Category Archives: Just me

How to feel more human

I feel frumpy.  Dumpy and frumpy and schlumpy.  Bleh.  There’s plenty of reasons for that.  Weight, clothing, time, energy.  Whatever.  Standard mommy stuff, right?  But one thing stuck out as a downer that I could actually do something about in short order.

Finally, after nearly eight months, I made an appointment to get my hair done.  Ahhhhh.

Literally, my last haircut was shortly before my brother’s wedding.  Since then, it’s just been roots and stringiness and lots of ponytails.  I finally caught myself in the mirror the other day while trying on new glasses (since, um, I lost my last pair six months ago and I’m starting to get headaches).  Oh, it was just so ratty looking.  Got home and finally made the phone call.

Saturday morning, I went to see my dear hairdresser friend Joann, who doesn’t even give me too much of a hard time when I go way too long between cuts and foils.  I felt a little bad leaving right after Rebecca and M’s hospital outing of the night before, but I’m glad I did.  Nearly two hours of just sitting and having no one climbing on me or screaming at me.  It was quite nice.

And, because I’m a blog-aholic, I even took pictures.  Just for you guys.

The before - long, straggly, and roots, roots, roots.  At least the highlights are a subtle shade.  It could have been worse.

The "before" - long, straggly, and roots, roots, roots. At least the highlights are a subtle shade. It could have been worse.

Alien phase with lots of tin foil and a rotating heat lamp.

Alien phase with lots of tin foil and a rotating heat lamp.

Back at home.  Short, sassy, and blonde again.  Ahhh...

Back at home. More than six inches shorter, layered, and blonde again. Don't I feel sassy? Now I just have to learn how to wear makeup...



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Bum Foot

So, I’m apparently 29-going-on-70.  Why?  I mean, aside from the knitting and quilting?  Because I’ve been going to a podiatrist.  Every time I’m in there, I feel like I pull the average age down about a decade.  Anyways, I have a bum left foot.  I noticed over the summer that my foot really hurt when I wore sneakers.  Turns out, I have a tailor’s bunion.  Essentially, a sort of mal-formed bone in my foot, which then has caused a lump or cyst on the outside of my foot, making the balls of my feet much wider.  Hence, the foot pain in sneakers but not flip-flops.  Anyways, we’ve tried a few things to get the lump to go down, but it’s just not happening, and it also doesn’t deal with the root cause of the problem: the bad bone.

I have two options.  One option is to just live with it, work around it.  I could try getting wide-width shoes, but of course I only would need it for one foot.  Hrm.  I have one pair of shoes (other than flip flops) that I can wear (very similar to these).  But the reason I can wear them is that they have little cutouts, one of which is in precisely the right spot for my lumpy foot.  Those cutouts are going to prove a problem once it snows.  And they don’t exactly go with anything other than shlumpy jeans.

Option two is having an outpatient surgery to fix both the lump and the root cause. It’s a one-day, local-anesthesia kind of thing, so the procedure itself isn’t a huge deal.  However… it means I would be in bed or on crutches for probably a week, and then in a removeable cast for 1-3 more weeks.  Does anyone else think that doesn’t sound especially good for a stay-at-home mom who is the primary caretaker of two toddlers?  Yeeeah.

I’m a little conflicted.  On the one hand, it’s by no means a life-threatening condition. I could go about my business wearing inappropriate shoes in cold weather.  It hurts a little sometimes, but not all that bad.  Do I really want to go through a possibly painful surgery and very inconvenient recovery period for something so minor?  On the other hand, it has become clear that it isn’t going to get better on its own. It may not get tons worse, but it definitely won’t get better.  Should I just fix it once and for all?

I’m leaning towards getting it done.  But the childcare issue is a major one.  What might work out the best is to have it done right before Thanksgiving.  Then M will be home for the long weekend, and hopefully my mom can come out after that. We’ll see…  Bleh, bleh, bleh.  What a pain in the ass.

On a positive note, we tried out a new playground after the doctor’s office!  [You like how I threw in a gratuitous photo of my kids, there?  Yeah, baby.]  The trouble with being a SAHM and having no family around is that you have to bring the kids everywhere, including miscellaneous podiatrist appointments.  Playing at the park for a while seemed only fair.


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You’re kidding, right?

It’s like a bad joke.

Ages and ages ago, I wrote about my OB/GYN office and their really annoying habit of cancelling appointments either the day of or the day before.  Basically, they make office appointments even when they’re the on-call doc at the hospital.  So I was always getting calls that my doctor was in a delivery. It happened for nearly 2/3 of my appointments when I was pregnant.  Sometimes they could see me later the same day, sometimes it got pushed off as much as a week. That was plenty bothersome when I was still working and 30-odd weeks pregnant.  Now, while I don’t have a typical 9-5 work day to deal with, I do have two 13-month-olds.  Who take two naps, and who don’t like sitting still in a stroller for mommy’s doctor’s appointments.

When I went for my six-week checkup almost exactly one year ago, I went ahead and made my appointment for my annual exam.  It felt so funny, knowing that I’d probably still be a SAHM, and not entirely knowing what that means.  Well, here I am.  The appointment is tomorrow.  Though the time is technically in the acceptable window between AM and PM naps, I know that it’s a whole lot easier to just go by myself, so I had M ask his boss if he could work from home in the morning.

You obviously know where this is going.  They called at about 2:00 this afternoon.  Less than 24 hours before the appointment.  My doctor will be in surgery tomorrow.  They can reschedule me for October 28.  Yeah.  Six more weeks.  Because they cancelled an appointment I made a year ago.  Don’t most doctor’s offices have policies about 24 hours notice cancellation?  Maybe they should pay my co-pay this time, since they didn’t honor that.

I am beyond frustrated.  Not that I was so looking forward to a pelvic exam.  Bleh, no one’s idea of a good time.  But seriously.  I arrange things so that I can honor the appointment I made.  Why can’t they?

And yeah, I understand that obstetrics is an unpredictable thing.  Sort of.  But it’s not even like she got called away an hour before my appointment (or 10 minutes into it, as once happened to me post-miscarriage).  She scheduled a surgery.  What’s the first thing to go?  Obviously, the routine annual exam on someone who isn’t pregnant. ARGH!!

Part of me is so mad, and I just want to find another practice.  But part of me likes my doctor, and figures I only go about once a year, and am unlikely to be needing her actual obstetric services anytime in the near future, so maybe it’s no big deal.  Except that, today, it is a big deal.  It messes with my day, which messes with my kids, and my husband, and even by extension his coworkers.  Yeah, I’m being a little overly dramatic.  But come on. Don’t treat me like my time isn’t valuable and isn’t deserving of the same respect that I show your office.

Alright.  I’m done.  Rant over.


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Flying leap into 2003

We finally got a DVR box from our cable company shortly before the Olympics started.  And no, I’m not quite as lame as that sounds.  We had a TiVo several years ago, which a friend had gotten us as a wedding present.  And we used it, and we loved it.  But then, the day I left work on maternity leave, our TV bit the dust. So we got a fancy-schmancy new HDTV.  Which meant we needed a new HD cable box.  Which turned out to mean that the TiVo was no longer compatible.  For a year, we did without and *gasp* had to watch commercials.  I know, it was terrible.  Dark ages.  Plagues and stuff.

But Olympic swimming at 11:00pm was enough to finally make me get off my butt and get the DVR box from the cable company.  This also means, much to my delight, that I can actually record and watch real shows this fall!  While I feel like I watch a fair amount of TV, there actually aren’t a ton of network series that I make it a point to see.  In fact, there’s more “reality” TV on my list than I would like.  But I do draw the line, no crap like Big Brother or Survivor.  Never watched an episode of either show, and I don’t intend to start.  And I just can’t get into American Idol or Grey’s Anatomy.

That said, since everyone else on the internets has jumped on this bandwagon and I’m nothing if not a lemming, here’s the series my handy-dandy DVR will be recording this fall.  (And how excited am I that it will record two at once?!)

Heroes (Which hopefully will suck less than last year.)
Dancing with the Stars (I’m hooked, but I’m psyched to be able to fast-forward through the annoying results shows.)
30 Rock (Shame on me for missing the first two seasons.)
Jon and Kate Plus 8 (Such an odd addition to the list of questions that everyone asks a mom of twins: “do you watch that show with the sextuplets?”  Yes, yes I do.)
What Not to Wear (Would someone please nominate me? It’s getting desperate…)
Mad Men (Heard it’s great, haven’t watched it yet – intimidated because I don’t know the characters and it’s the 2nd season.)
Project Runway (Love it, despite the fact that I am the antithesis of fashionable.  Top Chef will also be on the list when it returns.)

Any other suggestions? Especially sitcoms that I can just jump into and don’t have to watch old seasons to understand all the back story?  I only have basic cable, so I can’t jump on any of the HBO or Showtime series.


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What a throwback

Sometimes I’m not sure which era I live in.  In some ways, I totally feel the whole modern woman thing.  And in some ways, I think part of me lives in the 1950s.  What have I been doing in between watching the Olympics in the evening?

Working on another new quilt, this time for my niece…

… and baking chocolate chip cookies.

I’m all about multitasking, people.


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Not that special.

So, my friend Nancy over at the Zimmer Zoo has tagged me.  And we all know, I love me some memes.  Here we go:

The subject:
“6 UN-spectacular things about me”

The rules:
1. Link the person who tagged you.
2. Mention the rules on your blog.
3. Tell about 6 unspectacular quirks of yours.
4. Tag 6 following bloggers by linking them.
5. Leave a comment on each of the tagged blogger’s blogs letting them know they’ve been tagged.

Here you have it, six un-spectacular things about yours truly:

  1. I am the finance person in my household.  If I left it to M to pay the bills, we’d be out of house and home with the late fees.  It’s just not his thing.  I, on the other hand, am more likely to pay something the very day I get it.  I used to track everything in Microsoft Money, so I knew exactly how much was charged on my credit card that month, etc.  So imagine how pissed I was when M and I went to get our first apartment and his credit score was higher than mine!  I almost lost it, and he teases me about it to this day.
  2. I believe there is only one true way to make a bratwurst: boil it in beer first, then get a nice little char on the grill.  For those of you who aren’t from the midwest and haven’t done this yet, you’re welcome.
  3. I like to do laundry.  Well, it’s less about liking to do it, and more that I don’t like it when other people do it.  It was an exercise in letting go when I became too pregnant to go up and down the basement stairs with the basket.
  4. I was an un-spectacular softball player.  I enjoyed it as a young kid, maybe because my mom played on a team for several years when I was little.  I tried out for the team in high school and was on the freshman team (my high school was so big there were 3 teams: freshman, JV, and Varsity).  I was the 2nd-string right-fielder.  Though, by the end, I was starting center field.  I actually got the “most improved” award, that’s how super cool I was.  In subsequent years, rehearsals for the spring musical orchestra won out over softball.
  5. I don’t like baths.  I have never found them especially relaxing, mostly kind of cramped and uncomfortable in the hard tub.  And I really dislike them for the purposes of cleaning.  Why would I want to sit in the dirt that I just cleaned off?
  6. I’m re-addicted to quilting.  After finally finishing my brothers and my kids’, I’m starting two new ones.  One is for my new niece (hopefully I’ll finish it by Christmas, even if I get distracted), and one is because I just couldn’t resist the fabric when I was at the quilt shop this morning.  I had to leave before I bought even more…

Alright, there you have it.  Un-spectacular.  I hereby tag six more spectacular people, and dare them to find something boring!

  1. Carrie
  2. Tracey
  3. Beverly
  4. High-Heeled Mama
  5. Mamie
  6. Krissy


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Olympic Madness

I friggin love the summer Olympics.  As I mentioned before, I’ll watch practically anything.  It’s been like 12 hours since the opening ceremonies aired, and I’ve already watched women’s basketball, men’s beach volleyball, and men’s soccer.  Oh, and it was my motivation to FINALLY switch to a DVR box from my cable company (I know, I know…).  And how am I using technology to be a total dork my advantage?  If you go to, and click on TV listings, it will help you figure out your local cable provider and tell you all the channels that are airing coverage.  So I set them all up as a favorites list on my cable box.  So I don’t have to scroll through the 892 channels, I can just go to my list and see what sports are airing.

Oh yeah.  I’m the coolest.

Daniel, can you say “beach volleyball?”

Rebecca, can you say “Diana Taurasi?”

Teach your children well, people.


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