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Archive for July 2007

So my urologist appointment is a week from today and I’m starting to feel anxious about that. I feel like I need to see a nephrologist or someone with more knowledge of kidney stone disease, but there’s nobody here in Small Town, USA. We have excellent hospitals at UNC or Duke which are a reasonable distance away, but from what I have found kidney stones aren’t exactly high priority for them. I should probably push for a referral, but to WHO? And WHERE? I don’t even have the first clue where to go from here. So I’m a little stressed out about it.

Then, D came home and told me that both of the projects he was working on were shut down today. For now, things are fine. But if you know our history, you know I am freaking out. I simply cannot deal with this again. Maybe I’m over-reacting. I hope like hell I am. But if I’m not, and he loses another job, we’re really going to be in trouble. So definitely we can use all of the good thoughts, prayers, etc. you can muster. This economy (or more accurately, the manufacturing climate in this country) sucks and we’ve been it’s victim a few too many times. Yes, let’s send everything to China and put all of our own citizens out of work. And guess what…they’re trying to poison us all with their lead paint on toys and chemical laden fish, tainted toothpaste and dangerous dog food. Not to mention the bogus drugs they’re shipping into our country. (Did anyone watch Dateline last night? Scary stuff!)

No I’m not bitter. Much. Seriously, though, we could use some positive vibes from the world at large if you can spare them. I know in the grand scheme of things this is minor…we are all (mostly) healthy and we’d survive whatever we had to as long as we’re together. But I can’t help feeling like we’re about to get knocked down AGAIN. 😦

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No wonder we couldn’t get pregnant!  I was going about it all wrong.  According to J, you have to eat carrots and peanut butter to get a baby.  Since the very idea of carrots and peanut butter together sounds a little gross, I guess I now know where we screwed up.

Other J tidbits…he wants me to have another baby, a girl this time please.  And we must name her Charlotte.  A lovely name, but I don’t think it’s the one we would use!  I’ve had a girl’s name for years now and if we ever have a girl, I plan to use it.  Unless I change my mind.  About having another baby OR the name.  Either one is possible.

I guess eventually I’m going to have to explain to him how babies are normally made.  When he asked how C got in my tummy, I just told him the doctor helped to put the baby there.  It was easy and it was true.  At 3, he didn’t really need more info than that.  Unfortunately, if he repeats that to anyone it’s going to sound a little odd since I’m not married to a doctor.  Maybe that wasn’t such a smart move after all…

We left for MB Friday, so we were down there when the book was released.  D and I went to Wal-Mart at 11PM (because it was the closest and easiest place) to get the book and a few other things.  I wore C in the Mei Tai and once I got there, had to get a bracelet to guarantee I’d get a book.  We walked around a bit, grabbed the few things we needed, then swung back by the book section.  By this point, people were kind of lining up and waiting, so I decided to do the same.  It was kind of a fun atmosphere…we were all making fun of ourselves for lining up and waiting for a kid’s book.  Seemed like we waited forever…then waited some more because the Wal-Mart people apparently had clocks that were 5 minutes behind.  By this time there were a LOT of people and I was a little worried for C’s safety.  When they finally started handing out books, there was definitely a lot of pushing towards the table, especially since they had no real lines.  The people around me were really nice though and made sure we got out safely.

I was still re-reading Half-Blood Prince, so I pulled out my little purple book light and read that until I fell asleep.  Woke up in the AM and finished it up, then started Deathly Hallows right away.  I read as much as I could, when I could.  There were some trips to the pool in there, but I finished it by Sunday afternoon.

It was good.  Really, really good.  A bit slow in the middle, but otherwise a great book.  I did cry quite a bit, but since I had a *very* basic idea of the ending because I’d flipped to the end to see how many pages and accidentally read the last line, I knew…well I won’t say what I knew because technically it would be a spoiler, but I knew that the ending I feared is not the ending.  Sort of.  It is, but it’s not.  If you haven’t read it, are you confused yet???

Over all, it was a really great ending to a phenomenal series.  I’m sad that it’s come to an end, but I know it had to eventually.  Now that I know how it ends, I am looking forward to reliving the excitement when the kids are old enough for the books.  Probably a few years yet (I’m thinking maybe 8 years old?) but J is already interested and asks when he can read the books and see the movies.  I know he’ll love them when the time comes.

And now I am out of books to read…any suggestions?

Way too many people in a too small area.  We spent a few days there with the ILs and I’m so glad to be home.  I’m looking forward to going to Topsail in September…that beach is MUCH more my speed!  There are very few people on the south end of the island and it’s very quiet.  Plus we’re going after school starts back for most people, so I expect it will be pretty deserted.

One thing I do like about MB is the fact that so many places have all you can eat crab legs on these HUGE buffets with all kinds of seafood.  I LOVE seafood, and AYCE crab legs is a little touch of heaven.  I made myself sick Monday night…if you are down there and have a chance to go, check out Original Benjamin’s.  Seafare is also good, but their buffet doesn’t have as much variety.

I somehow hurt my wrist while we were down there and I am in so much pain.  I’m sure it’s just a sprain, but the swelling and bruising look pretty bad.  I can barely pick C up and between the wrist and the back pain (I hurt it last week trying to move the water table while it had water in it) I’m having a hard time being home alone with the kids after all the help I had while we were down there.  Throw in a puking J, and it’s been a *really* fun day at the W house.

Because I don’t have enough blogs to keep up with…

Thru My Lens

I have a very easy (and very tasty!) pasta dish I like to make, but I haven’t made it in a long time. We had it last night though and I thought I’d share.

Go to the grocery store. Buy some filled pasta (tortellini, ravioli) in the refrigerated section. Buy some green pesto, white alfredo, and red tomato sauce. Or buy the ingredients to make them, if you prefer.

Prepare the pasta and sauces according to package directions. When ready, put the pasta into a pasta bowl or large plate. Ladle the sauces onto the pasta in the order red, white, green.

You get this:

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Not only is it really delicious, but it’s pretty. (Well, if you do it neater than I did…I was in a hurry!) And yes, I stole the idea from Stefano’s in Florence, SC.

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D is the dad, the husband, and the breadwinner. All around nice guy and good at pretty much everything he does. It's disgusting, really. But makes him worth keeping around.

M is the mom, the wife, and the hopeless housekeeper. At least the kids' heads haven't fallen off yet. Beyond that, she sucks at the "stay at home" thing. Oh, and she's the blogger.

J is the big boy. Born October 11 2002, he is in kindergarten and loves it. Now 6 years old, and too smart for his own good. Talks a lot but extremely entertaining.

C is the little boy. Born June 26, 2006, he went through a lot in his first year but is doing just fine now. The only blond in the family, so his paternity is routinely questioned by rude strangers.

V is our baby girl. She is brand new and arrived in January 2009. So far everything is going well. We're thrilled to have added the final piece to our family puzzle. And yes, she WILL be the final piece!

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