Saturday, January 23, 2010

It's All Blending Together...

Things around here have been a little crazy lately. I am trying my best to adjust to my new schedule...and at times I think things are rocking along smoothly. Other times, there is utter chaos at hand. But it's my life...

I'm learning a lot in my Psychopharmacology class. Like what Tylenol does to the body...so if you are taking Tylenol, do us both a favor and stop, okay? I've learned why you are told not to drink grapefruit juice with medications that say "DO NOT DRINK GRAPEFRUIT JUICE". I've learned a technique to spot middle-aged ladies who are taking antidepressants. I'm telling you - I'm one step away from being a Doctor! They'll be calling me Dr. Vegas before long.

In my SPED classes it's a little different. In one class I feel like I'm not doing enough. In the other two there is too much to do and it's not all balancing out. So I'm up at 11:49 on a Saturday night trying to make sense of everything so that I can give my daughter a QRI test tomorrow (just don't ask) and prepare a list of what I should be doing for the teacher whose class I am assigned for my first practicum.

I'm just glad at this point I dropped my walking class. They changed their meeting time to 7:45 AM two days a week. I'm already having to adjust my morning schedule to be at the elementary school two days a week by 7:30... so I basically would just be living out of my car if I were enrolled!

Things at home are good (knocking on wood). We are all adjusting to things pretty well around here. That means that I think my Mom has been feeding my two every evening when I'm in class. And they love her cooking. And spending time at their house. I think if I told them both that we were moving into my parents' basement, they'd volunteer to go get boxes and start packing right now. I guess though it's a great complement when you discover that you're not the only person who thinks your parents are the best.

With that being said, I think the washer just went off upstairs. The Bug has been sick today and Hubs had to go to the northside of town this morning so I have been at home cleaning. The guest room - spotless. The laundry room - nice and neat. Our room - wonderfully fresh. The hallway carpet even had a quick run over to get out any spots from the carpet and is nice and clean. I didn't go into her room - she stayed in bed all day watching tv or napping. And although our plans got changed from going to see "The Blindside" tonight, I am glad that I was able to get so much done and take care of my precious little girl.

Tomorrow's church... see, the days just blend all together. :)

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Dutchess Big Hair...

I'm sitting here watching Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisters. I was looking for something tonight to keep my mind entertained. Walked into the bonus room and headed to the VHS tapes rather than the DVDs once I realized there was nothing on cable. There's just something about a Sandra Bullock movie on a cold winter's night.

So why Dutchess Big Hair? That's my ya ya name according to the name generator.... found HERE Well let me correct that statement. It's my ya ya maiden name. Married I'm simply known as Viscountess Fresh-as-a-Daisy. But I'd rather be known for big hair, my favorite thing from the eighties.... not that smelling good isn't a good thing. But I'm a fan of big hair...the bigger the better! The way to toy with me would be to tell me that big hair was making a comeback... I'd whip out my hot rollers and a big can of RAVE and we'd be in business! But until that day, I'll flat iron my hair.

Now there was a time when my hair was short. And I wore it straight on purpose. Well maybe three times. Once I was maybe three and Momma took me to get a hair cut at the Clip n Snip... or some beauty parlor with as an adorable name. I got a pixie. All of my long hair was gone... and I headed home proud as punch until someone thought I was a boy... and that was the end of short hair for me until I was much older.

After The Bug was born I just didn't have time to keep up with the length of my hair so I had it cut into a bob. One so short that they had to actually trim the hair at the nape of my neck. And I wore it straight with straight bangs. I loved that hair style because it was easy ... wash n wear. Until my hair decided it was time to get curly...

Another time I went in to get my hair done and the girl who cut it was supposed to give me The Rachel... you know, like Jennifer Anniston on Friends. Instead she complained about her family the entire time and I walked out with really short hair that made me look like my sister every time I looked in the mirror. It wouldn't grow out fast enough... so I went in wanting to be Rachel and instead walked out looking like Judi. It was right around my birthday ... and I was not happy.

Not that this was supposed to be a post about hair. But I did notice that all of the ladies in the Ya Ya movie have extremely attractive hair. And their southern accents aren't so bad... it's sort of like watching Darryl Hannah attempt at being southern in Steel Magnolias. But that's another movie for another night.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

New Beginnings....

What is it about a new year dawning that you feel like you are capable of doing anything? We set resolutions - make promises of things we are going to do or change in the next 365 days. We catch ourselves reading articles about improvement....whether it's about weight loss or organization or spiritual well-being... we feel like there's no limit to the possibility of changing.

Today our plan was to start the South Beach diet. And we were a few hours in when a phone call from Hubs' doctor changed that. Instead he has to go on a low-cholesterol diet. I have to stop by their office in the morning to pick up some literature, which I am sure includes a diet plan for him to follow. Rather than my continue on my own way, I'll do this with him so that it will be easier on both of us. We both talked about how we've got to get healthy - healthy so that when we're older we can still enjoy life and how it's important to do this for The Bug....so that she has both of her parents around for a long time. So that's what's on the horizon health-wise. Oh, and he'll have to have knee surgery on the other knee soon...he has an appointment to discuss this with the surgeon on Friday.... unless the snow we are expecting changes all of that!

I am also expanding my horizons....meaning my classes start Thursday. Tomorrow is orientation where I'll hopefully find out why I haven't been able to register for my classes - very frustrating! My advisor was supposed to find out today but I haven't heard from her. I've ordered a small fortune's worth of textbooks so we'll see how this all goes. I'll take 5 classes this semester and will be finished and student teaching in the fall of 2011...seems like a long time and I wonder sometimes if this is the best thing for my family. I worry about the economy during this time since I am not working like I used to. I will have to do 12 hours of classroom observations & teaching this semester in addition to my 5 classes.

I need to work on simplifying things around the house. De cluttering. Budgeting. Simplifying those things that seem to clutter up things around our home. Like the bonus room ( a constant theme around here!), the guest room, and especially the garage. I need, I guess, to decide what is important to me and to my family and focus on making those things special while I learn to let the fluff (the rest of it all) go.

As far as resolutions go, I haven't really sat down and listed any. I'm still trying to come up with my One Word for the year. Taking daily pictures to reflect what's been happening in our lives. I'm just hoping right now not to feel overwhelmed so that I can enjoy myself more and worry less.