Thursday, December 13, 2012
We finally got the tree home and out of the bag. It took me another three days to fluff it out so that we could decorate it. Then it was another day or so before we finally got the ornaments on it (did I already talk about this?!) and Alex did a beautiful job. This year he made an effort to try to get ornaments on the back and top of the tree as well as the lower front. As you can see from the photos, I still haven't gotten around to plugging in the lights, lol.
This holiday season so far has been truly wonderful. My husband is working more hours and feeling better about being busy and having more spending money than we expected at this time of year. I finally finished my two biggest repair projects and received a large payout right when I really needed it most. I took some of my windfall over to Sams Club (my annual pilgrimage) to get my yearly 25lb bag of sugar, along with a giant bag of flower, more chocolate chips than I can count, two giant bars of milk and white chocolate for the peppermint bark that Dante requested, and for good measure, a box of pumpkin break mix from Krusteaz (only because you can make pumpkin pancakes) and a kit to make a train out of Rice Crispy treats, lol. I love to bake and I'm looking forward to making something special for my friends and family. Other than knitting, I show my love through baked goods, lol.
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Monday, December 10, 2012
So, that got me wondering if anyone else out there with children have any stories about switching pediatricians for convenience (not because they were terrible...that's self explanatory). My stand is that I've got two boys with complicated issues and I really want to stay with the doctor who already knows their history, actually considers their whole history when making medical choices, and trusts my judgment enough to humor me when I really insist something more is going on (because I've been right 90% of the time). I don't want to start all over with someone new, and I feel like a little inconvenience in driving is well worth it for all the stuff I don't deal with. I'm afraid to leave them, search all over and not find that same relationship, and then have their patient spots filled so I wouldn't be able to get them back in to their same doctor again. I figure if it's not broke... But it IS a stress on my husband who has to do all the driving these days. I want to listen to his side, but I can't seem to communicate my own well enough for him to understand why I really want to stay put. Maybe if I could get an idea what other parents have had to go through, I could make a better decision. Any constructive input would be appreciated.
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, I'm knitting. I'm finishing a test knit, and starting the second of two patterns I had accepted a while back. The deadline is coming faster than I expected. I had to turn down some paid knitting, sticking to my decree of "I will not take on any new repairs, commissions, or test/sample work until January". It's greatly reduced my holiday stress, and I might even be able to catch up on my current backlog of repair and design work. I'm even hopeful that I might be able to knit something for Aaron and Dante this year, lol. I don't have much to share photo-wise, other than my hilarious children. They're definitely characters. When I look at those faces, I can hardly believe that I made them, lol. It makes me want to cover them with wool and stuff them with baked goods. I'm planning to bake some banana bread tonight, and maybe some cookies. You know...my typical behavioral response to being busy.
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