Thursday, August 25, 2011

Apocalypse Now? My Earthquake Update

Tornados, earthquakes and soon to come hurricanes!  What's going on with Mother Nature in southeastern PA?  At work about two weeks ago, we all had to go to the interior of the building as there was a tornado coming through.  I'm sure everyone knows by now, us wussy East Coast people just had an earthquake and it freaked us all out.  Myself included.  I can safely say I will not be moving to California, Japan or anywhere that has had an earthquake in the last 100 years.  I was on the 12th floor at work starting to give a presentation when it hit and we were all pretty confused.  We were all wondering what it was:  train derailment? gas refinery explosion, terrorist attack?  Something that would make sense other than an earthquake.  I can now say I've been through one and lived to tell the tale, LOL.  There was no damage, but it is so weird to feel the earth move beneath you.  It's like the one thing you feel you can depend on always being there, the ground....  Now we're having a lovely thunderstorm that has taken out the power a few times very briefly and we're getting ready for the hurricane that's making it's way up the East Coast of the USA.  Good times.  I will admit I love cozy rainy days.

We go to "Meet the Teacher" at 11:30AM and then Phoebe has a hair appointment at 2:15PM and then we'll finish our back to school shopping and come home tonight to tuna salad sandwiches.  Yum.  Phoebe goes back to school next Monday and I think we're all looking forward to it.  Next up - finding a preschool for the boys by the time they turn 3 next May.  I need to work on my research for preschools in the area.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Potty Time, Birthdays and Back to School

Tommy asked to sit on the potty today and he was so proud of himself for doing it!  He didn't do anything but sit, but that is huge for us!  Every time we would talk to the boys about the potty, they would be adamant they wanted nothing to do with it. "Nooooooo!" is the answer we would get, every time we asked.  But this morning as the boys were getting their morning diaper change (which they hate), I mentioned if they would go to the bathroom on the potty, we might not have to change diapers anymore.  At this Tommy started asking to sit on the potty, so we all acted very excited, got him situated and sat with him praising him while he sat on the potty.  Liam still insisted, "Nooooo!" so we didn't make him, but we made a big deal out of Tommy trying.

And where has the month of August gone?  Last post was at the beginning and now we are at my DH's birthday at the end of August!  Yes, Happy Birthday, DH!!!!  I love you very much, and I am terribly disappointed that you are going to be in NYC overnight for work and not home with us where you belong. 

Next Monday is Phoebe's first day back to school.  We have a Meet the Teacher on Thursday afternoon and she'll get a haircut.  I need to spend some time with her as it seems we are at the beginnings of cyberbullying age and I'm nipping it in the bud.  I'll write more about it in another post after I get my facts from her "Wee World" account tonight, but let's say it seems she is the victim and I might be giving the mother a call.  It is someone from school that she had issues with during the school year.  She is also the girl that gave all the families head lice.  I do feel for her as I believe her parents are getting divorced and that is why she moved to this school right after Christmas break this past year.  At this time though, Phoebe is not allowed to go online until I get this all researched and decide what I'm going to do.  If she is allowed back on, it will probably be with a new account and I'll want her to try to stay as anonymous as possible.  I'm just hoping that these two girls are not in the same classroom this year.  Phoebe has two close friends from last year and none of them have the same teacher this year.  If this other girl is in her class, I will call the guidance counselor and ask to have her moved.  We had issues in the classroom last year with the two of them (the guidance counselor has called me before on this), and I don't see it going away, so I'd rather make sure to ensure their education is not disrupted that they are kept apart in a classroom setting as much as possible.  Does that sound professional enough?  I think that's a good enough ask considering there are four 5th grade classrooms and they only interact during lunch, gym and recess.  I'm hoping I can find out ahead of time and get it changed if I need to before the first day.

Monday, August 08, 2011

Back to Balance

It's been an interesting week full of ups and downs.  We fought the battle of the head lice and I quite believe we won.  Phoebe's head is looking like there's nothing there and the house has never been cleaner.  I know from some things I read online they said not to concentrate on house cleaning as much as the individual, but I think anyone that's been affected before will agree, that you feel that you want to clean the person as well as the house.  It just makes you feel like you have less concerns of it coming back.

I'm also getting better at not beating myself up as much.  It's more of a feeling that I'm getting back to being organized.  I hate feeling unorganized.  I feel I waste time doing things I shouldn't be doing and then not doing the things that are more important.  So now I have my list of home to-dos and my work list of to-dos and I'm making headway in taking care of them both.  Sometimes one gets more priority than the other, but I'm trying to have some balance between the two. 

So now, my goals personally are as follows:
  • Build my Flylady routines and my Control Journal
  • Make time to exercise daily
  • Make time to write a book
  • Work on my Financial Control Journal/budget
I think if I can focus on these things when I'm not at work, I'll feel like I'm accomplishing things personally.

Other things that were on the upside this week were getting a better cube at work (it has windows and isn't on the other side of the men's room!!!) and I found a long lost friend.  I haven't tried to contact him, but I will soon.  At least I know where he's located.  He's a priest that was an old family friend.  I knew him when I was Phoebe's age and he has always been the sweetest, nicest person.  He was very influencial in my life and my desire to be such a good person to all people.  He used to write me letters when I was growing up from India where he was a missionary training new priests, Rome and last was from Sao Paulo, Brazil where he had a parish when I was in college.  He's back in my old hometown area and I have the information for the rectory where he's staying.  I'll be calling very very soon to see if I can speak with him.

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Beating Myself Up and the War on Head Lice

I've been trying to write a post all week last week on how I was beating myself up too much.  Last week was a rough week back at work, but by the end of the week, I felt like I was getting a handle on things there at least.  Having to take off Monday this week, made today at work feel out of control all over again though.

At home last week, I was beating myself up for things I knew I wanted to get done, but I knew I shouldn't be hard on myself.  I know our friends we went on vacation didn't even finish unpacking from when we went away.  We had unpacked by the same day we got back and started laundry.  But bills were behind where I wanted to be, meals weren't planned, and I knew Phoebe had to get back on track with her summer reading and math work.  They go back to school the last week of August.

The reason I had to take Monday off work at first was to take Tommy to the doctor and see if he had another ear infection.  Well he doesn't, but Phoebe got head lice.  Yup, did that ever throw stuff for a loop around here.  We did the hair shampoo, combed for nits twice (once with the provided hair gel and a second time with olive oil), the house was vacuumed, bed linens and pillows washed in hot water, and all Phoebe's stuffed animals out in the open were put into trash bags, the air sucked out of them, and they were tossed into the garage for a few weeks.  Personally, I won't be happy to see them come back.  Her room has never looked cleaner, LOL.  I just want the buggy feeling on me and DH to go away.  We keep checking each other and we don't seem to be affected, but we keep obsessing on every scratch we need to do on our head, "Am I OK?  Please check me!" We keep saying to each other.

So today, even though work was overwhelming at least I knew we are close to the other side of our lice issue.  I did get caught up on bills and thinks aren't looking too bad in that respect, so I'm feeling a bit better.  Now I'm going to kick off the sneakers (I'm wearing my lace up shoes like Flylady says to), get a glass of wine and get caught up on blogs.  I've missed reading you all so much!!!

The thing that is still bothering me is there's just so much more that I want for my life and I'm trying to figure out how to get it.  I work all day and then when I get home, I know I have a whole other job to do, but I've lost energy by the time I get home.  I do know that exercising and making sure I'm eating healthy will help.  I haven't exercised in about two months I think - eek!  No wonder my lower back is so unhappy with me.  It's amazing though how much energy I got just from getting caught up on bills and paperwork that had been hanging over my head.  I hate feeling like that and I need to stop getting behind on that stuff.  Please note, that when I'm late on things though, I'm not really late.  It's like what my daughter says if I say we're late for an appointment, "It's just that we'll show up on time and not 10 minutes early."  How well she knows me.

So I'll be keeping up with my organizing and planning for the Back to School stuff for Phoebe and getting lots done at work and home.  I am feeling very energized now that I got some things done tonight.  I'm curious to see how I feel tomorrow.