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!
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: (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!
In my last post, I was talking about my issues with food, and bad habits. I got some good feedback, including a mention of a weight-loss support group that a friend's mother used very successfully a few years back. I'm thinking of e-mailing the local contact person and see if there's a group that will work for me.

In the meantime, I am trying to do what I can on my own by being more mindful of what I'm putting in my mouth. I don't want to count calories or points or whatever because that just makes me stress out about what I'm eating. (One of the downsides to having an obsessive personality.) But that doesn't mean I can just shove whatever I want into my mouth without a thought, either.

Right now, I'm feeling a lot more focussed and mindful about my eating choices. Today, I have managed not to eat when I wasn't hungry, not to pick up my son's scraps and eat them out of habit. I haven't eaten without giving serious /thought/ to it.

I won't promise that this is going to be enough, but the admission to Oliver and then to you all has made me more aware and more thoughtful about the this. Hopefully that, plus the extra push I've given myself with exercise (which I only started a week ago, so I do need to be a little bit patient). And I think that joining the group might help me to /stay/ focussed and mindful. Which is what I really need, I think.
dmsj: (mommying)
( May. 11th, 2009 12:51 pm)
Happy belated Mother's Day, first of all!

Mine was lovely. I received a new camera to replace the one that spontaneously died a few months back. I am absolutely in love with it.

Saturday, I spent the afternoon shopping with Mom, while Oliver took Liam back to our motel room for naptime. Liam made out like a bandit this weekend - 4 t-shirts (including a Mets shirt to dress him in when we go visit my dad!), a plaid button-down, 2 sets of PJs, and a pair of pants. Oliver got a few coins to add to his collection. And I got a pair of shoes (but mine are brown).

Sunday, we went to my aunt, uncle & Gramma's house for the day. Good family day - had lunch, chased Liam around, played a game during his nap, took some pictures, and headed back home. Got home much later than anticipated, but Liam was still in bed almost on time.

I really need to get back on the wagon in terms of diet and exercise. I haven't dared step on the scale or do a Body Test in a few weeks now, but this weekend was especially bad. We went out to dinner Friday night to celebrate O's citizenship. Then we were away over the weekend, so there were two more meals out on Saturday, and my aunt bought pie & ice cream for Sunday's dessert. Three different servings of ice cream in a 3 day period. Bad me. :P

Exercise-wise, I've just been lacking motivation. Part of it, I think, is that I'm bored with the Wii Fit exercises I was doing for tummy/arm stuff. But also it's just a matter of laziness and tiredness. If I don't sleep well for a few days, I have a hard time convincing myself to get off my butt and DO something. Especially if I wait until later in the day.

So I'm going to start walking every day that is feasible, and doing it in the morning around 9 or 10 - late enough that breakfast has digested, early enough to be back in time for Liam's lunch. Morning walks really help my energy levels for the whole rest of the day, so I just need to DO it. As for tummy/arm exercises, meh. I dunno what I want to do about that, but I'm definitely sick of being so floppy. And I know I've no one/nothing to blame but myself.

Job interview is Thursday. I found out this morning that the pay grade for that level of job is between $9.50 to $11.50ish as a starting wage. If they're willing to hire me towards the higher level, I will probably take it. If it's towards the bottom, I won't. It wouldn't even make any sense, once you factor in paying for child care. I put on my application, though, that I was looking for at least $12-15, so if they aren't willing to at least come close to that, I'll sort of wonder why they called me in the first place.

New batches of pictures on the family photo site. :)


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