Thursday, March 25, 2010

making visits to the doctor easier on our little ones

Yesterday, my son and I went to his pediatrician for his 5-year old wellness checkup. Doctor Singh is a popular lady around these parts, so wait time at her office is always lengthy. After waiting for an annoyingly long time in the waiting room, we wait again for what seems like an eternity once we're in the examining room. My son handles these doctor visits as best as he can at his age. I always arrive at Dr. Singh's office armed with snacks, a few small toys, my son's Leapster, and some crayons and coloring books. Even with so many activities to choose from, my dear boy still gets restless all penned up in a small room with no windows for so long.

So, I'm wondering, what do you do to make visits to the doctor a bit easier for your young child? The best trick of the trade I've come up with so far is to let the rolled out paper on the examining table be my son's art canvas. Yesterday, he and I created a very detailed beach and underwater scene complete with (at his urging) a killer whale, a shark, an electrical eel, a Nemo fish, Dory, a palm tree with coconuts, and sunbathers. Dr. Singh was duly impressed that my son was familiar with so many sea creatures...and that the sunbathers had a bottle of sunscreen, SPF 70, sitting next to them in the sand. :-)

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Empowering Music

Listening to music that makes me feel empowered is something I truly enjoy. Although winter appears to be leaving us, I feel I have needed a little encouragement lately, so I started a new playlist of empowering songs on LaLa.com. I love collecting and listening to songs that empower women to achieve and endure in their own special way. Here are the first songs I added that came to me off the top of my head... feel free to suggest some for my list.


1. You Learn, by Alanis Morissette
2. Everyday Is A Winding Road by Sheryl Crow
3. Amazing [Thin White Duke Edit] by Seal
4. Stronger Woman by Jewel
5. Say by John Mayer
6. Chances by Five For Fighting
7. Brand New Day (Album Version) by Sting
8. Bring on the Day by Charlotte Martin
9. Falling Down by Avril Lavigne
10. Weight Of The World by Chantal Kreviazuk
11. Free Me by Joss Stone
12. Unwritten by Natasha Bedingfield
13. One Step At A Time by Jordin Sparks
14. Steer (Album Version) by Missy Higgins

Monday, March 22, 2010

What Should I Do With My Hair

I am going through a mid-life crisis. I am turning 40 in 2 and a half months. I haven't dropped the weight I have wanted to lose. I don't have enough money to throw myself a great party. I got an application for AARP. My doctor asked me if I had experiences hot flashes yet. And, I am on two inhalers (one of which I have to gargle after so I don't get throat fungus!). I am a pathetic mess and I need a change.

I want to cut my hair...off!! It's thick, it's hot (with hot flashes coming hot is the last thing I want my hair to be) and it takes to long to do. So, here is what I look like now:


And here is what I am looking at doing:







So, what do you think? Which one?

Monday, March 15, 2010

Our Apples Aren't Keeping the Doctors Away

You know the saying, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away"? Well, we eat our apples but our doctors are still on speed dial!!I know I have been talking a lot about health (or lack there of) lately but I am just so frustrated right now.

I am frustrated with myself. I haven't had an asthma attack in 10 years and one little bronchitis later and I am huffing and puffing on my inhaler like there is no tomorrow.

I am also frustrated with my youngest's health right now. This is the third round of antibiotics that she has been on THIS YEAR!! Yikes!! The pediatrician said that there isn't anything to worry about. She has missed 8 days of school this year...10%!! If I were paying tuition, I would want 10% of my money back.

So, here are some questions for the masses...how much school has your kids missed this year? Is it me or is this the worst year ever for colds?

Thursday, March 11, 2010

I am now a "Pink Warrior"

Sorry, about not posting the last couple of weeks. I had a case of cabin fever that had me down in the dumps and I didn't want to take any readers along with me so I took a break. This week Chicago temps hit 40 degrees for the first time in awhile and the sun melted not all but a good amount of the snow, so I think I am on my way to recovery.

The other event that got me out of my funk was attending the AVON Walk for Breast Cancer Expo in Chicago this past weekend and registering to become a participant. I am excited and proud to have made this commitment for family and friends as well as other women. I am looking forward to the journey.

According to the American Cancer Society (2009):
1. A woman living in the U.S. has a 1 in 8 chance of developing breast cancer in her life time.
2. A new case of breast cancer is diagnosed every3 minutes.
3. Breast cancer kills nearly 41,000 people a year (1 every 13 min)
4. Progress has been made in diagnosis and treatment, but, no one knows the cause, or how it can be prevented, and there is no known cure.
5. Men can get breast cancer too.

You can read more blogs about the upcoming walks in cities around the country over the coming months as well as view videos and posts about past walks at http://www.inittoendit.org/

For more information about participating or the event itself visit avonfoundation.org, armyofwomen.org or The American Cancer Society

Monday, March 8, 2010

Spring has Sprung but...

...where am I? Sick as a dog:-(

There is nothing worse than having a gorgeous day outside and being stuck inside because you have been sick all week. No fun:-(

I am so frustrated with my health. Everytime I have a good workout routine going, literally every 30 days, I get sick....without fail!!! Any ideas on how to break the cycle?

Monday, March 1, 2010

An Ode to a Crashing Computer

My computer hit the dust

And now I am lost.

I have to fix quickly

No matter what the cost.


I am so far behind

I can not see the light.

A To Do list longer than my arm,

With no end in sight.


So remember me fondly

When you come around.

I will be looking for my sanity.

In the lost and found.