dmsj: (hellonurse)
( May. 24th, 2011 04:43 pm)
And a killer sinus infection. No wonder I've been so miserable!
dmsj: (run)
( Feb. 11th, 2010 02:23 pm)
We're still carless. The theory was that it was probably the serpentine belt. It was... and also the two parts next to it. So instead of a $35 easy-fix, it's a $300+ complicated fix that requires parts no one in town has. Remind me not to buy another Subaru/other foreign car next time around. :P Earliest it'll be ready is tomorrow, if they can get the parts by then.

In the meantime, though I'm honestly not missing it very much. I am absolutely WIPED out today. All the recent stress has caught up to me in the form of a head-cold and major ass-kicking fatigue. On the plus side, I've gotten a lot of job-hunting done (thanks mostly to Oliver, who's helped me find most of the things to which I've applied, and helped me to optimize my job search engines).

I did have to cancel my doctor's appointment, which is annoying. And I'd really like to be able to get to the library for some new DVDs (both for us and for Liam), but today I'm pretty content to just sit on the couch and use my computer or read.

If the car is gone all weekend, though, I expect I'll change my tune. :P
dmsj: (hellonurse)
( Nov. 16th, 2009 07:41 pm)
Does anyone have a good remedy for antibiotic-induced diarrhea in a toddler? Filling him up with yogurt a couple times a day for the probiotics is not doing the trick. Not even close, in fact.
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.
I am very pleased with the amount I/we got done around the house today. I usually save housecleaning for the weekends, figuring it makes more sense to do out-of-the-house things during the week when other folks are working and therefore things are less crowded, but I guess I just felt like it today. I swept and mopped the floors, O cleaned the bathroom countertop, I did laundry. Plus I went to the gym (20 mins. of elliptical) and we got groceries. So yeah, definitely a good, productive day.

I'm feeling a little bit off right now, but I think it's migraine after-effects (yes, I did the majority of the above while fighting a migraine - but it didn't get super-bad until post-gym, thanks to hitting it earlier with the caffeine & Tylenol) and/or hormonal. I'm just kinda blah and very hyper-sensitive to stimuli (noise in particular - fun with a toddler). I'm trying not to focus on it and the negative thoughts (mostly frustration about the job hunt) it's brought with it. But then, that's the point of this exercise, right? To remember the positive in the face of the negative thoughts.
dmsj: (OMG!)
( Sep. 24th, 2009 12:40 pm)
Forgot yesterday's Daily Positivity (#6)!

That said, I suppose a lot of this covers it. Yesterday I was very thankful that L seemed to be feeling a lot better than the day before. I was also thankful for the extra snuggles that tend to come along with having a sick little boy.

(FYI, he's back on regular food as of today, and other than some congestion and occasional crankiness, you'd never know it'd ever happened.)

Will be back later with #7 - I prefer to do them at the end of the day, so I can take the opportunity to look back at the day as a whole.
Today ... was not great. Particularly because my Bug threw up hugely in the middle of the grocery store, scaring O and myself with the way he was gasping and choking. We took him to Convenient Care, though, and everything checks out. Here's hoping (PRAYING!) this was just a random occurrence and nothing at all akin to the Stomach Flu of Doom we all suffered in May 2008.

However, all that said... there is STILL positive to be found (in addition to the fact that things were no worse than they are, with regard to Bug's health). We all got our flu shots today (which is also a positive, considering the lack of insurance at the moment - though L is approved for Kid Care starting in October!), and my little trooper of a toddler did not even whimper when he was jabbed with the needle. He handled his shot better than I handled my own, in fact.

Also... I was feeling better enough today to make it to the gym for the first time since Saturday. So yeah, that's positive too!
dmsj: (balance)
( Sep. 18th, 2009 07:36 pm)
Inspired by Nisha:

Daily Positivity #1:
1. Post about something that made you happy today even if it's just a small thing.
2. Do this everyday for eight days without fail.
3. Tag eight (or as many as you want) of your friends to do the same.

(Note: I don't do tagging. Do it if you want, don't if you don't. I'm doing it because I need the regular reminders of goodnesses in my life, so I don't slip into focusing on the negatives. YMMV.)

Today's positivity is that I managed to drag my butt to the gym and onto the elliptical for my usual 20-minute workout, despite feeling all blah and flumpy all morning. In fact, I've been generally doing pretty well for gym-things, and I'm pretty pleased with that.
Wow am I tired. I hadn't been sleeping well for several nights in a row, but that's been better for the last two nights. Even still, I woke up this morning feeling like I could just roll over, close my eyes, and sleep for another several hours (and it was 9:00 at this point!). And actually, I'm the only one of the three of us who did sleep reasonably well last night. As such, it's a pretty low-key morning around here. Liam's watching an extra helping of Sesame Street this morning, while O and I hang out at our computers. We've both found a number of jobs to apply to today, though. Keep your fingers crossed for us, as we've each found at least one that is absolutely PERFECT.

Next weekend we're going to Gainesville. There's an info session for the MBA program at University of Florida. I'm going to go to that, and we'll visit with our friends who live up there. And their new baby girl!

Alright, off to deal with a StinkBug.
Things are definitely better today. I'm less sick and miserable, we took a walk in the park (and let L run around on the playground) this morning, and then I got to talk to my mom, Gramma, and two aunts all at once by pure chance.

I know this is going to be a difficult transition, and there are going to be down points. But in the end, it's all going to work out. It always does.

At this point, we're both very much hoping we can make it work to stay here in FL. It's just easier than trying to relocate out of state /again/ and go up to NC. It means we can go ahead and renew licenses here, get FL plates on the car, etc. Not to mention, it means not taking all the stuff we drove down here with on another out-of-state drive! While I do like the idea of NC's slightly milder weather, and its potential in the IT field, etc. ... convenience wins. Again, assuming we can make it work (read: find job(s)).

I am, however, having some hesitation about the MBA idea, but I don't know how much of that is apprehension just due to the enormity of it, and how much is real doubt. In the immediate future, my plan is to go ahead and prepare for starting a program in 2010 - including taking some business classes wherever/whenever I can (going to look at MCC's online options today, seeing as they already have all of my information in their system from when I was a student there before), and beginning preparations for taking the GMAT. I'm sure that as I go about the process, I will be better able to sort out my feelings about it.

Time to finish my lunch and nap a Bug. Hope everyone is well! Drop me a line. I miss you all!
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: (catnap)
( Jun. 8th, 2009 08:46 am)
One side of my brain says:

It was a long, tiring week last week. L & O have both had colds, and I've had a few symptoms. I stayed up too late last night reading and playing games on my phone (because O slept on the couch since he was stuffy-nosed, and I hadn't had any time for that this week). I'm tired and I want to just spend the day vegging and snuggling/playing with my cute little boy.

The other side says:

I'm moving in about a month and a half. My house is a disaster because of last week's chaos. I did almost nothing all day yesterday because I was tired /then/, and was spending time cuddling with O. The dining room needs vacuuming, the kitchen and bathroom need cleaning, the stairs and hallway need to be Swiffered. I haven't walked since Friday, either.

Bah, stupid guilt. :P
dmsj: (rain)
( May. 27th, 2009 09:22 am)
I managed to drive myself to and from rehearsal last night (though 2 of my section-mates yelled at me for it; I wouldn't have done it if I didn't feel totally confident that I'd be okay), and I didn't have any trouble standing throughout the rehearsal either. I did sit down once or twice, but it was more preventative than necessity.

This morning I'm feeling a LOT more lucid than I have in several days. I've only had one wave of dizziness at all, and it was milder than I've had in the past. My theory is that this is allergy/sinus-related, and now that I'm back on the Flonase (the last time this happened - though it wasn't as severe - they put me on Flonase to help clear things up), things are improving.

I may, however, keep my appointment for tomorrow anyway. I can still talk to her about the weight issues I'm having.

... and I just had another wave of the dizzies, so it's probably best to talk to her anyway.

I /do/ feel better enough that I'd consider going out for a walk if there weren't a 70-80% chance of rain today. (Which could also explain the improvement in my condition, if I weren't one of those unfortunate types for whom rain makes allergies /worse/.)

In any case, there is a mountain of laundry (which will have to go in the dryer, since I can't hang it outside, bah!) and a sweet Buggie which both need my attention. Bye, all!
dmsj: (balance)
( May. 26th, 2009 05:36 pm)
It seems worst in the mornings. It's been hours at this point since I've had an attack, but this morning was the worst it's been yet. I feel better enough right now that I'd consider driving myself to chorus... but it's probably safest not to, just in case.
dmsj: (me)
( May. 26th, 2009 11:22 am)

On Friday at L's storytime, I started having random dizzy spells. I also had a random (they're usually cyclical migraines; this one was out of phase and less severe) headache that afternoon. The dizzies have continued ever since, making it impossible for me to drive to Massena or back over the weekend. I've made an appointment with my doctor for Thursday morning. In the meantime, I did a little research, and it sounds like it /could/ just be BPPV. But given that I have a family history of high blood pressure and diabetes (though my own personal history has been fine on both counts), I figure it's worth finding out for sure.


We were in Massena from Saturday evening through Monday morning, visiting my dad. We left after lunch on Saturday so it would be close to naptime for Buggie. Got there around 6:something that evening and had a little time to spend with him before bedtime. Spent Sunday with him as well, and had a cookout with the family (my aunt and her boyfriend, one of my cousins and her husband and son). Got to eat Dairy Queen ice cream and Glazier hot dogs. L was very well-behaved (and energetic, OMG!) and charmed everyone, as he always does. :)

O and my dad went out together to play pool while L and I went back to the hotel room for L's nap. I can't even begin to tell you how much this means to me, that they are comfortable enough together to spend time without me. Even on a weekend when the Mets (my Dad's team) were playing the Red Sox (O's team, if he were to actually care about baseball).

And seeing my dad with his grandson? I don't have words for that, either. Pictures will have to suffice. (The older pics at that link were from a few days last week, but most of them are from the weekend.) Oh, and he was QUITE pleased with the Mets shirt I'd picked up at consignment for L. :)

* L is a total book addict. He is constantly bringing us books to read to him. Unfortunately our downstairs book supply (the board books) gets very repetitive very quickly.

* I will be hopefully meeting someone this week to discuss employment possibilities with her local cloth diaper store.

* Tonight is my last non-dress rehearsal for this season of chorus. Next week we have dress rehearsals at the actual performance center, Tuesday and Thursday. I'm also thinking about not singing next season, but it depends on a number of factors. And even if I drop out for the season, I'll stay with my committees and the board.

Hopefully I can get to tonight's rehearsal, as I'm not sure I dare drive myself there.

* I also have two small-business (one website, one other) ideas floating around in my head that I need to figure out details for.

* I'm frustrated because I was doing really well with my new exercise initiative, and then I went away for 3 days, and am now unable to do much without making myself dizzy. I MAY be able to do some stepping on the Wii Fit, but my ST and yoga options are pretty much nil, and I don't dare go for a walk outside the house at all. :/

* My in-laws might host Christmas in FL this year. That would be pretty nifty, if a bit weird.

* Off to get things ready for naptime!
dmsj: (mommying)
( May. 4th, 2009 09:22 am)
It's supposed to be 60s and sunny today, but I'm not sure if I can get out for a walk or not because Liam is still so very sneezy/snotty. If I do get out, I'll have to take a zillion tissues (and Purell) with me. But I'm not sure how he'll do during a walk. Most of the morning, he's been very clingy and sad. Right now he's watching PBS, and drinking diluted orange juice. He did just walk over to me and give me a big toothy grin, so maybe he'd be alright for a walk after all.

There are also no playgroup meetups that work for us this week, at all. I hadn't realized it until too late, but the trip to the zoo that I wanted to join in on is today. And I didn't keep the car. Plus, playgroup + sick kiddo doesn't seem like a good idea anyway. I think we'll even have to miss story time this week, since it's right in the middle of Oliver's citizenship thingie. :(

I do, however, want to get out consignment shopping sometime this week. I guess the plus side to not having any playgroup plans is that my schedule is more flexible as to which days I keep the car. (And this is why we wanted a 2nd car... but is that really a /need/? Not yet.)

Also feeling rather frustrated about the job search. Yes, I am being somewhat picky, and that doesn't help - particularly in this economy. OTOH, I would be just as frustrated and "trapped"-feeling if I took a job that /isn't/ what I'm actually looking for. So I just have to press on, keep looking, and keep a positive outlook that the right job will show up eventually.


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