Caught your attention with that one I bet! Had to share the latest Carterism. I was changing Carter, er, Spiderman just a moment ago & he looks down at his chest, points to his nipple & asks, "What's this?" I reply promptly, "That's a nipple." He exclaims, "Nippal!?" I say, "Yes." Then he inquires, "You have nippals?" as he inquisitively looks at my chest. I reply, "Yes, Momma has 'em." He then says as he attempts to lift my shirt, "Me see!" Of course I don't want to terrify the poor child with my National Geographic porn star version of nipples. . .so I say, "No, Momma's nipples are private." He stares at me sweetly & says, "Pwivate? Why they pwivate?" I simply reply, "All girls' nipples are private." I know, so simple. I'm hoping he doesn't go nipple hunting anytime soon. Social services will be knocking on my door. . .
Don't know exactly why I titled this the way I did. . .but I did. . . so there! Probably because it's going to be a cluster of topics so I will begin:
Garage sales - not selling the garage - but it's not really a yard sale because I do plan to use the garage & the driveway. . .so why don't we call them Driveway sales?? But then again, driveways could technically be part of the yard. . . so we're back to yard sale. I digress. We're doing a neighborhood sale June 6th & 7th. (so does that mean we're selling the neighborhood? Tee hee, couldn't pass that one up.) Am I ready? Of course not. Why would I be ready already? It's over a week away, right? Yeah. Ok. We'll see how that goes. I am getting rid of a lot of stuff. Let me reword that. . . I'm planning to get rid of a lot. AND, whatever does not sell I will donate. It's part of my 12 step program for being a packrat.
What the heck is up with me update - I'm in limbo on the MS front. So far we have this: MRI of brain has changed since 2004. 2 new areas/lesions. NOT tumors - but demyelination I guess. C spine & thoracic spine have nothing abnormal. Visual evoked responses - normal. Sensorymotor Evoked Potentials - slightly delayed but still within normal limits. Physical exam - normal. Symptoms - improving - still some pain issues with my low back & legs but only when I'm inactive. Seems that being physically active really helps decrease my discomfort. What's the Plan? I'm taking 1000 mg of Fish Oil 3 times daily, 1000 to 2000 mg vitamin D daily, 250 mg Alpha Lipoic Acid daily as well as decreasing my grain intake. I will be having a lumbar puncture (spinal tap) probably tomorrow. I'm having an anesthesiologist do it. If that is clear - then I remain in limbo & deal with symptoms. OR, I get another expensive genetic test for a rare disorder that isn't very likely. . . AND, I have a repeat MRI of my brain in November. I don't mind having a non diagnosis. The alternative kind of sucks. Then again, knowing what is wrong might be a relief & prove that I truly am not crazy. (well, that could still be debated I suppose) I'm going to remain positive either way. Why not?
Sewing - I've begun to cut out a new purse. I will post it when it's complete. I still have tons of ideas that I hope to be able to put to use one of these days. While attacking the pile of laundry this past weekend I had the TV on & saw some cool things to do to repurpose jeans: making cute skirts by using the waist & hip portions & then cutting panels to attach - I don't explain this well. . .go here: Nancy's Notions Denim Redesign It's the skirt on the left bottom. Isn't that cool? I really liked the kid version - but I don't have girl people other than myself in this house. You do realize this could cause my clutter problem to become worse, don't you? I mean, those pants that I don't unload at the sale could suddenly find themselves back in my grasps. What cool projects could erupt from already owned items???? It would be a shame or even a SIN to GIVE those away!!!!! (Somebody, quick! Save me!)
Why did I drink coffee at 7 PM? WHAT WAS I THINKING??? Duh! Body is tired. . .mind is not! Or is it the other way around? Or maybe both are tired but restless??? YIKES!
It's been a while since I posted. I have reasons. . . of course, doesn't everyone? This is a shout out for positive thoughts & prayers & overall good "ju ju." (What is "ju ju" exactly? Hmmm. . .) Anyway, I'm being evaluated yet again for MS. This will be the 3rd time in the past 10 year going through some tests. I have symptoms & the MRI of my brain is abnormal, however, my physical exam is normal. So there's nothing for sure but I thought a little shout out for the positive would be a good thing.
I'm not a very private person. . .obviously. And maybe this will be another wait & see kind of situation. . . & I'm OK with that. Really, I am. I hope that I am able to get active again & stay active with the boys & with work. Don't get me wrong, I'm not unable to do things. . .just slightly impaired - sometimes more than others. No crazy, white female thing going on either. . . as I saw the new lesions in my brain. Now to check the spine & some other neurological tests. Then maybe onto the dreaded lumbar puncture. . . yeah, not looking forward to that. Wish me luck!
When I got home from work last night it was here! I ordered this book: http://www.peterwalshdesign.com/3books/3_2book/3_2book.html It's All Too Much by Peter Walsh. . .he was featured on Oprah & I knew I needed the book (funny, I need MORE stuff to fix my problem of TOO MUCH STUFF!). So now I am going to go multi task while reading it. . .
Have you heard of The Love Monkeys? They're a Milwaukee band. . . been around for quite a while. . . anyway, they have a song called "Lazy" & this has become my theme song for this week. With not being able to do much physical stuff due to my lovely hip inflammation (I sound like I'm 80 or something). . . I've become quite lazy. (Disclaimer here. . .80 year olds do not all have bad hips & are not all lazy. In fact today, they probably are much more productive than I have been all week.) OK, I'm making a short story long.
Potty training update - hurray hurray the first of May - potty training begins today. I know, this is NOT the sing songy phrase that usually follows, but I adjusted it for my own purposes. Carter does not exactly have this potty training thing down. And I know, it's the first real day of it. . .but boy oh boy. . . this is not fun. Buzz Lightyear does NOT like to be peed on. Does this stop him? Nope. And bribery is lost on him as well. I say, "if we go try to go potty on the big boy potty I will give you some juice." He replies, "Me did go potty alweddy. Me want juice!" and then he proceeds to scream bloody murder when I don't let him have any without trying a potty. I'm evil, I know. . .but I refuse to give in to the screaming child. I'm one of the evil mothers in the store who actually leaves a cart with merchandise in it to leave the store after threatening to do so if a child does (insert sassy behavior) one more time. I have been known, on occasion, to say, "Hmm, everybody is looking at you as you scream." and I have also carried a child, kicking & screaming, out of said store as people stare in horror. No hitting (except by the child at times), just calm assertiveness (same as dog whisperer techniques thanks to Cesar Milan). The child must always know you are the pack leader:) How did I get so far from what I was talking about? That's me. . .short story long.