What I Learned This Week

Each week, I come here and tell you all about my plans to get back to a regular bloggy regimen and each week, I discover that I have failed, yet again.

So, the first thing I learned this week is that I need to stick to my word and get back to dishing out my daily dose of crazy here on the blog. So much crazy has happened, I’ve got enough crazy to fill the pages of this blog for months.

All I need, really, is time.

Here’s the short list of other things I’ve learned this week.

1. If you have a broken bone, they now make a camo cast.

2. When it was released in the 80’s, Dirty Dancing was a low budget film with major stars, but it became a huge success and the first film to sell more than a million copies on home video.

3. Steel cut oats are straight up nasty.

4. Hydrocodone is the single most prescribed drug in the world.

5. Having your carpets professionally cleaned will make your house smell so good.

6. Professional carpet cleaners can make your upholstered dining room chairs look brand new.

7. There are very specific lift points under the Saturn Sky. If the mechanic isn’t paying attention, he can crack the underside of the SKY body.

8. Bath & Body Malibu sunset smells wonderful.

9. The SMART car comes in a convertible.

10. In my opinion, the ice bucket challenge, the cold water challenge and all the other challenges on Facebook are goofy. Instead of participating in all that nonsense, how about just donating to the cause.

That’s what I learned this week.

Now, what did YOU learn?

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What I Learned This Week

Well, we all survived the first day of school.

When asked if he had a good day, Alex replied, “You better believe it! It’s going to be a great year!”

After picking Stevie up, and asking him the same question, his response was, “Yes, the day just flew by!”

So, I’d call that a successful day.

But, here’s what you’ve been anxiously waiting to here….. Here’s what I learned this week.

1. When you don’t want to wrestle a queen size bed ruffle, use a fitted sheet over the box springs instead.

(Thanks for that little tidbit, Jean!)

2. Five Guys serves up a great burger.

3. The SKY is even more fun to drive after not driving it for weeks.

4. My very favoritist pair of black capris are in the trash thanks to a hole in the thigh area. [May they rest in peace.]

5. I never thought it would be a big deal to miss out on an entire week of The Young and The Restless. Apparently, I was wrong.

6. Y’all. Shemar Moore is going to be back on Y&R for two days in September. SQUEAL!

7. Power washing a wooden porch (after more than 10 years) will make it look entirely different.

8. Colorful Sharpies make me so happy.

9. You can actually purchase positive pregnancy tests on eBay. Or, if you live in Charleston, WV the local Facebook yard sale site has them for $10.

[What the heck is wrong with people?]

10. The reason our ceiling fan remote rarely ever controls both fans properly is because we were really supposed to have two remotes, one for each fan. I only learned this today, after ten L-O-N-G years of wondering why the remote didn’t work correctly.

That’s what I learned this week.

Now, what did YOU learn?

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To My Sweet Boys

Dear Stevie,

Tomorrow, you will begin an incredible journey – Middle School. I know you are nervous because you are always nervous the night before school starts. Sweet boy, you are so incredibly bright, I know that you will do just fine in 6th grade.

SIXTH GRADE?

How is that possible?

It seems like just yesterday I was cuddling your eight-pound body and trying to figure out how I helped to make such a perfect little being.

And just days ago, you spiked your hair before your first Middle School Cross Country practice.

Son, these next few years will be ones you will never forget. You will hear things and see things that you are not used to hearing and seeing. You will encounter a lot of crazy. Please know that you can always come to me with any questions you might have. And believe me, there WILL be questions.

As you start down this Middle School path, I pray that you keep Jesus close to your heart. He cares about every detail of your life and will always lead you in the right direction.

You are a kind, compassionate child and I pray that you have a great year in Middle School.

Align yourself with good kids. Love like Jesus. And always do the right thing, even when no one is watching.

I love you sweet boy!

Mom

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Dear Alex,

It is the night before your first day of third grade. You are most looking forward to wearing your new Adidas Spring Blades tennis shoes. I love that shoes make you so happy. Tomorrow, you will meet a teacher that you have never met before. I hope that your new teacher enjoys your bright personality as much as we do. I have a feeling you will shine brightly in third grade.

You were kinda bummed to learn that none of your good buddies are in your class. Well, guess what? You will make new buddies. Buddies that will enjoy running around the playground with you and buddies that you will no doubt want to invite over for playdates. I have never been big on change, but thankfully, you are always ready to, in your words, to “make the best of it.”

I know that you will do wonderful in third grade. I know that because, you are great at anything you set your mind to. You work hard and you play hard. Thankfully, you still climb up on the couch beside me to cuddle.

I look forward to hearing all about the third grade. And your new friends. And your new teacher. And even, how much you loved wearing your new shoes. You are such a great kid and I am so glad that you are mine.

Remember – and you knew this was coming – always do the right thing, even when no one is watching.

Love, Mommy

 

 

What I Learned This Week

Y’all.

I just spent the past hour trying to figure out how to save a Facebook video to my iPhone.

The first thing I learned this week is that there IS an APP out there that will let you do just that. (As in, there’s an APP for that!)

The next thing I learned is that an APP that allows you to save a Facebook video to your iPhone is of no use if you aren’t smart enough to figure out how to actually use the APP.

If it weren’t so late, I’d call one of the teenagers from my church. I’m sure one of them could walk me through it.

Yesterday at church I videoed a quartet singing. Shortly after that, we left church a little early to attend McDaddy’s promotion ceremony. Then, I remembered that I also wanted to video the ceremony. Since the song video was almost five minutes in length, I was worried I wouldn’t have enough storage to also video the promotion ceremony, so I downloaded (or is it uploaded? I never know!) the song video to my Facebook and then deleted it from my phone. Now, one of the singers in quartet wants me to text him the video. And I’ve been scouring the internet for a way to save the video from my Facebook to my iPhone.

Did you follow all of that?

Do any of you out there in Blogville know how to do it? If so, please allow me to draw from your fountain of knowledge.

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

1. Target now has a refrigerated dog food section. [Insert eye roll here.]

2. The song “Radioactive” is quite possibly the dumbest song I’ve ever heard.

3. When you hear a stupid song in the iHop early in the AM, there is a good chance it will be stuck in your head all the live long day.

4. After his first Cross Country practice this evening, Stevie loves it.

5. Because of Cross Country, Stevie will probably not play fall ball this year.

Please join me in a moment of silence.

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Baseball has been such a huge part of our lives the past few years, it is hard to imagine our lives without it. Most of the parents of Stevie’s teammates are our closest friends and it makes me so sad to think we might not be a part of it this fall.

6. When having your nails air-brushed, you should make sure your phone is tucked securely away in your purse or pocket. Otherwise, you may have droplets of white spray paint on your phone that will aggravate the daylights out of you.

7. I am not ready for school to start back next week.

8. Alex did not get the third grade teacher I was hoping for. In fact, he got a new teacher that I’ve never met. This hasn’t been the case for either of my boys since Stevie started Kindergarten.

9. That fact makes me very uneasy.

10. The boys have more shirts than we have hangers.

11. I cannot fathom paying over $100. for a pair of tennis shoes for my eight-year old, but there are apparently lots of people out there doing it.

12. It is hard to concentrate on typing a What I Learned This Week post when I have two loads of laundry staring up at me.

13. Home Goods has some great deals on curtain panels.

14. Indoor water parks are awesome. No sunscreen. No crazy hot temperatures. COUNT. ME. IN.

15. I am not liking this mother of a Middle Schooler thing.

Seriously, at all.

That’s what I learned this week.

Now, what did YOU learn?

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An Officer And A Gentleman

Y’all.

It is Monday and here I am.

Summer is almost over and things are in full swing here on the home front.

I have so much to catch my loyal blog fans (all eight of you!) up on, because it has been one CRAZY summer up in here (have you heard that I gave up Coke?) I’ll give that a minute to sink in.

Yes, it’s true.

Once school starts, I intend on getting back into the bloggy groove and keeping things current here on the blog. But today’s news is pretty cool.

See this guy here?

He happens to be my husband.

And the Daddy to these two.

He is a responsible, loving and patient leader of our household.

And, he is a smart, humble and dedicated military officer.

He is the kind of person who does the right thing, even when no one is watching.

With the permission of his parents, he joined the West Virginia Air National Guard in 1991 and left for boot camp less than a week after we graduated. In 1999, he attended Squadron Officer School and was commissioned as an Officer. He’s made several stops along the way, but today? Today, I had the distinct pleasure (along with his Dad) of removing the Major rank that he has worn for seven years, and replace it with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

And I prayed the entire time that I wouldn’t drop the rank or the pin backs because EMBARASS!

I couldn’t be more proud of this man.

He makes life fun and exciting.

I love you, Lieutenant Colonel McDaddy!

What I Learned This Week

So, it’s Tuesday…

And if my recent past behavior is any indication, that also means it’s blog day. Once school starts back up in a few short weeks, I have made a personal promise to myself that I’m going to get back into the bloggy groove. It seems like my summer has been filled with pure busy and straight-up crazy, and the blog has suffered.

I’ve learned so, so much this week, but unfortunately, I’ve got an appointment with my bed and not nearly enough time to get it all recorded here, but soon, I promise.

Here’s what I learned this week.

1. There is a joker living in Oregon who recently purchased a $4,000. go-cart using our credit card information.

That’s what I learned this week.

Now, what did YOU learn?

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What I Learned This Week

Guess what time it is?

Yup, you guessed it!

It’s time for another wonderfully, educational edition of What I Learned This Week. Except, you may not learn anything of substance.

Look, all I know is that I’ve had a hard day.

I’m at the point in life where my parents are aging, and medical things are happening. And this week will likely be a tough one for my family. Would you pray for us, please? I don’t want to go into detail, because the details are not mine to share, but I’d sure appreciate your thoughts and prayers.

Here’s what I learned this week.

1.  The worst possible place to be on a 95-degree day is driving behind a trash truck.

2. Trypophobia is the fear of objects with irregular patterns of holes, such as beehives, ant hills and lotus seed heads.

3. If you are the least bit squeamish, you should not, under any circumstance google images for trypophobia.

4. I am not particularly picky about pizza, however, bacon on pizza is nasty.

5. Sitting on the front row during a movie is an aggravation. Especially when Channing Tatum is the star.

6. The dye that is injected into your body before a CT Scan will make you think you have peed all over yourself.

7. If you have an ear ache, and you are sure your eardrum is intact, you could pour a capful of peroxide into your ear, leave it for five minutes, then turn your head so that the peroxide runs out.

8. When a Doctor is operating on two women by the name of Betty, back-to-back, he should probably call the family by last name when coming out to talk to them, or he may tell the wrong family the wrong information.

That’s what I learned this week.

Now, what did YOU learn?

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A Pain In The Neck

I have been a slacker in the posting department.

Today, though?

I decided to bust out the laptop while watching Big Brother and catch you up on the goings on up in here.

1. For starters, my crazy medical drama is still in full swing and has become a great big pain in the neck.

Literally.

As you may recall, I had some serious medical drama involving my ear over the weekend.

After a visit to Med Express, a visit to the Emergency Room, a visit to an Ear Specialist, and a CT Scan, guess what?

The only thing I know for certain is that my ear is still hurting, the swollen lymph node behind my ear will have to biopsied if it doesn’t go down and after some stubborn veins in my arm and hand rolling, I have this beauty on my forearm where the nurse injected the dye for the CT Scan of my neck.

Thankfully, it isn’t nearly as painful as it looks.

2. Do you remember my sweet sister-in-law, Michelle? I sent her a text last weekend, asking if she’d be willing to make one of these for a window in our playroom.

Isn’t it fabulous?

Since our playroom is bright red and yellow, I asked Michelle to go heave on the red and light on the orange.

I found it on Pinterest and took a screen shot of it.

Am I the only one who takes random screen shots several times each day?

I can’t wait for her to finish it!

3. And speaking of random…. During VBS at our church, a friend of mine had a really cute, colorful, glass-bead bracelet on her wrist that she bought while visiting Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. I absolutely fell in love with it. This week, another friend of ours – who also loved it – went to Myrtle Beach. She searched out the little Guatemalan shop and texted me a picture of the one she picked out for me.

Isn’t it lovely?

4. I got so excited, I came home and ordered these

because I have not been able to find them at any of the local shops here in Charleston that carry the brand and also because they have sold out of several sizes since I last checked the website, and I couldn’t bear the thought of having that cute little bracelet without these flip-flops that I’m pretty sure will match the bracelet perfectly.

You may remember that I ordered their rhinestone counterpart just a month or so ago.

Clearly, it doesn’t take much to excite this ol’ girl.

5. I spent the evening looking at this,

All I could think about was McDaddy falling out of that tree.

Yes, that is McDaddy up in that tree.

And yes, I was a nervous friggin’ wreck.

I’d love to hear from you guys. What have you been up to these last few days?

What I Learned This Week

Well, I sat down here thinking I would post all about my latest medical drama, but then I remembered that it’s Monday, and that means it’s    time to post another wonderful edition of What I Learned This Week.

To make a long medical drama story short (the best way I know how) basically, my left ear starting showing itself again. It started last Tuesday when I noticed the outside of my ear (near my jaw) was tender. By Thursday, I had an all-out sore-to-the-touch ear. My ENT Doctor didn’t have any openings, so he called in an antibiotic for me, quite possibly because he remembered me and  my complicated ear history. By Saturday, I had a swollen lymph node underneath my ear.

I decided to leave church during worship hour to beat the church crowd to the Doc In The Box Med Express. As it turned out, that was a wise decision as there was only one other person there when I arrived. I was taken to an exam room almost immediately and I was surprised to find out my blood pressure was 97/70, because in my forty years on this earth, my blood pressure has never been that low.

The Doctor was none too happy with that blood pressure, but since I seemed fine, he went on with his business of attempting to find my ear trouble. He said my ear did not look infected and also that he didn’t see anything that would seem to cause the pain.

Dang.

I was hoping he’d take a quick look in there find the culprit, give me some meds and send me skipping happily ever after into the Land of the Crazy Ear. Instead, he decided that I might benefit from a crazy high-powered antibiotic injection. As I sat in the exam room waiting for the nurse to bring the shot, I broke out in a sweat and felt like the room was spinning. I am not the type of person who is easily weirded-out by blood or needles, so it wasn’t anything like that. When the nurse brought the shot in, she told me it needed to be injected into my hip, so I stood up, pulled the waistline of my pants down, and told her almost immediately that I felt as though I was going to pass out.

She asked if there was anyone she could call for me and as I made my way to lie down on the exam table, I told her that McDaddy was listed in my cell phone as ICE (In Case of Emergency). McDaddy was at Guard and was scheduled to fly to Texas in just two short hours. (The boys and I were packed and ready to join him on Tuesday (today). Thankfully, he was able to get there pretty quickly.

Of course after my near passing-out episode, the Med-Express Doctor was ready to shove me into an ambulance and off of his watch, but, McDaddy and I decided to just drive me there, instead.

And we did.

Unfortunately, the ER Doctor was not successful in diagnosing the ear pain either, but we did find out that my heart was healthy, and all blood work came back normal, except for an elevated white cell count.

So, five hours, two Doctors, and no doubt several hundred dollars later, I was right where I started.

With unexplained, undiagnosed ear pain in my left ear.

My ENT Doctor saw me today.

And, guess what?

He couldn’t diagnose the pain, either.

Instead, he gave me a TMJ referral and ordered a CT Scan of my neck.

So, I guess its safe to say I learned that ear pain is an aggravation.

Oh, and I also learned that the first 38 hours after giving up Coca-Cola classic cold turkey wasn’t so bad after all.

That’s what I learned this week.

Now, what did YOU learn?

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What I Learned This Week

I can’t believe it’s Tuesday again. Summer is passing me by a lot faster than I would like. Between all-star baseball, camps, lessons and Vacation Bible Schools, I’ve barely had time to breathe the past month.

Anyhoo, here’s what I learned this week.

1. I had forgotten how fun a parade is.

2. When your kids will be riding on the back of a horse-drawn carriage in a parade, it would probably be a good idea to remember their allergy medicine.

3. When buying ingredients for pepperoni rolls, always buy ONE MORE bag of cheese than what you think you’ll need.

4. My phone and otterbox could really use a good disassembling and cleaning.

5. A campfire is not such a great idea when it’s windy.

6. According to the lady that works at Cracker Barrel, using distilled water in the fountain that you purchased there will keep the water from molding in the base of it.

7. I am not good at watching my babies grow up. Yes, they will always be my babies.

8. Level 64 on Two Dots is an aggravation.

9. When, while walking out of the house you have the feeling that you’re “forgetting something,” chances are, you are.

10. A massaging dental chair makes a dental visit more enjoyable.

11. Ditto for a nice view of the river.

That’s what I learned this week.

Now, what did YOU learn?

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