Monday, October 27, 2008

sweet, joyous FALL.

highlight of the weekend: evelyn & floyd putzing around Highlands, NC... great time with the family in the mountains... naps and football watching on the couch... RM playing in the leaves.

lowlight of the weekend: NOOOOO lowlight! seriously!!! it's good to be well.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

happy birthday momma --------------- "second verse... a little bit louder... a little bit worse!"

Do yall remember the birthday gift RM gave me for my first birthday as a new momma? It was hilarious... and gross... but mostly just funny.

This year's surprise was a little less funny at the time, but suffice it to say the Evelyn Floyd camp has learned a valuable lesson, and can laugh at their stupidity in hindsight... even 12 hours later.

SOOOO, my Floyd made my birthday special in some cute tangible ways: waking us up for a big family breakfast of CREPES! He also prepared a dessert for us to enjoy after dinner - PEANUT BUTTER PIE! Yum... (Another story in and of itself is the way that Floyd provides domestic acts of service to Evelyn - a HUGE gift to me constantly.)

Well, while we were eating this fabulous dessert I thought RM might like a taste... it was a BIRTHDAY afterall, why not celebrate with a sweet snack for the babe too!?




Monday, October 20, 2008

the responsibility of discipline.

A tantrum is an emotional outburst of ill humor or a fit of bad temper wherein the higher brain functions are unable to stop the emotional expression of the lower (emotional and physical) brain functions. It can be categorized by an irrational fit of crying, screaming, defiance, and a resistance to every attempt at pacification in which even physical control is lost. Even when the "goal" of the person is met, he or she is not calmed.

Well, if you read the definition above, i supposed you know what i'm getting at... that's right, my 13 month old threw his first real fit. And others were there to confirm and witness it. A tired baby, in a strange place, him not knowing what he wanted himself, and us not being able to calm him down. Floyd ended up sticking him in the carseat to drive him around for 20mins just to settle him back down. Embarassing, Heartwrenching, Confusing, Exhausting... but part of life. An area we have never had to delve into before.

Naturally, this event sends me scouring the web for parenting advice... I need wisdom in this arena... how to lovingly respond to our child when the reason he is upset is because he isn't getting his way? Where to start when he is really too young to communicate back to me, but still is asserting a human nature all to familiar... Could it be that the Lord allowed him to get the same stubborn streak his mom has? Eeeek.....

This is the rest i found today: "The wise in heart are called discerning, and pleasant words promote instruction" Proverbs 16:21. I strongly believe that God has placed us in our child's life to deliver this message at all moments of his life: that we live in God's world, under His authority, and He desires goodness and mercy for us all the days of our life. For that reason I must bring the grace of God into his life through firm correction, but my words must flow from gratitude to God for placing me in a position to lead him to the mercies of Christ. Only with that understanding can i calmly and firmly learn to discipline him rightly, and so that the issue of importance is NOT my convenience, but showing him the importance of obeying and honoring God.

I've got TOOO much to learn.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

THE OFFICE among us

okay, sorry about my sappy, sicky rant this week. i probably should have just gone with my usual Highlights/Lowlights run down (and left the highlights portion blank) but i got carried away in my illness woes and puked them all out upon any unsuspecting reader. It did make me feel better. Just in case you were wondering.

So, on to some other random musing today. Maybe it's me spending a tad more time in the office without other co-workers here this week, but i'm starting to notice that we do, in fact, have THE OFFICE among us. I mean, i am not the most avid watcher of the show, although i would wager it's the funniest thing since Seinfeld. But here are THE OFFICE among us musings today:

1. I've worked in this building 2.5 years, and have requested that the toilet flushing mechanisms in the ladies restroom be inspected since the beginning of our tenancy here. To this day I am still required to do some stileto-booty-karate-kick to the thing and then wind it around several times before the commode eventually concedes defeat.

2. Another observation in the ladies restroom is the push-button faucets for handwashing which give you about 7.5 seconds of cold water with which to attempt to sanitize your hands. Maybe it's just me, but if one has just encountered observation #1, sanitizing hands will take A. warm water and B. refilled soap dispensers. (Thankfully, there is always ONE Dial pump on the counter beside the ADA required non-push-button faucet, with warm water, incidentally.)

3. We have gnats. When building maintenance was alerted, they brought in one 3"x2" GNAT TRAP to put in the supply/copy/fax/intern area of the office. Unfortunately, it has been there three months, and the occasional gnat still graces my personal air space at least once a day.

4. The people in other offices don't talk in the hallway. This has left us to weird akward bathroom moments (while all lining up behind single ADA sink) and bizarre glances at that guy with the blue tooth in the parking lot. You know those moments. If you try the standard, "Hi, How are you?" you are greeted with "Fine" (ARE YOU FROM MARS? WHY ARE YOU TALKING TO ME?) Stare. I find humor in it.

5. Someone thought it clever to place the snack machine immediately adjacent to the door to the men's restroom. As in, if you are staring at the three year old selection of snacks in the antiquated machine, and you happen to daze off, you WILL get hit in the face by the door to the men's restroom by the next blue-tooth wearing investment officer to emerge.

6. The paper towel dispenser in the bathroom is on the otherside of the same wall to which my colleague's desk & computer rests against. And those investment officer types love to SLAM the lever on that dispenser several times and make her office space literally shake, several times a day. It's amazing. NO one thought of insulation? They've seemed to be slamming that lever a little harder this week due to the recent Wall Street fiascos too.

Alright, enough about my world... pls share some bizarre observation of your day to day OFFICE moments...

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

why can't i just get a new battery?

10 days ago RM started with some GI bug... LOVELY. Floyd was also graced by this for a couple days, complete with the sweats, chills, flu-like symptoms. So we go to our friend's wedding, in South Georgia, and complete diaper blowout outfit changes SLASH mini-bath with wet-wipes at rehearsal dinner, wedding reception, in the car during the several hr trek home, etc.

A week ago, I'm thinking, OK, are we all better?

Monday night RM started woke up warm, Tuesday I proceeded like normal, and by Tuesday afternoon the 104 fever had set in. And didn't leave until Saturday, after three trips to the pediatrician that week, blood work at the hospital, and a shot of "recephin".

It's no wonder after lots of traveling and no sleep for a week that my body conceded defeat and fell to the mighty strep throat this weekend. Seriously, the lady at urgent care on Sunday morning took one look in my mouth and said, "Wow, that's a gross throat." Why, Thank You. I thought. Leave said clinic and head to pharmacy to wait for Z-pak. While waiting, my car battery dies. Not in the "maybe someone in the store can jump it for me" kind of way, but in the "CLICK, CLICK, CLICK - this battery is ca put" kind of way. Insert Floyd coming to pharmacy with RM, trying to jump it, pronouncing it un-jumpable, taking RM and I home, then running all over town to get tools to remove battery, take it to Autozone for official time of death, and purchasing new one, going back to reinstall, and then getting Amy & Ole to come help bring the extra car home.
All the while, I'm at home sitting in a hot bath filing my nails. RIIIIIIGHT. Or, hugging the rim of the toilet puking up said Z-pak and calling for the crawling rug rat, wondering where he is in the house, hoping he's not chewing on an electrical cord. Finally get myself up off the bathroom floor, the boy in his crib, me in bed. Fast forward 24 hours, and I'm sending Floyd to the doc for a strep culture. Yep, he's got it too.

I don't feel any better today than i did on Sunday honestly. The only thing allowing me to talk or swallow are the 800mg of ibuprofen I've been allowed to take every 4 hours.

Also, RM has NOT resumed sleeping through the night. The two nights since i knew he was "better" i let him work it out. The first night it took 15 mins. Not bad. The second was on and off for 30 mins, but still okay. Last night either in some moment of weakness or stupidity or just sheer exhaustion, my body went back to last week's auto-pilot of going in there and nursing him back to sleep. It doesn't help that he's been boycotting every nap and bedtime for the last three days. It's a very strong effort on his part to keep the pity-party coming, I know. But then the doubts start coming on my end. Is he teething again? Could he be getting Strep?

I realize it's never going to end. When he's a little older, it'll be a whole new challenge. But how to tackle the sleep boycott now, where we are? And, how to stop nursing the baby who doesn't care for rice milk and has immediate runny nose ensue to any cow's milk or formula.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

and the viral funk just keeps cycling...

RM is better, but my throat looks like THIS now, and i feel like... well... you know.

Thx for your prayers... keep 'em coming.

Friday, October 10, 2008


OCTOBER 10, 2008

Obama's Magic
Presto, change-o!


And now, America, we introduce the Great Obama! The world's most gifted political magician! A thing of wonder. A thing of awe. Just watch him defy politics, economics, even gravity! (And hold your applause until the end, please.)

To kick off our show tonight, Mr. Obama will give 95% of American working families a tax cut, even though 40% of Americans today don't pay income taxes! How can our star enact such mathemagic? How can he "cut" zero? Abracadabra! It's called a "refundable tax credit." It involves the federal government taking money from those who do pay taxes, and writing checks to those who don't. Yes, yes, in the real world this is known as "welfare," but please try not to ruin the show.

For his next trick, the Great Obama will jumpstart the economy, and he'll do it by raising taxes on the very businesses that are today adrift in a financial tsunami! That will include all those among the top 1% of taxpayers who are in fact small-business owners, and the nation's biggest employers who currently pay some of the highest corporate tax rates in the developed world. Mr. Obama will, with a flick of his fingers, show them how to create more jobs with less money. It's simple, really. He has a wand.

Next up, Mr. Obama will re-regulate the economy, with no ill effects whatsoever! You may have heard that for the past 40 years most politicians believed deregulation was good for the U.S. economy. You might have even heard that much of today's financial mess tracks to loose money policy, or Fannie and Freddie excesses. Our magician will show the fault was instead with our failure to clamp down on innovation and risk-taking, and will fix this with new, all-encompassing rules. Presto!

Did someone in the audience just shout "Sarbanes Oxley?" Usher, can you remove that man? Thank you. Mr. Obama will now demonstrate how he gives Americans the "choice" of a "voluntary" government health plan, designed in such a way as to crowd out the private market and eliminate all other choice! Don't worry people: You won't have to join, until you do. Mr. Obama will follow this with a demonstration of how his plan will differ from our failing Medicare program. Oops, sorry, folks. The Great Obama just reminded me it is time for an intermission. Maybe we'll get to that marvel later.

We're back now. And just watch the Great Obama perform a feat never yet managed in all history. He will create that enormous new government health program, spend billions to transform our energy economy, provide financial assistance to former Soviet satellites, invest in infrastructure, increase education spending, provide job training assistance, and give 95% of Americans a tax (ahem) cut -- all without raising the deficit a single penny! And he'll do it in the middle of a financial crisis. And with falling tax revenues! Voila!

Moving along to a little ventriloquism. Study his mouth carefully, folks: It looks like he's saying "I'll stop the special interests," when in fact the words coming out are "Welcome to Washington, friends!" Wind and solar companies, ethanol makers, tort lawyers, unions, community organizers -- all are welcome to feed at the public trough and to request special favors. From now on "special interests" will only refer to universally despised, if utterly crucial, economic players. Say, oil companies. Hocus Pocus!

And for tonight's finale, the Great Obama will uphold America's "moral" obligation to "stop genocide" by abandoning Iraq! While teleported to the region, he will simultaneously convince Iranian leaders to peacefully abandon their nuclear pursuits (even as he does not sit down with them), fix Afghanistan with a strategy that does not resemble the Iraqi surge, and (drumroll!) pull Osama bin Laden out of his hat!

You can clap now. (Applause. Cheers.) We'd like to thank a few people in the audience. Namely, Republican presidential nominee John McCain, who has so admirably restrained himself from running up on stage to debunk any of these illusions and spoil everyone's fun.

We know he's in a bit of a box, having initially blamed today's financial crisis on corporate "greed," and thus made it that much harder to call for a corporate tax cut, or warn against excessive regulation. Still, there were some pretty big openings up here this evening, and he let them alone! We'd also like to thank Mr. McCain for keeping all the focus on himself these past weeks. It has helped the Great Obama to just get on with the show.

As for that show, we'd love to invite you all back for next week's performance, when the Great Obama will thrill with new, amazing exploits. He will respect your Second Amendment rights even as he regulates firearms! He will renegotiate Nafta, even as he supports free trade! He will . . .

Thursday, October 09, 2008

the sickies

RM has a nasty virus. Fever over 104 last night, but coasting a little lower than that yesterday and today... the past three nights have been brutal. Throw in no appetite and diarrhea (he lost a pound in one week) and it's a pretty lousy break for the little guy. He's been super snuggly with us, but doesn't want to play at all. So if you could, say a prayer that this passes over us soon...

Friday, October 03, 2008

action needed before October 4th (that's tomorrow)

Y'all who know me might also know that i have a tie-neensy obsession with There - i said it. You have an admission. So when i saw this video, i thought it was interesting that all of these celebrities could agree with me on one thing. Because politically, i don't know that i would agree with many people in Hollywood or New York on many things, to be sure. Anywho - take this message to heart. If you're American. And you have the right to do something about it. For the deadline, address, and website for your state, click HERE.