Update August 31, 2019

Hi all! This week started out rough with a trip to the ER for my mom. She had a minor seizure in church, and her neurologist wanted us to get her Keppra (anti-seizure medication) blood levels checked. I drove her there, and we spent a few hours hanging in the ER. She was fine by the time we got there, of course.

My second week at work went great. I remembered pretty quickly how to do the job, and thus had a good first week of on-the-job training. I’m glad to be out of those orientations, they were really difficult for me to sit still in.

I’m also going to re-start trying to lose weight, both by counting calories and walking. I’ve decided this time to try a 1,700 calorie a day (average for a week) budget. Last week, I lost 14oz! (In theory.) And I downloaded the Walk to Mordor App on my phone, and will start logging my steps on my way to Mordor. 🙂 Right now, I am just stepping out of my door. I know I tried this earlier in the year, but if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again?


I didn’t get as much reading done as I would like, but I’ve decided to start my Labor Day Readathon already. I started Saturday night at 7:00pm (after work):

Saturday: 1 hour of Radium Girls

Sunday: (so far) 2.5 hours Radium Girls (finished), followed by Good Omens.

Update August 24, 2019

Hello all! Despite my claims that we would get a bunch of work done on M’s room last week, we did not. Aaron and I were sick. Now the painting will have to wait until the next time M is home on a weekend.

My reading was also a bust this week, but I started a new job in dialysis. That’s going as well as a first week goes. I’ve also been hanging on to those PCA jobs, as my clients are having difficulty replacing me. Hopefully they’ll both find someone soon! I can’t keep this up for long.

IL had his first week of daycare EVER. He seemed to handle it better than I.

That’s him at daycare. Taken by the teachers while I was gone and missing him. 🤣😂

Aaron, the kids, and baby have just landed in Oregon. I will miss them, as I couldn’t go on vacation this year. New jobs and vacation don’t mesh well. They will have fun, and I will get the house sparkling clean while they’re gone. Either that, or I’ll read a lot. 😁

Bryan from Still an Unfinished Person is having his own personal readathon this Sunday, and I was tempted to do the same. But maybe I’ll wait until Labor Day weekend, as I’ll have a better idea of how much I’ve accomplished in housework by then. Anyway, I’d like to be able to dedicate a whole day to it. Maybe I should make a goal of finishing Radium Girls and reading the entirety of Beloved, by Toni Morrison by Labor Day’s end? That’s a good goal.

PS: here’s my family on a trip without me:

And me, without them:

Update August 15, 2019


Hi all! This has been a hectic week. Due to some extreme naughtiness which will remain unnamed, we had to clean a very messy bedroom, throw out a bunch of contaminated toys, rip out the carpet and underpad, and scrub the walls. M picked out some new paint (red for the walls and green for the dresser) and some vinyl for the floors (no carpet for now). It will take about 5 weeks to schedule new floors, but we hope to paint the walls this coming weekend.

D spent several days at summer camp, and really enjoyed herself.



She really wants to go back next year. 🙂

She will be going to a backyard-in-a-tent overnight tonight with her girl scout troop.

As for reading, I’ve made some progress on Radium Girls and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

Update August 8, 2019

Real Life

Hey everyone! I bet you thought I wasn’t going to come back so quickly. This week has gone pretty well. Saturday, my friend Liz came over and she, Aaron, and I played Episode 1 of Earth Break. It is an escape-room-like puzzle that comes in 5 episodes. You order the set, and they send you one box of clues per month. Episode 1 was fun – there was a lot of detail in the world. However, the puzzle was rather easy to solve, and probably not worth $26. We’re hoping the rest of the puzzles get harder as the game progresses.

Sunday, my dad came over to sit with the kids while Aaron and I did some housework/yardwork. It was so nice to get stuff done. If he keeps doing that regularly, I may have more time for reading and blogging. 🙂 Even better, I paid M $3 to keep IL occupied on Monday while D an I got even more cleaning done. So much so, that if she asks to earn more cash through jobs today, I won’t have much to tell her to do. (There’s always her room.)

Wednesday I had an appointment with mom’s cardiologist. She’s in the position now where she should be on a blood thinner because of her atrial fibrillation (or she risks stroke), but she needs to be off blood thinners because of her amyloid angiopathy (or she risks brain bleed). So she’s going to get a procedure to put in a Watchman Device, which will stop risk of stroke due to atrial fibrillation. Yay for solutions.

D is high anxiety lately. 😐 Plus, she’s taking a writing class online right now, and I have had another opportunity to compare her writing to others her age. She is undoubtedly way behind. Despite what the teacher said last year about “she just needs to practice more” I still think she has dysgraphia. We worked so hard to advocate for an IEP and met so much resistance from the school last year. My new job has a free special education advocacy consultation, so I will call them up and see what kinds of help they can give.

I tried feeding IL a pickle, and he liked it:

And here’s a good one of M slaying a dragon:

I didn’t get any attractive pictures of D this week. But here’s one from May. She’s weeding with energy:

Currently Reading

I am trying to locate my copy of Beloved, by Toni Morrison.

Long Time No Update

So, it’s been a while. I’ve discovered that taking care of a now-mobile baby makes working on the computer very difficult. He pulls on the computer cord, wants to be held so he can slam his hand down on the keyboard, and is otherwise distracting. So, sorry for the long delay in posting.

And see? Now he’s crying. that’s the end of my update.

Alright, bottle in left hand, baby in lap, typing with right hand on phone. Back to update.

These are my most recent photos of IL (almost 8mo), D (9) and M (7). They are growing, no?

Over the past month, I have been applying to daytime jobs. I’m switching from my evening job. I’ll be putting IL in daycare and working days in order to get better benefits. It’s a lot of work researching jobs AND daycare at the same time! I got a job offer to start on the 20th, so now I need to fill out the daycare paperwork and get IL registered by Tuesday at the latest.

Currently Reading

Completed This Week

The Apothecary’s Daughter, by Julie Klassen


Summary: In this Historical Christian Romance, Lily Haswell struggles with choosing between the high-society life of her mother’s family and the less glamorous life of her father’s apothecary shop in the village she grew up in.

Thoughts: This was an engaging and well-written book. I had a little difficulty sorting through my thoughts about the many suitors that Lily had, though. They all seemed so nice in their own way, and it got a bit emotionally exhausting. I’ve never been a fan of love triangles. However, that was the only downside of this light, sweet read.

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Update Week 59

Hi all! Real life has been a bitch lately, so I think I will go for a fresh start. I have 15 book reviews that I’m behind on, but I think I’ll narrow it down to only a few that I really want to write a review on. That will make catching up much easier. I therefore will work on reviews for Scarlet Letter, Gulliver’s Travels, Much Ado About Nothing, and Brave New World over the next couple of weeks.

We’re currently working on getting IEPs for my two stepkids, as they have both been having a lot of stress lately. What a confusing process! The school’s social worker talked us out of doing one last year, because it was “too late in the year,” and he talked us out of doing one at the beginning of this year because “let’s see what happens.” So now that things are bad, we don’t have IEPs! We won’t let him talk us out of it again!

One fun thing I did in the last two weeks is go on a date with Aaron. We went out to a brewery for dinner and to a comedy club at the Mall of America afterwards. Here’s our date-night picture:


I also snapped a good picture of my mom with IL. Her Alzheimer’s is getting a lot worse lately, and dad has been talking more and more of selling the house and going into assisted living/memory care. I have been working hard on cleaning out the stuff in their house so that it is easier to move when the time comes. It’s shocking how much stuff one accumulates in a lifetime.


Here’s a picture of IL “enjoying” the first really sunny day we’ve had this “Spring.”


And a picture of D holding IL:


In other news, I have decided to change my diet plan because, since January, I have simply maintained weight and have not lost any. I am now doing calorie cycling. I will eat 1150 calories on each weekday and 2650 calories on weekends. Theoretically, this is supposed to discourage long-term leptin changes common in low-calorie diets, blah, blah, blah. I am skeptical of diets which don’t have a lot of research to back them up…but I figure this plan gives me days that I keep low calorie count and days that I can cheat without cheating. That’s my main problem with a normal diet is that I cheat on a daily basis, because every day seems like a good cheating day. 🙂 Obviously, I intend on supplementing with exercise. Now that it’s spring, maybe I can save up to buy a hiking baby backpack! He’s just old enough that I’m willing to try him out in one.

Currently Reading

Currently Reading

Due to real life getting in the way, I haven’t read anything except the IEP guide recently. But hopefully today I can get back on track.