I woke up at 4 am, back screaming at me and my brain cycling through the things I need to do. The kids are on fall break so that means today and tomorrow will be spent watching TV and seeing if I can con the g’parents into watching a couple of them. I may even bathe in sunblock and take them to my family’s communal playground.
Lupus makes me have to be extra cautious but it also does miraculous things with my body. That bite from last week? Totally healed. All that’s left is a small callous – smaller than the sharp end of a pencil.
Yesterday we had my nephew’s 4th birthday party and he’s ADORABLE. Being a ham runs in the family. We played at Chuck E. Cheese for a while then he opened his presents. The one from us ended up being last and when he pulled it out of the bag he yelled “WHAT?? WHAT?!” It was one of those new Hot Wheels tracks that have the robot obstacle course. Then he grinned real big and said “ok, we need to go RIGHT NOW.” LOL No one even got a hug goodbye – he just escaped with his toys and made Grandpa put them all together.
It was really great to see our family all in one place again. I miss my family A LOT. Bob has been working insane amounts of hours and Sister has been getting married and moving. Grandmommy works overnight. I have 3 kids and a disease that I have to judge each morning on whether I can handle what I have planned. The only person I’ve seen with any regularity lately is my Dad who works around the corner from me.
Halloween is coming up and did you know that Ben 10 costumes only go up to a size 8? What am I supposed to do with THAT BS? LJ is a size 10/12 at the smallest so it looks like I’ll be making his this year. All he’s talked about for months is how he wants to be Ben 10, who is his hero. Alyssa’s going to be a fairy and E-baby is going to be Bumblebee from the Transformers movie. That means today I’ll be trying to figure out how to make a Ben 10 costume out of a T-Shirt. I got a 6 pack of white tees, so I have some room for error. 😉
No word yet on if I’m dressing up but I found a slutty Ninja Turtle costume that looked ADORABLE.
Yesterday I went totally OCD and hung shelving, rearranged books, and totally let my crazy take over. I would be more effective if I weren’t so crazy but I’m in the middle of stepping down on the dose of Effexor again. It’s the only thing that has ever controlled the OCD so I may just have to get used to this new normal. Oh well, it’s an asset when I have a job because I don’t screw up. Screwing up is the most terrible thing ever to a person with OCD because that means the universe is about to dissolve into oblivion.
Cyndi Dollins: Using mental illness as a tool since 1986.
On that note, I’m working on perfecting my resume so I can get it online. I don’t know if I can handle a full time job but I’m going nuts not having a challenge. My self-worth is definitely tied to what I can do and I HATE feeling like I reached the peak of my career at 26. I also don’t want to be left behind by the industry during this whole get myself better/get the kids raised thing I’m doing now.
In the meantime, I’m going to work on learning everything I can about computer networking on a larger scale and I may even get my Microsoft Office certifications. I’ve toyed with the idea of going back to school – my choice would be Breneau – but I’m not sure if I can get financial aid. We’re in that weird middle ground where we’re not rich enough to pay for schooling but not poor enough to get them to pay for it. I wonder if there are any grants out there for SAHMs with Lupus.
I have more of my sketchbook project to photograph and get online. I think it’s coming along rather nicely and I hope I can finish by the deadline. My current page is an interlude from ways to get revenge and it’s on things I hate with a passion.
Then I need to update our family calendar… and get Ernesto to the vet because he’s been limping on his front leg… I need to finish printing and putting together my sister’s wedding album… photograph and list stuff on Etsy… talk to my dad about getting a couple of computers from him… work on altering a couple of Alyssa’s uniforms… go through all the kids clothing and get rid of stuff that doesn’t fit…
And you know how it is: when your brain is that full, it’s impossible to sleep. So I took my meds, I’m sipping on some coffee and I think I’ll work on my sketchbook until I feel like I can rest a little more. Later today, hopefully I’ll write a much less boring post, but no promises!