Saturday, February 28, 2009
I haven't checked in with Missy to be sure, but by my count we should be in the home stretch of the countdown to Spring....21 days??? I wish I could hibernate for the next 3 weeks!!
Friday, February 27, 2009
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
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It was August by the time he got the car towed home and it has been sitting in our driveway ever since. Somebody determined that the heater core was the problem causing the overheating.....when he would put water in, the water would almost instantly run onto the driver side floor board. As I have said before, Hubby is not mechanical. Well, our kids aren't overly mechanical either & this kid is especially pessimistic when things have started not going his way. He was ANGRY with the car. The kid talked about getting the brother of one of his friends to fix the car, but it never worked out. He talked about selling the car as is, but never did. My Mother tried to lay claim to the car, she wanted the kid to give it to her & she would find somebody to fix it so she could drive it.....he didn't go for that one. He had paid a pretty good chunk for the car and giving it away, even to his grandmother wasn't what he wanted. As time went on, he grew more frustrated with it and the more frustrated he got, the less he wanted anything at all to do with the car.
Hubby's car died last Spring and I have been driving him back and forth to work ever since. Hubby likes the BMW, Kid doesn't like the BMW anymore, so a plan was hatched. Hubby and Kid went out and found a Subaru wagon that the Kid really likes. We helped him buy it, and helped him get the brakes completely replaced. He is mobile and he LOVES it!!! The BMW is now Hubby's car.
Last week we had the BMW towed to a shop recommended by a friend of our oldest son. They took a while, but it was worth it. $350 later, they have fixed the "short" and they by-passed the heater core. We are pretty happy. Unfortunately, we discovered that the tires that are on it are over 15 yrs old and how they still manage to hold air is beyond the mechanic. The tires are some weird outdated size. To get new tires, we have to replace 3 of the rims (somebody else already replaced one of them), new rims and tires will end up costing us almost another $600, but overall, I'm hopeful that it will be worth it in the end. We pick it up tomorrow!!!
I shut the cable off a few months ago, much to my family's unhappiness. It was a money saving strategy at the time. We were spending $60 a month to have our preteens learn about teen attitude and to DVR the shows that Hubby & I would eventually get around to watching. When we turned it off, we not only saved money, but the lack of teen angst in our house was almost instant too. Hubby found that we could watch most of the shows we had been putting on the DVR, online and the preteens rediscovered their video games & their bicycles. Our local news is available online, my favorite shows are available online & we own tons of kid appropriate movies.
While looking at the TV displays in the store I started to have an idea. What if we hooked the new screen up to one of our computers? What if we just continued watching our favorite shows from the internet, but on a bigger screen? We already have a high speed connection, why not? Now, I have to tell you that I got Hubby onboard with this idea by suggesting that HE could have the TV and his regular screen attached to his computer....he is a computer gamer & was instantly sold on having a 32 inch computer monitor. We bought the TV, we bought a new HD DVD player to also attach (don't want to stress his computer out playing kid DVD's) and we bought a digital antenna. Moving from one screen to the other was initially challenging, but 2 weeks later it's going GREAT. The digital antenna picks up our local channels very clearly, including several digital versions of PBS. I never thought we watched enough TV to be paying an extra $60 a month for it. This Works for Me in a big way....check out the new host of Works for Me Wednesday over at We are THAT family.com to see what's working for everyone else this week.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
Sunday, February 22, 2009
We've been eating a LOT of take out and other than a few loads of wash I don't feel like I've gotten anything productive done in the house since coming home from the hospital. I'm planning to cook dinner tonight & I really need to run the vaccuum....just wish standing didn't make me short of breath in 20 seconds flat. Being sick is not easy for me, I keep expecting to just get my energy back & be FINE....double pneumonia is serious stuff.
Monday, February 16, 2009
I'm FINALLY home!!! I had no idea how sick I was, I was just in a ton of pain & couldn't figure out why. They initially thought I was having a heart attack because the worst pain was in my left shoulder/arm and jaw.....I've never seen hospital people move so fast. After lots of tests & a couple EKG's, they started thinking stroke, but did a chest x-ray to rule out broken bones. The chest x-ray looked really weird & they thought I had a perforated lung or that the left lung was collapsed, so they ordered a CAT scan with contrast dye. The CAT scan showed that both my lungs were mostly full of GUNK. My oxygen sats were 89% and I had a fever of 102, so they decided I would have to stay overnight for IV antibiotics.
One night turned into three. Fortunately being on oxygen & getting breathing treatments helped a lot with the PAIN. I'm still pretty sick, but at least I can breath again. I've sometimes fantasized about how nice it would be to get away for a few days. This experience was a total let down, not only did I feel AWFUL most of the time, but they didn't let me sleep more than 2 hrs in a row. My arms & hands are covered in bruises from all the blood draws and multiple failed IV insertions.
I'm on tons of medicines & probably have almost no blood left because they took so much out. Hubby did great taking care of the kids the whole time. He has always been wonderful in crisis situations, so I knew he could handle things. I'm going to end up weaning Baby Daughter because of the medicines they have me on, she is 21 months. She went to sleep & slept all night for Hubby when I wasn't here, so he will have to keep up that routine with her until it becomes a habit. Potty training didn't do so well without Mommy home & she has been in Pampers since Friday. We'll get wash done & think about digging the house out in a few days when I'm hopefully feeling more human again.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
I pondered this for a few days, looked around facebook, but couldn't find the magical application to accomplish this amazing feat. Tip Junkie to the rescue!!! Yesterday she had a blurb about how to advertise your business on facebook & along with that wonderful information she also included instructions on how to link your blogs to your facebook account!!!!
Monday, February 9, 2009
Saturday, February 7, 2009
Monday, February 2, 2009
Sunday, February 1, 2009
I was inspired & so starting today I'm going to give it a try too!!! Want to join us?