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Art Museum

This morning, Zac and I filed our taxes, visited Cups for breakfast, then headed to the local library to renew my card and pay off late fees from 2012 (lol). Zac wanted to surprise the kids with a trip to the Planetarium, but there was a private “wine and film” event taking place. Instead, we crossed the street and visited the Mississippi Museum of Art. Neither big kid was excited about looking at “other peoples’ drawings”, but after a few minutes, they didn’t want to leave. Being surrounded by art makes me want to start painting again, but all of my supplies are in a metal cabinet in the garage beneath a very large, very heavy dollhouse. Tomorrow, Zac may help me carefully move it so I can get my brushes and paints out.

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A Rough Few Weeks

The past few weeks have been crazy with stress and worry over the youngest in our brood. Zac and I planned a date on the 3rd of this month since Mom offered to watch all the kids as a “thank you” for taking care of Dad. James was in the sunroom keeping an eye on Elias while I was upstairs getting dressed when I heard Elias start screaming. I hurried back down the stairs to check on him and James told me he had tripped and smushed his nose against the wall of his play yard. I picked him up and consoled him, then set him back down. He started screaming again (something not uncommon when he wants to be held). I finished getting ready and decided to hold the baby while I waited for Zac to get home. I tried to let Elias walk around, so I stood him up, but his knees buckled and he started screaming again. I looked at his legs, but didn’t see any swelling, though he’s still got chunky baby fat. Zac came home, so I told him what was going on. Elias wouldn’t walk or stand without collapsing in pain. We decided to cancel our date and head to the emergency room.

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After the first ER trip, we were told he had no “bone abnormalities” and we were sent home. Elias was still refusing to stand or put weight on his right foot, wouldn’t let us touch it, and woke up early the next morning in pain. We took him to a different ER for a second opinion and a second x-ray (since the first ER refused to send the previous x-ray over) and were told my three different techs that there were no broken bones, but he did have a sprained ankle. They didn’t wrap his ankle since he’s a toddler and would try to pull it off which would only cause more discomfort. We were told to give him Ibuprofen for two days and follow up with his pediatrician on the 14th.

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Dr. Y inspected his ankle at his 18-month checkup this morning and confirmed a sprained ankle, so he’ll be sensitive for a few more weeks. He’s growing on schedule, gaining weight as he should and is 2.5 feet tall. He had his last dose of vaccinations, so we don’t go back for more of those until 2019 (phew!).

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Family Outing

Saturdays have been my favorite days lately. Zac’s been getting us out of the house, spending quality time together and with the kids. Today, we hung out in Jackson to check out the Highland Village shopping center. It reminded me of being at Epcot in Disney World as far as the stoned sidewalk and general layout goes. Quite fancy. The kids wanted some treats, so we picked out some gourmet popsicles from Deep South Pops.

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We stopped by Petsmart on the way home to check out the fish and furry critters. There were actual scorpions at this location! James wanted us to buy one, but no thank you. We’re probably going to get a Betta fish eventually. I miss having one… I just wonder how Fig will react.

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Update on Dad

Dad’s been doing not-so-well this week. He spent a few days in the hospital last week because he was yelling in his sleep (something he’s never done). Emily was spending the night, so she took him to the emergency room where a bunch of “doctors” didn’t run any tests or come check the screaming monitor that said my dad had no pulse when he unplugged himself. It was ridiculous. He’s back home, but he’s hallucinating frequently and is almost always disoriented. He wants to walk around, but sways and loses his balance. Last night, he fell about four or five times when trying to get to the bathroom. Mom has been trying to look after him, but she goes into panic mode and doesn’t know what to do and ends up irrationally yelling at all of us or becomes overly emotional. I’m having a hard time dealing with her like this, but I’m trying to be patient.
Emily is going to be staying with us for a few nights to keep an eye on Dad. I want to be able to do more, but having the kids (especially a baby) makes it  difficult. I make sure to cook and get Dad something to eat, though, so part of me feels like I’m at least doing something. Mom’s debating the possibility of having a swing bed service look after him. I agree that he needs professionals looking after him, but I feel guilty all the same because he’s my dad and I don’t want him to feel like we’re trying to get rid of him.
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Green Hair, Don’t Care

I dyed my hair blonde (accidentally) for the first time in centuries, as blonde makes my face look pink. One of my resolutions is to change my hair color frequently and vibrantly this year, or for at least six months. My bathroom lighting makes colors looks strange, so while my hair looks orange in the picture, it was much lighter in real life. I used Splat’s Lightening Bleach kit to rid my hair of the faded burgundy, then put a generic platinum blonde over it.

I went to Sally’s Beauty Salon and picked up some Argan Oil Perfect Intensity Semi-Permanent Vibrant Color in emerald green.

So far, I’m loving the color. It’s supposed to last six to eight washes, which is perfect as I plan to change the colors once a month. The color was simple to apply as my hair is short, but it spread around easily. I’m thinking I’ll try an Argan Oil blue shade next month.

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Sorry I haven’t posted in a while

Don’t worry, I’m sure I’ll have things to say once the day-of-gorging is over. Until then, here’s something to read.

Common fears:

Looks like I’m afraid of  11 of 66 common fears.
  1. The dark: No.
  2. Giving birth: No.
  3. Being myself in front of others: No.
  4. Open spaces: No.
  5. Closed spaces: Yes.
  6. Heights: Sometimes.
  7. Dogs: No.
  8. Birds: No.
  9. Fish: No.
  10. Spiders: No.
  11. Flowers or other plants: No.
  12. Being touched: I guess it depends on who’s touching me… So yes, I guess.
  13. Fire: No.
  14. Deep water: Yes.
  15. Snakes: No.
  16. Silk: No.
  17. The Ocean: No.
  18. Failure: No.
  19. Success: No.
  20. Thunder/lightning: No.
  21. Frogs/toads: No.
  22. My significant other’s dad: No.
  23. My significant other’s mom: No.
  24. Rats: No.
  25. Jumping from high places: Yes.
  26. Snow: No.
  27. Rain: No.
  28. Wind: No.
  29. Crossing hanging bridges: No.
  30. Death: Yes.
  31. Heaven: No.
  32. Being robbed: No.
  33. Falling: No.
  34. Clowns: Yes.
  35. Dolls: No.
  36. Large crowds of people: Yes.
  37. Men: No.
  38. Women: No.
  39. Having great responsibilities: No.
  40. Doctors/Dentists: Dentists, yes.
  41. Tornados: No.
  42. Hurricanes: No.
  43. Incurable diseases: Yes.
  44. Sharks: No.
  45. Friday the 13th: No.
  46. Ghosts: No.
  47. Poverty: No.
  48. Halloween: No.
  49. School: No.
  50. Trains: No.
  51. Odd numbers: No.
  52. Even numbers: No.
  53. Being alone: No.
  54. Becoming blind: Yes.
  55. Becoming deaf: No.
  56. Growing up: No.
  57. Creepy noises in the night: No.
  58. Bee stings: No.
  59. Not accomplishing my dreams/goals: No.
  60. Blood: No.
  61. Dinosaurs: No.
  62. The welcome mat: No.
  63. High speed: No.
  64. Throwing up: Yes.
  65. Falling in love: No.
  66. Super secrets: No.
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40 Things?

40 odd things you don’t know about me (yet).
  1. Do you like bleu cheese? Absolutely not.
  2. Have you ever smoked? Yes.
  3. Do you own a gun? Sort of.
  4. What is your favorite flavor? Raspberry.
  5. Do you get nervous before doctor visits? No.
  6. What do you think of hot dogs? I love hot dogs.
  7. Favorite movie? Edward Scissorhands.
  8. What do you prefer to drink in the morning? Tea.
  9. Do you do push ups? Sometimes.
  10. What’s your favorite piece of jewelry? My wedding ring.
  11. Favorite hobby? Crocheting.
  12. Do you have A.D.D? No.
  13. What’s the one thing you dislike about yourself? My tummy.
  14. What is your middle name? It’s a secret.
  15. Name three thoughts at this moment? I want salsa. My leg itches. It’s already after 10.
  16. Name three drinks you regularly drink: Tea, water, juice.
  17. Current worry? I think I’m getting an ulcer.
  18. Current annoyance right now? There are so many boxes left to unpack.
  19. Favorite place to be? Disney World.
  20. How do you ring in the new year? Fizzy grape juice and sparklers.
  21. Where would you like to go? Paris.
  22. Do you own slippers? Yes.
  23. What color shirt are you wearing right now? Dark blue-violet.
  24. Do you like sleeping in satin sheets? I never have, so I don’t know.
  25. Can you whistle? No.
  26. What are your favorite colors? Rainbow, black, grey.
  27. Would you be a pirate? No.
  28. What songs do you sing in the shower? Whatever is on my Pandora.
  29. Favorite girl’s name? Leah (see what I did?).
  30. Favorite boy’s name? James or Elias (Oops, I did it again).
  31. What’s in your pocket right now? These pants don’t have pockets, sorry.
  32. Last thing that made you laugh? A picture on Instagram.
  33. Best toy as a child? I really liked my PJ Sparkles, Popples, and Littlest Pet Shop animals.
  34. Worst injury you ever had? I twisted my arm out of socket once.
  35. Where would you love to live? Tennessee.
  36. How many TVs do you have? Two.
  37. Who is your loudest friend? I don’t have loud friends.
  38. How many dogs do you have? Two.
  39. How many cats do you have? One.
  40. Does someone trust you? Yes.
  41. What book are you reading at the moment? The Art of Asking.
  42. What’s your favorite candy? White chocolate.
  43. What’s your favorite sports team? I don’t like sports.
  44. Favorite month? November.