Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Joining "The Big Declutter of 2010"

My sister-in-law is challenging people to do a big declutter project before the end of the year.  I so need to get in on this bandwagon.  I have been trying to follow Flylady these last two weeks since I stopped working, but Bug has a different opinion of how I should be spending my days - namely in the bathroom or in bed.  

But, I know come next year we are going to be bring a bunch of new stuff into our house to get ready for said little Bug.  I want to have the house in a much more orderly situation before that happens.  I also really want to get my playroom (craft room) organized so that I can really get in there and work on some major projects.

I am not following all the same rules that Ashley is, but similar ones.  I am counting paper items toward my count totals, but I am not sure if a stack will count as one item or each piece as an item.  I think I am setting my number at 420 items.  This is 15 items a day (the 15 item Fling Boogie from Flylady) that we plan on being home during the full month of December.  I might adjust this number to not include weekends which would  put the count at 330 items.  This seems like a lot especially since I have been working on throwing things out for the last month or so, but I am determined to get close to this number.  We have stuff out in the garage that still needs to go, clothes that need to be tossed, and lots of just stuff that doesn't mean anything to me, while having the space means a lot more.

My goal is to get rid of at least 15 things a day and post a picture of them (or at least a list).  This will hopefully serve a couple of purposes - to clear out stuff and to get me back in the habit of posting more frequently.  I will admit, there will probably be at least a day delay because well, life gets busy sometimes.  I am also apologizing up front - if you see something that you gave us as a present and it is going out the door, then know that it is going to a home that will love it.  We are grateful for things, but I will be the first to admit, sometimes things just don't fill the need that we have at that time.  And right now, I need the things in our home to be filling a need or something we love beyond a shadow of a doubt.

Let me know if you are going to participate, too.  I would love to know other people who are doing this.  I always find encouragement in sharing challenges like this with others!

Saturday, November 20, 2010


There have been lots of things going on in my head lately, but unfortunately not a lot have wanted to come out in writing.  Maybe bullet points will at least get some of them out and help me work through them later on.

  • I have enjoyed my first week being "unemployed." Though I spent most of it sick with a sinus infection.
  • My old boss called a lot this week asking where things were and how I had done things.
  • I can see that if I don't work on setting up some routines now, I am going to fall into that pit of "I have plenty of time to do it later."
  • We had an OB appointment this week. 
    • We heard Bug's heart beat on the doppler - FINALLY! Little rascal kept hiding until now.
    • We got some of the results back from the blood work side of the test.
      • I am not a carrier for cystic fibrosis - YAY!
      • I finally know what my blood type is.
    • We are still waiting on some of the test.  Because Bug didn't cooperate we have to wait to get round two of blood work at 17 weeks to try to get some final results.
  • Ikea stinks sometimes because they are off cycle with the rest of the shopping world.  Their Christmas decoration season is mid-September through December 1.  Which means that they are almost out of all the things I wanted.  Oh well, I know for next year.
  •  I wish I knew what I wanted for Christmas, but the only things I can come up with are expensive things and I don't think I am really going to get a new couch for Christmas.
  • Heck, I wish I knew what I wanted for my birthday because that happens before Christmas.
  • I am excited about going on a Tour of Homes with my mom and her best friend in December.  They crack me up when they are together and I haven't been with them in about five years.
  • I really want to go over to Disney to see the Christmas stuff.
  • Bug has been on my mind a lot lately, namely things about dealing with stuff.  More on this later, probably.
  • We went camping last weekend.  It was fun, minus all the craziness moments.  I want to do a post on it, but I don't think I took a lot of pictures - which I meant too.
  • We are probably starting our official Christmas shopping today, my sister-in-law's family is only coming for Thanksgiving this year, so I need to get their presents together.
  • We need to find a good picture for our Christmas cards this year.  Which means, if you want a Christmas card from us, please make sure I have your address!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Christmas Fever

I am having this crazy craving to decorate for Christmas.  This is a very unusual feeling for me because I am such a "Fall Baby".  Normally, I don't want anything to do with Christmas before my birthday is over (around Thanksgiving).  This year is totally the opposite.  I can't fathom waiting until after Thanksgiving to decorate.  I have been looking at Christmas decorations since the start of October. 

I wanted to just skip the Fall decorations this year and jump straight into Christmas decorations.  I am thinking it has something to do with the bright colors.  I plan on using red, white, grey, and black for Christmas this year.  I have been really inspired by the Scandinavian style of Christmas decorations.  I found an article in a Better Homes & Garden from last year that showed how nice this style looks.  Which works out well because last year my mom bought a lot of decorations from IKEA.  She gave them to me after Christmas because I liked the way they looked.  This helps me not have to go buy a lot this year.  There are some things I want to pick up from IKEA though.  

I want to get these extra things from Ikea:


 Cute little elf ornaments

Grass Goats

I also have a lot of little things I want to make.  

An advent calendar and cute little stars that I found at Allsorts:

I also want to try making a couple of little totems that I found at MamaRoots:

Aren't they cute? I am so looking forward to getting the house decorated with these cute little things.  I also have some fund stuff I picked up from Target last year that was in their "Woodland Chalet" collection.  I was scared that I wouldn't get to pick up anymore of those items again this year because Target has the habit of not repeating themes, but I was in the store a couple of days ago and it at least looks hopeful that they might have some stuff.  They had some tablecloths labeled  "Woodland Chalet".  That would be nice because I would really like to get a tablecloth and a runner for our buffet.  I am also mildly tempted to recover the dining room chairs again for Christmas.  IKEA has some great winter themed fabric for "cheap" at $4.99 a yard.

I am also fighting the urge to make cookies.  There are several reasons behind this - one is I am not much of a baker and two I can't stand being around food right now.  I am hoping that in the next couple of weeks things will get better and I will be able to make some cookies. 

I really am suffering from Christmas fever.  I hope it at least calms down soon, or we might be skipping the pumpkin dishes at Thanksgiving and skipping straight into stringing popcorn garlands for the stairwell.

Monday, November 1, 2010

How I Spent My Halloween

This last weekend was ROUGH!  I thought I was having a bout of stomach flu on top of the morning sickness.  I just didn't feel good and I was vomiting more than normal.  Saturday, AJ had to work most of the day and I slept off and on all day.  Sunday, AJ had to work again. But I got worse.  The vomiting increased to once or twice an hour, and I finally weighed myself.  I had lost 8 lbs since Friday morning.  Under normal circumstances I would have been jumping for joy, but these aren't normal circumstances.

So, I called AJ and we decided that it was probably a wise idea to go to the ER.  We called the nurse on call with our insurance (I really like having that feature), and she said that if I was vomiting more than three times a day I should either call the doctor or go to the emergency room.  OK, well I am glad to know we were on the right track.

We get there, and they move us along fairly quickly.  The doctor decides that I have hyperemesis gravidarum. This means that I have to get an IV.  I HATE IVs!!! Actually, they are one of my strongest phobias out there.  In most cases, I would rather die than get one.  Well, yesterday, I already felt dead so I didn't put up a fight until they were trying to get the FOURTH one in me.  They punched FIVE holes, for TWO IVs!

I was so dehydrated that they had a hard time getting the first two in, so the nurse switched to a neonatal IV.  She managed to get that in, but the IV wasn't going fast enough for the doctor.  She decided that she was going to put a bigger tube.  That failed MISERABLY.  I love doctors, but you could tell she wasn't used to doing this.  It hurt really bad, so after a few minutes of her trying she finally gave up.  I got a little bit of rest until it was shift change.  The new nurse decided to try to put a bigger one in, too.  She got it in with only a little pain.  I will say once she got that one in the fluid started moving faster.  I had been moving about 100 mls every hour, and it went up to 100 mls every 15 minutes or so.  They also gave me something for vomiting in the IV.  I think that was the best part of the whole ordeal.

I finished the bag, and they were coming into to release me.  They came in and also told me I have a bladder infection.  I am not sure how that happened, but I know that can contribute to the vomiting.  So, I am not on an antibiotic for that.  

Today hasn't been much better.  AJ took the day off to make sure I didn't get worse.  We filled the prescription and I have slept a lot between rounds of vomiting.  I feel totally overwhelmed by all of this actually.  I am in the "lucky" 1% that has this problem.  I was hoping the last couple of weeks were a good sign that it was under control, but it doesn't look that way.  We go to the OB tomorrow, and hopefully he will have some ideas on how to help this because NOTHING is seeming to work.  I want to feel better!