–Yesterday I had a doctor’s appointment that took of most of my afternoon and evening. I always bring my binder with me so I can get some work done (I organize all my writing and projects in a binder because I need to physically write things out). My Crohn’s specialist is one of the few around, and we don’t have a lot of other options without significant travel in our area. So, the office waiting room is always filled to capacity, sometimes you have to stand, and always you have to wait an hour minimum. I always think, I will get so much done while I wait! I can write tomorrow’s post and get ahead on lists and emails! And I never do because even if the appointment is no big deal, like yesterday’s, I’m always in high-anxiety-alert mode and I end up taking to chatting on twitter in an effort to calm my nerves. It’s a Pavlov’s response at this point. I am useless for anything except scrolling and nervous chit-chat. After the appointment I had a stress-response crash, and stress-ate and napped during the fallout. I don’t have any news to share–I’m still waiting on my injectible medicine to get approval. I received a rejection from my insurance and now we’re in an appeals process. I should know more by the end of the week.
–I’ve been taking more vitamin supplements on a regular basis because I’m so desperate to get better, but I can’t say for sure if it’s helping or if my disease-body is even absorbing it. In addition to a multivitamin I’m taking B12, D, and an iron supplement. I’ve also been taking probiotics, but the problem with them is that it’s hard to get them to the part of the colon that needs the help. It’s my version of an expensive, swallow-able prayer.
–We had over a month of gorgeous weather and I spend as much time outside with the kids as I could physically handle. We bought a cheap plastic pool I can lift and empty myself and have been using fun sprinklers Isobel has gotten for various birthday gifts. We’ve been doing mild to moderate gardening (my parents and Anthony doing the literal heavy-lifting), and we’ve busted out the bubbles just about everyday. I am well enough to sit outside with them, which is a gift I am constantly grateful for, because some days I’m just not. We are heading into nasty hot 100F+ temperatures so we’ll have to limit outside time to mornings and evenings unless we’re visiting the pool. Being in the yard with the kids has been good for my soul, and they’ve just loved it.
–A consequence of spending so much time outside is that we’ve been relying on our screen doors instead of the heavy glass doors for going in and out. Most of the cats know how to open them, and that is how one day last week I ended up with two very-not-dead lizards in my living room. Jupiter brought them in (of course) and I was home alone with the kids (of course) which meant I got to engage the cats and lizards in a merry chase around the house–with much shrieking, to the amusement of Isobel–to get them out of the house. Every time I’d get close, Jupey would put one in his mouth and I was sure he’d clamp down and blood and gore would go flying. Isobel thought it was hilarious. I eventually caught the lizards with help from the broom and dustpan and wished them well as I unceremoniously dumped the into the thick, weedy flowerbed. Later that week I opened the back door to find Skippy biting the head off a dead baby bird and swallow it. NATURE IS A GROSS AND DISGUSTING MIRACLE.
–Isobel and Dada put together the adorable Hello Kitty Lego play set she got for her birthday and immediately filled it with members of the Justice League. That’s my girl. She’s still obsessed with Lego Elves, too.
–Elias is driving me crazy with his urges to be the Most Dangerous Baby Who Ever Lived. His favorite thing to do is climb on top of the kitchen table and give me a heart attack. If you come over to our house without warning you’ll notice all the chairs pushed to one side of the dining room in a crazy fashion, far away from the table. It’s only a matter of time before he figures out he can push them to the table and complete his evil plan.
–It should be noted that Elias dancing is the cutest thing on the planet and I’m not sure if the internet can handle it.
–I’ve created a summer checklist for Isobel to make sure we get all the stuff we need to do (chores, skills practice, reading, fun stuff) done. If it goes over well I’ll share it here.
Follow Friday: Book Sale Scores. Good hustle, everybody. You looked great out there.
Thrift Store Score: Mother’s Day Estate Sale. It was everything an estate sale should be.
Snapshot 06.10.15. Isobel busts conspiracies, Anthony is the most popular kid in class.
My Unruly Garden: Do Not Use Much Water. Isobel commands it.
Follow Friday: Grandpa’s Pirate Ship. My love letter to the internet.
Candidate Profile: Rick Perry. Campaign Slogan: “I Studied This Time.”
God’s 12 biggest dick moves in the Old Testament. Sounds like the big guy could benefit from prescription medicine.
We imagined what different Pokémon would taste like so you don’t have to. “Alp: “Jigglypuff is actually a sentient Peep.” / Bryant: “This would give you diarrhea.” I DIE.
Tom Hardy and his stunt double. *Fans self*
As I’m one of Britain’s leading ornithologists, here’s a guide to some birds you might see in your garden this summer. I’m thinking maybe he’s not.
Thrifty Living: Water Painting. One of my most popular posts.
Recipe: Fresh Basil and Corn Salad. For continuous eating all summer long.
Follow Friday: Vintage Chairs. Only the best.
Scrapbook: Jacob’s Garden. Verdant and wild, just like I like ’em.
The Fair: I Kissed A Snake, And I Liked It. Photos of Isobel hugging goats and kissing snakes.
The Get Well Terrarium. Succulent terrariums for a great friend.