dmsj: (autumn)
( Nov. 8th, 2009 07:15 pm)
Right now I'm sitting in a kind-of-scary-but-will-suffice-for-one-night hotel room near Rochester, while L and O are out walking off some of L's excess energy before bedtime routine begins. The visit has been a whirlwind of family and friends, and I have loved every second of it. We fly back tomorrow afternoon, and we're planning to spend the morning at the museum before we head to the airport.

We spent the first part of the visit in Ithaca (after driving down from Rochester the morning after we flew in). Wednesday was spent with my mom, Thursday with Gramma, Sissy & Ken (and mom), and then Friday morning we went to Museum of the Earth so Liam could look at and play with the dinosaurs there. After some computer repair work, we drove back to Rochester, where I met up with a couple of RWCC friends and O put L to bed at our friends' house, where we were staying for the weekend. Yesterday was spent in Victor with my Bethy & her family, and then John & his new girlfriend, and her newborn baby. Then today we spent a little more time with the Houstons (with whom we were staying), and L got to play with Claire all morning and part of the afternoon. A quick stop at our storage unit, another one at Wegmans, and that brings us to now.

This has been so wonderful, and (so far at least) not as bittersweet as I had been expecting. I may feel differently when we get to the airport tomorrow and/or when we get back to FL, but even if I do, it was worth it. I needed this taste of autumn, this time with my loved ones, and this break from the day-to-day routine. Yes, it was expensive, at a time when we need to be frugal... but it's only going to get more expensive from here. This was the last week we could do it without being in the holiday season, and after mid-December, we'd have been paying for 3 tickets instead of 2.

In a couple of days, it will be back to the grind of sending out resumes, etc. Hopefully the cold (no fever or anything, just a cough and runny nose) L has picked up along the way will wait until after our travels to catch up with O & I. I'm sort of hoping that this will work like solving a puzzle or writing a difficult paper - that taking a break from the job-hunt, etc., will have been just what we needed in order to achieve the desired result.
dmsj: (catnap)
( Sep. 30th, 2009 08:53 pm)
I think a big part of the reason I get sick more often than most people is because it is almost the only time I take days "off". Today was no exception to that rule. I woke up with a sore throat, stuffy nose (and now that I think about it, I had a sinus headache last night before bed, which I have again now), and a general sense of lethargy. Seeing as neither O nor I slept well last night (L seemed to, but was REALLY cranky before naptime and slept HARD during), we just chilled around home today. I skipped the gym in favor of curling up on the couch with him and an episode of Veronica Mars, and we did nothing more strenuous than playing with Bug or cleaning up after dinner.

While I'm generally all about the go-go-go, it's sometimes nice to stop for a while. Even if it is only because I'm not feeling great.

Positivity #2: I made someone smile today, and tell me she loved me. That always makes me feel good, to know I've made a difference in someone's day, if only for a moment.
dmsj: (writing)
( Jun. 22nd, 2009 08:43 pm)
O got the test results back today, and they were negative. In fact, they were actually negative for any type of flu. Apparently, however, there's been a different virus going around, which presents with all the same symptoms as the flu. Guessing we had that. In any case, though, he's now cleared (and feeling better enough) to return to work tomorrow morning.

We decided to make today an Offline Day, a tradition in the KolyStar household from years ago, but which has fallen by the wayside. I think I'd like to make it a more regular occurrence, though - possibly even sometimes when O is at work, to help with my addiction. That's gotten pretty out of hand again lately, for numerous reasons, and I'd like to get it under control again.

Due to the feeling better and the being offline, we managed to actually Get Stuff Done today. We packed a couple of boxes - Buggie's stuffies, and our unnecessary shoes. We donated some things to an area daycare - outgrown disposable diapers, and some toddler food that contains soy - and picked up the diaper liners we'd purchased from Heather. And we made bread (which didn't turn out quite right, but is terribly tasty - just didn't rise enough, probably due to not having the correct yeast on hand). Oh, and we made up another batch of all-purpose cleaner/disinfectant and cleaned away the germs.

No one told me that Fuzzi Bunz run HUGE. Liam is a size L in all the diapers we own, and should be L in Fuzzi Bunz too, based on their weight chart. But we just got the 2 we'd ordered, and they're too big on him. So I guess we'll need to track down some M's at some point soon, if we're going to start trying those for night-time diapering. (He has another diaper rash, too, and I think it's from using disposables for bedtime. His skin is super-sensitive.)

Paperwork mess is all done, re: house, which means our closing date should, in fact, be 7/31. This likely means we'll be doing the actual move (with truck and all) on August 8th, pending an e-mail back from friends whose son's bday party may be that weekend too. LOCALS: Anyone who is willing and able to help us move that day, please let Oliver or me know ASAP. Thanks!
dmsj: (run)
( Jun. 10th, 2009 06:22 pm)
Been busy. Last week was "hell week," and my concert. The day of the concert, we had a member pass away after a week-long stay in the ICU due to alcohol poisoning. Her memorial service was last night, and was a beautiful tribute to someone I can only wish I'd had more time to get to know.

Next Tuesday is the postponed (due to the above mentioned memorial) chorus potluck, and Thursday I have a board meeting.

Weekends aren't much better. O & I are planning a date sometime this weekend (because we've barely seen each other lately, given all of the above). Next weekend we have a 2nd birthday party to go to, and the weekend after that we may be going to Ithaca. And if we /don't/ go to Ithaca, I have a baby shower to go to.


Somewhere in there, we're needing to do more packing and preparing for the move. Our inspection is (finally) scheduled for Friday afternoon, after which point we'll know whether or not our proposed closing date (July 31st) is going to stick.

Speaking of which, we're seeking locals to help us move, though we can't yet tell you what the date will be. If all goes according to plan, it will be either August 8th or 15th, but obviously that will depend on when we close.

Liam has decided to un-wean. We'd been nursing just once, usually a couple hours after he went to bed. Now we're back to 2-3 times per day. Heh.

OTOH, he's night-weaned now, so I can't exactly complain about this.

Stalled out on exercise/diet progress (also due to the above mentioned busyness), but am trying to get back on track. O is wanting to do the same, so hopefully we'll both see some results.

Dinner time! Away I go!


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