Monday, June 30, 2008

A little MIA

I know it's been a couple of days since I posted on here. Things have been hectic around here.

A couple of weeks ago, the hubby and his doctor decided it would be best for him to have gastric bypass surgery. His necessary caloric intake due to the diabetes, coupled with the mess his body's in from his accident 30 years ago, makes it nearly impossible for him to lose the weight he needs to. So that's been stressing me.

Now I'm sitting here waiting to hear about my grandfather. He's been going downhill for a couple of weeks now. Tonight we got word that he's been unresponsive all day and has stopped breathing several times. Mom and dad went to see him. I need to remember him the way I last saw him. He wasn't looking good, but at least he still sort of looked like Grandpa.

It's been a rough couple of days. We're all just trying to hang in there the best we can.

Sorry for all the doom and gloom. It's the best I can do today.

Thursday, June 26, 2008


Tomorrow marks one year since I started this blog. There have been a lot of ups and downs during the year. I've even seen some friends start blogs. Pretty cool. Hope you'll stick around for another year.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

12 steps

After reading Deb's post on yarn envy, this is what I came up with.

Step 1 - We admitted we were powerless over our addiction to yarny goodness - that our stashes (or desire to add to the stash) had become unmanageable.

Step 2 - Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity. Either that or the PERFECT yarn management system could hide the bulk of our stash from our significant other. In other words, we don't want them to know the truth!

Step 3 - Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood God and beg Him for mercy in the fight to list EVERY BIT of the stash on Ravelry.

Step 4 - Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of our stash. Posted said inventory on Ravelry.

Step 5 - Admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs. (Yes, I ordered more yarn for which I have no plan. But I ordered enough of it to make the largest project I've ever planned.)

Step 6 - Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character, but please don't ask me to remove any of the stash.

Step 7 - Humbly asked God to remove our shortcomings. (Did I buy that horribly scratchy yarn?)

Step 8 - Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all by considering giving away some of the stash. Good yarn karma never hurts.

Step 9 - Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others. Sale at No. I don't know about any sale.

Step 10 - Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it. So THAT'S the reason I log on to ravelry at least 3 times a day.

Step 11 - Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood God, praying only for knowledge of God's will for us and our fibers and the power to carry that out.

Step 12 - Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to other addicts, and to practice these principles in all our affairs, including yarn diets.

Choppy waters

I'm seeing the tail end of a viscious migraine and I'm still riding the wake. This one held me for four days so far. I did acupuncture, Imitrex, Excedrin Migraine, muscle relaxers, pain pills, drug-induced sleep, and anything else I could think of that might break it.

In the end, I gave up and called my chiropractor in tears. I went in at noon today and got adjusted 7 ways from Sunday. There was more snappping, crackling, and popping going on than a box of Rice Krispies.

I feel better. Better. Not good. I'm still dealing with a major migraine. I'll be heading off to bed shortly. It's time for another muscle relaxer and a good night's sleep. It's been a long week already. Thank goodness I work with some really great people.

Better than the people I work with would be the hubby. Thanks to him, I haven't had to cook during all this. And he's been great about the housework. I lucked out marrying this one. Hubby, if you're reading this, you're a prince. I'll crochet you a crown.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

New blog

I've started a blog to show my finished objects. The bar on the side of this blog was just getting too long. It's a work in progress. I haven't transferred anything yet, but I will. Keep checking...if you're at all interested.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Technology war

With multiple generations in my workplace, I found this extraordinarily interesting. I'm not even going to try and explain it. Just take a look and see what you think.

Team building?

We took a field trip for lunch today. We got a bunch of food from Pizza Ranch and went up to Campus to eat lunch out in the open. It was amazing and relaxing. Afterwards, we climbed a local landmark. Then it was on to delicious ice cream. Two hours later, we were back at work feeling much refreshed and knowing more about each other.

Speaking of which, our company is sponsoring a game at the company picnic about knowing your co-workers. It's based on The Newlywed game. I think it will be a blast. I can't wait to see who competes.


No Factor V Leiden for me! My blood test came back negative!

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Happy Father's Day

I know the two greatest Dads in the world.

Never would have thought

This Friday I did something I never thought I would ever do. I got acupuncture. Crazy, right?

Some of you will remember that in late January I was rear-ended by a 94-year-old man. I've had constant pain since then. Yes, the pain has diminished, but I still experience constant pain and achiness in my neck and back.

After the recent issue with physical therapy, the hubby, my doctor, my lawyer and I all decided that PT had outlived its usefulness. With that in mind, my doctor recommended I see a Physiatrist. Of course, he only comes here once a month, so I had to wait for a while to see him.

However, he made me feel comfortable right away. Until he mentioned acupuncture. Hubby and I had discussed it and decided that I would do whatever this man asked of me. So, I let him put needles in my hands, my feet, my ears, and my scalp. And never again will I doubt that which can not be explained.

He got results. I'm surprised, but it worked. I'm going back next month. I'll also be seeing a different person to do acupuncture for the three weeks in between. I'll keep you updated.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

She's a star!

Got a call today from my friend Robin. She wanted to know what we were doing this afternoon. She works for the city and they were filming a commercial to advertise my hometown. Did munchkin want to be in it? Why not?

Got the munchkin from daycare and took her to the park. Sounds like we might both be in a commercial advertising the city we live in. I'll keep you posted.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

A blog after my own heart!

The McChronicles.


What did you call me?

What do you want to know about today?

I'm running out of steam. Things have been, well, stressful lately. Work is good, but busy. Yesterday morning my document freaked out on me and I had to go backwards and redo about 4 hours worth of changes that I've made before. I guess I should be grateful that I had hard copies to work off of.

Monday we found out that Mom has Factor V Leiden. Tuesday, I got tested. I won't see the doctor until the 23rd. I hope to get results before then.

Munchkin's been in Wee Waders. It's a race after work on those nights. I feel like I run constantly. It makes me tired. And when I'm tired...

I get sick. I've got another cold.

Don't get me wrong, I love my life. But seriously, I give!

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Little ones

Munchkin has a book of pictures with the name of each item by each one. The other day she called out, "HAIR DRYER!"

When I asked her what the hair dryer "did" she circled her hand around and made a noise somewhere between a growel and a boat motor.

It doesn't get much better than that!


I am humbled.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Not a happy camper

No real update. Suffice it to say, I'm sick. That's about it. Please amputate my nose.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Good weekend

Even though I'm sick, it's been a good weekend.

Friday night I stopped after picking up the munchkin and got us all Taco Express. The munchkin had her first nachos. She loved them. Of course, it involved dipping, so she was happy. Then, I went with Julie and Tiffany to Sex and the City. I laughed, I cried, I cheered. I ran the entire gamut of emotions. And it was so good to spend some time out with the girls.

And then yesterday we had Mom and Dad over for steaks on the grill. Break out the brickettes, it's barbeque season. The hubby is a masterful griller. They were perfectly cooked and DELICIOUS!

I also crocheted a dishcloth. Nothing special. Just single crochet. But the cotton is lovely.

Right now I'm sweating onions for tater tot hotdish and catching up on episodes of Diff'rent Strokes. After that, it's some episodes of So You Think You Can Dance. What a great night!