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Feline, we are going for Fall Break. It's just for fun. We haven't been in a while and thought it might be something to do besides sitting here and looking at each other.

I think seeing your therapist is a good idea if you can get in with her. It will let you know if talking to a lawyer will do any good. Some attorneys do phone consults. You might check into it and see if you can schedule one during your lunch break. Our attorney actually hands out a cell phone number for after-hours phone consults in consideration of people that can't leave work for an appointment.

I'm glad you got some rest! I hope little Man starts sleeping through the night. That's a gift to momma for sure!

I'm off to do the grocery shopping this morning. Then tonight we will watch the premiere of The Masked Singer. It came on Wednesday night, but with it being 2 hours ran into bedtime for everyone, so we watch tonight. Miss B is excited!





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Eva: I noticed there were new episodes of one of my favorite shows, so I watched that. Each episode is about 1h40m so I only watched one then just messed with my phone on the couch with the cats until they came home. I did manage to get some sleep last night, though. Baby came home hungry so we settled down and I fed him. Then he fell asleep - and stayed asleep the whole night! No 2am breakfast! So even though I fell asleep later than I should have my sleep was unbroken, which was a change. We'll see if this was a one off from two nights of adventuring in a row or if it's a new pattern.

I have been considering calling up my old therapist and scheduling an appointment. I graduated from talk therapy when I was pregnant, but with all the emotional turmoil going on it might not be a bad idea to pop back in for some sessions while I wait for my medications to get figured out. Maybe she could help me figure out if disability is a good idea. I'd like to get a consultation with a disability lawyer but that would have to be done during work hours, and I can't really ask for time off work to go consult a lawyer about leaving work.

I've been exercising 5-6x week and staying within my calories. I've been slacking a little on water, though, barely getting 8 glasses in a day when pre-pregnancy I easily drank 100oz in a day. I'm not sure what has changed in that regard. I don't know if that's the problem or not but I just keep bouncing back and forth between 222 and 223lbs. It's a lower fluctation than before, so progress, but still frustrating. I wanted to be below 220 by the end of the month and it looks like I won't hit that.

St. Louis should be fun. Any particular reason you're going there, or just for fun?

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Feline, when Hubby has a baby you rest. Because with insomnia poking around (which isn't uncommon for new mothers but if you have a history it's worse) you take every opportunity to just be quiet and rest. I never was good at naps, but resting isn't a terrible thing.

Your first steps are to talk to your doctor and see if you meet the current qualifications for disability with your disorders. If she doesn't know maybe she can refer you to someone who does. You would probably have to be evaluated by a state physician anyway. At least you do here. I don't think it would hurt to ask.

In Tennessee, I meet the qualifications on paper. I haven't worked outside my home in 14 years (everything I've done has been home-based) so I don't know how I would react in a work setting, but I know prior to this it wasn't always good. I figure mine would come with a lovely denial, just because I've not been in a workplace setting for so long. That's why I suggest you asked your doctor before you fill out your paperwork.

Well, I have been in good shape with the back for a few days, so I've add the exercises in suggested by my doctor since I really don't want to go to physical therapy if I don't have to. all body weight. Press-ups ( a sort of modified push-up that doesn't involve the back of the body and doesn't stress the shoulders as much.), bird dogs, cat pose, bridges, superman, supine pigeon (also called thread the needle) and crunches (she said to keep them very shallow). I'm adding the legs propped on the chair at the end just because I know it's good for the spine. Next, I can add a supine twist, as long as this set doesn't cause a problem. Well, I said I needed ST. I guess what I really needed was a reason to do it. And i don't like push-ups/press-ups. Never have.

We have a trip to St. Louis Planned for Oct. 7th-10th (I think the 10th). So now I get to start figuring out activities and places to eat. Thank heavens for the Allergy Eats app!





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Eva: Dinner went fine. He didn't sleep, he was too interested in our food and all the people around us. He started crying on the way home so we got settled in and I tried to feed him since it was time for a bottle but he shoved it away, screamed at me, then conked out for 6.5 hours. He woke up hungry around 2:30 but didn't finish his bottle (he got about 2/3 of it down) before falling asleep again. I couldn't sleep again and was up until nearly 5:00. I had pretty severe insomnia before I was diagnosed and medicated, it seems like that is a fun thing that is rearing its head again.

I've had difficulty holding a job since I began working, I always get overwhelmed and quit after about a year. My longest lasting job was almost 4 years - but I lasted as long as I did there because it was *incredibly* part-time. By the end of my time there I was working about once a month. I've been here almost 3 years, and it took a lot of therapy to get me past that first year hurdle. It's all personal though. I don't really have difficulty doing the work, I am physically capable of the work at the jobs I am hired for, I just break down at a certain point and leave. I don't know that my doctors would be able to definitively say I am disabled because of that. Although my BFF has held higher ranking jobs longer than I have (retail management) and is on disability, so maybe they can? I'm already doing as little as I can at work, it's just the very nature of the job that is becoming overwhelming to me. I work in a law office so everything I do has legal ramifications - any mistake I make can lead to a mistake by a lawyer and there is often tight deadlines for the work. My boss frequently tells us all we can do is our best but I still feel a tremendous amount of pressure. Especially in this last year when a coworker transferred to another office location and about 2/3 of her work got dumped on me because they had to completely change her job description to accommodate the transfer.

Fitness classes started at work so I am back to yoga on Mondays, and I added "Total Toning" on Thursdays. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays I am doing the recumbent bike - I've added 10 minutes to my time there. And some Saturdays I do a video at home. This weight has to eventually come down.

Hubby is taking him to a party tonight. He and his parents go to watch parties with a group of church friends and take turns hosting to watch the television show Survivor. I'm not a fan so I never go, but I won't know what to do with myself without the baby!

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Feline: How was dinner?

Mine was nosey and usually stayed awake in a restaurant. Then she'd sleep longer into the night.

I know there's a high rate of denial in disability claims, but often if you have a long-standing history that seems to take a turn they give you greater consideration. Is there a way to scale back your duties at work? At least temporarily?

My weight is down just a little and my back seems to be doing well. Excellent compared to next week. I got to start press-ups. I need to take the time to look at the form of the other exercises recommended.

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Eva: He and I are both dealing with upset tummies, but I think it might have been something he ate and for me I think it might be a side effect of my new medicine since it started around when I began taking it. It's not severe enough right now to make me quit, but I'll have to keep an eye on it when I increase my dosage on Friday.

I have several health issues, including mental health issues, I was being treated for before I got pregnant, and I quit the medications for all of them except my epilepsy medication cold turkey after I continued gaining weight post-delivery. So right now only one of my mental health issues is being treated, and only partially treated at that, and the medication is not yet at a therapeutic dose. So all my issues are crashing down on me at once making even minor stressors feel impossible to handle. I looked into applying for disability because even before I quit my meds I was starting to feel overwhelmed by my job but I honestly can't decide if just trying to chug along at work or going through the disability process would be more overwhelming, especially with a 67% rejection rate on first applications. And according to what I read the fact that I have higher education will count against me in my application. I've considered returning to retail, but I can't physically handle standing for 8+ hours and I need to be able to drink in front of customers because my epilepsy medication causes dehydration (every retail position I've held did not allow me to drink while on shift), and I am not sure I could mentally handle how cruel customers get. Maybe something secretarial?

I looked at some of the door jumpers since they were so much less expensive than the standing ones, but none of them had very good reviews. I got this one half price from the Facebook Marketplace so it was a decent deal - I found it cheaper after agreeing to pay for it from the seller, of course, that's how life goes, but all it needs is a little cleaning and it's like new.

I saw the new Aladdin the Friday before I was induced, it was our last date night. I really liked it, I thought Will Smith did a good job as the Genie. I watched the live action Beauty and the Beast and it's not one I will want to see again, but I think I'd like to watch Aladdin again.

Tonight my mom is taking me to dinner to a pasta place. I am nervous because I didn't sleep well last night (bottle time at 2:30 and then he passed back out but I couldn't fall asleep again until 4:45) so it's already going to be a long day for me, and because I've never kept baby out in public past when he typically goes to sleep before. I'm hoping he'll just fall asleep in his carseat with no fuss, but he's a nosy fella and usually cries for awhile before falling asleep at home because he wants to stay up and watch mom and dad.

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Feline: I hope hubby is feeling better.

Have you talked to your doctor about any postpartum issues? We know all about depression but some people (like me) have postpartum anxiety. It's just a thought, with your talking about being stressed.

We like little Ceasars and Dominos pizza. I can't say I've had the quad but it sounds good.

The little man looks happy! Miss B had a Jenny Jumper, they have a Johnny Jumper for boys, and she loved it. It attaches to the door frame. Her feet didn't touch the floor at first so we would swing her slightly. Anyway, that jumper will give him so great stimulation.

We watched The Hustle, Aladdin (live action), and MIB International. If you don't expect Robin Williams as Geni then the new Aladdin is awesome and it has a lot of music and color. Your little man would like it. The Hustle was okay, funny but the Reble Wilson usually is, and MIB INternational left me lacking. I suppose I expected better chemistry between M and H since they were Thor and Valkyrie in the Avengers movies.

Miss B got to go to the book fair and was entered into her contest. Since it's a school bookfair the volunteers don't get vouchers. As a matter of fact, they didn't put out a call for help this year. Which I found odd.

My back is on the mend, which means I get to do press-ups now. Whoo hoo. I think I'm going to add some biceps curls and triceps extensions to the mix and maybe a few squats. None of that should bother my back. Getting older sucks sometimes.





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Eva: My husband left work early because his heart condition was acting up, so we cancelled the pizza party. We were going to go to a group dinner with my friend Saturday but hubby said he still wasn't feeling well so we we rescheduled for breakfast Sunday with the first friend and an afternoon movie with the second friend...then hubby took off to hang out at his friends house. I guess he just didn't want to go, even though it was one of his favorite restaurants. We made it to breakfast Sunday, but my second friend cancelled on us for the movie. We did have pizza Friday though, we got a "Quattro" pizza from Little Caesar's which is four kinds of pizza in one pie. I've been so stressed and emotionally out of control lately that I totally binged though, so I spent the entire weekend trying to get my weight to drop back down from that.

On Sunday we bought a used jumper for little man since he's started crying when he wants to stand. He's a LITTLE too short for it - he's on his very tippy tippy toes on its lowest setting - but oh my gosh, he had an absolute blast in it. He's not quite grasped cause and effect so he didn't understand pushing the buttons made the music go so we turned on some JoJo Siwa for him and he was grooving and bouncing away.


We probably shouldn't have bought it, we used our grocery money for it and we haven't gone grocery shopping in 3 weeks. We have a few things left in the house (I found a can of smoked trout and some sardines, some microwave rice, fruit cups, nut butter, etc.) but I am quickly getting to the point where my choice of meals is going to be protein bar or poptart.

What movies did you watch? My little guy has suddenly begun to notice the TV so I've been watching things that I don't mind him seeing if he decides to pay attention. Saturday he was absolutely enthralled by a high contrast video of dancing fruit. Yesterday I watched Hercules and The Princess and the Frog. He mostly slept through Hercules (he missed out on some good music), but he sort of paid attention to the Princess and the Frog.

School book fairs are the best. Scholastic has a giant fair twice a year here, and I've considered volunteering since volunteers get vouchers for free books.

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Feline: I'm so sorry. Every new mother goes through some of what you are feeling, and it's worse when you have a history of depression. I certainly hope everything went okay for your pizza party. And I hope your doctor contacts you with a new appointment this week.

You have a baby. It takes both parents to keep a house running. It's not unreasonable to expect DH to use his brains (no milkshake making when you're trying to put down the baby) and help around the house. You both work full time plus you are a student. Your expectations of him being helpful around the house are not unreasonable.

Richard: I'm sorry your hurting. I hope you heal soon.

We watched movies this weekend. It's hot and dry. We haven't had measurable rain in almost a month. So indoor activities until the dry and the heat and the dust die down.

The back is better. I get to add full bridges and press-ups to my routine this week.

It's book fair and parent-teacher conference week. They contact us if they want to schedule a conference, and I didn't get contacted. No surprise there. But today and Thursday, conference days, if you shop the book fair with your kiddo form 3-6 they get entered into a raffle to win $100 worth of books. So this afternoon I'm going back to the school when the traffic has cleared to shop the bookfair with Miss B.

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Eva: I am feeling almost normal healthwise, but it's becoming apparent I need to up the dose of my medication. I am depressed and angry and my husband is getting sick of it. We started fighting about it this morning, so I logged into my online health chart to message my doctor this morning and saw I had missed an appointment yesterday. She had said someone would contact me about an appointment to check on the new meds - I guess they thought I was psychic? I left her a message saying I hadn't gotten any notice about the appointment, and I'm not experiencing any side effects, but I am not feeling that great emotionally. Maybe they can get me in next week. Next week is when little dude is due for his next round of vaccines, too, so it'd be great if it was on the same day since they're at the same place - DH could drop me at my doctor and just shuttle the baby over to the pediatrician.

Tonight is the pizza party but I am not really feeling up to it. DH was supposed to get the house guest ready last night. I was going to help after the baby went to sleep, but as he was dozing off DH thought it was the best time ever to make a milkshake which woke the baby up screaming and then he wouldn't settle back down. DH sent me to bed to soothe him, but instead of cleaning went to sleep in his mancave. So the kitchen is a filthy mess, the living room is cluttered with junk, and the litterboxes all need cleaned. I asked him to clean this morning, and after a 10-minute argument about having to clean...he halfway cleaned out his car. So I am angry at him, angry in general, the house is a mess, and I just don't want to deal with anything.

We got a ton of rain yesterday, with more predicted this weekend. There's been flooding, and part of the interstate is closed again. We're close to the floodplain, but I am glad we're far enough away that our house hasn't been affected.

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Feline: How are you feeling today?

Congrats on passing! I'm happy for you! And you get a small break from paper writing to enjoy yourself.

I hope next month the ENT gives you good news and your little guy is just slower to grow out of his condition. In either case, he's in my prayers.

I've been dealing with my back for the last couple of weeks. It's finally feeling better. It seems these days I can sneeze wrong and put it in a kink. I can't do my regular workouts, but I've been stretching like a madwoman and walking in the house (flat surface with no inclines). With harvest season being here for cotton and soybeans it's just as well. The dust kicked up will send me into asthma attacks anyway. We've been so dry it's going to be worse. 22 days with no rain. I bet I can't see the combines the dust will be so thick. I've been binge-watching old TV shows while I walk a figure 8 through the living room and kitchen and while I've been laying in the floor with my legs inclined on the recline to decompress the spine.



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Eva: Laryngomalacia causes difficulty in eating, breathing, gaining weight and growth, reflux, and choking while eating. He's got all of those so it's a pretty classic case.

I turned in my 10-page paper yesterday after adding some information about my survey. I got a 96% on the paper, so I've passed and on the 30th I get to start the dissertation process. I haven't reviewed my instructors comments yet (except the part where she said great job and go into more detail). I'll review it sometime today, but our computers got reimaged at work so today is crazy and busy. My coworkers are all in a tizzy and I am just sitting here glad everything works.

My husband refused to cook last night since I went to bed early, so I had poptarts and Gatorade for dinner. I still feel feverish today but a little better than yesterday. I haven't yet decided if I will go to my workout class or not. It's supposed to be pretty difficult, but I don't want to skip my workout too many times.

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Feline: I hope Baby doesn't need surgery. I'm not overly familiar with his issue. Soft palate will make eating difficult, will it not?

You've been writing papers ever since I've known you. I can see how you would be tired in general. I know this one isn't going to be easy by any means. I wish I had better advice or knew how to help.

And I hope you feel better soon. Allergy season here has me all messed up and now they are spraying defolant on the cotton and soy beans. So the next few weeks will be so fun...

My back is better today. It's hurting into the hip but not all the way to the knee. So today is a rinse and repeat of yesterday. When the hip pain is gone I have a new set of exercises to do that is specific to my back. At least I'll be improving my core!



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Eva: We've had several things of produce recently, including some fresh ears of corn from a farm. I bet they did come in on one of those. I'll try the vinegar trick, thanks.

The pulmonologist says he has a floppy epiglottis and soft palate, and is concerned he's not efficiently expelling CO2. They're going to call me to schedule a sleep study to make sure his breathing isn't too severely impeded. We knew about the epiglottis (that's his Laryngomalacia), but it seems it's not improving. His ENT was supposed to check it at his last appointment but he was too riled up from the ear exam and he needed to be able to sleep for his hearing test so she was putting it off until next month. She had mentioned the possibility of needing surgery for it if he didn't start outgrowing it, so we might be revisiting that when we see her next month.

I am just sick of writing my paper so I am going to write up what my teacher wanted me to then turn it in. I spent my lunch break researching qualitative survey design instead of working out yesterday and I don't feel any closer to understanding what I need to do for the survey. I mostly wanted to know some sort of guideline for how long the survey should be. I found several resources for how many people I should send it to so assumed I'd find something similar for how long the survey should take or how many questions to ask, but all I found was that if it takes too long people won't finish the survey. They're going to all be open-ended questions so I can't ask too many, but I still need to get enough data to analyze for the study.

I think I am catching another cold. I keep sneezing and coughing, my nose is on fire and my throat hurts. I took an allergy pill this morning just in case so we'll see if that helps, but it would fit nicely with how things are going that I would get sick just when I'm supposed to be hosting a pizza party.

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Feline: You can put apple cider vinegar in a jar with about a tablespoon of blue dish soap. They the gnats are attracted to it and can't get back out of the soap film. They drown. You probably brought them in with bananas. The darn things love ripe bananas and ripe tomatoes. But I have toads and peepers for days, just not generally in the house. I'd love to seen you an army of frogs or a knot of toads.

How was the baby's doctor's appointment?

It sounds like your friend gave you better advice than your teacher!

I'm taking it easy today. My back is a mess so I'll skip laundry, do my stretches, cook dinner, and be spooned by the ice pack and heating pad.






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Eva: Not really time to make our own pizzas. We have some cauliflower crusts in the freezer (I love a good cauliflower crust!) but Best Friend won't be able to stay long (possibly not even the whole movie) because she has to meet with the people paying for her hotel. My other friend and her mom can stay later since we're their ride, but my husband is dropping me off at home to feed the baby and order the pizza so that food will be ready and baby will (hopefully) be calm by the time everyone arrives. I think we might just do the thin crust pizza. Domino's has a coupon for $7.99 pizzas, or a meal deal for "mix-n-match" $5.99 pizzas and other items. We could get a couple pizzas and some sides for a fairly reasonable price that way, while the stuffed crust alone from Pizza Hut would be $18.49.

I almost wanted to put a cover over his carseat and just hide him during the reunion. Too many people! But babies get hungry, and he's nosy so he'd want to see what mom and dad were up to. He's seeing the pulmonologist today about his breathing and DH convinced me to stay at work since I've been missing so much lately. I'm incredibly anxious about not being there since DH has brain damage and his memory isn't worth a dime. I asked him to get the doctor to write everything down for me, but I am also concerned DH won't be able to properly answer their questions. Especially since I just spend so much more time with baby boy than he does.

I sent my paper to a friend from college to look over and she had some suggestions. I got most of the repetition taken care of, but it's only 10 pages and the assignment instructions say 12-15 so I need to work on adding to the content. Part of that can be going into more detail about my survey instrument...which means I need to actually figure out my survey. My friend suggested going into more detail about the psychological/emotional aspects of the research, which actually fits pretty well with the type of study.

Send that frog my way! We have a gnat problem in our house, he could help us out. We can't figure out where the gnats are coming from or how they even got started but it's driving me bonkers.

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Feline: Is there any way to make said pizza yourself or is there no time? I often make my own veggie pizza, that's why I asked.

I'm glad your food was a hit but I can relate to people taking your baby and having "look who I've got" moments while you cringe in the corner. It's not that they don't know what to do with a baby, but I was always weird about people, family or not, kissing my kid at that age. I'm a germaphobe that way.

I love that your little guy likes music that isn't "baby music." Brenna liked the oldies. Her favorites were Creedence Clearwater Revival and the Dixie Chicks.

I hope you get your paper figured out soon.

Well, I finally got the email list turned back over to the neighbor for her to do the followup phone calls. She commented on my notes for each contact when I ran into useful information, "You'd make a good office assistant." Yep. I know. I've done that. I've also been a hairdresser that had to be her own office assistant. So maybe she will get some of her ads sold by the end of the week so they can go to print on time.

Yesterday's weird chore of the day: A frog managed to get into Brenna's bathroom. I was putting her rugs back down after cleaning in there when I almost stepped on him. I had been in and out of there all morning. All I can figure is he squeaked in through the front door when I went to dump the mop water. I caught him and put him out on the front porch in the peace lilies. Scared the devil out of me, just because who would expect a frog just to appear.

Oh, I found over the weekend we have monarch caterpillars consuming the milkweed in the front flower garden! The plant is seeding out, but I'm thinking of finding a seed mix. You sow in the fall for them to come up in the spring. I love a good butterfly and hummingbird garden.







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Eva: I had my husband review my paper for me when I was finished and he said it was repetitive, but offered no real constructive advice. So I haven't turned it in yet. It's a compilation of 7 weeks of assignments so yeah, it's a little repetitive, but I am not really sure what to do about that. I have a dissertation that was accepted so I am going to skim over it and see if it repeats itself in these sections at all or if I need to work on rewriting.

I am very sensitive to most medications, I almost always experience side effects. Unfortunately weight gain is a very common side effect and I already gain weight easily. But nobody at the clinic told me the prescription would cause weight gain, just that it was pregnancy safe. I would honestly have rather gone unmedicated than deal with losing this large of an amount of weight again. But here we are. Not back at square one, thankfully, but probably at square two or three. She started me at a really low dose when I told her I didn't want it if it was sedating, she'll have to increase the dose a few times to get me up to where she wants me. I've only taken it twice but so far so good. It's not sedating and I've taken it with lunch, so at least 350 calories.

The reunion was a little nerve wracking. My son was officially determined to be the youngest member of my family and my aunt from Montana was in town for the reunion. She's been dying to meet him so took him to hold him, then just took off around to talk to other people while carrying him. Then my grandma was like "If she can do it, so can I!" and took him while he was sleeping to do the same thing. I was literally wringing my hands because I still hate letting other people hold him. I know I need to get over that, and they're both mothers so know how to carry a baby, but he's still so little and I'm his favorite person. My dip turned out a little hotter than planned (not necessarily a bad thing) and my cake turned out really well. Not much was left of either for us to take home.

Yesterday we were going to do nothing at home and just relax, and recover from the reunion. I slept in until 10:00 (I don't know how! I haven't done that in years!) and my husband played a Batman video game while baby and I listened to music and danced around on the couch. Or tried to, anyway. For the most part he was just absolutely fascinated by the Batman game and wanted to watch dad play. But so far, other than his calming music playlist, he seems to really love JoJo Siwa, Imagine Dragons, and Johnny Cash. My friend then invited us over to come visit Rue, so we picked up some tacos and headed over. Rue kitty wasn't too interested in visitors so we said hello to her under the bed then watched Rio while eating tacos.

My best friend is making a short trip to town this weekend. We're going to have her, her boyfriend, my other friend and her mom over Friday night for pizza and a movie (probably Smallfoot if I can stream it). Our couch is just big enough to fit everyone. Three of us want vegetarian thin crust, one wants vegetarian stuffed crust, and two want some sort of meat topping. So we've got to figure out what exactly we're getting so we can figure out where to order from. If we were doing just regular pizzas we could get them cheap from Little Caesar's, for like $7. But thin crust means Domino's or Pizza Hut. And stuffed crust is only Pizza Hut (which is the most expensive). My best friend is the one who wants stuffed crust, so I kind of want to oblige since I never get to see her. But it's also so much more expensive.

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Feline: How did the paper go? And how did the new meds go?

I quit my meds once. It's probably what saved my life. I have an adverse reaction to most mood-stabilizing meds.

How was the reunion?

Brenna had an awesome time at the dance. I finally talked her out of wearing long sleeves in 90+ degree heat. After it was over she was glad she listened.





Oh, and she rocked combat boots with a dress instead of dress shoes. That's my girl. emoticon

Shopping was a success. She got 4 new tops. Two were short-sleeved, but she likes jackets so it will work out. I got 3 new tops as did Jimmy.

We didn't do much yesterday. My primary care clinic has a walk-in clinic as well. My doctor happened to be on call. I went in and had the foot checked. There's nothing wrong with my foot, but she looked at my back. The L4 and L5 are inflamed pretty bad. And that's what's making me hurt. It is sciatica and it is being a switch hitter. So Bleh. No lifting, pulling, or tugging. I have stretches that I've been prescribed a million times before and I can get a therapist recommendation if I'm not better in the next month or so. At least I know it's my back and not my foot. That's something I can work with here at home. While I was there we talked about my hot flashes. She's asked me to drop off the birth control for a while and see what my body does. Apparently the birth control can make the perimenopause symptoms worse in some women. So no more pills for a few months.

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Eva: I do almost all the baby stuff. My husband will sometimes cuddle or feed him, and almost always changes a diaper if I ask, but once the crying starts he (quite literally) hands him to me, wishes me good luck, and disappears into his mancave. He is SUCH a good baby though and he really only cries because he's hungry, wet, or tired. His worst crying is when he's tired. It's hard to soothe him because he's got this awful worry he's going to miss out on something, the nosy little bugger, and tries to stay awake. The quickest way to help him nod off is to just gently pat his back and bum and let him flop at an angle in your arms (not vertically or horizontally - upside down is best, actually).

The tour does sound awesome! And if I didn't have a cake to bake I'd have asked her if I could tag along. I know there's a haunted city tour closer to Halloween, and my mom is interested in that, so maybe I could do that with my moms. You guys could always watch Friday the 13th! It's supposed to be a comedic horror according the writers, so it might be something she would enjoy. I was never that into Stephen King, but at her age I loved Dean Koontz.

I freaked out my psychiatrist yesterday when I sent her a message letting her know I quit all my meds (except the meds for my epilepsy). I've lost some weight since doing so, so I think it was the meds preventing me from losing weight. She agreed to switch my medication to one I read wasn't as bad for weight but her instructions for it are complicated. She wants me to take it at night since it might make me sleepy (I cosleep so I can't do this if it is sedating at all) and I must take it with a meal of a minimum of 350 calories (so I can't take it in the mornings since my breakfast is less than 200 calories). Which leaves me with taking it at lunch. I forgot the pills today, which is probably for the best. If it DOES have a sedating effect I know the first few days can be horrendous and I don't need to be passing out at work again. I'll try it tomorrow. It's the family reunion, but if I have a bad reaction we can always leave early.

I just have one little bit left to add to my paper and I'll have added all the suggestions my instructor had for me. Then I just need to review it and fill in enough information to get another page and a half in there to meet the minimum page requirement and I can turn this baby in. It's worth my entire grade for the class.

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Feline: Your husband will do fine. He's a parent, not a baby sitter. They have to learn to do this too LOL. I had a hard time leaving Miss B with someone who wasn't a mother too. But sometimes Momma needs a break.

Baby is so handsome!!! Awww. I love watching babies get excited when they figure something new out, like crinkle toys. It's so cute to see the wonder cross their face then the grin that follows!

That Flashlight tour sounds AWESOME! I'd love to go one something like that. I'm looking at taking Miss B on the haunted tour of Jackson for Halloween. But nobody has a Friday the 13th fun thing going today. So I think I may ask her if she wants to watch a horror movie after dinner tonight. Her choice. She's after my own heart. She's moving out of the Goosebumps stage and into the more adult spooky novels. She's reading her first Stephen King book, "The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon." I need to score her a copy of "Through the Eyes of the Dragon." I'm having to be careful of which ones she gets to read.

These hot flashes are for the birds. It's 72 in my house and I'm sweating like a pig in the sunshine. Normally I'd need a blanket. I'm wondering if I should discuss with my doctor about coming off the birth control and trying an herbal balance for the hot flashes. Minus the time that I was trying to conceive and of course during the pregnancy and nursing, I've taken birth control for about 23 years. It would be a change for me, but it might be a good one. Who knows.









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Eva: The writing part doesn't really worry me too much, I don't really LIKE writing but I am good at academic writing. I am horribly shy though, and paranoid about cameras and mics, so I am extremely anxious about the defense since it's virtual through Skype. It's not too bad on paper - a 20-minute powerpoint presentation on my topic with room for Q&A. I get told on the spot if I passed or not, so I'm not even forced to wait. But with my paranoia, anxiety, and shyness it sounds like a perfect nightmare to me.

The raspberry cake sounds better to me, too. It's supposed to taste like the Hostess raspberry zingers - it's white cake with raspberry jello and raspberry preserves, topped with cool whip and coconut. A perfect warm weather treat (it'll be about 86 on Saturday) and in the Huskers colors (red and white)!

My mother says the dry needling is quite painful. She's not comfortable even watching the baby after an appointment, she just needs a chance to lie down and let the pain wash over her. I am hoping it helps though, she's been dealing with this pain for so long! Her job is very physical so she's got to be in tip top shape.

Dark chocolate is my favorite! I'd definitely by some from her if I was closer. I'm not looking forward to baby boy doing fundraising, I'll definitely be buying too much lol.

Speaking of baby boy, I got him a new toy. He has two more on the way that are high contrast, but so far he loves this one. It's got a ring to grab (and of course stick in his mouth), little tabbies to pull, a ball to squeak (he hasn't figured that part out yet), and the whole thing crinkles! He loves the crinkles.


I invited my friend over tomorrow night for tacos, TV, and baby time but she has plans. She's going to a Friday the 13th flashlight led haunted jail tour! Spooky! Which means my husband will have to watch baby on his own. He rarely has baby by himself, so we'll see how that goes.

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Feline: I am daunted by the dissertation process and I'm not even writing one. It sounds like something not for the faint of heart, academically speaking.

I think your choices sound wonderful. I will admit, I like the sound of the raspberry cake better than the pumpkin. But that's my taste buds talking!

Bless your mother. I know I have sciatica I just never thought about it becoming a switch hitter. I have 2 discs back there that have been out of wack for a while. The results of a fall on ice on Christmas day in 2004. It's been flaring more often since I had Miss B. I guess it gets worse as we age... For right now it's naproxen and heating pads. If it doesn't come under control I'll ask to be sent to a chiropractor or a therapist. I hear that dry needling hurts.

Homecoming for middle school teams is played early to keep them from interfering with high school festivities. I think our high school homecoming is next month.

The chocolate bars came home yesterday. And there's dark chocolate. So I guess you know that whatever dark chocolate is left when the sale is over, will be calling my name. We have to sell a total of 120 bars per kid. She did sell six bars at school to kids who failed to return the forms yesterday. A family member pre-paid for 10 bars. So that's 16 right off the bat. We will go annoy the neighbors this weekend.











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Eva: I decided to go ahead and do a cake and a dip. I'm deciding between the Pumpkin Caramel Cream Cheese Poke Cake and a Raspberry Zinger Poke Cake, and between the Buffalo Chicken Dip and a taco dip. Both cakes are pretty easy to make, though the raspberry one might be a little easier, but the seasonal take of the pumpkin would be fun (though the raspberry one is in Husker colors so might be appropriate, too). Both dips are easy but while the buffalo chicken one is expected (and a favorite of my grandma) the taco dip does not need to be cooked. I am leaning towards raspberry and buffalo.

My dissertation is a guided process. My school is one-on-one and has a goal of graduating all graduate students in a timely fashion, so I have weekly writing assignments due to help me work through my dissertation without leaving me to flounder on my own. It is done in four eight-week sessions, each session focusing on an important aspect of the dissertation (the various components, the proposal, the IRB and research, and the manuscript/defense). If everything goes well and I don't freak out at my defense I should graduate Spring of next year.

Is it really homecoming time already? It doesn't feel like it's that late in the school year. Congratulations to Miss B! It was chocolates she was selling, right? How much did she sell?

My mom is having that same problem. Her leg and hip are hurting so bad she's been out of work for months, but it turns out it's a problem with her back! She's getting steroid injections, dry needling, and physical therapy to try to fix it and stop the crazy pain she's in.

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Feline: I'm glad baby had a good time with your 2-mile walk and his weekend outings. It's always fun to see little ones perk up and observe new environments.

Your cake sounds fantastic, and I'm sure grandma will understand if you can't bring the cake and the dip she likes. With a baby, no one will fault you for not bringing multiple items.

How long will it take for you to write your dissertation? I've only known one other person that's written one and it was for seminary school. I can see how you are disappointed in your panel.

Most everything is well here. The middle school homecoming game was rescheduled for next Saturday but the dance is still this Saturday. Our opposing team had an outbreak of hand, foot, and mouth disease, so they called Monday and canceled last night's game. Miss B was one of the top 10 fundraisers for St. Jude and was invited to lunch with the principal yesterday. He ordered in cheese bugers and fries from a local restaurant. It was a nice surprise for them.

My nurse friend has suggested my foot my, in fact, be my back, based on what I told her. She was a PCNP but now teaches nursing so I figure she at least knows a little bit about what she's talking about. She thinks my sciatica could have swapped legs. Oh, joy. So I'm following her instructions. I'm on naproxen twice per day and an ice pack on the back 3 times per day. I am walking and doing her prescribed stretches. The foot isn't hurting, but it does seem to be stiff at the ankle. My back is stiff so often I don't think I'd notice unless it was actually loose. If this doesn't work she gave me an ear full and told me to go let the doctor poke at it.




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Eva: I saw a nutritionist when I lost weight before, but she moved to Hawaii. I don't think I could do it now. Baby boy has so many specialist appointments that I just can't take the time for an appointment that isn't absolutely necessary like that. I looked for some online nutritionists but they're all food plan type programs, and that's not what I am looking for. You'd think with a booming industry like weight loss there would be some nutritionists doing online counseling.

The charity walk on Sunday ended up being two miles not one mile like I thought, so that was a surprise at the halfway point. Baby did SO good though, and he enjoyed staring at all the people and the trees. He started getting fussy near the end (the finish line was in sight) then fell asleep as we crossed the line, but it turns out he had a dirty diaper so I don't blame him one bit for being fussy. Everyone we were going to the zoo with cancelled so we had breakfast with my moms instead. He was just absolutely fascinated by all the food and the kitchen prep. He was staring hard at the gentleman behind my mom eating his eggs, lol. I think he'll be ready for purees by the holidays!

At tea on Saturday my brother was excited that he got a smile. Usually he's a sleepy baby when he sees my brother, so this was the first time he was awake while my brother was around. My niece is still not too interested in him (I mean, he can't do much yet), but also enjoyed seeing him smile. She had a blast at the tea shop. She loved her tea and treat and it turns out they rent ping pong paddles for an outdoor table so we rented those for her.

Next week is my family reunion and I am wishy washy on what to bring. I found an easy recipe for Pumpkin Caramel Cream Cheese Poke Cake and I like the idea of bringing something seasonal. Last year I brought a giant Huskers cookie. It was delicious, but nobody wanted to cut into it so I ended up taking the entire thing back home! I think a cake will be more likely to be eaten this year. I usually bring 2-3 things, and always bring buffalo chicken dip, but with the baby I am debating just bringing the cake this year. I know my grandma will be disappointed because she absolutely loves that dip but it has to be made the day of and I am not sure how much we can fit in the car this year with half the backseat taken up by baby and his stuff.

Comps are going really well. I am on the final assignment which is compiling everything together and cementing it with final pieces for the complete prospectus. I got an email early this morning telling me I've been enrolled in the dissertation course, pending my final assignment. It looks like my comps instructor is my dissertation chair so she must have gone ahead and enrolled me now since I am finishing a few weeks early. The email included who is in my dissertation committee. I was most interested in the subject matter expert so I googled her. My dissertation topic is the perceptions of public librarians on vocational resources in public libraries. Her specialty is ethics, and she hasn't published anything since 1992. I was disappointed that in the entire College of Education they couldn't find someone whose interests more closely aligned my topic.

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Feline: Wash the costume in hot water and then follow the drying instructions. The hot water will shrink it enough that Baby should fit into it.

I suggest setting yourself a month to month goal for weight loss. Any med the balances hormones ends up causing some amount of weight gain. Do you think you could talk to a nutritionist about working around the new meds? They might give you a direction.

Richard: I hope the back heals! Are you able to be active?

Kali: If you have Netflix or the CW app and you want to devil into horror I suggest Supernatural. Particularly the first 2 seasons. Each episode is based on a cultural myth. They took on The Windigo, standard vampires and werewolves, and the djinn (genies) just to name a few. The storyline is about brothers that are monster hunters.

We watched It Chapter 2. It was long but good. The original sticks to the book better, but the adults of the "Losers Club" were well matched to their child counterparts from the first movie.


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Richard - glad to hear you're doing well and hope the back heals and the weight drops

Feline - bummer about the costume, sounds darling. I agree you'll want to lose the excess weight before becoming pregnant again, but I know you'll find what works for you.

Eva - love that your Granny helped you focus on the survivor. We were overprotected in my house (amazing when you think of when I grew up), so no such luck. I'm thinking about starting small and watching the new series 'Evil', but I get 'sucked in' so easily it may be too much too.
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apart from a bad back, i am great, in respite atm
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Eva: I had soup last night and bounced back up to 227. I don't know if I can take 3 months of this up and down, but I will admit the medication is working. You're right, it's a mood stabilizer, and I've been more stable than ever in my life since starting this combination. And it's safe for trying to conceive and pregnancy (and I want one more baby), but I had really hoped to lose most of this weight by Christmas since so many people told me I'd lose a huge chunk after having him. I don't think I could mentally handle getting pregnant and gaining the same way I did with him at my current weight - it would throw me back around my original weight when I started losing, and I NEVER want to be there again. I considered seeing if the bariatric center would still consider me for a sleeve, since one of the caveats when I looked into it before was no regaining weight, but when I checked online I am not heavy enough to qualify anymore.

I ordered a Halloween costume from PatPat for the little one - a fuzzy fox outfit. It's adorable. But I ordered 6-9 months and it's HUGE. I miscalculated when ordering, he's only going to be 5 months next month, so I really needed to order 3-6 months. I contacted them asking about an exchange and they want a whole bunch of stuff to do an exchange, like photos proving I received the item and that it doesn't fit, photos of the tag to prove it's their brand, and a lot of inconvenient things. I got it on a deep sale for $9.99 and it's still on sale but for $19.99 now. I am considering just rebuying it, or picking a different outfit. It's just so danged cute, though. On the other hand he's too little for trick-or-treating and the zoo isn't doing their family event this year. They used to do an annual Spooktacular with games, music, candy, etc for the kids. This year it's a light show for the whole family, but you don't come in costume like with the Spooktacular. So the costume would mostly be for photos and maybe my niece's birthday if she does a costume party again.

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Feline: I'm glad the doctor will check in with you in 3 months about your meds. I know many mood stabilizers have a side effect of weight gain. It's such a difficult balance.

Kali: I'm glad you enjoyed your OLLI classes! They sound interesting. I'll have to come back later today and look at your links.

Horror doesn't bother me. Partially because I've experienced enough reall monsters in my life. Partially because love for horror runs in the family. My uncle on my mother's side has walls of movies, most b-horrors. My granny would sit up and watch the late show, almost always a horror. If I couldn't sleep I sat up with her, when she lived with us. She almost always made sure we focused on the survivors' story rather than the monster. You had to be a smart cookie to make it out, according to Granny.

Richard: What's going on?

Yesterday I walked an hour and a half, did a 15-minute exercise video followed by a 10-minute stretch, cut the grass and did some weed-eating with my battery powered weed wacker. I have to admit it was really nice having the time to do all that before time to go pick my kiddo up from school.





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Eva - amazing how much time you spent caring for your aging cat... I guess that's why we gain wisdom as we age - we experience life as opposed to learning about it.
I'm not a scary movie person at ALL - DH took a movie class in college and can see the techniques, but I scared the entire theater when I screamed when the shark jumped out of the water without the music in Jaws. I am however enjoying watching commercial colors and lighting (not that I can remember what is being advertised - just how). Most financial ads have a lot of green (the color of money) except Capital One which is a 'different kind' of bank.

Feline - glad your meds will be checked and changed if necessary. I checked my weight weekly when losing with the goal of a pound a week. Once I met goal I checked more often, but I found the ups and down of daily too frustrating. I'm with you on getting protein for breakfast. Goes a long way to filling me up.

Took a Nia Movement to Heal (M2H) class today (Neuromuscular Integrative Action (Nia) is a blend of dance movement, martial arts and yoga nianow.com/story/2013/08/moving-to-h
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"M2H uses classic Nia routines as a foundation for simplified choreography performed standing or in a chair. The 52 Moves also provides a path for the M2H class. The 7 cycles of Setting the Focus, Stepping In, Get Moving, Cool Down, FloorPlay, and Step Out are still used to craft the class. M2H also takes time out for education and follows The Body’s Way®. There are a few differences in the format, including a body awareness check at the beginning of class and a body gratitude expression at the end of the class."
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It is definitely a practice I will continue!

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Eva: I am up 1.2lbs today. Hubby didn't want to cook last night, and turned down my offer to make food, so we had fast food and I am betting the sodium is what caused that. Unfortunately I work about a 10 minute walk from Starbucks, so it's pretty easy to convince myself to go or to stop by. I've had my pumpkin spice, though, so hopefully I can resist in the future.

My psychiatrist told me the medication they put me on when I started trying to get pregnant actually causes weight gain, so I am wondering if that isn't a contributing factor to why I gained so crazy much when I was pregnant and why I am struggling so much to lose right now. She said she'd reevaluate in 3 months and if I am still struggling she'd be willing to switch me to something else.

Starbucks switched the labels on our drinks yesterday, so I got my husbands regular drink with an extra shot and he got my decaf. I still feel off and jittery from that. He said he could taste something was wrong and apologizes for not pressing the issue, since I can't taste a difference between decaf and regular.

Instead of a protein shake I decided to try a yogurt parfait for breakfast this morning. Lemon curd, vanilla yogurt, and granola. It was good, but I am still hungry and it's less protein and more carbs than my protein shake. So I think I will just stock up on flavors of that for the future.

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Feline: I'm glad Rue is finding her own. She's being normal. She'll rule the roost soon!

I'm sorry your brother canceled the zoo, but I hope you still enjoy your time out. Baby will enjoy the movement and colors. You will too.

I'm glad CARB WATCH is working. I'm almost glad I don't go near a Starbucks most days. I have to drive to Jackson to get "fancy coffee" unless I go to McDonald's.

I love horror. Particularly if it has a good storyline. I figure my kid has a good grasp on reality vs fantasy. I see no point in shielding her from manufactured horror when she can turn on the news and see the real stuff. Besides, I'd rather her watch it with me looking at her than for her to go to a friend's house and watch something that's inappropriate for other reasons. There's a far cry between John Carpenter's Halloween and the Rob Zombie remake when you look at the adult content. And when the answer is no, she understands why, because I explain it to her.

The funny of that is, Jim hasn't watched half the movies that come up to question. His family didn't approve of a good spooky story.

Kali: I maintain you are busier now than when you worked. You sound like you are enjoying it all.

Yesterday felt distinctly like had been fired from a job. Spirit had dementia. I spent a lot of time reminding her of where she was going, and cleaning up if she didn't make it to the laundry room area, where the litter pans are kept. Yesterday I didn't do any of that, and I was amazed at how much of my day was centered around her care.



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Richard - thanks for starting the thread and emoticon

Eva - sorry about Spirit.

Feline - glad to hear the carb watching is working. Sounds like your intro and background paper is going well.

Volunteering @ the CU this week while attending OLLI classes and other fun obligations! (Who thought I'd ever use 'obligation' to describe fun events...)

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Eva: A horror fan, eh? My mom tried to prevent me from watching horror when I was younger but it didn't stop the love. Oddly enough movies like Ferngully and All Dogs Go to Heaven scared me more than actual horror. It sounds like you'll have a fun weekend, let us know how the movie is.

My friend came home from work yesterday to find Rue laying on her bed tummy up. She's still playing hidey cat from the fan and my friend, but it seems like she's settling into her new surroundings pretty quick. I think her nighttime explorations have revealed to her no bullies and she's going to come into her own.

My brother cancelled on us for the zoo, so I am disappointed. We're still going to go, though. Just us and my friend (the one who took Rue). And he still plans to make tea on Saturday so at least I still get to see them.

I was really proud of myself this morning for passing up the gas station when my husband offered to stop in for breakfast, but when we passed the Starbucks I fell prey to the Pumpkin Spice. It's got 90(!!!!) carbs in it so that means I have to be super careful what I eat for the rest of the day. Probably skipping my morning snack and having a protein shake for lunch. Operation: Carb Watch has been working, though! I went from 227.8 to 225.6 since I began watching my carb intake. We tried a low carb pork dinner last night and it was...edible? High protein, low carb, not much taste.

The assignment I am working on now is the introduction and background to my topic of study. It's difficult because I am trying to stay within a page limit and not use any of the research from my literature review. I also have to remember that the introduction and background is like the 101 version of the topic - not everyone has spent years studying the subject like I have. But one of the reasons I chose this topic is because there isn't a lot of research on it, so finding new research to cite with is painful, lol

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Feline: Thank you.

Take your stroller to the zoo and enjoy yourself. Baby will sleep. Just mind the sun, as you already know. That stroller was my friend. Even if Miss B was being carried it held the diaper bag and had cup holders for a water bottle. It kept my back from breaking.

I hope Rue settles in soon. I think it took most of my rescues a couple of months to adjust. The fact she's visiting your friend at all is a good sign.

We are planning a movie trip this weekend. IT Chapter 2 comes out and Miss B really wants to see it. We watched Bridge to Terabithia this past weekend and Arsenic and Old Lace. I finally got them to understand sometimes funny is funny, no matter how old the film.



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Eva: I am so sorry. That is so rough. I am sending you many positive thoughts today.

Kitty transfer is going...okay. Rue is very scared, but has been making short ventures out into her new living quarters and is letting my friend stroke her head. My friend reports successful potty ventures but a strong fear of the ceiling fan, so Rue is currently hiding inside a cabinet.

Tea went pretty good on Saturday. My grandma has an extremely limited diet so we discovered there was nothing at the tea shop she can eat, but she enjoyed the tea she had. We're planning on going back this Saturday with my brother and his family and she already knows which tea she wants to try next. I had hoped to workout yesterday, either with a video or by taking a walk, but my son was sick and all he wanted to do all day was nap on mama. I didn't get to go shopping so I missed a big sale, too. But he seems to be feeling a little better today, hopefully he keeps improving. I will be doing the recumbent bike this afternoon over my lunch, and aiming for a video at least one morning this week.

On Sunday I have a charity walk with a friend, and if the weather cooperates I'll be hauling out the stroller so baby can join us on the walk. I am considering baby wearing for the walk, since the route does involve a particularly nasty hill, but we'll see what the weather is like. Afterwards we're headed to the zoo with my brother and his family, and my grandma volunteers at the zoo so she might be able to take some time to hang out with us while we're there. I don't imagine my husband and I will be at the zoo for a very long time, since it's a big day for such a little baby, but it should be fun. I'm looking forward to the weekend.


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Well I have sad news. My 19-year-old cat, Spirit, passed over the Rainbow Bridge this morning. It appears she had a stroke during the night.



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Hi Richard! and thank you for making the September thread!



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