Well, got into the doctor today in a last minute appointment.  They gave me a 330 when they were closing at 4 for New Year’s.  I didn’t leave until after five-freaking-thirty.  Seriously.  My little rural doctor’s office has grown and moved to the new health center the hospital built and has at least one new doctor and a pharmacy.  The pharmacy… man, it was just me and one other woman in there most of the time and they were so freaking slow.  Steve chose to come along with me at the last minute and had the kids in the Jeep the whole time.  Man, were those kids ticked.

I didn’t even get to see my doctor, I saw some nurse practitioner   I think she thought I was really weird for foregoing the shots she wanted to give me but to think about it, I have several reasons why I should just do pills.  For one, I’m terrified of needles.  This is why I don’t have any tattoos.  Secondly, the last time Steve got antibiotic shots, it ended up being a lot more expensive than pills.  And third, side effects?  Who knows.  I’m wary of anything injected into me, not just for the needle factor.

We were also calling the other pharmacy on the way up to the doctor.  We got the mail shortly before leaving only to find out that our health insurance is now officially expired as of the close of business today.  What a load of crap.  For one, Steve called them a few months ago to ask how long he had, since he’s been laid off and not sending any work hours in and the woman told him March.  So he was pretty comfortable that his new job insurance would probably overlap a couple of weeks with our current insurance.  We got a letter today that if we did not choose to go COBRA by today, we’d have no health insurance.  What the heck…  who’s decision was it to send us this letter last minute?  There’s no way we could arrange COBRA in an hour’s time even if we could afford freaking $1,100 a month.  So we wanted to quickly fill our everyday stuff, allergy medicine, before the insurance runs out.

So anyway, I have sinusitis and bronchitis and ear infections.  Ear infections are no big surprise.  I’ll bet if I went in there any dang time, they’d say they’re infected.  Ever since I was on that jury dury and I got kicked off for being sick and I had all those blisters in my mouth and throat… have had I had fluid in my ears.  SIX YEARS now.  And now, because my sinuses are repeat offenders, I’m on an antibiotic I’ve never had before, for something like a month.  Then I have some steroids, a cough pill, a nose spray, probiotics, as-needed anti-yeast infection stuff, and my otc decongestant, Ibuprofen, and Mucinex.  She wanted to give me  Delsym, too, but I told the pharmacist I don’t need that crap.  I refuse to take liquids anyway, they make me puke and why the heck would I need two cough medicines when I’m not really coughing that bad?

And now I’m about to get really confused.  Half my medicine wants me to take it with food and now, after screwing up my very first dose, I see that my antibiotics does not say take with food, it says take on an empty stomach, 1 hour before eating or 2-3 hours after.  Um, if I can get back on my diet, I’m supposed to eat every 2.5-3 hours max.  They all tell me not to run heavy machinery.  (There goes my day job.)

I’m going to go crazy with all of this stuff.  It’s already hard enough for me to remember to take a once-daily pill.

I guess I’ll be having that CAT scan when we get our new insurance in the spring, though.


Man, am I miserable.  My sinuses are taking me for a ride.  I’m not sure it’s an infection but something’s clearly going on.  I’m so stopped up that I’m actually getting out of breath, severely, when eating!  Apparently it’s impossible to eat and breathe through your mouth at the same time.  My head is just so full of crap.  Blowing my nose constantly, it’s so raw and dry now.  What’s crazy is that I’m not really getting headaches from it, which I usually would.  But I just cannot get any air through whatsoever.  Not to mention, this means I’m getting no sleep whatsoever and this breathing through the mouth thing is wreaking havoc on my lips.

Calling the doc the first thing in the morning.  I’m so desperate that, and I know I’m not supposed to yada yada yada, I’ve started taking some antibiotics from my last sinus infection that I never finished.  I figure it’ll even out ’cause that’s what they’re going to give me again so I’ll just start with the new pills and finish the proper term.  Steve went to the doc, I think it was the day after Christmas, tonsilitis, sinusitis, and ear infections!!  I could have ear infections, that seems to be the norm with me lately.  My tonsils don’t feel weird.  But the really weird thing?  Neither kid has any symptoms.  Usually me and the kids share everything.  Kayleigh did have pneumonia a few weeks ago, a light case, but my lungs were listened to the other day at my yearly woman’s exam and they are fine, so I don’t have anything going on in there.

I really can’t take much more of this.  I’ve never had sinus issues so bad.  I’m ready to tell the doc that we should go ahead with the CAT scans he’s suggested.  Not only am I tired of this, but I’m tired of having fluid in my ears all the freaking time.  Six years now.  I’m so over it.

all I want for Christmas is for my little girl to talk… oh, and a hand vac.

Decorating the Tree Well, I got the hand vac, but not the other.  Hopefully that will come in time, though.

Steve and I had agreed in advance no gifts for each other this year but I was talking to someone and she expressed that she thought it was important for boys to see their fathers giving gifts to their mothers.  I never thought about how our agreement might affect our growing boy.  She said after all, “you are raising someone’s husband.”  Very true.  So I needed a hand vac and I bought one on Amazon and when it arrived, Steve threw it in a bag with a “To Mom from Dad” tag.  I think the possible issue of having my boy see his father gift his mother an appliance for Christmas is a non-issue.  I don’t think he paid attention at all.  He was so enamored with his big gift we got him.  Whatever, I needed a hand vac bad.  Kayleigh is especially messy with all her cracker and cookie crumbs everywhere.  Already the best $40 I’ve ever spent.

So Christmas went largely well.  There were several scheduling issues, but it all worked out on both sides of our families.  It was a bit different for us this year in that we were able to, on our 14th Christmas together, finally attend the gathering of Steve’s extended family.  It’s always been a scheduling conflict for us previously.  And this year marked the latest gathering of the year with my family not able to get together until Friday, the 28th.  We were going to do Christmas day but my sister had her baby in the early morning hours of the 24th, so we pushed it back a bit.  Wouldn’t have been right to meet when she was in the hospital.  That’s ok, I’d rather wait and have us all together than stay on schedule and be missing some!  We ended up changing last minute and seeing Steve’s family that day, instead of the next, as originally planned.  Everything worked out just fine.

One very good present that we got the week before Christmas was the offer of a job to Steve.  It won’t start until mid-January, but even that’s been moved up from early Feb.  He’s been laid off since mid-March so this is a great blessing, unemployment is about to run out for good.  We’ll probably have to do a few weeks of no-income whatsoever, but we’ll be fine.  This will be a steady job, I don’t think he’ll have any need to worry about being laid off, and it’s a good environment, something I know he’s been craving since his last job.  He will also be the closest to home that he’s worked in about 7 years, so that will be really nice.  No more hour and a half drives home!  His off days will be a bit strange but we’ll get used to it in no time.

Another amazing gift was one from Steve’s brother and his wife.  This is not just a Christmas gift but a “thank you” for all the help Steve’s been giving them in their extensive kitchen remodeling project.  As I opened the present in “layers” (as she said), I said, “you’re setting us up for a date night!”  That in itself is great, but the next piece I opened revealed a night in a Hilton!  She forgot to include the babysitting coupon, but that’s on the table.  How nice, I can’t get over how sweet they are.  I love having them as not only in-laws but friends.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas.  :)

Merry Christmas


I was reminded of this a bit ago.  It seems my dear little Kayleigh has a boyfriend.  As to whether or not she wants this boyfriend, I don’t know, but last week, when I took her to school, she walked in and was greeted by her two teachers.  She did what she always does, stands there awkwardly and quietly.  This little boy comes right up to her and goes, “can I kiss you?”

We all laughed, it was pretty funny.  Kayleigh looked at him kinda like he wasn’t even there.  The teachers informed him that we do not kiss in school.

The next morning, brought her in, same old same old… the little boy walked right up to her again and said, “can I hug you?”  This time she looked at him like she might kill him.  The teachers had him back off.

lol it was pretty cute though.

But of course, what little boy wouldn’t want to be Kayleigh’s boyfriend?  See previous post lol

Handmade Holifield

Kayleigh I probably never mentioned that I finally opened an Etsy shop, a few months ago.  Went outside with Kayleigh earlier to get her to pose for me to photograph a hat and scarf.

So anyway, here she is.  :)

And this is my shop: Handmade Holifield.

I have to admit, this little girl is pretty darn cute.  I can’t believe her hair has gotten so long, either.  She didn’t have any for such a long time!

She’s lucky she’s so darn cute, too, otherwise she’d constantly be in a heap of trouble.  :P


But it is so warm today, if I didn’t know better, I’d think it was September, not December 1st.  We were out there running around in jeans and short sleeve t-shirts.  It got a bit windy though, so I had her put on a sweatshirt.  And, of course, no photo shoot with Kayleigh is complete without her favorite SpongeBob t-shirt (and yellow SpongeBob rubber boots).