I have been attempting to add photos to a pending post since Sunday night. Still only extremely limited success (and none of the cute ones). I'm hoping my cries for help are the reason "image uploads" is going to be serviced tomorrow. In the meantime, here is a random sampling of my life:
I set up my phone so I can send posts to Blogger, but there must be a step I'm missing.
This has been stuck in my head for a week (I kind of like it):
Potty training is going very well. I gave up the ridiculous idea that changing Mad's diaper while she's laying down will confuse her or I'm failing to reinforce that she's not a baby anymore. So, no more poopy hands for Mama. Whoever thought of using a timer to make kids go to the potty is a fricken genius. I'd kiss him or her on the mouth! And realizing that I can use my cell phone alarm instead of the oven timer (thereby not having to rest Fynn's perpetually nursing body on the stove so I can make the ringing stop) makes me a freaking genius, too! (At least to me.) Mad's been telling me when she needs to go during nap time and overnight. I mostly make it to her in time, but she's diapered then, so it's not as urgent. She's getting good at telling me when she needs to go the rest of the day, too. As I'm getting a sense of her timing, we are not living our entire mornings in 10 minute increments. This is great! However, when I offered to let her wear panties while we took Brother to school, she declined.
My friend with the lung situation has been tested four different ways. One shows a borderline cancer score (6-10 typically means cancer; she got a 6). However, a biopsy shows that there are no lesions. It's not exactly a clean bill of health. The doctor wanted to do another procedure, but the test results weren't close enough to 100% reliable for L, so she declined. She'll go through another PET scan in two months to see if it's grown. There are so many things to say or think about a friend in this situation. I think I know how I'd handle much of it. For one thing, I'd want to know as much as possible. The opposite is true for her. No googling, no super-involved conversations with the doctor. Her philosophy is that everything she ever felt like she wouldn't be able to survive has happened, with this being the big one (if it is, indeed, the big one), but she's survived everything else. Why not this, too, right?
In odd news that I probably shouldn't be mentioning, tomorrow would be my 20th anniversary if I'd stayed married the first time. I cannot imagine still being married to him. I have felt exactly that way since we agreed to divorce. Yet every year at this time I feel a mental countdown. I have no idea where he's at, if he's still married to wife number three (or was it four? I couldn't keep track), or even if he's still alive. I am glad we're not in contact, but I would tolerate him and be decent if he were part of Corey's life. Fricken jackass.
Over the past 24 hours or so we've had some spectacular thunder and lightning. Tom, Fynn and I sat upstairs in our bedroom watching (well, Fynnie nursed... is it possible that she's starting her next growth spurt so early?!?). The strangest thing to me was the lack of heavy winds during most of it. The gentle breeze made it possible to sit here with the window open.... until all of a sudden the storm got serious. Wind, rain, hail. Little chilly until Tom could close the window. I'm so glad we have wireless Internet or I'd be stuck playing solitaire on my phone tonight while Tom and Fynn sleep.
I don't remember mentioning, but I have scheduled my tubal. Two weeks from this Friday. I'm good with the decision again. Really, I always have been; I realized it while talking to my doctor. I'll be 40 in the spring. As I said to the doc, "There's room in the house. There isn't room in the budget or the calendar." Or the car. Corey barely fits back there with the girls. It's good we've gone so many places as a family, but if this continues, we'll have to get a bigger car.
There is still a slim chance we can make it to Chicago for Christmas, because the state still owes me money. If nothing else unexpected happens, the money I'll get through PFL may be enough to do a slightly shorter trip.
Let's end with some good news. I got my statement today showing that my check will be this month will only be a few hundred dollars short. Compared to last month, I feel rich!