Thursday, January 22, 2009


I am having another Alexander week. You know – Alexander from the awesome children’s book Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day?

Except mine’s been a bad WEEK.

And that's Calvin in the image there, not Alexander, but still. He gets me. Just look at his face!

The kids have had a zillion and one activities, so I’ve been flying all over the place. I love being a mom, and I’m glad that my kids are involved in things. I love watching them do things that I never could have done at their ages. But it all just gets to be so much at times. I worry that they’re overextended. Hollywood, especially, who is currently busy taking AP classes, playing basketball, participating in show choir and mock trial. All at once. That doesn't include her social life and church activities. And track and softball are yet to come! I don’t know how she’s not stressed to the max, but she seems to handle it well. It’s good preparation for when she’s an adult like me with seventy balls in the air at once, I guess.

Work has been hell this week. H-E-double hockey sticks. HELL. I won’t bore you with the details, but one of the projects I’m heavily involved in is coming to a close and things are stressful to the max here at Giant Ass Bank. And don’t even get me started on our stock prices. My 401K has lost almost half it’s value in the past 8 months. Good thing I have eleventy billion years until I retire.

My muscles are So. Damn. Sore. I know, I know, I’m doing it to myself with this stupid kickboxing class that I can’t stop talking about. Isn’t it funny that I hardly ever blog anymore but when I do it’s always about my kickboxing class? Are you sick of it yet? I love the class - it makes me feel strong. But it hurts my muscles. And when your muscles hurt, it’s hard not to think about much else, so until the muscles don’t hurt anymore, I’ll probably bring it up again. I’m sorry-ish.

My hair is being stupid. Seriously. I can’t figure it out. Last week - great hair! The fruits of my latest haircut were finally paying off and the layers looked nice. This week - uncooperative mess. Seriously annoying. What is the deal with that?

My dog has bilateral something-or-other propecia. Which means that her hair is falling out in clumps but since it's doing it equally on both sides, it's likely caused by a hormone imbalance. I found this out after taking her to the vet on Tuesday. This is bad because it's COLD in Iowa. And a dog without hair probably gets cold. About the only thing Merlin hates worse than going to the vet is getting bathed. So what is the prescribed treatment for her maladies? You guessed it: medicated shampoo baths. Twice a week. Poor thing, she just sits in the tub and shivers. The stupid shampoo has to be left on for 10 minutes. That's a long time to sit there and try to calm down a stressed out dog.

I tried to be good and donate blood today. I wanted to do it and have been taking vitamins for several weeks in the hopes of boosting my hematocrit level. Didn’t work. My friend who went with me to donate also had a low count, so we left the donation area, doing the walk of shame with our bright red pamphlets full of helpful information about how to boost our iron levels. I tried. But I’m irritated that my blood didn’t cooperate. This has happened the last couple of times I’ve tried to donate. I really thought the vitamins would help, but I guess not.

I completely forgot The Boy had basketball practice last night. They meet once a week, every Wednesday from 6 – 8. You’d think I could remember that, right? You’d think, but you’d be wrong… I missed it. Part of my brain kept thinking that it was Tuesday night, although I knew Hollywood had to be picked up from Youth Group, and that only meets on Wednesdays, so who knows what my brain was thinking. Clearly it just wasn’t. Thinking, that is. The Boy is so sweet – I apologized to him for forgetting and he said, “That’s ok, mom. I should have remembered too, but I forgot. We both must have been out of it last night.”

I’m not sure about him, but I know I was out of it. Still am.

Weekend? Please hurry.


MaNiC MoMMy™ said...

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The blood donators walk of shame ...

I am trying not to laugh, but you make it sound so poignant!

Thanks SOOO VERY MUCH for trying! I want to buy you a hamburger! Or say it like they do in Pink Panther... I would like to buy a dammhbrrrrurger! : )

Thanks again for your efforts! xo

WebGal said...

Sorry about the bad week. :(

Swishy said...

Ohhh, your boy is such a doll.

And I totally remember that book! I hope today is going better :)

Barrie said...

Hope this week is going better. Hey, could you email me? I want to send out an email to all of us doing a book review Feb 4. My email is


Mom In Scrubs said...

Dude, I miss you.

Hope your week is better?