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Thursday, 09 February 2012 21:10

Fast Food Craving Wins Battle

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So what I was going to write about was that it has been over 2 months since my husband and I have succumbed to a fast-food craving (particularly the late-at-night kind when we're too lazy to actually MAKE anything, and none of our leftovers look appetizing...), and so I feel ok about the fact that my husband is - right now - out there driving to pick up a couple of Big Macs.

It's acceptable, right? I thought so...

Anyway, when I uploaded this photo, it reminded me of another, probably somewhat more amusing, story. 

We went on a trip to China a few years ago, and while we were visiting a 'small' village in the mountains, we were taken to a fast-food place that our hosts were fond of.  They jokingly called it the chicken burger place, because they guaranteed that no matter what you ordered, you would get a chicken burger.  I should note that our hosts spoke fluent Mandarin, so it couldn't possibly have been a translation issue.

When we got there, one of the guys decided to order a burger on the menu that advertised two beef patties.  He laughed and speculated that it would probably come with one chicken and one beef patty.  He was right, and I wish I'd taken a picture.  We safely chose to order chicken, just so we wouldn't be disappointed, but a number of our friends ordered other things and most of them were given chicken instead...

:)

Monday, 06 February 2012 14:23

Keeping in Mind the Great Blessings...

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When my daughter was about 7 months old, I decided I wanted to start trying for a second baby.  Although having children less than 2 years apart would (I'm sure) be much more work than having them closer to 3 years apart, I have theorized that children who are closer in age tend to be closer friends to each other.

My daughter is currently almost 14 months old, and I am still not pregnant.  I am back on fertility drugs (I had to go on fertility medication to have Celia also), and it has been almost 5 months (it took only until the second month to become pregnant with Celia). 

I am struggling with the possibility that my body may not be able to conceive another child.  I have PCOS, so it was possible I would not be able to get pregnant the first time.  I am also coming to terms with the possibility that it is not in God's plan for me to have another child - and I am constantly praying that His Will is what determines my life, and not mine. 

I was just 24 years old when I decided to start actively trying to have a child.  Knowing it could take awhile, I wanted to know for sure if I wasn't able to have children naturally so that I could look into the process of adoption early.  I probably would have pegged myself as too young except that I expected it would take me up to 5 years, and I hoped to have most of my children before I turned 35 - whether I had them naturally or adopted them. 

I remember dreaming about having a child when I was a teenager, and although I always said I wanted more than 2 or 3 children, the only child I ever visualized was one little girl.  She had blonde, curly hair, and big eyes. 

The December before I turned 26, our little Celia was born.

Whether or not I am able to have or adopt any more children - I try to remember to thank God daily that he allowed me to have my one beautiful, big-eyed baby girl.

 

Friday, 03 February 2012 16:45

I Made a Favicon!

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Yesterday I didn't know what a favicon was until I asked my husband if he could put a little picture on the tab for my blog, and he told me that it was a really complicated thing to do, because the image has to be only so many pixels... anyway, I asked if I could do it in Paint and then I started playing...

I think it looks pretty good - not perfect, but maybe I'll fix it later. 

I wonder if one could start a business making favicons for people? It was really fun...

Thursday, 02 February 2012 23:15

The Tale of the Scary Humidifier Monster

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Today we spent about $100 on everything we could think of to make Celia's life a little bit more comfortable while she is sick.

The poor kid spent most of today sleeping, and although she was in much brighter spirits by late afternoon, her cough had worsened by night time and I sent my husband out for supplies.

He came home with nasal spray, a nasal aspirator, infant tylenol and a cool air humidifier for her room.

I remember the hot air humidifier that I had when I was a kid - with the gooey Vicks Vapo-rub or whatever it was called in a little top compartment that was supposed to be disbursed throughout the room while you slept.  Now that I think about it, the concept seems kind of gross... anyway, it probably isn't...

Now they say (who are 'they', anyway?) that cool air is the way to go, so we bought one of those. I don't even know if they still make the hot ones...

Anyway, we set it up in her room and it makes a low humming noise - nothing loud or irritating, just the sound of something that is plugged in running.  Celia has been very used to having no background noise, so I wasn't really surprised when she didn't like it.

Brian went into her bedroom after about ten minutes when she had started crying, and she was standing in her crib holding onto the side rails with one arm, while the other was pointing accusingly toward the loud scary monster in her room.  He held her for a moment and assured her everything was fine, and she got over it and is now sleeping peacefully. 

I pray we will not spend any more nights with a baby in the Emergency Room...

Thursday, 02 February 2012 09:22

Emergency Room

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We played the over-paranoid first-time-parents last night and took our daughter in to emergency.

She was having trouble breathing (mostly because she refuses to sleep without a soother and her nose was plugged) and started puking up phlegm.  The scary part was after she threw up when she started moaning inconsolably and her eyes seemed to be 'fading' - if that makes any sense at all.  She was probably just tired from puking, and desperately wanting to go back to sleep, but I had fears of her passing out from pain or something like that...

Anyway, we realized that we were acting out a 'better safe than sorry' scenario by taking her in to Emergency but there were no other clinics open at that time of night so it was really our only option. 

She calmed down (and her eyes looked normal again) on the drive to the hospital, so it seemed even more unfounded that we were bringing her in when she started smiling and flirting with the doctors and nurses.  We recognized that being upright definitely helped to clear her airways.  Everyone was very understanding, though, and I'm glad we took her in - otherwise I would have been up all night watching her, I'm sure.

We had a funny little moment while we were waiting for the ER doctor to come around.  She had fallen asleep on the bed in the room we were waiting in (babies seem to get the royal treatment - immediate care, and our own room!), and every time there was a sudden noise like someone coughing in the other room she jumped and all of her limbs spasmed. It occurred to me that because we had trained her so well to sleep alone, I hadn't watched her sleep in a long time... the limb spasming was something she did in utero already, and I felt an odd sort of nostalgia watching her do it now...

Monday, 30 January 2012 14:48

Health Factor

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Recently a friend (who happens to be in the medical field) downloaded a YouTube video for me to watch called "23 and 1/2 hours: What is the single best thing we can do for our health?". 

I recommend it, and found it challenging, but at the same time it made me want to scream in frustration.

I'll explain.  The video is based on the fact that walking daily - even if only for 30 minutes a day - is the single greatest thing we can do for our health.  It details a bunch of studies and statistics about how it decreases various illnesses and as a whole increases a person's lifespan by potentially decades.  The '23 and 1/2 hours' refers to the amount of time you 'can be a couch potato', according to the video, which simply pleads with people to spend at least 30 minutes a day getting exercise.

I understand that 30 minutes a day is a short amount of time - and really shouldn't be a complicated thing to accommodate into my schedule.  My frustration, however, is that it really isn't quite fair to say that for 23 and 1/2 hours we are being 'couch potatoes' (although I'm sure some of us are).

Today I woke up at about 7, fed and changed my one-year-old daughter.  Made breakfast for each of us, and then did a bit of cleaning in the kitchen while my daughter played.  Then we went downstairs while I threw the cloth diapers into the laundry and folded some of my daughter's clean clothes.  After she was done playing, she went down for a nap while I had a bath and did my daily devotional homework. Then she woke up at about 11:30, and was basically ready for lunch, so I got some ready for both of us, and spent some time planning our meals for the week, which involves a bit of researching and checking the freezer and pantry for ingredients.  Then my daughter played again, while I played the piano and folded and put away more laundry. 

At about 2pm, I was about to get both of us ready to go for our daily walk and Celia decided she was ready for another nap... it is now nearly 3 and I have to clean the living room, vaccuum, clean the kitchen and start making supper all before 6pm when I start teaching piano.  I should also mention that living in Saskatchewan in winter, going for a walk involves bundling up quite thoroughly, which can take about 10 minutes all on its own. 

Today is my easy day - most days I start teaching at 2:30 or 3. 

Again, I understand that 30 minutes is not a lot of time, and I should definitely be able to fit it into my schedule - however - it is not always so easy for a stay-at-home Mom to get everything done that I need to - especially one as flighty and unorganized as I am...

Thursday, 19 January 2012 08:58

'Poo Free' Day 18

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For the first couple of days of not using shampoo, my hair looked beautiful - although it still felt greasy - so I was encouraged to continue with the baking soda routine.  After a few days, it began to look greasier - although still not nearly as greasy as it would if I had simply stopped washing my hair.  I had been warned by various blogs that some people experience a sort of 'detox' period, and so after about a week I was far enough into the regime to back out and too stubborn to reconsider.

It has now been two and a half weeks.  I have started to wash my hair less often - once every other day, instead of once a day.  My hair still seems greasy to me, but I discovered that if I rinse my hair while scrubbing (baking soda seems to be hard to completely rinse free) for long enough - it makes a difference.

So, for now I continue because the lack of toxins from commercial shampoos and conditioners is logically the healthier choice for my hair, and although my hair is not (yet?) beautifully clean feeling, I'm still waiting out the detox period and hopefully it will sort itself out.  It is also MUCH cheaper than hunting for an effective product at $8-$15/bottle...

Wednesday, 04 January 2012 08:48

Weaned!

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Not that I'm overly excited about this, but my daughter is officially weaned at less than 13 months!

She had gone down to breastfeeding only twice a day - first thing in the morning, and right before bed at night - and she just lost interest.  She would dawdle, twiddle and jabber at me, but she completely stopped drinking... It works out well anyway, since this week I started piano teaching again, so my husband is now officially capable of putting her to bed without my help.

It's a sad thing, though.  So far she's my only child, and I have no guarantee that I'll have more, so it could be a closed chapter.

My baby girl is growing up!

Tuesday, 03 January 2012 22:59

End of Day 2

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My hair has been dry all day - I even curled it!  My hair didn't stay in curls, which isn't unusual, but I was hoping it would work better...

Although it still feels slightly greasy, it doesn't look greasy at all.  So far so good...

Tuesday, 03 January 2012 09:01

Day Two of Being 'Poo Free'

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A while back, I was talking to a friend about how annoyingly unmanageable my hair is.  She suggested trying the 'poo free' method of hair cleaning - for those of you who don't know, this involves not using shampoo or conditioner in favour of baking soda and apple cider vinegar, respectively.

Lately I've been trying to cut back my costs around the house, as well as replace as many 'chemicals' in my house as possible with natural ingredients. (It just makes sense to me that we should use as many natural items as possible, since the animals we are are likely not made to use all of the processed junk we do...).  Also, because my hair is ridiculously tangly, I am always using a TON of conditioner, which gets pricy, as well as constantly trying different brands and products to find something that leaves my hair more manageable.  Nothing has worked, so I was quite willing to try anything.

Yesterday was Day 1.  As prescribed by various websites, I mixed 1 Tablespoon of baking soda with 1 cup of water, and used this ratio to fill an empty shampoo bottle.  The same ratio was used to mix Apple Cider Vinegar with water into an empty conditioner bottle.  In the shower, I poured about an eighth of the soda mixture onto my hair, worked in as much as possible, and then rinsed.  My hair felt heavy and a bit greasy.  Then, I poured the same amount of the cider mixture onto my hair, worked it in as much as possible, and then rinsed.  The vinegar smell is a bit strong for a minute, but it goes away as soon as it is rinsed out.

Typically, after one missed shower, my hair is noticeably greasy.  I have even tried in the past to simply rinse my hair with water if no shampooing product was available, and I have walked out of the shower with greasy hair.  Simply put - my hair needed shampoo!

Yesterday, however, my hair looked great.  It felt a little bit heavy, and 'sticky', but it looked light and airy and very not-greasy.

Today is Day 2.  I washed my hair the same way as yesterday - I forgot until after I rinsed that most websites suggested only rinsing with cider vinegar every 3 or 4 days, so I'll skip that step tomorrow... So far my hair is still wet and in a towel, but I'll keep you posted.

 

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