Saturday, January 28, 2012

Another week has come and gone

Is it just me, or does time feel as though it is on fast forward? 2012 no sooner arrived, and here we are at the end of January. I've always heard folks say the older you get, the faster time moves, but this is a little rediculous!

Anyone who knows me knows that I spent 18 years in an unhappy marriage. We had 3 (super) kids together, and I was determined to put my unhappiness aside to create the appearance of the perfect family. It didn't work. We had different goals in life and his did not include a family. Looking back, those 18 years seemed like a lifetime for me.

I am now married to my soul mate. Our families have blended well, and I am convinced we were meant to be together. Only problem is, apparently when you are happy, time really does fly!

Last week was uneventful. Logan spent Friday night with us, and Rachael started a new job.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Our weekend

Friday morning we were up at 4am. Morgans friend Ashley had spent the night and they were leaving school at 5:30 for a field trip to Atlanta, Ga. The trip had already been rescheduled because of last weeks snow. They spent the day touring the Coke museum and the CNN building. Everyone seemed to really enjoy themselves. The bus got back to school at midnight. A long long day for them!

Morgan slept most of the day Saturday. I did some housework and tried to rest some to get rid of this nasty sore throat and cough. Our friends Larry and Tracy came by for a few hours to visit.

Sunday was another lazy day. Watched some Laurel and Hardy on Netflix and watched the weather. We are supposed to get some nasty storms later. Hopefully, they will pass quickly and uneventfully :)

A surprise (and welcome) phone call

This week was fairly uneventful. We were all a little puny. Lots of sinus congestion, drainage and sore throats. Not enough to keep anyone home from school or work.

Wednesday after work I had a meeting at a local restaurant called Nicks. Great food and the guest speaker was interesting and funny. That's always a plus :)

Thursday evening, I was browsing Facebook and the name Kennedy popped out at me. (that was my maiden name) It didn't take me long to locate some cousins I had lost contact with back in the 80s. It wasn't long before my phone rang and my cousin Billy was on the other end. We spent about 45 minutes just catching up. That conversation is the whole reason I have a facebook account. Its so nice to reunite with family :)

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Sunday, January 15th, 2012

The rest of last week is a blur. Danny finally made it back home on Saturday evening around 7pm. That was after blowing a tire and spending a morning getting that repaired, then dealing with snow in New York.

We had some snow here as well on Thursday. The day started off fairly warm (high 50's low 60's) with lots of rain. Around noon, the temperatures began to drop dramatically. The rain quickly turned to sleet, then snow. By 4pm the grassy areas were covered. We left work at 5pm to a wet parking lot and within the 10 minutes it took me to thaw my windshield, the parking lot was white. Brad turned his vehicle around and come back to get me.

Not only was it snowing hard, but the wind was blowing 20 to 30mph making it very difficult to see. We made it to my house, and Brad and his wife made it home safely. I'm sure I would have been sitting on the side of the road come morning if not for the ride home. I don't do well on snow and ice and appreciate the people who do!

Sunday was spent relaxing with Danny and catching up his laundry from the week. Tomorrow is MLK Day. The kids are out of school, but it's back to work for us.

Monday - back to the grindstone

The weekend sure flew by FAST! On Saturday, we all hung out with Logan most of the day. Danny prepared for a trip out of town. His job is taking him to North Carolina first, then to Pennsylvania. Next stop New Jersey, then New York. His plan was to be back home by Wednesday night. I have known him long enough to know that he ALWAYS underestimates his time.

The trip started on schedule, but it was all downhill from there. 3 hours from home, the engine on the truck blew. The only option at this point was to send another truck, and transfer the load. However, the only available truck was already loaded and not scheduled for delivery until Sunday morning.

Soooooo, Danny and Billy got a room for the night. The next day was spent waiting on a truck, then transferring the load from one truck to the other. One more night in the motel.

While Danny was on his out of town adventure, I did manage, with some help from the kids, to get the Christmas decorations taken down (finally) and put my house back to normal. As much as I hated to see the beautiful tree go for the year, I was glad to have that chore behind me :)

Monday morning, the first leg of Danny's trip finally got underway. They were making a small delivery in Charlotte, NC, then headed up to Pennsylvania to deliver the remainder of the truck.

I worked all day, came home to dinner already prepared by Morgan, and we enjoyed a relaxing evening at home.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Finally the weekend!

We were finally able to get Morgan in to see Dr Nelson Friday morning. By then, her hands were no longer blue, but we kept the appointment anyway. I had taken some photos on my phone and he had me send them to him.

Dr Nelson is pretty sure she has Reynauds phenomenon. Basically, the arteries in her wrists constrict and do not allow blood to return from her hands, causing the color change. It can also cause tingling or pain, neither of which she has experienced.

This is a condition that usually shows itself between the ages of 15 and 30 (Morgan is 14) and is more prevalent in females. The cause is unknown, however cold weather is thought to bring it on. Keeping her hands warm is what he suggested to her.

There is a blood pressure medication that may help if this becomes a problem for her. This will be a last resort, as we will then have to deal with some side effects.

Our doctor is going to forward my pics and his notes on to Vanderbilt Children's Hospital. He feels the docs there have more experience with the condition and may have some further input. Meanwhile, I will be buying her some hánd warmers to keep in her pocket :)

I worked the rest of the day, then Danny met me with the kids (including Logan) and we headed to Baxter to meet some friends for dinner at the Whistle Stop. Our friend Wayne plays in a Christian rock band, which was playing at the restaurant.

We ordered a couple pizzas and enjoyed the live music for a few hours. Once Logan started getting sleepy, it was time to head home for the night.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

January 4, 21012

School was not cancelled today. Only 1 hour late. Looks like the kids will get to ease back into our regular school routine. My New Years resolution this year is to get up at 5am which is only 30 minutes earlier than normal. The bus picks up the kids at 6:15, and I think this will make my mornings go a little smoother.

Work was a little less hectic today. When I got home Morgan greeted me with blue hands. Looks like I will be calling the doc tomorrow. Not sure what's that's about, but it cant be good.

January 3, 2012

Today was back to work for me after a long weekend. I knew I was in for a busy day, and I was right.

The kids were to return to school today, however, what was forecasted as "flurries" turned into a disaster for road conditions. There was no accumulation but the roads iced over and forced a large stretch of the interstate to close. That, in turn, caused schools to close for the day.

Danny took the kids to the doctor for Taylor's follow-up. It seems he thought it was a good idea to put a pencil eraser in each ear. The doctor was able to get one out easily, however, the other they put him to sleep and surgically removed it. Everything looked good today. I don't think he will be doing that again!

By the time I got home from work, Danny had made spaghetti and meatballs for dinner. How nice after a long day at work! After dinner, I kicked his butt at a game of Monopoly and we called it a night.

Today's "Funny things that Taylor says"

Me: There's nothing worse than a drunk at a bar trying to pick you up.
Taylor: Yes there is. 2 drunks at a bar trying to pick you up :)

He got me there!

Monday, January 2, 2012

January 2, 2012

I had the day off today, but Danny had to work. My goal was to have the Christmas decorations put away and my house clean and back to "normal".

Rachael and Logan came by around 8:30am. They hung out most of the morning then left to take Morgan to get her hair cut. I did some laundry and played around with my new Kindle Fire. Noon, and still no progress with the decorations. Hmmmmmm.

Took a trip to WalMart for groceries and some office supplies. Not my favorite place to shop, but definately the most convenient. By the time I got home, put everything away and started dinner, all hope was gone for putting away all the decorations.

Tomorrow is back to work for me and back to school for the kids. We had a light dusting of snow earlier. Not enough to close schools here, but the interstate was closed for a time due to ice. Oh, the joys of living in the hills of Tennessee :)

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year!

2012. Wow! Where did 2011 go? We ushered in the new year at home with our friends Lori and Rod Thomas. We have known the Thomas' since 1994, and celebrating New Years Eve together has become a tradition we all enjoy. Good food, laughter and sharing memories. What better way to send out the old and bring in the new!

I had a great birthday today. On 1/1/1968, I was the first baby born in Easton Memorial Hospital. I now enjoy the New Year another year older each time. Rachael and Jordan spent the afternoon with us and Danny brought home ice cream cake.

A great day spent at home with family. I wouldn't want it any other way!

Here's to 2012. A new year filled with opportunities waiting to be discovered.