Friday, March 28, 2008

Food Allergies

I'm starting to suspect that I might have a food allergy. I've noticed a bit over the past few years that sometimes when I eat my tongue gets numb and/or tingly. That can't be good. I thought maybe it was a fluke for a while, but I've noticed it more lately. The current culprit appears to be Athenos hummus. I LOVE that stuff, so it makes me sad. I tried to contact my allergist to see if I can get an appointment with him, but they're closed this afternoon. So, I have to wait until Monday to call. But, food allergies aren't something I want to mess around with - especially not ones that make my tongue feel funny. (I've heard that's the kind that can cause the throat to swell.) I have no idea what it could be - but I did recently find out that my mom's uncle died from an allergy to celery, of all things. I don't think it's celery, but hopefully my allergist can help me sort this out. Plus, I have to worry about whether this will affect my kids - and how. Ugh. What fun! I guess it could be worse; at least I know it's NOT peanut butter or other things that I eat much more regularly! ;-)

Wednesday, March 26, 2008


I hate headaches. I hate that I get them somewhat regularly. WHY? I'm not sure how often they've been bothering me - probably weekly, on average. It sucks. I hope and pray that my daughters don't inherit this problem - or my son, for that matter. I'd hate for any of my descendants to get this. It's horrible - and so not fair!

Well, I'm sorry to be so boring lately. I guess I don't generally have much to talk about. But, I am sure at some point I'll be a bit more fun to read. Until then, thanks for bearing with me! LOL I sure hope I'm not as dull in person as I am here!

Tuesday, March 25, 2008


I'm conflicted about what to do with this blog. I want to be able to express myself 100% without worrying about hurting anyone's feelings. But, I also want this to be open to being read. Will anyone find this if I don't point them in the direction of it? I'm conflicted b/c I don't want to shut my friends out, but I don't want to feel like I can't talk about ANYTHING either, kwim?

For example, I recently had a bit of a skirmish with some people on my Web site. Yes, my Web site. I own a domain and board on said domain. I thoroughly enjoy it. I never thought coding and stuff would be so fun! LOL I know, that makes me an ubergeek, but I can handle that label! It's like learning another language - but much more scary. I can make or break my board just by doing one small thing with coding. I love being able to use it as a creative outlet.

Anyway, back to the skirmish. Let's just say that some of my "staff" conducted themselves in a way that I thought wasn't appropriate. Nothing major, in fact I've learned that no one outside of The Team was aware that anything was going on. I just felt a situation could've been handled in a better manner. Now, my original approach was a bit bad, and I did apologize for it. Things do seem to be worked out now, except that one of the individuals isn't getting over it! I am FRUSTRATED with this situation. I can't have the "staff" divided - a house divided against itself cannot stand. How much time do I give her to work through her emotions? When do I say "enough is enough, snap out of it or step down"?

Crap. Baby's waking up. I gotta go take care of her. I'll try to add more to this post later.

Yahoo Messenger SUCKS

I use Trillian for all of my IM needs. It's great. No complaints there. I hate Yahoo Messenger - in case you couldn't tell! LOL I get CONSTANT spam via YM. And I can't figure out how to stop it. I block it when it comes through, but I don't want it in the first place. I'd like to be able to change YM so all I get are IMs from people on my contact list. There has GOT to be a way to do that, but I have no idea how. So, I decided to nix it all. No more YM for me. I've got AIM, MSN Messenger, and ICQ. I think I'll be OK! ;-)

Sunday, March 23, 2008

It's good to be home

The family and I had spent the weekend with family - hence my absence. It's so nice to be home now. Of course, it's always nice to be home. Home sweet home - yes, it's a cliche, but it's true! ;-)

We were visiting my husband's family, who live downstate from us. That means at least 5½ hours on the road. NOT much fun. Thank God for factory-installed DVD systems! ;-) The kids loved seeing their grandparents, and our oldest was sad to leave today. Poor thing. I know she misses her family. We don't really live close to family, except a cousin of my husband. We don't see her much, so it's not really like she's here. I think we see my family (who are 2½ hours away) more often.

I do this thing on my Vox blog called unconscious mutterings. It's a weekly thing. I wish I could say I did it weekly, but, well, I don't. I think I'm lucky if I remember to do it on a monthly basis. But, it's fun - word association. But, today's list had Chicago. That made me sad. That's where I was born and raised (not downtown, but in the 'burbs). My family (for the most part) is still there and I miss them all dearly. I ache to see them and be near them - and it's worse since my kids were born. I wish we lived closer - and I hate knowing that without an act of God, there is NO WAY we could afford to live there now. Here we own a house and I'm able to stay home with my kids. Unless God were to pull off some HUGE surprise, we'd never be able to do that anywhere near my family. :-( It makes me so sad. I miss them so much.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Let the Tweaking Begin

I could have a ton of fun playing with this template. I wasn't too fond of the bright pink background, so I chose something that was easier on my eyes. I'd like to REALLY customize the colors eventually, but that'll have to wait. We're getting ready for a LOOOOONG drive to go see my husband's family. So, I don't have the time to tweak much. But, I'm happy to be done with the background that came with this template. Don't get me wrong - it's a pretty template. But, well, I'd be happier if there was a PURPLE template! But, for now, this will do.

Blame Mommy Brain

I had a bunch of stuff that I wanted to write. I thought of it last night - before falling asleep. (That seems to be where I do most of my thinking that leads to any good ideas.) I was hoping to remember, but no luck. I hate that. I thought I'd finally have something interesting to say! LOL

I have a child who won't stop talking. I love her to death, but sometimes I just want a little peace. Or, like now, I'll be doing something that requires a little bit of concentration, and that'll be when she wants to talk most! I suppose it's my fault for not waiting until nap time or after they go to bed for the night.

OK. I'm done rambling for now. Back to your regularly scheduled programming! ROFL

This could be fun

I'm liking what I see here. I can customize this to quite an awesome degree! :-) How fun! I love my Vox blog, but this could be even better. I still have to decide how much privacy I want, though. One nice thing about Vox is I can decide privacy levels on a post-by-post basis. Can't do that here; it's all or nothing. I'm generally a private person, so the thought of allowing anyone to read my thoughts is a bit scary. But, will anyone read this if I don't leave it public? I don't intend to invite people here. I truly want to be able to write whatever I want and not worry about offending anyone. If I point friends and loved ones this way, it kinda makes that point moot. I don't mind if any of them reads it, but if I point them here, perhaps I'm inviting problems. I dunno.

Yes, I do have bigger problems than what to do with this blog! LOL Just remember, this is called "Ramblings and more" - there's a reason for that! ;-)


I'm just checking things out for now. I won't be writing much very often, but when I need somewhere to be away from it all, this is it. I'm not sure if I'll leave this public or make it more private. We'll see. Anyway, I'm playing with the fonts for now, so that's why I'm writing this.
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