I had a little bit t... Fri, 23 Dec 2016 20:05:06 EST December 22, 2016 It was one busy day. I feel like I was just going all day. <BR> <BR> First up was work. I got the Christmas Day bulletins, the Candle Light Service bulletins, next year's Offering sheets and all of the draft bulletins for January printed. The printer was pretty much going all morning! I was ready to get out of there. <BR> <BR> Once home I really didn't have any motivation to clean, so all I got done in the bedroom was making the bed. Oh well. <BR> <BR> Then it was off to Greenfield for my ... Thu, 22 Dec 2016 21:44:12 EST December 21, 2016 There has been something bugging me all day, even though I've been trying to not let it get to me. At work this morning, Pastor said that one of the council members thought that he should just do my job. As if I don't really do all that much. Seriously? The council already threw the Council Treasurer's job at me on top of everything else that I do. (the treasurer is the person that made the comment). Only 1 week left. I did spend a big chunk of time this morning showing Pastor how to print bu... Wed, 21 Dec 2016 19:38:28 EST December 20, 2016 I am ready to crash tonight. Hopefully I'll sleep well. <BR> <BR> I got the boys out the door this morning and enjoyed some peace and quiet before heading to town for my massage. Oh boy, was it wonderfully painful (you know, that point where it is almost intolerable). I was definitely jell-o afterwards. I'm still not sure how I made it home! <BR> <BR> I did get a few loads of laundry done and got my living room cleaning. Yay for that! I made myself get it done. I figured that since I played... Tue, 20 Dec 2016 20:33:07 EST December 19, 2016 Well, I survived the Hallelujah Chorus tonight! Good grief. Started off fine and then they started rushing. Seriously? It did go well though. At least it's done until next December. <BR> <BR> Okay, so backtracking. I got the boys off this morning and enjoyed some quiet time. I got a load of laundry started, made the bed and did the dishes. Then I made a stop at the bank to cash some checks before heading to the school for practice. Once I was back home I did another load of laundry and got t... Mon, 19 Dec 2016 21:48:36 EST December 18, 2016 I am ready to crash tonight. We did have church this morning even with the cold. Small numbers at church though. The 4-H party ended up being cancelled, so the bonus was that I didn't have to make the Christmas cookies. Praise team practice actually went well tonight. We were only missing one person that will be singing on Christmas Eve. We went ahead and scheduled another practice for Thursday night so that we have another chance to run through the songs before Saturday. <BR> <BR> Goals: <B... Sun, 18 Dec 2016 20:42:20 EST December 17, 2016 It was a pretty good day today. Jacob and I were home the whole day since both the basketball scrimmage and Hoop Shoot were cancelled. I'm glad that I didn't have to go out at all. Mike and Matthew ran an errand in Fontanelle in the morning and then Matthew had bowling in the afternoon in Greenfield. <BR> <BR> Jacob and I watched some college basketball. I figured that since he didn't get to play today, at least he could watch some. <BR> <BR> Speaking of Jacob, he's been having a rough tou... Sat, 17 Dec 2016 22:13:18 EST December 16, 2016 Overall it was a pretty good day. I got the boys out the door to get on the bus and then had some time to myself before heading out for my chiropractor appointment. Once done there I headed to Fareway to get groceries. Good grief, you would think that we are going to get 3 feet of snow (it's supposed to be a little bit of snow/ice). Fareway was nuts! Once done there I headed to ShopKo to look around and picked up a few Christmas gifts. I did a few more little errands and then headed to the HS... Fri, 16 Dec 2016 20:31:07 EST December 15, 2016 What a day. I ended up skipping my workout this morning - partially because of time and partially because my Jawbone needed charged. I thought that maybe I would do one this afternoon. The boys were just off this morning, so lots of fighting. We managed to get out the door early so that I could get to work since I had a lot to do before heading to the HS to practice with the choir. I then had to stop to grab a gallon of milk before coming home. <BR> <BR> I still didn't seem to get a lot done... Thu, 15 Dec 2016 20:55:47 EST December 14, 2016 It was a pretty good day. Work is still weird, so I am so ready to be done. After that it was off to the HS to practice with AMS. Then it was home. I let Gypsy out and gave her a little love then got inside and had my lunch. I did do a few loads of laundry, but that was about it. Just no energy to tackle any cleaning. Not sure why. <BR> <BR> Goals: <BR> 1. Nutrition: day 350 of no Diet Dew. Portions were okay. <BR> 2. Fitness: Walk On: Belly Blasting Strength Training. <BR> 3. Personal: did ... Wed, 14 Dec 2016 19:38:25 EST December 13, 2016 I just have to make it through next Monday and things will slow down again. I love accompanying, but between it and work I feel like I'm not getting anything done at home. Plus Jacob had a dentist appointment after school today, so that was another two hours gone. <BR> <BR> I know that things will slow down. The concert is on Monday and of course my last day of work will technically be the 29th. Yay! That will make the accompanying so much better because I won't have to feel like I'm rushin... Tue, 13 Dec 2016 20:28:40 EST December 12, 2016 I'm ready for my quiet Mondays to come back! I haven't had a whole day at home (by myself) in over two weeks. I usually have Mondays, but I've had something on the past three Mondays. Just crazy! <BR> <BR> This morning I had to take Matthew to small group practice then had a few hours before heading back to Greenfield for AMS practice. After that I had my ENT follow-up appointment. Still no real solution. I'm supposed to start my Flonase back up (I usually quit once it gets cold) and keep ta... Mon, 12 Dec 2016 21:47:36 EST December 11, 2016 It wasn't a super busy weekend, but busy enough that I ran out of time to blog last night! <BR> <BR> Saturday: <BR> The only big thing was the Praise team Christmas party, which was fun. Always a good time. The rest of the day was just hanging around the house. <BR> <BR> Goals: <BR> 1. Nutrition: day 346 of no Diet Dew. Portions were okay - snacky stuff at the party. <BR> 2. Fitness: Walk On: Metabolism Booster - Upper Body Circuit Walk <BR> 3. Personal: finished my book! <BR> <BR> Today: ... Sun, 11 Dec 2016 20:26:06 EST December 9, 2016 It was a pretty good day. I did get a workout done this morning even though I was a little bit tired from staying up to watch the Kansas City/Oakland game. Woo hoo Chiefs!! <BR> <BR> I had a little extra time at home this morning. Usually on Fridays I try to get to the store just after 8:00 to beat the crowds, but since I had to practice with the HS Choir today I just waited. I did leave about 9:00 to head to Fontanelle. I had to drop something off at the church for Mike (he was having Scout... Fri, 9 Dec 2016 21:24:27 EST December 8, 2016 Another tiring day since I'm fighting this cold. I had to take Matthew for small group practice again and then it was off to work. I did end up taking Jacob to the school since it was a little bit chilly. Once done at work it was off to the high school to practice with AMS. Once I got home I really haven't done much. <BR> <BR> Brinley update: she is home and is doing much better so thank you for all the prayers. <BR> <BR> Goals: <BR> 1. Nutrition: day 344 of no Diet Dew. Portions were good.... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 20:32:19 EST December 7, 2016 I forgot to mention last night that I need prayers for my niece. Monday night my sister took her to the ER because she was having trouble breathing and treatments weren't helping. After no improvement and no diagnosis she was transferred to Blank Children's Hospital in Des Moines. They finally diagnosed her with bronchiolitis. With her severe food allergies and eczema her immune system went into overdrive to fight the virus she picked up. Today's update provided some good news - her breathing... Wed, 7 Dec 2016 20:26:50 EST December 6, 2016 I am ready to crash tonight! It was a busy day of go, go, going. It started early with having to drop Matthew off at small group practice at the high school just after 7:00 this morning. Then it was off to work and Jacob headed for the middle school. After work I headed back to Greenfield to practice with AMS. I was finally home about 11:30 and had time to do some laundry. Tonight was the piano recital. Both boys did a good job. <BR> <BR> Goals: <BR> 1. Nutrition: day 342 of no Diet Dew. Por... Tue, 6 Dec 2016 22:04:20 EST December 5, 2016 Well, the doctor appointment did happen today! Done with that one for another year. I did ask her about my ears and if hormones could be an issue, but she couldn't think of any reason why that would be it. I did finally get a ginger root supplement so I will try that and see if it makes any difference. <BR> <BR> I did get some more shopping done. I left the house a little after 8:00, made a stop at the bank and then was off to Des Moines. I stopped at Hobby Lobby and the Kohls at Merle Hay M... Mon, 5 Dec 2016 20:55:53 EST December 4, 2016 Woo hoo! My Chiefs won today! And what a game it was! <BR> <BR> Other than that is was the usual church this morning and Praise team practice tonight. I am definitely tired tonight. Not sure why though. <BR> <BR> Goals: <BR> 1. Nutrition: day 340 of no Diet Dew. Portions were good. <BR> 2. Fitness: rest day <BR> 3. Personal: watched football, played piano and just had a relaxing day. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow - Doctor appointment: take 3 (the one that was originally scheduled for September, but g... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 20:24:59 EST December 3, 2016 I so enjoyed the Lorie Line concert last night. I didn't get home until about 11:30, so I was too tired to blog. All I can say is WOW! She is amazing! This was my first time to see her in concert even though I have been a fan for over 13 years. When I was pregnant with Matthew and in my last year of teaching, my coworker had some of her books and I played out of them during breaks in the day. I played so much I wore one of the books out (aka, "broke" the spine so that pages were falling out).... Sat, 3 Dec 2016 20:39:24 EST December 1, 2016 I'm panicking today - I mentioned that I mailed my resignation letter yesterday? Well, I put the wrong address on it. I am praying that the post office will still deliver it to the person and not the address or at least return it to me. I know that some small towns look at the name and know where it goes, but I'm worried. So, prayers please! <BR> <BR> Other than my little panic attack, today went okay. Work was busy. I had all of Sunday's bulletins to print plus programs for the Candle Light... Thu, 1 Dec 2016 19:49:46 EST November 30, 2016 I can't believe that it's the last day of November. Where is this year going? <BR> <BR> So, I mailed my letter of resignation to the council president today, so it is official. As of December 31, 2016 I will no longer be the church secretary. I'm actually feeling really good about the decision, even though it was kind of "forced" on me. Considering that I've had a lot of times this past year where I've wanted to quit, I'm glad this all came up. <BR> <BR> I have decided that I will take ove... Wed, 30 Nov 2016 19:55:25 EST