Friday, January 30, 2015

Disabled Man

Today has been the most emotional and crazy day.  This has nothing to do with weight loss, weight gain, or exercise.  But I just need to write.  This morning, I found out, through odd circumstances, that Disabled Man was letting the woman who formerly caused all his issues back into his home.  This woman had DM going to a pain clinic complaining so he could get meds that she could steal.  She had him take out payday loans in his name so she could have the money.  She had left bills from the last 3+ years unopened on his end table.  She would steal his monthly inheritance check, or at least cash it and buy him about $30 in groceries and pocket the other $470.

DM has actually filed a couple police reports again this woman on his own.  Sadly, this woman is my sister-in-law on my husband's side.  One condition when volunteering to help DM was that she never be allowed in his home again.  There have been a couple other things here recently that have had to push me to tell DM he is walking on thin ice.  Yes, he is schizophrenic and mentally delayed.  Yet he is smart enough to deceive and act in such a way that he gets what he wants somehow, someway, from someone.

When it came to light today that sister-in-law was at his house, things just broke loose.  I was very nice to DM, but this whole thing caused a fight in the family between me, my husband, and two other members of the family.  It's just drama, drama, drama.  My husband drew the line and pointed out, which is true, that our family SHOULD NOT have to go through this kind of stress.  DM has been warned.  He is smart enough to know how to get his way.  He was the baby of his wealthy family and has always gotten his way, no matter what kind of trouble he has ever caused.  He had high-up family members in the police force who had his troubles erased.  Well, that's not how THIS FAMILY works.  In our family, you do right or you are punished or pay the consequences in some way.  So I told DM that I was no longer his caretaker, effective immediately.

He feels that we are overreacting.  I feel that NO ONE in this situation realizes that I spent hours and HOURS of 2013 digging this man out of $10,000 worth of debt.  He became 100% debt free at some point in 2014.  This took a lot of hard work.  No one seems to care that I have handled coordinating all medications, doctor's visits, straightening out misleading medical records, etc.  And THAT is why I am NOT overreacting.  This woman canNOT just walk back into his life and mess him up all over again while I sit by and watch and he lies to me about it, all to get a half of a cigarette as reward!!!  Ughhhhh.  I don't want recognition. I just don't want all the hours I have poured into this man to be erased because of a self-centered, thieving, druggie.  Plus, DM doesn't know how to stand up for himself in situations.  This woman has even physically hit him in the past because her temper rages when she is doing drugs.

So I spent today on the phone, once again, calling his pharmacy, family physician, home health agency, cleaning crew, and a few other people explaining the situation.  I had to sit at the bank and wait for 40 minutes with 4 kids so I could close out DMs joint checking account with me (how I was able to handle his $500 check for him).  I gave the bank man the check card and checks to be shredded.  Thankfully, he has a gov't rep payee set up to handle his major bills and direct deposit into their account of his Social Security check.  I also made spreadsheets and grocery printouts and medication instructions for DM or whoever may end up helping him at the home health agency.

So today was so not a fun day.  Even our 4-H meeting was a flop.  The lady was running 20 minutes behind.  I am not good with being on time (although not that late), so no big deal.  But then a new parent came in halfway through and 30 minutes were taken to explain everything to her instead of continuing on.  The meeting ran late.  The pledges weren't said.  No one got to read their minutes or service reports or thought of the day.  Blah.  We did turn in promotional posters for 4-H, and that was fun.  They go on to county competition because they were deemed blue ribbon.  Of course, it's not ike there's any competition in our small group.  Thankfully, just the poster goes, though.  Not us!

Hubby had a tooth pulled today.  All this dental stuff is going to be the death either emotionally or financially of us.  Seriously.  I get really aggravated.  It's no one's fault but my own (and possibly my parents, hehe) for not taking care of my teeth when I was a kid.  All these giant fillings that I've had for 20 to 30 years are turning into root canals and crowns.  I actually chipped a front tooth last Sunday, but thankfully it is tiny.  Hubby has had two molars on one side pulled, but thankfully his wisdom tooth is moving up and in to take the place of one.  <sigh>  At this point, dentures are looking like a nice option for us rather than to keep wracking up dental expenses, 0% interest or not!

And while at the bank, the manager brought up our income to debt ratio.  It's just a normal thing to be a hamster in a wheel as a one-income family of 6.  Fine. We always at least mostly pay off and then just start over each year at income tax return time.  But these teeth repairs are killing us!  Anyway, the man starts running numbers on our debt, a home equity loan, refinancing, just a million different options.  I didn't ask for his opinion.  He just started in on it.  It was pretty enlightening, though, and gave me some things to consider.  But it also depressed me, yanno?  Just don't talk to me about money.  I'd prefer to turn a blind eye to it rather than face it.  NOT the way to handle it, I know.   And even though we are way better than last year, will it ever be "good?"  Blah. So what did I do?  I went to Kroger and bought brownie mix.

I. Am. An. Idiot.
(Negative self-talk?  Yes!)

I was just reading an article tonight on stress making you crave sugar and carbs and how belly fat, which I have an abundance of, is so dangerous.  I will link it here if you'd like to read about it.
Hope that works. It comes from my bloglovin' frame.

After reading that, I'm not sure if I feel like eating natural, exercising,and getting more sleep or just eating another serving of brownies out of despair!  Lol

Anyway, I know my blog has been anything BUT weight-loss related for like 2 weeks now.  Sorry.  Oh!  And TOM is nearly 2 weeks late.  I bought a pregnancy test just to make sure I didn't have another ectopic pregnancy or anything because I was having some pain on my right side.  Negative.  So I guess my cycle is just horribly thrown off.  I'm sure that is NOT helping my hormones or how I'm feeling or reacting to things right now.  Blah.  Is there a "reset to original settings" button on my body somewhere?  That was 7 pounds, 13 oz.  That was a nice weight!

Just pray for me.  While I totally agree with hubby about the stress of helping Disabled Man, he has been like a fifth child to me since May 2013.  It's not easy to let go and to not worry about how his meds will be handled, what his diet will look like, or if anyone will pay attention now to the fact that he needs a hair cut or new clothes when he does.  :(   I will still see him at church when he comes.  He says he wants to still be picked up in the church van.  My husband assured him that we do still love him but he has to realize that he has broken the rules way too many times and we can't handle this stress anymore.  I will still fix him a plate of leftovers when we have them.  I worry for him.  But I know that I can't continue trying to care for someone who won't care for himself.  I am not a medical professional and have to just let go.

So there is a big vent-y post.  With those final words, I'm going to bed so I stay out of the brownies!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

We Have a Winner

I am too excited not to go ahead and share!  I really felt that my girls had good speeches and good delivery, but when we walked in to hundreds of people at the school this evening I wasn't expecting a victory.  Here is part of the crowd.

The largest group to give speeches happened to be 5th grade - our category.  In fact, there were 38 students there in 5th grade.  The group was large enough to be divided into 3 groups.  My girls were both in group #3.  To be completely honest, there were only 2 kids that I was concerned about placing and maybe knocking one of my girls out.  I was very pleased with how well they stacked up against their peers in group 3.  But you never know what the judges are thinking!

While the judges were completing the score cards, we went back to the cafeteria to wait.  While there, winners for different grade levels were being announced.  Finally, the top 3 finalists from each of the 5th grade groups were announced.  They didn't tell if you won 1st, 2nd, or 3rd at this point but just called up three people.  Sure enough, both my girls made the top 3 in their group.  Woohoo!  So then it was back to another room with all 5th grade finalists - 7 girls and 2 boys.  Here are my girls after the first round with their participation ribbons and a blue ribbon, which meant they were 15 points or less away from a score of 100.

Of all things, my middle daughter was assigned as #1 speaker and oldest was #2 speaker for the finals.  A lot of times in public speaking, the first speeches can be forgotten by the end.  So I was a little bummed they were the first two to go.  The 9 finalists were definitely much better competition!  I was still really proud of my girls' eye contact and expression, but some of the kids had really good speech content - bullying, 4H, the Pledge of Allegiance, leaving babies in cars, etc.  About four of them really had me wondering if my girls had a chance at all to be honest.  After this part of the competition, I told my girls that they had done really well, I was proud of them, and I wasn't sure if they had a chance.  LOL  Hey, I totally believe in being honest with my kids!  I'm a pretty up-front person.

Waiting for the scores to come in was horrific... at least for me!  LOL  My son was so thrilled to see a pencil sharpener mounted to a wall.  I made it into a new joke - you might be homeschooled if...  Haha  The public school teacher behind me seemed amused by it.  Her son was also in the finals.

So all 9 finalists were called up and given a participation ribbon.  Then third place was announced - MIDDLE DAUGHTER!!!!  I was so surprised!  Second place was the boy in the original group who was good competition for them.  Then, first place was announced - OLDEST DAUGHTER!!!  Oh my goodness!!!  I have to say I was 110% shocked.  I mean, I thought she did great, but I didn't dream that she would win FIRST PLACE.  Eeeeek!  I especially didn't think they'd put 2 kids from the same family up, but they did!  Here are all 3 winners in the 5th grade division of the county-wide 4H contest.

So I am one super proud mama tonight.  I am extra proud since these are homeschooled kids, and sometimes people can be so anti-homeschooling because they think that makes someone dumb and doesn't give them as much opportunity.  If you really are homeschooling when you say you are a homeschooler, your kids DO have a great education and many chances in life!   Some people say they homeschool but never seem to get around to the actual schooling part of that.  Both girls said they really enjoyed the excitement of this and want to participate again next year.  Yes!!!  I knew they'd love it if they tried.

Oldest daughter now advances to sub-regional competition in March.  I'm sure it will be tough there (and we will all be a ball of nerves), but once again what a great experience it will be!  I wish that all three winners had advanced so middle daughter could compete as well, but that's the rules.

And it was most definitely a long night!  I cooked oven tacos, and we ate at 5:15.  We got to registration at 6:30.  The crowd was so big that the contests didn't begin until 7:30, which was half an hour past time.  The final 5th grade announcements were over at 9:40 pm.  Wooowee!  But it was totally worth it.  :)

Okay, okay.  Off to bed I go.  I hope my emotions settle down and I can sleep.  Lol


I have to post and be honest about being a complete flop!!!  So I had my root canal on last Thursday.  Normally, it's not that big of a deal.  This time, however, I wasn't very bad off the first day, but by the second day I was in pain!  I have had this constant, nagging, pulsing, throbbing pain in my mouth.  A lot of times, dental work can cause radiating pain.  So I have been wondering if this was root canal related or if yet ANOTHER tooth has started being in pain!  At first, the pain was in the bottom left molar that needs a crown and a small cavity repair.  Then the pain would definitely be in the root canal site.  Then I would suffer on the right lower side, at an old root canal site.  Finally, the pain settled into being in the current root canal site.  I was really starting to get worried that my root canal failed.  I was having to take 600 to 800 mg of ibuprofen plus my pain medicine just to get relief.  Saturday was the worst day of all.  Since I would take a hydrocodone at night before bed, I would feel very groggy in the mornings.  I had plans to get up on schedule Monday and start things out right, but I just could. not. get. up.  I was sure not to take a pain pill before bed last night!  We still slept in a bit because I didn't want the kids ot feel sleepy during their speech competition tonight, but we were up at a very decent hour.  I so far haven't had to take any kind of pain medicine at all this morning, so I'm hoping my root canal is on the mend!

The scale is actually down a couple pounds with not going to the gym.  Do you know how much that drives me mad?  It's not like I go and pump iron.  In fact, I sometimes feel embarrassed when I put my weight pin down to the 20-pound marker on some of the arm machines.  Lol  I mostly spend my time on the treadmill or elliptical, occasionally the bike.  I don't get why going to the gym causes the scale to jump up.  But I enjoy it!  So whatever.

With my tooth hurting so much, though, I didn't feel at all like going to the gym and getting my pulse up and causing more pounding in my head.  Ughhh.  Plus, yesterday was the first day the nose blowing of my two oldest girls finally cut down to a minimum.  They have been so horribly congested!  I was worried they would still sound that way for their speech.  It is so annoying to listen to someone who can't breathe correctly.  Lol

I found myself laying in bed last night lamenting over losing all of last week at the gym and now the first part of this week.  Before I knew it, the negative self talk had begun.  I plainly remember this personal, mental conversation.  "You are so fat and stupid!  Stupid, stupid, stupid!"  So then I had to tell myself, "No, you are not stupid.  You may be fat, but being fat doesn't make you stupid!"  I remember reading a blog post on a couple of years ago about how fat is just linked right up with stupid, how that's not true, and here I was linking them up to describe my own self!!!  I do know some women who say they are very comfortable being overweight, but I am not.  Even after all my years of being overweight, I am NOT comfortable in this body.  It does somehow give me a mentality of somehow feeling "less" (or should that be more, ha) than other people.  I remember falling asleep while battling myself about my weight.

So tonight at 7:00 CST is the speech contest.  I am soooo excited about it.  The kids are nervous but are really doing well.  I have given them a million pointers, let them practice in front of us a bunch of times, let them call grandparents and give speeches over the phone, and am about to make them practice in front of a mirror.  Regardless of who wins tonight, I am so happy with how well my girls have done with their speeches.  I have encouraged them not to allow the audience tonight to make them clam up but to still give their exaggerated, animated performances.  This is a great experience for them!

With all that is in me, I plan to be back at the gym tomorrow.  Plus, middle daughter is going to skin my hide if I don't go back.  She wants to hold some babies!!!  Lol  I think it was best, though, to take a week off for their snotty noses.  I don't want to be accused of getting anyone sick.   Poor Disabled Man went today for his water aerobics class, but the pool heater was broken so class was cancelled.  I considered swimming this afternoon, but that is definitely out now.

Oh, Disabled Man's oncology appointment went fine.  Oddly enough, his primary care doctor wanted him to go for a hemoglobin of 13.1... which is actually at the low end of normal for a man.  But I didn't say anything, just went ahead with the referral.  So when they did the quick counts yesterday, the nurse seemed confused and said, "His hemoglobin is fine.  It's 13."  So I told her, "That's what *I* thought!!!"   DM goes back in 2 weeks to go over other blood work that was taken that day.  He just recently had a normal colonoscopy, so I'm guessing if all the other blood levels are fine the oncologist will discharge him from his care.

Gee, what topics for a blog post.  I hope you all don't mind all this personal rambling.  Lol  I will report back on the speeches and any gym progress within the next day or two.  Have a great day!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Should Have Been a Weather Gal

Snow.  No snow.  Snow's back!  Stock up on milk and bread!  Well, looks like it went right over us.  Seriously?  What's the only profession where you can be wrong nearly every time and STILL get paid (besides politics)???  I should've been a meteorologist!  :)

Well this week has been a flop, as predicted.  On the ironic side of that, I saw a lower # on the scale than I have in several weeks.  I guess I really do need to take some measurements in inches and not rely solely on the scale while exercising.  Looks like going to the gym really does add numbers to the scale from swollen muscles or water retention or whatever because I have been super inactive and not eaten very well this week at all.  It's been run, run, run all week!

Yesterday was my older two girls' 4H speech workshop.  The actual speech contest is on Tuesday evening, but anyone who wanted to could go to the workshop to see what critiques the 4H lady had for their speeches.  Public speaking was always my strong point in school. I was public schooled.  I have several ribbons or certificates for public speaking contests in DECA or 4H or other competitions in school.  My kids, being homeschooled, have never had the opportunity to stand in front of a classroom and read a book report or anything.  I know public speaking isn't for everyone, but I do think it's a very good skill to have.  The girls were reluctant to participate in the county competition after winning their ribbons at our local 4H club, but I have really encouraged them to.  So yesterday, I was SO PLEASED with how they did.  They were honestly the only kids you could clearly hear without straining.  They also were not boring to listen to.  The 4H lady told them both that they had great enunciation of their words and good inflection.  Middle daughter is a fidgeter (kept raising up on her toes and falling back down on her heels), and older daughter needs to work on eye contact.  Other than that, no corrections.  Just continue practicing.  I told them just how proud I was of them and how well they did.  I really think one of them would've won out of yesterday's crowd.  But I let them know that the county competition will have many more 5th graders who could be way more awesome than them but to just do their best.  They don't seem to care, and I really don't either.  I am just tickled for them to have this experience.

I'm about to go for a much-needed hair trim and eyebrow wax!  My hairdresser always teases me that I definitely get my $8 worth in my eyebrow wax.  Haha  I just find myself so busy in life right now that I wait until things can just be put off no longer.  Of all things, after the week I've had, I realized that on Monday Disabled Man has his first-time hematology appointment.  I usually just get him a ride to routine appointments, but anything special like this I need to go to with him because he doesn't answer questions accurately.  :::sigh:::  But at least it's not until 2:45, so I will get to go to the gym and have a mostly normal day!

Well, I hope you each have a great weekend, snow or not!  :)

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Defeated by my Week

What. A. Week.
And it's only Tuesday!  Lol

I completed 2 weeks of my challenge really well.  Then, this week, it's just falling apart.  I was so exhausted on Sunday that I took a long, hard nap on Sunday afternoon between services.  Because of that, I wasn't able to fall asleep Sunday night.  So then I didn't get up by my alarm Monday morning, which always throws off the day!  Ugh!  Youngest daughter had her checkup for her lymph nodes on yesterday, as well.  Thankfully, that went very well!  All lymph nodes are gone now except for the one that she has had for over a year.  It is back to being extremely tiny, so unless the lymph nodes reappear no recheck is scheduled.

Also yesterday, our next door neighbor died. :(  He was 80 years old.  He left his house to go on his paper route and had a heart attack just up the road from the house and died.  He did wreck,but no one was around and he just ran off into a ditch.  His wife is so distraught.  My husband has been asked to preach the funeral, so today has been off as well.  I'm about to start getting all of us ready for the receiving friends tonight.

Tomorrow is my root canal, which I couldn't get rescheduled.  They charge a $60 fee if you reschedule less than 48 hours before your appointment.  I didn't think about needing to reschedule until today, which was too late.  So tomorrow we are going to juggle my root canal at 1:00 and the funeral service at 2:00, swapping out kids and all.  Luckily, the dentist and funeral home are seriously right across the street from one another.

Thursday is our homeschool group.  Thursday evening is the 4H Club speech workshop for the girls to get help with their speeches before the competition.

Friday, middle daughter and I have haircuts scheduled for midday because the lady we use stays really busy and booked up.  You take when you can get.

So... this week has been a bust at getting to the gym so far, and it's not looking any easier for the rest of the week.  I actually put one of those exercise balls in my buggy at Aldi's yesterday, but then I told the cashier I changed my mind because I have no clue where I would keep that giant ball at!  We are already pressed for space.  lol

Basically, I could work around these things, I'm sure.  I was actually going to go to the gym last night at 7 pm.  They close at 8.  But after the doctor's appointment and errands and our neighbor coming over to talk about her husband's death, supper was pushed late and wasn't ready until 7:00.  So there went that idea.

Also, I'm not sure how I will really feel after my root canal on Wednesday.  Sometimes I am hunky dory afterwards and don't need so much as an ibuprofen.  Other times, I am in a lot of pain for a couple days and on pain meds that they prescribe and ibuprofen.  So while I say I could work around these things, I may or may not actually can.  :-/

So what was the point in this post?  I'm not sure.  I guess just to be truthful about how this week is going.  Also, I wanted to tell about another thought I'm having.  I always say that I do love WW.  And I do.  I love the flexibility.  But after a few days of tracking, I get bored of it and frustrated by it.  So this is what I'm thinking now. I think I will try tracking Monday through Friday and staying right within my points range, maybe allowing myself 3 or 4 over on days that I go to the gym and get in exercise.  On Saturday and Sunday, I will just eat what/how I want, have a dessert, etc, but not track because I will have all of my unused weeklies plus my dailies for those days.  I feel like this would give me some freedom that I so desperately need while also giving me the structure that I need 80% of the time.  Also, if I knew I was going to have a day of travel on, per se, Friday, I would just not track on Friday and Saturday instead of Saturday and Sunday.  I hope that makes sense!  Anyway, sounds like a plan to me.  I really think I'm going to add that to my 2-3-4 Plan and see how it goes!  I really need to ditch this extra poundage!!!

Oh, the water part of the 2-3-4 Plan isn't being met, either . I've drank at least 1 or 2 bottles each day since Sunday, but I've not met my 3.  Blah!

Well, I've rattled on.  I'm sure I've been scattered.  I don't have time to edit and check for error.  Sorry!  I need to get off here because time is slipping away faster than I'd like.  I just needed to vent out my frustrations with how this week is going and also tell about my new idea for tracking foods and weight loss.  Thanks for sticking in there!  Lol

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Lovin' It

I am really loving consistent exercise.  I may not be showing any kind of real achievement on the scale, but I just love how exercising makes me feel.  I can definitely tell I have more flexibility.  I often feel like I'm dying during the actual exercising, but once I have stretched and get showered I just feel really awesome.  Yesterday, I took school papers that needed grading with me to the gym.  I hopped on the treadmill.  A million math pages and spelling lists later, I decided I'd better check my time.  I had been walking 27 minutes without even realizing it!  So I stopped at 28 minutes and then did four sets of 7 on my ball/floor exercise.  I finished up with 5 minutes on the bike, which I barely could manage to do!  That really surprised me, but I'm telling you that floor exercise will kill your stomach and thighs!  My legs were burning soooo bad on the bike.

We didn't get up on schedule today.  I must've accidentally hit dismiss instead of snooze on my cell alarm.  The older girls didn't set their alarm clock last night, either.  Hubby had to be at work by 7 am today, so he was already gone when my alarm was going off.  I slept until 9 am!  Goodness.  I have always been one of those people who can never seem to get enough sleep.  Even if I go to bed early, I still have issues getting up in the mornings.  At least I do much better than I used to.

When my son woke up, he said his ear was hurting.  Since he just had the bronchitis, I figured all the gunk had settled into an ear infection.  So we did some school, headed off to the gym, and then went to the doctor.  Yep, ear infection.  So now I have two kids on antibiotics.

I was 20 minutes late getting to the gym.  That's just how it goes when I'm not on schedule.  I planned on doing 5 minutes on the elliptical.  I decided to go to 6 minutes, but I made it to 7 minutes.  I could've gone longer, but I really wanted some time to do machines today.  I did 5 different machines, three reps of 10 each.  I ended with 7 minutes on the treadmill.  I had to hurry and shower and get ready for the doctor's visit.

Yesterday held some excitement.  As I was driving to the gym, a vehicle started coming backwards off a huge grassy hill that was just behind a parking lot.  I was thinking, "Why don't those idiots just use the driveway??"  Lol  Well, the vehicle plummets off the hill backwards, hits the pavement in my lane, bounces, backs on up into the opposite lane, stays that way for a minute, and finally the vehicle rolls forward and lands in a ditch with its nose in the hill's embankment.  I was the first one to approach the vehicle.  I reached for my phone to call 911, and I had forgotten it at home!!!  I hopped out, and several other people in both directions had now stopped.  Someone yelled to ask if anyone was in the vehicle.  I ran to the ditch and looked in every window.  No one was in it, and there were also no keys in the ignition.  I drove up to the building that the vehicle had come from to make sure they knew what had even happened.  They said they didn't see it but had heard it hit.  I explained what happened and asked if they felt I needed to stay for a police report witness.  The men said no, so I headed on to the gym.  Man!  I so wanted to call and share the story with my husband. Can't believe I forgot my phone!  Lol

Well, other than all the above, there's really nothing more to tell, I guess.  I have gotten in my water challenge each day except Sunday, I believe it was. I plan to go to the gym tomorrow for my second day of ball/floor exercise for this week and fourth day of physical activity.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

A Mouth Full of Money

Went for my 6-month cleaning today.  My bone graft from extraction looks great!  We should be should've been ready for the implant by February, he said.  But then he looked in my mouth.  <sigh>  My teeth are a WORLD of trouble, y'all!  There is this one back molar that has had an aluminum filling for years. He has been concerned with it, saying it is "leaking aluminum."  Sure enough, the aluminum color is even largely showing on the side of my tooth now.  It has been for a while.  My kids thought it was a giant, black cavity.  Eek.  Every time he would want to fix it, I would tell him this tooth or that was hurting.  We would go with fixing the pain issues since the worst tooth wasn't causing any issues.  Today, though, he said NO MORE.  The tooth now has a chunk missing from the side and a crack just a bit away from that chunk.  In essence, my tooth is just setting up to crack further and crumble in my mouth.  Lovely.  He knows money is an issue with my teeth, so he said he would be willing to wait up to 1 year on the implant because the bone graft buys that kind of time.  I am scheduled to have yet another root canal and crown next Wednesday.  Blah!  What's worse is the tooth in front of and the tooth behind that tooth both need crowns.  They have very large fillings (thankfully not aluminum!) which currently seem to be completely intact, but they have been there since my teen years.  They need a crown on top to protect them.  He told me not to worry if I couldn't do anything but the bad tooth, though, that my other two teeth may have many good years left.  No rush.  So I'm just gonna do the one tooth, a whopping $2240 AFTER my 15% discount.  I. Hate. Cavities.  I use myself as proof to my kids that they need to take care of their teeth!!!  The good news is that it's almost income tax return time, so we will be paying off the current amount owed on my two other teeth on that 0% card.  This new tooth will have 12 months same as cash, as well.  So I guess that's a bright side, right???  Lol

My appointment was at 8:15 am, so hubby stayed home with the kids while I went.  After my appointment, I ran about 3 errands and got a Subway breakfast sandwich.  My stomach was seriously talking to the hygienist this morning.  Ha!  I was going to be on time for my appointment, but then I put 'er in reverse and backed into my husband's work truck.  Ughhhhh!!!  It was stupid.  I'm just not used to anyone ever being parked behind me.  Um, hello.  That's what a rear view mirror is for!  Don't worry - I'm only that careless in my own driveway.  I am very alert when backing out in public or if any people are near me.  Lucky for me, we just hit bumper to bumper and no damage was done.  I got home around 10 am, and we finished up our school day.

I decided we would go to the pool today after school.  We've not been swimming in a good while!  It was fun.  Another homeschool mom and her daughter were there that we've gotten to know, and that was completely it.  So my exercise for today was 2 hours in the deep end doggy paddling and chatting with this lady.  I was really hoping to be totally alone at the pool with the kids so I could just relax and keep quiet.  If anyone's around, I'm gonna talk!  But I made sure to keep moving the entire time I was in the pool, and I did enjoy talking with an adult!

I am still flunking at working my new camera.  So frustrating!  It just has SO many options and buttons!  I can't figure it all out.  It is getting just a bit easier, but I still need lots of practice.  I decided I would take a shot of tonight's supper.  I played with having the flash off or on, smart capture or a still picture, etc.  I finally decided on flash off.  Pardon the paper plate and food smears.  I don't have any intentions to become a photographer!  Lol
The picture may not be top quality, but the meal was!

My 10 year old, however, took my OLD camera and came up with these.  Maybe she has intentions to become a photographer???

The two above are 100% untouched from her original.  This one is, except that I cropped excess scenery like their bed and a stray Nerf bullet.  LOL  Maybe it's just because she's my kid, but I was rather impressed.  It's better than I can do, anyway!  And if you missed the theme, this was a western photoshoot.  Lol

I went to bed at 10:30 last night, even after waking up late.  I guess I was still catching up!  It's 11:12 pm now, and I'm about to turn in.  I just need to get off here and read my Bible first.  I just finished my third bottle of water for the night, so that's not good as far as timing.  Lol  I plan to do the ball/floor exercise tomorrow and Friday and go to the gym each day left this week to get in my 4 days of exercise.  Goodnight, partners!  ;)