Tuesday, December 18, 2007

I am too old for this stuff.....

Okay so holiday season is in full swing and I my sleep schedule is totally out of whack. I know it is impossible to get caught up on your sleep, you either get it when you need it or you lose it and as someone with narcolepsy, believe you me I have gotten my fair share of sleep. Just not in the past week or so. I went into work on Sunday and everyone kept asking me if I was okay, said it looked like I had been crying, either that or I was really tired. I didn't think anything of it, just assumed I was really tired. Today I wake up and the skin around my right eye is all red, again I think nothing- assume I slept on it or something like that. By the time I get to work I can see that it redness is not going away and I look like a freak of nature. The eye starts to itch- I try my best not to rub it (rubbing your eyes when you wear contacts is never a good thing anyway) because I don't know what is going on- there is no puss or leakage of any kind. One of my coworkers also works in a day care and says to me "I think you have pink eye" I was kind of thinking that myself but kept telling myself no since there was no leakage/crust/funk or gunk. When I got home I decided to go on WebMD to see what they say about pink eye..... personally I think sites like WebMD are a bad idea, how many times have you researched something on a site like that and convinced yourself you were going to die or had some rare untreatable disease? I do it all the time!!

So this is what I found out about pink eye so I knew and some I had no clue about:

  • The eye is pink and itchy.
  • Sometimes there is a feeling as if something is in the eye.

Other symptoms include:

  • Eyelids stuck shut when you wake up in the morning (the classic symptom)
  • Uncomfortable, thick yellow or green discharge (often a bacterial infection)
  • Thin, clear drainage from the eye (often a viral infection or an allergic reaction)
  • Itching, burning, or feels like sand in your eye (often a viral infection or an allergic reaction)
  • Family member with the same symptoms (an infection is being passed from one person to another)
  • Painful eye in bright light (called photophobia)
  • A recent cold (often a viral infection)
  • Swollen lymph nodes (often a viral infection)
  • Burning during urination or discharge from the penis in men (rare) (kind of interesting, all week I felt like I had a urinary tract infection, could it have been pink eye starting to rear its ugly head?)
  • Vaginal discharge in women (a possible complication of a sexually transmitted disease)

Of course when you try not to pay attention to how much your eye itches you start to feel itchy and "creepy crawly" everywhere else. I have been trying so hard to ignore it today and for the most part did okay. I am going to call a doctor first thing in the morning (left a note on the bathroom mirror asking D to make sure I am awake) hopefully the itch will be gone soon enough.

Off to try to fall asleep and think of something other than the itch

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Snow Day

I love the snow.... okay not really. What I love is the winter wonderland created by the snow when it first falls and is untouched by plows, cars, people etc. I also enjoy it from afar- like when I can be inside my house and looking out the window. I don't like driving in it, not because I am scared but because the majority of people in NJ have no clue what do to when it snows.... they act like the world has come to an end and the slower they drive the longer they will be on this planet.... are you kidding me?!?

D and I went to his mother's tonight after work to shovel her driveway and they we did the next door neighbor's driveway, after all she is 78 years old and her husband is in a nursing home after having a stroke. While we were over there, I took some pictures of the winter weather. I haven't had a chance to look at all of them yet; however, one that I really like which is inspired by Vee There is something so fun about putting your boots on and jumping in some puddles, no matter how old you are. I think this spring I might even jump in the mud and make some mud pies just for the heck of it.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Today's post is brought to you by the letter "I"

Do you have any idea how many times a day you need to use the "i" key on your keyboard? I do, because mine is busted. It is a real speed bump to someone who types about 80 words a minute. I swear my right middle finger is going to be the strongest finger on my hand since I have to push so hard to make the damn thing work..... for the record, this post has 19 i's in it so far.

So yesterday was BBoys birthday- I can't believe he is 2 already. He loves Sesame Street so of course everything was sesame street related (hence the title of this post)

He is so dang cute, he is still young enough that he loves cuddling with his mother and will give hugs and kisses on request.

He doesn't quite understand why it is he was getting presents and wanted to spend time playing with every gift he got before opening others.

One thing that he gets is the cake- he had so much fun stuffing his face with the Elmo cupcakes

As someone who doesn't want children, I had no idea I could ever love a little one the way I love this kid. He makes my heart happy!!!

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Day Off

Poor D has been traveling like crazy: Sunday he left for CA (I dropped him off at the airport at 4:00 in the morning), Monday night he flew home (I picked him up at 11:45) Tuesday he had a 12:15pm flight to Chicago. He was scheduled to come back Wednesday morning but they had snow and flights were delayed. So he drove from Chicago to St. Louis, did some work there and drove back to Chicago (only 300 miles each way). He left Chicago this morning but because he is D he couldn't just fly into Newark which is where his car is, he had to fly into Philly and take the train to Newark.... WTF?

The point in my telling you all of this is that I am exhausted, with him traveling my sleep is all messed up. Not sure why but lately I have been having a hard time falling asleep without him (this coming from a narcoleptic, I am programmed to fall asleep without even trying).

There is a plus side to me not being able to fall asleep, I have had tons of time to scrap. Last night (or should I say this morning since it was 3:10) I was up making paper bows that I saw On Splitcoast Stampers Once I mastered the bow, I started working on the cover to my Journal Your Christmas album and couldn't stop.

The point of the Journal Your Christmas class is to take time very day to journal and create. Of course me being me, I am already behind (we are only on day 6) Today I started my day 2 (need to find the perfect picture and Thickers to finish it) Completed day 3 and thought about what I want to do for day 4. Hopefully by the end of the week I will be caught up.

Hoping the writers strike ends soon, I am getting tired of watching reruns. Then again less time to watch TV means more time to scrap!!

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Amen Sister

Received this from a friend, thought it was a little too true...... I couldn't have said it better myself.....

'Twas the month before Christmas when all through our land,
Not a Christian was praying nor taking a stand.
Why the PC Police had taken away,
The reason for Christmas - no one could say.

The children were told by their schools not to sing,
About Shepherds and Wise Men and Angels and things.
It might hurt people's feelings, the teachers would say
December 25th is just a " Holiday ".
Yet the shoppers were ready with cash, checks and credit
Pushing folks down to the floor just to get it!
CDs from Madonna, an X BOX, an I-pod
Something was changing, something quite odd!

Retailers promoted Ramadan and Kwanzaa
In hopes to sell books by Franken & Fonda.
As Targets are hanging their trees upside down
At Lowe's the word Christmas - was no where to be found.

At K-Mart and Staples and Penny's and Sears
You won't hear the word Christmas; it won't touch your ears.
Inclusive, sensitive, Di-ver-is-ty
Are words that were used to intimidate me.

Now Daschle, Now Darden, Now Sharpton, Wolf Blitzen
On Boxer, on Rather, on Kerry, on Clinton!
At the top of the Senate, there arose such a clatter
To eliminate Jesus, in all public matter

And we spoke not a word, as they took away our faith
Forbidden to speak of salvation and grace
The true Gift of Christmas was exchanged and discarded
The reason for the season, stopped before it started.

So as you celebrate "Winter Break" under your "DreamTree"
Sipping your Starbucks, listen to me.
Choose your words carefully, choose what you say
Shout MERRY CHRISTMAS, not Happy Holiday !

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Are you kidding me?

Okay since it is after midnight I don't have to worry about anyone having a heart attack at the thought of me blogging twice in one day. However, you all should worry about me and my heart condition. You can imagine my suprise when I turned on my phone after work to see the score of the WVU/Pitt game (as a die hard fan I get the scores sent via text message). Did #2 ranked West Virginia University really lose to the unrated Pittsburgh? Was the score really 13-9? My eyes had to be playing tricks on me, then I see the message from Garber saying "F%$&, F%$&, F%$&" and I knew my eyes were not playing tricks on me, WVU really did lose to Pitt!?!?!

The good news is #1 ranked Missouri also lost. Not that it matters because they didn't play Pitt.

I am off to put my head in the oven!

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Journal Your Christmas

First time ever I signed up for a scrapping class. I am taking the Journal Your Christmas class and very excited about it. I am hoping the class will "force" me to scrap on a more regular basis. Also looking for a little bit of normalcy, working retail during holiday is pure insanity, I need something to help keep me sane (is that possible?)

Since I had to compress the file you can't read the journaling very well it says.....

I hope by taking a little time each day to reflect, to write, to create I will keep my Christmas alive and well despite the commercial pressure that exists outside my door. Friends, Family and hot beverages will help.

This was one of the three manifestos we could pick from and this was all too fitting for my crazy life. Can't wait to see what tomorrow brings.