Monday, May 21, 2012

Go to this site

Adoption Tax Credit

If you find it speaks to you, contact your Congressperson (list here) and ask them to support this bill.

And thank you.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

What we've been up to

Getting the trees taken down around the shed


Cloth diaper laundry


Collecting plants for the mailbox container



Taking pictures of the flowers we already have


Running through puddles


Cleaning sand out of our Crocs


Setting up our raised bed gardens


Blocking our shawl



Having some juice on a sunny afternoon


Helping Daddy set up the garden fencing


Chillin' in the backyard

Saturday, May 12, 2012

What we did today

Daddy had an SCA event just down the road, so we decided to join him. S put on her "princess dress" (her words not mine) and we headed out. First stop, gazing lovingly at Daddy:


Then we stopped for a drink


We brought S's own swords and shields



She used them to make friends with the kids. I've already picked out a boyfriend for her.



Then another snack while wearing Daddy's hat



The ever elusive shot with Mom


It was a beautiful day and we had a good time. Everyone was nice to us, and S loved playing with the other kids. We hope to attend another event soon :)

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Oh, so many things to share

Daddy and S hung out, and she played with her doggie Jingle in her stroller


Grania sent some cool bells to play with. S loves bells!


Grania also sent a hat. S loves to wear it in the car


S also got to meet the Cat in the Hat. Trust me, she was thrilled to see him. You'd just never know it from this picture


I can't stop taking pictures of her in this skirty


S also took a stroll around the grounds in the rain


And washed some rocks


And played in wet sand


These are 2 reasons we are no longer considering getting chickens. We had 2 fox families in our yard today


I took a yarn dyeing class this weekend, and here's how my first efforts turned out!


Grania sent a multi-purpose suitcase today. It can be a toy, or a suitcase, and it rolls! Score! Thanks Grania!

Friday, May 4, 2012

Wanna know why healthcare is so expensive?

Oh, and I'm going to talk about boobs. You've been warned.

I went for my annual mammogram last month. The tech told me that if there was any hint of an unclear picture, I'd get sent to the hospital for their superfancy, extra-special 3D mammogram. She talked about it like she was trying to sell me one. I envisioned trouble ahead. I have cysts, and have for a long time, and it's a new joint. They were going to be trouble, I just knew it.

Sure enough, the next week I got a call that there was a "density", and that I needed a super special 3D mammogram, plus an ultrasound. I drove to the hospital, got them both, and the dr said she saw a maybe kinda sorta suspicious shadow in one of my cysts. So she aspirated it. Good times. Meanwhile, that form I'd filled out for my old films never got anywhere, so I had to re-order them.

Lo and behold, this week I got a call that the super fancy 3D mammogram looked different from my old 2D mammogram last year in the backwoods of PA. So I needed to come in for yet another ultrasound. *sigh*

Today I went in. Again. And waited 2 hours, because they had some emergencies (there are mammogram emergencies?). The (different) doctor did my ultrasound and said he didn't find anything remarkable, but to be sure I could go for an MRI (!), or come back in 6 months and get a repeat mammogram with their super fancy 3D machine. Assuming *that* 3D mammogram looked like the one I just had, he'd leave me alone for a while.

So to date, a simple preventive mammogram has turned into 2, plus 2 ultrasounds, plus an aspiration, plus a recommendation for a possible MRI, or at least yet another mammogram. All for cysts that have rarely caused me problems

I'm all for preventive medicine, but this is getting to be a bit much.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

How to jump in puddles on a rainy day

Step 1: Put on sweater and pants (very important)


Step 2: put on rainboots (also important)


Step 3: Add raincoat


Step 5: Don't forget the hood!


Step 6: Now get out there and jump!


Mommy got in on the act too


S in action
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