This is the second part to yesterday’s post.
While they were gone I experienced a rare event in my life.
That’s right it was totally and completely quiet. I was in the house alone for the first time in… I have no idea how long. The quiet was kinda nice actually. Not at all something I would want to experience on a daily basis, but as it was – a rare and fleeting moment of only a few hours – it was pretty nice.
Now what to do with myself?
I honestly had no idea. Sure I could have used the time wisely to write something on my blog without the typical 5,001 interruptions. But what’s the fun in that? LOL Plus I just wasn’t in the mood to write, nor did I feel like typing. I finally decided that since I didn’t feel very well, and was still running a bit of a fever from the lovely little bug I seem to have picked up at the wonderful doctor’s appointment I spoke of in my previous post, that I would go back upstairs. As I headed up the steps I tripped on my own pants. Yep, I’m oh so very graceful. But I managed to catch myself before breaking any more bones, so I get bonus points for that. ;)
I flipped on the TV again, knowing I would be disappointed. I’m just not really a fan of watching television. But… my hands hurt too bad to hold something to read, and I didn’t really feel like doing anything else. Dr. Oz was on. I think I’ve seen his show maybe twice before. This show was about the Top 5 something or other, the gist of which was the Top 5 important numbers to know to avoid serious health problems. Or something like that. I wasn’t really interested but… didn’t want to push the buttons on the remote either. So I was stuck watching it. I was pleasantly surprised. Despite the doctor I saw earlier in the week (see previous post) that seemed to be trying to make me accept a doom and gloom future, I only had ONE problematic issue of all 5. That’s right folks. ONE. I was pleasantly surprised.
I forget the order he had them in, but they were having your blood sugar under a certain level, weight under a certain level, blood pressure below a certain number, waist measurement below 35 inches, and cholesterol. And cholesterol was the only one of the five that I couldn’t say I didn’t have a problem with. So I thought that was pretty good. Even though my cholesterol is still high, it’s less than half what it was before my 101 lb weight loss. And I suspect it will always run high without medication. My father is super fit, slender, athletic, eats great, gets tons of physical exercise and has high cholesterol. His mother was the same way. So I think I’m probably genetically predisposed to have problems with it, to a certain extent.
So riding on my high from watching the last 20 minutes of Dr. Oz, I left the TV on for Ellen. Ellen was funny as usual. And she had a segment that made me laugh out loud. A segment (modeled after the popular book and now TV show, Shit My Dad Says) called “Sh&! my Mama says”. And it was clips of Ellen’s real mom saying funny things. The one that had me laughing out loud was when she said she wanted to congratulate the new judges on American Idol. “So Congratulations to Jennifer Lopez and that skinny pirate.”
(For those of you that are slow, or not keeping up on your useless entertainment news, that skinny pirate = Steven Tyler from Aerosmith. LOL!!!)
BTW did anyone from my generation ever foresee a future where Dee Snider’s songs hocked products on advertisements, and Steven Tyler was a judge on a non-cable TV show?
But back to the topic of my super exciting day… after the skit with her Mama ended I decided I couldn’t sit still any longer and wandered back downstairs.
I ended up doing some dishes, then going to do a light load of laundry that I could move by myself. At that point was when I saw THE CRACK.
That’s right folks, the inside drum of my BRAND NEW dryer is cracked in two places. The only upside to this is that it’s under warranty – or it darn well better be. But what a pain in the butt to have to deal with! Yet, annoyances like this seem to be the norm in my life. So put that down on the list of hateful chores I need to attend to: Call about dryer warranty.
After all that excitement my kids played outside in the sun, in t-shirts and pants. On THANKSGIVING. Awesome. It was in the 70′s. It sure isn’t warm now as I write this. A cold front blowed its way in here. But Thanksgiving was nice and warm. Had I realized it was in the 70′s earlier in the day I would have attempted to spend more time outside. I did get a little bit of time outside though. Then my husband and I started to drag the kids in one by one for baths.
After bath time, we all settled onto my bed for a while to talk before everyone went off to their own beds. That was when I realized that with the day being a little different than usual, we had almost forgotten our Thanksgiving family tradition. Typically we do this around the table. But this year we did it at the end of the day, piled in the bed.
I get some paper and we all take turns saying things that we are thankful for one at a time. And we go around and around until each person has at least 10 things or more on their list. Then I keep the lists as keepsakes. Can I just say how much I LOVE this!! It’s great for all of us to stop and do this. It is so fun to look back on older lists. And it is great to hear what the kids come up with.
Here’s a sample from my 6-year-old daughter’s list:
#5. I am thankful for having a mom and dad and not being in a kid’s shop.
When we all started laughing, she said, “YOU KNOW, where they adopt babies!”
Then we laughed some more.
Oh and just so you know, you all made my list too:
# 14. I am thankful for the people who visit my blogs.