Sunday, February 27, 2011


This past week I've found myself thinking of what a crappy month February has been.  Within this month, my grandmother has found a lump, had a mastectomy, and will be chemo.  Additionally, I have been snowed in for a week and had bronchitis.  Not really my favorite month.  But apparently, it was not a bad enough month. 

Thursday morning, on my way to work, I was rear ended.  The access road and the main road were merging and there was a school bus was coming from the access road.  The bus driver yielded for one car and then tried to go in front of me.  I had to slam on my brakes and the lady behind me couldn't stop.  This is what my car looks like now.

It had to be towed.  The back window was shattered.  I should know more this week.  Thankfully, I didn't have any major injuries.  My neck was very sore Thursday night and Friday, but that has gotten better.  There is just a very unconfortable feeling in my spine. 
Let's hope the March is better!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

What I've Learned

This weekend I learned that I am not a good sick person.  I get that no one likes to be sick for the obvious reasons.  Not only do I ate the awful feeling of having a fever and hacking up a lung but I hate being stuck in bed or on the couch and not being able to move.

It all started Thursday night.  I had a little tickle in my throat.  I took a Singulair and headed to bed.  I woke up Friday morning and the tickle was still there with a small cough.  As the day went on, the cough got worse and my voice began to fade.  I never felt bad though and nothing hurt.  Around 5 that evening, the aches hit me like a ton of bricks.  I was hanging out with friends and left shortly after that.  When I got home, I discovered I had a low grade fever.  Over the weekend, the fever kept getting higher despite ibuprofen and Tylenol and more symptoms developed.  I was coughing so hard I was making my self sick.  That's when I decided I had had enough and headed to a walk in clinic first thing this morning.  Two and a half hours later, I am leaving with 2 prescriptions, a sore bum due to a steroid shot, and a diagnosis of bronchitis and sinusitis. 

I began taking the medicines immediately and am alreading feeling better.  I even managed to get the kitchen cleaned up tonight.  Although I will not spend all day tomorrow laying on a couch (3 days of being forced to stay on the couch is even worse than 4 days of being snowed in) I plan to take it very easy so that I am ready to head back to work on Tuesday.  I am ready to be up and doing something useful again!

Friday, February 18, 2011


This week's weather has been BEAUTIFUL. We're talking highs in the 70s and 80s and lots of sunshine. As a school teacher, this is what I live for. My children can run and scream for 20 minutes and get all of their enregy out.

As I thought about the weather, I remembered that I'm WAY behind on blogging and never posted my pictures from the snow day week. These pictures are all from Day 4 of being trapped inside, for me anyways. Anthony had been TDY and drove home in the middle of it, even though I tried to convince him it was horrible. It was kind of a crummy week with Anthony being gone and finding out about my grandmother's cancer and then finding out it had spread, so I didn't enjoy the snow the first few days.  By the time I did take pictures, it had began to melt.  I've never been so happy to see melting snow.

Lots of romping in the snow and chasing snowballs makes for one tired dog.

 This guy was not impressed by the snow.  The only way he'd go out was if I picked him up and carried him out there and sat him by a tree.  Then I had to carry him back in.

Here are the many layers from my trips outside with Sam.

And to keep myself entertained, I watched all of last season's Grey's Anatomy and some of this season, hung out with a friend that lives in the complex (she also teaches first grade and her husband is a firefighter), and made and ate lots of food.  I made soup, grilled cheese, brownies, and these cookies.

After 4 days of snow and ice I am so grateful I live in Texas and not North Dakota.  And I'm so grateful for the beautiful weather this week!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Catching Up

I had every intention of posting my snow day pictures.  The ones I took while suffering from cabin fever.  But, I am being EXTREMELY lazy and don't want to go find the stuff to plug in my camera, so you'll have to wait.

Thankfully, Saturday brought it warm termperatures and most of the snow melted.  It's funny how 50 degrees felt warm.  I actually rolled the windows down because I was so hot.  Anthony went for a hair cut and the place was packed.  After that, we headed to the commisary.  We walked in and my first thought was to turn around and walk out.  I couldn't do that though because we were having dinner with some friends and when asked what we could bring, they said dessert, so I needed stuff to make a cake.  After darting and dodging carts, we made it through the store with the 5 things I needed.  The line for checking out was way past the area they had marked off.  I'd guess there were about 10-15 carts in line, not including the ones being checked out.  Normally there are 1 or 2 people.  Thankfully, self check was open and we were out in no time. 

Today, I picked up groceries, did some laundry, picked up a baby shower gift, and searched for button up pajamas for my grandmother.  After that, I curled up on the couch to watch the super bowl.  I looked out the window about 8 and the ground was blanketed with snow.  UGH!!!  Hopefully we can get a late start tomorrow since the roads are wet and it's supposed to freeze tonight.

As for my grandmother, she seems in great spirits.  We told her we have plans to come home.  Since she normally watches Sam and I knew that was out of the question, I told her where we'd be leaving him.  She said that wasn't okay because that person doesn't like Sam.  I said that we might leave him with a friend here then.  Nope, she didn't like that either.  She said she'd rather us not come than him have to be left somewhere.  I feel so unloved!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Over It

I'm over it.  It being snow.  And ice.  And cold. 

We live in Texas, not North Dakota or New England or Michigan or any other place that gets snow normally.  We don't even live in the panhandle of Texas.  We should not have over an inch of ice covered by 3 inches of snow that will not go away.  It should not be below freezing for four days in a row. 

It all started Monday night.  It began raining at 5pm.  Then about 11pm it began sleeting.  Around 2am Tuesday the snow began.  It's beautiful, really.  Anyway, it hasn't gotten above 25 degrees since Monday, when it was around 70 degrees.  So, it's all frozen solid.  We haven't had school since Monday and we don't have school tomorrow.  And everyone is going stir crazy, including me.

To top it all off, Anthony has been gone all week.  And during Gran's biopsy Wednesday, we have learned that the cancer has spread to her lymphnodes.  Not going to lie, I kind of like Alexander's (from Alexander and the Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day) of hopping on a plane to Australia.  But,  our airport was closed.  And Alexander says "everyone has bad days, even in Australia."

Thankfully, Anthony made it home safely today.  It took him 4 hours to make an hour and a half drive.  I'm so glad to have him home.  My grandmother seems to be doing okay and be in pretty good spirits.  And the temperature is supposed to get up to the 50s Saturday.  So, hopefully things are about to start getting better. 

For those of you praying for my grandmother, please continue to pray.  I assume in the next week they will be doing more scans to see if the cancer has spread to any other organs.  Pray that it has not.  Pray for Gran's spririts to stay high.  And pray for my family.