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Hello again!

It’s been a while since I’ve updated anything so here goes:

Surgery went well. I only stayed in the hospital overnight and then went home. At my one week follow up, I had lost 14 pounds! I then started my guided diet that slowly got my stomach used to liquids then soft foods then more solid foods and now I can eat whatever my stomach can tolerate.

Right after my 6 week mark (which meant less risk of leaking and I was able to have certain meds again) I developed a raging pain in my lower right side. The pain was so bad I thought my appendix had ruptured, so off to the ER we went. Turns out, I had a kidney stone. A lovely 4mm little booger that was the worst pain I’d ever felt. The ER sent me home with pain meds so that I could pass the stone on my own, and a referral for a urologist. When Monday rolled around, Garrett called them for me and they got me an appointment for Friday of that week.

So I tried to manage the pain and pass the kidney stone, but that was not in the cards for me. I spent 2 days with nausea and dry heaving and had so much trouble keeping anything in my system. By Wednesday, I was worried that hardly being able to eat or drink was going to mess up my newly altered stomach, so I put a call into my Sleeve Doctor. She told me that if I couldn’t keep things in my system, I needed to go back to the ER.

It’s now Wednesday afternoon and off to the ER we go. After 3 liters of fluids and another pregnancy test, they did a CT scan and confirmed that the kidney stone was still there. But with the pain I was in, and the struggle with eating and drinking, the hospital in London called the hospital in Somerset, as they had a Urologist on call. Somerset said send her over, so I was discharged from London, and Garrett took me to the hospital in Somerset.

Once there, the hospitalist did a quick eval and got me hooked up with pain meds (thank goodness) and told me the Urologist would be in to see me soon. It was after midnight by this point and they were all pretty sure I’d have surgery later that day, so I was hooked up to fluids but wasn’t allowed anything to eat or drink.

In addition, each time I was at the ER, they discovered that I had a potassium deficiency so the Somerset hospital also added potassium to my IV (holy cow does that burn!) and they gave me antibiotics as well.

Around 7 Thursday morning, the Urologist came in and told me he’d do surgery that afternoon to take the stone out and put a stent in. Pain meds and fluids were keeping me sane so I just waited patiently for them to take me off to surgery. The surgery went well, even if the stent felt weird and I stayed in the hospital Thursday night for observation and fluids. Friday morning I was discharged and sent home with appointments with both my PCP and the Urologist for follow ups.

I spent the weekend getting used to the stent and sleeping. A LOT. And dealing with numbness that occasionally popped up and had started the first time I was in the ER.

Monday I got to see my PCP and he was mostly concerned with the potassium deficiency as the kidney stone had been taken care of. Plus the new list of symptoms that included tiredness, lack of focus, lack of energy and the numbness were all thought to be caused by the potassium deficiency. So  he ordered a supplement for me to help get my levels back into the normal range.

1 week after that initial appointment I still felt tired all the time, can’t focus, have little energy and just feel ugh. So now my PCP is testing my thyroid and we’re working to get better nutrition into my system to see if that helps.

The stent came out and I’m so glad I don’t have to deal with that feeling anymore. But then it started to hurt when I ate solid foods. So I called my sleeve doctor to see if they had any recommendations. They said come see us in the office, and we’re going to schedule you for a scope.

Wednesday this week I saw my sleeve doctor and based on what I told her, she thinks I may have an ulcer, but the scope is scheduled for next week to find out for sure what’s going on. She may take biopsies of my stomach while they’re in there, which is fine with me, because at this point, I just want to feel better. So I’m being super careful with what I’m eating so I don’t have more pain, and I get to pick up some meds today that should help if I actually have an ulcer.

Despite the not great eating habits the last few weeks, I am down 43 pounds since surgery, so I’m grateful for that. I am so ready to be able to eat normally and work out again so that I can really concentrate on losing this weight in a healthy way. I’m not 100% sure of what my goal weight is, as I think it will depend on how I feel and what works for my body, but I will be very happy when I can say that I’m under 200 pounds.

So that’s been my life the last few weeks and most of the reason I haven’t done much online or talked to many people. Hopefully the scope on Thursday will show something that’s fixable, otherwise I’ll probably be off to a GI doctor to see what they can do.

Happy belated Valentine’s day, and hope you all have a great weekend!



The journey of a thousand miles….

Begins with one step. And that one major step for me will take place tomorrow. I will be having Gastric Sleeve surgery as a tool for weight loss and my overall health. I’ve been struggling with my weight my whole life and have used traditional methods to try and lose weight, mainly diet and exercise. I did this with the guidance of my doctor and never managed to lose more than 15 pounds before other physical issues came up that prevented me from continuing with the exercise. My doctor also suggested diet medication that helped curve my appetite for about a month before it stopped working. So earlier this year, he brought up a surgical tool as a weight loss aid and that led me to the Baptist Health Bariatric team.

With my insurance I had to have a psych evaluation and a few other medical clearance tests to qualify for this surgery. I definitely understand all the tests and and especially the psych eval. Fortunately for me, I’m doing this surgery for the right reasons and know that this is a tool and not a cure for my weight and I was able to pass all the required tests.

So for the last 2 weeks I’ve been on a diet to shrink my liver and today I’m on an all liquid diet before surgery tomorrow. I’ve got a whole shower and prep process I have to do tonight to help prevent surgery and then in the morning I’m off to Richmond for the first step of the rest of my life.

They will get me up and walking not long after I wake up and they will want me to walk a lot to prevent blood clots and to work the air out of my system (since the surgery is laparoscopic). I will be in the hospital overnight as they will check for leaking Thursday morning before they let me come home.

I’ll then have about 6 weeks of regulated diets that start with clear liquids then slowly work up to semi-solid foods then canned meats then ground meets and eventually full foods again. I’ll have to wait about 3 months before I can have steak again but I do get to eat carbs later on (as long as its the right kind of carbs).

So that’s the big update here. Prayers and good wishes are appreciated and I’ll keep you updated as I’m able.


A New Walk for Me

Hello again!

So recently I re-started my walk with Christ and started going to church again.

Garrett’s mom has gone to the same church for years (the one we got married in), and I wasn’t interested in going for the longest time, but one day something in me changed, and I wanted to go. So I started to go with her, and even got Garrett to come with!

I love Bart, the minister we have at church, and I learn something every week from him. I really appreciate that the sermons make sense to me and I’m not intimidated by the word of God. I bought myself a new bible (I had one but it got lost in the many moves I’ve made over the years) and did some research into whether I was baptized or christened as a baby.

I found out I was baptized as a baby, so I asked to join the church and place my membership there. Once I did that, I had a meeting with Bart as he likes to make sure that people know that there’s more to being a church member than just showing up on Sunday mornings. One of his sermons was so on point for me at this time as he discussed the mission of our church: Love God. Grow in Jesus. Serve the World. Now for a newbie for me, this list made sense in words, but I wasn’t sure how to accomplish this in act. Fortunately for me his sermon gave me a list of ways to Grow in Jesus: 1. Read your bible. 2. Regularly attend Church. 3. Find a community group. 4. Get baptized. 5. Give. 6. Share Christ. 7. Serve.

Hooray for me for being a part of a church where our minister seems to know what to say so that I understand what I can do. So I’m working my way through this list. I read my bible (starting in the New Testament has made a HUGE difference for me), and I go to church every weekend (I actually look forward to it. What a difference from me being a kid!) but I wasn’t sure about the community group part. But Bart told me about some of the classes that our church offers, and I’ve found a Sunday School group that I enjoy and appreciate. I’ve also started helping out with the children’s ministry. I’ve helped teach the preschool class for the past few Sunday’s and starting later this month, I get to teach the preschool class on Wednesday nights, as my own class! So its very exciting to get to spend time with kids and help them learn about God’s love as I am.

Next on the list was baptism. Bart and the church feel that baby baptism where you get sprinkled with water doesn’t fulfill the bible, so this past weekend I got baptized at church. I did it this past weekend, right before my 30th birthday so that I could enter a new era of my life as a new version of myself.

Here’s me right before, with Bart:


And here’s me right after:


I’ve got video, but can’t put it here without paying for the premium service, so I’ll figure out how to get those up too.

So besides giving (which is hard to do when you’re not working, but plan to do as soon as we have money to give) and doing my best to Share Christ with those around me, I feel like I’m doing alright with this list. I’m trying to be a better person every day, and am trying to live with this verse in mind:

Clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience… And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. ~Colossians 3:12,14

I heard this verse in one of the first sermons when I started to go to church, and I just love it. It makes so much sense, and is simple but powerful and I’m doing my best to live up to it and be a better person and react in a better way towards others.

That’s all for now 🙂


Hello Again

Hello friends!

I know its been a while, but I just didn’t know how to write down what has been going on in our lives. 2016 has been a very rough year for us.

January started with Garrett’s Dad, Bill, passing away very suddenly. Then on the day we buried him (also the anniversary of Garrett’s parents), Garrett’s Aunt, Andy, died. And  when we came home from Andy’s visitation, we found our lovely bird, Icarus, dead in his cage. So January was a rough month for us.

I had a job that started right after that, that I left as Garrett’s mom wasn’t handling being home by herself very well. At this point Garrett was still working from home, but 3rd shift, so slept all day while I was working and my mother-in-law just wasn’t handling it well.

The next job I got was through a temp agency, and promised to last from April to July, but lasted all of 2 weeks. I started a new job again, in a call center, and after getting 4 calls back to back where I was yelled at, I had a panic attack and had to go home. Then the next day, just driving back to work, caused another, so I resigned to make sure I didn’t have panic attacks each day.

I found a new job in August and they over hired, so was gone from there  in 3 weeks, but that was right in time for school to start. Yeah, I decided to go back to school, and finally got all the financial aid straightened out, so I’m now attending Somerset Community College for an Associate’s degree in Medical Office Management. It’s a short 2 year track, and I can do it all online, making it perfect for me to work part-time on campus, and hopefully I’ll get word on that job asap as I just had the interview the other day and the lady definitely wants me, it just has to be approved by the work study guy.

Garrett lost his job in June when the company accepted his resignation early, after putting him through a lot of hell and making him jump through unnecessary hoops. He told them, in June, that he’d be leaving sometime in August for a different position (one that the offer was later rescinded) and the company decided to resign him a week later instead.

Along with job issues, I’ve had some health issues. I’ve had some serious stomach and throat issues, making my doctor think that taking my gallbladder out last year wasn’t helpful nor necessary to aid in my stomach problems. I had a CT the other day, and am scheduled for a scope next week, to help figure out what could be wrong.

I saw one ENT for my throat, and he thinks the pain is caused by acid erosion. My primary doctor sees me when my tonsils are huge, so is sending me to a new ENT to see if this one will take my tonsils out, or come up with a better strategy than “magic mouthwash” to help my throat issues. Not an ideal surgery to have as an adult, but better than chronic sore throat the rest of my life.

Jack turned one this year, and is as cute as ever. We took a trip up to Chicago to help Grandma prepare for a garage sale and he was able to spend some time with the family and get lots of love from them. Usually its just me going to Chicago to see family, so it was nice that time to have all 3 of us go and get to see people.

So that’s 2016 so far, I’ve had some good things happen too, but that includes videos, so will be the next post.




Long time, no blog

Hello friends!

It’s been a while, huh? Sorry about that, life has gotten CRAZY!

The short version: started and ended new job, got gallbladder removed, didn’t move into new place, in-law’s came back from Florida, and still trying to get the crafting business off the ground.

Longer version:

Started the new job in July, and it was going really well. Made it through training and into “nesting” (where we take live calls but have people walking around to help us/more hands on help than regular calls). Within the first hour of the 3rd day of nesting (Monday), my gallbladder freaked out, I had a restroom episode and went home, scared that’d I’d a) have to use the restroom while on the phone and couldn’t get to the rest room and possibly b) not get to the restroom and then have an issue at my desk and in my pants. Neither of which would have been good. I had an appointment with the surgeon later that week (Friday) to schedule the gallbladder removal, but I was able to call and have them move it up to the next day (Tuesday). So I went in on Tuesday and they said that the surgeon only does removals on Thursdays and the Thursday that week was probably full. I begged the PA to see what she could do as I was in a lot of pain, had been dealing with this gallbladder issue since February and wanted to be done with it!

The surgeon came in, told me about the procedure and the risks, and I told him I’d heard the risks and didn’t care, I just wanted the gallbladder OUT. He left and the PA came back in, taking me to the scheduling lady. She told me “this Thursday is full… *insert me groaning here* but we can get you in tomorrow.” To which I told her and the scheduling lady that if I ever won the lottery, I’d give them some. That’s how happy I was about it! They laughed and got me scheduled.

I went home that night and called the HR people from work, and started my leave process paperwork so that I wouldn’t rack up absentee hours while out recovering (if you were absent 80 + hours in 13 weeks, they’d fire you) and I had missed some time during training, getting some of the tests done to justify the surgeon taking my gallbladder out.

Wednesday the hubbs took me to the surgery center, and his aunts met us there, and stayed with him while I was in surgery. We updated the in-laws (who were still in Florida) as the day progressed and the longest wait was the surgeon getting there and being ready to do the surgery. I remember going into the surgery room at about 12:30, talked to the nurses a little, got some special stuff to breathe and then woke up and saw a clock at about 2:30. They say the procedure only took 30 minutes or so, but I guess it just took me a bit to come out of my sleep. The pain was a bit rough at the beginning, but 2 doses of pain meds helped with that, enough that I was able to get up and walk to the car and go home. I had a cut & stitch in my belly button, a cut & stitch under my boob, and then 2 band-aids over some little hole spot things in my lower-side abdomen. The hubbs took me home, got my pain meds and then I slept. A lot. Then spent time walking around (trying to let the gas out as they did the laproscopic removal) and trying to figure out what I could and could not eat.

Fortunately, for the first few days, I didn’t really have issues with foods, but after that first bowel movement, my system would tell me when it didn’t like what I ate. At my one week follow-up, the PA said that sometimes I’ll eat something and it’ll be bad, then I might eat it again, and it’ll be ok, so it’s just been a giant experiment. In addition, any foods with fat will probably go right through me, but I’m allowed to use immodium to help with that. Fortunately, the immodium helps prevent using the rest room after EVERY meal, and so far it seems like the overly greasy food items are the ones that affect me most.

Meanwhile, I find out that I hadn’t been at my job long enough to qualify for a leave of absence, so I could either rack up the missed hours (and eventually get fired) or resign, so I resigned to keep me eligible for rehire in the future when they hire for seasonal positions again. Its been a bit rough, but the hubbs has encouraged me to focus on my crafting business, and so that’s what I’m doing.

The crafting business has been alright so far. I’ve been making a lot of product but trying to figure out a niche to sell to. Just cause I make it, doesn’t mean I’m going to sell it, and I have to find the right medium to sell what I make. But I’ve been having fun making purses, crocheted stuffed animals, and most recently a Halloween table runner and some dice bags for my husband and his gaming friends. Every once in a while I’ll get a commission for a specific item, but hopefully I can start to get more of those soon.

2 weekends ago, the hubbs and I drove to South Carolina to meet the in-laws and drive them back to Kentucky. They’ve been settling in alright, but Mom gets tired more easily than we’re used to, because of the surgery and the infections she dealt with in Florida. So its been a bit chill at the Disney household. The in-laws were nice enough to let us keep Jack (they didn’t want us to get a dog, we got him with the intention of moving out, when we weren’t going to move out, we had to make sure they were ok with him, they were, thank goodness) and they light up when he’s around. Jack will climb onto Dad’s scooter and let dad scratch on him and be very content. It’s quite cute.

Here’s a Jack picture from the other day, he’s just so stinking cute!


And I think that’s just about everything that’s been going on lately.

Hope you all have a wonderful Labor Day, and a great week!


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There’s a fly on the wall!

Hello friends! Its been a while, but I’ve been just so darn busy or having mental issues, sorry!

But its time for another fly on the wall post, some brief glimpses into what’s been going on this last month. Take a read and then check out the other lovely ladies also participating 🙂

~Last week of May, I got laid off. Too many people hired, and since I was in the last batch of new hires, I got the boot. Cue a very frustrating new job search. It started with going back to GDIT (where I worked last year during open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act, and ended up leaving because I missed so much time due to my gallbladder freaking out and trying to figure all that stuff out) for a new job fair they were having. I did the interview, and was ONE word (yes) from getting the job but then I was informed that the company changed the re-hire policy and they had to wait a YEAR before rehiring me, instead of the traditional 90 days. And this policy changed 3 days before I got there. Urg. So I kept looking but kept hearing NOTHING. It got really frustrating. I was feeling very down, and very inadequate, but then I got a call from GDIT last week. They said the policy changed AGAIN and I could come in for my offer letter and schedule. So the almost 2 weeks of stress and hearing nothing worked out, but I could have really done without that stress 🙂

~Around the time that was going on, my birth control rx ran out and now I’ve been dealing with the Dr office and the Pharmacy in order to get it filled. Meanwhile, the longer I’m off it, the more crazy my hormones are making me. Seriously, the smallest thing will get me down and sad, when normally it wouldn’t be that big of a deal. So wish me luck that I get this resolved soon.

~Garrett and I have figured out that now that I have a job again, we have the money to move out of his parent’s house and into a house with some friends. Yes, we’re moving from one set of roommates to another, but at least our friends won’t yell at me and make me feel incompetent. Its a huge house (4 beds, 2 baths, 2 living rooms, 3 car garage) and everyone is cool with me setting up a craft area so that I can still do all my sewing.

~I’ve been sewing up a storm lately in order to get my online shop up and running. We originally thought I’d need it for regular income, but now that I’ve got the job at GDIT, I can use this as extra income and for fun. I really do enjoy being able to spend time in my craft room every day, especially since I don’t start training at GDIT till 7/6.

~The Shop has been opened!!! Check out Icarus a la Mode to see the etsy shop I’ve started and have stuff for sale. More things will be added soon!

~Garrett’s parents went to Florida last week. They’ll be down there for his mom to have some cancer treatments at the Mayo clinic that’s close to where my sister-in-law lives. Its a MUCH better hospital than UK (the closest good one to us) for the type of cancer she has, so we’ll probably see them again in late July/early August when they get back. She still works for the school district and school starts August 6th and she wants to be back for that, so we’ll see what happens. But do us a favor and keep her in your prayers!

~Garrett’s job switched him to night shift (10pm-7am) which he loves but was weird at first for me. But since I’m not working right now, my sleep schedule has been getting closer to his. Like last night, I laid down about 2:30 and was reading my book for a bit. Well, I ended up finishing the book, and when I went to pee one more time before going to sleep, Garrett’s first statement was “what are you still doing up?” to which I reply “I just finished my book. Why, what time is it?” and he tells me “Almost 6.” I didn’t feel that tired, but I haven’t stayed up that late (early?) I think ever, so that was new. But training at GDIT will be 7am-3:30pm and my shift will be 6:30am-3pm so I need to work on getting used to waking up early again. Good thing I have a week or 2 to do it!

~Happy Father’s day to all the fathers, father figures and awesome dudes in our lives. I know its a tad early, but I don’t want to forget 🙂

I think that’s all that’s been going on here. But take a gander at what’s going on in these other homes:

Baking in a Tornado

Spatulas on Parade

Follow Me Home

Menopausal Mom

Stacy Sews and Schools

Battered Hope

Just a Little Nutty

The Momisodes

Someone Else’s Genius

Juicebox Confession

Dinosaur Superhero Mommy

Sanity Waiting to Happen

Southern Belle Charm

The Sadder but Wiser Girl

Searching for Sanity

Go Mama O

Eileen’s Perpetually Busy

People Don’t eat enough fudge

Thanks for reading! Till next time…


May Craftiness

Hello friends!

Sorry it’s been a while since I’ve posted, I’m finding it hard to have interesting things to write about when all I feel like I do is work all the time.

But, there’s been some fun stuff going on so I’ll share that!

While working (aka sitting in training and listening to people ask the same questions 10 times even though we’ve been over the info 15 times) I’ve been crocheting to keep my sanity. I’ve seen all sorts of patterns for Amigurumi or crochet critters as I’ve been calling them and I started my first pattern, a bunny.

Springtime Bunny

Springtime Bunny

I was in the process of making him over a few days, and when I first showed him to Garrett with just a head, ears, and body, he decided to claim and make the bunny his, once he was finished. Garrett’s only request was a blue tail instead of purple:

Blue bunny tail!

Blue bunny tail!

So he got a blue tail and this little guy has sat with Garrett at his desk ever since 🙂

Over the weekend, Garrett and I hung out with some friends, Bryan and Kim. Kim was the one who Sarah and I threw a baby shower for, and it was nice to see them and all their boys. We went to lunch on Saturday for Bryan’s Birthday and then hung out at our house since the weather was so nice! Plus, I got to hold Baby Sam and I was in heaven!

Me and Sam, hanging out at the restaurant

Me and Sam, hanging out at the restaurant

Not the greatest picture, but holding babies are more important than selfie 🙂

And then later Bryan, Kim and the boys came over to our house and we all sat outside, chatted and watched the older boys go through our game collection and run around the yard.

After dinner and a diaper change, I got to snuggle with Baby Sam some more:

Cuddle monkey!

Cuddle monkey!

I was thrilled and in complete heaven, just sitting with Baby Sam in my arms and chatting with everyone.

On Sunday, I took a trip down to JoAnn fabrics as they started a huge Mother’s day sale, that put every bolt of fabric in the store on sale (score!!). I found this delight on sale:

Dress pattern!

Dress pattern!

As Garrett and I have a wedding to go to later this month, and I can’t find a dress I like anywhere, I decided to put my sewing skills to the test and make my own dress.

Monday and Tuesday after work found me holed up in my craft room, cutting and sewing away. After a brief consultation with Cj, (my God-mother, who taught me to sew) about a confusing bit of the pattern, I finally got it done!

Almost done

Almost done

And here it is!

All finished!

All finished!

I’m really excited cause its pretty, comfortable and was not that hard to make. It’s definitely something I can wear all summer, and dress up for the wedding in a few weeks. Plus, this patter is so quick that I can keep a look out for more fabric like this and make more versions of this dress, using the longer hem options or even the short sleeve options.

That’s all for now, but come back FRIDAY MAY 8th for the SECRET SUBJECT SWAP post and FRIDAY MAY 15th for a new USE YOUR WORDS post!


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Baby Shower, Hooray!

Hello friends!

Where has this month gone? I feel like I blinked and now its just about over. My photo challenge has kinda fallen apart, so I may just change to a new goal of 2-3 pictures a week as its my challenge and I can do it however I want, right?

Yesterday was the baby shower for our friend and it went well. We were hoping for more people to come, but those who were there had fun and so much love for the couple and baby to be. Here’s a pic of the quilt I made, as I didn’t want to post pictures till after I gave it to the family

Full shot of the quilt

Full shot of the quilt

More Detail

More Detail


I also got this adorable spur-of-the-moment Easter bunny rabbit that was just too adorable to pass up:

How stinking cute is he?

How stinking cute is he?


And then I also made one of those tag toys that I’ve seen all over the internet and stores for baby. I’ve seen blankets and various stuffed animals, and so since Mommy loves elephants, I made the little guy a cute little Tag Toy Elephant:

So much fun!

So much fun!


We played some games, gave out prizes, had good snacks and then dug into this adorable cupcake creation I found:

Little Cupcake stroller

Little Cupcake stroller


Side note- do you know how much frosting they use to make these things!?!? I have seen the cupcake shape thing on line but had no idea that they use icing to keep the cupcakes stuck to the tray and then fill the gaps between cupcakes with frosting too. I got to take the leftovers home and I swear I’ve got more icing than cupcakes left. Like I could probably bake a batch of cupcakes and frost them with the leftover icing from this guy. At least it tastes good!

Here’s a sweet picture I got of 4/5 members of the family and then one of me, the mom and the other host:

Soon to be older brothers helping open gifts

Soon to be older brothers helping open gifts

Me, Mom to be, and Co-Host

Me, Mom to be, and Co-Host

Now we just wait and see for the little guy to get here. Mommy knows that there are about 10 of us who are waiting in line to hold the little guy 🙂


I’ll get another post up soon of the other crafty stuff I’ve been up to, but if you can’t wait that long, head over to my business page on Facebook, Creations by Cole


Hope you all have had a good weekend and will have a great week!




Like a Fly on the Wall

It’s that time again, where a bunch of us bloggers give you a glimpse into our lives. So here goes:


~We somehow managed to control the flow of water into the basement, and have moved back downstairs. We got rid of the wet, ruined carpets, rearranged the living room, and got the musty smell taken care of.


~Somehow, despite the standing water and flooding, we’ve got mice again. Fortunately we have an awesome trap and we caught another bugger the other night. That now makes 2 adults and 9 babies. They’re not catch and release traps or live catch traps or whatever-they’re-called, cause 1) we can’t afford them and 2) this trap is the only one where the babies haven’t been able to eat the bait right off and not trigger the trap (that happened with the first 4 mice and it got old, fast).


~I got a new job! I got hired on at Convergys, a work from home agency, where I’ll be doing call center work (from home, yay!) and troubleshooting people’s internet issues. I start April 1, so wish me luck! We moved the craft room around a little too, so that I’ve got an office in there and I won’t bother Garrett, who also works from home, in the living room.


~I started  a 365 photo-a-day challenge (check out the blog posts about it!) and while it was easy the first week, its proven to be more difficult as I go along. For a while I was beating myself up about not taking a picture every day, but I’ve decided that since its my challenge, then its ok if I miss a day or two 🙂


~My friend Sarah (that awesome chick at The Momisodes) and I are throwing a baby shower for our mutual friend next weekend. I found out last month that they don’t have anything for this baby (number 4 and totally unplanned) and since this friend is convinced no one would come to a baby shower, Sarah and I are out to prove her wrong. She’s not due till the end of April, but this friend told us the other day that the doctors aren’t sure if the baby will stay in that long. So it might become a “Look who’s born!” shower instead. I guess we’ll just have to see what the little guy decides to do.


~Hung out with that same Sarah this week. She invited me to a Mary Kay party at her Church and this week on her day off, I went over and hung out with her and her kiddos. According to Little Bit, I’m her best friend now. And then Girl Child said I was her best friend too. So all 3 girls in that house are now my best friend 🙂 I helped Little Bit with her math homework (I love math, Sarah does not) and then we played on the whiteboard giving each other math questions and trying to figure out what words the other was spelling. Sarah’s girls decided I should stay for dinner, so I got to share in the yummy Meatloaf Meatballs 🙂


~Garrett’s Mom and Dad came back from Florida last week. They were going to do Mom’s cancer surgery down there but the doctor wants her heart to get stronger first, so they’ll go back in June for the surgery, giving Mom the time to work on that and finish out the school year (she works at the middle school).


~Garrett went to Louisville last weekend to play in a card tournament. He won one of the raffle prizes, but he forgot to tell me how many games he won. He came home very happy and was glad to get a day with the guys out of the house. By the time the weekend rolls around, he’s usually a bit stir crazy so its nice when he gets to get out and do stuff like that.


~I got really crafty this week, starting and finishing both a jewelry holder for my bathroom and a thread holder for my craft room (I’ll get pictures of those up as soon as I can get my new camera synced with the computer). Next big craft to finish is quilting and binding the baby quilt that is a gift for next week’s baby shower. Guess I should get on that 🙂


Now that you’ve buzzed around my house a little, take some time to buzz around these other ladies’ houses:                     Baking In A Tornado               Spatulas on Parade                   Follow me home                       Menopausal Mother          Stacy Sews and Schools                         Battered Hope                           Just A Little Nutty                                        The Momisodes                   Someone Else’s Genius                          The Sadder But Wiser Girl                                 Dinosaur Superhero Mommy                              Disneyland in Kentucky                     Juicebox Confession              Searching for Sanity                                     Go Mama O.



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So despite the weird and frustrating weather we’ve had this week, I finally got my sewing machine! It came in this HUGE box:


It was taller than the washing machine!

And I wasn’t 100% sure why, but when I opened it, I figured out that they sent the sewing machine and carrying case in the same large outer box.

First, I set up the carrying case, cause it was simpler:

Carrying Case!

Carrying Case!

And then I got the sewing machine into the craft room to get it set up. Look at just a fraction of the attachments it came with:

Feet, needles, extras, etc

Feet, needles, extras, etc

Then I got it onto my desk:

So Pretty!

So Pretty!

And put the extended table on it so I could get a feel of how much extra space it gave me:

Looks so good in its new home!

Looks so good in its new home!

And I’m thrilled! I’m also a tad intimidated by it, but I’ll put in the instructional DVD this weekend and figure this baby out so that I can finish some baby quilts I’ve got to get done 🙂

Have a good weekend, everyone!



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