Today was frustrating


I met the guy from the water department at the house this morning, and they tried to find the cut off valve. They failed. We came back later and tried to turn off the water inside the house, for the reason you see at your left – the pipes are frozen. I saw several cracked pipes, and that’s just in the basement. It’s upsetting, anger-inducing, frustrating, and makes me want to cry. It changes all of our plans. Ugh.

Thankfully the meetings with the roofer and the electrician went much better. And the water department guy was very nice. And our plumbers are totally competent and good. It’s the plumber who “winterized” the house that was incompetent. Grr.

PonyIn other news it’s Chinese New Year, and it’s now the year of the horse. My cy365 prompt was horse. Of course, we don’t have any horses at the house, but we do have lots of ponies. I decided that was close enough and took a cute pic of Gryffindor (in a Gryffindor sweatshirt even) cuddled up with her My Little Pony brought by Santa, Pinkie Pie.

I did manage to get to work today, despite Ravenclaw being sick. My mom was awesome and hung out with her. They had a very laid back day – Ravenclaw read for 3 hours! And then they watched a movie. Very cool. I got to run a few errands and then had time to talk to the water guy before picking her up. My mom rocks.

I had a lovely time going to the Temple with my friend S. And now I’m hanging out with The Chosen One discussing roof choices, plumbers, and all the decisions we have to make for the house. I’m feeling incredibly overwhelmed and can’t think of any more decisions. Ack! I do think the headache is causing me to not function quite at my normal level. Plus the med we took away (it can be a cause of headaches) might have helped my ability to cope. The headache has been threatening to peak all afternoon, and I haven’t quite caved on the rescue meds. I just want to go to sleep and wake up not worried about anything. I don’t think that’s possible, though. Gah.

It’s worth a shot. Time for sleep and to attack problems fresh in the morning.

Love of reading

If there’s one thing I wanted to give my kids, one thing I wanted to pass on, it was my love of reading and books. We spent a lot, lot, lot of time when they were little with me reading to them or, if we were in the car, listening to audio books. They loved stories as little kids, and we continue it today – our nighttime book is currently The House of Hades, and we’ve loved all the Percy Jackson books.

photo-16I did worry about their love of reading to themselves. Hufflepuff’s learning disability made that hard for her to enjoy on her own, and Gryffindor didn’t get into individual reading early either. Now, however, they love it. Hufflepuff broke through her LD and loves to read, Gryffindor found books she loves, and Ravenclaw loves most books.

Hufflepuff and Gryffindor have shared love for a few books (The Hunger Games trilogy comes to mind), but they tend to have very different interests. Hufflepuff loves any romance, and Gryffindor thought The Hunger Games had too much romance. Today was one of the first times I saw Gryffindor and Ravenclaw sharing the love for a book that wasn’t Harry Potter. Gryffindor had loved The Candymakers, and she is so excited to see her sister reading it! They keep talking about things in the story, and Ravenclaw can’t put the book down. It’s a delight to watch.

The Chosen One texted me to tell me to look for an email today. The plumber who “winterized” the house did a bad job, and we have some broken pipes. I’m really upset, as is he, and we had no clue until the plumber came in to set up our boiler. I don’t know how much damage we’re talking about yet, and we don’t know if we can do anything other than just fix it. I feel like the plumber is clearly at fault, but who knows what position we’re in legally. Ugh.

Today was moderately uneventful in our current house. I had to leave work early because Ravenclaw spiked a fever, and I had to go pick her up. Yay. Other than that, we went through usual stuff with homework and what not. Then Ravenclaw & Gryffindor went out with their dad and Hufflepuff and I went shopping. We found a cute pair of shoes for me and a dress for her. Not completely what we were looking for, but ah well. We found a couple other random things, and then gave up and went to Sonic to grab dinner-ish stuff. Hufflepuff had dinner. I had tater tots and cherry limeade. My diet goes to pot when I go to Sonic, and it’s close to the mall, so it’s hard to say no.

I learned something about my migraine today – my face feels worse (more numb, heavy, that kind of thing) just before the headache “peaks”. So if I take the medicine when my face gets bad I can reduce the amount of pain I feel when the headache peaks. It’s good to know. Some people have visual auras they get before migraine, I get face weirdness. I guess I’ll take it – it’s much better than having nothing.

Now it’s time for bed, the girls are asleep, and it’s my bedtime. I can feel the headache meds wearing off and my face getting weird again, so it’s time for me to read a few pages of my book and go to sleep. Tomorrow is another day, including a trip to the temple.


Lively, or not


Today I didn’t feel lively (that’s my #cy365 prompt for today), but thankfully Ravenclaw was, so she was happy to jump up and down to show how lively she is.

I woke up with a level 8 headache, and so I took the rescue meds right away. And they made me feel wretched for a while. And I started coughing. I was a barrel of fun. I also woke up tired, something that hasn’t happened in quite a while. If it keeps happening I’ll wonder if it’s a side effect of the blood pressure med…

Anyhow, I was ready to fall asleep for a bit at work, but managed to power through it, and after a couple hours I was back to my own normal. Yay.

I packed a full lunch for Gryffindor, who had a half day I had forgotten about, but she won’t eat a packed lunch at school. She likes her life to be regulated like that. Hufflepuff, who stayed home after vomiting during her shower, was able to eat her leftover sushi lunch, so that was good. I picked up Ravenclaw after school, and she was in a good mood, thankfully. 10 has been much better than 9. Much better.

This afternoon was all about me resting while the girls played My Little Pony and sorting Pokemon cards. And then came the call…

The Chosen One was outside with our new boiler! Squee! I jumped in the car with him and we brought it inside the new house! Now the plumber has to come tomorrow and start getting it set up… It’s unlikely it’ll be warm by this weekend, but hopefully we can start painting next week.

The roofer and the electrician are coming tomorrow to give estimates, but I have to be at work, so The Chosen One and I walked through the house looking at outlets. Some rooms have a bazillion and some have almost none. It’s very odd. And there are rooms where three of the plugs are 3 pronged, but one is 2 pronged. Again, a bit odd. And we need lights on the stairs to the basement. And a light switch when you come into the kitchen. Thankfully we’re completely in agreement.

Tonight I went shopping for some new work clothes and a new church dress. I may or may not have found the dress I wanted, but I definitely found a couple new work outfits, which is good. I was getting down to just a few things in a rotation. Next up after we move is getting back into exercising & dieting. I don’t think I’ll have time until after the move, and the move will be a goodly amount of exercise. My diet will have to change for the better soon, too. I can do anything after Valentine’s day. I’m willing to give up chocolate on 2/15. And other sweets. I just want to enjoy my favorite Raspberry Hugs that are only around for this season.

I had a great talk with the girls today, too. They’re excited about the house, and looking forward to the painting and moving in to just happen already!

Tomorrow Hufflepuff has to go to school, even if she’s puking, because she has to take those midterms we had to postpone from Monday. I have a full day of work, so she also has to grab Ravenclaw after her play practice. Gryffindor just needs to remember to come home and start homework.

Life is very busy. But my heart is full. I’m looking forward to this weekend – couch shopping time! :)

A Return to Sushi-Making Dinners

Sushi dinnerToday I used the same picture for my two photo prompts. The prompts were “Return” and “Dinner”. This photo marks my return to sushi-making as a viable dinner option as well as marking our dinner tonight.

The rest of the day wasn’t anywhere near as interesting as the sushi. I had work, my headache peaked to an 8 right as work was finishing. Yay. I took “rescue meds” and drove home. I got a nice little break when it was just me and a quiet, sick Hufflepuff in the house, and then I drove over to pick up Gryffindor. She doesn’t expect to be picked up, which makes me all the more willing to pick her up. (Ravenclaw was going to a friend’s house, so I didn’t have to pick her up)

The rest of the afternoon went swimmingly. Gryffindor actually did all of her homework before she had to leave for her church activity! Woot! Ravenclaw was late coming home from her friend’s house, so she wasn’t able to finish before leaving, but as she tends to have a lot less homework than Gryffindor, I’m not very concerned.

While they were gone I got to have a very nice, long chat with my sister-in-law. It was lovely! I miss her – she and my brother live just outside of NYC in their new-to-them house in Connecticut. I’m hoping to visit them soon, but moving into our new house is going to have to take precedence. :( I’ll ask for pics the next time my folks visit, though. I only know how the house looked before.

The Chosen One and I are still looking for HP readings for the wedding. I came up with a few that he didn’t love, so now we’re searching again.

I did make a nice batch of rice pudding tonight, in addition to the sushi, and it’s warming me up as I feel worn out and headachy. Just plain rice pudding with a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar. Yum.

Here’s hoping tomorrow has a lower headache rating than today, and that Hufflepuff’s fever has broken so she can go to school tomorrow. Oh, and that The Chosen One’s cold goes all the way away. And that we can get heat in the new house soonest.

Day by day

Today was a quiet day. All 3 girls were home sick with fevers.

I came home exhausted and headachy and took a nap.

I’ve spent time helping Gryffindor find images for her Powerpoint on the FDR memorial as well as helping her print out the list of 90 family members for her genetic trait project.

Otherwise I spent a bit of today looking for a Harry Potter wedding quote. Haven’t found it yet.

And now I’m ready for bed. It’s seriously been that quiet a day.

2/3 of the girls are going to school tomorrow, but Hufflepuff is still feverish, so it’s unlikely she’ll be going. It’s amazing how much quieter our home is when she’s sick and can’t talk (and can’t listen to music due to a headache).

Tomorrow will be more interesting.

Capturing my 365

CaringI haven’t taken many photos today, and most of the photos I took yesterday were blurry ones of Gryffindor’s performance, so I’m inserting my #cy365 photos into the post, despite them not really being relevant to much of my day. Yesterday’s was “Caring”, which I showed by petting our cat on top of a quilt made by my grandmother. Today’s prompt was “Vivid”, which was captured by taking a pic of some of the colors we’re considering for the house.

If you’re reading this and you’re LDS, you need to watch this video: General Authorities eat a Reese’s Cup.  One of the speakers today used this parody to open his talk, and it grabbed everyone’s attention. Especially my kids, who are seriously motivated by chocolate! :) I just watched the video, and the impressions are spot on. He did a few more, and it was perfect. Loved it! So perfectly captured the tone of these leaders.

Last night my friend S called to say that she and her husband were sick, and could I please take her daughter, ML, to church with us. I was so happy to say yes! S and her husband have done so many things for us, it was great to be able to help them! Plus, ML and Ravenclaw are BFFs, and we haven’t gotten them together much lately, so that was good. I offered to take her for the afternoon, too, so the two girls could hang out. As a bonus, it would keep Ravenclaw busy while I ran some boxes over to the new house.

My original plan was to have Hufflepuff help me move things over to the new house while Ravenclaw & ML played and Gryffindor was in her school play. That plan kinda fell apart. I got one load of my little car (4 tubs, 3 cardboard boxes) over to the house and got a basement window somewhat duct taped, but I didn’t get much more done. Why? Well…

VividIt’s really cold in a house with no heat in January in New England. My poor toes were frozen. My 7 year old Emus (Ugg knockoffs) finally gave out on me, and I didn’t have warm shoes on. Plus, Hufflepuff was sick, so she couldn’t help. Like actually stuck in bed with a cough and lost voice sick. She ended up vomiting later in the evening. Yay. I ended up taking a nap rather than making another really cold run. I’m hoping to make another run tomorrow, though.

Ravenclaw and I dropped ML off after her parents had a good 9 hours of sleeping/feeling crummy. I felt like I was really helpful for the first time in a while. Of course, now I worry that ML will catch whatever Hufflepuff has, but they weren’t even on the same floor, much less in the same room. She also wasn’t interacting with Gryffindor, who ended up spiking a fever after her play.

Gryffindor had texted me that the play was over and she was at the cast party and they were eating pizza and cake, and could she come home? Of course! It sucks to watch people eat some of your favorite foods and not be able to eat it because of being gluten-free! :( I ended up making pizzas for the family tonight (though Hufflepuff didn’t eat any) to help Gryffindor feel better after the cast party.

So, I’m surrounded by sick people. Ravenclaw is getting better, both older girls can’t go to school tomorrow, and The Chosen One was sick all weekend. Awesome. My headache was even manageable this weekend. I’m feeling pretty lucky. I don’t have time to be sick, but that doesn’t usually mean I won’t get sick. Oh, and the girls’ father was sick this weekend, too. He ended up not being able to go to the play, which really upset Gryffindor. :( Thankfully my parents were able to go, so she wasn’t performing without family in the audience.

Tonight is an early-to-bed night for everyone, including me, and then tomorrow is back to work, with Ravenclaw returning to school while the other two lay around feeling crummy.

Part of your world

Today The Chosen One and I did our usual shopping, and then had a nice little nap. The Chosen One has been sick, which sucks, but it is always nice to nap. We did some quick online browsing for sectionals, too.

After our nap we packed up my stuff to go to Home Depot to look at paint swatches again. We think we might have settled on the best colors for the rooms. The girls agree with all of them, except that Hufflepuff hates the yellow (or any yellow) chosen for the mudroom. We’ll have to look at colors again, but I’m not sure there’s another color that would be best there. Hmmm…

Hufflepuff had her first riding lesson today. She helped muck out stalls, and she’s going to be aching. She is incredibly lucky that her grandfather was willing to pick her up – she had given me about 24 hours notice to pick her up. Ugh! Yeah, that didn’t work out well. I’ll pick her up next week, though.

Little MermaidThe big thing today was that Gryffindor was Ursula the Sea Witch’s eel, Jetsam in the school play. That’s her on the far left. She had a really cute outfit, complete with Christmas lights wrapped around her. She did a great job with the hissing and everything. I thought she did a better job than Ursula, actually, and that’s a role that usually steals the show. The girl who played Sebastian was amazing, though. Over all, it was a good show. Much better than the one the YMCA’s theater camp had put on over the summer with Ravenclaw in it. We could actually hear the voices this time! The stage was done really well, too.

Make up

We really liked the look of the green make up on Gryffindor. Hufflepuff and I were joking that we would have to recreate it every day once she’s old enough to wear make up (in our family that’s 14 for church, 9th grade for school).

The other big excitement was when we realized that The Chosen One had driven off with the girls’ overnight bags in the trunk of his car. That was a problem. Because he is the Bestest Person Ever, he turned around and brought them back, even though he was about halfway home. He has Gryffindor and Ravenclaw’s undying gratitude, as they really wanted their stuff – Gryffindor’s iPad was in her bag, something she would be heartbroken not to have.

When we came to town from The Chosen One’s apartment we brought a bunch of boxes, plus the cat tree. Tomorrow we’re keeping my friend’s daughter for the day(well, we’re bringing her with us to church and then having her hang out with us at the house for a little while). While Ravenclaw is busy with her friend and Gryffindor is busy with her play, Hufflepuff and I can bring some boxes from our house to the new house and start emptying out our basement and the boxes we’ve filled up.

And now I’m up a few minutes past my bedtime. Whoops! Time for bed – I need to try to keep my bedtime routine consistent as part of the headache management.

On the plus side, today I didn’t need any of the “rescue” meds. The headache didn’t peak above a 6 today. Well, there were a few 7s here and there, but in general it wasn’t above a 6.

It all went uphill from there

Today didn’t have an auspicious start, but it got better. Ravenclaw awoke with a fever and feeling sick, and I woke up to a headache that rated a 7 on a 1-10 scale. I tried the new “rescue med” for when the headache “peaks” (as opposed to the low grade headache that ‘s always there), and had some side effects. Basically, you feel like crap for an hour, but then the headache gets much better.

Hufflepuff had 2 exams today, and she felt good about both. Well, photography’s exam was just printing photos, but her other exam went well. She has 2 more on Monday, and then she’s done with midterms.

ArielGryffindor had play practice today, and then her first performance was tonight. I wish I had been there to see her! I’ll be there tomorrow night, at her first performance where she has lines. The play is double cast, so she is in the chorus for 2 performances and in the speaking cast for 2 performances. She’ll have a good audience for her two shows with lines!

Gryffindor’s lunch today included a painted Ariel on cheese and some fishes and musical notes. It was a pretty cool bento box lunch, if I do say so myself. A perfect lunch to cheer her on in her Little Mermaid performance.

I was able to go to the grocery store alone today, which is always nice. I also came home to Hufflepuff’s friend P helping to clean and pack our living room. She asked if it was ok, um, yes! Feel free! She’s willing to help clean and pack in exchange for baked goods. Sounds good to me!

I was planning to go to the Temple, which didn’t work out, but we’ll go next week. I’m very much looking forward to it. This week is possibly the last one staying at the apartment of The Chosen One. Soon we’ll all be in the same town, and then in the same house! Squee!

Finally, I’ve found 2 of the 3 readings I’d like to do at the wedding – Hufflepuff reading Shakespeare’s 116th sonnet, Gryffindor reading Harry Potter (haven’t found that quote yet) and Ravenclaw reading 1st Corinthians 13, but not the King James version. In other versions the word Love is used in place of Charity. I just like the sentiment of the reading.

And now sleep – an hour earlier than usual! Yay!

Hi Ho Hi Ho it’s off to the headache doctor we go…

The Chosen One stayed over last night, so I “slept” on the couch. I don’t sleep very well on the couch, but I’m the deepest sleeper, so it effects me the least. It will be so much easier once we’re married!!!

Anyhow, the appointment was in Boston at 8:30, so I dropped Ravenclaw with my mom a little after 6, made sure Gryffindor was up and eating breakfast, and checked that Hufflepuff had her phone’s alarm set to wake her up for exams. And we were off at 6:30. Ideally we’re a 45 minute drive to Boston, but that’s without rush hour traffic. And that doesn’t work for all parts of Boston. Also, we dropped my car off at work so I could get home again (the commuter rail out of Boston has a station a block from my work).

We got to the doctor 15 minutes early, so my calculations were right on! Filled out the paperwork, and got everything all set up, and then we were seen. I was really impressed by the resident (I believe) who we saw. I should note that while she was a neurologist (my despised medical profession), this group of doctors focused exclusively on migraine and headache. She was very willing to discuss alternative therapies (acupuncture was a pro, no chiropractor due to my neck & back arthritis), supplements, exercise, etc. She also noted that there were several meds that no one had tried with me, so there were lots of options. (No Botox off the bat, have to fail multiple drug treatments to get that)

One symptom I have that has baffled other doctors was a numbness, or lessening of sensation, in the right side of my face. It feels about 40% of what I feel on the left side, and it feels heavy, weighted. The doc said she had seen this quite a few times, though it was rare. She did some trick with a tuning fork and showed that it was definitely migraine that had done this, it wasn’t a pinched nerve. That made me feel so much better. Everyone else has been convinced it was MS or that I’m crazy, and it was great to hear it’s just part of the headache.

I left feeling very optimistic. We have some good (non-narcotic) drugs to try now, and quite a few options if these don’t work, plus a referral for Biofeedback and for Physical Therapy, plus the acupuncture suggestion. The Chosen One was with me, and I think he also felt hopeful when we left. Except that he was getting a cold, and he felt wretched. Yay.

The rest of the day was pretty typical – I went back to work, finished up there, picked up Gryffindor from her play practice (my dad picked up Ravenclaw from hers), and after hearing that my ex was stuck in traffic for the foreseeable future, I made a quick dinner for the girls, they did their homework, and then after I made lunches for tomorrow we read scriptures and House of Hades, and now it’s time for bed. Thursdays pass very quickly!

photo 1Yesterday’s lunches were cute though – love the little penguins! The girls were really happy to have them. :) I’m so glad my big kids still enjoy cuteness!

We bought a house!!!


Today was a snow day for the kids, so our timing for the walk through and the closing was later than originally expected. And then the snow was a lot less than expected. Ah, well. It meant we all got to sleep in.

New house

The Chosen One and I are now the proud owners of a lovely house! Ok, it’s not perfectly lovely now, but it’ll look better soon. First is getting heat. After heat is a new roof, and then we have to replace the deck. After we get the heat we can also paint inside (I don’t like green or orange, two favorite colors of the people who painted the house last). The outside is vinyl siding, so replacing that will have to happen a little later. Ditto for the crank windows. New toilets and one new vanity can be pretty soon, though. The downstairs vanity is truly horrible.

Paint is cheap and changes a room so quickly that it’s worth it. Absolutely. (and I’ll be learning how to paint via YouTube and my dear friend S who wants to help. Also hoping at least one or two other people want to help in exchange for pizza and soda. And cookies.) We have a few rooms completely planned, but a few still have some working room. Looking forward to a trip to Ikea for some other ideas and to get one kid a bed.

We met with a kitchen remodeling guy from Home Depot, and he was great. We have no heat, remember, so it was a very, very cold meeting. But we have an idea of the cost (ouch!) and know we can’t do it right away. We also have a much better idea of what we want and what we both like. Thankfully there’s enough overlap between us that we could create a gorgeous kitchen. For now, we’ll make do and feel lucky we don’t have the red counters my brother and sister-in-law are dealing with!

And now sleep – headache doctor in the morning.