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2017 reading list

Those books in the list order:
The Outsiders
Freckle Juice
The Aeneid
I'm Judging You - The Do Better Manual
Aspire: 200 projects to Strengthen Your Art Skills
The Marriage Bureau for Rich People
The Lottery and Other Stories
Take It Like A Man
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
One Hundred Years of Solitude
Haunted Richmond,Virginia
Beowulf
Slaughterhouse 5
Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley and Me, Elizabeth
Fat Girl
Lord of the Rings Trilogy
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
Howl
Dracula
The Book of Imaginary Beings
Unf*ck Your Habitat - In progress
The Princess Diarist
Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened
The Portrait of Mr. W. H.
Night Watch
Clovenhoof

Mugs

Nov. 20th, 2016 09:06 am
melcena: (Warm sun)
So, last night there was a minor monkey-mergency. Basically, he was too asleep to make it to the bathroom, so he peed in his doorway, stripped off his clothes and face planted back on top of his blankets. Naked.

This caused much panic from the spousal unit who was still awake. Which led to me being woken up and shoved toward the monkey room. I checked the bed for wet spots, got fresh jammies on the monkey, grabbed up his wet clothes, all while Jens was sopping up the puddle. Then I sprinkled baking soda liberally, because children and puppies are not so different no matter what most folks say, let's be honest here.

And before I went back to bed I had a chat with Jens, along the lines of, "Why did you need to get me up for that?" Apparently, the way I can't see what needs to be done when it comes to electronics and the fixing thereof, he can't see what needs to be done with a naked monkey and a pile of pee soaked clothes. That's MOM STUFF.

Fast forward to this morning, I'm juggling all the breakfast stuff to get a hot breakfast to the monkey and spouse. Eggs, maple bacon, croissants, and coffee for Jens and I. They're eating while I'm fetching milk for monkey and pouring coffee so that I can sit down to my considerably cooler breakfast of eggs, bacon, and croissants. And I come back in with the awesome mug my bestie, Liz, got me. It says, "I'm a MOM. What's your super power?"

Monkey reads this and immediately goes, "Being a mom is NOT a super power." And Jens pipes up, "UH. Yes it is. Last night when you were naked and on top of your covers it looked like one to me!"

And I am pointing out to this child that I do a lot that he doesn't notice, he just thinks things magically happen around the house (much like Oma's perma-stocked cupboards I had to educate him on the other day). And he, remembering what I told him before, says "Nothing happens by magic!"

"That's right! People do it! I do it! There's work that gets done that you don't notice!"

And Jens says, "A sufficiently advanced mother is indistinguishable from magic." <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

Some days, there are huge perks to being married to a geek. Also, I need this on a mug. NEED. IT.
melcena: (He's been Keelhauled)
My stab at translating the commercial on the fly:

"This is for those who refuse to give up anything, who eat until they're full, who truly love to live a colorful life, and have everything that they that they want right now. You don't want to count calories? Then don't! With "Du Darfst" (the brand name means " You're allowed") you can enjoy without worry, because "Du Darfst" means you don't have to do anything! Just grab some! (Probably actually closer to "dig in" but then the grabbing visual wouldn't make sense.)"

To do

Jul. 12th, 2016 04:12 pm
melcena: (Warm sun)
Kitchen:
counters:
-clear
-organize
-wipe down
stove:
-clear
-scrub down
dishes:
-put away dry dishes from dish rack
-unload dishwasher
-re-load dishwasher
-hand-wash remaining
bags:
-organize
floors:
-clear
-sweep
-mop
-vacuum rugs

Living Room:
Sofa:
-clear
-vacuum
-replace blanket covers
coffee table:
-clear
-wipe down
entertainment center:
-de-clutter
-dust
desk:
-clear
floors:
-clear
-sweep
-mop
-vacuum rug

Bathroom:
toilet:
-scrub
-wipe down seat and lid and outside
-replace toilet freshener
shelves and surfaces:
-clear
-wipe down
window sill:
-clear
-wipe down
mirror:
-wipe down
glass shelf:
-clear
-wipe down
-organize
Harass Jens to do his half

Bedroom:
Make bed
chair:
-clear
-organize
floor:
-vacuum
LAUNDRY

monkey Room:
Make bed
Lego baskets:
-organize
Lego mat
-organize
floor:
-clear
-vacuum
LAUNDRY

Home again!

May. 3rd, 2016 05:52 pm
melcena: (Warm sun)
Only 2 days (one night) this go 'round. Turns out the first medication he put me on has to be dialed back because it's doing a number on my kidneys. Cutting it by half and adding Topamax. Since my regular doctor is on vacation this week, I have to go see if the mean doctor will just write a damned prescription. I also have been told that I need to be losing 5 kilos a month. And if I'm not 5 kilos lighter by the 30th I will get royally bitched out and possibly sent on a 3 week "cure" (fat camp- low cal food, lots of exercise).

I was at the eye clinic from shortly before 9am until shortly after 2pm. If I don't eat in regular intervals I feel sick and terrible. After a breakfast of a portion of yogurt and 2 filinchen, not getting to eat until 2:20 was even worse. I felt better once I'd eaten but better just means I didn't want to vomit up my water and stomach bile. I'm still feeling really crappy. Since I have to go back and do all of this again on the 30th I now know to pack a lunch and take it with me.

So tired.
melcena: (Warm sun)
I have a bad habit of trying to push anything I might stress about to the back of my mind. If I'm not thinking about it I can stress about it right? Haha, no. Trying not to let myself worry about the hospital visit tomorrow, trying not to panic about leaving the house in such a mess because I'm not quite up to doing another cleaning binge. And I had nightmares all night last night. Like terrible "I had a baby and it got murdered" kind of nightmares. In one I was supposed to go to the hospital the next day to be checked in for tests and stuff but I was getting arrested because I drove like a maniac and ran red lights and almost ran folks over trying to get my baby (a girl btw) to the hospital. And don't think my brain left out the anxiety of filling out forms endlessly while panicking about the baby. No no, my brain doesn't do half measures.

So I woke up smelling blood. And I'm like goddamn it brain take it down a notch. Sit up. Niagara falls of blood suddenly down my face. On my pajamas (top and bottoms), on and in my house shoes ... booked it to the bathroom with a hand cupped under my nose trying to catch all I could so I wouldn't leave a blood trail down the hall.

Had to get on with the day, starting laundry to get the blood out and then getting on clothes and starting breakfast. Burned the butter in the pan while Jens was whisking the eggs managed to time everything just right so that I never had half a second to get my coffee going and I was constantly worried I would burn all of breakfast.

Then I get on Facebook and I'm reading so much tragedy and trying to focus on some of the good things and funny things and a friend puts up this thing on Pseudo-science calling gravity a toxin and I cracked up. And then in the comments was this GEM: http://sebpearce.com/bullshit/. New-Age Bullshit Generator. That made my morning I laughed so hard. I had to come change all my LJ stuff to various quotes.

I've eaten, had some coffee. Still feeling stressed but the panic has subsided. Got stuff to do, but Jens will be helping. I was kind of flailing around in the kitchen, all my counters covered in clutter, stressing about getting it clean and he said, "It's not just your responsibility. I DO live here too." Mind blown.
melcena: (Warm sun)
So. OK. I'm now back from the hospital, what was supposed to be a 2-3 day thing was a week long, Thursday to Thursday. Not because I'm horribly ill, but because I'm a housewife. Apparently that means there's no rush, all I'm doing is raising a kid. Oh, I could rant.

Anyway, what I have is Pseudotumor Cerebri. Losing weight is a must, which makes me bizarrely and irrationally cranky despite the fact I have been wanting/trying to lose weight for forever, or maybe because of that. Gotta take my meds, and go see a nutritionist and "move more", which in theory should be easier since they drained 30 ml of fluid and put me on a medicine to help lower the fluid levels. I should be less fatigued and have less back, neck, and shoulder pain, fewer headaches, etc.

Mom is here, she stayed the first couple of days in Chemnitz so she could be close to the hospital, but after that she had to go back to my house. She did get to drive my new car up to see me, and she was very helpful to Jens and Monkey around the house.

In two weeks I have to go back and see the doctor at the hospital, a really excellent and competent man by the name of Angelski. Get checked out again and maybe have more blood drawn. And I need to call the eye doctor and get another appointment with them to have my eyes looked at again. Not looking forward to dealing with the bitchy receptionist there.

EDIT - AHAHAHA. Jens actually read the letter intended for my doctor. I HAVE TO GO BACK IN OVERNIGHT ON THE 2ND. FFFFFFFFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUU
melcena: (Warm sun)
Vacuum Monkey Room
Vacuum my room
Vacuum rugs
Vacuum sofa


Sweep bathroom
Sweep Kitchen
Sweep living room


Mop Living room
Mop Kitchen
Mop Bathroom


Scrub toilet
Scrub sink


wipe down bathroom surfaces
wipe down kitchen counters
wipe down living room surfaces


strip sofa
strip Monkey bed
strip my/Jens bed


Re-cover sofa
make Monkey bed
make my/Jens bed


Wash Monkey sheets
Wash Monkey Blankets
Wash Monkey Blankets
Wash my/Jens sheets


Hang out Couch blankets
Hang out Monkey sheets
Hang out Monkey Blankets
Hang out my/Jens sheets


Bring in and fold Couch blankets
Bring in and fold Monkey sheets
Bring in and fold Monkey Blankets
Bring in and fold my/Jens sheets


Put away Couch blankets
Put away Monkey sheets
Put away Monkey Blankets
Put away my/Jens sheets


Wash Monkey Laundry - In Progress
Wash My/Jens Laundry - In Progress

Dry/Hang Monkey Laundry - In Progress
Dry/Hang My/Jens Laundry - In Progress

Fold/Put away Monkey Laundry - In Progress
Fold/Put away My/Jens Laundry - In Progress

Put away Dishes
Wash Dishes
Put away Dishes


Make Casserole 1
Make Casserole 2 - 1/2 way done
melcena: (Warm sun)
Kitchen:
- paper, plastics, and compost out
- dirty dishrags down and in the wash
- all out of date stuff out of fridge
- counters cleared and wiped
- microwave cleaned
- dishes washed
- floors swept and mopped
- extra food stuffs that won't fit in the cabinets relocated
- rugs vacuumed
- dog bar cleaned
- under dog bar cleaned
- dog dishes washed

Living room:
- couch stripped and vacuumed
- blankets washed
- floors swept and mopped
- monkey toys put away
- all clothes OUT and stowed in bedrooms
- desk cleared
- shelves straightened
- rug vacuumed
melcena: (Warm sun)
Nearly had a panic attack when Jens and Sammy headed off on their own. I may need to look at getting either new meds or upping my dosage? But as my bestie pointed out the fact that nearly everything tastes awful now could have some benefits in regards to my waistline. I'll give it some more time.

I asked Jens to have Sammy's hair cut while they're out. He refused and said I'd fuss about it. Which I wouldn't, it'd be a big help to me if I didn't have to try and get him an appointment in town and take him myself. But whatever.

Laundry is going, the child has one clean pair of pants left. No putting that off a couple more days.

I should be cleaning ... I may get to it.

Blah

May. 14th, 2015 07:35 pm
melcena: (Warm sun)
OK. So my big plans have crashed and burned.

I did bust my butt Wednesday, cleaning out and scrubbing out cabinets and reorganizing. But everything I've done keeps getting undone, or looks like it anyway. And most of that list still is unfinished.

Today I have done ... nada really. I took a stab at the dog bar and cleaned one drawer of it. I then proceeded to lounge around and do nothing except make an Oreo Pie.

Tomorrow Jens and Sammy T will be out on the town for some Papa/Monkey time and I will be home. Ostensibly cleaning. We'll see.

OH! And something fun seems to have happened. Everything tastes OFF. Bitter, wrong and weird. Apparently this is a side effect of my meds. That this would hit roughly two weeks after I've switched meds ... supposedly they are the same but different names, different "inactive ingredients" and somehow effecting me differently, I'm gonna say they ARE NOT THE SAME.
melcena: (Warm sun)
Monday - 1 unfinished item
Tuesday - 2 unfinished items
Wednesday???

Ugh. So I had to do grocery shopping and didn't have time/energy to finish my list. And I have groceries that don't fit into the disorganized shelves just standing around making it look like I did hardly at anything. If at all possible today I'll be adding:
-Monkey toys straightened
-clean and organize pot/pan area
-clean and organize Tupperware area
to my list. It may be too much. It feels like too much.

HAHA. Just had to run to the store and get the last ingredient for the Irish stew I tossed in the crock pot. Also I'll be making some ridiculous fancy molasses bread from scratch because obvs I want to punish myself and completely undo all of the work I have done thus far.

Wednesday:
-Monkey to Kita
-clean and organize dog bar
-clean dog feeding station and dishes
-clear out fridge/freezer and organize
-clean and organize cabinet over microwave
-pick up Monkey
-finish up anything unfinished
-clean windows in kitchen and living room
melcena: (Warm sun)
Monday went well! I busted my ass cleaning. Jens comes home and, after being asked what he thinks, says in a noncommittal tone, "It's a good start." *twitch twitch*

Just have one thing left over to do: -Monkey toys straightened. I will put that off a bit though so I can get started on the Tuesday things.

Tuesday:
-Monkey to Kita
-blankets back on sofa - technically belongs on Monday's list of accomplishments
-dishes put away and dishwasher filled/run
-clear counters/put things where they go/toss stuff out
-wipe down wall tiles/outside of cabinets
-clean microwave/assorted small appliances
-trash out
-sweep over and over and mop/vacuum rugs
-pick up Monkey
-clean and organize pot/pan area
-clean and organize Tupperware area
melcena: (Warm sun)
Monday:
-Monkey to Kita
-strip sofa/toss blankets in wash/hang out to dry
-Easter stuff put away
-all clothes OUT of living room
-sofa vacuumed
-coffee table cleared and cleaned
-floor cleared
-floor swept and mopped
-window sills and shelves cleared/straightened
-pick up Monkey
-Monkey books and DVDs straightened
-Monkey toys straightened
melcena: (Warm sun)
Monday:
-Monkey to Kita
-strip sofa/toss blankets in wash/hang out to dry
-Easter stuff put away
-all clothes OUT of living room
-floor cleared
-floor vacuumed and mopped
-Monkey toys straightened
-pick up Monkey
-Monkey books and DVDs straightened

Tuesday:
-Monkey to Kita
-blankets back on sofa
-dishes put away and dishwasher filled/run
-clear counters/put things where they go/toss stuff out
-trash out
-sweep and mop/vacuum rugs
-clean and organize pot/pan area
-pick up Monkey
-clean and organize Tupperware area

Wednesday:
-Monkey to Kita
-clean and organize dog bar
-clean dog feeding station and dishes
-clear out fridge/freezer and organize
-clean and organize cabinet over microwave
-pick up Monkey
-finish up anything unfinished
-clean windows in kitchen and living room

Thursday:
-Monkey goes outside with Papa
-too small summer clothes (Monkey's) packed up to donate
-Monkey room de-cluttered/all clothes put away
-Monkey bed stripped and redone
-bedclothes washed and dried and put away
-Monkey plant pruned
-Monkey floor vacuumed
-Monkey window washed
-clean house maintenance

Friday:
-Send Monkey to Kita with Papa
-big bed stripped and redone
-bedclothes washed and dried and put away
-floor de-cluttered
-old clothes/boxes dealt with
-floor vacuumed
-wardrobe reorganized
-sewing table reorganized
-window washed

Saturday:
-F all y'all I'm sleeping in
-leisurely breakfast
-bitch about how he house is already messed up AND PICK UP AFTER YOURSELVES DAMMIT
-lay on the sofa watching TV

Sunday:
-make Sunday morning breakfast
-clean bathroom
-laundry
-Tidy up
melcena: (Warm sun)
My left, top, back-most molar has given me issues, sporadically, for ages now. Today I'm hoping those issues have come to an end. I was having throbbing pain and extreme sensitivity in this tooth, anything and everything set it off, even lukewarm water. So the dentist popped the old filling and had a look, and ended up pulling out the inflamed nerves. He filled the hole(s) with medicine and in January I go back to have this filling pulled, the hole(s) rinsed with more medicine and then the tooth will be re-filled.

He said I may still have some pain in it, but it should fade over time and I can take Ibuprofen as needed. So now I'm waiting for the shots to wear off so that I can consider some lunch.

As for my mood, I'm feeling surprisingly chipper. It's like YES! TOOTH HAS BEEN HANDLED! Now I just need to clean up my crap hole of a house and I'll be on a roll. Thursday I will be helping a local teen, one of Sammy's bestie's sisters, in English and I need to have the house clean enough to let her through the door. LOL

Things

Nov. 15th, 2014 07:55 pm
melcena: (Warm sun)
So, I really liked the 9th Doctor. After he bailed I just could not get into the new ones. BUT! Flipping through channels the other day I came across the newest Doctor ... I LIKE this one!

I've read online about how so many people are saying they don't like him, can't understand him, and so on. I cannot figure out what these people are on about. *shrugs*

In other news Jens may have borked Skyrim. He claims it's "lies and slander" but it suddenly stopped working after he told me I needed to take a break from it. Coincidence? I think NOT!

Today was a very food-centered day. Made a big lunch, Honey Garlic Chicken, butter garlic spinach, and mashed cauliflower. Then I made candy. From scratch. Chocolate walnut bark and Pecan Brittle.

Yums all around. And even after a bad start to the day, I am in a good mood. Possibly due to sugar. Loooooots of sugar.
melcena: (Warm sun)
Been struggling a bit. Monkey has been snuggly and sweet. Skyrim is an addictive time sink.

Zzzzzzzz

Nov. 11th, 2014 05:05 pm
melcena: (Bundle Up)
Today has been ... uhhhh ... special. Bursting into tears over songs I'm usually singing along with and in general just dragging through the day.

I was freezing earlier and it was supposedly not cold in here. According to the thermometer and the monkey. Adding a sweater did nothing. So I had a little bit of Winter herb Jaegermeister. Warmed me right up. If I could just keep my eyes open would be great.

Haven't been under my lamp today, which, I probably should have. Haven't gotten all the things done I wanted/needed to.

One good thing about the day is that Skyrim is fun. I blew a couple of hours playing it without even realizing it. Score?

Victory?

Nov. 10th, 2014 12:48 pm
melcena: (Warm sun)
Went to the doc and waited a little more than 2 and a half hours. Finally got in there around the time I needed to get moving to pick up Sammy. Stressful.

Anyway, here Bupropion (Zyban) is only for quitting smoking. She looked for other meds and could find nothing that didn't have excessive weight gain as a side effect, and since I told her what it's used for in the US she agreed, despite misgivings, to let me give it a try. Because it's only for quitting smoking and not mental health issues I have to pay for it on my own, and it's 67€ and change. Which is doable but annoying.

She told me that my ecigs are a horrible idea and went on about chemicals and I should quit them. Which I think I will for 30 days while I'm on the Bupropion. She also said I need to seriously up my vit D dosage and keep taking the B vitamins.

Going to stroll to the store and the pharmacy in a little bit and pick up the new vit D and the Bupropion. Then I think I will sit under my sun lamp and vegetate because I have zero energy.

Other advice from the doctor was weight-loss related, I should cook only with coconut fat and cut out all other sources from my diet, no butter, no eggs, no animal fat, no other cooking oils ... this sounds sketchy as hell to me. I will peruse the internets and see what they have to say about her advice.

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