Books on my Bedside Table

I’ve been reading all sorts of things recently – but as always – mainly fiction.  Some fiction titles as you know can be a little more stressful than others…

I’m afraid that the book I’m going to be starting tonight will be like that:

We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
It a ” thriller and close study of maternal ambivalence, and the role it might have played in the title character’s decision to murder nine people at his high school”… Let’s hope I make it through this one!

But also on my table is a few fun things:

I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella
I’ve heard this is her best book yet – so I’m really looking forward to it.

 The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
A family saga through the eyes of a dog – how great is that?!

I’ve also been listening to a series in audiobook format while I’m at work – it’s the way I get a lot of my Young Adult fiction in. I’m on book 2 in the I am Number Four series by Pittacus Lore. Book 2 is The Power of Six. I must admit – book 1 was really good – book 2… not as much – but I’m waiting to finish it before I draw my final conclusions.

So… what’s on your bookshelf?

Alex Funnies

  • Two weeks ago Matt took Alex with him to do some errands. Before Alex left the house, I guess he had been playing around with an empty toilet paper roll. They drove around doing this and that. Then when they stopped to get propane, Alex was saying “ouch ouch” and was trying to put his hand down his pants. When Matt went over to investigate, he found the toilet paper roll stuck down his pants.  I have no idea why or what that was about.  Matt then had to walk around with a toilet paper roll in his pocket.
  • For Date night last week, Matt bought some breaded calamari and cooked up a few pieces to munch as appetizers on while Alex was eating his diner. Matt ate one. Alex ate 7. He removed all the breading and ate just the squid.  At one point he was wearing a ring of it as a bracelet.
  • A few days ago I opened the dryer and discovered a big black spider in there. It was huge! (you know – about the size of  a dime). So of course I was a tad more dramatic than I should have been… and Alex was there.  Now he won’t go near the basement alone – or near the dryer. He’s convinced the spider is still down there – even though I did kill it and remove the carcass to the garbage bin in the garage.
  • Alex has various names for me: Mama, Mom, Ma, and now Mommy. This morning at 6:56 he started singing “Mommy” over and over in all different tones. He tends to say it more like Momeee.
  • The only song Alex will sing is “Oh Canada” – he only has a few words to it, but he repeats it constantly!

A year in review

I know – a tad late – but like I said 2 posts ago – better late than never!

I’ve been playing with Creative Memories – trying to get a hang of the software in my “spare time”. I’ve been working on a month by month scrapping layout and on Alex’s life book. The life book is “almost” done… but I’m still trying to figure out if and if I do, how, include the story as to how Alex became available for adoption. Suggestions?

Here is the recap I came up with for 2011. I apologize – I think there are 20 pics… Nothing to fancy… please critique if you notice spelling, grammar, or a missed “shadow”. Next step the printers! I’m so excited!!

UPDATE: I noticed way more errors that I realized! Yikes – and quite embarrassing… Anyhow – proofed the descriptions again and updated my originals – but not the images below.  So just enjoy the pics 🙂



I love you…

If you can believe it – prior to last week, I did not know this song. I have even gone to the threatre to watch Guys and Dolls – but somehow that song never stuck in my head. But it sure did after watching I Don’t Know How She Does It last weekend. Now I can’t stop singing it (and it’s driving my family crazy!) But it is such a sweet song! I want to make it “the” song I sing to Alex (and it has an easy tune that I don’t destroy with my horrid singing voice!).

Lovely Gift

This is a catch up post… from December. Yes – December – 3.5 months behind people! Better late then never right?

In December, Matt’s Uncle Dean and Aunt Judy went on a trip to Australia and on the way back spent a night in Seoul. I had asked them if I could give them a few bucks to pick something up for Alex, but with the hype of Christmas I forgot in the end. But we were quite lucky that they still brought back a few gifts for our Korean boy!

A rubic’s cube type puzzle of all traditional Korean images and a Penji – a Korean spinning toy.  That spinning top is quite the toy – it’s a bit tricky!

They also gave him a team Korea football jersey! It will fit him in a year or so, but perfect for our little “Fighter”!

Thank you Dean and Judy!

Oh the fun never ends…

Warning… may be a little TMI… but hey – this is life.

Over the last few months I’ve found that my endo has been rearing it’s ugly head again. I have more discomfort mid month and then at the beginning of each cycle, I’ve been in so much pain that I can’t work. I try to take pain killers, but they affect me so much that I really shouldn’t drive. In all it is really just 2-3 days a month where I notice any pain  – not bad considering how disabling this condition really can be. I just don’t want to be in pain for the next 15+ years.  So I’ve been seeing a new Dr about my options. 

I went into my first appointment with the idea of having some relatively drastic surgery (ovaries removed if not a full hysterectomy), but once there I just couldn’t do it. I’m only 35 – and can’t imagine being in menopause for the rest of my life.  Instead we decided on a 3 month Lupr*n treatment (thankfully it will be during the spring and not in the heat of the summer) – I was on it for 6 months back in 2008 – so 3 isn’t too bad.  Once the drug has done its job, I’ll be having a laser laparoscopy which will allow for the doc to hopefully “clean me up”.  But to add to the fun, I have to go for another procedure before the surgery to ensure the endo hasn’t reached my bowels.  If it has… then it will be a different ball game.

The goal of the surgery is to reduce the pain for a few years. Then when I hit my 40’s I can reassess the situation.

Here’s hoping and praying the next few months are not all that terrible. We have to go ceiling fan shopping this week. The hot flashes will be here before I know it.