Blogging


I headed back to Blogger for a variety of reasons – mostly because the majority of blogs that I like to read are on Blogger. Whenever I want to comment, I have to go through this whole ordeal and let’s face it, I just don’t have that kind of time in my day. Besides, I found a pretty template for my new blog that I really like.

So hop on over to http://unencumberedlife.blogspot.com/ for the new and improved blog (OK, so it’s definitely new, but improved remains to be seen).

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I hate to keep saying this, but I have been swamped the past month. I’ve written more grants than I care to remember, we’re in the midst of celebrating our agency’s 40th anniversary (which includes a huge special event and fundraising), and like usual this time of year, we have our annual golf event.

The golf event is on Monday and that day can’t get here soon enough. It’s the build-up to that day that just about kills me each year. Imagine planning a wedding for 200 people every year, but without the fancy dress, dancing, and cake.

I’m looking forward to blogging more once the event is over.

Just as I vowed to post more often (like I used to do), everything came crashing in on me. Griffin got over his bout of bronchitis and finally got all the steroids out of his system only to get sick again last week. Another case of bronchitis, but this time it wasn’t responding to his antibiotics. When I picked him up out of his crib on MOnday morning, he was hot to the touch. I felt the heat from his skin burn through his pajamas and even through my pants. His temp was 103 and he was miserable.

After a trip to the ER and another chest x-ray, the doctor came in and told me it was double pneumonia. We had to pick up a really strong antibiotic, rotate Tylenol and Motrin every three hours for the next 48 hours, and give him lots of liquids (he stopped eating and lost over a whole pound).

I’ve been swamped at work and have some major deadlines hanging over my head. Patrick agreed to watch Griffin for the rest of the week so I could go to work, but early on Tuesday morning, Patrick complained of a sore throat. Let me preface this part of the story by telling you that Patrick never complains about feeling sick and he rarely goes to the doctor. When he called me around 12 PM and said he was going to the doctor, I just about fell off my chair. The doctor diagnosed him with influenza and started him on Tamiflu. Patrick had a temperature of 102 for the next couple of days and I wasn’t able to go to work. I couldn’t leave Patrick, who couldn’t get out of bed, to take care of Griffin, who had pneumonia.

By Wednesday night I was sick again (I had a cold last week). I developed a horrible sore throat, cough, and headache. I ended up with a sinus infection, a bronchial infection, and a flare-up of my asthma. So now I’m using the nebulizer, have antibiotics, and am on Prednisone.

Long story short, I missed a shit-load of work and I spent my weekend writing grants. Thankfully, my parents are wonderful and came to visit this weekend to help us get back on our feet. They bought us some groceries and helped sanitize our house.

Summer can’t get here soon enough…

I haven’t posted in a while, and I feel really bad about that. It’s not that so many people read this and are dying to know what’s going on in my life that makes me feel so bad about slacking off. It’s more that I have had so many different things I want to write about, but haven’t had the time or haven’t made the time. All of a sudden two weeks have gone by and I haven’t written anything.

First things first, my grandpa is doing OK after that fall. Apparently he hit his head on a table. He didn’t need any stitches, but did have to have a tetanus shot. He ended up falling again just two days later. These incidents made me think about a post I want to write about him – I just need to make the time to sit down and do it.

I celebrated my 37th birthday a couple of weeks ago. My family came up to celebrate and on my actual birthday, we went to dinner at one of my favorite restaurants (Los Agaves). Griffin ate his first churro and somewhere Patrick has a picture of me wearing a giant sombrero that the waiter put on my head when everyone sang to me. I’m sure it will come in handy if he ever wants to blackmail me someday.

Griffin was sick again last week. Another bout of bronchitis, plus two ear infections. The steroids made him a complete maniac. No naps. Lots of aggression. Definitely a rough week for all of us. I did try to find the humor in the situation byfilming him in one of his steroid-induced frenzies. Enjoy (and know that I’m going to do my best to post more often):

– I totally forgot to write a New Year’s post. Honestly, I was on vacation from work and being near a laptop made me think too much of writing grants and all the piles of work that were sitting on my desk just waiting for me. I didn’t feel like posting anything.

– Today marks the 11th anniversary of my aunt and uncle’s house fire. It seems like just yesterday that he died. It’s even harder to believe that she ‘s gone now, too.

– I have a lot that I need to post about – the holidays, my new medication, writing, and the weirdo ear infection I had last week. Seriously, my ear was messed up for over a week…while I was on vacation. It sucked.

Because I haven’t posted anything in a while, I need to ease back into it. So here’s a total cop-out. It’s a video I took just a couple of hours ago. It’s Griffin being, well, being Griffin. There’s really no other way to explain it. Just do me one favor – don’t look at or comment on or even judge me for the condition of our family room. I’m chalking it up to fatigue, total vacation laziness, and the weirdo ear infection. Just watch Griffin and enjoy…

Let me preface this post by saying that I am in a pretty decent mood so far this holiday season. I’m enjoying the Christmas music, our decorated tree, and I’ve even thought about baking some holiday goodies. So this brief rant has nothing to do with me being in a bad mood.

I’ve been noticing a trend lately that really annoys me. Maybe I’m a little late on this one and it’s been going on for a while, but I cannot stand when people say “love, love, love.” As in, “I love, love, love Reese Witherspoon’s style.” Or, “I just love, love, love Christian Siriano” (and I really do love him, hence using him in that example). I’ve noticed this a lot while reading blogs – people tend to write that in their comments. It really gets under my skin. What’s so wrong with saying that you “really love” something or even putting LOVE in all caps? Why the love, love, love? Who started that and why? When is it going to end? Ugh.

I’m seeing it everywhere and I can’t tell you how much I hate, hate, hate it.

Yes, I’m trying a new look for my blog. I can’t stand flip-flopping, but I wasn’t thrilled with the last layout. I’m going to try this one out for a while and see how I like it. It just might change again…

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