Seven Quick Takes

August 6, 2010 at 8:52 am 17 comments

Caution: Randomness to come.

1.
I hit an all-time low when it comes to fatigue. I almost fell asleep at my desk several times yesterday because I’d had about 4 almost sleepless nights in a row. I decided it was time to stop talking about how I think the recliner could help and actually try it. So last night I put a fitted sheet over the recliner, put two extra fans in the living room, and settled in for the night. I woke up twice two pee but THAT’S IT. And neither trip to the bathroom was painful. I didn’ t have to hobble in there or hold my back. No tears were shed and I think the only moan was the sound I made when I tried to hoist myself out of the recliner. In conclusion: Praise the Lord, it looks like I might get some sleep during the last 6 weeks!!

2.
As of August 1, Stephen and I started the new envelope method of budgeting. It’s going to take some self-control but I think it’ll be worth it. I’ve VERY good at mental justification… This method doesn’t allow for that.

3.
My mom’s pup has been having some health issues. (If you look on my About Me tab, she’s the little white fluff ball.) She’s had several tests and nobody really knows what’s wrong. A specialist even said, “I’ve been in practice for 35 years, 30 as a by referral vet (aka: only weird cases), and I’ve never seen anything like this.” She doesn’t want to eat, she’s very needy, sometimes she just spaces out. It’s very odd. She had surgery earlier in the week and had several biopsies done. We’ll get results next week. I know this sounds weird but will you please keep her in your prayers? She may just be a dog, but she’s a pet. And for those of you who have pets, you know how they become your family.

4.
I hit an all time pregnancy low yesterday. It was the first time I thought, “Okay, I’m ready for this to be done.” My back was hurting, I was beyond tired, and Jansen was especially active. (Read: Beating the crap out of my insides.) I’m doing much better today and I’ve decided I’m not quite ready for this chapter to end.

5.
I only own two maternity shirts that are long enough for me to wear to work. Why is that okay? If it says “maternity” on it, it should be extra long. Who cares if I have a ridiculously long torso, there should still be clothes options for me! So from here on out, two days a week I will wear those two shirts and the other three I will wear solid t-shirts from Stephen’s drawer. And if anyone wants to complain, they can start a new line of maternity clothes for non-midgets.

6.
I almost hate to admit this because I’m SO not about the brand names. However, for reasons that aren’t important to this post, I have been using a name brand contact solution for a few weeks instead of Kroger brand. You know? I think it’s better. I don’t keep track of how old my contacts are. I just wear them until they irritate my eyes… whether that is the recommended month or close to two months. I feel that as long as I can see and they are comfortable, I’ll keep wearing them. But y’all, this new solution is like super powered. I don’t know how long I’ve been wearing these contacts but it is far longer than normal. So now I need to figure out if it’s worth it to pay over two times the price for solution and keep my contacts longer, or save money on solution but waste it on contacts.

7.
Do you have any idea how hard it is to prepare your coworkers for 6 weeks without you?! I thought it would be quick and easy. No ma’am. I have folders with sticky notes and printed instructions, times 10. Some of them understand that life will go on, others fear that this may be the end of the world. Part of me hopes that there will be a few issues so they know that I’m needed… but most of me is scared that they’ll realize that my job is really easy and somehow think I’m replaceable.

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  • 1. Tabaitha  |  August 6, 2010 at 9:09 am

    We use the envelope system and it’s great.

  • 2. osarah  |  August 6, 2010 at 9:13 am

    1. I understand the job fear. I experienced that when I went on 3 weeks of leave last August.

    2. Sleeping in a chair…good problem solving! Glad it’s helping!

    3. I used to use the envelope method. It was great, but now living where we constantly operate in two (and sometimes three – Francs or Pounds) currencies, it just doesn’t work.

  • 3. Kapachino  |  August 6, 2010 at 9:16 am

    David and I tried the envelope system and ran into issues.

    Issue #1: We don’t have a lot of savings yet, so we didn’t have enough money at the beginning of the month to fill out the envelopes.

    Issue #2: We each needed an envelope for things like food & dining out, so we tried to split the money in half but then one of us would end up needing more so we’d borrow from another envelope, then forget to replace it, until we just got totally confused.

    Issue #3: We hate going into the gas station to pay for gas so we continued to use our cards for gas.

    How do y’all do it? You seem so good with money so maybe you can do a post explaining how it works for you!

  • 4. Karen  |  August 6, 2010 at 9:45 am

    Sorry to hear about the pup, I hope that every thing turns out to be good, will say a prayer for her.

    Have a Great Weekend.

  • 5. Emmie  |  August 6, 2010 at 9:55 am

    I tried using the generic brand of contact lense solution a few years ago and found the name brand is better. The generic left my contacts filmy. Glad you slept well on the recliner! I have been praying for little Molly everyday. She isn’t just a dog. They are beloved members of the family who bring so much joy, entertainment, laughter, and companionship who love us unconditionally. Have a great weekend with your friends!!!!

  • 6. Stacie  |  August 6, 2010 at 10:01 am

    I am as cheap as they come, but sometimes generic brand just do not cut it. And that’s the truth.

  • 7. Joy  |  August 6, 2010 at 10:05 am

    Glad you were able to get a good night sleep!!
    Hope your mom’s pup gets better.
    Don’t know if you want to get new stuff at this late date but Old Navy sells tunics which may be long enough for what you need.

  • 8. Jennifer  |  August 6, 2010 at 10:07 am

    The recliner was my friend the last three months of all my pregnancies!

  • 9. Mama Fuss  |  August 6, 2010 at 10:46 am

    We started the envelope system 3 years ago when I was pregnant w/ Fuss. We paid off so much debt by avoiding those mental space-outs about the couple of bucks here and there and the justifications, etc. It really really works.

    I am a week ahead of you, so I’m guessing we’re at least in the same ball-park as far as size goes. I don’t have an especially long torso, but I’ve been having a problem w/ my maternity shirts not being long enough lately, too and I blame the “secret fit” belly panel most of all. My first pregnancy I wore a different waist-band (that they no longer make, apparently) and almost never had that problem, but those secret fit belly panels are cut lower or something, so it’s not fitting the same. It’s not you, it’s your pants.

  • 10. Jenna  |  August 6, 2010 at 11:10 am

    I moved into the recliner last night too.🙂

    I am a short girl with a short torso & the maternity shirts aren’t long enough for me either.

    Annnddd… 6 weeks off work? For maternity leave, I assume? That’s it? That’s all you guys get down there? Just 6 weeks?

    Have a super weekend!!!!!!!

  • 11. mom (Nana)  |  August 6, 2010 at 11:26 am

    #4 – you aren’t quite ready to have this over because YOU GOT A BETTER NIGHT SLEEP!!!! Yea for the recliner – keep using it!

  • 12. Rachel  |  August 6, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    Well if you keep napping at your desk, they might start think your job is easy.🙂

  • 13. MASHley  |  August 6, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    ash – poor molly. lindsay was telling me about her problem. it sounds very similar to what one of my dogs had, but he tried some sort of new surgery and has been restricted to mostly kibble, cottage cheese, and baby food. he’s doing great now.

    also loved your post about your baby shower yesterday. the book idea is fantastic.

    and last what is the envelope method? i figure it’s probably what it sounds like but i’ve never heard anybody call it that before.

  • 14. Milehimama  |  August 7, 2010 at 11:26 am

    I was “girl friday” at my job when I had baby #6, and I had to write a MANUAL. And the pages contained things like “then press ENTER one time, then click the green box that says ‘Print Invoice’, then type “1”.

    Step by step by step.

  • 15. Jill  |  August 8, 2010 at 9:38 am

    I’m so sorry to hear about the doggie 😦 That would make me really sad so I will say a prayer. I’m glad you got a good night’s rest. I’m a cranky bear if I don’t sleep well, and I’m not even pregnant, so I can only imagine how awful you must have been feeling!

  • 16. Kerrie  |  August 8, 2010 at 11:16 am

    I’m dreading to get prepared for my maternity leave! I work in education, but this year is the first summer I am not working a 12-month year. I have been getting phone calls/emails non-stop. Even if I write a manual, I’ll still get a ton of calls😦

  • 17. Erin  |  August 9, 2010 at 8:41 am

    I used to use generic contact solution until my eye doc told me that was not sufficient & went into mumbo jumbo about statistics & studies & danger & all. Then I started wearing my contacts a wee longer than recommended…like 6 months instead of 2 weeks. My doc again went into mumbo jumbo & my hubby says I’m probably saving us enough $$ to afford a seeing eye dog when my vision is gone from the danger I’m putting it in. Yeah…real supportive, my hubby.

    Anyway, buy the name brand. Some things are just worth it.

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