Run Down

I have been feeling horrible for three weeks. It started with chest discomfort and I couldn’t really pinpoint it. The pain did get bad enough that I had to go to the doctor and I was put on a Z pack and Prednisone. Did nothing for me. Another week went by and I still felt horrible. I finally realized what was bothering me the most… breathing. It just hurts to pieces to breathe. I visited the doctor again and he did a physical and sent me to get a chest x-ray and schedule this pulmonary test. He also put me on an inhaler (yuck). I did the X-ray and went to the hospital three different times to get this other test done and the machine wasn’t working and blah blah. Point blank they kept rescheduling me. By the time the fourth appointment came around and was so sick to even get out of bed for more than five minutes so I definitely was NOT going to the doctor for another appointment. I stayed in bed. Here I am like three weeks later, I still haven’t heard back about my chest X-ray and have no idea what’s going on. I think I have just a really, really severe upper respiratory infection going on. Now it’s my neck, throat, nose, head, lungs, back, and chest. I feel awful. I think I have hit the worst end of it so far but it still sucks. So, be on the watch for the ickies floating around. Use hand sanitizer! Believe me you do not want this!

Today, sick as I am, I had to go and take a test for Statistics and then go listen to my Psych teacher go on about baseball for two hours. What a lecture that was! By the time I finally got home, I was like, eh… couch here I come! I made potato soup and sandwiches for supper and laid my butt on the couch for the rest of the evening. Now here I am laying in bed, unable to sleep. Great! Just what I need.

On the upside, Christmas break is almost here. The kids get out early from school tomorrow and my last day of class is Thursday. I will not be due back until January 10th, so I am excited to get a break! Tomorrow I will be finishing up my Christmas shopping. I can’t believe I still have shopping to do (a lot!). It has been hard to find the time to go and I live in such a small town that I have to travel to shop. No time at all for it! So tomorrow grandma will come over and watch the kids in the evening so that I can go out-of-town to shop. I hope I am feeling a little better by then. The kids are excited about Christmas and I think they are clueless as to what we have gotten them which makes for a great surprise. I cannot wait to see their faces! Once the holiday is over they will be traveling to see their other parents and I will get a break for about five days and in that time I am taking a mini vacation to Chicago. The man and I will have a little fun and then some R&R that is extremely overdue. He works nights and so now it seems impossible for me to sleep. I catch a few z’s from about four in the morning until the alarm beeps at me at six thirty. I am exhausted!

I do have some upcoming blog interviews with one that is very interesting. Make sure you catch it! Other than that, I am lying low. I am enjoying my holiday and I am just doing nothing.

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30 Day Memoirs: the tale of a picture #27

The kids had so much fun making Christmas cake and the best part was watching them eat up the left over batter in the bowl. They loved it!


30 Day Memoirs: the tale of a picture #26

Yummy Christmas Cake! I had so much fun letting the kids makes this cake and they did a pretty good job too don’t you think?


New Years 2011

This New Year’s will be the first in a very long time that I will have no children running around my house. The boys will be at their mother’s and the girls at the father’s place. So my hubby and I decided to go big and do something special, exciting… and well memorable this year! He narrowed down going to either Chicago or St. Louis for a big NYE party. Chicago sounds much more appealing to me. And wall a! I found the Official Playboy NYE Party in Chicago at the Hilton. Bingo. This is going to be so much fun! We bought our tickets and are now planning our trip. We don’t do this kind of thing very often so, I am going big. I have been in search of a party dress and found the site Simply Dresses and found a huge selection of dresses. Now I just have to decide which one to get.

I have narrowed it down to two dresses. Dress number 1 is a sleek black by Mori Lee 721. It’s simple, elegant, and sexy. I figure due to the event, I should go with something elegant and traditional rather than flashy.

The second dress is another favorite I found. It has black and white so it pops a little more. But I haven’t completely decided if I should go with some white or all black for New Years. I have no idea. It is a Mori Lee 735.

Both dresses are to die for. I don’t have a clue how I am going to make up my mind. Maybe some advice? Either way, I am very positive that I will buy it at Simply Dresses. I just love the site. I looked at five different web sites and none compared to this one. Now I just have to make up my mind.

What are your plans for New Year’s Eve? Doing something big? Let’s hear about it!


Birthday Decisions

My dad’s birthday is coming up on December 14th. I have been contemplating about what to get him. I swear men are so difficult to shop for. Especially parents because they are always like “oh don’t get me anything.” I can never get this man to tell me something he wants!!! Meh. Anyway, he is a big coffee drinker like me so I was browsing Wal Mart today and found a single serve coffee maker and was like oh perfect! He will love this! He waits for a cup of coffee every morning, fills it up, and then heads to work. So why not get him a single serve with travel mug? I think he is going to love it! I found one for $51.99 and then decided to take a look at Amazon tonight and found one for $29.99. A great deal! Now I just hope it gets here in time for his birthday.


30 Day Memoirs: the tale of a picture #15

I am a HUGE fan of Dove products. The other day I found this holiday set with shampoo, bar soap, body wash, and a bath puff for only $8.88!!!! What a great deal. Hat’s off to Dove. Thank goodness for holidays.


A glance at a Thanksgiving Primer

The First Thanksgiving, painted by Jean Leon G...

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A Thanksgiving Primer by Bill Hellbig is an article published in  Clarke Times Courier on November 17th, 2005. The article includes information about “Of Plymouth Settlement,” William Bradford’s clarification of what happened in Holland and what proceedings led up to their venture for the new world. Bill Hellbig writes “having observed up close and personal the systematical destruction and rewriting of America’s history,” as a teacher. I believe that Mr. Hellbig’s objective for publishing such an article was to enlighten American’s of the misplaced facts and history that still exists, rather than the traditional Thanksgiving teachings that the Pilgrims only came to America to preserve their use of the English language. Hellbig’s article includes direct quotations from “Of Plymouth Settlement,” which states four main reasons why the relocation occurred.

Bill Hellbig urges readers to teach their children America’s history and not just focus on “revisionist textbooks.” I found a Thanksgiving Primer to be both inspirational and informative. I hope I can also have the courage to pass down history rather than legend to my children and the generations to come.