What I Learned This Week

My family is smack dab in the thick of baseball and track season. That basically translates to very few free evenings and dinner on the go.

But, I’m trying to keep in mind that this is Stevie’s last spring season of Little League and some day we will miss times like these.

Which probably explains how I absolutely forgot about What I Learned This Week last week.

Yes, you read that right. I completely forgot about the blog last week.

 

Here’s all the other things I learned this week.

1. It might take a good two weeks, but eventually a Yorkie will be back to his old self after being neutered.

2. Likewise, it will take two good weeks for a twelve-year old to get the hang of putting a contact in his eye.

3. There comes a time in every Yorkie’s life when they can no longer be given stuffed toys because in two minutes flat, they will completely mutilate them.

4.  American Idol isn’t nearly as interesting as it used to be. Dancing With The Stars, however, is.

5. After doing this for five years, there is no reason I should ever be at the ball field after sundown without a sweatshirt.

6. Track meets aren’t nearly as exciting as a baseball game.

7. Big League Dug Out gum is my new favorite gum.

8. If baseball pants look like they would be too big for your kid, chances are you just aren’t ready to come to terms with the fact that they are much taller than you remember.

9. The Young And The Restless is straight-up crazy right now. Lots of mysteries. Lots of crazy.

10. Stevie has an overdue library book and it’s titled Mini weapons of mass destruction. It features things like spit wads and rubber band weapons.

That’s what I learned this week.

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What I Learned This Week

It has been a rough week up in here.  Our family lost a close friend last week and it has been devastating. It taught me not to take one single minute for granted.

Here’s what else I learned this week.

1. Getting your sweet Yorkie “fixed” is more serious than I expected it to be.

2. Holding a warm compress on your Yorkie three times each day for twenty minutes is *almost* impossible.

3. Life is short. Tell people how much they mean to you.

4. Track & Field is not the best sport for someone who doesn’t like to sit in extreme cold or extreme heat for any amount of time.

5. Track & Field meets last FOREVER.

6. My favorite part of Spring Break is NOT SETTING AN ALARM CLOCK. Hallelujah and Amen.

7. Hawaiian Delight Cake is the bomb. [Stay tuned for the recipe.]

8. When the temperature rises to 55 degrees after blustering temps, you should totally take the time to get gas because there is a really good possibility that it will be below thirty the rest of the week.

9. When one of your best buds finds out she’s having a baby girl after having three boys, you will be extremely excited.

That’s what I learned this week.

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What I Learned This Week

Ok, so, here’s the thing. For starters, it has warmed up substantially. Next, Baseball practices are still miserable because even though 54 degrees is much warmer than SIX, it is still too cold, in my humble opinion to be stuck standing outside watching my boys practice. And lastly, I won’t be happy until the temperature stays around the 80 degree mark.

Here’s what else I learned this week.

1. When in Sephora, you should use care around the cosmetic displays, otherwise, you may end up with bright – AND I MEAN BRIGHT – pink lipstick covering your middle finger and wedding ring, with no earthly idea how it got there.

2. When your middle finger and wedding ring is covered in bright – AND A I MEAN BRIGHT – pink lipstick, the fella working at Reeds Jewelers will ask you if you’ve been painting when you stop in to ask if they’d mind cleaning your wedding ring.

3. For the life of me, I can’t figure out who, in their right mind, would wear bright – AND I MEAN BRIGHT – pink lipstick.

4. Sephora is a bit overwhelming to me.

5.  Since he now mutilates them, Bentley can no longer “play” with stuffed toys.

6. The blender drives Bentley just as crazy as the vacuum cleaner does.

7. Skechers yoga mat flip-flops aren’t as comfortable as the Croc ones I’ve been wearing for the past two years.

8. American Idol isn’t nearly as exciting this season. I’m thinking the novelty has worn off for me.

9. If you enjoy criminal, incarceration-type shows, you should totally watch Orange Is The New Black on Netflix.

10. It is difficult for a twelve-year old to get the hang of putting in and taking out contact lenses, especially one who has extremely LONG eye-lashes.

11. Apparently, nine-year olds are too cool to hunt Easter eggs at the church Easter egg hunt.

12. I wish I could s-l-o-w this growing-up thing down.

13. Alex enjoys watching Leave It To Beaver!!!!

14. Netflix is pretty cool.

That’s what I learned this week.

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What I Learned This Week

I am pleased to report that the snow is gone. Hopefully, we are finished with that mess. Unfortunately, the plague has hit the household. Alex is currently down for the count. I’m praying it passes quickly and without claiming any other victims.

I’m currently bonding with the newest cast of Dancing With The Stars. I’m rooting for Nastia Lukin and of course, Val Chmerkovskiy.  You know me. I always root for the Chmerkovskiy boys.

Since it was almost 80 degrees out today, I am hoping McDaddy gets the little red car out of storage this week.

But, onto what I learned this week.

1. When McDaddy randomly says, “Yankee should make a candle called, Old Flame” it will make me giggle for days.

2. Derek Hough choreographed a portion of White & Davis’ short program at the Olympics.

3. Books of the Bible are accelerated reading points.

4. A revolver keeps the shell casing in the chamber after firing.

5. If you’re looking for an award winning cake – my Daddy’s Fresh Apple Cake recipe is your best bet.

6. A fly-swatter is a good discipline technique for a Yorkie.

7. Even if your Tiffany & Co. bracelet is lost in the seat sliding mechanism in your Jeep for months, and it gets scratched, bent, dull and broken, the fine jewelers at Tiffany & Co. can restore it to its original, beautiful, shiny condition.

8. The pygmy three-toed sloth is an ugly animal.

9. Bath & Body has some fabulous soap scents out right now.

10. I need to clear some a bunch of pics off of my iPhone.

11. Kohls is still my favorite place to shop.

12. It is fun to try something new at a restaurant once in awhile.

13. The Otter Box is no doubt, a filthy germ-infested surface.

14. It is possible to keep your kitchen counters free of debris! Especially with this!

 

15. My menu board is one of the best changes I’ve made this year in an effort to be more organized!

That’s what I learned this week.

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What I Learned This Week

I am so thankful to report that the crazy head issue I had going on last week finally cleared up on Saturday. My head is back to normal, which really means instead of the feeling that my head is swimming, it is really just running a million miles a minute. And, in case you were wondering, a clear head running a million miles a minute is ALWAYS better than a swimming head running a million miles a minute.

I have learned a great deal this week, but unfortunately, most of it isn’t bloggable (is that a word?) because it isn’t my information to share. I plan to share it eventually, but it’ll have to wait a few weeks, maybe months.

Let’s talk about some things that are bloggable, shall we?

Here’s what I learned this week.

1. A determined (or bored) Yorkshire terrier is totally capable of chewing plum through a leash.

2. A determined (or bored) Yorkshire terrier is totally capable of totally demolishing a dog bed.

3. A determined (or bored) Yorkshire terrier is an aggravation.

4. It’s a good thing my determined, bored Yorkshire terrier has a cute face.

5. If you purchase a Christmas DVD for the Elf On The Shelf to present to the kids and you convince yourself – two days later – that it must have been left out of the bag at the Mart of Walls, you should probably check the cookbook basket on top of the fridge.

6. When you find a Christmas DVD in the cookbook basket on top of the fridge in the month of March, you will hit yourself on the forehead and call yourself a dork.

7. ABC News interrupted regular scheduled programming to announce the reintroduction of Coke Classis in 1985.

8. 4/4, 6/6, 8/8, 10/10 and 12/12 always fall on the same day of the week (Doomsday) in any year. This year’s doomsdays are all on Saturdays.

9. 12/12 is Stevie’s birthday.

10. 5/9, 9/5, 7/11 and 11/7 also fall on Doomsday.

11. I am fascinated by #8 and #10.

12. Our fridge is making some kind of crazy noise.

That’s what I learned this week.

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What I Learned This Week

My head has been swimming all day. I’m not sure if it’s a side effect from the methotrexate or some sort of virus, but it is making me crazy. In fact, I’ve wondered several times if its all in my head. It is hard to put into words, but basically, my head feels queasy, like maybe my head is swimming. People have all kinds of things going on, things a lot worse than what I have going on… but, man, I would love to just feel normal, again.

Here’s what I learned this week.

1. General Malaise is a common side effect of methotrexate.

2. Malaise is a a generalized feeling of discomfort, illness, or lack of well-being.

3. Guess what? I am definitely suffering from malaise.

4. It is possible for Bentley to bite and chew all the way through his leash.

5. How To Get Away With Murder leaves you on the edge of your seat.

6. If you’re not watching “How To Get Away With Murder,” you should be.

7. The leashes sold at Dollar General are about 24-inches long.

8. A 24- inch leash is ridiculous.

9. The more I type, the dizzier I get.

That’s what I learned this week.

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What I Learned This Week

It’s been a relaxing week around here.

The boys were out of school all of last week thanks to Snowmegedden 2015.

I hesitate to complain because we barely got any snow during the months of December and January, but DANG. Give it a break, Mother Nature.

I thought I was going stir-friggin-crazy.

It is supposed to be one degree at drop-off time in the morning. You can’t even imagine what kind of person I become when the thermometer reads ONE.

In fact, it makes me cantankerous even typing such nonsense. Let me just get on with what I learned this week.

1. When mashing potatoes on the kitchen counter, it is wise to move the fresh chocolate chip cookies away from the potatoes. Unless of course, you are fond of chocolate chip cookies covered in mashed potatoes.

2. I never realized growing up that the Golden Girls was so inappropriate for children.

3. Unfortunately, my boys watched an episode of Golden Girls and laughed silly. It’s sad that there are so many sexual references in that show, because it is really funny.

4. According to the cashier in our local grocery store, I look old enough to be a grandma.

5. The newest cast of Dancing With The Stars will be announced today!!!

6. Bathing Bentley in Pantene shampoo makes him smell much better than the raspberry puppy shampoo I purchased at PetSmart.

7. Bathing Bentley in Pantene shampoo makes me wish I could bathe him daily because it also makes his fur so soft.

8. I think we have more iPhone cables in this house that don’t work than ones that do.

9. It will take me a sweet forever to decide on monogramming for oh snap pockets (31 Gifts) intended to declutter my kitchen counter.

10. Muck Boots are wonderful for snowy, icy conditions.

That’s what I learned this week.

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What I Learned This Week – Pepperoni Rolls

I learned something very important this week. I learned  that I will never again buy pepperoni rolls from anyone because I can make better ones.

I’ve purchased pepperoni rolls recently as a fund-raiser. They were hard and nasty.  On several occasions, I’ve purchased pepperoni rolls at the grocery store and every single time, I am sorry that I purchased them.

In another words, my pepperoni rolls are the bomb dot com.

I have both made friends and influenced people with my pepperoni rolls. Last week, while sharing my menu board on Facebook, several people asked me for me pepperoni roll “recipe.” I thought I’d share it here with all eight of you, too.

Here’s how to make the Bomb dot com pepperoni rolls.

First, you’ll need these ingredients:

 

1. First, you’ll need to follow the directions on the back of the frozen rolls. Basically, spray a muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray. Place rolls in the muffin pans and cover the pans with saran wrap that has been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray so that the wrap doesn’t stick to the rolls.

2. Let the rolls raise 3-5 hours.

They will swell like ankles during pregnancy. Don’t panic. This is normal.

3. You can flatten the rolls in either of two ways. You can do it the fancy way and use a rolling pin, or save time and frustration and use your hands. Just know that you’ll have to pull it carefully so as not to put a hole in the roll or else all of your goodies will ooze out during baking.

4. Once you flatten the roll out, place 4-5 pieces of pepperoni and a pile of mozzarella cheese on it.

 

5. Fold each corner toward the middle, making sure you close the roll completely.

6. Bake pepperoni rolls for 12-15 minutes at 350 degrees.

Best when served WARM.

 

Here’s what I learned this week.

That’s what I learned this week.

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What I Learned This Week

Well, I am two weeks into the Methotrexate and so far, I haven’t experienced any noticeable side effects. I am so thankful for that. I appreciate your prayers.

Here’s what I learned this week.

1. Jim Carrey’s middle name is Eugene.

2. Shopping in Lowes is dangerous.

3. When the knobs on a jewelry armoire become loose and spin (and the drawers are lined, hiding the screw head), you may not have any luck removing or replacing them.

4. Bentley is more cooperative with me brushing him late in the evening.

5. Washing a 31 small zipper pouch will make it look brand new.

6. Same with a Vera Bradley purse.

7. When you fail to find your favorite off-brand silvery eye liner at several drug stores, Amazon is a great place to look.

8. The new Investigation Discovery channel on our cable lineup has kept me entertained for the past two weeks.

9. It feels good to finish up a three month project.

10. Having a menu board on the wall in our dining room has changed my opinion on dinner times.

11. I cannot stand sleeping with socks on.

12. It is difficult to get rid of the nasty chest congestion goop.

13. I am not completely convinced that deploying iPads to every student in our county is the best idea.

14. Walmart really does have the cheapest prices in our area.

That’s what I learned this week.

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What I Learned This Week – A Tough Pill To Swallow

Since last March, I’ve been complaining about crazy ear pain that starts off as soreness and progresses into a flaming red, hot, throbbing, painful ache that has been known to drive me to tears. When it happened for the first time (March, 2013), I was sure I had a small cut in my ear that had become infected. I should have known that nothing in my life is ever that simple. It became obvious after three rounds of antibiotics (and no relief!) that this was anything other than a simple infection. After a month of constant, nagging pain and a bottle of ibuprofen later, it was gone.

Three months later, it was back.

And three months after that, it was back again.

As it turns out, I am one of the lucky ones. Most people who share this diagnosis suffer for several years before it is diagnosed. Mostly because the disease is so rare, Doctors are not familiar enough with it to actually make the diagnosis, but also because it presents as an infection. I first heard the words relapsing Polychondritis back in August, but was just definitively diagnosed this past week after a CT Scan, blood work, two biopsies, an oncology consultation, three different ENT appointments, and lots of prayer. Relapsing Polychondritis is an auto immune disease which means the immune system attacks healthy cells in the body by mistake.

This disease effects 3 to 4 people in one million.

I guess you could say I hit the relapsing Polychondritis lottery.

There is no sure for this disease and the best medication to treat the flares is prednisone. If you know anything about prednisone, you know it is not a long term answer for an incurable disease. The Rhumetologist (whom I really like!) suggested that I start on Methotrexate. McDaddy and I have done extensive research on the medication and formulated a list of questions to discuss with the Doctor.

Ten months after the onset, I feel like I may be on the right road. I started taking Methotrexate this week. In fact, I took it yesterday. Because the medicine has serious, life-threatening side effects, it is only taken once a week. While I am only taking four pills per week now, I will eventually work up to eight pills per week. Though the pills are small, they are fierce. This medicine is typically given to cancer patients and those suffering with psoriasis and rheumatoid arthritis.

There is a list of side effects a mile long. Some of those include, mouth ulcers, liver damage, hair loss, extreme fatigue and dizziness. All I can do is pray that the Lord will protect me from all of the horrible effects I read about. I had a dream night before last that I was holding my hair – all of it – in my hands after taking the medicine.

I realize that losing my hair wouldn’t be the worst thing that could happen, still it’s a tough pill to swallow. The hope is that the medicine reduces the flares which will in turn reduce the amount of damage to my ears, nose, trachea, heart valves, eyes and joints.

As the four little yellow pills made their way down my esophagus yesterday morning, I prayed for the Lord’s protection and guidance as McDaddy and I continue to navigate this medical condition. I’d appreciate your prayers too.

That’s what I learned this week.

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