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10/31/19 10:15 A

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Since the food pantry in our city is only open two days a week, and the hours are times both my husband and I work, we'd have to actually take time off work to use them. So I don't think it's worth it in the long run to use PTO just to get groceries. I will have to figure out how to force DH to go grocery shopping, though, because he's going to have to start going to more than one store if we're going to get better prices. Especially since his preferred store is pretty awful for online ordering - the website never tells you if they're out of something, so our order is always at least 1/3 substitutions and the substitutions don't always make any sense. We also get random items added to our order almost every time.

Today is the Halloween party at the daycare, and his teacher promised me lots of pictures. Unfortunately his fox costume was just too big. DH asked why I didn't get him a new one in the right size, and I had to remind him it is because he told me not to! More than once! So he's dressing in the skeleton outfit his nana got him. He has a special first Halloween outfit he went to daycare in, though!


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10/30/19 9:29 A

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Eva: I looked up food pantries for my area and I can find one, but they don't have a website or anything for more details. There's a Facebook page but that says it's a page for the warehouse and gives no information about the actual pantry. When I locate a page that gives a website, it takes me to a community action partnership page that just lists the pantry as an available service within the city and doesn't give any details, either. That page seems mostly designed as a giant advertisement to gain donors.

I had forgotten we have a subscription to Amazon's Pantry service, I get some household items from there. It's only $4.99 but it went through last night so we're now in overdraft. So poptarts again today, and my husband skipped breakfast so I could take the last of those for lunch. He's going to his parents for a party for dinner, which I am not invited to, so I am not sure what I am going to do for dinner. He won't make a full meal if he doesn't get to eat it, too, so no slow cooker dinner tonight. I think we have some tuna and some bologna left, so I can probably make a sandwich. We don't usually have bread but I ordered a loaf of sourdough bread from the bakery to eat with the soup we made last week and the store substituted it with white sandwich bread from the shelf (???) so we have some.

My little guy is taking steps when he's held up, and loves to wiggle around when he's supported. He's excellent at turning himself in a circle when he's laying down and is a pro roller. He still isn't getting crawling, which frustrates him because he definitely wants to do it, but he's getting a little better at scooting. I wouldn't be surprised if he skips crawling and goes straight to walking, though.

Is your stepdads kidney shutting down stone related? I hope he bounces back and doesn't need dialysis.

My mom has been off work for a few months due to severe back, hip, and leg pain. She's done cortisone shots, dry needling, medication, and physical therapy. She returned to work part-time a few weeks ago, and just found out she has to get a hip replacement!

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Feline: I'm so sorry your cash strapped. Are there any local food banks you qualify for? Each one usually has a different set of qualifications so I'm not sure, but it might be worth checking into. It's just a thought.

Daycare workers are probably right. Your little mover and shaker is probably ready to grow. My kiddo loved her walker. It seemed like when she walked unassisted she just ran.

Miss B. came home yesterday with a headache. I suspect it's hormone changes beginning. She's at that age. *sigh* I don't think I'm ready. Anyway, I put her in a calming bath and gave her a cold compress and the headache went away.

Today I just have to check in on people. Mom has a doctor's appointment, my neighbor is having the first of 3 surgeries to repair her left shoulder and arm from a fall, and my MIL had dental work done yesterday.

I finally just told the Star Wars Maven outright to replace me in her wedding. After my stepdad's emergency kidney stone removal surgery on Friday night, he was informed that his left kidney tried to shut down. There is a discussion of dialysis. We aren't sure yet. If he needs a driver I know who will get to help with that. So I just told her I'm making a promise I'm not sure I can keep and to replace me.

It's been a long week and it's just Wednesday.



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10/29/19 9:11 A

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Eva: We're kind of an awkward distance from family. We live in a SID that's next to the middle of nowhere, so we're closest to my dad (who does live in the middle of nowhere), but if we went to visit him it'd put us an unreasonable distance from everyone else.

Baby boy has been doing some solid sleeping the last few days, his teacher thinks he's getting ready for a growth spurt. He's been taking steps when we hold him up to stand (he LOVES to stand) so she put him in a walker yesterday and she said he took right to it. He's going to be a movin' before I know it.

We have $11 until Thursday, so today I get poptarts for breakfast and lunch. Not exactly thrilling or healthy but the only things really open when we're leaving for daycare are gas stations. I can get 2 burritos for $5 at the one next to the daycare, but since groceries have to wait until after work Thursday that would only work for two days.

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Feline: It sounds like you had a really good time hanging with your family, even though the attractions weren't as wonderful as in the past. I hope they go back next year. I bet your little guy would love all the pomp and circumstance.

Miss B's first Halloween we just went to grandparent's houses and one friend who is more like family. If the drive isn't too far maybe DH will go for that.

My stepdad is a hard head LOL. He sees the nephrologist on the 13th. He has diabetes, kidney issues (his function is at 60%) and a heart condition. So means he's a catch 22 for the most common med. That means he has to be diligent with his diet. And he's just not. He's mad at mom because she called him out to the doctor about it all.

All the stress has my fibromyalgia in full swing. But at least I know my problem isn't doing any damage to my body, I just feel like crap.

The trunk or treat was fun. I was impressed that the kids were education on teal and blue buckets!! Teal buckets are for food allergy kids, blue buckets are for autistic kids. Brenna was happy to get so many compliments on her costume. She designed it herself. I helped her with the make-up.





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10/28/19 9:05 A

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Kali: Oh no! I hope everything is okay.

Eva: The zoo wasn't as good as I'd hoped. Previous years, with trick-or-treating at the zoo, were definitely more festive and fun. The kids area was DECKED OUT though. They had a giant Halloween castle in the middle of it that my niece was just in awe of, she couldn't figure out how they managed to bring it into the zoo. Giant lanterns, blow up spooks, and carved pumpkins. The rest of the zoo was kind of meh. They had a few entertainers - a dancing butterfly, a guy on stilts, a fire dancer, and a drum corps. But the rest of the night was just animal ambassadors and the Night Kingdom (the night animal exhibit). Everyone in my family is hoping they go back to the Spooktacular (the trick-or-treating event) next year.

We still had fun, baby boy slept for about 10-15 minutes then woke up crying when we were in a cave in the Night Kingdom. It was just me and my niece down there so I had to pick him up and soothe him while she pushed the stroller. She kept leaving it in random places when she got excited about an exhibit, which I was amused by but I am sure annoyed the other guests. Eventually my moms, brother, and SIL came down so my SIL took over pushing the stroller so my niece could bounce around unencumbered. There was so much to see that little man didn't go back to sleep until 8:30! He watched the fish in the swamp and was astonished by the existence of bats.

We dressed him as a little skeleton, and the costume had little candies in the skeletal tummy and a hat that said "Mommy is my boo". It was very cute. It's a 6-month costume and fit him quite well, just a little on the big side, so his fox costume might not be TOO horrible. I still need to try it on him. My niece was a pirate princess, my brother Luigi (he ran into a little Mario who was ecstatic to find a Luigi), my mom some kind of skeletal demon, and my stepmom a dead bride and groom (she carried a ghostly bride that made ghost sounds). My niece was very repeatedly vocally disappointed that I was not in my black cat costume, but I couldn't find it so I just wore ghost earrings. Two of the attorneys at my firm hand out king size candy bars to staff that are dressed up on Halloween, so I have to find it if I want good candy, lol

I talked to my husband about New Years and he is upset that I won't leave baby boy overnight with his parents so we can go bowling. It's not that it's his parents, I just don't want to leave him overnight with anyone until he's at least a year old. And it's his first new year! He won't be awake at midnight, but we can still have fun with him. He agreed we shouldn't take him to the alley though, so there's that at least. I told him I could hang with my family and he could go to the alley with our friends, but he said it's all or nothing. I sent a text to my brother this morning to see if he has any New Year's Eve plans yet. If he doesn't I'll ask my moms. Maybe we can get together for my mom's famous spaghetti dinner and watch the ball drop on TV.

Definitely avoid those fortune cookies in the future! Too much panic! Kidney stones are awful. The worst pain I have ever been in was definitely kidney stone related - I thought labor felt a lot like a small kidney stone, I was dilated to a 9 before I asked about pain relief because it was beginning to feel like the contractions weren't ending. I guess I had good practice? I can't imagine having gone through that 13 times, though. I can't believe he thinks Mt. Dew is worth that!

DH and I talked about trick-or-treating, but he said he hates it when people take their babies out like that. I thought it might be cute to dress him up and go out or see if my niece wanted him to join her, but he is very against it. So we're just going to stay home and keep the lights off. Maybe next year, he'll be almost 1.5 and should be walking so we could probably do a little trick-or-treating or find a local Trunk or Treat for him to go to. A lot of the shopping centers do Halloween celebrations with music and pumpkins and trick-or-treating in the shops.

Little boy has his surgeries next week but they still haven't called us to tell us when to be where. I'm getting a little anxious because I've requested two days off work for it and need to know if that's enough time or if recovery means he'll be out of daycare longer, and if we need to do something more than pain relief and cold formula while he recovers. I was told it would probably be a morning appointment since he can't eat after midnight and he's so little, but I don't know if that means 8am or 10am or what!

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10/28/19 6:44 A

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Kali: Prayers for DH. Please let us know when you can how you both are doing.

Feline: How was the zoo outing?

Do you now have tentative New Years' plans?

You know a halfway point loss goal is a good idea and then reevaluating when you're ready. For one thing, it wouldn't be as stressful with a smaller overall goal.


Well the "Don't Panic" continued. Friday afternoon my step-dad was rushed to emergency surgery to remove ANOTHER kidney stone. I swear if I see a carbonated drink in his hand, particularly a Mountain Dew, I'm going to slap it out. This is surgery 13, if my count is correct, to remove stones. He was dressed down by 2 doctors and a nurse at the hospital.

My neighbor will have at least 3 surgeries, 2 on the shoulder and 1 on the elbow. The first surgery is on Wednesday. Her husband has to go stock their kiosk at a local flea market and run a couple of other errands. He's bringing her here to sit at the house since I have to wait on the internet tech to come check the equipment. There's an issue with my download speed. I'm fine with it, but Jim is pitching a fit.

Saturday my home town was torn apart by gale force straight-line winds. They are still out of power in several areas. No one was hurt, that I know of, but they all have property damage.

So I'll not be cracking anymore Toyami fortune cookies. That thing has caused too much chaos. I'm not normally this superstitious, but the past 4 days have been nothing but nuts.

It's supposed to rain on Halloween night. So the consolation prize: tonight is the high school trunk or treat. I'll be dragging my creepy baby doll over there so she at least has a little fun. I figure this might be my last year of trick or treating with her so I'll have to make the best of it.


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10/25/19 1:42 P

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Sorry for another drive by - DH is in the hospital for observation. Will reconnect when I can.

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10/25/19 9:15 A

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Eva: Maybe I will see what my brother and moms are doing, and see if they want to get together if they don't have plans. That way baby has plenty of loving arms to sleep in and I still get adults to talk to emoticon

I was wondering if they'd planned the wedding for May 4th! May the 4th be with you and Return of the 5th are popular memes. I would also have doubts about the wedding happening, or the marriage lasting if it did. It's bound to be one interesting wedding, for sure. Remember the popcorn if you do decide to go.

When we started dating I'd say I was probably in the high 100s, I hit the 200s in late high school or early college, then the 300s in my late 20s. DH said he hadn't realized how big I had gotten until he was looking at some before and after photos of me, so he at least acknowledges I can't go back to the 300s, but he likes me in the 200s. I felt fantastic in the 150s and looking at some photos of me pre-pregnancy I can now acknowledge I probably shouldn't go lower than that with my frame. I was talking with my BFF about this and she suggested I lose half the weight and see how we both feel at that point. That would put me at 190 - under 200, but still in the curvy range. I figure that's worth a shot. Especially since losing weight seems so much harder now I might not want to struggle beyond getting under 200, but I do really want to be in the 100s again.

I hope your neighbor is okay! A broken elbow and shoulder sounds very painful. Good for you for keeping calm, that had to be a scary situation.

I found out this morning that the daycare is having a little Halloween party next week, and will be taking pictures of all the kiddos in their costumes. The fox costume I got for the little guy is huge (I accidentally got 6-9 months instead of 3-6 months) so we'll see how bad it looks tomorrow when we prepare for the zoo outing. If it just doesn't fit at all he'll wear one of the little spooky outfits his nana got him to the zoo and I'll have to 2-day ship something from Amazon for him to wear for his daycare party.

I guess there's snow in the forecast for next week. It's been getting chilly (I finally had to put my flip-flops away), so I might be breaking out the heavier coat if we get snow.

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10/25/19 6:54 A

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Feline: We don't make plans, unless you call watching the ball drop and if the weather is appropriate shooting off a couple of bottle rockets at midnight. But we didn't go out much on New Years before Miss B was born. You could opt to go for a little while and leave early, taking your son with you. Or you could talk to DH about making alternative, family plans for this year. Your kiddo will be a little bigger next year and staying up with him might not be as difficult.

This wedding was supposed to happen back in May. May the 4th to be exact. Well, just prior to that she pitched a bridezilla fit while at a cousin's wedding in Florida. He called the wedding off. Her whole family left her standing alone in the parking lot of Disney World. So much for it being the "Happiest Place on Earth." They literally told her she could walk to the hotel or call a cab. So I'm not 100% positive that if I did make arrangments to go that this wedding will even happen. I just have a bad feeling about the whole thing. Her family is one that puts it's crazy on the front porch and offers it a glass of tea.

Jim likes me heavier too. I like being at 150. I breathe easier. He sees nothing wrong with the 160s. Historically curvy women were preferred because we were viewed as sturdy childbearing stock. (I heard your eye roll. I make the same one.) But I think it's a hard-wired hold over for some men, to prefer a woman with a slightly heavier build. I don't know what size you were when you met your husband but I was 196 lbs when I met mine. So I guess I take it as a compliment that he loves me just the way I am (though I am still trying to drop a few extra pounds I've gained back) and doesn't want me stressing about my size. Maybe that's how your DH means it but isn't expressing it in the most eloquent manner.

I went to lunch with mom yesterday. We went to Toyami, a Japanese place that for some odd reason fives fortune cookies. Well, mine simply said "Don't Panic." Sage advice for a person that has panic disorder. It could have elaborated. Turns out I didn't have to wait long to find out. My neighbor tripped over her garden gnome and hit the walkway. She broke her elbow and shattered her shoulder. She's looking at surgery. So I'm guessing helping get her into the car to go to the hospital is when I was supposed to not panic.

It's raining here all weekend. The fall/Halloween festivities in the area have been canceled, so time to make alternative plans for tomorrow. I'm thinking I'll order a jack-o-lantern pizza from Papa Johns and we'll watch movies and play a board game or 2.



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10/24/19 10:18 A

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Eva: A Star Wars themed wedding could be fun! I am more Star Trek myself, though. I can see why you wouldn't want to go though, especially to a college town on New Years Eve. It will probably get pretty crazy. Do you have any special plans for New Years Eve? I am already worrying about it. We usually go bowling on the airforce base with some friends, and every year there is someone with a portable pack n play that contains a baby so DH sees no problem with taking our son with. Of course I am worried about it, though. The late hour, the loud sounds, the loud music, the crowd of people in an enclosed area, the fact my son will not sleep in his pack n play. I don't want him staying overnight with anyone either, so that would leave us with someone staying home.

My boss won't be in the office tomorrow, so she's ordering pizza to celebrate my birthday early. I got my weekly draft for school turned in yesterday over lunch, so I have the weekend free for birthday fun. I'm going to ask DH to make tex mex calzones for dinner (a recipe from SparkPeople!) and find a movie to watch tomorrow.

DH revealed to me this morning that he did not like it when I was at 152lbs, and he prefers me heavier. He's against my trying to lose weight again because he likes where I am now. I am not sure how to take that. I had hoped to get back down into the 150s because I liked how I looked (excepting the loose skin) and felt pretty great.

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Feline: Baby will be fine. If he doesn't sleep with the comotion don't be surprised. Miss B never did. Stay up might not be good, but the colors and motion will be wonderful stimulation. I hope you enjoy it! It will be a good birthday outing.


Yesterday was mostly non-eventful. I've wiggled out of a wedding happening on December 31. She's my college friend. She wanted me to be a bridesmaid. I am not a lightsaber.(StarWars Themed wedding that was supposed to happen in May.) Jimmy has to work. I do not drive in college towns on the drunkest night of the year. It's a 2-hour drive to her venue, through Memphis and on to Oxford, Ms. Based on all of her family gatherings I'd rather avoid the chaos. And that's not being overly dramatic. They went to a wedding in March in Florida. The family left her standing alone in the parking lot of Disney World for being a bridezilla. Her grandmother, fiance and sister told her to call a cab or walk to Kissimmee. That's why the wedding was put off in the first place, she showed out in "The Happiest Place on Earth."

I'm going out to lunch with my mom today. She wants help ordering a chair online. And I have to make a trip to the post office. There's a hardware issue with the mesh wifi system, one of the dots won't set up, so we have to send it back.




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10/23/19 8:48 A

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Eva: After work the elementary school friend sent me a message asking how I was doing. It is just so out of the blue, I asked my husband if I should respond and he said no. I put it up to vote in a group I am in on Facebook that helps you make decisions and it was a unanimous no. So I've just ignored the message so far. From what I know about him he doesn't seem the type to be involved in an MLM, but I can't think of any reason why he'd be reaching out to me after so long when we haven't even really been friends since 1st grade or talked since 4th. The most interaction we've had is I sometimes leave him a "Happy Birthday" message on his wall when Facebook lets me know it's his birthday.

One year I got a good sized box and just filled it with cookies, bars, and fudge as a Christmas gift for my cousin. He was ecstatic, he couldn't stop talking about it for weeks. I don't want to do a lot of baking, but some cookies and maybe some fudge would be pretty easy. I bought a stand mixer on Black Friday one year because I wanted to start making our own bread, but I used it only a few times.

My birthday is Friday, so on Saturday my brothers family, moms, DH, baby, and I are going to the Halloween event at the zoo. It starts at 7:00pm so I am a little worried about baby, since he's usually asleep by then. I am hoping he'll just sleep in his stroller. But it will be outdoors and probably noisy. Definitely bright, since the whole event is about neon lights. It's supposed to be about 40 so I've got a nice warm blanket for him.

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10/23/19 6:52 A

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Feline: I've had that happen, people from elementary school and middle school find me on Facebook. It is a bit strange. Some want to suck you into their pyramid scheme. The strangest one was a girl I was in Girl scouts with. Turns out we both have food allergy kids. I have that in my facebook bio (Food allergy mom.) so she reached out.

I'm glad DH gave you the go-ahead to order food. It really is cheaper in the long run. I understand about not answering the door. I'm kinda weird about that myself. I keep my pepper spray in my pocket because you never know.

I often make Christmas gifts for friends and family. Cookies are a good one. So is homemade bread. I make beer bread for the people who don't really care for sweets. It's 3 ingredients. I can make 6 full sized loves for under $10.

Miss B signed up for 4H yesterday. Now she has to determine her path and I have to mark that we want information on summer camp. She thinks she would like to go.

MIL's perm is done. She was showing concern for me yesterday. It was odd. Usually, she doesn't pay attention to my physical posture. My pinched nerve was bothering me. I had a little limp. Anyway, I'm not used to her showing concern for me.

Today I get to do my normal chores and exercise. It's been a short, but busy week so far!



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Eva: Our gift giving list is significantly shorter this year, that's for sure. I have some gift ideas for my niece (a 7-year old doesn't want photos) and am considering something small for my cousin (he's not the photo type - he does love food though, so I might bake him some cookies). I like doing Christmas cards so I am going to try to snag some from my favorite website when they do their 50% off sale near the end of November. I just need to decide if I am going to use photos of the cats, per usual, or a photo of the baby!

I am sure our stores do the same sort of block scheduling, but I wouldn't answer the door and it's just easier for my husband to pick up from the store on his way to the daycare. If I ordered for the weekend when DH was home to answer the door it might work, but he gave me the go ahead to order for this week today so I am ordering some dinners, lunches, and snacks. I should probably get him some breakfast, too. I think he's about out of poptarts and the protein bars on the counter are old, I tried one and it was nasty.

I had a friend from elementary school "wave" at me around 3am this morning on Facebook! He and I were close near the beginning of elementary school since we lived near each other, then he moved away and when he came back he was WEIRD. I haven't spoken to him since 4th grade, and as far as I know he lives in Florida now, so it was very strange. I was woken up around 2:30 by a headache, then FOMO woke my baby up shortly after, so it's going to be a long, long day for me.

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Feline: Family photos make excellent gifts. They will be pleased and will understand that Baby is your primary concern. Stuff, like gift-giving, changes slightly when you are a parent. I write down my "people list" and my budget and distribute accordingly. My only suggestion before going to take your photos, make a list of people you want to give pictures to that way when you start to place your order you're not forgetting someone. We have a big list, and I'm always afraid I've left someone out.

Our Kroger does a scheduled delivery time. So you basically tell them to bring it between 6 and 8 and that's when the come. But each store may be different. I hope DH is open to your suggestions.


I had a friend from high school contact me yesterday. Beth and I use to win writing competitions together. Anyway, She's parlayed her talent into a career, I put mine in a file folder. She found out, through another friend, that I still jot down stories and poems. She's asking me why have I never attempted to publish. My only answer is, I don't know. She's given me something to think about, at least about being more consistent with getting my stories on paper. Who knows, it might be good for me.

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Kali: She's only senior by 3 months, but I thought about it over the weekend and realized the conference was probably her idea. I am betting she learned about it and asked our boss if the Firm could pay her way and my boss decided to go with her. I am still a little annoyed they didn't ask me to go, since my boss knows I would have loved something like that and it is directly related to my professional duties, but I could see why she wouldn't have asked since it would have meant two reference librarians gone from our office and I have a new baby. I'm still a little paranoid about my performance, but less so now that I've taken the time to rationally think it over.

Eva: We aren't really willing to do delivery to our home, we're worried about leaving food outside too long, but DH doesn't mind picking it up since they load it into his trunk and everything for him. We've just been so low on funds he hasn't given me the okay to do a big order that we'd need. I think it'd be better than eating out, especially if he's willing to throw some ingredients into the slow cooker in the morning (we can get some really easy and inexpensive meals that way), but I think he's being tricked by convenience right now because he's overwhelmed by fatherhood and having to deal with my mental health. I might try to spend some time today coming up with a list of dinner ideas to propose to him, though.

I did finish the Pumpkin Run. I had to do it in two parts, though, because I underestimated how much longer it would take pushing a stroller and ran out of time before therapy, so baby came with on 2.5 miles then I walked the last .6 miles by myself after therapy. I was going to wear him but the baby carrier came unsnapped in the wash and I couldn't figure out how to put it back together. But he loved his stroller. We found out DH put it together wrong, though. We tried to pop it up so baby was sitting up and could see everything as I pushed and it ended up upside down! So we will eventually have to fix that.

I watched a few movies this weekend, too. Some Saturday evening and some after breakfast with the godparents on Sunday. I watched Mother!, which was terrible. Really bad, I don't advise watching it ever. I washed that out of my brain with Juno. I gave Fractured a shot, which was a pretty good movie but I was disappointed by the ending. I followed that with Room, which I enjoyed. I ended my little marathon with Tallulah, which was also enjoyable. I've had the Masked Singer recommended to me as I've struggled with finding things to watch lately. I'm not big on reality television, though, so I've been hesitant to give it a try.

We decided that since we can't really afford Christmas this year we're going to do family photos as gifts. JCPenney has a 40% off their sessions right now, so I booked a session for the end of next month to give us a little time to save up. A coworker has a bunch of black frames boxed up in her garage and said I can have as many as I like so I'll probably just do gifts for family this year and send out cards to friends.

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Feline: I wouldn't be too upset about work. I think your DH may be right on this one. As far as reviews go, do the best you can do and see what you get. Surely your boss understands women and postpartum issues.

I hope you work the groceries out. I can see how ordering online would be a huge help to your family. Your busy and it might make a chore less of a chore? Our Kroger even delivers to your house within a certain mile radius.

Did you finish your Pumpkin Run?

We watched The Shining (I always hated how Kubrick made Wendy look so week. She was a really strong woman in the book) and the Ring at Miss B's request. She's her momma's daughter. She loves the spook. We caught up on The Masked Singer! I loved it. I never would have thought about Paul Shaffer!

Brenna and I baked a couple of cheesecakes and she finished her diorama for science. It's on Solar energy. While she worked on her project Jim and I touched up the paint on the walls in the kitchen, our bedroom, and the master bath.

Today is cleaning, as usual, tomorrow is a perm for MIL, then sometime later in the week, I help mom with her resumes on indeed and zip recruiter. It seems like here if it's not a job through a temp agency the applications are through these 2 sites. She's not happy at work. I'd almost, at her age tell her to hang in there, but if I help where I can. If nothing else she'll know I'm supporting her.

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Eva - sorry to hear about your hip. Watching the Masked Singer sounds fun.

Feline - I hope you find grocery funds and can take advantage of some of the pickup services the grocery stores and Walmart offer. (It definitely makes shopping easier and prevents [me] from impulse purchases.)
Hopefully your performance review will be fine and I think DH has a good point. A senior colleague would have felt slighted not being invited to attend the conference.
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Kali: Hey there! I hope you get some to catch us up soon.

Eva: It's a virtual 5K, the Great Pumpkin Run. I need to finish it before sometime in November and I'll get a medal. This is my third year doing it. They have a "tough pumpkin" option where you actually do the run holding a pumpkin! I considered doing that this year, but figured doing it with a baby this time would be tough enough. Tomorrow is supposed to be perfect weather for taking a walk, too - partly cloudy with a high of 68.

I actually use Flo, too! I used it track my period, then the fertility setting when we tried for baby, then the pregnancy setting, then the postpartum setting. I've got it set to the fertility setting right now - since we're unsure on if and when we're trying for #2 it's a great help in tracking my period and my ovulation for family planning.

We desperately need to do some grocery shopping, basically all we have left is some noodles, butter, and a can of soup. I don't know when we'll be able to afford groceries, though. I know part of this is my husband never feels like grocery shopping on the weekends, so he buys fast food all week, then we've depleted our grocery funds. But he never gives me the go ahead to order online either so I don't know what I can do to help.

My boss is taking a coworker to Chicago today for a conference directly related to my job. I'm a little upset she didn't ask me if I wanted to go. I'm not the kind of person that would confront her and ask why I wasn't asked, though, so I just wished her lots of fun and am silently stewing. DH thinks it's a seniority thing, but I think it's because my trip down the mental rabbit hole was noticeable to my boss (she did comment on it) and she didn't think my performance warranted the reward of the conference. It has me worried about performance reviews coming up in December.

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Kali: Good to see you! Hope all is well and you can catch us up soon.

Feline: I hope your Chair accepts your citations. It seems to me she's being a bit unreasonable on this one line.

Good luck in your 5K! I'm glad hubby at least agreed to give it a shot.

I've never had an IUD. I've heard too many stories like yours. I've always used an oral hormone replacement. I will say that my PMDD symptoms have been much less this time. The waiting for TOM to show was the most stressful part of the whole ordeal. I use a tracker, Flo. It's free and was suggested by my doctor if you are interested. It tracks your cycle length, lets you know when you are ovulating and tracks your daily symptoms and mood and it gives advice (some useful some not) on how to deal with your body.

I'm off to do the grocery shopping this morning. Tonight we plan to watch the Masked Singer. Tomorrow there's a birthday party and then we plan to watch movies in the afternoon. My hip is still not right. It feels kinda bruised. I suppose that's part of the nerve healing, but at least I made it yesterday with no meds and no tens unit.



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Hope all is good!

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Eva: I did not hit the gym at lunch. My motivation got redirected towards my dissertation and I spent my lunch break making the edits my Chair wanted. I sent her an email about library programming being common knowledge but her reply was that it is not common knowledge and I needed citations or to rewrite the statement as an opinion. Since it's not an opinion, and you're correct that most public libraries have calendars of events, I opted for searching out citations. They're not peer-reviewed, academic sources but they are an annual report from the American Library Association and the phase one results of a long-term library programming study from the same. Hopefully that suffices.

We rescued Chester after he was beaten up by something. He was bloody and just a mess, so I think he appreciates the safety of the indoors. If you open the back door, though, he will stick his head out to sniff the air. He won't do this with the front door or the garage door, just the back door, but he never tries to leave. Just sniffs.

Congratulations on the 5lbs! I opted for no birth control after delivery, which I could tell my OB thought was a bad idea. With how long it took to get pregnant, though, I'll trust that if I magically get pregnant without intervention that it was meant to be. The last time I tried birth control I had an IUD and it had to be removed in the ER - I could barely walk because it went and decided to implant where it shouldn't. Plus, my OB thinks my PCOS is in remission from the weight I have managed to keep off. So I'll trust the universe.

Today I have a Total Toning class. I am completely uninterested in attending, but it is impossible to get a sub for (I had a sub for last week that I arranged WEEKS in advance since I had to take my son to the doctor and she ended up not going) so I will grudgingly go over my lunch break. My husband agreed to do a 5K with me on Saturday. He's not happy about it, and I'll need to wash the baby carrier since the neighborhood is not very stroller friendly, but one lap around the neighborhood is one mile so it's pretty convenient. Baby did a 2-mile walk with me in September and did awesome so I expect he will at least tolerate two laps before he and hubby need to bow out.

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Feline: Did you grab the bike at lunch?

Good for DH bringing back what you had hoped for. I hope it works out for the meds you are taking.

I think maybe your advisor should mind her own business on that statement. The stacks of a library aren't the reason most people go now. I don't know why she would think you'd need a peer-review for that when the library here releases a monthly calendar of "events" that lists classes that are being hosted in the library's "friends" rooms. I assume most libraries do the same.

Fluff and Butters were both feral. They love the fall air. I suppose I should have raised them a window before I went out. Fluff sits on the deck in the sun. He's not a roamer. I figure Butters was chasing a bird or a bug and then found himself in a pickle. But he's mischevious. He likes to play "Marco Polo" in the house too. So for him, it became a game. LOL He probably would have come back on his own, but I worry. One of the neighbors has a mean dog.

Well while we were on vacation I dropped 2 more pounds. I stopped taking birth control a month ago. After years of using the same pill, I started having adverse effects. My doctor and I discussed it and I decided to stop as an experiment. Since stopping the pill I've lost 5 pounds total. My PMDD symptoms were much better this month. My blood pressure, which was higher than my personal normal, is coming back down. She thinks some of it may be too much fluctuation in my hormones. And as I'm in perimenopause she wanted me to see what my cycle looks like. So here we are, and so far so good. I'm interested to see if it affects my fibromyalgia symptoms.








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Eva: My husband went out after bell choir last night to pick up my meals so I left the choice up to him for whatever was less expensive and he came home with the breakfast sandwiches. So I am going to give that a try for the rest of the week and see how that goes - breakfast sandwich and yogurt in the morning with a protein shake for lunch. I've been having a morning snack, but maybe this will fill me up a little longer.

I think the paper is coming along nicely. I got the review back this morning and she only had two minor revisions - she wants me to work on my transition to chapter two to make it more smooth, and there is a statement I make that we've been butting heads on. Basically, I make a statement about libraries providing basic programming (like ESL, computers, etc.) and I think it is common knowledge that libraries provide community programming that is not book related. She thinks this statement requires peer-reviewed, academic citations. I would just remove the sentence but it's actually pretty critical to my study theory.

Naughty Butters. I am glad you caught him, they can be tricky. My Oz cat was an escape artist - but he was also a gigantic cat. He was fast when he wanted to be, but he'd mostly just waddle through the neighbors yard and sit under his tree while we followed him. The two I have left have absolutely no interest in the outdoors. Ghost cat was found in a ditch in the rain and turned in to the rescue we adopted him from, and Chester was a stray we rescued from our backyard. They both are quite happy with living the indoor life.

I did yoga on Monday. I didn't do anything yesterday - tbh, I was too full from the catered lunch to really move emoticon I am feeling an inkling of motivation today, though, which is RARE this past month. Since I am just having a protein shake for lunch so don't need to heat anything up I might hit the recumbent bike over lunch. We'll see if I can hold onto this little ember for the next 4.5 hours.

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Feline: I'm glad little man is feeling better. Work is rarely fair to parents when kids are sick. You can't always find a sitter, and they forget they couldn't always find a sitter either.

My mother worked a 12 hour night shift. She often ate dinner in the mornings and breakfast at night. So I think you can eat your meals any way you want. She did. I tend to have a light breakfast and lunch is often an egg scramble, then a normal dinner.

Is you paper coming along well, in your opinion. I know there will always be rewrites. I often think that's very subjectable. I know you were considering how to include some things and narrow your scope last month.

I lost 2 lbs while on vacation.

Butters the cat decided to play Marco Polo yesterday. He dashed out the back door and hopped the fence. I spent 30 minutes chasing him. I finally caught him but I learned while my hip/back is fine on even ground it is not fine in my back yard for long walks.

I broke out the hand weights and did some upper body ST. That's going to be about it because engaging the glutes is a bad idea for the moment.

You can buy an Icy Hot Tens Unit, the one recommended to me, at Walmart for about $30. Refill pads are about $10, but the one that comes with it is good for 150 uses and you can change the battery. If this one dies I may look into a better unit since this one has given me relief. My clinic knows I don't like meds, so this was her solution for my long term relief.






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Eva: I've heard about tens units but from what I understand they're not all that commonly used in the US, they're more common in the UK? Although they can apparently be bought on Amazon, so I guess their popularity is rising. I'm glad it's helping your nerve, though.

Little guy had a fever Sunday and yesterday, but seemed back to himself this morning. He was happy to be back at daycare, giving his teachers smiles and coos. I'm glad he's feeling better, too, since it would have been my turn to stay home with him and I know my work isn't happy about all my time off. Plus, they're catering lunch today. I missed the catered breakfast last week so I was hoping to make the lunch this week - especially since we didn't get to hit the grocery store and all I have to choose from otherwise is poptarts or a protein shake.

My psychiatrist has set me up on some new medications, one of which must be taken with at least 350 calories twice daily. That's not so much a problem at dinnertime, but my breakfast is under 200 calories so I have to figure out a new breakfast routine and have my protein shakes for lunch instead. I am thinking of just eating lunch for breakfast (salad can be breakfast, right?) but Kroger makes a breakfast sandwich with egg whites and turkey sausage that is pretty good, add some yogurt and it's a decent breakfast around 350 calories.

I started my first dissertation class two weeks ago and the goal at the end of the 12-week class is to have a complete chapter one of the dissertation. I had a draft done in week one so I am a little ahead of the game. My dissertation chair gave me a few minor revisions and told me to rewrite the theory section. I'm waiting to hear about the rewrite now, she has seven days to return my work. I'm supposed to continue working on it while she reviews my work, but since I already had a complete draft of the chapter I'm not sure if I am supposed to begin working on chapter two or not, which is one of the goals for the next class.

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Feline, I'm sorry about your little man.

I wish I had fantastic advice for you, but I don't. I hope your doctor can help you find a path that works for you for right now while you make it past this stressful part of your life. Just do the best you can do for that day. That's all anyone can ask. If you need to "talk" I'm a sparkmail away.

I'm doing okay here. When we got back from vacation we did the winter prep for the pool and closed it down. Yesterday I cleaned house. That pinched nerve that landed me at the doctor 2 weeks ago was not happy that I scrubbed the house down. Jim reminded me it takes about a month for the thing to heal completely. I'll say that the icy hot tens unit that the doctor recommended saved my butt, literally, on vacation. It helped me finish the day yesterday and not be in a great amount of discomfort for the rest of the afternoon.

Today I've got to cut and color the neighbor's hair. Hopefully tomorrow I can take a seat and just be for a little while.



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Hey everyone. I've been popping in to read what you've been posting, but I kind of spiraled down the mental rabbit hole for awhile and have been holding on just enough to get through work and crash at home. I think I'm peeping over the edge of it now, though. I quit exercising and I've been eating whatever my husband brings me so I've gained back 5lbs. We're completely broke right now so I'll probably be living on buttered noodles for awhile, at least while we try to pay off some of these medical bills for the baby. He had a sleep study two weeks ago that we got the results for this morning. He's got obstructive sleep apnea. He is looking at exploratory surgery with potential tubes in his ears from his ENT and this could mean more surgery from his pulmonologist.

I haven't been sleeping much so I've fallen back to drinking caffeine in the morning, and I even had soda yesterday. I am hoping once I get back to mental stability I can fall back into a healthier routine. I have a yoga class this afternoon I will try to make, though.

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Made it back all in one peace. Had an excellent trip.

We finished the weekend with a fire in the fire pit and movies until midnight Saturday night. Now back to the normal schedule until winter break!

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Eva - have fun!

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10/7/19 6:21 A

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Good to see you Richard.

Kali: it sounds like you've been a busy woman. Maybe your hard freeze won't be too hard.

I'm off on fall break this week. We are headed to Saint Louis this morning. I'll be back sometime Thursday evening.

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10/6/19 3:20 P

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Good to see you Richard!
We're moving into the cool range with trees just starting to emoticon
With a very wet spring and summer, even the houseplants have grown and I need to prune and spray (found a people/pet friendly one) before bringing them in. Our first freeze (by some folks) is predicted for next week, so I'll be watching the weather.
The Husker emoticon won their game while the women's emoticon lost, but on a chance meeting with our across the street neighbor, they invited us to dinner and we then watched the athletics here.
Laundry and housework well underway, so after a big Sunday breakfast, we'll head to Freddie's for 'dinner' - blue cheese steak burgers!
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10/5/19 10:56 P

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weather has taken a hot turn here



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10/5/19 12:06 P

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MIA again, but busy and loving the emoticon weather.
First emoticon of the season last night while watching Dances with Wolves and eating Instant Pot apple crisp.
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Husker emoticon and DAR meeting today. Also hoping to start menu planning with a 'deep' dive into the freezer.
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"Be present in all things and thankful for all things" Maya Angelou

"If you laugh you change; and when you change the world changes." Shilpa Shah

"Joy is prayer. Joy is strength. Joy is love. Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls. She gives most who gives with Joy."
Mother Teresa (1910-1997); Founder Of The Missionaries Of Charity

"We are not human beings having a spiritual experience, we are spiritual beings having a human experience" Teiha


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10/1/19 6:49 A

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emoticon October emoticon

It's been quiet here of late, aside from Feline and myself. I hope all are well!

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