–I’m on another round of steroids, which, although it doesn’t usually change my temperament too much, has increased my appetite dramatically and has, more worryingly, changed how I feel about my appetite. Every time I get hungry it feels like an emergency, and I’m a little concerned I’d do irrational, bad things to get food, like steal all the free samples in a grocery store, punch an old lady, or bite a dog. Normally my hunger displays itself by incessant whining, crankiness, and complaining, but now I’m dipping toward Hunger Rage. This mostly has resulted in crazy elaborate and giant breakfasts. I normally don’t even eat breakfast–my Crohn’s symptoms usually have me down to two meals a day–but after school drop-off in the morning I’ve been indulging. Hash browns, veggie saute, eggs, toast, fruit; I cannot get enough. All the meals I’ve made lately have been a little over the top. Not necessarily huge portions, but just much more elaborate than I’d normally make.
–Isobel told me she was terrified of Black Friday. She didn’t know what it was other than it sounded very scary. I explained it was about ledgers and shopping and told her not to worry. My family celebrates our Thanksgiving on Black Friday, so I’m in the kitchen all day. “But there are so many thrift stores I want to visit with you!” she said. I like the way she thinks.
—Last week I bragged about my arthritis, so of course right after that I had a terrible flare. It was really nice for that one week, and I even remember remarking to Anthony, “My new shoes are so comfortable, I’ve worn them all week!” before realizing I’d actually worn three different pairs of shoes, and it wasn’t their comfort I was enjoying, it was the lack of arthritis. Flare aside, Cimzia really has made a huge difference in my mobility.
–Elias got his first real big boy haircut this week. I’ve been regularly trimming it with scissors since he’s been born, but Anthony has been insisting on a real haircut for months. He’s never been a fan of my home-trims (even though he did allow that I was getting better) and he wanted him cleaned up for the holidays. I finally relented, and of course I brought my camera like I did with Isobel’s first haircut, but a few before snaps aside, I didn’t get to use it. I had to hold poor buddy the whole time while he shrieked and screamed. It was a terrible experience for everybody, but he won’t need another for awhile, and he does look great. I took him by Anthony’s work afterwords to surprise him, and he was ecstatic.
–I have had the sad job of going through old files to find photos of two loved ones who have passed away. I’ve never been so glad I take ‘too many’ photos.
–Isobel exclaimed,”WHAT THE WHAT?!” the other day. My work is complete.
–When I want to end an argument with Anthony, I tell him the comment section is closed.
–Locals can help refugees by contributing to World Relief Modesto. They do great work and will be aiding in the Syrian resettlement in our area, and there are many ways to help.
Thrifty Christmas: Making Christmas. A growing collection of simple and fun DIY winter holiday themed crafts and activities.
FF Cornbread Stuffing. Hilarious tweets and my favorite cornbread stuffing recipe.
Snapshot 11.17.15. Awk-ward!!
My Unruly Garden: Summer Roses. Roses before the unmitigated heat of summer.
The Friendly Alpacas of Macedo’s Mini Acre. This was so fun.
Little Big Bazaar: Vintage Necklaces. My everything right now.
Scrapbook: Home Life. Ten photos of home.
FF Red. My love letter to the internet.
19 Small Victories To Celebrate If You Struggle With Anxiety. Thanks for this, Stef.
Colorful Photos Of Chicagoans On Their Lunch Breaks In The 1970s. How perfect do they look?! I would rock each outfit still. They look amazing. Thank you, catladylib!
Cleanup begins for Denair tornado. We had a tornado down the road. Yeah. A tornado.
Making A Splash At The Japanese Toilet Exhibition. That giant toilet slide tho.
Thrifty Crafting: How to Make a Terrarium Ornament. I’ve been getting a lot of clicks on this! They usually aren’t hardy enough to last a long time, but they are cheap and easy and very pretty!
Recipe: Savory Baked Apples. Unexpected and wonderful.
Thrifty Crafting: DIY Magnetic Fridge Frames. Your kid’s art deserves no less.