Monday, April 28, 2014

April update

I'm sorry it's been so long.  I have been swamped at work and have very little free time to write.  And after work I spend as little time as possible on my phone and I never get on my laptop (can't tell you the last time I checked Facebook--I've pretty much unplugged).  40 hours a week on the computer at work is more than enough, even thought it's all work and very little play. 

Work is going really well for me.  I passed my certification test on April 7 (aced it--93/100).  I feel like I'm making a contribution to people's lives.  We had our spring graduation ceremony Friday, and I gave the benediction, which I got lots of compliments on.  I didn't know any of the students, but it was still really special to be on stage in graduation regalia (all the staff and instructors wear gowns and hoods and sit on stage with the graduates) and be part of the event.  I now can add graduations to funerals and weddings as places I always cry. 

We are wrapping up the school year--only 4 weeks left.  I'm planning summer camps and all that.  Kids should have a good mix of having fun at theater camp and one other camp (which is outdoors) and being lazy bums at home.  Sophie will watch Luke for a lot of the time they are just home, with my mom hopefully keeping them a day or two to break it up.  

Luke's had terrible allergy issues.  He has missed a few days of school, because he can't sleep at night.  I washed everything in his room and that has helped keep his night time reactions down. Started giving him claritin at night instead of morning (and REAL claritin, not generic--I talked to one mom who said generic doesn't work for her son or husband, and by golly, the brand name stuff is making a difference) and he's using his qvar inhaler twice a day again.  He started back up on ADHD meds, and this one so far is just right for him. He can focus but it's not shutting him down. 

Sophie is doing very well.  A's and one B (math) in school and her back is doing great.  We go to St Louis for her 6 month (!!) check up on May 19.  Cannot believe it's been almost 6 months.  She turns 13 (!!!) on May 25.  

Mark is doing really well at work by himself, although he says it does get lonely without me.  The other three guys there are connected at the hip, and for whatever reason they don't include Mark in anything.  It was like that since before I left, but he just feels it more with me gone.  At home, has has taken over a huge amount of chores--he almost always does the kids' laundry and towels every weekend.  He grocery shops for himself.  He keeps us stocked on grilled chicken and beef (he buys, grills, and freezes).  He takes the recycles out to the big bin outside.  My working 40 hours a week isn't an issue at all, with him picking up all these chores. 

My depression has gotten better, although I still don't feel out of the woods.  I'm going to see the nurse practitioner Friday to talk about new meds.  

I'm still going to OA, but not working my program as I should be.  I'm on the 4th step, and haven't done anything with it yet.  I've gained some weight--I was 160 this weekend.  I'm not eating desserts, but I eat too many refined foods and am still not running, so I've gained.  I can still wear my clothes, though, thankfully. 

We're planning a trip to Florida in July.  It's been 3 years since our last big vacation.  Kids are excited. I'm nervous that it's going to cost too much, just hoping Mark can make enough extra to cover it.  We have our plane tickets already ($960 for four of us from Owensboro, KY, flying direct to Orlando-Sanford on Allegiant--that cost includes 2 checked bags and 2 carry on bags, which isn't much for a 10 day trip, so I'm going to have to pack smart!).  We are going to New Smyrna beach (Atlantic side) on 7/4, then going to Orlando to Universal Studios (Harry Potter world) for two days, then going to Clearwater Beach (Gulf side) for the rest of the trip.  So lots of relaxation.  We may try to go down to the Kennedy Space Center when we're in New Smyrna, since it's close.  Other than that and Universal, it's all beach time.   I'd welcome your input if any of you have been to these places. 

That's all I have time for today. Thanks for thinking of me!  Hugs to you all. 


Toledo Lefty said...

It's good to see you posting again. I'm glad that you and Mark are adjusting well to your job. It sounds like it was a really positive change for you. It's great to hear that Mark has taken up some slack at home -- that's a great help.

This allergy season is pretty bad -- the trees are pollinating with a vengeance. If you don't already have mattress encasements for his bed, consider getting them -- they made a huge difference for me. They keep all the crud that is in the mattress from being puffed out when someone gets into bed. Now that I know about them, I'd get them even if I didn't have allergies, they just seem cleaner. I also get allergy shots.

I went to Clearwater Beach when I was younger. I remember it being a very upscale place. You might want to bring some nicer outfits for everyone for dinners out. Enjoy!

Vickie said...

Ditto what Jen said about mattress encasements. We put box springs in them too. We got the kind that are very plastic. I would add buying new pillows and putting them in encasements too. Wash mattress pad every time you wash sheets. Wash every week in HOT WATER.

I also would recommend air filters. The big ones made by Honeywell at target with washable filter. Leave it going 24/7 in center of his room.

Change filter on furnace much more frequently.

Vacuum cold air return and duct work in his room regularly. If he has a ceiling fan and uses it, clean that regularly too.

Dust vacuum his room once a day/week when he is not going to be in there for several hours.

I am picturing your hubby doing all of this. . .

Vickie said...

We loved all the space stuff.

Pack things that can all be washed together. So you can do a load every few days and all have clean clothes, pack less.

I always seem to get somewhere with ONE white shirt which then can't be washed with anything . . .

I buy our laundry detergent when I get there if we are flying. Huge allergy and skin issues if I use anything else.

Vickie said...

Your job sounds like it was a really good move for you. Can you fast walk on your lunch hour? Switch to a different shirt. Take wash clothe and deodorant.

katie said...

Effexor SSNI - only med that worked for me after trying all the other SSRI's and still being depressed.