Friday, May 31, 2013

Friday Fill In

Every Friday, Hilary at feelingbeachie lists four statements with a blank to fill in on your own blog. You can even send her four statement's of your own and be a co-host! This week Tami from Empty Nest in IL co-hosted, providing the last statement.

This week’s statements:
1. If I don’t ___ then _____
2. I wish ______but then again _____
3. _______ is challenging for me.
4. I would say I am “computer ____” because ______

My answers:
1. If I don't sleep well then I feel "off."
2. I wish I had more free time but then again I would probably fill it with work instead of fun.
3. Math is challenging for me.
4. I would say I am "computer semi-literate" because I can do more than some and less than some.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

So now what?

I got it! My brand new, hot off the press DSM-5 (that's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders Fifth Edition for all you lay persons). I'm paging through it, trying to familiarize myself with it- having flashbacks of sitting in the back of that classroom in the Learning Center (that's what it was called, right?) at Capital with Dr. Almos apologizing for the cost, but telling us the DSM-IV-TR was the BIBLE for counselors. Think of the hours I spent reading, actually reading that thing. I made flash cards for the different disorders! And I'm kinda wishing that 1) I had the time to sit and really read this thing and 2) Dr. Almos was here to teach me everything I need to know about this shiny new book. I know the changes can't possible be so great that I need an entire semester to learn them, but perhaps I should have taken a continuing education course on the matter.... Guess I'm going to be spending some time with the big blue book...

Saturday, May 25, 2013


I thought I was ready to say goodbye. I thought I had already grieved for my kitty. But as the Huz drove away with him for the last time, I immediately felt the sadness just as strong as when I found him hurting and didn't know what was wrong (not that we know now what happened to him- we don't). And in true Archdeacon fashion (or maybe it is a Brown trait) I got back to work. Cleaning. I'd been busy since I got up. Keep my mind off what was about to happen, I suppose. 

He was a bad cat, but he was our cat and provided love and entertainment. Sure, we had to hide all our bread and make sure no food whatsoever was left out. One time I caught him with his head inside a half-closed pizza box on the kitchen counter trying to lick the pizza... And I was in the same room! Another time I left butter on the counter to soften, only to find it on the floor in the dining room.... And we can't forget about the time when he was just a wee little kitten and I was sitting on the floor and pretty soon I had a perfect bloody paw-print shaped wound on my back from where he attacked my hair. But what I will miss most of all is our games of fetch. No more racing up and down the stairs with that little sock toy.

I'm going to miss you buddy!

Friday, May 24, 2013

Weekly Post

Seems that Fridays are the only day that I semi-consistently post. But better than never, right?

Each week Hilary at Feeling Beachie lists four statements with a blank for you to fill in on your own blog. You can even be a co-host by sending Hilary statements of your own! This week Beckey P.from The Really Really Real Housewives came up with the last statement!

This week's statements:
1. One of my best and worst traits is that I ________
2. If I could escape for a day, I'd ________
3. The best part of ____ is ______
4. When I was young I thought _____

My answers:
1. One of my best and worst traits is that I am stubborn.
2. If I could escape for a day, I'd be sipping lemonade on a beach with a good book.
3. The best part of waking up is Folgers in your cup.
3. The best part of Punky's bedtime routine is when she asks for me to sing her a lullaby.
4. When I was young I thought 30 was old.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Friday fun time

Time for the Friday Fill In hosted and posted by Check out the four full in the blank statements posted each Friday. This week Pickles from Purrfectly Pickles ( co-hosted the hop by supplying the last two statements.

This week's statements:
1. I can really use ______ right now.
2. I like to _____ my ______.
3. The color of the sky right now is _____.
4. I get annoyed _____ because of ____.

My answers:
1. I can really use a hug right now. (At my old job, one of the other counselors made sure to give everyone a hug every day. I miss her for more than her hugs!)
2. I like to bake my cupcakes from scratch.
3. The color of the sky right now is dolphin gray.
4. I get annoyed while driving because of other drivers being rude.

And there you have it! Simple as one, two, three...four. Join in!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Role Playing

The Huz is currently winging his way across the country for some fun in the sun- fun the the great outdoors. The 4th annual guys only fishing trip with his dad and brothers. A much anticipated vacation before he starts his new job next  week. 

However, his being gone leaves me playing a role this week that I hope never becomes a permanent role: single parent. I like having a partner to share the joys and triumphs with, as well as the trials and tribulations. Punky has yet to realize that Daddy isn't coming home tonight. Or tomorrow night. Or the night after. And while she's a bit of a Momma's girl right now, she's bound to be in full on punk mode when she notices he isn't here to give hugs and kisses and tickles.

Of course I work six days this week too, as I have for the last two weeks, which means it'll be even harder to get things done at home. Which is why I am ever so grateful that the Huz went above and beyond what I'd asked him to do before he left. Not only did he do the dishes and move the laundry along, but he vacuumed and cleaned the bathrooms! I guess coming home to a clean house makes being a (temporarily) single parent easier to handle.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Friday Fun

Thanks to Feeling Beachie for the Friday Fill-In. This week’s co-host is UTLEY  from UTLEY’S TAKE– He came up with the last two statements!

This week’s statements:
1. If ___ then____
2. ____ is my ___ of the ____
3. Once, I was surprised to find myself __________________.
4. To keep from going crazy, I _________.

My answers:
1. If raindrops were lemon drops and gumdrop oh what a rain it would be. Wait...
1. (Take two) If  money and time were no object then I would go back to school today.
2.  Water is my drink of the day, week, month, year.
3. Once, I was surprised to find myself being asked for my business card.
4. To keep from going crazy, I read!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Another Round

Time for another round of complaints. About this stupid IBS. I try very hard to so the things the doctor recommended. And I'd say I do a pretty good job of following those instructions. I watch what I eat. I take the recommended over-the-counter tricks of the trade. I try to get enough sleep. I do my best to manage my stress and anxiety. But I still have flair ups. Episodes. Bad days. And it's frustrating. I remind myself it could be worse. I could have something life threatening. Someone I care about could have something life threatening. But in the midst of a rough morning (which I someone KNEW was going to happen), when I have lunches to pack and laundry to do and home visits to conduct, it doesn't work. I feel angry that I have to deal with this. I feel disappointed that my body is rebelling and out of my control. I feel worried that I've passed this along to my child. I wonder how awful a second pregnancy will be should I be fortunate enough to have one. With each episode I mourn all over again. I mourn the loss of my old body. The trusty body that could eat whatever whenever. The old body that I was (mostly) pleased with when I looked in the mirror. The old body that obeyed me. And it's not the food I miss, not really. I haven't had chocolate in over a year and I really don't even want it anymore. I'd be happy never eating it again if it meant no more IBS troubles. And I'll get used to the new physical body some day. But I'm not sure I'll ever be okay with always having to know where the nearest bathroom is. Or checking to make sure I have my Imodium with me, just in case, at all times. What say the doctor? Nothing. I'm following the recommendations. My level of issues is not concerning. Yes, I could get a second opinion. Perhaps I should. But talking to others with similar issues has been incredibly valuable. What I'm experiencing is following a similar path to their experiences. So second opinion? I'll get to it. But until I do, I'll do my best to take comfort in knowing I'm not the only one.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Not MY 110 week...

This is Feeling Beachie's 110th weekly Follow Friday Four Fill-in Fun Blog Hop where each week Hilary posts four statements with a blank for you to fill in on your own blogs. This week’s co-host is my aunt from It's Just Life– She came up with the last two statements!

This week’s statements:
1. Sometimes I wonder _____ yet.
2. I try not to but I get___ very____
3. Today I promise that I will _____________ until I ____________________
4. In my dreams I ______________ and sometimes _____________.

My answers:
1. Sometimes I wonder why I haven't gone back to school yet.
2. I try not to but I get tired very early.
3. Today I promise that I will not go to bed until I get the clean clothes put away.
4. In my dreams I see lots of colors and sometimes smell things.